Mar 2, 2014, Palm Beach Post: West Palm Beach walk for autism draws thousands
Mar 2, 2014, Las Vegas Review Journal: Parents of autistic children decry state's long wait list for services
Mar 2, 2014, CNBC: The big investment opportunity in autism?
Mar 1, 2014, The Week: The worrying rise of the anti-vaccination movement
Mar 1, 2014, Forbes: Who Was First With Shocking CDC Autism Data?
Feb 28, 2014, Wall Street Journal: THREE SEPARATE STORIES DENYING A LINK
Feb 28, 2014, Sacramento Bee: SC project looks for autism breakthroughs
Feb 28, 2014, PRNewsWire.com: Vaccine Industry Watchdog Responds to Forbes' Defense of Mercury-Laced Vaccinations
Organizers estimated that more than 7,000 registered walkers would raise $450,000 from the event, held on a sparkling day along the downtown waterfront.
"We had that many people last year, and it was a freezing 40 degrees," said Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks. "The weather this year is perfect."
Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 by Palm Beach residents Bob and Suzanne Wright shortly after their grandson was diagnosed with autism. In the years since, the group has become an increasingly visible advocate for autism research and awareness, as well as a clearing house for autism treatments and advances. . . .
"I want this country to have a sense of emergency about autism, like we did for polio and AIDS," said Suzanne, who wore a white jacket appliqued with blue puzzle pieces, her organization's symbol. "The prevalence numbers for autism are shocking. This is two percent of our children."
Bob Wright announced that Google has signed on to support a genome sequencing project that holds promise for autism diagnosis and treatment.
I agree that we should have "a sense of emergency about autism," but I do not understand how a genome sequencing project can possibly address what's happening to our children. Millions of dollars have been wasted on genetic research that has failed to tell us why a once rare disorder is now so common that everyone knows someone with an affected. Officially autism has no known cause or cure. There's nothing a mainstream doctor can tell a new mother so that her baby that was born healthy and is developing normally doesn't also end up on the autism spectrum by age two. The one undeniable fact about autism is that it affects children. The rate is always based on studies of children. No one has ever been able to find a comparable rate among adults, especially adults with severe autism whose symptoms are easily recognized. That simple fact should be scaring us all. Maybe when we start paying for this generation of disabled children as adults we'll finally honestly address what's making our children so sick.
Olivia Espinoza repeatedly called out to her 8-year-old son, who paced the living room floor like a sentry on patrol.
He wouldn't make eye contact and stayed fixated on his footsteps as the adults around him spoke of the challenges of raising an autistic child.
Irma Alvarado's autistic son, 9-year-old Rojelio, tugged at a red necktie while the discussion unfolded.
The third mother at the informal gathering on Thursday said her severely autistic child's need for treatment and services is going unmet.
"It's a huge desperation," Maria Sosa said in Spanish of her 8-year-old son Jose's situation. "Sometimes you don't even know what to do anymore."
Their sons are among 357 children on a wait list for help from the state's Autism Treatment Assistance Program, which offers therapy to improve communication and behavior. . . .
Notice that Yesenia Amaro, the person who wrote this, sees no REAL PROBLEM HERE. All the kids on the waiting list are because of people being "more aware." The rate of autism isn't even cited here. As long as health officials and mainstream medicine don't think anything is wrong, the media won't either. I think that's the plan.
Thanks to increased awareness and diagnosis of autism, it's now known that one in every 88 American children is born with some level of the disorder. That's more than those affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome-combined.
But products and services for autism are woefully inadequate, according to advocates.
The big money is starting to take notice of investment opportunities that both could generate profits and help the autism fight. . . .
"While autism has always been part of our population, as our economy has shifted from agrarian work, where everyone could contribute, to urban, social workplaces, this group has moved backward due their social disability. As an investor, I see the opportunity to capitalize on the talents and availability of this group of workers," said Brian Jacobs, co-founder of venture capital firm Emergence Capital Partners.
CNBC like most of the media, spins the lies when it comes to autism. We're told children are born with autism and that "autism has always been a part of our population." Now's the time to make money off of all the sick children. I posted one comment.
Why are vaccination rates falling?
Since the late 1990s, a growing number of American parents have become convinced - against all scientific evidence - that the risks of immunization outweigh the benefits. Their fears are rooted in a now-discredited 1998 study by a British doctor, Andrew Wakefield, who claimed that the onset of autism in 12 British children was linked to their being vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). But subsequent studies failed to replicate Wakefield's findings, and an investigation found that his study was "an elaborate fraud," with deliberately falsified data. Nonetheless, Wakefield's bogus study started a wave of apprehension and confusion that continues to spread. In some states, from 5 to 8 percent of parents got a "personal belief" exemption to prevent their children from being vaccinated in 2012. Overall, more than 10 percent of parents are either delaying when their children are vaccinated or not getting the shots at all. "Every year, the number of kids getting exempted [from vaccines] grows," said Dr. Lawrence Madoff, director of epidemiology and immunization for Massachusetts. "When immunization rates fall, it doesn't take long, even in a developed country, for diseases to resurge."
I posted comments. Attacking parents. . . what else is new?
It's been interesting watching those committed to selling mercury-vaccines as causation for autism try to gain traction for their message-and engage in a little infighting (grabs popcorn). AutismOne, which has a conference coming up, has been co-supporting outlay to PR Newswire to distribute marketing materials flogging their claims of a mercury-autism link. For the uninitiated, this is the group that features an autism "cure" in the form of bleach enemas administered to autistic children and tends to focus a whole lot on mercury.
What everyone should realize from this debate is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approves and recommends vaccines for America's children, countless people there have conflict of interest waivers because of direct financial ties to the vaccine industry, and they're in charge of vaccine safety. There is something very wrong with this setup.
Friday, Feb 28, the Wall Street Journal posted three stories online all saying the same thing--vaccines are safe, they don't cause autism. I posted comments. Notice that on a daily basis we need to be reminded that vaccine are safe. Maybe parents do have reasons to be concerned. Notice that they have "experts" telling us this. Experts in the Wall Street Journal--how much more convincing can they get?
In the same way, he said, researchers could develop a blood test that could screen for autism, which affects about one in 88 children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And that could point the way to a treatment that could prevent or maybe even reverse symptoms, or at the very least, improve the quality of life for sufferers, he said. . . .
The research also could help determine whether a condition is caused by a gene, many genes, the interaction between genes, and whether the environment plays a role, said Steve Kresovich, the Coker Chair in Molecular Genetics at Clemson. . . .
Bo's sister, now 7, shows no signs of autism, Martin said. And they're doing everything they can to make sure their new son, now 18 months old, isn't exposed to something that might trigger the condition in him, too, like avoiding gluten, dairy products and preservatives.
There is no comment section here. Notice that the message here is that AUTISM IS GENETIC. Millions more are going to be wasted pretended that autism is inevitable, No one is alarmed over the rate. There's no mention of any increase. There are vague and unexplained references to preventing autism and "something that might trigger the condition."
No one is going to really explore what the triggers are. Officials have spent the last 20 years doing nothing about the cause of autism, other than defending the vaccine program and paying for junk science that lays the blame on the parents. This is why geneticists are the main researchers when it comes to autism.
Meanwhile the nightmare continues...
Last week, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker created a stir when he announced he had obtained sensitive documents from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. According to Hooker, these documents implicated the vaccine preservative Thimerosal (50% mercury by weight) in causing autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, revealing what he says CDC officials had long known, but never disclosed publicly: a 7.6-fold increase in autism during infancy after exposure. Emily Willingham, who frequently editorializes in support of the vaccine program, responded in Forbes by criticizing a news story that went viral on the subject of Dr. Hooker's FOIA revelations.
Willingham says she's writes about "the science they're selling you." And the stories are making the vaccine industry very happy.