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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 I’ve 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 we’ll 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, we’ve got some kids here; they have some autistic symptoms, but there’s 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 it’s 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 it’s caused by a retrovirus, certainly we’re suspecting that we’re 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 I’m 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, it’s 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 don’t think many of us have a good chance of changing that. But I think we do have a chance to change what’s happening to these children

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