2011-11-11

Do Rhinoceros horns cause autism?

In the article in the Journal of Toxicology, "Aspects of autism: A review of causes", the author Bai Xiguo, Beijing Medical University, reviewed the body of published science since autism was first described in 1943. Not just one theory suggested by research, but all of them, and then some other promising leads.

Xiguos article states, in part, that "Documented causes of autism include viral infections and/or genetic mutations following therapies of Cornu Rhinoceri Asiatici. Thyroid function, serum long-chain fatty acids, and cerebrospinal-fluid lactate were measured to exclude known causes of neurodegenerative disease."

The article goes on to discuss many potential culprits related to rhinoceros horns. "What I have published is highly concentrated on hypersensitivity, Xiguo told us in an interview, "the body's immune system being thrown out of balance. Biochemical, haematological, and immunological profiles were examined."

Since many government officials and scientists have implied that theories linking rhinoceros horns to autism have been disproven, Bai Xiguo states that research shows otherwise. CDC officials told us that "comprehensive review by CDC [...] would take quite a bit of time."


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3 kommentarer:

oakfarm sa...

Är det här någon typ av satir, just autism har lockat till sig väldigt många, mer eller mindre seriösa, "experter" som har lagt fram alla möjliga förklaringar till funktionsnedsätningen - det är mammas fel, det är vacciner, det är mjölk från hybridkor, det är maten ... och min favorit, det är en evolutionär anpassning till det högteknologiska samhället.

Lena Synnerholm sa...

Tyvärr, men evolutionen funkar inte så. Vad menar du med "hybridkor"?

oakfarm sa...

Jag vet inte om du riktigt förstår mig. Det jag försöker säga är att forskare, självutnämnda experter, eller rena chalataner har lagt fram väldigt många hypoteser om autism. Flera av hypoteserna (om de ens förtjänar det ordet) har orsakat stora problem, som när Bruno Bettelheim, Alice Miller, m.fl. påstod att autism berodde på mamman och hennes uppfostran. Eller det senaste med hysterin kring vacciner, en hysteri som förhoppningsvis håller på att lägga sig. Och ja mjölk är en av dessa hypoteser som har lagts fram, och någon gång har jag på internet läst läst något om "hybridkor" i sammanhanget. Men jag vet inte så noga vad de menar.

När det gäller högteknologi och evolution tog jag det mycket från bloggen Whose Planet Is It Anyway? och följande inlägg Autism and evolution I stand corrected som avslutas med dessa ord:




"But anyway, even if it turns out that we really are fast-evolving mutants, which I have to admit is a pretty cool sci-fi-ish idea, it doesn't mean that we are cognitively superior to everyone else or that the entire human species will eventually become autistic. It may mean, at most, that we are better adapted to certain niches in the modern environment; and, like the X-Men, we don't need a cure"