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Posted by Heartbroken on August 21, 2000 at 17:35:32:

In Reply to: One definition comes from Dr. Goldberg - not autism but a disease (medical thus potentially curable) posted by Yvonne on August 21, 2000 at 15:25:16:

: :As with most people who think they're onto something, he feels that his definition is the one. Maybe it is. He feels that the new autism epidemic isn't autism at all but a disease, an auto-immune dysfunction. You can check this out on his website, www.neuroimmunedr.com. It seems to be the only answer that makes sense for kids like my daughter, who started out normal and regressed after 2 years, after tons of language, sentences, eye contact - all gone. What else could it be? A time-delayed gene????


My son also did not show symptoms until after he was two. He was already answering questions and was talking. He was very socially engaging. In fact, shortly after he turned two, I had more than one person comment on how well he was talking for a child his age. Then, a few months later, his language started to decrease and he started to avoid loved family members (except for me, thank God) and stopped responding when we called his name.

This is why it is so hard for me to accept. Someone needs to explain how this happened to him. This is a terrible disease and if it is increasing in numbers, then it needs to be defined and there needs to be a planned course of treatment for these children other than special education.

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