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Pregnant Women Exposed to High Pollution Twice as Likely to Have Autistic Children

Christina Sarich
June 20th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 8:58 pm
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pollution autism 263x164 Pregnant Women Exposed to High Pollution Twice as Likely to Have Autistic ChildrenIn a new study coming from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), a national study examining links between autism and air pollution, it was found that women in highly polluted cities were twice as likely to have children with Autism than those who lived in less polluted areas. The study comes after previous research has linked autism to factors like obesity and the use of antidepressants.

According to Environmental Health Perspectives who published the Harvard study, “depending on the pollutant, women’s risk for giving birth to autistic children was elevated by 20% to 60%.” The pollutants in question are diesel particulates, mercury, manganese, lead, and methylane chloride ( a colorless, volatile liquid used in many industries) for starters, along with hundreds of other toxins found in the air.

“The results showed that women who lived in the 20% of locations with the highest levels of diesel particulates or mercury in the air were twice as likely to have a child with autism as those who lived in the 20% of areas with the lowest levels.”

Over 325 women who had autistic children and 22,00 women who had children without the disorder were studied to find these results. Also, the more pollutants and the higher the levels, the more increase there was for autism – women who lived in locations with the highest levels of pollutants based on the Environmental Protection Agencies own reports had up to a 50% higher chance of having a child with autism.

Heavy metals like mercury and lead can be removed naturally with the following natural remedies:

·      Consider chelation.

·      If you are pregnant, skip the larger fish like tuna and swordfish which tend to be higher in mercury levels.

·      Get rid of mercury fillings in dental work.

·      Purchase a HEPA air filter and use it at home and work if you are expecting.

·      Ask for mercury free vaccines or skip them altogether.

·      Don’t work or live in a structure older than 1970 without checking that it has lead-free paint.

·      Eat  more cilantro – it naturally removes heavy metals from the body.

·      Green juice.

·      Drink purified water with a squeeze of organic lemon.

·      Use activated charcoal.

·      Eat or drink Bentonite clay.

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  • shell1j

    Now Harvard wastes time and money on pollution rather than the aluminum mercury, embalming fluids, formaldehyde, rats brains, fetal DNA and cells shot into babies..20 at a time. Listen Harvard, women had children near highways and pollution for many decades but the jump in Autism came after US passed a law saying you could NOT sue vaccine maker's in regular courts and suddenly kids went from a few to SEVENTY. I know hundreds of kids afflicted with Autism in lush , pollution free towns and villages. Why not look at the shot babies are given at 3 HOURS old to prevent a disease they could never get unless they are an IV drug user or having sex? That is where one of the biggest jumps in Autism took place. And by the way, if you stop taking $Grants from the pharmaceutical corporations you might actually learn something.

  • alan

    Guess wat else has mercury? All those 26 or so vaccines your kids get. VACCINES cause autism and are Killing people and are nothing more than an experiment on the population. Think! They won't even tell anyone what is inside each vaccine. Time released sickness and sometimes death is what vaccines are.

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  • Geoffrey Brokx

    Two common themes in Autism. Toxicity and a weakened immune system (unbalanced gut flora). Toxicity can include pollution, but also toxins in our food, vaccines, or other environmental factors. Gut flora are passed down generation to generation, and with a lack of fermented foods in our diet our beneficial gut flora are being lost. I'd be very interested if more studies came out looking at these factors!

  • anny

    I have come to the conclusion that we all have a little blame global warming and its consequences and guilt even more politicians who do not slow down.

  • Jenny

    This study is very alarming. I hope many pregnant women will read it and avoid the pollution.