The Startling Truth about Air Pollution and Autism
Until recently, the cause of autism has been regarded as a mystery. Modern research has found evidence to suggest that the majority of autism cases are caused by a genetic predisposition. But according to a recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, exposure to high levels of air pollution during gestation can greatly increase the risk of developing ASD. 
Harmful fine particulate pollution can stem from a variety of sources, including motor vehicles, fires, and industrial smokestacks. While it may be difficult to completely avoid exposure to these types of particles, experts recommend that pregnant women avoid highly polluted cities and areas with a lot of traffic. Iodine deficiency has also been linked to autism in some cases. For this reason, many medical professionals recommend pregnant women to check their iodine status throughout their pregnancy.
The Take Home
It is important to keep in mind that exposure to pollution during pregnancy, by itself, does not cause autism. Rather pollution, when combined with genetic risk factors, may increase risk. If a child does not already have a genetic predisposition towards autism, the effect of pollution during gestation is likely to be slight or nonexistent.What’s your take on the autism debate? Please let us know your thoughts on this controversial subject in the comment section below!
- Centers for Disease Control. CDC estimates 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. CDC Fact Sheet.
- Harvard School of Public Health. Exposure to high pollution levels during pregnancy may increase risk of having child with autism. Harvard News Release.
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