A relatively new hypothesis suggest that perfumes play a significant role in autism. The authors of an article in Medical Hypotheses, “Role of Perfumes in Pathogenesis of Autism” point out that “the highly mutagenic, neurotoxic, and neuromodulatory chemicals found in perfumes are often overlooked and ignored as a result of a giant loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, which explicitly exempts fragrance producers from having to disclose perfume ingredients on product labels.
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