I Know What Causes Autism

Last week I was surfing the Internet and came across a headline proclaiming autism and circumcision are linked. I couldn’t help myself. I laughed out loud.

In no certain order, I have read the following explanations for autism over the years:

  • Autism is caused by mercury.
  • Autism is caused by lead.
  • Autism begins with poor maternal bonding.
  • Certain pesticides may trigger autism.
  • Gluten aggravates autism spectrum disorder.
  • People with autism should eat more strawberries.
  • Too much automotive exhaust is a leading cause of autism.
  • Chemicals found on non-stick cookware may trigger autism.

The one about maternal bonding is sort of painful for me. The truth is, I did have a hard time bonding with infant Jack. The little guy shrieked and whined and cried for a solid year. He started sleeping through the night at six weeks, and stopped at three months.

I was exhausted, and Joe and I were fighting constantly; bickering and arguing and long screaming matches. For the first time, I could feel my marriage slipping away from me like sand through my fingers.