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"Acetaminophen as a cause of the autism pandemic? It makes absolutely no sense … at first."
Dr. William Parker
My research looks at what causes harmful inflammation in people in Western societies. The triggers of inflammation are recent developments in human history, appearing after the agricultural revolution only 10,000 years ago. Most did not appear until just a few decades ago, as we entered the post-industrial age . My favorite example is the loss of biodiversity from the human body. Humans have always been bathed inside and out with bacteria, viruses, fungi, worms, and other organisms, but in recent decades our bodies' ecosystems have become much less diverse, to our detriment.
Inflammation can be described simply as an aggressive immune response. It's not a bad thing, and in fact is necessary under certain circumstances. However, inflammation in Western society has gotten out of control, resulting in pandemics of allergies, autoimmune conditions, and increased rates of cancer.
I'll list the main factors known to cause inflammation in humans living in Western society.
These are the "big five":
1.Loss of biodiversity (biome depletion)
4.Chronic psychological stress
5.Vitamin D deficiency
Scientists hypothesize that if we could eliminate these five factors, we would virtually eliminate allergies and autoimmune disorders [2, 3]. We also think that the rate of cancer would drop profoundly [4, 5].
Most importantly for this discussion, the rate of neuropsychiatric disorders is expected to plummet if we could control these five factors [6, 7]. The high rates of autism should drop dramatically [6, 7].
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