ADHD and autism is on the rise

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ADHD on the Rise(NaturalHealth365) Recently, the dramatic rise in ADHD and autism among children has made national headlines. Shockingly, the number released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was, 1 in 88 children born today will be diagnosed with autism. But, are those the real numbers or are they much higher?

What the CDC did not make evident was that the numbers they reported, at the end of March 2012, was from data collected in 2008. In truth, the numbers were already four years old!

Furthermore, the CDC’s calculation is based on the number of children who are enrolled in the “Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network”. These estimates from the ADDM Network are based on data collected from health and special education records of children living in just 14 areas of the United States during 2008. Keep in mind, it is not the entire state, simply communities within those states.

Also note, that populous states such as California, New York and Texas are not even part of the calculation.

According to, their current calculation shows that the actual number may really be 1 in 54. The CDC is in the middle of collecting data for years 2010-2012 from areas in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin. To find out more information about the work being done in each of the areas, visit – the CDC website.

Is ADHD being ignored by the mainstream media?

In January of 2013, a current figure was released for ADHD but this number did not get quite the publicity coverage that autism did. According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, the number of newly diagnosed children with ADHD rose 24 percent from 2001 to 2010. The study confirmed that boys were three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls and found higher family incomes also were associated with the likelihood of ADHD diagnosis. While the CDC shows that children who are on Medicaid are also more likely to be diagnosed.

ADHD is now the most common behavioral problem in children, affecting more than four million school-age kids nationwide. Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina have the highest prevalence of children diagnosed with ADHD in the United States.

”Behavior” medication usage is on the rise – is there an alternative?

Not surprisingly, the use of stimulant drugs prescribed to children with ADHD also increased from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007.

Natural alternatives to treating both ADHD and autism exist. Changes in diet; eliminating artificial colors and using supplements such as omega-3 and zinc are recommended by the University of Maryland Medical Center as alternative strategies to help with ADHD and autism. Interactive metronome; music therapy; bio-feedback and neuroacoustic therapy have also shown promising results.

In my practice, the use of CEASE Therapy along with diet, REBA, GcMAF, supplements and a variety of other options are used to help children with ADHD and Autism with wonderful results. Each child is different so there is not a one size fits all plan for alternative approaches. Just as a physician prescribing stimulant medications would need to find the right stimulant and the right dosage for your child, not every complementary approach will work the same for every child. Don’t give up! With your perseverance, your child can make lifelong improvements.

About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on

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  • Dawn W.

    Wow – I had no idea how the number was calculated. It does seem like the numbers are much higher than 1 in 88 just judging by the children in my child’s classroom in California. But then again, California was not included in the calculation.

  • Sandy

    Good article and important information. What is the cause of the drastic increase of these conditions?

  • Julie Ostoich

    There is research from Greece (2012) showing that radio frequency (RF) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) disrupt the manufacture of over 140 proteins necessary for brain function. Cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, DECT (cordless phones) and now smart meters are just some of the many sources of this pollution. I am electro-hypersensitive and fighting our utility company in Sacramento, California over the mandate of smart meters and other digital meters that use a switching mode power supply (SMPS). SMPS creates High Frequency Voltage transients that are transmitted onto the customers wiring circuits. This is also known as dirty electricity (DE) and is also harmful – linked to cancer and more.
    My son has ADD. Our utility company installed a pre-smart meter (Itron digital transmitting meter) on our home in February 2007 without my permission. I knew nothing about any of this back then. This unit is located on the wall just outside and near my son’s bedroom window – a few feet away from the head of his bed. My son was in the 3rd grade when this happened. His teacher described him as bright, intelligent, gifted and talented and recommended him for an advanced educational program. When school resumed in the fall of 2007, my son entered the 4th grade. He suddenly refused to write, saying, “I can’t”. No one believed him. From then on, things snowballed and he still is dysfunctional and struggling. He was diagnosed with ADD in his 6th grade year (finally). We changed schools and did private tutoring for a year and a half. This provided limited help. We also tried home schooling last year. He is currently in 9th grade and failing across the board. I refuse to medicate him with the dangerous drugs being pushed on kids and have encountered great resistance and pressure. We also do diet modification and supplements. We don’t vaccinate either. That meter is still on our house and transmitting RF bursts constantly (every 30 seconds/24 hrs/day/365 days/yr). Smart meters are even worse and transmit more than 3,000 bursts/day – that’s like a machine gun scattering RF at every cell in your body continuously. Our house is small and there is no alternative room for him to go to. We are all suffering from this, even the pets. There is no place to go – every house and apartment in the neighborhood and city has one or more of these devices forced on them as well. It is a sea of electro-smog. Smart meters are not safe or green. They are harming all life. Human health is being sacrificed on the altar of technology. I can choose not to have a cell phone, Wi-Fi or use a microwave, but I am not allowed to refuse a smart meter. This is wrong. The grid upgrade doesn’t have to be this way. It could be done safely, but safety isn’t in the budget. We must fight to change this. Learn the truth about smart meters and fight for your life! I truly believe that RF, EMF and DE are all culprits in the epidemic of ADD/ADHD, dementia and more. My 25 cents…

  • Julie Ostoich

    BTW, I learned about the digital meter on our home after the fact (last year) via a public information request. After learning this, I connected the dots to my son’s issues and my own health symptoms that I believe are related to the ‘unsmart’ meters.

  • Roy Dittman

    Great article! Many children are not diagnosed until they are 3. In the case of mild autism (formerly called Asperger’s), many children (such as my son) are not diagnosed until 5 or 6, if at all. That means that the autism rate for children being born today will not be fully realized for another 5 years. If we expect to interrupt this trend, we must educate today to protect those yet to be born. Thank you Sima for all that you do for the autistic community!

  • Sima

    Sandy – there are many factors that contribute to autism. But I think the biggest factor is GMO foods that are altering our DNA and the way our bodies excrete toxins. For other factors, please see the earlier blog post and I will also include other contributing factors in further blog posts.

    Hope this helps,

  • Claudia

    I came across this article through a friend and I feel compelled to share something very valuable. I’m working with a new health technology that is based on the science of Redox Biochemistry. The product’s called ASEA and is the first supplement containing perfectly balanced Redox Signaling Molecules which are native to the body and are vital to promote healing and restore homeostasis on the molecular level. Also ASEA has shown in studies to increase the activity of the body’s own antioxidants like Glutathione, SOD and Catalase by over 500%. This is one of the reasons why many children with Autism and other mental disorders like ADD and ADHD have already been helped to the point of being normal again by taking ASEA. It is truly amazing!
    If you want to know more please contact me, I would be happy to help!

  • Lisa Michelson

    Great work Sima. Shortly after you posted this article, I saw this article from the LA times stating that autism is now at 1 in 50,0,4801274.story and this article from the New York Times saying that ADHD is now 11% and guess what even those with minor symptoms are being prescribed medication. Thank you for all you do.