Excerpt from an excellent article by SayerJi, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com:
So, what does the lead author of the study have to say about the implications of the largest study performed to date showing over the course of 8 years and within a population of over 625,000 children that birth induction/augmentation increases autism risk by up to 35%? That man, Simon Gregory, an associate professor of medicine and medical genetics at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, said in a Bloomberg interview:
“The study shows there is an elevated risk around augmentation and induction, however we haven’t found cause and effect,” Gregory, an associate professor of medicine and medical genetics at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, said in a telephone interview. “The results don’t dictate there be any change in any clinical practices surrounding birth. The dangers to the mothers and the infants by not inducting or augmenting far outweigh the elevated risk for development of autism.”
You can find a smoking gun lying next to a bullet-pierced, blood-drenched dead body, but the ‘cautious,’ ‘scholarly’ approach is to not let commonsense perception get in the way of the extensive forensics work required to determine with exactitude that these two phenomena are not merely chance correlations but connected via cause-and-effect. When it comes to the practice of modern obstetrics, the drugs, the forceps, the surgical procedures are considered innocent until proven guilty. A reckless, arrogant and outright unethical approach to health care, if you ask me; one that flies in the face of, or makes an outright mockery, of the precautionary principle.
Read it all and inform your friends: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/autism-birth-induction-link-correlation-or-causation
… Epidural is usually given in combination with pitocin, a combination which may deprive the baby of oxygen by lowering maternal blood pressure while increasing intra-uterine pressure, inhibiting oxygen diffusion across the placental membrane. Early exposure to high doses of pitocin may also downregulate oxytocin receptors which are believed to play a role in autism. Pitocin use is associated with autism.