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    Autism is a man-made disease (Part 2 of 3)


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    This is part 2 of 3 of the article about autism being a man-made disease.

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted published on July 18, 2005 titled “The Age of Autism: Isabella’s story,” he says,

    Here, as promised in our last column, is an account by one mother of her child’s autism.

    The mother and daughter, Libby and Isabella Rupp of St. Paul, Minn., were pictured with a front-page article in The New York Times last month about the debate over vaccines and autism.

    The picture caption reads: “Libby Rupp of St. Paul, whose 3-year-old daughter, Isabella, has autism, says she is not convinced by studies that say there is no link between autism and childhood vaccines that include mercury.”

    But why isn’t she convinced?

    Rupp says the brief comments attributed to her in the article—a total of 21 words spread over three sentences and a fragment—gave no hint of how she came to suspect vaccines triggered Isabella’s autism.

    The article was titled “On Autism’s Cause, It’s Parents vs. Research.”

    Rupp also said the article portrayed treatments that she and other parents have used successfully as both ineffective and dangerous.

    Most controversial: Chelation (key-LAY-shun), a doctor-supervised process of flushing heavy metals out of a child’s body.

    The theory behind chelation is that if the mercury preservative in vaccines called thimerosal is the problem, removing it is a big part of the solution.

    Two Immunologists Concurred Isabella’s Autism Was a Vaccine Reaction; She Was Different Within Hours

    Olmsted quotes the mother as saying:

    “We’ve now had two immunologists concur that (Isabella’s autism) was a vaccine reaction.

    “It was within hours.

    “She was different.

    “It was her first set of vaccines at 2 months, and then it got worse after every single set of vaccines and then at 9 months, I finally said no more.

    “She was a kid who had totally normally bowel habits but immediately (after vaccinations) she got diarrhea, and that lasted for a couple of months and she went from being a happy baby to crying all the time.

    “And not just crying, screaming.

    “She stopped sleeping.

    “She would wake up every 15 minutes all night long.

    “She still does.

    “Prior to her vaccines she had rolled over repeatedly at six weeks of age.

    “My entire family witnessed this at a big family reunion.

    “It’s not just me making this stuff up—numerous people saw her.

    “She never did it again after her vaccines until she was 10 months old.

    “She used to vocalize with me.

    “If I would sing her lullabies, she would make noises, and when I would stop singing, she would stop making noise.

    “That went away.

    “We never heard another goo-goo gaw-gaw after that, none of those baby noises.

    “At two months, it was sort of slowly happening.

    “By four months, she got another vaccine and that is when we clearly realized, Oh my gosh, this kid isn’t doing anything.

    “Her DTaP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) at four months had mercury in it.

    “That’s what makes me the most upset—if they had taken them all off the shelves she would never have gotten it.”

    (In July 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that mercury-containing childhood vaccines be phased out by manufacturers but did not order a recall.)

    Mother Got a Flu Shot While Pregnant and While Nursing; Multi-Dose Flu Shot Contains Mercury

    Olmsted continues quoting the mother saying:

    “The other thing is I had the flu shot while pregnant, and again while nursing, so she would have gotten thimerosal from both of those shots.

    “Interesting enough, I had a pretty normal pregnancy until all of a sudden Isabella stopped moving and I had to be monitored every time I was in there (the doctor’s).

    “I don’t know the exact timing, but I did get a flu shot (about then).

    “So I have to question whether the thimerosal in the flu shots I got had anything to do with that.

    “I definitely think it would have predisposed her to a larger reaction when she got vaccinated later.”

    The New York Times Article Never Mentioned the Amazing Improvement Her Daughter Had With Chelation; Metals Were Coming Out

    Olmsted continues quoting the mother saying:

    “I was very upset because I have doctors who have backed me up on it, yet this (New York Times) piece made me sound like a lunatic, and that I’m hurting my child and just desperate for hope.

    “It never mentioned, once, the amazing improvement that my daughter has shown on chelation and the metals that were coming out, so much so that the Mayo Clinic was concerned about it.

    “They never once talked about the fact these kids are actually recovering when you take the mercury out of them.

    “That’s where I didn’t think it was fair at all.

    “OK, you can report the other side, there are lots of people who disagree with us, but the fact is there are thousands of children who are undergoing this treatment that are getting better.

    “And the other thing is they flat-out said chelation is dangerous.

    “Our county chelates children with lead poisoning.

    “I have had the county out to my house numerous times.

    “They said if they found a kid with high lead, they put them in the hospital and they chelate them.

    “How is this that dangerous if our county is doing that to children?”

    Mayo Clinic Doctor Does Not Understand The Improvement’s Her Daughter Is Making; (It’s Due to the Chelation Getting the Mercury Out)

    Olmsted continues quoting the mother saying:

    “We are very open with our doctor at Mayo and have told him that we are chelating.

    “He’s said on various occasions that he is OK with that; he doesn’t necessarily agree but he is OK with our doing it.

    “He also has repeatedly said he doesn’t understand the improvements my daughter is making—“These kids don’t improve.”

    “When we’re in there, he is sometimes speechless about the improvements in her and can’t explain it from what he’s doing.

    “His patients don’t improve like that.

    “He has prescribed supplements like very high doses of B vitamins, Co-Q10, Vitamin C, Vitamin E. My daughter has a mitochondrial disorder, so she takes something called a mitochondrial cocktail which is the commonly accepted treatment for this disorder. It includes alpha-lipoic acid, which interestingly enough chelates mercury. I mentioned that to the doctor; I don’t think he knew that.”

    Mayo Clinic Doctor Repeatedly Asked If They Live On a Toxic Dump Because of Her Daughter’s Mercury Levels

    Olmsted continues quoting the mother saying:

    “He told us when we first came down there that he’s seen mercury poisoning and this isn’t it, but he’s repeatedly asked us if we live on a toxic dump, because we bring him our tests and we say, “Look what’s coming out of her.”

    “We’ve been chelating her since she was 15 months old and she is now 4.

    “She just started talking in February.

    “She does imaginative play.

    “She does pretend play.

    “She has empathy.

    “She plays with toys appropriately.

    “She likes to play word games—if you sing, “Twinkle, twinkle little shoe,” she’ll laugh.

    “Things that autistic kids just don’t do—and at this stage she’s doing more and more typical things.

    “We’ve had a dog for her whole life, and before she was oblivious to it, and now she just can’t get enough of him, chasing him around and imitating him.

    “She today—unfortunately—was licking her foot. I said, “What are you doing,” and he was licking his foot. Constantly imitating things.

    I’m very optimistic, I’m always hopeful, but I never thought I’d see that.

    “When I tell this to anyone else, their immediate reaction is, “There’s mercury in vaccines? Why would they do that?” But when you tell this to a legislator, or to a government official, or a doctor, they’ll say, “It doesn’t make any difference.”

    “What I don’t understand is when you tell the average person this, they’re stunned and they’re concerned. You tell someone who should know better, and they don’t think it’s any big deal.

    “I’m a CPA and an MBA. My husband is an executive. We’re not stupid people. That’s what frustrating. And even if we were, parents know their children better than anyone. If they think there’s a correlation, people should listen to them.”

    There you have it, dear reader.

    Make of it what you will.

    The Institute of Medicine—part of the National Academy of Sciences—has concluded that a vaccine-autism link is so far-fetched it is time to put research money into more promising areas.

    We are told only one scientific study of chelation is under way—with parents’ funding.

    That prompts the question of what mainstream science is doing instead to find causes and cures for autism, especially “environmental” causes broadly defined as toxins that come from outside the body.

    We will pursue that question in future columns.

    Before leaving The New York Times to its own devices, though, we must point out the paper has yet to correct several factual errors in its article cited by SafeMinds, a leading group of parents who suspect mercury as the culprit in the autism epidemic.

    That includes the spelling of the name of the president of the group, Lyn “One N” Redwood.

    We intend to become really annoying and keep bringing that up until the newspaper of record fixes it.

    SafeMinds Analysis Finds Children Exposed to Mercury-Containing Vaccines at Higher Risk for Autism; CDC Denies It

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted published on July 26, 2005 titled “The Age of Autism: Generation Zero,” he says,

    Here is part of an interview with Mark Blaxill, research chair of the group SafeMinds, which advocates removal of mercury from medical products.

    Blaxill, who lives in Cambridge, Mass., is a business consultant who began doing his own research on autism after his daughter, Michaela, 9, was diagnosed with the disorder.

    Blaxill said SafeMinds’ analysis of government data shows children who were exposed to a mercury-based preservative in vaccines had a much higher rate of autism than those with zero exposure.

    Subsequently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta put the study through several more generations of data inclusions, exclusions and analysis; the final study did not find an increased risk for autism.

    The CDC found that the early data and analysis cannot be used to draw conclusions, and the agency stands by its study—a view endorsed last year by the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Still, the issue is increasingly controversial—environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recently called the CDC’s studies “cigarette science,” referring to flawed and self-serving reports from cigarette manufacturers on the health risks of tobacco.

    Most medical experts and government health officials say repeated studies rule out thimerosal, the ethyl mercury preservative, as a culprit in the rise of autism diagnoses in the 1990s.

    Thimerosal was phased out of childhood vaccines in the United States in 1999, though it is used widely around the world.

    Blaxill called the material that SafeMinds received from the CDC “Generation Zero.”

    In the interview, he referred to the CDC analyst who led the study, Dr. Thomas Verstraeten, and to e-mails Verstraeten wrote to other CDC researchers.

    Olmsted goes on to quote Mark Blaxill from SafeMinds as saying:

    “SafeMinds did a whole series of Freedom of Information requests on the CDC’s work on thimerosal, and we got a pile of printouts in the raw spreadsheet form—the output that comes off the statistical program when you’re working numbers.

    “What was interesting is that if you really dug into the numbers, the ones that showed up as statistically significant all happened to be—if you deciphered the code—the high-exposure population group (to thimerosal-containing vaccinations).

    “When you do that, and also begin tracing the e-mail traffic around the time these documents and spreadsheets were being sent around the CDC, it demonstrated something that I found pretty stunning.

    “The first time [CDC analyst] Thomas Verstraeten sat down to look at thimerosal exposure—unencumbered by study protocols and exclusions and a whole set of convenient “screens” that you could put on the data—he found very, very profound effects from mercury exposure.

    “And it was not just autism, but a whole range of developmental disorders.

    “It led him to obviously be quite concerned, from the e-mails he was sending around.

    “From that day, he was the guy who was most concerned in all the CDC group, and I think you could probably trace that to his original exploration.

    In Nov 1999, CDC Analyst Found 4-8X Greater Risk of Autism, ADD, ADHD, Speech Delay, Sleep Disorders, Tics and Stammering In Children Exposed to the Highest Levels of Thimerosal

    Olmsted continues quoting Mark Blaxill from SafeMinds as saying,

    “In November of 1999, right around Thanksgiving, he [CDC analyst Thomas Verstraeten] did a long list of possible outcomes and also had a fairly broad set of exposure dimensions that he used.

    “There was one really useful category of exposure, which went all the way from zero thimerosal to relatively high exposure.

    “At the very highest level of exposure, almost every one of the neurodevelopmental disorders—autism, ADD, ADHD, speech delay, sleep disorders, tics, stammering—had elevated relative risks on the order of 4 to 8 times, and the vast majority of those risks were statistically significant.

    “So you had a population that was obviously damaged along a wide range of outcomes at the highest level (of mercury exposure).

    “That was a strong signal in November of 1999.”

    In Dec 1999, CDC Analyst Found 11X Greater Risk of Autism In Children Exposed to the Highest Levels of Thimerosal

    Olmsted continues quoting Mark Blaxill from SafeMinds as saying,

    “Then he went back in December and pruned the database down a little bit and looked at a shorter list of variables.

    “He must have made some changes in the database, and this time he emerged with the highest exposure category for autism showing an 11 times increased risk—and no increased risk for the control group.

    “That was pretty stunning.

    “An 11-fold relative risk for the highest thimerosal exposure is roughly equivalent to the tenfold rate of increase in autism in the 1990s.

    “He was obviously disturbed. He didn’t want to overreact. I would have the same kind of reaction he had, which was not wanting to get out on a limb but being concerned.

    “As the parent of an autistic child looking inside the “sausage factory,” what I see is a little analyst sitting at a computer, and lo and behold, he runs the numbers unencumbered by any quote-unquote improvement, and he finds something that is stark and concerning and strong.

    “And then by the time the final publication comes out four years later, they have reduced that signal to almost statistical insignificance.

    “And then you read the conversations they’re having along the way—you read the e-mails, the transcripts of meetings—and this is not a group that is saying, “Oh my goodness, we’re really worried about autism, we’re really worried about the neurodevelopmental effects. We need to understand precisely what’s going on here.”

    “No, what you see is a group that is deeply concerned, deeply biased that this must not be true.

    “They’re looking for the flaws in the signal.

    “You never find someone questioning an adjustment that reduces a statistical finding. All of the outcomes of the various iterations move in one direction.

    “They almost never increase and get a stronger signal.

    “And frankly, that just doesn’t pass the sniff test as an analyst. Almost always, when you get a signal that has some strength and is biologically plausible, that strength of signal doesn’t vanish. It usually tells you something.”

    The CDC Does Not Care About the Children, All the Care About is Covering Their Ass

    Olmsted continues quoting Mark Blaxill from SafeMinds as saying,

    “Watching the sausage factory, my feeling was, oh my lord, these people don’t care what’s going on with the kids. All they care about is covering their (backsides). I hate to say it, but it’s quite discouraging to watch.”

    Autism First Diagnosed in 1938, Unlike Anything Ever Seen Before

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted published on August 8, 2005 titled “The Age of Autism: But what about 1930?,” he says,

    What we can’t get past is this: The first person to diagnose autism said he’d never seen it before, and neither had anyone else.

    His name was Leo Kanner, and he was not some country doctor; he was the leading psychiatrist of his day, a professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

    He wrote the book “Child Psychiatry.”

    In fact, he’s been called the dean or father of modern child psychiatry.

    Beginning in 1938 he saw children with a behavioral syndrome that differed “markedly and uniquely from anything reported so far.”

    Kanner wrote the landmark 1943 paper, ‘Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact,’ about the first 11 cases.

    Kanner became the world’s authority on autism and saw children referred from North America and South America and as far away as South Africa.

    Yet by 1958—15 years after he first created the diagnosis—he had seen just 150 autism cases.

    Another doctor who became the European authority on the disorder saw only 10 cases in the decade after his first paper was published; a third “found only one true case of infantile autism in 36,500 clinical cases,” according to Bernard Rimland’s 1964 book, “Infantile Autism.”

    No matter how you slice or dice the diagnostic categories, something doesn’t compute—how can there be half a million children with Autism Spectrum Disorders living in the United States today, when the man who identified the disorder could only find 150 in the first 15 years?

    [Oldest Child With Autism Born in 1931]

    What’s more, the oldest child Kanner diagnosed with autism was born in 1931.

    We found no evidence of a child diagnosed with autism who was older than that.

    True, some autism cases are due to organic causes—Fragile X Syndrome or rubella in a pregnant mother—and Kanner acknowledged that.

    Still, in 1978, looking back on his career, Kanner said the first child he saw in 1938 “made me aware of a behavior pattern not known to me or anyone else theretofore.”

    We don’t understand how a genetic model of autism fits with that.

    Never mind the 1990s; what happened in the 1930s?

    Today’s medical mainstream pretty much skips over that issue, repeating the mantra of better diagnosis.

    We’re not so willing to dismiss the eyewitness expertise of the man who first identified the disorder—we think his observations cannot simply be cast aside if they become inconvenient or inconsistent with a prevailing point of view.

    That’s not a mainstream thing to do at all.

    First Case of Autism Had Amazing Transformation After Being Treated with Gold Salts for Juvenile Arthritis

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted published on August 15, 2005 titled “The Age of Autism: Case 1 revisited,” talks about the first person ever diagnosed with autism, Donald T. [Donald Triplett in Forest, Mississippi, it was later revealed], who seems to have recovered greatly after being treated for arthritis at the age of twelve with gold-salts.

    Olmsted writes:

    The first person ever diagnosed with autism lived in a small town in Mississippi. He still does.

    Donald T.” is now 71, and after a “miraculous response” to medical treatment at age 12, he appears to have recovered significantly since his original diagnosis as a 5-year-old.

    His improvement is so striking, in fact, that it raises new questions about the disorder and its treatment.

    Donald went on to graduate from college, where he joined a fraternity.

    He worked as a bank teller and belongs to the Kiwanis Club.

    He owns a handsome house with a large well-tended yard, drives a car, plays golf several times a week and travels the world solo.

    Recent itinerary: Rome; Palermo, Sicily; Corsica and Sardinia.

    This past weekend he was returning from Branson, Mo.

    In short, he doesn’t seem terribly autistic anymore.

    It sounds like he moved right off the spectrum,” said one doctor whose practice includes scores of children with autism.

    The treatment Donald received in 1947 was not intended to help his disorder, but to save his life.

    Donald had come down with an uncontrollable fever, stopped eating and had severe joint pain and stiffness that was finally diagnosed as juvenile arthritis, a rare autoimmune condition.

    Such problems occur when the body’s own defense mechanisms go haywire, in this case causing inflammation that was destroying his joints.

    After being treated for several months with gold salts—then the standard therapy and still in use—not only his arthritis but some of his most disabling autistic traits cleared up simultaneously.

    Because Donald’s family was affluent—his father was a Yale-educated lawyer—they could afford the best doctors and knew where to find them, but nothing seemed to help.

    He lost his appetite and was terribly emaciated,” his brother recounted, comparing his appearance to a concentration-camp survivor.

    But anyway, my father was talking to a doctor (in a nearby small town) he happened to run into.”

    He told the doctor, “It looks like Don’s getting ready to die.”

    That doctor, without having examined his son, said, “What you’re describing sounds like a rare case of juvenile arthritis.”

    Armed with that tentative diagnosis, his parents took Donald to a clinic in Memphis, where they “began to treat my brother with gold salts for 2 to 3 months.”

    The results were spectacular.

    He just had a miraculous response to the medicine. The pain in his joints went away.” Donald has one fused knuckle to show for the nearly fatal affliction.

    There was more good news.

    When he was finally released, the nervous condition he was formerly afflicted with was gone,” his brother said.

    The proclivity to excitability and extreme nervousness had all but cleared up, and after that he went to school and had one more little flare-up (of arthritis) when in junior college. They treated it with cortisone.”

    The interview with Donald’s brother significantly adds to the information known about him and establishes a new timeline—one in which the gold-salts treatment now appears to be a pivotal but previously undocumented event.

    Instead, Kanner attributed Donald’s standout success in later life—most of the 11 initial patients were ultimately institutionalized or lived in extremely sheltered circumstances—to the couple with whom he stayed for those four years.

    Kanner wrote in 1971:

    “Donald, because of the intuitive wisdom of a tenant farmer couple, who knew how to make him utilize his futile preoccupations for practical purposes and at the same time helped him to maintain contact with his family, is a regularly employed bank teller; while living at home, he takes part in a variety of community activities and has the respect of his fellow townspeople.”

    “Yet, in our interview, Donald’s brother cited the medical treatment and said it made a permanent difference in Donald.

    “It sure did,” he said. “He became more social,” noting that just a few years later Donald was asked to join the college social fraternity, whereas people with autism are prone to isolation and do not usually acquire friends.

    “Would he call his brother autistic now, we asked? “It’s just in certain areas,” he said, citing a total lack of interest in dating or a life companion.

    “Donald’s transformation, his brother said, “is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.”

    Gold Salts Found to ‘Reverse the Binding’ of Mercury to Molecules Finds Boyd Haley, PhD, Prof. of Chemistry

    Note: In an article written by Dan Olmsted published on Dec 23, 2005 titled “The Age of Autism: Gold salts pass a test,” Olmsted notes that Boyd Haley, PhD, Prof. of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky (who has been studying mercury toxicity since 1987) found that lab tests show that gold-salts can “reverse the binding” of mercury to molecules.

    Imagine that.

    Gold-salts can cause kidney damage and other side effects, so please don’t think that this is the ideal treatment to treat autism or to get mercury out of the body.

    Olmsted writes more about this warning about using gold salts here and here.

    Ethyl-Mercury-Based Fungicides Came Onto the Market About the Same Time as Ethyl-Mercury-Containing Vaccines

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted for UPI that was published on Oct 17, 2005, he notes that while ethylmercury was added to vaccines in the 1930’s, ethyl-mercury-based fungicides came onto the market about the same time.

    Olmsted writes:

    But medicines were not the only commercial products to harness this highly toxic form of mercury.

    Starting about the same time, ethyl-mercury-based fungicides appeared on the market.

    In fungicides as well as vaccines, ethyl mercury did the same job—it killed micro-organisms including fungi and bacteria.

    Fungicides, in fact, appear to have been a much more common application of ethyl mercury than vaccinations in their first decades of use.

    He later writes:

    There is no question that commercial use of ethyl mercury began spreading widely in the 1930s—in vaccines as the preservative thimerosal, allowing for multi-dose vials and mass vaccination; and in fungicides as the active ingredient, protecting nascent plants, crops and trees.

    He also notes that:

    In the 1920s the same scientist who invented thimerosal also patented the technique for making ethyl-mercury-based fungicides. He appeared to be working on both applications simultaneously, and he succeeded by solving the same problem: Making ethyl mercury water-soluble, harnessing it for commercial use.

    Not a Single Case of Autism Among At Least 30,000 Children Who Have Never Been Vaccinated in Chicago

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted for UPI that was published on Dec 7, 2005, he writes:

    It’s a far piece from the horse-and-buggies of Lancaster County, Pa., [where 22,000 Amish people live] to the cars and freeways of Cook County, Ill.

    But thousands of children cared for by Homefirst Health Services in metropolitan Chicago have at least two things in common with thousands of Amish children in rural Lancaster: They have never been vaccinated. And they don’t have autism.

    “We have a fairly large practice. We have about 30,000 or 35,000 children that we’ve taken care of over the years, and I don’t think we have a single case of autism in children delivered by us who never received vaccines,” said Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, Homefirst’s medical director who founded the practice in 1973.

    Homefirst doctors have delivered more than 15,000 babies at home, and thousands of them have never been vaccinated.

    The few autistic children Homefirst sees were vaccinated before their families became patients, Eisenstein said. “I can think of two or three autistic children who we’ve delivered their mother’s next baby, and we aren’t really totally taking care of that child—they have special care needs. But they bring the younger children to us. I don’t have a single case that I can think of that wasn’t vaccinated.”

    [Mayer Eisenstein, MD is the author of Don’t Vaccinate! Before You Educate.]

    Medical practices with Homefirst’s approach to immunizations are rare.

    “Because of that, we tend to attract families that have questions about that issue,” said Dr. Paul Schattauer, who has been with Homefirst for 20 years and treats “at least” 100 children a week.

    “Schattauer seconded Eisenstein’s observations. “All I know is in my practice I don’t see autism. There is no striking 1-in-166,” he said.

    Olmsted goes on to say:

    “They [Homefirst’s patients] tend to be better educated, follow healthier diets and breast-feed their children much longer than the norm—half of Homefirst’s mothers are still breast-feeding at two years. Also, because Homefirst relies less on prescription drugs including antibiotics as a first line of treatment, these children have less exposure to other medicines, not just vaccines.”

    [Note from Larry Hobbs: Boyd Haley, PhD notes that antibiotics increase mercury toxicity by decreasing mercury excretion. Haley has said that rats given certain antibiotics retain mercury in their body ten times longer than rats not given antibiotics.]

    Significantly Less Asthma and Diabetes in These Unvaccinated Children; There is ‘Virtually No Asthma If You’re Breast-Fed and Not Vaccinated’ Says Mayer Eisenstein, MD

    Olmsted goes on to say:

    Schattauer said Homefirst’s patients also have significantly less childhood asthma and juvenile diabetes compared to national rates. An office manager who has been with Homefirst for 17 years said she is aware of only one case of severe asthma in an unvaccinated child.”

    [Note from Larry Hobbs: Boyd Haley, PhD and others note that they believe that mercury is also responsible for the increase in asthma, ADHD, diabetes and allergies seen in children in recent years.]

    The asthma rate among Homefirst patients is so low it was noticed by the Blue Cross group with which Homefirst is affiliated, according to Eisenstein.

    “In the alternative-medicine network which Homefirst is part of, there are virtually no cases of childhood asthma, in contrast to the overall Blue Cross rate of childhood asthma which is approximately 10 percent,” he said.

    “At first I thought it was because they (Homefirst’s children) were breast-fed, but even among the breast-fed we’ve had asthma. We have virtually no asthma if you’re breast-fed and not vaccinated.

    Because the diagnosis of asthma is based on emergency-room visits and hospital admissions, Eisenstein said, Homefirst’s low rate is hard to dispute. “It’s quantifiable—the definition is not reliant on the doctor’s perception of asthma.”

    Several studies have found a risk of asthma from vaccination; others have not. Studies that include never-vaccinated children generally find little or no asthma in that group.

    Earlier this year Florida pediatrician Dr. Jeff Bradstreet said there is virtually no autism in home-schooling families who decline to vaccinate for religious reasons—lending credence to Eisenstein’s observations.

    “It’s largely non-existent,” said Bradstreet, who treats children with autism from around the country. “It’s an extremely rare event.”

    The Boy Crisis: Academically, Boys in the US Are Falling Behind (Because of Mercury)

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted published on Feb 14, 2006 titled “The Age of Autism: Snoozeweeklies,” he notes that boys in the US are falling behind, being twice as likely to to be in special education classes, and more than twice as likely as girls to be diagnosed with a learning disability.

    Boyd Haley, PhD has talked about this saying that he believes that this is due to all of the vaccines that children are given, and the mercury and aluminum in vaccines.

    First Cases of Autism Identified in US and Europe At Almost Exactly The Same Time, 1943 and 1944, Suggesting that the Cause is NOT Genetic, But Rather There Is An Environmental Cause (Mercury)

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted published on May 31, 2007 titled “The Age of Autism: Quite the coincidence,” he notes that autism was identified for the first time ever in the US and Europe at almost exactly the same time, and neither doctor knew of the others work.

    Olmsted wrote:

    It’s amazing the coincidences one comes across while reporting about autism:

    The autism rate rises in tandem with increasing numbers of vaccines that contain a known neurotoxin, ethyl mercury.

    Public health authorities say that’s coincidence.

    Parents say their children became autistic after receiving mercury-containing vaccinations, sometimes several shots in one day.

    Pediatricians call that coincidence, too.

    Another remarkable fact that caught my attention: Autism was first identified in both the United States and Europe at almost exactly the same time.

    Child psychiatrist Leo Kanner published his landmark paper at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1943; pediatrician Hans Asperger published his—about a slightly less severely affected group of children—in Vienna in 1944.

    Cut off by a world war, neither knew of the other’s work.

    Coincidence, say the experts, who attribute the timing to improving diagnostic techniques in both countries.

    What else can the experts say, literally invested as they are in massively funded genetic research to find the presumed cause?

    If it’s not a coincidence that autism arose simultaneously on separate continents, that suggests something happened in two places at once to trigger the disorder.

    And that would suggest genes are not the fundamental factor, though they certainly could be implicated in making some children susceptible to whatever the new exposure was.

    [The First American Case Report of Autism and the First Austrian Case Report of Autism Were Born Within 4 Months of Each Other]

    The first Age of Autism column in early 2005, titled “Donald T. and Fritz V.,” made this point, noting that the first Austrian case report and the first American case report “were born within four months of each other, Fritz V. in June of 1933 and Donald T. that September.”

    Because Kanner’s kids became known as “autistic” and Asperger’s as having “Asperger’s disorder,” the overwhelming commonalities have not been fully appreciated; Kanner’s study of Donald and 10 other children was titled “Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact,” and Asperger called his study of Fritz and three other children “‘Autistic Psychopathy’ in Childhood.”

    At different times in different places, they were seeing the same remarkable disorder. These kids were all “on the spectrum,” as we say today, and that raises a question I put this way in that first column: “Was it coincidence the first few cases of these strikingly similar disorders were identified at the same time, by the same term, in children born the same decade, by doctors thousands of miles apart?

    Or, is it a clue to when and where autism started—and why?

    The question reflects a huge, and hugely important, debate. If autistic children always existed in the same percentages but just were not formally classified until the 1940s, that would suggest better diagnosis, not a troubling increase in the number of autistic children.

    If, however, autism had a clear beginning in the fairly recent past ... then the issue is very different. That would suggest something new caused those first autism and Asperger’s cases ... something caused them to increase, and something is still causing them today.”

    At that time, I had no clue about a possible connection.

    But now, after reporting and writing more than 100 Age of Autism columns over the past two years, I do.

    The clue could be the simultaneous arrival of ethyl mercury—but not, necessarily, in the vaccines that some parents blame for the huge rise in reported cases over the past two decades.

    What I’ve learned is that this especially dangerous form of organic mercury also was used starting around 1930 in fungicides.

    Morris Kharasch, the same American chemist who patented its use in vaccines—where it is called thimerosal—also pioneered its use as a seed disinfectant.

    “Remember, this type of mercury didn’t exist in nature; it’s man-made, and Kharasch is the man who made it marketable.

    “Two companies, one German and one American, built their ethyl mercury fungicide, called Ceresan, on those patents.

    In a joint venture, they sold it in both Europe and the United States.

    (Mercury-containing agricultural products were phased out decades ago after their effects on humans and the environment were recognized—though ethyl mercury still remains in most flu shots given to pregnant women and young children. Go figure.)

    So what might have happened—warning, hypothesis ahead—is that some early exposures to ethyl mercury came from inhaling or otherwise coming into contact with it via that agricultural route. And some of the children exposed to this novel and neurotoxic form of mercury developed a novel neurological disorder called autism.

    Speculative, yes. But everything about the cause of autism at the moment is speculative. And as I showed in a column earlier this year titled “Mercury Link to Case 2,” the first three cases diagnosed in the United States can plausibly be linked to such exposures.

    Case 2, in particular, is compelling, because documents show that the father of that child was a plant pathologist experimenting with ethyl mercury fungicides for the U.S. government at the time his child was born in 1936.

    The father of Case 3 was a forestry professor—not a very different occupation from plant pathologist—in the South, and Case 1 lived in a town called Forest, Miss., near sites where ethyl mercury was first tested as a lumber preservative.

    Plants, forests, timber, the South.

    Now check this out: Among the earliest cases seen in Europe were 10 identified by a Dutch researcher named D. Arn Van Krevelen.

    One of the 10 fathers was a horticulturalist; another was a florist’s salesman.

    Other early studies in the United States found a clear “chemical connection” via the occupations of a similar percentage of parents, a connection overlooked as the gene-hunting juggernaut gained steam.

    Privately Funded Survey Finds Vaccinated US Children Have Higher Risk of Autism Than Unvaccinated Children

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted for UPI that was published on June 26, 2007 titled The Age of Autism: Study sees vaccine risk, he notes that a “privately funded survey finds vaccinated U.S. children have a significantly higher risk of neurological disorders—including autism—than unvaccinated children.”

    Olmsted wrote:

    In one striking finding, vaccinated boys 11-17 were more than twice as likely to have autism as their never-vaccinated counterparts.

    The telephone survey of parents representing a total of 17,000 children appears to be the first of its kind—and contrasts starkly with several government-backed studies that have found no risk from vaccines.

    Later in the article he continues by saying:

    Results highlighted by Generation Rescue:

    —“Among more than 9,000 boys age 4-17,
    vaccinated boys were
    2.5 times (155 percent) more likely to have neurological disorders,
    [3.2 times more likely] 224 percent more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and
    [1.6 times more likely] 61 percent more likely to have autism.”

    —“For older vaccinated boys in the 11-17 age bracket, the results were even more pronounced.
    Vaccinated boys were
    [2.6 times more likely] 158 percent more likely to have a neurological disorder,
    [4.2 times more likely] 317 percent more likely to have ADHD, and
    [2.1 times more likely] 112 percent more likely to have autism.”

    He notes that “Full results of the study are at generationrescue.org.”

    This article continues in Part 3.

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