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Google Alerts | Documentary Asks If Cancer, AIDS and Autism are “incurable disaseases” or …#BleachCult | Circa Dec 9, 2012

One of the featured store is followed in the documentary that of Kerri Rivera, found of Autism02, a DAN! based non-profit autism clinic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and mother of a recovering autistic child. River causes hullabaloo when she ….

Talk About Curing Autism | Dr. Gina’s Blog | Circa Oct 2008

Talk About Curing Autism

I just returned from the Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) fund raising event hosted by Jenny McCarthy and Lance Armstrong. What a fabulous event. It was wonderful to see so many people bidding on auction items, gambling in the poker tournament, sharing stories with one another about their experiences with autism and seeing the hope they have for the future of children challenged with this condition.

The highlight of the evening was hearing Jenny McCarthy say that regardless of the disagreements about the safety of vaccines and the opinions about treatments for autism that she has been up against in the media lately, the things that Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) practitioners are using to treat these kids (she used more explicit language) works – bottom line!

In our brief conversation I mentioned that LTP Natural Medical Center has signed up to donate DAN! treatments for under-served children selected by her non-profit organization.  Graciously thanking me she commented that she sometimes feels like she’s in a Star Wars movie – fighting off the darkness and ushering in the light. As a doctor treating autism in my practice, I support what she is doing 100%. She is a doer, raising awareness and genuinely offering hope to families and children affected by autism.

Thank you TACA, Jenny McCarthy and Lance Armstrong for giving a voice to the children, families and doctors working hard to bring light to this condition.

In health,

Dr. Gina

Source: Talk About Curing Autism | Dr. Gina’s Blog

Why the Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Protocol Was Ended

Dr. Bernard Rimland, the founder of the Autism Research Institute, was one of the most important contributors to our modern understanding of autism. It was he who led the movement to end the persecution of parents based on the false idea that autism could be caused by “cold” mothers.

But it was also Rimland who, incorrectly, led many parents to believe that autism was caused by vaccines. His approach to “curing” autism, which he called Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!), led many to undertake risky and expensive treatments.

While many parents anecdotally claim that the DAN! Protocol “cured” their children, there is virtually no research evidence to support this. More significantly, there are many large research studies which have found that Rimland’s vaccine-based theories were incorrect. …

Source: Why the Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Protocol Was Ended

Government Actions against DAN! Doctors


Government Actions against DAN! Doctors

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) was a project of the Autism Research Institute (ARI) that began in 1995 and ended in 2010.

From about 2001 through 2011, ARI’s Web site published a Clinical Registry that listed the names of doctors who had attended DAN! conferences.

In July 2002, ARI asked all who were listed to sign a statement of support and to indicate which of 33 types of treatment they offered.

Searching the licensing board sites and elsewhere, I have found that at least 69 of the medical and osteopathic physicians listed in online DAN! registries between 2001 and 2011 have been subjected to regulatory actions.

I also found two chiropractors, one of whom also has a naturopathic license. Here they are, categorized according what I believe to be most significant concern.

A red asterisk indicates that the doctor’s license was either revoked, surrendered, or permanently suspended in at least one state. Click the links to access details of each case.

Dubious DAN!-related practices

See more here: Government Actions against DAN! Doctors


DAN! doctors followed the Defeat Autism Now! biomed protocols to treat or cure autism developed by Bernard Rimland of the Autism Research Institute. In addition to actual physicians, DAN! doctors included chiropractors, homeopaths, naturopaths, and nutritionists, etc. In 2011, the Autism Research Institute, following the death of Bernard Rimland, ended their relationship with DAN! doctors, … Continue reading DAN! Doctors →

Source: DAN! Doctors – VAXOPEDIA

Google News Alert for: autism | Circa Aug 26, 2008

Tue, Aug 26, 2008, 12:12 PM | Google News Alert for: autism

Vaccines and autism
Arizona Daily Star – Tucson,AZ,USA
I don’t believe that vaccines cause autism. But I understand that many parents are convinced they do, and I won’t change their minds. 
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Autism Speaks Names Susan Maxwell And Marcia Weinstein Walk Co 
PR.com (press release) – Levittown,NY,USA
Maxwell and Weinstein will be responsible for directing the Inaugural Treasure Coast Walk Now for Autism community event on Saturday, February 21, 
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New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill Creating Autism Council
eMaxHealth.com – Hickory,NC,USA
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch took the next step toward implementing an ambitious State Plan to improve services to individuals with autism and related 
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Autism’s cause remains mystery
San Angelo Standard Times – san angelo,tx,USA
Pediatricians do not know what causes autism or autism spectrum disorders, but we do understand the frustration of families who want to know the answers. 
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Kids’ vaccinations face risky resistance
Chicago Tribune – United States
Over and over, careful scientific research has found no link between vaccinations and autism. Experts note that autism tends to emerge at the same age 
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Medical marijuana proves a valuable treatment for autism
PR CannaZine (press release) – South Wales,UK
On page 7 of this issue of the ARRI you will find a letter from Ray Gallup, a well-known autism activist in New Jersey whose teenage son has become 
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Connecting with An Adult Child with Autism – Your Advice Requested
About – News & Issues – New York,NY,USA
A reader writes of her adult son with autism: I need help. I love my adult son deeply and want to be there for him, but any mention of him being anything 
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Google Blogs Alert for: autism

Mid-morning mash: Star Wars, autism diet, DAN! conference
By sammiller 
The chain launched the experiment in March, after being lobbied by Bill Robinson, the grandfather of a child with autism. The Olathe theater was the second AMC theater in the country to modify the movie experience for an autistic 
Inside Autism – http://autism.freedomblogging.com

Autism Among Minneapolis Somalis
By Richard 
Autism, a brain disorder that can cause disruptive and withdrawn behavior, has been rising rapidly throughout the country. The discovery of a cluster among Somalis, experts say, could help scientists shed light on why. 
Exploring Autism – http://exploring-autism.richardgwhite.com

Sharyl Attkisson’s 3rd autism/vaccine concession
By Kev 
Now, in 2008, it is obvious that the epilepsy and resultant developmental impairment and “autism” are not caused by DTP but, rather, are due to Dravet syndrome (or severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy), which is a genetic epilepsy with 
Left Brain/Right Brain – http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk

What Should I try First? Supplements for Autism Part 2
By Sarah 
One of, if not the, greatest obstacles to most children with autism’s health is the inability to properly digest food to obtain the nutrients. To answer this problem there are a few options. One is to introduce enzymes to break down the 
wakingsophie.com – http://wakingsophie.com

Oxford leads the way with autism guidelines
Going to church can be stressful and exhausting for some people – and clergy and congregations need to do more to help. That’s the message in new guidelines published by the Diocese on meeting the needs of people with autism and 
Diocese of Oxford: – http://www.oxford.anglican.org/

Bernard Rimland | Circa 1928 – 2006

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Bernard Rimland
Bernard Rimland (second from right) in front of the Autism Research Institute (ARI)
BornNovember 15, 1928
ClevelandOhio, U.S.
DiedNovember 21, 2006 (aged 78)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Alma materSan Diego State University (Bachelor’s)
Pennsylvania State University (PhD)
Known forAutism: researched causesepidemic, the thiomersal theory, and biomedicaltreatment.
Scientific career
InstitutionsAutism Research Institute
Autism Society of America
Defeat Autism Now!

Bernard Rimland (November 15, 1928 – November 21, 2006) was an American research psychologist, writer, lecturer, and advocate for children with developmental disorders. Rimland’s first book, Infantile Autism, sparked by the birth of a son who had autism, was instrumental in changing attitudes toward the disorder. Rimland founded and directed two advocacy groups: the Autism Society of America (ASA) and the Autism Research Institute.[1]



Rimland completed his undergraduate studies and earned a master’s degree in psychology at San Diego State University.[2] He obtained his Ph.D. in experimental psychology and research design, from Pennsylvania State University in 1953.[1]


Upon completion of his doctorate, Rimland and his wife moved back to San Diego. Rimland worked as a psychologist at the Point Loma Naval Station,[2] where he remained until 1985.[3]

After the birth of his son, Mark, and his subsequent diagnosis of autism around the age of 2, Rimland began researching the disorder. The prevailing theory in the 1950s was that autism was the reaction of children to mothers who were “cold and distant”. Rimland’s personal experience contradicted this idea of “refrigerator mothers” and he began searching for alternative explanations.[2]

In 1964, Rimland published his book, Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior. In the book, Rimland asserted that autism was not a psychological manifestation caused by unfeeling parents,[4] a widely held belief popularized by Bruno Bettelheim.[3] Instead, Rimland suggested, autism was a result of biochemical defects “triggered by environmental assaults”. He acknowledged that there may also be a genetic component predisposing children to the disorder. Rimland argued that autism could “be treated—or at least ameliorated—with biomedical and behavioral therapies.”[3]Infantile Autism challenged the medical establishment’s perceptions of autism.[5][2] Rimland’s message resonated with parents and, after the book was published, he began getting calls and letters from people who wanted to share their stories and ask for advice.[2]

In 1965, Rimland founded the Autism Society of America (ASA), a parent advocacy organization, to “work on behalf of autistic children and their families at local, state and national levels.”[6]

In 1967, Rimland left the ASA to established the Autism Research Institute (ARI), a San Diego-based non-profit organization dedicated to researching and collecting data on autism and related disorders.[7] He kept a database of research and case histories, as well as conducted and sponsored research in an attempt identify the cause of autism and offer effective treatment solutions. Rimland supported Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), a systematic educational approach made popular by Ivar Lovaas.[3] He published an ARI newsletter, which reached an international audience.[8]

Rimland was also the editor of the Autism Research Review International,[9] published by ARI, which covers biomedical and educational advances in autism research.

In 1988, Rimland served as technical advisor on autism for the 1988 movie Rain Man. Rimland suggested giving Raymond Babbitt, the movie’s main character portrayed by Dustin Hoffman,[3] the extraordinary characteristics of someone with Savant syndrome.[10] Hoffman interviewed Rimland’s son, Mark, in preparing for the role.[2] He felt the movie portrayed people with disabilities, and particularly autism, sympathetically.[11][12] The makers of the movie made a donation of $75,000, intended to go to Rimland’s Autism Research Institute. However, the check was made out to the Autism Society of America in error. Rimland sued to get the money returned, but lost in court because he failed to file the lawsuit in time.[13]

Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!), established in 1995, brought together parents, clinicians, and researchers to “explore and establish effective biomedical interventions.[8][5]

Stance on key issues[edit]

Rimland was outspoken on what he believed to be the major causes for autism: environmental pollutants, antibiotics, and vaccinations.[3] Sometimes, this put him at odds with the established medical community. In a letter to the editor of the Washington Post in 1997, Rimland wrote: “The reason that the public–and Congress–supports alternative medicine is that conventional medicine, despite its arrogance, is far too ineffective, far too harmful and far too costly. Non-conventional medicine is a rational alternative to a much greater evil–conventional medicine.”[14]


Rimland considered vaccinations to be a “prime suspect” in the onset of autism.[15] He maintained that, while not proven, there was a direct link between thiomersal (a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines) and autism.[3][16] He supported Andrew Wakefield‘s now discredited suggestion that the MMR vaccine was linked to autism. Rimland contented that the vaccination triggered autism by placing a burden on the immune systems of children between birth and age 2.[17]

Rimland linked the increase of late-onset autism during the 1980s with the introduction of the MMR vaccine,[3] a correlation the Center for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association did not support.[18] He rejected the idea that a diagnosis of autism at or around 18 months, the same time the vaccinations were administered, was coincidental.[16] When the California Department of Health Services, along with studies from England and Finland, reported that the vaccine “plays little or no role in the disease,” Rimland stated that it was “much too early to dismiss the [vaccine] hypothesis”.[17] He remained undeterred when a study by Robert L. Davis, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found no association between MMR and inflammatory bowel disease, discussed in the Wakefield report, “nor any evidence that the vaccine triggered acute onset of symptoms.”[17] In 2004, all but 13 of the original co-authors of the Wakefield study recanted their findings due to insufficient evidence.[19] The United States Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its 2004 report found that, “the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism.”[20]

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), National Health Service (NHS), World Health Organization (WHO), European Medicines Agency (EMEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control(CDC), and many other national and international medical organizations have issued statements of a similar nature, finding no link between autism and thimerosal based on the evidence currently available from a variety of studies.[21][22][23][24][25][26][27]


Rimland supported chelation therapy, a treatment for lead and heavy metal poisoning, for some children with autism. Neither the American Academy of Pediatrics[21] nor Federal Drug Administration (FDA)[28] support the use of chelation for the treatment of autism.

Diet therapy and secretin[edit]

Rimland supported research that focused on “natural, non-toxic ways” to address symptoms of autism. He believed that vitamins (specifically B-6 and magnesium) and minerals could help change body chemistry and bring about behavioral changes.[4][29][30][31]

Rimland advocated the use of secretin, a “naturally occurring intestinal hormone, saying it was “possibly the most important discovery in the history of autism.[32][33] He claimed that children treated with the hormone showed “sudden and dramatic improvement”. However, researchers in North Carolina and the University of Chicago in separate studies showed that the children receiving treatments with secretin showed “no more improvement” than those receiving a placebo. This treatment was not recommended by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.[34][35]

Facilitated communication[edit]

Rimland was an early supporter of facilitated communication (FC) (now discredited),[36] though he disputed founder Douglas Biklen‘s claims that autism was “fundamentally a motor problem”. Rimland said, “How is it possible that an autistic kid can pick up the last tiny crumbs of potato chips off a plate but not have sufficient motor coordination to type the letter E?”[37]

At first, Rimland claimed the technique was effective for “a small number of people”,[38] but far fewer than the 100% success rate claimed by some proponents.[39] He advocated “properly conducted research” to determine whether correct answers could be obtained if the facilitator did not know the answers.[40][41]

As FC generated false claims of abuse (about 25 by his count in 1993),[42] mostly against parents, Rimland’s view of FC’s usefulness changed to one of caution. “In almost every instance of this sort, when charges have come to court and been investigated, courts have decided that they were untrue.”[39][38]

Rimland became a “vigorous critic” of FC after “more than two dozen ‘blind’ trials, showed the people with autism being facilitated “typed the names of objects that only the facilitators had been shown.”[43] In 1995, Rimland reported that peer-reviewed studies (40+) with more than 400 people with autism as subjects had “failed to document FC in all but a handful of cases.”[37] As a result, in 1994, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association noted in their position statements that “there is no scientific proof that communication via a facilitator is valid.”[37]

Personal life[edit]

Rimland was born on November 15, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his family moved to San Diego, California in 1940.[2]

In 1951, Rimland married Gloria Belle Alf. They had three children. Mark, born in 1956, exhibited challenging behaviors which Rimland self-diagnosed through research as autism. This condition, relatively unknown at the time, was confirmed by a pediatrician.[2]

Rimland died of prostate cancer on November 21, 2006 at a care facility in El Cajon, California.[2]