Real science is amazing! I say "real science" to distinguish it from all the woo-woo being presented on line. Yes, nutrition can mitigate the bad effects of disease, but there are no miracle cures. It takes good, hard, real science to determine the problem and to develop the solution.
Unfortunately, you can't read the article without subscribing but here's a link to a shorter article written by the director of the clinic.
Here is a brief summary of some of the original article:
“Mark” was brought to the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, PA. He was “frail and socially detached. He lay on the floor in constant, restless motion. His eyes roamed but did not fix, and he was unmoved by sound”. Test results indicated that Mark suffered from a deficiency of 5,10-methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and they discovered an error in the his MTHFR-coding genes. MTHFR deficiency results in depriving the brain of methionine and CH3. An over the counter compound, betaine, supplies the brain with these compounds by an alternative metabolic pathway. They provided the betaine to Mark, monitored his blood and titrated the dosage as needed. Mark recovered somewhat, took his first steps and began responding to light and sound, but the damage was done and he is still disabled.
The clinic developed a test for the genetic defect. The first case they found in a newborn turned out to be Mark’s sister. They started her treatment about 2 weeks after she was born and today she is “an accomplished student, affectionate daughter and formidable stickball player”. The treatment costs about 60 cents per day. It doesn’t specifically say so in the article, but the implication is this is now a standard, ongoing protocol
Another disease in the communities – GA1 – was usually misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis and a third, known as maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) which makes the urine smell like maple syrup. They’ve developed nutritional interventions for each of these which mitigate the health problems.