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Autism still shrouded in mystery

Published: Wed, April 10, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Autism still shrouded in mystery

I have been writing letters to the editor of The Vindicator about autism for a decade now. My own son was diagnosed in 1998 and at that time the numbers were something like 1 in somewhere between 5,000/10,000 to now, 1 in 50 children. That just sounds so insane. How could doctors have missed all that autism many years ago? Where are the 1 in 50 adults with autism?

“Autism” is hard to explain to people who are unaffected by it. I say this because there is such a range in autism symptoms. Some see it as sort of a “gift” if they encounter a kind that seems to display itself in quirky talents such as being gifted in music, or having a great capacity for remembering dates of events. Others may have a more profound form of autism that causes a great range of negative issues like self-injury, aggression, or elopement. And there are many who function somewhere in the middle of “not so bad” to “terrible” range. Add to this, many people with “autism” have serious ongoing medical issues that may contribute to their symptoms. My own son deals with medical issues that have been very hard to gather answers for. He also does not speak. When a person can’t describe symptoms or how they are “feeling” it is very difficult to understand what is going on. Many doctors tend to be dismissive of “problems” since things easily get written off to this invisible autism thing. It is a most frustrating existence watching your loved one suffer and not really knowing how to help or find someone who can help.

Over the years I have seen many societal issues crop up with all this “autism”. Safety issues such as wandering away from caregivers which sometimes has deadly outcomes like drowning, or being hit by cars, or freezing to death in the elements. Autistic individuals becoming victims or sadly even perpetrators of abuse which sometimes ends in people dying. Police and first responders need to be trained specifically on how to deal with these unique individuals and their issues. Bullying of autistic individuals is a big problem. An inability to “read” social cues makes these kids prime targets for bullies.

The Centers of Disease and Control released a study just this past Friday once again saying that vaccines don’t cause autism. This study does not prove that at all. But, as usual the press misleads to believe it does. I encourage people who want to know more about this particular study to read the actual study (“Increasing Exposure to Antibody-Stimulating Proteins and Polysaccharides in Vaccines Is Not Associated with Risk of Autism” by Destefano et al. 2013). I also recommend reading Dr. Brian Hooker PhD’s analysis of the study. Dr. Hooker has extensively reviewed all the CDC studies related to autism and vaccines.

Andrea Keller, Canfield


1amdachel(10 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Officially autism affects one in every 50 kids, one in every 31 boys. In
the 1970s, the autism rate was one in every 10,000 kids and almost no one knew anyone with autism. That changed when the definition was broadened in 1994 to include increasing behaviors doctors were seeing in children. At that point the numbers exploded.
1995 1:500
2001 1:250
2004 1:166
2007 1:150
2009 1:110
2012 1:88
2013 1:50
Some people claim that all the autism is just because of the expanded definition of a disorder that's always been around. If that were true, the rate would have leveled out between 1995 and 2000, after the definition was changed in 1994. That hasn't happened.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism.

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2amdachel(10 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

"Autism still shrouded in mystery" is an outrage. Why, after 20 years of soaring autism numbers, are there still no answers? Why haven't officials even bothered to call autism a national health crisis? (The strongest language from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been "serious health care concern.")

Nationally known pediatrician, Bob Sears, is a doctor who is alarmed about all the autism everywhere, especially the latest updated rate of one in every 50 U.S. children, one in 31 among boys alone.

He put out this commentary: So Autism is (now even more) Common . . . Anybody Care Yet?

Anne Dachel, Age of Autism

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3amdachel(10 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

To understand how autism is affecting children and families, look at the new book, The Thinking Moms' Revolution.


"The Thinking Moms' Revolution (TMR) is a group of 23 moms (and one awesome dad) from Montana to Malaysia who all have children with developmental disabilities. Initially collaborating online about therapies, biomedical intervention, alternative medicine, special diets, and doctors on the cutting edge of treatment approaches to an array of chronic and developmental disabilities, such as autism, sensory processing disorders, food allergies, ADHD, asthma, and seizures, they've come together into something far more substantial.

"Suspecting that some of the main causes may be overused medicines, vaccinations, environmental toxins, and processed foods, they began a mission to help reverse the effects. In the process, they became a tight-knit family dedicated to helping their kids shed their diagnoses."

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

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4amdachel(10 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

HDNet TV exposed the fact that while health officials continue to tell us studies show no link, the federal government has paid out millions of dollars for compensation for vaccine injuries that included autism.
Video "Unanswered Questions" On HDNet TV: http://blip.tv/hdnet-world-report/vac....

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

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5amdachel(10 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Andrea brings up some important topics here. After twenty years of soaring autism rates, mainstream medicine and health officials still come up empty. The only thing doctors seem to know for sure is that their ever expanding vaccine schedule isn't the cause of autism http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-arqv6t8VacY....
and they have dozen of pharma-funded studies to prove it.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism.

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6amdachel(10 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Medical experts at Health and Human Services conceded the vaccine damage case of Hannah Poling. She's the young Georgia girl who regressed into autism following routine vaccinations. CBS News ran the story: Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/.

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7amdachel(10 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

One of the mothers included in the book,The Thinking Moms' Revolution, Alison MacNeil, was just on Fox
News talking about the book: http://www.ageofautism.com/2013/04/al...

Anne Dachel, Age of Autism

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8amdachel(10 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

There are over 200 independent studies done by well-credentialed experts that raise serious concerns about vaccine side effects shown on The Greater Good website.

Also see the National Vaccine Information Center http://www.nvic.org/,

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/.

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9amdachel(10 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

The short trailer to the movie The Greater Good, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulmEGb...
makes it clear that there are experts on both sides and a lot of serious questions that need to be asked. The medical community and health officials promote vaccines as the greatest achievement in modern medicine yet there is growing fear over vaccine side effects.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

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10rickking123(320 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Looks like someone is trying to say that vaccines are bad.

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