Wednesday, July 18, 2007

THE AGE OF AUTISM: THE FINAL WORD (FOR NOW)

Dan Olmsted, who has written the remarkable “Age of Autism” series for UPI has announced that he will no longer be with that news service. So for now, he has no host for the continuing “story of a lifetime” he has brought to us.

In his last article for UPI, he puts into words what many of us have come to realize: that the story is broader than just what caused the autism epidemic.
. . . to me, the issues autism raises ⎯ about the health and well-being of this and future generations, about the role that planetary pollution, chemical inventions and medical interventions may have inadvertently played in triggering it ⎯ are so fundamental that by looking at autism, we’re looking very deeply into the kind of world we want to inhabit and our children to inherit.

The questions Mr. Olmsted raised throughout the series were and are important. Fortunately, he has promised to continue asking those questions.
So thanks to UPI for supporting this work. And thanks for reading, responding to ⎯ and critiquing ⎯ this column. Truth is, you haven’t heard the last word from me. Not by a long shot.

I, for one, intend to hold Mr. Olmsted to his word.

2 Comments:

Blogger mcewen said...

I saw this on Ginger's site earlier today - I'm ashamed to admit that he seems to have slipped through my radar - the column that is not the chapppie himself.
Best wishes

7/19/07, 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never understood why anyone still believes that thimerosal causes Autism. In the US we have removed more than 50% of the thimerosal in vaccines, and yet the Autism rate has not dropped at all. In Dennmark and the UK, they removed it completely, and the autism rate did not drop in either of those places.

This is proof that whatever causes Autism, it is not thimerosal.

It has always seemed silly to me, all these people saying more thimerosal in vaccines caused the rise in autism rates, but less thimerosal does NOT lead to lower rates? It's so obviously self contradictory.

Can you explain this? Usually people say something like "There is still SOME thimerosal in vaccines". This doesn't explain it for two reasons: 1. A big drop in US levels should have resulted in a drop here, even if thre is still some left 2. In Denmark and UK, there isn't any thimerosal left.

J.L.

8/24/07, 7:14 PM  

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