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Attention parents, caregivers, health care practitioners, teachers, therapists, school administrators, social workers, counselors, and others touched by autism & Asperger Syndrome

DATE: August 8-11
USAAA 2007 International Autism and Asperger Conference

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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA) holds its annual International Autism and Asperger Conference in Denver, Colorado, August 8-11, 2007. Thirty-three 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.

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 Feature Articles
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topleft Commentary: CDC Off Center;
A Call for CDC's Dr. Gerberding's resignation
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by Mark R. Geier, MD

A report just out from the US Senate Subcommittee on Financial Management under the direction of Senator Tom Coburn, a physician himself, states “A review of how an agency tasked with fighting and preventing disease has spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars for failed prevention efforts, international junkets, and lavish facilities, but cannot demonstrate it is controlling disease.”

I think it is now time we demand the resignation of Dr. Gerberding and other high officials at CDC.
CDC has spent large amounts of money in the worthy cause of AIDS prevention. The Senate report states that to CDC “HIV/AIDS prevention equals international trips, fraud, & widespread deficiencies.”  The report sites a CDC 2004 Thailand conference that featured Brazilian dresses made of condoms, a drag show, art shows and fashion parades.  A 2006 Toronto CDC conference featured an exhibit with 3 prostitutes lying on a satin covered bed, while one prostitute was described as standing amid pillows and sex toys in the conference lounge. The conference featured a workshop on finding a woman’s erotic zone, one on how to apply condoms through sex stunts and a display of explicit artwork. The report points out that the CDC money spent on these conferences could have been better used to treat 150,000 newborns with medicine to prevent them from getting HIV.

CDC in 2004 announced that obesity was the nations number two killer only behind cigarettes in that obesity causes 400,000 deaths a year…. their own data indicated the true average is a little over 1200 per year.

The CDC spent 2.6 billion in HIV/AIDS prevention grants that had no objectives, are “abysmal” and have significant problems but are funded anyway. The CDC did no background checks and noted that 10 of 13 grants had significant deficiencies but renewed them anyway. Additionally, Inspector General audits have consistently found that CDC doctored the accomplishments of the grants. CDC claimed lack of resources to better monitor the grants despite spending $74 million dollars supposedly to oversee them. Additional CDC sponsored events in this area included a conference on how to have relations with male prostitutes, a conference on how to flirt, date and score, and zoo trips for HIV positive people. In 2001, CDC funded a drag contest, in 2002 CDC sponsored an event in Memphis featuring a male porno-star appearing in a towel and cowboy boots, and in 2005 in Utah the CDC sponsored a drug legalization conference. In Barcelona in 2002 the CDC spent a million dollars in travel expense alone to go to an International AIDS conference at which HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson was shouted down by protesters who resented the US treatment of people with AIDS. Despite spending billions over decades on HIV/AIDS programs the findings by Office of Budget Management audits rated the programs as non-performing, which the report calls unconscionable.

The CDC spent 2.6 billion in HIV/AIDS prevention grants that had no objectives, are “abysmal” and have significant problems but are funded anyway.

CDC has spent $269 million on syphilis since 1998 only to see a large rise in the rate of the disease to 58,116 new cases. According to CDC, syphilis elimination efforts meet with distrust in the African American community because of the federal governments involvement in the ethically unjustified Tuskegee human experiments in which unknown to them curative penicillin was withheld from African Americans so they could serve as a control group to determine the effects of untreated syphilis.  A comment of a CDC employee was that such an incident could happen again if blacks do not take their share of responsibility for the Tuskegee experiments. Other areas that CDC has commanded CDC attention and funding include land development, bike paths, and gun control.

CDC has spent $269 million on syphilis since 1998 only to see a large rise in the rate of the disease to 58,116 new cases.

The Senate report has a section on “CDC’s statistical problems and fraud.” The CDC in 2004 announced that obesity was the nations number two killer only behind cigarettes in that obesity causes 400,000 deaths a year. But in 2005, a JAMA study found only 25,814 obesity deaths a year putting obesity in seventh place of preventable deaths behind car crashes and gun shot wounds. To me this sounds very familiar as CDC maintains that influenza kills an average of 36,000 Americans a year when their own data indicated the true average is a little over 1200 per year. Another very questionable area of activities is the use of CDC tax dollars terrorism funds to insure that when Hollywood makes up a character in a fictitious TV show who talks about a health topic, he or she talks about it accurately and in doing so CDC has influenced such shows as “ER”, “House”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Young and Restless” and “General Hospital”.  CDC also does video game consulting. The report also tells of three top CD officers who recently took home over $250,000 in bonuses. Since the appointment of Dr. Gerberding, bonuses have drastically increased from $30,000 in 2000, under the previous director, to 60 premium bonuses totaling $515,075 in 2005. A former CDC employee, Jack Johnson, after retiring as CFO of CDC was hired by two private companies whom he helped get 79 contacts from CDC, 67 of which did not even have competitive bidding when before hiring Mr. Johnson the companies had only one CDC contract. The CDC leases private jets to the tune of $3.8 million a year. The CDC funds advocacy groups which help the CDC, including lobbying to trying to increase CDC funding. For example, The Campaign for Public Heath seeks to increase the CDC budget to $15 billion annually from its current level of $10 billion by 2012. The Campaign’s website fails to mention that 21 of the 40 groups on its advisory council supporting the effort to increase CDC funding actually get over $300 million in CDC funding themselves. I could go on and on quoting from this incredible report of over 100 pages but I would rather recommend that everyone read it in detail for themselves to enjoy the color pictures of the strippers and the cartoons about Dr. Gerberding.  See link below for full text of the report.

CDC maintains that influenza kills an average of 36,000 Americans a year when their own data indicated the true average is a little over 1200 per year.

In summary, we now have a US House report saying the autism epidemic was caused by Thimerosal in the vaccines and that the federal agencies involved are guilty of “institutional malfeasance” in covering it up (see attached report especially the last page) and we have this US Senate report accusing CDC of fraud and totally inaccurate reporting and general malfeasance while the CDC tells us to believe them that Thimerosal in vaccines did not contribute to the autism epidemic or maybe there is no autism epidemic when the vast majority of the science says otherwise.  I think it is now time we demand the resignation of Dr. Gerberding and other high officials at CDC. Additionally, the entire CDC and FDA need to be placed entirely in civilian hands and removed from the quasi military Public Health Service. Public health needs to be totally reorganized and must not receive any money from the pharmaceutical industries or any other special interest groups so as to insure that they serve and protect the people who hire them rather than serving themselves and the industries whom they are supposed to carefully regulate to protect us from harm.

….it is time for truth, transparency including open access to any vaccine or drug study data and real informed consent.

With regard to the vaccine program, which I still certainly support, it is time for truth, transparency including open access to any vaccine or drug study data and real informed consent. It is time to insist on a rational vaccine schedule with adequate testing to assure good levels of efficacy while insuring safety as well.  At the very least it is time to show contrition, admit the giant blunder that has been made, try to treat and compensate as best we can those unfortunate and blameless among us who were damaged by the blunder so that we can again resume the course of the greatest and most compassionate nation on earth.

Mark R. Geier, MD

Click here for the PDF file on CDC OFF CENTER, THE UNITED STATES SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY MINORITY OFFICE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF SENATOR TOM COBURN RANKING MINORITY MEMBER JUNE 2007

Click here for the PDF file on MERCURY IN MEDICINE REPORT, HON. DAN BURTON OF INDIANA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MAY 20, 2003

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. Geier and his son David will present "Epidemiology and other evidence on what caused the autism epidemic and new treatment protocol for autism," as a Keynote Presentation at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Saturday, August 11, 9:00am - 10:30am. Click here for a bio of Dr. Geier.

To view the entire conference schedule, click here.


 
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Evidence of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism and Implications for Treatment
Authors: Daniel A. Rossignol MD FAAFP and, J. Jeffrey Bradstreet MD FAAFP, International Child Development Resource Center, 3800 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Suite 105, Melbourne, FL 32934

Evidence of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism and Implications for Treatment was recently accepted to the American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Abstract
Classical mitochondrial diseases occur in a subset of autistic individuals and are usually caused by genetic anomalies or mitochondrial respiratory pathway abnormalities. However, in many autistic individuals, there is evidence of mitochondrial dysfunction (MtD) without the classical features associated with mitochondrial disease. In comparison to mitochondrial disease, MtD occurs more commonly in autism, is not as severe in symptomatology, and is not associated with any discernable mitochondrial abnormality upon muscle biopsy. It is, however, associated with laboratory evidence of lowered mitochondrial functioning. MtD is likely precipitated by environmental toxins, and could contribute to a number of diagnostic symptoms and comorbidities observed in autism including: cognitive impairment, language deficits, abnormal energy metabolism, chronic gastrointestinal problems, abnormalities in fatty acid oxidation, and increased oxidative stress. MtD and oxidative stress may also explain the high male to female ratio found in autism due to the fact that males have an increased vulnerability to these dysfunctions. Although biomarkers for mitochondrial deficiency have been identified, it appears that MtD is significantly under-recognized in autism, and therefore, potentially beneficial therapies are widely under-prescribed. These treatments include nutritional supplementation to increase glutathione levels and decrease oxidative stress, as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The underlying pathophysiology and core autistic symptoms of affected individuals would be expected to improve when treatment for MtD is implemented.

Link to publication not yet available.



THE CHRONICLES OF BEN
For 12 years, their autistic son had been part of the family. now they had to say goodbye.

BY DAVID ROYKO
Published June 10, 2007
Chicago Tribune

Ben loves babies, especially when they are in distress. He smiles and says, "Baby cries." We don't know what it is that he finds appealing about a sound that sets most other people's teeth on edge, but it's unlikely he enjoys the baby's anguish. Ben's severe autism blinds him to the emotional meaning of the tears, leaving only the novel and entertaining sights and sounds of the baby's performance.

Ben sits in the backyard with his fraternal twin, Jake.
(Tribune photo by Chris Walker)
May 5, 2007

"Baby cries," he says to me as he stares with interest at my own performance, as I sit sobbing next to him on the couch. Ben's gaze shifts between me and Barney on TV, singing "I love you, you love me . . ."

"I was enraged. Autism had already stolen so much from Ben and from our family. Now it was pulling off its biggest heist yet, robbing the mint of its gold:"

"It's OK, Ben," I say between gulps of air. "Daddy's just feeling very sad." I'm not sure whether Ben cares about the explanation, but he is riveted until the next section of Barney begins, and my tears are trumped.

The past 24 hours have been grueling, but it's the past dozen years that are really hitting me. Ben had been a "difficult" baby ("Baby cries" indeed), and the diagnosis of autism that came as a vile birthday gift the summer he turned 2 suggested that things wouldn't get easier for him, or us--Mom Karen, Dad Dave, or Ben's non-autistic twin brother, Jake.

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David Royko, son of the late columnist Mike Royko, is a psychologist who has been clinical director of the Marriage and Family Counseling Service at Cook County Circuit Court since 1994. He is the author of "Voices of Children of Divorce" (St. Martin's, $12.95) and is a frequent reviewer of bluegrass music in the Chicago Tribune.


US Congressman Dan Burton letter to NBC News
Inaccurate Reporting

Dear Mr. Capus:

I write to you today to express my deep concern over the information Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC's Medical Editor, provided to your viewers regarding thimerosal's - the mercury-based vaccine preservative - link to the epidemic of autism sweeping our country. I applaud the NBC Nightly News and the Today Show for finally addressing this issue but I and many others are concerned that your reporting was neither fair nor accurate.

Click here to read letter


USAAA Board News
Treasurer Richard Dunie appointed to Board of Directors; Dr. Jay Burstein appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health; The Honorable Michael B. Hyman completing first year as Illinois Judge

USAAA is pleased to announce that Treasurer Richard Dunie has been appointed to the USAAA Board of Directors. Mr. Dunie is an Assistant Professor in the Accounting and Information Systems Departments at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah. Mr. Dunie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Accounting Association. He has son who will attend college in the fall of 2007. His son was diagnosed with nonspecific developmental delay at the age of four.

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USAAA congratulates Board member Dr. Jay D. Burstein on his recent appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Burstein has been a USAAA Board member since July, 2005. Dr. Burstein is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.). As a parent of a child with disabilities, Dr. Burstein is now finding new ways to help parents of children with disabilities find urological solutions. He has a special interest in heavy metal accumulation and tissue toxicity.

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Update - The Honorable Michael B. Hyman, USAAA Board member for the last two years, is completing his first year as a judge in Cook County, Illinois. He is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer with 25 years’ experience in complex and class action litigation. During Mr. Hyman’s practice, he focused on antitrust, securities (shareholder and derivative), consumer fraud, and mass tort matters. He has also tried complex contract and commercial actions and has been involved in antitrust counseling. Mr. Hyman is past president of the prominent 22,000 member Chicago Bar Association. He and his wife, Leslie are the parents of two children. Their son attends college and their daughter, who has worked with many children with ASD, is working towards a Master's degree in guidance and counseling.


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.



Dealing with Autism: 'It's like a cloud has been lifted'

©independent.ie
Dublin, Ireland

Despite a lack of state help, many childhood stories of autism are of success. With the right support children can learn to interact and communicate and grow, something their parents feared they may never do

AUTISM has been in the news lately. The government fought the parents of six-year-old Sean O Cuanacháin in the High Court, arguing that they were not obliged to provide Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) for Sean.

The parents lost their case.

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In This Issue :
Calendar
USAAA 2007 International Autism and Asperger Conference, Denver, Colorado - August 8-11

USAAA Conference CME, COA, and ASHA Accreditation


Feature Articles
Commentary - CDC Off Center; A Call for CDC's Dr. Gerberding's resignation
by Mark R. Geier, MD

Evidence of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism and Implications for Treatment, by Daniel A. Rossignol MD FAAFP and, J. Jeffrey Bradstreet MD FAAFP

THE CHRONICLES OF BEN
For 12 years, their autistic son had been part of the family. now they had to say goodbye.

US Congressman Dan Burton letter to NBC News; Inaccurate Reporting

USAAA Board News
Treasurer Richard Dunie appointed to Board of Directors; Dr. Jay Burstein appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health; The Honorable Michael B. Hyman completing first year as Illinois Judge


Speaker Spotlight
Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD
Lori Knowles


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USAAA News Around the World
Dealing with Autism: 'It's like a cloud has been lifted'


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Speaker Spotlight
Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt is known for his successful treatment of chronic pain and illness. He studied medicine and psychology in Freiburg, West Germany. After graduating, he conducted three years of research on the dysfunction in autoimmune disorders at the Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg. Dr. Klinghardt's PhD Thesis was on the involvement of the autoimmune and collagen in vascular diseases. He has conducted clinical research on the effects of heavy metal toxicity on the brain and developed the "5 Levels of Healing: A Philosophical model and vision in healthcare." His Board Certifications are: Facharzt fuer Allgemeinmedizin; American Board of Pain Management; American Board of Pain Management Specialties; American board of Orthopedic and Neurological Medicine; American Board of Neural Therapy. Dr. Klinghardt has been synthesizing traditional and alternative medicine for more than 32 years. He developed Autonomic Response Testing, a comprehensive diagnostic system which has helped to transform many practices in the U.S. and abroad into healing centers and helped many practitioners to become accomplished healers. He currently resides in Bellevue, WA where he treats patients and teaches workshops on his healing methods. He currently offers workshops in the United States and Europe. His teaching and philosophy include recent insights into the influence of the family system on one’s health through working with family systems oriented healing approaches developed by psychoanalyst, Bert Hellinger. Dr. Klinghardt is the author of a groundbreaking German book on biofeedback guided psychotherapy: “Psychokinesiology – A New Approach in Psychosomatic Medicine.” Due to his innovative contributions to Neural Therapy, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology he is regularly invited to teach workshops at the prestigious "Medicine Week" in Baden-Baden, Germany. His holistic technique combines Neural Therapy with the principles of non-surgical orthopedic medicine.

Dr. Klinghardt will present "The "orders" and "dynamics" in families, their resolution in "autism families" and the clinical improvements," at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Saturday, August 11, 4:15pm - 5:15pm. Click here for a bio of Dr. Klinghardt. Click here to preview an abstract of Dr. Klinghardt's presentation for the USAAA 2007 conference.

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Speaker Spotlight
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Lori Knowles

Lori Knowles is a mother of a recovered child and General Manager of New Beginnings Nutritionals, a cutting edge nutritional supplement company that supports the unique needs of children with autism. She is a frequent speaker on biomedical interventions to parents and professionals at autism conferences around the world. Over the past five years, she has collaborated with physicians, naturopaths, scientists, autism researchers and parents in order to create a diverse product line that parents and physicians can trust. Lori enjoys drawing from both her extensive research, professional and personal experience in recovering her own child to support parents and practitioners seeking answers to improve the lives of children affected with autism.

Lori Knowles will present "A Mother’s Success Story: Daniel’s Journey Out of Autism," at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Saturday, August 11, 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Click here for a bio of Lori. Click here to preview an abstract of Lori's presentation for the USAAA 2007 conference.

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