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October 13, 2006
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Enzyme levels
In response to Dr. Haley's comments from last week's newsletter, Dr. KL Reichelt, one of the original DAN think tank participants in 1995 and who is a researcher at the University of Oslo in Norway that tests peptides through urine samples, said, "To expect any direct correlation of any disease provoking agent and symptoms is unreasonable.

The reasons for this are two fold:
1:Most enzymes (who are the acting factors in metabolism) are polymorphic or because of mutations have different levels and activity per molecule in the population. Therefore a given dose of say txin will of necessity have different effects depending on the level of genetically and epigenetically determined enzyme level. A person with a low enzyme activity may thus suffer much more than persons with high enzyme levels but insufficient because of the toxic input .
2: very many hormones , ligands (drugs) and especially peptides show hormetic dose response curves. (Bell shaped curves). Dr Calabrese, in the US, has been a great and key person to make this generally known. This means that different concentrations may have not linear but bell shaped dose response curve. This is very common."

Susan Rodriguez from California says, "I wonder how many autistic children there are with mothers who had silicone implants. This would mean that they also have a high level of platinum with in the system."

A 500 pound baby?
From Unlocking Autism: "Does your baby weigh over 500 pounds? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a person must weigh over 500 pounds to "safely" process the amount of mercury still present in certain vaccines, including flu shots. And yet, these shots are recommended for pregnant women and infants."
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Combating Autism Act Update
Chairman Barton will not consider Combating Autism Act!
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article from www.combatautism.org
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (TX) still refuses to release the Senate passed Combating Autism Act from his committee for consideration by the full House this session. He is practicing politics as usual and has stated publicly (on CNN) that he will not consider the CAA until and unless the Senate passes his NIH Reform bill. Chairman Barton, Majority Leader Boehner and Speaker Hastert must hear from us and also their colleagues in the House that this is unacceptable!

Call your Republican Congressman and ask him or her to call Chairman Barton, Majority Leader Boehner, and Speaker Hastert today!

Autism Study Revised Protocol Approved

The first ever clinical study looking at the use of a natural chelator on autism disorders had its revised protocol approved by its FDA approved Independent Review Board. The study using strict scientific methodology seeks to validate the anecdotal reports from parents of autistic children. The natural supplement, activated liquid zeolite is an inert mineral with a variety of unique properties. With increased recruiting efforts, the protocol changes will make it easier to complete screening. The sponsor plans to complete recruiting by the first quarter of 2007.

T-ball Coach Sentenced for Beaning

reported by the Herald Standard October 13, 2006
A Fayette County T-ball coach convicted of offering a player $25 to beam an autistic teammate was sentenced to spend one to six years in a state prison on Thursday.

Mark R. Downs Jr. of Dunbar was sentenced to six to 36 months in prison on each charge of conspiracy to commit simple assault and corruption of minors, and the sentences will run consecutively.

The Cause of Thunder; A look into the life of a five-year old boy with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism.

Outfront won the Grand Award at the New York Festivals Awards ceremony honouring excellence in radio programming and promotion on Thursday for Best Information Programming for its documentary Cause Of Thunder, a look into the life of a five-year old boy with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. The documentary also won a Gold World Medal in the Educational category.

Outfront is a CBC Radio program in Canada. Outfront is radio stories about real life. It's all about your ideas, your experiences, your perspectives, your story. It's fifteen minutes of storytelling, experimental audio and new ways of making radio. Stories told from Canadian perspectives about the Canadian experience. You won't hear traditional storytelling, and you won't hear reporters or hosts. Outfront explores new ways of presenting stories which break the radio mold.

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