The top 10 toxic chemicals linked to autism

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Toxic Chemicals(NaturalHealth365) Toxic chemicals pose a serious threat to our children’s health. The National Academy of Sciences states that 25 percent of disorders in children, such as autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, are believed to be caused by interactions between environmental factors and genetics.

Dr. Philip Landrigan, Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) states, “A large number of the chemicals in widest use have not undergone even minimal assessment of potential toxicity and this is of great concern. Knowledge of environmental causes of neurodevelopmental disorders is critically important because they are potentially preventable.”

The CEHC developed a list of the top ten toxic chemicals found in everyday products that are thought to contribute to autism and learning disabilities so that parents can be proactive and protect their children. They are:

1. Lead – One study published by Environmental Health Perspectives showed that as many as 21 percent of all ADHD children actually have lead poisoning. Several small studies have linked autism symptoms with lead poisoning and state that recovery from lead induced autism is possible. Common sources of exposure include dinnerware, artificial food coloring and toys.

2. Methylmercury – Exposure can impact a child’s brain and nervous system. This impacts cognitive thinking, memory, attention, language, fine motor and visual spatial skills. The most common source of exposure is fish with higher mercury content.

3. PCBs – Manufacturing was stopped in 1979, in the United States, because it became known that PCBs build up in the environment and cause harmful health effects. Sources of exposure include: fish and older fluorescent lights found in schools, offices, and homes that still contain transformers or ballasts that contain PCBs.

4. Organophosphate pesticides – These pesticides affect the nervous system by disrupting the enzyme that regulates the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. These pesticides can run off the soil and enter our water supply. They impact children in the following ways: concentration, disorientation, severe depressions, irritability, confusion, headache, speech difficulties, delayed reaction times, nightmares, sleepwalking and drowsiness or insomnia.

5. Organochlorine pesticides – DDT is included in this category and these pesticides are used to protect crops, livestock, buildings and households from the damaging effects of insects. Pesticide residue on food is a major source of exposure as is soil for they can remain there for decades and enter our water supply. Studies have found correlations between organochlorine exposure and various types of cancer, neurological damage, Parkinson’s, birth defects, respiratory illness and abnormal immune system function.

6. Endocrine disruptors (ED) – Chemicals that have the capacity to interfere with hormonal signaling systems. Scientists believe that endocrine disruptors alter feedback loops in the brain, pituitary, gonads, thyroid, and other components of the endocrine system that affect development. Bisphenol A falls under this category.

7. Automotive exhaust – Kids breathe 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults so they are especially vulnerable to exhaust. Asthma is the most common outcome and it impacts 6.2 million children in the U.S.

8. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – Come from burning fossil fuels and other combustion sources. Exposure in utero and in infants is associated with increased anxiety and attention problems at age 6.

9. Brominated flame retardants – Widely used in flame retardants since the 1970s, in everything from TV sets to upholstery backing. Scientists now suspect links to cancer as well as developmental problems in children’s brains and their immune systems.

10. Perfluorinated compounds – Chemicals that make products stain and stick resistant are believed to be a carcinogen as well as impact behavior in children.

If you suspect your child has been exposed, strongly consider a detoxification process such as CEASE that will help your child escort the toxins out of their body.

About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com

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  • John

    Yes these chemicals contribute to many diseases like autism, but the primary issue is ASBESTOS & MERCURY! Asbestos was not even mentioned in this article, but asbestos is now found in every autistic child. We now know that a person should NOT EAT almonds, especially from California! They are loaded with asbestos! This asbestos problem is not only not mentioned in this article, but is being ignored by every study on Autism!

    We have found asbestos as a primary problem when ANY tumor is identified whether carcinogenic or not.

  • Karen

    There is to much going on with…FOOD, WATER, AIR, THINGS WE PUT ON OUR BODIES, THINGS WE PUT IN OUR BODIES…WE CAN NOT KEEP UP WITH ALL OF THIS CRAP….WE NEED TO PRAY OVER EVERYTHING AND TRUST THE LORD…

  • Mike Ross

    aahh, where do you even find asbestos anymore.??? How about all the antibiotics kids get even before their 6th birthday..! AND, many women do not nurse their babies, this immunity is vital to infant biodiverse immunities. When our kiddos dropped something on the floor, it was the “five second rule”, after 5 seconds you don’t eat it. Before that…fair game. Many children do not have proper exposure to germs, so they do not build up immunity.

  • petrossa

    Total BS ofcourse. These chemicals may cause autistic symptoms, not autism which is genetic. DSM is a real mess not to differentiate between autistic symptoms and autism which leads to polluted data on autism.

    My questimate is that of all ‘modern’ diagnosed cases of autism not even half really are.

  • ANDREA

    YES WE NEED TO PRAY. BUT GOD ALSO GAVE US COMMEN SENSE! IF WE ALL ATE LIKE THEY DID IN THE BIBICAL TIMES, AND STAYED AWAY FROM ALL MEDICINE AND OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINE. WE WOULD ALL BE HEALTHY. STOP VACCINATING OUR CHILDREN FIRST OF ALL. MY SON WAS CURED FROM AUTISM AT THE AGE OF 4. WE STARTED WHEN HE WAS 7 MONTHS OLD. HE GOT DIAGNOSED FROM A HOLISTIC DOCTOR. I STOPPED VACCINES AFTER HE HAD A SEIZURE THE NIGHT OF RECEIVING HIS 6 MONTH VACCINES. IT TOOK US ALMOST 4 YEARS TO CURE HIM! BUT WE DID! WE NOW LIVE A COMPLETE ORGANIC LIFESTYLE!

  • linda

    This is to Andrea’s post. Andrea, you stated your son was ‘cured’? I would like to connect with you and compare notes as my son has improved greatly with bio medical and homeopathy. Thank you,

  • Hclark

    Petrossa you cannot have a genetic epidemic. genetics follow the laws of probability and in the state of NJ it is 1 in 29 boys. This is not genetics and these kids are physically ill. Blaming genetics is a convenient way not to take responsibility (as a society) for what is happening to a generation of [mostly] MEN.

  • Slipp Digby

    Sima

    Could you provide links to all of the studies or papers which show the above links.

    Otherwise it looks like assertion.

    Regards
    Slipp

  • Curt Linderman

    I find it disturbing that a “natural” health site would make it a point to stipulate “methyl” mercury…..have you looked into ethyl mercury which are children and infants are injected with on a consistent basis? What about the aluminum that they are being injected with that has increased as they have decreased the mercury in the vaccines? I don’t think I could trust this “natural” health site very much……

  • Sima Ash

    Hi Slipp,

    We will be posting the studies very soon.

    Thank you,
    Sima

  • Sima Ash