March 27, 2012

The Autism Puzzle: Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates

One of the greatest health concerns of modern times is the rising rates of autism. This spectrum disorder varies in severity greatly and is as individual as each person is unique.

Scientists and doctors have been somewhat puzzled as to why autism is much more prevalent in modernity. Theories, such as vaccinations, have been refuted and proven countless times. 

I am not a doctor, but the explanation that makes the most sense to me is the interplay between environmental toxins, including those possibly in vaccines, and our genetic make up. I believe epigenetics is at the root of rising autism rates.

The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates by Brita Belli explores the how common toxins we are exposed to ever day combine with 'genetic susceptibilities" to cause the 57% increase in autism since 2002.

Journalist Brita Belli brings us into the lives of three families with autistic children, each with different ideas about autism, as she explores the possible causes. She interprets for readers compelling evidence that environmental toxins--including common exposures from chemicals mounting in our everyday lives--may be sparking this disorder in vulnerable children. Belli calls for an end to the use of hazardous materials--like toxic flame retardants used in electronics and furniture, which have been banned elsewhere--insisting that we cannot afford to experiment with our children. The Autism Puzzle puts a human face on the families caught in between the debates, and offers a refreshingly balanced perspective.

This book is easy to read, and it should be of interest to everyone, not just those affected by autism and their friends and families. We should all be concerned about how common toxins, such as BPA and flame retardants, are altering our genes.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at March 27, 2012 11:39 AM

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