According to the latest research into Autism spectrum Disorder (ASD), the cerebral dysfunction that leads to Autism appears to be 40% of the risk in an inherited genetic variation of all Autistic Children. This occurs during the fetal development process, as the genetic programming of the unborn child is driven off track by their environment.
While Autism occurs because of a child’s inability to receive, process, and interpret their environment correctly, it is postulated specific genes trigger ASD. It seems these ASD genes are more susceptible to be triggered during the 10th and 24th weeks of gestation, and during the neonatal period until the age of 6 (This is the time when the cerebral network expression if the strongest).
Autism and Child Development
Though, while there are two distinct times that ASD genes may be triggered and cause Autism in the developing child, either during prenatal or postnatal periods, there are also environmental risk factors. These environmental risk factors, which cause an unborn child not to interpret their environment correctly hinders the maturation process of a child’s social functions.
According to much research, one of those environmental conditions that may affect the unborn child is the mother’s stress level. This may occur due to the infection of the mother during the second and third trimesters, which may disrupt the development of the unborn child’s brain.
All of this means, if, during those period of the 10th to the 24th weeks of gestation, a pregnant woman become sick due to infection and her stress levels are heightened, those ASD genes in the unborn child are more likely to be triggered. It is important to the health of the expectant mother and the social development of her child that she remain in optimal health during pregnancy.
Prenatal Care and Upper Cervical
To ensure this optimal health, it is important the brain is able to communicate with the body without hindrance. That communication process can be hindered if the top two vertebrae in the spine, also known as the upper cervical spine, are out of alignment by even ¼ of a millimeter. This occurs because that misalignment hinders the brain from properly communicating with the body via the brainstem. If you have a history of head or neck injuries is important that you have a thorough evaluation of your upper neck.
Nervous system dysfunction as a result of an upper neck misalignment has been linked to immune system problems. It is important for an expectant mother to have as strong of an immune system is possible.
Dr. Tymothy Flory, Dr. James Weiss and Dr. Jameson Wong of Atlas Spinal Care in Upland, California are Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora and surrounding areas. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems.