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A Tale of Autistic Blood

Posted Jun 04 2009 10:42pm

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A Tale of Autistic Blood

Red blood By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

This may be the most important article about autism I’ve ever written. But first I need you to do a little work. I need you to go to this site (HERE) and watch the approximately five minute long video comparing the blood of six autistic children put together by Mark Squibb.

I’ll wait.

Good. You’re back. Maybe you’ve watched it several times. I’ve probably watched it close to twenty times. I keep wondering if what I’m seeing on the screen is autism. Not in the way I know that when my child was born she was healthy and after those shots she wasn’t, but seeing what’s different in my beautiful daughter at this very moment from a normally-developing child.

My daughter has bad blood.

Or to be more precise (she’s sample #5) my daughter has moderately clumpy blood, shows evidence of an infectious processes, and only 2% of her red blood cells appear healthy.

Let’s go over a few of these factors as I believe they require a more complete explanation. In my fifth grade science class I teach about the importance of red blood cells. Specifically, I teach about how individual red blood cells travel through capillaries (the smallest of the body’s blood vessels) in order to drop off oxygen and take away waste products like carbon dioxide.

The assertion by the narrator, Mark Squibb, is that when blood is “clumped” into the vast rafts shown on the videos they can’t get through the capillaries and the rate of oxygen exchange is greatly reduced. (The idea of “blood-clumping” in autism comes from the work of Dr. Andrew Moulden with whom Mark has discussed these concepts on several occasions.) The next time you get your child’s blood drawn you might want to ask the phlebotomist if it’s difficult to draw the blood of children with autism. The ones I’ve talked with say it’s very difficult to draw blood from a child with autism, but they can’t give a reason why. Could this be another indication of “blood-clumping?”

The red blood cells themselves are generally separated from other red blood cells by an electric charge, familiar to anybody who has taken a balloon and rubbed it on their hair to create static electricity. When the electrical charges are in balance they keep the cells separated from each other. The blood of many of the children in these videos dramatically shows these red blood cells clumped together. (Aggregation degree) Curiously, my daughter shows that this clumpiness is only of moderate severity. However, other factors may make her recovery even more difficult than that of other children.

The second factor reviewed is “Unhealthy Artifact Ratio” or other words, pathogenic infection. My daughter shows a high level of what’s referred to as “intra-cellular debris” and you can clearly see it in the videos. This gets back to the long-held belief among DAN practitioners and parents that there is some sort of infectious process we still don’t fully understand and for which it is difficult to get accurate test results. But look at the videos of the blood of these children, then Google images of healthy blood. You won’t see those artifacts. Is this autism? The red blood cells are supposed to look like shimmering spheres. Most of my daughter’s red blood cells look like little smiley faces, targets, or dancing dots.

The final factor reviewed in the videos, and in some ways the most chilling to me is the “Healthy RBC Ratio”, which looks at the ratio of healthy red blood cells to unhealthy cells. Mark said really sick adults usually have "at least 25% healthy looking RBCs."

Now look at the children with autism. They show a Healthy RBC Ratio of 1% to 2%. That means that if you’ve got a serious disease your healthy red blood cells are outnumbered 4 to 1.

In autism the healthy looking red blood cells are outnumbered 50 to 1, maybe even 99 to 1. In other words, the sickest adults have 10 times more healthy looking blood that children with autism.

Which makes sample #6 all the more interesting. I happen to know this child, having spoken extensively with his father in the course of doing stem cell therapy for my daughter. The images show 15% of this child’s red blood cells were healthy and knowing this child I agree with the narrative estimation the child is about 70% recovered. This child has also done many rounds of HBOT therapy. This relatively low number of healthy red blood cells seems enough to give the body the chance to significantly repair the damage.

These videos show a new way to look at autism. They illustrate several possible reasons why children with autism don't heal the way they should. Perhaps, more importantly, they give us a way to "see" if the therapies were doing on our children are working.

The images frame autism as a cell problem of too little oxygen and too few nutrients, simply because delivery doesn't work. They show visual examples of why children with autism can't develop normally. How can suffocating cells work right, or heal? How can starved brains click and hum? How can stem cells hop a barricade, or grow in barren soil?

I don’t have the necessary scientific credentials to pronounce any verdict on the blood in these videos. But as a layman they look shocking to me and explain so much about the difficulty many of us are having in recovering our children. I hope the readers of this article will disseminate it widely so that others with more of a background in these issues can weigh in on this matter.

If these results can be verified the field of autism will never be the same. The medical problems of children with autism will be clear for the entire world to see. We will not only have that long-sought objective marker of the disease itself, but a clear indication of how recovery is progressing.

In closing I’d like to quote the scientist Michael Faraday who said, “Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature, and in such things as these, experiment is the best test of such consistency.”

I wonder how many of our children have “bad blood.”

Kent Heckenlively is Legal Editor of Age of Autism

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