On Nov. 29, a congressional hearing was held in order to determine the cause for the rise in autism. Dr. Coleen Boyle, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Dr. Alan Guttmacher, with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), were part of the panel, answering questions on the causes, the treatments, and what is being done in our environment that might cause the rate to jump from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 88.
I am so proud of the representatives from around the country who did not settle for lame answers from the CDC, such as “it’s genetic” and “it’s better diagnosis.” It was refreshing to hear these reps ask: If thimerosal is safe, why was it removed from vaccines, but left in some? Has there ever been a study in the health between vaccinated and non-vaccinated kids? Why was Africa autism-free until they adopted our vaccine schedule?
While I would not expect people to sit and watch C-SPAN for four hours straight unless they had a personal interest in the issue, I find it disheartening that this information did not make the news. As a board member of the local autism society, I get called when there are reports of old dads, overweight moms, and moms who had the flu as being the cause. But when vaccines come into question, my phone is silent.