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Autism Inc.: The Discredited Science, Shady Treatments and Rising Profits Behind Alternative Autism Treatments

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Stuart Bradford

The lowest point for Ann Dimick came in January 2012, when in the middle of the night she climbed out of bed, walked across her bedroom and into the closet, closed the door, sat cross-legged on the floor, and dissolved into tears.

For the previous month, she had watched her 17-month-old son Jude start to withdraw, regressing before her eyes. While his twin brother, Henry, ran all over the family’s West Austin house and played in the yard, Jude would huddle in a ball on the floor, hugging his blanket. He no longer made eye contact; the words he’d learned to say—car, mama and dad—disappeared. He was constipated. Ann and her husband, Luc, watched helpless as their child effectively faded away. “Am I going to lose this little guy forever?” Ann thought in the closet that night. “Will he come back? Will he ever talk again?”

This was before the autism diagnosis. Before futile visits to their pediatrician. Before the reams of advice—some of it warranted, some of it not—from friends and random strangers. And it was before the Dimicks dove headfirst into a minefield of information and misinformation about what on earth to do for their little boy.

The statistics weren’t comforting: In March 2012 the Centers for Disease Control estimated that one in 88 American children is somewhere on the autistic spectrum. We’re still not sure exactly what causes autism, and we’re not sure why the number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) has increased since the early 1990s. According to the National Academy of Sciences, it could be because people are more aware of autism spectrum disorders today; because pediatricians are doing more screening; and because there have been changes in how autism disorders have been defined and diagnosed. In other words, more children with milder symptoms are being identified as somewhere “on the spectrum,” where they wouldn’t have been in years before. But as the Dimicks discovered—like many other parents before them—plenty of doctors claimed to have all the answers.

The road parents must navigate is made more perilous by medical professionals willing to prescribe all sorts of treatments, from hyperbaric oxygen chambers and chelation therapy (which removes heavy metals with chemicals) to shelves full of dietary supplements and other alternative remedies they say can treat, even cure, autism. At best these treatments remain unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; at worst they are downright dangerous.

To compound the problem, a host of celebrities act as unpaid marketing reps for these unproven treatments, touting a pervasive (but incorrect) belief that autism is caused by childhood vaccines. This misinformation campaign has led, in the last few years, to a decline in the number of children receiving lifesaving inoculations. And Texas has become a center for alternative autism treatment and the anti-vaccine crusade.

The Dimicks plunged into this mire of spurious cures and fear when little Jude was first diagnosed with autism in 2012.

Ann was the first to notice something wrong with Jude. She works as a pediatric dentist and knew several children with autism, so she was aware of the warning signs. “I thought I was being OCD about it,” she says now, “but he started having a lot of constipation and wasn’t interacting. I knew he didn’t feel good. The nurse practitioner said to give him Miralax [a laxative], but no one was asking what was causing the constipation.”

Luc started noticing behavioral changes about a month later, when Jude turned 18 months. “He was starting to spend all this time alone and was really quiet and something hit me,” he tells me, sitting next to Ann on a couch in their living room, while Jude plays with his brother nearby. “I watched a video on YouTube about a little autistic girl, and I couldn’t believe how much Jude was acting like her.”

Ann thought she knew how to handle autistic children, but she says you have no clue until you have a child of your own on the spectrum, that nothing can prepare you for how helpless you feel as a parent.

Ann and Luc began scrolling through the Internet and bumping into other parents at the park who’d tried this therapy, that treatment: gluten-free diets, oxygen chambers, chelation. “Everybody has their own journey,” Ann says, “so it’s frustrating. No one has the answer. And yet the number of autistic kids is increasing.”

The Dimicks believe the accepted wisdom that autistic spectrum disorders are genetic, but Ann says she can’t help wondering whether there’s an environmental or dietary component as well. “The amount of crap that’s in our food has to play a part somewhere. But I also think a large part of the identification of autistic kids is because we’re diagnosing children that in years past wouldn’t have been diagnosed at all.”

Luc says when they took Jude to the doctor for his 18-month check-up they were left “totally flabbergasted” that their concerns weren’t taken seriously. The doctor gave them a questionnaire: Does your child withdraw from the kids in his pre-school class? Does your child still ride a bike with training wheels? “It wasn’t age-appropriate,” Ann says, “so we were just left feeling incredibly frustrated and alone.”

The Dimicks say their doctor told them not to worry about Jude, to wait until he was 2 and then to pay him another visit.

“I went against his opinion,” Ann says. “I called the developmental doctor at Dell Children’s Hospital. I went on the wait list in January and saw the doctor on March 1. That day she observed Jude for an hour and a half and said he was on the spectrum.”

The Dimicks enrolled Jude in full-time Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. Three different therapists come to their home each morning, and they’ve seen remarkable improvement. “Jude’s vocabulary has increased. Everything he lost speech-wise he’s gained, and then some,” Ann says. “He no longer has constipation.”

Applied Behavior Analysis therapy involves numerous approaches, the most common of which is based on the concept that when behavior is followed by a reward, that behavior is likely to be repeated. The technique can be applied to everyday situations through a process of looking, listening and imitating.

Luckily, the insurance from Luc’s job as a professor at the Art Institute of Austin covers all of Jude’s therapy. “What sends shivers down my spine is thinking about the single mom who works a job that has insurance that doesn’t cover something like this,” Luc says. “I honestly believe it’s the therapy that’s done miracles with Jude. The fact there are people out there who don’t have that access just crushes me.”

Ann says that, as a parent with an autistic child, you can find all sorts of information on the Internet to support your opinion. “You can find stuff that talks about how fluoride in the water is a government conspiracy. And that is just crazy. Autism is the same way. You can go nuts over all the information that is out there, and I feel bad for the parents who cling to the extremes of what to do for their kids.”

 

Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey lead the Green Our Vaccines March
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Actors Jenny McCarthy
and Jim Carrey lead the Green Our Vaccines March in an effort to eliminate toxins from children’s vaccines. June 4, 2008, Washington, D.C.

The extremes. That Texas has become a hotbed for alternative autism treatment and that many parents blame their children’s autism on vaccinations is thanks in no small part to the 2001 arrival of a man named Andrew Wakefield.

Fifteen years ago, Wakefield was the lead author of a paper published in the British medical journal The Lancet suggesting a possible link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Though the paper itself said that no causal connection between MMR and autism had been proven, the publicity surrounding it—in which Wakefield called for the suspension of the triple vaccine—caused panic among parents. The number of parents choosing to vaccinate their children fell dramatically, and measles rates went up: In 1998, there were just 56 cases of the disease in England and Wales, but by 2008 there were 1,370. In 2006, the country saw its first child measles death in more than a decade.

In 2011 the World Health Organization urged European countries to act to stop the spread of the disease after the largest outbreak in years. According to the agency’s report, there were more than 26,000 reported cases of measles in 36 European countries that year. Of those, nine people died, including six in France, and 7,000 people were hospitalized. Ninety percent of the cases occurred in people who were “definitely or probably not vaccinated.”

In 2004, the UK’s Sunday Times published an investigation into Wakefield, exposing what the newspaper said were conflicts of interest (that Wakefield had been paid to advise attorneys for parents who believed their children had been harmed by MMR) together with unethical research practices (that children were subjected to a series of invasive tests such as spinal taps, and that Wakefield paid children for samples of their blood at his son’s birthday party).

Shortly afterward, 10 of Wakefield’s 12 co-authors removed their names from The Lancet paper (in 2010 the journal retracted the paper altogether), and the UK’s General Medical Council launched an investigation. The council hearings started in July 2007 and lasted two and a half years—the longest in the body’s history, costing an estimated $1.6 million. Its conclusion—that the doctor was guilty of serious professional misconduct—resulted in the council striking Wakefield from its register, meaning he could no longer practice medicine in the UK.

In January 2011 the British Medical Journal (now officially known as the BMJ), a peer-reviewed publication, went further, accusing Wakefield of outright fraud. In a series of articles, the journal asserted that he altered facts about his patients’ medical histories to support his claim to have identified a new syndrome, which linked bowel disease, autism and MMR; and that he sought to exploit the ensuing MMR scare for financial gain (it said he had been paid more than 435,000 British pounds to advise attorneys working on the MMR suit). Wakefield, the BMJ wrote, has “repeatedly denied doing anything wrong at all. Instead, although now disgraced and stripped of his clinical and academic credentials, he continues to push his views.”

In January 2012 Wakefield attempted to sue the BMJ in Texas courts for falsely accusing him of fraud; seven months later a judge dismissed the suit.

Wakefield’s original 1998 study inadvertently led to more studies on MMR and autism than would ordinarily be deemed necessary. The Institute of Medicine of the United States National Academies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the UK’s National Health Service all found no link between MMR and autism.

One study found “no evidence that children with autism were more likely than children without autism to have had defined gastrointestinal disorders [something Wakefield’s paper had looked at] at any time before their diagnosis of autism.”

Another found further evidence “against involvement of MMR vaccine in the initiation of autism.”

Yet another concluded that MMR vaccination was “most unlikely to be a main cause of ASD (autism spectrum disorders).”

Discredited in his native UK, Wakefield moved to Austin in 2001 with his wife Carmel and their four children. Three years later, along with a group of parents and other doctors, he founded the Thoughtful House Center for Children to further his work in autism research. Wakefield served as its executive director and was paid a salary of around $250,000 a year until, mired in controversy, he resigned in early 2010.

That same year, I interviewed Wakefield for the UK’s Sunday Telegraph magazine at an anti-vaccine rally in Chicago. He was unrepentant, likening what he described as a “denial of an epidemic” to the era in the 1950s before tobacco was known to be harmful. I wrote that for someone shunned by his peers and condemned by the medical establishment, Wakefield possessed an astonishing amount of self-belief. He wanted to discuss a book he had just published, Callous Disregard—a kind of literary middle finger to the establishment that had shunned him—and after the rally in a Chicago park, he headed to a nearby hotel where he was a keynote speaker at an anti-vaccine conference.

Also on the bill were Jenny McCarthy, the former Playboy model and outspoken anti-vaccine activist; Dr. Kenneth Bock, who claimed autistic children could be cured if their bodies were cleansed of toxins; and Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, whose 2010 book Make an Informed Vaccine Decision gives credence to Wakefield’s discredited research.

I asked Wakefield in 2010 if he could re-write his original paper today, what he would do differently. “I’d do it exactly the same,” he told me. “Because you cannot censor science.”

After resigning from Thoughtful House, he set up the nonprofit Strategic Autism Initiative in Austin to commission studies of the condition. He is still a director of the nonprofit, according to the Texas Secretary of State.

In 2011 Thoughtful House changed its name to the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development, and Anissa Ryland was named its new executive director. At the time, Ryland told the Austin American-Statesman that the organization no longer collaborated with Wakefield, presumably enabling it to get on with its work free of its association with one of the biggest pariahs in British medicine.

Jane Johnson, a member of the family of Johnson & Johnson health care products and services company and a relative of Betty Wold Johnson, after whom the Center is named, co-authored a book in 2007 called Changing the Course of Autism. The book controversially posits that mercury, once used as a preservative in some vaccines, is a cause of autism and concludes that chelation, which removes metals from the body, can treat it. “Since it can be argued that autistic children are demonstrating neurological and immunological symptoms as a result of low-level, intermittent heavy metal exposures,” the book contends, “carefully administered chelation therapy seems indicated.”

The book goes on to say that from the authors’ experience “and that of many other physicians treating autistic children … children with autism improve with chelation therapy, and that it’s generally safe and well tolerated if done under appropriate medical supervision.”

A number of prominent Central Texans supported Thoughtful House when Wakefield launched the organization. Former Dell executive Charlie Ball and his wife Troylyn were among its founders, and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and his former wife Elizabeth Avellan held an event at Austin’s Paramount Theatre to raise money to help fund it. In fact, reviewing Wakefield’s book Callous Disregard, Rodriguez and Avellan wrote:

“Meeting Dr. Andy Wakefield changed our lives and … we are forever grateful. His wise and measured advice about vaccinations helped us dodge a bullet … Our fourth son [had] multiple allergies and repeated infections … We now fully realize [he] would have been a victim of immune overload had we followed the regular vaccine schedule. … [He] is [now] bright and healthy … This book provides a terrifying insight into what has been happening behind the scenes as efforts redouble to silence Dr. Wakefield … It is a wake-up call to those who think [he] is anything other than a modern day hero fighting for all of our children.”

Two of the biggest celebrity endorsers of debunked theories about autism in the U.S.—and staunch supporters of Wakefield—have been Jenny McCarthy and her former boyfriend, actor Jim Carrey. McCarthy claims that vaccines caused her son’s autism and that chelation therapy helped cure him. In a statement released in February 2010, McCarthy and Carrey said, “It is our most sincere belief that Dr. Wakefield and parents of children with autism around the world are being subjected to a remarkable media campaign engineered by vaccine manufacturers. Dr. Wakefield is being vilified through a well-orchestrated smear campaign.”

It’s exactly this kind of celebrity endorsement that compounds the confusion parents face when their children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders—and it makes the jobs of doctors trying to get their patients on life-saving vaccination schedules, and a regimen of evidence-based treatment for autism, all the more difficult.

 

Jude Dimmick, center,  plays with his twin brother, Henry, and mother, Ann, in their Austin home.
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Jude Dimmick, center, plays with his twin brother, Henry, and mother, Ann, in their Austin home.

One of many anomalies of the belief that certain vaccines cause autism is whether the blame should be placed with the doctors who administer them, the public health authorities that approve their use, or Big Pharma. In his book Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion, British primary care physician Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick (father of an autistic child) writes that while in Britain the MMR vaccine was singled out for causing autism, in the United States attention focused on vaccines containing the mercury-based preservative thimerosal. MMR, Fitzpatrick points out, has never included thimerosal because it’s a live vaccine. In other words, if it was thimerosal causing autism, what about MMR, and vice versa?

Fitzpatrick writes that in 2004, a comprehensive review by the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, rejected claims of a vaccine-autism link. In addition to the studies showing MMR had no impact on autism, the American Academy of Pediatrics also says there is no scientific proof to support a link between thimerosal and autism disorders, and in any event, almost all vaccines in the recommended immunization schedules administered to children in the United States stopped containing mercury in 2002—yet autism rates continued to climb. But none of that stopped the campaigners. Fitzpatrick contends the number of children with autism undergoing chelation therapy increased from a handful in 2000 to an estimated 10,000 five years later.

It’s worth pointing out that children have died from chelation therapy, and chelation in rats that didn’t have lead exposure produced lasting cognitive damage, according to a 2006 study.

As the anti-mercury campaign gathered momentum in the U.S., Fitzpatrick writes, there were signs of a growing interest in what he refers to as the “unorthodox biomedical movement” in Britain. “Those supporting the magazine Autism File, published by parents in West London, moved away from a narrow focus on vaccines to pursue a wider interest in biomedical interventions.”

The founder of Autism File is a woman named Polly Tommey, who is also the mother of an autistic child. In 2010, according to an Observer review of records kept by the Texas Secretary of State, Andrew Wakefield registered a company called The Autism File Global in Texas, listing Tommey as a fellow manager. In June 2011, an amendment was filed changing the company’s name to the Autism Media Channel. Today, its website contains general autism tips, diet and nutritional information, and various embedded videos, many of which feature Tommey. Wakefield remains a director of the company.

Fitzpatrick writes: “As more and more parents of children with autism have been drawn into anti-vaccine campaigns and the pursuit of unorthodox biomedical therapies, I have become increasingly concerned at the damaging consequences of the quest to ‘defeat autism.’ The movement that has advanced under this banner on both sides of the Atlantic seeks to redefine autism as an epidemic disease caused by vaccines or some other, as yet unidentified, environmental factor. Despite the lack of scientific support for this theory it has acquired the character of a dogmatic conviction for many who uphold it, in the face of all contradictory evidence. Parents who share this faith are subjecting their children to treatments for which there is no coherent scientific rationale.”

Dr. James Laidler was one of those duped parents. A doctor since 1985, he did his residency in anesthesiology in Chicago and began treating children with autism in 2000. Until recently, Laidler was talking up chelation therapy at autism conferences. He even attended one with Andrew Wakefield. A few years later, on the blog Autism Watch (autism-watch.org), Laidler wrote: “Everyone has something in their past that they are embarrassed about—and that is mine.”

A year after his son’s autism diagnosis, Laidler was desperate for anything that might help. He started giving his son supplements—vitamins and minerals often pushed as an alternative autism treatment—then moved on to a gluten- and casein-free diet (by eliminating wheat, barley, and dairy products, which a 2010 University of Rochester study found had absolutely no impact on the behavior, sleep or bowel patterns of autistic children), and eventually chelation therapy.

“The next year,” Laidler wrote on Autism Watch, “I accompanied my wife to [an] autism conference and was dazzled and amazed. There were more treatments for autism than I could ever hope to try on my son, and every one of them had passionate promoters claiming that it had cured at least one autistic child—usually their own. There were blood tests, urine tests, hair tests, saliva tests, brain wave tests and eye tests, all claiming to be able to find the specific cause for a child’s autism.”

In a phone conversation in late November, Laidler told me it was sometime around 2003 that he experienced what he terms his “awakening.” “I was on the speaking circuit, talking to parents about these miracle cures, meeting Andy Wakefield and some of these other people, and realizing they were slimy charlatans. These people were almost evangelical in their outlook, saying, ‘we’re going to save your child.’ I knew a lot of physicians, and I’d never heard one of them say they were going to cure someone.”

Almost by accident, Laidler says he and Ann, discovered the diet they’d put their son on didn’t work. “He was gluten-free and we thought it was a miraculous cure for our son because he’d made pretty dramatic strides from the age of 3 to 4. We were starting to see real progress. But on a trip to Disneyland, he grabbed a waffle off the table and ate it before we could stop him. Doctors had told us that one drop [of gluten] would cause a dramatic relapse—we’d been told anecdotal stories that a speck of wheat bread would cause an autistic child to have weeks of bad behavior. And nothing happened.”

The Laidlers had also tried chelating their son, and as physicians they had helped other families who wanted to try it. “Nobody ever told me it did any good. So to regain my sense of mental balance I started asking a lot of pointed questions: Have you tried chelation? What was the result? Ninety percent of people I asked said they saw no improvement.”

As for vaccinations, Laidler says he knew measles was a very rare disease (you have a one in a million chance of getting measles today in America), but he reminded himself that we need 95 percent of the population vaccinated to keep it at bay, what’s known as herd immunity. “One in a thousand children who gets measles will die,” Laidler says. “Two in a thousand will have permanent injury such as brain damage. It’s a very serious illness, but thankfully it’s currently a very rare illness because the vast majority of the population is vaccinated.”

Laidler says we actually do know a lot more about the causes of autism today than we did a decade ago. And it’s mostly genetic. “Unfortunately, that’s not a very satisfying answer to many parents. It’s something they can’t change because their children were born with it. And more and more we’re finding that treatments aren’t very satisfactory. Like Down Syndrome, you can deal with some of the issues surrounding it, but you’re never going to fix the underlying problem.”

He describes autism as a “fertile field for quacks and frauds,” largely because you can’t tell what a child is going to look like developmentally at age 18 based on their development at 2 or 3. Two of Laidler’s children were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and at age 2 they looked about the same, he says. “They were non-verbal, all the usual stuff. Well, today one of them is still non-verbal. In fact he’s very disabled. But the other is indistinguishable from his peers.

“Autism is a syndrome of developmental delay, so what these quacks will do is start treatment and after a period of time say, ‘Look, they’re now making eye contact.’ But the child may have done that anyway.”

In reality, Laidler says, your primary care doctor does a good job of describing available treatments for autism—but it’s not a very happy story. “And parents, like myself, don’t like the truth. Most people are much happier with a pleasant lie than an unpleasant truth. These quacks are selling false hope, and this should be listed up there with heroin as an addictive substance. I’ve had a lot of people chastise me for taking people’s hope away.”

 

So what does mainstream medicine know about autism spectrum disorders? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, because most children with autism spectrum disorders will master sitting, crawling, and walking on time, their parents or doctor may not initially notice telltale signs such as delays in communication or social skills. We know that autism disorders affect boys over girls at a rate of about four to one. We know that around a quarter of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum seem to have normal or near-normal development until about 18 months of age, after which they will gradually or suddenly stop using words they once had and become more withdrawn—much like Jude Dimick. We know that starting an intervention program as soon as possible can help a lot.

I contacted a number of parents of autistic children for this story. Jennifer Miller, who has a teenage daughter on the spectrum, told me that while she accepts there’s a “genetic component” to autism, she’s convinced environmental toxins can act as a trigger. It was something I would hear often: parents convinced there were other causes of their child’s condition. “In Houston, where we lived, there were lots of petrochemicals, plastic and PCBs everywhere,” Miller told me. “It’s a very polluted world. But I did everything right: breast-fed till 10 months, ate a healthy diet. No depression, alcoholism. [My daughter] met all her developmental milestones. Then we came to a point where she approached 24 months and she had gastrointestinal problems, wouldn’t sleep, started losing the skills she’d learned, and got to be almost nonverbal.”

I sat down with another mother in the cafe of a bookshop north of Austin. I’ll call her Kate. She asked that I use a fake name to protect her son’s identity. She told me that her son was diagnosed with autism at age 2. By the time her son turned 3, Kate had discovered studies by Andrew Wakefield on the “benefits of gluten-free and casein-free diets.”

Wakefield, she said, emailed her some tips. The new diet apparently helped her son and she felt his speech was improving. Then another parent referred her to Dr. Kendal Stewart, also based in Austin. Stewart’s specialization, she said, was neuroimmune disorders. “He explained that the regressive autism was secondary to a larger disorder affecting the immune system and the brain. Finally, we were getting answers,” she said.

Kate told me Stewart diagnosed her son as having a “significant viral burden causing inflammation” and began anti-viral therapy. Stewart apparently also discovered her son had “multiple allergies, heavy metal toxicity and impaired folate metabolism” (not enough folic acid).

She told me Stewart used “targeted supplementation and interventions” to “heal” her son’s “neuro-immune dysfunction,” adding that she is also in the process of writing a book with Stewart to share their story and help other families.

Kate said Stewart told her that her son wasn’t clearing harmful toxins out of his body. He was showing “really high mercury levels,” she told me, but these could apparently be cleared using supplements that have “natural chelators in them like garlic, parsley, things like that.”

Stewart also recommended Epsom bath salts three times a week, Kate said, and prescribed “a high dose of folic acid.”

Kate says her son’s “multiple allergies, heavy metal burden, viruses, and gastrointestinal issues, all that went away within the first year of treatment with Dr. Stewart,” and in 2008 he started using words again.

She insisted people come from all over the world to see Stewart and that he is a “world-renowned doctor for healing autism … he has thousands of case studies, unfortunately he needs to find time to publish them. Because he just is a very, very busy man.”

Dr. Kendal Stewart, I discovered, runs a company called Neurobiologix that, according to promotional materials, sells “pharmaceutical grade supplements” like—surprise—folic acid ($37.90 for 90 capsules), “G.I. Recovery” pills ($35.50), and a “nutrition essentials kit for kids” for $90, which includes chewable vitamins, a neuro-immune stabilizing topical cream “created by renowned physician Kendal Stewart,” and a tub of probiotic powder.

Stewart, an ear, nose and throat specialist by trade, spoke to me by phone from his office in Austin. He told me he has seen more than 8,000 children diagnosed with autism and that he treats “the underlying problems, not the autism itself,” and that mainstream medicine isn’t interested in fixing the underlying problem, which he’s convinced is a neuro-immune disorder. “Drug companies run mainstream medicine,” he said.

Stewart also said this: “Just by having a genetic marker, you can’t get autism. You need a triggering event: a head injury, meningitis, toxic exposures. But the most common [trigger] by far and away is vaccinations.”

Stewart was starting to sound a lot like Andrew Wakefield. And it turned out the two doctors know one another. “I think eventually, once everybody clears the playing field, Andy will be vindicated,” Stewart told me, but he conceded that Wakefield’s reputation hasn’t helped him.

I asked Stewart why, if it was so effective, he hadn’t published his research in peer-reviewed journals after performing proper evidence-based studies.

“Evidence-based medicine is best because there’s an objective foundation that can’t be faked,” he said. “But if it’s a controversial topic it will not appear in a peer-reviewed journal.”

Stewart told me that selling his patients supplements through his company was more cost-effective. “The reason is, when we need 20 or 30 supplements, if we blend them into formulas we make it a lot simpler to treat the child.” None of these supplements have been FDA-approved for treating autism.

Stewart said he is simply treating the conditions the children are suffering from, so that they are prepared for the Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. The most important factor in treating autism, he said, is the parents. “They’re the quarterbacks of their child’s care. No professional is going to step out there to take responsibility.” That last statement proved quite true.

I met for coffee with Dr. Jody Jensen, director of research of the Autism Project at the University of Texas. I hoped she could shed some light on what treatments have actually been proven to work.

The Autism Project was set up by Jensen and her colleague Pamela Buchanan to provide a center for best practices related to children with autism disorders. The Project doesn’t prescribe medication, but it does disseminate the best-available scientific knowledge to help steer people through the minefield of information. The project also runs its own therapy sessions.

Jensen put it like this: If you take a parent who says they had a great experience with a particular treatment, and that as a result their child is dramatically different, whose credibility is stronger, the parent or the scientist? “In the world of emotion, it’s going to be the parent,” Jensen said. “But that’s not the world of skepticism, it’s the world of hope. And as scientists, we have to remain skeptical.”

Jensen said if treatments like chelation or vitamin B supplements or gluten-free diets cured or even dramatically reduced the symptoms of autism, there would be a lot of excellently executed, randomized control trials carried out and published in reputable peer-reviewed journals. “But there are not,” she said, “and it’s because we can’t find that persistent evidence. Plus the difficulty with doing this kind of research is that families are often giving their autistic child three, five, 10 different interventions at the same time.”

She also pointed to what she called the “perception of change”—that parents feel less stressed when they believe their child is enrolled in a useful or therapeutic program, regardless of the actual outcomes of that program. “There is a 30 percent placebo rate in medication, and the same thing happens when your child is involved in some sort of program.”

So what should parents be doing? What actually works? Jensen said a physician who makes the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder will likely write a prescription for physical therapy and speech therapy. “And if there is one thing that we know very clearly, it’s that children with autism respond to intensive behavioral intervention.”

Applied Behavior Analysis is considered the gold standard of treatment, Jensen said. And the recommended amount of treatment time is typically 40 hours a week. She conceded that a board-certified specialist can charge anywhere between $50 and $300 an hour, so for many parents this is just not viable.
Parents can and should get involved in helping their child through therapy and not just leave it up to the therapist.

“We are not doing anything special,” Jensen said. “What we are doing is providing the resources to allow these kids to be safe and to explore and experience things like every other child. That’s what’s often lacking. It’s about trying to restore some sense for them of what a typical childhood looks like.”

That is what parents of kids with autism disorders want more than anything for their children: a normal childhood. Those children just might have a fighting chance to get it—if they don’t have to undergo therapies and treatment unsupported by any scientific evidence, therapies and treatments that are time-consuming, costly, and benefits only to the people administering them.

  • Heraldblog

    “And we’re not sure why the number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) has increased since the early 1990s.”
    It’s the number of diagnoses that has increased. There’s no real evidence that “autism” itself has increased much. And there was no “autism spectrum” prior to the DSM-III (R), published in 1988.

    • Joanna

      Yes Herald – there is reason to believe that prior to modern diagnostic criteria, many autists were simply designated as Schizophrenics. That would seem to be why many autists apparently have a forebear diagnosed schizophrenic. I know there has been a study done on this, but perhaps this link is spurious, given that a family that is accustomed to psychiatrists offices will collect more diagnoses than others.

    • Joanna

      Herald, this link may have what we need to understand the rising numbers.

      http://www.nature.com/tp/journal/v3/n1/abs/tp2012143a.html

      The gastrointestinal – biomedical – environmental links are about to hit the table, one time.

      One suspects that one might need to emerge from slumber and expose the olfactory cells to the pungent vapour of percolating coffee.

      • Heraldblog

        I’m not sure what your link has to do with how autism is identified and counted in a population. One suspects that one might need to better understand epidemiology before one comments.

      • lilady R.N.

        Joanna, you keep posting that link and others have told you repeatedly that your link has nothing to do with the topic of bogus, sometimes dangerous “treatment/cures” of autism.

        Try to educated yourself in some basic science before you even attempt to understand epidemiology.

  • George Barnstone

    Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases by Dr. Paul A. Offit, an American pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology, is a very good read on vaccines. Dr. Offit explores the professional life of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a physician whose work with vaccines prevented more death and disease than any other physician. Dr. Offit explains in layman’s terms the falsity and danger of the proposition that autism is caused by a vaccine.

    • Heraldblog

      Offit’s “Autism’s False Prophets” is also very good.

    • ccdaddy57

      I love this, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. George brings up a failure Offit to defend his belief. Get ready, for the house of cards ( misinformation, lies and deceit ) to fall.

      First to discredit, Dr. Paul Offit. Keep in mind the name Paul, because later another Paul with a Denmark spelling Poul is going to be brought up. First Offit is portrayed as a person caring that loves children, with no conflict of interest.

      Paul Offits own words, was” it was like winning the lottery “! selling his rotovirus patent. His share was
      tens of millions, Merck’s was even more much more. His Rotavirus vaccine has damaged children, many of them his words was I thought there would be more damage. Damage? so he admits his vaccine is causing damage. Rotavirus causes a nasty diarrhea. It has not killed, any children in the US.

      It was found by the FDA that the GSK Rotavirus vaccie not Offits patent contained Pig virus bits #1 so the FDA suspended the vaccine. Their words was, we do not know the short term or the long term effects so they are erring on the side of caution and suspending the vaccine for now. Then the bad news come out about Merck’s Rotavirus Offit’s vaccine, It contained the same but with a nasty little extra it had Pig virus bits #1 and # 2 Problem was Pig virus bits # 2 caused Wasting in animals such as seen in aids patients.

      The FDA quickly decided your children should take the spin, on the roulette wheel of the findings they admitted they do not know the short term or long term effects off.

      They reinstated the vaccine, after it was found in both Brands GSK MERCK of Rotavirus.

      What ever happened to erring on the side of caution?

      Monkeys, could run the HHS CDC FDA WHO better and safer!

      Continued on POUL the CDC’s man from Denmark, that has been indicted on thirteen counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering. Here in the US, here is where it gets really insane he was
      indicted in Atlanta GA the home of the CDC. Here is a clue, he was not working alone. He bought him self a house next to the CDC.

      • lilady R.N.

        More libelous statements about a respected physician and researcher?

        We know where your sources are…Age of Autism…a cesspool of libelous articles whose bloggers practice yellow journalism and who support disgraced former physicians such as your *hero* Andrew Wakefield and Mark Geier whose clinics where he chemically castrated autistic kids and where he and his son David (who is not a doctor and was fined $ 10,000 by the Maryland State Medical Board for “practicing medicine without a license), performed dangerous IV chelation on autistic children.

        Paul Thorson was not the primary researcher on the Danish study which proved that prevalence of autism did not go down for the birth cohort born after Thimerosal was removed from vaccines used in Denmark. Whether or not Thorson embezzled funds and padded his expense account has not be adjudicated yet. The outcome of a criminal or civil charges against him, does not change the fact that the prevalence of autism has not decreased in Denmark, since the removal of Thimerosal.

        Why haven’t you answered any of the questions I posed to you, about Wakefield’s shady dealings and the circumstances surrounding the loss of his medical license? I posed those questions and supplied you with the link to the GMC hearing decision, in reply to your scurrilous libelous accusations that you made about me.

        • ccdaddy57

          Are you stupid? do you not understand the Denmark email saying as of 2001 the rates were continuing to decline. Lilady Defination of Decline means to slope downward. In other words FALLING AUTISM NUMBERS AS OF 2001 THEY WERE CONTINUING TO DECLINE

          “Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 5:33 AM”Dear Poul, Kreesten and Diane Schendel
          “Attached I send you the short and long manuscript about Thimerosal and autism in Denmark. [sentences redacted]
          “I need to tell you that the figures in the manuscript do not include the latest data from 2001. I only have these figures as a paper version and they are at work [words redacted]. But the incidence and prevalence are still decreasing in 2001. [sentence redacted]
          “I look forward to hear from you again.
          “Best regards”

          Padded his expense account!?????? are you for real??? The Indictment says he bought with the money, that was to be used to find what is destroying our American children.

          2 cars one very expensive, a Harley Motorcycle a house next to those he allegedly stole from the CDC in Atlanta GA and wired himself almost 1 million dollars in research funds.

          While the parents of the suffering children, are waiting for good research to come from Denmark. The research funds were being used for the CDC to hire a fraud to keep them out of jail. Your response is, he was just padding his expense report a bit. You act as if
          2 million is a small amount to waste. Are you doing, the same thing?

          • lilady R.N.

            Oh cripes, are you still posting that garbage from Age of Autism?

            Try reading this, from a member of the IACC (Inter-Agency Autism Coordinator Committee), Dr. Matt Carey a science blogger. Make certain that you open the links that Dr. Carey provided:

            http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2013/02/25/denmark/

            It’s called Epidemiology 101 and Statistics 101…learn some.

          • ccdaddy57

            The email was FOIA received, the same IACC that that employees Dr Insel that had maintained the increase is not real. Till recently, his latest was “this is a real increase, how we prepare a nation for one million who may need significant amounts of services. they are working there way through the system like a wave and 80 something are under 18 yr’s old.

            The same IACC that I spoke with the Dir, that said we expect to not be funded by the CAA anymore. I said, why should you? you have done nothing but waste research dollars on
            junk studies. For 10 yrs, you have wasted 1 billion dollars and have not even given any treatments or a hope of a cure.

            To her surprise and to mine, the Idiots in congress decided to fund them again.

            It appears the corruption in Washington, knows no bounds.

            So to your invite to listen to people as useless as those at the IACC, I say no thanks.

            While they are busy doing their part in this cover up. Our children, are suffering.

          • lilady R.N.

            Why aren’t you answering the questions I posed to you about your support of the disgraced former medical doctor Andrew Wakefield and the moronic pseudoscience posted on AoA?

            Do try to learn some basic science, ccdaddy57. Your ignorance about basic science, epidemiology and ASDs is an example of your mind-numbing allegiance to Age of Autism and each and every conspiracy source on the internet.

          • ccdaddy57

            lilady if you heard the exchange between the CDC’s Dr. Stratton who is also on the IOM

            committee, and Dr. Wakefield you seen the difference between someone who cared and someone stating the fact that their legal counsel told them the public was not to see certain things said by the IOM. That’s BS, these people are acting like they are the HHS Gustapo

            Saying, they do not ever have to share their info. Is wrong, and it is criminal.

            Dr. Wakefield said I have heard what was in the IOM transcripts, and they were appalling.

            He asked Stratton, if you found measles in your child’s Gut and Cerebrospinal would you be alarmed? She finally answered, after several seconds went by. She said surely. We just do not believe it can cause Autism. So to that, the committee disagrees. And that is the end of that.

            That’s amazing, because my son has the Bowel disorder from hell. Caused by the MMR.
            So even if, it does not cause Autism. But it is responsible for the Bowel disorder, causing
            all the pain and suffering they are more than willing to leave the children suffering in pain. There is no conscience in these Idiots,they have screwed up so badly. And I assume it’s like killing, after the first the second and other comes easier. Their heart is hardened, by Pride Arrogance and the worse of these characteristics Greed. So the more dame they know they have caused the more callused the heart grows. To the point they are no longer human, for what human sits back and lets children guilty of only doing what is demanded of them (get your damn vaccines) How could anybody, let these children suffer and say it for the good of the whole.Their words are “we know that some, will have to be sacrificed for
            the greater good” “so the rest of us can remain healthy.

          • lilady R.N.

            “He asked Stratton, if you found measles in your child’s Gut and
            Cerebrospinal would you be alarmed? She finally answered, after
            several seconds went by. She said surely. We just do not believe it can
            cause Autism. So to that, the committee disagrees. And that is the
            end of that.”

            Where are the bowel biopsy specimens from the 12 children in Wakefield’s study…and the actual histopathology reports?

            Wakefield was offered a chance to replicate his studies, and he refused.

            I’m waiting for you to answer the many questions I posed to you about your “hero”, the disgraced former medical doctor Andrew Wakefield.

            Stop abusing your son Colton and stop trolling about Wakefield’s bogus diagnosis of “autistic enterocolitis, ccdaddy57.

          • ccdaddy57

            Please, do tell me how you think I am abusing my son Colton? Then tell me, how it is you know his name?

            Wake forest University found out of 82 children with Autism, 70 were found to have vaccine strain measles in their Guts. The lead researcher said, not one was of the wild strain.

            The University, got scared and would not let him publish his studies. You see it’s a well known fact, if you draw line A vaccines to line B Autism you will regret it. In fact Merck was bragging on how they were able to manipulate academia, and chair positions. While also with holding University research funds if you cross or anger them. Thug’s plain and simple.

            You deny, that these children are suffering? with a bowel disorder? The AAP under the new
            president said they now acknowledge the bowel disorder in these children. MHMR that visits
            us, said almost all the children they know of with Autism. Most of them have very bad Bowel disorders.

          • lilady R.N.

            “Please, do tell me how you think I am abusing my son Colton? Then tell me, how it is you know his name?”

            When you post on a science blog with your ‘nym…then resort to the tacky tactic of using a sock puppet “Joe” on the same thread…you’ve really hit a new low.

            Here ccdaddy57/Joe read your comments #50 – # 58, where you state “my son like others have Labs proving mercury toxicity”, read where you mention you son’s name several times and read how you describe him “…regressed into an animal-like state.”

            Why did you subject Colton to phony lab tests to test for “mercury toxicity” and pray tell what bogus chelation treatments did you subject your child to?

            OMG, you claimed you “work in education”. Really ccdaddy57/Joe? I doubt that you are a licensed professional in any school. Janitor, perhaps?

            You also post on many conspiracy blogs. Seriously Joe, get a life and get some professional help for your delusions and your paranoia.

          • lilady R.N.

            Science blog omitted where ccdaddy57/Joe posted his remarks:

            http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2008/03/28/vaccines-and-autism-the-incredible-shrin/

          • ccdaddy57

            You posted, I said I work in education??? Not me, I have never said that. Please post, where I said that. First, do you know how to test for Mercury?Blood ? Urine ?

            What conspiracy blog, Please tell me what I said.

            Before we got some of his gut issues under some control, he would go into tirades because
            of the pain in his Gut. Not pooping, for many days. To the point, of having to take him to
            the hospital. X rays revealed, full of poop. To a danger point. They showed us, he had tons
            of gas that was trapped by inflammation. The Dr.said, we needed to get that out or he could die. We told him, we have tried everything. They gave us some clear drink, in a small bottle
            he went all over the place, Walls and floors had to be cleaned, there was poop everywhere!

            Now tell me, that’s normal !!! his pain is caused by Gas being trapped by inflammation.
            We control most of the pain with Gas X, but sometimes he is hurting for 20 minutes before
            it kicks in. When he is in major pain he hits bites anything wood trying to control the pain. He crashes through sheetrock like its paper. A whole wall the size of him gone in seconds!!!! He is non verbal, he has been since his last vaccines at 23 months. An injection site reaction, the size of a nerf foot ball cut in half. So hot, it could burn you to touch it. Fever came with it, and a lot of screaming. The next day, at the dinner table he had three mini seizures. Later, the Neurologist told us he had suffered an encephalopathy of unknown etiology. Unknown !! 7 vaccines, the reaction was huge red and very hot! Up to that point, he was speaking and NT as any other normal child. Within days everything changed, he starts slurring his speech in days. After weeks, he starts losing the speech he once had. Within months, all speech except MOOOOOOOM DAAAAD. The vaccines, took my son that was normal. And turned him into, a cave child. I get so angry, at paid hit people like you. Who are paid, to try to discredit parents. The parents, who are dealing with hell on earth! Who watched their child go from normal, to at times when in pain he is an out of control Bull crashing through doors like they were paper. No glass in the house,he beats the windows out when in pain. Half inch plexa glass to keep him in, and to keep him out of the hospitals from glass cuts.

            Lately, he destroyed the hardened glass top of the range. This is the second one the first he broke the door off. He was in pain, before the Gas X could work he took both fist and he hit the glass top and it shattered. Thank God it was safety glass, it shattered like a car window. So to those who say, my son does not need to be changed. He is perfect just like he is. He just has another way of thinking. You do not live our lives, you did not see your perfect NT child be taken days after vaccines. But one day, you will know what these children and the parents you treated so badly endured. For there is a God in heaven, that has seen every key stroke you made. And he, has captured them. And one day, you will have to answer for every hurtful word you have typed. Trying to discredit the parents, who are just trying, to warn others unless you want hell on earth you better educate before you vaccinate. For heavy metals and toxins, that are in the vaccines they go in easy. But it takes yr’s to decades to undo the damage they have caused. I really wish I could under stand, how people could sell their souls like you have. It could only be explained, by what God said. I reserve the right, to make vessels of Honor and Dishonor.

          • lilady R.N.

            Still defaming me, I see, Joe. Unlike your “heroes” disgraced former medical doctors Wakefield and Geier, I have never violated professional ethics…nor have I ever inflicted pain on helpless autistic kids by ordering not-medically-indicated blood draws, colonoscopies, biopsies and lumbar punctures.

            At the link I provided where you posted under “Joe” you claim your son was found to have metal toxicity and 4 X normal testosterone levels. Did Mark and David Geier provide IV chelation and did they chemically castrate your son with Lupron?

            Time to fold your tent now ccdaddy57/Joe…you’ve been busted.

            Seriously, get some professional help for your delusions and your paranoia.

          • ccdaddy57

            You posted, I said I work in education??? Not me, I have never said that. Please post, where I said that. First, do you know how to test for Mercury?Blood ? Urine ?

            What conspiracy blog, Please tell me what I said.

            Before we got some of his gut issues under some control, he would go into tirades because
            of the pain in his Gut. Not pooping, for many days. To the point, of having to take him to
            the hospital. X rays revealed, full of poop. To a danger point. They showed us, he had tons
            of gas that was trapped by inflammation. The Dr.said, we needed to get that out or he could die. We told him, we have tried everything. They gave us some clear drink, in a small bottle
            he went all over the place, Walls and floors had to be cleaned, there was poop everywhere!

            Now tell me, that’s normal !!! his pain is caused by Gas being trapped by inflammation.
            We control most of the pain with Gas X, but sometimes he is hurting for 20 minutes before

            it kicks in. When he is in major pain he hits bites anything wood trying to control the pain. He crashes through sheetrock like its paper. A whole wall the size of him gone in seconds!!!! He is non verbal, he has been since his last vaccines at 23 months. An injection site reaction, the size of a nerf foot ball cut in half. So hot, it could burn you to touch it. Fever came with it, and a lot of screaming. The next day, at the dinner table he had three mini seizures. Later, the Neurologist told us he had suffered an encephalopathy of unknown etiology. Unknown !! 7 vaccines, the reaction was huge red and very hot! Up to that point, he was speaking and NT as any other normal child. Within days everything changed, he starts slurring his speech in days. After weeks, he starts losing the speech he once had. Within months, all speech except MOOOOOOOM DAAAAD. The vaccines, took my son that was normal. And turned him into, a cave child. I get so angry, at paid hit people like you. Who are paid, to try to discredit parents. The parents, who are dealing with hell on earth! Who watched their child go from normal, to at times when in pain he is an out of control Bull crashing through doors like they were paper. No glass in the house,he beats the windows out when in pain. Half inch plexa glass to keep him in, and to keep him out of the hospitals from glass cuts.

            Lately, he destroyed the hardened glass top of the range. This is the second one the first he broke the door off. He was in pain, before the Gas X could work he took both fist and he hit the glass top and it shattered. Thank God it was safety glass, it shattered like a car window. So to those who say, my son does not need to be changed. He is perfect just like he is. He just has another way of thinking. You do not live our lives, you did not see your perfect NT child be taken days after vaccines. But one day, you will know what these children and the parents you treated so badly endured. For there is a God in heaven, that has seen every key stroke you made. And he, has captured them. And one day, you will have to answer for every hurtful word you have typed. Trying to discredit the parents, who are just trying, to warn others unless you want hell on earth you better educate before you vaccinate. For heavy metals and toxins, that are in the vaccines they go in easy. But it takes yr’s to decades to undo the damage they have caused. I really wish I could under stand, how people could sell their souls like you have. It could only be explained, by what God said. I reserve the right, to make vessels of Honor and Dishonor.

          • Lyn Peterson

            Re: “For there is a God in heaven, that has seen every key stroke you made. And he, has captured them. And one day, you will have to answer for every hurtful word you have typed”
            AMEN to everything you have posted here, but especially this statement of fact.
            I had to give up trying to reason with medically indoctrinated people in order to focus my research on how to heal my grandson’s vaccine injuries. “Cast not thy pearls before swine”. God has rewarded me with guidance because I put my faith in our heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, instead of the human designed-for-profit medical system. All of my grandson’s recovery program is from the safe and natural therapies from God’s Creation, instead of toxic drugs from man’s creation. “The meek shall inherit the earth and they shall find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” [Please read my post today above]

    • ccdaddy57

      George Barstone it’s strange you mention Merck’s grandfather of their children’s vaccine program Dr. Maurice Hilleman. Just before he died, he stated the truth about Thimerosal and the danger it poses.

      You Remember, the famous Merck memo that someone snuck out for protection from Merck.

      It contained Dr. Hillemans account of the accumulative doses of ethyl-mercury adding up to very
      dangerous levels. Maurice Hillemans words, were sent in a memo stating his concerns of the amounts
      of mercury in the Vaccines, to the CEO of Merck the Co. he worked for. Sent to Gordon Douglas, the
      then head of Merck.

      Dr. Hilleman ; “on the next vaccine schedule the children will be getting 87 times the existing safety standards by 6 mos what the EPA says is safe, and I am concerned.”

      He went on to say; “this is not!daily doses as such,this is bolus doses given all at once at one point in time.”

      He then said; “when viewed in that manner,it does appear rather large”

      He recommended that thimerosal use be discontinued, “especially where use in infants and young children is anticipated.”25 Hilleman commented that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has a notoriously close relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, could not be counted on to take appropriate action as its European counterpart had. (Europe and Japan were moving quickly to ban thimerosal—Russia banned it 20 years ago.)26 Hilleman also noted that the drug industry knew of non-toxic alternatives to thimerosal and that “it is worthy of consideration to find another acceptable preservative.” While this was the best solution

      The CEO did not listen, and even after all those warnings. He, suggested more Merck vaccines containing Thimerosal. The CEO that ignored all the warnings of Dr. Hilleman, has since left Merck

      and has become someone very high up in our vaccine program. That’s right, those who are responsible for poisoning our children. Are now, running Vaccine safety.

      This is just a small stinging rebuke, a reminder of what is responsible for the pain and suffering of thousands of vaccine damaged children. The fox, in total control of the hen house.

      This is a joke, in the light of the findings of Dr.Oz about a whopping 30 parts per billion of Arsenic in
      this Nations apple juice. Being of a major concern, for long term and short term effects of our children’s health.

      First, Arsenic is 500 times or more toxic than ingested Arsenic. Second ,The mercury based preservative used in children s vaccines was injected (thus by passing all filtering organs and
      going straight to the Brain)

      An NIH study revealed, that Thimerosal crosses the BBB easier than does the fish mercury.

      MSDS states on Thimerosal it’s accumulative in the body,it targets the organs of the body in particular the brain and the lining around the brain.

      MSDS Thimerosal is a mutagenic. In other words, it has the express ability to mutate genes!

      Third, the first dose the children got in the 90’s was hours of the first God given breath of life.
      Here is the shocking truth, that should end this debate. The birth dose contained thousands
      of ppb of an injected IQ lowering neuro-toxin. Also on the MSDS is a warning that if you are
      exposed to Thimerosal any future exposures to Mercury may cause Mercury poisoning.

      So, you have just learned how this early exposure has set the stage for the perfect storm of a
      host of neurological disorders. Including ADD ADHD & Speech Delay and the very large elephant
      in the room costing 6 million dollars for those effected. Autism effecting 1 in 88 children with 1 in

      58 being boys.

      Let’s add to that already proven stupidity, of not listening to the warning of the Toxicity of Thimerosal.

      Also on the MSDS, under re activity data. The very clear manufacturer’s warning to not ever mix with Aluminum. Guess what these over educated Idiots did, they put in all children’s vaccine Aluminum as
      a catalyst. Care to guess, why the warning to not mix with any other metals especially Aluminum???

      They were warning, that there was a synergy effect of the two salts being mixed the Mercury in the
      preservative Thimerosal and the Aluminum. And the mixture could cause the primary toxin toxicity to be increased by 10 fold.

      Untrained Monkeys, could run HHS AAP CDC and the FDA safer and with more compassion. Than these Idiots have. Ignoring any and all warnings.

      Boston Globe said it best in 2003,before they became the Pharma whores they are today.

      This is the article. FDA & CDC Bumbling, at the Expense of Mercury-Poisoned Children.

      .

      • lilady R.N.

        Get some professional help for your delusions and your paranoia. Get an education in basic science and stop parroting the garbage you read on Age of Autism

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1084382530 Jacob Lawrence Crosby

    It seems Alex Hannaford, in harping about Andrew Wakefield’s “conflicts” and dismissing his book (which Hannaford almost certainly never read) as a “literary middle finger,” has completely failed to disclose his past employment as editor of NHS Choices
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexhannaford

    This would have made Hannaford subordinate to NHS Choices Chief Editor Paul Nuki, the same editor who at The Sunday times hired Brian Deer to “find something big” on MMR and whose father George Nuki sat on the UK Committee for Safety of Medicines in 1988, which approved the first brands of the MMR vaccine in the UK knowing that they caused viral meningitis. Since then, these brands were withdrawn and the government indemnified manufacturer SmithKline & French Laboratories from litigation, making the UK government and by extension Paul Nuki’s father potentially liable. That’s the reason for the character assassination campaign against Dr. Andrew Wakefield.

    As for autism rates going up after thimerosal was removed, how does Hannaford explain a 20% drop in autism prevalence in Alabama according to the latest CDC surveillance report, the first statistically significant (more than 95% likelihood of not being due to chance alone) drop in autism prevalence in any CDC report? And it happened among children born in 2000, the first year after the 1999 AAP-PHS statement to get thimerosal out of childhood vaccines.

    As for Jim Laidler, please see the photo album on my Twitter page for the scoop on him – starting with the top left screenshot about an article I wrote about the strange similarities between him and a certain malicious, bigoted troll who blogs under the moniker “Prometheus,” whose blog mysteriously vanished after I posted these screenshots. Then continue to the screenshot to the right and then move down to the next row. For a clear read, please click each photo and then the URL that appears underneath. Thanks.
    https://twitter.com/jakecrosbyaoa

    • http://www.facebook.com/dave.mann.9235 Dave Mann

      Jacob,

      So you’re questioning our writer’s credibility because he once, years ago, worked for someone whose father once sat on a committee that dealt with MMR vaccine 25 years ago?

      Alex’s reporting on Dr. Wakefield is based on the facts: Wakefield’s research on the MMR vaccine has been thoroughly discredited, and numerous studies in the U.K. and the U.S.—including studies by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics—have found no link between autism and the MMR vaccine.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

        @Dave – as far as Jake is concerned, as long as his 6000 Degrees of Separation routine can find any connection, no matter how tenuous, remote or aged, it represents an indelible conflict of interest…..

        • ccdaddy57

          Everybody that went after Dr.Wakefield, had straight ties to GSK in other words they
          were on the board.Including, the person running it young Media empire Murdoch care
          to vouch for his character?

          • lilady R.N.

            How about staying on topic? The topic of this discussion is the hotbed of alternative care practitioners for autistic children that exists in Austin Texas, centered around the disgraced former medical doctor Andrew Wakefield.

            Wakefield is running his business enterprises out of Austin which provide him and his family a very cushy lifestyle. He and his partner Polly Tommey run the Autism Media Channel which employs Carmel Wakefield. Ask Wakefield about the “Strategic Autism Initiative” and the big bucks he gets from Jenny McCarthy’s “Generation Rescue” organization. Ask Wakefield about the measles outbreak in Minneapolis last year among Somali children and the many private meetings he had with Somali parents to dissuade them from getting their children immunized against measles:

            http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/03/andrew_wakefield_anti-vaccine_somali_measles_outbreak.php

            Wakefield is a public health menace.

      • ccdaddy57

        AAP CDC No link found, Says our man Poul Thorsen from Denmark. Poul has been indicted on thirteen counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering.

        A little history, on this unholy incestuous relationship between the CDC and Poul Thorsen.

        You see, weeks before the IOM was to re-evaluate the science as their handlers the CDC
        had demanded.

        The CDC is in an email saying “the IOM meeting is in weeks, and we have searched frantically

        and cannot find anything here. we are going to have to go elsewhere and get us a study”

        They left out this, that they were going to pay for them some real good fraud. And they did, almost 2 million dollars worth, for a researcher to give them what they asked for ( CDC’s words ) “we are only interested, in what will exonerate the CDC and Vaccines”

        He gave the CDC their paid for fraud, the epidemiological studies proving that the Mercury in vaccines was perfectly safe. And while I’m at it, I will declare the MMR safe also.

        Well they hitched their cart, to the wrong donkey. Poul said, that when the Thimerosal was removed in Denmark. The rates kept going up, so there for the Vaccineal mercury could not
        be associated with Autism.

        Old Poul and the CDC, wasn’t expecting someone in Denmark to question their lies. They were dead wrong! here is an email from Denmark received Via FOIA.

        This is the original email, sent from Denmark that disputes the CDC and the AAP lies that the numbers were going up after the removal of the Mercury. When the facts clearly show, they

        and he knew they were as the email says still declining as of 2001.

        That, is not good news for the vaccine program or CDC AAP FDA or the WHO and also the liar for hire Poul.

        “Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 5:33 AM
        “Dear Poul, Kreesten and Diane Schendel
        “Attached I send you the short and long manuscript about Thimerosal and autism in Denmark. [sentences redacted]
        “I need to tell you that the figures in the manuscript do not include the latest data from 2001. I only have these figures as a paper version and they are at work [words redacted]. But the incidence and prevalence are still decreasing in 2001. [sentence redacted]
        “I look forward to hear from you again.
        “Best regards”

        But the incidence, and prevalence are still decreasing in 2001. Someone appears to be lying. Do you think it could be the Danish researcher, that was contacted by the CDC? The same CDC that was frantic, to find proof that putting a known injected neural toxin in children just hours after their first breath of life was safe. Here is your hint of who it was, He was told “we are only interested in, what will exonerate the CDC and Vaccines”Two things the CDC did, that tell you that they were desperate to find something. First the statement that says, they have searched frantically. Second, the children in Denmark got just 10% of the Mercury that US. children got. That would be like comparing apples to cows, but the CDC did not care about that comparison. They were not interested in truth at all, just get them some proof they did not poison an entire generation of American children. That’s not possible, because they did.

        The indictment from the Atlanta GA grand-jury that indicted said, Poul bought with the money 2 cars a Harley Davidson Motorcycle and wired himself almost a million dollars of Autism research funds. Also, a new house next to the CDC. The CDC that knew for a solid year, that Denmark was looking for Poul for the missing research funds. Yet they hired him to be the head of the new DSM 5.

        Did Poul work alone, on this alleged theft of the children s money, The Grand jury and the Denmark email answered that, they said he Poul worked with others known and unknown by this Grand jury. The email says “Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 5:33 AM

        “Dear Poul, Kreesten and Diane Schendel” They work for the CDC Kreesten and Diane Schendel and they were also working with Poul.

        Here’s a hint poul

        .

        • lilady R.N.

          Anti-vaccine, anti-science conspiracy nutter.

          • lielady, R.N. BS

            And I’m a shrill, obnoxious, anti-science pseudoskeptic.

    • http://twitter.com/justthevax Catherina+ScienceMom

      Honestly Jake, your 6000 degrees of separation have gone really stale.

    • http://twitter.com/ThePoxesStory Reuben Gaines

      Jake, for what company did your dad do advertising work? Answer: Monsanto.

      Didn’t Age of Autism say that pesticides had a lot to do with autism? Answer: Yes, they did. To think YOUR FATHER helped promote RoundUP, a week killer. FOR SHAME.

      For what company did your dad endorse one of his fellow advertising colleagues? Answer: Merck, a vaccine manufacturer.

      Who is Alex Cranberg and how is he related to Gov. Perry who took in lots of cash from Merck? Answer: Alex is your uncle and he let Perry use his private jet.

      What did Mr. Cranberg get in return for his support of Gov. Perry? Answer: A position in the University of Texas board or regents only days after moving to Texas.

      What did Perry promote in Texas? Answer: A mandate to have all girls vaccinated against HPV.

      YOU have a lot to answer for because of YOUR degrees of separation with those people, Jacob. Quit dodging these questions and tell us who these people are and how you’ve been playing both sides.

    • epatient

      Cherry-picking data, personal attacks, and six-degrees-of-separation ad hominem attacks typify your posts, Jake. No wonder even your former friends at SafeMinds have learned that you can’t be trusted:

      http://safeminds.org/news/response-to-false-allegations.html

      • lilady R.N.

        SafeMinds is attempting “damage control” after Jake Crosby went to a crank blogger’s website to post this rant, about the incestuous relationship that exists among all the anti-vaccine organizations. Here, Crosby exposes the wining and dining of members of the Congressional Committee, by disgraced former medical doctor Andrew Wakefield, calculated to change the agenda of the sham Congressional hearing held on November 28, 2012.

        http://www.bolenreport.com/feature_articles/Jake%20Crosby%20on%20SafeMinds.htm

        BTW, Jenny McCarthy’s 2013 Generation Rescue/Autism One Conference is featuring some of those Congressmen who accepted Wakefield’s largesse:

        http://www.autismone.org/content/autismone-generation-rescue-conference-2013

        “BREAKING NEWS! Congressman Dan Burton, Congressman Dave Weldon, MD, and Congressman Bill Posey are coming to the conference, Friday, May 24th.

        The Congressional Panel will present beginning at 10:00 am for an hour followed by Q&A for 30 minutes. Stay tuned.

        More details coming soon.”

        • epatient

          Veteran anti-vaxxer Mark Blaxill of SafeMinds (the co-author “The Age of Autism” and Editor-at-Large for the crank web site of the same name) summed it up for Jake: “Your interpretation of events is so radically wrong and the key facts you use to support your interpretation are incorrect in so many key respects, it’s not worth arguing with you anymore.”

          That’s Jacob Lawrence Crosby–as seen by his fellow traveler.

      • ccdaddy57

        Cherry picking data? Like the CDC telling the IOM they were to pay very little attention to the Biological evidence, that the IOM ruled was deemed good enough to rule the link was a biological plausibility in 2001. Then they told them, to put all your confidence in the large population VSD studies. The same VSD that the Dir. of the CDC that said just before she went to work for Merck
        for almost 2 million a yr. was not going to be used anymore for environmental studies for to do so
        it would be misleading. Also the president knew, when 9-11 hit the VSD was full of useless data,
        because he tried to seal the VSD forever. We were always told, when they were quoting a study done in the VSD that they said proves their point. That the science was sound, because the VSD
        was full of good quality sound design very robust data. Then you have Denmark, the Author cannot come back to the US because he is indicted for stealing almost 2 million dollars of Autism
        research funds.

        Now who is guilty, of cherry picking data?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rae.nadlerolenick Rae Nadler-Olenick

    Great info, JLC. What’s this guy doing snarfing up huge space in the Texas Observer, anyway? (Oh, that’s right, Dr. Wakefield lives here now).

    • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

      @Rae – don’t feel too bad, I have the Geiers in my back yard, but luckily they are being run out of the medical profession on a rail, due to their fraudulent activities…..

  • lilady R.N.

    Well done Mr. Hannaford. This article has received accolades from a science blogger:

    http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/02/07/an-antivaccine-frankenstein-strikes-back-against-the-monster-he-created/

    I am a recently retired public health nurse/epidemiologist and I know only too well how Dr. Wakefield’s fraudulent study has had an impact on public health initiatives to protect infants and children from serious, sometimes deadly, vaccine-preventable diseases. Unfortunately, there are a number of anti-vaccine, anti-science organizations which spread fear, uncertainly and doubt and promote the now thoroughly debunked junk science *theory* of vaccines being implicated in the onset of autism.

    Thank you for your excellent article.

    • ccdaddy57

      Lilady appears to be a shill for CDC / pharma, she mentions Dr. Wakefield as a fraud. She on the other hand, purposely leaves out the fact that the only people going after the Hero Dr. Wakefield was those who stood to lose millions of their GSK stocks if the MMR was found to be responsible for the major damage done to an entire generation of American children. It includes young Murdoch, of the Murdoch empire that when he was almost indicted. It was said he had to release the reins of GSK. Guess who, most likely the journalist Brian Deer was probably working for? Murdoch, that had plenty to lose if the GSK MMR was found to be at fault. Almost everybody else that went after Andy, also had stocks (they were on the board of GSK) that if it was true. (that the GSK MMR was responsible) their Golden Retirement GSK MMR Parachutes, would be almost instantly down graded to junk status. Even the Judge, that denied the children the state funds to pursue their vaccine compensation. Had major ties, to the vaccine maker GSK.

      She also left out,that recently one of the other Dr’s that the very same exact evidence that was used to destroy Wakefield was over turned & license given back with a scolding from the judge for the General Medical Counsel. To not ever! let this happen again. For in the courts (judges) findings, was that those accused of bad treatment of the patents ( the children ) he could not find evidence proving that. In fact, it appeared the opposite was true. The children had gotten, a good standard of care.

      She is lying, or should I say doing her job (covering up crap)

      • lilady R.N.

        Really ccdaddy57? I don’t have a dime invested in GSK stock, and, unlike you I am a licensed registered nurse, who recently retired as a public health nurse-clinician/epidemiologist.

        Here’s the GMC Fitness To Practice Hearing decision regarding the disgraced former medical doctor Andrew Wakefield.

        http://www.gmc-uk.org/Wakefield_SPM_and_SANCTION.pdf_32595267.pdf

        During the hearing why didn’t Wakefield offer up any evidence in his own behalf?

        Why didn’t his counsel call the parents of the 12 children in his study to testify in his behalf?

        Why didn’t Wakefield appeal the decision of the GMC?

        Why did Wakefield commence a defamation lawsuit against Brian Deer in the U.K., then beg the judge to discontinue that lawsuit?

        Why did Wakefield pay all of Brian Deer’s court costs associated with that lawsuit?

        Dr. John Walker-Smith appealed the GMC decision that removed his medical license. He offered testimony to the British High Court that Wakefield lied to him about the 12 children..i.e. “he threw Wakefield under the bus”.

        Why do you view Wakefield as “a hero”? Have you read the Wakefield GMC decision to see that his doctor/peers determined that he falsified the medical charts of his subjects…that Wakefield ordered invasive, painful, dangerous not-medically-indicated bowel cleansings, colonoscopies and lumbar punctures?

        Get a grip, you are supporting a disgraced former medical and his fraudulent research.

      • Lyn Peterson

        This author has demonstrated both sides of the story. However, based on 6 years of continual research and my own eye witness experience with my grandson’s autism improvements through “alternative therapies”, I respectfully disagree with the final statement: “Those children just might have a fighting chance to get it—if they don’t have to undergo therapies and treatment unsupported by any scientific evidence, therapies and treatments that are time-consuming, costly, and benefits only to the people administering them.”

        If our family would have waited around for the medical system to admit that there are natural, safe and affordable autism therapies, my grandson would still be unable to walk and talk. He also could not digest any food correctly, in addition to a myriad of other autism symptoms that occurred immediately after his last batch of vaccines, including MMR. Although my grandson still has autism issues, for the dramatic improvements we have witnessed from such things as Probiotics, Methyl B12 cream, Glutathione cream, Digestive Enzymes and other natural and nutritional therapies, including therapeutic grade essential oils, I thank God for all of the doctors, researchers, and parents who have posted information online. Many parents have been able to successfully reverse many aspects of autism, some completely, although even if my grandson does not recover 100%, compared to his previous horrific condition, he has become a walking talking miracle.

        • shay simmons

          Natural, safe and affordable =/= effective.

  • JohnDStone

    The trouble is Alex that what you don’t report is that in the British High Court last year the senior author and clinician of the Wakefield/Lancet paper, Prof John Walker-Smith, who stood trial with Wakefield at the General Medical Council was completely exonerated. I don’t know whether this failure is because you have not as an experienced journalist done your research or because you are deliberately holding something back. But Judge Mitting confirmed what many of us had known all along, that the Wakefield paper was a perfectly good early report. There was no misreporting of data, GI problems, autism diagnosis, onset of symptoms, referral of cases. No inappropriate or unauthorised investigations. The paper was not funded by the Legal Aid Board and was not a botched attempt at protocol 172-96. So everything we were told about it in the Sunday Times in 2004 turns out to have been completely and utterly false. I think your Texas readers need to know why you are peddling out of of date information.

    • Autismum

      I think you need to read the court’s decision regarding John Walker Smith a little more thoroughly
      http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2012/503.html

      • JohnDStone

        I most certainly have, but what you have to remember is that the judge – since Wakefield was denied funding – wasn’t hearing Wakefield’s appeal so he only had to listen arguments about Walker-Smith, and issues which were specifically to do with Wakefield were not disputed – however, what I have said is still true, and what has happened is deeply anomalous. The ptb (amongst them the Prime Minister and Chief Medical Officer who went the air to support the Sunday Times in 2004) needed, as senior co-author, to put Walker-Smith in the frame to get Wakefield, and now virtually all the allegations against the paper have been shown to be without foundation Wakefield is still supposed to be guilty of all the things which have been shown not to have happened in a judgment uncontested by the General Medical Council (who originally brought in the findings), which is absurd. It couldn’t be a dirtier bureaucratic fix. But judge’s condemnation of the GMC’s treatment of Walker-Smith suggests a great deal about the spirit in which the hearing against Wakefield and colleagues was held.

        • Autismum

          The ruling reads more like JWS was duped by Wakefield, who, let’s not forget, committed research fraud. You say:
          ” Judge Mitting confirmed what many of us had known all along, that the Wakefield paper was a perfectly good early report. There was no misreporting of data, GI problems, autism diagnosis, onset of symptoms, referral of cases. No inappropriate or unauthorised investigations.”
          Where, exactly does Mitting’s ruling say that? It does not.

          • JohnDStone

            I am not sure how Wakefield could have committed research fraud if all the things claimed about the paper by the GMC were unfounded, and if you read it through at length it is plain they were. You have to remember that Walker-Smith was just as much author of the paper as Wakefield, and just as much responsible for ensuring the data was correct, and particularly responsible for investigating sickness in an ethical manner (Wakefield had no direct responsibility there). It would not have been a defence to say he was duped by Wakefield, not did he or his attorney. There was one point of dispute over Wakefield regarding ‘ethical approval and consent’, which th judge took to mean the paper had ethical approval and consent, rather than merely the investigations – the paper didn’t need approval and consent since it was just a review of clinical information but the investigations did, and as the judge acknowledged they had it.

            The other point that he made was that Wakefield as a researcher would have had a different agenda from Walker-Smith as a clinician, but that’s inherent in the different roles of medical researcher and clinician.

            The judge also asked Walker-Smith’s attorney whether there was any present professional support left for the MMR hypothesis, and the attorney who perhaps knew no more about it than he had heard on the BBC, replied that there wasn’t. So again, that was not a matter which was in dispute at the hearing, and the judge said it was not disputed (covering his back politically, although it was not a matter which was even being tested).

            Of course, I am paraphrasing but it is a long and very complex document. People must read themselves rather than take either of our words for it. But what I have said is both informed and in good faith, and I do not think it is alright for Alex Hannaford to pretend that it hasn’t happened.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

            So John, you admit that Walker-Smith’s attorney made the statement to the effect that the MMR-autism hypothesis was incorrect & Walker-Smith himself never bothered to correct his own lawyer’s statement on his behalf?

            You seem to be doing the “Texas Two-Step” in an attempt to shoe-horn this particular decision as some kind of vindication of Wakefield – which is no way or form it is. Perhaps you should bring back Jake Crosby & use his 6000 degrees of separation to prove some kind of conflict regarding the Judge, the lawyers, or perhaps the audience in the gallery….

            It also doesn’t bother you that Walker-Smith admitted that he was unaware of the full nature of the “research” being conducted and instead was only acting to treat the children that were part of the study (which is why he was exonerated – he claimed, successfully, that his role was not as an active participant in the Lancet Study & was not responsible for any claims made in the paper).

            Seriously John – get a new hobby, because you’re horrible at this one.

          • JohnDStone

            Lawrence McNamara
            I’ll have to take instruction from you on the Texas two-step (whatever that is): what an exercise in putting words in other peoples mouths.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

            @John – actually, you’ve proven to be the expert when it comes to trying to make the Walker-Smith ruling into some kind of Wakefield validation, despite all of the evidence to the contrary……pot meet kettle…..

          • JohnDStone

            One reason why I might know something about it is because I sat through almost the entire High Court hearing and witnessed the comic inability of the GMC attorney to explain how they had arrived at their findings. But I continue to point out that the judge dismissed virtually all the claims about the paper made in Sunday Times and in my opinion Alex Hannaford ought to check it out since he referred to the Sunday Times reports in his article.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

            @John – any particular reason that Wakefield’s work or conclusions have never been replicated by reputable Science? Also, why didn’t AW take the opportunity to replicate his own work after the original publication of the Lancet 12 Paper when he had the chance?

          • JohnDStone

            You seem to be completely misinformed, Wakefield and colleagues produced several follow up studies in the following years, only one of which as far as I know was retracted with the Lancet paper after the GMC, and like the Lancet paper ought to be re-instated following the High Court findings in the case of John Walker-Smith. There are in fact many studies linking autism with bowel disease and immunologically problems and plenty supporting concerns about vaccine safety. The problem with the original Wakefield hypothesis was that the gut syndrome was also identified in some non-autistic patients, as well as commonly in a significant sub-group of autistic patients. This does not mean that his concerns were ill-founded, or that he made fraudulent claims.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

            Mr. Stone – you’ll have no problem citing those papers now, will you?

          • JohnDStone

            Mr McNamara
            No difficulty at all, but I don’t do people’s research for them. I suggest you consult pubmed and surprise yourself (if you know how). Of course, you are very happy to pontificate but you don’t even have a basic knowledge of the topic.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

            Very funny John – I find people that can’t even begin to cite basic PubMed studies with the excuse of “why don’t you look them up yourself,” as a very poor excuse for the champion of a cause….for example, there is:

            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22748860

            [Wakefield’s affair: 12 years of uncertainty whereas no link between autism and MMR vaccine has been proved]

            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22521285

            The combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines and the total number of vaccines are not associated with development of autism spectrum disorder: the first case-control study in Asia.

            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21917556

            The vaccine-autism connection: a public health crisis caused by unethical medical practices and fraudulent science.

            That’s just a few – some addressing Wakefield’s fraud directly, and others showing the autism-MMR link doesn’t exist.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

            Not to mention the other few hundred studies that show no link between autism & vaccines……keep living in your bubble Mr. Stone.

          • lilady R.N.

            Here from the Autism Science Foundation…just a few of the many studies that disprove the link between vaccines and autism:

            http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org/autismandvaccines.html

          • Boris Ogon

            Why on earth should the Hewitson paper (which was withdrawn by the editors, not retracted) be brought back from the dead? It was unrelated to the subject of the Lancet fraud and perfectly shoddy all on its own.

          • lilady R.N.

            Yes Mr. Stone, where are those citations from Wakefield’s later research that *prove* that children who were vaccinated with the triple antigen MMR vaccine, develop autism and a unique (to them), “autistic enterocolitis”?

            Why won’t you answer the questions that I posed to you about Wakefield’s Fitness To Practice hearing and the conclusion of that hearing?

            Where are the *study* subject’s histopathology reports and the bowel specimens?

            Why did Wakefield’s *expert witness* David Lewis (a sludge management expert), send the study subjects’ bowel biopsies *scoring sheets* that he located in Wakefield’s home office to Brian Deer?

            Have you seen what pathologists who evaluated those *scoring sheets* stated about the raw *scoring sheets*?

            http://briandeer.com/solved/bmj-pathology.htm

          • JohnDStone

            Well here we have smear tactics – no one would be able to deduce that this abhorrent ‘sludge management expert’ was a distinguished and much published microbiologist. However, anyone not impressed by childish abuse can read about the background to this matter here.

            http://www.rescuepost.com/files/kohn_letter_uw-l_nov_13_2012.pdf

            Of course, it is not the original grading which is significant as both signatory pathologist made clear:

            http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/02/caution-assessing-histopathological-opinions

            http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/17/re-pathology-reports-solve-%E2%80%9Cnew-bowel-disease%E2%80%9D-riddle

            Following Deer you pose a trick question.

          • lilady R.N.

            So Mr. Stone, do you still deny that you are the U.K. editor of Age of Autism?

            I just love it when you attempt to support Wakefield and his *sludge expert* David Lewis, by going toe-to-toe with Dr. Fiona Godlee, editor of the BMJ and investigative reporter Brian Deer, with your “Rapid Responses” replies at the BMJ:

            http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c5347?tab=responses

            “Following Deer you pose a trick question.”

            What “trick question” Mr. Stone?

            Tsk, tsk Stone, you cannot or will not answer any of the questions that I have posed to you. Why not?

          • epatient

            Which paper demonstrates an association of the receipt of MMR with the development of both bowel disease and autism?

            http://justthevax.blogspot.com/2010/02/independent-wakefield-way-really.htmlM

          • lilady R.N.

            Unlike the *columnists* at your blog, Age of Autism, I’m quite certain that Mr. Hannaford did read the GMC Fitness to Practice Hearing for Andrew Wakefield. The GMC panel found that Wakefield conspired with the lawyer and received $ 750,000 USD in remuneration from the lawyer who was getting set to sue the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine. Why did a notorious anti-vaccine organization in the U.K. refer parents to that lawyer…who in turn referred his clients and their children to Wakefield? Why did the GMC panel find that Wakefield falsified medical records and ordered dangerous not-medically-indicated, bowel cleansings, biopsies and lumbar punctures? Why didn’t Wakefield’s lawyer subpoena the parents of the children in his “study” to testify in Wakefield’s defense? Where are all the pathology reports and the bowel specimens preserved in paraffin…which mysteriously went “missing”, Mr. Stone?

            http://www.gmc-uk.org/Wakefield_SPM_and_SANCTION.pdf_32595267.pdf

          • JohnDStone

            I’m sure he was able to digest the 6 million words of the hearing transcript in afternoon. Perhaps the length of the case and the tenuousness are closely related.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

            Yes John, because that’s how you believe “journalism” works, don’t you? I mean, over at AoA, you guys always spend weeks, months or years investigating various topics before publication, right? I mean, you never just pull out boiler-plate anti-vaccine or pharma-conspiracy articles at the drop of anything you might consider “pro-vaccine” right?

        • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

          In re-reading your post here John, you are claiming a conspiracy to silence Wakefield that includes the British Prime Minister (and other “powers-that-be”) – wow…….you are more unhinged that I first (or second) thought.

          Too bad that Wakefield didn’t follow through on his appeal – perhaps you’d have something to go on, but the Walker-Smith case still doesn’t say what you think it says & it certainly doesn’t affect the standing of either Wakefield or the Lancet retraction….or better yet, the decade-plus of research that has shown that Wakefield’s hypothesis was a giant crock.

          • JohnDStone

            Responding to Deer’s allegations on 23 February 2004 Prime Minister Tony Blair told ITV:

            “There is absolutely no evidence to support this link between MMR and autism. If there was, I can assure you that any government would be looking at it and trying to act on it. I hope, now that people see that the situation is somewhat different to what they were led to believe, they will have the triple jab because it is important to do it.”

            Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson told BBC:

            “I don’t think that spin and science mix. If they are mixed, it is a very unfavourable position for children’s health. Now a darker side of this work has shown through, with the ethical conduct of the research and this is something that has to be looked at.”

            While the Independent newspaper reported:

            “At the Department of Health, which has striven for the past six years to bolster public confidence in the vaccine, joy is unconfined at the discrediting of Andrew Wakefield, as the researcher responsible for the scare.”

            http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/02/trisha-greenhalgh-competing-interests

          • lilady R.N.

            “At the Department of Health, which has striven for the past six years to
            bolster public confidence in the vaccine, joy is unconfined at the
            discrediting of Andrew Wakefield, as the researcher responsible for the
            scare.”

            Quoting your own scurrilous post from Age of Autism Stone…how tacky:

            http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/02/trisha-greenhalghs-competing-interests-in-wakefield-case.html

            Jeez Stone, how low can you stoop?

          • JohnDStone

            Very helpful of you to put a link to that excellent piece which embarrassed BMJ into publishing the letter – the quotes of course are genuine. What a student of my works you are!

          • lilady R.N.

            All I had to do was search for that quote of yours Stone. How about providing those citations from Wakefield’s later published articles that you claim prove that children who received the MMR vaccine have a higher prevalence of autism and “autistic enterocolitis”?

            How about commenting on your columnist Jake Crosby’s rant that was published on the Bolen website, Mr. Stone?

          • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

            @John – wow, public officials responding to a public health threat? How insane!

            Seriously, how unhinged can you get?

    • Boris Ogon

      Mr. Stone, are you going to fail to disclose your ties to Clifford “childhealthsafety” Miller, who showed up in the Texas hearing as Wakefield’s “foreign counsel”?

      • lilady R.N.

        I’m waiting for Mr. Stone to confirm that he is the U.K. editor for Age of Autism…which is affiliated with Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue/Autism One group and SafeMinds, which are some of the notorious anti-vaccine organizations who revere Andrew Wakefield as their “hero”. They have their own political party, The Canary Party, which promotes their “agenda” of destroying vaccination programs which protect children and adults from contracting serious, sometimes deadly, vaccine-preventable diseases.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

          @lilady – he may admit it proudly or just ignore the question. He’s good at avoiding the tough questions – like why did Wakefield sue in Texas for Defamation, when the laws in England are much more plaintiff-friendly? I mean, if the excuse was cash, it hasn’t seemed to have been a problem for Wakefield to raise money for his “defense fund” here in the States……

          • lilady R.N.

            @ Lawrence: Stone will never admit that his position at Age of Autism is as the U.K. Editor. Just like he *conveniently forgets* that Wakefield sued Brian Deer for defamation in the U.K., then pleaded with that court to discontinue that lawsuit. The U.K. court ordered Wakefield to reimburse Brian Deer for his legal expenses.

            I want to know why Stone and his crew at Age of Autism continue to support Wakefield through the “Andrew Wakefield Defense Fund” and through the “Academic Integrity Fund”.

            Perhaps Mr. Stone would be willing to inform us why Wakefield instituted a lawsuit in the Texas court against Brian Deer, the BMJ and Dr. Fiona Godlee. Perhaps Mr. Stone, who is the U.K. Editor of Age of Autism, will comment on Jake Crosby’s libelous post about the Judge who dismissed that Texas lawsuit. Perhaps Mr. Stone will comment why Dr. Wakefield has appealed the judge’s decision and now has made multiple motions to delay that appeal.

            Inquiring minds want to know why Wakefield, who is the plaintiff, does not have all his “ducks lined up” to pursue his defamation lawsuit.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.mcnamara.1 Lawrence McNamara

            Perhaps Wakefield is looking to “burn down” the funds in his “defense account” to ZERO before finally pleading poverty and discontinuing the law suit here in the US. I mean, the AoA’ers have such high hopes that the summary judgment will be overturned, what is Wakefield waiting for? Hasn’t he been itching to get his “day in court” for years now?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

          Mr Stone confirms his status as “UK Editor, Age of Autism” on every single BMJ rapid response he pens (and he has penned several hundred).
          I think the association is not disputed by him.

          But then he could be lying. He does seem to have problems with distinguishing fact from fiction.

          • lilady R.N.

            Stone would know the truth if it walked up to him and slapped him upside the head. I’ve seen what he regurgitates on the BMJ about his hero Wakefield and the *quality* of his *journalism* when he posts on AoA.

            He’s ill-equipped to be posting on any other blog, outside of the echo chamber that is AoA.

  • http://profiles.google.com/terrell.gibbs Terrell Gibbs

    Excellent, perceptive article. Good research

  • z z

    First, there’s this laughably inaccurate statement: “To compound the problem, a host of celebrities act as unpaid marketing reps for these unproven treatments, touting a pervasive (but incorrect) belief that autism is caused by childhood vaccines. ” That is NOT what celebs or parents are saying. Second, you mention ABA therapy and forget to note it works 50 percent of the time yet is the ONLY therapy approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics. As someone on the edges of the autism community (not a parent of a child with autism but a parent of a child with overlapping conditions), and someone who has done her own research and yes, vaccinated her child with almost every recommended vaccine, I simply couldn’t get past the distortions to read further. The real story is so much more nuanced than this. There are no magic bullets and savvy parents compare notes to make educated guesses about what will best work for their kids while we wait for the sluggish medical community to present us with answers based on solid research. Please stop portraying parents as foolish and desperate. I know that simplistic narrative sells but if you had spent the last 12 years talking to ACTUAL parents you’d have more respect for how smart they are.–Nancy Peske

    • lilady R.N.

      I’m a parent of a child who was born with a rare genetic disorder who had profound intellectual impairments, spastic quadriplegia, a grand mal seizure disorder, immune suppression and a bleeding disorder (due to pancytopenia). He also had pronounced autistic-like behaviors (self stimming and self-abusive behaviors). I took classes in “behavior moderation” (a forerunner of ABA) and he did respond to positive reinforcements (chocolate syrup). He also received physical therapy 2X/weekly that was not reimbursable by our medical insurance plan.

      I also supported the organization that funded research, along with a NIH grant, that identified specific de novo gene mutations associated with his disorder. A few months before his peaceful death in his sleep at age 28, those gene mutations were identified.

      The science community is constrained by budgetary funding…but to disparage the science community in favor of *D-List celebrities* such as Jenny McCarthy who pimps out her son’s seizure disorder to revive her fading-fast *career*, does a disservice to the many scientists, researchers and doctors who are trying to determine why a child is diagnosed with an ASD or autistic-like behaviors.

  • Joanna

    A lot of comments here miss the point altogether. There is no ‘cure’ as yet for Autism, because it is not an illness; it is a mutation within the genes that dispose the wearer to react to things tangible and intangible that neurotypical and sensory-conventional types don’t react to. There are plenty of documented cases of vaccines causing serious damage and death, It can be taken as read that an autist’s immune system is not designed to cope with them. Therefore, delaying vaccination is one way to ensure we don’t send the autism into a place of non-recovery. Further, gluten and milk intolerances are very real to the autistic digestive system, which is where the genetic mutations occur. There exists a laboratory in Norway that can test for them, and doctors now accept the reality of these intolerances in the etiology of Autism. Further dietary adjustments can be made for the same reason; there is a difference in the flora of the gut. Likewise, the stress that many on the spectrum have to live with affects the gut, just as stress affects the digestion of non-autists. Therefore, diets such as the low-oxalate diet work because they relieve the stomach of elements that stress makes it difficult to cope with. Given too the fact that we know the genes in the digestive tract work differently, we can assume that perhaps there is a diet that suits autism, just as there may be imbalances in nutrients that, when levelled, can make daily life that much easier. The same applies to us all, but it takes something like autism to wake us up to just how far we ALL are from home. I mean by ‘home’, a world that is clean and where our health isn’t under threat from our way of life. Wake up and smell that darn coffee and stop making blanket statements that are so reactionary that they sound positively illiterate.

    • lilady R.N.

      Jeez Joanna…are you really claiming that you have any understanding or any education…no less, professional experience as a dietician? Are you a self-designated “nutritionist”?

      • Joanna

        WHO I am is of little relevance. Isn’t it sad that who or what we are decides whether what we say bears any truth or not.

        • lilady R.N.

          It speaks volumes about how credulous you are. The laboratories that you make reference to are quack labs used by DAN! doctors…to make “certain” those doctors get the results they want in order to keep you coming back as a customer.

          You would do well to call your local health department or your state health department to see why Great Plains Lab is being used to test DAN! patients…when local labs, county health department labs and your State’s “reference lab” accurately perform any reliable tests.

          Who you are makes all the difference in the world, when you post “from authority” on a blog about nutrition, vaccines, immunology and human physiology and link to anti-vaccine blogs.

          Back on you Joanna….

          “Wake up and smell that darn coffee and stop making blanket statements that are so reactionary that they sound positively illiterate.”

          • Joanna

            If you are referring to Dr. Kalle Reichelt, well, this shows that your apparent deference for people who are ‘qualified’ is a smokescreen. You only have deference for those who agree with a reactionary, totalitarian line where what is happening on the ground is not happening because it does not fit with your text book, establishment definition from the last century. It is sad, You have no idea how much help could be brought to how many people if we started to consider the relevance of diet and gastro-intestinal health for the brain, and for our ability to withstand the side effects of vaccinations. Presuming that the ‘alternative’ lobby are presumed to be a danger to the use of vaccinations and antibiotics, this is a misconception in many ways. There are new ways to vaccinate, and there are protocols to deal with the fallout of antibiotics. But that is not the point, is it? The point is the economic threat to the pharmaceuticals. If we treat something like Autism through diet,,,,,,well, where’s the profit in that? That is the bottom line here.

            I did not have time to fish out a governmental source, but where Japan is concerned, I can assure you that they banned vaccinations for children under 1 for many years. They also have a ban on fluoride. The Russians have a ban on Microwave ovens. So, DO SOMETHING!! Start a war; declare them satanists or heathens. They have research that says something different from our men in white coats!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh no!!!!!!!!!! ha ha

          • Joanna

            http://www.tv2.no/nyheter/innenriks/helse/-massevaksinasjon-mot-svineinfluensa-var-totalt-unoedvendig-3708979.html

            In this article which may be incomprehensible, monolingualism and narrow minds notwithstanding, it states that more people died of swine flu in Norway than in Poland, yet Poland had no mass vaccination. Norway vaccinated 45% of their population, and refused to import a ‘childsafe’ vaccination, the result of which is that many are suffering serious health consequences, the most serious of which is Narcolepsy.

            I can hunt down statistics of death and chronic disability from vaccination…but as the Red Indian saying goes ” You cannot wake someone up who is pretending to be asleep”.

          • Joanna

            More facts and figures about vaccinations…………..all total nonsense, I’m sure you will assure us.

            http://www.healingwell.com/library/health/thompson2.asp

          • lilady R.N.

            Nah, nah…no reliable statistics and figures about vaccinations are available at that link. Do try to provide some links to reliable websites, Joanna.

          • lilady R.N.

            While you are hunting down ***”statistics of death and chronic disability from vaccination”…why not provide us with statistics of death and chronic disabilities from vaccine-preventable diseases?

            http://www.pkids.org/immunization/consequences_not_vaccinating.html

            *** Citations from reliable websites desperately needed…which exclude any citations from anti-vaccine, anti-science websites such as AoA, SafeMinds, SaneVax, NVIC and whale.to

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            I am afraid you will have to list epidemiology as another topic you know nothing about Joanna.
            One cannot compare headline rates of suspected influenza deaths between countries without some idea of how the flu epidemic was behaving within those different populations.

            To take an extreme example, would the [fictitious] finding that “there were more cases of herpes in New York (which vaccinated 45% of its adults against herpes) than there were in a convent, which didn’t vaccinate the nuns” surprise you? I hope not. If so, please appreciate you need to know a little more about the populations at risk and their exposures and numbers before you comment.

            PS: There is another Red Indians saying: “You cannot wake someone from sleep when they are dead because they caught smallpox and were not vaccinated against it)

          • Joanna

            No, but you don’t need to know ANYTHING to figure out that the entire influenza vaccine panic was a FIASCO. From start to finish. I get your point though, but flu is not the same as Herpes in a convent. I hope you do not need that explained.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            I agree – the swine flu *vaccine* panic was a fiasco (ie the scurrilous panic about the vaccine, which was meant to paralyze everyone by rotting their brains with GB syndrome, which it never did).

            The swine flu itself however, was not a fiasco, and killed a significant number of people worldwide (and more than first estimates suggested)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            Just to back that up, the Lancet stated deaths were up to 300,000 worldwide

            http://www.smh.com.au/world/swine-flu-death-toll-revised-to-nearly-300000-people-20120626-210dy.html

          • lilady R.N.

            No I wasn’t referring to Kalle Reichelt a Norwegian doctor who has a theory about gluten intolerance and autism; that theory was developed 20 years ago. Could you refer me to any of Dr. Reichelt’s studies that were published in first tier, peer-reviewed journals? I found no listing for this doctor on PubMed…I did, however, find his name in an article that is on the whale.to website.

            You’re just full of conspiracy theories aren’t you? Many countries do not fluoridate their water supply, some of those countries fluoridate their table salt and toothpaste with fluoride is available in Japan. Microwave ovens were banned in the USSR in 1976, and Gorbachev removed that ban…they were NEVER banned in Russia.

            (I’ll hate myself for continuing this dialogue with you)…what “new ways are available to vaccine”?

          • Joanna

            Since it was obvious in my post that I was referring to a gluten/milk intolerance testing laboratory, and you slammed it as being run by quacks working for …who? DAN!……??

            It was obvious I was taking the Mickey about the Fluoride and Microwaves (the article mentioned something about anti-Fluoride people being nuts or something) . I’ve no interest for conspiracies, I just waste my breath on stupidity. If you do not wish to continue a dialogue, then don’t. Have the courage to ask yourself where the contempt and derision comes from, and you can look yourself for the new way to vaccinate. I have wasted enough breath.

          • lilady R.N.

            Just where oh where are your citations, Joanna. You don’t want to continue this dialogue? Fine…make certain you stick the flounce. Bye-bye.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            Ahhh… the “He is not accepted by his peers” gambit.

            Wonder why that might be, Joanna?

          • Joanna

            I don’t know; I’m open to the possibilities. He is a very well-respected member of the medical community in Norway, where the gluten connection is well-researched and accepted by M.D.s across the board. Why he is not in any conclusive paper on Pubmed….well, he did collaborate on an inconclusive study I found, but it is just a question of time before the rest of the world catches up for real.

            One challenge all these new-thinking doctors have is proving something works, when the classical parameters for research do not fit. We know kids get better without gluten, but it is impossible to prove to the satisfaction of all that this improvement would not have occurred anyway.

    • John Cryan

      Why can it be taken as read that autist’s immune systems are not capable of coping with routine immunization? After all, they’re exposed daily to several orders of magnitude more antigens from their environmental and dietary sources than they will ever see as the result of vaccination.
      With respect to plenty of documented cases of vaccines causing injury and death, that depends entirely on what your definition of ‘plenty’ is–and yours appears to be “any at all”. Serious adverse events associated with immunization are in fact vanishingly rare, such that the risks associated with remaining vulnerable to infection far, far outweighs (again, we’re talking many orders of magnitude) the risks associated with routine immunization.
      Last year in the US, for example, there were 18 deaths resulting from pertussis infection. Can you tell me how many deaths there were in the US which occurred as a result of being vaccinated against pertussis over that same time period?

      • lilady R.N.
      • Joanna

        Anyone here who has not figured out that we have more and more children with compromised immune systems, with allergies and the hyperreactivity to substances that are found in the environment anyway, yes, but having them pumped into the blood stream…..you do the math. If you do not understand what is happening, and see ‘the writing on the wall’ I cannot help you. I do not argue against vaccination, but about the intelligent use of them by shielding children at risk. In Norway, as many as 50 children are now suffering from Narkolepsy as a result of the swine flu immunization hysteria. The whole immunization process was lunacy (for those of you codependent on men in white coats, Professor Ulvestad; Min konklusjon er at massevaksinasjonen var totalt unødvendig, sier
        Elling Ulvestad, professor i mikrobiologi og immunologi og avdelingssjef
        ved Mikrobiologisk avdeling på Haukeland universitetssjukehus: PROFESSOR Ulvestad of Haukeland University Hospital said it was totally unneccessary). Deaths by vaccination occur all the time; pertussis is a difficult choice, but again, I don’t deal in black and white absolutes, I have only asserted that the dangers of vaccinations for certain groups of people are well known and documented; if I need to go and find it in print, again, I don’t think I can help any of you.

      • Joanna

        John, here is an article, with references for the statistics at the end. I cannot say whether these are totally reliable, but we can read up on it. http://www.naturalnews.com/031820_vaccinations_babies.html

      • Joanna

        http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1114848/1/.html
        I don’t know how many deaths there were in the States from Pertussis! I know I sound like I know a lot, but that’s pushing it. Take this article from Japan instead. Oh, of course, the kids had ‘underlying problems’. My point exactly. Define underlying problem and pre-empt it.

        • lilady R.N.

          “I know like a sound like I know a lot” No, you don’t “sound like you know a lot”, Joanna. Where’s that link from Japan?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

          You sound like you’ve swallowed an antivax lexicon, not that you “know a lot”.
          Spouting garbage doesn’t turn you into a scientist, it shows you are qualified to be a garbage disposal operative.

          • Joanna

            Well, the only information on adverse reactions to vaccines IS most often garbage material. That does not exclude the reality of adverse reactions, merely that it is suppressed. Most reactions go unreported, my own included.

            Again I am not on this thread to discuss vaccines. They don’t interest me that much. I’m not being disingenuous. My child is autistic and never had any vaccines.

            I am here to point out that the article is based on faulty research and logic, and is in contempt of the facts provided in the research papers posted. The dietary and biomedical approach should not be the scapegoat of the pro-vaccine lobby.

          • lilady R.N.

            Aha, the biomedical approach to *treatment/cures/recovery* of autistic kids…such as IV chelation for bogus metal “toxicities” and chemical castration? How about subjecting autistic kids to intrathecal IV “stem cell” transplants at offshore, unlicensed *clinics*, which one of the AoA *journalists* blogged about (the very same *journalist* whose day job is a science teacher in a California school district)?

            Then there is the quack practitioner featured at the Generation Rescue/Autism One 2012 and 2013 conferences who sells industrial bleach for oral and enema solutions as *treatment/cures/recovery* for autism.

            What kind of monster parents are these?

          • Joanna

            You tell us – you seem to have the wrap on monster parents after all.

            No one here is advocating chlorine enemas, home-fixed chelations or anything of the kind.
            Simply, that heavy metals are indicated, as are food intolerances,
            malabsorption and nutrient deficiency. What part of that do you
            find difficult?

            As for vaccines, well, why be so beliigerent there too? In the States, all vaccines
            are mandatory and without compensation. It’s a blinding success. Perhaps Big
            Pharma thinks too that vaccines cause Autism and want as many on board for
            their magic pill in the pipeline?

          • lilady R.N.

            Why didn’t you read Alex Hannaford’s article before you started posting here. Which “heavy metals are indicated”? Which lab tests for all these “heavy metals” and nutritional garbage that you keep regurgitating? Do any of those “favored labs” used by quack practitioners use CLIA Standards tests?

            You are as clueless as they come with your claimed *expertise* in nutrition, immunology, vaccines, the Vaccine Court, and monetary awards for the exceedingly rare serious adverse event attributable to a vaccine.

            *Big Pharma* gambit, eh? Who are you shilling for?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            Mandatory for school entry in most states, not all, and so not compulsory for any, and easily bypassed by simple exemption claims.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

          Joanna, when someone points to a possible link between vaccines and a side effect or death, the sensible and responsible thing to do is suspend use of that vaccine or batch until the incident has been investigated. That is all the Japanese authorities did.

          Of course, news they did this is taken by you as evidence the vaccines caused the deaths, without seeing the story through to its conclusion.

          When the facts emerge (see below), showing the vaccines were not the cause, the antivaxers have long gone, but continue to propagate their lies over the web forevermore. That is irresponsible.

          http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704604704576221623126167378.html

          Of course we are used to this.

          There were the 6 deaths from Gardasil in India, which later turned out to be due to suicide, drowning, malaria and snakebite. There were the 50 kids paralyzed by MenAfriVac vaccine in Chad, who later it turns out were suffering from collective hysteria (conversion disorder), and had no paralysis at all. (I am reminded of the rumors in west africa of the shrinking penis syndrome – it is easy for these ideas to take root in some cultures)

          • Joanna

            Vaccinations are recognised as having a risk factor by any practitioner, medic or biochemist. The point is not that any reaction is purely down to the licentiousness of those who claim an adverse reaction. Such misanthropy is so misplaced as to be pathological. My last tetanus vaccine paralysed my arm for two weeks. I no longer take vaccines, I don’t complain, and I didn’t report it. Had I done so, I think my doctor would have taken it seriously. 50 kids in Norway are at present crippled with Narcolepsy as a result of the H1N1 vaccine.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            Of course I am not claiming the vaccines are harmless.
            My point, which you side-stepped, was that initial scare stories don’t often pan out – and you demonstrated your gullibility in reposting the totally discreditied idea that the vaccines in Japan caused deaths, which they did not.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            Oh, and narcolepsy doesn’t “cripple” people. Dictionary time again for you, I think.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            And Joanna, it is not 50 cases of narcolepsy anyway.

            “Det er registrert 35 tilfeller av narkolepsi hos vaksinerte personer i
            Norge, og fire tilfeller hos personer som ikke er vaksinert, sier
            avdelingsoverlege Steinar Madsen ved Statens legemiddelverk.”

            From your own reference, which you clearly didn’t look at in any detail.

          • Joanna

            That was then. Apparently, the numbers have risen past 50.

      • Joanna
        • lilady R.N.

          Ha, ha that link you provided is an abomination. When are you going to pony up some research from first tier, peer reviewed science or medical journals, Joanna?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

          Joanna, naturally acquired infections pose a major and more significant challenge to a child’s immune system than does any vaccine.

          You have spoken many times of “mutations in the gut” being the cause of autism. At least you admit the genetic basis, but I suspect that again you don’t have a clue what you are talking about.
          Can you provide some citations (proper ones) to show where this idea linking them to autism comes from?

          • Joanna

            Professor Thomas Bourgeron

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA45Ko5crzk&list=FLhjt3HAXPPD6TL1sf75XbEA&index=58

            I’m beginning to suspect when it comes to not having a clue, that the shoe is indeed on the other foot.

            Here is more documentation, as you probably need it in English.

            http://www.ura2182.cnrs-bellevue.fr/ghfc/

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            The citations I asked for?????
            All I see is a resume of a group which is looking at the genetics of autism at the neurosynaptic level, which is all very worthy.

            Where are the papers showing genetic mutations in the gut lead to autism, as you stated?

          • Joanna

            Well, I have it on an authority I will not disclose, but here is one study.

            http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0891584912001827
            To help you find the reference
            “Carriers of the mutant C677T allele in the MTHFR gene had higher risk of autism”

            I don’t know how much you understand, since you are so reluctant to do your own homework, but here is an article abstract I came across
            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19455642

            For those who don’t know how to use Pubmed, the link to the entire article is on the top right of the page.

            Blessings all.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            Case-control studies on blood levels of vitamins suggest a lack of
            association (folic acid and vitamin B12) or rare association (vitamins
            A, B6, C, D, E) [with autism].

            From your reference.

          • Joanna

            I don’t know who you are Mike, but I have heard it said that Autism is due to the same mutation that causes Prostate cancer. L-histidine is the amino acid involved; possibly Isoleucine too. Of biochemistry, I know only rudiments.

            http://mend.endojournals.org/content/19/12/2943.full

            It is interesting that few studies examine the possibility, given the potential prostate link, that Autism originates in the sperm. Our Judæo-christian tradition has us always ‘Chercher la femme’ or ‘chercher la mère’, lol. Anyway, in truth, Autism may not come from a foetus’ in utero exposures, but from a mutation carried by the male chromosome.

            There is no literature on this, so don’t bother to give me any more homework assignments,

            I know the Japanese vaccine culture quite well, having lived there for some years. I cannot document it in English.

  • asher2789

    im no scientist, i dont have any kids (nor want any), and i dont have autism. but i find it hard to believe that genetics ALONE causes autism. it seems like every year the ratio of autism in the world goes up and up – and yes, more visibility and a wider spectrum have definitely added to those numbers, but i cant help but think that something is up with our food and environment. i think that people who are genetically predisposed to autism are triggered by an external influence, and that external influence marks the start of the autism (even though they were genetically predisposed to it in the first place). theres a theory (i dont know if its been proven true or not) that women with breast cancer tend to live near high voltage power lines – that somehow being in close proximity to high voltage electricity and being genetically predisposed to breast cancer, combined, is the cause of breast cancer.

    i hope one day scientists can study how genetics + environment = disease, and then find a way to make such diseases as preventable as possible.

    • lilady R.N.

      Here’s a good *start* for your research about the now thoroughly debunked theory that associates vaccines, ingredients in vaccines, the timing of vaccines…and any other *hypothesis* that anti-vaccine groups come up…and the onset of autism:

      http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/48/4/456.full.pdf+html

      • ccdaddy57

        BS Lilady the last findings out of Harvard revealed just the opposite, mercury was being found in
        the autopsied brains of Autistic children.

        The pdf file is attached called; Brain Region-Specific Changes in Oxidative Stress in ASDs1

        Next, I will be sending the article about the environmental brains being destroyed.

        These autopsied brains of children with Autism, were telling the story. A story, that certain
        people with Golden Retirement Parachutes heavily invested in Thimerosal and vaccines past
        and present. Did not, want told. So, they decided they had to be destroyed. And they were!

        This Harvard research, clearly showed the area responsible for speech was being very effected by the Mercury’s ability to create the Oxidative Stress in the brain of the children with ASD.

        This is what was being found, in those autopsied ASD brains. The smoking gun, so to speak.

        This is from the Harvard study. Notice, the parts of the brain effected where associated with the speech processing, sensory and motor coordination, emotional and social behavior, and memory

        It’s those deficits, in our children that make up the symptoms of Autism.

        This is an excerpt, from the pdf from the Harvard research.

        Further, these investigators reported [emphasis added], “Both genetic predisposition and environmental toxins and toxicants…including mercury [2, 3]…have been implicated in the etiology of autism” and “…the impact of these environmental triggers is associated with increases in oxidative stress, and is further exacerbated when combined with genetic susceptibility.”

        Meaning those children, who have little to no glutathione. Glutathione it is needed to excrete the Mercury.

        The IOM had informed the CDC to not! look for a susceptible group that handles vaccines
        and their ingredients poorly. In other words, you don’t want to open up that can of worms.

        They were hinting,you won’t like what you find.

        The CDC has always maintained “we cannot rule out, this maybe happening in a subset group”
        Question, if you cannot rule it out, then that means you are willing to let children suffer so you
        will not be embarrassed. Or go to prison.

        The IOM was order to find no causation, it was in their contract between the CDC and the IOM.

        The spokes person for the CDC, Curtis Allen said that the contract would only be available in
        heavily redacted blacked out format. When a Magazine asked to see the contract between the CDC and the IOM.

        The laws governing the CDC, states that the CDC is never supposed to do anything that’s not above board in the public eye operating only with complete transparency. What a joke on the American people, this agency that has apparently for self preservation gone criminally rogue.

        The IOM was told, that the CDC wanted the IOM to rule that these things are pretty safe on a population basis. They were later told, what Walt wants Walt generally gets. Walter Orenstein
        was the Dir of the US. vaccine program.

        The CDC also said for the IOM to pay very little attention to the biological evidence and to put all their confidence in the large population based Epidemiological studies in the Vaccine safety Data
        base. The same VSD studies that the Dir. of the CDC said upon leaving, was useless for looking
        at environmental causes of Autism. She said it would be misleading. The then President, of the US. GW Bush at 9-11 thought so much of the VSD data base that he tried to get it sealed for ever from the public s eyes. After the protection that was inserted after 9-11 was removed from the homeland security bill for the damage done by the mercury based preservative Thimerosal.

        It was a Congressional protection, that nullified the children’s lawsuits that they knew were coming. Very soon!

        Here is where it gets criminal, they were not allowing any lawsuits from the vaccine damaged children to use the VSD against them. If it held as the CDC has always maintained, the good quality sound robust data. Science proving, Vaccine safety and proof that they do not cause Autism.

        Why did the President of the US GW Bush that BTW stood to lose his Golden Retirement Parachute. Meaning that Bushes dad GHW Bush had stocks in Lilly the patent holder of the product the vaccine preservative Thimerosal. He apparently did not want his dads stocks being down graded to junk status. Hence the Presidential order to seal the VSD forever.

        At one time, the IOM also advised the CDC that they needed to get them some real good legal counsel.

        The IOM committed intellectual suicide the CDC had demanded, for in 2001 the same IOM had ruled that the evidence was there to prove that it was a biological plausibility that the vaccine were causing Autism. In 2004 the CDC asked the IOM to re-evaluate their previous findings.
        And to put all their confidence, in the large population based studies in the VSD. Wow from real

        studies proving a biological mechanism that was hurting our children. To use only what we allow, studies that are useless / misleading.(CDC Dir. own words) the same VSD that the president had so much confidence in, he tried to seal it away for ever.

        How do these people sleep nights???????????? Easy they are Evil, leaving children to suffer.

        I will post next, how when the truth was becoming overwhelming, on the environmental autopsied brains. They were left to thaw out, and become useless.

        • lilady R.N.

          Anti-vaccine, anti-science conspiracy nutter, who has yet to stay on topic and answer the questions I posed to you about Wakefield, Geier and Age of Autism.

          • shay simmons

            Gosh, I love it when the anti-vaccine ignoramuses proudly cite sources that don’t support their claims.

        • John Cryan

          Uh, cdaddy? Did you actually read the article you’ve cited? “Brain region-specific changes in oxidative stress and neurotrophin levels in autism spectrum disorders (ASD)” (Sajdel-Sulkoowska et al) doesn’t report mercury being found in the autopsied brains of autistic chlidren.

          • ccdaddy57

            Wrong! they said environmental factors and Mercury was a factor.

            Further, these investigators reported [emphasis added], “Both genetic predisposition and environmental toxins and toxicants…including mercury [2, 3]…have been implicated in the etiology of autism” and “…the impact of these environmental triggers is associated with increases in oxidative stress, and is further exacerbated when combined with genetic susceptibility.”

            John Cryan, are you familiar with the NIH funded Burbacher primate study?

          • John Cryan

            Actually, I’m right ccdaddy, and you need to re-read your post, my reply and the article you cited for comprehension

            Your
            claim wasn’t that genetic predisposition and environmental toxins and
            toxicants including mercury were implicated in the development of
            autism: you made the explicit claim that “mercury was being found in the
            autopsied brains of Autistic children”.

            The article you cited does not, however, report finding mercury anywhere and does not support your claim in any way.

      • Elaine

        This was from the research paper you linked to:

        Acknowledgments
        Potential conflicts of interest. P.A.O. is a coinventor and patent coholder of the rotavirus vaccine Rotateq and has served on a scientific advisory board to Merck. J.S.G.: no conflicts.

        Do you know if there are any studies on vaccine safety that don’t show a conflict of interest? I have only looked up 10 or 11 as of this morning and I can’t seem to find one. If you know of one, a link would be greatly appreciated.

        • lilady R.N.

          Elaine, Dr. Offit listed “Potential Conflicts of Interest”…and he has no “Conflict of Interest” associated with the paper I linked to. Would you expect your neighborhood dermatologist or the local carpenter to write a paper about vaccines and the serious, sometimes deadly vaccine-preventable diseases they prevent?

          Dr. Offit is the coinventor of Rotateq vaccine, which prevents rotavirus infection, responsible for hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations of young babies in the United States and hundreds of thousands of infant deaths worldwide. Dr. Offit is also a pediatrician/infectious diseases specialist and director of the infectious disease division at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia…a world renowned children’s acute care hospital.

          So, who would you rely on as a reliable source of information on immunology, vaccines and vaccine-preventable-diseases….Jake Crosby…John Stone…or any of the other *journalists* at Age of Autism?

          How about critiquing the information contained in Dr. Offit’s article? Show us your stuff and your *expertise* Elaine, by offering up any information (with citations from reliable first tier, peer-reviewed medical or science journals) that *proves* Dr. Offit is wrong.

          • Elaine

            I am a pregnant woman looking into vaccines – there is no need for you to be defensive and frankly quite rude. I do not see ‘no conflicts of interest’, I do see ‘potential conflicts of interest.

            ” Would you expect your neighborhood dermatologist or the local carpenter to write a paper about vaccines and the serious, sometimes deadly vaccine-preventable diseases they prevent?”

            You are quite condescending aren’t you? Obviously no, but I would expect that there would be at least a few immunologists, scientists, etc. who do not have ties and conflicts. The reason I posted my question is because of this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22375842. Also, I live in Washington where are comfortable delaying certain vaccines: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22123877 and while I am interviewing pediatricians, one nurse told me to be very careful with vaccines as she has been around for years and cannot believe the number they are now giving in a day. She also stated that even if I do not go with their practice to insist on seeing how the vaccines are stored, their expiration date, etc. She provided me with this information: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/health&id=8691741.

            I have never heard of Age of Autism and googled them. They report on a wide variety of autism topics; one of which seems to be concern with vaccine safety. If you are truly a nurse, I hope your bedside manner is considerably better than what you are demonstrating on this board.

          • lilady R.N.

            So Elaine, you have doubts about Dr. Paul Offit’s *supposed* COIs…which you have conjured up in your mind. How about the manner in which Dr. Offit answered all your questions about vaccine safety, the timing of vaccines, all the ingredients in vaccines and the safety of vaccines?

            I just *love* your link to Gayle DeLong’s article about *supposed COIs”:

            Did you know that DeLong is an economics professor?

            Did you know that DeLong published an article about her bogus research into the *association of vaccines with the onset of autism”?

            Did you know that DeLong failed to get approval from the IRB (Institutional Review Board) of the university where she teaches and failed to get IRB approval from the Pace University Law School where she conducted her *research*?

            Did you know that DeLong deliberately lumped children in her *study* who were speech and language delayed together and deliberately published that these children were diagnosed with ASDs?

            How about DeLong’s COIs? Did you know she served on the Board of Directors of a notorious anti-vaccine organization? Did you know that she has two children who are diagnosed with ASDs and has claims for “vaccine damages” filed with the Vaccine Court?

            http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2012/03/06/using-conflicts-of-interest/

            About that *alternative vaccine schedule* that you referenced. Do you mean the type of *alternative vaccine schedule* that Dr. Bob Sears, a San Diego pediatrician published in one of his books?

            Did you know that one of Dr. Sears’ deliberately unvaccinated patients was the Index Case in a recent outbreak of measles in San Diego, that resulted in multiple cases of measles, the hospitalizations of two infants who were too young to be vaccinated against measles and, the quarantine of a planeload of passengers?

            http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm57e222a1.htm

            Sorry you don’t like my *bedside manner*. I can assure you my *bedside manner* is just fine. I am recently retired as a public health nurse clinician/epidemiologist and I remember every one of the babies and children who were left with permanent lifelong neurological and physical sequelae…and every one of the babies and children who died…as a result of contracting a vaccine-preventable-disease.

  • Joanna

    Autism involves the mutation of multiple genes, mostly within the gastro-intestinal tract. The difficulties those on the spectrum have dealing with communication, stimuli filtration and interrelational demands can be considered to be symptoms, which can be attenuated with the correct diet and adjustments to routines/reduction in stress and time pressure, avoiding stimulus overload. Taking a nutritional approach is an added bonus to education, it is not contrary to the educational appraoch in any way. All food stuffs effect our energetic levels, particularly in the brain. Restoring energy or providing a diet that prevents abrupt energy depletion and subsequent tantrums is entirely valid, and backed up by research. For example, several university studies have found that low oxalate diets help those on the spectrum exponentially. To assert that people touting such methods are shady charlatans is misleading in the extreme. Obviously, advocating chelation without medical supervision may be reprehensible, but it may be a while before the medical community really catch up. Vaccines can and do hurt people with immunity impairment, and autistic children are amongst those most vulnerable to the side effects of having profoundly toxic substances injected directly into the blood stream. Alternative methods of vaccination exist. In the meantime, we should wait until a child has been screened for allergies and neurological issues stemming from gastro-intestinal anomalies before vaccinating, In Japan, for example, no child under 1 receives vaccinations, because the Japanese have observed that the immune system is impacted severely. This is in the most collective-minded society in the world today. Taking a step back and opening up for the possibility that Autism needs a multi-layered strategic approach because it is a multi-faceted condition is self-evident. What we are not being told is that autism is increasing just as the Enteric Nervous System is coming into its own. Gawd has given up on the one brain that we have and is introducing a second brain, as we are the one species that is clearly lacking in intelligence, if we consider our determination to destroy the environment we depend on to survive. As this evolution in our genes is occurring in real time, the transition is creating the severe difficulties we observe as ‘Autism’. It is not an illness, it is not curable, and it is not going to go away. Rather, it is taking us somewhere. Personally, I’m glad to be on the road, and happy to be exploring all the possibilities, because if we wait for those who have a chronically codependent relationship with the authorities to get with it, then we are going to miss a great opportunity to actually learn a thing or two.

    • lilady R.N.

      So much nonsensical *information* on this post, I would scarcely know where to begin. Let me try.

      Have you got any, uh, citations from reputable journals for your pseudo-scientific *nutrition* Spam?

      How about some citations from reputable first tier medical or science journals that autistic children have *metal toxicities*…that require chelation?

      You claim that Japanese children DO NOT receive any vaccines until they are 1 year old…

      “In Japan, for example, no child under 1 receives vaccinations, because the Japanese have observed that the immune system is impacted severely. This is in the most collective-minded society in the world today.”

      That would be news to the Japanese Ministry of Health:

      http://apps.who.int/immunization_monitoring/en/globalsummary/ScheduleResult.cfm

      When we ask for citations from reliable first-tier peer-reviewed journals, we do not mean any of the bogus studies that appear on Age of Autism, SafeMinds, other anti-vaccine blogs or *nutrition* blogs.

      • lilady R.N.

        Ooops, here’s the Japanese Childhood Immunization Schedule, that “Joanna” claims shows no immunizations are given to children before one year of age:

        http://apps.who.int/immunization_monitoring/en/globalsummary/ScheduleResult.cfm

        • Joanna

          At the bottom of this page,you will find research into the relevance of a low-oxalate diet on Autism
          http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/oxalates.asp
          http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21911305

          My mistake aka the Japanese was due to the fact that I didn’t realise that they changed the law in 1995. The fact remains that for 20 years babies were shielded from vaccinations.
          http://www.vaclib.org/basic/japanusa.htm

          I have yet to look for papers on the impact of leaking amalgam fillings on a foetus, as the connection to my doctors and dentist to my health problems was obvious. When I first heard of the mercury theory for Autism, it therefore made sense. However, I seek a balanced debate. I do not think mercury causes autism, but that it exacerbates the condition. This is an opinion, so if you do not share it, fair enough. The point is that we should all be allowed to come with hypotheses, only then will we find the truth I presume.

          • lilady R.N.

            Your mistake was using VacLib as a reliable source…it is the repository of deliberately false alarmist information about vaccines.

            Japan NEVER eliminated all vaccines…then “changed the law again”, Joanna.

            Do try to read this article about pertussis vaccines and the devastating consequences when Japan discontinued pertussis vaccines:

            http://www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-safety/

            “…For example, the Japanese Ministry of Health decided to stop using
            the pertussis vaccine in 1975. In the three years before the vaccine was
            discontinued, there were 400 cases of pertussis and 10 deaths from
            pertussis in Japan. In the three years after the pertussis vaccine was
            discontinued, there were 13,000 cases of pertussis and 113 deaths! It
            should be noted that although the side effects of the pertussis vaccine
            were high, children didn’t die from pertussis vaccine; however, they die
            die from pertussis infection. The Japanese Ministry of Health,
            realizing how costly their error had been, soon reinstituted the use of
            pertussis vaccine.”

            And, how about many of the cases where parents alleged that their children regressed after receiving the whole cell pertussis vaccines Joanna. (They even were awarded *damages* for this regression) Have you ever heard of Dravet Syndrome, Joanna?

            Here, read about alleged cases of vaccine encephalopathy later diagnosed as Dravet Syndrome…a degenerative neurological syndrome.

            Want to go a few more rounds with me?

          • lilady R.N.

            Omitted from my post above, just one of the many studies of children whose parents claimed “vaccine injuries” from pertussis vaccine…later diagnosed as Dravet Syndrome:

            http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422%2810%2970107-1/fulltext

          • Joanna

            A study on 14 kids? Or is it 40? Wow. Good going.

          • lilady R.N.

            Wow…five more children with regressive autism, now diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome…by researchers right here in Texas, who were published in the “Pediatrics” journal.

            http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/08/11/peds.2010-0887.full.pdf

            Wow, just wow, when are you going to pony up some of your research, Joanna?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            But it is a study on 14 kids who it was claimed had vaccine induced brain damage/autism, Joanna.
            So when you take them and show that Dravet’s was the cause, not the vaccines, then that’s quite significant.

            OTOH, how many kids were in Wakefield’s study (which was later found to be fraudulent)?

          • Joanna

            How many times do i have to say that the vaccines don’t interest me so much. Since I’ve said Autism is down to genetic mutations, it would be illogical for anyone to assume I believe it is caused by vaccines. Therefore, Wakefield’s research is a blind alley in my view. What I dislike is the pedantry on this thread that prevents constructive discussion by insulting people’s intelligence. Again, it’s a pot-and-kettle phenomenon

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            I hear you, and that you don’t attribute autism to vaccines.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            This the low oxalate diet that “exponentially” cures autism?
            Please have a dictionary on hand Joanna before you try and use long words.

          • Joanna

            You really are short of argument options, eh?

          • lilady R.N.

            You really are short and totally deficient on any facts, to back up your nonsensical statements. How about supplying some, Joanna?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            Any correction from you on the japanese vaccine schedule yet?

  • drjones1964

    This article misrepresents quite a bit of cutting edge research for autism- going so far as to group it under ‘unproven science’ and Mr. Hannaford seems to have a myopic bias against reporting fairly on the work that is being done to treat autism medically. If he would have pursued this further, he would have discovered that the folate therapy is one of the most promising interventions for autism since many of these children have impaired folate metabolism. These children also have significant gastrointestinal dysfunction, multiple food and environmental allergies, immune dysfunction and neurotransmitter dysfunction–all of which can be treated successfully with common supplements in many cases. If he would have studied any of the mitochondrial or liposomal storage diseases, he may have learned that these diseases are treated with supplements as well. Further, we now know that open neural tube defects can be prevented with folic acid intake by the pregnant mother. Further, anyone who thinks that 1 in 88 children with autism (a 4000% increase in the past 2 decades) is solely genetic is poorly educated in statistics. While there is likely a genetic predisposition, there are environmental contributors to this disorder, which we are learning are more complex and are being studied in federal and private research. Unfortunately, this article is poorly written, researched and has such bias against the autism community in trying to heal their children that it should be an embarassment to the Texas Observer to even publish this. The title wreaks of the sensationalism to just get interest, loaded with assaults toward alternative treatments. Keep in mind many alternative treatments have turned into medical discoveries. The lack of scientific evidence, as you say, is due to lack of funding. Autism gets far less research dollars than childhood disease states which are less common. Kudos to the physicians who are pursuing evidence based treatments even if they are not yet FDA cleared, which could take years of red tape and dollars to get approved. Dr. Stewart is an outstanding physician, extremely knowledgeable in the neuro-immune dysfunction in autism, and we are extremely fortunate to have him in Texas.

    • lilady R.N.

      Gee Dr. Jones, you’ve made a whole lot of statements about the constellation of disorders that children who are diagnosed with ASDs are “afflicted with”. Presumably you have citations about studies that have been published in first-tier peer reviewed science and medical journals, about these disorders unique to the autistic population. During his interview with Alex Hannaford, Dr. Stewart explained why he hasn’t published his remarkable findings and remarkable treatments.

      One of Dr. Stewart’s patient’s mother, identified as “Kate” told Mr. Hannaford that Stewart determined her son “as having a significant viral burden and began anti-viral therapy”. Kate also stated that her son had “multiple allergies, heavy metal toxicity (high mercury levels) and impaired folate metabolism”.

      Dr. Jones, which laboratory tests were done to determine the child’s ‘significant viral burden’ that warranted ‘anti-viral therapy’?

      Which ‘multiple allergies’ does the child have and how does Dr. Stewart treat them?

      Why was the child tested for mercury toxicity…when Thimerosal formerly used in multi-dose vaccines…does not accumulate in the body. You do know the differences between the organomercury compound Thimerosal and elemental Hg/inorganic mercury which does accumulate in the body, don’t you?

      The child was also tested for impaired folate metabolism…supposedly a unique disorder seen in children with a diagnosis of autism.

      Here’s the deal-breaker Dr. Jones. Which laboratory, performed which tests, to determine the child is afflicted with these multiple disorders? I’m willing to make an educated guess that the laboratory that Dr. Stewart uses is one of those “specialty laboratories” used by DAN! doctors, using tests that do not meet CLIA Standards:

      http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/CLIA/index.html?redirect=/clia/

      • Joanna

        I am so glad you weren’t on the committee who got to decide whether to bring Dr. Marshall and his Helicobacter-ulcer theory in from the cold. He’d never have made it, and millions would have suffered or died as a result of the fact that Marshall could so easily have been dismissed, not for being wrong, but for being UNPUBLISHED. Oh, Infamy!!

        Things CAN happen that have real impact that may not be published in ‘first-tier peer journal publication bibles’. Thank God for the fact that things can be understood by people before they become proven. I mean, how else can it work?

        • lilady R.N.

          What is the connection between H. pylori bacteriosis and autism, Joanna? I’m still waiting for Dr. Jones and for you, to answer the many questions I posed to you both up thread.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

          Au contraire, Joanna. You cannot use the “Gallileo gambit” fallacy here and get away with it.

          Marshall’s concepts (which were not even unique to him) were subjected to exhaustive scrutiny, and when science established he was right, the prevailing opinion among scientists also changed.
          This is what science does.

          These multiple theories about autism causation (the plausible ones anyway) have been exhaustively scrutinized, and found completely wanting. But when people come up with kook ideas (“Aliens cause autism”) don’t get upset when we don’t spend million$$$ exhaustively scrutinizing.

          • Joanna

            I heard Marshall’s story from the horse’s mouth. Before the Nobel Prize and before he was taken in from the cold and learned to shut up about what happened. His own allegations that his theories were held hostage by a pharmaceutical industry unwilling to lose the income from ulcer meds….. the facts are there,,,,,,but they’ve been swallowed up and glossed over. I have looked for the documentary where he describes those years, but I guess he gave it up. No matter.

            You seem to think you have a monopoly on knowing what science does. My thinking is that if I don’t have a clue in your eyes, it’s because you don’t either. There can be no other explanation. I come from a long line of doctors and medics. I know how intellectually AWOL they can be, and how wayward new theories can be in the industry…..because it isn’t about the truth, but about everything else, first and foremost business.

            Our M.D. says asthma, allergies and autism and ADHD are all she does now as a children’s medic. She is totally unequipped to deal with parents coming with demands for biomedical care. The next generation will be different…. if Bug Pharma doesn’t find some wonderful solution like Ritalin for Autism. The work on loop diuretics looks like being just that, The wonder cure you don’t want, lol

          • Joanna

            I’m glad that you can now avail yourself of the research papers I provided that exonerate advocates of biomedical approaches to Autism. They have been, and will continue to be well-scrutinised. The reactionary and dishonest conservatism on this thread will disappear. I know how hard it must be to have people become empowered to caring for their own health. For the previous generation, such a thing is inconceivable

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

            FYI, to eradicate H. pylori, you still need ulcer meds such as proton pump inhibitors PLUS additional antibiotics, and most continue on the PPIs anyway to help prevent relapse.
            Pharma actually ended up rubbing their hands with glee at the thought of all the extra patients needing the extra drugs.

            The “losers” wrt H. pylori were actually the surgeons – no more vagotomy and pyloroplasty operations to help cure ulcers, fewer expensive operations for stressed out executives with dyspepsia. So according to your conspiracy narrative, it should have been “BigSurgery” that was out to suppress Marshall’s findings.

            I not only come from a long line of medics – I AM one, and am old enough to recall exactly what happened with the H pylori/Marshall story.

            I am glad your MD has nothing to worry about now other than asthma. In my youth, our MD had more important and more lethal things to concern him, such as diphtheria, polio and other infections (now fortunately nearly eradicated thanks to vaccines)

    • bpatient

      Wow, that sure sounds all sciencey. However, when your write things like “Further, anyone who thinks that 1 in 88 children with autism (a 4000% increase in the past 2 decades) is solely genetic is poorly educated in statistics” it exposes you as someone who relies on straw man arguments. Of course anyone who has followed the issue knows that there is abundant evidence that the apparent increase in the prevalence of ASD is associated with changes in diagnostic practice and with provider and public awareness of the condition–that is, with several clearly-defined and well-studied “environmental” factors that are, of course, not “solely genetic.” But you knew that.

      By the way, your post doesn’t “wreak,” it “reeks.” But you knew that, too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

        Strange how “doctors” don’t know the difference between incidence and prevalence.

    • Lyn Peterson

      Just voted you up one….obviously the “down” votes are from the professional BS artists here

    • flora68

      As one of his patients, I agree that Dr. Stewart IS “an outstanding physician, extremely knowledgeable in the neuro-immune dysfunction in autism, and we are extremely fortunate to have him in Texas.”

      I’m sorry he’s getting painted with the same brush as Wakefield.

  • arnaud

    It is impossible Not to advise B vitamins for autistic Spectrum by today

  • Joanna

    Any health practitioner who claims to have a cure for Autism, or to know why it happens, is only a little less dangerous than any health professional who claims to know which therapies do NOT work, and which factors in the environment are HARMLESS. Both types are quacks, because if we cannot recognise our illusions, we cannot recognise knowledge when we see it arrive.

    Richard Dawking has said that “The true enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge”

    The only way forward is to make parents and practitioners aware that their efforts may be valid, and may provide relief, but that Autism is most likely NOT ‘curable’, only manageable. That it is due to genetic mutations in the gut seems to be the most likely hypothesis. But, how is that hypothesis mutually exclusive from the dietary missives? There is a concerted and wholly unmitigated defamation of any doctor (and many of them are doctors, or work closely with them) who espouses a nutritional approach. I loathe evangelicals, whether they are heretics or out to burn heretics. They are bedfellows.

    Vaccines are as dangerous as they may be effective, particularly these days. The point is that we are facing something that needs to be tackled from an environmental (pollutants), nutritional and educational perspective; it is multilevelled. There will probably be no magic pill, unless it is one that works on superficial level and carries masses of side effects (like the loop diuretics now being tested on autistic children). We need to back down from a society so sycophant to those in power, to those who claim to have the correct narrative, that we risk overlooking those who are creating a watershed all on their own. That writing is on the wall folks. After all, if we had waited for every truth to be published and verified, we would never have come down from the trees. Pioneers are just what they seem. Nutters, who sometimes get proven right, often so late in the day that masses of people suffer needlessly because those thinking outside the box are labelled as dangerous, rather than courageous.

    I have tried the gluten/casein free diet on my child. I had to put him back on it to test him formally. The regression was as plain as the nose on his face. The real paradigm shift we are facing is the war kids and baby boomers sitting in power who cannot imagine a parent actually being present long enough to make any kind of informed observation on their child. If you haven’t had that kind of parental supervision, or failed to mete it out as a parent, then imagining parents as anything other than detrimental to a child’s well-being can be very hard. That is the biggest witch hunt we face these days. It isn’t racial minorities; it isn’t homosexuals, it is parents who must be ridiculed for actually taking part in their child’s therapy and health care.

    That is the elephant in the kitchen we are facing – the pain of a generation of folk who missed out on family. They had their revolution of sex, drugs, rock and roll and to hell with established (family) values. Ow. Isn’t that ghost back to haunt us now!! And then some.

    Sorry, there is no peer-codependent-uniform journal publication article on this. In any case, it would be too late; there is a massive baby being thrown out with the bath water folks.

  • Jeanette Potts

    I am a Grandmother and I, personally KNOW, my 1st Grandson had his babyshots in Oklahoma and Mississippi and HE HAS AUTISM. My 2nd Grandson had his babyshots in Oklahoma, after they OUTLAWED ‘Thimiserol/Mercury’, in their babyshots and he is FINE. My 2 year old baby Granddaughter has had NO BABYSHOTS and she is FINE. The boys, both have ‘sensory issues’, (with ‘tags’ in their clothing, blankets, clothing, hair, etc.) The babygirl does not have ‘sensory’ issues. My oldest Grandson with the Autism has Gastro problems, but the other two do not have any Gastro problems. The Grandson with the Autism chooses not to eat wheat, but devours ‘wheat’ all at once, after ‘no wheat’ for a couple of weeks.

    Could we not set-up studies on the “Locations” of Autistic Children and go from there. Could we not send out, “Questionnaires”, to parents of Autistic Children of different ages? Scientific Studies are REMARKABLE, but can be escued. Parents have no monetary gain for escuing results!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

      Jeanette,
      Chance/probability alone operates here. I wouldn’t personally jump to any conclusions based on experience of n=1. I actually know parents who have an unvaccinated autistic child, but that doesn’t make them jump to conclusions about what caused (or didn’t cause) it.

      Generation Rescue have already sent out a questionnaire survey to parents. It turned out that those who were unvaccinated had more autism.

  • Jeanette Potts

    I, personally have had ‘sensory issues’ and some Gastro problems. I have never been diagnosed with ‘Autism’, but I am 53. I did not speak, until I was 14 years old, due to the thought, ‘I have nothing to say’. I did LISTEN to ALL of the conversations going on around me, but I never commented on anything. I am in the U.S. top 2% of the ‘nations smartest people’. (Now, I cannot be shut-up!) I am not very social, but I can be, if I have to be. My Autistic Grandsons’ Grandfather is, also extremely intelligent, (158 I.Q.) and he did not talk, as a young child. His first sentence was, “Are you talking to me?” (he does have ‘sensory issues’- blankets. sheets, clothes.)

  • Jeanette Potts

    I am fascinated with Dr. Kendal Stewarts’ treatments, as I have personally used the same type of ideas/treatments for my family. I think WAKEFIELD is on to something, too bad MONEY got in his way. I would never purposely put my Grandson through any invasive, i.e. body entering….treatments. Not even excessive blood work! I let him tell us…what works.

    • lilady R.N.

      See my questions posed to “Dr. Jones” up thread, which the good doctor hasn’t replied to, about testing for all those deficiencies and toxicities. Unless you are willing to provide some answers, we have to assume that your grandson is being subjected to not-medically-indicated invasive testing and not-medically warranted interventions such as treatments such as powerful anti-viral medications and some sort of chelation substances.

      I wouldn’t worry about Wakefield’s financial situation. After all, he received $ 750,000 USD from the bottom-feeding lawyer in the U.K. who referred 11 of the 12 study subjects to Wakefield for supposedly “expert testimony” while they were scheming to sue the manufacturer of the triple antigen MMR vaccine. Wakefield received ample remuneration ($ 250 K/yearly) from the benefactors of the “Thoughtful House” autism treatment center in Austin…until he was summarily dismissed as the Executive Director. Wakefield also receives that same yearly salary from Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue ” organization…washed through” Andy’s “Autism Strategic Initiative LLC” for 30 hours/week of *work*. He, along with Polly Tommey, who recently relocated to Austin from the U.K. are the sole partners in the “Autism Media Channel”, where Wakefield’s wife Carmel draws salary as the Advertising Director and as the Autism Media Channel’s radio host of “Prairie Nights”.

      I hope you are not donating money to the “Andrew Wakefield Justice Fund” and donating to Wakefield’s inaptly named “Academic Freedom Foundation”. He’s rolling in money, since he left the U.K. after his fraudulent “study” was retracted by The Lancet medical journal…and after the GMC found him guilty of multiple charges and removed his medical license.

  • Joanna

    Apparently, a lot of people reading this article need help finding the relevant research, although it will be debunked as not credit-worthy in any event, one can but try.

    Here is but one of the papers on the oxalate-autism connection. A poor gut flora will have challenges metabolising oxalates, so removing them from the diet as much as possible is just being kind. Not hysterical, or bandwagon, or dupe. Just curious and concerned.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21911305

    • Joanna

      More later

      • lilady R.N.

        I thought you were leaving…please remember to *stick the flounce* Joanna.

  • Joanna

    Oxalates and Autism
    Here is but one of the papers on the
    oxalate-autism connection. A poor gut flora will have challenges
    metabolising oxalates, so removing them from the diet as much as
    possible is just being kind. Not hysterical, or bandwagon, or dupe. Just
    curious and concerned.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu

    Heavy metals and Autism
    This next research paper confirms that
    autists have higher levels of heavy metals than the population
    otherwise, and that the level increases with the severity of the autism

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu

    Nutrient imbalances and deficiencies in Autism
    The next paper confirms the nutritional imbalances found in autists that would warrant
    dietary intervention and the supplementation advocated by those termed
    ‘quacks’ on this page.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu

    The Gut and the Brain
    This paper researches the link now made between the flora of the gut and neurological/psychological health
    “Emphasis is placed on the new research narrative that confirms the critical
    influence of the microbiota on mood and behavior. Mechanistic insights
    are provided with examples of both neural and humoral routes through
    which these effects can be mediated”

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu

    And another on the same topic
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu

    Vaccine Injury
    For an informed article on conjugate vaccines and their potential role in autism.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu

    Aluminium adjuvants and Autism
    This article discusses the use of Aluminium (Al) as an adjuvant in vaccines, and its correlation to Autism.
    A full reading of the article will be necessary to ascertain whether the link is causal.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu
    “Our results show that: (i) children from countries with the highest ASD
    prevalence appear to have the highest exposure to Al from vaccines; (ii)
    the increase in exposure to Al adjuvants significantly correlates with
    the increase in ASD prevalence in the United States observed over the
    last two decades (Pearson r=0.92, p<0.0001); and (iii) a significant
    correlation exists between the amounts of Al administered to preschool
    children and the current prevalence of ASD in seven Western countries,
    particularly at 3-4 months of age (Pearson r=0.89-0.94,
    p=0.0018-0.0248)"
    It seems unlikely that vaccines cause Autism, but
    they might be aggravating it. Since we can see that the flora of the gut
    is often deficient in autism, then we maybe can presume that the immune
    system may be compromised, in which case there is a greater risk of
    vaccine injury. It would be interesting to know how many autists present
    allergies as well as intolerances.

    Mercury and Autism; a review
    This is a very balanced and sobre
    review of the whole mercury-autism débacle, and helps to put the whole
    argument into perspective, We just don't KNOW.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bo

    Further, it states, after me own heart
    "Unpublished data and other reports that have not undergone peer review do have
    value, however, and are often considered by the committee. They might be
    used, for example, in support of a body of published, peer-reviewed
    literature with similar findings. If the committee concluded that the
    unpublished data were well described, had been obtained using sound
    methodology, and presented very clear results, the committee could
    report, with sufficient caveats in the discussion, how the unpublished
    data fit with the entire body of published literature……." Wow.
    That's what an informed voice sounds like.

    P.S.
    The Vaccine Injury Table is unavailable. As always. There is a
    link, but no information, yet the government is committed to openness
    about the fallout. Try it and see
    http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecom
    Might it be because of the immunity granted to Big Pharma when it comes to injury?
    http://www.nvic.org/nvic-vacci

    Terrifying. This last link is the proof of the Autism pudding, Why
    introduce immunity for Big Pharma other than to protect them from being
    sued by autists; that was already tried once. Now we have a situation of
    enforced vaccinations, with no compensation for injury.

    • lilady R.N.

      Hmmm…a bunch of links provided by Joanna. The first seven links are dead ends; the eighth link leads to this article and this Summary from the IOM:

      “SUMMARY

      This eighth and final report of the Immunization Safety Review Committee examines the hypothesis that vaccines, specifically the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and thimerosal-containing vaccines, are causally associated with autism. The committee reviewed the extant published and unpublished
      epidemiological studies regarding causality and studies of potential biologic mechanisms by which these immunizations might cause autism. The committee concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism.

      The committee also concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism. The committee further finds that potential biological mechanisms for vaccine-induced autism that have been generated to date are theoretical only.

      The committee does not recommend a policy review of the current schedule and recommendations
      for the administration of either the MMR vaccine or thimerosal-containing vaccines. The committee recommends a public health response that fully supports an array of vaccine safety activities. In addition, the committee recommends that available funding for autism research be channeled to the most promising areas. The committee makes additional recommendations regarding surveillance and
      epidemiological research, clinical studies, and communication related to these vaccines safety concerns”.

      Gee Joanna, not only are you clueless about basic science (biology, chemistry, immunology and epidemiology), you lack some basic reading comprehension skills.

      Thanks for providing that eighth link…it’s a gem.

  • Joanna

    For those requesting corroboration for my assertion that vaccines can cause death, I have tracked the Vaccine Injury Table down, published by the State of Arizona, as it is no longer available through the NVIC.

    http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/immun/pdf/immunications/fall09/Insert%20D%20-%20Vaccine%20Injury%20Compensation%20Program.pdf

    • lilady R.N.

      That’s the vaccine injury table, for the “Vaccine Court”…readily available on the internet.

      What does that have to do with any of your “perceived” risks to children who later, were diagnosed with an ASD?
      You’re still not providing any reliable information to back up you nonsensical pseudoscience statements, Joanna. Why?

  • Joanna

    I’m reposting, as my Pubmed links don’t work apparently

    Oxalates in food and Autism

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21911305

    Heavy metals and Autism; they are indicated, and also increase with the severity of the Autism

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23222182

    Nutrient imbalances in autists that warrant dietary intervention

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20625937

    The connection between the gut and the brain

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22162969

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11918432

    Vaccines and their potential role in Autism

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21993250

    Aluminium in vaccines and the relationship (causal?) to Autism

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22099159

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Stevens/100001709174943 Mike Stevens

      Some of your links are contradictory. For instance the one you use to incriminate mercury actually exonerates aluminum.

      The gut and the brain are linked…what of it. Think holistically- all bits of us are interconnected. Doesn’t make autism the fault of the big toe, however.

      Hypothetical papers about vaccines in discreditied “journals” such as “Medical Hypothesis” don’t cut it as evidence.

      I guessed you missed the research that suggests that higher thimerosal exposure in childhood is not associated with higher rates of autism (a mainstay of the mercury toxicity hypothesis), and that some studies have actually shown inverse correlation?

      • Joanna

        I have not mentioned Thimerosal, I only espouse such theories as far as they make more research necessary. I do not believe Autism is vaccine induced.

        I have not posted a link that incriminates mercury, only one that found elevated heavy metal levels in autists,

        The study on Aluminium is paid access only, which is why I stipulate clearly that the connection may be causal.

        The article we are discussing states

        A year after his son’s autism diagnosis, Laidler was desperate for
        anything that might help. He started giving his son supplements—vitamins
        and minerals often pushed as an alternative autism treatment—then moved
        on to a gluten- and casein-free diet (by eliminating wheat, barley, and
        dairy products, which a 2010 University of Rochester study found had
        absolutely no impact on the behavior, sleep or bowel patterns of
        autistic children), and eventually chelation therapy.

        Therefore, you and I can agree that since the gut and brain ARE linked, then the research provided is sufficient to debunk the arguments of the article that vitamins and minerals are ‘PUSHED as an alternative autism treatment’, when they should, and indeed are, valid medical treatments espoused by many practitioners. As you say, it is perfectly obvious to anyone. Someone took the initiative to actually have to ‘prove’ it; so much research is about proving the obvious the days. For good reason, as anyone who falls for this article will realise if they look at the research on Pubmed.

        Thank you for joining me here at the bottom of this thread, where this important information in the articles doesn’t risk offending too many.

        The greatest obstacle is not ‘proving’ that autists seem to require a dietary protocol (and I never claimed to know the cause, nor the cure) but coping with the intransigeant reactions of doctors, psychiatrists and Big Pharma, still holding out on an AUTISM MAGIC PILL, which will come sooner or later, and will deal with none of the underlying issues. Credit to them, but trying to resist the communication between parents and between parents and their health workers, and trying to prevent the progress that is being made on the ground…..well, it beggars belief.

        The Mercury in vaccines theory may be spurious. The article I post on conjugate vaccines is not. The threat of these seems to be a more important avenue of research.

  • Joanna

    Contrary to this article, some journalists have been doing real research on what developments are occurring in University research into the gastrointestinal anomalies of autists, and the justification therein of a biomedical approach.

    Some of it is in French, which for those of you suffering from intellectual xenophobia may find objectionable. Sorry.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxFZXLW_dls&list=FLhjt3HAXPPD6TL1sf75XbEA

    • lilady R.N.

      Did you *happen to notice* that the blog you are posting your inanities on, is written in the English language Joanna?

      Intellectual xenophobia? Time to get that dictionary out Joanna?

      • Joanna

        Er, ‘intellectual xenophobia’ would be fear of ideas unknown (aka foreign), just as cultural xenophobia is the fear of cultures unknown. I might at least be permitted to use language euphemistically, though it stands within reason that your need for intellectual belligerence is not reserved for the field of the sciences. Rather, it is endemic to the plethora of misanthropic misjudgements of anyone who does not tow the ‘all alternative approaches are one and the same insanity; even those backed up by university studies’.

        • lilady R.N.

          Would you like some dressing for that word salad? Better stick to two syllable (or less) words.

  • Joanna

    Hannaford….folks…..time to start baking your humble pie. Remember to refer to Dr. Campbell-McBride’s GAP diet recipes, they may just help the paradigm shift.

    This is a great day for Autism.

    http://www.nature.com/tp/journal/v3/n1/abs/tp2012143a.html

  • Joanna

    Great news for beleaguered biomedical parents and lobbyists. Great news for all the radical reactionaries on this thread – we can all go do something else. Aaaaah. Like, save an autist from your ignorance.

    The time is in for this paradigm shift. Hope you spread the word, there are many whose lives will be changed by this and there’s still time to do/ say the right thing..

    http://www.nature.com/tp/journal/v3/n1/abs/tp2012143a.html

    http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/01/28/autism_linked_to_gut_bacteria_study_finds.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/martinmatthews Martin Matthews

    NO ONE can dis-prove the scientific rationale for a strategic food and nutrition regime for these physiologically compromised children; to do so is lunacy (are you saying that the Standard American Diet is fine for children with nutrient deficiencies, multiple food allergies/reactions, and a compromised immune system? I think not.) Indeed there are individual differences, but one this IS for sure; that all children benefit from improved diet/nutrition. The overt bias of this article’s author soundly dismisses any “point” he is trying to make – said point apparently being that there is no hope/don’t bother…and if you’re lucky afford the ONLY option at $2k/week.

    Having observed this autism phenomenon for the past twelve years, it seems that all “arguments” stem from one of only TWO distinct perspectives: 1) ASD is psychological (identified by behaviors, no known cause, no viable treatments beyond ABA, and 2) ASD is physiological (body/brain influence each other, observable physical symptoms and measurable systemic malfunction, multi-causal investigations underway (some HIGHLY controversial), varied treatments that target improvements in health, learning, and behavior.

    Similar to religion, people fight to defend their position – regardless of science or common sense.

    Perspective #1 is no longer valid, yet is pervasively “pushed” on the public; systematically denying people KEY data that affects the destiny of those affected.

    Perspective #2 is modern and scientific; I’ve yet to see an article dis-proving its validity – only articles trashing some of the tactics derived, and belittling those who chose to believe that treatment mattered.

    There’s always bias, and it usually is about the writer trying to affect what you choose to believe is possible. Everyone from Hippocrates to Homer Simpson knows that food affects the body’s functioning and overall health. When one desires to improve health (ASD or ANY disorder), addressing diet should always be part of one’s strategy. To NOT comprehend and support this is sheer ignorance.

  • ccdaddy57

    Dr. Francine Benes, director of the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center said the situation is so unusual – the perfect storm of alarm and thermostat failure and the concentration of samples – that she cannot rule out foul play. She said she has not spoken to law enforcement officials, pending the completion of the internal investigation.

    They said, that they cannot rule out foul play. Why? because they had 3 fail safes, and all failed including a human eye watching around the clock!

    There should be a Congressional criminal investigation, into what happened to these Selflessly Donated priceless environmental brain samples. If they find who is responsible, they should be treated as if they were Terrorist.

    They have set into motion, the perfect storm that’s going to cost in
    the near future . Trillions, for life long care of those effected by
    ASD.

    The collection, owned by the advocacy and research organization Autism Speaks. Hum! is that the same Autism Speaks that was started by Bob Wright FYI was the CEO of NBC and GE whose daughter left his organization because he was not looking at what she knows happened to her child (Bob Wrights grandchild) vaccine damage.

    Here’s why, Bob Wright is also looking out for his Golden Retirement Parachute you see GE owns a Thimerosal plant. If it was found, that Thimerosal was responsible GE one of the largest Co. in the world would lose Billions and I assume Bob Parachute might come plummeting to the ground along with the Presidents and many others.

    Some, have truly sold their souls. For their Golden Retirement Parachutes.

    Explain this Bob, of AS your daughter said in an interview that Christian your grandson started speaking right after 1 round of chelation. And after going to a colleague of Dr. Wakefield’s on his
    bowel problems using a protocol of drugs, he got immediate relief of pain and suffering.
    Katie your daughter said, he stopped screaming!

    You have not put a dime, into Chelation studies. The therapy that evidently is why your grandson can now speak. You also have not put any funds toward, what stopped your grandchild’s pain & suffering from the bowel disorder from hell that most Autistic children
    have.

    So what is your reason for starting Autism Speaks ? Answer, to control the direction that Autism research goes. In other words, keeping it from destroying your GE stocks. By not allowing any
    Thimerosal studies funded by AS.

    How do yo sleep nights Bob? knowing that little children are in pain suffering, so you and others can remain filthy rich. You don’t even try, to get them compensation for their Mercury poisoning.

    When someone asked you about your Daughter leaving, your and your wife’s answer was

    “we started AS for all the little children with Autism, not just christian”

    Bob Katie says you have told her that you have no control over the studies it’s all left up to the chief science officer of AS. So your willing to let children suffer in pain, rather than make those
    scientist at AS do the real science that is evidently evidence based by your own daughters word.

    Again, how do you sleep nights??????

    • lilady R.N.

      Anti-vaccine, anti-science conspiracy nutter. Get some professional help for your delusions and your paranoia.

  • ccdaddy57

    Lilady was trying to say that Poul Thorsen did not have a major role in the studies done in Denmark.
    Spreading misinformation as usual, she is dead wrong! Poul was given 11 million dollars to create a
    Company called NANEA that was to pour out faked studies when ever the CDC wanted them.

    After all the CDC told Poul “we are only interested in what will exonerate the CDC and Vaccines”
    while they were handing him a contract worth 11 million dollars plus millions more to come from the
    Combating parents with children with Autism act. Better known as the CAA money to create CDC
    needed fake studies changing a dangerous neuro toxin into a friendlier gentle kind of mercury that
    despite all the studies saying it crosses the BBB. We say it don’t! Act.

    Congressman from Florida said, when the liar from CDC tried to say the exact same thing you said.
    Poul had a very limited role, in the Denmark studies. She said ( the person representing the CDC )
    he was only involved in two studies very minimal. The Congressman later asked how many did you say?
    the Liar from the CDC said two. He said No! try 22.

    And remember lilady the email from Denmark disputing the lies Poul was pushing that the rates after removing Thimerosal were going up.

    Notice who she sent this to, the primary researcher in charge of NANEA Poul. In fact Poul was being paid
    for 18 more studies after his indictment on 13 counts wire fraud and and 9 counts of of money laundering.

    That’s was to keep him out of the US., payments for alleged fraudulent studies. Payment for Services rendered.

    “Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 5:33 AM
    “Dear Poul, Kreesten and Diane Schendel
    “Attached I send you the short and long manuscript about Thimerosal and autism in Denmark. [sentences redacted]
    “I need to tell you that the figures in the manuscript do not include the latest data from 2001. I only have these figures as a paper version and they are at work [words redacted]. But the incidence and prevalence are still decreasing in 2001. [sentence redacted]
    “I look forward to hear from you again.
    “Best regards”

    Denmark Autism rates cannot be going up and down at the same time, so who do we believe. The CDC
    AAP FDA and the shills on this article would have you believe it should be the disgraced CDC hand picked Poul Thorsen over someone just telling the truth with nothing to gain.

  • Lucy

    According to the FDA the Tripedia (Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.) DTaP and four flu shot manufacturers still put thimerosal in their vaccines.

    People point to ‘the Danish study’ and do not talk about the Poul Thorsen scandal. According to the Office of Inspector General: From approximately February 2004 until February 2010, Poul Thorsen executed a scheme to steal grant money awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC had awarded grant money to Denmark for research involving infant disabilities, autism, genetic disorders, and fetal alcohol syndrome. Thorsen is currently in Denmark and is awaiting extradition to the United States. For a more comprehensive story see: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2011/04/13/dane-indicted-for-defrauding-cdc.html?page=all I think there are scoundrels on both sides. I’ve read papers insisting the number went down and that Dr. Thorsen didn’t include numbers because he still wanted more CDC numbers. All speculation, however why should I believe a known criminal whose income was tied to this.

    Helen Ratajczak looks at a factor that hasn’t been widely discussed during the vaccine debate: human DNA contained in vaccines. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20049118-10391695.html. You can view the entire write-up by Dr. Ratajczak here: http://www.intentionalgrace.co.nz/uploads/89969/files/Autism_article_by_Helen_Ratajczak.pdf

    I was duped by an ABA company. They showed me all of the studies and my son made such little progress – it was the least effective treatment for him. He made a heck of a lot of progress on everything the author of this article is debunking – chelation, supplements and the traditional therapies such as OT, speech, PT, vision, etc. All of his therapist commented when he started chelation even though I hadn’t told any of them since many were skeptics. His speech therapist said “What did you do? He’s responding to me when I call his name? He asked a question!” Literally everyone commented. All the therapies helped but we did not make real progress until chelation. Recent studies show that lead is linked to autism. My son had high levels of lead. Please read studies on the NIH site and educate yourself and don’t rely on articles like these on both sides. Figure out if heavy metals are contributing to your child’s autism. Lots of places to get lead – none of them are vaccines. However, lead exacerbates mercury and other metals. This real life scenario is not being looked at. We are looking at vaccines in a vacuum.

    One study that relied on parental report showed that parents who gave their kids tylenol when their kids were given MMR reported higher autism rates than those who gave motrin. We have to look at what doctors tell us to do not just the vaccine. Perhaps it’s the vaccine coupled with another element as this study is suggesting. It was done in San Diego and available on the NIH site.

    • lilady R.N.

      “Helen Ratajczak looks at a factor that hasn’t been widely discussed
      during the vaccine debate: human DNA contained in vaccines. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31…. You can view the entire write-up by Dr. Ratajczak here: http://www.intentionalgrace.co…”

      I’d much rather view the analysis of Ratajczak’s paper and the interview conducted by the former anti-vaccine reporter here…

      http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2011/04/05/the-resident-anti-vaccine-reporter-at-cb/

      None of the posters on that blog were able to figure out what “recombinaltion tiniker” means. Perhaps you could define that phrase?

      ” My son had high levels of lead. Please read studies on the NIH site
      and educate yourself and don’t rely on articles like these on both
      sides. Figure out if heavy metals are contributing to your child’s
      autism. Lots of places to get lead – none of them are vaccines.
      However, lead exacerbates mercury and other metals. This real life
      scenario is not being looked at. We are looking at vaccines in a
      vacuum.”

      I presume that your child was tested for elevated blood lead levels and that your local health department/Lead Abatement Program staff contacted you and your home was checked for old chipping paint that somehow your child ingested…or that your son inhaled when your home was undergoing renovations. No “lead does not exacerbate (act as a synergy for), mercury and other metals” I presume you could provide citations that describe “lots of places to get lead” and cases where children required chelation for mercury toxicity resulting from the organomercury compound Thimerosal that was used as a preservative in multi-dose vials of vaccines.

      I don’t this “we are looking at vaccines in a vacuum”/

      • Lucy

        Hi there:

        I see the phrase ‘recombination tiniker’ reported by CBS, but I did not see that phrase in her study. Perhaps the journalist misquoted or misunderstood her? I don’t have an answer as to why CBS news posted that text.

        Yes, my son was tested in San Diego and our home was brand new – no chipping paint. Our soil was tested and we were found to have elevated lead in our soil. I was put in touch with another family whose family was poisoned by their dinnerware and they were featured on ABC news as the FDA confirmed the elevated lead levels from their plates. The story was called “Poisoned Plates” Her son became extremely sensitive to art supplies and we were told that a lot of art supplies contain lead. Here is a list from Scripps Health in San Diego of places were people can be exposed to lead (including art supplies) – there are a lot of sources here: http://www.scripps.org/articles/3323-lead-poisoning. Now in Illinois, I am told that 1 out of every 6 children under the age of 7 has elevated lead levels. Their site is having some issues today, but I was able to get this link to work. Hopefully it will work for you too.: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:5dbbD0QLDKEJ:www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hblead.htm+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us. The CDC includes even artificial turf, water and candy as sources of lead exposure. Even artificial food coloring contains small amounts of lead (as well as mercury and arsenic).http://www.townsendletter.com/Nov2007/artfood1107.htm

        I never stated that children required required ‘chelation for mercury toxicity resulting from the
        organomercury compound Thimerosal that was used as a preservative in
        multi-dose vials of vaccines’. Our physician told us that lead has a synergistic effect with other metals. I found this quick reference for you: http://www.lead.org.au/lanv5n2/lanv5n2-4.html

        I assume you meant that you don’t think we are looking at vaccine sin a vacuum. My opinion differs. We look at one factor at a time. What I thought was interesting from the paper out of San Diego that looked at the MMR and whether parents were instructed to give tylenol or motrin was a better study. Sometimes it may not be the vaccines, but the interaction between the vaccine and something else? I think it’s difficult to look at the different scenarios but I thought this was a good start.

        My personal experience – going from a child diagnosed with moderate autism and then getting the right diagnosis of lead poisoning made a huge difference in his prognosis. He is now in 4th grade and has no remnants of his lead poisoning – he has recovered and we are forever grateful to our pediatrician for thinking to test for lead.

        • lilady R.N.

          Your reference to mercury amalgam fillings is a totally bogus anti-vaccine group.

          I never stated that some children do require oral or IV chelation for elevated blood lead levels. Which vaccines contain lead?

          Your child was tested for elevated blood lead levels by your pediatrician because (s)he is following the AAP Standards of Care…and lead toxicity, results in a completely set of symptoms than the diagnostic criteria for ASDs.

          “I assume you meant that you don’t think we are looking at vaccine sin a vacuum. My opinion differs. We look at one factor at a time. What I thought was interesting from the paper out of San Diego that looked at the MMR and whether parents were instructed to give tylenol or motrin was a better study. Sometimes it may not be the vaccines, but the
          interaction between the vaccine and something else? I think it’s difficult to look at the different scenarios but I thought this was a good start.”

          Perhaps you were looking at the wrong places (anti-vaccine blogs?). Why didn’t you do a search on PubMed…here 330 entries on PubMed that disprove any and all links to MMR vaccine and the onset of ASDs:

          http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?linkname=pubmed_pubmed&from_uid=19952979

          “My personal experience – going from a child diagnosed with moderate autism and then getting the right diagnosis of lead poisoning made a huge difference in his prognosis. He is now in 4th grade and has no remnants of his lead poisoning – he has recovered and we are forever grateful to our pediatrician for thinking to test for lead.”

          Your child had elevated blood lead level, received appropriate treatment for lead toxicity and I submit to you that your child was misdiagnosed as having an ASD. ASDs are NOT caused by elevated blood lead levels.

          • Lucy

            I’m not sure where you got the impression that I was anti-vaccine or that I thought lead was in vaccines? I have 4 boys all have had their vaccinations. Although do I think that some kids may have issues with vaccines? Yes. Do I think vaccines cause autism? I honestly have no idea. The link you sent to the 330 studies (to be honest I only looked at the first page (I mentioned I have 4 boys right:)?) all focused on the MMR – again looking at one vaccine in isolation. Looking at the MMR with tylenol vs motrin gives a different answer. I don’t think it’s the vaccine, but it may be the vaccine plus something else. I hope that makes it more clear. Also when I read the studies that state they are safe, there are always conflicts of interest listed. Does that mean they are not accurate? Nope, but does it mean I believe it 100% nope. That’s why it was so disheartening that Poul is a criminal. The more money he got from the CDC, the more he was able to embezzle.

            The link I sent you had other links on it – I was just busy about to cook dinner, but here is the link on its own (apparently you’re busy too) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/731728.

            Also, this was from a study that was recently released and the researcher speculate the following: Correlations of the three heavy metals in the same body biological fluid
            may be due to an interaction between the different metals in the same
            compartment, so that the concentration of one metal determines the
            concentration of the others. We are not aware of lead, cadmium, or
            mercury modulate each other. However, it has been published that
            selenium produces the redistribution of Hg from plasma to erythrocytes
            at higher ratio [33] and the modification of hepatic zinc by cadmium [34].
            Therefore, it could be that a given heavy metal might modulate proteins
            and/or enzymes in the cells and influence the concentration of other
            heavy metals. [35–37].
            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3578119/

            I absolutely think you are right. My child had elevated lead levels and since 1 out of 6 kids under the age of 7 have them as well – how many kids are potentially being misdiagnosed with autism? Is that why some people may be seeing benefit from chelation – because of this misdiagnosis? My point from my original post was that my child had the diagnosis and if I did not continue to see different doctors and if this pediatrician didn’t know about the similarities between lead and autism – my kid would have had the autism label and I may have been touting that chelation worked for him. Does that make sense?

            Here are some studies that have linked lead to autism:

            The Journal of Applied Research published a paper that reviewed the cases of two children who during periods of severe lead poisoning developed autism or autism symptoms. The researchers state that emergence from lead-induced autism is possible – http://www.jarcet.com/articles/Vol5Iss1/lidsky.pdf

            A study conducted by the Environmental Health Center in Buffalo New York observed the effects of a multi-dimensional treatment plan involving nutrition, environmental control, chelation, and behavioral/educational/physical/speech therapy to treat ten children
            with ASH and ADHD all with high levels of lead in the urine. After 3-6 months in the study, all 10 children showed significant improvement in many areas of social interaction,
            concentration, writing, language, and behavior. In addition, all 10 children’s urinary lead burden dropped significantly and their autism and ADHD symptoms were improved http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18166120?ordinalpos=56&amp;

            Also http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2446813?ordinalpos=1&amp; and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8867271?ordinalpos=6&amp; and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12449265?ordinalpos=4&amp; also discuss the link between lead and autism.

            I hope this helps and to be honest I probably won’t reply anymore. This interface on this site sucks. I went up to look at the link you posted and it erased the reply I had typed until that time. I will continue to work with my pediatrician office in Illinois and get kids diagnosed so they can get proper treatment. That’s where I will focus my efforts, not on this chat board. I have shared the studies and hope it’s helpful.

          • lilady R.N.

            Just keep posting all those studies…they have absolutely nothing to do with Thimerosal which is an organomercury compound.

            How about the link you provided to pre-conception and prenatal maternal exposure to heavy metals such as methyl mercury, inorganic mercury and elemental Hg. cadmium and lead…none of which are contained in any vaccine. Binge drinking? Older age at time of conception? Nope…none of those maternal risk factors are associated with vaccines. You do know the difference between organomercury (Thimerosal) and other mercury exposures, don’t you?

            How about sticking with the topic Lucy? How about addresses parents who take their autistic kids to DAN! doctors, who send tests out to laboratories that use bogus testing modalities to test kids for mercury toxicities, then subject kids to invasive, dangerous not-medically-indicated chelation?

            ” I will continue to work with my pediatrician office in Illinois and get kids diagnosed so they can get proper treatment. That’s where I will focus my efforts, not on this chat board. I have shared the studies and hope it’s helpful.”

            Heh, heh, according to AAP standards all children should be tested for elevated blood lead levels at age two and all elevated blood lead levels are sent to State health departments and the local health department where the child resides. So no…you wouldn’t be involved with parents of children who have elevated blood lead levels…unless of course, you are employed as public health physician, public health nurse or public health EPA-certified lead abatement specialist.

            BTW, the chemical castrating and IV chelating Dr. Mark Geier has had his medical licensed revoked or suspending in all the States (including Illinois), where he set up his autism treatment centers.

  • Patricia McGuire MD FAAP

    This is an excellent article. I am a developmental and behavioral pediatrician who has been working with special needs children for 30 years. Texas is not the only place that is struggling with the fads, diets, and anti-vaccine messages. We have to get the message out to families (and professionals) about what research is really showing and not showing. I speak a lot to groups of professionals on autism spectrum disorders and how to understand the proven methods of intervention.

  • Jesse Dallery

    Lots of anti-science woo woo posts. Had to share some science: http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/07-06-20/#feature

  • courageandhope

    Dr. Wakefield is suing Brian Deer, journalist who began the media smear campaign against him in 2004, the British Medical Journal and its editor Dr. Fiona Godlee for slander and defamation in Texas. The jurisdictional appeal was heard May 22, 2013. The cause for this is articles published in the BMJ Jan. 6, 2011 calling Dr. Wakefield and his work fraudulent.

    • lilady R.N.

      Wakefield also sued Brian Deer in the U.K. for libel. Wakefield begged the judge to discontinue that lawsuit and the judge permitted Wakefield to discontinue. The judge issued a scathing opinion against Wakefield and ordered him to pay all of Mr. Deer’s legal costs.

      Wakefield lost his original lawsuit against the BMJ, Fiona Godlee and Brian Deer filed in court in Travis County (Austin, Texas) based on “jurisdictional grounds” and that hearing you refer to was the oral arguments by the plaintiff and the defendants…still pending.

      The defendants have also filed preliminary papers under the the Texas anti-SLAPP law, to sue Wakefield for the filing of a frivolous lawsuit, which, if it is allowed to proceed, will assess damages against Wakefield for the frivolous lawsuit.

      Wakefield has been wanking for coins and has had numerous fundraisers sponsored by the crank organizations that support this disgraced and discredited former doctor. His luxurious home in Austin has just gone on the market…asking price of $1.450 million dollars. I’m guessing that Andy sees the handwriting on the wall that he is going to lose his case…and the anti-Slapp lawsuit might be successful. It couldn’t happen to a “nicer guy”.

      BTW, Andy made a major mistake when he involved himself with a group from Age of Autism and a very mentally-unstable parent of an autistic 14 year old in Chicago. The mother and the caregiver of that child planned and executed a brutal murder of that child; they partially sedated the boy and then stabbed him in the heart and slit his wrists….covered here on this science blog:

      http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/06/14/autism-biomed-and-murder-of-alex-spourdalakis/

  • courageandhope

    To some people it is very important to continue to discredit Dr. Wakefield. One must wonder why it is so important to them. Brian Deer called him a “crummy little gut surgeon” on a talk show a few years back. I would be more apt to believe someone who didn’t have an agenda to discredit a man, to grind him into the ground. If you want to hear Dr. Wakefield’s side of the story, read his book, “Callous Disregard, Autism and Vaccines – the Truth Behind a Tragedy” (Skyhorse Publishing: NYC 2010) and watch his recent series of videos on youtube; can also be found at TheAutismChannel.com, AgeofAutism.com, and ChildHealthSafety.com. Any set of facts can be told in a way that makes a man look bad. It is very hard these days to find a journalist who maintains a neutral stance and reports both sides of a story so readers can make up their own minds.

  • lilady R.N.

    courageandhope: If you get all your information about Wakefield from his book and the other anti-vaccine, anti-science sources you linked to…is it any wonder then, why you defend this odious disgraced and discredited former doctor?

    How about reading what mainstream media has to state about Andrew Wakefield? How about reading the transcripts and the decision of the GMC, that found him guilty of the egregious medical harm he inflicted on the children in his “study”?

    BTW, why didn’t the parents of the children in his study, who now claim they support, testify on his behalf during the GMC Fitness-To-Practice Hearing.

    Can you say P-E-R-J-U-R-Y, courageandhope?

  • Lyn Peterson

    Thank you for demonstrating both sides of the story. However, based on 6 years of continual research and my own eye witness experience with my grandson’s autism improvements through “alternative therapies”, I respectfully disagree with your final statement: “That is what parents of kids with autism disorders want more than anything for their children: a normal childhood. Those children just might have a fighting chance to get it—if they don’t have to undergo therapies and treatment unsupported by any scientific evidence, therapies and treatments that are time-consuming, costly, and benefits only to the people administering them.”
    If our family would have waited around for the medical system to admit that there are natural, safe and affordable autism therapies, my grandson would still be unable to walk and talk. He also could not digest any food correctly, in addition to a myriad of other autism symptoms that occurred immediately after his last batch of vaccines, including MMR. Although my grandson still has autism issues, for the dramatic improvements we have witnessed from such things as Probiotics, Methyl B12 cream, Glutathione cream, Digestive Enzymes and other natural and nutritional therapies, including therapeutic grade essential oils, I thank God for all of the doctors, researchers, and parents who have posted information online. Many parents have been able to successfully reverse many aspects of autism, some completely, although even if my grandson does not recover 100%, compared to his previous horrific condition, he has become a walking talking miracle.

  • Angela

    What a mind job! I am wondering how much you were paid for this ‘opinion’?

    First, how can autism be genetic when 1 out of every 50 (or 2%) children is affected??? (official CDC statistics for 2013) and rapidly growing. To your knowledge, this is a way higher than epidemic, and there is no such thing as genetic epidemic;

    Second, if diagnostics have approved, where are those ‘undiagnosed’ 30 years ago people now? Have they cured or what?

    Third, read ‘Autism Revolution’ book by Harvard Medical School publication. The author (MD and Harvard researcher) is basically saying that diets and those alternative treatments ARE working and cure is possible. Yes, this a revolution for mainstream medicine but alternative have been saying it for decades. The book is also loaded with the most recent research extracts.

    And last but not least, before you write about something you know absolutely nothing about, do some research.

    PS Vaccines do not cause autism?! Read this: http://www.wiseupjournal.com/?p=1204

    and this: http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/2013/07/20/the-government-admits-that-vaccines-cause-autism-and-are-dangerous-but-they-wont-tell-you-that-10425/

    and finally, have a look at this: vaccines caused 11 hundred deaths since 1988 and almost 3 billion paid in compensation: http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/statisticsreports.html

  • creepyTexan

    I like your article very much. I did a delayed shot schedule for my son and skipped a few. I at first saw Wakefiled as a quack but i am also aware that big Pharma is powerful and so I now think time will tell with Wakefield’s research. I know it is tempting to go with either Western proven methods OR alternative but i see no problem with doing and accepting both at different times. We have to be careful to disprove something because we are paranoid of “snake oils”. Because something is not yet tested and proved does not mean it does not work or does not work for some. It is however great to be cautious and accept realities of a diagnosis. Many times Doctors have been given tips by “old Housewives tales” that later turned out correct in the lab. We are all on the same side trying to do what is best for our children. Peace.

  • creepyTexan

    I think my own experience with my father’s career lets me have a more open mind about Wakefield.

    I also though he was a quack. I went with the evidence of the trials. But then I remembered my father’s career as Doctor of Chemistry was destroyed when a head Doctor who was power hungry took control and credit of the research of 4 doctors beneath him. Of the 4, one suicide, one metal hospital, 3rd I can’t recall, 4th my dad. So, powerful mean can be very evil. Men who say they work for good and the medical best. Time will tell whether Wakefield was the evil Doc or if it was some other Doc against him.

  • lilady R.N.

    I don’t have a more “open mind” about Andrew Wakefield…in fact his behaviors since this article was first published one year ago, lead me to believe that Wakefield is everything that Alex Hannaford wrote about, and more.

    Wakefield and his crew of biomeddling mommies are complicit in the brutal stabbing murder of a young autistic boy by his mother and his godmother.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2013/09/05/if-a-parent-murders-an-autistic-child-who-is-to-blame/

  • Christina Schmidt

    Vaccines destroyed my child’s nuerohealth, her quality of health, life and living!!! (Static encephalopathy manifested by autistic features) yep, that’s her diagnosis just months shy of the three shots that did her in on the 20 min drive home after those vaccines! No more words, pupils of her eyes dialating off and on thru the days, pedi NOT listening to me-she was in denial too! Prior to that, I bought into the hype about vaccines too, followed the ‘don’t question the ones in the white coats’ After all, they are the ones with the med degree, not me! Yeah, right! They don’t even know what the hell is in those shots, they just do as their told as well! I do believe they do so with good intentions, I don’t believe their is a conspiracy there. But now that I do know what is in those shots and that the ‘benefits out way the risks’ is not true anymore (could be that the vaccine schedule has trippled for kids today- somewhere to the toon of 42 doses of 14 shots before the age of 6 yrs. old. WOW that’s alot of toxic assault on the body- and a tiny body at that! Go ahead, I dare you to research!!! You probably want to just stay in denial, it’s comfortable there after all!

    • lilady R.N.

      I presume that you filed a claim on behalf of your child for static encephalopathy manifested by autistic features in the United States Court of Federal Claims (Vaccine Court), and your child was awarded monetary damages?

      The Vaccine Court has NEVER awarded damages for autism.

  • flora68

    You should REALLY try to find medically-trained writers to cover stories like this. Otherwise, mistakes can and do happen.

    I’ve seen Dr. Kendal Stewart for many years for chronic labyrithitis and other symptoms related to multiple sclerosis. I’m NOT involved in the vaccine drama at all and won’t be venturing any opinions. But as his long-time patient, I just wanted to correct a mistake in the article.

    Dr. Stewart is not, repeat, NOT “an ear, nose and throat specialist by trade”. See, this is what happens when a non-medical person tries to cover medicine; they don’t see any difference.

    Stewart is a “neurotologist”, aka an “otoneurologist”, that is, an inner-ear specialist, a neurologist who sub-specializes in balance and related problems. He’s NOT the guy you go to to get your tonsils out, or for treatment for swimmer’s ear. He’s NOT an ENT, he’s a neurologist.

    And BTW, as a neurotologist, he IS perfectly qualified to assess gait abnormalities and other neurological problems. Just thought you should know.

    • lilady R.N.

      Sorry, reread Alex Hannaford’s to find the “testimonial” from the parent of one of his autistic patients.

      Dr. Stewart is a quack who diagnoses all sorts of bizarre deficiencies and “heavy metal toxicities” and prescribes medicines and supplements to “cure” those non-existent conditions.

      • lielady, R.N. BS

        And I’m a quack who likely pretends to be a nurse online to give myself credibility. I am also able to diagnose people over the internet without seeing any of their medical records through the power of my faith in Science.

        • notation

          As opposed to your faith in witch doctors, homeopaths, naturopaths, and other quacks?

          I’ll take science any day, especially since you’re opposed to it.

          • lielady, R.N. BS

            But, I told you…I worship Science! So, you’re saying that people who I worship, like that handsome devil David Gorski (aka Orac…but don’t tell anyone I said that), are witch doctors, homeopaths, naturopaths, and other quacks.

            Scurrilous, libelous, defamatory lies!!!!

          • notation

            No, sweetie. You’re confused again. Better lie down and have a nap. Or get back on your meds.

          • lielady, R.N. BS

            Poor dear…unable to understand simple concepts like mockery…must be so difficult going through life with that much idiocy…

          • notation

            You would know, honey. You can attempt to mock those with whom you disagree all you wish. It just makes you look weak and impotent.

          • lielady, R.N. BS

            Oh, the irony

          • notation

            Oh, the dullness of your posts.

  • Taximom5

    This article seems to be written from the perspective of an author who made up his mind before writing it.

    Like the parents Mr. Hannaford writes about, my husband and I also saw huge gains with our child when we put him on a gluten-free, casein-free diet. A few years later, we thought we’d try a challenge, so we sneaked some gluten back into his diet. We were amazed that he didn’t react, so we gradually added more until he was eating a “normal” diet, which continued for several months, with no apparent effect. He did have some setbacks when he started school, but we were assured that this was not unusual, and that he would soon catch up again.

    Until the day we got a frantic call from school. Our child had had a sudden onset of severe intestinal problems. We thought it was an intestinal virus, but it didn’t clear up. After several tests, we had the answer: he has celiac disease.

    We learned that, although many people with celiac and similar gluten sensitivities DO have instant and severe reactions after a few crumbs, many simply don’t. But damage to the intestinal villi does increase, oven if they aren’t experiencing symptoms, until, at some point, they do.

    Once he was on a gluten-free diet again, his setbacks disappeared, and he made huge strides–again.

    I have to question the validity of concluding that a lack of instant reaction to gluten rules out the possibility of gluten playing a causal role in symptoms of autism.

    We know a fair amount about celiac disease. We know that some people have instant severe reactions to a crumb, and others have symptomatic onset 23-38 hours later, and still others feel no symptoms whatsoever, but have biopsy-proven intestinal damage that results in major long-term health issues.

    We also know that there is science linking autism with celiac disease, and that a high number of autistic children have diagnoses of celiac disease, chron’s disease, wheat allergy, and/or other disorders that respond to a gluten-free diet.

    In that context, it’s very misleading to paint a gluten-free diet as a “shady treatment” for autistic children. One would think that the answer would be more aggressive testing–but sadly, the available testing can be very misleading (as well as dangerously invasive). The “gold standard” of celiac diagnosis is intestinal biopsy–but there are many people whose initial biopsies are negative, who, several years and much intestinal damage later) do test positive on subsequent biopsy. Blood work, while much more sophisticated than it was 50 years ago, is notoriously unreliable on toddlers.

    This means that the best choice is to try a gluten-free diet. Since there is nothing nutritional in gluten-containing products that can’t be duplicated in other food choices, and since the typical American (gluten-laden) diet is actually extremely unhealthy, there is no reason not to try a gluten-free diet, with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, high-quality protein from UNBREADED meats and fish, and non-gluten grains such as rice, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, etc.

    Calling that a “shady treatment” or even “discredited science” is unscientific, indeed.

  • Taximom5

    I also want to mention that the “tightly controlled” 2010 University of Rochester study that supposedly proves that a gluten-free, casein-free diet had no impact on autistic symptoms was kind of rigged to show that very result: they pre-screened for symptoms of intestinal malabsorption as well as celiac disease, so the children who clearly WOULD have benefited from such a diet were not admitted to the study! 2 were even eliminated after the study began. Out of 22 enrolled participants, fewer than 2/3 completed the study, leaving only 14 children.

    And from this, they conclude that a gluten-free, casein-free diet has no effect for thousands of autistic children, a significant percentage of whom have celiac disease and other intestinal disorders?

    Talk about unscientific…