Sunday, November 17, 2019

Comments by Autism Rights

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  • I can’t leave a reply next to your latest reply, but you still fail to retract your statement:-

    `I would suggest that any toxicity to the environment doesn’t compare with the toxicity of psychiatric drugs used in standard practice. `

    As someone who has a great deal of knowledge about environmental toxins, I can tell you that you are deeply ignorant if you think that any psychiatric drug is close to being as toxic as mercury or PCBs. You are talking nonsense. There is real science showing the neurological damage that continues to be done by these toxins. Read a few reports – such as the TENDR review.

  • What utter tosh. Lead was taken out of petrol (gas) some decades ago in the UK, precisely because it was linked to `hyperactivity` in children. Lead is toxic to the brain – and mercury is 1,000 times more toxic than lead – and it’s used in vaccines and in amalgam fillings in teeth.

    Whilst I am very much in support of MiA’s campaigning journalism, you have to be careful of hyperbole. There are those who are not `mentally ill` because they’ve been parked on psychotropic drugs for years, or had an adverse reaction to these drugs, or suffered childhood trauma – some people appear to be `mentally ill` because of real physical illness that is simply not being investigated or treated.

    Don’t undermine a perfectly good campaign by making false claims. Even the WHO and UN publish reports that recognise the damage that environmental toxins cause to the bodies and brains of children.

  • Yes, the Nature versus Nurture argument has been around for a very long time, but the genetics argument has supplanted this. Using epigenetics to reinstate those arguments is crucial to enabling the wider public and the political classes to see that genetics-based research is not in and of itself scientifically valid. Sharna’s article is absolutely excellent in its analysis of these issues. There are obvious medical illnesses that can present as `mental illness`, such as Urinary Tract Infections in the elderly, and it is quite astounding how often these basic medical illnesses are misdiagnosed by psychiatrists, in spite of the advice from the Royal College of Psychiatrists that their members should refer patients on to clinical specialists.There is basic incompetence as well as corruption.

    For all those sceptical of the utility of the epigenetic arguments, please check out the CHE’s 2008 Scientific Consensus Statement on Environmental Agents Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders:-
    http://www.healthandenvironment.org/initiatives/learning/r/consensus
    Treating Autism has also put together a fantastic booklet, which gives extensive references to research that backs the assertion made by Sharna that the brain has `plasticity` and that people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders can be treated to improve their overall health and their behavioural and mental functioning – with dietary and nutritional treatments, not psychotropic drugs:-
    http://treatingautism.co.uk/resources/research-science/

    If activists are not prepared to look at the evidence that supports both psychological and medical origins of apparent `mental illness` or `mental disorder`, then they are depriving the movement to reform the mental illness industry of effective campaigning tools and abandoning people with `mental disorder`, such as those with ASD, who are currently included in mental health legislation, irrespective of whether or not they have a `mental illness`.