New information from the Centers for Disease Control shows that Autism now affects 1 in 88 children, which is much more than previously reported.
The increase in Autism, I believe, is caused at least in part by the increased use of antibiotics in the general population, and especially in women of child-bearing age. The overuse of anti-biotics leads to a major yeast overgrowth. Yeast in the gut makes toxic chemicals which disrupt development.
We have had our own family challenges with overcoming Autism, so I also speak from personal experience.
If you suspect a child has autism, or if you see a decrease in verbal ability, this is a MAJOR medical emergency and you should seek immediate help. Intervening immediately, by using a change of diet and other methods, can change the basic medical processes that are going on inside the child. I advocate using learning therapies and ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) as well, but until you change the basic medical processes, the child will not learn as effectively. I always make room in my medical practice for young children who may be developing Autism and whose parents are seeking alternatives to psychiatric medications.
The information from the CDC is based on surveillance from 2008. The CDC looked at 8 year old children, because that is the age when the reporting of autism peaks. They included all children meeting the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder under the DSM-IV-TR, Autistic Disorder, PDD-NOS, and Asperger Disorder. To find out more about this study, click here.