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.
For me, this is a non starter. I have no desire to know what caused me to be who I am. And I think that if research continues down this avenue, it is only fair to put the same amount of time, money and effort, into finding out why nt’s are born the way they are. I’m autistic yet my son isn’t. Why aren’t we testing him?
I would rather they put their time, money and effort into finding ways we can include our children, our nd ones, into this life. My undiagnosed autistic 4 year old grandson is not coping with school. But nobody sees that. He is the most loving, funny, kind and generous little boy I know. He greets everyone with a hug and tells them how nice it is to see them. When he wants to, that is. But all that goes barely noticed. When compared to he’s spoilt, he’s naughty, he’s a baby. His best friend, who is getting assessed for autism, isn’t coping with the school day either. I would rather they put their time and effort into working out what would help these kids.
I would go so far as to suggest that we really ought to be finding out why nt’s are the way they are. I’m not saying they’re wrong or bad or anything, but if the world was more nd friendly, it would be a nicer place to be, for many people. And those that want a fast flashy life can go and have one. We’ll make little islands for them.
I may not fit the nt mould but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with me, until I see myself compared to nt life.
Oh, and I do have bad guts, if I don’t eat the right food for me. Trying to get me to eat meat as a kid was enough alone to give me bad guts and put me off food. But I don’t have to eat it now and when I don’t, I’m good to go. When I listen to my body and give it what it needs, it works perfectly.
There was a research paper published recently (read about it in the New Scientist, can't remember how long ago) which suggested that Autism could be an evolutionary development, that in an ever-more-over-crowded world certain aspects of high empathy quotient may in fact be a disadvantage.
I don't know if I can buy into it on the basis of one paper, but I like the idea of NT's simply being tomorrow's Neanderthals :) and that one day we will rule the world.