The audio link above is to an interview by Wayne Rohde who produces the Right on Point podcast and the Autism File podcast, with Dr. Walter Zahorodny.
Dr. Zahorodny is the Research Director of the NJ Autism Study, and has been studying the prevalence of autism since 2000. He was very open about what autism is doing to our children. He’s been watching the increases for more than 20 years, and he’s the first to tell us that they are real. More children actually have autism and something in the environment is causing it. He also makes it clear that the future is very dark because the numbers show no signs of slowing down.
I transcribed the entire interview, highlighting in bold the most noteworthy statements.
It’s impossible to dismiss the statistics and facts that Zahorodny cites here, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been doing just that for the last several decades. In fact, he describes the underhanded methods in play by the CDC to underestimate just how bad the increases are with the DSM-5 and what Zahorodny refers to as ADDM TWO.
The most recent CDC report, the one that reports on study year 2018, is very interesting in that for the first time, they’re not really concerned with autism prevalence. They’re not really reporting. If you read carefully, you’ll find out that they changed the methodology, and they’re not really concern with what is the true prevalence of autism.
One thing that maybe nobody understands, maybe through your podcast people will begin to appreciate the fact that the CDC no longer—and the ADDM Network—no longer does active population surveillance.
We’re not trying to find all the cases of autism. That’s the old system. I would call the old system ADDM ONE. You’re trying to find all the true cases.
Zahorodny cites statistics that should cause panic in officials who get billions of dollars a year to oversee our health. Not only do the people at the CDC refuse to acknowledge that more children have autism, but they’ve successfully covered up the real rate of autism.
While officially autism affects 2.3 percent of children, according to the CDC, Zahorodny cites findings of ever greater numbers.
Here in Zahorodny’s own words:
San Diego, California, four percent.
Newark, New Jersey, five percent.
Toms River, New Jersey, seven percent.
One in five towns in New Jersey, in our region, have a rate of five percent or higher….
We have already in Newark and in Toms River eight to 12 percent of boys in the public education system [that] have a lifelong disability or most likely a lifelong disability.
In Ocean County in 2016, while the overall New Jersey estimate was 3.2 percent, we found that the prevalence of autism was already over five percent in Ocean County.
I’m not an economist, but do you choose to project five percent or 10 percent as a realistic metric for how many people will need significant, maybe lifetime support?
…We could really identify no specific reason why autism prevalence increased, not only in New Jersey, but in every other state in the Network.
And it increased for boys and for girls. It increased for white, black, Hispanic, Asian children. It increased across every state.
In the world of the prevalence estimates of the ADDM Network, we’ve only seen increases.
Throughout that DSM-IV period, only increases. When we shifted to the DSM-5 definition, we also only see increases.
In case you’re wondering why elected officials aren’t demanding action, Zahorodny says this:
Politicians are not responding because I think they have accepted for the most part the red herring interruption that autism has always been around.
And it isn’t just autism.
I’m familiar suggests that somewhere in the range of one in five children have some learning issue, problem or deficit.
The most quickly expanding group is those children with autism.
Next most frequently occurring are children with ADHD.
Zahorodny does acknowledge that something in the environment is doing this and we have to find out what it is.
I guess if I were to do one thing, it would be to identify the environment trigger that can be changed.
Still, autism remains a mystery. Zahorodny puts it this way:
That was perplexing. Perplexing because we don’t really understand what’s driving these rates.
…And the other phenomenon, we have yet to understand what’s driving autism increases.
And he warns about what’s coming.
When we say that five percent of the children in our region have autism, I think that’s a fair metric for anticipating the future scope or perimeters of care for adults, adolescents and adults. …
You’re planning for at least five percent of the population to be disabled.
That’s the future: at least five percent of the population will have autism.
And don’t expect the CDC do anything, because, as Zahorodny puts it,
They’re not really concerned with autism prevalence.