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By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: May 1st, 2012
Autism linked to high fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup (HCFS) has already been linked to childhood obesity, but not researchers are concerned that its effects could be more far reaching and dramatic.

A former toxicologist with the EPA

The industry maintains that there is no difference between the way the body processes HCFS and sugar, but the study suggests the opposite.

It’s complicated stuff, but basically, the study takes data known about genetic and metabolic factors involved with autism, including the growing evidence of a link between autism and mercury and exposure to a common pesticide used in the cultivating and growing of the corn.

It claims that HFCS can interfere with the body’s uptake of zinc, and if combined with general mineral deficiencies common among most Americans, can cause individuals to develop autism.

The study was released in a medical journal, Clinical Epigenetics, and it comes out at a time when USA Today reported just this week that a coalition of 100 consumer groups is demanding that the FDA deny the Corn Refiners petition to change the name of HCFS to “corn sugar.” As the article puts it, “the new name is just a ploy to confuse consumers who want to avoid it.”

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