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Amish have next-to-no autism. Why is that?

hypodermicThe curious case of the Amish has been batted around online lately.

Doctors caring for Amish communities report only a tiny incidence of autism, according to Dan Olmsted, an investigative reporter writing for “The Age of Autism.” (No one is willing to actually fund a study of this phenomenon, so there aren’t any hard numbers.)

So the question for me becomes: why the lower incidence? Is it the raw milk? The homegrown food? Or less-than-normal rates of compliance with the aggressive U.S. vaccine schedule? Or all of the above?

I think the vaccine question requires more examination, especially since another study reports less autism in a population that is under-vaccinated (and thus has less exposure to aluminum, a toxin).

A government of, by, and for the people should not be blocking these questions, but funding investigation of them. Do we have a government of, by, and for the special interests, namely those who stand to lose huge profits if the more-and-more-required-vaccines steamroller is derailed?

Source: http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/05/dan-olmsted-the-amish-all-over-again.html

Correlation between autism rates and amounts of aluminum from vaccines

A year ago I reported on a Canadian study from the University of British Columbia that found strong correlation between autism rates and vaccination with vaccines containing aluminum, which is most childhood vaccines. I predicted that vaccine advocates would ignore it.

That certainly seems to have been the case, as articles continue to be written smearing vaccine questioners.  But I was glad to see a recent Internet article by Chris D. Meletis, N.D., a naturopathic doctor, continuing to question aluminum in vaccines. In The Whole Health Insider this month, she (he?) continued the argument about toxins like aluminum contributing to or causing autism, and added another twist: they seem to cause Alzheimer’s, too.

So, how do adults get aluminum exposure?

Daily, we’re exposed to aluminum from additives in commercially prepared foods, drinking water, sunscreens and deodorants. Like those for children, vaccines for adults can also expose us to aluminum. The amount of aluminum in vaccines can vary depending on the storage container. Storing vaccines in glass containers can up the aluminum content by 200 times compared to storing vaccines in plastic containers. (Aluminum leeches from the glass into the solution during autoclaving or storage.)

Small amounts of aluminum are absorbed into the circulation, crossing into the blood-brain barrier and accumulating in neurons of the brain regions vulnerable to Alzheimer’s damage. In this way, with advancing age, aluminum builds up in the brain and in the neurons.




Why does autism seem to coincide with mitochondrial problems?

cropped-PW_leaf1.jpgThere’s a lot of discussion among researchers these days about why so many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have mitochondrial issues.

What are mitochondria? They are energy-producing organs inside each cell of our body. They take inputs from the blood stream and from previous mitochondrial processes and create outputs that keep the body going in a number of ways. Most importantly, the Yasko protocol that has so helped my Asperger’s son addresses malfunctions in these mitochondrial processes using a variety of supplements.

Anyway, Dr. Amy Yasko, the researcher whose protocol many autistics have benefited from, has authored a paper with an MD, Nancy Mullan, looking at why these mitochondrial processes are disrupted in so many people with ASD, those with genetic markers for this, and those without.

In brief, what could be causing the autism epidemic? Take a look.


Former CDC head explains autism-vaccine link

In this 2008 video, the head of the CDC admits that people with genetic mitochondrial dysfunction can become autistic after vaccination. But she then dances around the subject, and we wonder whether we heard her right.

Funny thing, this mitochondrial dysfunction isn’t as rare as she wishes it were. The Yasko protocol uses genetic testing to identify people with genetic mitochondrial dysfunction, for one thing, and suggests supplements that provide missing inputs for the mitochondrial processes that aren’t working right. (Mitochondria are little energy factories in each cell.) A recent study concludes that autism spectrum disorders and mitochondrial dysfunction are linked.

(Guess what, this head of the CDC, Julie Gerberding, has left that job and is now president of vaccines at Merck.)

Take a look:

Sound reasoning on the cause of the autism epidemic

Dan Olmsted is an investigative reporter who has put a lot of time into investigating theories about the causes of autism. He writes and edits a blog, Age of Autism, which is respected in the autism community.

Of course he is vilified by vaccine proponents, who are echoing what Big Pharma is saying about vaccines: more is better! More is better! Better for whom? Not for most people, when testing has been so limited and so skewed. Carefully compare what both sides are saying in this, focusing on those who are weighing the facts.

Take a look at Olmsted’s recent post where he is summarizing what he sees as the causes of the epidemic: vaccines and environmental toxin exposure, particularly to mercury. Did you know that the first eleven children ever diagnosed with autism (in the 1940s) had been exposed to mercury, or their parents had?


Treating autism and schizophrenia with antibiotics? And it works???

There’s some buzz going around the autism community now about a correlation found between treating bacterial infections with antibiotics and improving autism.

“This correlation, which is based on more than one hundred children of European origin, naturally does not prove a causal relationship. However, a therapy first started by a group of independent clinicians and now performed in conjunction with laboratory observations reinforces the idea that systemic bacterial infections play a role in the genesis of symptoms of autism.” In 60 percent of cases, long-term treatment with antibiotics brought significant improvement in autism symptoms, and in some cases even made them go away completely.

The study was made by a Nobel-laureate scientist, Luc Montagnier, MD.

A fascinating article discussing some of his findings also mentions that some schizophrenics found relief from psychotic symptoms when treated with a simple, cheap antibiotic–for acne. Minocycline.

How have we been manipulating the immune system a lot lately? Through vaccines. Could these be part of the story? We really don’t understand how the body works, that’s for sure. Read more here.


Do vaccines cause autism? A cover up…

Biotechnologist Brian Hooker, Ph.D., has an autistic child. Unlike the national media who have been swallowing the drug companies’ line about vaccines being safe, Dr. Hooker wondered whether vaccines might have contributed to his son’s autism, and he mounted an investigation.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, he requested evidence and emails concerning the Denmark study that supposedly shows vaccines have no effect on autism rates. He discovered a pattern of deception at the CDC, which he details in an article in the online newspaper Age of Autism, see below. When mercury was removed from vaccines, the data showed a reduction in the rate of autism. This data that was excluded from the final study report.

And there’s Brian Jepson, M.D., also a parent of an autistic child. He’s also investigated the research put forth by those who say vaccines are safe, with similar results. He also says vaccines as currently mandated are not proven safe. There are many other well-educated voices out there as well, pointing out major faults in the research being trumpeted by many in the media as showing vaccines are safe.

Of course the problem is that vaccine proponents are spearheaded by multi-billion-dollar companies that spread their money around the government. These drug companies make a lot of money from vaccines, the more vaccines, the more money. They are shielded from risk by friendly laws our government enacted for them. You can’t even sue them if your child has a provable vaccine injury. If you can prove cause and effect, you might get a payment from an injury fund. But it’s a small payment.

What about the logic problem in this debate? If you take the pro-vaccine studies as published, you would conclude that mercury in vaccines is safe, that the measles virus in the MMR vaccine is safe, and that’s all. There have been no other studies proving anything about vaccine safety. What about aluminum, another toxic ingredient? A study (paid for by a parent group) shows a correlation with aluminum exposure from vaccines and autism.  What about the effect of multiple viruses injected all at once into an immature immune system? No one knows. The vaccine schedule now requires many multiple exposures like this. There is NO study showing that multiple exposures are safe for young children. The new vaccines are all tested one by one.

Are you concerned that the study showing a correlation between autism and aluminum in vaccines was paid for by parents of autistic kids and is therefore biased? Did you know that ALL drug and vaccine studies are paid for by the manufacturer of the drug or vaccine, under our broken system? There are NO independent studies.

I believe the autism-vaccine link needs a lot more study, and that the media need to stop being shills for the drug companies. What  needs changing most of all is the system for approving drugs and vaccines, to protect public safety. I created a petition at Change.org: “Vaccines and Autism: Investivate!”  Please sign it, and tell your friends.   Did you know that Trayvon Martin’s case came to prominence through a Change.org petition?





Changing the Course of Autism by Brian Jepson, M.D., published 2007 by Sentient Publications, 358 pages

We live in a chemical soup, leading to autism and to extinction of honeybees

An article on TruthOut.org describes the chemical contaminants we live with (100 times more chemical exposures than 50 years ago) and points to two results: the autism epidemic and the imminent extinction of the honeybee. Are they linked?

The article is written by Dr. Brian Moench, president of  Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

First of all, we all know about the autism epidemic, now 1 in 88 (but far higher in Utah, where Dr. Moench lives). This is alarming enough. What about the humble honeybee? Actually, our food supply depends on the humble honeybee for pollination. Studies are showing that new insecticides are likely to blame for the fact that colonies are collapsing right and left (see Dr. Moench’s footnotes for details).

Dr. Moench uses the same logic arguments I have been using to point out that the autism epidemic cannot possibly have solely genetic causes, simply because genetics don’t change that quickly. And in fact, studies show our exposures to toxins, particularly in utero, have increased 100 fold in the past 50 years. Those with an underlying genetic susceptibility are apparently the ones whose kids become autistic.

And what is the genetic susceptibility? Dr. Moench identifies it in the detoxification pathway for the body. Studies show “mothers of autistic children and autistic children themselves have a high rate of a genetic deficiency in the production of glutathione, an antioxidant and the body’s primary means of detoxifying heavy metals. High levels of toxic metals in children are strongly correlated with the severity of autism.” Perhaps the reason for the highest autism rate in the nation in Utah is the high mercury content of Great Salt Lake, he suggests.

Where does all this lead us? Advisors like Dr. Mercola suggest we avoid this food and that exposure, don’t have vinyl flooring, don’t use beverage or or food cans containing BPA, space out the vaccinations (many of which contain toxic aluminum), and so on and so forth. Put the autistic kids on a gluten-free, casein-free diet and give them precisely tailored supplements that help their bodies detoxify.

But what about the people who aren’t educated and informed? I am very concerned about the average American. I think we need to address the regulatory bodies that are allowing companies to pollute our world with chemicals, many of these bodies filled with conflicts of interest, and also operating on outdated scientific principles of toxicology rather than  microbiology.  Specifically, Congress is in charge of the FDA and the EPA. We need to ask Congress to reformulate these bodies so that they protect the average citizen, not the average company.

I am particularly interested in proper investigation of the vaccine hypothesis, and I created a petition at Change.org: “Vaccines and Autism: Investivate!”  Please sign it, and tell your friends.   Did you know that Trayvon Martin’s case came to prominence through a Change.org petition?






Could the government EVER admit that vaccines cause autism?

I’m copying a comment on another blog, Age of Autism. Ann Dachel has articulated the underlying problem in the autism-vaccine controversy:

There is one topic that is NEVER talked about in news stories on autism–and I mean NEVER. You’ll never hear any reporter speculate on the possibility that many people have lots of reasons to cover up what vaccine are doing to kids. It would sound something like, “The U.S. government mandates the vaccine program so of course they would be held responsible if a link is clearly recognized.” To many people this is the unthinkable.

To any thinking person this is obvious but we never seem to bring up the topic. Instead we pretend that this is just about the science and that officials have left no stone unturned in their pursuit of the cause.

This came from a posting where Dan E. Burns describes sitting in a coverup conference for industries that made Agent Orange. Substitute vaccines for Agent Orange, and you may have a picture of what’s happening in industry and government trying to cover up their tail ends.

Source: http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/01/the-situation-room-autism-vaccines-and-agent-orange.html