Faculty Publications

Title

Sorting out the spinning of autism: Heavy metals and the question of incidence

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Autism, Autism prevalence, Heavy metals, Mercury, Toxins

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis

Volume

70

Issue

2

First Page

165

Last Page

176

Abstract

The reasons for the rise in autism prevalence are a subject of heated professional debate. Featuring a critical appraisal of some research used to question whether there is a rise in cases and if rising levels of autism are related to environmental exposure to toxins (Soden et al. 2007, Thompson et al. 2007, Barbaresi et al. 2009) we aim to evaluate the actual state of scientific knowledge. In addition, we surveyed the empirical research on the topic of autism and heavy metal toxins. Overall, the various causes that have led to the increase in autism diagnosis are likely multi-faceted, and understanding the causes is one of the most important health topics today. We argue that scientific research does not support rejecting the link between the neurodevelopmental disorder of autism and toxic exposures. © 2010 by Polish Neuroscience Society-PTBUN.

Original Publication Date

10-5-2010

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