Autism Rates Skyrocket Higher

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Recently released CDC data shows that autism rates have increased 30% since 2012.(1)  Now, 1 in 68 children aged eight years have autism.  This is increased form 1 in 88 children in 2012.  Keep in mind that there has been no change in the criteria to diagnose autism since 2012.

When we look at boys versus girls, the numbers for both sexes are dreadful, but for boys, the numbers are worse.  Autism was found to be five times more prevalent in boys as compared to girls.  One in 42 boys v. 1 in 189 girls have autism.

An article on Medscape summarized these finding. (2)  In this article, the director of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Coleen Boyle, PhD, commented, “…there is an urgent need to do more research.”  She goes on to state that health professionals “should use this data to ensure children with {autism} are identified as early as possible and connected to the services they need.”  Now, I can’t refute that statement, but give me a break! If any research needs to be done, research needs to focus on WHY so many of our youth are suffering from autism.  It is mind-boggling how the director of the CDC’s Developmental Division is not calling a national panel together to study WHY so many children are having developmental problems.  For goodness sakes, this report (as well as previous reports) should spur the highest levels of our government to act and figure out why our children are suffering.

Folks, if we don’t figure out why so many of our youth are suffering from behavioral disorders like autism, we will not have any worries about the pending global warming catastrophies.  The catastrophy of autism is already happening.  We simply cannot sustain our standard of living with so many sick children in our population.

Why are so many children suffering with autism? I think the answer lies, in large part, to toxicities, infection,  nutritional deficiencies, and food allergies.  Also, many of these children have a genetic predisposition whereby they cannot effectively keep up with detoxifying from our toxic world.  Children and certainly fetuses are very sensitive to toxic exposures.  For over 20 years, I (and my partners) have been testing nearly every patient who comes to my office for heavy metal toxicities.  Over 80% of our patients have been found to have elevated levels of toxic agents in their body.  The most common toxic agent is mercury. Next is arsenic followed by lead, cadmium and nickel.

Unfortunately, nutritional deficiencies are also very common.  Every patient that comes to see me gets a full nutritional evaluation.  I can state with certainty that nearly all patients are suffering from nutritional deficiencies.  This includes B-vitamins, particularly vitamin B12, vitamin C, and magnesium.  Each of these items are required to maintain a healthy immune system and to support the body’s detoxification pathways.

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