Mommy and Daddy Are to Blame For Today's Pediatric Developmental Problems!

Your fault

By Anne Dachel

The phony science never ends.  

I just finished a piece about a new study blaming social media for kids with falling IQ scores all over the world. CNN covered it.

It seems that when anyone in the scientific/medical community uses the term environmental cause today, it really something social, not some toxic exposure like cigarettes causing lung cancer.

The IQ findings go hand-in-hand with another official explanation for all the kids with chronic illnesses, behavioral/mental health problems, learning problems. There the blame is place on adverse childhood experiences, otherwise known as toxic stress/childhood trauma. It’s all the bad stuff happening to kids at home.

In case anyone is still looking for answers, here’s the newest “environmental” reason for kids today being so different from children in the past: it is the “overcontrolling parent” at fault for all those with emotional problems.  Not only that, but these ‘helicopter’ parenting “seems to be increasingly prevalent.”

June 18, 2018, WebMD: How 'helicopter' Parenting Impedes a Child's Development

Overcontrolling moms and dads -- so-called "helicopter" parents -- can stunt their children's emotional development, new research warns.

Directing every move a toddler makes may undermine a child's ability to manage their emotions and behavior on their own, explained Nicole Perry, lead author of a new study.

"We found that overcontrolling parenting at age 2 was associated with poorer emotional and behavioral regulation at age 5," said Perry, a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development.

At age 10, this parenting approach also was tied to more child-reported emotional and school problems, fewer teacher-reported social skills, and less teacher-reported academic productivity, she added.

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The Scores are Falling! The IQ Scores are Falling!

Chicken littleWe're called Henny Penny when we discuss vaccine injury. It's not possibly true that the skies fell on our kids. But there's no denying that IQ scores have been dropping. The reasons are as chicken and little as ever. Anything but the copious vaccination schedule.

By Anne Dachel

CNN put out a stunning report on June 13th entitled, IQ scores are falling and have been for decades, new study finds. 

Since it would be highly implausible that this is related to genetics, the study authors acknowledge that the IQ change is environmentally caused.

IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says.

The research suggests that genes aren't what's driving the decline in IQ scores, according to the study, published Monday.

Norwegian researchers analyzed the IQ scores of Norwegian men born between 1962 and 1991 and found that scores increased by almost 3 percentage points each decade for those born between 1962 to 1975 -- but then saw a steady decline among those born after 1975.

But before anyone thinks that the scientific/medical establishment is finally waking up to what exposure to toxins is doing to the human race, they have to read the rest of the story.

These environmental factors could include changes in the education system and media environment, nutrition, reading less and being online more, Rogeberg said.

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New Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine Shows Little Efficacy Against Diarrhea

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Letter to the Editor
New pentavalent rotavirus vaccine shows little efficacy against diarrhea
Lalit Kumar
drlalitnarwat@gmail.com
Jacob Puliyel
Department of Pediatrics, St Stephens Hospital, Delhi 110054, India
⁎Corresponding author.

Keywords: Rotarix; Bovine human-reassortant pentavalent vaccine; Serum Institute of India

Rotavirus vaccine is recommended as a means of reducing diarrheal morbidity and deaths in developing countries [1]. The original efficacy studies with the presently licensed vaccines were done in the USA and Europe. Efficacy against severe rotavirus infection was around 90% (95% confidence interval (CI) : 85.·1‒–94.·1) and against all-cause severe gastroenteritis it was about 50% (CI: 39.·8‒–57.·8) [2]. Efficacy was less in Africa and Asia. In Africa it was 61% (CI: 44.0‒0–73.2) 2) against severe rotavirus diarrhoea and 30% (CI: 15.0‒–42.6) against all-cause severe diarrhoea [3].
The journal Vaccine has now published the results of a Phase-III randomized-control-trial, of a newly developed pentavalent rotavirus vaccine (BRV-PV). Vaccine efficacy against rotavirus diarrhoea ,(39.5% efficacy against severe rotavirus gastroenteritis (SRVGE) in the per protocol analysis) is emphasized in the report. However, the incidence of ‘all-cause severe gastroenteritis’ was not reduced by vaccination – vaccine efficacy was reported as 4.6% (95% CI: -−5.1‒ to 13.4) [4].

From the standpoint of the scientific record, additionally highlighting the clinically relevant aspect of their findings - namely efficacy against all-cause diarrheal morbidity, would enable decision makers to make choices about the vaccine, considering costs and benefits.

The same vaccine was studied in Niger. An efficacy of 66.7% against severe rotavirus gastroenteritis was reported in the per protocol population [5]. However severe gastroenteritis due to any etiology was not significantly lower among the vaccinated (difference in rate 1.97 cases per 100 person years confidence interval [CI](CI: –- 1.,28 to –5.22) [6]. The authors did post-hoc analysis of efficacy against ‘very severe diarrhoea’ (which they defined as Vesikari score of 15 or more) and reported a difference in rate of 3.08 per 100 person years (CI: 1.79 to –4.36) among the vaccinated. As efficacy against ‘very severe diarrhea’ has not been studied previously, comparable data for other rotavirus vaccines is not available.

References

[1] Rotavirus vaccines. WHO position paper -January 2013. Wkly Epidemiol Rec 2013;88(5):49–64.
[2] T. Vesikari, A. Karvonen, R. Prymula, V. Schuster, J.C. Tejedor, R. Cohen, et al., Efficacy of human rotavirus vaccine against rotavirus gastroenteritis during the first 2 years of life in European infants: randomised, double-blind T controlled study, Lancet 370, 2007, 1757–1763.
[3] S.A. Madhi, N.A. Cunliffe, D. Steele, D. Witte, M. Kirsten, C. Louw, et al., Effect of human rotavirus vaccine on severe diarrhea in African infants, N Engl J Med 362 (4), 2010 Jan 28, 289–298.
[4] P.S. Kulkarni, S. Desai, T. Tewari, A. Kawade, N. Goyal, B.S. Garg, et al., Flores J; SII BRV-PV author group. A randomized Phase III clinical trial to assess the efficacy of a bovine-human reassortantpentavalent rotavirus vaccine in Indian infants, Vaccine 35, 2017, 6228–6237.
[5] S. Isanaka, O. Guindo, C. Langendorf, A. Matar Seck, B.D. Plikaytis, N. Sayinzoga-Makombe, et al., Efficacy of a low-cost, heat-stable oral rotavirus vaccine in Niger, N Engl J Med 376, 2017, 1121–1130.
[6] J. Kaur and J. Puliyel, Heat-stable oral rotavirus vaccine, N Engl J M


Dads Who Go Beyond

Super dadBy  Cathy Jameson

I saw one of the sweetest videos a little over a week ago.  You may have seen it, too.  A dad jumped on stage to help his young ballerina daughter.  Plagued with stage fright, she was in a tough spot.  Dad realized that and came to save the day.  Holding a baby in his arms, he not only leaped to his daughter’s rescue, he leapt with the other ballerinas during their recital performance, too.  It truly was one of the sweetest moments I’ve seen go viral.  

Other dads are pretty awesome, too, including DaveIzzyand a lot of the dads who contribute to conversations here on Age of Autism.  Knee-deep in the thick of things, I can feel the love they have for their child through their responses and shared stories.  But some of the dads here won’t get the sort of international attention like that wonderful Ballerina Dad got.  

Even without the accolades, the dads here step up.  They do whatever it takes.  They worked tirelessly – and will continue to do so – to keep their child happy, healthy, and safe.  So, this Father’s Day weekend, I thought I’d tip my hat to some of the guys I’ve been inspired by here in the autism community and those beyond in other special needs circles.

Like this dad

As well as this determined dad: 

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Why Father’s Day is Mother's Day for This Autism Dad

Chuck and his momBy Chuck Hancock

Five years ago on Father's Day, my mother died. Mary Hancock had broken her arm several weeks before her death, and her health just started to go downhill.  The medical professionals had trouble managing her pain.  I think she just decided enough was enough.  I suspect she thought to herself, “I had  a great life, I believe in God, and I know I will be in a much better place.”  Her last week alive was spent under hospice care.  The care was great, and it took place in the little one bedroom apartment in the facility where she had lived for the previous several years.  I stayed there with her 24/7 for that last week.  Sleeping on the couch in the living room, wondering when I woke up and went into her bedroom if she would be alive.  

During her final week, my son Charlie was able to visit her a few times.  My how she loved him.  I recall exactly where and when I was when I told my Mom by telephone that Charlie was going to be a boy.  Before Charlie was born, in 2005, my Mom had four wonderful grandDAUGHTERS, but no grandSONS.  She no doubt loved them like crazy, and, they all were, and are, amazing kids.  All now, actually, amazing women each with multiple children of their own. I asked my Mom that day, "So, what do you want, a boy or a girl?"  Never too afraid to speak her mind, she exclaimed "I WANT A BOY"!  I told her, "You got it"!  And I cried like the baby that was to arrive within the year.  

During the last several days of my Mom's life she was not able to speak.  She was failing.  Time was running short.  The hospice workers kept telling me "I think this will be her last day."  This went on several days in a row.  Two days before Father's Day, in her room, holding her hand and talking to her, I asked her "Please wait (to die) until Father's Day."  I know this might sound very odd to many.  But I had my reason.  Maybe a bit selfish, perhaps not.  

I knew when I was 10 years old that I wanted to be a father one day.  Sounds a bit crazy, I know.  I just recall experiences like being at the community pool in the summer, and really enjoying entertaining the younger kids.  I also played plenty with kids my own age as well.  My son Charlie has an autism spectrum disorder.  Two days ago he completed the 6th grade.  I guess you could say that he is "high functioning."  Though, I am not a fan of labels.  No two kids with autism are alike.  Most of his autism-related struggles concern comprehension of information, social skills, and the ability to "understand" what is happening around him.  He at times struggles.  And as a parent, when a child struggles, WE struggle.  

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Special Forces Father

Dara and familyBy Dara Berger

My husband is no where near perfect, but one thing I can say is he is an amazing father and sometimes it actually takes my breath away.

On most days I find myself barking at my husband for all the things that he hasn't done yet, should do or still needs to do.  But in truth, deep down inside, I think he's the most wonderful husband in the world.  Words could never accurately express how I feel.  He belongs to aspecial elite class of fathers the way that we have a select group of soldiers assigned to special forces.  

Yes we nip at each other every day the way a puppy tries to play.  And of course he does so many things wrong in a day or says the wrong thing at the wrong time.  But at the end of the day, I know I am so lucky to have him not only as my husband but especially as a father to my children.  I know he will never abandon us, nor mistreat us. Many days in my household can be a challenge to say the least, but we both join together and deal with what comes our way with as much grace as we can muster.  

It was funny the other night my husband and I were out to dinner with his lovely cousin who was telling us all about how wonderful life is for him since he retired.  He went on and on about how much he and his wife are traveling throughout Europe and enjoying spending extended periods of time with their grandkids.  He explained that his son and daughter in-law will go away for a week somewhere exotic when they come to visit and take care of their kids.  Next he started telling us how we should travel a lot more, get away and relax. 

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Summer Dreams

Summer dreamsNote: This story is beautiful. Our kids are smart and deserve the benefit of the doubt at all times. Enjoy!

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The crowd was surprised when Sef Scott stepped up to the podium during his high school graduation ceremony last week. Because the teen has autism and social communication disorder, he rarely speaks. Congratulations to Sef Scott.

So when he then proceeded to give a powerful speech about “doing the unexpected,” the students and spectators were in awe.

Sef says that he was inspired to give the speech by his brother, who is a brain tumor survivor and public speaker for charities. For weeks, Sef worked with family members to perfect every sentence of the commencement address so he could surprise his peers. Read more at The Good News Network.


Autism 21 and Done

Gianna giant egg 2017
Time flies. Gianna, in her fashion, is leaving the nest (not literally, she lives with her sisters and me!) and starting the adult phase of her life. School ends today. She turns 22 next month. Can you imagine that?  She will be attending a program for adults with special needs. She'll be safe and well cared for and have a chance to grow and learn and gain skills toward more independence. And while it sure isn't what I had ever planned for her - I'm grateful that we have good people helping us. Mia's age out was much tougher on me.  But I'm in a better frame of mind than I was two years ago, so perhaps that's a big part of my peace. I hope you are find peace too.  In some fashion. We can do this, friends. Readers. Stay strong.

Love, Kim

  Gianna


Vaccines Did Cause Rachel's Autism A URL Story

Hotez Book

By Kim Rossi

Thanks Facebook friends including our own Ginger Taylor for this find. Check out the URL for Dr. Peter Hotez's forthcoming book defending the lifeblood of his career, vaccines.  Someone at Amazon created that URL - and forgot the "not."  I'm sure Johns Hopkins Press will go to bat for the good Doctor and fix this ASAP.  For the moment, there it is online and saved here at good old AofA!   We might think it's funny but it's... well, you know the childhood joke.

Kidding aside, Dr. Hotez is a Yale educated man so we can't impugn his intelligence. Oh wait, Dan Olmsted was also Yale educated and his intelligence was mocked and derided constantly once he took on the topic of vaccines and autism. Such a quandary.  Funny, Dr. Hotez looks a bit like our Dan.  Dr. Hotez' Wiki states the following:

Hotez leads an international team of scientists working to develop vaccines to combat hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and other infectious and neglected diseases, including Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, and SARS.[3]

Together with Philip K. Russell, Hotez founded the Human Hookworm Vaccine Initiative (HHVI) in 1999.[4] Hotez writes extensively about vaccine diplomacy, i.e., the opportunity of using vaccines as instruments of foreign policy and to promote global peace, especially among poor countries seeking nuclear weapons technology.[5][6]

We each have a right to earn a living.  I had a very nice career before my unpaid fuller than full time job became managing the stacks of IEPs and Medicaid waivers and DDS paperwork and social security proof documents and therapists and caretakers. He also has a daughter with autism. And that's one area where we can relate.  Unlike the ND, Troll and ProVax Injury pharma-based sites, I try to keep our conversations about fellow autism parents above board and at least civil - even if I disagree with most or even all of their work.  I treated Alison Singer with kid gloves in my book, although she'd probably cross the street if she saw me coming. So be it.

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Why IQ Levels are Falling

Rotten apple for teacherNote: If this article doesn't scare the pants off you and the bejimminies out of you, you're made of cold, hard stone. IQ levels and basic skills are dropping in children since the 1990s.  Think of the toxicity of childhood today. Fetuses are exposed to mercury and other toxins in utero via flu and DPT vaccinations. Every product made for infants is plastic. Gone are wood and glass. Foods are chemical poopstorms. Fruits and veggies are covered in Monsanto pesticides. WiFi is ubiquitous.  Water is loaded with lead, medication residue and antibiotics from factory farms. Really, what chance to children have? Certainly not that of their grandparents. The article mentions technology as a possible cause. Yes, let's blame Apple for the fall. Just like the garden of Eden.

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The IQ levels of young people have been steadily falling for the past few decades, according to new research.

The decline is believed to have begun following the generation born in 1975, and indicates that the slow rise in intelligence observed over much of the 20th century has come to an end, says The Times.

Average IQs had risen by roughly three percentage points every decade since the Second World War, in a poorly understood trend known as the Flynn effect.

However, the new study, by Norwegian researchers, found that men’s IQs are measurably lower today than the scores of their fathers at the same age. Ole Rogeberg and Bernt Bratsberg, of the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research in Oslo, analysed the scores from a standardised IQ test taken by more than 730,000 Norwegian men who reported for national service between 1970 and 2009.  Read more here.




Vaccine Exemption called "Social Movement."

Cama County
NOTE:  Check out the phrase in this article below calling vaccination choice a social movement.  Do you agree? Camas County's population is 93% Caucasian with a relatively low median income of around $43,000 per year and primarily with a high school degree, not college. We associate vaccine choice with affluence and education, as is displayed in California. Seems to differ in Idaho. 

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Ant-Vaccine Hotspots on Rise

More than a quarter of kindergarteners in Camas County, Idaho, lack at least some vaccinations because their parents have opted for nonmedical exemptions, researchers said Tuesday.

Idaho has eight of the top 10 counties in the country with nonmedical vaccine exemptions, the reports finds. The other two are in Wisconsin and Utah.+

These counties are among the pockets of vaccine resistance that Dr. Peter Hotez and colleagues found when looking at rates of vaccine refusals around the country. They found an increase in nonmedical vaccine exemptions in 12 out of 18 states that allow them.

“A social movement of public health vaccine opposition has been growing in the United States in recent years; subsequently, measles outbreaks have also increased,” Hotez and colleagues wrote in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine.  Read more.


Autism and PANDAS: Parents Knew It and Science Now Shows It

Science post imageBy Theresa Conrick

For years now, parents of children on the autism spectrum have been on the internet and social media sharing their stories.  Many, like me, have had horror stories of their child being sick too often and then abrupt and bizarre behaviors would appear. Strep throat was often a trigger for us.  ---- The strep infection triggers a misdirected immune response causing inflammation within the basal ganglia, a portion of the brain responsible for speech, involuntary movement (tics) and emotion. This inflammation causes an abrupt onset of neurologic and psychiatric symptoms including OCD, tics, anxiety, emotional lability, urinary frequency and sleep disturbances.

While strep is the initial trigger, PANDAS patients can have recurrent symptom exacerbations (flares) later in the disease when exposed to other (non-strep) infections.

We are not crazy.  What we have been living is real and our children are very ill.

Fresh research from my favorite group studying PANS and PANDAS in autism, has their study completed -  and an abstract published - Anti-neuronal and anti-microbial immunity link CaMKII and autism spectrum disorder with pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome .  The full study will be out in late Fall as I had emailed Dr. Cunningham.  She is an awesome researcher and a very compassionate person. She shared that she is involved in similar research, Human anti-dopamine receptor 1 monoclonal autoantibody (mAb) identifies potential mechanisms of neuronal signaling in post-infectious autoimmune-mediated neuropsychiatric disease, and as a result, the full papers are coming out later.  Let’s take a look at the highlights of the asd abstract:

♦  Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may be associated with neuropsychiatric symptoms such as tics, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and other symptoms characteristic of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS).

♦  Functional anti-neuronal autoantibodies which signal CaMKII and induce excess dopamine release were found in ASD/PANDAS serum.

♦  Interestingly, a CamKII mutation has recently been associated with autistic symptoms in animal models and also in ASD in humans. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28130356

♦   Children with ASD/PANDAS had significantly elevated anti-neuronal autoantibodies by ELISA, and strong IgG responses against the group A streptococcal epitope GlcNAc were observed in ASD/PANDAS.

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New Study Links Lowered Probability of Pregnancy in Females 25 - 29 to HPV Vaccination

Empty cribA lowered probability of pregnancy in females in the USA aged 25–29 who received a human papilloma vaccine injection

Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, DOI: 10.1080/15287394.2018.1477640

ABSTRACT Birth rates in the United States have recently fallen. Birth rates per 1000 females aged 25–29 fell from 118 in 2007 to 105 in 2015. One factor may involve the vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV). Shortly after the vaccine was licensed, several reports of recipients experiencing primary ovarian failure emerged. This study analyzed information gathered in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which represented 8 million 25-to-29-year-old women residing in the United States between 2007 and 2014. Approximately 60% of women who did not receive the HPV vaccine had been pregnant at least once, whereas only 35% of women who were exposed to the vaccine had conceived. For married women, 75% who did not receive the shot were found to conceive, while only 50% who received the vaccine had ever been pregnant. Using logistic regression to analyze the data, the probability of having been pregnant was estimated for females who received an HPV vaccine compared with females who did not receive the shot. Results suggest that females who received the HPV shot were less likely to have ever been pregnant than women in the same age group who did not receive the shot. If 100% of females in this study had received the HPV vaccine, data suggest the number of women having ever conceived would have fallen by 2 million. Further study into the influence of HPV vaccine on fertility is thus warranted.

Gayle DeLong, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Economics and Finance in the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business. Dr. DeLong has published in leading journals, including Journal of FinanceJournal of Financial EconomicsJournal of International Money and FinanceFinancial Management, and Journal of Financial Research. Research interests include bank acquisitions, regulatory capture, and conflicts of interest. DeLong, the 2013 recipient of the Abraham J. Briloff Prize in Ethics as well as the 2010 recipient of the Zicklin School of Business Teaching Excellence Award, holds a PhD in finance and international business from New York University.

Citation:  Gayle DeLong (2018): A lowered probability of pregnancy in females in the USA aged 25–29 who received a human papillomavirus vaccine injection, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, DOI: 10.1080/15287394.2018.1477640


10 Day Autism & Sensory Processing Disorder Online Summit

Autism Summit June 2018A unique online event for parents that will help you identify opportunities to help your child.  June 11 - 20.

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Kat Von D From Lipsticks to No Sticks

Kat Von DBy Kim Rossi

I'm going to make this short and sweet. In 2014, Kat Von D and I got into it in 2013 on Twitter and elsewhere after I wrote a Huffington Post article on what I thought was a terribly offensive name for a lipstick. The name was "Celebutard," and the lipstick, while a gorgeous color, was ultimately pulled from Sephora's shelves, as you can read in this LA Times article that actually mentions me without the prefix anti-vaccine. Which brings me to Ms. Von D's latest issue. She's a famous tattoo artist and clearly not afraid of needles.  She announced that she is not vaccinating during her pregnancy nor her baby once born. Kat Von D, welcome to the anti-vaccine club!

Look at this horrible headline from Jezebel: Kat Von D Comes Out as Anti-Vaccine, Which Is Really a Fucking Bummer

Check out this meme circulating on Twitter with the Hashtag #KatVonDisoverparty

 

 



Kat Von D lipstickShe is making informed choices for her son-to-be about her diet, her delivery choice and the boy's medical care.  From YahooNews:

“I also was prepared for the backlash and criticism we would get if we decided to be open about our personal approach to our pregnancy,” Von D continued. “My own father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead. 

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Autism's Works of Mercy Part 2

 

By Cathy Jameson

Last week, I shared how Ronan’s youngest sister made the realization that she lives and performs many of the Corporal Works of Mercy  right here in our home.  Usually, those works of mercy are done outside the home, but after reading through an old coloring book that highlighted those simple acts of kindness, she saw a constant theme – do small things with great love.  On a daily basis, she’s doing lots of things with tons of love for that brother of hers!  Some of what she’s doing comes naturally and would be expected of any sibling, but with how disabled Ronan is, she goes a step further.  She continuously and selflessly pitches in.  

Ronan

After reading through that section of the coloring book, I could reflect on what we’d read only for a few minutes.  Thinking Ronan might be done listening, I had put the book down.  Ronan wasn’t done though.  He was glued to the review lesson and completely lost interest in watching the movie he’d just requested.  So we kept turning pages. We kept reading.  We kept talking about our faith.  We kept sharing what it means to perform other works of mercy, the Spiritual Works of Mercy.  It was utterly amazing.  

One per page, we reviewed the 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy.  We read about what it meant to Admonish the Sinner, to Instruct the Ignorant, to Counsel the Doubtful as well as how to Comfort the Sorrowful.  Then, we read about how to Bear Wrongs Patiently and why we need to Forgive All Injuries.  Finally, we went over the importance of Praying for the Living and the Dead.  My daughter was beginning to get distracted, but those other 7 works of mercy hit me hard.  It had been a while since I’d really studied them, and with Ronan sitting next to me, I couldn’t help but think about why we do the things we do—it’s because of what happened to him. 

Admonish the Sinner –We do this when we speak out about someone who has done something wrong.  I’ve done that more than a time or two right here on AofA!  I’ve done that publicly by calling out politicians, the medical establishment, and the pharmaceutical industry.   I do that privately when I have conversations with new parents about our family’s experience.  Plenty of parents have joined me in keeping those conversations going.  Until children are no longer harmed in the name of Science or sacrificed for the greater good, we need to keep those important convos going. 

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Greatest Threat to Kids

Perfect pediatricianAnne Dachel has been culling stories about the absurd state of pediatric healthcare and schooling.  This story caught our eye.  If you had to think of what the main health threats are to children in 2018 what would be on your list?  School shootings or violence would place high. Bullying by peers. Suicide. The AAP has gone from an organization representing doctors in charge of pediatric medical care, to some sort of bizarre sociological Big Brother. They are touting "Adverse childhood events," (trauama) as the leading unaddressed threat to our children. Look at this definition of traumatic events from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies:

Traumatic events that occur in childhood are called “abuse” events when children are threatened or harmed by those charged with their care or who are in a position of power or authority over them.

In short, parents are harming their kids. Abuse has always been with us, and is never taken lightly.  But the number one unaddressed threat? What's the goal here - to embed medical doctors and public health officials into our homes?  Very strange.   We wrote about the CDC's term in a post CDC Puts Forth "ACE" Adverse Childhood Experiences As Cause of Toxic Stress. It's CDC's job to look at health within the nation. Somehow ACE as an answer feels similar to what we see in autism. Examine everything except the obvious problem. Blame anything that isn't related to a partner and profitable industry like pharmaceutical. Leave medications and vaccinations out of the equation.

June 7, 2018, WXOW-TV, La Crosse, WI:  Learning about childhood trauma


It's being called the single greatest unaddressed public health threat by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It's not one specific thing but rather a group of problems called adverse childhood experiences, otherwise known as childhood trauma.

Local community members are getting together to recognize that trauma and find ways to help both children and adults cope.

On Thursday, a screening of the documentary Resilience was shown to help understand the role the community plays in creating a more trauma-informed society.

Curt Teff is Director of Community Services for the School District of La Crosse. He said, "I think that the biggest thing to know is that we do have childhood trauma within our community, and we really see it as a public health risk. We know that certain early childhood trauma effects development in early years but what we are learning through the science of trauma is that it affects people through their lifetime."


Baby Teeth and Autism Prediction

Copper zincSince the number of children being diagnosed with autism continues to increase, the research and studies continue to grow as well.  Many overlap or years later, they are taken to the next level as our understanding of the science increases.  This is such a study. 

From the adapted version on Medpage - Baby Teeth May Predict Autism - Zinc and copper metabolism biomarker may lead to new diagnostic tools

Zinc and copper metabolism cycles in the layers of baby teeth may be able to predict which children will develop autism spectrum disorder, a longitudinal analysis suggests.

This is the first study to generate a 90% accurate fetal and early childhood biomarker of autism by tracking metabolic pathways over time and could lead to new diagnostic tools...the researchers found that children who later developed autism had disrupted zinc-copper rhythmicity in utero or in their earliest months of life...We looked at the naturally shed teeth of children and explored them much as you would explore the growth rings of a tree, using them as a sort of retrospective biomarker to see what children were exposed to in the womb and in early life...Prenatal and newborn children form a new tooth layer daily, which captures an imprint of chemicals circulating in the body and produces a chronological exposure record. Zinc and copper pathways are central regulators of multiple metals; disruption of the pathways may have downstream effects that may affect the metabolism of other essential elements and toxic metals.

TOXIC METALS.  We don’t see those words enough but there are dozens and dozens of studies showing that environmental toxins are connected to the spectrum of autism.

Here is some very good research on the issues of copper/zinc in the human body .

Important theme from the above new, autism study.  Mercury has become a dirty word in autism research. Also that study seems pretty much targeted as a diagnostic tool.   There are thousands of children and young adults who would benefit from research dealing with helping them feel and function better.  Let’s hope there will be more about that. But here we can see that the issue of copper and zinc is not new in autism.  The idea of “disrupted zinc-copper rhythmicity” is new and helpful but let’s look backwards as well:

The plasma zinc/serum copper ratio as a biomarker in children with autism spectrum disorders, May 2009  

The frequency of zinc deficiency, copper toxicity and low zinc/copper in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) may indicate decrement in metallothionein system functioning....The plasma zinc/serum copper ratio may be a biomarker of heavy metal, particularly mercury, toxicity in children with ASDs.

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From Apgar to ADOS

Apgar
Yesterday, the Google doodle was an homage to Dr. Virginia Apgar who created the scores used to this day to test a newborn's health in the moments after birth. 

From cnet.com: During the 1930s and '40s, Dr. Virginia Apgar noticed a troubling trend involving newborns.

While the infant mortality rate in the US had declined, the rate of infant deaths within the first 24 hours after birth remained constant. As an obstetric anesthesiologist, Apgar was able to identify physical characteristics that could distinguish healthy newborns from those in trouble.

Apgar's observations led to the development in 1952 of the Apgar score, a quick and convenient method for immediately evaluating how well the newborn weathered the birthing process, especially the effects of obstetric anesthesia.

To honor Apgar's contribution to neonatology -- the medical care of newborn infants -- Google dedicated its Doodle Thursday to the doctor on her 109th birthday.

But how far have we come for US babies? Sure, we can test their health with the Apgar. But we remain at the bottom of the pack for first day mortality. From a 2013 National Geographic story

In the United States, babies are 50 percent more likely to die on the same day they were born than in all of the other industrialized countries combined, according to the report. Each year, nearly 11,300 babies die on the day they were born in the United States, making American babies twice as likely to die in their first 24 hours as European Union babies.

My girls scored  high on their Apgars. I'll bet yours did too. 

Kim

 


Denying Service to Customers

Rainbow20cakeBy Kim Rossi Rainbow vaccine

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that a baker Colorado in can refuse to bake wedding cakes for gay marriage, in effect,  deny them service.  The ruling is narrow and specific to this case. The result is the same. One baker is able to say, "No, I will not create a wedding cake for a gay marriage."  

When a pediatric practice kicks out a patient because Mom or Dad choose to alter the vaccination schedule, maybe even forego vaccination for a period of time, or eschew it altogether, I see no difference. Yet I see no outcry in the news.

This is 2018, not 1958. We don't have separate water fountains and Jim Crow laws. We have SB277 instead.

A ruling in Colorado just denied medical marijuana for the treatment of autism.  In my opinion, this is a result of the long standing edict that autism has never been and never will be "treatable." We are denied medical care, therapies at every turn.   While every group seems to get a letter, a designation, protection and support were are relegated firmly to the bottom of the pecking order. A group with no rights or protections. We're reviled in the media. And our kids are denied service from pediatricians who provide a range of services to children, because we refuse one portion of their practice.  Kids need a doctor. They get colds. Broken bones. Parents have myriad questions and need support. Vaccines have become the center of the solar system in pediatrics. To deny their use is to be a flat-earther. And out you go.

Here is the AAP definition of a pediatrician:

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed the following definition of pediatrics and a pediatrician:

Pediatrics is the specialty of medical science concerned with the physical, mental, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood. Pediatric PA charging patientsPediatric care encompasses a broad spectrum of health services ranging from preventive health care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases.

Pediatrics is a discipline that deals with biological, social, and environmental influences on the developing child and with the impact of disease and dysfunction on development. Children differ from adults anatomically, physiologically, immunologically, psychologically, developmentally, and metabolically.

A pediatrician participates at the community level in preventing or solving problems in child health care and publicly advocates the causes of children.

In 2018, pediatricians are denying service to children because their parents are delaying or eschewing vaccination. Forbes ran an article that As More Parents Refuse Vaccines, More Doctors Dismiss Them -- With AAP's BlessingGiven the broad scope of the definition of pediatrics, shouldn't a a doctor embrace a patient Carmichael Pediatricswith autism even more firmly than a typical patient?  

Kim Rossi is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.


Think Out Loud Asks About Parental Vaccine Opt Out: Comments Ensue

Think Out Loud on Facebook
Thanks to JB Handley for pointing us to a Facebook page called "Think out Loud" which asked  the question shown above. Comments are very Think out loud logointeresting and for the most part respectful.  Scroll down to June 1st.

People don't have any memory of what the diseases do to children because it is no longer common. If parents understood impact of the diseases, maybe they could come to grips with the vaccinations. We can't assume any longer that people remember what the diseases did!

My comment: I remember the Brady Bunch episode about measles. I remember Arthur Has the Chicken Pox. I remember Sinatra singing, "I've had the measles and the mumps, everything happens to me." In America, with treatment and care, these were survivable illnesses that caused discomfort, and made Mom do a lot of work. Moms can not stay home for a quarantine any longer. We work. Except when our kids ARE vaccine injured, and it does happen whether we care to think about that or not, we often end up dropping out of the work force altogether to take care of our kids. Ironic.


We need to be able to think out loud. Speak out. Tell our stories. Not just among ourselves, all over social media, everywhere. Cautionary tales are uncomfortable and make people squirm. But they are necessary. New parents should know the facts and reality of vaccination so that they can make informed decisions. No product is perfect. No one wants a child to contract a harmful disease.

We need to keep the dialog open.  That's what we do every day at Age of Autism.  We always appreciate your readership and support.

Kim

 

 


Best of AoA: From Berkovitz To Bruesewitz: The Death Of Vaccine Justice In The United States

image from secure.gravatar.comBy F Edward Yazbak

With acknowledgments and thanks to Vaccination News AoA returns to Dr Yazbak's assessment of the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Bruesewitz v Wyeth (Pfizer) in 2011, which effectively placed vaccine manufacturers beyond any kind of litigation, contrasting it with the case of Berkovitz 23 years before. One of the most chilling aspects of this story, seven year's on, is how the US media based its report on press releases from Pfizer.

The Difference: Bruesewitz v Berkovitz by F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP

Different US Supreme Courts 
Different Press and Public Opinions 

The United States Supreme Court recent decision in Bruesewitz V. Wyeth did not only affect a family. It affected thousands, who after unsuccessfully pursuing a claim through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, will no longer be able to hold a vaccine manufacturer accountable for injuries believed to be due to an FDA-approved vaccine. By its majority decision, the court indicated that such secondary lawsuits would be countering the intent of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and risking the proliferation of tort-based cases the Act was created to prevent.

On February 22, 2011, the Associated Press announced:

“Parents Lose High Court Appeal in Vaccine Case”

The article started with a harsh paragraph

“The Supreme Court closed the courthouse door Tuesday to parents who want to sue drug makers over claims that their children developed autism and other serious health problems from vaccines. The ruling was a stinging defeat for families dissatisfied with how they fared before a special no-fault vaccine court.”

On the same day, the New York Times published a Pfizer Inc press release titled “U.S. Supreme Court Decision In Bruesewitz V. Wyeth A Win For Public Health” under “Business Day Markets”: 

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2011-- Today, in a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in favor of Pfizer’s subsidiary Wyeth, in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth. The Third Circuit determined that the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act prevents civil suits against manufacturers of FDA-approved childhood vaccines based on a claim that a particular vaccine should have been designed differently.

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New Yorkers To Vote on Birth Certificate Gender Choice while Vaccination Choice Remains Elusive

Rainbow vaccineBy Kim Rossi

Let me say here and now, this post is a comparison of two New York situations that I have drawn myself. I am not making a judgement about choosing one's identity as "X" on a birth certificate as an adult. I am pro-choice. Everywhere. Including vaccination choice.  And I am certainly in favor of PRIDE and gay equality. My brother is a married, gay man. Our Dan Olmsted was a married, gay man.  This post is not to open a dialog about sexual orientation. We'll monitor comments closely. I hope you understand.  So...

Yesterday I was listening to the news with Robin Quivers on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite radio. If you know me, you know I've been a fan for 25 years. However, on the news, Robin alerted me to a vote coming up in New York state that will allow adults to revise their birth certificate from a male or female gender to "X." OK. Adults will be able to change and choose their gender, including "X". Which is neither male nor female. I think XXXY would have been a better choice, but perhaps perceived as naughty. (This is Kim writing,  if I can't make you laugh, I'm past my prime.)

I got to thinking: How is it that the state of New York can consider allowing choice right down to gender, but have draconian processes to get a choice in how a child is vaccinated? Why is some choice more acceptable than others?  Who is to say that health comes from full vaccination and only from full vaccination? We know this is not true. Vaccines fail. Immunity wanes. Recipients suffer injury. Vaccination is not a perfect medical procedure.

In 2009, attorney Rita Palma wrote a post for us about the rigorous "sincerity test" required in New York for a religious exemption to vaccination Take a look at the videos.  AofA New York readers will attest to the hoops - on fire - that they have had to jump to get "choice" for their children.

From Time Magazine on the "X" designation:


By Deepti Hajela / AP

June 4, 2018

(NEW YORK) — People born in New York City who do not identify their gender as either male or female would have the option of choosing a third category for their birth certificates under a new proposal.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said the new category of “X” would be available through the proposal, which is expected to be introduced by Johnson on Thursday with public hearings to be held later this month.

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Special Needs Children Restrained and Secluded with Little Outrage

RestraintAs the nation expresses outrage over the treatment of immigrant children who have been separated from their families, we have to ask, "What about disabled school kids every day?"  What about Rotenberg School in Massachusetts that electrocutes children with aversive behavior techniques?  It's interesting how the media picks up some stories and makes them headline news for outrage while others are orphaned.  Especially those that deal with children with special needs. Our children deserve better.

From SF Gate:  "It's a Cage"

In the photo, Gigi Daniel-Zagorites grips the edge of a small bookcase, her tilted head peering over. The bookcase and a cabinet barricade the 13-year-old in one corner of a classroom. Two women sit, backs turned.

Months have passed since the moment in September when a classmate at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Loudoun County captured that image on an iPad. But many questions have yet to be answered for Gigi's mother, Alexa Zagorites.

Why was her daughter, who has a disorder that hampers her ability to speak, confined? How long was she there? How often did this happen?

"I was embarrassed for Gigi. I was sad for Gigi. I was worried. I couldn't imagine what was going on in her mind because she can't tell me," Zagorites said. "It's a cage."

 

Gigi's experience isn't unique. Thousands of schoolchildren, most of whom have disabilities, are involuntarily confined in U.S. schools each year. In the 2015-2016 school year, more than 36,000 students throughout the country were subjected to seclusion, according to federal data released in April. Nearly 86,000 more were restricted from moving freely by a school worker holding the child or by being immobilized by other restraints, such as handcuffs.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/It-s-a-cage-Outrage-over-school-seclusion-12946746.php


The Kids Are Not All Right

Abadnonned schoolOur Anne Dachel is creating a compendium of the changes in schools around the world as children grow sicker and less able to learn in traditional settings. Special education is exploding, school budgets crumbling and teachers and students alike are suffering. How long can this go on before we see actual collapses in programs? Or before parents of typical kid (both of them, ha ha) tell the special education programs to stuff it? Below are 15 stories from just last week. I especially like that one with the headline that an Ohio Autism School CELEBRATES its 20th year. Yes! Celebrate!! You'll be here foreverrrrrrr!!!!!!!  K

June 1, 2018, UK (N.I.) Derry Journal: Almost 600 waiting for Autism assessment

Almost 600 children and adults are waiting to be assessed for Autism locally, with health officials warning resources cannot meet the soaring demand. …

 The Western Trust has confirmed that the numbers referred for assessment and intervention has risen dramatically. And this has now prompted Trust representatives to relay concerns to both the Health and Social Care Board and Department of Health.

At present there are 493 children and 81 adults across Derry, Limavady, Strabane and the wider western region, waiting to begin assessment to detect if they are on the Autism spectrum.

A further 394 children and 55 adults are currently undergoing the assessment process within the Trust.

The figures were obtained by the ‘Journal’ after a recent report revealed that the number of school age children - 993 - who have come through the assessment process and been diagnosed with Autism and Asperger Syndrome in the west, has increased by almost 50 per cent over the last five years, despite intake numbers remaining static.

Commenting on the waiting lists, a spokesperson for the Western Trust said: “The demand for Autism assessment and intervention for both children and adults within the Western Trust has increased significantly and this trend continues.

Current resource does not meet the level of demand within the Trust and this has been highlighted to the HSCB and DoH.”

 The recent Department of Health report entitled, ‘The Prevalence of Autism (including Asperger Syndrome) in School Age Children’ - found that the increase in children identified with Autism was 31 per cent higher in the most deprived areas of Northern Ireland - several of which are in Derry.  …

 

***June 1, 2018, UK GetWestLondon: Parents endure up to five year wait for autism diagnosis nationwide according to Hillingdon Manor School founder

Parents are complaining of waiting as long as five years for an autism diagnosis for their child, and are grappling with a "postcode lottery", according to the advocate mum behind Hillingdon Manor School .

The concerns were revived after Westminster's local authorities published its waiting lists on May 24, finding families in the central London borough were waiting as long as a year for diagnosis, despite waiting time guidelines of three months.

A North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commission (NWLCCC) Groups spokeswoman said while the waiting times were "longer than we would like," it was lower than the average national waiting time average estimated by a parent-reported survey at 3.6 years. …

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Polish Citizens Protest Mandatory Vaccination

Polish protest iconNote: An observation: Both Italy and Poland have experienced being under the thumb of an oppressive government.  America has been "free" since 1776, and yet, we are far more complacent about the government telling us how to live our lives.  The Italians and Poles are raising holy heck over mandatory vaccines and draconian penalties. Maybe those who remember history are not willing to repeat it?

Mam taką nadzieję.

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Thousands of people in Warsaw protest against compulsory vaccinations

Thousands of people in Warsaw took part in a protest against compulsory vaccination for children. The demonstration was organised within the framework of the International Day Against Vaccinations. In Poland, the anti-vaccine movement grows stronger and there are more and more supporters of non-vaccinations for youngsters. Health authorities are concerned that such campaigns are having a serious negative impact on public health. It comes as the number of measles cases quadrupled in Europe in 2017, with 35 fatalities, according to the World Health Organization.


Autism’s Works of Mercy – Part 1

PenmanshipBy Cathy Jameson

I was sitting on the couch with Ronan a few nights ago when he signed a request.  He wanted to watch a movie.  I told him yes, but before I turned the television on, I brought over some of my old school supplies.  Since it was late in the day, I knew that Ronan’s attention span wouldn’t be too long.  Regardless, we needed to do some reviewing of skills I’ve been working on with him.  That meant a quick peek at the world map, practicing some cursive letter writing, reading through some math flash cards, and catching up on some reading comprehension.  For reading, I picked out an old coloring book I’d used as a resource back when I taught at a small Catholic School.  Even though almost 2 decades has passed since I first stepped foot into a classroom, much of the material I’ve saved from those early teaching days is still relevant.  That includes this particular coloring book. 

The book covers basic Catholic doctrine for young children.  Included are the 7 Corporal Works of Mercy.  Simply put, these are small acts of love that we can do for others.  We perform those acts of love when we: Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Clothe the Naked, Visit the Imprisoned, Shelter the Homeless, Visit the Sick, and Bury the Dead.  As Ronan and I went over what these acts of kindness meant, Ronan’s youngest sister joined us in listing ways people help each other.  While we talked, she realized that we don’t have to go too far to perform these acts.  We do a lot of them for Ronan automatically. 

Feed the Hungry

I remember having to switch out practically our entire pantry and refrigerator after learning that gluten and casein could do a number on kids like Ronan.  I wasn’t thrilled thinking about not being able to use all that food—regular bread, crackers, waffles, oatmeal.  All the cheese, cow’s milk, and yogurt.  With each item tossed, I was utterly overwhelmed wondering what on earth I was going to feed a kid who loved to eat wheat and dairy.  Staples my siblings and I grew up with - pizza, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and milk - were now off limits.  While learning how to eliminate the foods that caused severe inflammation, I slowly replaced our family’s menu with safer, greener food options.  At one point, we all switched to gluten-free.  Soon after, like Ronan had to, we eased off the dairy.  We did that for a few reasons, but the neatest one was so that we could eat in solidarity with Ronan.  My typical kids can now have more “regular” foods than Ronan probably ever will, but they make sure to never taunt him about it.  When they get special treats, like when a friend brought them Krispy Kreme donuts last weekend, they made sure he got something fun and yummy, but safe for his tummy, too. 

Give Drink to the Thirsty

Removing milk was one of the most traumatic acts for both me and my children.  In those early days when I knew far less than I do now, I had no idea that dairy could cause major bowel issues.  The more I learned, the more I made a connection that Ronan was severely affected by dairy products, including milk.  (His siblings were affected, too, but to a lesser degree.)  I found replacements, as I know many other parents have had to, but getting Ronan to drink something other than milk took some time.  Once he did, though, his bowel issues weren’t as explosive.  Brain fog had lifted, too.  Now, when Ronan’s thirsty, he signs for juice.  The juice is watered down quite a bit to the point of it being more water than juice, but what’s even more exciting is that after some regression, he can use a regular cup like his siblings do.  He hasn’t mastered that skill completely yet, but he has come so far and with the encouragement from his brother and sisters.

Clothe the Naked

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Money Makes the World Go Around: Merck HPV Vaccine Creates Chinese Billionaire

Fortune cookie avalanche
Congratulations girls! You were actually BORN in China, not aborted because you weren't a boy. And now? You get to be vaccinated with Merck's Gardasil!  Boy, that Merck is a friendly company. First, RotaTeq made Paul Offit Rich, then Dr. Julie Gerberding, former CDC head slid over to Merck to become Executive President of the Vaccine Division, you can be certain there's a fat salary and bonuses and now Communist Chinese citizen-businessmen are billionaires. As for the girls' fate with this vaccine? Tough fortune, Cookie.

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From Bloomberg business: HPV Vaccine Seller in China Propels Owners Up Billionaires List

China’s approval for a vaccine used to prevent cervical cancer has propelled two shareholders of the pharmaceutical company marketing the Merck & Co. product up the billionaires’ rankings.

Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products Co.’s more than 60 percent rally this year, spurred by the permission to sell Gardasil 9 in partnership with Merck, has pushed Chairman Jiang Rensheng, 64, up the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. His net worth is estimated at $4.6 billion as of Wednesday and is based on his family’s 60 percent stake, which includes that of Vice General Manager Jiang Lingfeng, his son.

Apart from vaulting the senior Jiang to become the 41st richest in China, and 415 in the world, the jump in the shares has also helped another shareholder: former Vice Chairman Wu Guanjiang. His net worth is estimated at $1.5 billion and is based on the 13.4 percent stake held by him and his wife as of Wednesday, according to regulatory filings. Zhifei didn’t respond to calls and an email seeking comment on Jiang’s and Wu’s wealth and holdings in the company.  Read more here.

 


Rockin' the Boat: NYC Special Education Student Actors Ace "Guys and Dolls Jr."

Guys and dollsBy Barbara Fischkin

After the curtain call, we approached the actors and begged them to autograph our Playbills. Some were gracious. One was overly enthusiastic. Another wanted to go home. Or maybe it just seemed that way because he did not look us in the eye. Mostly, their signatures were shaky. They had to concentrate when they signed, as if this was a harder thing to do than sing, act and move to the score of “Guys and Dolls.”

As they all just had.

Yes, the actors were all disabled and, as is probably obvious to readers of Age of Autism, some were on the spectrum. In real life they are teenaged students at a Special Education New York City Public School in Harlem. A “District 75,” program, as such entities are called – all too often with a cautionary tone.

As for the show – it was great. It was alternately touching, joyous and funny at all the right moments. A spectacular “Adelaide,” sang that just from wondering whether the wedding is on or off, “a poiyson,” could develop a cold. I am told that offstage this student says “person” not “poiyson,” and she picked up this Adelaide-ism from studying the movie. When she said to her actor boyfriend of 14 years, the inveterate gambler "Nathan Detroit": “Nathan, you are a liar,” and he shrugged with emphasis, the audience broke up.  As it did when the shortest actor in the cast jumped up and announced, with great confidence, “I’m Big Jule. Let’s shoot crap.”  “Sarah Brown,” hugged “Sky Masterson,” quickly, as tentative as any Salvation Army “doll.”  As for Sky, I would have gone with him to Cuba for lunch in a flash, as well as on a boat to heaven with the student who played “Nicely, Nicely Johnson.”

After a prolonged standing ovation, one mother of a cast member said, joyously: “I didn’t know who it was up there.”

 Our children surprise us. My own younger son, Jack, who spent his earlier years more interested in ice hockey than anything else – is now 27 and a teacher at this school. He was one of the assistant directors. (This is the same son who teased me mercilessly when I told him that “acting in theatrical productions” had been my own favorite high school “sport.”) As a New York City Teaching Fellow, Jack earned a master’s degree in special education. I worried about his choice of this field. His older brother, Dan, now 30, has severe nonverbal autism and I felt that Jack had perhaps already done enough special education for a lifetime.

“Mom, I like this kind of teaching,” Jack told me. Clearly, he does.

 It was notable for me that most of the actors had memorized their lines. Without labeling, let’s just say that in the cast there were those who might not be expected to accomplish much.  One actor had to be wheeled on and off stage, another had trouble finding the curtain to exit.  Nevertheless, the show went on.

It is not overly dramatic to say that had they been children mid-twentieth century, some of the actors in this show might have been sent to Willowbrook, a nightmare of an institution.

 Two decades earlier our own disabled son, Dan, was denied participation in a school show in a school for disabled children because “it might hurt his feelings since he can’t talk.” Balderdash. The students at this District 75 school who were nonverbal or minimally so were living it up as guys and  dolls in the chorus and on the boat to heaven. Sometimes, as an audience member, my eyes wandered to them as I watched them steal the show on their own terms.

What I saw on this recent evening was a school with dedicated staff who “presume competence” and appreciate the “dignity of risk,” watchwords of the disability and advocacy communities.

I would like to end with a bouquet of thanks to all those who made this performance - officially titled “Guys and Dolls, Jr.” -possible with funding and other supports: The Schubert Foundation, Music Theater International, the New York City Department of Education Office of Arts and Special Projects, ArtsConnection, I Theatrics, - and the staff, teachers and community of the wonderful school where my son teaches. For more on how a show like this happens, please see FundforPublicSchools/Shubert

Author Barbara Fischkin is writing an autism-related historical novel and is a Communication Manager and Writer for CUNY's Queensborough Community College.

 


New Italian Government Set To Repeal Vaccine Mandates

image from www.rescuepost.comby John Stone

After months of negotiations Italian have finally managed to form a government based on the Five Star Movement and the Northern League both of whom were opposed to vaccine mandates piloted by Beatrice Lorenzin and the previous center left government -  the new Health Minister, Giulia Grillo, is "In favor of vaccines, but against Lorenzin's law". Protests in Italy against mandatory vaccination are set to take place in Italy in two days time (June 3) at at least five venues as part of the International Protest Against Mandatory Vaccination.

As we have seen in recent months elements within the vaccine lobby have indicated a willingness to back off pushing for  mandates and compulsion, trying to trade this in against allowing a serious public discussion about the safety of its products: that of course is the last thing they want. We rather imagine, though, at Age of Autism that the Italian public will have learned rather a lot about the lobby after five years of Lorenzin's machinations. It will also be interesting to see how Grillo, who has a medical degree, deals with the parliamentary commission report on the deaths and illnesses of Italian military personnel. Will this continue to be swept under the rug?

John Stone is British and European editor of Age of Autism.


Throat Cancer Foundation Sues United Kingdom National Health Service To End HPV “Vaccine Apartheid”

image from www.google.co.ukBy Eileen Iorio

The Daily Mail recently reported that its long running campaign to end the HPV “vaccine apartheid” may succeed, since the Throat Cancer Foundation filed a High Court case in the UK against the National Health Service (NHS) under the 2010 Equality Act, seeking to add boys to the national HPV vaccine program.

 The Throat Cancer Foundation is a small charity and not a “top cancer charity” as the Daily Mail article claims. In 2017 the charity reported a modest income of £36,418, with expenses of £34,402. The HPV vaccine Gardasil, is not approved or indicated for throat cancer but this seems irrelevant to the campaign.

A few months ago, I wrote an article exposing the enormous conflict the Scottish charity has with regard to its campaign “Jabs For The Boys.” Professor Ian Frazer (pictured), Gardasil’s inventor and a native of Scotland, served on the charity’s clinical and scientific advisory board. Professor Frazer, who is based in Australia, earns royalties on every vaccine sold in the developed world. He has since stepped down from his role at the charity.

 Professor Margaret Stanley, who is a consultant for Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, remains on the charity’s advisory board. Professor Stanley is a virologist at the University of Cambridge and was a consultant on a special committee for the JCVI in 2008, when GSK’s HPV vaccine Cervarix was approved for the national school-based program. The UK switched to Gardasil in 2012. Professor Stanley has also worked as a consultant for GSK and has been very involved in promoting both vaccines via speaking engagements and publishing articles. Her presence on the advisory board of the Throat Cancer Foundation indicates high-level industry support and influence.

 Only a handful of countries have a national HPV vaccine program for boys. In the US, uptake for boys is around 27% for the first dose and much less for the complete series. In the UK the vaccine is currently given to almost 90% of girls, and a similar high uptake rate would be expected for boys.

 The JCVI will meet again on June 6th to re-examine the issue of adding boys to the HPV vaccine schedule. With a high court case looming over the heads of the NHS, will this influence their decision? Could filing this case be a lobbying tactic by the Throat Cancer Foundation, and by extension Gardasil’s manufacturer, to influence vaccine policy? A positive outcome from the JCVI will directly benefit former board member Professor Frazer and could indirectly benefit Professor Stanley due to her ties to industry.

 It appears that this conflict of interest is of no consequence but perhaps the Throat Cancer Foundation should disclose all influences by the vaccine’s manufacturer to the British public, before any high court case proceeds, and before a single boy is vaccinated following their campaign.

 

Eileen Iorio is co-author of the upcoming book, “The HPV Vaccine On Trial, Weighing The Evidence” published by Skyhorse Publishing. 


Jacob Puliyel Questions the WHO, the Serum Institute of India and The Gates Foundation Over the Covert Use of the Talwar Vaccine in Kenya

image from ahrp.orgAge of Autism has twice covered the Oller report which documented the use of a tetanus vaccine secretly laced with a birth control component hCG which was being used in Kenya. While this has been ruthlessly denied by the Kenyan government and across the world's media, there is no doubt that this happened, or that the vaccine was manufactured by Serum Institute of India. Current moves to revive the use of the vaccine in India have come under the scrutiny of Dr Jacob Puliyel, Department of Paediatrics, St Stephen's Hospital, Delhi in India's Sunday Guardian Live. The new version of the vaccine being trialed in India will be conjugated with E Coli not tetanus but the issues remain the same. The concept of the vaccine is that the hCG which is present in relatively small quantities only becomes active as a birth control agent when combined with a foreign protein, hence the WHO and UNICEF claim that the quantity of hCG is insufficient to cause problems with pregnancy is deliberately misleading - tetanus and E Coli are used to adjuvant the hCG as an active ingredient, and that is part of the design of the product.

Ethical questions surround vaccine to reduce fertility

by Jacob Puliyel

The prestigious journal Nature Medicine, in its February issue reported that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is to do a clinical trial of a tetanus toxoid vaccine (TT) laced with a pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). It is to be studied on 120 women in India.

This “vaccine” against pregnancy was developed by Dr G.P. Talwar in 1972. The idea is to produce antibodies to the pregnancy hormone, such that the women would not be able to carry a normal pregnancy. Women who were pregnant would abort and those not pregnant would be rendered infertile. The report is indeed disturbing. A few months earlier an article entitled “HCG Found in WHO Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Developing World” was published by Oller and colleagues in the Open Access Library Journal.

The Oller report described young women in Kenya who were vaccinated with this “Talwar vaccine” on the pretext of preventing maternal and neonatal (baby) tetanus. Many of the samples of the tetanus vaccine that tested positive for hCG was sourced from the Serum Institute of India.

Continue reading "Jacob Puliyel Questions the WHO, the Serum Institute of India and The Gates Foundation Over the Covert Use of the Talwar Vaccine in Kenya" »


A Cheer for Age of Autism

Plainville Packers Cheer
By Kim Rossi

When I was a kid, I cheered for the local Pop Warner football team. One of our cheers went like this: "Lean to the left! Lean to the right! Stand up! Sit down! Fight! Fight! Fight!"  We cheerleaders leaned to the left as a group then leaned to the right. We mocked sitting down. And we hoped the team would fight. 

Last week a commenter suggested we are too far to the right in our writing. Too Conservative. Duly noted.

I want to point out that as Dan Olmsted said from day 1, Age of Autism is agnostic politically. We have covered the autism epidemic from both sides of the aisle noting where Republicans and Democrats alike have earned praise and damnation. Our commenters are another story. Many do indeed have a right wing POV. Like any and every site, we have a small group of core commenters. Would we like new, fresh commenters from all walks of life? Sure thing. That would mean more readers. Maybe even more donations to keep us going. However, we don't control who takes the time to sit down and comment. We moderate comments only when they defy our standards.  So it may well seem like we are a right leaning site.

We are not. Dan never wanted us to be. And I will honor his wishes.  Thank you.

Kim (like the braids?)


Record Cases Of Scarlet Fever In The UK -- Is the Nasal Flu Vaccine Responsible? Part II

Scarlet 2
In Part I, we took a look at increased numbers of scarlet fever cases in the UK, dating back to 2013, when the numbers started to increase and coincidentally, when the free, nasal flu shot was first being given out to children at doctors' offices but also at schools.  Now, let's look at the reported news and any connections.

The vintage image above is from this website and our thanks .

The Evidence

1- Live attenuated influenza vaccine administered intranasally (licensed for 2–17 years of age, inclusive, in the UK) (available mainly in the UK)... the live attenuated vaccine is quadrivalent.  

2- Has your child had the FREE flu vaccine?   In 2016, 50% of people at risk of flu were vaccinated across Hampshire, The Isle of Wight and Dorset, compared to only 46% in 2015. This year's campaign aims to continue to increase uptake of the flu vaccination, with a minimum uptake target of 55%......For healthy children aged 2-8 years, the flu vaccine is given in the form of a nasal spray, administered by a health professional. Scarlet Fever Cases Rising On The Isle Of Wight https://iwradio.co.uk/2018/02/08/scarlet-fever-cases-rising-isle-wight/ :  That’s according to the Isle of Wight Council’s Public Health Department, which says GPs across the Island have noticed an increase in the number of reports of the infection.

3- Manchester Evening News, October 3, 2017 : More pupils than ever to get flu vaccine in school as health drive is extended -Despite what the name suggests, the children's form of the vaccination is a nasal spray rather than a jab and is given as the country gears up for winter.  For the first time, children in Reception class will be offered the spray in school rather than at their GP practice and the programme has also been extended to take in older children in Year 4.  All primary school children in the years between will also be covered, while two and three year olds will be given it by their doctor.  Each year the vaccination programme adds another year group to ensure wider coverage.  

Manchester Evening News, January 12, 2018 :   Number of scarlet fever cases has DOUBLED.  There have been more than 100 cases of scarlet fever reported in Greater Manchester in the past six weeks, almost double the number in the same period last year...The number of reports is much higher than in the same period in the previous five years.

4- NHS Kent Communty Health -Flu vaccination programme update -- The KCHFT Immunisation Service delivered the nasal flu vaccination programme to all  schools in Kent, Medway and East Sussex between October and December last year. We also held more than 30 clinics to make sure we vaccinated as many children as possible.Kent Live, 31 JAN 2018 - The scarlet fever hot spots in Kent have been revealed as the number of cases trebles in just one year  : The number of reported incidents has also gone up week on week...Medway has seen the highest number of reports over the four week period to January 28, with 17, up from 11 in the same weeks in 2017.

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Best of Dan Olmsted: How the NYT Missed Another Story of a Lifetime

American_flagNote: Memorial Day in the USA is a day to remember men men and women who died in active military service.  So many of us in the autism community feel that we, and our kids most of all, have been drafted into a war on health, logic, common sense and the very values for which our soldiers gave their lives. Dan wrote this post below nine years ago, just after Memorial Day. That boggles my mind. Age of Autism has been writing about the epidemic for over a decade now. Some things have changed. Mostly, we've all gotten older, wiser and tired-er. Keep up the fight, friends. Your personal battles for your own child, and the bigger war to protect our kids as they grow into an autism adulthood never imagined, let alone prepared. This commemorative holiday kicks off summer in the USA. Many times, we forget the meaning of the day. Let's remember those who gave their lives with solemn thanks. Kim

By Dan Olmsted

The New York Times published a piece over the Memorial Day weekend that must have been painful to write – they now realize they had the Watergate scandal handed to them on a silver platter four decades ago and just plain missed it. “The Watergate break-in eventually forced a presidential resignation and turned two Washington Post reporters into pop-culture heroes. But almost 37 years after the break-in, two former New York Times journalists have stepped forward to say that The Times had the scandal nearly in its grasp before The Post did — and let it slip.”

“Robert M. Smith, a former Times reporter, says that two months after the burglary, over lunch at a Washington restaurant, the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, L. Patrick Gray, disclosed explosive aspects of the case, including the culpability of the former attorney general, John Mitchell, and hinted at White House involvement.”
 
Exactly how this big fish got up off its silver lunch platter and swam away is worth reading (HERE).
 
But the bottom line is this: If the account is correct, “The Times missed a chance to get the jump on the greatest story in a generation.”
 
You can watch the same thing happen every day now with the greatest story of this generation, and I mean “this generation” very literally – the catastrophic rise of developmental and chronic diseases in this generation of children, the leading edge of which is starting to age into young adulthood. Start anywhere you want – 1 in 10 with asthma, a forty-fold increase in bipolar diagnoses, record levels of juvenile diabetes and, of course, our focus – the rise of autism and ADD and ADHD and sensory integration problems and etc., the neurodevelopmental kitchen sink that is disabling our future.

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Best of Cathy Jameson: Home Away

Cat Beach
Note: Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of summer here in America. Here's a best of from Cathy, who has a well deserved weekend "off." 

By Cathy Jameson

We started talking about taking a summer family vacation several months ago.  With as many needs as one of my children has, with my husband’s job demands being as intense as they are, and with autism reality sneaking in and breaking all of our best laid plans, it’s a good thing that we took that long to plan our getaway.  

Our plans changed two weeks before we were to leave.  They changed again one week before we were to leave.  They changed as we hit the road last weekend, too.  We normally don’t tell our typical kids that we’re leaving on grand adventures until right before we go, but I’m glad that we gave them a heads up this time.  If there’s one thing that autism has taught me and Ronan’s siblings, it’s that we have to be flexible.  If we were going to make this vacation work, we’d all have to be flexible - Ronan included.  

Ronan likes his routine.  He likes to know where his favorite books, blankies, and Wii discs are.  He also likes to know where Daddy is also.  If something’s out of place, he may get a little out of sorts.  That could include taking longer to finish a task.  It could mean he refuses to comply with a simple request.  If something is really bothering him, it could bring on some negative behavior.  Things were going fairly well for Ronan on the first day of our vacation.  They were going okay on the second day was well.  But on the third day, the day we had to drop my husband off at the airport to attend to some business that couldn’t wait until this week, that day threw Ronan over the edge.  That night, after a long day of signing Daddy Daddy Daddy Daddy Daddy, Ronan refused to go to sleep.  That’s not entirely unusual.  Ronan will have sleepless night at home, but he was hundreds of miles from the comfort of home, his routine, and now Daddy, too.  Things were getting a little more stressful for Ronan.  There were getting a lot more stressful for me.  If we were going to survive the next 3 days before my husband returned, I knew that I needed to make a change.  That would include changing my attitude.  

We were staying at a friend’s house and sharing a bedroom with the siblings.  If Ronan didn’t sleep, it was likely that the rest of us wouldn’t sleep either.  I’m usually a “cup is half-full” kind of person, but being this far from home with an irate, non-verbal child who stayed wide awake until 3am was turning me into a gloomy Gus.  Add being jarred awake at 4am after Ronan fell out of the bed he and I were sharing, and I was pretty much done with our family vacation.  Add in some odd seizure activity the next day, and I was visualizing myself hauling back down the highway heading for home.  As easily as it was to call it quits right then and there, I’m glad that I didn’t.  

As he usually does at home, Ronan bounced back.  

The next day, Ronan was not ready to explore town like the rest of us were, so the friend whom we were staying with offered to watch Ronan for me.  It’s been a year since she’s seen us, so I was hesitant to leave Ronan with her.  But my friends, especially the ones who’ve become more like family to me, are very quick to tell me, Go. You need a break.  I’m here and can handle whatever needs to be handled.  Ronan will be fine.  I’ll be fine, now go.  

So I did.  

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AAP Ohio Representative Gloats Over Sugar, HFCS, Dye, GMO Orange End of School Food Gift

AAP Ohio OrangeBy KimRossi

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Melissa Wervey Arnold is the Chief Executive Officer for the Ohio Chapter of the AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics. She recently posted on the open, public part of her Facebook  page  a photo of a gift basket she made for end of school year, not an AAP gift per se - "orange you glad..." was the theme. Clever, as we all remember the old knock knock joke from childhood. However, every bit of food and drink in the basket was completely contrary to the goal of children's or anyone's health.  An Oompa Loompa would have run away screaming.  There wasn't an orange or a Halo to be found. No carrots. Nothing remotely healthy, at least in the photo. 

The AAP is the organization that represents the physicians responsible for pediatric health and health care. Had Arnold added, "I know it's not the healthiest basket ever, but it's all for fun and we at AAP recommend kids eat these foods sparingly and partake of fruits and veggies," the irony would have been less drastic. From the AAP Ohio site: The number of obese children in the United States as more than tripled since the 1970’s. The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics’ Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime program combines more than 10 years of proven, successful nutrition and obesity-prevention education into a program aimed at making Ohio children healthier. The Ohio AAP’s obesity-prevention work began in 2007, with Ounce of Prevention, and continued in 2012 with the Pound of Cure Learning Collaborative.

This orange food basket is akin to the head of the American Cancer Society sending out cartons of cigarettes as a gift.  Here's a slew of science that links food dyes and pediatric behavioral problems.

Chronic Illness and Developmental Vulnerability at School Entry

CONCLUSIONS: Regardless of the number or type of conditions, chronic illness in young children is a risk factor for reduced school readiness. These effects were seen for health conditions not traditionally considered detrimental to school readiness, such as chronic otitis media. Thus, the implications of a broader range of chronic health conditions in early childhood on school readiness need to be considered.

AAP Statement on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) welcomes the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released today. For the first time, the guidelines recommend limiting the consumption of added sugars to less than 10 percent of calories per day, and continue to recommend more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins, and less sodium and saturated fat, all of which support a healthy eating pattern for families.

Many in the autism community noticed and commented all over Facebook. Our own Anne Dachel has catalogued thousands of stories of the radical decline of teachability of children and the impact on schools.  Garbage in, garbage out. Food choices matter. However,  Melissa and her friends pooh poohed the cacophony of "Who would feed this to anyone?" and even mocked the NUTRITIONAL topic as the realm of "crazy antivaxxers."  So wrong. So very wrong.  In fact, it's bananas.  Kim

Melissa Arnold Page


Record Cases Of Scarlet Fever In The UK -- Is the Nasal Flu Vaccine Responsible? Part I

Scarlet-fever-quarantineThis is an investigation of published research and news reports.   Patterns seem to be emerging and it is important that they not be ignored.  

There has been a situation occurring in the UK for successive years.  Scarlet Fever -- a Victorian era disease, has been making a comeback in a big way .  Since 2013, cases have increased each year.  Now, the reports and articles have stopped as Spring arrived.  The cases seem to have diminished or ceased in the same pattern for the past 6 years.  Cases begin to happen in the Fall in each of those years and then like wildfire, stretch into each area of the UK, and not in any other European countries.  

Consider this:  The UK and the Netherlands have well-developed guidelines that are regularly updated and consequently have good vaccine coverage rates while in many other European countries guidelines are less clear and vaccination rates are declining. Another fact to add to this UK connection to scarlet fever.  This too - the live attenuated intranasal influenza vaccine [LAIV] [nasal spray], which is mainly used in the UK…

This pattern of escalating scarlet fever cases could be related to the nasal flu shot and where it is being administered.  When Winter ends, the cases of scarlet fever seem to vanish only to start up with even more momentum the following Fall, as more children are added into the vaccination schedule at the local schools.  Scarlet fever is caused by a toxin released by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyrogenes), the same bacterial organism that causes strep throat.

Here was the first of many alarms sent out in the news-

Press release - Scarlet fever cases increase across England

Published 21 March 2014

Public Health England (PHE) has reported significant increases in scarlet fever notifications across England, with a total of 3,548 new cases since the season began in September 2013, compared to an average of 1,420 cases reported for the same period in the previous 10 years. The last season to have this level of scarlet fever activity was 1989 to 1990 when 4,042 notifications were received.

Scarlett fever

(Internet Archive Book Images) Found online here

Here is some information to help understand more about Scarlet Fever:

 ♦ Scarlet fever is less common now than in the past, but outbreaks still occur.

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Group Demands Release of List of Children Vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DengvaxiaNote: Imagine this feet to the fire scenario in the United States of Pharmerica?

May. 23, 2018
 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The children advocacy group Salinlahi on Tuesday hit the Department of Health (DOH) for its refusal to release into public the list of names of children who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia from 2016 until 2017.

In a statement released to the media, Salinlahi Secretary General Eule Rico Bonganay said DOH insisted the issue on privacy when it declined to make public the list of names in a recent deliberation on the budget for Dengvaxia victims in the House of Representatives.

“The DOH should consider that many children were vaccinated without the consent of their parents, it is important to release the master list for the people to effectively monitor their children,” Bonganay pointed out.

He argued that the DOH must not use the privacy issue as it will hinder the people in protecting their children amidst the public health disaster caused by Dengvaxia vaccination.

The House approved during the deliberation the proposed P1.16 billion medical support fund for Dengvaxia victims.

Salinlahi noted down that a total of 87 children who were given at least a dose of Dengavaxia vaccine already died.

Despite the debacle, the government continues to reject proposals of releasing the names of those children vaccinated.

It is also difficult to verify the number of children who are now experiencing health problems after receiving Dengvaxia vaccine sans the master list, Bonganay stressed.

“The Dengvaxia budget deliberation exposes the rotting public health situation in the Philippines, it is enraging that it costs the lives of 87 children and put the lives of about 900,000 children in danger for the government to tackle these issues. With or without Dengvaxia, public health care must be prioritized by the state!” the statement added.  Read more here.


Facebook to Control "False News"

NellOh Mr. Zuckerberg, help me! Help!! I am so lost and overwhelmed by the Interwebz that I need you, yes you to please please help make sure that everything I read meets your criteria of true news.  Google has already turned me into a search engine wreck. There are... facts! And I'm exhausted from having to form opinions for myself. The research has taken a toll on my ability to simply read and believe everything I see. I feel ashamed that I too have believed in False News. Can you ever forgive me? Cleanse my browser. Update my ON THIS DAY to reflect a proper Kim who honors, loves and obeys everything you tell me.  Exclamation points terrify me. I will learn to speak in a period ending monotone. Happy Birthday. You. I will not use capital letters - they yell and scare people. I beg you for forgiveness for my past free thinking. My prep school and Boston College degrees have left me wholly unprepared to ignore information that might be detrimental to your stock or political candidate. Yours sincerely, Freedom of Speech Death Nell.

FB False News

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We are committed to reducing the spread of false news on Facebook. We remove fake accounts and disrupt economic incentives for people that share misinformation. We also use signals, like feedback from our community, to identify stories that may be false. In countries where we work with independent third-party fact-checkers, stories rated as false by those fact-checkers are shown lower in News Feed. If Pages or domains repeatedly create or share misinformation, we significantly reduce their distribution and remove their advertising rights. We're also working to empower people to decide for themselves what to read, trust and share by giving them more context on stories with tools like Related Articles.
Learn more in "Facing Facts," a short film about our fight against misinformation, or Inside Feed, a site dedicated to shedding light on Facebook's people and products.
As we work to limit the spread, here are some tips on what to look out for:
  1. Be skeptical of headlines. False news stories often have catchy headlines in all caps with exclamation points. If shocking claims in the headline sound unbelievable, they probably are.

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Simple Self Care Pointers from Generation Rescue We'll All Ignore

GR logoThese are great tips from our friends at Generation Rescue. And most of us will ignore every single one of them, admit it. Self-care is nearly impossible for us as autism parents/caretakers.  Let me let you in on a secret. Self-care is imperative. But it might not mean what you think. Sure, a manicure might be a nice break and make for pretty hands for a few days. A run or a hike will release endorphins, and Lord knows we need them. But self-care can also mean making really hard choices and decisions for the entire family.  Whether you are a young family, single parent, managed autism for decades or somewhere in between, my best input (I won't deign to call it advice) is that you are open to changing course. Even radically.  Trust your choices and be gentle with yourself. Even when others are not. Kim

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Moms often neglect themselves and don’t always take time for self-care for the sake of their children. Their reasons range from not having enough time to feeling guilty for not putting that time towards their children. But self-care is important and we asked some of our favorite mommy warriors for their tips on how to take time for themselves

1. Make self-care a priority.

On every flight, you hear the familiar safety precaution “please put on your oxygen mask before assisting others.” And there’s a reason they tell you that. A mom’s first instinct is to help their child, but you won’t have anything left to give if you don’t give yourself what you need first. Set aside a specific time period where you can take care of yourself. If you’re in a relationship, discuss your self-care regimens with your partner to build a stronger relationship and partnership.

2. Make it simple and sustainable.

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JB Handley on How Neurodiversity is Hurting People with Autism

Broken blue light bulbNote: As only JB Handley can write it.....

“A cornerstone of the neurodiversity movement is the assertion that autism is an exclusively genetic condition. This position is no longer tenable in the face of statistical and epidemiological analysis.”
- Twilah Hiari, Neurodiversity is Dead. Now What?

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vermont —Last week, my publisher, Chelsea Green Publishing, revealed the news that my new book, How to End the Autism Epidemic, would not only be released on September 19th, but that it was also #1 on Amazon.com in a number of categories, including both the "Autism and Asperger's" and  "Vaccination" categories. You'd think my book, which provides a clear, unequivocal, and science-based explanation for how, exactly, vaccines are triggering the autism epidemic would be heavily criticized by the vaccine industry and all its minions. And, at the right time, I'm sure it will. What I didn't expect was the shocking response to my book from a faction of the autism community often referred to as "the neurodiverse." 

In an immediate fury, Chelsea Green's Facebook post about my book was bombarded by neurodiverse advocates, claiming the book is "ableist" (basically, bigotry towards those who are disabled), that it advocates "eugenics" and "genocide", "promotes hate," and that clearly I, the author, must "hate my own child." 

As the parent of a beautiful child with autism still struggling with what is, at times, a devastating disability, I found the comments of the neurodiverse to be shockingly brutal and gut-wrenchingly nasty, while also being categorically untrue. Since my book hasn't been released yet, of course none of these commenters know exactly what my book says, but I can assure everyone that it's neither hate-filled (except perhaps towards the CDC), nor does it advocate eugenics or genocide as a way to deal with the autism epidemic.

The neurodiverse took exception to calling autism an "epidemic" and wanting to "end" it which, if you subscribe to the neurodiverse view of the world that some do, effectively threatens everything they believe, and can be viewed as a form of intolerance. Let me explain with a little background.

Neurodiversity: A great idea (at first) for respecting neurological differences

Read more here.


Northern Ireland's School Crisis

Northern-Ireland-MapBy Anne Dachel

On May 15, 2018, Northern Ireland’s Derry Journal ran the story, Autism diagnosis rise among local schoolkids

The numbers were shocking and so was the attitude of the reporter. While the school population hasn’t increased, the autism numbers continue to soar.

The number of school age children diagnosed with Autism and Asperger Syndrome in the Western Trust area has increased by almost 50 per cent over the last five years.

It has now emerged that around two in every 100 local children are on the Autism spectrum.

The figures are contained new Department of Health report entitled, ‘The Prevalence of Autism (including Asperger Syndrome) in School Age Children’, and do not include the number of children currently being assessed. …

Incredibly, more and more disabled children are not a cause for alarm. The jump in the rate was attributed to “increased awareness,” according to the Dept. of Health which provided the numbers.

The introduction of the Autism Act (NI) 2011 and increased awareness may well have led to a rise the number of assessments and positive diagnoses, its authors state.

The only action called for was more services.

They also add that the “need to develop and improve health and social care services for people of all ages who are affected by autism (including Asperger Syndrome) has been apparent for some time.”

NEW REPORT: THINGS ARE WORSE IN NORTHERN IRELAND

May 18, 2018, Belfast Telegraph: 70% rise in autism among school-age children putting services at 'breaking point'

Northern Ireland is experiencing an "autism wave" with one in 34 school-age children being diagnosed with the condition - and an expert says that services are now "at breaking point".

Research by the Department of Health shows that 8,442 school-age children were diagnosed with autism in 2017/18, with the prevalence of the condition increasing by 69% over the past five years.

In total, 2.9% of schoolchildren here have autism, with children living in urban areas 1.5 times more likely to have the developmental disability.

The Belfast Trust has the highest diagnosis of autism and the autism rate in Northern Ireland's most deprived group was 31% higher than the countrywide average.

Autism NI CEO Kerry Boyd said that a report commissioned by the Department of Education had warned of an "autism wave" in 2002.

She said: "The pressure on autism services is now at breaking point.

"In some trust areas, parents are still waiting up to two years on an assessment and support services are few and far between.

"Therefore, it is often left to the voluntary sector to fill this void, but due to the level of demand on Autism NI's services, we are already stretched to full capacity.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said that they were continuing to see an increase in demand for autism services….

A spokesperson for the Education Authority (EA) said it continued to invest in its Autism Advisory and Intervention Service.

"Whilst it has seen a rise in the number of children being diagnosed with autism in some areas, EA continues to provide advice and support to schools and parents alongside a training programme.

"Pupil interventions and early intervention remain a key aspect of the work of the regional team."

No number seems too horrific for experts anywhere. Better diagnosing is still the official mantra used to dissuade people from thinking that something is really wrong with kids today.

The really scary thing here is that the rate of one in 34 in Northern Ireland is the exact same rate that researchers recently found in New Jersey.

What if this is now the real rate? What if Belfast and New Jersey are doing the best job of better diagnosing?

Shouldn't health officials and lawmakers want to address this before things reach the point of no return?

Add to the autism rate, the oft-repeated finding that one in 5 children today is mentally ill,   and you have a lot of reasons to worry if we have any future at all.

Footnote:

In a May 17th story in Northern Ireland Newry, readers learned that "currently 24% of enrolled learners" at a local high school are considered special education students.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor of Age of Autism.


1,250 Deaths in Trials Considered Acceptable by Indian Drugs Controller General

image from safemedicinesindia.inFrom webindia123:

Drugs Controller to come out with vaccine specific regulatory policy

Hyderabad | Saturday, 2018 10:15:04 PM IST
 

The Drugs Controller General of India plans to come out with vaccine specific regulatory policy and a manual for regulatory requirements for commercialization of new drug and on how to conduct clinical trials in India, it was announced on Saturday.

 S. Eswara Reddy, Drugs Controller General of India, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation said that since pneumococcal is one of the major priority vaccines, they would first come out a policy to facilitate introducing indigenously-produced vaccine.

Speaking at a symposium on 'research and development of vaccines: issues, challenges and opportunities' organized by PC2 Scientific Services, a strategic and technical consulting company in association with Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) and CR RAO AIMSCS at University of Hyderabad, he listed out the steps being taken by his organisation to promote innovation through transparent system and regulatory changes.

Reddy said they were also in process of making new regulations for conducting clinical trials and new drugs. "We will fix time lines. 30 days will be maximum timeline for giving response to their applications. If response is not received within 30 days, the application will be deemed approved," he said.

He also proposed to conduct symposiums across India and invite research institutions to know their regulatory challenges. The regulator will reach out to research and innovation centres by disseminating information about the regulatory requirements for commercialization of their products.

Reddy underlined the need to communicate to media the facts about the deaths due to clinical trials. He told the gathering that media gives a wrong projection about the number of deaths.

He said media reports that during last 7-8 years, 25,000 patients died during clinical trials in India while the fact is that only 5 percent of these deaths are actually due to clinical trials. "For example, during clinical trials related to cancer, patients who are already in terminal stage die. The death of such patients is not due to clinical trials," he said...(continue reading)


Study Time

Study timeBy Cathy Jameson

In our ever-growing world where the science can never be settled, we need passionate and dedicated scientists.  Scientists are known to spend a great deal of time studying and learning from the natural world around us.  Their discoveries are based on their observations and experimentation and then presented for others to see.  Data is important, but one thing I sometimes see being forgotten in the field is recognition of the actual human being who has contributed to scientific findings and statistics.  I was reminded of that after catching up on reading a few studies last week.  One in particular, which was about using social media to help parents understand and improve their attitudes about vaccines, brought me right back to the time when I began to question vaccines, my doctor, and Science. 

Before I had kids, and even after having them, I would never have said that I had an attitude about vaccines.  Back then, I honestly never thought too long about them.  I just knew I wanted them without any sort of hesitation.  But, after observing my son fall ill post-vaccination, I started having doubts.  As I began to question them, I realized that I didn’t have enough information beyond what the doctor was telling me.  Since she only offered positive vaccine thoughts and a very strong opinion supporting them, I set out to find the facts I wanted and needed.  Like parents today who also have questions, I had to learn how to look for unbiased information.  I had to learn how to discern what I heard from other people.  Putting emotions aside, I had to learn how to weigh what I was being told by the pediatrician and also factor in what my gut was telling me.  She said that they were necessary and would help my children be healthier.  But after seeing reactions while also learning that they were not required for school entry, I really wasn’t sure what I was being told about vaccines was completely true.  As she kept pushing them despite the problems Ronan was having, I became one of those parents who was “on the fence” about vaccines.  I needed more help.  But from where? 

I needed rock-solid Science.  Surely, that could help me. 

As a child, I never liked Science.  I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t appreciate it.  The sicker Ronan became, though, I was drawn toward it.  Spending countless hours at the library (think pre-internet days) and finding myself spending the most time searching for and reading books from the Science section, I was forced to learn more about topics I should’ve paid better attention to when I was in school.  Being the parent of a chronically-ill child, I’ve had to rely on Science as well as people in the medical community in order to support my son and his intense needs.  In the long run Science did help.  So did keeping my son, and what he was dealing with, forefront in my mind. 

In retrospect, that should’ve been proof enough.  But my naiveté kept me from seeing reality.  Plus, others, like our doctor, refused to see the human in front of them, too.  Eventually, I knew that I couldn’t discount what was happening right in front of me.  And when I discovered that other people elsewhere were reporting similar issues with their kids, I knew that I was onto something. 

I hadn’t yet found those other people but soon would. 

In those early days when I had gotten as far as library searches could take me, I began to use the internet.  Unsure of how to navigate it like I can today, I wasn’t always confident in what to look for.  Thankfully, I kept at it and explored all that I could.  What a treasure trove of information!  Even so, I wasn’t prepared for the rabbit hole I was about to walk into after a family member told me to check out something called a discussion board.  Tip toeing into one, I was overwhelmed, but I was also glad to discover that other people were asking the very same questions about vaccines that I also was.  Thank God for those early Yahoo! Group days. 

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"Prehistoric Autism Neurodiversity"

Scribbles I just completed the paperwork to send my gorgeous almost 22 year old to  day program for the severely disabled. She can watch Wonder Pets for 24 hours straight. I can't even begin to tackle this argument for "prehistoric" autism, a diagnosis that did not exist in any lexicon before the 1930s with a shred of respect.  Draw your own conclusions.  Kim

Prehistoric autism helped produce much of the world's earliest great art, study says

Harsh Ice Age conditions may have favoured the selection of genes which allowed some humans to focus on tasks in great detail for long periods, scientists believe.

Much of the world’s earliest great art is likely to have been created by gifted early humans on the autism spectrum, new research by British scientists suggests.

Archaeologists working in conjunction with autism experts have concluded that humans were able to produce the first realistic art some 33,000 years ago because ice age conditions drove the selection of particular combinations of genes.

Harsh conditions favoured the natural selection of genes which predisposed some humans to develop abilities to focus on tasks in great detail for long periods; to perceive their environments in three-dimensional terms in an enhanced way; to develop greater image retention abilities; and to develop greater aptitudes to identify and analyse patterns of geography and movement. Read more here.


Universal Flu Shot

Flu panicBy Teresa Conrick

Is this the answer to the issue of flu?  Leave us a comment and share your thoughts.

From Scientific American:

Key facts -

-  If all goes according to plan, the annual flu shot protects about 60 percent of vaccinated people.

-   Last month Bill Gates announced his foundation will be earmarking up to $12 million to advance such work

-   Sen. Edward Markey (D–Mass.) introduced a bill in February that would provide $1 billion in government funding for a universal flu vaccine.

-   The White House also gave a nod to the universal flu vaccine; its Office of Science and Technology Policy tweeted in March it is “closer than ever.”

-   “It’s a scientific challenge because there are still so many things we don’t know,” says Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID. And even if such a vaccine were developed, a perfect inoculation that protects against all flu types, is “unattainable,” he says.

-    The more we learn the less we understand,” says Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy.

-   Moreover, beyond clinical trials and regulatory hurdles there are also a vast array of technical roadblocks ahead, which include making these shots profitable for developers yet affordable for consumers and deciding who should receive these inoculations—and when.

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Use of Restraints in Schools Up

RestraintBy Anne Dachel

On May 17, CBS5 in Scottsdale, AZ aired the story, Family of autistic student alleges assault, cover-up during use of restraints at school 

For parents of children disabled with autism, there are lots of worries, especially when they go off to school. (I say this as the mom of a 31 year old son who spent a lot of 3rd grade sitting UNDER his desk.)

Behavior that stems from anxiety and fear can have serious results in school, as this CBS5 story shows.

Sean McCarthy is NON-VERBAL (like an estimated 25% of the autism community), and his family noticed a change in his behavior. They linked it to what was happening to him at school in Scottsdale, and it resulted in a lawsuit.

“In newly filed state and federal lawsuits, the McCarthys allege untrained school staff repeatedly restrained their son - physically grabbed and held him - without informing the family as required by a 2015 law.

“The lawsuits also claim district administrators failed to turn over key records and school employees took steps to cover up their actions.”

This went on for two years:

Sean’s parents claim that what happened to their son was assault.

“The family’s federal lawsuit, which was filed this month, claims the restraints were unlawful and amounted to assaults. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages.

“Scottsdale Unified declined to comment on the case because it involves pending litigation, but in court documents, the district denied the family’s allegations and maintained the restraints were legal. The district said the restraints were used to protect students or staff from Sean ‘biting, hitting, kicking, flailing and punching.’

Schools in Arizona have had the legal right to use restraint and seclusion since 2015— when ‘behavior presents an imminent danger of bodily harm to [themselves] or others.’

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Laurel Yanny Has Autism

Laurel yanny
There's a craze sweeping Facebook this week. An audio file whereby some folks hear "Laurel" and others hear "Yanny." There's a crazy woman in Connecticut every week. She just heard autism rates went up again. 

Really?  Folks are taking time to listen to an audio clip to see if they hear what the herd hears. You know what I hear? Elmo Saves Christmas. The theme song to The Wonder Pets. A Go Talk with my voice programmed into it calling for "ice cream. ice cream. ice cream. I need the bathroom."

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