By J.B. Handley
During Jenny McCarthy’s historic interview with Larry King, she said something that has stayed with me ever since. Here’s the excerpt:
LARRY KING: What is autism?.
JENNY MCCARTHY: Wow! Well, it differs for a lot of people. But -- or opinions. But I believe that's -- it's an infection and/or toxins and/or funguses on top of vaccines that push children into this neurological downslide which we call autism.
Can someone rewind that? Autism is an infection? What the hell does that mean? Even for a parent like me, deeply steeped in the biomedical approach to autism recovery, this was a paradigm-shifting comment.
In the days that followed Jenny’s interview, I spent a great deal of time reading and re-reading many of my favorite sites and papers on autism, and found myself most struck by the remarkable insights of a remarkable parent, Stan Kurtz. In particular, Stan produced a “bible” of sorts that explained his perspective on autism, which largely subscribes to this infection theory. (You can read Stan’s writings HERE.)
There are so many interesting insights in Stan’s extensive writings that it’s hard to do it justice here, but a few include:
- Simultaneous (I call it “carpet bombing”) treatment of bacteria, yeast, and viruses can produce remarkable results in a child.
- It’s this combination of factors (along with metals) that creates the “infection” and effectively shuts a child’s system down.
- Valtrex (for viruses) and Diflucan/Nizoral (for yeast) are receiving positive feedback from many parents (and using Valtrex without Diflucan/Nizoral is likely to produce bad results).
- The protocol used is critical to the success of this carpet-bombing approach: dosing of antifungals and Valtrex, times given during the day, duration, etc. (Parents who give up early or use Nyastatin instead of Diflucan get worse results in general.)
- Supporting a child with Methyl B-12 during this protocol is key, as is a narrowed diet that is less likely to feed pathogens (the ‘Caveman Diet”).
Jenny’s comments and Stan’s writings caused us to take a step back with our own son. We slowed down what we were doing and decided to focus 100% on his gut. We are very pleased with what we have seen.
One of the challenges with spreading the word about biomedical intervention is its complexity and extreme reliance on parental compliance. It’s my opinion that Stan’s writings deserve even greater understanding, circulation, and scrutiny. His protocol is relatively simple and straightforward. Ironically, it relies on a couple of prescription drugs (Valtrex and Diflucan). Even a mainstream pediatrician could implement this protocol for a child and monitor it – a central need if we are ever going to scale biomedical intervention for autism.
Imagine these two very different approaches with a mainstream pediatrician:
“For a child with autism, a behavioral diagnosis, refer the parent to a specialist in ABA.”
Stan Kurtz Approach:
“This child is experiencing a delay in development and/or a regression in development. Also, they are experiencing an overgrowth of yeast and bacteria and have multiple low-grade viral infections simmering in their body. Please advise the parent to implement a pathogen-starving diet and a comprehensive treatment plan to simultaneously reduce the levels of yeast, bacteria, and viruses in the body with the following protocol utilizing four core treatment tools: Valtrex, Diflucan, Methyl B-12, and basic supplementation.”
Is Autism an infection? If it is, perhaps we are closer to treating more children with autism than we think.
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