As of today, are we sure of the causes of Austistic Syndrome Disorder?
When we both realized that Sarah might have Asperger’s, this is one of the first questions we asked ourselves. After some reading we had to come to grip with the fact that: We Don’t Know For Sure.
The level of anxiety people with Asperger’s Syndrome live with, hopefully with time, we will find out more about the causes in order to prevent it in future generations. The issue here is that some of the possible causes may be hidden in the pockets of the very powerful (and rich) establishments, so disinformation is rampant when that happens.
Please do your own research and we invite you to comment at the bottom and to leave your ideas about which cause(s) seems the most plausible to you, with links to support your position.
This question is very important because of this chart:
Even though I do not believe that having ASD is bad, it remains a challenge for people who are expected to live a “normal” life, despite the many social and emotional difficulties they may face daily. This is why we have to keep looking for a way to prevent it.
If one accepts the conclusion that Asperger’s syndrome is one of the autistic disorders, then the causes of Asperger’s syndrome would be expected to be the same as the causes of autism. So just like anything, we have to be aware of our assumptions and be ready to question them. But let’s assume this is what we are dealing with.
Just like many other syndromes or diseases, we can break down every cause into 2 categories:
- Environmental (Outside Influence)
- Genetic (Inside Influence)
Some of the possible causes are controversial but I won’t censor myself and will direct you to websites which have supporting evidence for their hypothesis. I invite you to comment at the bottom and to leave your ideas about which cause(s) seems the most plausible to you, with links to support your position.
Possible Cause #1: Genetics
Evidence for a genetic link is the tendency for AS to run in families and an observed higher incidence of family members who have behavioral symptoms similar to ASD, but in a more limited forms (for example, slight difficulties with social interaction, language, or reading). Most research suggests that all autism spectrum disorders have shared genetic mechanisms, but ASD may have a stronger genetic component than autism.
The differences in the way the brain develops may be caused by the abnormal migration of embryonic cells during fetal development. This in turn would affect brain structure and “wiring” in early childhood.
Now, if this is true, what are the factors that cause this “abnormal migration of embryonic cells?”
Genetic mutations are the products of many factors such as:
- Chemicals in the food, air, skincare products, etc
- Radiations – Electro-magnetic, Radio Waves, Wi-fi, etc
- Errors during cell division
Cause #2: Possible Environmental Causes
So here is the question:
Is genetics a cause in itself? Or is it an effect of the changes in our environment?
It would be an understatement to say that in the last 100 years, humans have experienced an incredible change in environment. From agriculture practices to pollution to the rhythm of life to cellphone radiation and finally to the mutation of our genes through medications such as vaccines.
With that many changes, it is hard to pin point exactly what may affect the embryo in its developmental stage.
So we end up with a Chicken or the Egg Problem when it comes to the causes of ASD/Autism
Can Vaccines Cause Autism/ASD?
Now this is VERY controversial yet very important question. I had an experience where my friend literally became unable to speak or do menial tasks after receiving a mandatory vaccine in school. He is disabled to this day, and struggles to keep a job at a grocery store. So when someone tells me that vaccines “are perfectly safe” I cringe. Now, are they useful? Maybe. I remain a skeptic.
The medical establishment is very clear: “NO, vaccines do not cause autism”
Notice that it is the same medical establishment that says that GMO are safe for human consumption. So I choose to keep a skeptical hat on that one. Rather than simply believing what the authorities say to us, we need to do our own homework and look at both sides of the coin.
I am a student of marketing and anyone who thinks science or media is unbiased is seriously mistaken. Many medical studies have been dead wrong in the past. And studies are funded by interest groups.
There is an incredible amount of money at stake here. The vaccine market raked in $24 Billion in the USA alone in 2010. Can you imagine the losses if it was true that vaccines were mutating us? So spending a billion to shift the scale to making people believe that vaccines are NOT the cause is just a drop in the bucket. The people on the other side of the coin however, do not have that kind of power to buy speech. (read this article about how people are paid to sway public opinion on the internet)
Many people believe one side or the other but very few people know. The people who know are the people who go look at the studies, look how they were funded and make an informed decisions based on knowledge rather than propaganda (from both sides).
- New Meta-analysis Confirms: No Association between Vaccines and Autism
- Autism-Vaccine Link: Evidence Doesn’t Dispel Doubts
- 30 Scientific Studies Showing the Link between Vaccines and Autism
- 22 Medical Studies That Show Vaccines Can Cause Autism
There are many things we know and don’t know about what cause asperger/autism. Hopefully our understanding will increase and we will find ways to prevent it.
Please share some of the causes you have looked into in the comment box below. I will make a point of looking into them and including them in this article if what you propose has an interesting angle.