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#5 When they say, “There is no autism epidemic. Doctors are just better at recognizing the signs of autism now, so there are more diagnoses.”
Then you say, “Whoops! Be sure to let the State of California know that the 680% increase in autism cases shown in their meticulously-tracked incremental climb from 1992 to 2007 proves an epidemic that doesn’t exist. And then explain the last two decades of market demands for diapers to fit adolescents, helmets for seizures and self-harm, special education programs in schools, occupational and speech therapists, sensitive Santas at Christmastime, sensory-friendly clothing, assisted living facilities for people in their 20s, and parents lobbying for the right to treat their children with marijuana.”
It’s groundless to claim that the physical need for these products and services manifested because today’s medical doctors are “better” at slapping a manufactured label on non-verbal children who have epilepsy, chronic diarrhea, extreme sensory issues, and sleep disturbances than doctors in 1990.
Here is just one sobering timeline: the existence of extra large diapers for the two million kids who struggle to master defecating in a toilet.
The EPA has traced the beginning of the explosion in autism cases back to 1988-89 (coincidentally, Tylenol began their ad campaigns of being the most doctor-trusted pain reliever in 1986). So up until 1993, parents of the front wave of autistic children were able to squeeze their kids into ordinary disposable diapers, but once they passed the age of seven/eight/nine and still weren’t toilet trained, their parents were in a panic. Toddler diapers were too small, and adult incontinence diapers were far too large.
So what did Kimberly-Clark Corporation invent in 1994? “GoodNite Disposable Underwear” for older kids. Why, in 1994– when the disposable diaper industry was already 46 years old– did we suddenly need older kid diapers for the first time? Read more here.