Copper Toxicity and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Copper Toxicity and Autism Spectrum Disorders

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High levels of copper and other mineral imbalances are almost always found in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

About Autism
Autism also known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) was previously called “Pervasive Developmental Delays (PDD). Ausitm is a spectrum of psychological conditions characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication, as well as restricted interests and repetitive behavior. The most common ASD’s include Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and PDD-NOS.

Autism is a highly variable neurodevelopmental disorder that first appears during infancy or childhood, and is diagnosed by a symptoms impairments that include impairment in social interaction, communication, restricted interests and repetitive behaviors. Other aspects, such as atypical eating, are also common.

Asperger’s Syndrome is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development, and why it is often known as “high functioning autism”. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.

PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Delays Not Otherwise Specified) is also known as “atypical autism”. It is characterized by difficulties with social interaction skills and communication that do not fall into the more common Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome diagnoses.

High Copper Levels and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
There is a often strong correlation to those high in copper with other altered minerals and heavy metals relationships than can trigger symptoms of anxiety disorders. Doing a hair test will inform you of your child’s exact mineral status and help you determine the actual level of unbound copper as well as other nutrient imbalances. Once these imbalances are corrected with nutritional rebalancing, the symptoms of autism can be reduced.