Sunday, April 19, 2009

With Autism Rising in Indiana, 1 in 113, it is Time to Study Environmental Toxins and Autism

The United Kingdom is not the only jurisdiction in the world with a higher rate of autism diagnosis than the 1 in 150 estimated by the CDC or the 1 in 166 to which the Canadian Neuroscience & Neurodiversity establishments cling.

In a series the likes of which is unlikely to surface at the New York Times, the Globe & Mail or the CBC, 'On the Trail: Autism and the Environment', the Bloomington Alternative examines autism in relation to environmental toxins. In Indiana: High rates of autism, toxic pollution, the Stephen Higgs, continues his autism and environmental toxins series at BA with a report on Indiana's high rates of autism and toxic pollution noting that Indiana's identified autism diagnoses rate changed from 1 in 128 to 1 in 113 in one year.

The Denialists will point, yet again, to the change of diagnostic criteria back in 1993-4 as an explanation for this latest increase in diagnoses in Indiana. They will offer no actual study to back up the claim, a claim that grows weaker each time it is trotted out to explain a new increase in autism rates, and as we move further away in time from 1994. Seriously, 15 years after the change in DSM autism definitions it is no longer credible to point to the 1994 DSM change as a full explanation for the startling increases in diagnoses.

It is time to look at ALL possible environmental causes of autism from vaccines to industrial plants and toxic toys and jewelry. It is not enough to scoff and pretend to be "scientific" while denying, refusing to look at possible causes of autism as suggested by facts and evidence.

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farmwifetwo said...

As long as they keep track of prenatal care and the use of ultrasounds, induction drugs and time in antenatal.

Right now it's just a "live birth", no other records are kept to compare with autism rates.

I want them added to my list b/c I'm certain those 5 days had a LOT to do with the severity of little boys autism.

Stephanie said...

I was born in northern Indiana; later moved to SC around 2.

The area I was born in was mostly Amish country, though. I was pretty far away from all of the factories and other such toxins.