One in every two children will be autistic by 2025
Do you ever think why children of our generation are sicklier than the earlier generation? There are several factors that are responsible for the increasing rate of diseases. The change in agriculture process is one of the main reasons for the increasing rate of cancer, birth defects, autism, asthma, and other childhood diseases than they were a generation ago.
Researchers have found sufficient amount of evidence which clearly indicate that agricultural pesticides might play a major role in the increasing rate of autism over the past few decades.
In a survey, it has been found that in 1975, one in every 5,000 children would develop autism and in 1985, one in every 2,500. Today, it is estimated that one in 68 children might develop autism.
1 What is Autism?
Autism, also referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a group of 5 complex disorders of the brain that affect an individual’s communication skills, nonverbal communication skills, and behavior. Generally, an individual with autism has an unusual way of learning, paying attention, and reacting to different sensations. The thinking and learning abilities of an individual with ASD can vary from little abnormality to severely challenged. Autism can affect a child before the age of 3 and remain throughout the life of the individual.
2 Is the use of glyphosate responsible for the increasing rate of autism?
In this context, an event is conducted by an organization named Groton Wellness, in which Dr. Stephanie Seneff presented slides showing the relationship between the increasing rate of the use of glyphosate on crops and the rising rate of autism these days.
However, this graph does not prove that the increasing rate of autism is a direct result of glyphosate use. On the other hand, there are several researches which revealed that pesticides have been linked with several human diseases such as asthma, birth defects, childhood cancer, Alzheimer’s, and so on.
3 What are the side effects of glyphosate?
Dr. Seneff found several side effects of glyphosate. Some major toxic effects are listed below:
- It kills the beneficial gut bacteria.
- It is responsible for the growth of pathogens.
- It interferes with the function of cytochrome p450, commonly known as CYP enzymes.
- It creates a problem during sulfate synthesis and sulfate transport.
- It causes serotonin and melatonin deficiency.
- It leads to mitochondrial disorder.
- It is responsible for iron and zinc deficiency.
4 Final conclusion
Several researches have been done to find the reasons for the increasing rate of autism. Most of the studies revealed that autism is linked to harmful environmental factors and the use of pesticides. A group of scientists even puts a comprehensive review of the existing data that show how the use of Monsanto’s glyphosate is responsible for brain and birth defects.