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Glyphosate and autism



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According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, USA, "autism" refers to a group of complex neuro developmental disorders, characterized by repetitive patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction. The symptoms are present from early childhood and affect daily functioning. The added, "spectrum" denotes a wide range of symptoms, skills and levels of disability in functioning that can occur in autistic persons.


Incidence:  The figures forwarded by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided an incidence of 1 in 88 children in 2008. It was only 1 in 1000 in 1970! The present rate is said to be 1 in 50.


Last year, a study conducted in Sweden concluded those with an autism spectrum disorder have a life span of 54 years  compared with 70 for matched controls.


Causes:    The present consensus is that both genetic and environment are likely etiological factors.


There is great concern that rates of autism have been rising in recent decades. One candidate for this rise is the agricultural use of pesticides. A senior researcher, Dr. Stephanie Seneff of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after much careful investigation declares that, the toxic environmental factor for the increase of autism is most clearly, "GLYPHOSATE!"


Conclusion:  Sri Lankans, "Be aware of the health hazards of Glyphosate" and act wisely and responsibly.


A. A.W.AMARASINGHE


Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College of Georgia, USA


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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