Apr 20, 2012
Autism and High Fructose Corn Syrup
In a provocative new peer-reviewed study published in Clinical Epigenetics, researchers led by a former FDA toxicologist purport to have found a very real link between HFCS consumption and autism.
The study’s argument is complicated but deeply disturbing. It pieces together what’s known about the genetic and metabolic factors involved with autism, including the growing evidence of a link between autism and mercury and organophosphate pesticide exposure.
Essentially, HFCS can interfere with the body’s uptake of certain dietary minerals — namely zinc. And that, when combined with other mineral deficiencies common among Americans, can cause susceptible individuals to develop autism.
The authors of a recent study on the links between endocrine disrupting chemicals like BPA and obesity and diabetes observed, it is all but impossible to prove a direct link between chemicals that affect us through chronic, low-level exposure and the health effects they are thought to cause. In other words, if you're looking for a smoking gun, you're better off looking in the crime and fiction section.
In the meantime, someone tell Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carry to stop telling people to not immunize their kids, and instead - have them campaign against HFCS - (even if this turns out to be bunk, we'll all be better off) instead.