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In the early 1980’s my wife became ill. Subsequently, I started having mothers come in to the practice who told me that by 3 or 4 in the afternoon, they were too tired to take care of their children. Within a few years, I started having the mothers come in telling me that the children were too tired by 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Characteristic of this disorder in adults is cognitive dysfunction, short-term memory problems, decreased processing ability, abnormal sleep cycles. Think about your kids – that’s what they have.

Now if these adults grew up normal until they were 20, 30, 40 or 50 years old, if they graduated college – most of them, as they were facetiously defined in the late 1980’s, as having "yuppie flu" – why were they called the "yuppie flu"? These were basically college-educated adults who all of a sudden were dysfunctional. And nobody could say why. So, unfortunately what I learned the hard way in our system is that if you can’t measure something, then it must be psychiatric. That’s been perhaps one of the biggest ongoing mistakes of our research establishment.

For some reason when I was back in medical school, we accepted that there was this single marker, the positive ANA for lupus, and that something was wrong with those people. But, what I’ve learned the hard way is that if we can’t measure something wrong, it’s psychiatric. At that time I was willing to look at amino acid work, candida – which of course, is taboo in medicine. A firm I was working with sent me over some children from west Los Angeles who were autistic. I ran profiles on them, these amino acid profiles. What was very strange was that their profiles were showing similar patterns of deficiencies as these adults. By that time I had already come to think of these adults as immune-related so the thought went through my head, what in the world did autism have to do with the immune system?

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