Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is often accompanied by self-injurious behaviour (SIB), aggression, and tantrums, systems that have reportedly improved with micronutrient treatment with vitamins and minerals (micronutrients). The lecture will report on a recent study that compared the outcomes of 44 people with ASD treated with micronutrients to 44 treated with conventional medications. Although both groups improved in many ways, micronutrient treatment was associated with some significant advantages: lower activity level, less social withdrawal, less anger, better spontaneity with the examiner, less irritability, lower intensity SIB, markedly fewer adverse events, and less weight gain. Advantages of medication management were insurance coverage, fewer pills, and less frequent dosing. The underlying mechanisms likely involved in micronutrient treatment will also be discussed.

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