New York Times article – How Dangerous is your Coach
“In September 1976, a mail runner from Katmandu arrived at Base Camp on Mount Everest with a package for Dr. Arlene Blum, a member of the American Bicentennial Everest Expedition. The package had nothing to do with the climb, or Blum’s status as the first American woman to attempt the world’s highest peak. It concerned pajamas. Inside were the proofs of an article she co-wrote for the journal Science about a chemical then widely used in children’s sleepwear. The subtitle was unusually blunt for a scientific paper: “The main flame retardant in children’s pajamas is a mutagen and should not be used.”
Common flame retardant linked to social, behavioral and learning deficits – from earlier this year.
“Mice genetically engineered to be susceptible to autism-like behaviors that were exposed to a common flame retardant were less fertile and their offspring were smaller, less sociable and demonstrated marked deficits in learning and long-term memory when compared with the offspring of normal unexposed mice, a study by researchers at UC Davis has found. The researchers said the study is the first to link genetics and epigenetics with exposure to a flame retardant chemical.”
Pollution and “genetic” Autism
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and Autism in a Finnish National Birth Cohort
The Importance of Environment – Medical Heresy.
Environment and Autism
PCBs – (polychlorinated biphenyls) and Autism