Here's a Best of A of A. Atrributing the increase in autism to better diagnosis and "acceptance" serves only to deflect attention from the skyrocketing rates of profoundly injured children. Folks at Autism Speaks, CDC, AAP and many major research facilities, like that one with the bulldog mascot up the street from me here in CT, desperately want you to believe that the ever growing rates of autism are due to better diagnosis. Drug 'em, and hug 'em, but don't ask why... A recent UC Davis study says otherwise (HERE.) KS
Managing Editor's Note: Make sure you scroll down to click open the PDF of the emails JB is referencing, complete with blacked out sentences.
By J.B. Handley
Roy Richard Grinker is Professor of Anthropology, Human Sciences and International Affairs at the George Washington University. It’s worth noting that his Dad and Grandfather are somewhat famous psychiatrists. He wrote a book about autism called Unstrange Minds. Two things are interesting:
1. The book was written with the help of a $120,000 grant from Autism Speaks. From his own website: “In 2005, he received a grant of $120,000 from the National Alliance for Autism Research/Autism Speaks, to conduct the first ever prevalence study of autism in Korea.”
2. The book, according to a description on Dr. Grinker’s website: “Unstrange Minds presents the controversial idea that there is no evidence for an autism epidemic. Instead, the high rates of prevalence and diagnosis today are instead evidence that scientists are finally counting cases correctly. And this is a good thing, not only for the US but for the world, including cultures that have only just begun to learn about autism.”
Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp is a CDC employee and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of Autism Speaks. She helps determine where Autism Speaks directs research funds. Here’s an excerpt from a speech she gave about autism:
“Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, a specialist in pediatric neurodevelopmental disabilities, delivered a speech on "Autism: Is There an Epidemic?" at the annual Andrew J. Kirch Conference at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Pittsford. Yeargin-Allsopp is a chief at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention….Autism, a neurological disorder affecting children's social interaction and communication skills, has appeared to be increasing at alarming rates, said Yeargin-Allsopp…But Yeargin-Allsopp said that the increases corresponded with new federal and medical guidelines that changed what was considered an autism-related disorder, or what experts call autism spectrum disorders, and who qualified for those services.”
Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp, directing Autism Speaks research dollars, doesn’t think there is an autism epidemic. Given her position at CDC, there’s no doubt she was instrumental in the language CDC uses on their own website to discuss whether or not the prevalence of autism is actually growing:
“It is clear that more children than ever before are being classified as having autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). But, it is unclear how much of this increase is due to changes in how we identify and classify ASDs in people, and how much is due to a true increase in prevalence.”
Meet Cathy Rice, and Thank God for The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA.)
Cathy Rice, Ph.D., is part of the Developmental Disabilities Team at the CDC. According to private emails the Age of Autism recently obtained between Ms. Rice and Roy Grinker, she really liked his book. She also asked Dr. Grinker:
“Have you gotten much of a strong reaction for not fully embracing the epidemic as a phenomenon of increased risk?”
Read the Correspondence for Yourself between Roy, Marshalyn, and Cathy
You can read the email chains HERE.
It’s really hard to know where to begin after reading these emails many times, as I have done.
Is it really OK for CDC employees to be corresponding with privately funded autism epidemic deniers (funded by Autism Speaks)?
Why did so much of their correspondence have to be redacted (see the white spaces on the emails)?
What did they talk about in the conference call Roy Grinker is invited to participate in (referenced in the email)? Who else was on that call – any other private citizens? Autism Speaks?
Did the CDC help Roy Grinker publish his book, get his editorial placed in the Wall Street Journal, or craft his P.R. approach in general?
Did Grinker make money from the book? Does he have to pay back the $120,000 from Autism Speaks if the book made a profit?
Do you think in a million years the CDC would privately correspond with a researcher who was, say, injecting primates with Thimerosal to see where the Thimerosal ended up? Not in a million years.
What in living hell is Autism Speaks doing funding an epidemic denier, and privately corresponding with this person to profusely thank him for sharing his Wall Street Journal editorial? From Dr. Yeargin-Allsop’s email: “Thank you so much for sharing this with us.”
If you walk for Autism Speaks, ask for your money back. Maybe Roy has a few extra bucks.
JB Handley Co-Founder of Generation Rescue.