http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-autism5-2009oct05,0,4836058.story What reminded me of CFS: "No one knows what causes autism or how to cure it. Scientists think it may be many distinct problems that manifest themselves similarly. Afflicted children often have trouble communicating and socializing, and they can exhibit repetitive, rigid behavior. Diagnosing autism relies on observation, behavioral checklists and expert assessment rather than lab tests or X-rays, making it hard to determine how common it is." I remember Rich or Amy Yasko(?) saying that CFS is like autism for adults which maybe could be the case. Our brains compared to children with autism developed normally until we got sick. What makes me a little bit angry is that "No one knows what causes autism". Doesn't this sound like a bad joke? We landed on the moon a long time ago, we have technology where people wouldn't have dreamed of 20 yars ago BUT we still know nothing about autism and CFS... How many billions of dollars are pumped into the medical field every year? But we still know nothing about the causes or cures of autism and CFS? What are these scientists and doctors doing? Why are medical schools so expensive? If I look at a normal doctor and what he does it doesn't look too complicated. Patient comes - patient explains his symptoms - we run some easy blood tests or other tests on him - we get a diagnosis in 90% - we prescribe whatever is "useful" for that particular illness. There is no need to study biochemics etc. because since these doctors don't go into research there is no need for it. Could someone please explain what CFS or autism is? And even before trying to explain it 90% of the medical field fall into denial that this is a real illness at all. Where are we heading and how long does it take us before we know what autism or CFS is?