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Dachel Media Update: Autism Climbs to 1 in 50 Kids

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

The only story for today---NEW NUMBERS---HIGHER THAN EVER!!

In the wonderful world of autism news, the numbers just keep going up. Now it's one in 50. The whole country shares the official Utah rate.

We're cautioned that it's probably just due to more "increased awareness" and "greater services." Michael Rosanoff at Autism Speaks believes the new rate still UNDERESTIMATES the real number of affected kids. Stephen Blumberg from the CDC says that autism develops in the womb---the evidence says so. So we're all set here for April Autism Awareness Month. Be aware: More kids have autism, but it's still better diagnosing and no one is worried.

AP: Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism

"Health officials say the new number doesn't mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.

"The earlier government estimate of 1 in 88 comes from a study that many consider more rigorous. It looks at medical and school records instead of relying on parents.

"For decades, autism meant kids with severe language, intellectual and social impairments and unusual, repetitious behaviors. But the definition has gradually expanded and now includes milder, related conditions.

"The new estimate released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would mean at least 1 million children have autism.

"The number is important - government officials look at how common each illness or disorder is when weighing how to spend limited public health funds.

"It's also controversial.

"The new statistic comes from a national phone survey of more than 95,000 parents in 2011 and 2012. Less than a quarter of the parents contacted agreed to answer questions, and it's likely that those with autistic kids were more interested than other parents in participating in a survey on children's health, CDC officials said.

"Still, CDC officials believe the survey provides a valid snapshot of how many families are affected by autism, said Stephen Blumberg, the CDC report's lead author.

"The study that came up with the 1-in-88 estimate had its own limitations. It focused on 14 states, only on children 8 years old, and the data came from 2008. Updated figures based on medical and school records are expected next year.

"'We've been underestimating' how common autism is, said Michael Rosanoff of Autism Speaks, an advocacy group. He believes the figure is at least 1 in 50."

NBC News: 

"Two percent of U.S. schoolkids - or about a million children - have been diagnosed with some sort of autism, according to the latest government report released on Wednesday -- or at least their parents say they have. It's a large increase since the last report but experts stress it doesn't necessarily mean more children are developing autism.

"Instead, the numbers suggests that more children are being diagnosed as they get older - probably because of many factors, including increased awareness and more services both to diagnose children and help them, the researchers said.

"'Our findings suggest that the increase in prevalence may be due to increased recognition of autism spectrum disorders in recent years, especially when the symptoms were mild,' Stephen Blumberg of the National Center for Health Statistics, which published the report, said in a telephone interview.

"'Parents are more aware. Professionals are more aware. There may be more access to diagnostic services.'...

"Blumberg notes that most evidence suggests autism develops in the womb, perhaps from a combination of genetic predisposition and other, outside factors.

"It does have implications for the health and education systems, Blumberg says.

"'The data certainly suggest that a greater number of parents are dealing with autism spectrum disorder with their kids,' he said. 'Those parents are likely to make demands on the system, the health care system or education system, and the number of parents making those demands is higher than we had previously thought.'"

My Fox Philly: One in 50 school-aged children in US has autism

"Michael Rosanoff, associate director for Public Health Research and Scientific Review at Autism Speaks, said that 'this study added to the evidence suggesting that we are underestimating the prevalence of autism in the United States.'

"'This report, however, underestimated the real prevalence of autism, Rosanoff said. 'It's probably much higher, 'he said."...

ABC News: 1 in 50 School Kids Has Autism, CDC Says 

US News: One in 50 School-Aged Children in U.S. Has Autism: CDC 

Forbes: Autism Prevalence Is Now At 1 In 50 Children 

UPI: CDC: 1 in 50 US children has autism

 

Comments

ldb

I agree with cmo with about 1 in 6 children have autism, ADD, or ADHD...then lets add diabetes, and learning disorders...then rates are even higher. Go to our schools, talk to the school nurses. I don't think any medical scientist after studying the biology of mercury poisoning can ignore the facts of toxic poisoning. Don't anyone tell me that my fourth child was born this way when he was developing normally (playing with toys and talking), in fact ahead of schedule, then regressed at 2 years old (after HIB vaccines) and lost his language and stopped playing with toys and slipped into the world of autism. I don't really think the "experts" are trying to convince the parents of kids, and some now young adults with autism that this is normal. They are only trying to convince the people who don't have all the scientific facts and the media is playing the "con" game with the big pharm companies pulling the strings.

Greg

Angie,

I was on CNN forum listening to the feedback about the latest autism rate. Yes, there were lots of grumbling about how we are over diagnosing everything, and the new number is including a lot of high functioning, quirky autistics. I agree absolutely with you that dismissing autism because it's a 'milder' form is complete nonsense. Brain damage is still brain damage. Ordinary neurotypicals with all their wits about them, some even with good education, still have a tough time surviving in a competitive world. Do we really expect that 'milder' autistics will have an easier go?

Greg

Angus Files

Angie spot on ...same here chasing shadows..

Angus

angie

They know EXACTLY what the numbers are and they know that the more they muddy things up,the more time they are buying for themselves on the backs of, and with the
the blood of, innocent babies including my own. The best they can do is a phone survey really? They really do think we are idiots. All they are doing, and everything that they will ever do, will be an effort to stall the inevitable collapse of their program. Between me and my neighbor we have five kids with autism-that is just her and I. God knows what the real numbers are. And, not for nothing, who cares if it is a "milder" form of the disease. It is still Autism and a family's life is never the same after diagnosis. High functioning Autistic children still cost money to recover and treat,they still need help and services,and they still need more than a typical developing child. That type of drivel just keeps us divided and keeps the public apathetic to our plight....hell will never be hot enough

Jeannette Bishop

I think they've known the numbers in these children were around this rate for quite some time. It certainly matches observation as far as I can tell, and we know they've been mixing up the presentation of numbers each time, I'm guessing to delay the reporting of reality.

I've been wondering for a while if Dr. Jenkins' quote, "97-plus percent of children don't have these kinds of defects," was an indication that there was understanding in some circles that the rate of autism in those receiving the full TCV schedule was something just under 3 percent. Of course we still don't have that actual data, despite the use of public funds to gather it, to confirm.

Now with the DSM-V change, they may be wanting to pretend (continue to pretend) the autism rate in those born in the late 90s is a parent-driven artificially high due to "over-diagnosis" while trying to "normalize" the damage they are still doing, again guessing, that is the purpose for performing another inconclusive "study." I don't see how it will work, though. More and more are seeing that something not "normal" has happened to a generation of children and are looking for environmental explanations.

Our kids are sick

The only thing I'd change on Barry's excellent billboard suggestion woudld be to include the numbers for asthma, add/adhd, allergies, diabetes, celiac, sensory integration dysfunction and learning disabilities. I'd end with the question "why are our kids so sick?"

I'd throw the other illnesses in because many parents won't give vaccines a second thought if their child doesn't have autism. It is too hard to buck the entire system unless you have seen the damage in your child.

However, if you start pointing out all the other things that kids are sick with, you will find more parents who have been searching for solutions and who will join in the fight. If autism alone is 1 in 50, can you image the numbers including all the other illnesses?

I personally know of other families that sympathize with the families of children with autism but don't feel a connection to them. If you start talking to them about the issues their child faces, then you start to see that they are seeking alternatives to pharma products, they are seeking to get help because they see the lifelong issues that aren't disappearing like they were supposed to. If you can estabilish a common ground - diet, OT, etc. then they start to feel the connection and wheels start to turn. Then they start asking the same questions the autism community does.

No pediatrician can afford to kick all these illnesses out of his practice plain and simple.

cmo

Once they rework the numbers and combine the 4 to 1 boys to girls/ ADHD rate with the 4 to 1 boys to girls/ Autism rate....

they will find the real number with the vaccine epidemic is about 1 in 6.

Bob Moffitt

@ Linda

"The most absurd part of this new CDC report, is that it comes from a phone survey. How scientifically and statistically accurate could data from a random phone survey be? Is that the best way to measure an epidemic? By calling around?"

I wholeheartedly agree. It appears to me this was a carefully considered decision to conduct an unreliable phone survey .. to lay the groundwork for more accurate numbers to be released sometime in the future .. which in all likelihood .. if history is to be our guide .. will probably show the real numbers are somewhere around 1 in 25.

From Anne's article:

"The new statistic comes from a national phone survey of more than 95,000 parents in 2011 and 2012."

Think about the wasted "effort" .. in scarce resources and funds .. that supposedly was spent contacting 95,000 parents in one year? That would require contacting at least 260 "parents" a DAY .. for 365 days straight. How many people would it take to conduct such a survey?

Did the CDC really squander so much effort conducting a survey they KNEW would be attacked for it's flawed methodolody? If so .. the question is: WHY?

Barry

Let's brainstorm. HOw can we get the message out there. It was 1 in 10,000 in what, 1980?
And now it's 1 in 50?

*************

My suggestion would be simple billboards that read:


NOT BORN THIS WAY!!

1980 - 4 vaccines - AUTISM 1 in 10,000
2013 - 40+ vaccines - AUTISM 1 in 50

Linda

The most absurd part of this new CDC report, is that it comes from a phone survey. How scientifically and statistically accurate could data from a random phone survey be? Is that the best way to measure an epidemic? By calling around?

What's interesting is that they chose to gather information from parents instead of looking at medical records. Did they think that parents would be a more reliable source? It's odd.

barbara j

Results—The prevalence of parent-reported ASD among children aged 6–17
was 2.00% in 2011–2012, a significant increase from 2007 (1.16%). The
magnitude of the increase was greatest for boys and for adolescents aged 14–17.
Cohort analyses revealed consistent estimates of both the prevalence of parentreported ASD and autism severity ratings over time. Children who were first
diagnosed in or after 2008 accounted for much of the observed prevalence
increase among school-aged children (those aged 6–17). School-aged children
diagnosed in or after 2008 were more likely to have milder ASD and less likely
to have severe ASD than those diagnosed in or before 2007.

Read it..http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr065.pdf

The finding in the above paragraph: school aged children in or after 2008 ..milder..so the lessening of the levels of thimerosal by 2003 DID lessen the severity of the disease..why no mention..of this taboo evidence? This shows exactly what autism parents have suggested all along. The FDA said our children were receiving more than allowable amounts of mercury from these shots, and they were. So stop the universal denial, mercury sets out kids up for autism, live viruses play in, as Wakefield describes.
What is the number in this mix of boys? girls?

ln

Regardless of reporting being better or there actually (which I believe) being more cases, 1 IN 50 KIDS IN THIS COUNTRY IS SICK! That is not only a huge problem, it is a heartbreaking tragedy. And to top it off the very people who should understand why this is happening are turning a blind eye to the most obvious causes. This country is a mess.

healthforchildren

Huffpo article quotes: "Overall, the increase was greater...among 14- to 17-year-olds than younger children." Hmmm, could that have anything to do with the significant removal of mercury/thimerosal STARTING (but by no means complete) around the year 2000?

autmama

Does anyone read the actual report? The one in fifty rate is for school age children aged six through seventeen. The report states the most severely affected are boys aged 14-17 years of age. It also states that children diagnosed after 2007 were mildly affected. Those diagnosed before 2007 were more severely affected.

Carolyn KylesMom

Let's brainstorm. HOw can we get the message out there. It was 1 in 10,000 in what, 1980?
And now it's 1 in 50?

And no one noticed? WTF?

From what I"ve seen it's 1 in 20.

Does anyone know, can anyone interview some older school teachers (preschool and on) and get their thoughts into Youtube? How about old school doctors--they used to skip certain kids for their own good.

We need to document the truth while those who can attest to it are still around.

My Mom said that just the bowel issues--all the Moms talked about EVERYTHING and she never heard of bowel issues like my child had. NEVER. For them mercury poisoning, which was far less in quantity, seemed to cause the occassional Strabismus and ADD type symptoms, maybe late speech. But as it worked its way out of the system (children would eat liver with glutathione and lots of running around) --and because it was so much less severe, they never saw the behavior issues, kids who could not be potty trained at 8, the hand flapping. Kinda hard to miss. We need to get some of those older folk on youtube. My Mom due to a flu shot each year for her job, has altzheimer's (of course, the elderly version of severe autism). But maybe someone out there has a grandmother who can speak truth to this "DIAGNOSIS" lie.

AussieMum

Thanks Anne!

In Australia our Autism website is still quoting 1:160

See under the heading- Is there a solution?
http://www.amaze.org.au/discover/about-autism-spectrum-disorders/what-is-an-autism-spectrum-disorder/

This study was conducted in 2004 by a Paediatrician who took three years to "crunch the numbers."

The children studied were born between 1992 - 1998.

My son was born in 2002 and at 11 years old and amongst hundred's of thousand's of children here in Australia have still not been counted.

Elizabeth Gillespie


lisa

It seems somehow fitting that I'm reading this report here on Age of Autism while listening to the soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein from the movie "Age of Innocence." The soundtrack seems to go with the autism story: At its core, it suggests the kind of tragedy that results from people trying so desperately hard to maintain a facade. It is, in essence, a story of self-deceit, which I think sums up the autism epidemic in a nutshell. Everyone -- from the doctors to the drug companies to the CDC -- is staining so desperately hard to maintain a facade, to the point of trying to convince everyone, including themselves, that 1 in 50 kids with autism may actually be quite "normal," merely the result of more "awareness." Meanwhile, I don't think most people have the faintest clue how difficult it is going to be for society to care for all these "high-functioning" autistics who will not be able to care for themselves.

Jake Crosby

And of course, Roy Richard Grinker is bringing down the reputation of GW by using his academic stature to deny the autism epidemic once again.

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