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Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in February, 2014

Man, how many times are we going to keep hearing this story.  We get it.  And I firmly believe it’s true.  There is so much crap in the environment, it’s a wonder that our sperm can even swim straight after years of being bombarded with environmental toxins.

I wonder how long men can have their sperm frozen.  If I knew in my 20’s what I know now, I would have gone to a sperm bank and put some of my guys on ice.  Then 10-20 years later they could thaw them out and those would be the warriors I use to impregnate the egg.  Not the guys who have gotten warped due to environmental hazards.

Maybe this will start to happen more often.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20140226-older-dads-more-likely-to-have-kids-with-bipolar-disorder-autism-add-study-finds.ece

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this story.  It does support the theory that autism can be triggered by environmental causes.

Air pollution exposure has long been suspected to increase the risk of both heart and lung diseases, but another important organ may also be at risk of injury from this contaminated air: the brain.

Researchers at the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) annual meeting in Chicago recently detailed the impact that constant exposure to air pollution may have on the developing brain.  According to the panel, a series of mouse models have suggested that constant inhalation of air pollution may lead to enlargement of the brain’s ventricles – a hallmark of neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia and autism.

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will that be the wonder drug to stop the autism epidemic in its tracks?  Probably not.  We’ve been down this road before, but hope springs eternal for the drug that flips the switch and opens the mind to communication and less auto pilot.

Drug shows promise in kids with autism, researchers say

        Karen Weintraub, Special for USA TODAY     6:43 p.m. EST February 6, 2014

 

Autism may result from a faulty chemical switch that doesn’t get flipped in time to help the brain develop normally, a new research study suggests.