Something you said put a nickle in my nickelodean, so to speak....It got to be so long, I decided to make a new post of it. I will try to get back to your blog, if you have one, and read up on your situation so I don't end up asking a lot of unnecessary questions.
I'm just putting it out there. I don't necessarily believe it, in our case, either. I think it's probably a little environmental (Our family is made up of "little professors")AND genetic (I'm guessing his birth father was learning disabled, as in, not public school material---teaching disabled) AND possibly an inherited maladption to food/environment/whatever, because of the preponderance of epilepsy in people with autistic personalities. I say personalities because, for the most part, it is behaviorally diagnosed. Excepting Tuberous Sclerosis, Neurofibromatosis, Fragile X, neurological manifestations of the mother's Rubella illness while pregnant (which, thankfully, we don't see much anymore), and drug interactions with the fetus's development, as in valproic acid...we have no idea of the reason. The only thing we are “pretty sure” of is Bettleheim was wrong. That last one? It's mostly the mothers who believe that with all their hearts. Society, well, hasn't exactly caught up.
Interesting that the study seemed to be about the addition of DHA and AA, and lack there of,not breastfeeding necessarily.
What I do believe with all my heart, is that some forms of Autism may be totally diet related, and not in "poisoning" except perhaps by a genetic inability to process, say, amino acids like in PKU. Nature poisons those kiddo's. I had a friend whose husband was unable to remove iron from his body. He was slowly poisoned by iron andit led to much suffering and an early death. His children have been tested and can treat the disease with that knowledge, and not suffer as their dad did.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made, but there are as many maladaptions as there are people. We just don't know it yet.
But, Mary...I'm LUCKY. Ben is so mildly 'touched' it isn't even funny. I didn't know that when he was a kid.
I am thinking of kids who undergo regression. At about age 18 months. What changes????
It could be diet as it changes about then and kids eat Western food. I am SO allergic to Red dye 40 it isn't funny( I break out in hives. My eyeballs itch as we speak, as I accidently got some yesterday)...but it's put in everything, including hot dogs, apples...to make them more appealing...nasty! I've gotten to where I can recognize an unnatural color in salad dressings, check the label, and there's the culprit.
There could be an item in formula which is untolerable to some children, which slowly builds up. It isn't nature made. There could be a genetically maladaptive response to any food, as in PKU. It could be a natural personality trait, in the event of mild Autism, like my son....but I”ll be damned if I knew that when he was 3 years old. It was indistinguishable from any other type of autism, in my mind.
I guess I am not of a notion that severe autism and mild autism have anything in common but a similar developmental trajectory....so similar, in fact, that they are somewhat indistinguishable. Like a Neurotypical child, you don't call one with a profoundly low IQ severely neurotypical or severely normal.
Diarrhea of the brain...I'm sorry.
What are the specifics of your child? What age is he? Do you know whether he is mildly, moderately or severely afflicted? What do you believe was so extraordinarilly different about your child that IF your could bring it up to a scientist who would magically listen without judging...what would it be?
You know what mine would be? Recently, I've read that science has decided that fever/chills/puss whatever are the bodies response to bacteria/viral loads. That high temps and flowing mucous are a sign of an ACTIVE IMMUNE SYSTEM, not an inactive one. The child who never has a fever, than, has a poor immune system.
In Ben's first year, he NEVER had a temperature. Never. Except for the time I overdressed him for church and he heated up while waiting to get out to the car. I wish I could see a study of how some kids got better when they had fevers, when their immune system was in high gear...and how it relates to a possible low grade inflammation of the body system.
Like THAT's gonna happen. Science could give a fat rat's ass what I think. They didn't even notice our kids until it became lucrative (monetarily, prestigiously, whatever...), and the woo-ers were getting in on too much of the action. Bastards...
I guess it needed to be said. Sorry about the verbal blast.