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Mark Blaxill on autism and Brick Township, NJ.

Part 3 - Autism Time Trends and Brick Township, New Jersey
Uploaded on Jan 5, 2011

Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted discuss the state-by-state data generated by the Centers for Disease Control's ADDM network regarding autism prevalence. The CDC's study of Brick Township, New Jersey is covered along with an explanation of how data was manipulated hiding the spike in autism rates.

Part 4 - Autism Rates, Mercury/Autism Research and the VSD
Uploaded on Jan 5, 2011

Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted discuss the prevalence rates by state in the CDC's ADDM monitoring network. Mark talks about the strength of the research supporting autism being an environmental illness with mercury as the prime suspect. Mark also shares the data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act showing that higher thimerosal exposures in the first month of life increased the risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.


If your head and heart don't already hurt, this will do it.
John Martyn - Head and Heart
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Mar 29, 2014, 10:39 PM (7 replies)

The NYT wrote 117 words about this announcement on page A18, or so the parents noted.

I confirmed the bottom of the page placement and page number, but not the word count. Appalling, like the non-reporting on GMOs or protests by the NYT.

OTOH, the paper of record in NJ published their article on the front page of section 2. This article appeared online resembling an advertisement (I needed to use C+F to find it) and apparently only 23 readers commented. Typcally, over 500 comments are found on articles about CC. I don't think that necessarily indicates apathy, but it might, and it's sad, IMO.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Mar 29, 2014, 04:04 PM (0 replies)

You are defending an abstract concept without noticing its application changes over time & location.

This is not a simplistic situation, as confirmed by the CDC in this excerpt from their website. More at link. And, by the way, you may be in the Sunstein camp, I'm with the FLOTUS. Her speech followed his crushing editorial and left me elated.


Dr Wharton brings tremendous expertise & her customary wisdom & calm to complex leadership demands..."

In a 15-minute speech she (FLOTUS) delivered before a mix of American students studying at Peking University and Chinese students who have studied in the United States, she called on young people to be “citizen diplomats” and stressed the importance of the free flow of ideas over the Internet and through the media.

“That's how we discover the truth,” she said to the crowd of about 200, which included a handful of officials from major universities in the U.S. and China. “That’s how we learn what’s really happening in our communities, our country and our world. And that’s how we decide which values and ideas we think are best — by questioning and debating them vigorously.”

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Mar 29, 2014, 03:51 PM (1 replies)

Autism, as classically understood, is being overturned by current research as we speak...

...or rather already has been. Gorski can't legitimately just make things up to contradict this. Similarly, efforts to confuse all the exciting scientific progress (by creating an incomprehensible garbled mess of buzzwords) will FAIL. Real action is happening within medicine. Watch closely there. Hey, so-called skeptics, try to mock these physicians without delegitimizing yourselves.


Prev Med. 2013 Mar;56(3-4):231-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.01.001. Epub 2013 Jan 15.

Physicians' confidence in vaccine safety studies.

O'Leary ST1, Allison MA, Stokley S, Crane LA, Hurley LP, Beaty B, Kempe A.

To ascertain, through two separate surveys among nationally representative networks of pediatricians (Peds) and family physicians (FM): 1) physicians' reported level of confidence in pre- and post-licensure vaccine safety studies; and 2) changes in reported level of confidence from 2007 to 2010/11.

Two surveys were conducted in August to October 2007 and in November 2010 to January 2011. The survey response rates were 81% (FM, 79%, Peds, 84%, p=0.07) for the 2007 survey (691/848) and 66% (FM, 61%, Peds, 70%, p=0.003) for the 2010/11 survey (532/811).

One in three family physicians compared to one in ten pediatricians in both surveys reported little or no confidence in pre-licensure vaccine safety studies (p<0.001). Compared to pre-licensure studies, higher percentages of both specialties reported a great deal of confidence in post-licensure vaccine safety studies in both years, and more physicians from both specialties reported a great deal of confidence in 2010/11 than in 2007.

While most family physicians and pediatricians report confidence in post-licensure vaccine safety studies, one third of family physicians report little or no confidence in pre-licensure studies. More research is needed to better understand the reasons behind some physicians' lack of confidence in vaccine safety studies.

John Hiatt - Have A Little Faith.... in the medical profession.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Mar 29, 2014, 12:45 PM (1 replies)

And to think it all started with the so-called 'refrigerator mother' theory.


Autism Fast Facts
By CNN Library
updated 1:09 PM EDT, Fri March 28, 2014

October 1938 - Five-year-old Donald Gray Triplett of Mississippi is first examined by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner of Johns Hopkins Hospital and later becomes the first person diagnosed with autism symptoms.

1943 - Triplett is referred to as "Donald T." in the paper "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact," by Leo Kanner. The paper expounds on the idea that autism is related to lack of parental warmth; this is later dubbed the "refrigerator mother" theory.

DISCLAIMER: CNN playin' fast with the facts? Never.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Mar 28, 2014, 01:40 PM (1 replies)

The Salt Lake Tribune article has 10 comments at the moment, the NJ.COM in the OP has 21. (nt)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Mar 28, 2014, 01:22 PM (0 replies)

Say what?


"...the burden of proof is upon anybody who feels that there is NOT a real increase here in the number of kids affected."
- Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of National Institute of Mental Health and head of Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)


“The increase could be a growing number of children with autism or better screening or a combination of both,” said Dr. Coleen Boyle, the CDC’s director of the national center of birth defects and developmental disabilities.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Mar 28, 2014, 12:36 PM (0 replies)

Children 8-years old in 2010 comprise those studied.


Autism Organizations Demand CDC Accountability Following Autism Rate Rise to 1 in 68


In 1981, Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp joined the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The autism rate then was 1 in 10,000. Under her watch, the rate of autism prevalence has gone from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 68 --- increasing 1470% while Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp has been counting. Despite this precipitous rise, she can’t be sure if it’s a real increase. For the past twenty years the increase has been attributed to changes in diagnostic definition and better case finding by the CDC despite the lack of data to confirm those comforting suppositions. Even worse the CDC has never conducted, or ever even proposed doing, the basic epidemiology that could determine definitively the extent of the increase. (1) Rice CE, et al., Evaluating Changes in the Prevalence of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (2012), http://www.publichealthreviews.eu/upload/pdf_files/12/00_Rice.pdf , at 12.

While Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp should have been sounding the alarm for the past 20 years, instead the best she can say is “a true increase cannot be ruled out". (1) Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp also counts the autism rate unbelievably slowly. Using 21st century technology, the CDC can find tainted eggs, spinach or cantaloupes within a matter of hours or days. How is it acceptable for the autism rate to be counted at age eight with a four-year time lag to process the data her agency collects? It takes twelve years for her to come up with a current autism rate, which is simply unacceptable. Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp is not up to the job of supervising the autism count honestly. We demand that you fire or reassign her to a position where she can do less harm.


MORE: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014766480
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Mar 27, 2014, 04:13 PM (1 replies)

CDC - DATA AND STATISTICS - Autism Spectrum Disorder


Data & Statistics


About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. (Read article)

ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. (Read summary) (Read article)

ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189). (Read article)

Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with ASD with an average prevalence of about 1%. A study in South Korea reported a prevalence of 2.6%. (Data table) (Read article)

About 1 in 6 children in the United States had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism. (Read summary)


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Mar 27, 2014, 03:49 PM (0 replies)

America the Beautiful? Willie Nelson just made a new music video.

At :27 it starts getting really dark.

MORE: http://www.musicsavesmountains.org
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Mar 26, 2014, 08:55 PM (3 replies)
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