According to research from various medical bodies, there are two main factors that likely cause and increase the impact of Autism in a person and these are genetic variations and the environment. As it is next to impossible to alter genes, it’s the environment that we can take care of so that we reduce autism rates.
When talking about the environment, we are talking about a lot of things that an individual can come in contact with knowingly or unknowingly. Some of these things included in the ‘environment’ are chemicals and the food one consumes.
Environmental toxins can be consumed by a person in different ways, either as food or inhaling. Air pollution has been reported on numerous occasions as posing serious threats to a child with autism. A study conducted by NIEHS revealed that children living near a freeway since the time of birth have a higher chance of developing autism.
In a follow-up research conducted by the same body in 2013, it was revealed that there is a very close association between components of regional air pollution and exposure to traffic-related air pollution which often times leads to an increased risk of developing autism.
A 2014 study showed that in actual fact, there is a high likelihood of both the environment and the genes working together to develop autism. The study showed that a child who had a genetic makeup making him/her more susceptible to effects of high pollution levels is at highest risk of developing Autism.
Eating foods that have certain elements do possess a risk to children either with or without autism. Studies have shown that eating foods that are rich in organic mercury can be dangerous for children. Organic mercury takes long to break down inside the human body more so when the person is below the age of 5. As organic mercury is closely associated with autism behaviors, it’s important to watch our diets and those of our children. Organic mercury is mostly found in fish.
Children below the age of 5 are more likely to come across plastics at least thrice a day whether eating (baby bottles and Tupperware) or playing (toys). Plastics provide a good alternative than others as we can’t trust glass with children nor can we trust metal and china with our children. Though plastic is certainly the best alternative, precaution is key if we are to protect our children from autism. Always ensure that your children use BPA free plastics whether when eating or just playing.
Vitamins have also been seen to be a crucial part of a diet to protect your child from autism. Research has shown that Vitamins are crucial if a child is to grow up without any complications. Vitamins have also been found to be a requisite dietary food for pregnant women as a lack of Vitamins during this time can severely affect your unborn baby. There is also a close correlation between genes and the environment when it comes to Vitamins.
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- In-Home and Community-Based Autism Care
- Medical Management of Autism
- Acceptance and Transcendence of Autistic Individuals
- Environmental Factors in Autism Initiative- Autism Speaks
- Autism and the Environment- NIEHS
- What Environmental Factors Cause Autism?- Slate
- Environment and surroundings- Autism.org
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