Environmental Autism

By Kristie Turck •  Published 07/21/08 •  3 min read

I think Kathy mentioned recently, that we had gotten our first sort of hate letter, here at SafeMama. It was regarding the resources we cite (as in they suck), as well as taking a jab at the fact that my particular background is in sales, therefore, I shouldn’t be taken seriously, or credibly.

First off, we both always stress the importance of doing your own research. While we provide this tool here as a resource for you, we will fully admit that we do not know everything. We try to help you spin your wheels a little less, by doing as much research as time allows, so you don’t have to, but being a parent is a double overtime, never-take-a-vacation job. And sometimes that includes exhausting research.

But because my own personal career path took me down the sales avenue, does not mean that I will not go to great lengths to do as much research as I can to become well informed in what’s important to me, as well as for SafeMama. Once I discovered the possible dangers of Bisphenol-A, phthalates, PVC and other chemicals, I got my hands dirty and I have not looked back since.

One of the things that I’m personally staring down the barrel of in my house is Autism. One out of every 150 children is diagnosed with this disorder (I hate the word disease) and while the verdict is still out on my son, it’s a subject that is now forever near and dear to my heart, no matter how the cards play out for him. This disorder has already crippled me. And once I started to research, I had to wonder: Are all of these chemicals doing more damage than we think? Sure, BPA causes early puberty, and cancer, but what about other diseases and disorders? What about Asthma? What about depression? And of course, what about Autism? Surely, it can’t just possibly be from vaccinations. While many people point blame at vaccines (I’m one of them), I really think there are many more factors at work than just vaccinations. From this article at The Good Human:

Groups such as the nonprofit Healthy Child Healthy World say it’s about time researchers are looking at environmental factors. “Whatever triggered this current autism epidemic…autistic kids clearly need extra protection from further environmental assault,” the group writes on its blog. They advise parents to be vigilant about the industrial cleaners used in school buildings and the pesticides sprayed on playing fields, where kids spend 25 to 30 hours per week. They and other groups are also looking at the role of untested chemicals in common cleaning products: phthalates, glycol ethers and other known toxins.

Of course, like everything else, it’s just another possible theory, but in my mind, a bunch of possible theories, could lead up to a possible cure. One of the other theories is “nature deficit disorder” (we need a name for everything, don’t we?), which bluntly means, “get outside more.”

This is a great article for those looking for other possible answers and yet another pro towards eliminating chemicals in your home and going more green.

Full article here: The Good Human