Autism month was mixed

As Autism Awareness Month reaches its close, I’d like to step back and view its accomplishments.

We saw a lot of blue lights during the Light It Up Blue porch-light campaign for autism awareness. There were numerous autism walks and runs, and money was raised for research. Very little, if any, will be spent on significant environmental research. They’ll look at how many overweight mothers and old fathers have children with autism, and they’ll study some more genes that so far have come up with no answers.

It’s not awareness we needed all month, but action. What are we doing to stop this epidemic that is now affecting one in 50 children in America and one in 31 boys, according to the Centers for Disease Control?

A new study by Canada’s University of Guelph appeared in the journal Vaccine. It covered a new vaccine to treat gut bacteria in children with autism, and says 90 percent of children on the spectrum suffer from this unhealthy bacteria that affects their behavior in a negative way. Since a very respectable number of autism families believe that vaccines caused their child’s autism, it is ironic that a vaccine is being produced to treat vaccine injury. More than ironic, it borders on crazy.

Only a couple of years ago, the famous Mayo Clinic and the American Association of Pediatrics claimed there was no link between autism and gut disease.

I don’t see blue lights here, but I do see a red flag. It tells me there’s more money to be made in treatments, but not in a cure. Next year, they’ll be those running again for autism; the numbers of those affected will have increased; and they will be no cause and no cure.

Maurine Meleck

North Augusta, S.C.

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