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Dachel Media Review: Numbers High, Don't Know Why, Don't Cry

Posted Mar 01 2014 12:00am

Online news By Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Mar 28, 2014, CNN: Trump weighs in on vaccine-autism controversy

Mar 28, 2014, NY Times: Rate of Diagnosis for Autism Grows

Mar 27, 2014, Detroit ABC 7, STUDY: Autism likely caused by abnormal brain growth during pregnancy, not vaccines

Mar 27, 2014, TIME, Washington Post, NBC News et al. headline announce that autism starts before birth.

Mar 27, 2014, Forbes: Does Regressive Autism Exist?

Mar 26, 2014, Detroit Free Press: 'Falling' chronicles a day in the life of a family coping with autism



Donald Trump appears to be once again suggesting a link between vaccines and the rise in autism, a theory that's been debunked numerous times in recent years.

"If I were President I would push for proper vaccinations but would not allow one time massive shots that a small child cannot take - AUTISM," the business mogul and reality TV star wrote on Twitter Thursday evening.

Trump's tweet came hours after the release of a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicated a 30% increase in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children in America, from one in 88 children having autism two years ago to one in 68 now.

Officials can't explain the increase, they're not sure if it's real, and they're never worried.  They only thing they can say is that their vaccines don't cause it. 
I posted comments.

NY Times

The rate at which doctors diagnosed autism and related disorders in 8-year-olds increased between 2008 and 2010 in some parts of the country, a report released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said. The average rate was one in 68 children, up from one in 88 in 2008. The report - based not on direct diagnoses but on a review of records - was not nationally representative and drew on data gathered three years before a significant tightening in the clinical definition of autism. The likelihood of receiving a diagnosis of autism has increased sharply over the past three decades, and no one knows why, or whether the 2010 numbers are currently meaningful.

Benedict Carey has spent years telling us there is no autism epidemic. It never matters to him what the numbers are. They don't mean anything.


Detroit ABC 7

Reporter: "If these results can hold in larger studies, researchers say the finding provide even stronger evidence that autism is caused by something BEFORE the child is born, not by something that happens to them later in life, like getting a vaccine.

Right in time for April, Autism Awareness Month and the latest update in the autism rate, research designed to let vaccines off the hook. 


Washington Post

NBC News

While the Washington Post headline says autism "may be tied to flawed prenatal brain growth" and NBC News uses the word "suggests," other news outlets aren't so cautious. 

TIME says "Autism Can Start During Second Trimester. . ."

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette headline reads, "Autism starts in pregnancy, study finds."

CBS in Atlanta: Autism Develops Early During Pregnancy."

San Diego Union-Times: UCSD study: Autism begins in pregnancy

This story is on almost all major news outlets in the U.S.  WHY?  They only studied the post mortem brains of 11 autistic children.  Dr. Melissa Nishawala, director of autism for the New York University Child Study Center was on CBS News   describing how the brain cells of the children weren't developing right. 

CBS cites lead author  of the study, Eric Courchesne, at the University of California, San Diego.

CBS: The authors said the clusters, detected with sophisticated lab tests, are likely defects that occurred during the second or third trimesters of pregnancy. "It could be gene mutations and environmental factors together," said Courchesne.

Scientists have been working for decades to find the cause of autism, and they increasingly believe its origins begin before birth. In addition to genetics, previous research suggests other factors might include infections during pregnancy, preterm birth and fathers' older age at conception.

REMEMBER ERIC COURCHESNEKatie Wright wrote about him three years ago. 

Courchesne has spent years working on the neurons-gone-wrong that cause autism. 


Some clinicians and researchers divide autism into two types: one they refer to with some variation of "infantile" or "early onset" and another that they describe as "regressive." And the going narrative among many who link the first signs of autism they noticed in their child with their child's vaccines is that the vaccines caused the regression, usually after infancy. But does regressive autism, as a clear entity, exist? . . .

One thing remains clear: Sudden onset at age 3 years is very rare indeed.

Actually this is about the Slate story that tried to downplay regressive autism by saying that kids weren't normal in the first place and also that it doesn't happen after age 3. What about Hannah Poling?  What about Unanswered Questions?

Since most parents report lost of skills and signs of autism long before a child turns three, it's simply a red herring to talk about it. I posted comments.

Detroit Free Press  

Meadow Brook Theatre's "Falling" by St. Louis playwright Deanna Jent recounts a day in the life of Tami (Sarab Kamoo) and Bill (Chris Hietikko), who provide tag-team care for son Josh (Daniel Everidge) when he's not in school. Josh, who is 18 years old and weighs more than 200 pounds, paces the house flicks at his face, thrusts his hands into his pants and makes increasingly selfish demands.

Sometimes he becomes violent, too. When a barking dog follows his teenage sister, Lisa (Lizzie Rainville), home from school, Josh grows agitated. Tami can usually look him in the face and calm him down, but this time he grabs her by the hair and throws her against the wall like a rag doll.

Here's a look at severe autism. So what's the point?

This is how bad autism can get. Sure, it makes life hard for this family, but that's autism. There's nothing anyone can do. It's just the way it is.

Lee Silsby logo 09 The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand.  Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy is one of the largest and most respected compounding pharmacies in the country. They use only the finest quality chemicals and equipment to prepare our patients’ compounded medications and nutritional supplements. Customizing medication and nutritional supplements for our customers allows them to achieve their unique health goals.

Anne Dachel Book Cover Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of  The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public , which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.

Posted by Age of Autism at March 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM in Anne Dachel Permalink

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