Autism and ADHD Rates
It was just 5 years ago when some of us were horrified to learn that autism rates in one study had reached 1 in 88. It had just been a few years before that when rates were 1 in 100 or 1 in 150. Well it’s official now according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) that 1 in 50 children between 6 and 17 have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is a 72% increase since 2007. These are children with challenges in communication, behavior, and social interaction, who may or may not have the classic stereotypical flapping called stimming that can be a part of autism.
While there is no question that there were some of us who were perhaps a little “different” a generation or two ago and some of us who were certainly high energy and “hyper”, what we have today is just greater numbers of our children suffering to a greater degree. Something is happening and don’t be satisfied with the explanation that we are just better at detecting these kids or that we are changing the way we make these diagnoses.
Ask adults in their 60’s and older how many children they remember in their classrooms who were struggling with communication and social issues or flapping and non-verbal. This is a very real poisoning of our children. We all have genetic vulnerability. What is changing is the sheer amount of toxins our children are exposed to. The changes that happen as a result are called epigenetic, and so you’ll read that autism is genetic. Well, yes, it is to the extent that we are talking about how toxins interact with our genetics. What we can change is our exposures to toxins, not the genetic blue print we are born with. Get the right nutrients and avoid toxins and then we will (almost all of us) be healthy!
There is little doubt that we are living in times that are unprecedented in terms of the speed with which toxins are being added to our environment. The first exposure happens in the womb. Sorry moms, but you simply must do everything in your power to eat organic, avoid GMO, avoid aspartame, alcohol, drugs, and take your prenatal vitamins, extra vitamin D, and fish oil to maximize nutrition. While pregnant, I would not get the Tdap with its 330 micrograms of aluminum. Take that vaccine after the baby is born and vaccinate everyone else who will be around your baby to provide a cocoon of protection.
The cost of treatment and therapy for a family living with autism can reach as much as $60,000 a year. This puts the total cost of lifetime care at around $1.4 million! With 4,000,000 births a year in the USA and a rate of 1 in 50, that is 80,000 new cases a year. The annual cost being added each year = $80 billion (8 zero’s).
There is one new case every 6.5 to 13 minutes! (using the rate of 1 in 50 to 1 in 100).http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr065.pdf
As if having to help a child with autism navigate this world were not hard enough, imagine now the fact that rates of ADHD are also sky rocketing. For the high school age group of 14 to 17 year olds, a recent study finds 10% of girls and 19% of boys had ADHD, with one in 10 boys taking ADHD medication. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/health/more-diagnoses-of-hyperactivity-causing-concern.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
While all this sounds depressing, it should actually be a call to action. We can dramatically change these statistics. Stay tuned. Read my blogs. Do your research on toxins and vaccines and nutritional supplements that will enhance your ability to get rid of toxins and heal. Even those of us who are already suffering from the conditions I am talking about can make changes that can start the process of healing and getting our brains back.
Parents of children already affected, you are my hero’s. It is because of you that I dedicate the majority of my professional efforts to learning more and sharing what I learn.
If you are already in my practice, and your child is not making progress, make another appointment, especially if it’s been over 6 months since we have addressed what is going on.