Thursday, July 25, 2024


“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

— William Wilberforce


Half of America’s Kids Suffer from Chronic Illness and It’s Getting Worse

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It is hard to imagine a country where half of the children born will be diagnosed with autism. Yet, that is the scenario that senior research scientist Stephanie Seneff, PhD of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) thinks the United States may face in 2025. I wrote about this in my last article in The Vaccine Reaction titled “A Nation Where Half of the Children Become Autistic?1

Think of it. If American families with children continue to have an average of two children per family,2 3 within six years the typical family in the U.S. will likely have one autistic child. That will be the new norm. By then, many Americans will have forgotten that in the 1980s, the autism rate in the U.S. was reported at 1 in 10,000 children,4 and that even as recently as the turn of the 21st century it was unusual to have or know someone whose child or grandchild had been diagnosed with symptoms of autism.

A future scenario in which half of the children born in this country will develop autism could be just around the corner. Yet, there appears to be relatively little urgency on the part of public health officials, doctors and educators to understand what is causing this historic change in the health profile of so many children and to consider all possible causes of the autism epidemic, leaving no stone unturned. The tripling of the numbers of vaccinations children get in the past three decades is a potential co-factor that is largely being ignored by leaders in the scientific and medical communities who stubbornly insist on taking the position that, “What must not be, cannot be.”5

As Harris Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher wrote in their seminal book DPT: A Shot in the Dark, “It must not be true because, they think, whatever will we do if it is true?”5

There is no emergency health crisis in the U.S. right now that compares to the possibility that, in the future, one in two children born will develop autism. But there is one that is vaguely similar that may provide an indication of what is to come—evidence that there is a chronic illness epidemic that is already affecting millions of American children.

In 2001, NVIC co-founder and president Loe Fisher gave a presentation at a public workshop of the Institute of Medicine Immunization Safety Review Committee and said:

Individual and public health is not measured solely by an absence of infectious disease. Today, instead of epidemics of measles and polio, our children are experiencing epidemics of chronic disease and disability. In the past 20 years, rates of asthma and attention deficit disorder have more than doubled; diabetes and learning disabilities have tripled; and autism has increased by 300 percent or more in most states. Our public school systems are unable to build or staff special education classrooms fast enough to serve the millions of chronically disabled and ill children and the 425 billion dollar annual health care price tag to treat chronic disease continues to climb. The larger unanswered question is: has the increased administration of multiple vaccines in the first three years of life, when the brain and immune systems develop most rapidly, been an unrecognized co-factor in the epidemics of chronic disease and disability plaguing so many children today.6

A study published in 2011 in the journal Academic Pediatrics found that an estimated 54.1 percent of children in the U.S. suffered from at least one chronic illness.7 According to the study:

An estimated 43% of U.S. children (32 million) currently have at least 1 of 20 chronic health conditions assessed, increasing to 54.1% when overweight, obesity, or being at risk for developmental delays are included; 19.2% (14.2 million) have conditions resulting in a special health care need…7

Those statistics are now nearly a decade old, so it is likely that the problem has gotten worse. Additionally, for every child in the U.S. who has been diagnosed with a chronic illness, there are millions more who suffer from undiagnosed chronic illnesses.8 9

According to one source, 1 out of 5 children in the U.S. suffers from allergic eczema. One 1 of 6 children suffers from a mental health disorder, 1 in 6 from a learning disability, at least 1 in 8 from asthma, 1 in 10 from dyspraxia, at least 1 in 10 from ADHD, 1 in 12 from food allergies, 1 in 20 from pediatric depression or anxiety, 1 in 30 from severe mood dysregulation, 1 in 36 from autism, etc.7

A 2011 article in Age of Autism asked…

Why? When did school nurses become pharmaceutical specialists? When did reading and writing require an Epi-pen? Why does a jar of Skippy need a skull and crossbones for so many kids? When was Romper Room replaced by Early Intervention? And when did the gee-whiz days of youth come to mean G-tubes for feeding? Our kids are sick. Pediatrics has failed them miserably despite dozens of “well” visits before school age. What the hell has gone so wrong?10

Nobody seemed to know then, and nobody seems to know now.

As Judy Converse, MPH noted in a 2016 article, “Over half of U.S. children now suffer from a chronic condition, disability, or disease. Americans spend the least on food, the most on health care, have the most highly vaccinated kids, and have the sickest kids of any industrialized country.”11

She also asked the question, “When it comes to this topic of chronically ill kids, do you have moments that pierce the bubble of consciousness and take your breath away?”11

My answer to that question is a resounding YES! Every day. But I would add that the situation is nothing compared to what our country has been experiencing with autism and even less when compared to the catastrophe we’re headed for with autism in the next few years. In the meantime, those who have been entrusted with trying to figure out the cause of this health crisis are shrugging their shoulders and saying, “We just don’t know, but we’re real sure it couldn’t be vaccines. Besides, don’t you remember that debunked MMR study from two decades ago?”

It feels like the Titanic is sinking and all the crew can manage to do is busy itself rearranging the deck chairs.

This article or commentary provides referenced information and perspective on a topic related to vaccine science, policy, law or ethics being discussed in public forums and by U.S. lawmakers. The websites of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide information and perspective of federal agencies responsible for vaccine research, development, regulation and policymaking.


1 Cáceres M. Per A Nation Where Half of the Children Become Autistic? The Vaccine Reaction June 19, 2019.
2 Livingston G. Family Size Among Mothers. Pew Research Center May 7, 2015.
3 Duffin E. Average number of own children under 18 in families with children in the United States from 1960 to 2018. Statista May 8, 2019.
4 How Common is Autism? Autism Science Foundation.

5 Coulter HL and Fisher BL. DPT: A Shot In The Dark. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1985.
6 Fisher BL. Oral statement at Workshop of Immunization Safety Review Committee. Institute of Medicine Jan. 11, 2001.
7 Bethell CD, Kogan MD, Strickland BS, Schor EL, Robertson J, Newacheck PW. A National and State Profile of Leading Health Problems and Health Care Quality for US Children: Key Insurance Disparities and Across-State Variations. Academic Pediatrics May-June 2011; 11(3): S22-S33.
8 The Startling Statistics. Epidemic Answers.
9 Fisher BL. The Vaccine Revolution for Truth. NVIC Newsletter Apr. 19, 2017.
10 More than 32 Million American Kids Chronically Sick: It’s Time to Demand Answers. Age of Autism May 2011.
11 Converse J. America’s New Normal: Chronically Ill Kids. Fearless Parent 2016.

14 Responses

    1. This is really a war against America’s kids. This has got to stop!!! Pray to Jesus. God help us.

  1. I read these articles and I get angry and brought to tears, not because we are being informed but because it seems like people JUST AREN’T LISTENING!! It is like we are walking around dead, not thinking, not reacting to what is obvious. It makes me think of how hitler and others want a society that is made up of only those whose brains and bodies have been able to resist the effects of vaccines and other pharma. I want to shout from the rooftops that we are fools to accept this. How long can we continue with this government mandated sentence to destroy our children? I am absolutely sick to my stomach and my heart because I can’t do anything to stop the madness. I donate to the cause, but it is people like me who actually read about the effects of vaccines. If I tell people that my unvaccinated 11 year old grandchild has never had an ear or respiratory infection, people just think he is lucky, unlike his mother who ONLY had mmr, dpt and polio (oral), and she was vaccinated because it was in the 70’s and I didn’t know any better. She was, and looked, so unhealthy until she was finished with vaccines. We were constantly at urgent care because she would get so sick, starting at 3 months, and she developed immunity to certain antibiotics because she had to have them so often. I think vaccines are satan’s tool to steal our souls, minds and bodies.

  2. Been asking that question for 20+ years now. Actually, many eyes are opened, but their voices & testimony is censored or skewed. No matter what, tyranny and dumbing down, bread and circuses, monetary steering, dialectic games, demoralization & dehumanization, corporate fascism & communism just keep making gains no matter who’s supposedly in charge. Puppets & cronies. Well paid figureheads & cronies. It’s hard to fight when the game is fixed, the real enemy stays hidden behind the scenes, & the price for resistance is so high. It’s hidden & shadowy, cloaked in bureaucracy & flowery philosophical blather. The Craft HATES light and plain truth. Always make outcomes look like the victim’s fault, mixed in with the real perps & offenders….while rules are changed right & left so confusion reigns though accusations leave that part out. There is a very real, and very high, price for speaking truly inconvenient truths stepping on the one-worlders and controllers ‘dreams’. You’d think the Bible was prophetically true or something.

  3. During the last fifty years I have been employed at a variety of schools in the SF Bay Area as an early childhood educator, high school tutor/mentor and school based mental health practitioner.

    I have witnessed first hand the increase of chronic illnesses and disorders in the children that I teach. I am appalled by the lack of concern about the toxic environment and situations in which we place our children. Their school yards are sprayed with Roundup, they continuously eat overly processed food, overuse electronics and are subjected to several vaccinations a year. And then there is the high incidence of children with allergies, asthma, ADHD, LD and ongoing trauma due to poverty and parent incarceration. I feel like the health and well being of our country’s children is being ignored to increase corporate profits.

    Luckily, I had several of the childhood diseases in the 50s and test for life long immunity so I am not required to get any more vaccinations as of yet but it is always a worry. I am not allowed to speak out about the lack of vaccine safety and their risks at my workplace because all the children have to be vaccinated to attend. I am in agony about keeping my mouth shut and I am worried about our children’s current and future health issues.

  4. Remove the part in all of the Corporation by – laws that makes them judicially responsible to its shareholders to make the maximum profit possible. If you realize how powerful this is in the corporation procedures and operations. This is the must do goal for all corporations and it drives all of their activities. Quite frankly I’d be surprised if our country was any different than it is now given that corporation edict. At the very least they should have a condition of morally responsibility attached to it.

  5. I could go on for a long time – how I agree with you all. It’s a Crisis of a different kind……that I never experienced growing up in the 50’s +. My son in ’75 had extreme reaction to a vaccine – never had anymore – per recommendation from his Pediatrician, and he gave me reasons why with the list of ingredients. I have witnessed children that were totally normal – before their vaccines……..then all goes terribly wrong. Having said that – I do believe all the Wifi, electronics has a big effect. What is the answer? Keep trying to educate ones that want to listen and explore, have an open mind.
    I am curious Linda……..what do you mean the you “test for life long immunity and are not required to get any more vaccines? What kind of Test is that…….think we’d all like to know. Thank all of you.

  6. Robert Kennedy Jr (lawyer) is becoming involved with the vaccine nightmare. Becoming a member is $10 which I think is money well spent.

  7. Yes, Linda, we all would like to know about the test for life long immunity. I hope that titer levels are considered too as our daughter is partially vaccinated and wishes to enter nursing. Unfortunately, she does not see the potential danger of future vaccines for her. While she was being vaccinated she suffered three febrile seizures. Interestingly enough, after we stopped her vaccines around 2 1/2 years, she suffered no seizure even with a temperature of 104 degrees. As others have mentioned, we are all uniquely designed and need not be put in a one size fits all category regarding the vaccine schedule.My hope for my daughter is that a mature immune system will prepare her body for whatever vaccines she cannot escape given her chosen career path.

    1. Perhaps your daughter would be open to taking high doses of vitamin C both before and after taking required vaccines. It will help minimize the possibility of vaccine injury.

  8. The partnership of corporate medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, government and the media make it nearly impossible to persuade the average person or even average doctor to see through the smokescreens and distortions to the truth about how we are destroying our planet and ourselves. We can protect ourselves to some extent, to be sure, by being aware and shielding ourselves from the toxins that the government and corporate medicine are O.K. with being injected or ingested into our bodies, but we can not stop this juggernaut of greed and ignorance. Our likely salvation comes with the beast being hoist by its own petard. Eventually, disease and destruction will become so rampant that distrust in the powers that be will begin to erode. Indeed, there are signs it already has begun to erode. This erosion, like our melting ice-caps will grow and grow, as even the powers that be find themselves falling prey to their own depredations. By then, monumental harm will have been done to our ecosystem, and to ourselves. Will planet Gaia be able to recover? No-one knows. But we are surely headed down this self-destructive path, and we can dig in to fight back against ignorance, but ultimately, ignorance contains the seeds of its own defeat.

  9. Brilliant thoughts Mark. Sadly so many seriously vaccine injured babies and children happen to parents who trusted what they were told, trusted their doctor to be educated and informed about the vaccines they injected without liability. The system is manipulated and controlled by those who want to silence the truth and eliminate those who are hapless victims. Less people mean fewer people to speak up and vote them out. Keep sharing information with others, there are people who want to learn the truth. I shared a vaccine information sheet with a health food store so they would have something to share with customers. Focus on the world we choose to have; one that is kind, loving, peaceful and compassionate, where we have true LEADERS who work for us, where corporations are held to an ethical standard, and everything is done for the greatest good for all concerned. namaste’, rachel

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