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Vitamin E Discovery

Study:  Vitamin E, Omega 3s Found to Reduce Symptoms of Autism

Vitamin E supplementation shows improvement in children with autism.

Vitamin E supplementation shows improvement in children with autism.

The famous former prime minister Winston Churchill will be forever remembered as a stalwart conservative, but no one could call him conservative in his commentary.

Never one to pull punches, Churchill called it like he saw it, with utterances like “I may be drunk, miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly,” “There is no such thing as a good tax,” and “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

He applied this quote to anything that was mysterious or difficult to explain.  And while Churchill wasn’t known for applying this quote to diseases or health matters, I have no doubt he would have applied it to man’s understanding of autism.

Though science has come a long way in determining just what autism is, it still remains that riddle wrapped inside a mystery inside an enigma.

What is known about autism is that it’s a developmental disorder that overwhelmingly affects young children, boys primarily.  It’s typically diagnosed between a child’s first and third birthday, and is characterized by an inability to communicate, aggressive behavior and/or repetitive motions.

There’s no known cure for autism, so treatment options really run the gamut, much of it depending on the severity of the child’s condition.  Prescription drugs and therapy are often required, but there’s been an ever increasing investigation into analyzing the diet of a person’s autism.

In a past column written on autism, I talked about the common food allergies the scientific community often sees in people with autism.  Today, the scientific community is looking into what autistic boys and girls may be lacking in.

For instance, writing in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Russell L. Blaylock discusses his findings about how children with autism might react to dietary interventions.  Past research has indicated that children with autism are often neglecting in vitamin E.  Using this knowledge as a backdrop, Blaylock recruited 187 children to see how their supplementing with vitamin E and omega-3s might affect their symptoms.

According to Blaylock and the parents’ assessment of their autistic children at the conclusion of the study, all of the children showed improvements in virtually every aspect that autism tends to affect after supplementation:  speech, eye contact, motor skills and sensory perception.  At the start of the study, all of the children were deficient in these areas of communication.

As with all studies, more needs to be researched before making any broad-based conclusions as to how vitamin E and omega-3s can counter the effects of autism.  But this is certainly a welcome finding in a world that’s dominated by advancements in drug therapy treatments.  There’s no question that some prescription drugs have done wonders for millions of people, but advancements in natural medicine is a breath of fresh air.

Sources:
rightwingnews.com
nhiondemand.com
alternative-therapies.com

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