Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: 12 Years Later: Environmental Causes of Autism Still Unexplored

The Environment as an etiologic factor in autism: a new direction for research”  by EA London was published online by ehp, Environmental Health Perspectives, in 2000. Today, 12 years later, it remains the direction not taken as “autism research” continues down the road of genetic obsession and largely ignores environmental autism research.
Although public health authorities have paid lip service to the idea that autism appears to result from gene environment interaction funding has been overwhelmingly directed towards the gene side of the equation. The people who are much smarter than most of us, who understand things we Continue reading

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: A Focused Environmental Autism Research Strategy Is Needed

If you have a child who is severely affected by an autism disorder, whose ability to understand the world is limited, who wanders into dangerous traffic, lakes or rivers,  is prone to seizures or  engages in serious self injurious behavior autism is not just an alternative way of thinking or an opportunity to build a career mouthing empty feel good cliches about autism acceptance on twitter.  If you are a parent with a severely autistic child you will probably fight for evidence based autism interventions, accommodation in the schools for autistic students and a place for them to live with Continue reading

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Strategic Research of Environmental Causes of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

In A Research Strategy to Discover the Environmental Causes of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, an editorial in the current issue of Environmental Health Perspectivesauthors Philip J. Landrigan, Luca Lambertini and Linda S. Birnbaum make a  compelling argument for strategically researching environmental causes of autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. In the process they provide an understanding of autism as a family of disorders.   The authors point out that, despite the attention paid to genetic causes of autism disorders,  a large number of genes have been identified as candidates in causing autism disorders with no single dominant genetic anomaly Continue reading