Factors That Contribute to Neurological Disorders in Children

February 15th, 2011

Nutritional Deficiencies:

Autism and other neurological disorders are linked to several nutritional deficiencies. Most importantly, essential fatty acids such as EPA and DHA are vital to the development of the nervous system including brain development and learning. Studies have shown common deficiencies in this population include Vitamins B6, B12, folate and Magnesium, each are essential in the development of the nervous system.

Children’s diets that are high in sodas, sugar, artificial sweeteners, flavorings and preservatives are at risk for a high intake of dietary toxins combined with a low intake of nutrient rich foods.  Artificial colorings, sweeteners, flavorings and preservatives are chemical compounds that the body needs to eliminate. Many children can have a wide range of reactions to these additives including behavioral changes and digestive upset.

Frequent Vaccinations with mercury and other contaminants:

Vaccines and their toxic contents (thimerosal/mercury) are likely connected to a disruption in the development of the nervous system, leading to behavioral changes. By looking at the symptom profile of mercury toxicity, most are shocked by the similarities with the autistic spectrum.

Compromised Detoxification Pathways:

100% of Autistic children have been found to have impaired liver detoxification. They have also been found to have a deficiency of the specific enzyme that neutralizes mercury and other heavy metals. When the body is contaminated with mercury, many potent anti-oxidants are depleted from the demand on the body, and mercury has the ability to trigger auto-immune reactions.

Chronic Inflammation and Immune system Impairment:

It is becoming well known that many children with neurological impairment have food reactions and sensitivities. The food sensitivities result from an immune system reaction in the digestive tract, that also triggers chronic inflammation if the child is eating the specific food. If the food, that the child is reacting to, is eliminated from the diet, the chronic inflammation and immune system issue can resolve. Dysbiosis, or altered gut bacteria, is an imbalance that can occur in the digestive tract that promotes the immune system abnormality and food sensitivities to occur.

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