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Study Ties Pesticide Spraying to Increased Autism Rates in Children

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Study Ties Pesticide Spraying to Increased Autism Rates in Children

A new study aimed at discovering the effects of pesticides on developing fetuses has revealed an increased risk of autism in kids. Scientists now say that a fetus’s higher exposure to typical pesticides causes an increased chance for autism in the child.

Ondine von Ehrenstein, an associate professor in the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, who led the study, used California’s autism registry data and compared it against the density of pesticide spraying per region. The study, now published in BMI, included almost 38,000 people.

The findings of the study are astounding. They show that pregnant women living within a 2,000-meter radius of intensely sprayed areas have an up to 16% increased chance for having an autistic kid. The bottom increase percentage number is 10%, according to the findings.

Numerous pesticides were reviewed in relation to causation. Some of the more popular ones were diazinon, chlorpyrifos, and permethrin.

The numbers get even more troublesome when pesticide exposure is confirmed. Children exposed to pesticides while in the womb had a 30% higher chance of having autism. Exposure to pesticides in the initial year of life resulted in a 50% increase.

“Both prenatal and postnatal periods are vulnerable periods. And it doesn’t stop at birth.” von Ehrenstein says about the findings.

And it’s worse. The children who are exposed to pesticides in their first year of life not only have an increased chance for autism, but also for a slew of other intellectual disabilities.

The study’s tactics made sure to account for other variables, such as poor air quality and economic class.

The findings are problematic because, for the most part, people have no control over the number of pesticides sprayed upon their communities. The research exposes a health crisis, but can’t unveil a reasonable solution. The study may help to create an environment of awareness over the potentially devastating effects of pesticide spraying. But it seems, for now, unless pesticide spraying is minimized or eliminated, there is no viable solution.

Autism numbers are surging with New Jersey leading the nation. Overall, autism rates are at an all-time high. Many parents are also looking for answers for an illness known as sudden unexplained death syndrome.

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

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