DAN", default", an international organization of open-minded physicians and parents of autistic children working together asking questions seeking biomedical solutions.
Dr. Block's Approach
Dr. Block is active in DAN (Defeat Autism Now), an international organization of
open-minded physicians and parents of autistic children who are working
together, asking questions and actively seeking biomedical solutions. They are
no longer willing to sit by and accept what has happened to these children. They
are determined to find the causes in order to prevent autism in the future and
to find the solutions so the children who already have this label can have the
future they deserve. Autism is considered a psychiatric disorder and is often
treated with psychiatric drugs. However, children with autistic symptoms do not
get well on these drugs and the number of new cases continues to climb. A new
approach is needed. Many of the patients at The Block Center have had their
autistic symptoms improve when the following health problems are addressed:
Intestinal Tract Problems
1. Antibiotic treatment can kill the good bacteria in the intestinal tract which
can throw off the delicate balance needed in the gut to insure proper function.
Taking a nutritional supplement of these good bacteria can help re-establish the
normal levels in the intestinal tract.
2. A comprehensive stool analysis can help identify treatment for hidden
problems in the gut such as yeast overgrowth, parasites and any bacteria that
should not be in the gut. At the Block Center we have found that about 25% of
the patients have parasites, about 50% have bacteria and about 90% have yeast
3. A test for Gluten and Casein Urinary Peptides can identify if there are
problems digesting gluten, found in wheat and other grains, and casein, from
dairy products. New research indicates that if these foods are not broken down
properly, they can mimic the effects of opiate drugs such as heroin and morphine
and affect opiate receptors in the brain involved with speech and auditory
4. The use of an intestinal tract hormone, Secretin, was discovered by a
mother whose child had autistic symptoms. At The Block Center many children
improve dramatically with the use of Secretin.
Allergies to foods and inhalants can cause symptoms such as anger, temper
tantrums, attention problems, hyperactivity, lethargy, a decrease in cognitive
function, stomach distress and headaches. Eliminating the offending foods from
the diet or treating the allergies can help. At The Block Center we understand
the relationship between allergies and how we feel and act.
Specific nutrients are needed in the body to make the biochemical processes work
properly. The nutrients act as co-factors for the biochemical reactions. For the
body to proceed from point A to point B, certain nutrients must be available.
When these nutrients are not available, abnormal behaviors may occur.
Consider the following research:
Magnesium deficiency in children is characterized by excessive fidgeting,
anxious restlessness, psychomotor instability and learning difficulties in the
presence of normal IQ. (Magnesium in Health and Disease, Seelig, 1980)
In a double blind, cross-over study published in Biological Psychiatry (Vol.
14,no.5,1979), Vitamin B6 was found to be more effective than methylphenidate
(Ritalin) in a group of hyperactive children.
Zinc deficiency may make children irritable, tearful, sullen and have gaze
aversion, Moynahan, Zinc Deficiency and Disturbances of Mood and Behavior,
Lancet, 1:91, 1976.
DMAE, a neurotransmitter precursor, helps to improve behaviors, mental
concentration, puzzle solving ability and organization(J.Pediatrics,1958).
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Mercury is a known neuro-toxin which can cross the blood brain barrier and
concentrate in the brain. Alarming amounts of mercury are used in children's
vaccines. Many parents report first seeing their child's autistic symptoms after
a vaccination. The U.S. Public Health Service and The American Academy of
Pediatrics support the FDA`s directive to eliminate mercury (Thimerosal) from
vaccines. At The Block Center, we evaluate for the presence of mercury and other
heavy metals, then remove the metals.