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DAVID KIRBY: IF AUTISM HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US...

HidingBy David Kirby

If autism has always been with us in the same high numbers that we see today -- as some scientists and academics contend -- then we should be able to identify the 1 in 150 adults currently living with autism in places like the US and UK.

With all of the media attention on autism these days, one would think that adults with the disorder would come forward in search of social services, adult education, job training programs, support groups, and other ways that would make their numbers be counted.

Of course, not all adults on the autism spectrum are aware that they have an ASD, and others may not be interested in social services, special education or job training. And of course, many of these services are woefully lacking or unavailable to adults with autism.

But still, by any currently available measure, there appear to be far more people under the age of 18 with autism than there are adults with the disorder.

Anecdotally, this is supported by the fact that, when researchers set out to study adults with autism, they often have a difficult time recruiting enough subjects to complete their investigation. One study, proposed by researchers at the University of California at San Diego, had to be cancelled for lack of participants, even though they had conducted outreach through community resources, the internet, local media and advertising.

This idea is also supported statistically by recent data from the Public Health Institute of Scotland, which conducted an audit of services for people with ASD in Scotland, and would also suggest that there are more young people with autism than adults.

Investigators could only find, “a total of 645 adults diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders in Scotland,” the audit said, adding that, “we know that this is a significant underestimate of the total number of adults with autistic spectrum disorders from the comments received with these figures and also the large amount of missing data in this table."

Dkirbygraphic
I would bet a billion pounds that there are many more than 645 adults with autism in Scotland. So yes, this is probably a significant underestimate.

But by how much? Is it possible that only one in every 110 adults with autism in Scotland is standing up and being counted?

Let’s look at the numbers. There are approximately 34,000 young people with autism in Scotland, born during the 16 years from 1987-2002. That is an average of 2,125 cases per birth cohort. But among older people, born during the 31 years between 1955 and 1986, there are only about 600 reported cases, or just over 19 cases a year.

If the rate of autism in Scotland had remained unchanged between 1955 and today, then there are many, many uncounted adults going without support, services, or even much recognition.

In fact, at 2,125 cases on average per year, there should be 65,875 people with autism in Scotland between the ages of 22 and 53 years alone. But only 600 have signed up for any help at all, in a country with universal healthcare, no less.

Which begs a few questions: Where are the other 65,275 people in that age group with autism? Why have 109 out of every 110 adults with autism never sought, nor received, any special attention for their particular needs? Why have they not been counted? And why is there no national outrage over the neglect of so many thousands of fellow citizens going without services that they need?

In a country the size of Maine, with a population much smaller than New York City, it seems that the government would be able to locate and help these people.

Unless, of course, some of them are not there.

Another way to look at this is by examining the historical numbers in the United States. In the 1980’s, the reported rate of autism was about two cases per 10,000. Proponents of the genetic theory of autism say that the rate was much higher than that. But by how much? Was it twice that high? Five times? Ten times?

Let’s assume the actual rate in the 1980s was ten times higher, or 20-per-10,000. That would mean that, for every child diagnosed with autism in this country, nine others went completely undiagnosed; left to fend for themselves for all the highly specialized medical, educational and social attention and care many children on the spectrum require.

It is surprising, then, that the American medical and educational establishments would so blithely admit to the neglect  - and some would say malpractice - heaped upon so many hundreds of thousands of American children so clearly and desperately in need (And if you think that services for mentally retarded kids are appropriate for all ASD children, you are wrong).

Is that possible? Yes it is. And, proponents of the autism-is-all-genetics theory contend, it must have been going on for hundreds of years in this country – a dark spot on our history, if every there was one.

Only, the scenario would be far worse than that. If autism remained unchanged in this country -- at 67 per 10,000 -- for decades after it was defined as a disorder, then from the 1940s to the late 1980’s, 65 out of 67 children with autism were completely missed by their doctors, teachers and parents as having the disorder.

It stretches the outer bounds of plausibility to accept that 97 percent of all children with autism went undiagnosed until quite recently. And again, it is surprising that the medical establishment would cop to missing nearly all children with autism in their care. It certainly makes them look like the worst doctors in the world.

On the other hand, it does get vaccines off the hook.

Apparently, it’s better to admit you utterly failed to notice so many sick kids in your charge, than to admit you may have been part of their etiology -- however haplessly -- in the first place.

(NOTE: Many thanks to Clifford Miller for furnishing the Scottish audit data)

David Kirby is a journalist, author of Evidence of Harm, and Huffington Post blogger.

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flower

I think autism is a result of human industry and products. The number of kids diagnosed with autism increases every year. Also, we have seemingly more environmental issues every year. It makes perfect sense that some of man's inventions are actually harming man's own species.

cyberseraphim

My brother is ASD but was never diagnosed. I have a friend whose adult autistic son was diagnosed as mentally retarded. So there you are - I have trebled the figures of adult autistics in Scotland for you. I live in Glasgow in Scotland and I have 2 sons, one is autistic and the other is not. Both of them developed more language after either the MMR booster or the MMR - co incidence, you will say (and so do I). Do other co incidences happen?

Future Scan

Its fairly evident that there are NOT that many autistic adults around. It would be hard to miss ice cream shop meltdown men and the belligerance of those like "Autistic Adult." Lets bring on some more needlepoint hellth, and then take a mental peek at a future world. Frightening.

We need a major shake-up to change things. Actually I am hoping that the decisions on those courtcases will get delayed to around election time, am ready for some fireworks!!

Craig Willoughby

Autistic Adult, I think that you are missing the point here. Mr. Kirby is merely saying that if ASD has always been around in the same prevalence that it is now, then we should be seeing a far larger population of autistic adults than we currently are seeing. He isn't saying that you don't exist, just that there should be more of you (more, that is, if the 1 in 150 rule applies as it does today).

Autistic Adult

David, perhaps the person moderating comments from Royalton, Ohio can direct you to the Greater Cleveland Asperger's Support group? I'm sure there will be some autistics there. Another screen capture.

From the Managing Editor: Dear Autistic Adult aka CHRIST SCHOOL the YouTube blogger, we have no moderator in Ohio. And none of our writers are required to respond to commenters.

Now, why don't you go have a pierogi over in Parma or a Mr. Hero sandwich in Medina or a chocolate shake in Shaker Heights and consider this your final "SCREEN SHOT" at Age of Autism?

Kim Stagliano

Managing Editor

Autistic Adult, you should know that David does not moderate the comments on his posts here. We have a team of moderators who decide which comments to allow. You may refer to our moderation guidelines on the sidebar for more information.

Thank you for reading Age of Autism.

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Autistic Adult

David, I'm taking screen shots of all comments you won't allow through to prove my point, that your not really interested in talking or communicating with autistic adults.

Autistic Adult

David, when was the last time you engaged the Autistic Adult Community? How many times have you gone to a hearing on SSI for autistics? How many times have you visited group homes full of us? We are an inconvenient truth that you refuse to acknowledge, despite our repeated attempts to contact you.

Robin Nemeth

I have to agree that some of the adults with ASD are probably the computer nerds and the people shuffling around homeless downtown and some of the people diagnosed as schizophrenic, and that Diana makes a good point.

That is why I get disturbed whenever I see the ‘1:150’ number. Because I know that this has to include people rather high functioning on the spectrum. I, myself, am forty nine years old. And I think of myself as on the spectrum (albeit way up there), although I’ve never been diagnosed and although I’ve spoken with pshrinks about the matter.

I want to also say something that I’ve just thought of, or at least just remembered, just now. When I was very young, like eight, I knew I was different but didn’t have a word for it. When I was eleven, I wondered if it was something like autism. I have to say that, at that age, in fact even all thru my young adulthood, I never once met another person quite like me. There was one boy in middle school math class who was also very quiet, but he did have friends. I and most people I think presumed that most of his social troubles were due to his rather severe acne problems. I’m pretty sure that he wouldn’t have been diagnosed, if he were thirteen today.

But anyway, I’m digressing… What I wanted to say was that the 1:150 number has always bothered me a lot, for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is because it’s always being promoted so by Autism Speaks. That makes me more suspicious than I might otherwise be. What I think that the number does is this. It makes it easier for the people who want to claim better diagnosis, and expanded diagnosis, to do so.

I wish that there was more promotion of the number which reflects only those with full blown autism. (I’m sure a lot of parents of children with full blown autism do, as well.) I feel that the number is roughly one tenth of those anywhere on the ASD, conservatively, but I couldn’t site you a source on that. I wish there were more people who could and would.

John Stone

Diana, it is a well made point, but we have a whole new generation who are not even going to be able to pretend to fit in - and don't even seem nerdy, in the traditional sense. Not in the circles in which I move, anyway. These are children who will never hold down employment, and will always need protecting. And this though we are supposed far more expert with diagnosis and behavioural therapies than in former times.

Simple my dear Watson

"In my own case, I simply learned to fake all those social niceties that people expect but that don't come naturally to me. And to hide or control the quirks. You play the game. If you have some smarts and aren't too awfully disabled, you figure that out after a while. Me and millions of others."

To me that just proves that when the vaccines were less the injury was less and you could "fake" it. Some were injured in the brain from the get go, others' immune systems became a mess when they hit their 30s and 40s. Neither of these people should have ever been vaccinated, only we didn't know it.

Now that the vaccines have multiplied exponentially, so have the insults. Hard to hide that extent of damage. Jon Poling is right, public health officials have not being doing their homework. We need to send them to a Homework Lab. No privileges until the work is done, don't you know you are failing with an F grade!!

Thanks Diana, for making that clear as day. And politely. A little courtesy goes a long way.

Diana LaRose

Allow me to say politely, baloney.

So where are all the 'walking wounded'(previously diagnosed autism cases) now?
LOL! They're the nurdy types that we call "poor communicators" at computer companies. Good lord, I can think of over the dozen right on my own floor at the software company I work for.
They're probably a reasonable percent of the oddballs I see aimlessly shuffling around downtown. They're everywhere!

My childhood friend's brother (now in his late 50s) was quite impaired with autism but was always called "schizophrenic." Remember, back then, autism was often termed "childhood schizophrenia." He has been in halfway-house situations all his life. His sister is textbook Asperger's. Despite her intelligence, she has been able to hold only minimum wage types of jobs all her life. That's actually a common place to find mildly autistic adults - in dead-end jobs far beneath their mental capabilities.

My own story might account for the whereabouts of many. My daughter is diagnosed as having "autism spectrum disorder." She's a reasonably normal kid with some social quirks. Just like me at that age, though I was worse. No one ever suspected autism with me. Back then, the label applied only to non-verbal kids who banged their heads - very extreme cases that fit a certain stereotype.
In my own case, I simply learned to fake all those social niceties that people expect but that don't come naturally to me. And to hide or control the quirks. You play the game. If you have some smarts and aren't too awfully disabled, you figure that out after a while. Me and millions of others.

mark

I have already seen some rumblings in the autism community, Not wanting to be "audited"

Barb ara Fischkin

David

Thank you for this. Such piercing information. We won't know what to do with our kids with autism as they age because THERE IS NO PRECEDENT. There never were kids afflicted like this before, in these numbers. We had better start preparing to make life work for our kids as they get older! Barbara

George Mead

Well, perhaps a large portion of the autistic population spontaneously recovers this could explain the missing adults also....this is most likely in the never diagnosed, ergo problem solved.

John Stone

I have just turned up a comment by Baron-Cohen, which I posted a while back in JABS Forum (I headed the piece 'Simon Baron-Cohen, the bigger joker?'). He was asked by the Independent newspaper (with other notables) what he was optimistic about. Baron-Cohen was optimistic about 'The Rise in Autism':

"Whichever country I travel to, attending conferences on the subject of autism, I hear the same story: autism is on the increase. Thus, in 1978, the rate of autism was four in 10,000 children, but today (according to a Lancet article in 2006) it is 1 per cent. No one quite knows what this increase is due to, though conservatively it is put down to better recognition, better services, and broadening the diagnostic category to include milder cases such as Asperger's syndrome.

"It is neither proven nor disproven that the increase might reflect other factors, such as genetic change or some environmental (eg, hormonal) change. And for scientists to answer the question of what is driving this increase will require imaginative research comparing historical as well as cross-cultural data. Some may throw up their hands at this increase in autism and feel despair and pessimism. They may feel that the future is bleak for all of these newly diagnosed cases of autism. But I remain optimistic that, for a good proportion of them, it has never been a better time to have autism.

"Why? Because there is a remarkably good fit between the autistic mind and the digital age. Computers operate on the basis of extreme precision, and so does the autistic mind. Computers are systems, and the autistic mind is the ultimate systemiser. The inherently ambiguous and unpredictable world of people and emotions is a turn-off for someone with autism, but a rapid series of clicks of the mouse that leads to the same result every time that sequence is performed is reassuringly attractive. Many children with autism develop an intuitive understanding of computers in the same way that other children develop an intuitive understanding of people.

"So, why am I optimistic? For this new generation of children with autism, I anticipate that many of them will find ways to blossom, using their skills with digital technology to find employment, to find friends, and in some cases to innovate."

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news/what-are-you-optimistic-about-432696.html

Dimwits galore

"And yet the it's-all-genetic folks seem bent on slowing down or interfering with more scientific inquiry into the possible causes of the upswing."

The reason for that is that some dimwit somewhere (who was it?) decided to call the vaccine injured kids as having "autism." And the reason for THAT was because the dimwit ped could not recognize an auto-immune disorder mainly because they had never seen it and also because they don't teach them this stuff in medical school. Now the question is, why the heck don't they teach them about auto-immune disorders in medical school? Because firstly, these dimwits can't recognize the disorder even if it stares them in the face because they are incapable of looking at the human body in its entirety to understand what's going wrong with it.

The internal medicine guys are a joke. You go to them with a problem and their clinical expertise is zilch. Go to a traditional Chinese doctor and get a clinical evaluation and you will see and know the difference in a trice. But hurry, because they are a dying breed thanks to mainstream medicine. Okay so back to the tests. Like the doctors, hopelessly inadequate since they just show a snapshot picture of the body at one point in time. Never mind the functional morphology, nevermind the real reason why you feel the way you do. Gee, whiz, now let's observe (what I might ask, this reminds me of observing the kids who have fainted after vaccines). And what will you do after that? If observation does not change anything (meaning holy crap now I am supposed to actually DO something about your symptoms) then we will re-run the tests and if the problem persists (meaning if the attempt at observation failed, such as oxidative stress and inflammation decided that they were not going to be intimidated by a pair of eyeballs) then we would send you to an *expert*. Ah joy. Yet more dimwit analysis and more dimwit tests ending with a "gee, we don't really know *why* you feel the way you do, here take these pills. And go see a physical therapist." Gee, thanks Doc.

Its the all-genetic autism folks that are a part of the hypocrisy perpetuated by mainstream medicine. Its a great match and the honeymoon persists - for the doctors to keep pushing pills and denying the patients have a problem (because they don't know how to fix it, so its better to say "you were born this way and you are very special") and for the autistics to believe that there is nothing really wrong with them and they are so special (and how dare anyone say there is something to fix, we are just different). I call this the DIMWIT CHAIN OF REASONING.

I think we need to begin calling our kids as suffering from vaccinosis. This term autism is not ours and does not hold true for us. I can tell you one thing - if these genetic folks had to put up with pain from inflammation and oxidative stress and gut issues from viruses and bacteria that were injected into them for even a single day, they would be screaming blue murder. Hats off to our children and their heavy metals damaged brains for dealing with severe auto-immune disorders. They have nobody, only us to speak for them. The rest of these people - like the genetic autistics (well can't really blame brain damaged people), and the Offits, and the Gerberdings, and the Taloes, are monsters. Anybody who can keep lying and disregarding the acute physical pain our kids have to face on a daily basis are not fit to be called human.

Les

One group of adult autistics were called schizophrenics. With advancing paternal age there are more autistic/schizophrenic children born. Before 1994 most of these children would have been diagnosed as schizophrenics. Vaccines cause a great deal of damage and so does fluoride in water and medications. This issue is confused by those who do not want understanding of the causes of the increase in autism and make a mint through genetic research and testing and other businesses related to autism.

nhokkanen

Of course autistic adults exist. Just last week I talked with a man on the spectrum.

And he showed me his doctors' typewritten notes from the early 1970s, discussing his encephalopathy immediately following his measles vaccination.

Decades of denial allowed vaccine damage to multiply exponentially.

Lawrence

Even if one thinks that vaccines are not the smoking gun of the increase in autism, the increase in incidence seems very real and needs serious scientific investigation.

The it's-all-genetic crowd who are fighting the vaccine theory have decided that they need to fight the increased incidence argument to bolster their arguments about the link to vaccines. Their diagnosis substitution argument increasingly looks like willful blindness. They seem to be playing with semantics instead of facing a serious public health problem.

The increased incidence argument should be separated from the vaccine argument because it looks like the clear winner of the debate and can't be successfully debunked. It makes the it's-all-genetic argument look like a kind of "autism denialism."

There should be more research into the possible causes of the upswing in autism, not less. And yet the it's-all-genetic folks seem bent on slowing down or interfering with more scientific inquiry into the possible causes of the upswing.

Gatogorra

Here's one for the SBCs and Offits of the world:

Based on the numbers and the fact that the government cannot account for the "missing hordes" of adults with autism in the U.S. (or U.K.), I think it's time to put a grain of sand in the census oyster by proposing a mass murder theory. Sure it's hogwash, but that never stopped SBC with his geek-on-a-plane-with-a-laptop theories.

Let's imagine that, as was proposed in Foster Kennedy's American Journal of Pychiatry article of 1942 entitled "The Problem of Social Control of the Congenital Defective: Education, Sterilization, Euthanasia" in which he argues for the euthanization of all mental defectives over the age of five ( http://hpy.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/16/2/171 subscription needed ), that the government had long undertaken a sort of Final Solution for autism. Imagine that the instigators of this autism Holocaust began losing interest in it (all those cremations, gee) up to about the mid-1990s when the numbers "seemed" to explode, but only because people with autism were no longer being secretly killed.

Because, as we've all figured out, the adults with autism could not have been "hidden". It's just impossible.


Were psychiatric instutitions ever suddenly "emptied" of inmates and were the inmates left unaccounted for, later found dead of suspicious causes or reported missing? Since mainstream medicine once had such poor recognition of autism which has supposedly "improved", it's unlikely that obstetricians were drafted into this hypothetical euthanasia program to remove autistic infants at birth, giving another explanation for their demise to the berieved parents. So the removal of autistic children would have had to be performed with the knowledge of parents-- with their blessings, actually-- for this mass program to have been kept silent all these years. Or maybe whole families were "disappeared" in case some didn't cooperate? Has anyone checked missing persons reports?

As for how these individuals were disposed of-- gas, lethal injection, a rap on the head and then, I guess, cremated-- how's that work? Were there secret crematoriums being operated by the government? By governments world-wide? We're remains thrown down a live volcano? Launched in a Sputnik? Any mass graves discovered in the U.S. recently?

And as for how these rates were kept down in "olden times", could the witch burnings in Europe and New England have "taken care" of the rates of adults and children with autism during these eras? And the T-4 program in Germany? Was the murder rate of the disabled in Germany, Poland, etc., sufficient to eradicate autism in Germany and surrounding countries and was it continued in secret up to 1990?

We could imagine all that-- just cuz. We could stubbornly insist that it's the only explanation left for the missing adult autistic "cohorts" from eras past. We could pretend to believe that nothing environmental could have caused the epidemic, leaving a Holocaust to explain the adult autistic population by deduction. We could call for an investigation. Since the most vocal NDs are presently trying to curry favor from mainstream genetic proponents, I think the bulk of them will stay off the "autism Holocaust theory" bandwagon.

Would the government let *that* rumor live on rather than concede that something environmental is causing most cases of autism and that there's an epidemic? Probably. Not to say that it IS worse to maim the brains of perfectly healthy infants than it would be to murder cognitively injured people. I think both concepts are equally... lovely. But by the mere fact that the AJP once published Foster Kennedy's cut-throat proposal and that the concept was once widely entertained among the elite at the time, I'll bet that the government itself thinks that first accusation is worse than the latter and more prone to cover it up.

mark

hi
has anybody seen the EOH for pets book??

http://www.peipets.com/stoptheshots.html

Monica

Of course autism has always been with us.

What IS new, and IS an epidemic, is a vaccine and environmentally triggered disorder with "autistic like symptoms".

John Stone

Unfortunately, today's initiative by the UK government is going to lack credibility, involving as it does Prof Baron-Cohen and his Cambridge team of "experts":

http://www.news-medical.net/print_article.asp?id=38184

Prof Baron-Cohen has always been committed to a purely genetic explanation of autism, has been involved in autism studies since before the present pandemic started, without publicly ever doubting the plausibility of his position. For a number of years he floated the fanciful theory that an increase autism could be driven by "assortive" mating, and improved opportunities of a certain genetic type to meet: this, of course, could only have explained the odd cluster and not the global rise. Lately this theory seems to have been abandoned. While never remotely credible, it always went down well in the media:

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/329/7477/1293#92011

Last July he wrote to the Observer stating:

"My view is that any apparent rise is likely to be driven by better recognition, greater awareness, growth in services, a widening of the definition of autism and a shift towards viewing it as a spectrum rather than a categorical condition."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2007/jul/15/letters.health

Apart from anything else, for those of us who have lived through more than a decade of crisis in services while he peddled his unfounded dogma, this is hugely dispiriting.

To make the present initiative plausible, you either have to involve scientists with no "previous", or you have to involve people conspicuously from both sides of the argument.

Ollyollyoxemfree

The table below tracks the numbers of individuals treated at psychiatric hospitals, residential care facilities and ambulatory services between 1955 and 2000, showing a four-fold increase. The table (there are more tables in this article, check them out) was borrowed from the text of Robert Whitaker's "Anatomy of An Epidemic":
http://psychrights.org/articles/EHPPPsychDrugEpidemic(Whitaker).pdf

Patient Care Episodes 1955--2000
Source: Data from HHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (2202),
Calculated by U.S. Census Bureau

Year..................Total No. Episodes...........Episodes per 100,000

1955.....................1,675,352.....................1,028
1965.....................2,636,525.....................1,376
1969.....................3,682,454.....................1,853
1971.....................4,190,913.....................2,026
1975.....................6,857,597.....................3,182
1983.....................7,194,038.....................3,084
1986.....................8,620,628.....................3,295
1990.....................8,620,628.....................3,491
1992.....................8,824,701.....................3,580
1994.....................9,584,216.....................3,680
1998....................10,549,951.....................3,903
2000....................10,741,243.....................3,806


Within these numbers, in 1955, there were 559,000 people in mental hospitals. If the trend to out-patient and residential care is factored and it's considered that, in 2004, 5,875,000 people received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for "mental disability", then the rate increase between 1955 and 2004 is six fold.

I don't have a calculator handy, but consider the population of 1955 (165, 931,202) and factor the 1/150 with autism for the period. It's a huge number. Compare it to the total cases of mental disability for that year. And now consider that the cases in the table above are accounted for with diagnoses-- and I'll wager that the diagnosis of autism doesn't appear as more than a blip on the graph if at all. Furthermore, the rates of the two conditions which the government argues could have potentially "hidden" cases of autism-- mental retardation and schizophrenia-- are themselves on the rise and could not account for the numbers of individuals with autism had the rates been the same at the time.

The government and organized psychiatry have been busy trying to argue that the massive increase in many catagories of "mental disability" (which pharmaceutical science claims are "genetic") over the years can all be explained by "better recognition"-- bipolar disorder (rare prior to 1959), pediatric bipolar disorder (nonexistant prior to 1959), depression, dementia, Down's syndrome, personality disorders, childhood "disruptive" disorders and the rest.

It's all like a statistical Ponzi scheme, with many "investors" being led to believe they own a piece of the pie which is larger than the entire pie put together. And bear in mind that these numbers also have to account for cases of PTSD, substance abuse, etc.

In the article linked above, Robert Whitaker is attempting to highlight the rise of mental disability in the U.S. with the parallel rise in the use of psychotropes. His argument is essentially that something environmental-- not genetic-- must be causing the rise in rates. The fact that he names pharmaceutical products could easily be made to include vaccines when he concludes:

"As with any epidemic, one would suspect that an outside agent of some type-a virus, a bacterial infection, or an environmental toxin was
causing this rise in illness . That is indeed the case here".

And it's indeed the case here, too.

Media Scholar

Unfortunately, this myth about a hidden horde now draws political attention. There are certainly better uses of time including the proposed Comprehensive Comparative Study of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Populations Act (H.R. 2832.

This legislation introduced repetitively by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) would require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a comparative study of vaccinated and unvaccinated populations in order to resolve the controversy about the possible link between autism and mercury or other vaccine components.

If I had written a book about the relationship between mass vaccination and Autism it might be more constructive, and certainly more relevant to draw as much attention as possible to this bill.

Alas, year after year parents of Thimerosal-affected children are forced to be by-standers as the consensus view keeps going for things even when all know it just isn't there.

Maurine Meleck

I know the numbers have increased dramatically since the 1980's. I also know there can't be a genetic epidemic. I also know that either way, doctors are not off the hook and need to take much of the responsibility for the autism epidemic.
Maurine Meleck

Jeanne

As the mother of a child with vaccine damage... oh, sorry, autism, and the friend of many families with children in the same boat, I have to say (and this is according to my and my friend's experiences) it would be impossible to miss that many kids.

The medical issues alone would have the kid standing out like a sore thumb. Severe diarrhea, severe constipation (we're talking impaction which requires medical attention), virus after virus, fever after fever, seizures, GI problems, allergies, ear infections, bronchial infections, and the list goes on... and on... and on. Call me crazy (oh wait! they already did!), but I'm fairly certain our kids could not go unnoticed... and they didn't go unnoticed.

Are they saying we, the crazies, are better parents for noticing our children's problems and getting them to the doctor? Are they saying doctors nowadays are better doctors than those that "missed" the many autism cases they are saying went undiagnosed? I know many doctors from that era and I can assure you, they would definitely take offense to that accusation.

It seems to me we're seeing a bunch of people scrambling and frantic to shine that spotlight on anything, anyone, other than the big, fat, Pepto Bismol pink elephant standing in the room. How long before there is nothing left in the room to point the light at BUT the elephant? Not long I think.

John Stone

It does look as if the projects to deny the existence of vaccine damage and to deny the rise in autism have been going hand in hand for a long time, and part of it is to project the existence of an undetected adult population on the same scale as the pre-adult (and now young adult). I wrote about some of this recently in my chapter 'The Web of Official Truth' in 'Silenced Witnesses, the Parents' story' ed Martin J Walker.

"This chapter ends almost in the same place it began. With the depressing fact that a political class has spent more than a decade pretending that something is not happening at the expense of our families. Having struggled with education and health to acknowledge the scope and reality of the problem, we now face the same over again with adult services.

"The adult services, in particular, cannot understand why all this provision is necessary if the rise in autism is illusory. Surely, you might think if we were better at recognising it, it would result in better early support and less provision than before being needed at adult level, but actually local authorities are going to have to meet the need for specialist accomodation on an unprecedented scale and without any explanation..."

http://www.cryshame.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=54&Itemid=136

But the good news is that even as I write the British government has announced a £500,000 project to investigate the scope of adult need in the UK, though whether they are capable of coming up with remotely truthful answers remains to be seen.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7389228.stm

But full marks to Clifford Miller for highlighting the problem in such a belligerent way.

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/clifford.g.miller/pandemic.htm

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