Once a child is born, as parents, we begin to worry non-stop about germs and potential health hazards that could affect the child. When your child has Autism, the fear and concern is only heightened since they are more prone to infection and being affected by different environmental elements.
It seems that everyday, the CDC and EWG (Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization dedicating to making the public aware of environmental dangers, are discovering that something else in the environment is negatively affecting our health, and particularly the health of Children. While it can certainly seem a bit overwhelming, the more we find out, the more we can protect ourselves and our children from potential hazards.
Below are a few of the research findings of the EWG. You can read more about the organization as well as learn more about their other findings here.
Bispenol A (BPA)
On July 27th, 2010, EWG reported that labrotory tests found that a whopping 40% of receipts from well-known businesses were found to have high levels of bisphenol A. Abbreviated as BPA, bisphenol A is an organic compound that is used to make polycarbonate plastic. Questions began to arise as to the safety of the compound in 2008, and many retailers removed products containing BPA from its shelves. In 2010 the danger of BPA exposure to unborn fetuses, infants, and children was explored and Canada declared BPA a toxic substance.
In a 2008 study by DC Jones and GW Miller, it was found that Bispenol A did affect dopamine reactions in the brain, therefore triggering hyperactivity and attention deficits.
Luckily, stores such as Target, Starbucks, and Bank of America ATMs seem to be making sure that their receipt paper is BPA free.
Chromium 6 In Tap Water
Chromium 6 is a compound that contains chromium with an oxidation state of +6. It is often found in dyes, plastics, and inks. Depending on how Chromium 6 is subjected to the body, it will have different affects. For example, if it comes in contact with the eyes or skin, it will cause a mild to severe irritation. If it is ingested, as with water, it is especially dangerous if the body contains Vitamin C. Chromium 6 reacts adversely with Vitamin C, and can cause damage to the cells in the lungs.
In December of 2010, the EWG reported that out of 35 states that were tested, chromium 6 was found in the tap water of 31 of the states. This was a major concern of the parents of infants, because a large number of babies are formula fed with formula that requires that water be added.
One of the States that tested positively for Chromium 6 was California. Shortly after the EWG reported the danger of the state’s tap water, there has been an adjustment to the plan for the future of drinking water. Very soon, it is expected that California drinking water will be reduced of it’s Chromium 6 contents.
We can only hope that other states follow, or that the government demands that they do so.
Government Acknowledges Flouride Issues
We’ve discussed here on New Autism Cure the dangers of excess fluoride. Ever since the 1940′s, fluoride has been added to products to prevent tooth decay. Many of us may even remember gathering together with our classmates and having a group fluoride rinse every month. The EWG even mentions that they support the use of Fluoride in products like toothpaste where it has proven to be beneficial and effective in preventitive care.
However, it has been found after years of research that an excess of fluoride can provide significant problems including minor issues such as tooth discoloration, to more severe conditions like neurotoxicity. Children, and even adults, consume much more water than they do toothpaste. And this can be dangerous, especially if the water is high in fluoride.
Soon, it will be recommended that local utility companies decrease the amount of fluoride added to their water.
It’s important that we stay informed on the potential dangers of everyday things that our children come into contact with. As you can clearly see, toxic metals and substances that adversely affect the brain can be found in everyday products. The Environmental Working Group is a great resource for educational material on crucial health risks and toxins.