By Ronna Hochbein, OTR/L
This paper has been milling around in my sleep for a number of weeks now. But as I eat, sleep and breathe the disorder called autism, it often takes me awhile to chain myself to the computer and permit it all to spill out.
As I attended the Defeat Autism Now! In Cherry Hill New Jersey this year, several startling revelations occurred to me. In one lecture, they showed a colored map indicating the most polluted areas of the United States, and then superimposed clusters of autism over that map—and they correlated very well. Too well.
I will be honest, I've focused on solely mercury the past ten years for the cause of my child's autism. I saw it continue to pour out of my child in lab tests, so for me the evidence was rather obvious. Yes, I am aware of the genetic malformations, and no, I don’t believe it caused everyone's autism.
I am an itinerant Occupational therapist in the 0-3 population, and at least 50-75% of my caseload is autism or sensory integration disorders. Years ago this percentage was even higher.
Driving to my client's houses, post-conference, it dawned on me….
I began to dissect in my mind, previous caseloads and the child's locations in the counties. For every child where I cannot identify a discernable etiology for their disorder ( C.V.A., maternal drug use, trisomy 21 etc) where medicine has no idea why the child is experiencing developmental delays----they ALL lived within miles of a chemical plant or landfill. And guess what?
When I saw this come to my inbox the other day- I almost vomited.
Autism Incidence Increased by Mercury Emissions (HERE.)
This indeed, is what I see clinically. The closer you are in proximity to the plant, the greater the severity of the disorder.
I feel like I am living out some bad B film, where the good guys run right past the obvious clues, oblivious and irritating in their stupidity.
Truly, I feel as if I'm witnessing medical history everyday at work—albeit in the same vein as thalidomide or pink's disease.
Is there anyone in power brave enough to stop this? Soon we will have an entire generation of altered children, if not autism, then ill or ADHD. People wonder at the violence in schools; could it be the ramifications of living in this toxic world?
Holy Erin Brockovich. Maybe we should call her.
Ronna Hochbein, OTR/L- for 16 long years.