Larry King Live on CNN today covered the autism issue–the one about what the cause might be. World Autism Awareness Day was April 2, and April is Autism Awareness Month.
I am happy to see coverage on this issue. I hope more and more people will become aware of the size of this problem, one in 150 people, and the relative lack of research that’s going on compared to funding for other maladies such as breast cancer.
Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy are interviewed, with a video playing in the background showing Jenny playing with her no-longer-autistic son Evan. Carrey and McCarthy think that vaccines — too many, too soon– must trigger autism somehow. Doctors and researchers also interviewed were divided. One said he thought the vaccine trigger idea (in genetically vulnerable individuals) was “speculative” and shouldn’t be checked. Another said doctors should listen to parents, and should fully investigate the vaccine hypothesis.
Let’s say hooray for an open mind!