About 1 in 54 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) according to estimates from the Centre for Disease Control.
There has been a lot of research conducted around Autism Spectrum Disorder and I found a good resource in regard to heavy metals and autism. It is from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. I will post the link below and I highly recommend reading the full article.
Here is an exerpt:
The researchers observed higher levels of lead in children with autism throughout development, with the greatest disparity observed during the period following birth. They also observed lower uptake of manganese in children with autism, both before and after birth. The pattern was more complex for zinc. Children with autism had lower zinc levels earlier in the womb, but these levels then increased after birth, compared to children without autism.
The researchers note that replication in larger studies is needed to confirm the connection between metal uptake and autism.
“We think autism begins very early, most likely in the womb, and research suggests that our environment can increase a child’s risk. But by the time children are diagnosed at age 3 or 4, it’s hard to go back and know what the moms were exposed to,” said Cindy Lawler, Ph.D., head of the NIEHS Genes, Environment, and Health Branch. “With baby teeth, we can actually do that.”
Patterns of metal uptake were compared using teeth from 32 pairs of twins and 12 individual twins. The researchers compared patterns in twins where only one had autism, as well as in twins where both or neither had autism. Smaller differences in the patterns of metal uptake occurred when both twins had autism. Larger differences occurred in twins where only one sibling had autism.
The findings build on prior research showing that exposure to toxic metals, such as lead, and deficiencies of essential nutrients, like manganese, may harm brain development while in the womb or during early childhood. Although manganese is an essential nutrient, it can also be toxic at high doses. Exposure to both lead and high levels of manganese has been associated with autism traits and severity.
Heavy metals are very much present in our world today. I myself, have tested very high in lead.
One of the ways to help determine the presence of heavy metals and nutrient deficiencies which can come about through displacement when heavy metals are present, is through Hair Mineral Analysis testing.
This is a service that I have provided for a few years now and find it very helpful for anyone interested in their health or the health of their children.
The lab that I use is licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and you can learn more about hair mineral analysis here:
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like to chat about this and as always, I hope that you found this helpful in some way.