"My sons think they know everything. Where to find the hidden Christmas presents, whom to blame when a toy gets broken, and how to manipulate their parents into just one more bedtime book. Four-year-old Ty and six-year-old Max think they are brilliant, but really, they are clueless when it comes to one important thing in their lives. They have no idea that they used to have autism.
They no longer require any behavioral therapies and are indistinguishable from their peers. In fact, we did not feel the need to tell their teachers at school about their previous diagnoses.
1 in 150 people will be diagnosed each year with autism, making it more common in children than cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. Regressive autism will impact 36,000 normally developing children this year alone. Autism is assumed to be a lifelong condition, and there is no agreement on causes or treatments.
I heard from a friend about the gluten-free, casein-free diet (eliminating wheat and dairy products). Since I like to approach changes scientifically, I decided to try an experiment while my husband was out of town for a week. I eliminated all dairy products from Max’s diet for seven days and did not tell my husband about it.
When he came home, he was overwhelmed with the changes in our son."Max is 50 percent a different child. I’ve gotten more eye contact from him in one hour than I have in the past year. What happened?"
In the past twenty years, there have been over 500,000 reports of adverse vaccine reactions, including over 12,000 deaths. It is apparent from the VAERS database that other parents have been vocal for a few decades now about the adverse vaccine reactions they observed in their children. And some experts estimate that only 10 percent of reactions are even reported.
These statistics make me question how effective the VAERS mechanism is if feedback from parents has not resulted in a more conservative schedule. In fact the opposite seems to be the case, with the vaccine schedule expanding from 10 shots to 36 shots in the last 25 years."
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Along the same lines, but more detailed:
chiggerbit wrote:Is there anyone reading this thread who knows anything about a couple of questions I have, which are:
Does Aspergers or other autism syndome categories tend to affect a persons comfort in driving?
With regard to face blindness, has anyone ever heard of "car blindness"? They all look alike to me, except for color. I can never tell the make.
nathan28 wrote:"Sunscreen: The Most Ironic Carcinogen Ever!"
Autism More Common When Antidepressants Are Taken During Pregnancy
New study's authors caution that disorder's cause remains elusive.
by John Tozzi
December 14, 2015 — 10:00 AM CST
Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and their generics are among the most commonly prescribed antidepressants in the U.S. Research now suggests taking them during pregnancy may increase the chances your child will have autism.
Autism spectrum disorder—a developmental condition characterized by trouble communicating and speaking—is estimated to affect 1.5 percent to 2 percent of U.S. children, depending on how it's measured, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Meanwhile, about 11 percent of Americans over the age of 12 take antidepressants, according to the latest data from the CDC.
A study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics lends insight into one factor that may influence rising rates of autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger syndrome. Only a few other studies have examined links to antidepressants and pregnancy—the latest from the University of Montreal is the largest of its kind.
Researchers analyzed provincial health records of more than 145,000 pregnancies and births in Quebec from 1998 to 2009. Children with autism were found to be born more often to mothers who took antidepressants than to those who didn't. While the study offers no definitive answers, the effect persisted when researchers sought to adjust for the possibility that depression itself raised the risk. Psychiatric disorders, both during pregnancy and after birth, have been linked to other developmental problems.
Scientists don't fully understand the causes of autism, though many suspect a mix of genetics and environmental factors. Trying to gauge the role of medications during pregnancy is difficult—experts cautioned that there isn't any clear evidence that allowing depression to continue untreated is safer than taking antidepressants.
“There’s no good study design to tease those apart,” said Siobhan Dolan, a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine who isn't involved in the study. “It’s not, ‘medication is bad and being a depressed mother is a perfectly fine outcome.’ There’s an impact of having depression and trying to raise a child."
Bryan H. King, a psychiatrist at Seattle Children's Hospital, wrote in an editorial accompanying the study that further research is unlikely to reveal "a straight line" between the use of antidepressants during pregnancy and autism. Also, the Quebec study wasn't a randomized control trial, the gold standard for establishing the effects of a particular drug. Instead, it looked at medical records retrospectively, which means that unforeseen factors could account for any link between antidepressant use and autism.
Still, the JAMA authors said women who took a common class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, during the second and third trimesters were more than twice as likely than other women to have children who later developed autism.
The overall likelihood of a child developing autism remains small. If taking antidepressants during pregnancy were to double the risk of a child developing autism, “it means going from 1 percent to 2 percent," says Anick Bérard, a co-author of the study and professor of pharmacy at the University of Montreal.
Bérard says women with mild or moderate depression may want to consider non drug approaches, such as therapy or exercise, that have been shown to alleviate symptoms. “What we’re trying to do with this study is basically to give data to women,” she says. “I’m not trying to scare women, but women need to be aware of the risks and benefits of what they’re doing."
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... -pregnancy
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