Dr. John Wilson Jr. is one of the courageous and pioneering doctors who have been applying biological principles to the treatment of autism for the past twelve years in his practice. His philosophy in treating autism is completely in line with that of the D.A.N. (Defeat Autism Now) organization.
In essence, he believes that children who develop autism are not "hard-wired" for this disease, a belief held by conventional physicians. Rather, susceptible children develop this disease when they are exposed to certain environmental influences. There are certainly genetic susceptibilities in these children that can trigger autism when they are exposed to a variety of environmental triggers. Included in these triggers is mercury (thimerosal, a mercury preservative in childhood vaccinations) combined with a genetic inability to excrete this toxic metal. Autistic children frequently have significant allergies to foods, inhalants, and environmental chemicals. They often have very significant digestive problems, particularly severe diarrhea. Approximately half of autistic children have an inheritable metabolic impairment in their body's utilization of vitamin B-12 and Folic Acid, known as methylation defects.
Dr. Wilson discusses these factors in detail as well as specific treatments that have been shown to be effective in helping these children recover.
John Wilson is a Physician (MD) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (FAAEM). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), and Chairperson of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.
Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN is the host of the Access to Health Experts interview series. She holds a doctorate and is board certified in Clinical Nutrition, is the author of Digestive Wellness, Digestive Wellness for Children, and Leaky Gut Syndrome. She’s the Director of Doctoral Studies at Hawthorn University, and the nutrition editor for Pilates Style Magazine. Dr. Lipski is the founder of several web-based health information sites including Innovative Healing and Access to Health Experts.