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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. October 19 , 2007

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USAAA Parent's Forum

USAAA Parent's Forum is a new section of USAAA WeeklyNews, where you send us your story about your experience with autism and Asperger's Syndrome on a specific topic each week. Whether you're a parent, grandparent, caregiver, or have any experience with autism spectrum disorders, your stories help provide insight into the world of autism.

This week's topic is: "Our Success Working With Biomedical and Behavioral / Developmental Interventions Together ".

Please send us your story in 500 words or less. Include your full name, email address, and in the subject line include this week's topic. Submissions are condensed and edited. Because of the volume of mail received, not all submissions are published. Information other than your name are kept confidential.

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USAAA Expert's Corner

USAAA Expert's Corner is a new section of USAAA WeeklyNews, where we feature information from a leading autism expert.

This week's expert is: Dietrich Klinghardt MD, PhD

From The 5 Levels of Healing, by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD
Level 1:
The lowest or densest level is the physical body. It is not at the bottom because it is less valuable. Instead, the physical body is the foundation upon which everything else rests. It is our connection to the earth and the source of our physical energy. The physical body is identical with what we see, feel, hear (i.e., when we scratch it), smell and taste (if we lick it). It ends at the skin. It is what we perceive with our 5 senses.

Treatment: There is much ongoing discussion as of how to approach the 1st level. Everything from the PDR, herbal medicine, low potency homeopathics to orthomolecular medicine belongs here.
I use a basic set of principles:
a) Diet based on “Diet Therapy Software (Food Pharmacy)”. It scans all current and old literature on illness-specific diet research- including these 4 books: Metabolic typing Diet (Wolcott), Protein Power (Eades), The Blood Type Diet (D’Adamo), No grain Diet (Mercola) and prints out the most appropriate diet for this client in minutes. ART* food sensitivity test (takes minutes, no lab fee, very accurate)

*ART stands for “autonomic response testing”. It is the author’s advanced composite of hands-on examination techniques that uses changes in the autonomic nervous system as primary indicator of practitioner-elicited stress responses in the client’s body. The “direct resonance phenomenon” allows to scan the body for specific infections, toxins and other “invisible” problems.

b) Exercise at least 20 min every other day – balance between aerobic (running, bicycling, etc.) and anaerobic (weights) and stretching (yoga).
c) Balancing the hormones: 24 hr urine hormone test (Meridian Valley Lab, Kent WA) every 6 months for the first 2 years. I give herbal and homeopathic drainage remedies (Sanum, Heel) for the organs which test with ART during the course of treatment. Use homeopathic hormones including HGH to balance the hormones, before resorting to “real” hormones
d) Heavy metal detoxification and treatment of infections belongs to this level as well (see my earlier “neurotoxin elimination protocol” and “Lyme disease protocol” in Explore!).
e) Always supplement the missing minerals (best test: autonomic response testing)

To purchase a PDF file of Dr. Klinghardt's paper that was published in the Conference Proceedings Manual from the USAAA 2007 annual conference, click here. To purchase DVDs, click here. Proceeds go toward USAAA's scholarship fund which allow individuals to attend USAAA conferences.


Heavy metals and their health impact
by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt and Dr. Patricia Kane
mercuryexposure.org

"When mercury is removed, then the other toxins tumble out."

Dr. Klinghardt...1. In all chronic diseases heavy metals play a role. So please don't ask: May heavy metals play a role at my MS or my Morbus Crohn? The question is answered: heavy metals play a role at all chronic diseases. 2. Heavy metals lead to chronic infections by fungi, bacteria, mycoplasma, viruses. But it is a big mistake to treat these infections without changing the milieu. 3. We all have neuro toxins in our body. Under these neuro toxins mercury has a special importance, because it prevents detoxification. When mercury is removed, then the other toxins tumble out. Neuro toxins lead to "Neurotoxine mediated chronic illness". 4. Heavy metals are excreted via liver into the bowels and are resorbed again in the colon (enterohepatic cycle). This cycle must be interrupted. The green algae Chlorella pyrenoidosa is suitable for this. Beginning with 4 x 5 to 6 g per day, this dose may be reduced after 6 weeks.

Dr. Kane, a leading food expert in the USA, reports about her research on essential fatty acids and her treatment of neurologically ill patients. 60 % of the brain are lipids. Mercury is lipophil. Mercury goes, where fats and oils are. So the brain is damaged. There is a good message: a brain damaged by toxins can be "repaired" partially by adding the right, essential fatty acids and by avoiding of the wrong fatty acids. In the interior of the cells there are, besides other structures and the mitochondria, which had been the center of research so far, also peroxisomes, or organelles. In these peroxisomes all detoxification takes place. The metabolism via Cytochrome P450 takes place in the peroxisomes. In the peroxisomes the fats are burned (i.e. processed).

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Evidence for Mycoplasma ssp., Chlamydia pneunomiae, and Human Herpes Virus-6 Coinfections in the Blood of Patients With Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Garth L. Nicolson,1* Robert Gan,1 Nancy L. Nicolson,1 and Joerg Haier1,2
1The Institute for Molecular Medicine, Huntington Beach, California 2Department of Surgery, University Hospital, Munster, Germany
Journal of Neuroscience Research 85:000–000 (2007)

"the presence of one or more systemic infections may predispose ASD patients to other infections."

Abstract
We examined the blood of 48 patients from central and southern California diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) by using forensic polymerase chain reaction and found that a large subset (28/48 or 58.3%) of patients showed evidence of Mycoplasma spp. infections compared with two of 45 (4.7%) age-matched control subjects (odds ratio = 13.8, P < 0.001). Because ASD patients have a high prevalence of one or more Mycoplasma spp. and sometimes show evidence of infections with Chlamydia pneumoniae, we examined ASD patients for other infections. Also, the presence of one or more systemic infections may predispose ASD patients to other infections, so we examined the prevalence of C. pneumoniae (4/48 or 8.3% positive, odds ratio = 5.6, P < 0.01) and human herpes virus-6 (HHV- 6, 14/48 or 29.2%, odds ratio = 4.5, P < 0.01) coinfections in ASD patients. We found that Mycoplasma- positive and -negative ASD patients had similar percentages of C. pneumoniae and HHV-6 infections, suggesting that such infections occur independently in ASD patients. Control subjects also had low rates of C. pneumoniae (1/48 or 2.1%) and HHV-6 (4/48 or 8.3%) infections, and there were no coinfections in control subjects. The results indicate that a large subset of ASD patients shows evidence of bacterial and/or viral infections (odds ratio ¼ 16.5, P < 0.001). The significance of these infections in ASD is discussed in terms of appropriate treatment. VVC 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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The Mistake of "Early Intervention"
by Lenny Schafer

Early Intervention has been making the news [during this past week]. There is a new video screening tool sponsored by Autism Speaks and First Signs to help parents determine if their child exhibits signs of autism. ABC News covered this story HERE.

By itself, this screening tool for autism is wonderful and we are glad to see it happen. But for some autism research fund raising groups, "early intervention" is perhaps little more than a euphemism for "membership drive".

Beyond diagnosis, their early intervention scenarios offers parents little in the way of hope, only some notions of behavioral and educational treatment. The focus on early intervention also goes far in allowing such groups to dodge any relevance to the controversial and messy issues regarding the environmental causation of autism, ie dirty vaccines, pesticides, toxic plastics and who knows what else.

"Autism" is a medical crisis and that's what we should call it: a crisis."

To its extreme "early intervention" is also a euphemism for abortion, which is the modern-day cure for genetic disease and is a natural conclusion of establishment genetic research. Tellingly, such groups really like genetic research, despite token amounts spent on environmental and clinical research.

We should use different language.

"Autism" is a medical crisis and that's what we should call it: a crisis. Conversely, the genetics/pharma people dare not call autism a medical crisis, but only a developmental disorder. Genes don't cause a medical crisis in the epidemic proportions we now see. Those who are the primary proponents of genetic research are also the same ones who deny there is any real growth in the prevalence of autism. They cite dubious research to support their claims.

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Amazing Wildlife Metaphor of How You CAN Make a Difference!
by Joseph Mercola, MD

"There is no doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can catalyze a paradigm shift that changes the world!"

[Dr. Mercola's comments after viewing YouTube video]. I love this video because it is a message that, to me, reinforces my belief that you and I WILL change this system that is KILLING hundreds of thousands of innocent victims every year. When I saw that baby water buffalo being dragged into the river, first by the lions, and then being attacked by the crocodiles, it was an amazing metaphor for me because I instantly recognized those forces to be the equivalent of the drug and food industry that is assaulting innocent consumers for their own good.

But why did this video bring me to tears?

Because the herd came back to rescue the innocent baby. Individually, any one of those buffalos would have been killed by the lions, but when they collectively massed together they could defeat them. The message that has become increasingly clearer to me is that what is needed to change this system is someone to serve as a facilitator, herding the masses together, so we can defeat the forces that are killing us. I have committed the next phase of my life to this process, and actually started transitioning into this role earlier this year.

Click here for video and entire story.

 

Daily Life Therapy
by Stephen Shore, PhD

Daily Life Therapy was developed by Dr. Kiyo Kitahara of Tokyo in the 1960s. Originally a regular kindergarten school teacher, she derived her method from working with a child with autism who was included in her classroom (Kitahara, 1984). Placing heavy emphasis on group dynamics, the method incorporates physical education, art, music and academics, along with the acquisition and development of communication and daily living skills (Boston Higashi School, 1999). Specifically, Dr. Kitahara’s method focuses on social isolation, anxiety, hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity, and the apparent fragility of children with autism..

To purchase a PDF file of Dr. Shore's paper, "Navigating the sea of approaches for working with children on the autism spectrum," that was published in the Conference Proceedings Manual from the USAAA 2007 annual conference, click here. To purchase DVDs, click here. Proceeds go toward USAAA's scholarship fund which allow individuals to attend USAAA conferences. To visit to Dr. Shore's website, www.autismasperger.net, click here.


news from around the world

UK home-school cases soar
By: Katie Razzall, Lewis Hannam
channel4.com
Belfast

A massive rise in home schooling. A freedom of information request uncovers evidence that more and more parents are giving up on state education.

It's Monday afternoon in Bromley, Kent - it's term time but not for Samuel 10, Joshua, nearly 12, and 5-year-old William. All educated at home by their parents - cooking, blogging and drawing all on their curriculum.

Two years ago, Samuel who has aspergers was taken out of school after he was bullied and began to self harm. His brother was given the option and just a day after Samuel left, decided he'd quit too. William - also on the autistic spectrum - hasn't been enrolled.

Schooling isn't compulsory - ensuring your child gets an education is. In the Newsteads' case, that includes regular trips to the library and museums - and meeting up with other home educated children. There is no reliable data on how many of these children there are - estimates say up to 50,000 - but the exclusive data obtained by Channel 4 News Online shows it's rising

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Tragic years lost in the system
By SUE NEALES
www.news.com.au
The Voice of Tasmania
October 19, 2007

"Children need appropriate role models to develop social skills, language and emotional stability – and respite care does not offer these role models."

THE young life of Cameron, 7, who has spent more than five years living in an inappropriate State Government institution in the northern Hobart suburb of Lutana, is not one to be envied.

Cam, as he is universally known by his carers, has never known a happy family life. Left by his mother at the Lutana Disability Services respite care centre when not quite two, the young boy, later diagnosed as autistic by local pediatrician Dr Ian Stewart, has lived there ever since.

The Lutana centre is only supposed to be used by severely disabled and disturbed children and adults whose carers and families need a few days' relief. Yet this little boy has been living there for five years full time, despite having no obvious physical or intellectual disabilities.

"How can you explain why a six-year-old boy has been forced to live in a respite centre in Hobart since the time he was left there by his family as a two-year-old because they could not cope with his autism?" Mr Hodgman demanded."

That is five years of being cared for by seven different staff in a 24-hour period. Five years of trying to attune to and cope with the seven or eight other children who might be visiting the centre, most with extreme anti-social behaviours. And despite his long stint, Cameron has no permanent bedroom. He often has to move to accommodate other respite visitors.

He has no long-term friends, little access to outdoor playing space, and had only been outside Lutana for a few excursions until starting school at Bowen Road Primary in Moonah last year.

Click here for entire story.

In This Issue:
USAAA Parent's Forum
› USAAA Expert's Corner - Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD
› Heavy metals and their health impact - by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt and Dr. Patricia Kane
› Evidence for Mycoplasma ssp., Chlamydia pneunomiae, and Human Herpes Virus-6 Coinfections in the Blood of Patients With Autistic Spectrum Disorders, by
Garth L. Nicolson, et.al
› The Mistake of "Early Intervention," by Lenny Schafer
› Amazing Wildlife Metaphor of How You CAN Make a Difference!, by Joseph Mercola, MD
› Daily Life Therapy, by Stephen Shore, PhD

USAAA News Around the World

› UK home-school cases soar
› Tragic years lost in the system



In Memoriam
Michael Lang
1958-2007

Michael Lang, founder of BrainChild Nutritionals, died on Tuesday, October 16, 2007, after a brief, heroic fight with Pancreatic Cancer. Michael passed at home, surrounded by those who loved him. Michael was a brilliant, stubborn, generous, incredibly good and gentle man, who made great strides toward his great hope for curing autism. Michael created vitamin and mineral supplements to help his own children, and then extended that gift to thousands of children, by founding BrainChild Nutritionals, to make exceptional liquid supplements for kids on the autistic spectrum. Michael used his last bit of energy to make a presentation to the DAN! Doctors' Think Tank from the hospital less than a week before he died. He was very excited about this presentation showing new information to the doctors, and it meant a lot to him to have the chance to do it. BrainChild will continue as it always has, in Michael's memory. Thank you all for being part of our extended family. We know that many of you loved Michael as well, and that he helped many of your children. Please know that Michael's work will continue. A fund has been set up for Michael's children. Please send any donations to the Michael Lang Children's Fund, account number 048274377, c/o Bank of the West, 2020 North Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.

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Comments from readers:

I watched the Oprah story with mixed feelings. Joy, hope, and then some heartache. I live and work in the more economically depressed areas of Los Angeles. I have seen so many children who could and should benefit from these diets and treatments. The huge problem is that these children are educated and cared for by government agencies that provide lots of milk, cheese and breads at every meal. In addition, the parents in this area often speak limited English. I tried to find Karen Seroussis' excellent book on the subject in Spanish, but couldn't! The majority of children in poorer areas get their vaccines in the clinics, also run by the government. I knew it was the vaccines when I first read about the symptoms. There are so many new cases of "autism" around East Los Angeles! I hope that McCarthy and Peete keep putting out information, it may eventually reach us here. —Clara

I have just read a response from a school social worker for Autistic children. I want to know if she/he actually watched the Opera show all the way through or not. I have a child with a form of autism. The two women on the show gave the audience and those watching at home some ideas that they have looked into and tried. Most of their discussion dealt with that not all ideas works with every child and that parents are stuck in the mode of guessing and checking on what will and will not work for their child/ren with autism. Never once did they state that vaccinations and gluten are the exact cause of this problem, but they did say that there is a connection with some cases that these are effecting the children. I personally feel that most school and medical assistance personnel for these children want us as parents to have no hope or reason to look on the bright side of life for our children with this disorder. The ladies also made it clear that they believe that parents who try to find what is wrong with their children are told that they are crazy and do not know anything by those who are experts. What do you say about this? I too have had the road blocks put up by doctors and schools. Are they wrong to give us parents a voice in the care of our children? —Dawn

I am a parent of a 15 year old child who not only has Down's Syndrome (DS) but autism as well. There is a large group of children with the dual diagnosis but finding information is very difficult. I belong to an online support group for the dual diagnosis where we can discuss our children and give support to each other on raising a child with DS/autism. Some professionals still do not understand that DS and autism can co-exist together and it's very important to get the message out to doctors, school professionals, health professionals but also to other parents who may be wondering why their child with DS is so different from the other kids with DS. To read more about DS/autism, click here.



   

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