Why bother delving into the impassioned, most relevant research within the wonderful world of Autism that Emily Casanova has to offer? Three words:
Because it matters.
Primarily focused on Autism, Emily’s published writings and research have linked the correlations of Autism and connective tissue disorders time, and time, and time again. Spirited historian, avid archaeology nut, Emily dives into the cores of what makes the mind work with the body, or to put it more simply, she studies biology. Discovering her website, Science Over a Cuppa, means I’ve found someone with a voice, a platform, and a mission.
When she wrote about the prevalence of dysautonomia and nervous system disorders in people with Autism, Emily was able to skillfully link together the simple fact that the two biological disorders of Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder are primary and secondary results of an overactivated and irregular nervous system.
It really is that simple.
Emily writes with purpose, with grace and timing, to scientific points. She more recently wrote about something with a more historical value to it: Autism has been within the human dna system for a very, very, very long time. Emily writes that Autism genes are ancient –
What do I mean by “ancient”? To give a little perspective, the average gene arose during the early chordates … Chordates first appeared about 530 million years ago. To us as humans who evolved only the last several million years that may seem like a long time ago.
Actually, she goes on further to say that other genes of Autism date back farther to the bilaterians, which existed 555 million years ago, if not earlier! And why would that matter? Not only does this particular find highlight why humans evolved to possess length in the midline of their body, but it demonstrates how diverse and nuanced genetics really can be.
As devoted researchers like Emily continue their biological and evolutionary perspectives, the rest of us can revel in the reminders that we’re not alone, that we do matter, and that there is unique proof in our natural existence.
I love science, and I love Science Over a Cuppa.