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Monsanto PCBs and Their Link to Autism

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  • Pregnant women with relatively high levels of certain PCBs had children who were 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism than children born to women with lower levels
  • Children in the higher PCB exposure groups also had double the risk of intellectual disabilities (without autism)
  • PCBs have previously been shown to disrupt brain development and cause brain damage, neurological abnormalities, reduced IQ and aggressiveness in children

By Dr. Mercola

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) were produced from the 1930s through the 1970s. Their high burning temperature made them a sought-after chemical for use as fire retardants and insulators, primarily in electronic devices although also in plastics, flooring and other industrial products.


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