Since I lost tonight’s blog post, and since my reply to Shaun is quite long and really could use some formatting I’m going to post it as it’s own entry, so in order for this post to make sense please read this one What If It’s Not , and in the interest of keeping you from having to flip between this post and What If It’s Not I’ll paste the comment stream between Shaun and myself here.
S: I’m curious as well, those are drastic changes. So what’s changed in the world to cause more Autism? Is that rate continuing?
E: Shaun huge drastic changes indeed, sadly yes the rates are increasing. What’s changed, what causes it, well depends on who you ask. Some say better diagnosis. Can’t be the the cause if you ask me, there’s no way we had just as many developmentally delayed kids and no one noticed. Some of the other reasons include: Food additives, diet changes, (dare I say) Vaccinations, pollution and exposure to toxic elements, poor prenatal care, labour inductions (and a new paper implicates epidurals), genetic predisposition, leaky gut, yeast over growth in the gut, an inability to absorb nutrients, perhaps poor hypothalamus regulation of hormones, and many more I’m sure I’m forgetting, I haven’t heard of yet, or haven’t been discovered.
S: That’s quite interesting yet scary at the same time. However I think part of it HAS to be diagnosis. Medical advances since the 50′s have been huge and we are able to detect more things earlier and easier now then ever before. Yet some things still go undiscovered.
I would also guess the environment has a HUGE part to play. There have been drastic changes in the environment since the 50′s as well and that cannot be overlooked.
Also one thing from my experiences is that there are different levels of autism, correct me if I’m wrong Erron. Cause if it’s 1 in 80 boys then we have A LOT of the population with Autism then.
So many things going on these days with newly born kids, it’s quite scary.
Now, honestly, I wanted to sort of shy away from the the causes of Autism topic, as it’s as rife with controversy as whether you can make a living with Amway Global 😉 But I’ll give some information and if you’re not happy with it spend some time looking over the information out there and come to your own conclusion. There are alarmists, and naysayers a plenty touting their truths, ha ha you could say it has it’s own spectrum. I like to think I’m fairly intelligent about it all, perhaps a bit fringe. Please no personal attacks about what I believe.
So in response to Shaun’s last comment:
You know some of it will be diagnosis, but not what you think it would, not the way the stats are rising. At the risk of seeming crass, if the same level of autism existed then, as it does now we would have been wondering why are so many of our kids are dim, unruly, and so naughty. There’s an article from 2009 using California (as state that’s seen big Autism increases) as an example of increased diagnosis not contributing a significant amount to their rate increases. They focus mostly on environmental causational factors. I think it’s more complex for most kids.
I think like anything else that’s scary, it’s easier to believe were doing a better job of finding what was already there than acknowledging that our kids are facing elevated risks of developing Autism. We have to make better decisions about pre-conception, pregnancy, birth, infant and childcare, not just in the face of autism, but also the myriad of other neurological and immunological deficiencies. Parents need to stop blindly believing what they are told, and find out for themselves. We provide the environment that our kids live in through our actions and our decisions.
You’re right Autism affects kids at different levels; it’s called a spectrum disorder meaning you can be at the low end, or the extreme end. Are kids with mild Auti symptoms better off than those with severe ones, of course, but they still don’t get the same breaks or opportunities at life experience as those who are “normal”.
Cause if it’s 1 in 80 boys then we have A LOT of the population with Autism then
Your right we do, I know it’s difficult to believe. From the CDC article on prevalence: In 2006, on average, approximately 1% or one child in every 110 in the 11 ADDM sites was classified as having an ASD (approximate range: 1:80–1:240 children [males: 1:70; females: 1:315]) you can read the whole thing, if you want, though I don’t blame you if you don’t, it’s kinda dry 🙂 So I guess I was wrong it’s not 1 in 80 for boys, it’s 1 in 70 and that was 4 years ago now.again click the text to read the full article ASD is Autism Spectrum Disorder