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Autism and plastics

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

It was with some interest that I read your “Autism rates rising ... but why?” article in the April 11 Health & Fitness section.

I’ve wondered about that myself, because when I was a kid (I’m now called a senior citizen), autism was very rare.

There may be one villain that may not have been checked out to any degree for economic reasons. To find it toxic would cause upheaval in many industries. It’s plastic.

A small item I read stated that plastic containers leak deadly chemicals no matter what’s stored in them. Glass has been passé for a long time now. Regular foods and, worst of all, baby food, have been sold in plastic containers that have stood nobody knows how long on grocery store shelves. Baby bottles are now made of plastic, which means that from the time a baby has been born, it has been ingesting toxic chemicals with its milk and vegetable juices.

I don’t know how much research has been done along these lines, but I do believe whatever is done would be worth the effort. Since the Environmental Protection Agency is always so concerned about Americans’ health, this should be right up its alley.

Janice Wijnen
Rego Park

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