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Autism: How Dumb and Blind Were Doctors Twenty+ Years Ago?

Posted Apr 15 2009 12:00am

Blind doctor By Anne Dachel
 
We often read that all the autistic kids everywhere are nothing new.  Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the watchdog agency on America's health, never seem worried.  Regardless of the statistics, autism's increase is explained as merely "better diagnosing" by doctors.  In other words, less able doctors just used to mislabel autistic children as something else.  CDC officials and doctors love to take credit for the explosion in the numbers which they attribute to a broadening of the definition of autism and greater awareness on their part.  Where only one in 10,000 kids had autism in the 1970s, today, after of studying eight year olds in 2000 and 2002, officials have determined that one in every 150 children, one in every 94 boys on average in the U.S., has autism.  (They didn't give us that rate until 2007, but no matter, everything's under control.)
 
This is a very important issue for the CDC because they've come under enormous fire from parents who claim that the dramatic increase in the vaccination schedule has caused an explosion in the autism rate.  It certainly looks like a cause-effect relationship--More vaccines = More autism.  The CDC's response to this allegation has been to deny it's real.  Since it's impossible to claim that the number of vaccines hasn't increased (SEE: HERE), they instead tell us that there really isn't more autism, just doctors getting better at recognizing it.  

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