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  US Autism & Asperger Association April 19 , 2007date

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Mercury, mercurial lies, and the liars that tell them

One in six children born to mothers with dangerous levels of mercury
by Kenneth P. Stoller, MD, FAAP

Man-made sources in the U.S. pump more than 150 tons of mercury pollution into the air each year. Worldwide sources add hundreds of tons more. The wind spreads this mercury across the globe. Much of it returns to earth to contaminate our lakes and streams as methylmercury, a persistent bioaccumulative neurotoxin that poisons a wide variety of wildlife species. Humans are exposed to methylmercury by eating contaminated fish, and many states have been forced to warn their citizens against eating the fish they catch. Several commercially available seafood species also have high methylmercury levels.

The FDA has warned women to limit their fish consumption, and they have set an "action level" to limit methylmercury in seafood, but this level is not enforced. The EPA and the NRC have recommended a much lower level, primarily to protect unborn children, who are the most vulnerable to methylmercury. Lower IQ levels linked to mercury exposure in the womb cost the USA $8.7 billion a year in lost-earnings potential according to a study done by the Mount Sinai Center for Children’s Health and the Environment. If it were publicly acknowledged that mercury pollution was the trigger for the autism epidemic this number would be in the trillions of dollars. One in six children are born to mothers with dangerous levels of mercury in their blood – perhaps the same one in six that the CDC admits have a neurobehavioral disorder.

Click here to read entire story.



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Research on Correlation Between Autism, Cell Phones, and Wireless Computers
by Tamara Mariea
http://www.genengnews.com/news

Today the incidence of autism in the United States is 1 in 150 children, according to published CDC reports, a horrific increase from the end of the 1970s, when the ratio of autism in our society was 1 in 10,000, before the cell phone, wireless and similar technologies were introduced into the environment that produce radio waves. Tamara Mariea, founder of Internal Balance(TM), Inc., is releasing findings from more than five years of research on clients with autism, and other membrane sensitivity disorders that point to electromagnetic radiation stress, which increases with the proliferation of cell phone and wireless use, as one of the potentially major root causes of the explosion of autistic cases in the past two decades. Electromagnetic radiation stress in people's lives continues to explode as radio waves in the air that carry the latest communication technology such as cell phones and wireless computers bombard our bodies.

"My recent awareness of the research being done by Tamara Mariea, CCN with autism and EMR (Electromagnetic Radiation), suggested to me that it may be an important missing link. Since we know that electrical currents at microvolt levels in the body are of vital importance, it makes a world of sense to research the potential of electromagnetic pollution in the etiology of disease. There is no doubt that we are seeing a severe epidemic rise of autism in children and the widespread use of electronics and wireless devices may well be a factor that has been ignored," said Derrick Longsdale, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.N., CNS. Dr. Longsdale is a DAN! Protocol practicing doctor.

Click here to read entire story.


No response to name by infant suggests autism
uk.reuters.com

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infants who don't respond to their name by 1 year of age appear to be more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental problem by the age of 2, the results of a new study suggest. Click here to read entire story.


Stamford man tries new therapy for autism
By A.J. O'CONNELL aoconnell@thestamfordtimes.com

Stamford, Connecticut — Joey Lombardi's autism keeps him moving all the time. The nine-year-old, unlike most kids, is unable to sit still — even to watch television. "His number one issue is he's very hyper," said his mother Phyllis Lombardi, of Dobbs Ferry, NY. "It's like having ADD to the 100th power." So Lombardi was floored when Joey came home last year after his third try at a new kind of therapy, sat down on the couch and calmly watched television. "He was on the couch, with his legs reclined and his hands behind his head and he watched TV," said Lombardi. "He just watched TV. He's never done that." Click here to read entire story.


New Jersey Clears Legal Hurdle on Path to Mercury Reductions
In a unanimous decision, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey has affirmed the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's regulations to protect citizens from the impacts of mercury emissions from iron and steel smelters. The decision, released by the court April 13, allows the state to move forward with its efforts to address four of the largest in-state sources of mercury. Click here to read entire story.

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 Speaker Spotlight
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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 Dr. Kenneth Stoller and Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh.


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Kenneth P. Stoller , MD, FAAP
Dr. Stoller, Medical Director of the Hyperbaric Medical Center of New Mexico, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics, a Diplomat of the American Board of Hyperbaric Medicine, a member of the American College for Hyperbaric Medicine. He was University of California President's Undergraduate Fellow in the UCLA Medical Center's Department of Anesthesiology, and has two decades of clinical experience in pediatric medicine. Dr. Stoller is part of the Divers Alert Network Physician Referral Network. Dr. Stoller is a founding board member of the International Hyperbaric Medical Association. He was also a founding board member of the Humane Farming Association, Science Editor of the Animals' Voice Magazine where he was nominated for a Maggie. His Op-Ed pieces have appeared in several newspapers and periodicals from The Atlanta Constitution, Los Angeles Times, Abq Tribune to The Scientist. He has served on both the Injury Prevention Committee and the Environmental Hazards Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Stoller will present "Mercury, mercurial lies, and the liars that tell them" at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Thursday, August 9, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Click here for a bio of Dr. Stoller. Click here to preview Dr. Stoller's presentation from the USAAA 2006 conference. Click here to preview an abstract of Dr. Stoller's presentation for the USAAA 2007 conference.


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Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD
Dr. Granspeesheh has recently been appointed to the USAAA Scientific Advisory Board. Be sure to vote Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh for Autism Society of America's Board of Directors. Click here for more information.

Dr. Granspeesheh will present "Bringing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy and Biomedical Treatments Together," at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Thursday, August 9, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Click here for a bio of Granspeesheh. Click here to preview Granspeesheh's presentation from the USAAA 2006 conference. Click here to preview an abstract of Granspeesheh's presentation for the USAAA 2007 conference.


To view the entire conference schedule, click here.



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.



Parents bemoan job cuts at autism support service
Autism New Zealand was cutting services
The Bay of Plenty Times, New Zealand
By MEGAN HARRISON

Autistic children often appear aloof and indifferent to the emotions of those around them, including family, which can frustrate parents. Mackenzie Lyttle is only eight years old and he's already been through more than any child his age should be asked to endure. He's been teased, bullied and his best friend is a two-year-old german pointer named Tai. On the outside Mackenzie looks like a happy, energetic young boy but his is a life filled with the isolation and introversion that comes with being autistic. Autism is a disorder that affects a person's social and communication skills. Click here to read entire story.

Dubai Autism Center Silent Auction launches at Dubai International Financial Centre

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Executive Council and Chairman of the Dubai Autism Center the Together Again campaign, running throughout the month of April in support of the Dubai Autism Center, got a further boost with a silent auction at Dubai International Financial Center.
Click here to read entire story.


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In This Issue :
Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA, Appointed to USAAA Scientific Advisory Board

Feature Articles
Mercury, mercurial lies, and the liars that tell them; One in six children born to mothers with dangerous levels of mercury

Research on Correlation Between Autism, Cell Phones, and Wireless Computers

No response to name by infant suggests autism

Stamford man tries new therapy for autism

Speaker Spotlight
Kenneth P. Stoller , MD, FAAP
Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD

USAAA 2007 conference registration online

USAAA News Around the World
› Parents bemoan job cuts at autism support service

Dubai Autism Center Silent Auction launches at Dubai International Financial Centre


Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA, Appointed to USAAA Scientific Advisory Board

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US Autism and Asperger Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh to the USAAA Scientific Advisory Board. (for all board members, click here). Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, has dedicated over 25 years to the study and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Through her research, curriculum development and treatment implementation Dr. Granpeesheh helped demonstrate the effectiveness of intensive, early Applied Behavior Analysis intervention. Dr. Granpeesheh earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA in 1990, and was licensed by the Medical Board of California in 1992. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.


VOTE for Dr. Granpeesheh

Attn: ASA members: Please vote for Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh as an Autism Society of America Board member when you receive your ballots in the mail.

Ballots will be mailed to ASA members on April 30th.

For additional information and a letter from Dr. Granpeesheh, click here.


In 1990, Dr. Granpeesheh founded The Center for Autism and Related Disorders CARD), and through its fourteen offices she has helped thousands of children affected by Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and PDD-NOS. CARD services include assessments, supervision, parent/teacher training, and one-on-one behavioral therapy. Through Dr. Granpeesheh’s vision of helping as many individuals with autism as possible, CARD has become an industry leader in administering effective multi-disciplinary treatment plans. Dr. Granpeesheh is also on staff at Thoughtful House Center for Children, located in Austin, Texas.


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