Inside new autism statistics

The numbers are so big they hardly seem real: A 30 percent increase in autism in just the past two years.

That means 1 in 68 8-year-olds -- or roughly 1 child in every two or three third-grade classrooms -- now have this life-changing condition, according to the startling new autism statistics from the CDC.

Mainstream medicine is trying to pretend that these numbers are due to “increasing awareness," “earlier diagnosis" and a “changing definition" of autism.

But you and I know that's bunk.

I'm convinced the real reason for this surge in autism statistics is all the toxins we're routinely exposed to.

They're damaging enough to adults, but they can be especially devastating to the still-developing brain of a child, especially when they're exposed in the womb.

Children born in homes with vinyl floors, for example, have double the risk of autism -- and it's almost certainly because of the chemical phthalates used in that flooring. BPA -- the chemical found in plastics, canned goods, store receipts and more -- has also been linked to autism. (Read more here.)

Common contaminants found in U.S. drinking water can also damage the brain and cause autism.

But one of the biggest causes of autism is metals exposure. Many toxic metals can cross the blood-brain barrier and do lasting and even permanent damage.

And I'm not afraid to say it: One all-too-common source of metals exposure is vaccines.

I don't care if you're pro vaccination or not, that's a decision I'll leave up to you and your family. But I will say that it's absolutely irrational that kids are routinely given so many vaccines all at once, and that many of these shots still contain mercury, aluminum and other metals despite the fact that they can be produced without them.

If you have or are expecting a child, grandchild or even great grandchild in your life, take steps to remove as many of these chemicals from your home and your diet as you can, and work closely with a holistic medical doctor who can give you the full story on vaccines.

And if you have a kid who already has the condition, work with that same doctor -- because natural detoxification programs combined with strict dietary changes can make all the difference in the world.