Pogo News 02/11/03

"The Truth About the Worldwide Autism Epidemic"

The truth about autism is that it currently affects 1 in 100 school age children in the U.K. and 1 in 150 in the U.S. according to the CDC's own last survey; not the 1 in 1000 figure you provide which I assume is based on the entire population. Since autism is typically first diagnosed in the young, the school-aged population is the only valid measure.

Yes! genetics is a contributing factor but according to the research of Voices of Safety International (VOSI), www.voicesofsafety.com ..."Public Health", the relative contribution of genetics is only approximately 20% compared with 80% due to the vaccination policies of the U.S. government . These policies are established by the U.S. medical and pharmaceutical industries, major contributors to this government that provides all the representation that money can buy!!!

See the truth about vaccines being the major cause for the worldwide autism epidemic. See www.voicesofsafety.com ..."Public Health" to learn that children who receive all of the government mandated vaccines are 14 times more likely to become learning disabled and 8 times more likely to become autistic compared with children who were never vaccinated.

As a government controlled media source you are doing a great job of carrying out the "party line"!

If you think I'm disgusted with this government's mandated vaccination policies you're right! I have a 37-year-old autistic son who became autistic at age 2 after he received the DPT shot. I am dedicated to fighting all parties responsible for the autism epidemic by writing VOSI standards that exposes the connection between this governments mandated vaccination policies and autism.

VOSI's biggest problem is having the federal government enforce its own law, the National Technology Transfer & Advancement Act of 1995, which requires every level of government in the U.S. to use applicable private sector standards whenever they are applicable. The VOSI standards for ending the autism epidemic require action by the FDA, CDC and Education Depts. All of these government agencies have refused to review our standards or communicate with me.. This violates the law and is inexcusable.

VOSI is seeking legal help to force this government to obey its own laws.

I look forward to your response, if you have the guts to learn the truth and not all the bullshit this government provides you with.

CONCLUSION:

1. The National Technology Transfer & Advancement Act of 1995 (NTTAA) requires every level of government in the U.S. to review and "utilize private sector standards whenever they are applicable". The enforcement of this law is required otherwise VOSI's standards for improving the health and safety of people and the environment worldwide are worthless. The U.S., state and local governments have thus far refused to enforce this law. The time has come for congress to force this industry-controlled government to enforce this law.

2. I am asking all readers of Pogo News to contact their government representative and have the NTTAA enforced and VOSI standards reviewed and commented on. Send info to dcmeserlian@voicesofsafety.com

3. Say NO to government mandated vaccinations that are destroying America's most vulnerable population...its children. See the proof at www.voicesofsafety.com ..."About VOSI". Insist on your individual right to determine the health of your children...not this tyrannical government.

4. Stop the autism epidemic...enforce the NTTAA...use VOSI's "Public Health" standards.

Donald C. Meserlian, P.E., alias Pogo 
VOSI Chairman & Revolutionary Septuagenarian ! 
Voices of Safety International 
dcmeserlian@voicesofsafety.com 
www.voicesofsafety.com

Science - Reuters New Method Finds Gene Cause of Some Autism -Study
Fri Feb 7, 3:10 PM ET
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Using a new method that separates patients by their symptoms, U.S. researchers said on Friday they found a new genetic link to autism and suggested the approach might be used to pinpoint the genetic causes of other diseases as well.

The research also suggests that several different causes may be behind autism, a disturbing and increasingly common behavioral disorder that baffles parents and doctors alike.

The new study, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, links certain types of autism to a place on chromosome 15 linked with several other disorders.

It had been suspected in autism for some time, but researchers had been unable to show that people with certain versions of genes on chromosome 15 were more likely to have autism.

The team at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina and at the University of South Carolina decided to separate out autistic children by their actual behaviors.

Autism, which affects one in 1,000 children in the United States, is defined by a wide range of symptoms, many of which are just an exaggeration of normal childhood behavior.

"All kids with autism by definition have some form of repetitive behavior," Duke child psychologist Michael Cuccaro, who helped lead the study, said in a telephone interview.

"One kind of a classical autism feature ... may be a child doing something with his hands and arms. He might be flapping them, might be waving them in front of the eyes."

Cuccaro's team focused on children with other, more prominent symptoms. "These are kids who if you changed the furniture in the room, they become extremely upset and have difficulty with that. If they normally went to bed at 7:30 and before they did that they took a bath and put pajamas on, if you changed that they would have great difficulty with that."

SIMILAR MUTATIONS

When those particular children and teen-agers were separated out, the researchers were able to find a series of mutations on chromosome 15 that seemed to be similar, said Dr. Margaret Pericak-Vance, a Duke geneticist who led the study.

They used a statistical trick, but they double-checked and the association was clear, Pericak-Vance said.

Both she and Cuccaro say that supports what many researchers have said -- that autism is a complex disease and may not be caused by the same thing in every patient.

"It's like any complex disease -- there are a number of underlying causes for it and they manifest similarly," she said. "The next thing is to look at possible interactions between the genes in this region. This region seems to be involved in a lot of different disorders."

Pericak-Vance said her team was already trying the new approach to separate out different kinds of Alzheimer's disease (news - web sites). Alzheimer's has different forms -- some are seen earlier in life than others, and Pericak-Vance hopes the method might find a genetic difference among them.

The gene on chromosome 15 that seems to be affected in the autism patients controls a neurotransmitter called ABA. That message-carrying chemical acts to turn off brain cells.

As the behavior seen in these children seems to be an extreme version of what every child does at one time or another, it could be that these particular symptoms are caused by the brain's failure to turn off a signal. In other words, it does not know when to stop -- thus the obsessive behavior.

The research did little to answer questions about whether environmental causes may be behind autism, Cuccaro said. One group of parents believes childhood vaccines may be a cause, although several studies aimed at finding out if that is true have shown no link.

"What we are coming to find about vaccines now is that there is not a lot of support for a link between the vaccine and autism," said Cuccaro. The study may help scientists find a way to treat autism, which is now incurable. If a precise genetic cause of one behavior is found, it might be possible to design a drug that will correct it.

That would not be a cure -- autism is too complex for that -- but it may be possible to moderate some of the symptoms, Cuccaro said.