The fight between Autism researchers and industry rages on as researchers claim pollution of the environment by industrial processes not properly monitored or regulated has resulted in young people getting exposed to harmful contaminants… and subsequently developing signs of Autism.
Naturally big business and industry giants claim the ‘link’ between environmental pollutants and increased numbers of children getting diagnosed with Autism fails to hold water, but no matter what, two facts remain: 1) Our environment continues to get polluted by a seemingly endless number of hazardous and not-‘yet’-defined-as-hazardous, chemicals and compounds; 2) More and more kids keep getting diagnosed with Autism and similar conditions each year.
Whether a link truly exists between those two facts or not, we see two problems that either need to get solved together or solved separately. Either way they need to get SOLVED.
As the title of this article suggested, we recently ran across a list of ten chemicals highly suspected as possible causes of Autism and other learning or developmental disabilities. The list comes from an article on the Prevention.Com web site.
- Organophosphate pesticides
- Organochlorine pesticides
- Endocrine disruptors
- Automotive exhaust
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
- Brominated flame retardants
- Perfluorinated compounds
Moral of the story?
As a society we have already dumped way too many compounds and chemicals into the environment without fully understanding the impact that most of them by themselves will have on future generations… let alone the impact that they ALL will have when combined in our food and water supplies.
Do the chemicals in the list above cause Autism? Some say, “Yes!” and others say, “No!” We say get the chemicals out of the water supply (be it ground water OR tap water, by the way!) and see what happens.
One way or the other SOMEthing will have to improve, right?