Heavy metal exposure from baby food can worsen the symptoms of autism

By Treven Pyles

Posted on January 20th, 2022

Developing only in children, autism is a serious, lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder. One of the causes of autism is heavy metal exposure from baby food. However, in addition to causing autism, frequent exposure to toxic metals was also found to increase the severity of symptoms in children with the disorder.

By now, it is a known fact that exposure to cadmium, arsenic, lead, and mercury can contribute to the onset of autism in children, as these harmful metals act as neurotoxins. Neurotoxins directly target the brain and the nervous system and can negatively affect function in both developing and mature nervous tissue. However, children are extremely vulnerable to the effect of neurotoxin, as their brain and nervous system are still developing. Furthermore, neurotoxins can inhibit the ability of neurons to perform their usual intracellular functions or pass a signal to a neighboring cell. They can also induce systemic nervous system arrest or even nervous tissue death. All of these changes are strongly associated with autism.

Nevertheless, what few people know is that the higher the concentration of heavy metals in the body of a child with autism is, the more severe their symptoms will be, according to a study from the Journal of Toxicology. The study examined the relationship of autism symptoms in children with a heavy metal body burden and red blood cell glutathione levels, and the former was assessed by measuring urinary excretion of toxic metals. Researchers found numerous positive correlations between the severity of autism and the urinary excretion of heavy metals. Ultimately, the study demonstrates a considerable positive association between the severity of autism and the body burden of toxic metals.

The most compelling findings of exposure to heavy metals and autism in children

In addition to discovering that children with a greater concentration of heavy metals in their bodies experienced more severe autism symptoms, the study from the Journal of Toxicology also found a striking similarity between the symptoms of children with autism and those with mercury poisoning. This is because the symptoms, which include mood changes, irritability, memory problems, lack of motor skills, feeling uncoordinated, and muscle weakness, overlap. The following are the most compelling findings of other studies on the subject:

  • another study, which was published in the Journal of Child Neurology, found that blood levels of mercury significantly correlated with the diagnosis of autism
  • a small research from the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health revealed that children with autism had a level of mercury 2 times higher in their baby teeth than regular children
  • another study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons examined the body burden of toxic metals in children by giving them a medication used to treat lead poisoning and found that the children with autism excreted over 3 times more mercury into their urine

Returning to the initial study from the Journal of Toxicology, the correlation assessment found multiple significant connections between the severity of autism and the urinary excretion of heavy metals. A higher body burden of toxic metals was linked to more severe autistic symptoms. The results of the analyses indicate that variations in the severity of autism might be partially explained by the toxic metal body burden. Nonetheless, the finding of a single relationship is not enough to establish causality.

Another study supports the link between heavy metal exposure and the severity of autism symptoms

A more recent study on the same subject - assessing the concentration of toxic metals in the hair samples of children with autism and correlating the level of these elements with the severity of autism - was published in the journal Maedica. The participants were 44 children between the ages of 3 and 9 with an autistic spectrum disorder. The severity of their autistic symptoms was measured by the Childhood Autism Rating Scale. These are the key findings of the research:

  • by comparing hair concentrations of autistic and non-autistic children, greater hair concentrations were observed for arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, mercury, antimony, nickel, lead, and vanadium
  • hair levels of calcium, iron, magnesium, iodine, manganese, molybdenum, zinc, and selenium were considered deficient
  • a significant positive correlation between lead and verbal communication and the general impression was noted
  • there was a significant negative correlation between zinc and fear and nervousness

The results of the study were clear - the data supports the evidence that heavy metals play a role in the occurrence of autism and in combination with inadequate nutritional status. Inadequate nutritional status refers to feeding your infant or toddler toxic baby food or food with little to no nutritional value. The toxic consequences of these metals increase along with the severity of autistic symptoms. Lastly, the hair metal concentration was high for aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, antimony, nickel, and lead. 13 out of the 44 children showed values of vanadium above the reference range. None of the participants showed significant values for uranium and traces of chromium.

Our resourceful lawyers will help you file a toxic baby food claim

If you fed your child baby food with heavy metals and they subsequently developed autism, we advise you to contact our law firm immediately, as you are entitled to financial compensation from the careless manufacturers.

To start the legal process, you only have to give us a phone call, describe your situation, answer some of our questions, and send us the medical records of your child. Shortly, our skilled attorneys, who specialize in toxic exposure, will carefully evaluate your case. Parents who are found eligible for compensation will be able to file a toxic baby food claim with the companies whose product they have been giving their children. Our attorneys will help you go through every step of the process with ease, as we will take care of the difficult work for you. In the meantime, you can go on with your life as usual, as we are aware that parents of children with autism often need extra time to take care of them. Eventually, you will obtain the money you deserve from the liable companies.