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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. May 22, 2008

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Sick Monkeys: Research Links Vaccine Load, Autism Signs
by Dan Olmstead

The first research project to examine effects of the total vaccine load received by children in the 1990s has found autism-like signs and symptoms in infant monkeys vaccinated the same way. The study's principal investigator, Laura Hewitson from the University of Pittsburgh, reports developmental delays, behavior problems and brain changes in macaque monkeys that mimic "certain neurological abnormalities of autism."

The findings are being reported Friday and Saturday at a major international autism conference in London.

Although couched in scientific language, Hewitson's findings are explosive. They suggest, for the first time, that our closest animal cousins develop characteristics of autism when subjected to the same immunizations – such as the MMR shot -- and vaccine formulations – such as the mercury preservative thimerosal -- that American children received when autism diagnoses exploded in the 1990s.

The first publicly reported results of this research project come in both oral and poster presentations on Friday and Saturday at the International Meeting For Autism Research in London. Poster presentations must go through a form of peer review before they are presented at the conference; the papers have not yet appeared in a scientific journal.

...our closest animal cousins develop characteristics of autism when subjected to the same immunizations – such as the MMR shot -- and vaccine formulations – such as the mercury preservative thimerosal -- that American children received when autism diagnoses exploded in the 1990s.

In addition to Hewitson's oral presentation today [May 21], on Saturday in one of two related poster presentations, the researchers also are reporting in their abstract that "vaccinated animals exhibited progressively severe chronic active inflammation [in gastrointestinal tissue] whereas unexposed animals did not. We have found many significant differences in the GI tissue gene expression profiles between vaccinated and unvaccinated animals." Numerous scientific studies, as well as many parents, report severe GI ailments in children with regressive autism.

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USAAA Advisory Board Member Stan Kurtz to Lead Generation Rescue
Jenny McCarthy Joins Generation Rescue Board of Directors

USAAA Advisory Board Member Stan Kurtz has been hired as full-time Executive Director of Generation Rescue and has also joined the Board of Directors. Mr. Kurtz was a crisis counselor and a development and technology executive prior to leaving those fields to recover his son from autism and take on leadership roles in the community.  Mr. Kurtz developed Methyl-B-12 Nasal Spray therapy, and his research and advocacy continues to highlight the collective relationship between infections and toxins to autism, ADHD and many chronic illnesses. 

“Many families are needlessly suffering while children are being refused treatment. We have compelling evidence, through reports from hundreds if not thousands of families that individualized biomedical interventions are recovering children with autism, including my son and Jenny McCarthy’s son,” said Mr. Kurtz.

Mr. Kurtz is the founder of Children's Corner School in Van Nuys, California, a unique school that focuses on research, health, nutrition and a green school environment as a foundation for child development. In talking about Generation Rescue, Mr. Kurtz said, “I’m excited to be a part of a forward thinking organization that already has more than 450 volunteer families helping parents get started on the path to recovery. The reality of recovery for many more children is here, and parents have been the catalyst.  It’s up to us to bridge the gap between our children’s plight and the global awareness needed to heal our children and prevent further incidents of autism and related disorders.”  

“Our vision is to continue spreading the message that recovery is real and to be the leader in funding research for causative factors and biomedical interventions for Autism, ADHD and related conditions and to support families in need,” added Mr. Kurtz. 

In announcing the expansion of the organization, Jenny McCarthy, Deidre Imus and Katie Wright have joined the Generation Rescue Board of Directors. Ms. McCarthy is a best-selling author, actress, activist, and mother who recovered her son Evan from autism. Her latest book, Louder than Words, profiled her own son’s journey of recovery.

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Information compiled from Generation Rescue Press release, May 21, 2008.
Generation Rescue is a non-profit organization focused on prevention and recovery from Autism, ADHD and chronic illness.


 

Thimerosal exposure in infants and neurodevelopmental disorders: An assessment of computerized medical records in the Vaccine Safety Datalink.


Heather A. Young, David A. Geier and Mark R. Geier

The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, United States

The Institute of Chronic Illnesses, Inc., Silver Spring, MD 20905, United States

The Genetic Centers of America, United States

Abstract

The study evaluated possible associations between neurodevelopmental disorders (NDs) and exposure to mercury (Hg) from Thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs) by examining the automated Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD). A total of 278,624 subjects were identified in birth cohorts from 1990–1996 that had received their first oral polio vaccination by 3 months of age in the VSD. The birth cohort prevalence rate of medically diagnosed International Classification of Disease, 9th revision (ICD-9) specific NDs and control outcomes were calculated. Exposures to Hg from TCVs were calculated by birth cohort for specific exposure windows from birth-7 months and birth-13 months of age. Poisson regression analysis was used to model the association between the prevalence of outcomes and Hg doses from TCVs. Consistent significantly increased rate ratios were observed for autism, autism spectrum disorders, tics, attention deficit disorder, and emotional disturbances with Hg exposure from TCVs. By contrast, none of the control outcomes had significantly increased rate ratios with Hg exposure from TCVs. Routine childhood vaccination should be continued to help reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with infectious diseases, but efforts should be undertaken to remove Hg from vaccines. Additional studies should be conducted to further evaluate the relationship between Hg exposure and NDs.

Consistent significantly increased rate ratios were observed for autism, autism spectrum disorders, tics, attention deficit disorder, and emotional disturbances with [mercury] Hg exposure from TCVs. By contrast, none of the control outcomes had significantly increased rate ratios with Hg exposure from [Thimerosal-containing vaccines ] TCVs.

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What you NEED to know about IEPs, IEP Teams, and IEP Meetings

Spring is here and the end of the school year is fast approaching. Yes, it's IEP season.

Do you understand what your role is at IEP meetings? Do you know how to request that an IEP be revised? Do you know that the IEP must include measurable goals? Do you know that the school must provide you with progress reports on a regular basis?

According to IDEA 2004, Section 1414(d)(1)(B), the IEP team must include parents and teachers.

Do you know the required members of your child's IEP team? Do you know who may be excused from IEP meetings, when, how? Are there circumstances when a child's IEP may be changed without convening an IEP meeting?

Does the IEP team have to address a child's behavioral needs in the IEP? Don't miss the special tip at the end of the newsletter.

It's time to take a closer look at the legal requirements of IEPs.

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Understanding autism vital for law enforcement

MANITOWOC — In Dennis Debbaudt's life, autism met law enforcement about 20 years ago.

Debbaudt was in the mall when his autistic young son had a meltdown in a toy store.

He picked up his screaming child and took him to the car, where they were stopped by an officer who received a report of a possible child abduction.

"Those with special needs are seven times more likely to come into contact with law enforcement"

"That was the day I put on my first training for law enforcement," said Debbaudt, who spoke to a group of about 50 at Roncalli High School Monday evening.

That defining moment at the mall eventually led Debbaudt, a licensed private investigator from Port St. Lucie, Fla., to become a nationally recognized law enforcement trainer and author specializing in autism spectrum issues.

"Too often, misunderstanding results in situations that could be avoided, some that are even life threatening."

"Those with special needs are seven times more likely to come into contact with law enforcement and given their unique behavior and communication, professionals need information on this unique population," said Kelly Shariff, president of the Autism Society of the Lakeshore. "Too often, misunderstanding results in situations that could be avoided, some that are even life threatening."

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Autism assistance dogs are coming to NZ


Sloan Ewen is autistic, one of about 40,000 New Zealanders with some degree of autism.

Sloan is only six, but he has already been through a lot of therapy for his condition.

The next thing he needs is an autism assistance dog. There are none in New Zealand yet, but Sloan is about to be one of the first. An aeroplane will bring their special new dog from America next month.

Finding the right mix of food and vitamins and identifying his allergies proved crucial to reducing Sloan's intense anxiety...

Next stop is the autism assistance dog.

Two years ago Parker Weishaar and his autism assistance dog featured on 3 News.

As she watched the news Sloan’s mum Sonja knew it was exactly what Sloan needed.

Her son was diagnosed with autism at two-years-old. He had behavioural meltdowns, was aggressive and withdrawn.

Since then he has been on a one track journey to find treatments that work for him. For 12 months his eardrums were retrained to filter out the noises he was extremely sensitive to. Bright lights startled him so he went through a battery of eye exercises. Then Sloan had to relearn movement skills.

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In This Issue:
Sick Monkeys: Research Links Vaccine Load, Autism Signs
USAAA Advisory Board Member Stan Kurtz to lead Generation Rescue
Thimerosal exposure in infants and neurodevelopmental disorders
What you NEED to know about IEPs, IEP Teams, and IEP Meetings
Understanding autism vital for law enforcement
Complimentary downloads and DVDs

News Around the World
Autism assistance dogs are coming to NZ


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