The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 8

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
Every Monday, I try to have an update for you from Craig DeLisi about his unborn child Anastasha, who has been diagnosed with anencephaly, for which there is no cure or treatment. I hope you’ll join with me in keeping the DeLisis in your prayers. And, per Craig's request at the end of this note, I hope you'll leave a comment with a verse you'd like to share with him and his family. Within a couple weeks of finding out that Anastasha had anencephaly, I read an awesome book called I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy, by Angie Smith. It is the story of her daughter Audrey, who , like Anastasha, was given a terminal prenatal diagnosis. Angie and her husband Todd chose to carry…
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U.K. bans doctor who linked autism to MMR vaccine

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
In past blogs, I've exposed what I consider to be the unethical and unscrupulous actions of Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his so-called autism research. Here are just a few: Lancet formally retracts paper linking vaccine to autism U.S. study clears measles vaccine of autism link Does the MMR vaccine cause autism? A redux. Vaccine Myth #1: Vaccines Cause Autism Wakefield's now disproven 1998 study supposedly linked the vaccine for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) to autism. Unfortunately, this led to a dramatic drop in vaccinations and a jump in measles cases around the world -- causing who knows how many unnecessary childhood deaths. Since then, at least 25 studies have found no link between the vaccine and autism. And now, not only have the scientific methods of Wakefield been shown to…
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Alternative autism treatment , OSR#1, called into question by the FDA

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Parenting
The Chicago Tribune reports that a letter sent on June 17 by the FDA to retired Kentucky chemist Boyd Haley "details five violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act related to his product, OSR#1." According to the agency, the purported autism treatment "is NOT a harmless dietary supplement, as claimed, but a toxic unapproved drug that lacks adequate warnings about potential side effects, including hair loss and abnormalities of the pancreas." Environmental health expert Ellen Silbergeld believes the product "represents a clear example of endangerment of public health," especially because it has "no record of any therapeutic aspect" and is being marketed to children. An FDA spokeswoman confirmed that the agency had yet to receive any communication from Haley since the letter was sent. Parents who are considering…
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In autism a diet free of cereal grains and dairy products does not help

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
Autism (and the autism spectrum disorders) are so very frustrating for parents just because there are so few therapies that have been shown to be helpful. Therefore, parents are left to try this or that and see what helps. Dietary manipulation is one that is frequently tried and yet has not been well studied. Now, USA Today reports that, according to a study presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, "a popular autism diet free of cereal grains and dairy products did NOT improve symptoms in children." USA Today adds, "Fourteen children with autism, ages 2½ to 5½, completed the 18-week study. None had celiac disease, in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from gluten, or milk allergies." The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reported that…
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