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Environmental Effects on Children with Autism

Introduction

Doris Rapp, MD, one of the most highly regarded doctors on environmental allergies, poses the question: "What did your child touch, taste or smell?"  When your child has a meltdown, it is important to consider the most recent daily living occurrences in order to understand what is altering behaviors and why.  The environmental toxins your child is exposed to on a daily basis may be some of the contributing factors to your child’s behaviors.  These toxins can trigger allergic reactions which are capable of altering your child’s personality.  As Dr. Rapp explains in her book, Is This My Child, that most unsuspecting culprits can be within your home or your child’s school, or during a certain season or time of day or even on the school bus.  Since many children with ASD are unable to articulate their misery, it is our job as parents to investigate our child’s environment to determine what the triggering factors are.  In your investigation you should also consider the community in which you live.

Sometime entire communities may have pockets of illnesses such including autism, allergies, asthma, ADHD, and other integrative illnesses.  When an entire community seems to be sick with something, not just within a family, we should consider the environment they share, the air they breathe and the water they drink.

If your child has these symptoms followed by a sudden change in behavior, consider his environment and discuss with your physician.  This is a list of some allergic symptoms:

  • Red ear lobes.
  • Nose wrinkle, or rubbing nose upwards.
  • Wrinkles below the eyes.
  • Blue or black under eye circles, puffiness under the eyes.
  • Red puffy cheeks.
  • Swollen cracked lips.
  • Ear pain, or ear ringing.
  • Headaches.
  • Intestinal symptoms diarrhea or constipation.
  • Wiggly legs or arms.
  • Bed wetting or wetting their pants or soiling their underwear.

Below is a list of some possible environmental exposures:

  • Vaccines:  Vaccines are formulated with a long list of ingredients which can have potent side effects.
  • Mold:  It can damage your immune system.
  • Lyme:  It mimics other diseases and many of our kids have undiagnosed Lyme.
  • Dental amalgams:  They are 50% mercury.
  • Round Up (for your lawn) or the ingredient Glyphosate:  Can change DNA and gut flora.
  • Antibiotics:  Also can change the gut flora.
  • Lead:  Exposure can cause anger and rage.  Lead and mercury together is more toxic than either one alone.

Related Sites

Dental Amalgams
Description:  YouTube presentation about Toxic Fillings. How and why dental amalgams cause damage.

Autism Explained Synergistic Poisoning from Aluminum and Glyphosate
Description:  YouTube presentation about glyphosate by Dr. Stephanie Seneff, PhD, from MIT at Autism One.

Institute for Responsible Technology by Jeffrey Smith
Description:  This a comprehensive site about GMOs.

GMOs or Round Up
Description:  Dr. Stephanie Seneff’s Home Page: Website of Dr. Stephanie Seneff who explains the issues related to genetically modified foods, specifically Round Up and its main ingredient Glyphosate.

Introduction to the Mold Help Organization
Description:  This site has a lot of data about mold and your health.

Vaccine Information Coalition
Description:  Educate before you vaccinate.

Generation Rescue
Description:  Vaccine ingredients and side effects.

Arsenic in Your Food
Description:  A Consumer Report.

Books

The Impossible Child in School—At Home: A Guide for Caring Teachers and Parents by Doris Rapp MD
Description:  The Impossible Child in School is an excellent guide for teachers and parents who need to see with great illustrations what a response to an allergic reaction might look like in some children at school. Even handwriting and test scores are affected. The author, Doris Rapp, explains the mysterious behaviors some children have to allergic reactions.

The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul's Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health-from Pregnancy Through Your Child's Teen Years Paperback by Paul Thomas M.D. and Jennifer Margulis
Description:  Paul Thomas, M.D., discusses his method to building immunity and a new protocol that limits a child’s exposure to neurotoxins while at the same time building good health. The Vaccine-Friendly Plan provides a new standard for pediatric care and it helps give caregivers peace of mind while raising healthy children.

Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives by Aviva Jill Romm
Description:  This book is an excellent guide for parents who want to make sensible decisions about vaccines for their children. Being informed about all of the risks, benefits and what the available alternatives are out there will help parents make good and safe choices for their children.

An Unfortunate Coincidence: A Mother's Life inside the Autism Controversy Hardcover by Julie Obradovic
Description:  A story about a Mother’s struggle with her daughter’s autism and her quest to find answers. In this book, you will read the account of Julie Obradovic’s fight to find treatment for her daughter and her effort to help others.

Poisoned Profits, The Toxic Assault on Our Children by Phillip and Alice Shabecoff
Description:  This book is written by two courageous journalists who reveal the truth about the many local environmental sources of toxins affecting children in various towns all over the US. Read about how the exposures are affecting this generation of children every day with birth defects, autism, ADHD, leukemia, asthma and so on.

Dentistry Without Mercury by Sam and Michael Ziff DDS
Description:  Dentistry Without Mercury is written by dentists so that parents can understand the dangers of putting mercury dental amalgams in your child’s mouth. Over a period of time the dental vapors are damaging to your health and brain functioning. Learn how to safely remove the mercury amalgams and detoxify your body.

Tools

International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
Description:  Find a mercury free dentist.

Environmental Working Group Guide to Healthy Cleaning
Description:  This site provides the top green products used in household cleaning as well as findings and frequently asked questions about cleaners.

Pro-Lab MO109 Mold Do It Yourself Test Kit
Description:  Test for mold. You put the kit where you suspect mold and send to a lab.

The Unavoidable Hidden Factor that Greatly Contributes to Autism
Description:  In this video, Dr. Klinghardt explains how electromagnetic fields (EMF) interfere with your biology, and how EMF contributes to the creation of autism.

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning
Description:  Safe, non-toxic formulas, techniques and products for cleaning in your home: (1) Homemade Substitutions; (2) Formulas; (3) Healthy Home Cleaning Habits; and (4) Commercial Non-Toxic Household Products.

Environmental Working Group’s 2015 Shopping Guide
Description:  Look up products you use to see what ingredients they contain and make safer purchases. This is a list of produce where the pesticides cannot be washed off, known as the "dirty dozen." It's like a consumers report to analyze the toxicity of products.

Parent Forums/Blogs

Some forums require you to sign in to Yahoo or Facebook to locate forum names.

Forum/Blog Name:  Supporting Autism Safe Environments (SAFE)
Description:  This Facebook page is a community outreach initiative supported by the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, and it provides information and research regarding autism and the environment.

Forum/Blog Name:  Autism’s Environmental Component: New Research Upends Scientific Orthodox Strangling Autism Progress
Description:  Sally Bernard from SafeMinds talks about her own personal situation with her son with autism. For years she has been convinced that a variety of environmental factors were the cause for her son’s autism. Now the research exists…burying the theory that autism might possibly be entirely genetic.

Forum/Blog Name:  Toxic Mold - Rediscovering Health and Wellness
Description:  This group is for anyone suffering from the health effects of mold. This can cause health issues for the entire family.