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CRN Urges Cautious Interpretation of Non-Peer Reviewed Study On Folate and Autism

CRNheader-basic14In response to a conference paper1 titled “Maternal Plasma Folate, Vitamin B12 Levels and Multivitamin Supplement during Pregnancy and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Boston Birth Cohort,” presented today at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, issued the following statement:

Statement by Duffy MacKay, N.D., senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN: 

“The benefits of supplemental folic acid for women of child-bearing age in preventing birth defects such as spina bifida are well-established and the accompanying public read more…

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Ayurveda and Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Todd Born of Born Naturopathic Associates explores approaching autism spectrum disorder with Ayurveda and naturopathic methods.

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the autism spectrum disorder includes autistic disorder (classic autism), Asperger syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (or atypical autism). Autism is a developmental disorder distinguished by deficits in communication, interaction, and cognition. By definition the onset is prior to age 3.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) states that in order for it to be diagnosed, certain criteria must be met, the details of which read more…

Slide Show Neuroimmunology of Autism Spectrum Disorder

By David Marc, B.S. and Kelly Olson, Ph.D.
Originally published in NeuroScience Inc.

The purpose of this overview is to identify neurological and immunological abnormalities that exist in individuals with autism and discuss neuroimmune biomarker testing for autism, which can identify abnormalities and ensure therapeutic effectiveness. read more…

Neuroimmunology of Autism Spectrum Disorder

aa David Marc, B.Sc. , & Kelly Olson Ph.D .

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by immunological and neurological abnormalities. The role of cytokines in the pathophysiology of autism has been researched suggesting a relationship with altered blood-brain barrier permeability and subsequent neuroinflammation. Cytokine recruitment to the CNS may result in altered neurotransmitter signaling and the behavioral manifestation of autism symptoms. Other immune mediated events such as changes in the number and activity of natural killer cells, macrophages, immunoglobulins, and glutathione may contribute to altered neuronal signaling and neurotransmitter imbalances. The purpose of this overview is to examine read more…

Environmental Injustice: Children’s Health Disparities and the Role of the Environment

Lawrence D. Rosen, MD and Deirdre Imus

Children are our most precious natural resource. Ensuring the optimal health of this generation and future generations of children is not a choice we have—it is a human rights mandate. The Children’s Environmental Health Network, a multidisciplinary group that includes some of the world’s most well-respected environmental scientists, has declared, “Healthy children grow into healthy adults. The health of our children is one of the most important investments that we can make and should be among our top priorities.” Yet today, we are witnessing a public health crisis of historical proportions that read more…

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