Funding for this research was provided by:
Rybett Controls, Inc. (Award letter dated 4/10/2018)
First Online: 27 September 2019
Compliance with Ethical Standards
: This work was funded by Rybett Controls per an award letter dated April 10, 2018. The author is both an officer and shareholder of Rybett Controls. He donated his time to this project, receiving no compensation for his involvement. The author has some mild characteristics of autism which has led to his interest in this subject. He is an electrical engineer by training with degrees from the California Institute of Technology. Rybett Controls has no products related to autism except an Amazon book titled <i>Autism, Enzymes and the Brimstone Demons</i>. The research published in this book laid the ground work for the sulfate study described by this paper. The book includes an economical recipe for sulfated water which we whimsically call Brimstone Water. For legal protection, Rybett Controls owns the trademark for Brimstone Water although the recipe is unprotected and freely available for all to use. Neither Rybett Controls nor the author have patents, commercial affiliations or business interests relating to autism and declare no conflicts of interest with this research study other than the book and trademark.
: The study protocol was approved by the independent institutional review board Solutions IRB, website ExternalRef removed. All interactions with human participants in the study were in accordance with the ethical standards of Solutions IRB, Rybett Controls and the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
: Informed consent was obtained from all participants included in the study. Participants received no financial compensation although they were informed of the sulfate level of the water samples they submitted. We thank them for donating their precious time to our research project. This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by the author.