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Kathleen Sebelius on Autism "Awareness." Asleep at the Wheel?

Sleep_at_the_wheel By Anne Dachel

In case anyone is interested what health authorities have to say about Autism Awareness Day/Month, I ran across a six sentence statement from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the disorder affecting one percent of U.S. children.

During National Autism Awareness Month, we reflect on an urgent public health challenge and rededicate ourselves to addressing the complex needs of people with autism and their families. Over the last decade, we’ve learned that autism is far more prevalent than we had previously believed, affecting one out of every 110 American children. While we still have a lot to learn about what causes autism and which treatments can help people with autism thrive, we’re getting closer to finding answers thanks to a historic new investment in autism research… (HERE)

I also did a search in order to compare what was said by officials three years ago, back in 2008, the first Autism Awareness Day/Month and here's what I found: 

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
 Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

World Autism Awareness Day
Today, on the first World Autism Awareness Day, we pause to reaffirm our commitment to protecting the health of children in our country and throughout the world.  Our determination remains strong as we continue our research efforts to increase understanding of how to treat and prevent autism and autism spectrum disorders.

People with these conditions, and members of their families, rely on the knowledge that science can offer. But there is much we do not yet understand. This is why we actively pursue research into genetic and environmental factors that may be involved in autism, and why we search for new treatments and therapies that may improve the quality of life for people with autism.  Although we continue to evaluate vaccine safety to ensure we are providing the safest immunizations for our children, there is no credible scientific evidence to date that links vaccines to the development of autism, Therefore, we recommend that parents continue to have their children vaccinated.  Vaccines have been one of the greatest medical advances in the past century. Vaccines have prevented -- in some cases eliminated -- many childhood diseases that were once considered unavoidable.

There also are steps that parents of young children with autism can take, because treatment given early offers hope of reducing the impact of the condition.  It is crucial to know the developmental milestones in how young children play, learn, speak and act.  A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, including autism.  The good news is, however, that the earlier the condition is recognized, the more parents can do to help their children reach their full potential.  We encourage all parents to “Learn the Signs. Act Early’’ by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/actearly. (HERE) 

We know that autism is a heart-wrenching condition that presents special challenges for many families.  While we are physicians, we are also parents. We want parents of all children with autism to know that we are listening to them, not just today, but every day.
 
Back in 2008, the statement was twice as long as today and it was a joint statement from the CDC, FDA, NIH, and HHS.



In 2008, the issue of a link between vaccines and autism was addressed with a strong denial and a recommendation to parents to vaccinate.  In 2010, Sebelius doesn't bring up the controversial topic.

 In 2008, autism was described as "a heart-wrenching condition." Today, Sebelius has reduced that to "an urgent public health challenge." 

While the rate for autism in 2008 was one in every 150 children and today it's one in every 110, Sebelius merely says in 2010 that "we've learned that autism is far more prevalent than we had previously believed."  Prevalence of course refers to recognition of the disorder, it doesn't mean that there's been an actual increase in the number of children affected.
 Three years ago, officials marked WAAD by saying they were looking for ways to "prevent autism."  Today, Sebelius doesn't use the word prevent.

Three years ago, officials noted that they were actively pursuing "environmental factors" that may be involved in autism.  Today the word environmental isn't noted when Sebelius mentions autism research.

The one thing in common in both statements is the admission that health authorities can't tell us anything substantial about a disorder overwhelming a generation of children. 

Three years ago, we were told, "There is much we do not yet understand."  In 2010, Sebelius advises us, "We still have a lot to learn about what causes autism."

It's hard to see a lot that has changed between 2008 and 2010, except that the severity of the autism epidemic seems to be downplayed a bit more.  But there was one striking difference I noticed right away.

Three years ago health officials promised: "We want parents of all children with autism to know that we are listening to them, not just today, but every day."  This year, Sebelius doesn't even pretend any U.S. health official is willing to consider what parents have to say.
 

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Act Early is also one of my favorites- It surely sounds great and must in fact be one of the most bitter experiences for a parent.
I feel bitter too because I, unlike the parent, know just what they are in for.
First the medical merry-go-round damages your child. Then you wonder, fear and worry. At last your deepest fears are confirmed- Its autism. The great doctor made the DIAGNOSIS !(He gets well paid for that- nevermind that your child's nursery school teacher could have told you the same thing for free)
And now, just as a magicians sleight of hand- suddenly the ball is back in the PARENTS COURT ! Yes, YOU, THE PARENT - YOU get to ACT EARLY ! YOU get to drive your kid endlessly to therapy. YOU get to pay for it. YOU get to knock yourself out learning this method and that. YOU get to build a special room .The list of what you OUGHT to be doing never ends. Isnt it just fantastic to ACT EARLY!!Your child may or may not improve a bit; You may still not be sleeping well at night;You may go broke - but that's OK because the rest of society can sleep peacefully knowing that some people who are supposed to do that kind of work- are ACTING EARLY for the poor little autistic kids

So-called Autism Experts: Can you help my child? If not, give your job to someone who can, like Dr. Andrew Wakefield.


The HHS gallantly proclaims that “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.” See http://www.hhs.gov/about/ .

So here are three questions for Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Madam Secretary, in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month you state that “this month, we recognize the significant challenges that Americans with autism face and REDEDICATE ourselves to these efforts to address them.” See http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/04/20100401a.html .

Why then, Madam Secretary, does 56 percent, 65 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine, of the projected supply of 2009-2010 seasonal flu shots contain Thimerosal with 250 times the USEPA level for mercury hazardous waste?!?

See http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaxsupply.htm#table

and

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/get-cfr.cgi?TITLE=40&PART=261&SECTION=24&TYPE=TEXT .

And why then, Madam Secretary, does the CDC (an agency reporting to your department) at this very moment have the audacity to declare that it is safe to have vaccines with mercury, a known neurotoxin, with these hazardous waste levels injected into children and pregnant women ?!?

See http://www.cdc.gov/FLU/ABOUT/QA/thimerosal.htm .

And, Madam Secretary, other than promoting profits of pharmaceutical companies, WHERE IS THE REDEDICATION?!?



The Truth about Autism is in AoA's comments, not in the comments of Sebelius:

Teresa O: "Asleep at the wheel" is kinder than Sebelius and HHS deserve. It's active obfuscation."

Anna B: "I truly believe they do not care. Period."

Garbo: "she'll cash in as a lobbyist or industry exec. She's just sitting there churning the butter for her future bread."

Tanners Dad: "I have never read such cold nonfeeling note from a public official frigid Ridged & Down right medusa like."

Maurine Meleck: "Asleep at the wheel is an understatement. She's been dead at the wheel and crashed a long time ago."

Benedetta: "I hate them all. Never in my life time would I have ever thought that I would hate, depise, mistrust people that worked for government agencies."

cmo: "The medical industrial complex is far beyond corrupt. They own both political parties, pay for 90% of the media & networks, and have their own corrupt vaccine court."

Kristina: "She is not asleep at the wheel. She is wide awake and knows she is hurting and killing children, and she doesn't care. I'm so tired of the evil in the world."

Garbo: "The enormity of what's being done is so huge that it would take a real renegade to let the sun shine in... I really believe our only hope is a bunch of whistleblowers who say enough is enough"

Jessica: "Unreal. Too bad I didn't know that making crafts and doing household chores would cure my kid's autism."

kathy blanco: "I hate cleaning up after a storm...how about not making one, or the perfect storm in the first place?...I am worried about the ensuing kids going on the increased vax schedule, and their mommies believing in a screw you doctor"

There it is, the above official statements have been issued by the "joint chiefs of staff"....

The parents and families of so many children immeasureably harmed by vaccines are the only ones speaking out the truth. WE are the "official representatives" and it is our job to do what the government officials will never do---teach people the truth about autism.

And obviously there is no such thing as teaching parents about autism PREVENTION without teaching them the truth about the VACCINES.


Yeah...early intervention...per Kathleen and her buddies.... continue to allow insurance companies to exclude autism and offer 45 minutes of speech therapy EVERY 2 WEEKS!

Let's not even mention the word "autism" in an early childhood intervention assessment, because then we might have to offer something more, that we can't do, because we have NO MONEY, and NO QUALIFIED therapist!

Make sure the parent gets the child's hearing tested because he won't turn around to his name, but he'll run across the house to the TV when he hears his favorite program.

I'm just lucky I didn't listen to the ECI crap, and got around the autism exclusion by getting a "static encephalopathy" diagnosis so my insurance company paid for our son's ABA!

Yeah, I'll be curious what the statement will be like in 3 years... Any money on it being the same as this year's...And by that time, the rate should be 1 in 70 children, with 1 in 40 boys, and they will still be calling it better diagnosing!

Curious? Did I miss the photo op with Kathleen and the crew from Autism Speaks? That one would be a great photo for my dart board.

The best thing that could happen to the Dept of HHS (CDC, FDA, NIH) and Secretary Sebelius would be if their budget was cut to the bone (not likely unless the US government goes broke with the trillions of dollars debt and declares bankruptcy).

Instead their budget is ballooning, check out jobs at http://www.usajobs.gov/ and see all the jobs being offered at the Dept of HHS nationwide (1,698 nationwide presently by checking All Jobs and clicking on Health and Human Services, Department of). With the new health care bill passed people at the HHS will decide what happens between you and your doctor. Also the CDC will be in charge of vaccines in the new health care bill too.

Learn the signs...how about learn how not to have autism, because clearly, that can be done, ask my NT children who grew up with autism, and now are mommies and have perfectly healthy talking infants and children. It's called safe birth, detox, antivirals if necessary, antifungals and abx's to clear any infections in mom, chelation, minerals, no gluten or casein, no GMO, no exposures to pesticides or BPA if you can help it, and lastly, NOT VACCINATING...helllooo.

I hate cleaning up after a storm...how about not making one, or the perfect storm in the first place? How about recognizing who is coming after your kids, and leaving them a healthy sun filled, happy life without all these "so called safe interventions"...

This is what our government SHOULD be focusing on, but if we did that, who would we screw? INDUSTRY, PHARMA, FOOD CORPORATIONS, MEDICAL SOCIETIES, HOSPITALS, PEDIATRICIANS, EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS aka the gross national product industries (oh no, we can't do that can we?)...well...as far as I am concerned, they have enough money for millenia. I am not worried about them, I am worried about the ensuing kids going on the increased vax schedule, and their mommies believing in a screw you doctor, or feeding a kid DNA from a salmon while munching on a tomatoe (ok, I will admit, no kid eats tomatoes), but they do eat CRAP ASD/ADHD promoting foods.

If Sebilius was really interested, she would ask the parents what happened to their children...instead, she is listening to unholy industries that have no pleasure in disclosing their wrongs and injustices. So much for AMERICA! Good luck having living breathing, healthy contributing individuals who will boost our economy in the long run. Now, we will have multitdes of kids on SSI, who need long term facilities to care for them. Good luck with that.

As always, well done, Anne. Anyone care to speculate on what the Autism Awareness Day/Month message is going to sound like three years from now?!

Oh man, I spoke too soon. I figured out how I am supposed to ACT after I learn the signs. Here's what they want me to do:

"Interact with your child as much as possible. Read books, sing songs, play with toys, make crafts, do household chores, and play outside together. Talk to your child: label items, point out interesting things, tell stories, comment about what you see and how you feel, and explain how things work and why things happen."

Unreal. Too bad I didn't know that making crafts and doing household chores would cure my kid's autism.

I luuuuv "Learn the Signs. Act Early."

ACT early? By doing WHAT? Getting 4 hours of Early Intervention a week? By putting my kid in developmental preschool (daycare)? Most people can't afford ABA or private therapies - so how should I be ACTing when I LEARN the signs? I ACT early just to get a diagnoses so I can be told there's nothing I can do? Wtf?

Maybe she can explain how I should act when the only AAP approved therapy is not covered by insurance. What a crapped up world.

Peat and Repeat were sitting on a fence...Peat fell off who was left?....Kathleen Sebelius. Tee Hee Hee!!!

Heck no. I think Daschle's probably even deeper in the pockets of pharma because he's been on the national stage longer and was long known to be a player in healthcare. Pretty sure his book had provax statements in it. The enormity of what's being done is so huge that it would take a real renegade to let the sun shine in. And they will never, ever appoint someone like that. I really believe our only hope is a bunch of whistleblowers who say enough is enough and start posting docs on wikileaks.

There was some real excitement here when Daschle was nominated before her.

Do you think there would be a different tone or action if he knew how to pay his taxes and this lady hadn't gotten in?

I'm not being sarcastic or rhetorical, I'm really asking, what do you think?

She has the perfect, narrow pinched face to be a pharma executive, don't you think? I mean really, what's she gonna do in another 2 years if she's out of a job? Go back to Kansas? No, she'll cash in as a lobbyist or industry exec. She's just sitting there churning the butter for her future bread.

"...At the same time, we continue to improve lives by educating health care professionals about how to detect the disorder early, funding networks of providers and parents that spread information about the most promising autism treatments, and helping autistic children get the support they need in school..."

On what planet is this happening?

According to Sebelius, this is just a generation of throwaway children. She is not asleep at the wheel. She is wide awake and knows she is hurting and killing children, and she doesn't care. I'm so tired of the evil in the world.

The "medical industrial complex" is far, far, larger than the "military industrial complex."

The military does a very good job most of the time in very difficult situations. Sadly they have been given the same crap vaccines.

The medical industrial complex is far beyond corrupt. They own both political parties, pay for 90% of the media & networks, and have their own corrupt vaccine court.

She is a political "a-point-ee". She says what others that have put her in her position tells her to say.

I hate them all. Never in my life time would I have ever thought that I would hate, depise, mistrust people that worked for government agencies.

Oh, I long ago grew to hate the CDC - Because they have gone to far and have been absolutely heartless. But even still I did have tucked away in the back of my mind the problems with actually diseases like diptheria, polio, and small pox have caused in the past, and gave CDC their due.

But right now I feel they all are fat cats. I have lumped NIH, Health and Human Services, FDA, even the EPA in with CDC and I view them with great distrust and the same hate.

Who would have thought that I would feel this way???? I mean after all these are people that have come from our own American population. They are suppose to reflect American's attitudes, minds, souls, hearts -I have always believed that the people usually gets the government it deserves. So, have we all become a people that will do what it takes for money?

Not asleep at the wheel, more like move along folks nothing to see here. All those toe-walking speecheless kids? Why they've always been here!

Dr Wakefield said it, they've lost the PR war and they know it.

Asleep at the wheel is an understatement. She's been dead at the wheel and crashed a long time ago. She should be doing grey hair ladies Clairol commercials instead of posing as a health official.
maurine

My son lives in a chronic state of anxiety. We can no longer take him out without extreme meltdowns. We are a family increasingly tethered to the home. I absolutely cannot stand Kathleen Sebelius or any of these other epidemic deniers. I truly believe they do not care. Period.

This is what I tweeted about this a few days ago... I am glad somebody else noticed it... Thanks Anne:

I have never read such cold nonfeeling note from a public official frigid Ridged & Down right medusa like. Sebelius TannersDad Tim

BTW, I meant that Sebelius et al are up to obfuscation, not AoA! They say things like "we're looking into it" and expect the public to shut up and assume things will be OK, the autism epidemic will end, etc.

"Asleep at the wheel" is kinder than Sebelius and HHS deserve. It's active obfuscation.

Anne, you've written a lot about the tidal wave of disabled adults on the horizon--individuals with autism who will be eligible for SSI benefits in a few years. I think government officials aren't worried, because they already have a solution: benefit cuts when the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund runs out in 2018. (http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=529368&Ntt=social+security) Problem solved! Ain't the government great?

We really don't know what Autism rates are. For example the figure from 2008 is actually was using data from 2002-4.

http://www.hrsa.gov/Vaccinecompensation/statistics_report.htm

Chart III, it sure looks like somebody got paid off.

$10,000,000.00 in FY 2009 sticks out like a sore thumb.

Back in 2004 I recall trying to persuade Lisa Blakemore-Brown not to use Salvador Dali's 'Sleep'

http://www.3d-dali.com/Tour/sleep.htm

to illustrate her talk to a group of Westminster politicians about vaccine damage, autism and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy allegations.

I don't know whether she did or not - just possibly it wasn't the diplomatic thing - but how richly they deserved it.

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