The CDC just put out that there has been an 78% increase in US kids with Autism. If you are looking at that number in terms of increased rate of disease or something like that, the increase is scary. However, I wonder how much of this increase is more due to identification and better tracking as it is mentioned at the end of the article. Though I can't discard the possibility that this increase is also effected by the continued decrease in food quality, the increased use of baby formula, and the overuse of medication and vaccinations. FYI....I'm not anti-vaccination, but I do feel that vaccinations like the flu vaccine is unnecessary and overused. Also, one would wonder that if the aforementioned things mentioned have effected this increase, why boys are almost 50% more likely to have autism.
I have read blogs and have listen to podcasts focus on the relationship between the proper development of the digestive system beginning at infancy, possibly even as early as pre-birth development, and the number of mental and physical problems that have increased over the years, including autism. We all know the problems that can arise from a leaky gut in adults. Well what if an infant is not afforded the opportunity to properly develop their gut and immune system through the breastfeeding process, but instead use milk, soy, or protein hydrolysate based formulas, that are altered to "resemble" breast milk and contain fillers and artificial vitamins and minerals. Additionally, I think it is safe to say that the average american infant moves from these formulas straight into the SAD diet or something worse. From personal experience and anecdotal evidence I have read, I can confidently conclude that a number of children suffer from digestive issues, like GERD, colic, reflux, etc, partially by beginning life on formula. So if a child begins life with a leaky gut or something similar, couldn't one hypothesis that diet maybe a major reason for these autoimmune disease increases in young children including autims?
And if you want to address the issue of why boys are showing a more likely event of autism, I guess one could argue that the overuse of soy products in formula and our foods may increase the risk in boys. I remember reading something Sally Fallon wrote regarding anecdotal evidence showing that very often the consumption of soy with boys can create extreme emotional behavior and learning disabilities.
I understand that most of what I have concluded on is based on anecdotal evidence, but I think we can all agree on a few things: 1) Breastfeeding is the best option for infant development 2) Soy and soy by-products are unhealthy to consume and 3) Leaky Gut can be a major contributor to autoimmune disease and other health issues. With all that said, is there a basis to relate post birth nutrition to the 78% increase in autism over the past decade or is it just our ability to identify and track the problem?