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Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of California’s Mind Institute in Davis, was one of the few scientists willing to read Kennedy’s manuscript. “It’s a mixed bag,” she said to me over the phone. She believed that Kennedy had stacked the book with too many problematic studies that he cites as evidence of thimerosal’s contribution to neurodevelopmental disorders. “But it is not true that there is a body of scientific evidence that has put this question to rest, as the CDC asserts.” In fact, on a possible connection between autism and thimerosal, she said, “I think the question still remains to be answered.”
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jul 27, 2014, 05:58 PM (1 replies)
As reported by WaPo article controversial chapters were DELETED from the book so title is misleading
Robert Kennedy Jr.’s belief in autism-vaccine connection, and its political peril
By Keith Kloor July 18
Some of the most controversial sections — the chapters connecting autism to thimerosal — Kennedy took out at the last minute, though there are still references to a link to autism. Hyman convinced him that such claims were too combustible and would distract from the book’s core argument, that “the evidence suggesting a link between thimerosal and a large percentage of neurodevelopment disorders … mandates action.”
AND, THREE ALLIES unnamed in the paragraph that first references them? Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Martha Herbert (extrapolating from quotes in article) and Lyn Redwood (stated in her account above).
Robert Kennedy Jr.’s belief in autism-vaccine connection, and its political peril
By Keith Kloor July 18
Sen. Barbara Mikulski listened impassively as Robert Kennedy Jr. made his case. He had to talk over the din in the marbled hallway just outside the Senate chambers, where he was huddled with Mikulski, two of her aides and three allies of his who had come to Washington for this April meeting.
The Maryland Democrat turned from Kennedy without a word. “I want to hear what you have to say,” Mikulski said, looking up at the lean man standing next to her. Mark Hyman, a physician and best-selling author, is Kennedy’s chief collaborator on a then-unpublished book titled “Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak,” which is scheduled to come out next week. The book argues that ethylmercury — a component of thimerosal — is harmful to human health. (Not so in trace amounts, scientific authorities have concluded.)
“The bottom line,” Hyman said to Mikulski: “We shouldn’t be injecting a neurotoxin into pregnant women and children.” Thimerosal should be taken out of the flu vaccine, Hyman and Kennedy argued.
Kennedy, fit at 60, insists he doesn’t want to fan these fears. All six of his children — ages 13 to 29 — have been fully vaccinated, he says. But he disputes the consensus opinion that trace amounts of thimerosal are no cause for concern. Some researchers are sympathetic to this view.
“We know from the biological literature that extremely low doses are harmful,” says Martha Herbert, a pediatric neurologist and autism researcher at Harvard University. “To me, it’s a no-brainer. Why would you put a neurotoxin in vaccines?”
Herbert accompanied Kennedy and Hyman in Washington. The discourse on vaccination is so highly charged that “you can’t say anything without immediately being labeled,” she says. “This is the most delicate issue I’ve ever dealt with in my life.”
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jul 27, 2014, 05:56 PM (0 replies)
Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD, co-director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center at UC San Diego and professor of medicine, pediatrics and pathology UC San Diego:
Naviaux said the findings fit neatly with the idea that autism is caused by a multitude of interconnected factors: “Twenty percent of the known factors associated with autism are genetic, but most are not. It’s wrong to think of genes and the environment as separate and independent factors. Genes and environmental factors interact. The net result of this interaction is metabolism.”
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jul 25, 2014, 01:42 PM (0 replies)
Source: By MICHELLE DIAMENT July 17, 2014
In what advocates are calling a major win, federal officials are for the first time telling states that Medicaid coverage must include treatments like applied behavior analysis for children with autism.
Medicaid programs nationwide must offer “medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services” to kids with autism, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told states in a bulletin this month. That includes everything from speech and occupational therapy to personal care services and medical equipment, the agency said.
The services must be included in what’s known as the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program, or EPSDT, a package of offerings that every state is required to provide children under age 21 who qualify for Medicaid.
The move comes in response to an increasing number of inquiries in recent years from states facing legal action for denying services to Medicaid beneficiaries with autism, Melissa Harris, director of the Division of Benefits and Coverage at CMS, told members of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee recently.
Read more: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/07/17/feds-clarify-kids-autism/19519/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jul 18, 2014, 03:44 PM (1 replies)
Please see minute 1:45 of this 2012 interview with Dr. Walter Zahorodny of UMDNJ (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) where he addresses the question of severity. Isn't there an obligation to critically evaluate the actual research before dismissing it?
AND IF HIS GROUP'S WORK IS CAREFUL, ACCURATE AND CORRECT?
Published on Apr 2, 2012
A new study has found that rates of autism have increased among children. Autism Study Investigator Walter Zahorodny, of UMDNJ, called it "a health crisis" because of the number of children and families affected. He sat down with NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider to discuss and explain the new findings.
State with one of highest rates of autism turns out to be in normal range
March 26, 2013
by Mary Jo Layton in Autism spectrum disorders
When New Jersey reported one of the nation's highest rates of autism last year - doubling in six years to one in 49 children - researchers described it as "beyond an emergency." But a federal study released this past week indicated that the high rate appears to be the norm nationally. Autism spectrum disorder now affects one in every 50 children, well above the one in 88 previously reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"The good news is that the increase in autism isn't special to New Jersey," said Walter Zahorodny, an autism researcher at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. "The bad news is that it's a significant increase and it's registering everywhere."
The findings released this past week by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and the CDC are spurring debate: While experts attribute the increase to better reporting, it also suggests that the disorder is being diagnosed more frequently in children with milder symptoms.
According to the study, 1 million children nationally are diagnosed with autism, a complex disorder that affects brain development and a person's ability to communicate, learn and form relationships.
"The feeling all along wasn't that New Jersey has more cases of autism - New Jersey was just more rigorous in ascertaining the incidence," said Dr. Joseph Holahan, medical director of the child development center at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson. "It's still one of the most common serious developmental disorders we see."
"We still think one in 50 is an underestimate," said Michael Rosanoff, associate director for public health research and scientific review for the advocacy group Autism Speaks.
The real issue is we need to meet the demands of this public health crisis," said Rosanoff said. "This should be a wake-up call."
Timely help for those on autism spectrum
by Sara Mendez
October 30, 2013
Autism spectrum disorders are a set of complex developmental disorders associated with the well-known challenges of social and communication difficulties.
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest’s entry into this arena, with its trained clinicians, is timely. According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012, one in 49 children in New Jersey has an ASD, a rate of double the number of cases over the prior study in 2007." New Jersey records the second most prevalent rate among 14 states tested nationwide.
According to the study, 80 percent of these cases have been diagnosed as “severe.” The average age of diagnosis in New Jersey is just over three years. As a result of this troubling growth in diagnoses, multiple interventions and approaches to working with children diagnosed with ASD have been developed. Each child with ASD is unique, so intervention plans can be tailored to address such individual needs.
Paul G. King
NJ, Oregon... here's a striking and lucid comment you will read once and never forget.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Jul 8, 2014, 10:48 PM (0 replies)
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Jul 8, 2014, 12:32 PM (0 replies)
Robyn O'Brien | The New Food Economy | TEDxFrontRange2014
Published on Jun 19, 2014
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 10:15 PM (0 replies)
Source: FBI National Press Office
During the past week, the FBI; its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners; and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) conducted Operation Cross Country VIII, a week-long enforcement action to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States. This operation included enforcement actions in 106 cities across 54 FBI field divisions nationwide and resulted in 168 recoveries of children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 281 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.
“Targeting and harming America’s children through commercial sex trafficking is a heinous crime, with serious consequences,” said FBI Director James B. Comey. “Every child deserves to be safe and sound. Through targeted measures like Operation Cross Country, we can end the cycle of victimization.”
“Child sex traffickers create a living nightmare for their adolescent victims,” said Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. “They use fear and force and treat children as commodities of sex to be sold again and again. This operation puts traffickers behind bars and rescues kids from their nightmare so they can start reclaiming their childhood.”
Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and NCMEC, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.
Read more: http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/168-juveniles-recovered-in-nationwide-operation-targeting-commercial-child-sex-trafficking
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 08:37 PM (12 replies)
Thyroid and kids' brains: Using modern tools to screen food chemicals
Posted June 17, 2014
Maricel V. Maffini, PhD’s Blog
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health has just released a policy statement noting that “Adequate thyroid hormone production is critical in pregnant women and neonates because thyroid hormone is required for brain development in children.” Studies show that children born to mothers with low thyroid hormone have slow cognitive responses and impaired mental and motor development. The poster chemical for toxic effects on the thyroid is perchlorate. Perchlorate interferes with thyroid hormone function, likely causing neurodevelopmental problems in children. Even though the science behind perchlorate’s adverse effects on the thyroid is indisputable, and its mechanism is well understood, FDA approved its use as an anti-static agent in food containers in 2005. Want your confectionary sugar not to stick to the bag? Perchlorate does the trick!
Previously, we showed that there are 24 chemicals used as food ingredients that FDA identified in its own database as having adverse effects in the thyroid gland. But we know that less than 22% of the thousands of chemicals used as food ingredients have relevant toxicology information in FDA’s database. One alternative to fill in this massive data gap is to screen chemicals using new technologies that do not involve traditional animal testing, such as those developed under the Tox21 program — a multi-agency (including FDA) effort to quickly and efficiently identify potential toxic effects for thousands of chemicals that lack information.
To date, Tox21 has run nearly 8,000 chemicals (including chemicals in food and consumer products and drugs) through hundreds of tests (including interactions with the thyroid receptor), and has made these data available to the public. Nearly 1,800 chemicals reacted with the thyroid hormone receptor, and we checked to see how many of these chemicals were allowed in food and whether they were inhibiting or activating the receptor.
We identified 259 chemicals allowed in food or food packaging that the Tox21 data indicate were active in the thyroid receptor assays (based on data published in PubChem here and here):
26% (66 chemicals) were direct additives or food ingredients (these are chemicals added on purpose to the food and commonly listed as ingredients);
Of the 66 food ingredients that were active, 59 inhibit and 7 activate the function of the thyroid receptor. Fifty-nine percent (39 chemicals) of these ingredients were flavors (See the full list below). Four of the 66 food ingredients that were inhibitors of the thyroid receptor —ethoxyquin, FD&C Red No. 3, heptyl paraben and vitamin D3 — were already identified by FDA as having an adverse effect on the thyroid in animal studies. Some of you might be thinking, “Wait, isn’t vitamin D3 good for me?” Yes, in the right amount it can be good for you. Vitamins, like many other natural and man-made chemicals may have a range of safe doses outside which too much may cause harmful effects. Toxicology helps us identify the highest amount of an additive that can be consumed without causing adverse effects.
It’s worrisome that at any given time, a pregnant woman or a child may be assaulted by a slew of chemicals, all affecting their thyroid system. Each individual chemical may or may not have a harmful effect, but the real concern is that we know next to nothing about the cumulative effect of how being exposed to multiple chemicals can impact thyroid hormones and their ability to support the healthy development of a child’s brain. A cumulative effect occurs when two or more chemicals affect the same tissue, organ or system in the body.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jun 19, 2014, 12:59 PM (2 replies)
Customer Questions & Answers
Q: How does the device connect to the internet to send alerts? If it's connected to the bluetooth on my phone and I leave the car, doesn't do much good?
A: We actually bought it to evaluate the technology (http://smallonessafety.com/our-story.html). We were developing our own technology (SOS, coming July) to remind you that you have a baby in the car: http://smallonessafety.com. Consumer Reports didn't have much good to say about the iAlert. I think they are going to stop making the iAlert. Bottom line: it doesn't work.
Published: September 19, 2013 09:00 AM
by Michelle Tsai
An average of 38 children die each year from heat stroke after being left in a hot car. It is a tragic mistake that can happen to anyone, particularly when someone alters his normal schedule. Despite public awareness campaigns, it has been difficult to prevent these horrible accidents, but an innovative new child safety seat may help.
Our preliminary findings are consistent with a study previously done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that found similar technologies unreliable. What’s more, the True Fit IAlert currently retails for a $299.99, exclusively through Amazon. That’s between $70 and $100 more than the standard True Fit C680 without the IAlert technology. A big price difference for a feature we’re not so sure of.
Rather than go the high-tech route, here are a few no-cost ways to remember your precious cargo in the back seat.
* Simple rule: Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute. In addition to being dangerous, it is against the law in many states.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jun 19, 2014, 11:36 AM (0 replies)