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Sept 15, 2015, Fox 28 Columbus, OH: Boy With Autism Forgotten, Found Dead on School Bus 

Sept 15, 2015, Richmond (VA) Times: Police: No charges expected in 7-year-old girl's drowning

Sept 15, 2015, KOB 4 Albuquerque: If people with special needs get lost, this website can help

Sept 15, 2015, Wall Street Journal: Gluten-free diet has no benefit for children with autism, study finds

Sept 14, 2015, WebMD: Pregnancy Intervals May Affect Autism Risk

Sept 14, 2015, Philly.com: Breast-Feeding Tied to Better Emotion Perception in Some Infants

Sept 14, 2015, Providence (RI) Journal: With new book, Brown professor wants to change the dialogue on autism

Sept 14, 2015, KTVX TV Salt Lake City: Parkway Pedal to benefit the Autism Council of Utah

Tragic deaths associated with autism are now common.  A non-verbal teenager dies after being left on a school bus and a seven year old girl drowns.  Somehow we're supposed to believe it's always been like this.

Fox 28 Columbus, OH

WHITTIER, California (Kate Murphy) -- The parents of a young teen with special needs said they trusted their school district and its bus drivers to get their son home safely.

Nineteen-year-old Paul Lee, who had autism, was found dead in a school bus on Friday. According to the family, the bus driver forgot Paul was onboard.

Richmond (VA) Times

 Virginia Beach police say no charges will be filed against the owner of a pool a 7-year-old Virginia Beach girl was found dead in.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the medical examiner has ruled the girl's death an accidental drowning.

Meanwhile the media blunders on, covering autism like it's a medical curiosity, and not a national social and economic cris

KOB 4 Albuquerque

Parents and caretakers of people who have special needs know that if a person wanders off, there can be a lot to worry about. But a new, free service can help just in case. It's called "If I Need Help."

Bruce and Erin Wilson's son Jay is an active, energetic teenager with severe autism. There is usually someone with him, but if he ever gets lost, they worry about what could happen – so they created "If I Need Help." Users can create a free account online and enter details about their family member—their needs, preferences and how to get in touch.

"One mom of a little boy said, hold on to 'em or he'll run from you also," Erin Wilson said. "And another put, he can be violent and scratch up your face, so just hold his hands down and that'll protect you. So really vital information for the person who finds them."

The focus of this story is of course, kids with autism who are prone to w

Wall Street Journal

A diet popular as an alternative treatment for autism doesn’t appear to improve behaviors or symptoms of the condition, according to a small but rigorously conducted study published this month in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

. . .One theory behind the gluten- and casein-free diet is that children with autism have trouble digesting these proteins and, because of a “leaky gut”, absorb components of these compounds that lead to physical discomfort and behavioral symptoms, according to Dr. Hyman . . .

"Leaky gut"??  Wasn't that what Andrew Wakefield found?  

As expected, it's now debunked.

Meanwhile, old claims are  rehashed for public consumption.


The amount of time between a woman's pregnancies may matter when it comes to the possible risk of her children developing autism, new research suggests.

Research has universally claimed that autism is associate the mother: OLD MOMS, FAT MOMS, MOMS WHO MARRY OLD DADS, DRINKING MOMS, SMOKING MOMS.  ---AND MOMS WHO HAVE BABIES TOO CLOSE TOGETHER.  This has been out for several years, but WebMD pretends it's "new." 

This is the message: If it isn't YOUR BAD GENES, it's your behavior mom.  We have not come far from the days of the REFRIGERATOR MOTHER CAUSING AUTISM.  (Nice ad for NeuroTribes on this story.)


Researchers found that among 44 babies with a particular autism "risk" gene, those who were breast-fed longer spent more time looking at images of "happy" eyes and shied away from "angry" eyes.

The findings, published online Sept. 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that breast-feeding might enhance social development in certain at-risk infants.

. . . However, the authors and other experts stressed that the study offers no evidence that breast-feeding ultimately affects a child's odds of developing autism, or that it lessens the severity of autism symptoms.

Breast feeding and reducing the odds of autism is also an old claim.  Notice that there's a 'risk' gene for autism.  (More training the public that autism is A GENETIC DISORDER.)

And we're told it's really proof of nothing.  Life goes on.  Pretending to address autism is what it's really all about.  See---people are studying autism.  It's just such a mystery.

Providence (RI) Journal

A Brown University professor wants to move the fulcrum on how people with autism are viewed — from tragedies to unique individuals who demonstrate the same behaviors all human beings exhibit.

. . .Prizant, an adjunct professor in Brown's department of theatre arts and performance studies, has studied people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for more than 40 years. Being "on the spectrum" refers to a wide range of symptoms, which can go from mild to severe. Characteristics include difficulties in social interaction and with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.

 . . . At the book’s core, Prizant argues the symptoms most often associated with autism — flapping arms, avoiding direct eye contact and echoing words — should be embraced by caregivers in an effort to better understand the individual and the behavior’s underlying cause.

His research is applicable to the growing number of people who are diagnosed every year. A 2014 study by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 1 in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum — a 30 percent increase from 2012, when 1 in 88 were diagnosed. 

 Forget all the mystery...the no known cause, prevention or cure stuff about autism.  It's all about accepting.  Autism "should be embraced." 

Prizant has been "studying people [with autism] ...for more than 40 years."  According to him, all the autism is just an expanded definition.  There's nothing to worry about.

KTVX TV Salt Lake City

Hop on your bike and help out the growing need for autism research and resources. This weekend the Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism promises to raise money and awareness. 

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S.  Nationally, one in every 68 birth is affected but in Utah the number is one in 54. Families and care takers will spend an estimated additional $60,000 to raise a child with autism.

The need is growing.  One in every 54 kids in Utah has autism.  Amazing that these words don't scare everyone in Utah.  There are a lot of people who "should be embraced" in Utah.

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Sophie Scholl

"Gluten-free diet has no benefit for children with autism"

It was like a light switch right before my eyes .
What kind of a (compromised no doubt)study could miss this .
The SCD diet was absolutely massive for me , and it was that alone that led my all my subsequent investigations.
Perhaps that is the reason we see that military term used again "debunked" .

"debunked" - Its got to be the title of my book . What a word ! Or "State Hg-enocide" .

Shannon Epstein

These stories get more horrific by the day. I encourage everyone to read the full story of the poor child left on the school bus, the Wall Street Journal article reporting on a garbage study in the most condescending terms, and then also to scoot over to the Huffington Post to read the first report in an enormous and scathing expose about Risperdal, a drug that I have personally seen wreak havoc in the lives of children with autism. Here's the link: http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/miracleindustry/americas-most-admired-lawbreaker/

I'd love to see AOA report on this piece.


Hmm, the more gluten my son consumes, the crabbier he gets, and the more impressive the bright red rash on his neck becomes. It's not hard to track. (He's being detoxed at the moment.) Now, not every individual will react that way. The old trick if you want to disprove a study is to use a very small sample size and hope that you have managed to exclude anyone who would throw a monkey wrench into your pretty theory. As for Prizant, he just has a new gimmick. It's meaningless. And we all know that dead children with autism will only create a small ripple in the media. We must not disrupt the happy talk about autism.


The Wall Street Journal coverage of the gluten-free casein-free study that showed no improvement for autistic kids on the diet is misleading. It says that the children were put on a GFCF diet for 30 weeks. Then in the next paragraph it says that "after they got used to the diet," they were given challenges to the diet to see if it changed their behavior. I went to the abstract of the actual study. The children (N=14, so very small sample) were put on a GFCF diet for "4-6 weeks" before they started receiving foods containing gluten and/or dairy again, as challenges. Nowhere have I seen it suggested that going GFCF for 4-6 weeks would be sufficient to heal the gut and begin to reverse the neurological problems. I have always read 3 - 6 months, minimally. So, my first thought is that there was no noticeable difference because the guts, if inflamed, were not given a chance to heal first before adding these foods back to the diet. Secondly, the study does not indicate that they attempted to recruit autistic kids who were suffering concurrently from constipation or any other bowel disorders. The reports that I have seen always indicate a big impact from the GFCF diet in kids who are having bowel problems; less so with the minority of autistic kids who did not have bowel problems. So, I would like to do how many of these 14 kids who completed the study started out with bowel problems to begin with. Lots of questions. Few answers. Plus, once again, N-14. Wonder how much they spent on this one.


Wall Street Journal: Gluten-free diet has no benefit for children with autism, study finds


I guess the authors of this 'study', never got around to talking to moms like the one in this video .


Hardly a surprising omission though. Since seeking medical advice from the Wall Street Journal, is about as dumb as going to your doctor for investment advice.

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