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What is the best current information on the etiology of autism?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: No single answer

We still lack a detailed understanding of exactly what autism is, in terms of the parts of the brain affected and the causes for those effects.
Researchers continue to explore lots of different leads, and genetics certainly plays an important role. Environmental causes are much more controversial but probably play a role too. It is clear there is not single cause.

In brief: No single answer

We still lack a detailed understanding of exactly what autism is, in terms of the parts of the brain affected and the causes for those effects.
Researchers continue to explore lots of different leads, and genetics certainly plays an important role. Environmental causes are much more controversial but probably play a role too. It is clear there is not single cause.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multiple

A genetic "risk factor" coupled with a "stress factor" e.
g. Vaccination/antibiotic abuse/pollution/metal intoxication etc. And "dietary risk", sometimes even in pregnancy. The linking of the three encourages "oxidative stress". We have found vitamin b1 (thiamine) deficiency in 20% of our autism patients but each patient has a different biochemical underpinning as the cause.

In brief: Multiple

A genetic "risk factor" coupled with a "stress factor" e.
g. Vaccination/antibiotic abuse/pollution/metal intoxication etc. And "dietary risk", sometimes even in pregnancy. The linking of the three encourages "oxidative stress". We have found vitamin b1 (thiamine) deficiency in 20% of our autism patients but each patient has a different biochemical underpinning as the cause.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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