More and more people are finding themselves seeking an answer to the question “Is there a cure for autism?”. And it’s no surprise to me, as I have been warning my audience at every opportunity that if it hasn’t already affected someone they love, their days are numbered before it happens to them, too. It’s not that I like spreading rumors about the sky falling or about the end-of-all days, but I speak out based on my own experience when I tell you that if we don’t begin intervention in our own homes and in our own communities by facing the eminent autism triggers, we cannot begin to successfully heal and treat autism in our kids.
Autism is a Set of Behaviors and Symptoms
Let’s get a few things straight right away. First off, there is no cure for autism because autism doesn’t exist. The Autism Spectrum is a term given to classify a list of behaviors and symptoms that are not understood or explained. Thus, no cure can exist. Recovery on the other hand is what we can aim to accomplish with our children. People who are successfully healing their children are isolating things like infections, bacterial imbalances, brain damage, and other “failures of operation” in their children and treating those things specifically. When treated successfully, the autistic behaviors decrease and even disappear creating the image of “curing” autism. I know that any parent trying to help their child doesn’t give a damn about the terminology, though. All they want, all we want, is to help our kids. My only intent in breaking down the terminology is to help people understand that in order to help their kids, they’ve got to figure out what’s broken and undo the damage. So, the recovery mind-set is far more helpful.
The second issue that I want to address is why so many children are being diagnosed with autism in the first place. If you haven’t seriously considered this before, it’s high time that you do. Your child’s recovery is linked to every facet of my answer. Before I tell you what I think, let’s evaluate some of the more common opinions.
- It’s being over-diagnosed, meaning that kids who aren’t really autistic are being mislabeled by doctors. In other words autism not really that prevalent and its being over-exaggerated.
- Medical professionals are just better at recognizing it now. Meaning there used to be a lot more autistic children in the classrooms going unnoticed by professionals, but our doctor’s are smarter now. Taken a step further, this implies that there has been no real increase in incidence, we are just labeling it “better” now.
- Environmental factors are closing in on us. Meaning there are real external factors causing internal reactions at such a high intensity that our children’s development is being altered, disrupted and even damaged.
Common Sense and Autism
What do you think? Just using common sense and your own personal experience, consider these again and answer yourself right now. Forget any and all articles you’ve ever read, or studies somebody quoted you on the stats. Just let it go, and think for yourself….
- It’s being over-diagnosed – if this is true, then our kids are just fine. There’s not really anything setting them apart from other kids, and everything we think we see we don’t. Our kids completely normal…it’s all in our heads.
- Medical professionals are just better at recognizing it now – if this is true then 1 in 68 kids have had it all along, we just weren’t saying that it was autism. Look back in your own life, think of all the kids you grew up with, think really hard. Were they like your child? Or is your child different than kids used to be when you were young?
- Environmental factors are closing in on us. – if this is true, then it means that we as a population are under attack. It means that you, not willingly or knowingly, have a part to play in this diagnosis.
I believe number 3 is correct. Because I have eyes I know autism isn’t being over-diagnosed, Because I can see for myself, I know that so many children I see every day are very different from the way children were when I was young and, and because I’ve had to work exhaustively day and night, sorting through books, studies, journals, and reports, I know also know that environmental factors are driving forces behind the staggering statistics of autism diagnosis. I do believe that genetics are contributing to the predisposition for autism, but again, I believe that is because we are altering our genetics due to toxic exposure of our environment.
Autism Controversy over Research, Vaccines, Diet, and Other Environmental Factors
I believe that if we could just stop creating so many problems for our kids in the first place, then the autism recovery rates would rise and the autism diagnosis rates would drop. But to do this means that we will have to honestly address what those problems are. Unfortunately, the solution to these problems threatens our economy, our convenience, and practically every aspect of our daily life creating major controversy as everybody fight to defend or promote their own interests. The arguments around autism are pitting people against each other from both sides of the fence.
On one side of the fence we have those of us like me who can pinpoint a specific time and even a specific event in our child’s life where things got off course. We can look back at our child’s life history and see patterns of GI issues. And we know first-hand, not from studies or statistics, that our kids have allergies, chemical sensitivities, and skin irritations. And, we likely all share the common history of chronic ear infections during infancy and early childhood.
Going a step further, most of us on this side of the fence either know outright or have an unconfirmed fear that vaccination played a role in our child’s condition. Either because of an immediate and severe reaction to a vaccine or because in the time following a vaccination we watched them drift away. We knew then and we know now that they just aren’t the same as they were before. We know that something changed after the vaccine, and it was NOT a change for the better.
On this side of the fence, we have accomplished and renowned doctors, researchers, and scientists supporting us is our claims that vaccines, diet, and environmental factors are triggering autism in our children. And yet, when we vocalize this in public, we take heat from people standing on the other side of the fence. This is seriously one of the hottest arguments around autism. Over there, we have telling us we’re wrong. With all their education and credentials behind them they site study after study to tell us that vaccines, GMOs, chemical toxicity, gut dysbiosis, and malnutrition have little if anything to do with autism. They say “we don’t know” what’s causing autism. The answer to them is elusive and inconclusive. The issue of autism is beyond the scope of our human understanding of science.
Your Child CAN Recover from Autism
I couldn’t agree more! The human body is so complex and an individual’s reaction to any one of those offenders can range from mild to severe and the results could become apparent immediately or manifest themselves over a period time. I don’t need to wait for science to figure out that exact formula for disaster just to agree conclusively that it exists. I don’t care about that formula, it makes no matter to me anymore, because any way you slice it our children’s health is eventually being comprised…not potentially being compromised. Remember that you have all proof you need with your own autistic child.
The bottom line is that we need to stop taking risks with our kids. The statistics tell us we’ve been taking too many risks and that our children are paying the price. We are paying the price. We should not continue practices that “potentially harm” our children. When I say potentially, what I really mean eventually. My advice to you is that forever more when you hear the word potentially just substitute it for eventually. It takes a lot of the gray area out of determining what is vs. what is not safe for our kids.
Regarding how to make it better once the damage has been done, I tell you this: Do not place limits on your child! Do not make the mistake of thinking that you know what they can and cannot do! When will is involved, mountains can be moved and anything is possible. Children are recovering from autism and you have every right to believe, to KNOW that your child can, too.
Having said this, certain doctors will be a crucial part in your team and others will be a drain on your bank account. Ultimately, you (the parent) is the one who has the power to make or break the recovery process by first admitting that you have circumstances in your home life and daily routine that need to be addressed, and then by walking the walk to fix it. Everything you do at home will either allow your doctor’s recommendations to be worthwhile, or undermine them completely.
My Final Advice on Autism Recovery
When considering how to help your child, first take a serious look at all the possible triggers. Seeing clearly which triggers have been pulled will help you determine where to start. There are so many things that you can and should do to help a child with autism. I’m not an expert on autism, but I am an expert on my own son, Aaron, and what his recovery process required. My journey has taught me that recovery is two fold: first put a stop to the damage by learning what elements are in your child’s life that are harmful. These things are most commonly foods, vaccines, chemical toxicity, and sensory overload. Then figure out how to heal. A diet that can heal and nourish mixed with patience, acceptance, and a mother’s fierce determination for results has been Aaron’s winning formula.
If you want to learn more, please head over to my Autism Recovery University page. It is waitlisted at the moment, but not only can you join the waitlist, you can get some great content to get you started, include 4 reports and a 3 part audio series “Quick Start to Autism Recovery.”