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Originally posted by TXMACHINEGUNDLR
Of all the terrible diseases out there autism is low on the list. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s all are much more important.
Disease: any deviation from or interruption of the normal structure or function of any body part, organ, or system that is manifested by a characteristic set of symptoms and signs and whose etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown.
Yes, that is what the medical profession say, but many many autistic people and autistic professionals say differently. How much is caused by the medicines handed our by the big Pharma companies?
You can't chop and change your conspiracies. If you're going to go down the path of accepting conspiracies about Big Pharma and the medical professions and their role in the Swine Flu "pandemic" and in all the pharma conspiracies I've read here, you can't then suddenly decide that in regards to autism, that's all different, and when dealing with autism, those same evil poisoning corporations are absolutely honest and above board.
Many many autistic people believe that we've been lied to regarding the true nature of autism.
Originally posted by thefallenacorn
Actually, you could use a dose of awareness; autism is not a disease.
a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment.
a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ
Most grant proposals, research papers and reviews on autism open with, “Autism is a devastating disorder”. Mine do not.
I am a researcher, clinician and lab director concentrating on the cognitive neuroscience of autism. Eight autistic people have been associated with my group: four research assistants, three students and one researcher.
Their roles have not been limited to sharing their life experiences or performing mindless data entry. They are there because of their intellectual and personal qualities. I believe that they contribute to science because of their autism, not in spite of it.
Everyone knows stories of autistics with extraordinary savant abilities, such as Stephen Wiltshire, who can draw exquisitely detailed urban landscapes from memory after a helicopter tour. None of my lab members is a savant. They are 'ordinary' autistics, who as a group, on average, often outperform non-autistics in a range of tasks, including measures of intelligence.