On any given day, dozens of emails come to me, from gmo-free activists and researchers around the globe. For the most part the story remains the same.
Monsanto and the Biotech Brigade somewhere are waging war on human health, the environment and Sovereignty. Attacks focus on targets down to the lowest levels, as they legislate loopholes to perpetuate, a taxpayer funded Business Plan, privatizing the seeds of life and putting Nature to work for the petrochemical companies benefit.
The assortment of notices from items like the secret clause in this year's 2007 farm bill stripping the rights of States to make their own food laws or legislate limitations where Monsanto chooses to grow Roundup Ready crops.
A full range of variations to the same theme arrive, each noting ways the newest ways the Biotech Brigade are assembling their forces to destroy critics, suppress studies showing harm, pay pundits and form front groups to keep focus on drug treatments. The goal is to somehow spin skyrocketing rates of illness into a discussion point for medication, rather than interfere with the profitable implementation of a global mono-culture, rent a crop system.
From the standpoint of studies the content generally focuses on animal feeding studies but this was different for several reasons. First was the link between autism and hormone levels which has never crossed my radar before.
While there has been a growing belief that growing rates of autism were somehow tied to external factors, this is the first time a suspected cause intersected with a Monsanto product effect that I track.
In this case its the rBGH milk from cows treated with Monsanto's Posilac. Studies banning the genetically altered, hormone milk including increased risks for diabetes, cancers and gastro-intestinal problems, have kept the Monsanto milk banned around the globe since 1994. Here in America we see organic dairies sued for adding statements about milk from untreated cows, but that's another story.
There is no link to the article summarizing the study's findings but it is critical enough to the health of our children that it is added here.
There's no doubt the study will come under attack by the corporate cabal who continue to maintain that petrochemical enhancements have benefits without negative health consequences, but to my view that's a choice consumers should be free to make, after arming themselves with all views.
Washington, D.C.-- Boys with autism and related disorders had higher levels of growth hormones than other boys, which may explain why children with the condition often have larger heads, according to government researchers.
Boys with autism and autism spectrum disorders were also heavier than boys without these conditions, the teams at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital reported.
Other studies had already shown that children with autism have very rapid head growth in early life.
Dr. Duane Alexander/ Dir. National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
"The study authors have uncovered a promising new lead in the quest to understand autism. Future research will determine whether the higher hormone levels the researchers observed are related to abnormal head growth as well as to other features of autism." "
No one knows what causes autism, a complex developmental disorder that includes problems with social interaction and communication.
Symptoms range from mild awkwardness seen in Asperger's syndrome, to severe disability and mental retardation. A recent CDC survey found that 1 in every 150 U.S. children has autism or an autism spectrum disorder, a less severe condition related to autism, such as Asperger's.
Writing in the journal Clinical Endocrinology, Dr. James Mills of the NICHD and colleagues said they compared the height, weight, head circumference and levels of growth-related hormones to growth and maturation in 71 boys with autism to a group of 59 healthy boys.
The boys with autism had higher levels of two hormones that directly regulate growth — insulin-like growth factor-1 and IGF-2. The boys also had higher levels of hormones that indirectly affect growth.
The researchers did not measure the boys' levels of human growth hormone, which for technical reasons is difficult to evaluate.
The boys with autism and those with autism spectrum disorders had a greater head circumference on average, weighed more and had a higher body mass index than the other boys, although there was no difference in height between the two groups of boys.
Girls are much less likely to develop autism than boys, and the researchers were unable to recruit enough girls with autism to participate in the study.
Several genes have been linked with autism, but environmental factors may also play a role, experts say.
Heather Van Nest & Reuters