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An Important Cause Of Autism

an-important-cause-of-autism_300Debate has raged over the causes of the huge surge in children with autism. And now a large study involving more than 22,000 women and their babies has found what seems to be a powerful factor in this epidemic.

The researchers found that living in an area with high levels of air pollution may double the risk of a baby having autism.

The scientists analyzed data from Nurses’ Health Study II, a long-term study based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston that has been recording health information from 116,430 nurses since 1989. Within the group, the researchers studied 325 women who had a child with autism and 22,000 women who had a child without the disorder. When they looked at associations between autism and levels of pollutants at the time and place of birth, they found that women who lived in the 20 percent of locations with the highest levels of diesel particulates or mercury in the air were twice as likely to have a child with autism as those who lived in the 20 percent of areas with the lowest levels.

Other varieties of air pollution, including lead, manganese, methylene chloride and combined metal exposure, were also were associated with higher autism risk. Women who lived in the 20 percent of places with the highest levels of these pollutants were about 50 percent more likely to have a child with autism than those who lived in the 20 percent of areas with the lowest concentrations.

“Our results suggest that new studies should begin the process of measuring metals and other pollutants in the blood of pregnant women or newborn children to provide stronger evidence that specific pollutants increase risk of autism. A better understanding of this can help to develop interventions to reduce pregnant women’s exposure to these pollutants,” says researcher Marc Weisskopf.

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About the Author: Carl Lowe has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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  • Larry

    Hmm… I spoke with with a physician friend that had done research that correlated the use of Tylenol with autism. I didn’t understand all the technical details, but apparently tylenol depleted something in body and when the levels of this were low enough autism ensued. He was developing a test that identified the levels of ? in an individual, indicating their risk of becoming autistic. He also noted that when children received vaccines there Doctors would normally advise their parents to administer tylenol if they had any pain or reaction to the shot.
    When the tylenol was administered the levels of ? were knocked down, making them vulnerable to becoming autistic. That’s why many people have suspected the vaccines were causing people to become autistic, when it appears that the real trigger is the tylenol.

    Interesting huh?

  • http://EasyHealthoptions Margaret

    So does that mean that if you live near a freeway your risk goes up? If so, how far from the freeway do you need to be to diminish the risk?

  • http://janeremington.com Jane Remington

    Carl – I wrote a reply earlier but it was never posted so will try again. Your article is excellent. The last paragraph reads: “Our studies suggest that new studies should begin the process of measuring metals and other pollutants in the blood of pregnant women or newborn children to provide stronger evidence that specific pollutants increase risk of autism.” Absolutely! We can begin by stopping vaccines which are loaded with mercury and aluminum (metals) and pass the blood/brain barrier and pollute the brain, causing neurological damage (ADD, ADHD and autism, etc.) This is all detailed in Recaging the Beast at Amazon.

    Thank you for your wonderful website.

  • http://none Granny Grump

    My son belongs to a church that does not believe in vaccinating. From a congregation of 2,000 members of mostly large families, NOT ONE AUTISTIC! His mother-in-law in another state says they have 6,000 members there. NOT ONE AUTISTIC! Also, Mennonites do not vaccinate and they do not have autistic children either.

    • http://janeremington.com Jane Remington

      Hi Granny Grump – you are so right! The Amish also do not vaccinate and their rate of autism is zero. But the government (FDA) refuses to investigate the reason for this because they know the results would be damning for Big Pharma and the medical profession in general. They are joined at the hip and always have been. We all have to fight to keep out rights to refuse vaccines. If they are mandated America is dead. Keep up the good fight, Granny!