Are There Chemical Markers in the Urine of Autistic Children?

Chemical analysis is being performed on the urine of autistic children. Will vaccine ingredients be considered?

That’s a question on the minds of researchers at the University of Buffalo for several years now.  UofB chemist Troy Wood and his team have been working on finding molecular compounds in autistic children’s urine.  Troy is hopeful those compounds could become biological markers in tests to diagnose autism at earlier ages that definitely would be more objective and effective than current diagnostic procedures.  Basically, he and his research team are looking for chemical clues.  Personally, I’d love to be in that laboratory checking out spectrographic readouts.

One research team member, Charmion Cruickshank, found depleted levels of a reduced form of glutathione, which is an amino acid that, coincidentally, holistic or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) uses in treating autistic children.

Glutathione is one of the network antioxidants extremely important in detoxifying and healing.  Antioxidants strengthen the immune system by providing free radical intervention and protection.  Interesting?  Cruickshank also found that stercobilin, “A brown degradation product of hemoglobin present in feces” [1] also seemed abnormally low.  Stercobilin is part of the heme breakdown that helps color human fecal matter.  I wonder if that finding will lead to a fallback on the work of medical doctors who have found intestinal (gut) problems are common in autistic children.

The research team says their findings are indicative of oxidative stress.  Of course, oxidative stress occurs from neurotoxins and other toxic materials in food, water, air, the environment, and vaccines, let’s not forget—something vaccinology apparently does not want to admit.

What researchers also ought to be looking for, I think—and so do others in holistic medical research—are quantitative amounts of selenium, the mineral precursor to glutathione, similar in biochemistry to what zinc is to the production of insulin, often referred to as metalloenzymes, An enzyme having a metal, usually an ion, linked to its protein component.” [2] Selenium and glutathione are effective detoxifiers, especially for children who have been vaccinated with mercury [Thimerosal] and aluminum-containing vaccines.

Other chemical markers I think the UofB researchers ought to be tracking in autistic children’s urine are formaldehyde and Formalin.  The body does not produce massive amounts of formaldehyde and certainly does not produce any Formalin.  Both chemicals are used as manufacturing ingredients in many childhood vaccines.

I’m anxious to see where this research leads.  The science behind it—if not messed with by vested interests—could be what is needed for a scientific determination and medical diagnosis of children on the autism spectrum disorder.




Charlotte Hsu, Hunting for autism’s chemical clues, University of Buffalo Reporter, July 5, 2012,






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Catherine J. Frompovich

Catherine J Frompovich is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting. Catherine is an editor and writing consultant who helps authors get into publication. For numerous semesters she taught several writing courses for a suburban Philadelphia school district’s Adult Evening School. Her passion is assisting and guiding authors into print. Catherine’s latest book, A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, will be available on and as a Kindle eBook sometime in July 2012. Two of Catherine’s more recent books on are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008).