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April 25, 2014 by Emma Bragdon, PhD

Stopping the Autism Epidemic


This year the CDC estimates that one in 68 kids now have symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  A few decades ago it was one in 10,000 kids, according to the Autism Science Foundation.  Putting a stop to this epidemic that is so challenging for children, parents, and schools is becoming imperative for all kinds of reasons.  How are we going to support the kids if they grow to adulthood and still can’t take care of themselves?

New research estimates autism costs society a staggering $126 billion per year (U.S.) – a number that has more than tripled since 2006. Money for programs through the Combating Autism Act seems minimal: only $231 million annually.

A new online course, Possible Cures for Autism, reviews causes and potentials for cures.  The course is now available through the site Integrative Mental Health for You (IMHU).  It became more and more obvious to me as I wrote the curriculum that environmental toxins as well as recreational and pharmaceutical drugs that impact pregnant mothers and babies are in large part to blame.  At least, they play a major role in edging some kids into the zone of learning delays, learning disabilities, and autism.  Fortunately, recent research in integrative healthcare is pointing to some answers.

The 4-module course Possible Cures for Autism presents medical doctor-tested, effective ways to improve symptoms related to the Autism Spectrum…up to date info that is still “off the grid” for the most part.  Participants learn how diet, energy work and spirituality have helped heal Autism.

When: On demand. All of IMHU’s online courses are available to fit your schedule when convenient through its secure learning platform, Ruzuku.

What Happens: Dialogue with facilitator, Emma Bragdon, PhD; watch videos; read a bit; dialogue with other students; and enjoy some comedy and uplifting music!  CEU/CME available.

Another resource launching May 9: The new award-winning film, ‘Unacceptable Levels,’ examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of a father, Ed Brown, seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this documentary Ed interviewed top minds in the fields of science, advocacy and law, and weaves their testimonies into a compelling narrative.

Click for more information and to register for the course: Possible Cures for Autism 

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Emma Bragdon, PhD, is the Founder and Director of the online learning center, Integrative Mental Health for You.  IMHU is an “Excellence Partner” with the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.  IMHU forwards models of care that include and extend beyond the dominant medical model.  Dr Bragdon is the author of 7 published books and co-producer of two documentary films.,

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