Autism spectrum disorders triggers developmental disabilities that can cause social, communication and behavioral difficulties. About 1 in 68 U.S. children have an autism spectrum disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A Ritz study found that the risk of autism was 76 percent higher for children of foreign-born black mothers. Mothers born in Vietnam, the Philippines, Central and South America also were at higher risk of having a baby with autism. (Source 2)
Another study showed that pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear have an increased risk of having a child with autism. (Source 1)
The risk that a child would develop autism appeared to be highest for women who lived near farms, golf courses and other public spaces that were treated with pesticides during the last three months of their pregnancies.
Using chemical pesticides in one’s backyard or in the house (i.e. like against cockroaches) is also a factor.
“Many of these compounds work on neurons. When they work on the insect, they’re dealing with the nervous system of the insect and basically incapacitating it,” said study author Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an environmental epidemiologist at the MIND Institute at University of California, Davis.
In adults, the brain is protected from many chemical exposures thanks to special filters that prevent many substances from crossing from the blood into the brain.
Hertz-Picciotto says that in young children, this blood-brain barrier isn’t fully formed, which may allow pesticides to reach vulnerable nerve cells just as they are making vital connections to each other.
And a recent Swedism study published by JAMA proved that folic acid can help protect the foetus from autism related causes. (Source 3)
But there are risks from the point of view of carcinogenesis. Other studies show that folic acid supplementation can also spur cancer growth. (Source 4).
Folates are abundant in plant-based foods and sufficient. (Source 5).
Cancer risks have also been related to the development of autism (Source 6).
CONCLUSION AND HWB RECOMMENDATION
The evidence shows that living in a pesticide-free clean environment with a predominantly organic plant-based diet is the best preventive and guarantee for birthing healthy children without neural tubal defects, autism and, among other diseases, cancer.
CANCER RISKS AND AUTISM RELATED
Autism Res. 2011 Aug;4(4):302-10. doi: 10.1002/aur.208.
Autism and cancer risk.
A literature review was conducted on the genetic and developmental bases of autism in relation to genes and pathways associated with cancer risk. Convergent lines of evidence from four types of analysis: (1) recent theoretical studies on the causes of autism, (2) epidemiological studies, (3) genetic analyses linking autism with mutations in tumor suppressor genes and other cancer-associated genes and pathways, and (4) contrasts with schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease indicate that autism may involve altered cancer risk. This evidence should motivate further epidemiological studies, and it provides useful insights into the nature of the genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors underlying the etiologies of autism, other neurological conditions, and carcinogenesis.
NATURAL FOLATES FROM GREENY VEGETABLES ARE CLINICALLY BETTER THAN SYNTHETIC FOLIC ACID SUPPLEMENTATION, WHICH CAN SPUR EXISTING TUMOR GROWTHS