A Swedish/U.S. study was just released finding that families with vinyl flooring have twice the risk of having a child with autism.
By Marla Cone
Editor in Chief
Environmental Health News
March 31, 2009
Children who live in homes with vinyl floors, which can emit chemicals called phthalates, are more likely to have autism, according to research by Swedish and U.S. scientists published Monday.
The researchers found four environmental factors associated with autism: vinyl flooring, the mothers smoking, family economic problems and condensation on windows, which indicates poor ventilation.
Scientists called the link "intriguing" and "baffling." I don't think it's all that baffling. It makes so much sense. Many children exhibit autism after they begin to crawl. Could those chemicals be contributing? If I had vinyl flooring and a young child, I would be very, very concerned....
I read recently that it costs the government $ 3.2 million for each person in the US with autism. That's alot of money.
Here's the article: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/autism-and-vinyl-flooring