Aug 18, 2014, MDLinx.com: No rise in autism in 20 years
Aug 17, 2014, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch: Disabilities in [U.S.] kids rise; not physical problems
Aug 17, 2014, Augusta Chronicle: Know shot options
Aug 16, 2014, Sonoma County Press (CA) Democrat: For mentally ill students, school can add stressors
Aug 16, 2014, San Francisco Chronicle: Unscrambling autism laws
Aug 13, 2014, NY Post: Flu Shot Is Most Dangerous Vaccine in US: Report
A world-first study from The University of Queensland (UQ), in collaboration with the University of Leicester, has found no evidence of an increase in autism over the last 20 years.
First of all, there's no recognition of autism as a neurodevelopmental disorder with serious concomitant health issues. Autism is repeatedly referred to as a "mental disorder." They only reference the ridiculous Brugha survey "study" from the U.K.
And at the end we're reassured that there is no link to vaccines and there hasn't been a real increase. (Although prenatal exposures may be at fault.)
It's always good, when the vaccine controversy flairs up, to have the latest "science" disproving a real increase--which lets the ever-expanding vax schedule off the hook. I'm sure this report will be in the news.
Here's right from the actual study:
In 2010 there were an estimated 52 million cases of
ASDs around the world, equating to a population
prevalence of 7.6 per 1000 or one in 132 persons. Once
variable study methods were considered, our model
showed no evidence of a time change in the prevalence
of either autistic disorder or other ASDs. ...
These results support research findings
(Fombonne, 2008) that suggest that early childhood
factors, for instance vaccinations, have had no observable
effect on the occurrence of ASDs.
Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found....
The increases may partly reflect more awareness and recognition that conditions, including autism, require a specific diagnosis to receive special services, the researchers say....
The study is the first to look broadly at the 10-year trend but the results echo previous studies showing increases in autism, attention problems and other developmental or mental disabilities....
There is more autism, but there's also more awareness. One doctor says there is more autism---but blames old parents and PRENATAL EVENTS. Nothing ever changes in the explanation--no one is ever worried.
Every time I see an ad that states, "No shots. No school," or "No shots. No school. No kidding," I become incredibly confused. The fact is that this is not true, and never has been. Why would this dishonest information be so visible to parents? . . .
My wonderful friend Maurine Meleck wrote this letter to the editor. Immediately it caused some heated comments. I posted one myself.
For most families back to school means new clothes, a new backpack and some school supplies. But for a child with mental illness and his or her family, it means added stresses. How will the child cope with the change? What effects can be expected with a new schedule? Will the school district have new rules and expectations?..
State and county agencies provided special education services to students with mental health issues until 2011, when then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger repealed the law called Assembly Bill 3632, and placed the financial burden for that care on school districts. ...
"There has been a definite increase in autism and that has increased our caseloads," said Ringlein, who now has 53 cases. "I tell parents, if your child is out of the normal in terms of intense temper tantrums, withdrawal or they cannot rebound from situations, they should get counseling, even if for just two sessions.
First of all, any piece that labels autism as a mental illness, makes me angry. Hey, there's more autism--no explanation given. AND the state has cut back on funding.
Tony Burke was an energetic 2-year-old who loved drawing purple pictures of Barney and jumping on trampolines. But then his parents began to notice how he would grunt instead of talk, and couldn't look anyone in the eye. Before his third birthday, in 2005, he was diagnosed with autism....
These problems will continue to fester, even as the developmental disorder grows more common. Though it's not clear why, autism's prevalence is about 120 percent higher than estimates from 2000, with 2010 data showing that it now affects one in 68 U.S. children.
In New Jersey, the prevalence is even higher, at one in 45 children. Estimates in 2008 put Pennsylvania's prevalence at one in 75 children. A 2005 census identified 5,510 individuals with autism in Southeastern Pennsylvania....
O'Brien warns that "a tsunami" of older patients is coming, citing estimates that more than 31,000 autistic adults will live in the state by 2020. O'Brien has worked with welfare officials to set up two funding streams for autistic adults. But he admits the programs aren't nearly big enough to cover future demand.
Here's what the SF Chronicle expects us to believe...
...healthy, normal kids can start to "grunt instead of talk" and stop making eye contact...no explanation needed and no alarm expressed.
...a disorder that now affects almost 2 percent of U.S. children...can be dismissed with, "the developmental disorder grows more common. Though it's not clear why."
...there's 'a tsunami' of autistic adults coming--and btw--"the programs aren't nearly big enough to cover future demand."
...and I guess we're suppose to understand that all we can do is provide ABA. (And we're not even doing that well.)
(Imagine kids losing their sight ....doctors standing by clueless, yet unconcerned...experts advising parents to have their kids learn braille while insurance companies and the government quibble over coverage. Would we be this complacent?
As we near the start of flu season, beware: Many of the city's top hospitals pose a serious hazard to your health, because many of their nurses and other care personnel aren't vaccinated - and don't have to be.
To protect both workers and patients, at least 90 percent of health-care personnel should be vaccinated.
The NY Post story below assumes 1) the flu vaccine actually works and 2) it's safe. Neither of those assumptions has been proven.
The flu vaccine is the most dangerous shot given in the U.S., based on an analysis of settled cases for injuries, Health Impact News reports.
"The program is not used as much as it could be because the American public is just not aware of it," he said. "I receive at least five calls a month from individuals who cannot obtain compensation because the deadline has passed. They just found out about it too late. We all need to do a better job in getting the word out to the public that the Program exists."
August 14, 2014, Flu Vaccines Offer No Benefit: Cochrane Review of Evidence
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