Archive for October, 2006

AUTISM AND TV – FACT OR FICTION

Friday, October 20th, 2006

The following is from the actual researcher's paper: 

 "As a final point, although as discussed our results do not definitively prove that early childhood television watching is an important trigger for autism, we believe our results provide sufficient support for the possibility that until further research can be conducted it might be prudent to act as if it were. In other words, maybe there should be additional emphasis placed on the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatricians that early childhood television watching should be eliminated or at the very least quite limited (as discussed in footnote 3, the current recommendation is that there should be no television watching before the age of two and no more than one to two hours per day for older children). We see little downside in taking this step and a very large upside if it turns out that television indeed causes autism.

FACT OR FICTION:

This is what I saw and read on the internet:

TV Really Might Cause Autism Slate exclusive: findings from a new Cornell study.

By Gregg Easterbrook

Last month, I speculated in Slate that the mounting incidence of childhood autism may be related to increased television viewing among the very young. The autism rise began around 1980, about the same time cable television and VCRs became common, allowing children to watch television aimed at them any time. Since the brain is organizing during the first years of life and since human beings evolved responding to three-dimensional stimuli, I wondered if exposing toddlers to lots of colorful two-dimensional stimulation could be harmful to brain development. This was sheer speculation, since I knew of no researchers pursuing the question.


Today, Cornell University researchers are reporting what appears to be a statistically significant relationship between autism rates and television watching by children under the age of 3. The researchers studied autism incidence in California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington state. They found that as cable television became common in California and Pennsylvania beginning around 1980, childhood autism rose more in the counties that had cable than in the counties that did not. They further found that in all the Western states, the more time toddlers spent in front of the television, the more likely they were to exhibit symptoms of autism disorders.

The Cornell study represents a potential bombshell in the autism debate. "We are not saying we have found the cause of autism, we are saying we have found a critical piece of evidence," Cornell researcher Michael Waldman told me. Because autism rates are increasing broadly across the country and across income and ethnic groups, it seems logical that the trigger is something to which children are broadly exposed. Vaccines were a leading suspect, but numerous studies have failed to show any definitive link between autism and vaccines, while the autism rise has continued since worrisome compounds in vaccines were banned. What if the malefactor is not a chemical?

Tag is tagged again…More comments on this school children’s issue.

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

The news is once again on this playground issue of tag.  More schools relieving the children of active playful games known to many.  With the rising epidemic of childhood obesity, diabetes, allergies, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety and with the great usage of psychostimulants and psychopharma-modifiers in children, one might think that fresh air, exercise, and playground interaction would be a positive routine.  But, again, my belief is that an accidental injury is another's financial gain through the limitless tort actions, and attempts to obtain financial gain from such incidents.  This type of thinking is harming our children.  What can you do today to infuse some commonsense into the role models of the schools regarding these issues.  Be active.  Help the kids. These ideas, though politically correct and possibly legally proper, are toxins and poisons to our children's minds, bodies, and spirts.

 

 

Recently I heard a report that one school in Washington state eliminated "tag" from the school playground…other schools have done so also, I understand and….meanwhile maybe played with supervision…who? Teachers, parents, playground monitors…adults…all the eyes watching the children gain weight, offer judgement on kid issues, and seeing increasing unhealthy children in the Nation……….tag you're it…..walk johnny, don't run…walk johnny, take this drug for your hyperactivity, walk johnny and we'll get some fast food…..walk johnny….johnny can only walk….tag the disease