Environmental Health Articles

Below is a collection of articles that were compiled as part of the Autism Society’s campaign to increase awareness about links between autism spectrum disorders and environmental toxins. Some of these articles appeared in a special issue (5th edition, 2006) of the Autism Advocate and others are exclusively featured here. Autism Society members receive online access to the Autism Advocate, along with a monthly e-newsletter, advocacy alerts, conference updates and much more. Click here to become a member of the Autism Society. Click here to read other issues of the Autism Advocate online.

Reference Materials

Read current articles and fact sheets to familiarize yourself with current topics in autism and the environment.

Men’s Health
Fact Sheet

The Rise of Autism and the Age at Diagnosis By Irva Hertz-Picciotta and Lora Delwiche
Autism and Environment By Philip J. Landrigan
Scientists Warn of Chemicals Autism Link, CNN Health, June 10, 2010 Autism and Toxic Chemical Exposure: What is the Relationship?
Government Says 2 Common Materials Pose Risk of Cancer

Internet Exclusives

Most of the articles below are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader to view them. If you don’t already have it installed on your computer, you can download it for free at http://www.adobe.com/.

Autism and the Environment (published in the Autism Advocate Fourth Edition 2009)
Autism and the Link Between Brain and Body by Richard Lathe, Ph.D.
Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Immune System by Paula Goines, B.S., Paul Ashwood, Ph.D., and Judy Van de Water, Ph.D.
Canadian Study: Is There a Digestive Link to Autism? by Derrick MacFabe, M.D.
Can Exposure to Environmental Toxicants Influence Autism Susceptibility? by Isaac N. Pessah, Ph.D.
Environmental Exposures and ASDs: Making the Connection by Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S.
Epidemiologic Approaches to Autism and the Environment by Craig J. Newschaffer, Ph.D.
Finding the Words: An Interview with Elizabeth Horn by Judith Chinitz Gorman
Fish and Industry Toxins: A Link to Rising in Hong Kong and China by Kulani Mahikoa
Helping to Shift the Paradigm: Learning More About Recovery in Autism by Robert Sinaiko, M.D.
The Children’s Corner School: Combining Diet and Education for Optimum Results by Stan Kurtz
The Crime Against Our Children by Philip and Alice Shabecoff
The UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute: Uniquely Designed to Study Gene-Environmental Interactions in Autism by Robert Hendren, D.O.
Understanding Mercury, Understanding Autism by Ellen Silbergeld, Ph.D., and Jennifer Nyland, Ph.D.
We’re Loaded With Toxins: Analyzing the Toxic Body Burden of Americans by Judy Chinitz Gorman

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