Autism Related to Higher Levels of Toxic Metals

Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized
7 Jun 2013

The topic of “what causes autism”, has always been at the heart of the autism community’s concern and interest. Up to this date, the real cause(s) of autism are not known yet. However, several reasons are suspected. But the most suspected causes are genetics, environmental, or combinations of both.

In February 25, 2013 a study was published in the journal Biological Trace Element Research, Arizona State University.  Researchers found higher levels of toxic metals (like thallium, tungsten, tin, and lead) in the blood and urine of autistic children. These toxic metals can cause a developmental impairment of the brain functions, in addition to other organs and systems in the body.

Researchers hypothetically believe that reducing the early exposure of children to toxic metals, and removing toxic metals from blood can improve/treat the symptoms of autism.

“Overall, children with autism have higher average levels of several toxic metals, and levels of several toxic metals are strongly assiciated with variations in the severity of autism for all three of autism severity scales investigated.”

Read the full research here.

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