Currently, what we are seeing is an enlarging group of children. These
children do not fit classic autistic profiles. What has become very frustrating for me at
times is to attend conferences. In fact I think Ive stopped attending some of the
routine autistic conferences because they are very depressing. What you listen to are
keynote speakers describe how these children are coming out of the woodwork, that they are
different from classic autistics. But when they get done they put them in the same cubicle
that says well label them Autism/PDD. That is probably one of the biggest
disservices done to your children. If someone had said, 10 years ago, 15 years ago, that
hey, weve got some kids here; they have some autistic symptoms, but theres
something else going on. Maybe we would be a lot further along right now in investigating
what was wrong with those children.
The origin, at this point its safe to say, is linked to an immune
phenomena. As I said, a combination of either an autoimmune disorder or the combination of
an immune-viral component. Nothing else can physiologically do this to these children.
Whether its caused by a retrovirus, certainly were suspecting that were
going to see a genetic disposition. One of the very distressing parts of this is that we
may be looking at Mother Nature kind of going astray. If we have evolved in the human
species to favor IQ, intelligence, cognition, then we may be looking at a group of people
that somehow in that evolution are more susceptible to whatever is changing out there in
terms of our immune systems, the environment, viruses, and so on.
While I can say what Im going to say today pretty safely now from
a medical direction, I put up there the fact that we do have to think about what is going
on environmentally. But, to be frank with you, its too big a subject to even try to
touch on. The politics. Think about global warming. Think about the discussions out there.
Unfortunately, while we may really have a problem, I dont think many of us have a
good chance of changing that. But I think we do have a chance to change whats
happening to these children