Why Autism causes rather than what causes Autism? The reason is because there are so many areas researchers are
investigating and plenty of theories as to what does cause it.
The truth is nobody knows for 100% sure yet the answer. Thus we have to say Autism causes as researchers keep
searching for answers, in more than one area. The good news is that they are not limiting themselves to one
What areas have researchers investigated as to a cause for Autism? The MMR vaccine (measles-mumps-rubella) has been
researched and since discredited, anti-vaccines groups have also looked into thinerosal which is a preservative
used in some vaccines. It should be noted that thinerosal is not in the MMR vaccines. Methyl mercury is found in
thinerosal and many feel it is because it is a poisonous substance; it could be one of the Autism causes.
Research is still ongoing but as of now, there is no conclusive confirmation. It is very understandable that
parents would look to vaccines and the connection between mercury and Autism as being possible causes. Vaccination
takes place at the same time as many signs of Autism occur. Until research can confirm this without question, then
it is still possibly just coincidental timing.
Premature births have also been looked at for Autism. Many children with Autism have been born overdue. Some of the
areas that have been studied are folic acid, C-sections and diet. Again, all have not been proven.
The main area being investigated now is genetics. This area is hard to disprove as some families have more than one
autistic child. It is believed that multiple genes may be the cause rather than one specific gene.
Environmentally areas have also been researched. The reason is the numbers of cases of Autism have skyrocketed.
This can be partly attributed to more diagnosis now being established.
Asperger syndrome is still relatively new in terms of being an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Hopefully, some day
soon, we will have an Autism cure.
If you wish to learn more about Autism, I encourage you to visit the page called: What is Autism?