Originally Posted by miriam
Until we all know for sure what causes autism, everything is suspect, including vaccines, epidurals, ultrasound, and clinical deficiencies of vitamin D. Nothing can be eliminated from the research.
Agreed. But the problem comes when people just start stating that x, y and z causes autism, without any credible research to back that up. While vaccines MAY contribute/cause autism, it may not. Same with epidurals, ultrasounds, and vit d deficiencies and a million other things. This just kinda reeks of "play the blame game" and, usually, the blame comes back on the mom (for getting an epidural, getting ultrasounds, not taking baby in the sun enough, allowing vaccines, etc). As a mom of a child with autism (and my sis is AllyRae so my nephew also has autism) this kind of thinking/implications just sucks.
My future MIL is famous for this. She has now decided that my ds has autism because future MIL believes that I was fed formula in a plastic bottle when I was a baby and THAT is what caused ds's autism.
While that has a possibility of being true, that me being fed out of a plastic bottle caused ds's autism, it may not. Future MIL made the assumption that I was fed with a bottle (as opposed to breastfeeding) AND that the bottle was plastic (as opposed to glass). Future MIL does not know if either of those 2 assumptions are true, but she's convinced herself that they are and that's the cause of ds's autism.
These assumptions are dangerous for everyone involved, so it really hits me the wrong way when people start assuming they know the cause of autism.