The 1 out of 160 rate is greater for boys as they are 4 times more likely than girls to become autistic. Also, this 1 out 160 rate is probably low as it measures currently diagnosed autistic children and they are not diagnosed until about 3.5 years generally, so with a 20 percent growth for three years we may be looking at 1 out of 100 for all newborns and 1 out of 60 for boys.
Here are three articles from a prominent autism writer, discussing the lack of autism among unvaccinated children.
While there have been studies of autistic children and vaccines, they have all studied altering the vaccine treatment, never eliminating the vaccines. For example there have been studies comparing vaccines with and without mercury perservatives, or studies which postponed one or more vaccines such as the triple vaccine MMR. No study has ever compared vaccinated to unvaccinated children.
People have been aware of the seemingly low autism rates among Amish children, but have never conducted a study. The argument against studying just Amish children is they are the same througout, that is homogeneous. So, it might be some other common factor causing the reduced autism. Consequently a study of just the Amish would be inconclusive.
The new information is that there is a pediatric practice in chicago, www.homefirst.com, which advocates no vaccines and has 35,000 or so unvaccinated children. This pool of children changes everything, they are heterogeneous, that is different throughout. There is no other common denominator among all these kids, other than that they are all unvaccinated.
No longer can it be argued that the study is inconclusive.
The beauty is that the study can be conducted with rigor relatively easily. All you have to do is compare the autism rates among these kids to the general public.
I believe this study needs to be done.
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