Autism Medicine Paranormal Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking

Good for a giggle on a Sunday afternoon: The cause of autism explained

John Le Sainte apparently has a rather inflated view of himself. You see, he seems to think that he’s the heir to Nostradamus. Ever worth a giggle on a Sunday afternoon (or any other time, for that matter), he seems to think that, channeling Nostradamus in some fashion, he’s predicted what will be discovered to be the cause of autism:

I have had over 30 e-mails requesting if I had seen into the future and discovered why Autism is becoming epidemic now. Yes, I have. This is what I know from the visions as guided by my guardian and teacher Nostradamus.

An interesting fact will become known in the future. A great many people born in the world today are “Chimera Persons”. To be a chimera means that when you were conceived, Two eggs were fertilized that stuck together before being implanted in the uterus wall of the mother. These cells did not create a set of fraternal twins, but rather a single person with two distinct DNA sets depending upon the location of the cells within the body.

From this, Le Sainte concludes:

Many children with Autism will be determined to possess more than one DNA profile, sometimes as many as 4 different DNA sets, causing the birth of an autistic child. Autism is becoming more common as Meat production has shifted to Hormone laden processes, encouraging the release of Multiple “Sticky” Eggs, contributing to the birth of autistic Children. Some woman being much more susceptible to the hormones causing Sticky eggs thus leading to increased birth of autistic children within the same families. Not all autism will be determined to be caused by this factor, but it will be a substantial percentage.

Not all chimera People will be autistic, but many Autistic people will be determined to be Chimeras. Often the secondary DNA that causes the autism will be located mostly within the brain and nervous tissue.

I’m tellin’ ya, ya just can’t make stuff like this up (although apparently John Le Sainte can). The sad thing is, this actually sounds more plausible to me than a lot of explanations for autism promulgated by the biomedical crowd. The other sad thing is that I’ve spent so much time delving into woo that I’m not entirely sure if this is meant as satire or not. I’d like to think it is, but fear that it isn’t.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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