Autism rates now 1 in 150, not 1 in 166?

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United States
February 9, 2007 6:44am CST
I was just logging into my email, and found this article on my Yahoo home page:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070208/ap_on_he_me/autism_prevalence Wow. And think of all the kids who aren't diagnosed (yet). Kids yet to be born.. I dunno. It's just insane to me how the rate is increasing like that. And still, nobody is really sure why.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
I saw that recently too. It is more than alarming. Everyone I know seems to have at least 1 child with autism somewhere in their family now. I sincerely worry for the future, but live each day to its fullest.
• United States
14 Feb 07
It's horrible of me, but sometimes when somebody I know is talking about their young child, and describing certain behaviors, I can't help but wonder... of course their kiddo is doing things my son was not at that age, so I have to kick myself for even going there.
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@albert2412 (1782)
• United States
11 Feb 07
We do know for sure why. Autism is caused by mercury poisoning. As childhood vaccinations have increased, autism has increased. Please my other posts on autism for more information. I would repost the information here, but some people might complain about my reposting the saem thing.
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@clownfish (3278)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Hi! I have to disagree. There is no conclusive proof that mercury in vaccinations caused austism. They don't know. Also, mercury has been removed from vaccinations for the past few years from what I understand. There should not be a child anywhere receiving a vaccination that contains mercury.
• Canada
13 Feb 07
In fact, mercury is no longer used in vaccines, so it really does not explain why there is an increase in the rates.
• United States
13 Feb 07
I don't necessarily believe that the vaccines are to blame- not in every case, certainly. But I do wonder if they have/had been telling people the truth about thimersol in the vaccinations. Because at one point, I do believe they were saying there is no more mercury used in them.. but then it came out that some companies still had yet to phase it out. By now, I'd hope they're all clear. So that being the case, it wouldn't explain it in the least. Unless somehow the vaccinations the parents got are somehow affecting their children years later.. I suppose anything is possible. SO many are being diagnosed, and there are so many parents who are stepping back and refusing to vaccinate their kids.. that it stands to reason you can't blame Autism on this one thing.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
I personally think the nuber is higher than that...go to the mall or into a school and look around at the behaiviors.
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Go into a mall or school for what reason? You can't tell someone is Autistic just by looking at them.. And if you are trying to say go to these places because you might see a screaming kid.... well not every screaming child is Autistic... You really can't tell someone is Autistic unless you spend time with them.... Every Autistic is different.... my little boy can walk with me through the whole mall and not show one sign of being Autistic... But I do agree that the numbers are higher....
• United States
10 Feb 07
I believe the numbner are higher than the want to admit. 1 in 150 was know by the autism comminuty almost a year ago but the government did not want to admit it. The just need to face up to what they have done to our children and than it will be easier to solve the how to fix waht has happen and the numbers will go down.
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@mobyfriend (1019)
• Netherlands
10 Feb 07
What also attracted me in this news that the rate also differs from state to state. In my country we have areas were there more autistic people living than in others. Basically I think that the rate gets higher because more and more are getting properly diagnosed. What would really interest me that if they find a cause for autism like changes in the enviroment affecting the brain is if it is possible to reduce the rate. But really all the numbers mean nothing if action is not taken in providing more and better care.
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@Mulpsy (24)
• New Zealand
10 Feb 07
I read an article last week that here in New Zealand its more like 1 in 100. They reckon people have always had it, just more are now recognized. Also before with mental illnesses, if you had Downs Syndrome, you could also have had Autism, but only Downs Syndrome would have been recognized. I think that makes sense!
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@rainbow (6763)
9 Feb 07
I think it's someting to do with evolution and Crystal kids, my friend has just written a book which shows the similarity between Pyschic kids and Autistic kids, she has strong beliefs that a lot of our little angels have special powers and are misdiagnosed. Her website is being overhauled right now but you shoud still be able to get in there its: www.mysticshrimppsychichealing.com she's a lovely lady and will not try to sell you anything.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
9 Feb 07
That is really alarming. What is really alarming is that you don't hear that kind of rate when you check into other countries. I hope they are really going to take notice and get it slowed down or pretty soon every child is going to have some level of Autism.
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• Canada
13 Feb 07
I think it is because they are getting better at diagnosing the symptoms. There are so many people who were always 'nice, but a bit odd' that are now getting properly diagnosed. I don't think the rates are going up, just our understanding of it.
• United States
13 Feb 07
True. My sister and I were talking about people in our family who seem to be "off" in some way. Mostly socially, but even doing things like repeating themselves 50 times. This person is the sweetest guy you'd ever want to know, but he also stands out, and makes him vulnerable to being picked on. My husband and I were also talking about how many "geeks" there are, as well. Heck, he (my husband) could have mild Aspergers, and it wouldn't be that surprising in the least, to either of us. (Although neither of us do well in social settings LOL)
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• Canada
14 Feb 07
I can think of dozens of peopel I knew while growing up ... people in the shool, old baby sitters, friends of my moms ... even our dentist ... that are probably Autistic. Even when it was starting to be diagnosed, they only duiagnosed the server cases. I really do think this group of 'symptoms' or 'behaviours' has been aroudn lot longer than we know.
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Autism has always been around. I'm not sure what really causes it. I have had my share of thoughts and yelled and screamed that vaccines caused my sons Autism, but as time went on, I just learned to accept it. So I don't really point the finger at vaccines, but I still feel they might be somewhat linked to eachother. Back in the day they just never talked about Autism like they do now. Yes numbers could be rising or they could be the same as they were years ago. Who really knows.. I do know that back in the day the vaccines had a lower dose of Mercury and over time it was increased. So whos to say really... If not Mercury then maybe something else that is in the vaccines? I believe the Govn knows the truth, but they will never speak up about it right now... Also there are plenty of lawsuites going on right now about the MMR vaccines. A lot of parents claim their child started showing signs of Autism after the MMR... some families have already been granted money... so does that mean its true or are they trying to shut the families up? Hmm.. Anyway, thanks for sharing the link... :)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I saw a news report today that NJ has the highest rate of autims in the nation. Get ready for this. They have a ratio of 1 in every 94 kids diagnosed with autism! I couldn't believe it. Their representative is going to fight for legislature to find solutions to this rise in autism. There has to be something wrong... My son is 5 and he was diagnosed with PDD-Nos. I have a blog about the things we go thorugh as a family, living with autism. He is the youngest of 7 children. Here's my blog: http://supermom2005.blogspot.com/ I work from home because of his condition (and the fact I have so many kids). Dealing with autism is not easy...