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Lack of vitamin D may be linked to autism

Date published: 6/13/2014

This is in response to letter-writer Larry Bickmann's May 30 question ["Immunize, but what about autism link?"].

First, let me say how devastated I feel for all of the parents with children with autism who have no answers and wonder why this happened.

Did you know that the farther from the equator you travel, the higher the incidence of autism grows? This can also be said for multiple sclerosis and various other diseases.

What would cause this? The farther away from the equator you go, the harder it is to get enough UVB rays from the sun, which then go on to produce a pro-hormone called cholecalciferol in the human body. This pro-hormone then turns into an active hormone called 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol.

Because of the lifestyles we humans now live, we no longer get enough of this very important hormone.

It was once thought that this hormone's purpose was strictly to regulate calcium levels and bone formation. (This is what most doctors know and understand.)

It is now proven that this hormone regulates genes by turning them off and on. It is also extremely important to the functioning of our immune system. Lack of this hormone causes many diseases. This pro-hormone also goes by the name "vitamin D." It is not really a vitamin since human beings cannot get adequate amounts from their diets. Humans were meant to obtain it from the sun's rays.

I would direct anyone to the website VitaminDCouncil.org, run by Dr. John Cannell, for further information.

So, it is probably not all that incorrect to say that the immunizations could have triggered the autism, but in a sense it was probably the low vitamin D levels that could not let his immune system respond properly to the immunizations and reacted to them.

Ivy Walsh