A new study offers strong evidence that environmental toxins play a role in the disorder
Several studies have shown a link between air pollution and autism, but a new study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology is one of the largest to put the two together.
Researchers studied insurance claims from around 100 million people in the U.S., and used congenital malformations in boys as an indictor for parental exposure to environmental toxins. “Autism appears to be strongly correlated with rate of congenital malformations of the genitals in males across the country. This gives an indicator of environmental load and the effect is surprisingly strong,” study author Andrey Rzhetsky from the University of Chicago said in a statement.
Every 1% increase in malformations corresponded to a 283% increase in autism in the same county.
Phi Beta Iota: Apart from a few videos such as The Secret Life of Beef, a few books, and a handful of articles, there is no serious discipline of true cost economics. It may be that this will change soon. If there is a worldview or mind-set revolution in the USA, and the government as well as media, academia, and most non-profits to be corrupt, we anticipate a surge of citizen-led true cost economic studies.