July 9, 2014, Lincoln (NE) Journal Star: Vaccination fears put to rest : Opinion
July 8, 2014, Chicago Tribune: Study paves way for simple blood test to predict Alzheimer's
July 8, 2014, Fox 28, South Bend, IN: Investigation: Indiana pesticide oversight inadequate amid study
July 8, 2014, Autism Daily Newscast: Half of all children will have autism by 2025
July 8, 2014, Charlottesville (VA) Tomorrow: Autism spike leads to school changes
Medical authorities are still dealing with fears provoked by a rogue British doctor who falsified research data on the safety of childhood vaccines.
That's why a new review scoured the latest medical literature for the most scientifically rigorous studies on vaccine safety.
This is nothing but promotion of a pharmaceutical product by the press. I posted a comment.
British scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer's and call this an important step towards developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting disease.
Such a test could initially be used to select patients for clinical trials of experimental treatments being developed to try to halt progression of Alzheimer's, the researchers said, and may one day move into routine use in doctors' clinics. . . .
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a brain-wasting disease which in 2010 was estimated to be costing the world $604 billion a year. The fatal disease affects 44 million people worldwide, with the number set to triple by 2050, the campaign group Alzheimer's Disease International says.
I ran across this Chicago Tribune piece on Alzheimer's and I found it to be so much like the way the media covers autism.
First of all, there's no real concern over Alzheimer's. No one is urgently calling for answers. There's no desperate search for the cause of what is described as an "incurable brain-wasting disease." The goal of scientists is to find predictors for Alzheimer's.
What's really troubling here is simple statement about the shocking rate of Alzheimer's: "The fatal disease affects 44 million people worldwide, with the number set to triple by 2050, the campaign group Alzheimer's Disease International says."
"..the number set to triple by 2050"? What will it be like by 2075?
Any thinking person would ask why this is happening. What's behind the increase? The Chicago Tribune doesn't do that. (They do mention, "Several big pharma firms including Roche, Eli Lilly, Merck & Co and Johnson & Johnson, are pursuing various approaches to get to the root cause of Alzheimer's and try to find treatments to halt its progression.")
When it comes to Alzheimer's, just like with autism, no one is really interested in stopping the increases. No one talks about preventing the condition. It seems we're destined to become a planet overrun with people who increasingly have brain disorders. We're powerless to stop it.
Are pesticides linked to Autism? It's a question many pregnant women in Michiana are asking.
A recent UC Davis study found pregnant women living within a mile of fields were pesticides were sprayed were 60 percent likelier to have a child with autism. Since that study was published, director of Notre Dame autism research lab and associate editor of Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Dr. Joshua Diehl, says he's been bombarded with e-mails and calls from concerned parents and researchers.
This is serious. A study has connected autism to pesticide use. The public is concerned. A major television station in Indiana is looking into the link. There seems to be a lack of oversight when it comes to pesticide use. There is a call to get state and local governments to look into this.
Remember the Lancet article in 1998? That linked autism to the MMR--what followed was over a decade of denials and vicious personal attacks on the researcher, Andrew Wakefield.
I'm sure the pesticide makers along with the FDA people who allow the use of dangerous chemicals in U.S. agriculture will be out to dismiss this study from UC Davis. And of course they'll find their eager supporters in the media.
Forbes has already downplayed the role of pesticides (2012) Emily Willingham.
Parents may be concerned but I can imagine research with conflicting findings will surface very quickly.
Pesticides and autism? "Studies show no link."
I have two children. One aged ten and one aged six. According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the chances of having my grand children with autism will be 1:2.
It's quite a revelation, go back ten years to 2004, the prevalence rates for children born with autism were 1:250, today they stand at 1:66. But more than just the sharp rise in rates, these children become adults, who in turn mature to become an older generation with autism. What provisions have governments made for what seems like an inevitable rise in the forthcoming ten years?
Shân Ellis is a journalist. Look what she says about the growth of autism.............One in every two children by 2025. The rise is "inevitable."
Nothing is being done to prepare for the coming adults, according to Ellis. She says nothing about WHY THIS IS HAPPENING TO OUR CHILDREN. She can't figure out why the government doesn't address autism.
"What are they doing about employment? Training? Even facilities for elderly inpatients with autism? What becomes of the new generation, when the old cannot and have not provided for them."
BECAUSE THEY CAUSED THIS DISASTER. I can imagine everyone saying, "One in every two children by 2025." We'll all get used to hearing it just like we've accepted the whole idea of autism being a normal and acceptable part of childhood today. No one will be worried.
When Patricia Taylor's 2-year-old son Charlie started losing his language skills, developing a shorter attention span and making odd movements with his hands and body, she typed some of the behaviors into Google.
The search results were clear: he had autism....
The actual causes for autism still remain a hotly debated topic, but one reason for the recent uptick is growing public awareness which has led to earlier identification of the disorder in children.
Learning to live with autism--no matter what the numbers or the costs are....
ATTENTION EVERYONE--Autism is here to stay. There is nothing we can do about it. This story is a perfect example of conditioning the American people to accept an epidemic of disabled children. No one is worried, despite the absence of any explanation for all the affected kids. (EXCEPT for the fact, as we're told here, there is "growing public awareness.")
Look how things are going in Charlottesville, VA. At the beginning we're told about a mom who watched her son regress into autism and found the diagnosis on Google. (Doctors later confirmed it.) There's only been a "spike" in autism there.
They expect the numbers to keep going up in Charlottesville (along with the cost). Again, no one really cares. One autism mom is quoted saying, "Nine times out of 10 these children are brilliant." Must be a different kind of autism in Virginia. I haven't met the nine out of ten ASD kids who are "brilliant."
I can't wait to see the same complacency when all these kids are dependent adults. I can't bring myself to post a comment here. I don't know where to start.
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