Cure Autism Now | Researchers In The News | 2001 #AutisticHistory

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Researchers in the News

Two researchers who are active in the ongoing work of Cure Autism Now have recently been in the media spotlight. They are Dr. Eric Kandel of New York’s Columbia University, and Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Ira Black of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey.

On October 8th, 2000, Dr. Kandel was honored with the Nobel Prize in Medicine (along with two other awardees) for his discoveries concerning “signal transduction in the nervous system.” The human brain contains more than a hundred billion nerve cells that are connected to each other through a complex network of nerve processes. The message from one nerve cell to another is transmitted through different chemical transmitters. This signal transduction takes place in points of contact called synapses. Dr. Kandel has made pioneering discoveries concerning the type of signal transduction between nerve cells. These discoveries have been crucial in understanding the brain and how disturbances in this signal transduction can give rise to neurological and psychiatric diseases. The findings have resulted in the development of important new drugs.

Dr. Kandel’s specific work focused on how the efficiency of synapses can be modified, and the molecular mechanisms that take part. Using the nervous system of a sea slug, he demonstrated how changes of synaptic function are central for learning and both short- and long-term memory. Eric Kandel’s work has provided a critical building stone in the study of how complex memory images are stored in our nervous system, and how it is possible to recreate the memory of earlier events. In 1999-2000, Dr. Kandel also received research funding from Cure Autism Now for a genetic analysis of the role of the amygdala in an animal model of autistic behavior.

During the recent annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans, Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Ira Black was part of a report picked up by the New York Times and other news agencies. Dr. Black is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The story reported on the work of a group of researchers -including Ira Black-in repairing damaged brains. They used immature cells from recently fertilized eggs, human skin and scalp, as well as from the brains of recently dead bodies. The removed cells were grown in a dish, and subsequently transplanted into damaged animal brains.

Dr. Black has reported that stem cells in human bone marrow can be transformed into stem cells that work in the brain. (Brain stem cells are master cells that can turn into different kinds of brain and nerve cells.) He says he has grown brain cells from cells taken from bone marrow, where they ordinarily would have created bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, and fat cells. Dr. Black adds that 99 percent of bone marrow cells taken from rats and humans can be turned into nerve cells.

The work of Dr. Black, along with Dr. Fred Gage of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (also a CAN Scientific Advisory Board member) and Dr. Jeffrey Rothstein of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland has implications for major human brain diseases-including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, strokes, tumors, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

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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 workIn 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.

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