A day in the life of a single mom raising a teenager and a child with autism. I believe that it's not what we receive, but what we give away that defines us. I want to give away all that I have learned and experienced in hopes that it will help families raising a child with autism or any disability. This is my candid journal where I open up my world and share my joys, knowledge, lessons, disappointments, challenges, frustrations, fears and successes - one day at a time.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Drug Contaminants, Chemicals in Tap Water Among Possible Causes of Autism
been and will continue to be a controversial issue, with thepossible causes of autismbeing at the center of the discussion. While
there are a number of possible causes of autism, some research has shown that
anti-depressants and other chemicals found in the water supply could be helping
to surge autism rates, specifically ‘idiopathic’ autism spectrum disorders.
Drugs in Water Leading to Autism
exposing fish to two different anti-depressant drugs, Prozac and venlafaxine,
and a seizure-controlling drug called carbamazepine, experts from the
University of Idaho were ‘astonished’ after observing changes in the genetic
pathways of the fish. They found that just traces of common medications and
other chemicals in the water were enough to bring about autism. What’s more,
the drug concentrations were comparable with the highest estimated
others have envisioned a causal role for psychotropic drugs in idiopathic
autism, we were astonished to find evidence that this might occur at very low
dosages, such as those found in aquatic systems,” said lead scientist Dr
research lends even more concern for pregnant mothers who drink water with
trace concentrations, who run the risk of passing along these drugs and other
chemicals in the water to their unborn children.
Likely, and Possible Causes of Autism
to research pinpointing anti-depressants and other chemicals in the water as
possible causes of autism, there are a number of other likely and possible
causes. Among the most controversial and the most researched causes of autism
are vaccines. As children receive more and more vaccines at extremely young
ages, mercury and other heavy metals are also being injected into these
underdeveloped bodies. The mercury and other heavy metals cause extreme amounts
of toxicity, shown to contribute to neurological disorders and the development
of autism. In one survey involving 7,600 people, only four childrenreported having severe autism– the mother’s tested very high in mercury in
all four cases.
Inother research, scientists found that
overweight pregnant women have a startling 67% increased chance of having an
autistic child than mother’s who are a healthy weight.