The following is the text of an email from Autism Action Network (http://autismactionnetwork.org)
New Study shows diagnostic substitution can’t explain exploding autism numbers
A new study has been released that shows that diagnostic substitution cannot account for the huge increase in the number of Americans diagnosed with autism. “Diagnostic substitution” means disorders that in the past would have been called something else are now called “autism.”
You can see read the study abstract here:
Diagnostic Substitution for Intellectual Disability: A Flawed Explanation for the Rise in Autism
One of the worst failures of the institutions entrusted to protect our health is that after more than two decades of exponential growth in the number of people in the US diagnosed with autism, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the federal Department of Health and Human Services, the corporate autism charities, etc. still claim they can’t figure out if the autism rate is really going up
The excuses usually given for this catastrophic failure are diagnostic substitution, better case finding (in the past nobody noticed the non-verbal kid flapping in the corner) and changes in how “autism” is defined, but that didn’t stop the American Psychiatric Association, the psychiatrists cartel that is allowed to define psychiatric disorders, from redefining autism five times since the 1980s.
Official medicine still claims they can’t figure out if the autism rate has really gone up. This fiction provides cover for the major medical institutions to continue their response to autism, which at best could be characterized as lackadaisical. To put this in perspective, when the Autism Action Network was founded in 2005 the accepted known causes of autism could account for only a small percentage of the diagnosed cases, there were no accepted treatments, and the official autism rate was I in 1,250. Twelve years later the accepted known causes of autism can account for only a small percentage of the diagnosed cases, there are no accepted treatments, and the official autism rate is approaching 1 in 40 children.
If current growth rates continue unabated, by 2025 half the kids born in the U.S. will be diagnosed with autism, according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. And the Emperor continues to fiddle while Rome burns.