Last week, major news outlets reported on a new National Center for Health Statistics study, which revealed some alarming data related to the increase in Autism Spectrum Disorder in American children. The study, which was reported in, “U.S. autism estimates climb to 1 in 50 school-age children”, revealed that as many as one in 50 U.S. school age children have a diagnosis of autism. This is a 72% increase since 2007, the last time the study was conducted.
Leading researchers on the study sited that the new numbers may not necessarily represent more cases of autism, but instead may reflect greater awareness, stating, “…the increase in the estimates from the current parent survey was the result of diagnoses of children with previously unrecognized autism.”
So, more children who have autism are being diagnosed with autism earlier; does that make the results of this study any easier to take? Why isn’t anyone asking the most important question, “Why?”
Instead of being so accepting of these results, why aren’t we as parents and communities demanding more answers into the reason behind these alarming statistics? It doesn’t matter if it’s 1 in 88 or 1 in 50; either way, that’s too many children and families whose lives are being affected.
Regardless of your generation, raising a family is a hard job; yet I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of fear and sorrow for the families of this generation. We’re a country with a drug problem (and no, I’m not referring to street drugs, I’m talking pharmaceuticals). We’re force-fed a food supply that isn’t really ‘food’. Our children receive up to 50 toxic injections before the age of 5. As a result, our homes and families are being broken – in mind, body and spirit.
I can’t imagine anything worse than having a sick and struggling child — the emotional, mental, financial, marital, physical stress this puts on a family. To me these statistics are a sign that peace, love and harmony are at risk in our communities. And, not only at home, but in our schools, too; how will our teachers continue to teach our children?
What’s the answer? One expert I saw interviewed suggested, “We better put more services in place for these children and their families.” Really, that’s the best solution we’ve got?
Parents, it’s time we stand up, insisting on answers and demanding better. In the meantime, I can help these kids and their families through chiropractic… Together, WE can help our community and the world so that families can live in health and happiness always, just like how we did as kids.