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condition. These include everything as well as toys with lead paint, carry early. Increasing it through allergy-trig-
from vaccines to environmental toxins, toxins. gering diets, an overload of antibiotics
like mercury, in fish, arsenic in drinking A 2005 study from the nonprofit and/or mercury-containing vaccines
water and lead in air pollution; overuse watchdog Environmental Working could have dangerous, long-lasting
of antibiotics and over-the-counter medi- Group found an average of 200 indus- consequences. Informed parents know
cines in early infancy; and a diet heavy trial chemicals and pollutants in umbili- to take precautions early and often.
in wheat and dairy that contributes to cal cord blood samples from 10 babies
gut inflammation. born in U.S. hospitals around the Resources: Autism Research Institute at
This holistic view of autism’s causes country. Of these, the report said, “180 DefeatAutismNow.com; Environmental
also extends to the potential range of cause cancer in humans and animals, Working Group at ewg.org; Pediatrics
treatments. These may include chela- 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous published study at http://pediatrics.aap-
tion therapy (removing heavy metals), system and 208 cause birth defects... in publications.org/cgi/content/abstract/
gluten- and casein-free diets (removing animal tests.” peds.2009-1522v1.
wheat and dairy), administering supple- For children who may have an
ments with omega-3 fatty acids and/or underlying genetic predisposition to Brita Belli is the editor of E – The Envi-
hyperbaric oxygen therapy (in which autism, the chemical overload starts ronmental Magazine.
oxygen is administered in a pressurized
chamber).
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ard Lathe, a molecular biologist and
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