Autism and April: Embrace This
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April 1, 2013, CBS Miami: Focus On South Florida: Autism Awareness

Mar 31, 2013, Health Impact News: (Brian Hooker) Can We Trust the CDC Claim that There is No Link Between Vaccines and Autism?

Mar 31, 2013, Holland (MI) Sentinel: Mackinac Bridge to be bathed in blue for autism

Mar 31, 2013, Union County officers confronting autism, filling a training gap 

Mar 31, 2013, Autism-friendly shows

Mar 30, 2013, Albany (NY) Times Union: Special Needs Network Gears Up for Autism Awareness Month

Mar 29, 2013, Allentown (PA) Morning Call: Businesses, schools to light up in blue for autism

Mar 28, 2013, USA Today: Full vaccine schedule safe for kids, no link to autism

Mar 27, 2013, Fox News: Jim Carrey's antigun tirade

Mar 26, 2013, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Readers Writer (March 26): HPV vaccine, achievement gap, guns, solar storm


CBS Miami: Focus On South Florida: Autism Awareness 

The message here is stunning. Vaccines can be a trigger for autism, but they're not the cause. Two brothers, one vaccinated on the regular schedule and one with an alternative one, both get autism, therefore vaccines aren't the cause of autism?

I call this, Autism Speaks' message of hopelessness for April.

"I think awareness is the best thing we can hope for right now" the truly chilling statement made by the mother during the interview. Light it up's all we can do.

My friend Jackie in San Francisco told me yesterday that April 2nd should be a national day of mourning for autism.

I only posted four comments because they won't publish ones with links.


News Anchor: "Why, Why...If we could get at the why, could we prevent it? And I know I had mentioned before we came into this, that question that's still a great controversy, could vaccines at all play a role? And in your case, you have an open question mark."

Daniela Foley (mother): "I do. I vaccinated my oldest son, as you would any other child, he is on the spectrum. I changed the vaccination of my younger son, to try to see if there was a cause or a trigger. Despite that very different vaccination schedule, my younger son is also on the spectrum. I think it perhaps is a trigger, I don't believe it's a cause."

Anchor: "Or a trigger for some children."

Foley: "Correct."

Then the conversation changed to all thethings Autism Speaks is up to, all the new drugs that are being researched. The main message was that we need to light everything up in blue for awareness. Foley said that there are going to be "good days and bad---you hope for more good than bad."

Foley: "I think awareness is the best thing we can hope for right now, until we find all the answers that have eluded us. Because with awareness comes acceptance, and with acceptance comes opportunity."

Lula Folgosa, Exec Dir. South FL Autism Speaks talked about the need for insurance reform.

Foley urged parents of "newly diagnosed" children to join in Autism Speaks' upcoming walk because it's a "great opportunity for a day of absolute acceptance. There are probably upwards of 20,000 people who come. see that you are not alone." 

That's really true....with 2 percent of children now with autism, we're certainly not alone. 

Health Impact News: (Brian Hooker) Can We Trust the CDC Claim that There is No Link Between Vaccines and Autism?

"The recent CDC study 'Increasing Exposure to Antibody-Stimulating Proteins and Polysaccharides in Vaccines Is Not Associated with Risk of Autism' by Destefano et al. 2013 was released in the Journal of Pediatrics last week. This study purports that "increasing exposure to antibody-stimulating proteins and polysaccharides in vaccines during the first 2 years of life was not related to the risk of developing an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)." Of all of the papers I have reviewed over my 26-year career as a research scientist, this is perhaps the most flawed and disingenuous study I have encountered. The Destefano et al. 2013 study is to science what the movie Ishtar was to cinema."

Holland (MI) Sentinel

"The Mackinac Bridge will be lit blue at sundown Tuesday and continue to be illuminated at night for the entire month as part of an autism awareness campaign....

"It's part of a national campaign that includes bathing the White House and Empire State Building in blue.

"Autism affects people's ability to communicate and socialize. More than 50,000 people in Michigan have autism, including about 16,000 children."

Of course, 50,000 people in MI don't have autism....but 16,000 children do. I posted 2 comments. 

"The officers, from nearly 100 police departments and 17 prosecutor's offices, spent a day learning ways to constructively deal with people with the disorder.

"An estimated one in 49 children in New Jersey are born with a form of autism, experts say."

"BORN WITH AUTISM"----no three words make me angrier. Born with? Must be no one's fault then....or maybe the mom/dad. It's probably genetic. It's certainly nothing for society to worry about.  I posted two comments.

"As the number of families impacted by the disorder continues to grow, arts and culture organizations are discovering the need to reach these audiences. The latest federal survey puts the number of autism spectrum cases among school-age children at 1 in 50, according to a March 20 study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration."

"...continues to grow..." This acceptance is ludicrous.  I posted comments.

Allentown (PA) Morning Call 

"Many local businesses and professional offices will bathe their buildings in cerulean tones to honor Light It Up Blue, held globally each April 2 by Autism Speaks to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and kick-off Autism Awareness Month.

"Across the globe, iconic structures such as the Empire State Building in New York City and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil are illuminated blue to illustrate the importance of research into prevention and a cure for the brain development disorder, which now affects 1 in 88 children worldwide."

It's strange that this story talks about prevention when Autism Speaks never talks about preventing autism.  It's a given that there's no known cause. 

Our managing editor, Kim Stagliano, made this comment about "celebrating autism."

"They're pretending it's Easter when it's really Good Friday." That pretty well summed it up for me.  I intend to put that comment on every story talking celebrating autism that are sure to be coming out in April.  I posted three comments.

Albany (NY) Times Union 

"California's leading grassroots autism advocacy organization, will host a series of events throughout the month of April to help increase awareness about autism and the issues surrounding those impacted by the disorder. Autism impacts 1 in 50 children and appears to have its root in early brain development, although there is no known cause or cure. Since its inception, SNN has worked with more than 30,000 children and families and is known as California's go-to organization for autism advocacy and serving under-served populations, particularly the African American and Latino communities."

More of the horrific acceptance of a disorder affecting 2 percent of children with no known cause or cure.  (There was no place for comments.)

USA Today 

"A new study finds that children who receive the full schedule of vaccinations have no increased risk of autism.

"'This is a very important and reassuring study,' says Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer at Autism Speaks, who wasn't involved in the new paper. 'This study shows definitively that there is no connection between the number of vaccines that children receive in childhood, or the number of vaccines that children receive in one day, and autism.'"

This is sure to get lots of coverage and it's obviously timed to coincide with autism awareness month. There is a pretense at doing a comparison study, but it's not a true fully vaccinated vs never vaccinated study, which is the only way to settle the issue.

The comment link doesn't work.  Liz Szabo wrote this story.  She's covered autism/vaccines for a long time.  I wrote this about her last summer. 

The Truth About Liz Szabo and USA Today RE Autism Coverage

Fox News 

Greg Gutfeld on Fox: "What did jackass Jim Carrey do? He was behind that anti-vaccine panic. There's 160,000 people that died from measles last year, according to World Health Organization. Jim Carrey has killed more people than all the rifles combined. He's a dirty, stinking coward. He's a moral coward. He did a video attacking rural America. You wouldn't do video about gangs which kills more people with handguns. He wouldn't do that because he is too worried about his career. He's such a pathetic, sad, little freak. He is a gibbering mess."

Jim Carrey did a parody of Charlton Heston's role with guns and the NRA. There was a lot criticism on Fox. Three times Jim Carrey was the subject of discussion on Wednesday, March 27 on Fox. Greg Gutfeld wasn't satisfied with just talking about Carrey's portrayal of Heston, he also brought up Carrey's efforts to publicize the risks associated with vaccines. His tirade included blaming him for every person who died of measles last year.

Minneapolis Star Tribune 


"Should fears be given credence? No. Yes."

Both sides are presented and Pam McAlister of St. Paul presented the facts about the risks. 

It's hard to brush this off....

"Regarding the Gardasil vaccine, there were thousands of reports of sudden collapse with unconsciousness within 24 hours, seizures, muscle pain, disabling fatigue, Guillain-Barré syndrome, facial paralysis, brain inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, blood clots, optic neuritis, strokes and other serious health problems, including death. Adverse event reports for Cervarix have been similar. As of August 2012, a total of 26,304 reports had been made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System associated with Gardasil or Cervarix, including 118 deaths."


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"They were born nonverbal."

So happy not to have had coffee in my mouth when I read that. Thank you so much for the laugh!

It's hard to understand what signs people are seeing when they say autistic from birth, and even harder when they never respond when asked.


Michelle -
If your kids were born with autism, and if you may have identified a genetic cause, that does not mean that autism is always genetic and from birth. Whatever experience you have had does not invalidate others' experiences.

Also, since vaccines begin either on the day of birth (Hep B) or at age two months, or sometimes prenatally, it's pretty hard to rule out vaccines based on early signs of autism.

I don't know anyone who believes that ALL autism is caused by vaccines. Autism is defined by behaviors, not etiology, and there may be many paths arriving at autism. But there is a whole lot of evidence that vaccines are a major factor in the huge increase we have seen over the past 25 years.

It doesn't help your argument to launch a pre-emptive strike calling people "pissy" and "ignorant and close-minded" before anyone has even seen your comment let alone posted a response.


Semaxtics -
They were born nonverbal.


"From the moment they were BORN, they showed neurological and behavioural abnormalities."

Michelle, out of sincere curiosity, what neurological and behavioural abnormalities did your children show from birth? And what if any complications did you have giving birth?

Amanda Blinn

Michelle: Did you have a prenatal Rhogam shot?


Here in Australia, we are heading towards the end of the day, the 2nd of April, the Autism Awareness day and already the subject of Autism is fading.

By tomorrow, Autism would have been forgotten, except for the mum's and dad's with an Autistic child/ren.

Our stories of how we struggle on a daily basis to keep our children safe and happy will be forgotten.

Our stories of how our children regressed after the MMR will be forgotten, (much to the delight of BIG PHARMA and all those who support vaccines).

Tomorrow is a band new day for some, BUT, for the Autism parents, it is "Ground Hog" day, another Autism Day-not to be forgotten!

Elizabeth Gillespie

 Michelle B.

In my e-mail box from the school today:

"Tomorrow, we will be doing 'Light It Up Blue'. Have your child wear an APPROVED UNIFORM blue polo (and approved khaki bottoms) to show awareness for Autism. The children wearing an approved uniform polo will get chocolate."

Pretty ironic because my son is recovered and has no idea what autism is! He was never in SPED in this state, so the school has NO clue that he was ever DXed or affected. Since casein is no longer a problem, I guess the chocolate won't be either.

Would laugh were it not so tragic!


My kids WERE born with autism. Deal with that. From the moment they were BORN, they showed neurological and behavioural abnormalities. We also have a genetic duplication that is also sheeding some light in autism studies. Go ahead and get pissy at those who say this, but know that it is you that comes out ignorant and close-minded.

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