Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Today Is An Important Day

It's that time of year again.  That time where we have a special day allocated to talk about autism.

Gabriel will be 9 years old in June and every year, we continue to learn.  Learn about our son, about society, about kindness, about judge-mentality, about autism.

I could quote statistics, like how the CDC in America announced last year that the autism rate in the USA is now 1 in 59.  Why does this number keep getting closer and closer each year?  Some in the medical community believe it is because diagnostic tools and training have improved, so diagnosing an autistic child is easier to do.  Others believe it is because autism is becoming more prevalent.

So, after many years of researching, reading studies, watching web seminars with certain institutes that I am registered with, I have a theory as to what causes most cases of autism.  

We live in a very toxic, modern, world now.  Inevitably, this is going to take a toll on our genetic material.  We procreate and this damaged material is passed down, generation, after generation.  Each generation being exposed to this toxic environment, as well.  This is going to result in genetic mutations and inflammation occurring.  These could cause DNA deletions, duplications, and/or molecular changes.  The severity and degree to which these mutations occur, determine the severity of autism, because this determines molecular and chemical functioning - basically, how our cells and neural pathways work with each other.  

Insert Disclaimer : Now, I am no qualified scientist, this is just my personal, formulated theory.  

So what do we do?

We need to simplify life.  Dramatically reduce the toxins in this world.  

Unfortunately, I don't see this happening for a very long time.  

An alternative is genetic engineering to repair/replace damaged DNA.  We are, however, a long way away from this too.  

So for now, we try different methods to help our children cope in this world.  Whether that means dietary changes, medicinal implementations, behavioural support, to name a few. 

And we wait.

And we try and not feed our self-anointed guilt.

And we hope.  

And we love our children, appreciate them and value them.

And we enter their world to connect, to try and see the world through their eyes.

Because our angels deserve to be in this world just as much as anyone else.  

So on this day, and every other day, I ask that you please spread awareness, acceptance, compassion and love about a little something called autism.