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The problem, it seems, is inflammation:

The lesson here isn’t necessarily that viruses and bacteria directly damage the fetus. Rather, the mother’s attempt to repel invaders — her inflammatory response — seems at fault. Research by Paul Patterson, an expert in neuroimmunity at Caltech, demonstrates this important principle. Inflaming pregnant mice artificially — without a living infective agent — prompts behavioral problems in the young. In this model, autism results from collateral damage. It’s an unintended consequence of self-defense during pregnancy.

Control inflammation during pregnancy, and it won’t interfere with fetal brain development.

Geez, 1 in 88 American kids are now born with autism?! Can it really be that high?

Am I right that inflammation is a consequence poor nutrition?

Or is it more complicated than that?

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