Hold on people.......all I want is to lay out any Possibilities........what is wrong with doing studies and asking questions? Did I say these factors definitely cause autism? No, I did not say that at ALL......But why should you be afraid to explore any and every possibility? You don't want to explore any possibility that might be viewed as the "mother's fault", so then I guess we can't open that topic of conversation at all? That is unacceptable.
And, how are environmental toxins the "mother's fault"?!? Is fluoride in the water "mother's fault"?!? Electromagnetic pollution the "mother's fault"?!? Can we be adults here, and try to look at any cause that might be possible? Any and every? Jeez, I was never trying to offend anybody here, and if you took it that way, well then I am sorry. But, as a scientific thinking individual, I am very interested in any study that might explore possible links.
When you presuppose (without evidence) that Autistics are damaged by poison/injury/electricity/magic, you must also assume that Autism is damage. Following this line of thinking is by very definition declaring Autistics unwhole and unnatural. The known evidence does not support this.
Assuming Autism is damage and using that as the starting point for the national discussion is offensive to Autistic people, and it is the reason why quack and hate organizations such as DAN! and Autism Speaks are never EVER endorsed by adult Autistics. Think about that; a national organization with millions and millions in capitol and they have not found a single adult spokesperson, why? Autism is a childhood disorder, yet we know the individual is affected for life, how can that be true? The truth is, it is a lot harder to be an Autistic kid than it is to be an Autistic adult. The same can be said about a wide variety of personality types and physical and emotional conditions.
Autism as "damage" is an easy sell to a parent of an uncontrollable 4 year-old with language delays, but much less so to adults who have caught up, surpassed, or side-stepped the typical developmental path. Individuals with Asperger's syndrome, for instance have a higher than average incidence of above average IQ. Can you name a poison or injury that can increase my IQ? Because if you can, you are going to be so. very. rich.
Autistics are different. Not better, not worse. They are not sick or damaged or victims of tragedy. As we become more and more aware of how different we are from each other, it is up to us as a species to accept and work with these differences, instead of villifying them and working (in vain as the evidence suggests) to *correct* them.
Up until a few hundred years ago, left-handed people were damaged, defective, unclean, tragedy cases that could be taught through strict and cruel repetition how to appear normal. Please consider that, before we repeat history again.