Can Vitamin D Improve Autism Symptoms?

Vitamin D is essential- it plays a critical role in everything from bone strength and growth, to immune system function and cardiovascular health. Until recently, the merits of Vitamin D were poorly recognized and at least in pediatrics, levels were infrequently checked. Now, when I am drawing labs for concerns of hyperlipidemia or short stature, chronic fatigue, anxiety or almost anything really, I add a Vitamin D level – because without fail, the levels are always low. It seems counterintuitive, that in our mild climate with sunny skies that anyone would have sub-therapeutic levels, but since vitamin D is relatively sparse in our edible diet and skin synthesis of the vitamin requires ultraviolet light – it is the norm to see serum concentrations below 30.

I came across an interesting case report yesterday at work that was published in the journal Pediatrics (Volume 135, number 1, January 2015) that noted that lower concentrati…

Where is Chloe?

Every parent knows this moment… an instant passes, you divert your attention and your child is suddenly not in sight. Thankfully, these moments are generally rare and end happily with our little one snuggled in for a hug (likely after a stern reprimand) and a silent or audible prayer of thanks. Last Friday night, at our son’s schools homecoming football game, we lost our littlest. She didn’t know she was lost of course, she was gallivanting around the stadium with a couple 4th grade girls she’d latched onto–little girls that were going out of their way to include her and even took her across the stadium to the snack bar to get a Gatorade. Police were present, the place was literally packed with families and I think as safe as any public place can be, but my stomach filled with fear and dread in those moments when I couldn’t locate her. The “what ifs” were unbearable. So, how do we raise independent children in a world that we often fe…

Murphy’s Law

In residency, Murphy’s Law was captured daily – in the diagnosis of a progressed neuroblastoma in a thriving infant with an attentive family; in the discovery of a rare congenital disorder in a baby born to two healthy parents; in the brutal progression of meningitis in a child who should have defeated the disease. Murphy’s Law – ‘that which will go wrong, will go wrong’ is perfectly in line with the definition of irony – a series of events or circumstance that is almost deliberately contrary to what was expected to result. Irony, at its finest, either makes us laugh or cry – and often times perhaps both.

The whole point of my blog is to demonstrate the vast areas of grey present in “expert” opinion. I love to write about controversial subjects and explore the extreme points of view, and then outline a more inclusive opinion on the matter. But, in classic depiction of the irony of Murphy’s Law, I now present a counterpoint to…