Dan Olmsted, Editor, Age
►July 18, 2007 - The
Autism: The last word - United Press International - "This is my
113th and final Age of Autism column. United Press
International, which has been the hospitable home for this series, is
restructuring, and I'm off to adventures as yet unknown -- although I
intend to keep my focus on autism and related issues. Why? Because it
is the story of a lifetime."
►June 26, 2007 - The
of Autism: Study sees vaccine risk - United Press International -
"A new, privately funded survey finds vaccinated U.S.
children have a significantly higher risk of neurological disorders --
including autism -- than unvaccinated children. In one striking
finding, vaccinated boys 11-17 were more than twice as likely to have
autism as their never-vaccinated counterparts....'No one has ever
compared prevalence rates of these neurological disorders between
vaccinated and unvaccinated children,' said J.B. Handley, father of a
child with autism and co-founder of Generation Rescue, which
commissioned the $200,000 survey conducted by SurveyUSA, a respected
►May 31, 2007 - The
Autism: Quite the coincidence - United Press International -
"Another remarkable fact that caught my attention: Autism
was first identified in both the United States and Europe at almost
exactly the same time. Child psychiatrist Leo Kanner published his
landmark paper at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1943;
pediatrician Hans Asperger published his -- about a slightly less
severely affected group of children -- in Vienna in 1944. Cut off by a
world war, neither knew of the other's work."
►May 3, 2007 - The
of Autism: Gluten clue from Case 2 - United Press International -
"'Gluten is a protein and is contained in foods, such
as wheat, barley, rye and oats,' according to autism.org. 'At the
present time, we do not know why the gluten/casein-free diet helps many
autistic individuals.' One theory is that they release opioid-like
substances in the gut that can migrate to the brain. Well, here's
another hypothesis -- could some of those grains be grown in places
where residual toxins -- ethyl mercury, say, but in fact any
environmental toxin -- are getting into them and thus into our kids?
And if some child's body burden or susceptibility is already at the
tipping point, could that aggravate or even induce physical and mental
symptoms that go by the name of autism?"
► April 26, 2007 - The
Autism: Ground Zero - United Press International - "This column has
long made the controversial case that autism
had a beginning, a 'big bang' if you will. That moment was 1930 -- no
U.S. cases before then fully match the classic description of the
disorder. Now let's take the next logical step: Not only did autism
have a big bang, it also had a ground zero -- a place where many of the
first cases concentrated before the disorder exploded nationwide."
► March 6, 2007 - The
of Autism: Mercury link to Case 2 - United Press International
►February 28, 2007 - Mercury Rising
- A Possible Link Between Chemical Exposure And Autism May Have Been
Overlooked In The Very Earliest Cases At Johns Hopkins - Baltimore City
Paper - "'So now we have learned that Frederick Wellman handled ethyl
mercury fungicides that were first introduced to the market in 1929 and
that his child was Kanner's patient No. 2,' says Mark Blaxill, whose
daughter Michaela has autism. Blaxill is vice president of the advocacy
organization SafeMinds, which argues increased mercury exposure is
behind the soaring autism rate. 'And we know that cases 1 and 3 grew up
around the first application of ethyl mercury products. If that's not a
smoking gun, I don't know what is,' Blaxill continues."
►January 25, 2007 - The
Autism: 'Unstrange Minds' - United Press International - "'You're
going to hate my book,' Roy Richard
Grinker told me a few weeks ago when I met him at George Washington
University. Actually, I don't hate 'Unstrange Minds: Remapping the
World of Autism,' his newly published, beautifully written look at
autism through the lens of history and culture. I just disagree with
►January 9, 2007 - The
of Autism: A new environment - United Press International - "We are
all environmentalists now. At least that's the
impression you get from reading the discussion surrounding the
Combating Autism Act that President Bush recently signed into law. Much
attention -- and properly so -- has gone toward what the bill does not
do. It does not, after the House got through amending it, set aside a
specific amount of money to look into environmental causes of autism.
And it does not specifically mention research into whether vaccines are
involved in the ten-fold rise in diagnoses in recent years. But here's
what it does do: It says the director of the National Institutes of
Health will coordinate research into "the cause (including possible
environmental causes) ... and treatment of autism spectrum disorder."
Those might be the most important parentheses in recent American
history. What's afoot is nothing short of revolutionary -- a fresh
attempt to find what's causing autism without taking anything off the
►December 27, 2006 - The
of Autism: The AOA Awards '06 - United Press International -
"Person of the Year: Anne Dachel. This Chippewa Falls, Wis.,
mom and member of the National Autism Association keeps chipping away
at the mainstream media's wall of indolence and incuriosity...Private
citizens have every right to question elected officials and keep the
media on their toes, whether the pooh-bahs like it or not. It's an
old-fashioned thing called citizenship. Person of the Century: Bernard
Rimland, who died this year, is all that. What's more, you can pick the
century -- in the one just past, he made a massive contribution by
demolishing the idea that parents' behavior can make their children
►December 11, 2006 - The
of Autism: 'Problems' in CDC data - United Press International -
"For three years, the CDC has used a study conducted on
its own Vaccine Safety Datalink to reassure parents that mercury in
vaccines does not cause autism. Now a panel of government-appointed
experts says there are 'serious problems' with exactly the approach the
CDC took. 'I think what we're saying is that (study) wasn't the last
word and that things need to be looked at again and perhaps with
different methodology,' chairwoman Irva Hertz-Picciotto told Age of
Autism, which obtained a copy of the panel's report."
►November 20, 2006 - The
of Autism: What Newsweek missed - United Press International
►November 9, 2006 - The
of Autism: Still's and Pink's - United Press International
►October 24, 2006 - The
of Autism: None so blind - United Press International - "How long
have we known -- or should have known
-- that medical treatment might help thousands of autistic kids? A half
century, it now appears."
►October 16, 2006 - The
of Autism: Many, many more - United Press International - "The
debate over the cause or causes of autism
has been hung up for years on a point that should have been settled by
now: whether the rate is in fact increasing."
►September 26, 2006 - The
of Autism: Rattled regulators - United Press International - "A
shakeup at the CDC and the shaky performance of
the FDA raise some serious questions relevant to the debate over the
huge rise in reported cases of autism. Both federal agencies are key to
assuring Americans -- and particularly those whose children receive an
ever-increasing load of vaccines -- that there is no relationship
whatsoever between the shots and autism. But both agencies have come
under fire this month in ways that make you wonder how much confidence
to have in their overall performance."
►September 6, 2006 - The
of Autism: About those 'old dads' - United Press
International - "The study released this week that
found older fathers more likely to have autistic children has created a
media stir. But there may be less to the story than meets the eye."
►August 24, 2006 - The
of Autism: Something Wicked -- 2 - United Press International -
"The idea of a "chemical connection" in many cases of
autism arose during the 1970s and 1980s, then gave way to gene-based
theories. But the time has come to revive it."
►August 16, 2006 - The
of Autism: Something Wicked -- 1 - United Press International - "In
previous installments of this
column, I've sketched the natural history of the disorder beginning
with child psychiatrist Leo Kanner's landmark 1943 paper, 'Autistic
Disturbances of Affective Contact.' And I've suggested that from the
very beginning, an environmental trigger -- something harmful coming
from the outside in -- was alarmingly evident. As Macbeth put it,
there's reason to worry that 'Something wicked this way comes.'"
►July 28, 2006 - The
Autism: 'Amish bill' introduced - United Press International - "For
the second time this week, legislation aimed at
determining whether vaccines are linked to an epidemic of unrecognized
side effects has been introduced in Congress -- this time as a direct
result of reporting by Age of Autism. The new legislation, titled the
Comprehensive Comparative Study of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated
Populations Act of 2006, would order the National Institutes of Health
to study 'health outcomes, including autism,' in those two groups."
►July 28, 2006 - The
of Autism: 'The first casualty' - United Press International -
"'That made me go back and dig out a
paper titled "From Safety Last To Children First,' by Mark Blaxill of
the group SafeMinds and Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National
Vaccine Information Center. It was submitted to a CDC panel on vaccine
safety in 2004. 'The obvious concern is that benefits may be overstated
and that risks will be suppressed,' they wrote in terms that eerily
echo Ricks'. And they made the war analogy explicit, citing 'a mission
of fighting a 'war on disease' that disregards the secondary and
tertiary consequences of war and views innocent children as inevitable
►July 14, 2006 - The
of Autism: Anna's last days -- 2 - United Press International -
"The death of a 17-month-old Scottish girl named Anna
Duncan has come at an inopportune moment for Britain's health
authorities. Late last month 30 top scientists warned in an open
letter: 'The time has come to draw a line under the question of any
association between the MMR vaccine and autism. The UK's children are
in danger of serious illness or death if they are left unimmunised.'
But Anna's death raises another question: whether these same health
authorities are digging deeply enough into reports of serious illness,
death -- and yes, autism -- following MMR vaccination."
►July 6, 2006 - The
of Autism: Anna's last days -- 1 - United Press International - "On
April 26 a Scottish child named Anna Duncan attended
a party where two children had chickenpox. Nine days later she got her
routine measles-mumps-rubella vaccination. Four days after that she
developed classic chickenpox symptoms -- spots and fever. One week
later, on May 14, Anna was dead from an apparent seizure. She was 17
months old. Now her father, John, is struggling with the sudden loss of
a bright, lively child -- and increasingly suspicious that the MMR shot
during an apparent chickenpox infection triggered her death."
►June 13, 2006 - The
of Autism: But is Wakefield right? - United Press International -
"Let`s put aside the issues surrounding the Lancet paper
and concerns about a measles epidemic and go straight to the heart of
the matter: Does the MMR cause autism? In other words, is Wakefield
right? After looking into the topic for more than a year, I`m very
concerned that he may be -- that, especially in children whose immune
systems have been rendered susceptible by any number of possible
exposures, the combined live-virus vaccine has its fingerprints all
over numerous cases of regressive autism."
►June 9, 2006 - The
of Autism: Gardasil vs. Hep B - United Press International - "At
least two doctors tell me their
faith in the government`s entire childhood immunization schedule was
shattered by the CDC`s insistence that every newborn needs a Hep B shot
as an urgent matter of public health. 'It is universally accepted that
such mandate was forced upon our children only because they were
`available,` while efforts to vaccinate high-risk adults had repeatedly
failed,' Dr. F. Edward Yazbak testified in 2001 before the
Massachusetts House of Representatives.
►May 24, 2006 - The
of Autism: Pox -- Part 7 - United Press International - "When a
mother in Washington state and a researcher in
Washington, D.C., offer an identical observation about autistic kids,
you can`t help but notice. That observation is simple but potentially
significant: Children later diagnosed with regressive autism often got
physically sick around the time of their live-virus vaccinations."
►May 17, 2006 - The
of Autism: Pox -- Part 6 - United Press International - "In 1942 a
12-month-old child named Richard M. got
a live-virus smallpox vaccination that triggered a fever and diarrhea
from which he recovered 'in somewhat less than a week.' We know about
Richard because he is Case 3 in psychiatrist Leo Kanner`s landmark
study, 'Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact,' which alerted the
world to a condition that differed 'markedly and uniquely from anything
reported so far.'"
►May 15, 2006 - The
of Autism: Pox -- Part 5 - United Press International - "Kimberly
said Timothy's trial was explained to her
as a step in the development of a four-in-one
chickenpox-measles-mumps-rubella vaccine -- that's why the chickenpox
and MMR shots were given at the same. For the same reason, the
chickenpox shot Timothy got had a much higher dose of virus than the
standard shot, she recalls being told, although the consent form did
not mention any increase. A higher dose was necessary because
when viruses are combined, they can interfere in ways that undercut the
effectiveness of individual vaccines, she was told. Merck studies
already had shown more chickenpox would be needed to overcome such
interference in a four-in-one immunization."
►May 13, 2006 - The
of Autism: Pox -- Part 4 - United Press International - "Timothy
was the first of two children in less than
two years to develop autism in the same Olympia pediatric practice
after participating in Merck trials involving chickenpox and MMR
vaccines. The second child, Jimmy Flinton, got a four-in-one
chickenpox-MMR shot called ProQuad in October of 2002."
►April 30, 2006 - The
of Autism: Pox -- Part 3 - United Press International - "When
12-month-old Jimmy Flinton joined a clinical trial of
a new immunization for chickenpox, measles, mumps and rubella, no one
told his family it contained about 10 times the usual dose of
live-virus chickenpox vaccine. And no one considered whether his
family`s unusual chickenpox history -- including adolescent shingles
and herpesvirus in the eyes -- might raise the risk of adverse
reactions to the vaccine. Now that Jimmy has been diagnosed with
regressive autism, they wish someone had done so."
►April 20, 2006 - The
of Autism: Pox -- Part 2 - United Press International - "This week,
The Age of Autism began a series of articles
entitled "Pox," laying out the compelling observations of a group of
parents in Olympia, Wash., who are concerned live-virus vaccines are
triggering autism. These parents spotted a possibly troublesome trio of
factors in their children's cases: Chickenpox and measles-mumps-rubella
(MMR) vaccinations clustered together at the earliest recommended ages;
a family history of problematic reactions to naturally occurring
chickenpox and other herpesviruses; and the onset of autism in their
children, often following a brief but notable physical illness."
►April 18, 2006 - The
of Autism: Pox -- Part 1 - United Press International - "Children
in families with problematic reactions to
chickenpox virus may be at risk for developing autism if they get that
live-virus immunization too close to other live-virus vaccines, a
three-month United Press International investigation of cases in one
northwest U.S. city suggests. Several such families in the Washington
state capital of Olympia watched their children regress into
full-syndrome autism -- losing language and social skills and adopting
repetitive behaviors -- in the months following the shots. Two children
had participated in small clinical trials in Olympia of investigational
Merck & Co. chickenpox vaccines in combination with the live-virus
mumps-measles-rubella vaccine -- the MMR."
►April 12, 2006 - The
of Autism: Christian's mom speaks - United Press International - "A
small earthquake rumbled through the autism world
shortly after 7:30 a.m. on April 11, and the aftershocks are going to
be felt for a long time. That's when Katie Wright, daughter of
NBC Universal Chairman Bob Wright, said she is concerned her young son
Christian's autism might be related to vaccines he received, that he is
getting better through treatments that include biomedical
interventions, and that it's time for parents to follow their own
'common sense' when they get their kids vaccinated."
►April 4, 2006 - The
of Autism: Mercury ban opposed - United Press International -
"Representatives of 22 medical organizations have written to
all members of Congress opposing efforts to ban the mercury-based
preservative thimerosal from vaccines. 'Our organizations respectfully
wish to state our opposition to all legislative efforts at the federal
and state levels to restrict access to vaccines containing thimerosal,
an ethylmercury-based preservative,' said the letter dated April 3 from
'Multiple National Organizations that Support Safe and Effective
►March 31, 2006 - The
of Autism: Hot potato on the Hill - United Press International -
"The newly proposed legislation to study the autism rate
in never-vaccinated American kids could settle the debate over vaccines
and autism once and for all. Does that mean it will never happen?
This week U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., stepped out front on the
issue. She announced at a briefing at the National Press Club that she
is drafting legislation to mandate that the federal government find the
answer to that question."
►March 30, 2006 - UPI
story prompts bill - United Press International
- "A U.S. congresswoman said Thursday she is drafting legislation to
force the federal government to study the autism rate in
never-vaccinated children -- a direct result, she said, of United Press
International's reporting on the issue. 'Shouldn't someone in the
medical community take a more scientific look at this?' Rep. Carolyn
Maloney, D-N.Y., said at a briefing at the National Press Club. 'Don't
we deserve at least that much?'"
►March 21, 2006 - The
Autism: Allergic responses - United Press International - "A
plausible link is emerging between widely used
childhood medicines and the risk of developing allergies and especially
asthma. But you'd never know it from listening to federal health
authorities or reading the mainstream press."
►March 17, 2006 - The
of Autism: Mercury creeps back in - United Press International -
"New calculations suggest children today can be exposed
to more than half the mercury that was in vaccines in the 1990s, even
though manufacturers began phasing it out in 1999."
►March 2, 2006 - The
of Autism: Pay no attention - United Press International - "At
least in our view, it is a bit twisted -- logically
speaking -- to simultaneously spend taxpayer money to keep studying
whether a mercury preservative causes autism, yet recommend that
pregnant women and children get vaccines containing that preservative.
Especially so when alternatives are available that are free of the
preservative, called thimerosal."
►February 28, 2006 - The
of Autism: Less is beautiful - United Press International -
"Whatever the reason, a big decline in
autism diagnoses would be welcome news to anyone who cares about the
nightmarish prevalence of the disorder."
►February 21, 2006 - The
of Autism: Who runs Colorado? - United Press International -
"Denver's Rocky Mountain News says it's time to get over
fears that a mercury-based preservative in flu vaccines could harm
children or pregnant women. Its editorial on Sunday perfectly
capsulates one side of what has become an increasingly heated debate."
►February 16, 2006 - The
of Autism: Jabbing the MMR - United Press International - "And in
the debate over whether those jabs can cause autism,
the focus in the United States has mostly been on a mercury
preservative, while across the Atlantic the issue is the MMR -- the
measles, mumps and rubella vaccine."
►February 14, 2006 - The
of Autism: Snoozeweeklies - United Press International - "The
nation's top two newsweeklies have just
weighed in on the problems of boys and the decline in science literacy.
Both abjectly failed to address a crucial part of the picture: the
impact of environmental toxicity on children's development -- and
►February 9, 2006 - The
of Autism: Doctors for mercury - United Press International - "As
doctors and health authorities fight state
bans on mercury in vaccines and keep giving it to kids and pregnant
women, one fact stands out: their certainty. The image of pediatricians
and public officials as valiant defenders of mercury takes a bit of
getting used to, given their longstanding efforts to keep the toxic
element out of our food, our bodies and the environment."
►February 2, 2006 - The
of Autism: New test of gold salts - United Press International - "A
Columbia University scientist plans to test
whether gold salts improve the functioning of 'autistic mice' -- a step
toward finding whether they could help children with autism."
►January 17, 2006 - The
of Autism: The Wright approach - United Press International - "The
head of NBC is donating more
than $2 million to a Baltimore research institute to do something
innovative: listen and learn from the parents of children who have
autism. Bob and Suzanne Wright's organization, Autism Speaks, is giving
$2.3 million to the Kennedy Krieger Institute to fund the first year of
development of an autism database that eventually will connect parents,
educators and researchers."
►January 6, 2006 - The
of Autism: CDC probes vaccines - United Press International - "The
CDC is continuing to investigate whether a
mercury preservative in childhood immunizations has caused cases of
autism -- despite the fact a report it paid for said such research
►January 4, 2006 - The
of Autism: Red flag on gold salts - United Press International - "A
number of readers have raised concerns that gold
salts -- which may have improved the mental functioning of the first
child diagnosed with autism -- are untested and unproven as a treatment
and can be dangerous."
►December 30, 2005 - The
of Autism: Gold standards - United Press International - "A
published scientific paper suggests gold
salts -- the treatment that may have prompted improvement in the first
child ever diagnosed with autism -- can affect mental conditions."
►December 23, 2005 - The
of Autism: Gold salts pass a test - United Press International -
"In a striking follow-up to our reporting on
the first child diagnosed with autism -- and his improvement after
treatment with gold salts -- a chemistry professor says lab tests show
the compound can 'reverse the binding' of mercury to molecules."
►December 19, 2005 - The
of Autism: Missing in Mississippi - United Press International -
"In this -- the second of three parts
recounting our reporting on autism since the start of the year -- we
revisit the first child ever diagnosed with the disorder."
►December 17, 2005 - The
Age of Autism:
The story so far - United Press International - "Part
1 of 3. In February, we began this ongoing series of articles on the
roots and rise of autism. Now, at the end of the year, here's a summary
of our story so far:"
►December 14, 2005 - The
of Autism: Question of the year - United Press International -
"This was the year Big Media pitted parents
against experts over whether vaccines cause autism -- and decided the
experts are right. But they may have forgotten to ask an embarrassingly
obvious question. ... "Mintz got her chance at a congressional hearing
in 2002. 'Hi. My name is Sandy Mintz. I am from Anchorage,
Alaska. I am lucky enough not to have a child who has been injured by a
vaccine. My question is, is NIH (National Institutes of Health) ever
planning on doing a study using the only proper control group, that is,
never vaccinated children?' Dr. Steve Foote of NIH responded: 'I am not
aware of -- but note carefully what I said, that I am not aware of -- a
proposed study to use a suitably constructed group of never vaccinated
children. Now CDC would be more likely perhaps to be aware of such an
►December 7, 2005 - The
of Autism: 'A pretty big secret' - United Press International - "
It's a far piece from the horse-and-buggies of
Lancaster County, Pa., to the cars and freeways of Cook County,
Ill. But thousands of children cared for by Homefirst Health
Services in metropolitan Chicago have at least two things in common
with thousands of Amish children in rural Lancaster: They have never
been vaccinated. And they don't have autism."
►November 30, 2005 - The
of Autism: Nuts - United Press International - "You may have seen
the brief news stories this week: A
15-year-old Canadian girl with a severe peanut allergy kissed her
boyfriend -- and died."
►November 19, 2005 - The
of Autism: Flu shot flashpoint - United Press International - "It's
flu shot season, and that simple fact is
sharply focusing the debate over a possible link between vaccines and
autism. The reason: Most flu shots contain thimerosal, the
mercury-based preservative that some suspect caused a huge rise in
autism cases beginning in the 1990s."
►November 14, 2005 - The
of Autism: Showdown in Santa Fe - United Press International - "A
pediatrician had an appointment Monday
with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy to deliver a blunt message: Its
members need to warn state residents that the mercury in flu shots
could be harmful to children -- or risk being remembered for failing to
do their job."
►November 10, 2005 - The
of Autism: 'The facts say maybe' - United Press International - "A
small text block on the cover of the
current Columbia Journalism Review may be a lot bigger than it looks:
'Drug Test. Q: Does thimerosal cause autism? A: The press says no; the
facts say maybe.'"
►November 8, 2005 - The
of Autism: Concerned in Tennessee - United Press International -
"Susan Lynn would like some information,
please: What is the autism rate among people living in the United
States right now who have never been vaccinated? If you have that data
or know where to find it, kindly contact her by the end of the month,
care of the Tennessee House of Representatives, which is considering
whether to ban a mercury preservative from childhood vaccines."
►November 5, 2005 - The
of Autism: Amish genes - United Press International - "What do the
experts say about the idea that genes
could explain a lower rate of autism among the Amish? Well, two noted
medical geneticists say it's entirely possible."
►October 29, 2005 - The
of Autism: The Amish Elephant - United Press International - "A
specter is haunting the medical and
journalism establishments of the United States: Where are the
unvaccinated people with autism?"
►October 24, 2005 - The
of Autism: Mercury goes to work - United Press International -
"Kharasch, who died in 1957, is widely
known for work reflected in that 1924 patent: the creation of
thimerosal, the ethyl-mercury-based preservative used in a wide range
of medical products including vaccines. It allowed for multidose vials
and mass vaccination."
►October 17, 2005 - The
of Autism: Connecting new dots - United Press International -
"Until now, the debate over a possible link
between ethyl mercury and autism has focused on its use in vaccines
beginning in the 1930s, when the first children diagnosed with the
disorder were born."
►October 12, 2005 - The
of Autism: 'My child is toxic' - United Press International - "This
column receives a welcome avalanche of
correspondence, but our recent discussion of autism as a "whole-body
illness" has generated more e-mail and faster than any other topic
►October 10, 2005 - The
of Autism: More sick kids - United Press International - "In our
last column, 'A whole-body illness,'
we wrote: 'Something is medically wrong with many, many autistic
children. To be more precise, many things are wrong with them. Yet
autism is defined by the health authorities as a mental disorder,
diagnosed solely by observation.'"
►October 4, 2005 - The
of Autism: A whole-body illness - United Press International - "One
advantage of writing an ongoing
column is trends become evident as readers respond over time -- trends
that might not emerge in a single installment, no matter how detailed.
Here's one of those trends: Something is medically wrong with many,
many autistic children."
►October 3, 2005 - The
of Autism: Critics have their say - United Press International -
"In recent columns, we have explored
reports by parents linking the onset of their child's autism to
vaccinations. These parents strongly suspect a mercury-containing
preservative in vaccines -- and in some cases, the vaccines themselves
-- were responsible."
►September 27, 2005 - The
of Autism: Regression - United Press International - "Regression,
regression, regression. That's the
theme of much of the e-mail this column has received, sparked by two
recent installments. The first reported confirmation by a University of
Washington study that parents are right when they say they have watched
their children lose language and social skills and become autistic. The
study reviewed first-birthday videos, which documented that regression
had come afterward."
►September 26, 2005 - The
of Autism: Case Number 88924 - United Press International - "Mary
Jo Silva was reading last week's column
about reports from the 1990s linking autism and immunizations when she
came to this paragraph about a vaccine reaction in August 1994: 'Low
fever, much discomfort. Patient laid in bed and cried and moaned;
three-four days post-vaccination, rash traveled over patient's body and
lasted at least one week. Within six weeks of vaccination patient was
observed as losing previously gained language and social skills;
►September 21, 2005 - The
of Autism: Adverse events - United Press International - "Years
before the alarm sounded nationwide about
a possible link between vaccines and autism, some doctors were making
that connection themselves. The evidence: 83 reports filed with the
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System associating the onset of autism
with childhood immunizations. The reports, compiled and catalogued by
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug
Administration, were analyzed by Age of Autism."
►September 19, 2005 - The
of Autism: Research reversal - United Press International - "As
public funding all but dries up for
research into a possible link between vaccines and autism, advocates
are trying to tap new sources, but it's too early to tell if they will
find any. 'It's just appalling,' said Jim Moody, counsel to SafeMinds,
a group that backs research into a possible link between autism and a
mercury preservative called thimerosal that was used in childhood
vaccines. He said a number of scientists -- including researchers at
Columbia University, the University of Washington and the University of
Arkansas -- have been turned down for federal grants to follow up on
►September 13, 2005 - The
of Autism: Videos - United Press International - "Do parents know
what they're talking about? That has
turned out to be a key question in the debate over autism and its
possible causes and cures."
►September 7, 2005 - The
of Autism: One angry mom - United Press International - "Ginger
Taylor of Los Angeles describes herself
as 'a thirty-something wife of the nicest man alive and mother to the
two cutest boys ever. I am a former Johns Hopkins-educated family
therapist, and also a Web designer. Most importantly I am a mom.
Chandler, born in March '02, is autistic, and Webster, born in Sept.
'00, is a mostly typical boy, with a few Autism Spectrum Disorder
►August 31, 2005 - The
of Autism: New York nixes mercury - United Press International -
"Have America's medical authorities --
including pediatricians -- lost their credibility on an issue involving
the well-being of the nation's children? It's hard to avoid that
question after New York Gov. George Pataki Tuesday signed a bill
banning a mercury preservative from medicines given to children under 3
years old and pregnant women. The law takes effect in 2009 and exempts
mercury-containing flu vaccines in case of an epidemic."
►August 29, 2005 - The
of Autism: Gold salts to be tested - United Press International -
"A University of Kentucky chemist says he
will do tests to see if gold salts might help children with autism --
two weeks after this column reported that the first autistic child
seemed to improve markedly after that treatment. 'You follow your nose
in research, and when I saw that I thought, yes, this is a
possibility,' said Boyd Haley, a professor and former chemistry
department chairman at the university."
►August 24, 2005 - The
of Autism: Gold and mercury - United Press International -
"Something startling happened to an autistic
boy named "Donald T." 58 years ago at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis.
He got better -- a lot better. That's when Donald, the first person
ever diagnosed with the disorder that now afflicts a quarter-million
U.S. children, was treated with gold salts after a life-threatening
attack of juvenile arthritis. The treatment at the renowned orthopedic
clinic was designed to combat his arthritis, but Donald's autism
improved remarkably, too."
►August 22, 2005 - The
of Autism: Gold? - United Press International - "Why would
treatment with gold help someone with autism?
That is the question raised by The Age of Autism's report last week
that the first child ever diagnosed with the disorder appeared to
improve significantly after treatment with gold salts."
►August 17, 2005 - The
of Autism: March of the experts - United Press International - "The
news that the first child diagnosed
with autism got better after medical treatment -- while leading experts
didn't make the connection -- suggests how research and reality have
been distorted for decades."
►August 15, 2005 - The
of Autism: Case 1 revisited - United Press International - " The
first person ever diagnosed with autism
lived in a small town in Mississippi. He still does. 'Donald T.' is now
71, and after a 'miraculous response' to medical treatment at age 12,
he appears to have recovered significantly since his original diagnosis
as a 5-year-old. His improvement is so striking, in fact, that it
raises new questions about the disorder and its treatment."
►August 9, 2005 - The
of Autism: New in name only? - United Press International - "This
week's column about the first autism
diagnoses brought a quick response from longtime autism researcher Dr.
Darold A. Treffert. Treffert is past president of the Wisconsin Medical
Society and a psychiatrist at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. He
wrote the book 'Extraordinary People: Understanding the Savant
►August 8, 2005 - The
of Autism: But what about 1930? - United Press International -
"Sunday's debate on NBC's 'Meet the Press'
over vaccines and autism gave welcome exposure to an issue that won't
go away quietly."
►August 3, 2005 - The
of Autism: Gene suspects located - United Press International -
"Genetic interactions that appear to
create a risk for autism have been identified by researchers at Duke
►August 2, 2005 - The
of Autism: The epidemic debate - United Press International -
"Monday's column featured a letter from Kendra
Pettengill of Roseburg, Ore., who challenged the idea that the huge
increase in autism diagnoses over the past decade can be explained by
better diagnosis. In fact, she said, something has happened to trigger
an epidemic of autism in America's children."
►August 1, 2005 - The
of Autism: What epidemic? - United Press International - "One of
the core questions about autism is
whether it actually has increased at startling rates or if it is just
better recognized than it used to be."
►July 26, 2005 - The
of Autism: Generation Zero - United Press International - "Here is
part of an interview with Mark
Blaxill, research chair of the group SafeMinds, which advocates removal
of mercury from medical products."
►July 25, 2005 - The
of Autism: Zero exposure - United Press International - "Part 1 of
2. Perhaps we should have checked
with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before setting off
to look into the prevalence of autism among the Amish. Nothing about
the Amish -- who seem to have low rates of both vaccinations and autism
-- relates to anyone in the rest of the country, the CDC director told
us last week."
►July 19, 2005 - The
of Autism: Rep. wants Amish study - United Press International - "A
U.S. Congressman who is a medical
doctor said Tuesday he will seek funding to study the autism rate among
the largely unvaccinated Amish. 'I want to get somebody to do a study
on that community,' Rep. Dave Weldon, R-Fla., told United Press
International. 'I would like to get funding and have somebody go into
the Amish community and do a survey.'"
►July 18, 2005 - The
of Autism: Isabella's story - United Press International - "Here,
as promised in our last column, is an
account by one mother of her child's autism. The mother and daughter,
Libby and Isabella Rupp of St. Paul, Minn., were pictured with a
front-page article in The New York Times last month about the debate
over vaccines and autism."
►July 13, 2005 - The
of Autism: Both sides now - United Press International - "Part 1 of
2. Regular readers of this column
(and we thank you) know that we value a back-and-forth approach. Since
beginning this open-ended series six months ago, we have paused several
times to let readers speak, and our direction has been shaped by their
►July 11, 2005 - The
of Autism: 'The Times' vs. parents - United Press International -
"Last week this column critiqued a June 25
article in The New York Times, 'On Autism's Cause, It's Parents vs.
Research.' Subsequently we were forwarded copies of two letters that a
parents group sent to the Times' public editor."
►July 6, 2005 - The
of Autism: Dismaying 'Times' - United Press International - "Who
knew the longest word in the English
language would be the best one to explain what is wrong with a
newspaper article? The word is related to establishment bias, and the
newspaper in question is none other than The New York Times."
►July 5, 2005 - The
of Autism: Homeschooler APB - United Press International -
"Lawyers, it is said, never ask a question to
which they do not already know the answer. This column has adopted the
opposite tack, asking questions to which nobody knows the answer. Where
are the autistic Amish? That was one such question, and it led to our
tentative conclusion autism seems surprisingly rare in this isolated
►June 28, 2005 - The
of Autism: Homeschooled - United Press International - "Where are
the unvaccinated homeschooled children
with autism? Nowhere to be found, says a doctor who treats autistic
children and is knowledgeable about the homeschooled world. 'It's
largely nonexistent,' Dr. Jeff Bradstreet told UPI's Age of Autism.
'It's an extremely rare event.'"
►June 27, 2005 - The
of Autism: HHS eyes Amish study - United Press International - "A
top U.S. health official is considering
whether to launch studies of the Amish -- and perhaps other
unvaccinated groups -- in response to United Press International's
articles about a low prevalence of autism in that community, according
to several people who spoke with him last week."
►June 16, 2005 - The
of Autism: Feedback on the Amish 2 - This is the Second of Two
Columns Sharing Reader Response to Our Exploration of Autism Among the
Amish. - United Press International
►June 14, 2005 - The
of Autism: Feedback on the Amish 1 - United Press International -
"A number of readers said the series seemed to
implicate vaccines unfairly as a cause of autism, because the Amish
have a low vaccination rate."
►June 8, 2005 - The
of Autism: One in 15,000 Amish - United Press International -
"The autism rate for U.S. children is 1 in 166, according to the
federal government. The autism rate for the Amish around Middlefield,
Ohio, is 1 in 15,000, according to Dr. Heng Wang."
►June 6, 2005 - The
of Autism: Amish ways - United Press International - "Part 2 of
2. This column in recent weeks has focused on two related questions: Is
the prevalence of autism lower among the Amish, and, if so, how do they
differ from the rest of us?"
►June 2, 2005 - The
of Autism: A glimpse of the Amish - United Press International
- "Part 1 of 2. Recently, a man named Dick Warner got in touch with us.
He has been following this column's search for Amish people with autism
and said he might have something to contribute."
►May 26, 2005 - The
of Autism: Oaklawn - United Press International - "Finally. I
found a place that could tell me all about Amish people with autism."
►May 24, 2005 - The
of Autism: Heavy metal - United Press International - "Parents
of autistic children Tuesday launched an organization called Generation
Rescue based on their conviction that flushing mercury out of
children's bodies improves and in some instances reverses autism."
►May 23, 2005 - The
of Autism: Goshen - United Press International - "Our search
for Amish people with autism is now departing Lancaster County, Pa.,
and heading for the Midwest, where a significant percentage of the
nation's 80,000 Amish can be found."
►May 20, 2005 - The
of Autism: Mercury and the Amish - United Press International -
"The cases of autism among the Amish that I've identified over the past
several weeks appear to have at least one link -- a link made of
►May 17, 2005 - The
of Autism: Mercury ascending - United Press International - "A
year ago, the prestigious Institute of Medicine slammed the door on the
idea that mercury in vaccines bore any relation to autism."
►May 10, 2005 - The
of Autism: Witness - United Press International - "Frank Noonan
is a family doctor in Lancaster County. When I met him for lunch last
Saturday, he was still in golfing togs from his weekly game --
'Saturdays are my 'I can breathe' day,' he says."
►May 9, 2005 - The
of Autism: Absence of evidence - United Press International -
"After several weeks of looking, the prevalence of autism among the
central Pennsylvania Amish still appears remarkably low, and the few
cases I have found suggest an ominous pattern. In two columns last
month I asked, 'Where are the autistic Amish?'"
►May 6, 2005 - The
of Autism: Letter from Ibiza - United Press International - "As
part of United Press International's ongoing series on the roots and
rise of autism, we invited readers to interact with us via e-mail. As a
result, we have received loads of insightful, informative, sometimes
critical comment; we printed a selection in a previous column and will
make it a regular feature of the series."
►May 5, 2005 - The
of Autism: Mercury in the air - United Press International - "A
new study has found a possible link between higher mercury emissions
and higher rates of autism."
►May 4, 2005 - The
of Autism: Backward - United Press International - "When Leo
Kanner first identified autism as a unique developmental disorder in
1943, he was certain it was present from birth."
►May 3, 2005 - The
of Autism: Feedback Loop - United Press International - "One of
the great things about being a journalist in this day and age is how
easy it is to interact with readers in a meaningful way."
►May 2, 2005 - The
of Autism: Educated Guesses - United Press International -
"There was something similarly strange about the children who caught
Leo Kanner's attention starting in 1938. He called their behavior
►April 29, 2005 - The
of Autism: 'Absolutely different' - United Press International
- "Her name was Virginia. 'Virginia S., born Sept. 13, 1931, has
resided at a state training school for the feebleminded since 1936,
with the exception of one month in 1938, when she was paroled to a
school for the deaf for 'educational opportunity.'"
►April 29, 2005 - The
of Autism: Donald T. and Fritz V. - United Press International
- "They were born within four months of each other, Fritz V. in June of
1933 and Donald T. that September. Fritz was born in Austria, Donald in
Mississippi, but they had a surprising amount in common."
►April 28, 2005 - The
of Autism: A new approach - United Press International - "Part
2 of 2. Dr. Elizabeth Mumper, a pediatrician in Lynchburg, Va., is
concerned that the increasing number of childhood vaccinations in the
1990s may have triggered a huge increase in autism and other
developmental disorders. This article looks at treatment strategies she
and others are trying based on that view."
►April 28, 2005 - The
of Autism: Sick children - United Press International - "Part 1
of 2. Dr. Elizabeth Mumper is an unlikely contrarian. Mumper is a
pediatrician in the southern Virginia city of Lynchburg, best known as
the home of the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty Baptist University."
►April 19, 2005 - The
of Autism: Julia - United Press International - "Part 2 of 2.
Three-year old Julia is napping when I arrive at the spare, neat,
cheerful house on Musser School Road near the town of Leola in
►April 18, 2005 - The
of Autism: The Amish anomaly - United Press International -
"Part 1 of 2. Where are the autistic Amish? Here in Lancaster County,
heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, there should be well over 100 with
some form of the disorder."