One thing is certain…autism is partially caused by toxicity. We don’t know the exact mechanism that takes place, neither the physical environment nor precise genetic and environmental triggers that create autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but we can correctly and directly identify chemicals as a causative factor leading to neurotoxicity which precedes ASD. Ten specific chemicals found in consumer products are suspected to contribute to autism and learning disabilities.
Among other triggers, mercury has always being suspected as a cause of autism or at least a correlation. A Swinburne University survey of 522 Australian survivors of pink disease – a form of mercury poisoning common in the early 20th century – found that one in 25 of their 398 grandchildren aged six to 12 had an autism spectrum disorder. The prevalence is six times higher than the one in 160 diagnosed in the general population.