Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurobehavioral disorder caused by genetic and environmental causes, but the exact cause is still unknown.
There are also various risk factors such as aging, low-weight fetuses, early childbirth, and the mother's medication.
Among them, the relationship between heavy metals and ASD has been steadily revealed. Arsenic, lead, aluminum, cadmium, and mercury are present in our environment, and in excess they act as neurotoxins.
However, since each heavy metal breaks down differently in the body, gets stored differently in the tissues, and reacts differently with other heavy metals, further research on individual heavy metal needs to be done to determine the likelihood of developing ASD at a particular time of exposure.
In addition to various studies that show how excessive exposure to heavy metals triggers autism, a 2020 meta-analysis concludes that there is a significant link between heavy metals and autism.
From 1982 to 2019, a total of 18 studies examined the concentration of copper, mercury, and lead in blood, plasma, nails, and hair and the prevalence of autism. While copper and autism were unrelated, mercury and lead were highly associated with autism.
In the conclusion of the study, mercury and lead act as a pathological cause of autism. Mercury is exposed through dental amalgam, seafood, vaccines containing Thimerosal, and energy-saving bulbs.
Lead is also present in gasoline, toys, batteries, pipes, ceramics, cosmetics, environmental pollution, food, and water. When even a small amount of lead accumulates, it damages the brain and nervous system.
Another study examined the link between aluminum and autism. It has been found that the brain of autistic children is high in aluminum. The researchers pointed out that aluminum is used a lot instead of Thimerosal as a preservative for the vaccine.
In conclusion, excessive exposure to heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, aluminum, cadmium, mercury, etc. acts as a neurotoxin in the brain, causing abnormal neural behavior, resulting in ASD which compromises the children's social and communication skills.
Unfortunately, detoxing accumulated heavy metals is not easy. Hospitals offer chelation therapy but it cannot completely remove all toxins. So it is very important to prevent exposure to heavy metals.
NAC is a primary detox nutrients that has been shown to attach to mercury and other heavy metals and release them from the tissue.
3. Release detox through sweat via exercise/sauna
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