Autism now affects one in 50 children. That's up from one in 10,000 children 30 years ago!
Increasing amounts of research indicate that brain disorders such as autism are the result of excessive exposure to toxins, including those passed from the mother during pregnancy. A 2005 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins. Of these toxins, 180 are known to cause cancer in humans or animals; 217 are toxic to your brain and nervous system; and 208 have been found to cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. A more recent study found that genital malformations in males – caused by environmental toxins - indicate a 283 percent increased rate of autism. The correlation between genital malformation and autism supports the idea that autism is the result of parental overexposure to environmental toxins. Last month, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai published a report identifying one dozen common chemicals known to disrupt brain development and cause brain damage, neurological abnormalities, reduced IQ, and aggressiveness in children. It's clear that reducing exposure to harmful environmental toxins is the key to good health, including reducing the incidence of autism and other brain defects in children. Here are a few important ways you can reduce toxins:
1. Buy and eat organic produce and free-range, organic meats to reduce your exposure to chemicals and genetically modified foods 2. Store food and beverages in glass containers and avoid using plastic wrap and canned foods. 3.Avoid artificial sweeteners.
4. Avoid using air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, or other synthetic fragrances. Use natural cleaning products.5. Avoid spraying pesticides around your home or insect repellants that Ccontain DEET on your body.
For more information check Environmental Working Group and contact Dr. Keith Lavender, a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractor. It is essential for optimal health to have regular spinal check-ups. Call 480-325-6977