Study: Increase in Autism Calls for ‘Substantial National Response’

October 5, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A new study shows an alarming increase in cases of autism since 2003, representing about 1 percent of children in the United States ages 3 to 17. The study also included related disorders under the umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Doctors are calling for a greater national response to the problem.

The study was jointly conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and the Health Resources and Services Administration. The two agencies used data from the federal government’s 2007 national survey of children’s health.

The telephone survey of more than 78,000 parents, having children ages 3 to 17.

The results of the study showed an increase in cases of ASD from the nearly 1 in 150 cases found in 2003 to 1 in 100, which represents an increase from the average. The increase in autism cases means there are about 673,000 children in the United States with autism and related disorders.

In the survey, parents were asked whether a health care provider had ever told them their child had an autism spectrum disorder.

The investigators also asked a follow-up question: Were the children considered to have ASD now? Nearly 40 percent of the parents and guardians said no.

This additional finding led the researchers to question whether some of the children may have been improperly diagnosed from the outset, because there is no cure for the disorder.

Nevertheless, the increase in diagnoses of autism and related disorders, such as Asperger’s, shows a need for a multi-faceted national policy to effectively deal with the consequences of the disorder throughout the lives of affected individuals.

Dr. Ileana Arias, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “This is a significant issue that needs immediate attention.” “A concerted effort and substantial national response is warranted,” added Arias.

The study authors stress the importance of policies in the schools that would lead to early identification and intervention of ASD.

The researchers warn that the results from the study could stem from an increased awareness of the disorder leading to more diagnoses. But Dr. Ileana Arias has also discovered the same increase in ASD cases in an additional study conducted by the CDC.

The study is published in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics.



5 Responses to “Study: Increase in Autism Calls for ‘Substantial National Response’”

  1. Study: Increase in Autism Calls for ‘Substantial National Response’ - Health Articles A to Z on October 5th, 2009 8:18 am

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  2. Steve Hinton on October 5th, 2009 2:56 pm

    The Problem is all the vaccinations !! Look how many more vaccinations are being brought into the picture in childrens lives!!!
    Check out what Neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock has to say…………

    The Danger of Excessive Vaccination During Brain Development: The Case for a Link to Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.

    In 1976, children received 10 vaccines before attending school. Today they will receive over 36 injections. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control assured parents that it was safe to not only give these vaccines, but that they could be given at one time with complete safety. Is this true? Or are we being lied to on a grand scale?

    The medical establishment has created a set of terms, which they use constantly to boost their egos and firm up their authority as the unique holders of medical wisdom–the mantra is “evidence-based medicine”, as if everything outside their anointing touch is bogus and suspect. A careful examination of many of the accepted treatments reveals that most have little or no scientific “evidence-based” data to support it. One often repeated study found that almost 80% of medical practice had no scientific backing.

    This is not to say that medical practice should be purely based on pure and applied science, as understood in the fields of physics and chemistry. Medicine, as pointed out by many of the great men of medicine, is an art. For a discussion on the proper role of medicine I refer the reader to my paper titled –Regimentation in Medicine and the Death of Creativity – on my website (www . russellblaylockmd. com).

    Most men of medicine recognize that some things are obvious without a placebo controlled, double-blind, randomized study. For example, there has never been such a study to see if smashing your finger with a hammer will be painful, but we accept it without such pristine evidence. The same is true with removing brain tumors or sewing up severe lacerations.

    I find it interesting that there exist an incredible double standard when it comes to our evidence versus theirs. The proponents of vaccination safety can just say they are safe, without any supporting evidence what-so-ever, and it is to be accepted without question. They can announce that mercury is not only safe, but that it seems to actually increase the IQ, and we are to accept it. They can proclaim thimerosal safe to use in vaccines without their having ever been a single study on its safety in over 60 years of use, and we are to accept it.

    Yet, let me, or anyone else, suggest that excessive vaccination can increase the risk of not only autism, but also schizophrenia and neurodegenerative diseases, and they will scream like banshees –Where is the evidence? Where is the evidence? When we produce study after study, they always proclaim them to be insufficient evidence or unacceptable studies. More often than not, they just completely ignore the evidence. This is despite the fact that we produce dozens or even hundreds of studies that not only demonstrate the link clinically and scientifically, but also clearly show the mechanism by which the damage is being done –even on a molecular level. These include cell culture studies, mixed cell cultures, organotypic tissue studies, in vivo animal studies using multiple species and even human studies. To the defenders of vaccine safety-our evidence is never sufficient and, if we face reality –never will be.

    When I was in medical school, there was no proof that cigarette smoking cause lung cancer. The connection was as obvious as the layman’s observation that smashing your finger with a hammer would cause pain and even the town drunk knew it was true, but to the medical elite –there was no proof.

    No one had ever produced lung cancer in animals by exposing them to cigarette smoke. In fact, my pathology professor, Dr. Jack Strong, had trained monkeys to chain smoke, and after years of smoking none developed lung cancer. Yet, he was convinced that smoking caused lung cancer. Dr. Alton Oschner, founder of the famed Oschner Clinic in New Orleans, led the charge in proclaiming the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. It took almost another decade before the medical elite was willing to admit that smoking caused most cases of lung cancer.

    Almost 30 years passed from the time some iconoclastic men of medicine tried to convince the medical establishment that smoking caused most cases of lung cancer until it was generally accepted. The questions that needs to be asked is –How many people died of lung cancer, the most prevalent cause of cancer death in the United States, during this time? Data from the National Cancer Institute estimated that in the year 2004, 157,000 people died of lung cancer. If 80% were secondary to smoking that would be 125,000 dead. Over a ten-year period that would be over one million dead and over 30 years almost 4 million people who died from a preventable cause of death that at the time was still being hotly debated by the medical purist. Lung cancer death rates were actually higher during that time period.

    So we see that questions of medical importance that are nick picked to death on points of scientific purity can cost a lot of lives –millions of lives. There are over one million children and even adults with autism and the numbers continue to grow. This is a medial disaster of monumental proportions. The link to the vaccine program is scientifically and logically compelling but these same medical elitists refuse to listen.

    Like smoking and lung cancer, we have enough proof today to call a halt to the present excessive vaccine program and ban any level of mercury in vaccines. In 1983, before the autism epidemic began, children received 10 vaccinations before attending school and the autism incidence was 1 in 10,000. Today they are receiving 23 vaccines before age 2 years and 36 by the time they attend school and the autism rate is now 1 in 150 births. Medical “experts” have provided no other explanation for this dramatic and sudden rise in autism cases, despite a draconian effort to find one.

    They attempted to say it was genetic, but geneticists were quick to respond that genetic disorders do not suddenly increase in such astronomical proportions. They then said it was because of better diagnosis, despite the fact that the diagnosis is obvious in virtually every case and that the criteria officially accepted for diagnosis has become more restrictive not less.

    When trapped by a lack of evidence, defenders of a nefarious position resort to their old standby –the epidemiological study. Statisticians will tell you that the least reliable type of study is an epidemiological study because it is easy to manipulate the data so that the study tells you anything you wish it to. Every defense offered by vaccine defenders is based on such studies and never the actual science. Then they announce that the issue is settled and no further studies need be done. After the media has been informed that the issue has been settled, those who continue to present the evidence are considered kooks and the great unwashed ignorant.

    The Autism Disaster: Is it Man Made?

    For the rest of the article go to…

  3. D.Vanderdonck on October 6th, 2009 10:26 am

    How about checking birth control pills. This generation of women have been recepients of birth control pills and this is the generation of Autism.

  4. Ange Lobue, MD, MPH, BSPharm on October 7th, 2009 12:03 pm

    America’s Autism Epidemic

    Individuals with autism recently have been found to have deficits of mirror neurons which are necessary for the capacity to “put one’s self in another’s shoes,”in other words, the capacity to experience empathy and compassion.

    I believe the recent finding that the incidence of autism may be of epidemic proportions should be heard as a serious threat to the nation.

    It has been postulated that over the past several decades many children with autism have been described by their parents as “having grown out of it.” That is, as they grew up, they showed no serious evidence which justified a trip to the doctor’s office. Most evidence of a lack of empathy and compassion are easily missed, overlooked or ignored in families, schools and the workplace.

    However, it is possible that these children, many of whom are now adults, continue to be somewhere on the autism spectrum, that is, they continue to have mirror neuron deficits, and therefore, although intellectually competent, continue to experience degrees of compassionlessness.

    Regardless of the ultimate etiology, it does not seem inappropriate to hypothesize an association between the rise of the incidence of autism spectrum conditions in the general population and the rise of the incidence of compassionlessness in America.
    This is a subject for serious consideration in light of the potential threat it poses to national security.

    Ange Lobue, MD, MPH, BSPharm
    American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
    Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
    (707) 444-1616

  5. Annie on October 8th, 2009 2:55 pm

    Some of these findings are alarming… hopefully they will help raise awareness of autism. This video talks about what else these findings could mean. Some people say that the findings actually uncovered more questions then they did answers.

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