The CDC recently estimated that 1 in 68 children, 8 year olds in 2010, have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children at the age of 8 years old. That means the 1:68 rate does not include any children who are currently younger than twelve years of age. When we take the rate of increase that we have seen with each CDC estimate, a speculative estimate of 1:18 two year-olds will be diagnosed with autism in the next couple of years. An MIT researcher recently estimated that, with the increasing rates, 1 out of 2 children will be on the autism spectrum by 2025. Pretty scary.
I am one of 1.2 million moms who never expected to have an autistic child. I see new parents, every day, joining the support boards and groups that I belong to. I am tired of welcoming new parents. Everyone has heard the word “autism”, but many still don’t understand what it truly is…and many don’t realize, understand, or even believe that it can be prevented.
With all this being said, I wish someone would have opened my eyes prior to even conceiving my son, which is why I am here. I am of the belief that there is not any one thing that causes a child to develop autism, but I do believe that our toxic environment plays a role, particularly in those who may be genetically susceptible to toxin injury. As each autistic child is different, so is the trigger for each child. This is why some parents will tell you that their child was born with autism, while others say that their child regressed after a vaccination, antibiotics or anesthesia from a surgery.
No matter what your view on the matter, I hope that you will consider looking over some of the resources that I have provided on this website.
There is evidence that women with auto-immune related disorders have an increased risk for having an autistic child. Please also see here. An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. It is unknown why the immune system can no longer tell the difference between healthy body tissue and unknown antigens, but it is believed that some microorganisms (such as bacteria/viruses) or drugs may trigger some of these changes, especially in people who have genes that make them more susceptible.
Autoimmune disease affects up to 50 million Americans and rates are on the rise. For example, the incidence of type 1 diabetes increased by 23% between 2001 and 2009. Studies are showing that genetics and environmental factors cause autoimmune diseases. Many doctors, scientists and researchers are beginning to classify autism as an autoimmune disorder.
There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. If you or a family member suffers from one of these, it is imperative that you pay attention to this information. A large scale study has shown that antibodies from the mother’s dysfunctioning immune system may be affecting the brain of the baby she is carrying.
Here is a more detailed list.
There has been some new found research that is finding that 40% of the population has an MTHFR mutation. This mutation means that 40% of us have bodies that have trouble breaking down synthetic folic acid, which is found in our vitamins and fortified in our foods. In fact, this folic acid can actually be bad for us…and bad for our babies. An individual with this mutation needs the active form of folate, which helps to create the body’s chief antioxidant, Glutathione. You can read more on the MTHFR mutation here.
This mutation predisposes people t
Here is more information on the relationship between the use of folic acid and autism: MTHFR.
Please see my information on pre and post conception.
Here are a few more websites that give you detailed information about preventing autism. Please stay tuned for the 2nd and third parts of my information on how to prevent autism during pregnancy, and after your baby is born.