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Autism cases rise by 23% from 06 to 08: CDC report
News Medical ^ | 4/1/12 | By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

Posted on 04/02/2012 4:56:37 AM PDT by dangus

According to latest figures, nearly one in 88 U.S. children have autism spectrum disorders. The report further urges national attention on the need for earlier diagnosis and treatment, especially in rural and minority communities.

Figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show a 23% increase in autism spectrum cases from 2006 to 2008, and 78% increase since 2002. The largest increases in autism prevalence were found among black and Hispanic children, who have lagged behind whites in previous counts. Numbers are higher for boys, with one in 54 8-year-olds now considered to have autism, Asperger's or a related condition, though no one knows why the condition is five times more likely to affect boys than girls. The CDC has a surveillance network around the country that has counted 8-year-olds on the autism spectrum every two years. The new numbers are based on tallies from 14 sites.

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KEYWORDS: autism; epidemic; vaccinations
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So, even as the use of Thiomersal in childhood vaccines was largely eliminated, autism rates continue to sky-rocket. The largest growth was in sectors in which diagnosis would be expected to lag, and which previously had also shown lower rates, so its possible that some of this growth is due to better diagnosis and expanded delimits on what constitutes autism. But still, the growth in autism is alarming; it seems like everyone I know has kids with autism! Seriously, just based on people I actually know, I'd estimate autism to be 40%, not 1.2% prevalent.
1 posted on 04/02/2012 4:56:39 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus
They changed the methodology for making the diagnosis. From what they did, it is impossible to really say if Autism has increased or not.

Liberal trickery with statistics. They fiddle with numbers to justify increased expenditures.

2 posted on 04/02/2012 4:59:05 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: dangus

My theory? Soy in the formula. It’s a neurotoxin.


3 posted on 04/02/2012 5:00:50 AM PDT by spacejunkie2001
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To: dangus

There is mercury in most vaccines, don’t kid yourself.


4 posted on 04/02/2012 5:02:05 AM PDT by acapesket
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To: spacejunkie2001
Autism cases rise by 23% from ’06 to ’08: CDC report

Changing definitions. Make a finer mesh on the net and get a whole lot more. Make no mesh at all and you get the whole ocean.
5 posted on 04/02/2012 5:03:58 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: acapesket
'06 - '08? Must be Bush's fault!!!
6 posted on 04/02/2012 5:04:16 AM PDT by catman67
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To: dangus

Autism spectrum disorder is the new ADHD.


7 posted on 04/02/2012 5:05:23 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: acapesket

Are you asserting that the tiny traces of mercury still found in some vaccines is still plenty to cause just as much neurological damage, despite being in such greatly reduced amounts, OR that there’s a massive conspiracy among governments, reporters and manufacturers to continue putting just as much mercury in the vaccines despite claims to the contrary?


8 posted on 04/02/2012 5:06:17 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus

Forty years ago, an autistic child was so handicapped he was unreachable...totally disconnected from the world around him.

These kids might have some symptoms of autism, but they are not autistic IMHO.


9 posted on 04/02/2012 5:09:08 AM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: dangus
One of my friends kids was diagnosed with ADD and told Ritalin would solve the problem. The parents told them to shove it. The young lady is now a Doctor.

Another friend has a grandchild who has been diagnosed as autistic....because he doesn't look you in the eye when he talks to you. The kid is just plain shy...but with people he loves and trusts...he's just fine. He's quite normal and gets along fine with other kids. The school wants him to go through some kind of therapy. Of course these therapists make good money.

10 posted on 04/02/2012 5:10:01 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: aruanan

Actually, autism *is* medically related to ADHD/ADD, and I have ADD (not ADHD), so I have reason to be concerned.

(I am currently dealing with ADD without using prescription drugs, but I can certainly feel the effects of the drugs: my brain does what I tell it to do. What a lot of people don’t realize about ADD drugs is that they are the same drugs most people use to BECOME over-excited: amphetamines. The fact that there is an opposite reaction in ADD patients means that there is definitely something real there.)


11 posted on 04/02/2012 5:10:19 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus
FDA admits in court case that vaccines still contain mercury
12 posted on 04/02/2012 5:10:55 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: ClearCase_guy; dangus
I got this from wiki (I know, I know .. but I just wanted a one liner type of description);

Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. For a diagnosis to be made, symptoms must become apparent before a child is three years old.

I watched my kids grow with the critical eye of an outspoken father, unafraid to speak publically and meet strangers.

I watched other kids as I watched mine and did my own compare and contrast.

I've concluded (no, I'm not a doc of any kind nor do I play one on TV ... and I didn't sleep at a Holiday Inn last night neither), you can't diagnose much of any long term, later in life attributes at an early age.

AAMOF, I'm angered at the mama's who say "Oh, he doesn't like peas" because Johnny mooshed them up in his mouth at 6 months and squeezed them out like a pimple ... just havin' fun with peas.


And if it is truly impaired social interaction and communication, every democrat is autistic and should be voted out .... before the island tips over on the flag we planted on Mars.

13 posted on 04/02/2012 5:10:55 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: aruanan

Autism is not necessarily bad. Many math/science types display some autistic symptoms. Bill Gates also exhibits some. How’d it work out for him?


14 posted on 04/02/2012 5:11:16 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: dangus

Autism is the newest fad diagnosis. Had a Dr suggest my 12-year old granddaughter had autism. Having observed her, it became obvious that he was being lazy. Absolutely no evidence.


15 posted on 04/02/2012 5:12:02 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: dangus
Actually, autism *is* medically related to ADHD/ADD, and I have ADD (not ADHD), so I have reason to be concerned.

I'm talking about the over-diagnosis of either.
16 posted on 04/02/2012 5:12:03 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan
Autism spectrum disorder is the new ADHD.

Yup.

In some ways, this is like Global Warming -- what is the "correct" temperature of the Earth? I dunno, but the experts tell me that it is always too hot or too cold: it's unnatural, so there must be a problem.

Does your kid run around and talk to everyone? That's unnatural -- must be ADHD.
Does your kid sit silently and ignore others? That's unnatural -- must be Autism.

Whatever the case may be, clearly government intervention is called for.

17 posted on 04/02/2012 5:12:20 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: rbg81

Must qualify my #14 post by clarifying that I meant those on the extremes of the Autism spectrum. I don’t think full blown Autism is good or wish it on anyone.


18 posted on 04/02/2012 5:14:43 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: spacejunkie2001

Autism is hereditary.

It can be related to inability to properly digest wheat products and or milk products.

For those who cannot handle milk products properly, soy is the alternative. But soy tends to reduce male hormones and causes other problems.

Soy is much much more common in our diet today, because it is one of the least expensive oils. I am not a tree hugger. We farm. But I have reservations about GMO crops. You cannot argue the efficiency of production, but it may be opening Pandora’s box with health risks.


19 posted on 04/02/2012 5:14:57 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: A.Hun

Forty years ago everywhere I went there were kids, and oly kids, I might add.
Plus, we often visited extended family and we went to school with lots of keds with big families.
I never saw nor knew of kids with the behaviors of the keds I see now. I can count sis keds off the bat of close relatives, neighbors and acquaintences who have serious behavior problems associated with autism.
It is new and it is epidemic.


20 posted on 04/02/2012 5:16:38 AM PDT by stanne
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To: rbg81

Correct.

crypto sensitivity syndrone

http://www.backlash.com/content/disab/2003/rvm1203.html


21 posted on 04/02/2012 5:18:28 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: spacejunkie2001

This is an epidemic and the epidemiology fits toxin exposure from vaccinations.

My personal theory: the vaccines contain some form of bio-available aluminum.


22 posted on 04/02/2012 5:19:27 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: dangus; neverdem; Choose Ye This Day

As the father of a profoundly Autistic 13 yr old boy, the ever expanding definition of Autism causes me concern. I am utterly appreciative of the therapists who have worked with my son. However, expanding the definition has the affect of dismissing the diagnosis. Every engineer (I R 1) and math major would be included and I disagree with that.

That all said, there is an increasing population of truly Autistic kids based on my observation.


23 posted on 04/02/2012 5:21:34 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: spacejunkie2001

I should have been more specific in my last comment.

Asperger’s not full blown Autism, is what I meant to say.

I am not 100% convinced they are directly related.


24 posted on 04/02/2012 5:21:42 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: agere_contra
My personal theory: the vaccines contain some form of bio-available aluminum.

Aluminum is one of the most common metals in the environment.
25 posted on 04/02/2012 5:23:17 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: dangus

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20049118-10391695.html?tag=re1.channel

Vaccines and autism: a new scientific review


26 posted on 04/02/2012 5:24:53 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: aruanan

“The new adhd “ This is right on the mark. Sight and say, whole language CREATED functional illiteracy .Recall that a much higher number of boys suffer and end up on drugs. Girls learn to read phonetically almost naturally, and escape the diagnosis and the resulting dumbing down.
Is this being done DELIBERATELY? YES!!! Hard to believe? YES!!


27 posted on 04/02/2012 5:25:28 AM PDT by codder too
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To: dangus

IIRC, several months or a year(s) ago, there were reports that Autism, ADD, etc., were linked to the possibility of mothers having sonograms and/or amnio before the baby was born. It actually made a lot of sense. But if you weren’t paying attention that day you missed it. As quickly as the reports came up, they were scrubbed; I don’t think they lasted more than two days. Big bucks in those procedures. Probably some goofy conspiracy theory, but it does seem that as ultrasounds became more prevalent, so did autism. Hmmm...


28 posted on 04/02/2012 5:27:25 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam (Don't blame me; I voted for the American.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Just like obesity, they changed the definition to fit the policy agenda.


29 posted on 04/02/2012 5:27:25 AM PDT by steve8714 (The answer, surprisingly, is Carnahan.)
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To: dangus

For those of you who believe that autism and it’s disorders are something of the imagination,be thankfull that your child doesn’t have a problem with that issue.

My son was born a normal,became a very smart toddler and up through about the age of five that’s when my wife and I began to see things going wrong.He became socially withdrawn,Not wanting to go out side to play.

He did go to school though,whether willingly or not I have no Idea since he was being bullied there.He graduated from high school and we were sending him off too college but he became so socially withdrawn that he dropped out.

Now my son is as smart as can be but it’s frustrating knowing that there is nothing we can do to get him on a path to a career.Thats something he’s going to have to do on his own.

He has had a lot of life skills training and has learned to cook,clean and care for himself but he still acts like a teenager in a lot of ways.In a sense that’s good,In that he is sensitive toward others.

One thing this country needs is employers who understand that people who have aspergers syndrome are On the very high end of the autism spectrum and they would make excellent employees.That is if placed in the right job.

My son could be locked in a room with a computer for hours and be wouldn’t complain at all.

All they need is someone who knows how to communicate with them.


30 posted on 04/02/2012 5:27:49 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: steve8714
The old Conservative principle applies:
If you want less of something, tax it.
If you want more of something, subsidize it.

Currently, a lot of dollars are being thrown at ADHD and at Austism. It should not surprise anyone that the number of sufferers keeps going up. There is an entire industry that wants to "find" people who need treatment.

31 posted on 04/02/2012 5:29:13 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: dangus

bump for later


32 posted on 04/02/2012 5:32:25 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: dangus

Case numbers are reported rising, but could this be due more to accuracy in diagnosis, rather than an actual rise?


33 posted on 04/02/2012 5:35:02 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: dangus

So, you’re impulsive. When did this become a “disorder”? During the ‘80s as part of the war on men.
Men are impulsive. Boys are impulsive. Boys are easily bored.
Know what got my son on the juice? Staring out the classroom window. Know what that got me? A pointer along the side of my head.
It doesn’t matter if your life is happier with the drugs. Happiness is overrated. It doesn’t matter if you are more able to complete tasks. You are more easily controlled. This is a perversion of medicine for an agenda.


34 posted on 04/02/2012 5:35:18 AM PDT by steve8714 (The answer, surprisingly, is Carnahan.)
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To: dangus

I’m in the Autism spectrum. Big deal.


35 posted on 04/02/2012 5:40:26 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: steve8714
Happiness is overrated.

I'm glad you said that. I think it is a profound statement.

I'm a pretty happy person, but I have no expectation that I (or anyone) "deserves" to be happy. There is plenty of stuff wrong with the world. The quest to "fix" everything, and the idea that "if I'm not happy, someone is to blame" are very modern ideas and I don't think they are helping anyone.

Happiness is nice -- but we all need to be preprared to get along without it.

36 posted on 04/02/2012 5:41:09 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: knarf

I’m angered at the mama’s who say “Oh, he doesn’t like peas”

Oh no. Now they say “He’s allergic to peas” if the kid doesn’t like them.


37 posted on 04/02/2012 5:42:05 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: puppypusher
For those of you who believe that autism and it’s disorders are something of the imagination,be thankfull that your child doesn’t have a problem with that issue.

God bless you! I see autism and its challenges with a family that is very close to mine. Pre-K twins. The strength, love, and patience it takes to endure and support are incredible and inspirational to me.
38 posted on 04/02/2012 5:52:10 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: A.Hun
These kids might have some symptoms of autism, but they are not autistic IMHO.

Most are probably nothing more than ill-disciplined and badly behaved.

39 posted on 04/02/2012 5:52:56 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: spacejunkie2001
My theory? Soy in the formula. It’s a neurotoxin.

any double-blind studies with breast feeders done to your knowledge?
40 posted on 04/02/2012 5:58:19 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Texas Fossil
Autism is hereditary.

There is no doubt a genetic component to autism, as with most diseases and syndromes. But as with just about everything else to do with autism, the genetic component isn't simple.

41 posted on 04/02/2012 5:58:52 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: dangus

In some parts of suburbia, like my sister’s neighborhood, it is cool to have something wrong with your kid. Almost all the kids in that neighborhood have some kind of condition... homosexuality, aspergers, ADHD, alergies galore, gluten intolerance, depression, etc. When I go over there for parties, that is all they talk about is their kids and their conditions.


42 posted on 04/02/2012 5:59:38 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: ScottinVA
Case numbers are reported rising, but could this be due more to accuracy in diagnosis, rather than an actual rise?

There are four possibilities, not all necessarily exclusive:

1) The incidence is rising
2) Diagnosis methods are more accurate
3) The ever-changing definitions cover a larger set of people
4) It is being over-diagnosed

ASD is a pretty broad umbrella, and the levels of severity vary significantly throughout the spectrum. Without a deeper dive into the numbers, it's hard to tell if this is an increase int he "marginal" cases where changes int he way things are being diagnosed might lead to a mild ASD designation now that wasn't made before.

43 posted on 04/02/2012 6:02:56 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: dangus

I’m a skeptic on this issue of vaccines causing autism, but allow for the possibility. But can you clarify: if rates are “skyrocketing” over the course of a couple of years, can that be attributed to vaccines? Is the rate of vaccination increasing? Are the vaccines being modified in any significant or substantial way that would cause an increase? If the answer to these questions is “no”, then it’s a matter of changing definitions and/or overdiagnosis.


44 posted on 04/02/2012 6:05:04 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: dangus

This is an example of smoke and mirrors statistics. The headline says “autism” the article includes all “autism spectrum disorders”. By including Asperger’s Syndrome, a diagnosis which, in the hands of an over-zealous psychologist can be used to pathologize being a geeky socially-awkward kid (much as ADHD can be used to pathologize being a boisterous high-spirited kid), the significance of the rise in prevalence is diluted to basically nil.

My favorite hypothesis for the increased prevalence of autism is that it is a polygenetic trait, and that the genes for it, when not all present (or not present in the right, or wrong, combination, since it might not be a single cluster of genes) have all become adaptive as technology becomes more prevalent. In particular some aspects of “geekiness” have become cool and are no longer a detriment in finding mates. Of course, the real “cause” is probably just over-zealous diagnosticians and parents who have bought into the “therapeutic culture” resulting in more geeky socially-awkward kids being diagnosed.

Just wait until DSM-V redefines Asperger’s Syndrome as autism, the “rate” will sky-rocket and all sorts of nit-wits will run around wringing their hands and demanding the state do something.


45 posted on 04/02/2012 6:06:23 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

“Most are probably nothing more than ill-disciplined and badly behaved. “

There is some truth to this. These people (adults, included) are just very immature (like a 3-yr old). Everything has to be their way and if they don’t get their way they show out in overt ways or passive-aggressive ways.

I’m not sure how much of this can be overcome by nurture. I’ve worked with these people and seen them up close in family members, and they are so rigid and inflexible it’s not even possible to explain to them what the problem is.

Just like a small child, they can’t be convinced they need to do anything differently. Maybe the right kind of training can fix that, I’m not sure.


46 posted on 04/02/2012 6:12:40 AM PDT by webstersII
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To: kevkrom

. . . 3) The ever-changing definitions cover a larger set of people
4) It is being over-diagnosed

Let me repeat, I know six kis in my immediate social and familial circle who exhibit obvious behavioral and cognitive skills I had never seen in the same circle growing up in a heavily populated area

There is simply now way any overdiagnosis could ever account for it.

The ridiculous frequency of ultrasoography during pregnancy needs to be addressed. The industry won’t allow it. Women could stop allowing themselves to be so railroaded and just use their sense - bobarding the developing brain with intense soundwaves for no health care reason whatsoever is just silly.


47 posted on 04/02/2012 6:17:19 AM PDT by stanne
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To: kevkrom

. . . 3) The ever-changing definitions cover a larger set of people
4) It is being over-diagnosed

Let me repeat, I know six kis in my immediate social and familial circle who exhibit obvious behavioral and cognitive skills I had never seen in the same circle growing up in a heavily populated area

There is simply now way any overdiagnosis could ever account for it.

The ridiculous frequency of ultrasoography during pregnancy needs to be addressed. The industry won’t allow it. Women could stop allowing themselves to be so railroaded and just use their sense - bobarding the developing brain with intense soundwaves for no health care reason whatsoever is just silly.


48 posted on 04/02/2012 6:17:22 AM PDT by stanne
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To: wolfman23601

In some parts of suburbia, like my sister’s neighborhood, it is cool to have something wrong with your kid. Almost all the kids in that neighborhood have some kind of condition... homosexuality, aspergers, ADHD, alergies galore, gluten intolerance, depression, etc. When I go over there for parties, that is all they talk about is their kids and their conditions.

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As a mom to a 10 year old son with higher function autism, I can assure you it’s NOT “cool” to deal with what we deal with. Did you EVER consider that maybe something IS different about these kids, what they’re being exposed to that could result in these differences? I mean — I’d really like to know myself what it is, but our ESTABLISHMENT government/pharm/medical community seems to have no such desire.

Trying not getting any sleep for four years.
Try watching your kid be so constipated he can’t go for 2 weeks. Try putting him on a gluten free casein free diet and watching as his stools become normal for the first time in 4 years.
Try retrieving him from the middle of the road as he runs out the front door and into the street. Try apologizing to judgemental neighbors who are pissed because your kid crossed into their yard and is meandering around in their garage, their home.
Try surviving 45 minute meltdowns where you wonder if his head is going to explode.
Try managing schools, IEPs, your child’s educational progress which is PROFOUNDLY altered.
Try watching him as he doesn’t play normally or socialize normally with other children.
Trying watching as your child will NEVER participate in things as other kids do — baseball,soccer, any sort of team sport ...try watching as the kids socialize and hang out together, totally ignoring your child as he has very little social ability.

Trying watching a beautiful and otherwise normal child just decline before your eyes. You wake up one day and he’s flapping his hands in a corner, watching a little train set go round and around, over and over. And that’s all he wants to do.

I really hope that those who don’t deal with this and have the blessing of a normal child just sit back, keep it shut, and LISTEN to parents. God knows the pediatricians don’t. Researchers don’t.

There are 22+ vaccinations on the schedule now before aged 2. When my daughter, who is now 24, was growing up, there were only 11 before aged 2.

There IS something wrong with a lot of kids today. It’s terrible ....but if we were to admit that it was related to vaccines, the world would stop spinning on its axis.


49 posted on 04/02/2012 6:24:37 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: Texas Fossil

Autism is hereditary.

**

I can’t buy off on this theory. No one anywhere in our family had any form of autism. We have traced our family trees way back.

No one had any problems with wheat or dairy.

I had two normal kids before my third, who has high functioning autism.

But I’ll tell you this — right after the MMR shot, which he received at 12 months, his behavior declined. He would have baseball-sized hard black stools he couldn’t pass. He became more irritable and would NEVER sleep.

By 18 months or so, I knew something was off, but just couldn’t put my finger on it. By 2, he woudln’t respond to us calling his name. By 2.5 or so, I’d take him to playgroups and he wouldn’t engage in any sort of imaginative play like the other children.

What turns a normal one year old into this by 2 years of age?

I’ll tell you one thing — doctors were clueless and could have cared less. He didn’t receive a diagnosis until he was 4 1/2, delaying a lot of therapy and early intervention he could have had.


50 posted on 04/02/2012 6:31:55 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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