Media and myths

Recently I saw this article on the ABC News Web site titled “Media Coverage May Perpetuate Autism Myths.” Most of the article is related to the continuing discussions over the role of vaccinations in the cause of autism.

Although the article briefly draws attention to the benefits of treatment, they’re not yet making that next critical connection — to the importance of funding for treatments and further research into effective, evidence-based interventions.

I see that Congress recently funded the Combating Autism Act. It’s my sincerest hope that the federal government finally acknowledges the fact that autism is treatable and that millions of people need treatment. This can be done by spending some of those research dollars on studying current treatment options to determine which ones really are effective.


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  1. Elijah Rich Says:

    I feel very blessed to have met the people that I have met in my life. I met this guy at a seminar in New Jersey and spent the majority of the weekend hanging out with the guy and I think that he’s got some pretty amazing news for people with autism in their family.

    His daughter is said to be the first American child to be treated for autism with Stem Cells*. She has made some dramatic changes as she has gotten her treatments out of the country because of laws in The United States making this treatment not available yet. They are working on getting a clinic closer and hopefully one day have many here in the states.

    *I know that Stem Cell research is a very controversial topic in America especially with the use of embryonic stem cells from an unborn baby. The Stem Cells used in this treatment are harvested from the umbilical cord of a healthy child after they are born.

    They are looking for supporters on this. They have all the finances that they need to start up the clinics so financial contributions are NOT needed at this time. Please forward this information to as many people as you know to get the word out on this. This is very recent news that is getting a lot of media attention. If you know of anyone who would like to get in contact with this family have them email me at

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