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Hearing live now (CA Senate Health Committee on 4/8). Update added 4/21/15.


LIVE Webcast

California Legislative Hearings

Senate Health Committee In Progress - View Event

Update added 4/21/15:

California Senate Public Hearing (SB277 ) on April 8, 2015

Part 5 - Personal Testimonies

Please see post below for link to full video of hearing: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026256049#post35
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Apr 8, 2015, 03:48 PM (1 replies)

Time will tell.

His latest book WITH co-authors Dr. Mark Hyman (Preface), Dr. Martha Herbert (Introduction) should be explored. Recent revelations by CDC senior scientist Dr. William W.Thompson in conversations with Dr. Brian Hooker, too. Developing...

Stay posted. Developing...

Anyone who uses labels to shortcut understanding is manipulative or being manipulated. It's utterly unsustainable given the circumstances. Developing...
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Apr 5, 2015, 10:51 AM (0 replies)

Washington Post column by Kim Stagliano, Managing Editor of Age of Autism (656 comments).


By Kim Stagliano on April 2
Kim Stagliano has authored a novel and two books on parenting daughters with autism. She is managing editor of Age of Autism.


April 03, 2015

Orange You Glad It's April?

By Kim Stagliano

Yesterday, I wrote a piece for The Washington Post that took off pretty quickly. It was trending #3 on Google last night for autism. (Below is an excerpt and link.) What I really want to share with you are some of the emails and messages I received throughout the day. The WaPo comment thread ranges from agreement with to anger at me. That's fine. The personal messages are what matter to me, not anonymous rantings. I try to respond to each email, (even the negative ones!) By the way, I had a terrific editor who worked with this article, and she created the title she thought would work best for WaPo. I would not have said I despise the month, but the headline stands and certainly got attention, which is what a good headline should do.


Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new book, co-written with Tony Lyons is 101 Tips For The Parents of Girls With Autism. Her novel, House of Cards; A Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.

My point isn't that I like her essay, I don't.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Apr 4, 2015, 10:07 AM (1 replies)

The framing is wrong, but by the standard definition loudly used on DU, Eula Biss is an "antivaxer"


Anyone missing that is rushing to judgement without READING.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Apr 4, 2015, 08:53 AM (0 replies)

More on the Autism CARES Act of 2014 (cited above): "Menendez, Smith autism bill goes to Obama"


Menendez, Smith autism bill goes to Obama

Monday, August 4, 2014
By: Jonathon Tamari
Philadelphia Inquirer

A bill to fund autism research and help young autistic people as they move into adulthood has cleared both chambers of Congress with backing from New Jersey’s U.S. Rep. Chris Smith and Sen. Robert Menendez.

The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent late Thursday after clearing the House by a voice vote in late June. In parts of New Jersey, 1 in 45 children have been identified with autism, most among areas studied in 11 states, according to a March report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall rate among 8-year-olds living in the communities studied was 1 in 68.

“By passing this legislation, Congress assures individuals with autism and their families that they will not be left behind, and that we are working to assist and empower them,” Smith, a Republican, said in a news release.

Smith sponsored the bill, which incorporated language Menendez proposed in the Senate, according to Menendez’s office.


Many Philadelphia-area lawmakers co-sponsored the bills.

Sens. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) and Chris Coons (D., Del.) signed onto Menendez's Senate proposal, along with 16 other Senators. U.S. Reps. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.), Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) and Allyson Schwartz (D., Pa.) were among the 86 House members to co-sponsor Smith's measure



March 27, 2014 -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report showing 1 in 68 children nationally has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This newest estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in 2010 in 11 states, including New Jersey. New Jersey has the highest rates, with 1 in 45, 1 in 28 boys. The national rate marks an increase of 30% from the previous 1 in 88 statistic.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report today showing 1 in 68 children nationally has an autism spectrum disorder. This newest estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of 8-year-old children in 2010 in 11 states, including New Jersey. New Jersey has the highest rates, with 1 in 45, 1 in 28 boys. The national rate marks an increase of 30% from the previous 1 in 88 statistic.


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Apr 2, 2015, 01:02 PM (0 replies)

Presidential Proclamation -- World Autism Awareness Day, 2015

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
April 01, 2015

Presidential Proclamation -- World Autism Awareness Day, 2015


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On World Autism Awareness Day, our Nation recognizes all those around the globe who live on the autism spectrum. We celebrate the countless ways they strengthen our communities and enrich our world -- and we reaffirm their fundamental rights to participate fully in society, live with respect, and achieve their greatest potential.

In the United States, millions of adults and young people live with autism spectrum disorder, including 1 out of every 68 children. They are our colleagues, classmates, friends, and loved ones, and they each have something to contribute to the American story. In large cities and small towns, individuals with autism live independent and productive lives, and our Nation is better because of their unique talents and perspectives. Their example reminds us that all people have inherent dignity and worth, and that everyone deserves a fair shot at opportunity.

My Administration is committed to helping Americans with autism fulfill their potential by ensuring access to the resources and programs they need. The Affordable Care Act prohibits companies from denying health insurance because of pre-existing conditions such as autism, and the law also requires most insurance plans to cover preventive services -- including autism and developmental screenings for young children -- without copays. Last year, I was proud to sign the Autism CARES Act of 2014, which bolstered training and educational opportunities for professionals serving children or adults on the autism spectrum. And as part of the BRAIN Initiative, we continue to invest in innovative research that aims to revolutionize our understanding of conditions like autism and improve the lives of all who live with them.

The greatness of our Nation lies in the diversity of our people. When more Americans are able to pursue their full measure of happiness, it makes our Union more perfect and uplifts us all. Today, let us honor advocates, professionals, family members, and all who work to build brighter tomorrows alongside those with autism. Together, we can create a world free of barriers to inclusion and full of understanding and acceptance of the differences that make us strong.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2015, World Autism Awareness Day. I encourage all Americans to learn more about autism and what they can do to support individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Read more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/01/presidential-proclamation-world-autism-awareness-day-2015
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Apr 2, 2015, 12:43 PM (4 replies)

That vital feedback system is thwarted by mandates and liability protection. Think about it. (nt)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Apr 2, 2015, 12:24 PM (0 replies)

And, by the way, she bridges the gulf between peer-reviewed studies and the public. Read PEW/NRDC.




"about 10,000 (synthetic) chemicals allowed in food products ~ 43% of which have been deemed GRAS."

Laugh all you want about that, or not.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Mar 31, 2015, 05:09 PM (0 replies)

Read about food served to undergrads at Ivy League schools including those w "food chemistry" depts.


Look for FARM TO TABLE programs. Keep in mind that both organic and at least some kosher certified foods (Apple K Kosher Certified and Star-K Kosher Certified) are non-GMO.

These programs are very much more in line with Vani Hari than not, and that's absolutely great. Sorry, no dice.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Mar 31, 2015, 04:39 PM (1 replies)

The sales slump had nothing to do with this type of investigative reporting?


That would make the other issue a disingenuous ploy. Of course, I don't know which it is.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Mar 31, 2015, 02:38 PM (6 replies)
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