Isn't it interesting that ultrasound has become an increasingly common practice in the past 20 years, the very same length of time that autism has been steadily on the rise? Considering the fact that autism is nearly nonexistent in Amish kids (I do assume that the Amish are not proponents of the ultrasound), and that the astronomical rise in autism cases has yet to be noted in third world and developing countries (where expectant mothers are not offered ultrasound due to financial limitations), I find it hard to believe that no one has seriously considered this link.
Don't forget that research has been done in which pregnant mice were given ultrasounds and the fetal mice were confirmed to have resulting brain damage (displacement of neurotransmitters) that would, medically and logically, account for autistic behaviors... I find it rather odd that this theory has been ignored, snuffed out, and essentially covered up- when it seems far more valid and substantiated than the mercury vaccine theory which has been so publicized as to create the belief in many Americans that it is a fact. Personally, I find the vaccine theory to be rather unlikely since one of the main components of this theory involves the fact that the children exhibit symptoms shortly after being vaccinated. How simple-minded this seems...... Look up the symptoms of autism and think of any normal infant under age 12-15months- that would be the way that they act. The symptoms don't appear because up until about 15 months, when social skills begin to naturally develop, the children are the same-autistic or not. So they happen to have also just received vaccines... okay.. so what?? A study needs to be done... try doing those vaccinations at age 5 in a group of children. My guess is that (assuming their moms all had the ridiculous number of ultrasounds that now are a routine part of prenatal care) the autism rate would be the same. SOMEONE needs to discover this. SOMEONE needs to prove this. SOMEONE needs to stop prenatal brain damage from becoming part of the prenatal medical process. It is ridiculous- and now people are going to mall shops to get 'just for fun' 3d images of baby-they are damaging these children. I am a science teacher, a mother, and a person driven to figure out the reason for the climbing rate of autism in such short time. Does anyone agree with me?
While I am the first to admit that mine is quite a 'rambling' post with a lot of info, in my profession, I do engage in ongoing research at the university level and have also been blessed to touch the lives of an increasing number of higher functioning autistic and asperger's syndrome students. This, coupled with inquiry based thinking (that is a part of my day to day life)of scientific study (at all levels), accounts for my continued interest in finding a cause for this (most likely)preventable disorder.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share the rationale of this seemingly unimportant statement.
Good luck finding a "cause" I believe there may be several... I also believe autism, (a mild degree) is natural and part of what affects personality.
It could be outside causes make this much worse and something that would have otherwise caused someone to be known as "shy", "eccentric", "Lone wolf" "Loner", "lazy" "unmotivated" "detail oriented" "scientifically-minded" "determined" "geek", "Nerd" "gifted" "unique" "follows the beat of a different drummer" and so on... (Members please feel free to add onto this list in another post. I’d like to make this an activity in my next topic.)
To having a full blown case of autism. I don't care if the issue is mental or not. Whatever it is probably is natural to some degree, only now we are finally discovering that along with personality there may be physical elements along with it. I'm not surprised. I won't be surprised if further investigation comes to uncover this.
After all we know that merle, the gene that makes Australian Shepherds and related dogs a pretty combo of colors is also a semi lethal gene... Cross two merle dogs, and you may get a deaf, possibly a blind pup out of it. Perhaps if we were severely concerned for dog health, perhaps it may be a good idea to just eliminate this gene altogether and not breed any merle dogs or carriers of that gene? But chances are that won’t happen. People like the color and if the dog carries just one gene for it, then there’s very little health risk. Some breed standards may even prefer that pattern.
Red hair: My hair is not red because it’s red. It’s red because my body for whatever reasons is failing to create enough of a brown pigment (melanin)… There are two kinds of melanin; one is red and the other is brown. The brown one isn’t functioning enough, so I’m left with red. Not only do I have a beautiful hair color, but I also have pale skin and am extremely susceptible to sunburn and certain skin cancer risks… Because it’s a protein not being produced, there are probably other areas in my body that affects, but that hasn’t been fully researched yet.
Obviously it’d be a bad move to eliminate red-heads from the planet, prevent red-headed children from being born, or find ways to make the body produce the missing protein so their hair is no longer red, just to eliminate the sunburn and skin cancer risk associated. No it’d be a better idea finding ways to make it easier for red heads to enjoy the outdoors without being burned and minimize the cancer risk in other ways.
Of course some people may disagree with this perspective, but I guess for those people, they need to see it happen before they know. It’s bound to happen eventually… I suspect a lot of illnesses that affect the mental state of people also affect personality, but for most people it’s not enough to cause noticeable harm.
With that in mind I'm not disagreeing with your statement. In fact it would be interesting to see if there is a link. It’s be worth looking into and potentially reducing the risk if there is. Otherwise there could be something else going on that needs to be looked into.
I just caution the idea of trying to go for a 100% elimination approach... That may be a bit more dangerous in the long or short run.
The official explanation on this site is complete hokum. Has the medical community tried to silence the study that showed excessive sonogram use on pregnant mice caused the cells in the fetus' brain stem to migrate to the wrong place, resulting in symptoms of autism?
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