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Pediatrician Proposes New Target to Blame for Autism

Autism 3d word in dna strand genes for hereditary cause of the learning disorder or brain condition

Pediatrician Proposes New Target to Blame for Autism

From vaccines to vitamin deficiencies, there have been a variety of ideas proposed as the cause of autism. Now, a pediatrician has shared his thoughts on autism and what may be causing it. Dr. Harvey Karp is the author of “The Happiest Baby on the Block” and believes that endocrine disrupting chemicals may be behind the rise in autism.

Dr. Harvey Karp recently presented his ideas at the Healthy Child Healthy World luncheon. He mentioned that better diagnostic tools play a role in the rising number of autism cases. However, he believes that the tools are not the only reason why more children are being diagnosed. Dr. Karp mentions that there is a greater reason and “exposure to a certain class of chemicals” is responsible.

The pediatrician points to the dangers of endocrine disrupting chemicals and their ability to affect the human body in multiple ways. These hormones are able to interfere with normal functions, can mimic the body’s hormones and can create problems ranging from developmental delays to behavioral issues. Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of the most commonly known endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Although BPA has been banned in baby products, there are other endocrine disrupting chemicals still being produced. Bisphenol S (BPS), Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Phthalates and many other chemicals are still being added to a variety of products ranging from toys to tables.

Dr. Harvey Karp believes that everyone has been exposed to BPA and other chemicals because they are common ingredients in plastic products. He is concerned that these chemicals can enter the bloodstream of a fetus during pregnancy. He is also worried about a child’s exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals after birth. Dr. Karp hopes that more research will focus on the role of chemicals in autism. He is careful to acknowledge that researchers are already studying the topic, but the information is not complete.

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  1. 1
    Mark Warren

    this “disorder” really keeps up on the DNA.

  2. 2
    Marcy Meyer

    I am glad they are continually doing research to try to find out what is causing autism, and what they might be able to do to help prevent it or cure it. There are just so many different things that it could be. Interesting article.

  3. 3
    Amber Ludwig

    Very interesting!! This is one of the sanest Ive heard so far!!

  4. 4
    jennifer peters

    I have an autistic son so this touches my heart. This is one of the most realistic arguments as to the cause of autism. I believe it definetly has something to do with our lifestyles-wether in our food, in our environment…

  5. 5
    Sandra Watts

    My son has autism and tourettes. This was interesting to read.

  6. 6
    Rosie

    This is an interesting article. Ever since one of my co-worker’s child was diagnosed with autism, I have been reading and trying to learn more about it.

    1. 6.1
      Colleen

      It is a heart-wrenching thing to see a child suffer with it.

  7. 7
    KATE SARSFIELD

    I work with people of all ages who have Intellectual Disabilities +/- mental health issues so am extremely interested in all theories regarding autism.

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