Response to Letter to the Editor| Volume 276, ISSUE 1-2, P203, January 15, 2009

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Iodine deficiency as a cause of autism

      I would like to thank Dr. Sullivan for his positive comments regarding my recent proposal suggesting maternal hypothyroxinemia as a potential cause of autism. He addresses the worrying trend of a progressive decline in iodine ingestion in the U.S. among women of childbearing age. Maternal iodine deficiency causes maternal hypothyroxinemia and further enhances the effects of environmental antithyroid and goitrogenic pollutants that are postulated to cause autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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