A study conducted by researches at the Bloomberg School of Public Health found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a decreased level of intellectual ability in boys. The study was published in the online edition of Pediatrics, and gathered data from approximately 1,000 mother-child pairs.(1)
SSRIs are usually prescribed to those who’ve been diagnosed with depression, anxiety and more.
The study also included 966 mother-child pairs from the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (Charge Study). I mentioned this study in a previous article I wrote, about a groundbreaking study coming out of the University of California Davis, which determined that pregnant women who live in close proximity to land and farms where chemical pesticides are/were applied experience a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or some other developmental disorder. You can read more about that HERE.
Not The Only Study That Confirms These Findings
A new study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, from researchers at the University of Chicago revealed that autism and intellectual disability (ID) rates are linked with exposure to harmful environmental factors during congenital development.
“Essentially what happens is during pregnancy… there are certain sensitive periods where the fetus is very vulnerable to a range of small molecules – from things like plasticisers, prescription drugs, environmental pesticides and other things. Some of these small molecules essentially alter normal development. Autism appears to be strongly correlated with rate of congenital malformations of the genitals in males across the country, this gives an indicator of environmental load and the effect is surprisingly strong. The strongest predictors for autism were associated with the environment; congenital malformations on the reproductive system in males.” (1) - Andrey Rzhetsky, Professor of Genetic Medicine and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago
For the rest of the story: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/09/30/prescription-drugs-ssris-now-added-to-the-growing-list-of-toxins-linked-to-autism/