Monday, December 3, 2012

Vaccines or Autism: Which came first?

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Norma Erickson, Contributor
Activist Post

There is no getting around it – Autism Spectrum Disorders have become a national health crisis of epic proportions in the United States. Autism has become everyone’s problem. If you are not yet personally affected, chances are you or a family member soon will be.

The autism spectrum[1] is a complex developmental disorder that affects how a person behaves, interacts with others, communicates, and learns. There is no clearly defined set of symptoms, no known cause, few effective treatments, and no known cure. A diagnosis of autism presents the equivalent of a life sentence without parole to the victim and their family.

Parents of those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders have fought for decades to get someone to look for causes, treatments, and cures while medical authorities and government health officials exhibited behavior ranging from apparent lack of concern to antagonism toward the victims and their families. What is wrong with this picture?

Over the last 30 years, the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the United States has exploded from 1 in 10,000 to a staggering 1 in 88.[2] ASD includes a wide range of complex neurodevelopment disorders which vary significantly in character and severity. Autism spectrum disorders occur in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affect every age group.[3] A study published by Harvard School of Public Health in 2006[4], says the cost of caring for one person with autism over the course of his or her lifetime is about $3.2 million.
This year alone, approximately 46,000 children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder – that’s more than pediatric AIDS, juvenile diabetes, and childhood cancer combined.[5]
Can anything be done to help these 46,000 children and their families? Perhaps there is hope on the horizon.


The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform[6] exists based on two fundamental principles:
  1. Americans have a right to know that the money Washington takes from them is well spent.
  2. Americans deserve an efficient, effective government that works for them.
According to the committee’s mission statement,
Our duty on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is to protect these rights. Our solemn responsibility is to hold government accountable to taxpayers, because taxpayers have a right to know what they get from their government. We will work tirelessly, in partnership with citizen-watchdogs, to deliver the facts to the American people and bring genuine reform to the federal bureaucracy.
29 November 2012, this committee held a hearing (1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism) to get a clearer picture of what is being done, what questions still need to be answered and what needs exist for those children, adults and families who live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

After sworn testimony by representatives from the National Institute of Health and the CDC was presented to the panel, Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, opened with a question thousands of parents have been asking for decades,
Does autism predate all vaccines? In other words, was there autism before vaccines?
The best answer he could obtain from the ‘experts’ was that “it (autism) probably existed before, just no one noticed the pattern.”

Consider the following issues discussed during the hearing:
  • How did autism rates progress from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 88 so rapidly?
  • Why is autism NOT classified as a public health crisis?
  • What causes autism?
  • Why did it take 2 minutes worth of repeating the same question for the CDC representative to admit they have never conducted a study on the vaccinated versus unvaccinated?
  • Why were African children autism-free prior to the introduction of vaccines?
  • Is it safe to say no potential cause of autism can be ruled out?
  • If vaccines are such a benefit to public health, why does the United States recommend more vaccines than any other country in the world yet rank 34th in infant mortality?
  • How much has the CDC relied on the research of Dr. Paul Thorsen to demonstrate there is no link between vaccines and autism?
  • Why has neither the NIH nor the CDC considered listening to parents’ accounts of their child’s autism development?
  • Why have vaccines not been investigated as a potential contributing factor in the rise of autism rates?
  • How much taxpayer money has been spent on wasted research?
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members are absolutely right! Medical consumers throughout the United States deserve answers to all of these questions and more. These legislators should be congratulated for their efforts to make sure the problem of autism is examined from all angles.

How can you help?

This committee wants to hear from you. This committee needs to hear from you. They are holding the testimony open for 7 days from the date of the hearing so families affected by autism and advocacy organizations have an opportunity submit statements that will be included in the final record.

If you are concerned about the rapid rise in autism spectrum diagnoses, please visit this site. You can listen to the entire oral testimony, access written transcripts, and submit your comments via this page.

Your government representatives are providing an opportunity for you to voice your concerns. If your family has been affected by autism, tell your story. If you are a medical professional treating the autistic, explain how autism affects your medical practice. If you represent a group that works with the autistic, submit your testimony.

The choice is yours – be a part of the solution, or be a part of the problem.

If you wish to contact any members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the membership list is here.

The SaneVax Team would also encourage you to contact your local, state and federal elected representatives. Make sure they are aware of just how critical the autism epidemic is to the communities they represent. Ask them to join the effort to obtain answers before it is too late.

References:
  1. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html
  2. http://www.brighttots.com/Autism/Statistics.html
  3. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/autism/detail_autism.htm
  4. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2006-releases/press04252006.html
  5. http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Wright-Testimony-and-TnT.pdf
  6. http://oversight.house.gov/about-the-watchdogs/

Norma Erickson is the President of SaneVax, Inc. Please visit her website sanevax.org for the latest updates and vaccine research.


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19 comments:

EverythinIsOK said...

It's the vaccines stupid!

Dragonlover said...

Going from 1:10,000 to 1:88 is pretty damned serious. I'd look at the crap that is being put in the so called "Vaccines" that are being injected into those poor children allover the world. I had some of those toxins injected into me when I was a child, it didn't make me autistic, but it may have dampened down my intelligence and my ability to focus. It seemed like I had something like ADD or ADHD when I was a kid for my inability to focus. I tended to lose focus on my classes and want to sleep in class when I should have been learning important information. But the schools are also been dumbed down a lot over the years so you probably won't see a lot of critical thinkers coming out of high schools around this country.

Anonymous said...

Pure BS. If you want to see the "diagnoses of autism decline stop rewarding it. Stop paying parents to take care of their austistic kids and stop paying schools top teach then or babysit them. Once the monetary incentive disappears the kids will be diagnosed as ADHD or geniuses or something.

Anonymous said...

Im kind of an A-hole but i think Hitlers view on genocide to get rid of the weak, sick, useless would save trillions and strengthen our country a 1000% what should be done with an autistic child? death, plain and simple

Anonymous said...

The government is in the pockets of Big Pharma so I'm quite skeptical of anything really beneficial coming from this committee and their interrogation of these Big Pharma lap dogs...It's pretty plain and clear; No autism in Africa until AFTER vaccines were introduced. Also, right here in the good ole US of A, the Amish communities have NO autism..the writing on the wall is quite clear even for those who have tunnel vision!

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous "Pure BS.."
You are full of it. Your ignorance surpasses even your cruel stupidity. There is no amt of money that could ever make up for caring for an autistic child. You are a friggin MORON!!!

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous "...kind of an A-hole,"

Not kind of, you ARE an A-hole. You should be at the front of the line,you genocidal jerk!

Anonymous said...

Of course there is a link btwn autism and vaccines! Anyone with half a neuron has seen the obvious for a long time. I wish I had know earlier when my children were born.
To Pure BS & Im kind of an....seriously!? My oldest child is autistic and doing great. Do you want to come "get him" because he isn't "normal". The fact that you two want him gone means that YOU are NOT "normal". "The hearts of men shall wax cold". The gov't doesn't pay me for my child and the schools "babysit"-- as you say, just like all the other kids in school.
Wow, your comments are truly stunning, and reveal the state of your hard hearts. There is still time to change, but not much, so please hurry.

Anonymous said...

Autism occurs across the Globe, and yes, even amongst the amish. When looking at the prevalence of autism in other countries, think about that country's developmental stage (3rd world countries don't have the kind of money or interest to invest in diagnosis, let alone tracking), or even their cultural views (in Korea, the diagnosis is thought to bring shame upon the family and most go to great lengths to deter the diagnosis). I do not personally believe it is due to vaccines, but I understand the concern. You have to realize that the increase in the numbers is LARGELY due to a diagnosis explosion more than it is just suddenly settling upon us. Many older adults today can likely look at the syptoms and recognize they themselves could have easily been diagnosed had they been born in this generation. The difference is, no one was looking for it back then.

Anonymous said...

To the previous Anonymous comment:

Your info is faulty and over simplified. The diagnosis "explosion" accounts for only a small percent. Do you really think,decades ago, no one would notice kids hand-flapping, head-banging, losing speech or never acquiring it, and not to mention the other more severe symptoms? Really?
I've seen kids go from normal development then suddenly lose milestones after receiving vaccines. Don't be too sure about your conclusions.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine for a second that any monetary incentive would make the task of caring for an autistic person worthwhile. Ignorance is the REAL problem with most of societies ills!!! As far as I am concerned 'there but by the grace of God go I'.

Darnell Washington said...

I actually had 2 of my children diagnosed with this in order to receive better benefits.
I was able to get housing,and they actually pay for my internet,so thaty I may contact doctors.

Ron said...

Yeah once your child get affected , you will have nothing to do... the best thing would be to know- What causes autism? Parents... pls be serious. the future of your child is on your hands...

Anonymous said...

@ 9:44PM, well done. Filthy trolls slither all about this thread. The 3:15AM one is really greasy.

Anonymous said...

Go to hell

arthurdecco said...

Why is there no link to Facebook?

Anonymous said...

Yes, people noticed the hand flapping and head banging, but folks just said, "That boy ain't right.", called him 'special' or had them committed. So yes, I believe, that at least part of the statistics today, are due to a 'diagnosis explosion'. Are you aware of how vaccines were blamed in the first place? Because a man at a pharmaceutical company wanted to sell a new vaccine. He held a press conference saying the others were bad, and people jumped on it!

Anonymous said...

lets see, give the child Merck's mmr, they stop talking. give them chelation, they start talking.
its not hard to figure out.

Anonymous said...

If you are vaccine injured go to www.drbuttar.com and google Dr Amy Lasko as well. Consistant success stories even for children who failed the DAN protocols. Individually created treatments using DNA for guidance as to what will actually work. Cutting edge stuff for FM/CFS as well.

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