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Autism, could it be preventable?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

NBC Nightly News, the other night had a segment about Autism and how 1 in 50 children are now being diagnosed. Having delt with a candida infection personally (from extreme use of antibiotics), and reading about heavy metal toxicity (mercury, etc.), parasites, etc., and the SAD, it seems pretty obvious to me why the #'s keep rising every year! Last time i heard it was 1 in 77, now 1 in 50! It's because AMERICANS ARE EXTREMELY TOXIC!

The GAPS book, Gut & Psychology Syndrome, as well as numerous autism forums online, detail how autistic children are suffering from at least heavy metal toxicity, candida overgrowth and a leaky gut. Once the children are treated for these conditions, they greatly improve on the spectrum, if they're not cured completely. But many parents are unaware of these treatments, and only know about the GF/CF diet, which these forums would tell them, doesn't go nearly far enough. (Of course, the money is in selling the parents GF/CF foods!)

A few weeks back, there was a study I saw on another news segment stating that folic acid taken by the mother, is proven to reduce the risk of autism by some big %. I scream BS, because folic acid is added to all kinds of foods, and has been for a long time, and yet the #'s keep rising. When will the AMA fess up that autism is due to heavy metal toxicity (particularly mercury), poor gut flora being passed down from generation to generation, getting worse each time, as well as leaky gut and high levels of candida in a HUGE % of our population (due to the overuse of antibiotics).

From my studies, it looks to me like seriously detoxing prior to conceiving, could go a long way towards curbing this insane trend. I'm curious as to others' thoughts?

-MGL

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Read Gut & Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

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on March 22, 2013
at 09:42 PM

The premise of this question may be incorrect. Many researchers believe that there is not an autism epidemic and the occurrence of autism did not actually increase throughout the 20th century. The apparent increase may be largely or completely explained by increased rates of diagnosis among children who would otherwise have been classified as mentally retarded or having other developmental disorders. This is due to both increased awareness of autism among parents and doctors, and to loosening diagnostic criteria. I don't think we have evidence that's capable of strongly proving that autism rates haven't increased, but it's not obvious that they have.

Can you point to any recent research associating autism with leaky gut? The early studies by Andrew Wakefield were debunked after he turned out to have financial conflicts of interest and to have been using unblinded, invalid assessment methods (and some time after that, to have been actually making up data).

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on March 22, 2013
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Personally, I think there's a link to the low-fat/processed food trend, and the effects of lack of fat on brain formation in embryos.

One interesting blog post on this idea:

http://stephanie-on-health.blogspot.com/2008/11/sunscreen-and-low-fat-diet-recipe-for.html

And here Emily Deans has an article on treating autism with a ketogenic diet:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201104/autism-and-ketogenic-diets

If you mix this up with a little mercury accumulation, some changes in diagnostics, leaky gut (which I personally think is a symptom rather than a cause) and other factors, whammo, epidemic.

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