Newsweek Article on the Causes of Autism

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30 Nov 2006, 10:54 pm

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30 Nov 2006, 11:19 pm

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The key to the disorder likely lies not in one region but in the way the brain is wired.

Isn't it ironic that we're the ones who came up with this first, then they wouldn't believe us, and then it turns out that it's scientifically the case?

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...referring to the disease as "autisms."... ...the risk of the disease... ...it's hard to imagine that with a disease this disabling there's been nothing but behavioral treatments."...

It isn't a disease. It's more likely, given the results of their own research, that it's just a gene hiccup.

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The ultimate goal of all the research is to find not just a cause but a cure.

Just make sure you don't force it into everyone on the Spectrum, then you're being overpowering.

A neat article, but with a few odd bits here and there, as shown by my quotes. The only one that can be disproved is the disease one, if they can prove it is caused by a virus.


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30 Nov 2006, 11:28 pm

KBABZ -

I agree with you. I don't necessarily feel like I want to be "cured". At the risk of becoming a pariah, though, I don't think that a cure is a bad idea for people who can't take care of themselves because they are so debilitated by autism. Still I think that they over-generalized the term "a disease so disabling" when they applied it to everyone on the spectrum.

I thought that the notion that there are various "autisms" was interesting. We've been saying that all along as well. NT's want a one-size-fits-all diagnosis, and ASD's just don't work that way.

*Janicka turns to Dr. NT and says* "Good work grasshopper!"



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30 Nov 2006, 11:39 pm

janicka wrote:
KBABZ

Oh my god, you spelt my username right!
*gives janicka an award*

Yeah, I'd agree with you as well, what with the 'we want to cure everyone, everyone, everyone' idea. I've made a character in my story who's on the Spectrum, but because she's on a futuristic planet (and as a result, also not a human), there actually is a cure introduced in one point in the story, and this character has to choose whether or not she wants to take it.

With the "We've thought that all along, why the #%[email protected] didn't you listen to us!?!?" thought, it gets really annoying about how they never seem to listen until they find out for themselves, and even then they ignore us. Makes me want to whack them over the head with my Starbuline (it's a sword I made up, named it after a certain user here :D).


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30 Nov 2006, 11:44 pm

on the cure thing....I don't want to be cured. I dig me, right or wrong.

had I been asked that 15 years ago...who knows.

I support a "cure" to be available to those who desire it.

if one of my sons ( 5 and 6) todl me they wanted to be "cured"...I would do whatever I could to support that.

I dont' think everyone should be fixed...but I feel that everyone should have a choice.


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30 Nov 2006, 11:51 pm

I don't wish to be cured. If I was cured, than I wouldn't be myself, anymore. I'm not diseased, I'm disordered.



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01 Dec 2006, 12:03 am

CockneyRebel wrote:
I don't wish to be cured. If I was cured, than I wouldn't be myself, anymore. I'm not diseased, I'm disordered.



I agree with you although I just call myself weird instead of disordered.



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01 Dec 2006, 7:11 am

Frankly it'd be nice if it was a 'disease'.

Then other people could catch it and relate.


The real disease here seems to be intolerance. And that IS contagious.



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01 Dec 2006, 10:34 am

Xuincherguixe wrote:
Frankly it'd be nice if it was a 'disease'.

Then other people could catch it and relate.


The real disease here seems to be intolerance. And that IS contagious.


How true.



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01 Dec 2006, 7:37 pm

Yeah, maybe a few less overgeneralizations would be nice.

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02 Dec 2006, 12:30 am

I'm just hoping that, if they do develop a cure, there will be some reason applied to who is "cured." Obviously, you'd want to apply this cure as early as possible to allow for proper development, but how early can you tell exactly how afflicted a child is? And who makes that decision?

If you had told me pretty much any time before I was a teenager that you could fix what was "wrong" with me, I'd have jumped at it. But looking back, my only wish would be for a greater understanding on my part of what the deal was. I knew I wasn't normal-- the whole "Wrong Planet" bit-- but I didn't even understand what was different about me from other people.


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02 Dec 2006, 1:06 am

So it's a terrible mystery huh? Well not much in there isn't what I haven't heard already about people's opinions on autism and searches for a cure(I don't believe it should be of course), but one thing I found interesting was they listed minocycline as a treatment for it. I'm very allergic to that drug. :?


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02 Dec 2006, 1:28 am

I'm staying with AS even if they ever find a cure and i think everyone here knows why....


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02 Dec 2006, 11:20 am

PenitentSpark wrote:
Yeah, maybe a few less overgeneralizations would be nice.

@jaguars_fan: Is that Bill O'Reilley as your avatar?


Yeah. I decided to put him instead of Tony Soprano because some guy PM me comparing me to Bill O'Rielly (as wewll as called me a few unflatering names) so I decided to change it.



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02 Dec 2006, 2:36 pm

I don't need a cure.

I may have AS, but I think it's more or less going away.