As I walked the wet but warm alleyway with my new puppy the other day, I ruminated about all the theories of what causes autism. Here are just a few promising, debunked, and just plain crazy ideas about the cause of autism. (You can decide which you think is the craziest. I always wonder what people have against cell phones?!)
Too much TV
Antibacterial hand gels (or at least the active ingredient in it, Triclosan, I think)
Tributaline (I know I'm spelling it wrong, this is a drug given to women in pre-term labor.)
Traumatic brain injury
Maternal stress antibodies, in utero
Bad parenting, just plain bad children
To me, the struggle to find the cause of autism is of utmost importance. I love my son. I accept his autism. I weep at his daily struggles just to do simple things. I celebrate his triumphs of communication and independence. And yet.... and yet.... I would give anything to take this burden of autism off of him. So, quickly, scientists, please, find what is ailing my son, and thousands of others like him. Did I say do it fast?