Eliminating the Source: What Causes Autism
Many parents hope that in finding a source of autism, this disorder can be cured or prevented. Unfortunately, scientists have yet to find one single reason why children develop autism. It is possible that someday autism will be linked to a specific gene abnormality, but the more likely source is not one thing, but a number of factors in a child's world. Autism cannot be prevented or cured, so the best we can do to help autistic children and adults is be understanding and willing to compromise to make the world comfortable for them and ourselves.
First off, there are certain things that do not cause autism, and these myths should be laid to rest immediately. Most importantly, bad parenting does not cause autism. In the past, mothers were blamed for traumatizing their children with cold parenting techniques, which was thought to lead to autism. This is simple not true. Autism is also not caused by malnutrition, although food allergies occur in my autistic children and some autistic children do benefit from taking daily vitamins.
There are many links between autism and the brain. Most people with autism have larger brains and they are "Wired" differently than a typical brain. Differences occur in many parts of the brain, so it cannot be targeted to one specific brain malfunction overall, but rather a brain malfunction in general. Autistic children also show signs of an immune deficiency. Evidence in this study is not yet strong, but research is still being done. Many autistic individuals have other health problems related to immune deficiencies. Overall, these things all seem to point to genetics. Although autism is not the parents' fault, it is most likely that autism was found elsewhere on your family tree, and it is not uncommon for parents to raise more than one autistic child. Autism may also be linked to vaccinations, although this is still being highly studied. The benefits of vaccinations greatly outweigh the risks of them causing autism, so you should not deprive your child simply because you are fearful. Talk to you doctor if you have concerns about vaccinations.
Nobody knows what causes autism. Therefore, we can do nothing to prevent and cure it, but rather we can simply treat the autistic people in our lives with the best of our ability. Becoming educated in autism is the key-the more you know about the disorder, the better you can help individuals who suffer from it. Autism is a complex problem, and as researchers develop new understandings of the way it affects the body, better treatment options will become available, with the hope that someday we will be able to cure this disease.
Comments: I believe it is something genetic or a mutation during embryonic development. Decades ago doctors believed it was because the mother wasn't giving enough love and attention to her children - what an ignorant conclusion!
We do know what causes Autism… it is Thimerosol, a derivative of Mercury, a neurotoxin that is one of many ingredients in the preservative of the vaccines. Why this continues to be administered… that is a worthy question… do not know the answer? Consider watching Bill Gates speaking on TED about the vaccines: he said if we do a really good job on vaccination, we can reduce the world's population by 10-15%. He actually said that. Check out India suing Bill Gates (This in regard to vaccination and damaging children).
There is no scientific proof yet that explicitly states that 'x' causes Autism. Despite what many will say on different sides of the fence I generally look to the WHO for guidance. While I do agree that injecting and consuming poisons will alter us to say this is exactly the cause is pushing. The Discussion you are looking for is debated here: Autism Vaccine Connection. Even with detoxing and healthy lifestyle you may bring the child on the spectrum closer to neurotypical but not wholly. There are Threads here that have mentioned what might be the cause but tests are still being performed: Autism Biomaker - Cause of Autism?
JB, if you are looking to WHO for guidance… you will never come to a solution… there is a bigger picture here. Thank you for the links.
What do you mean there is a "Bigger picture"? I have to look to the WHO for the guidance because I do not have the means to setup a research lab and test various Autism cases to eliminate theories and show facts. I have three children on the spectrum, to say what caused them to have Autism is the same as someone who has it in New Zealand is to say so with no fact. If you get the cold (Flu) it does not mean someone who lives in Alaska gets it the same way - there may be multiple ways. While I am a natural vegan and know the benefits of whole foods without chemicals and processing, I cannot state as yet that 'x' causes it until the testing is conclusive.