Finally, we know why research has been a total bust to find a cause and standard treatment for Autism. The Los Angles Times reported that two recent studies showed that Autism is apparently related to as many as 300 spontaneous genetic mutations. They do not yet know what is causing the mutations but it makes sense that multiple environmental and chemical exposures stimulate these abnormalities in susceptible children. That is why some parents adamantly link their child’s illness to various immunizations, while research has not proven the association in large studies. It also explains why certain children respond to some treatments, while others do not. Multiple therapies need to be tried in order to find a few that are effective. A more natural approach, in my opinion, would be more likely to reverse genetic expression than drugs.
See LA Times article reprinted in The (Toledo)Blade, June 10, 2011, p. 4.