This statistic is scaring anyone that is considering having children.
When I read this startling statistic I relived the emotional distress that I felt when my son received a devastating diagnosis more than 15 years ago which changed the course of my medical career an my personal life. My research in looking for answers to the cause of ulcerative colitis lead me to discover that most major diseases and illnesses are in fact caused by inflammation.
What if Autism is an Omega-3 deficiency condition? This powerful, natural supplement could in fact be the key to minimizing Autism.
According to a recent published review “Neuroninflammation in Autism. “Neural Plasticity 2016. [i] The evidence is strong in pointing to the fact that autism may be caused by inflammation of the nervous tissue in the child’s brain, Neuroinflammation. Several factors cause this condition, inflammation during the fetal development process, low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, and gut-induced inflammation during the first two years of the child’s life.
These are actually simple nutritional and dietary factors leading to neuroinflamation in the child’s brain, disrupting the critical development of neural networks. [ii]
Let’s look at each of these factors and how they play a role in Autism.
Fetal Development & Inflammation
The increase in the levels of inflammatory cytokines caused by the viral infection crossing the placental barrier and causing increased neuroinflammation in the developing fetal brain provides a plausible explanation. [v] [vi] However, you do not need maternal infection to induce cytokine production in the fetal brain.
While improved diagnosis and awareness of Autism may partly explain its increase through the years, this is not the main reason for its almost exponential growth rate since 1975. The popular suspect that Autism is caused by vaccines has never been substantiated, and the removal of mercury from vaccines in 1995 has not impeded its growth in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The current rate of Autism in the U.S. is about 1 in 68 children.
It is most likely that within the first 12-18 months of life signs of Autism will be come apparent, by 24 months symptoms will be significant. Looking for indications we know that the first 1,000 days of life when the child’s neural wiring is established correctly or the child may have severe structural problems for the rest of his or her life.
Leaky Gut & Lack of Omega-3
What is leaky gut? The cell wall in the colon becomes weak and this allows toxins to enter the bloodstream which cause inflammation of the cells. The main culprits that cause this inflammation is caused by the foods we eat, infections, and toxins.
Neural development in the fetus can be disrupted by the toxins that are released into the bloodstream due to leaky gut.
This combined with a deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids in the maternal diet can lead to a depletion of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, that are found in the lower frontal cortex of autistic children. [vii] [viii] This finding is significant with lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in the blood of children with Autism. [ix] [x]
The composition of the microbes in the gut can also be linked to Autism. Besides being a source of microbial fragments that can induce inflammation if they enter the blood, some of the fermentation products such as the short chain fatty acid (propionic acid) coming from certain strains of microbes have been shown in studies to trigger autism-like behavior when directly injected into the brain. [xi] [xii]
What Can We Do?
The answer is relatively simple and no it is not a hopeless situation. I am of the opinion through my own research and evidence based medicine as well as evidence based wellness that with the proper dose of high quality Omega-3 fish oil the incidents of Autism could be reduced by staggering numbers. The fish oil must be extremely pure and blood work must be done to determine what the proper dose should be, whether for a pregnant mother, unborn child, newborn, or a child showing signs of autistic behaviors.
Research has indicated that pregnant American mothers and American women of child-bearing ages appear to be highly deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids. [xiii]
Because the brain is the fastest growing organ after birth it is important for children to begin their own regimen of Omega-3 fish oil. This should continue through out their lives, For their health as well as the health of the children that they will have.
Proper doses of these supplements is imperative. Without a therapeutic dose, you will observe results consistent with a placebo. This is especially true for Omega-3 fatty and neurological conditions.
Research shows that with the proper dose, Omega-3 acids can benefit children with Autism, Autism spectrum disorders or other neurological disorders such as ADHD, hyperactivity and childhood depression.
Preventing Inflammation Is The Best Line Of Defense.
How you ask? Through proper nutrition. Eating THE RIGHT vegetables. Low carbohydrates. Lean protein. And most important, proper dosage of high quality Omega-3 fish oil and other supplements that work together to prevent inflammation to begin with.
My Omega-3 fish oil is consistently rated 5 out of 5 stars by the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS). I would not settle for the fish oil that is on the market. My children, my husband, my dearest friends take my supplements. I would not give them nor myself anything but the finest and highest quality products.
My son avoided major life changing surgery due to the research and development that I have done and the discovery that most major diseases and illnesses are in fact caused by inflammation.
There is hope and there is prevention. You must be proactive in the decisions concerning the health of you and your family.
I believe that the course of Autism can be changed with nutrition and medically determined proper doses of Omega-3 fish oil.
A passion was created within me for the health of all humanity, and that is why I practice medicine.
I invite you to visit my website DoctorDeepti.com to learn more about my practice.
Dr. Deepti Sadhwani is considered an authority on the subject of inflammation, nutrition, and weight management. She has practiced medicine for 30 years and is devoted to the health of all humanity. It is through her own research and development that she discovered the true cause of most major diseases that effect the world and that is inflammation caused by the foods that we eat. She also discovered the incredible healing power of high quality Omega-3 fish oil and has developed her own line of essential supplements that change the course of the disease process everyday in her patients.
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