The newest CDC autism estimates are 1 in 68. This is a 30% increase on the estimates for 2008 and 120% increase on the estimates for 2002. If this keeps up we will be at 1 in 9 children by 2022. And yet many experts still claim that autism is not a pandemic and the increased rates are simply a result of better diagnosis. We at Horse Boy are convinced that there is no way that increased diagnosis can explain the tsunami of kids that are being diagnosed with the disorder and that environmental factors are to blame. What do the rest of you think?
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The CDC is currently holding the rate at 1 in 68. I came across a different government/parental study than the CDC that gave the rate as 1 in 45. Either way, you're right, Jenny, the projected increases are staggering.
I agree that the increases are not just a result of better diagnosis. There are so many factors that we need to remain open minded about. It's all so confusing, though. Some studies show basis in vaccinations and other studies say no correlation. The same arguments surround food dyes, GMO products, hormone use in animal meats, toxins, etc... It's hard to sort through it all and come up with definitive answers.