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1 in 6 now “developmentally disabled”
If it seems like every kid on the block has something wrong with him, well, you’re not far off: New numbers from the CDC find that 10 million American children — a sixth of all kids in the country — now have some kind of “developmental disability.”
This is a category that’s supposed to include everything from hearing loss to cerebral palsy, but c’mon — you and I both know there’s no hearing loss epidemic.
Despite all those white headphones dangling out of every ear, hearing loss among kids is actually DOWN over the past decade.
No, the real reason for the 17 percent increase in developmental disabilities in just 12 years is due almost entirely to two conditions — and I’m sure you can guess the ones I’m talking about.
Here’s a hint: One’s a complete fabrication… the other is badly over diagnosed.
The fabrication, of course, is ADHD — the “disease” where kids who act up are rewarded with stimulant drugs.
These kids aren’t sick.
They might be inattentive, ill-mannered, hot-headed, hyper, violent, or lazy — but they’re not sick.
These kids need better food, less TV, and an occasional kick in the seat — and any parents willing to provide all three will see a miraculous ADHD “cure” right in front of their eyes.
Autism, on the other hand is very real — and while I have no doubt it’s on the rise, I don’t buy the CDC’s new numbers for a second: The agency now claims the condition is up 300 percent over the past decade.
There’s no bigger backer of the autism community than me, and I’ve got the battle scars to prove it.
But something needs to be said here, and I’m going to say it: The real reason for the dramatic rise in autism spectrum disorders is that they’ve expanded the “spectrum” so much that’s it more like a beach umbrella — and suddenly every child who picks his nose too much is under it.
Let’s stop trying to slap labels on every kid who’s a little bit different — especially when those labels lead to drug prescriptions — and just focus on the ones who really need help for a change.
Being a kid is hard enough as it is.
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