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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. February 25, 2009

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Toxic levels of mercury in Chinese infants eating fish congee

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David Geier   Mark Geier, MD, PhD

(Contributed by David Geier and Mark Geier, MD, PhD) A new case-series study, "Toxic Levels of Mercury in Chinese Infants Eating Fish Congee" from the peer-reviewed Medical Journal of Australia by authors from the Australian Health Service, evaluates the adverse effects of postnatal mercury consumption on neurodevelopmental disorders in children. Overall, it was estimated that the children examined received an estimated median mercury dose of 0.40 micrograms mercury / kilogram bodyweight / week (0.06 micrograms mercury / kilogram bodyweight / day).

This is a remarkably low dose of mercury considering that children receiving Thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines on average received 10 to 20 micrograms mercury / kilogram bodyweight / day and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) methylmercury safety limit is 0.1 micrograms mercury / kilogram bodyweight / day), and yet these children had very serious adverse outcomes. For example, Child 2, was described as, "a boy aged 2 years and 10 months presented with delayed speech and some autistic features. Since weaning, he had elated fish up to eight times a week. He had no history of herbal medicine use, and his thyroid function, blood lead level, and a DNA screen for Fragile X syndrome were normal." Further testing revealed the child had elevated blood and urine mercury levels. He was, "...subsequently diagnosed with classical autism."

"It further illustrates how large a mercury dose children received from Thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines versus other potential exposures to mercury that have been associated with significant neurodevelopmental disorders."

This case-series of children, coupled with a number of previously published case-reports, helps to illustrate that there are physicians to diagnosing at least some children with mercury poisoning as having autism spectrum disorders. It further illustrates how large a mercury dose children received from Thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines versus other potential exposures to mercury that have been associated with significant neurodevelopmental disorders. Finally, it also helps to provide additional plausibility to the fact that postnatal brain insults may cause or significantly contribute to autism spectrum disorders (i.e. versus, only prenatal insults being associated with the development of autism spectrum disorders).

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Dr. Mark Geier and David Geier will be presenting at the New Jersey Conference April 30- May 3, and also at the Los Angeles Conference, July 9-12.


 

A case study of a five-year-old child with pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified using sound-based interventions
Occupational Therapy International

Occup. Ther. Int. 16(1): 25–43 (2009)
Published online in Wiley InterScience
(www.interscience.wiley.com) DOI: 10.1002/oti.263

ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of The Listening Program (TLP) in treating a child with pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Using a single-subject case study design, one child with PDD-NOS was administered a 20-week TLP intervention focused on improving sensory processing and language function. Data collection included pre- and postevaluations using video footage, and Sensory Profile and Listening Checklist questionnaires.

"Exploring new intervention techniques in OT is imperative for the success of
treating the varied presentations of ASDs."

Results of the study indicated improved behaviour and sensory tolerance in the post-intervention video footage, including active participation in singing and movements to song. Sensory Profile and Listening Checklist questionnaires indicated significant improvements in sensory processing, receptive/expressive listening and language, motor skills, and behavioural/social adjustment at the post-intervention assessment. Although small in scope, this study highlights the need for continued research by occupational therapists into sound-based interventions. Particularly, occupational therapists need to perform larger-scale studies utilizing TLP to verify the efficacy of this alternative treatment method.

Conclusions: By using the TLP method in conjunction with OT using sensory processing strategies, and sensory processing as the outcome, this study serves to open up the field of sound-based interventions to practicing occupational therapists and facilitate further efficacy research. Although the case study has clear limitations regarding size, scope and generalizability, it offers itself as a stepping stone for continued research into sound-based interventions, sensory processing and OT.

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The Vaccine Court Case You Weren't Supposed to Hear About
By Louise Kuo Habakus, February 25, 2009

louisehabakusOne year ago, Vaccine Court ruled that vaccines caused Hannah Poling’s autism. One case. One little girl. A lot of inconvenient press and questions.

Two weeks ago, Vaccine Court ruled that vaccines did not cause autism in three highly followed “test cases” involving the MMR vaccine. Three children. Sweeping conclusions drawn by the Vaccine Establishment that the debate is now over.

Today, we learn of a little boy who, in 2007, was awarded a lump sum and ongoing care valued in excess of $1 million because Vaccine Court ruled that the MMR vaccine had caused acute brain damage that led to his autism. Read about it here: Vaccine Court: Autism Debate Continues and view today’s USA Today ad.

What’s going on here? Why are we only learning about this now?

In two decades, Vaccine Court has paid 2,260 families nearly $2 billion. How many of these cases involve children with vaccine injury and autism? Shouldn’t we want to know?

Our government, our nation’s pediatricians, our hugely profitable pharmaceutical industry, our press repeatedly assure the public that vaccines are safe. More vaccines continue to be added to the childhood schedule.

"Today, we learn of a little boy who, in 2007, was awarded a lump sum and ongoing care valued in excess of $1 million because Vaccine Court ruled that the MMR vaccine had caused acute brain damage that led to his autism. "

Mandated flu shots. Talk of the need for a seventh pertussis shot. Over ten thousand Gardasil injuries and deaths reported. Autism, peanut anaphylaxis, seizures, diabetes, asthma, ADHD, palsies, other autoimmune and neurodevelopmental disorders through the roof.

Parents say it’s the vaccines. Hundreds of thousands of families describe children who were perfectly normal and then slipped away, before their eyes, right after their vaccines.

Who do you believe? What can you do about it?

Whether you’re a parent or guardian, grandparent, newlywed, doctor, nurse teacher, school administrator, day care provider, scientist, pastor, soldier, hospital employee, activist, public health official, lawyer, celebrity, judge, children’s health advocate, politician, business person, author, student or concerned citizen, this matters. You have a personal or professional, economic and financial, moral, ethical, socially responsible obligation to learn more. Vaccines are mandated. Most people never give this a moment’s thought. Will you?

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Louise Kuo Habakus will be presenting at the New Jersey Conference April 30- May 3, and also at the Los Angeles Conference, July 9-12.


 

Stanford/Packard researchers recruit children for study of the biology of autism

Scientists have put forward many theories about why children with autism struggle to communicate with other people, but they have yet to find definitive answers.

Now, a research team at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is recruiting autistic and typically developing children and their parents for a study of whether one particular biological mechanism plays a role in causing the disorder.

"The researchers will test whether impaired social behaviors in autism are linked to levels of the hormone oxytocin."

The researchers will test whether impaired social behaviors in autism are linked to levels of the hormone oxytocin. In healthy individuals, oxytocin primes maternal behavior, enhances social interactions, increases the ability to read facial expressions and recognize individuals, and boosts trust and empathy. Preliminary research has hinted that autism may be associated with oxytocin deficits, but those studies involved limited samples.

"We're hoping to find a biomarker for autism," said lead researcher Karen Parker, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford.

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Replace Sugar for Optimum Health
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by: Sheryl Walters, citizen journalist

(NaturalNews) The average American eats between 90 to 180 pounds of sugar each year. That is a quarter to a half pounds each day for children and adults! Besides the typical culprits of desserts, doughnuts, and soda, sugar is also found in unexpected items like condiments and bread. Our consumption of sugar is deteriorating our health and increasing the numbers of diabetes, obesity, and many other chronic illnesses.

"...sugar can also contribute to a decrease in immune function, increased cholesterol, overgrowth of yeast, gastrointestinal problems, premature aging, cardiovascular disease, and more. "

The typical effects of sugar are taught to us as children. Sugar can cause tooth decay by being used as a food source for the bacteria found on our teeth which causes plaque. In fact, the bacteria can actually turn the sugar into a glue which makes it harder to be washed away by saliva. Sugar also causes hyperactivity, crankiness, and difficulty concentrating in children as any parent can attest to! In addition to these well-known effects, sugar can also contribute to a decrease in immune function, increased cholesterol, overgrowth of yeast, gastrointestinal problems, premature aging, cardiovascular disease, and more. There are many detrimental health effects of sugar but fortunately there are some healthier alternatives.

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Headlines:
Toxic levels of mercury in Chinese infants eating fish congee
 
A case study of a five-year-old child with pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified using sound-based interventions

 

The Vaccine Court Case You Weren't Supposed to Hear About
 

Stanford/Packard researchers recruit children for study of the biology of autism

 
Replace Sugar for Optimum Health
 
Shop Online and Support USAAA

 




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Horribly insulting article in Parents Magazine
Although kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often considered picky eaters, their diets are actually pretty typical, says a new study from the University of New Mexico. When researchers compared the meals of preschoolers who have ASD with those who don't, the majority of kids in both groups took in more than the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals. Parents of kids with ASD had more negative attitudes about their child's diet and were more likely to say he wasn't a healthy eater. "Our findings show that parents can relax and focus on making mealtime pleasant," says Donna Lockner, PhD.,R.D.

Can you believe this? How insulting....like having a child who is autistic (two in my case) isn't hard enough...but than having this in Parents Magazine. Of course parents are more negative about it. Their children are actually suffering! How dare they say it is the same. Luckily my children aren't too difficult, but I know some people who have autistic kids who won't even eat solid foods at age five or more. It is incomparable. I can't believe they printed this. I am canceling my subscription right away!
—Jessica



   

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