Why autism, mental and learning disorders are becoming epidemic …


Our highly demanding and complex society has lots of environmental and emotional stress agents to deal with that can lead to physical, behavioral and mental disorders. 

Most disorders are systemic by origin. And therefor every person has their own challenges linked to different varieties and combination of  toxic overload, exhaustion of detoxification, metabolic and methylation pathways, disruption of hormone levels,  alteration of neuro-transmitter levels and gene expression. This in the end defines the status of physical, emotioal and mental well being. The exponential growth and severity of any disorder can be explained by variety, combinations  and accumulation of all of below listed health offenders.

1. Lack of essential minerals (and why it’s often hard to detox from heavy metals and halogens) – nowadays magnesium, iodine, other essential (trace)minerals and nutrients are for a great deal lacking in our food. When the body has insufficient minerals, it chooses to replace those minerals with ‘less quality’ minerals, such as halogens that happen to be around in the body. For instance in times of iodine shortages in the body fluoride and bromides bind to the receptor sites of the membrane of  brain, thyroid cells, etc. because they have similar atomic size and molecular structure to iodine. By doing so the body tries to maintain an iodine involved process of important chemical chain reactions. Although not very happy with the poor replacement of iodine into halogen the body can proceed metabolic function in some way. Lack of essential nutrients, such as iodine or magnesium therefore makes it more difficult to get rid of halogens and heavy metals because they are temporary needed to ‘hold on’ in a metabolic chain reaction.

Mineral and vitamin deficiencies can trigger chronic depression, feelings of fear and stress.

Vitamin deficiencies
In particular vitamin D (which is also a steroid hormone) and vitamin B12 play a very important role in cell metabolism and neurotransmitter synthesis. It needs also to be considered that b12 deficiency can also be caused by a lack of “intrinsic factor” (a substance secreted by stomach cells that binds to vitamin B12 and enables its absorption).

A much more common cause of of b12 deficiency, especially in older people, is a lack of stomach acid, because stomach acid is required to liberate vitamin B12 from food. An estimated 10 to 30 percent of adults over the age of 50 have difficulty absorbing vitamin B12 from food. (1) People who regularly take medications that suppress stomach acid—such as proton-pump inhibitors, H2 blockers, or other antacids—may also have difficulty absorbing vitamin B12 from food. Even people who lack adequate stomach acid can typically absorb vitamin B12 from fortified foods or supplements.

Vitamin K, zink and C

2. Toxins – Unfortunately it is very easy to achieve serious toxicity in both our houses and bodies where toxins accumulate without even knowing. I) Toxicity from metals and halogens such as mercury, which can be found in vaccines, fish, amalgam teeth fillings (if a pregnant woman has or had amalgam fillings, a substantial amount of mercury will be intra uterine absorbed by the fetus – especially in high amounts by the first child!),  PBDEs (= Polybrominated diphenyl ethers) which is a chemical flame retardant used in textiles, plastics and resins, aluminium which is used in deodorants, vaccines, cosmetics, aluminium pots and pans; lead water pipes, lead-based paint, II) toxic gases which can be found e.g. household cleaning detergents, carpets, industrial waste; III) Aluminium, cadmium, barium and strontium are also sprayed in air space being declared as a way to engineer global climate (Geoengineering).

IV) Glyphosate (Pesticides) such as roundup and 2,4-D, largely used in agriculture, work synergestic with other toxins such as aluminium and heavy metals.  Glyphosate imitates glycine. It opens gut and brain barrier and capsulates alumium, which thereby can not be recogenized by the immune system and ‘freely’ goes  to the brain and pineal gland. Glyphosate chelates minerals which therefor become ineffective. Glyphosate disrupts the shikimate pathway in plants and microorganisms. Gut bacteria have this pathway too and are making important essential amino acids – we depend on this pathway for tryptophan and this is one of the reasons why glyphosate is very harmful to us. Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, melatonin and melanine. Glyphosate also disrupts the GABA effectivity, which can inhibit exitotory neurotransmitters. The endocrine disrupting properties of glyphosate are already linked to neurological disorders, learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), autism (ASD), dementia, alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Glyphosate also disrupts plants mineral absorption from the soil which decreases nutritional value, which will lead back to:
Lack of essential minerals

New research findings also demonstrate the impact vitamin D deficiency may have on social behaviour with regards to autism.  Serotonin, oxytocin and vasopressin that affect social behaviour, are all activated by vitamin D hormone. Autism, which is characterized by abnormal social behaviour, has previously been linked to low levels of serotonin in the brain and to low vitamin D levels, but no mechanism has linked the two up till now.

V) Parabens commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics, VI) fluoride present in tap water and other products e.g. toothpaste and even canned food!, VII) artificial food colouring, VIII) Excitotoxicity by Glutamate: a pathological process by which nerve cells are damaged or killed by excessive stimulated neurotransmitters,
VIIII) Phthalates found in plastic water bottles, supermarket & parking lot receipts which are endocrine (hormone) disruptors.

X) Vaccination programs
Simultaneous administration of multiple vaccines nowadays given to babies and small children, overwhelms the immune system extensively and disrupts metabolism processes. Natural detoxification pathways get overloaded, which makes it difficult to get rid of heavy metals, halogens and pathogens. This enlarges the risk of bowel and brain inflamation, which are important triggers for developing emotional and mental disorders. Vaccines can contain prions (an infectious agent composed entirely of protein materials), glyphosates, halogens, heavy metals, pathogens and other toxins. Consuming bioindustry products, especially meat products will also increase toxic build up from the vaccines administered to the bioindustry animals, and will add up to glyphosate, halogens, pathogens and heavy metal levels. In contrast with official pharmaceutial industry statements very tiny amounts of mercury, aluminium, etc. – which are used in vaccines – DO harm the system!

With regards to mercury
By the age of two children have received 237 micrograms of mercury through vaccines alone, which far exceeds current EPA ‘safe’ levels of 0.1 mcg/kg. per day!

Three days in particular may be singled out as spectacularly toxic:
Day of birth: hepatitis B – 12 mcg mercury = 30x safe level
At 4 months: DTaP and HiB on same day – 50 mcg = 60x safe level
At 6 months: Hep B, Polio – 62.5 mcg mercury = 78x safe level

Then at 15 months the child receives another 50 mcg, equivalent to 41x safe level. These figures are calculated for an infant’s average weight in kilograms for each age.

3. Pathogens - As early as the 1960s it was already known that neurological and psychiatric illnesses where related to spirochete infections (bacteria). Pathogens that are already linked to emotional and mental disorders are: Borrelia, Rickettsia, Babesia, Bartonella, Epstein Barr virus, Toxoplasma gondii, Rabies virus,  Treponema Pallidum and Mycoplasma.

A strong link has been found between Borrelia, co-infections (Lyme) and autism. 

Pathogenic microorganisms are a burden to our system in many different ways. They are very intelligent and able to mimic neurotransmitters (signal molecules) which influence behavior and mood. Pathogens ‘steal’ nutrients like minerals and vitamins, without discriminating their origin: food or expensive multivitamins we buy to give ourselves an immune boost are all evenly absorbed by the impudent ‘guests’.

If there are heavy metals and other toxins on board, the body is weakened and more prone to pathogen infestation which will increase the risk of both physical and mental disease.

Pathogens, their biotoxins (waste products such as bacteria pee, poo and toxic defense mechanism secretions),  endotoxins (toxic heat stable lipopolysaccharide-protein complexes released by lysis of the bacterial cell wall at death of bacteria) can be transmitted in many ways, even intrauterine (from mother to fetus) which instantly affects the unborn baby and – if not properly addressed – can challenge the overall physical and mental experience of well being for life.

(More information regarding toxicity, EMF and pathogens in relation to autism, mental  and learing disorders, see links below*)

4. Diet and Dysbiosis - Symbiosis translates to ‘living in harmony’. Healthy gut bacteria are imperative to our overall health. In a healthy body a feedback loop is regulating equilibrium so no specific strain can dominate. Good gut bacteria help us with digestion, absorption, production of vitamins, control growth of harmful microorganisms, and keep the intestinal cells well fed by creating short chain fatty acids. Dysbiosis occurs when the pathogens (bad bacteria) take over. Dysbiosis can arise in the digestive system, but can happen anywhere in the body or on the skin. Infections from biotoxins and nutrient deficiency can have a devastating effect on the brain. Serotonin, an important neurotransmitter (from its precursor triptophan) which influences mood and memory is produced  for 95% in the gut. If there is dysbiosis and inflammation serotonin production in the gut increases and is causing more inflammation en serotonine in the brain decreases which will lead to a chronic depression and can trigger anxiety and other mental disorders. The conditions can get actually worsened when antibiotics are used. They will kill a good amount of the bad bacteria in most cases, but also eliminate a great amount of  the good bacteria and thereby weakens the immune system. Meat from the bioindustry which contains antibiotics (as well as hormones and glyphosates) impairs the immune system even further.

Recent study has shown a strong connection between gut microbiome imbalance vitamin D deficiency and autism.

Pathogens are not only ‘the bad guys’. They can be partly beneficial to us. Human unfriendly minerals (such as heavy metals and halogens) for instance, are also listed on their menu, which they absorb (eat) and by doing so these toxins get incapsulated and are in that way less harmful to us. In general though, pathogenic infections, heavy metals and halogens can lead to physical and mental disorders.

5. Emotional Trauma: unsolved toxic emotions are basically just packages of blocked non coherent information. This information creates dissonance which can hinder both physical as well as mental processes. Energetically toxic emotions can be transmitted from past generations  and an information imprint can take place on both physical and mental level by genetic protein folding. The specific individual tendency of neuronal excitement or inhibition of neuronal firing can be caused by conscious or unconscious experienced feelings and fixed emotions (as information) from parents and even from great grand parents past. These inherited tendencies can cause behavioural and chronic emotional problems. Energetically transmitted or self experienced trauma – even emerging at the very start of life – compromises the immune system, which can create health challenges on all levels. Research from epigenetics and PNI has confirmed that conscious and unconscious felt sensations and experienced emotions are influencing perception which will lead up to neuronal expression and thereby overall health status. Emotional trauma is like a sub program that continuesly activates a stress reaction, which contributes to pH imbalance,  depletes minerals and vitamins and decreases enzyme functions.

Mineral and vitamin deficiencies and toxic overload inhibits the capacity to connect in a healthy balanced way with the inner self and with one’s surroundings.

Epigenetics and genetic risk factors
Insufficient amounts of macro and micro nutrients and toxicity burden can change expression of the genome in a unfavorable way.  Certain polymorphed genes wil be expressed and compromise metabolic and/or synthesis function due to genetic polymorphism. Gene polymorphism makes us members of a group, i.e. brown eyes, blond hair, etc. but also regulates our disease risk, fenotype and what type of food we should eat and avoid.

Circadian rhythm disorders

6. Electric magnetic frequencies (EMF) from Wifi, smart meters, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), wireless electrical devices, prenatal ultrasound scans, transvaginal scans (TVS), smart phones, etc.
The Electric Magnetic Frequencies emitted by above devices are making pathogens that hide in the body act much more aggressive. To defend themselves from EMF radiation pathogens excrete more toxins into the body. These toxins are also messing up bio-electrical and magnetic fields of all cells and neurons in particular.

Frequencies of prenatal ultrasound scans increase temperature of fetal tissue. A fetus is not able to regulate heat in the same way as post natals do. Instead there are certain cellular heat shock proteins (HSPs) available that are activated in case of overheating (ultrasounds or severe fever from the mother). When activated HSPs stop temporarely protein synthesis and increase risk of neural damage and other congenital malformations. This might be why also a strong link between EMF, ultrasound scan exposure and autism has been found. Duration of exposure and targeted point of the ultrasound scan do also matter in regards to which health challenges might be expected.

It has also been proven that EMF influences indoor mold and inner fungal growth. Neurotoxic mold excretions (gases) and toxic fungal defence meganism cross the blood brain barrier and can cause central nervous system problems, i.g. cognitive problems, behavioral changes, ataxia and convulsions.

Although seemingly without any harm, we are all in some way mineral depleted, exposed to toxins and unfavorable frequencies every day, building up to potential illnesses! It might be difficult to see initially how exponential growth of physical and mental disorders are linked to the rising levels of environmental toxicity since its influence is seemingly silent and gradual. 

Scientific evidence is now putting the dots more and more rapidly together unraveling coherent data about  synergistic processes at all levels altering gene expression, methylation and metabolic processes.

Actually, we could say: sensitive and discomforted ones diagnosed with ASD, mental or learning disorders actually are the canaries in the coal mine …

So, it’s time to address and ACT towards all of those seriously causing disruptive agents RIGHT NOW!

Although many health issues being physical, emotional or mental are caused by the above mentioned serious burdens, they can be successfully treated.

Our practice offers a broad range of effective detoxification programs in addition to  innovative therapeutic regimes to restore physical, mental and emotional equilibrium effectively.

In fact, we have seen many beautiful recoveries when clients and their family thought there was no cure available for them anymore … 

For  further information or online consultation call +31 (o)6 14 95 0123, or send us an email.

Els Raatgever – Naturopath, founder of The Power of Connection Foundation &
owner De Qi van West


* How mercury destroys the brain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=BtFsy0rQsak

* 50 human studies in utero conducted in modern china: https://www.amazon.de/Studies-Conducted-Indicate-Prenatal-Ultrasound/dp/1941719031

* Glyphosate Pretending to be Glycine: Devastating Health Consequences – Stephanie Seneff, PhD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snNRfAfSeUk

* Role of Chronic Bacterial and Viral Infections in Neurodegenerative, Neurobehavioural, Psychiatric, Autoimmune and Fatiguing Illnesses: Part 2: http://www.bjmp.org/content/role-chronic-bacterial-and-viral-infections-neurodegenerative-neurobehavioural-psychiatric-a

* Oxytocin Influences Processing of Socially Relevant Cues in the Ventral Tegmental Area of the Human Brain: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006322313000395

* Oxytocin, testosterone, and human social cognition: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25631363

* Link between vitamin D treatment and autism prevention https://molecularautism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13229-017-0125-0

* Robert Sapolsky on Toxoplasmosis in relation to fear, anxiety and the dopamine system https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3x3TMdkGdQ

*  Toxoplasma Infection in Schizophrenia Patients: A Comparative Study with Control Group https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3279881/

* 50 Human Studies, in Utero, Conducted in Modern China, Indicate Extreme Risk for Prenatal Ultrasound: A New Bibliography- Jim West

*  Do Bartonella Infections Cause Agitation, Panic Disorder, and Treatment-Resistant Depression?  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2100128/

*  Gastrointestinal flora and gastrointestinal status in children with autism–comparisons to typical children and correlation with autism severity  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21410934

* Increased abundance of Sutterella spp. and Ruminococcus torques in feces of children with autism spectrum disorder  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24188502/

* Pyrosequencing study of fecal microflora of autistic and control children https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20603222/

*  Reduced incidence of Prevotella and other fermenters in intestinal microflora of autistic children https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23844187

* Intestinal microflora of autistic children https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21114016

* Fecal microbiota and metabolome of children with autism and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24130822



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