Why Don’t Amish Children Get Autism?

Why don't Amish children get autism like the rest of the population?

Scientists claim that autism has been around for over 1,000 years and has remained consistently as prevalent as it is in today’s world – with 1 in every 166 in the U.S. being born with autism. 

However, within the Amish community autism does not exist. Why is this? It looks like the answer to this question leads to a much bigger revelation about the cause of autism itself.

Mercola.com reports:
Since they have been cut off for hundreds of years from American culture and scientific progress, the Amish may have had less exposure to some new factor triggering autism in the rest of population. The likely culprit: vaccines.

Traveling to the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country in search of autistic Amish children, the reporter, based on national statistics, should have found as many as 200 children with autism in the community — instead, he found only three, the oldest age 9 or 10:

The first autistic Amish child was a girl who had been brought over from China, adopted by one family only to be given up after becoming overwhelmed by her autism, and then re-adopted by an Amish Mennonite family. (China, India and Indonesia are among countries moving fast to mass-vaccination programs.)

The second autistic Amish child definitely had received a vaccination and developed autism shortly thereafter.

The reporter was unable to determine the vaccination status of the third child.

Dangerous Effects of Thimerosal

In some vaccines, they use a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal that keeps multiple-dose vials from becoming contaminated by repeated needle sticks. After health officials became concerned about the amount of mercury infants and children were receiving through thimerosal-tainted vaccines, the toxin was phased out of U.S. vaccines starting in 1999.

However, due to mislabeling and other problems, its presence is still being felt, and more and more children are suffering because of it.

Does anyone out there really need more evidence than this?

Admittedly, this was not a placebo-controlled scientific trial but an evidence-based fact analysis that, in my mind, provides an irrefutable link to a lifestyle and, most likely, mercury-containing vaccine connection to autism.

Folks, you don’t have to be a medical doctor, hold advanced epidemiology degrees or teach molecular genetics to figure this one out. You don’t even need a degree in rocket science. How much more obvious could it be?

The link between autism and vaccines is certainly not a new idea. In fact, suggestions of this link have been in the national news for at least six years now. Just last year a study, that reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccine Data Link, concluded that children who receive thimerosal-containing vaccinations are 27 times more likely to develop autism than children who do not.

That’s a 2,700 percent increase. The numbers just don’t lie.

This most recent investigation simply provides the proverbial icing on the cake. There aren’t too many other places, if any, in America where you can find large groups of children who haven’t been vaccinated.

The reporter found three children with autism. One child was adopted and previously vaccinated, another was one of the few Amish children who were vaccinated, and the third had an unclear vaccine history. That leaves, at most, potentially one child out of an expected 200 (from national statistics) with autism. The odds of this being mere coincidence are slim to none.

At Least Change the Rules Concerning the Hepatitis B Vaccine

Because of their religious beliefs, the Amish community chooses not to give their children any vaccines. Understandably, many of you may not choose such a radical approach. However, if you were to focus on just one vaccine, I would encourage you to look at the issues surrounding the hepatitis B vaccine.

The multi-dose version of this vaccine, which is typically administered to newborns before they leave the hospital, still contains thimerosal. This is reprehensible, irresponsible negligence of the highest magnitude. The immature central nervous systems of these helpless newborns are particularly susceptible to toxic insults, and thimerosal, the mercury-containing preservative used in these vaccines, is one of the worst.

It would be much easier to understand if the hepatitis B vaccine had some value, but most natural health experts who study this are convinced that this is nearly always an absolutely unnecessary vaccine.

There are only about 5,000 people a year who develop the most serious consequence of hepatitis B infection, liver cancer. That means we are immunizing tens of millions of infants and causing brain injury that has caused an epidemic of autism to protect liver cancer in 5,000 adults. And, many of these adults have serious social problems like IV drug abuse, alcoholism and poor nutrition that seriously increases their risk for this disease.

If you’re a young parent weighing the pros and cons of vaccines, I strongly urge you to learn more about the toxicity of thimerosal, which, again, is still present in multi-dose hepatitis B vaccines, and nearly all the mandated flu vaccine for infants.

This article was originally published in 2015 and is frequently updated

  • walkedmileseveryday

    This is more Crapola from Mercola.

    • Voter

      Actually Mercola hasn’t had this on their own website for years. Somebody obviously “borrowed” and copied a Mercola article that was taken down.

  • clharveey

    People who post stuff like this should be ashamed of yourself, it’s dangerous. Even if there is a link between vaccinations and autism do you know what there is DEFINITELY a link between? Vaccinations and HUGELY decreased child mortality!! Children used to die, all the time! Literally all the time. If you had 4 child you were extremely lucky not to have one or more die of diseases which today are all but eliminated due to vaccines. The creation of vaccines has save millions and millions of children’s lives.

    • Funkasaurasrex

      My kids needs trump your kids needs. Mine should be challenged and yours get Carte Blanche? Sorry sugar.

    • Lyn Wilson

      No causal relationship exists between vaccine rates and decreased infant mortality. For all diseases we vaccinate against, the mortality incidence had decreased by over 95% BEFORE the vaccines were ever introduced. Better sanitation and improved food sourcing and handling contributed much more to the eradication of disease than vaccines ever did.

      • Gail Seib

        Don’t forget also that scarlet fever has never had a vaccination made for it and it has decreased at the same rate. I’m not anti vaccinations but as you say people should be aware that vaccines came on the downturn not at the peak.

  • Brandy

    Don’t you think maybe there are other things that Amish aren’t exposed to that other Americans are? Excessive processed foods for example. You’re part of the problem. Can’t believe people can just spew whatever they want, write an “article” about it, and then have people read it and believe it to be true because it is on the internet. I bet Jenny McCarthy is someone you also go to for medical advice. How can you be so narrow minded??

    • Funkasaurasrex

      You dismiss the article and call the author narrow-minded? Thanks for posting Dr. Brandy.

    • Nick Moore

      I find it ironic that Jenny McCarthy has a problem with kids getting injected with vaccines, yet has no problem with voluntarily getting her face injected with botulism (Botox) for unnecessary cosmetic purposes.

      But what do I know? I’m not a washed up 90’s porn star.

      • MrsG

        Even Jenny McCarthy admitted she was WRONG about the vaccinations!

        • MidnightRose

          well it’s just like the idiot doctor who made the first claim about vaccines in the first place. He admitted that he lied and made the whole thing up, but the damage is done now, and you can’t put that horse back int he barn, because people who are desperate to blame “something” for their kids autism will never listen to reason again.

        • Nick Moore

          And yet Jim Carrey’s picking up the slack now. *sigh*

      • Suzie Fowler

        Is WI 38, or MRC 5 in the botox?? Adjuvants in botox? Fetal Bovine serum?? No, just botulism…,but those ingredients are in vaccines..,look them all up is your science lesson of the day

        • Nick Moore

          Botulism is a very, very nasty strain of food poisoning. Scientists estimate that one cup of it could kill the entire human race. I learned that in high school biology.

          In 1994.

        • Nick Moore

          But be that as it may, if I may ask: if almost everyone on the planet is getting these vaccines, from birth to over 100 years of age, and as you state these vaccines cause autism… why isn’t almost everyone autistic by now? I mean, flu vaccines have been around a really long time, more than a few decades.

          Where the hell are the rest of my kind? Can you explain that?

    • Voter

      The Amish eat just as many processed foods as any “English.”

    • Christina Martin

      Why does everyone think amish people don’t eat the same foods as us lol. I see them in the grocery store all of the time buying the same stuff everyone else is buying, they are not completely self sufficient.

  • seab

    So here is what the CDC really says: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/autism/
    Blatant misrepresentation of facts? Or just desperate for revenue by having people click? I know, you hate children and want them to get sick and die? Or maybe you are just a journalist with no ethics or proper research techniques.

    • MidnightRose

      Let’s not go overboard….a blogger is not a journalist!

    • Lyn Wilson

      No…I hate children, so I want to inject toxic substances and viral DNA directly into their bloodstreams especially at a time when their immune system is most immature and unable to cope. Trust the CDC in all things if you want to, but realize that most of their governing board is made up of doctors with patented vaccine formulations in their portfolio; the CDC owns a patent on the Ebola virus (you can’t patent natural DNA, only DNA created in a lab); the CDC claims ebola cannot be transmitted by air, but in 1989 ebola decimated the animal population of their research lab in McClean, VA through airborne propagation; etc.

  • Jess

    I find it interesting that when you compare Amish people to mainstream Americans, your conclusion is that “obviously” it’s their lack of vaccinations. The Amish community that I see drives horses and buggies down the road, uses mules to till their garden, and grows their own food to eat. A “conclusion” could also be made that cars cause autism. Well hey, mainstream Americans use them and Amish people don’t! Look at the rate of autism!

    The much more likely culprit for the increase in autism is the processed, chemically laden garbage that we put in our bodies multiple times a day. Our bodies cannot work optimally when they are not properly nourished, and the nutrient value of processed foods is basically nonexistent. Even when mainstream Americans are opting to eat produce, they are (sometimes unknowingly) ingesting harmful chemicals/preservatives. Amish people don’t go to Walmart and pick up ramen noodles to microwave for a quick snack. They use their mules to till their gardens and grow their own food.

    The fact that your article says “do you really need more evidence than this?” And “this reporter looking at these three Amish kids (only two of which could be shown to have had vaccinations) provides me with irrefutable evidence that vaccines cause autism” made me die a little inside. No scientific study, no matter how thorough, can provide “irrefutable evidence” of anything. Anyone with knowledge of science and studies knows this. Every study is done so that more studies can be run until enough evidence is built up to create a scientific theory. But the fact that a reporter looking at a very small case study is enough evidence for you to not vaccinate your kids and encourage others not to as well blows my mind. The diseases that these vaccines protect against are dangerous, deadly diseases. They were well under control until this type of pseudo-educated mentality started to arise. You’re trying to protect children from a disorder that science has suggested time and again is not caused by vaccinations by not vaccinating your children, all the time knowing that by doing so, you’re leaving your child open to diseases that can make them become paralyzed, lose one or more of their senses or DIE.

    If you are the parent of a young child and are considering vaccines, I strongly urge you to study the actual science behind vaccines from scientific, reliable websites rather than reading opinion blogs.

    • Concerned

      Couldn’t have put it better myself. Thank you for being the voice of reason in this ridiculous “debate” against vaccination. As a scientist, I find it remarkable how opinionated people can be on things they actually know nothing about.

      • Shawna Waisath

        It’s been proven that vaccines do NOT cause autism! You really are a special kind of stupid!

        • Sveta Myshkina

          Well, it had once been proven that the Earth was flat. So what? What bothers me about science is the fact that they change their “proofs” every 5 min. That is, if they don’t have 2-3 co-existing, yet counter-cancelling “proofs” to begin with. What is believed to be proven today will – not may, but will – be disproved tomorrow.

          • Suzie Fowler

            Science never lies…the thing is there’s a big difference between actual science and consensus science……one thing being consensus science is typically bought and paid for.

          • MidnightRose

            LMAO, science never lies? What about the scientist who originally made the claim that vaccines cause autism? HE lied, and he confessed that he made whole thing up. But now his damage is done, and people like you who wear tinfoil beanies are still running with it.

          • Lyn Wilson

            I believe you need to re-research Dr Andrew Wakefield. 1) He never claimed that the MMR vaccine caused autism – his paper commented on the observation that the MMR vaccine caused changes in the gut bacteria that were markedly similar to those found in all autistic patients. 2) He never recanted his findings, and, in fact, won every court case brought against him by the medical establishment intent on discrediting him and destroying his career. All of the anti-Wakefield “research” and propaganda has been funded by the pharmaceutical industry through the AMA and GMC. Nearly all autistic patients have gut issues, and it is known now that the intestinal flora are responsible in large part for behavior, mood, and temperament. Nearly all autistic people have a very low incidence of particular Bifidobacteria strains, a group of bacteria particularly susceptible to the ethyl mercury in thimerosal.

          • Daryl

            As the truth rares its beautiful head, all kinds of “authorities” will be reneging, suggesting they didn’t really deny a connection between vaccinations and autism. They have to keep the money flowing, you know.

          • marc
          • Heretic2011

            You’re thinking of the doctor that invented ADD.

          • Juniper_Sprinkles

            he didn’t lie, actually. he got hounded and bullied by big pharma and compliant medical mafia who found his truth too threatening.

          • desrtrse

            just like the doctor who invented adhd in children, he also admitted that he made it up and it was not a real condition

        • Suzie Fowler

          Wow..ever actually read a vaccine package insert?? MMR lists ‘encephalopathy’ as an adverse reaction side effect. Encephalopathy is the medical term for autism and spectrum disorders ..I promise. .get a package insert like me and be released from your mainstream mindwashed ignorance.

          • Chatter

            Things listed on that insert are mostly likely there because their lawyers told them to list it. It minimizes their legal liability because they can just say “We told you so” if someone tries to tie their product to any of the issues listed. Just because its in medical terms doesn’t mean its there for medical reasons.

          • Lyn Wilson

            that’s a stupid statement…vaccine manufacturers are immune from prosecution from ANY damage caused by their product – they cannot be sued, period.

          • desrtrse

            what is listed as possible side effects are things that happened to people whether related to the drug or vaccine or not. example, if someone got a cold after taking a tylenol then respiratory infection would be listed as a possible side effect. The tylenol likely did not cause the cold but still has to be listed as a possible side effect. That is why there are so many side effects listed with drugs, during clinical trials these things happened and most are not likely related

          • marc
          • MarkStolzoff

            “Encephalopathy is the medical term for autism and spectrum disorders”

            No it is not

          • beaks
          • Nerdy Lucy

            Uh, that’s not what encephalopathy means at all.

          • MidnightRose

            OMG, that is NOT what Encephalopathy is, where in the world did you get that? And did you ever read the warnings on a bottle of Tylenol? ANY drug can kill you if you are in the small percentage of the population who could have an adverse reaction to it.

          • beaks

            https en.wikipedia.org wiki Encephalopathy

          • Lyn Wilson

            “Encephalopathy” is a potential adverse reaction to the MMR vaccine, and is also a potential consequence of having a severe case of measles or rubella. In the US, the MMR vaccine has killed more people than measles in the last 20 years, but this ‘collateral damage’ is OK.

          • tarheel5

            That is the stoopidist statistic you could ever possibly use. I will use the short form, The 20 year bit is hard. What number are you claiming for 20 years? Most anti-vaxx cranks use the 10 year number: 108 people have died in America the last 10 years, likely from complications due to the MMR vaccination, but only 96 people have died from complications from Measles. Wow, “collateral damage”. Try these numbers Lyn, in 2014 20,000,000 unvaccinated people on planet earth came down with the measles, About 146,000, ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY SIX THOUSAND, died! comprende??? That’s the kind of collateral damage anti-vaxxers would like to encourage.

          • Jessica Gent

            That’s a type of dementia…

        • MidnightRose

          Um, “Concerned” was agreeing that vaccines do not cause autism. What’s a special kind of stupid is not actually reading what you are replying to.

        • Lyn Wilson

          you cannot prove a negative. What you can say, without contradiction, is that vaccines are a major source of ‘coincidence’.

        • Catherine Nichols Pogorzelski

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-Af0ar7gE4 listen through this video to comments on lack autism in the Amish Community, hint 3 who had it were adopted one lived downwind….well just listen, you just might learn something!

        • Stephen Genco

          Shawana, please inform us you intellegent person. What does cause Autism? Lord knows that our current government and failing president have their elbow on the pulse of what’s going on.

        • Daryl

          Stupidity is involved here and you are the stupid one. The billions of dollars that are made administering vaccinations have corrupted a lot of people. Doesn’t the anocdotal information mean anything to these narrow minded people??

          • Robert Miles

            No, anecdotal stories are not evidence.

        • Dave Halsall

          Really?show me the proof of this please

        • AutismDad

          It has not been proven. You are simply gullible and have been brainwashed.

        • Alliyah Brown
      • Jim Madison

        Scientists often have to form opinions with very little data as well, hence the entire field of risk management. It’s just human to have an opinion.

      • AutismDad

        If you agree with that nonsense you must be an incompetent scientist.

      • chirs

        Which is the reason why Ted Kennedy, years ago, came out with proof that since the introduction of vaccines autism was something that doctors and scientist knew nothing about? It didn’t exist before vaccines were created.. great job doc.

      • Christina Martin

        I live in amish country and shop at an amish owned grocery store and I can tell you that they eat the same junk food that we do. They may cook more and grow some of their own food but they get most of their groceries from the grocery tore just like the rest of us.

        • Tony Anzalone

          They also immunize their children

    • Sveta Myshkina

      Well, I can refute this. Mennonites do drive cars, and yet know nothing of autism. I actually asked them last summer. One man hadn’t even heard such a word as “autism” (or the concept) till the older one told him that “it is like really-really dumb.” They both agreed that their communities don’t have it.

      • MidnightRose

        Some autistic people are “really, really smart.” Like off the scales smart. So since they really don’t know what it is, (and probably wouldn’t go to any kind of medical facility where they’d get a real diagnosis other than demon-possessed,) if they had someone in their community with autism, they wouldn’t know (or admit) it.

    • MidnightRose

      Exactly…I have friends who have kids who have been completely transformed when they removed processed, bleached wheat, yellow and red dyes, corn syrup (in frikkin EVERYTHING) and processed sugars from their kids diets.

    • Kelly

      thank you. They probably don’t use pain mess during labor also.

    • tomalock

      My family lineage on either side of my parents have NEVER had a child born with Autism until my younger brother had his son vaccinated, he is now in his early teens. We all have grown up on family farms and eat what we grow, some who have moved to a city-style life have came down with various illnesses while the ones who stayed and worked on the farms have avoided them somewhat, but share some preferences for “quick and easy” foods. In our state we were allowed moral grounds to refuse vaccination of school kids until recently, but we still have religious and medical grounds for refusal.

      Do I think vaccines causes autism yes in some and maybe in others, any type of mercery is posion to the human body and it “builds up” in the brain. Do I think the processed foods people eat causes problems we have today with our health, you better believe I do. I’m almost 60 years old and I don’t even so much as get head colds and such, what do I eat? Well if I can’t pronounce the word I don’t consume it, I’ve not received ANY type of vaccination since ’74.
      I don’t get the flu or anything else others get and I’m exposed to ALL the time.

    • Hero Miles

      The people who defend vaccinations are so stupid it makes my head hurt.

      • Jessica Gent

        Without vaccinations, millions of people would have needlessly died. A few vaccinated people MIGHT have autism because of it, but, frankly, who cares? 90% of autism cases are treatable anyway and are much, much better than dying of complications due to preventable illnesses. Also, people used to think that smallpox vaccinations (which are the only inoculation actually classed as vaccinations if you study some basic history) would turn people into cows. Did they? F*ck no

    • Not convinced

      Well said! There are also more Amish kids that have Autism in their communities but because they don’t use doctors regularly it’s not diagnosed as Austism and simply labeled as kids who are “troubled”. Pennsylvania has a HUGE Amish population and there is no way this study was able to address each and every child. And who knows if their study met with actual children themselves or simply did a census. If the census was used then many Amish either did not participate in the census or didn’t disclose that their child is “troubled” because many of them truly believe that God is punishing them for something.
      All that being said, I also believe that our diets, what we inject plays a much bigger role in Austism if in fact it’s caused by that at all. I really believe we are born this way. There are children who don’t get vaccinated whom are Austisic. There are many many studies out there.

    • taraterm3

      My son was diagnosed in 1991 at age 3 with REAL autism, and in those days you had to answer YES to 20 questions to be diagnosed as such. The rate was 1 in 10000. They have expanded the diagnoses tremendously to include a huge array of people to the point where every kid who cant sit still or make friends is “autistic”. Today’s autistic is a pretty zippy model…they mainstream, go to college, drive cars, have relationships, run businesses, own houses. A truly autistic person is someone severely impacted by the condition to the point where they are nearly incapable of responding, giving the viewer the sense that they are turned in on themselves…hence autos…from the Greek word for self.The lines do get blurry and some are higher functioning than others, but if you can sit at a computer and run a website on How It Feels To Be Autistic you aint. Severe language and communication deficits are a big part f the experiance…if you include people who have some trace elements of autistic like behaviour, yeah, the rate will increase.

    • Hero Miles

      Even if it’s the case that chemically laced garbage is what causes autism, the fact remains, the Amish don’t need vaccines and are perfectly healthy human beings while the people who do get vaccines are sick and dying.

  • http://www.throughchallenge.com David R Thomas

    I am an advanced Lyme survivor to the point I am living now. I understand better the metals that are shoved into our systems everyday. I feel the thimerosal issue is a valid argument and should be eliminated. But with all of the poison we are feeding our crops, meat products, dairy products and the ask a woman to have a baby without issues regardless of a vaccination. Good luck with your fight. I am with you. But I feel the human species has been led down a path that is just to big to turn around.

  • jo

    Hopefully the author has no children….. I couldn’t even finish reading this thing its so stupid

    • Nick Moore

      I’m just here for the comments.

      Thus far, I haven’t been disappointed. 😉

  • desiree green

    as a medical professional I do think parents need to thoroughly research the topic and decide for themselves. Also as a medical professional I choose to vaccinate my all 4 of my kids, of which are all healthy. I make this choose because I have seen first hand what these diseases do to these poor children and do not want my children going through it.

  • Nick Moore

    Alright, let’s just play Devil’s Advocate here and take your proposed theory that vaccinations cause autism. Which vaccine are we referring to, by the way? Measles? Mumps? Chicken Pox? Whooping Cough? Influenza? Tetanus? They’re all made with different chemical recipes, so unless you give me a specific one that you’re “obviously” certain is the culprit, your proposed theory is about as valid as if I were to say “Asians make the best mail-order brides.”

    To which the question would be: Which Asians? Chinese? Thai? Myanmarese? Japanese? Laotian? Tibetan? Specifics are “obviously” a necessity.

    Furthermore, the rate of autism worldwide has been consistent: 1 in around 166, right? So by extension of your logic, only 1 in 166 kids get vaccines, because only vaccines cause autism. Which is automatically disproven when you consider that in many countries worldwide, childhood vaccination isn’t a suggestion — it’s required. So there should be a LOT more kids running around Mexico, Argentina, Britain, France, Rome, Russia, Australia, etc. that are autistic. It should be of Black Plague proportions… except, it isn’t.

    Now, let’s stick to your question about why the Amish don’t have as high an occurrence of autism. I know they didn’t teach you this in whatever Koch-funded charter school you crawled out of with your photocopied diploma, but the Amish are a “closed community”. By that, I mean they do not ken to strangers at all, especially strangers looking to join their way of life. So they don’t get a whole lot of fresh blood very often.

    And by extent, fresh genetic diversity. You see, autism is a genetic variant with certain ascertained markers (scientists who didn’t get their graduate degrees from Phoenix University are discovering more every day). If a group of people don’t have fresh genetic variety infused into their gene pool regularly or often enough, then that means their genes homogenize. Which is one reason that Amish men tend to look somewhat similar.

    Also, the Amish tend to breed with their own. Which means you need a flowchart to follow their family trees, and it’s not unheard of for cousins to marry and have babies. As a result, while autism doesn’t appear as often as it should in the Amish, there are other genetic variants which are far nastier… mental insanity, blood disorders, and other fun stuff that comes from “closed communities”.

    So unless you can tell me WHICH vaccine you’re referring to as your proposed culprit, I’ll stick with proven sociology instead of crackpot tinfoil science.

    You’ve been schooled… by a reference librarian.

    • Lyn Wilson

      Please expand your reference material. The rates of autism are rising…in the US, it’s close to 1-in-70, and world-wide incidence is increasing since China and India have jumped on the vaccination bandwagon and higher percentages of their populations are now vaccinated. There is not a genetic marker specific for autism spectrum disorder. The Amish are not a completely closed society, fraught with inbreeding, plagued with insanity and blood disorders. And “while autism doesn’t appear as often as it should in the Amish…”? WTF? How often should autism appear in a normal, healthy population?

      • Nick Moore

        Well, I’m autistic (HFA/Aspie). Been that way since birth. One of my friends from middle school, whom I still keep in contact with, he’s Aspie too. Been that way since birth. A social worker who is my advocate has two Aspie kids. She knows they’ve been that way since birth.

        Those are the ones I know directly. There are others whom I know through social media.

        Does that suffice for your request to “expand my reference material”?

        You asked why our numbers are increasing, especially during the vaccination “bandwagon”. D&mmit, Jim, I’m a retired reference librarian, not a doctor. I wouldn’t know. But lemme ask you an equally fair question: if the vaccinations have increased as much as they have… why isn’t most of the human population autistic by now?

        After all, pretty much every’s getting a shot — from birth to 100+ years old — shouldn’t there be almost 7 billion of us wandering around by now?

        How do you know we’re not the next step in evolution, and you simply haven’t been around us long enough to know?

  • Tricia

    It has been widely published that vaccines that do not cause autism. People need to stop promoting this theory because it is completely false. Genetics has been proven to be a very strong indicator of autism. And it is entirely possible that there are undiagnosed cases of autism in the Amish community.

  • Deborah

    Can we PULLEASE get away from the autism:vaccine connection? It is last year’s bad science and has been disproved many times over. If you want to look at anecdotal, correlations, it’s more likely that the Amish kids are not exposed to hours of television, video and computer game and people actually talk to them, developing their language, social skills and eye contact.

  • Mark K

    Who diagnosed these children with autism ?? A reporter. Maybe they appear to have less autism because they use less main stream medical care and there for it isn’t diagnosed by qualified doctors.

  • maelstrom143

    Your logic is faulty. Stick to writing about things you know. The scientific method is obviously not your forte.

  • JD

    Sure the numbers SEEM to support the claims that vaccines could be bad, BUT did the author look into how many Amish children died from a disease and NOT receiving a vaccine??
    Or perhaps because they only looked at children with autism in the Amish community. I wonder if they looked into how many Amish get things like chickenpox, smallpox, mumps, diphtheria, measles, rubella, whooping cough, shingles, the flu, HPV, rotavirus, etc etc.
    Are those diseases increased in Amish communities?? Because it would seem OBVIOUS to me that if you were to really look into this and truly challenge pros & cons of vaccinations without an agenda, this segment of numbers is grossly lacking from the article.
    Perhaps (like someone said) it’s because we use cars and they don’t.
    Autism is no doubt increased due to something but I think it’s a culmination of many factors in ‘English lifestyles’, not just vaccines.

  • uniquename72

    Obvious problem here: Amish children do vaccinate, negating this whole post.

    • Sheryl Lynn

      Not around here the Amish do not vaccinate!

  • Lisa

    The article begins that scientists believe autism has been around for 1000 years….vaccines have not

    • lindamh

      How would we figure out it has been around for 1000 years -the only way it is diagnosed is through subjective checklists.

  • Nerdy Lucy

    Has anyone considered that autism may not “exist” in the Amish community because it’s simply not diagnosed?

    Any condition, disease, or affliction can not “exist” if it’s not diagnosed in the community, especially if no one is looking for it. That doesn’t inherently mean that it doesn’t actually exist.

    • lindamh

      Has anyone considered that the Amish lifestyle provides children with enough activity that ADD, if present at all, is not an issue.

      • Nerdy Lucy

        That’s very possible with ADD, but I see no correlation with autism.

  • Susie wue

    The Amish don’t have TV, play video games, etc., either. Does this have something to do with Autism?
    They don’t havr ADD, ADHD.. They DO have discipline! Strict discipline, Fathers who are real involved dads, moms who stay home and care for the family… These may play a significant roll in this and other problems.

    • Carol Dehlin Hanson

      I was hoping for a post such as yours. I couldn’t agree more. I believe upbringing contributes more than people are willing to believe or admit.

  • former Mennonite

    As a former Mennonite, I know for a fact that Amish and Mennonites vaccinate their children (as long as a law doesn’t directly violate God’s word they will do what is required,) of course if the child is allegeric to an ingredient they won’t. But I agree with almost everyone on here by the logic then tv, cars, video games, computers (which is used by most Mennonites and most don’t have the internet, or computer games) nor do Amish have phones (well they aren’t supposed to that is) could be the cause of autism… Just a thought…

  • Jane Jessee

    All 6 of my children were vaccinated, as was I as a child. The difference is, none of my children got sick, while the only vaccination I had was for smallpox and I ended up with diptheeria at 10 years old. The most likely culprit is Monsanto and the other companies that mix our food with every chemical in their possession, My children all went through measlels and chicken pox and everyone is healthy and fine. The autism, whatever it is, is more likely caused by the chemicals we all consume every day, than vaccinations. Lets be honest: the same company that makes the carpet on the floor, the chemicals that kill the honey bees is the company that is injecting deadly chemicals into the seeds that grow our food.

    • MidnightRose

      I wish I could vote this up 1000 times. Monsanto pretty much owns our government. Why in the world would different states vote NOT to allow people to know when they are buying food that’s genetically modified to eat Round Up and not die? Why would they vote against food labeling? They tested Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and found Round Up in it. Monsanto is loving this vaccine debate, because it takes the focus off what’s really causing brain damage by slow poison and cancer.

  • Tracy Bowser Wester

    as a mother of an autistic child this is hilarious they have contradicted Themself by saying autism has been around for over a thousand years but then turn around and say that autism is linked vaccinations which have not been around a thousand yearsPlus anyone who has watched the Amish shows has learned you do not call an Amish Mennonite or a Mennonite Amish the cultures are similar but different there is not such thing as a Amish Mennonite they are separatethe scientist obviously don’t know that in the Amish community if a child is born with any defects or develops one as they get older or even adults with defects get sent away to fend for themselves and never see their family again so how can they say there are no autistic Amish when the autistic children were probably sent awayI recently found out the guy who plays mini me was born Amish and giving up because he’s a dwarf so I bet there are more autistic Amish children out there they’re just hidden

  • http://frozenjustice.blogspot.com/ Celia Harrison

    That Mercola link is not there and a search on his website produced nothing. I then searched PubMed and got nothing. Where are the links to the study behind this article? I am a person with ME/cfs who has experienced getting very ill from vaccines. I believe autism is caused by a viral brain infection due to an overwhelmed immune system. That can happen in more than one way, including giving many vaccines at once or giving a vaccine that causes cells with latent viruses to start dividing so the virus causes havoc on a developing brain. So I am not attacking those who believe vaccines may cause autism. I am simply saying I go by research and facts, where are they.

  • Bill Catz

    I would blame foods, plastics, aluminum, chemical baby formula and other things first.

  • Nick Kilvert

    What a pile of bullshit. Just because you can type doesn’t mean you have something worthwhile to say. Don’t vaccinate yourself, natural selection is a beautiful thing.

  • beaks

    We are eating and drinking poison that the Amish are not doing. I think if we stopped with GMO’s and eliminated the chemicals from going into our drinking water, eliminating the oil pipelines, we would see a huge decline in autism, cancer, IBS and all the other illnesses that have increased in the past 10 to 20 years. As for the vaccines, i think they are injecting too much at one time. break it up and do it gradually – don’t do 8 or 10 at a time. be sensible a tiny baby can not handle all of that in such a short time. if there is still mercury in the vaccines remove it. Also before see if the baby has any allergy’s prior to the vaccine. some of the doctors now just do things automatically and they should not continue to do that. they need to think first and make sure what is in the vaccine is safe for this particular baby

    • Gail Seib

      beaks that is a really sensible look at it and I agree completely. Also since no vaccinated person is at risk from an unvaccinated person then they should stop with the Gestapo tactics and allow parents to make their own decision. My oldest child was born one day after the boy next door and they were both fine till the first vaccination and the other boy is permanently damaged. Whatever the reason, it is so cruel to the parents for people to say “vaccines can’t cause autism” when parents are dealing with children who became so after vaccination. If people don’t believe this they should contact a vaccination damage lawyer and confirm it for themselves and then be more compassionate to the parents of vaccine injured children.

      • beaks

        People need to do more research on the vaccines and be allowed to make the right choice. Vaccines are very dangerous especially when given large dosages at one time. The Autism problem has grown and grown. And I also think that SIDS is and was a vaccine problem

  • Carol Dehlin Hanson

    Why do some vaccinated children get autism/ADD/ADHD/ and some do not? Everyone in my family was vaccinated as a child and we’ve all vaccinated our children. No autism/ADD or ADHD. Psychology Today had an article out not too long ago titled Why Don’t French children Get Autism? If I remember correctly, the article stated that 9% of American children have it versus 0.5% of French children. Interesting read.

  • jb

    A little contradictory, don’t you think? It’s been around and consistent for 1000 years? Were they really being vaccinated 1000 years ago?

  • Bernice Graham

    The Amish have various other types of mental and physical disorders from intermarrying. We visited one woman who has two older daughters with these issues. She sent her sons to another state to find wives.

  • K Lane

    Not trying to dismiss the likelihood of this claim, but 3 “cases” does not a scientific study make. You could find a sample size like this of any population with any characteristic and try to draw a conclusion.

  • Michelle Boileau Buchele

    What about all the preservatives in our store bought foods compared to the home grown and natural foods they eat!

  • Chris Bowen

    So the premise of the entire article is countered in the first couple of paragraphs. you actually found Amish with autism, and on top of that 2 of them you cannot even link to autism. Another possibility is that they do not report autism the same as the rest of the country.

  • Suzie Fowler

    There are also no cases of autism from home health studies, where children were delivered in the home and had not been vaccinated…not one in over 15,000

  • MarkStolzoff

    There’s an entire autism clinic in Amish country, the Clinic for Special Children.

    • Lyn Wilson

      which specializes in inherited metabolic disorders, not autism

  • sebastianboehm

    Amish people do not report autism because they do not know about it. If you don’t know something, you can not diagnose it.

    • MidnightRose

      They don’t report it because it’s somehow “shameful,” and in their minds, it’s probably considered a demon possession. Those kids are probably hidden away somewhere.

  • Amy

    This is such crap. My friend has a severely autistic child who has NEVER received a vaccine in his life! Perhaps it may be all the crud we feed our bodies. Pesticides, insecticides, gmos. Not even considering all the pollutants we pump into the air. Wake up people! Vaccines save lives. Stop placing blame where it doesn’t belong!

  • MidnightRose

    How do you truly know they DON’T get autism? You also don’t hear about schizophrenia, clinical depression, PPD or any other mental disabilities in the Amish communities either.

    they are highly private people and you’d never hear about it if they did have someone who was “afflicted” in any way. If one of them was autistic, they wouldn’t be likely to be diagnosed, by an actual doctor. They’d just say that the person was possessed by demons or something, and they’d be likely kept hidden away.

    And vaccinations have NOTHING to do with Autism. The doctor who made the original claim about the link confessed that he LIED about it and never did the first real test. He was working on his own line of vaccines, and needed to somehow get rid of the ones that were being used. He admitted the whole thing!

    Autism usually rears its ugly head at around age 2, which is (COINCIDENTALLY) when most kids get their last few shots. I know people are desperate to blame something, but how about looking at the pesticides and herbicides that is in every piece of food that you put in your mouth these days, unless you buy guaranteed organic or grow it yourself?

    IF the Amish don’t have Autism (and I don’t fully believe this) then maybe it’s because they only eat what they grow themselves, and it’s not full of Round Up and hormones! If you want to take up a cause, go after Monsanto and the people in our government that they own!

  • davide

    I do not believe in coincidences on a large scale. The fact is autism cases are dramatically rising. Why? I’m an atheist and strong devotee to science, but I also will not discount the parents of those unfortunates convinced it was caused by vaccinations.

  • igotplans2

    This is one of the most logically-flawed pieces I’ve ever read, and I read a lot. I actually feel embarrassed for the writer, so I’ll leave it at that.

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  • msrobine

    I have always been amazed by the simple living of the Amish. I have worked with autistic children and teenagers for18 years. The statistics are still staggering and my agency gets more referrals every year. Almost every young toddler, as well as middle schooler, that I’ve worked with has been obsessed with technology- whether it’s an ipad, computerized over-stimulating toy, or tv show or movie. Technology is over-stimulating…especially for the underdeveloped brain.

  • pissedoffnonpothead

    well if you go back several years and see the time before anyone much had autism, adhd, add, and many mental problems as well as school shooting, teen suicides, and all the other crazy things going on like child hood cancer, childhood diabetes you will find your answer! what do the Amish not do that the English s they call us do? and the same thing the English didn’t do to screw up their kids minds like today? pot folks!!!!! several generations of kids born each generation form mothers that have fewer good brain cells with each generation not being passed on to their off spring there’s your real answer!

  • Critical Thinker

    Back in 2010, there was research done showing the autism prevalence rate in the Amish community was 1 in 274. That was when the overall prevalence rate in the USA was reported by the CDC as 1 in 91. It does not surprise me that it may not be recognized as quickly in the Amish community. What does surprise me is that the person who wrote this article didn’t do their due diligence before perpetuating a myth and then using that myth to draw erroneous conclusions


  • barbarajanov

    A few errors but not too bad..hepb no longer contains thimerosal as a preservative. The bulk of the vaccines with mercury as preservative were phased out,extending into 2003, as there was no recall. There are currently 1 in 66 children with autism in a study from the cdc ,counting 8 yr olds only, those kids would be about 14 or so now. The school count puts the number at an even 2% when considering all school aged children, again via CDC. Most know that vaccines cause autism, the media is censoring that information, as it could cause a horrific blow to the pharmaceuticals that we believe do “good” in other areas. Tdap is not approved for use through safety studies for pregnant women, yet we ran it thru the entire population of brazil..wonder if anything occurred from that? Now we are giving it to all pregnant women in the USA! This is all caused by a faulty dtap vaccine that causes our older children to repeatedly catch and carry whooping cough. No there’s no science behind this measure..pure guesses from the not so educated that run the cdc. I often wonder what circulating rubella from live vaccine would do in the womb..since rubella is a known viral cause of autism..there doesn’t seem to be an answer.

  • John Waldenberger

    You people who believe this shit are so stupid… Really… You’re comparing a secluded population to the mass America!?!?

    You realize that they probably have them stashed away in secret or treat them or killed them thinking they were demonic and possessed

    Vaccines are not the cause, common ducking sense would tell you that every child would have autistim who has ever been vaccinated.

    Common fucking sense would tell you that the main ingredients in vaccines are common every day ingredients in our favorite foods: eggs being one of them!!

    Thirdly: autistim is not some horrible disease

    First off it’s not ducking contagious,
    Second: autistim is not a death sentence, people with autistim can be very productive members of society, it is an umbrella of many different things.
    Working with people (adults and children) who have autistim, I have found many of them to be very creative and a lot more intelligent than most others.

  • Cherry

    Total hogwash. I have seen many an Amish person with Asperger’s. This is total hogwash.

  • Chuck Jessop

    I was BORN Autistic in the 1950’s. Did not receive vaccinations before leaving Hospital. Stop looking for scapegoats, and focus on facts.

  • Nick Danger

    The writer of this piece of shit is an idiot. There is no connection. If you believe there is, you are an idiot. It is far more likely that autism is caused by the huge use of TV, cellphones, and other electronic screens, which the Amish also do not have.

  • Voter

    You do know that Dr. Mercola no longer has those comments on his website, right? The Amish do get autism, they do eat tons of junk food, and most of them do get vaccines, and have for many years. I’ve lived in the epicenter of Amish country for most of my life, and whenever one of these articles shows up I just laugh my head off. The reporter you cite, by the way, visited one community a couple decades ago and with the help with a doctor in another state who never seen the Amish kids, decided the Amish don’t get autism unless they’re vaccinated. Now, lest you believe I’m a vaccine-pusher, I’m not. I’m one of those crazy people who believe vaccines do play a part in autism. But you’re only making a fool of yourself by repeating this silly Amish-don’t-get-autism article.

  • Cathy CC.

    THIS ARTICLE ISNT EVEN TRUE. A 2007 study in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics on an Amish population in Holmes County, Ohio found that 85% had vaccinated at least some of their children, and 68% had given all their children at least 1 vaccination.

  • C.P. Garcia

    Except they do get Autism.. So the whole article is based on a falsehood. A big study was done over 16 years ago. They had the rate of lile 1 in 227 children had autism. So. Yeah.

  • http://www.nytimes.com Mary

    Simply, the Amish don’t get Autism as they don’t Vaccinate. It’s not rocket science, even for a Doctor or Scientist, we can see the proof.

  • desrtrse

    there is so much more different about their lifestyle that just focusing on the vaccine theory is just stupid

  • imre cali

    I’m told it is hard to tell with the Amish, they all seem autistic

  • Justan American

    I know of no other person of my age group who knew of any person they knew who had siblings with autism.I personally think it may be most likely from the use of baby formula given to infants by mother’s who began to work outside the home and didn’t want the discomfort or the time to breast feed their children. We all had stayed at home mothers and we were all breast fed!

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  • Pam

    I live near an Amish community and interact with them often for care of my horses, buying at their store, etc. Some Amish children do have autism. I see it in person. The mothers with blood sugar issues while carrying the child are the ones with the problem. When a developing brain doesn’t receive enough nutrients and sugars it will not develop properly. I talk to the mothers about this. One mother had three autistic children. I mentioned to her to take supplements and keep her blood sugar up by eating every three hours. Her next children did not have autism. This is a fact.

  • youcancallmemax

    I will continue to ask this question in the hopes that this concept will one day be considered, for, no concept should be ruled out since there hasn’t been any sign of hope in finding the true cause unanswered travesty. Please do not dismiss this as a joke, an absurd attempt to place blame, or something to pass the time by in an ignorant fashion, for I am only looking for answers like everyone else. Or perhaps this will allow a new question(s) to spring up as to why this is happening.

    What if the cause is not from the use of vaccines but in fact, the practice of oral sex during the time of conception? During the woman’s ovulation stage she produces fluids necessary for a man’s sperm to travel to her egg in order for conception to take place. What if during that conception saliva were to mix in with the sperm and become trapped? Would it affect the biology/chemistry in any way?

    Here’s an interesting fact to consider: on the labels of some contraceptives (depending which one you find) you will see them warn the buyer to make sure that “saliva” not be used during intercourse (in case the couple is trying to conceive) due to the fact that it might “kill” off sperm (therefore being unable to conceive.) Is there any proof of this?

    What if the saliva in some cases does NOT kill it? What would happen if saliva were to get trapped in with the fluids used during sperm travel to the woman’s egg? Would that affect the development of the child in any way? If so, how?

    Aside from the fact that the Amish community doesn’t allow the use of vaccines on their children, it is also known that they do not follow many other practices of modern western culture such as over indulgence in food and alcohol or the polluting of their own bodies. Another one of those practices they do not partake of their culture is the practice of oral sex during the time of conception. I would highly recommend a survey or study be done/conducted in finding out if this is true or not and whether this might be the actual reason/cause.

    Autism is not something that appeared in the 20th century. It has been around for a very long time however not like the way we see today. Please keep in mind that O.S. was not a common practice in many cultures for a very long time. It wasn’t until in recent decades that through the influence of pagan religions that western as well as other cultures throughout the globe (excluding the Amish) appeared to partake in this sexual practice and it seems to have grown at the same time autism continues to grow. I know this idea will be received with laughter and ridicule. In fact, not much thought will be given to this thanks to the help of the media, t.v., movies, radio, humor, magazines, pop-culture, as well as wide spread pornography giving the impression that it is a totally acceptable care-free thing but what if? Perhaps this should not be overlooked. Thoughts.

  • Jessica Gent

    And here we go: vaccines. Okay, so I have autism and so does my brother. Neither, obviously, were caused by vaccines. My brother, who was born at 28 weeks gestation, was showing signs of autism as soon as he could move on his own. Doctors aren’t sure if this was caused by a disorder known as Noonan Syndrome – similar to Down Syndrome – which he may or not have or simply because his brain didn’t develop properly. He didn’t have any inoculations (vaccines and things like that) until he had developed some form of an immune system, so, of course, inoculations were not to blame. I, on the other hand, developed autism at a different time, and it’s suspected that I wasn’t born with the disorder. I had all of my inoculations and was healthy until I was 7, when I got measles. Thanks to being protected against it, I was able to recover quickly, but the measles had caused a large seizure. To understand this next part, we need to understand vaguely what a seizure is, so this is the best analogy I have thought of: Think of the brain as a tiny computer, with the cells connected together by tiny, electrical impulses (like wires). When someone has a seizure, the computer [brain] turns itself off and on again. In me, this, for some reason, lead to some of these “wires” being broken and reconnected in different ways and in the same ways that a person born with autism would be. Therefore, they classed me as autistic. The strange part is, my brother’s autism improves over time, yet mine becomes worse. Is it because I wasn’t born with autism? Or is it simply because I haven’t learnt to completely overcome it yet? No one knows. Now I’m a 17 year old college student (which is normal) living in Northwest England, with very few career aspirations and probably a very negative future, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is this – if I hadn’t had the MMR vaccine, I could have died when I was just 7 years old. I need you to think about something quickly: If God gave you a choice between a child with autism, that might struggle but , with hard work, can have a great life or having to bury your child in a tiny coffin (I sincerely apologise if this upsets you in any way), which would you choose? We may not know what autism is caused by all of the time, but we haven’t long known what a common cold is caused by either.

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