Studying 10 areas of California, researchers at UC Davis found a link between kids with autism and parents with above average levels of education. While also seeking environmental factors precluding autism, the study found none.
The study also discovered autism in children was more likely near autism treatment centers. Who knew Captain Obvious was a scientist?
In a debate that frantically seeks to demonize about anything and everything–vaccines, household toxins, certain types of infections, even microwaves and wireless computers–this study points, again, to the most likely reason we’re seeing a rise in autism: because more children are getting diagnosed who wouldn’t have years ago. Parents with higher education are more likely to have their kids checked out for the condition and they also tend to make more money to afford the doctor visits.
Remember good old Occam’s Razor? Well I hate to bring up the cliche, but in the case of autism rates rising, the simplest answer may very well be the correct one. Pin down an anti-vaccine activist as to how they think vaccines cause autism and they’ll probably give you an anecdote. “A friend of mine had their kid get a shot at 18 months and soon after the kid was autistic.” As it turns out, scheduled vaccinations and the age when autism signs start to show occur around the same time. Just spurious correlation.
Source: The Daily Green