Autism has grown exponentially over the past 30 years. The first documented case was in 1930. Between 1960 and 1980 the incidence was 1 in 10,000 cases in the US. In 1988, we had our first introduction to Autism in the media when Dustin Hoffman played an Autistic Savant in Rain Man.
In 1998, the “Sleeping Giant Awakened.” The incidence went from 1 in 10000 to 1 in 500 cases, with exponential growth every year after that. Today 1 in 68 children in the US have Autism, with 1 in 33 boys.
Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex and serious diagnosis that affects a persons’ ability to engage with others and the world around them. It can cause great difficulty functioning in everyday life. It typically appears by the age of 3 and ranges from mild to severe.
Autism is generally considered to be a chronic, lifelong condition. According to The Autism Channel, a global resource for Autism, ASD affects approximately 1 in every 150 individuals worldwide and is found in virtually every country; it is the fastest growing developmental disability with a 1,148% growth rate.
The National Autism Network states that at this current rate, more children worldwide will be diagnosed with autism in the next year than with diabetes, cancer, and AIDS
combined. Given the magnitude of this escalating problem, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially determined that ASD is a “global health priority.”
The WHO issued a formal resolution calling for "comprehensive and coordinated efforts for the management of autism spectrum disorders among the United Nations at its leaders.”
In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, often referred to as the DSM 5, ASD is considered to be a neurodevelopmental disorder.
Appearing early in life, neurodevelopmental disorders impact a child’s ability to reach typical and expected developmental milestones. The resulting deficits in development can lead to challenges functioning in personal, social, academic, and occupational areas of life.
According to the DSM 5, people with ASD exhibit difficulties in the areas of communication and social interaction; they also demonstrate narrow and repetitive patterns of interests, behavior, and activities.
The term “spectrum” is used as individuals with ASD vary greatly in how these symptoms present. Adding to the complexity is the fact that many individuals on the spectrum also suffer from a variety of co-morbid, chronic conditions.
Some of the most common ones include cognitive or intellectual impairment, depression, anxiety, seizures, inflammation, gastrointestinal issues, sleep problems, metabolic and autoimmune disorders, allergies, specific learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsiveness (OCD), and sensory processing or integration difficulties.
It is 100% gut. The Autism epidemic began 2 years after the first GMO seed was planted. Dr. Stephanie Senef, of MIT, reported that Glyphosate poisoning patterns the symptoms of Autism almost exactly. Glyphosate was added to GMO seeds in 2001.
What Role Do Vaccines Play?
President Donald Trump told a story during a 2015 debate; "You take this little beautiful baby ... 2 years old, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic." After the debate, he clarified that he was advocating for childhood vaccines to be spread out over more time. President Trump is advocating for starting a vaccine safety committee with Robert Kennedy as the head.
Research has shown that administering the vaccines as a single shot instead of combinations could lower the risk. Also spacing out the vaccines could lower the risk of Autism as well. If we gave one vaccine at a time, we could narrow down the side effects.
And we would have more information about how a specific vaccine interacts with a child. By combining vaccines into one shot, we're prioritizing expense and savings over children's health and safety.
Take More Time Between Vaccines
Why do we give children so many vaccines, so quickly? Several years ago, well-loved pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears wrote, "The Vaccine Book." In it, he outlined his own alternative vaccination schedule.
Sears advocates for fewer shots at each checkup, so
immunizations are spread out over more time. He recognized that parents want options and fewer side effects. He understood that parents worry about all the immunizations their children get at once, and the frequency of shots.
By the time children are 2 years old—if their parents follow the CDC vaccination plan—they've had about 25 vaccines. During some of their checkups, they get up to six immunizations at once. This could overwhelm their young immune systems, leading to
other health problems and maybe even autism.
Dr. Oz has said he and his wife decided to spread out vaccines for their children. Spreading out shots is more expensive (more doctor visits), but it could lead to better data about vaccines and interactions as well as better health outcomes for children.
The greatest impact facing our nation at the present time is the CDC says that in 2020, there will be a 300% increase in ASD adults 18-22 years old who will be unemployed or unemployable, with an increase every year after that. At this time, we have no solution to decreasing this epidemic or the impact on society.
Autistic children are here to teach us, we need to make a change in our food, our education system, and in our environment.
This post was kindly submitted by Dr. JoQueta Handy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Integrative Medicine Doctor, JoQueta Handy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, has developed a revolutionary approach to teaching children with learning disabilities, especially those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children participating in this education method — called the Children’s Opportunity for Brilliance (COB) model — have seen a seventy percent improvement after only sixteen hours of instruction. Learn more.