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Could autism be caused by low levels of vitamin D? That’s a new idea that’s just starting to emerge, sparked by the large number of autism cases among children of Somali immigrants living in Sweden and Minnesota.
The mothers and young children are exposed to much less sunshine in their new homes than they were back in Somalia.
Originally posted by OhZone
This may be, however do look at this time line in relation to food plus chemicals.
In 1998 there were 75,500 synthetic chemicals registered as appearing in consumer products, agriculture and industry.
You have to wonder just exactly is in baby food. For one thing GM soy is in that baby formula that most babies get these days.
hundred year lie
Originally posted by Maxmars
I am tempted to associate the increase in diagnosis of Autism to more than one factor.
First off, it is an 'easy out' for the medical community, much like ADD and ADHD. I'm not saying the illness is not real, just that it is used as a cover to avoid the unprofitable practice of narrowing down what may be a more 'treatable' condition.
I know that sounds harsh, but that, I believe it is a commercial reality.
Second, we are continually exposing ourselves to 'technology' which was NOT part of the evolutionary paradigm. Therefore our general physical state is lagging in adapting to what it can only interpret as an increasingly toxic environment. I think the human body is most sensitive to the environment during gestation. In civilized places we bombard ourselves with petrochemicals and engineered substances, vainly confident that they are harmless, because we are told so. And we pay for the privilege.
Sorry.... I didn't mean to rant.
Originally posted by Maxmars
The question is, if it is so evident, why do we tolerate it in our government policies?
The human mirror neuron system is now thought to be involved not only in the execution and observation of movement, but also in higher cognitive processes -- language, for instance, or being able to imitate and learn from others' actions, or decode their intentions and empathize with their pain.
Because autism is characterized, in part, by deficits in exactly these sorts of social interaction and communication skills, previous research has suggested that a dysfunctional mirror neuron system may explain the observed pathology.
The current findings, the researchers say, lend substantial support to the hypothesis.
The current study, the researchers say, adds to understanding the neural basis of autism and may point the way to early diagnosis and to potential therapies.
Has the rate of autism increased or has the rate of diagnoses increased ?
The ability to learn can be either enhanced or negated through either the introduction or removal of the enzyme CDK5 in the brain. The ability to learn is enhanced when lower or no level of CDK5 is present in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is directly linked to the abundance of CDK5 in the brain (UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2007) which would indicate the direct link between learning and memory as Alzheimer’s disease is connected to the loss of memory. CDK5 works with another enzyme to break up a molecule called NR2B, which is found in nerve-cell membranes and stimulates the cell to fire when a nerve-cell-signaling molecule, or neurotransmitter, binds to it. NR2B previously has been implicated in the early stages of learning. The new research showed that when CDK5 is removed from the brain, the levels of NR2B significantly increase, thus enhancing learning abilities (UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2007). Because of the correlation between Alzheimer’s and the CDK5 enzyme, it would appear logical that this enzyme also has a negative impact upon memory, which is one of the foundations of learning.
Autism is one of the easier disorders to diagnose, it is quite profound and evident in most cases; therefore, I would tend to believe that it is the rate itself that has increased and in a copious manner in comparison to the population's rate of increase.
I am going to reference a paper I wrote a couple months ago about the CDK5 enzyme. This is directly related to learning, and although this paper was done in regards to Alzheimer's disease, it could very well play an important role in Autism as well.
A buddy of mine's child was diagnosed autistic a few years back. Just recently, they had him tested for Celiac disease... sure enough... he has it.
They have removed all gluten from the diet. It's been that way for 1 month, and the boy has fully recovered.
I'm not saying all Autism is caused by this, but some are... and Doctors do not acknowledge the diet relationship....
For many people, the kind of wheat products they are eating are sheer poison. A person may be able to tolerate spelt and amaranth and other ancient grains, but there is something about modern triticale wheat that makes lots of people either weakened or sickened. And this is a much larger population than simply those suffering with celiac issues.
I think deficiencies in Vitamin D3 specifically relate to a number of health problems, and I would not be surprised if this deficiency had a role to play in autism.
Everything from back pain to Alzheimer's is affected by D3 deficiency, and since Vitamin D3 has properties very much like a hormone, I can see that such a deficiency could play a part in the broad spectrum of autism.