By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
If the title of this blog peaked your interest, the chances are that you or somebody that you know may have been diagnosed with Autism. According to NAA National Autism Association, Autism affects 1 in 68 children. The rate of Autism has steadily increased over the last twenty years. Autism is treatable, and it is not a hopeless condition. However, what you should know is that heavy metal toxicity and/or the MTHFR gene mutation may have a significant impact on Autism and its symptoms.
Arizona State University has researched and reported an alarming rate of heavy metals toxicity in children with Autism. “It was found that 38-47 percent of the variation of autism severity was associated with the level of several toxic metals, with cadmium and mercury being the most strongly associated.” (For more information on this research, please check out the link in the reference at the very end.) Good news is you can detox from heavy metals. The first step to detoxing from heavy metals is knowing which toxicities you are burdened with, and this can be screened through a hair analysis test.
MTHFR is a gene and an abbreviation for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. Researchers believe that about 40% of people have an MTHFR gene mutation. The MTHFR regulates the production and formation of chemicals and neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine which makes this one an essential gene especially for someone who has Autism. The balance of these brain chemicals directly affects anxiety, temper, sleep, sensory and processing functions which in turn affects Autism. The MTHFR Genomic test can help support balance and support toxin elimination.
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Medical disclaimer: Our Hair Analysis, MTHFR test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
Arizona State University. (2013, February 25). Higher levels of several toxic metals found in children with autism. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 21, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130225162231.htm