Yes_or_noBy Mark Blaxill

We’ve heard some extraordinary statements in the last week. For the first time in any of our lifetimes, autism has become an active issue in a Presidential campaign, to the point that the major campaigns have all developed an autism policy statement. In questions posed directly to the campaigns (in two cases by A-CHAMP) and to the candidates (in one case by a mother in a town hall meeting), we’ve learned that we have a clear consensus among the three leading candidates about the answer to a simple question.

Question: Do you believe there is an autism epidemic in the United States?

Barack Obama: “Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United Sates and, perhaps the world.. One in 150 children is diagnosed with ASD. These numbers can not be explained solely by increased awareness or changes to the diagnostic criteria. It is a health crisis and I will act accordingly.”

Hillary Clinton: “Yes. Today, one in 150 children are diagnosed with autism, for a total of about 25,000 each year. In sum, about 1.5 million Americans and their families are affected by autism today. This national health crisis is costing the United States at least $35 billion each year.”

John McCain: “It's indisputable that (autism) is on the rise amongst children, the question is what's causing it. And we go back and forth and there's strong evidence that indicates that it's got to do with a preservative in vaccines.”

But if you pose the same question to the CDC, here is the answer you find on their web-site.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “While, it is clear that more children than ever before are being classified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder, it is unclear how much of this increase is due to changes in how we identify and classify ASDs in people, or whether this is due to a true increase in prevalence.”

The evidence on this question is not ambiguous; it only appears so to the public health bureaucracy. But no matter what other direction you’re coming from—if you’re asking for change, if you’re asking for experience in fighting for health care, if you’re asking for straight talk and integrity in government—the answer is breathtakingly simple.

Autism is a national health crisis and we need to do something about it.

Mark Blaxill is Editor at Large for Age of Autism.


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That Hillary Clinton finishes her comment with the monetary cost of Autism is disturbing. What about the lives of families? The lives of the children? I'm tired about hearing about money....from the schools and from the government. These kids need help (which I KNOW costs money) but future cases need to prevented and the brakes must be put on this crazy vaccination schedule. Obama sounds like he has a clue, McCain clearly gets it, and Hillary....well...she's basically just got the numbers right.

Tim Kasemodel


I love the last paragraph tying all the candidates slogans into united opposition to ridiculous CDC propaganda.

Last fall the Minnesota legislature finally decided to look at autism by having a 2 hour autism hearing.........2 hours. Unbelievable.

A moron from the Mayo clinic came up and gave the typical "we are finding the background level of autsim" speech. I had two questions for him - If we are so better at diagnosing, why are there half as many 18 year olds born in 1989 than 10 year olds from 1997? He said it's because the older kids were missed and slipped through the cracks (insert Scooby Doo "uooOOH?" here). Apparently the kids born in 1997 got the "best of the best of the best" of the better diagnosing.

I then asked him if the 1 in 80 rate of 10 year olds, which is actually 1 in 50 boys, is the background rate, did he actually believe that 1 in 50 adult men had autism to which he said yes.

I do not think very many of the commmitee members were convinced. I actually heard many questions that directly challenged the CDC line and that is encouraging.

Thanks for all your postings - love them and keep it up!


Diane Farrr

I'm trying to not be overly optimistic; maybe I'm having a bad day. I can't count the times, in the last five years, that I was hopeful for change. I thought the Simpsonwood papers would blow everything to pieces.

I'm afraid we are going to be silenced very soon. The candidates all had their responses. You can bet that their strategist are keeping the breaks on the subject. I'm sure they will divert our attention to something safer like, abortion. Our news agencies have to look after the bottom-line; this will prevail over a story of this nature. I'm sure they are being told, "look do you want to be responsible for children dying"? They will stop there and not do any further research.

We know they will keep coming up with studies that support mercury until we are all blue in the face with mercury poisoning. We will keep giving them different studies. We still are dealing with the majority and the majority thinks that if you do not vaccinate you will die. The majority fears death and will take asthma, alzheimers's, allergies, and autism as an alternative.

I am very against mercury and am sickened that they are actually telling us it is good for you. Do we really think the vaccines are going to be safer with aluminum instead? My organization just recently sponsored a four hour lecture with Dr. Stephen Marini. He gave us compelling reasons not to vaccinate and it was all about the immune system and the patterns of interference with vaccines. The audio lectures are available to the public at

We have more ammunition than just mercury. We need to pull out the bigger guns and the immune system is maybe our answer.


"Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “While, it is clear that more children than ever before are being classified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder, it is unclear how much of this increase is due to changes in how we identify and classify ASDs in people, or whether this is due to a true increase in prevalence.”

This organisation is the only one - besides Big Pharma and Big Media (and of course Autism Speaks) - that cannot see the increase. I think its time they stepped outside of themselves and *see* just how ridiculous that sounds. How much lower do they want their credibility to sink before common sense does?

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