One size fits some (part deux)

by statia on July 16, 2008

Well, I’m surprised people give a shit what I have to say.

Let me preface this with, this is just a theory. Albeit a well thought out one, but a theory, nonetheless.

After doing a lot of reading. I believe that the rise in Autism, isn’t exactly… Autism. I think it’s symptoms that mimmick Autism. Years ago, as a kid, I didn’t know anyone with Autism, and now, you probably know a few kids that have it, or maybe more. And it’s being reversed. Be it with diet, or homeopathy, or a combination of both. I did know a kid with true Autism in my mid 20′s. He was a great kid, but there was no way that it was reversible. And he was born before Thimerosal was added to vaccines. I’m not saying that as any correlation. Maybe it’s just mere coincidence, maybe it’s not. Who knows.

Do I think it’s vaccines? Yes, but I think that’s only one part. But I think it’s due to aluminum and other preservatives, not so much mercury (people are quick to blame the MMR, but the MMR is usually given with 2 or 3 other vaccines, which is just too many vaccines at once). I also think that all of the overly processed foods that are available nowadays, as well as artificial flavors and colors add to it, along with a lot of other environmental factors that we have no idea about yet. And of course, genetics play some part in there as well. Obviously, some kids are sensitive to it, while others aren’t.

I think the Mini was on a slow decline. I think he had genetic factors at play, on top of the fact that he’s product of many fertility treatments. I think the DTaP vaccine is what sent him further over the edge.

Like I mentioned previously, there are two camps of people. Those who have personally gone through it and have witnessed changes in their child (be it the downward slope, or recovery) and those who are partial to science. But it’s no secret that science has some sort of bias to it. I don’t really think we know enough about it, or that anything is fact, even the treatment we’re doing.

Do I think the treatment is working? Well, I see changes in my son everyday, for the better. Do I want to believe it’s working? Sure. Be it as a miracle, or just wanting to believe in alternative medicine. But the truth is, there’s no real way of knowing. We chose one path over the other, and now there’s no way to know what that other path held. It could be the protocol we’re doing. It could be that he’s just a late bloomer and is finally working on other areas of development. Hell, it could be that the monkeys have decided to fly out of his ass and now we’re seeing our son as he used to be. Monkeys in your ass can make anyone cranky.

Whatever it is, I think we need to call this something else, because it’s not Autism.

{ 6 comments }

jesser July 17, 2008 at 6:37 am

I have to say, I agree with most everything you said here. My dad’s brother (born in 1960) has real-deal autism (the movie Rainman is pretty much spot-on to his behavior. I really don’t think his is reversible. He is fairly highly functioning (I think mostly due to some good behavior modification techniques and work that was done with him throughout his adolescence), but it is not what I hear people describing as autism or in the autism spectrum. I think it’s become a waste-basket diagnosis. I have no idea what causes it either but I wouldn’t discount the sources you mentioned. I feel like it’s in our best interest to be cautious with our kids at least to some extent.

I saw a comedian a couple of months ago that was making fun of how “we” raise our kids … hop them up on sugary crap, overload their senses with video games, TV in the back seat, etc. etc. and then we wonder why they can’t sit still and learn fractions … so we medicate them. I don’t say this is precisely the case, but it presents something very interesting.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They intrigue me.

Melissa July 17, 2008 at 11:54 am

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It all makes sense to me.

Tracy July 17, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Good God. Last week, I had no opinion on all this, other than thinking it was suspicious that so many kids exhibited these signs after being vaccinated.

This week, after finding out I’m PREGNANT…Um…wow…this means I have to actually think about this since I will have a new little human in about 8 months, and we will have to make the choice to vaccinate or not.

*sigh*

I’ve known I was pregnant for all of 24 hours, and I’m about to haave a meltdown.

Susanne July 17, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Interesting, too, what Jesser says. My nephew is high-functioning autistic–Asperger’s–and that’s as much exposure I have to it from a first-person perspective. I worry about it a lot since I have a 13-month old son. I’ve had a sick feeling for a while about overstimulation, owing to television, video games, toys with all those lights that make all those noises, etc. I may be wrong, but I think it’s ONE component of this spectrum disorder. We’re buying quiet toys and encouraging play that requires imagination. My mother has wondered why most of his toys are austere, German products and keeps reminding me how much he enjoys all those noise-making toys at her house. But this is one thing we’re trying to control. Just my two cents. Keep up the good work. I think you’re onto something and I’m thrilled you’re seeing results.

Deltus July 22, 2008 at 8:04 am

Quite right, imho. Real autism won’t get better with treatment (you can improve their behaviors, but not cure the source). Environmentally-caused “autism” is something different. It resembles autism.

Helen July 28, 2008 at 3:31 am

Nautism?

You mentioned that you were getting guidance on how to encourage learning acquisition and how to work with how the Mini learns. I’d like to know about that, if, you know, you’re taking requests.

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