I just caught this thread. I typed and retyped and sat here and thought about it, what can I say? You're a great guy Mike. You were one of the first of many great friends I've made in this community. I hope things regarding your children's condition continue to improve! You and your wife are wonderful folks, and if anyone can do this, you guys can.
Are they still working with the theory that vaccines might be a cause? I could swear I read somewhere that in states where they took teh mercury out the rate went even higher. If I can find the article again I'll post it.
Its a bit tougher being a parent nowadays because of all of this other craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap we have in our environment, but I think part of the key is to start questioning some of the former "unscrutables" such as public schooling, vacinnations, and the like -- don't just take it all for granted or at someone's word -- investigate, ask questions, challenge authority if need be.
We're citizens of the greatest nation on the planet, and I think it's nigh time we stopped taking our liberties for granted and began to question (and act) more.