Dr. Clark here, I want to share with you the connection between autism and fertility treatments.
Now, in this country, there are millions of people, thousands and thousands of couples that are trying to get pregnant. Many of these people shouldn't be trying to get pregnant, because a lot of the women simply aren't healthy enough to get pregnant or maintain a pregnancy.
Tough words, I know. But they need to be said.
Fertility treatments are a way of dominating the woman's body and physiology and forcing it to become pregnant and carry the pregnancy. There are well-known side effects to these fertility treatments.
One of the drugs that's popularly used is called Clomid.
Clomid reduces cholesterol--and that's the connection between fertility treatments and autism.
I'll explain why. You can do the research. You can look up the data. Babies that are born through fertility treatments have a higher rate of complications, a higher rate of developmental delays, and here's one of the reasons why.
Cholesterol is necessary ingredient for all of your hormones. Cholesterol's the precursor for testosterone, for estrogen, for all hormones.
Now, just think about how vital they are to a developing fetus. Hormones direct the way that neurons grow and make connections--if you're in a low cholesterol state, brain development can be disturbed, can easily be delayed.
And it really shouldn't surprise us that...
- if cholesterol is a precursor for hormones
- and if we have a mother who's got low cholesterol
- and she gets baby in a low cholesterol state
- and the baby has low cholesterol
...it shouldn't surprise us at all that the child would have developmental delays.
So, for me, it brings up this question:
Why are so many people infertile?
Well, assuming the sperm count and sperm mobility have been checked, fertility comes down to three different categories.
- An adrenal gland problem, which we can talk about later.
- Undiagnosed autoimmunity.
- Some sort of gluten intolerance, and I've see this a bunch of times.
And keep this in mind--if the mom has an autoimmune condition, there's strike one. And she's got a gluten intolerance. There's strike two. And maybe she doesn't even know she has these things. ...And she's got an adrenal gland disorder, meaning her adrenal glands are not working correctly, not producing enough cortisol. So, there's strike number three.
And then, she gets a fertility drug that lowers her cholesterol. There are four huge risk factors for having a child with a developmental delay.
What do you do?
Well, if you have an autistic child, and he/she was born through fertility treatments, one of the things that you should be looking for (I hope your child sees a doctor who understands this) is low cholesterol levels.
I take a different perspective on this. Cholesterol is not evil. This may be hard to swallow, but you've got to raise cholesterol levels in certain patients to help their physiology, to help them function the way they're supposed to. Not squash it, but actually raise it. If you have an autistic child born through fertility treatments, I hope you're seeing someone who understands this aspect.
Now, if you're having trouble conceiving, and you're thinking about fertility treatments, you probably need to see someone who uses a Functional approach.
And I'm not necessarily talking about an acupuncturist or a naturopath. I'm talking about somebody who understands all the things I just talked to you about:
- the complexity of gluten sensitivity
- cholesterol pathways
- adrenal gland health (way beyond Vitamin C and glandulars)
You need to find someone who understands those things. You may be trying to have a baby and you're not healthy enough. You're just not in the right place in your life physically to have a child that's going to be healthy and have the least risk of developmental delays.
I understand how painful it is if you trouble conceiving. But, the last thing you want to do is to do something that's going to endanger the normal, typical development of that child.
There's the connection. It's fertility treatments. Clomid in particular lowers cholesterol. Cholesterol is absolutely necessary for normal brain development.
My takeaway message for you is if you've got a child that was born through fertility treatments and that has development delays, even if it's not labeled autism, you've got to go back and look at that and examine for low levels of cholesterol.
If you're trying to get pregnant and you're worried about autism, you really need to find someone who can look at you from a global, functional perspective and look at those issues of autoimmunity and gluten sensitivity and adrenal gland health.
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Dr. David Clark, DC
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