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Autism spares amish

 
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Autism spares amish
While autism cases rise,amish remain unaffected.
Something to think about. [link to en.wikipedia.org]

[edit] Amish anomaly

An apparent anomaly among Amish populations was reported in 2005. Although a formal study has not yet been conducted, efforts to assess the prevalence of autism in the Amish community turned up only a very few cases. About 22,000 Amish live in Lancaster County, yet only three or four Amish with autism have turned up thus far in an informal survey of Lancaster County, whereas dozens would be expected at the 1-in-166 prevalence in society at large. "You'll find all the other stuff, but we don't find the autism," according to Dr. Frank Noonan, a Lancaster County family doctor, adding "We're right in the heart of Amish country and seeing none."[citation needed]

In June, 2005, William F. Raub, of the Department of Health and Human Services, suggested the possibility of launching studies of the Amish in response reports of a low prevalence of autism in that community.[31]

Since vaccinations are virtually unheard of in the Amish, these preliminary findings have sparked further speculation about the vaccine-autism link. However, note is made of potential for substantial confounding with other aspects of Amish lifestyle and genetic homogeneity.
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Don't the Amish live rather naturally, grow the foods they eat and use natural materials to build their houses and buildings? So may they also not be exposed to so many chemicals as modern Americans? Just wondering?????

What about other people who live in remote areas, like natives in the Amazon or Aborigines, or just people who live un-modern lives and are not exposed to so many chemicals?

Is vaccination the only suspect?
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My first reaction is the use of plastics. The Amish do not use plastic ANYTHING.
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right. and plastic = crude oil
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A rural life is far less complex then life in the city.

People with Autism, well high functioning Autism could easily live in rural areas which have less noise and distractions without being noticed as being different

Also social life is far more structured with arranged relationships and a small community.
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The amish are German by descent, so there is no genetic predisposition involved.

They do not vaccinate and that is key.

I am not sure if in their farming they use chemical or natural fertilizers though.

I do see Amish kids eating ice cream and candy, so they are not that isolated.

I think its more along the lines of injecting things like mercury, aluminum, chicken embryo tissue, and other disgusting contaminants into healthy humans that short circuits the brain.

Brain activity is electro-chemical.
Whaddya think mercury and aluminum do to electrical conduction?
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GODDAMN those witch doctors and their vaccinations.

GODDAMN THEM TO HELL
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A rural life is far less complex then life in the city.

People with Autism, well high functioning Autism could easily live in rural areas which have less noise and distractions without being noticed as being different

Also social life is far more structured with arranged relationships and a small community.
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Exactly so. And doesn't it all depend on definitions? And who is doing the defining? These are additional confounding factors that don't appear to have been taken into account. Perhaps the Amish have always, like the rest of the population, had their 'oddballs', eccentrics, recluses etc. and don't chose to define them or put them forward as 'cases'.
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Are you suggesting that the Amish don't go to see medical doctors very much? Maybe they have health people in the community they go to like mid-wives or something? So, maybe these people aren't on the look out for autism in the kids & that might help explain why the autism rates are lower???

A rural life is far less complex then life in the city.

People with Autism, well high functioning Autism could easily live in rural areas which have less noise and distractions without being noticed as being different

Also social life is far more structured with arranged relationships and a small community.



Exactly so. And doesn't it all depend on definitions? And who is doing the defining? These are additional confounding factors that don't appear to have been taken into account. Perhaps the Amish have always, like the rest of the population, had their 'oddballs', eccentrics, recluses etc. and don't chose to define them or put them forward as 'cases'.
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let's all move to AMISHINIA and fine out
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GODDAMN those witch doctors and their vaccinations.

GODDAMN THEM TO HELL
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Slight correction: "....and their FORCED vaccinations."

Have you read the threads on GLP over the last few days concerning the drug company Merck, who wants their brand new cervical cancer vaccine to be MANDATORY? It's an issue in Texas right now, among other places.

Brave new world coming to a town near you...
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VACCINATIONS + TV

autism is a syndrome of neglect
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Don't the Amish live rather naturally, grow the foods they eat and use natural materials to build their houses and buildings? So may they also not be exposed to so many chemicals as modern Americans? Just wondering?????

What about other people who live in remote areas, like natives in the Amazon or Aborigines, or just people who live un-modern lives and are not exposed to so many chemicals?

Is vaccination the only suspect?
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I would say vaccinations are the only universal difference.

While various Amish sects differ in many elements of social interactions and life styles, ie: ("Hook and Loop", Mennonite, Penn Dutch)... whats accecptable, public schools, phones in Barn, tractors.. whatever.. Amish are not as different as Hollywood depicts and they are not organic farmers

Food and water supply is one thing we all share in common, in Mio Mich the Amish shop at Smiths suppermarket with the rest of us ""English".
Thirty years ago, we all shopped at the Amish stores but economics are as much a part of the Amish community asthey are anywhere.





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