Children with underlying auto-immune conditions, mitochondrial disorders, and genetic mutations, such as MTHFR, make them more susceptible to toxin overload and injury.
- 60% of the brain’s dry weight is fat.
- Toxic accumulations are stored in fat.
Toxins include heavy metals, chemicals in our food, chemicals in clothing and household items, mold, air pollution and radiation.
Researchers at Harvard reveal 10 toxins that are causing ADHD and Autism.
Dr. Martha Herbert is a leader in the industry on the environmental impacts on children with autism. Dr. Herbert is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, where she is director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders).
Other Environmental Toxins
Flame retardants found in home furnishings and electronics have been shown to create autism symptoms/behaviors in mice. Studies have also shown neurotoxicity can be caused by pesticides, BPA, phthalates in vinyl flooring, PCB’s, VOC’s, and traffic related pollution.
Before you throw everything out, be sure to consult the Earth911 Recycling Guide. Things like Mercury light bulbs, and many cleaning agents, including air fresheners like Febreeze, are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. Scary, isn’t it!?!?!