Air Pollution More Than Doubles Autism Risk


Autism has been on the rise in the USA and certain other lands.  Immunizations, foods, increased genetic predisposition, and toxins have been speculated as being possible cause for this rise.  Because of the neurological problems associated with autism, I have long felt that it is likely caused by a combination of environmental toxins with genetic predisposition.  A newly released study seems to support my view here:

November 27, 2012

Children with autism are two to three times more likely than other children to have been exposed to car exhaust, smog, and other air pollutants during their earliest days, according to a new study.

That new research adds to a mounting body of evidence that shows a link between early-life exposure to pollution and autism spectrum disorders…

“We’re not saying that air pollution causes autism. We’re saying it may be a risk factor for autism,” says Heather Volk, lead author on the new study and an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California…In particular, she says, genetic differences may leave some children more susceptible than others to the effects of damaging environmental stimuli such as air pollutants.

The widespread and growing use of genetically modified (GMO) “foods,” pesticides, herbicides, synthetic vitamins, combined with air and other environmental pollution, including exposure to huge amounts of plastics, etc. puts a toxic load on the human body that seems to increase the risk for autism.

While I do not believe that air pollution is the only cause of autism, it certainly is a risk factor.  Humans, in general, have been too willing to pollute the environment, including the air, water, ground, and food supply.  There are consequences to those and other behaviors (Galatians 6:7-8′ Romans 1:18-32).

One of the reasons that Jesus is returning is to “destroy those who destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:18).

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”  Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!  (Revelation 22:20)

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