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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. April 19, 2009

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WHO: Eighteen, world-renowned, powerful and multi-disciplinary speakers

WHAT: Autism Education and Treatment: A Path to Wellness Conference

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

WHEN: April 30 - May 3, 2009
kartzinelDr. Jerry Kartzinel, MD, FAAP, who is a world-renowned autism expert & pediatrician and co-author (with Jenny McCarthy) of Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide and recently appearing on Larry King Live, CBS, ABC and Fox, presents “House Calls: First Steps to Healing Your Child”. Dr. Kartzinel is a board-certified pediatrician and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. Following Desert Storm, Dr. Kartzinel practiced general pediatrics in private practice for 10 years until his fourth boy was diagnosed with Autism. There will be a book signing with Dr. Kartzinel following his presentation. Dr. Kartzinel currently sits on the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) Scientific Advisory Panel.
Dr. Phillip DeMioDr. Phillip C. DeMio, MD presents “An in Depth Look Into Dietary Interventions and Digestive/Gastrointestinal Problems”. Dr. DeMio is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He received his M.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with honors in Neurosurgery, Endocrinology/Metabolism, Advanced OB/GYN, and Advanced Internal Medicine. Dr. DeMio has been a faculty member at several teaching hospitals including Case Western University School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. DeMio is Chief Medical Officer for US Autism and Asperger Association. He is a father of a son affected by autism.
Dr. Robert Naseef, PHD presents “Stress Busters”. Dr. Naseef is a psychologist in independent practice in Philadelphia. Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Parenting a Child with a Disability, his first book, has received international recognition. There will be a book signing with Dr. Naseef following his presentation. He has lectured internationally and appeared on radio and television. He is the co-editor of Voices from the Spectrum: Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People with Autism, and Professionals Share Their Wisdom (2006). He has published many articles in scholarly journals and other publications. You will notice that he has “a foot in each world” as the father of an adult child with autism.
Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH, presents "Immunization Facts and Accusations: Are They Worth the Risk?".Dr. Eisenstein has been in private medical practice since 1973 and is currently the Medical Director of Homefirst® Health Services, the largest physician attended home birth service in the country. In his thirty years in medicine, he and his practice have delivered over 15,000 babies at home. He is the author of numerous books including the award winning Give Birth at Home with the Home Birth Advantage. His guest appearances on television include “The Phil Donahue Show” and “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Dr. Eisenstein is a graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School, the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Public Health, and the John Marshall Law School. There will be a book signing with Dr. Eisenstein following his presenation.
Dr. Lisa Lewis, PhD presents “Special Diets For Special Kids: Dietary Intervention for the Autistic Spectrum”. Dr. Lewis is the author of Special Diets For Special Kids I & II, the foremost books on gluten and casein-free diets for children with disabilities. She is the co-founder of the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention (ANDI), an organization that provides information and support to parents using dietary interventions. Last year Dr. Lewis published The Encyclopedia of Dietary Interventions with ANDI co-founder Karyn Seroussi. The book is a complete guide for parents who want to learn about all the diets commonly used for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Dr. Lewis has a 21-year-old son on the autism spectrum, and has been using dietary intervention for sixteen years.
Dr. Stephen Shore, EdD presents “Personal Experiences,” his autobiographical journey from the nonverbal days as he relates his life to the many challenges facing people on the autism spectrum. Dr. Shore consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his book Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and the newly released Understanding Autism for Dummies. There will be a book signing with Dr. Shore following his presentation. Dr. Shore currently sits on the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) Advisory Panel.
lisa sykesReverend Lisa Sykes presents “Ethics, Education and Advocacy”. Lisa is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Sacred Spark. There will be a book signing after her presentation. Lisa Sykes is mother to three children including Wesley who was diagnosed with autism in 1998 and with mercury poisoning in 2000. Since that time, in addition to being a wife, mother, and minister, Lisa became an advocate for safe, mercury-free vaccines and for children with disabilities. She is president of CoMeD, Inc., a 501c3 dedicated to the elimination of mercury from medicine. Lisa Sykes currently serves as the associate pastor of Welborne United Methodist Church. She graduated from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar, in 1987, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1990.
Dr. Mark GeierDr. Mark Geier, MD, PhD, presents “New Insights into the Treatment of Autism: The Hormonal Connection," and "New Insights into the Underlying Biochemistry of Autism: The Mercury-Vaccine Connection." Dr. Mark R. Geier has an M.D. and a Ph.D. in genetics, is board-certified in genetics, and is board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. Dr. Geier is president of the Genetic Centers of America and is president of the Institute of Chronic Illnesses, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(C)3. Dr. Geier has been in clinical practice for more than 28 years. He was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health for 10 years, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University, and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Geier’s has extensively engaged in the clinical evaluation of more than 400 patients diagnosed with autistic disorders and has treated over 200 patients diagnosed with autistic disorder, the majority of which have shown clinically significant improvements.
daviggeierDavid A. Geier presents “New Insights into the Treatment of Autism: The Hormonal Connection," and "New Insights into the Underlying Biochemistry of Autism: The Mercury-Vaccine Connection." David is vice president of the Institute of Chronic Illnesses, Inc., which is actively engaged in the study of causes and treatments of patients diagnosed with autistic disorders, and is vice-president of CoMeD, Inc., actively engaged in legal, educational and scientific efforts to stop all use of mercury in medicine, and to ban the use of all mercury-containing medicines. David has co-authored about 70 peer-reviewed scientific/medical publications, and most recently, has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific/medical publications on the cause and treatment of patients diagnosed with autistic disorders. He has received critical acclaim from his colleagues for his research by winning the “Stanley W. Jackson Prize,” which is given to authors having the best paper in the preceding three years in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences published by Duke University.
Dr. Richard Horowitz, MD presents “Medical Approaches in Chronic Lyme Disease.” He is medical director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in Hyde Park NY., an integrative health center which blends classical and complementary medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, and former assistant director of medicine at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY. Dr. Horowitz is President of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation, and has diagnosed and treated over 11,000 Lyme disease patients over the past 19 years. Dr. Horowitz was recently awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Turn the Corner foundation.
daviggeierDr. Boyd Haley presents “Mercury Toxicity and its Possible Relationship to Neurological Illnesses. Dr. Haley, former Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky from 1996-2005, has now chosen to devote additional time to research, in addition to his being an active professor. An NIH Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Physiology, Yale University Medical School from 1971 to 1974, in the past 17 years, Dr. Haley has emphasized studies on the biochemistry of Alzheimer’s disease. His articles include Reduced Levels of Mercury in First Baby Haircuts of Autistic Children, which was published in the International Journal of Toxicology.
Louise Kuo Habakus, HHP, AADP, presents “Life Health Choices - Your Rights and Informed Consent.” Louise is a board-certified health practitioner specializing in integrative nutrition and homotoxicology. After learning that both of her children were vaccine-injured, Louise and her husband Ron embarked on a journey of recovery and advocacy. Louise lectures widely on the subject of parent vaccine choices and informed consent. She played a lead role in organizing the freedom of choice rally in Trenton last October, an event that attracted over seven hundred participants and received national press. Louise and Ron invited the world to her front lawn rally last fall to send a strong message to then-Senator Obama and Governor Corzine as they drove past her house en route to a fundraising event.
Dr. Paul King presents "Drug safety, federal law and the mercury conundrum". Dr. King is the founder of FAME Systems, a consultancy in chemistry, pharmaceutics, quality systems, and regulatory compliance, which is currently actively engaged in bringing a holistic quality systems approach to drug manufacture, improving drug product quality, and educating the industry, government and the public on drug safety and effectiveness issues, and is the secretary of CoMeD, Inc. Dr. King has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, numerous technical documents, submissions to the FDA, and, since 2004, has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications, posted on CoMeD Internet website,
Robert J. Krakow presents, "The State v. Children and Families With Autism - The Legal Landscape Facing Families". Robert J. Krakow is an attorney in private practice in New York City. Bob started his legal career with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), a consumer advocacy organization. In the 1980’s Bob was a prosecutor with the New York County District Attorney’s office, serving as Bureau Chief of the special narcotics prosecution division. He founded his law firm in 1989, focusing on the trial of civil and criminal cases, and now specializing in the representation of persons injured by exposure to environmental toxins and vaccines. Bob is a father of an affected child with autism.
Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC, presents "Following a Prioritized Model of Therapies". Ms. Lemer is co-founder and the Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), an international, non-profit organization integrating conventional and holistic therapies for children with developmental delays. She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from Johns Hopkins University. She is a National Certified Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 30 years. Patty currently sits on the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) Advisory Panel.
Marlo Payne Thurman, MS, presents "The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing, and Arousal". Marlo 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. 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. Marlo currently sits on the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) Advisory Panel.
Theresa K. Wrangham presents "It is never too late – Where we’ve been and where we are going". Theresa Wrangham is the mother of an eighteen year old daughter recovering from autism and brings to the fore an experienced parent’s perspective on raising a healthy child affected by ASD and the benefits of advocacy outside family needs. She is President for SafeMinds, currently serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) Advisory Panel and is their Director of Educational Development and Conference Liaison, as well as serving on the Advisory Board for the American Medical Autism Board and has been featured in national radio and news interviews.
  • New interventions and treatments
  • New areas of research
  • The Hormonal Connection
  • Breakthrough Developmental Strategies
  • Cognition, Sensory Processing, and Arousal
  • How to reduce possible toxic exposures
  • Legal issues facing parents
  • The role of the environment in autism
  • Following a Prioritized Model of Therapies
  • Life Health Choices - Your Rights
  • Drug safety
  • Medical Approaches in Chronic Lyme Disease
  • Dietary Interventions and Digestive Problems
  • Multiple co-infections
  • Addressing structural problems
  • Personal Experiences


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