LIES AND THOSE WHO SPREAD THEM
Anne McElroy Dachel has written a new op-ed piece on The Really Big Lie About Autism.
Now it seems that the CDC is on a par with the medical community with the news about this new autism rate. Not only are doctors better at diagnosing, but also CDC officials are better at counting.Well, I’m about as aware as I want to be.
Incredibly, the CDC still cannot say with any certainty that autism is actually affecting more children despite all the autistic kids everywhere. The CDC has been studying autism numbers for more than ten years, yet they don't know if it's more prevalent.
Dr. Gerberding explained it this way, “We can't yet tell if there is a true increase in ASDs or if the changes are the result of our better studies.”
The CDC still can’t tell? This agency gets billions of tax dollars each year to run health care in the U.S. They can give us statistics on any other disorder or disease broken down by age, sex, and ethnicity, including changes in the incidence rate--except autism. The study’s lead author, Dr. Catherine Rice, made it clear that nothing in her research can tell us about trends. “We hope these findings will build awareness,” Rice said.
Like Ms. Dachel, I’ve had enough of the recent wave of “experts” telling us that we’ve always had this many autistic kids. Yet that point of view doesn’t seem to lack for champions in the media. The recent 20/20 piece didn’t even pretend to offer any objectivity, and turned to kindly Doc Offit for a little wit and wisdom (well, zero out of two ain’t bad, or at least it seems to play in some quarters).
Go here to take a look at the complete piece by Ms. Dachel.