- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 29, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1418437816
- ISBN-13: 978-1418437817
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About the Author
MrCourtney Zietzke is a 42 year old financialaccountant from Seattle, WA.¿¿ Over the last three years Mr. Zietzke has done extensive research into the causes of whatmany call "Autism."¿ His opinions in thisbook are substantiated with proven facts and direct uncontested evidence.¿ Mr. Zietzke likethousands of concerned parents wanted answers into what went wrong and mostimportantly why did this national tragedy have to happen.
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Many publications including "Rolling Stone," "Time" as well as many national newspapers and magazines have run articles about mercury and autism. Many town meetings have been held in re mercury, thimerosal and autism.
In recent years, studies have been conducted about determining that link. At present, there does appear to be a strong positive correlation between mercury and autism. A recent study that has been conducted in Boston has determined that blood among people with autism is different from that of neurotypical (NT) counterparts. Lead and mercury has been found in large amounts in the hair and blood of people with autism. Marohn talks about this in her book and about chelation treatment which is used to correct this.
On May 6, 2005 an article in the local paper reported how a study in Boston has determined that there is a difference in immune systems in the autistic and neurotypical (NT) populations. People with autism were shown to have 20% more immune cells and over 100 blood proteins also showed differences. Dr. David Amaral of UC-Davis said that the brains of people with autism show an increase in B-cells and natural killer cells. According to him, this indicates an autoimmune condition. At the time of this review, it is too early to prove that the Boston and California studies are conclusive. Amaral and his team have said they are on the cutting edge of bioresearch and detecting neuromarkers in autism. They also feel there is a causal relationship between mercury in autism.
In India and Indonesia, there has been an increase in autism. Recent studies have shown large amounts of lead and arsenic in people's hair and blood. That does not sound coincidental at all. Changes in the environment, such as increased traffic; air pollutants and the vaccinations are at the top of the short list of possible causes.
It is shocking and upsetting that people were told that meetings about the pharmaceutical companies' role in this are to be "kept confidential." I don't see how it CAN be a confidential matter with the number of people with autism are increasing! Robert Kennedy, Jr., who is an environmental lawyer and former disc jockey-now TV talk host Don Imus have joined forces to confront pharmaceutical companies about whether or not there IS a causal link between mercury-thimerosal and autism. Kennedy, long an environmentalist has banged on the drum for years about cleaning the PCBs and mercury out of New York's famous Hudson River because fish were ingesting these substances. People in turn were eating the fish. The entire food chain was being adversely affected by this.
Kirby has appeared on Imus' talk show as well as others. On August 7, 2005 he was interviewed by Tim Russert and he, together with RFK, Jr. cited their sources. Kirby said that in the 1980s, one in every 10,000 children had autism; those figures have jumped in the last 20 years to 1 in every 2500. SCARY!
Thimerosal is no longer used in the state of California. Autism has SIGNIFICANTLY DROPPED in the state of California. Coincidence? I DON'T THINK SO! Nearly half of the thimerosal preservative for vaccinations is mercury! The EPA has determined in very recent years that children who have received vaccinations in recent years have received far in excess of the legal safety limit. The Environmental Protection Agency is aware of this and RFK, Jr. is actively involved with this organization as well. Too bad there doesn't yet exist a bumper sticker that says "I'm/We're autistic and I/We vote!"
A September 2003 article in "Newsweek" discusses the rise in autism including a family with three sons, two of whom have autism. The parents claim that the two sons developed normally until they were vaccinated. This article predates this book and Kirby's findings!
Many presses seem reluctant to touch this very serious issue as well as acknowledge the recent studies and reports. The sad thing is, as Imus pointed out, there seems to be a real fear of reprisal from the pharmaceutical companies. Kirby has said repeatedly that the cruelest irony of all is that the very people who depend on those pharmaceutical companies and who have entrusted their children's health to those companies are the ones now paying the piper with the rise in autism.
It's long past time this information was made available to the world at large and hopefully class action suits will be brought against the pharamaceutical companies. Sadly, the laws seem more angled towards protecting the pharamaceutical companies than providing protection for people with autism and seeing that preventive measures are conducted to ensure that substances that cause autism are being used. The 3-year Statute of Limitations is calculated to protect those pharmaceutical companies instead of placing the rights, interests and needs for those directly affected first. WHY? Special interests have indeed obstructed the legal vision of justice and all at the citizen taxpayers' cost. People with autism deserve the same rights and protection. There are many adults with autism who are taxpaying voters. Their rights, interests and needs are also covered under the same legal umbrella that the NT world has benefitted/profitted from. There has to be a way to stop letting the Federal Government to act as enablers to the pharmaceutical corporations by contining to pass the buck of autism onto the taxpayers while ensuring the pharmaceutical industry reaps the billions in profits.
Autism is a serious matter. A very serious matter. It is a neurobiological condition that affects sensory integration and processing as well as communication. It can range from very severe, such as Kanner's autism and there are many people with Kanner's autism who are nonverbal and unable to live independently. Care and provisions have to be made for their needs. This is all currently being done at the taxpayers' expense.
Since the pharmaceutical companies are concerned with profits, just think of the money they will save in providing lifetime services to people with severe forms autism if such a link can be proved, prevented and corrected. Think of the money that is needed to maintain good support services and intervention programs for people with autism of all ages. It would be in the pharmaceutical companies' monetary interest to look into this since money seems to be their main concern.
There are many people with autism that is moderate to mild, such as Asperger's. It is the adult population with Asperger's (people with autism who got off easy) who vote; pay taxes; marry; own property and are actively involved in these investigations. It is the adult population with Asperger's who, working alongside NT counterparts are banging on the drum about this and trying to force the government/pharmaceutical hand to do something about this. As RFK Jr., Imus and Kirby have been saying all along, if there is OR is not a causal link, then those pharmaceutical companies are honor bound to conduct impartial tests with accurate reporting and disclose same to the public.
This book examines more of the political - legal side of this tragedy with a lot of information that cannot be disputed.
The Author, Mr. Zietzke did his home work. The painful reality presented in this book makes it very clear that these children were indeed poisoned by a segment of our society that was supposed to be working for the good of all children. Something
terrible happened that has manifested itself into a public health nightmare. This problem will cost BILLIONS to fix, and it had better be fixed....SOON, or all hell is going to break loose !!
The politicians behind the attempted cover up of this disaster
need to come clean with what their involvement was and fix the problem...NOW !
The scientific piece of this puzzle has already been confirmed...Now, the political-legal piece has been put together as well.
I really feel that this book was well written and the story told by the Author needed to be told.
Great Work !
Posted by W. Sullivan, III Chicago, IL 9/24/2004
The politics entangled within this horrible tragedy is brought out in plain english.
The documentation provided leaves little wiggle room for those who have tried to cover this tragedy up. I think this book clearly provides all of the answers to peoples questions that they have been asking for years regarding "Autism".
This book is very good reading. The research is great and I believe the author did the public a genuine service in taking the time to write this piece. The author is not even a professional writer, he is a financial accountant that spoke from the heart and told the truth.
I hope this book is read by everybody. The truth has been told.
The two reviews I read saying that there are grammer errors in this book were obviously written by armchair quarterbacks who can talk but can do little else. Yes, there were a few errors...so what !
This book is a great piece of work and I enjoyed the heart felt effort that Mr. Zietzke made in documenting this tragedy. It is really a well done and thoughtful book ! I vote 5 stars Period !