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Nov 4. 2013, My Edmonds (OR) News: An Edmonds Kind of Dad: Autism and siblings - a generation that will change the world

Nov 4, 2013, Salt Lake Desert News: Mayor McAdams proposes coverage of autism treatment for S.L. County employees' children

Nov 4, 2013, Schumer Calls for Voluntary Tracking of Kids With Autism

Nov 4, 2013, WDSU TV New Orleans: New research links a father's age to risk of autism

Nov 3, 2013, Fox News: The Truth On GMOs

My Edmonds (OR) News
"With more than 1 in 88 kids in the U.S. now being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, it's impossible to find anyone who hasn't been touched by it in some way - either through neighbors, friends or relatives.

"And as challenging and difficult as it may be for us parents to cope with all that comes with raising children on the spectrum, its sometimes easy to forget those who are equally (if not more so) impacted by it: siblings of autistic boys and girls.

"I can't count how many times Renee and I have said to each other "Thank God for Ty" because of the kind of brother he has been and is for Stone. Ty is a walking definition of unconditional love and wants nothing more than to see Stone's success. When we congratulate and cheer Stone on when he says something new or has some sort of breakthrough Ty is right there with us - even more enthusiastic in his support than us.

"Ty has also served as a Mother Hen of sorts for Stone when they're at school together or out in public. Ty isn't shy about redirecting Stone if he feels he's getting too far away (or too near an emergency exit with an alarm). There is a part of me that wishes Ty didn't have to carry this level of burden at such a young age but I also know that part of it is also just his personality. His teacher told me he is one of the most kind and helpful students in her class (that is, when he's not playing a competitive game or trying to be smarter than everyone else). But kindness and empathy has deep roots in Ty - its just part of who is and always has been. . . ."

Any article that opens with the line, "With more than 1 in 88 kids in the U.S. now being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, . . . " and then just moves on, MAKES ME CRAZY. Watch the video about siblings of children with autism. It's a beautiful tribute to those brothers and sisters who are there for their sibling with autism. Many parents, like myself, take comfort in knowing that someone will be there for their autistic child after they're gone.
This can't stop us from demanding answers, however. This burden shouldn't be there for the family members. There haven't always been overwhelming numbers of autistic children that required care like this.
And of course we also need to ask, what will happen to the children in today's families who don't have a brother or sister to look out for them later in life. I know so many affected children who don't. The parents who can say, 'Thank God for Ty,' are among the lucky ones. Many are not so fortunate.
My question about the title, "Autism and siblings - a generation that will change the world" is, Why should they have to? 
Salt Lake Desert News

"Under the proposal, services for children from birth to age 9 would be covered up to $36,000 a year, while the coverage for children ages 10-18 would be $15,000 a year. If the proposal is adopted by the council as part of the county's budget, the coverage would start April 1.

"Council Chairman Steve DeBry said the council is in the process of reviewing McAdams' overall budget recommendations and it has made no decision whether to add coverage of autism treatment to county employees' health insurance plan.

"'I think it's admirable what he's doing and it's commendable to a point, but at what cost? I don't know enough about it at this point to say I'm a proponent or an opponent against it. If it's going to incur more tax dollars and up premiums, I would probably choose to say I'm not really for it,' DeBry said. . . .

"In Utah, 1 in 47 children has autism, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in 2012.

"The study also found that rates of autism jumped 157 percent in Utah from 2002 to 2008, while prevalence of the developmental disorders increased 78 percent nationwide for the same time period.

"Nationally, an estimated 1 in 88 children has autism, an all-time high, the study found.
"Medical research has not determined the cause of autism, . . . "

 While city council members haggle over costs, no one has a single question about a disorder affecting one in every 47 children in Utah and that increased 157 percent from 2002 to 2008. Finally, we're casually told, "Medical research has not determined the cause of autism." I guess the only thing left for the folks in Utah is to just keep on paying and paying and paying . . .

"New York Sen. Charles Schumer today called on the Justic Department to develop a program that would allow for voluntary tracking of children with autism or other developmental disorders.
"Devices could be worn as wristwatches, anklets, or clipped onto belt loops or onto shoelaces, Schumer said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

"Schumer's request comes one month after 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo (left) disappeared from his Queens, New York school. The teen, who suffers from autism and does not speak, was seen on surveillance cameras leaving his school on Oct. 4. New York authorities have mounted an extensive campaign to find him, but he remains missing. Those with information about Avonte should call 1-800-577-TIPS, while anyone who spots him should call 911 immediately."

With an autism rate of one in 50 (one in 31 among just boys), we need to demand to know what's going on.

Look at the comment that appears after mine: "If people want the lo-jack their car or child, it is their privilege and expense. Asking the taxpayers to pay for somebody else's kids is pretty nervy."
Wait until this taxpayer hears how much all the autism everywhere is going to cost him!
WDSU TV New Orleans

"For years doctors have linked a woman's age at childbirth to congenital and developmental disorders in children.

"But now new research suggests the father's age is just as important, if not more, when it comes to the risk of autism."

This is tired old news.  A year and a half ago older dads made the big news outlets.  Now once again we have OLD DADS CAUSING AUTISM. There are so many woman- -aunts, grandparents, great-grandparents in my mother's family who had babies in their 40s and the fathers were in their 50s! NO AUTISM!

Listen to the moms on the video talk about their children. This kind of behavior is now an acceptable part of childhood.

(Video) Mom: "They're both non-verbal and in diapers.
I posted one comment.
Fox News
Video: "What's wrong with GMOs? No long term studies have ever been done on humans. When you look at the studies that have been done on animals, it's pretty appalling. You're talking about liver damage and kidney damage and when they've fed it to hamsters, the third generation . . . weren't able to produce babies. So, there're real safety issues. But the real big issue in our country . . . is that genetically modified foods are not labeled. So people do not know that they are eating genetically modified food. Over 60 countries around the world require GMOs to be labeled but the U.S. does not. And why is that? According to the Food and Water Watch, the Ag-Biotech Industry which owns own all these GMOs, has spent 572 million dollars on campaign contributions and lobbying to make sure that they don't get labeled."
The scary truth about GMOs. Thank you, Fox News!

So why do we even have an FDA?
If our food is untested and potentially going to make us sick, tell us again why we should trust that vaccines aren't harming our children.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.



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Cherry Sperlin Misra

It should be obvious that older moms and dads will have more autistic kids because they are the ones who are absolutely determined to do everything RIGHT for their late born child, who may be the only one they ever have. Right, as we all know, means giving all the vaccines the doctor suggests and all the doses of Tylenol that reduce the glutathione proteins in the child, which need to be there to shift all the mercury (or other toxins) of the vaccines out of the childs body. Being older parents, they may not have a large group of friends having babies at the same time, as younger parents do, and thus they may not hear that some parents delay or avoid some vaccines or that someone's sister has a child who regressed into autism immediately after many vaccines given together.

Heidi N

I think the FDA needs to be redone. It has turned from a protector to a paid applicator. It's just not sane and very ignorant to expect a company to be impartial when it gets paid by the corporations. It's all about the money and always has been.


I can think of two reasons why older Dads might have a greater risk of having autistic children (other than the reasons cited in the video). First, they've had longer to develop some serious dysbiosis - like more courses of antibiotics and more years of eating crummy food and taking other nasty pharmaceuticals and vaccines. Older women who want to get pregnant might be more likely to pay attention to their own health status knowing it will affect the baby. Rob Knight's research indicates that families share very similar gut bugs. Maybe these fathers are just passing on the more severe dysbiosis that comes with living in our toxic world longer. Another possibility is that older dads as a group probably have more money. They might be a very suitable target for all the latest and greatest medical advances for their pregnant wife (vaccines and c-sections and who knows what else) and for their infants. The doctor hasn't even attempted to explain why we now have this correlation when we never did in all the previous generations of older fathers. Didn't they have that same problem of increasing the chance of point mutations with each new copy back when our fathers were having kids? Why didn't old dads back then have autistic kids?

Bob Moffitt

I wholeheartedly agree with the premise of Anne's comment:

"So, why do we even have an FDA?"

Unfortunately, "we" don't have an FDA. "They" have an FDA.

As I see it .. the FDA approves "THEIR" products .. and .. "WE" pay the price when those FDA approved "products" cause serious health consequences.

Consider VIOXX .. an FDA approved Merck drug for arthritis .. which has been reported to have killed between 44,000 and 60,000 innocent, trusting people .. who relied upon the FDA to protect THEM from Merck's dangerous .. now voluntarily withdrawn .. product.

Here is an article regarding the FDA's failure to protect the people it is supposed to protect: integrity/abuses of science/vioxx.html

From that article":

When the FDA approves a drug, Dr. Graham testified, "it is also saying the drug is "safe and effective". When a serious safety issue arises post-marketing, (FDA officials) immediate reaction is almost always one of denial, rejection and heat. There is an "inherent conflict of interest" said Dr. Grahma, in putting the same individuals in charge of approving and recalling drugs."

As I write, there are rumors "they" are working very hard to get the same "product liability" protections enjoyed by the vaccine industry .. wherein .. drug manufacturerss such as Merck will not be held accountable for any serious health consequences of any drug that had been approved by the FDA.

So, Anne, I agree .. why do WE need the FDA?


I think that GMOs are a huge issue for the future of our species. Sounds like an exaggeration but not if you understand that these products are so novel they require numerous patents, so we are eating, without our knowledge, untested and profoundly altered food that has never before been produced ( hence patentable). Of course if it was so safe, Monsanto would not have spent millions of dollars trying to get the government to pass the Monsanto Protection Act, that would protect the company from future liability. Labeling of these products, which is law all over Europe and in many other countries as well, is extremely important and urgent.

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