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Reminder - This is Your Chance to Influence Federal Autism Spending - Comments Due Tuesday

BillionsBy Jim Moody, Esq.

If you don’t like the way your tax dollars are being spent, or not spent, on autism research, this is your chance to speak up and take action.  The strategic plan (SP) for autism research will guide federal spending on autism research for the next five years, subject to annual updates.  The draft plan (HERE) was released for comment August 20 (HERE)

Comments are due by Tuesday, September 30, and should be emailed to [email protected].  There is a suggested limitation of two pages.  See the above request for further details.  A few thoughts on possible subjects for comment are summarized below.

It is extremely important for groups and individuals to file comments.  Over 500 comments were submitted in response to last January’s request, many of which were from our friends in the “neurodiversity” (ND) community.

The process for developing the SP began at a meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) last November 30.  A summary of the major events in the development of the SP is here (HERE).  Age of Autism reported on the process, “What’s So Secret About Autism Science” (HERE), January 12, “The Strategic Plan for the Combating Autism Act” (HERE), July 8, and “The Strategic Plan for the Combating Autism Act” (HERE), July 14.  Consult these articles and information on the IACC website (HERE) for more background.  Information on deficiencies in the plan can also be found in Safeminds’ July 7 letter to Secretary Leavitt (HERE) , IACC member Lyn Redwood’s August 5 letter to Dr. Hann (current head of the Autism Team) (HERE) and Autism Speaks’ August 14 letter to IACC Chair Insel (HERE) .

What’s Wrong With the Plan.

Where to start?  There’s so much wrong with the plan that it is probably best to just start over.  Basically it is a rehash of the 2004 “autism matrix” or research roadmap (HERE).  The plan proposes 35 broad research initiatives grouped into six categories, and is organized as follows:

Introductory Material (including the Introduction, Vision Statement, Mission Statement, Core Values and Cross-Cutting Themes)
I:  When Should I Be Concerned?
II:  How Can I Understand What Is Happening?
III:  What Caused This To Happen And Can This Be Prevented?
IV:  Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?
V:  Where Can I Turn For Services?
VI:  What Does The Future Hold?

Development Process for the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research

Although Congress asked for a plan leading to cause (prevention) and treatment, the draft has all the urgency of molasses on a cold day.  It fails to recognize the paradigm shift from autism as a psychiatric disorder to autism as a whole-body disease caused by environmental exposures and treatable.  Set forth below are some ideas that might help your comments.

The Plan Must Articulate Adequate Doctrine to Guide Research.

The most crucial flaw is failure to adequately set forth guiding principles and doctrine.  The plan must recognize that autism is a national health emergency and propose research with a genuine sense of urgency, similar to our response to threats like SARS and bird flu.  The plan must recognize that the ten-fold increase in diagnosed cases over the past two decades represents a real increase in the frequency of this disorder – a genuine epidemic – rather than simply better labeling or increased public awareness.  The research agenda responsive to an epidemic is much different than research directed against a disorder that has been here since the beginning of time, especially since it would focus aggressively on identifying and removing environmental triggers and on treatment of those already affected.  The plan must expressly state a strategic goal of preventing new cases of autism.  Without such a goal and research focused on identifying and eliminating environmental triggers, the over-emphasis on gene research in the current draft risks future reliance on eugenic abortions as the government’s “solution” to the autism problem rather than a genuine effort to identify and eliminate etiologic environmental triggers.

The plan largely embodies the old paradigm of autism as an inherited genetic disorder.  Recent research has failed to provide evidence supporting the heritability hypothesis.  While investigation of inherited factors in autism have contributed to some interesting hypotheses about the biology of ASD, and there continue to be extensive privately funded research projects in this area, this research is unlikely to lead to meaningful interventions for many years and therefore don't deserve the funding priority they have heretofore received..  The plan must state a strategic goal that research be conducted provide benefits to children and adults living with autism.

The plan should focus research on environmental causation.  Such research must include “controversial” topics such as vaccines as a potential cause.  The legislative history of CAA singled out vaccine research for special emphasis yet the draft plan lumps this (without specific mention) into the general category of environmental research.  An environmental factor or combination of factors contributes to disease causality. These factors can interact with susceptibility genes.  Timing of exposure during development is also an important consideration, and relevant exposures may occur pre- or post-natally.  Even low level exposures can result in alterations to development that can lead to symptoms of autism. Research on the role of environmental agents must be the priority for understanding the new case rates, and can be a fruitful approach for both treatment and prevention.  The plan must state a strategic goal of identifying the preventable environmental causes of autism and promising areas of intervention to improve function in affected individuals while also preventing new cases.  While there may be  no “cure” for autism, we cannot turn back the clock to reclaim the time lost to developmental injury. We also embrace the unique personality of autistic individuals and, for a few, their unique aptitudes and gifts. Our hopes for children with autism are that they: may lead independent lives; otherwise expand their capacity to learn, grow and develop; play a productive role in society; and the ability to enjoy mutually satisfying and loving relationships. Individuals diagnosed with autism are physically sick and disabled; they are not genetically defective. While they may have unusual talents, their condition is not purely behavioral or psychiatric.  Substantial recovery from their deficits is possible and there is evidence in case studies of effectively complete recovery from the symptoms of autism.  Autism and related disorders and their associated conditions are amenable to treatments which, if applied correctly, can result in significant improvements in function. Treatments and recovery mechanisms can be identified through systematic and thoughtful clinical practice, use of basic science, and comprehensive data analysis.  With better science applied and more training of clinicians, significant improvement in function is likely. Recovery and improvement can be measured with the appropriate tools and methods.  In order to accomplish meaningful recovery, however, medical intervention should be an integral component of autism support services, which also include specialized education, traditional therapies like speech and OT, innovative neural systems challenge approaches, accommodations, and life choice opportunities (housing, employment, recreation).  The plan should expressly recognize that recovery of function is possible with early and effective treatment.  The plan must state a strategic goal of expanding therapy and treatment options for all individuals with autism and identifying the most effective interventions in current use.

The Plan Must Include Community Participation in All Decisions Relating to Autism Research.

A second major flaw is that it completely fails to re-engineer the grant-making process.  Crucial here is the inclusion of community participation at all levels of decisions relating to autism research, especially on matters of scientific merit and program relevance.  The Congressionally-mandated program for autism research conducted by the Defense Department (HERE) does a much better job of incorporating meaningful community participation.  Greater participation ha been encouraged by IOM and by Congress in the CAA.  Also, the old “study section” model must be abandoned in favor of targeted funding opportunities with review by special emphasis panels.  The plan should also include the establishment of an permanent Autism Advisory Board, as recommended by Congress in the CAA.  Composed of scientists, clinicians, and advocates, the AAB be in a better position than ad hoc workgroups to monitor the plan and provide the annual updates required by Congress.

The Budget is Woefully Inadequate to Solve the Challenges Posed by the ASD Epidemic.

Although initially reluctant, the Autism Team eventually accepted the requirement in the CAA that it provide a research budget as part of the SP.  How much should be spent on autism research?  Not to be flip, but the answer is simple: as much money as is needed to effectively treat existing cases and prevent new ones.  Given the enormous direct and indirect financial burden of autism on society, now growing exponentially, a “cost of disease” analysis should be performed and included in the plan to determine how much “should” be spent.  Ironically, the same general sort of analysis is used to “justify” each new vaccine in terms of the “benefits” of preventing an infectious disease.  The budget must also consider the demand from the scientific community for funding for autism-related research.  Such an analysis would require, at a minimum, a review of proposals submitted to NIH during recent years that were not funded due to lack of money.  This information was requested but never provided to IACC.

A couple of examples will illustrate the inadequacy of the funding.  A list of the proposed initiatives with proposed funding as of August 8 is here (HERE).  Five projects relating to environmental cause are proposed for the next five years at a funding level of $24 million.  Why limit these studies to only five (without even specifically mentioning vaccines)?  The plan should propose as many as are needed to identify the pre-natal and post-natal exposures that trigger ASD without arbitrary limits.  The budget proposes a handful of treatment studies and clinical trials over five years.  But this falls far short of studying the effectiveness of the dozens of behavioral and medical interventions currently used by parents.  It’s hard to have confidence in NIH’s treatment research agenda in light of the recent cancellation of a clinical trial of chelation.  Although thousands of parents are using various forms of chelation, NIH had its own trial on the books for two years and finally dropped it allegedly for safety reasons.  Although most likely a pretext, the fact that so many parents are using chelation more than justifies rigorous study of this intervention especially if there are legitimate safety concerns.

Process Failures Contributed to a Deficient Plan.

You might also wish to comment on the many errors that have infected the planning process.  The details are too numerous to discuss here, but, without major revision, anything approved by IACC is subject to legal challenge and a restart of the process.  Some of the more serious examples include: appointment of Joyce Chung, wife of legendary epidemic-denier Roy Grinker, as head of the Autism Team (see “Grinker’s Stinker: His Wife Runs the IACC” (HERE), January 15); members of science workshops and workgroups were not appointed by IACC, the six c ommunity members of IACC were prohibited from collaborating outside formal meetings; secret email voting and discussions; “public” comments not made public; refusal to provide background information necessary to formulate the plan; community input was ignored; selection of workshop and workgroup members with disqualifying bias and lack of diversity; abrogation of IACC’s obligation to make key decisions to an internal bureaucracy; and “community” participation in making crucial decisions regarding funding priorities and specific initiatives was limited to organizations and interests that privately fund autism research (especially relating to genetics).

Next Steps.

The next meeting of IACC will be held November 21 in Washington (HERE).  As has been the case for three of the SP workgroup meetings, hopefully this will be available on a conference call and on the web (slides) so that the broader community can listen.  Hundreds of millions in research funding are at stake.  It is also important that the broader community have the first-hand opportunity to assess how effectively the six IACC “community” members are representing the community.


Julie Penny

I sent in my letter too which I copied to my 2 senators and Representative.

John Stone

I write as a British citizen, without a representative - and just possibly my thought may be wide of the mark, but also just possibly useful (if it is not too late).

Surely, the point to be making at this juncture is that we believe that we have fallen in the face of exactly the same absurdities as in the financial sector: non-regulation, phoney regulation, allowing the industry to set the agenda. The ideology and the self-deception are precisely the same, and it is the public who are left with the disaster.

Luigi DiRubba, DC


Case Studies & Additional Articles

The dramatic rise of autism has become an epidemic issue. Recent published reports of a vaccine-autism link confirm what a large percentage of parents of autistic children have claimed: their child's autism (including behavior and personality changes) occurred shortly after (a few days to weeks) their "well baby visit shots." The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine has been increasingly targeted as the cause of autism, although a certain percentage of cases have been described after the Hepatitis B, Pertussis and other vaccines.

Peer Reviewed Papers:

Improvement in a 3 1/2 Year Old Child with Autism Following Chiropractic Intervention to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation.

The role of chiropractic in the care of a four-year-old boy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Joel Alcantara, DC (1) and Kim McCann-Swanson, DC, DACCP (2)
Presented at Pangea: a Conference for the Wellness of Children.

Autism is a complex, behaviorally defined disorder of the immature brain. Autism is not a disease but a syndrome with multiple non-genetic and genetic causes. Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a wide spectrum of developmental disorders characterized by impairments in 3 behavioral domains: 1) social interaction; 2) language, communication, and imaginative play; and 3) range of interests and activities. There are two basic types of autism: autism from birth (classic autism once known as Kanner’s Syndrome) and regressive autism, which generally occurs between 12 and 24 months of age after a period of normal development and behavior. The incidence of autism from birth is low, approximately one or two out of 10,000 births. However, the incidence of regressive autism and associated ASDs has soared. A recent study indicates that as many as 1 out of 150 California children may have regressive ASD. A similar figure was reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in a study of a township on the East Coast of the United States. ASD is of great concern to all healthcare practitioners because of an astonishing 556% reported increase in pediatric prevalence between 1991 and 1997. The clinical management of ASD requires a multidisciplinary approach, consisting primarily of speech, language, behavioral, and educational interventions although, “ there is a lack of clinically based evidence on which to universally recommend a rational clinical algorithm for treatment.” The rising incidence of ASD and the lack of well-documented treatment options should be a “matter of urgent public concern.” The role of chiropractic in the treatment of children with ASD has not been well documented in the scientific literature. This case study will address this deficit and examine the role of chiropractic care in the treatment algorithm for a patient with ASD.

Objective: To describe the role of chiropractic care in the management of a patient with autistic spectrum disorder.

Clinical features: A four-year-old boy was diagnosed with autism at 23 months. His mother presented him for chiropractic evaluation and possible care with the hope that chiropractic care might help his frequent ear infections. The mother also reported that the child was very active but his speech and communication skills were a challenge.

Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for using the Webster toggle headpiece and Logan Basic technique to the cervical spine and sacrum. According to the patient’s mother, her little boy’s speech and ability to communicate improved dramatically following adjustments.

Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence that patients with ASD may benefit from chiropractic care characterized as Toggle Recoil and Logan Technique. This case report encourages further investigation into the role of chiropractic care in the integrative management of patients with autism.

Blocked atlantal nerve syndrome in infants and small children. Gutman G. ICA Review, 1990; July:37-42. Originally published in German Manuelle Medizin (1987) 25:5-10.

From the abstract:

Three case reports are reviewed to illustrate a syndrome that has so far received far too little attention, which is caused and perpetuated in babies and infants by blocked nerve impulses at the atlas. Included in the clinical picture are lowered resistance to infections, especially to ear-, nose-, and throat infections, two cases of insomnia, two cases of cranial bone asymmetry, and one case each of torticollis, retarded locomotor development, retarded linguistic development, conjunctivitis, tonsillitis, rhinitis, earache, extreme neck sensitivity, incipient scoliosis, delayed hip development, and seizures.

Behavioral and Learning Changes Secondary to Chiropractic Care to Reduce Subluxations in a Child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Case Study
Lisa Lovett, D.C. Charles Blum, D.C. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research

Conclusion: There are many causes to ADHD as well as other learning and behavioral disorders; therefore conclusions cannot be conclusively drawn by a single case study. A possible conclusion that can be drawn in this case is that adjusting spinal lesions (e.g., subluxations) appeared to reduce the child’s pain and discomfort, which allowed him the ability to concentrate, learn and “sit still.” Further studies with controls need to be conducted in this area to determine the effectiveness of chiropractic care in aiding the symptoms of children who are classified as ADHD.

Clinical Efficacy of Upper Cervical Versus Full Spine Chiropractic Care on Children with Autism: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Khaled A. Khorshid Bio, DC, MS, MBBCh; Roy W. Sweat Bio, DC; David A. Zemba, Jr. Bio, DC; Brett N. Zemba Bio, DC
Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, March 9, 2006, pp 1-7

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care For A Nine-Year-Old Male With Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression, Asthma, Insomnia, and Headaches: A Case Report
Erin Elster, DC Journal Of Vertebral Subluxation Research July 12, 2003, pp. 1-11

Conclusion: The onset of symptoms soon after the boy’s delivery; the immediate reduction in symptoms correlating with the initiation of care; and the complete absence of symptoms within six weeks of care; suggest a link between the patient’s traumatic birth, the upper cervical subluxation, and his neurological conditions. Further investigation into upper cervical trauma as a contributing factor to Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, depression, insomnia, headaches, and asthma should be pursued.
Learning difficulties of children viewed in the light of osteopathic concept. Frymann V (1988). In: Retalaff EW, Mitchell Fl Jr. (Eds). The cranium and its sutures, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, NY, pp.27-47.

The relationship of craniosacral examination findings in grade school children with developmental problems. Upledger JE, J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1978 (Jun);77 (10):760-776

A pilot study of applied kinesiology in helping children with learning disabilities. Mathews MO, Thomas E, British Osteopathic Journal Vol. X11 1993.

IQ scores improved and learning disabilities lessened. The British Osteopaths used applied kinesiology and Neural Organization Technique (NOT) developed by Carl Ferrari, D.C.

The effect of chiropractic adjustments on the behavior of autistic children; a case review. Sandeful, R, Adams E. ACA Journal of Chiropractic, Dec 21:5, 1987.

The authors reported that 50% of all subjects under chiropractic care experienced reliable behavioral improvements, as recorded by independent observers. It is reported by those working with autistic children than any change in behavior in an autistic child is considered to be significant. Behavioral improvements were observed in such diverse areas as picking up toys, use of sign language, reduction of self-abuse and appropriate use of language.

Case Studies:

Case report: autism and chronic otitis media. Warner SP and Warner TM. Today's Chiropractic. May/June 1999.

This is a case report of a 3 ½ year-old girl with autism. She was non-verbal, had compulsive disorders, daily rituals, head banging and violence. After chiropractic, care began within one month her parents and teacher noticed a 30% improvement socially. After one year of care, an 80% improvement was noticed. Head banging and other rituals diminished by 50% with less violent behavior. She had chronic serous otitis media and had been on antibiotics for one year. Within a one-week period after her first adjustment, antibiotic use stopped due to a 70% improvement in her otitis media.

Case Study - Autism. Rubinstein, HM, Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol. 1 No. 1, April 1994

This is the case study of a seven year old female diagnosed with autism. The child has a history of sexual and physical abuse. The little girl would slowly turn in circles in place while singing an incomprehensible song with a glazed stare and blank expression. Spinal examination revealed a right posterior and superior C1 with a frequency of about twice a week. After ten months of care she was able to carry on conversations, carry out commands, dress and groom herself. Cognitivedevelopment progressed to where she was able to learn, read, and participate in public school.

The effects of chiropractic treatment on students with learning and behavioral impairments due to neurological dysfunction. Walton EV. Int Rev of Chiro 1975;29:4-5,24-26.

In this study 24 learning impaired students, half received chiropractic care and the other half, who were either on medication or receiving no treatment at all, were used for comparison. The case histories that follow were obtained from the above paper.
Case C-91: A high school student who was failing three subjects, with a history of failure, low morale, discipline problems, poor coordination, and a long history of clinical and medical treatment. After chiropractic care the student was passing all subjects, highly motivated, showing improved coordination and able to participate in athletics. All medications were dropped.

Case C-92: Also a high school student on 20mg. Ritalin and on Dilantin. She was non-motivated, negative, passive, nonverbal, and failing in high school work despite placement in special classes. After chiropractic adjustments the student was taken off Ritalin, began talking and expressing herself, and showed improved reading comprehension and reading speed.

Case CE-92: An elementary student who was extremely hyperkinetic, irritable, and he had severe behavior problems at home and school. Grades were marginal to failing. Al-though the boy was only 8 years old, Ritalin had been increased from an initial 5mg. to a total of 70mg./day with steadily diminishing results. (70mg. approaches danger level as a dosage). At the conclusion of chiropractic care, the Ritalin had been entirely discontinued and coordination was improved to the extent that the student became an able Little League ball player. His attitude was excellent, grades were up an average of one letter grade, and the student was considered free of all limiting factors. Behavior at home and school was exemplary.
Case CE-101: An elementary student. This student was marginally passing his courses. There was a four year history of marginal accomplishment in school. He was nervous, underweight and suffered from insomnia. Medication was briefly tried but the student's emotional control became poor and he frequently wept. The medication had to be discontinued. After chiropractic care there was a marked reduction in nervousness and great improvement in emotional stability. His mother reported that his appetite was now normal and he began enjoying school during the last month.
Case C-93: A high school student. Initially on heavy dosages of medication, non-motivated with a long history of clinical evaluation and treatment. The girl was failing most school subjects, marginal in others, and withdrawn. After chiropractic adjustments, her self-confidence improved; she was passing all subjects. All medication was discontinued after four months of treatment. A vocational goal was established.
Case CJ-95: A junior high school student. He was hyperkinetic almost from birth and had a traumatic early developmental history with suspected neurological problems. Although of above average intelligence he was passing only two subjects, both marginally. He was starting to become a discipline problem, making little or no effort in school. After chiropractic care, fine and gross motor coordination improved markedly. He began taking an interest in athletics and played Little League on a team that placed third in the state. Effort and motivation improved to the extent that plans to send him back to a lower grade were dropped and he was promoted. Reports at the third week of school indicated that his academic progress was excellent after a late summer remedial program.
Case CE-102: An elementary student who had been diagnosed by numerous clinics as minimally brain damaged, retarded and/or suffering from neurological dysfunction. He also suffered from severe emotional problems. After chiropractic he showed great improvement in self-confidence. He began to take part in public speaking in school. Mental ability tests indicated that the student was at normal grade level except for deficiencies in reading.

Developmental Communication Disorder. Subluxation location and correction Stephen R. Goldman, D.C. Today's Chiropractic July/August 1995 p.70-74.

"A 2-year old child had a medical diagnosis of 'developmental communication disorder.' He was non-responsive to any external stimuli, even to receiving an injection.did not respond to sound or touch.Chiropractic analysis revealed an axis subluxation. "On the third visit, when I walked into the room, he began to cry. That was the first time that he responded to anything happening around him. By the sixth adjustment, he started to follow certain commands and stopped making repeated hand motions. He started to talk after the 12th office visit. At present, he has an extensive vocabulary and is slightly hyperactive; he is probably making up for lost time."

Autism, Asthma, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), strabismus and illness susceptibility: a case study in chiropractic management. Amalu WC. Todays Chiropractic. September/October 1998. Pp. 32-47.

A 5-year-old female with autism, asthma, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome and left-sided strabismus who was experiencing 25 violent temper episode per day, with each episode lasting up to 20 minutes was referred for care. She also exhibited three episodes each day of self-inflicted violent behavior, which included biting her arm, slapping her head and repeatedly banging her head against a full-length mirror. She also had at least one episode of violent behavior each day - hitting people, especially her mother. Speech was limited to a few words such as "mama, dada, milk and walk."

Chiropractic Management consisted of correction of the atlanto-occipital subluxation with the patient adjusted in the knee-chest posture with contact to the posterior arch of atlas.

First week of care: After the first adjustment, patient had her first good night's sleep since her mother could remember. Violent temper episodes had reduced to 15 per day with de-crease in intensity. Self-inflicted violent behavior was decreased in frequency. Her speech, vocabulary and sleep patterns had improved.
Second week: one adjustment. Violent temper episodes at five per day. Right eye showed no more signs of strabismus. Patient began speaking in sentences for the first time. Mother reported a marked decrease in hyperactivity along with a desire to be touched and hugged
Third week: One adjustment. Violent temper episodes 2 per day with decreased intensity. Mother stated there was little hyperactivity. Self-directed or outward violent behavior have ceased. Irritable bowel syndrome was much improved.
Fourth week: no adjustments. All temper episodes, hyperactivity, violent behavior have stopped. Sleeping through the night. Patient was evaluated by two therapists who declared the diagnosis of autism was "incorrect."
Week 5- 8: a mild return of symptoms, an adjustment was given, and symptoms abated.
Weeks 9-12: no adjustments. The IBS had almost completely resolved. Patient continued to improve over next 8 months; no more asthma attacks.

Subluxation location and correction by Stephen R. Goldman, D.C. Today's Chiropractic July/August 1995 p.70-74. Case Study No. 4:

31-year-old with Crohn's disease (since age 15). A portion of his intestine had been removed and he was on antibiotics and prednisone. Had not had a normal bowel movement since age 15 and constantly suffered from abdominal cramps. Chiropractic analysis: Subluxation of axis. By the 13 th visit, he started having normal bowel movements and all medication was stopped.

Additional Articles:

An analysis of 350 emotionally maladjusted individuals under chiropractic care. Hartmann GW, Schwartz HS. NCA Journal of Chiropractic, Nov. 1949.

Classic review of 350 individuals helped under chiropractic care.
Relations of disturbances of cranio-sacral mechanisms to symptomatology of the newborn. Fryman V. JAOA. 1966;65:1059

In a group of 1250 unselected babies examined five days post partum, a group of 211 'nervous' children were found suffering from vomiting, hyperactivity, tremors and sleeplessness. Release of 'strain' in the skull resulted in immediate quieting, cessation of crying, muscular relaxation and sleepiness.

Post-traumatic evaluation and treatment of the pediatric patient with head injury: a case report. Araghi HJ. Proceedings of the National Conference on Chiropractic and Pediatrics, 1992:1-8.
From the abstract: a two-year-old boy suffering from vomiting and loss of energy following impact trauma to the head and found by neurological exam ant CT scan to have suffered a concussion with no evidence of brain or spinal cord pathology. Chiropractic adjustment of occiput resolved the patient's symptoms.

Terri Lewis

I sent a letter, too.

It's harder when you've got so many people in the IACC, many of whom are being stupid/obtuse on purpose. (What a ton of verbiage! Are they getting paid by the word!?)

Still, we must keep trying, I think.

And, Jeff?

We are most definitely living in the twilight zone.

Terri L.


Can someone with an intimate understanding of this process please describe what happens once the committee has defined their plan?

Does it require any further involvement of the House or does the NIH have full authority to set and approve the agenda...and, if so, what is the recourse for those dissatisfied with the plan. This might be cause for our next organized effort as a community if congress is or can congress be involved.


Ok, I sent my letter. I hope it helps.

Jeff Ransom

Is it just me, or are we living in the twilight zone. We have been told year after year the government has no money for autism research because of the war, etc. etc., but let a bunch of mostly rich guys on wall street (who did there job badly) get in trouble and our government can pull 700 billion out of it's butt to help,,, "mostly rich guys".

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