Although Dr. Mercola has been talking about the dangers of cell phone use for a while now, this new research seems to give him even more to talk about. From Dr. Mercola’s article, “How Cell Phones Can Cause Autism”:
Rates of autism, a disabling neurodevelopmental disorder, have increased nearly 60-fold since the late 1970s, with the most significant increases occurring in the past decade.
The cause of autism is unknown, although theories include such potential causes as:
–Inability to clear heavy metals
–Increased vulnerability to oxidative stress
–Environmental exposures including mercury preservatives in vaccines
–Trans-generational accumulation of toxic heavy metals
Now a groundbreaking new theory has been suggested by a study published in the Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional Environmental Medicine: electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi devices and other similar wireless technologies as an accelerating factor in autism.
EMR May be the Missing Link
The study, which involved over five years of research on children with autism and other membrane sensitivity disorders, found that EMR negatively affects cell membranes, and allows heavy metal toxins, which are associated with autism, to build up in your body.
Meanwhile, the researchers pointed out that autism rates have increased concurrently along with the proliferation of cell phones and wireless use.
EMR, the researchers say, could impact autism by facilitating early onset of symptoms or by trapping heavy metals inside of nerve cells, which could accelerate the onset of symptoms of heavy metal toxicity and hinder therapeutic clearance of the toxins .
Speaking in reference to the huge rise in autism rates, Dr. George Carlo, the study’s co-author, said, “A rise of this magnitude must have a major environmental cause. Our data offer a reasonable mechanistic explanation for a connection between autism and wireless technology.”
They also suggest that EMR from wireless devices works in conjunction with environmental and genetic factors to cause autism. [full text]
Speaking as a clinician who has worked with a lot of adolescents who were still suffering from the effects of severe early life lead poisoning, I can say that children with heavy metals in the brain such as lead are some of the hardest to work with. Even though I am working with them as adolescents (between 12 and 18), their behaviors are often so much more like latency-age or even preschool children. It is very hard for them to control impulsive behaviors and they tend to struggle constantly with maintaining appropriate boundaries with staff and peers. This is not the same thing as autism, but sometimes there seems to be an autistic nature to their dyscontrol.
It will be interesting to see how the research on this connection evolves, and how the public reacts. I just got a cell phone about 6 months ago, and I’ve only used it a handful of times. It always struck me as not a good idea to hold something with that strong of a wireless charge that close to your head. But I know many people with children who are quite attached to their cell phones, and this might be a hard thing to change.