CA: New Autism Cases At All Time High

"California is now averaging over 9 new cases of full syndrome autism entering California's DD system a day, seven days a week. 78% of the autism population in the system is under the age of 18, with 84% under the age of 22 years old. We currently have 1,223 more 3 to 5 year olds in the system then we have for ALL ages from 22 years old to 62 years old and beyond. 20 years ago in 1987 there were 2,273 persons with autism in California's system. Today, 20 years later, there are 32,809." - Rick Rollens, Co-founder M.I.N.D. Institute UC-Davis

Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary:
Rick Rollens, co-founder of the M.I.N.D. Institute at UC-Davis and longtime advocate for autism research, has been working with the California legislature since the late 1990's to analyze and report on autism incidence statistics in the state. The first report that California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) issued on autism increase statistics was in April 1999, when DDS reported a 273 percent increase between 1987 and 1998 in the numbers of new children with a professional diagnosis of autism. That groundbreaking report concluded that "the number of persons with autism grew markedly faster than the numbers of persons with other developmental disabilities and "compared to characteristics of 11 years ago, the present population of persons with autism are younger and have a greater chance of exhibiting no or milder forms of mental retardation."

Since that 1999 report, Rick has continued to report on autism diagnosis statistics coming out of the state of California. Yesterday, Rick released another update of how many children are being professionally diagnosed with full spectrum DSM IV autism and have been deemed eligible to receive DDS services. These numbers only represent those children with a full spectrum autism diagnosis and not those with Asperger's, developmental delays or other autism spectrum disorders.

The latest news from California is that during the calendar year of 2006, California added more new cases of autism to the DDS system than have ever been added to the system in any calendar year. The 3,385 full spectrum autism cases that were professionally diagnosed and added to the system in 2006 represent a 16 percent increase over calendar year 2005.

The autism epidemic in California is getting worse. It is an epidemic that is not just confined to California.The autism epidemic, which is part of the larger chronic disease and disability epidemic affecting so many of our children, perfectly coincides in the past two decades with the doubling of the number of doses of vaccines young children get in the first six years of life. In 1987, by age six children had received 23 doses of seven vaccines. Today, by age six children receive 48 doses of 14 vaccines at a time when their immune systems and brains are developing most rapidly.

Constant atypical manipulation of the immune system with lab-altered viral and bacterial vaccines containing many different additives may well be harming an expanding number of children, who are biologically vulnerable to vaccine-induced chronic inflammation and neuroimmune dysfunction. The tragedy of one-size-fits-all vaccine policies enforced by the law is that an unknown number of vulnerable children are being written off as expendable in the name of the "common good." How many of the growing numbers of autistic children are among the biologically vulnerable, who cannot handle the 48 doses of 14 vaccines the CDC and AAP tell doctors to give them?

Answering this question requires scientific investigation that goes far beyond the mercury hypothesis.


by Rick Rollens

According to information recently released by the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) during calendar year 2006, California added 3,385 new cases of professionally diagnosed, full syndrome autism to it's developmental services system. This represents the most new cases ever added to the system in a one year period, and a 16% increase over calendar year 2005.

Also, DDS reports that an all time record number of new intakes came into the system during one quarter in the 38 year history of California's DD system during the fourth quarter of 2006 (October through December) when 956 new cases entered the system. The previous record was 846.

(Keep in mind, that all of the data reported by DDS, ONLY includes persons with professionally diagnosed full syndrome DSM IV autism, and DOES NOT include persons with PDD, NOS, Asperger's Syndrome or any other autism spectrum disorder.)

California is now averaging over 9 new cases of full syndrome autism entering California's DD system a day, seven days a week.

78% of the autism population in the system is under the age of 18, with 84% under the age of 22 years old.

We currently have 1,223 more 3 to 5 year olds in the system then we have for ALL ages from 22 years old to 62 years old and beyond.

20 years ago in 1987 there were 2,273 persons with autism in California's system. Today, 20 years later, there are 32,809.

By the end of 2002, 39% of all new intakes were full syndrome autism cases. Four years later at the end of 2006, autism now accounts for 64% of all new intakes. Therefore, today over 6 out of 10 persons entering California's DD system have full syndrome autism, and less then four persons entering the system have mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy COMBINED!

Below is a chart comparing the age distribution of the autism population for the four year period between 12/02 and 12/06 with percentage comparisons broken down by age group as the part of the whole for 12/02 and 12/06, and the percentage increase by age group between 12/02 and 12/06:


3-5 year olds 4039 * (20%)
6-9 year olds 5884 (29%)
10-13 year olds 3733 (18%)
14-17 year olds 1825 (9%)
18-21 year olds 1118 (5%)
22 to 62 and older 3762 (18%)

TOTAL: 20,377


3-5 year olds 6348 (19%) ** 36%
6-9 year olds 8782 (27%) 33%
10-13 year olds 6312 (19%) 41%
14-17 year olds 4108 (13%) 56%
18-21 year olds 2102 (6%) 47%
22 to 62 and older 5125 (16%) 27%

TOTAL: 32,809




Robert said...

Does California still use Thimerosal in their children's vaccines? If so then this data would suggest that it's not just mercury poisoning which is the problem?

Judy Aron said...

I don't think it is just the thimerasol - I think it is also linked to the garbage in our food - the preservatives, the additives.. all this stuff is ingested by pregnant women as well as developing children.. all this stuff is also sanctioned by the illustrious and all knowing FDA..

has anyone all so considered why all of the bees in the US are starting to die off? perhaps the genetically engineered crops also have something to do with how our food supply is being affected.

The connections are all around us - technology is well and good - but what good is it if it is also poisoning us?

Bernard said...

Thimerasol has been out of CA vaccines since 2001. If thimerasol had a significant role the incidence would have certainly declined at least a minute amount, but the prevalence has actually risen. If thimerasol plays a role one if forced to conclude that its role is preventative as its removal led to a higher rate. I am sure that it plays a virtually neutral role however.

Anonymous said...

I hate to tell you all this, but even if there is no thimerosal in a particular vaccine, it is likely there is another metal, namely aluminum, in it. Even a trace amount of thimerosal or aluminum can help the viral antigen component of any vaccine cross the blood-brain barrier, and cause encephalopathy of the brain. That is my theory about the causal relationship between autism spectrum disorders and vaccines after reading many scientific papers on the matter. The measles virus (as it occurs in nature, and not in vaccines) causes brain damage in boys 3-4 times more often than in girls. Sound familiar?

Anonymous said...

Are vaccination rates still increasing at a fast rate? No they aren't. If autism was related to vaccinations once the vaccination rates leveled off wouldn't the autism rates have follow the vaccination trend?

Anonymous said...

People have to consider mothers getting the flu vaccine while before, during and after having birth. Because they can pass on the mercury that is in Flu vaccines still. That is why the numbers are going up. Because there are more uneducated, young mothers today who don't know the dangers that are being put into their bodies.

Anonymous said...

Thimerosal has not been out of all vaccines in California since 2001. My friend took her four year old son in to update him on his vaccinations in 2006 and she was told by the nurse that the shots still contained thimerosal. I called CDC and was told that 12 of the vaccines are "available" in the thimerosal free formula. The way I understand it is you have to request these from your doctor and I'm not sure insurance will cover them. I'm sure many mothers are having their children vaccinated thinking the shots are mercury free and that's just not true.

Anonymous said...

What about the mercury vapors wafting over from China?
I'm sorry, I cannot trust a medical establishment that will allow a known toxin to be injected into a tiny infant.
I wonder what will happen to the Alzheimers rates in a few years?