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vitamin d and autism linked

Very interesting article about vitamin D deficiency. We make it in our skin, unless we're wearing sunscreen, and we get it from our eggs, which we don't eat because it has too much cholesterol, and we get it from our milk, which we don't drink because it has too much fat.

And as far as cholesterol goes -- the author makes a cogent point about fat and cholesterol needing to be present for correct development. Onset of menstruation was one point -- high cholesterol levels in the brain being another. He also mentions that the only difference between cholesterol and vitamin D is that vitamin D has an additional H.

So this could be the reason why we have more autism anymore. Interesting read.
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erica057 From: erica057 Date: September 16th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
The whole eggs-are-unhealthy bit pisses me off to no end. One egg is 80 calories, low-glycemic, rich in vitamins, and possessing a perfect amino acid profile. Yet people will decry eggs due to health reasons while munching on a NutriGrain bar or whatever, which is essentially 140 calories of sugar and refined flour, which we're lead to believe is healthy because it has a little bit of fruit and oat bran.
taumeson From: taumeson Date: September 16th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good point about eggs. I love them. So do you. And we're smart. Maybe our love of eggs is part of the reason?

I'm going to start eating more of them. I also need to get better educated about good vs. bad cholesterol.
erica057 From: erica057 Date: September 16th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have done research on this, and my conclusion is that I would not worry about cholesterol, good or bad, unless everything else is perfect and your cholesterol levels are still unfavorable. If you eat a diet low in processed foods, high in plants, rich in fiber, low in very fatty meats, and you live a healthy, active lifestyle, you’ll have good cholesterol levels. If not, you may not. Cholesterol isn’t the devil so much as it is indicative of an unhealthy lifestyle. The hubbub, if you ask me, is due to statins being a multi-billion dollar industry. Check this out: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.10/thin.html

I don’t buy the whole sunscreen-doesn’t-work thing, though. A *properly formulated* sunscreen works, but unfortunately numerous manufacturers neglect to photostabilize their UVA filters.
taumeson From: taumeson Date: September 16th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would think that the same rays that sunscreen is filtering out are the exact things necessary to create vitamin D. Are you saying it's regular light, not UV light, that is necessary?
erica057 From: erica057 Date: September 16th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh no, I just meant that the author's implications that sunscreen doesn't even reduce your chance of melanoma, anyway, are greatly flawed.

I really don't think that sunscreen is the problem because so few people wear it religiously, and those who do typically only wear it on their face unless they're going to the beach or something. I venture that the problem has more to do with sitting inside and playing video games all day...
yittleone From: yittleone Date: September 16th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
While it may be an interesting hypothesis, it's only a hypothesis. Having experience working with individuals with autism, the author makes some absurdly blanket statements about the potential of autistic individuals and the personality type of their mothers. This alone decreases the credibility of the rest of the essay for me. Though I must say it's good someone is trying to look elsewhere for a "cause" other than the stupid claim about vaccines. We should be spending time looking into other theories, but few credible claims seem to arise.
christy_p From: christy_p Date: September 16th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you read anything about the link of Autism and Gluten Free eating?

I'm gluten free (celiac or just severe wheat allergy, not positive but the result is the same = GF Diet). Anyway, in my research of the GF Diet and searching for recipes have read over and over that the diet helps with autism, but I've never seen anything explaining why or how it helps. Just curious if you can comment one way or the other...
taumeson From: taumeson Date: September 16th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just now I checked it out -- there seems to be some correlation between autism and gastrointestinal problems. GF diets apparently help out with this and cut down on certain proteins from wheat that can enter the body and get into the brain via GI absorption.
christy_p From: christy_p Date: September 16th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
gluten is the protein, but what do the proteins do in the brain of the autistic that it doesn't do in non-autistic?
taumeson From: taumeson Date: September 16th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
they do the same thing in all people, namely slow down development and affect the way the brain processes information. autistic people in these circumstances are very profoundly affected by it because of the way their GI lets all of these proteins into the blood.
christy_p From: christy_p Date: September 16th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah. interesting.
yittleone From: yittleone Date: September 16th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, that's all I really know as well. No definitive studies have been done. Parents want a miracle diet, but without a test being done to see if one is not processing gluten properly going on a gluten-free diet is premature.
bumbletbw From: bumbletbw Date: September 18th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still say there's something rotten about the vaccines, but that's because my mother was one of the paranoid moms who didn't allow me to be vaccinated until I absolutely had to be to go to school. Interesting bit though: I was diagnosed with asthma not long after getting the shots. Lots of other kids my age dragging along Ventolin inhalers. My parents never smoked, and I lived in a small town, so the environmental factors didn't contribute. I still wonder about it. Now there's the autism scare. The Japanese have claimed links between early vaccination and developmental problems. I think it's something worth paying attention to.

However, in the meantime the vaccines do need to be continued, especially now in areas with an influx of Mexican children who most likely haven't been vaccinated and from areas where they're more likely to have been exposed. Now you don't have the luxury of the immunization free ride as much as before.
yittleone From: yittleone Date: September 18th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
The mercury based preservative that people used as a basis for the accusation has not been used since 2001. The original doctor who made the first unfounded claim was actually brought up on charges in Britain for being so reckless with his accusations when he had done not an ounce of research on the subject.

Though I'm glad you feel the vaccinations need to be continued. When I hear some argue that there's no need to vaccinate their kids because "nobody has those diseases anymore" it makes me want to spit. Why do they think that no one has 'those diseases'?

Asthma is also a thing that few had many years ago, and is commonplace nowadays. I think we need to look more into our diets and lifestyle in this country. The vaccinations are generally the same around the world, but we Americans most certainly lead a much different way of life. What are we doing to ourselves to make us and our kids sick?
bumbletbw From: bumbletbw Date: September 18th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I'm skeptical about early immunization, but I'm not so paranoid or stupid about it that I think it should be discontinue the process until we kind find out if it definitely does or doesn't do these things to people. It shouldn't stop, but if there's a possibility that these things can cause health problems, we need to know about it. Plus, like I said, I'm worried about illegal immigration for both economic and health reasons. We don't need new outbreaks of diseases we've already conquered that won't go down as easily after a century of being exposed to these treatments.

As far as finding an increase in these disorders, we do have the benefit of living in a country where these sorts of things are more likely to be diagnosed. Then again, they were giving out Ritalin and Adderall like candy saying that everyone that doesn't have the self-discipline to sit and pay attention for fifteen minutes has ADD or ADHD. Frankly I think there are people who actually do have the problem and their problems are downplayed by every paranoid mother and pediatrician in the country.

The medical field for all of its successes gets into its lulls about wonder drugs and new found pandemics. They used to give everyone antibiotics for everything, and antibiotic creams and handsoaps have flooded the market. About the only thing I think they've done is make pathogens resistant to antibiotics and all of a sudden we have Super TB! Like consumption wasn't bad enough before.
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