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Desperate researchers blame superstition as likely cause of autism, ignore vaccines

Sometimes, the best way to point out the absurdity of a particularly ridiculous situation or concept is to satirize it, and's Jennifer Hutchinson has done just that with a new spoof on how the entrenched medical system approaches the issue of what causes autism. Having a last name that begins with D, K or P, jokes Hutchinson, or being born on a Tuesday or a Thursday, might increase a person's chances of developing autism -- anything but vaccines!

Nearly two dozen medical studies prove that vaccines can cause autism

Mainstream doctors and media pundits are notorious for claiming that the vaccine-autism debate is over and that no legitimate scientific evidence exists to suggest even a possible link between vaccinations and autism spectrum disorders (ASD): case closed. But a thoroughly-researched report recently published by Arjun Walia over at Activist Post reveals that there are at least 22 published scientific studies that show a link between vaccines and autism and that there are many more out there with similar findings.

New study links wheat (gluten) consumption to autism

Another piece in the complex puzzle of what causes autism and other related behavioral disorders appears to have been identified by a new study published in the open-access journal PLoS One. Researchers from Columbia University in New York found that wheat, and particularly wheat gluten, triggers a unique immune response in autistic children, and especially those with gastrointestinal problems. And this response, it turns out, produces an array of symptoms commonly associated with autism.

Can ultrasounds during pregnancy cause autism

According to the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, ultrasound is a form of energy with effects in the tissues it traverses. Essentially, this energy (sound waves) can deform cells and of most concern are the cells associated with the formation of the cortex in the brain.

Autism risk can now be predicted in its earliest stages

A study out of UC Davis MIND and Yale University School of Medicine found that the placenta could be an excellent indicator of autism risk in children. More than 95% of placenta from infants – who were among the greatest risk of developing autism – contained abnormal cells known as ‘trophoblast inclusions’.

Hormone disorders increase the prevalence of autism

Studies have linked hormone disorders from both maternal and paternal smoking to the ever increasing prevalence of autism. This has prompted many researchers to question whether smoking is directly causing autism and in 2012, Environmental Health Perspectives published a report stating that women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have a child with high-functioning autism such as Asperger’s Disorder.

The role of sensory integration in the diagnosis of autism -

This month the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM) will be released. In this edition, the DSM-IV-TR, the categories of autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder (not otherwise specified) will be combined into a single ‘autism spectrum disorder’ (ASD) category.