By 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.
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.