What Causes Autism?

What Causes Autism - Infographic

People have been searching for the cause of autism for decades. For most of this time, autism was looked at as an affliction—something that is acquired, as a disease would be. But autism isn’t something that you catch, like influenza. Rather, it is something that you are, like tall or left-handed or female. Autistic people were born that way. They will die that way, after living an autistic life. It is a characteristic of who they are. Having said that, there is no single expression of autism. More than a spectrum, autism is a varied landscape.

Stop looking for poisons in the environment, or something that is eaten or injected, as the cause for autism. Autism isn’t something that can be washed away or flushed out of a person. People have caused a lot of harm by trying that—often using other poisons, ironically. Some parents and caregivers clutch to these dangerous therapies—attempts to “cure”—because they don’t understand the true cause of autism. If this is you, or someone you know, this message is essential.

Cherish autistic people for the unique individuals they are, with a different type of brain. You can’t cure it away. You shouldn’t want to. Autism is forever. Autistic children come from the love of two people, not from poison.

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55 Comments on "What Causes Autism?"


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John Greally
September 5, 2015

Love, yes. Love and then love autism and love autistics. <3

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Anonymous
October 18, 2015

No you don’t. You’re known to troll other people’s facebook groups.

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Anonymous
September 5, 2015

You are sooooo full of crap! My recovered daughter says otherwise!

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Anonymous
September 6, 2015

You are so full of shit because autism is not a disease ergo there is no cure. Go away you dumb troll

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sarah
September 12, 2015

He never said it was a disease.

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Anonymous
September 6, 2015

I was wondering when the “praise jeebuz” crew would get here. lol

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Katy
September 12, 2015

Just because you train Your child to act like they don’t have autism, doesn’t mean they no longer have an autistic mind.

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Lisa Steadman
September 8, 2015

It’s interesting how strong the debate is on a cause and cure for ASD. I remember kids in my elementary school (in the 70s), and kids that my Dad has described from his elementary class in the 50s, who would have definitely met the ASD criteria today. So yes, it has been around a long time. As far as an epidemic…I have to wonder. While awareness, new testing methods and peoper diagnosis have certainly boosted the number of cases being reported, I wonder whether there are actually more people with this condition. To rule out statistics, I’d have to ask: if I tested 100 kids from the 70s compared to a group of 100 elementary kids today, would there be on average the same number of kids diagnosed with ASD? Hard to tell, since the 70s kids are now middle aged adults, so it will never be apples to apples.

I do have to wonder if vaccinations havent played some part in any of this, considering the correlation between the introduction of thimersoral (?sp) and the gross increase in the number of vaccines we give children as infants. My 30 year old child received his first vaccine at 3 months old. My 13 yo daughter received her first at 1 week old, with several grouped together. I think we give too many vaccinnes too soon, and that some children are predisposed to an adverse reaction. It doesnt seem like too much of a stretch for the medical community to cut back on the number and timing of vaccines, along with a study to see if theres any correlation. Parents in the meantime should know to monitor and limit when their children are vaccinated (as opposed to no vaccines at all, which also has consequences of its own).

As far as a cure: some “treatments” being offered (ie special diets to treat leaky gut syndrome, yeast, behavioral therapies, etc) will have positive effects for some individuals regardless of their condition. A healthy diet and a reduction in yeast is a good thing for anybody, with positive results expected. On the other hand, there’s too much variance in the so-called ‘treatments’ being offered. Take the example of two children with the same type of cancer.who will react differently to the same treatment. Adherence to the treatment, consistency, and environmental factors will all affect outcome. Without strict scientific measures to study how ‘treatments’ are administered, there’s no sure way to measure efficacy. And certainly without dispute is the fact that there is no “cure” when it doesn’t work for everyone all the time.

Besides, how do you “cure” a spectrum disorder? It’s not like this is a disease, with a fix that makes it all go away. So to the Anonymous Guest with the ‘recovered’ daughter – show a little kindness, be grateful for any improvements your daughter has shown (which you so conveniently failed to share), and know that the rest of us are still searching for understanding in all of this.

My daughter was recently diagnosed ‘high functioning Aspergers’. I do not see her as flawed, or ill or diseased. I see her for who she is. Beautiful, funny, unique, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and yes, a bit awkward at times. Her diagnosis is not a testament of who she is. It’s simply a tool to help us along her journey. It will not define or limit her, or the way I see her. If anything, it just adds one more layer to an already interesting and unique individual. I would never want to ‘cure’ that.

Perhaps the only thing we have to ‘recover’ from is the narrow shortsightedness of others….

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Anonymous
September 12, 2015

Well said Lisa!

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T paul
March 21, 2016

Well said Lisa – we cannot sit back & simply accept all things Autism – too many being diagnosed today – something is bringing it on – we should leave no stone unturned in trying to find a cure & what causes this- shout loud & long & research for our babies sake – my grandson is so much better today after 6 years being treated bio medically – yes it really can help if you get onto it early

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No name
September 11, 2015

You are born with Autism but it takes something to trigger it. Why do you think that most babies regress or shut down right after having their shots between 12 and 14 months… I’m pretty damn sure our poisoned foods are a cause for it while in the womb. The statistics keep going up, while our foods are becoming more and more genetically modified and our wheat fields are poisoned with round up. And yes, there are cures but the Feds get to these Dr.’s and kill them off to keep it hidden from the public. This nation is doomed. And this article is crap.

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sarah
September 12, 2015

My son was autistic from day one.

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Anonymous
June 1, 2016

most likely chemicals from GMO foods and the metals in your body from your vaccines. never the less its chemicals that cause it. In my sons case it was the shots I seen the transformation twice. yes I was stupid enough to give him his 4 years shots and that completely destroyed him. violent destructive and the screams OMG the screams.

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Katy
September 12, 2015

Statistics keep going up because cognitive pychology came along and sought to open the “black box” so now more children are being diagnosed. There is an untold number of adults (hundreds of thousands, I suspect) who are on the spectrum that were never diagnosed, some of them living functional lives and some not. Whether those people would have been more well-adjusted adults had they known early on that they were on the spectrum is debateable, but I tend to think that knowledge is power, and I’m thankful that my son will grow up with that advantage. The narrative that there’s an external cause for autism reinforces the idea that there’s something wrong with being different. More importantly, there’s no scientific evidence that has survived the rigorous scientific process to back it up those claims outside of psuedoscience.

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No name
September 11, 2015

I like how my comment was deleted….hmmm

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No name
September 11, 2015

Stop trying to brainwash the public

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Joe
September 11, 2015

What a bunch of bullshit this is . HOLY FUCK

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Tiffany
September 11, 2015

I love your message and all, but try People-First language in the future, please.

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Deb
September 11, 2015

I couldn’t have put it better myself! I wouldn’t change a thing about my unique and brilliant son, he is amazing!
The world would be so boring without autistic people.

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Anonymous
September 11, 2015

With this being said does that mean because my wife and I love each other our second child will have autism too???

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Anonymous
September 12, 2015

Really??? Are you trying to be funny or sarcastic or stupid? I can’t tell the difference. I hate it when adults intentionally abuse a play on words to make a point.

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Anonymous
September 12, 2015

No that’s not what is being said it means it’s not caused by any poison and that any body can have it

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Anon
September 12, 2015

My unvaccinated son has Autism. I really can no longer give credence to that debate. I am fairly sure it’s largely genetic. Sorry if that offends you. Just my observations.

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sarah
September 12, 2015

Autism runs in my family. It’s a pervasive developmental disorder. There isn’t a cure for that but certain therapies can make the disorder much easier to deal with.

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Katy
September 12, 2015

Agreed, I believe the therapies mentioned above are ones that claim to offer a “cure.” Just because you train a child to act as though he/she doesn’t have autism, doesn’t mean that they no longer have an autistic mind. The jury is out on whether these types therapies will actually cause a crisis of identity later in life, but I suspect that it’s likely. That’s not to say that you should reject speech therapy for speech delays, occupational therapy to improve certain social skills, etc. But therapies offering a cure are a whole different ball of wax, and are contrary to the cause of acceptance and understanding.

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Bob
September 12, 2015

Nicely put. While the search for truth is admirable, too many people carry an anger with the diagnosis that requires a “blame” of sorts to land somwhere. Now knowing ASD, I’m sure we can all pick out people that we’ve had contact with in life that were undiagnosed or just labeled as eccentric or what would be referred to in my grandparents’ day as “slow”. I really don’t believe in any sort of “epidemic”. As time goes on, I think we’re just getting more particular about identifying the condition. It’s simple as that. Acknowledge and move on, folks. Live life to the fullest.

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Anonymous
September 12, 2015

While I agree with you that children are born this way and should be loved and celebrated I disagree that environmental factors are not a part of this disability. If that were the case we would have seen and continue to see a such a rise in Autism. There is no doubt in my mind that my son was born with Autism and I love him! But can we say with absolute certainty that my growing up and eating all this processed and chemically engineered food didn’t effect that? At this point we can’t & something is causing our genes to mix differently resulting in a rise in Autism. At least this is my thoughts but thank you for starting this conversation and for your opinion.

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Anonymous
September 13, 2015

I wouldn’t know if it does or it doesn’t… but at this early juncture, I would consider anything that shuts down new theories (and its studies) point blank as something that cannot be trusted simply because it sounds like either a) their denial stems from a potential conflict of interest or b) the person’s heavily brainwashed beyond rehabilitation… especially if it’s in the form of an infographic that has no verifiable data and is purely based on opinion and nice images.

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Siobhan
September 13, 2015

I can only say this. There is no way vaccines can be the cause of autism when my tribe has evidence of members having autistic traits back into the sixteen hundreds, at least a hundred before being exposed to the New societies. Same with environmental toxins and All the other “usual suspects “

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Anonymous
March 22, 2016

“Welcome it”! You’ve obviously not lived with a severley autistic child. It’s exhausting. Would you welcome the effort it takes to look after a 17 year old who has the care needs of a toddler and cannot speak?

 
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