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CDC Brings Bad Tidings: 40,000 Children Diagnosed With Autism In This Year Alone

40000 CDC Brings Bad Tidings: 40,000 Children Diagnosed With Autism In This Year Alone.

SafeMinds calls for immediate action from public health officials and implores journalists to ask the tough questions listed here:

Atlanta, GA – A study to be released Friday by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is expected to report that autism prevalence has reached the epidemic rate of 1 in 100 children. The new estimate is for children born in 1996 and represents a 50% increase in just two years over a 2007 CDC calculation  of 1 in 150 for children born in 1994. Approximately 40,000 children will be diagnosed with autism this year alone. SafeMinds calls for cutting edge research now!

The rapid increase in such a short period cannot be accounted for by changes in diagnostic criteria or greater awareness of autism. The children born in 1994 and in 1996 were diagnosed under the same version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM IV), which was issued in 1994 before any of these children were diagnosed (on average, at age 4 years) and has not changed since then. Autism began its sharp growth curve with children born in 1988-1989 – 8 years after autism had been added to an earlier DSM version in 1980.  Any increase in awareness would have had an equal effect on children born in 1994 and in 1996. Children born in 1994 and in 1996 would also have been eligible for the same educational services under IDEA, which was revised to include autism in 1990 and has not been changed since then.

Since purely genetic disorders do not exhibit such a rapid change in prevalence, the increase in autism points to environmental factors as the primary cause of autism. “It is imperative that public health officials take immediate and substantive steps to investigate the environmental factors that are most likely driving the autism epidemic,” said Sallie Bernard, Executive Director of SafeMinds.

Notably, expansion of the infant vaccine schedule in 1990 to include a 3-dose Haemophilus Influenzae type B (HiB) vaccine series and a single catch-up dose given to the 1988-1989 children at their 18 month vaccinations doubled the amount of mercury and other injected toxicants. The 1992 introduction of the mercury-containing Hepatitis B (HepB) vaccine series tripled those amounts, and included a dose recommended at birth, a novel step never taken before, even though US infants are at extremely low risk for contracting the Hepatitis B disease, which is spread by sexual contact or IV drug use. The uptake of the Hepatitis B vaccine rose steeply from 1994 to 1996, from 27% of babies in 1994 to 82% percent of babies in 1996    (See Graph). The HepB vaccine is a logical candidate for investigation as playing a key role in the autism increase from 1994-1996. The HepB vaccine birth dose recently received sharp criticism from advocates after a study by Laura Hewitson, University of Pittsburgh, found that infant macaques given the HepB birth dose showed statistically significant developmental delays.

Government sources and others who promote vaccines tout that the mercury from Thimerosal in vaccines has been studied and claim there is a lack of evidence for a causal relationship.  However, those CDC studies compared children who received a routine amount of Thimerosal from vaccines to those who didn’t receive quite as much and can be likened to comparing those who smoke two packs of cigarettes a day to those who smoke one pack. No study has ever been conducted to determine the health outcomes of infants with Thimerosal exposure from vaccines compared with those of unexposed, that is, non-vaccinated infants. Also, studies often cited by CDC as exonerating Thimerosal do not address genetically sensitive populations who may be predisposed to adverse reactions, as noted by the Institutes of Medicine in 2004.  Recent toxicological studies indicate that the damage done by toxicants can happen in both high and low-level exposures if genetic differences are present. See UC Davis Studies on Mercury and Lead.

CDC continues its social marketing explanation of this epidemic as a result of better diagnosis to defend their lack of urgency in addressing this national health catastrophe.  SafeMinds concludes, along with many other medical and scientific experts, that the epidemic is environmentally based, thereby requiring urgent action. These children have been diagnosed since 2004 or before. It is astounding that CDC is so many years behind in tracking autism prevalence; a delay that would never occur for an infectious disease like influenza or measles.

Further, the timing of its release on the Friday before Christmas raises many questions with regard to CDC’s political motives. Jim Moody, legal counsel for SafeMinds, stated, "CDC is trying to cover up its failure to respond with the urgency required by the epidemic in the face of mounting evidence that autism is environmentally-induced, and that the environment, according to the US Court of Claims – the Vaccine Court - includes vaccines. CDC’s game plan is to maintain that actual prevalence has been constant over time and the reported cases are simply the result of better awareness.  That 'defense' is a blatant lie as it would mean that doctors, specialists, and educational professionals somehow missed 95% of the cases 20 years ago when autism was purported to be 1 in 2500. CDC's 'better awareness' defense simply cannot be taken seriously and looks more and more absurd with each new release of prevalence data.”

SafeMinds asks journalists to consider the following and to seek answers from the CDC, Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), chaired by Dr. Tom Insel:

1. UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute study finds that the majority of autism cases must be environmentally triggered. What changed in the environment from 1994 to 1996 which would cause 50% more healthy toddlers, who are reaching all developmental milestones on time, to suddenly regress into autism and exhibit signs of toxicity and environmental illness? 

2. Will the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) respond and immediately add a research objective to the Strategic Plan for Autism Research for a time trend analysis of autism rates to determine what changed in the environment to reveal possible autism triggers?

3. What environmental trigger affects children at approximately the same time in their lives—regardless of race and ethnicity, from big cities to small, rural to urban, those with siblings and those without, those with rich parents, poor parents and every socio-economic category in between? Might it be vaccines?

4. What environmental toxin is still rapidly accumulating worldwide and has been known to cause developmental problems? Might it be mercury from coal plant emissions and other manmade sources?

5. When will the CDC do a transparent study, overseen by outside sources, to compare the health outcomes of children who received Thimerosal containing vaccines to those who did not?  This study has never been done and until this study and studies addressing genetically sensitive populations is conducted, Thimerosal remains a viable causal factor in vaccine injury.

6. How has a safe level of mercury in Thimerosal been determined in the absence of research?  Yet children received up to 237.5 mcgs. of Thimerosal in the 90’s via vaccines, and continue to receive mercury in vaccines today both in trace amounts and amounts exceeding the Federal safety guideline from the seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccines.  The recent recall of almost 1 million H1N1 Thimerosal-free doses has left the nation without an adequate supply of mercury-free H1N1 vaccines for babies.

7. Why does the CDC still allow even trace amounts of mercury in vaccines given that the trace is coupled with other toxic ingredients like aluminum, phenol, formaldehyde and other carcinogens?

8. Why do the CDC and the IACC refuse to do a study of all health outcomes of fully vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children despite years of parents requesting the study? Will they now conduct a vaccinated/unvaccinated study identified in June as a vaccine safety gap by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) ?

9. Last Friday the Institute of Medicine (IOM) stated that the United States needs to establish a permanent group that advises the government on vaccine safety and substantially increase research monies to improve vaccine safety and address public concern.  What action will be taken on this recommendation?

10. Which patents does the CDC hold on childhood vaccines and how much money do they receive from vaccines given to children? An investigative report done by UPI in 2003 found that the CDC owned 28 patents.

11. The CDC is responsible for the recommended vaccine schedule and owns many patents on vaccines. They are also in charge of marketing vaccines and managing vaccine safety. This is a glaring conflict of interest analogous to the fox guarding the hen house.  When will oversight of vaccine safety be removed from the CDC and placed in the hand of an independent agency?

12. When are the CDC and NIH going to recognize that autism is an epidemic and provide the much needed research into environmental triggers it deserves?

13. Ask Dr. Tom Insel, Chair of the IACC, why for the second year in a row, toxicological expertise remains virtually absent on science panels convened to update the Strategic Plan for Autism Research.  Why has the IACC only approved research on five environmental factors, when so many more potential candidates were identified by an Institute of Medicine Workshop on Autism and the Environment? Why did he tell Congress additional research money was not needed for autism, when research on environmental factors has always been underfunded by NIH?

During the past 20 years American children have been the sickest on record, with chronic illnesses like autism, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, asthma, allergies, obesity, heart problems and behavioral disorders like ADHD, OCD, bi-polar disorder and more. The increase in these diseases came at a time when mercury and other toxins in vaccines tripled, the number of vaccines given to children went from roughly 18 shots to 36 shots currently, and mercury has continued to accumulate in the air, water, soil, and food.

Individuals with autism continue to suffer due to inadequate scientific research on environmental factors. SafeMinds calls upon the U.S. public health system to treat autism as the national crisis it is and to take urgent action to find the causes of and treatments for autism. Families cannot wait another two years for autism to rise to 1 in 50 kids.

SafeMinds  is a charitable non-profit and leader in funding and advancing the science regarding mercury exposure as it relates to autism. Our expertise extends beyond mercury-related exposures to broader vaccine safety issues, as many of our Board Members hold government agency committee positions such as the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, various CDC Vaccine Committees, the Department of Defense Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Program and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee’s Vaccine Safety Working Group.


Natalie Jill Hinkins

iam writing from the UK my son who was in the group of children given a vaccine against Measles, Mumps and Rubella. His behaviour was difficult totally different to siblings. At 17 diagnosed as having Bipolar disorder and at 12 diagnosed with Crohns disease which has continued to make his life painful, difficult and having to take medication for the rest of his life, despite having had an illiostomy two months ago. I had never heard of Crohns disease until he got it and then a friend in the same age group got it very badly. My grandson had the triple vaccine as it is obviously pushed at parents to do it and after the vaccine his behaviour changed and he is now on the autism spectrum, we are waiting for him to be assessed. However, it is strange this illness appeared after this vaccine. I have a lot to say on this subject, this is just a quick precis on what information I have and how I believe this vaccine has affected my family.


No, no, no...autism's not a problem - at least not in CA. Neither autism nor its increased rate were mentioned at all in this report dated 12/17/09. Just look at this link:


It says:

"A newly created index measuring the overall health and well-being of California's children and youth shows a consistent pattern of improvement over the last decade..."

Yet another industry funded, feel good study that ignores the autism epidemic tragedy.

In the green, environmental arena there's a concept of green-washing.

In autism there's a correlate. Autism related health news that is garbage tied up in a bow could be called:

"gene-washing" = reports that focus on the role of genes

"autism unseen washing" = reports that downplay autism rates, deny the increased rate exist, denial reports

Erica in Alabama

I wonder if anyone will take notice? It makes me CRAZY when people call me EXTREME. I'm sorry but 1 in 91 children IS extreme!!! Parents need to be aware of this statistic and educate themselves on this because their pediatrician sure won't!!

Nancy Naylor

We've named many factors that are making our children sick. I believe they all play their part. However, I believe none of them have increased at the rate of wireless radiation in the past 20 years. The wi-if, cell phones, blackberries and other wireless gadgets have increased at a greater rate than autism itself. Non ionizing microwaves impair the body's ability to detoxify. So when you add wireless radiation, vaccines and environmental toxins, you get a lethal combination.


Merry Fucking Christmas, CDC!
Orac, Chris (the paid blogger) and all his cronies won't like this news one bit. A jump from 27 to 82 percent is hugely significant. Dare we hope that major media gets alarmed?

Teresa Conrick-CDC says"Happy Mercury Holidays"

Wonder if CDC will pair these 2 findings? :

CDC Study Expected to Announce 1 in 100 Autism Rate—A Startling 50% Jump in Just Two Years. Evidence Points to an Environmental Trigger.

and then this-

Article Date: 14 Dec 2009 - 2:00 PST
Mercury Present In Most Americans, CDC

Mercury is present in the bodies of most Americans, suggest the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who recently reported that scientists found measureable levels of mercury in most of the participants taking part in a nationally representative health and nutrition survey.

This finding comes from the CDC's "Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals", which, according to the federal agency, is "the most comprehensive assessment to date of the exposure of the US population to chemicals in our environment".

For the report, CD scientists analyzed blood and urine samples from participants taking part in the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), an ongoing survey that every two years samples members of the US population. The Fourth Report includes results from surveys covering 1999 - 2000, 2001 - 2002, and 2003 - 2004.

For the Fourth Report, CDC scientists measured total mercury in the blood of over 8,500 participants aged one year and over taking part in NHANES during 2003 - 2004. The scientists also measured mercury in the urine of over 2,500 participants aged 6 years and over, in the NHANES 2003 - 2004.

Total blood mercury mainly assesses methylmercury exposure, while urine mercury is a measure of inorganic mercury exposure. You need to measure both blood and urine levels of mercury to assess how much is in the body.

The CDC scientists found or concluded that:

* Most of the participants had a measureable amount of mercury in their bodies.

* Both blood and urine mercury levels tended to increase with age.

* All blood mercury levels were less than 33 µg/L.

* Blood and urine mercury in the US population were similar to levels seen in other developed countries.

The CDC said that "defining safe levels of mercury in blood continues to be an active research area", meaning we don't really know what constitutes a "safe" level.

However, in 2000, the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences suggested that a level of 85 micrograms per liter (µg/L) in cord blood was linked with early neurodevelopmental effects, and the lower limit of the 95 per cent confidence range of this estimate was 58 µg/L (95 per cent confidence range is a statistical measure of robustness that says if you were to do this experiment or study 100 times, on 95 of those times you would get a figure ranging between these two limits).

The CDC note that this lower 95 per cent confidence limit 58 µg/L is above the 33 µg/L that the Fourth Report estimates as the maximum present in the US population, and point out that:

"Finding a measurable amount of mercury in blood or urine does not mean that levels of mercury cause an adverse health effect."

Mercury is a metal that exists in soil, water and air in three forms, each with different properties, usage and toxicity: elemental (or metallic) mercury, inorganic mercury compounds, and organic mercury compounds.

Elemental mercury is probably the one we are most familiar with: it is a liquid at room temperature, and resembles the liquid metal form assumed by the T-1000 terminator played by Robert Patrick in the film Terminator 2.

In real life, elemental mercury is present in everyday goods including dental amalgams, some light bulbs and thermometers; it is also used in industry and mining and gets into the air when we burn coal and other fossil fuels. Elemental mercury enters our bodies when we breathe in air containing mercury vapour: this is mostly in workplaces like dental offices, industrial smelting plants, or where mercury has been spilled. In the body, elemental mercury usually forms inorganic compounds.

Inorganic mercury compounds occur when the metal combines with elements like sulfur or oxygen, to form compounds or salts that can occur naturally in the environment. These compounds are used in industry, where most human exposure occurs. Also, in some countries, but not the US, inorganic mercury compounds are used to make cosmetic skin creams.

Organic mercury compounds occur when the metal combines with carbon, such as when micro-organisms in water and soil make methylmercury from elemental and inorganic mercury: this compound accumulates in the food chain. People are exposed to methylmercury when they eat fish or shellfish. Methylmercury can also pass through the placenta into a developing fetus.

Other types of organic mercury include thimerosal and phenylmercuric acetate, made for use as preservatives (the former being the mercury compound at the center of the controversy about autism and certain childhood vaccines).

According to the CDC, we don't know what effect low levels of elemental mercury exposure have on human health, but very high levels of vapour concentrations can quickly lead to severe lung damage, and exposure to low vapour concentrations over a long period can result in neurological disturbances, memory problems, skin rash, and kidney abnormalities.

Some inorganic mercury compounds can be irritating and corrosive to the digestive system if eaten in large amounts, and if this happens repeatedly, or if the compounds are applied to the skin over a long period, the result is much the same as long term exposure to mercury vapour, including neurological disturbances, memory problems, skin rash, and kidney abnormalities.

The CDC says that eating large quantities of methylmercury over weeks to months damages the nervous system. For example, there are cases of babies born to women poisoned with methylmercury who had developmental abnormalities and cerebral palsy.

For the Fourth Report, CDC scientists measured 212 chemicals in people's blood or urine. Many of them, like mercury, have been monitored since the reporting started, but 75 of the chemicals have never been monitored in the US population before: these include acrylamide, arsenic, environmental phenols, including bisphenol A and triclosan, and perchlorate.


So, according to these figures...

The risk that a child in the US will develop autism is 250 times higher than their chance of being murdered in this country. In fact, anyone's chance of being murdered in a country with the highest murder rate in the world-- Columbia-- are almost twenty times less than a child's chance of developing autism in the US.

Autism is now about 14 times more prevalent than rape in the US.

The risk of developing autism in the US is now worse than maternal mortality rates in the Congo.

For boys under 19, it's now as common to have autism in the US as it is to have red hair.

Kathy Blanco

I think we have to look at all the causes, less we forget those who don't get autistic by vaccine...even if they had no HEP B. I think multiple pathogenic loads are in our kids, and some are either in utero, and or when they contract them by breastmilk, or by other means. I also feel, that our heavily polluted world, and or generational vaccines, such as XMRV retroviruses, mycoplasma, and SV-40 could cause autism in utero, or set up the inflammatory cascades so that there is no immune capital by the time the child does get vaccinated (or not). And of course, multiple things like fluorides, bromides, BPA, metals emitting from mom's amalgams, loss of metallothionein function, methylation etc...can all set up glutathione block, and hosts of metabolic mitochondrial derrangements. And lastly, our birth method...so...yes, this is a perfect storm of ingredients, timings, and dose, which are affecting our children.

we shall overcome

Bad tidings from the CDC, the King Herod of this nightmare before Christmas story, wishing us all another crappy holiday.

Kathy Blanco

We have a "perfect storm" of environmental factors that could account for this. Never has there been the excess of sugars/and manmade MSG/Aspartames, never the level of toxins before. And, there is a ubiquitous heavy metal load underneath this. We are weaker and less able to handle infection agents which leads to more chronic, low-grade infectious states (aka, the walking dead and wounded who don't know they are walking dead and wounded who are never treated and pass the pathogen along to their children). We are building our own undoing...first we start with the most vulnerable, the children, and then the elderly, and next is us...and the next us are people who can't even have children, because they are so toxic, and or if we do have children, they are loaded with environmental chemicals, pathogens, who now have the new normal of autism, ADHD, dyslexia, minimal brain damage and etc. No wonder we have this increase....look down your food aisles in your food store...what food resembles real food nowadays? Look at pediatricians, innoculating children who shouldn't be innoculated, and or slowed down...this is the consequence of our greed...our very actions that speak more loudly than words. No pun intended.

We also must understand, that C sections are up, birth drugs, HEP B at at birth, and are immediately cord clamping children with asphyxia due to ACOG practices. Again, there are certain people who know this...but don't do anything about it....

So what is left, but the devices of a well trained, well educated parent, who refuses on all levels the "recommendations", from our food pyramid, to our birth methods, to our vaccine policy. It's time we stop the TRUST, fire those who said they were there for us, and become well trained little anarchist, who knows what is best for OUR child. Time to become selfish in motivation...that is...to become a less of a sheeple, but a person who thinks for themselves. Who, has the ability, to research items, identify risks, and avoid, abstain, and do something other than the status quo.

I don't have time to waste on the study to prove this hypothesis...when a pandemic is approaching everyone's door. It's time, that we say, green our world, and green our moral agency.

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