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Posted by Tara on May 31, 2001 at 13:15:17:

I am a single mother of a 4 year old son.. I need some direction here. My husband and I separated in 1999 Tyler was 2 yrs old ....we moved to my mothers house to live...his father died last October from chronic alcohol abuse in his sleep. Of course the last time Tyler saw him was April 2000 before he moved to Colorado. He didn't call much or come by to see him only twice.
Anyway...tyler is displaying some aggressive attitudes..I am not sure how to handle . He is very mature for a 4year old and very smart..I mean you can carry on an adult conversation w/ the little fellow. Everyone that sees him is amazed..he is often designated "teacher" for the day in his preschool class. He can be very sweet and loving but suddenly switch on you.....I mean very smart mouth, sass back, hits and slaps at me, was sitting at the table at dinner last night saying you know what a fork is for...stabbing and started this cynical laugh..sometimes it is scary. I don't know much about John's (his father)childhood as his mother has cut us out of her life. I know that John has always got into some kind of trouble allhis life,drugs, arrests, dui's..etc....I also know that his oldest daughter (who is 18) from a previous marriage would
fly into fits of rage and tried to kill herself ...was finally diagnosed w/ a chemical imbalance. She is now on prozac. Could this be what I am dealing w/ or is he reacting from his father not being around, or is this normal behavior. I mean he can get right down stubborn and not do anything I tellhim. Time out and spankings mean nothing to him he has on occasion even laughed at me...I'm not sure where to go on this.??????????? Help me please.
I am Christian so I do pray alot about this. Has anyone else dealt w/ this ???? thanks, Tara

Re: My son! me

Posted by
TammyG on May 31, 2001 at 13:21:20:

In Reply to: My son! me posted by Tara on May 31, 2001 at 13:15:17:

Have you taken your son to a doctor? If not take him as soon as you can my son is now 7 but was diagnosed with ADHD before the age of 3. Your son is diaplaying alot of the same things we had gone through
Good Luck

Another perspective...

Posted by Mom on May 31, 2001 at 14:20:19:

In Reply to: My son! me posted by Tara on May 31, 2001 at 13:15:17:

... is your son in daycare? What bad behaviors could he be possibly be picking up there? How much unregulated time does your son spend watching T.V., video games or computer use??? He made need supervision and limits in this area... like one hour of parent-approved only. If he is alloed to play any aggressive/shooting etc videos' STOP IT NOW and don't allow anymore of that type of play!

We often are who we are by predestination by our genetics and the "sins of the father" or learned behavior being passed down through the generations ..this maybe a factor as well (genetic tendencies) that could be part of the problem but even then, you aren't a victim with no recourse in this area.

Are you consistant with disciplining your child or do you just threaten him a lot and not follow through? This can make for un-ruley children. Consistancy is the key and then following through on what you say. Otherwise they will not respect your authority and they know they are in control and not you.

Some kids if they have ADD can be helped by being taken off of junk food, food colorings, preservatives, soda pop, sugar and white flour products. A good qaulity protein, lecithin, calcicum-magnesium and B-Complex maybe helpful. Even if your son doesn't have ADD these changes would be most beneficial anyway.

Also if he is intelligent you need to channel that in the right direction. Smart kids need to be challenged so see if there is gifted and talented classes when he goes to school (when he starts) and get him involved in team sports where he can exert some of that energy. Another thing is you sais you are a Christian... do you attend churcg=h regularly and have your child in sunday school or other activities available through the local church. If you aren't happy with the childrens programs at your church try finding another church. Usually the bigger churches (say over 1000 members) offer higher quality programs and mentors for your children and yourself. And finally, find a male role model for your son if at all possible. I hope this helps and that you can start applying some of these suggestions to help in your situation.

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Re: My son! me

Posted by kmd on May 31, 2001 at 14:29:29:

In Reply to: Re: My son! me posted by TammyG on May 31, 2001 at 13:21:20:

Hello, sorry for what you are going through, what an ordeal. I wouldn't call your son's behavior "normal", I'd call it a cry for help! I don't pretend to know your whole story but from what you wrote here's some thoughts for you. Please don't take any of this as judgement on you, just possibilities to consider if you will:

How did you and others help him deal with his father's behaviors and then his death? Was he given opportunity to really talk about it and grieve? Don't you think he misses his dad very much (in spite of the problems there) and so somehow behaves (subconsciously) in bad ways, "like" his dad did......

Could it be the adults in his life who didn't like his dad have been shushing him about the whole thing. Like he *shouldn't" miss him, you know? When there is separation and/or divorce there is almost ALWAYS negative talk about the spouse, and the kids hear it and FEEL it too.

Seems he has been surrounded by dark situations his whole little life. He needs a lot of love and to be told how WONDERFUL, SPECIAL, AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, and GOOD he is to the core. Build UP all the positive aspects of him, until he believes it too, praise the good and don't put up with the bad. He's only 4 he can't control you. If he can get away with saying that you stab people with a fork (at 4) then what's to come later? Get control over this child before it's too late.

But use love above all. Build him up! Hold and cuddle him as much as you can. If he doesn't like it, that probably means he needs it even more because he's all bottled up and put on this tough shell! Let him cry and grieve. Find him a good male role model to mentor him. Tell him every day how MUCH you love and value him. Tell him over and over!

Another thing, try to literally imagine what life has been like for him, put yourself into the shoes of your small son and live through what he has from his immature perspective. See what you can from this. No matter how mature he may act he is still only 4 and has only 4 years of life experience!

I'm not saying this can't be a chemical imbalance, I do not know. But given the circumstances it just seems like this is a hurt little boy.

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Re: My son! me

Posted by Raisa on May 31, 2001 at 15:08:31:

In Reply to: My son! me posted by Tara on May 31, 2001 at 13:15:17:

Sorry that you are having these problems with your 4 year old. Do you put him in "time outs" for a short time?
I have a grandson who just had his fifth birthday a week ago. Thankfully, he has both a mother and father, which helps tremendously. But he has had times when he has said or done things which didn't seem appropriate for a 4-year-old. His mother and father bought books about that age (they have them in Barnes & Noble in paperback, called "Your Four-year-old", etc. They are very helpful because they have question and answer sections where parents seek answers to problems they are having.
My son and daughter-in-law found that if they are consistent and only give him short time-outs and never give-in when they do punish him, they have good luck. He is also a bright child, and I think they are constantly testing the adults to see how far they can go, which is completely normal, don't you think? You said he "slaps at you", but does he actually punch you and hurt you? I know how concerned you must be. They say that children change every six months--sometimes an angel and then a little devil!
Hopefully this is what yours is going through! Good luck!

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Re: My son! me

Posted by MAI on May 31, 2001 at 15:11:31:

In Reply to: My son! me posted by Tara on May 31, 2001 at 13:15:17:


First of all you shall NEVER spank your child.

This creates fear and resentmet.

You need to work with positive reinforcement so he will try to earn awards.

I do not believe that he is ADHD as this is a psychiatric scam not diagnosis.
Any one who claims ADHD or ADD in my opinion is a only a con.

I will presume that your son is in "terrible four" testing you. His behavior may be related to the fact that he wants your attention when he is bored!
His behavior may be totally normal, while exploratory.
He wants to communicate with you while asking for your attention. You are not responding properly, you are penalyzing him. He get kick of it!

You need to devote more time to your son and work on exploring your skills, while through creative and highly intelligent well analyzed by you actions you have to create an athmosphere of giving him the choice (you decide and ask leading questions in a way he will have pride to choose).

kids are a XEROX copies of parents behavior, and frequently mimic observed behavior (acquired) of others.

By spanking a child you send a strong message to child now and later that being violent is an acceptable behavior!

This is the worst message parent can send to a child.

He is testing you!

Now control the diet, avoid sugars, award with sorbet or ice cream (not a junk one or McDonnald! but a Hagen Daaz, and let him choose the flavors!

Put him on yogurt and control the diet at all time.

As far as genetics; Child usually is more genetically dependent on mother genes than father.

If your husband had some emotional problems due to alcoholism they could be acquired by child, however if you were not drinking at time of conceiving the probability is very low.

In many cases the behavior is a copy of observed somewhere else behavior including VERY VIOLENT Disney cartoons!

Watch, think, and use positive reinforcement NOT negative penalyzing or scolding messages that violent behavior is acceptable.

If he at the table misbehave with fork you put your hand on his hand, place it on the table and softly talk about it, use positive feedback control!

Do not ever dare to use any psychotic drugs (ritalin, prozac or other garbage!)!

This is the most ridicoulous and easiest way to permaqnently injure your child.

Make eating a positive experience!

Single mother is not an easy task, but you have an advantage of age were you need to rationalize.


Now the preschool environment may be not the best for him, it may be worth to change the preschool to intimidate him as a new environment.

Re: My son! me

Posted by
Tammy on May 31, 2001 at 15:20:50:

In Reply to: Re: My son! me posted by MAI on May 31, 2001 at 15:11:31:

o you have kids? where are you getting this info????

Re: My son! me

Posted by MAI on May 31, 2001 at 16:46:32:

In Reply to: Re: My son! me posted by Tammy on May 31, 2001 at 15:20:50:

Yes I do, and very likely older than yours.

There is NO objective clinical evidence that ADHD or ADD exists. I personally do believe it is a bogus diagnosis to improve cash flow of psychologists while pushing Ritalin.

ADHD is frequently diagnosed in cases of mercury poisoning from vaccines to cover up for neurotoxicity of mercury (ethyl mercuryt - Thimerosal).

see also webbsite about Dr. Sinaiko.

Waters and Kraus, a Texas law firm has filed three ADHD-related class action lawsuits during the past year.

The most recent suit claims Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation and its predecessor, Ciba-Gigy Corporation, "planned, conspired and colluded to create, develop and promote the diagnosis of Deficit Disorder to increase the market for its product Ritalin." Ritalin, the brand name for methylphenidate, is the most commonly prescribed psychotropic stimulant medication for treating ADHD.

The lawsuit also contends that Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, a nonprofit organization comprising primarily parents of children with ADHD, conspired with the drug company. The organization accepted nearly $750,000 from Ciba-Gigy between 1991 and 1994, according to the lawsuit. The suit claims that Novartis and Ciba-Gigy worked with the American Psychiatric Association to broaden the symptoms of ADHD to create a large market for Ritalin.

Those accused all deny the conspiracy claims made by Waters and Kraus.

Although the lawsuit raises the issue of financial conflicts of interest between drug companies and nonprofit organizations, specifically regarding ADHD, the growing role of drug companies in medical pharmaceutical research in all areas is also troubling to many people, including Marcia Angell, a senior lecturer at the division of medical ethics at Harvard School of Medicine. Angell is a former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Diagnosis of ADHD is subjective and based on a child's behavior at home, school, and in other social settings. Sterman said there is a need for physicians to rely on biological markers instead of behavioral markers.

This is especially important because most children at one time or another exhibit some of the symptoms of ADHD. "Diagnosis is complicated further by the fact that these symptoms frequently appear in other disorders as well," he writes.

Brain scanning research, as well as quantitative EEG (electroencephalogram) assessments, has established ADHD as a physiological disorder, Sterman said. An instrument called an electroencephalograph measures and records the electric activity of the brain through electrodes to a patient's scalp pick up low-voltage signals. The QEEG is a more advanced measurement of the brain's electrical activities. Sterman says studies have found that the brains of children with ADHD have different electrical activities compared with the brains of children who do not have the disorder.

Unfortunatelly stupid judges are dismissing such lawsuits.

Re: My son! me

Posted by to MAI on May 31, 2001 at 17:11:03:

In Reply to: Re: My son! me posted by MAI on May 31, 2001 at 16:46:32:

So are you saying that ADD and ADHD do exist but are misdiagnosed when done so subjectively, and these disorders can be accurately diagnosed with biological testing (EEG, etc.)?

Re: My son! me

Posted by MAI on May 31, 2001 at 17:22:50:

In Reply to: My son! me posted by Tara on May 31, 2001 at 13:15:17:

A July 18, 2000 hearing of the House Committee on Government Reform produced evidence about the health dangers from vaccines containing thimerosal (mercury). Babies who are injected with the vaccines specified on the Universal Childhood Immunization Schedule, which are typically delivered in four to six shots during one doctor's visit, may receive 40 times the amount of mercury that is considered safe under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.

An independent evaluation conducted by the National Research Council confirmed the EPA guidelines as accurate, and the FDA's own website states that "lead, cadmium, and mercury are examples of elements that are toxic when present at relatively low levels." Credible testimony was also given regarding the possible relationship between symptoms of mercury poisoning and the skyrocketing rate of autism, now occurring in one in 500 children nationwide.

Committee Chairman Dan Burton sent letters to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking for the recall of all thimerosal-containing vaccines. His requests and those of parents of vaccine-injured children have been ignored. This is despite the fact that the FDA admits that the vaccines on the Childhood Immunization Schedule are all available in a thimerosal-free version.

Apparently, the FDA is not planning to recall any of the 50 thimerosal-containing vaccines but only suggests a "phase out" over time, thus allowing the pharmaceuticals to unload their defective merchandise on unsuspecting children. For years to come, these toxic vaccines will continue to be injected in babies in public health clinics, doctor's offices, and managed care facilities.

It is unconscionable to continue to put thousands of babies every day at risk from mercury poisoning, especially when the government is recommending use of these vaccines and the schools are making them mandatory, and when safe alternatives are easily available.

Leaving dangerous vaccines on the market so that the pharmaceuticals can continue to receive revenue from current inventories (instead of ordering a recall, as happened with tires) seems to be the pattern. Even after it was known that oral polio and whole-cell pertussis vaccines caused a higher rate of adverse reactions, clinics and doctors continued to use their supplies for years rather than pitch them in favor of safer vaccines. If there is any reason for HHS and FDA to continue to put thousands of babies at risk from dangerous vaccines other than to protect the profits of the powerful pharmaceuticals, we'd like to know what that might be.

Is this a cover up study?


The FDA has approved a new preservative-free hepatitis B vaccine developed by MERCK & CO. Supplies of this vaccine should be available starting September 13th, but will be in short supply until the transition from thimerosal-containing and thimerosal-free preparations is complete. A second preservative-free preparation made by SMITHKLINE BEECHAM will soon become available. The CDC (MMWR 1999;48:780-782), has provided recommendations for using the preservative-free vaccine during this transitional period.

According to the CDC, if sufficient supplies are available, thimerosal-free vaccines should be used in infants younger than 6 months of age, as well as in neonates. In high-risk infants, including newborns, hepatitis B vaccination should be delivered even if the thimerosal-free product is not available. Thimerosal-containing preparations can also be administered to children age 6 months and older, adolescents and adults. The CDC points out that several hospitals have changed their hepatitis B vaccination policies for infants and newborns since concern was expressed about the safety of thimerosal-containing preparations. The availability of thimerosal-free vaccines should prompt these institutions to review their policies to ensure the vaccination of newborns as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Autism & Vaccines: A New Look At An Old Story

The connection between vaccination and autistic behavior, first reported in DPT: A Shot in the Dark (Coulter & Fisher, 1985) fifteen years ago and now being discussed in the medical literature, has finally entered the U.S. public arena after simmering for more than a decade. This enhanced public awareness has been fueled by persistent reports by parents in the U.S., Canada and Europe that their children were healthy, bright and happy until they received one or more vaccines and then descended into the isolated, painful world of autism marked by chronic immune and neurological dysfunction, including repetitive and uncontrollable behavior. Conservative estimates are that about 500,000 Americans are autistic but that number is growing daily, with new evidence that perhaps as many as 1 in 150 children are suffering from autism spectrum disorder that can include a range of neurological, behavior and immune system dysfunction.

In 1999, as states revealed skyrocketing rates of autism spectrum disorder among children and a congressional hearing was held in the U.S. Congress, the media began to explore the medical controversy in print and broadcast reports. At the heart of the debate stand a few courageous physicians whose independent, multi-disciplinary approach to investigating the possible biological mechanisms of vaccine-induced autism is serving as a counterweight to the steadfast denials by infectious disease specialists and government health officials defending current mass vaccination policies. As scientific evidence reveals that a portion of autism lies on the vaccine injury spectrum, parents determined to find help for their children are turning to doctors exploring diet and immune modulating therapies.

The Past Is Prologue

Parents of now grown vaccine injured children, who warned pediatricians and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials in the 1980’s that their once healthy, bright children regressed mentally, emotionally and physically after reacting to DPT vaccine with fever, high pitched screaming (encephalitic cry), collapse/shock, and seizures, are grieving with a new generation of parents whose healthy, bright children suddenly regress after DPT/DTaP, MMR, hepatitis B, polio, Hib and chicken pox vaccinations. The refusal two decades ago by vaccine manufacturers, government health agencies and medical organizations to seriously investigate reports of vaccine-associated brain injury and immune system dysfunction, including autistic behaviors, is reaping tragic consequences today.

Now parents of old and young vaccine injured children in the U.S. and Europe are joining with enlightened doctors in a rejection of the unscientific a priori assumption that a child’s mental, physical and emotional regression after vaccination is only coincidentally but not causally related to the vaccines recently given. They are calling for credible basic science research into the biological mechanism of vaccine adverse events to develop pathological profiles which will separate health problems caused by vaccines from those that are not; the development of screening techniques to identify children at genetic or other biological risk of developing vaccine-induced health problems; the institution of informed consent protections in vaccination laws; re-examination of vaccine licensing standards; and an end to one-size-fits-all vaccination policies.

This, while the U.S. government, the pharmaceutical industry and international corporate interests announced on March 2, 2000 the creation of a new multi-billion dollar alliance called the Millennium Vaccine Initiative (MVI) to vaccinate all of the world’s children with existing and new vaccines, including those being targeted for accelerated development for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. According to the annual NIH Jordan Report, there are more than 200 vaccines in various research stages. Dozens are under consideration for childhood use. Even as the race to add new vaccines to the routine child vaccination schedule rushes forward, parents, whose children became autistic after receiving existing vaccines, are changing the direction of autism research and the vaccine safety debate.

Increase in Autism Reflects Real Increases in Childhood Chronic Diseases and Disability

The incidence of autism, like that of learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), asthma, diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and other autoimmune and neurological disorders, has risen dramatically in the U.S. and other technologically advanced countries, while high vaccination rates have caused the incidence of childhood infectious diseases to fall just as dramatically in these countries. Instead of epidemics of infectious disease, there are now epidemics of chronic disease.

A University of California study published by the U.S. Department of Education in 1996 found that "The proportion of the US population with disabilities has risen markedly during the past quarter-century . . . this recent change seems to be due not to demographics, but to greater numbers of children and young adults reported as having disabilities." The study concluded that "these changes may be partly accounted for by the increases in the prevalence of asthma, mental disorders (including attention deficit disorder), mental retardation, and learning disabilities that have been noted among children in recent years."

Autoimmunity Epidemic

After heart disease and cancer, autoimmune disease has become the third leading cause of illness in the United States and in many technologically advanced countries. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the autoimmune disease, asthma, is now "the most common disorder in children and adolescents, affecting nearly five million children under the age of 18, including an estimated 1.3 million children under the age of five. Fifty to 80 percent of children affected with asthma develop symptoms before they are five years old." (

A 1997 study published in Science found that asthma has doubled in prevalence in Western societies during the past 20 years and in the United States causes one-third of pediatric emergency room visits. A 1995 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stated that between 1982 and 1992, asthma increased 52 percent for persons between 5 and 34 years old and asthma deaths increased 42 percent.

Another autoimmune disorder, arthritis, is also "on a steady rise" according to the CDC in 1998, which estimated that arthritis now plagues more than 40 million Americans and projected that the number will grow to 60 million by 2020. Cases of diabetes, yet another chronic autoimmune disorder, have tripled in the U.S. since 1958, now affecting nearly 16 million Americans and ranking fourth in the leading causes of death in America. The CDC concluded in 1997 that "the number of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes was almost 50 percent higher in 1994 than in 1980" and did not appear to be a result of the aging of the population.

In Europe, a new report issued by the EURODIAB study group (Lancet-2000), evaluated the incidence rate of diabetes from 1989 to 1994 in Europe and Israel and found a 63 percent increase in children under 5 years old; a 31 percent increase in children five to nine years old; and a 24 percent increase in children 10 to 14 years old. They said, "The rapid rate of increase in children under 5 years old is of particular concern." There is no explanation for why adult-onset diabetes, once extremely rare in children, has become more prevalent in American children in the past ten years.

In addition to an unexplained increase in autoimmune disorders during the past three decades, there also has been an unexplained dramatic increase in the numbers of minimally brain damaged children who are filling special education classrooms in schools across America.

Minimal Brain Damage Epidemic

A disability survey of U.S. children under 17 years old in 1991–1992 published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (August 25, 1995) stated that the "6 to 14 year old age group had the greatest number of disabled people." Learning disability led the way, occurring in nearly 30 percent of all disabled children. A total of 1,435,000 children were listed as learning disabled with another 1,446,000 children reported as suffering from speech disorders, mental retardation, mental or emotional disorders, epilepsy and autism.

The 1997 Digest of Education Statistics looked at children 0 to 21 years old served in federally supported programs for the disabled between 1976 and 1996 and found that the numbers of children with specific learning disabilities more than tripled in those years; those with serious emotional disturbances nearly doubled; and the numbers of autistic children served rose from 5,000 in 1991–92 to 39,000 in 1995–1996 to produce a staggering 680 percent increase.

ADHD Epidemic

About five percent of U.S. school children (at least two million children) are now estimated to have attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to Sears and Thompson (1998), a 1990 survey of 2,400 practicing physicians showed there were about two million patient visits associated with the diagnoses of ADD and by 1994, it had increased to 4.7 million, with 90 percent of the visits resulting in drug therapy. By 1995, there were 1.5 million children taking Ritalin and in a recent study (Zito, JAMA) it was reported that the number of two to four year olds taking prescription drugs like Ritalin and Prozac rose 50 percent between 1991 and 1995.

According to one NIH official, 40 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD have learning disabilities and "anywhere from 20 to 70 percent of children who have ADHD also have conduct disorder" often involving delinquent behavior ( The growing numbers of children with an ADHD diagnosis is cause for concern because, as one researcher observed in 1988: "Adults with a history of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder appear to be over represented in the ranks of felons." (Cowart, JAMA).

In his 1990 book Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality, medical historian Harris Coulter, Ph.D., expands on the evidence he and Barbara Loe Fisher first presented in DPT: A Shot in the Dark and draws parallels between the residual learning disabilities and hyperactive/abnormal behavior caused by complications of disease or vaccine-induced encephalitis and the hyperactive/abnormal behavior and learning disabilities being exhibited by more and more American children.

Many children with learning disabilities, ADHD and developmental delays exhibit signs of autoimmune dysfunction, with severe allergies to foods, drugs, and environmental toxins. (Geschwind, 1982; Geschwind & Behan, 1982; Colgan & Colgan, 1984; Boris & Marvin, 1994). In her book, Is This Your Child’s World?, Doris Rapp, M.D. documents compelling evidence for the association between allergies, learning disabilities and ADHD.

Autism Epidemic

Responding to the concern of a Dad, whose healthy son became autistic following a series of DPT, Hib and MMR vaccinations, in 1998 the California Legislature decided to analyze the history of autism in the state. Rick Rollens, father of two, former Secretary of the California Senate, and co-founder of F.E.A.T. (Families for Early Autism Treatment — ( and the University of California-Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, persuaded the legislature to fund an investigation by the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) into state autism statistics after he concluded his son, Russell, now 9, was not the victim of a rare disorder but one that had become quite common in children.

California Autism Rates Soar

Sure enough, in an April 1999 report ( DDS found a 273 percent increase between 1987 and 1998 in the numbers of new children entering the California developmental services system with a professional diagnosis of autism. The report concluded that "the number of persons with autism grew markedly faster than the number of persons with other developmental disabilities (cerebral palsy, epilepsy and mental retardation)" and "compared to characteristics of 11 years ago, the present population of persons with autism are younger (and) have a greater chance of exhibiting no or milder forms of mental retardation. . . ."

Although autism has been cited by public health officials and autism researchers to occur in 2 to 10 in 10,000 children nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control in a report released in April 2000 found the incidence of autism in Brick Township, New Jersey in 1998 was 1 in 150 children (the incidence in the Granite Bay, California public elementary school district is 1 in 132 children), which may be more reflective of the true rate of autism in the U.S. today. The Autism Society of America estimates that "more than one-half million people in the U.S. today have autism or some form of pervasive developmental disorder," making autism one of the most common developmental disabilities. (http://www/

After the California report documented the dramatic increases in autism in the past decade, the California legislature voted to appropriate one million dollars to the UC-Davis M.I.N.D. Institute to look for environmental and biological factors, including vaccine use, that could have contributed to this autism increase. At the same time, parents began to check autism statistics in other states.

Other States Report Similar Increases

The story is the same in other states. The 1998 Maryland Special Education Census Data revealed that the state experienced a 513 percent increase in autism between 1993 and 1998, while the general Maryland population from 1990 to 1998 increased just seven percent. A comparative analysis of the 16th and 20th Annual Reports to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) conducted by Ray Gallup, President of Autism Autoimmunity Project ( and father of Eric, who has vaccine-associated autism, showed increases of more than 300 percent in autistic children served under IDEA between 1992 and 1997 in the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin.


"The seldom publicized history of the pertussis vaccine in Sweden, gives an entirely different point of view from that of the US public health service. Sweden banned the pertussis vaccine in 1979, and yet Sweden now has the second lowest infant mortality rate in the world, whereas the United States ranks a very poor 20th or lower...........a report (Trollfors B. Bordetella pertussis whole cell vaccines--efficacy and toxicity. Acta Paediatr Scand. 1984 Jul;73(4):417-25. Review. PMID: 6380211; UI: 84276893.) in 1984 stated that the pertussis mortality was generally very low in industrialized countries and there was no difference in severity and incidence of pertussis between countries with high, low and zero immunizations rates."--Harold Buttram

"Delay of DPT immunization until 2 years of age in Japan has resulted in a dramatic decline in adverse side effects. In the period of 1970-1974, when DPT vaccination was begun at 3 to 5 months of age, the Japanese national compensation system paid out claims for 57 permanent severe damage vaccine cases, and 37 deaths. During the ensuing six year period 1975-1980, when DPT injections were delayed to 24 months of age, severe reactions from the vaccine were reduced to a total of eight with three deaths. This represents an 85 to 90 percent reduction in severe cases of damage and death. (Ref21)."-Dr Obomsawin MD

A study revealed that 1 in 175 children who completed the full DPT suffered severe reactions ("Nature and Rates of Adverse Reactions Associated with DPT and DT Immunizations in Infants and Children" [Paediatrics, Nov. 1981, Vol.68, No.5]) and a Dr.'s report for attorneys which found that 1 in 300 DPT immunizations resulted in seizures (The Fresno Bee, Community Relations, DPT Report, Dec 5, 1984).

"Every day new parents are ringing us. They all have the same tragic story. Healthy baby, child, teenager, usually a boy, given the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) or DT (diphtheria and tetanus), MMR or MMR booster followed by a sudden fall or slow, but steady decline into autism or other spectrums disorder."--The Hope Project

Dr. Smith was practicing medicine before I was even born and has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge during that time period. It is great to read about nontoxic therapies for treating this rampant problem amongst our children.

Much of what he is saying is right in line with my diet recommendations, which avoids the problem of hypoglycemia and blood sugar imbalances by removing nearly all sugars and reducing grains to a minimum. The diet also eliminates many of the foods that most often cause sensitivities, most notably milk and dairy products.

I have not previously used the overly ticklish/magnesium and forgotten dreams/vitamin B6 correlation before, but I plan on giving them a try, especially since these nutrients are very safe at the dosages he suggests.

I would recommend avoiding the magnesium oxide form however. Although this is the cheapest type, it is the least healthy.

I would also say that, while the Feingold Diet is a step in the right direction by establishing the Diet/behavior link, I feel strongly that it misses some of the most important dietary points of all, such as avoidance of sugar and dairy.

Re: My son! me

Posted by MAI on May 31, 2001 at 18:07:20:

In Reply to: Re: My son! me posted by to MAI on May 31, 2001 at 17:11:03:

The diagnosis of alleged ADHD and ADD (a scam not diagnosis) are effects of brain injury due to poisoning very likely by mercury.

Some are during pregnancy by mercury leaching from mothers amalgam fillings and psasess through placenta damaging developing brain of fetus, other are associated with Thimerosal in vaccines as many believe.

Of course children of mothers weith mercury fillings could be more predisposed to reaction (mercury overload) from Thimerosal in vaccine.

There fore is it ADHD / ADD or symptoms of brain injury due to poisoning?

I believe that those are symptoms of poisoning labeled as ADHD / ADD strictly an opportunity and for convinience to sell Ritalin and give psychiatrists opportunity to make money.

The diagnosis shall be poisoning and treated by other trade than psychiatrists.

I have seen severe case of total lack of control of child development between observed age 8 - 11.
Mother was over ~ 45 child ~ 10 shiny smile full of dental mercury. You did not needed mirror to see yourself!

No one conducted study on age of mothers with dental mercury and children wirh alleged ADHD.

I believe the label ADHD syndrome is only a scam, not real diagnosis.

Mercury poisoning in contrast is a real problem.
Can it be treated? Not by Ritalin! Not by psychiatrists!

Ritalin only debilitates (slows down) while damages liver and kidney.

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Re: My son! me

Posted by
rona on May 31, 2001 at 23:23:46:

In Reply to: My son! me posted by Tara on May 31, 2001 at 13:15:17:

I have been where you are. Please don't seek any more advise from people who claim to understand your problem. What you need right now is a child psychiatrist who specializes in this problem. Keep looking until you find one you can trust and stop asking around. The advise you get can be very distructive. I did the same thing and it wasn't till we found the right doctor that my son got the help he needed and deserved. When he was 16, after arrests, drugs, etc, he finally got help and then asked us what took us so long. I beg you to find help. I live in Toronto and have found a wonderful doctor who is still helping. My son is 23 now and is a father and fully employed. He is still on medication for a problem that really does exist!
Feel free to contact me if I could be of further help.

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Re: My son! me (Archive in brain chemistry.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 02, 2001 at 08:14:42:

In Reply to: My son! me posted by Tara on May 31, 2001 at 13:15:17:

Hi, Tara.

I submit that you are carrying some guilt for the divorce even though it was the best thing for everyone. It is time for you to give that up and look for a much more likely cause for his behavior.

Look in the archives about brain chemistry and read Alexander Shauss, PhD's classic "Diet, Crime & Delinquency" published by Parker House in 1980. This 100 page book was 20 years ahead of it's time. There are many other references but this one is short, sweet and to the point.

Let us know what you learn.


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Re: My son! me (Archive in Immunizations.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 02, 2001 at 08:39:14:

In Reply to: Re: My son! me posted by MAI on May 31, 2001 at 17:22:50:


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Re: My son! me

Posted by Carmen on June 02, 2001 at 22:16:50:

In Reply to: My son! me posted by Tara on May 31, 2001 at 13:15:17:

Read the book Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Daniel Amen. It is very likely with his father's history that there could be a chemical imbalance.

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Re: My son! me

Posted by Isabella on June 05, 2001 at 10:48:07:

In Reply to: My son! me posted by Tara on May 31, 2001 at 13:15:17:

My eldest son, now 11, sounds EXACTLY like your little boy.
I too am divorced (since 1994). My ex was "out there." His
sister is a diagnosed schizophrenic. "The apple doesn't
fall too far from the tree." At five, my son was diagnosed
with ADHD and depression. He wanted to kill himself. My son
has been admitted to psych. hospitals twice (once when he
was 6 and again when he was 9 for aggressive/violent and
inappropriate sexual behaviour).

For years I've tried to find the cause of my son's anger and
aggressive outbursts, profanity, depression, sexual
preoccupation and I've learned that his behaviour isn't due
to just one thing. Along with inheriting much of his
father's personality, there are other factors: immunizations
(which I believe may have caused his hypoglycemia) and the
lack of his father's attention (church and money are his #1
priorities - his father has a gambling addiction) to name a

Due to the pain my son experiences, he suffers from low
self-esteem. We've done the Ritalin thing, which I hated,
but at the time it was the only thing that helped him focus
and stopped his abusive behaviour. After 6 months of taking
it though, he became nervous and it began having negative

What has helped is this: Love and more love...His pain is a
cry to be loved. When he was younger and I would give him
time outs, I would take them with him and just hold him. I
put him in karate when he was 5 to learn self-contol and
discipline for 2 1/2 yeras. His "Sensei" was a wonderful
women who tried to teach him not to abuse his (physical)
power, and how to respect it. Unfortunately, she passed
away from breast cancer and he stopped taking it because it
devastated him. We then found a trusted Therapist who we
saw regularly for 2 years. Both of these women said they
felt a soul connection with my son. They loved him dearly.
Because they wanted to help him so much and new that
financially it was difficult for me as a single mother, they
both stopped charging me. I have been very lucky.

Presently, my son is back in karate, he's been through Boot
Camp and is learning about his positive qualities, which are
many: outgoing, enthusiastic, super intelligent, popular,
handsome, great in sports, "no fear" attitude...It's taken
time...but I won't give up on him and I keep expecting

I also keep him on a protein/low carb diet because of his
hypoglycemia. I know what you're going through. I've ben
criticized and judged by many. Continue to have faith and I
will ke

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