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Dnatoy3By Anne Dachel

Sept 9, 2016, Massive Study Aims To Shed Light On Genetics And Autism

Study to collect saliva from families with autism for DNA study.

A research center at UC Davis is taking autism research to a different level.

Researchers at the MIND Institute are now examining the DNA of families whose children have autism to learn more about possible causes of the disorder.

News video:

Dr. Leonard Abbeduto. Executive Director at the MIND Institute:

“…could be a game changer in really understanding what causes autism, and as I said, once we understand the causes, then we can start to work on more tailored treatment.”

CBS 12 anchor: “…One of the greatest mysteries in all of science is autism, and so many people working so hard to find something to give them a clue.”

This is about the SPARK study that I wrote about a month ago.

It’s a predictable response to the much talked about charge that the government has knowingly concealed their findings on vaccines and autism. It’s also autism busywork. In other words, experts have to be doing something about a disorder described as “one of the greatest mysteries in all of science.”

Of course autism isn’t a crisis, according to CBS Sacramento. We’re shown a cute little five year playing with her toys, (and a not nonverbal, head-banging eighteen year old in diapers), and there’s the ;always-present  expert trying to convince us that autism is a genetically caused disorder. It’s a big study, looking at 50,000 families over three years. It’s clearly not urgent and no one is worried about the numbers. The purpose of this whole study is NOT to find ways to PREVENT AUTISM, just treat it better (most likely through drugs).

Notice the final comment by one of the CBS13 anchors: “Autism is more common than most realize, and it’s growing. Autism affects one in 68 children and costs the average family an extra $60,000/year to mange. Roughly $169 million is spent on autism research each and every year.”

Those last two sentences in the face of the attitude of Dr. Abbeduto should raise several questions in the minds of viewers:

Why are they spending all this time, money and effort looking at genetics when we’re talking about a disorder that overwhelmingly affects children and is increasing? And how good is any of this research when after all the work that’s already been done, autism is still a big puzzle to experts? Finally, where in the world could the average family find $60,000 annually to provide for their autistic child? There must be a whole underclass of children who get no help.

This pretense can be expected to continue. Impressive institutions will give us people with PhDs and MDs after their names who will keep talking about autism with no definitive answers. And remember, this is California, the frontline in the forced vaccination war, where more than any place else, they have to downplay the idea that vaccines cause autism.

It’s ironic that this research comes from the MIND Institute at UC-Davis, and of course there was no mention of another MIND researchers, Dr. David Amaral, who was interviewed by newsman Robert MacNeil for PBS in April 2011.  

 Dr. Amaral was asked if vaccines can cause autism and he said, "I think it's pretty clear that, in general, vaccines are not the culprit. There has been enough epidemiological evidence showing that if you look at children that receive the standard childhood vaccines that, if anything, those children are at slightly less risk of having autism than children that aren't immunized. And so, you know, I think it probably is a waste of effort at this time to try and understand vaccines as a major culprit for, or a major cause of, autism.

"It's not to say, however, that there isn't a small subset of children who may be particularly vulnerable to vaccines. And in their case, having the vaccines, or particular vaccines, particularly in certain kinds of situations -- if the child was ill, if the child had a precondition, like a mitochondrial defect. Vaccinations for those children actually may be the environmental factor that tipped them over the edge of autism. And I think it is incredibly important, still, to try and figure out what, if any, vulnerabilities, in a small subset of children, might make them at risk for having certain vaccinations."

Amaral seemed to want to have it both ways: vaccines don’t cause autism, except when they do. In my book, The Big Autism Cover-Up, I wrote about another MIND researcher, Dr. Judy Van de Water, who also raised serious concerns about the vaccine schedule. I quoted Van de Water from a TIME Magazine story about Hannah Poling in 2008.  (Hannah was the young Georgia girl whose claim of vaccine-induced autism was compensated by the DOJ after medical experts at HHS agreed vaccines were causal.)

'Some vaccines, such as those aimed at viral infections, are designed to ramp up the immune system at warp speed.  They are designed to mimic the infection So you can imagine, getting nine at one time, how sick you could be."

Van de Water said that children whose immune systems are slower to develop are more likely to become autistic when vaccinated.  She said she was worried that the current schedule contained too many shots for some children. She advised parents who are concerned to space out vaccines. 

Finally, there’s Dr. Irva Hertz Picciotto from the MIND Institute. She’s definitely outspoken on the environment and autism and has been for years. According to her, chemical exposures and toxins cause autism. She even talks about mercury being a factor, she’s just not willing to sound an alarm over the reckless vaccine schedule our children are forced to endure.

So while three prominent scientists at the MIND aren’t buying into the genes-cause-autism/we-have-all-the-time-in-the-world-to solve-the-mystery scenario brought to us by CBS Sacramento and Dr. Abbeduto, the numbers just keep going skyward.

In 2009 when the California State Senate Select Committee on autism was formed, the public  was told that there were "14,000 students with autism a decade ago.”  Today, there are “46,000 students and growing." 

In April 2014, the Sacramento Bee gave us this sobering information:


About 3,100 Sacramento County public school students are autistic, a number that has risen seven-fold since 2000, according to new figures from the California Department of Education.

The figure represent a jump of about 300, or 10 percent, from 2013 to 2014. More than one of every 80 students in Sacramento County public schools is classified as autistic.

The number of autistic children also rose in El Dorado, Placer and Yolo County.

Statewide, the number of autistic students rose by 6,100, or 8 percent, to almost 79,000. The number of autistic students statewide has risen by between 5,000 and 7,000 most years for more than a decade. In 2001, there were about 14,000 autistic students in the state.

The nightmare continues

Jan 21, 2016, Sac Bee: Number of California students classified as autistic jumps for 14th consecutive year

Number of California students classified as autistic jumps for 14th consecutive year

More than one of every 75 kindergartners in California public schools is classified as autistic.

More than 90,000 California public school students are autistic, a number that has risen more than six-fold since 2001, according to the latest data from the California Department of Education.

.July 18, 2016, Sac Bee: Autism rates in California public schools jumped 7 percent in 2016

More than 97,000 California public school students have been diagnosed as autistic, a number that has risen seven-fold since 2001, according to the latest special education data from the California Department of Education.

Seriously, if there were 14,000 ASD students in 2001, 46,000 in 2009, 79,000 by 2014, 90,000 by 2015 and 97,000 in 2015, Dr. Abbeduto probably should stop looking for the elusive autism gene and spend a minute plotting when every other child in the state will have an autism diagnosis and figure out what California is going to do about it because these numbers show no sign of levelling off.

No one will ever take autism seriously. They have to keep pretending everything is under control and there's no demand to know what's causing this. Leonard Abbeduto and others will continue to fiddle while California burns.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.



ALERT: Sen Pan has put this up on his FB Page:

"hundreds of women in Miami-Dade County, Fla., where #Zika is spreading, have been waiting weeks for state results.... the delays could complicate already distressing decisions about whether to terminate their pregnancies if they test positive. Florida forbids abortions after 24 weeks.... 86 pregnant women in the state have tested positive. In all, 771 Florida residents have tested positive for the virus;... Dr. Christine Curry, an obstetrician at the UHealth - University of Miami Health System, which is a partner with Miami’s only public hospital, and a director of the university’s Zika response team, said she had 400 pregnant patients who were waiting for results, some for as long as six weeks." #ZapZika #ZikaVirus #contagion"

-- He is speaking of women making the choice (or considering the choice) to abort their babies based on a Zika Test? What in the world? I normally don't like to give this creature any of my time, but this is insane.


Down syndrome is said not to have existed before the industrial revolution.


Reading is Fundamental:

Down's syndrome comes about when the splitting of the genes occur. Some thing goes wrong and an extra arm of some chromosomes when they split - they get stuck and come away making extra genes. .

Is Downs Syndrome genetic? Well, yes because it involves the wrong number - of genes.

But is it really genetic and the answer is - no.

Some thing has gone wrong that caused the chromosome to split off wrong -- something in the environment. So it is an environmental disease.

My biology professors from man yeas ago loved to ask - which is more important genes or the environment as in which came first the chicken or the egg kind of question..

The answer was the environment is every thing.


Correctly me if I am wrong but didn't we make out all the genes in the human genome project! ? Wouldn't this issue be more of an epigentic issue !? Couldn't the change in food (GMO) and this massive push for all these vaccines- be I don't know changing the genome? I find it odd that autism has risen and no one seems to know why? And rather looking into items that for some reason (well we all know big money) we always want to say "oh it must be genetic" really!? I think we need to start looking at what they are doing around us and what we are placing into the bodies just read the vaccine inserts and read the damn ingredients on most of our food! It's really not that hard


They are perpetuating the myth that the cause of autism is unknown; they do the same thing with cancer.

If they find anything genetic, IMO, they will find a difference in the sequence that encodes for glutathione--the body's main defense against mercury and lead toxicity.

John Stone

Reading is fundamental

Splitting hairs as usual.

Reading Is Fundamental
If autism was genetic it would have disappeared from the population almost as soon as it had arrived.

Like Down syndrome did?

John Stone

In the know

If autism was genetic it would have disappeared from the population almost as soon as it had arrived. Also we should not forget that when he was head of the human genome project, Francis Collins, now head of NIH dismissed the possibility of autism being genetic because the increase in the condition was far to large and rapid.

“Genes alone do not tell the whole story. Recent increases in chronic diseases like diabetes, childhood asthma, obesity or autism cannot be due to major shifts in the human gene pool as those changes take much more time to occur. They must be due to changes in the environment, including diet and physical activity, which may produce disease in genetically predisposed persons."


So, there you are he is deliberately wasting everyone's time and money, not to mention entering into a public deception.

Reading Is Fundamental
"They" found the gene for progeria, which is considered to be a "genetic condition that occurs as a new mutation, and is rarely inherited, . . . " In 2003 "the cause of progeria was discovered to be a point mutation in position 1824 of the LMNA gene." Accompanied by big trumpeting press releases. However, unless I've missed something, this has led to exactly ZERO progress in treatment or prevention.

If you had read more of the Wikipedia entry that you quoted from, perhaps you could have avoided missing things and using the caps lock.

In the know

If Autism was totally genetic, then it would have expressed itself in ancient times when there were
fewer people, people married from their own village and their own nationality and therefore, the gene pool was a lot smaller too. Even in early America, the Indians never had autism until now!

Geneticists would have been able to pinpoint anything that was even remotely like autism years and years ago, as they did with Huntington's Chorea, Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Anemia, Tay-Sachs Disease and Downs Syndrome. Without any DNA analysis or studying any genome.


For those who wonder why "they" keep doing genetic studies (about autism or any other mystery health problem) -- those labs need funding!! Once somebody has managed to get an initial grant, for whatever work, they need more money to keep it going. Colleges and universities don't seem to care whether there are ever any beneficial RESULTS.

And about genetics:

"They" found the gene for progeria, which is considered to be a "genetic condition that occurs as a new mutation, and is rarely inherited, . . . " In 2003 "the cause of progeria was discovered to be a point mutation in position 1824 of the LMNA gene." Accompanied by big trumpeting press releases. However, unless I've missed something, this has led to exactly ZERO progress in treatment or prevention.

"They" found the gene for cystic fibrosis, years ago. But according to one source, there are "hundreds" of mutations to that gene. Haven't noticed any progress in treatment or prevention.

"They" found the gene for Rett syndrome. BUT . . . to the credit of Monica Coenraads at the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, they "un-found" it again. One of the few places where sensible research is going on. The current treatments that are being tried have a lot of overlap with Multiple Sclerosis.

But of course, there is a lot of overlap -- a LOT -- among a little list of health problems. Autism, Alzheimer's, ALS (and especially including frontotemporal dementia), multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia. A lot of overlap.

But "they" keep looking for "the gene." Because those labs need grant money, so they can keep going, on and on into perpetuity.

Jenny Allan

Busy Doing Nothing Lyrics

We're busy doin' nothin'
Workin' the whole day through
Tryin' to find lots of things not to do

Jeannette Bishop

Someone once argued with me that autism must be genetic, as we have so many genetic autism studies! Another can't be false, because we can't be so wrong.

What I'm wondering is if, on the sly, they are using "autism" to increase the genetic knowledge base in other ways that might not be so easily funded, or if they are literally just throwing away millions in research funds just hoping to make the "official" shoe fit (which I'm sure will be career boosting with even the flimsiest of correlations)?

Either way, the injured are being exploited.

Bob Moffit

Dr. Leonard Abbeduto. Executive Director at the MIND Institute:

“…could be a game changer in really understanding what causes autism ..."

Anytime you hear the words .. this "could be a game changer" .. I don't care who or why the "expert" is saying those words .. (in my humble opinion) .. those words are simply "code words" .. uttered every time a "supposed expert" is speaking about an issue .. in this case AUTISM .. our government has wasted MILLIONS .. if not .. BILLIONS of dollars .. over decades .. without any success.

This study is more evidence that "AUTISM RESEARCH" has become a financial bonanza for universities .. providing lucrative funds for the universities ... as well as .. "life-long" lucrative career opportunities .. while promising every new .. same old same old genetic research .. will finally become the "game changer" they have been promising for decades.

I really don't care who said it .. (some insist it wasn't Einstein) .. or .. what they meant by it .. (some insist it referred to "perseverance ") .. while others insist in today's politically correct world the word "insanity" is offensive .. but .. I still believe this definition of insanity remains true:

INSANITY: Doing the same thing over and over again .. expecting different results each time.

How many decades of autism research are going to be wasted pursuing that "game changing .. (holy grail) .. autism gene" .. that will never provide a "scientific explanation" for the inexplicable increase in autism that began .. with autism rates of 1 in 10,000 prior to the 1980's .. and .. is 1 in 68 today?

Obviously .. SOMETHING has been introduced into our CHILDREN .. in every section of our country .. from Maine to California .. Texas to North Dakota ... which indicates whatever that SOMETHING is .. it ain't local air, water or foods. In fact .. the ONLY SOMTHING all these children have in common .. is the VACCINES THEY ARE RECOMMENDED TO RECEIVE.

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