Dietary intervention preconception for both mother and father can have a potentially large impact on a child’s development in utero and after birth. The state of the mother’s health and toxic exposure, as well as an overgrowth of candida in the gut can all be transferred to the fetus. This sets up a toxic dumping in the child’s delicate system which can lead to the symptoms of autism.

The fetus can be born with susceptibilities that influence and become triggers for genetic mutations. Neurotoxic effects create many developmental delays including cognitive impairment, and speech delay. This, along with gut dysbiosis, all play a part. The gut controls the brain and is often referred to as “the second brain”. Also noted as infections that create susceptibility and can be transferred in utero and via breastmilk are the Comorbid Symptoms of Autism.

Further Environmental Triggers

Additionally, the effect of environmental  toxins on the brain and neurological system are significant. For example, if a mother has mercury amalgam fillings and other heavy metal toxicity the fetus is used as a conduit for her bodies  detoxification. Pesticides in food, toxic adjuvants in vaccinations, and exposure to electromagnetic field radiation are also involved. The overexposure to these environmental triggers are known to negatively effect the neurological system of the fetus, newborn and child. See for further environmental toxins.

3 Steps To Take To Reduce The Toxic Load

  1. Reduce body burden by eating organically grown, non GMO foods and eliminating toxins from your home. 
  2. Reduce inflammation-Dietary changes begin this first stage of detoxification.
  3. Support detoxification by supporting the liver, the lymphatic system, and the colon.

Radio show Interview

Please listen to my radio show interview with Registered Dietician, Geri Brewster, on the differences that dietary intervention can make both pre and post conception, radio show #63.

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Geri Brewster RD MPH CDN has been a clinician, nutrition educator and health coach for over 30 years. Geri began her clinical career specializing in pediatric and young-adult developmental disabilities, including metabolic and gastrointestinal disorders; specialized tube feedings; dysphagia; autism; behavioral, attention, sensory and oral-motor integration disorders; and eating disorders. Over the years her practice expanded to include all aspects of special diets and nutrient supplementation for optimization of health for both acute and chronic disease and for all age groups.
She received her BS in Human Nutrition and Foods from Virginia Tech where she graduated summa cum laude and her MPH at New York Medical College. She has advanced areas of study with the Institute of Functional Medicine.
Geri served as an adjunct professor for the University of Bridgeport’s Masters in Nutrition program for several years. Her practice is maintained in NYC and Mt Kisco, New York.
She is the former Director of Nutrition at the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in NYC and currently assists families in the implementation of the Modified Atkins Diet for seizure control. A long time advocate with the Better School Food movement, Geri speaks frequently on a local and national level on the subjects of children’s health and nutritional needs. She has been featured on CNN, CBS, WOR, WNEW radio, Martha Stewart Radio, Disney radio, Wall Street Journal radio, and multiple local radio stations. She has been seen on the View, TLC, NBC Early Morning News, CBS News and CBS Newswatch.

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