The Autism-Thyroid Link

July 02, 2014
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Mothers with low maternal thyroid hormone while pregnant were 3,89 X more likely to have an autistic child.

Children’s health starts with mother’s health. A woman low on iodine risks having children with low intelligence, short stature, underdeveloped jaws, and dental problems.

A 2013 study out of Houston Methodist Neurological Institute shows:

  • Mothers with low maternal thyroid hormone while pregnant were 3,89 X more likely to have an autistic child.
  • Autistic children’s symptoms are more pronounced if their mothers were severely deficient in T4 (defined as < 5% of normal T4 but with normal Thyroid Stimulating Hormone).

It’s rare that a new patient comes in with warm hands when we shake hands. That’s one red flag in the Whole Health view. Fatigue and waking up tired and achy are also very common complaints. Common signs and symptoms of low thyroid:

  • fatigue and weakness – 99%
  • dry and coarse skin – 97%
  • cold intolerance – 89%
  • Thick tongue (tooth prints on its sides) – 82%
  • facial puffiness – 79%
  • coarse hair – 76%
  • memory impairment – 66%
  • constipation – 61%
  • weight gain – 59%
  • hair loss – 57%

Thyroid hormones plays critical roles in brain development, regulates body temperature and metabolism, i.e. energy burn and storage.

  • Lack of dietary Iodine is the most common cause of thyroid deficiency.
  • Toxins blocks Thyroid: pesticides, mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, bromine, etc.
  • Iodine Supports Thyroid, but requires careful professional monitoring
  • Other Thyroid Support: magnesium, calcium, zinc, selenium, and the new modified citrus pectin (MCP) — recommended new book by Karolyn Gazella, New Twist on Health: Modified Citrus Pectin for Cancer, Heart Disease and More.

What To Do

  • See your doctor for Iodine Test using healthier reference ranges
  • Discuss with your doctor the need to detox thyroid blockers
  • Read Hypothyroidsim Type 2 by Mark Starr, MD

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