There is no definite known cause for Autism, however; most medical experts have stated that possible explanations for the development of Autism could be contributed to both genetic and environmental factors. There are a number of different theories that medical experts say can lead to autism and the theories supported by medical experts are extremely controversial. The factors that medical experts have based theories on that could possibly cause Autism are: vaccines, genetics, bad parenting, brain development, immune deficiency problems, poor nutrition, and or food allergies.
The theory behind vaccines causing Autism is related to mercury based preservative that is used in certain vaccines and another theory is with the Mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine can cause digestive problems that can lead to the development of Autism. Genetic theories have proven that parents from families with autistic children are more likely to have autistic children and families with one autistic child are more likely to have more than one autistic child. Autism is not caused by parenting, contrary to a previous theory introduced by Dr. Kenner. There are however, many differences between a normal brain and a person with Autism. Persons with Autism have larger brains than a person without autism, because of this; information is processed in a completely different way. Immune deficiency problems could be a possible link to autism. Autistic individuals often have physical problems that are related to immune problems. Effective treatments have been developed for immune deficiency problems, but it is still too early to tell as to whether or not immune deficiency can actually contribute to the development of Autism in certain people. It is unlikely that autism is a result of poor nutrition, but vitamin therapies have been used to treat Autism symptoms. Now last, but certainly not least are food allergy theories. Food allergies actually have been proven to contribute to the symptoms of autism. It is thought that gluten found in wheat products and casein found in dairy is food allergy culprits that can result in the symptoms of Autism.
Through the years of research that have been done on autism so far many medical experts are saying that autism is more than likely caused by not just one of these factors, but several. It has been noted that in autism patients 25 percent of those patients have digestive problems, 25 percent have seizures, and another 25 percent have sleep problems. The different symptoms associated with Autism possibly prove that there are many different type of Autism. There are many different theories to the development of autism, but there is very little scientific data to pinpoint or rule out certain theories, however; as the years go by many there have been many new pieces added to the puzzle that will one day help determine a possible cure for autism.
As with the multiple factors listed above that could possibly contribute to Autism, there are just as many if not more treatments to help with the disorder as well. There is no one treatment specifically dedicated for helping with the symptoms of Autism, but several. The best therapies for a person with Autism have been different behavioral therapies and programs along with other treatments to target different problems associated with Autism, such as: gluten and casein free diets, speech therapy, and verbal and behavioral interventions. Medicines are also used in the treatment of Autism, however; are symptom specific and are used for treating certain conditions such as, depression, hyperactivity, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders.
With the number of methods used for treating Autism it is hard to tell what the best for your family is or what is to be the most effective. Talk to your health care provider and find out what options are available and what options are recommended for you and your family in dealing with this condition and then go from there.