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Parent Reacts to Pesticide-Autism Study

autismMEDFORD, Ore. — One in 68 kids is on the autism spectrum and researchers at the University of California, Davis, are warning about a possible new cause.

The just-released study found women who lived close to fields treated with certain pesticides during pregnancy were 60 percent more likely to have a child on the autism spectrum than non-exposed mothers.

Rhonda Smerdon is the Southern Oregon Representative for the Autism Society, and has a son on the autism spectrum. She says it can be hard to pinpoint how accurate some studies are, and believes the only thing that is proven, is that autism can have many causes.

“I always take a look at what the research is saying, to keep up on it, but I think it’s more important to focus on what can I do for my child, to make him the most productive and the most successful,” said Smerdon.

New studies have debunked some factors once believed to be linked to autism, like the use of certain vaccines.

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  1. SAB says:

    “I always take a look at what the research is saying, to keep up on it, but I think it’s more important to focus on what can I do for my child, to make him the most productive and the most successful,” said Smerdon.

    I am so happy to hear this. Great perspective!

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