Monday, January 20, 2020

Autistic History: Susan Swedo

Susan Swedo is a pediatric and neuropsychiatry reseracher. Starting in 1988, she has been the Chief of Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch of the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In 1994, Swedo was the lead author on a paper, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS). It proposed the link between group A strep infections in children to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Tourette syndrome in children.

Swedo earned a bachelers of art from Agustana College in 1977. She also recieved a MD degree from Southern Illinois University School of medicine in 1980. Her residency in pediatrics was at the Children's Memorial Hospital of the McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University.

After she completed her residency, Swedo served as Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Northwestern University until 1986. She then joined Judith L. Rapoport's laboratory as senior staff fellow in the Child Psychiatry Branch of NIHM. When she was there, she conducted research on pharmacological treatments for childhood OCD. She proposed it was similar to rheumatic fever. She said it was an inappropriate autoimmune response in the brain and this leads to repetitive behaviors. This mechanism is not clear.

She was granted tenure in 1992. In 1994, Swedo was the Head of Behavioral Pediatrics. From 1995 to 1998 she served as the Acting Scientific Director fro NIMH. In 1998, she was the Chief of the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch at NIMH. At Pediatrics and Developmental Neuropsychiatry, Swedo conducted research on the causes of OCD, anxiety, and autism.

Swedo was a member of the DSM-V task force. It was already published. It is an updated version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Swedo has won several awards. They are American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry Award for Scientific achievement and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology International Award for Clinical Research. She has written "Its Not all In Your Head: The Real Causes and Newest Solutions to Women's Most Common Health Problems." She co-authored "Is it Just a Phase? How to Tell Common Childhood Phases from More Serious Problems."

In September of 2006, Swedo launched a widespread but unproven use of chelation therapy. This was based on the hypothesis that mercury containing vaccine preservative thiomersal is linked with autism. The trial was to compare the chelator DMSA with a placebo. It was to see if the social or language skills of the test subjects improved after 12 weeks. The trial was halted in February 2007 due to ethical concerns about safety following the new evidence of risks of permanent cognitive and emotional problems in otherwise healthy rodents that were give the DMSA.

In 2016, Swedo was a speaker at Autism One.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

What is MMS?

For those who don’t know who I am. My name is Amanda Seigler and I am an autistic advocate. I have been behind the scenes fighting abusive treatments done to autistic children for over six years. One in particular has been under scrutiny in the media over the past week. Now I do not have to keep quiet about this issue. It is public. This treatment is called Miracle Mineral Solution.

Miracle Mineral Solution by the Genesis II church

Miracle Mineral Solution is Chlorine Dioxide. It is FDA approved for certain applications. This application is for purifying water in very minute concentrations. The application in this case, is a “miracle” cure for autism. This is applied in much higher concentrations into enemas, oral solutions, topical solutions and even in humidifiers. Side effects include sores, rashes, liver failure, jaundice, vomiting, diarrhea, shedding the intestinal lining and even altering red blood cells.
Who came up with such a horror? Jim Humble at the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing. Jim Humble claims it is a miracle cure for Autism, diabetes, cancer, ebola, malaria, etc. Jim Humble fled to Mexico. The archbishop of this church is now Mark Grenon. Mark Grenon’s son, Bishop Jonathon Grenon, is distributing it in Brandonton, Florida.
How did it get marketed to autistic families?
A real estate agent named Kerri Rivera met with Jim Humble about MMS and they developed a protocol to administer to autistic children. She claims her protocol has “healed” her son. She wrote a book explaining exactly how her protocol worked. It is called “Healing the symptoms known as Autism. She claims its not bleach. She introduced this protocol at Jenny McCarthy’s Autism One Conference. At this conference, she taught parents how to poison their children.

How did I get involved?
My son was diagnosed as autistic when he was three. After seeing the neurologist, there was not a lot of information available to me. Because of this, I started to research on the internet. My own mother told me to listen to what Jenny McCarthy had to say. I was in college and knew her findings were not based on science. I found a lot of information but one thing in particular caught my attention. MMS was advertised as a miracle cure. I looked further into it. Chlorine Dioxide. It is an industrial beach and was being used as a cure. I could not believe what I saw. I thought it was fake. I looked further into that. “These parents have to be stopped, “ I thought.
Later I was looking for positive autistic groups because most of the support groups were complaining about their children. How much of a burden their children are. It disgusted me.
Emma Dalmayne rescued me out of a “martyr mom” group and I was very grateful. Over time we became very close friends. I really appreciate her for that. Through her, I figured out I am on the spectrum as well. I had gotten myself formally diagnosed. I felt a sense of relief.
After knowing Emma for a while, she started posting photos and screen shots of people poisoning their kids and she needed help reporting in the United States. I was more than happy to help. This has been going on for six years. Through this process, I also met up with Melissa Eaton. The three of us. along with many others, have been reporting parents all over the world who subject their children to such abuse.
New media Coverage Changed our fight

Image from news story at NBC

When Brandy Zadrozny from NBC Universal contacted Emma, she pointed her into my and Melissa’s direction. We have been working for three months on this monumental story. We were contacted by HLN, and local news stations. A major pod cast in Australia wanted to talk to us. The outcry has been incredible! I never expected it to go as viral as it did. I no longer have to keep quiet. Now that we are getting the support we need, we are going to try to introduce legislation to protect these children and vulnerable adults. This is what we needed to make real change. Let’s make waves, and protect our vulnerable children and adults.
Petition for Change
Here is a link to our petition. Please sign it to help us get the legislation passed for the children.

What is ABA and My Experience

What is ABA?

ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA is a type of therapy that focuses on improving behaviors such as social skills, communication, reading academics, etc. ABA is effective on children and adults with psychological disorders and neurological differences. Some methods are opperant conditioning, classical conditioning and other dog training techniques. Its goals it to make a child appear typical. There is no room for a child having emotions or feelings through the process. It leaves the child to feel over time that they are not good enough and they need to mask. They must never show their true self.   If a child does not comply, they have been known to restrain, take away a comfort item, etc. It has been known to cause PTSD. A link to the study.

History of ABA

ABA's roots are with behaviorism. In the 1950's Dr. Ole Ivar Lovaas started his work in institutional settings were treatments used using Freudian approaches. People who were self injuring were given hugs and given love (no body autonomy there). There was a theory that they were acting out because their parents did not show them love or were incapable of doing so. In 1960, Dr. Leo Kanner described parents of autistic children as "happening to defrost enough to produce a child." This is where the term "refrigerator parent" came from. Bruno Bettelheim promoted the use of the term. Bettleheim felt the children would benefit from a "parent ectomy" or removed from the home. They would be better served in a clinic or an institution. This was when autism was viewed as a disorder of faulty parenting. 

Don Baer, Montrose Wolf, Sid Bijou, Todd Risley, James Sherman and Ivar Lovaas were establishing behavior modification at the University of Washington. Lovaas introduced behavior modification to institutions for people self injuring behaviors. Some were sever enough to cause premature death. 

Treatment included no longer providing hugs and love when engaging in self injurious behavior. Love and hugs were given when the patients were not injuring themselves. They would apply punishments. One example is electric shock. The results of the data showed on most occasions self injury was a result of prior learning, not traumatic childhood events. It could be modified by altering contingencies following their occurrence. Self injury was acquired through positive social attention, and reduced when removed. Attention, first behavior function, was identified. 

In the 1960's, Lovaas attempted to "help" children avoid the path to institutions by creating an intervention to teach language to autistic children. The hope of it was language would generalize other core differences that autistic people experience. This is when they started to pathologize play. Children received 40 hours a week of this training for about thirteen months. After the thirteen months, children were discharged to their home or institutions. The second phase was years later. The treatment and no treatment phases were a result of loss of acquisition funding. This lead to a research design known as AB-BA reversal. This is now considered unethical, along with everything he did. This study was the first to demonstrate young autistic children could learn at an accelerated rate. New parameters for treatment were discovered. This was the first intensive early intervention study. 

During the 1980's, practitioners were working off the strengths and limitations from the 1973 study. These were significant steps to alter the way autistic children received treatment. A study called 'Behavioral Treatment and Normal Intellectual Functioning in Young Children with Autism" was published. 60 children were put into three groups. Two groups received 40 hours a week. The control group recieved 10 hours per week of the same "therapy." Lovaas was known as the "father of ABA after this study. 

In 1993, Lovaas published "Long-Term Outcome for Children With Autism Who Received Intensive Behavioral Treatment." This was to answer the question of "What happens to the children after they receive therapy?" The findings show 8 out of 9 had maintained their masks. They no longer acted autistic. 

My Experience with ABA

Everyone raves about ABA and how wonderful it is. Not a lot of people have asked an autistic adult about their experience with it. I had blocked out my memories of it until I got involved with an autistic support group prior to my diagnosis.

My mother called it “therapy to make her normal”. I am the only girl so it was me. I was forced to maintain eye contact through the tears. When I did, an M & M was placed in my mouth like you would a dog during a training session. While that happened, i remember my parents calling me dog names. “be a good doggie for the nice lady trainer” and other things like that. My parents have Narsisistic Personality Disorder.

I was made to sit on my hands when I would clap or flap. It hurt. She would call me bad. I was a very sensitive child. Having ADHD would do that.
My stim as a child was squeezing and petting a plushie. It was always taken. The therapist told my mother I should never be allowed to do that.

The therapist told me I would not eat or a preferred toy if I did not look at her. She even slapped my hands when I started to fidget. Just the name of the therapist caused a bad reaction with me. Her name was Rebecca. The only major meltdowns I had as a child were during these sessions.
My true self was being suppressed and caused major depression as I continued to do this. When I close my eyes, I see myself in these “therapy” sessions. Its almost like I relive them.
I was not diagnosed then but my parents paid out of pocket for this to make me normal. They started this soon after my ADHD diagnosis. They even gave my other brother pills to try to stop a head tick.
To this day I do not make eye contact, I do not like it. I fake it by staring at a person’s forehead when necessary. Just because I am not looking you in the eye, does not mean I am not listening to you.
My meltdowns at 9 became so bad, this Rebecca could not handle me. She quit. After ABA stopped, I was as happy as I could be, being raised by NPD parents.

This is not made for sympathy, but I want people to be aware of the dangers of it. This was very painful to write. I had these memories blocked out for years. It resurfaced when a friend of mine was doing her job in spreading awareness of this harmful practice. I thank her for unburrying it for me so I can educate people from my experience.

I teach my children to love themselves for who they are. They do not need to change who they are. They do go to therapy like speech, OT and play therapy. Nothing like I experienced.

My Comparison of ABA to Gay Conversion Therapy


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Problems with Adam's FMT Study

The FMT results sound promising for a martyr or warrior parent but the study was not nonbiased. There are connections between Adams and Jeff Bradstreet,  the anti-vaxxer movement, the abandoned chelation therapy study, Generation Rescue, Autism Research Institute and Autism One

Connection between Adams and Bradstreet:

Adams and Jeff Bradstreet were investigators in at least three previous studies together:

A Case-Control Study of Mercury Burden in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Safety and efficacy of oral DMSA therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders: Part A - Medical results

The Severity of Autism Is Associated with Toxic Metal Body Burden and Red Blood Cell Glutathione Levels

These studies are always to find the cure or "fix" autistics. They research biomedical or pseudoscience methods to "treat" autistics.

Connection between Adams and the Antivaxxer Movement

When posting on the official Facebook page for Arizona State University, he was promoting the controversial documentary Vaxxed. He later added a disclaimer explaining that the documentary only covers one side of the MMR controversy.

Adams was also interviewed by Del Bigtree. Bigtree was the creater of Vaxxed. 

Connection to the Abandoned Chelation Study in 2006

In 2006, Susan Swedo launched a study to prove that chelation was an effective treatment for autism. The National Institute of Health halted this due to lab rats having brain damage from the treatment. The risks did not outweigh the benefits. TACA did show some resistance. They accused the NID of halting progress. They use anecdotal evidence which does not have any weight in these type of studies. 

In the Book Outsmarting Autism (2019), both Adams and Swedo were mentioned. They were credited for working together on the First International Symposium on Microbiome Health. This was located at the Children's Hospital Research Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas. Together they sought to design a therapy to modulate or manipulate their microbiomes. Microbiomes is the community of microorganisms that are in the gut. 

screenshot from google books

Connection to Generation Rescue

One year after establishment, Autism Nutrition Research Center made a donation of supplements to Generation Rescue. 

Shown on this tax form

Connection to the Autism Research Institute

Adams is on the Science Advisory Panel at Autism Research Institute

They are still relying on parent reporting as proof of effectiveness of any treatments such as chelation which is very dangerous. 

Connection of Adams, Bradstreet, and Swedo with Autism One

All three of these researchers have been presenters at Autism One. No surprise there! 


Autistic History: James B. Adams

James B. Adams is a President's Professor at Arizona State University. He is the director of the autism/asperger's research program (that is what it is called, not my words). He currently holds a post at the South West College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is also president of the Autism Society of Greater Pheonix. On top of all that, he is also the co-chair for the Autism Research Institute's advisory committee. He has received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award from President George Bush in 1996. He has been trying to cure autistics for years. He has also was a speaker for Autism One.

In 1984, Adams earned his bachelors degree from Duke University in physics. He also earned his Masters of Science and PhD in materials engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Adams was a former assistant of engineering and associate professor of engineering from 1989 to 1996 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1989 to 1996. He then became an associate professor at Arizona State University.

Adams had an interest in Autism. This is because his daughter Kim was diagnosed in 1994. He suspects it is caused by vaccines and he stopped vaccinating her after diagnosis.

 He hypothesized that heavy metals, especially cadmium and mercury, played a role in the development of autism. He advocates the treatment of chelation therapy. He goes on to say that elevated testosterone levels are linked to the depletion of gluthion. He said it resulted with increased susceptibility to heavy metals. He cited a study by Simon Baron- Cohen that had "major logical and factual flaws," according to some researchers.

In 2015, Adams Founded Autism Nutrition Research Center. This non for profit puts out more supplement marketed to autistic children. There has already been an adverse effect from his supplements.

In 2019, Adams and a group of researchers published a study that claims that Fecal Microbiota Transplant therapy has success with autistic people. He has a hard time getting funding for his research, he has a go fund me campaign to fund his research!

He presented this study at Autism One:

In a 2006 NBC News interview, Adams stated that acrodynia, a condition that affected children more than a century ago, was caused by mercury containing teething powder. He claimed that the "symptoms of acrodynia were pretty similar to the symptoms of autism." A paper published in the medical journal Pediatrics, notes many major differences between the two conditions.

In 2016, Adams posted an advertisement for the anti vaxxer documentary Vaxxed on of of ASU's offical Facebook pages. After receiving some well recieved clap back, he added the disclaimer "represents only one side of the MMR-vaccine controversy." He later admitted that he had not seen the movie before making this post! It was later deleted by ASU's request. He continued to promote the film as president of Autism Society of Greater Phoenix. He denied that he is an antivaxxer but says he believes in rare cases it may cause autism. This is despite replicating results numerous times in different studies that proves quite the opposite.

He has been trying to cure autistic people instead of listening to them. He is very dangerous to the autistic community.


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Friday, January 17, 2020

Quackery Exposed: Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Fecal transplant is another treatment said to cure autism. Recently in the news, Melissa Eaton exposed them. What is Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)?

FMT is a procedure that delivers healthy human donor stool to a patient via colonoscopy, enema, nasogastric tube, or in capsules (known as poop pills). It is only prescribed for serious C. Diff infections. 

  • C. diff is a serious infection — one that causes debilitating diarrhea and in the U.S., in 2011 alone, C. diff was responsible for 29,000 deaths in adults. Treating C. diff begins with administering antibiotics; however, recurrence is common. By the third episode of severe C. diff, it is unlikely antibiotics will cure the infection; so, your child’s doctor may consider FMT as an option. It is still an experimental procedure and should only be done under medical intervention. 

How does FMT work?

The GI tract has an “ecosystem” of thousands of bacteria and other organisms that help keep the body healthy. When your child is given an antibiotic, this ecosystem is disrupted, allowing the growth of disease-causing bacteria, such as C. diff.
With a fecal transplant, “good” microorganisms from the donor stool are infused into the patient. Healthy bacteria begin to grow and prevent C. diff from recurring.
Stool donors are rigorously screened and stool samples are extensively tested before being used for FMT
About the FMT procedure
  • Colonoscopy: A thin hollow tube with an attached camera is placed up the colon and a catheter-tipped syringe is used to inject donor stool through the channel.
  • Enema: Although, less invasive than a colonoscopy, a fecal enema often needs to be performed more than once, because the donor stool doesn’t reach the colon.
  • Nasogastric (NG) tube: Using a thin, flexible feeding tube, doctors insert donor stool through a patient’s nostril, down the throat and into the stomach.
  • Oral capsules, known as “poop pills.”

The long-term results of FMT are unknown, so you’ll need to sign an informed-consent form on behalf of your child.
To prepare for the transplant, your child should have an empty GI tract. This often means drinking only clear fluids and abstaining from eating for 24 hours before the procedure.
If your child has mild or moderate C. diff, they may also be asked to drink a liquid to encourage a bowel movement; however, children with more severe infections will not follow this same protocol.

Risks of FMT

When the procedure is used for its intended purpose, there is a risk of infection transmission. There are the HIV, hepatitis and retrovirus. In the proper setting, all donor stool is tested thoroughly to minimize this. 

It is an experimental procedure. There are many risks that are unknown. To undergo this is very risky. 

Why for Autism?

Dr. Jason Klop, an naturopath from Vancouver in Canada claims to be the first and only clinic to duplicate the treatment which was developed by Dr. James Adams and their team at Arizona State University. At 18 weeks, they claim they observed 80% improvement from a baseline in digestive related symptoms .They also claim that there is a 25% improvement in "autism related symptoms" in 8 weeks. 
At the two year followup, they said they observed 80% improvement in digestive symptoms maintained and another 20% "improvement in autism related symptoms." 

Klop sends all his families with autistic children to a retreat in Mexico. It is illegal to perform this procedure in Canada and the United States. It takes place at a hotel in  Rosarito Beach, Mexico. The treatments take place in a clinic across the street from the hotel. When I looked on Google maps, all I saw was a veterinary hospital. 

The treatment and retreats cost a total of $15,000. 

It is only a legal procedure for C. Diff. Not all people with C. Diff are candidates for this experimental procedure. 

Here is a video explaining exactly what he does. It was a Facebook live by Klop:

The infection risk is great. They have donor stool from two children aged 14 and 15 years old. These children are not vaccinated. The donors are tested but to only collect samples from two children, imagine what life must be like for these kids. 

Some of the samples are up to two weeks old! A lot can happen to fecal samples in over 24 hours, let alone 2 weeks!

The FDA issued a warning on this dangerous practice.
In a Dutch Study, there was transmission of parasites during FMT:
Klop or his associates had connected all his parents with a Facebook Group called Klop Kids. It is thought to be shut down due to efforts by the talented Melissa Eaton. She reported this atrocity to the Candadian media. 

The article is here:

Klop connected all his families with a Facebook group called Klop Kids. The group has been reportedly shut down. It is said that they opened a new group but a $5,000 deposit must be paid for entry in the group. 

Screen Shots from the group and Klop's Website:

Autistic History: Jeff Bradstreet

Jeff Bradstreet was an alternative medicine doctor who lived from 1954-2015. He was an American who was a former preacher. He ran the International Child Development Resource Center in Melbourne, Florida. He also ran a medical practice in Buford, Georgia and Arizona. He practice homeopathy at those practices. He also founded Good News Doctor Foundation where his goal was to combine christian beliefs with his medical practice.

Bradstreet obtained his Florida Medical Licence in 1984. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of South Florida in 1976. He went onto medical school at the same institution three years later. He focused on aerospace medicine. He received his training from WIlford Hall Medical Center.

Why Bradstreet was Problematic

He published autism research, where he claimed that vaccines cause autism. He did so in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. This is not indexed by PubMed. His research claimed that autistic children had a higher level of mercury and that three children had measles RNA in their cerobrospinal fluid. The Institute of Medicine rejected any relationship between vaccines and autism. 

Bradstreet treated an autistic child by the name of Colten Snyder with chelation therapy. He said that it will remove mercury from the child's body. The hair, blood and urine tests failed to show any abnormal levels of mercury. This child visited Bradstreet's office 160 times in 8 years. 

Stephen Barrett stated, "It appears to me that Bradstreet decides which of his nonstandard theories to apply and records diagnosis that embodies them." He describes Bradstreet's mercury theory as "phony."

Peter Hotez (post coming later) characterized Bradstreet's proposal to treat autism with chelation therapy as dangerous. 

When interviewed by the Chicago Tribune, Bradstreet defended the use of intravenous (IV) immunoglobulin as an autism treatment. He said,"Every kid with autism should have a trial of IVIG if money was not an option and IVIG was abundant."

He published research about the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for autism. It was concluded as ineffective. He also published a paper arguing that autistic children have an increased risk of oxidative stress.

Other treatments used were GcMaf. He claimed to have treated 600 children. He also endorsed stem cell therapy as an autism treatment.

When he was the subject of a GcMaf raid, he committed suicide. His body was found with a bullet to the chest. Friends and families blamed drug corporations and the FDA. Everyone else they blamed but Bradstreet himself. His patients did not even believe he killed himself.

It was ruled a suicide by the local sheriff. Bradstreet's family raised $33,000 online for "an exhaustive investigation into the possibility of foul play."

Since his death, the conspiracy theories fell apart and there was evidence linking Bradstreet to his online industry in unapproved quackery.

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  4. Jump up to:a b c Alastair Jamieson. "Anti-Vaccine Doctor Jeff Bradstreet Dead in Apparent Suicide"NBC News. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
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  6. Jump up to:a b Michael E. Miller (June 29, 2015). "Anti-vaccine doctor behind 'dangerous' autism therapy found dead. Family cries foul"The Washington Post. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
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  10. ^ Bradstreet, JJ; Dahr, JE (2004). "Detection of Measles Virus Genomic RNA in Cerebrospinal Fluid of Three Children with Regressive Autism: a Report of Three Cases" (PDF)Journal of American Physicians and SurgeonsAssociation of American Physicians and Surgeons9 (2): 38–45. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
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