When a disease starts to become commonplace in a society, one of the tendencies by the medical, pharmaceutical and public health communities is to assume that the disease has always been there at the same levels and that we’re only noticing it more due to better diagnosis and reporting. This is what is occurring with autism in the United States.
So instead of considering the possibility that “something we are doing” may be causing the disease to spread, there sets in a sense of conformity. Here’s the way the cop-out thinking goes:
Hey, nothing to worry about. The problem’s always been with us. We’re just doing a better job of detecting it. Don’t despair, we’ll come up with a magic drug to manage or cure it.
This grotesque mindset is powerful and infectious.
Meanwhile, of course, we keeping doing what we’re doing and the disease keeps spreading. Few are willing to question the status quo. Few seem interested in looking back and recalling how absent was the disease when we Boomers were young. We remain in a state of denial and slumber, and we continue to destroy our health and that of our children.
It is estimated that 1 in 2 children in the US will have autism by 2025. Just last month, the CDC announced that 1 in 59 children in the US are autistic. In the 1980s, it was 1 in 10,000.
No ladies and gentlemen, hear me… This growing epidemic is not the result of better diagnosis and reporting. That is a clever construct devised by unsavory, flailing characters like Paul Offit, David Gorski, Peter Hotez and Dorit Rubinstein out of ignorance and fear. Fear that someone has screwed up royally and there will be hell to pay (like you cannot imagine) when the unthinkable truth finally sets in.
Hell, I tell you.