I posted this on Countering Age of Autism , in response to a reference to the belief that there is a conspiracy in the government and companies to use vaccines to turn the entire population autistic.
I'm still trying to figure the whole conspiracy theory out, as much as I can.
As fair as I can tell, the only motivation for "making everyone autistic" is for profit. While yes, there may be some greedy individuals in the government and industry; however, this is not a bushel of apples where one bad apple corrupts the entire lot.
Also, the point about adult vaccines making people autistic is somewhat ridiculous. If there was a conspiracy of this nature, then making "normal" people autistic in their adult and senior years is rather stupid. Think about it, an NT adult goes in for his or her vaccine, and within 10 days, suddenly stops being NT and diagnosed as autistic? Um, I think people would notice, and a good conspiracy is one that no one knows about.
Seriously. I know that some governments aren't as competent as we'd like, but I doubt that they're THAT incompetent.
Also, generally from accounts and experiences of others, adult autistic diagnosis tends to go similar to this (if it helps, imagine this with hand puppets):
person sees doctor "Gee doc, I've been having these problems all my life."
doctor listens to person and directs person to appropriate specialist.
specialist asks more direct questions "I think you have [insert ASD], because of this, this and this"
person "thank you, now I know what is going on and can get the appropriate help if I need it"
ta da, adult diagnosis of autism. It kind of isn't a spontaneous regression into autistic traits.
September 13, 2009 1:50 PM