The explosion in autism cases may be linked to environmental chemicals. This is according to a recent article in Scientific American magazine. Autism rates have increased by 30% in 2 years in the USA and the most probable source is environmental, including toxic chemical exposure in the home, viruses and pesticides. These chemicals cause a lot more harm to a fetus or an infant than they do to adults.

Autism now affects 1 in 68 American children. Genes don’t change that rapidly, so there has to be another explanation. "It's time to start looking for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of autism in California," said Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an epidemiology professor at the University of California, Davis who led the study.

In previous years, many medical professionals have suspected that the trend is artificial; that it is due to changes in diagnoses or migration patterns rather than a real rise in the disorder. However, the new study concludes that those factors cannot explain most of the increase in autism.

Autism is a serious illness that has devastating effects on a child’s and parents’ life. Unfortunately, we are all swimming in a sea of chemicals every day of our lives, so it’s impossible to avoid them completely. There are ways to reduce your exposure though, and it’s also critical to ensure your body’s own detoxification channels are working optimally.

Boosting your glutathione level is an effective way to enhance your detox abilities. You can read about how to do that here.

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