Over a span of two days, Salon has given us two contradictory views on autism. First of all, on Nov 8, the Elena Conis story was a glaringly one-sided defense of vaccines giving us all the corruption, collusion and cover-up we've grown to expect whenever anyone says, "Studies show no link." Conis wrote a whole book about the argument supporting her claim. The archenemy is Jenny McCarthy who has spread fear and false claims about a link between vaccines and autism.
Of course, the piece leaves out anything that would indicate that autism is an epidemic of recent unknown origin that more and more independent research ties to the ever-expanding vaccination schedule. The message was clear: autism isn't really a pressing problem and vaccines can't hurt us.
Suddenly, here's a piece in Salon that is very critical of Jerry Seinfeld announcement that he thinks he's on the spectrum.
Marie Myung-Ok Lee writes, "Comedian's revelation doesn't build the right awareness -- and might make it harder for already overwhelmed parents."
Lee makes it sound like autism might be a serious problem:
"What I fear is that these public faces of autism will allow society, and more important, policymakers, mentally off the hook. You can have autism and get a Ph.D.! It helps you write jokes! Your charming quirks and aggravating behaviors are now explainable.
"To veer to the other end of the spectrum, the sporadic - but steady - news of overwhelmed parents killing their own children warns of a crisis building in our own homes. Many of these cases have been mothers, but before we explain it away, as it has been, with gendered suggestions of mental illness, attention seeking, etc., let's also remember this story about a father - and high-ranking former Bush official - who shot his autistic 12-year-old son in a murder-suicide inside their suburban McLean home."
"The CDC, which tends to err on the side of caution (observe the equivocating slowness with which it has reacted to the recent Ebola issue), earlier this year released an estimate that the autism rate has shot up to an alarming 1 in 68 children. The University of California at Davis' M.I.N.D. Institute has also examined the data on a state level (California has some of the highest autism rates), confirming that the rise was not due to better diagnosing or counting.
"Most urgent, what's being ignored is the likelihood of environmental influences (likely multifactorial) fueling this rise in these numbers. A study at Stanford, the largest of its kind, followed twins where one of the pair is affected by autism and found that genes accounted for only 38 percent of the autism risk, with 62 percent from non-genetic factors - suggesting that "the role of environmental factors has been underestimated."
"Since World War II, we use exponentially more chemicals; environmental regulations, such as the Clean Air and Water Act have been gutted; drugs like SSRIs and antibiotics are not only in heavy use, they are now ubiquitous in our food and our water. A study at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health has found that burning fossil fuels releases toxins like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which have been shown to be associated with developmental delays."
Excuse me? Did I hear that right? Lee said that the overwhelming increase in autism, affecting almost two percent of children today, ISN'T DUE TO "BETTER DIAGNOSING AND COUNTING."?
Did she really say that the environment our children are growing up in is poisonous and UNregulated?
So what about the TOXINS IN VACCINES? There's nothing more unregulated that the use of aluminum and mercury in childhood vaccines--two additives that were never tested or approved by the FDA, yet they're allowed in vaccines. What about the fact that the vaccine schedule more than tripled between 1983 and today and no one tested all those vaccines for the cumulative effect?
The same federal government that isn't monitoring the air and water also doesn't care about the chemicals we're injecting into children. I'll take Marie Myung-Ok Lee's arguments over Elena Conis any day.
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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 goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.