Autism Associated with B-Vitamin Deficiency Linked to Sugar Intake and Alcohol Consumption


  • Raymond J. Shamberger King James Medical Laboratory, 24700 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145, USA



Autism, binge drinking, B vitamins, minimal daily requirements, WIC program, ADDM Network.


Objectives: Autism rates in the United States are increasing at a rate of 10-15% per year. This study uses nutritional epidemiology and relates autism rates to the total B-vitamin intakes. The total amounts of B-vitamins are then compared to the previously established minimal daily requirements to see if the intakes are adequate. The apparent lower B-vitamins may result from the increased consumption of sugar and alcohol which are devoid of vitamins, minerals, protein, fat and antioxidants.

Study Design: The autism rate was then compared to the percent exclusive per cent breast feeding from 2000-2004 as well as 2007-2010. Other comparisons were made between the statewide exclusive breast feeding and the binge drinking per state. The percentage of infants who participated in Washington state WIC (Womens Infant & Childrens) program were also compared to the autism rate in each county. The autism rate among 8 year olds when compared to the % increase of sugar consumption from 2002 to 2010 also showed an increase in the autism rate.

Results: The total amounts of B vitamins in breast milk seemed to be inadequate compared to published mdrs. There was also a direct relationship to the autism rate with the women who were breast feeding from 2000-2004 and 2007-2010. Increased autism rates were related to increased sugar consumption and to an increased alcohol intake.

Conclusions: The mothers who are exclusively breast feeding should continue their prenatal vitamins. Sugar intake and alcohol consumption should be decreased. The results suggest that autism is nutritionally related.


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How to Cite

Shamberger, R. J. (2015). Autism Associated with B-Vitamin Deficiency Linked to Sugar Intake and Alcohol Consumption. Journal of Intellectual Disability - Diagnosis and Treatment, 3(1), 7–12.



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