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Dachel Media Update: 11/15

Online newsNov 15, 2012, Examiner: Children of scientists and engineers linked to autism

Scientific America on November 14, 2012 published results of multiple studies linking children with autism to parents of technically minded people. One study conducted back in 1997 on 2,000 people in Great Britain found 12.5 percent of the fathers of children with autism listed their occupation as an engineer compared to 5 percent of fathers without a child with autism. Later research found scientists, computer programmers and mathematicians showed higher rates as well.

Another theory of autism proposes that high levels of the male hormone, testosterone, during pregnancy play a role in the development of autism spectrum disorder in the offspring. Italian researchers published in the December 2012 issue of Clinical Endocrinology a study of women with high testosterone levels during pregnancy and a history of polycystic ovary syndrome compared to healthy pregnant women. The female children of the women with high testosterone levels exhibited developmental disorders after birth.

Researchers theorize that the autism condition involves multiple genes, but other factors like high levels of testosterone or events occurring during pregnancy contribute to changes in the child’s brain that causes the autism spectrum disorder. Scientists continue to slowly unravel the mystery behind this disease.

This shows that scientists are willing to research any claim about the cause of autism EXCEPT produce the one study that advocates have requested for years.

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A STUDY DONE COMPARING THE AUTISM RATES OF FULLY VACCINATED CHILDREN AND NEVER-VACCINES CHILDREN. No health official has ever called this research, yet it would certainly be proof of no link if one in every 88 never-vaccinated children also has autism.

Instead, experts can only come up with findings that put the blame squarely on the parents: high levels of testosterone, older dads, older moms, obese moms, having siblings too close together, living too close to a freeway, mothers who have a sustained fever during pregnancy, bad genes, and having tech-minded parents---all linked to autism by research.



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Perplexed by CDC's Inaction in USA

Why aren't any studies done on kids in the USA? Why does the CDC and FDA keep citing studies done abroad? We have one in 80 boys with autism in the US. Why aren't groups here being studied?

Seriously, did it all end here with the Brick Township, NJ, investigations?

Jenny Allan

Simon Baron Cohen -AGAIN What a waste of public money!!

From above:-
"One study conducted back in 1997 on 2,000 people in Great Britain found 12.5 percent of the fathers of children with autism listed their occupation as an engineer compared to 5 percent of fathers without a child with autism."

Scientists and autism: When geeks meet

“Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen thinks scientists and engineers could be more likely to have a child with autism. Some researchers say the proof isn't there.”

Always ask why.

All their research may be right, but the question is: Why do these relationships exist, if they indeed do?

We need to look at the possible mercury connection to each of these:

--high testosterone--mercury is a known endocrine disruptor and may cause adrenal malfunctions resulting in high testosterone in women; do women with high testosterone levels have higher body burdens of mercury, on average?

--older dads--have lived longer and are more likely to have accumulated higher levels of toxins, including mercury?

--older moms--ditto?

--obese moms--mercury is implicated as a possible cause, or contributing cause, of diabetes and diabetes is linked to obesity; maybe obese moms are more likely to be mercury toxic? (mercury and other endocrine disruptors are lipophilic--they are soluble in fat, not water, and thus often stored rather than excreted by the body)

--siblings too close together?? hmm--higher testosterone levels are linked to greater sex drive--is this just a repeat of the above link to testosterone; or are the babies more stressed due to having to share parental attention with their sibling, and thus less able to excrete any mercury they are exposed to? the first hypothesis seems more likely correct

--living too close to a freeway--people living close to freeways have higher exposures various pollutants, some of which synergistically make mercury more toxic and reduce one's ability to excrete it; do people who live close to freeways have higher body levels of toxins (including mercury) (on average) than people who do not live close to freeways? (Also some pollutants from cars (PAH) are also endocrine disruptors--so people who live close to freeways may average higher testosterone than normal?--see above)

sustained fever--mercury toxic individuals have impaired immune systems and may be more likely to fall ill during pregnancy Do women who get fevers during pregnancy have, on average, higher levels of mercury in their bodies than women who do not?

bad genes?? well there are genes that appear linked to inability or reduced ability to excrete mercury and heavy metals--APOE4 for one? Do women who have these specific genes also have higher body loads of mercury, and therefore a higher likelihood of mothering children diagnosed with autism?

tech minded parents--many gauges and other lab equipment likely to be used by tech-minded parents contain mercury and/or other endocrine disrupting chemicals; labs where the parents work, or go to school, may include rooms that have been contaminated by spilled mercury at some time in the past-in addition to other endocrine disrupting chemicals. Great caution in the use of mercury in the lab is a fairly recent phenomenon. Do tech parents have, on average, higher mercury body burdens than non-tech parents?

Some of these seem like testable hypotheses to me--if only we had a really good index to mercury body burden. CDC et al. like to use blood mercury levels which are notoriously uninformative and help their minions like Pichichero create "science-like" studies that aren't good science. Mercury levels in hair have been used by many researchers but there is now enough information available to think that hair levels per se are also not a reliable index-for one thing, individuals with no or very little mercury in hair have been found to excrete high levels of mercury when treated with chelating agents. Umbilical cord mercury may be more valid, but getting samples for testing would make hypothesis testing via that method quite difficult.

Andy Cutler's counting rules need to be validated by lab testing of the hair and organs of deceased individuals. If his counting rules are proved valid, they would provide a comparatively easy way to accurately evaluate mercury toxicity levels in living individuals. Then the above hypotheses could be tested and the picture might become clear.


this is the reason I cancelled my subscription.

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