Environmental and Nutritional Tips to Improve Your Family’s Health
This feature highlights reports, studies, and feedback from families on efforts that can make a positive impact in our quest for health. We invite you to share material with us that you think would be of interest to our readers.
Topics featured in this article:
- Watch video as researcher Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D. discusses autism and pollution
- Ever drink the water from a garden hose and think it tastes strange?
- What you might not know about egg allergy
- Don’t assume buying bulk spices is a sensible plan
1) Watch video as researcher Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D. discusses autism and pollution
The new findings are consistent with several recent studies that have shown a link between air pollution and autism in children. Most notably, a 2013 study in JAMA Psychiatry reported that children who lived in areas with high levels of traffic-related air pollution during their first year of life were three times as likely to develop autism.
“Our findings add to the growing body of evidence that air pollution may play a role in autism, as well as in other neurodevelopmental disorders,” said Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D., professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester and lead author of the study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
See the video here.
2) Ever drink the water from a garden hose and think it tastes strange?
That’s because it is strange. And not a good thing to do! The Ecology Center studied hoses and found lead, Lead, phtalates, BPA and other toxic chemicals in the hoses after they sat outside in the sun for a few days.
What about the veggies and fruits being watered with the same hose?