Friday, October 15, 2010

Vitamin D and Autism

I have some thoughts I would like to share in light of the news I have been reading about the link between Autism and Vitamin D. I am doubly intrigued because my brother is severely Autistic.

I was thinking about the fact that he was born near Maryland in early March. What if my Mother had been vitamin D deficient over the Winter or simply because she was living at a higher latitude? My brother is 1 year older than me and I was also born near Maryland. The interesting thing is that we moved to the southwest before I was 3. My brother had lived there for almost 4 years. We actually moved here shortly after my folks figured out there was something wrong  with him.

He was diagnosed as Autistic in the early 60's and at the time, research on Autism was being done at a University here. My brother became the subject of study at the University and although they learned something, sadly, my brother remains severely Autistic.

Sometimes I wonder if I escaped my brother's fate simply because of sunshine...

If you want to read more about this subject,  Read Dr. John J. Cannell's  Vitamin D Theory of Autism  at the Vitamin D Council website.

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