20
Oct
09

Autism: topic of real emotion

Is there a connection between autism and vaccinations as many parents say?  How is this going to impact colleges?  Will your children be autistic? What would happen if we had no vaccinations?  Everyone should be interested in this topic.  Post you comments here!

College students with autism face challenges are covered in this article from USA Today:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2008-07-08-autistic-college_N.htm

From the Article:  Colleges are trying to educate faculty and staff about autism-related disorders and gauge how much services will cost, said Dungy, who organized a seminar on these questions at her association’s annual conference in March. Most colleges already provide services to students with disabilities or special needs.

Jenny MacCarthy, famous playboy bunny, has a child with autism and wrote a book. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1888718,00.html

This book was co-written by a medical doctor.  Here was one of the interview question and answers:

Your collaborator recommends that parents accept only the haemophilus influenzae type B (HIB) and tetanus vaccine for newborns and then think about the rest. Not polio? What about the polio clusters in unvaccinated communities like the Amish in the U.S.? What about the 2004 outbreak that swept across Africa and Southeast Asia after a single province in northern Nigeria banned vaccines?
I do believe sadly it’s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe. If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it’s their f___ing fault that the diseases are coming back. They’re making a product that’s s___. If you give us a safe vaccine, we’ll use it. It shouldn’t be polio versus autism.

Discovery Magazine

has the following article related to the vaccination/autism relationship and the controversy about it:

 http://discovermagazine.com/2009/jun/06-why-does-vaccine-autism-controversy-live-on

The article states:

You can see where the emotion and sentiment come from. Autism can be a terrible condition, devastating to families. It can leave parents not only aggrieved but desperate to find any cure, any salvation. Medical services and behavioral therapy for severely autistic children can cost more than $100,000 a year, and these children often exhibit extremely difficult behavior. Moreover, the incidence of autism is apparently rising rapidly. Today one in every 150 children has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum; 20 years ago that statistic was one in 10,000. “Put yourself in the shoes of these parents,” says journalist David Kirby, whose best-selling 2005 book, Evidence of Harm, dramatized the vaccine-autism movement. “They have perfectly normal kids who are walking and happy and everything—and then they regress.” The irony is that vaccine skepticism—not the vaccines themselves—is now looking like the true public-health threat.

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