Autism is like Alzheimer’s?

Think about that for a little bit.

Done?

The same people who tell us time and time again that death is better than autism is now telling us that autism is like Alzheimer’s disease. Sure, they slapped on the qualifier “4 many,” but how much is many? Too many, sadly.

Do I need to compare and contrast these two things? I hope not.

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9 thoughts on “Autism is like Alzheimer’s?

  1. If they really mean that Alzheimer’s is the opposite of autism then that would be closer to the truth

  2. I once made the mistake of perusing the “parenting autistic children” section of the local bookstore (both I and my son are autistic). I picked up one book and the back said “finding out your child is autistic is the most devastating diagnosis a parent can hear.”
    Erm, how about no, my son and I are both perfectly fine (he lives with his dad), and nice to insinuate autism is worse than leukemia, tay-sachs, muscular dystrophy, and a multitude of other things parents have to face. It’s repugnant to even suggest such a thing really.

  3. So they’re saying that people with autism have symptoms similar to dementia, including severe memory loss and confusion, and which get progressively worse over time? I think there are more than a few autistic people (and their families, support providers, etc.) who would beg to differ.

    • There was a time when I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to them not thinking twice about what they write. But they know better. They always try to piggyback on other stuff to bring attention to their cause. Alzheimer’s has nothing to do with autism. (Someone explained it to me that if the brain is a radio, autism makes the radio tune into stations and frequencies that are different than those a neurotypical radio would tune into. The radio works fine otherwise. On the other hand, Alzheimer’s means that the radio’s wiring is worn out, preventing signals to be tuned at all, and will eventually fail.)

      • Yeah, they are rather shameless self-promoters trying to use anyone else’s cause to shine the light on themselves. Whether it’s efforts to combat Alzheimer’s disease or working to rescue girls taken prisoner by militant a-holes in Africa, it has to be all about them.

        • Anytime there is a joyful holiday…the crepe hangers at AoA post their Debbie Downer articles.

          Anytime there is a national tragedy or a National Day of remembrance, depend that the AoA gang indulge in their pity parties….because everyone know having an autistic child is the worst thing to happen to them.

          Children dying from cancer? Their autistic children died in front of them, immediately after receiving a vaccine.

          Gawd almighty, they are horrible people.

    • No. Cure=alt med to treat faux vaccine injury.

      That bit may have been written by Kim Stagliano. Let’s give an example–She was criticized for promoting OSR#1, an alt-med “treatment” for autism. Her take is that the criticism is because people don’t want her to cure her children.

      What is OSR#1, you may ask? A synthetic compound intended to chelate mining waste. It was sold as a “supplement” How one supplements one’s intake of a substance which didn’t exist until 5 years ago is left unexplained. Was it tested for safety? Well the guy selling it dumped some in a goldfish bowl and the fish didn’t die. That’s equal to a phase III clinical trial, isn’t it?

      AoA has also promoted chelation (based on the failed idea that autism is mercury poisoning), HBOT (based on the idea that autism is caused by oxidative stress, so you should increase the amount of oxygen in your blood), and more along these lines. When they are criticized for subjecting disabled children to poorly thought out “therapies”, they cry, “you don’t want me to cure my child”. (a) the therapies don’t work and (b) they are potentially harmful and (c) they are largely untested.

      A cure doesn’t exist. Who knows what the future will bring, but wasting time fighting over whether she can or can’t cure her children is sad.

      But it’s the AoA theme. They promote (A) we are winning, we are warriors and (B) we are victims, crushed by the man. All at the same time.

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