I n a 2009 study, Jack Thrasher and colleagues compared neuropsychological abnormalities in eight autism spectrum disorder (ASD) boys to six ASD boys who were also exposed to mold toxins. The ASD boys averaged 6.8 abnormalities. The ASD boys who were also mold toxin-exposed averaged 12.2 abnormalities. While not a scientific investigation, this simple observation suggests that boys on the spectrum with toxic mold exposure may average nearly twice the neuropsychiatric abnormalities as ASD boys without exposure to mold toxin. Should this matter to parents of children with autism? The answer is yes because mold toxicity is treatable.

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