In 2003, 30,400 Australians had autism.
In 2009, 64,600 Australians had autism.
In 2012, 115,400 Australians had autism.
In just 9 years, the incidence rate has almost quadrupled. Some official US statistics say autism disorders now affect 1 in 27 children (Australian Autism and ADHD Foundation, 2014), and some much worse than that. Some sources even claim about 1 in 10 boys are affected (AMA, 2016).
The sheer number of incidences or diagnoses of autism disorders is not possible to have been caused through genetic inheritance alone. Genetically inherited health issues are usually only found in 5-10% of cases in many health conditions. That means 90-95% of the causes are environmental - factors in your environment that have an interaction with or impact on your body (Australian Autism and ADHD Foundation, 2014). The same with autism disorders.
There are many factors known to cause autism, such as nutrient deficiencies in the mother during pregnancy or in childhood, a reduced ability to detoxify environmental toxins, maternal exposure to toxins when pregnant, infections during pregnancy, gut infections in childhood, dysbiosis, vaccinations, and more.
A new meta-analysis study (a published study which looks at the results of other studies as a whole) was published in September 2020 (Jafari Mohammadabadi, Rahmatian, Sayehmiri & Rafiei, 2020), found high levels of minerals and heavy metals in the blood, hair and nails of those with autism, especially of copper, lead, and mercury. Lead and mercury are particularly dangerous heavy metals as they are neurotoxic - they damage the nerves, nervous system and brain, to affect brain and body functions. The study found associations with copper and autism, and significant associations of lead and mercury in the development of autism.
In a major study published in 2017 (which I wrote about at the time), aluminium was also found in the brains of up to 67% of those with severe autism disorders. Aluminium is also a neurotoxin.
You have to wonder where all these heavy metals are coming from...
If your child has autism or shows symptoms of similar conditions, you can investigate whether these heavy metals are causing or contributing to their developmental issues, mood issues, or other symptoms with a simple and non-invasive hair test.
A Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, or HTMA, test can give you a detailed report on the nutrients found in the body through the hair, as a picture of nutritional status, as well as the toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminium and others. If these are found on the HTMA test, a treatment plan can be started, to help slowly remove these toxic heavy metals, which will help to reduce symptoms.
If you would like to find out more, please contact me, and I have the HTMA test kits available to send to you.
Australian Autism and ADHD Foundation. (2020). Why the increase in Autism (ASD), ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders? Retrieved 12th October 2020 from https://aaaf.wildapricot.org/autism_prevalence/
Australian Medical Association (AMA). (2016). Autism Spectrum Disorder - 2016. Retrieved 12th October 2020 from https://ama.com.au/position-statement/autism-spectrum-disorder-2016
Jafari Mohammadabadi, H., Rahmatian, A., Sayehmiri, F., & Rafiei, M. (2020). The Relationship Between the Level of Copper, Lead, Mercury and Autism Disorders: A Meta-Analysis. Pediatric Health, Medicine and Therapeutics, 11, 369—378. DOI: 10.2147/PHMT.S210042
Mold, M., Umar, D., King, A., & Exley, C. (2017). Aluminium in brain tissue in autism. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, 46, 76-82. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2017.11.012