Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: toxins | autism | bromine | pesticide

Toxin Exposure Causes Autism

By Wednesday, 30 March 2016 04:26 PM Current | Bio | Archive

According to a report in the Journal Environmental Health Perspectives, children exposed to high levels of flame retardants and pesticides while in the womb had more autistic behaviors than those exposed to lower levels.

In this study, 175 pregnant women were tested for hormone-disrupting chemicals in their blood or urine. When their children turned 4 to 5 years old, their mothers rated their behaviors by completing a Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) test — a measure of autistic behaviors.

Children whose mothers had the highest levels of the brominated flame retardant PBDE-28 scored higher on the SRS. Similarly, mothers who had high levels of a banned pesticide, chlordane, scored higher on the SRS. Both PBDE-28 and chlordane disrupt the hormonal system.

We are being exposed to more and more endocrine-disrupting chemicals. PBDE flame retardants are found in mattresses, couches, carpets, rugs, clothing, cribs, and flooring. The “B” in PBDE stands for bromine, which inhibits iodine.

In other words, excess exposure to bromine can cause the body to release iodine and become iodine-deficient.

The vast majority of my patients are iodine deficient and have high levels of bromine.

Bromine is a toxic agent that has no purpose in our bodies. Iodine is an element we can’t live without.

Chlordane is a chlorinated pesticide. Most pesticides and herbicides contain toxic halides such as chlorine, fluorine, or bromine. All of these can cause iodine deficiency.

Studies have linked iodine deficiency to autism.

It is best to avoid exposure to toxic halides such as fluorine, chlorine, and bromine, especially while pregnant. And it is necessary, in our toxic world, to ensure that you have adequate iodine levels.

© 2020 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

1Like our page
Children exposed to high levels of flame retardants and pesticides while in the womb had more autistic behaviors than those exposed to lower levels.
toxins, autism, bromine, pesticide
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 04:26 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved