Autism Epidemic Ends – June 2020…

By Kent Heckenlively, JD

Somebody has to be an optimist.

I really don’t have any problem with being the optimist.  And I don’t have a problem with somebody else being the pessimist. (Or realist, if you prefer!)  It’s why my wife and I make such a good team.  I create the vision and she sweats the details.  Twenty-two years of marriage and we’re still going strong.

So let me tell you what my optimist mind says: WE CAN END THE AUTISM EPIDEMIC BY JUNE OF 2020.

It is dependent upon YOU signing and sharing this petition so that by July 9, 2017 we have 100,000 signatures.

And when I speak of the end of the autism epidemic, what do I really mean?  I mean that we recover the more than one million individuals with autism, many of them now young adults and living in special homes because they have become too much for their parents to care for at home.

I am speaking of a scientific framework for understanding how vaccines are creating an entire generation of damaged children.  And in understanding HOW this is happening, we create the societal awareness to stop this nightmare.

Why am I so confident that if I can get YOU and 99,998 other people to sign this petition that ALL OF THIS WILL BE FIXED BY JUNE OF 2020?

Even though I consider myself an optimist, I like to think my background as an attorney and science teacher requires me to have some evidence for my optimism.  I think that one of the most difficult issues in autism is that there is NO BIOLOGICAL TEST WHICH TELLS US THIS CHILD HAS AUTISM AND THIS ONE DOES NOT.


That’s what I love about CELL DANGER THEORY as developed by Dr. Robert Naviaux of the University of California, San Diego.  He HAS A TARGET, the abnormal pattern of metabolites which indicate the cells are not communicating properly with each other.  He has published on this pattern in autism AND in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and believes it may be the key to at least 20 more chronic diseases.

Naviaux’s cell danger theory proposes that when cells encounter some chemical, virus, or pathogen that they can’t identify, (immature immune system or novel substance) they respond by shutting down communication with other cells, prompting a decrease in energy production by the mitochondria.  Trouble ensues.

He has shown that he can normalize this cellular communication by treating it with a century old medication, suramin, originally developed to treat African Sleeping Sickness.  Naviaux used LOW-DOSES of suramin to achieve this result.

How low?

The patients in the Naviaux study attained suramin blood levels of 5-15 um.  Typical treatment levels for those being treated over the past 100 years for African Sleeping Sickness is 50-100 um in the blood for a period of 1-3 months.  The high doses for cancer chemotherapy used by cancer researchers in the 1980s were blood levels of 150-270 um for a period of 3-6 months.  AT THOSE LEVELS THERE IS TOXICITY.

Naviaux demonstrated his proof of concept for suramin in three different animal studies.  It is called antipurinergic therapy.

The first group Naviaux used were mice who had autism induced through ‘maternal immune activation’, a commonly accepted proxy for autism.  (Antipurinergic Therapy Corrects the Autism-Like Features in the Poly (IC) Mouse Model, PLoSOne, 2014)

The second group were mice who had autism induced in a similar manner, but were the human age equivalent of thirty years old.  (Reversal of Autism-Like Behaviors and Metabolism with Single-Dose Antipurinergic Therapy, Translational Psychiatry, 2014)

The third group were genetically designed to have Fragile X syndrome, often called ‘genetic autism.’  (Antipurinergic Therapy Corrects the Autism-Like Features in the Fragile X (Fmr1 knockout) Mouse Model, Molecular Autism, 2015)

Naviuax has recently completed and published a small human trial showing the temporary normalization of cellular communication in children with autism, and at least for a time, resumption of normal development.  (Low-Dose Suramin in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Small Phase I/II, Randomized Clinical Trial, Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, 2017)

I always tell my students that the explanation of any scientific process should be simple, elegant, and even beautiful in its own way.  I have spoken to Dr. Naviaux and know what he thinks is likely.  He thinks that patients will need infusions (or some way to deliver the medicine) every six to eight weeks, allowing the cellular communication networks to build.  Depending on the severity of the problem, treatment should probably be no more than one or two years, then it would be self-sustaining.

What was once so confusing and overwhelming comes into clear understanding.

I think the path is clear and it’s what I put in my White House petition.

One, have the White House meet with Dr. Naviaux and have him come up with a treatment protocol.

Two, have the FDA approve suramin for this ‘off-label’ use.

Three, have Congress fully fund and monitor.  Up to this point, a good amount of the funding has been coming directly from Dr. Naviaux.

Personally, I think we can solve this problem in two years.  My wife made me put three years.  Here’s that petition again.

By Kent Heckenlively, JD

Kent Heckenlively is the author of INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism, available on Amazon and at Barnes&



8 thoughts on “Autism Epidemic Ends – June 2020…”

  1. Why depend on congress for funding this initiative? Why can’t you start your own private fund for the research? Change your thinking! Stop reaching for government handouts! Big government is ruining lives, it is not solving our problems. Citizens need to learn how to take care of themselves or we will continue to be slaves to corruption.

    Kent, if you start a fund TODAY to support Dr. Naviaux’s work, I will be first in line to give you a donation.

    What I don’t want to do is hand the direction of vitally important reasearch over to a bloated, corrupted, incompetent government.

    Think about it. What is a pharmaceutical company? It is a PRIVATE ENTERPRISE conducting research and testing to develop products that solve problems.

    What, exactly, is stopping you from engaging in private enterprise to solve a problem? Why can’t YOU start a company? We’ve become so conditioned to run to Nanny Big Gov every time we are faced with a crisis that we’ve forgotten what made this country great in the first place…INDIVIDUAL ENTERPRISE.

    Do you really think Congress, which can’t pass healthcare reform with a republican majority and a republican president, will be either able or willing to do anything about Autism in the next three years?

    You could accomplish more with private enterprise in three weeks.

    Wake up and smell the rose of TRUE FREEDOM which is SELF DETERMINATION.

  2. Be SURE to check your emails to confirm your signature, otherwise your signatures won’t count.

  3. I think this is too narrow an effort. What if suramin doesnt solve the problem? Autism seems to be a multi-factor issue with vaccination as one of the major factors but not the only one. The Cell Danger Theory might account for a lot of the cases but perhaps not all. Maybe these cells should Not be communicating because they are still in Danger. It sets us up for failure which sets the movement back. I too believe that private funding, bypassing the govt at least in the early phase, until early results are very positive, might be the best way to go.

  4. This certainly sounds promising, however, adding another drug to the already toxic cocktail of neurotoxins in the brain would not be my first option for treatment. If heavy metal chelation and other biological interventions were tried first and continued treatment was warranted, then I might consider this option.

  5. I agree with Ellen and Trish. No thank you to depending on big pharma to fix a problem they caused.

  6. It’s much, much more complicated than anyone here is aware… “IT’s AN ECONOMIC WAR!” It’s not only Big Pharma that is making multi-billions of $s Treating SYMPTOMS (check out the Symptoms List via “Running On Empty” by Berne, Bell, Et al.), but it’s also liability to LTD Cos Profits, SSA, plus US Gov’t – as AUTISM prevalence is MORE THAN DOUBLE in Military Kids, than the GP (now 1:63). ~Three years ago Autism in GP was 1:83, and in Military Kids it was 1:44, they will NOT admit what it is NOW! IF that doesn’t concern anyone, what will? This endangers our National Security – as suppressing MEDICAL CARE to the extent it is now, eventually will cause Volunteers to NOT ‘sign up’! No more ‘cannon fodder’! The CDC absolutely knows – the turncoat Reeves admitted it to my fellow Advocate – Tom Hennessey (RIP)…HC surely DID know, but NOT a peep in the Campaign! SHAME! Their conundrum is that Troops can not sue… but … what IF the FAMILIES did? That’s part of WHY “The 5 Coalition Countries” put the kibosh on it being: 1) Communicable, & 2) MEDICAL (NOT AIYH)… just a tippy tip of the proverbial ‘iceberg’! Their “Gaslighting” campaign has been extremely effective till now…

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