Honestly, I think you can find a study that will say anything? Is coffee good or bad for you? What about the sun? Skin cancer versus vitamin D deficiency?
So when I read articles like this, I don't automatically jump to bad conclusions.
Increased diagnosis are reported in all of these areas.
Are we better at diagnosing things or is there just more of all of the above?
The following New York Times article written by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, author of An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases, discusses a connection between what they call the diseases of immune dysregulation (aka celiac) and autism. According to the article,
One large Danish study, which included nearly 700,000 births over a decade, found that a mother’s rheumatoid arthritis, a degenerative disease of the joints, elevated a child’s risk of autism by 80 percent. Her celiac disease, an inflammatory disease prompted by proteins in wheat and other grains, increased it 350 percent. Genetic studies tell a similar tale. Gene variants associated with autoimmune disease — genes of the immune system — also increase the risk of autism, especially when they occur in the mother.
The article goes on to consider why we are so prone to inflammatory disorders, hypothesising that it is due to microbial deprivation; aka a lack of parasites in our modern sterile environments.
Being a mother of someone who has celiac disease, I am always asking why?
When we were diagnosed almost eight years ago, the doctor's told me celiac disease was a "rare" condition. Now it seems that everyone is going gluten free?
I am not an expert and have no idea what is going on, but clearly something has changed in our world. What do you think?