Autism and Pesticide Exposure

Pesticide spraying

A study published this week in Environmental Health Prospectives appears to show that pregnant women that live in farming districts where pesticides are routinely sprayed have a 60% greater chance of having children with autism.

Here are their conclusions “This study of ASD strengthens the evidence linking neurodevelopmental disorders with gestational pesticide exposures, and particularly, organophosphates and provides novel results of ASD and DD associations with, respectively, pyrethroids and carbamates.”

Two previous studies have also linked pesticide use in California to autism spectrum disorders. In 2007, Harley and colleagues found a two-fold increase in pervasive developmental disorders (the larger group to which autism belongs) among 531 children in California’s Salinas Valley whose mothers’ urine had higher levels of organophosphate pesticides. Another study from 2007 found that mothers who lived near fields with the highest applications of two now-banned pesticides – endosulfan and dicofol – were six times more likely to have kids with autism spectrum disorders.

This makes complete sense to me as I see autism as a condition usually (not always) caused by an accumulation of toxins in a persons’ body.

The positive things that I take from this study are:

1). Eventually these causes MUST be recognised and the toxins removed from use in our environment.

2). IF the autism was caused, or triggered, by pesticides then we should be able to remove the autistic symptoms by using homeopathic remedies to remove the residual toxins in the child’s body.

“The weight of evidence is beginning to suggest that mothers’ exposures during pregnancy may play a role in the development of autism spectrum disorders,” said Kim Harley, associate director of University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health. She was not involved in the new study.

However, as always, other researchers and ‘interested parties’ are dismissing the research and pushing the ‘it’s all genetic’ argument, while spectacularly failing to adequately explain how something ‘genetic’ could have exploded from an ailment affecting 1-in-5000 in 1970 to 1-in-68 children (and still climbing, I know of two studies where they recorded 1-in-34 children!) in 2014.

Here’s a quote from one of the ‘interested parties’,
“…expectant mothers, should not be concerned about exposure to agricultural pesticides,” said Clare Thorpe, senior director of human health policy for CropLife America, which represents pesticide manufacturers. (!)

Here’s another:  “The autism risk that could be attributed to an individual pesticide is likely slight, said Alycia Halladay, senior director for environmental and clinical sciences at the nonprofit Autism Speaks. However she redeems herself slightly in a later statement, “In any child who develops autism, a combination of genetic and environmental factors are at work. There’s an accumulation of insults to the system. What we’re seeing is that pesticides may be one more factor that for some kids may push them over the edge.”

Exactly, this is what I see in my practice: We have the susceptibility, perhaps because of the MTFHR mutation or some other genetic factor, then we get an accumulation of insults to the child’s system: amalgam leaking from the mother’s fillings or mum receiving a ‘ flu shot during pregnancy, artificial hormones and strong pain-killers during the birth, the anti rhesus D injection, the Hepatitis B injection at one day old (!) ….and so on until often at around the 13 – 18 month mark parents report that ‘we have just lost him’. The speech goes, the eye-contact disappears, the stimming starts, the hyperactivity, the sleep disturbance, the gut inflammation begins and so on. This isn’t ‘just one of those things’, it’s a case of toxicity.

I have treated several children who’s mum’s suspected pesticide to be a contributing factor. However we improved the autism symptoms so much by removing other toxins (notably vaccines) that I haven’t had the need to do a pesticide detox yet. I’d be very interested to hear from anyone who has experience of pesticide toxicity or who suspects that they or their children may be suffering from it.

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Alan Freestone

June 2014

Ireland

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