Gastrointestinal Issues in Autism: New Research

  By Gita Gupta In this post, I summarize a study from a group of well-known researchers which reveals new insights on gastrointestinal (GI) issues in autism. The study showed that the GI tract of children with autism has significant differences in mitochondrial function, compared to neurotypical children with similar GI issues. As parents like…

Autism and Mental Health

By Lisa Ackerman   This month I just spent a weekend with hundreds of doctors and nurses at the Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH) conference (1). This conference was about innovative treatments outside the standard prescription pad for mental health issues. Our goal for TACA families is to share the TACA mission in hopes…

Why not cure #autism?

By Lisa Ackerman An article was published recently titled Why Aren’t We trying To Cure Autism? (1.) This article spoke to me. Why is an autism cure such a taboo? We want a cure for everything for those who want a cure, right? I would love to talk about curing autism. The reality for many…

Oliver’s #Autism Journey from sickness to better health

    By Lea Googe – TACA Co-coordinator Texas   We often look back and wonder just how Oliver got so sick. We have our suspicions. And we have our regrets. Our family has a combined medical history filled with autoimmune issues like diabetes, ALS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Rheumatic Fever, Rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma,…

Research & Autism: Important New Developments

  By Dr. Suzanne Goh   One of the most important developments in autism research in recent years has been a focus on how the body’s biochemistry is altered in autism. Many research studies have now shown that in those with autism, the mitochondria (which are the key part of the cell that generate energy)…

Hindsight and the evolution of ASD treatment and recovery

  By Holly Bortfeld   I went to the IACC meeting in Washington DC on April 8, 2014 (1) to testify in front of the committee about my family’s autism journey. I took my son with me, as I am a single parent and have never had respite care. Standing over 6 feet tall, my…

Science and Subtypes in Autism

By Lisa Ackerman There is some incredible new research on autism and treatable, co-morbid conditions being released on a regular basis. This week, a new study has demonstrated strong results in emerging autism subtypes. I love seeing this new research! It gives me great comfort to know that more research on autism treatments has been…

Study Links Oxidative Stress Induced Mitochondrial Dysfunction to Autism

By Richard E Frye, M.D., Ph.D., Shannon Rose, Ph.D. and S. Jill James, Ph.D. The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is alarmingly high and appears to be continuing to rise. Despite decades of research, the cause of autism is still not clear. The majority of research into the causes of autism…

United we stand, divided we fall

By guest blogger: Ali Hoffman – TACA Volunteer Maryland The autism community is the most divided community in the world.  Some say it’s a disability, some say it’s an opportunity to celebrate diversity, and most say – that’s not my (child’s) autism.  What one group does to support families is viewed as offensive to another…