Autism and Schizophrenia

>> Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Researchers have found the autism and schizophrenia link between a parent and an autistic child. Here we are adding something else to possible causes of autism. It is said that if a parent has a mental illness such as schizophrenia, there will be a 70% chance of the child of the parent to end up having autism. What I found interesting was one of the comments by a dad of six. This is what he writes:

"Now it's Schizophrenia. The bad thing about research is for every 'study' that supports one set of views, there are three others that support an opposite conclusion. Autism? It's the water, bad parenting, vaccinations, genetics, heavy metals, pollution, preservatives, etc.. etc., etc...
As the Dad of six children with Autism I'm more concerned with research that can help the Autistic person to have a more full life. Research to uncover the best in education, social training, nutrition and treatments. Some funding spent on 'why' is acceptable, but the bulk needs to be addressing the here and now and plan for the future. Funding for Autism research is good, funding to help with day to day living, is better. Autism is a spectrum disorder, caused by a spectrum of reasons, needing a spectrum of treatments and a spectrum of funding. (Spectrum: A broad sequence or range of related qualities, ideas, or activities). Our country must get moving to discover what can be done improve this situation. If every parent of Autism will be an advocate we can make a HUGE difference for our children. So make calls, write, search and read. Do what you can when you can. We are all in this together and we need each one of us."

I agree with him, and I will add that every piece of new research will one day come together, even if it is water, bad parenting, vaccinations, genetics, heavy metals, pollution, preservatives, etc.. etc., etc... All of these plus unfound ones is the cause of autism when our genes are becoming more sensitive to the environment that we have created or helped anyways.

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Liz March 4, 2009 at 2:42 PM  

I have a sister with schizophrenia and am thankful she does not have children, primarily because her own condition makes her not particularly suited to being a parent. A brother -- no mental health issues -- has a beautiful son with autism. I agree with you -- how about advocating for MUCH BETTER resources for mental health? Our country's support of said resources is shameful.

I noted your interest in diet and how it affects autism (that's my own interest as I try to help my brother and sister-in-law). Julie Matthews, who's a top US autism nutrition and diet expert, has written a great book on autism and diet, "Nourishing Hope for Autism." It's an autism diet intervention guide and gives all kinds of great tips for dietary intervention. It's a great reference book and tool. And check out the Cooking to Heal DVD for practical lessons on how to implement autism diets into the daily cooking (and food shopping) routines. My picky nephew is actually eating at meal time with everyone else!