Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Circles

It began here: http://www.autisable.com/754611685/checking-for-carnitine-deficiency/

Which led to googling carnitine deficiency. (I may have accepted my son's learning disability, but I'm sure as heck not going to quit looking for answers. )

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/942233-overview#a0104

Which led to this:

Valproic acid may cause an acquired type of secondary carnitine deficiency by directly impairing renal tubular reabsorption of carnitine. The effect on carnitine uptake and the existence of an underlying inborn error involving energy metabolism may be fatal; in other cases, it may primarily affect the muscle, causing weakness.


Valproic acid used by the mother during the first trimester of pregnancy is considered one cause of environmentally induced autism.

Shoot...this stuff always goes in circles. No wonder nobody knows what causes autism.

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