Fungicides on your foods may be changing brains, autism and Alzheimer’s concerns

Once again organic foods reign supreme when considering a pregnancy

by Dr. Alan Kadish NMD

In this prospective study, published in Nature Communications March 31, 2016,  their findings clearly implicate the use of common fungicides that may be one of the many factors leading to autism and other brain disorders disease.

The key finding in the study and the take away is, “We find that rotenone, a pesticide associated with Parkinson’s disease risk, and certain fungicides, including pyraclostrobin, trifloxystrobin, famoxadone and fenamidone, produce transcriptional changes in vitro that are similar to those seen in brain samples from humans with autism, advanced age and neurodegeneration (Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease).”

Although the findings are what’s present in brain samples of a number of those who have suffered from both Autism and other neurological disorders, the consideration should be on the ability of these products to “alter chemicals that share transcriptomic signatures” . What this means in english is that the fungicides can modify the proper signals in the brain, especially significant during development with the results that mimic those with neurological disorders.

A really interesting observation in the study is that:  “effects that can be reduced by pretreating with a microtubule stabilizer, an antioxidant, or with sulforaphane.” You might not recognize the word sulforaphane, but if your following your mom’s advise and eating your vegetables your ingesting this chemical pricipally from broccoli. Their observation of using antioxidants to prevent some of the neurological changes is indeed what we at the Center of Health have been using with all of our pregnancy and pre-pregnancy women. 

There are easy laboratory tests to get a really good idea of your inadequate or adequate level within your body. 

When you couple the antioxidant approach with eating organic food and not using the fungicides in your environment, generally your garden you reduce your risk of having a neurological problem, for both yourself and your family members.

Eat Organic, avoid pesticides and fungicides, use a high quality antioxidant, get exercise and your by far and away decreasing your risk of these debilitating disorders.

Need instruction on how to make your home and body less toxic ? Call us at the Center of Health 541.773.3191

Common Food Fungicides Linked to Autism: Revealing Study Points to Risks

Common Food Fungicides Linked to Autism: Revealing Study Points to Risks

Gene expression after exposure to a relatively new class of fungicides shows a strong similarity to how autism and other diseases of the brain including Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease present, says new research.

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, looked at 300 types of chemicals and how they affected the brains of mice. The research team out of the University of North Carolina was able to assess gene expressions in the mice after exposure.

“Based on RNA sequencing, we describe six groups of chemicals,” Mark Zylka, PhD, senior author of the study and associate professor of cell biology and physiology at UNC said of the research. “We found that chemicals within each group altered expression in a common manner. One of these groups of chemicals altered the levels of many of the same genes that are altered in the brains of people with autism or Alzheimer’s disease.”

Those chemicals include the pesticides rotenone, pyridaben, and fenpyroximate, along with a new class of fungicides which includes pyraclostrobin, trifloxystrobin, fenamidone, famoxadone, azoxystrobin, fluoxastrobin, and kresoxim-methyl.

“We cannot say that these chemicals cause these conditions in people,” said Zylka. “Many additional studies will be needed to determine if any of these chemicals represent real risks to the human brain.”

The fungicides are commonly found in conventionally grown leafy green vegetables: lettuces, spinach, and kale, as well as grapes and tomatoes. The researchers noted that some of the chemicals are being more widely used than ever due to their ability to effectively reduce fungal blights and rust that can cripple crop yields.

“Virtually nothing is known about how these chemicals impact the developing or adult brain,” Zylka said. “Yet these chemicals are being used at increasing levels on many of the foods we eat.”

There is no known cause for autism, which affects 1 in 68 children; 1 in every 42 is male.

“Then there are honeybees,” writes Tom Philpott for Mother Jones. “In a 2013 study, a team of USDA researchers found pyraclostrobin and several other fungicides and insecticides in the pollen of beehives placed near farm fields—and that bees fed pyraclostrobin-laced pollen were nearly three times more likely to die from common gut pathogen called Nosema ceranae than the unexposed control group.”

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Dr. Kadish is an unusual physician often referred to as a "doctor detective". His expertise is the evaluation and treatment of complex disorders, typically after other physicians have been stumped, is renowned. He provides care for all family members and has additional training in autistic spectrum disorders and chronic complex diseases.