This is an awesome article by Dr. Bob Sears and posted on the TACA website.
Tell that to the one million or more children currently affected.
Remember back when autism was 1 in 10,000 and eventually 1 in 1000?
Then 1 in 150 came along, and some of us got worried. Last year we were
told it had jumped to 1 in 50. So, I was certain that “the powers
that be” would finally step up and declare an emergency. Either that,
or show us research that demonstrates autism is on the decline. But
silence? SILENCE? What’s up with THAT?
What got my blood boiling again was the latest news (which I didn’t
actually see on the NEWS): 1 in 48 Minneapolis children ages 7 to 9 have
autism. For Somali children in the city, the number is 1 in 32.
We’d heard about the Somali problem a few years ago, and the government
figured the Somali issue was due to some sort of genetic factor. The
rest of our children in the area, whose parents were voting
constituents, were safe. Not so. This latest study shows that Caucasian
children in the city have an autism rate of 1 in 36. In other
ethnicities, it’s less-commonly identified, thus diluting the total
number down to 1 in 48. So, it’s not just some genetic factor unique to
As autism continues to rise nationwide, we are no closer to an answer
as to why or what. We know it’s partly genetic, but why? We know it’s
largely environmental, but what? We all have our theories, and we have
some great treatment options to help improve, and in some cases, resolve
But as long as the government continues to pretend that
this isn’t an emergency, and continues to hold back funding for the
right kind of research, I’ll have to keep writing on this blog, and
continue seeing new patients with autism in my pediatric office every
week. I want to go back to treating diaper rashes, colds, and smiling
sympathetically as moms complain that their babies aren’t sleeping
through the night. You know, the old days, when children were healthy,
and virtually all of them developed and thrived socially and
behaviorally as toddlers.
I’m tired of getting my weekly “Eye on Influenza” newsletter from the
public health department. Where’s my “Eye on Autism” weekly update? If 1
in 48 of my infant patients is going to develop a disorder, I want to
know that the government is on top of it. I want to know that someone, anyone, cares.