Every day we can read stories and studies about autism in newspapers across the country. Autism, meaning self-absorption, was a word used decades ago to describe certain types of autistic behaviors.
However, over the past two decades so much more has been learned about autism that the term no longer fits the illness.
Autism is not a mental disorder, even though psychiatrists and psychologists have chosen to place it in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the book that describes mental disorders. It was an unfortunate choice, because autism is really a neurodevelopmental and metabolic illness that affects every organ in the body, including the brain.
Many children, once on the spectrum, have recovered from autism with bio-medical treatments. It is first and foremost an immune dysfunction complicated by the person’s inability to fight toxins, viruses, bacteria and parasites. Many of the children suffer from oxidative stress, inflammatory bowel disease and encephalopathy, an inflammation of the brain.
To treat autism properly, we must understand what drives the disease. To stop the epidemic – now affecting one in every 50 children (including one in 31 boys) according to the Centers for Disease Control – we must put an end to the belief that it’s a mental illness. We must attack the environmental causes and repair the physical damage it’s done to our children.
Lastly, to restore good health to our children, we must stop calling it autism.