Could Infant Formula Cause Autism?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Could Infant Formula Cause Autism?
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 5:49pm

Could Infant formula Cause Autism?

In the last few years, there have been persistent allegations that vaccinations cause Autism, and 4,800 federal complaints have been filed. One of them contains a jaw-dropping allegation that a link exists between Autism and infant formula. The complaint argues that infant formula ingredients DHASCO and ARASCO may be a contributing cause of Autism.

One parent desperate for an explanation has dedicated the past three years to researching the cause of his son’s autism. Michael Pescatore, a father of four, has a warning for parents feeding their children infant formula. He believes that his research confirms his theory that DHASCO and AHASCO may cause an underlying mitochondrial dysfunction that could trigger Autism. Marketed by formula manufacturers as substances that allegedly benefit brain and vision development in infants, DHA and ARA are ingredients in almost all infant formulas.


The conclusion by Mr. Pescatore’s expert is simply stated, “ …in my professional opinion as a chemist and pediatric intensive physician, the GRAS status of DHASCO and ARASCO should be lifted and not reinstated until independent studies have proven that they do not interfere with normal infant digestion and brain development”. (GRAS stands for “Generally Recognized as Safe”).

Could the DHA/ARA in infant formula be one of the unknown environmental factors causing the increase in Autism cases among our children? This information creates only more questions in the Vaccine–Autism debate. Why was the Poling case sealed? If there is even a single question about the safety of DHA and ARA then why is it still being added to infant formula, especially if it has no health benefits? Shouldn’t the FDA suspend this ingredient until further studies can rule out the Pescatore theory of oxidation and mitochondrial dysfunction?


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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 08-31-2012 - 11:53pm

I think autism is most likely determined before birth.

But I still think the idea that any GRAS ingredient can be added to formula whether or not it is helpful is problematic. I also think DHA and AA were not tested enough before they started adding it to formula.