Why I wrote this essay
I have been intrigued by autism for at least two decades. I have watched as theories for causes of autism come and go -- like the Pertussin in the DPT shot and mercury in fish and infant shots. In parallel, I have been dismayed by the degree to which the American public has bought into the now widespread practices of over-aggressive protection from the sun and over-diligence in avoiding fats in the diet. I have long believed that these misguided practices are the direct cause of a host of health issues now facing America's children, including childhood obesity, ADHD, multiple allergic reactions, and teenage adult-onset diabetes. It was only recently that I began to assemble enough facts about autism to begin to believe that I had a compelling story to tell. This essay is my attempt to put that story out on the Web, in the hopes that experts and statisticians will take action to prove or disprove this theory.
Stephanie Seneff, MIT PhD