The Folic Acid Paradox and the Importance of Vitamin Balancing

The Folic Acid Paradox and the Importance of Vitamin Balancing

The Folic Acid Paradox and the Importance of Vitamin Balancing

Folic acid (or folate) is one of the most deficient and problematic nutrients in the American diet. While small amounts are in orange juice, folic acid is found mainly in dark green “foliage,” from which its name derives. Many children with developmental and attentional issues – and most children with sensory issues – seem particularly repelled by green food. Typically, picky eaters reject their desperate parents’ attempts to provide a balanced diet.  Nonetheless, if a child is on the growth chart despite limited eating habits, physicians tend to discount parental concerns. Persistent parents and conscientious doctors have sometimes tested blood nutrient levels in a child’s plasma to assure that all is well.  Generally, the testing reveals nothing unusual, with one exception. Folic acid, a B-vitamin, is sometimes found in high amounts in ostensibly malnourished children. Some professionals may mistakenly suggest that the child is not only sufficient in nutrients, but is close to toxicity and should, therefore, avoid added nutrients….

Preconception: Reflections from an Autism Mom

Preconception: Reflections from an Autism Mom

Preconception: Reflections from an Autism Mom

Jennifer Elrod, mother of a toddler boy who is in the process of recovering from mild autistic symptoms, speech delay and gross motor delay, tells us about the importance of preconception in this blog post. As the mother of a toddler who has developmental delays, symptoms of autism, and signs of mitochondrial dysfunction, when I look back at the year before I became pregnant, I have a list of “I wish I had dones” and “I wish I had knowns”. Many of the items on those lists can probably be dismissed. But even after weeding out the less rational fears and doubts, a few things remain. These remaining items can be dismissed on the basis of “don’t feel guilty” or “move forward”. But they can’t be dismissed on logical grounds as opposed to psychological grounds. My goal in looking back is to help somebody else. I have seen the women in the online forums asking other women what they wish…