Thanks to our Anne Dachel for this quick transcript. Autism number continue to rise unabated. But no one is really concerned. It's just this or that or tra la la. What is changing the brains of American children? Have you noticed something OTHER than autism that has risen dramatically in the last couple of years? Shootings, suicides, inability to work or function - the kids are NOT NOT NOT all right. Everything is WRONG. And no one cares in public health, pediatrics, or Washington. Below is Marc Siegel MD on Fox News. And no, it makes no difference whether it's Fox, CNN or MSNBC or the old major 3 networks. The marching orders were given decades ago. Autism is to remain an unspoken mystery forever.
Have a chuckle, that's me (Kim) tap dancing back when autism was 1 in 10,000 and none of us had ever heard of it.
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Autism in on the rise in the U.S. with on in every 30 American kids being diagnosed, according to a new study.
The 53 percent increase is a sharp rise from 2017. So what do parents need to know about this surge in diagnoses?
Next Fox’s Pete Hegseth brought on Dr. Marc Siegel for his reaction to the new one in 30 rate. He was asked, What is the why behind it?
Marc Siegel: This was pre-pandemic, so I want to start with that. It’s because parents were more on the lookout for resistance in routines, not meeting your glances, emotional withdrawal, obsessive behavior—all of that is what could go into being diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder.
And we’ve always wanted to know early on because interventions work, especially with intelligent kids. They can actually compensate for this over time, and by the time they’re adults, function completely normally. I know one who’s a computer engineer.
And intervention from parents helps a lot. I know a producer who takes his son to a baseball game every single year of a different team in a different city. Kid just graduated high school. You go on to live a normal life.
So we want to know about it early. But, you know what Pete, the problem with the pandemic is we don’t know about it. With everyone locked away and not going to school, we lost the ability to screen kids for this, to intervene early, and I predict that statistic you gave is going to end up being a lot worse.
That was one of the huge, huge downsides of closing the schools.
Hegseth: Interesting. So you’re saying this study was pre-pandemic, and mostly the increase is the result of the raising of awareness. The parents are identifying it earlier, hence the higher number.
Siegel: Exactly right. Raising awareness is a big, big part of, but there’s also probably something that women are exposed to in the womb that we don’t yet know about that could be causing it.
And a third thing is all of the bombardment of Internet, of social media, of iPhones—all of that leads to an inability to socialize.
I predict that not only are we not picking it up from having closed the schools, I think the process of isolating kids from each other made it a lot worse because they didn’t learn the emotional cues.
Hegseth: So the isolation combined with the lack of identification can exacerbate things we could otherwise get in front of. And then we may not know other reasons as well as to the emergence of an increase in autism.
This truly bizarre interview seems to blame the increase in autism, now one in every 30 U.S. kids, one in every 18 boys, on the COVID shutdown of schools, although Siegel admits that the study was “pre-pandemic.”
I don’t think Hegseth could understand Siegel’s logic any more I can. Regardless, one in 30 ids with autism is nothing to worry about, according to Siegel. In fact he predicts the numbers are probably going to get worse.
In the idiotic world of Dr. Siegel autism is also the result of social media isolating children. They don’t learn how to communicate effectively.
BUT regardless of any increase, if kids get early intervention, they can outgrow autism and become normal adults. Problem solved.
Notice how Siegel alludes to “something women are exposed to in the womb” which is “probably” also a factor. After thirty years of exploding autism statistics, we’re still totally uninterested in what that “something” might be.
Once again, obfuscation and tired phony claims about autism win the day. Fox’s Pete Hegseth, like all the dutiful minions in the media, gives Siegel the final word. He doesn’t dare challenge any of the stupidity that Dr. Siegel spouts.
Past coverage on Dr. Siegel and on Fox News/autism