By Anne Dachel
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Pope Francis will meet with autistic children and their families in a bid to help raise awareness and end the stigma and isolation of people living with autism spectrum disorders.
The Saturday audience will cap an international conference on autism being hosted this week by the Vatican's health care office. Organizers said Tuesday it was the biggest medical conference of its kind on autism, gathering more than 650 experts from 57 countries.
The Rev. P. Augusto Chendi of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers told reporters the aim of the conference and the papal audience is to "help break the isolation, and in many cases the stigma, that surrounds people affected by autistic spectrum disorders."
While autism is increasingly diagnosed in places like the United States, where about 1 in 68 children are said to be on the spectrum, it is still largely unknown and undiagnosed elsewhere, including in the Vatican's own backyard of Italy, said Dr. Stefano Vicari, head of pediatric neuropsychiatry at the Vatican-owned Bambin Gesu hospital in Rome.. . . .
It was hard to read this. Is the Pope really getting in line with Autism Speaks and all those who pretend that there isn't a problem with increasing numbers of neurologically disabled children? When I read lines like "end the stigma" and "raise awareness," it sounds like April, Autism Awareness Month all over again. "While autism is increasingly diagnosed" is a lot like no real increase, better diagnosing. I only hope that people can make the Pope realize that children are suffering, that this is part of a huge cover-up and no one really cares.
Here is my Open Letter to Pope Francis:
Dear Holy Father,
As a lifelong Catholic, married, raising four children--one with autism, I'm happy to see you focusing on this disorder. I do have concerns however. We need more than just awareness for autism. It is unclear what you mean by "and a higher autism rate in Italy."
Back when you were born in Argentina in 1936, autism was an unknown condition. There simply weren't people who displayed the behaviors we've come to call autism spectrum disorder. It should be of concern to you as head of the world's Catholics that the autism rate is always based on studies of eight year olds, not eighty year olds. When we talk about autism, we're always talking about CHILDREN. In other words, when we talk about autism, we're always talking about CHILDREN, and this is because it has only become epidemic in the last 2 1/2 decades. Where are the adults? What has the Church done for this significant population in the past? Was there a need 20 or 30 years ago? My point is that, no, there was not a similar need 20 or 30 years ago. Something has changed since 1990, and I am one of many who believes that it is the tripling of the U.S.'s vaccine schedule for infants and children, a schedule which includes known neurotoxins in the form of heavy metals, known carcinogens, known auto-immune triggers, animal and human viruses, animal and human DNA, antibiotics, the list goes on. If parents were actually informed about what was being injected into their children, they would be shocked, and I believe they would not allow it. If only there were informed consent, but there isn't. Parents are not informed about the many risks of vaccines, including chronic illness, severe, lifelong disability, and death. Worse, proper studies of vaccines and the U.S.'s vaccine schedule do not even exist, and therefore, true informed consent can not even be achieved.
Holy Father, millions of children with autism around the world are being neglected. No health authorities anywhere have called autism a crisis. A disorder with no known cause or cure is treated as a curiosity we have all the time in the world to figure out. As a prominent figure, you could call for answers. You could ask why the definition of autism was broadened 20 years ago, yet the rate continues to increase every couple of years.
Parents everywhere want real help for the epidemic number of sick and disabled children. Please don't join the chorus of people who pretend that all we need is recognition and early intervention. We need someone in your position to call for an end to this Autism epidemic, which is very possible, but which those profiting from the increasingly-profitable vaccine market do not intend to allow.
Holiness, I sincerely hope you meet with children who have severe autism so that you can see just how debilitating this condition can be. Autism is now a worldwide disaster. Children who can't speak, are in diapers as teenagers, and are a danger to themselves and to others are being ignored. More and more of them will be aging out of school with no provisions for care as adults. This is the nightmare shared by autism parents everywhere: What will happen to my child when I die? Right now, no one can show us how large numbers of autistic adults are being cared for. The future for these children is black, because they don't exist in the adult community currently. This is a new, manmade epidemic of iatrogenic origin and catastrophic proportions. .
I have to tell you about the huge controversy linking vaccines to autism in our children. Countless thousands of parents in America attest to the fact that their children were born perfect and were developing normally until they were vaccinated. Suddenly they changed. They came down with things like chronic diarrhea, seizures, and loss of learned skills (including speech). Doctors can't explain why this happens to healthy children. The only thing they're sure of is that it couldn't be caused by the vaccines that child just received because they have lots of studies (all with ties to the vaccine makers). Mounting research by independent experts receives no acknowledgement, and worse, is lambasted, despite the validity of their studies and findings.
Health officials have refused to call for a simple study looking at children who've been fully vaccinated and ones who've never been vaccinated to compare the autism rates. It would seem to be a simple way to show once and for all that vaccines don't cause autism, as the medical community always claims. But no one will call for such a study. It is my sincere prayer and hope that YOU would be the one to make this simple, much-needed, common-sense request.
I would also like to point out that in 2012, the Italian Court of Rimini ruled that the MMR vaccine triggered autism. Likewise in the U.S, a federal court has recognized vaccine induced autism in over 80 cases. Still officials continue to cover up the truth and to assure parents that vaccines don't cause autism.
Holy Father, nothing could be more urgent than what's happening to our children. In the U.S., the number of vaccines a child receives has more than tripled since 1983 and with it a myriad of health problems. It is now common to find children with diabetes, life-threatening allergies, seizures, bowel disease, asthma, learning problems and autism everywhere in our schools. We have the most vaccinated children ever and some of the sickest. and most disabled, not to mention a shamefully high infant mortality rate, despite the world's highest per-person healthcare expenditures. Still mainstream medicine isn't concerned, or if they are, they remain silent due to industry and government pressures to support the vaccine program no matter what. Somehow vaccines have become the sacred cow of medicine. They like to take credit for all the autism, claiming that it's better diagnosing of a disorder that's always been around. How can that be, since no one has ever been able to find a comparable rate among adults? One prominent researcher, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, now predicts that at the current rate of increase, by 2025, the autism rate in the U.S. will be one in every two children.
Please do more than ask for awareness. We've had more than two decades now of calls for recognition. Every April around the world, prominent buildings are lit up in blue for autism. All this does is make autism seem like a normal and acceptable part of childhood. It's a red herring designed to downplay the more than two generations of children who have now been lost to the nightmare of autism.
Holiness, there isn't much time left for people to act.
Anne McElroy Dachel
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.