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Critically Speaking

Aug 25, 2021

In this episode, Therese Markow and Dr. David Beversdorf discuss what exactly autism is, the theories of the causes of autism, and what we do know from research of autism. Numerous non-evidence based cures for autism are becoming more common and understanding the facts of autism is becoming more critical. In this discussion with Dr. Beversdorf, we will understand more about what is autism, what are the symptoms, who first discovered it, what really causes it (and what doesn’t), and what effective treatments may be out there. 


Key Takeaways:  

  • Vaccines do not cause autism. We do know there is a genetic component and several environmental factors that appear to be important. 
  • There is a variability aspect of autism. It may be extremely important to be able to track patients to see what they respond to in treatment research to see why and how they are responding. 
  • Without more research, we will not be able to create personalized treatment plans for the bio markers. There are a number of organizations around the world that working to achieve this research, which is where the answers will be coming from. 


"Two, almost opposite biological aspects, could even be coming to this final common pathway of repetitive behaviors. If you blindly target the repetitive behaviors with a drug, without being aware of this biology, you will get nowhere, because one will get better and one will get worse." —  Dr. David Beversdorf 


Connect with Dr. David Beversdorf: 

Professional Bio: Dr. David Beversdorf 

Twitter: @MU_CogNeuroLab 

Facebook: MU Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory 



Connect with Therese:  


Twitter: @CritiSpeak  




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