Experts say environmental toxins are responsible for kicking many of our immune systems into overdrive, causing health disorders from allergies to asthma to autism. For example, statistics recently released by the National Survey of Children’s Health and supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services say that the odds of a child receiving an autism/Asperger’s diagnosis are now one in 63. If the child is a boy, the chances of an autism/Asperger’s diagnosis jump to one in 38 — unnerving. But according to a Huffington Post article, which reported on this study, there was also some surprising news. The article claims that a large number of children “originally diagnosed with autism/Asperger’s went on to shed their diagnosis as they got older.” And more, that researchers were told by the parents interviewed that their kids “had autism, Asperger’s Disorder etc. at some point, but not currently.” Which leads you to one of two conclusions: These kids were either a) misdiagnosed, or b) something changed in their diet or living environment.
I can’t say I have unswerving faith in our medical community, so a misdiagnosis is always firmly planted on the table. However, the number of misdiagnoses, if that’s the case, is cause for a totally different kind of concern. If it’s the latter … what are we exposing our kids to? What is it that changed for the kids who once had autism/Asperger’s and now do not? Could it be changes in their diet or living environment, or both?
A December 2010 article in Politics Daily reports on a list released by the EPA of chemicals highly suspected in the development of brain disorders, including learning disabilities, aspartame and Asperger’s. And guess what? Aspartame is on that list—right beneath arsenic. This list, according to the article, is composed of those chemicals with the “strongest evidence of developmental neurotoxicity” — with the exception of a few that were removed (like LSD and cocaine, which are obvious toxins). The article also reports there is a second list of chemicals with “lesser evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” That list includes the likes of formaldehyde and methylene chloride. It’s worthy of mention that aspartame tops these and is on the list with greater evidence of developmental neurotoxicity. After you’ve read the Politics Daily article, check out the the list. And then you make the call.