Suramin is a drug that was created 100 years ago to cure sleeping sickness.There is hope that it could cure autism.

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine have been studying Autism Spectum Disorder. They may have finally opened a window of hope using a vintage drug that could cure autism.

Autism has been rapidly on the rise. The number of affected children is staggering.

WebMD states.

“The number of children diagnosed with autism or related disorders has grown at what many call an alarming rate. In the 1970s and 1980s, about one out of every 2,000 children had autism. Today, the CDC estimates that one in 150 8-year-olds in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.”

However, numbers from UC San DIego School of Medicine  indicate that it’s much worse than that.  They say that one in 68 children have autism. For some unknown reason boys are  four times as likely to have the disease.

The rise of autism has fueled  heated debate. Many people point to vaccines as the possible cause, either because of the components of vaccines or the ramped up quantities pushed on children at increasingly younger ages. In 2013 article from Natural News they stated that children are receiving 12 times the amount of vaccines than they did in 1940.

The Scientific American debunks the theory while simultaneously supporting it.

“The debilitating symptoms of autism typically become apparent shortly after age two, not long after infants have received vaccinations for a host of diseases. Indeed, many parents claim that their children developed autism shortly after receiving inoculations, either following a vaccine series for mumps, measles and rubella (German measles)–the so-called MMR vaccine–or following vaccines containing thimerosal, a preservative that contains mercury.”

Hopefully researchers will find both answers and a cure.

The cause of autism is unknown. But researchers at  UC San DIego Health have some ideas about the possible causes of autism.

“ASD has no single known cause, but may involve both genetic problems and environmental factors, such as viral infections, pollutants or complications during pregnancy. One of the aims of the SAT1 study was to test the cell danger hypothesis as a possible unifying theory that contributes to the pathogenesis of ASD.”

Cell danger response hypothesis broken down by RT Times.

“Research has shown that cells harden their membranes in response to attacks from viruses or pollutants. The reaction, known as ‘cellular danger response’ (CDR), is a common defense mechanism that allows cells to wait for danger to pass. Autism is thought to develop during early childhood when cells can become ‘stuck’ in this mode. Suramin can ‘un-stick’ the cells by inhibiting the signal they release when they sense danger, which can help normalize the response.”

Suramin encourages cells to leave “alarm” mode and reset to “peacekeeping” mode.

“Transformative Results”

Researcher Dr Robert Naviaux of the San Diego School of Medicine gave Suramin to 10 autistic boys between the ages of five and 14, and noted  instant and transformative results.  The drug was tested on 10 boys, with 5 given the actual drug and 5 receiving a placebo. The results:

  • All five boys who received the suramin infusion displayed improvements in language and social behavior, restricted or repetitive behaviors and coping skills.
  • [test] scores improved by -1.6 points in the suramin group, but did not change in the placebo.
  • The most changed behaviors, the authors said, were social communication and play, speech and language, calm and focus, repetitive behaviors and coping skills.
  • There were four non-verbal children in the study, two 6-year-olds and two 14-year-olds. The six-year-old and the 14-year-old who received suramin said the first sentences of their lives about one week after the single suramin infusion.
  • During the time the children were on suramin, benefit from all their usual therapies and enrichment programs increased dramatically.
  • Once suramin removed the roadblocks to development, the benefit from speech therapy, occupational therapy, applied behavioral analysis and even from playing games with other children during recess at school skyrocketed.
A family’s joy.

“We saw improvements in our son after suramin that we have never seen before,” said the parent of a 14-year-old who had not spoken a complete sentence in 12 years. “Within an hour after the infusion, he started to make more eye contact with the doctor and nurses in the room.

There was a new calmness at times, but also more emotion at other times. He started to show an interest in playing hide-and-seek with his 16-year-old brother. He started practicing making new sounds around the house. And he started seeking out his dad more.

We have tried every new treatment out there for over 10 years. Nothing has come close to all the changes in language and social interaction and new interests that we saw after suramin. We saw our son advance almost three years in development in just six weeks.”

Hope to cure at last. But proceed with caution and patience.

To have families reunited with their child in this way would bring indescribable joy.

If Suramin or something like it, could cure autism, the breakthrough would unlock the often devastating prison that autistic children live in.

The results of all the tests were temporary. More trials will be needed to test repeated doses for toxicity and side effects. Therefore, researchers strongly caution against parents seeking unauthorized use of suramin .

The research is funded through donations. To learn more visit UC San Diego Health.


This blog post is meant for informative purposes and in no way constitutes a recommendation. Frankly, I’m a big pharma skeptic, to put it mildly.  If big pharma is responsible for poisoning our kids through greed and/or negligence, it would be difficult to describe the level of criminality involved.

However, given the rise in this devastating disorder and the heartbreaking impact it has on affected families, it seemed worth sharing.

Perhaps it’s a fight fire with fire situation. If it was big pharma that created the problem, it may take big pharma to unlock it.

What do you think of the connection between vaccines and autism? What do you think of mandatory vaccinations? Comment below!