Growing up and going to school in the 50's and 60's, our class sizes were quite large with one teacher per class. In my case, going to Catholic school, the teacher was always a woman and often, that woman was a nun. We didn't have classes for children with special needs and I didn't know anyone with autism or anyone who would now be considered on the autism spectrum. When I started researching vaccines in the 80's, there was very little mention of autism in the many books and articles I read; and it wasn't until 2007 that I met a woman whose little boy displayed autistic like behavior and was later diagnosed with autism. His mother believes that his autism was triggered by a flu shot she received during pregnancy. That little guy's picture is on my desk and continues to inspire me each day to keep sharing information so that parents can make well informed vaccine decisions.
On April 27th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its latest autism spectrum disorder (ASD) estimates. According to their new figures, as of 2014, 1 in 59 eight year olds has been identified with autism spectrum disorder with ASD being about four times more common in boys than in girls. (Read more here and here.) According to the CDC's own figures, In the year 2000, that number was 1 in 150. In 1970 that number was 1 in 10,000.
Watch the brief video below from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the World Mercury Project; then scroll down to the end of this post for a series of brief videos, "Treating Autism: Where to Begin."
“We deserve good regulators. We deserve good science and we deserve healthy children and that’s what I’m going to fight for. And I promise you that nobody is going to fight harder for this or more effectively than I’m going to.”
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., World Mercury Project
On their website under "ASD Causes and Risk Factors" the CDC states...
"We do not know all of the causes of ASD. However, we have learned that there are likely many causes for multiple types of ASD. There may be many different factors
that make a child more likely to have an ASD, including environmental,
biologic and genetic factors."
If you or someone you know is living with the challenge of autism, the videos below with pediatrician, Dr. Jerry Kartiznel, shared by Generation Rescue, might be of interest and helpful. Visit Dr. Kartiznel's website, Mending Autism. Please share with those who might benefit.
Most Common Gut Issues Associated with Autism