"Lost amid the
recent coverage about the frightening rise in reported cases of autism is any
discussion of the costs to families -- which can be staggering.
"According to data from the Autism Society, the annual cost to society
from the illness is $137 billion, greater than the state budget of California
and more that twice the market capitalization of General Motors
(GM +0.39%), North America's largest automaker."
What till the money
people start calculating the cost of all the "better
diagnosing." I think the horrific numbers will get everyone's
attention. (I posted a comment.)
"Yes, Autism Speaks
funds research, which is desperately needed as we hear from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention that one in 50 school children have autism
spectrum disorders and we don't know why."
So why does AS refuse to
fund vaccine research? I posted a comment and asked.
"A new study is
shining some light on the growing numbers of autism, which local advocates say
is no surprise to them. The CDC announced a 72 percent increase in the
diagnosis of autism in just the last four years. And now they say one in 50
children is somewhere on the spectrum. Just ten years ago, that number was 1 in
"Local parents had a chance to find much-needed resources at
an expo in Carmel, hosted by the Autism Society of Indiana. Organizers of the
expo say they're not surprised to see the results of this latest study.
"When you work in this environment, you know that the numbers are high,
you know, there's a lot of people out there that need help" says Beth
Schweigel. "The awareness is growing in the regular communities as well.
School systems, other businesses, employment places are all starting to realize
that the need is out there."
"Of course, from food to vaccines, there's been a lot of
debate about those numbers and other potential reasons for the increase. But
organizers say they just want to raise awareness for local families. The expo
is held every year in several different locations around the state."
No one wants to talk about vaccines, we're told. They're
only promoting "awareness." (I posted 2 comments.)
"Still, there is no
denying that the instance of autism is steadily increasing. ...
coordinated, comprehensive and national approach is needed to address a problem
that continues to become more apparent each year.
"The first step
should be more funding for research. Advocates point out that, while the
National Institute of Health spends more than $3.5 billion every year
researching AIDS, only about a tenth of that funding goes toward researching
autism - even though the two affect roughly the same number of Americans."
THIS IS FROM NEW JERSEY.
It's about time someone in New Jersey asked what's going on.
This editorial is
obviously written by someone who thinks that if we just put enough $$$ into
autism research, we'd have answers. Clearly that's never going to happen
because those in charge will never honestly address what autism is doing to our
News video: "The
problem is, the parents did not approve the use of a body sock."
the problem is, our schools are having to deal with increasing numbers of
children with developmental/learning problems and no one is able to tell us
why. In the last 20 years, more and more children have conditions like ADD,
ADHD, autism and other neurological problems. One in every 50 children now has
autism, and among boys alone, it's one in 30. One in every six kids has a
are terms like seclusion room, restraints, and body sock used in our schools?
Why are there so many stories about special needs kids being bullied, abused,
and neglected in our schools? Why do teachers today have to be taught how to
deal with students who can't speak, can't learn, and can't behave?
need to get serious about addressing what's happening to the health of our
"A billboard along
Interstate 10 is disingenuous and misleading parents about childhood
vaccinations, some local public health officials say.
billboards urge parents to learn about the 'risks and failures of vaccines' and
are accompanied by a photo of a mother and her baby. The group behind the
advertisement, the National Vaccine Information Center, says it has put up
billboards in several cities, including Tucson, Chicago and Austin,
that medical officials talk only about the benefits and want discussion of
New Jersey reported one of the nation's highest rates of autism last year -
doubling in six years to one in 49 children - researchers described it as
"beyond an emergency."
a federal study released this week indicated that the high rate appears to be
the norm nationally. Autism spectrum disorder now affects one in every 50
children, well above the one in 88 previously reported by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
good news is that the increase in autism isn't special to New Jersey,' said
Walter Zahorodny, an autism researcher at the University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey. 'The bad news is that it's a significant increase and
it's registering everywhere.""...
Actually this story
doesn't try to convince us that one in every 50 children with autism is just
even better diagnosing. Still---this is strange. There is real concern here BUT
NO EXPLANATION. "Environment" is mentioned ONCE, with nothing
specific being talked about. So New Jersey is no longer alone with a two
percent autism rate. It's like that everywhere. So shouldn't we all be in a
panic? Shouldn't this be a national emergency? Shouldn't we stop this from
claiming more children?
Notice the chilling
statement: "Eighty percent of the children with autism in the New Jersey
study were identified as having the most severe form of the disorder."I posted comments.
I'm sure the medical
community would not be troubled by this story. After all, thousands of children
haven't suffered the reactions talked about here. And as they always like to
remind us---vaccines save so many lives.
New Zealand health
authorities say the same things they do in the U.S.: vaccines are safe,
vaccines save lives.
"The Hidden Face of
Vaccination" ....Damaged children.......
The "Great American Brain Drain" was a label applied to
the loss of scientific expertise to other countries. Now Centers for Disease
Control studies show another brain drain.
by autism rates of one in 50 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder,
this brain drain indicates significant numbers of our most precious resource -
children - are now put at a disadvantage because of challenges to their ability
to learn, think and act normally.
rates also demonstrate that most of the rapidly increasing problem can't be
genetically linked, but rather environmentally triggered. The sooner we can
nail down the environmental causes, the sooner we can create effective
treatments and even implement preventive measures on these causes.
time to answer the questions on what environmental exposures trigger learning
and developmental disabilities like autism by increasing and shifting federal
research dollars to end our nation's new brain drain.
At the start of the
video, you can hear the mom, "They're not wrong; they're just different.
Autism is everywhere.
Regression happens. It's a normal part of childhood today.
testing have pushed that statistic."
"I don't think
there are more kids who have autism now. I think it's becoming better known,
easier spotted. "
"I understand that
another too is that if your child learns a skill and then regresses, that can
be another sign."
"I've got a
grandson with autism and I have a nephew with autism. And it's night and day,
where there are different forms of autism. My grandson does different things
than the nephew. The nephew does different things than the grandson. Not all
autism cases are the same."