Dr. Joyce Starr asks: How many American minds can we afford to lose? Show Date: May 12, 2011.
America has proven that we’re the best. We’ll hunt down and eliminate enemies, even if it takes a decade, $1.2 trillion and the loss of our national “treasure” (American soldiers). Isn’t it time that we dedicate accelerated resources to the war against mind-erasing enemies within – autism and Alzheimer’s?
- The CDC estimates that 1 out of every 100 American children will be diagnosed with autism. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females. Autism was first discovered in American children in 1943, twelve years after ethyl mercury (thimerosal) was added to the pertussis vaccine. It was discovered in Europe in the 1950s, after thimerosal was added to European vaccines.
- One out of every 8 adults over the age of 65 will suffer loss of memory, sense of identity and ability to function from dementia and Alzheimer’s (as compared to…well, the numbers were too low a century ago to count, or as some argue, we died too young??) The number of people with Alzheimer’s is reportedly doubling every 5 years. Nearly half of people aged 85 and older have the disease.
Yet, we still don’t have a real hope of finding cures. The official National Institute of Health terrifying definition of autism:
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, the rare condition called Rett syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group.
It’s certain that our food, environment and life-style are making us sick. Not only Americans. South Korea recently discovered that it has an autism epidemic in its grade schools — more than twice the rate usually reported in the developed world. They didn’t know until they completed a comprehensive study of 7-12 year old children in a single middle class city.
We certainly don’t eat the same food, breathe the same air . Or do we? Fast food, genetically modified food and bad food is pandemic. Cigarette smoke is pandemic. Air pollution knows no boundaries. The content of “best selling” vaccines remains the same. Drug companies can’t think of enough ways to put us out of our misery.
What makes it even more tragic is that the man in charge of vaccinations for autism was arrested for money laundering and is allegedly a flat-out liar. Mothers/dads have been shouting for years that the source of the disease was connected to vaccinations. They were largely ignored or worse.
SafeMinds first voiced concerns in 2003 “regarding a series of epidemiology studies out of Denmark and under the jurisdiction of Thorsen that provided the basis for the Institute of Medicine’s claim that there was no association between thimerosal and autism. That claim has been responsible for the continued unsafe use of mercury in influenza vaccines in the United States and infant vaccines around the world.”
Poul Thorsen, principal coordinator of multiple studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that were used to deny a vaccine/autism link was indicted on April 13th on 13 counts of fraud and 9 counts of money-laundering. The charges relate to funding for work he conducted for the CDC, which claimed to disprove associations between the mercury-based vaccine preservative, thimerosal, and increased rates of autism.
It’s time that we get our house in order, that we ensure that young and old who live in our house can remember who we once were.
To your memory,