The Role of Pesticides & Pollution in Autism

The Role of Pesticides & Pollution in Autism
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The effects of smoking, pesticides, vaccine mercury, and air pollution on autistic spectrum disorder risk.

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

“The prevalence of [autism] has increased dramatically in the US…” We’re not exactly sure how prevalent it used to be, but these days, about “1 in 68” kids born in the United States will have it. Despite a massive influx of research funding, we still don’t know: what’s the cause? This “sharp increase in prevalence remains unresolved.” Yes, “[c]hanges in awareness [and diagnosis] can account for some of the increase,” but it also might be something we’re exposed to in the environment.

For example, all the new chemicals we’re now exposed to. Out of 80,000 agents the chemical industries now put out, we have evidence that at least a thousand may have neurotoxic properties, yet “only a small fraction have been studied in humans during critical windows of development.” “The current chemical risk assessment approach is typically based on the toxicity caused by a single chemical…without acknowledging” the effects of different chemical mixtures. There are hundreds of chemicals currently “allowed in food that may have potential harmful effects on the developing brain.” “Each individual chemical may or may not have a harmful effect [on its own], but we know next to nothing about their cumulative biological effects on the brain.”

“If we really want to protect children’s brains from chemicals…, we first need to recognize and deal with the massive dearth of basic hazard and exposure information [about any] risks posed by environmental chemicals.” A lot of the data we do have is from “preclinical studies”—meaning like test tubes and lab animals. Well, yeah, it’s not like you can expose people on purpose. That’s where epidemiological research can step in: studying exposures within populations. That’s how we found out about other well-known hazards, like benzene and asbestos. You can’t ethically force people to smoke for a study, but you can note how many people exposed to cigarette smoke day in and day out get lung cancer, compared to nonsmokers.

Industries spewing poison like to patronize the public that we shouldn’t worry our pretty little heads, but what does the science show? What does the epidemiological evidence have to say about exposures to environmental chemicals and autism?

For example, there’s a bunch of studies on the effects of smoking during pregnancy on autism rates. I’ve talked about these so-called forest plots before, where values greater than one suggest at least a tendency towards an increased risk, whereas the values less than one suggest more of a protective association. And should the whiskers here cross the line, then that means that particular finding did not reach statistical significance. This allows you with a quick glance to interpret a huge amount of data from multiple studies.

So, regarding this figure here, does it look like smoking during pregnancy has any effect on autism rates? No; about half skewed to one side, half to the other, and hardly any of the results reached statistical significance—meaning they may have just been largely chance findings.

Same thing with thimerosal exposure, the mercury-containing preservative used in vaccines. Yeah, one study found significantly increased risk of autism, but three other studies found that those with more vaccine mercury exposure had lower the risk of autism. But mostly, they just showed no relationship either way—not that it matters much at this point, since thimerosal has been removed from most vaccines.

But check out the air pollution data. This is exposure to car exhaust and diesel fumes during pregnancy and infancy. See how all the data is skewed to the right, with half the findings reaching statistical significance—meaning a significant correlation between air pollution and autism. But, correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation. This could be a true cause-and-effect relationship, or maybe it’s just that poor people live in the inner cities next to polluted highways, or the traffic noise is causing stress, or some other confounding factor.

The other suspicious link they found was “pesticide exposure.” Again, just a few-second blink at this chart, and you can see where most of the evidence trends. Lots of environmental toxicants have been implicated in autism: plastics, chemicals, PCBs, solvents, toxic waste sites, and heavy metals. But the “strongest evidence [has been] found for air pollutants and pesticides.”

Yeah, “[c]linicians [can] advise pregnant women and parents [to try to avoid exposures to] harmful substances in their environment.” But, instead of just advising patients one-by-one, a “more powerful” strategy would be for us clinicians to band together and take a “leadership role in advocating for a healthy environment” and society-wide actions to help everyone.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image credit: JC Gellidon via Unsplash. Image has been modified.

Motion graphics by Avocado Video

Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

“The prevalence of [autism] has increased dramatically in the US…” We’re not exactly sure how prevalent it used to be, but these days, about “1 in 68” kids born in the United States will have it. Despite a massive influx of research funding, we still don’t know: what’s the cause? This “sharp increase in prevalence remains unresolved.” Yes, “[c]hanges in awareness [and diagnosis] can account for some of the increase,” but it also might be something we’re exposed to in the environment.

For example, all the new chemicals we’re now exposed to. Out of 80,000 agents the chemical industries now put out, we have evidence that at least a thousand may have neurotoxic properties, yet “only a small fraction have been studied in humans during critical windows of development.” “The current chemical risk assessment approach is typically based on the toxicity caused by a single chemical…without acknowledging” the effects of different chemical mixtures. There are hundreds of chemicals currently “allowed in food that may have potential harmful effects on the developing brain.” “Each individual chemical may or may not have a harmful effect [on its own], but we know next to nothing about their cumulative biological effects on the brain.”

“If we really want to protect children’s brains from chemicals…, we first need to recognize and deal with the massive dearth of basic hazard and exposure information [about any] risks posed by environmental chemicals.” A lot of the data we do have is from “preclinical studies”—meaning like test tubes and lab animals. Well, yeah, it’s not like you can expose people on purpose. That’s where epidemiological research can step in: studying exposures within populations. That’s how we found out about other well-known hazards, like benzene and asbestos. You can’t ethically force people to smoke for a study, but you can note how many people exposed to cigarette smoke day in and day out get lung cancer, compared to nonsmokers.

Industries spewing poison like to patronize the public that we shouldn’t worry our pretty little heads, but what does the science show? What does the epidemiological evidence have to say about exposures to environmental chemicals and autism?

For example, there’s a bunch of studies on the effects of smoking during pregnancy on autism rates. I’ve talked about these so-called forest plots before, where values greater than one suggest at least a tendency towards an increased risk, whereas the values less than one suggest more of a protective association. And should the whiskers here cross the line, then that means that particular finding did not reach statistical significance. This allows you with a quick glance to interpret a huge amount of data from multiple studies.

So, regarding this figure here, does it look like smoking during pregnancy has any effect on autism rates? No; about half skewed to one side, half to the other, and hardly any of the results reached statistical significance—meaning they may have just been largely chance findings.

Same thing with thimerosal exposure, the mercury-containing preservative used in vaccines. Yeah, one study found significantly increased risk of autism, but three other studies found that those with more vaccine mercury exposure had lower the risk of autism. But mostly, they just showed no relationship either way—not that it matters much at this point, since thimerosal has been removed from most vaccines.

But check out the air pollution data. This is exposure to car exhaust and diesel fumes during pregnancy and infancy. See how all the data is skewed to the right, with half the findings reaching statistical significance—meaning a significant correlation between air pollution and autism. But, correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation. This could be a true cause-and-effect relationship, or maybe it’s just that poor people live in the inner cities next to polluted highways, or the traffic noise is causing stress, or some other confounding factor.

The other suspicious link they found was “pesticide exposure.” Again, just a few-second blink at this chart, and you can see where most of the evidence trends. Lots of environmental toxicants have been implicated in autism: plastics, chemicals, PCBs, solvents, toxic waste sites, and heavy metals. But the “strongest evidence [has been] found for air pollutants and pesticides.”

Yeah, “[c]linicians [can] advise pregnant women and parents [to try to avoid exposures to] harmful substances in their environment.” But, instead of just advising patients one-by-one, a “more powerful” strategy would be for us clinicians to band together and take a “leadership role in advocating for a healthy environment” and society-wide actions to help everyone.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image credit: JC Gellidon via Unsplash. Image has been modified.

Motion graphics by Avocado Video

Doctor's Note

First of all, Is Autism Really on the Rise? That was the topic of my last video. What can we do about air pollution, other than moving to someplace with cleaner air? You’d be surprised. Check out my video Best Food to Counter the Effects of Air Pollution. What can we do about pesticide exposure? Those most at risk are those exposed occupationally, but I do have some videos on cutting down on pesticide-residue exposure:

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    1. Fish oil contains cholesterol and raises LDL. It is well known that extra cholesterol leads to cancer:

      http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-study-link-high-cholesterol-diet-colon-cancer?_ga=2.227449309.1110219853.1516977185-1365223159.1516977185

      January 25, 2018

      “boosting the animals’ cholesterol levels spurred intestinal stem cells to divide more quickly, enabling tumors to form significantly faster. Published online in Cell Stem Cell, the study identifies a new target for colon cancer treatment”




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    2. This particular article doesn’t really answer that question. It does say the menhaden oil lowered risk. No real answer in flaxseed.
      Btw, contrary to other posts, algae oil does not have cholesterol.




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    3. This was a study in mice. How relevant it is to humans is not known.

      Unfortunately also, we can only see the abstract since the full article is behind a paywall. However, the greatest effect was seen in the group that received safflower oil plus fish oil. For some reason, fish oil was not trialled on its own.

      There therefore remains the possibility that the effect was due to some synergistic effect between safflower oil and fish oil. This is why the study reports that the anti-tumour effect was “estimated” since the effect of fish oil oil alone was not studied I can only wonder why a study that was supposed to study the effects of plant versus fish oil on mammary tumours did not actually study the effects of fish oil alone. Also, note that algae are neither plants nor fish. They are a marine oil but assuming the results from this study apply to algal oils would be an extrapolation at best.

      Dr Greger does recommend we use algal oil supplements for brain health.
      https://nutritionfacts.org/video/should-vegans-take-dha-to-preserve-brain-function/
      https://nutritionfacts.org/2011/09/12/dr-gregers-2011-optimum-nutrition-recommendations/

      As for anti-cancer effects, there is evidence from both animal and human studies that broccoli and other cruciferous vegaeables may help prevent cancer.
      https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/cruciferous-vegetables-fact-sheet

      There is also garlic
      https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/garlic-fact-sheet

      Dr Greger has a number of videos on diet and cancer which you might be interested in watching eg
      https://nutritionfacts.org/video/which-dietary-factors-affect-breast-cancer-most/
      https://nutritionfacts.org/?fwp_search=cancer+diet&fwp_content_type=video




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      1. TG, You are such a valuable asset to this comments section! Thank you for posting so often here. You’re one of the main reasons I come back to this section every day. Cheers!




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        1. I second that. If Tom was not on this forum, I would not bother to read the comments. I am amazed at all of the answers he has to throw back at the people trying to discredit Dr. Greger who is doing nothing but trying to help people. Dr. Greger is not selling supplements like Mercola, Dr.
          Grunge, Hyman, and the lot of them. He is just trying to find out the truth and like the Bible says, the truth will set us free…..(free from chronic diseases for the greater portion of our lives)




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          1. Dear John, TG, WFPB-Hal,

            I somehow happy to see people like you guys and many others (which i cant remember enough, that helping questions and helping me also) people that intellectually agree with evidence based diet and have a high degree of integrity in searching for the truth within health and nutrition area.

            I just want say, I am grateful for you guys like I am grateful for Nutritionfacts.org, Doc Greger, his wonderful crew and his awesome volunteer.

            *4 thumbs up*




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          2. I think many doctors, especially functional medicine docs, create their own supplements because they can’t find what they want in an already existing supplement. Not always the case, but much of the time.




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      2. Thank you for all your help! I didn´t notice it was the combination of the safflower and fish oil!
        It would be great if we could read the entire article! One day we may have a world without paywalls.




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  1. Any food advice for reducing the effects of hay fever? The number of people who are suffering from hay fever are increasing because of global warming and air pollution. Would be great if you could make a video about this subject!




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    1. Alissa,

      Dr. G has an old video on hay fever here. “Certain components of meat” may affect the fetal immune system. I’ll pass it on to address this topic in more detail/ it’s relationship to GW and pollution.

      Julia




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  2. Many parents have seen a decline in their children after receiving a vaccination. It could be the combination of vaccines given at once and it could be the Tylenol given for fever. Cuba hac low rates of autism and acetaminophen is only available by prescription.




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    1. Wegan: Correlation does not prove causation. Those 2 things going together in Cuba doesn’t prove anything. Could be many other explanations, including poor reporting.




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      1. but that’s how science works. You observe a possible relationship between happenings, you gather more data, then refine the tests. Saying it doesn’t prove anything doesn’t disprove it either. It is a possibility with some data currently.




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        1. Dr. Natasha is very long been cured of their first son, and then hundreds of other children. Although all the doctors claimed that her boy will never be healthy.




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    2. Important distinction: Only the mercury in vaccines was tested, NOT the vaccines themselves. So Dr. Greger has yet to show us the research done on vaccines and autism. Hopefully there are some studies out there not funded by Big Pharma.




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    3. My son got extreme mercury poisoning in the early 80’s when there was still thimerasol in childhood vaccines. He got typical mercury poisoning which includes neurological damage, speech and motor delays, and severe learning disabilities. Plus I had “silver” fillings while I was pregnant with him. No one told me – I had to find out myself. Too late now.




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  3. Dr.Greger, advertising the dangers of chemical air fresheners, toiletries, clothes softeners, etc to pregnant women should have a massive impact on cleaning our environment.




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  4. Thank you, Dr. Greger. That literature review truly does a great job of highlighting the current balance of evidence. Not so long ago, I wrote this article “Is it really the air pollution? Plausible risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders and what pregnant mothers can do about them” — in it, I provide some lifestyle recommendations. Let me know if I can help out with the next video in this series!




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      1. Yes, a good article. i thought that your discussion of MMR vaccines was well made

        “Rubella, Cytomegalovirus (CMV). When a pregnant mother is infected with either virus, she can pass it to her fetus, leading to problems such as heart disease (with rubella), seizures (with CMV), and deafness. Both viruses are also likely to increase ASD risk. If a mother has received the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, which isn’t linked to ASD, she’s protected against rubella infection.”




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  5. I am listening to a series called The Truth about Vaccines, in 7 segments. You can listen to each segment for 24 hours before it is removed, Session 4 is playing NOW. (Of course yo can buy the whole series-for less than $100.00) It is eye opening…I agree w/ Dr. Greger about poluion and toxins, but when babies and toddlers change suddenly, one wonders if it is the vaccine, in addition to the food and environment.




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    1. These videos are by the notorious Ty Bollinger and feature a cast of dodgy anti-vaccine cranks. It is a massive leap of faith to trust anything such people say.

      However, people do love stories. There is some human psychological trait that compels us to give more weight to a well-told story than a mountain of real evidence. Con artists, marketers, religious leaders and nuts have been using stories for years to sell their products or promote their beliefs.

      You can find any number of such testimonial based ivideos/nfomercials on YouTube for all sorts of beliefs from drinking your own urine to the law of attraction. Especially by people who are selling stuff like Bollinger. For all I know, there may be heart wrenching tales of people walking under ladders or breaking mirrors and subsequently suffering some calamity. That doesn’t prove walking under ladders or breaking mirrors is bad luck. Association in time doesn’t prove causation no matter how many golfers or other sports people .insist on wearing their ‘lucky” underpants or socks etc because they once won some games wearing them.

      Sticking with what the evidence shows (rather than what cranks and people selling stuff on the internet may claim) is usually the wiser course.




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      1. It’s scary how charismatic speakers can sway an entire nation of people.
        Look how the charismatic Hitler brought the entire nation of Germany under his spell and then commenced to start WW II that killed around 90 million people and destroyed city after city. It all happened just because people were under the spell of a charismatic speaker. If someone has charisma be on your guard.




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          1. Germany started the war that resulted in both allies and axis countries obliterating cities. Germany destroyed Leningrad ( St Petersburg, Russia), Stalingrad (Volgagrad, Russia), Warsaw, Poland just to name a few. Japan started the Pacific war that triggered retaliation from other countries. By the way, I speak Russian, and the Russian people are still resentful of the destruction that Germany caused Russian cities and the deaths of millions of innocent civilians. Every year they have their VICTORY parade and they will never forget.




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  6. If multiple environmental exposures are implicated in autism then vaccines are not out of the woods yet. Just because Thymerosol has been ruled out doesn’t mean any of the other ingredients have. In fact Thymerosol is the only vaccine ingredient that has been studied for autism. There is a lot of emerging evidence for the role of aluminum adjuvant. And maternal immune activation or immune activation injury. Keep looking Doctor. And thank you for all you do. http://vaccinepapers.org/wp-content/uploads/Evidence-statement.pdf




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      1. Aren’t thimerosal and mercury pretty much the same thing? Or closely related.

        Immune activation elevates the inflammatory Cytokine Interleukin 6, which has been linked to autism: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925443912000233
        http://vaccinepapers.org/wp-content/uploads/Brain-IL-6-and-autism.pdf

        Aluminum elevates IL6: http://vaccinepapers.org/wp-content/uploads/Selective-induction-of-IL-6-by-aluminum-induced-oxidative-stress-can-be-prevented-by-selenium.pdf

        Maternal immune activation elevates IL6 and is linked to autism: http://vaccinepapers.org/wp-content/uploads/Maternal-immune-activation-and-abnormal-brain-development-across-CNS-disorders.pdf
        http://vaccinepapers.org/wp-content/uploads/Maternal-Immune-Activation-Alters-Fetal-Brain-Development-through-Interleukin-6.pdf
        http://vaccinepapers.org/wp-content/uploads/IL-6-review-2010.pdf

        Aluminum has been found in autistic brains:
        http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0946672X17308763

        TDaP, given routinely to pregnant women, contains aluminum. Hep B vaccine, given to infants on the first day of life, contains aluminum. Vaccines activate the immune system. They wouldn’t work unless they did. That’s why the aluminum is there.

        Have there been any studies specifically looking at whether or not vaccines and/or the aluminum in them can cause autism by elevating IL6 in the pregnant mother or in the newborn infant? I think it’s worth a look.

        http://vaccinepapers.org/the-foundation-for-al-adjuvant-safety-is-false/




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  7. Dr. Greger, an open question: Are you advocating or silently promoting vaccination as a way of “boosting” the immune system? Are you for injecting the vaccines into children’s bodies or not?

    Speak up, man! Are you aware that in at least 15 lower European states governments sold their children to pharmaceuticals and brought laws for mandatory vaccination, thus breaching the constitutional rights and taking away parental rights to decide whether they will or will not vaccinate their children? Are you aware that this represents an outrageous breaching of all the conventions on human rights from Nuremberg until today?

    As if Thimerosal is the only suspicious substance in vaccines?




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      1. TG, Thanks, I had watched that video a while back, but wasn’t remembering it. When I was watching this one, and they got to air pollution, I was wondering if the broccoli sprouts or broccoli would be preventative and that concept of having pregnant women eat broccoli is the last line of the video you linked. Maybe I am actually learning something. LOL!




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  8. Thanks for putting the spotlight on pollution and pesticides. This is my personal opinion but I believe those two things are more dangerous to our health than the food we mis-eat.




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  9. Dr. Greger, I encourage you to look at antibiotics and the gut. There has been a lot of progress made in that area, in recent years, and there is an undeniably clear connection. The autism of today, is not the same as autism of the past. Temple Grandin, herself, has stated that regressive autism (where a child is born healthy, and loses acquired skills after an event) should be investigated as different from classic autism. David Suzuki’s “Autism Enigma” made the topic accessible, and is a good introduction. Dr. Sidney Finegold discusses autism and antibiotics in this clip: https://vimeo.com/34050107. Dr. Derrick MacFabe has made progress in his research of autism and the gut as well. Elaine Hsiao has a TED Talk available online, where she has been researching the role of microbes in autism. Rob Knight and Jeff Leach of The American Gut Project, had an autism cohort of their microbiome project as well. Most children with autism have gut issues, and most children with autism have had multiple courses of antibiotics. Renowned microbiologist, Dr. Brett Finlay, has also openly discussed the complete recovery of a colleagues son, with FMT, following an autistic regression due to antibiotics. My own son, had a sudden regression, following a heavy course of antibiotics to treat an infection. It was sudden and severe.




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    1. Interesting. However, infections can also alter the microbiome

      Antibiotic use may just be a markers for infection. If there is a real effect, it could just as much be the effect of the infection as the treatment, For example, regarding autism risk

      “A 2010 study that included all children born in Denmark between 1980 and 2005 found that severe viral infections during the first trimester of pregnancy translated to a threefold risk for autism, and serious bacterial infections during the second trimester were linked with a 1.42-fold increase in risk. These infections included influenza, viral gastroenteritis, and severe urinary tract infections.”
      http://news.mit.edu/2017/studies-explain-link-between-autism-severe-infection-during-pregnancy-0913

      It is not inconceivable, therefore, that such infections could also worsen symptoms in autistic children. Antibiotics might just be an innocent bystander in such cases, this needs checking before assuming one or other is solely responsible




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      1. #TG – I don’t understand you view of point – on one hand you sad “it was a study on mice” and “nobody knows if it is the same for people” but in the next comment you mention this “study” (http://news.mit.edu/2017/studies-explain-link-between-autism-severe-infection-during-pregnancy-0913) also take mostly by mice, and then you sad: Yes, that’s it.

        Come on, lets take a step backwards… and we look again.

        1. if a woman has to go to a hospital during pregnancy – because an infection – she will be more then in danger to get more harmful germs the she will love it.
        2. there will be much more ultrasound examinations then outside during the pregnancy – but ultrasound kills or harms foetus. There is no benefit of this kind of examination…
        3. what does this “study” say about the surroundings of this woman – only a few keywords: what about the psyche of this woman, she is sick but has a baby in here womb, has she had enough money to exist, what kind of worris she also have had, where does she live (city or farm, next to Bayer or some chemical manufacture) , what kind of food she eat during and before pregnancy (normal or bio?), what kind of stress they have had before infection, did she get enough sleep before, how much BPA and other toxines (Best greetings from Monsanto and Co., also from the airplanes for “geoingeneuring” – what do they bring out in the air? We have corresponding document that it is aluminium and barium – any question more?) she have had already stored in her body? Do you need more?
        Such studies say nothing, they only burn the money of the people, for the selfish pureposes of this kind of “scientists” – and it should forcus your mind on other things then the real sorces for that….

        I think, no, I’m pretty sure – if we not turn back to a life in respect to all creatures and the nature, if we not think on the seventh generation (would it be harmful for this generation or not) before we make any decision – our time on earth will be over soon. Have you recognized the fact, that the most diseases have changed over the last 200 years but not the amount? Have you ever thought about the circumstance that there is only one word for health (no plural exist) but 1.000.000 word for different diseases – so, could it be, that all this diseases are only symptoms of only one diseases? To help you a little bit more to catch like I thinking, I like to invite you to an experiment. Take a napkin, make 5 holes an push your fingers though. Feel your free to draw some faces on your fingertips. What you see is you, Mr. Greger, Mrs. Merkel, me and maybe Mr. Trump (only for an example of all people on this world). Now look under the napkin. What do you see? All is with all connected – so, if one finger harms an other, it harms them self… and the fingers stay not only for humans, they stay also for animals, for sll living things on this earth, trees, plants, oceans, stones… can you catch my thoughts?
        Have you read, for example, the book “the silent spring” from Rachel Carson (1962) she sad all what will happen in here book, what Mr.Greger tell us today (compare the article about rice etc.) is happen.

        TG, please take my words not personal, and I apologize me in advanced if my word sound rude – I’m not a native English speaker… but this words had to be spoken. ;-)




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      2. The microbiome of the mother has been suggested as an explanation for the high number of spontaneous mutation for Neurofibromatosis type 1 ( NF1 ) .

        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25665856

        I have already shared my anecdotal experience on how I reversed a worsening in the numbers of cutaneous neurofibromas by adopting a plant based diet and how my NF1 team rebuffed me, despite me having copies of pictures showing a ‘before’ and me in front of them showing the ‘after’. This was prior the publication of the Italian study http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/7/783/htm . When I challenged my geneticist about that later during the year and sent them a copy of the study, their reply was “we only look at science-based evidence’ ” .

        Food, micro biome, hormones (all of them, not only the sex hormones) , environment, lifestyle can, as Dr. Greger has stated many times, help bad genes. Most of the medical establishment doesn’t agree and when presented with a case which should be impossible, don’t even have the curiosity to investigate why that woman got better when the Leitmotiv is “Nutrition has no effect on NF1” .

        Apparently it has and apparently the effect of nutrition starts even before birth at some point during embryogenesis.




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        1. Since the beginning of time, mainstream, politically correct, money invested science has always lagged behind new discoveries and new truths about reality. They’ll catch up….. just give them a century or two. Meanwhile, the vigilant and open minded among us will benefit by adapting to the realization of new truths……while our politically correct brothers and sisters miss out on benefits, growth, and well being. Such is the nature of mankind…..vested interests always trump real science no matter how the new science can benefit others.




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    2. Sarah, thank you for the links. I have watched Dr. Greger’s videos on the gut and have learned a lot from them, but I hadn’t even thought to look at the researchers until you said it (and I am on Ted Talks every day)

      Thanks for putting the thoughts out there.

      I watched a few Ted Talks last night, because of your links.




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  10. I noticed that there are a number of people on YouTube who are showing viewers how to actually put together the recipes that Dr. Greger has in his cookbook, “How Not To Die”. This is so wonderful, because now we have people outside this forum who are helping people to get well by demonstrating the cooking and preparation needed to follow this wonderful recipes. What a great idea to spread nutritional truth to the world, and perhaps motivate others to purchase the book and support Dr. Greger.




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  11. It is so good to see that Dr. Greger’s cookbook on “How Not To Die” is really taking off on YouTube. There are an increasing number of people promoting his book on their channel. Even Durinrider who is a vegan that some vegans don’t like because of his attitude is promoting Dr. Greger’s book. I doubt if anyone on this forum has ever heard of Durinrider. Anyhow, here is a different guy on youTube promoting Dr. greger’s cookbook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FH16PjtFFk




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  12. for me, we will not find any solution in a reductionistic view – we have to take in consider more factors together, we have to observe the world from a holistic view – like a sientist sad in a documentary here in Germany: We have to accep, that 1 + 1 + 1 is not longer 3, meaning no one knows today how the single toxic substances work together in our body, even despite you will not reach to the “toxic barrier” of the single one…
    In all this study nobody watched for the food of the parents – what did they eat, biological whole food, plant-based or more poore omnivore food from the conventionell farming, with pestizides inside, fish with mercury? And think about this, breastfeeding woman detox them self by giving the milk to his child.
    Oh men, the Aztekes long time ago has been more intelligent, then the people today, because – before they has been going to make a baby together, man and woman has been fasting before (of course, in this time they sad it has to be to adore there gods but from a view today, it looks more that they want to detoxing before, to get the best conditions to have a healthy baby). Which woman and which man do this today? Which woman, which man desides to give up some bad attitutes before they going to make sex to have a baby together? I know nobody in my inviroment! It is much easier to blame all the circumtances around me instead first to look at me, what can I do?




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  13. Now I am curious to know if there is also a huge increase in autism in Beijing and other industrial areas of China. Their air pollution is incredible, and if there is a connection to autism there should be an increase of epidemic proportions.




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  14. Dr. Greger. Please read the following. The epidemiology showing thimerosal (or more importantly MMR) is not associated with autism is wrong because all such studies are contaminated by two potentially devastating systematic biases:
    https://www.earthmedresearch.org/vaccine-safety-healthy-user-exposure-dilution-biases/
    For example, say a child is harmed by a vaccine. The parent notices, and then decides to avoid future vaccines, thus yielding a child with lower net exposure than a child who was never harmed and was fully vaccinated. A study is then done and finds no positive association. The reason is not because thimerosal or MMR (or whatever vaccine) is safe, but because it is harmful, changes parents behavior, and thus induces a reverse bias, effectively masking the harm.




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