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Dec 6, 2013, Long Beach (CA) Press Telegram: Autism may be linked to gastrointestinal issues, Caltech study says.

Dec 5, 2013, Warwick (RI) Beacon: Planning to meet needs of autistic adults

Dec 5, 2013, Palm Beach (FL) Daily News:  Autism Speaks post rattles some readers--One board member resigns, saying he can't stand by co-founder Suzanne Wright's views.

Dec 5, 2013, Washington Times: Vaccine disinformation: Katie Couric on HPV and Jenny McCarthy on autism

Long Beach (CA) Press Telegram

A breakthrough at Caltech suggests that behaviors associated with autism are influenced from gastrointestinal (GI) issues, and could be treated with probiotic therapy.

Using a mouse model of autism previously developed at Caltech, researchers injected the mice with the "good" human bacteria Bacteroides fragilis, which can treat a "leaky gut," metabolites pouring out of the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. Not only did the GI issue decreased, so did the autism symptoms in the mice.

Now, neuroscientists and biologists at Caltech hypothesize that behavioral issues on the autism spectrum may be influenced by GI issues, and could be treated with probiotics.

It's a "breakthrough." It's a "landmark paper."

GI issues and autism? Aren't we talking about the research of Dr. Andrew Wakefield? I posted two comments.

Warwick (RI) Beacon

For the most part, when picturing the face of autism, one pictures a young child facing difficulties with communication, social interaction and daily activities. But what happens when that child grows up to become a member of the adult world?

That is the question facing Joanne Quinn and Sue Baylis. Quinn is the executive director of The Autism Project in Johnston. Baylis is the organization's parent resource specialist. The Autism Project, which was started in 1997 by educators, professionals and family members concerned about autism in public schools, offers educational consultation services, professional and family training workshops, social groups, camps and conferences aimed at improving the education and daily lives of children. Quinn and Baylis are now faced with finding new programs and ways to support autistic adults.

According to Quinn, 500,000 Americans with autism will age out of school support systems in the next 10 years. Those living with autism have varying levels of difficulty in verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction and leisure activities. . . .

"They've gone through school to get a diploma, everyday academics, academics, academics," said Quinn. "But now they are out and have no ability to get or sustain a job," which could lead to intense depression and anxiety problems.

"Kids were coming out of high school with no transition plan and sitting on their couches. Some still are," said Baylis.


Once at a parents' meeting a mom was talking about autism and she said, "Where were all these kids when I was little?"

Someone told her, "Parents used to keep them at home."

I was speechless.

We are deluding ourselves into believing that nothing's wrong. There just can't be

Palm Beach (FL) Daily News

A controversial post to the Autism Speaks website last month by co-founder Suzanne Wright of Palm Beach rattled some readers and led to the resignation of one of the organization's board members.

Wright's article referred to "the autism crisis," which she said demands "a national response." Afterward, she met with congressional leaders to press her case for more money for research, treatment and services to address autism.

She wrote: "If three million children in America one day went missing - what would we as a country do? If three million children in America one morning fell gravely ill - what would we as a country do?

My comment:

While America is trying to accommodate autism with "Sensitive Santas" and "Autism Friendly Movies, " Suzanne Wright brought up the uncomfortable reality that autism is a real crisis, that children are suffering and that there's nothing for the massive population of children who will be aging out of school with no place to go.

It seems we are not allowed to call autism, a crisis.

Here are two stories from Age of Autism that show what autism really is for countless families.



Parents of these children are not so accepting. They want more than awareness.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

Washington Times:

Yesterday, Katie Couric aired a show titled the "Big Conversation" which devoted almost 30 minutes to the possibility that human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccinations may be causing deaths to recipients of the vaccine.

To illustrate the so-called "controversy," Couric interviewed Rosemary Mathis, director of the anti-HPV organization SaneVax, Inc. and Emily Tarsell, both mothers who claim the HPV vaccine took their daughters live

To bolster Couric's journalistic angle, Couric also trotted out Dr. Diane Harper, known as a lead researcher in the development of Gardasil and Cervarix, the two drugs approved as HPV vaccines. Harper, who once supported the use of HPV vaccines, has now done a 180 and has publically taken on an anti-vaccine position.

How dare Katie Couric talk about HPV vaccine side effects! TIME and the Washington Post have both gone after her.

I posted two comments---no links allowed.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


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Then why didn't we need special services for all the undiagnosed children years ago? Even with out an official diagnosis, the symptoms and needs would still have been present. There still would have been children who were mute, unable to tolerate stimulation, who would wander, who would have needed special assistance in the classroom, with bowel control problems, with behavioral issues. There would have been exhausted parents seeking answers and very busy overbooked therapists trying to help them. Surely, all these children couldn't have been missed, because if they were missed, then the autistic children today would also be able to blend into society undetected. The better diagnosing argument doesn't make any sense.


Several years ago however, we were only seeing 1 in every 3,000 children being diagnosed with autism, so what has caused this significant increase. Many medical professionals believe that it's largely to the fact that there are more checks and balances in place these days which make it easier for doctors to diagnose the condition.


Vaccine injury denialists depend on science being static -- set in stone. Any new ideas that might lead to questioning of vaccine safety are not funded and ridiculed. But I don't think it will be possible for vaccine injury denialists to prevent advancement in the area of gut bugs. It's one of the hottest areas of research right now. A few people have big grants to study the microbiome, and universities are courting those people to get a piece of the action. The can of worms has been opened. Every time I turn around I see research about how the microbiome affects an old problem -- like obesity, depression, and even graft vs host disease in bone marrow transplants. I don't see how a Wakefield vindication could be prevented! Years ago I was waiting for a probiotic product with oxalobactor forminges to help with the oxalate problem in autism (and to help with kidney and gallstones). I'm assuming that industry pressure slowed progress on this. I'll bet we'll see this product revisited. It may not tie in directly with vaccine safety, but as we learn more about our microbiome's importance to health, we'll question our decisions about disease control. When considering genetics and autism, I bet we'll find that the genetics of our microbiome is crucial.


Thank you for defending Suzanne Wright's speech. I was surprised at the number of AoA readers that "applauded" J.E. Robison for his resignation. (Unless by 'applaud' they meant 'get you Neuro-diversity butt out off the board of science advisory.')


The Caltech research is really good news if they continue to research it and find exactly what is needed to cure humans. It is something to celebrate for those of us who have tried everything to help our children's GI tract and are still struggling.

The Autism Speaks news is good news too. That organization desperately needs much better blood if they are to accomplish anything at all. I hope they all resign.

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