DMG and it’s use in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
DMG is Dimethylglycine (Pangamic Acid), it is an amino acid that is found in some foods naturally such as red meat, some grains and legumes. It is closely linked to B15 and it increases Pangamic Acid production in the body. There is evidence to suggest that DMG provides benefits for many individuals with autistic spectrum disorders.
Is DMG a Supplement?
DMG has not been classified as a vitamin because there is no evidence that a lack of it can cause any health problems.
In some countries DMG is used as a physical enhancement supplement for athletes and in the Soviet Union it is considered an important nutrient and is used for treating problems such as; alcoholism and drug addiction; mental problems such as those of aging and senility, minimal brain damage in children, autism, and schizophrenia; heart disease and high blood pressure; diabetes; skin diseases; liver disease; and chemical poisonings.
DMG For Autistic Behavior Control
In the US, Australia and other western countries DMG has been recommended for treatment of Autism and ASD, particularly for behaviour issues as there are claims that it can improve eye contact, frustration tolerance, speech and interest in interacting socially, as well as decreasing aggressive behaviour toward self and others in severe cases.
Research Evidence of DMG for Autism
There is however very little evidence from research that DMG has any real benefits for the treatment of Autism – ASD or for physical enhancement, but there is research by Reap et al., (1989) that found DMG supplementation stimulated the immune system, and caused a four-fold increase in antibody production by the immune system. .
We found out about DMG when we were researching for information on Biomedical treatments for Autism for Isy in 2000, just after she was diagnosed with Autism. Back then it was pretty much the same, there was claims that DMG was effective as a supplement for Autism but there was no hard evidence. There was however solid evidence that there was no observed toxicity, or adverse effects by using DMG.
Back then it was not possible to get DMG in Australia so we sourced it via the internet from the US, going for a brand that had a reputation for being “pure DMG” Aangamik, DMG. We purchased it in bulk orders and began the treatment on Isy.
DMG Helped Our Daughter With Autism
We did notice a difference, Isy seemed to be calmer, eye contact improved, stimming decreased and her language seemed to improve. We noticed these changes gradually over a period of six months, however we were unsure if it was purely because of the DMG, as we were administering other Autism treatments such as ABA and DTT.
We decided to stop administering the DMG to see if there was a noticeable difference – and there was. Mostly noticeable was the behaviour and eye contact, but we did definitely notice a set back in other areas.
We put Isy back onto the DMG, she had been taking it in total for around seven years. For the last three years she has not been taking any DMG, but she had advanced quite dramatically from her Autism and we did not notice any marked difference when she stopped taking it.
Jut recently Isy paid a visit to her Homeopath Dr Sinclair Bode who has recommended that she goes back to taking DMG to help develop her social interaction skills. So we will see if there is as much improvement as last time, albeit in other areas, but still related to her Autism.
Let us know what your experience with DMG – if any, has been – leave a comment below!
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