The Brenen Hornstein Autism Research and Education Foundation
Our mission is to fund cutting edge biomedical autism research that will lead to a treatment and/or cure.
The purpose of this web site is to provide you, the parent, with information about the different options that are used in the treatment of autism. The BHARE Foundation does not endorse or condemn any treatment on this site, as its purpose is to provide you with information so that you can make the best choice for your own child. We feel it is up to you, the parent, to make an informed decision about how to best help your child. If you have any questions about the different treatments or research on the website, we will be happy to discuss them with you. It is our intent that you gain at least some knowledge in the area of treatment, so you are able to help your child as much as possible.
The treatments described in these pages may vary greatly and some may be controversial. It is important to remember that each child is very different. A treatment that works wonders for many children may not affect your child. On the other hand, treatments that have helped only a few children may be what your child needs. We encourage you to seek out anything you feel may help. All children can improve and be helped.
Why would a treatment work so well for some and do nothing for others? We feel the answer to this question lies in the premise that autism has more than one cause. This thinking is the general consensus of most researchers. Approximately half of all autistic children have, or did have, severe gastrointestinal problems. This fact is a huge red flag, and as such, we need to focus on the GI tract. Diarrhea and constipation are a common occurrence. Another common factor seems to be a history of recurring ear infections during infancy, resulting in frequent antibiotic treatment. Dr. Jim Adams has researched that children with autism had an average of four rounds of antibiotics by eighteen months of age vs. one round for typically developing children. Evidence is mounting to indicate an autoimmune problem in most children. If it is true that there are many causes, then certainly, it would seem logical that there would be many different treatments that work.
While we don’t have all the answers, we are here to provide you with any information we obtain. We strongly encourage you to become highly educated regarding autism. If there is information that we have left out that you feel is important, please let us know. Also, if you feel information is not as accurate as it could be, please help us make the necessary changes. The information contained herein will be a brief summary of each treatment as it would take several books to fully explain. A handful of children have been completely cured of autism. Not autism in remission, but cured. They no longer need ANY treatments. They are cured. Some professionals will tell you that it is not possible to be cured of autism. We say that it is. The proof is out there, and yet, most doctors refuse to believe it. Many children will show improvements after applying some or several treatments. Those children, will not be cured from these treatments, but will improve to varying degrees. Another very small handful of children will have a “remission” from autism, and only remain that way as long as they maintain their treatment. It is our goal that all people with autism, some day fall into the cured or remission categories. With your help, we can do it!