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Nov 14, 2013, Fox 13, Salt Lake City: Center aims to aid those with autism spectrum disorder
Nov 14, 2013, CBS 19 WA: Autism cases continue to skyrocket

Nov 14, 2013, Wall St. Journal: After Avonte, Schools to Change Training, Consider Panic Buttons

Fox 13 Salt Lake City

Video: "One in 47 children in Utah falls on to the autism spectrum, the highest rate in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That means a lot of parents are looking for help."
It's really hard to listen after that opening. WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING TO STOP AUTISM---look for help.
This is about a program called "Brain Balance." Dr. Robert Melillo, chiropractic neurologist, created this program which balances nutrition and exercise.

(I disagree with Melillo's statement that "there's no damage or injury, but there's a problem with the way the brain is developing.") He believes one side of the brain is growing at a faster rate than the other. WHY? What has caused so many kids to be like this?
The cost is $6,000 for 36 sessions. That's a little less than $200 a session. It sounds like kids are being helped but by someone who's not alarmed by all the children who are like this. He's treating patients who weren't here 25 years ago, but it doesn't seem to matter.

I have to ask, WHY IS THERE THIS NEED? Where are all these autistic children coming from? Dr. Melillo doesn't talk about why it's happening, he merely says, "There's no damage or injury, but there's a problem with the way the brain is developing." Why? Many parents do feel their child's brain was injured and it was from the unchecked, unsafe vaccination schedule in the U.S. Officials have spent years denying this and producing endless studies--all tied to the vaccine makers---that show no link.

We're having to come up with treatments for a disorder that was practically unknown 25 years ago. Imagine the future for Utah when one in every 47 children ages out of school and is dependent on the taxpayers of the state for their support and care. The truth is autism overwhelmingly affects children. The rate is always based on studies of children. Autism is an epidemic that we can't continue to ignore.

"We learned those numbers continue to skyrocket. The Responding to Autism Center is serving three times the families it was just a short time ago."

It's insane. It's beyond belief. And it's proof that as a country we will do nothing about autism---until it buries us.
The autism center serves 800 families, where it used to serve 250 just a few years ago.
The "autism expert" isn't worried. She says, "The diagnostic criteria has evolved where they're catching more people in the autism basket."
One in 50 isn't upsetting. "But most parents think the actual rate is higher. A new telephone survey says parents believe there's one child with autism for every 50 kids."  (I don't think the telephone survey included asking parents what they thought the autism rate was.)
It's so hard to respond. If the media shows no real concern and tells the public that a 12 year old who just learned to say "mom" and "dad" is normal and acceptable, why should anyone care. Having a disabled child is just a part of modern life.
And no one asks why we're always talking about CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. That's the scariest part of all.
I love that phrase, "catching more people in the autism basket." It better be a really big expandable basket. I left one comment.

Wall St. Journal

"New York City schools officials will beef up training in schools and consider using panic buttons as the search continues for a student with autism who disappeared more than a month ago.
"Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said on a radio program Thursday the city will consider whether it can better use two-way radios, surveillance cameras and public address systems. But Mr. Walcott declined to say whether any school employees had been disciplined - nor whether any problems had been identified - after the boy's disappearance.

"The incident is being investigated by the Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools."
We already have a needy population of children who weren't here in significant numbers 25 years ago. Since we're doing NOTHING to stop it, we're going to have to make a lot of changes across all facets of society. We are going to have to accommodate autism everywhere. AUTISM is now a way of life.


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