Once an extremely rare condition, since the early 1990’s autism rates in the USA have exploded into an epidemic. A decade ago the American Academy of Pediatrics estimated the autism rate among American children to be 1 in 2,500. Today, the CDC places the rate at about 1 in 166, or 1 in 80 boys. Over 500,000 kids now have autism with thousands of new cases diagnosed every year.
While “the cause” of autism is not fully understood, it is a matter of ferocious debate in medicine. The rigorous party line of the medical establishment, and Big Pharma, is that autism is genetic disorder. This view has been profoundly challenged, first by parents of autistic children, and now by thousands of scientists and health professionals. The growing view is that autism is clearly a biological brain disorder. As such, it is preventable and treatable.
At the center of the debate on cause, is the question of whether the over vaccination of infants, particularly with vaccines laden with toxic preservatives like mercury, has played a role in the epidemic of autism. A possible role vaccine manufacturers and government officials have suspected for years but not made public. Autism rates began rising dramatically in children who were administered the new mercury laden vaccine regimens.
Mercury was first introduced in vaccines in 1931. Before then autism was unknown and the first cases diagnosed followed the introduction of mercury in 1931. Since the removal of mercury from infant vaccines in some states, early indications are that autism rates have begun to fall.
Perhaps the most important evidence for this view is that in recent years a variety of new treatments are resulting in a sharp increase in complete or partial recovery of autistic children,. Were the cause of autism genetic, recovery would not be possible. While hope is growing for better treatments, most autistic persons remain severely handicapped in their ability to communicate and socialize.