The Autism Diagnosis, and our faith
By Rita Davidson
Our boys were all diagnosed during a one year period at different ages. Has that label helped them?
Diagnosis yes, or no?
Some families I know try to avoid a diagnosis. They feel a diagnosis will hold them back, give them a label to carry all their life. Affect their future. After all, what is a label? Years ago, people were quirky here and there.
That family on the corner that had an adult child that never left home.
That fellow at the local store, there was something about him that never let him get a better job and now he’s 50.
Does a diagnosis really help? Well that is debatable. And I don’t think there is a right and wrong here.
In general I think society is less afraid of labels today than they were years ago. There are services available now that there were not before. As more and more are diagnosed with this growing disability more services are coming out. In 1990 this disability was so rare it was 1 in 10,000, the last statistics have shown this now to be 1 in 50. How could this happen in such a short time is frightening! WHY this has exploded in such a short time is an even more frightening question. The answer which we are afraid to know!
But are we less afraid of the disability?
Autism is a frightful thing. To see a child banging his head against the floor and wall until his head is bleeding, is a frightful thing to watch. Uncontrollable tantrums are also frustrating. Bowel issues can be a problem that never seems to have an answer. Hugging your child, only to have him recoil can be a blast to a mothers confidence like no other. Who ever said motherhood was not, a martyrdom?
Senses out of order- what autism looks like
Can you imagine having a pain in your foot, but you feel the pain in your knee and can’t explain it? Can you imagine having your skin crawl like ants are under it, but not be able to see them?
That is what it can be like with autism. Senses all out of order.
It is a whole body illness, Mental and physical.
Add to this many children do not have the communication skills to tell you about these odd pains.
Can you imagine if every time you hugged someone it caused you pain? Like shooting pains up and down your arms and a feeling of suffocation. Again, a child with limited language not understanding why this would hurt, looks more confused and instead avoids hugs. In the 50’s doctors blamed cold mothers for this, this lie continues to persist today in some outdated doctors and people. This reaction is instead hypersensitive touch sensors that are out of order, and cause pain when they shouldn’t.
Or what about this: a child has refused to use the toilet – gets really upset if they try to get them to have a bowel movement on the toilet. He will often run and hide when he has to go. Or he goes in odd places, like in the tub. This will be mistaken for a discipline problem, but in reality it is not.
Think of a child with autism as a person living in a strange country. They don’t understand the language and they don’t understand the feelings they have in their body.
Have you ever been constipated? The pain. Clenching your teeth perhaps.
Can you imagine being constipated when young, for years, not knowing the reason but every time you have that urge, it causes intense pain? Instead of a child recognizing how to describe this, he instead develops an intense fright of toilets since his young reasoning is off, and thinks the toilet is the cause. It just seems like discipline problems. Going in the tub is easier for him too.
Or what about the child, that keeps biting his fingers until they are raw, and you don’t know why. Only later to realize that his fingers are numb, again the touch sensors are hypo-sensitive, almost like being asleep.
Or the child that bangs his head constantly. You don’t know why though it’s frightening only to discover this child is having headaches sinus pain or numbness in his head.
This is just a sample of how autism looks. And how much of a puzzle it can be. It can look an awful lot like mental illness at times. Other times it can look like demonic possession! Which likely leads to people’s fright of it.
But this is an example of how autism is so metabolic. It often involves constipation, which is an indication of bowel issues and gut problems. Did you know that celiac kids can have symptoms autism-like symptoms ? Isn’t that interesting? Celiac is a disease of the gut!
The Autism answer?
So do we have an answer? Well obviously not, though we are all searching. Do we have some clues, yes.
1. Increasing evidence of vaccines are either causing some cases, or at least weakening the immune systems of a whole population that at least should be investigated. When a pharmaceutical industry has become more interested in profits than good science we must always be suspicious.
2. In the 60s our wheat supply was genetically modified to such a degree that today there are no original wheat grains from bible times. This is another clue to the increase in gluten intolerance, and perhaps a clue to the rise in autism. While the medical profession is still not caught up to this science, removing wheat in autism is a must for improvement.
3. The increase in celiac and gluten intolerance is on the rise like no other. This is a clue that our health is very much dependent upon a good gut. A good gut gives us a good immune system strong against invading diseases and toxins. We must remove the toxins we are aware of like wheat, at least on a trial. Then move to a more balanced, natural diet overall.
4. Deficiencies are rampant, also possibly from the damaged gut, but must be looked at. Every vitamin or mineral deficiency brings with it a host of symptoms all it’s own. Great importance must be given to improving the deficiencies with supplementation and testing.
5. Faith is a must to get through each day. Stop asking God why, and start telling God thank you for giving you this child to take care of.
Thank you for allowing this special soul into my life.
Thank you for loving me enough God to give me this extra cross to carry.
Thank you God for knowing that with you I will have the strength and courage to carry it.
Stay with me, O Lord, that I might always love you and do your will.
Do you have a child with autism or know someone with autism? Share with me your thoughts!
©Copyright 2013 Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.
Rita is a Catholic wife and mother of seven children. Mark is her ever patient husband. She reverted back to the faith when her oldest was making her First Communion. By then, she had completed degrees in Hairdressing and Make up artistry. She went on to receive a degree in Natural Health and another degree in Art. At age 26, Rita suffered a minor stroke. With no lasting effects, this dramatically changed her outlook on life. In 1996, Rita began ‘Little Flowers Family Apostolates’ to reach out to other families with her new found faith, by creating unique Catholic books and resources.. In 1999, she wrote the bestselling, ‘Immodesty; Satan’s Virtue’. She was editor of ‘The Catholic Health Letter’ for 7 years. She has been a homeschooling mom for 20+ years, and has written for various magazines. She is honored that families have trusted her with their questions, needs and concerns over the years. She continues to write and reach out to Catholic families with her husband, Mark and their 4 boys through http://www.LittleFlowersFamilyPress.com