ARI APPLAUDS CAREGIVERS
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

DAN! CONFERENCE SURPRISES

BreathingBy 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.

Comments

Nicole Sciulli

it's funny that you say all this. i was just talking to my husband and said that i have worked with 3 different mothers that all graduated the same year, from the same high school, and all three have children with autism. it made me wonder what was going on in their environment. and all 3 still live in the same area, which is near a large plant.
maybe we should do research together!

Richard

"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."


Do you have a copy of these slides? Or know where to find them? I'd love to see these charts/maps!

Twyla

Ronna -
Thank you for this interesting article. What do you mean by, "at least 50-75% of my caseload is autism or sensory integration disorders. Years ago this percentage was even higher." How many years ago was the percentage of autism & sensory integration disorders higher? Have you seen a decrease in these disorders rather than an increase?

Deborah

For a few years now I have been saying the same thing. The problem however, is everyone in the autism community is so focused on mercury and nothing else that unless we, meaning the autism community as a whole; join forces with the environmental movement not much is going to change. If we can unite these two very strong communities we could get a lot more done with less effort. But I don't know how that will happen when there is so much infighting within the autism community because of egos and agendas.

The only thing I can think of doing (and we plan on it when our son's NVICP claim is addressed)is to find some place on this planet (and it's getting harder every day) that doesn't have the issues we see here in these heavily populated areas.

WATCH THIS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZArebYZzdc

Okay maybe even the Bruno award might not be enough for this one. This one is a masterpiece.

Bad AAP

"This indeed, is what I see clinically. The closer you are in proximity to the plant, the greater the severity of the disorder."

Makes you wonder why the wicked AAP fights to keep the mercury in shots.

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