Dec 29, 2011

Autism


According to the CDC it is estimated that between 1 in 80 and 1 in 240 with an average of 1 in 110 children in the United States have an Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
There are three main types of ASDs:
  • Autistic disorder (also called classic autism): Affected individuals often have severe speech, social and behavioral problems. Sometimes individuals also have intellectual disability.
  • Asperger syndrome: Affected individuals have milder social and behavioral problems than individuals with autistic disorder. They usually have normal speech and intellectual abilities.
  • Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (also called atypical autism): Affected individuals have some symptoms, often including speech and social problems, but not enough to be diagnosed with classic autism.

I find it very interesting that antidepressant use in the US doubled from 1995 to 2005. For more on this fact go HERE.  As antidepressant use has been rising so has the rate of autism. Several studies in 2011 revealed that children whose mothers take Zoloft, Prozac, or similar antidepressants during pregnancy are twice as likely as other children to have a diagnosis of autism or a related disorder. One study even showed a link with mothers who took these medications up to a year prior to getting pregnant. How can we be overlooking this critical LINK? When will people stop blaming vaccines and start looking for the real cause? Medications that effect brain development may be doing much more damage than we realized.



Twins are often studied to learn more about diseases like autism. Identical twins share 100 percent of their genes; fraternal twins share 50 percent of their genes. So comparing autism rates in both types of twins can enable researchers to measure the importance of genes versus shared environment. Recent twin studies have proven that environmental factors as just as important as genetic factors when determining autism risk in children. Something to think about....
To learn more go HERE or HERE

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