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CDC Finally Admits Autism is a Greater Danger to Your Children

February 20, 2007 | 6,173 views
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A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, considered the most complete assessment of autism to date, has found that the number of children who have an autism disorder is significantly higher than had been previously thought, and could be as high as one out of every 150 children.

Earlier estimates judged the incidence of autism disorders to be 1 in 166 children. But those estimates were based on smaller studies and used different study methods.

These findings may add further fuel to the growing debate over thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that was used in infant vaccines up until six years ago, and is still used in flu shots.

For the new report, researchers used data from a multiyear, multistate study of 8-year-olds who were identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD includes autism, PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified) and Asperger's disorder.

These disorders are characterized by problems with language and communication, often accompanied by repetitive or unusual behaviors, and generally begin before age 3, although they may not be diagnosed until later.


Dr. Mercola's Comments:

After this sobering report by the CDC, conventional medicine can't turn its collective backs on autism any more, as it has for a long, long time. The incidence of autism is even higher in some states than the national average; in New Jersey, more than one out of every 100 children suffers from an autism disorder.

Despite the evidence, however, CDC Director Julie Gerberding remains skeptical autism rates are really rising, citing "better studies" as a possible reason for the uptick -- although the results of each successive study are grimmer than the previous ones.

The most important number parents need to remember when it comes to vaccinating your children is 27.

Children were 27 times more likely to develop autism when given three vaccines containing thimerosal, the mercury-based vaccine preservative, and far less so when it was removed from them, according to studies posted here three years ago.

If you remain skeptical about the vaccine-autism link, I urge you to review a pair of interesting reports that go far toward explaining why the Amish haven't experienced autism like the rest of America.

On Vital Votes, reader Josh from Vista, California adds:

"It is sad that the government, the Rx companies and society for that matter cannot see how vaccines are one of the causes of [autism] ... .

"I know lots of families and friends that have chosen not to give vaccines to their kids (I live in CA so it is much easier as they have a philosphical exemption option) and their kids are fine. As well, I have one friend in particular that lives in [Massachusetts] that got their child vaccinated. Their child was a vibrant, loving and energetic expression of life, until the vaccinations. Now, she is autistic.

"At the same time, even though autism, vaccinations, etc are such an issue, I look at handicapped, autistic, mentally retarded children as higher evolved human beings that are here to teach us. Not us to teach them. That is just my belief!"

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