A recent study conducted by The French National Institute for Health & Medical Research has found that when an epidural is administered during labor this inhibits the production of oxytocin which might be a contributing factor for autism. If this was the case then other birthing procedures, such as c sections, which also inhibit oxytocin production should also be linked to increased autism rates. Whilst there is no agreement on this within the literature there are some preliminary studies indicating that this might be the case.
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Interesting reading, on lots of fronts. Coming out of France, it's of interest to me personally - I wonder how/if it will affect how they treat autism over there? Anyway, I'm not surprised that there could be a link - I suspect we have a lot to learn about how fantastic the body is when it is performing 'naturally'. I can also imagine the ensuing legal wrangles, if a link between autism and epidurals is proved!!! That said, I've had both normal and C-section deliveries, and they don't correlate with the findings - but to be fair, the report said this would be the case. But, the case study on giving diuretics to children with autism, and then seeing a reduction in autistic traits, is also interesting - there's so much hidden salt and sugar in diets today, that it can't be good. Reducing salt intake is an achievable target for parents with autistic children - that has to be good, right? It could help to empower them, in the face of so many bewildering situations that can seem so 'out of control'.
Ha! Don't think Dan believes in the idea of a special diet!!! He loves sweet things and can tend to add lots of salt to things. That's aside from any take-outs! I am going to get a doctor's appt with him, to talk about healthy eating etc. He tends to go through regular phases (vegetarian, low sugar etc.) but will eat loads of sweet things, for instance, when he's not in a 'no sugar' phase. Its all really ordered, to his mind. And I can see why! But not exactly healthy. Its something we've been working on! When he was at college, it was a really wholesome environment (Steiner-based, good ethos, organic everything, lots of contact with, and working in, nature, therapies etc, etc, etc...) and that really helped to guide him to a 'good space' - the work comes in continuing that in everyday life. But we're on the case!