I wanted to share this one because the topic is so current: the explosion in autism/sped in schools everywhere.
What Andy talked about was chilling, mostly because it wasn't opinion or theory, it's the state of things in education today. When I started looking into how kids are doing in school, I never thought I'd uncover the massive impact special needs students are having. (Finding a school district in the U.S. where 20-25 percent of students are sped is not an isolated phenomenon anymore.)
(And of course it's going beyond school, just as the story I wrote recently about the disappearance of men in the workforce.)
Andy talked about the subtle impact of neurotoxins on children, a steady lessening of intelligence. So if we continue to "dumb down the children of a country," what will the world look like in 5, 10 or 20 more years? When are we going to wake up?
Here was my question: Do you feel that we’ve focused too narrowly on a link between vaccines and autism while ignoring other damaging effects of vaccination?
“…The answer lies in the way in which medicine naturally takes place, the way in which diseases present to doctors. Medicine gives you the sharp end first.”
Andy went on to describe regressive autism with a dramatic change in the health of a child.
“The parents are clearly aware that there is something wrong with this child. So the way in which we at the Royal Free saw this and many doctors around the world have seen this, is to see these severe acute cases first. Those are the original ones described, and then as you go on and understand it, the spectrum necessarily and inevitably broadens as you realize that this is affecting many children, but perhaps to a lesser degree or to subtly different degrees.
“So medicine gives you the sharp end first. That is just the natural way it happens.
“At the other end of the spectrum, what would happen if you simply shaved nine points off the IQ of every child in the country? How long would it take to be picked up?
“Let’s say vaccines do pervasive damage to the brain, and it varies from child to child. At one end of the spectrum, it is a severe disintegrative disorder, and at the other end of the spectrum, it’s just taking nine points off a child’s IQ. How long would it take the system to pick that up, and who would pick it up?
“Well, it wouldn’t necessarily be picked up by doctors, because you don’t go and say, well my child is less intelligent than his other siblings or his cousins, and I want him investigated. That doesn’t happen.
“What happens is it’s reflected at a population level in schools exactly as we’re seeing now. So if you dumb down a nation, if you dumb down the children of a country, that will be reflected in failing grades, fewer people being smart enough to go to college, more failure, more expulsion from school—all of these kinds of things that then take a long time to recognize and are picked up in a different system, the educational system. And indeed in the prison system, so a lot of these children who have behavioral disturbances are being expelled from school, and they will and they are ending up in the prison system. The prisons are full of people with the kind of disorders we’re concerned with.
“Have we over-focused? By necessity, no, because that’s where we were led by the patients, and that it absolutely crucial, but it is quite obvious, and people have been saying this for a long time, that vaccines are associated with a range of neurological and immunological disorders which affect children now in academic fashion. This is not something new.”
Andy pointed to experts who also focus on the rise of other health problems in children like allergies and diabetes.
“So it’s not been ignored—except, of course, by the people who should have investigated, and that’s the CDC and the National Institutes of Health. They have deliberately and willfully ignored investigating this, despite the many, many concerns that have been represented to them because they don’t know the answer. Why? Because one suspects they already have an inkling of what that answer might be.
“So, have we over-focused? No, because there’s only a certain amount that one can achieve in a lifetime or a decade, ..."
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.