Autism Linked to Popular Backyard Product: Check Your Cabinets

pregnant womanA new link between pregnancy and toxins could make you give your "natural" household products a second look. A study found that pregnant women who live within a mile of places where pesticides are used have a higher risk for having a child with autism. The highest risk is for women in their last trimester, and for those living near a golf course or farm. So what does that have to do with what's in your cabinets at home?

Well, you may not have much control over how your neighbors treat their lawns and crops. But it turns out, some of those same chemicals linked to autism can be found in your own home, and from the very sources you'd least expect.

The study didn't zero in on specific pesticides, just commercial pesticides in general. But the lead researcher, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, points out that some of the chemicals like pyrethroids found in pesticides applied to big, public spaces can also be found in so-called "all-natural" household products. You know, the ones we moms buy so we can AVOID toxic chemicals?!?

Pyrethroid in particular get away with being called "natural" because it's based on a chemical found in chrysanthemum blossoms. But it is SO not from flowers.

So, what to do about this information? Well for starters, check the active ingredients in your home pesticides. A safer alternative to pyrethroids, Hertz-Picciotto says, is a powder called diamaceous earth. It kills insects by dehydrating them rather than attacking their nervous systems.

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Basically the phrase "all natural" is useless. 

But don't give up! Check out this handy-dandy ultimate non-toxic baby guide, which lists ingredients you should avoid, sneaky language on products that can mislead you into thinking a product is safer than it really is, and labels you can actually trust. No go forth armed with knowledge, pregnant women.

What do you usually use to get rid of the the bugs around your house?


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nonmember avatar Ashley

Pretty much everything is "linked" to causing Autism. I have heard so much bs fear mongering about what "ruined" my son. I'm starting to think even scientists are confusing correlation and causation at this rate.

iicar... iicarmerin

Can we please stop linking autism to everything. It only makes parents question whether or not they did something to cause their child's autism, which by the way,they did not. I hate articles like this, everything causes autism now a days. Let's just accept that sometimes children are born with special needs and they need extra help from loving adults.

mrssu... mrssundin

Good God. Can the insanity just stop. Never once used pesticides or any other crap that doctors keep saying caused my child's autism. And guess what if we really don't get serious about autism over half the population by 2025 will have some form of autism.

iwasb... iwasbillpardy

This reminds me of when nearly everything caused cancer

lacul... laculver98

We use these plug-in things that emit sound waves that repel bugs. As long as you don't have any small pets (hamsters, gerbils etc.), they're AWESOME!!!

Anoro... Anoronlight Considering I lived no where near a place like that and I know that was never used where I lived. So how in the world is that related to my dd's autism? It's not. I wish people would stop trying to cause fear with well written bs. And I wish they would stop trying to connect autism to everything in this world! What's next? The brand of shampoo or laundry detergent or hand soap or tooth paste? Or how about a particular brand of cloths? It has to stop and people need to stop acting stupid and listening to this trash!

merma... mermaid13dragon

The Pesticide industry is RESPONSIBLE for half the health issues in this country, and they have blatant disregard for the health and well-being of the general public. Glycophosphate (roundup ready) has been linked to miscarriages, birth defects, cancer etc etc etc. 

The pesticide industry has zero interest in warning people of the risks of their products as it hurts their greedy bottom line. It's despicable. 

The autism link, I don't know, but I do know that pesticides are implicated in neuro-disorders with several scientific studies linking them to ADHD and of course you can't forget the cancer link.

Pesticides + children or pregnancy = bad health effects.

marie... mariesmama

but were this really the case, farming states like iowa would have higher than average autism rates. they dont

Mary Devico Navarrete

they are grasping at straws ,the air is filled with pesticides what are we supposed to do stay inside for 9 months

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