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Autism 1 in 100 August 11, 2009

Filed under: The E.C.H.O. Foundation — dottys @ 10:58 pm
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Just when i think I find peace, something has to knock me off kilter.
Wake up people. These little angels are coming here to wake us up. When will we say ENOUGH!!
My heart carries shame tonight.  Dotty Scalco
Educating on Children’s Health Options
ECHO the truth.
Be a voice for your child

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Journal of Toxicology

Severity of Autism Is Associated With Toxic Metal Body Burden and Red Blood Cell Glutathione Levels
Adams J et al
Journal of ToxicologyAbstract: This study investigated the relationship of children’s autism symptoms with their toxic metal body burden and red blood cell (RBC) glutathione levels. In children ages 3-8 years, the severity of autism was assessed using four tools: ADOS, PDD-BI, ATEC, and SAS. Toxic metal body burden was assessed by measuring urinary excretion of toxic metals, both before and after oral dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA). Multiple positive correlations were found between the severity of autism and the urinary excretion of toxic metals. Variations in the severity of autism measurements could be explained, in part, by regression analyses of urinary excretion of toxic metals before and after DMSA and the level of RBC glutathione (adjusted R2 of 0.22-0.45, p<0.005 in all cases). This study demonstrates a significant positive association between the severity of autism and the relative body burden of toxic metals.
For full study and conclusion please read PDF

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Brain Balance April 15, 2009

From a friend of mine, Jaime who had tremendous success with this program.
—— Forwarded Message
> From: Jaime DeCesare
> Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 23:22:08 -0400
> Subject: Brain Balance

> Hi,

> This program is amazing and I hope everyone will check this out. And please
> pass on to someone you know that has suffered like our family. For at least
> for the information that is going on in our child’s brain. This program is so
> advanced that the founder Dr. Melillo now has a book out on Amazon called
> Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with
> Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders. This book is meant
> for families who cannot afford Brain Balance or who do not have one in
> location of their state they live in. This program has made such a HUGE impact
> in our family that is nice to be on typical rather atypical. If you have any
> questions let me know. Thank You!

> World renowned researcher, professor, author and founder of Brain Balance
> Achievement Centers will be in the Atlanta area for the following events.
> Don’t miss your chance to meet Dr. Robert Melillo

> Seating at these FREE lectures will be very limited so call today to reserve
> your seat ­ 770-631-3033

> Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 – Dr. Robert Melillo will present a lecture on
> the Epidemic of Developmental Disabilities and how the latest science has led
> us to the most effective way we can help our children. Sheraton Suites
> Galleria, 2844 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta

> Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00 – Dr. Robert Melillo will present a lecture on
> the Epidemic of Developmental Disabilities and how the latest science has led
> us to the most effective way we can help our children. Sheraton Suites
> Galleria, 2844 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta

> Sunday, April 26th from 4:00 to 7:00 – Brain Balance Peachtree City 2nd
> Anniversary Celebration with book signing by Dr. Melillo, remote broadcast by
> 92.3 The Bear and activities for kids of all ages

> Dr. Melillo has lectured across the world, has authored two books and
> collaborated on several other publications. Brain Balance Achievement Centers
> are proud to host these very unique opportunities for parents and
> professionals to learn the cutting edge treatment model by one of the world¹s
> leading authorities.

> Oh one more thing:

> Please pass this on to your webpage, facebook, emails, blogs, or whatever you
> can to send out to families to keep them informed. This is about helping
> others have a better life and experience what we have. And just to let some of
> you who don’t know, Lori is a case study and her story is included in this
> book among other people we have come to know along the way on this great
> journey.

> Dr. Robert Melillo will on Good Day Atlanta between 7-8 am and will be on NBC
> in the morning regarding Brain Balance in Peachtree City. Please tune in!!!


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Autism Rates Rocket – 1 in 38 British Boys – Cambridge Study – [SZ] March 22, 2009

Filed under: The E.C.H.O. Foundation — dottys @ 12:22 pm
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All right much longer are we going to wait!
Below find political contacts in the US and UK.
Pick up the phone for God’s sake and make some noise.
Dotty Scalco


This is a response from that study:

It is 1 in 38 boys not 1 in 48 [see calculation at the end]

This is nearly one boy in every class in a boy’s school.

You must ask your political representative why s/he is not demanding the Department of Health “cuts the crap”?  [Details of how to contact at end].  If you do not, you will only have yourself to blame.  And you must keep on writing.

It cannot take modern medicine and science 11 years since 1998 and The Lancet paper to not find the cause unless they have not been looking – and they have not:-

  • the only things that can be causing this over the last 20 years are the vaccinations and there is published research to support that as well as countless testimony of parents all telling the same story of what happened to their child
  • we know this cannot be genetic – genetic epidemics are impossible and research shows it is environmental – which includes vaccines
  • it cannot be “greater awareness” or “better diagnosis” – we just did not see these kids 20 years ago regardless of what the Baron Cohen’s of this world say [and you never know what he currently says because it changes with his underwear audience]
  • we do know the push for vaccinations is commercially driven – as drug companies change their business model to vaccines from the failing one of patented blockbuster drugs – the drugs “pipelines” are drying up
  • we do know some drug companies are crooked and some others have, like GSK, been implicated in criminal activity and other civil illegal activity
  • we do know the DoH is giving out false figures on the risks of measles and other disease to scare and disease monger parents into thinking they must have their children vaccinated


Contacting Your Politician – UK and USA  



UK – Write To Your Politicians – Do It Now!

Ask your MP to ask for proper clinical studies comparing vaccinated to unvaccinated children and that these are by independent unbiased objective researchers.  Ask that the UK’s Secretary of State explain why the British Government allows officials of the UK’s Department of Health to cause the human rights of children to be violated.

To email your MP, all you need to know is your MP’s name.  MP’s email addresses are in the form:-

To find out who your MP is click on this link:-

The calculation is:-

– there are two unknown for every three known

– 1 in 100 children are known cases

– so for every 300 children, there are 3 known and 2 unknown cases [5 in total]

– 4 in every 5 cases is a boy

– roughly half of the 300 children will be boys

– so 4 in 150 boys will have an Autistic Spectrum Condition

– that is approximately 1 in 38

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E-news February 28, 2009

Hello Listmates,
Can you believe it is March already???
Where does the time go?  I am still cleaning up the mess from Christmas!
Last week I had a garage sale and it was wonderful. What a great way to clean up and make a few bucks.
I tend to give away more things than I sell because I believe we should recycle, and reuse. I would rather give it away than throw it away. Also when the sale is over, I pack up the van with what is left and drive over to Good Will.
Ok, I also bring some things back into the house after I realize, “I could use this”
I do less self gratifying shopping too. Sure it feels good to pick up something cute for myself or the house, but now I ask myself,” do I really need this? ” Not only will we save money by shopping smarter but we can help lessen the load of our already overflowing landfills.
So clean house, have a garage sale and shop less. You will find that once your house is cleaner, you won’t mind staying home so much. I used to get out ( and shop) because I hated looking at my mess all the time. Now I can sit back with a good book or cup of tea and not feel so creeped out. Clutter in your home usually equals clutter in your life.
Here are some declutter tips:
Many of you have heard about the 3 families who recently lost their fight in vaccine court but we rarely hear about the ones who win. The media doesn’t like to upset their sponsors who are mostly pharmaceutical companies. But many do win in court. . Below is an article about a recent WIN, followed by a  US Today ad, sponsored by Generation Rescue, letting it’s readers know about the court decision.
Another Autism Case Wins in Court:
USA Today full page ad published on Wednesday, Feb 25th.
I hate to report these things because truthfully, they make me sick. But we must stay educated and aware!
Babies Exposed to Harmful Toxins in Liquid Medicines
I just subscribed to YES magazine and I love it. In this month’s issue there is an article called ‘A World of Grace’  The link below is an excerpt from that article about all the different ways we say Grace in this world. You may enjoy reading it. No matter what our culture or religion, we really all want the same thing.
Adding More Raw Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet
Can’t get your family to eat the now recommended 7-9 raw fruits and vegetables?
For eight years I have been approached by people trying to get me to buy the perfect vitamin/supplement/ cure all. Although I believe some supplementing is necessary for medicinal reasons I believe we can and should get our nutrients from our food. However, in today’s world, we simply are spending less and less time in the kitchen. We are looking for a fast fix and  many healthy meals take time to prepare; time Americans no longer have. I finally found a product I love and believe in. ( never buy anything without researching it first) It is Juice Plus. This is NOT a vitamin. it is a whole food supplement. JP contains 15 raw fruits, and vegetables plus 2 grains dehydrated and put in capsule or chewable form. It is a great way to get those essential phyto-nutrients that studies prove fight cancer, heart disease, etc. .
Visit my website and read the studies on Juice Plus.
If you are interested  in the Children’s Health Study, please email me privately. For each adult order, Juice Plus will provide  a free supply for a child age 6-15. All you need to do is fill out a questionnaire every 6 months on your child’s health.
Happy March, Happy Spring Cleaning and Cheers to Good  Health.
Dotty Scalco 

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Role of Homoeopathy in the Management of Autism February 8, 2009

This was found online by the founder of The E.C.H.O. Foundation (  Thank you for passing along the information Dotty!!!!

Role of Homoeopathy in the Management of Autism:
Study of Effects of Homoeopathic Treatment on the Autism Triad


Where have we been? August 22, 2008

It seems like forever since we posted last.  Sorry about that, it seems as we get closer and closer to our due date, our days get shorter and shorter.  We have about six more weeks.  We have a lot to post before we can get to our present everyday lives.  We wanted to give you a little outline of what you can look forward to reading about on this blog.  

After the schooling thing happened we became blessed with our third pregnancy, right before we moved back to our second home (after we finished helping out the family business).  This is when we dove-in to learning all we could about being healthy.  So our next topic will be about whole food vitamins, homeopathy, essential oils, herbal remedies etc.  We’ll discuss some of the products we like best and still use today, like Rainbow Light, Body Balance, Young Living products, Traditional Medicinals, Garden of Life, Bach flowers etc.  And some of the new products we use today, like Zrii, Xocai, Nordic Naturals, etc. (See other links at the right.)

 This is a chronological list of our life lessons we would like to share on our blog: 

  • Homebirth:  We had our third child at home, then the fourth, and then the fifth and now are planning for our sixth homebirth
  • Colic:  Don’t be fooled there is a reason for it.
  • Soy:  The very un-healthy “health food”
  • Breastfeeding and La Leche League:  Amy became a LLL Leader.
  • No more “Well-Baby” visits:  Our last trip to the pediatrician.
  • Stuff, who needs so much:  Living through a hurricane or two, or three.
  • Raw Feeding:  The natural pet diet.
  • Chiropractic:  Is it just for injury?
  • Autism awareness:  There are just too many kids on the spectrum, why?
  • Respiratory distress:  Sounds the same in infants as well as adults.
  • Microwaves: don’t use them at all!
  • Fluoride:  a bi-product of the aluminum industry
  • Real Milk and other raw foods
  • Living with extended family:  Welcoming parents to live with us.
  • Neurological Chiropractic
  • Fish oil supplements:  Why so important?
  • The grieving process is important: Things don’t get better until you do it.
  • No sugar + no grains + no dairy =happiness
  • We really do belong for a reason:  Learning our own religion.
  • Giving is only giving, when nothing is expected in return
  • Naturopath, Homeopath, Chinese Medicine and other alternatives
  • Quantum biofeedback: non-evasive testing
  • Xocai:  the healthy chocolate?
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Mercury:  how much can one really get in utero?

We also asked the kids yesterday to tell us what are the things that we do differently from their friends’ families.  In addition to the weird way we eat and the things above this is what they came up with to discuss: 

  • No TV or videogames in our home
  • No candy and how we handle holidays, especially Halloween
  • Music always available
  • No rewards, just expectation to do what is right

This is just a little preview of what is to come.  There will most likely be other topics stuck into the list; as we re-live the events it is certain more of our life lessons will surface.   If you have any questions or comments you are always welcome to email us at  We are happy to answer any questions about past and future topics or if you come across a product and what to know our thoughts.  Whatever, we are here to help in your journey to a more natural and healthy lifestyle.

We hope to compile an email list of those interested in a more in-depth knowledge of the topics we discuss.  Please let us know what you want to know about!  If you are interested in being added to the list, just shoot us an email.

Have a great day and we’ll try to get some writing in before #6 decides to join us.  Remember to live the life you love and love the life you live!