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Autistic Boy Survives 5 Days In the Woods

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Educators and parents go out of their way not only to prevent a child from wandering and going missing, but — one has to be realistic — strategizing about how to teach a child to know what to do in such a situation, such as recognizing who a policeman is (and who isn’t — a very difficult thing to teach). Most autistic children who wander very likely do not think they are lost. According to a Research Report: Elopement and Wandering by the Interactive Autism Network, a third of autistic children who wander or elope are “never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number verbally or by writing/typing.”

Charlie now carries identification in the form of a card with his name, our cell phone numbers and a statement about his autism diagnosis and minimal speech. But we also have to teach him to show his ID when asked. There are tracking devices such as the Care Trak tracking device and we have some friends whose children wear devices provided by Project Lifesaver; if Charlie were to wear one, we would have to teach him to wear it and not try constantly to take it off.

Most of all, I’m more than grateful that Robert was found on Friday night, before Saturday’s storm hit — thank you, thank you to the anonymous rescuer — and hope he can be soon back home, safe and sound.

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4:38AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Regarding peer-reviewed medical articles --

Dr Ben Goldacre is an epidemiologist, academic and best-selling author of "Bad Science", "Bad Pharma" and other books. He delivered a TED Talk in June 2012 and warns -

“Positive findings are around twice as likely to be published as negative findings. This is a cancer at the core of evidence-based medicine.”

1:55PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Ah Colleen, now you are miraculously able to perform remote diagnoses. Your snake oil compound must be working.

6:19AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Hello Colleen M..

Oh dear. I said:--

So, if there are all of these peer reviewed articles, you could point me in the direction of a couple right? I note that you have not done so.

You have still not done this. Quackery then.

I repeat:--

Please give me the links to peer reviewed articles in the Lancet or the NEJM that endorse this product as a "symptom alleviator" for autism and the 89 other conditions which you mentioned and which endorse the alleged research done by these unnamed "2 Polish doctors".

Can you do it? I don't think so. And why I don't think so is that I have done a search of their archives and this quackery is not endorsed in any way.

So, it's snake oil that preys on the fears and pockets of the credulous. Utterly disgusting.

5:40AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

“… preys on the fears and pockets”. What a cockeyed view, considering corporations (therefore profit motive) heavily influence medical research, medical training and practitioner behaviour.
Yet, you insist people should place their entire trust in the medical industry! Too funny.

One correction: regarding magnesium and neurological diseases, the recorded evidence is from observational and experimental studies (too numerous to list here).

Interested people might want to explore the vast info from Dr Carolyn Dean MD ND. Her website and blog - drcarolyndean.com.

10:52AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Hello Colleen M..

So, if there are all of these peer reviewed articles, you could point me in the direction of a couple right? I note that you have not done so.

Please give me the links to peer reviewed articles in the Lancet or the NEJM that endorse this product as a "symptom alleviator" for autism and the 89 other conditions which you mentioned and which endorse the alleged research done by these unnamed "2 Polish doctors".

Can you do it? I don't think so. And why I don't think so is that I have done a search of their archives and this quackery is not endorsed in any way.

So, it's snake oil that preys on the fears and pockets of the credulous. Utterly disgusting.

9:10AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

To John D: "What should we call it?" You should call it magnesium - essential to all living cells, it's the third most abundant element dissolved in seawater and the eighth most abundant element in the Earth's crust.

By applying clean, condensed seawater to the skin people will also benefit from the other minerals present in seawater. Due to its consistency it is called "magnesium oil".

The Internet teems with peer reviewed articles. I've done my part here to inform people of a well researched and reported health crisis that can be easily and affordably treated.

You've done your part, to persuade people to dismiss critical information. Well done, hero.

7:18AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

"For one thing, Robert might not have been aware of how unsafe his situation was and as a result probably didn’t become as panicked as another child might. "

I thought that was a hallmark of Autism?

10:26AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

FOUND ALIVE & WELL IS EVERYTHING.

7:17AM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

"Magnesium "oil" is actually pure, condensed seawater"

Good grief. And she says it's not snake oil.

I asked you very specifically where the peer revewed articles for this, what should we call it, "symptom reducer" for 89 conditions are and you have been very careful not to answer. I can only assume it's a hoax.

6:57AM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

Re comments by John D:

Yes, an open mind is important in ALL things, this case included.

Bias is different; it closes the mind. It caused you to misquote me. I did not mention "cure". Re autism, ADD & ADHD I said, "significantly reduced symptoms over six months" because nearly all these children are magnesium deficient and need it through the skin (NOT orally). Regarding 89 other conditions/diseases, I said most American adults also need to address their magnesium deficiency (transdermally).

Magnesium "oil" is actually pure, condensed seawater and is currently prescribed by various medical practitioners (as I said), yet you call it "snake oil". Magnesium is needed for virtually every bodily function and when "developed" nations allowed BigAg to ruin the soil, magnesium was depleted in soil, therefore in food and therefore in most peoples' bodies - severely.

Google will lead you to evidence for increased autism, ADD, Parkinsons' and depression. Observe for yourself, the epidemic of high blood pressure, cholesterol, stiff joints, calcified arteries, strokes, so-called "natural ageing" (just to name a tiny few).

While you maintain a wide open mind about reported miracles - and you should - consider also viewing all facts behind BigAg, BigCorp, BigPharma and the resultant lucrative Sickness Industry (without overlooking that BigPharma sponsors medical schools).

BigPharma is not allowed to patent nature with its plethora of safe remedies (like natural magnes

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