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You are defending an abstract concept without noticing its application changes over time & location.

This is not a simplistic situation, as confirmed by the CDC in this excerpt from their website. More at link. And, by the way, you may be in the Sunstein camp, I'm with the FLOTUS. Her speech followed his crushing editorial and left me elated.


Dr Wharton brings tremendous expertise & her customary wisdom & calm to complex leadership demands..."

In a 15-minute speech she (FLOTUS) delivered before a mix of American students studying at Peking University and Chinese students who have studied in the United States, she called on young people to be “citizen diplomats” and stressed the importance of the free flow of ideas over the Internet and through the media.

“That's how we discover the truth,” she said to the crowd of about 200, which included a handful of officials from major universities in the U.S. and China. “That’s how we learn what’s really happening in our communities, our country and our world. And that’s how we decide which values and ideas we think are best — by questioning and debating them vigorously.”

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Mar 29, 2014, 03:51 PM (1 replies)

And to think it all started with the so-called 'refrigerator mother' theory.


Autism Fast Facts
By CNN Library
updated 1:09 PM EDT, Fri March 28, 2014

October 1938 - Five-year-old Donald Gray Triplett of Mississippi is first examined by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner of Johns Hopkins Hospital and later becomes the first person diagnosed with autism symptoms.

1943 - Triplett is referred to as "Donald T." in the paper "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact," by Leo Kanner. The paper expounds on the idea that autism is related to lack of parental warmth; this is later dubbed the "refrigerator mother" theory.

DISCLAIMER: CNN playin' fast with the facts? Never.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Mar 28, 2014, 01:40 PM (1 replies)

The Salt Lake Tribune article has 10 comments at the moment, the NJ.COM in the OP has 21. (nt)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Mar 28, 2014, 01:22 PM (0 replies)

Say what?


"...the burden of proof is upon anybody who feels that there is NOT a real increase here in the number of kids affected."
- Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of National Institute of Mental Health and head of Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)


“The increase could be a growing number of children with autism or better screening or a combination of both,” said Dr. Coleen Boyle, the CDC’s director of the national center of birth defects and developmental disabilities.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Mar 28, 2014, 12:36 PM (0 replies)

Children 8-years old in 2010 comprise those studied.


Autism Organizations Demand CDC Accountability Following Autism Rate Rise to 1 in 68


In 1981, Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp joined the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The autism rate then was 1 in 10,000. Under her watch, the rate of autism prevalence has gone from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 68 --- increasing 1470% while Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp has been counting. Despite this precipitous rise, she can’t be sure if it’s a real increase. For the past twenty years the increase has been attributed to changes in diagnostic definition and better case finding by the CDC despite the lack of data to confirm those comforting suppositions. Even worse the CDC has never conducted, or ever even proposed doing, the basic epidemiology that could determine definitively the extent of the increase. (1) Rice CE, et al., Evaluating Changes in the Prevalence of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (2012), http://www.publichealthreviews.eu/upload/pdf_files/12/00_Rice.pdf , at 12.

While Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp should have been sounding the alarm for the past 20 years, instead the best she can say is “a true increase cannot be ruled out". (1) Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp also counts the autism rate unbelievably slowly. Using 21st century technology, the CDC can find tainted eggs, spinach or cantaloupes within a matter of hours or days. How is it acceptable for the autism rate to be counted at age eight with a four-year time lag to process the data her agency collects? It takes twelve years for her to come up with a current autism rate, which is simply unacceptable. Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp is not up to the job of supervising the autism count honestly. We demand that you fire or reassign her to a position where she can do less harm.


MORE: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014766480
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Mar 27, 2014, 04:13 PM (1 replies)

CDC - DATA AND STATISTICS - Autism Spectrum Disorder


Data & Statistics


About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. (Read article)

ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. (Read summary) (Read article)

ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189). (Read article)

Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with ASD with an average prevalence of about 1%. A study in South Korea reported a prevalence of 2.6%. (Data table) (Read article)

About 1 in 6 children in the United States had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism. (Read summary)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Mar 27, 2014, 03:49 PM (0 replies)

America the Beautiful? Willie Nelson just made a new music video.

At :27 it starts getting really dark.

MORE: http://www.musicsavesmountains.org
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Mar 26, 2014, 08:55 PM (3 replies)

Differences on etiology aside (3rd rail), experts on the same page regarding therapeutic approach.

Retweeted by Autism Revolution
Healthy U NOW ‏@HUNFoundation May 15
New detailed article on diet and autism in Journal of Child Neurology- by Drs. Martha Herbert and Julie Buckley! http://pic.twitter.com/2poXsb3TIJ

Martha Herbert ‏@marthaherbertmd Feb 20
MT - Beyond Hopelessness: Autism as a complex, chronic, whole-body disorder (not a permanent, brain-based trait)

Retweeted by Autism Revolution
Martha Herbert ‏@marthaherbertmd 25 Jul 2012
Synapses, glial cells, brain energy & more: all highly environmentally vulnerable–to many things. #ASD @marthaherbertmd @AutismRevolutio

Retweeted by Autism Revolution
Martha Herbert ‏@marthaherbertmd 25 Jul 2012
Probably won’t find a single enviro culprit for #autism – many env agents, fewer physiological pathways. @AutismRevolutio @marthaherbertmd


Tools for Well-Being Talk Series: Martha Herbert
A Whole Body Approach to Brain Health

Friday, March 21, 2014 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: MIT Media Lab (see link)

Speaker: Martha Herbert
Host/Chair: Rosalind W. Picard

Physical and biological needs of the brain must be met as a precondition for "higher" functions to be performed. Basic physical and biological functions are performed by an array of cell and tissue types without which neurons could not live or function. The quality of health, lifestyle, and environment can profoundly affect these physical and biological parameters. Transduction of molecular and metabolic biology into electrophysiological signaling is vulnerable to poor physical and biological health, and conversely can be tuned up by improving whole-body health. Many chronic neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative conditions can potentially be modulated, improved or slowed in their progression in this fashion. In addition, poor health status can increase vulnerability to stress, brain injury and brain disease, while good health status may confer protective resiliency. Taking a whole body approach to brain health can open the way to many practical ways to support the brain through presently available health practices, and improve effectiveness of medical practice and can open new avenues for systems brain-body research.


Martha Herbert, PhD, MD is a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she is an assistant professor in neurology. She is an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging where she directs the TRANSCEND Research Program, which uses advanced brain imaging techniques and biomarkers to look at metabolic, perfusion, and brain function measures of brain change. She received her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, her residency training at New York Hospital-Cornell and Massachsetts General Hospital-Harvard, and her doctorate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her academic research interests include how changes in whole-body physiology, structure and organization of movement may impact electrophysiology to alter brain function, development and structure; how environmental influences can act through our physiology to degrade molecular, tissue and neuroglial function—or create improvement and fulfill potential; and how emerging bioinformatics and small-scale measurement technologies can facilitate crowdsourcing of health and lifestyle data and build motivation to make these healthful changes. She works to convey to the scientific, policy and public communities that there is a better, more inclusive and action-promoting way of looking at autism, brain health and chronic disease, which is the message of her book, The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be (Harvard Health Publications and Random House, 2012, www.AutismRevolution.org and www.autismWHYandHOW.org).

The video of the talk will be posted on http://wellbeing.media.mit.edu in the future but will not be streaming live.

Laugh all you want, besides being callous, it's gonna be short-lived as the science supportive of Generation Rescue continues to emerge.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Mar 25, 2014, 12:09 AM (0 replies)

We mainly find GMOs in processed foods as additives from corn, soy, canola, cottonseed, sugar beets.

Or in actual foods derived from canola, cottonseed, corn (cooking oils, chips) or soy (tofu, soy milk) not specified as organic or non-gmo, plus any dairy containing rBGH. Easily avoided, all, especially following policies advocated in article above. Don't you get it? Indirect confrontation will work. That and consumers organizing and makin' noise about what they will no longer tolerate (like 'yoga mat' in Subway bread) or gmo salmon (below).

It's not reasonable to ask any one person to stand between a corporation and billions (above), but we can. Yes, we can. No cliche, rather an engaged informed public. Check it out.


Kroger, Safeway join trend away from GMO food
March 3rd, 2014

Largest U.S. grocery stores will not sell genetically engineered salmon

The two largest grocery stores in the United States, Kroger (NYSE: KR) and Safeway (NYSE: SWY), have made commitments to not sell GMO salmon, according to statements released today by Friends of the Earth and a coalition of more than 30 consumer, health, food safety and fishing groups, including Center for Food Safety, Food and Water Watch and Consumers Union. These stores join other leading supermarket chains -- now totaling over 9,000 stores nationwide -- that have already rejected the GMO salmon that is still under review by FDA.


The total number of companies committed to not sell genetically engineered salmon now stands at more than 60 retailers, including Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, H-E-B, Meijer, Hy-Vee, Marsh, Giant Eagle, and now Safeway and Kroger, representing more than 9,000 grocery stores across the country.

"This is good news, as FDA's human and environmental assessments of the safety of this genetically engineered fish are both seriously flawed,” said Michael Hansen, PhD, senior scientist at Consumers Union, the public policy arm of Consumer Reports.

Nearly 2 million people -- including scientists, fishermen, business owners, and consumers -- have written to the FDA opposing the approval of genetically engineered salmon and in response to Aqua Bounty’s revised draft environmental assessment in 2013. Despite this outcry, the FDA is still considering approving GE salmon and has said it will likely not be labeled, so consumers will have no way of knowing if the fish they are feeding their families is genetically engineered. At least 35 other species of genetically engineered fish are currently under development, and the FDA’s decision on this genetically engineered salmon application will set a precedent for other genetically engineered fish and animals (including cows, chickens and pigs) to enter the global food market.

"Today's announcement by major grocery retailers makes it even more clear that there is no demand for GE salmon," said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. "It's time for the FDA to deny the application for this unsustainable and unnecessary new genetically engineered food."

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