Friday, August 6, 2010
Autism Rates Rising Sharply!
A brain disorder that interferes with communication and social skills, autism has increased sharply in recent years, finds the Center for DIsease Control and Prevention. Today, about one in every 110 American children is diagnosed iwth an autism spectrum disorder, compared with approximately one in 2,000 children before the 1980's....Recent Lancetresarch links agricultural and industrial chemicals (heavy metals such as lead and mercury PCB's, pesticides, and phthalates) with neurodevelopmental disorders. "Exposure to these chemicals during early fetal development can cause brain injury at does much lower than those affecting adult brain function," Lancet sudy authors warn.