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News, Research & Links - Autism Spectrum Disorder


10.Sep.03 - Clue to why men suffer more from autism

Research findings from the Institute of Child Health in London have offered "the best explanation for why men are ten times more vulnerable to autism than women". According to scientists from the Institute, headed by David Skuse, a cluster of genes found on the X chromosome are heavily implicated in autism. While women have two copies of this chromosome, men have only one, and scientists think this could be vital to the disorder's gender profile. When these crucial genes go wrong, the brain struggles to cope with normal social interactions. Once the identity of the genes has been traced more accurately, the discovery could have important implications for diagnosing and treating the condition. Source: The Times

31.Jul.03 - New technique to treat autism

A brief case study in The Sun describes a new learning system designed to help autistic children. The Son-Rise system uses interactive play and other methods to help children communicate more effectively. A spokesman for the National Autistic Society said, 'Some families have found this programme has a real impact on their children's autism but others have found it to be little or no help. It can also be expensive'. The article describes how five-year-old George Stooks, who used to be petrified of strangers and unable to make eye contact, speak, or feed himself, improved enormously under the Son-Rise system. Some local education authorities may give financial support to parents who wish to try the system. Source: The Sun

16.Jul.2003 - Brain growth problem is autism cause, scientists say

Scientists in the US have discovered that children who develop autism tend to be born with small heads, and their brains then grow extremely rapidly before their first birthdays. The unusual rate of growth appears to damage the infants' brains, interfering with the development of healthy connections between neurons, and triggering autism. This development takes place before the symptoms of autism are usually detected, and could lead to earlier diagnosis and therapy. The study also offers strong evidence that the MMR vaccine plays no part in the development of autism, as its first clinical signs are present long before the vaccine is administered. The research is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Source: The Times

10.Mar.03 - Alternative ways to help children with autism

Clare Garner of the Daily Express looks at three types of alternative therapy thought to help children with autism. More>>

On Nov. 25, 2001 - The Autism Explosion

The London Programme put together this powerful piece of journalism, which investigated why there has been a 10-fold increase in the incidence of autism in the UK, and if this explosion is linked to the MMR vaccination. Within the 40-minute programme was a profile of Alfie Morris, whose mother Zoe explained has found great benefits from giving omega 3 fish oils. More>>

11.Feb.03 - 'A change in the diet helps disorders'

'The results of the study will soon be ready for publication, but in the meantime Dr Portwood believes parents can start to help their children by giving balanced diets with an emphasis on fresh produce, rather than highly processed foods. More>>

25.Jan.03 - Autism is much more prevalent than previously believed

Current estimates of the prevalence of autism are 16 per 10 000 births, but this estimated prevalence increases to 63 per 10 000 when all forms of autism spectrum disorders are included. It is much higher than previously reported, Peter Szatmari, professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, writes in an editorial of today´s British Medical Journal. More>>


A Study of L- carnosine supplementation in children with autistic spectrum disorder

"Oral supplementation with L-Carnosine resulted demonstrable improvements in autistic behaviors as well as increases in language comprehension that reached statistical significance" More>>

Fish Oils

Jan 31, 2003 - ITV's This Morning

"The situation is that about one third of children with autism will respond to fish oil therapy. But rich in EPA - that's very important... and that's the same for hyperactivity, dyslexia, dyspraxia."

The wonderful story of Hope Lewis, who found great benefit on refined omega 3 fish oils, was featured on ITV's This Morning. Dr Chris Steele also explained how supplementation can assist many conditions, including night blindness, post-partum depression and hyperactivity. More>>

31.Jan.03 - Hope by the age of six was profoundly withdrawn due to her autism.

The doctors could do nothing. As a last resort her mother tried her on a fish oil supplement. The results were staggering. More>>


'In November 2001, Hope started a high daily dose of fish oil supplement. Within 10 weeks there were some remarkable changes. "You wouldn't know there had been anything wrong with her. It's miraculous. It seems incredible that this kind of transformation could be down to something as simple as fish oil. But it has given me my child back,"' says Hope's mother, Kate. By the age of six, Hope Lewis was profoundly autistic and withdrawn, and doctors could do nothing. As a last resort, her mother tried her on a fish oil supplement. More>>

25.Feb.02 - Fish Oil can help many developmental conditions

There is increasing evidence that highly unsaturated fatty acids play a role in many developmental conditions, including dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the autistic spectrum. They are also important in psychiatric conditions like depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression) and schizophrenia. This is not surprising given that these special fats normally make up 20% of the dry weight of the brain.

02.Feb.02 - 'Harry's not one to fish for praise'

'"I've never been particularly interested in alternative health, but after seeing how Harry reacted to taking omega 3, I've definitely changed my mind," [Harry's Mum] admitted. "He is very obviously calmer and it deals with a lot of the behavioural problems. " '

For some people, supplements and vitamins have become a modern-day answer to all-round health, but can they exceed the dietary need? Can they assist in the control of incurable conditions? Debbie Watson spoke to one Ipswich family to hear its story. More>>

24.Sep.01 - How a Fish Diet can help Autistic Children

' Dr Bell has been recommending that patients treat their children with a highly-refined, fish oil supplementation. "When we treat some of the kids by replacing depleted fatty acids, we see improvement in some of the behaviours and characteristics of autism,' he said. "Their parents report that their children are more attentive, their concentration improves and their sleep patterns stabilise."' More...

MMR & its Links to Autism

27.09.03 - Communication and miscommunication of risk: understanding UK parents' attitudes to combined MMR vaccination

In this article on the public perception of risks Paul Bellaby considers three examples of risks to children in the UK—an insignificant risk (autism caused by MMR vaccine), a real but probably small risk (vCJD from BSE), and a real and demonstrably larger risk (injuries from road crashes) and contrasts the perceptions of the risks by parents. More...

Mercury & its Links to Autism

15.Sep.03 - Low mercury levels in baby hair linked to autism

Dr Miriam Stoppard reports on the latest research on the links between mercury and autism. Scientists studied the levels of mercury in the baby hair of children later diagnosed with autism. The autistic babies had far lower levels of mercury in their hair than other infants. The researchers have speculated that autistic children either don't absorb mercury, or have more trouble excreting it. While the findings suggest that some children have a genetic fault that makes them far more susceptible to mercury poisoning, the results of the study do not prove this. The differences in the mercury levels in baby hair may be a sign of a more general difficulty in dealing with metals. Source: Daily Mirror

19.Jun.03 - Autism is linked to mercury poisoning

Scientists in the United States have discovered a link between mercury and autism. A group of doctors from Louisiana found that babies who go on to develop autism have abnormally low levels of mercury in their hair, suggesting that their bodies may have difficulty in excreting this poison. This could be causing a dangerous build-up of mercury in brain cells that could trigger autism. There is potential evidence that a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal, which is used in some vaccines, could be responsible for some cases of autism. Thimerosal has never been used in the MMR vaccine, which contains no mercury. The results are to be published in the International Journal of Toxicology. Source: The Times

Note: The International Journal of Toxicology publishes fully refereed papers covering the entire field of toxicology, including research in risk assessment, general toxicology, carcinogenicity, safety evaluation, reproductive and genetic toxicology, epidemiology and clinical toxicology, mechanisms of toxicity, new approaches to toxicological testing, and alternatives to animal testing. Their articles are available from Medline, the particular article referred to hasn't yet been published on Medline - anyone interested in the published results will eventually be able to download it from the Medline Database.


Omega 3 EPA & DHA is the most bio-available form of Omega 3 you can get, the richest natural form of this type of Omega 3 is found in fish, particularly oily fish such as herring. The quality, concentration & purity of fish oil varies enormously, at 1st Vitality we specialise in offering the best quality omega 3 products you can get.

Our Purest Brand Omax3 @ 91% Omega 3

Omax3™ is The Ultra-Pure Omega-3 Supplement™, specially developed by physicians and scientists from the Yale University School of Medicine to provide you with an ultra-pure and optimally balanced Omega-3 supplement for your health.

One 825mg capsule contains a minimum of 750mg of pure Omega 3

  • 1 box contains 60 soft gel capsules
  • Pharmaceutical grade quality, no Vitamin A or D
  • Suggested use for 10 years & upwards (younger children can take by squeezing the oil from the capsule into a drink or yoghurt)


Type of Capsule: Gelatin
Serving Size 1- 2 per day
A 1 capsule serving provides 562mg of EPA
Number of servings per bottle: 60 @ 1 per day or 30 @ 2 per day
Content per mg Capsule:  

EPA Omega 3 content:


DHA Omega 3 content:

Total Omega 3 per capsule: 750mg
Total Omega 3 per 2 capsules: 1500mg

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MorEPA Mini Capsules
is a rich and pure source of Omega 3 EPA fish oil. An ideal choice for children to ensure that they get their daily dose of EPA.

  • Available in Strawberry Flavoured softgel Capsules
  • 1 box contains 60 capsules
  • Pharmaceutical grade quality, no Vitamin A or D
  • Suitable for 5 years & upwards*
Capsule Size:480mg
Type of Capsule: Fish Gelatin
Serving Size:2 per day
A 2 capsule serving provides558mg of EPA**
Number of servings per bottle:30 @ 2 per day
Content per 480mg Capsule**: 

EPA Omega 3 content:


DHA Omega 3 content:


GLA Omega 6 content:

approx 1mg (10mg EPO)

MorEPA Smart Fats
is a rich and pure source of Omega 3 EPA fish oil.

One 1,000 mg capsule contains a minimum of 500 mg of pure EPA

  • 1 bottle contains 60 citrus flavoured soft gel capsules
  • Pharmaceutical grade quality, no Vitamin A or D
  • Suitable for 12 years & upwards due to the size of the capsule.
Type of Capsule: Fish Gelatin
Serving Size 1- 2 per day
A 1 capsule serving provides 500mg of EPA**
Number of servings per bottle: 60 @ 1 per day
Content per 1000mg Capsule**:  

EPA Omega 3 content:


DHA Omega 3 content:


* For younger children below 5 years and after weaning - The liquid (not capsules) may be given as a food additive, for example, in Yoghurt, smoothies. Please take care, as fish oil can cause gastric intolerance in smaller children - introduce it gradually to check for tolerance.

** Minimum content - The EPA & DHA content of MorEPA capsules varies per batch on oil. The variation is only slight, for an exact breakdown of the latest batch of oils please contact us.

NB. Seek approval from your doctor before giving supplements to children under 5. This information is only provided as a guide to potential users and you should always read the instructions on the bottle/box for the latest & most up-to-date information.

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Cod Liver Oil ONLY contains around 18% Omega 3. So what else is in it?
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