Skip to comments.Environmental pollution linked to autism, schizophrenia, study shows
Posted on 06/07/2014 2:04:11 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Exposure to environmental pollution may cause brain changes that make people more vulnerable to developing autism or schizophrenia, according to a new study published in Environmental Heath Perspectives.
This research falls in line with a 2013 study published in JAMA Psychiatry, which demonstrated an epidemiological link between pollution and autism; the researchers found that children who lived in areas with high levels of traffic pollution seemed to be more likely to be diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental disorder. [ ]
While most research on pollution focuses on large-particle pollutionthe only type monitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencythis research focused on the effects of exposure to lesser-known superfine particles.
That kind of air pollution produces inflammation; it is going to produce inflammation peripherally and in the brain as well. And when you produce inflammation in the brain, you can kill cells there, (Deborah) Cory-Slechta said.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
oh poo.....aren’t they using aborted babies embryos in vaccinations??
The problem with autism is that they’ve used such a broad brush, just like they did with ADHD, kids are getting labeled who are absolutely normal.
(Now run around waving your hands in the air and screaming "Wesa gonna die-ee!".)
Plenty of correlation out there, but that isn't causation.
what a steaming pile
Schizophrenia is an inherited mental issue, because if you have two identical twins, and note identical not paternal. If one has schizophrenia there is a 100% chance the other one has it also...same DNA.
Autism? Maybe once they find out the real cause of Autism it will indicate the reason the person has it.
Environmental...NO. More propaganda.
Wonder if this data holds up in places like China, India, Brazil and Russia? (Not much traffic pollution in North Korea)
All the children on the Southern Plains would have autism because the sand blows in the spring and fall, which is large particulate pollution. My family has been there for generations and knew not one child with autism.
But using this woman’s thesis, people ought not live in cities .more pollution there. Will the government start depopulating Democrat cities?
Correlational study only with a spurious finding.
Look, homicides can be found to be higher when there are full moons on hot summer nights. But do full moons cause homicides? No!
I wonder who the funding source was for this study which will surely now be used as “scientific” evidence that pollution from industries and power plants is justification for their regulation under Obama’s Cap and Trade law.
California has 9 of the worst 25 cities for air pollution (not C02 but soot, ozone, and smog). Texas has none.
But Texas cities like Dallas import dirty coal to burn in their power plants while California has no coal power plants and instead imports coal power from Nevada, Arizona and Utah. The asthma rates in California, Texas, Arizona, Utah and Nevada are roughly the same. But those kind of self-obvious statistics are not validated by studies.
Science in the Middle Ages was always in the service of the Kings (alchemy was used to scare other nations that gold could be produced out of rocks that could be used to hire a mercenary army to win wars).
With secularization in modern societies, scientism has replaced science as the great legitimizer and authority structure to support governments. And obligingly, governments in welfare state oblige with $2 billion of funding for global warming research and bogus studies on childhood maladies supposedly linked to air pollution. Big money scientists are __ores and government their pimps.
It’s closer to 80% for identicals:
So people with autism and schizophrenia are environmental polluters... who knew.
“Exposure to environmental pollution may cause brain changes that make people more vulnerable to developing autism”......
I’m not buying it.
If the authors had blamed marijuana instead of pollution, everybody would agree with them. Same junk science, different bias.
No sooner said than done.
Yes for the actual schizophrenia, but you can have a gene and be pre dispositioned to something yet never actually get it, so if you are an identical twin with the same DNA as your twin, then you would have to have the gene. That is 100% with gene in identical twins whether both actually diagnose with overt symptoms or not.
Schizophrenia develops in boys/men most often between ages of 16-24 unless it has changed statistically in last 10 years.
Where’s the “Not This Sh!t Again” guy when you need him?
Right, but that means that environment plays a part too, because not all those with the gene develop it.
That is absolutely not true. One of my two sons has Schizoaffective Disorder (like having Schizophrenia and bipolar together). (My other son is an Air Force pilot). As a result, since 2006 I have been a teacher for a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) signature program called "Family to Family." Please see this page for info on this terrific program that NAMI offers for free to family members with an ill loved one: >> Family-to-Family
Family to Family is a 12-week education course to educate family members who have a loved one with a diagnosed mental illness. In addition to having taught Family to Family (Next Wednesday I will finish teaching my 15th 12-week course), I am also my state's program director for Family to Family.
As I type this, I am having a cup of coffee in my hotel room in Crystal City (Near DC) preparing to go to a class taught by national NAMI trainers so I can return home and train new Family to Family teachers throughout my state. In other words, I have some background in this subject.
It is true absolutely that there is a genetic component to Schizophrenia, but there have been extensive twin studies that prove that it is not genetics alone that determines whether someone develops this illness. In the Family to Family class we teach about the concordance rates for developing Schizophrenia based on other first-order family members. When we talk about identical twins, we talk about twin studies that show that there is not a 100 percent chance of developing the illness just because an identical twin has it. They have long known that illnesses like Schizophrenia are definitely genetics-based, but what is passed on in the genes is not a definite certainty you will develop the illness as is the case with, for example, Huntington's decease. Instead, what is passed on is a predisposition to develop the illness. But what researchers are trying to determine is what causes that "second hit" that triggers the illness in people. There are many theories out there as to what might cause someone with the genetic pre-disposition to actually develop the illness - environmental factors are certainly one possibly, so I'm not as inclined to dismiss this study out of hand. I'd rather read the research with an open mind and see how the study was conducted.
I'm just glad that people are at least studying these illnesses seriously - something that has not been happening until probably the 1980's. Before that, the "common knowledge" was that Schizophrenia was simply a character flaw or the result of poor parenting. Serious brain research has lagged far behind research for other illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.
Sorry for the tome, but this is a topic that is VERY near and dear. Now I must head out to attend my NAMI training class.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.