Dr Oz did a show on What Causes Autism today, which I was thrilled to see him cover. Doctor Oz said that every 15 minutes a family hears a diagnosis that their child is Autistic. 1 in 110 children have Autism, and the statistics are even worse for boys – 1 in 70 boys have Autism. Why do so many kids have Autism now? What causes Autism? Is it where you live? What you feed your child? Is it a government problem or is it our fault? There are so many questions about Autism, and really so few answers.
Dr Oz: Autism
Dr Oz spoke to families who have Autistic children and they said things like how hurtful it is when people come up to you at the store and tell you to just control your child and how it makes you feel awful when you are in bed, totally exhausted, and feel like you do not like your daughter right now. 700,000 kids in America are living with Autism. I am sure that all of us know at least one family with an Autistic child at this point. Eileen, a single mom of 3 kids, said that all three children have Autism. Gianna cannot handle eye contact and has anxiety, Marz does arm flapping and Vincent hits himself all the time. Alison is the mom of 13 year old Jodie who is Autistic, and Charles has a son with Autism that cause him to flap his arms and to be unable to focus.
Dr Oz: Autism Challenges
Dr Oz asked these families what are the challenges of having an Autistic child? They said things like that you cannot help your child not hurt themselves, you have to worry about things like the color of playground equipment or if people are wearing strong perfume that will trigger their Autism, it is hard to not be able to fix something that is broken, and every single family seems to worry about who will take care of their child when they are no longer around.
Dr Oz: Asperger Syndrome
Charles said it is very difficult for men, because every man has a dream of what they want to do with their son – that is your legacy. Another lady said that there are simply not enough people trained to work with our children, because they need help on a daily basis and they could be very successful if they were given the help that they need in school. One lady said that her son is an A student who does very well in school, but he has Asperger Syndrome (a type of Autism) and so he does not have the skills to make friends, which is where a school could really help.
Dr Oz: What Is Autism?
Autism is a neurological disorder that robs a child of his or her emotional foundation that makes it impossible for the child to communicate or even to smile. The world is too confusing for children with Autism. In 1980, 1 in 5000 kids had Autism, but today its 1 in 110, which is a 50-fold increase in one generation. If that does not scare you, I do not know what would!
Dr Oz: Autism Causes
Alison Singer, President of the Autism Science Foundation, said that we do not know what is fueling this rapid increase in the number of kids with Autism. Part of it is that we are better at diagnosing Autism and we have broadened the definition to include more mildly effected children. There seems to be a strong genetic component with Autism, because they did a twin study and in identical twins, if one of them has Autism then the other one has a 90% chance of also being Autistic. This means that there is a genetic component obviously, but there are also some environmental component that must interact with genes.
Dr Oz: MMR Vaccine Causes Autism
One mother told Dr Oz that many people are worried about the MMR Vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), because many parents feel that there was an immediate chance in their child after getting the vaccine. She personally believes it may be due to the huge amounts of aluminum found in the MMR Vaccine.