April is National Autism Awareness Month and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now estimates that one in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The rates have increased 30% since the reported estimate of one in 88 two years ago. The rate was one in 10,000 in 1970.
A physician, Dr. Marvin Anderson, has been treating children with ASD in his clinic at Abba’s Place since 2009. He has written a book entitled Autism Prevention, Care and Management. In his book, Dr. Anderson describes his experiences helping children with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and he proposes a positive and hopeful solution to ending the autism epidemic that is spreading throughout the world. His treatment for ASD and ADHD is primarily directed to the digestive tract, including the liver. Animal studies have shown an intriguing connection between inflammation in the intestinal tract and inflammation in the brain. Autism also can involve impairments in the body’s detoxification pathways. Dr. Anderson’s program includes identifying contaminants that are present in his patients and creating a detoxification plan for their safe and efficient removal. Inflammation elsewhere in the body, including the brain, is also addressed. An important part of this plan involves care of the liver using the principles of liver cleansing advanced by Dr. Sandra Cabot in her best-selling book, The Liver Cleansing Diet.
Dr. Anderson has discussed his plan for ending the autism epidemic in detail with state of Michigan Representative Ray Franz. The plan consists of enacting three laws by the state legislature.
I. Require that all newborn infants receive an autism prevention screening test prior to receiving any vaccinations. The “one size fits all” approach to vaccinations is no longer working. According to Dr. Gregory Poland et al. in Vaccinomics and Personalized Vaccinology, included in the 2012 Jordan Report, Accelerated development of vaccines, “...significant individual variation exists in risk of adverse events and in immune response to a given vaccine. Our laboratory has termed the study of individual genetic, epigenetic, and other host-factor contributions to variations in immune responses to vaccines as 'vaccinomics'.” The number of recommended vaccinations has been steadily increasing, along with adverse reaction reports. The current vaccination recommendations from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics fail to take sufficient account of individual differences, both inherited and acquired, that determine the infant’s ability to tolerate a standard vaccination load. The escalating rate of autism and the frequent observation that autism develops in some children shortly after having received an immunization strongly suggests that the current approach to vaccinations is both outdated and dangerous. The very low incidence of autism in the Amish, who typically delay childhood vaccinations and space them out over time, supports this position. Dr. Poland, Editor-In-Chief of the medical journal, Vaccine, recognizes the individual risk for adverse vaccine events and recommends individualization of the vaccine dose. Determination of medication dosage based on the capacity of a particular organ system has been practiced for years in our hospitals. For example the amount of an antibiotic that has the potential to damage the kidneys is adjusted according the the person’s kidney function determined by a simple standard test. Vaccines are drugs that affect the immune system. Therefore it is reasonable to require mandatory testing of the immune system before vaccines are given and base the immunization schedule on the test results.
II. Restrict the prescription of vaccinations to a physician who is board certified as a Vaccination Specialist. The majority of our immune system resides in our intestinal tract, including our liver. The medical profession has largely failed to recognize the important role of the liver as the body’s major filter in processing the ever-increasing onslaught of chemicals, including drugs, to which it is exposed. Liver overload and functional liver failure are now common. Strong evidence of this exists in the Environmental Working Group’s finding in Body Burden: The pollution in newborns of 287 toxic compounds in the umbilical cord blood of newborns. These infants were receiving contaminants that the mother’s liver had failed to remove. The most effective approach to this problem would be to create a new specialty in medicine, along the lines of Dr. Poland's vaccinomics, that would train doctors to better understand newborn immunology, including the vital role of the liver. These doctors would be thus uniquely qualified to write the vaccination prescription. To accomplish this, Anderson proposes that the medical schools in Michigan should, without delay, add this new specialty to their curriculum per state law. Assessment of this physician’s performance would be based on the autism rate in the patients that he/she evaluates and the immunizations that are recommended.
III. Prohibit deposition of hazardous waste in fertilizer fillers on farmland. Children with autism can be looked upon as caged canaries in mines because they will become ill when exposed to a noxious environment and indicate a danger is present before others succumb to it. The quality of our environment and our food supply deteriorate daily. A largely unrecognized contributor to this is the contamination of our farmland by fertilizer that has been filled with industrial waste. Industry contaminators have found loopholes in the U.S. Resource Conservation and Recovery Acts of the 1970s.
In a series of investigative articles in 1997, the Seattle Times documented the nationwide use of cadmium, lead, arsenic, dioxins, radionuclides and other hazardous waste in fertilizer. Tests by the state of Washington found that some fertilizers contained very high levels of dioxin; 100 times higher than the level allowed for treated Superfund sites in the state. Since then, many states have enacted laws or regulations to limit toxic waste in fertilizer. In truth, these laws are often toothless and protect the contaminators more than the farmer or the consumer. For example, most of these regulations still don't provide consumers with product information due to trade secrets, nor do they put the burden on fertilizer companies to prove that their products are safe. Clearly, no industrial contaminants should ever reach our farm soil. Even though the ongoing contamination may not be as widespread now as that occurring in the 1990s, these industrial contaminants persist in the soil for many years.
Rachel Carson, the most famous environmentalist of the 20th century, would turn over in her grave if she knew how horrendous this problem has now become. The very same year that DDT was banned, glyphosate was introduced into the market. The accumulation of contaminants in our soil, and thus our food, parallels the ever-increasing toxic burden in our children and the skyrocketing autism rate.
Infant's tissues, especially their brains, are uniquely sensitive due to their small body size and the immaturity of their organs. Children who are predisposed to develop autism are at even further risk and require additional protection against such exposure. Anderson wants the state of Michigan to enact a law prohibiting deposition of hazardous waste in fertilizer filler on farmland. This law should also require random testing for chemical contaminants in both farm soil and food crops, including agricultural pesticides.
The recent finding of glyphosate in the breast milk of 3 out of 10 US women illustrates this problem. Where is the glyphosate coming from and how did it get there? When these soil and food analyses are done, we may have a source for the 287 toxic compounds reaching umbilical cord blood. It all boils down to the cumulative dose, the failure of our livers to handle it, and the damage that results, especially in the little bodies of our children and their vulnerable developing brains.
Our children are our greatest resource. With this 3-point plan put into law, Michigan will have a privileged opportunity to be able to lead not only our nation but the world out of autism. This disease is the worst epidemic ever to affect children. It is both treatable and preventable. Autism can and will end. But we must act in this manner. We must act now. Traditional medical people just don’t grasp why and how autism can begin, and they aren’t aware of how to halt it. It’s the public who have to push both the medical profession and the legislators into action. Would that we could do this in the state of Washington.
Dr. Marvin D. Anderson is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine and in Clinical Nutrition. He is an honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in the United States. His post-graduate medical training was at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (Harlem Hospital Center) in New York. His appointments include Research Associate in carcinogenesis (National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health), Research Associate in Microbiology (Columbia University), and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School (Henry Ford Hospital).
All of the above information is explained and described in detail in Dr. Anderson's book Autism, Prevention, Care and Management, available on Amazon books. His book will soon be available in e-form from the Apple I-bookstore.