The instances of developmental disorders in the United States has been reported as 1 in 6 children.1 Therefore, prevention of developmental disorders is paramount for parents.
Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by a wide range of physical and psycological symptoms. Although the cause of Autism is still not well understood, the prevailing thinking is that it is caused by a genetic predisposition and an assault on the immune system either during gestation or after birth. Prevention, therfore, begins before conception. Through a protocol of eliminating environmental toxins, stenghtening the immune system and understanding your family history the risk of autism can be minimized.
More specific autism risk factors include parental and sibling history of autism, ADHD, OCD, some psychiatric illnesses, genetic disorders, allergies, asthma, poor immune system (either hyper-immune or low-immunity), learning and language difficulties, advanced maternal age, poor nutrition, low essential fatty acids, chronic infections, poor periodontal hygiene, before conception and during pregnancy exposures to toxic metals through environment, fish and vaccinations.2
Given the severity of developmental disorders, there is a lot of information to consider before, during and post pregnancy to be used as resources and guides for parents.
1 Boyle, Coleen et. al. (2011). Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in US Children, 1997-2008. Pediatrics, 127: 1034-1042. doi:10.1542/peds.2012-2989
2 Laake, D. (2009). Comprehensive Prenatal Nutrition. Defeat Autism Now Conference (pp. 131-142). Dallas: ARI, Autism Research Institute.
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