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There was a time many people — who are not yet that old — can remember when autism was relatively uncommon. Today it’s so common special education classes have exploded in numbers many parents have a child on the autism spectrum. Although we’d like to blame increased diagnoses, the fact is overall childhood brain development [...]

Managing your hypothyroidism isn't just about losing weight and having warm hands and feet. If you're a woman who could get pregnant, it could play a role in whether you have a child with autism. A 2015 Finnish  study  that looked at risk factors associated with autism found that women who tested positive for autoimmune hypothyroidism, or [...]

Gut bacteria linked to autism

The digestive tract is home to more than 100 trillion microorganisms. That's ten times the number of cells in the human body! Although humans can survive without these tiny guests, they perform a host of useful functions, such as fermenting unused food, preventing growth of harmful bacteria, producing vitamins, and training the immune system. But [...]

One in five American children today has a  mental disorder  and the rate is rising, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Affecting 13 to 20 percent of youth under 18, mental disorders impact a child's behavior, ability to learn, and cope with their emotions. Although researchers don't have a definitive [...]

Can pregnancy cause hypothyroidism?

Question Why did pregnancy trigger my hypothyroidism? Answer Natural immune shifts during pregnancy, together with a genetic tendency and other predisposing factors, can trigger hypothyroidism in some women. Hypothyroidism is an immune disease for most For 90 percent of Americans, hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto's, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and [...]

While practitioners of functional medicine have long understood the link between the health of a mother's immune system and the risk of giving birth to a child with autism, asthma, allergies, and other disorders, it is validating to see this information in the New York Times: An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism. In [...]

The rate of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased 78 percent in the last decade, with autism now affecting a staggering 1 in 88 children. While parents scramble for answers, researchers increasingly find a common denominator: inflammation affecting brain function. While some children withstand the assaults of modern life relatively unscathed, the child with autism [...]

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