Top Two Autism Questions

Jacqueline Udell

My beautiful and patient wife reminded me this morning that, although I have spent a great deal of time blogging about this or that, I haven’t really gotten to the meat of the matter. She works with the public, and when clients become aware of what her husband does, they usually ask one or two common questions:

1. What does he think causes autism (with a common variation – is it really an increase)?

2. What does he think about childhood vaccinations (in general, vis-a-vis autism, mercury, their particular kid)?

I’m going to answer the “cause” question first. It’s not as controversial and less complicated to express.

Autism was first reported in 1942; described by a German psychiatrist who said that it was due to a crazy, cold, “refrigerator” mother who did not parent correctly. Now, Dr. Kanner noted G-I problems in almost all of his early patients, yet he still made that spurious conclusion. Could that be because he was a psychiatrist (very fashionable at the time) and when the only tool that you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail? Gout isn’t due to your lifestyle. Stomach ulcers are due to bacteria, not stress.

And ASD is due to a whole body disorder in which the brain processes in an atypical fashion and G-I health plays an important part. It is 2011, and, unfortunately, there isn’t much more about the disorder that is certain.

Genetic factors play a role as demonstrated by the preponderance of males, incidence in twins, affected siblings and family histories of affected individuals. But, we’re not fruit flies and it takes millions of years for humans to mutate. Admittedly, and as seen in my own practice, there is now inclusion of individuals who (1) have some primary syndrome and ASD is part of that condition and (2) have some other syndrome and ASD is used to assist in service acquisition. But more than 85% of my patients who are ASD patients do NOT have an identifiable syndrome, other than their autism (similar to the literature). The increase is real – you can even ask the skeptical CDC. “Better detection” plays a very minor role in the reported increase. Ask any elementary school teacher over the age of 40.

The environment plays a role. We live in a toxic soup that our current genetic architecture wasn’t necessarily meant to handle. There seems to be no letup to the poisons that are around and within us. I have one patient who definitely improved upon moving from  his “chinese drywall” manufactured home. Another male patient made advances after moving from a neighborhood which was adjacent to a power grid. The number of studies that would be required to ascertain how even 10 or 20 chemicals interact is high, the 85,000 (and counting) substances in our modern world – infinite possibilities.

Autoimmunity plays another role. There is a great deal of research which documents inflammation throughout the body of ASD patients. While waiting for solid evidence of a more specific nature, my patients improve greatly by identifying areas of inflammation and addressing those issues. “Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura” (allergy to your platelets that leads to bleeding) used to be called “Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura” (I don’t know why your platelets are low but that’s why you are bleeding). Saved the acronym.

Epigenetics is the newest term that is invoked in the genesis of ASD. That is, how the gene, which is on your chromosomes, which codes for a protein, which has an effect upon your cells, interacts with the environment, which has many pollutants (or, at least, we’re not sure how the stuff works) and that interaction is what leads to a state of ill health. So, someone might explain, “Oh, autism is due to epigenetics” and for now, that would be right.

As you can read, it’s too long an answer. It can’t be explained in an elevator ride. So, my personal short-version is, “the epidemic is due to an unlucky combination of susceptible people living in the modern world.” Not too satisfying.

Both questions, by the way, could be answered this way,” My husband says, ‘No one really knows!'”

Still to come: The Vaccination Series (about a series of vaccinations). Next, the answer to the second question.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

52 Responses to “Top Two Autism Questions”

  1. Jump higher says:

    This is really useful. Appreciated.

  2. ADHD says:

    This is Great. Appreciated.

  3. noelle says:

    Thank you

  4. Hilma says:

    This really is a thing I have to do more research into, many thanks for the article.

  5. This post is thoroughgoing win….

  6. woh I am lucky to find this website through google.

  7. This post is great. Thank you for this post. I like this type of people who share knowledge with others.

  8. Sean says:

    Your son gets the same questions, and this memo is much appreciated by him. 😉

  9. Thanks for taking the time to share this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you gain knowledge, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely useful for me.

  10. Hi there, may I use some of the content found in this entry if I link back to you?

  11. An impressive share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing somewhat evaluation on this. And he actually purchased me breakfast as a result of I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love studying extra on this topic. If potential, as you grow to be experience, would you mind updating your blog with more particulars? It’s extremely helpful for me. Large thumb up for this blog put up!

  12. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your site offered us with valuable info to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

  13. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I’m quite sure I’ll learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  14. serp says:

    I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently. I am quite sure I’ll learn a lot of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  15. Great blog here! Also your web site loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  16. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

  17. I like the valuable info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I’ll learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  18. frostwire says:

    I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  19. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  20. Hey there, You’ve done an incredible job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this site.

  21. Can I post your put up to my wordpress weblog? I will add a one-way link to your forum. That’s one really nice post.

  22. free ipad 2 says:

    i verify once in a while to go through your site and its lovely to come across some authentic articles, i put a link so you can visit my account on twitter should you ever would like explore mine

  23. I have read nearly all the posts on your blog and I would to continue but I terribly want to sleep. It’s 4 a.m.

  24. 捉姦 says:

    I find myself strongly over it and love learning on this subject,and melted it a bit leaving resin on the bottom of the part.3

  25. Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is excellent, as well as the content!

  26. small suv says:

    I discovered several fantastic goods inside your weblog. From the plenty of feedback in your articles, I assume I’m not really the sole person getting all the entertainment right here! keep up the superb work.

  27. seo says:

    I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this increase.

  28. usb splitter says:

    Hey! That’s a very great post. I’m very positive I’ll recommend it to my co-workers.For those who publish extra posts please e-mail them to me.

  29. forex says:

    I like the helpful information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I will learn plenty of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  30. frostwire says:

    I think this is among the most important info for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But should remark on some general things, The site style is ideal, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

  31. A pretty web page , it has long sought a paper post com this

  32. Just wanna say that this is very useful , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  33. movies says:

    I am extremely impressed with your blogging skills and also with the layout of your blog. Is this a paid style or did you edit it yourself? Either way keep up the great quality writing, it is rare to see a nice website such as this one these days! 🙂

  34. Very well written post. It will be valuable to anybody who utilizes it, as well as myself. Keep doing what you are doing – for sure i will check out more posts.

  35. Mary Scott says:

    Thanks for this site. I’ve appreciated reading it.

  36. teal dress says:

    It had been some time since I visited website with such quality information. Thansk quite a bit for the useful data

  37. Jerry Arend says:

    Sounds very intersting.This helps me to learn something new.Thanks.

  38. Ta Menzies says:

    A beautiful web page , it has long sought a paper document com this

  39. My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  40. Evette Tutor says:

    I’d have to agree with you on this. Which is not something I typically do! I really like reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  41. This domain seems to recieve a great deal of visitors. How do you advertise it? It gives a nice unique twist on things. I guess having something authentic or substantial to say is the most important thing.

  42. Thank you for the great share.I’m sure lots of people will benefit to this share.Please keep me updated of any new information that you will have.Will definitely share this to my friends for them to be aware also.Thanks and good luck.

Leave a Reply

Before you post, please prove you are sentient.

What color is a blue sky?

Categories Archives Links Contact Us

Brian D. Udell MD
6974 Griffin Road
Davie
FL 33314
Office phone – 954-873-8413
Fax – 954-792-2424

Email bdumd@childdev.org
Copyright © TheAutismDoctor.com 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
All Rights Reserved