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Autism Rates: Government Studies Find 1 in 100 Children Have Autism Disorders

CARLA K. JOHNSON | 10/ 5/09 01:02 AM | AP

CHICAGO — Two new government studies indicate about 1 in 100 children have autism disorders – higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in 150.

Greater awareness, broader definitions and spotting autism in younger children may explain some of the increase, federal health officials said.

"The concern here is that buried in these numbers is a true increase," said Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. "We're going to have to think very hard about what we're going to do for the 1 in 100."

Figuring out how many children have autism is extremely difficult because diagnosis is based on a child's behavior, said Dr. Susan E. Levy of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics subcommittee on autism.

"With diabetes you can get a blood test," said Levy. "As of yet, there's no consistent biologic marker we can use to make the diagnosis of autism."

The new estimate would mean about 673,000 American children have autism. Previous estimates put the number at about 560,000.

One of the studies stems from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health. The results were released Monday, and published in October's Pediatrics.

In that study, based on telephone surveys, parents reported about 1 in 91 children, ages 3 to 17, had autism, including milder forms such as Asperger's syndrome.

The other government estimate has not been formally released yet. But because of the new published findings, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided to announce Friday during an embargoed press briefing that their preliminary findings also show about 1 in 100 children have the disorders.

The CDC uses an in-depth method for its estimate, said CDC researcher Catherine Rice. An agency network reviews the education and health records of 8-year-old children in selected cities and determines whether the children meet the diagnosis. Autism experts generally consider this method more rigorous than a telephone survey.

President Barack Obama has made autism a priority for research, Insel said. Federal stimulus money has been earmarked for autism, and a 2006 law pumped millions of dollars of new federal money into autism research, screening and treatment.

The published findings, which include state-level data, will help the government plan new services, said Michael Kogan, a researcher with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, who led the new study, which lists authors from several government agencies, including CDC.

The findings are based on the results of a national telephone survey of more than 78,000 parents of children ages 3 to 17. The survey dealt with many health issues and included two questions on autism.

Parents were asked whether they'd ever been told by a doctor or other health care provider that their child had autism, Asperger's syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder or other autism spectrum disorder.

If the parent said yes, they were asked if their child currently has autism or an autism spectrum disorder. "Yes" to both questions was counted as a child with an autism disorder.

The survey questions were flawed, said autism researcher Irva Hertz-Picciotto of the University of California, Davis. A broad definition, read to some parents who asked for clarification, didn't include "repetitive behaviors," Hertz-Picciotto said. And parents weren't asked about a professional diagnosis in the second question.

Children with autism can have trouble communicating and interacting socially. They may have poor eye contact and engage in repetitive behavior such as rocking or hand-flapping.

"The wording and definition invited much broader interpretation," Hertz-Picciotto said, and researchers didn't check what parents said against medical records.

In another finding, nearly 40 percent of the children ever diagnosed with autism disorders didn't currently have autism, the parents reported. That rate is much higher than ever found by autism recovery researchers. Outside experts said they doubt it reflects a true rate of recoveries. Autism could have been suspected and later ruled out for some of the children, the authors wrote.

One of the new study's authors was supported in part by a grant from Autism Speaks. The others work for federal agencies.

"Autism is a highly prevalent disorder," said Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer of the advocacy group Autism Speaks. "We're looking at a major public health challenge."

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Thanks for sharing this! Alan
"As of yet, there's no consistent biologic marker we can use to make the diagnosis of autism."

The CT scan is one means they could employ, because it is certain that it is a result of what Harris Coulter calls "minimum brain damage" mbd. Read his book: "Vaccination: The Assault on the American Brain".

Another important side issue is criminal behaviour, which saw a rise of 800% since the introduction of mass vaccination. The brains of criminal are routinely scanned and these scans show anomalies in brain structure. The correlations with vaccines are obvious, because all these criminals had been vaccinated.
Hepatitis B Vaccine Triples the Risk of Autism in Infant Boys

Posted by: Dr. Mercola
October 08 2009 |

hepatitis B, hep b vaccine, vaccines, mercury, thimerosal, aluminum, adjuvants, autismA new study has shown that giving Hepatitis B vaccine to newborn baby boys more than triples their risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder.

The study’s authors used U.S. probability samples obtained from National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) 1997–2002 datasets.

The conclusion states that: “Findings suggest that U.S. male neonates vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine had a 3-fold greater risk of ASD.”
The authors also noted that an earlier study by them found that hepatitis B vaccination was associated with receipt of early intervention and special education services.

The new study used a different database than their earlier study, and they found same results, suggesting a validation of their findings.


Age of Autism September 17, 2009

Annals of Epidemiology September 2009: 19(9); 659

Dr. Mercola''s Comments

Routine use of the hepatitis B vaccine for all newborns began in 1992, despite the fact that there was absolutely NO logical argument for it. It should never have been included in the immunization schedule, and here’s why.

Do Newborns Really NEED the Hepatitis B Vaccine?

Folks, hepatitis B is about as difficult to catch as AIDS. Namely, you nearly always need to have blood or sexual contact of some sort.

That is why the main risk factors are IV drug abusers and those who engage in sex with multiple partners.

In addition, vaccine-derived immunity is thought to be short lived. Up to 60 percent of persons who initially respond will lose detectable antibodies within 12 years. So that means that these vaccines will provide little to no protection to the real risks of acquiring hepatitis B, namely promiscuous sexual behavior and IV drug abuse.

The Vaccine Harms FAR More Children Than it Helps

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) was developed by the government to report vaccine reactions. Many experts believe that only 10 percent of the adverse reactions are reported though, as reporting is not mandated by law. (Some surveys puts this number closer to ONE percent.)

Even with only 10 percent of the problems being reported, there were nearly 25,000 VAERS hepatitis B reports from July 1990 to October 31, 1998 (prior to adding the Hep B vaccine to the immunization schedule), showing 439 deaths and 9,673 serious reactions involving emergency room visits, hospitalization, disablement, or death.

Now, hepatitis B is a rare, mainly blood-transmitted disease. In 1996 only 54 cases of the disease were reported to the CDC in the 0-1 age group. There were 3.9 million births that year, so the observed incidence of hepatitis B in the 0-1 age group was just 0.001 percent.

Meanwhile, in that same year VAERS received 1,080 total reports of adverse reactions from hepatitis B vaccine in the 0-1 age group, including 47 deaths!

Put in simpler terms: for every child that contracted hepatitis B there were 20 immunized babies that were reported to have severe complications. Let us also remember that only 10 percent of the reactions are ever reported, which means traditional medicine is harming about 200 children to protect one from hepatitis B!

It is simply inexcusable…

The Vaccine-Autism Links

Despite the assertion by conventional health experts that no link has ever been found between vaccines and autism, there are plenty of links, if you know how to look. And as the article in The Age of Autism states, you cannot come to a conclusion on the vaccine-autism issue by looking at studies that examine just one type of vaccine, or one type of ingredient.

Children today receive a whopping 48 doses of vaccines before the age of six. For a chart showing the various types of vaccines included in the childhood vaccination schedule, you can download this flyer from

According to David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, of the 11 different types of vaccines administered, only the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) shot has actually been studied in association with autism. But where are the studies of all the others in relation to autism?

And where are the rigorous studies demonstrating the cumulative effect of several vaccines administered simultaneously , or within a short time span?

It is illogical, and downright ignorant, to state that the current vaccination schedule is a-okay and vaccines have nothing to do with the rise in autism, based on the studies that have been done so far.

Autism Rates have Risen to New Heights

For a number of years the accepted rate of autism was about 1 in 150, but the most recent statistics suggest that autism rates in the U.S. have now conservatively increased to 1 in 63. And this number is TWO years old.

This is the shocking conclusion from the 2007 survey results from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), which reveals a 100 percent increase in parent-reported cases of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), compared to their 2003 survey.

A similar British study puts the current U.K. rate at 1 in 83.

Clearly, something is going on; something is going wrong! And to simply dismiss the vaccine link with a blanket statement that has not been verified by rigorous scientific study is unconscionable.

If we want a healthier world, we must all become citizens for sanity and logic, and demand a more rational approach, where safety comes before profits.

After all, just like there were links between smoking and lung cancer long before conventional medicine changed their tune, there’s enough proof today to call a complete halt to our excessive vaccine program, and ban any level of mercury in vaccines.

But just like the case of Big Tobacco, Big Pharma refuses to do what’s right and protect you and your children from unnecessary harm, because it would mean a drastic reduction in profits.

Hepatitis B Vaccine and Increased Risk of Neurological Disorders

Using datasets from 1997 to 2002, this latest study found that newborn boys more than tripled their risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder after receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine.

The increased use of the Hepatitis B vaccine also coincides with the original rise in autism. According to the CDC's National Immunization Survey, 8 percent of infants received the Hep B vaccine in 1992. At the time the ASD rate was 67 in 10,000.

Four years later, at which time 82 percent of infants received the Hep B vaccine, the ASD rate rose to about 100 in 10,000.

At the time, the Hep B vaccine contained 25 micrograms of thimerosal – a mercury-containing ingredient that has long been thought to be a contributing factor to autism due to its potent neurotoxic effects.

According to the FDA, new thimerosal-free pediatric formulations of hepatitis B vaccines were licensed in August 1999, (Recombivax-HB by Merck) and in January 2007 (Engerix-B by Glaxo SmithKline).

However, despite the fact that the Hep B vaccine no longer contains thimerosal, recent research have shown that the Hepatitis B vaccine can still damage myelin in those with certain genetic factors.

One recent study found that children who received the Hepatitis B vaccine were 50 percent more likely to develop "central nervous system inflammatory demyelination" than children who did not receive the vaccine.

GlaxoSmithKline’s Engerix B brand of the vaccine was shown to be the worst of the bunch, increasing the risk of demyelination by 74 percent. It also nearly tripled the risk of developing multiple sclerosis in genetically susceptible people.

As I mentioned above, Engerix-B was licensed as a thimerosal free version of the vaccine in January 2007. However, all formulations contain approximately 0.5 mg of aluminum per mL of vaccine instead, which may be even worse than mercury…

As you can see, there are likely a wide variety of potential factors involved; not just one vaccine or one ingredient.

We need to know what all of these exposures in combination mean to the health of our children if we ever want to turn this tide of autism around.

The Evidence Against Thimerosal

Again, newer studies dispute initial industry-funded findings that thimerosal is safe to inject. For example, a study published in the journal Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry in June this year, showed that the mercury-based compound used as a vaccine preservative -- known as ‘thimerosal’ -- induces neural damage similar to that seen in autism patients.

According to the study, thimerosal-induced cellular damage led to:

* Concentration- and time-dependent mitochondrial damage
* Reduced oxidative-reduction activity
* Cellular degeneration
* Cell death

Even low concentrations of thimerosal induced significant cellular toxicity in human neuronal and fetal cells. Thimerosal was also found to be significantly more toxic than the other metal compounds examined.

Four years ago, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. wrote a must-read Rolling Stone article exposing the truth about the drug industry's greed, and the secret gathering where a plan was hatched to cover up the dangers of thimerosal.

According to Kennedy’s account, in June of 2000, a group of top government scientists and health officials -- including high-level officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the top vaccine specialists from the World Health Organization (WHO), and representatives from every major vaccine manufacturer -- secretly gathered to discuss the use of thimerosal in childhood vaccines.

Data indicated that the toxic heavy metal appeared to be responsible for a drastic increase in autism and other neurological disorders among children.

However, rather than taking every precaution to protect public health, they spent the majority of the next two days plotting how to protect the industry’s bottom line by getting rid of the troubling data.

Although thimerosal was eventually removed from the majority of childhood vaccines in 2001, it’s still used in some multi-dose vials, and is present in nearly all seasonal flu vaccines.

Many of the soon-to-be-introduced swine flu vaccines will also contain 25 mcg of mercury.

Another recent study confirming the link between low-level mercury poisoning in children and diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences in September 2008.

It was the first prospective, blinded cohort study to examine children diagnosed with an ASD using urinary porphyrin profile analysis (UPPA) to assess the physiological effects of mercury toxicity. They also used glutathione analysis to assess the children’s susceptibility to mercury poisoning.

Children with severe ASDs were found to have significantly higher levels of mercury intoxication in comparison to participants with mild ASDs. And glutathione -- a key biochemical in your body’s mercury detoxification pathway -- was significantly lower in patients diagnosed with an ASD in comparison with the control group.

I’d like to point out, though, that although this study shows a relationship between lower glutathione levels and greater severity of autism, mercury is not the only toxin that can affect glutathione levels.

There’s a plethora of toxins in your daily environment that contribute to your toxic load, so any number of toxins may be contributing to the problem.

For example, there’s strong evidence suggesting that toxic microbes, endotoxins, environmental chemicals like phthalates, and the influence of electromagnetic fields may be significant contributing factors to autism as well.

And vitamin D deficiency has recently been implicated as an underlying condition.

Moving Forward

It is becoming increasingly necessary to continue to educate yourself and your family on the issues surrounding vaccinations of all kinds. There are so many problems; no one article can possibly cover them all.

For example, if you missed my special report on squalene – yet another dangerous vaccine ingredient – please read it now. You can also search my site as I’ve written countless articles on different aspects of the vaccine issue. I also recommend you familiarize yourself with the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) web site. As a leader for vaccine safety, the NVIC offers information on everything from laws to informed consent to late-breaking vaccine news.

In addition, I'm collaborating with some of the leading experts in autism, including Dr. Klinghardt, and participating in the THRiiiVE think-tank to provide basic resources for those afflicted with autism. During the most recent THRiiiVE summit in October, 2008 we created the “Top 10 Prioritized To Do List” for people with autism. I have detailed the entire list in this past article, so please, if your child or someone you know has autism, take a few minutes to review it.

If you are interested in receiving important updates on matters relating to autism directly from THRiiiVE, you can sign up for their e-Alert by sending an email to
And we wonder why Autism is on the Rise?
Well we don't really wonder. They are completely flummoxed though.
Did you know that the Amish children do not get Autism? Why you ask?
Because they do not get vaccines-
more links
one in 67 children are autistic stats for 2009
if your medical provider fails to inform you of about the risks associated with your child receiving a vaccination or fails to respect your choice not to have a vaccination. You now have 3 choices:

(1)Either trust their judgment without question (unwise) .

(2) File a complaint against the doctor for breaking AMA established ethical codes as well as established federal law.

(3) Contact an attorney that will offer protection for you and your child from medical battery
a list can be found at
This section contains unsolicited adverse reaction reports showing a link between vaccines and autism. They are typical of the daily emails received by the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute. at

I feel that my country is letting me down. My daughter developed early with her speech at under six months old. She was such a happy baby who loved nothing more than physical contact. And then came the imminent choice of the MMR. After much deliberation, I decided to vaccinate our daughter. How I wish I could turn back time. Her speech disappeared, her early skills had also gone, and suddenly it seemed as if she had forgotten everything she once knew. It was as if someone had stolen my daughter away from me. Of course, physically she looked the same, but the baby I knew was locked inside her own mind. We are now awaiting diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, and while the doctors are fine talking about her condition, the room falls silent at the mention of MMR. We know what that shot has done to our child. Isn't it blatantly obvious to the rest of the world? I've come to the conclusion that the world has gone mad, but amongst the madness I'm focused on staying sane and being the voice of my daughter. One day our silent children will speak for themselves.


My beautiful, four-year-old grandson is not talking, and showing signs of autism. He was a vibrant, healthy baby, and was growing well until his baby shots at the age of 14 months. Within a two-week period after receiving his shots, he stopped giving eye contact and seemed to turn inward. He has never been the same since the series of shots he got. He is developing well physically, but mentally and emotionally he is very delayed. My daughter suffers daily from his emotional and mental disability. It breaks my heart to see this. I don't know if he will ever be able to live a normal life. Someone has committed a horrible crime against these young children.


I am the mother of a 4 1/2 year old boy who is now in the process of being tested for autism. My son was a happy and carefree little boy until he went in for his four-year well-check to receive his booster shots. My son changed -- his smile, his speech regressed, he seemed withdrawn and not like the little boy I knew. I was scared and confused, so I called his doctor. We told her how our son changed suddenly and drastically after his shots. Of course, I was told that there is no link between his behavior and the vaccinations, that this is the age when children are usually diagnosed -- it is just a coincidence that the vaccines that are given at his well-check is usually the time when a child is diagnosed.


Hello, I am a mother of 6 children. All of them have been immunized. All of them have one sort of learning disorder or another, from ADHD to oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), to speech regression. The ODD, I believe, was misdiagnosed and should have been autism, but because he is older and already on medications I am not pursuing a change in diagnosis.
I want to share my story about my daughter. Christina is my only girl after five boys. She was talking early, and was very much a bright and happy baby. She received many shots during a period of a few months. I don't know for sure which one caused the problem, but Christina quit talking after being able to speak clearly for six full months. Her first word was Eddie (favorite older brother). Her second word came the same day, Dada, and in a few days came Mama. This was at six months old. By nine months old she could say "Hi Eddie" or "Bye Dada". This was even noted in her chart at the doctor's office because she had been in there the day she started putting two words together. Around one year old she received her MMR, but she was also receiving other shots every few weeks since I would not allow them to give them all to her at once the way they try to force you to. By her 15-month checkup I began to question why she had stopped talking. Every time after that I kept questioning. The answer was always the same: She is letting her siblings do all her talking. She started to use Mama again, but that is all for about nine months. The doctor kept denying there was anything wrong.

By two years old, I was fed up with their excuses and began to do research on the internet. What I found was astonishing and shocking! I was blessed, though, to find info on a diet used for autistic children. Christina had also been hitting frequently, and even headbutting, and she had never slept thru the night. She also seemed to be pulling into herself and was less interactive with us. She was lining up her dolls and tiptoe-walking. All these, I had learned, were signs of autism, and there were other signs as well. After implementing the gluten- and casein-free diet, she began to sleep more peacefully; she had previously jerked in her sleep, though it was not seizures. She quit headbutting and gradually quit hitting, except for the occasional sibling rivalry. All other signs of autism are gone, except the speech. She is three years old now and still has trouble with her speech. She is probably on an 18-month level. She has been receiving speech therapy now for about eight months. She had constant ear infections and had to have tubes put in as well. I am thankful that my child is alive and that I was able to find help for her.

The doctor kicked me out of the practice, when at her two-year checkup I mentioned that I thought the vaccines had caused her speech problem, and I refused to give my five-year-old his MMR booster since he is already severely ADHD with signs of autism as well. I am thankful for your site. It helped me to decide never to vaccinate again!

I wanted to tell my story BECAUSE it is less dramatic. However, there are so many ADHD/ADD/speech problems/various learning disorders, etc. kids out there, that I thought that it would be good to have a story like mine posted on your site. Even though it is not the worst, it is still a life-altering result to "doing the right thing" -- vaccinating. I refer people to your site all the time.


I watched my normal son regress into autism two weeks following his MMR shot at 15 months. His pediatrician failed us. The government failed us. The Institute for Health, the FDA, and the CDC failed us. They all lie and deceive and are motivated by money.
Autism doesn't run in my family. My daughter, age 5, is completely normal and healthy. My son stopped talking since that vaccine. It's no coincidence that he became very sick and visitied the doctor 7 times following the MMR. Nobody helped us. Nobody helped our son. Two years later his school district is failing us, lying to us, doctoring his educational records. Since autism has entered my life, I have given up support for this country and our school system. I don't wave the flag and it's very sad that the U.S. doesn't have any choice but to focus on terrorism rather than our forgotton learning-disabled children. We live in a greedy country where the rich get richer and the poor and disabled are forgotton. Smart kids are encouraged to be smarter. Challenged learners are forgotten. Nobody tells the truth. is a rare exception.

Thank you for your website. I hope it angers a lot of those who deserve to be exposed. Hah hah. If you're a parent reading this, sue your school district if they don't provide a free and appropriate education for your learning-disabled child. Sue for what you legally are entitled to. Sue the government, the pharmaceutical company -- sue everyone if you need to. You deserve financial reimbursment for the harm vaccines have caused your child. Wave that flag in disgust. Go ahead and let the foolish, ignorant parents continue to mass-vaccinate their children. Maybe, just maybe, and only then, will things get so bad that change will happen: where every 1 in 10 kids become autistic instead of 1 in 150. It's a sad thought, but that's how disgusted I am. F U, Eli Lilly!


Autism Organizations
Important Resources
Congressional Hearings
On Vaccines and Autism

Vaccine Safety Manual
The most comprehensive scientific data available
linking vaccines and autism.
(Here is a small sample of the vaccine-autism studies analyzed in this book:
The Wakefield studies; the Yazbak studies; The Finnish study; The Taylor study;
The Denmark MMR study; the Amish data; the Homefirst Health Services data;
the Simpsonwood data; the Pichichero thimerosal study; the Danish thimerosal study;
the Geier thimerosal studies; the Montreal thimerosal studies; the Generation Rescue study;
the CDC "early thimerosal exposure" study; and much more.)
No one wonders Debby Only those that refuse to see the obvious.


Here is a new article: Methyl-B12 and autism.


Survey - health of unvaccinated children (PDF).


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