LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM is a four-part documentary series following young adults on the autism spectrum as they explore the unpredictable world of love, dating and relationships.
Viewer comments regarding this ABC program went like this:
I just loved it! Such an important program. And what a comfort for the parents of those on the spectrum
My response to the program:
I don’t think the ABC or any media should be airing such a program without a discussion of why there is so much autism around today. Such a program just normalises the disorder. We are denying the epidemic
Anne Dachel who is Media Editor of Age of Autism discusses the media representation of autism:
The media talks about autism as if it’s always been around. With the public now used to hearing about it, articles don’t even need to describe what the condition is like. We have “normalized” autism. Even though most adults can’t recall kids they grew up with who were called autistic or who displayed the signs of autism, we’re not asking why it’s happening. Within a few generations, autism will affect one percent of the entire population and we won’t be able to remember a time when it wasn’t a common condition.
Sarah Bradley writes that the TV is obsessed with an unrealistic portrayal of autistic people stating that programs such as The Good Doctor, a young surgical resident with high-functioning autism are
insulting to the large percentage of people on the spectrum without savant abilities, because it implies their stories aren’t as valuable or worth telling. It also promotes the falsehood that an autism diagnosis nearly always comes pre-packaged with extreme giftedness.
Where are the televised dark stories of mothers such as single mother Deborah Frith who fears she might have to put her autistic son in a group home? The care she must provide for Jacob is ‘unrelenting’ as the funding she receives from the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is not enough for specialist behavioural support. Stories of mothers who are pushed to the limits while caring for a child with autism are rarely covered by prime time TV programs and if they are there is no discussion of why their numbers are increasing.
According to a study of more than 43,000 children from the 2016 HRSA National Survey of Children’s Health, it is estimated that as many as 1 in 40 children ages 3 to 17 in the U.S. have been diagnosed with autism. Prior to 1985 autism was considered to be a very rare condition accounting for 4-5 per 10,000.
There is an epidemic of autism and we need to look at the changes in how we live that have led to this such as environmental toxins including the increasing use of vaccines, along with pesticides and herbicides such as glyphosate in our food and water supplies. But questions are never asked, rather autism is increasingly accepted and society adapts in response.
Before 1980 autism in the community was very low and it was from an inherited genetic mutation. After 1980 there was a rise in autism and another one rise after 1989 and again in 1996.
One of the mechanisms by which vaccines cause autism is explained by adult stem cell researcher Dr Theresa Deisher who describes the primary trigger causing these changes in autism numbers.
We had changes in our manufacturing of our vaccines. We switched from using animal cells to using human foetal cells to make vaccines. Why did the pharmaceutical companies switch? Because they thought they could make more money
From the photo above you can see that the first change point was when MMR 11 was switched from animal to human foetal cells.
The second change point was when there was increase in MMR vaccination rates to over 80% in one year. They also added a second dose of MMR and around the same time a human foetal polio vaccine was introduced. The last change point was when the chicken pox vaccine was introduced. This vaccine is heavily contaminated with debris from the human foetal cell line. The rates of autism rose very high at this point. Foetal manufactured hepatitis A vaccine accounted for another jump in rates.
Why are these foetal manufactured vaccines a problem?
There are two possibilities:
An immune response-causing an autoimmune disease
This is where the DNA fragments can insert into the genome of the child and cause mutations and problems. There are many papers that look at the genome of children who develop autism and these children have hundreds of de novo mutations which are mutations their parents do not have. Causes of these mutations are environmental exposures such as radiation, toxins and foreign DNA exposure.
Such research as this is what should be discussed. Vaccines do cause autism.
The US federal government has publicly denied a vaccine-autism link, while at the same time its Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has been awarding damages for vaccine injury to children with brain damage, seizures and autism. Reference here
There are also huge amounts of aluminium in childhood vaccines. By six months of age a child in Australia has been injected with all the vaccines shots on the schedule will have been given over 3000 micrograms of the neurotoxin.
Research findings of aluminium in brains of autistic donors
Dr. Christopher Exley found aluminium in the brains of 10 donors who had autism. They contained some of the highest levels of aluminium ever recorded in human brain, and the aluminium was found in the brain’s immune cells, the microglia and the cells which provide support and protection for the neurons, the glia.
Read more about the study here
When will the denial end and a public discussion take place around the issue of autism? Not just a ‘feel good’ TV show that might make some families more comfortable about their situation but a realistic enquiry into why the numbers of children with the condition are rising.
Let’s hope it’s before society reaches a point where it can no longer even function.
- Autism-not born with it
- Vaccinating a girl in her luteal phase akin to playing Russian roulette with her life
Categories: autism, media representation, vaccines
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