Oct 24, 2012, Catherine Lord (Huffington): Ending Fear Over the New Autism Diagnosis
Oct 24, 2012, FOX News: Clinical trial attempts to cure autism with cord blood
Oct 24, 2012, FOX News: Challenges remain to diagnosing, treating autism
Lord continues to assure us that our kids will be cared for. The woman who’s testified against parents in Vaccine Court and who still isn’t sure if there’s been any increase in autism wants us to trust her.
“Our recognition of ASDs has improved in the past decades, but we are still using a diagnostic system from the American Psychiatric Association's 1994 revision, DSM-IV. It divided what were called pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) into subcategories including autism, Asperger Disorder and a fallback category, PDD-NOS (not otherwise specified). PDD-NOS was intended to capture the small number of children who almost met criteria for autism, but instead it became a very common diagnosis.
“In the DSM-5, we propose a new way of looking at these disorders, merging them into a single diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. We believe this will create more accurate diagnoses and improved access to services. It should also improve research into ASD, because there will be less diagnostic confusion.”
FOX News: FOX News Anna Kooiman: “Autism rates have increased dramatically over the last decade here in the United States. Today, the CDC says one in every 88 children is on the spectrum, so finding a cure is vital.”
There’s no place for a comment or I’d be asking Kooiman WHY the rates “have increased dramatically.” Shouldn’t we do something to PREVENT AUTISM in the first place? Are we just supposed to get used to losing a child to a disorder no one ever heard about 30 years ago?
I’ve heard about the cord blood use for people with cerebral palsy and things sound promising for autism, regardless, we all need to demand that WE STOP THE EPIDEMIC.
If a child were being shot every 11 minutes in the U.S. (as Autism Speaks likes to say about the autism rate) would we just call for stopping the bleeding?
FOX News: Dr. Manny Alvarez: “Autism is a national epidemic, yet challenges remain in making the right diagnosis and identifying the right tools to make a diagnosis. Adding to the confusion, many children who place on the autism spectrum also may have other neurological disorders, and sometimes, other neurological disorders can even be mistaken for autism.”
Alvarez may call autism an epidemic, but he also says that doctors are STILL MISDIAGNOSING IT. There wasn’t a place for comments or I’d have asked him why, after over two decades of autism stealing our children, medicine is still so worthless when it comes to autism.