Posts Tagged ‘scientists’

Scientists say chemicals are linked to increase in autism, Safe Chemicals Act proposed

June 9, 2011

Decades ago the medical establishment insisted autism resulted in the coldness of the mother.  Obviously that was 180 degrees wrong.

Just a few years ago they insisted autism was almost all genetic.  That was largely wrong because autism is very much environmental.

Now, as autism continues to increase, those in the scientific establishment are finally admitting that environmental causes play a major role.

Some scientists, parents, and advocates have been ahead of the curve for many years, insisting that toxic chemicals and other pollutants are major factors in autism.  Some of those experts spoke Tuesday on a conference call.

Some of the suspected culprits are endocrine disruptors such as brominated flame retardants, pesticides, BPA and phthalates. Mercury and lead are also known neurotoxins.

Many of these chemicals are ubiquitous in household products and even toys, and unfortunately, most people don’t know about it. The law that is supposed to provide protection against dangerous chemicals is 35 years old and has virtually no restrictions on chemicals, which don’t need to be tested before going to market.

To read my article on, about this, click here.

Here are some of my related articles:

Scientists say rise in autism may be linked to toxic chemicals in environment

Toxic chemicals found in baby products; some may be linked to autism

Toxic Chemicals Safety Act to be on 2011 Congressional legislative agenda

Health advocates rally at Capitol for chemical safety bill; some chemicals linked to autism, cancer

Landrigan calls for more research into pesticides, toxic chemicals, environmental causes of autism

Congress: CDC misled public about Washington, D.C. lead in water crisis, lead was toxic for some

Autism advocate Lyn Redwood discusses mercury vaccine controversy, chelation, treatment and recovery

CDC: 15,000 Washington, D.C. homes may have dangerous levels of lead in water

Interview with Dan Olmsted, Mark Blaxill: ‘Age of Autism-Mercury, Medicine, and a Manmade Epidemic’

Jennifer VanDerHorst-Larson on vaccines, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, treatments for son with autism


What can we learn from “House” about autism?

April 4, 2010

The character “House” on the TV show of the same name is unbelievably arrogant, rude, and ultimately, usually right.  But he doesn’t get to be right immediately. He and his team often find correct answers after brainstorming.

“Listen, I don’t care if it makes sense.  Just give me something,” he tells his team of doctors.

Many people don’t understand the purpose of brainstorming.  You mention “a,” it leads to “b,” and then “c,” and the right answer, “d” appears.  The answer wouldn’t have presented itself without “a,” “b,” and “c” first, even if those first three ideas wouldn’t work.

Some people — most people? — shoot down ideas even before the sentence is finished.

This concept isn’t really specific to autism.  It could be about almost any subject.  But in the case of autism, many teachers, therapists, and parents are stuck in their ways, unwilling to try anything new.

Apparently the results have been so good that it’s necessary to do the same things over and over without trying anything new.

One time I came home after working with a child, took a nap and then woke up with an idea, hastily emailing the parent, who was horrified at the idea that I would propose making a deal with a school in exchange for care for the student.  The thing is, it probably would have worked.  Or at least it might have led to a discussion that could have opened some doors.

Thirty-five years ago, people still thought autism was due to the “coldness of the mother.”  If you automatically go with the current conventional thinking, you might just be wrong and behind the times.

“People get the wrong impression about scientists in that they think in an orderly, rigid way from step one to step two to step three,” said Paul Steinhardt in the Science Channels’ “Parallel Universe.”

“What really happens, is often you make some imaginative leap which, at the time, may seem nonsensical.   When you capture the field at those stages, it looks like poetry in which you are imagining without yet proving.”

Whatever that means, I’m for that type of thinking.  People used to think it was crazy that the world wasn’t flat.

We’ve been told forever that there’s no life in our solar system besides that which is on Earth.  But there’s a good chance that there’s life on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, under the ice.  There’s a lot more life than previously thought underneath the ice in Antarctica.

If “thinking out of the box” wasn’t such a cliche, I’d use it.