With autism now affecting 1 out of every 88 American children, researchers have been scrambling to understand how, in just 10 years, these numbers have jumped a staggering 78 percent, and why ADHD now affects 14 percent of children in the U.S. It was once believed that genetics was the major contributing factor to these illnesses, but that belief is quickly changing as the numbers of children diagnosed with autism and ADHD are skyrocketing. More and more, it is believed that environmental factors play more of a role in autism than genetics do.
And a team of doctors from the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center say the answer might be closer to home than we ever suspected. Here, I share the top 10 chemicals they believe are linked to autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It is surprising just how common these toxins are.
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