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Denial and the "Normalization" of The Age of Autism

Why Can't We "Cure" Autism in a Few Years?

Newsboy By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

It's probably a requirement to read Age of Autism that you don't mind ruffling a few feathers.

But when we say a major effort should be made to "cure" autism, an affliction which at a conservatively estimated rate of 1 in 100 children is an epidemic on a scale which dwarfs polio which at its height afflicted anywhere between 1 in 1,500 - 2,000 children, (the majority of whom recovered), we're told science doesn't move that quickly.

It was with some amusement I read a recent profile of James Watson, the co-discoverer of the double-helix structure of DNA, Nobel Prize winner, and former head of the Human Genome Project in The Wall Street JournalHERE in which he said cancer could be cured in his lifetime.  He's 82 years old.  He also seems to enjoy ruffling feathers.  I'm a great fan of such ambition. 

I'm well aware that Watson has his detractors, from his failing to give credit to the work of Rosalind Franklin to some of his more off-color comments of recent years, but how can you not have a little soft spot in your heart for a researcher who titled his 2007 book, "Avoid Boring People: Lessons Learned from a Life in Science" in which he described some of his former Harvard colleagues as "dinosaurs", "mediocre" and "deadbeats"?

Watson's target in the article is the FDA which he says is stifling innovation.  From Dr. Watson's remarks in The Wall Street Journal, "The FDA has so many regulations . . . They don't want you to try a new thing if there's an old thing that might work . . . But the regulations are saying you can't do these (new) things until we give you a lot of s--- drugs."  I know that many autism researchers and clinicians live in fear that their best treatments, even if absolutely safe, will run afoul of FDA regulations.

Further on in the article is this paragraph.  "He also complains that too often government and private money help support scientists rather than cutting edge science.  'That's not the aim of our money-job research, job security.  It should be job insecurity.  Or hospital insecurity.  Empty the breast cancer ward.'"

While many researchers seem to focus on uncovering a sliver of the cancer puzzle, Watson wants to go after the whole pie.  (How's that for a holiday metaphor?)  Watson notes that all cancer cells secrete a certain protein, interleukin 6, which makes them resistant to anti-cancer drugs.  The articles states, "Thus the key to curing cancer may be finding a drug that blocks interleukin-6.  'While this would be wonderful if it turns out to be true,' he says, he doesn't know if it is and he concedes, 'it's not conventional wisdom.'"  He is optimistic that there could be a Hail Mary discovery, a single drug that can work on all cancers.

I know it's  frustrating for autism parents to read about even more studies on eye-gazing, social interaction, or those elusive autism genes when research from prestigious institutions like the UC Davis MIND Institute and Johns Hopkins point so clearly to environmental factors like chemicals or pathogens at work.  Much of science seems so small, unable to grapple with fundamental problems.

And yet there are people in science who are dedicated to solving the big problems.  And yes, they often find themselves under attack by the medical establishment.  But they continue on in their work.  Much of it will continue to be unreported until all is put in order and safe from attack, but I believe we will all soon benefit from such work.  If James Watson believes cancer might be defeated by a Hail Mary discovery I don't understand why it's unreasonable to believe a similar thing might happen with autism.

When I'm asked what future I imagine for my daughter, Jacqueline, I'm torn by two very conflicting visions of the future.  On the one hand I note that she's twelve-years-old, has seizures, no effective language, can't run or climb a jungle gym, and is still in diapers.  None of the doctors in either the traditional medical world or bio-medical community can seem to help her. 

On the other hand I'm aware of the amazing capacity of the human mind to solve problems.  Do I really think that the later years of my daughter's life, (probably somewhere in the 2070s or 2080s if she lives an average lifespan) will in any way resemble these early, desparate ones?  No.  I'm betting on researchers like Dr. James Watson who will harness the best scientific practices with a passionate committment to solving the ills of humanity.

The Age of Autism will one day pass and it will be because of impatient researchers like Dr. James Watson.  They will deserve their own Nobel Prize.

Kent Heckenlively is a Contributing Editor to Age of Autism



To Willie: I am not sure where you got your information, but of all the DOZENS of sites I have looked at, there have been zero studies that showed any vaccine to be related to Autism. And personally, being an Autistic myself, I have researched this topic for a very long time. I would post links to sites that you can read, but I shall save my breath for more important matters.


Hey no vaccines were given to at least 40 kids...that moved here for help with Autism .... So parents thought the second time around will be better...we wont vacinate.... Not.........


Kent - I feel so sorry for you daughter, Jacqueline, and your struggle to find help for her.

“None of the doctors in either the traditional medical world or bio-medical community can seem to help her.”

I, too, was in the dark as to vaccine safety until I came across Andrew Moulden’s work. Then there was light!

“Vaccines Are One Big Experiment Causing Hundreds of Diseases In The Modern World”

“No oxygen to electrically active cells causes depolarization. In the heart, ischemia causes arrhythmia - a seizure to the heart. In the brain, ischemia causes seizures - arrhythmia to the brain. Seizures are a symptom of impaired blood flow and oxygenation just like vaccine induced autism-spectrum is a symptom of the same process.

You can have autism without seizures. You can have seizures without autism. You can have brain damages with or without autism or seizures. This is all ischemia - immediate and delayed, from instability of blood flow dynamics.

We are all having ischemic microvascular strokes - silently. Some of these damages are called "bulbar palsies" and they are the exact same damages we saw from wild polio exposure as we now see from vaccinations. Remarkably, no one ever told you that wild polio and other infectious diseases, were inducing the body to cause ischemic strokes to the brain. Vaccinations induce the same process - albeit in an attenuated and chronic form.”

“Vaccines Are One Big Experiment Causing Hundreds of Diseases In The Modern World”



“Vaccine Damnation: Retired Vaccine Researcher Speaks Out on Vaccine Dangers”

Dr. Mark Randall is the pseudonym of a vaccine researcher who worked for many years in the labs of major pharmaceutical houses and the US government’s National Institutes of Health.

Mark retired during the last decade. He says he was “disgusted with what he discovered about vaccines.”

“This is a history that has been cooked up to convince people that vaccines are invariably safe and effective.”

“In the Rimavex measles vaccine, we found various chicken viruses. In polio vaccine, we found acanthamoeba, which is a so-called “brain-eating” amoeba.

Simian cytomegalovirus in polio vaccine. Simian foamy virus in the rotavirus vaccine. Bird-cancer viruses in the MMR vaccine. Various micro-organisms in the anthrax vaccine. I’ve found potentially dangerous enzyme inhibitors in several vaccines. Duck, dog, and rabbit viruses in the rubella vaccine. Avian leucosis virus in the flu vaccine. Pestivirus in the MMR vaccine.”

“most people don’t know that some polio vaccines, adenovirus vaccines, rubella and hep A and measles vaccines have been made with aborted human fetal tissue.”

“I had a friend whose baby died after a DPT shot.”

“I found that this baby was completely healthy before the vaccination. There was no reason for his death, except the vaccine. That started my doubts. Of course, I wanted to believe that the baby had gotten a bad shot from a bad lot. But as I looked into this further, I found that was not the case in this instance. I was being drawn into a spiral of doubt that increased over time. I continued to investigate. I found that, contrary to what I thought, vaccines are not tested in a scientific way.”

“You are dealing with correlations, most of the time. Correlations are not perfect. But if you get 500 parents whose children have suffered neurological damage during a one-year period after having a vaccine, this should be sufficient to spark off an intense investigation.”

“The medical cartel has a stranglehold, but it is diminishing. Mainly because people have the freedom to question medicines. However, if the choice issue [the right to take or reject any medicine] does not gather steam, these coming mandates about vaccines against biowarefare germs are going to win out. This is an important time.”

“Wakefield performed a great service. His correlations between the vaccine and autism are stunning. Perhaps you know that Tony Blair’s wife is involved with alternative health. There is the possibility that their child has not been given the MMR. Blair recently side-stepped the question in press interviews, and made it seem that he was simply objecting to invasive questioning of his “personal and family life.” In any event, I believe his wife has been muzzled.”

“That the burden of proof in establishing the safety and efficacy of vaccines is on the people who manufacture and license them for public use. Just that. The burden of proof is not on you or me. And for proof you need well-designed long-term studies. You need extensive follow-up. You need to interview mothers and pay attention to what mothers say about their babies and what happens to them after vaccination. You need all these things. The things that are not there.”

“They make it seem a crime to refuse the vaccine. They equate it with bad parenting. You fight that with better information. It is always a challenge to buck the authorities. And only you can decide whether to do it. It is every person’s responsibility to make up his mind. The medical cartel likes that bet. It is betting that the fear will win.”

“As far as I’m concerned, all vaccines are dangerous.”

Amen to that! We need to listen to those who are trying to warn us. Dr Mark Randall has found redemption.


The ASANine propaganda machine strikes again. Aspie, did you read Kent's description of his daughter?

"she's twelve-years-old, has seizures, no effective language, can't run or climb a jungle gym, and is still in diapers. None of the doctors in either the traditional medical world or bio-medical community can seem to help her."

How bizarre is your cult that the preservation of this girl's suffering is part of your mission?


I should say:
That if not for what Kent has told us, I would be somewhere in a very deep, dark, hopless place right now.

My daughter had a bad week last week, and this week ain't so great either.

But if I start to worry, well; I work on it and one of the things that helps is remembering what Kent has said could happen in the very - very - very near future.


As long as the elitist are in control, the "cure" for autism will be genetic pre-screening and embryo pre-selection for those with the financial resources to afford it.

I honestly don't think they have any interest in curing our children but they will use publc fear about this crisis to promote/ sell technologies like pre-genetic diagnosis because that's where the money will be.

If anything the autism crisis is good for the biotech business, DNA analysis being a big growth area.

Theodore Van Oosbree

Good luck: Dr. Boyd Haley couldn't even get his harmless anti-oxidant past our health Gestapo.



Kent we have different politics except to cure this iatrogenic holocaust.

Stop vaccinating and that wil stop new autistics from being made.

Because autism is caused by designer vaccines by nefarious capitalist with political tentacles in every phase of government, the obvious cure will be in a small lab somewhere by somebody with the knowledge, courage and moxy that has a child with autism and the wherewithall to try antivirals both natural and commercial in petrie dishes and humans to try and reverse the damage done by these viruses designed to make the entire human race ill so pharma can sell more drugs.

Kent I know you want your child to have a chance that is what we all want for our children and that is why we search and think and dream and hope and search and think and dream and PRAY and PRAY and PRAY and PRAY. Do not forget to pray Kent!!!



Thank you, Kent. Your posts always get me thinking in more productive directions!

My memory on something I read is vague and my terminology here is self-made-up and probably misused, but maybe some reading here can tell me if this is "biologically plausible."

I was reading about the lutein-free diet a few years back, and the site I was on proposed the possibility that autism was an intolerance or allergy(?) to lutein and/or something like metabolic byproducts of the metabolism of lutein or submolecular components of the protein?

This got me thinking, when I was researching elimination diets, what if for some children on the spectrum, the immune system has been misprogrammed, so to speak, to "cry wolf" or "tilt-at-windmills" at one or more metabolic byproducts/subproducts of digestion or other biological processes, something(s) that you possibly can not eliminate, maybe even something(s) they biologically need such as digestive enzymes or hormones (are estrogen mimickers sometimes in vaccines for instance?) ... that would not necessarily show up in standard allergy tests, or that could be a subproduct/component of multiple foods/environmental substances?

Teresa Conrick

Well said, Twyla! Kent writes about his daughter so much because he wants to help her so much. How does that come up as having no hope?

His care and hope are apparent each and every time he writes about the medical interventions and research - either happening now or what he sees on the horizon.

That is a good and inspirational thing he's got going - thank you, Kent!


Aspie, that's ridiculous. But I sure would love for my son to be able to write like you can.

Jennifer S., Kent often says loving and hopeful things about his daughter. He clearly has already found plenty of hope within himself to go on and to continue to help her the best he can. That's what he writes about -- his love for his family, his hope, his constant work and spirit of inquiry, and all that he enjoys in life too.

That doesn't mean that he can just accept or ignore his daughter's "seizures, no effective language, can't run or climb a jungle gym, and is still in diapers" at the age of 12. That's gotta be hard! And we all worry about our children's future. That doesn't mean we have a bad attitude.


What you all seem to want is for all people to have similar brain profiles. You happen to have a problem with extreme strengths and weaknesses and would rather have a "balanced" child. You want to force conformity. No wonder autistics are discriminated against. Attitudes like yours lead to discrimination.

Cynthia Cournoyer

Scary but real:
Vaccines to prevent cancer. Oh wait... already have that. And more to come. I fear they have moved past drugs to cure, but vaccines to prevent. More money in it....already acceptable and you can't be sued! Perfect!


Autism (if you want to call it that)could be cured fairly easily if a true effort was made. It is a disease which takes place largely in the gut and throughout the digestive tract. That is why so many children respond to various efforts to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract. The inflammation can get very bad though and diet and probiotics aren't enough to make a difference for all kids. Anti-inflammatory drugs are strong and they don't always work with all kids without side effects. There must be something that can be done though, don't you think? Really, very little has been done in terms of research to find NEW solutions to gut inflammation that might help our sensitive children. How much money has been put into this so far? Don't you wish someone with a lot of money and no political interests would come along and megafund this kind of research? Someone whose sole desire is to help our children. That's all I want for Christmas!

Jennifer S.

Kim, I'm sure Kent is great party guest, and I'd love to meet him ;) But I'd still like to hear him say something encouraging about his daughter. Just to know that he can still have hope, even if he can't find satisfaction with either the traditional or biomed practitioners.

You always have lots of wonderful things to say about your beautiful kids. You are an example to us!

Kim Stagliano

Jennifer, if you had the pleasure of meeting Kent you'd know he exudes life and joy and is an adoring father for his kids. His neverending search for treatments is testament to his love. If you ever get a chance to invite him to a party - do it. He's a doll. :)


Jennifer S.

Kent, I really feel for your daughter. I sincerely wish that you can find some hope within yourself to go on, and help her the best you can.

Can you tell us about what she does that gives you joy? It could be a little thing, like a smile or an expression of pleasure.

michael framson

What if the proposed vaccinated vs unvaccinated outcome studies show on a multitude of health outcomes, the vaccinated are less healthy than the unvaccinated. Clearly at that point "avoiding" the "well baby visit" may be the greatest preventative of autism and other chronic illnesses. Then the focus will shift to all the other usual environmental toxic suspects which need to be avoided.


I just wondered what if anything has helped your daughter and wife
with the XMRV virus - any ground breaking treatment?
Wondered if they have use Artemisinin cocktail?
Thank you for your thought provoking articles, is anyone listening?


If I look at curing Autism....and what helped my children, I have to say both things are not accepted as mainstream...and because of politics. First, Biomedical, and second, RDI. Biomedical is not accepted because it blows the lid off of so much that has been going *on* and RDI because it goes against 40 years of behaviorism( the original thought that Autism is a behaviorial disorder). So for my two children on the spectrum, they are *cured*...and no if only science would understand that since we learned the cause of Autism, we need to treat the body, and treat the mind ( not as a behaviorial issue but as a developmental milestone issue)

Im confident it will happen but like always, it happens 10 to 20 years down the line and by that time everyone knows it already! It took 27 years for Lovaas to publish a study on ABA, which at least helped children not be institutionized. But those families during those 27 years had limited options. Now, we know that ABA simply masks what is truly lacking because of the trigger point of Autism, and that is the development of the child. If a child lacks certain discoveries in their mind, the only way to obtain theory of mind is to redo that opportunity!!

kathy blanco

I have been pressing for years that you can prevent autism. I think it would take an all out concerted effort that only parents can do, (not the medical profession) in that light, I made sure my NT daughters who experienced autism first hand in their silbings didn't get the autism card in the next generation. This would involve heavy planning. I made sure they had no amalgams, no mercury toxicity, viruses like XMRV, or HHV6 or lyme (although I admit, I just learned about XMRV, but let's just put that one on the back burner, story to come)...and made sure they detoxed in our sauna. This would involved giving lyme anbiotics DURING pregnancy as to avoid the congenital transfer of lyme etc. Then of cousre, they took doulas with them to the hospital, so they can have a non medicalized birth, no vaccines at all, no pricks, no VIT K, nada zippo nothing. It also meant, making sure their thyroid was working, that they weren't hypothyroid or had low T3, and making sure they remained on our familial gluten free, casein free diet. Vit D3, and other nutrients like choline, inisotol, VIT B6 p5p, zinc and other nutrients (without iron I may add), were incorporated. No autism in my grandchildren! So, from a family of "genetic autism" with mitochondrial mutations, lots of mercury, viral and retroviral signiatures, immune quality in the dumpers, you can have no autism in your children. This means parents get smart. Parents, you do the research. More on this on my paper THE PERFECT STORM by Kathy Blanco...just read It will help you see what we have done to ourselves, or should I say, what was DONE to us.

Hum Machine

Cure for autism Kent? That's funny (if it wasn't so sick). Autism was invented in 1943 ( only 67 years ago). It started with 11 kids (all exposed to ethylmercury). The medical community could have mobilized and stopped this in 6 months. It has since grown to well over a million affected. Autism is now a 10 billion dollar a year industry (wait until they start screening all kids with MRI's). This is like saying the American Cancer Society is about ready to announce a cure for cancer (a trillion dollar a year industry). We all need to wake up and figure out what we are up against.


I am encouraged by the info Dr Wakefield is presenting concerning developmental impairment in regions of the brain based on genetics, environment and timing.

I think the implications fly by most but it really takes in account all the factors and means by which damage is done.

Sometimes I wonder if saying "it's brain damage stupid" would be a better mantra than an "autism" label.


The AAP and CDC have created their own "little American holocaust" with 700,000 Autistic children and 6 - 7 million more with ADHD and ADD. Of course they will deceive, delay, and deny all of it for as long as they can.

Fifty to eighty percent of the AAP business model is based on the "well baby visit / vaccine program." Much of the rest of their business comes from endless attempts to repair that damage with the help of the drug lords... who own/ pay for most of the news media, and if not for the internet, we would probably still be using all of the 1993 vaccine formulations.

It has been said that the present US financial mess was caused by the actions of 10 - 12 people, who wanted to change some banking laws so they "play Las Vegas" with the housing industry. For many of those in power, there is nothing more important than the creation and management of endless successful fraud.

Unless the "proper people" are making money from the "cure" it will be a long time coming...


It will not be this year - but there were some really exciting things happening this year and for that I am so grateful!

Next year, for sure!

Dan E. Burns

Thanks, Kent, for reminding me of the big picture and for keeping the dream alive.

Adam M

I think we in the Biomed community understand the prevention of autism very well. Don't vaccinate or expose expectant mothers and infants to any other poisons. At least not intentionally. It's the recovery of vaccine injured children thats difficult to unravel for each individual child.

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