It’s a major step forward to see pesticides linked to autism. Let’s get the conversation beyond better diagnosing. Let’s look at ALL the toxic exposures
Oct 9, 2012, Pesticides blamed by report for illnesses
This story from the San Francisco Chronicle had the chilling sentence, “The authors’ conclusions were based on dozens of recent scientific studies…” Dozens of studies? That’s pretty convincing. What if autism is a manmade epidemic? What if the environmental cause is more than just older dads?
Oct 9, 2012, "Study links pesticides to childhood illnesses (autism)"
“Can childhood illnesses be linked to pesticides? That's what a national study released Tuesday claims, and local advocates say it's happening in Kern County.
“Autism, cancer, and asthma are just some of the illnesses the study claims are on the rise nationwide because of pesticides.”
Oct 9, 2012, Simple autism test in works
Experts may not have any answers about autism but industry is looking into the marketing possibilities. This story is just out from Investor’s Business Daily. It’s about SynapDx, a company dedicated to developing a blood test for autism. What better proof could there be that autism is genetic? Imagine routine tests given to babies to spot autism early—and that’s the most important thing—early diagnosing, right?
“Lab services startup SynapDx has developed a blood test to ID most cases of autism in children at a faster rate than current tests. Autism is a neural disorder that impairs social ability and communication, and in '08 was estimated to affect one of every 88 children in the U.S. The company has created a molecular profile of 245 genes in patients with autism. Tests at Children's Hospital of Boston showed a blood test based on the profile to be 85% accurate. SynapDx will soon announce a 600-patient study to test its assay against current tests.”
Oct 9, 2012, Dealing with Autism: treatment options and shocking new numbers for military families
The rate for military families is even worse than that of the general population
“The Abercrombies aren't alone; right now one out of every 88 kids born in the United States is Autistic...some believe that number is closer to one in 50 in military families.
“‘There's a lot of research being done currently and people are looking into that, but as far as is there something happening to people that are being deployed, that type of thing, there's no evidence to show that at this point,"’ explains Carley Starling, clinical director at the Colorado Autism Center in Colorado Springs.”