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03:09 AM on 05/09/2011
It is obvious that these researchers are doing backward science. They are picking up on specific traits of normal people and calling it a disease. There is a saying: When being different is the norm, being normal is being different.

Yes there are specific types of cognition impairments that make it hard or impossible for an individual to function in our society. But just because someone takes a bit more to answer a question or is a bit more excited about science and socializes a bit less it doesn't mean they are sick and need expensive mood altering drugs.
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06:30 PM on 05/09/2011
Why weren't these people picked up in the 50s and 60s when the younger generation was scruntinized for abnormal behavior in the same manner? Remember how electroshock therapy was used for everything between a bad week at work to recovering from a death in the family- and lots of strange conditions where invented
I fail to see how people with as clear a condition as autism could have fallen through those cracks....
03:00 AM on 05/09/2011
Remember minimum brain damage? That seemed to vanish and was replaced with ADD and ADHD. That seems to be vanishing too. Now its autism and Asperger's. There is no person who can be called normal. Everyone is different. And kids will be kids.
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SaburoHakaida
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02:17 AM on 05/09/2011
As someone with autism, I am rather surprised that we haven't found a cure for it. Nor have we even found a reason why humans are born with Autism. The fact that it may be going up is scary.
02:45 AM on 05/09/2011
It's not going up. The symptoms that are classified as autistic have increased, and more screening is being done. If you used to fish for tuna, with a small net, then made a gigantic net and decided to catch all fish, you're going to haul home a bigger load

As someone with many Asberger's symptoms, missing behavioral cues and such, today I'd be classified autistic, before I was just a behavioral problem.

While autism is certainly something to be studied, the panic, and especially the anti-vaxxer crowd is not constructive. Kids like I was need to be taught the hard way to recognize and observe, because normal people know it instinctively and they can lead very normal lives.
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03:18 AM on 05/09/2011
I also have many "symptoms" of Asperger's. And I'm appealed when people say that this isn't normal. There are just different kinds of people. When you say that a HUGE percentage of people is not normal you are making a big mistake.

This is the same as calling straight hair a "nice" hair and curly hair an "ugly" type of air. It is just a different type of hair.

I bet you'll find that most of the technology developed by the human kind was developed by the "sick" Asperger's suffers. Boo hoo.
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03:45 AM on 05/09/2011
Its caused by vaccines and heavy metals, which create the brain inflammation that results in autism.

see this lecture:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUCCdCecLTo

And this recent paper linking autism to the Hep B vaccine:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21058170
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03:48 AM on 05/09/2011
It is caused by conspiracy theorists that don't recognize that autism has always been around and researchers are just irresponsibly broadening the definition in order to medicate a bigger slice of the population.
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02:05 AM on 05/09/2011
5/9/11
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My son was diagnosed autistic at the age of 2 because his symptoms were so obvious.
This diagnosis requires the whole family to pull together and help out--it's very stressful for everyone.
David Kirby is an expert on this subject who has written an excellent book, EVIDENCE OF HARM. And he often blogs on HUFFPO. Please read his latest blog on the subject:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com//government-and-science-ag_b_853910.html
02:59 AM on 05/09/2011
David Kirby is a freelance pundit who's making a fortune off of desperate parents. He's not an expert in anything other than cashing checks.

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2008/01/david_kirby_when_youre_in_a_hole_over_va.php

All the claims he makes have been dis proven by multiple independent studies, including by plenty of organizations and scientists unaffiliated with the pharmaceutical industry. People like him and Andrew Wakefield feed off of the natural panic parents of autistic children feel to make a fortune running around punditing, while others sell bogus heavy metal treatments and other quackery.

Removing mercury from vaccines did not decrease autism diagnosis in any country where such changes were made, like Japan. I suggest you read the piece objectively, but I'm sure you won't believe a word of it because it doesn't fit your preconceived notions. I hope others will do so however, and use logical scientific analysis and the scientific method, instead of emotion to determine courses of action in a field this important. I'm sorry about your child, but supporting people like Kirby and Wakefield are not going to change his condition, it will not prevent future children from suffering autism, and will do more harm than good for the ones living today, including lessening herd immunity. Check out the excellent BBC piece, "Does the MMR Jab cause autism?" for a pretty decent TV piece that uses the scientific, instead of sensationalist approach
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03:51 AM on 05/09/2011
Autism has been linked to the Hep B vaccine. Autism is caused by brain inflammation, which is caused by vaccines and heavy metals.
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02:03 AM on 05/09/2011
Is this true or is this diagnosis simply the new AD(H)D?

Seems like every fifth kid I know now has Asbergers.
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03:23 AM on 05/09/2011
I think it is very convenient for the pharmaceutical industry when doctors can diagnose and medicate people for a "disease" that is so subjective and so common.

I think ADHD is ate the same level of RLS (restless legs syndrome) everyone has it in a certain degree and it isn't a efing big deal.
06:06 AM on 05/09/2011
There is currently no medication specifically for Asperger's.
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01:51 AM on 05/09/2011
Autism is serious and needs more research.
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MexiChick67
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01:39 AM on 05/09/2011
When most of us were growing up, we all knew the smart nerd from school who did not date and spent his or her weekends studying or playing Dungeons and Dragons. They didn't know how to really get along with others because they were awkward. It wasn't anything wrong, but they were different. Nowadays they have a term for it: Autism or Aspergers. It is said that most famous scientists and scholars have had a touch of 'Aspergers' and have gone on to fame and fortune. I think that in the past people just called these individuals shy or unsocial. But, now it can be identified. I don't think that it's new. I'm still on the fence if whether it's due to diet or some other environmental issue. My son was diagnosed with Aspergers. I've learned to work with him in regards to how he learns and follows directions, which has made our lives easier. Yes, it's a challenge, but on the flip side he has a high IQ and is very intelligent. I've come up with the theory that his brain is too busy formulating, analyzing, and constructing to deal with things that most of us catch. He likes my theory.
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sb250guy
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01:53 AM on 05/09/2011
Wow! Your post could easily be mine. My son also was diagnosed with Aspergers. He was obviously a little different. He has some social difficulties but he can function and he's extremely bright. Knowing about it makes a huge difference. Now that I have a better idea how he learns, it is a lot easier to deal with things as they come up. And to be honest, learning about his condition has taught me a lot about my whole family (on my father's side). We're a creative but quirky bunch.
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02:59 AM on 05/09/2011
My son has Asperger's. He is the most creative, loving, eclectic kid I've ever met and he's just amazing! He also has a high IQ and is highly intelligent. I couldn't imagine him any other way than the way he is now.
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MexiChick67
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03:25 AM on 05/09/2011
There are many 'a ha' moments when you are learning about how the Asperger brain works. It's still a challenge, esp. during the teen years. It's sometimes hard to sort what is normal teen behavior and what is Aspergers. Even the top specialists say that this is a trying time. But, we love our son and we focus on the positives.
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03:11 AM on 05/09/2011
Dungeons and Dragons... I spent 3 or 4 nights a week playing AD&D. Not sure I was/am the smart nerd though :p
01:14 AM on 05/09/2011
So why don't they tell us what some of the characteristics that are most prevalent?  i wonder too if some of this can be just children being children...which is a stage of life that is being outsourced to the ether land.  Kids dont' have a chance to be kids...so they have to act it out somehow.  I know autism is quite real, but "some characteristics" does not make all these children autistic.  Does it??? (seriously asking)
04:12 AM on 05/09/2011
No, "some characteristics" does not make a diagnosis. The number of characteristics and whether they interfere with normal functioning is the basis of a real diagnosis. As far as I am concerned, the study in the article is worthless because they completed the diagnosis process on just a few children. A popular misconception is that people with Asperger's are just socially awkward nerds.

As the mother of someone with Asperger's, I can tell you some of the characteristics: a child who, unlike his peers, has no friends and never plays with others... just wanders around on the playground, talking to himself and gesticulating, one who resists wearing socks and shoes because the slightest wrinkle in the sock is painful and distracting to the point he can think of nothing else, who finds bright lights and certain sounds painful, a child who puts a pillowcase over his head so he doesn't have to look at the people he's talking to, a child who never lies because he doesn't know how to, a young man with a brilliant IQ who hates his life so much that (at age 21) says in all seriousness that he wishes he could be a tree, but heroically faces life every day and says his one ambition is to be able to support himself.
11:02 AM on 05/09/2011
I admire your dedication and support for your child and for all parents and siblings of these children.  And watching friends with autistic children with some of those same characteristics, I know that it can be a hard road, even with the successes and the 'differences'.  I wish for your son, peace in his own way.
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01:13 AM on 05/09/2011
Now that 'Autism Spectrum Disorder' has overtaken Attention Deficit Disorder as the big fad in phych. diagnoses, the criteria only get vaguer and broader. If being bullied is a marker, most of us have autistic features.
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01:13 AM on 05/09/2011
Another sensational alarm from the "Autism-Industrial Complex."

Yes, 1 in 38 show TRAITS of behavior or conditions also found in Autistic children. But another study is also likely to show 1 in 38 children show TRAITS consistent with brain cancer, mesothelioma, and maybe even serial killers. Autism is NOT a single, or even a small number of traits, it is a collection of MANY different traits - and without a preponderance of ALL of these, it is simply coincidental that "normal" people also display a small assortment of the traits consistent with ACTUAL autism.

Unfortunately, some sharks have convinced LOTS of people that autism is epidemic. even endemic, and they're making themselves very wealthy by preying on the fears they create. A lot of it was then over-amped by the anti-vaccination whack-jobs (who cares what the science says? I KNOW better!). Because many parents don't appear emotionally equipped to accept that little Johnnie isn't in the top 1% in reading, and maths, and arts & Crafts, there must be something terribly wrong with him. So doctors are pressured to make a diagnosis of Autism based on a few discrete findings instead of the overall condition of children.

Autism can be devastating. But falsely reporting it, or labelling perfectly normal (God forbid) AVERAGE) children autistic based on ridiculously broad and loose definitions (my bed has four wheels, but that doesn't make it a car) only ends up depriving the children who really can benefit from professional help.
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02:03 AM on 05/09/2011
You are absolutely right. My son was diagnosed with Autism 20 years ago. When he went for a check up a few months ago I ask his Dr. about all of this and she told me that after 30 years in the med field she has only seen 3 true cases of Autism, my son and two others she had many many parents bringing their children in to see if they had it because the child's teacher told them that they might.
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ddanimal
03:57 AM on 05/09/2011
The science clearly implicates vaccines.

Autism is indeed an epidemic. Incidence has been rising for 20-30 years. It is FAR more common today than a generation ago. It is not a genetic disorder.
05:04 PM on 05/09/2011
What science clearly indicates vaccines? Please cite an article in a peer reviewed scientific journal.
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01:04 AM on 05/09/2011
And interestingly enough, 1 in 38 Americans identify themselves with the Tea Party movement.
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inkhosi
12:59 AM on 05/09/2011
It's the contraceptives and all of the hormones in our diet.
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Jake Thomas
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01:09 AM on 05/09/2011
It's the farmed salmon!
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ddanimal
03:53 AM on 05/09/2011
Nope. its caused by brain inflammation. The science is all but proven at this point. The only problem is that its a politically inconvenient result.
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hairydodger
12:55 AM on 05/09/2011
Do they think that humans have run their natural course and may make ourselves extinct by the end of this century?