Phthalates Linked with Autism in Boys, say researchers

The researchers analyzed data from the Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals, or MIREC, project, which enrolled 2,001 women during their first trimester of pregnancy from 10 cities in Canada between 2008 and 2011.

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A new study has linked pregnant women’s exposure to phthalate chemicals (common in U.S. food packaging and personal care/home care products) to brain health in boys.  More specifically, a first of its kind new study has demonstrated a link between pregnant women’s exposure to the endocrine disrupting toxic chemical family known as “phthalates” and autism in boys.  (Boys are four times more likely to develop Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) than girls.)

The good news (there is rarely good news attached to these type of findings) is that pregnant women can mediate these adverse outcomes by taking folic acid as a dietary supplement during the first trimester of pregnancy.

“One of the most important findings is how adequate folic acid supplementation in pregnancy may offset the potential harmful effects of phthalates in regard to autistic traits.”

-Dr. Youssef Oulhote, study coauthor and assistant professor of biostatistics and…

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