I have a Theory.
For me I believe when we are born the brain runs a programme in each of us that makes us learn to walk, communicate, and socialise etc. What if something we consume blocks that process? Remove what is causing the block too late and the brain has formed too far the wrong way. Remove it early enough and the brain will revert back to the original programme and develop the correct way.
There is no consistent study that shows all autism is caused by something in our DNA.
Parents with no family history of autism have children with autism.
Children with autism often have bad guts. Why is it not more logical that something we consume causes the bad gut and therefore impacts on that programme of development rather than the less logical explanation that something in the brain is causing something to occur in the gut.
Just wanted to introduce the idea and see what people think.
Aren't the "Parents with no family history of autism have(ing) children with autism." more likely to be due to the fact that the diagnostic criteria omitted many on the spectrum until at least the 1990's? How would they know they had no family history?
I'm not dismissing your theory entirely (I'm not a scientist.) but there is more and more research appearing that shows a genetic component even if not a directly heritable one. After all, most parents of children with (for instance) Down's Syndrome don't themselves have Down's Syndrome nor are they necessarily 'carriers' of it, but we know that there's genetic evidence for Down's Syndrome in that an extra chromosome is responsible.
The scientists want to find a way to prove their theory so they explain the lack of history by telling us we did not simply realize people in our family had it. There is no doubt there is an explanaiton for Down Syndrome through genetics but not autism. My belief is there is something in Autism that makes babies react to something we consume that blocks the delveopment of the brain and causes symptoms in the gut. The problem is that the brain follows a course of development that is already there so once it is blocked and goes past a certain point it can no longer recover. Also my belief is that only some children react to what we consume and not others explaining why some children are autistic and others not. This is what I believe genetics could explain. It's when certain parent's DNA comes together that causes the reaction to this thing we consume not autism. Autism is a disturbed delveopmental programme caused directly by something we consume but that does not effect all people becuase of genetics. This is my explanation of Autism.