Dr Oz’s show on What Causes Autism? included a discussion of whether or not Environmental Factors Cause Autism. Doctor Oz brought onto his show Dr Irva Hertz-Picciotto, a scientist who has been studying the connection between Autism and Environmental Factors.
Dr Oz: Autism & Environmental Factors
Dr Hertz-Picciotto said that the environment includes chemicals, our diet, medications, and basically everything that is not genetic. For example, a recent study found that women who live within 1/4 of a mile from a freeway are twice as likely to have a child with Autism if they live there throughout their pregnancy. She told Dr Oz that people are looking for THE cause, but there are many causes and when we figure out what causes Autism, it is likely to be a long list of different things.
Dr Oz: Environmental Factors Cause Autism
A man named Charles said that the only thing that has been changing from his perspective is the environment we live in which is filled with more and more pollution and chemicals. He said that if the government knows this, he does not understand why they are not doing more studies to figure out how to prevent this from happening to our future generations.
Dr Oz: National Initiative for Autism
Dr Oz said that our nation has initiatives for many diseases including cancer, H1N1 and HIV – but where is the National Initiative On Autism? One lady mentioned that the National Institute of Health does dispense money for this research and that they are trying to help kids and figure out how to prevent Autism, but clearly it is not as straight forward as we would like for it to be.
Dr Oz: Autism & Older Parents
One person from Dr Oz’s audience said that they read that older women are at a higher risk of having kids with Autism. Many people in Dr Oz’s audience began yelling “no” and saying that it was not true. However, one of Dr Oz’s experts said that it is true and it is true for both older moms and older dads. For every 10 year increase in a mom’s age, the risk of Autism in your child goes up by 30%. For every 10 year increase in a dad’s age, the risk of Autism in your child goes up by 20%. But nobody seems to know why this is the case.