That is very interesting. It's a mystery of whether autism drastically increased over the past century or if it always existed and was misclassified as something else. If autism is really a new phenomenon, then changes in healthcare could be the culprit. The whole blaming vaccinations thing failed. I'm assuming that induced labor is a relatively new thing...maybe only a century or two old. I'm assuming that if the woman didn't go into labor on time, then the child just eventually died. Being able to induce labor, as the article stated, could correlate with autism for a few reasons:
Children with genetic and/or neurophysiological abnormalities are now being born when they wouldn't have been born in the past. This possibly connects with delayed delivery being a symptom and not a cause of autism.
Staying in the womb longer causes neurophysiological abnormalities, and these children wouldn't have been born in the past. This possibly connects with the environment of the womb causing autism and delayed delivery. The delayed delivery may not directly cause autism.
The drugs used to induce labor could cause autism.
I'm not autistic, but they had to induce labor on my mother when she had me. I am introverted and possibly have ADHD. My teachers complained about me day dreaming and disrupting students after I finished my work (usually finished much more quickly than everyone else), but I was never screened for anything. I still have trouble with focusing and procrastination. I'm also extremely disorganized.
Edit: After doing a little research, I found that current methods of inducing labor have only been around since the 1960s.
Last edited by sanantone; 08-14-2013 at 09:21 AM.
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