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Understanding Autism [electronic resource]: Biochemical Approach?

MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Autism, a complex developmental disability, is generally believed to be a genetic disorder. But Dr. William Walsh, a senior scientist at the Pfeiffer Institute, believes he has isolated a biochemical cause, based on analysis of blood, urine, and hair samples from 503 autistic children. His pioneering research attributes autism to the inability of a protein-metallothionein-to balance the body's metal metabolism. In this program, Dr. Walsh discusses his controversial findings bolstered by parents whose children have shown dramatic results from dietary supplements that counteract metal imbalance.
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12 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Biochemical approach?
  • A Complex Disability (3:19)
  • A Possible Cause of Autism (3:44)
  • Balancing the Biochemistry (2:58)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c2001.
Publisher no.
29624 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (12 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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