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Environmental Factors Contributing to Cause of Autism

Updated on April 9, 2019

Dr. Martha Herbert

Envirnomental Factors Play a Role in Autism

Dr. Martha Herbert, MD, PhD was interviewed in an article posted on Autism File, available online, and discusses the contribution of environmental factors to the cause of Autism and addresses the controversy over the link of Autism and vaccinations given in childhood. Dr. Herbert is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of TRANSEND Research Program. She is the author of the book The Autism Revolution: Whole Bodely Strategies for Making Life All it Can Be.

When talking about the vaccine controversy and its link to the cause of Autism, its important to remember that the vaccines are a medical invention and used as a sort of intervention in preventing infectious diseases. This intervention was designed under a germ theory paradigm. The bodies of children are toxic and polluted. Dr. Herbert brings into the discussion the fact that environmental factors do play a role in the cause of Autism.

Looking back only two years ago, when chaos reigned the media over Dr. Wakefields research being discredited. The CDC was doing a television interview that aired on CNN where in an answer to a question they stated that "vaccines are a link to autism when there is a genetic predisposition for the disorder." Later, this statement was retracted. Environmental factors such as contaminated water supplies, living proximity to a freeway, bio-hazards, environmental toxins, the food supply and others, the government agencies also stated they were not linked to Autism. According to these agencies Autism was a genetic disorder and mother's of children that developed Autism after vaccinations were looking for someone or something to blame and another CDC representative stated were "hysterical and not thinking clearly."

Dr. Herbert states that when a child's diet is all depleted of any nutrients, and it is full of artificial additives, when fruits and vegetables they eat are saturated in pesticides, that their body soaks up these poisonous pollutants. According to Herbert, our public health policy is trying to protect the compromised health of children by targeting the germs themselves, but not the milieu (whole body health and not just infectious triggers). Milieu is what creates the vulnerability to illness.

The nations current vaccination policies are based on a specific sets of measures and these measures have not incorporated the recent explosion in research technologies. The new research technologies now available allow measurement of diverse subtle changes in physiological and immunological function that couldn't previously be done before. The new technology is limited to research currently and not yet a part of clinical medicine or a part of our public policy.

There are new fields in this area called genomics, metabolomics and nutrigenomics that give new ways to diagnostics that someday will allow us to tell what children can handle vaccines and who would get the modified schedule.

Autism Speaks Prevalance Graph

For your information:  Currently it has changed from 1 in 110 that is displayed above to 1 in 88
For your information: Currently it has changed from 1 in 110 that is displayed above to 1 in 88

Exposures affecting neuroexcitability and oxidative stress

Personalized Medicine and its Relation to Vaccines

Personalized medicine is directed at individual vulnerabilities and looks at genetics, parents health, and the health challenges of the particular child. Some children have more resilient than others. However, health policy currently treats all kids as if they were physiologically identical. There are new ways of designing studies and is greatly needed. This would help provide new ways of practicing medicine more personal for the patient.

A peer reviewed published paper on "vaccinomics" and "adversomics" is written by researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, showing over time it is more effective and at the same time individualized approaches that still protect from infectious disease.

Dr. Herbert also recommends to talk to your doctor about modified schedules if you suspect vulnerabilities in your child or if you have Autism running in your family as they have have a predisposition to the disorder but under the right circumstances will not develop it unless it is "triggered".

Down the road the vaccine controversy needs to address both the serious risks of infectious disease AND the individual and population's health AND the "milieu". They will probably have to go beyond the current germ theory paradigm and develop a new model that is environmental and systems orientated. She believes that while pushing for safer vaccines, that mandating a safe and health food supply is equally as important. This helps create a non-toxic environment.

Herbert believes that "safer vaccines" should be rephrased as "incorporation of more sophisticated understandings of germ-physiology-immune-system-environmental interactions into healthcare practices and public policies so we can improve how to protect individuals as well as population of infections disease." However, there is more involved in Autism than JUST vaccines.


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  • abbykorinnelee profile imageAUTHOR

    Abigayle Korinne 

    6 years ago from Plymouth WI

    You would think they sooner they admitted fault and took measures to do what could be done to rectify the situation the better for them, because the longer they go and the more excuses they make, the research is still being done and things are correlating together and one day a legitamate cause or a few causes will be found. They will look even more inept then.

  • Nell Rose profile image

    Nell Rose 

    6 years ago from England

    totally agree with you, I think over here they may just stand up and give a grovelling apology, but who knows? I would like to think so.

  • abbykorinnelee profile imageAUTHOR

    Abigayle Korinne 

    6 years ago from Plymouth WI

    I think they are now, but I can imagine the ramification of the United States Government standing up and saying "Hey, guys we are sorry we didn't know"

  • Nell Rose profile image

    Nell Rose 

    6 years ago from England

    I am sure you are right, people these days just don't think of the consiquences of making pesticides for example, and of course the vaccinations too, nell

  • abbykorinnelee profile imageAUTHOR

    Abigayle Korinne 

    6 years ago from Plymouth WI

    I happened to have really watched the regression happen right before my eyes after two sets of vaccinations. Not to mention the only one of my four kids that was diagnosed autistic, was the one born and raised two years after me being pregnant nine months in Lemoore California. I lived on thenaval base where my husband was soaked in jet fuel all the time. We were living with farm land the base leased out to local farmers that pesticides were sprayed every day and to the point we had a sticky film all over things like our cars. We were told not to drink the water after a year of feeding it in our formula to our son. It was all those things plus we lived right next to the main highway and the jets flew over our house daily and multiple times a day. I am convinced that is what it is.

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    Nell Rose 

    6 years ago from England

    Hi abby, I remember having a similar conversation when I taught Kumon, an after school extra curriculum on math and English, there was women there with a very autistic son, and she was stating maybe it was the vaccines given as a child, or food etc, this was a fascinating read, and hopefully one of these days the scientists will find a cure that was probably staring them in the face in the first place! voted up! nell

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    Abigayle Korinne 

    6 years ago from Plymouth WI

    Two years ago I was sent a link from a high school regarding the toxins in the vaccines. I had looked into both sides of the vaccine controversy because I wanted to write from both angles. I was unable to find sufficient information to support the claim vaccines were safe. I found a multitude of information, and more through my friend, that was scientifically correct and valid information that helped me to form my concerned opinion on the safety of vaccines, went through my own past with my son including all his medical records and formed this opinion. This friend and I had done so much research that we started speaking out on the environmental factors that this article discussed some of. The CDC, the government agencies were all stating loudly that it was all genetic...though I was witnessing some slipups that the CDC said that made me dig more. Two years later, after I was frequently told I was looking for some government conspiracy, after all my research and hubs about PTSD and anthrax vaccines, and was actually censored through email by the military post I was living on...they are now saying the same thing we were. They still won't publicly admit to the vaccinations but I have had to dig through my college online library of scientific data and studies that have found links to Hep B, MMR, and all the factors I have mentioned. Its about time that this is getting out because the rise in Autism is not 1 in 110 anymore its 1 in 88. Ten years ago, twenty years ago we were looking at 1 in thousands...there is something going on and its many things and its about time someone saw that its impossible...genetically impossible for our genes to mutate to that extreme...

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    Tammy 

    6 years ago from North Carolina

    This is a very informative hub on Autism. I didn't realize so many factors outside of the vaccine scare could cause it. Very interesting!

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