World Autism Awareness Day is this week: April 2, 2010.
I just read an article entitled, The Explosion of Autism at Healthy Child, Healthy World, and was stunned to learn the harrowing statistic that 1 in 100 American children suffer from Autism. Autism affected 1 in 10,000 children in the 1980's. Is anyone else as outraged as I am? I can't understand how a developmental disability that was basically unheard of during our parent's generation is now growing at such an alarming rate without every single person demanding answers.
To date, researchers have largely been spending their time fruitlessly trying to uncover genetic causes for autism... but it is the ENVIRONMENTAL causes that need to be focused on. The article highlights the study “The Search for Autism’s Missing Piece: Autism Research Slowly Turns Its Focus to Environmental Toxicity” by Brita Belli, which spotlights environmental factors that might contribute to autism."
Here are a few of the many environmental factors that Belli believes may contribute to autism:
- mercury in vaccinations, dental amalgams, seafood and other sources,
- lead and sulfur dioxide in our air and drinking water,
- arsenic and pharmaceuticals in our drinking water,
- chemicals in plastics - phthalates, Bisphenol-A, and
- flame retardants found in homes and school.
Source: The Explosion of Autism