Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Autism epidemic

There is a lot of people who are against anything that suggests that autism is an epidemic.

The UK recently released some figures showing that the incidence of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (running at the rate of 1 in 100) has not increased. However, John Stone at the Age of autism disagrees and faults the methodology.

Among the serious points they bring up, is the fact that the study only includes people with Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning autism. What about the rest? Does that mean that the number would actually be higher?

The findings were also used by the NHS to prove that the MMS vaccine had nothing to do with autism. However, they ignored the fact that the sample includes "young adults born between 1986 and 1991 who may have had MMR".

My own view is that, autism is not yet an epidemic but is a time bomb ticking to go off soon.

In our close circle of friends and family, I know of eight children already diagonised with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/ or Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I have also noted some other kids with symptoms but not diagonised yet or parents in denial. That's quite scary.

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