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US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) April 11 , 2007

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Feature Articles

Autistics Clinically Proven Mercury Poisoned; Porphyrin patterns indicative of clinical mercury toxicity, while neurotypical children and their neurotypical sibling controls did not.

Press Release      
Contact:
s: CoMeD Director [Rev. Sykes (Richmond, VA) 804-364-8426];
CoMeD Sci. Advisor [Dr. King (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) 973-997-1321]

WASHINGTON, DC – Recent peer-reviewed scientific/medical studies by Nataf et al. (2006) and by Geier and Geier (2006) leave little doubt that many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are indeed mercury poisoned.  These studies utilized urinary porphyrin profile analysis (UPPA) to assess body-burden and physiological effects of mercury in autistics. Today, any parent, physician, or healthcare provider can easily confirm whether a non-chelated autistic is mercury poisoned by having UPPA testing run at Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) (CLIA-certified, Test#120980) or Laboratoire Philippe Auguste (ISO-certified, Urine Porphyrin Profile).

Click here for the complete story.


EXCLUSIVE Special Report to USAAA WeeklyNews

A New Look At The Medical Aspects Of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), and of Other “Behavioral” Issues In Adoptive Children
by Phillip C. DeMio, MD

As a medical doctor who focuses on biomedical (nonpsychiatric) treatment of persons with developmental (“behavioral”) disorders, I increasingly sense the need to say, as Fr. Flanagan* did, “there is no bad boy,” or girl, as so many cases of RAD are in girls. Many adoptive parents are told by well-intended practitioners that their child’s behaviors are purely psychiatric, (i.e., a reaction driven by your child’s psyche). Worse yet, sometimes the message is (outright or insinuated) that your child is a discipline problem. This, of course, implies any or all of the following: that they’re a bad girl or boy, that you’re a bad parent, or that our kids simply need “a trip to the wood shed.”

Parents have told me they’ve heard it all, including a child whose parents were extremely concerned about actual medical illness, and were told by their physician, “She’s only a brat! All she needs is a good spanking, that’s what you ought to do!!” Then there’s the silent angry stare in public. Yep, been there, done that (the receiving end, that is). Yet I’m still shocked that it has somehow been overlooked that our kids have terrible rashes, seizures, stunted growth, history of overvaccination (up to five times excess), horrible gastrointestinal (GI) problems, immune difficulties such as allergies to EVERTHING, hormonal imbalances, detoxification problems (as in they can’t), a variety of metabolic abnormalities, etc. … Hmmm. I guess we doctors learned all that anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry only to throw it out the window if a child’s symptoms include the behavioral realm, while actively ignoring these frank medical markers of illness.

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It has been shown, for example, that in experimental animals who are taken from their biological mothers, many severe documented GI problems rapidly ensue, paralleling those found in adoptive children with ‘behavioral’ (I prefer the term developmental) disorders, and in children on the autism spectrum (ASD)." — DeMio, MD, 03/2007


Speaker Spotlight
Each week we feature one or more of our 32 conference speakers that will be presenting at the USAAA 2007 International Autism and Asperger's Conference, August 8-11, in Denver, Colorado in our weekly email newsletters. The conference is co-hosted by Autism Society of Boulder County.

This week we feature Mark Geier, MD, PhD, David Geier , Phillip DeMio, MD, and Marlo Payne Rice, MS.


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Mark Geier, MD, PhD
Dr. Mark R. Geier has an MD., with a PhD in genetics. Dr. Geier is president of the Genetic Centers of America, president of the Institute of Chronic Illnesses and has been in clinical practice for more than 25 years. He was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health for 10 years. Dr. Geier was also a professor at the Johns Hopkins University and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has addressed the Institute of Medicine of the United States’ National Academy of Sciences, the United States’ State Department, the Government Reform Committee of the United States’ House of Representatives, and numerous other professional meetings. Dr. Geier has authored almost 100 peer-reviewed scientific/medical publications, and most recently, he has co-authored about 40 peer-reviewed scientific/medical publications on vaccine safety, efficacy and policy. Dr. Mark Geier will present "Epidemiology and other evidence on what caused the autism epidemic and new treatment protocol for autism," in a Keynote Presentation at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Saturday, August 11, from 9:00am - 10:30am. Click here for a complete bio of Dr. Geier. Click here to preview Dr. Geier's presentation from the USAAA 2006 conference. Click here to preview an abstract of Dr. Mark Geier's presentation for the USAAA 2007 conference.

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David Geier
David A. Geier is president of MedCon, Inc. He is also vice president of the Institute of Chronic Illnesses. He graduated with honors from UMBC with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in History. He has been a researcher scientist at the National Institutes of Health. David has co-authored about 40 peer-reviewed scientific/medical publications on vaccine safety, efficacy, and policy. He has received critical acclaim from his colleagues for his research on vaccines by winning the “Stanley W. Jackson Prize,” which is given to authors having the best paper in the preceding three years in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences published by Duke University. He has addressed numerous professional meetings, and most recently co-addressed the Institute of Medicine of the United States’ National Academy of Sciences on vaccines. His research has received national and international media coverage. David Geier will present "Epidemiology and other evidence on what caused the autism epidemic and new treatment protocol for autism," in a Keynote Presentation at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Saturday, August 11, from 9:00am - 10:30am. Click here for a complete bio of Dr. Geier. Click here to preview David Geier's presentation from the USAAA 2006 conference. Click here to preview an abstract of David Geier's presentation for the USAAA 2007 conference.

 
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Phillip DeMio, MD
Dr. DeMio is a Defeat Autism Now! Practitioner and the father of a child with autism. Prior to medical school he taught and worked in the organic chemistry laboratory at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with honors in metabolism, women and children’s health, and neurosciences. He has been an MD for over 20 years, including as a faculty member at several teaching hospitals with a career that includes E. R. medicine, with an emphasis on toxicology. Dr. DeMio is accredited for speaking nationally on medical topics including brain toxicology, nutrition, and the use of supplements in health and disease for children and adults. Currently a program host on Autism One Radio, he has previously hosted different health talk radio programs. Dr. DeMio is a scientific advisory board member for US Autism and Asperger Association. Dr. DeMio will present "Comprehensive Summary of Biomedical Treatments," at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Thursday, August 9, from 10:30am - 11:30am. Click here for a bio of Dr. DeMio. Click here to preview Dr. Demio's presentation from the USAAA 2006 conference. Click here to preview an abstract of Dr. DeMio's presentation for the USAAA 2007 conference.
 
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Marlo Payne Rice, MS
Marlo Payne Rice, M.S. is a School Psychologist and Education Consultant who obtained her Specialist Master’s degree from the University of Utah. Marlo has founded both the Center for Education Enrichment and the Brideun School for Exceptional Children located in Lafayette, Colorado. In her private practice, Marlo offers assessment, educational consultation, advocacy, cognitive therapy and social skills training. In designing, directing and administrating the Brideun School, Marlo has created an alternative model of therapeutic education that integrates strength-based learning with individualized, playful teaching allowing different-minded learners to find success. Marlo is active in education reform, researching and speaking extensively on alternative means to reach and teach children with divergent minds. She specializes in sensory-based learning and arousal. She has been honored for her achievements with feature articles in the New York Times, People Magazine, ADDitude Magazine, The National Special Educator and numerous local venues. Ms. Rice will present "The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing, and Arousal" at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Friday, August 10, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Click here for a complete bio of Ms. Rice. Click here to preview an abstract of Ms. Rice's presentation for the USAAA 2007 conference.
To view the entire conference schedule, click here.

Income Tax deadline - April 17th; If you have a child with a disability, you may qualify for valuable tax benefits.

Taxpayers will have extra time to file and pay because April 15 falls on a Sunday in 2007, and the following day, Monday, April 16, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. By law, filing and payment deadlines that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday are timely satisfied if met on the next business day.

LINKS:
Questions and Answers — April 17 Deadline

Child and dependent care expenses
Free tax services
Supplemental security income (SSI) payments
Medical expenses
Child and dependent care credit
Source: www.irs.gov

Did you know that "tuition costs for a special school that has a program designed to educate children with disabilities and amounts paid for a child’s tutoring by a teacher specially trained and qualified to deal with severe disabilities may be deducted"?

Did you know that "Special instruction or training or therapy, such as sign language instruction, speech therapy, and remedial reading instruction" may be deductible? Did you know that related books and materials can qualify for the medical expense deduction"?

In 2006 Tax Benefits for Parents of Children with Disabilities, parent attorney Mike O'Connor provides a summary of the most significant federal income tax benefits. Please print this article and provide your tax advisor with a copy. Source: www.wrightslaw.com.

IRS publications that may be helpful:
* IRS Publication 17: “Your Federal Income Tax” (a comprehensive 300+ page guide) http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p17.pdf
* IRS Publication 502: Medical and Dental Expenses http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf
* IRS Publication 503: Child and Dependent Care Expenses http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p503.pdf
* IRS Publication 501: Exemptions, Standard Deduction and Filing Information http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf
* IRS Publication 596: Earned Income Tax Credit http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p596.pdf
* IRS Publication 969: Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p969.pdf
* Forms and Publications from the IRS. http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html

The American Bar Association Section on Taxation contains links to scores of tax-related sites. http://www.abanet.org/tax/sites.html#state

Click here for your IRS questions.


How to Solve Problems and Protect Parent-School Relationships
by Pam Wright & Pete Wright

"Our seven-year old child has autism. After his aide told us that he has not received all the speech language and OT services called for in his IEP, we wrote letters demanding that the school make up the missing sessions."

"Now the teacher and special ed supervisor are angry with the aide. They told her that she cannot tell us anything that goes on at school. Doesn't the aide have a right to communicate with us? Is there any law we can refer to?"

Click here to read entire story.


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Thimerosal and Aspartame as cofactors in the Autism Epidemic
by Kenneth Stoller, MD, FAAP, presented at the USAAA 2006 International Autism and Aspergers Conference in Park City, Utah, August.

To preview Dr. Stoller's presentation, click here.


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Ten Food Facts
Ever wonder why grandma and grandpa did so great on wheat and dairy?

Author of Cooking Healthy Gluten and Casein-Free Food for Children, Betsy Hicks is a well respected diet counselor hailed as one of the most innovative teachers of diets free of gluten, casein, soy, corn, egg and much more. Betsy shares with us her "Ten Food Facts."

1) Rinsing off your produce doesn't eliminate pesticides
2) This isn't your grandparent's wheat and dairy
3) Soy is NOT a health food
4) Corn and Sugar feed bacteria
5) Pros and Cons of eggs
6) Garbage In/Garbage Out
7) "It's Not Easy Feeding Green"
8) Protein three times a day
9) Organic Chicken and Grass Fed Beef
10) Make food a priority

Shop together, cook together and dine together.  TV off for meals so you can enjoy good conversation: Make it a goal.  Your family’s health depends on it!

Click here for the complete story and see why grandma and grandpa did so great on wheat and dairy.


USAAA 2007 conference registration online

Register now for the US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA) annual International Autism and Asperger Conference in Denver, Colorado, August 8-11, 2007. Thirty-two of the world’s most renowned leading autism experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine. The conference is co-hosted by Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. The conference is presented in part by International Hyperbarics Association.

Click here for more conference information. To register, click here. For conference partial scholarship information, click here.


Name test used for autism
Irishhealth.com


April 9 , 2007 --A simple test involving speaking a baby’s name could be an early test for autism. The technique is described in the US Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Doctors believe children as young as one could be tested. If they do not respond to their own name, it could be an indicator of autism. Diagnosis of autism is usually not made before the age of three.

Click here to read entire story.


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In This Issue :
Feature Articles
Autistics Clinically Proven Mercury Poisoned; Porphyrin patterns indicative of clinical mercury toxicity, while neurotypical children and their neurotypical sibling controls did not.

EXCLUSIVE Special Report- A New Look At The Medical Aspects Of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), and of Other “Behavioral” Issues In Adoptive Children

Speaker Spotlight
Mark Geier, MD , PhD; David Geier; Phillip DeMio, MD; Marlo Payne Rice, MS

Income Tax deadline - April 17th; If you have a child with a disability, you may qualify for valuable tax benefits.

How to Solve Problems and Protect Parent-School Relationships
by Pam Wright & Pete Wright

Thimerosal and Aspartame as cofactors in the Autism Epidemic
by Kenneth Stoller, MD, FAAP

Ten Food Facts; Ever wonder why grandma and grandpa did so great on wheat and dairy?

USAAA conference registration online

USAAA News Around the World
Name test used for autism


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I like the balance you have right now; just more of it (not too much more) would be good. I think I've completely read every issue you've sent me. I can't say that about most email newsletters I receive.

Thanks for all the great work you do.

Thank you for all the e-mails I have received. Yes, keeping up to date with  behaviour interventions as our children grow into their teenage years can be at times difficult.

It would be great if you had links to Australian groups e.g., ASPECT, so we could also have local information.

Great newsletter--love the around the world part!

Hi, I work in a school environment with young adults with autism. My idea is that activity with purpose is a start of a process to direct ritual activity. Being an occupational therapist, the purposeful occupation is the aim to get the young adult more independent in the community. I only work with groups as this is a precondition of my school as I am the only OT with over 60 kids. I am sure more people have experience with the autistic young adult, and I would love to hear about it.

I'd like to know more about adults who are not diagnosed but suspect they may have Asperger’s Syndrome.

Thank you!!

As a parent of a 14 year old with high functioning autism, I keep most of my interest on ways to help him continue to grow and learn and to cope with the ways that he knows he is different. 

I would also like to know about non-pharmaceutically based interventions and stories that have been successful - diet, supplementation, etc.

I am a registered childminder from England looking after a child who is diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, one who is currently being diagnosed and one who everyone describes as 'just odd'. Any suggestions to help improve the children would be great to know from your readers.

I love getting these updates, and newsletters, keep up the good work.

I would like any information on autistic adult services, etc. Most everything is geared for autistic children. I have a thirty year old autistic son and we seem to somehow have been left out! A good percentage of these autistic children will one day be adults needing the things that my son needs now.  I hope the services and information will be better available by then!

Is there help for the children who need it after they graduate school? We cannot get assistance for our son due to our income, so what is a family to do after the child no longer qualifies for assistance once they are out of school?

I am a parent of a 18 year old high functioning son. He is a senior in high school and getting ready for college. The teen years have been hard to teach social skills and answer questions on liking girls and dating. I would have liked to hear from others on what to expect and how to handle some of the social problems of this age period. I am sure there are other parents that would like this information too.  I also would like to find scholarships for my son. I am at retirement age and can't find much help in this field.  I am sure others would benefit in information for handling teens and transitioning into adult hood. Thanks for the newsletters. They have been quite informative but they are geared more to younger and less for the older autistic child.

I'd like to see more places to get a proper diagnosis.  I live in two states (Arkansas and Oklahoma) where there is hardly any place that does proper testing.  And if you are low income/Medicaid there is none in Oklahoma and only one in Arkansas with a 6-9 month waiting list.


 

 

   

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