By Anne Dachel
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Right now, diagnosing disorders like autism relies heavily on interviews and behavioral observations. But new research published in PLoS One shows that a much more objective measure-reading a person's thoughts through an fMRI brain scan-might be able to diagnose autism with close to perfect accuracy.
WHAT? "Close to perfect accuracy"? Then I guess we've done all we can.
Good news, America! Better diagnosing is now PERFECT!
We may not know anything for sure or do anything about autism, but we're going great guns diagnosing it.
Of course the scientific/medical community has to do this. Experts with MD or PhD after their names have to be doing something about a disorder no one can explain that affects two percent of children. That's why we have the endless studies showing all kinds of stuff (linked to the parents) that could be causing autism. It's also helpful to label autism as a "psychiatric illness" because we've all known mentally ill people, right?
(Parents then feel like it's all their fault and they should quietly crawl away in a corner somewhere.)
Here's a PhD person from a prestigious university (aren't they all?) telling us that they're moving beyond better diagnosing to "perfect" diagnosing. (It kind of takes my breath away just to think about it.)
And won't this come in really handy by 2025, when MIT professor Stephanie Seneff forecasts that the US autism rate will be one in every two children!
TIME Magazine, doesn't give us the current rate or even note that there is no known cause or cure for this disorder that affects one in every 68 kids (according to outdated statistics from the CDC).
They'd rather pretend that autism is just this interesting "psychiatric illness" we have all the time in the world to figure out.
(Time Magazine has done everything to cover up the autism epidemic. They are mentioned numerous times in my book.)
The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD. Lee Silsby is one of the most respected compounding pharmacies in the country and is committed to serving the needs of the Autism community. OurkidsASD is an online retailer for nutritional supplements for patients with special needs. OurkidsASD carries thousands of products from more than 60 brands and offers free ground shipping on all orders.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.