Finally, AUTISM has been linked to the presence of toxic heavy metals in the blood and also to deficiencies in some essential minerals!

I have been wondering about this connection between heavy metals and autism since meeting a lot of parents with autistic children – even though the majority of them tell me there are no autism genes lurking in their family trees.

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder commonly known as ASD is a mental condition that starts from early childhood. It is characterized by the inability or impaired capacity to communicate and forge relationships with other people. By using language and understanding abstract concepts, as well as restricted and repetitive behavior with the patient usually living in a world of his/her own.

Autism affects one in 68 children right now. Obviously much higher in incidence compared to decades ago. Also, it is causing very serious social, behavioral and communication issues for the child. Although there have been several scientific studies linking autism to vaccines. It was due to the spike in autism rates in recent times (about 1,000 times more since 1990). Then scientists and medical doctors have primarily linked the disorder to genetics.

A recent scientific study by scientists from The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai and The Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory indicated that setting aside the genetic link, autism was linked to exposure to several heavy metal toxins. Also includes not having enough consumption of essential minerals during late pregnancy and early postnatal period.

Scientist researched for evidence from baby teeth to prove the connection between heavy metals exposure and increased autism risk. Like determining the age of a tree from the number of rings it has in its tree trunk. Baby teeth are a living record of what chemicals a fetus or child was exposed to from a very early age. So using lasers, the research team was able to determine what toxic chemicals the children were exposed to. Also at different levels, as well as for other minerals like zinc and manganese.

Lead is one of the dangerous metals that was tested for its presence. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared a warning that 6% of all children under five years old have toxic levels of lead in their blood. Children are more susceptible to lead because their nervous systems are still developing.

They found out that the kids who had autism are usually the ones who have more toxic elements in their blood such as lead.

There are two essential trace elements that our body needs – manganese and zinc. Manganese is needed for healthy bones, nerves, cartilage, and skin development; it also helps in the synthesis of cholesterol and fatty acids. On the other hand, zinc is also an important trace mineral needed for the proper functioning of our immune system.

How to prevent toxic metal residues in your body

Check your water supply for any heavy, toxic metals presence. Lead naturally occurs in the earth but too much of it is bad for one’s health. Make sure you also have adequate amounts of manganese and zinc in your diet. Manganese can be easily sourced from beets, beans, dried fruit, pineapples and leafy green vegetables.

On the other hand, zinc can be sourced from high protein foods like organic red meat and eggs, peanuts, and legumes.

And most importantly, let this be a reminder to pregnant mothers and parents of newborn babies to be careful about the presence of heavy metals in their environment. Also, be careful of vaccines full of heavy metals. Avoid these at all cost!

How about you, do you have an experience with heavy metals? How did you handle the problem? Share in the comments section below!

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