The mother of an autistic child wonders aloud when health officials will wake up to the epidemic that has claimed not only her son but
hundreds of thousands of other children in the United States, with no end in sight. She muses, “Maybe someday this will be as important as SARS and we’ll get the same attention. God knows we need it.”
Autism is a severely incapacitating developmental disability for which there is no known cure. According to a recently released report by the California Department of Developmental Services, or DDS, entitled Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Changes in the California Caseload:
1999-2002, the rate of children diagnosed with full-syndrome autism in the Golden State between 1999 and 2002 nearly doubled from 10,360 to 20,377. The report further revealed that “between Dec. 31, 1987, and Dec. 31, 2002, the population of persons with full-syndrome autism has increased by 634 percent.” That is a doubling of autism cases every four years, and the staggering increases are not limited to California.
According to data provided by the U.S. Department of Education, the increased autism rate in California is in line with the increases other states are experiencing. For example, in 1992 Ohio reported 22 cases. A decade later the number had increased by 13,895 percent to 3,057. In Illinois the rate of autism cases climbed from just five in 1992 to 3,802 – an increase of 76,040 percent.
Mississippi, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia reported no cases of autism in 1992, but by 2002 the number of cases reported were 461, 404 and 144, respectively.
Only Puerto Rico can claim to have an increase of less than 100
percent, with the remaining states reporting increases of at least 500 percent during the same period.
Although once considered rare, during the last two decades the chance of a child being diagnosed with autism has skyrocketed from one in 10,000 to one in 150. In California, full-syndrome autism now is the No. 1 disability among children and more prevalent than childhood cancer, diabetes and Down’s syndrome. It is estimated that within the next four years autism cases in the Golden State will exceed the total number of cases of both cerebral palsy and epilepsy. To get a better idea of how quickly the epidemic is spreading one need only consider that in 1987 there were 2,778 persons with autism in California. By 2002 the number had increased to 20,377, and in 2002 3,575 new cases
had been added to the rolls, far exceeding the total number of cases in the state 15 years earlier.
For years there has been a debate about the cause or causes of autism,but the vast majority of finger-pointing has been directed at childhood vaccines as the culprit. And considering what is put into the vaccines injected into hours-old infants, it is easy to understand why they are at the top of the list of suspects: formaldehyde (used in embalming), thimerosal (nearly 50 percent mercury), aluminum phosphate(toxic and carcinogenic), antibiotics, phenols (corrosive to skin and toxic), aluminum salts (corrosive to tissue and neurotoxic), methanol (toxic),
isopropyl (toxic), 2-pheoxyethanol (toxic), live viruses and a host of unknown components considered off-limits as trade secrets. These are just part of the vaccine mixture.
For those who believe there are elements in vaccines that may be
responsible for the increased number of autism cases and other
neurological disorders, thimerosal currently is at the top of the list of possible culprits being investigated.
[Marilyn Barnewall notes: “Fox News is obviously selling this “vaccinations are totally safe” line – why? I haven’t heard them once mention all of the non-inoculated illegal alien children coming into the country which is (in all likelihood) the cause of the measles outbreak. Why are they avoiding the most logical reason as the cause? Something smells here (because of the avoidance of common sense and logic).”]
Despite official insistence that the evidence linking injected
thimerosal to autism is inconclusive,the data suggest otherwise. In 1999 the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, or IOM, must have thought there was something seriously wrong when it supported removal of thimerosal from vaccines, stating that it was “a prudent measure in support of the public goal to reduce mercury exposure of infants and children as much as possible.” The IOM further urged that “full consideration be given to removing thimerosal from any biological product to which infants, children and pregnant women are exposed.”
A recently published study in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons by Mark Geier, M.D., Ph.D., and president of the Genetic Centers of America and his son, David Geier, president of Medcon Inc. and a consultant on vaccine cases, was titled Thimerosal in Childhood Vaccines, Neurodevelopment Disorders and Heart Disease in the United
States. It presents strong epidemiological evidence for a link between neurodevelopmental disorders and mercury exposure from thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines….
By Kelly Patricia O Meara – News World Communications –