My Take - For years I've attempted to overcome the idea pesticides are a cause of autism and interestingly - now - that's not even being discussed. One thing I always felt was an important clue that autism was a genetic issue was the fact autism is sexist! Boys are more likely to suffer from autism than girls.
That's genetics it seems to me, and that was where I thought researchers should have targeted their efforts. Unfortunately loons like Wakefield and his loony Hollywood supporters like Robert DeNiro, Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey and Oprah Winfrey infected the conversation and slowed the direction of good research.
When are we going to get real with celebrities and stop listening to the clabber they spew out? I'm a big fan of "question everything", but you don't stop questioning and start answering until all the evidence is in. The evidence wasn't in because it was fraudulent, and as usual, Hollywood bought into it lock, stock and barrel.
I wonder if because they're so used to reading, memorizing and mouthing fiction for a living they're incapable of telling the difference any longer.