Italian Inspirations for New Therapies for autism – reblogging
July 1, 2013 1 Comment
Unfortunately my newest blog was accidently deleted in my efforts to learn a new blogging software system (my bad). However it is fresh in my mind and I will take this opportunity to add to it.
Firenze (Florence) was the birthplace of the Renaissance (which in the Italian translation means rebirth) and is an appropriate term for the growing influence of Italy in the research of Autism related disorders.
First and foremost I must comment on the amazing families who both invited me to Italy and also made the entire trip a huge success (at least from my perspective). My staff worked long hours to collate the data and to communicate with the families and especially with Grazia Ciatti who worked amazingly hard to both translate and assist the families in this process. Professor Marco Ruggiero from the University of Firenze (Florence) graciously contributed to his expertise and new discoveries on GcMAF to the presentations made on the first Saturday of this trip. And without the support of my wife – who both worked with the moms to provide those special touches and supported my efforts and long hours without complain – the trip would have been far less enjoyable.
Professor Ruggiero in one of his laboratories at the medical school at University of Firenze (Florence).
Professor Ruggiero was kind enough to present my data to the Italian families (in the Italian language) and together we discussed the ongoing nature of the research and concepts of the autism – immune – brain harmonic linkages.
My time in Italy included hands on training by the professor on the diagnostic process of transcranial ultrasonography – a painless non-invasive technique that can image the temporal lobe with sound waves.
The space between the two plus signs is the temporal (brain) cortical thickness.
J IiME. 6 (1): 23-28, 2012. Transcranial sonography in the diagnosis, follow-up and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Ruggiero M, Fiore MG, Magherini, S, Esposito S, Morucci G, Gulisano M and Pacini S.
Brain Stimul. 2012 May 29. Transcranial ultrasound (TUS) effects on mental states: A pilot study. Hameroff S, Trakas M, Duffield C, Annabi E, Bagambhrini Gerace M, Boyle P, Lucas A, Amos Q, Buadu A, Badal JJ.
TUS is an emerging treatment for the brain that will require more investigation to evaluate its roll in Autism, however it is another promising modality which will be undergoing development in a collaboration with Ruggiero and our group.
Professors Ruggiero and Pacini (above – also Husband and Wife) collaborated on the creation on a complex strain of multiple bacteria to induce mucosal immune responses similar to GcMAF and to help create a better ecosystem. A product which is based on their published research is Bravo Probiotic and you can learn more about http://www.bravoprobiotic .com. The early results from some of my patients throughout the World appear encouraging enough to warrant a formal clinical study.
Ruggiero and I had some wonderful discussions leading to a plan to implement investigation of a proposed activated form of vitamin D that will have its transport molecule attached. This will be intriguing and available for testing soon. More to follow on this.
Florence is an inspirational city with a rich and remarkable history. The people of Italy were charming and the families I became familiar with made the entire process an unforgettable experience.
Marco Ciatti is the Director of the institute charged with restoration of the amazing artifacts of the country. Here he kindly is showing my wife (Jennifer) and I the technology used to restore daVinci’s unfinished masterpiece – the Adoration of the Magi. Although uniquely different the science of restoring masterpieces of art is reminiscent of the work we all put in to restoring our children from autism.
With respect and admiration for the city of Florence and the people of Italy.