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August 25, 2009

Autism Experts Only Seem to Know "What Doesn't Work"

By Anne Dachel

Many of us in the autism community marvel at the fact that medical
experts can tell us nothing of significance about autism. They spend
most of their time in denial. They don't know if the rate is really
increasing. They don't know what causes it. They aren't sure how to
effectively treat it. They admit there is no known cure. And no one
has an idea how to prevent it. I can't think of any other serious
health problem affecting as many children as autism does about which
so little is known. The fact that hundreds of thousands of children
now have this once rare disorder should make autism a national health
care emergency. We should be scrambling for answers, but we're not.

Being clueless hasn't stopped authorities from denouncing those who
link vaccines and autism or those using biomedical therapies to
recover kids. Last month two interesting studies, one in the U.S. and
one in Britain, were released simultaneously. Incredibly, they both

The journal Pediatrics had the story, Incidence of Gastrointestinal
Symptoms in Children With Autism: A Population-Based Study which
reported on a study from the Mayo Clinic:

"No significant associations were found between autism case status and
overall incidence of gastrointestinal symptoms or any other
gastrointestinal symptom category.

"Conclusion: As constipation and feeding issues/food selectivity often
have a behavioral etiology, data suggest that a neurobehavioral rather
than a primary organic gastrointestinal etiology may account for the
higher incidence of these gastrolintestinal symptoms in children with

Important news sources in the U.S. likewise reported on the Mayo

The New York Times: Restrictive Diets May Not Be Appropriate for
Children With Autism (HERE) "Researchers at the Mayo Clinic reviewed
the medical records of over 100 autistic children over an 18-year
period and compared them to more than 200 children without the
disorder. The scientists found no differences in the overall frequency
of gastrointestinal problems reported by the two groups, though the
autistic children suffered more frequently from bouts of constipation
and were more likely to be picky eaters who had difficulty gaining

WebMD: GI Problems and Autism: No Link Found (HERE)

"Now, a new study from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has found no
apparent overall link between GI disorders and autism, although the
researcher did find some individual GI problems are more common in
children with autism.

"[The study] compared 121 children with the disorder to a control
group of 242 age-matched children without a diagnosis of autism,
following them for a median (half longer, half less) of about 18
years. The children were all residents of Olmstead County, Minn.

"For years, a suspected link between gastrointestinal problems and
autism has been debated, with medical reports describing GI symptoms
in up to 84% of children with the developmental disorder."

NBC Today Show: (HERE) Dr. Nancy Snyderman was in Aspen Colorado, but
took time to proclaim, The findings are very conclusive: "There is no
link between illness in the gut and the signs and symptoms we see in
autism. Constipation may be more common but that's just because
autistic kids may like a limited diet."

The findings of this study came as a stunning surprise to many parents
living with chronically ill autistic children. The study conclusions
are also directly challenged by lots of previous research. I did a
quick search to see what's been done and it was overwhelming. These
weren't the wild claims of ignorant parents; these were studies
published in professional journals. Here is just a sample:

From the Journal of Pediatrics in 1999: Gastrointestinal abnormalities
in children with autistic disorder. (HERE)

"Unrecognized gastrointestinal disorders, especially reflux
esophagitis and disaccharide malabsorption, may contribute to the
behavioral problems of the non-verbal autistic patients."

In 2005, the Journal of Medical Microbiology: Differences between the
gut microflora of children with autistic spectrum disorders and that
of healthy children (HERE). "Children with autistic spectrum disorders
(ASDs) tend to suffer from severe gastrointestinal problems. Such
symptoms may be due to a disruption of the indigenous gut flora
promoting the overgrowth of potentially pathogenic micro-organisms."

And I also found research from the Infectious Diseases Society of
America in 2002 titled, Gastrointestinal Microflora Studies in Late‐
Onset Autism (HERE) There were lots of impressive names and
prestigious institutions connected with these findings. A lot of
research must have gone into this report which concluded, "These
studies demonstrate significant alterations in the upper and lower
intestinal flora of children with late‐onset autism and may provide
insights into the nature of this disorder."

Suddenly however, thanks to one small study in the U.S., we can forget
about all this research. Rather than conclude that these new findings
challenge many previous studies and more research is needed on this
important issue, it seems that, in the word of Nancy Snyderman, "the
findings are very conclusive."

I did find an article that mentioned the limitations of the Mayo
Clinic study. In the Medpage Today story, Most GI Problems Are Not
More Common in Autism (HERE), it was reported, "The study authors
acknowledged some limitations of the study, including the
retrospective design, use of an almost all-white population, and the
failure to assess the duration, severity, and recurrence of GI

That last point especially got my attention. The researchers failed
to "assess the duration, severity, and recurrence of GI symptoms"?
Isn't that what the whole study was about? How could they possibly
come to definite conclusions if they didn't have any in-depth

What does it matter?

Snyderman and others are using the findings from the Mayo study to
trash certain treatments that many parents say are recovering their
autistic children. If children don't really have any gastrointestinal
problems related to their autism, then parents using special diets and
supplements are wasting their time.

Snyderman said that "there no reason to" have your child on a
restrictive diet or buy extra vitamins or supplements,

And in the New York Times story we were told, "Many parents of
autistic children have put their children on strict gluten-free or
dairy-free diets, convinced that gastrointestinal problems are an
underlying cause of the disorder. But a new study suggests the
complicated food regimens may not be warranted." The Times cited the
paper’s first author, Dr. Samar H. Ibrahim, who said, 'There is
actually no trial that has proven so far that a gluten-free and casein-
free diet improves autism.'

Seeing that the Mayo study was being used to dismiss dietary
intervention, one has to wonder what other impact it might have. Will
it be used to challenge parents who have cases pending in Vaccine
Court where they allege that vaccines have caused their child's autism
and GI problems?

I asked Judy Converse for her opinion on this latest study. Judy has
worked with autistic children for years and has seen great improvement
with changes in diet. Judy is the author of Special-Needs Kids Eat
Right: Strategies to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Focus, Learn,
and Thrive (HERE) and she's a registered dietitian with a master of
public health degree and undergraduate degree in nutrition. Judy
wrote. "This study is not very useful. Just as the authors
acknowledge, it is weakened by th its retrospective design - because
there is no real--time data to look at. ...The real problem here is
that it only looked at one parameter of a typical nutrition assessment
or GI work up; and, it used a potentially unreliable source for that
paramenter." She went on to criticize the limited research that
failed to include all the necessary data to make any type of reputable
(See: HERE.)

The British study

Also in July came a study from Bristol in England that coincidentally
said the same thing.

The early stool patterns of young children with autistic spectrum
disorder by B Sandhu, C Steer, J Golding, A Emond of the University of

Conclusions: During the first 42 months of life, ASD children had a
stool pattern that was very similar to that of other children, apart
from a slight increase in stool frequency at 30 and 42 months. There
were no symptoms to support the hypothesis that ASD children had

Reuters published the report, Autism not tied to bowel movement
patterns by David Douglas: (HERE)

"Despite some reports to the contrary, children with autistic spectrum
disorders do not have bowel movement patterns that suggest
gastrointestinal problems, UK researchers report.

"Autistic spectrum disorders are a group of developmental conditions
that hinder people's ability to communicate and build relationships.
Previous studies, though inconclusive, "have described
gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism," Dr. Alan Emonds,
of the Center for Child and Adolescent Health, Bristol , and
colleagues note in their study in the journal Archives of Disease in

"However, based on their results, ’The bowel habits of young children
with autistic spectrum disorder, in general, are no different from the
rest of population,’ Emond told Reuters Health.

"Emond's team came to this conclusion after studying data from 78
children recognized as having autistic spectrum disorders and 12,906
other children without such disorders."

What reporter Douglas and the Bristol study publication failed to tell
us was that researcher Alan Emond has his own reasons for wanting to
show that MMR is safe. John Stone wrote about Emond's conflicts
including the fact that he also serves on the
the UK ’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. (John also
included a list of the subsequent papers that either replicated or
supported Wakefield's link between autism and bowel disease.) (HERE)

The JCVI decides the UK's vaccination policy and it was recently given
sole legal power by the New Labour Government. (HERE) In 1988 the
JCVI approved defective MMR vaccines and failed to call for
withdrawal when large numbers of British children were seriously

Emond has been active dismissing damage from the MMR at same time he
covers up his own ties to the controversy. In addition, his research
on bowel disease and autism reviewed medical data many years old for
which no laboratory tests are available and which was also poorly

This is a much bigger issue in Britain than in the U.S. because of
research published in 1998 in the medical journal Lancet. Lead
author Dr. Andrew Wakefield reported on 12 children who had developed
autism and bowel disease following MMR vaccination. While thimerosal-
containing vaccines have long been the focus here, the controversy in
Britain rages over the combined live-virus vaccine for mumps, measles
and rubella. Wakefield labeled this a new disease, autistic
enterocolitis. He concluded, "We have identified a chronic
enterocolitis in children that may be related to neuropsychiatric
dysfunction. In most cases, onset of symptoms was after mumps,
measles, and rubella immunisation. Further investigations are needed
to examine this syndrome and its possible relation to this vaccine."

Wakefield came under massive attack for his findings which continue to
this day. He's been blamed for a subsequent decline in the
vaccination rate in Britain and has been criticized for having
conflicts of interest. In March 2004, an investigation by the General
Medical Council in Britain was begun against Wakefield and two former
colleagues, charging them with professional misconduct.

I couldn't help but think of the video from Britain, Selective
Hearing, Brian Deer and the GMC. In it we hear from the parents of
the Lancet study children. They're strong in their defense of
Wakefield and critical of a system that has ignored his findings.
They talk about their children's health problems and the care they
were given by Wakefield and the other doctors. They report that the
GMC has not included them in their investigation of Wakefield . Not
one parent of the children involved in the study has ever complained
about the treatment their child received at the Royal Free Hospital .

Incredibly, the Bristol study failed to focus on the children who have
autism and bowel disease. On this video we hear about children in
pain with severe gastrointestinal problems. Allison Edwards talks
about her son who regressed after the MMR and is now totally
dependent. Heather Edwards describes how her son had to have his
bowel removed while we see a photo of the colostomy bag he has to
wear. His mother tells how he was "a normal, healthy baby up to the
age of 13 months." Then he received the MMR and had an immediate
reaction. The next morning she went to wake him and found him having
severe diarrhea which lasted for five days. His problems only grew
worse and he was eventually diagnosed bowel disease resulting in the
removal of his colon. Isabella Thomas speaks about the measles virus--
same strain as used in the MMR--that has been found in her children's
bowels and blood.

Bill Welsh, President of the Autism Treatment Trust in Edinburgh,
Scotland labeled the Bristol study “worthless and misleading.“ He
said that no children were clinically examined in this study,
especially those children who were normally developing and then
regressed into autism. He furthermore pointed to the blatant
conflicts of one of the authors which should call the whole study into

There are thousands of parents who report that their kids were typical
healthy children until they regressed into autism and developed
gastrointestinal problems. Why wasn't there a study done looking at
this particular group?

And why isn't anyone interested in looking at the kids who were
severely autistic but who've make incredible gains after being on a
regimen of diet and supplements?

And what about all those doctors everywhere treating autistic kids for
their concomitant bowel disease? Are we to believe that they're
seeing these patients for imaginery illnesses?

Phony studies designed to protect the pharmaceutical industry and
health care officials will never settle this controversy. As much as
people like Alan Emond and Nancy Snyderman like to pretend that this
is just about the science, in truth it’s always been about who’ll be
held responsible if it’s clearly shown that a generation of children
has been damaged by unsafe vaccines.

I keep going back to the words of Dr. Peter Fletcher, former Chief
Scientific Officer at the UK's Department of Health, (HERE) He said
that if it is proven that the MMR causes autism and bowel disease in
children, ‘the refusal by governments to evaluate the risks properly
will make this one of the greatest scandals in medical history.

" 'There are very powerful people in positions of great authority in
Britain and elsewhere who have staked their reputations and careers on
the safety of MMR and they are willing to do almost anything to
protect themselves.’

Dr. Fletcher also said that he found ”‘this official complacency
utterly inexplicable’ in the light of an explosive worldwide increase
in regressive autism and inflammatory bowel disease in children, which
was first linked to the live measles virus in the MMR jab by clinical
researcher Dr Andrew Wakefield in 1998."

Those ‘very powerful people’ have no choice but to continue the lies.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.
From: Peter B. on

"pautrey" <pautrey2(a)> wrote in message

August 25, 2009
More parrotosis, generated by Jr.'s father. When are you going to get
your own email acct old man?

How's Johnnie?

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On Oct 31, 10:35 pm, "Peter B." <i...(a)> wrote:
> "pautrey" <pautr...(a)> wrote in message
> news:2131d0de-3624-421f-b07c-c6ebe3cfc669(a)
> August 25, 2009
> ===================================================
> More parrotosis, generated by Jr.'s father. When are you going to get
> your own email acct old man?
> How's Johnnie?

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"pautrey2" <rpautrey2(a)> wrote in message
That is pretty much what your dad posted. Do you all really look alike?
Although you share modified attributes.

I hope for your sake your relationships were not incestious. top posting

On Oct 31, 10:35 pm, "Peter B." <i...(a)> wrote:
> "pautrey" <pautr...(a)> wrote in message
> news:2131d0de-3624-421f-b07c-c6ebe3cfc669(a)
> August 25, 2009
> ===================================================
> More parrotosis, generated by Jr.'s father. When are you going to get
> your own email acct old man?
> How's Johnnie?

Yeah, how *is* Johnnie?

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> "pautrey2" <rpautr...(a)> wrote in message
> news:ac5a5d6f-744a-4ddb-9eb9-26df609080d2(a)
> =====================================================================
> That is pretty much what your dad posted. Do you all really look alike?
> Although you share modified attributes.
> I hope for your sake your relationships were not incestious. top posting
> tard
> On Oct 31, 10:35 pm, "Peter B." <i...(a)> wrote:
> > "pautrey" <pautr...(a)> wrote in message
> >news:2131d0de-3624-421f-b07c-c6ebe3cfc669(a)
> > August 25, 2009
> > ===================================================
> > More parrotosis, generated by Jr.'s father. When are you going to get
> > your own email acct old man?
> > How's Johnnie?
> Yeah, how *is* Johnnie?

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