Photo; courtesy of my beautiful little sister
In the last 8 years, I have had the privilege of working with many children with autism and their families. During this time, I have had many discussions around the causes Autism. I know there are lots of speculations, opinions and factors. I have been learning so much about our bodies and just wanted to share my learning and perhaps hear from you as well. First and foremost ensuring that your own body is balanced and healthy will give your baby a healthier start to life.
Babies who are born through the birth canal of a healthy mother ingest healthy bacteria (probiotics) which help the baby build up a strong immune system. During this process, hormones are released which help mom and baby bond, as well as initiate milk production. The milk produced by a healthy mother will also give the baby more antibodies to help him/her fight off illness etc.
Since our world continues to be polluted with chemicals, unnatural foods, preservatives, dyes, fragrances and stress, our bodies are not always in the best shape for a healthy baby. Babies, if not born through a c-section, often pass through a birth canal which is full of yeast, deficient in minerals and high in toxins. This in turn becomes his/her start into this world. If this isn't enough, it is only a few months into life where this little body's immune system is fighting hard again when given its first set of vaccinations. In Canada, for example this happens as early as three months old.
It is a tough start for many infants. Some babies immune systems are continually fighting just to get ahead. This compromised immune system can make them more susceptible to illness. Babies can become quite sick and even be given antibiotics. The antibiotics although given to help fight off bacteria will also fill their systems with unhealthy bacteria compromising their immune systems again.
Unfortunately our environment has been tainted, however there is still so much we can do in order to be proactive in our health and the health of your children. If you are thinking about having a child, do consider reading, Preventing Autism & ADHD. Dr. Debbie Hamilton's medical experience gives hope that prevention is possible. For more on your digestive and gut health feel free to check out my post on Your Are What You Eat...