Too much TV could be a trigger for autism according to a group of Cornell University business professors.
Late last year a study found evidence that gives support to the idea that childhood autism could be triggered by toddlers watching too much television. So we have another factor to add to the already confusing question of what is causing the ever increasing number of autism cases.
For a long time autism was thought to be an entirely genetic condition and research efforts were mainly focused in this area. Over the years however, a growing body of research has built up that suggests the involvement of various environmental triggers in causing the illness. Now there is a growing consensus that autistic spectrum disorders are the result of an interaction between environmental factors and genetic susceptibilities. So could too much TV viewing be added to the list of potential environmental triggers which includes heavy metal poisoning, vaccinations, and chemicals such as organophosphate pesticides?