With Costs at $236 Billion per Year, Is Autism the Nation’s New Epidemic?

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Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are used to describe a group of developmental disorders that are characterized by certain behavioral deficits, such as trouble with social interaction, communication, and repetitive (often harmful) behavior. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (DSM-V), all distinct autism subtypes were merged into one simplified diagnosis: ASD.

In the United States, the media, CDS, and Big Pharma have worked to convince the public that autism is not in fact an epidemic. Rather, they are positioning the influx of autism cases as an “increase in awareness” of the disorder. In other words, there aren’t more autism cases, it was just previously underdiagnosed.

In reality, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the US, with 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with the disorder (1 in 42 boys). Boys are almost five times more likely to develop autism than girls. Currently, there is no medically recognized way to detect or cure autism.

While it is generally accepted that there is no known cause for autism other than genetic factors or undetected brain abnormalities, the medical community is adamant that vaccines do not contribute to the risk of autism. However, some parents have shared first-hand accounts that their children were developmentally normal until a vaccine or series of vaccines was administered, and that the child became autistic shortly after.

Some researchers say there is a link between a rise in environmental toxins and an increase in autism. About 80,000 different chemicals are used in the US, many of which find their way into our food, water, and air supplies.

Based on CDC estimates that approximately 40% of autism victims have an intellectual disability, researchers have concluded that the US spends about $236 billion each year on autism.

If the intellectual disability percentage is higher, as many believe – closer to 60% – that figure jumps up to $262 billion, which is more than the annual interest payment on the national debt.

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