The war on autism is being fought mainly on the home front – in the homes of tens of thousands of affected families. They are leading the way to an understanding of what the illness really is – not a mental disorder but a neurological and metabolic one.
However, the war is lasting longer. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared it was affecting one in every 31 boys.
The war is dragging on because mainstream doctors, government health officials, politicians and the media don’t listen to what the struggling families are telling them. For whatever reasons, they seem to have their own agenda and refuse to study these sick children.
A recent experience of my own confirmed what I believe. Although my grandson has his own autism specialist in another state, it was recommended he see a local immunologist. Armed with dozens of lab reports showing he was afflicted with numerous long-term viruses, bacteria and parasites, the local immunologist, plus the head of the department, declared that his immune system was working just fine and we had nothing to worry about. It made no sense to me or his autism specialist.
And so the battle will continue – a battle to be listened to and understood by those who can change the trajectory of this autism epidemic.
Meanwhile, thousands more children will be diagnosed with the illness; schools will experience more shortages of special-needs teachers; less money will be available for all the services they need.
I foresee that the government, doctors and media will continue to say there is no epidemic; autism is a mental condition; and there is nothing to be concerned about.
However, we, the autism families, know this is not true. Our fight will continue.
North Augusta, S.C.