For citation purposes: Bagasra O, Pace DG. Smell of autism: Synthetic fragrances and cause for allergies, asthma, cancer and autism. OA Autism 2013 Jun 19;1(2):15.

Review

 
Causes & Prevalence

Smell of autism: synthetic fragrances and cause for allergies, asthma, cancer and autism

O Bagasra, DG Pace
 

Authors affiliations

(1) South Carolina Center for Biotechnology at Claflin University, 400 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115, USA

(2) Department of English and Foreign Languages, Claflin University, 400 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115, USA

*Corresponding author Email: obagasra@claflin.edu

Abstract

Introduction

The widely believed notion that autism is genetically conveyed to the next generation has been seriously disputed. The recent sequencing of the exomes of autistic children and each of their biological parents, as part of recent trio investigations, cast serious doubt on this paradigm. Rather, environmental causation seems to have greater explanatory power. The link between autism spectrum disorder and exposure to toxic ingredients in perfumes, even at minute (femtomolar) levels, has been suggested by recent scholarship. Scents are known to have the capacity to reach the brain, including the brain of a foetus whose mother uses perfume that derives from synthetic scents made from mutagenic chemicals. The aim of this review was to discuss synthetic fragrances and cause for allergies, asthma, cancer and autism.

Conclusion

The potential role of fragrances and particularly perfumes, which are mainly synthetic chemicals from petrochemicals and contain benzene ring compounds, needs investigations. These chemicals are highly mutagenic and cause foetal brain cell death at extremely low concentrations.

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