About NotAutism.org

The goal of NotAutism.org is to help parents, families and professionals see through the gray matter that has been labeled “autism”.   The original definition of autism was used only for children that were deemed “mis-wired” at birth, yet today the same term has been used by the medical community to label many children because they are not willing to help our children.

At NotAutism.org we want to give parents and others the tools and methods to help your children get better and live normal lives.  We want parents to focus on the fundamental issues that are affecting our children.  We need to focus on their immune systems.  In most cases, “autism” like behaviors are caused by the break down of the child’s immune system; allowing viruses, candida, fungi and parasites to set up shop in our beautiful children’s body and brain.  A better name for this condition is Neuro-Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (NIDS).  We understand that changing labels typically don’t change much.  In this case, the open ended term “autism” has been used and doesn’t help us get closer to an answer for our children.  The term “neuro-immune dysfunction syndrome” will help each of us focus on the core challenge that face our children so that we can use our energy to help our children today.

The medical community is not yet ready to help our children and have used the term autism to label them.  Let’s work together to break out of the label and focus on the what will help our children today rather than hoping that the medical community will one day wake up and decide to help us.

With love and care…NotAutism.org

About “Autism”

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

In February 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDME autism prevalence report. The report, which looked at a sample of 8 year olds in 2000 and 2002, concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 150 American children, and almost 1 in 94 boys. The issuance of this report caused a media uproar, but the news was not a surprise to ASA or to the 1.5 million Americans living with the effects of autism spectrum disorder. Nonetheless, the spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children.

Currently, ASA estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 million to $5 million, and that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism (this figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, in addition to related therapeutic services and caregiver costs).

Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change Lives

Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

The information on this website is for educational purposes only. It is given in good faith to help people understand more about what our children are dealing with. It is not intended to replace or supersede patient care by a health care provider. If an individual suspects the presence of an illness, that individual should consult a health care provider who is familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of their condition.