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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. November 27 , 2007

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Clinton's Autism Plan
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2007 9:25 AM by Domenico Montanaro

From NBC/NJ's Athena Jones

SIOUX CITY, IA -- Hillary Clinton used the first stop on a two-day, post-Thanksgiving swing through Iowa on Saturday to lay out a $700 million a year plan to help people affected by autism. The money would be spent for research and provide support for families and teachers dealing with the disorder, as well as for autistic children and adults.

The senator said autism diagnoses had risen dramatically in the last 15 years to some 25,000 each year, affecting 1.5 million Americans and their families and costing the country at least $35 billion a annually. She talked about spending time with a child with autism while living in Little Rock and her work on behalf of children with disabilities over the years.

“I think it’s time we had a government and a president who recognized the seriousness of autism"

Clinton said not enough was known about what she called one of the most urgent and least understood challenges facing the nation and not enough services were available to deal with it.

“I think it’s time we had a government and a president who recognized the seriousness of autism and addressed it head on,” Clinton told the crowd at a local Boy’s Club. She said she was at the club because of the work the organization does to provide services for children with autism.

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Powerbombing Autism

Big Al knows, and that’s how it goes.

Alex Moshenko, 14, of Buffalo, N.Y., is not your typical WWE fan by any stretch of the imagination.

Look where I am today. Think of what the other kids who have autism … think of what they could do,” he explained.

How many of our fans can say they host their own wrestling talk show on radio twice a week? How many have interviewed legends such as Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart and Chris Jericho?

What’s even more amazing is that Moshenko suffers from Asperger’s syndrome – a form of autism – but he hasn’t let that stop him.

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An Ill Wind Blows into a Child's
LifeBioaccumulation of heavy metals in autistic children
What parents of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) children need to know
By James Ottar Grundvig
Special to The Epoch Times
Nov 30, 2005

Most Americans remember with clarity where they were when they first heard the news of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

"computers carry high amounts of mercury; cadmium can be found in light fixtures; and arsenic and lead in the steel."

Life-defining moments like 9/11 are those rare events that reshape society and culture, forever changing how people take stock of their lives. This holds especially true for those who witnessed the tragedy firsthand.

"But after learning that mercury from the baby vaccines had shutdown Fridrik's glutathione..I knew that he had more...The Metals Around Us.

For me, a rooftop witness to the fire and smoke that poured out of the Twin Towers, the day after 9/11 has lingered in my mind with equal brilliance and anxiety. Confined at home with work closed, my son and I appeared safe in the shutdown city with Navy jets flying over the empty skyline. And why shouldn't I have felt that way? We lived Uptown at 94th Street and Third Avenue on the opposite end of the island, six miles away from the smoldering ruins of the collapsed buildings that made up the World Trade Center complex.

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Far Infra Red Sauna Therapy
Article contributed by Dr. Lynne R. Mielke, M.D.

We live in a toxic world. Every man, woman, and infant child has hundreds of chemicals and heavy metals in their body – exposed prenatally, in utero, and of course every day after that. One in six women on earth is mercury toxic, and that doesn’t even count the other metals and chemicals that are stored in her body that are easily transmitted to the growing fetus. We know much more about the effects of heavy metal toxins than we do about the chemical toxins in our environment. At least there are a limited number of metal poisons – but the number of chemical poisons is seemingly endless!...

"Everybody in this country needs to be detoxified because we've all become 'toxic dumpsites.'"
— Environmental medical specialist Doris J. Rapp, M.D.

..We know that children on the autism spectrum are genetically “poor detoxifiers”, so they are often more affected than most by the toxic soup. It is no surprise that some children on the spectrum show astonishingly high levels of hormones at early ages – they are poisoned. We can chelate heavy metals such as mercury out of the body, but we cannot chelate chemicals. They are harder to remove.

Chemicals typically store in the body fat, doing their insidious damage as they stay there year after year.

"Far Infra Red Sauna therapy is an important part of anyone’s comprehensive detoxification protocol – for health maintenance, or illness recovery."
— Dr. Lynne R. Mielke, M.D.

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Additional information:
Components of practical clinical detox programs--sauna as a therapeutic tool. Crinnion W., PMID: 17405694 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Our Toxic World, A Wake Up Call - Dr. Doris Rapp

The Environmental Health Center-Dallas, Texas

Heat Depuration and Physical Therapy, Dr. William Rea

Reducing Body Burdens Using Sauna Methods of Detoxification: A Summary of Methods and Results from the World Trade Center Rescue Workers Cohort, Dr. Kathleen Kerr

(Thanks to Bob Morgan of Heavenly Heat Saunas for contributing Dr. Rea's presentation and Dr. Kerr's presentation).

Parents of Disabled Students Push for Separate Classes
November 27, 2007; Page A1

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Last fall, groups who favor placing disabled students in regular classrooms faced opposition from an unlikely quarter: parents like Norette Travis, whose daughter Valerie has autism.

Valerie had already tried the mainstreaming approach that the disability-advocacy groups were supporting. After attending a preschool program for special-needs students, she was assigned to a regular kindergarten class. But there, her mother says, she disrupted class, ran through the hallways and lashed out at others -- at one point giving a teacher a black eye.

"She did not learn anything that year," Ms. Travis recalls. "She regressed."

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USAAA Expert's Corner

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

This week's expert is: Lauren W. Underwood, PhD

Biomedical intervention used in conjunction with behavioral therapies can facilitate the progress of a therapy program; as the body heals, it becomes more receptive to behavioral interventions.
Three Major Treatment Areas
• Behavior/education interventions
• Sensory issues
• Health problems-biomedical interventions

Dr. Underwood's presentation defined and explained what many perceive to be some pretty complex terminology relating to the biomedical condition and treatment of autism. The talk included identifying terms relating to biology, including anatomy and cell biology; basic immunology; and some fundamental biochemistry. Topics covered included a wide variety of subjects ranging from amino acids, antibodies, antioxidants to thimerosal, toxic overload and transulfuration.

To purchase a PDF file of Dr. Underwood's paper, "Understanding Biomedical Treatments and Behavioral Therapies," 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.

news from around the world

Autism Campaign Finalists in Asian Woman Awards for Excellence 2007

The Autism Awareness Campaign UK was hailed as a finalist in the Asian Woman Awards for Excellence 2007, sponsored by the Bank of Ireland and hosted by the Asian Woman Magazine at an event at Banqueting House in London.

The issues concerning autism and Asperger's Syndrome were highlighted for the first time with a top Asian audience.

The Autism Awareness Campaign UK is calling on Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Her Majesty's Government to launch a national strategy on autism and a 10 year plan of action on autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

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Autism charity launches internet awareness campaign

The National Autistic Society (Nas) (UK) is starting an online drive in a modern response to trying to deal with the discrimination that people with autism face.

As part of its campaign to try to get people to think differently about autism, the Nas has made a series of viral films to be posted on the internet, which were made with the help from adults and carers living with autism.

The first film features a man with autism experiencing 'sensory overload' while on a bus journey, while the second film depicts a man with autism having his behaviour misinterpreted on the first day at his new job.

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In This Issue:
› Clinton's Autism Plan
› Powerbombing Autism
An Ill Wind Blows into a Child's Life
› Far Infra Red Sauna Therapy
› Parents of Disabled Students Push for Separate Classes

› USAAA Expert's Corner - Understanding Biomedical Treatments and Behavioral Therapies, by Lauren W. Underwood, PhD

USAAA News Around the World

Autism Campaign Finalists in Asian Woman Awards for Excellence 2007
Autism charity launches internet awareness campaign

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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: "Clinton's Autism Plan - What will this plan accomplish and where will the money be used and where should it be used? "

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