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Do pesticides also cause autism?

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The fact that vaccinations can cause autism has become known since the release of "Vaxxed", especially in the US, but also increasingly in Europe. But not only can vaccines reportedly trigger autism. Environmental factors also play a role in the development of the disease. Pesticides have long been considered a potential cause of autism. A study published in August 2018 shows the relationship between maternal pesticide exposure and a child's risk of autism. The higher the pesticide load in the mother's body, the greater the risk of child autism.

Autism is considered to be a neurological disorder in development and today it occurs in as many as three percent of all children in industrialized countries. The causes can be diverse and not yet fully understood. Researchers assume a combination of genetic causes and environmental factors. Pesticides have long been suspected. But so far there has been no clear evidence for this thesis.

A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry explored the possible link between autism risk and pesticide exposure. Scientists from Columbia University and the Finnish University of Turku participated in the study. The researchers investigated DDT (dichlordiphenyl trichloroethane). The pesticide has long been banned, but it is still ubiquitous.

DDT was used during World War II to fight typhoid and malaria. It has been used not only in agriculture as a pesticide, but also in private households. When concerns about pesticides arose, DDT was first banned in 1972 in the US and 1977 in Germany. In many African countries, DDT is still used today as a malaria drug. DDT is severely degraded in nature. Even decades after its administration, poison is still ubiquitous. The pesticide is fat soluble and is deposited especially in body fat.

DDT is a carcinogen and a substance that can interfere with hormone balance and interfere with development in embryos and children. The DDT can cross the placenta and be transferred directly to the embryo. Breast milk also contains DDT.

Researchers examined blood samples from more than 750 autistic and 750 healthy children and their mothers. Autism risk has been shown to increase by a third in children whose mother had a high level of DDE in their blood. DDE is a product of DDT degradation. From this, the researchers concluded that maternal load with pesticides is directly related to a child with autism disorder.

Fat soluble toxins are difficult to remove from the body. A prerequisite is a liver that works well. Lipid soluble topides transfer bile to the intestines, where it is excreted in the stool. But only if the gut is healthy and receives fiber-rich, low-sugar and low-wheat meals. More reports can be found here.

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