New Research Shows RoundUp® Among Causes of ASD, ADHD, GI Disorders, & More–Safe Produce Tips For Parents!

 

 

 

 

 

A new research study published in the journal Entropy this April examines the long-term health effects of the popular herbicide Roundup®, a product of Monsanto, finding significant associations with a variety of conditions “associated with the western diet”[i] including Autism Spectrum Disorder, gastrointestinal disorders, ADHD, and other developmental malformations. The study holds the active ingredient of Roundup®, glyphosate, accountable for blocking the body’s natural detoxifying processes and making it more susceptible to other food born chemical residues and environmental toxins. The study authors chart glyphosate’s interference with crucial detoxifying enzymes, gut microbiota, and various protective mechanisms, asserting that the consequences of the popular herbicide “remarkably explain a great number of diseases and conditions that are prevalent in the modern industrialized world.”i Because glyphosate exposure builds over time, causing inflammation that disturbs cellular systems, the consequences of the long-used herbicide are becoming more and more evident. In addition to associations with ASD, ADHD, and gastrointestinal disorders, Roundup® was found to influence Alzheimer’s, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.

Though herbicides and pesticides are overwhelmingly used in today’s commercial agricultural processes, there are plenty of resources to help parents steer clear of these dangerous substances.

Eating organic can be costly, but you can prioritize! The Environmental Working Group produces a yearly Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, listing the “dirty dozen” fruit and vegetables you should buy organic and the “clean fifteen” that are relatively safe regardless.

Unfortunately, the “Dirty Dozen” has grown to the “Dirty Dozen Plus”

Safer Snacks:  (EWG’s Clean Fifteen)

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Sweet potatoes

When To Splurge For Organic:  (EWG’s Dirty Dozen Plus)

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Kale/Collard Greens
  • Summer Squash


[i] Samsel, A.; Seneff, S. Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases. Entropy 201315, 1416-1463.

Reed, Genna. “Study Links Monstanto’s RoundUp To Autism, Parkinson’s And Alzheimer’s.” Prison Planetcom Study Links Monstantos RoundUp To Autism Parkinsons And Alzheimers Comments. N.p., 6 May 2013. Web. 09 May 2013. <http://www.prisonplanet.com/study-links-monstantos-roundup-to-autism-parkinsons-and-alzheimers.html>.

Air Pollution Affects Autism: Solutions & Success Stories

A new research study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives this March found a direct correlation between Autism Spectrum Disorders and exposure to air pollution, particularly from traffic. Researchers from the Department of Epidemiology of University of California, Los Angeles, and the Department of Preventive Medicine of University of Southern California, estimated exposure to toxins for a controlled population of children diagnosed with ASD between 3-5 years of age, born in Los Angeles. The study utilized data from air monitoring stations and a land use regression (LUR) model to identify each specific child’s exposure rate. The findings suggest a 12-15% increase in risk for autism when exposed to ozone and 3-9% increase when exposed nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide.[i] A mother and, now, clean air activist, shares the story of her son’s autism diagnosis and recovery. Bridget James was concerned about the poor air quality surrounding her home in Utah before becoming pregnant, but was relieved when her son, Park, demonstrated a pretty strong immune system in his first couple years. It was not until Park was diagnosed autistic at 2-years-of-age that Bridget’s suspicions were confirmed. However, the diagnosis did not last. Bridget, having worked with autistic youth prior to becoming a mother, new the signs and symptoms of autism and took a proactive approach. She researched toxic exposure and took every possible precaution to relieve and prevent pollutants for Park. She altered his diet, administered heavy metal detoxes, and tried her best to protect him from the harsh Utah air. Soon, Park was making eye contact with Bridget again. He began to socialize and had a greater attention span. Bridget describes her son’s changes as “coming back”[ii] to her. While researchers believe there are a variety of causes for Autism Spectrum Disorders, the study ‘Ambient Air Pollution and Autism in Los Angeles County, California’ provides further evidence of environmental contributions to the onset of ASD. Bridget and Park’s story is hopeful, perhaps for prevention, but certainly for the easing of symptoms associated with ASD.  To read me about Bridget’s detoxing strategies and success, click here. For the full report of research findings, click here.

 

 



[i] Becerra, Tracy A., Michelle Wilhelm, Jørn Olsen, Myles Cockburn, and Beate Ritz. “Ambient Air Pollution and Autism in Los Angeles County, California.”Environmental Health Perspective 121.3 (2013): 380-86. Mar. 2013. Web. 22 Apr. 2013. <http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/pdf-files/2013/Mar/ehp.1205827_508.pdf>.

 

[ii] James, Bridget. “Autism, Air Pollution, And My Son.” Care2. N.p., 20 Apr. 2013. Web. 22 Apr. 2013. <http://www.care2.com/greenliving/autism-air-pollution-and-my-son.html>.

 

Pediatric Neurologist Studies How Environment Affects Autism (And All of US)

 

 

 

 

 

A large-scale study is being conducted to assess the relationship between toxic chemicals in the environment and brain development. Senior researcher Dr. Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D. is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Herbert is an advocate of holistic wellness to reduce complications related to ASD. Her book The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be provides instruction on reducing toxic exposure, obtaining ideal nutrition, and reducing stress. The research aims to identify how environment affects brain and body development through out one’s life, not just in early development, and at what point autism happens. Researchers have not yet identified the cause of autism, and while most are focused on discovering a genetic origin, many are opening their eyes to environmental factors that could be causing or influencing the severity of autism.   Dr. Hebert explains the significance of the study saying, “The genes load the gun, but the environment pulls the trigger.”[i] The parallel increase in exposure to toxins and diagnoses of developmental disorders seem to bare testament to these working assumptions. Dr. Martha Herbert will be speaking at the International Center for Autism Research and Education’s conference ‘Autism: Cutting Edge Research and Promising Treatment and Educational Approaches’ at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York June 5. To register or learn more about the conference, visit www.ICare4Autism.org. For more information regarding Herbert’s work, visit www.marthaherbert.org.

 



[i] Arcega, Mil. “New Research Investigates Link Between Autism And Toxic Chemicals.” Voice of America. N.p., 14 Apr. 2010. Web. 19 Apr. 2013. <http://www.voanews.com/content/new-research-theorizes-link-between-autism-and-toxic-chemicals–90936449/171102.html>.