Managing Editor's Note: I apologize we missed this post earlier in the week from SafeMinds board member Deirdre Imus on HuffPo. Could Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Vaccines Cause Autism?
...Environmental "triggers," including endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), is an area in which autism organizations are seeking to encourage further research and it continues to be under-studied as a mechanism of autism causality.
So how should we study a potential link between EDCs and autism?
Perhaps this is too obvious, but why not examine what most normally developing children who are later diagnosed with autism have in common? Why not study the EDCs in childhood vaccines?
That's right, most vaccines contain aluminum adjuvants used to increase immune response, and aluminum is an endocrine-disrupting chemical. Like it or not, vaccines are likely the largest source of one-time exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in early infant development...
Deirdre Imus is Founder and President of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology , Co-founder, Co-Director of Imus Ranch, a working cattle ranch for kids with cancer, and a Board Member for Age of Autism's sponsor SafeMinds.