Autism and a link to Vitamin D?
Results of someone very dear to me…scored very high on a testing scale for Autism from a psychiatrist, a pediatrician and a naturopath. I have been researching Autism since I will be actively involved.
Did you know that the rate of Autism has skyrocketed in the last 20 years to include 1 in 110 children (research found for 2006) affecting 1% of children?
Autism is only one “developmental disability” that is part of the Spectrum Disorders. These children have problems with socialization, communication & behavior. Our little guy is so bright, he has almost a photographic memory and can recite things almost verbatim after he’s watched it. But when you ask him what he did today, he has no answer and has to ask what did I do? It just breaks everyone’s heart.
I was unaware that symptoms of Autism often begin to show at the time of weaning a baby. I also was unaware that autistic children have larger heads and that Autism occurs more in boys than girls. And it can’t be genetic because with identical twins just one twin may have it.
It is true there is no known cause or treatment for Autism at this point in time. But there are things that can help.
There is a theory that Vitamin D is related to this Autism Spectrum Disorder somehow and not simply from vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy or early childhood can cause the disorder. That is good news! Instead, the theory holds that an abnormality exists in the enzyme system that activates vitamin D. Also researchers now believe autism is a progressive, inflammatory disorder.
How is Autism and Vitamin D related? Read ON.
Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to upregulate glutathione, the master antioxidant that also chelates (binds) and excretes heavy metals like mercury. If vitamin D stops the inflammation and cell death that occurs with Autism, the brain could then begin to develop with the addition of Vitamin D and slow the degenerative effects of Autism on the brain. Because there is some hint that Autism symptoms worsen as a child ages I personally feel that the sooner Vitamin D is started the better, if indicated. Our loved one has been taking increased doses of Vitamin D (3,000 IU daily ) and we hope this will help.
The Vitamin D Council suggests you can safely give 50 mcg (2,000 IU) of Vitamin D daily but you want to make sure you use cholecalciferol and not ergocalciferol. In fact, the U.S. government says this dose is safe for children over the age of one. But Beware of cod liver oil—do not use it because vitamin A inhibits the actions of activated vitamin D and there is a potential for low-grade vitamin A toxicity. And you want a doctor to order a 25(OH)D blood test every 2–3 months to make sure Vitamin D blood levels are between 50–80 ng/ml and kept there, summer and winter.
If there is a chance that Vitamin D can help Autism, by warding off damage to the brain done by inflammation,…it’s so worth a try.