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Induction At Birth, Pitocin and Autism: The Wrong Question Again Revealed

Posted Aug 01 2013 12:00am
Pitocin-lg2 By Teresa Conrick

It's in the news again.  Yet another study that shows a supposed cause to a future diagnosis of autism.  This time -- Induction and Augmentation -- I actually looked them both up to clarify what that meant 
".... When labor does not naturally start on its own and vaginal delivery needs to happen soon, labor may be started artificially (induced).....

Even though inducing labor is a fairly common practice, childbirth educators encourage women to learn about it and about the medicine for stimulating a stalled labor (augmentation) so that the women can help decide what is right for them.....

Oxytocin (Pitocin) can be given through a vein (intravenously) in small amounts to ripen the cervix. But it usually is given after the cervix softens, to cause the uterus to contract. Labor that is induced by oxytocin usually starts off harder and progresses faster than labor that starts on its own, especially in first-time mothers. If oxytocin does not induce labor or if the baby's heart rate indicates distress, a cesarean delivery (C-section) may be needed."

Interesting.  So here are some of the key parts about an alleged connection to autism that we are seeing from the mainstream media
"Induced labor may increase risk of autism in offspring"

"Having labor that is induced or augmented may lead to a greater chance of having a child with autism, new research reveals.....Researchers looked at data from the North Carolina Detailed Birth Record and Education Research databases, which included 625,042 live births linked with school records. Of the group, 5,500 children had been diagnosed with autism.....Overall, the researchers estimated two out of every 1,000 autism cases in boys could potentially be prevented by not inducing or augmenting labor....C-sections did not affect the rate of autism. "

That's all over the news. 

Here's the actual pieces of the abstract : Association of Autism With Induced or Augmented Childbirth in North Carolina Birth Record (1990-1998) and Education Research (1997-2007) Databases 

"One in 88 children in the United States is diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder. Significant interest centers on understanding the environmental factors that may contribute to autism risk.....Compared with children born to mothers who received neither labor induction nor augmentation, children born to mothers who were induced and augmented, induced only, or augmented only experienced increased odds of autism....Our work suggests that induction/augmentation during childbirth is associated with increased odds of autism diagnosis in childhood. While these results are interesting, further investigation is needed to differentiate among potential explanations....."

Potential explanations is an important point.  Let's actually look at 3 points that need to be addressed
1. Wash, Rinse, Repeat, Regurgitate, Repeat, Regurgitate

We are continuously told in revolving and rerun studies so many conflicting things.
From the new above study - "C-sections did not affect the rate of autism,"

And here, the opposite - " Significant perinatal factors were breech presentation and primary cesarean delivery.. in autism spectrum disorders "

Or this: " No association was found between autism and head circumference, maternal diabetes, being a twin, or season of birth ."

Season of birth   actually has had loads of wrong way turns - "Children conceived in December (OR = 1.09 [95% CI = 1.02 – 1.17]), January (1.08 [1.00 –1.17]), February (1.12 [1.04– 1.20]), or March (1.16 [1.08 – 1.24]) had higher risk of developing autism compared with those conceived in July. Conception in the winter season (December, January, and February) was associated with a 6% (OR = 1.06, 95% CI = 1.02 – 1.10) increased risk compared with summer."..

Really?  But right above it says ..."NO ASSOCIATION."

And diabetes of mom causing autism? Another that says, no association above ,yet -- " A major study conducted by researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found strong links between maternal diabetes and obesity and the likelihood of having a child with autism..." 

No association with head circumference ?  " Head circumference appears normal at birth, with a significantly increased rate of HC growth appearing to begin around 12 months of age...
Generalized enlargement of gray and white matter cerebral volumes, but not cerebellar volumes, are present at 2 years of age in autism. Indirect evidence suggests that this increased rate of brain growth in autism may have its onset postnatally in the latter part of the first year of life." 

And the list keeps getting longer and longer - "The obstetrical complications that have emerged as significant risk factors for autism in the current meta-analysis suggest a possible role of fetal and neonatal hypoxia. In particular, growth retardation, fetal distress, umbilical-cord wrapping around the neck, low Apgar score, respiratory distress, resuscitation, meconium aspiration, and Cesarean delivery"

Yet this conclusion pretty much disregards all of them - " There were no significant associations found between autism spectrum disorders and neonatal factors." 
2) Regurgitate With A New Conclusion

Ten years ago, this study came out.  Same idea - look at Pitocin and inducing pregnancy as a cause to autism.  NO association was found yet how many more studies will be done and for what purpose?  Are we to keep believing these conflicting reports or instead realize that these can often be detours from true research?

Brief report : pitocin induction in autistic and nonautistic individuals.

"It has been proposed that exposure to high levels of exogenous oxytocin at birth, via pitocin induction of delivery, might increase susceptibility to autism by causing a downregulation of oxytocin receptors in the developing brain. This study examined the rates of labor induction using pitocin in children with autism and matched controls with either typical development or mental retardation.....There were no differences in pitocin induction rates as a function of either diagnostic group (autism vs. control) or IQ level (average vs. subaverage range), failing to support an association between exogenous exposure to oxytocin and neurodevelopmental abnormalities."

3) Deny, Ignore, and Never Mention the BIGGEST Toxic Exposure

How is it possible that this question has never been asked in any of these studies - Did mother receive a flu shot in pregnancy and/or vaccines for the child post-natally?  Study after study, looking at pre-natal and post-natal risk factors but not once has anyone added that question as " potential confounders ,"  such as -- "socioeconomic status, maternal health, pregnancy-related events and conditions, and birth year." 

Why not develop a study looking at births in the years, 2002 - 2012, same as this current Pitocin study, looking at "625 042 live births linked with school records, including more than 5500 children with a documented exceptionality designation for autism " but instead of looking at induction at birth, ask about flu vaccines -- pre-natal and/or infant/toddler. It needs to be asked. 

We know that autism made its first appearance with those 11 children Kanner first identified in the 1930's. Thimerosal, the mercury used in flu vaccines, first made its appearance in the 1930's, too. The evidence keeps mounting   on the dangers of mercury
Immunosuppressive and autoimmune effects of thimerosal in mice.

Dose-response study of thimerosal-induced murine systemic autoimmunity.

Organic mercury compounds and autoimmunity.

"Low concentrations of HgCl(2) affect immune function in human cells by dysregulation of cytokine signaling pathways, with the potential to influence diverse health outcomes such as susceptibility to infectious disease or risk of autoimmunity."

"The different forms of mercury differ in the type and range of immune disorders, and ethylmercury (thimerosal) and inorganic mercury are similar in that they cause systemic autoimmunity, characterized by a marked increase of IgE and systemic immune-complex deposits"

"This study provides further evidence that mercury exposure may lead to autoimmune dysfunction and systemic inflammation in affected populations."

"Mercury compounds may cause immunosuppression or immunostimulation, autoimmune reactions, or hypersensitivity."

"Evidence is emerging that exposure to mercury (Hg) may elicit many pathological manifestations, including immunomodulation."

"Hg was shown to actively increase the reactivity of the immune system in rodents. This immunostimulation led to the development of immunotoxic problems such as allergeric responses and autoimmune disease."

"..mercury exposure has been associated with cellular autoimmunity and mercury accumulates in the thyroid gland. "

"low-level, nontoxic iHg preexposure may interact with other risk factors, genetic or acquired, to promote subsequent autoimmune disease" development.

We can't waste anymore time.

That would be helpful information. That would make sense.  That would be welcomed.

The children are so worth it.

Posted by Age of Autism at August 19, 2013 at 5:45 AM in Teresa Conrick Permalink

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