Autism rates jump by 30% per CDC

Autism rates jump by 30% per CDC

On March 28th, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control issued a press release detailing a concerning jump in the incidence of autism spectrum disorders. Among 8 year old children (and their families) interviewed in 1 of 11 ADDM (Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring) national sites, the prevalence of autism had grown markedly. Still significantly more common among Caucasian boys (1 in 42) with a mixed gender and race incidence of 1 in 68, autism has reached epidemic proportions. Why the jump? Without question, some of this increase is secondary to more astute observation by both physicians and parents, as well as a broadening of attributes that lend themselves to this diagnosis. But these two factors are not the only issue affecting incidence – the number of children with social skill disruption and poor communicative abilities is actually increasing. We have all been privy to the tireless debate concerning vaccines. Could this be the culprit?…