Archive for November, 2008
Mercury is one of the most volatile and toxic substances known to man; though mercury has been used in several common products. Mercury is present in some cosmetics, in fluorescent bulbs, and also in thiomersal, a preservative common in childhood vaccines. Though use of cosmetics and exposure to broken fluorescent bulbs is quite manageable, it can be scary to think that mercury is being injected into the bloodstream of young children. Several modern childhood vaccines don’t contain near the amount of thiomersal as they did in the past, but it is still a substance with some dangerous potential that should be monitored.
The effects of mercury poisoning include vision problems, skin discoloration, high blood pressure, burning or itching pain, swelling, memory impairment, and kidney damage. These are just a few of the basic effects, as mercury poisoning has also been linked as a cause of autism and more serious illnesses.
Identifying an autistic child at an early age, and also recognizing the treatments for autism is essential. Through a combination of medication and treatment, an autistic child can work through their disorder and become a functioning adult. Though this is not always possible, with dedication from both the parent and the child, autistic children can become autistic people who lead normal lives. Articles on autism are common, however there is some speculation on its causes and treatments. For the full spectrum of information, look at multiple sources and scrutinize information published by corporate entities.
There are several scientific studies which have been done on autism, and are available to the general public. In addition, consulting a licensed physician is necessary to begin treatment and increase awareness about the disorder.
Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in several childhood vaccinations, has been proven to increase the risk of autism and several other neurological disorders. Though research on this subject has been restricted because of private medical records, the research done has shown that vaccinations can cause damage. Though childhood vaccinations are important to prevent certain illnesses, with the risk of autism or more serious conditions it doesn’t seem worth it. Parents need to be aware of the dangers of thimerosal, and the vaccine damage that can occur from standard vaccinations.
Major corporations have tried to cover up the dangers of thimerosal, but through increased awareness, parents can spread the word and create a network of valuable knowledge for the prevention of serious neurological disorders.
Though severe cases of autism tend to be immediately apparent in children, less severe cases can be difficult to identify. Some children will only exemplify having two or three traits of autism. The two most obvious traits of autism include impaired social interaction and communication, and restricted or repetitive behavior. These can appear to manifest in children of school age, but in reality have existed since birth. Parents must be cautious to monitor children who exemplify either of these behaviors, and consult a doctor if necessary.
Children with less severe cases of autism are more likely to move on to lead normal lives. However, autism treatments for these children are still required, as they will need to learn the skills necessary to become self-sustained.
Chelation is a form of medicine which introduces chelating agents to the body. These agents then attempt to bind themselves to harmful heavy metals in the body, and remove them through the use of the liver and kidneys. It is suspected that heavy metals such as mercury trigger symptoms of autism. Thus chelation therapy is commonly used to treat the effects of autism.
Chelation therapy’s most prominent use is to treat lead poisoning, though it has also been used to treat heart disease with mixed results.
Autism is a development disorder which affects the brain. Autism in a child is characterized by abnormal social interaction and communication, as well as restricted interests and repetitive behavior. Though nobody knows the true cause of Autism, it is suspected to have a strong genetic basis, but has been associated with substances which cause birth defects. Autism awareness is important for new parents, as signs of autism will surface within the first three years of childbirth.
Though autistic children do often require assisted living as adults, it is possible with proper education and development for them to become independent. There is no cure for Autism, but it can be treated.
Children with autism are more than capable of being taught, however it can be difficult to encourage them to focus. To improve your autistic child’s awareness and attention, patience is the most important factor. Rushing an autistic child will not benefit them or you as a teacher, so avoid becoming frustrated. You will also want to take away distractions such as conspicuous objects with bright colors or textures, and prepare your lessons ahead of time with teaching materials. Uniformity when teaching your child is key as it will help them to remember what has been taught.
Incorporating videos, toys, or games into autism education will enrich your time spent together and assist with your child’s learning.