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July, 2011:

New Study on Environmental Links to Autism Doesn't go far Enough

As scientists try to determine which environmental factors may lead to autism, they are paying closer attention to what happens to fetuses in utero, researchers say.

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Such factors play a larger role than genetics in causing the disorder, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford.

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Source: The Bay Citizen

Okay, so as a mother of children on the autism spectrum and professional working with families, I don’t even know how to respond to this.  I am grateful that scientists are finally getting on board with the fact that “bad moms” did not cause all of this; however, I am left mystified as to why it is taking so long to get to this point.  More importantly, I am wondering how long it will take the government to admit the findings and to go to the next step.

Parents all over the world know that bad genes did not all of a sudden wreak havoc on an entire generation of babies.   Something other than genetics had to be in the mix.

This article, in the Bay Citizen, goes on to quote,

“Autism had been thought to be the most heritable of all neurodevelopmental disorders, with a few small twin studies suggesting a 90 percent link,” said Neil Risch, a UCSF geneticist who is the director of the UCSF Institute for Human Genetics and one of the co-authors of the paper in a statement. “It turns out the genetic component still plays an important role, but in our study, it was overshadowed by the environmental factors shared by twins.”

I love that statement, “it turns out … it was overshadowed by the envirnmental factors…”

Meanwhile 1 in 91 children are now diagnosed on the autism spectrum and I did not see a new public statement made by the Federal Health Regulators based on this or any other study.  My reaction to this article may sound harsh; however, these finding are not new.  Organizations such as the Autism Research Institute have been doing research for decades showing that environmental toxins such as medications, heavy metals, ingredients in vaccines and other factors are playing a huge role in autism.  These organizations and their doctors have been labeled crazy.  In fact, doctors such as Andrew Wakefield in Great Britain have lost their careers over such research.  So what is the difference?  The only potentially controversial finding in this study says that anti-depressants MAY be a factor- with a big red flag not to go off your medications.  And, in their list of potential environmental factors, while they do stay that toxic exposures may be a factor, they fall short of acknowledging that those could come from vaccines- even vaccines moms are receiving during pregnancy.

I certainly applaud the University of California for doing this study and the Bay Citizen for printing the article; however, I am awaiting the next step to see how fast and how far they are willing to go, in their research, to protect our children.  For years the government has gone just far enough, even coming out in the past couple years with a study showing 1 in 91 children are on the spectrum… however, they are changing nothing in their recommendations for treatment or willingness to make public the research they have linking toxic exposure to mercury and other elements.  Research for the sake of research will no more help our children with autism than it will help any other epidemic.