Until the 1940s, there was no autism in the sense that it was an unrecognized condition. In 1988, when Dustin Hoffman’s Rain Man brought a version of autism to life on film, many of us first heard about itÃ¢â‚¬â€as an odd, almost-fascinating disorder which was also, apparently, rare. Fast-forward to today. Autism is front-page news. Celebrities talk about it, Congress ponies up millions for research, and the numbers are startling: One in every 150 American kids has some form of autism, says the Centers for Disease Control. The last 15…Read More
Is Autism and Schizophrenia related?
Schizophrenia and autism probably share a common origin, says Dutch researcher Annemie Ploeger following an extensive literature study. The developmental psychologist demonstrated that both mental diseases have similar physical abnormalities which are formed during the first month of pregnancy. Peculiar toes Interestingly, many physical abnormalities of autistics are also prevalent in schizophrenics. For example, both autistics and schizophrenics sometimes have protruding ears and peculiar toes. The same error that occurs very early in pregnancy develops into autism in one individual and schizophrenia in another. Early vulnerability Ploeger’s research reveals that…Read More
Environment triggered Autism.
The journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine has this month published a new study by Cornell University researchers that provides evidence of a rainfall-related environmental trigger for autism among genetically vulnerable children. The researchers discuss several possible environmental triggers related to higher levels of rainfall, including increased rates of early childhood television and video viewing, increased rates of vitamin D deficiency, and an increased exposure to chemicals used in household cleaners that children who spend more time indoors would likely experience. The research team plans to conduct further statistical…Read More
Traveling with an autistic child
Many families who have an autistic child do not travel because they are concerned about how the child will handle the change and disruption, or are overwhelmed at the thought of managing the certain behaviors their child might exhibit in public. Leaving the security of home to a new place can be off putting for a child with autism. All the preparation may seem a bit daunting, but it pays to plan ahead. Traveling with an autistic child does take some preparation and a bit of creativity so that we…Read More
Grace Kenitz – gives hope to Mothers.
Grace Kenitz – the little Wisconsin girl gives hope to Gracin’s Mother. “Gracin was born on March the 8th, 2005,” recalls her mother, Stacey Davidson, “She had what they call dysmorphic features, a weak cry, and rocker bottom feet. “They [doctors] came in and said that she is a chromosomal baby, and that they don’t know what chromosome or how long she’s going to live.” It was the beginning of what would become the battle of her life. Stacey began looking for alternatives and came across a magazine article on…Read More
“Mother Warriors” – By Jenny McCarthy
I just received my copy of Jenny McCarthy’s new book, Mother Warriors, which is almost certainly destined to be a big seller – especially since Jenny is about to begin another major media tour (she’s scheduled for Oprah’s show on Wednesday). I’ve only just opened the book, but already I can see that it’s star-studded – and loaded with controversial statements about everything from Barbara Walters to the American Association of Pediatrics. Jenny is her usual salty self – easy to read, occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, and more than ready to…Read More
Toni Braxton creates autism awareness !
Six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Toni Braxton turns out to be an ideal person to help bring autism awareness to another level. With four multi-platinum albums under her belt and over 40 million albums sold world-wide, Toni Braxton — the mother of two children, one of whom was recently diagnosed with autism — has been named a national celebrity spokesperson for the advocacy organization Autism Speaks. In her first official appearance in her new role, Braxton performed at A Concert for Autism Speaks Featuring Bill Cosby, a star-filled night of comedy…Read More
Meet DAN! Certified Physicians at CIHC
Join the ranks of Jenny McCarthy, autism mother, and call on the Dan! certified physicians at California Integrative Hyperbaric Center (CIHC) for your alternative medicine needs for treating autism. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is one of the most effective biomedical interventions in the Defeat Autism Now! Protocol. It is the most researched and published intervention with double-blind placebo control trials showing marked improvements and efficacy in the reduction of inflammation and improved social behavior and communications. CIHC has made special arrangements with Dr. Stoller, a DAN! Certified physician, to come out…Read More
Facts about vaccines causing Autism.
Public health advocates have become alarmed in recent years over a growing number of people who contend that vaccines cause illnesses, particularly autism. The number of parents who claim a philosophical exemption to mandatory vaccine laws has grown. More people had measles infections in the first seven months of this year than during any comparable period since 1996, and public health officials blamed growing numbers of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Many of these parents say they believe vaccines cause autism, even though multiple studies have found no…Read More
Austin Autism Conference
A new case of autism is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes. The developmental disorder is having a huge impact on the lives of children. Shannon Kenitz with the International Hyperbarics Association says, “When you have a child who has autism and they are not speaking or they have problems with digestive or they have any type of speech or language problem and inflammation, hyperbaric gets to the cells where it wouldn’t normally be able to get because you’re forcing the oxygen through the pressure of the hyperbaric chamber.” There is…Read More