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Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.
Parents Investigate Possible Link Between Mercury Toxicity and Autism
A group of parents, many active Cure Autism Now members, have recently organized the Coalition for SAFE MINDS to investigate and raise awareness of the risks to infants and children of exposure to mercury from medical products, including thimerosal in vaccines. Coalition founders Sallie Bernard, Albert Enayati, Lyn Redwood and Heidi Roger released a paper last April that found the symptoms of autism to be strikingly similar to past cases of mercury poisoning. Several clinicians investigating this issue have found elevated levels of mercury in urine samples of autistic children upon challenge tests.
Mercury is one of the most toxic substances on earth and is known to cause neurological damage even at low doses. The fetus and newborn are the most susceptible to its effects as mercury interferes with brain development processes. In the first half of the 20th century, many infants and young children developed a debilitating disease called acrodynia from exposure to small amounts of mercury in teething powders; 10% died. In July 2000, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) confirmed that low doses of mercury can cause attentional, speech, and learning problems in children exposed prenatally from mothers who ate contaminated fish.
Recently, another common source for exposure has been identified: thimerosal, a preservative often used in multi-dose infant vaccines that is comprised of 49.6% ethylmercury by weight. The Food and Drug Administration has found a significant association between exposure to thimerosal in vaccines and subsequent diagnoses of attention deficit disorder, language delay, tic disorder, and neurodevelopmental disorders in general. The SAFE MINDs study released in April 2000 has found the symptoms of autism to be strikingly similar to past cases of mercury poisoning.
The new organization will use a multi-faceted approach to achieve its goals which include:
* Working aggressively with government agencies and legislators to ensure the removal of mercury from all medical products;
* Pressing for more research to understand scientifically how mercury in these products is causing harm and how effective treatments can be developed; and
* Creating awareness campaigns to parents and pediatricians to educate them about the issue.
Cure Autism Now has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for mercury-autism research studies to be funded in early 2001.
For additional information visit http://www.safeminds.org
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Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.