Catastrophic Autism Rate Now 1 in 88, 1 in
Advocacy Groups ask What Will it Take
for the Feds to Act?
will the federal health authorities wake up?
Will it be 1 in 25? 1 in 10? How many children have to suffer from
autism to call this an emergency?â€ť
The Focus Autism Foundation joins a Coalition
of Autism Groups call press conference on World Autism Day
Blast HHS ongoing failures
New York, NY, March 29, 2012 â€“ Grassroots autism advocacy
organizations representing over 100,000 autism families will hold a press
conference Monday, April 2, 2012, World Autism Day, at 11:00 at Hilton
Manhattan East, 304 East 42nd St., to push for official recognition
of autism as a national public health emergency and to analyze the federal
health authoritiesâ€™ ongoing failure to respond.
Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
announced new prevalence rates among 8-year-olds from 2008 as 1 in 88 children
and 1 in 54 boys. â€śThese numbers are
staggering,â€ť said Katie Wright, daughter of Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and
Suzanne Wright and board member of the National Autism Association. â€śWhen will the federal health authorities
wake up? Will it be 1 in 25? 1 in 10? How
many children have to suffer from autism to call this an emergency?â€ť
Recent research from Stanford University conclusively shows
that environmental triggers account for most cases of autism, not genetic
predisposition. â€śParents have been
calling on the NIH to study environmental factors for decades, but almost all
the money has gone into genetic studies.
No matter how high the autism rate soars, the CDCâ€™s continued denial of
an autism epidemic is certitude comparable to death and taxes,â€ť said Mark
Blaxill, Editor-at-Large of Age of Autism web-based newspaper.
These advocacy groups believe that ongoing government
research appears to be driven by corporations that fear being implicated in any
environmental relationship with the autism epidemic, and believe that these apparent
conflicts of interest must be exposed.
The organizations call for three urgent action steps:
Sebelius should declare a national health emergency and order the NIH and CDC
to shift their research focus to prevention efforts, especially investigation
of long overlooked environmental factors.
Government Accounting Office should initiate a study of past research funding
that has ignored environmental causes. We
need to understand whether this was the result of lobbying to avoid possible
liability that might be uncovered with examination of environmental triggers.
U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform Committee should initiate
promised hearings as soon as possible on the failure of federal health agencies
in appropriately responding to this epidemic. It has been about ten years since
this Committee examined the role of the federal authorities in the autism
epidemic. We can think of no other
instance of any comparable epidemic that has gone on so long without Congressional
Grassroots organizations represented at the press conference:
Age of Autism, AutismOne, Autism Action Network, Autism File, The Canary Party,
Center for Personal Rights, The Coalition for Safe Minds, Elizabeth Birt Center
for Autism Law and Advocacy, Focus Autism, National Autism Association, Talk
About Curing Autism
Contact: Ginger Taylor
This week, the Canary Party expects CDC to announce a new autism prevalence rate of 1 in 88. As boys are diagnosed with autism at more than four times the rate of girls, this translates to 1 in 54 boys. That new rate would be an increase from the previous 1 in 110 reported two years ago by the CDCâ€™s ADDM (Autism Developmental Disabilities Monitoring) Network. This would only be the latest uptick in the autism rate reported by CDC, as the disorder was diagnosed in 1 in 10,000 in the 1960s, and the rate was virtually zero before 1930.
The Canary Party also expects federal health authorities to continue to downplay the seriousness of the skyrocketing autism rate, just as they have done for the past two decades since the rate began rising dramatically. Canary Party Chairman and autism father Mark Blaxill, drawing on his own experience working with federal agencies on autism for many years, commented, â€śNo matter how high the autism rate soars, the CDCâ€™s continued denial of an autism epidemic is certitude comparable to death and taxes.â€ť
History shows us that Polio was called epidemic when the rate was only one in 2,700. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently called trampoline injuries epidemic, even though that rate was only about one in 1,200 children for the year the those injuries were reported (1996). By these measures, The Canary Party holds the position that autism should have been declared an â€śepidemicâ€ť many years ago. Some have offered the excuse that only infectious diseases can be called epidemic, but as the CDC has announced that obesity is epidemic in the U.S., the Canary Party believes that this leaves the agency with no good explanation for failing to characterize autism as such.
Ginger Taylor, Executive Director of The Canary Party, echoes the questions that autism parents have been asking for years: "How did we go from one in 10,000 children born 50 years ago being diagnosed with autism to 1 in 88 diagnosed today? Why do the Centers for Disease Control refuse to call the avalanche of autism diagnoses in the U.S. anything more than an â€śurgent public health concern?â€ť Why is the federal agency downplaying a national emergency with special wording created just for autism â€“ Urgent Public Health Concern â€“ a label that is not used to describe any of the thousands of other disorders and conditions the agency tracks? When dozens of published research papers and multiple congressional hearings have shown that the primary causes of autism are environmental, and include vaccines and their components, why has CDC failed to offer any advice to new parents on how to decrease the chance of a child developing autism? Why has CDC chosen not to even attempt to identify which children are the subset vulnerable to these environmental exposures so that they can be handled with greater care?"
Taylor further said, â€śWe hold the CDC accountable for failing to warn parents about the risks of these exposures, and especially for CDCâ€™s own bloated, one-size-fits-all vaccine schedule â€“ which exploded in the late 80â€™s after vaccine makers were indemnified against litigation by Congress.â€ť
Canary Party member Lisa Goes added, â€śThe vaccine schedule â€“ never tested for safety as a whole - is a vast, uncontrolled human experiment on a generation of children.â€ť
The Canary Party calls on Americans to demand that federal health authorities call this what it is, an autism epidemic, and to demand that government take action to make our air, water, foods, medicines and vaccine program safer. Please contact your legislators and President Obama. http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Staff St. Robert Bales has been charged in the massacre of 17 innocent Afghan civilians, and questions are surfacing on whether or not he was taking the anti-malaria drug Lariam, which is known to cause psychotic behavior, paranoia and hallucinations. The drug is believed to have been a factor in several homicides and suicides involving military personnel.
Today the Huffington Post reports that days after the killings, the Army ordered an emergency review of the use of the drug, which leaves us wondering if they believe that it was a factor in the Bales case as well.
My name is Tricia Selka, and I am an elementary school
teacher in Norwalk, Ohio. I earned my
Bachelors of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University, and my
Masters Degree in Technology in the Classroom.
I have been teaching for ten years.
As an educator, I feel
it is my responsibility to help to educate others regarding public health
issues, current research, and policy that affects the health and safety of our
children. This film helps to educate
our society regarding the development of vaccines and vaccine policy. It shows personal stories, along with
professional opinions that can help everyone to be well-informed and make
educated decisions regarding vaccines and vaccine safety.
Being an elementary school teacher, I am fully aware of the
broad spectrum of needs that children today have. Parents want to do all they can to help their
children. This film is an educational
tool that can help parents make informed decisions about the health of their
Last week, the president of a local school board, whose daughter had suffered a vaccine injury young in life (from which she recovered) wrote an open letter making the recommendation that parents screen the film, The Greater Good. While school system officials are regularly tasked with recommending vaccination, we do not regularly see school system officials recommending informed vaccine decision making, so The Canary Party was very encouraged at this very responsible stance on the part of Mr. Marvel. What was unexpected, was that other professionals would follow the precedent set by Mr. Marvel, and pen their own open letters, encouraging others to watch the film so it can encourage open discussion on vaccine making decisions. This week both a school nurse and a pediatrician have written their own letters of support for the film.
As the film will be screened nationally on Current TV on Saturday, we think that we have a unique opportunity to get these letters to local school and medical practitioners, so that they can have a better understanding of the issues at play in vaccine decision making for families. So we have put together a kit for families to use to share information about the film with those in their community. We have contacted the producers of The Greater Good to get some of the support materials for the film, and put together a flyer on the Current TV screening this weekend, to accompany the letters. We encourage everyone to write their own recommendation letter as a cover letter, to give to their pediatricians, doctors, school board members, school nursing staff, special education professionals, social workers, local government officials, lovers of film... anyone in your community with an interest in children's health, vaccination, disability, or governance. You can then present this package to them tomorrow, in time for them to watch the screening of The Greater Good on Saturday.
We know this is short notice, but when things like this happen, you have to seize the moment.
As discussions have spread about the film The Greater Good, more professionals, encouraged by the open discussion the film is promoting, are recommending the film. Today we recieved a letter from pediatrician Janet Levatin doing just that:
Re: The film â€śThe Greater Goodâ€ť
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Janet Levatin, MD, and I have been a board-certified pediatrician since 1989. I attended the George Washington University School of Medicine, graduating in 1982, and completed a pediatric residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. I have been practicing pediatrics as an attending-level physician since 1986, and have been following the issues of vaccinations and parental consent for many years.
I had the opportunity to see the film â€śThe Greater Goodâ€ť several months ago. I found the film very informative and thought-provoking in its discussion of the development of vaccines and vaccine policy. The information is well presented, and offers a balanced discussion of the issues. The opinions of neuroscientists and physicians who raise pertinent questions about current vaccine policy are presented; additionally, time is given to medical professionals who strongly advocate for vaccine policy as it exists.
Parents are constantly making decisions that influence the health and safety of their children. As a pediatrician I encourage all parents to inform themselves fully and to discuss many issues with their childrenâ€™s health care providers, especially elective procedures such as vaccination. â€śThe greater Goodâ€ť is an excellent educational resource that parents can use as they prepare to discuss immunization plans with their pediatricians.
Janet Levatin, MD
A reminder to watch The Greater Good on Current TV this Saturday at 1pm eastern.
The Canary Party is a movement created to stand up for the victims of medical injury, environmental toxins and industrial foods by restoring balance to our free and civil society and empowering consumers to make health and nutrition decisions that promote wellness.
â€śIf the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.â€ť -Thomas Jefferson