Did you know that 1 out of every 150 babies born in the U.S. has autism?
Autism currently affects about 1,500,000 people in the U.S., and the numbers are increasing, according to the Autism Society of America.
Some people are calling the autism pandemic “a national emergency,” as autism rates skyrocket worldwide.
Are we all just going to sit and watch the autism pandemic get worse day by day?
The truth is many leading scientists agree much more can be done to help people with autism. Just blindly accepting autism as fate doesn’t help anyone.
If you have a loved one with Autism and you want to give them the best quality of life possible, as soon as possible, then this may be the most important autism report you’ll ever read.
The signs of autism usually appear within the first three years of life. Currently, estimates claim the annual cost of caring for autistic people in the U.S. is about $13 billion per year and the lifetime care of an individual autistic person averages $2 million.
So, if we’re spending all this money on autism, then where is the cure?
Spending billions of dollars “treating symptoms” changes nothing. The only way to make a lasting difference is to eliminate the underlying cause of autism.
“Autism is one of the most complex challenges before us today.”
Before real cutting-edge advancements can become mainstream, the prejudices and blocks to proper care need to be eliminated.
To move toward a real solution, we must first we need to accept the reality that Western medicine has blatantly failed to help the autistic. It only adds insult to injury when doctors refuse to accept the reality of their inability to help anyone with drugs and surgery.
The real challenge is really about learning to listen better to what people with autism can teach us about the best ways to help them with healing alternatives. Until we agree on the cure, it benefits no one to condemn an autistic person to ignorance, social prejudice and stereotypes.
After decades of trial and error, new ways of helping autistic people are redefining what it means to be autistic as well as non-autistic. Today, we’re taking giant steps toward agreeing that autism is both preventable and curable . . . perhaps in the final lesson we will also discover what it means to be more human.
Autism In Perspective
Autism used to be quite rare, occurring in just 1 child out of 2000.
However, since the early 1990’s, the rate of autism has spread exponentially around the world with statistics as high as 1 out of 110, with boys being diagnosed 400% more than girls.
The Centers for Disease Control defines 5 main types of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The five types of ASD are:
- Classical autism
- Asperger’s syndrome
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder –not Otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)
- Rett syndrome
- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
Let’s look at the history of this relatively young condition.
- 1911: Eugen Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist, used the term autistic to describe a group of symptoms related to schizophrenia.
- 1940’s: Dr. Leo Kanner from Johns Hopkins University, first coined autism as “Kanner’s syndrome,” and referred to it as an infantile psychosis.
- Meanwhile Hans Asperger, a scientist in Germany, identified a similar condition that’s now called Asperger’s syndrome.
- 1960’s: Bernard Rimland, a psychologist who was the father of an autistic child, redefined autism as a “brain disorder.”
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