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
It’s almost 2015 and our knowledge of neuro-developmental disease continues to increase exponentially. Science continues to change and evolve, and in many cases challenge the belief systems of many who remain skeptical in accepting new information that renders the old information obsolete.
“Nothing is more curious than the self-satisfied dogmatism with which mankind at each period of its history cherishes the delusion of the finality of its existing modes of knowledge” – Alfred North Whitehead
“There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.” – Lord Kelvin
“Lord Kelvin’s statements bares with it the voice of paradigms past….We knew that the Earth was flat, we knew that we were the center of the universe, and we knew that a manmade heavier than air piece of machinery could not take flight. Through all stages of human history, intellectual authorities have pronounced their supremacy by ridiculing or suppressing elements of reality that simply didn’t fit within the framework of accepted knowledge. Are we really any different today? Have we really changed our acceptance towards things that won’t fit the frame? Maybe there are concepts of our reality we have yet to understand, and if we open our eyes maybe we will see that something significant has been overlooked” – Terje Toftenes
It’s becoming clearer by the day that multiple factors are associated with autism. There are hundreds of studies that identify these dangers, and for articles that are heavily sourced on the subject, just click below:
For more CE articles on Autism, please click HERE.
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