The autism epidemic is still one of the most difficult problems for the world to get a handle on, but year-after-year, the statistics continue to show that it’s one we can no longer ignore.
Considering the lack of concrete answers, many people have wondered whether the food we consume and the pesticides that are sprayed on it day-after-day could be a big contributor to the autism epidemic.
Researcher Stephanie Seneff first sounded the alarm in this respect when she posited that as many as half of all U.S. children could be autistic by the year 2025. Although her findings have been questioned as being correlative and not causative, it was a warning we all would do well to investigate further, that much is for sure.
And now that the latest autism statistics are out, it’s clear that it’s one issue that needs to come back into focus again.
Autism Up 15% Over the Last Two Years
According to the agency’s analysis, which was undertaken by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported on by CNN.com, the autism prevalance in the United States has risen to a sky-high 1 in 59 U.S. children, finding that the condition has risen 15% over the last 2 years, and 150% since the year 2000.
The co-author of the study Daisy Christensen said that parents should be encouraged to keep track of their child’s development, milestones in their life, and other indicators to figure out where they’re at in their health journey.
But is she ignoring the elephant in the room?
Since the mid-1990s our food system changed dramatically with the introduction of GMOs, and now glyphosate residues are being found on popular foods in levels higher than government safe levels.
As Seneff showed, the rising amount of glyphosate being sprayed on our food has correlated perfectly with the rise in autism levels, a serious red flag considering what this chemical does to our gut flora.
It’s just one piece to the puzzle that seems to be conveniently ignored.
What You Need to Know About the Report
In order to collect the data, the CDC established reporting centers in 11 communities in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. It is a strong sampling although it is not nationally representative according to Christensen.
The reporting focused on diagnoses of children, the time they were diagnosed in their lives, racial and ethnic differences, and the gap between boys and girls, which has shrunken between the two genders according to the latest data. More data can be viewed here.
Christensen also thinks that the expansion of diagnostic crieria in the 80s and 90s played a big role as well.
Despite the massive collection of data, the agency still remains confused as to the root causes of autism, something that chief science officer Thomas Frazier of the Autism Speaks organization should be addressed. He said the following about the need for more research according to CNN.
“…Because without that, we aren’t going to understand why autism has increased so dramatically over the decades. We’ve also got to push on services, because look at the numbers,” adding that he advocates for the lowering of the identification age to 2.
With so much focus on the diagnosis, identification and expensive mainstream treatments, it’s easy to see the direction things are going in.
Autism is expected to be a $500 billion industry (or perhaps even a trillion) by 2025 according to the latest statistics, and as usual few people are focusing on the root causes of the problem.
For now, the best we can do is focus on healthy food and keeping a close eye on our kids’ conditions, because this is one problem that is going to get worse before it gets better.
This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Consult a doctor before trying any different health approaches.