NOTE: Yesterday was Veteran's Day in the USA. Many of us commemorated our family members for their service. What will happen to military service as the rate of American children affected by chronic debilitating diagnoses continues to soar?
By Anne Dachel
A few months ago I was interviewed by Andy McCabe, a psychologist from New Jersey, on his talk radio show, Autism with Dr. Andy McCabe. One of the questions he asked me was something I'd never considered. He wanted to know what the high autism rate among males meant for America's military preparedness. I'd never thought about it before.
In my answer I said we have to think about more than just how much autism there is. What about all the chronically ill kids out there? In never-before-seen numbers, our kids are sick. I'm a teacher and it's now common to have students with life-threatening peanut allergies, insulin dependent diabetes, and alert bracelets for their seizure disorder.
At noon in our schools kids line up for their meds in the office. Inhalers and epi pens have their places in classrooms. I told Dr. McCabe that if our country had to respond to something like Pearl Harbor today we'd need to send medical units along or our soldiers would become causalities of their own health conditions. Soldiers would have to have their special diets and behavior meds in order to function. There'd have to be mobile pharmacies accompanying our troops.
On Nov 10, 2015 FearlessParent.org published the sobering piece, America's New Normal: Chronically Ill Kids, by Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD.
Here are excerpts:
We’re going backwards
Over half of US children now suffer from a chronic condition, disability, or disease. Americans spend the least on food, the most on health care, have the most highly vaccinated kids, and have the sickest kids of any industrialized country. More kids than not are now chronically ill, developmentally delayed, and eating or injecting prescription medications from cradle to grave – which is going to be a quicker trip for them than it was for their parents, according to data on life expectancy in the US. We are inured to childhood autism, epilepsy, allergy, asthma, diabetes, obesity, Crohn’s disease and cancer. We are dying younger. We are going backwards. . . .
Causes of death for US children have shifted since 1970. As then, accidents and injuries still top the list. And poverty is still a potent predictor of higher mortality. Chances of surviving cancer are stronger for children now, but there has been a fifty percent increase in cancer rates in children compared to forty years ago. Is this due to “better diagnosing” too, as we have been told about the staggering increase in autism? . . .
1: A SCARY SCHEDULE
In 1983, children were required to have ten vaccines by age six. That changed to forty-nine by age six in 2013 — not counting flu shots. To maximize profits, manufacturers and health insurers bundle as many vaccines as possible into one syringe. And doctors, once told to give no more than four simultaneous vaccines, are now expected to give up to nine. This means that twelve-month-old babies can get a total of twenty-five antigens in one day — an astounding immune assault for a twenty pounder.
Pregnant women are now encouraged to have flu shots – which was found to trigger more fetal deaths. Still, nobody blinks. Our government just adds more, telling pregnant women to get TDaP shots too (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis).
What are we doing about this?
Why aren't our children's chronic health problems and disabilities a matter of grave concern and even alarm for groups like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the U.S. Congress?
The head of the AAP-CA congratulated Dr. Pan for "his invaluable leadership and heroic achievements to keep California children safe at school from vaccine-preventable disease, in order to protect the public health" with his forced vaccination bill.
Incredibly, Pan seems perfectly fine with the heath conditions plaguing California's children. The vast numbers of parents who came to Sacramento in opposition to SB277, claiming that their child's autism was the result of vaccinatinon made no impression.
The same pediatricians applauding Pan have their offices filled with sick kids. Most of the problems are auto-immune disorders. Inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and thyroid problems were never seen in little children and adolescents. They're common today, and doctors simply don't care why.
I remembered that in April, 2014 the Sacramento Bee ran the story, Number of Sacramento County autistic students doubles over six years.
This is the scary future for California.
About 3,100 Sacramento County public school students are autistic, a number that has risen seven-fold since 2000, according to new figures from the California Department of Education.
The figure represent a jump of about 300, or 10 percent, from 2013 to 2014. More than one of every 80 students in Sacramento County public schools is classified as autistic.
The number of autistic children also rose in El Dorado, Placer and Yolo County.
Statewide, the number of autistic students rose by 6,100, or 8 percent, to almost 79,000. The number of autistic students statewide has risen by between 5,000 and 7,000 most years for more than a decade.
Sacramento County and Yolo County make up Dr. Pan's district. Why isn't he sponsoring legislation to investigate why so many of his constituents are disabled? Why doesn't he worry about how Californians are going to support and care for these children as adults? What if the numbers double again in another six years? Why aren't there hearings about this in Sacramento? Instead, there's only SILENCE.
To any logically thinking person a few measles cases that were not life-threatening pales in comparison with almost 80,000 autistic children in that state. The nightmare continues.
(See my interview with Judy Converse in 2011.)
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 now from Skyhorse Publishing.