The New Normal: 1 in 68 Children with Autism

by Ashley Morgan, mother of 2 chronically ill children (Leo and Sydney) It’s official according to the CDC and other government bodies. The rate of autism has increased no matter what.  The numbers are now 1 in 68. Will these new numbers be the tipping point that will cause change in the way we take care of our children?  Will it change how we live? Over reporting? Even Michael Kogan, lead author of the HRSA study states there are unaccounted for percentages in the rise. I didn’t get a call, did you? Doubtful Leo’s former pediatricians didn’t account for him. And how about those that say we must “proceed with caution?”  What?  Cautiously treat children that desperately need services?  When a very small percentage get the level of services they need already? Do we treat the statistics or do we treat what we see before us? I was sitting at dinner the other night with new friends after Leo’s baseball…

Why Is the Autism Rate Now 1 in 68 Children?

Are you scared yet? If you’re thinking of having children, you should be VERY concerned that the autism rate has gone from: 1 in 10,000 children in 1980, to 1 in 150 children in 2002, to 1 in 88 children in 2012, to 1 in 68 children in 2014. That’s almost TWO PERCENT of the pediatric population! We’re not buying that this is due to better diagnosis. Ask any teacher who’s been around for over 20 years, and he or she will tell you that, yes, children today have a far greater number of health, developmental, learning and behavioral issues than children did 20 years ago. We believe this is a profound epidemic affecting today’s children. It’s Not Just an Autism Epidemic We know that there isn’t just an epidemic of autism. There are also epidemics of PDD-NOS, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, developmental delays, mitochondrial dysfunction, asthma, allergies, autoimmune diseases and neurological, behavioral, digestive disorders. When will you wake up…

Alternative Treatment for Allergies

by Ayelet Connell-Giammatteo, P.T., I.M.T.,C. Recently, I visited with my son’s new preschool teacher.  One of the first questions that she asked me was if my son had any allergies.  I was pleasantly surprised. Honestly, my biggest fear in having my son begin school was that his food sensitivities would not be accommodated. When I mentioned that he had gluten sensitivity and peanut sensitivity, she exclaimed, “That’s great! We have plenty of gluten-free snacks in the classroom and the school is a peanut-free zone!” In fact, she mentioned that the only snacks that they provide to the children in the classroom are those that can be eaten by everyone. Now, I know that not every classroom is as allergy-friendly as this one.  But it leads us to consider a future of more possibilities. Allergies are becoming so commonplace today.  It is a rare family that does not have a child and/or parent with allergies. There are many signs and symptoms…

Almost Autism: The Key to Stopping the Autism Epidemic in Its Tracks

Age of Autism ran a piece by our Executive Director, Beth Lambert, who wrote about why Epidemic Answers is making the documentary “Canary Kids” about filming the recovery of 14 kids from autism, ADHD, asthma, atopic dermatitis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders and type 2 diabetes. In short, we’re making this film because the medium of film can be powerful and effective at educating viewers in a short amount of time. The key, as Beth writes, in having people understand that it’s not just kids with autism and their families who are affected. “The key to stopping the autism epidemic in its tracks lies in helping them to see that their mildly affected children are really ‘almost autism’. A child with GERD and projectile vomiting as an infant:  almost autism A child who can’t stand to have her hair brushed, skin touched, or clothes on:  almost autism A child with low muscle tone, apraxia and runny stools:  almost autism A…

Rodger: Recovery from Asthma

Here’s my son Rodger’s story of recovery from asthma. Rodger was a fairly healthy and typical toddler until he began to show signs of environmental allergies and asthma around three years of age. While he did have eczema (a subtle sign of immune dysregulation) as a baby, there were no other signs that anything was amiss with Rodger as an infant or toddler. Because Rodger’s father, Rodger Sr., has known allergies to nuts, we kept highly allergenic foods out of Rodger’s diet to protect him from any possible harm. When Rodger entered preschool at three years old, we knew they could not control our son’s exposure to allergens, so we felt an allergy test was in order. Sure enough, Rodger tested positive on a serum IgE test to shellfish and nuts. We closely monitored his exposure to these foods from that point on because they knew how dangerous these allergies could be. During September of his first year at 3-year-old…

Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder, Reflux, Asthma, Eczema

Maria Rickert Hong‘s Children: Recovered from Sensory Processing Disorder, Acid Reflux, Asthma and Eczema, and getting healthier everyday! Let me tell you about my sons’ recovery from sensory processing disorder, acid reflux, asthma and eczema. I used to wonder a long time ago if these issues were related to each other and to their developmental delays, anxiety, failure to thrive and mitochondrial dysfunction, and now I know that they are. All of these issues are related to gut dysbiosis (in their case, a system Candida infection) and toxicity.  They are both full of heavy metals (mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium). My older son is at the 97th percentile for heavy-metal toxicity; my younger one at the 90th. They both got it from me when I was pregnant with them.  I didn’t find out until after my older son was over 4 years old that we were all full of heavy metals. My concerns about my sons’ problems were dismissed by all…

A Healthy Diet for Autism, ADHD, Allergies, Asthma and More

Don’t know where to start when making diet changes?  Here’s how to choose a healthy diet for autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma and more. Visit the website of Get Real for Kids–an informational site run by a holistic pediatrician and a holistic health coach that is chock full of great information on healthy eating for children. Get Real for Kids includes step-by-step plans for how to get your kids off junk food and eating nutritiously.  Recipes galore!! Allergy and Special Diet Help Does your child have food allergies?  Is your family on a restricted diet due to a health condition like autism or ADHD?  Do you need help figuring out how to feed your children when they can’t eat like everyone else? MyFoodMyHealth.com is a great online resource where you can get personalized weekly meal plans and recipes (complete with shopping guide) that are tailored to your particular health concerns (e.g., allergies, asthma, autism, etc.). The brains behind MyFoodMyHealth include nationally…

How to Reduce Inflammation

Immune Dysregulation and Gut Dysbiosis

How to Reduce Inflammation

Central Biological Dysfunctions in Chronic Childhood Illnesses To understand what causes chronic illness in our children, we must first understand that the symptoms that appear in our children (wheezing, constipation, behavior issues, etc.) are the result of much more complex underlying biological dysfunctions in their bodies. The wheezing that accompanies asthma, for instance, does not simply mean that something is wrong with the lungs, rather, it is a symptom that tells us that other systems and functions in the body are breaking down. Two very important systems in the body, the immune system and the gastrointestinal system, appear to be most affected in children showing signs of chronic illness. When the immune system and the gastrointestinal system are not functioning properly, you begin to see signs and symptoms of illness – all sorts of illness (everything from depression to eczema). Very few people would think that the symptoms of asthma have anything to do with the gastrointestinal system or that…

Statistics About Autism, ADHD, Asthma, Allergies and More

Millions of American children live with diagnosed chronic illnesses.  Here are some of the statistics about autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies and more: Asthma: At least 1 in 8 children, and approximately 1 in 6 African American children Allergic Eczema: 1 in 5 children Hay Fever (seasonal allergies): 2 to 3 out of every 5 children Food Allergies: 1 in 12 children under 4 years of age have a “true” food allergy (IgE mediated).  It is estimated that 1 in 3 children (or more) have food intolerances (are sensitive to particular foods) Celiac Disease: 1 in 80 children Obesity: 1 in 7 children Millions of American children struggle with “psychiatric” disorders, developmental delays and learning disabilities: adinabulina | dreamstime.com Autism: 1 in 31 boys  (1 in 50 children) ADHD: 1 in 10 children Learning Disability: 1 in 6 children Severe Mood Dysregulation (e.g., bipolar disorder): 1 in 30 children Dyspraxia (Impaired coordination and motor skills):  1 in 10 children Pediatric Depression:…

The “R” Word: Recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder

You may or may not know my personal recovery story of how my sons have experienced recovery from Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). I have recovered my 2 sons, now ages 5 and 7, from SPD, asthma, allergies, acid reflux and eczema with a biomedical approach, which means correcting nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, removing toxicities and correcting gut dysbiosis. I’m still working on failure to thrive, mitochondrial dysfunction, hypothyroidism and persistent eczema in my older son. In addition, they both had developmental delays, and my older son had severe hypotonia as a baby. I have recovered from immune dysregulation, in which I had shingles twice, the worst case of poison-ivy ever, bronchitis (which I’d never had before), constant sinus infections and constant colds that would last 3-4 weeks at a time. My older son had immune dysregulation, too, when he was younger: he would go to preschool, get sick and be out for at least a week at a time, then…