Autism month was mixed

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As Autism Awareness Month reaches its close, I’d like to step back and view its accomplishments.

We saw a lot of blue lights during the Light It Up Blue porch-light campaign for autism awareness. There were numerous autism walks and runs, and money was raised for research. Very little, if any, will be spent on significant environmental research. They’ll look at how many overweight mothers and old fathers have children with autism, and they’ll study some more genes that so far have come up with no answers.

It’s not awareness we needed all month, but action. What are we doing to stop this epidemic that is now affecting one in 50 children in America and one in 31 boys, according to the Centers for Disease Control?

A new study by Canada’s University of Guelph appeared in the journal Vaccine. It covered a new vaccine to treat gut bacteria in children with autism, and says 90 percent of children on the spectrum suffer from this unhealthy bacteria that affects their behavior in a negative way. Since a very respectable number of autism families believe that vaccines caused their child’s autism, it is ironic that a vaccine is being produced to treat vaccine injury. More than ironic, it borders on crazy.

Only a couple of years ago, the famous Mayo Clinic and the American Association of Pediatrics claimed there was no link between autism and gut disease.

I don’t see blue lights here, but I do see a red flag. It tells me there’s more money to be made in treatments, but not in a cure. Next year, they’ll be those running again for autism; the numbers of those affected will have increased; and they will be no cause and no cure.

Maurine Meleck

North Augusta, S.C.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/29/13 - 08:48 am
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NO, NO, NO!!!

This is an urban legend. There is NO medical evidence whatsoever of any causal link between vaccines and autism. In fact, there are many peer-reviewed studies proving NO LINK. All this scaremongering does is allow diseases like mumps, measles, TB, etc. to infect your kid, and then mind by having so many unvaccinated kids in schools. This letter is utter nonsense and it is criminally irresponsible for the AC to print it. This will only serve to spread this nonsense and make more vulnerable kids get tragically ill.

karradur
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karradur 04/29/13 - 05:56 am
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This LTE reminds me of an Onion article...

...with the headline "6,000 Runners Fail to Discover Cure for Breast Cancer".

http://www.theonion.com/articles/6000-runners-fail-to-discover-cure-for-...

(The Onion, in case you don't know, is a satirical news website.)

And Dixieman is completely right. There is absolutely zero evidence that vaccines are linked to autism. The one and only experiment that ever produced that result has been debunked countless times. Not only that, it turns out the entire experiment was a fraudulent venture by a man named Andrew Wakefield who is currently forbidden to practice medicine in the United Kingdom and is completely unlicensed in the United States.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MMR_vaccine_controversy

(You know that when Dixieman and I agree on something, it must REALLY be true.)

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/29/13 - 06:10 am
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It's also among the group of

It's also among the group of almost every 30 day letter writers as well. Since we have a giant medical and research university it would be nice to run real science on the same day to combat the nonsense any time a letter is printed relying on info from age of autism, mercola, and the other pseudo science sites.

msitua
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msitua 04/29/13 - 08:38 am
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Thanks to the Chronicle

for printing this letter. At least we know that free speech is alive and well in Augusta.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/29/13 - 09:24 am
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Vaccines not related to autism

I believe the reason that vaccines are blamed is because the rate of autism seems to be going higher each year. Think GOD my one child seems not to have autism, but I can see how parents of stricken children will grasp at ANY defining cause. I, quite frankly, believe that there should be some funding spent on this theory before ALL of the funding goes to help children (( AFTER THE FACT ))!

amdachel
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amdachel 04/29/13 - 09:54 am
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In the 1970s, the autism rate

In the 1970s, the autism rate was one in every 10,000 kids and almost no one knew anyone with autism. That changed when the definition was broadened in 1994 to include other behaviors doctors were seeing in children. At that point the numbers exploded.
1995 1:500
2001 1:250
2004 1:166
2007 1:150
2009 1:110
2012 1:88
2013 1:50
Some people claim that all the autism is the result of better diagnosing of a disorder that's always been around. If that were true, the rate would have leveled out between 1995 and 2000, after the definition was changed in 1994. That hasn't happened.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism.

amdachel
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amdachel 04/29/13 - 09:54 am
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Nationally known

Nationally known pediatrician, Bob Sears, is a doctor who is alarmed about all the autism everywhere, especially the latest updated rate of one in every 50 U.S. children, one in 31 among boys alone.
He put out this commentary: So Autism is (now even more) Common . . . Anybody Care Yet?
http://tacanowblog.com/2013/03/20/so-autism-is-now-even-more-common-anyb...
Anne Dachel, Age of Autism

amdachel
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amdachel 04/29/13 - 09:56 am
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One of the mothers included

One of the mothers included in the book, Thinking Moms' Revolution, Alison MacNeil, was on Fox
News talking about the book: http://www.ageofautism.com/2013/04/alison-macneil-on-fox-friend-leading-...
Another one of the moms was on Fox 5, Washington DC talking about the book.
http://www.myfoxdc.com/video?clipId=8787473&autostart=true#axzz2QpO9NQpO
I wrote this review of the book. http://www.ageofautism.com/2013/04/book-review-the-thinking-moms-revolut...
Anne Dachel, Age of Autism

amdachel
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amdachel 04/29/13 - 09:59 am
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CBS News ran this story about

CBS News ran this story about Hannah Poling last year: Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award. Are we to believe that vaccines have nothing to do with autism--unless you’re Hannah Poling?
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20015982-10391695.html

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

karradur
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karradur 04/29/13 - 10:26 am
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@t3bledsoe

"I believe the reason that vaccines are blamed is because the rate of autism seems to be going higher each year."

That makes absolutely no sense.

karradur
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karradur 04/29/13 - 10:36 am
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It's like taking your grandmother to an Alzhimer's walk...

...and afterwards you're upset that she still has Alzhimer's.

amdachel
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amdachel 04/29/13 - 11:26 am
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There are over 200

There are over 200 independent studies done by well-credentialed experts that raise serious concerns about vaccine side effects shown on The Greater Good website. http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/learn-more/science/
Also see the National Vaccine Information Center http://www.nvic.org/,
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/.

amdachel
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amdachel 04/29/13 - 11:27 am
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Tens of thousands of parents

Tens of thousands of parents everywhere talk about their children who were born healthy and were developing normally until they received certain routine vaccinations. Suddenly they lost learned skills and regressed into autism. Doctors can't explain this but they do have lots of studies---all found to have ties to the vaccine makers---that show no link.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

amdachel
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amdachel 04/29/13 - 11:28 am
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This link shows the dramatic

This link shows the dramatic increase in the number of vaccine our children received between 1983 and 2012.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-arqv6t8VacY/T7QvOcTrpmI/AAAAAAAAD-U/EBqU4n3R0S...
Where is even one study on the cumulative effect of the increasing number of vaccines in the childhood schedule? THERE ISN'T ONE.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

amdachel
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amdachel 04/29/13 - 11:28 am
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The short trailer to the

The short trailer to the movie The Greater Good, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulmEGbwQsOU makes it clear that there are experts on both sides and a lot of serious questions that need to be asked. The medical community and health officials promote vaccines as the greatest achievement in modern medicine yet there is growing fear over vaccine side effects.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

amdachel
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amdachel 04/29/13 - 11:29 am
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HDNet TV exposed the fact

HDNet TV exposed the fact that while health officials continue to tell us studies show no link, the federal government has paid out millions of dollars for compensation for vaccine injuries that included autism.
http://www.ebcala.org/unanswered-questions
Video "Mixed Signals" On HDNet TV: http://blip.tv/hdnet-world-report/vaccines-and-autism-mixed-signals-5479546
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

amdachel
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amdachel 04/29/13 - 11:31 am
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• The Daily Mail, a major

• The Daily Mail, a major paper in Britain covered the story: “American parents awarded £600,000 in compensation after their son developed autism as a result of MMR vaccine.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262534/American-parents-awarded...
No major news outlet in the U.S. has reported the news.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

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Little Lamb 04/29/13 - 12:51 pm
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Vaccination

Dixieman posted:

All this scaremongering [about thimerosal in vaccines - LL] does is allow diseases like mumps, measles, TB, etc. to infect your kid, and then mine by having so many unvaccinated kids in schools.

Well, if you really believe that vaccines are effective, then you would believe that your child is in no danger of catching a disease from an unvaccinated child. The unvaccinated child is a threat only to another unvaccinated person, and then only when the first child actually has contracted a contagious disease.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/29/13 - 01:18 pm
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The great vaccination debate

There are a growing number of parents that DON'T want their children vaccinated. Some of this is due to the theory of autism linked to vaccines, but some parents don't view it as "nature taking its course".

Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/29/13 - 02:37 pm
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No one believes this nonsense

except movie stars and scientific illiterates. People: Anecdotes are NOT trends. What you "feel" or "think" is far less significant than what every scientific study has shown. Yes my kids are vaccinated and it sure helps them, but no vaccine is 100% effective so if you decide to not vaccinate your kids and send them to school with my kids you are putting all of them at risk. This is going to lead to a big public health epidemic.

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Bizkit 04/29/13 - 03:26 pm
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Really some people are driven

Really some people are driven by false logic in connecting vaccines and autism. Much like the Duesberg Hypothesis which blames AIDS on a tuberculosis-like bacteria rather than HIV virus. He too took facts out of context and applied false logic to draw his conclusion-such as most AIDS patients are tuberculosis-positive too, etc. etc. We are exposed to thousands of bacteria, viruses, even cancer cells yearly which normally our immune system fights off giving us immunity. Vaccines just mimic what nature does daily. Many vaccines are linked with protective effects against other pathogens and diseases-numerous studies indicate children are healthier after to exposure to pathogens rather than a sterile environment. Autism does have an environmental component-however studies indicate that vaccines aren't it. Time would be better spent chasing the culprit rather than chasin' rabbit holes.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 04/29/13 - 06:48 pm
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"Altered States" or "Vision

"Altered States" or "Vision Quest"?

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