Here is a nice piece on the absence of autism among the Amish; only the vaccinated ones are disgnosed with it. A couple years ago Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. had investigated this also and found only four Amish children in several thousand had autism and these were the only ones vaccinated. His article was found in Salon magazine. I will dig that one up later. This piece by Daniel Olmsted, Sr. Editor, UPI Health News, was published in 2005 and is another piece of the autism–vaccine connection puzzle.
The Age of Autism: A Pretty Big Secret
It is a far piece from the horse-and-buggies of Lancaster County, Pa., to the cars and freeways of Cook County, Ill.
But thousands of children cared for by Homefirst Health Services in metropolitan Chicago have at least two things in common with thousands of Amish children in rural Lancaster: They have never been vaccinated. And they don’t have autism.
“We have a fairly large practice. We have about 30,000 or 35,000 children that we’ve taken care of over the years, and I don’t think we have a single case of autism in children delivered by us who never received vaccines,” said Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, Homefirst’s medical director who founded the practice in 1973. Homefirst doctors have delivered more than 15,000 babies at home, and thousands of them have never been vaccinated.
The few autistic children Homefirst sees were vaccinated before their families became patients, Eisenstein said. “I can think of two or three autistic children who we’ve delivered their mother’s next baby, and we aren’t really totally taking care of that child — they have special care needs. But they bring the younger children to us. I don’t have a single case that I can think of that wasn’t vaccinated.”