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Book Review Autism: The Diagnosis, Treatment & Undeniable Epidemic

Posted Sep 18 2010 12:00am

Autism diagnosis book By Anne Dachel
I don’t know how much longer health officials, doctors, and the media can trivialize and dismiss autism and the controversy swirling around this disorder and the vaccine program.  The numbers continue to mount and the science now adds up to volumes of published studies.
Two experts, John W. Oller Jr., PhD, Dept. of Communication Disorders at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his son, Stephen D. Oller, PhD, Dept. Biological and Health Sciences at Texas A&M in Kingsville, TX, have published a book on autism that is a breath of fresh air :  AUTISM—The Diagnosis, Treatment, & Undeniable Epidemic (on Amazon HERE .)

After about eight years of researching autism, I thought I was pretty welled versed on the disorder and the link to vaccines, yet I learned a lot from this book.
I remember when David Kirby’s Evidence of Harm came out in 2005. HERE  It was about the use of mercury in vaccines and the mounting clamor that this unregulated neurotoxin was behind the explosion in autism.  The Ollers’ book, AUTISM, is another incredible expose about how an unchecked, unsafe vaccine program has impacted this nation. 
When I started to write about this book, I planned to use it to prove two things 
First, autism is a very real epidemic overwhelming a generation of children.  It’s not better diagnosing or any other implausible line that officials use to excuse the jaw dropping rate. We’ve never seen anything like it and we’re unprepared for what autism will do to this country.
Second, autism is not simply a genetic disorder some kids are just unlucky enough to be born with.  It’s caused by toxins in the environment—something we’re doing to ourselves: the vaccines, the air, the food, the medicine, even the fillings in our teeth.     
Then on Aug 3, 2010, experts testifying before a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on autism and the environment made it clear: Environmental toxins are behind the explosion in autism among our children.  Hundreds of thousands of kids who would have been healthy, normal children are now being diagnosed with autism. HERE
Because of that Aug 3 hearing, I shouldn’t have to convince readers that we’re in a new age: The Age of Autism.  Doctors have no right to continue to take credit for this disaster; they didn’t suddenly start to recognize a disorder that’s always been around.  We’re in the midst of a real manmade epidemic.
The Senate hearing couldn’t tell us specifically where all the autism is coming from.  Experts threw up their hands and declared that autism’s cause may be due to any of the 80,000 unregulated chemicals kids are exposed to.  They could only point to long term studies that may give us answers years in the future.
To any sane person, this do-nothing-but-watch-children-grow attitude isn’t a practical way to stop an epidemic.  The Ollers’ book is the voice of reason.  It has answers.  It gives us the background on vaccines like Evidence of Harm did plus it updates events from the past five years. 
Seriously, the uninitiated could open AUTISM and within a short time, they’d understand what’s been happening to our children.  They’d learn that health officials have been asleep at the switch for a long time.  Children have been the human guinea pigs.  After convincing parents that their child’s survival depended on the vaccines that they receive, it was easy to add dozens to the childhood schedule. HERE

Because this book is about the cause of autism, it’s also about the controversy.  You can’t have one without the other.  We’ve had two decades of denials about autism along with a façade of vaccine safety studies.   No one knows anything for sure---except that the federally approved, mandated, and vigorously promoted vaccine schedule isn’t related to the explosion in autism.  They continue to pretend that it’s all about the science, seemingly oblivious to the overriding influence of the pharmaceutical industry and the desperate need for deniability for those charged with oversight.
The Ollers give us all the appalling details-- things like: the Eli Lilly Rider in the Homeland Security Act, the Merck Memo, the Simpsonwood Conference, and the Institute of Medicine Report.  Some may label the authors as conspiracy mongers, but examining the government’s actions, intent on keeping information from the public, reveals nothing but the lowest form of underhanded corruption.  
All one has to do is read what was said by top health officials meeting at
Simpsonwood, a secluded conference and retreat center in Norcross GA in June 2000 to understand that self-protection is a powerful motive behind what the government does. 
(Obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.)
Dr. Thomas Verstraeten, a CDC employee who later went to work for GlaxoSmithKline in Belgium, revealed that his research showed the direct correlation between the increase in mercury-containing vaccines and the dramatic rise in autism.  The response from officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made it clear—the public was not to hear about this.
Dr. Roger Bernier, the Associate Director for Science at the CDC National Immunization Program (NIP):

“[L]et me just reemphasize, if I could, the importance of trying to protect the information that we have been talking about. . . . We have asked you to keep this information confidential. We do have a plan for discussing these data at the upcoming meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP] on June 21 and June 22.”
Dr. Robert Chen, Chief of Vaccine Safety and Development at the CDC:

"We have been privileged so far that given the sensitivity of information, we have been able to manage to keep it out of, let's say, less responsible hands."
Dr. John Clements of the World Health Organization was also at Simpsonwood.  He had this to say about Verstraeten’s study:

“[T]his study should not have been done at all, because the outcome of it could have, to some extent, been predicted [i.e., there was plenty of evidence already known from the toxicology research] and we have all reached this point now where we are left hanging, even though I hear the majority of the consultants say to the Board that they are not convinced there is a causality direct link between thimerosal and various neurological outcomes. . . . How we handle it from here is extremely problematic. . . . there is now the point at which the research results have to be handled, and even if this committee decides that there is no association and that information gets out, the work has been done; and through Freedom of Information, that will be taken by others and will be used in other ways beyond the control of this group. And I am very concerned about that as I suspect it is already too late . . .” (p. 248)
“My mandate as I sit here in this group is to make sure at the end of the day that 100,000,000 are immunized with DTP, hepatitis B and if possible Hib, this year, next year, and for many years to come, and that will have to be with thimerosal-containing vaccines. (Simpsonwood Conference, 2000, p. 248)”
These remarks, made behind closed doors, are included in the Ollers’ book and they should never be forgotten. 

The government has endless research to back their safety claims but none of it’s really independent.  Officials have a hard job that will only get more difficult.  As the Ollers’ book tells us, “All the organizations involved in promoting the use of mercury containing products (FDA, CDC, AAP, and ADA) locked arms and began the common refrain that there is higher exposure to mercury in fish sandwiches than in medical procedures.”
However, as John and Stephen Oller show us, it’s impossible to pretend that mercury can be both safe and toxic at the same time. 
The Ollers’ book is a complete reference book on autism.  It’s about the history of the disorder, the exponential increase, and the actions of all of those who should have been first responders to the epidemic.
In chaper 3, I found an interesting comment made by the authors
“As soon as the mercury hypothesis was plainly stated, individuals trained in medicine, toxicology, and many other fields of research began to take a closer look at autism. We count ourselves among those researchers. On the basis of solid research and irrefutable logic, we believe the research discussed here and in subsequent chapters has identified key factors that are causing the autism epidemic. The surprise is that many of the causal factors were hiding in plain sight.”
This in direct contrast to the findings of CDC officials who’ve looked and looked and looked for years, but have never been able to find any evidence.
The book AUTISM is also a source for understanding the concomitant health issues that accompany autism.  Oxidative stress, GI dysfunction, mitochrondria disorders and other things are included.  This book teaches about how autism impacts the total health of a child.

AUTISM has pages listing the scientific sources on autism, vaccines, and treatments.  This is the same research that the government has refused to recognize.
In addition, AUTISM reports on those who have made this a controversy—the people who’ve spoken out and written about the epidemic.  The parents who became detectives, the advocates, and the doctors who’ve taken on the medical establishment are named.  Children of people like Lisa Sykes, Jon Poling and Stan Kurtz are included as well as long-time activists and researchers Lyn Redwood,  David Kirby, Andrew Wakefield, Mark and David Grier--to name only a few.
Officials who have no answers and show even less concern about autism, need to read this book.  Anyone at the CDC or the American Academy of Pediatrics who continues to vouch for the safety of vaccines should be made to respond to what the Ollers have written. 
Now that members of the U.S. Senate have heard that toxins have caused hundreds of thousands of our children to be disabled, I want there to be a demand for answers.  I want people to point to the books exposing the truth—books by the Ollers, by David Kirby and, just released, “The Age of Autism” by Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted. HERE   The facts are out there.  They can’t be denied.
Finally, I want the suffering to stop.  I don’t want to hear about any new autistic children and I want to see affected children get help and recover.
I can only echo the words of Katie Wright, mother of a vaccine damaged son, included in this book:
“I do not want to speak to more parents who have ill, malnourished children, mentally and physically destroyed by autism.  No parents should be mopping blood from their toddler’s backside for two years.  Parents should not be told it is normal for their autistic child to say awake all night, every night.” 
AUTISM by John and Stephen Oller is the textbook on autism.  It leaves nothing out.
(Any profits from the sale of the Ollers’ book will be donated to Thoughtful House, center for care of children with developmental disorders.)
Anne Dachel is Editor of Age of Autism.

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