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June 25, 2014, Health.com: Mother's Birthplace May Affect Autism Risk in Kids

June 24, 2014, Health News: Parents of children with autism often have autistic traits

June 24, 2014, U.S. Catholic: Vaccines are for the common good by Kira Dault

June 24, 2014, TIME: Raising an Autistic Child: Coping With the Costs

Health.com

A mother's birthplace may affect her children's risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder, according to new research.

Children of foreign-born black, Central and South American, Filipino and Vietnamese mothers were more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to children born to white mothers who were born in the United States, the study found.

Notice that at the same time we're told that there may be a link between PRENATAL PESTICIDE EXPOSURE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF AUTISM this study

Here they studied the mother's birthplace and the chances of her child having autism. IT'S A COMPLETE MYSTERY ... ONE MORE SIGN THAT AUTISM'S CAUSE IS SO COMPLICATED,  WE MAY NEVER KNOW.  AND ...THERE PROBABLY ISN'T ONE CAUSE---NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW WHY YOUR CHILD DEVELOPED AUTISM...EXCEPT IT WASN'T VACCINES.

Everyone should have gotten the message: don't expect anyone to ever find the cause. And of course no one is going to ask how many times these immigrant women were vaccinated when they came into the country.

Health News:

By Jim Dryden - Studying children with autism and their parents, researchers have found that when a child has autism, his or her parents are more likely to have autistic traits than parents who don't have a child with an autism spectrum disorder, as measured by a survey used to identify such characteristics.

Past studies have found that the siblings of children with autism also tended to have more autistic traits than the siblings of kids without autism. But this study is the first to connect significant numbers of autistic traits in parents to diagnoses of autism in their children. The research - from investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of California, Davis - is available online in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

We're drowning in autism studies ... the findings are endless and they mean nothing.

What is this one saying? 

Autism is genetic.  Parents pass autism on to their children.  (This remind me of the doctor who told my husband and me that we were genetically mismatched and that's why our son has autism.)

HEY---I know some autism "traits" that they're not going to find in the parents: Teenagers in diapers, children with bowel disease, seizures and sleep disorders, hand flapping and head banging, wandering and being nonverbal....

This is more pretend science...intended to make us think that all this autism is normal and acceptable. (Some of the researchers were from UC-Davis.  Didn't UC-Davis just tell us that pesticides are linked to the development of autism?  ...How does all this fit together?)

U.S. Catholic

People cite a variety of reasons for not getting vaccinated, or not getting their children vaccinated. One of the most widely talked-about reason is the now-debunked theory that certain vaccines cause autism. Beyond that very specific fear, some parents cite fear about chemical injections, or a general suspicion of the medical or pharmacological industries. In Catholic circles, you might also hear about certain vaccines that have a distant link to cells from aborted fetuses. Whatever the reasons, the number of people refusing vaccinations is on the rise, and we are seeing the result in the outbreaks of illnesses that we had not seen for more than a decade.

As a Catholic, I'm outraged over the use of a religious periodical to PROMOTE VACCINES.  What does this have to do with "Faith and Science"?

Everyone seems willing to sell their souls to promote corporate greed and human suffering.

I posted a comment....but it was immediately REMOVED.  It seems Catholic media is no different than any other coverage.

TIME

A new study pegs the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism at $1.4 million. For parents, there are no easy solutions.

TIME is covering up the true cost of autism.  If they had a comment section here, I'd tell them so. 

EIGHT YEARS AGO Michael Ganz at Harvard said lifetime care cost was $3.2 million per person. He wrote me at the time that this was a CONSERVATIVE NUMBER.  If you account for inflation, this is  really a ridiculous figure. AND I THINK IT'S SPECIFICALLY  MEANT TO BE A COVER-UP OF THE REAL COST.

I like to cite friends of mine in Minnesota whose teenage son is in a state run group home.  The mom, who is an expert in cost analysis, told me that her son will easily cost the state over one million dollars just by the time he's 21. 

FOR YEARS reporters quoted Ganz's findings of $3.2 million. Maybe someone got really scared because when Ganz's numbers came out back in 2006, the autism rate was one in every 166 children.  Today it's one in every 68 and a lot worse in places like New Jersey and Utah. 

PRESTO...a new study that promises the autism price tag isn't really so bad.  HOW TIMELY!

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Comments

Laura Hayes

Thanks for the info from David Lewis' book that you provided, Bob Moffitt...much appreciated!

Betty Bona

I heard the "autism hasn't really increased" line somewhere I hadn't expected today. I watched some of the Microbiome/Autism Conference online (Arkansas Children's Hospital), and caught Sue Swedo's talk. She said that autism has not really increased that much if we take out all those socially awkward, ADHD kids (PDD NOS), and then went on to say that severe autism had maybe doubled, but was not an epidemic. I didn't catch her whole talk, so I'm not sure of the context. The other talks I caught were very thought provoking, and I can't wait to hear the ones I missed when they load them online. Maybe Dr. Swedo was just towing the line for her boss.

 Bob Moffitt

@ Linda1 and Laura Hayes

David Lewis PhD's book "Science for Sale" has an entire chapter titled "Holy Science" that observes ..

"Since the White House began funding faith-based initiatives under President Bush, religious organizations have become an increasingly important mouthpiece for parroting the products of institutional reasearch misconduct designed to support government policies and industry practices. .. who could government and industry choose to carry their message with more moral authority than religious institutions?"

The chapter is 13 pages in length .. one early example ..

"In 2011, the CDC and HHS held an "off the record., not for press purposes" phone conference with church and community leaders to administer vaccines in churches, synagogues and mosques. Under this program, religious leaders are encouraged to have their congregations vaccinated by Walgreens and other pharmacies"

Apparently ..nothing is sacred anymore

John Stone

Just to mention I have updated my article about the JAMA study as follows:

"The other matter I cannot reconcile is the lifetime costs. The paper determines that the lifetime cost in the UK of a person with autism and ID is £1.5 million ($2.2m) and $2.44m in the US [added 26 June 2014]. Even in 2001 Järbrink and Knapp stated: “The lifetime cost for a person with autism exceeded £2.4 million” ($3.8m). But the new paper also gives a yearly cost for an autistic adult with ID in the UK as £86,981 (table 2) and £86,099 ($126,430 - table 4) and £1.5m only amounts to about 17 years’ worth. Using the figures provided for childhood costs in Table 2 and a projected average lifetime of 67 years we get a grand total of £4,864,911 (about $7.8m): more like it, perhaps, but still I fear rather optimistic. The US lifetime figure for an autistic person with ID similarly calculated from table 2 is about $6m [added 26 June 2014]. This is our new autistic workforce. We ain’t heard nothing yet: the real financial tsunami is on its way."


http://www.ageofautism.com/2014/06/still-covering-up-the-new-autism-speaksjama-study-of-the-cost-of-autism.html

Linda1

A Catholic publication poo pooing concern over aborted fetal cells in vaccines? Wow.

Laura Hayes

It seems that not only is Big Pharma paying-off the Editorial Boards of newspapers to run their pro-vaccine propaganda, which includes denigrating those parents who are wise enough to not vaccinate their children, but now they are paying-off someone at religious media outlets to spew their lies and venom...a week or so ago, Christianity Today, and now U.S. Catholic. Readers, beware.

Taximom5

Services to autistic people have been drastically cut over the last decade. School districts who used to be able to afford a full-time aide for the 1 or 2 autistic children in the whole grade are now announcing that they are "streamlining" special education services, which actually means that they are cutting most of the aides from their staff, since they can't afford them now that the autism rate is so high.

The same is happening with once-covered therapies.

THAT'S where the "lifetime cost" difference has changed.

You know, it's been the same damn thing every single time ANYTHING has been announced by the government/pharmaceutical industry. They lie by omission (or sometimes outright lie) about the details, assuming nobody ever crunches the numbers or looks up the details.

And they've been mostly right. Nobody ever DOES. We need to start doing it every single time they announce anything--and we need to trace every single citation back to its source and compare the numbers and the results and the conclusions, because the lies, they just keep mounting.

A Mom

It's hardly debunked as it is listed as a side effect in vaccine package inserts!! Along with the real diagnosis which is encephalopathy...

John Stone

"Time is Lying"

The error actually seems to lie with the JAMA paper. On the other hand this is a financial journalist who could add up the figures just as well as I could and ask awkward questions. This, of course, is unlikely to happen with Time or Reuters these days.

John Stone

I wrote about the JAMA paper on the cost of autism last week, focussing on the UK figures given in the paper:

"The other matter I cannot reconcile is the lifetime costs. The paper determines that the lifetime cost in the UK of a person with autism and ID is £1.5 million ($2.2m). Even in 2001 Järbrink and Knapp stated: “The lifetime cost for a person with autism exceeded £2.4 million” ($3.8m). But the new paper also gives a yearly cost for an autistic adult with ID in the UK as £86,981 (table 2) and £86,099 ($126,430 - table 4) and £1.5m only amounts to about 17 years’ worth. Using the figures provided for childhood costs in Table 2 and a projected average lifetime of 67 years we get a grand total of £4,864,911 (about $7.8m): more like it, perhaps, but still I fear rather optimistic. This is our new autistic workforce. We ain’t heard nothing yet: the real financial tsunami is on its way."

http://www.ageofautism.com/2014/06/still-covering-up-the-new-autism-speaksjama-study-of-the-cost-of-autism.html

If you do the same for the US you get a grand total of $5,978,742 (which btw is less than my re-calculated UK figure). The annual cost for someone of adult years seems to be substantially less in the US - about $87k vs $127k in the UK. On the other hand the table gives the annual cost of a child with autism and ID (intellectual disability) 0-5 in the US as $107,863!

TIME is lying

Time is lying or underestimating the cost of autism.
Tsk tsk, more useless research wasting more money. When will it end?

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