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Autism causes and effects

Autism: Cause and EffectThere has been no clear cut cause accepted for Autism. All we know for sure is that the families of these children deal with struggles every day. Many of them struggle to connect with their challenged children. Others struggle with feelings of guilt for ‘carrying the gene’ or allowing the doctor to vaccinate them. These children struggle as well, usually to communicate and be understood by those around them.

So what are the answers?

More and more evidence shows that it is a combination of things that lead to a toxic overload that affects the neurological development of these children. Parents talk about seeing the children regress and change. That indicates that it is something that is happening in their bodies after they are born and start to develop. Toxic overload is the best description for this that we have come up with, so far.

Do vaccines cause autism?

Yes and No.

The majority of children get vaccines every year without any neurological damage. That being said there are some interesting parallels that say that vaccines do play a part. Children today are getting more vaccines in the first year of life than ever before. There are also a higher percentage of children developing autism each year. We can’t swear that there is a cause and effect, but many of the studies are showing that this isn’t just a coincidence. The mercury and other stabilizers and preservatives seem to be more the culprit than the vaccines themselves. We won’t talk today about the numerous studies that show the theory behind vaccines is flawed and the very concept of them is shown to cause more harm than good. That is a later discussion.

Another thing that autistic children seem to have in common is high level of other heavy metals. When we think of autism we think of mercury, but these children also show higher levels of lead, tungsten, thallium, and tin. All of these have been linked to lower brain function. It seems the higher the level of these metals the stronger the symptoms of autism.

There is some evidence that older mothers statistically have more autistic children than younger mothers. The same is true that the level of economic resources influence the percentage of autistic children. Poorer families seem to be at a greater risk than more affluent families. Could it be true, or could there be something else that happens to show up in these groups?

If we go back to the toxicity theory for autism then it makes sense that an older mother could have built up more toxicity in her body than a younger woman. Those toxicity buildups and the corresponding nutritional deficiencies are then passed to the child during pregnancy. The same holds true for the economically disadvantaged. In our society today poor families have fewer choices in good foods. Their environments are typically more abundant in toxins. These include everything from lead paint, exhaust fumes, to pesticides and additives in the processed foods they eat. Again, any toxicity in the mother at the time of the pregnancy is passed to the child.

If toxicity overload is a potential cause of the autism symptoms doesn’t it make sense that reducing that toxic load could reduce or eliminate those symptoms? I have talked to parents, and there does seem to be some correlation. Reducing toxicity can include such thing as digestive enzymes, getting rid of all sugars, pesticides, chemical preservatives, food colorings, and other additives in processed foods. Chemicals around the house also need to be eliminated. We absorb them through our lungs and skin. It also includes forms of detoxification such as Epsom salt and clay baths, keeping the bowels moving regularly and getting the child to sweat.

Putting good things into the child might also help. Studies are showing promise in such things as probiotics and fecal transplants. These replace missing bacteria in the child’s digestive tract that allows the child better digestion and absorption of nutrients. Other promising avenues include supplementing their diets with such things as fish oil, antioxidants and the other nutrients that may be missing from picky eating.

If your child is autistic does it truly mean they are unable to learn or that they simply relate to our world differently and therefore learn differently than their peers? There is evidence that autistic can be truly geniuses. One eleven year old autistic boy has been accepted to college and is studying condensed matter physics. Does that sound deficient?

Don’t give up on your child. Try to find ways for them to learn according to their strengths instead of always focusing on their weaknesses. There is hope for them and you.

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