Immune Disorders and Autism - NYTimes.com
Eric Barker stashed this in Science
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?
Inflammation is part of our innate immunity
Our innate immunity is what is naturally present in our bodies when we are born, and not the adaptive immunity we get after an infection or vaccination.
So inflammation is our immune system in faulty overdrive?