“Autism Questions Abound”
In medical research, we rely on statistically “significant” results. A significant finding is one where there is less than a five percent likelihood the result would have occurred by chance. Over $1 billion dollars has been spent over the past decade on autism research but that seems like a paltry amount compared to the $3 billion spent annually on AIDS research. Autism research had been a giant fishing expedition and has yielded little substantive information on the origin or cause of the prevalent disease. Everything from genetics to the age of the father, the weight of the mother (obesity), and how close a child lives to a freeway has been investigated as being causative. Autism disorders are far more common than was previously understood, affecting 1 in 88 U.S. children. The 2012 figure reflects a 23 percent increase compared with the autism rate released two years ago.