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April 3, 2009

Carly Fleischmann's Exclusive Blog for Larry King Live (Join the discussion w/ Carly!)

Posted: 07:58 PM ET

Carly:

"I don't  think we can cure autism but I wish we could.  The goal should be to get are inner selves out."
 

Carly:

"Someone asked: Do you type independently or do you utilize any support?

I spell all by myself no one tells me what to say and no one touches me."

Carly:

"Its the kids that are lost because the parents are missing the cues by their children while there rapped up in all of this."

Carly:

"i think the real battle is how do you reach kids? Can any of you drs tell me how you do that."

Hi Everyone,

We have an amazing girl joining us tonight.  Her name is Carly Fleischmann.  You'll get to know her during tonight's show.  In the mean time, read a little bit about her in this exclusive commentary she provided me!

~Larry

My name is carly fleischmann. I am 14. for as long as I can remember I have had autism.art1carlytyping1

I over heard jenny m say that her son commented that he felt like dory from nemo because he didn't remember things when he was autistic. However I have a great memory for many things. I also know many autistic kids that are exactly the same way. Parents know what I'm talking about, kids that can tell you the name of every subway line or that can memorize line for line different movies and tv shows. Doctors would like to tell you that we have a hard time processing information. Its not really true, our brains are wired differently. We take in many sounds and conversations at once.
I have learnt how to filter through some of the mess.

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Robert and Lena Shalka   April 3rd, 2009 8:55 pm ET

Carly, you are an inspiration to us and our son, Philip. He too is typing and we are amazed at what he knows. Thank you for showing the world that non verbal persons are intellegent and deserve a chance.


WarriorMom   April 3rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Jim Carrey is 100% accurate with his comment about the money. This is about profits for the pharmaceutical companies and not the health of America's children. We have the most vaccinated pediatric population in the world yet our children are also the most ill. Why is that if the vaccines are safe??


Alessandra Nascimento   April 3rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

carly, you are a strong girl and i hope my son Gabriel, who is currently 2 years old and has a diagnosis of mild PDD, grows up to be as smart as you are!


Nancy/Channahon IL   April 3rd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

My son had a reaction to his 2nd vaccine, his lips turned blue and slumped in his car seat. The health dept was notified after he was taken to the ER. They blew it off and said he was upset. I refused anymore vaccines for any of my children. My son is not autistic. I want to know why people look the other way and don't listen to what happens to our children? Thank God for Jenny & Jim for keeping everyone aware of this dirty little secret. Thanks to Larry also for keeping important issues in the public eye.


Dena Royal   April 3rd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I am following the same protocol Jenny used to help heal Evan. We are seeing our daughter get better! She regressed when she was around 20 months old. She lost all her words and became antisocial. Classic autism and there was no one at the time that was wiling to help us find out what was causing our daughter to decline. Jenny's book was God send to our family. We totally support you in Muncie Indiana! We have a growing biomedical community here. Thank you Jim Carey and Jenny McCarthy for continuing to shed light on Autism and the fact that these children are getting better. GO JENNY GO!! If you need a voice from a mom please let me know!


Pat Taylor   April 3rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Has anyone looked at the possibility of the use of ultrasound in autism? I read that the gyn society does not recomend that ultrasounds be used unless there is some problem, but that 80% of women get them anyway and the doctors don't tell them that it could be harmful. My daughter-in-law was carrying a baby and after an ultrasound she lost the baby on the same day that the ultrasound was done. The same thing happened to my niece.


Marsha Rixhwine   April 3rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

My daughter has sensitivity disorder , the mildest form of autisum there is. She shut down at 16 months , My mother noticed it, because she wouldn't give kisses. I worked with her every 30 minutes. Now at
13 years old, she is 99.9 percental on her Iowa basic skills test. She is at the 13level that means she should be in her 1st year of college.
At the emotional level she is friendly with every one and thay all know her in school. Because she needed help when she was youner all the kids help her, but she doesn't need it. My sister is a nurse and hasn't seen this kind of progress in her work ever. The only thing you notice different about my child is she is not organized.


Richard   April 3rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I hope you folks have the courage to tell the American people that four times as many boys as girls are diagnosed with autism.


Barbara Shay   April 3rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I have 4-month-old twins and am very worried about autism. I'm curious as to what the rate of autism is to non-vaccinated children. Is there documentation of that?


Genie   April 3rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Hello,

My son is 3 years old and he is autistic. I just want to thank CNN and the guests for informing the public. Too many doctors are ignoring our kids...
I hope that more people will listen and help us.


lori   April 3rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Have you ever been tested for Lyme Disease??


ashutosh singh   April 3rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

As a Physician, I am concerned about often scandalous relation between the industry and medical organization. However, I am surprised at mischaracterization of positive role of a professional organization like American Academy of Pediatrics. Its not Mr Jim Carey's wealth which helps to fund the research in Medicine, instead its the pharma industry which helps to do so. However, I do agree that excessive multiple vaccination schedule needs to be revised down in consensus with academicians and researchers.


marc f   April 3rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

We are now taking medical advice from Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy?? Whats next, financial advice from Mickey Mouse?


Alessandra Nascimento   April 3rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

pediatricians do not want to treat or even DIAGNOSE children with autism. Since my child was 11 months old, I was telling his pediatrician that something was off, but he kept said "oh, don't worry, he will grow out of it..." ! I was the one that went after a diagnosis and fought to get my son treated and now, 10 months after his initial diagnosis, he was "undiagnosed". Hopefully, general pediatricians will start paying attention to parents and to patients!


amy   April 3rd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

how should i discuss WITH my son that he has autism and when?

my son is 8 years old..also hearing impaired..so i took off the closed captioning.. thought he didnt' hear. as he is watching it out of the corner of his eye he says..God really blessed us w/ not having autism didn't he? What did your parents say to you?


Mary   April 3rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I am a special education teacher who has worked with children with autism for many years now. I find autism to be fasinating. All of the children that I have worked with have touched my heart in so many ways and I will remember each of them. I understand that Jenny and Jim want their son to be considered "normal" but I do agree with their statements. I think that early intervention is the most important thing for children with autism. They have obviously done wonders for their son and this is why their son is "cured." I believe that chidlren with autism learn how to cope with their symptoms. They are taught in ways to get the information across to them, because their brain is wired differently (just like Carly stated). I do not understand how someone can be cured of this disability. I believe that more intense tutoring, such as ABA, and social interaction can only benefit these children; which in turn reduces their symtoms. How can something be cured when their is no defined cause? I also believe that Jenny and Jim are placing a negative cognitation on autism, which could not be further from the truth. I am eager to here what Carly has to say on this issue.


Michael Jordan   April 3rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I lost my son to cancer when he was 14 months old. I believe that he was poisoned by Sucralose in the womb. I convinced my wife to rink Propel water that is sweetened by suralose. Like Thimerisol and the vaccines, artificial sweeteners are poisoning our children. I strongly support the new mcarthyism!! I want common sense to dictate how our children are cared for. I love the fact that you are on the air speaking about this! Keep it up.


Vicky   April 3rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Carly,
YEA!!!!! I'm so glad you made it on the show I signed your petition. You are an inspiration! You are beautiful and I am so glad you found a voice because you have alot to say and it's something all should hear


Susan   April 3rd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Carly you rock. I know that you will be instrumental in changing the way children with autism are viewed and related to. Never give up. You amaze me..you go girl.


Claudia Raymer   April 3rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I registered to attend the Green Our Vaccines Rally months before I realized something was "off" about my son. I planned to march with Jenny and Jim as a parent concerned about the toxins in our vaccines and the requirements the government has given in order for our children to attend school. I am now the mother of a child on the autism spectrum and because I live in West Virginia, a state without non-medical vaccine exemptions, he may not be able to attend school with children his age. Nobody has been able to answer me when I ask, WHY IS HEP B required in order for him to attend school? It's NOT a childhood disease. This is a disease passed from mother to child, via risky sex or via IV drug use. It seems to me there is NO LOGICAL reason to mandate this dangerous vaccine.


nicole Picot   April 3rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I am writing from Buenos Aires in Argentina. And I would want to suggest studies also include developing countries. Our country has also a more dispers and moderated shot program, and not as many as the US, because they are not necessasy, not at that age.

People here are more aware of the shots that are and are not nesessary, and we donot have outbreaks, even if we live in South America.

I seems that a country as the US should know better.

Good luck to you all, and to your children !!!


Kemi Omololu Olunloyo   April 3rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Good for you Carly! My 8 year old champions autistic people in Canada. Go to thekidreporterdotcom and this week KJ spoke to Dr Tim Shriver of the Special Olympics on 3/31/09 R-word day. KJ's Eni brother is autistic and 22 years old. We are Americans in Toronto, Canada and Eni stopped talking at 2 and starting talking again at 14. You will get to the promised land and talk like my son. Eni works at the movie house and lives in his own apartment. There is HOPE sweetie!


alicia   April 3rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Carly you rock, my sister is also autistic she cann't talk eather


Myrna Sterling   April 3rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

My son got diagnosed with autism by a renowned neurolgist right here in Miami, he basically said that he will never be a normal person. I noticed that his symptoms developed after his shots; my husband noticed that everytime we were back from the pediatrician on a "vaccination day" our son was hiting his head with both hands, too much coincidence? We certainly don't think so. Our son attitude completely changed after his first year of life, now he is 2 and we started approaching the issue with biomedical methods implemented by doctors such as Dr. Bock and we have our first biomedical appointment on June 3rd with Dr. A.Levinson right here in Miami. We have already seen amazing results by just implementing a diet. We know that methylation will be crucial for our son's cure and I offer myself as a spokesperson for spanish speaking people in America that are kept completely obscure from this issue. We need to beat this, beat the corrupted system and beat the special interests; this is our kids lives that we are talking about which is THE special interest that we need to save. Thank you Jenny and thank you Jim from the bottom of our hearts!! Keep it up because I most certainly will help others as well.


Rivervalenote@yahoo.com   April 3rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Great!!!!!! I loved hearing from Carly.....and I am so very proud of her. I would be scared to death to be LIVE on the Larry King Show:) Carly....you did great:)


Viera   April 3rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I am a RN and mother of autistic child / eight years old who has been recovering wonderfully..
I have clear empiric evidence with my younger son. When he recieved his DPT vaccaine at two month he experienced neurological symptoms and I was told by his pediatrician that DPt ca"cause neurotoxicity"
We parents cannot be bullied by pharmaceutical industry.
Who is really in charge of welbeing of our children?


Dr Eze   April 3rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I am a pediatrician who have practiced where there are limited vaccines and were there are vaccine. Can you spend half-minute to talk about the current polio outbreak in other parts of the world and impact of polio vaccine in US; Neonatal tetanus and DPT; Hib and control of HIB mennigitis. Many good things of vaccines to talk about


AJ   April 3rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I agree with Jim. Doctors are no longer keeping health in their best
interest. Powerfull antibiotics and vaccine are not always the answer.
What ever happened to proper vitamin supplementation, diet, sleep cycle, etc.


Gramma to many   April 3rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

You rock, Carly, Jim Carrey, and Jenny McCarthy, and the doctors!!
Keep up the great work and keep spreading the information!!
Thank you!!!


Karin Fox   April 3rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Carly- you did it!!! You said that you were going to do it and you did- excellent job! You were great!


Heather   April 3rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Hi Carly you a great inspiration to all. My son is currently seeing a therapist who is suspect that he may has Aspergers Syndrome. I am looking for any information you or anyone else can provide. My son Jayce is 8 years old has many symptoms of Aspergers but has also been diagnosed 2 years ago with Rickets (vitamin d defiency) I do have a question, he frequently pees his pants and also wets the bed every night is that common among autistic children?


G.Robinson   April 3rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

How come nobody talks about the statistics of autism.. 1 in 150 children are born with Autism....

is it pushing it under the carpet ?


kelli from Maryland   April 3rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Jenny thanks for giving children with Autism a voice. Please don't stop !! Thanks Jim for being such a good partner, supporter, and great voice.

Thanks for coming to Washington. We were walking along side you guys.

Thanks
Kelli

(our 6 year old son has Autism)


Reginald   April 3rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I am here in the caribbean where there is an extensive vaccination schedule for people migrating to the US. Recently I saw a case of a man who took about 10 shots in the space of about a few days and within 72 hours he developed a condition resulting in paralysis of the external muscles of the eyes resulting in Double vision..He was ultimately treated in NY for what was concluded to be a syndrome directly resulting from that heavy vaccination infusion...Conclusion-there are definitely a lot of concerns with possible conditions attributable to vaccinations


marc f   April 3rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

what about the fact that there has not been 1 single study showing a link between vaccines and autism?


BC   April 3rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Statistics show 70% of children are diagnosed on the autistic spectrum WITHOUT any regression, but with developmental delays from birth. Doesn't this statistic contradict the vaccine discussion and prove other factors are causing autism at least in addition to vaccines?


Christine Heeren   April 3rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Great job tonight Carly!


Robert   April 3rd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Twenty epidemiologic studies have shown that neither thimerosal
nor MMR vaccine causes autism. These studies have
been performed in several countries by many different investigators
who have employed a multitude of epidemiologic and
statistical methods. The large size of the studied populations
has afforded a level of statistical power sufficient to detect even
rare associations. These studies, in concert with the biological
implausibility that vaccines overwhelm a child’s immune system,
have effectively dismissed the notion that vaccines cause
autism. Further studies on the cause or causes of autism should
focus on more-promising leads.


Joy Zuniga   April 3rd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Thank you Carly for sharing your story. My daughter Jordyn is 8 and has Autism. She loves to type on the computer and "surf the web". I was wondering how you started to use the computer for communication? Did you start by typing words or sentences??? Thank You.


Andrew Wilkinson   April 3rd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I am 7 years old and I want to know what I can do to help her. I like the piano hockey and soccer ? Carly what do you like to do for fun.


Dan Coogan   April 3rd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

My son is 9 and also communicates well via a keyboard . Keep up the great work !


Mike   April 3rd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Why do people insist on anecdotal evidence to suggest that vaccines cause autism.? Potty training is performed at an early age, perhaps that causes autism as well. Why doesn't everyone get autism after vaccination?


KJ the Kid Reporter   April 3rd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

My brother is Autistic and can tell you every bus and subway line in North America without ever being to the city. He also knows every interstate highway in America and Canada. Autistic people are smart. He can also assemble furniture and the neighbors PAY him!


Cathy Houde   April 3rd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I agree with Jenny & Jim. My beautiful 6 year old granddaughter has autism. She we fine until she was about 3. Then her speach started to deteriorate. I can't understand that many years ago it was dangerous to get the measels & mumps at that same time many died, but the mmr vaccine has the measels & mumps live virus in it and we are giving it to our children at the same time. Why is it that we don't give them seperately??


Alessandra Nascimento   April 3rd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

HEATHER – make sure you take your son to a developmental pediatrician, not only a therapist. bedwetting can be seen in autistic children but not exclusive or pathognomonic of the disease


Claudia Raymer   April 3rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I think some children do have predisposition to autism and when we expose these children to toxins (like the ones in vaccines, the ones in silver fillings, toxins in the environment) then autism is triggered.


Dr. Brenda Trudell   April 3rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Amen! We need the voices to speak out because god knows that there are enough people talking in favor of vaccines. There are too many vaccines, not enough education on nutrition and detox support, and frankly, many of the childhood diseases we are SUPPOSED to get actually strengthen our immune system, NOT weaken it!!! We were created the way we were for a reason, and I have yet to see someone die from a lack of vaccines who had a healthy, functioning immune system. Maybe if the government and pharma companies donated some of their billions to children around the country for wholesome organic food, and real fruits and vegetables, and found ways to make them healthier naturally, then we wouldnt need to load up our little ones on vaccines and antibiotics.


Bev from London Ontario Canada   April 3rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Larry; I have been blessed with three amazing healthy children, ages
28,22 and 14. None of them have ever been immunized. However,
they also cannot just consume any old thing. Our bodies need rest,
they need good nutrition and hydration. Our bodies are a gift, that we
have to maintain like a car with common sense. Teach your children moderation, healthy eating, lots of fruits and vegetables, after a while
the junk food won't be as appealing. Teach them to love sports, or atleast outdoor activites, love them, be deliberate with food and drink, and above all....read about food and nutrition. There is no fear about various illnesses if your immune system is fully charged. My hat is off to Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey. Bev


John/Waco, TX   April 3rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I am a Microbiologist and in school right now working towards my Medical Technologist certification. I have a very good understanding of vaccines and don't think that it is the MMR vaccine that causes autism. Vaccines only activate the immune system to create immuneglobulins (antibodies) to these diseases. This is like trying to blame your own immune system for causing autism. There are so many other things that could be causing this: Pollution, additives in food, or genetics. I think that the vaccines are a blessing. I have an 18 month old and he has had all of his vaccines and he is perfectly normal. Yes, I do understand that is some of these vaccines the antigens that are used to induce and immunogenic response might not be an exact match to the antigens of the disease, but these are no different than the other chemicals and additives that we are putting in our foods. The sympotoms that come with the diseases themselves if you don't give the vaccines could also autism. I really don't agree that the MMR vaccine is the cause of autism and until we know the exact cause parents should still know that the vaccines given to protect our children are safe.


DisgruntedViewer   April 3rd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

The amount of bad science and faulty logic being pushed on this show is disconcerting.

Regarding autism increase:

1) Increased awareness of people and pediatricians leads to more diagnoses

2) Increased and broadening diagnostic criteria leads to increased diagnoses

3) Older ages of birthing mothers. This is an especially compelling argument for addressing the autism gap between the first and third world, where many older women do have children, and can have children successfully.

Regarding vaccines causing autism

1) Blood brain barrier prevents vaccines from interfering with central neurological processes.

2) Increases in vaccines are not followed by proportional increases in autism, even when accounting for increases within doses of specific vaccines.

3) There is no clearly articulated link between autism and vaccines described by advocates of this position. Ambiguous claims of 'toxins' and bad metaphors that include overloading the body are nostalgic of medical practices pre-modern medicine or scientifically lacking, but trendy, medical practices, and are false metaphors. The human body is not a car, nor an air plane.

4)Even if vaccines cause autism, the benefits of vaccines grossly outweigh. The odds of getting autism are much lower and provide a better quality of life than a world where pre-vaccine infection rates (and deaths) for many vaccinated diseases are present.


sandra   April 3rd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Thank You Larry, your guests and Carley for talking about it . Medical doctors laugh at us, when we talk about therapy and other diet treatments. The only main exposure is CNN. CNN please keep on doing the good work. Carley, I love you......sandra


Donna Marie Antoniadis   April 3rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Hi Carly, You have been on ABC and CNN with Larry King. What is next for you?


Matt   April 3rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I don't find Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carey to be highly scientific folks and I would sincerely want to know where all of their "information" came from and the research to back up the "information" that they are espousing. The "research" that "links" Autism and vaccines is shaky at best, the "scientific" research has been called into question and is not considered rigorous or founded. The court system recently rejected the parental case in suing the vaccine makers for saying that they caused their child's Autism. Autism Spectrum Disorders are on a range/spectrum of disorder and the earlier that intervention occurs the more likely students are to be able to manage the challenges that they experience due to their ASD. Also, students with an ASD have the potential to be very bright and academically successful. At its heart, ASD effects social behaviors, the ability to process language, the ability to read non-verbal cues, as well as dealing with stereotypic behaviors. Given that Ms. Mc Carthy's son was diagnosed at the age of two and has received early and intense intervention since, I believe that "managed" would be a better term than "cured". While I find the conversation to be important in that it fosters discussion, I find the passing along of information that is inaccurate or not founded to be harmful.


Diane   April 3rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Carly, Thank you for speaking up for yourself and your peers. You may not realize what a great inspiration you will be for the thousands of parents and families dealing with this challenge. You give me hope!


Janet   April 3rd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

My daughter Denise is 14 and she has autism too. She is wonderful and has come a long way.. from throwing furniture in early elementary to reiceiving honors awards in middle school. Denise was born with autism. She did not get it from shots. Shots save lives. I have tried many therapies including diet changes which DID NOT help at all. Medications prescribed by her neurologists have made all the difference along with social skill training, education and sensory integration therapy. As a family, we have been involved in genetic studies. I do believe this is the best course of action. By continuing to focus on vaccines, research monies are being wasted and deflect the importance of finding the real cause, and hopefully a potential cure or at least better treatment.


Claudia Raymer   April 3rd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Regardless of the link/no link debate, we need to talk about RIGHTS. Why should I HAVE to vaccinate my child against chicken pox? Why should I HAVE to vaccinate him against Hep B – if I don't have it and he doesn't have risky sex or use IV drugs, then he's NOT going to get it! And he's certainly not going to pass it to the other kids in his preschool class.
And I vehemently disagree that in ALL vaccines, the benefits outweigh the risk.


chinny   April 3rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

jenny and co should stop speculating.there is no proof that vaccines cause autism.


bo   April 3rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

i can hug my 3 year old with feelings. but she has yet to hug daddy with feelings of love. she is disconnected from that ability. thank you larry for having both sides of this disease presented on your large forum.


Irma Di Renzo   April 3rd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Mr King,
Thank you once again giving a voice to the millions of children and families affected by this disease.
Let's not forget though, that they are children and people first.
They are "children with autism", not autistic children.


Claudia Raymer   April 3rd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

What's happening in the Amish community vs. the Somalian community which shows below average vs. above average rates of autism?


Spring   April 3rd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

i think this whole cureing autism thing is silly, why can't people be different ? at least then people will start to care about alien disabilities on this planet. is this whole thing so parents won't have strange kids in the house or are they too lazy to try to understand them? i have autism and i have no plans to be "normal" if it's not accepted as fine


b in cleveland   April 3rd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

My son just got his 5 vaccines for his two month visit. Is it too late to switch back to the 1989 schedule?


Mike   April 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

what are these magical "toxins" that are in vaccines?


Melissa S   April 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I am so glad that you are covering this topic it is something near and dear to my families heart. My husband little 12 year old cousin is Autistic and his mom is dealing with it everyday as a single parent. It is hard just the other night we had to take him to the emergency room because he was in pain and he could not communicate to us why. This is the stress she deals with everyday I am so glad more and more people are becoming aware of this. Thank you all and keep us the good work.


Dana   April 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

So why is autism so much more prevalent in boys? Why is the role of genetics not being discussed?


Tommy   April 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Larry,

I'm a 22 yr old with Autism. I was in Special Ed from 4th grade onward. One thing that I can do, which is probably result of Autism is name all the US Presidents and facts about them too.

I feel there might be a connection between Autism and the vaccine. About a month after my inaculation I had a seizure and started acting a bit different after that. Thanks for reading this. I appreciate all you do as far as Autism goes Larry. Thanks a million.

From,

Tommy Crawford


Gia Edwards   April 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I have a 5 year old grandson who is autistic. He is 70 pounds now and won't eat anything thats good for him. He sometimes has very bad tempertantrums and it's really hard to calm him down. I would like to know what can I do for him. Also, he is currently on Respiral. I would like to know if any other autistic children are on it and if it actually helps them.


Betty Henderson   April 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

My grandson was a normal child of one years old, until he had he MMR vaccine. He changed overnite. He became angry, uncooperative, stopped talking. I know it was the vaccine. I worked in the health care industry for 28 years, and what I saw with the flu vaccine would really make you sick. I worked with a nurse who's husband is a local physician , their son received his MMR and seizured, turned grey and went into cardiac arrest. The nurse told me her husband panicked and if she hadn't kept her wits about her, their child would have died She gave him CPR until they could get him to the hospital. My doctor's first son had the same reaction, he now has a brain injury, and she No LONGER recommends any one get vaccinated! Jenny and Jim, thank you so very much for your courage and tenacity and incredible love for children that enables you both to stand up to the establishment and powerful rich drug companies . I wish to join you as I am so damn mad at these people who dare to sacrifice one child for their incredibly blind and stubborn position. All for the love of money.


JB   April 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Hi Carly-

I am 14 and have autism. Well, I actually have more of an aspergers diagnosis. You are very brave to beable to go on Larry King. I will support you 100% on your petition.

Good Luck!


alicia   April 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

carly my family hopes you and my sister who also has autisum get qurid if you can e mail me any day and any hour i just want ever autisum kid quird


Brenda Hellwege, Tulsa   April 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

When I had my daughters I delayed and spread out their vacines. I think it made all the difference in the world. It just made common sense to me, because of blood volume. Why in the world would I put that many vaccines in a 9 lb infant? I didnt know anything about parenting or mothering but I knew that I should wait and spread the vaccines out. My daughters are gorgeous teenagers today. The medical community is driven by the almighty dollar. No one has said stop vaccines its the schedule!!


Maralyn Smith   April 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I'm wondering if anyone has considered the additives in food. If autism starts about the time babies are on solid food, could there be a relationship. I was able to eat any and all foods until companies started spraying foods, and adding additives to food. Since that time, I can't sleep at night and I feel as if I've had a huge amount of coffee. It really affects my nerves. I wonder how it would affect a baby in the womb, and perhaps show up after they begin eating solid food.


Claudia Raymer   April 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Mike, google "Ingredients" and "CDC" and you'll get a list from the Center for Disease Control listing the ingredients in vaccines. I think you'll be surprised at some of the things in vaccines.


Neil   April 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

The late Dr. Cade of the University of Florida, published research suggesting autism can be triggered by undigested milk protein. The proteins, he said, were stored in brain tissue triggering autism. Some individuals are unable to completely digest these proteins.

Dr. Cade was a resercher most famous for the development of Gatorade, the sports drink.


ed brown   April 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

there is a control group out there of home schooled kids – parents who have kept their kids out of school because they did not want the immunization for their kids.


cindy   April 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

what is a defining sign of apraxia that differentiates it from autism?


Ron Williams   April 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I have a son with autism. He was perfect in developement until 36 hours after the 1 year shots. After the shots he developed a very high fever and broke out with red bumps all over. He had a sezier and the only thing the doctors said was the bumps will go away and he would be fine. He lost eye contact within that 36 hours and it has been an uphill battle since.

The doctors want immunizations for money and if they link autism to the shots there will be many lawsuits.

The doctors still wont say my son is autistic the say he has a learninig disability.

Thanks Jenny, this proves you know more than the highly educated and PAID doctors.


Jan & Roger Ahrens   April 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Thank goodness for Jenny and Jim and Dr Healy- we need their voice to help pediatricians listen to the parents. If there is a genetic disposition, we still need to know what triggers all the symptoms of autism. We have 2 grandsons, ages 3 and 4 who are affected. More research must be done about the effects of vaccinations on our children. Autism is an epidemic – why isn't something being done to stop it.


Deborah Smith   April 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Why don't they study the kids who are no longer diagnosable or considered recovered to find out what the families did?


Melissa   April 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Hurray for Jenny and Jim, my story is very similar and autism can be cured. And unless you have or had a child with autism you have no business making comments. You have no idea how hard it is!!!!


Kristin Kauffman   April 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Truman, my son is 4 year old and was diagnosed at the age of 3. He was a head bandging, hand flapping half crazed child. I read Jenny's first book, Louder that Words, and said I CAN do this too!!! Eight days off of gluten he began to TALK!!! We are neck deep in biomedical recovery and now he speaks in 4 – 6 words sentances. 17 months in to recovery – we got a ways to go, but I KNOW I will have a recovered son!!! Thank you Jenny, Jim and your entire pannel – my son will be totally autistic free in another 13 months!!


GLS   April 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I would llike to let people know that there are service dogs available for autistic children. My neice just got one and it has made a world of difference in her life and has also been a tremendous help for her family. One organization is called Project Chance.


Sharon   April 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Even on Roland's show when Holly Robinson Peete was on and that doctor, she kept saying that the issue was the large number of vaccines and that they are pumped into this tiny body all at the same time. He completely ignored what she was saying. Watch the tape.

Larry, you asked why doctors wouldn't want to listen. I can think of a reason. If it is finally shown that shooting up a tiny child with 30 odd vaccines is the cause of this, then comes the possibility of massive lawsuits. So, conflict of interest and mega ass-covering by the medical establishment.

Also, I am still waiting for anyone in the media...just one person...to address the conflict of interest between physicians and the pharmaceutical companies they are in bed with.


ED   April 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Could there be a link with pain killers given to mothers after sections who in turn nurse their child. They tell you it is okay to take these meds and nurse. I did not take any meds with my first child she is okay. With my second child I took pain relievers and she is autistic.


Jennifer Gotschall   April 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I have one more comment on this subject. I was born in 1965 started school in 1970. We didn't start getting vaccinated until it was time to start kindergarten. What has changed? Their is NO reason that a baby that is 1 or 2 day old to be vaccinated.


Mary Caldwell   April 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

If the mother and father have the genes for certain autoimune
diseases such as the b27 gene, can the use of the newer
birth control pills within months prior to the pregnancy hurt the
fetus in the early develpment period around 24 weeks. Or such
genes continue to hurt the child when exposed to toxins in all
plastics and other toxic items continue to hurt a system already
set for attack as in an allergy against the childs own system for a
time after birth until the system can not tolerate it.


it is what it is   April 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

My son was diagnosed @ age 5. He is 14 now. He has had all vaccinations required. My whole opinion of this is that I need to go forward with him. I never dwelled on the past about how he got this or when. All I can do for his benefit is to be positive about this mysterious disorder, and do whatever I need to do to make him function in society. He is happy, healthy, and doing well.
Am I concerned about a cure? Yes. But if I dwell on debating either side of this topic, that is time my son needs me to help him with life.


ED   April 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

please correct sections should read c-sections


carlos raposo   April 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

is there a correlation between apgar scores and autism?

what about the proposed alternative schedule for vaccines


BC   April 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Instead of "obsessively" focusing on vaccines and not making much progress for so many years, why can't researchers look more at genetics, pollutants in the air, food, water etc. and other factors that many be causing the huge rise in autism diagnoses? The majority of kids with autism are diagnosed regardless of vaccines without regressions for vaccines.


Dena Royal   April 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

This all makes my blood boil. Green our Vaccines. Parents, learn about what is in these vaccines (aluminum, thermisol, antifreeze, formaldyhyde, aborted fetus cells and so many more unneccessary ingredients). Physicians and pharmeceutical companies should be required to disclose the ingredients and parents should be required to sign that they have read them. There should be a altered schedule. Slow down. Don't give more than one shot at a time. Make sure the kids are healthy and their immune system is not down. Go to TACA.org or GenerationRescue.org . There is so much information and HOPE there that the medical community in general won't acknowledge.


Vicky   April 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

My niece is three months behind my own daughter, 5yrs, and she is living with autism, I am most impressed with her mother's agressive behavior to correct the wrongs and questions that face many families of autistic famiy members. Two years ago she began a local Autism Awareness Program, Illuminating Autism, the first weekend of June she holds a benefit to raise money for awareness, she has gone back to school to get her additional education which will allow her to begin a new school for autistic children in our small town of Elberta,AL. We are located just north of Gulf Shores, but still on the AL Gulf Coast, I would love to take this opportunity to give my cousin Rachael, her husband and son KUDOS for all that they are doing to try to make life better for our BABY LUCIA and others around us. If there's anyone out there who would like to come to this year's event we would love to see you here. The event takes place at Pirate's Cove at the end of Co Rd 95 in Elberta (Josephine), AL 36530...for more information look up Illuminating Autism on Myspace...Come help us celebrate these special individuals and try to find the missing puzzle piece.


Sallie   April 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

My nephew is Autisic., part of this therapy involves DVD's and computer CD's. Everyday he ask his mother for a Judge Joe Brown DVD, he loves to watch Judge Joe Brown. Any idea where I can find it, I looked all over the stores and the internet.
Thank you
Sallie Washington.


Claudia Raymer   April 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

It should be noted that the AAPS (American Association of Physicians and Surgeons) has recommended to NOT vaccinate against Hep B. Children are more likely to die from complications from the vaccine than from the disease itself!


Tracy Medsker   April 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am the mother of a 20yr old autistic boy who was diagnosed at the age of 3.5 yrs. Corey is a surviving twin of triplets born May 2nd, 1989. Six months prior to delivery of the triplets, I lost Corey's identical twin (shared sack in womb). Corey & Casey were born at 38 wks which is considered full term. I was told by Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, IN that Corey's autism is NOT genetic & has a good or better chance than most of being "pulled out" of his disability. I have never blamed vaccines for this because Riley Hosp. told me in 1982 that autism can be caused by a trauma whether inter or outer-wombal. After losing his identical twin, the weight of the deceased child laid upon Corey, impeding his air and feeding. In a case such as this, what could possibly help him since it was nothing related to his diet, etc.? Corey, by the way IS a savant; but the behaviors are most difficult. No fear of danger, no fear of consequence, he has eloped several times. Corey's twin who survived is a cancer survivor, having contracted Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at the tender age of 10 years....in full remission now for five plus years. If vaccines weren't the actual cause or catalyst for this disability, what help could he have that may facilitate his "pulling out" of the fragmented mind he lives with? Thank you for your time and info. Jen, Jim....any thoughts here? Tracy Medsker, Indianapolis, In


Tamara Daniels-Stephens   April 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I have a 16 year old son with autism/PDD, pervasive development disorder...I think I too lost my son at about 18-2 years old, he started to say mama, dada, baba, and then just stopped verbal communication, lost eye contact and just started pointing to things...I took him to the hospital for sick children here in Toronto when he was about 2 and this is what they said....autism/PDD....
I've tried to help my son as best we could with interaction and play, even when in his first year of kindergarden, hardly no speech, no eye contact, no playing with others, and it was breaking my heart, I thought he wasn't getting the best from this school, so I got permission to home school him, although I was offered medication for him, I said no way!!!
I think my son has come a long long way in the last 10 years, he now talks, gives eye contact, plays his computer and nintendo games and has a friend!!!
He still will needs us life long and we're willing to keep and love him till the end of our time!!! thanks be to GOD for the blessings and may HE help find us the root cause and cure for autism!!!


Jason   April 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Why is autism more previlent in boys than girls? Can autism be a firing issue in the brain?


Wadeeah McNeil   April 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

hello everyone, I have a question. My son is 10 years old, when he was 3 I had him evaluated because he wasn’t speaking and couldn't say certain words or express him self. The places I had him evaluated said he had a speech delay and he needed speech therapy. Now last year the school he was attending said it was more than a speech delay he had Autism, my sister had him evaluated and the doctors said yes he does have Autism. Has anyone seen or been in this situation before? Is it normal for a 9 year old to be diagnosed so late or was he missed diagnosed? I am struggling with finding the proper Doctors in Philadelphia, PA. If any one has information that may help please contact me. Missenvy06@aol.com


Dwight M Lee   April 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

The solution to the autism problem lies within the parents – not the child – what if any research is being done to examine the combined parent combinations that result in autistic children – I assure the secret and the answer lies there in that examination...


Kathy Fevereiro   April 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I am so disappointed with the health experts showcased tonight. There is a real problem out there and the association between vaccines and autism is too real to be denied. Unfortunately the American Medical Association doesn't even want to get near facing any kind of responsibility for dangerous vaccination of our children. If one person just looks at the number of vaccines given to an infant from the time they are first born till they are 3 or 4 years old, it is just so evident there is great danger in the vaccine program. No one is asking people to stop vaccinating their children, but are we asking parents to take responsibility for what happens to our children? Yes. Do you question the dietary schedules in public schools or daycare when it comes to your children? Of course you do. Why wouldn't you want to question vaccinations and the need/timing of vaccines. Tonight's experts want to concentrate on the vaccines for flues, etc. Let's focus on a newborn receiving a Hep B vaccine at birth. Why would you give a newborn this vaccine. It is not neccessarily the vaccine, it is the timing of the vaccine or series of vaccines that is a potential time bomb regardless of the issues relating to autism. The potential time bomb is a lot more vast than one type of condition.

These are our children. We need to make choices and be proactive.


Claudia Raymer   April 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Jason, I've never received an answer to the boys vs. girls question but my conclusion is an underlying genetic predisposition triggered by toxins.


Dwight M Lee   April 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

what i mean by that is genetically, dna, ancestrally


Kay   April 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Yes, do the comparison of children who have and have not been vaccinated. My Grandchildren (ages 31/2, 2, and 1) haven't been vaccinated because my daughter and son-in-law were too afraid of autism. My grandchild are fine and healthy. I am sure these comparisons could be easy to do. Thanks to Jenny and Jim for all their hard work.


Claudia Raymer   April 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

If you think that the parents of children with Autism don't already blame themselves at some point, you are VERY wrong.


Kristin Kauffman   April 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Carly,

Great job tonight – you are a great inspiration to us all!!

Those that are posting about Jenny & Jim and them not being experts. Are you kidding me – Let me tell you, if you RECOVERY your child, you are an expert on the subject. The Mind Institute at UC Berkley recently did a study and it's NOT better diagnosis, we are seeing the numbers rise.

Jenny inspired me to recovery my child and in 13 more months, I will have a son that is free of all his autistic issues. So until you have walked in the shoes of a parent of autistic child....


Vicki from NJ   April 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I understand that studies show that a woman passed the normal age of having children safely (i.e., aproaching or in beginning of menopause but still having a child) seem to have a lot of children with autism. So, why aren't we looking at that as being a possible problem, the age of the woman (Sarah Palin is a good example, she had a child at 44 years old and he has autism). It's known out there to be the case so why are we now blaming autism on vaccines?


Pamela Vanmeer   April 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Yes autsim can easily be cured!! By not giving kids vaccines with Mercury in them!


Krista Dietrich   April 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I'm not against vaccines I am against the amount given at any one time and at the time of birth. I think that children should not be given vaccines until they are 2 years of age or older. I have a son with severe autism and regret giving him the vaccines. Babies should be tested for immune defiency prior to giving any type of vaccines. Why are there so many vaccines no reasons except for greedy pharmacutical companies making money and hide behind the government since they cannot be sued.


Greg   April 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Parents and everyone else need to ask questions, stop looking to others who give you these vaccines for the answers, do some research for your own, think for yourself.


Astrid Ekilisie   April 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Thank you for this program which I am watching right now in UK about how this remarkable family have worked with their son. I hope it is not too late for my family to use your program as soon as I get your book my son is now 15 yrs old his behaviour has really deteriorated he has now been diagnosed with Complex Seizures which took 2 years for them to detect despite my telling the doctors of what was happening to my son especially at night . I have now started using homeopathic tonics to remove toxins from his body. He is now on Carbamazepine for seizures and Melatonin to help him sleep. Please Jenny and Jim if you are able to see this I would really appreciate sites which I can use to get the information you are talking about on Mr Kings program May God Bless your work . I have not given up on my son especially after being vindicated over his seizures but I am overwhelmed by the behaviours -here in England it is not easy to go against NHS directives especially for children under 16 .


tsegay   April 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

There was a research in israel that compared ids who were born in israel and those who immigrated from ethiopia recently. the kids who were born in israel had the highest probability to be inflicted with autism than those who were born outside in israel. those from outside probably are not vaccinated and the environmental factors might also play a role.


Claudia Raymer   April 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I was 28 when I had my son, Vicki. I didn't smoke, I didn't drink. If age is the defining trigger, what happened in my case?


Elizabeth Anderson   April 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

As a NICU nurse I have great concerns about the number of vacines given at one time.years ago fewer were given ,and it was over a longer spand of time. At our hospital newborns are given the Hepatitis B vaccine hours after birth!!!!! I feel there are numerous factors are needed to be looked at. In vitro,prematurity,types of formula, and even the water and ingredients mixed in formula.This is a devastating and costly medical issue which needs more research.


Mike   April 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Just a note about the CDC list of vaccine ingredients. That list is what is used in the manufacture of vaccines, not what is in the final product. Just because a compound has a long complicated sounded name doesn't make it toxic.


Lana Duffey   April 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

This is a national problem. These kids are not going to be able to live on their on. What happens to them when their parents die?


Shawn   April 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

do any of these doctors know that Cytomegalovirus can cause Autism also?
And that 50-80% of all adults have this infection.


Heather   April 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

How do you know if your child does have autism? Are there ways other than being diagnosed by a therapist? I know that something is not "normal" about the way my son behaves but I don't know if it is Autism. He has had bowel problems since 2 weeks old with hard large stools, he has a problem making and maintaining eye contact, he pees his pants and the bed at night, is really into movies and often recites lines from them at random times, makes decisions not appropiate for 8 years old, acts out in large groups, has a hard time focusing on any task, everything is a chore to get him to do it........so many things that I can't name them. Does this sound like an Aspergers child?


Christy   April 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I am 33 years old with ADD. I do not blame it on the MMR vaccine, it is genetic.


genevieve   April 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

When I was a kidd, ADD/ADHD was very popular. I'm hooked on Amphetamine for life as a result of not learning to function without it. I can't help but think all the health 'care' companies are in it together, to weaken Autisim diagnosis' to include every child who acts up once in awhile. The payoff is guaranteed profit for the lifespan of the individual.


cindy   April 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Hello! My grandson is 35 mo. old has never talked. The developmental ped. is only watching him through video @ his daycare to Dx. him! Is there any tests or other ways to find out why he doesnt talk?
Thanks for a reply!!


Claudia Raymer   April 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

formalin isn't toxic? aluminum isn't toxic? There have been CLEAR studies showing a link between aluminum and Alzheimers. Is it so strange to think a study on this is warranted?


Linda Gottlieb   April 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

It is crucial that actual people who are affected by Autism personally be heard when they are able to tell us what it's really like. she will make the story human. autism is not a story. It's a life many of our children lead.


kelli from Maryland   April 3rd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

How do you know that children are protected by their moms antibodies if you don't do a blood test before vaccinating them? Why don't doctors do a blood test before the 2nd MMR to determine their antibody level? Why give shots if they don't need them. Some kids are already at toxic levels.


Rob K   April 3rd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Interesting that the operation rescue guy invalidated his own point. He explains how UK doesn't not mandate all the vaccines we do but yet their autistic rate is 1:70.

Jenny, Jim, and the antivaccine community are endangering our children.

You want to know why you can't study non vaccinated vs vaccinated children because it is absolutely irresponsible. The mortality and morbidity rate of the non vaccinated is statisically significant. You are essentially exposing this children to a substantially increased risk of death and illness to try to link vaccines to autism. This is beyond ridiculous.


Elisangela Valente   April 3rd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I am a pediatrician and I agree with the doctors in the show who say that more research about this topic is necessary. We can't accuse vaccines for autism only because there is a higher frequency of autism nowadays as we have more vaccines nowadays. We are also exposed to more air and water pollutants, more chemicals and hormones in our food and many kinds energy from our eletronic devices. So, there are many other possible causes we should look for. If everyone stop vaccinating their children we will have an epidemy of vaccine-preventable diseases. What is worse?


gloria arellano   April 3rd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

yes, i believe autism can be cured when the medical profesion acknowledges it exists. i


Tracy Medsker   April 3rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

need to make correction to last post – Corey's identical twin died six WEEKS (not months) before delivery....he was not responding to stress tests so a scheduled C-sec on May 2nd. Corey is considered high-functioning even though speech is limited. His main attribute is his memory. Sorry for the incorrect info previously posted. Thank you Tracy Medsker, Indianapolis, IN


Rob K   April 3rd, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Let's talk about some facts.

Autism affects boys 4-5 times greater than girls. Are boys vaccinated more often than girls? No.

Other countries that don't have our same vaccination program suffer equal prevalence of autism.

There is a direct correlation between the substantial decrease in children diagnosed as Mentally retarded, global development delay or pervasive developmentally delay when compared to the rise of autistic spectrum disorder.

Keep in mind that autism and autistic spectrum disorder separate in terms of manifestation

Seizures are not part of autism so Jenny also needs to get a better and more correct diagnosis for her son.


BC   April 3rd, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I have twins...same vaccine schedule... one diagnosed with autism one perfectly healthy. To all the Jenny fans and other "experts" out there, PLEASE EXPLAIN if the vaccines could have caused the autism or if one child was born with it and the other was not. Who made Jenny an "expert" on this subject after a couple of years of working with her son after a seizure over doctors that have been professionally trainned at top schools and working in the field for decades is what I'd like to know.


Kathy Zorra   April 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

My son is 2 1/2 and he has autism. We recently had a test done that showed our son had very high levels of mercury in his system, and yes we do 100% believe it is from the vaccines. Our son had a vocabulary and was fine until he was given the MMR shot. We also believe that kids can recover from it. Our son has done so well and has come such a long way in such a short time with biomedical treatments. Its a shame that insurance companies and regular medical Doctors are in such denial.


Beth   April 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

The gentleman from Generation Rescue proposes that a serious study be done with vaccinated and non vaccinated children. Considering the risk the children's health of non vaccination, who is going to decide which children are put at the risk of serious illness. We know absolutely that not vaccinating puts the child's health at risk, but the risk of autism is still unknown.
Would any parent voluntarily take that risk? I know I would not.


Mike   April 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I didn't say all those compounds were non-toxic. I just want people to read the fine print. My point was that just because something is on that list does not mean that it is in the final product.


Denise   April 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Larry,
I know that every child is different and there is no cure for it. But, the closest cure is early detection and early intervention. It has been proven that the earlier a child gets services, the more successful the therapy and the child will be. It has made a huge difference in my little angel. He went from speaking two words at the age of two to now he will talk your ear off at the age of three.


Kali   April 3rd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Hey Vickie in NJ.............. Sarah Palin's child has Down's Syndrome, not autism. WHICH, is a higher risk factor for women over the age of 35. Get your facts straight.


tonee   April 3rd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

It is really a great topic tonight. I am very interested in hearing both sides. When I think of my country without vaccination its easy to be infected with a disease. I believe in vaccination, if it cause autism there will a lot in my country already. Well maybe its the cause but medical professional have not proven it yet or let say its not a fact yet. Its better that both sides will work to find the cause of this disease and how to prevent it instead of arguing which will not find a cure .


Dana Dugas   April 3rd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

My daughter is almost 3 next month she is autistic and she is on risperidal and it has helped her tremendously along with all the therapy she goes to everyday, before the medication, it was tantrum all day everyday, now it is bearable to be around her and take her places, i also think that vaccines have alot to do with it as well.


Tracy Medsker   April 3rd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

another correction – Riley told us in 1992, not 1982, that this was a trauma that caused this.....


Michelle   April 3rd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Can any of the parents who chose not to vaccinate say if they were able to get their child in school? or not? and if so how did you do it?


KIM   April 3rd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

I wish there could more discussion about WHAT TO DO once you're child has received a diagnosis of autism. I understand that research does need to be done concerning the cause of autism, but it doesn't really help me in my daily life struggles of raising a child with autism. Can we as a nation talk more vigorously about treatments, therapies, better and more affordable services for our kids, insurance reform? That's what matters to me.


Rob K   April 3rd, 2009 10:13 pm ET

One last point. The British study that launched the whole vaccine controversy with thiomersal in MMR has been invalidated. In regards to he 13 children that were written about that developed autism after their MMR, well it turns out that 12 of them had autistic manifestations prior to the vaccine. All the co-authors except for one has backed away from the study and the only hold out (lead author) was being supported by an anti vaccine party.

So information counts. Are there environmental triggers to a genetic predisposition? It seems that it probably true. Is there a direct correlation with vaccines? None proven. Vaccines saves lives. Noone seems to remember how devasating polio and life in a iron lung was.
We need to stop scapegoating vaccines until there is fundamental and not anedectal evidence otherwise innocent babies and children will die from HIB meningitis, pneumococcal pneumonias, pertusis related apnea and the hundreds of thousands of children saved annually by vaccines with once again suffer.


kelli from Maryland   April 3rd, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Maybe Jenny & Jim aren't experts but atleast they are getting people angry and passionate about the subject. GET MAD !! Let's fine a cure. Let's fine out the reasons and fix what's wrong.


Pauline   April 3rd, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I have a son who was diagnosed with autism last year and he is three years old. When I became pregnant I took good care of myself, never drank or smoked cigarettes. What happened in my case?


Rob K   April 3rd, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Kathy,

Vaccines don't have mercury in them. There is more mercury in dirt and water than vaccines.


Christina Smith   April 3rd, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Our 13 son as Asperger Syndrome, an autistic related disorder, and has been undergoing treatment for almost a year. The doctor treating him is a supporter of the treatments Jenny and her doctor talked about on tonight’s show. I do not think my son can be "cured" per say, however I do firmly believe his symptoms can be managed and controlled. He went from almost failing classes last year to being on the honor roll this year, and he is able to control his behavior in a way he had not been able to in the past. The changes are dramtic and measurable.His diagnosis was a long time coming due to the wide spectrum this disorder covers. Our son falls on the very mild end of the spectrum, which made diagnosis all the more difficult, but having the diagnosis has made all difference in his life. While there is much debate over Autism, at least the dialog is going on and if that can help even one more child get the help they need, and help others come to understand this disorder better, then the debate is definitey worth having.


CBB   April 3rd, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Carly, many thanks for speaking fup or many children and teenagers with similar difficulties, you are not alone, I know a few more! You are right on target, the "real battle is how to reach" children with autism, how to engage them emotionally. And you got the answer too, we all (including pediatricians) need to learn to read better the children's cues, connect emotionally with them, by paying attention to what interest them, and connecting emotionally with them by following their own motivations, interests and strengths. And speaking of strengths, maybe we should give a fresh look at the concept of "perseverations" in children with autism. I am actually amazed at the perseveration of teenagers diagnosed with autism, and how this perseveration helps them achieve great things. Perseveration is a positive quality and we shoud trust our children more. Congratulations for your perseveration to achieve your goals!


E's Mama   April 3rd, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Hi, Carly - I wanted to send best wishes your way and congratulate you for being on the show! I look forward to following you on your blog; I was very impressed with what you had to say. I wish you could have had more time to reach the viewers about what you think of having autism.

My daughter is autistic, and she is the best part of my life. I am in awe of how she perceives the world, and how she is wired differently. I want to see more of the positives of being autistic on television, especially by young people like you! And I would love more focus put on how to be parents and partners with our children in life, how to help them, how to let them be who they are. We focus a lot on causes, therapies and interventions, but what about acceptance, as well?


Diana   April 3rd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

It was interesting what the lady Dr. said about shooting all the kids in the first 6 months so they can develope their own immunity before their immune system developes.
I would love to see her and the other Dr. volunteer to receive ALL of those vaccines at this point in their lives but more quickly than 6 months – they're adults – their systems should be able to handle it right? Oh, and at an increased amount to compensate for being 150 to 175 pounds heavier as well. I'd like to see either Dr. Kartzinel or Dr. Healy be the ones to administer those shots, and I would want them to provide them as well – I would hate to have the other Dr's provide placebo so they don't get sick from the massive over dose of so many vaccines in such a short time period. (As happens with babies.)


Heather   April 3rd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Jenny saved my daughter! We went hunting for answers about our adopted daughter and doctor after doctor told us she was not autistic. They labled her many things: ADHD, speech language delayed, and even fetal alchol syndrome but my gut kept telling me there was more too her story. Two years ago after seeing Jenny on "The View" we decided to try the Gluten-Free/Casien-Free diet even without her ever being labeled Autistic – almost immediately we saw improvement and we continue to see it each and every day! I am proud to say that she is now a normal fully functioning child getting ready for her first dance recital and kindergarten (mainstream) in the fall! For all those moms out there wondering could it be autism? Please follow your gut!!!!!!!!! The doctors never gave us the diagnoisis and I am convinced that thanks to Jenny they never will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kali   April 3rd, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Michelle,
I have a 5-year old daughter on the spectrum. I decided against her 2nd MMR and against Hep A (so far). I went to the school where she started kindergarten and explained my personal views to the woman at the front desk. She explained that the school would take a letter written/signed by me stating we are electing not to give these vaccines due to personal beliefs OR religious beliefs and that would suffice.

My suggestion is to go straight to the school your child will attend, NOT necessarily the school system in the county... you get answers that are too 'broad based'.


Dr sharon carson   April 3rd, 2009 10:19 pm ET

I am so discouraged by these shows, WHY would we ever mislead people with true ASD to believe they can be cured? – although we may see improved social skills/communication, children with true autism do not get cured. I would argue that those children who are reported as cured really had a different diagnosis to begin with. I have many patients in my pratise with real ASD that do not get better with gluten free, yeast treatment, chelation, megavitamins and all the other reported fads!!! We need to stop the blame; look at the neurobiological evidence and research real behaviour interventions such as IBI/ABA and stop having guests give false hope. I am hopeful for all the lovely families that I am privileged to Iook after that we will soon have real answers from real scientists.


Angela   April 3rd, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Thank you Jenny McCarthy for fighting and standing up for autistic children. Thank you for sharing a wealth of information. Does anyone have any info for helping the high functioning child/PDD with autism? Also, does anyone have any info on biomedical treatment and autistic children? Is there a website with this information out there?


Sandy Waters   April 3rd, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Can someone please answer this question? Why does the government know for sure that the MMR shot does not cause autism but everything else about autism is a mystery?


Pauline   April 3rd, 2009 10:20 pm ET

I once read that in a news article that Autistic children are GODS new angels to show us to look at life in a whole new way.....


Rob K   April 3rd, 2009 10:20 pm ET

There is no problem raising awareness about autism. Nobody is fighting that. However, principled care givers that are studied in diseases, bioethics and biostastitics know you can't scare people away from vaccines especially when there is no direct correlation.

Even Dr. Kastinel saw the markers of autism prior to his MMR.

How do you explain that a significant proportion of these kids of similiar genetic markers when vaccines do not alter your genes.

It's okay to be angry about it but it should be directed at the disease and not vilify the pediatric community that toil and sacrifice endless hours. Ignorance should not win out in this discussion.


Melissa McFarlane   April 3rd, 2009 10:22 pm ET

I missed the majority of the broadcast about Autism. Some points are repeats of the many things I have heard since my son was diagnosed 5 years ago.

After he was diagnosed, I looked through article after article.

Some studies indicated thimerosal. Some studies have shown that mercury levels in children given vaccinations with thimerosal showed a slight increase in mercury levels within their "subjects" which resumed to pre-vaccination levels within 30 days.

Other studies say that children diagnosed with Autism had specific genetic markers that left them pre-disposed to Autism and others saying that those "markers" were triggered by thimerosal to cause Autism.

Thimerosal was reduced in vaccine use, yet the children born after these reductions are the ones being diagnosed.

Vaccinations have been part of the American culture for years. Our parents and grandparents endured vaccinations we no longer receive. They were given some of the same ones as us. There generation is fine. Autism was not necessarily recognized in earlier years, but rates were not near what they are now.

It is possible there is no definitive causes. It could be anything from environmental factors to genetic factors. I will argue with the vaccination theory. I would rather have my child with Autism, than I would ever watch him suffer from an illness that I could have prevented with a simple vaccination.

I have 2 children...both pregnancies were similar. One is Autistic, one is not. They are both of the same father. Why was one affected and one not? I don't question the cause. I accept my son as he is and have grown with him.

The thing that frustrates me the most is the fact that more time and money is spent on finding the cause of Autism rather than the treatment and possible cure of it.

I live in a rural area with little Autism resources. I don't have the money to put my son is specialized schooling. I have him on a variety of meds to control certain behaviors. I can't afford communication devices to help him communicate his needs.

As a parent of a wonderful Autistic son, I get frustrated at the lack of assistance for Autistic children.

We do fundraisers nation wide and ask for donations online, but that money only reaches a small portion of these children, and what is left is going back to research.

Lets move forward and find a cure, and reasonable treatment. I know it's difficult to find a cure for an unknown cause, but we still need to do our best.

The debate over the cause of Autism will last forever. We have some wonderful studies, both with strong evidence to support their theories. I don't think one study in specific is any more right than the other.

We need to make a stand and give a voice to those who can't speak.

Melissa McFarlane, Las Animas, Colorado


KIM   April 3rd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Michelle, I went to my state's Health Dept. website and requested an affadavit to exempt my child from further vaccination until he was past 2 years old. It was free; I just had to have it notarized.


Rob K   April 3rd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Sharon,

Do you know that pediatricians lose money with vaccines?

Evidently not since it would make your theory look incredibly foolish.
I guess these pediatricians that work 80 hour weeks and are always on call and there for your children are heartless masochists.

Unbelievable how ignorance and fear can be so rampant in our country.


Kali   April 3rd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

BTW, I just love the lack of complete information by the doctor pointing out the Haemophilus Influenzae outbreak. There has been a huge issue with the manufacturing of the HIB vaccine and because of this the CDC has stopped giving the vaccine to children at their last dose. The CDC is looking into THIS being the potential reason for the recent HIB outbreak........... but to give this information in its entirety would take away from their side of the argument.

Just incase you are wondering how I know, I'm the supervising nurse at a Family Practice, responsible for the vaccine program. I'm also a mother of a 5-year old autistic girl, who is following the biomedical treatments and doing WONDERFUL!!! I love being a nurse, I give vaccines, it's my job.......... but I educate parents and ask them to educate themselves as well. Have to admit, it is sometimes difficult to give them all!!


Susan Storseth   April 3rd, 2009 10:25 pm ET

For some this is true and I think it's wonderful that Carly can express herself they way she does. For our son who is autistic, he does have CAPD, sensory issues, non-verbal but uses limited sign language. He was sick at 2 for one year and a bit and when I thought he was strong enough to handle his first immunization at 3 years plus he did present with autistic symptoms never present before hand within a month. I believe antibiotics, several courses during the time he was sick play a part in giving him what we call the leaking gut syndrome which provided less and less nutrition and free radicals (peptides) to enter his brain. He under MRI at Sick Kids in Toronto also has had an arachnoid cyst in his left frontal lobe showing a possibility of inflammation caused by perhaps encephalitis or menigitis. I'm just glad they are not giving out antibiotics without swabs and up here in Canada they are doing more testing before hand. Also, are more open to comments of developmental delay than before. Jason now has epilepsy. All these complications I feel could have been avoided with more disclosure from the health care system to the public. My older daughter received her pertussis vaccine at 5 years of age and because in 2001 there was an outbreak especially in the adult population, she I feel caught a similar strain of pertussis or had an adverse reaction and then past this on to her two younger brothers. There definitely has to be a standard test done for immune system response and general health with knowledge of the patient history prior to giving immunizations out especially two shots in the same day for the first time ever been given. We have to be more careful overall and more supportive of young families going through periods of sickness. More often mothers feel overwhelmed and tire and are unable to filter through information if even available to make proper decisions.

Good luck to all those young families who have just learnt their child has special needs. Reach out as many times as you are able for help .


stephanie Blackwell   April 3rd, 2009 10:26 pm ET

MY son has autism I have tried diffrent types of therapy, that has helped him he is doing well. He graduated in 2004 with a diploma from high school,he has also been working on his job for the past five years.He plains to attend college in the fall.It takes hard work and takes love and support from a strong family.


debbie   April 3rd, 2009 10:26 pm ET

my grandson has autism and is a very loving boy. Early intervention
has helped. however we need more information on what we can do to help these kids.
we need more intervention from the medical community as well as people that have hands on knowledge to help figure this thing out.


Heather   April 3rd, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Christina Smith....this is for you. What signs did your daughter display that got you on track to getting an asperger diagnosis?


kelli from Maryland   April 3rd, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Pauline,
Everyone has an opinion but no one has any answers. It is so frustrating. My son was diagnosed in 2005. My opinion which means nothing......some of us carry a gene of Autism .....I suspect my husbands side of the family. I think there are numerous factors that bring the Autism to life....which can be vaccines given to many too soon in combination with toxins in the environment. Your parents didn't have all of the toxins in their food that we do. It's scary everytime something is re-called. How many times don't we know what we are eating?


Jennifer Reed   April 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm ET

My son is 6 years old. He was diagnosed with low functioning Autism. From the age of 3, I had him on a strict GF/CF diet- I have paid out of pocket for DAN doctors. He has been tested for heavy metals with normal results. He has been tested for yeast in his gut wtih normal results. My son has NOT improved from the age of 3, he has the mentality of a 1 year old. I DID space out the vaccinations, I did not give my child the chicken pox vaccine, along with my older 2 children, who are typical. I do not believe that Autism can be cured, as I have proof right in my own home. I am not trying to be negative, I love my son as much as my older 2 kids, but everytime I hear about "cures" I am happy for that child, but unfortunately my son isn't one of them. I have mortgaged my house to pay $40000 out of pocket for intensive ABA therapy, floor time, speech/physical/occupational therapy, still no results and now I'm on the verge of losing my home. What else can I do? ? ?


Holly   April 3rd, 2009 10:30 pm ET

I toally agree with Jim and Jenny! I have a 2 yrd old son that was recently diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder and Sensory processing disorder and i think there should be more people like them giving hope to parents with kids with autism! it is all about money and i think we should stick to the vaccines that are necessary and not ones that just make people richer


marsha stone   April 3rd, 2009 10:30 pm ET

My son is 25 years old and Autistic. I know why my son is autistic, He was post mature. I tried all the remedies mentioned on your show in the 1980"s. They all certainly helped but it did not cure my son. Today he is verbal and very intellegent. He drives a car and is a budding writer, He also wants a wife and maybe children. My son's first words with meaning were, home school, he took the lead and never turned back, My son had his mmr shots long after we knew he was autistic. the shots did not affect him negatively. He did have a immunization that stopped HI in its tracks which was helpful.


Diana   April 3rd, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Elisangela Valente, I wouldn't wish our two cases of autism on anyone! I would choose a disease that more are likely to recover from than the disease called autism that most don't recover from (because very few have enough money to recover their kids from it).

Rob K, which pharmaceutical company do you work for? Or are you simply overly educated by main stream media, which is paid for by pharmaceutical companies?
Indeed information does count. In fact diseases we vaccinate for now were on the decline BEFORE we started vaccinating for them because sanitation standards were improving.


Ben   April 3rd, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Here is the answer, currently there is no cure you cant cure something you don't know the root cause of. With out going into complex explanations of neuro anatamy and qeeg studies and gene expression studies, special schooling and therapy can mean the difference between "high functioning" or not. Your local JBFS, jewish board of family services may have high quality therapy for toddelers on a sliding scale.


Eleanor Juedes   April 3rd, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Thankyou for your program focusing on Autism. I voted yes, that Autism can be cured. During the 25 years that I was a Special Education Teacher in the NewOrleans Public School System, I had at least 2 students that were diagnosed as Autistic&/or Severe Language Disordered with Diagnostic Substitution occuring. Teaching Strategies that achieved the most success for my students included teaching Computer Literacy , Speech Therapy, Behavior Modification focusing on improvement of Eye Contact and Social Skills, together with continued individual development of Academic Skills, enabling the students to experience success and improve their Self Concept and Self Image. I appreciate learning of the Great strides that have been made since I retired in the treatment of Autism in the areas of Biomedical Treatments and Diet .Research in the causes of Autism is certainly a priority. I was impressed with the natural Mother/son relationship of Ms. McCarthy and Jim Carey's son and the natural, friendly wave and computer communication of Carly Fleischmann. Thankyou for broadcasting to the world that children with Autism can be cured.


Christina Smith   April 3rd, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Heather - It is my son actually that was has Aspbergers. He very often only communicates by reciting movie or tv dialog, He is very obsesive about certain subjects and can tell you all about them and talk to you about those topics,but struggles with every day conversation. He also has trouble making eye contact when speaking to you. These were just a few things we noticed but never associated them with Aspbergers. I heard a guy on the radio one day describing his son and he had Aspergers and it hit me he was describing my son. I did ALOT of research on this on my own and searched out a doctor in our area that deals with autism and was able to get my son the help he needed. But I have to say my husband and I had to be his biggest advocates to get him the help he needed.


Lisa   April 3rd, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Thank you for allowing JB Handley, Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, and Dr. Kartzinel a forum to share what they have SEEN HELP children with autism. I watched my child regress at the relatively late age of 4. If not for Ms. McCarthy's books and the Generation Rescue website my child would not be where he is today. Our lives were sheer hell watching our child struggle and suffer every minute of the day, and now we have seen such progress and have such joy and hope again.

Regardless of what you think about vaccines, biomedical treatments can help children with autism feel and function better. Why does the medical community NOT want to persue this?


Dr. Brenda Trudell   April 3rd, 2009 10:38 pm ET

First of all, its not just mercury, even though it is still in the flu shot. Aluminum is also prevalent in most vaccines, and at doses that have never been tested for safety levels. Aluminum is a heavy metal and known neurotoxin that severely disrupts the cells of the nervous systems. It is added to make the vaccine have a stronger antibody response, which may actually shift the child's immune system into an over-sensitive state. Having a hyperactive immune system sets you up for autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders, asthma, allergies and more. Is it really better to set our children up with a lifetime of chronic and damaging illnesses than to get a simple case of the chicken pox and be done with it?

Other ingredients: formaldehyde, neomycin, live viruses, dead viruses, bacteria, Polysorbate-80 ( used in pharmacology to assist the delivery of drugs and chemotherapeutic agents ACROSS THE BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER!! Why are we having any of this cross the BBB?) It makes sense why we find mercury, aluminum and live viruses lodged in the brains of autistic kids! None of this should ever be in the brain!

There is also research that shows that many common obstetrical practices are helping cause autism too. Pregnant women getting the flu shot is horrendous as it still contains thimerosol (mercury) yet we are ever so adament that pregnant women not eat fish! At least they get the benefit of fish oil with the fish! Epidurals, forceps, vacuum, pitocin, c-sections, early cord clamping, laying on back to deliver, and almost everything else connected to a "normal hospital" birth can prime a newborn for autism by reducing fetal blood flow, thereby reducing oxygen to the brain, lowering maternal blood pressure, prolonging labor, direct brain trauma thru forceful delivery, trying to birth a child who is not fully prepared to be here, increasing stress hormones, interfering with the normal cascade of hormones and responses between the mom and baby, and more.

1983-10 vaccines given before starting school, 1 in 10,000 had autism

2005- 1 in 250 diagnosed with autism

2009- 1 in 150 diagnosed, 36 vaccines given before school, 23 before age 2

An article written by Dr. Russell Baylock, a board certified neurosurgeon, author, lecturer, and associate editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, has researched this topic extensively and shows a direct correlation between vaccines, inflammation and damage of brain cells, neurological dysfunction and immune system dysfunction. Its not just a "brain" issue with these kids, it effects their entire body. Gut problems, vision problems, sensory issues. Everything is controlled by your nervous system, and if you mess that up at a young age, you cant always get that back.

The fact is that there is a delicate balance that we call life, and it involves every system in our body functioning properly and working together. Our bodies work best when they are not interfered with, including birth, vaccines, antibiotics and most other drugs. When we try to play god, we disrupt natural balances and dont understand all of the implications until its too late. Are we really so intelligent that we cant admit that we may have made a mistake? Are we so smug to think that no child could actually be harmed by something that was intended for good? There is a quote that I like to use, "The more I know, the more I realize I dont know" We are on the tip of the iceburg here, and if dont be careful, we may sink like the Titanic.


Heather   April 3rd, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Thats what I am finding, trying to research on my own because the doctors I have discussed this with all just say"he'll grow out of it" Its very difficult to get a doctor to really listen.


Shawn   April 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm ET

just a little correction on my post.

I said "do any of these doctors know that Cytomegalovirus (can) cause Autism also"
What I ment was do any of these doctors know that Cytomegalovirus DOES cause Autism also.


Heather   April 3rd, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Christina- Where would you say you got your most valuable knowledge on Aspergers? This is all really new for me.


Christina Smith   April 3rd, 2009 10:47 pm ET

Heather– dont give up. You know your child better than anyone. I have battled teachers who said our son was just lazy or difficult, and doctors who said he would out grow it too. Keep digging for answers. I have been reading a really great book for Aspberger parents called Parenting Your Aspbergers Child and the tips and ideas in there are great. We found our son's doctor by finally having a counselor at school realize he needed help and recommend the doctor our son sees now. Maybe you can ask the school if they know of a doctor in your area that specializes in autisic disorders. It is frustrating, but you are child's best advocate so keep fighting for them!! Good luck!!


Christina Smith   April 3rd, 2009 10:53 pm ET

One thing I can recommend that really help us, is become familar with your child's symtoms. Know what way you feel the disorder manifests itself and do research and take what you find to the doctor. Show them the list of symtoms you find on the internet or in a book about the disorder and tell them exactly how your child manifest those symptoms. The clearer you are about the manifestations of the disorder the clearer you can make it to the doctor. When we first suspected our son had Aspbergers we kept a log, if you wil, of his behavior and manifiestations. This really helped to show the doctor the was a clear pattern going on.


Dr Ken Seaton   April 3rd, 2009 10:58 pm ET

Autism is linked to lower serum albumin in mother and fetus and also in the baby. Albumin also protects against any toxins that may be contained in vaccines. Mother who use drugs have lower serum albumin, especially during pregnancy. attention to hygiene is the best protection against autism because it prevents infections, stress and fevers that lead to lower serum albumin.


michael c.   April 3rd, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Jenny/Jim
Spoke with Big Guy. Autism is not a result of U.S. vaccines. Sorry.
The Messenger


Heather   April 3rd, 2009 11:06 pm ET

Christina- Thank you I appreciate the advice and am more convinced now that this indeed is what my son has and am really eager to learn more and get the best help for him possible. Actually the best for US. I would like to better understand his behaviors and know how to deal with some of the issues.


Lisa Brothers   April 3rd, 2009 11:07 pm ET

Hi Carly You are awesome!
My son Karson 6 years old, is a child with autism, he was what everyone by text book definitions normal, until he received his 18 month series of vaccinations. He had high fever, screamed with pain, the peditrician said give him tylenol he will be fine. The symptoms did subside 36 hours later, so did he. There is no doubt in my mind that is what happened to my son.
He is getting better through our school system, and early intervention and the wonderful teachers in Louisville KY.
Thanks Larry for keeping Autism in the spotlight.


Nick   April 4th, 2009 12:11 am ET

I agree! I think the money is killng our children!


jessie   April 4th, 2009 12:11 am ET

Jim carrey is right. The drug companies do not care one bit about our childrens well being. There is mercury in the vaccinations among other things, we are injected way too many times, but it is not a coincidence. It makes us dumb, complacent, and more.


spencer   April 4th, 2009 12:14 am ET

what happend to the american spirt i want to know doctors why are we not funding thisbut where funding embro stem cells im so confused on this because where spending so much money on so much crap for are children who knows what it is are childrens system i mean really?


Jacob   April 4th, 2009 12:14 am ET

Larry, I completely agree with Jenny and Jim. I would even go as far to say that drug commercials should not be allowed. These companies are creating a culture that places dependency on prescription drugs. I think a lot of Americans agree that doctors also should not be able to accept money from the pharmaceutical companies. Things are out of control, and as Jenny and Jim has said, it all comes down to greed.


moebanshee   April 4th, 2009 12:15 am ET

My oldest son is 33 this March. He was premature. He was registered with the March of Dimes. I refused to let them give him full vaccinations, opting for half amounts.

He is a genius. He is smart and was a United States Marine.

I blame the vaccinations for Autism.
The dosages should be cut in half and the required need to be re accessed.


Gary   April 4th, 2009 12:15 am ET

They say people should use vitamins and diet instead of vaccines... how are vitamins going to protect against polio, measles, etc, that can paralyze, seriously cripple, or kill your child!!! Autism has never had any proof of being caused by vaccines. Signs of autism appear at the same time frame as when vaccines are given, but are not caused by them.


VJ   April 4th, 2009 12:15 am ET

I think the topic of Autism is fascinating. Ironcially, I'm currently taking a course on child development and psycholgy and I just finished reading a chapter on autism before the show came on. I also read about how many vaccinations are required for children before age 2. I am astounded! I don't have children yet; however, I do have a young cousin that is autistic. I want to say thank you to Jenny and Jim for informing the uninformed.


Leyah   April 4th, 2009 12:15 am ET

I have a friend who has autism but to me I believe autism someway could be helped with therapy.


Agustin vazquez   April 4th, 2009 12:16 am ET

What an inspiring story carly. How incredible on how you have overcome autism and what an amazing story to share with the world. I agree that the research of autism and the acceptance/mainstreaming of new alternatives I cure it. I personally know 2 people with autism and it breaks my heart how their family suffers and how hard they work to make their lives as smooth as possible.


Doc   April 4th, 2009 12:20 am ET

I cannot believe what these people are saying. As a medical student I am outraged that Jim Carey believes that medical schools are funded by drug companies. We pay the highest amount of tuition in all of professional schools! Why don't Jim and Jenny start funding medical schools with the millions they make on movies


tonee   April 4th, 2009 12:21 am ET

-ROB K

The facts that you outlined, I hope it will help ignorant people to search for the real facts not from people who only look on one side.

-KALI the supervising nurse at the family practice

Keep educating people with real facts this is the only way of living healthy.

Of course I can say that there is always a reaction in vaccine in a certain individual there is no such thing as perfect . There is always a cure in everything we just need to look for it.


mitzi Holmes   April 4th, 2009 12:22 am ET

I have a son with aspergers syndrome who is brilliant i live in Utah where we are denied insurance for our son because we are middle class and pay our bills and do not live off the government we put out 700 dollars a month on treatments and medications mainly for sleeping. We did the early intervention and it saved our sons life. He has come a long way but why are we discriminated because of Autism. I even got a letter from the CDC 3 and a half years after my son was given the chicken pox vacine saying it was spoiled they left out the serum and because they sent it out over 3 years after he was given the shot we cannot get on the vaccination compensation fund. Something is wrong with our whole medical system and needs to be looked at. I have not vacinated my son since he was 18 months old and he is the most healthy child I know.


Lauren   April 4th, 2009 12:24 am ET

I am positive that my son's ASD has been caused by the MMR.....There is an assault on our children....I believe that autism is a biomedical condition that can be cured with supplementation, chelation, special diet,and intensive therapy...I would bet my life on it. I am a mother warrior. Be educated -take control


Judith   April 4th, 2009 12:24 am ET

Dear Carly,

It was great to hear your message on Larry King. I have a little boy who lives on an island in the Caribbean. He is autistic. I think he feels very alone. Do you have any comment for him?


Mary Anne   April 4th, 2009 12:25 am ET

I thank CNN and Larry King for allowing Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy to shed light on the power of the pharmaceutical companies. I think the health of children, and for that matter, all our citizens, is being very negatively affected by the push for so many vaccines . . . .

I think public education is essential.

I do wonder, how many CNN sponsors are pharmaceutical companies? Disclosure, I request full disclosure.

And full disclosure is what each of us deserves when we are being told a vaccine or medicine is "prescribed."

Thanks -


Laura   April 4th, 2009 12:25 am ET

Thank you!

For not being sheep, for realizing that the motive for these vaccines is greed.

My oldest son received his 2nd round of vaccines & ran a fever accompanied with hours of screaming afterwards. Only then did I question the wisdom of following Dr.s' orders so blindly.

I now have three children and have fought the ignorance & intollerance of the masses for their health. Thank you Jim & Jenny for bringing this to the publics attention!

Laura


Teresa Rollins   April 4th, 2009 12:26 am ET

Hi Carly, You are an inspiration for many, thanks for sharing with everyone tonight.


Christina   April 4th, 2009 12:26 am ET

THANK YOU!!! Finally, celebrities calling out the FDA for being money hungry and giving children overdoses of some unnecessary drugs. Most people are in denial or unaware about the FDA and their treatments. Here's something to think about - there are very few diseases and disorders in our great nation that actually have cures. Most of the time, doctors treat symptoms, not the illness. I am fully aware that there is only a correlation linked between autism and vaccines, not a full causation. However, it is worth studying for our own benefit and maybe even challenging the FDAs drug dose regulations.


Sandra   April 4th, 2009 12:27 am ET

I believe you are incorrect. My girlfriend delievered a baby and I could tell from day one that William was so different.....he would never connect with anyone that ever held him....ever


Brittany   April 4th, 2009 12:27 am ET

My son has Asperger's and we have moved our entire live from Vegas to Northern CA just Biomedical treatment for him. I have started treating my son's health problems thanks to Jenny's book. I am constantly turned down for actual medical treatment for my son because of his autism label. I am beyond outraged out how this country is handling this epidemic. Thank god for Jenny and people like her who are fighting for what is right and good. We have been treating my son with the Dan approach for a year now and this has changed his live. He is in the first grade and learning to read. My son is sick inside and healing those sickness is helping his autism. There are answers We have a long road ahead but are committed to healing him. Something has to been done for families dealing with autism.


Kerri Rollins   April 4th, 2009 12:27 am ET

My son has ADHD which I believe is a manifestation of autism.
I also believe it was trigger by the MMR vaccine.
I've chosen not to vaccinate my younger daughter.

It's fine for now she's in a small private school. But she will have to have the vaccination to enter high school.

I've also been told that as an adult she won't be able to leave the country without being vaccinated..

I would love to see the laws changed.
Jim and Jenny, thanks for being my voice.


Jose Martinez   April 4th, 2009 12:28 am ET

We need to take a serious look at where the push for vaccines is coming from and who is making money off of our children becoming ill. I have three little nieces and I worry everyday that some ignorant medical person will inject my babies with poison. I have psoriasis and believe that this too along with autism and eczema are caused by vaccines. We need to become educated and be careful where we get our information from!


stoker   April 4th, 2009 12:31 am ET

Hello,
I just have a question and or a comment. I heard from a broadcast not long ago that by limiting the amount of sonograms to just a couple during pregnancy could minimize the possibilty of autism? Thank you for you response.


Richard   April 4th, 2009 12:31 am ET

Carly, can you try to explain to me what it means, or feels like, to perceive so many things at the same time?


Anthony Daniel   April 4th, 2009 12:33 am ET

My post has nothing to do with autism but how I witnessed western medicine not want to find the root cause of disease. I finally was diagnosed with celiac disease and for the longest time I was breaking out in itchy miserable rashes and all they did was give me steroid cream and did not want to invest the time to do the appropriate blood test to find the root cause of the allergy. I am the one who diagnosed my disease when demanding to the doctors to give me all the allergy test. The allergy doctor consistantly refused to give me a test because he was so sure I was not allergic. Finally a test was given and sure enough, I am allergic to wheat, barley, and rye. This is an example of how doctors are trained to turn to medicine to cover the real problem. Wake up! If we had cures for the cause the pharmacuetical companies would crash.


victor gutierrez   April 4th, 2009 12:34 am ET

Carly / Larry /Cathy, have you ever tried any type of detox programs to remove heavy metal toxins or have you ever tried a process called ionic foot bath. i have had some succesful sessions with Autustic children using the Ionspa foot bath system.


Salma Ahsan, D.O.   April 4th, 2009 12:34 am ET

My husband and I are both physicians in Georgia who have a child with autism that developed after receiving vaccinations. We have treated him with biomedical therapies by a DAN practitioner and he has improved significantly. We want to praise Jenny and all the people on your panel for their efforts and courage to inform the public about this national help epidemic. The medical community MUST start acknowledging that vaccines CAN cause autism and more medical research must be done to change vaccines and the vaccination schedule. From a purely practical standpoint, when we trying to control health care costs, what is society going to do when all these autistic children are adults and are unable to have jobs and contribute to society. Is this preventative medicine?
We live in Athens, Georgia which is a moderate size city, and there are NINE physicians in this community alone with children with vaccine induced autism. Something has to change so our children have a chance!


Richard   April 4th, 2009 12:37 am ET

Carly,

Can you try to explain what it means to perceive and interpret so ,many things at the same time?

Thanks.


Chelle   April 4th, 2009 12:40 am ET

My son, Jett, was born Oct. 2003. After his 2-yr vaccinations, he lost interest in books and wouldn't let me read to him anymore, lost eye focus, stalled in speech development, and developed a tapping stim. He was diagnosed in Feb. 2008 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I thank the celebrities who use their social status to help bring this issue to light, it helps people like me learn about options and treatments, and makes the general public more aware of Autism, making them more tolerant and knowledgable.


Pamela Weinrauch   April 4th, 2009 12:42 am ET

My son is 6 and has Autism. I am looking for help in Canada but unaware of where to begin for a DAN Doctor. I am in Alberta if anyone can help.
I enjoyed the show and I think Jenny, Jim and the Doctors are doing so much good. Thanks for being the voice that everyone can hear.


Robin   April 4th, 2009 12:42 am ET

I saw a comment Rob K that states autism and seizures are'nt connected. You need to get the facts straight, seizures and autism go together with at least %40 of kids having them. I have a son on the spectrum, he had a seizure two days after having the flu vaccine and then 6 more after that. Mind you my son was never sick before this shot and then constantly sick after that? Does'nt that sound kind of suspicious?
THERE IS A PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! QUIT ATTACKING THE PARENTS WE HAVE LIVED THROUGH IT, HAVE YOU???


Carol   April 4th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Hello, I was wondering if anyone has ever considered baby formula to be a cause of autism.


RON CARTER   April 4th, 2009 12:47 am ET

The conversations all always about children with autism. WHAT CAN ADULTS WITH AUTISM EXPECT.


Elwin   April 4th, 2009 12:47 am ET

I am Elwin a 55 year old adult born in 1953 in a farming community in Idaho near the State Capitol of Boise. I have a high functioning autism called Asperger's Syndrome. I have been told that my brain is wired differently. I say or write in social settings and I mean one thing and it is taken another way, so many people are horrified by what I say, but I do not understand why they are horrified. NO ONE will tell me. I have been told that I need help, but they are not willing to tell the doctors what it is I did wrong. I can't tell them! I didn't do anything wrong as far as I am concered except to make people mad at me. Throughout all of my family I have found other males and females with this condition. So there must be a genetic component. Or perhaps we are Asperger's-like with something else with Autistic traits. I used to just stair out the schoolroom windows. They called it day dreams.

I have been shunned and refused entrance into break rooms at work, social functions where my money was returned to me saying the social function is full, yet others after me were granted entrance to social functions because people do not feel comfortable around me after they get to know me. They must think I am so kind of terrible person, some kind of threat to their safety or something. When I am in the break rooms or in social situations I am usually quiet. I do not get jokes very fast so I delay my laughing. Yet I have been working at one job almost 31 years and have been able to provide for a family and send my daughters to college and for foreign study including Mainland China and Brazil. There is no insurance from my medical provider for my condition and I have had to spend many hundreds or thousands of dollars for my own treatment.

Why do people punish me by avoiding me? My face is not ugly. Why can't I be allowed to tell them I have a disability rather than being silenced?

Elwin

Elwin


Joyce   April 4th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Rob K,
Your information is so incorrect it is hard to know where to start. Please google some of the things you have asserted, like seizures not being related to autism) and THEN post.
Jenny, and Jim,
Your frustration is palpable. I am sick to death of people discrediting you because you express yourself passionately or because of your career. This sexist, old boy system you are up against must wear on your resolve and I applaud you for educating yourself, and then in turn, all of us. You and Jim have that frantic quality of trying to get out your best facts as quickly as possible because you know you will be cut off, dismissed and belittled. I know that feeling all too well. It is born of being treated so unfairly when you know in your heart you are so so right. You are gaining ground in a big way. Tonight was a huge victory. KNOW that you are finally finally starting to crack the system!!!!!!!! BTW...I was "fired" by a pediatrician after one ten minute visit where I expressed my reluctance to give the MMR to my 15 mo old , Asian, adopted daughter who had just had a complete heart bypass and was still healing! She accused me of being a uncooperative parent, verbally abused me and sent me a certified letter stating she couldn't work with an uncooperative patient. Thank GOD my inner Jenny kicked in and I said "cap that needle...I'm out of here!"
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!


Rosemarie Maalouf   April 4th, 2009 12:50 am ET

Hi Larry, Hi Carly, I am watching your program on Autism and I thought that I can reach out to the children that have Autism. My name is Rosemarie Maalouf and I have invented a new innovative exciting educational game . I think that the Autistic children can definitely learn and keep focus while having fun. My new game is called Smarty Smart Stciks. It is a game that everyone is going crazy about.Please check out my website to see the game and how it is played. I truly believe that this game can help autistic children.


Kerri   April 4th, 2009 12:50 am ET

My son, who is almost 3, has non-verbal autism. It's very inspiring to see the effects of early intervention. My son is very intelligent but his lack of oral communication adds to the complexiety of his sensory, social and other areas of concern.

It seems like the options such as special diets, ABA therapy, HBOT and other specialized treatments work for certain kids. The depressing part is that unless you are very financially stable, you can not help your child to reach their fullest potential. I have had to quit my job to care for my son but in doing so reduced our income. How can people help these children if insurance does not pay for the very treatment that could help them?


Erica Jones   April 4th, 2009 12:51 am ET

I think that both the families blaming vaccines for autism, and the doctors saying they are not the problem, are BOTH RIGHT.

How so? My nephew has autism and through the learning process we have learned he, Hunter, hoards all sorts of metals in his body. We have now found via a naturalistic doctor this is the case with my mother who does not have autism. This type of research is not done by regular doctors, only homeopathic/ natural doctors.

I think that there are people/ children genetically predisposed to "hoard metals". When these children are given the vaccines containing metals such as murcury, the result FOR THEM is autism. For the others that do not hoard metals, they remain normal as their body releases the metals.

I would like to hear what the experts say of this notion?

Erica


Gary   April 4th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Thimerosol has already been shown to not cause autism.

Obviously movie stars know more about the science behind the development of autism and its genetic causes. Take a biology class. An immune response developing in response to a weakened or dead virus is not going to start rewiring the brain and cause autism. My son has Asperger's syndrome, and I'm in the medical field, and I know it wasn't caused by vaccines. People need to take a few science classes, get a bit more educated about disease.


Mary Cleaton   April 4th, 2009 12:53 am ET

One in one hundred and fifty children since when? Could drug use by either parent be a possible factor in autism?


Yvonne Durham   April 4th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Great show!

I have been doing research on vaccinations for sometime now. My son is 3 and does not have autism. He has not been vaccinated yet. I will vaccinate on my schedule, not on anyone's else's. He will receive the MMR vac. during his next doctor visit. This will be his first vaccination. Hep B he will receive after the age of 10.


Robin   April 4th, 2009 12:53 am ET

For Parents looking for information on treatments their is a huge autism community on facebook. One of the groups is for Dr Julie Matthews bio medical group on diet, Taca.org has ton's of info and of course genration rescue.org. their is help and support out there.


David   April 4th, 2009 12:54 am ET

My son is 8 and has autism. He had trauma at birth, vacume assist delivery which caused a huge swelling on his head. Anyone else experience this? He also fell down our stairs at 16 months of age. I think there is a huge genetic component also.


Nan Yates   April 4th, 2009 12:57 am ET

I understand there are studies being done on different types of CLAY being used to treat Autism. I am new to using clay for detoxification purposes and have already seen dramatic results.
Is anyone aware of the clay therapy/studies being implemented for treating Autism?
Thank you.


victor gutierrez   April 4th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Carly /Larry / Jenny

Just wanted fo comment that there are many possible solutions however the FDA has everything " under control". Why don't they ask the defenders of the immunizations how many of their childden have been immunized. Ask the employees that work / sell / create / the immunization vaccines if they have immunized their children. You would be amased not only at how many haven't but how long they haven't.


janet jackson   April 4th, 2009 12:59 am ET

if 1 girl to every 5 boys are getting autism and all kids are getting the same set of shots, how do we explain the difference in gender?


Carole   April 4th, 2009 1:00 am ET

I watched your show tonite applaud all who is seriously wanting to help our children especially Jenny & Jim.
My grandson age 10 diagnosed age 3 parents has tried every treatment possible lots of out of pocket monies spent for false treatments we lost 2 yrs. with the bio-med approach only made him regress. For the older child this treatment is not as affective.
No one has mentioned NIDS(Neuological Immune Disorder) my grandson is being treated by a pediatrition for what he says this is not autism but NIDS . immune system is not working therefore when they are vaccinated( the vaccine schedule is too much for their compromised immune system causing autistic like symptoms.
His sister age 4 has had 2 shots ? which. An immune panel ordered by the Dr. treating my grandson says she should not be vaccinated til medically treated to bring titers down by the way she is never sick perfectly healthy developing probably above her peers.
The problem our Dr`s in our area has no understanding of this not interested in learning. They say my grandson is not physically sick through test there is proof his titers were extremely high. also. Improving with antivirals through NIDS protocol.
The question about boys virsus girls has to do with testosterone.
Thanks Larry for this show & raising this discussion would like for you to have more scientist addressing the immune question. Also Helping families pay for all this.
Thanks Carole


Peggy Bybee   April 4th, 2009 1:02 am ET

As a grandmother of an autistic boy, I know that the amount of vaccines given to my grandson triggered his condition. His immune system was in question before they began a regimen of multiple vaccines. At eighteen months, he stopped talking and communicating with us. Let's face it, as long as the money is right, there will be no listening to parents, grandparents or anyone in the know of what happened to these precious souls. This is the greatest of child abuse!


Terry Spieker   April 4th, 2009 1:03 am ET

Carly what devices do you use to communicate I have two young daughters who I know can communicate but I am not sure what devices work the best?


Tony   April 4th, 2009 1:04 am ET

I never had the flu until I joined the Army and was forced to get the flu shot. Since then I have been sick with it every year. Medical school is influenced by pharmacuetical companies. Notice the strategy. Pharm companies hire attractive females(the majority of the pharm rep population) to aggressively push medicine and educate doctors.


David   April 4th, 2009 1:05 am ET

Females DNA vs males DNA, females are tougher obviously, more resilient.. Brains are wired differently


Hazel sears   April 4th, 2009 1:06 am ET

I would like to add that I truly believe that vaccination is the cause of children with autism, adhd,add,. I truly think that the drug companies dont care about the outcome but the money they pocket. I noticed my son after his 18 month vaccination affected him he has ADHD. How does anyone know what's in these vaccination ????


Erin   April 4th, 2009 1:07 am ET

My son, Hayden was given the Aspergers label or PDD/NOS appox. 12 years ago at 2years old. Only after I had a neurologist write in his notes and then tell our pediatrician that it must be something I dreamed up or made up did I realize that this would be the biggest battle of our life. This hurt so badley and we were so scared for him. To get the right help for our beautiful son was very difficult. 12 years later and thousands of dollars of therapy and lots of love he is doing much better. Still a little different in his interpretation of the world, some auditory processing issues and now some teenage issues, but overall very recovered. He is in the mainstream class and makes good grades, but has depression it seems due to his misinterpretation of our world and situations he has to deal with in general that he has trouble interpreting as easily as some teens. He certainly has trouble at times understanding some social cues. My question is, "How do you get pediatricians and neurologist to listen to moms and dads when the child is young and early intervention is so important?" We had to go from Dr. to Dr. until we found someone to listen. I'm a strong person and there were times I just cried on my hands and knees at night because I didn't know what to do to get someone to listen and help and afraid I wouldn't find anyone. Some seem to prefer to point at anything except medicine that might be at issue. The fact is we don't know yet what causes autism, but I agree with looking into all avenues of risk, acting early, establishing support and research into all possible causes is a priority. This is our children. Every child with autism is someones child, therefore the most important child in the world to those parents.I appreciate any avenue and anyone willing to help bring attention to the matter. Thanks Jenny and Jim, Carly, Mr. Handley , Dr. Kartzinel and thanks Larry King.


Gary   April 4th, 2009 1:09 am ET

These neurological disorders don't appear at birth. They show up later. Children with autism usually seem normal when extremely young, then begin regression. It's the normal timeline of the disease. If you held off the vaccines, it would still happen.


lamesamoss   April 4th, 2009 1:11 am ET

good for you durrham i was pushed by my twins ped to get shots on time he even called dss on me... just because they have a degree does not mean they knnow everthing i mean we live with thier patients , we see and hear what they don't you can't always go with what happens in other cases there are special cases i just think that they should more open minds and when it comes to the families we all have different stories


Kerri Rollins   April 4th, 2009 1:12 am ET

Hazel,
I'm sure the vaccination triggered my sons ADHD. It is severe.
I blame (not totally) the impulsiveness of the ADHD for some of the bad choices he's made in his 20 years.
Choices that have cost me thousands of dollars in legal fees and drug/alcohol rehab.
I will always wonder "if i hadn't had him vaccinated would our lives be different".


Cheryl Hanson, Corpus Christi, TX   April 4th, 2009 1:13 am ET

I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, TO JENNY, JIM AND THE DOCTORS WITH THEM for being the VOICE for so many of us who want to be heard!!! I do not have a child with autism, but I am a Natural Health Specialist and I am also trying to educate people about the harm of most of the vaccines and what we can do to help our babies thrive. As Parents, we have been literally bullied into thinking that we need to give our babies all of these shots. I have heard so many people say that doctors have told them that their babies are not born with an immune system and that they need these SHOTS!! That is rediculous!! If that were true, then how would any child ever survive the moment they are delivered into this enviroment full of toxins, bacteria, virus, etc. The child would not have made it out of the hospital. That is why the babies thymus is so important for their immune system in the first year of life. I have a 12 yr old boy who did have his baby shots, but, when I started to study natural health, he hasn't had any since he was six. I have a 3 yr old girl that I have opted out of vaccines and she is very healthy. I can count on one hand the number of times she was sick and within a couple of days she is fine. I truely believe that it is because I have given my children the nutrients necessary to build up their immune system so that thier bodies can fight off any foreign pathagens it may encounter. And that is why I feel so passionate about educating parents so that they can feel confident in knowing how to take care of their children and to be able to decide when it is time to go to the doctor.
Again, Jenny, Jim and the doctors... THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOICES!! As of now you may have helped thousands of children, but soon it will be MILLIONS. Keep up the good work. Education is the KEY:)


Gary   April 4th, 2009 1:19 am ET

The baby is protected by the antibodies from the mother, and only has protection against diseases the mother has immunity to. Those antibodies disappear within the first 6 months. their own immun e system has no immunity to any disease it encounters. These diseases they immunize young children against WILL KILL CHILDREN their age! So take your chances... I know people who are crippled because they never got their polio shot, and now have muscle wasting and paralysis. If we don't vaccinate, be prepared for infant mortality to go back to 18th century levels...


Tony   April 4th, 2009 1:19 am ET

The pharmacuetical cartels are so powerfull that we are all slaves to their strategies. Think about it, they want to make sure all new born babies have health problems by injecting powerfull chemicals into their system so they have more problems as they grow up. In other words, without disease drug companies could not stay afloat. They leverage their money to influence government/ congress. In addition, they produce mass propaganda and lead us to believe it is scientific research/ fact. This is not a bash against doctors but the drug companies. Do your own research people.


Gary   April 4th, 2009 1:21 am ET

you seriously think drug companies are trying to cause illness in children using vaccines so they can make more money? that's delusional. What are you on?


Eddy Lagrosse   April 4th, 2009 1:23 am ET

Its is Sad to Say, But the reality is that we live in a Society where people Don't want to be Responsible for anything especially where doctors and other Authority people are concern. Everyone would bespending time in court.
Most doctors would know if a child is going to have a Brain damage.
If a child is being born and they are complication...
We have Health nurse Visit
Infant Development Program
Many other government angencies.
These people come to do accessment...On the child development How do they Know what to look for before they do diagonse the child as Autism.
I only have a grade 9 education, It does not take university education to Know that if a mother is having complication giving birth to a Baby because the beliken Cord is rapped around the baby's neck and it si causing lack of Oxygen to the brain...
I Think We All Know That This Is Not Good...
No One Is To Blame ....
Let all work together to help these kids go through life with out losing 2 years of there life.
Lets all focus on working together in a Positive and Productive manner to come up with Solution, rather than blaming or assuming..
We are Dealing with our future...Lets Make the wright investment in our Children. So we can be proud of our accomplishment. So our children can be proud of there parents.


David   April 4th, 2009 1:26 am ET

Great Job Larry Larry King. I wished I would have watched you sooner. You do a godd job and have very interesting people and topics. Do you read these comments.


Tony   April 4th, 2009 1:30 am ET

Gary, I seriously think vaccines disrupt the bodies natural balance and immune system, making people prone to other health problems.


Carole   April 4th, 2009 1:34 am ET

Botom line these vaccines need to be cleaned up and children need to be seriously tested to see if they can be safely vacinnated.
Carole (Grandmother of a 10 yr. old with Autism)


Gary   April 4th, 2009 1:38 am ET

A vaccine is a weakened or dead virus. You're going to get it one way or another, "disrupting" your immune system. Would you rather have all the symptoms from the virus, possibly die? or let the immune system do what it's supposed to in a less severe manner?


Elwin   April 4th, 2009 1:42 am ET

Heather,

My sister has Aspergers Syndrome (more rare in females by 10 to 1), has bachelors and masters degrees in psychology and was a special education teacher in an Aspergers School Program with four classrooms near Salt Lake City Utah because most Aspie students are mixed in mixed special education classrooms. Many have moved to that area because of that rare resource. You can contact me through this temporary disposable e-mail address of 1ntvdbd02 at sneakemail dot com for more information.


tonee   April 4th, 2009 1:52 am ET

GARY

I really like your fighting spirit in laying out facts.
Keep up the good work.


Tony   April 4th, 2009 2:06 am ET

Gary, my main argument is how drug companies and western medicine operate in general. They influence what is taught in medical school as standard operating procedures- that drugs are the answer to everything. Drug companies are publicly traded companies with the goal of making a profit . Drug companies are now advertising on tv to patients to persuade doc to give them the drug as advertised on TV. I can't say all vaccine are bad and I am sure they have saved many lives. I juarleyst recently was diagnosed with celiacs disease, an allergy to wheat, barley, and rye. For the longest time docs evaded giving me the appropriate blood tests to find the root cause of my chronic itchy skin rash (the allergic reaction). I did my own research and observed my own body and concluded it was an allergy or autoimmune disorder. The next visit I argued with the doc and he insisted that I was not allergic to anything. The truth is that he did not want to invest the time in doing the blood tests; and sure enough I am allergic to gluten. What is my point? They wanted to keep giving me steriod cream the rest of my life to cover the problem; then steroid cream would of led to more problems. This is my personal example of what I am talking about


Katherine Martin-AKA Aspergirl   April 4th, 2009 2:08 am ET

My name is Katherine Martin. I am fifteen years old, and i am an autistic superhero. My supername is Aspergirl. While i can see that some evidence may point to vaccines, and i can see why some people may think that, i cannot bring my self to beleive that i am the way i am becauase of a 'brain injury' caused by some vaccine fluke. I am very into autism awareness and advocacy, and when i saw that there was a segmet on autism (publicity is HUGE and vital), i sat down eagerly to watch. What i saw and heard almost made me cry. When i heard that Jenny mcCarthy had made her son so completely 'normal' that he had actually been UNDIAGNOSED as having autism, i was shocked. It stabbed me to think that someone would not want people like us, people like ME, around. I looked to my mother and said 'apparently, not only can i be prevented, i can also be cured.' then i got up and left. I do not see autism as something to be cured. I do not like to think of autism as a developmental disability; rather, it is a developmental condition which comes with disabilities that can be overcome and/ or made more bearable. I am not developmentally disabled; i am developmentally different. While i dop not develop socially, emotionally, or other ways quite lke my peers, that does not mean that any of us are worse or better off. Yes, i realize that autism comes with challenges; that does not mean that it is a challenge. It is the way a person is. Feeling intense pain in my eyes when i walk into the sun is a disability; being able to hear a small detail and amaze others is not. Sometimes getting so upset that i cannot talk is a difficulty; looking at and viewing things a different way is not. Also, i do not see why the normal adults in our lives are trying to stop us fromn engaging in behaviors that are not directly harmful. Why we should be forced to conform to your inane cultural idiocracies is beyond me. Just because we do not like to make eye contact does not mean that there is something wrong with us in that respect. In fact, in some countries MAKING eye contact is considered abnormal. Antoher thing is stimming. You people think that stimming is a problem, that there is something wrong with it. I actually see it as an asset- i mean, how many people can say that they only have to rock back and forth or watch a shiny object spin, and they get caught up ihn that tingly, rhythmic euphoria that is so hard to capture or explain? The ability to stim is an asset, and is purely magical, in my opinion. My boyfriend, who is, in fact, typical, understands me and knows what makes me tick, as it were. When we play video games, for instance, he said one time "katherine look at my screen" and i looked up and he was makng his character run in circles, because he knows that it feels good for me to watch the little people run around in a pattern. My ultra-perceptive abilities are good, i just need to learn ways to deal with tihngs. What we need is not a cure, but rather more effective treatments. I realize that severly autistic people have more challenges thatn me, like not being able to talk. But that is where the problem lies, for you see ThOSE are the things that really need worked on. Rather than rewiring our brains and making us un-autistic, i think that the focus should be on making life easier for us, and developing better methods to work with us and to work on the challenges that come with autism, as well as to build on the strengths. Instead of a cure for autism in itself, we should find better ways to help autistic people grow and learn to cope. Also, just because something is different, doesn't neccesarily mean it's a disadvantage. Everyone who is my friend has become so because of ALL of who i am. Advocacy is also a key point. If people in the general population know what autism is, then they will bve less likely to think that we are wierd, because a lto of the problems autistic people have (especially us aspies) is social. But if people learned to be tolerant of our differntbehaviors, rather than cruel and alienating, then we would go hoome in tears a lot less often, and would have more friends, and therefore would suffer less. One problem solved right there. It is not that we need to learn to make friends like a normal person; normal people need to learn to make friends with us. Just because you refuse to accept us does not mean that there is something wrong with us; in fact, quite the contrary- maybe there is something wrong with YOU (not personally, but you all, society, as awhole and the general opinon). Maybe we should all start looking for a cure for normalcy. If we look out for signs early enough, maybe we can defeat it. Symptoms include:
–Liking everyone the same, not 'weird'
–Thinking that someone is suffering because they do not think the same as you
-Wishing their chlild were normal because they feel different and feel deprived of a normal parenting experience, and feel different from other parents
-Feeling like they need to alienate other children who are 'wired'
-Not wanting to acccept someone who is different
-Trying to make everyone conform to the rest of the world and their idea of 'normal'
-Doing what everyone else is doing, rather than being content, proud even, to be themselves
-Shunning someone with a unique mind
-People with typicality generally have a firm belief that because something is different, there must be something wrong with it.
If we recognise the signs early, we can stamp out typicality once and for all. So join the fight for a cure, and defeat typicality now!

were it not for autism, we would not have Temple Grandidn, nor would we have Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. If i was not autistic, i would not know the names of all the Jedi, all the Star Wars planets and vehicles (ATST, anyone?), have the whole movie of Dragonnheart memorized word-for-word as well as the entire cast, director and composer, remember every movie that i have ever heard of with David Thewlis in it, know and be able to recite huge chunks of Spongerbob Squarepants, play piano by ear, be able to watch simulated people run in circles for hours without being bored, be able to talk as fast as i do and win so many spelling bees, or most of all touch and move so many people i meet, change the way two ENTIRE CLASSES of student view others over the course of three years, make so many pople think about life and how to respect others, nor would i have taught so many people, including my own mom and boyfriend, how to show real compassion. And these are truly gifts, and only some among the many blessings autism has brought me. True, it has brought challenges, but to list all those would only be focusing on the negative. In additon, there are neutrals (neither badf nor good). And normalcy, while it has its perks, has disadvantages too. To quote Evanescence "Don't try to fix me, I'm not broken" ~ Hello, by Lee/Hodges/Moody

With utmost sincerity,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Aspergirl


Gary   April 4th, 2009 2:13 am ET

Tony,

I'm sorry for the bad experience you have had. I've had similar myself. I wish you the best.


Elwin   April 4th, 2009 2:15 am ET

Christina Smith, your son may not be able to be "cured" but with special educational intervention he can be helped greatly. He has certain rights through Federal Law, but you must be very persistence with your public school Ditrict. It helps to talk to a special Education Teacher in another school district to walk you through the process to get the educational intervention your son may need. I wish I could have be helped as a kid, so I am kind of stuck having to pay fully out of pocket for any special classes. It cost a little over $55 or something like that for a a group session where we as adults are trained in social situations. It broke my piggy bank so I don't go much. But not all is lost. Many Aspies are inventors and very creative persons. It is thought that Sir Issac Newton and Einstein had classic cases of Aspergers. I work with a high tech transportation proposal involving two states and with some interest by an important Federal US Senator contacting us. I recently also became an elected politician in my state. Most aspergers people have a heavy component in their lives called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and may be diagnosed with that first. The medication regimen is the same. I have seen many in my profession with it and I see them in specialized high tech computer clubs. Aspergers syndrome slips by the best of psychologist and psychiatrists. Its a hard one to diagnose without getting refereed to a specialist in just that condition. Aspie's have a very hard time in relationships and most of them either have lost their relationships or are in a very bad one. Autism mean in self, and its very hard to get along with a guy who is in himself most of the time. My Special Education Teacher explained it this way. Aspies are literally "Retarded mentally" in one small area – social stuff. I guess people do not invite Retards to their party, so we must often be alone. 😦


Gary   April 4th, 2009 2:26 am ET

My son has Asperger's syndrome, and is very intelligent. He is in a special class at his school because of his behavioral issues, but is beyond the class level in his scholastic achievement. Luckily his school is being very helpful and is providing speech therapy, and will start providing physical/occupational therapy to help with his poor motor skills, without us having to harass them. Your child deserves all there is in programs and resources out there. With some pushing your child's school should make these available. They are required by law. Sometimes the channels to get it moving can be slow, but keep with it! You're not alone.


manoj peiris   April 4th, 2009 2:37 am ET

Hi Carly and the all readers,
This is my first blog about autism .but i`d like to mention autism could be minimized in our next generation being responsible parents
Further our generational behavior being collapse by drug and many intoxicated substance so call drug abused culture eventually parents genetically pass to next generation which we see now autism *my first idea , if we want to cure autism our parents please be patience first both of you take real medical examination which will help to minimized the autism .
*especially to Carly try to do some meditation which will bring you mind calm and peaceful position try check out simple breathing meditation


Cheryl Hanson, Corpus Christi, TX   April 4th, 2009 2:44 am ET

GREAT RESPONSE TONY!!! I couldn't have said it better myself!!.

I have a son who was diagnosed with eczema about 5 years ago. We went to doctors and dermetologists... and their only solution was that he was going to have to live with it and then they wanted to give him steroid creams and pills. Well, that put me on a crusade and I did my own research and finally found a Naturopathic doctor. After our first appointment and looking into his past we realized that the eczema started not to long after being on a strong antibiotic for Strep. We started him on supplements to help the liver and digestive/intestinal tract and he is on a gluten free diet. It took a little time to show improvement, but he is doing great now. I am so glad that I decided to look further into this situation and not choose to stop and use the steroids. They lower the immune system and who knows how many other problems would have showed up. I always tell people that you have the right to your own opinion, but, wouldn't it be better to hear all sides before making your decisions. And it is common sense that what might work for one may not work for someone else. We are all unique.


Katherine Martin-AKA Aspergirl   April 4th, 2009 2:55 am ET

Rob K- you made me cry i read your comments it made me cry, and sad and mad, and some other stuff...emotions are dumb and confusing sometimes i don't know what to call them...i wish i could just invent a new word every time i had a new emotion...Rob K, you made me very Snorbblegasted. First of all, autism is not a disease, and it is offensive to say that it is. Autistic disorder, Rett syndrome,Asperger syndorome, CDD, and PDD-NOS are Pervasive Developmental Disorders, which means that they are developmental conditions...NOT diseases. While i agree that you have a right to an opinion, i do not think that it is ethical of you to be postign offensive comments that are so intense as to make developmentally different fifteen-year-old girls in tears. You have upset me very much, and second of all, do not tell people to be angry at the 'disease' as you call it. There is no one to be anry at, and no one to blame. That is not because there is no cause; it is merely because the word 'blame' brings negative connotations. There are things that autism can be attributed to, but there is no one to 'blame', and therefore, to get angry would be sense less. I understand that a diagnosis of autism in a child that you thought was normal would be hard. Thinking you know your child and then finding out they are someone other than you thought they were, can be disconcerting. But i have adviece to heartbroken parents who have children recently diagnosed. Parents, just think of this: your child is no different now than he was two weeks before he was diagnosed. He is still the same child, and no official-looking piece of paper is going to change that, no matter how many fancy pantsy doctors sign it. You have not lost a child. You have embarked upon a journey. While it may be trying, remember that your child will be autistic whether he has a diagnosis or not. The difference is that with a diagnosis, your child will be able to get the help he needs in order to make his life easier. Shame on you, Rob K, for telling people to get angry. Instead of telling them to be angry at autism rather than the mediacl community, you should have directed their feelings toward somthing more productive and upbuliding, such as a suupport group, or genetics research. And parents, don't forget that it's okay to cry. Even if autism is not a bad thing all in its whole self, the challenges that come with it may seem overwhelming to someone who is not used to them. I used to not understand this, and i made me very mad to think of it. But now i have learned that not everyone feels like i do, and may genuinely feel sad, noit malicious. But trust me, whether you are aspergers or Kanner's, it gets better. Even if it's just little things that get better, something will. It will not be too hard forever, and trust me, you get used to it. Also, may i reccomend A Cup Of Comfort For Parents Of Children With Autism. Although i am not a parent, i enjoy reding about autism, and this book sincerely moved me. It had me in tears at times, not because of sadness, but because the stories are so touching, inspiring and poignant. It is very therapeutic and i very much strongly reccommend it to you. It will put tears in your eyes, a smile on your face, and warmth in your heart.

Sincerely
Katherine Martin


Major Shannon Beckett, COB Speicher, Iraq   April 4th, 2009 3:00 am ET

I would like to offer that Autism is in fact reversable. My son Jacob, diagnosed in July 2005, is now a very vibriant, smiling, happy little 7 year old surfer. He is indistinguishable from his peers in school. I hope that parents know that there is light at the end of a very long tunnel, it may take much time, and tremendous effort, however, recovery is in fact possible.

Major Shannon Beckett
25th Infantry Division
Aeromedical Evacuation Officer
COB Speicher, Iraq


Katherine/Aspergirl   April 4th, 2009 3:12 am ET

Waddeah McNiel- I for one know that doctors are absolutely insane, and they try to avoid diagnosing autism if at all possible, so i wouldn't listen to a kriffin word they say if i were you. Yes, autism is missdiagnosed and undiagnosed that late. My parents took me to be diagnosed 2nd-3rd grade , i believe, and i know that they thought i was ODD or Bipolar, then they diagnosed me with PDD-NOS (which happened to a woman i know), then they finally decided i was aspergers and ADHD (which is funny cuz many ppl consider ADHD to be on the spectrum, so how can you have 2 ADS's?). Doctors make no sense, and do not like to make it easy for you becuause they do not like to give out a diagnosis of autism. Sad, but true.


Heidi Lum, Honolulu, HI   April 4th, 2009 3:14 am ET

I've met children who are doing drastically better after biomedical interventions. We now have our 10 year old son on the GFCF diet and several supplements. The change in behavior is amazing! We feel like we're getting our son back. I can't describe how wonderful it is to see our beautiful, funny, happy boy again!


Jose   April 4th, 2009 3:20 am ET

Jim Carrie said that the chickenpox vaccine shouldn't be administered, this is completely wrong as chickenpox has the capacity to kill embryos if a pregnant woman contracts it but may also lay dormant and cause a person to get shingles when they are older.


Susan Broatch   April 4th, 2009 3:25 am ET

The difficulty of assisting individuals suffering with Autism & Asperger's Disorder does not end with childhood. Many of the lost souls wandering our streets as homeless adults are untreated Autistic children grown up and marginalized because of their difficult behaviours. Are the dietary recommendations for children with Autism helpful for these adults?


Daniel   April 4th, 2009 3:30 am ET

hey Carly what is the program that is use to have your computer talk; love it?????

Akron, OH


Denise Mathews   April 4th, 2009 3:30 am ET

I simply can not believe what I am hearing..........all this discussion about Autism and not one word about the Lymes Disease-Autism connection!!!!!!! Please get the word out.....Autism is caused by Lymes disease, either after birth or in most cases transmitted to the fetus via a Lymes infected mother. Contact L.I.A. Foundation, Lymes Induced Autism Foundation.........and open your eyes to the real cause of this horrific disease and the possible cures. And yes, big pharma is happy to treat the symptoms of Lymes Disease as seperate diseases needed lifelong medications. Disease such as Lupus, Parkinsons, arthritis, most neurological disorders, seizures and hundreds more are the result of Lymes and its many cruel c0-infections. Please investigate this......its real, its true and I am currently "curing" my 14 year old autistic grandson. By the way, ALL autistic kids test positive for Lymes when tested at a reputable tick-borne speacilist lab like Igenex in Palo Alto, Ca. Please investigate this.....for the sake of the children, please.

Denise Mathews, Retired Health Care worker


Holly Tyndall   April 4th, 2009 3:32 am ET

My Son Is Autistic not severlie but none the less he is mine!!! Do You TAlk down Albert Ienstien He was believed Autistic. Intead of blameing someone why just can't we say ok this is what we have what we have and what can we do to help teach!!! I feel like all your doing is pointing fingers (it your fault my child is autistic)


Julie   April 4th, 2009 3:37 am ET

I agree that the number of vaccinations our children receive is unnecessary and a most probable cause of autism. If however, we choose not to subject our children to every one of them, will this prevent parents from being able to enroll their child in school with an incomplete shot record?


Chris   April 4th, 2009 3:54 am ET

It is known that everyone everywhere has differing levels of environmental mercury exposure and therefore differing detectable levels within their individual systems. It is also known that the various forms of mercury are metabolized by the individual bodies dependent upon the type of exposure and the type of mercury, including that which is passed onto a baby via breastmilk. Then why is it that nobody EVER checks the level of mercury, thimerisol included, PRIOR to administering more in any amount? How much is the amount that might throw one's system over the tolerance threshhold? The same for formaldehyde and the other chemicals that we carry in our systems on a regular basis PRIOR to injecting more?


JT   April 4th, 2009 4:31 am ET

I think Dr. Fisher's and Dr. Wiznitzer's responses were professional and appropriate. Excellent debunking of Mr. Handley's comments by the two doctors. It's unfortunate that there are people misinterpreting and misrepresenting statistics and studies on autism. Their comments are misleading and creating a false sense of fear of vaccinations in parents. Mr. Handley or Ms. McCarthy may have a different opinion if they have witnessed first-hand children that were/are suffering from the terrible consequences of infectious diseases (such as epiglotittis, Congenital Rubella Syndrome or sterility caused by Mumps, etc) that could have been prevented by vaccines.

The medical professionals are not dismissing the impact of having an autistic child in a family. All they are saying is that Autism is a much more complicated disease than simply attributing its cause to vaccines or components of vaccines.


Julee   April 4th, 2009 5:14 am ET

i am watching the show on Larry King right now and I feel jenny hit the nail right on the head! i remember 1989 so very well..... had a babythat year..... and 1990 as well and alllllllllll the changes in vaccines.... i also have watched over the years as autism has increased with so much mystery attatched...... noone will listen to us parents. noone will listen to specialists that have been screaming out for years that they feel vaccines may play a cause. why can't we decrease the vaccinesto the essential ones that worked for years so well? why cant we at least try and see how it works out? I have been a nurse for over twenty three years, but I am no expert on this issue. I am just a nurse and mother who strongly agrees with what Jenny is saying. I pray someone from the AAP listens! I think she has the answer!


margaret   April 4th, 2009 5:19 am ET

I have a 22 year old son and a 11 year old daughter with aspergers. my 22 year oldson didn't show signs until after he had a serious illness and was pumped full of high powered antibotics and who knows what else at the age of 18 months. My 11 year old daughter never showed sign until she had her boosters for kindergarden and then by second semestr first grade had full blown aspergers. The medical field needs to listen to the parents and the children There is something out there causing this! I started a support group in our small town and at the first meeting I had 29 families show that had austic (aspergers) children. This should say something


richard lyes   April 4th, 2009 5:23 am ET

My son is 12. We found out he had autism when he was 3.
This came because he would not talk or reply or communicate.
He had a very early age, one and a half his first vaccin shots, these carried on until he was 3 or so.
The poison in the man made vaccins is responsible for the chemical breakdown in children which leads to autism.
We ensure our son has a minimum of man made preservative, additive loaded foods.
We encourage him to use his brain power, motor reflexes, and logic.
Now at 11 he speaks well, is full of life, active and joy to be with.
Communication with him is easy now as he listens, responds, questions etc.
Autism can be cured when parents make the effort.


sHAWN rAY mCgILLIVRAY   April 4th, 2009 5:25 am ET

I believe taht the statistically high occurrence of AUTISM means that we are being given needed new individuals with skills we are as of yet have found an unrecognised purpose for...maybe these new autistic kids need to be researched along the lines as new additions to our race ...maybe what we need is a employment research program spanning the gamut of Jobs which as of yet have not recognised a need for...this is my my hypothesis!

Could autistic children for example be taught to act as cooridnators in special jobs which occur naturally in cities...like at information booths ...or as counsellors in in in multilingual jobs like at the UN...or as directors in companies...like traffic directors....perhaps special telecommunication specialist with super cmputers...like air traffic controllers...only on te intermet...for helping super computers t reach out and speak to ordinary people who need interpretive help speaking to supercomputers like at PC Librarys as reference desk helpers...I belive two or three people mught be needed to assist them in supercomputer coversations..is this possible??


Keith   April 4th, 2009 5:26 am ET

Hello, I have heard of Autism being healed through the Holy Power of God, for he, and only he, is The 'Greatest Physician' for the whole of mankind.
Regards,
Keith.


Ricky Robles   April 4th, 2009 5:27 am ET

It's a sad truth admitted by doctors the world over, that most medecines are just placebos.


cassy   April 4th, 2009 5:29 am ET

i do believe that it can be cured and to see it happens just proves our medical society wrong. they need to research all things and not just some things


Ruud   April 4th, 2009 5:34 am ET

Hi,

I am living in The Netherlands and have been initially diagnosed ADHD. During puberty the hyperactivity slowly went down, I probably overgrew it. Years later the diagnose of authism was found, with the Asperger disorder. I've been treatet with Ritalin first wich went well. Due to moodswings between medication (needed to be taken every 4 years) I switched to Concerta.

These medicines only need to be taken once a day.
It got difficult when I wanted to do drivers exam. I needed lots of extra tests and psyciatric visits, but they saw no reason for me to fail.

I took my drivers exam and passed the first time. Now I drive 60000 miles a year for my job. I feel happy, got my self esteem back and I am proud of the improvements that I made.

I am in my middle 20's now and doing fine.

The only took the normal vaccines in my youth when I was in elementry school and of course after birth. I think the total of vaccines were about 10 or 15 at max.

Because of the exellent health care in the netherlands, my medication is fully funded.

My younger brother is also authistic. He got the same medications as I did. A few other family member also has some small kind of neurologic disorder so I rather would think that authism is genetic.

Anyone who would like to know more about my experiences, feel free to contact me any time


Mavis   April 4th, 2009 5:35 am ET

Dear Larry,Jenny&Jim
Autism has taken so much from me,self esteem,my high education and retarded my everything.My 6yr old son "CHARLY" is living with Autism.
I have built my own hope but I need extra medical attention and interest to see improvement.He has something to give but it is locked up inside and I do not have it all.
Mother Mavis


Huma   April 4th, 2009 5:35 am ET

Carly,
I agree with you 100% that if you believe then anything is possible.Never let anyone break your spirit.Thankyou for being who you are!


Ruud   April 4th, 2009 5:35 am ET

-edit-
sorry, of course I ment that I had to take Ritalin every 4 hours, not years.


Denis Demarais   April 4th, 2009 5:43 am ET

Why has the scientific community shy off from Autism?

I can understand that the medical community / pediatricians are tight to a budget and pure research is limited in their area. But it is in the scientific / academic community that freedom to acquire knowledge is championed.


Ricky Robles   April 4th, 2009 5:44 am ET

The mind works in mysterious ways. As an example; When a mental patient is given these placebos and is told that it will help him/or her get better. (For all we know it could have been an aspirin) Automatically, the individuals mind will start to accept the notion of a cure when in fact it is the individuals mind healing itself and its extensions.


Patrick Allen Gerrells   April 4th, 2009 5:44 am ET

How do you or Doctors KNOW that vaccines cause autism? If we stop vaccinating children we return to the 1800s where many children died of diseases that we have created vaccines against before they were 5 years old.


Denis Demarais   April 4th, 2009 5:57 am ET

Since Dr Margaret Fisher does not know why countries like France, Germany and so on does not follow the foot step of U.S. regarding the question put across to her by J.B Handley.

Why is U.S. not engageing in dialogue with their counterpart to merely listen to each other and simply scientifically validate each other statements.

It is simply arrogant to say that "we know better and our way is the only way".


Nancy   April 4th, 2009 6:09 am ET

As the sister of a 50+year old infantile autistic man, who has never spoken a word and is totally non-agressive, I find that over the years Autism's umbrella has grown to cover many 'autistic' people with many different traits. He was diagnosed with autism when the label was fist recognized as an "ailment" and he was never given any shots (cube polio vaccine at 11) but got mumps, measles and chicken pox with the rest of his siblings. I believe the answer for a "cure" is in gene therapy and stem cell research as is being attempted for diabetes and other diseases.


Tsion   April 4th, 2009 7:23 am ET

Hello, I have been listening to the second half debate. I say to the doctors that it is about time that they should open their eyes and be willing to invite and open the door for alternative therapy and methods and invest on something that the sick could benefit. I personally has seen and has been seeing many disorder cases going worse and worse and never getting better, some gets bigger in size, some are cumilative, and some increase the degree of pain sky high, and others, especially, the disorder cases that can't be removed surgically. I believe that you give yourself chances for treating such disorder cases with therapy. For many good reasons I believe I am the missing link .


DORIS E FULLER   April 4th, 2009 7:32 am ET

RE: program 4/4/09 broadcast 4:00a.m. Topic: autism and vaccination
Larry and guests, I tuned in half way through and listened to what I believe were Ms. Healy, et al., statements. I had an episode of
deja vu: parents of 20-25 years ago demanding the diagnosis of
ADHD in order to put their children on Ritalin. At that time, I had no
doubt that there were genuine cases of ADHD. But I also got a whiff of guilt and laziness from the parent's section. Not making any real effort to parent well, they seized on Ritalin as a way both to control their children and perhaps guaranty these children some chance of salvaging their education. Laziness comes into play because they
were lazy parents in the beginning. Now they are unwilling to put in
the hard, hard work of actually making the time and effort that is necessary to make Ritalin a success. And parenthetically , to accept
some of the blame for the problem.
But with autism (one of the cruelest and most devastating jokes to be played on a child and their family), the parents are looking for
an answer, maybe even a scapegoat. First, they want
an answer and second, they want nothing they've done to have
contributed to the problem. Vaccinations got things going like a wave at a football game. Reaching for a life line, at least for causation, they joined the wave. Please understand-I do think these parents are acting out of guilt or laziness. The diagnosis of autism cripples families in every way possible. Work, finances, the lives of unaffected children and the possible threat to children yet unborn are just a few of burdens they must shoulder. One of the most difficult and often
overlooked consequences is damage to the marriage itself.
The most difficult hurdle is the one parents try to jump while looking
over their shoulder for a cause and a culprit. I know this is easy advice to give, but here goes: your resources are already stretched
thin. To spend time, energy, and money on something that cannot
be changed takes time, energy and money away from something that can be at least mitigated by time, energy and money. Raise
your voice and be a strong advocate for answers and change. But
not if you deny you or any member of your family the resources you
have to make your lives as livable as possible.
And now for a really crazy idea. It will anger and offend. Are the parents of autistic children part of the Ritalin generation?

Apologies for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Thank you

Doris E Fuller


Christina Smith   April 4th, 2009 9:07 am ET

Thanks for your thoughts Elwin. It is always helpful to hear from someone living with this sydrome to get a new persepective on it. I do have to say that once we got the correct diagnosis for our son the school system we are in was great about getting him the help he needs. I believe that this is what helped turn his grades from failing to honor roll grades. Along with getting a good regime of vitamines and other needed medication. I hesitate to get specific on what exactly my son's treatment consists of as every case is differnet and each child should be treated according the their specific case. But we were very lucky to find just the right treatment for your son. It is the social aspect of this sydrome that poses the biggest problems, as you point out. Hoepfully more awareness of this disorder will help everyone come to a better understanding of people living with autism.


Rhonda in GA   April 4th, 2009 9:07 am ET

This is our 4 1/2 y/o daughter's story. She was diagnosed with autism at 24 mos. by our family pediatrician who is also a developmental pediatrician. At that physician's visit, she was diagnosed so severe that we were told to by her pediatrician to prepare for her life in an institution. This diagnosis was confirmed by a battery of psychological tests performed by a university psychology department in November. At 24 mos., our daughter had lost eye contact, went from speaking 72 words to 15, lost the ability point to what she wanted, banged her head, hit others, spit, became extremely aggressive and began eating things she should never put in her mouth (including her own feces). Her eyes no longer shined. In April, 2008, we started biomedical intervention with a DAN! doctor (Defeat Autism Now! doctor). By August, the DAN! doctor had seen so much improvement that she told us to prepare for a wedding! And, when we went back to the developmental pediatrician, she asked, repeatedly, if this was the same kid. She then told me that our daughter is going to be just fine. She started taking notes from me on what we are doing and now shares the information on biomedical information with other patients. Our daughter no longer has pica behavior, she points to what she wants and can even ask for it. She can use 6-7 word sentences and can tell me details about what goes on at pre-school during the day. She has a tremendous imagination and great pretend play skills. And her memory is better than an elephant's! (But, what Jenny McCarthy's son, Evan, said was that he was like Dory in that he couldn't get the words out. I've watched our daughter struggle for the words as her language comes along, too.) Our daughter still has more to deal with on her road to recovery - recovery, not cured - which is what Jenny McCarthy has always said. (Autism comes on like a bus that hits a person. You can't be cured from being hit by a bus but, you can recover from it.) Biomedical intervention under the DAN! protocol can bring about recovery, maybe full recovery for some and maybe only at varying degrees for other but, if it can bring about any improvements at all, it is definitely worth trying.


E's Mama   April 4th, 2009 12:51 pm ET

I wanted to commend the doctor that was the former president of the Red Cross. As the parent of an autistic child, it was the first time that I felt that a member of the panel on the strictly "medical" side was willing to admit anecdotal evidence on the part of the parents should be taken seriously and be HEARD. Thank you for showing me that "bedside manner" still exists.

*Sidenote: Medical professionals, please recall that when you speak of autism, for the parents and people on the spectrum, it is not just a controversy or an issue–it is a way of life. You are speaking of our CHILDREN and of PEOPLE. A dismissive and condescending attitude doesn't help anything.*

Parents, due to serious lack of investigation and research and education on the part of the medical community regarding autism, usually know more about this disorder than any pediatrician I've ever seen. We, by necessity, become specialists. I'm not calling into dispute the credentials of these doctors, simply that it was not something they've been taught or investigated to the extent that the numbers warrant. This needs to change.

And as for the neurologist, if these children "lose the diagnosis" at some point, your stance is that they probably never had autism in the first place. So, let me get this straight–they would have to have a comorbidity at the time of initial diagnosis of ADHD or ADD, OCD, speech delay/apraxia, Sensory Processing Disorder, selective mutism, severe anxiety, and lack of empathy/reciprocity/theory of mind? How does that just simply go away? My child is now considered high-functioning, but believe me, she was absolutely in the throes of all of the above, and still is–just to a lesser extent.

Are we ever going to classify different types of autism, that are possibly caused by different things?


E's Mama   April 4th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

P.S. Katherine M. Martin A.K.A. Aspergirl–you really are a superhero! I liked reading what you and Carly had to say. I want to hear more in the mainstream media about young adults and adults on the spectrum and their point of view! Different can be amazing and powerful...


Herb   April 4th, 2009 6:53 pm ET

Great to read all the comments – it's interesting how varied the responses are – I commented on the other part of the debate and maybe this was link I should've put my initial comments on; but I really dug what Carly had to say – I'll definitely check out her site and other related links, as she's a very articulate young adult. I was wondering if Carly gets sick of the constant obsession with labelling people? But I learnt a lot from the comments – like Doc Trudell and Elwin [Matt, John, Gary & Janet were also v.spot on].

It's interesting that we're starting to diversify our approaches to all forms of behaviours now and I am fascinated by it[especially E's Mama's comment – I've never heard of anything like it]. Hopefully, it will work its way to more prominence within the mainstream [Aspergirl needs her own show methinks!] What's also interesting is the problems within medical structures and systems in situ [with reference to both sides of the pond, as Astrid mentioned the slow processes and the NHS's rigid rules/directives in the UK, as many have also mentioned about slow systematic procedures in the USA]; and it seems to be always pointing to an institutional failure.

And, despite us being all consumers [even the most hardened Anarcho-Marxist-whatevers have to admit that], the pharmaceutical industry obviously wouldn't be much without people; despite possible malpractice and condescending attitudes to the public, please remember we need them and they need us [unless you want to go back to the days of travelling apothecaries and barber-surgeons?] Hopefully, whatever the cause[s] – and even those who claim to already know – will be united that we can make progress by placing focus on understanding and managing all forms of Autism and enabling people, as opposed to just boxing them up and letting them rot; and, also, chasing myths when we should be chasing the truth. I'm not smart enough to end on quoting any Shakespeare [as he's pretty boring – zzzz], but my Nana used to say 'Honesty's always the best policy'...I reckon she was ahead of her time there.


Fiona & Makobe & Mike Ramsay   April 4th, 2009 7:55 pm ET

Carly is an an amazing young lady and the world needs to hear her "voice". We truly hope you have her back on your show again really soon, Mr. King. She is an inspiration to so many families. Thank you and your producers for listening to Carly's request to speak on your show about Autism.


Christy   April 5th, 2009 1:34 am ET

To parents with children with ADD/ADHD:

1. It is not a manifestation of autism

2. It is caused by a lack of seritonin of the brain

3. It is genetic that can skip generations

Please do not blame it on vaccines.

I have lived with ADD for 33 yrs and was diagnosed at age 12. Growing up I couldn't figure out why I couldn't understand certain things. From what my mom told me, that I cried a lot during the time my brain was developing. Kids can't tell you why things are going on in the inside.


Susan - Canada   April 5th, 2009 11:49 am ET

@ marcf – what about the fact that parents seem to "lose" their children after they are vaccinated...they're are fine, healthy babies and seem aware of things around them, then lose all the life out of eyes after being vaccinated....has to give people pause don't you think?


Susan - Canada   April 5th, 2009 1:38 pm ET

I grew up in the 50's and remember being vaccinated for polio when I was in school...I also remember having chicken pox and measles...and lived! I don't understand why there are so many vaccines out there today, especially at such a young age. I think being given a vaccine, as a baby, for Hepatitis is absolutely crazy!


Dr. Mapp   April 12th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Carly sounds like she has a brilliant mind, its unfortunate she wasn't helped earlier in her development. However, it disingenuous to say that doctors would perfer to get rich off of administring drugs for drug companies, rather than caring for the health of patients by preventing disease or epidemics. Most doctors spend 8-10 years training, just to care for patient. When I was in medical school making money was the last thing on my mind. As a practing physician, I find it very discouraging that people feel that way about doctors.


Katherine/Aspergirl   April 17th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Hello, it's me again. As an autistic superhero, i feel it is one of my super duties to keep girls on the spectrum safe from sexual crimes. Sexual harassment is a crime. Ending about two months ago,i was sexually harassed by a sophomore at my school, 'Jake'. 'jake' seemed like a nice guy (to me) and i chatted with him occasionally, laughed at his jokes, and he seemed to look out for me. However, Jake did not have my best interests at heart after all. Because of my autism and inability to read social cues, i was not able to tell the little things, that people do when they want to 'flirt' or 'hit on'. But he started getting more and more inappropriate, until i finaly realized that he was harassing me. He said inapropriate things to me in several languages, and sometimes refused to translate. Sometimes he told 'dirty jokes' and i laughed, which he must have taken as a cue to continue. I began to be afraid of him, and eventually my friends convinced me to report what was going on to the counselor (i was afraid that i would not be believed). I only wish that i had spotted it sooner, back when he was hanging around my desk and teling jokes and walking up to me in the halls. But in my err, i have lit the way for other girls like me, girls who may also be victims. Girls and women with aspergers/autism, please take my advice and be on teh watch with ALL guys you know, even ones you trust or think are 'just friends'. Here are some hints/tips that i learned (after the fact, of course)

Do not laugh at his jokes to omuch, aspecly if he winks or if they are dirty. guys like girls who laugh at their jokes, and sometimes laughing at a guys jokes is considered 'flirting'.

Although we cannot read the meaning of facial expressions, or the intonation, beware of big grins with squinty-like, gleaming eyes.

If a guy is saying something inappropriate and makes you uncomfortable, resist the urge to laugh and just say 'uh, YOU PERV!!! and DO NOT GIGGLE, even if what he said, while makin gyou uncomfortable, is intended to be funny.

if he hangs around your desk too much or your office, or is waiting for you when you get to class or work

randomly walks up and gives you a hug, e ven if he is a 'huggy' guy who hugs lots of people, it seem, (mch like Jake was), that was what fooled me regrettably.

cracks too many dirty jokes or lewd comments, he is NOT just kidding
TRUST ME

if he already has a girlfriend and seems to be flirting with you

if he mouths words to you in class

watch out for all of those and do not let him call you bad names, some slang thaqt you may not pick up is:

Cherry (not just a fruit)
Kitten (you only think he's talking about baby cats)
Tasty (think about that one)

also, if a guy says something to you, think about it and make sure that there is absolutely NO WAY that it could have ANY sort of double entendre; ask a friend if you have to, and d o not be ashamed, trust me my friends were so helpful.

If this is happening to you, TELL SOMEONE
if you are not sure who to tell, it's okay i wasn"t either. i ended up telling the school counselor; that is what my friends reccomended. You could also talk to you teacher, your dean of students, or the school cop. if you are an adult, tell your supervisor or someone who is assigned to work with you, like a social worker or something, since i don't have a job i don't know if that resource is available. also, school age girls, it is okay to TELL YOUR CASE MANAGER. above all, don't act intimidated, because boys and men who sexsually harass are often testing their victimes; they look to see that someone who acts intimidated while being sexually harassed will act scard and intimidated during a rape situation and will be less likely to fight back. thankfully, i reported this before that happened, but i am still scarred, i still am afraid of Jake, i still have moments and lose sleep; in fact i recently missed school becaus i was too worried about 'Jake'. Boys and men, do not think that because a girl is autistic or seems naive that you get to take addvantage of her; it is wrong, and it is a scary experience. i have still not forgotten, because this is not something that you forget easily. please show all women, typical or not, with respect and courtesy. i sincerely hope that this comment will save at least one girl from suffering harassment or assault. Thank you.

all due respect,
Aspergirl


Aspergirl   April 20th, 2009 8:12 pm ET

Carly, i was wondering, are you on here and are you reading my comments? i am not trying to sound conceited, not at all, like 'oh, you gotta hear ME," but i was just wondering....i think your cool and i would like to hear from you...i need some feedback here, what do you think? i mean, of what i've said, of my opinions or stuf that i've said? because i look up to you, and i would be thrilled if you noticed ME, if i heard from you. i wish i knew you, you seem like such an interesting person. also, if Carly is not on here, could somebody who knows her se e if she could come back and say something, because i would like to hear more from her, i want to know what she thinks. please that would be very helpful, i just REAALLLYY want to meet her (or not for real like face to face, because that's likely not possible, but meet, as in you know like online, like contact her. WHY AM I WRITING IN ALL PARENTHESIS? I think i will stop that now...) Okay. Oh yeah, adn also i'm sorry about all the spelling errors, i have a really crummy keyboard, it reeks, and oh yeah sorry abuot all the REALLY long posts. but i have a tendency to blather, as many of us hi-funcs do, and i get really frustrated if i can't get everything out that i am thinking and i feel like i'm about to explode. or not that, but i feel like if i don't say everything, people will not get the whole picture, and then they will have a wrong idea and maybe misinterpret me or not know what i am trying to convey, etc. i don't know, it's really confusing. but also sometimes i just say useless stuff without knowing it because we hi-funcs are just like that, get over it (not trying to be offensive, i just now remembered maybe i oughta write that in case soembody gets mad), but yeah we have a tendency to kinda prattle. and i'm sure if nonverbal autistic people could talk, they'd probably prattle too. speaking of which, i should probably shut up now (if any of you are still with me). i kinda forgot that the point was that i was APOLOGIZING for blathering, and started doing it instead!!! yeah, that's me 🙂 but anyways, mr. king, or mr/ms moderator(s)/cnn people, if any of you could talk to carly fleishmann or carly if your still out there after all this time, please i really would like to talk to Carly...she is my hero!!! i find her amazing, she is more a superhero than me, even though she doesn't have the alter ego or anything. all autistic people have superpowers, it is our job to help them find them. when i recently was on an autism training panel, me and the other aspies there (we were all aspies for some reason) while we were hanging out before we went up, i told them about my being Aspergirl, and then we came up with a superherpo league, The Spectrum Swuad, and all came up with REAL superpowers we had. There was Zono, who can talk to birds, Eklektik, who can speak many many diferent languages and has super hearing and great memory, among other things, and there was White Shadow, and Jumper, who was lower functioning and severely autistic, and his superpowers were jumping high and memorizing things, and the Sponge, who has excellent hearing and sight and other senses, and very very good memorization skills, especially of spongebob (him and i drove everyone up the wall reciting spongebob, i think!). that is the spectrum squad, adn those were just SOME of our superpowers, i didn't even list them all! (one of mine is the ablity to talk with cats, i am not joking. i know cat verbalizations and body language enough to have conversations, and no i'm not crazy). but i am curious, CARLY, what are your superpowers? You must have some; autism always comes with superpowers, no matter who, whether it be the ability to stim or to carry on a conversation WITHOUT having to make eye contact in order to talk (which by the way involves the MOUTH, not the EYES), but yeah. i believe that we need to help ALL autistic people find their superpowers, so they can feel worthwile. and if your autistic and you've already found yours, GREAT! Yuo are a superhero! (now all you need is a snazzy name!) So, once again, i'm bla bla bla bla bla blathering. So, goodbye (for real this time)!!!

TTFN, Ta Ta For Now
Aspergirl
p.s. carly TALK TO ME 🙂


Aspergirl Again   April 20th, 2009 8:33 pm ET

Alessandra Nascimento, your son already is as smart as Carly is!

>>>Amy, you need to talk to your son as soon as possible. Sit down with him, and say 'you remember that autism thing from the television? well autism comes in dfferent ways, and some people are more severe, and some are higher functioning, which means that it is easier for them to do some things. You are a very smart young man, and we all love you, and you know that. -pause- Honey, when you were (insert age here), we noticed that ayou were different from other children. Not bad, just different.. Well, do you remember all those visits we had to those proffesionhals? (do not say 'doctors' as that is associated with being 'sick') well they watched you for a while, and did some tests to figure out how your brain works, and they decided that you have that autism thing they were talking about. I want you to know that most people with auism are very smart, and there is nothing wrong with you or them. Your brain just works a little buit differently than most other peoples. Sometimes this means it will be a little harder for you to do some things, like make friends or (etc.), but your father and your teachers and i are going to help make it easier for you. Having autism also means that you have some special skills, like (insert skill here), and we all love you just the way you are. Honey/Sweetie/(insert pet name here), having autism does not mean that you are stupid, or sick, or that there is soething wrong with you. It just means that some thinigs might be harder for you, just like some things are harder for (family friend or relative) who has (condition). Do you know who albert einstein is? (adjust her to approtriate response). Well, some doctors and scientists looked at his brain fter he died, and they found uot that he was autistic too. So were Isaac Newton (give explanation if needed), and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and they all became famous." from here, maybe tell him a little about Temple Grandind, how she is autistic and is the top of her career, and how there is a famous supermodel who is autistic (heather), and maybe show him some of this stuf fabout carly fleishmann. Also, they make childrens books about autism that make it easier to explain this. I hope this helps you, and good luck. Your son sounds like a very special little boy, and i hope that he can accept himself, and if kids call him retard, teach him to say 'i'm not retarded, i'm autistic; wanna know my iq?" that has worked for me, and people are usually silenced when they find out it's 130, and i am only posting this because i'm pretty sure he'll get called retard. it's a word i despise, but many people i know who don't fit in get called that at some point in their life, autistic or not. Talking to his peers or class about it will probably also help, especially as he gets older and the condition becomes more noticeable, as well as the peers becoming more perceptive. I don't know ahat type of autism your son has, but if he has Aspergers, some videos i recommend are 'Intricate Minds II: understanding elementary school classmates with asperger syndrome" and "intricate minds: understanding classmates with asperger syndrome " (for when he gets older). My mom shows these videos to my classmates, and it helps them to understand, and it always seems to get easier afterwards. I sincerely hope that this information helps somewhat.

The One and Only Aspergirl


Aspergirl Again   April 20th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Me again, sorry, i have too much to say 🙂

is there ANYONE out ther ehwo is my age???? i am skimming through all these reading down
down
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and it looks like a bunch of adults!!! where's the kid swith opinion? i know they have em; i go to school with a bunch of em! why aren't there any other teens on here with autism?...maybe they jsut find larry king boring...not that it is boring, but its a show for grownups, they're probably all busy watching spongebob!!! i personally find it fascinating, but the aforementioned is likely components here.. but come on people...oh yeah by the way will somebody please com e back to this page and answer me? i dont know why i'm even still on here, except that this is where ive been going so where else am is upposed to go.
oh yeah and,
>>> Ruud, be careful, Concerta can cause/aggravate tics...it happened to me!
>>>Mother Mavis, SHAME ON YOU for saying the word retarded! When used ou tof context, that is probably one of the most offensive words in the WHOLE DARN ENGLISH LANGUAGE. There are people out there with mental retardation, and trust me i know some and they do NOT appreciate this.

so, sorry i talk too much (again) but (finally)

bye. sincerely
Aspergirl (who else talks as much as me?)


Aspergirl Again   April 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Sorry, it's Spectrum SQUAD, not Swuad 🙂


Mark   December 14th, 2010 5:06 pm ET

How did you find you voice?


Carly Fleischmann (CARLY)   December 15th, 2010 2:52 pm ET

Hi Larry its Carly Fleischmann your autism expert. I am so sad that tomorrow is your last show. I am so grateful that you had me on your show to blog and talk about autism. I still wish we could have had that one on one interview i wanted, but I appreciate what you did for me.

Larry your life has been amazing and I am sure you are sad over closing the door on this chapter of your life. However knowing what you have accomplished, I don't think this is the end of the road for you. LARRY KING

A wise man once told me that when one door shuts, all you have to do is turn around to see all the other open doors. Heres hoping the next open door has the two of us sitting in a interview.

Your autism Believer and Expert
Carly Fleischmann


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