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Q&A from LA Times on Measles Vaccine

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There is no shortage of opinions flying around the internet about measles. Some are easily shared via social media. This particular one I felt I needed to add a bit of my thought process, for the people that feel the family that chooses to not vaccine is the fault of outbreaks.

The eyebrow raisers for me from this PRO-vaccine article

Q: Why do some people still get measles even though they received two shots?

A: In some people, the vaccine doesn’t produce enough antibodies to fight off the measles virus. One reason is “waning immunity.” In the 1960s and ’70s, the systems of immunized people had to regularly fight off the measles virus. Practice makes perfect. But now, immune systems are out of practice and some people who got the shots in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s may be more susceptible today.

So, this is saying the vaccine doesn’t always work. The people “regularly” FOUGHT-OFF “the measles virus” it does not say they regularly died. It also states “practice makes perfect.” Why did they need to mess with perfection? And now those that were vaccinated in the 60’s 70’s & 80’s are MORE SUSCEPTIBLE!!

Q: What is illness like if you have already been fully vaccinated?

A: In most people, it can be a weaker form of illness than in unvaccinated people, Cherry said.

Well, that sounds like a good deal. People who get the vaccine can still contract measles, but it is a “weaker form.” So, they are less likely to realize they have measles, more likely to socialize with the community, and more likely to spread the virus to others; including the immunocompromised and those unable to get the vaccine.

Q: Have doctors or healthcare providers been overlooking measles?

A: Yes, there have been some cases, according to the California Department of Public Health. The first symptoms are similar to other illnesses, like fever, coughing, sneezing and red, watery eyes. People can have these symptoms for about four days before developing the telltale rash that begins on the head and spreads to the rest of the body. In fact, even after the rash appears, doctors might forget to consider measles.

Now, the doctors don’t recognize the virus, because of the reliance of the vaccine and the assumption it always works, so it is mis-diagnosed, Lord only knows how often. If the telltale rash is mild because of the vaccine, I have to assume that a measles diagnoses is far less likely to happen. The virus is still very contagious once it is activated.

This article from is just as good/bad depends how you want to read it:
Measles Outbreak Traced to Fully Vaccinated Patient for First Time
“Although public health officials have assumed that measles immunity lasts forever, the case of Measles Mary highlights the reality that “the actual duration [of immunity] following infection or vaccination is unclear,” says Jennifer Rosen, who led the investigation as director of epidemiology and surveillance at the New York City Bureau of Immunization.”

“If it turns out that vaccinated people lose their immunity as they get older, that could leave them vulnerable to measles outbreaks seeded by unvaccinated people—which are increasingly common in the United States and other developed countries. Even a vaccine failure rate of 3% to 5% could devastate a high school with a few thousand students, says Robert Jacobson, director of clinical studies for the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved with the study.”

Again, it’s “seeded by the unvaccinated” even when there is vaccine failure!

This study shows how one fully vaccinated person spread the virus to 4 other “immunized” people.


Are They Quacks?

I have hired the aid of several health care practioners, all different types. I do believe that God intended for us to ‘need’ each other. I always consider the possible risks, side effects, and choose non-invasive treatments. At this point in our lives, this has worked for our family.

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Easy “Google” searches would deem; I think every one of them as “Quacks” and ridicule their practices. Which I find completely unprofessional. I am now aware even MD’s try to discredit DO’s. I have come to grips that there will always be opposition, disagreement, and division. There has been since the beginning and there will continue to be until the end. That is the world we live in and some still think it is flat. God’s Word says,

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…(Isaiah 40:22 NIV)

One of the first quacks, Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis a Hungarian physician called the “saviour of mothers” who discovered, by 1847, that the incidence of puerperal fever, also known as childbed fever could be drastically cut by use of hand washing standards in obstetrical clinics. The epidemic of women and babies dying is documented from records as early as 1746, where more than 50 percent of mothers who gave birth in a Paris hospital died. In the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Sweden, and wherever conventional midwifery was abandoned and taken over by the obstetricians and medical students, puerperal fever followed.
Doctors often went from touching infected corpses in the cadaver dissection lab, to the maternity ward, where they examined women and delivered babies without handwashing. Doctors were insulted at the suggestion that their hands were dirty, and many had the arrogance to continue to ignore factual evidence showing that they were the cause of maternal suffering and death up until the 1940s when antibiotics were invented.
When I look at God’s Word, He always has our best interest at hand.

“Whoever touches a human corpse will be unclean for seven days. (Numbers 19:11 NIV)

Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes of the United States and Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis of Austria were prominent, long-suffering advocates for women, who tried to get the medical profession to wash their hands and practice more like the traditional midwives did. Both were ignored and even professionally attacked for their views. After years of mental anguish, watching women die needlessly, they left the field of medicine in disgust. Dr. Holmes became a writer. Semmelweis was outraged by the indifference of the medical profession and began writing open and increasingly angry letters to prominent European obstetricians, at times denouncing them as irresponsible murderers. His contemporaries, including his wife, believed he was losing his mind and he was in 1865 committed to a mental institution. Semmelweis died there only 14 days later, possibly after being severely beaten by guards.
Although Dr Semmelweis was the first healthcare professional to demonstrate experimentally that hand washing could prevent infections, it was not until approximately two decades after his death that his work was revisited and he was given credit. Only after Pasteur, Koch, and Lister had produced more evidence of the germ theory and antiseptic techniques was the value of hand washing appreciated.

20140524-224246-81766084.jpgDr. Joseph Goldberger also dealt with critics when he discovered pellagra is was caused from a vitamin defincency. Many critics unable to part from the germ theory of pellagra, raised doubts. Goldberger hoped to squelch those reservations by demonstrating the existence of a particular substance that when removed from the diet of healthy individuals resulted in pellagra. With the cooperation of Mississippi’s progressive governor, Earl Brewer, Goldberger experimented on eleven healthy volunteer prisoners at the Rankin State Prison Farm in 1915. Offered pardons in return for their participation, the volunteers ate a corn-based diet. Six of the eleven showed pellagra rashes after five months.
Expert dermatologists made the actual diagnosis of pellagra to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest on Goldberger’s part. Although many scientific colleagues sang Goldberger’s praises, even mentioning a Nobel nomination, others still doubted. In the pages of the Journal of the American Medical Association, critic W.J. MacNeal challenged the results. One Birmingham physician referred to the experiment as “half-baked.” Still others thought the whole experiment a fraud.
November 1915 the Public Health Service had issued a press release reporting the Mississippi prison-farm experiment and urging that pellagra could be prevented by an appropriate diet; yet throughout the 1920’s many practicing physicians, especially in the American South, were unwilling to accept diet as a more than predisposing cause of pellagra. Chronic resentment toward the East and the well-financed Public Health Service seems to have contributed to this incredulity.
Prior to his work with pellagra in 1910 Goldberger played an increasingly responsible role in field investigations of yellow fever, typhus, and dengue—as well as other, less dramatic, ills. In the course of his investigations he acquired a reputation in the Public Health Service as one of its most gifted epidemiologists.
Seems we are forgetting lessons learned from the past in many areas. Goldberg recommended keeping home gardens for fresh vegetables, and owning milking cows for fresh milk as ways to eliminate the pellagra problem.

Dr. Joseph Goldberger and his young assistant, Dr. William Henry Sebrell, Jr., in 1929 working on pellagra at the Hygienic Laboratory.

Goldberger never lived to see his theory accepted he died in 1929. It wasn’t until 1935 when Conrad A. Elvehjem, an agricultural chemist at the University of Wisconsin, found nicotinic acid to be highly effective for curing black tongue in dogs. Soon clinical trials followed and confirmed that nicotinic acid (niacin) was indeed the elusive “pellagra-preventive factor” (P-P factor).

In 1983, Australian doctors J. Robin Warren and Barry Marshall isolated Helicobacter pylori, the bacterial cause of peptic ulcer disease (P.U.D.). However, decades passed before most doctors prescribed antibiotics to their afflicted patients.
For years, Dr. Barry Marshall hailing from Australia watched in horror as ulcer patients fell so ill that many had their stomach removed or bled until they died. He was tormented because he knew there was a simple treatment for ulcers, which at that time afflicted 10 percent of all adults. In 1981 Marshall began working with Robin Warren, the Royal Perth Hospital pathologist who, two years earlier, discovered the gut could be overrun by hardy, corkscrew-shaped bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. Biopsying ulcer patients and culturing the organisms in the lab, Marshall traced not just ulcers but also stomach cancer to this gut infection. The cure, he realized, was readily available: anti­biotics.

In 1982, when this bacterium was discovered by Marshall and Warren, stress and lifestyle were considered the major causes of peptic ulcer disease. It is now firmly established that Helicobacter pylori causes more than 90% of duodenal ulcers and up to 80% of gastric ulcers. The link between Helicobacter pylori infection and subsequent gastritis and peptic ulcer disease has been established through studies of human volunteers, antibiotic treatment studies and epidemiological studies.
Opposition to their radical thesis came from doctors with vested interests in treating ulcers and other stomach disorders as well as from drug companies that had come up with Tagamet, which blocked production of gastric acid and was becoming the first drug with $1 billion annual sales.
Ulcer surgery was lucrative for surgeons who removed large portions of the stomach from patients with life-threatening bleeding and chronic symptoms. Psychiatrists and psychologists treated ulcer patients for stress.
The concept of curing ulcers with antibiotics seemed preposterous to doctors who had long been taught that the stomach was sterile and that no microbes could grow in the corrosive gastric juices.
A bacterial cause “was just too wild a theory for most people” to accept, and something so ingrained as stress causing ulcers was too difficult to dismiss, Dr. J. Robin Warren, one of two who won the 2005 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine on Oct. 3, said in a telephone interview.
Blame focused on psychological stress in part because many patients had stressful lives and scientists lacked another explanation.
Also, Tagamet and similar drugs, known as H2 blockers, safely made ulcers and their symptoms disappear. But the H2 blockers were not one-shot cures. Ulcers often recurred, requiring repeated courses of the drugs, providing a steady stream of profits.
“The opposition we got from the drug industry was basically inertia,” said Dr. Barry J. Marshall of the University of Western Australia, the other Nobel winner, and “because the makers of H2 blockers funded much of the ulcer research at the time, all they had to do was ignore the Helicobacter discovery.”
“If the drug companies were truly into discovery, they would have gone straight after the Helicobacter,” Dr. Marshall said, but they did not because of the success with H2 blockers.
“Had these drugs not existed, the drug companies would have jumped on our findings,” he added.
*All Photos Source: Wikipedia Public Domain

I have came across some more examples of “Quacks Revealed.” I will add links to this blog as I come across them.
This one is great: Beware of Bicycle Face! Excerpt from 1895 Literary Digest.

The Dream & Lie of Louis Pasteur – Yes, the Same Louis Pasteur that discovered the so-called life saving pasteurization! New York Times Archives Experiments in Deceit

Drugs Are Trash?

Every year our local high school sells garbage bags that say, “Drugs are Trash.” Obviously, they are referring to illegal street drugs. But, I have to wonder, how much of this statement is truth, when referring to prescription drugs. When I read, “in 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported 1,742 drug recalls representing a 309% increase over the 426 recalls reported in 2008…Based on the number of recalls reported to the FDA during the first half of 2010, it appears this trend is likely to continue.”
So, the next question that arises is, “Does the risk outweigh the benefit?” Well, of course it does, as long as the risk happens to somebody else. I think a lot of us walk around thinking “oh, that will never happen to me.”

Before I continue I have to put in the disclaimer to protect myself. I have to say, I am not a doctor. If you’re not sure what you need to do, go see a HEALTH care provider. What bothers me most about this statement, is that everyone ‘must’ put the disclaimer in their blogs or websites, or they can get into legal ramifications. It is hard for me to honestly stand behind that statement when I read this: “Now comes a study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.” That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second. Source


Ok, now back to the drugs…
Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It’s true. Children and adults with viral infections, usually recover when the illness has run its course. Colds, a type of viral infection, can last for up to two weeks. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection. 20140401-103635.jpgIt is estimated that 142,505 emergency visits are made to the hospital each year due to antibiotic-associated side effects, with allergic reactions being the most common. Certain antibiotics increases your risk of developing a retinal detachment by five times compared with nonusers. In 2008, the FDA notified manufacturers that a warning label be added to a different antibiotic stating, an increased risk of tendonitis and/or tendon rupture. It took two years after the discovery was made for the warning to be implemented.

According to the CDC widespread overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics continues to be a problem. So much so, the CDC has launched a campaign entitled “Get Smart about Antibiotics.”

What About Other Prescriptions?
If doctors are prescribing antibiotics inappropriatly, can we assume it is happening with other drugs? According to these statistics from the Kaiser Health Foundation. The average American, aged 19 to 64, now takes more than 11 prescription drugs, Almost 4 prescriptions per child (age 0-18)
More than 31 prescriptions per senior, aged 65 and over. Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs.


I gathered all this information to strengthen my confidence. I know what is best for my children. I do! Medicine does have a place in an emergency crisis. Children need to be able to get sick. Their bodies need to have the opportunity to fight off infection. To fight a good fight and finish the race. Sick children make for healthy adults, that is my motto. Health is NOT the absence of a condition, disease or symptoms. Instead health is a state of balance where your body is working like it is supposed to!

Hot and Bothered


For many parents the worst symptom their child can get is a fever. I am hoping to boost your confidence and give you a better understanding of the benefits of a fever.

Let me start by saying, a sick child is not fun! Just like any parent, I do not like to see my child suffering, but I promise you, it is worth it.

I tried to find out why there is the misconception that fever is bad. When did the idea start and who started it? I can not find anything. But I did find this gem: “Doctors are part of the problem,” Dr. Schmitt said. Some of the phobia “comes from doctors and nurses,” he added — “doctors and nurses who weren’t taught about fever and all the wondrous things fever does in the animal kingdom.” NY Times.

I do recall when we vacationed in Put in Bay, Ohio this past summer. We went to Perry’s cave. Named after Captain Perry who won the battle in Lake Erie during the War of 1812. While going through the putt-putt course each hole told us a fact. One of the holes told us Perry died of a fever. I remember well, Jeff and I both just shook our heads. Fevers don’t kill people.

Friday late afternoon we planned to start our trip. I laid Silas down for a nap, he woke with a fever. We decided to go anyway, we didn’t want to disappoint Roman or miss out ourselves. I grabbed my Hyland’s Kids Kit and off we went. He travelled well, we thought quick bug. Unfortunately, we were wrong. Every night he would spike to 104°F-105°F that made for long nights. Everyday the fever would come down, but would return again and spike during the evening. I did give him belladonna, when it reached 105°F, it makes Jeff feel better. I try not to take a temperature until they get over 104° and when I do, it is just verification they are that hot. I do not want to interfere until we are at minimum 104°F and I don’t want it any lower than 103°F. We got home on Monday and he was as good as new, so I thought. Then Tuesday afternoon he had few red spots on his face I just thought heat rash. It wasn’t until Wednesday, when the rash showed up on his trunk, I knew then, we had Roseola.
This is a perfect example of why I don’t break a fever. His rash was minimal and it only lasted 2 days. I contribute the short, faint rash, (I couldn’t get a good picture of it) to the fact, I allowed the fever to burn up the virus.

Fever Phobia
In 1980, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. Schmitt stated, “most parents were unduly worried about low-grade fever, with temperatures of 38.9°C/102.2°F or less. Their over-concern was designated “fever phobia.” Most parents (52%) believed that *moderate fever with a temperature of 40°C/104°F or less can cause serious neurological side-effects. Hence, most parents treated fever aggressively: 85% gave antipyretic medication (fever reducer) before the temperature reached 38.9°C/102.2°F and 68% sponged the child before the temperature reached 39.5°C/103.10°F. The great concern of parents about fever is not justified. Health education to counteract “fever phobia” should be a part of routine pediatric care.                                    *Wait! He said, 104°F is a moderate fever.

In 2000 JAMA revisited fever phobia. They discovered “fever phobia” was alive and well!
56% of caregivers were very worried about the potential harm of fever in their children, 44% considered a temperature of 38.9°C (102°F) to be a “high” fever. 91% (that is higher than in 1980) of caregivers believed that a fever could cause harmful effects; 21% listed brain damage, and 14% listed death.

Wasn’t the plan to educate in 1980? Why is this not happening and why are doctors and nurses not educated on this common symptom?

Body…The Best Running Machine
When your child develops and infection the body goes to work. The anterior hypothalamus is the body’s temperature regulator, and prostaglandin e2 acts to increase the body’s set point. When the body’s thermostat elevates initially, several mechanisms respond to help raise the internal temperature, thus producing a fever. The concert of mechanisms includes skeletal muscle shivering, increased cellular metabolism, minimization of heat loss through vasoconstriction at the skin, and decreased sweating.

Benefit of Fever

  • Decreases growth and reproduction of bacteria and viruses
  • Lowers the amount of iron available to bacteria
  • Enhances neutrophil migration
  • Increases production of superoxides, which can kill invading microbes
  • Promotes T lymphocyte production

The first one is self explanatory and without iron bacteria can’t grow.
Neutrophil Migration– Neutrophils are the most abundant white blood cell in humans, and form the body’s first line of cellular defense against infecting microorganisms. While normally found in the blood stream, neutrophils migrate rapidly to sites of infection in tissue.

Superoxides – In particular Superoxide dismutases (SOD) are considered to be antioxidant enzymes. In 1970’s it was observed that cancer cells that have low activity of the mitochondrial form of SOD, MnSOD, grow faster than those with higher activities of MnSOD. SOD, superoxide, and hydrogen peroxide affected the basic biology of cells and tissues. It is now realized that superoxide and hydrogen peroxide are essential for normal cellular and organism function.

T Lymphocyte – A type of white blood cell. T lymphocytes are part of the immune system and develop from stem cells in the bone marrow. They help protect the body from infection and may help fight cancer.

I want my children to get the life long benefit from these cells and enzymes.. Let us ‘think on these things’ and meditate on what we are told in psalms 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Understanding Febrile Seizures
Roman had a febrile seizure. Thank God! I slept through the whole thing. Jeff woke up while Roman was twitching. He calmly got some cool cloths and softly wiped Roman’s face and held him until he stopped. He never woke me. To this day, I believe The Lord kept me sleeping, because I didn’t need to get in the way. As a Mom, I hear and feel every move my children make, except for that MAJOR one. I am here to tell you, Roman woke up healed and completely recovered that next morning.

Reducing a fever with Tylenol or Ibuprofen will not prevent a febrile seizure.

Febrile seizures are not caused from a high temperature. Febrile seizures can occur in children who have a rapid increase in body temperature. You may not even know that your child has a fever. After a fever has reached a high temperature, the risk of a seizure is probably over.
Febrile seizures usually last 1 to 3 minutes. Normal behavior and activity level should return within 60 minutes of the seizure.

Fortunately, febrile seizures aren’t as dangerous as they may look. They’re usually harmless and typically don’t indicate a long-term or ongoing problem.

Risk of Reducing Fever
A study was conducted on patients admitted to the Surgical ICU. Half of the patients were treated with aggressive fever reduction and half were allowed to have a fever. In the half that had aggressive fever reduction there were more days in the hospital, more infections, and 7 patients died versus only one patient in the group that was not treated for fever.

This study looks at children with Chicken Pox (Varicella). Interestingly, in the children that received the acetaminophen, the symptoms and overall duration of illness was longer.

Finally, this study of influenza patients. Using fever reducers actually prolonged the illness.

What I do to keep my children comfortable:
Lots of snuggles                                                                                                 Drink extra fluids (coconut water, kombucha, water kefir, and water).
I give silverbiotics, extra vitamin C and elderberry syrup

When to seek medical attention
1. Fever in a baby less than 3 months old.
2. Fever associated with lethargy, difficulty breathing, or severe pain.
3. Fever in kids with a chronic medical condition (like cancer, sickle cell, etc.).

Childhood Illness on the Rise


The causes of childhood cancers are largely unknown.

About 10,450 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.
About 1,350 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2014.


Survival however is with a “cost.” Two-thirds of those who do survive face at least one chronic health condition. One quarter of survivors face a late-effect from treatment that is classified as severe or life-threatening. Late-effects of treatment can include heart damage, second cancers, lung damage, infertility, cognitive impairment, growth deficits, hearing loss, and more. It is becoming increasingly apparent that childhood cancer “is for life.” Late effects from either the disease process or aggressive treatment *regimens are given at a time of life when children have growing bodies and developing brains.

*emphasis added-recognition treatment has negative effect when children have growing bodies and developing brains. Isn’t possible aggressive vaccination and antibiotics could have a late effect?


While we don’t know why asthma rates are rising…
The number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million from 2001 to 2009.
Asthma was linked to 3,447 deaths (about 9 per day) in 2007.
185 children and 3,262 adults died from asthma in 2007.

The number of people who have a food allergy is growing, but there is no clear answer as to why.
According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011.
Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency

Each year in the U.S., it is estimated that anaphylaxis to food results in:
30,000 emergency room visits
2,000 hospitalizations
150 deaths

The prevalence of food and skin allergies increased in children under age 18 years from 1997–2011.



The exact cause of atopic dermatitis (eczema) is unknown,
New research tracking the number of cases of childhood eczema across the globe has revealed big changes in the prevalence of the condition over the last five to ten years
A continuing rise in younger children aged between six and seven and in the number of cases reported in developing countries is of growing concern.
He says that moderate or severe cases of eczema have a significant impact on family life and carry an economic burden comparable with that of asthma.
The way forward, he suggests, is for all public health responses to the *eczema epidemic
*emphasis added-finally someone calls a childhood disease a epidemic!
Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

The study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) found that an estimated two million more children in the United States (U.S.) have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2003-04 and 2011-12. One million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD between 2003-04 and 2011-12. According to the study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
* 6.4 million children in the U.S. (11 percent of 4-17 year olds) were reported by their parents to have received an ADHD diagnosis from a healthcare provider, a 42 percent increase from 2003-04 to 2011-12.
Over 3.5 million children in the U.S. (6 percent of 4-17 year olds) were reported by their parents to be taking medication for ADHD, a 28 percent increase from 2007-08 to 2011-12.–+ScienceDaily)

Children with ADHD, compared to children without ADHD, were more likely to have major injuries (59% vs. 49%), hospital inpatient (26% vs. 18%), hospital outpatient (41% vs. 33%), or emergency department admission (81% vs. 74%). [Read article]

Number of children 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 5.2 million

Research does not support the popularly held views that ADHD is caused by eating too much sugar, watching too much television, parenting, or social and environmental factors such as poverty or family chaos.


The exact cause of autism is not known

Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
Autism prevalence figures are growing
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases

Dr. Bob Sears writes:
I was really hoping that my latest blog would be entitled “Finally, Someone Cares About the Autism Epidemic!” But alas, it is not to be. The word “epidemic” is being reserved for the hundred or so cases of measles we see in the U.S. each year (no fatalities), or the very tragic twenty to thirty annual deaths from whooping cough. But autism? Don’t worry, it’s NOT an epidemic, because the government continues to reassure us it’s not an epidemic.