By Luke Miller,
Study Shows Former Monsanto Pesticide Can Increases Likelihood Of Autism By 121%
Turns out Roundup is not the only Monsanto product that has caused significant medical damage to consumers!
Monsanto has been making recent headlines after being sued for $289 million dollars by school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson. The suit was made after it was found that Monsanto’s infamous weedkiller roundup had caused his cancer and that they had lied about its cancer-causing properties.
Ronnie Cummins, International Director of the organic consumers association said “This verdict proves that when ordinary citizens, in this case a jury of 12, hear the facts about Monsanto’s products, and the lengths to which this company has gone to buy off scientists, deceive the public and influence government regulatory agencies, there is no confusion.”
But Roundup is not the only product Monsanto have produced that is causing a stir. A recent study has revealed that exposure to dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) during pregnancy could raise the risk of a child developing autism.
DDT is a colourless, tasteless, and almost odourless pesticide that Monsanto produced from 1944 until 1957. DDT was banned in the US in 1972, however, it is still used in some places as a repellent for mosquitoes and it can take up to 15 years for it to decompose in soil. DDT has been linked with breast cancer, is an endocrine disruptor and considered by many to be a human carcinogen. It also caused the near extinction in the US of the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon.
The new finding came from Columbia University who collected data from Finnish mothers for an earlier prenatal study on autism. They found 778 children diagnosed with Autism, born between 1987 and 2005, with a control group of 778 children selected for comparison.
They looked at maternal blood samples taken during pregnancy and measured them for levels of DDT and DDE which is a metabolite that forms when DDT breaks down in the body.
After statistical adjustment taking into account maternal age, the number of siblings, family history of psychiatric disorders and more, they found there was a 32% higher chance of autism in children whose mothers DDE levels were in the 75th percentile. The odds of autism with intellectual disability were 121% higher if the mother had DDE levels above this threshold.
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