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Herpes Virus May Be a Trigger for Autism

New research shows that an active infection of the genital herpes simplex virus type 2 in early pregnancy doubles the chances that a male fetus will develop autism spectrum disorder, Science reports. This doesn’t mean that all children born to women with herpes will develop autism, but it does offer clues into possible genetic predisposition combined with infection as a trigger, scientists said.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects an estimated 1 in 50 American children, and as studies continue into the cause or causes of this disorder, several different culprits are beginning to come to the surface, such as environmental exposure. And while no absolute “cure” has yet been found for autism, we do know there are many safe, gentle treatment options for environmental triggers, including dietary changes and eliminating toxic exposures.

Researchers are now starting to understand how a child’s microbiome can play an important role, either by exacerbating or even causing autistic symptoms. New studies suggest restoring microbial balance may alleviate autistic symptoms

Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., is convinced part of the autism problem is related to consumption of processed foods and/or foods contaminated with glyphosate-based pesticides like Roundup, both of which are extremely detrimental to your microbiome. Glyphosate also negatively impacts the mitochondria, so it really delivers a double whammy.

One of the strategies many families with autistic children try is the gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet. I believe that a high-fat, low-carb diet also can help. If you’re looking for resources that offer hope for dealing with this, the Autism Research Institute, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) and Documenting Hope are three places to contact.
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