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Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD:
Causes and Biomedical Therapies for Autism and PDD
Third edition, © 2008

By William Shaw, PhD

with contributions by
Bernard Rimland, PhD
Bruce Semon, MD, PhD
Lisa Lewis, PhD
Karyn Seroussi
Pamela Scott


This book is a uniquely valuable tool for any parent or health care practitioner who wants to help developmentally impaired children improve. Dr. Shaw does not accept the "mainstream" view that autism is incurable and there is no need for medical treatment. How could he? He has seen too many children improve dramatically when their doctor or parent finally provided the proper treatment for their individual biochemistry.

This book provides a detailed discussion of the various biochemical defects that may be present in autism, covers how to identify which ones a given child has, and provides clinically validated information on how to treat these problems. Dr. Shaw's scholarship in combining the best of the scholarly medical literature, alternative medical information and popular publications provides a unique—and uniquely useful—resource for people who want their children to get better.

This book covers metabolic and digestive abnormalities, heavy metal intoxication, vaccinations and the overuse of antibiotics as potential causes of autism. It outlines how to tell which ones are relevant for a given child. Then it goes into the details of what to do. It is a roadmap for making these children well.

Think your child needs a gluten-free, casein-free diet? This book tells you how to do it, what to expect, and where to get detailed information, including where to find recipes and ingredients. Think you might want to try a powerful prescription drug? This book contains tables showing how likely the drug is to help your child, and how likely it is to cause problems. Similar tables are also included for popular nutritional supplements. Think your child has yeast problems? Detailed instructions are given on how to treat these, what choices you have for treatment agents, and how to give them. It also includes discussions of children who got better on these treatments!

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Biological Treatmens for Autism and PDD is an authoritative, comprehensive and easy-to-read resource guide to a wide range of therrapies useful in the treatment of autism. The book introduces antifungal and antibacterial therapies gluten and casein restriction, homeopahty, vitamin therapy, gamma globulin treatment, transfer factor therapies, treament of food allergies, and alternatives to antibiotic therapy.

The information in this book may be useful nopt only in the field of autism but also in virtually any disorder in which some of gthe symptoms of autism are sometimes or frequently present, including:

  • Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Williams disease
  • Down's syndrome with autistic symptoms
  • Rett's syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • Fragile X
  • Neurofibromatosis

What's new in the 2008 edition?

New, up to date, comprehensive and easy-to-read guide to the most current and most effective therapies for the treatment of autism and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).

Includes latest information about:

  • Secretin, CCK, and other GI hormones
  • Gluten, casein, and soy sensitivity
  • Vaccine reactions and vaccine recommendations
  • Reversal of food allergies
  • Transglutaminase antibody test for celiac disease
  • Transfer factor
  • Casein-free colostrum for immune deficiency
  • NAET (allergy testing and allergy elimination treatment)
  • Trreatment and tests for mercury and other heavy metals
  • DPP IV as the master regulator of peptide hormone metabolism
  • Vancomycin reversal of autistic symptoms
  • Amino acid abnormalities
  • Diagnosis and treatment of causes of purine autism
  • Calcium supplementation to prevent eye damage
  • Bile salt deficiencies in autism
  • clostridia metabolite alterations of neurotransmitter metabolism
  • Testinng and treatment for succinlypurine autism

Table of contents

  • Chapter 1: Infections, antibiotics, vaccins and their relationship to autism and ADD: Alternative treatments
  • Chapter 2: The microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Chapter 3: Organic acid testing, byproducts of yeast and their relationship to autism
  • Chapter 4: Yeast and fungi: How to control them
  • Chapter 5: Immune deficiency, immunizations, and yeast suppression of the immune system
  • Chapter 6: Abnormalities of the digestive system
  • Chapter 7: Immunizations and autism
  • Chapter 8: Heavy metals toxicity
  • Chapter 9: Inborn errors of metabolism as causes of autism
  • Chapter 10: Frequently asked questions
  • Chapter 11: The use of vitamin B6, magnesium, and DMG in the treatment of autistic children and adults
  • Chapter 12: Treating yeast in children with autism: typical results of anti-yeast therapy
  • Chapter 13: Understanding and implementing a gluten and casein free diet
  • Chapter 14: Managed recovery from autism and ADD: one family's journey
  • Chapter 15: Following a different road. A child's documented recovery from autism
  • Chapter 16: Summing up

What parents have to say

For me, the proof of this book's worth has been my child who speaks two languages fluently, plays appropriately and is a joy to behold.

The parent of a recovered child in New Jersey.


Dr. Shaw takes the complicated and often convoluted theory, and discoveries of some of the most brilliant researchers, physicians, scientists and other experts in their fields, and explain, dissects and relates their research and findings in a way that just about anyone can understand, regardless of education or background.

The parent of an autistic child in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


Absolutely the best! Following my son's diagnosis of autism, I went through every book on the subject I could find. This was the book which turned my son's life around.

A parent from Ohio.


A must-read for anyone with family or friends on the spectrum. This is one fo the most comprehensive, up to date research works available to parents of autistic individuals. This book gives critical information on treatments that ARE effective in helping individuals diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders.

A parent from Rockville, Maryland.


Autism is very complicated and not well understood. Dr. Shaw is a living legend! He includes information from different parents, medical analysis, lab work, theories, etc. Read it and learn! Fight for your child!

A parent from Israel.

What reviewers have to say

Dr. Shaw has performed a great and much needed service for the parents of autistic children - and the physicians who work with autistic children - by publishing this book. There are, however, very few books like this one, which addresses the practical, here and now biomedical treatments that can bring about dramatic improvements in many autistic individuals. Thank you, Dr. Shaw!

Bernard, Rimland, PhD
Founder and Director,
Autism Research Institute
San Diego, California