Journal of Environment and Health Science
Environmental Exposure & Autism: The Role of Physician Counseling in Incidence Reduction
Zeliger Research and Consulting, South Portland, Maine USA
Harold I. Zeliger, Ph.D., Zeliger Research and Consulting, 25 River Place Drive, South Portland, Maine USA.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zeliger, I.H. Environmental exposure & autism: The role of physician counseling in incidence reduction. (2015) J Environ Health Sci 1(1): 1-4.
© 2015 Zeliger, I.H. This is an Open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
KeywordsAutism; Autism spectrum disorder; Neurodevelopmental disease; Environmental disease; Environmental disease prevention
Maternal environmental exposures to certain specific chemicals during early pregnancy, including pesticides, air pollutants and others, are known to increase the incidence of autism and autism spectrum disorder in offspring. The prevalence of these diseases can be reduced by taking steps to reduce environmental chemical exposures. Obstetricians and family practice physicians typically counsel patients on good health practices during pregnancy, including proper nutrition, the need for exercise, weight control, avoidance of drugs and other safeguards. It is proposed here that physician counseling of patients include information about the identification and avoidance of exposures to environmental neurotoxins that have been identified as causative agents for autism and autism spectrum disorder and that such counseling will lead to a decrease in the incidence of these diseases.