Landon is not autistic, but nevertheless I’m very interested to learn why autism is increasing so rapidly and what the cause is.
Healthy Child Healthy World, who I blog for because they educate parents to protect children from harmful chemicals, just informed me that a new scientific study linking autism to environmental exposures has rocked the pediatric health care community. That’s important information I want to pass on to you. Maybe your family is affected by autism, or maybe this information can help prevent future cases of autism.
On Monday, the story broke that researchers at the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University conducted a study of 192 pairs of twins and found that genetics account for about 38 percent of the risk of autism, and environmental factors account for about 63 percent. The study will be published in November in the November issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.
To say that this is important is an understatement. Resulting stories in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and countless other online publications reported the newly discovered link between the environment and autism.
Experts predict that the data will result in a seismic shift in perception of the disability, which now affects one in every 100 children—or one in every 70 boys. Autism is America’s fastest growing disability—increasing nearly 400% over the last 20 years—and now affects an estimated 1.5 million children in the United States alone.
All women, please note: taking prenatal vitamins at the time of conception decreased the risk of autism in children by almost half, Environmental Health News reported!
To find out more, read thestory at HealthyChild.org.
Do you have an autistic child or know someone who does? What do you think causes autism?