Increasing Lifestyle Changes May Decrease Autism
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Increasing Lifestyle Changes May Decrease Autism

Autism was known as a rare disorder before the 1990s. Now it has skyrocketed to 1 in 88 children being born with it daily. Learn ways that could decrease this number that are as simple as changing things you eat. It has been proven that what we put in our bodies and into our children can decrease the risk of autism.

Autism, formerly considered a rare disorder is now constantly increasing in the number of diagnosed children.  Although no definite cause has been found, some possible causes have been debated and some noted to be likely causes.  If these causes are truly the reason for the increasing number of victims, changing our lifestyles could cause a decrease in this number.

Autism is a developmental disability resulting from a neurological disorder that is characterized by the abnormal development of communication skills, social skills, and reasoning.  It was considered rare before the 1990s, but is now estimated to be given as the diagnosis for 1 in 88 children daily.  This has left many lives affected by the disorder wondering why there is such a large increase.  In a public opinion poll I conducted back in 2010 I asked an online autism community what they thought caused this increase.  The choices were lack of knowledge, lack of lifestyle change, more pollution, or frequent misdiagnosis.  The most common answer was lack of lifestyle change.  One lady put it perfectly, stating that people had the knowledge but refused to change their ways.  What are the changes that could make this diagnosis decrease in number?

A constantly debated cause of autism is vaccinations.  This is also the most commonly believed cause.  In one account back in 198, a boy changed after being given a hepatitis B vaccine and was diagnosed with autism 33 months later.  This is just one of several accounts of parents noticing an abrupt change toward the spectrum after vaccination.  This is not a lifestyle change parents can make by not getting their children vaccinated.  The change here has to come from doctors and science in realizing that autism is a possible side effect of vaccinations and taking steps to change what is in the vaccine.

Another debated cause is gluten in foods.  It has been noted that taking gluten out of an autistic child’s diet can result in decreased severity of symptoms.  In the case mentioned in the above paragraph, gluten was taken out of the child’s diet and an immediate improvement in language skills was the result.  This is not a lifestyle change that would take away from children being diagnosed with autism, but one that could lessen, and possibly eliminate the symptoms.

Another possible cause is a lack of folic acid in the mother’s diet before conception.  Studies have shown that women with efficient amounts of folic acid in their body during pregnancy can reduce the chance of having a baby with autism.  This lifestyle change could very easily decrease the number of children diagnosed according to this study. 

A lack in change of lifestyles, even with the knowledge of the result is the most likely reason for autism diagnosis increasing rather than decreasing.  Changing what goes into our bodies and our children’s bodies could cause a decrease in the diagnosis and could take autism back to being the rare disorder it once was.

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