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Autism - CDC Avoids The Elephant in The Room

Elephant in the room Atlanta, GA – A study released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that autism prevalence has increased a staggering 57% from the 1994 rate of 1 in 150  to 1 in 110 for children born in 1998. SafeMinds is extremely dissatisfied with CDC’s lack of commitment to researching environmental causes and the timing of their announcement. 

Mark Blaxill, SafeMinds Director told FoxNews.com , “I would say that releasing something the Friday before Christmas is about as deep as you can bury something.”

CDC’s Catherine Rice said, “We know there are multiple complex genetic and environmental factors which result in multiple forms of autism and we have much to learn about the causes.” However, absent from press conference and subsequent call with autism advocacy groups were specifics on the types of environmental exposures to be investigated. They skirted questions about potential environmental causes and avoided using words like “toxic exposures” or “pollutants” despite very pointed questions from advocates. 

During CDC’s statement, Rice referenced CDC’s SEED study “to help identify risks and protective factors for ASDs and other developmental disabilities. SEED is studying potential risk factors that may be related to genes, health conditions and other factors that affected the mother's pregnancy and the child's first few years of life.” Yet SEED’s website doesn’t mention environmental research.

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) chairman, Dr. Tom Insel, took a new tone in an interview with journalist David Kirby. According to Kirby’s article, Insel said that better diagnosis and reporting could not "explain away this huge increase," and that "there is no question that there has got to be an environmental component here." Insel also stated, “It's quite believable to me that there are many children who develop autism in the context of having severe gut pathology, of having autoimmune problems, of having lots of other problems. And some of these kids really do recover.”

SafeMinds President, Theresa Wrangham said, “To date, IACC has paid lip service to environmental research by noting its promise and chronic state of underfunding.  Yet the IACC purposefully excluded environmental expertise from informing their research agenda. Most recently, the NIH missed a critical opportunity to equalize this acknowledged funding disparity.  Of the stimulus funds NIH allocated for autism research, cause and prevention was allocated 52% with over 70% of that amount dedicated to more genetic research that is already well funded publically and privately.”

Neither CDC nor IACC have shown a sense of urgency or commitment to study environmental triggers such as the many toxins and pollutants infants and toddlers are exposed to (including from vaccines). SafeMinds wants journalists to ask tough questions. With such a dramatic increase in prevalence, the public deserves to know which environmental triggers will be investigated to explain the ghastly increase. Visit SafeMinds website for insights on what changed in the environment between 1994 and 1998.



michael framson

If the race to the moon was conducted by NASA the way the CDC diddles with the urgency of autism, there would never have been a lunar landing.

Having said that, the CDC pretends it doesn't know which way to point the autism rocket for answers, treatments,....the solid stuff that children desperately need. It is deliberate because the CDC knows full well that the CDC, FDA/Pharma, AMA, AAP, ACIP, HHS have created this epidemic of injured children ....or, been asleep and allowed it to happen. The CDC is following the same justice department advice that FEMA used on the formaldehyde Katrina trailers. Once you identify the problem and test....you own the problem. In the case of the massive vaccine induced neurological and physical injuries to generations of children...they do.

The CDC's SEED is just another way of spelling FUBAR


Came across a blog which deserves more comments.

Please read carefully what was posted, then reply - however, here is an excerpt -

"... if there’s anything newsworthy here, the news is that the rates of autism are actually better than we thought."

Longer snippet including those same words:

"Why confirmatory data for autism got such widespread media coverage is beyond me, as confirmatory data in nearly any other health concern is most often just ignored (”Oh, we already covered that story, and this doesn’t change anything”). In fact, if there’s anything newsworthy here, the news is that the rates of autism are actually better than we thought."

URL: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/12/20/autism-rates-redux-autism-rates-better-than-in-october/


This may be a quibble -- but isn't the 1-in-110 prevalence for children born in 1998, not 1996? That is, didn't the 57% increase occur over a four-year period, not a two-year period?

Alison Davis

Ok, I've had it LIVE:

Alison Davis

I've had it:

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