Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
This is something that MUST be looked at, and looked at quickly IMHO.
I don't think anyone could disagree with this statement, although I think we should be looking at autism as a diagnostic phenomenon as well as a
physical/neurological disorder. As several people have pointed out already, diagnostic criteria for autism-spectrum disorders have changed, and the
increasing awareness of autism among the general public is no doubt leading to higher rates of both good diagnoses and possibly misdiagnoses.
A couple of personal observations on these matters: in the late 1980's my boyfriend worked as in-house staff at a residential program for adolescent
and post-adolescent male autistics. At that time, I had never heard of autism, despite being a fairly well-read person with a long interest in various
medical topics. Over the last several years, it has become virtually impossible not to know about autism; certainly if one follows pop medical news at
all one is aware of what it is. This awareness probably leads to much higher rates of diagnosis.
Second, one of my cousins is the parent of a young girl (about 8 now I think) who was diagnosed as autistic when she was two. She is now fully
integrated in school, and although she's still not the most outgoing or comfortable child I've ever seen, there is no comparison whatsoever to the
boys I met back in the late 1980s at that residential facility.
I don't know if her diagnosis has been completely changed, or if she's still considered autism-spectrum, but I know that through very strict dietary
planning and social therapy/support she went in a few short years from being almost totally noncommunicative to what appears to be (from an
outsider's perspective) a completely normal little girl.
Now, certainly the fact that her condition improved so drastically with dietary change suggests that some part of it was due to or at least
exacerbated by chemical compounds that she was being exposed to, whether those were artificial, natural (wheat for example), or processed (hydrolyzed
gelatin for example).
I think that the search for a single causative agent is a problem, though. For many years it led alternative-medical thinkers to focus their energy on
mercury, which has been pretty thoroughly ruled out, in my opinion, as a primary causative agent (more on this later in my post). I find the new
information about hydrolyzed gelatin very compelling, although I haven't had time to really look into it. But certainly that's something that we are
all exposed to much more than we would have been decades ago, through not only vaccinations but food products, other drugs, and (I believe) even
What is causing this? Anyone want to hazard a guess? Is there anyone who thinks this is NOT due to something that we are being subjected
Or subjecting ourselves to ...
I am going to come right out and say it---I believe these so called "vaccination" protocols, and primarily some of the latest carrier
constituents they are embedding them with as delivery mediums, things such as squalene and perhaps more copious amount of mercury, may well be in
fact behind this EXPLOSION of children being diagnosed with autism.
that the article you linked is using 2007 data to show a 57% increase in autism in 4 years; that is, since 2003. Thimerosal was removed
from virtually all vaccines in 2002, so this most recent (and stunning) increase can't
be blamed on thimerosal/mercury as far as I can
The CDC might want to start this examination by looking into the pharmaceutical companies peddling this garbage, with at the very best,
LACKADAISICAL safety trials.
And the big food corporations, with the various forms of processed and poisoned junk that they feed us with even less stringent safety trials ...
EDITING IN: a quick question that google didn't immediately give me an answer to. What has replaced thimerosal as a preservative in vaccines since
2001/2002? Anyone know? I know some vaccines are now "preservative-free" but others are just "thimerosal-free" which implies the presence of some
other preservative to me?
[edit on 12/19/2009 by americandingbat]