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It's simpler to advocate buying organic (or kosher), indirectly, by stressing the importance of reducing pesticide exposure.
Additionally, minimizing exposure to other toxic environmental agents is critical, as expressed in these recent, superficially benign recommendations:
September 24 , 2013
by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Press Release
Ob-Gyns Advocate for Policy Changes to Protect Health
Washington, DC—Toxic chemicals in the environment harm our ability to reproduce, negatively affect pregnancies, and are associated with numerous other long-term health problems, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In a joint Committee Opinion, The College and ASRM urge ob-gyns to advocate for government policy changes to identify and reduce exposure to toxic environmental agents.
“Lawmakers should require the US Environmental Protection Agency and industry to define and estimate the dangers that aggregate exposure to harmful chemicals pose to pregnant women, infants, and children and act to protect these vulnerable populations,” said Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, president of The College.
“Every pregnant woman in America is exposed to many different chemicals in the environment,” said Dr. Conry. “Prenatal exposure to certain chemicals is linked to miscarriages, stillbirths, and birth defects.” Many chemicals that pregnant women absorb or ingest from the environment can cross the placenta to the fetus. Exposure to mercury during pregnancy, for instance, is known to harm cognitive development in children.
The scientific evidence over the last 15 years shows that exposure to toxic environmental agents before conception and during pregnancy can have significant and long-lasting effects on reproductive health. “For example, pesticide exposure in men is associated with poor semen quality, sterility, and prostate cancer,” said Linda C. Giudice, MD, PhD, president of ASRM. “We also know that exposure to pesticides may interfere with puberty, menstruation and ovulation, fertility, and menopause in women.”
North American Journal of Medicine and Science
Vol. 6, Issue 3
ADVANCES IN AUTISM 2013
A Special Issue of NAJMS
Preface to the special issue of autism
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the fastest-growing complex neurodevelopment disorder, continues to rise in its prevalence, now affecting up to 1 in 50 children in the USA, and averaging 1% globally, according to the latest CDC report. More children will be diagnosed with ASD this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined in the USA. ASD costs the nation $137 billion a year and this debt is expected to increase in the next decade. Hence, ASD has become a huge healthcare burden and global threat, categorized by the CDC as a national public health crisis.
ASD is characterized by social-communication impairment, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, which cause significant disability for those affected. With its etiology still largely unknown, and its pathophysiology poorly understood, ASD currently has no universally accepted therapy. ASD is affecting more and more families; unmet services and limited resources need to be addressed urgently. Researchers, clinicians, healthcare providers, social agencies and government need to coordinate efforts to develop more effective treatments and a satisfactory continuum of care, across the lifespan. Ultimately, a cure needs to be sought for the various subtypes of ASD that exist.
The current issue of North American Journal of Medicine and Science (NAJMS) represents a continuation of our previous two special issues on autism (NAJMS Vol. 5 Issue 3 and Vol. 4 Issue 3) published in July 2012 and July 2011, respectively. In this issue, we are honored to have another panel of expert researchers and clinicians on the frontlines of ASD research and treatment to present their newest research findings and views from different perspectives.
This issue of NAJMS consists of five original research articles, two comprehensive reviews, one case report and two commentary articles, covering topics in genetics, pathogenesis, metabolic disorder biomarkers of ASD, and a clinical study, that bring into focus our newest understanding and treatment strategies.
The data presented in Dr. Mumper’s review of the medical literature, suggests that ASD may be impacted by environmental toxicants, duration of breastfeeding, gut flora composition, nutritional status, acetaminophen use, vaccine practices and use of antibiotics and/or frequency of infections. In her current general pediatric practice (Advocates for Children), she has noted a modest trend toward a lower prevalence of ASD than in her previous pediatric practice or recent prevalence estimates from the CDC.
The final commentary was written by Dr. Herbert, who presents her paper entitled “Everyday Epigenetics from Molecular Intervention to Public Health and Lifestyle Medicine.” She asserts that it may well take a grass roots epigenetic/lifestyle medicine revolution to avert the worsening health trends we are facing in the setting of a progressively more toxic and endangered planet. She posits that everyday epigenetics can inform science of what is possible so that society can respond on an appropriate scale to the magnitude of the crisis we are facing.
Xuejun Kong, MD
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
Christopher J. McDougle, MD
Guest Editor, NAJMS
Lurie Center for Autism Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Dec 7, 2013, 01:38 PM (0 replies)
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Dec 7, 2013, 11:58 AM (0 replies)
Or at least listen while multitasking until something grabs your attention, as it will, then pay careful attention. You will hear the words 'environmental' and 'biomedical' uttered by multiple Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) members without challenge. You'll discover that some members of the IACC fully expect peer-reviewed scientific studies to confer gold standard status on current cutting-edge clinical protocols within 5-10 years. You might reserve judgement until then. Check it out.
2013 IACC Strategic Plan Update Workshop Agenda
Friday, November 15, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern
National Institutes of Health
Description: The workshop will feature discussions between IACC members and external subject matter and community experts regarding updates from the field and from the community that the committee may consider when developing the 2013 update of the IACC Strategic Plan.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Dec 7, 2013, 08:56 AM (0 replies)
Live and learn, as in this journal article entitled 'Autism and Dietary Therapy' published last May.
New Study by Dr. Martha Herbert & Dr. Julie Buckley in Journal of Child Neurology on Autism and Dietary Therapy
Managing Editor's Note: Thank you to Dr. Martha Herbert and Dr. Julie Buckley.
Of special significance is that we have an academic researcher working in conjunction/cooperation with a practicing physician in order to publish academically rigorous case studies that may have an immediate impact on patients. Sure beats another eye gaze study in Amazonian water rats, eh?
Journal of Child Neurology
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 09:56 PM (1 replies)
Read the full newspaper article above and check out the homepage of the journal CELL. Also, see #80.
New 2012 JCR journal metrics now published
CELL - 31.957
Cell continues to lead in its field with an impact factor of 31.957, and remains the number one research journal in the Cell Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology categories.
5 December, 2013
Volume 155, Issue 6
Connect with the Editors on Facebook
Cell celebrates the achievements of Editorial Board members Cornelia I. Bargmann, Lewis C. Cantley, Hans Clevers, Charles L. Sawyers, and Shinya Yamanaka, recipients of the 2013 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Read the award winners' research, published in Cell Press journals and made freely available.
Cell Press celebrates the achievements of James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman, and Neuron Editorial Board member Thomas C. Südhof, recipients of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and congratulates Structure Editorial Board member Martin Karplus, Biophysical Journal Editorial Board member Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel , the recipients of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Read the award winners' research published in Cell Press journals FREE.
Crystal Structure of TET2-DNA Complex: Insight into TET-Mediated 5mC Oxidation
Hu, Xu, and colleagues
Microbiota Modulate Behavioral and Physiological Abnormalities Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Hsiao, Mazmanian, and colleagues
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 09:49 PM (0 replies)
Source: By Adam Poulisse, Pasadena Star-News
POSTED: 12/06/13, 8:23 AM PST
PASADENA >> A breakthrough at Caltech suggests that behaviors associated with autism are influenced from gastrointestinal (GI) issues, and could be treated with probiotic therapy.
Using a mouse model of autism previously developed at Caltech, researchers injected the mice with the “good” human bacteria Bacteroides fragilis, which can treat a “leaky gut,” metabolites pouring out of the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. Not only did the GI issue decrease, so did the autism symptoms in the mice.
Now, neuroscientists and biologists at Caltech hypothesize that behavioral issues on the autism spectrum may be influenced by GI issues, and could be treated with probiotics.
“To be able to address both the GI issues and the behavioral issues, I think it’s like the Holy Grail,” said Sarkis Mazmanian, who was co-senior investigator with Caltech neuroscientist Paul Patterson.
The research was published online in the Dec. 5 issue of the journal “Cell,” and marks the first study demonstrating how changes in gut bacteria can influence autism-like behaviors in a mouse model, according to a news release. Leaky gut has also been measured in cases of Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Read more: http://www.presstelegram.com/health/20131206/autism-may-be-linked-to-gastrointestinal-issues-caltech-study-says
Link from: http://www.ageofautism.com/2013/12/da.html#more
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 09:32 PM (81 replies)
That's my bottom line.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 09:25 AM (0 replies)
March 19, 2012
TO: AMA Council on Science and Public Health
FROM: Michael Hansen, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Consumer Reports
RE: Resolutions 508 (Illinois) and 509 (Indiana) Supporting Federal Legislation and/or Regulations that Require Clearly Labeling Food with Genetically Engineered Ingredients
SUMMARY: Based on the scientific uncertainty surrounding both the molecular characterization of genetically engineered (GE) crops as well as the detection of potential allergenicity, there is more than enough uncertainty to decide to require labeling of foods produced via GE as a risk management measure as a way to identify unintended health effects that may occur post approval. If foods are not labeled as to GE status, it would be very difficult to even identify an unexpected health effect resulting from a GE food.
Dear Council Members:
I am writing to submit scientific evidence which strongly supports the intent of Resolutions 508 and 509 Supporting Federal Legislation and/or Regulations that Require Clearly Labeling Food with Genetically Engineered Ingredients. Consumer Union1 supports mandatory labeling for foods produced with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients for a number of reasons.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Dec 5, 2013, 09:31 PM (1 replies)
EXCERPT: A study last year in the journal Pediatrics found that about one in 13 children had a food allergy, and nearly 40 percent of those with allergies had severe reactions.
September 7, 2012
Tiny Lifesaver for a Growing Worry
By KATIE THOMAS
It has become an all-too-familiar story in schools across the country: a child eats a peanut or is stung by a bee and suffers an immediate, life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.
If parents and school authorities know about the allergy and a doctor’s prescription is on file, a nurse can quickly give an injection of epinephrine, saving the child’s life.
But school nurses in many districts face an agonizing choice if a child without a prescription develops a sudden reaction to an undiagnosed allergy. Should they inject epinephrine and risk losing their nursing license for dispensing it without a prescription, or call 911 and pray the paramedics arrive in time?
After a 7-year-old girl died in January in a similar case in Virginia, the state passed a law that allows any child who needs an emergency shot to get one. Beginning this month, every school district in Virginia is required to keep epinephrine injectors on hand for use in an emergency. Illinois, Georgia and Maryland have passed similar laws, and school nurses are pushing for one in Ohio. A lobbying effort backed by Mylan, which markets the most commonly used injector, the EpiPen, made by Pfizer, led to the introduction last year of a federal bill that would encourage states to pass such laws.
Mylan has also lobbied state legislatures around the country directly and is passing out free EpiPens this fall to any qualifying school that wants them.
“When a child is having an anaphylactic reaction, the only thing that can save her life is epinephrine,” said Maria L. Acebal, the chief executive of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. “911 doesn’t get there fast enough.”
The efforts are an acknowledgment of the rising rates of food allergies among children and a handful of deaths from allergies across the country. In many schools, children carry their own epinephrine injectors in their backpacks to use themselves, if they’re old enough, or the devices are stored on their behalf in nurses’ offices.
Although no one knows exactly why, the rate of food allergies among children appears to be on the rise. One survey found that in 2008, one in 70 children was allergic to peanuts, compared with one in 250 in 1997.
“I don’t think it’s overdiagnosis,” said Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, the author of the report and a researcher at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. “There really seems to be a difference.”
A study last year in the journal Pediatrics found that about one in 13 children had a food allergy, and nearly 40 percent of those with allergies had severe reactions. A recent survey in Massachusetts, where schools are permitted to administer epinephrine to any student, found that one-quarter of students who had to be given the drug for a reaction did not know they had an allergy. But in many schools, employees are not allowed to use epinephrine injectors on children who do not have a prescription.
President Obama signs new law to put EpiPens in more Schools (pic)
November 13, 2013
POTUS signs new law to put EpiPens in more schools keeping children w/ asthma & allergies safe in the classroom
Link to video of the signing: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57612201/food-allergy-epinephrine-bill-reaches-obamas-desk/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Dec 5, 2013, 04:24 PM (0 replies)