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What Mineral And Vitamin Supplement Helps Reduce Autism
Wish that were so...: Although the internet abounds with stories of children with autism improving with certain vitamins, dietary supplements, and special diets, there is not evidence that any of these treatments help most children with autism. My patients are free to try these (if safe) if they want, though i don't endorse them. I wish there was a simple nutritional solution to this very difficult condition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more
Not Really: Many children with autism are picky eaters and have intestinal issues. Nonetheless, supplements are not helpful, expensive, and in some cases unsafe. Stories about improvement after starting a treatment appear to be compelling. However there is a lot of hidden bias in such stories. Fortunately, scientists have developed methods to test whether something really works. No supplements have worked. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Has it been looked into if an abundance of vitamin K in the blood causes autism? I know the study was of a deficiency of the vitamin. Thank you.
How to say this...: I'm glad you asked the question here. In 2006, someone in the not-so-mainstream world of unproven " biomedical" cures for autism, like treating yeast , thought that giving vit k would be curative. Later, someone decided that vitamin k shots given to newborns since i-don't- know-when were a cause of autism , claiming they were dissolved in a base..Or an acid..Or both.. See www.Quackwatch.Com. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it true that a calcium supplement reduces the absorption of some vitamins and minerals (like in a multivitamin for example)? If so which ones?
Possibly: Yes it is true that calcium can affect absorption of some vitamins but also calcium often isn't that easily absorbed either. Remember, a lot depends on whether you are taking supplements on an empty stomach or not. Actually, it is better to take vitamins after a decent meal as the proteins and fats in food will aid in absorption of supplements and vitamins. ...Read more
Any suggestions on supplement while taking long term metformin for PCOS/ insulin resistance? related to reduced vitamin/mineral absorption? Thnx!
Many good choices: There are many quality vitamin and mineral supplements suitable for a 60 yo, but one of my favorites is active senior multivitamin by rainbow light- see http://www.Rainbowlight.Com/womens-multivitamins-active-senior-multivitamin.Aspx another excellent choice is life force (iron-free) by source naturals. See http://www.Sourcenaturals.Com/products/gp1459/. ...Read more
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
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