Articles by David Rowland
David Rowland is the foremost expert in holistic nutrition, author of 12 highly acclaimed health publications, innovator and publisher of Nutritiapedia®, creator of NutriBody® assessment, founder of The Canadian Nutrition Institute and the Edison Institute of Nutrition.
A NEED TO REDEFINE AUTISM
Currently, one in 59 children (1.7%) are being diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). During the 1960s, one in 250 (0.4%) were diagnosed with autism. This apparent 420% increase in reported cases is largely due to misdiagnoses occasioned by changing criteria. Phenotype diagnosing has been abandoned in favor of ticking off symptoms on a checklist with minimal understanding of cause and effect. Dissimilar conditions are now being included under a broad ASD umbrella category. This study explains the unique neurophysiological cause of autism, redefines autism in terms of this unique cause, and provides differential diagnostic criteria plus a litmus test that enables you to know for certain if someone suspected of being autistic has been correctly diagnosed.
A NEW DIRECTION FOR AUTISM
At first glance, autism prevalence appears to have increased from 0.62 percent in 2012 to 1.85% in 2020.However, during this same
8-year period there has been no reported increase in prevalence for any of the other disorders listed in the DSM-5. This threefold increase in autism diagnoses coincides with the 2013 creation of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) umbrella category under which are now included a range of confusingly dissimilar conditions. It thus appears that two-thirds of those who have been diagnosed with ASD may not be autistic. If so, then recent research into the genetic causes and risks for autism may be questionable. There is no way of knowing if the correlations researchers are finding are to autism or to other conditions.
AUTISM AS AN INTELLECTUAL LENS
Autism, from the Greek word meaning self, was coined in 1911 by Swiss psychiatrist, Eugen Bleuler, who used it to describe withdrawal into one’s inner world . Autistic children appear to be in a world of their own, isolated and alone, with senses that can overload easily. There is a recently coined word for autism in the Maori language: “takiwātanga”. It means “in his/her own space” .
DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF AUTISM A CAUSAL ANALYSIS
A diagnosis without knowing the cause is merely a label that creates the illusion of understanding. A comprehensive study in JAMA psychiatry strongly suggests that autism is being significantly over diagnosed . Autism now includes a spectrum of conditions of uncertain similarity because professionals are diagnosing by ticking off symptoms on a checklist. Having certain autistic traits is not the same as autism. This situation can be remedied by replacing symptom surveys with differential diagnosis, i.e., distinguishing a specific condition from others that have similar clinical features.
DISCOVERY OF TRAUMA INDUCED AUTISM: Three Case Reports and their Review
Autism is perpetual and unrelenting hyperfocus, the state of intense single-minded concentration fixated on one thing at a time to the exclusion of everything else, including one’s own feelings.
• Hyperfocus appears to be caused by a dysfunctional cingulate gyrus (CG), that part of the brain which focuses attention.
• Forty-four traits caused by hyperfocus are documented in Appendix A.
Until 2018, all my experiences of autism supported the hypothesis that autism is congenital. Although symptoms of autism may not become apparent for several years, the unique neurophysiological anomaly that is autism appears to be present at birth. This was the conclusion I had reached after studying 21 Autistic people, including myself and three family members.
THE BIG BANG NEVER HAPPENED: A Conclusive Argument
For over 100 years, the prevailing belief has been that the universe was created by a big bang singularity. Because of both logical and scientific errors, this speculative event could not possibly have happened.
The big bang idea has become firmly entrenched because of a fundamental scientific error compounded by faulty assumptions, presumptive reasoning, and miscalculations. When these oversights are corrected, we are left with zero evidence supporting any of the suppositions that (a) the universe began from a singularity, (b) galaxies are receding from each other, or (c) we are on a collision course with Andromeda.
THE NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL CAUSE OF AUTISM
The current overly broad definition of autism has launched an epidemic of false diagnoses that include conditions of uncertain similarities. Professionals diagnose by ticking off symptoms on a subjective checklist that has no clear relation to causality. This study firmly establishes that autism has a singular neurophysiological cause that is responsible for all 52 of its documented traits, redefines autism in terms of this unique cause, and provides an objective litmus test whereby you can know for certain if someone suspected of being autistic has been correctly diagnosed.
WHAT EINSTEIN DID NOT CONSIDER ABOUT GRAVITY
In 1916, Albert Einstein published his paper on General Relativity, the geometric theory of gravity . General relativity (GR) states that the force of gravity is associated with the curving/warping of spacetime. GR has become the current description of gravity in modern physics. Unfortunately, GR theory suffers from two fatal flaws: (1) as an abstract (nonphysical) form of mathematics, geometry is incapable of interacting with any physical force (e.g., gravity); and (2) spacetime is a mathematical fiction.