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You Can’t Bleach Autism Out of a Child

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I blog daily about my own son and my accounts of his struggles and efforts, along with my repeated questioning of experimental “treatments” for autism and of certain theories of autism causation (such as vaccines),†has at times been taken as evidence that I have not “done everything.”†Truly, “cure” is a fighting word.

Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder. The†agenda for this year’s Autism One conference suggests that, while this organization, its partner organizations including Generation Rescue and Talk About Curing Autism and their members continue to talk about “recovery” from autism, there is acceptance, or at least acknowledgment, that autism is lifelong.†Amid the panels about “Redox and Methylation in the Gut, Brain and Immune System,” “A Green Body Approach for ASD” and “Fermentation: Fast Steps to Friendly Fecal Flora,” are panels about behavioral strategies (“Assessing and Teaching Functional Living Skills to Individuals of All Ages with a Diagnosis of ASD Using The AFLS”), iPads, dealing with law enforcement and other safety issues and developing an exercise program — panels addressing the realities of life with a child with disabilities. Other panels — “Estate Planning for Special Needs Children Ė What Parents Need to Know,” “A Sustainable Model for Adult Residential Services” and “Kentucky’s ASD Employment Pilot Project” — address issues faced by autistic adults and their families.

Autism One is facing the facts that autistic children grow up and, as autistic adults, need services and supports.

Years ago, when Charlie was little, my husband and I accepted that not only would he be autistic for life — autism isn’t something you just grow out of — but also that he will need caregivers all of us his life, that he will not go to college, get married, have children. Taking care of Charlie requires a lot of energy — he and my husband ride at least 12 miles a day on their bikes and Charlie and I put in a few miles of walking and running every day, rain and shine. I noted a number of special events at Autism One (“Spa Night,” “Dad’s Night Out“) meant to help parents “relax” because they “deserve it” (they do).†While Charlie’s life is limited and his challenges many (he talks only a little and does not seem able to read, though lately we’ve seen a tiny flurry of progress in this area), we see no need to “expunge” — to bleach out — the autism from him.†Charlie is never a burden and his being autistic is no tragedy: Hope dawns every day for us as we see him grow up and become the young man, the individual, that he is.

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3:10PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

I feel that the author is a very good parent. Your child is who he is, and instead of trying every "cure" out there, love the child you have as he is, and do all you can to give him a great life.

7:11AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

I am shocked to hear that people actually believed giving an autistic child bleach will "cure" them. After working alongside preschool children with autism for a week I have learnt a lot about it and the importance of communication and one-on-one care with autistic children. It felt gratifying to be able to watch children learn to cope in different circumstances and tolerate new caregivers, as I had not previously met any of them before. I feel very strongly about autism now and I'm very interested in the various schemes and measures taken to help autistic children and teach them the little things we take for granted in life.

9:18AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

This is the rest of that article :

The research team mixed together the anti-epileptic drug carbamazepine with two SSRI antidepressants, fluoxetine and venlafaxine, at very low concentrations, and added them to the water in which fathead minnow fish were swimming.

After 18 days’ exposure, the 324 genes specifically associated with autism had been altered – and yet other genes were unaffected.

The researchers’ suspicions that the same could be happening in humans has been strengthened by earlier studies that discovered pregnant women taking an SSRI are more likely to give birth to an autistic child.

(Source: PLoS One, 2012; doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0032917).

9:13AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Hmm - it also seems our drinking water could be the culprit for upsetting young brains from this article in What Doctors Dont Tell You. If I'd a little one in the family nowadays I think I'd try and be on the safe side and use only well filtered water for them.

Drugs in the water supply could be causing autism
Antidepressants and other anti-psychotic drugs in the water supply could be a cause of autism in children, scientists suspect. Tiny traces of the drugs are in our drinking water, which might interfere with the developing fetus, and especially the genes associated with early brain development.

Scientists from Idaho State University have established that the drugs are triggering the genes in fish they tested, and they surmise the same could be happening in humans.

Pharmaceuticals are in the water system, including the water we drink, because filtration plants are unable to process them out. They get into the public water supply through human waste – the body is able to break down only around 20 per cent of any drug – and because people throw the drugs down the toilet.

The research team mixed together the anti-epileptic drug carbamazepine with two SSRI antidepressants, fluoxetine and venlafaxine, at very low concentrations, and added them to the water in which fathead minnow fish were swimming.

After 18 days’ exposure, the 324 genes specifically associated with autism had been altered – and yet other genes were unaffected.

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11:15AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

It's ridiculous that people are trying to justify tormenting children like this. It isn't right. I would say, if you want to reduce the risk of autism, don't have children. Being human is the number one cause of autism.

11:32AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Yacking about the alleged safety of sodium chlorite is a common dodge among the quacks advocating MMS. They like to focus on it because the chlorine dioxide, which is what you actually take in, is a known carcinogen with a host of nasty side effects.

As for autism and vaccination, that "link" was debunked years ago. Wakefield's "research" was shown to have been faked. Now that Wakefield has lost his license to practice medicine in the UK, he's working with a clinic in the USA that gives autistic children enemas as part of an unproven "treatment".

11:32AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Yacking about the alleged safety of sodium chlorite is a common dodge among the quacks advocating MMS. They like to focus on it because the chlorine dioxide, which is what you actually take in, is a known carcinogen with a host of nasty side effects.

As for autism and vaccination, that "link" was debunked years ago. Wakefield's "research" was shown to have been faked. Now that Wakefield has lost his license to practice medicine in the UK, he's working with a clinic in the USA that gives autistic children enemas as part of an unproven "treatment".

11:34AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

if you don't want your child to have autism, don't get them vaccinated. that'll cut their chances down a HUGE amount, if not completely.

12:44PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

To think I was stupid enough to read the article and comments. JEEZ I need a nap : )

5:46AM PDT on May 31, 2012

Paula C.D.

There is NO sodium chlorite in the activated MMS product. Such misinformation out there. Just like in this article, journalists are writing about a product without getting their information from reputable sources. When you activate sodium chlorite with citric acid, you create a chemical reaction and the new product is chlorine dioxide....not sodium chlorite. Chemical reactions are not like baking with a recipe where the ingredients combine, but remain the same in the end....they change. Simple high school chemistry taught us this! When the chlorine dioxide reaches it's half-life in the body, which is about one hour, anything unused turns to table salt and oxygen...sounds REALLY dangerous! lol

Research Andreas Kalcker, he is a scientist who has been doing studies with MMS for human consumption for years. He is writing a book about it which is due to come out this summer. He has done conferences all over the world about it. And I will repeat, there ARE doctors on board with this, all over the world, even in the US.

This darn article has just created another form of misinformation to confuse those who are truly interested in using it, and have been unnecessarily scared away.

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