About 30 yrs ago no one really knew what Aspergers nor Autism was. Some may have heard of it but it wasn't wide spread as it is now.
Most people have a hard time with all the "Awareness" campaigns going on because much of the population can't comprehend the amount of population we have.
Also, the media, in most cases, is the worst when it comes to these kinds of things. They will blow info out of proportion and every channel or news show will follow the bandwagon to get more of the audience.
Then amount of media we have now verses the amount we had 30 yrs ago is so global. 30 yrs ago you would hear about a plane hijacking two days after the beginning of the event. Now you have people all over the globe just waiting for something to happen and via satellite, "Zoom" to your home at the time it happened or within minutes of the event.
The biggest industry, right now, is news, news shows, and medical news.
The best way to get people to see a doctor, get tests, and spend money on medical is by fear and the news. The same with Aspergers, Autism, and any other misunderstood fear induced illness. Look at the flu epidemic. The actual vaccine is nothing more than the flue itself with a big boost of antibiotics combined. You can eat the mold off of mozzarella cheese and get the same effect. You would have to eat a half cup though. LOL
We have gotten to the point that we think that doctors know everything and what the media says it true. That is why they call a doctor's business a practice, if it was an exact science they would be called gods. The media now, such as MSNBC, Fox, and CNBC, is nothing more than news sensationalized to get you to watch and blowing things way out of proportion to keep you interested.
Nothing more than gossip channels with a little real info thrown in.
I am definitely with you on this one.
Mercury, in high forms, is dangerous, but so is silver, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, zinc, iodine, choline, DHEA, Co Q10, and numerous other minerals and herbs.
We people have been eating mercury layden fish for 50 + yrs or more but in the last 10 yrs they have just noticed that the amounts we have been eating and are still living on over that time period is dangerous? For over 200+ yrs we had painted our homes with lead based paints, given our children toys that were painted with lead paint, and even many of the filter systems for central air conditioning and heating systems were lead/iron coated to collect particles and were washable not disposible, but now ALL these things are "dangerous"?
It is all about fear mongering rather than awareness and knowledg and the power it holds over our spending.
It all boils down to money, period.