Autism increase mystery solved? No, it’s not vaccines, GMOs glyphosate–Or organic foods

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The number of autism cases has skyrocketed in the past few decades. In the 1970s and 1980s, about one out of every 2,000 children had autism. Today, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 150 8-year-olds in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. This expanded definition refers not only to autism but also to a collection of brain development disorders such as Asperger’s syndrome.

It’s been considered a medical puzzle. Mothers, and frankly all of us, are understandably concerned. Considering the numbers, it’s reasonable to ask: What’s causing the rise in cases?

Now researchers believe they know what’s responsible for the bulk of the rise: Nothing. Much of the rise in autism is likely a statistical mirage.

That’s probably not reassuring to parents with children who suffer from the disorder and it’s certainly not the answer you’d find if the Internet is your medical guide. There are literally thousands of articles and hundreds of organizations blaming one thing or another, from vaccines, GMOs and pesticides to even electromagnetic fieldsWi-Fi signalschemtrails and residential proximity to freeways. Scare headlines are everywhere. Posts like “How I Gave My Son Autism” tell stories of perfectly capable mothers blaming themselves for their child being diagnosed autistic after “exposing” him or her to a vaccine or serving non-organic food.

retracted-lancetA lot of the misinformation flows from a bogus 1998 British study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield that linked
autism to childhood vaccines. An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ in 2011 concluded that Wakefield misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the original study, which became the bedrock document of the vaccine denial movement. The study was retracted and Britain has stripped Wakefield of his medical license.

“Meanwhile, the damage to public health continues, fueled by unbalanced media reporting and an ineffective response from government, researchers, journals and the medical profession,” BMJ stated in an editorial accompanying its investigation.

The Genetic Literacy Project has exposed another fraudulent claim that’s raged through cyberspace, blaming autism’s rise on the herbicide glyphosate, which is frequently paired with GMO crops. According to Stephanie Seneff, an MIT computer scientist with no background in agriculture, genetics or epidemiology, half of the country’s children will be born with autism by the mid 2020s because of the increased use of genetically modified crops. Articles carrying Seneff’s videos and comments registered tens of millions of hits.

Now Seneff is endorsing the latest junk “study”, one funded by Moms Across America that claims to have found glyphosate in common vaccines—which she, with no evidence, again links to autism. [The GLP dissects that bogus ‘study’ here]

On the surface, some of these claims seem plausible. After all, the rise in the incidence of autism does track, for example, the rise in glyphosphate use—if you ignore its heavy usage for 20 years (since 1974) before GMOs were introduced (in 1994), and autism rates were steadier.gloysphateBut correlation is not causation. By cherry-picking the data, one could show that almost all of the alleged causes of autism that rose over the past 10-15 years correlate with the rise in autism cases. As, in fact, does the rise in chemtrail sightings, terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, the New England Patriot’s cumulative win total—and organic food sales:

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It also rises with the use of cell phones:

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And the rise in B-list actress Jenny McCarthy’s notoriety, which has skyrocketed as she has become a poster girl for promoting scare theories about autism causes.jenny-graph

Because many of the reasons for the increased incidence of autism are unknown, the disorder has become the defacto target for individuals and groups that have little else to point at. As much as the radical fringes of the organic food and everything-natural industries blame Big Ag and Big Pharma for the dramatic rise in autism, they are deftly making the most out of the situation monetarily as well.

So what does the latest evidence show? There now is intriguing evidence that there in fact has been no dramatic rise in autism after all. According to a recent study, scientists at the Aarhus University, in Aarhus, Denmark, assessed more than 670,000 children born between 1980 and 1991 in Denmark, following them from their birth until they were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, died, emigrated or reached the end of the study period which was in December 2011. Among other things, Denmark is renowned for its excellent national medical records system, which allowed them to conduct a study of this magnitude and over the extended time span. Among the population studied, 4,000 children were diagnosed as being along the autism spectrum and many of these diagnoses were made after 1995.

Look at what happened just before that detected increase. Tara Haelle reports in Forbes

In Denmark in particular, the diagnostic criteria for autism expanded in 1994 to include a spectrum of disorders with a broader list of symptoms, thereby widening the definition of autism. Then in 1995, national data tracking began to include diagnoses made from outpatient patient visits rather than just diagnoses of those admitted to a healthcare facility.

The exact same thing has happened in every country that has seen soaring autism rates—the definition of what constitutes as autism was dramatically expanded in the early 1990s to embrace the catch-all term Autism Spectrum Disorder—correlating with when GMO usage, chemtrail rates, pesticide exposure and organic food sales began a sharp increase.

The researchers discovered that the change in diagnostic criteria taken together along with the diagnoses made outside of a healthcare facility accounted for as much as 60 percent of the increase in prevalence of autism spectrum disorders. The authors of the study conclude thus

Changes in reporting practices can account for most (60 percent) of the increase in the observed prevalence of ASDs in children born from 1980 through 1991 in Denmark. Hence, the study supports the argument that the apparent increase in ASDs in recent years is in large part attributable to changes in reporting practices.

Though this in itself doesn’t mean evidence of a lack of increase in the prevalence of autism, it does say very emphatically that the huge uptick in numbers of autistic children diagnosed have at least something to do with how we diagnose the condition.

The idea that increased diagnosis contributes to higher prevalence of a disease is not new at all. In fact it is quite common especially as new diagnostic techniques come into play and early screening programs are put in place by governments. This often leads to debates in the medical literature about whether increases in prevalence of disease are real or due to an increase in diagnosis. Prostate cancer is a common example –incidence for prostate cancer jumped more than 100 percent from 1986 to 1992, which coincided with an aggressive expansion of the prostate cancer screening program based on the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test which was approved by the FDA in 1986.

The result of the autism study, even if somewhat expected is still very important. The quality of Denmark’s health records and the size of the study make it unique–it makes the data extremely robust and reliable. So how do these results translate to the United States? We do have similarities in how the diagnosis has changed writes Tara Haelle in Forbes

The way autism is defined in the U.S. has changed dramatically since 1980, when it first appeared in the DSM-III as “Infantile Autism” and could only be diagnosed in children whose symptoms began before they were three years old. Autism spectrum disorders have expanded to include diagnosis without a specific age requirement beyond the “early developmental period” and without requiring significant language impairment in the recently revised DSM-5.

The vast majority of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders today would never have qualified under the 1980 classification, and no formal classification separate from schizophrenia existed before then. So it’s not surprising that numbers have increased in the U.S.

There are many possible causes why there is an increase in the prevalence of a disease. Apart from increased screening and changes in diagnostic criteria, factors like increased awareness will also come into play. As credible scientific efforts around the world continue to identify genetic and/or environmental causes behind autism, it is prudent to not be taken in by wild claims and give in to the fears spread by those who accept and promote pseudoscience. And no, the Wi-Fi in your house or the genetically modified foods you eat will not lead to your child becoming autistic.

Arvind Suresh is a science communicator and a former laboratory biologist. Follow him @suresh_arvind

  • Seth Bittker

    The rise in autism rates in the United States have outpaced the rise in Denmark, and this research in Denmark which attempts to explain the rise through soft factors such as changes in diagnostic criteria leaves 40% unexplained in that country. The rise of autism prevalence based on diagnoses in the United States since early 1980s is something greater than 2000% based on data from the California Department of Development Services. If we assume that only 60% can be attributed to soft factors in the United States as this Danish study suggests that still leaves an increase in autism of over 800% over this time period that is unexplained.

    Autism is often an autoimmue disease. See: http://www.jneuroinflammation.com/content/pdf/1742-2094-11-69.pdf. Another way to look at the issues of prevalence is to consider it in this context. Most autoimmune diseases have increased significantly during recent decades in most countries. For some such as celiac there are objective measures that show that the apparent increase is much more than just picking up cases that had been
    missed previously. In fact by looking at historical blood samples some researchers have found that true increase in celiac based on serology between 1950s and 2000 was greater than a factor of 4. See: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001650850900523X.

    As autism is often an autoimmune disease and the nominal numbers have outpaced increases in other autoimmune diseases that have also been increasing in prevalence (celiac as an example), this suggests to me that a significant portion of the increase in prevalence of autism is real just as a significant increase in prevalence of celiac is real.

    • Seth, the difference between the US and Denmark is statistically not much different, and mostly linked to the fact that Denmark change its categorization earlier than in the US. Yes, some of the increase remains unexplained, but there is no evidence to support any of the current suggested causes–certainly not vaccines or GMOs.

      • Seth Bittker

        Hi Jon,
        Denmark is quite different from the US regarding autism epidemiology. My point is even if you assume they are comparable, that the amount “unexplained” by these soft factors is huge. As noted a significant increase in another autoimmune disease (celiac) has been shown to be real in the US. So it seems highly likely to me that a significant part of the increase in autism will be shown to be real as well.
        I also do not agree with your contention that there is no evidence to support any of the current suggested causes. Specifically, I think there is good evidence that significant exposures to each of the following increases the risk:
        1) Acetaminophen use. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673819/
        2) Excessive vitamins. See: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/aurt/2013/963697/. In particular oral supplementation of vitamin D.
        3) Pesticides. http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4626943?sid=21105596162793&uid=3739256&uid=4&uid=2&uid=3739832
        4) Pollution. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1408133/

        • victorpavlovic

          Jon, Where is the mention of the CDC whistleblower, in this miserable attempt to discredit the obvious links to autism especially the vaccine link which he has handed over thousands of documents to congressmans Posey’s office? Do you think those papers contain endorsements for the safety of vaccines?

        • Viriato77

          If you’re going to compare countries how do other confounding factors not apply? Is the racial/ethnic or genetic make-up of Denmark comparable to that of the US?

      • “Some of the increase remains unexplained”–40% or more, in fact–that is, more than 400% increase in the prevalence of Autism remains unexplained. The mystery is FAR from solved.

        • No one has claimed the increase is solved. But we do know there is zero epidemiological evidence that GMOs, glyphosate or organic food is a cause. That’s the point. Anti-Scuence activists, including those who reject biotech crops claiming safety hazards, are just plain wrong. They’ll just have to migrate to another scare topic instead of just reasonably discussing the variety of growing approaches snd their scientific vista and benefits. But when one is an ideologue reason goes out that window.

          • The title of this article begins, “Autism increase mystery solved:…” That is a claim, a false one, written large at GLP. Whatever. If you want to ignore good points, your choice.

          • Anti-science activists. Ideologue. What pure nonsense.

          • “But we do know there is zero epidemiological evidence that GMOs, glyphosate or organic food is a cause.” Considering that epidemiological studies have not been done on GMO, that is a barren observation. And misleading, which is typical.

          • Yvonne Forsman

            Med docs state that roundup/glyphosate destroys the gut microbiome and the immune system. New research out of Virginia Univ, June 1st 2015, explains that the brain has its own lymphatic system connected to the immune system. So in what way does glyphosate n-o-t affect the brain/autism, do you say???

          • hidden_agenda714

            Why the hell would organic food be the cause?

            The cause is pretty much clear. Anything that have traces of Mercury and high heavy metal contents. ie. Vaccines and Pesticides.

            Inject a NEWBORN baby, with under-developed brains with Mercury. Of course they will show signs of Mercury Poisoning. Meaning, Autism.

            Yes, the symptoms of Mercury Poising matches Autism Symptoms to a T.

          • David Ashton

            Mercury in injections. Pretty certainly the main factor in my eldest daughter’s case. But she is statistically insignificant…..!

          • Kenneth Wayne Launer

            What about those of us looking for truth? I guess we should just believe big farma funded research and accept it unchallenged???

          • Kenneth, I’m not clear your point. There have been hundreds of studies, some by pharmaceutical companies but the overwhelming majority by independent researchers and their results coincide: the rise in autism rates has no relationship to GMOs, mercury, radio waves or other kooky suggestions. Let’s stick to science and empirical research rather than activist web sites with axes to grind.

          • johiga

            Are results of these hundreds of studies by independent researchers accessible to the general public? How can I access them?

          • Resistance11

            Wake up Jon……
            Your being played like a fiddle by your Government…

          • WRONG AGAIN! Jon, please, review your most basic organic/biochemistry re “complexing” to understand the following:
            By 2025, half the kids born in the U.S. will be diagnosed with autism, according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She, like many others says autism isn’t just genetic – it is almost surely due to
            environmental factors. Just a couple of those factors are Monsanto’s RoundUp (glyphosate) and heavy exposure to a cocktail of heavy metals, including aluminum.
            Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/dr-stephanie-seneff-mit-scientist-explains-synergistic-effect-aluminum-glyphosate-poisoning-cause-skyrocketing-autism/#ixzz3gsZdSeOh

            And more support pointing at glyphosate (binding, thus eliminating bio-availability of essential minerals like Manganese): Genetically engineered crops, glyphosate and the deterioration of health in the United States of America:
            http://www.organic-systems.org/journal/92/JOS_Volume-9_Number-2_Nov_2014-Swanson-et-al.pdf

          • Kenneth, I’m not clear your point. There have been hundreds of studies, some by pharmaceutical companies but the overwhelming majority by independent researchers and their results coincide: the rise in autism rates has no relationship to GMOs, mercury, radio waves or other kooky suggestions. Let’s stick to science and empirical research rather than activist web sites with axes to grind.

          • Kenneth Wayne Launer

            What about those of us looking for truth? I guess we should just believe big farma funded research and accept it unchallenged???

          • johiga

            What evidence do you have to show that those who reject biotech crops claiming safety hazards are just plain wrong?

        • Yea, now you reread it, please. The article cites 3 different estimates showing an increase in autism incidence, none of which is really adequate, each giving differing rates of increase. The 3rd attempt to show an increased diagnosis of Autism shows an about 400% increase in about 8 years, (from 1989–2007), while the first attempt, which partly relies on American data from the CDC, and partly relies on what is apparently a guess, shows an increase in autism of roughly 1400% in ??16 or ??44 years (from the early 70’s or late 80’s till 2014?–it is not stated at all clearly.) (And, the comparison in autism rates is limited to that occuring in 8 year olds on one side of the data only–that occuring “today”.) …… This is a really unjustified extrapolation, but the paper just does not give adequate data to know anything, really, so here goes–since GMO’s have been prevalent about 15 years, the best we can estimate from the proferred data is that here has been an increase of about 750% in autism in that time. …….
          Then, this article describes one study showing an increase in Autism incidence due to changed diagnostic criteria–a Danish study. That study shows that 60% of the increased autism is due to changed diagnostic criteria. Again, we are somewhat comparing apples to oranges, but if we apply the estimate that only 40% of the increased prevalence is due to a true increase, while the other 60% apparent increase is due to changed diagnostic criteria, then we are left with 40% of 750%–which is a 300% unexplained increase in autism, not a 400% increase, as I had said. . ,,,,,,,
          So, I stand somewhat corrected. However, my point, that the mystery of the increase in autism remains FAR from solved, stands completely unmarred.. ……. The paper is totally inadequate–it fails to make any point whatsoever. It does not cite adequate data to draw any conclusion with a fair degree of rigor, and the point it tries to make, that the increase in Autism mystery is “solved”, is totally unjustified. …….. In short, reprinting this article, to make some “scientific” point, is utterly bogus.

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      • Mike Mc

        Why is it certainly NOT vaccines or GMOs Those are the PROBABLE causes. To automatically throw out the probable cause is insane.

        There have been billions of dollars in court cases IN THE US awarded because vaccines were proven without a shadow of a doubt to have caused autism.

        In Italy it is a well nown fact vaccines cause autism.

        The fraudulent studies by the CDC have been completely and thoroughly debunked as fraud many times. The CDC also hid data that linked vaccines and autism.

        No..no way vaccines can cause autism.

      • RJB

        Is the link in your post the one you provided?

      • JoeFarmer

        Flagged for spamming the same link all over the thread.

    • Alex

      Autism is not a disease.

    • robert

      ASD isn’t a autoimmune disease. The immune system is not present in the central nervous system where thought processes take place. ASD is neurological and is polygenetic.

    • No, it’s not conclusively an autoimmune disease:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15546805

      Your link talks about autistic children with an autoimmune disease. It does NOT say that Autism is an autoimmune disease. Those are two ENTIRELY different things.

      Please stop spreading misinformation.

  • Andrew Gillett

    “correlating with when GMO usage, chemtrail rates,
    pesticide exposure and organic food sales began a sharp increase.”

    Uh, one of those things isn’t a thing.

    • Sterling Ericsson

      Psst. Sarcasm.

    • Actually:
      GMO usage (they need to define their term GMO because GMO’s have been in use for thousands of years)
      chemtrail rates (do you mean contrails?)
      organic food (again, define your term, organic food has been consumed since… always)
      and pesticide exposure…

      I think you mean, “one of those things, is a thing.”

    • thabe331

      I felt like the author was using the term “chemtrails” sarcastically

      • Andrew Gillett

        Debatable for the first usage but by the third it’s clear that it’s not sarcastic.

  • Galen Gowen

    You use the word chemtrail as if it’s a real phenomenon.

    • hyperzombie

      It is Not?? Are you telling me that chem trails are not real? What is next, the lizard people are not running the government, Wifi will not rot your brain, Kennedy was not killed by the second gun man from the grassy knoll, Bigfoot did not build the pyramids with the help from aliens, government nano particle tracking devices are not in vaccines, Oh come on… All this stuff is common knowledge, my Yoga instructor agrees.

      • NicoleminCT

        Google HAARP and Chem trails discussed @ the UN. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V-BGlNrxMI you can watch a doctor address the UN on the issue. Last time I knew, doctors aren’t able to address a pseudo issue to the United Nations. Figured you might enjoy this for the next individual who claims chem trails are false, after all, he/she knows better than the UN and the experts.

    • Resistance11

      Chemtrails are everywhere… LOOK UP!
      Government has been using them for decades… RESEARCH

    • thabe331

      I felt like they were using the conspiracy theorist’s term tongue-in-cheek

  • Larry Perfetti

    My bet is that people with autism share certain a genetic make-up that is very slightly different from the genetic make-up of non-autistic people.

    • Frankie Brown

      Not necessarily. A lot of the autism disorders can be linked back to digestive tract issues and can be cured by fixing this main issue. I’m sure some of the artistic people do but a lot of it is things wee are putting into our bodies abs our children’s bodies that area causing it regardless of genetics.

    • majiandsn

      People diagnosed with autism do not universally share the same alleles, although mitochondrial mutations are not uncommon in people diagnosed with the order whose DNA is tested. What is COMMON is micro-deletions and other errors in SNPs. People diagnosed with autism who have had their DNA tested have more microdeletions than parents or siblings. Environmental factors are probably to blame for increased mutation rates.

      • Other than speculation by some, what empirical evidence or studies confirm your hypothesis that @environmental factors are probably to blame” fir autism. Perhaps they are but haven’t seen much more than soeculation. Can you help us here?

        • majiandsn

          I happen to have some expertise in autism research. Majia Holmer Nadesan

          • MStar

            You have no original publications per PubMed. Just a book; that does not say much. If you had expertise, you would be doing per-reviewed, reproducible science published in reputable journals.

        • Alain Couvier

          Congenital Rubella Syndrome

      • majiandsn

        What happened to the comment I posted last night concerning the statement made by the director of UCSD’s MIND Institute? He said researchers he works with professionally see rising rates of autism as being caused by environmental exposures.

        Toxins bioaccumulate in human bodies. Synergies occur with toxins bioaccumulated in human tissues.

        The youngest among us are always the most vulnerable, and the process of early neuronal development is highly vulnerable to disruption.

        Neurological disorders are rising in both children and adults in North America and Europe (probably every other locale as well). Environmental causes are to blame. The viability of our human genome, epigenome, and biome is integrally tied to the health of the eco-system.

        Independent, peer-reviewed research on round-Up has found adverse endocrine effects and higher tumor growth in laboratory animals, especially across generations. Transgenerational effects have been demonstrated in at least two studies, including near total infertility. Lab findings don’t necessarily have ecological validity but these findings should prompt researchers to investigate!

        If this comment disappears I will presume censorship.

        • thst confirms its speculation. One persons opinion hardly matters. Empirical evidence and multiplevstudues matter. FYI many “toxins” do not bioaummulate and most that do oresent no harm based on the best science. You are welcome to post your opinions on this or any subject but that’s what they, nothing more.

          • Alain Couvier

            You should reference these studies –

            doi: 10.1038/nature10110.
            Transcriptomic analysis of autistic brain reveals convergent molecular pathology.

            doi: 10.1038/ncomms6748.

            Transcriptome analysis reveals dysregulation of innate immune response genes and neuronal activity-dependent genes in autism.

            doi: 10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.76. Epub 2011 Jul 4.

            Genetic heritability and shared environmental factors among twin pairs with autism.

            doi: 10.1001/jama.2014.4144.

            The familial risk of autism.

            Including more than 2 million families, this is, to our knowledge, the largest population-based longitudinal study evaluating familial risk of ASD. The RRR of ASD increased with increasing genetic relatedness. Genetic and nongenetic influences on the risk for ASD and autistic disorder were similarly important. The RRR of ASD was 10.3 for full siblings, 3.3 for
            maternal half siblings, 2.9 for paternal half siblings, and 2.0 for cousins. There is a well-documented sex bias in autism,21 and it has been suggested that females may require greater familial etiological load to manifest the autistic phenotype.22 We did not find support for any sex-specific differences in the RRR.

            Heritability of ASD was estimated to be 50%, suggesting that genetic factors explain
            half of the risk for autism.
            This is considerably lower than the 90% in earlier twin studies2- 4 and closer to the 38% (95% CI, 14%-67%) reported in a recent California twin study,7 but estimated with substantially higher precision. In a Swedish twin cohort23 of 12 000 children, heritability of between 49% and 72% was reported for autisticlike traits (social impairment, communication impairment, and restricted and repetitive behavior and interests).”

          • Alex Patrice

            ‘Entine also runs a consultancy, ESG MediaMetrics. The firm’s homepage lists Monsanto as a “select client.” ‘…..This says it all

  • Thomas Maffei

    Since no cause has been found, how can anything be dismissed as a possible contributor?. Until the cause of ASD is found everyone is speculating.

  • RV

    Readers of this article should do a simple Google search on the purpose of the Genetic Literacy Project and the Executive Director. Then, draw your own conclusions about the agenda of GLC, biases of the article, and it’s relevance to understanding autism.

  • “Autism increase mystery solved” says the title of this article–what phoney, irresponsible clap-trap. The article goes on to indicate that as much as 60% of the increase may be due to changed diagnostic criteria. Last I checked, that would mean at least 40% of the increase is a real increase in incidence of this serious condition. To dismiss 40% of a very large and very negative problem is utterly irresponsible. What is your point?–“Don’t worry, we have everything under control”? What blatant misuse of science.

    • Actually, the article very clearly stated two things:
      –the cause of 40% of the recent rise autism in Denmark is unknown
      –there is no credible evidence that GMOs, glyphosate, vaccines or chemtrails are responsible for any of the rise

      That’s the science.

    • johiga

      Perhaps you meant “What blatant misuse of a pretense of science”?

  • Alain Couvier

    There’s some obvious epidemiological points that should be made –

    * Denmark is not the United States and there is significant
    differences in

    demographics,

    genetic diversity,

    environment,

    socio-economic factors,

    welfare and health care systems.

    * There is no “levelling off’ or “plateauing” in any other periods of time as would be expected if such factors as diagnosis were having a major effect over time.

    * The total population studied was not large considering it only
    covered 61,000 children per annum – compared to the US Birth cohort of 4,000,000 per annum and a total 44,000,000 for this study period.

    * The birth cohort dated 1980 -1991 can not be used in any
    comparison to more recent birth cohorts or different population groups. Its only real value lies in examining children from Denmark relative to a very defined temporal period. Extrapolating it to other times / cohorts is simply unwarranted and probably falls into a category of “junk science”.

    * Autism is Autisms – it is essential that we understand epidemiological studies in that light.

    Differing Autism geneses will have differing etiologies, pathways and outcomes.

    For instance Autism adults and children with a known gene deletion /
    mutation may have an epidemiological pathway where there is little to no increase.

    Autism children and adults where Maternal Immune Activation
    (Environment) plays a key the pattern may change with disease outbreaks.

    …and also are the factors that influence a diagnosis from 0 – 5
    years. This may include parental concerns over labeling, access to
    pediatric services, socio-economic conditions and a wealth of
    environmental conditions including particulates and other pollutants
    that take a child of high risk over a threshold to diagnosis (of course
    an opposite effect can apply – re environmental enrichment).

    Solutions

    We can solve some of these types of deficiencies in Autism epidemiology by using sophisticated large data sets and tracking both Autism and Autisms (phenotypes)….and results could be made available in little more than a day of number crunching.

    Isaac Kohane and colleagues at Harvard Medical have and are exploring large data sets that have already identified phenotypes based on co-occurring / complicating or convergent diseases and disorders. This is currently being matched to genome-wide association study (GWAS). The current data set has 24 partnerships with Universities , major health networks and overseas partnerships in the UK and Europe.

    This exciting research has already given us valuable insight into the
    ‘autism’ condition …

    including the verification of

    *severe gastrointestinal disorders in Autism,

    *the verification of inflammatory diseases in Autism ,

    *the verification of Colitis in Autism,

    *the link between the GI Disorders and seizures.

    we are entering an exciting period of time where some of the most critical questions on Autism may soon be answered.

  • Dc

    This article answers nothing. If it’s “true” that its all based on over reporting and over diagnosis and awareness. It still doesn’t answer the high number. It’s only saying that this high number has been around longer and should have been deemed an epidemic 100 years ago but instead of locking them in a closet we try and treat them now it still doesn’t answer. Where is this coming from? Why is it not a major concern? Something is causing it ? If you changed the name from autism to cancer people would than care

  • Alain Couvier

    So the take home messages –

    * Denmark is not the United States

    Medical science –

    * 50 – 62% of Autism is environmentally driven.

    * Autism is Autisms

    * Some major Co-occurring / Convergent diseases and disorders associated with Autism are substantially on the rise – Type 1 Diabetes , Asthma , Eczema., allergic rhinitis, or allergic conjunctivitis Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

    * If you have an Atopic Disease your risk for Autism is significantly increased to 3.4x – If you have more than one the risk rises to 4.29x (4)

    * If you have any atopic disease in the first year it significantly heightens the risk of epilepsy – almost doubling the risk.

    * if you have severe eczema the risk is nearly 4x.

    * Food allergies also becoming significantly more prevalent increase Autism risk by 2.69x

    * If you are “Foreign Born” child and living in the United States you will have significantly less asthma , eczema , hay fever and food allergy.

    Unfortunately the longer you live in the United States your risk will grow substantially – the risk for any allergic disorder after 10 years – triples.
    Eczema – nearly 5x, Hay Fever 6.25x

    * Eczema triples the risk of schizophrenia.

    * Children with atopic disorders have

    3x the risk of a behavioral disorder,

    5x the risk of ADHD,

    3x the risk of a conduct / oppositional disorder,

    2.5x learning disability ,

    6 x the rate of depression and anxiety.

  • Quin Tuenoahs

    We will never know the answer as long as we have a for-profit healthcare system, corporate lobbyists, and as long as drugs and genes can be patented.
    There is a disturbing attitude among the vast majority of people (the unaffected) to say there is not problem, or the problem isn’t caused by this chemical/drug/pollutant. The attitude asserts that if this drug/chemical/pollutant doesn’t harm most people, then it’s OK for everyone to be exposed to it.
    Nearly all healthcare professionals will tell you that vaccines do not cause autism. They go by the latest medical publications. But in a country where powerful corporations and lobbies are legally allowed to interpret science and approve what gets to be published, how can we even trust our healthcare professionals? They may have good intentions, but even they may be in the dark.

    • AndRebecca

      The government has been messing with our food supply. Infants are given soy formula-which acts differently in the body than milk based formulas, the same way plant based gasoline acts differently in a car than oil based gasoline. Soy also causes thyroid problems which cause mental retardation in children. Iron is added to milk based formulas and the two substances should not be mixed. If children do not get enough animal fat as infants, they will be retarded. All of these problems and many more should be looked at and aren’t.

  • Bob Buckley

    You say “the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 150 8-year-olds in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. This expanded definition refers not only to autism but also to a collection of brain development disorders such as Asperger’s syndrome.”
    Actually, the CDC has revised it autism/ASD prevalence several times since that figure, it now says 1 in 68.
    The DSM definition has never expanded … the revision from DSM-IV to DSM-5 merged the existing “collection of brain developmental disorders”, known as pervasive developmental disorders with a new name ASD, effectively getting rid of the sub-types. Many expect that the criteria are stricter and will reduce the number of diagnoses.
    The Danish report refer to the ICD-10 … which hasn’t changed.
    The Danish report ignores increased awareness of autism … and that its own data shows substantial increases in diagnosis rates in more recent birth cohorts.
    It also ignores that autism diagnosis has grown steadily after the “one off” change. Surely a change like that would wear off over time … but that’s not happening.
    Finally, if the growth is due to the change, there should be no growth after the change … but they completely ignored all that data (for children born after the change) that they could have used to validate their findings.

  • Melanie

    Your article says the autism mystery is solved. However, I see no actual identified cause. You say that the MIT scientist is only a computer tech when if you look at her actual credentials, she is extremely qualified. The FDA has said they don’t have time to study glyphosate in food products because it is just too prevalent. Well perhaps instead of playing a shell game you should study just baby food. Mother’s breast milk, Infant formulas and baby food such as Gerber. Test the levels of glyphosate. Then, put that prevalent pesticide with the vaccines to see if indeed it does produce a neurotoxin cocktail. Just start there. Rule it in or rule it out! I love science but I hate it when someone says the science settles it. Science changes day to day. Scientists have to retract their studies everyday. Scientists are silenced by big corporations every day. Both of my grandsons are diagnosed with autism. The youngest was speaking. His dad has celiacs so he was gluten free. The pediatrician suggested he start gluten and then they tested him after one month of eating it. It was negative for any gluten sensitivity. So, my daughter kept letting him have gluten. The result within three months was all of his words were gone…every single one. Interestingly, he was eighteen months old at this time which is the same time kids are given the MMR vaccine. I do not know the cause but apparently you do not either. I don’t suspect the gluten, I do suspect the increased use of glyphosate when harvesting wheat to produce a bigger yield. While we are writing articles like this that place blame and scream science then show me the science! And, in the meantime the kids are being damaged. Quit yammering about it and actually do something and let the scientists speak, not the friggin corporations. I do not see this as a solely genetic issue, it has to be an environmental issue. Once DDT was identified as dangerous to health it was banned. Like I said…rule it in or rule it out. Just don’t let Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow etc fund the study. They have a habit of silencing scientists. They have a habit of silencing reporters. They have a habit of suing farmers and states who want to label their products. Our children need a definite answer…not mystery solved…oh wait we know nothing, but go ahead and enjoy all the pesticides and additives in your food. It’s all good. Correlation is not causation but as I recall correlation brought down the tobacco companies.

    • Melanie, there is so much misunderstanding in your well meaning concerns that it’s hard to know where to start. There have been hundreds of studies on autism, and not one links it to GMO foods. Not one. Not a shred of evidence. Stephanie Seneff did not do a study. All she did was take useless correlation data and present it as evidence. In fact, there is an identical correlation with autism rising and eating organic foods. Glyphosate is toxically milder than salt. Do your homework. There is no wheat GMOs. Correlation had no impact on the tobacco research. There is direct and hard evidence that traces back to studies from the 1920s. No parallels. GMO foods are better tested and safer than organic foods…and far more sustainable. Read up with an open mind. You’ll be surprised.

      • Alex Patrice

        ‘Entine also runs a consultancy, ESG MediaMetrics. The firm’s homepage lists Monsanto as a “select client.” ‘…..This says it all

      • johiga

        Where does one find the hundreds of studies that you cite?

      • Angelice Caballer

        Wow who pays for this propaganda? I can think of a few..

        • Angelice, who pays of your inflammatory accusations? I can think of a few. If you believe the information I posted was scientifically wrong, then please post links to independent science…not to anti-science propaganda/activists sites. Or is you role just to troll and post baseless accusations?

          • Angelice Caballer

            The parents of the children harmed pay every day of their lives. I am sure you would not know that as you are not one of us.

      • Angelice Caballer

        http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/scientists-call-for-new-review-of-glyphosate-cite-flawed-u/article_22a4f33e-1021-5b89-b30b-6bcf313dd850.html “KANSAS CITY • U.S. regulators have relied on flawed and outdated research to allow expanded use of a herbicide linked to cancer, and new assessments should be urgently conducted,according to a column published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.” -“(GMO) crops used in food, and a recent World Health Organization (WHO) determination that the most commonly used herbicide, known as glyphosate, is probably a human carcinogen”…nuf said

    • agscienceliterate

      Oh, good grief. Sorry about your grandsons. But anecdotes are not data.

      If you’re concerned, contact the Autism Society for real information.
      Witch hunts are pointless. And so is bad science. And fear-based speculation flamed by toadies like Dr. Oz and the Food Boob.

      Hey, guess what else is correlated with the “rise” in autism?
      The rise in use of the following: Netflix! Starbucks! Hemp clothes! More cars on the street with better mileage! Learning a foreign language! More people learning how to tango!! You get my point. (I hope)

      Please look up “correlation” and “causation” and you can drop the fear.
      As Jon Entine says, please do your homework.

    • Farmer Sue

      You do’t really think that organic foods have been “proven” safe, do you?
      You know organic foods use pesticides, right? Look it up.
      You know that organic and conventional foods — several thousands of them — use mutagenesis for seed creation, right? (chemical blasting and /or irradiation, with no testing or oversight) Look up “mutagenesis.”

    • Wackes Seppi

      You may look up
      (and carefully reas) this:

      http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2014/12/31/oh-no-gmos-are-going-to-make-everyone-autistic/

      You will see
      therein one of Seneff’s hilarious graphs by which she tries to show
      that there is a causal link between the use of glyphosate (here on
      corn and soy) and a condition (here autism in §-21 year old children
      as measured by a link with IDEA).

      She has such a
      mastery in graphs and correlation statistics that she has been able
      to link glyphosate to many other conditions and events, including
      suicide rate.

      Have a look at her
      graph. If you believe her – yes, believe, we are here in the realm
      of faith, not science – any increase in the use of glyphosate has
      an immediate effect on the number of autism cases. Can you believe
      that? Does Seneff happen to know that this year’s corn crop will be
      harvested in the autumn and is likely to be mainly processed and
      consumed next year… so that the autism curve should lag behind
      that of glyphosate use by one year (at least).

      You may say: « No!
      No! Glyphosate causes autism during pregnancy ». Alas!
      Pregnancy lasts nine months.

      Alright, you may
      say: « It causes the condition during the last month ».
      Missed again: the autistic child will only appear in the data six
      years later.

      The autism curve
      starts at close to nil in 1990. Does Seneff understand that any
      6-year child detected and served in, say, 2000 may still be, so to
      say, in the curve in 2015? Is it so difficult to grasp the fact that
      one curve is cumulutative whereas the other is not?

      Autism is plotted
      against glyphosate use on corn and soy. Has Seneff figured out how
      that glyphosate can come into human diet to trigger autism? Both
      crops serve as feed, and glyphosate is not transmitted through meet
      or dairy products; or they are processed in ways which, again, would
      eliminate any transmission. So? Polenta? Corn flakes? Tofu?

      Oh! And there is:
      « Just don’t let Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow etc fund the study.
      They have a habit of silencing scientists. »

      It’s so true that,
      despite best efforts, they have not been able to silence Seneff and
      other quacks.

    • Martin Greenleaf

      As he states below there is no GMO wheat. Glyphosate is not sprayed over top of wheat, that would kill it and DEFINITELY not increase the yield. This is a typical case of blaming something without evidence to back it up. As for crops that ARE GMO, they do NOT necessarily get sprayed with glyphosate. In fact many GMO crops receive considerably less pesticide application than NON GMO crops which may require much more insecticides to protect their growth. Most of those insecticides that would be required are much more hazardous than glyphosate.

    • Martin Greenleaf

      As he states below there is no GMO wheat. Glyphosate is not sprayed over top of wheat, that would kill it and DEFINITELY not increase the yield. This is a typical case of blaming something without evidence to back it up. As for crops that ARE GMO, they do NOT necessarily get sprayed with glyphosate. In fact many GMO crops receive considerably less pesticide application than NON GMO crops which may require much more insecticides to protect their growth. Most of those insecticides that would be required are much more hazardous than glyphosate.

    • Melanie, how can you possibly claim Stephanie Seneff (the MIT programmer) is remotely qualified to assert claims about autism? According to her web page, her education in the relevant fields is non-existent: “She received the B.S. degree in Biophysics in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT.”

      Her research field at MIT is natural language processing on computers, but she has claimed autism is caused by vaccines, glyphosate, GMOs, and combinations of the three. She speculates about the microbiome (she calls it “gut bacteria”) as if it were completely mapped out, but microbiome research is a brand new field, one in which very little is known. She confuses correlation with causation, asserting gastrointestinal disorder causes autism when it’s more likely a result of the finicky eating habits of autistic children.

      She’s clearly nothing more than a cranky activist who is unfettered by actual knowledge. I’m sorry she’s fooled you, but her views on autism are no more reliable than a coin toss.

      • Loren Eaton

        Richard, the anti-GMO loonies will use anyone with a PhD in anything to further their cause because they think it brings credibility. She’s simply a stooge and she really doesn’t anything more about agriculture than the illustrious DOCTOR Vandana Shiva.
        And isn’t it just miraculous that glyphosate AND the GMOs to tolerate it have the EXACT same adverse effects?

      • Loren Eaton

        Richard, the anti-GMO loonies will use anyone with a PhD in anything to further their cause because they think it brings credibility. She’s simply a stooge and she really doesn’t anything more about agriculture than the illustrious DOCTOR Vandana Shiva.
        And isn’t it just miraculous that glyphosate AND the GMOs to tolerate it have the EXACT same adverse effects?

    • Melanie, how can you possibly claim Stephanie Seneff (the MIT programmer) is remotely qualified to assert claims about autism? According to her web page, her education in the relevant fields is non-existent: “She received the B.S. degree in Biophysics in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT.”

      Her research field at MIT is natural language processing on computers, but she has claimed autism is caused by vaccines, glyphosate, GMOs, and combinations of the three. She speculates about the microbiome (she calls it “gut bacteria”) as if it were completely mapped out, but microbiome research is a brand new field, one in which very little is known. She confuses correlation with causation, asserting gastrointestinal disorder causes autism when it’s more likely a result of the finicky eating habits of autistic children.

      She’s clearly nothing more than a cranky activist who is unfettered by actual knowledge. I’m sorry she’s fooled you, but her views on autism are no more reliable than a coin toss.

  • Nick

    I dunno man

  • youcancallmemax

    Please do not dismiss this as a joke or humorous quote in any way. I believe that all avenues and parts of the spectrum should be examined when it comes to this serious issue. Has there been a study ever conducted by any doctor or scientist on the possibility of oral sex maybe being an underlying cause?

    • yougottabekiddin’

      Maybe research sexual abstinence? As a control group?

      • youcancallmemax

        Funny. Very…… In fact, hilarious! However, in all seriousness, I obviously did not mean oral sex to be a for of conception and again (ha!……ha!) I meant oral sex being practiced prior to intercourse. Perhaps the idea that salivation could be interfering with sperm and/or possibly on the female’s mucus during the conception process. I am steering you towards the direction of this article:http://www.whattoexpect.com/preconception/conception-myths.aspx. The article discuesses myths regarding conception (look at the “Lubricant/Saliva” question and you will find that saliva is known to “kill” sperm. However, my question is…what if it doesn’t? What if something else occurs? My argument is that more in depth research should be done. I don’t think it would hurt to investigate it. By the way, you have my permission to be as funny as you want with what I just wrote but try keep things in perspective every now and then. Autism is a serious issue that probably can be prevented. So try to remember that, abstinence boy. Cheers!!

  • Brim

    Shill.
    “the increase in chemtrails caused by soaring jet traffic”… what a joke. I weep for the future.

  • Thanks for this. Some great info in it.

  • Nancy Patrick

    How do you know that the GMO is not contributing? It’s been proven that Vaccines aren’t. But I haven’t seen any full scale study for GMO

  • Mike Mc

    Oh Ok. So this article claims there is no increase in autism then and to move along with your day. Certainly NOT vaccines or GMOs..whatever happens it is certainly not those two. It doesn’t matter that vaccines given to children are growing year after year and genetically modified food is rampant in the past two decades. None of that matters.

    • MStar

      Actually vaccine load plummeted by 3500 fold from 1990 -2000 and has remained stable since then. Autism has had a much slower consistent increase in incidence since the early 80s. Extrapolating correlation to causation (as stupid people like to do ) would suggest that vaccine load was protecting against autism.

  • charles

    It’s too bad the USA doesn’t keep better track of medical records. With a population of 320 million and since everyone now has health insurance serious long term studies could be done like in Denmark.

  • Earl

    Glyphosate, GMOs, Vaccines – all contribute to your sickness… One must be ignorant to willingly allow any of these to continue in our society.. There are tons of research results and evidences to support the fact they are all dangerous.. Go Look up in the internet….

  • Captain Piccard

    This is entirely my own opinion, but:

    Generation X beginning in 1980 had their chromosomes damaged with a vaccine & their children are turning autistic. Autism had remained level at 1 case in 10,000 children from 1980 through 1993.

    The increase in autistic cases began it’s rise in 1993, right around the time generation X was turning 13, just old enough to have kids.

    And around the year 2000, just as generation X was turning 20yrs old & more were having kids the monumental skyrocketing climb in the # of autism cases really started to kick off. By 2002 it was 1 in 250.

    In 2008, when generation X was about 28yrs old, when many were started on having families, the # rose to 1 in 88.

    And in 2013, when gen X’ers were beginning to turn 33 & settle down the cases rose to 1 in 50.

    This huge climb in ten years. To me, it seems like a ton of people born in the 1980’s were contaminated by some type of cheap vaccine that is making their offspring autistic.

    And the increase in cases began to rise more over the next
    “Broadening the definition = accounting for as much as 60% of the rise in autism cases” doesn’t account for the other +40%. What makes sense to me,

  • Russell C.

    Why not eliminate certain areas that have been identified by parents as causes. Lets do a 2.000 child study concerning the multi-vaccine given to one year old’s. Let’s back it up to age 5 for 500 children,back it up to age 3 for 500 children, give normally to another 500. Then not give it at all to another 500. Run the test’s for autism on each group and see if there is a statistical deviation of any great percentage? If there is none move onto something else that researchers,doctors and parents believe could be causing this disorder. Eliminate every environmental cause you can while the nuclear biologist’s search for possible genetic markers or problems within the persons DNA. You can at the least eliminate what isn’t a cause.

  • mrkettle

    “And no, the Wi-Fi in your house or the genetically modified foods you eat will not lead to your child becoming autistic.”

    You warn against pseudoscience then make this scientifically unfounded statement. A funny little blemish on an otherwise informative article.

  • Cody

    It’s on the rise because men and women are having children later. Our reproductive powers are fragile. Our country screams the “30 is the new 20” mantra but it’s only a phrase to keep people in an adolescent scene longer.

    90% of a woman’s eggs are dried up by the time she hits 30. Nature intended for women to have their kids much younger. That’s how the body was made. Most women are called to become mothers. It’s common sense. The only way to bring life into the world is through M/F sexual intercourse. With no children coming into the world, human race goes bye-bye.

    While all humans including those with autism deserve respect and dignity, many of them cannot become good parents because of their disability. With more humans, there is opportunity to lighten the load so that more people can care for the one individual who may struggle with basic life skills.

    We need men and women to get married younger (like early 20 or late teens). We need to teach our children proper maturity and parenting skills when they are kids. Have them look over their brother and teach them that hardship and suffering always offers opportunities to grow. Make them get employment the day they turn 14. Teach them responsibility, discipline, and some financial skills like budgeting money.

  • Energizer

    I have observed several misleading statements in this article. For instance – “the increase in chemtrails caused by soaring jet traffic.” Chemtrails are not caused by soaring jet traffic. Chemtrails are caused by companies who invest in weather modification for financial gain, and they retrofit airplanes with tanks and sprayers that drop aluminum, barium, and strontium, among other chemicals into the air to modify the weather. These weather modification efforts have increased dramatically over the last few years.

    Another misleading statement is – “Now researchers believe they know: Almost certainly, nothing. Most of the rise in autism is a statistical mirage.” Researchers have not come to ANY conclusions, but this statement indicates they have.

    Yet another misleading statement is – “As much as the radical fringes of the organic food and everything-natural industries blame Big Ag and Big Pharma for the dramatic rise in autism, they are deftly making the most out of the situation monetarily as well.” This statement labels those who oppose GMOs and big pharma as radical.
    The tactics being used by the writers and backers of this article are not new and have been used by many large and well funded special interest groups for the past 50 years. The tactic is to introduce doubt into the minds of readers so they don’t take any action.
    Our laws allow special interests to get away with this, but in my mind, it is criminal. I suppose the correct term would be legalized genocide.

  • Barcelona Films Studio

    By the looks of the curve, by year 2025 about half of our children will be brain damaged, (yes, because I like to call things by its name) and you get paid to write this? That it’s a naturally occurring phenomena? Are you even sleeping at night? The Danish study has absolutely nothing to do what is going on. And the organic food chart, are you for real? What a crook!

    • Jim Gordon

      Read the article again while moving your lips.

  • Barcelona Films Studio

    I’ve posted several times and my comments get deleted, may I know why please?

  • Shelley Tzorfas

    This is the kind of genetic junk science that gets in the way of reclaiming a time when most children were well. 1 in 6 US kids now have Developmental Disabilities, 1 in 5 Neurologically Impaired, children falling ill or worse to peanut allergies and so on. What happened? The US passed a law in 1986 that you could never sue a vaccine maker in regular court thus kids went from 7 vaccines to more than 70.
    Encephalitis occurred-their brains swelled. Let’s use the word Encephalitis-a Synonym for Autism.
    Aluminum, thimerosal (Mercury) formaldehyde, cells from a fetus, cells of Pigs, cows, monkeys, dogs, insects, ether, ammonium, coal tar, dangerous peanut byproducts (Anaphylaxis anyone) polysorbate 80, ether.. Some made in unregulated places, some made in China.

  • Shelley Tzorfas
  • Kenneth Wayne Launer

    Hahaha this is a statistical anomaly because big farma scientists say so hahahaha omg this article and this website is a joke!!!!!

  • Kenneth Wayne Launer

    Hahaha this is a statistical anomaly because big farma scientists say so hahahaha omg this article and this website is a joke!!!!!

  • Vince

    I highly object to the reference of what are contrails as chemtrails. The increased jet traffic causes increased contrails, not chemtrails, which are a figment of the imagination of some people.

  • Grandparents4Choice

    Tara Haelle is paid by the vaccine industry – she is not a health reporter.

  • lifebiomedguru

    The problem with the “correlation is not causation” are threefold (1) No one cherry-picked vaccines as a suspected cause. Untold numbers of parents reported adverse events. The molecular mechanism by which ethyl mercury harms growing neurons is well established. (2) While correlation does not (always) imply causation, it is difficult to have a case of correlation without causation. (3) Dr. William Thomson, CDC Epidemiologist, said that the CDC faked the data for much of the vaccine safety research:

    http://jameslyonsweiler.com/2015/07/15/top-10-things-you-must-know-about-the-autismvaccination-question/

    http://www.morganverkamp.com/august-27-2014-press-release-statement-of-william-w-thompson-ph-d-regarding-the-2004-article-examining-the-possibility-of-a-relationship-between-mmr-vaccine-and-autism/

  • brian

    Possibly the dumbest article out there

  • Kathryn J. Stiles

    This
    article is based upon cherry picking data. I have worked with adults
    with disabilities since 1981. I don’t care what a person’s label is.
    My job is to teach each person to be their best self. It does not take a
    diagnosis for me to find a person’s strengths and barriers.

    My
    simple observation is that there is a new group of people who have
    common characteristics that are definitely on the rise. Call it what
    you want, but if this article was correct, I would see a lot more 30+
    year olds with the same characteristics. I am in the trenches, I see
    what I see with my simple eye.

    This article doesn’t pass the common sense test for me.

  • Angelice Caballer

    I guess your “Story” might fly with anyone born after the 70’s. But the fact a lot of us grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and never knew one child with asd, or adhd, and food allergies, it simply is bogus reporting. For some of us moved around went to more than one school still no kids with these issues why it did not exist. The only person my entire generation did not go to school. She was home schooled she was crippled and wheel chair bound. She had many aliments, but wanted friends so we would walk up the hill and play with her. Her mother told my mother she was fine before VACCINES. Sunland California 1979.

  • bimmy

    I am the mother of an “autistic son”. While I find all your views interesting, being told it is my fault because I allowed him to be vaccinated, or fed him the wrong diet, or “didn’t carefully” watch my consumption of foods during pregancny (no booze, illegal substances or the laundry list of things “not to take nor eat” was NOT done, however) just adds to my personal feelings of guilt. Our daughter is perfectly normal, our son has problems. I had no idea what would come. Being told it is my fault is counterproductive. I would rather know whether my “normal” kid is at risk for having one, or what will take place in the future and how to prepare for it. NOT sit there and take blame for something I didn’t know would come, nor could be pre-diagnosed.

  • Barb Leonard

    Autism has become the political football for activists. If they can’t get traction for their particular agenda, the ultimate scare tactic of “it causes Cancer”, “it causes Autism”, etc. ad nauseum, is used, with absolutely no real scientific evidence to back it up. This, in order to get the “sheeple” to support their causes i.e. no vaccinations, drink raw milk, no GMO’s, no pesticides, but please do smoke weed because it’s so wonderful, etc. I think you get my drift. We have allowed the asylum to run the country because the internet has become the bully pulpit where you can engage with all sorts of misinformation and spread it to others whose brains reside in their jerking knees for logic. Happy to be on the downhill slide, although I do fear for my grandchildren.

  • lifebiomedguru

    Every article on the internet, including this one, and every opinion expressed by all commenters that “vaccines do not cause autism” are based on the Vaccine Safety Research studies that are now very much in doubt since the revelations by Dr. William Thompson last August that the CDC omitted data, and changed the protocol for a study after they looked at, found, but did not report a very strong positive association for African American males. The entire transcript of Thompson’s revelations show that this kind of thing was typical of many studies conducted by the CDC.

  • Your Everything

    this is MORONIC. Studies have actually been on this and it is NOT a numbers game at ALL. It has been proven.. even with the inclusion of aspergers its still only 1 couple percent. It is definately a pandemic. It is increasing so drastically there isn’t enough classroom space for severe functioning autistics. Whoever wrote this should be ashamed of themselves

    • Jim Gordon

      And yet you provide no citations to back up your ludicrous and embarrassing claim.

      WHERE’S THE BEEF??

      • Your Everything

        google. dont be lazy, Jim

        • Jim Gordon

          It doesn’t work that way, nimrod.

  • Kyle

    Number of autistics surprised: exactly zero

  • Steven Budden

    Interesting article. It oversimplifies key points, however. GMO’s may not be directly correlated to autism, but the foods that are GMO’d, are (corn, wheat).

    Diet, particularly a diet high in refined grains and high glycemic index sugars, is correlated strongly with autism. Since such foods are on the rise in many places, the increase of cases of diagnosed autism would also make sense (even considering that the definition of what autism is has broadened). http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/ I read this book in 2001 or so, and Elaine Gottschall experimented with a ‘specific carbohydrate diet’, where she tested various foods and their impact on the intestines. Where she found starches and certain sugars damaged the intestine, particularly an intestine that was already damaged due to various conditions, such as yeast overgrowth. She created the diet to resolve digestive issues like IBS and Crohn’s, Celiac’s, etc, but found that a child following it for a year or two would stop displaying the symptoms of autism.

    If you desire even more recent research, read ‘Grain Brain’ by David Perlmutter.

    There probably are a few very rare and isolated cases of ‘autism’ that would not respond to a dietary shift, but I’m certain that 90% or more are linked to lifestyle, of parent and child. It’s empowering, however, to know that it can be shifted at any point in life of the child.

    It’s common knowledge that diet is critical to brain development, yes? Why is it so ‘radical’ to think diet might contribute to ‘psychological’ symptoms? Is it because fast food conglomerates (and pharmaceutical companies) would lose money?

    Please don’t believe the establishment. If you have autism or a child with autism, there is hope! Try the Specific Carb or the Grain Brian diet (or probably a host of other cleansing diets) and watch the symptoms clear. There’s absolutely no risk, because both diets swap out all of the empty foods for nutrient dense foods. And the body and brain begin to heal. It’s not magic. It’s science.

    Mystery dis-solved.

  • Jon

    This article is as full of shit as a Christmas goose!!
    When I was growing up in the 70’s, one kid in a two mile area
    Maybe had autism. NOW, I have three special needs children on just
    my block alone!!! An idiot would have to have his head
    up his add to not know in the collective guy that “Houston… We have a problem”!

  • thabe331

    Why do you keep using the term “chemtrails” when referring to contrails?