by Teresa Conrick
If you have been following the research over the past decade, you know that AUTISM has been skyrocketing. There is a male preponderance — approximately 4 males to every 1 female diagnosed. Many in the trenches of research have been making strides in showing that TOXINS seem to affect males at a higher rate.
A new study on the MICROBIOME shows that a well-known pesticide, the organophosphate Diazinon — which has been around for YEARS — can damage the bacteria of the microbiome. I will discuss the significance of this for autism.
(Note: the microbiome is the collection of microorganisms in a particular place such as your gut. The fact that human blood is full of microbes was not even known until the 1990s!)
The Significance of Pesticides For AUTISM
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences published a report this week linking prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides with a higher risk of autism.
The study found that children whose mothers lived within a mile of fields treated with an organophosphate pesticide during their pregnancy were 60% more likely to develop autism spectrum disorders than children whose mothers did not live near treated fields.
Pesticides are not only in the air and soil but of course in the foods bought at stores. This research may be a good yet scary glimpse of how a toxin can cause damage to the microbiome.
Children are small, infants smaller, and a fetus…. so vulnerable. They are all exposed numerous times to environmental toxins and research keeps showing that these chemicals can do harm.
The research done on the effects of vaccination on the BRAIN and the microbiome are limited, as it is a controversial topic. It’s not hard to see that the same mechanisms can be at play when a vaccine, a toxin, or a poison damages the microbiome.
We now know the microbiome to be KEY in the development of the immune system and the brain.
Let’s look at an article that is available at the National Institutes of Health website, by Bei Gao, Xiaoming Bian, Ridwan Mahbub, and Kun Lu. The title is: “Gender-Specific Effects of Organophosphate Diazinon on the Gut Microbiome and Its Metabolic Functions.”
Some pertinent highlights for Autism:
- There is growing recognition of the significance of the gut microbiome to human health. Association between a perturbed gut microbiome and human diseases has been established.
- The wide agricultural use of diazinon, an organophosphate insecticide, has raised serious environmental health concerns since it is a potent neurotoxicant.
- With studies demonstrating the presence of a microbiome-gut-brain axis, it is possible that gut microbiome perturbation may also contribute to diazinon toxicity.
- Diazinon exposure perturbed the gut microbiome community structure, functional metagenome, and associated metabolic profiles in a gender-specific manner.
Of particular significance, these changes were more pronounced for male mice than females.
Some organizations and researchers may try to say girls are just UNDER-diagnosed and that is why we see less autism in females than males. I hoe the increasing evidence of toxic harm will bring an end to that poorly designed hypothesis.
Dan Olmsted has looked into the connections between arsenic and polio. In keeping with that, the above pesticide study states “We recently have demonstrated that arsenic exposure not only alters the gut microbiome community at the abundance level but also disturbs its metabolic profiles.”
For a few years now, studies in the emerging concept of a microbiome-gut-brain axis reveal how the gut microbiome is connected with nervous system disorders including autism, depression, anxiety and stress.
They also show how microbiome-related products could modulate these disorders.
This is cutting edge research showing how the microbiome may very well be the origin of devastating diseases, with Autism now leading the way.
Note: Olmsted’s research on polio is published at AgeofAutism.com.
Pesticides Significantly Damage the Microbiome
Now we look at a study linking Exposure to Common Pesticide With ADHD in Boys.
Researchers at the University of Montreal and Harvard examined the potential relationship between ADHD and exposure to certain toxic pesticides, the organophosphates.
Their work found an association between pyrethroid pesticide exposure and ADHD, which has to do with hyperactivity and impulsivity in children and teens.
A new study in the journal Pediatrics associates exposure to pesticides with cases of ADHD in the U.S. and Canada. In the US alone, an estimated 4.5 million children ages 5 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Montreal/Harvard team looked at the relationship between ADHD and exposure to organophosphates. They analyzed the levels of pesticide residue in the urine of more than 1,100 children ages 8 to 15 and found that those with the highest levels of dialkyl phosphates, which are the breakdown products of organophosphate pesticides, had the highest incidence of ADHD.
Overall, they found a 35% increase in the odds of developing ADHD with every tenfold increase in urinary concentration of the pesticide residue.
The effect was seen even at the low end of exposure: kids who had any detectable, above-average level of the most common pesticide metabolite in their urine were twice as likely as those with undetectable levels to record symptoms of the learning disorder.
Note: ADHD is more prevalent in males than females.
And don’t forget the role of mercury. “A study published in 1993 was the first to show the effects of mercury exposure on the gut microbiome. It reported that mercury exposure altered the gut community structure by increasing both the abundance of mercury-resistant bacteria — several of which were also antibiotic resistant — as well as antibiotic-resistant plasmids in the GM of monkeys (Summers et al. 1993).”
Some Closing Thoughts
As we examine this concept of toxins affecting the microbiome in Autism, a few points emerge:
- “Like mercury, arsenic may be converted to more mobile and toxic methyl derivatives by bacteria”
- ……it is possible that gut microbiome perturbation may also contribute to diazinon toxicity, meaning children may become MORE vulnerable to a pesticide if damage has already happened to the Microbiome.
- Autism is more common among children whose moms lived near treated fields during pregnancy; experts redouble advice to avoid exposure.
- Pregnancy may NOT be the ONLY time to avoid pesticides based on the above research. Buying organic is important, it’ s a choice yet mandating vaccines gives no choice to parents.
- Antibiotics in our food supply may also be contributing to messing up the bacteria in the microbiome.
- In 1931, the earliest child born who later was diagnosed with “Infantile Autism”, Virginia S., was born. We found out her identity and the connections to mercury, pesticides and vaccines were a significant part of her history. Have these increasing exposures caused the epidemic cases today?
Organophosphate pesticides have been around for over 50 years, yet the skyrocketing cases of Autism began in the early 1990’s, as the vaccination schedule began its increasing ascent.
The exposures in childhood of Man-made Microbiome dangers — VACCINATIONS — MERCURY — ANTIBIOTICS — PESTICIDES have reached a fevered pitch.
Parents are demanding change.
— Teresa Conrick’s many years worth of autism research is an endeavor inspired by her 22-year-old daughter Megan who has severe autism. The above is an adaptation of her June 21, 2016 article at AgeofAutism.com
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