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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. February 13, 2009

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Big Brother Health Care Provisions Slipped Into Economic Stimulus Bill

"Under the new provisions found in the bill, all U.S. doctors will now be stripped of autonomy and forced to follow the medical treatment guidelines dictated by the government."

(NaturalNews) The new $800 billion economic stimulus bill contains some striking new "Big Brother" health care language that should give pause to all freedom-loving Americans. For starters, the bill requires the electronic tracking of the medical records of all Americans. All your private medical data will be stored in a government database, including your history of disease, pharmaceutical treatments, surgeries and even emergency room visits.

How would you like the government knowing all the details about your drug rehab? Or alcoholism treatments? Abortion? Sexually-transmitted disease diagnosis? Pregnancy status? Blood test results?

" It means doctors can no longer make their own decisions about patients' needs or treatment protocols."

But it gets even more interesting than that: Under the new provisions found in the bill, all U.S. doctors will now be stripped of autonomy and forced to follow the medical treatment guidelines dictated by the government.

This news should rock the medical world (once they truly understand it). It means doctors can no longer make their own decisions about patients' needs or treatment protocols. From now on, all health care decisions will be centrally planned by a dictatorial, Big Brother health care authority in the federal government.

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Economic Stimulus Bill Mandates $954 Million for Vaccinations, $545 Million for "Genomics Programs" Thursday, February 12, 2009 by: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) While the Obama administration is attempting to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in a hurry, NaturalNews readers have begun actually reading the bill, and they're finding some worrying language that should raise concern among people interested in preserving health freedom and protecting the health of all Americans.

"The real question, of course, is this: What is sweeping health care reform doing hidden inside an economic stimulus bill?

And why is this bill being passed so quickly, without any chance for public debate on its merits or problems?"

Specifically, one section of the economic stimulus bill designates nearly a billion dollars for new vaccinations of children. This was discovered by Elisha Celeste, a NaturalNews reader. As stated in the bill:

$954,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount to carry out the immunization program authorized by section 317(a), (j), and (k)(1) of the Public Health Service Act ("section 317 immunization program")

The issue of whether vaccinations are actually helpful or harmful is hotly debated, of course. The pro-vaccine camp believes that the human immune system is a technological failure and that chemical intervention is the only way to protect children. The anti-vaccine camp believes that exposure to non-fatal infections actually strengthens the immune system, creating stronger protections against future infections. Thus, vaccines actually interfere with normal, healthy immune function while injecting children with dangerous chemicals and substances derived from sick, diseased animals.

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VIDEO: Temple Grandin Discusses Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

By Dr. Temple Grandin , Professor, Autism Expert - February 10, 2009

Dr. Temple Grandin has become one of the world's foremost autism experts, publishing books and giving lectures to thousands of people eager to understand autism from someone who is herself on the autism spectrum. In this speech to the AMP Center, Dr. Grandin discusses the important of early intervention, explains the signs of sensory overload and gives advice to parents and educators.

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Video self-modeling helps autistic students
By Daveen Rae Kurutz TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Kylee Byron often was frustrated when playing games. The first-grader at South Park Elementary Center has autism and until recently had a problem waiting her turn when playing "Go Fish." That is, until she watched a DVD of herself waiting for a classmate to ask her if she had any sevens.

"She saw herself sitting down and taking turns," said Dawn Byron, Kylee's mom, of Carroll, Washington County. "Whether it's because of the experience or maturity, she is able to sit down for longer periods of time and only needs prompted occasionally. It's wonderful."

"It's a very, very effective way of teaching children with autism the appropriate behaviors. We should be promoting this technique more in classrooms."

The South Park School District was one of two in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to try a new technique last fall called video self-modeling, designed to improve social behavior in autistic children. The trial, which also included elementary schools in Woodland Hills, helped all participating students, though each improved at different speeds.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects brain function, impacting development in social interaction and communication. New approaches to teaching students with autism are needed, said Dan Torisky, president of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and past president of the Autism Society of America.

"This is a way for (autistic children) to learn how to respond in social situations"

The number of public-school students diagnosed with autism increased 510 percent between the 1997-98 and 2007-08 school years. The average cost to educate an autistic student is $18,790, at least $8,000 more than a student without a disability, according to the American Institute of Research.

The cost of video self-modeling is minimal, experts say. Teachers need to be trained in the technique and how to use the equipment, but they can use existing video cameras and editing software.

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Big Brother Health Care Provisions Slipped Into Economic Stimulus Bill
Economic Stimulus Bill Mandates $954 Million for Vaccinations, $545 Million for "Genomics Programs"


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