Aprli 3, 2014, Seattle PI: Chili's Is Fundraising For A Notoriously Anti-Vaccine Charity
April 3, 2014, Denver Post: The right to make informed decisions on vaccination
April 3, 2014, PRWEB: Lighthouse Pictures Announces Autism Documentary "Trace Amounts" to Premiere at Newport Beach Film
April 3, 2014, Hartford (CT) Courant: Autism Day At The Capitol
April 3, 2014, Nacogdoches (TX) Daily Sentinel: Nonprofit to help families affected by autism
April 2, 2014, NBC Today Show: Expert: 'We have to do more' on autism
In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, Chili's is planning to donate 10% of customers' checks on April 7 to the National Autism Association, a charity with controversial views about vaccinations.
More than 1,200 Chili's restaurants will participate in the fundraiser for the group, which writes vaccinations can trigger or exacerbate autism in "some, if not many, children" on its website.
That's not the case, as the Centers for Disease Control explained after its most recent study of the issue in the Journal of Pediatrics. "There is not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism," it writes. This follows at least nine other studies into immunization safety and autism that also found no link. . . .
Further, NAA sponsors "Age of Autism," a website which has the text "Yes, Vaccines Cause Autism" on its masthead.
Chili's picked an organization to support that does more than celebrate April as Autism Awareness Month. The Seattle PI doesn't like it. They're happy to take the word of the people at the CDC who run the vaccine program, along with the AAP--both groups that have a vast web of money ties to the vaccine industry. Conflicts of interest don't matter at the PI. That should make us wonder if we can trust anything in their news reporting. I'd post this on the story, but there's no comment section.
When a nurse friend and ardent supporter of immunization told me she opposed state legislation mandating parents be educated on the subject, I was surprised. . . .
"People can make informed decisions with their doctors," she told me. Government need not be involved.
Currently, state law requires children enrolling in school be vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, chicken pox, hepatitis B, polio, and whooping cough (pertussis) unless they take a medical, religious or personal exemption. To gain the latter exception, a parent need only sign a form stating "a personal belief opposed to immunizations."
Personal exemptions made up the majority of the estimated 2,869 vaccination opt-outs granted to Colorado kindergartners last year. . . .
Despite the overwhelming benefit of vaccinations, there are real risks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in a million Diphtheria, Tetanus and acellular Pertussis (DTaP) doses causes long-term seizures, comas, lowered consciousness, or permanent brain damage. Another friend of mine, also with medical training, knows one such child, born healthy, whose exposure to the DTaP vaccine left him convulsing and cognitively impaired to this day.
Although the link between autism and vaccinations has been thoroughly debunked, . . .
This was good---except for the line: "Although the link between autism and vaccinations has been thoroughly debunked, legitimate . . . "
I posted comments......
In the making for over 10 years, the highly anticipated documentary film "Trace Amounts" (TRAILER:)
explores the science and controversy behind the autism epidemic.
Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) April 03, 2014
Lighthouse Pictures announces the world premiere of the documentary film "Trace Amounts" on Saturday, April 26th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California.
After recovering from a devastating illness that brought him to the edge of despair, Director, Eric Gladen, started researching the science behind autism. His research led him straight into one of the biggest medical controversies of all time: whether or not childhood vaccines cause autism. But Eric wasn't focused on the vaccines, he was focused on an ingredient that is only used in vaccines to save money: mercury. He would end up quitting his career, moving into an RV, and traveling the country for years interviewing experts and piecing together thousands of studies and leaked documents. This film will do more than turn this debate upside down; it just may solve this devastating epidemic once and for all.
"The public needs to understand what's really happened here because the public will drive the change," Director, Eric Gladen says.
"This is a must see film," says Congressman Dan Burton (R-Ind. 1983-2013), who was the Chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee that led a four year investigation into vaccines and autism. "There is no doubt in my mind that mercury is a major contributing factor in the autism epidemic."
I was privileged to have Eric and the crew at my house for a day six years ago, I met Eric last year in Chicago. I know what they put into producing this film.
Hartford (CT) Courant http://www.courant.com/community/bristol/hcrs-87443-bristol-20140402,0,6927243.story
In honor of Autism Awareness Month this April, Senator Jason Welch (R-Bristol) will display an Autism Speaks decal on his office door, joining individuals and families in Bristol, Plymouth, Plainville, Thomaston and Harwinton and across the world, as well as colleagues at the Connecticut General Assembly, in a global initiative to bring attention to Autism. . . .
'Our state is a national leader in diagnosing, treating and caring for autism patients.'
CT State Senator Jason Welch thinks everything's fine with autism in his state. In fact, he said the care for those with autism is outstanding. I'm sure all the awareness and talk about services makes him think that's really true.
Sadly, it's not. All one has to do is look at the Feb 11, 2014 story in the Newtown Bee to see how bad things are. In a story called For CT Adults With Developmental Disabilities, Housing Help Unlikely Until Parents Die, http://newtownbee.com/news/0001/11/30/ct-adults-developmental-disabilities-housing-help/190448%20 we can see what's ahead in his state.
So what happens when thousands of parents are no longer abled to care for their adult children? Where will Connecticut suddenly get the funds to provide for them?
Nacogdoches (TX) Daily Sentinel http://dailysentinel.com/social_media/article_0965ec42-bb3f-11e3-8472-001a4bcf887a.html
The official launch of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising grant funds for the treatment of autism was announced Wednesday, according to a press release by the Business Wire.
"Team TMR is a complete fundraising project to help families that are affected by autism get the treatments that they need because a lot aren't covered by insurance," said Team TMR member Jennifer Young, of Nacogdoches.
The nonprofit autism grant program was established by the founders of The Thinking Moms' Revolution, which is a network of families affected by autism who are encouraged to share their stories about the disease.
Money raised by Team TMR goes to families affected by autism who wish to seek medical treatments not traditionally covered by insurance.
"Our goal was to raise not just awareness but action," said Helen Conroy, Team TMR executive director. "There are great charities in terms of autism, but there isn't one that is funding anything beyond a very strict medical guideline or they're not funding alternative treatments."
According to the press release, the CDC recently released data that shows autism now impacts 1 in 68 children.
Many parents of autistic children seek a number of homeopathic, alternative or therapeutic treatments that many insurance companies will not cover, Conroy said. It is here Team TMR steps in to help.
"With my own child, we use a therapy that is internationally recognized, which is applied behavioral analysis," said Conroy. "It's expensive, though, even in the states that have mandated coverage. Here is therapy that works, but it's $30,000 a year, and can be much more than that."
Imagine...biomedical treatments for autism. I thought ABA was the only thing that helps this genetic disorder kids are born with. Excellent coverage for the Thinking Moms!
NBC Today Show http://www.today.com/video/today/54845409#54845409 '
Dr. Cecelia McCarton, along with Lois and Danny Molina, who have two children with autism, join TODAY on World Autism Awareness Day to chat about the disorder, and what's driving the increase in statistics.
"One in 68 children"?
Why children? Where are the one in 68 adults?
Dr. McCarton was asked if this is a "public health crisis."
McCarton: "I think it's being recognized as that, although it's been this way for a long time. The numbers have been just increasing continually over the past 10 or 15 years. This should certainly be something that alerts them. If it's a public crisis though, then we need to do more. That's really the problem. We have to do more in terms of identifying the children. And we have to do more in terms of giving them interventions, the proper therapies that they need."
Next they talked about the "incredible leaps" in the rate of autism.
McCarton: "I think there's been a huge public awareness about what is autism. The media has sparked this. There's educational programs. Doctors recognize it more. Teachers in school, nursery school teachers, I think that's a big part of it. Also though, I think that years ago, there were children who we didn't understand had this syndrome and we identified them in other kinds of ways. So they may have been intellectually challenged, or they may have been having emotional problems, and now we understand that their kinds of symptoms fit into this package that we call autism."
Next, Lois and Danny Molina, parents who have 2 of their 3 children on the autism spectrum. (Photo shown of 3 smiling, adorable children.), were asked about their "challenges."
Their five year old boy is nonverbal. Their daughter is "beginning to gain words." "Her verbal skills are still limited."
The Molinas were asked when they first noticed there was something wrong. They weren't talking or interacting around age two. Danny Molina said he hopes his son can one day say, "I love you."
(Lois Molina begins to cry on camera.)
Today host announced that now doctors can identify autism when babies are "still in utero."
McCarton said that study was "very exciting."
'We have to do more'?????
More identifying and intervening.
God forbidden that we would PREVENT A SINGLE CASE OF AUTISM.
Notice the not-too-subtle announcement that kids are BORN WITH AUTISM--IT DEVELOPS IN THE WOMB.
I would like to ask the smiling, untroubled doctor WHERE ALL THE ADULTS ARE. She was asked what's driving the increases and, according her, it's all better diagnosing and greater awareness. She's joined by parents with 2 autistic kids with limited verbal skills.
HEY, not talking? That's just the way it is with autism.
Why can't all these wonderful doctors diagnosing all these kids today that they failed to recognize 20 year ago, APPLY THOSE SAME SKILLS TO ADULTS and find the one in 68 among the middled aged and elderly?
There must be millions of adults who never got help. So, please, Dr. McCarton, go and find them OR stop telling us they're out there somewhere.
Here was Dr. McCarton on vaccines (video)from several years ago....she said there were triggers for autism. "We really don't know why we're seeing this tremendous number of children."
She said signs of MERCURY POISONING resemble signs of AUTISM. She claims that thimerosal was removed and autism is still increasing. She advises that we limit the number of vaccines a child receives.