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What's your opinion on the causes of the autism epidemic we are facing today?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Unknown

Although it unquestionably is true that autism and related disorders are much more commonly diagnosed now thany they were 20 years ago, why remains controversial.
A well-established partial explanation is, we broadened the definition markedly, so many more are "eligible" for this diagnosis than used to be the case. Some believe there is a "real" increase; others do not. Causes remain unknown.

In brief: Unknown

Although it unquestionably is true that autism and related disorders are much more commonly diagnosed now thany they were 20 years ago, why remains controversial.
A well-established partial explanation is, we broadened the definition markedly, so many more are "eligible" for this diagnosis than used to be the case. Some believe there is a "real" increase; others do not. Causes remain unknown.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multifactoral

Improved recognition is responsible for only part of the increase.
Other theories are: our level of exposure to chemicals in our food and environment is thought to be a factor, and our increased consumption of processed food which often lack micronutrients are probably also at play. 1 reference about chemicals: http://www.Mheproducts.Com/autism/pfcs_and_autism.Htm.

In brief: Multifactoral

Improved recognition is responsible for only part of the increase.
Other theories are: our level of exposure to chemicals in our food and environment is thought to be a factor, and our increased consumption of processed food which often lack micronutrients are probably also at play. 1 reference about chemicals: http://www.Mheproducts.Com/autism/pfcs_and_autism.Htm.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Nothing

Most pediatricians don't believe that there is a true epidemic.
We are seeing improved detection resulting from better education of physicians as well as an expanded set of diagnostic criteria making it easier for children to be diagnosed.

In brief: Nothing

Most pediatricians don't believe that there is a true epidemic.
We are seeing improved detection resulting from better education of physicians as well as an expanded set of diagnostic criteria making it easier for children to be diagnosed.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: No epidemic

What we are experiencing is a redefining of certain conditions as autism.
There has not been a clear increase in the incidence. in many cases, there are no services available for children with certain diagnoses, therefore autism is the diagnosis chosen so these children can qualify for services.

In brief: No epidemic

What we are experiencing is a redefining of certain conditions as autism.
There has not been a clear increase in the incidence. in many cases, there are no services available for children with certain diagnoses, therefore autism is the diagnosis chosen so these children can qualify for services.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice

In brief: Vaccines

New studies in j toxicol environ health a.
2011 & journal of inorganic biochemistry, 2011 have shown a connection between vaccines & autism.

In brief: Vaccines

New studies in j toxicol environ health a.
2011 & journal of inorganic biochemistry, 2011 have shown a connection between vaccines & autism.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
If there were just better diagnostics, where are the large numbers (1/68) adults with Autism?
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