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There are two general schools of thought on temper tantrums in young children of toddler age (1.5-4 years):
1) They’re perfectly normal and part of the “terrible twos”
2) They’re a sign of mental illness.
The true answer probably lies somewhere in between those two extremes. All toddlers are going to exhibit temper tantrums (which psychologists call “temper loss”) at one time or another. It’s when these tantrums become too frequent and overly intense that parents need to worry.
New Studies in Temper Tantrums
A new study published August 29th in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry highlights a new way of diagnosing likely problems with a better chance of lowering mis-diagnosis. The research was conducted by a team at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and lead by professor and vice chair in the department of medical social sciences Lauren Wakschlag.
In it, the researchers came up with a new parental questionnaire designed to better analyze the behavior of their toddlers against known norms. It is known, for example, that less than 10 percent of pre-school age children have a daily temper tantrum and this does not change with demographics like gender, race or economic status. It’s normal across the board.
Knowing this and other details about studied toddler activities, the researchers crafted a survey and submitted it to nearly 1,500 diverse preschoolers (aged 3 to 5). Compared to medical histories and diagnosis, the survey was accurate in assessing the childrens’ mental health status. The researchers are now taking that preliminary information and moving forward with a broader study involving a larger sample group.
This developmentally-based approach is in stark contrast to the usual Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). That format, previously the only tool available to mental health professionals when dealing with toddlers, does not delineate between age groups or maturity. It has often been cited as a contributor to over-diagnosis in preschool aged children.
“The definition of ‘often’ may vary substantially for younger and older children and depend on family stress levels and other mitigating factors,” Wakschlag said. “Since most preschool children tantrum, this vague criteria makes it exceptionally difficult for providers to determine when behavior is of clinical significance in early childhood.”
“There’s been a real danger of preschool children with normal misbehavior being mislabeled and over-treated with medication,” Wakschlag said. “On the other hand, pediatricians are hampered by the lack of standardized methods for determining when misbehavior reflects deeper problems and so may miss behaviors that are concerning. This is why it’s so crucial to have tools that precisely identify when worry is warranted in this age group.”
Although the research is preliminary, it could be leading to a new diagnostic tool that better understands children in context. This could lead to a much better paradigm for dealing with possible mental health issues before they become chronic.
A new study published in the journalClinical Epigeneticsreveals that both the Standard American Diet (SAD) and various toxic environmental factors play a definitive and synergistic role in the development of autism. According to the study, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), mercury in vaccines, and agricultural pesticides are among the many cofactors that contribute to the onset of autism spectrum disorders, all of which deserve more attention from health authorities than they are currently getting.
Renee Dufault from theFood Ingredient and Health Research Institute(FIHRI) and her colleagues examined how various foods and environmental factors affect the neurodevelopment of children, and particularly how these factors inhibit the body’s ability to eliminate disease-causing toxins and heavy metals from the system. Known as “macroepigenetics,” this comprehensive approach to disease research offers unique insight into how the human body responds to multiple inputs from diet, environment, and genetics.
What the team discovered is that HFCS, for instance, which is a highly-processed chemical sweetener used in many processed foods and beverages, depletes the body of the natural mineral zinc. And zinc, of course, is responsible for cleansing the body of heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, and cadmium, as well as aluminum and other toxins that are known to disrupt proper brain development.
“To better address the explosion of autism, it’s critical we consider how unhealthy diets interfere with the body’s ability to eliminate toxic chemicals, and ultimately our risk for developing long-term health problems like autism,” said Dr. David Wallinga, co-author of the study and physician at theInstitute for Agriculture and Trade Policy(IATP).
You can view the complete study at the following link:
Not only are doctors being advised to reject chelation therapy—they’re being asked to report on their colleagues who practice it.
The American College of Medical Toxicology held a conference at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this past February about the “use and misuse” of chelation therapy—a misleading title suggesting some semblance of scientific objectivity, which was nowhere in evidence. The conference was more like a Salem witch hunt in which chelators played the role of the accused witches and warlocks.
Why is chelation so threatening to mainstream medicine? There is no disputing that heavy metals are extremely toxic. The human body is engineered to remove small amounts daily, but not the large amounts we often pick up from modern sources. One of those sources has of course been vaccines, which have used mercury as a preservative (it is still used in the US flu shot). Another source has been dental “silver” amalgam, which also contains mercury. This may be part of the reason for the hostility to chelation.
How does the therapy work? One method involves injecting into the patient’s bloodstream organic chemicals, which can bind and remove the heavy metals in the bloodstream (metals which are toxic to humans and interfere with various physiological functions). There are also oral or suppository supplements for chelation, and some foods are natural chelators (e.g., cilantro and chlorella).
Thimerosal, a controversial mercury compound used as a preservative in certain vaccines, was removed from all vaccines in Denmark in 1992. A subsequent Danish study showed a marked decline in autism rates following the removal of thimerosal, indicating a clear link between mercury in vaccines and the development of autism.
Documents obtained by the Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suggest that officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were fully aware of the Danish data, yet published an article about the study in the journal Pediatrics which excluded this information, manipulated the data to misrepresent the decline as an increase, and propagated the erroneous conclusion that thimerosal in vaccines does not cause autism.
As CoMeD noted, one of the Danish study’s co-authors was aware of the omission in the initial draft of the Pediatrics article, and alerted CDC officials in a 2002 email: “Attached I send you the short and long manuscript about thimerosal and autism in Denmark. I need to tell you that [your] figures do not include the latest data from 2001, but the incidence and prevalence are still decreasing in 2001.”
The lead author of the Pediatrics article seemed to be aware of the missing autism data, because he replied in an email, “I am not currently at the university but I will contact you and <names withheld> tomorrow to make up our minds.” Despite this, the data from 2001 showing a decline in autism was not mentioned in the draft of the Pediatrics article, and in a 2002 letter to the editor of Pediatrics, CDC officials encouraged expedited review and publication of the article. The misleading article was published by Pediatrics in 2003.
CoMeD, led by biochemist Brian Hooker, PhD, is demanding that the CDC launch an immediate investigation of the officials involved to determine if there was scientific fraud. CoMeD is also calling for a full retraction of the deceptive Pediatrics article.
The CoMeD work and other elements of this scandal have also been brilliantly reported by Tim Bolen on his must-read Bolen Report.
This is not the first scandal to hit the CDC in recent years. Earlier this year, Dr. Poul Thorsen, one of the co-authors of the Pediatrics article and “scientist-in-residence” at the CDC from 2000 to 2002, was indicted in Atlanta for fraud and money laundering in relation to his $11 million grant from the CDC. And just last week, Dr. Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, a top CDC official, was arrested and charged with two counts of child molestation and one count of bestiality.
While thimerosal has been removed from most vaccines in the US, it is still routinely used in vaccines given to children in the Third World— in other words, to kids who may have compromised immune systems to start with, if their diet has been poor or the quality of the water they drink is bad. They need more protection, not less. In the US, thimerosal is still found in many flu shots, which are becoming increasingly routine for adults and strongly encouraged for the elderly and children.
Speaking of flu shots, a new study on the effectiveness of flu vaccines has been published in the British medical journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. The media is reporting that the study says flu shots are “only about 60% effective”—a lower percentage than the public had been told previously. Unfortunately, even the 60% figure is misleading.
In the study, test subjects were divided into two groups. The control group was not vaccinated; only 2.7 percent of them caught the flu. The treatment group received the vaccine, and of them, only 1.2 percent caught the flu. That means that for every 100 adults vaccinated, only 1.5 of them will avoid influenza as a result. Mike Adams has a fascinating analysis that reveals where the misleading 60% figure comes from (hint: it’s called “massaging the numbers,” and it’s an old statistical trick that the vaccine and pharmaceutical industries use to inflate their reports on the drug’s effectiveness).
Even the CDC admits, on its own website, that flu shot immunity is at best temporary. Why the shot does not confer the kind of immunity provided by other vaccines is not explained, but it presumably has to do with the changing nature of the flu virus. What is also not explained is why the CDC may recommend exactly the same shot two years in a row, which suggests that the agency does not think the flu virus has significantly changed, but the shot a year earlier is not expected to confer any remaining immunity. What is never explored is the possibility that the shot simply fails to confer much immunity at all, which could be tested by seeing if immunized people actually do get the flu, something that the government refuses to do.
Regular readers will know about vitamin D as a natural way to prevent and treat influenza viruses—including Swine Flu. A Japanese study last year showed that schoolchildren who were given vitamin D3 supplements were three times less likely to develop cold or flu symptoms as children who did not take the vitamin.
Speaking of Japan, an article in a respected medical journal points out that infants there get twelve vaccines, not the twenty-six that US infants are supposed to get. Infant mortality is also less than half what it is overall in the US. Clearly it needs more research. The same article states that the US administers more infant vaccines than any other developed nation and ranks behind 33 developed nations in infant mortality.
As most NaturalNews readers probably already know, there is a rapidly-growing resistance to antibiotics that has given way to antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP), and even the strongest antibiotic drugs available have all but lost their ability to treat even the most common infections that afflict people today.
However, a research scientist from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI in Leipzig, Germany, has discovered that simple,naturalamino acids work better thanantibioticsat treating infections, and they do not cause harm tohealthycells in the body.
For their study, Dr. Andreas Schubert and his colleagues from Fraunhofer tested the effects ofamino acidsin vitro and found that they broke through bacterial membranes and penetrated them quicker and with less of a required concentration thanantibiotic drugs. And the best part of all was that the amino acids caused no cell damage, unlike antibiotics which kill off beneficialbacteriain the system as well as harmful bacteria.
“Antibiotic peptides (from amino acids) unlock their microbicidal effect within a few minutes. They also work at a concentration of less than 1 microliter, compared with conventional antibiotics which require a concentration of 10 microliters,” said Schubert as part of his test results. “The spectrum of efficacy of the tested peptides includes not only bacteria and molds but also lipid-enveloped viruses. Another key factor is that the peptides identified in ourtestsdo not harm healthybodycells.”
The findings are revolutionary, because they show that amino acids work on virtually everyinfection, including evenMRSAand CRKP. And because amino acids occur naturally in variousfoodslike nuts, grass-fed meats and dairy products, beans, seafood,eatingmore of these foods regularly can help boost levels of these vital nutrients without the need fordrugs. Amino acids supplements are also a great way to boost amino acid levels to optimal levels in order to prevent or treatinfections.
“We have already identified 20 of these short chains of amino acids which kill numerous microbes, including enterococci, yeasts and molds, as well as human pathogenic bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans, which is found in the human oral cavity and causes tooth decay,” said Dr. Andreas Schubert, group manager of Fraunhofer. “Even the multi-resistant hospital bug Staphylococcus aureus is not immune, and in our tests its growth was considerably inhibited.”
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The federal government has been publicly denying any link between autism and vaccines for over two decades, while it has quietly been paying out damages for vaccine injury to children with autism, a study released May 10th shows. The study underscores the need for Congressional hearings and independent scientific research into the connection between autism and vaccines (http://www.news-medical.net/news/20…).
The federal government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created in 1989 to act as a “no fault” taxpayer-funded alternative for those seeking compensation for proven vaccine injury. The new peer-reviewed study, published May 10th in the Pace Environmental Law Review, looked at cases of vaccine injury that have been monetarily compensated by the VICP. The study looked at 1300 cases of children with brain injury resulting from vaccines where the court’s records referenced autism, symptoms of autism or disorders commonly associated with autism — twenty-one cases outright stated “autism or autism-like symptoms” in the court records. The researchers then identified and contacted 150 of the families that were compensated to find out whether the children had autism. 62 of the families they contacted (greater than 40 percent of their sample) reported children with autism, for a total of 83 cases of autism. (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele…).
“What we did is we looked at the people who the government said are clearly vaccine injuries and awarded them compensation,” said Lou Conte, the vaccine compensation recipient who helped coordinate the study.
“We asked the next question and that question was: Do some of these people also have autism?” said Conte. “We found that in 83 of the cases we were able to locate, the families report that their children have autism and symptoms of autism.” (http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/health/n…)
Government and conventional medicine maintain denial
The CDC has since released a statement supporting their previous statements that no link between vaccines and autism exists. (http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/morn…)
Some medical experts agree. While the stories are heartbreaking, said Dr. David Nelson chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital, there is no connection between vaccinations and autism.
“There are absolutely no data that show autism is linked to vaccinations,” said Nelson. (http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/health/n…)
The Health Resources and Services Administration, the Federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable, also put out a statement in response to the new study stating:
“The government has not compensated any case based on a determination that autism, in the absence of acute neurological illness, was actually caused by vaccines. Furthermore, there is no reliable scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism even in cases where an acute encephalopathy following vaccination has occurred.”(http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/health/n…)
Critics argue for further investigation
The Huffington Post asked Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy, whose board members authored the study, why anyone should care about the legal proceedings of some obscure court when so much published science says otherwise.
The EBCALA argued that the government officials in Health and human Services or the VICP who decided that the children in this study suffered vaccine injury did so based on science.
“We uncovered that these children also have autism. How can the government then continue to assert that there is no link between vaccines and autism?” said EBCALA directors, “If in fact there is no link, why would there be even one case of vaccine-associated autism, let alone 83?”
Authors of the study called their preliminary findings “the tip of the iceberg,” during a press conference in Washington May 11th.
Hundreds of autism cases have been settled quietly by the government, they say, while thousands more were probably never filed, according to News Medical. There are currently over 5,000 court cases pending that claim autism as a result of vaccine injury. (http://www.news-medical.net/news/20…).
“The [VICP] appears to favor cases without any reference to autism,” said National Autism Association President Wendy Fournier. “The message is clear, if you want to receive financial support for the long-term medical care of your loved one injured by vaccines, submit a claim for brain damage, or residual seizure disorder – but leave autism out of it.”
NAA believes the findings of the new study call into serious question the continued assertion from federal health agencies that vaccines do not cause autism.
“As this study shows, vaccines can and do cause brain damage and subsequent autism in certain children,” said Fournier. “The government has been settling these cases for over twenty years, yet has failed to conduct research into why these children were susceptible to vaccine injury. This neglect will continue to needlessly and senselessly result in adverse reactions and autism in other children.”
Call for congressional hearings
“Congress needs to find out whether there was a cover-up,” said lead author and managing director of EBCALA Mary Holland. “It doesn’t look good.”
SafeMinds says the government has asserted that it “does not track” autism among the vaccine-injured. SafeMinds is a nonprofit that aims to raise awareness, support research and focus attention on the growing evidence of a link between mercury and neurological disorders such as autism, attention deficit disorder and learning difficulties.
Not looking is the easiest way not to find something, said SafeMinds, so the organization is calling for immediate federal research into the mechanisms of injury in these children in an effort to protect other children from harm and Congressional action to reform the VICP.
“This study dramatically shifts the debate on autism and vaccines,” said SafeMinds’ Executive Director, Lyn Redwood. “The question is no longer, Can vaccines cause autism? The answer is clear. Now, we have to ask, How many cases of autism have vaccines caused and how do we prevent new injuries from occurring?” (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele…)
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by Aaron Turpen, The Militant Libertarian
Michigan Judge Susan Beebe sentenced Michelle Cochrane, 20, to a choice. The young mother could get her 2-year old, Brooke, vaccinated with five jabs or go to jail, pay a fine, and lose custody of Brooke. The ruling was made in Jackson County, Michigan’s County Family Court despite Cochrane having submitted a Michigan vaccine waiver form.1
Dr. Baruti, a Michigan-based family physician, appeared on The Insight Hour radio show2 and says the ruling appears to be based entirely on Judge Beebe’s personal beliefs and not on any legal reasoning.
Reports say that Brooke’s grandmother was in court3and she says that the judge’s statements made it clear that because her own three children were vaccinated, it’s the right thing to do. Judge Beebe is only 35 years old and is the youngest appointed judge in Michigan. Court transcripts were not yet available online as of this writing.
The mother agreed to have the vaccinations given to her daughter and did so this week, according to reports.
The dangerous precedent set by this outlaw judge are clearly extra-constitutional and against not only Michigan law, but federal law, which requires states to allow (at least) medical exemptions for vaccinations. In fact, all 50 states have medical exemptions and 48 of them also have religious or philosophical exemption allowances (West Virginia and Mississippi do not).4
If you aren’t acquainted with the vaccine lies, be assured that the supposed benefits of vaccines are just that. There is little or no evidence proving that vaccines work and absolutely no empirical evidence for them and plenty of evidence of the harm they can cause.
This egregious ruling by this Michigan judge needs to be protested. This author calls for all readers to spread this article freely and to flood the Jackson County Court’s office with letters of protest and phone calls demanding that this judge resign or be censured for ignoring the laws of both the State of Michigan and the United States.
You can contact the judge’s office and the court at:
Terry Crawford, Judicial Secretary (517) 768-8542 or tcrawfo2@Co.Jackson.MI.Us
Keelly Horsch, County Clerk (517) 768-2777 or khorsch@Co.Jackson.MI.Us
Ron Sovjak, Court Officer (517) 768-8533 or rsovjak@Co.Jackson.MI.Us
Fax Number: (517) 788-4361
This Jackson County contact form
Remember to be civil, but firm and informed. Ask specifically why this judge is allowed to ignore the right of the family she sentenced (both mother and daughter), why she ignored Michigan and federal law, and how her conscience allows her to keep her bench. Black robes are not a magic drape that changes an ordinary person into an all-powerful magistrate of (in)justice. This judge must be reminded of that. Her ruling was inappropriate, dangerous, and without legal or moral merit.
1 – Medical/Religious Exemption Forms by State, Vaccination Liberation
2 – Insight Hour Radio Show website on BBS Radio.
4 – National Vaccine Program Office Immunization Laws, CDC at HHS.gov See also Michigan CL 333.9215 (updated 2007).
Thanks to Diana Sue for alerting the author to this information.