Kathy Petersen’s Blog

Autism and the amygdala

Posted in autism, vaccines by Kathy on May 5, 2009

This could get interesting — a link between the size of one part of a child’s brain (the amygdala) seems to be linked to autsim. While it’s too early to say that there is a causation (either large amygdala causes symptoms of autism, or autism causes the amygdala to grow), there seems to be a strong correlation — although it could be a separate, currently unknown factor that causes both autism and a large amygdala. And it makes me wonder, do we really know how things affect children’s brains? — things like vaccines, prenatal ultrasounds, etc. The assumption is that there is no effect; but that can be a dangerous assumption to make!

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