About a year ago, I first read about suggested changes in the diagnostic criteria for autism. I was very skeptical about these changes because I have gotten to the point that I think so many changes in our health care is about the money and not related at all to the real needs of our population. Then, just this past month, the changes were implemented. I am especially troubled by these changes because they have come on the heels of the release of the latest reports from the CDC that autism now affects around 1 in 50-55 live births. That’s up from 1 in 10,000 not too many years ago!! (Keep in mind that the Autism Spectrum includes ADD and ADHD.)
Here is why I see the changes being suggested and implemented: if the pace of autism keeps increasing (and even if it stays the same), the cost to our society is going to be staggering. So since the number of families affected is growing so fast, why not just change the method of labeling this “disease.” In my opinion, this is tantamount to saying that since drunk drivers kill many innocent people (a scientific fact), we should change the criterion for drunk driving from 0.8% alcohol from the breathalyzer to 2.0%! That would do it—the people who would “blow” 2% would be passed out. Problem solved! No more drunk drivers, and (although just as many or more people would be killed on the highways by others who choose to drink to impairment and then drive) therefore no more people killed by “drunk drivers.”
In other words, the number of children impacted with slowed development for whatever reason, would drop with these new changes in the diagnosis of autism. In 2 or 3 years, our “leaders” in the government and medicine can step forward and claim credit for wiping out this scourge of autism and not have to pay afflicted families any money, either through government or private insurance. What a system we have!
It also keeps the “experts” from having to deal with the causes of this scourge. Autism Spectrum Disorders are caused by a combination of things, among which are:
** The genetic setup which makes some people more susceptible to some environmental factors than other people. This has always existed. The genes have not changed over the last 50-100 years. What has changed is the environmental attacks on these genes. Genetics load the gun–environment pulls the trigger!
** The rapid and uncontrolled (and largely unresearched) increase in vaccinations. No one is against all vaccinations. Many vaccinations have done great good for all of us. Examples are polio and tetanus. We do know that there are just too many vaccinations and many do great harm. Science has demonstrated this about MMR, Hepatitis B in newborns, and many others.
** The overuse of antibiotics which wipe out the bacteria in the gut. 85% of the immune system comes from the gut bacteria. Antibiotics have their place in good medical decision making. We passed that place long ago.
** Processed foods and genetically modified foods have robbed us of needed vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and antioxidants.
** Toxins are everywhere. They are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the fillings in our teeth—everywhere!
** There are just too many c-sections done, not for good medical reasons in many cases, but for expediency. This procedure robs the newborn of needed bacteria to start the immune process. (And without this immunity being in place, the newborn is then filled with vaccinations which depend on a strong immune system to be effective.)
** We are all Vitamin D deficient, and we have been overwhelmed with misdirected and inaccurate fear of getting sunlight on our skin. Moms, Dads, and Children are all included in this lack.
** Parents are not being prepared with “Pre-Conception Pregnancy” Counseling and so are going into the pregnancy without a strong body to produce strong eggs and sperm.
** We have an out-of-control rise in food allergies due to genetically modified foods, food additives, and abnormal gut flora. Just 40-50 years ago, food allergies were a rarity, and today they affect an estimated one out of thirteen children, and the incidence is increasing!
By the way, FDA scientists were uniformly concerned that GM foods might create hard to detect allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. Their urgent requests for required (by law) long-term feeding studies were ignored by the FDA beauracrats. The result is that the FDA does not require one single safety test.
What can you do to protect yourself and your children?
## Get professional help from someone who can help you detoxify your body and the bodies of family members. You cannot do this alone by just reading blogs like this one. Get individualized help!
## No vaccinations whatever during what I call “Pre-Conception Pregnancy.” Get rid of all “silver amalgam” dental fillings at least a year before becoming pregnant.
## Get a sensible vaccination schedule for you and for your child. You can read the book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations by Stephanie Cave, MD. My own schedule is taken from Dr. Cave’s book.
## When you decide to have a baby, get professional help for the “Pre-Conception Pregnancy.” Get the eggs and sperm as healthy as possible.
## Your professional should offer tests which will help you with all of this.
So, again I have to emphasize that we all have to learn to take care of ourselves. We can help you with that!!
On the Pathway to Optimal Health,