More Autism Research. The Cause Might Not Be Genetics
Autism might not be just in the genes. More research is pointing to environmental triggers. Cases of Autism, ADD, ADHD, and many more learning disabilities are on the rise. Researchers are finding there are many things that have become common in most households, could really be harming our children.
Our kids are our future, and it seems, without really knowing it, we are setting them up for failure!
At least 10 products or additives can be directly linked to any or all learning disabilities in our children.
Just what are the top 10 suspects research found?
Not surprising, lead is number 1 on the list. Lead can be found in paint, toys, water pipes, and yes, even in water! Studies have shown that expectant mothers, and even those who are trying to get pregnant, should avoid lead at all costs! This means that lead could cause damage, even before your child is born. If you are at all concerned about lead in your home. Have it tested. Many states offer help in eliminating lead from homes.
Next on the list is Mercury. Not as common, but still a danger. The most common place Mercury is found in fatty fish. Surprisingly, this can also be found in high-fructose corn syrup. Mercury should also be avoided by expectant moms.
PCBs are third on the list. These can be found everywhere. The number 1 source is from fatty meat. PCBs are stored in fat cells. Trimming the fat from meat, and choosing more lean cuts will decrease the PCBs we are exposed to.
Organochlorine Pesticides most common, DDT, come fourth. These are now banned, but some are still in use to control insects in farming areas. Organochlorine exposure comes mostly from conventional snap beans, tomatoes, and watermelons. It is best to buy organic, or grow your own. Pesticides are still widely used in many farming communities.
Car pollution is another suspected cause of autism and other learning disabilities. Number 5 on the list. High levels can be found in homes where traffic is extremely heavy.
Brominated Flame Retardants come in sixth. Where this is found my be a surprise. These flame retartants can be found in furniture, electronics, certain sodas and sports drinks, and even household dust.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) is a chemical that is produced when meat is charred, or burnt. Other common places to find these are coal-tar-based driveway sealants and anti-dandruff shampoos, cigarette smoke, and mothballs.
Another pesticide, Organophosphate makes number 8. Chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate insecticide, is still one of the most widely used farm chemicals in the U.S. Banned from residential uses, this pesticide is still legal in agriculture, and residues have turned up on apples, bell peppers, cranberries, kale, grapes, peaches, and dozens of other foods.
Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals comes ninth, Bisphenol A (BPA) and plasticizing chemicals called phthalates are prime suspects linked to socialization and aggression problems in children, along with stunted growth, learning disabilities, and lower IQ. These chemicals are used in hundreds of everyday products, including soaps, shampoos, cleaners, and air fresheners.
Finally, at number 10 is non stick chemicals used as coatings on cookware, but can also be found in waterproof clothing, and certain stain-repelling fabrics used in carpeting and furniture.
This list should tell us something. Most of these suspected causes of learning disabilities and autism are man made. Getting back to nature by eating organic, and using natural alternatives to these products where the suspects are found is a solution to going green and helping to insure the health of our children.