Autism Spectrum Disorder - Scientific Studies vs. Reality

I have often mentioned to parents that if I were able to do a double blind placebo controlled study on any intervention I have recommended, including the casein free/gluten free diet, Secretin, chelation, and treating leaky gut, I would not be able to statistically prove that any of the modalities could be scientifically proven. However, for the many children who do benefit from these biomedical interventions, although not "scientifically proven," the benefits can be remarkable.

Unfortunately, Autism is a medical problem that is not well understood by the medical community, is not taught well in medical school, pediatric training programs and journals do not address what is really happening. Clinical research to date is extremely disappointing. Studies need to address genetic markers and various environmental pollutants.

No one can doubt that this problem has increased drastically over the past 25 years. In 2005, there was a report from the State of Maryland that there has been a 10,000% increase in the diagnosis of Autism in Maryland in the past 10 years. This is a staggering total. In 1993, 260 students were diagnosed as Autistic. In 2002 that number is 3,488. There have been numerous reports in recent years of staggering rates of increased rates of Autism in a number of states.

The CDC has published Autism estimates as follows:

1990 — 1:2000
2007 — 1:150
2010 — (1:91 1:110)

Part of this increase can be attributed to physicians diagnosing Autism or PDD-NOS to enable their patients to get appropriate school services. Some claim "we are better at diagnosing Autism." My opinion is going from 1:2000 to 1:91 in 20 years may be partially attributed to over diagnosis or more accurate diagnosis but at the most 1:2000 to 1:200. No ... We have an epidemic of Autism.

We need better clinical research focusing on:

  1. genetic predisposition
  2. environmental causes and children with detoxification defects