Suspicions are growing among scientists that autism is linked to exposure to chemicals in the prenatal environment. Many environmental chemicals have the potential to cause injury to the developing brain and to produce neurodevelopmental disorders.
If the prenatal nervous system has been sensitized by chemical exposures, it is hypothesized that the autistic child is probably born hypersensitive and hyperallergic with increased tendency toward brain and nervous system inflammation. For this reason it is advisable to utilize and implement environmental controls and avoidance of irritants and allergens in the home as we would do in allergic individuals.
Dr. Albert Robbins is certified in preventive medicine and occupational-environmental medicine. A fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, he is now retired. Dr. Robbins is an advisory board member for ACN Latitudes.