AUTISM CAUSES & MISCONCEPTIONS

I think people get carried away with their theories on Autism and what is to blame for it. Some of these seem logical to me. Others are utter bullshit. One thing I have talked about before is the theory or idea that circumcision causes Autism. Ok, yes Autism is more common and prevalent in men, but women can have Autism, too. As far as I know, here in America, we do not mutilate women’s vaginas. Only men are subjected to it. Yes, I am aware of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) in other cultures, but I am focusing only on the US for this.
Another thing I can assure you is complete idiocy is the notion that vaccines cause Autism. This has been disproven time and time again. The man who first proposed the idea, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, has been discredited and lost his practicing license. I am not a doctor but legitimate doctors have spoken out against this theory. I want to clarify that I am vaccinated and have Autism but that means nothing.
One thing I can possibly get behind because it seems the most logical to me is genetics. I am the only one in my family that I know of that has a diagnosis of Autism. The uncles on my dad’s side are a little out there, but none of them have been diagnosed. That’s interesting to me. My dad’s side of the family are so incredibly alike but I am the only one with a “real” diagnosis. Why is that? Is it because Autism was not as in the public eye back then as it is now? Because now it seems like people are getting diagnosed left and right. I’d love it if my dad and uncles got tested just to see the results. Again, I am not medically inclined. I am not a doctor; I can’t diagnose people. I can only speculate. It’s interesting but my family and I did a SPARK saliva study. The only person that didn’t do it was my dad. Everyone in my family was negative, except for me obviously. I think my dad said “I don’t want the Government to have my spit DNA on file” but I think the reason is because he didn’t want to know.
As for me? I have no Earthly idea what causes Autism. I highly doubt anyone will ever figure it out. Maybe that’s why there is so much speculation around it and why people pin it down to one thing. I personally think it is a whole host of things and factors that contribute to a diagnosis. All I know is, people seem to think Autism is a life-threatening thing. It’s not…at least not for me. We all have hardships in our lives. To me, Autism is just one more thing I have to deal with for the rest of my life.
That brings me to another point. “Cures” for Autism. Simply put…there isn’t one. I think there are things than can help alleviate some side effects of Autism. An example of this for me is CBD oil. The oil helps with my anxiety issues and I know people take it for other reasons such as pain alleviation. Look, I am NOT promoting drug use. CBD oil is legal. Medicinal marijuana is iffy at best when it comes to people’s opinions. People are either all for it or loathe the idea of giving their kids with Autism drugs. I am for it AS LONG AS it isn’t overused. Like the CBD oil I use, I can take up to 4 times a day. Having said that, the most I have ever taken it in one day is twice.
I get that people want their lives to be simple. I do; believe me. I think it’s a basic human want for your life to be easy, simple, and streamlined. I want that too sometimes. However, I am willing to accept the fact that will probably never come to be. We as human beings will struggle and find hardships. To me, Autism is a test of endurance. If I can survive with all my medical issue and Autism on top of that, I think it’s a good thing. I want to hear from you. What do you think of some of the stuff so-called “experts” have come up with for Autism? Thanks for reading and I look forward to reading your comments!
-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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  1. Tom, your blog will soon be added to our Actually Autistic Blogs List (anautismobserver.wordpress.com). Please click on the “How do you want your blog listed?” link at the top of that site to customize your blog’s description on the list (or to decline).
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