2 PANS kids fighting lyme and coinfections, our journey to healing

Nature, nurture and toxic chemicals…

The latest news about the autism rates have brought us all to another collective sigh of horror, outrage and disbelief.  We all knew that the current figures were off, we all knew that in reality, just in our own communities, counting the blogs, the books and the articles, so many more children were affected by a spectrum disorder than the often touted 1/150.  When our son was diagnosed in 2008, I think the figures were closer to 1/250.  It seemed astronomical even then.  Now, 5 years on, that number has shot up considerably.  Better diagnosis is blamed, well, forgive me, but 5 years ago we were still pretty much the odd ones out.  We would go to the mall, to a fast food restaurant, to a party, and we, the parents of our son, would be the ones sweating, the ones calming, the ones holding onto our son so he didn’t run screaming a high-pitched scream through the throngs of people.  Of course, eventually, we learned to manage with the behaviors, just not go, to stay close to home, to only be in situations that were controllable, but I digress.  Luckily for us, he isn’t this kid anymore.   We seemed to figure out the triggers for our son, and now thankfully for life, liberty and happiness, he is a totally different kid.  Still a little out of control but not as sensory sparked, not as in your face, not as aggressive, not as uncontrollable; however,  still not a kid I am taking to a nice restaurant. Although, to be honest, I am pretty sure a lot of parents could say that about their ‘typical’ kids. Anyway, yes, those numbers, sending chatter across the universe.  Did we do this to ourselves?  Did something happen? Are we just seeing it clearer, diagnosing better?  I see some autism professionals suggesting you still vaccinate, don’t change diet, live with it, learn to work with it, this is just better diagnosed, and I wonder, really? When I look around, I can see the phenomenon isn’t just limited to autism.  Other things are happening to our kids, other rapid changes, other things that just are not quite right. Did we suddenly start adapting faster to our environments than we ever have before or is something seriously wrong with either the way we are raising our kids, or the food chain, or both of those things and more (BPAs, Coal Ash etc.) – I just don’t know, and until someone gives me an answer that makes sense, I think I will choose...

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