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  US Autism & Asperger Association May 9 , 2007date

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DATE: May 10
Naturopathic Children's Medical Center presents a FREE Web Seminar.

Discover new and recent advances in the biomedical treatment of children on the Autism Spectrum. Areas to cover include new research on the methylation pathway, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, advanced chelation protocols and combating ileal lymphoid nodular hyperplasia.

Presenter: Dr. Joseph Humpherys, NMD of the Naturopathic Children's Medical Center in West Jordan, Utah. www.healingpediatrics.com

Click here to sign up. Space is limited.


Special: Attention Utah Families
Date: Thursday, May 17th

A special concert for children with autism and their families featuring the Utah Opera Ensemble Artists performing favorite Opera scenes with the Utah Symphony. Admission is FREE.

To register, click here or call 801-869-9091.
http://www.usoeducation.org/fa_autism_concert.html

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Compounding Legislation
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by James A. Neubrander, MD
USAAA Scientific Advisory Board

Dear Parents and Professionals:

Autism treatment as we know it today is in jeopardy, and I’m asking for your help to save it. If your child or someone you know depends on compounded medications, please read on.

A group of powerful senators has written legislation that will severely restrict patient access to compounded medications and place new burdens on prescribers. Children with autism would be most severely impacted because one provision of this legislation prohibits sterile compounding from non-sterile ingredients. Under this provision, compounded methyl-B12 injections would be banned, something that many of you depend upon and something, when stopped, leads to regression in most of my children within 2 to 6 months!

In my many years of practice, I have seen thousands of patients lives improved by methyl-B12 injections and other compounded medicines that we now risk losing. These medications are absolutely critical for autistic children, as they have contributed to significantly improved health and the diminishing of autistic symptoms. Through the use of doctor-prescribed compounded medication, many of these children have been able to improve their communication, social and motor skills and assimilate into mainstream school settings.

My patients – your children – simply cannot afford to let the legislation stand.

The autism community and the pharmacy profession have made great strides to stall the legislation, but the fight is not over. We need your help to protect children’s access to critical compounded medications. Please go to www.savemymedicine.org or www.a-champ.org to learn more and sign up for action alerts. Click here for the position paper signed by fourteen autism associations, including USAAA.

Sincerely,

James A. Neubrander, MD
USAAA Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. James Neubrander is board certified in Environmental Medicine with special interests in heavy metals and B-12 biochemistry. At his medical practice in Edison, New Jersey, Dr. Neubrander helps patients seeking the Defeat Autism Now approach to autism. Dr. Neubrander is one of the leading physicians treating autistic children with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) with over 20,000 monitored hours of soft and hard chamber HBOT dives. An international conference speaker, Dr. Neubrander has greatly contributed to the well-being of children in the autism community as the virtual “father” of methylcobalamin – also known as MB-12 therapy, and he is a co-author of the study entitled Metabolic biomarkers of increased oxidative stress and impaired methylation capacity in children with autism, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2004.

Dr. Neubrander will presenting at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Colorado, Thursday, August 9, 11:30am - 12:30pm, "Methyl B-12" and Friday, August 10, 4:45pm - 6:00pm, "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Presentation and Panel Discussion".

Special Note: We would like to acknowledge Bobbie Manning of A-CHAMP for all her work in stopping the progress of the compounding legislation.

 
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Combating Autism, Part 2
The treatment of autism goes high tech with hyperbaric oxygen therapy

By James Ottar Grundvig
The Epoch Times, New York

Four months after we stopped giving Fridrik chelation therapy, the question has become: What other steps can we take to augment the healing process of a non-verbal autistic boy? The answer, like chelation, has come from an unlikely source—the Navy. Chelation therapy, which was developed by the U.S. Navy during World War II to purge sailors exposed to metals when they were working in the bowels of ships, has an older technological brother. It is hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT).

Click here for entire story.


Families Changed Microsoft's View of Autism
Other corporations have taken similar steps

SmartMoney.com
by Amanda Spake

BRIAN ROSENBERG SUFFERS from autism. And while that term can describe a wide range of developmental problems, says Jon Rosenberg, Brian's father, "My son is at the severe end of the spectrum." At that level of severity, he explains, "Kids don't know how to imitate, and that's how most kids learn. It took weeks to teach my son to get himself a glass of water, months to teach him how to use a fork and spoon." Brian has learned these skills by working one on one with a behavioral therapist, day in and day out, since his diagnosis. Behavioral therapy for autism can cost as much as $60,000 per year, a serious financial challenge for a family whose insurance won't cover it. Indeed, many families have no coverage for the services that autistic children need most. The Rosenbergs are lucky: Jon's employer, the software giant Microsoft (MSFT: 30.78, +0.03, +0.1%), covers behavioral therapy as part of its health-benefits package. But that wasn't always the case — and the story of how the policies changed at the Redmond Empire is instructive for any family facing a costly medical problem.

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The mercury, autism debacle: How stupid do they think we are?
American Chronicle
by Michael Wagnitz

Last weekend the Sixth International Meeting for Autism Research took place in Seattle. The meeting claimed to draw the top 900 autism researchers and scientists from around the world. One of the key participants was Dr. Eric Fombonne of Montreal Children's Hospital at McGill University. Dr. Fombonne, a psychiatrist, presented his research on mercury. His work involved testing the blood and hair of 147 children. Roughly half of his subjects were diagnosed with autism and half were considered neurologically typical controls. He found no difference in mercury levels in the patients hair or blood. The first question one might ask is why a psychiatrist is considered qualified to do toxicological work. Most parents are concerned about the mercury exposure that their children received as newborns and infants from mandatory vaccines.

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Vaccine Induced Autism
18wetmtv, May 9, 2007
NBC affiliate for Elmira, New York

It’s a controversial topic that many medical professionals won't touch. Can childhood vaccinations be the cause of Autism in some children? We sat down with one local family who shared their story on how they believe their two children developed Autism after they were vaccinated. Barbara and Butch Labrecque look through picture of their kids and can’t help but wonder if they only knew what they know now. Their first son Jonny was born a normal and healthy boy, very strong and very alert. But, after Jonny received his four month shots he became very ill with chronic diarrhea.

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TIP of the week - Negotiation Tips

Choose your battles, but most importantly the negotiation must be a "win-win" situation for all.

Know what type of individual you are dealing with by researching the doctor's schooling and experience. Call the office and ask, or review information online from accreditation boards and other reputable organizations.

Know that a dominant character is very competitive and almost always strives to win in any negotiations.

(excerpt from "Diagnosis Autism: Now What?")

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REGISTER NOW for the USAAA 2007 conference

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.



Media interest helping to improve autism awareness
Craegmoor News, UK

Public awareness of autism and Asperger syndrome is increasing as media focus on the conditions strengthens, the National Autistic Society (Nas) has said. The Nas, which works with government bodies to protect the interests of those with autism, believes that greater coverage of cases of autism in the media could even help earlier diagnosis."There does seem to be more about autism in the media generally and I think people are going to pick up on that," explained Laura Slade, the Nas helpline manager.

Click here for entire story.


EDM 1359: British MPs call for action on Autism
UK

(London,UK) Parliamentarians of all parties in the House of Commons are currently signing an early day motion (EDM 1359)calling for decisive action on autism in the United Kingdom. Early Day Motion 1359 was tabled by the highly influential MP for Ilford South, Mike Gapes who is Chair of the powerful Foreign Affairs Select Committee in the House of Commons in Westminster. The EDM states: "That this House notes that the Prime Minister met autism campaigner Ivan Corea, who presented a report on autism; backs the call of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK for the Government to undertake a 10 year EDM 1359: British MPs call for action on Autism Ivan Corea with Prime Minister Tony Blair programme of building specialist autism schools, building autism units in mainstream primary and secondary schools, tackling the failure of some secondary schools in bringing in educational strategies to deal with autistic children in a mainstream setting, providing access to further education and higher education, labour market opportunities for people with autism and tackling the whole question of bullying and autistic children; requests that the Government review the provision of recreational services for autistic children; and calls on the Government to launch a cohesive national strategy for autism."

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In This Issue :
Calendar
Naturopathic Children's Medical Center presents a FREE Web Seminar. May 10th. Click here to sign up. Space is limited.

Special: Attention Utah Families
A special concert for children with autism and their families


Feature Articles
Commentary - Compounding Legislation
by James A. Neubrander, MD

Combating Autism, Part 2
The treatment of autism goes high tech with hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Families Changed Microsoft's View of Autism; Other corporations have taken similar steps

The mercury, autism debacle: How stupid do they think we are?

Vaccine Induced Autism

TIP of the week - Negotiation Tips


Speaker Spotlight
Arthur Krigsman, MD


REGISTER NOW for the USAAA 2007 conference

USAAA News Around the World
Media interest helping to improve autism awareness

EDM 1359: British MPs call for action on Autism


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Speaker Spotlight
Arthur Krigsman, MD


Clinical Director of Thoughtful House Center for Children
New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Krigsman attended medical school at the State University of New York at Brooklyn, and completed his pediatric residency at SUNY Brooklyn - Kings County Medical Center. He holds dual board certification in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology. Dr. Krigsman has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of gastrointestinal pathology common in children with autistic spectrum disorder, and has detailed the symtomatology and endoscopic/histopathologic character of this disease in this unique, poorly understood group of children. His findings have been presented at scientific and lay meetings in the United States and Canada.

Dr. Krigsman will present "Gastrointestinal pathology in autism: description, symptoms, and treatment," in a Keynote Presentation at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Friday, August 10, 11:30am - 12:30pm. Click here for a bio of Dr. Krigsman. Click here to preview an abstract of Dr. Krigsman's presentation for the USAAA 2007 conference.

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