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Vitamin D Council podcast 19: Autism

Posted on: February 7, 2018   by  Vitamin D Council


Welcome back to the 19th episode of the Vitamin D Council podcast! You can listen to all previous episodes here.

In today’s episode, Missy Sturges interviews Dr. Jerry Kartzinal on behalf of Generation Rescue, a fellow public health nonprofit. Dr. Kartzinal describes autism spectrum disorder (ASD), common symptoms of the disorder and debunks several myths. In addition, Dr. Kartiznal highlights Generation Rescue as an invaluable resource for families with ASD.

Then, Missy interviews the Vitamin D Council’s founder and Medical Director, Dr. John Cannell, (at 16:50) to discuss the role of vitamin D in autism and share some important research advances on this topic. He also highlights the moral responsibility of the medical community to treat vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy and childhood.

About Generation Rescue

Generation Rescue is the leading national organization that provides hope, information and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders.

Generation Rescue curated a movement dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment opportunities to autism families. As an innovative and results-oriented organization, Generation Rescue bridges the gap between philanthropy and expert-driven services by collaborating with like-minded stakeholders. Their vision fosters a sense of belonging and hope for future generations. Learn more at www.generationrescue.org.

About Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, M.D.

Dr. Jerry Kartzinel is Board Certified pediatrician, a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and Generation Rescue’s Science Advisory Co-Chair. He specializes in the recovery of neurodevelopmental, chronic neuro-inflammatory diseases and hormonal dysfunctions.

His clinical approach is to treat the patient by carefully obtaining a complete history and—based on this history—obtaining very detailed laboratory evaluations. Individualized plans are implemented integrating the very latest medical interventions that include both traditional and complementary medicinal approaches.

After receiving his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Kartzinel completed his residency in pediatric medicine in the Air Force. Following Desert Storm, he began practicing general pediatrics. Ten years into his in private practice, his fourth son was diagnosed with autism.

A nationally recognized speaker and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Kartzinel has presented medical interventions that work to improve the lives of his patients who suffer from many types of medical conditions, including autism, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, sleep cycle disruptions and hormonal imbalances. He regularly teaches Continuing Medical Education courses on children’s health issues to physicians and other health professionals.

About Dr. John Cannell, M.D.

Dr. Cannell founded the Vitamin D Council in 2003 upon a renewed interest in clinical nutrition. Dr. Cannell has published 30 peer-reviewed papers and 2 books on vitamin D. In addition, he occasionally gives talks on the subject all over the country. Dr. Cannell holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, where he graduated with high honors and Phi Beta Kapa, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Carolina. He has served the medical field as a general practitioner, emergency physician and psychiatrist.

Most of our readers know all about Dr. Cannell’s passion regarding vitamin D and autism. As a retired general physician and psychiatrist, Dr. Cannell has treated many individuals with ASD over the years, and incorporated vitamin D in part of his treatment protocol. Based on his personal success, along with the mounting research on this topic, Dr. Cannell wrote the book, Vitamin D and Autism: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment in an effort to help families with autism learn about this important topic.

About the Vitamin D Council

The Vitamin D Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in California, United States. We’re here to educate patients, families, doctors and health professionals on vitamin D and safe, sensible sun exposure to improve the quality and longevity of lives.

As the research continues to support the relationship between vitamin D and autism, the Vitamin D Council dedicated 2017 to educate the public on this important topic and will continue to do so until vitamin D is routinely incorporated as part of ASD management.


Sturges, M., Cannell, JJ., M.D., & Kartzinel, J., M.D. Vitamin D Council podcast 19: vitamin D and autism. The Vitamin D Council Blog & Newsletter, February 7, 2018.







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