Autism prevalence and socioeconomic status

Children living in neighborhoods where incomes are low and fewer adults have bachelor’s degrees are less likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder compared to kids from more affluent neighborhoods.

The finding is part of a new multi-institution study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), led by Maureen Durkin of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Waisman Center, and published recently in the American Journal of Public Health.

Durkin and her team found that the incidence of the disorder increased during the study period. In fact, during the eight years of the study, the overall prevalence of ASD in children more than doubled, increasing from 6.6 to 14.7 cases per thousand children.

“We wanted to see if part of this increase in ASD prevalence was because advances in screening techniques and medical training meant more children from disadvantaged backgrounds were gaining access to ASD diagnoses and services,” says Durkin, a professor of population health sciences and pediatrics at UW-Madison. “It doesn’t seem that’s the case.”…

The study does not prove children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are not getting the diagnoses and support they need, Durkin says, but it does indicate that’s the most likely scenario.

In support of this hypothesis, the study found that children who had intellectual disabilities were equally likely to be diagnosed with ASD irrespective of their socioeconomic backgrounds.

That could be because “children with intellectual disabilities usually have developmental delays that get noticed earlier in life,” says Durkin. “They may get referred for comprehensive medical follow-ups, which could then lead to a diagnosis of their ASD as well.”

In addition, studies in Sweden and France — which have universal health care and fewer barriers for citizens to access medical care — found no association between socioeconomic status and rates of autism diagnoses….

The “improved diagnosing” theory rears its ugly head again.    The swiss army knife of logic avoidance.  After all, vaccines are 100% safe regardless of what the government’s own freely available VAERS database and the massive payouts from the federal vaccine injury compensation fund say.   This is called “doublethink.”

Children often get intellectual disabilities as a result of birth injury such as immediate cord clamping , which triggers a cascade of medical interventions almost certainly including the standard vaccination schedule until the child leaves the hospital (and probably beyond) leading to an equal rate of vaccination among such children regardless of SES.

The last paragraph says it all.   Equal medicalization rates means equal rates of ASD.  Medical researchers have an amazing capacity to spin whatever doesn’t support their axiomatic faith in medicine.

Traditional covert eugenics campaigns (such as the fast food=toxic food connection) normally target low income groups, effectively treating income as a proxy for genetic fitness.   But given the differential income-based access to “health care” in the USA, medical targeting has been biased toward higher income populations, although the vitamin-D scam does distribute disease and morbidity preferentially to dark-skinned people.   My guess is that higher income black families have exceptionally high rates of autism, since vitamin D is crucial in preventing vaccine-caused autism due to its antioxidant and detox functions.

When we all have equal access to the medical priesthood under universal “healthcare”, the autism campaign will be more precisely targeted against black people.

In any case, obamacare has provided a unique opportunity to measure the effects of rising access to medicine among the poor, concurrently with the increasing toxicity of more intense vaccination schedules and new human fetal tissue based vaccines:

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its biannual overview of autism prevalence in early 2018, it reported that one in fifty-nine 8-year-olds (born in 2006) had an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This represented a 15% increase from the rate of one in sixty-eight described in the CDC’s 2016 and 2014 reports (for 8-year-olds born in 2004 and 2002, respectively). A federal snapshot of 3 through 17 year-olds in 2016 reported diagnosed autism in one in thirty-six children—23% more than in 2014.

Despite the two-year jump in ASD prevalence, the CDC cast a positive spin on its 2018 findings. Recognizing that white ASD prevalence had been higher, in the past, than prevalence among other race/ethnicity groups, the agency hypothesized that “white ASD prevalence had largely stabilized” and praised the 15% increased prevalence as a reflection of “the catch-up of Hispanics and blacks who had been historically underascertained.” The media readily acquiesced to this worn-out narrative, implying that latent autism cases had simply been waiting to be discovered through more effective outreach and better screening. According to PBS, “[I]f it’s the case that the rate grew only because of better diagnosis, that would mean that autism spectrum disorder isn’t becoming more common among American children. Doctors are just better at spotting it.”

Dissatisfied with the “better diagnosis” explanation, University of Colorado researcher Cynthia Nevison wrote of a 1000-fold increase in autism prevalence since the 1930s and a 25-fold increase since the 1970s in a December 2018 publication in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Now, Nevison and Rutgers researcher Walter Zahorodny—who regularly contributes New Jersey data to the biannual CDC reports—have published a new study critiquing the “catch-up” hypothesis. Their analysis further undermines officials’ complacent narrative by highlighting upward ASD trends among black and Hispanic children above and beyond mere “catch-up”—as well as pointing to worsening racial/ethnic disparities.

Deep diving the autism data

The two researchers used the two best datasets available to assess time trends in race-specific United States autism prevalence. The first came from 18 years of annual reports collected for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which has tracked special education recipients (ages 3-21) since the early 1990s, with breakdowns by race/ethnicity available for 3-5 year-olds; the most recent IDEA data are for 3 to 5 year-olds born in 2012–2014. The researchers compiled the second dataset across eight biannual Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network reports; the ADDM Network is the ongoing CDC surveillance system that reports every two years on ASD prevalence in children born 12 years previously.

After a year of careful data analysis, the researchers ascertained several interesting trends among 3 to 5 year-olds in the IDEA dataset:

  • Among white children, ASD rates plateaued in the mid-2000s after 15 years of sharp increase; around birth year 2007, however, white ASD prevalence “resumed its climb” in many states.
  • ASD prevalence increased continuously in black children, “catching up” to white prevalence by birth year 2008; from that year on, black ASD prevalence surpassedwhite prevalence in the majority of states, without a plateau.
  • ASD prevalence also increased continuously among Hispanic children and, beginning in birth year 2007, grew faster than the other races in the clear majority of states. By birth year 2013, ASD prevalence among Hispanic children exceeded that among whites in one-third of states.

ADDM data from nine states for birth years 2002–2006 showed mixed trends for white children, depending on the state, but for both black and Hispanic children, ASD prevalence increased in six out of nine states. However, Georgia was the sole state where the trends fully supported the CDC hypothesis of a stabilized white ASD prevalence and black and Hispanic “catch-up.”

Discussing the plateau in white ASD prevalence in the mid-2000s, the two researchers point out that it could “suggest a stabilization of the environmental drivers of ASD…followed by a new or increasing environmental insult after 2007.” They also mention a recent study in California that analyzed the issue of the white ASD plateau in greater depth, using stringent data from the California Department of Developmental Services (CDDS). While that study confirmed a slowdown in ASD prevalence among privately insured (i.e., higher income) white children, the researchers found that ASD rates among publicly insured (i.e., lower income) whites actually continued to increase strongly and steadily through the 2000s. Over the same decade, ASD prevalence for black children also increased strongly—irrespective of type of insurance—and ended up exceeding white prevalence by almost 40%. These provocative results suggest that higher-income white parents may have some insights into ASD prevention….

Higher income white parents probably do have important insights into autism prevention: don’t be born black under a covert medicalized eugenics regime, and use the internet to get a second opinion about birth and child care.

In any case, given the obvious targeting of the entire american population via other health-related (as well as economic, propaganda and education) destabilization tactics, it seems our demonic shepherd is pursuing a more egalitarian agenda than is possible with vaccines alone.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Among US Children (2002–2010): Socioeconomic, Racial, and Ethnic Disparities

Results. The prevalence of ASD increased with increasing SES during each surveillance year among White, Black, and Hispanic children. The prevalence difference between high- and low-SES groups was relatively constant over time (3.9/1000 [95% CI = 3.3, 4.5] in 2002 and 4.1/1000 [95% CI = 3.6, 4.6] in the period 2006–2010). Significant racial/ethnic differences in ASD prevalence remained after stratification by SES. …