In today’s article, I also talk about what Hungary has done to their GMO corn crops. (Annmarie with a non-GMO corn stalk from Peru… you can chew the inside for a sweet snack!)
In this week’s “Digest This!” news column, we have more good news than bad…
First, is a link between autism and environmental factors which could shift the focus of scientists who study this disease (positive), second is a link between Teflon chemicals and arthritis (positive, because it will hopefully get more people to switch), and, finally, how Hungary is taking action on GMO crops and foods (again, positive!)
Let’s get started…
1. Unraveling the autism connection.
A study out of Stanford of 192 pairs of twins shows that genetics possibly account for 38% of the risk of autism while environmental factors account for 62%.
These pairs of twins were studied to see if there was a higher genetic component to the disease, since it would be expected that if one twin has autism, the other would be more susceptible.
What they found, though, was that more than 60% of the risk was associated with environmental factors.
In the study, there also was some evidence that antidepressants could have a role in autism rates as well. Mothers who took anti-depressants during the year (at some point) before birth had double the risk of having an autistic child.
The Good: What this means is that (as we know already) autism is an unnatural occurrence. Rates have increased dramatically over the last few decades to around 1% of all births or so (depending on where you get your info.)
This study also admits the potential fact that autism could be caused either during or after birth. This would be in line with the prevalent autism-vaccine science.
The Bad: The bad is that rates of autism have increased and until we identify what is causing it, they will continue to do so.
There’s really no time to wait around for non-unified scientists to figure it all out in a lab, we need to act now.
What this means: This means we need to eliminate some of the unnatural influences in our lives, before the scientists eventually tell us that they’re all bad (which we already can assume.)
This doesn’t mean to live in a bubble, it just means to remove chemicals, eat organics, reducing or eliminating the overuse of vaccines, reduce time with electronics, spend time outside, choose natural treatments over drugs, and in general maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I’m not 100% convinced that vaccines are the cause of autism, I don’t even think Dr. Andrew Wakefield – the scientist to break this news – is 100% sure either, but I am 100% convinced – whether it’s a specific change in genetics or introduction of new environmental factors as this study has found – that reducing chemical load and eating non-processed foods will reduce the chances of negative gene expression and disease – for you and your children.
As for the antidepressant connection, I wonder if it’s a chemical imbalance in the body that increases the risk or if it’s the chemicals in the drugs – something to think about.
San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/04/MNG01K5FK7.DTL&tsp=1