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Autism and Other Inconvenient Science Truths

Magic_8ballBy Teresa Conrick

There is no escaping the ever increasing research coming out weekly, showing solid science connections behind environmental and vaccine injury causing autism.  One only has to read the news and research churning out inconvenient truths in science.  Here are some recent examples that are reminders that those who continue to try and deny and dismiss damage to the human body are starting to lose the battle.

This first example originated two years age and is again hitting the news as there is such heated controversy.  We'll call this inconvenient truth - blaming the scientist:

December 2, 2010 -
Strange Discovery: Bacteria Built with Arsenic 

"Menlo Park, Calif. – In a study that could rewrite biology textbooks, scientists have found the first known living organism that incorporates arsenic into the working parts of its cells. What's more, the arsenic replaces phosphorus, an element long thought essential for life. The results, based on experiments at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, were published online today  in Science Express........"It seems that this particular strain of bacteria has actually evolved in a way that it can use arsenic instead of phosphorus to grow and produce life," said SSRL Staff Scientist Sam Webb, who led the research at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. "Given that arsenic is usually toxic, this finding is particularly surprising."

Surprising as finding measles virus,  chronic streptococcus and heavy metals in those diagnosed with Autism.  For two years there has been a host of scientists, bloggers and institutions foaming at the mouth to stop this arsenic-bacteria research, yet the initial researcher and her collaborator will not yell "uncle" (good for them!) -- "Her collaborator, Ronald S. Oremland from the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, is glad to see the genome available and, with Wolfe-Simon, still stands behind the 18 words spoken 1 year ago. --- "Our data show evidence for arsenate in macromolecules that normally contain phosphate, most notably nucleic acids and proteins."   We have our own heroic researchers and doctors that stand behind their studies, with all of us standing right along side.

Next item is a more recent study that also has hit the news creating quite a furor.  This one, we'll call blaming the patient:

Cat parasite linked to women's suicide attempts 

"Women infected with the cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii are more likely to attempt suicide than non-infected women, new research finds. The reason for this connection, however, remains mysterious. T. gondii is a protozoa that prefers to infect cats, but can make its home in any warm-blooded animal. Humans can pick up the parasite from contact with cat feces, or by eating undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables. Once ingested, T. gondii can make a home for itself inside the brain and muscle tissues, protected inside cysts that are resistant to attacks by the host's immune system.Some studies have linked infection by this parasite with a variety of mental health and brain problems, including schizophrenia, neurosis and brain cancer.....But in women with infections, they found, the risk of an attempt is 1.5 times greater than in women without.
"We can't say with certainty that T. gondii caused the women to try to kill themselves, but we did find a predictive association between the infection and suicide attempts later in life that warrants additional studies," lead researcher Teodor Postolache, a psychiatrist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said in a statement. "We plan to continue our research into this possible connection." 

Good for them!  More research is reasonable to help these poor people receive proper medical treatments as most have never received anything but psychotropic drugs when indeed, an infection appeared to be causing the behavior.



"A statistical analysis turned up a link between suicide attempts and parasite infection, such that an increasing number of T. gondii antibodies were linked with an increasing risk of attempts, especially violent attempts. When looking at just attempted suicides, researchers found women who were infected were 1.8 times more likely to attempt suicide by violent means than uninfected women.
The researchers were able to control for diagnoses of mental illness, meaning that infection was independently linked to suicide attempts, not just to mental health problems in general."

Yet denial of this crazy thought - a parasite causing a mental health issue - looms all over the news.  Here, Forbes describes the realistic implications:

"About one third of the world’s population is infected with the parasite, which stealthily hides from the human immune system in brain and muscle cells. Often the host will not develop symptoms of the infection (called toxoplasmosis), but a fair amount of research evidence suggests that it is linked to subsequent mental illness, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and also increased risk of traffic accidents .......The suicides linked to these high levels of infection were also the most violent. Evidence of previous mental illness did not significantly change the findings."

Then Forbes tries to dismiss it--

"The latest study has a few limitations, not the least of which is an inability to determine a specific cause for the suicidal behavior. “T. gondii infection is likely not a random event and it is conceivable that the results could be alternatively explained by people with psychiatric disturbances having a higher risk of becoming T. gondii-infected prior to contact with the health system,” Dr. Postolache says." 

Another very recent study, so new I don't think it has yet been attacked, is this one regarding vaccines:

Chicken Vaccines Combine to Produce Deadly Virus


"Vaccines aren't supposed to cause disease. But that appears to be what's happening on Australian farms. Scientists have found that two virus strains used to vaccinate chickens that may have recombined to form a virus that is sickening and killing the animals. "This shows that recombination of such strains can happen and people need to think about it," says Glenn Browning, a veterinary microbiologist at the University of Melbourne, Parkville, in Australia and one of the co-authors on the paper. .....Chickens worldwide are susceptible to a group of herpesviruses called ILTV, which target their upper respiratory tract......To combat ILTV, farmers vaccinate their chickens with attenuated herpesviruses that can still infect and replicate but do not lead to disease. Australia has used two vaccines, which are produced by Pfizer and called SA2 and A20. In 2006, however, the country purchased a new vaccine from European company Intervet called Serva. Two years later, new strains of ILTV, called class 8 and 9, appeared. They are just as deadly as other strains. "But they seem to be dominating over the strains that were reported prior to 2007," says Browning. .....But when the researchers sequenced the genomes of the two new strains and the three vaccine strains, they found that the new viruses were actually stitched together from the European and Australian vaccines. The data for the recombination is "convincing," says Walter Fuchs, who heads the National Reference Laboratory for Infectious Laryngotracheitis of Poultry on the island of Riems in Germany. The combination of vaccine strains to form a new virus is "a problem that needs to be taken seriously,"   

 ----- Then denial enters as if saying that it is possible it could happen in humans but it is just too damn scary to say out loud ---- We can call this blaming the panic.

"Live-attenuated vaccines are also used in humans, but a lot less than in poultry, and their sequence is usually known. "This is not a panic-button on vaccines," says Browning. And Farrell stresses vaccines have been one of the great success stories of medicine. "The type of important technicality raised in this article should not be allowed to detract from the enormous health benefit generally provided by vaccines," he wrote. "

Lastly, a recent news article came out that is very similar to what I and many others keep saying about Autism and its connection to the IMMUNE SYSTEM.  Another to add to the list:

New Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Dementia 

"Some dementia patients show symptoms of a malfunctioning immune system and can receive appropriate treatment.....Scientists at Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin have succeeded in recommending a new type of therapeutic approach to dementia. The study published in the journal Neurology shows that immune reactions against the body's own nerve cells can be the cause of advanced dementia and an appropriate immune suppressive therapy can develop with significant effectiveness.....It was proven that a number of patients in this study who suffered from advanced memory loss had developed an immune defense response with antibodies against an ion channel in the brain, a so-called NMDA-type glutamate channel. Particular proteins in the nerve cell membrane are reduced leading to the characteristic disruption in nerve function and synapsis loss. Those affected exhibit memory problems and abnormalities in mood and emotion. Eliminating these antibodies through hemodialysis improved the symptoms in cerebral metabolism in the hippocampus region -- a part of the brain that is relevant for memory performance and particularly affected by dementia. "Through the study results, a completely new approach to diagnosing dementia can possibly result...."The potential promise of this new approach is that completely new perspectives could result for an entire group of people suffering from dementia for whom no specific therapeutic option exists."

Wonderful news and promising for so many but what is causing their dementia via NMDA and GLUTAMATES?  I need to mention that Autism has many similarities here, especially NMDA receptors and Glutamate.  My daughter with an Autism diagnosis and seizures has had a recent autoimmune diagnosis of antibodies to GAD65  which converts Glutamate to GABA.  The MMR vaccine, as I reported, looks to be a candidate and also, let's not forget Hornig et al with NMDA receptors and Thimerosal, the vaccine mercury:

"Hippocampal architectu­re and glutamate receptor and transporte­r immunoreac­tivity are disrupted in SJL mice by postnatal thimerosal­".......NR­1 and NR2b glutamate receptor immunoreac­tivity patterns are abnormal in the hippocampi of thimerosal treated SJL mice...­Seizure related increases in extracellu­lar glutamate are noted in temporal lobe epilepsy." 

There are patterns here from bacteria to viruses to heavy metals and then to things like AUTISM, DEMENTIA and the IMMUNE SYSTEM.  These honest scientists often become targets as they have followed the truth only to find themselves in the den of attack dogs, usually there protecting money interests, like vaccines and the companies that profit.  I'm waiting for the counter arguments to start appearing over the internet from bloggers and those DSM friendly sites claiming that dementia is NOT an immune system issue but just a degeneration, a regression in skills that nobody knows why or how it happens -- it just happens -- blaming the unknown -- Sound familiar?

Teresa Conrick is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.


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Sally

When the immune system is compromised, the parasites can take over.

Bacteriology

Autism spectrum disorder is a range of complex neuro-development disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome.

Carolyn KylesMom

What about the newest veterans and their high rate of mental health issues? I believe that Dr. Daniel Amen at one time did scans on moms of autistic kids and remarked that we all seemed to have PTSD. Well, what if the damage from mercury-laden vaccines such as RHOGHAM for the autism moms, and others for the vets, mimics the damage from PTSD and some of these solider are actually suffering from vaccine induced brain injuries?

Teresa Conrick

Dear Ian and Eindeker-

Since you both have the same theme in your curt comments, I figured one answer would suffice. My topic was on "inconvenient science" - and like Autism, things like bacteria, viruses, parasites and heavy metals seem to be hot items of research these days.

Your conspiracy theme was not part of my message. The scientists being "attacked" was then the other part of my theme. Hope that helps you understand this better.

Benedetta

Let me continue;

So a parent thinks and wonders if thier child had some virus or cold when they had the vaccine that had the mercury or aluminiun in it may have made it react.

or

They think maybe the vaccine was contaminated with virus or bacteria and with may have combined with the mercury or alumiunium in the vaccine.

President Roosevelt is the only one of his family that came down with paralytic polio, even though the rest were sick too. There have been some thoughts that blueberries were sprayed with arsenic at that time in the area --- where he fought a forest fire a few days before -- so he could have breathed in arsenic and the might have been the reason that polio took the path it did in his body.

Benedetta

Ian
If you go into a peds office and he gives your child a vaccine like all the other children and your child reacts -and develops an autoimmune/endocrine disease or autism or from it while everybody elses children does not - you will wonder why till probably till the day you die.

You start looking at what is in the vaccines and you find mercury and aluminum - which are metals.

You think about arsenic that used to perserve wood as in wood basements???!!! or mercury that they used on pines to perseve wood they use to build houses, or pesticides that had these heavy metals.

And there is some evidence out there that these metals do something??? We don't know what. Perhaps it hurts the immune system and lets polio be really serious -Less than 1 percent of the people that get polio develop the paralytic kind - mostly it is not much worse than a cold. Or maybe the polio virus or syphlis has actually some how combined together to be more lethal.

If you read "Age of Autism" book by Dan and Mark, they have done a lot of research of how diseases and heavy metals may have played a big part in making diseases worse, or affecting the brian and nervous system worse.

Eindeker

"We'll call this inconvenient truth - blaming the scientist"
No, it was bad experimental method, there was 3um phosphate in the culture media making their claim of growth in the "absence" of phosphate a rather dubious conclusion, 2 groups failed to repeat the results on the same strain, no big issue and anyway what on earth's this to do with autism apart from another whacky conspiracy theory?

That's just not a fair reading of the Forbes article on T gondii infection linked to pyschiatric disturbances, the bottom line of the article reads:
"At the least, the findings should support the need for future research to determine whether the parasites our cats are hosting would like to drive our brains off the highway"
is hardly dismissive.

And by the way what's this to do with autism, the association with T gondii infection and pyschiatric problems in animals has been known for some time, there's no conspiracy here.

Ian Duckles

Can someone explain to me how a bacterium from Mono Lake that uses arsenic instead of phosphorous has any relationship to autism? As far as I can tell, no scientist involved in this debate has made any claim about how this bacterium effects humans or interacts with human biology.

Simpson Wood

Teresa , we all know that autism is idiopathic in origin .
And I take that to mean that the people who are tasked with protecting the reputation of vaccines at all costs are total idiots , hand picked by our evil overseers .
I dont believe any of this is about money anymore - nssm200.
But perhaps I need to pick up a dictionary , maybe I've got it all wrong . Iatrogenic , what does that word mean , I wonder ? mmmmm , thinking

barbaraj

I remember when I had my children holding them at birth, doing the kangaroo care body to body breathing, and above all colonizing them with my "homespun" bacteria. I don't know if this theory has been replaced by newer science, however, I believe that the body simply doesn't always allow for newer more dangerous pathogens when milder "homespun" ones have taken up the "space". Almost sounds silly when I said it, yet it's part of my belief system, and a big reason I "hate" antibiotics and vaccines. We have shifted from natural less harmful ,less serious diseases to absolute killers. When a fairly serious disease such as pneumonia is no longer part of the community germ, a newer more deadly one takes it's place, this HAS already happened, and I suspect the reason mrsa pneumonia, strep pneumonia are the current opportunistic infections following the flu, as strep throat and otitis media are now following the vaccine schedule as the opportunistic infection following the "mild"? reactions. Our children now face shingles as possible in their teens, atypical measles in vaccine recipients, mumps in adolescent boys, whooping cough in grandparents, with this and more it seems likely we've caused serious damage, more morbidity and mortality , that which is ignored by the manufacturers of these vaccines, and there is an incredible lack of concern by our cdc and fda.

moon batchelder

the moment i read the one about chicken virus from the vaccines, i knew that the big pharma naysayers would be quick to deny that this proves vaccines are evil. another article i read recently about a rise in polio (i can't remember where) and whooping cough claimed that this was all the fault of us silly non-vaxxers. funny, cause my daughter is one of the healthy kids i know. has never had even the flu! much less whooping cough or (tsk) polio. she hasn't had measles, or even chicken pox either (altho i am likewise immuned to chicken pox, and i my day there were no vaccines for this...just natural transmission and natural immunity built)

Teresa Conrick

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/journal-retreats-from-controversial-arsenic-paper/2012/07/08/gJQAFQb7WW_story.html

"Wolfe-Simon, now on a NASA fellowship at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is collaborating with senior scientist John A. Tainer on wide-ranging studies of the bacterium. In an interview Saturday, Wolfe-Simon and Tainer said that they had produced tentative results in the Berkeley lab almost identical to the original results at a U.S. Geological Survey laboratory, and that they were busy finishing the research and preparing another paper.

Tainer said the two new studies in Science may have come to different results than theirs because of the methodologies used, the precision used to detect arsenates and the provenance of the cells. He said the authors of the two new papers “may well regret some of their statements” in the future.

“There are many reasons not to find things — I don’t find my keys some mornings,” he said. “That doesn’t mean they don’t exist. The absence of a finding is not definitive.”

Wolfe-Simon and her numerous collaborators had made samples of GFAJ-1 broadly available after her initial results caused a storm of controversy, but she and Tainer said they may have been contaminated or modified in transit.

She said that all the researchers agreed that the bacterium survived in extraordinarily high levels of usually toxic arsenic compounds but that they disagreed about whether the organism used the arsenic compound to grow and whether it had incorporated the arsenic into its biology.

“I think it’s unclear whether this is the last word,” ­Wolfe-Simon said. “They’re not finding something that could be there in a minor amount.”

One of the new studies in Science was conducted by a team centered at Princeton University that included Rosemary Redfield of the University of British Columbia. She was one of the first and most vocal critics of the original Wolfe-Simon paper, and she said Sunday she was satisfied with how the process has played out."

ottoschnaut

More inconvenient truth, from a surprising source:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/16/can-children-s-dental-fillings-spur-depression.html

Another area that is under the radar right now is the recent propaganda effort to highlight the complexities of the gut flora ecosystem. Gut flora is involved in developmental issues, no doubt. It is also a too convenient area to suck up ten years and billions of dollars and divert attention from vaccine injury.

The vaccine pharma complex would love another humane genome type rabbit hole to talk about for the next decade. The gut flora thing is being beta tested for just such a diversion.

Rupert Van Vanstersher

Two New Studies, Published in Science, Find No Evidence of Arsenic Life

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2012/07/09/two-new-studies-published-in-science-find-no-evidence-of-arsenic-life/

Bob Moffitt

Within the last two weeks I have heard high level public health officials give the following responses:

"We don't know what "causes" SIDS .. but .. we know it is not vaccines"

"We don't know what "causes" AUTISM .. but .. we know it is not vaccines"

"We don't know what "causes" TYPE 1 DIABETES .. but .. we know it is not vaccines"

Theresa .. do you think this article "What causes Type 1 diabetes" is related to the information you have given us today?

http://tinyurl.com/82tobnx

"Diabetic Environmental Triggers
Some researchers believe a viral infection can trigger type 1 diabetes in people genetically vulnerable to the disease. In this scenario, the virus creates a viral protein that resembles the insulin producing beta-cell protein. The immune system, tricked by this resemblance, (molecular mimicry??) attacks the beta cells of the pancreas as well as the virus. Enteric viruses, so called because they are associated with human feces and attack the intestines, causing vomiting or diarrhea, are under particular scrutiny as a potential cause of type 1 diabetes.

Other researchers believe the trigger is actually some sort of toxin in the environment. One theory under investigation blames toxic bacteria in the soil. According to this theory, the bacteria infest vegetables, which then are eaten by people genetically predisposed to type 1 diabetes. The toxins attack pancreatic beta cells and create an autoimmune reaction that also targets the beta cells."

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