The Autism Revolution: Thinking about environment and food

About the webinar

Conditions affecting children's behavior and brain development, like autism and ADHD, are exploding in prevalence. The CDC estimates autism now is diagnosed in 1-in-88 children, a more than 70 percent increase over just six years. These increases leave many parents, and clinicians, with questions about what's causing autism and how we can work to prevent it.

This webinar focuses on new science that's revolutionary in what it uncovers about the contribution of environment, toxic chemicals and food to these problems. Clinicians and parents often struggle how to best make use of this new information. What's exciting is that if public policy can address some of the environmental causes, it may help us manage existing autism and ADHD and perhaps prevent future increases.

Join us on June 11 where we'll hear from Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, a Harvard pediatric neurologist with a brand new book, The Autism Revolution: Whole body strategies for making life all it can be, which discusses food, toxins and personal strategies for avoiding toxins while improving diet to reduce "total load" of stressors and improve function. Renee Dufault, a retired FDA toxicologist and former officer in the US Public Health Service, has coauthored three recent peer-reviewed studies, the latest of which has been published in the Journal of Clinical Epigenetics. The study models how certain dietary factors like vitamin deficiencies or high fructose corn syrup consumption could impact complex metabolic functions governing the body's ability to eliminate toxic chemicals, including mercury and pesticides, indirectly contributing to autism and other disorders of brain function and behavior. Kathleen Schuler of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy moderates.

Presentation Slides


Renee Dufault

Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute

Professor Dufault began her career working as an environmental consultant specializing in hazardous waste operations and environmental site assessments for property transfer. After accepting a…

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Martha Herbert, MD, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Dr. Martha Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Pediatric Neurologist and Neuroscientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an affiliate of…

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Posted July 11, 2012