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Horses Helping Humans

Over the past 18 months, there have been numerous tales floating around on Internet forums, social media, and in the news describing a surprisingly simple technique to treat dummy foals that has not only taken the equine world by storm, but fascinated those in human medicine as well. “Watching foals in this state, it was easy to draw a parallel to autism,” Dr. John Madigan, a professor at the University of California Davis and equine neonatal expert told Healthline last May. “We’re measuring something that hasn’t been measured before.” Madigan and his research colleagues are assessing levels of neurosteroids, chemicals that control, anxiety, depression, and other brain functions. Their hypothesis – derived from previous research – is that children with autism have elevated levels of similar neurosteroids. Although their research is still in the nascent stages, the results could be a tremendous breakthrough for the treatment of individuals with autism…

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