Amish & Autism

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For almost two years now I have completed countless hours of research in autism. I have read numerous articles written by doctors and scientists about the research that has been conducted in autism and about what is on going now as I write. The information has left me stunned numerous times. The information that does not make the news is saddening. America is holding back information, or should I say the government is holding back information to their citizens. Its the kind of information that if it would have made "top news", would have sent the citizens of this country into a frenzy!

Upon my countless hours of research, some of my favorite was reading articles written by British scientists talking about how America is holding back information from their citizens about the causes of autism. Tonight, if I can help anyone that is pregnant, wants to get pregnant, or getting ready to have a baby, that is my goal. I am going to summarize in layman's terms a few things that they do know that causes autism. I hope it will help some of you.

There are two things that cause autism. They are genetics and environmental. I am not going to focus too much on the genetic side of this issue. However, if any of the following are in your family then you have a greater chance of having a child with autism:
  • Autism
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • OCD
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
The chance is even magnified by environmental factors. This is where it all gets very upsetting. We live in a modern day world where we want everything fast and easy. Unfortunately, this modern day world is what is killing our children. Yes, I said killing our children because we are. We are killing them from a neurto-typical life. The environmental factors are way too many to list but it is almost everything that we do in this modern day world.

We all know that it is a fast pace world. We all want nice things and we all think we need to keep up with our neighbors and friends so we have turned into very "greedy" people before we even knew it. With that said, we no longer have homes where the father works and brings in the income while the mom stays home and grows a garden, cans all of her own vegetables and fruits for her family for the whole year, provides a home cooked meal daily, etc. Instead, the moms have to work to keep up in this world and to help her husband provide the income. What has that led too? It has led the American family into buying pre-packaged food that contains so many additives and preservatives in each package that is harming our body, and buying all their vegetables and fruits at the store that was grown with numerous pesticides. Did we have all of these additives in our foods thousands of years ago? No! We didn't even have these in our food a few hundred years ago.
This world has turned in a two family working outside the home household so we there is no time for the simple, safer life.

Doctors now want to make life easier on them and the family that is getting ready to have a baby. Numerous inductions are conducted daily with countless medications that were never given to mothers having babies years ago. Yes, it is nice to have that ultra sound picture too but is it really safe?? 

Another environmental factor that has been very controversial in the news is the debate on shots. Well, if you want my educated opinion, the way America is doing our shot schedule, it is not safe. Let's first look at a few facts.
Any modern day mom now can tell you that our children are getting numerous shots theses days. We are injecting our children with 4-5 shots at a time. Why??? To make this fast pace world just a little bit "healthier" or so they thought.....
Did we inject 20 shots in our children before the age of one thirty years ago???? NO!!! Did we 100 years ago???? NO!!!!  Heaven forbid someone have the chicken pox now!! Well, I had the chicken pox and so did you and we still are alive right??
Have you ever thought about your precious 7 pound new born getting the same shot as a newborn that might weigh 9 pounds. That is a big difference at that age. The shots my kids received are the exact same that yours received at the same age. Did they weigh the same??? No! Shots can be safe but we aren't making them safe. ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL!

The last issue I will discuss tonight that can play a role in the environmental factor related to autism is technology. Yes it is nice to have all the different kinds of cell phones, tablets, lap tops, etc these days. However, it is killing our children.

Every day, we’re swimming in a sea of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) produced by electrical appliances, power lines, wiring in buildings, and a slew of other technologies that are part of modern life. From the dishwasher and microwave oven in the kitchen and the clock radio next to your bed, to the cellular phone you hold to your ear—sometimes for hours each day—exposure to EMR is growing and becoming a serious health threat.
But there’s a huge public health crisis looming from one particular threat: EMR from cellular phones—both the radiation from the handsets and from the tower-based antennas carrying the signals—which studies have linked to development of brain tumors, genetic damage, and other exposure-related conditions.

I have so much more information but it would be enough to write a book and not one post. With that said, over the past two years as I have read all of the research one thought kept recurring in my mind....... I wonder if  the Amish have autism? I bet not!!! I should have been an Amish woman!

This led me to research the amish and autism. To no surprise at all, the Amish DO NOT have autism. It does not surprise me on bit!

Here is a portion of one small article-

When we think of Amish people we think of a simple life, free of modern advancements. Most of us view them as foolish for not using the advantages of convenient technology and even look down on them for not conforming to the norms of mainstream society.  But if we look at the statistics, the Amish are much healthier than the rest of America. They virtually have no cancer, no autism, and rarely get sick. What are they doing different from the rest of America?  Let’s look at some of the things they are doing different 

Why the Amish Don’t Get Sick

The Amish have chosen the traditional wisdom of our ancestors over our “modern” way of living. They live by the practices of past generations. 

1. The Amish Don’t Get Vaccinated.

Did you know that Amish people rarely have any learning disabilities or autism. There have been only 3 cases of autism among the Amish in which the kids got vaccinated.  Instead of crediting their lack of autism to the absence of vaccines, mainstream society credits it to a superior gene that the Amish possess. In spite of constant pressure from the government, the Amish still refuse to vaccinate.  You can read more about the dangers of vaccines

2. The Amish Eat Organic, Locally Grown Food.

The Amish not only avoid prepackaged and processed food, they actually grow all of their food using organic farming methods.  They raise their own animals; their food is natural and gmo free (the dangers of gmo). It’s important to note that they eat seasonal food during the harvest months, and save the rest by canning and fermenting.  Seasonal fruits and vegetables are nutritionally higher in value. They are filled with anti-oxidants that are of great benefit to our health. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals, which helps you stay healthy and young.  Thus, the lack of  ADHD, food allergies and asthma can be undeniably contributed to their diet.

3. The Amish Eat Plenty of Healthy Fats.

The Amish have a very low obesity rate despite their high fat diet. Their eating habits by all means are not low fat. They  eat plenty of butter, meat, eggs, raw dairy. Foods like butter and raw grass fed dairy contains a lot of fat soluble vitamins such as A, E and K2. It’s important to note that Vitamin K2  is very insufficient in modern diets. All that low fat nonsense has depleted our bodies from these essential nutrients. Vitamin K2 is particularly important as it is involved in calcium metabolism. Vitamin K insufficiency leads to many diseases such as cardiovascular disease,  osteoporosis, and even cancer. 

4. The Amish People are Physically Active.

Compared to the overall 31 % obesity rate in America, the Amish only have a 3 percent obesity rate. Since they don’t use cars, or any modern technologies, their level of physical activity is very high: men averaged 18,000 steps a day and women 14,000. They walk a lot and are truly involved in physical labor which reflects in their extremely low rate of cardiovascular diseases.  Accodring to David R. Bassett, Ph.D., FACSM, a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville,  “The Amish were able to show us just how far we’ve fallen in the last 150 years or so in terms of the amount of physical activity we typically perform. Their lifestyle indicates that physical activity played a critical role in keeping our ancestors fit and healthy.”

5. The Amish Live Stress Free Lives

Stress is probably the number one culprit to our health problems. When you are stressed, your cortisol levels get elevated which is extremely dangerous for your health in the long run.  Health problems associated with stress include heart disease, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances,  high blood sugar levels, elevated cholesterol and obesity. 
The Amish live in a stress free community. They live slow paced, patient lifestyles.  They don’t compete with each other; they created a egalitarian community for themselves where their lifestyles are based on equality, cooperation and harmony.
The Amish live the same way they lived 300 years ago and we can definitely can learn some lessons from them. They live toxic, free self sustainable lives. They are not plagued with various diseases and they are much healthier than the rest of America. 

I told my family I wanted us to all switch to the Amish way of life...... I wish I could! I would in a heartbeat! I think we have a lot to learn from the Amish but unfortunately, they are often criticized in this world. I truly believe they are the smart ones in this world.