Are we completely wrong about autism? Are we the abnormal ones?

I was home today with the TV on. It was Ingenious Minds day on the Science Channel. A majority of the people showcased on the shows hadAutistic Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. After watching/listening to several episodes, something occurred to me as I was making dinner, who is to say we are the ones with an abnormal brain? Historically speaking, it would be very unlikely for the majority of the population to be abnormal.

But what if this was looked at from a different perspective? The growing prevalence of diagnosed autistic children could be observed as a rapid evolution of the human. Let’s say Mother Nature’s evolution experiment with humans. I have written about autism elsewhere (here) and how much of this disorder is a huge question mark to researchers. Progress is being made with university PR departments and other ‘media’ proclaiming it is all just a intestinal flora imbalance and is curable. Evidence supports a link between gut bacteria and several disorders, but it is immature to call it case closed.

I am left looking at this as naivete on our part. The autistic are the abnormal ones because we don’t understand their physiology. I just hope our descendents don’t look back at us ashamed of our folly.

Is autism linked to gut bacteria?

Is autism linked to gut bacteria?.

Great article explaining new research from Arizona State University. The research is published in PLoS One here.

Irish scientists uncover link between gut bacteria and autism

Another clue into the molecular processes of autism.

Irish scientists uncover link between gut bacteria and autism – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk.

 

Related Article:

Bacteria boost fixes symptoms of autism in mice – Article in New Scientist