I recently read this very interesting article.  This article was written by Moises Velasquez-Manoff and was called “An Immune Disorder At the Root of Autism” and was featured in the NY Times.   It caught my interest because my first born son is autistic.  I personally have suffered from an autoimmune disease for well over ten years.  One of the markers in my bloodwork normally checked by my rheumatologist is the C-Reactive Protein produced by the liver. The level of CRP rises when there is inflammation throughout the body.

Since I greatly increased my daily antioxidant intake, my C-Reactive Protein tests have responded positively.  Clearly improving my diet and increasing antioxidants and fiber has lowered inflammation.  Dr. Barry Sears MD, author of the Zone diet believes there is a link between chronic disease and inflammation.  Inflammation can be reduced by increasing antioxidants.  It is an interesting theory.  Had I known that eating more antioxidants could have possibly made a difference in my sons health, I would have done whatever I could to eat healthy.  I like the fact that Well Beyond Corporation, the makers of Beyond Healthy Chocolate Company Chocolates, were able to find a way to cold press chocolate to keep in the antioxidant content.  The antioxidant content of their product is verified by Brunswick Labs on a regular basis.  Because of this, “Healthy Chocolate” is one of the highest antioxidant products on the planet.  This is what I eat and feed my family every day.<P>

I am not a doctor, just a patient and a parent, but if it was me and I was going to be expecting or trying to get pregnant, I would increase my antioxidant content just like I would take prenatal vitamins.  Definitely something to consider.<P>

I am Lynette Henk, member of Three Sons Marketing LLC in Florida.  Mom of an autistic adult

child and advocate of eating a healthy, high antioxidant diet.  I get my antioxidants in Beyond Healthy Dark Belgian Chocolate.  We can be reached at 941-216-5727,  or at DetoxChoc.com.<P>

Opinion obtained from the NY Times 8/26/12 Immune Disorders and Autism http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/opinion/sunday/immune-disorders-and-autism.html?smid=fb-share&_r=1&