July 11, 2007

Bill Welsh of Autism Treatment Trust Shames UK Epedemic Deniers

Give'em Hell, Bill!

Undeniable Fact of Autism
The Scotsman
Wed 11 Jul 2007

It will come as no surprise to parents that one child in 58 in the UK has autism (your report, 9 July). The diagnosis of this devastating childhood condition has increased to such an extent since 1990 that many families are now affected. What is very worrying is that it has taken so many years for the "experts" to even concede that there is an autism epidemic.

Psychiatrists and psychologists and those within the traditional autism support and services organizations must bear the responsibility for this tragic state of affairs, as it is they who have continually denied what we have been witnessing with our own eyes. Foreign epidemiological studies that never survive close scrutiny are paraded as proof that an estimated 100-fold increase in autism is a mirage, or that the controversial MMR vaccine cannot possibly be implicated. The Scotsman article clearly helps illustrate what is a farcical and irrational stance in the face of the latest Cambridge University revelations.

By sustaining their standpoint, these interest groups have hampered clinical examination, and therefore medical treatments.

Autism Treatment Trust opened a consultation and treatment centre in Edinburgh in April 2006 and to date has comprehensively tested almost 200 autistic children. The results are very revealing. For example, heavy-metal toxicity is a common feature, with significantly high levels of lead, aluminium, tin and antimony present.

Inflammation, particularly of the bowel, is often identified. Immune dysfunction is a recurring theme. Food allergies and intolerances regularly emerge.

These abnormalities are all treatable. The simple fact is, autistic children are ill and have been failed at every turn.

This is a shameful episode.

President, Autism Treatment Trust
Great King Street


mcewen said...

My understanding [admittedly dubious at the best of times] was that it was a screening survey and that it hadn't actually been published yet.
That aside, having just returned from GB, it's tempting to move to Scotland - or it might be if we just hadn't had 20 days of rains and floods! I think we may have turned into wimpy Californians. [allergic to weather]

Grace said...

This whole epidemic debate is so frustrating.

I have a friend who has 2 autistic children. We recently got to spend a lot of time together while taking our asd boys to a social skills class in a neighboring town. We were discussing the epidemic debate and we both had the same thoughts about it.

Basically, it amounts to
(1) Neurological disorders overall are increasing in our children - even the CDC says so. Special ed services are being overwhelmed all over the country. (My friend is a speech pathologist and her college friends in other states tell her it is crazy)
(2) School has not become more demanding/ disciplined than it was in the old days but less so - yet more & more children are having trouble meeting the lower expectations of their abilities than there used to be.
(3) Typically those we talk to (my friend heads up our local homeschool support group for parents of kids with disabilities & I do a lot of online research) seem to say roughly the same thing - 'we have similar problems/ traits in our background (or our family's background), but nothing that was this severe.'

Autism seems to be a certain personality type that's been taken to an extreme. My children all have clear traits from my dh & I, but to an extreme that we didn't have.