In early April of this year, I went to Washington, D.C. during the Congressional hearings that Senator Burton chaired on autism and vaccines. I presented a report to the PDD Advisory Board, which included a few moments of videos of some of the information presented. Leading scientists, doctors and researchers from all over the world presented testimonies regarding what they saw as a direct connection between the rise in the number of required vaccines and the rise of the numbers of children diagnosed with autism. Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a gastroenterologist from London, England, showed slides from the small intestines of autistic children with painful, inflamed bowels. He explained this is a new syndrome, autistic enterpolycystitis. The CDC and FDA did not believe there was enough evidence to suggest a link between the MMR vaccine and the rise in autism. When it was revealed that some doctors on the panel that recommend vaccines for our children also work for various pharmaceutical companies, Senator Burton was appalled by the apparent conflict of interest. He promised to pursue the matter. Leaders of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee urge the United States Department of Health and Human Services to launch a new study into the alleged link. I wanted to keep you updated on the latest information. In July of this year, the President of Cure Autism Now, Albert Eniotti and Researchers Theresa Beanstock, Sally Bernard and others presented, testimony before the Congress regarding the 75 similar symptoms that mercury poisoning and autism share. Since that time, it has been agreed that mercury will be phased out of vaccines over the next two years, lowering the mercury toxicity that our children receive by 60 percent. There will be another hearing on this topic on October 19th. In September, I attended a Defeat Autism Now conference on the biological treatments for autism where protocols were discussed by various doctors and researchers. They not only explained how toxicity breaks down the immune system, but presented reports of recovery. They hoped to present a specific protocol for all pediatricians to use. When autism is seen as a physiological premise rather than as a psychological condition, there is hope for change. The American Academy of Neurology says autistic infants are missing out on a potential early treatment because not enough primary care doctors are screening for the disorder. The Academy and ten other medical groups are recommending all infants be screened for autism during routine checkups at their pediatrician's office. Children who miss what experts call absolute milestones should be immediately evaluated. Dr. Steven Ashford, the head of pediatric neurology at Loma Linda University in California says, quote, "In the past, doctors have been reluctant to label children autistic or run the risk of an incorrect diagnosis, partially because there was no precise method of diagnosing autism and partially because there is no current treatment,." End of quote. Ashford hopes this report will establish a standard of care which includes screening for autism as well as a stronger mandate for insurance companies to cover testing and prescribed treatment that follows. As I understand it, the testing can be done in six minutes without alarming parents. According to the report, despite the rising prevalence of autism, only a minority of primary care doctors currently screen youngsters for the disease at regular checkups. All 18 month old to 2 year old children should be tested for autism. Thank you.