Environmental Influences on the Autism Epidemic (CME track/practitioner registrants only)

We are all well aware of the ever-increasing numbers of children developing autism. Similar increases are being observed in ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, and other developmental disorders. As evidenced in published literature, we now understand these problems to be the result of multiple environmental toxins. There are genetic factors that impact the ability to withstand toxic exposure, BUT that is not to say that genetics cause the disorders. Certainly there have been concerns about toxins in vaccines, but there are many other environmental toxins that have been shown to cause all of the symptoms associated with autism and the other disorders listed above. As parents and healers, although we pursue therapies focusing on proper nutrition, supplements, and more, if we don’t decrease the ongoing exposures to damage-causing toxins, we will constantly be swimming upstream against a strong current. In this talk we will discuss common environmental toxins in and around the home. We will focus on their known effects, how to identify where they are, and how to avoid them. I will give you resources to help you begin the process on Monday morning back in the office.

Learning objectives:

The student will realize the similar etiologies to many childhood diagnostic labels.

The learner will recognize a variety of environmental toxins and how they may have a deleterious effect on neurodevelopment.

The attendee will discuss common household environmental toxins, identify where they are and how to avoid them.


Stuart H. Freedenfeld, MD

Stuart H. Freedenfeld, MD, received his MD with honors from the College of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in 1975. He completed a 3-year residency in family practice at Hunterdon Medical Center and became board certified and a diplomate of the Academy of Family Practice in 1978. 

Dr. Freedenfeld served as clinical instructor at Delaware Valley Family Health Center until opening Stockton Family Practice in December 1978. In addition, he served as president of the Hunterdon County Medical Society from 1985-86, was chairman of the quality advisory committee of a major health maintenance organization from 1992-2001, and presently holds a position as clinical instructor with Rutgers Medical School. 

In 1988, Dr. Freedenfeld began studying herbal medicine, nutritional therapies, and homeopathy. Over the years, he has undertaken hundreds of hours of additional study to gain expertise in traditional herbalism, Chinese herbalism, homeopathy, nutritional medicine, and IV therapies such as chelation. He is an internationally respected lecturer in areas including autism, ADD/ADHD, detoxification and many afflictions associated with aging. Additionally, he is recognized as one of the leading experts on the integration of multiple forms of healing. 

Dr. Freedenfeld's forte is in the areas of autism, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, allergy, autoimmune disease, colitis, cancer, heart and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, detoxification, longevity, and health maintenance. He believes there are many avenues to health and healing and teaches integration of the direction most appropriate to the individual.