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Is either asperger's or autism caused by too much brain plasticity?

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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry 57 years experience
No: Two different concepts; plasticity really is more about a kind of ''understudy'' capacity.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
No: Both are "variations on a symphonic theme" and are treatable by the use of bionutrients. There is evidence in the medical literature that they are on a spectrum of severity caused by damage to mitochondria, the engines of the cell. This would suggest that there is not enough plasticity rather than too much.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Unrelated: We use the concept of brain plasticity to reflect our understanding of observed differences in kids/adults. A 1 year old & a 50 yo can suffer the same insult to the brain and have quite a different outcome. Since the immature brain has not formed all its connections, the 1 yo has a greater "plasticity" to form connections that bypass an injury. The 50 yo does not. It has nothing to do with autism.

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