Study: Rate of American Boys Developing Neurodevelopmental Disorders a National Crisis

At least one in six American children (roughly 17%) has a diagnosed developmental disability. No matter which once-rare disorder one considers—learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), tics, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or emotional disturbances—each has witnessed a dramatic escalation over the past several decades.

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What are Little Boys Made of? Too Many Chemicals!
by the World Mercury Project Team

At least one in six American children (roughly 17%) has a diagnosed developmental disability. No matter which once-rare disorder one considers—learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), tics, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or emotional disturbances—each has witnessed a dramatic escalation over the past several decades.

A systematic literature review recently published in Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis contends that these trends are at crisis proportions. The crisis is spiraling out of control, with society-wide impacts on services, institutions, families and, especially, boys.

There are at least two boys for every girl with a neurodevelopmental disorder. For ASD and ADHD, the male-to-female ratio is roughly four and five to one, respectively.

Genetics cannot explain this consistent sex-specific pattern.

What can explain it is children’s vastly increased exposure to and bioaccumulation of chemical neurotoxins at the same…

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2 thoughts on “Study: Rate of American Boys Developing Neurodevelopmental Disorders a National Crisis

  1. No, you’re right it doesn’t. My experience in child development has taught me that boys’ development is already somewhat slower than girls’ – they are generally 6 mos behind in toilet training and 1-2 years behind in literacy and social development. I suspect it has something to do with the chemical exposure occurring at a critical phase of development that delays it even further. In the studies linking the MMR to autism, it was mainly boys who were affected.

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