Candidates mum on autism

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Autism families are in a grave predicament in November because they have no choice for president.

There are tens of thousands of people who would vote for the candidate who actually would do something about the autism epidemic. However, President Obama promised us four years ago that he had a plan, but there has been no plan. Mitt Romney has remained silent on the matter.

Millions of dollars have been spent on genetic research that has taken us no place in two decades. We want a president who will call autism a national crisis and work to help find the cause and the cure. We need a president who will make environmental research a priority. We need a leader who will fight for all the rights of these disabled children and young adults.

We must have someone say, “One in 88 children with autism is too many, and one in 54 boys in this country is an abomination.” I don’t feel that either of these candidates will work to pull us out of the abyss of autism.

Maurine Meleck

North Augusta, S.C.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/28/12 - 11:10 pm
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As Ricky Ricardo used to say . . .

Ay, yah yah yah yah yahay . . . .

This nation is drowning in debt, and Bernanke's recently announced unending money printing orgy will kill senior citizens. Autism is the least of our worries in the next four years.

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myfather15 09/29/12 - 02:19 am
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As the father of a child with

As the father of a child with asperger's syndrome I sympathise with your concern. Yet, I have no idea what it is you expect a President to personally do about autism. They allot hundreds of millions on the research to find a cure, then leave it up to the experts to find that cure. What else can they do?? It's a very worthy cause, but no something a President can do much about personally. He isn't a genetic researcher, is he?

myfather15
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myfather15 09/29/12 - 02:26 am
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Mrs. Meleck, I understand

Mrs. Meleck, I understand that as long as we are still in this dispensation of time, we must do everything we can to find cures for these conditions. But I assure you, between this years Presidential election and the next one in 2016, we will find the cure for all disease and conditions. That cure is Jesus Christ. When he returns, all will be cured!! Also when He returns, I would be willing to bet a years salary that we will find out MAN has caused all the conditions. Either with the food we eat, chemicals sprayed on the foods, hormones or steriods injected into the meat we consume. I bet it will absolutely blow our minds when we discover all the things MANKIND has done to us and then kept us blind about the causes. I promise you, if it's bad in this world, its MAN created, not GOD.

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Techfan 09/29/12 - 05:07 am
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Oh boy. What can you say?

Oh boy. What can you say?

Jane18
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Jane18 09/29/12 - 05:35 am
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Say to what, Techfan?

Say to what, Techfan?

agustinian
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agustinian 09/29/12 - 06:16 am
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Autism -- a Tough One

Dear Ms. Meleck,
I am sorry your family has to deal with Autism. I am sure I cannot even fathom the pain you feel. But, think of all the other diseases that aren't mentioned: progeria, Aids, MS, MD, West Nile, encephalitis, Lyme, cancer, sickle cell, etc.

I would hope we would vote for what's in the best interest of the country, and not look to the federal government as some savior or panacea for our problems.

In the words of JFK, "Ask not what your country . . ."

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soapy_725 09/29/12 - 07:34 am
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well said agustinian
Unpublished

sympathetic and to the point.

Angie H
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Angie H 09/29/12 - 09:37 am
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I guess the Presidential

I guess the Presidential candidates could promise to cure autism, just like they have promised to stop the rising of the oceans. Apparently the voters don't care if it's a lie.

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rebellious 09/29/12 - 09:56 am
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Restless Leg Syndrome

I, too, am disappointed in our candidates not touching on the maladies suffered daily by Americans. I will vote for the candidate who promises to eradicate Restless Leg Syndrome.

msitua
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msitua 09/29/12 - 10:40 am
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There are more childen with

There are more childen with autism today than all the other childhood diseases mentioned here including cancer, downs syndrome etc. It is the fastest growing disability. Perhaps you don't know that 25 years ago the number affected was 1 in 10,000. Now it is 1 in 54 boys in this country. It's 1 in 29 boys in New Jersey. 1 in 5 children in school has a developmental disability. There is no other illness in the US that is increasing as quickly as autism. That is why it needs special attention. Autism classes are bursting at the seams and the schools cannot handle the size or the cost. If we don't stop this epidemic now-we will all be paying for them in our taxes forever because the majority will never be able to support themselves. We are losing generations of children to autism. That's why the president and congress must do something now. You talk about national debt-how about supporting 3-4 million children with autism 10 years from now or sooner?

Angie H
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Angie H 09/29/12 - 10:54 am
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msitua....what would you have

msitua....what would you have a presidential candidate do? Again...should they promise something that they can't deliver?

Angie H
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Angie H 09/29/12 - 11:06 am
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Also, you might want to

Also, you might want to research the reason WHY there is such an increase in the diagnosis of autism.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2012/07/11/is-autism-an-epidemic-...

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amdachel 09/29/12 - 11:06 am
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A recent report

A recent report http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2012/9/24/californias-prepa...
from the state of California said this,
“About 60,000 residents currently receive state-funded services for developmental disabilities, a significant increase from the fewer than 5,000 residents who received such services in the mid-1990s.
“A large percentage of such residents are people younger than 22, the age when they no longer qualify for special education services in public schools.
“In the next three years, thousands of young adults with autism in California will reach that age threshold.”
How long can our nation survive with an increasing population of dependent adults? Our federal health officials have watched autism overwhelm a generation of children and done nothing to stop it. Officials still can’t say for sure how much of the exponential growth in autism is a real increase or just “better diagnosing.” When will they know? When the rate is one in every 10 children?
If the candidates are so worried about the economy, they should consider what autism is going to cost us.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism
Read this story by Kim Stagliano, managing editor of Age of Autism, called, “Autism Sucks: And Then I Die,” about her oldest daughter turning 18. (Kim is the mother of THREE GIRLS WITH AUTISM.)
http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/09/autism-sucks-and-then-i-die.html
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

amdachel
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amdachel 09/29/12 - 11:07 am
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The rate of one in 88 comes

The rate of one in 88 comes from studies of eight year olds, not eighty year olds. No one has ever been able to show us a comparable rate among adults. That simple fact should be scaring us all.
Officially autism has no known cause or cure, There's nothing a mainstream doctor can tell a new mom so that her baby who was born healthy and is developing normally won't also end up on the autism spectrum.
Experts tell us that 80 percent of Americans with autism are under the age of 18. Imagine the future when all of these children reach adulthood and become dependent on the taxpayers for their support and care.
All these facts should make autism al health emergency that demands immediate action. Shouldn’t the presidential candidates show some interest?
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

amdachel
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amdachel 09/29/12 - 11:08 am
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Read this story by Kim

Read this story by Kim Stagliano, managing editor of Age of Autism, called, “Autism Sucks: And Then I Die,” about her oldest daughter turning 18. (Kim is the mother of THREE GIRLS WITH AUTISM.)
http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/09/autism-sucks-and-then-i-die.html
This aging out of autistic children is happening everywhere.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

Angie H
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Angie H 09/29/12 - 11:21 am
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So your solution is???? The

So your solution is????

The candidates should do??????????

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Fiat_Lux 09/29/12 - 11:45 am
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Instead of looking to politicians

It would make a whole lot more sense to do the kinds of things Tara and Turner Simkins have done in response to their son's unbelievably valiant battle against leukemia. And his disease is quite rare as compared to the kind of numbers being reported here, whether those numbers are accurate or not.

There is much that can be done if the people affected by autism do something themselves well beyond expecting the government, in any of its incarnations, to deal with the problem, for there really is much that can be done if there is the will to do it.

msitua
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msitua 09/29/12 - 11:58 am
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what a president can do for autism

In response to Ange H
1. Declare autism a national crisis.
2. Initiate Congress to hold hearings on the crisis.
3. Hold Executive meetings on the crisis.
4. Demand that more money be allotted to environmental research instead of genetic research that has gone no place in 20 years.
5. Request a study(hopefully independent of the CDC) of fully vaccinated vs fully unvaccinated children.
6. Make autism a priority because it is the fastest growing disease.

How's that for starters?

Angie H
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Angie H 09/29/12 - 12:19 pm
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Ah....throw more money at

Ah....throw more money at it......that has always worked in the past.

Again....look at the link I posted and you will see WHY it is the "fastest growing disease."

msitua
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msitua 09/29/12 - 01:11 pm
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where are the same number of adults with autism?

Show me the same number of adults with autism before I'd ever believe the Discover article. Don't you see-that's a cop out for 1. those who cannot really explain the rise 2 or those who wish to hide the rise. It is simply not true. Doctors must have been idiots for over 50 years then, wouldn't you say? How come the schools were never overcrowded with autism children in the 1980"s. like they are now? You know it makes no sense.

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ciaparker 10/01/12 - 10:39 am
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There are a lot of things the

There are a lot of things the president could do to help the children already autistic and prevent more from becoming so. He could replace Tom Insel and Kathleen Sibelius, who only want to deny that vaccines are the main cause of autism and try to say that this epidemic is only due to certain genes, and that countless millions should continue to be spent to identify them. In reality, there is a genetic susceptibility to vaccine damage, and a tendency to store rather than excrete heavy metals like mercury and aluminum, but there is a great reluctance to commission studies on this, because they would point directly at vaccines as the culprit. The president could put children before profits and demand that such studies be done, and that there be a complete revamping of vaccine policy in our country, starting with demanding that parents be provided with accurate information on the risks and benefits of all the vaccines, and be given complete freedom to reject them.
Insurance must be ordered to cover autism therapy for autistic children and adults: at the present time, insurance companies are not obligated to pay for ABA therapy if they are state-funded or cover small business owners or self-pay insurance for freelancers. This means that many thousands of autistic children (including my daughter, autistic from vaccine-induced encephalitis after the hep-B vaccine when she was born) are without access to proven therapies that often are successful in making them more independent.

There is no such thing as a genetic epidemic. Autism did not exist before the mid-'30s, when mercury-containing diphtheria vaccines and fungicides began to be used. It did not exist among the poorer classes who did not get the DPT vaccine until the public health programs of the '60s put autism within the reach of all. Rates were only one to three in every ten thousand as recently as the '70s in the US (the rate in Scandinavia now, because they vaccinate much less than we do). Rates started to go through the roof in 1990, with the tremendous increase in the number of vaccines mandated. Now the rate in some states is as high as one in fifty: the CDC's one in 88 last April only applied to the generation born in 2000, but the rate has gone up among those younger.

If parents knew the truth (start with Dr. Mayer Eisenstein's Make an Informed Vaccine Decision), most would get few or no vaccines either for themselves or their children. Big Pharma, supported by its corporate media and its cronies in the FDA, largely funded by pharmaceutical companies, is only motivated by profits.

It is no one's job to look at the big picture. The CDC's mission is to fight communicable diseases like pertussis. This mission does not include investigating the evidence that the DTaP, or the pertussis vaccine in any form, is very dangerous, causing asthma, allergies, seizure disorders, SIDS, and autism, much like its predecessor the DPT did. It is much more dangerous, killing or disabling many more children than the disease. Pertussis is very rarely dangerous for those over four or five months old, and these youngest babies should be quarantined at home for their protection. The vaccine is often completely ineffective, and its protection, when there is any, often wears out in as little as three years. 80-90% of the 23,000 Americans diagnosed with pertussis this year as of August 20, had been appropriately vaccinated, and didn't know they could still catch and transmit the disease. So most of the thirteen infants that had died as of that date had statistically been infected by appropriately vaccinated people. My baby got the DTaP at 2, 4, and 6 months, and then caught pertussis at a La Leche League meeting at 8 months old, though she should have been protected. She gave it to me, too! She coughed alarmingly for over a month, ten coughs per breath, coughing up huge sheets of mucus at the end of each fit, and I coughed over two months. But at our ages, it wasn't dangerous, and now we have probably permanent immunity, shown by a recent study to last 30 to 70 years.

Someone need to be in charge of looking at the big picture, and asking whether the diseases are serious or common enough to risk extremely severe and relatively common vaccine damage. The president would have the power to create a new advisory position for someone with no vested interest in the status quo or its minions, to make thoughtful, well-informed recommendations. The alternative is a future in which most children in the US are too impaired to work in a meaningful job or live independently. And who is going to pay for that?

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