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Autism, Air Pollution, And My Son | Care2 Healthy Living

I am a mom concerned about autism, and I am a clean air activist. And I think the two things are connected.

On March 1st of this year, a new research studyconnecting autism and air pollution was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The largest of its kind, this study shows a correlation between autism and prenatal exposure to air pollution. With autism in the United States rising at dramatic rates over the past two decades, this study shows that air pollution may be an important contributing factor to the development of autism.

In the summer of 2010, my son Park turned 2 and I noticed he was pulling at his ears. I suspected an ear infection, so I made an appointment to visit his pediatrician. It was his first visit in over a year and I looked forward to it despite the circumstances. We didn’t regularly visit the clinic because (fortunately) Park rarely ever got sick, a fact I’d been quite proud of. The pediatrician sat on the floor and attempted communicating with my son. She peered up at me with hesitancy and suggested I not delay in making an appointment with a specialist because she suspected autism. At that moment in time, I felt my heart drop to the floor. This was when I began what can only be described as a mourning process for my son. Along with being the start of a challenging period in our lives, I am grateful. It is the reason I share this story, and the ultimate reason behind my quest for clean air.

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Autism, Air Pollution, And My Son | Care2 Healthy Living

I am a mom concerned about autism, and I am a clean air activist. And I think the two things are connected.

On March 1st of this year, a new research studyconnecting autism and air pollution was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The largest of its kind, this study shows a correlation between autism and prenatal exposure to air pollution. With autism in the United States rising at dramatic rates over the past two decades, this study shows that air pollution may be an important contributing factor to the development of autism.

In the summer of 2010, my son Park turned 2 and I noticed he was pulling at his ears. I suspected an ear infection, so I made an appointment to visit his pediatrician. It was his first visit in over a year and I looked forward to it despite the circumstances. We didn’t regularly visit the clinic because (fortunately) Park rarely ever got sick, a fact I’d been quite proud of. The pediatrician sat on the floor and attempted communicating with my son. She peered up at me with hesitancy and suggested I not delay in making an appointment with a specialist because she suspected autism. At that moment in time, I felt my heart drop to the floor. This was when I began what can only be described as a mourning process for my son. Along with being the start of a challenging period in our lives, I am grateful. It is the reason I share this story, and the ultimate reason behind my quest for clean air.

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