Landmark study describes the link between pesticide levels in expectant mothers and autism risk in their infants

Monday, November 12, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan Huff
Monday, November 12, 2018

Science has provided yet more clues as to why autism rates in children continue to skyrocket throughout the Western world.

A groundbreaking new study recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that pesticide exposure in pregnant women is directly correlated to increased autism risk in children, pointing to industrial agriculture as a major cause of brain damage in exposed children.

A teams of researchers from Columbia University‘s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City joined up with researchers from the University of Turku and the National Institute of Health and Welfare, both in Finland, to take a closer look at whether or not pesticides, and specifically DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), play any role at all in causing autism.

Using data collected from the Finnish Prenatal Study of Autism, this investigatory cohort study analyzed serum samples from more than 750 children with autism. They looked specifically for DDE (p,p’-dichlorodiphenyl dichloroethylene), a breakdown byproduct of DDT, in these serum samples, and compared what they found to serum samples from matched control children without autism.

What they discovered is that a child’s risk of developing autism is roughly 33 percent higher when their mothers have elevated levels of DDE in their blood. And that risk jumps to about double, the team found, when DDE levels are detected in the top 75th percentile, suggesting a corollary relationship between increased pesticide exposure and increased risk of autism.

These groundbreaking findings, the team wrote in their paper, “provide the first biomarker-based evidence that maternal exposure to insecticides is associated with autism among offspring.”

“We think of these chemicals in the past tense, relegated to a long-gone era of dangerous 20th century toxins,” stated Dr. Alan. S. Brown, the study’s lead author. “Unfortunately, they are still present in the environment and are in our blood and tissues.”

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