Is autism caused by parents or environmental factors?

By Christina Mitchell

There has recently been much hype about Autism being caused by vaccinations. Right now, there is an ongoing controversy that many parents believe may be the cause of the recent spikes in Autism. It is speculated that perhaps the MMR vaccination is the sole problem as to why we now see a 1 in 5 ratio of children with Asperger’s or Autism. There have been many claims to this topic throughout the world, but they are unable to actually link enough proof to show that it is a definite cause of either one of these conditions.

So far, the medical experts point both Autism and Asperger’s (a slightly passive form of Autism) to the family’s genetics. But in recent news, many parents and medical personnel have pointed to a toxic womb being the cause behind a child’s risk of both of these conditions. Several doctors have conducted studies with Autism and the parental choices surrounding their pregnancy. Now, society has new concerns on whether or not Autism can be caused by a mother’s environmental factors.

Two studies were conducted, one in 1977 and a new study, that both found that identical twins shared the autism diagnosis. They were surprised to find that now a higher number of fraternal twins both shared the autism diagnosis when before, in 1977, only one fraternal twin was diagnosed. It raised questions as to why there was a change and they presume that it is caused by the mother’s environment. Among these factors that would concern an expecting parent would be the age of the mother and father, genotype of mother, immune reaction in womb, drug use, illnesses, vitro fertilization and toxic elements in the environment.

This sudden rise of autism has now brought attention to the public concerning a wide range of factors that could link ASD to future children. From the toxic mercury vaccination scare to genetic and neurological aspect of brain irregularities. There has been a wide range of hypothesis towards what and how autism is caused. There have been many scientific researches on ASD but so far there has been insufficient evidence that concludes its cause and whom is to blame for the recent spikes. From genetics to vaccinations to the most recent claim of environmental factors ASD is difficult to pin point the origin of how and where this disorder develops and which child it will affect.

7 Responses to "Is autism caused by parents or environmental factors?"

  1. Calimar   June 24, 2013 at 12:24 am

    there’s a plethora of studies following the wakefield one which is the ONLY ONE to link the trivalent vaccine to autism. Check for wakefield and you’ll discover why he found such a correlation, and why he was prhibited from practicing and condemned for fraud.
    The MMR vaccine contained a mercury salt; that was according to wakefield the reason for autism. Besides being FALSE, no vaccine today contains that mercury salt. Wakefield also pushed his own vaccine, he wasn’t against vaccines altogether.

    There is NO CONTROVERSY on vaccines causing autism – the link between the two has been repeatedly disproven. The search for the reasons continue; blaming it on vaccines just puts more burden on parents that have done NOTHING WRONG.

  2. sue howard   June 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

    my son had the MMR twenty years ago, he had a very severe reaction, he was ill for about three months afterwards and went from a happy outgoing child to the total opposite! I read about Aspergers syndrome some years later, he had five of the seven symptoms! I have told various doctors/nurses about this situation, no-one has been interested. . I even filled out an NHS questionaire about why I wouldn’t let my younger daughter have the MMR (or any other injections) They were doing a study about it recently…..they replied that unfortunately my views were not needed in this study!


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