More autism woes await

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In the next decade, more than a half-million children with autism will age out of school and into adulthood.

Presently, the cost of educating them is considerably higher than their neuro-typical peers, and states are struggling to fund their needs. However, it’s going to become a lot worse when they leave school.

The old saying “you can’t see the forest for the trees” aptly applies here. Government health officials, doctors and the media continue to say autism isn’t a crisis now – the high numbers are only because of better diagnosing and expansion of the spectrum, and they say “don’t worry” because there are blue lights for awareness. But they can’t see what will happen to the forest of sick children in the future.

Government sources have estimated that it will cost $2 million to $3 million to take care of a person with autism for a lifetime. Yet, those who are deeply involved with autism know that the cost could easily be 10 times that amount.

Approximately 85 to 90 percent of those on the spectrum never will be employable. They won’t ever contribute to Social Security, but always will be eligible for government disability. That means that we, the taxpayers, will be responsible for their care.

With the forest becoming so thick from the present lack of urgency, services and housing for those with autism spectrum disorder when they age out of school are soon to become huge problems. Where will all these young adults go? Many parents still will have to work. And what will happen to the children when the parents die?

How long will society wait to start dealing with this urgent problem?

Maurine Meleck

North Augusta, S.C.

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myfather15
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myfather15 07/05/14 - 06:56 am
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"How long will society wait

"How long will society wait to start dealing with this urgent problem?"

As a parent with an autistic child; I share your concern but I'm just not sure what you expecct society to do. They're doing as much research as they can, but seem to hit brick walls. They're trying every sort of treatment possible, but that only covers the symptoms, not cures them. I really don't know what you expect them to do.

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Bizkit 07/05/14 - 07:09 am
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There are studies of autism

There are studies of autism children development to midlife and it outcomes depend on IQ being greater than 50 and other factors, but while many may not be able to work studies show some have friends, can live independently, and manage. Course IQ is a good indicator of outcomes anyway and low IQ normal have problems too. The incidence of autism varies with different countires and the US has the highest incidence, it is a genetic disease that affects predominately males (4:1), and the rate has gone up independent of vaccinations or MMR in particular. This is a population genetics and evolution study for sure-because it isn't known if it is rare mutations or just combinations of common alleles that interact to produce the altered neurodevelopment. We should be concerned about the evolution of our species and is this a sign that our species maybe heading to extinction (usually mammals last a million years before extinction so we maybe early in decline as a species). If this trend continues we may have to decide as a species to practice eugenics to control breeding of our species. I hope this is a blip and not a steady trend as it appears.

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msitua 07/05/14 - 08:18 am
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There is no such thing as a genetic epidemic. It takes decades, and decades-even centuries for this. Where are all the 40, 50 and 60 year old people with autism.? They simply do not exist. You are suggesting eugenics to solve the problem? You cannot be serious. If you are--you have some more serious thinking to do.

for my father 15-what more can we do? How about being honest about autism? That it's largely environmental and gov't health officials
need to admit that they have been hiding the truth about vaccine danger.

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Bizkit 07/05/14 - 10:16 am
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It isn't a genetic epidemic

It isn't a genetic epidemic it is "evolution" that is a trait increasing in th population from a shift in gene alleles within a population through successive generations . Just like the preponderance of blue eyes is decreasing the genetic components of autism are increasing in our "offspring". The genetic epidemic is just plain naive and a straw man because it isn't happening in adults but our offspring-it is exactly what evolution predicts-though likely genetic drift and not natural selection. There isn't a feasible scientific mechanism for "vaccines" to cause autism-no possible mechanism-because evidence indicates the neuroanatomical changes happened in utero before birth. There is "epigenetic" effects that can influence whether a gene is turned on or off that can influence the expression of the trait after birth, but vaccines aren't it. Now it could be pesticides, herbicides, environmental estrogens, heavy metals, etc (known teratogens) could be a factor during prenatal development. There is no vast conspiracy to hide the cause of autism-since many scientist also have children affected. I understand the desperation but it takes time for the process of science to figure things out. The frequency of autism varies in different populations supporting a genetic substrate just like it does for Cystic Fibrosis or Sickle Cell disease. Don't fall for the hysteria and read the peer-reviewed published literature by people who want to understand autism.
Also Donald Gray Tripplet is a 77 year old man who was the first diagnosed with Autism. The incidence is increasing, the changes appear to happen in utero , the diagnosis period is getting earlier than vaccination, and its occurrence is independent of vaccinations.

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Bizkit 07/05/14 - 10:05 am
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Eugenics has already

Eugenics has already happening in the US don't be naive. There is a long history of it in the US-the ideas here influence Nazi Germany.

msitua
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msitua 07/05/14 - 12:37 pm
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well duh now-ooks who's naive

so you actually approve it and what it has done in the past?

msitua
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msitua 07/05/14 - 12:40 pm
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books new

Thimerosal-Let the Science Speak-by Robert Kennedy Jr. out July 21-I have already rad it and it's brilliant.

The big Autism Cover-Up-by Anne Dachel-brilliant also--out Oct 1(have read it and helped edit it)

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Lee Benedict 07/05/14 - 01:29 pm
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I have written on the topic,

and if anyone wants a copy of it, just message me.

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Bizkit 07/05/14 - 03:49 pm
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Thimerosal isn't used much

Thimerosal isn't used much anymore and I'm not sure why it was because it contains mercury a well known teratogen, neurodevelopment defect agent, and turns on latent genes. A few influenza vaccines have it but you can request a vaccine without it. But vaccines themselves are probably the number one greatest benefit to medicine and man-antibiotics use to be the on list but not anymore. Vaccines actually probably protect you against numerous other things like cancer and alzheimer's. There are a few MMR papers that find a link but most don't-if there were a strong link it would manifest itself. Now thimerosal does link with atutism and other defects but it just isn't used much anymore. Believe me I'm a skeptic-like global warming is due to orbital cycling and not that much from man burning fossil fuels-though it does contribute to this natural process.
Mstuis another straw man because I provided info about eugenics in America doesn't mean I support it. Just cause I disagree no need to demonize me-as I could easily call you ignorant and perpetuating misinformation that just raises angst needlessly. The weight of evidence indicates vaccinations don't "cause " autism and if you are concerned about being mislead watch out for all the proponents with voodoo who are as shady as Ken Hamm and willing to hoodwink you to take your money with some hope of a cure with a no gluten diet or some other nonsense. There is no regulation on these morons as there is with the scientific community. Most natural products are unregulated.

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Bizkit 07/05/14 - 03:55 pm
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The harm that the

The harm that the anti-vaccine proponents cause is immeasurable. Becaue they will cause children to needlessly die from a preventable disease-think about that before you attack me-because of people that pass misinformation and try to create some conspiracy about vaccines naive parents will hesitate to have their kids vaccinated. Now given there is a risk to vaccines but the risk of disease is greater. Like polio was virtually wiped out in the US but no more but of the autism radicals are influencing people. Studies show you want to live longer and reduce your risks to numerous cancers get vaccinated.

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corgimom 07/07/14 - 09:26 pm
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msitua, so please, explain to

msitua, so please, explain to me how I knew there was something wrong with my son before he was 3 weeks old, before he had ever had a vaccine.

You can't, because vaccines don't cause autism.

Because if they did, then there would be no autism in undeveloped Third World areas where children were not vaccinated. And there is. And it would affect girls in equal proportion to boys.

When you have something that affects boys more than girls, that's genetic and it's carried on the X chromosome. That is just plain old fashioned common sense.

My son is 34, is that close enough to 40 for you, msitua? And he is not sick in the slightest, autism is not a disease.

Shame on you for calling them sick, because they are not.

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