"Environmental factors such as toxins and pesticides can cause severe health problems, especially for pregnant women and fetuses. For male fetuses, the harmful effect of exposure to these toxins work like this: Toxins can cause genital malformations, which are then linked to autism and intellectual disability, according to a study from the University of Chicago published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology. . . .
"'Autism appears to be strongly correlated with rate of congenital malformations of the genitals in males across the country,' said study author Andrey Rzhetsky, Ph.D., professor of genetic medicine and human genetics at the University of Chicago, in a press release. 'This gives an indicator of environmental load and the effect is surprisingly strong.'"
"Genital malformations - such as micropenis and undescended testicles - indicate a possible exposure to harmful toxins, including environmental lead, medications and other synthetic molecules. Researchers concluded that the malformations also correlated with an increase in autism rates, therefore demonstrating a link between environmental toxins and autism.
"'We interpret the results of this study as a strong environmental signal,' Rzhetsky said.. . .
"Other factors that appeared to raise the rate of autism included non-reproductive congenital malformations, viral infections, income and urban population in a county. Although vaccines were not analyzed, study authors suggested that, at most, they play a very weak role, because vaccines are given uniformly across the U.S., but autism cases were geographically clustered."
Notice that Dr. Rzhetsky just admitted the possibility of a link: "Although vaccines were not analyzed, study authors suggested that, at most, they play a very weak role."
This is amazing. "A very weak role"? Vaccines are not supposed to have ANY connection to the development of autism.
March 6, 2014, The Weather Channel told us that vaccines DON'T CAUSE AUTISM and they said that all the kids with autism are the result of a 'broader definition' and "awareness of autism.
"But there is a correlation between increasing vaccine rates and several autism diagnoses. The scientific consensus is that the dual rise in autism and vaccines is coincidental, probably brought on by advances in medical diagnosis, health care and awareness of autism.
"'I think there's certainly increased attention,' explained Dr. Spearman. 'I heard a recent expert in the area say that it's the way we characterize autism spectrum disorder - it's a broader definition. More attention and the broader definition have lead to [more] cases.'"
Why did the story suddenly and dramatically change, just one week later?
On Mar 13, 2014, TWC reported that an important researcher, Dr. Andrey Rzhetsky, whose study is getting lots of national coverage, believes there's been a real increase in autism AND---VACCINES PLAY A ROLE, although, Rzhetsky cautions that vaccines" at most, they play a very weak role" in the development of autism.
It seems that once in a while an expert will admit vaccines are connected to autism, but then nothing more is said in the matter. We just move on and everyone once again denies any link.
It's just tough if it's your child that was affected. We only occasionally recognize that it's possible.