I have attempted to tell Utah for 20 years this was coming. No one wanted to
hear it including your doctors. Now attorneys are filing suit for this as a
birth defect in children born to mothers who took antidepressants.Autism is a condition of elevated serotonin levels. From the introduction of
Prozac Utah has led the way in the use of these drugs that are designed to
specifically increase serotonin. I recall a woman who called me in the mid
90's to ask if I thought her use of Prozac might be why she had three
children in a row with Autism. I explained to her what I just told you & she
said, "I knew it!"Now research shows a FOUR TIMES greater
rate of Autism in the children of mothers who took antidepressants! Simple math:
Utah's high rate of antidepressant use = Utah's high rate of Autism in
the offspring. So if you took an antidepressant & have a child who is
Autistic I would say it sounds like it is time to find a good attorney to let
the antidepressant maker know how much you appreciate what your child is going
Autism is rising. Insurance should cover. A sampling of 14 states only
scratches the surface. Vaccinations have been attributed to many mysterious
illnesses, such as the near eradication of polio, diphtheria, tetanus, small
pox... and the list goes on. The D.N. article indicates that Autism may be
attributable to a number of genetic factors combined with some possible
environmental triggers. Has anyone suggested that Utah's higher rate of
Autism may be impacted by a smaller and less diversified gene pool combined with
a population concentration situated along the Wasatch Front, also home to
industrial polluters which have impacted our ground water and air quality?
Fortunately, the drinking water we enjoy does not come from valley wells.
Unfortunately, we can't pipe in air from Park City (yet). Research will
provide long term solutions. An emphasis on increased access to quality health
care which includes Autism will address the spike that plagues our State, in the
short term. Special Education is a blessing. But, which is better? Physical
(mental) therapy or accident prevention?
re. LDS Liberal. Are you just looking for something to complain about? Mom of
8 made some good, insightful comments from someone who is closely involved in
the problem. Obviously, her child isn't as handicapped as others so the
expenses aren't as great. I got no indication at all in her comment that
she has an "Everything is A-OK, So long as I get MINE mentality." Are
you sure that Mom of 8 is even a conservative? You see - this is what chaps me
the most about liberals. They are so desparate to make a point they lose
contact with reality.
Mom of 8Hyrum, UTMy 8-year-old has been diagnosed as a
high-functioning autistic…His needs are readily met in special ed classes
in school. =============== And WHO pray-tell pays for
that?!You see - This is what chaps me the most about
conservatives.Everything is A-OK, So long as I get MINE….mentality.
Mom of 8 hits the nail on the head with her comment about autism being an
umbrella term for a spectrum of disorders. And it's an umbrella that has
grown larger over the years. Despite what the study above says about total
"autism" diagnosis, other studies have shown that autism rates in this
state are relatively on par with the remainder of the nation and unchanged over
time when limited to individuals with severe functional impairment (i.e. the
"classic" autistic individual we all imagine when we hear the term).Sometimes I fear that autism has merely become this decade's ADHD
"fad" disorder, too often pinned on otherwise normal children who have
behavioral problems or who are slower to develop socially. Doctors need to
ratchet down the definition and diagnosis of autism in order to ensure that
treatment resources go to those with genuine need.
I wonder if Mom of 8 has her head in the sand The higher diagnosis is because
Utahns pay closer attention to their kids? That's just plain wrong and an
insult to parents around the country who do as good better of a job. I would
argue that lots of kids in Utah are effectively neglected. And perhaps "The
spectrum of disorders needs to be dismantled", but if everyone is on the
same playing field, Utah still comes in number one and this begs the question as
Another issue with autism is that it is a SPECTRUM of SEVERAL disorders. My
8-year-old has been diagnosed as a high-functioning autistic, with few of the
problems the children described here have. His needs are readily met in special
ed classes in school. We don't need insurance or other assistance like more
severe cases do.The spectrum of disorders needs to be dismantled,
and much more specific diagnoses rendered. Children with severe needs should be
given a different designation which insurance companies should help; kids like
mine should be given yet a different label since they don't require as much
attention.There are likely dozens of disorders all under the autism
umbrella, not all of them needing high specialized care. And until all of the
disorders are pulled out of this jumbled tapestry, lots of kids who truly need
help won't get it.
Only three comments in we have a comment about vaccines. Fortunately this
argument is irrelevant. Utah does not have the highest rate of vaccinations in
the US by any stretch of the imagination, so that cannot explain it. In any
case, real evidence (not uneducated celebrity advice and wild rumor) has shown
there is no link to vaccines. So let's get off of that issue and put our
research money towards finding what is actually causing this!
I suspect rates are higher in Utah simply because parents pay close attention to
their children. Across the country diagnoses are increasing because we're
more attuned to know what we're looking for.No, green jello
doesn't cause autism; we're just in tune with our children's
development. The amount of cases are the same across the country, we just happen
to recognize the symptoms.
Well, the national average now is 1 of 88 children with autism. It appears the
rate could be better.Perhaps when it is 1 of 2 children with autism
someone will start to ask why.Utah also has a very high vaccination rate.
Some of my family in Utah, have been privy to the pressure put on parents to
vaccinate. To be fair, it isn't just the vaccines related to autism,
but it is a start.The research is out there, it can be found. Why does
Japan have the lowest autistic rate in the industrialized world? Oh... the
radiation??? No..... You might want to check out the Japanese and British
Data/study under Child Health Safety.There are non so blind as those who
will not see.We also have a child in the family who is autistic. We get
it. There are resources available for help, holistically.I don't
blame insurance companies not wanting to cover autism, especially in Utah. WOW!
Parents could use the help! If the insurance does cover autism treatments, it
would be only right to cover complimentary treatments also.
Why does Utah have the highest rate in the nation? What is the cause?And: "Insurance won't pay for autism services and they don't
qualify for Medicaid." Isn't it time to finally move to a national
health care system like the rest of the industrial world? We are devolving into
a third world nation, and deluded into thinking we are so much better than
1 in 25 is alarming and frightening. I would like to see a follow-up
study comparing autism rates of LDS and non-LDS whites in Utah, and between Utah
and non-Utah LDS. This would help identify if the disease is specific to the LDS
community or specific to Utah.