Autism rate is increasing at a rate faster than evolution can explain

The rate of autism in the 1970s was around 1 child in 10000. Prior to  the 1930s the disease was barely heard of and only a few children, fewer than ten, had even been documented in psychiatric medical records as having any symptoms similar to the autism spectrum symptoms. (Denial/Blaxill, Olmsted)

Around 1999 to 2000 there was a sharp increase in the rate of autism diagnosed. Changes in awareness and/or diagnosis criteria may have some impact on short term changes but the increase in rate from the 1970s is significant. Extrapolating into the future following the recent rate of change in the rate of children diagnosed with autism takes us to an estimated rate of 1 in 34 children in the year 2042. We all need to ask ourselves if now is a better time to try to prevent autism from occurring in our nation’s children or if we should wait until 2042. There are multiple risk factors including specific timing during the infant’s prenatal development, exposure to certain toxins, and nutrient deficiency and/or genetic susceptibility – complex, yes, but complex just takes a little more work to handle.

Autism Rate, U.S., Actual : 1970s-2018, Extrapolated from 2018 to 2042
U.S. Autism Rate Soars to 1 in 59 Children, SafeMinds.org

Improved screening for risk factors of mothers during perinatal and prenatal care and screening of infants and toddlers before symptoms occur could help provide individualized guidance to help reduce known risk factors associated with increased risk of developing autism.

On another website I have a start on self care steps for preventing autism and other chronic illnesses for different stages of life:

This series of pages titled as Step 1, Step 2, etc. is a draft of steps for how to prevent autism or other chronic illnesses:

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Collectivist and Individualist Cultures and long term survival

If the mission is long term survival of the human species and as many other species as possible (because more biodiversity in an ecosystem has been shown to be linked with less harmful pathogens and disease), then it makes sense to take note that the Chinese civilization (a collectivist culture) has already survived as a nation for over 5000 years.

Having made that point I’ll let someone else add more detail: China vs. America; Managing the Next Clash of Civilizations, by Graham Allison, Aug. 15, 2017, Foreign Affairs, Sept/Oct 2017, available online: (https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2017-08-15/china-vs-america)

And for background information a psychology wikia page on the topic is asking for specialist in the field of study to refine the page, but for getting started purposes it provides the basics: Collectivist and Individualist Cultureshttp://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Collectivist_and_individualist_cultures

Trying to change lead into gold or apples into oranges is a waste of time – appreciating the value of differences and building on the strengths of each and recognizing the weaknesses of each might help us all (our great-great-great’s grandchildren) be speaking some language 5000 years from now instead of the planet returning to giant pool of sulfur loving bacteria. In evolutionary terms the sulfur loving bacteria ruled a very long time. They are theorized to be the first form of life to have survived the heat and low oxygen levels of the early volcanic time period of our planet’s history. (sulfur-loving bacteria/ page 16, 1000 Events that Shaped the World, National Geographic Society (U.S.))

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Alkalizing foods refer to the alkalinity after digestion

Fennel seed is a more alkalizing food than many. In general green vegetables and seeds are alkalizing after digestion while animal and dairy products are more acid forming. The pH of the undigested food is not what is being measured. It is a measurement of the ash/chemicals that are produced during digestion that are measured. Lime and lemon juice are acidic but their affect in digestion turns alkalizing.

Lists of alkalizing foods and foods that have more of an acidic effect after digestion: http://www.alkalizingforlife.com/page/page/5128908.htm

A more acidic system may be associated with an increased risk for cancer as cancer cells prefer a more acid environment. During health our bodies are naturally slightly more alkaline than acidic.

Fennel seed is available as a powdered spice. And pomegranate extract of some sort is also available in a capsule form. A capsule would be a small amount compared to a half cup serving of a liquid product but the capsule is dehydrated so it is more concentrated than a liquid juice product.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.