Hey everyone, Dr. Clark here with the Place for Answers, and today is another installment in the series I created called How to Prevent Autism.
You know, there’s a lot of information out there on the internet-- some of it not very good, frankly--about what causes autism, and things to do for autism...
But there’s not a lot out there for how to prevent autism in the first place.
So, I created this series and today what I’m going to be talking about is one of the ways you can prevent or dramatically decrease the odds that your baby is going to develop autism, (which is a garbage can diagnosis):
Avoid a chemical called "BPA"
...and that’s short for Bisphenol A. Now, what the heck is that?
Well, BPA is a chemical that is essentially everywhere that you could possibly look in our environment. It is a component ofl polycarbonate plastics. And it’s also a component of food can liners, which is really bad news.
So, for example, if you take a plastic water bottle and look on the bottom, and you see six or sevens or fives or basically any of those numbers,...you can pretty much be assured that BPA is in that plastic. ( I’m gonna explain why that’s a bad thing in just a moment.)
The other thing BPA is in, is canned food liners.(uh-oh). I did find one natural foods company that claims not to use BPA. Email me if you want the name.
Here's why you want to avoid BPA--->
A Dutch study published earlier this month shows that when women are exposed to BPA while they’re pregnant, it affects their child’s behavior.
Particularly in boys whose moms had the highest exposures to BPA in the womb have more anxiety and are more withdrawn than kids that have moms with lower exposure.
And girls had more masculine play and are actually more aggressive.
From a brain perspective, someone that’s more anxious and more withdrawn, that is almost always a sign that the right half of the brain is not working very well.
Now, you know me, I’m a functional neurologist, so I always want to look at the brain in terms of how things are working. I’m not real concerned about labels.
So when we’re talking about autism and preventing it---what you should know is that probably 99 percent of the cases of kids that get labeled with autism or Asperger’s or PDD
...What you’re seeing is a child whose right side of their brain is delayed.
It’s not working as well as it should be.
And you can think of it like this...The left side of the brain is very much like a gas pedal. It’s about starting thing.
The right side of the brain is like a brake pedal. And the right side generates what we call withdrawing responses.
What you’re seeing in this study with kids whose moms had the highest exposures to BPA, is you’re seeing a dysfunction of that right side of their brain. They had inappropriate withdrawing responses. Anxiety is really just when you can’t turn your mind off. You get stuck on something and you can’t turn it off. (technically that’s called perseveration)
I think it’s very interesting that this study has confirmed what we’ve known for a long time...kids that have exposure to these chemicals...it does affect their brain. It affects their behavior.
So, what can you do to avoid this chemical? Well..you ready?
- You need to avoid plastics of all sorts
- Stop drinking out of plastics. Use stainless steel drinking bottles.
- Don’t microwave in plastics. Go get some glass cookware. There’s a lot of brands that make these. Cook in those. Reheat in those.
- Instead of a plastic water bottle, a plastic coffee mug, use stainless steel. There’s a lot of different brands. You can just go to Amazon or Google stainless steel water bottle. There’s a bunch of them. Look for a stainless, just a plain old stainless steel bottle.
And remember, the reason you’re avoiding these plastics, okay, the reason you’re avoiding them is they have a chemical called BPA.
A couple of years ago, a lot of the baby products industry started to remove all these things from pacifiers and toys---but it’s still out there.
But we’re talking about before the baby gets it in their mouth. We’re talking about you, the mom,
...what you can do to prevent more anxiety and withdrawn behaviors in boys.
...what you can do to prevent aggressive behaviors in girls
Reduce your exposure to this chemical BPA (Bisphenol A)
You do not want any of it in your body if you want to prevent autism.Video File
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Dr. David Clark
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Vestibular Rehab Specialist