Thursday, August 4, 2011

Autism -- Is It Curable?

In the late '70s, we nursing students were taught that one in 10,000 children was born with autism.  The rate of incidence for autism has increased exponentially since then. Reports vary from country to country, but now about one in 150 children has one of the autism spectrum disorders.  What happened to cause this dramatic increase?  Usually when I address this subject, someone responds with, "That's just because they are better able to diagnose autism now."  If that's the case, then that means that the children who were misdiagnosed in the '70 are now in their 40s.  Do one in 150 of these adults have autism?  No.  Clearly not.  Therefore they were not misdiagnosed as children.

Since autism is spreading so rapidly, it is not following the "rules" of genetics.  Genetics cannot change a population that rapidly.  If genetics is not the cause, then there is even more hope of a cure (and better yet, a prevention) for autism.

I am very excited to have come across a book by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who is a neurologist and nutritionist.  Her book is Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural treatment for autism, A.D.D., A.D.H.D., dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, and schizophrenia.   In her book she explains how poor gut health causes leaky gut syndrome, and due to the gut-brain connection, toxins wreak havoc in the brain.  This weakened immune system is then further damaged by the introduction of immunizations and other toxins at an early age. 

Treatment primarily involves dietary changes which promote gut health.  Dr. Campbell-McBride not only shares how she cured her own child of autism using this method, but she uses her extensive medical knowledge to give the rest of us that same hope.

Be well.

factors in autism

interview with Dr. Campbell-McBride

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