Editor's Note -- this week I wrote an article about Six Bad Ideas that led to the autism epidemic, and encouraged other suggestions. Here, Julie Obradovic -- an AOA Contributing Editor of Long Standing -- offers hers. -- Dan Olmsted
Bad idea #6: Take the most poisonous toxin mankind will likely ever come in contact with and use it as or in medicine for over 500 years.
Bad idea #7: Believe that if you can just get the right form of this toxin in the right amount administered the right way you can harness the poison to kill the bad but not hurt the good without any evidence of that ever being possible.
Bad idea #8: Synthesize it to a new even more toxic manmade form for the purpose of warfare and when that doesn't work out, commercialize it for use on seeds, lumber, and in biologics without any regulators to check for the safety (or sanity) of this practice.
Bad idea #9: Grandfather it into use after the regulators come around still without testing it.
Bad idea #10: Keep it in biologics for decades after being banned for use on seeds and lumber because oops...it's too toxic.
Bad idea #11: Accidentally triple its amount and move up its exposure date to the day of birth (and in the womb for some).
Bad idea #12: Watch a generation of children develop the very symptoms this toxin causes in epidemic proportions and ask the very people who profit from this product, regulate the product, and administer the product (all of whom could be held financially, criminally, politically, and legally liable) to investigate themselves, allowing them to collect the evidence, interpret the evidence, hide the evidence, destroy the evidence, lose the evidence, manipulate the evidence, report on the evidence, and ultimately judge the evidence they would like entered to at first proclaim their ignorance (Hmmm...does it harm kids? Doesn't it? Gee..we just don't know!) and then their innocence. (Phew! It doesn't do anything! We didn't screw up! Lucky us! And look, it even has protective effects! We're geniuses!)
Bad idea #13: Call the whole thing a coincidence; turn the victims and their families into the villains; pretend you have no idea what could have possibly happened to cause this mysterious epidemic; decide it really isn't an epidemic after all; orchestrate a political and media campaign to shut down critics and dissent; ask for censorship of those who know you're full of crap and won't let it go.
Bad idea #14: Continue to perpetuate the myth that moms cause autism. First they didn't love their kids, then they secretly wanted to kill their kids, and then when that was just too far gone even for the medical community, moms really just got too fat, too depressed, too old, too busy to talk to their kids, lived by highways and rainfall, watched too much television, and married nerdy men. Bad hearts. Bad intentions. Bad choices. Bad genes. Still all the mom's fault.
Good idea# 1: Medicine and mankind's chemical practices, not moms, cause autism.
Good idea #2: Stop asking the people who cause autism to decide if they do.
Julie Obradovic is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.