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Posted by Contact a DAN Dr.-Grandm Peg on December 15, 2000 at 16:49:39:

In Reply to: VERY, VERY, AGRRESIVE, HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted by Douglas Camargo on December 14, 2000 at 19:16:34:

: I have a brother and he is autistic. Sometimes he is happy. He looks directly to your eyes and gives you a happy smile. But, when he is not happy things just look like if it was hell!

: My brother is 21 years old. He has been agresive since he was 6 years old. When he is agressive he starts bitting his arms as hard as he can. He continius doing it until he calms down. But he also bittes my mother really hard. Last year my mother arm was full of bites of my brother. It hurts me to see my mother being violented by my brother and also watching my brother hurting himself so badly.

: I dont know what to do. He takes lots of medication. He takes Risperdal, Hidantal, and something to calm him down.

: What can I do? Anyone has the same problems?

REPLY: If you haven't done the following suggestions, it might help if you do it now. There are now doctors who are specializing in treating autistics with newer biological methods, though most of their patients may be under 15, I wouldn't let that stop you. If you've not read any info on this additional treatments, there are lots of web sites from legitimate doctors and researchers plus many books dedicated to these therapies. Your brother will robably still be advised to take the meds he does now but other things may be added, such as vitamins, or other supplements. You can now see that he takes a big dose of the B vitamins, especially B-6 with magnesium. The list of special dr's, called a DAN dr. list, can be found on the Autism Research Institue web pae at or from the front page of the fluten-casein free diet page at Both places have many info sites that pertain to these therapies. Your brother may also be aggravated by a food allergy or food intolerance. Try to remember if he has worse days when he's eaten a food he may be really fond of, or one he eats often. There's lots to do but I think you need a special dr. to guide you. If you need more help, come back here. Lots of experienced people on this board willing to help. Grandma Peg P.S. the B-6 with magnesium is also calming.

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