But as the autism rate in the Minnesota Somali population is 1 in 28 and CDC, two years later, still can't find the time to go study them, and no one seems disturbed by that phenom... I don't think that my incredulousness over the blaze attitude with which dramatic changes in autism rates are met is unwarranted.
We have got to wake up..
Original Post: Talk about burying the lead!
This article on the high autism rate among IVF children in Israel (more than ten percent) almost casually mentions that autism, in the general population there is 3.5%! That is 1 in 29 children!
IVF Linked to Autism, Israeli Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (June 30, 2010) — The first "test tube baby" was born in 1978. With advances in reproductive science, an estimated one percent of all American babies are now born each year through in vitro fertilization (IVF). But IVF and other assisted fertility treatments may be solving one problem by creating another, suggests new evidence from Tel Aviv University.
In a recent study, Dr. Ditza Zachor of Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine reported a strong link between IVF and mild to moderate cases of autism. Her findings were presented last month at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Philadelphia.
According to her research at the Autism Center at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Israel, which Dr. Zachor directs, 10.5% of 461 children diagnosed with a disorder on the autism spectrum were conceived using IVF, a significantly higher number than the 3.5% autism rate in the general Israeli population.
Where does this number come from? And why is this not on the front page of every newspaper in the world! A disorder that was only documented 70 years ago, when only 11 children in the world could be found by the father of child psychiatry over the course of 8 years, is now the dx of between 1 and 3.5 percent of the industrialized world? What the Fuck?!!!
The UK number is 1 in 60. The published US number is 1 in 90, but that is for 12 year olds, I don't even know what the rate is for my son's birth cohort in 2002, and I hear that in the halls of government the number 1 in 60 is being batted around as the real number in the US as well!
Last fall, the 09.09.09 campaign that the National Autism Association put on asked the question... when was autism going to be considered urgent.. it has gone from 1 in 250 to 1 in 90 since my son was diagnosed six years ago... NAA asked, does it have to get to 1 in 20 before people get upset and actually do something?
APPARENTLY NOT EVEN THAT HIGH A RATE WILL CAUSE ALARM!!! A 1 in 29 rate is buried in Science Daily?! I reiterate... WHAT THE FUCK!!
I can't help asking the question... are we seeing the beginning of the downfall of the human race? Remember the beginning of Shaun Of The Dead, how our hero was drifting through London not noticing that society was falling down around him? Is that happening here? What is happening?! Why is no one freaking out?!