I write tonight out of frustration. Sometimes we just need to vent, and tonight’s my night, so I apologize in advance.
Do you realize that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate autism rates to be as high as 1 in 110? That’s almost 1% of our children. Even worse, 1 in 70 boys are now diagnosed with autism. What if 1 in 70 boys were diagnosed with cancer at a young age? Would people respond then? Would we be fighting harder for a cure? I guess because autism is not a terminal disease, it’s easier to dismiss, but we’re talking about an epidemic which targets our CHILDREN! Why is society not screaming and fighting for answers?
A study recently conducted in South Korea was published this year in the American Journal of Psychiatry. This study found rates of autism not at 1 in 110, but 1 in 38 children! And it’s not just that South Korea has an unusually high rate of autism; they believe if similar studies were conducted in other countries, the rates would increase there as well. A spokesperson from the CDC told CNN, “We’ve always said that what we report is an underestimate.” She also said that while a study similar to the one conducted in South Korea hasn’t been done in the United States yet, it’s being considered. Considered????? What????? WAKE UP!!!!
I don’t mean to sound fanatical, but something has got to change. We give 49 doses of 14 vaccines before the age of 6, including one given to babies at 12 hours of age. Our water and air are polluted. Our food is full of chemicals and hormones. We take antibiotics like candy. I realize I sound like a zealot, but I can’t help but to think that we’re traveling down a dead-end road. I wish I knew the answer on how to stop this, but I don’t. I just want people to wake up and get angry. I want society to demand answers, to fight for an answer, to protect our babies. Their future is at stake.
As for me, I will continue praying for answers as I work towards Skyler’s recovery. Today he answered me when I asked about his day at school. He said that he hurt his neck in the sand and ate chicken and grapes. I called my mother to share my excitement because just two short months ago he couldn’t do this. Go, Skyler! Something is definitely working, and I hope other parents of autistic children read this and choose to fight autism alongside of us. THERE IS HOPE!