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Autism and diet
  1. M Potts,
  2. B Bellows
  1. School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 MrB Bellows
 314 Warren Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA; bbellows{at}

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Is exposure to antibodies and fatty acids in mother’s milk associated with development of autism? Autism is a disease of unknown aetiology, but complex pathogenesis that seems to have become more common in recent decades. We suggest that efforts exploring the aetiology of autism should pay special attention to patterns of breast and artificial feeding in infancy.

Newschaffer grouped the aetiology of risks for autistic disorders into four groups: genetic predisposition of the mother, environmental factors acting on the mother, …

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