Broccoli compound shows promise for treating autism
Normally I'd dismiss something like this as another crazy wacky autism study…
"…researchers chose to test sulforaphane as an autism therapy.
Why study a broccoli sprout extract? According to Singh, one reason is related to a phenomenon known as the
"fever effect," seen in some children with autism -- where problems such as repetitive behavior temporarily fade when the child has a fever.
The researchers theorize that the improvement stems from the fact that fevers trigger a heat-shock response -- a cascade of events designed to shield body cells from stress. In lab research, sulforaphane has been found to spark such a heat-shock response, according to the researchers…."
I've written before how Kyle is better behaved and "less autistic" when he has a fever (read)... And I've learned that lots of autism parents have noticed this in their kids…
Time Magazine even took notice and wrote an article on the Autism / Fever connection back in 2009
Why Fever Helps Autism: A New Theory
So, any med or supplement that can mimic the effects of fever in some autistic kids (mine being one of them) would be a huge find!
So of course I google sulforaphane and of course you can get a form of it on Amazon…
But, of course, not the form used in the study. As the CBS News article states clearly…
The extract used in this study is not commercially available, but there are sulforaphane supplements on the market. Singh noted that those supplements are not standardized, and "you wouldn't know how much sulforaphane it would actually contain."
So what's an autism dad to do? Wait years for the right version to come out? Or try the version that's out there?
I don't usually try things lightly… but knowing that Kyle does have the "fever effect" it's definitely tempting…
Is this something y'all would consider? Do your autistic kids show the "fever effect"?
This is definitely one of the
Things That Make You Go Hmmm…