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Experts Say Everyday Chemicals Can Cause Autism – and Some of Them are in Crib Mattresses

Experts Say Everyday Chemicals Can Cause Autism – and Some of Them are in Crib Mattresses

In decades past, we rarely heard of children having autism, but now, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of one in 110 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Many causes have been suggested but, still, most autism is considered idiopathic – which means, basically, that no one knows what really caused it. However, some experts believe it to be caused by heavy metals and environmental and household chemicals – some of which are even in crib mattresses. Dr. Philip Landrigan, professor and chair of preventive medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York, compiled a list of 10 heavy metals and chemicals that are highly suspect. Here’s the list: lead mercury polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) – EPA studies say everyone (literally) has them in their body organochlorine pesticides like DDT – DDT is banned, but other, similar, chemicals are still around automotive exhaust brominated flame retardants – found in furniture, electronics, household dust and[…]

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