No Cause, No Cure
by rande2 on February 20, 2014 - 7:58pm
Autism is the disorder with no cure and no cause as of the year 2014. Most people in this world/ society don’t know the symptoms. As a person coming from experience in my family, I am interested in knowing the warning signs. Being stuck in a routine, rocking back and forth, and even not speaking at all, are the signs I am aware of. Some people want to learn from past experiences in their lives. Eric Courchesne was one of those people. From being a victim of polio, it interested him into looking more into what autism really is. Autism is a communication disorder that most people have no idea about. For years, researchers thought that autism was a psychological disorder that was caused by “bad parenting”. But over time it was looked at as a structure change in the nervous system, making it a developmental disease. Studies show that autistic children have a normal size brain at birth but by the age of one, the autistic child’s brain had grown more than the average child (Zimmer, 2012). Researchers are still not sure of the reason of the growth or the cause of the disorder as a whole. Research is being done but there is no results that can prove the causation of this spectrum disorder. Since there is no cause, they cannot find a cure that can help these suffering children and their families. One day, I am hoping to find a cure (Zimmer, 2012).
Zimmer’s article uses Eric Courchesne’s research as evidence that there is no certain cause of autism yet. Numbers and statistics were used to show researchers are trying to do different experiments to find a cause. Even though there is no specific cause, just myths, these statistics are still proof that some of these projects could have a cause in the disorder. To go back to the point about the brain size, the average brain weighed about 1,357 grams and the autistic brain weighed 1,876. These numbers can be used to help researchers retrieve more accurate information about the disorder. Also, Courchesne did another experiment with neurons. Comparing the neurons of many average non-autistic brain to many autistic brains. The number of neuron cells are completely different from each other. In the prefrontal cortex, it shows that autistic children had 67% more neurons than the average child (Zimmer, 2012). These numbers are proof that there is indeed something different about the brain and it’s not “bad parenting”. There is more research that needs to be done to find this cause. It costs a very large amount of money to do these experiments, but autism is a serious issue and needs to be spent more time researched.
(Zimmer C., 2012, The Brain, EBSCO Host, Vol. 33, p. 30-31)