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Why is Autism so controversial?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on June 23, 2007

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Autism: The Disease, The Debate, and The Devastated Families – by Catherine Morgan

This week in a New York Times article, the debate continued over the cause and treatment of Autism. A family once united is now divided.

A year after their grandson Christian received a diagnosis of autism in 2004, Bob Wright, then chairman of NBC/Universal, and his wife, Suzanne, founded Autism Speaks, a mega-charity dedicated to curing the dreaded neurological disorder that affects one of every 150 children in America today.

The Wrights’ venture was also an effort to end the internecine warfare in the world of autism — where some are convinced that the disorder is genetic and best treated with intensive therapy, and others blame preservatives in vaccinations and swear by supplements and diet to cleanse the body of heavy metals. — read full article,

But for those of us who don’t know too much about autism…What is autism? What are the sypmptoms of autism?

I thought this was very interesting…

Johnson & Johnson Clears Their Own Product of Autism Link

(as you read keep in mind Big Tobacco’s claims of “no link to lung cancer”)

I am sure that if you have viewed a news source this week you have seen that mercury in vaccines has once again been cleared of any link to autism. Articles also state, “Shows over, nothing to see here, move along now… the grown ups need to talk.”

This study was done in 2005. So why the big release two years later? Some have suggested that it is because the Vaccine Omnibus Hearings that will actually look at the link and make a decision as to the veracity of vaccine safety claimes will start next month.

Billions and Billions of dollars will be lost by corporations if a link is established.

So here is the story behind the story by an actual chemist who understands mercury, and the initial response from SafeMinds, who will be releasing a full review of the study later. — Read this full post at Adventures in Autism

See many posts on Autism by David Kirby at Huffington Post.

What is Autism and Could Stem Cell Therapy Help?

See More:

Here is BlogHer posts on autism…

Autism: The Parent’s Perspective

Many BlogHers are blogging on their experiences with autism, here are a few of those blogs…

Play Is The Work

The Karianna Spectrum

Autismland: The Autism Reality Show Starring Charlie

The Family Room

Read full post at BlogHerAutism: The Disease, The Debate, and The Devastated Families


One Response to “Why is Autism so controversial?”

  1. liara said

    I wrote an article about startling ADHD drug prescription statistics for children in Australia and abroad:
    this prompts us to rethink yhy are Western societies have evolved to drug so many children. Is it unnecessary? It makes sense to consider the motives of and repercussions for pharmeuceutical industries, governments, parents, physicians, judicial systems and other people.

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