By: John LeBoutillier

Autism is ravaging our young.

And it is destroying their families.

Something must be done - and NOW!

Get these unbelievable statistics:

Only twenty years ago - in the mid-1980's - one out of ten thousand children was afflicted with autism.

Today it is a startling and frightening one out of one hundred and sixty six children.

What has happened in a mere 20 years to so radically increase the odds that little children are going to descend into this Living Hell known as autism?

One theory that must be taken seriously is the revelation that thimerosal, a mercury preservative commonly found in some childhood vaccines, may be the culprit here.

Apparently babies and young children innoculated with vaccines containing thimerosol have twice as much mercury in their brains as the allowable amount for adults!

Could this be the reason autism is sweeping the nation?

Could it be that in our zeal to innoculate our children from measles and other diseases that we have in fact permanently damaged thousands of young lives?

This is a problem of urgent national interest and Washington DC needs to get answers immediately:

1) If there is any chance whatsoever that thimerosol is causing autism, then it must be stopped at once.

2) Congress needs to hold hearings - immediately - and call on the carpet officials of the FDA and CDC and the makers of thimerosol and other interested scientists - and get to the bottom of this national disaster.

3) Many doctors are so alarmed that thimerosol may the culprit here that they are using vaccines that do not contain thimerosol. We need studies of these children ASAP to see if their autism rates are different than those innoculated with the timerosol preservative.

4) The families are suffering terribly. The devastation of seeing a healthy little boy or girl ‘fade away’ into a shell of themselves - often incapable of communicating - is too terrible to even imagine.

Two heroes: Bob Wright, the head of NBC and his wife Suzanne, have a grandson afflicted with autism. They have used their status at NBC for a good cause - educating America about this national disaster - and hopefully focusing our government on doing something about this now.

Recommendation: each and everyone of us should today email/fax/write our Representative and our two Senators and tell them, “We want immediate action on autism - right now!”

They will listen - and maybe for once DC can get to the bottom of a national problem before many more precious little children are ruined.

And a ton of prayers - for the kids and their families - will help, too.

John LeBoutillier is a former U.S. Congressman and a nationally recognized political commentator. He has been a frequent guest on many national talk show programs and is author of the book Harvard Hates America. He is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.

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Published in the March 3, 2005 issue of  Ether Zone.
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