Diagnosis of autism----An Epidemic of Autism
I would like to respond to the article titled "Diagnosis of Autism"
by Gillian Baird, et al. We have documented the epidemic of autism in the
US by using the US Department of Education figures on autism for school
ages 6-21. On the
following web site, http://autismautoimmunityproject.org/shame.html
there was a nationwide increase of 544% in comparing the 1992-1993 figures
to the 2000-2001 figures. Recently, we compared 1992-1993 figures to the
2001-2002 figures (total
nationwide was 97,847 see http://www.ideadata.org/tables25th%Car_aa3.htm)
and there was a nationwide increase of 701%. In January 2004, the 2002-
2003 figures will be out and we expect an even higher proportional
increase nationwide of autism.
Our members of the Autism Autoimmunity Project feel strongly that the
cause of this epidemic of autism is due to adverse reactions to vaccines.
Personally, two immunologists did an immune panel on our son, Eric and
found that he had elevated measles antibody titers. Eric did not get this
from the wild measles virus but from the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
Raymond Gallup, Founder
Autism Autoimmunity Project
Competing interests: No competing interests