Make no mistake –Autism is deadly.

In Abuse, Autism, Death, Drowning, Fire, Murder, Neglect, Seizures, Wandering on 3 April 2011 at 12:43 am

Today there was a reply to a comment I made that went a little something like this…

“Jenny at Autismwars- Don’t give me that! Vaccines -do not- cause Autism. Autism usually isn’t life-threatening anyway, if I have Asperger’s and can learn to cope, so can your kids. Plus, you’re doing yer kids a disservice by not vaccinating them.”

First, before I go any further, I need to share a comment from my friend Jody –who hits the nail on the head, “that’s like comparing apples to assholes. They both start with “a” so they should both taste good and keep the doctor away!”. Indeed my friend, indeed.

So I suppose we should address that first.  If this person, who claims to have Asperger’s can cope, those children with autism should be able to cope.  Yes… because Asperger’s and Autism are the exact FUCKING SAME THING! –that is sarcasm for all you “Neuro Diverse” Aspie’s out there… WAIT… you know what…. FUCK THIS.  I am not even going to address this because the comment is so fucking stupid that it doesn’t deserve one more bloody fucking second of my time.  –Don’t misunderstand me.  There are times when kids with Asperger’s have it worse than kids with autism.  I have seen it with my own eyes.  Teachers tormenting these kids because “they don’t look like they have anything wrong with them.” But folks… this really is apples and oranges.

Autism usually isn’t life-threatening anyway.

Our kids have no sense of danger –not in a helpful way. (I have mentioned before that my son’s fear of bees and other flying insects is more likely to kill him as he tries to get away from them).  They are wanderers –for whatever reason, they love to go off on adventures…. the problem with these adventures is that they get lost, or they take them when it’s freezing outside and they are under dressed, they find water –they always find water –I’m convinced that the leading cause of death for autistic kids is drowning.

Then comes murder. Besides the accidents that take our children away, some lose their lives because their caregivers just can’t handle the strain and they snap. They kill their kids, or they perform a murder-suicide. SOME lose their lives because the employee at the care home whose ONLY DUTY it is to care for that person, fucks up and leaves them in a hot van to die.

SOME die from improper restraint at school or by uneducated police.

For others, it is the co-morbid medical conditions that are killing them. Epilepsy being the clear winner in this category. Ask the Travolta’s about that –and many other families who have lost their autistic kids to their seizure disorder.


A quick google search brought me this gem:
Causes of Death in Autism, where they found, “Elevated death rates were observed for several causes, including seizures and accidents such as suffocation and drowning; elevated mortality due to respiratory disease was observed among persons with severe mental retardation. Overall, excess mortality was especially marked for persons with severe mental retardation, but life expectancy is reduced even for persons who are fully ambulatory and who have only mild mental retardation.”

And an updated study found, “In all, 26 persons with ASD had died, whereas the expected number of deaths was 13.5. Thus the mortality risk among those with ASD was nearly twice that of the general population. The SMR was particularly high in females. The excess mortality risk has remained unchanged since our first study in 1993. Eight of the 26 deaths were associated with epilepsy and four died from epilepsy. Future staff education should focus on better managing of the complex relationships between ASD and physical illness to prevent avoidable deaths.”

A future with autism?

I have to think that with all the info we have on autism and chronic inflammation –along with the huge increases in cases (so that it will be obvious now), that our children will end up dying many years earlier than expected from heart failure. It’s just an educated guess.

Our children are likely to end up in nursing homes and institutions when we die –neglect surely awaits them.

AND I am not even going to touch the vaccine issue today.  That is for another day.

But for now, here is a website that is keeping track of kids who are dying due to their autism. I hope reading it ruins your day.
Lives Lost to Autism

Look, just last night… Another one.

  1. Love this! I have heard the argument so many times that “vaccine-preventable” diseases kill, but autism doesn’t. Yeah, right…..I would love to know where you found the statistics on deaths related to autism. I looked for those numbers for a note I wrote on FB recently, but didn’t find anything useful. Thanks for this great, in-your-face piece!

  2. i came across your article in the comments of That Other Article.
    and i HAVE educated myself: [quoting your comments re: aforementioned article] “Are you aware of how vaccines or any medicine for that matter gains FDA approval? Are you aware of the process? Did YOU study cellular biology? Do you have a basic understanding of physiology?”
    i have, in fact, studied all of these things (being a medical professional). and make no mistake, i am NO FAN of Big Pharma. i believe there are cancer cures out there that are being withheld. Big Pharma can be evil! but also, sometimes, helpful.
    i have chosen to vaccinate my children, but i ABSOLUTELY agree with your right to choose what is best for your family and how best to protect your own children. i do not think you are a bad parent for taking a stand and doing what you feel is the right decision, just as i would hope you would understand that i feel i am doing what is right for my family. everyone is entitled to her own opinion; (i do wish some could express opinions more respectfully). and i agree wholeheartedly with you; autism can most certainly be deadly.
    i just wanted to say that other moms who might surf on in to your page here, may find the language slightly discrediting of your truthful article. i understand that the comments that were made to you on the other page were NOT respectful at all – even hurtful – (and you are fully entitled to your anger!), however, the beginning of the article almost seems a rant. many readers might discontinue reading (as i almost did) before getting to the many wonderful points you make. you might consider a slight edit?
    please forgive me if i have come off as pretentious in any way; i just think that your message is a good one and that perhaps a little constructive criticism might further your attempts at reaching your audience. i do not judge you for your feelings (and i cannot rightly anyways, for i do not have the life experiences that you possess). i only wish the best for you and your family as you continue on your special journeys.
    sincerest regards :)

  3. LOL omg ok please forgive me … i just read another of your articles, and i realize now that this is just your style. i admire your in-your-face gutsiness. i also admire the fact that you never got profane in your comments on that other article to those snitty people who were dogging you. props and kudos, girl. i dig the style. please disregard my previous “advice” and keep up your good blogging. if this is your platform, then i am all about it. i’d subscribe if i could. :)

    • ;) Now you’re catching on!! I do not fault any parent who makes the choice to vaccinate their child when they make that decision. I hope that it is a true “informed consent” –often vaccination is not. It is their decision, as it is my decision to NOT vaccinate based on my information and my family history.

      Many many people make the same points that I do, with all the profanity –and no one listens. Thus my style mama! If killing them with kindness doesn’t work, use a gun!

  4. I love this post! My own child has autism due to a vaccine reaction, and it’s been confirmed by…get this…an M.D.! Our pedi will not touch our AU child or his typical sibs with a “10 foot needle”. His initial reaction was a rare seizure disorder called Infantile Spasms. An experimental treatment and Divine intervention stopped the seizures, but the resulting brain damage led to the autism. The vaccine “war” drives me insane because those who talk the loudest are the most ignorant! They just don’t know. They just don’t know the horror of watching your infant start screaming a neuro-scream before the needle is out of his little thigh. They don’t know the helplessness of convulsive seizures, and the mis-diagnosis by the “experts” of gastro-intestinal disorders when it was really neuro! I could go on and on, but suffice it to say…vaccines DO cause problems, they DO cause reactions, they DO lead to autism. How do I know? My son and my family LIVE with it every day!

  5. I think the leading cause of death for autistic kids is still old age.

  6. the diagnosis rate is not falling, of this much we can be sure

  7. Any one that does not vaccinate there children should at least go to jail.

  8. [...] down to my computer just now I saw that someone had commented on the blog.  The picked the “Make no mistake, autism is deadly”  post. Here is what they [...]

  9. Your a big loud idiot. No autism is not caused by vaccines, that is some stupid brain dead retard Ron Paul “Revolution” with the backwards ev. It is not a disease, its just a genetic difference. Autistic genes and autistic people have been around for thousands of years, and they do much of the creating. But this society is so very unptight and rigid and hypercompetitive, and yet ultimately dumb, tech addicted and totally divorced from the mechanical and physical, and spiritual. Not to go on a tangent here but jsut because the shrinks coined a new label does not mean the type of people placed under that label did not exist before. Kind of like how Columbus didn’t discover “the indians”.

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