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Rate of Babies Born With Autism And Nobody Cares

  1. Georgiakevin profile image59
    Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago

    Three weeks ago I read on the internet that the rate of babies born with autism in the USA has increased dramatically. 10 years ago the rate was one baby out of 150 were born having autism.  Now it is one baby out of 100 babies born. In Great Britain it is 1  baby out of 87 who have autism. This is a health crisis and no one seems to care.

    According to Wikipedia Autism is a disorder of neural development that is characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.

    Swine Flu is in the news almost every day and though it is sad it is not near the crisis the recent news on autism is. I did some number crunching. According to The National Center For Health Statistics there were 4,315,000 babies born in 2007. Since autism occurs 1 in every 100 births, in 2007 there were 43,150 born with autism or 120 babies born with autism every day in 2007.

    If the trend continues then in ten years it will be one baby in fifty born in the United States will be autistic. Using 2007 numbers that would mean that out of 4,315,000 births in the USA there will be 86,300 babies born with autism or 240 a day in 2019.

    There has been suspicions of what causes autism but only suspicions. Some thought that mercury in the immunizations our babies were given was a possible source but it was never proven. The crisis grows and no one even suggests that more will be done to stop or limit the cases of autism. Where is the public outcry?

    Anyone who has ever been around students who are autistic knows how hard life is for them and their family. i teach a student who is handsome and has such talent in the arts but is so autistic he will not even be able to be employed full time.

    It is time to find out why autism occurs and we need to do it ASAP! When we find out why then we need to find a cure but we need people to care!We need people willing to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

    1. tantrum profile image60
      tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Do you know how many chemicals do you put inside your bebies' bodies trough vaccines ?
      Apart from the autism cases
      what about the increase of babies having cancer before 4 years of age ?
      And what about the lot of healthy women who can't have babies ?

      Do you really know what you eat? what your toothpaste have in its components ? what are the medicines that your doctor prescribes ?

      1. Georgiakevin profile image59
        Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        That's just it, very little is known and very little research is being done!

      2. shazwellyn profile image83
        shazwellynposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I have a boy with Aspbergers Autism.  I am sure that, not only do we have some signs and symptoms within our wider family unit, but my having flu during the early part of pregnancy, pre-eclampsia and difficulties during the birth (I had an emergency caesarian section) didn't help.  He was also a 'special care baby unit' baby.

        I shall be writing a hub about my account soon and think that much of his troubles does stem from a little brain damage incurred through the pregnancy and birthing process.

        I hope you all keep in touch!

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          poetlorraineposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          my friend in England has a son with aspbergers.  I go to look after him sometimes, he is a gentle soul, but the world around him is difficult.  He is placed in a school he likes now, and i am almost sure the ideals he has about life, should be copied by everyone, he is sooooo lovely.  I recommend the book .. The strange incident of the dog in the night, after reading that, you can almost get inside their head, and be empathetic (THEIR PAIN IN YOUR HEART) so to speak. looking forward to the hub... will you give me a nudge about it when it is done.

          1. Georgiakevin profile image59
            Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I will

          2. shazwellyn profile image83
            shazwellynposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            'I recommend the book .. The strange incident of the dog in the night'.. Yes, Im aware of this book.. thanks. 
            I will be writing a hub about how a gluten free/casine free diet has a positive affect on people with autism.  I know it works, cos I got my son tested and his behaviour is 100 times better whilst on it.

            Anyway... I thought I might post you a little something - before I hub it - I dont want to be accused of publising!

            The Story of Daniel
            Dan has mild aspbergers autism.  He always was an enigma and such a quiet baby.  His first words were 'car', I guess these beasts had a marked impression on him.  Even as a baby, he had signs of obsessional behaviour.  A text book baby, they told me in hospital as he was dying of dyhydration because he refused to drink.  Fortunately, he did learn that this basic task and now he is approaching 14, he has somehow got through.  I still, however, get frustrated with him through his lack of drinking. 



            I remember him spinning and making noises as a pre-schooler... obsessed at dressing up - a policeman, Darth Vader, a fireman.  He always seemed a loner but as he was difficult, captured the teachers constant attention right through his early school life - guiding him every step of the way at the expense of the other children.  He has learned that he can control his environment, particularly women, through manipulative behaviours in order to get total one to one attention.



            Dan had a difficult relationship with his father.  Paul could not cope with his difficulties which lead to a few instances of...  err... heavy handedness.  I remember constantly searching for the answers through education.  It was this that gave me the impetous to do my diploma and, later, the psychology.  Then...Eureka!  I found it in amongst my text... 'Autistic Spectrum Disorder', one aspect under this umbrella known as 'Aspbergers'.  It didn't help confuse the issue, though, that Dan had glue ear on many occasions.  I fought for him to have gromets on numerous occasions and this did help, especially as the school he attended were doing their upmost to condemn us all as disfunctional.  They even brought in a behavourist to develop programmes for him.  They couldn't handle his dreamy, irritating behaviour...  at the end of the day, why not blame it on the parents??  Easy option, eh?  My response was to bring in someone from the deaf society, a speech and language therapist and a clinical psychologist to provide education to what appears the uneducated!  I don't suppose it helped that Dan had sneaked out a vibrator and, presumably, waved it around the school playground as something hillariously funny!  I can not imagine what  conversations must have taken place in the staff room!



            It was 2004 when Dan was diagnosed.  I, essentially had to battle with the education system for years because they didn't understand him.  As if this wasn't hard enough, I had to contend with the daily obsessions and lack of social skills associated with a child like Dan (as well as treat my youngest son with insulin dependant diabetes from the age of 18 months - see Christian's story).  Through my seeking through my OU courses, I learned techniques to help him; although I feel today 'what good has it done?', I can not know where he would be without such intervention.



            Every day is a battle to get him motivated now he has reached adolescence.  I have to keep him to task every moment  (not to mention the constant school reviews, assessments and letters to home telling me what Dan has done next!).  He just slips into a dream and forgets to wash, dress and be on time for school.  It is exhausting, but Dan just thinks... 'Don't worry, it will be alright'.  The other day, whilst escorting my youngest son to the bus stop, I managed to get him to eat his fromage frais for breakfast prior to leaving.  I told him (you have to be very black and white with instructions for autistic people) to go upstairs and get ready for school whilst I was out - he needed to be ready to leave by 8.10 am.  When I arrived home at 8.15, I went upstairs and there he was, lying on his bed with a broken coat hanger, pretending to shoot whatever he was imagining in his mind.  I said 'Dan, you needed to be ready and gone for school, I told you this before I left'.  It was another one of those 'last straw' days for me.  I broke down and cried.  He said 'Don't worry mum, it will be alright!'.  'No Dan, it's not alright.' I replied, weeping.  He went downstairs and brought up a cat that has adopted us and gave her to me.  'Ginger will make you feel better.' He said.  He just didn't 'get it', did he?  Despite the omega fish oils that I get him to take and the gluten free diet to help with the dreaminess... he just doesn't get it!  Exhausted, alone with having to cope (Paul has since left the home now some 4 months - better for one person has a life, than none), I still, somehow, keep going - despite the feelings of the dark days - I can not give up on him ... he is my cross to bare and is the path that I chose when I begged the nurse to save him prior to the emergency section back in 1994.  Both of us were close to death - I had pre-eclampsia toxemia followed by a near stroke and a staphlaccocus aureus infection through the dirty knives used to cut me at Milton Keynes hospital.  I even managed a little suffocation as the oxygen canaster had run out during the op!  Somehow, then, I managed to make my paralysed body be heard during the general anethesthetic ... I could hear what sex my baby was and with all my soul managed to get the attention of the anethetist who realised that I was suffocating!  Still, we are both here and, all I can say is that I have done my best, in every way, with good intentions.



            Dan can be a wonderful young man in his own quirkey way and I do love him, but it can be exhausting to teach him independance skills for the future but, by God, he will get there!  I have every intention of travelling in the next few years and this is my focus.

        2. Georgiakevin profile image59
          Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I will

      3. rebekahELLE profile image93
        rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        tantrum brings up many important questions. we should have answers.
        but the truth is, we don't know, we are finding out more each day.
        the industrialization of our food makes it harder and harder to know what we are feeding ourselves and our children.  much of what we eat is not food, it's 'food stuff'. how does a chicken go to chicken mcnuggets... with a toy.

      4. megs78 profile image60
        megs78posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        i ask these same questions...it think it has to do with our health on the whole...

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      mdawson17posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      GeorgiaKevin

      The saddest thing is that those who can help are tingy with their resources and could care less!

      Our Goverment is spending billions of dollars in trying to keep us our of bdebt (?) however they are not helping current helth risks that face our children and yound adults (on a daily basis)!

      Many legislators are so focused on a knew health care reform that they do not realize that their future plans can and will hurt our children!

      One way to help these kids is to stop the mass spending on debt preservation and impliment knew research for finding the cure for such disabilities!

      1. Georgiakevin profile image59
        Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I agree with you Matthew

    3. richardheft profile image59
      richardheftposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      There is or was proof that vaccines preserved with mercury causes autism. 20- 30 years + ago the rate of autism increased dramatically with the introduction of mercury into childhood vaccinnes. Then the government  briefly outlawed the practice and the rate dropped dramatically. So what did the pharmaceutical companies do with their stores of mercury based vaccines? They shipped them to China which had virtually little or no autism. Guess what happened happened. China now has high rates of autism. This is no different from the drug Thalidomide that was given to pregnant women in the sixties and stopped after deformed children (no arms, legs) were being born from these women. Guess what the drug companies did? They shipped their unused supplies of Thalidomide to Europe, England where more deformed children were once again born. Unfortunately these facts will never come to light because most businesses, corporations, government officials are demons, who care more about money than the welfare of their fellow human beings. Look at the healtcare bill just passed. It was another giveaway, gift to the insurance companies.

    4. G.L.A. profile image83
      G.L.A.posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Keep talking, yelling, and writing about it! and I will too. Experts must stop ignoring our children, and the future of mankind! I wrote a hub about the reality of autism several months ago, and I try to keep it updated. If you have time, check it out. The numbers have climbed from 1 in 150 to 1 in 110 in less than 6 months!!! This is worse than epidemic, yet ignored by the experts... why???

  2. Colebabie profile image61
    Colebabieposted 7 years ago

    You seem passionate about the subject, why not write a hub about it?
    But, what makes you think people don't care?

    1. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Good idea.  I get the feeling that people don't care because nothing was said about the news at all until I did!

  3. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    I think Tantrum has the point. And this is not only about autism - the overall health of humanity seems to diminish pretty fast - even though life expectancy increases. Which means that on average we suffer harder and longer... hmm

    1. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      true

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      poetlorraineposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I have to agree,  and the elderly are being kept alive by better medication, but the quality of their life is not great, and their upkeep is sometimes crippling families.  It is nice to hold on to your parents as long as possible though, however ill they are, i feel.

      1. Georgiakevin profile image59
        Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        True

  4. Destined To Win profile image61
    Destined To Winposted 7 years ago

    The statistics are staggering. It also concerns me that there is research being done in so many other areas of concern but autism seems not to be a priority. You obviously have done your homework and most definitely have a passion about it. I agree that it is high time something is done about this for the sake of the children and those who care for them. Also, we need those answers for those yet to be born and this vicious cycle of pain can be broken.

    1. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you and true we do!

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    TMinutposted 7 years ago

    Here's what's being done, I see this all over now - people are being encouraged to quit thinking autism means something's wrong and to just accept that everyone is unique. Really, I've seen "Celebrate Autism" and questions about who gets to choose what's normal. Instead of it being a problem that needs to be addressed, we're told to accept people however they are and call it good.

    1. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      This would be fine if folks with autism could function well in society but most can't.

      1. shazwellyn profile image83
        shazwellynposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I am preparing Dan - my aspbergers boy - to go to a half way house, where he will be taught to be independent.  He is adolescent and wont listen to me.

        Its sad to watch him sometimes, he has no friends at school because of his 'irritating and agrivating' behaviour - he doesnt understand that his is irritating and the other kids dont associate with him because they dont want to be irritated.  Its a catch 22 situation.  Unfortunatly, if he wants genuinity in his relationships, he has to change and learn to adapt.  He has to learn this at a conscious level.

    2. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You have not been around or worked with people who are  autistic. Read the definition of what autism is. Your comments don't match what  reality is.

      1. shazwellyn profile image83
        shazwellynposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Let me give you an example of living with an aspberger adolescent....

        You have an adolescent male who knows you can’t do anything to discipline him (aspbergers have high functioning abilities and awareness).  He learns that he has the control over you.  He might even be threatening and confrontational to you.  It is normal for adolescents to rebel, after all.  If you were to behave in the same manner, you would be an abuser and if this happened to you by your partner, for example, you would be supported (advised to go to a refuge, get legal support and even have the right to an injunction).  In today’s society, however, there is no such support for parents, particularly with an aspergers child.  If your lovely darling does this to you, it is obviously because of the way you have brought him up (so onlookers might think).  Therefore, BLAME IT ON THE PARENTS!  Not only, is he is protected under a certain age, it isn’t wise for a parent to disable their child further by getting the police involved and having them prosecuted.  Remember, this could lead to a criminal record, thereby limiting the choice of future work.  It could end up that you are lumbered with the behaviour for the 20 years!

        People with aspbergers are totally individual in how the condition presents itself.  It is a mish-mash of Autistic spectrum and personality which leads to very different behaviours.  Did you know that there is a very high percentage of these people in prison?   Awwwww... I wonder why? *says sarcastically*x

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    TMinutposted 7 years ago

    Also, the borderline cases are so hard to figure out. Are the not obvious cases really just personality quirks? OCD? Aspies?

    How do we know which ones will "never succeed" and which may find just that niche for themselves where their unusual ways are an advantage?

  7. Red Anchor profile image81
    Red Anchorposted 7 years ago

    The biggest thing that causes autism is the psychiatry profession.  The second biggest thing that causes autism are parents who want their kid to be exactly like what they think their could should be like.

    The formula then becomes: 

    Parent: "There is something wrong with my kid."
    Psychiatrist:  "Here's some medication."

    The parent gets what they want:  a normal kid.  The psychiatry profession gets what it wants:  more people who think pills solve problems.

    I'm not saying that there aren't kids with autism.  I very much believe that there are.  But I also think it is being way over-diagnosed. 

    Not all kids are the same.  Some kids are weird.  Some kids are going to develop weird personality traits.  This does not mean that there is something wrong with them.

    1. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Have you been around children/adults with autism? You are right there are way more being diagnosed with autism. They used to be just called mentally retarded.

    2. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

       

      There is no medication for autism.

      1. shazwellyn profile image83
        shazwellynposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        ... only for the parents! lol

  8. chenmikehk profile image61
    chenmikehkposted 7 years ago

    In my small circle of friends, I have known at least 4 child with Autism.

    1. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Out of 11 students in my class and I teach life skills for students who have moderate to profound mental challenges 7 are autistic.

      1. chenmikehk profile image61
        chenmikehkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I admire your tenacity after having spoken with a therapist who visits these children at home. Highly intensive and progress is ever so slow, if at all. My prayers are with you Kevin

        1. Georgiakevin profile image59
          Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you you are so kind.My prayers are with all of the families that have are about to have in the years to come children who are autistic.

  9. Michael Willis profile image77
    Michael Willisposted 7 years ago

    Sad as it may seem...people normally don't get concerned until it happens to them.

    1. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      true

  10. Lisa HW profile image81
    Lisa HWposted 7 years ago

    As far as I've observed, people do care very much.  I don't believe anyone is truly sure if all, some, or any babies are born with it (or a predisposition to develop it) or not.  As you mentioned, there are those who are convinced it could be vaccines; so at least that many don't believe babies are born with it (or that predisposition to develop it).

    What is known is that when it's identified in babies around a year old there's a better chance of "catching it" before it gets worse.  Good results have been found when it's detected early and when therapy is given (not medication).

    1. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Then where was the public outcry when the statistics came out?

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    poetlorraineposted 7 years ago

    this is a subject so close to my heart...... my grandson has autism, it has very nearly wrecked his mother.  They were living here in Ireland, although my daughter in law is American, they have moved to Florida, to get the best help for him......  It has been such an ordeal for all of us.

    good news is my son had just finished at University and out there he has a job now teaching autistic children, and his son is getting lots of help.  I have not read all of these threads yet .  autism is an epidemic especially in boys, it is unbelievable how many there are.  We should all be learning as much as we can about it....

    1. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I agree with you. We should all be learning as much as we can. Thank God for people like you!

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    TMinutposted 7 years ago

    georgiakevin, my comments do match what really is happening. This IS what I see, doesn't make sense for you to tell me I haven't seen what I've seen.

    Were you perhaps referring to my other comment about borderline cases and such? Not knowing for sure about that could be true, there's all the hype about being "on the autism spectrum" so it's hard to tell what is really meant by autism.

    1. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Then you haven't had a child with autism or worked with them as it's not hard to tell.

  13. Paradise7 profile image86
    Paradise7posted 7 years ago

    I'm glad you posted this, to help raise public awareness.  I wish we knew what caused it.  Some studies attribute it to diet--that there are too many additives in food, and also a rise in food allergies, and that may have an extremely adverse effect on the sensitive nervous system of a very young child.

    No one knows the cause, so treatment is very difficult.  It's a real guessing game, and that is just so sad.  I don't know who suffers more--the children with autism or their parents.

    1. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I am with you. It's time to find answers to this epidemic.

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    TMinutposted 7 years ago

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  15. earnestshub profile image86
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    I hope there is better publicity and public awareness. Money is needed for research.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image93
      rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      money is needed and more education brought to the public.
      there is a lot of research but still no concrete cause defined.

      I have worked with children with autism and at times it's heartbreaking, but also they have amazing depth and can teach us also how to look at life with different eyes.

      I will add this. our children are watching too much t.v. along with the video/computer games; although advertised to be learning and educational can also affect a child's nervous system where they have very short attention spans. watch a child's show sometime and observe how quickly it moves. hmm

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        TMinutposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        *************
        I will add this. our children are watching too much t.v. along with the video/computer games; although advertised to be learning and educational can also affect a child's nervous system where they have very short attention spans. watch a child's show sometime and observe how quickly it moves.
        *************

        Totally agree with this, I've told my friends I think we're training our kids INTO being/having ADD with teaching methods at school, video games and TV.

        1. Georgiakevin profile image59
          Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          To me ADD should not be addressed as a problem. These are our dreamers, scientists, engineers and more. ADHD is another issue altogether and I believe we are over medicating these children because as a society we are to lazy to look at these behaviors closer.

      2. Georgiakevin profile image59
        Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        What an interesting input. I agree and there are other side effects for our children watching too much TV including increased childhood obesity and diabetes.

      3. shazwellyn profile image83
        shazwellynposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Im not publising, but you should read my hub on blame it on the parents - http://hubpages.com/hub/Blame-It-On-The … UK-Society - it just draws on what is happening to our society that might cause this. 

        Im sorry... Im not publising... just think it might be helpful x

    2. Georgiakevin profile image59
      Georgiakevinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I agree very much so.

  16. sarovai profile image59
    sarovaiposted 7 years ago

    Really alarming level. Dealing with autistic child needs patience.

  17. Lynda Gary profile image60
    Lynda Garyposted 6 years ago

    First, I need to comment on something posted (above) by Shaz:

    She/he said: "You have an adolescent male who knows you can’t do anything to discipline him (aspbergers have high functioning abilities and awareness).  He learns that he has the control over you.  He might even be threatening and confrontational to you." 

    From other posts, it is my understanding that she has a son with aspergers.

    Shaz (and others) -- When a child is autistic, whether or not it is asperger's, that diagnosis CANNOT be used as an excuse to ALLOW the child to "control you."  I'm a recognized expert in this niche parenting area, AND I have an aspie child.  I KNOW how effing hard it is to parent a child like this, but your child CAN learn behavioral management techniques.  I teach parents like you how to make the difference.

    Having said that, I want to get back to the point of the hub: 

    When my son was diagnosed, the rate was 1 in 500 kids.  I've seen statistics in the past year that, in some communities, put it at a 1 in 20 rate!  My concern includes the issue of education for these kids.  My son was never able to transition; we tried half a dozen public and private schools.  We finally stuck to homeschooling, but can't now get him an accredited hs diploma (so that he can qualify for financial aid for college).  (For more of our story and related info, see http://hubpages.com/hub/What-are-Early-Signs-of-Autism  and http://hubpages.com/hub/When-Your-Baby-Turns-Eighteen  )

    HOW are all of these kids going to get an appropriate education?  It is such a specialized area that requires DETAILED training for the teacher / caregiver -- not just a general "special ed" certificate.  We don't have the teachers, the resources, the facilities.  We never have, and even tho the rate of diagnosis is sky high, we've done nothing as a society to prepare for the increase.  NO change.

    So, I THANK YOU for highliting the epidemic nature of autism, and I hope that others see the disaster waiting to happen when it comes to educating our special kids.

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    LegendaryHeroposted 6 years ago

    I've often wondered if the increased rates of autism are being caused by the increased use of certain medications or even supplements being taken by pregnant women. The use of medication and supplements has increased over the years. But I'm no doctor, so I don't really know.

    1. Lynda Gary profile image60
      Lynda Garyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      My hub http://hubpages.com/hub/Getting-More-ou … ood-Health has what I believe is the answer to your question.  And though I'm sure it includes what a mom ingests during pregnancy, I don't believe it is isolated to that.  In fact, I believe there are multiple causes of autism, just like there are multiple causes of cancer.  Why? Because the treatment options for autism are successful for some, and not for others.

  19. TLMinut profile image59
    TLMinutposted 6 years ago

    deleted for TMI

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    Home Girlposted 6 years ago

    I just want to ask one question? Do you think that getting epidural when delivering baby is 100% safe for a small baby, who is under a huge stress of delivery not just his mother? Just think about it. Put two and two together.

  21. Ann Nonymous profile image61
    Ann Nonymousposted 6 years ago

    Wow...that's shocking....Last I read it was 1 in every 150 babies was diagnosed with Autism....
    This is scary and really should be checked into more thouroughly...Many mothers and patients feel it is the vaccines....But it seems that nothing is done and the rates continue to climb with alarming speed. Yikes...

  22. 11Lucima profile image60
    11Lucimaposted 6 years ago

    Hi I agree with Megs78 about our over all health. There are so many diseases that I have experienced as a pediatric registered nurse. People cant even imagine what others are going through with other diseases. If our country could go back to basics and keep it simple we could cut out alot of the chemicals we are putting into our bodies conciously.

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    JeanMeriamposted 6 years ago

    I really wonder if science is looking closely enough at this. The vaccination theory has been disproven, but what about things like formula, the plastic in the bottle nipples, even preservatives in prenatal vitamins? There's an answer somewhere.

  24. Aya Katz profile image90
    Aya Katzposted 6 years ago

    Autism is a developmental disorder with more than one etiology. Even if mercury in vaccines is implicated in some cases, many other cases appear to have both genetic and environmental causes. Lack of socialization due to isolation or sensory deprivation can cause it. Improper bonding with a significant other can cause it. Inflammation of the brain due to allergic reaction can cause it. There is some statistical evidence that close relatives to autistics have an unusually high incidence of autoimmune disease. Autoimmune disease is more common today than in the previous century, too. It's hard to determine which cause is the driving force behind this: genetics or environment.

 
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