Thursday, October 17, 2013

ASPERGER'S


African Boy with Asperger syndrome
Photo by kingdomany

"This boy was born with Asperger's syndrome.

"He was often bullied by older kids and even grown-ups.

"We bought some biscuits for him but the older kids and grown-ups came to rob him every several minutes when we were not beside him.

"I protected him until he finished the biscuits.

"That last day, when we were leaving, that boy saw me in the minibus and waved his hands excitedly.

"I was so happy he remembered me."

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Many famous and successful people have Asperger's Syndrome.

Asperger's is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.

This failure to react appropriately to social interaction may appear as disregard for other people's feelings, and may come across as insensitive.


Anonymous said...

The articles on Asperger's always make it sound so cut-and-dried, as if every person with the syndrome behaves according to a set of symptoms, whereas in fact they differ from one another as much as so-called normal people do.

Some experts (like Dr Tony Atwood) say the low rate of diagnosis in girls is not so much because they don't have it but because it manifests differently in girls and is more difficult to diagnose.

I have several people with Asperger's in my family, male and female.

The one thing they all have tragically in common is misunderstanding and being misunderstood by others, and feeling alienated and alone.

It is very difficult for both them and those around them to live with, and agonising to see what they go through sometimes.

One of the most difficult aspects is that they are, to all intents and purposes, disabled, but you can't necessarily see and notice anything overt that suggests disability about them, so people expect them to act perfectly normally and can be very intolerant of them when they can't.

They can absolutely exhaust themselves during a school or work day, desperately trying to act normal, which is why children in particular often have meltdowns once they get home, and adults often suffer from depression.

Whereas physically disabled people are usually visibly and obviously disabled, and their needs can be specifically provided for, this is not the case with a hidden disability like Asperger's.

Alternatively, people who know they have Asperger's but don't know very much about it assume that they are backward and stupid, and talk down to them.

It can be hell to live with, is all I can say about it, whether you have it or someone close to you has it.

~~

Autism diagnoses level off in Britain after five-fold surge during the 1990s

~~

Lots of famous people have the problem.

Anonymous said...

The medical ethics of the category of Asperger's syndrome is an absolute minefield, and that is not only because it violates the basic tenet of medicine that medical conditions may be considered mild, but never 'borderline': it is also because viewing it as a 'problem' is inevitably related to cultural attitudes; and, further, because the the whole idea of what actually constitutes the syndrome is entirely amorphous and keeps changing, on a rather, I think, arbitrary basis.

I notice that the article includes a photo of Michael Palin (now removed), with the caption 'lots of famous people suffer from this syndrome'. (I imagine this inclusion is influenced by a website that - by its own admission - very, very speculatively puts forwards names of famous people that the author of the articles there believes might have the syndrome; a practice that could be distressing for those whom it identifies). Well, I had always read that Asperger's was be characterised by difficulty in understanding irony, and subtlety and nuance in human behaviour. If you're suggesting that this characterises Michael Palin, of all people, you really are throwing the cat among the intellectual pigeons. And that is not merely because genius is uncategorisable; it's because Palin is very obviously at the other end of the spectrum.

Anonymous said...
In my family autism is NOT caused by vaccines, it's clearly genetic. 
If people wish to think it's vaccine related then that's their wish.

Paul Coker comments:

What about the Mercury?

When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data - and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic.

by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
In June 2000, a group of top government scientists and health officials gathered for a meeting at the isolated Simpsonwood conference center in Norcross, Ga.

Convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the meeting was held at this Methodist retreat center, nestled in wooded farmland next to the Chattahoochee River, to ensure complete secrecy. 

The agency had issued no public announcement of the session - only private invitations to 52 attendees. 

There were high-level officials from the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration, the top vaccine specialist from the World Health Organization in Geneva, and representatives of every major vaccine manufacturer, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Wyeth and Aventis Pasteur. 

All of the scientific data under discussion, CDC officials repeatedly reminded the participants, was strictly "embargoed." 

 There would be no making photocopies of documents, no taking papers with them when they left.

The federal officials and industry representatives had assembled to discuss a disturbing new study that raised alarming questions about the safety of a host of common childhood vaccines administered to infants and young children. 


According to a CDC epidemiologist named Tom Verstraeten, who had analyzed the agency's massive database containing the medical records of 100,000 children, a mercury-based preservative in the vaccines - thimerosal - appeared to be responsible for a dramatic increase in autism and a host of other neurological disorders among children.

"I was actually stunned by what I saw," Verstraeten told those assembled at Simpsonwood, citing the staggering number of earlier studies that indicate a link between thimerosal and speech delays, attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity and autism. 

Since 1991, when the CDC and the FDA had recommended that three additional vaccines laced with the preservative be given to extremely young infants - in one case, within hours of birth -- the estimated number of cases of autism had increased fifteenfold, from one in every 2,500 children to one in 166 children.

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The infant vaccination schedule in the US was stepped up enormously in 1989, coinciding with the US autism rate beginning to sky-rocket from 1991 onwards, the first point at which it would have been detectable in victims.

Themerisol has been used as a preservative in vaccine solutions since the 1930s and is probably harmless in small doses, and to fully grown adults; but it has a highly cumulative effect and there have been contradictory findings arrived at via different methodologies that makes it impossible to say for sure or predict how long it remains in the areas of the brain it typically accumulates in, or how to make an educated guess about safety, especially as a parent.

Upon being forced by the Congress to conduct their own investigation as to the possible risk of neurological damage presented by continued use of the additive, Big Phama met in secret to compare notes in 2000; they began a phased withdrawal of Themerisol, beginning in 2001.

This is the origin of the MMR Scare, and the parallel Straw Man attack co-ordinated by Big Pharma as a rear-guard action - they insist that the withdrawal is "purely precautionary, but this is simply a means to back away from what Coroporate Lawyers call "a very actionable position" from the point of view of Billion Dollar class action lawsuits.

They attack, discredit and demonise this one man, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who published a paper using very weak and flawed methodology to demonstrate anecdotally that there was a correlation between the combined MMR vaccine (three inoculations in one) might be linked to Autism and neuro developmental deficit disorders.

But Wakefield wasn't an expert and didn't know what he was talking about - he was built up and his claims exaggerated so he could be attacked and publicly attacked and ridiculed for endangering public safety.

But the pathogens in the combined vaccine don't cause autism - it was the delivery media which was poorly understood and highly neurotoxic

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Anonymous said...

Corey Feldman Claims Corey Haim Was Bisexual and Sexually Abused By Major Hollywood Players: Coreyography Memoir

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Anonymous said...

GARY MCKINNON ALLEGEDLY HAS THIS SYNDROME....

Anonymous said...

Dr Stephanie Seneff, PhD, a Senior Research Scientist MIT thinks first born children are more prone to autism/asperger’s due to a mothers life time of toxins getting dumped into the fetus. She also cites this as being a cause of miscarriages, so a healthy baby can be born in the future.

Anonymous said...

I ate at a restaurant once directly opposite Bill Gates and his then fiancee and he rocked in his seat the whole time

Anonymous said...

The articles on Asperger's always make it sound so cut-and-dried, as if every person with the syndrome behaves according to a set of symptoms, whereas in fact they differ from one another as much as so-called normal people do. Some experts (like Dr Tony Atwood) say the low rate of diagnosis in girls is not so much because they don't have it but because it manifests differently in girls and is more difficult to diagnose. I have several people with Asperger's in my family, male and female. The one thing they all have tragically in common is misunderstanding and being misunderstood by others, and feeling alienated and alone. It is very difficult for both them and those around them to live with, and agonising to see what they go through sometimes. One of the most difficult aspects is that they are, to all intents and purposes, disabled, but you can't necessarily see and notice anything overt that suggests disability about them, so people expect them to act perfectly normally and can be very intolerant of them when they can't. They can absolutely exhaust themselves during a school or work day, desperately trying to act normal, which is why children in particular often have meltdowns once they get home, and adults often suffer from depression. Whereas physically disabled people are usually visibly and obviously disabled, and their needs can be specifically provided for, this is not the case with a hidden disability like Asperger's. Alternatively, people who know they have Asperger's but don't know very much about it assume that they are backward and stupid, and talk down to them. It can be hell to live with, is all I can say about it, whether you have it or someone close to you has it.

Paul Coker said...

We're now saying Thomas Jefferson was on the autistic scale...?

N-word, please.


What about the Mercury?



When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data -- and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic.

by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

In June 2000, a group of top government scientists and health officials gathered for a meeting at the isolated Simpsonwood conference center in Norcross, Ga. Convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the meeting was held at this Methodist retreat center, nestled in wooded farmland next to the Chattahoochee River, to ensure complete secrecy. The agency had issued no public announcement of the session -- only private invitations to 52 attendees. There were high-level officials from the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration, the top vaccine specialist from the World Health Organization in Geneva, and representatives of every major vaccine manufacturer, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Wyeth and Aventis Pasteur. All of the scientific data under discussion, CDC officials repeatedly reminded the participants, was strictly "embargoed." There would be no making photocopies of documents, no taking papers with them when they left.

The federal officials and industry representatives had assembled to discuss a disturbing new study that raised alarming questions about the safety of a host of common childhood vaccines administered to infants and young children. According to a CDC epidemiologist named Tom Verstraeten, who had analyzed the agency's massive database containing the medical records of 100,000 children, a mercury-based preservative in the vaccines -- thimerosal -- appeared to be responsible for a dramatic increase in autism and a host of other neurological disorders among children. "I was actually stunned by what I saw," Verstraeten told those assembled at Simpsonwood, citing the staggering number of earlier studies that indicate a link between thimerosal and speech delays, attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity and autism. Since 1991, when the CDC and the FDA had recommended that three additional vaccines laced with the preservative be given to extremely young infants -- in one case, within hours of birth -- the estimated number of cases of autism had increased fifteenfold, from one in every 2,500 children to one in 166 children.



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Anonymous said...

The medical ethics of the category of Asperger's syndrome is an absolute minefield, and that is not only because it violates the basic tenet of medicine that medical conditions may be considered mild, but never 'borderline': it is also because viewing it as a 'problem' is inevitably related to cultural attitudes; and, further, because the the whole idea of what actually constitutes the syndrome is entirely amorphous and keeps changing, on a rather, Ithink, arbitrary basis.

I notice that the article includes a photo of Michael palin, with the caption 'lots of famous people suffer from this syndrome'. (I imagine this inclusion is influenced by a website that - by its own admission - very, very speculatively puts forwards names of famous people that the author of the articles there believes might have the syndrome; a practice that could be distressing for those whom it identifies). Well, I had always read that Asperger's was be characterised by difficulty in understanding irony, and subtlety and nuance in human behaviour. If you're suggesting that this characterises Michael Palin, of all people, you really are throwing the cat among the intellectual pigeons. And that is not merely because genius is uncategorisable; it's because Palin is very obviously at the other end of the spectrum.

Anonymous said...

In my family autism is NOT caused by vaccines, it's clearly genetic. If people wish to think it's vaccine related then that's their wish.

Paul Coker said...

The infant vaccination schedule in the US was stepped up enormously in 1989, coinciding with the US autism rate beginning to sky-rocket from 1991 onwards, the first point at which it would have been detectable in victims.

Themerisol has been used as a preservative in vaccine solutions since the 1930s and is probably harmless in small doses, and to fully grown adults; but it has a highly cumulative effect and there have been contradictory findings arrived at via different methodologies that makes it impossible to say for sure or predict how long it remains in the areas of the brain it typically accumulates in, or how to make an educated guess about safety, especially as a parent.

Upon being forced by the Congress to conduct their own investigation as to the possible risk of neurological damage presented by continued use of the additive, Big Phama met in secret to compare notes in 2000; they began a phased withdrawal of Themerisol, beginning in 2001.

This is the origin of the MMR Scare, and the parallel Straw Man attack co-ordinated by Big Pharma as a rear-guard action - they insist that the withdrawal is "purely precautionary, but this is simply a means to back away from what Coroporate Lawyers call "a very actionable position" from the point of view of Billion Dollar class action lawsuits.

They attack, discredit and demonise this one man, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who published a paper using very weak and flawed methodology to demonstrate anecdotally that there was a correlation between the combined MMR vaccine (three inoculations in one) might be linked to Autism and neuro developmental deficit disorders.

But Wakefield wasn't an expert and didn't know what he was talking about - he was built up and his claims exaggerated so he could be attacked and publicly attacked and ridiculed for endangering public safety.

But the pathogens in the combined vaccine don't cause autism - it was the delivery media which was poorly understood and highly neurotoxic

Paul Coker said...

"In my family autism is NOT caused by vaccines, it's clearly genetic. "

There is absolutely no way you can say that for certain; families, after all, share far more than genetics.

No one likewise says that vaccines, and ONLY vaccines, cause autism - what we can say is that there is a very strong correlation there that is impossible to ignore, and it appears to specifically related the cumulative concentration of Mercury in the brain during infancy and early childhood.

But no one ever pretended it was a 1:1 relationship, and even if it IS the Mercury that is the culprit, Themerisol is far from the only source of Mercury - if your family were all born in heavily industrialised areas where there is a risk of heavy metal contamination, that's a possible factor; if you eat a lot of fish in your diet, commercial fisheries in the West are highly contaminated with Mercury.

In the 2000 closed-door meeting of Big Pharma, they acknowledge to one another, Mercury easily paces through the placental barrier, so you can receive a neurotoxic dose of Mercury in the womb sufficient produce autism and other neurological impairments that might be negigible but for the dose absorbed via subsequent infant vaccinations, we just don't know.

The most optimistic note these guys could express to one another in private is to take the line that

"we just don't know enough to say whether this is harmful or has caused harm because we don't have the information we would need to say definitively one way or the other. "

and the reason they didn't have enough information was because no one thought to check these things before initiating a vast, nationwide increase in infant exposure to Mercury, so they just never collected any data for more than 10 years while the schedule was in place - it just never occurred to them.

But science doesn't deal very often in clear, definitive statements - there is rarely ever just one cause for anything. And medical certainty equates directly to legal liability.

So, you then have a situation where, from their point of view, the challenge is to keep the consensus firmly within the zone of uncertainty - which is easily done.

The medical profession does it all the time.

All you have to do is say "There has never been any evidence proving a link between Mercury in Vaccines and Autism."

What they DON'T say is, "There is no evidence because we haven't found any and we're not trying to look for it, because we know its true and don't want to get sued for about a Trillion Dollars".

It's exactly the same with Cancer research, HIV, the Warren Commission and Climate Change.

You can't discredit the raw data, so you just deny all funding to all groups and researchers but for those who you know will be sure to ask the wrong questions.

These things are entirely controlled by controlling the funding.

It is, as RFK Jr describes it, Tobacco Science.

It's junk.

Anonymous said...

NONsense. Everyone is jumping on the "autism" and "autism spectrum" bandwagon. Coddled, indulgent child?:autism. Intelligent,socially awkward?: autism. If a psychologist chose to analyze me, I'm sure he/she could come up with a convenient autism diagnosis as well. I have all the signs! Rocking to and fro, spoiled child in my youth, socially awkward "genius". Perfect excuse for bad parenting. It's the disease, not my terrible mothering...or- it's not ME- it's the illness! yay now I can excuse my stupid behavior with another reason except for myself.

Kristin in Arizona

Anonymous said...

Hullo Kristin in Arizona,

I suspect you don't know what autistic means. Have you met an autistic child? There is absolutely no way known anyone could ever confuse an autistic child with a 'spoiled' or 'socially awkward' one. Autistic is a WHOLE other world. I've met spoiled and socially awkward kids and I've met autistic kids and they're as different as night and day. Everything you know about kids goes out the window with an autistic child.

I think perhaps you're confusing autism with Asbergers. Asbergers could be described as socially awkward. It's a tough call. But that's syndromes for you. 'Syndrome' is a word doctors use when they don't understand what a thing is, what causes it, nor how to treat it. As soon as I see the word syndrome my first thought is to suspect that we're probably in amongst flim-flammery.

But that aside, autism? Holy shit, you got no idea.

best etc. etc.

Paul Coker said...

Kristin,

AIDS is also a syndrome - a syndrome is just a battery of symptoms that someone exhibits fro, a checklist in order to match a diagnosis, because no one knows what the cause (or causes) of those symptoms might be;

the hard data suggests ONE of the causes of autism is high levels of Mercury in the brain in infancy, the cumulative effect of excessive use of vaccines containing Thermerisol, and the hard data also suggests ONE of the causes of AIDS is administration of a heavy viral load of HIV into the victims's blood stream - but this alone is not enough.

Was Freddie Mercury "spoiled" to death...?

Some might say, yes.

I say he was murdered.

Take another listen to the lyrics to Khosshoggi's Ship and tell me what you think...

Anonymous said...

I see that the photo of Michael Palin has been replaced with one of Beethoven. It is every bit as objectionable to me to suggest speculative psychiatric medical diagnoses about dead people as it is about living people, a fetish led by the (in my view, dangerous) pop psychology industry. In some ways, I find it more objectionable, since the true nature of their life, in all its nuances, is lost to us.

Once again, the issue of the clarity of the diagnostic criteria arises. Asperger's Syndrome was always characterised by being strongly left-brained (logical, reductionistic), to the expense of the sense of perspective and context afforded by the right hemisphere. To suggest that creative genius is a matter of being left-, and not-right-brained contradicts all evidence, intuition and reason. I repeat, the character traits associated with creative genius largely elude medical classification. For 'pop' psychology authors to suggets that such figures as Newton and Beethoven exhibited the classic 'restricted, repetitive and stereotyped behaviour patterns' of AS is beyond absurdity. They seem to have been quite the opposite.

As we move into an ever more totalitarian society, the new challenge is to give everyone, where possible, some kind of label - particularly a medical one - and this practice is being audaciously extended into the realm of genius.

On the subject of the commerce-driven farces surrounding the construction of the DSM (the 'psychiatrists' Bible'), very well worth reading is Wired Magazine's (online) 'Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness' by Gary Greenberg.

One further point, regarding the surge in diagnoses: during the mid-1990's, Asperger's Syndrome was a new medical classification (even though Asperger had published relevant material decades previously),thanks to the Maudsley Institute, and there was a genuine zeal to get diagnoses.

 
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