From infancy to late adulthood we are constantly bombarded by toxic substances to our brain and central nervous system (CNS). These substances, called neurotox- ins, are detrimental to the health of both our brain and CNS – and our overall neurological health. These neurotoxins include environmentally abundant substances such as aluminum, the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust (after oxygen and silicon). Very recently, powerful neurotoxins have been identified in the brain and CNS which originate from internal sources such as the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract microbiome. We are therefore assaulted from both the inside and outside environment by potent neurotoxins during the course of our lifetime. These same neurotoxins affect brain and visual functions and are known to be disrupted in diseases ranging from insulin-related disorders such as diabetes to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This AutismOne talk will review current topics in the scientific literature regarding this research area with emphasis on diabetes, ASD and AD from children to adults and from what is currently known, how we can improve this situation and expanding health-relevant concern.
Speaker: Walter J. Lukiw, PhD