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The Nightmare and the Dream: A Review of "The Age of Autism"

Posted Sep 08 2010 12:00am

Age of Autism_cover quote (3) By Anne Dachel
I am amazed at this book.  How can there be all this information out there and no ones does anything? 
"The Age of Autism -- Mercury, Medicine and a Man-made Epidemic," to be published next Tuesday, has a haunting sense to it.  In some ways it’s like a macabre sci fi novel.  Imagine a book where the authors create a mysterious element that has marketable uses but also has concomitant lethal effects.  No matter how much evidence piles up, the population of the world continues to use it.  Finally, after centuries of exposure, the damaging effects become overwhelming.  Children are falling victim to mysterious developmental disorders.  Adults and especially the elderly come down with neurological problems in never-before-seen numbers.  This deadly element even shows up in human blood in exponentially increasing amounts. 
Despite this, the public is told that nothing is wrong.  They’re assured that scientists see no problem with exposure to this element; it can even safely be injected into pregnant women and babies.  The media, the medical establishment, and the government all deny that this element is harmful. 
That would be the plot of a very scary novel.  Those in the population who recognize what’s going on, the parents who’ve witnessed the damage in their own children, the courageous doctors and scientists trying to speak out would hopefully save the day before it’s too late. 
If there’s a happy ending to the book, the world wakes up in time and the human race makes a massive effort to eliminate exposure to this toxin and recover people already affected.
In "The Age of Autism," the real life scenario is the same.  The mysterious toxin is the deadly element mercury.  At the end of the story, we’re also left hanging, not knowing how much time we have left if we continue the pretense that a known neurotoxin can somehow be harmless when humans eat it, have it in their teeth, breathe it, and have it injected into themselves.  The most obvious proof is the generation of children with autism.  They’re the poster kids for mercury’s damaging power.

In one of the last chapters, called “Digging Up the Roots” we read, “This new generation of autistic children is fast turning into adults; they are threatening to soon become the single largest and most expensive disabled population the world has ever seen.”
That’s a stunning statement and it means a lot to me because I love history.  I taught history for a number of years.  I continually read on the subject.  I’ve tried to find an analogous situation from the past and I’ve come up empty.  Plagues and epidemics have come and gone since the beginning of human life on earth.  The AOA cites the Black Death in medieval Europe that killed off a third of the population.  We hear about the polio epidemic in the 1950s where one in 3,000 Americans across the population was affected. 
The autism epidemic, now affecting one percent of children, is like no other epidemic in history.  Previously, victims either died or recovered.  They weren’t exclusively children, either.  There’s never been a disabled, dependent population like this—ever.  These autistic children will live long lives costing taxpayers millions of dollars--each.  Officials have tried to pretend that all the autism we see everywhere is just better recognition of a disorder that’s always been around.  That bizarre theory is still reported by the press, regardless of the fact that no one has ever shown us a comparable population among adults.
The AOA continues, “The reality is that we’ve never before seen an adult autistic population of the size that is now leaving the school system.  As one autism parent put it,‘ ‘We have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. And it’s a train.’’”
The AOA effectively asks the question concerning the actions of health officials, what did they know and when did they know it?
I’ve been asking that for years, along with, “And what did they do to cover it up?”
The actions of the CDC regarding the Brick Township numbers and at Simpsonwood are proof that self-protection is an overriding consideration.  This is never acknowledged by the media or anyone else denying that an unsafe, unchecked vaccine program is causing children to become autistic.  The AOA describes for us just how officials have tried to sweep all the evidence under a massive rug.
The book outlines the long and sordid history of human exposure to mercury dating back to ancient times.  The effects of this toxin could be seen.  I’m left asking myself how so many experts could seemingly be so incredibly stupid and reckless.   People of the Enlightenment might have thought that they were on a higher intellectual plane, but in truth they were beginning the age of mercury in medicine, especially in the treatment of syphilis.  Mercury’s use as a germicide was seen as a medical breakthrough but its effects as a neurotoxin were ignored.
Maybe if mercury were called Kryptonite, people would take it more seriously.  The deadly effect of this fictional alien element on Superman is well known.  By a strange coincidence “Kryptonite” was introduced in 1943 on the Superman radio series.  In the real world, after a decade of vaccines with the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, 1943 was the year that AUTISM was first identified and diagnosed in 11 children by Dr. Leo Kanner.
Today, as The AOA tells us, “At least forty thousand children born this year—and the next, and the next, if nothing changes—will receive the diagnosis.”
The book warns us, “So in a very real sense, we have a tale of two futures.  If we do nothing, the numbers will continue to rise.  The cost of inaction will be 3 million people with autism in the United States alone.  If, on the other hand we take collective responsibility for the problem, we can choose to end The Age of Autism and to reduce its burden in the current autism generation.  This is the choice we face, between a nightmare and a dream.”
Anne Dachel is Media Editor of Age of Autism.

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