Utah has the highest rates of autism in the nation, now one in every 32 Utah boys, double the national average. The best current science suggests that autism is in fact rising steadily, that it is fueled by a combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental triggers. Possible environmental triggers with relevant exposure occurring either in utero or in early childhood are heavy metals, various chemical exposures like pesticides, pharmaceuticals like anti-depressants and air pollution. Utah leaders should be approaching this as a public health emergency. Sadly, there appears to be no interest at all in investigating or dealing with this truly devastating development that affects hundreds of new Utah children every year.
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