Vitamin D and Autism: The sunshine connection.Sun and Vitamin D
FacebookTwitterMore...Science can be a fickle thing sometimes. Research interests wax and wane and priorities shift as a consequence of trends, resources and funding. Take for example the science behind vitamins and minerals and the shifting sands of research interest. At one time, vitamin C was a focus (partially as a result of the interest of Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling). Then it was the B-vitamins. Nowadays, vitamin D basks in the research sunshine, implicated in just about everything from cancer [1] to diabetes [2]. Quite a way from the old fashioned connection with rickets [3] I’m sure you’ll agree although still relevant to the recent reports of an upsurge in cases of the “English disease” both in [4] and outside of England’s borders [5]. Read Full Article
Today’s headlines are filled with news about bullying in schools. The latest phenomenon, called “bullicide,” happens when kids who are being bullied commit suicide. Let’s face it, bullying can be pretty scary and should concern most any parent who has a child attending school. But it is especially worrisome for parents who have children with disabilities because research shows that children with disabilities are more likely to be targeted. Read As parents of children diagnosed with autism, we have more jobs than most parents. We are therapists, nutritionists, researchers, advocates, playmates, managers, poop analysts, sanitation workers, human moon bouncers, squeeze machines, chefs, their voice and more, while loving our kids more than life itself.Read Lunch is such an important meal—in fact, it’s the main meal that needs to sustain your child during the day until he or she gets home from school. As parents, we’re often not around during lunch (unless we homeschool), so we are not there to encourage our kids to eat. We have less control, so in some ways we need to be more resourceful—to make meals enticing so they will want to eat it themselves. Read I’m going to be quite frank in this post on the tripeptide glutathione and suggest that the evidence is starting to point to a real issue with glutathione in quite a few cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What this means for autism in terms of symptom presentation and short- and long-term physical health is still however the source of some speculation. Read

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