June 23, 2014, Newsweek: Autism Risk Much Higher for Children of Pregnant Women Living Near Agricultural Pesticide Areas
June 23, 2014, Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Housing planned for autistic residents
June 22, 2014, UK Daily Mail: Crop sprays 'raise risk of autism in unborn children': Campaigners claim odds can be increased by around 60%
June 22, 2014, Politico.com: How Congress Brought the Measles Back
June 21, 2014, Lewiston (ME) Sun Journal: Parents, teachers work to educate rising number of Maine kids diagnosed with autism
June 21, 2014, Charlotte (NC) Observer: Camp celebrates kids with autism
June 21, 2014, Liberty Voice: Liberty Voice: Measles Vaccination Rejection Could Be a Public Health Issue
June 20, 2014, Fox 43: Philadelphia -America's most autism friendly city?
June 19, 2014, NorthJersey.com: Millburn High School Autism Awareness Club gives $2,700 to Autism Speaks
June 18, 2014, Offaly Express (Ireland): Dr Eddie Column - Helping to navigate Autism
Yet in certain parts of California, exposure may be hard to avoid. It produces more agricultural products than anywhere in the country, and statewide approximately 200 million pounds of active pesticides are used each year. The greatest portion of pesticides are applied in the large Central Valley. In Sacramento County, just south of the Central Valley, the autistic population in the county has risen sevenfold since 2000, according to the California Department of Education. In 2001, fewer than 500 students in Sacramento County public schools were enrolled in special education classes due to a diagnosis of autism. A decade later, the number increased to 2,275-roughly one of every 105 pupils, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Hertz-Picciotto and researchers have uncovered a possible link between a toxic exposure that's everywhere and autism. This theory would be hotly contested by those experts and officials who are adamant that autism is nothing more than a genetic condition. They say all the autism is just "better diagnosing" of a condition that's always been around.
If prenatal exposure to toxic pesticides can cause autism, imagine what happens to a child in the womb when a woman get a mercury-containing flu vaccine, recommended for all stages of pregnancy.
UC-Davis needs to conduct the long overdue study of fully-vaccinated and never-vaccinated children to compare their autism rates. There are thousands and thousands of parents who say their child was just fine until they' were vaccinated. If toxic pesticides can cause autism so can toxic vaccines.
Elliot Frank kept hearing the same question from parents whose children with autism were getting close to graduating from high school: "What's next?". . .
"We'd like to do it in other places around the state, in Harrisburg and Philadelphia," he said. "The need is there."
Pennsylvania was home to 8,395 adults with autism who were age 21 or older in 2013, according to a report by the state Department of Public Welfare. That number is projected to reach 30,000 by 2020, the same report said.
For parents of children with autism, adulthood often looms large, since at age 21 the structured services available through childhood and the teenage years often are discontinued.
This is proof that autism is a new disorder affecting an epidemic number of a children. The current rate of one in every 68 U.S. children is based on studies of eight year olds, not eighty year olds. No one has ever shown us a comparable rate among adults--especially adults with severe autism whose symptoms are easily recognized. The first wave of the autism generation is now reaching adulthood. It will only get worse with no end in sight. Imagine the future when there's a one in 68 rate across the population. Maybe then we'll finally address the disorder with no known cause, prevention, or cure.
Pregnant women who live near fields sprayed with pesticides can run more than three times the risk of having a child with autism, a study has found.
It is feared that the crop chemicals stunt the development of the unborn child's brain, setting it up for problems in years to come.
Campaigners say it is not surprising that powerful chemicals which attack the brains and nerves of insects also harm people because the two share many of the building blocks of life
As the vaccine issue heats up, here's an attempt come up with a plausible explanation to counter it. I wonder how fast Monsanto will come up with a half a dozen studies showing Round-Up is as safe as rainwater.
In 2000, I was a counsel for the Democratic staff of the House Government Reform Committee working on public health issues, including immunization policy. The committee was in its second year of hearings whose purpose on paper was to oversee various aspects of the nation's immunization program. But in reality, these hearings had become a forum for spouting unproven, and eventually disproven, allegations, linking the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to autism.
Despres was a staffer for Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on public health issues, including vaccine policy, from 1998 to 2010 and she wrote this. Notice how this is spun....VACCINES DON'T CAUSE AUTISM---AND AUTISM DOESN'T MATTER ANYWAY....all that matters is that we vaccinate. It's getting absurd how important the vaccine program is. We can't even talk about it. Someone might not vaccinate their children. Despres never once mentioned that these were Dan Burton's hearings--the man whose grandson regressed into autism after receiving 7 mercury-containing vaccines in one day.
This is only going to get more heated and the cover-up even more outrageous. July 21, 2014...Kennedy's book is coming out.....
But the media will have gotten the message...NO ONE CAN EVEN TALK ABOUT IT. I POSTED FOUR COMMENTS. I can't wait to see if they stay up.
Autism is on the rise nationwide. Parents, psychiatrists and special education scholars say it is essential for schools to have teachers who are trained specifically to work with students who have the disorder, but Maine schools aren't there yet.
"Maine definitely has too few professionals and education technicians to work with children with [autism spectrum disorder]," Deborah Rooks-Ellis said. She is the director of the Maine Autism Institute for Research and Education at the University of Maine. Although there are no numbers available to show exactly how many teachers are trained, she added, "It's critical, for sure.". . .
That does not necessarily mean the number of students with the disorder has risen, said Patti Rapaport, the special education director for the Bangor School Department. Research has provided doctors with more tools to better identify the disorder.
It's maddening to read these stories on autism. In less than 10 years the number of autistic schoolchildren in Maine DOUBLED. ...but it's probably due to better diagnosing by doctors. The mind control on this issue is beyond belief.
But because 10-year-old Austin has autism, he needs a special place - a summer camp in Moncure with the structure he craves, counselors who understand what triggers his frustration, and friends who share his gifts and challenges.
So when his mom, Nikki Dunlap, learned about Camp Royall, a 133-acre summer camp for kids with autism about two hours northeast of Charlotte, she thought it might be a perfect fit. She's a single mom, so she applied for a scholarship when Austin was 6.
I'm sorry but I can't stand to see the words "autism" and "celebrate" together anywhere. Autism is a disability. It's affecting hundreds of thousands of children for some UNKNOWN REASON and we're doing nothing about it. The numbers keep increasing and in a few short years Austin will be an adult. Will there be a place for him anywhere? Does anyone care? Obviously not.
I seriously don't think anyone is going to "celebrate" what it's going to cost to care for Austin and a million kids like him for the rest of his life. I didn't bother to post a comment here because no one sees anything wrong with having to come up with a special camp for a disorder no one knew about 25 years ago.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination rejection could well be a public health issue according to many healthcare professionals if the rate of parents who decide not to inoculate their children against infectious diseases continues to rise. . . .
At the time that Wakefield's study was published, the understanding as to the etiology of autism was changing. For many years, parents of autistic children had been wrongly blamed for their child's autism. When the suggestion that the measles vaccine caused autism was made by Wakefield, many parents of autistic children gravitated towards this idea. As explained by geneticist at Queen's University in Kingston, Jeanette Holden, many parents were looking for a "reason" for autism and where therefore vulnerable to Wakefield's suggested explanation. This fueled even more hype around vaccinations and autism, and despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, there remains the opinion in some communities that immunizations are dangerous.
Take away those exemptions! These nonvaxing, ignorant parents are putting everyone's health in danger!
How ironic that this blog is named "LibertyVoice." How telling that my one comment never showed up.
I guess their interpretation of "liberty" doesn't include Freedom of Speech when the issue is vaccines.
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - For many families, a night at the ballpark is a treat. But it can be a nightmare for those with autistic children.
Autism causes a greater sensitivity to environmental stimulation. So the lights, music and roar of the crowd can trigger a severe meltdown that is difficult to anticipate and control.
"They're frustrated and they're scared and they're just overwhelmed," said Debra Forman, whose 8-year-old son, Adam, has autism. "You have to ask yourself if it's worth it."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that 1 in 68 children in the United States are on the autism spectrum. For many of these families, fear of how their child will react to new situations - and how others will react to them - keeps them from gaining everyday experiences others get to have. ...
"The hope for Philadelphia is to make it the most autism-friendly city in the country," she said. "It will serve as a model of independence for other cities everywhere."
This is actually from CNN. It's sad to watch this video and see these seriously disabled kids that our country really does not care about. The doctor in the story trained the 3,000 employees at the ballpark in Philadelphia about autism. She wants to do more education on autism. She wants Philadelphia to be model for the country. Every city in the U.S. will have to do this.
We have to provide for this disabled population whose growth seems impossible to stop. They're also impossible to ignore. If you had a room of 50 schoolchildren, the child with severe autism would be the one drawing the most attention. ...impossible to ignore.....
The club also organized activities such as decorating the high school's hallways blue for Autism Awareness Month, giving out blue light bulbs for the international Light It Up Blue initiative and hosting national speaker Kerry Magro, an individual on the autism spectrum, who spoke at the High School in April.
"WELCOME TO NEW JERSEY--HOME OF THE NATION'S HIGHEST AUTISM RATE!"
It is nice to see students who have an understanding of autism. But what else is going on here?
Autism is now an accepted part of the lives of OUR CHILDREN. What better place for high school to have an autism awareness club than NJ.
New Jersey, with an autism rate of one in every 45 children--one in every 28 boys, is drowning in autism.
Look at this page from Autism New Jersey.
Autism is a complex condition. No single factor can explain why more children are being identified with ASD, although a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role. In addition, some of the increase in the rates in the CDC's study may be due to: changes in the diagnosis and treatment, greater awareness, and better record keeping.
NJ isn't worried.
Every time the rate increases, it's always downplayed with the explanation of "better diagnosing/greater awareness/broader definition." NO ONE EVER SPECULATES ON THE FUTURE AND JUST HOW BAD THE NUMBERS WILL HAVE TO GET BEFORE WE ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT AUTISM.
My son was first diagnosed in second grade in 1993. He was seven. At that time they had to get a psychologist from Minneapolis to see him---because it was SO RARE. We were told that he was probably the only kid in Chippewa Falls that had autism. We were advised to watch the movie, Rain Man.
How times have changed here--now every school has a roomful of these kids. We're adjusting quite well. Autism awareness clubs should be everywhere. Givnig this money to Autism Speaks will, I'm sure, go to raising even more awareness!
The number of those diagnosed with autism is rising globally. Irish Autism Action found the current rate in Ireland is 1 in 100. There is no known single cause for autism, but it is generally accepted that it is rooted in difficulties in brain structure or function. Researchers have investigated other associations:
Exposure to environmental toxins, e.g. mercury, particularly during pregnancy.
The childhood vaccination MMR has not been found to cause autism.
It is still important to bear in mind that researchers have not yet identified a single source for why
Eventually, the link between vaccinating your child and that same boy or girl developing autism will have to be recognized. Officials may pretend all this autism is normal and acceptable, parents are scared.
Here's a story from Ireland where the good doctor ...
1) Admits the cause is unknown,
2) Denies a link to the MMR vaccine,
3) Cites mercury exposure during pregnancy as a possible cause.
This isn't going to play well with parents who don't want this to happen to their children. "If it's not vaccines, what is it?"
Someone better come up real soon with a plausible explanation for why kids suddenly stop talking, start banging that heads and end up with an autism diagnosis or resistance to vaccinating will only get worse.
And the idiotic claim that it's all better diagnosing makes doctors look even more suspect. This doctor doesn't try that, but still has no answers.
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