Folate May Mitigate Pesticide-Related Autism

In the 1980s, the incidence of autism was 1 in 10,000.1,2 As of 2012 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children between the ages of 6 and 17 was 1 in 50.3 It’s highly unlikely that the stratospheric rise in ASD could be traced back to a single culprit.

The most logical conclusion is that this wide range of brain disorders are the result of individual responses to toxic exposures from multiple sources, including the mother, while in utero.4 One source in particular that has been repeatedly pointed out is pesticides, and glyphosate in particular. EMF exposure is another likely candidate.5

Nearly 1 billion pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on food crops each year in the U.S. alone (that number increases to 5 billion worldwide), and research suggests this chemical may be a driving factor behind many of the chronic diseases encountered in Western societies. Autism is just one problem linked to pesticide exposure. Mothers who are exposed to pesticides during pregnancy are also at increased risk of premature delivery.6

Monsanto, which manufactures and sells the best-selling glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, has maintained that Roundup and glyphosate (the active ingredient) are harmless.  

But researchers such as Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Anthony Samsel, Ph.D., a research scientist and environmental and public health consultant, have discovered and published papers explaining the mechanisms by which glyphosate destroys health and contributes to chronic disease and brain disorders such as autism.

dysfunctional gut microbiome has long been suspected of being part of the problem in ASD, and glyphosate indeed disrupts the gut microbiome. The presence of certain gut microbes in pregnant mice was again recently linked to a heightened risk of “abnormal brain wiring” and autism-like behavior in offspring.7 In a nutshell, certain microbes trigger the release of immune-signaling molecules that “somehow causes abnormal brain development in the fetuses.”

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