By Anne Dachel
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Jan 4, 2015, UK Daily Mail: Outrage over high-profile American doctor heading to Australia to encourage parents NOT to vaccinate their children
Jan 4, 2015, CTV (Richmond, VA) News: Mental health advocates push for intervention in case of autistic Virginia inmate
Jan 4, 2015, Parsippany (NJ) Daily Record: Sisters face autism, 10 years later By William Westhoven
Jan 2, 2015, WBEZ (Chicago Public Media): What happens to people with autism when they age out of school?
Jan 1, 2015, Stats.org: The CDC Conspiracy
Sherri Tenpenny is a osteopath who believes in not vaccinating children
She will be visiting Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney
Dr Tenpenny believes 'vaccines can cause more harm' than good to health
Pro-vaccination campaigners have expressed their outrage on social media
Some lashed out at venues holding seminars, saying they were 'disgusted'
I thought Andrew Wakefield was the only doctor with this false claim. Do you mean there are others?
Mental health and civil liberties advocates are urging Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to intervene in the case of an inmate with autism who faces trial Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a correctional officer.
Reginald "Neli" Latson's supporters and lawyers say he needs treatment, not punishment, for intellectual disabilities that they say have caused his three clashes with law enforcement since 2010. They have asked McAuliffe to grant conditional clemency so Latson can be moved to a secure treatment facility in Florida that has agreed to accept him.
McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said the governor is concerned but can't do anything until the pending charge is resolved in Stafford County Circuit Court. Latson faces six months to five years behind bars if convicted.
Latson, 23, already has twice been jailed for assaulting police officers. His supporters say those incidents stem from a "fight or flight" reflex associated with his autism spectrum disorder.
This is going to be commonplace. Every time I watch a first grader have a meltdown and start throwing things, all I can think is: What will it be like if he's still doing this at 20?
The effects of the epidemic will be felt in every aspect of life. The only response will, I'm sure, be a call for awareness and accommodation. No one will publicly recognize that anything is wrong. Our courts and jails will be filled with adults on the spectrum who simply cannot function in society.
Ten years after their journey began, a Morris Township family plagued by a growing global health crisis - autism - has made remarkable progress on an unconventional path.
Jennifer Rose, 18, has improved more than her sister, Flora, 14, blossoming from a quiet child who struggled to speak and make friends to a Drew University freshman who dreams of being a writer and actor. . . . .
Her parents, Jonathan Rose and Gayle DeLong, still worry about their kids, as all parents do, but are encouraged by the progress they have witnessed since teaming with Stuart Freedenfeld of Stockton Family Practice in Hunterdon County a decade ago.
William Westhoven is an exceptional reporter. Thorough coverage like this is almost non-existent.
Westhoven DOESN'T pretend that all the autism everywhere is the result of "better diagnosing" and a broadening of the definition 21 years ago. He calls autism "a growing public health crisis," unlike U.S. health officials who still can't figure out if there's really been an increase in the autism rate. He reports on actual treatments and includes Dr. Stuart Freedenfeld of Stockton Family Practice in Hunterdon County who uses chelation to detoxify these children along with other alternative treatments.
Most impressive of all is Westhoven's coverage of the vaccine--autism controversy. He gives us a medical doctor who blames the autism epidemic on the toxic overload our children are exposed to, including the ingredients in vaccines--mercury and aluminum. In addition, Westhoven cites Dr. Stephanie Seneff from MIT whose dire prediction puts the autism rate at one in every two children by 2025.
What should be frightening everyone in New Jersey is the fact that the current rate there, one in every 45 children (and among boys alone, it's one in every 28) is based on studies of eight year olds, not eighty year olds. No one has ever been able to show us a comparable rate among adults--especially adults with classic autism whose symptoms are easily identified. Imagine the future in this state when all these disabled children age out of school with nowhere to go. It'll be the taxpayers of New Jersey who will eventually be left with the cost of caring for all these dependent adults who aren't here now.
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Illinois has more than 19,000 minors who have autism. And that's just what the schools are identifying. When these kids' services expire from the state, they face the same choice as most young adults: school or work? But the transition to either of those worlds can be difficult depending on the disability.
The day the bus doesn't come
As usual, this piece just describes the problem. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? Reporter Camille Smith asks the question, "What happens to people with autism when they age out of school?"--but she never answers it--because she can't.
Why can't she show us the adults with autism living and working in the world? We're told there are 19,000 children in Illinois with autism. That's a lot of kids. If, as we're constantly told, all the autism is just a new name for a condition that 's always been around, there should be around 60,000 adults with autism already in the community. The current rate for autism is one in 68. That statistic is based on studies of eight year olds--not eighty year olds. No one has ever been able to find a comparable rate among adults--especially adults with classic autism, whose symptoms are easily identified.
Smith wouldn't write a piece asking "What happens to people with Down Syndrome...?" or "What happens to blind people. . . ?" She's be able to find the vocational services and group homes for these disabled adutls. There is absolutely nothing that backs the ridiculous claim that autism has always been around like.
The really frightening reality here is that autism is a disability affecting children and that there is nothing significant for the thousands of affected children leaving IL schools. The one undeniable fact is that the taxpayers of IL will be paying for them for the rest of their lives.
As much as I'd like to post my opinion, it wouldn't matter. No one sees a real problem here--YET. THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO TRY AND ACCOMMODATE AUTISM UNTIL THE DISABLED POPULATION SIMPLY BANKRUPTS US. Children will become dependent adults and have to live off the system for the rest of their lives. They will be draining social services in a never-before-seen onslaught and it's never going to stop.
What will it take before we demand to know why so many young people have autism?
Should the media cover anti-vaccination claims? Conventional reporting would probably do more harm than good if it did so by just reporting both sides and creating the impression of equivalency between weight of evidence and false claims. But what if the latest claim is a complex statistical analysis-and a senior CDC vaccine researcher appears to back it up? . . .
"It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a sitting CDC senior scientist to blow the whistle on alleged scientific misconduct involving a study article that he co-authored," wrote former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson on her website. "In this instance, the impact of the charge is magnified by more than a decade of allegations from autism advocates who say the federal government and pharmaceutical interests have worked to downplay or hide associations between vaccines and autism."
My first reaction to this piece was to ask WHY the media keeps calling anyone who challenges the vaccine safety claims "anti-vaccine." EVERY SINGLE TIME ROBERT KENNEDY HAS TALKED ABOUT THIS ISSUE HE'S ALWAYS STAUNCHLY DEFENDING VACCINES. It doesn't matter to reporters. Trevor Butterworth (who we're told has written for The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New Yorker.com, Forbes.com, and Harvard Business Review and won prestigious awards) lays this out just like every other pro-vax reporter. He's convinced that all the science shows vaccines are safe. The only real problem is how to deal with "the anti-vaccination movement." The opening line shows Butterworth's real aim. He asks and answers the question: "Should the media cover anti-vaccination claims? Conventional reporting would probably do more harm than good if it did so by just reporting both sides and creating the impression of equivalency between weight of evidence and false claims." What Butterworth is really talking about here is censorship.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.