Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New study links endocrine-disrupting chemicals to autistic behavior

The modern-day boy and girl are raised in a chemical society, a culture drenched in pesticides, plastics, petroleum derivatives and synthetic food, medicine, and vitamins. Chemical formulas are manufactured into every corner, all the way down to electronic coatings and flame-retardant-infused couches.

Hard to see chemicals taken for granted as they ravage hormones and brain development

Synthetics are routinely swallowed directly as "medicines," consumed daily as pesticides in foods, inhaled unknowingly through dust and absorbed readily through the skin. These synthetics are often taken for granted, since they are nearly impossible to see and detect, but they are pervasive now, their effect -- lasting. Next to heavy metal pollution, many of the chemicals manufactured today are the silent disrupters of life, generating imbalances in the human endocrine system, disrupting hormones, gland functions and, consequently, brain development.

It's easy to consume pesticide-vanquished foods that deliver their hormone-ravaging formula right into the cells. Some of them, once banned, still linger in the ground decades later and continue to show up in blood and urine samples of people today. Phthalate chemicals, used to make plastic bottles more flexible, are purchased in packs of 24, slurped from and discarded carelessly into the environment. Petroleum-based plastic bags tumble through the wind, while couches manufactured with flame retardant chemicals put off dust that is directly linked to cancer and infertility.

Pesticides and flame retardants disrupt brain development of babies in the womb

These chemicals start interacting with young boys and girls long before they turn two years old. Exposure begins in the womb, where chemicals' effects are more drastic to a vulnerable, developing being. As their brain forms, precious life in the womb may be exposed to several hormone-disrupting chemicals that work their way into the mother, traveling through the placenta.

In a new study, some of these chemicals were tied to increased autistic behaviors in children, starting in the womb, and observed later at four years of age. The study, coordinated by scientists from the University of Cincinnati, Harvard School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Simon Fraser University, BC Children's and Women's Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Brown University and the CDC, used blood and urine samples from 175 pregnant women in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area and followed up with them 4-5 years later.

For the rest of the story: http://www.naturalnews.com/044493_endocrine-disrupting_chemicals_autistic_behavior_flame_retardants.html

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