Dr. John Wilson Jr. is one of the courageous and pioneering doctors who has been applying biological principles to the treatment of autism for the past twelve years in his practice. His philosophy in treating autism is completely in line with that of the D.A.N. ((Defeat Autism Now) organization.
In essence, he believes that children who develop autism are not "hard-wired" for this disease, a belief held by conventional physicians. Rather, susceptible children develop this disease when they are exposed to certain environmental influences. There are certainly genetic susceptibilities in these children that can trigger autism when they are exposed to a variety of environmental triggers. Included in these triggers is mercury (thimerosal, a mercury preservative in childhood vaccinations) combined with a genetic inability to excrete this toxic metal.
Autistic children frequently have significant allergies to foods, inhalants, and environmental chemicals. They often have very significant digestive problems, particularly severe diarrhea. Approximately half of autistic children have an inheritable metabolic impairment in their body's utilization of vitamin B-12 and Folic Acid, known as methylation defects.
Dr. Wilson discuses these factors in detail as well as specific treatments that have been shown to be effective in helping these children recover.
From the Access to Health Experts interview series
About Dr. Wilson
Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine
Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians
Member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)
Chairperson of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine
Dr. Wilson received his medical education from the University of Minnesota, followed by Family Practice Residency in West Virginia. He served as clinical associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine. He brought with him 14 years of experience in rural Family Practice when he joined the Medical Center in 1991, along with expertise in chelation, environmental, allergic and preventive medicine.
He has extensive training and a special interest in Neural Therapy. He lectures nationally to physicians' organizations and has an interest in the politics of medicine. Dr. Wilson is Board Certified in Chelation Therapy (Clinical Metal Toxicology), Environmental Medicine, and Neural Therapy