Bear with me, and please, please, add or correct where needed. This is wild...
It's pretty well agreed-upon that exposure to certain cell-damaging substances in-utero contributes to childhood autism. So..could there be a main
culprit, a single source with the dubious honor of most autism, cancer, and allergies caused?
(There are thousands of men and women smarter than me working these problems, but I wanted to throw this out there)
The United States has the highest rates of autism, cancer (in the most general sense), and allergies in the world from what I can tell. While other
countries may not be up to speed at diagnosing (or maybe we're too quick to call something autism spectrum, too good at catching cancer and
diagnosing allergies, etc.), it does look like America has more per capita incidences of these three modern plagues than other countries, and if you
adjust for improvements in record keeping and diagnostic capability, I think you'll see we're the clear winner.
The United States has, by far, the highest per capita consumption of corn on the planet. Corn makes up the majority of what we eat and drink, from
soft drinks to hamburgers. Just counting fresh/frozen/canned corn, the US eats twice as much as any other country, and that doesn't even account for
all the corn byproducts we eat.
Scientists already know that chemical exposure during pregnancy can cause autism. A third of the children of women who took thalidomide - a drug used
in the 1960s to treat morning sickness that is infamous for causing deformed arms and legs - were also autistic if the exposure took place between the
19th and 24th day of pregnancy, which coincides with the beginning stages of brain development.
"I think it's a fair assumption that it's probably going to be genes plus some environmental factor," said David Amaral, research director of the
MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif. The mission of the institute, founded by four fathers of autistic children, is to find the causes of childhood
neurological disorders generally and autism in particular.
So, then there's this - use of chemical pesticides on corn is trending downwards but autism rises...
But wait..the use of natural pesticides and modified crops is rising steeply..which brings us to Pyrethrin and GM corn.
Now, this stuff is not as widely used on crops as some other pesticides, but it has been used since the 1960's (roundabouts) to preserve corn after
harvest and stabilize corn products.
Since the practice began, autism rates have increased ten-fold. There's a chemically synthesized amalgam, called permethrin, which is widely used
for pest control on crops, notably corn (particularly corn intended for use as ANIMAL FEED), as well as other pest control applications.
Permethrin has been shown to seriously affect testosterone levels
, which is strange,
testosterone has been positively linked with autism in boys!
Stop me if you've heard this before.
The spike in autism, cancer, and allergies also coincides with increased hormone levels
in pigs and cows and, which means us, by proxy. Pigs and cows are..drum roll please..fed primarily on corn! (high fructose corn syrup has been
linked with INCREASED ESTROGEN LEVELS
Just some abstracts and news articles, nothing fancy, nothing official - no real research to speak of, and no experimentation. Just a theory, and a
buttload of little dots begging to be connected. There are a lot of really talented people working to figure out why autism rates, cancer rates, and
allergy rates are rising in such strange ways.
I wonder if all these talented people ever thought to sit down at a really big table and hash out the connections between their disparate areas of
expertise. They might find out they have quite a lot in common.
No idea if there's any merit to these connections, but I think they're at least worth exploring.
Bottom line, chemically-treated, genetically modified corn seriously imbalances hormone levels, and imbalanced hormone levels are positively linked to
children with autism, as well as food allergies, and many types of cancer.
Corn (hormones) and Cancer
Hormonal imbalance is often the result of liver damage, and liver damage can readily be caused
Oh, and by the way...
The lowest rates of Autism, Cancer, and allergies occur in..guess where..c'mon..you can guess..communities that eat no corn and very little corn
byproduct. The place where this correlation seems to fall apart is native tribes that eat no corn products but smoke lots of cigarettes, suffering
much higher incidences of lung cancer. Go figure. Not relevant to this post so I'll pretend I never read it and have another cigarette.
Innuit/Native Americans eat the least corn of the major census groups (white, black, asian/pacific islander, hispanic, innuit, other) and have the
fewest incidences of cancer (except lung), allergies, and autism.
Black males have had the highest cancer rates for some time, and they also
consume the most pork
Also, the rates of testicular cancer have doubled in white men since 1950 or so, but
tripled in black men
It's hard to find statistics for overall cancer trends, 1960-2008, but I'd bet anything that there have been pronounced increases, especially in
lympathic, reproductive and digestive cancers in that time. The time frame is important, because it creates a window, something happened in the early
1960's, it seems, to really explode the cancer rates - some other contenders are widespread adoption of plastics, atomic testing, and
mercury-preservatives in vaccinations.
Maybe there is no one cause, maybe all these factors are working together to make us sick. I'm still very interested in the corn connection...
Okay, that's it. I gotta sleep sometime...
[edit on 6-1-2009 by WyrdeOne]