Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What Causes Autism Spectrum Disorder?

The latest estimates indicate that one in 88 children in the United States is affected by an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The rate of ASD diagnosis has been steadily rising over the last decade.
ASD is a condition in which individuals struggle with social interaction and communication, often coupled with a limited range of interests and a preference for a set routine.

One of the questions I am most commonly asked as a psychiatrist specializing in child psychiatry is, "What causes autism?" The dissatisfying, but truthful answer is that nobody really knows. It is probably due to a variety of factors, including genetic and environmental influences. My answer, however, often leaves the questioner feeling a little bit shortchanged, especially with the current surge of new reports linking yet another "risk factor" to autism. In the last couple of months alone, air pollution, gluten sensitivity, maternal antibodies, a lack of folic acid and a number of genetic mutations have all emerged as possible causes of this spectrum disorder. Hence the question arises: why is it so difficult for doctors and scientists to pinpoint the cause for this growing and serious condition?

Perhaps a better way for me to answer this question is by clarifying that, first of all, we must appreciate that there is no "typical" autistic person. The diagnosis of ASD encompasses an enormous and diverse group of individuals with many different combinations of symptoms and a range of functional severity. This has some doctors now saying, "When you have seen one person with autism, you have seen one person with autism." It also helps to explain why the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has come to be a better way of speaking about this condition.

Read the whole story at HuffingtonPost.com

2 comments:

  1. What really dissappoints me is when people make comments such as:

    "What causes autism?" The dissatisfying, but truthful answer is that nobody really knows.

    How in the world can any one person know what everyone else in the world knows or doesn't know?

    If you consider all of the grains of sand on a beach, you are like one of those grains with the knowledge that you have. One of those other grains is very likely to have the answer to your problem. Your job is to find that other person.

    A much more accurrate statement would be for the author to write something like:
    "I am unaware of what causes autism." But to say that "nobody really knows" is pretty broad and ignorant.

    When you've tried everything else out there and nothing has worked, then
    come see me.
    You can contact me at contact@autismcauseandcure.com

    I am a doctor, scientist, geneticist, researcher, former teacher of human
    anatomy/physiology and I KNOW what the CAUSE (singular) and CURE of
    autism is. I am selling my well-supported theory and want a buyer who
    will distribute it broadly so that many will benefit from it. I have had interest expressed in this offer by qualified buyers but I didn't sell because I felt that it would sit on a shelf for too long. In response to that experience, I added a condition to this offer. The buyer will only have exclusive rights for a period limited to 1 year. After that, I can speak freely about it.

    My current price for the cause portion is $330 million and I will sell information on the cure for an additional $150 million. I split the two to make it less expensive for the buyer who may only want the cause portion. ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), MS, Parkinson's disease, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer's and Lupus are all related to autism at the cause stage. I picked the number $330 million because that is what some
    professional baseball players are asking for and that is just for entertainment. This price really is very, very low if you think of all the cost of medical savings, the savings from research spending and the savings from the time and energy that people have to contribute to the care of people affected with autism and the value to lives of the affected and their loved ones.

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  2. continuation of previous comment:

    My theory, and in science everything is a theory no matter how much evidence there is for it, explains how every symptom originates, the male:female ratio, the rise in rates and the difference in rates in a couple states with the highest ones. It explains the seizures, the sensory integration disorders, the digestive disturbances, the repetiitive behaviors, the social issues, regression, EVERYTHING!! The whole puzzle put together and making perfect sense.

    I have done research on this for over 30 years ago and approximately 17,or now 18, years ago, I discovered the cause. It was a solid "wow, OMG that's it" discovery. Shortly after that, I began linking Alzheimer's and then MS and then Lupus. And for 17 years+ I have been adding evidence and checking the theory against all studies that were published as I became aware of them. All the evidence from well-constructed scientific studies supports my theory.

    As I read the studies being put forth, my prediction is that they aren't very close and that at the current rate, they will not have found the cause in another 20 years. That is a lot of money down the drain.

    I have made predictions and predictions based on knowing this theory and they have come to pass.

    Autism is predictable, preventable, treatable and curable. MS, ALS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's can be prevented and can be halted and possibly can be reversed to some extent.

    I am not giving this information away for various reasons. The "workman is worth his hire" and the "widow's oil" is to be sold amongst them. I have never accepted any govenment money. I have my own money and time in this; and lots of it. I paid for my own education even when I was so broke that 1 package of top ramen lasted me 2 days and I lived on that for an entire semester. If I give it away, it won't be appreciated as it should. If you are a builder, you don't give your houses away even if people need them.

    I am offering a commission to anyone who brings the ultimate buyer. 10% of the sales price minus legal fees to be paid at or after closing of the sale as commission to anyone who refers the buyer. The buyer must name the referrer and contracts for this commission agreement must be in place before closing of the sale. No self referrals and no referrals of family members for this commission. Subject to all local and federal laws and some restrictions apply. Your creative marketing and/or contacts put to good use could earn you a nice paycheck for your work. Again, the workman is worth his/her hire.

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