(NaturalHealth365) Could low cholesterol levels be contributing to the epidemic rise in childhood disorders? Many health experts are warning the general public that cholesterol may not be so bad at all.
A genetic disorder called SLOS (Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome) is a recessive genetic disorder associated with autism and is due to a deficiency of 7-dehydro-cholesterol reductase, the enzyme responsible for catalyzing the final step in cholesterol synthesis.
Is low cholesterol connected to learning disorders?
Wanting to explore this link, researchers began exploring if children with autism, but not necessarily with SLOS also suffered from a cholesterol deficiency. Psychiatry Online reported that in subjects who came from families with two children on the autism spectrum, 19% of those children had abnormally lower cholesterol. This is ten times the rate of the general population.
Further a paper in the Handbook of Clinical Neurology revealed that impaired cholesterol biosynthesis is associated with autism and other behavioral disorders.
Roughly 1 in 100 North American Caucasians have the defective gene and as many as 1 in 30 Central Europeans carry the defective gene. Known as SLOS ‘carriers’ they have reduced cholesterol synthesis and can pass the gene along to their children.
How does low cholesterol impact kids with autism?
A paper published in Neurochemical Research states that when they tested red blood cell (RBC) membranes isolated from the blood drawn from children with an autism diagnosis, the kids had significantly less cholesterol than the control children. The researchers say while cholesterol in the circulation does not cross the blood brain barrier, a generalized defect in its synthesis could affect its concentration in the central nervous system and that, coupled with a change in ganglioside expression, could contribute to development of the behaviors associated with autism.
The most cholesterol rich organ in the body is the brain which requires cholesterol to sustain the myelin sheath which coats the nerve cells and helps to conduct electrical pulses.
Low cholesterol levels are also associated with increased violent behavior, suicide, depression, anxiety, bipolar disease, Parkinson’s disease, increased mortality from cancer and is thought to be associated with chronic fatigue syndrome and children with dyslexia.
Cholesterol marketing programs have brainwashed an uneducated public
Most people associate cholesterol with something ‘bad’. But, the fact is we need cholesterol and if your cholesterol is low, then you need to find ways to increase your cholesterol. Cholesterol screening should be used to see if dietary or supplementation is needed.
Great Plains Laboratories recommends eating high cholesterol foods such as egg yolks, however egg allergies are common in children with autism. Other recommendations include butter (ghee would work for sensitive children) and liver and other organ meats.
In my practice, CEASE Therapy and homeopathy are integral parts of the program. By administering specific homeopathic remedies the body will be able to use its own innate ability to regain a state of balance. We also use Great Plains Laboratories for cholesterol blood work and if indicated, we will utilize the proper homeopathic remedy to address any cholesterol deficiency.
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About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com. You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com
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