Why All the Autism?
• Research scientist: You can expect to see one in two children afflicted by 2025.
By Victor Thorn —
Is the world facing an explosion in the number of children with autism? A respected researcher believes it is already happening. During a controversial conference late last year in Groton, Massachusetts, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior Massachusetts Institute of Technology research scientist, told stunned audience members, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.”
As an expert in biology, Dr. Seneff has published 170-plus peer-reviewed articles over the course of her career.
As she spoke, Dr. Seneff exhibited even more courage by blaming the alarming rise in autism on genetically modified foods and the use of Roundup pesticide agents manufactured by Monsanto.
“Is there a toxic substance that is currently in our environment in step with increasing rates of autism that could explain this?” she asked. “The answer is yes, I’m quite sure that I’m right, and the answer is glyphosate.”
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.
To verify Dr. Seneff’s claims about the possibility of such an exponential increase, this reporter contacted Dave Pantos, the executive director of the Autism Action Partnership.
“In 1990, one in 500 children was diagnosed with autism,” said Pantos. “According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report issued in 2013, that number rose to one in 68. Worse, for boys, the rate soars to one in 42.”
This reporter also spoke with Wendy Fournier, president of the National Autism Association, who clarified some of these statistics.
“The 2013 CDC study stating that one in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism was based on a study of children born in the year 2002,” said Ms. Fournier. “Their figures are very outdated. Nobody even knows the actual rate of autism in this country. We’re certain of one thing, though—the rate of those suffering from autism is rising.”
Obviously troubled by this trend, Ms. Fournier asked:, “What’s happening to children? Why are so many chronically ill? It’s not possible that a genetic epidemic could develop over the past two decades, so there have to be environmental factors. More than 2% of male children born in this country now develop autism.”
When the taboo topic of vaccines came up during AMERICAN FREE PRESS’s interview with Ms. Fournier, she didn’t hesitate in her response: “I put credence in every possibility, including vaccines and mercury. We know that vaccines cause autism. There’s no question about it because court cases have proven it. Also, some kids are genetically predisposed to toxins. What’s going on inside their bodies, and why is it making them vulnerable? We’ve now reached a point where a second generation of kids is being lost to this disorder.”
Although this subject generally gets ignored by mainstream media health experts, within the next two decades over 1.5 million of these children will age into adults with autism. Ms. Fournier realizes the dangers.
“This is a disaster,” she said. “What are we going to do with those at the lower end of the functioning spectrum, especially when their parents, the primary health providers, die or are unable to tend for them? These individuals will require around-the-clock attention for the rest of their lives. They can’t function, they’re minimally verbal and most are incapable of self-care.”
Even before this fateful day arrives, Ms. Fournier sees another, more immediate concern.
“One of the biggest medical issues being overlooked is co-occurrence problems,” she said. “Specifically, gastrointestinal [GI] difficulties are extremely common in children with autism. Really painful GI diseases cause chronic constipation or diarrhea, which then create behavioral problems because these children can’t adequately verbalize what’s affecting them. That’s why we so often see aggressive episodes or self-injury. These underlying medical issues aren’t being addressed or treated. A majority of families are still struggling to receive proper early diagnosis.”
Despite billions of dollars being spent by governmental agencies on various studies, Ms. Fournier views their efforts as misguided: “The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee [IACC], founded under the National Institutes of Health, has failed us miserably. We’ve brought all this information to IACC, but they keep doing the wrong research. All of our requests made over many years have been ignored by the government’s national health agencies.”
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 50 books.