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Paranoia, Misinformation and Outright Fiction: AoA’s Review of AoA

September 8, 2010

“The autism epidemic, now affecting one percent of children, is like no other epidemic in history.  Previously, victims either died or recovered.  They weren’t exclusively children, either.  There’s never been a disabled, dependent population like this—ever.”  Anne Dachel,  reviewing Blaxill and Olmsted’s work of fiction  you fill in the blank.

Dachel writes that “In some ways it’s like a macabre sci fi novel.  Imagine a book where the authors create a mysterious element that has marketable uses but also has concomitant lethal effects.”

Look, autism at 1% isn’t the worst epidemic we’re dealing with. It’s not an epidemic. ADHD affects 5% or more, but you never hear them bitching about that. Schizophrenia is about 1 in 200. Bipolar is from 3 to 5 in 100.

These folks at AoA are riled up over autism while ignoring that there are many neurological conditions affecting a significant portion of the population, all of which serve to point out that we have many things as a society to deal with, many people in need of assistance and support.

They have tunnel vision and it’s all about the mercury, or whatever particular element it is at a given time that is responsible for all the ills of the world.


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