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Fecal Transplants to Cure Autism

Long-term benefit of Microbiota Transfer Therapy on autism symptoms and gut microbiota This is a very disturbing study. No dx of original existing GI complaints (how could the authors be sure they were not harming the patients through mistreatment?) Almost one-third of ASD patients in our sample had at least one fGID. The presence of fGID functional gastrointestinal disorders was associated with ID, sleep problems and with behavioral problems (as measured by the prescription of psychotropic drugs). [1] No participant breakdown by sex, race, or intellectual impairment, which I would suggest is useful data. ID would be useful since so many participants are shown as significantly improved. One source says 30% of those with ASD also have ID. [2] Another study, from Italy, found about 47%. [3] No attempt to ascertain if participants received any other therapy or treatment during the 2 years (other than med changes). These were school age children, under age 10. Surely they were provided some sort of help in, or out, of school? It is not uncommon for non-verbal autistics to become verbal, and for other “characteristics” to also lessen or disappear. [4] The original study methodology suggests that the participants were subjected to uncomfortable, painful procedures to prepare for the fecal transplants. As an autistic adult, I would suggest that the only reason that the oversight group allowed this was that the children involved were unable to communicate their pain, fear, anxiety, etc. They were test animals, not human subjects. [1] Penzol MJ, Salazar…

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The CDC Calculates the Prevalence of Autism

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control conduct a study every two years to establish the prevalence of autism in children. I have criticized the methodology in other venues, especially because the media leaps on the subject with vigor. Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years–Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2012 The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network is an active surveillance system that provides estimates of the prevalence and characteristics of ASD among children aged 8 years whose parents or guardians reside in 11 ADDM Network sites in the United States (Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin). See also: ADDM Network Community Report This is the latest researched report, and is the source of the false fact that one in 68 children in America are autistic. The data was released in 2016, and dates to 2012. It cannot be termed “current data”. The number of children in the 11 states studied, age 8, was 346,978. The study suggests that 14.6 per 1,000 (one in 68) were autistic. That works out to 5,103 children on the spectrum. The CDC reports that 4,112,052 children were born in 2004, making them eight years old in 2012. The sample studied is “about” eight percent of the total number of children age 8. As reported, however, the sample has a questionable makeup. Prevalence is influenced by geography. In New Jersey, the autism…

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Aspergers and the Swedish Suicide Study

This past week, the headlines were full of the news of a new study out of Sweden that showed that people on the autism spectrum die sooner than average. The study also found that suicide is the leading cause of death for adults on the spectrum. There are some holes in that thesis, and you ought to know a little more about Sweden and its culture, too. It’s not you, it’s them.

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