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How Many Children Have To Suffer From Autism To Call This An Emergency?” Advocates Say HHS Secretary Must Declare Autism A Health Emergency

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Grassroots autism advocacy organizations representing over 100,000 autism families held a press conference Monday, April 2, 2012, World Autism Day, to push for official recognition of autism as a national public health emergency and to analyze the federal health authorities’ ongoing failure to respond.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new prevalence rates among 8-year-olds from 2008 as 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. “These numbers are staggering,” said Katie Wright, daughter of Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright and board member of the National Autism Association and of Focus Autism. “When will the federal health authorities wake up? Will it be 1 in 25? 1 in 10? How many children have to suffer from autism to call this an emergency?”

Recent research from Stanford University conclusively shows that environmental triggers account for most cases of autism, not genetic predisposition. “Parents have been calling on the NIH to study environmental factors for decades, but almost all the money has gone into genetic studies. No matter how high the autism rate soars, the CDC’s continued denial of an autism epidemic is a certitude comparable to death and taxes,” said Mark Blaxill, Editor-at-Large of Age of Autism web-based newspaper.

These advocacy groups believe that ongoing government research appears to be driven by corporations that fear being implicated in any environmental relationship with the autism epidemic, and believe that these apparent conflicts of interest must be exposed.

The organizations call for three urgent action steps:

1.    Secretary Sebelius should declare a national health emergency and order the NIH and CDC to shift their research focus to prevention efforts, especially investigation of long overlooked environmental factors.

2.    The Government Accounting Office should initiate a study of past research funding that has ignored environmental causes. We need to understand whether this was the result of lobbying to avoid possible liability that might be uncovered with examination of environmental triggers.

3.    The U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform Committee should initiate promised hearings as soon as possible on the failure of federal health agencies in appropriately responding to this epidemic. It has been about ten years since this Committee examined the role of the federal authorities in the autism epidemic. We can think of no other instance of any comparable epidemic that has gone on so long without Congressional oversight.

Grassroots organizations represented at the press conference: Age of Autism, AutismOne, Autism Action Network, Autism File, The Canary Party, Center for Personal Rights, The Coalition for Safe Minds, Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy, Focus Autism, National Autism Association, Talk About Curing Autism

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    • Authentica

      This is outrageous conduct by the CDC and the whole government. What a bunch of sellouts – 1 in 88 that is shocking!!! Avoiding vaccinnes and toxins like aspartame is the way to go, go back to living in harmony with Nature!

    • Anonymous

      If you ask the wrong questions it doesn’t matter what the answer is.

      100,000 families should know by now that vaccines cause ALL of this and the Congress is the Sanhedrin so they will not ‘respond’ to a situation that they created and documented in the 2000 Burton Report as their crowning achievement after declaring the 1990s THE DECADE OF THE BRAIN! The CDC and HHS administers the vaccine program; and the Public Health System is a MILITARY ORGANIZATION. Why do you think there are Surgeons General? Planetary Military Occupation. This is a military assault on the population that runs the spectrum from Autism in kids, to Meningitis vaccines in college students to Alzheimer’s in adults. It is a Borgellons attack to rewire EVERYONE’S brains. If it is a bioweapons attack then what makes you think they will stop at one in 54? Anyone who thinks that petitioning the armed forces that are killing you will make a difference are already brain-damaged themselves. Ask the Devil to turn down the heat in Hell. Grow up and do something useful.




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