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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 10:48 AM
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What causes autism?
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If a foreign government were suspected of doing something that caused brain problems to 1/166 American children our nation would immediately and vigorously respond...and even go to war! Well, our children are under a mysterious assault that is causing 1/166 to develop autism. And, we must band together and immediately and vigorously make the correction of this problem a true national priority.

As part of our national wake-up call, April was designated National Autism Awareness month and the press repeatedly aired an impassioned debate: Are vaccines a boon or a danger? Do shots protect kids or provoke autism? Unfortunately, all too often the media discussion was highly polarized...creating lots of heat, but shedding little light.

In this 3-part blog, I'd like to discuss in detail the reasons why shots are very safe - and super important - and to present some fresh ideas about a more likely cause of autism: an invisible soup of toxins we're exposed to every day...endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).
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  -What causes autism? lumberjack_jeff  Jun-25-09 10:48 AM   #0 
  - I'm one who is very impatient with the attempt  SheilaT   Jun-25-09 10:23 PM   #1 
  - There's clearly a greater increase than can be explained by changing diagnoses.  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-26-09 09:54 AM   #2 
     - I'm not convinced that the increase is greater  SheilaT   Jun-26-09 10:26 PM   #3 
     - From Scientific American  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-27-09 01:16 PM   #6 
     - 'therefore the trigger is environmental?'  elleng   Jun-26-09 10:49 PM   #4 
        - Given the alternative explanations; a) environmental b) genetic  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-27-09 01:15 PM   #5 
           - I think the 'alternative explanations'  elleng   Jun-27-09 08:57 PM   #7 
              - I'd be glad to hear any possible sources of illness.  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-28-09 12:55 AM   #12 
  - There is no god-damn "epidemic".  Odin2005   Jun-27-09 11:21 PM   #8 
  - Read the link in post #6. n/t  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-27-09 11:42 PM   #9 
  - I don't agree with something just because it's in Sci-Am.  Odin2005   Jun-28-09 12:03 AM   #10 
     - You haven't convinced me.  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-28-09 12:53 AM   #11 
        - In other words, you are a victim of confirmation bias  Odin2005   Jun-28-09 01:06 AM   #13 
        - It is grossly insulting to say that parents of children on the spectrum...  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-28-09 09:43 AM   #15 
        - It is the attitudes of the rest of society that causes many autistics to have a poor quality of life  Odin2005   Jun-28-09 11:45 AM   #17 
        - That is undoubtedly true for many.  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-28-09 12:59 PM   #18 
        - I believe that other people with autism are more like me than they are different  KamaAina   Jul-01-09 02:43 PM   #28 
           - Excellent post, KA!!!  Odin2005   Jul-05-09 12:59 AM   #30 
           - The syndrome is almost conclusively shown to be inflluenced by environment.  lumberjack_jeff   Jul-07-09 07:13 PM   #32 
        - Amanda Baggs isn't British  KamaAina   Jun-29-09 03:02 PM   #25 
           - DOH, my bad!  Odin2005   Jun-30-09 04:31 PM   #27 
        - I agree with you LumberJack. Nt  Left coast liberal   Sep-17-09 06:15 PM   #33 
  - Thank you. I keep on trying  SheilaT   Jul-04-09 10:44 PM   #29 
     - Exactly.  Odin2005   Jul-05-09 01:02 AM   #31 
  - FYI  elleng   Jun-28-09 01:33 AM   #14 
  - Personally, I think that we should also consider possible prenatal environmental insults.  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-28-09 09:52 AM   #16 
     - Unless your child has the condition.  elleng   Jun-28-09 03:42 PM   #19 
     - As mine does. n/t  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-28-09 04:01 PM   #20 
     - Isn't focusing on 'anything' also focusing on 'everything?'  elleng   Jun-28-09 04:22 PM   #21 
        - Yes, actually.  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-28-09 11:26 PM   #22 
           - I am not at all clear about your point.  elleng   Jun-29-09 12:20 AM   #23 
              - My point is very simple.  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-29-09 02:57 PM   #24 
  - Here's the third segment of his essay.  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-30-09 10:23 AM   #26 
     - Well that crap removed any bit of respect I had for the HuffPo.  Odin2005   Sep-17-09 06:56 PM   #34 

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