There have been previous studies showing the neurologic effect of air pollution. A series of studies on children and dogs in Mexico City(an area of very high air pollution) showed defects in cognitive function and executive function.
In addition to their content of potentially toxic phthalates, plastics are also a major source of Bisphenol A. This compound has been reported to be associated with disorders of reproductive health, some cancers, heart disease, other endocrine problems and neurotoxicity in children-especially behavioral problems such as anxiety, depression and hyperactivity.
Medical diagnostic coding books have historically defined autism as a psychiatric or behavioral disorder. However, autism is not a psychiatric disorder, but a medical disorder with neurobehavioral symptomatology. In fact, it appears to be a chronic systemic inflammatory disorder that also affects the brain.
I have termed the new childhood epidemics “The 4-A Disorders”, and they include autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies. Over the past quarter of a century, autism has increased a staggering 1500%, while ADHD, asthma and allergies have also skyrocketed. I find these meteoric increases staggering, and they beg the question: Why?