Autism Facts

What is Autism?
Autism Facts & Stats

Autism Research

Our scientific understanding of Autism as a biologically-based, treatable disorder has evolved a great deal in recent years, bringing the promise of new hope and development of effective treatments to those who are affected.
Over time, what has emerged is a complicated amalgam of metabolic abnormalities, including mitochondrial dysfunction, immune dysregulation, inflammation, oxidative stress, methylation problems, transsulfuration issues and toxicity in ASD. Dr. Daniel Rossignol and Dr. Richard Frye recently published a review article where they searched the world’s medical literature to identify how many studies implicated these biochemical abnormalities in ASD. Here’s what they found:

  • 437 publications examined immune dysregulation or inflammation in ASD; 416 (95%) found an association
  • 115 publications examined oxidative stress in ASD; all 115 found an association
  • 153 publications examined mitochondrial dysfunction in ASD; 145 (95%) reported an association
  • 190 publications examined environmental toxicant exposures in ASD; 170 (89%) found an association
  • 62% of the publications in these 4 areas were published in the last 5 years (2006-2010)
  • Genetic studies were the most common type of study in the medical literature concerning ASD; these studies accounted for more studies (1,576) than these 4 areas combined

For an extensive, categorized list of relevant research, please visit the Autism Research Institute.


Causes of Autism

Based on parent reports – including parents representing the National Autism Association – sharp regression occurred in their children directly following immunizations. While many parents can provide detailed accounts of regression in their children following vaccination, other parents have reported autism in their unvaccinated children. More sparsely, parents report swift regression following an illness, use of antibiotics, and random chemical exposure – such as carpet cleaning. Though published mainstream science fails to acknowledge a causal link to any of these specific exposures, it’s important that parental accounts be carefully considered.

Most researchers do agree that environmental factors play a role, though there is no one cause of autism identified by mainstream science. In identical twins who share the exact same genetic code, if one has autism, the other twin also has autism in nearly 9 out of 10 cases. There are cases where one twin has autism and his/her identical twin with matching genetic codes do not. It’s important that environmental exposures are considered among all cases, especially cases of regressive autism.
A recent review of the world’s medical literature suggests that underlying biochemical abnormalities are likely involved in environmental susceptibilities and the development of autism including mitochondrial dysfunction, immune dysregulation, inflammation, oxidative stress, methylation problems, transsulfuration issues and toxicity.

The National Autism Association believes:
Mainstream research has identified other contributing factors, including:

Signs Of Autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social impairments, cognitive impairments, communication difficulties, and repetitive behaviors. It can range from very mild to very severe and occur in all ethnic, socioeconomic and age groups. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females. Some children with autism appear normal before age 1 or 2 and then suddenly “regress” and lose language or social skills they had previously gained. This is called the regressive type of autism.


If you are concerned about your baby’s development, ask your pediatrician or family practitioner for an immediate evaluation. To find a developmental specialist in your area, Click Here or call the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) at 1-800-695-0285.
Is your child hitting his/her milestones? Visit CDC’s Learn the Signs, Act Early Milestone Checklist


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