Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Autism Rising: CDC Says Autism Increase is Real

One of the heated  debates, of the many, that arise in discussion of autism related matters is whether the rates of autism increase is real, in whole  or in part, or whether the rates are increasing solely because of 1994 diagnostic definition changes in the DSM and increased social awareness.  The  United States Center for Disease Control however, in arguing that thimerosal, the mercury contained in some vaccines, does not cause autism disorders, has taken the clear and unambiguous position that increasing numbers of autism diagnoses reflect a real increase in autism disorders:

"Does thimerosal cause autism?

Research does not show any link between thimerosal in vaccines and autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder. Although thimerosal was taken out of childhood vaccines in 2001, autism rates have gone up, which is the opposite of what would be expected if thimerosal caused autism."
Obviously if the increases in autism diagnoses did not reflect real increases in autism there would be no merit to the CDC position that increased autism rates confirm that thimerosal does not cause autism.   The increases in autism diagnoses are real, autism IS rising, the CDC says so.


Minority said...

No, no, you don't get it! The increase only applies as an argument against vaccine causation. In all other arguments there is no increase.

Double-speak for sure. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

This is one of those things where there will never be enough information. We need to educate the public on what Autism is and what to expect and how to help. I just discovered 101autism.com and really enjoyed the information I found there.