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Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurobiological condition that can affect the normal function of the gastrointestinal, immune, hepatic, endocrine and nervous systems. This life-long affliction impacts normal brain development leaving individuals with communication problems and difficulty with typical social interactions.

The rate of this debilitating disorder has dramatically escalated. In 1970, one in 10,000 kids were inflicted. By 2009, that number jumped to one in 100. Today, it’s a jaw-dropping one in 68 kids, a 30 percent jump from the last federal estimate of 1 in 88 children.
The latest calculation means ASD is now more than twice as common as officials said it was just seven years go and the largest increases are among Hispanic and Afro-American children.

The Centres for Disease Control (CDC) maintain the increases are so dramatic because diagnostic practices have improved, but in truth, this is only a partial explanation. They don’t really know what is causing the spikes. So the question then becomes what has changed in that same time span? One of the answers is diet. Critics have argued for years that the DNA changes in transgenic seeds create novel proteins that can cause digestive problems in animals and humans. That has lead specialists to explore how epigenetics and immune dysregulation, both of which are linked to gut flora and chronic inflammation, can trigger ASD.