Prenatal stress ups serotonin, which causes autism and mental disease in offspring

Another good study, which not only corroborates the causative role of elevated serotonin in a number of behavioral disorders in children (which extend into adulthood) but demonstrates the key role of endotoxin (LPS) in that process. Namely, the pregnant animals exposed to stress who had sterile guts were immune to the pro-inflammatory effects of stress … Read more

Pre-natal Viagra use causes offspring hypertension and maternal diabesity

The study looks weird at first glance – why would pregnant women take Viagra? After all, it is a drug initially developed for treating hypertension and erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. Well, the same misguided idea of using nitric oxide (NO) promoting drugs like Viagra to induce vasodilation has now been applied to the field … Read more

Drinking fluoridated water during pregnancy may lower IQ (in sons)

Another study (the most comprehensive to date) that finds a strong link between pre-natal exposure to fluoride in drinking water and lower intelligence in the offspring. As the article aptly notes, the benefits of fluoride were never proven before it was introduced in drinking water throughout the US, and the topic had apparently been mired … Read more

SSRI drugs during pregnancy cause child autism, antiserotonin drugs cure it

Yet another study pointing the finger directly at serotonin as a major causative factor in autism. This study comes just days after I made the post on decreased allopregnanolone synthesis by placenta as a possible cause of autism. It pains me just to think that currently all SSRI drugs are rated as safe for pregnant … Read more