Autism, Iron and Aggression

Emery loving some kale. Kale contains 1.7 milligrams of iron per 100 grams.

In perfect timeliness, my AAP Smart Brief linked email me to an article in Family Practice News that discussed how antipsychotic medication sometimes prescribed for aggression problems in children diagnosed with autism may cause iron deficiency.

The article said, ” Children with autism spectrum disorders already are at increased risk of iron deficiency, previous studies have shown.”

Then, it said that these new findings indicate that two second-generation antipsychotics that are […]

Welcome the Holidays, but say farewell to Artificial Food Dye

natural food dye christmas cookies

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s the Christmas season.  Given the festivities of the season, I’m pleased to introduce you to a wonderful alternative to our traditional petrochemical food coloring agents.

An ever growing body of evidence links Artificial food dye to health and behavioral problems in children.  I link to a few of the studies at the end of this post, but I will attest with my whole heart that I know there is a strong correlation.

When my youngest gets […]