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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. January 26, 2009

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USAAA Appointments for Advisory Board

US Autism & Asperger Association is pleased to announce the appointments of David Berger, MD to the Scientific Advisory Board and Marlo Payne Thurman to the Community Advisory Board.

bergerDr David Berger (known as Dr. David) is a Board Certified Pediatrician who specializes in holistic pediatric primary care, nutritional and detoxification therapies for autism, ADHD and related disorders and immune dysregulation. He graduated from The Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1994 and did his Pediatric Residency at the University of South Florida. He started using holistic therapies at the Tampa General Hospital Pediatric Clinic during his residency. He has served as the team doctor for Tampa Catholic High School, the Medical Director for a summer camp run by the Tampa AIDS Network, and the Medical Liaison for the Palm Beach County Breast Feeding Task Force. He has been in private practice since 1997, and in 2005 he opened Wholistic Pediatrics in Tampa, Florida. Learn more.

marlothurmanMarlo Payne Thurman, M.S. is a School Psychologist and Education Consultant who obtained her Specialist Master’s degree from the University of Utah. Marlo has founded both the Center for Education Enrichment and the Brideun School for Exceptional Children located in Lafayette, Colorado. In her private practice, Marlo offers assessment, educational consultation, advocacy, cognitive therapy and social skills training. In designing, directing and administrating the Brideun School, Marlo has created an alternative model of therapeutic education that integrates strength-based learning with individualized, playful teaching allowing different-minded learners to find success. Marlo is active in education reform, researching and speaking extensively on alternative means to reach and teach children with divergent minds. She specializes in sensory-based learning and arousal. Marlo is currently working on the expansion of her models towards a franchise for new schools and therapy centers. Marlo holds board positions with Brideun Learning Worlds, The Bridge School and the nationally recognized 2E Newsletter. She has been honored for her achievements with feature articles in the New York Times, People Magazine, ADDitude Magazine, The National Special Educator and numerous local venues. Learn more.


TChromosome 15 region associated with autism also linked to epilepsy

Kelly Rae Chi
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

A specific deletion on chromosome 15 occurs in one percent of people with a common form of epilepsy, establishing the mutation as the most common risk factor for the disorder, according to research published online January 11 in Nature Genetics 1.

This study is the first to link the region to idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE), a group of epilepsy disorders thought to have an underlying genetic basis, broadening the range of disorders associated with the deletion.

Previous work has linked the same deletion, involving at least seven genes in the 15q13.3 region, with autism, schizophrenia and mental retardation. This study is the first to link the region to idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE), a group of epilepsy disorders thought to have an underlying genetic basis, broadening the range of disorders associated with the deletion.

It’s not unusual to have a specific deletion lead to diverse outcomes. For example, a small region of chromosome 16 is deleted or duplicated in people with autism as well as in a small proportion of the general population.

Certain regions of chromosome 15 are prone to recombination, sometimes leading to missing or duplicated genetic material.

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Pharma + Professional Persecution = Profits!

Christina England, American Chronicle

Pharmaceutical Industries have few morals when it comes to dealing with professionals who step over the line and try to expose the adverse reactions to their vaccines and drugs.Of course the drug companies do not work alone, they foster strong connections with Governments,who in turn influence the medical profession and even the media.

In 2004, [Dr. Mark] Geier was ordered to stop a research project because of alleged improprieties in data collection.

This allows the freedom to pedal their wares without the fear of reprisal. A whistle blowing professional is a spanner in their well oiled works and must be silenced quickly and efficiently, the methods the drug companies often use to do this can only be described as barbaric.

Mr Clifford Miller a lawyer explains how the Pharmaceutical Industries use several organizations to eliminate practices and practitioners who go against Government policies.

Of course one of the best ways in which to silence a troublesome professional is for them to be discredited, for once their reputation is completely destroyed, then no one is going to listen to what they have to say. It is surprising how many professionals who speak out about a vaccine or a drug suddenly find themselves with unusual complaints being sent into their Governing bodies or who have their work attacked unexpectedly.

Here there are several professionals who have complained about various vaccines and suddenly found themselves having to face disciplinary action because of complaints sent in to their Governing bodies.

[Lisa Blakemore Brown] now, despite being left in ill health, speaks out honestly and openly about the tricks, lies and dirty dealings she has been a witness to, behind the scenes of the drug companies and the Governments who protect them, in a bid to keep the vaccines and drugs on the market and their adverse reactions hidden.

First let us look at the case of the General Practitioner Peter Mansfield who works for the charity Desumo. Desumo, offered single Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccinations to parents who prefer them, to the MMR. Dr Mansfield was seen to be by many as a doctor with some controversial views on several health matters one being, that the MMR is unsafe.

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Autism's cause likely linked to environment, study says

By Sandy Kleffman
Contra Costa Times

It is time to focus on environmental causes for the rapid rise in autism, a leading researcher said Thursday, after her study concluded that such factors as earlier diagnosis and families moving to California cannot fully explain a dramatic seven- to eightfold increase in the state since the early 1990s.

"With no evidence of a leveling off, the possibility of a true increase in incidence deserves serious consideration," states the study, published in the January issue of the journal Epidemiology.

"Right now, about 10 to 20 times more research dollars are spent on studies of the genetic causes of autism than on environmental ones," she said. "We need to even out the funding."

For years, experts have debated whether the autism increase is real. Skeptics argue that it is a result of better diagnosis, a change in definitions and the inclusion of children with milder forms of the disorder.

Irva Hertz-Picciotto and her colleagues at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute and Department of Public Health Sciences set out to explore such hypotheses.

"This is a definitive study that should once and for all put the proverbial nail in the coffin of those who have been denying the existence of an autism epidemic," he said.

They concluded that while those factors explain some of the increase, they do not account for most of it.

The findings prompted Hertz-Picciotto, a leading autism researcher and a professor of environmental and occupational health and epidemiology, to urge policy makers to devote more research money to looking for an environmental trigger.

"Right now, about 10 to 20 times more research dollars are spent on studies of the genetic causes of autism than on environmental ones," she said. "We need to even out the funding."

Rick Rollens, the father of an autistic child and a co-founder of the M.I.N.D. Institute, agreed.

"This is a definitive study that should once and for all put the proverbial nail in the coffin of those who have been denying the existence of an autism epidemic," he said.

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In Short:
USAAA Appointments for Advisory Board
Chromosome 15 region associated with autism also linked to epilepsy


Pharma + Professional Persecution = Profits!

Autism's cause likely linked to environment, study says

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