Sulfates, Melatonin, and Preventing Autism

Neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases are at epidemic proportions. Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, has been using computer science and natural language processing techniques to delve into the possible role of environmental toxins in causing these disorders.

Dr. Seneff was one of 15 speakers invited by CMSRI to present scientific research on the adverse health effects of aluminum adjuvants and aluminum-adjuvented vaccines at the CMSRI-sponsored Third International Symposium on Vaccines in March 2014, part of the 9th International Congress on Autoimmunity. A May 8th article in the Mercola newsletter “Sulfate, sleep and sunlight: The disruptive and destructive effects of heavy metals and glyphosate” summarizes Dr. Seneff’s thinking about factors contributing to neurological disorders.

According to Dr. Seneff, neurological brain diseases share an origin that begins with insufficient supplies of sulfate to the brain. Systemic sulfate deficiency is an important factor in many modern-day health problems, as insufficient sulfate impairs toxin elimination. Toxic metals, in turn, interfere with sulfate synthesis. The brain can clear toxins during sleep, but this housekeeping function requires adequate heparan sulfate, which is delivered to the brain via melatonin. Melatonin, secreted in the pineal gland, also controls the sleep/wake cycle and binds toxic metals. Melatonin impairment, sleep disorders, and heparan sulfate deficiency have all been identified in autism and other neurological disorders.

What can disrupt the production of sulfate and melatonin? Dr. Seneff and others have carried out analyses showing that sunlight is protective against autism, a deficiency of which leading to further problems. Another factor is that aluminum and thimerosal—vaccine ingredients—disrupt the pineal gland’s ability to make sulfate and produce melatonin. High-SPF sunscreens contribute to both of these problems, reducing sun exposure and increasing aluminum accumulation.

Glyphosate, a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide, is a third factor interfering with the body’s ability to manage sulfur. It has been shown to cause low melatonin, impaired sulfur metabolism, sleep disorders, and more; all related to autism. Working in tandem, glyphosate and aluminum cause problems in several ways. First, glyphosate kills beneficial bacteria in the gut, which allows pathogens to overgrow, and depletes tryptophan—the precursor to melatonin. The use of glyphosate has grown alongside the increase in “Roundup®-ready” genetically modified (GM) crops. Dr. Seneff believes that children who are overexposed to glyphosate through GM foods are more likely to react badly to vaccination.

The body of evidence assembled by Dr. Seneff supports her hypothesis that the epidemic levels of autism currently seen in the Western world are caused by a severe deficiency in sulfate supplies to the brain. In the best scenario, the pineal gland can create sulfate, assisted by the presence of sunlight, and use melatonin sulfate to transfer it to the brain. Unfortunately, aluminum, mercury, and glyphosate are working to inhibit the process, and sunlight deficiency is further contributing to the problem. Dr. Seneff hopes that her analysis and evidence will help future researchers to prevent the increase in victims of diseases that affect the brain.

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