Autism and Pitocin

What is Pitocin

Most women have had to take pitocin during the birthing process, either because labor is not progressing as it should, or because the baby is in danger if the mother cannot push the baby out on her own. Sometimes, when the mother has requested induced labor rather than wait for birth to start on its own, doctors use pitocin throughout the birthing process. Pitocin is man-made and mimics the natural chemical, oxytocin, which the mother’s body produces at the onset of labor and continues to produce until the afterbirth has been ejected from her body.

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Does pitocin cause autism

Recently, some people have argued that the use of pitocin causes autism. This is a wholly and completely unfounded argument for several reasons. First of all, there are limited studies on the subject, all of which have had the same result—pitocin does not affect brains of children during childbirth.

Secondly, the pitocin a child experiences during the birthing process is short-lived. By the time the child is born, usually within eight to ten hours after the first IV of pitocin has been administered to the mother, the baby’s brain has only been exposed to the chemical for that period in time. Its brain has not undergone any serious changes because it was not developing or growing during the birthing process.

Third, after the child is born and the cord is cut, the baby wheedles the pitocin out of its little system just as it would any other drug through its urine and its bowels. It does not linger and begin destroying brain cells, as these people might contend. Finally, the baby is not exposed to the drug after birth, although a very small amount might appear in the mother’s milk with the first feeding, but after a couple of days when the mother’s milk comes in, there is nothing left in the mother’s system to cross over in the milk.

Ergo, pitocin does not cause autism, nor can it have a significant impact on the brain of a baby in the birthing process. It simply is not feasible, and there is no significant correlation. Again, as any good biologist will tell you, even if there was correlation, it does not prove causation.

As an added note here, AutismSpeaks is conducting research on a drug that delays premature birth. This drug does affect the oxytocin receptors in a baby’s brain, although no one is certain just yet how much of an impact it has. If you would like to follow the study and learn more about the research they are conducting in relation to this particular labor drug, you can read up on it here. “http://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2012/06/01/autism-pitocin-connection

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EMDR and Craniosacral Myofascial Release therapy for autism

A good parent will try almost anything to help their child. When a child is diagnosed with autism they will seek out any quack or charlatan who practices the most ridiculous “therapy” also. It is callous of people who have no other credential than that they are licensed by some non-scientific holistic “college” to try and relieve the suffering of parents, but these people are out there. These therapies will not cure autism in any way, but it may reduce some pain, for a short period of time. Parents need to realize what is good therapy and what is not. This is not.

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Autism Vs. Schizoid Personality Disorder

Here, it’s important to keep diagnoses clear: there is schizoid personality disorder, schizophrenia, and schizo affective disorder. Laymen have a tendency to refer to a single mental disorder by all three mental health diagnoses, and they are quite in the wrong by doing so. Schizophrenia, or classic schizophrenia, is the type we all think about. Individuals who suffer from it typically hear voices, have auditory or visual hallucinations, and are told by disembodied voices to harm themselves or others. Schizo affective disorder is a milder form of schizophrenia, where the hallucinations are focused on just one task, one person or one situation that the affected person can’t seem to shake; it perseveres, like the broken record that constantly repeats itself. The patient is also tormented by a mood disorder, which can look like depression or bipolar disorder. Schizoid personality disorder resembles autism in that the affected person chooses to be alone, appears aloof and lacking in emotion where others are concerned; however, the person affected by schizoid personality disorder has a very rich internal fantasy world that he likes to escape to as often as possible because he views the real world as too difficult to live in.

There’s also schizotypal disorder, which is diagnosed when a person is desperate for social isolation. He needs to be as far from people as he can, and can’t develop a relationship because the fear and anxiety he feels is so overwhelming that it just feels “safer” to b alone. He might talk to himself a lot, or have very odd notions about what other people say and do.

A few decades back, several people who were diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder were actually misdiagnosed. It was later discovered that they had autism, because the defining characteristic of the schizoid disorder was proven not to exist in people with autism. Some were even misdiagnosed with schizotypal disorder as well!

While it’s possible that these two schizo disorders, or even schizophrenia, can be comorbid with autism, it’s highly unlikely because of the significantly low rate of occurrence of anything in the personality disorder or psychotic spectrum. The only things that might make a difference is if both autism and schizoid personality disorder runs in a family; both have shown to have some measure of genetic connection. However, in order to be diagnosed with both, the person with autism would also have to be really high functioning such that they can describe what they are thinking and feeling internally, and that’s just really too hard for most people with autism to do. Their thought processes don’t really jump into the realm of fantasy because they are very logical and literal in the way that they think.

Ergo, while the schizoid personality disorder and autism may have some familiar features, they are otherwise nothing alike, nor can they really exist in the same person. They are two different arching disorders which would be exceedingly difficult to cross. Statistically speaking, it’s much more probable to have autism than any schizoid disorder, even with family genetics and history factoring in.

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Autism Vs. Sociopath: Can Autism Create A Sociopath?

The blunt and direct truth is no, although there are some situations recently that have created a re-examination of the “nature vs. nurture” question. Both sociopaths and people with autism are exceptionally bright in a lot of ways, but the sociopath is defined as one who knows the rules of society and clearly believes he is completely above them and the rules don’t apply to anything he does. A person with autism is taught the rules, but has a tendency to momentarily forget them because he doesn’t have the ability to interact with people, look for both verbal and nonverbal social cues, and refrain from acting out because he doesn’t or isn’t capable of appropriately expressing himself.

A sociopath is also one who manipulates and abuses others for his own gain. This is definitely something that has not been established with anyone with autism. The person with autism might be able to manipulate others, if they are high functioning, but only if others are willing to allow themselves, on a subconscious level, to be duped. This usually happens when people are told that somebody has autism, and people are not completely aware of what autism means, believing that the person with autism is somehow stupid, mentally challenged, or incapable of doing things for themselves.

There is also a level of control with a sociopath that doesn’t exist in anyone with autism. To be able to control someone else means that the person has to be able to understand social mores, which a person on the spectrum, by psychological definition, does not. Since there is no specific environmental factors which create a sociopath, psychologists and psychiatrists believe that it can be any number of factors, from childhood abuse to a chemical imbalance in the brain, that creates a sociopath. We know that autism is a neurological and developmental condition, and therefore it’s highly unlikely that autism AND sociopathic diagnosis can be found in the same person.

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Autism or Emotional Disturbance

Behavioral and emotional disturbances in high-functioning and low-functioning autism are par for the course. Many children with autism have a set level of tolerance for tasks, sensory input and pain, and outside each child’s norm it becomes all-consuming such that the children are unable to withstand it. They act out physically and verbally, no matter where they happen to be.

There are many ways parents can choose to address the behavioral and emotional disturbances their children create. It has to be assessed as thoroughly as possible, since there are always underlying factors for which children with autism might act up and act out. Parents who really want to help their children must look at the precipitating factors prior to assuming the worst in their children.

Of course, there are times when a child with autism will have no reason for their behavior. A recent article revealed that a parent chose to have an unusual surgery performed on their child because he screamed at the top of his lungs all day, every day. Not once did someone stop to ask if the reason why he did it was that he enjoyed the sound of his own voice. Rather the parents elected to have the surgery to silence him because it was getting on their nerves and the nerves of everyone within a hundred feet of their son. Although that certainly is a very rough behavior to withstand as a parent or onlooker, now the boy will never actually speak because no one gave him the chance to.

It’s the same with antipsychotic medications prescribed to children with autism; it is a chemical restraint for their behavioral and emotional disturbances in the classroom, and their potential for aggression. No one wants to effectively deal with the causes of the behavior or emotional outburst; rather it’s just easier on everyone to drug the child and walk away. How does that really help him or her learn?

There are thousands of therapeutic toys and items on the market parents can try. They can also change a child’s diet, the child’s activity schedule and maybe even consider psychotherapy to help give their children with autism some tools to help themselves cope. Yes, it’s harder than surgery or shoving a pill down the kids’ throats, but parenting isn’t meant to be easy, and neither is teaching. Parents and teachers should work together to do everything and try everything possible before more extreme measures are taken to help with behavioral and emotional disturbances.

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Autism Vs. Einstein Syndrome

This is a very interesting topic, indeed.  It almost pokes fun at both disorders at once because it assumes there is a connection when there is not.  Although both children with autism and Einstein syndrome are thought to be exceptionally bright and/ or gifted, it is much more common with Einstein syndrome for kids to begin talking as late as age 5 and still be able to understand a lot more intellectually before they speak.

Whether or not there is any validity to the existence of Einstein syndrome is entirely another subject.  Some psychologists say it doesn’t exist and the gifted are just another part of the “autistic savant” spectrum.  A few more argue that it is a real and separate disorder.  Regardless of which side of the argument parents may lean toward, one thing is certain; speech therapy is necessary to help their children communicate.

As their children begin to communicate better, they can take tests which ascertain their level of intelligence as well as giftedness.  An updated diagnosis from these tests could move a child over from the autism spectrum to the “misunderstood and gifted spectrum”, particularly if the tests reveal that the child clearly understands things that are above his or her current level/ grade of expected knowledge.  A particularly high score in intellectual tests would definitely indicate that a child is a “genius”, but children with autism can be exceptionally bright and gifted, solely by definition of what autism is and the spectrum it covers.

Usually exceptionally bright parents or gifted parents produce equally bright and gifted children with genetics playing a large role.  Sometimes these paired parents create children who are even more intelligent and gifted than themselves; it was this particular topic that world leaders have been interested in throughout time, and which has proven itself as very real.  Whether or not that makes everyone who is gifted and bright also autistic, well, that is up to you to decide on your own.

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Is There A Cerebral Palsy And Autism Connection?

Not in the way most people might think, no.  The two developmental disorders are not directly related or connected; however, cerebral palsy affects many children and because it is a direct result of brain damage during or after pregnancy and birth, most children who are now being diagnosed with cerebral palsy are also diagnosed with autism.  It’s assumed that there are possible shared causes because children with cerebral palsy clearly show signs of autism.

In fact, the two share far less with each other than they do with other disorders in the same diagnostic clusters.  With CP, different parts of the brain are affected by a lack of oxygen during the child’s birth.  It is not a developmental disorder, as autism is, but rather one that was created from trauma prenatally, during birth, or after birth in the the first twelve months of life.  A child with CP does not develop in the womb that way, nor is he/ she predestined by any factors currently associated with developmental disorders prior to having CP.  It is rather a set of unfortunate circumstances or abuse that causes a child to have CP; CP can’t “develop”, it just is when the circumstances are present.

Autism on the other hand presents a normal child in utero, with a fairly normal birth and fairly normal development up to age two or three.  They may lag behind peers in developmental milestones by two weeks to six weeks, but since that is also a reasonable range of development for any child, the truest indicators come when the child’s language skills are obviously delayed.  It’s as though they were growing and developing normally, and suddenly their biological clock began to slow down or reverse itself, depending on the severity of the disorder.

Neurological scans show that there is a very different shape and size associated with the autistic brain, which is why some people might try to link CP to autism.  Both CP and autism show brain damage of sorts, but babies whose brains were damaged at birth and were diagnosed with CP are already clearly different than the brain scans of all other children.  Since children with autism do not present brain damage at birth and it appears slowly later on, CP and autism are not conclusively linked in this way.  (We know this not because mothers allowed their babies to receive an MRI or cat scan, but because babies who were still born or died accidentally as toddlers had their bodies donated to science.)

Poor muscle development and control are signatures of CP, but not of autism.  Most kids with autism have fairly good muscle development and control, but their muscles aren’t connecting to their brains as well.  This may seem like the same thing, but it isn’t.  A person with CP can’t run; a child with autism can, but lacks coordination.  Different areas of the brain are affected with both disorders, and kids with CP don’t have a lot of muscle to begin with.

There is a lot of hoopla going around now where some doctors are telling patients that their children have both CP and autism.  While it is highly possible to have comorbid diagnoses because of the damaged brain tissue with CP, there is no other link between them.  The advice that any pediatrician in his / her right mind would give is that the child start with some form of therapy, physical and/ or communicative, and work on that to see if there is any sort of dramatic change.  It’s easier to sort out what the real diagnosis is once the actual signs and symptoms have been clearly pronounced during and after therapy.

Another assumption is that autism and CP share a common cause.  Since it has been ascertained that mercury can damage the brain and central nervous system, many parents have been led to believe that their children were exposed to levels of mercury in utero or after birth through vaccines, and that is why their children have CP and/ or autism.  This has not been proven as fact; it is still a theory for both disorders, and since it is medically unethical to expose infants and toddlers to high enough amounts of mercury in order to verify this as true, parents should ignore it altogether.  (eHow.com actually has the chutzpah to relay it as fact!)

The only other thing that autism and CP have in common is that they are both “umbrella” diagnoses.  Both have varying degrees of severity within their own cluster.  Even IF a child actually has both, it is extremely hard to tell what is what when the child presents a symptom because the emotional and psychological issues can present as the other disorder.  Parents need to be exceedingly observant and try to record anything that doesn’t seem to fit with either disorder or fits better with the one over the other.

At times, mental retardation can be present with children who have CP and/ or autism, and that is, quite possibly, the very last link the two disorders can have.  Still, it makes it next to impossible to tell one disorder from another at times, and a clearcut primary axis diagnosis helps.  A team of physical and mental specialists can work together to figure it out.

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Autism And OCD Comorbidity

Although this doesn’t happen all the time, many parents report OCD behaviors to their children’s teachers, doctors, and therapists. It’s fairly common for children with autism to become hyper-fixated on a topic and memorize absolutely everything there is to know about that one topic. They will talk non-stop about that topic even when that topic is not part of the discussion other people in the room are having. It may seem like OCD, but it’s really just another symptom of the autism.

The difference between just plain autism fixation and autism with OCD comorbidity is that obsessive-compulsive disorder completely takes over the life of the person that has it. It essentially takes the fixation autism children already have and multiplies it by a factor of about ten. The kids, adults and teens who really, truly have autism and OCD together are completely paralyzed from doing anything else because they have routines that are strictly followed or they have a panic attack. A typical day for these poor kids usually starts a few hours earlier than anyone else’s because they have to comb each side of their head twenty times with the same comb at the same angle, they have to tie their shoelaces five times, they have to drink fifty sips of milk, etc. Really the only thing that can help is lots of therapy and medication, although it has to be pretty severe for level 2 antipsychotics to be served up to anyone under the age of thirteen.

Really, there are no simple behavior modifications to be made if a child or teen has both autism and OCD. The direct result of trying to change the “routines” in even the smallest of ways usually results in a total meltdown, a panic attack and/ or absolutely everything in a room of the house destroyed and scattered about, with absolutely no progress made toward the goal that was originally intended. This is perhaps one of the hardest comorbid diagnoses of all for parents with autistic children because nothing can really be done that doesn’t disrupt the child’s growth until a certain age.

Parents who are faced with the challenges of a child with both autism and OCD need a lot o support. If they are getting several supports from the county agencies where they live, they can also request that they receive some respite time. This is a service that takes the child to a group home for a weekend so the parents can get a break. It helps both the parents and the child get a break from each other and prevents unintended child abuse when the parents’ nerves are pushed too far. The other option is having an autism therapist come in a couple of times a week for therapy, and they take care of the child and the parents get a couple of hours to go shopping, go to the movies, relax, etc. Given the nature of the dual diagnosis, you can imagine what it’s like for parents to get the simplest tasks done, such as going to get milk from the corner store or washing dishes. These extra services really help the whole family, which might otherwise be in crisis without them.

Once the child has hit puberty, the doctors and psychiatrists may decide that it’s time for some serious medication to help everyone cope and make behavioral therapy that much more effective. The antipsychotic medications help keep patients with OCD from a meltdown and help them walk away from a repetitive behavior with the understanding that the whole world isn’t going to nuke itself if they don’t count the exact number of cereal O’s into their bowls every morning. It might even lessen the true autism fixations just a little, which definitely isn’t a bad side effect to say the least. The down side is that it will slow them down and make them very tired all the time, so parents have to weigh the side effects against the benefits to see if it’s something they really feel strong enough about doing.

When the adult with OCD and autism has been left untreated or treated inconsistently for the paralyzing effects of OCD, the OCD gets significantly worse. This is why it’s so important to start treatment in puberty; parents avoid harming a growing child but give the teen the right medication and effective behavioral tools to cope as an adult. The window is quite narrow, and it doesn’t open enough for adults in this situation to be treated as successfully. In very rare instances the OCD tapers down before puberty with behavioral and cognitive therapies, but surging hormones in teens can cause it to re-emerge. Parents need to be very cautious and monitor their child’s behavior for any upticks in OCD behaviors their children exhibited before.

As is the case with any child with autism, careful and observant parents who keep a detailed record in any of their child’s unusual behaviors can help the psychiatrist figure out if it’s just autism fixation or true OCD. An autism fixation might even develop into the level of OCD, but only if it lasts longer than a year and completely interferes with other areas of the child’s daily life. An example of this might be skin that peels and flakes from excema or psoriasis. The child might talk about it or pick at it, but once it reaches the level where they have to pick at it for a specific length of time and specific times of the day for months on end, it enters into the realm of OCD. Again, careful observation and documentation makes all the difference because doctors don’t see the child every day; the parents do.

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Oxidative Stress And Autism

Oxidative Shielding And Autism: The Link Between Oxidative Stress And Autism

In a conference as early as 2005, the Autism Society of America, or ASA, held a conference in Nashville to discuss oxidative stress and its connection to autism.  This seems like quite a stretch, until oxidative stress is explained in full.  Whether or not it could be considered an actual cause of autism is still in contention.

All body tissues oxidize, that is, they give off oxygen as their cells are burned up.  The body slowly replaces the burned cells with new ones, but it takes longer than it does to burn them.  Every human body oxidizes; that isn’t any different from one person to the next.  What this particular conference suggested was that children and adults with autism take in less oxygen and burn more of their cells trying to make their oxygen levels work for them.  This results in a condition known as “oxidative stress”, which decreases physical, emotional and cognitive abilities for people who experience it.

It can be counteracted through the consumption and absorption of anti-oxidant rich foods or supplements, which are sold over the counter in any pharmacy.  However, since the theory revolves around the idea that children and adults with autism suffer oxidative stress, that point beyond which they have stepped the threshold of anti-oxidant defense, they need even more anti-oxidants in their diets than the average person.

That means they need more of vitamins E, C, B6, and the minerals calcium, selenium, zinc and magnesium.  While parents can’t force more fruits and vegetables high in these vitamins and minerals down the throats of their children with autism, they can give them daily vitamin supplements that include all of the above.  (Not even a child with autism can refuse the tasty gummy and chewable vitamins they make for both adults and kids these days).

Nitrates, nitrites, aspartame and MSG were the top four ingredients the presenters at this conference stated that children with autism should steer all the way clear of.  For some unknown reason, the behaviors exhibited by children with autism after consuming these ingredients in their foods got worse.  That is something every parent with an autistic child wants to avoid.

In 2008, the San Diego Autism Research Institute announced that oxidative stress in children with autism was well documented.  There certainly must have been a shift in thinking in that three years between the conference and the Institute’s stand on oxidative stress and autism.  They give the topic a full page discussion, describing what it is and how parents can actively counteract it.  (See:  http://legacy.autism.com/medical/research/advances/autism-nutroxistr.htm)

In a blog on biomedical research for autism in 2011, the author clearly states that it’s still not proven that oxidative stress is the cause for autism, but like most parents and doctors, agrees that supplements definitely won’t hurt a child either.  The exact same vitamins and minerals previously recommended at the Nashville conference six years before are mentioned here.  There are no changes in what vitamins and minerals are expected to provide relief from oxidative stress in the child with autism, only that there have been some successes.

At PubMed.gov, the online library of national medicine and research, an abstract exists from late 2004 as the earliest recognition of high levels of oxidative stress in children with autism.  That is an amazing bit of proof from the government’s personal medicine cache of knowledge.  Usually if  the government gives something a nod, it has some truth to it.  (See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15624347)  The same research group revisited the subject in 2006, now with more advanced methodologies, and reconfirmed that there is a correlation between autism and oxidative stress, but a causation can’t be proven.   That is to say, a correlation, a link, but not necessarily a cause of it.  It was the focus of five other studies over a four year period between 2004 and 2008, which means that there was enough interest and evidence for the government to support scientific research on the subject.

And so it goes on.  Parents want answers.  Researchers race after every possible lead, sometimes for years.  In the meantime, the children diagnosed with autism in the last ten years and those who will be diagnosed in the next ten years are learning to live life as normally as possible.  Parents who want to try treating an assumed situation with oxidative stress are welcome to do so.  The children simply gobble up the right multivitamin daily and the parents document what happens.  It doesn’t hurt the child, but parents shouldn’t hang their hopes on a cloud.  Instead, they should try to love the child with autism for what he or she is, exactly as he/she is.  It isn’t easy, and it will always be a challenge,  but when parents know they have done everything they can for their children, special needs or not, and love them the same, that’s the right way to be and the right thing to do for them.

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Male Hormones And Autism: Link Between Anti-Androgen Medications And Autism

Androgens are typically male hormones produced in the adrenal glands, but women carry certain androgens in their bodies too.  Progesterone, a recognized “female” hormone responsible for the regulation of the menstrual cycle and maintaining a pregnancy, is actually an androgen itself.  Because many autism studies have recently focused on the environmental factors that could cause autism, prenatal care is taken into account as well.

In particular, women who have had problems conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term or irregularities in their menstrual cycles or their uterine linings are the primary groups under this kind of study.  The reason behind it is that these women often have high levels of progesterone which causes a higher rate of miscarriages and uterine health problems.  They are prescribed anti-androgen medications to decrease the amount of progesterone in their bloodstreams with the hopes that decreasing the progesterone just enough for them to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term will be beneficial.

The problem is, is that some of those anti-androgen medications, once a woman has started taking them, have a longer half life inside the body.  Once a woman discovers she is pregnant, she is slowly withdrawn from the anti-androgen medication.  The medication sticks around a little longer than it should or at a level higher than is safe for a pregnancy and a few of them can cross the placenta to the developing embryo.  Without enough knowledge about the transmission of drugs to unborn children, the mother and her doctor are taking risks in order to keep a pregnancy going.

Another factor in the middle of this situation is that embryos all start out as girls.  At the eighth week of conception, which is usually about the time a woman discovers she is definitely pregnant, the transformation from girl embryo to boy embryo begins.  Both the mother and the baby are awash in testosterone, which masculinizes the baby and gives mom a sudden energy boost and a renewed interest in sex.  For mom, it tapers off during the next two weeks, but the baby is now a boy.  How the two bodies make this decision is another science lesson unto itself.

Now, enter in anti-androgens which the mother has been taking to help her conceive.  Guess what?  Anti-androgen medicines are anti-boy, which means those testosterone levels needed to make the sex change in utero are being wiped out.  By the time mom acknowledges the pregnancy and drops off the medication, the embryo’s little brain is a biochemical war zone.  At least, that’s the hypothesis, and it’s a scientifically valid one.

Since there is a possibility for brain and hormone damage in utero, there is also the suggestion that this particular issue might be a reasonable cause for the higher number of boys versus girls diagnosed with autism.  It could also explain why girls who stay girls in utero  end up with autism as well.  Unfortunately, there aren’t going to be any studies any time soon where pregnant mothers subject their unborn children to unknown effects of anti-androgens all in the name of autism research.

However, science can follow mothers with unusually high androgen/progesterone levels, conception problems, and uterine cycle issues who are prescribed these medications.  Since the drive toward motherhood affixes itself to 86% of all women in the childbearing years, regardless of their ability to conceive and carry a child to term, that means there are at least 7% of women out there who fall into this category who might be willing to let scientists follow them and their male children after birth until age two to see if it really is a cause of autism.  Because they are already in a category that feels they have little choice but to take the anti-androgen medications in order to become moms, they are already aware of the risks and they are putting themselves and their unborn children out there.

It’s not the best way to gather information, but if women are already willingly subjecting themselves to these medications for their current female conditions, then researchers should be allowed to take advantage of the findings and results.  At the very least, it would reveal to the pharmaceutical companies that anti-androgens and pregnancy don’t mix, and women would have to find another solution for having a child while maintaining their own health.  If it is proven to be a cause of autism, whether or not the mother took anti-androgens and had high progesterone levels all her life, it would be a big breakthrough.

On another but related note, men who are prescribed anti-androgens are essentially chemically castrated males.  That is a most unpleasant result of anti-androgens for them, one which has been effective in certain criminal cases.  Men who go off these anti-androgen medications for more than a month are able to impregnate a woman, but the medication is still floating around in their sperm.  It’s already altered their genetic half of the unborn child; imagine what that does as the embryo grows and the fetus turns into the baby it will be.  It’s a dizzying thought, but hopefully women aren’t trying to get pregnant with a chemically castrated man anyway.  Thankfully there shouldn’t be too much interest in studying that particular aspect of anti-androgens on baby brain mutation.

While there may be some interest in studying a possible link between anti-androgen medications and autism outside the U.S., there aren’t any current studies with this focus in the U.S.  OB/GYN doctors are extremely careful about prescribing such medications to women, especially those who are pregnant or those who are trying to conceive.  Furthermore, the national board of medical ethics restrains doctors from intentionally causing harm, following the Hippocratic oath of “do no harm”.  It will have to be the results of studies in foreign countries that will lead people to answer the question regarding the use of anti-androgens in pre-pregnancy and early pregnancy and the link to autism.

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