Autism Rates Now Reported at 1 in 50 in the U.S.A.
JUST RELEASED: For the years 2011 and 2012, a phone survey of 95,000 parents suggests the autism rate in the U.S. is now at 1 in 50. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr065.pdf
In a more rigorous study looking at medical and school records of 8 year olds in 2008, the CDC came up with a rate of 1 in 88 children in 14 states in the U.S. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6103a1.htm?s_cid=ss6103a1_w
In a 2007 study, the US Dept. of Health and Human Services reports 1 in 91 U.S. children ages 3-17 are on the autism spectrum. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/124/5/1395.full.html
In JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) issue from Feb 13th 2013, the article “Association Between Maternal Use of Folic Acid Supplements and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children” studied over 85,000 pregnancies and followed the children born between 2002 and 2008 for an average of over 6 years. Those moms who took folate with their prenatal vitamins had an autism spectrum rate of 1 in 1000. Those who did not have folate in their prenatal vitamins had a rate of 1 in 500. Take home message:
No 1. Make sure you take folate in your prenatal. I would recommend all people take extra folate (especially the folinic acid methyl-folate).
No 2. Since the autism spectrum rate in the U.S. where moms do take folate is 1 in 100, and in Norway they do not give the Hep B routinely to newborns, 2 month olds, and 6 month old babies as we do in the U.S., then to reduce your risk of having a child with autism spectrum in the U.S., I would not give the Hepatitis B vaccine to your newborn, 2 month old, or 6 month old. It doesn’t provide lasting immunity anyway and the 250 micrograms of aluminum in each vaccine far exceeds safe amounts that should not exceed 4-5 micrograms per kilogram of weight each day.