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Environmental Toxins Linked to Rise in Autism

Environmental Toxins

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  • State-mandated diagnosis of autism by a clinician for consideration in special education is linked with a near 99 percent decrease in the rate of incidence for autism and ID.
  • Mounting research indicates that brain disorders are the result of excessive exposure to toxins from multiple sources, including the mother, while in utero
  • One recent study found that for every one percent increase in genital malformations in newborn males within a particular county, there was an associated 283 percent increase in autism
  • The correlation between genital malformation and autism offer strong support for the notion that autism is the result of parental overexposure to environmental toxins
  • Fluoride alone, which is still being added to many public water supplies around the US, can contribute to a seven-point drop in a child’s IQ score, on average
  • When the US National Toxicology Program was enacted in 1978, some 62,000 chemicals that were already in use were simply grandfathered in, even though they’d never been tested for toxicity

By Dr. Mercola

Three decades ago, when I was still in medical school, autism affected one in 10,000 children. What changed between then and now to cause one in 50 children to become autistic?


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