Note from Team GR: Concerned your child may have autism? Know the signs straight from our autism specialist!
Written by Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, M.D.
The most current numbers for Autism is 1 in 42 boys. That is, of all the boys born in the UNITED STATES this year, in 2-3 years, 1 in 42 boys will be diagnosed with autism. Girls fare better than boys, 1 in 189. Together, that puts us at 1 in 68 children have the diagnosis of autism – assuming the numbers do NOT increase further! Now consider this. About 4,000,000 children will be born in the United States this year. Divide that by 68, and you get about 58,000 cases of autism that will be diagnosed in the next 2-4 years (takes a while to get an appointment, no wonder!).
What is Autism?
Autism IMPAIRS a child’s ability to respond to his or her environment in a typical fashion. This manifests early on, usually before the age of 3. My top 6 signs of autism are the following:
1. Language: failure to acquire language, loss of language, loss of understanding language
2. Stereotypy or more commonly called, stimming. Usually seen as abnormal hand movements that are repetitive and non-purposeful. These children may also have flapping or rocking motions
3. Poor eye contact and avoids social interactions
4. Interests can really become restricted, obsessed, and repetitive
5. Abnormal toy play, imaginative toy play just does not develop
6. Tantrums, aggression, and disrupted sleep
In addition, we often find these children have altered gastro-intestinal function such as constipation, diarrhea, and chronic bowel inflammation. They can have multiple food allergies, reflux, and self-limited diets. Many children may have impairment of their immune system and suffer from multiple ear infections, sinus infections, or upper respiratory infections.
The good news is that many of the issues listed above are TREATABLE and reversible. I have found treating what we call co-morbid “diseases,” that is, medical conditions that often accompany autism, that the actual features of autism diminish. This translates into better language development, better moods, happy with transitions, and an overall joy to be around! The children become reachable, teachable, and more like their peers. I know, with working with my own son, it is a lot of work! But I can assure you, it is definitely worth it!
About the Author:
Dr Jerry Kartzinel is Board Certified pediatrician and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He specializes in the recovery of neurodevelopmental, chronic neuro-inflammatory diseases, and hormonal dysfunctions. After receiving his medical degree at St Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in pediatric medicine in the Air Force. Following Desert Storm, Dr. Kartzinel practiced general pediatrics in private practice for 10 years until his fourth boy was diagnosed with Autism.
A nationally recognized speaker and New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Kartzinel has presented medical interventions that work to improve the lives of his patients who suffer from many types of medical conditions that include: autism, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, sleep cycle disruptions, and hormonal imbalances. He regularly teaches Continuing Medical Educations courses on children’s health issues to physicians and other health professionals. His clinical approach is to treat the whole patient by carefully obtaining a full and complete history and based on this history, obtaining very detailed laboratory evaluations. Individualized plans are implemented integrating the very latest medical interventions that include both traditional and complimentary medicine approaches.