Good Lord

Sunday thoughtsBy Cathy Jameson

My son’s vaccine injury has kept me from believing in the system.  It’s also kept me from being grateful for pharmaceutical companies, especially ones that cannot be held responsible for damages their products cause.  So when I heard that a pharmaceutical company listened to the people and created something that the people wanted - and that we were being asked to thank them, my interest was piqued.  It stayed piqued when I learned that a morally acceptable vaccine, a vaccine that did not contain aborted fetal cell lines, was now on the market for consumers. 

I’ve written about how certain ingredients found in some vaccines go against my beliefs as a Catholic.  Aborted fetal cell lines?  In vaccines?  Yes.  That revelation was one of the first things that made me begin to question vaccines my children were scheduled to receive.  At the time, I was faithful to the schedule and hadn’t planned on deviating from it.  I can’t recall now who told me about the cell lines, but the more I started to read about the process the more horrified I became. 

I still have print outs of what I’d started to look up.  I still have emails between friends and a local doctor who shared the same concern that I did.  These other parents and I knew that we couldn’t opt for those vaccines.  But what could we do?  Our kids’ pediatricians were quick to tell us our children needed them.  Schools were even quicker to tell us young parents that our children needed those vaccines for school entry (which I later learned was not entirely true).  Some parents were beginning to delay their kids’ shots and others quietly opted out completely.  I respected their decision, but I was the one mom who planned to continue to take her children to their well-child visits religiously.  The problem of how to stay on schedule became a bigger problem though.  Determined to not veer from it, I remember doing everything I could to find vaccines not created with those cell lines.  I even called other pediatrician offices in other towns to ask which manufacturers they used.  Everyone used the ones we Catholics should not be using.  I was at a crossroads: give my kids the shots that go against my morals, or consider opting out.  I hadn’t planned on opting out, but I eventually had to.  In hindsight, I want to thank the Lord for that! 

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Khali Raymond: Author and Blogger Talks About His Asperger's.

Khali raymondNote: We're sometimes called to the carpet for not featuring the voices of people with autism on AofA.  "Nothing about us without us" is a phrase used within the self-advocacy community. We do not exclude on purpose.  I think many, maybe even most, of our readers' children have autism to a degree where writing about themselves is not possible. I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago to receive an email from Khali Raymond. He asked if we would publish his story. Please visit his site. If you're a teen or adult with autism reading this post, please, we encourage you to share your story. You do not have to agree with all of our opinions and positions at Age of Autism to write for us. We value and need your stories so that we can understand our own kids better. Please leave a kind comment for Khali - and thank him for his submission. Kim

By Khali Raymond

Living with Asperger's is not an easy feat. It never is. imagine yourself in a room full of people. All of those people are laughing and mingling. Meanwhile, you aren’t. You’re sitting there in the corner all alone, watching everyone make nice with each other. Nobody doesn’t even acknowledge that you’re there. You just sit there, crushed from the inside. You have trouble expressing yourself because you don’t know how to. Your fear of being rejected eats you up. Your fear or feeling inadequate to others eats you up. As you’re living with this disorder, those whom you’re around can’t understand your pain. You’re constantly feeling glum and angry. You feel as if this condition drags you into an abyss, an abyss that leads you to a point of no return.

I have this feeling. Growing up, I could never fit in with others. As a kid, I couldn’t look an adult in the eye. I never had the capacity to. There was just something about looking at another person that made me feel very uncomfortable. In social situations, my heart would pound very fast. I would tend to get nervous. I would always be the one that got left out because I couldn’t relate to the other children. Being bullied didn’t help curb my condition, it only worsened it. Every day, I would walk around and get laughed at. I would be humiliated every day. I would be made fun of because of the way I talked, walked, and looked. Imagine trying to answer a question in class and the kids would mock you. Every word you would say, they’d make this expression, trying to take the words from out of your mouth.

As I was around my family, they couldn’t relate to my condition either. I constantly sent them cries for help and they just rejected me. Nobody listened. This only made me feel even more depressed. The bullying in school got so bad that I nearly tried to kill myself at the age of eleven. I was going to leap from out of my bedroom window, but my mom stopped me in the process. I would use writing as my means to communicate. I loved to write. Whenever I was in class, I would be the first person to get up and share what I’ve written with the class. I impressed my teachers with my impeccable writing abilities. My creativity was amplified. There was nothing limiting it.

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Violent Aggression and Autism: The Hidden Shame, Secret, Cover Up

Angry kidNote: Many AofA families have children whose autism includes severe aggression toward him/herself and others. For every pie in the sky feel good story, there are families opening swearing about the reality of autism under their roof. Or, in many instances, at their child's residential school, a placement made necessary by the violence. Each time The Good Doctor comes on TV, or Sheldon makes a funny comment, parents want to throw a dish at the screen to shatter the TV and the illusion that autism is a Swiss army knife of skills and gifts. Do our kids have skills and some sort of gifts? Honestly, only some. 

Below is a common story. Of love, exasperation, desperation and a plea for help. Families snap.  Mothers murder their kids. Fathers commit murder suicide. It's a horrible outcome for some who reach the end of their rope. We never condone killing our children with autism. At the same time, we can say that we understand the raw, visceral despair and fear that strikes - when our children strike us with ferocity. Autism and violence is an ugly secret. These children will not be able to live in group homes. They will not be able to hold even a volunteer or sheltered workshop job. Gone are the days of a day program populated by placid, cognitively disabled but socially able adults. Autism will devour current programs whole - and spit out the bones. Get real, America. GET REAL.

Atlantic CTV News

HALIFAX -- A heart-rending case involving a Halifax-area boy has triggered new calls for a national strategy to help families with children who can become violently aggressive because of severe autism.

The case of nine-year-old Callum Sutherland illustrates what happens when families can't get crisis assistance, according to Autism Canada and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance.

Carly Sutherland took the rare step last week of holding a news conference to plea for help with her sometimes violent son, who is due to be fully released from a confined hospital unit on Thursday.

Sutherland told reporters her son, and her family, are frightened by how they will cope.

Cynthia Carroll, the chairwoman of the alliance, said families across Canada are reporting more severe cases of aggressive behaviour, and a lack of help.

"As we continue to work in silos across the provinces and territories, the risk increases and everybody holds their breath that for each case that hits the media that it's not a fatal case," Carroll said.

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The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 5 Denial by Olmsted and Blaxill

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

DenialDay 5: Denial by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

Even as the autism rate soars and the cost to our nation climbs well into the billions, a dangerous new idea is taking hold: There simply is no autism epidemic.

The question is stark: Is autism ancient, a genetic variation that demands acceptance and celebration? Or is it new and disabling, triggered by something in the environment that is damaging more children every day?

Authors Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted believe autism is new, that the real rate is rising dramatically, and that those affected are injured and disabled, not merely “neurodiverse.” They call the refusal to acknowledge this reality Autism Epidemic Denial. This epidemic denial blocks the urgent need to confront and stop the epidemic and endangers our kids, our country, and our future.

The key to stopping the epidemic, they say, is to stop lying about its history and start asking "who profits?" People who deny that autism is new have self-interested motives, such as ending research that might pinpoint responsibility—and, most threateningly, liability for this man-made epidemic.

Using ground-breaking research, the authors definitively debunk best-selling claims that autism is nothing new—and nothing to worry about.


Your SPED rights Day 4: Your Special Education Rights by Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson

The definitive guide for parents of children with disabilities is out. This book is authored by two special education experts and draws on decades of experience from the front lines of special education advocacy.


The authors, Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson, detail a strong, practical, and results oriented perspective that helps parents cut through the fog of special education to get the services their children deserve.

"Our bottom line is parents are often ineffective at advocating for their child because they don't know their rights," said Jennifer Laviano, co-author and special education attorney. "We see it time and again: The child doesn't get what he or she needs because the parents don't know what they don't know. This book looks to change that," Laviano added.
 
Your Special Education Rights demystifies the federal laws related to public school children with disabilities and explains how school districts often ignore or circumvent the law.

"We're passionate to pull the curtain back on the realities of special education - and tell parents the truths that school districts don't always disclose," said Julie Swanson, co-author and special education advocate, who's also the mother of a child with a disability. "Our message to parents is - plain and simple: Know your rights or run the risk of being taken advantage of," Swanson added.

Your Special Education Rights provides parents with vital information and specific guidance to address key challenges - including: How to respond to special education "urban legends" like your child is "too smart" for services; how to avoid "toothless" language in a special education plan; and overcoming discrimination and low expectations. The book also explains why now, more than ever before, parents must be vigilant to protect children's rights - and how recent Supreme Court case law and changes at the federal level impact children with disabilities.

Though Your Special Education Rights is for parents primarily, educators and administrators can also learn how difficult it can be for parents to understand the special education system, which hopefully helps schools and parents work more closely.

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The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 4 Your Special Education Rights

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

Your SPED rights Day 4: Your Special Education Rights by Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson

The definitive guide for parents of children with disabilities is out. This book is authored by two special education experts and draws on decades of experience from the front lines of special education advocacy.


The authors, Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson, detail a strong, practical, and results oriented perspective that helps parents cut through the fog of special education to get the services their children deserve.

"Our bottom line is parents are often ineffective at advocating for their child because they don't know their rights," said Jennifer Laviano, co-author and special education attorney. "We see it time and again: The child doesn't get what he or she needs because the parents don't know what they don't know. This book looks to change that," Laviano added.
 
Your Special Education Rights demystifies the federal laws related to public school children with disabilities and explains how school districts often ignore or circumvent the law.

"We're passionate to pull the curtain back on the realities of special education - and tell parents the truths that school districts don't always disclose," said Julie Swanson, co-author and special education advocate, who's also the mother of a child with a disability. "Our message to parents is - plain and simple: Know your rights or run the risk of being taken advantage of," Swanson added.

Your Special Education Rights provides parents with vital information and specific guidance to address key challenges - including: How to respond to special education "urban legends" like your child is "too smart" for services; how to avoid "toothless" language in a special education plan; and overcoming discrimination and low expectations. The book also explains why now, more than ever before, parents must be vigilant to protect children's rights - and how recent Supreme Court case law and changes at the federal level impact children with disabilities.

Though Your Special Education Rights is for parents primarily, educators and administrators can also learn how difficult it can be for parents to understand the special education system, which hopefully helps schools and parents work more closely.


How to Prevent Autism-RGB for web Day 3: How To Prevent Autism by Dara Berger

The statistics are alarming and become more so every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, making it one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States. Further, the CDC estimates that parents with a child on the autism spectrum can have nearly a 20 percent chance of having a second child with autism.

In How to Prevent Autism, Dara Berger shares her personal journey with autism. She describes everything that went wrong with her son that led to an autism diagnosis and everything she did differently to prevent her daughter from suffering the same fate. She interviews eight well-known ASD experts--including doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and scientists--about the factors that have led to the growing epidemic of autism. Based on the best practices for preventing autism in children, each professional offers perspectives grounded in their own research and their patients’ improvements. The book covers every detail--from the importance of mothers’ cleaning out their bodies preconception, through common genetic mutations that may put children at risk, to the crucial role of nutrition in prevention.

All parents agree that every choice counts when it comes to the health of their children. As Dara Berger makes clear in this personal, informative, and authoritative book, the stakes could not be higher when it comes to autism.

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Immunity and Impunity: Corruption in the State‐Pharma Nexus

Crime sceneNOTE: Interesting look at the state-pharma connection from Australia - which is taking lessons from America.  The article examines corruption within the state‐corporate nexus as it relates to vaccines and the ‘pharmaindustry’; that is, the networks of industry, medical and political actors involved in their research, manufacturing, regulation and dissemination. It argues that the structure and conduct of these alliances operate as mechanisms of control, stymieing open debate and independent
inquiry around the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

Paddy Rawlinson
Dap - Criminology And Policing, Humanitarian And Development Studies (ssap) Associate Professor In International Criminology, Criminology (ssap)
Western Sydney University, Australia

Critical criminology repeatedly has drawn attention to the state-corporate nexus as a site of corruption and other forms of criminality, a scenario exacerbated by the intensification of neoliberalism in areas such as health. The state-pharmaceutical relationship, which increasingly influences health policy, is no exception. That is especially so when pharmaceutical products such as vaccines, a burgeoning sector of the industry, are mandated in direct violation of the principle of informed consent. Such policies have provoked suspicion and dissent as critics question the integrity of the state-pharma alliance and its impact on vaccine safety. However, rather than encouraging open debate, draconian modes of governance have been implemented to repress and silence any form of criticism, thereby protecting the activities of the state and pharmaceutical industry from independent scrutiny. The article examines this relationship in the context of recent legislation in Australia to intensify its mandatory regime around vaccines. It argues that attempts to undermine freedom of speech, and to systematically excoriate those who criticise or dissent from mandatory vaccine programs, function as a corrupting process and, by extension, serve to provoke the notion that corruption does indeed exist within the state-pharma alliance.

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The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 3 How to Prevent Autism

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

How to Prevent Autism-RGB for web Day 3: How To Prevent Autism by Dara Berger

The statistics are alarming and become more so every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, making it one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States. Further, the CDC estimates that parents with a child on the autism spectrum can have nearly a 20 percent chance of having a second child with autism.

In How to Prevent Autism, Dara Berger shares her personal journey with autism. She describes everything that went wrong with her son that led to an autism diagnosis and everything she did differently to prevent her daughter from suffering the same fate. She interviews eight well-known ASD experts--including doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and scientists--about the factors that have led to the growing epidemic of autism. Based on the best practices for preventing autism in children, each professional offers perspectives grounded in their own research and their patients’ improvements. The book covers every detail--from the importance of mothers’ cleaning out their bodies preconception, through common genetic mutations that may put children at risk, to the crucial role of nutrition in prevention.

All parents agree that every choice counts when it comes to the health of their children. As Dara Berger makes clear in this personal, informative, and authoritative book, the stakes could not be higher when it comes to autism.

Day 2: Vaccines Richard Moskowitz Vaccines A Reappraisal by Dr. Richard Moskowitz

Drawing on fifty years of experience caring for children and adults, Dr. Moskowitz examines vaccines and our current policy regarding them. Weaving together a tapestry of observed facts, clinical and basic science research, news reports from the media, and actual cases from his own practice, he offers a systematic review of the subject as a whole. He provides scientific evidence for his clinical impression that the vaccination process, by its very nature, imposes substantial risks of disease, injury, and death that have been persistently denied and covered up by manufacturers, the CDC, and the coterie of doctors who speak for it.

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Paradoxes for Heidi Larson: The Vaccine Confidence Lady

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By John Stone

In an interview for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine website, Heidi Larson, founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project housed at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:

Yes, there are potential risks—there will always be potential risks with any medical treatment. And we don’t talk enough about that.

Heidi, it is funny you should say that, because no one is stopping you from talking about it. For the rest of us there are people like you trying to stop us. For instance, Seth Berkley – director of GAVI – back in June was calling for so-called anti-vaxxers to be banned from social media. Now, I am sure you would not dissent from viewpoint that an anti-vaxxer is a blanket label for anyone at all who questions the vaccine program, its safety, the wider project of the vaccine lobby. Meanwhile, the program just expands – vaccines for diseases which may either not be mostly very serious, diseases which may be more serious but which you are relatively unlikely to get. But administered in gigantic clumps to infants who are increasingly diagnosed with developmental disabilities.

And people like us – who are often people who have experienced the harms of vaccines – are really just the people you should be keen to listen to, instead of treating us like scientific specimens, or the objects of loathing to be wiped out as voices on the web. You cannot have a conversation without having a conversation, you cannot put yourself up as some kind of honest broker when what you are really doing is just trying to annihilate dissent.

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The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 2 Vaccines A Reappraisal

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

Day 2: Vaccines Richard Moskowitz Vaccines A Reappraisal by Dr. Richard Moskowitz

Drawing on fifty years of experience caring for children and adults, Dr. Moskowitz examines vaccines and our current policy regarding them. Weaving together a tapestry of observed facts, clinical and basic science research, news reports from the media, and actual cases from his own practice, he offers a systematic review of the subject as a whole. He provides scientific evidence for his clinical impression that the vaccination process, by its very nature, imposes substantial risks of disease, injury, and death that have been persistently denied and covered up by manufacturers, the CDC, and the coterie of doctors who speak for it.

With the aim of acknowledging these risks, taking them seriously, understanding them more holistically, and ultimately assessing them on a deeper level, he proposes a nationwide debate based on objective scientific research, including what we already know and what still needs to be investigated in the future. He argues that with no serious public health emergency to justify them, requiring vaccines of everyone deprives us all of genuinely informed consent, and prevents parents from making health-care decisions for our children, basic human rights that we still profess to hold dear.

For the present, given the legitimate controversy surrounding the mandates, he proposes that most vaccines simply be made optional and that further research into their risks and benefits be conducted by an independent agency in the public interest, untainted by industry funding, CDC sponsorship, and the quasi-religious sanctimony that is widely invoked on their behalf.

Cooking with leoDay 1: Cooking with Leo by Erica Daniels.

This heartfelt cookbook tells the story of a mother desperate to heal and connect with her hard-to-reach, severely autistic son, Leo, through the most vital everyday activity—cooking.

For many years, Erica Daniels had been out to find a successful dietary intervention for eleven-year-old Leo, who suffers from significant food allergies, gastrointestinal disease and autism. Through trial and error in her own kitchen, she finally hit her gastronomic stride of preparing nourishing meals for her entire family without gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, additives, or GMOS—with Leo by her side.

Part cookbook and part love story, Cooking with Leo takes you into the real life messy kitchen of a family affected by autism and food allergies. You will laugh and cry along with Erica and Leo as they cook, create, dance, act silly, and, most importantly, bond. A family-inspired collection of over 60 allergen-free and autism diet–friendly recipes to be prepared and shared together by your whole family, you will make meaningful connections with your child and nurture their passion for cooking with nutritious recipes.


Grim News from CDC as Developmental Disabilities continue to Rise

Lost boyThere wasn't much (any?) fanfare on the local or national news about the grim announcement from America's CDC: NCHS Data Brief ■ No. 291 ■ November 2017 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics Estimated Prevalence of Children With Diagnosed Developmental Disabilities in the United States, 2014–2016

Disability Scoop reports: An increasing number of American children have developmental disabilities, the federal government says, even as autism and intellectual disability rates remain largely steady. Between 2014 and 2016, the prevalence of developmental disabilities among kids ages 3 to 17 increased from 5.76 percent to 6.99 percent, according to figures released Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rise stems from an uptick in children diagnosed with a developmental delay other than autism or intellectual disability, the federal agency said.

Take a look at the statistics and charts in the CDC report - the prognosis for males is poor as disabilities are on the rise faster for boys than girls.  If you're a teacher, coach, therapist or any professional who works with kids, what are you seeing in your field? Are the boys less able to perform, function, succeed? What about the girls? I know from my experience teaching karate, the girls overall are more prepared to learn, better able to focus and can process commands and make their bodies do what we ask faster. Choosing left or right arm or leg comes quicker. Making adjustments is easier. Behavior is superior.

The ghost of America's future is rattling the chains. The  media isn't paying attention.



The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 1 Cooking With Leo

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

Cooking with leoDay 1: Cooking with Leo by Erica Daniels.

This heartfelt cookbook tells the story of a mother desperate to heal and connect with her hard-to-reach, severely autistic son, Leo, through the most vital everyday activity—cooking.

For many years, Erica Daniels had been out to find a successful dietary intervention for eleven-year-old Leo, who suffers from significant food allergies, gastrointestinal disease and autism. Through trial and error in her own kitchen, she finally hit her gastronomic stride of preparing nourishing meals for her entire family without gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, additives, or GMOS—with Leo by her side.

Part cookbook and part love story, Cooking with Leo takes you into the real life messy kitchen of a family affected by autism and food allergies. You will laugh and cry along with Erica and Leo as they cook, create, dance, act silly, and, most importantly, bond. A family-inspired collection of over 60 allergen-free and autism diet–friendly recipes to be prepared and shared together by your whole family, you will make meaningful connections with your child and nurture their passion for cooking with nutritious recipes.


Sabotage

Talk to meBy Cathy Jameson

Ronan started speech therapy again.  We’d ditched it years ago after progress had plateaued.  That, and the onset of major transition issues Ronan had going into and out of the building, prevented him from gaining anything useful from his sessions.  He would get so frustrated.  His therapists and I would, too.  We all needed a break.  That break lasted over 2 years.  When I learned that a center we got to for other services was adding speech therapy, I thought it was time to explore it again.  Ronan’s six weeks into it now and is responding well. 

Since Ronan lost his voice post vaccination, I have been hell-bent on bringing it back.  He’s retained vocalizations, but the ability to say clear, concise words has never returned.  Before I got my hopes up too high this time going into speech therapy, I reminded myself it was actually Speech and Language Therapy.  It wasn’t just speech that he’d be working on.  He and his new therapists would be working on language skills as well. 

Language includes the study of what words mean, how to make new words, and how to use words together.  Ronan has that down pat but in a different form – words in print.  Ronan can identify words.  He can point to the sentence I’ve just read aloud.  He can type.  He can maneuver a computer keyboard and a tee-tiny keyboard on a small cell phone.  His sentence structure, syntax and punctuation skills are still rudimentary, but his message is always clear.  Just today, he typed (in a series of prompts) “Lock door ipad” on his voice output device indicating that he wanted me to open the door.  The door was closed.  Behind it was his iPad.  It needed to charge.  If he saw the iPad, he’d take it as soon as he saw that it had 1% battery power.  Since he was hoping to watch some Youtube videos, I wanted to charge it a little bit longer.  Ronan didn’t want to wait, but he did after I wrote my response, “The iPad is charging.  Play something else instead, please.”  Easily, I could’ve said that, but lately, he’s responding to directions and requests better when they are written. 

Ronan screens

After Ronan lost his voice, Ronan’s speech did not quickly come back like I’d always hoped and prayed that it would.  It still hasn’t.  So he found other ways to create meaningful communication opportunities with us.  Our new speech therapist saw that during the initial evaluation and was on the same page we were wanting to further develop those opportunities, especially with the voice output device.  At least I thought she was on board until she asked me to sabotage Ronan. 

Sabotage? 

Hearing that word didn’t conjure up a warm, fuzzy feeling.  I thought the exact opposite.  Sabotage was what an overbearing, oppressive tormentor uses on its victims.  And this is the approach this new gal wanted to use with my kid?  What an awful suggestion! 

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It's Time to Believe Autism Mothers Too

Our turnBy Kim Rossi

Like everyone in America, I've been watching the sexual harassment scandal grow ever wider from politicians to actors and directors and now to include media stalwarts Matt Lauer of NBC and Charlie Rose, darling of PBS. Matt Lauer is said to have had a lock button installed under his desk so he could lock a door on a woman without her knowing it, and perhaps to avoid standing up and exposing his, er interest. (Paging Judy Blume!)  In autism we calling locking someone into a room a restraint. Matt called it privacy, I suppose.

At what point will politicians and the media start listening to mothers of autistic children who have been screaming, some for decades, that a vaccine caused their child's autism? When do we get to move from the "crazy, histrionic, too stupid to understand real science blaming mothers" category to the "holy crap, these women (and their kids) have been living a nightmare and we made it worse"?  When do pains in the ass who dare to threaten commerce and sacred cows become legitimate citizens with a message of dire discrimination and trauma? We need our turn.

I'm looking forward to our day of reckoning.  And if you're a female looking for a job in Hollywood or the media, today is a good day to apply. I wish my almost 23 year old and 22 year old vaccine injured daughters could take advantage of this female friendly climate.

Kim Rossi is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.


1 in 36: ASD Rate Set a New Record High in 2016

Breaking news

By Mark Blaxill

The National Health Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released its latest prevalence rate for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in American children this Wednesday. Their “data brief”, which is based on information gathered in the National Health Information Survey (NHIS), reported an ASD rate for 2016 of 2.76%, or 1 in 36 American children (1).

This is the highest rate ever recorded in a national survey of children in the United States and was an increase from the rate of 1 in 45 children (or 2.24%) reported in the 2014 NHIS survey (2). The ASD information reported in these surveys includes children between the ages of 3 and 17 years of age and any diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s syndrome.

This startling new peak received virtually no media coverage and was downplayed by the NCHS, whose headline finding was that--despite setting a new American record with a 1 in 36 ASD rate: “There was not a statistically significant change in the prevalence of children ever diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder from 2014 to 2016.” (1)

Yet this new 2016 rate is a sharp increase from the 2007 report, the first year in which the NHIS included the question, “Has a doctor or health professional ever told you that [sample child] had Autism, Asperger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, or autism spectrum disorder?” The 2007 report, also measuring the rate for 3-17 year-old children, reported an autism rate of 1.1%, or 1 in 91 American children (3).

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The NCHS, like the CDC a department within the Department of Health and Human Services, follows a different methodology in the NHIS than the approach used by the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Network (ADDM), which last reported an autism rate of 1 in 68 American children for 8-year-olds born in 2004 (4). The ADDM network’s estimates likely include fewer children with Asperger’s (only about 10% of the ADDM cases have an Asperger’s diagnosis), which may explain why NHIS ASD rates have been generally higher than ADDM rates.

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ABC News Report Possible 90% Flu Shot Fail Rate in 2018

FAIL-BUZZER-350x233Note: Good grief. The spin here is ridiculous. Even if you are completely pro vaccination, this report has got to make you pause before your roll up your sleeve.   Can you think of another product outside of maybe a cancer drug, where 10% efficacy is not only acceptable, but the product is still recommended? If the flu is so deadly, as Public Health officials warn, why aren't they screaming that we need a 90% effective flu vaccine? Nope. They just tell the public the vaccine is failing, but hey, go ahead and get it anyway. Why not.  "It's better than 0%." Is it?

From ABC News

The upcoming flu season may be a particularly severe one in the U.S., some medical experts warned today, citing preliminary data from Australia, where the flu season is waning.

The flu vaccine used this year in Australia — which has the same composition as the vaccine used in the U.S. — was only 10 percent effective, according to a preliminary estimate, at preventing the strain of the virus that predominantly circulated during the country's flu season,an international team of medical experts wrote in a perspective published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

"However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated," the team emphasized...


World Mercury Project: Hiding Behind Genetics to Avoid Culpability for Environmental Causes of Autism

WMPNote: Thank you to Robert Kennedy Jr. and the World Mercury Team for this article.  Please bookmark their site.

By The World Mercury Project Team

Genetics is the darling of the biomedical research industry. For diseases ranging from cancer to skin disorders, investigators have been busily at work for decades trying to identify the conditions’ underlying genetic causes. However, these same investigators—and the reporters who communicate their findings to the public—are often strangely incurious about the role of environmental toxins as triggers of disease.

A story about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) published in October 2017 by the news website Vox furnishes an example of this genetics-as-the-explanation-for-everything perspective. Vox senior health correspondent Julia Belluz (a self-described “evidence enthusiast”) interviewed a small sample of five reportedly “cutting-edge” autism researchers, all of whom focus on autism genetics. Given the lack of disciplinary diversity in her selective sample, Belluz’s conclusion that genetic factors are the most “well-established” and “promising” explanation for autism comes as no surprise.

Two of Belluz’s five interlocutors (geneticist Stephan Sanders and psychiatrist Lauren Weiss) are researchers at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), but neither one mentions a rigorous population-based study of 192 twin pairs published in the Archives of General Psychiatry by UCSF researcher Neil Risch and colleagues in 2011. Risch is the director of UCSF’s Institute for Human Genetics. The study’s results indicated that “environmental factors have been underestimated, and genetics overestimated, for their roles in autism-spectrum disorders.” Another study that involved families with two ASD-affected siblings (published in Nature Medicine in 2015) likewise highlighted “substantial genetic heterogeneity” in ASD, again suggesting that environmental or other shared risk factors trump heritability.

…environmental factors have been underestimated, and genetics overestimated, for their roles in autism-spectrum disorders.

To be fair, Belluz’s discussion gives a nod to a “genes plus environment” perspective on autism causation by acknowledging that an “underlying genetic predisposition or mutation” generally needs to “collide” with environmental triggers in order to give rise to ASD. However, Belluz characterizes the research on environmental risk factors for ASD as “blurry,” “murky,” “mixed” and not “robust.” Belluz also cites a study that, according to her, views shared genetic variants in families as “probably more important” as an autism trigger than shared environments. However, the article actually emphasizes gene-environment interactions and concludes that “the amount of evidence supporting a significant contribution of environmental factors to autism risk” makes it clear that “the search for environmental factors should be reinforced.”

A pivotal paper published in early 2017 goes a step further, asserting that “The term ‘heritability,’ as it is used today in human behavioral genetics, is one of the most misleading in the history of science.” The paper’s two authors argue against the “deeply flawed” assumption that “genetic influences…can be separated from their environmental context.” According to these authors, “contemporary biology has demonstrated beyond any doubt that traits are produced by interactions between genetic and nongenetic factors that occur in each moment of developmental time. That is to say, there are simply no such things as gene-only influences [emphasis in original].” Stated another way, the paper suggests that “it makes little sense to attempt to quantify the relative importance of two different factors that interact with one another [dynamically] to produce an outcome.”

Read the full article at World Mercury Project here.


A Review of The Pharmacy Article on Shoulder Injury Resulting from Vaccine Administration

QualificationInfoGraphicBy Wayne Rohde

On November 18, 2017, an article was published in The Pharmacy Times by Ned Milenkovich, PharmMD, JD outlining possible liabilities of pharmacists as they administer vaccines. The writer correctly points out that “pharmacists who improperly administer a vaccine or fail to conform to industry-accepted norms could be found liable. These allegations would be directed to the pharmacist’s administration of the vaccine and not to the product itself”.

Let’s examine in greater detail what the writer is telling us. SIRVA or Shoulder Injury Resulting from Vaccine Administration is the leading injury for all petitions filed in the NVICP since 2015. It is the result of improper administration of a vaccine generally too high in the arm, in the shoulder joint or bursting of the bursa sac, causing severe pain and in many cases, surgery to correct the damage. 

Most of these injuries occur in retail pharmacy or pop up vaccine shops in grocery stores or shopping malls. HHS and CDC acknowledge back in 2015 that the main reason is the poor training or in some cases, the lack of training. Lou Conte and I wrote about this very issue in AoA a couple of years ago.

Pharmacists and those who administer vaccines in retail pharmacies or pop up shops lack medical training to ask patient for contraindications or other medical conditions that should be discussed with doctor and patient. Lack of true informed consent and failure of duty to warn are two areas that are missing from most discussions.

A duty to warn is a legal concept indicating that a party will be held liable for injuries caused to another, where the party had the opportunity to warn the other of a hazard and failed to do so. In this example, did the pharmacist offer the VIS prior to the administration of the vaccine, allowed the customer to read and ask questions, and did the pharmacist ask the proper medical background questions prior? Highly doubtful since this practice is not followed by the “highly trained” doctors and nurses in a clinic or hospital setting.

Can someone who suffered a SIRVA injury file a civil law suit directly against the pharmacist and the pharmacy? You could. However, the best course of action for compensation of the injury probably resides inside the NVICP. Why?

SIRVA injuries are now considered an ON-Table injury within the NVICP and would be fast-tracked for adjudication and compensation if the proper medical records are in order.  It would be faster and less adversarial than a traditional civil lawsuit.  The petitioner will not pay for attorney fees and costs unlike a plaintiff in the civil suit.  The Program allows for lost wages and future earnings compensation.

And there is still the legal possibility for those who filed compensation in the NVICP even after receiving payment for their injuries, to file a civil suit if that person believes the injury warrants further compensation.  That has not been tested.  But it could.

For all my writings and criticisms of the NVICP over the last seven years, this might be the first time that I state the Program is the best choice for those who have suffered a SIRVA injury.

The Vaccine Court Wayne RohdeWayne Rohde, author of The Vaccine Court – The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program


Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology: Aluminium in brain tissue in autism "Extraordinarily High"

AluminumNOTE: You might recall that a "freezer malfunction" at Harvard University destroyed one third of the world's largest autistic brain collection.   Can you imagine the information lost?

J.B. Handley has written about this paper at his Medium site - STAFFORDSHIRE, England — Professor Chris Exley is a formidable scientist, which is perhaps more important than you think, because a study he published today with his colleagues in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology may just be the “smoking gun” to prove that vaccines are triggering autism that we’ve all been waiting for. Professor Exley is a Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry at Keele University in Staffordshire, England. He received a Ph.D. in a subject that makes him highly qualified to author this latest paper: “the ecotoxicology of aluminium.”

Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology

ABSTRACT

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder of unknown aetiology. It is suggested to involve both genetic susceptibility and environmental factors including in the latter environmental toxins. Human exposure to the environmental toxin aluminium has been linked, if tentatively, to autism spectrum disorder. Herein we have used transversely heated graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry to measure, for the first time, the aluminium content of brain tissue from donors with a diagnosis of autism. We have also used an aluminium-selective fluor to identify aluminium in brain tissue using fluorescence microscopy. The aluminium content of brain tissue in autism was consistently high. The mean (standard deviation) aluminium content across all 5 individuals for each lobe were 3.82(5.42), 2.30(2.00), 2.79(4.05) and 3.82(5.17) μg/g dry wt. for the occipital, frontal, temporal and parietal lobes respectively. These are some of the highest values for aluminium in human brain tissue yet recorded and one has to question why, for example, the aluminium content of the occipital lobe of a 15 year old boy would be 8.74 (11.59) μg/g dry wt.? Aluminium-selective fluorescence microscopy was used to identify aluminium in brain tissue in 10 donors. While aluminium was imaged associated with neurones it appeared to be present intracellularly in microglia-like cells and other inflammatory non-neuronal cells in the meninges, vasculature, grey and white matter. The pre-eminence of intracellular aluminium associated with non-neuronal cells was a standout observation in autism brain tissue and may offer clues as to both the origin of the brain aluminium as well as a putative role in autism spectrum disorder.

Read the full study http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0946672X17308763http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0946672X17308763

or view the pdf below.

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CONCLUSIONS

We have made the first measurements of aluminium in brain tissue in ASD and we have shown that the brain aluminium content is extraordinarily high. We have identified aluminium in brain tissue as both extracellular and intracellular with the latter involving both neurones and non-neuronal cells. The presence of aluminium in inflammatory cells in the meninges, vasculature, grey and white matter is a standout observation and could implicate aluminium in the aetiology of ASD


“The Problem is the Problem”, Not Vladimir Putin

Ministry of truthBy John Stone

The United Kingdom House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee have now published John Stone's submission on behalf of Age of Autism to its inquiry on the topic of "Fake News". It can be read here.

So, yesterday it finally happened. A bottom grade journalist from a UK national newspaper, Russell Myers of the Daily Mirror, alleged – briefed by two government officials – that criticisms of the vaccine program on web are inspired by Vladimir Putin trying to undermine the British government: 'Russian cyber-units 'spreading false information about flu and measles jabs in the UK''. Well, in my case British government officials know that I have been in touch with them since the beginning of the millennium, so it is an odd time to start bringing it up. If I am a Russian agent they have been watching me a long time without cottoning on.

In those early days things were somewhat more gentlemanly than they are now, but I could not escape the problem - in British civil service jargon – that they were being “economical with the truth”. “The problem” as Jim Carrey stated a few years ago in a rather Shakespearian way “is the problem”: it is that their story is internally inconsistent, it does not add up. In my very earliest encounters with the British civil service I did not even mention vaccines, I was expressing concern about the rising tide of autism: it was they who were apparently backed into a corner about MMR and Andrew Wakefield. If they had not given the game away, I suppose I might have found some more rewarding trade. As it was I was appalled that these people were locked into something they did not know how to escape.

Seventeen years later, of course, it is all so much worse. In retrospect Wakefield had interfered with policy in two crucial ways: he and his colleagues had broken the already established taboo in British medicine of considering vaccine events as a possible contributory history towards sickness and disability. The other was that he had placed a question over the safety of a multivalent vaccine, MMR, when the development of an industry depended on their acceptance. While Wakefield had to be witch-hunted and made an example of, the British and American governments particularly were caught up into a set of policies: an expanding program, forceful denial of harms, ever close connections between government and industry. Like Macbeth they had to go on compounding the original sin, and like Macbeth the fall out gets ever greater. To sustain the great project all harms have to be dismissed.

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Behaviors, Special Needs, Psychiatric Diagnoses: The Decline of the American Education System

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

I’ve been writing about the end of the education system as we’ve always known it. I say that from the perspective of a teacher with decades of experience and as a mother in the autism community.

I follow the news on a daily basis, and the stories I include come from the English-speaking areas of the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

(See links to previous stories at the bottom of this piece.)

It doesn’t matter where you go, the stories are all the same—schools have to adjust to children who can’t behave or learn normally, all the while pretending nothing is different, everything’s all right.

My last update included stories through October. Let me give you examples of what’s been published over the last month.

Oct 31, 2017, (Australia) Townsville Bulletin: REVEALED: Worst behaved schools in Townsville

NAUGHTY kids at a Townsville school are being disciplined at the rate of more than one per school day

“…Figures show 674 students were enrolled at that time, meaning 57.12 per cent of the students potentially faced disciplinary action. …

“Another school high up on the naughty list was Heatley Secondary College, where 45.13 per cent of students could have been suspended or expelled.”

Oct 31, 2017, UK Daily Mail: Surge in depression among teens: Mental illness rates are rising four times faster in young people than anyone else in the US, study finds

“Depression among teens rose at quadruple the rate of the general population from 2005 to 2015, according to the new research.”

 Nov 1, 2017, Oshawa Express (Ontario, Canada): Lack of funding, resources blamed for rise in classroom violence—Parents, teachers say children with special needs falling through the cracks

“With violence in the classroom purported to be on the rise, parents and teachers are pointing directly at a lack of funding and resources to children with special needs as the reason.”

Nov 1, 2017, Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle: Some young learners are losing out

“The reality is costs are rising as is the number of children needing specialized services.”

Nov 1, 2017, (British Columbia) CBC: Clinic coming to school grounds of B.C. Interior high school

“A high school in Salmon Arm, B.C., will soon be the first in the Interior to have a clinic on school grounds to give students access to help for both physical and mental health issues.”

Nov 1, 2017, Grand Junction (CO) Daily Sentinel: Depression common for county’s teens

Data about emotional well-being, which was collected from 652 Mesa County teenagers for the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey, showed that 40 percent of teenagers felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more.

Nov 2, 2017, UK Ipswich Star: Cyber-bullying, self harm and lack of sleep among issues faced by Suffolk’s schoolchildren, report reveals

“‘We have made several recommendations to local schools and commissioners within Suffolk County Council and our local clinical commissioning groups. This includes engaging secondary schools on all aspects of the EWB2020.

“‘This must start with preparing schools to better manage the emotional wellbeing needs of children and young people by increasing funding of tier one support, improved workforce development within schools and ensuring young people are more aware of the support available to them. …’ “

Nov 2, 2017, Charlottesville (VA) Tomorrow: Greenbrier Elementary piloting social-emotional learning program

Greenbrier Elementary School in Charlottesville is piloting a program for the city school division that aims to support children who struggle to control their emotions and cause disruptions in class.

Nov 2, 2017, Canada, CBC: Post-secondary groups call for beefed-up mental health services for students

“…but increasing demand and a huge gap in government funding means post-secondary institutions can't always meet the needs of those suffering from a range of psychological issues — from anxiety and depression to more serious illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.”

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Sleeping Sickness Drug is Waking Up Autism Research

Brain colorsBy Teresa Conrick

For any who don´t know, I have a 24 year-old daughter who regressed into autism before her 3rd birthday.  Meg has the type of autism that does not make for an easy life.  She lost speech in 1995 and she is nonverbal still, and waves of difficult and painful medical symptoms then were to follow: cognitive decline, increasing GI issues, chronic bacterial infections and viral illnesses, seizures, and then a horrific autoimmune disorder called PANS [Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome] .

For years now, I have been following the research on the Microbiome as there are solid studies showing how dysfunctional it is in those with an autism diagnosis.  Studies like these represent hope for many families with very ill children and young adults:

Reduction of Ritualistic Behavior in a Patient with Autism Spectrum Disorder treated with Antibiotics: A Case Report 

Microbiota Transfer Therapy alters gut ecosystem and improves gastrointestinal and autism symptoms: an open-label study  

Combined oral fecal capsules plus fecal enema as treatment of late onset autism spectrum disorder in children: report of a small case series. 

Unexpected improvement in core autism spectrum disorder symptoms after long-term treatment with probiotics 

Age and severity may play a part in outcomes with our children as far as treatments.  I have now been following the research of Dr. Naviaux, still with the microbiome in mind, but also with a better understanding of its significance.  It seems that his research explains much of what I see in Meg, especially with the issues of the gut and brain.  You can watch this great video of a lecture by Dr. Naviaux, at a very recent TACA conference.  Thanks to them both!     

And in that lecture, Dr. Naviaux recommends that viewers read his study called, Metabolic features of the cell danger response  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1567724913002390.  Here are some excerpts:

The cell danger response (CDR) is an evolutionarily conserved cellular metabolic response that is activated when a cell encounters a chemical, physical, or microbial threat that could injure or kill the cell. Common microbial threats are viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Physical threats include heat, salt, or pH shock, or UV or ionizing radiation. Chemical forms of danger include heavy and trace metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and nickel, certain electrophilic aromatic chemicals like the plasticizer bisphenol A, the chemical flame retardants like the brominated diphenyl ethers (BDEs), and certain halogenated pesticides like chlorpyrifos and DDT. 

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AHRP: Dissolving Illusions–“Authoritative” Medical Information Sources Are Corrupted

Alliance-for-Human-Research-ProtectionNOTE: We have excerpted this post with permission from Vera Sharav of AHRP.

A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth” — Albert Einstein

The wisdom of this observation is borne out by empirical evidence demonstrating that so-called “authoritative” sources of medical information are thoroughly corrupted not only by industry manipulation but by government officials, and biased, financially conflicted academic gatekeepers of medical science — i.e., “expert panels” and journal editors.  The most lucrative areas of medicine are the most corrupted by financial conflicts of interest. Our recent focus continues to be the untouchable subject; namely, the largely corrupted vaccine information base.

For me, the most troubling aspect of the corrupting influence of the powerful vaccine lobby is its apparent success in having averted the focus of the medical profession and academia: from the spiraling number of vaccine-injured children whose existence these authorities deny. However, evidence of their existence is demonstrated by the fraction of those who have been compensated by The U.S. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). 

  •  The VICP has received 18,652 petitions for compensation for vaccine-injured children (and some adults) [This number represents at most 10% of actual serious vaccine injuries.]
  • Of these, 1,236 had died. The following deaths (double-digit or greater) include: 696 deaths attributed to DTP vaccine; 129 deaths due to the flu vaccine; 81 deaths due to DTaP; 61 deaths due to MMR; 57 deaths due to Hepatitis B; 32 deaths due to DTaP-Hep BIPV; 28 deaths due to OPV (polio) vaccine; 14 deaths due to HPV.
  • VICP has compensated 5,680 vaccine injured children in the amount of $3.5 billion — $3,488,760,578.73 
  • From January to October 2, 2017, VICP received 1,213 petitions for compensation by vaccine-injured children (and some adults). The amount compensated in 2017 was $252,650,932.78

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Walk On

Handicapped parkingBy Cathy Jameson

Ronan was a late walker.  At one point he’d had the ability to stand and cruise the furniture, but he started to lose his balance.  He started to lose his confidence.  He began to lose some of the gross motor skills he’d developed as well.  When we realized how delayed his physical development was becoming, we sought help.  Help included physical therapy, positive reinforcement, and lots of prayers.  After months and months of hard work, Ronan was able to walk all by himself. 

That happened one Sunday morning right before Mass.  My husband and I were in the courtyard holding hands with Ronan.  Ronan let go and walked into the sanctuary independently.  He walked through the entire church, the annex, the parish center and around the outside of the church, too.  With how confident he was, and with how much ground he covered, it was as if he’d never struggled with walking before.  I’ll never forget that day.  It was May 1st, 2005.  Because it was such a huge accomplishment, I celebrate it, even all these years later, like I would celebrate a birthday. 

Ronan doesn’t zoom all over the place like he did before.  He doesn’t climb things like he used to either.  Once a daredevil who knew absolutely no bounds, Ronan’s more content to sit and watch life go by.  When we have to go out somewhere, he will ask for assistance almost as soon as we get going.  He gets tired and his pace slows down considerably.  That can happen rather quickly.  Because he loses strength and stamina, and because of the other medical issues he has, when we go out of the house, we look for and park in handicap spots.  I don’t always use them, especially if there is a regular parking spot open close by, but I appreciate that they are available to us. 

For years, I fought getting a placard.  “There are other people worse off than us who need that parking spot more!” I’d argue.  A dear family member convinced me otherwise.  “Cat, the placard and that spot closest to entrance is not for you; it’s for Ronan.”  Humbly, I requested a handicap placard for Ronan at his next doctor’s appointment.  It was granted no questions asked. 

Most of the time, people who park near us are kind and generous with the space Ronan and I need to maneuver him out of the vehicle.  Other times, people stare.  I don’t let their ignorant stares bother me too much.  I have other things more pressing to worry about than what they think of me or him.  When we’re in the parking lot, my biggest worry is getting Ronan safely from the car to wherever it is we’re going (therapy clinic, store, school gym).  Everything and everyone else takes a backseat. 

A couple of weeks ago after picking up the kids from school, we pulled into a handicap spot closest to the crosswalk at the grocery store.  Ronan already had a full and physically taxing day, so I asked my girls to run into the store for me.  Fiona and Izzy immediately said they would while the rest of us waited in the car.  While my daughters were inside picking up the few items we needed, a man came out of the store with his grocery cart and groceries.  He loaded his stuff in his truck then walked across the road to the handicap spot directly in front of me.  Under my breath, I said, “No, no, no.  Don’t leave it there.  Walk it over, buddy.”

He did not walk the cart over.  Instead, he left it in the handicapped parking spot in front of us.  He was in no rush because instead of driving off, he stood outside his truck and smoked a cigarette.  I contemplated moving the cart.  The way he left it was in such a position that no one would be able to safely pull into the spot.

As I stewed, Fiona walked out of the store, I quickly called her and said, “Hey sweetie, see the cart in the spot in front of us?  Can you walk it over to the cart corral?”

Yep, she could.

And yep, she did.

With jaw dropped, the man, who was still standing outside his truck, watched my kid walk 3 short spots over and put the cart away.  Now, I know that some people don’t “wear” their special needs on them like others do (Ronan is a perfect example – he “looks so typical” until you know him and see that he’s got a lot going on), and this guy could’ve had some physical limitations that could’ve prevented him from putting that cart away.  But those limitations aside, he should never have plopped his cart in that handicapped spot or any regular spot for that matter.  There were other areas nearby that he could’ve placed it out of the way of traffic even without having to walk the 3 extra spots to the cart corral.

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James Lyons-Weiler PhD on Biological Mechanisms of Vaccine Injury

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Please read the original post for copious graphic backup and the full entry.

WHEN DR. CHRIS EXLEY and his research team discovered aluminum co-localized with amyloid plaques in the brains of patients who died from Alzheimer’s, it made big news, even though a study in 1985 discussed the aluminum silicate portion of amyloid. That’s right. We’ve known since 1985 at least that amyloid plaque in the brain is partly aluminum silicate. Now, Exley’s findings completely destroy any hope that aluminum somehow stayed out of the brain,

Aluminum, it turns out, plays a critical role in our understanding of the biological mechanisms of vaccine injury. In this article, I will review the scientific evidence of four major ways that vaccines can cause harm. These are (1) Vaccine-Induced Mitopathy; (2) Vaccine-Induced Persistent Gliosis; (3) Vaccine-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Damage, and (4) Vaccine-Induced Autoimmunity (to appear as a separate article). My intent and purpose is not and has never been to discourage anyone from accepting vaccines, nor to provide medical advice of any kind; rather, my intent is to make a clear path toward safer routes to artificial immunization and communicate the state of scientific knowledge about mechanisms of the pathophysiology of disease caused by vaccines, and how such human pain and suffering can be mitigated.
mitopathy(1) Vaccine-Induced Mitopathy

Individuals born with mitochondrial disorders have partially disable cellular energetics. Mutations that alter proteins in the various specific mitochondrial pathways lead to a variety of congenital conditions, including encephalomyopathy and seizures. We need mitochondria to work in all of our tissues. However, our brains consume so much energy, any weakening of mitochondrial ATP flux will almost certainly lead to neurological disorders.

Environmental damage to mitochondria is known to occur from exposure to lead and includes depletion of mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨ) and intracellular glutathione (GSH), elevation of caspase-3 activity, intracellular reactive oxygen species, and malondialdehyde levels, and inhibition of GSH peroxidase (GSH-Px) activity (Liu et al., 2014).

Why discuss lead-induced mitochondrial toxicity in an article on vaccine injury? In part because many individuals familiar with brain injuries and conditions that lead to brain injuries will recognize the critical role of GSH, the importance of shutting down ROS, and the potential use of malondialdehyde as a screen for brain injury following vaccination. Another reason is that 25% of the homes in Pittsburgh have higher lead levels in the water coming into the homes than the levels found in the water in Flint, MI, and individuals with mitochondrial damage due to lead are likely to be a higher risk of the toxic effects from vaccines.

The science of the specific actions and mechanisms of mitochondrial injury from vaccines include some of these events, including recognition of aluminum as an intracellular ROS generator (Han et al., 2013). Aluminum is present in vaccines as an adjuvant in a variety of forms, most commonly aluminum hydroxide (a well-known neurotoxin). Vaccine risk denialists spend a lot of time denying the massive literature on the neurotoxicity of aluminum. Nevertheless, studies show that aluminum also disrupts cytoskeletal dynamics (Lemire et al., 2009).

Thimerosal also has damaging influences on mitochondria, including direct damage to the mitochondrial genome. Sharpe et al. (2012) found that thimerosal induced a five-fold increase in the levels of oxidant damaged mitochondrial DNA bases and increases in the levels of mtDNA nicks and blunt-ended breaks.  Read more here.


Italian Court Rejects Veneto Regions Vaccine Mandate Appeal

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NOTE: Vaccines have become an offer Italians can NOT refuse - without steep penalties. Disgrazia. Kim

(ANSA) - Rome, November 22 - The Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected the Veneto regional government's appeal against compulsory vaccinations for school admissions, saying the issues in question were the business of the national legislator.
In its ruling, the top court said making vaccinations compulsory was justified by the fall in the numbers of children that have been vaccinated. The government has made 10 vaccinations compulsory for school admission. Several parents across Italy have seen their children refused admission because they have not had the necessary vaccinations.

There have been public protests against the government move.


Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Luc Montaigne Speaks About Vaccines and SIDS

Luc MontagnierC'est la guerre. French Nobel Prize winner Dr. Luc Montaigne was criticized for his discussion of vaccine safety.  In Europe, just as here in America, when you question vaccine safety or vaccine side effects, you are considered "alarmist." Mustn't allow Mama to do her own thinking for her baby after all, oui? This article below is particularly noxious in its tone and derision.

Read the full article in French here.

Professors Luc Montagnier and Henri Joyeux held a press conference against vaccination in a Parisian theater on November 7, 2017. Their alarmist and unfounded comments were vigorously denounced by the academies of science, medicine and pharmacy.

It was a funny duet that held the poster of the Michel Theater in Paris on November 7, 2017. On one side, Professor Luc Montagnier. On the other, Professor Henri Joyeux. The first is a virologist, Nobel Prize in Medicine, member of the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Medicine. The second, a former professor of oncology, specialist in digestive surgery, is also laureate of the Antoine Lacassagne cancer prize awarded by the National League against Cancer. Two impressive CVs that unfortunately do not immunize against the virus of pseudoscience. Indeed, the two accomplices had made an appointment "to the journalists of the press health, well-being and society" to tell them all the harm they thought of vaccines. This, a few months from the passage of three to eleven of the number of compulsory vaccines in children.

If from the beginning of the conference, they said loud and clear not to be opposed to vaccination it was only to better undermine its foundations thereafter. "We risk with vaccines to poison little by little all the population that will succeed us, children, babies," for example, launched Luc Montagnier in an attack of alarmist fever. "We are entering a kind of vaccine dictatorship ..." Henry Joyeux claimed on his side. Problem: most of their arguments are based on untruths, bias reasoning or misinformation, all against the background of conspiracy theory.

With the help of Professor Brigitte Autran of the Pierre and Marie Curie Faculty of Medicine in Paris, a vaccine specialist, we have tried to decipher the main arguments put forward by Professors Montagnier and Joyeux. An exercise that at times proved difficult or even impossible in some cases, both the sources and the scientific references were lacking in their words:

Vaccines may be responsible for sudden infant death.

https://www.sciencesetavenir.fr/sante/vaccins-decryptage-de-l-etrange-conference-de-presse-des-professeurs-luc-montagnier-et-henri-joyeux_118446


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Happy Thanksgiving from Age of Autism

AofA ThankfulDear friends, readers, families, colleagues and supporters, we at AofA would like to wish you each a very happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for your readership, your likes, links, reTweets and comments throughout the year.

The winds change, and we constantly readjust our sails, don't we?

Thank you.

Kim, Mark, John and the entire AofA team

 


The European Health Parliament: Bogus Institution Is Industry Front

image from www.healthparliament.euBy John Stone

Our elected politicians may not be a class I collectively respect, but at least they bother to get themselves elected. Recently our friends at the British based journal and group The Informed Parent received a letter announcing:

“My name is Alice Pignacca, Member of the European Vaccine Committee of the European Health Parliament, a platform of 55 young professionals and students with the goal of shaping the future of healthcare in Europe. We work in 5 committees around various topics. Specifically, our committee intends to provide recommendations on vaccination plans, taking into account the reasons for not trusting vaccines.”

What Ms Pignacca – who is requesting information -  does not mention is that the European Health Parliament (which no one had heard of before) but which sounds vaguely plausible, is no more a parliament than you or I are a parliament. It does not have representatives elected by citizens, and it is not an institution of the European Union: it is an unelected body affiliated to Johnson and Johnson, Google, POLITICO, the College of Europe, the European Patients Forum (a group which receives significant funding from most of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers)and Euro40 (a group of Euro MPs under the age of 40). The letter is copied to Matteo Pedralli, who like Pignacca seems to be a student at the 'the College of Europe', an independent educational institution situated in Brussels (one of the two homes of the real European Parliament) and to Chiara Danelli, who works for Johnson and Johnson .

Johnson and Johnson may not be a name much associated with vaccines but they make Quinvaxem (DTPHibHep)  and Hepavax  (a single Hepatitis B vaccine), and are trying to expand into the sector:

“Johnson & Johnson currently has relatively low vaccine revenues, reflecting its small portfolio size, volume of doses sold and geographic scope. However, its pipeline and R&D investments indicate a growing focus on vaccines.”

So, in order to add their new products to an already obscenely crowded schedule they are going to have to lobby hard.

Among the questions that Pignacca asks:

“For which reason don’t you trust scientists, doctors, and institutions on this?..”

I am not speaking for the Informed Parent but of course if you write from an industry sponsored lobby organization pretending to be a legitimate public body it scarcely helps your case.

‘Would you agree that the scientific method has helped human progress?”

Well, yes but that does not mean that every industrial product manufactured is an example of progress or necessarily safe. I do not know why Ms Pignacca would expect anyone to respect such naive or twisted logic.

The European Health Parliament seems have been launched as a project in 2015 with the motto echoing the 'Occupy Wall Street' campaign 'Occupy Health Street' but the pretence of being a citizens’ body is ridiculous, another Trojan horse.

Or perhaps European Health Parliament is just a rather up-market youth employment scheme: the door-to-door sales-people of the cyber age.

The government pharmaceutical complex cannot play it straight to save their lives.

John Stone is UK Editor for Age of Autism.


Holiday Reading List from Skyhorse Publishing

This holiday season, we're thankful for Skyhorse Publishing in New York. Publisher Tony Lyons is not only an autism Dad himself, but he's a brave, sometimes lone voice in the publishing world for every topic within the spectrum that is autism. 

Here are some of SHP's recent releases worth a look.

Denial
Denial by Dan Olmsted (Age of Autism Founding Editor) and Mark Blaxill (Age of Autism Editor at Large)


Your SPED rights
Your Special Education Rights by Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson
(A behind the scenes look a the world of IEPs and how you can negotiate better with  your school district.)

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Dog Flu Pet Threat Campaign Promotes Merck Vaccine

Dog fluAND YOUR LITTLE DOG TOO!!!!!!!  Good grief, Snoopy! Merck is now trying to convince you that your dog is in grave danger from the flu and you should be a responsible pet owner and get your dog vaccinated. Dog flu. Ever heard of it? Has your vet ever told you about this threat to your pet?  The website https://www.dogflu.com/ is 0wned by Merck (see below.)  Sounds like a cash cow product to me.

"Dog Flu is a growing concern across kennels and boarding facilities, learn more about prevention and containment.  AAHA reports on how kennels and boarding facilities are reacting to the Dog Flu outbreak in Trends Magazine."

Admin Organization: Merck and Co., Inc.
Admin Street: One Merck Drive,
Admin City: Whitehouse Station
Admin State/Province: NJ
Admin Postal Code: 08889


Vaccines and Pregnancy

Vax PregnantNote: I'm at an age where my friends kids are beginning to get married and have their own children. While, the girls' Dad and I will never have grandchildren thanks to autism, such is not the case for most AofA readers.  Today's young women experience fully medicalized pregnancy from conception, often assisted, through delivery. When I had my first baby in 1994, I was to ingest nothing resembling medicine. No aspirin. No allergy medication.  No prescriptions outside of those horsepill vitamins. No over the counter anything. I was told not to eat tuna, not to drink coffee or alcohol. Cigarettes were long off the table as an option. Rightly so.  Today? Young woman are shamed  encouraged to get a flu vaccine at the very least. World Mercury Project takes on pregnancy vaccination and safety in this blog piece below. If you have your own story to share, comment here at AofA and on the WMP blog too. Thank you to Robert Kennedy Jr. and his team for their work.  Kim

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In recent years the CDC has made recommendations that women receive flu vaccines and TDaP vaccines during their pregnancy even though the package inserts state there are no long term safety studies to justify this practice. Mothers are reporting miscarriage, pre-term labor and health issues for themselves and their children following these vaccines. A recent CDC study found that pregnant women vaccinated with the influenza vaccine had 2 times greater odds of miscarrying their babies compared to women who did not receive flu vaccine. Here’s one mother’s story of her twins after a flu vaccine in pregnancy. Share your story and hashtag it #restorechildhealth #worldmercuryproject.   Read more at World Mercury Project.


Generation Rescue Asks: Is Ketogenic the New Autism Diet?

Gen Rescue SquareNote: Our sponsors offer a deep well of learning. Here, Generation Rescue talks diet.  Please bookmark their blog for updates.
Thank you to Jenny, Candace and the GR team for always putting families first.

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We’re always trying to stay on top of the latest trends in functional medicine. We’ve heard a lot about the ketogenic diet and were curious about the benefits (if any) for individuals with autism. We asked functional medicine doctor Will Cole, D.C. to give us all the details.

In conversation with Dr. Will Cole

GR: What is ketosis and what does it mean to follow a ketogenic diet?

WC: A ketogenic diet is one made up of high-fat, moderate protein, and low carbohydrates. The whole goal behind a ketogenic diet is to reach a state of ketosis, where your primary energy source is fat in the form of ketones, instead of glucose.

The standard belief is that we absolutely need glucose for energy when that is simply not the case. As babies we relied on fat in the form of breast milk for optimal development. And with our brains made up of 60% fat with 25% of our bodies entire cholesterol found in the brain, it makes sense to feed our body exactly what it is made of instead of depriving it.

GR: What foods should be eliminated and why? What potential reactions could we be having as a result of eating these foods? 

WC: You should avoid all grains, most fruit, sugar and legumes. Not only can all of these be inflammatory they can interfere with your body reaching ketosis by raising your blood sugar. In addition, fruits should be eaten in moderation because of the high fructose levels. The best fruits are lemons, limes, and berries since they are low-fructose.

GR: What foods are allowed?

Read more here.


What Will Johnny Collett Mean for Autism Families?

Johnny collettNOTE: Any AofA readers in Kentucky or with experience with Johnny Collett please chime in in our comments. He serves as an advisory board member of the Kentucky Autism Training Center.  The info below from the White House is more than a bit concerning in that it fails to mention experience with the most demanding diagnosis in special education today, AUTISM.

If you could tell him your most pressing need, what would you say to him?

"President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

Johnny Collett of Kentucky, to be the Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Mr. Collett is the Director of Special Education Outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers. In this role, he supports states in their work to raise expectations and improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. He previously served as Director of the Division of Learning Services and State Director of Special Education at the Kentucky Department of Education. In this role, he provided oversight to a division that included special education, as well as other program areas such as English Learners, gifted and talented, response to intervention, the Kentucky School for the Blind, and the Kentucky School for the Deaf. He also served on the board of directors of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, serving a partial term as secretary-treasurer of the board. Mr. Collett also served in various other roles, including exceptional children consultant, assistant division director, and acting division director. Prior to working at the Kentucky Department of Education, he was a high school special education teacher. Mr. Collett is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and Georgetown College (KY)."

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Kentucky Autism Training Center

Director
Division of Learning Services
Office of Next-Generation Learners
Kentucky Department of Education

Johnny W. Collett is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Georgetown College (KY). He has been with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) since 2008 and currently serves as Director for the Division of Learning Services (DLS). Johnny has previously served as an Interim Division Director, Assistant Division Director and Exceptional Children Consultant at the KDE. Prior to coming to the KDE, he served eight years as a classroom teacher in Scott County (KY) Schools, working primarily with students with disabilities. Johnny is married and has three children (17, 11 and 7 years old).


The Failing Flu Shot. Got It? No, Thanks.

Did You educate Vaccinate
By Cathy Jameson

When I was growing up, we were taught four seasons:  spring, summer, autumn, winter.  Lasting 3 months each, they make up our year.  At some point in time, the medical and the advertising industry created a new season.  They call it the Flu Season.  Starting in October and lasting well into spring, a better term to use for those months of the year is Flu Shot Season. 

Even earlier, depending on where you live, this man-made season begins with signage.  Never advertising simple tips—like hand washing, avoiding contact with others while feeling under the weather, or covering sneezes—Flu Shot Season advertising goes into full force around the time that school begins.  Steadily increasing during the holidays, the advertising becomes more in-your-face.  So do the monetary incentives for flu shot consumers. Flu shot halloween

A quick internet search of “flu shot incentives” and “flu shot freebies” brings listing upon listing of how to cash in on free or reduced products.  How this is ethical is beyond me.  We’re not usually offered $5 off of groceries for other medical procedures, like for allergy testing or testicular cancer screenings; why, then, just for vaccines?  

Flu shot target

Flu shot sign images source: Google

No matter when, and no matter how many signs are placed or how many commercial spots are aired, the flu shot has, once again, received failing marks.  Straight from the CDC’s mouth, this year’s flu shot has been reported as ineffective.

Flu shot graphic

Image source: CDC

Even with that news, advertising continues.  It’s push, push, push that failed shot one more Flu Shot Season in a row.  If any of my children come home with academic scores similar to the yearly efficacy—or better said, the inefficacy—of the flu shot (“Adjusted Overall VE %” column), my eyebrows would be raised.  My patience would be worn thin.  My head would be spinning, and you know that there will be tons of questions – why is your average so low?  Did you miss class that day?  Were you goofing off?  Did you forget your book?  Notes?  To study?  My children know that they are responsible for their studies and that consequences follow low scores.  That doesn’t seem to be the case for the US vaccine program’s watchdogs. 

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Asking ABC 10 California Reporter About the Vaccine Exemption Loophole

Laura Hayes
NOTE: Thanks to Laura Hayes for her tireless diligence in California on the topic of vaccination. From Laura:

"A few days ago, I sent an email with this link of an ABC news report here in CA re. SB277 and what reporters are now calling the "loophole" of medical exemptions issued by licensed physicians in CA:  http://www.abc10.com/news/local/loophole-in-california-vaccine-law-leads-to-rise-in-medical-exemptions/490980059

After viewing this "news" segment, I immediately emailed the reporter, Gabrielle Karol at gkarol@abc10.com   It has been 3 days now, and no reply from her.  Perhaps you, too, will feel compelled to contact this reporter.  However, as with other mainstream reporters, it appears that her vaccine-related stories are dictated by the hand that feeds her and her network, Big Pharma." 
 
Dear Ms. Karol,
 
I watched your feature last night re. the use of medical exemptions in CA.  It did not include balance or pertinent facts. It also did not mention that the featured child's cancer may very well have been caused by her childhood vaccines (http://fearlessparent.org/do-vaccines-cause-cancer/). Should you want to further educate yourself on the topic of vaccines, here are some starting points for you.  
 
 
(80-min. presentation I gave on 11-13-16 at WAPF's annual conference; a comprehensive overview of many vaccine-related issues, and a great place for you to begin)
 
 
 
 
 
We are in the midst of a Vaccine Holocaust.  Mainstream media is one of the guilty parties, and a major contributor to escalating medical fascism.  It is my sincere hope that you will make the time to educate yourself, then dedicate yourself to exposing the dangers, inefficacies, and lack of need for vaccines, and the corruption that underlies them from manufacture to mandate, and beyond.
 
Sincerely,
 
Laura Hayes

Letter by Veteran Vaccine Researchers Warns of Multiple Vaccine Risks

Risk choice"So far the results have been consistent in indicating that it is better to receive a live vaccine after a non-live vaccine than a non-live after a live vaccine ... Hence, it could have major effects on mortality and morbidity and health care costs if immunisation programmes implemented a “live-vaccine-last” policy."

A letter in BMJ Rapid Responses yesterday co-authored by veteran Danish vaccine researchers Christine Benn, Peter Aaby and their colleague Signe Sorup warns of the risk to morbidity and mortality if non-live vaccines are administered after live virus vaccines, rather than in the opposite sequence. The authors are writing about the non-specific effects of vaccines on health. The flagging up of adverse consequences after decades of administration indicates the chaotic, and unrecorded effects of vaccine programs across the globe. The letter talks about the sequence of administration when of course live and and non-live vaccines are often administered together.

While the authors talk about modifying practice, what continues to be troubling is the random recklessness and negligence with which programs are assembled and the failure to monitor the long term consequences for health of vaccination. For all those who have had to bear the consequences looking at it decades later is of course only slightly better than nothing. 

 

 


80 Reasons to Amazon Smile and Donate to Autism Age!

Thanks Age of AutismHi, friends. We're in the middle of our November $5,000 matching gift fundraising event for Autism Age - which is the non-profit organization that publishes Age of Autism every day.  $10,000 is a whole lot of money to us!  Your donations are arriving by mail (PO Box 110546 Trumbull CT 06611) and through our Bank of America based online ordering system. DONATE SECURELY HERE.

Thank you! 

Last year, at this time, Dan Olmsted was formulating his next book (on Polio) and how he planned to spend his retirement years.  As part 0f his future plans, he generously turned Autism Age over to me in December.  We are a non-profit registered in Connecticut. As Executive Director, chief, cook and bottle washer, it's my great joy to honor Dan's memory by keeping us up and running each day. I couldn't do it without our team - John Stone and Mark Blaxill, Cathy Jameson and Adriana Gamondes who keep our Facebook page current and fresh, Teresa Conrick with our science updates. Nancy Hokkanen not only writes, but who sends me great email ideas regularly. Anne Dachel with her important media updates. Everyone on our team.  If you want to contribute, by all means send me a submission for review to KimRossi1111@gmail.com.  We love stories from inside the epidemic - your family, your highs and lows, your growing kids, your own life if you are on the spectrum. You don't have to be a Pulitzer Prize winner - just write from your heart and gut. That honesty makes for great posts. The content beast is always hungry!

I just got an email from Amazon - we just earned $80 through the AMAZON SMILE program.  You can donate every time you make a purchase through Amazon. Just click here to get started!  It might not sound like much, but SMILE was a new revenue source for us in 2017.  Passive donations are most excellent!

Below is our Matching Gift program for the month from "anonymous donor."  Ask YOUR EMPLOYER for a matching gift Matching giftform for your donation!

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and is a perfect time to express our gratitude for this wonderful forum we know as the Age of Autism blog.

Please take a few minutes to consider the following:

  • How often you read AoA
  • How often you share articles from AoA
  • How AoA has helped you, your child, and your family
  • How supported you feel when you read AoA

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Action Alert! Senate Should Reject Alex Azar

Urgent call to actionThank you to Autism Action Network for this action alert. You may be able to help stop this appointment by sharing your concerns with your Senator.  The action alert below includes a link, and letter you can use through the convenience automatic system.  Please, take 5 minutes to use the action alert.  The AHA  just changed blood pressure standards to lower them - meaning MORE Americans will test as "hypertensive."  That means millions of additional prescriptions written for drugs and swamp gold for pharma. As head of HHS, Azar, an Eli Lilly alum, will be able to manage American healthcare for the express benefit of his industry.  Don't be naive enough to think our health will be taken into any account other than the pharma bank account.  Thank you.


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President Trump just nominated former chief lobbyist and President of the US division of drug company Eli Lilly to be the next Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS). Eli Lilly is the inventor and was the primary manufacturer of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines that is linked to autism and other neurological disorders. Prior to employment at Eli Lilly, under George W. Bush, Azar was general counsel and later deputy secretary of HHS at the time the decision was made to give an expedited efficacy and safety review to Gardasil, a vaccine for human papilloma virus produced by Merck that has enormous safety issues. As general counsel (head attorney) for HHS, Azar participated in the Autism Omnibus Proceeding that denied more than 5000 claims of vaccine injury, even though HHS settled one of the test cases that found that Hannah Poling's autism was indeed caused by vaccine injury.

Azar is exactly the wrong person to head HHS. Azar must be approved by the Senate, and the Autism Action Network will be working hard to stop his confirmation.

Please click on the Take Action link to send an email to the President expressing your disappointment with this nomination, and encouraging the two United States Senators from your state, who must vote on Azar's appointment, to oppose his confirmation.

While the head of Eli Lily in the US, Azar was also on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Association, a trade and lobbying association for manufacturers of biological products including drugs, vaccines and GMOs.  Azar's career perfectly mirrors the "revolving door" door between regulatory agencies and the industries that they supposedly regulate in the public interest. The revolving door is one of the clearest indicators of government corruption.  And Azar is only 50 years old, so we can probably expect several more trips through the revolving door before his career is done.

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HCG Found in WHO Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Developing World

Vax PregnantThank you to our loyal reader Dr. K.O. for making us aware of this paper.

Open Access Library Journal

John W. Oller1, Christopher A. Shaw2,3, Lucija Tomljenovic2,3, Stephen K. Karanja4, Wahome Ngare4, Felicia M. Clement5, Jamie Ryan Pillette5

1Communicative Disorders, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA 2Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Graduate Program in Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 3Neural Dynamics Research Group, Vancouver, Canada 4Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, Nairobi, Kenya 5University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA
Copyright © 2017 by authors and Open Access Library Inc.
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY 4.0). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Received: September 12, 2017; Accepted: October 24, 2017; Published: October 27, 2017

ABSTRACT

In 1993, WHO announced a “birth-control vaccine” for “family planning”. Published research shows that by 1976 WHO researchers had conjugated tetanus toxoid (TT) with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) producing a “birth-control” vaccine. Conjugating TT with hCG causes pregnancy hormones to be attacked by the immune system. Expected results are abortions in females already pregnant and/or infertility in recipients not yet impregnated. Repeated inoculations prolong infertility. Currently WHO researchers are working on more potent anti-fertility vaccines using recombinant DNA. WHO publications show a long-range purpose to reduce population growth in unstable “less developed countries”. By November 1993 Catholic publications appeared saying an abortifacient vaccine was being used as a tetanus prophylactic. In November 2014, the Catholic Church asserted that such a program was underway in Kenya. Three independent Nairobi accredited biochemistry laboratories tested samples from vials of the WHO tetanus vaccine being used in March 2014 and found hCG where none should be present. In October 2014, 6 additional vials were obtained by Catholic doctors and were tested in 6 accredited laboratories. Again, hCG was found in half the samples. Subsequently, Nairobi’s AgriQ Quest laboratory, in two sets of analyses, again found hCG in the same vaccine vials that tested positive earlier but found no hCG in 52 samples alleged by the WHO to be vials of the vaccine used in the Kenya campaign 40 with the same identifying batch numbers as the vials that tested positive for hCG. Given that hCG was found in at least half the WHO vaccine samples known by the doctors involved in administering the vaccines to have been used in Kenya, our opinion is that the Kenya “anti-tetanus” campaign was reasonably called into question by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association as a front for population growth reduction.

Subject Areas:

Gynecology & Obstetrics, Women’s Health

Keywords:

Anti-Fertility Measures, Beta-Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, Birth-Control Vaccine, Population Control Programs

INTRODUCTION:

On November 6, 2014, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) which presides over the Kenya Catholic Health Commission (established in 1957 [1] ) issued a press release alleging that the World Health Organization (WHO) was secretly using a “birth-control” vaccine in its anti-tetanus vaccination campaign in Kenya 2013-2015 [2] . A few days later, an article in the Washington Post followed with similar allegations quoting the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA) [3] . Such claims from sources in the Catholic Church prompted this case study of the WHO Kenya “anti-tetanus” campaign along with a review of WHO research to develop anti-fertility vaccines1. Many published papers, which we found in the Web of Science and PubMed data bases, document WHO experimental research with various anti-fertility vaccine conjugates [4] - [24] since the 1970s. The published objective of WHO researchers performing the experiments was to engineer one or more “birth-control” vaccines that can, with known reliability, produce and maintain infertility indefinitely.

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Trump Drains the Swamp to Make Room for More Pharma Gold

Drain the swampPresident Trump promised to "drain the swamp" during his campaign. His hard talk about pharmaceutical influence on our lives was a strong pull for many within the autism community from conservatives, to moderates to staunch liberals. Many held their noses and voted for Trump with a longing for true help and change for this generation of kids and the future.

The nominee for HHS secretary is Alex Azar, former top executive with Eli Lilly, the creator and manufacturer of Thimerosal. Thimerosal. Thimerosal: the  mercury-based preservative used in vaccinations and the launching pad for autism.   Azar was also in HHS under President George W. Bush.   The good news is that his orientation will be a snap. He already knows how to find the bathroom and supply closet.

Even the mainstream media sees the significance of appointing a captain of industry to run a government organization as large as HHS.   From the NY Times:

President Trump, who has repeatedly assailed pharmaceutical companies for the high cost of prescription medications in the United States, nominated on Monday a former executive of one of the nation’s largest drug companies to be secretary of health and human services, which has responsibility for regulating the pharmaceutical industry. Read more here.

I'm reminded of the lyric from the song "The Circle Game." 

And the seasons, they go round and round and the painted ponies go up and down.
We're captives on the carousel of time.
We can't return. We can only look.
Behind from where we came.
And go round and round and round in the circle game.

Kim


The Science Behind Dental Mercury and Other Environmental Toxicants

Viceroy-DentistNOTE: My father was a dentist for a decade before becoming an orthodontist. I've often wondered about his (and my Mom's, who was his chair side assistant before their marriage) mercury burden from the 1950s as they relate to my own burden and my girls' autism. It was a hard subject to even bring up with my Dad. Thanks to World Mercury Project for this article. Please visit their site here.

By Amanda Just and John Kall, DMD of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)

If everyone had the same reaction to environmental toxicants, these hazardous substances would probably be banned immediately. It would be obvious to everyone, as well as their doctors, that exposure to a specific toxic material results in a definitive outcome– the exact same illness shared by all of those who come into contact with the dangerous substance. However, research has demonstrated that individuals respond to environmental toxicants in a way that is unique to their own bodies.

This “personalized response” has been studied in depth in the case of dental mercury. In fact, examining the science behind dental mercury sheds light on the complex variability of environmental illnesses. It also offers hope that this newfound understanding can help heal the ailing state of 21st century public health.

What is dental mercury?

Often referred to as “silver fillings,” all dental amalgams consist of 45-55% metallic mercury. Mercury is a known neurotoxin.  Amalgams are still used for about 45% of all direct dental restorations worldwide, including in the US.

What are some of the health risks that have been linked to dental mercury?

Properly diagnosing “adverse health effects” related to dental mercury amalgam fillings is impeded by the list of potential responses to the elemental form of the substance, which include over 250 symptoms. Not all individuals will experience the same symptom or combination of symptoms. Moreover, scientists have associated the mercury in amalgam fillings with Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), antibiotic resistance, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, infertility, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and other health problems.  Read more here.


"Vaccines: What is there to be "Pro" About?" Laura Hayes to Weston A. Price Foundation Conference

Laura HayesLaura Hayes speaking at the Weston A Price Foundation a year ago

Dear AoA Readers,

I recently had the privilege and pleasure of attending and speaking at Weston A. Price Foundation's 17th Annual Wise Traditions Conference in Alabama (Nov. 10th-14th, 2016).  

Topics covered at this year's conference ran the gamut from Characteristics of Healthy Diets, to Teaming with Nature for Chemical-Free Yards and Nutrient-Dense Vegetables, to Our Seniors: Dumping Ground for Drugs?, to Mercury Amalgam Detoxification, to Restoring the Family Farm, to...an all-day Vaccination Track with 4 speakers! 

In addition to amazing, information-packed lectures about health and nutrition...and we are not talking about the FDA/CDC/AAP/AMA's means of achieving health (!), or the FDA/USDA's recommendations for nutrition (!)...there were numerous exhibitors selling everything from kombucha to supplements to alpaca blankets. And the food was incredible...all WAPF-style...at a hotel, no less!  Numerous farmers and companies donated organic, nutrient-dense foods, which WAPF members helped hotel chefs and kitchen staff to prepare the WAPF way.  Let me just say, we ate well!  

I spoke on Sunday morning from 9:00-10:20 am. The title of my presentation was Vaccines: What Is Weston A PriceThere to Be 'Pro' About? Thanks to WAPF filming it, and to Josh Coleman for making a YouTube link for me, I am now able to share my presentation with others. 

Below are the video link for and the transcript of my presentation.  My hope is that for anyone who watches and/or reads my presentation, it will be the end of vaccinations for them and their children. For any doctors, nurses, or pharmacists who watch and/or read my presentation, I hope it will mark the end of their recommending and/or administering vaccines ever again. For any legislators who watch and/or read my presentation, I hope it will be the impetus which compels them to initiate legislation to ban vaccine mandates in their states, or at the federal level, and to initiate legislation for an immediate moratorium on all vaccinations for all people since not one should ever have been approved or marketed.

I hope you will share my presentation with others. You might just save a child, and his/her family, from a lifetime of suffering and premature death.

Laura Hayes

Mother of Vaccine-Injured Children

On a mission to end the Vaccine Holocaust

WAPF Conference, 11-13-16

Good morning, my name is Laura Hayes, I am from N CA, and I want to thank you all for making the choice to come to the Vaccination track this morning! The title of my talk is “Vaccines: What Is There to Be ‘Pro’ About?”, of which you will receive a copy after my presentation. I am excited for the opportunity to talk to you about the dangers, inefficacies, and lack of need for vaccines; about the corruption that underlies them from manufacture to mandate, and beyond; and about the urgent need to put an immediate end to this vaccine insanity that has swept our nation resulting in an unprecedented loss of our most basic fundamental human right…the right to determine that which we allow, or don’t allow, into our own bodies, and those of our children.

Think about that…if we don’t have the most basic of rights, those of self-autonomy and bodily integrity, and the right to protect our children from known harm, what meaningful rights do we have?

And let us not forget that the hallmark of ethical medicine is that of prior, completely voluntary, and fully informed consent. The U.S. has agreed to uphold and abide by this standard of ethical medicine on numerous occasions, beginning in 1947 with the signing of The Nuremberg Code. This international code of ethics was the result of the world becoming aware of atrocious medical experiments performed on human beings during WWII without their consent, and often without their knowledge. To ensure that such crimes against humanity would never occur again, the Nuremberg Code was written and it states that “the voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.” Additional, similar codes of ethics have been signed since then by the U.S., most recently including The Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights at the UNESCO Convention in 2005, which states in Article 6 under the section titled Consent:  

Any preventive (which by definition includes vaccines), diagnostic, and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free, and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.

In Article 3 of this same Declaration it states:

The interests and welfare of the individual should have priority over the sole interest of science or society.  

Vaccine mandates, in and of themselves, with or without exemptions, are in complete violation of the Nuremberg Code and other international codes of ethics, as is any form of mandated medicine.

For those of us in CA, MS, and WV, this hallmark of ethical medicine is no longer being heeded at any level and the aforementioned agreements to which the U.S is a signer are currently being violated.  Your state could be next.

Today, I would like to begin by reassuring you that you do not need to be a PhD chemist or biologist, or a medical doctor, or some type of genius to understand that what is going on with vaccines is not scientific, is not proven, is not safe, is not working as claimed, is not ethical, and is not wise.  All that is truly needed is a basic level of common sense, parental instincts that have not been demeaned, grossly manipulated, and obliterated by doctors and others, and the willingness and ears to hear the truth. 

Part of that truth involves challenging the notion that it is desirable for humans to be infection-free. The immune system, like our muscles and our brains, needs to be challenged to become stronger and more efficient. However, the challenges must occur via natural means, not via artificial and damaging means. The current and unnatural goal of eliminating temporary, acute, immune-system-building infections has led to the development of permanent, chronic, immune-system-destroying diseases. So we must ask ourselves, do we want the former or the latter?

We must also ask ourselves, what benefits are we forever forfeiting when we interfere via vaccination in an attempt to try to avoid contracting infections naturally? To list but a few, one is forfeiting: permanent lifetime immunity; the future ability for females to pass on immunity to their baby both in the womb and via breastfeeding; contracting these illnesses during childhood, when they are mostly benign, and instead contracting them during adulthood, when they are far more serious; protection against and avoidance of many types of cancer, both during childhood and later on in adulthood; and, perhaps most importantly, the purity of one’s immune system, which can never be restored. Wow, that is quite a list of health benefits one forfeits when one chooses to vaccinate.

We must be aware that we have been taught to fear infections for which there is a vaccine. Due to this erroneous teaching, one might call it brainwashing, the majority of Americans is now suffering from lifelong, debilitating diseases which manifest as chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, and premature deaths.

I also want to challenge the notion that vaccinations equal immunization. Not true at all, and that is why you will never hear me call vaccinations “immunizations”, because they are not. Vaccine “efficacy” is allowed to be determined by the presence of titers post-vaccination in small numbers of study subjects. Titers are concentrations of antibodies. However, the presence of elevated vaccine-induced titers does not mean a person is now immune from that which he was vaccinated against, it simply means his blood has been purposefully and artificially tainted by a vaccine. In reality, people with low to zero titers for a certain infection can remain uninfected when exposed to that illness, and conversely, people with extremely high titers for a certain infection can contract the illness when exposed. Therefore, the presence of vaccine-induced titers offers no proof of vaccine efficacy…yet, it continues to be used as proof of efficacy…and vaccine recipients continue to be duped…and poisoned.

Furthermore, to the best of my knowledge, there has been no research comparing vaccine-induced titers to titers acquired via natural means, such as through breastmilk and/or through exposure to natural infection. Such a comparison study is required before claims of any kind can be made about vaccine-induced titers.

If any of you sitting here today is still comfortable with the notion of vaccines and with the practice of vaccinating, I anticipate that you will be very uncomfortable with both by the end of my presentation…at least, that is my hope!

Here are a few questions I’d like to begin with in an effort to dispel the myths that vaccines are safe, effective, properly licensed, and properly monitored post-marketing:

  1. How can vaccines be both safe, as touted by doctors, government regulators, and the media, and unavoidably unsafe, meaning inherently dangerous, as declared by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011? Both statements cannot be true.
  2. If vaccines are safe, why then do we have the1986 National Childhood Vaccine InjuryAct, the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, the Vaccine Injury Table, and lengthy sections on each and every vaccine package insert detailing adverse events, including death, that have resulted from those very vaccines? If vaccines are safe, then why do this Act of Congress, this reporting system, this compensation program, and these warning lists exist?
  3. If the FDA and CDC readily admit that only 1-10% of adverse drug reactions, including those for vaccines, is ever reported, yet over $3.5 billion has been paid out to date for vaccine injuries and vaccine fatalities, from a program that the vast majority of our doctors and citizenry is unaware of, and from a program in which less than 1/3 of vaccine injury and vaccine fatality cases is actually compensated, then how can it be said that vaccines are safe? In other words, with 90+ percent of vaccine-induced injuries and deaths going unreported, with most people completely unaware of being able to file a claim with the VICP, or finding out about the VICP after the brief 3-year statute of limitations for filing a claim has passed, and with the VICP being a government-run-and-rigged kangaroo court in which discovery is not allowed, the more than $3.5 billion in payouts is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to what should have been paid out to date for vaccine-induced injuries and deaths!
  4. If vaccines are safe, why are parents worldwide using every alternative media source possible to tell their tragic stories of what happened to their children, and/or themselves, post-vaccination? Mainstream media refuses to cover these extremely prevalent stories, but that has not stopped parents, and others, from getting the word out. The stories are endless, they are tragic, and they did not need to happen. My guess is that Del Bigtree will be sharing some stories from being on the road with the VaXxed Team when he speaks this afternoon, and I will share my son’s story later in my presentation.
  5. If vaccines are safe, why did the U.S. Congress remove liability from those who make and administer vaccines in 1986? For those who are not familiar with the 1986 NCVIA passed by Congress, it came about as a result of vaccine-making pharmaceutical companies being sued time and again for their dangerous and deadly vaccine products.  Losing costly lawsuits for their vaccine products was not good for PR or for the bottom line. As a result, they and their well-paid lobbyists whined to and pleaded with Congress to shield them from liability for their vaccine products, claiming vaccines were needed to ensure public health. Unbelievably, at the very time when Congress should have ordered an immediate moratorium on all vaccines to get to the bottom of why so many children, and people of all ages, were being injured and killed by vaccines, they instead indemnified those who were making and administering the dangerous and deadly vaccines. Insane! Unethical! So very wrong! Not surprisingly, with no liability to worry about, leaving them with zero incentive and zero accountability to make safe vaccine products, vaccine makers began churning out new vaccines, and within just a few short years, our nation’s vaccine schedule for children nearly tripled!  Tragically, my 3 children were born just after this tripling occurred, in 1992, 1994, and 1996.
  6. If vaccines work, why are those who choose to vaccinate concerned about and fearful of those who choose not to vaccinate? Those who vaccinate should feel oh so protected, and if they don’t, then at some level, they know they have been duped into allowing faulty products to be injected into their children and/or themselves. Here’s another way to look at it: how is my taking a medicine going to make your medicine more effective? Answer: it isn’t.
  7. If vaccines work, why in nearly every “outbreak” of pertussis, measles, and mumps in our country has the majority, if not a full 100%, of those infected been vaccinated? That should not be the case if vaccines work as claimed, and it makes null and void the theory of vaccine-induced herd immunity.
  8. If vaccines work, why are booster shots needed, and continually added to the CDC’s recommended schedule? Booster shots are proof of vaccine failure. They are proof that vaccines don’t provide lifetime, or even lengthy, immunity. They are proof that vaccines are not effective for all, if any, or for any known or proven amount of time. And once again, the ridiculous yet oft-touted claim of vaccine-induced herd immunity is blown to bits by the continual addition of and need for booster shots.
  9. If vaccines work, why are 5 DTaP vaccines needed by age 5, with another TDaP at age 12, and additional TDaPs every 10 years? And why do those following that intense vaccination schedule still contract, harbor, and spread pertussis? That is proof that vaccines don’t work, and that the powers that be know it.
  10. If vaccines are safe and effective, why do those who have received live-virus vaccines, such as the chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, shingles, nasal flu, rotavirus, yellow fever, and possibly other vaccines, shed and spread the diseases for which they were vaccinated to others, for up to 6 weeks, perhaps for much longer? And since viral shedding by vaccine recipients of live-virus vaccines is a known and documented fact, why then are recipients of live-virus vaccines not required to self-quarantine, at home, until blood, saliva, and urine tests conclusively confirm that they are no longer capable of shedding and spreading the diseases for which they were vaccinated?
  11. If vaccines are safe and effective, why do the vaccinated often contract the diseases for which they were vaccinated? One of my favorite examples of this is to read the list of adverse reactions on the flu vaccine package insert. Virtually ALL the symptoms of the flu are listed right there, in plain print, under adverse reactions!
  12. If vaccines are safe and effective, why are those who have received the DTaP and TDaP vaccines able to harbor pertussis in their throats after encountering pertussis post-vaccination, enabling them to infect others while remaining asymptomatic…which is extremely dangerous as neither they nor those with whom they come in contact are aware that they are contagious? This fact blows the vaccine profiteers’ theory of “cocooning a newborn” right out of the water. In actuality, those vaccinated with pertussis-containing vaccines pose a real threat to infants, the immune-compromised, and the elderly. To make matters worse, those vaccinated with pertussis-containing vaccines are more susceptible to the rarer and more virulent strains of pertussis against which vaccines offer no protection…and those more virulent and dangerous strains are the very ones they might be spreading to unsuspecting others.
  13. If vaccines are safe and effective, why the refusal to do a comparison study between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated to determine which group fares better both health- and development-wise, in both the short- and long-term?  Without such a comparison study, absolutely no safety, efficacy, or necessity claims about vaccines can be made.
  14. If vaccines are supposed to be monitored post-licensure and post-marketing, why are multivalent vaccines allowed? A multivalent vaccine is a vaccine that contains more than 1 vaccine, up to 6, given via a single shot. And why is more than one vaccine, be it monovalent or multivalent, allowed to be given at a time? With such careless and reckless practices the norm, how can it ever be determined which vaccine might be problematic for a recipient if more than one is administered at once?  Answer: It can’t be, and that is why it is allowed. Such practices are an excellent way to muddy the waters and keep inconvenient and horrendous truths that the vaccine profiteers don’t want you to know from being exposed. Additionally, the average parent’s warning bells sound more and more loudly with each subsequent painful jab to their precious child.  Thus, the idea was hatched to cram as many vaccines into one syringe as possible to make the barbaric practice of vaccination less repugnant for the parent, and to make unpleasant and tragic results more difficult to pinpoint back to a particular vaccine.
  15. If vaccines are supposed to be monitored post-licensure and post-marketing, why are batch lots of vaccines allowed to be separated when shipped, unlike any other drug?  If lots are separated, how can it be quickly determined when there is a problematic “hot lot” so that an immediate warning and recall can be issued? A “hot lot” refers to a lot that is causing more adverse events and deaths than usual. Answer: With lots separated, hot lots can’t be quickly identified and recalled, and that is done on purpose. In the late 1970s, vaccine maker Wyeth appears to have developed a plan to evade hot-lot accusations. Why? Because in 1979, 11 babies died within 8 days of a DPT shot. Nine of them had been vaccinated with the same lot of pertussis vaccine, Wyeth #64201. Five died within 24 hours, 4 from the same lot. The following is from a Wyeth Internal Correspondence dated 8-27-79: “After the reporting of SIDS cases in TN, we discussed the merits of limiting distribution of a large number of vials from a single lot to a single state, county, or city health department and obtained agreement from senior management staff to proceed with such a plan.” I have a friend and colleague who for years worked in the pharmacy at a hospital. She confirmed that the only drug that is shipped in separated lots is vaccines. That is unconscionable, not to mention highly dangerous.
  16. If vaccines are safe and effective, why the special status for them? Not only are they the only drug for which the makers and those who administer them shielded from liability, not only are they the only drug shipped in separated lots, but they are the only drug for which it is not required that the package insert be given. Why would that be, unless the vaccine profiteers don’t want people seeing the horrific truths contained within those vaccine package inserts? Today, all that is required to be given is a CDC-produced, very brief Vaccine Information Sheet, known as a VIS. VISs are not at all an accurate reflection of the many and real, known and unknown, risks of the drugs about to be administered.
  17. If vaccines are supposed to be monitored post-licensure and post-marketing, why aren’t there billboards everywhere, and posters in every doctor’s office, hospital, and pharmacy, with information about VAERS and the VICP? Surely our government regulatory agencies, so concerned about our health, would want us to know how and where to alert them about problems with vaccines, right? Why does the majority of doctors not know about VAERS or the VICP?  Why are they not required to report any and all adverse events, including death, after administering vaccinations?  Why are they not required to inform parents and all vaccine recipients about VAERS and the VICP?  Why are they loathe to properly inform about, recognize, acknowledge, admit, report, and treat vaccine-induced injuries and deaths?  Why after someone is vaccine injured or vaccine killed is there absolutely no follow up from any government agency to determine what happened so that it can be prevented in the future? Answer: The complete and utter lack of monitoring vaccines post-licensure and post-marketing is purposeful. It is intentional. Our government regulatory agencies, in tight cahoots with pharmaceutical companies and their paid lobbyists, and with the willing compliance of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and their associated trade industry groups, choose to turn a blind eye to vaccine-induced injuries and deaths. They choose to keep well hidden the vaccine adverse events reporting system and the vaccine injury and death compensation program. These various entities, groups, and individuals are complicit in refusing to seek out, become informed about, acknowledge, admit, or allow anything that will undermine the public’s trust in vaccines and jeopardize the vaccine profits from which they all profit handsomely, to the tune of billions of dollars per year.

Hopefully, I have your wheels spinning by now, deeply questioning what is repeated over and over again, day in and day out, by the ever-growing list of those profiting from vaccines…that vaccines are safe and effective…so safe and effective, as a matter of fact, that they are now being recommended for pregnant women…for newborns within hours of taking their first breath, even if born prematurely…for a total of 70 times between birth and age 18…74 times if the mother allowed herself to be vaccinated while pregnant…and 90 more times after age 18 if the person lives to be 80 and complies with the CDC recommended vaccine schedule for adults…with those numbers sure to increase with every passing year as the pharmaceutical companies wield their money, power, and influence over our government regulators and elected officials to ensure that they approve, recommend, and mandate more and more billion-dollar-blockbuster vaccines, for which all of these vaccine profiteers will be liability free.

To assist in ensuring the public’s compliance with ever-increasing vaccine recommendations and mandates, the vaccine profiteers will create one “outbreak”, and/or one “pandemic”, after another…be it the swine flu, the H1N1 flu, Ebola, measles, Zika, or whatever name they want the disease to be called for which they want to contrive and instill great fear in the public. And mainstream media, which benefits exceptionally well from all of Pharma’s advertising dollars, to the tune of 70% of their entire advertising income in non-election years, will be all too happy to get the word out via newscasts, commercials, magazine ads, billboards, etc.  Pharmacies and grocery stores, now part of the vaccine profiteers club, will jump on the fear-of-contagion bandwagon, too, and assault you with endless posters inside and outside their establishments, encouraging all customers to roll up their sleeves for the latest vaccine or latest booster recommendation, perhaps even offering an enticing 20% off your bill at checkout if you succumb.  From personal experience, I can tell you that 20% off your shopping bill that day will in no way compensate for the tens, more likely hundreds, of thousands of dollars you will be left paying, out of pocket, when vaccine injuries begin to manifest themselves. And that whopping out of pocket dollar amount does not take into account the personal and emotional costs of the life-altering impacts that occur post vaccine-induced injury and death, nor the incalculable individual and family suffering that often ensue.

As I mentioned earlier, only a basic level of common sense is needed to see through the blatant lies told in the endless vaccine propaganda. There are scores of different vaccines used day in and day out, on the healthy and the sick, on those too young to have a known health status, and on those being admitted to and discharged from hospitals, with no difference in doses, no assessment for need, and without proper and ample consideration of timing and risks based on weight, age, health history, family health history, and current health status. These scores of vaccines are given in countless combinations, to every age group from fetuses to the very elderly…and we are supposed to believe that all of these vaccines are safe for all people in endless combinations at all times?!  That is what we are told, that is what we are expected to trust in and believe, without questioning, complaint, or refusal. Vaccine recipients are treated as identical in all aspects, entered into a one-size-fits-all lifetime medical procedures program. To what other medicine do we ascribe such ridiculous logic? None!

I recently wrote an article titled Vaccines: Elimination Mandatory!, and I wanted to talk to you today about why I contend that the complete elimination of vaccines at this point in time is the only sufficient and ethical course of action based on the facts which I am now going to share with you.

Vaccines are medical procedures that never should have been approved. Here’s why:

  • Not one vaccine has ever been tested according to the scientific gold standard, that of a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Yes, you heard that correctly, not one.
  • The myriad combinations in which vaccines are administered have never been tested, either. For an infant at a “catch up” appointment, meaning they missed a “well-baby” appointment at which vaccines would have been administered, that can mean receiving up to 13 vaccines containing 13 different viral and bacterial infections, at once, injected via 8 separate needles. That is the equivalent of taking up to 13 medications at once whose interactions have never been studied. To make matters even more serious, the number 13 does not include the many other ingredients that accompany and worsen the effects of being injected with 13 viral and bacterial infections, ingredients such as mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, anti-freeze, phenol, MSG, polysorbate 80, Triton X-100 detergent, food proteins, animal viruses and retroviruses, fetal tissue from aborted human babies, and more. The number 13 also does not include ingredients that are not required to be listed on the label, but which are permitted under the cover of “trade secrets”. Undisclosed ingredients being injected into our children? Unacceptable, unethical, and terribly dangerous. Ask yourself, would you want your baby contracting multiple illnesses, up to 13, at once? Would you want your baby contracting multiple illnesses at once while also being poisoned at the same time? If you are following the CDC’s recommended schedule, you are allowing that.
  • Many vaccines contain mercury in the form of thimerosal. Thimerosal was patented in 1928, and has been used ever since, despite it being tested on humans only once, in 1929…a test in which all 22 subjects died within 2 days of receiving the thimerosalMercury is a known toxin and neurotoxin, with no safe amount for a human. It can kill when applied externally. With vaccines, it is injected internally. Claims that mercury has been removed from vaccines given to children are false.
  • Many vaccines contain ingredients that have never been clinically approved by the FDA. Defying common sense and violating basic safety and ethics standards, the FDA approves vaccines that contain never-proven-safe and known-to-be-dangerous ingredients. For example, there are two forms of aluminum adjuvants used in vaccines, aluminum hydroxyphosphate salt and aluminum oxyhydroxide salt. Neither has been clinically approved by the FDA, both are known toxins and neurotoxins, yet both are in vaccines approved by the FDA. These are but two examples, there are more.
  • Aluminum, used in the majority of today’s vaccines, is an undisputed toxin and neurotoxin. Its toxicity has been known for some 90 years. The two aluminum adjuvants mentioned above are used in vaccines for the express purpose of inducing toxicity. Permitting the use of aluminum in vaccines is akin to permitting lead paint in government approved toys and teething rings. Aluminum, like mercury, is also a known teratogen, an agent or factor that causes malformation of an embryo. Permitting its use in vaccines for pregnant women is akin to permitting that which causes spontaneous abortion and/or deformity of the fetus…thalidomide comes to mind. Yesterday, Dr. Stephanie Seneff discussed the possible role of TDaP and DTP vaccines, both of which contain aluminum, and both of which were recently recommended to be given to pregnant women in Brazil, as possible causes for the rise in cases of microcephaly there. Microcephaly is abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition, associated with incomplete brain development.
  • Aluminum adjuvants (not clinically approved and used to induce toxicity), monovalent and/or multivalent vaccines (improperly approved and containing unapproved ingredients, including those used to induce toxicity, and containing ingredients known to be toxic and neurotoxic), or a combination thereof are used as the controls in vaccine safety trials. A control is supposed to be a placebo, an inert substance which doesn’t cause harm or therapeutic effect. Neither an aluminum adjuvant nor a vaccine, nor a combination thereof, qualifies as a placebo, therefore, no valid safety claims can be made for any vaccine.
  • Vaccine making pharmaceutical companies are permitted by the FDA to do their own safety testing, with no oversight and no verification from a financially independent entity. As mentioned in the point above, they do not use placebos for controls. Nevertheless, when they say that the trial vaccine proved to be no more dangerous or deadly than the aluminum adjuvant, or other vaccine, or combination thereof, against which it was tested, they declare it safe. Is that how you want medical procedures for your children being declared safe? The FDA and CDC accept this current method of testing. They also accept that vaccines are not tested for carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, or impairment of fertility.
  • And the real kicker, as I mentioned earlier, which bears repeating…there has never been a comparison study of the unvaccinated versus the vaccinated. That is because the vaccine profiteers know that the health, development, fertility, and longevity of the completely unvaccinated are far superior to that of the vaccinated. As a result of that knowledge, they have managed to keep that study from being done for more than seven decades. Without such a comparison study, absolutely no safety, efficacy, or necessity claims about vaccines can be made.

Let all that sink in for a minute if you will.  Our nation’s vaccine program is built on a deceptive and fraudulent house of cards that has nothing to do with scientifically valid truths or the health and well being of our children. 

Furthermore, whistleblowers have come forth from both industry and government agencies confessing that vaccine safety and efficacy data are fraudulent…that inconvenient and undeniable truths are suppressed, omitted, and destroyed…lest public confidence in vaccines, billions in profits, and trillions that would need to be paid out in compensation, be threatened. Notes from secretly-held meetings reveal similar illegal and unethical behavior by doctors, government regulators, and pharmaceutical company executives.

Yet, these medical procedures, not properly tested, improperly declared safe, known to contain toxic and neurotoxic ingredients, and barbaric as they are, have not only been approved, they have been mandated. That is corruption and insanity at its worst. It is evil, and it is destroying the majority of our citizenry.

Since our government regulators have failed to require or ensure vaccine safety, it must be assumed, and can be shown, that not one single vaccine is safe or advisable.  Therefore:

What is required is an immediate moratorium on all vaccinations, for all people. 

That is what should have happened in 1986, versus Congress passing an Act indemnifying all who make and administer vaccines, at a point in time when vaccines were maiming and killing thousands.

Not demanding an immediate moratorium on vaccinations is no different than accepting any of the following scenarios:

  • We know that a particular brand of car has a history of blowing up, harming and killing people, but government regulators say it can stay on the market…and our Congress will indemnify the makers and sellers of that car so victims cannot sue.
  • We know that a particular brand of crib is causing thousands of babies to become trapped between the bars, leading to serious injuries and death, but government regulators say it can stay on the market…and our Congress will indemnify the makers and sellers of that crib so parents cannot sue.
  • We know that a particular brand of canola oil is making people violently ill, causing permanent brain damage, causing immune and nervous system damage, causing severe GI issues, and in some cases killing people, but government regulators say it can stay on the market…and our Congress will indemnify the makers and sellers of that canola oil so that those who consume it cannot sue.
  • We know that a particular medication has a history of inducing heart attacks, strokes, and aneurysms, resulting in disability, mental incapacitation, paralysis, and death, but government regulators say it can stay on the the market…and our Congress will indemnify those who make and administer that medication so that its recipients cannot sue.

Do you see a pattern of absurdity here? Well, that same pattern applies to vaccines.  Government regulators, who regulate many industries including the pharmaceutical industry, should not permit the continued use of vaccine products which they openly admit cause brain damage, immune system damage, nervous system damage, seizures, anaphylaxis, blood disorders, gastrointestinal system damage, paralysis, and death…to name but a few of the health disasters and fatalities that are known and admitted. Yet, these products are approved, recommended, and increasingly mandated for…newborns, within hours of taking their first breath, including those born prematurely…infants…toddlers…young children…teenagers…college students…daycare workers…parent volunteers…hospital workers and those whose business takes them into hospitals…those admitted to the hospital for any reason, including grave illness and/or surgery…the elderly…everyone…including recommendations for pregnant women. No one now escapes the recommendation of, and for many, the mandate of, these dangerous, potentially-fatal medical procedures.

To review, we have now disproven the endless claims that vaccines are safe and effective; we have exposed the complete lack of proper vaccine testing and post-marketing surveillance; and we have covered many reasons why vaccines should never have come to market, and therefore, should be eliminated immediately.

I now want to take some time to review vaccine ingredients. I will start by saying that if I were to put the ingredients I am about to describe in a baby bottle and then feed them to your baby, you would have me arrested, or you might consider taking me out yourself!  Furthermore, if I were to inject one or more vaccines into an orange, I am betting that you would refuse to eat it. Yet, when someone in a white coat enters the exam room, parents allow these heinous ingredients, made in heinous ways and in heinous conditions, to be injected into their babies and children!  And to make this happen, babies and children must be manhandled, physically restrained, and held down while they are painfully stabbed with up to 8 needles.This is barbaric! That is why I mentioned at the beginning of my talk that in addition to common sense, what is needed to see this barbaric, dangerous, and dare I say insane practice for what it is are parental instincts that have not been demeaned, grossly manipulated, and obliterated by doctors, nurses, and others.

It is important to mention that even though you wouldn’t allow me to put vaccines or vaccine ingredients into your baby’s bottle, your baby would actually have a much better chance of clearing the toxic and inflammatory ingredients in vaccines if they ingested them, versus having them injected directly into their muscle tissue and subcutaneous fat. But due to the fact that vaccines are injected, the first parts of our incredible, God-given immune system are completely bypassed, specifically, our respiratory and digestive tracts.  As a result, vaccine ingredients are deposited into a closed system where they find their way into the brain, organs, bones, tissues, and bloodstream, where they will do nothing but poison, inflame, and cause harm. To make matters worse, vaccination is a one-way street…once you allow vaccines in, you can’t get them back out…or deactivate them.

Now, to review vaccine ingredients, I am going to pose some more questions to you.

  1. Would you allow lead to be injected into your child? Of course not, you know that would cause brain damage, not to mention other problems. However, millions of mothers across America are allowing doctors to inject mercury and aluminum into their children, both of which are severely neurotoxic (mercury many more times so than lead…and yes, mercury is still in vaccines given to infants and children, in addition to those given to pregnant women). To make matters worse, mercury and aluminum are synergistically neurotoxic, meaning that when they are given together, as is often done during vaccination, their individual toxicity is made far worse by the presence of the other, many times worse. Interestingly, we are seeing record numbers of children in our country with brain damage, which manifests as: speech and language disorders, including complete lack of speech; attention, learning, and behavior disorders;  social skills deficits; seizure disorders; OCD; extreme anxiety disorders; sensory processing disorders; tics; and of course, Autism.  Coincidence? 
  2. Would you allow something that could cause cancer, say asbestos, to be injected into your child? Of course not, you know that cancer is often akin to a death sentence, if not the first go-round, then the times that often follow. However, millions of mothers across America are allowing doctors to inject formaldehyde, phenol, and MSG into their children, all of which are known carcinogens. To boot, recent tests have revealed the presence of glyphosate, one of the active and toxic ingredients in Round Up and other herbicides, in a number of vaccines, including very high levels of glyphosate in the MMR vaccine. Glyphosate is a highly-suspected carcinogen, shown to cause massive tumors in rats fed food laced with it. It is synergistically toxic when paired with aluminum, an ingredient found in the majority of today’s vaccines. It’s no wonder pharmaceutical companies don’t test to see whether or not their vaccine products cause cancer, they already know the answer. Instead, they simply write “not tested for carcinogenicity” on their package inserts, and our unethical government regulators let them get away with that.  Interestingly, we are seeing record numbers of children in our country with leukemia, lymphoma, and other cancers. Coincidence?
  3. Would you allow something that could cause life-threatening auto-immune diseases, something like aluminum, to be injected into your child? Of course not. You know that auto-immune diseases are progressive and lead to premature death. However, millions of mothers across America are allowing doctors to inject not only aluminum, but also mercury, polysorbate 80, retroviruses from pigs, mice, monkeys, and other animals, DNA fragments from other humans, specifically from aborted fetuses, and from various animals, and laboratory-created live and killed viruses and retroviruses from both humans and animals, all of which are known to cause auto-immune diseases.  Interestingly, we are seeing record numbers of children in our country with Type 1 diabetes, asthma, Crohn’s disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, demyelination, ulcerative colitis, and many more auto-immune diseases.  Coincidence?
  4. Would you allow something that could cause life-altering and life-threatening asthma and allergies to be injected into your child? Of course not. You know that both asthma and allergies severely restrict a child’s life in many ways and that both can result in death. However, millions of mothers across America are allowing doctors to inject food proteins (which the blood is incapable of breaking down into amino acids, resulting in inflammation), antibiotics such as neomycin, polymyxin B, gentamicin, and streptomycin, and toxic chemicals at the same time as adjuvants (e.g. aluminum), which are designed to artificially overstimulate the immune system, resulting in the chronic and sometimes fatal conditions of asthma and allergies. Additionally, new studies regarding what is called “molecular mimicry” continue to emerge, demonstrating that when protein fragments in vaccine antigens match protein fragments of proteins in the body, it sets the stage for allergies and other autoimmune problems. Interestingly, we are seeing record numbers of children in our country with asthma, life-threatening peanut allergies, numerous types of food allergies and food intolerances, and numerous types of environmental allergies. Coincidence?
  5. Would you allow something that could cause infertility, such as nonstick chemicals and solvents, to be injected into your child? Of course not. You know that you would never want to destroy your child’s future reproductive capabilities. However, millions of mothers across America are allowing doctors to inject their children with polysorbate 80, known to adversely affect fertility. And who knows what propylene glycol (antifreeze), Triton X100 (detergent), aluminum, mercury, foreign DNA fragments, and the myriad other vaccine ingredients do to one’s future reproductive ability, especially when injected in conjunction with polysorbate 80.  We know that the HPV vaccine has caused Primary Ovarian Failure (which is premature menopause) and amenorrhea (the prolonged cessation of a female’s menstrual cycle) in girls and young women, rendering them infertile, and possibly sterile for life. We know that tetanus vaccines given to girls and women in Kenya were laced with Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), rendering them sterile. How? Administering HCG via vaccination stimulates the production of antibodies to HCG, and these antibodies then cause the woman’s body to reject embryos, effectively sterilizing her. Such an HCG-laced tetanus vaccine is in actuality a contraception vaccine. Do you think any of these Kenyan women was told that prior to vaccination? To add to the evilness and deception, the Kenyan women were given a 5-dose tetanus program spread over a number of years, versus the 2-3 dose norm. Clearly, those vaccines were being used for induced sterility and birth control without the girls’ and women’s knowledge or consent.  Does any parent or vaccine recipient really know what is in the vaccines being injected into their child or themselves? It’s no wonder pharmaceutical companies don’t test to see whether or not their vaccine products cause infertility, they already know the answer.  Instead, they simply write “not tested for impairment of fertility” on their package inserts, and our unethical government regulators let them get away with that.  Interestingly, we are seeing record numbers of couples struggling with infertility issues.  Coincidence?
  6. Would you allow something that could kill your baby to be injected into your otherwise healthy child? Of course not! Mothers would lay down their lives for their children, they don’t purposefully put them in harm’s way. However, millions of mothers across America are allowing doctors to inject their children with more and more vaccines, not knowing that each and every one carries the risk of death, even more so when combined, as they most often are.  Interestingly, we are seeing record numbers of babies who are dying before their 1st birthday in the U.S., including many of  “SIDS” and “SBS” (the labels that unethical doctors and unethical medical examiners use for vaccine-induced deaths instead of calling them what they are…i.e. vaccine-induced deaths). Coincidence?

Now that we have discussed what is actually in vaccines, let’s talk once more about how parental instincts have been demeaned, grossly manipulated, and obliterated, specifically, about how parents have been grievously lied to and misled, to the point where parents are now allowing things that simply do not make sense. Imagine looking from the outside in, and seeing a tiny newborn, small infant, or trusting toddler, being held down, painfully stuck with a needle multiple times, screaming so that its face is beet red with tears, all while the child’s parents not only watch, but due to being lied to and coerced, they participate in this atrocity! What must this do to the psyche and stress hormones of a child to have this happen, time and again, while the person he trusts most is not only allowing it, but participating in it? 

What would you say if you walked by the window to my house, peered in, and saw my husband and me holding down our tiny baby on the dining room table, then roughly jabbing and injecting it multiple times with toxic cocktails and true witches’ brews of ingredients…all while our baby, or child of any age, screamed bloody murder, trying to escape our grip and savagery?  I imagine you would whip out your cell phone, call the police, then try to barge into our home to stop the abuse!  How is what I just described any different than what goes on every minute of every day in doctors’ offices and hospitals in our country and across the world?  To be very clear, it isn’t.

To state it very plainly, vaccination is child abuse in the form of medical assault and battery. With regard to adults, when vaccination is carried out against one’s will or wishes, say for school admittance, job requirements, elder care and housing, or military admission, or when carried out with one who is hesitant, or with one who is unsuccessful in resisting and refusing, it also meets the legal definition for assault and battery. We must begin to label these vaccine atrocities for what they are: blatant and inexcusable child abuse; medical assault and battery; and when death is the result for the vaccine recipient, involuntary manslaughter. These vaccine-induced injuries, illnesses, and deaths are iatrogenic in naturemeaning they are caused by doctors and nurses. Vaccinations are crimes against humanity, and there is no time to mince words about this fact.

Let’s now move on to vaccine package inserts, which are rarely, if ever, read by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, parents, or vaccine recipients. In the packet you will receive after my presentation, you will find a link that will take you to all vaccine package inserts. I am going to read portions of just one package insert for you, but I do hope you will make the time to read at least a few vaccine package inserts for yourself. A few is all it will take to make you realize that these products should never have been licensed, much less be mandated.

I am going to focus on Merck’s Recombivax HB, a vaccine for hepatitis B. The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended to be given to all newborns in the U.S. within hours of being born. In the state of NY, it is mandated to be given to newborns whose mothers test positive for Hepatitis B, unless the mother knows she can utilize a religious exemption to refuse it. It is only advised against for premature babies weighing less than 4.4 lbs. Hepatitis B is a disease that is contracted sexually and via the sharing of needles by drug users. If a mother has hepatitis B, she can pass it on to her baby. Despite the fact that the vast majority of newborns in the U.S. is at zero risk for contracting hepatitis B, the vaccine is recommended and/or mandated for all. Right there, you know something very wrong is transpiring…and that something is others’ wealth being prioritized over your baby’s health.

When you look at the pre-licensure trials for this vaccine for infants and children, you will notice that there were no controls, only vaccinated subjects. A mere 147 subjects were studied, which included only healthy infants and children, from infants up to age 10. I have to wonder how many of those were of an age group that couldn’t talk and were unable to describe their symptoms? The insert does not say. You will notice that study subjects were followed for a mere 5 days post-vaccination. Does that sound like a reasonable, safe, or sufficient amount of time to you? Such a severely-limited timeframe doesn’t even correspond with the Vaccine Injury Table used by the VICP, in which it is acknowledged that many vaccine injuries, including death, may take up to a week, a month, and up to 6 months post-vaccination to manifest. And of course some vaccine injuries, such as what doctors choose to call “Autism” versus the catastrophic vaccine injury that it is, may take even longer to fully manifest and be diagnosed. Thus, the 5-day time period used to monitor and assess study subjects is in no way sufficient or ethical…and it shouldn’t be allowed by government regulators.

Here are symptoms reported during the clinical trial, i.e. within the first 5 days post-vaccination: irritability, fever, diarrhea, fatigue/weakness, diminished appetite, and rhinitis (irritation and swelling of the mucous membrane of the nose). Would you wish even one of those on a newborn?

Perhaps much more importantly, however, are the adverse reactions that have been reported post-marketing, meaning after the vaccine was licensed and in use. I will be redefining some of the medical terms in layperson’s terms so you will have a better understanding of the horrors being reported after being vaccinated with Merck’s hepatitis B vaccine.

Immune System Disorders: hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions (severe, potentially life-threatening, allergic reactions that can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to something you’re allergic to), bronchospasm (spasm of bronchial smooth muscle producing narrowing of the bronchi, causing difficulty in breathing which can be mild to severe), and urticaria (a rash of round, red welts on the skin that itch intensely, sometimes with dangerous swelling, caused by an allergic reaction) within first few hours after vaccination; an apparent hypersensitivity syndrome (serum-like-sickness) of delayed onset, days to weeks after vaccination, including arthralgia/arthritis (joint pain/joint inflammation), fever, and dermatologic reactions such as urticaria, erythema multiforme (a type of hypersensitivity skin condition), ecchymoses (a discoloration of the skin caused by bleeding underneath), and erythema nodosum (skin inflammation in the fatty layer of skin which results in reddish, painful, tender lumps); autoimmune diseases including systemic lupus (a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs; inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems, including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs), erythematous (redness of the skin or mucous membranes caused by dilation and congestion of the capillaries), lupus-like syndrome, vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels), and polyarteritis nodosa (a serious blood vessel disease in which the small and medium-sized arteries become swollen and damaged).

Gastrointestinal Disorders:  Elevation of liver enzymes (indicating damage to the cells of or inflammation in your liver); constipation (which can result in inability to clear toxins and pain).

Nervous System Disorders:  Guillain Barre syndrome (a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves, considered a medical emergency, and can result in paralysis); multiple sclerosis (a demyelinating disease; it is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body); exacerbation of MS; myelitis including transverse myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord which can result in permanent paralysis); seizure; febrile seizure; peripheral neuropathy (damage to the peripheral nerves which causes weakness, numbness, and pain in hands and feet) including Bell’s Palsy (damage to the facial nerve that causes one side of the face to droop); radiculopathy (a condition due to a compressed nerve in the spine that can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness along the course of the nerve); herpes zoster (shingles); migraine, muscle weakness; hypesthesia (a diminished capacity for physical sensation, especially the skin); encephalitis (brain inflammation).

Skin and Subcutaneous Disorders: Stevens-Johnson syndrome (a life-threatening skin condition); alopecia (hair loss); petechiae (red and purple spots caused by bleeding into the skin); eczema (itchy, red, and dry skin caused by inflammation).

By the way, the two worst things for a developing infant are toxicity and inflammation, both of which vaccines are expert at causing.

Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders: arthritis; pain in extremity.

Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders:  increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate (results from inflammation in the body); thrombocytopenia (a deficiency of platelets in the blood, causing bleeding into the tissues, bruising, and slow blood clotting after injury).

Psychiatric Disorders:  Irritability, agitation, somnolence (extreme sleepiness).

Eye Disorders:  Optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve); tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears, often with hearing loss); conjunctivitis (inflammation or infection of the outer membrane of the eyeball and the inner eyelid, also known as pink eye); visual disturbances; uveitis (inflammation of middle layer of the eye).

In other words, problems that can impact your baby’s ability to see and hear well, thus impacting and obstructing their proper development.

Cardiac Disorders:  Syncope (fainting); tachycardia (abnormal rapid heart rate unrelated to level of activity).

What is missing from this list is the Death category.  How many of the aforementioned vaccine-induced injuries resulted in death? Not surprisingly, that category is noticeably and wrongfully absent.

For any of you here today who allowed this vaccine for your child, were you told about all of these potential side effects your child might experience, and possibly have to live with for the rest of their life?  Were you told that there was no control group used when studying its effects in those aged 0 up to 10 years? Were you told that only 147 subjects in this age group were studied during clinical trials? Were you told the post-vaccination surveillance time period was only 5 days? Were you even told how your child could contract hepatitis B, and the extreme unlikelihood that that would happen during their infancy, toddlerhood, and childhood? If not, was your doctor practicing ethical medicine? Should he be liability-free when administering this vaccine to his patients? If he weren’t liability-free, would he be administering it?

I am going to close by telling you the story of our middle child, Ryan, now 22 years old.  Ryan was born a healthy baby with an Apgar score of 9. I had a natural childbirth with him, receiving no medications during labor or delivery. Immediately after birth, he was given a vitamin K shot, which might have contained aluminum. I do not know if the particular brand he received contained aluminum, as some do, because I was not told, and I did not know to ask…or to refuse the procedure…for which there was no evidence he needed. He was also given antibiotic eye drops, which I have since come to find out used to be given only to babies whose mothers had gonorrhea. Now they are given to all newborns in the hospital, whether or not the mother has gonorrhea…which I did not.  Again, another needless medical intervention for my newborn son. Both the vitamin K shot and the antibiotic eye drops were given as “routine standard of care”, as though they came with no risk, without any assessment for need, and without asking permission of me or my husband. To the best of my knowledge, he did not receive the hepatitis B vaccine in the hospital.

When he was 2 months old, I dutifully took him in for his 2-month “well baby” appointment. Looking back, with hindsight being 20/20, he would never be well again after that first of many vaccine poisonings. Up until that 2-month appointment, Ryan was a typical and normally-developing baby.  He nursed well, slept often, and cried when hungry, tired, upon awakening, or needing to be changed.  After that appointment, at which he received the whole cell DPT vaccine, the oral polio vaccine, and the Hib vaccine, together containing a total of 50 mcg of mercury, Ryan stopped crying…and I mean completely.  I still remember the very next day thinking, my, this is odd, Ryan hasn’t cried at all today…and the lack of crying continued…the next time I remember him crying was when he accidentally crashed his head into a table when a toddler.

I should mention that I received absolutely no information at that appointment about the vaccines Ryan was given. There was absolutely no informed consent given to me, or received by the doctor from me. There was no thorough discussion, or discussion of any kind, regarding the adverse reactions that could very well occur from the vaccines given, which included polio itself since he was given the live-virus polio vaccine, seizures, brain swelling, brain damage, SIDS, to name but a very few of the many possible adverse reactions. Also absent was a thorough discussion of family medical history, which would have included many contraindications to vaccination for our children. Rather, when I walked in the exam room, a silver tray held the vaccines Ryan was to receive that day.  Without so much as telling me which vaccines Ryan was getting, the nurse weighed him, measured him, gave him a total of 5 vaccines, wrote down on his brand new “record of immunizations” card the vaccines she had given him, handed it to me, and left the room. I did not receive the vaccine package inserts, as I would have for any other drug Ryan would receive. I did not receive a vaccine booklet detailing all of the childhood vaccines as federal law required at the time, nor even a sheet of paper about the vaccines Ryan had just been given. Approximately 15 minutes later is when the doctor actually came in, without so much as a word about the vaccines Ryan had just received.  This scene would repeat itself at every one of Ryan’s “well-baby” appointments for the next 2 years of his life…from which Ryan would leave sicker, more delayed, and developing more odd behaviors every single time.

At 4 months old, Ryan received the DPT, oral polio, and Hib vaccines, again, which meant another 50 mcg of mercury.  After this appointment, looking back at video footage, he was getting harder, instead of easier, to engage. Ryan was still not crying to get his needs met at this time, and would lie silently in his crib when put down, even if not tired, and when awake after a nap, until someone came to get him.  He was an exceedingly quiet baby.  And I just thought, oh, he’s so good!

At 6 months old, Ryan received the DPT and Hib vaccines, another 50 mcg of mercury. After this appointment, 2 very strange things began to happen. Ryan’s breath began to smell odd, a chemical smell of sorts…alcohol? ammonia?…which I now know was indicative of a serious yeast overgrowth problem in his gut. He also began to laugh hysterically in the middle of the night in his crib for no apparent reason.  My husband and I would hustle into his room when we heard this, and there he would lie, staring up at the ceiling, with nothing on it, laughing hysterically, not even acknowledging that we had come into the room. Not knowing what to make of it, we told ourselves that he was just a very happy baby.

At 9 months old, Ryan received a hepatitis B vaccine containing another 12.5 mcg of mercury.  When I mentioned to the doctor at this appointment that Ryan’s breath had a strange odor to it, which I could only compare to an alcohol-like smell at the time, she asked me, and I quote, “Is he getting into your alcohol supply?” Ryan was only crawling at the time, would not have been able to open a wine bottle or beer can, of which we rarely had any around, and which would have been kept in the refrigerator or behind a closed door in our pantry. I remember being astounded at such an inane question. She did not even bend over to smell Ryan’s breath.  Instead of taking my concerns seriously, she attacked my mothering.  This would not be the last time that happened.

At 12 months old, Ryan received a TB test and another hepatitis B vaccine, adding another 12.5 mcg of mercury to his load. After this appointment, Ryan stopped responding to his name, and his eye contact began to disappear. He began to stop looking up when his dad came home from work, and instead preferred to watch Wee Sing videos, mesmerized by them…as he still is today at age 22. He never did point or follow a point, both skills that occur naturally by age one…and the lack of such innately-wired skills was to become a red flag trademark of what was to become the Autism Epidemic.

At 15 months old, Ryan received his first MMR vaccine and another Hib vaccine, adding another 25 mcg of mercury to his small body, along with 3 live viruses that would later be discovered to wreak immense havoc in the young children receiving them in unison. After this appointment, Ryan’s babbling, which wasn’t that frequent to begin with, began to disappear, and he was losing the ability to imitate sounds we’d make for him to repeat. It was around this time that Ryan began to open and close doors, drawers, and cabinets repetitively, and play with the same hammer and ball toy over and over again. He also began spinning in circles at times, unresponsive to his name, and to requests to stop, or to come here…obliviously spinning in his own little world.

At 18 months old, Ryan received another DPT, another oral polio, and another Hep B vaccine, for a total of 37.5 more mcg of mercury, and for a grand total of 237.5 mcg of mercury in an 18-month timeframe for a tiny baby. This round of vaccines nearly killed him.  We went home, and he became lethargic, feverish, and completely out of it. I put him in his crib, and for the next 10-plus days, he was like a limp, lifeless rag doll…uninterested in eating, drinking, waking up, or doing anything.  His lethargy continued, and he slept many, many hours per day.

I called the doctor that same day, very worried about my baby. I did not get past the receptionist.  She told me that his reaction was perfectly normal, and not to worry. I called every business day for 10 consecutive days, and never got past the receptionist.  On the 10th day, the receptionist literally yelled at me and said, “Mrs. Hayes, please stop calling this office.  Anything that happens in the first 2 weeks after a vaccination is considered a normal vaccine reaction.  Do not call this office again until day 15!” Again, I was not put through to the doctor, nor did I receive a call back from the doctor despite calling so many days in a row. 

Looking back, Ryan was no doubt suffering from vaccine-induced encephalitis which led to vaccine-induced encephalopathy, i.e. brain inflammation leading to permanent brain damage.  When one reads the Vaccine Injury Table for vaccine-induced encephalopathy, it perfectly mirrors the symptoms of what doctors like to call “Autism”, purposefully misnamed to cast blame away from themselves and from vaccines.  Vaccine-induced encephalopathy and “autism” are one and the same in Ryan’s case, and in many other cases with which I am familiar, too.

After this set of vaccinations at 18 months, Ryan’s vocalizations became near nil, with his only remaining verbal imitation being “ba ba ba”, and only after numerous requests to imitate us. His obsession with videos increased, and he learned how to hit the eject button endlessly, putting the same video in and out until stopped. His visual and depth perceptions were not normal.  He would often watch his videos from an upside down or bent sideways position.  At the park, I could not get to him quickly enough after helping him down the slide before he would walk smack into a metal bridge that led back to the slide. He did not learn from this painful experience, as he would walk right back into the same metal bridge again the next time, resulting in a huge lump on his forehead, from which he never cried. Additionally, we had to hold Ryan’s hand when walking until he was 4 years old because he would trip and fall when making transitions from one surface to another, such as grass to cement…and he would not break his fall…but would instead land on his forehead.

Mercury poisoning affects both visual and depth perception, and Ryan was experiencing that in spades…we just didn’t know it at the time.  No one had ever mentioned that there was mercury in the vaccines he had received…not to mention levels of mercury that at just his 2-month “well-baby” appointment alone were 125 times in excess of the EPA-declared “safe” amount…not that there is a “safe” amount of mercury for any human, much less for one in the prime of their brain, nervous, and immune system development.  Furthermore, that EPA-declared “safe” amount is for ingested methylmercury, not for the injected ethylmercury used in vaccines, for which studies have suggested the “safe” amount should be much lower than for methylmercury…meaning that Ryan, and millions of other children at their 2-month appointments, received 500 times the supposed “safe” level of mercury!  500 times!  That is CRIMINAL!  No wonder he went silent after his first set of vaccines at 2 months…he had been gravely poisoned, and the poisoning would continue at regular intervals throughout the first 2 years of his life, without my husband or me having a clue.

I have since looked at his medical records from that time period.  There is no record of my calling multiple times over the course of 10 consecutive days to report how my child was non-responsive and suffering post-vaccination, nor is there a record of their telling me not to worry and that anything that happens in the first 2 weeks after vaccination is considered normal.

“Speech delay”, however, was written on the record at Ryan’s 18-month appointment.  I expressed concern to the doctor at that appointment that Ryan wasn’t speaking any words, and compared to his older sister at that age, there was a huge difference.  She looked at me and asked me, a stay-at-home mother whose precocious and extremely verbal 3 year-old daughter was sitting right next to me, “Do you ever sit on the ground and play with him?”  Yet again, instead of listening to my concerns, she chose to attack my mothering. I replied that, yes, I played with him, read to him, talked to him, sang to him, and interacted with him all day long, as did his sister and his father, yet he was not talking. 

She did some type of receptive test with him that day, too…things like asking him to walk across the room, walk on his tiptoes, and a couple other things I can’t remember.  He was unable to do anything she asked, including acknowledging that he was being spoken to by her. She looked at me, and this time asked, “Is he always this naughty?”  Instead of realizing that we had a toddler who had no receptive language and no understanding that he was even being addressed, she attacked him this time, and indirectly, my mothering again.  I replied, “Ryan is never naughty. If anything, we are concerned that he is too good.”  She had no response to that, and apparently, only thought to write “speech delay” on his chart that day.

At 24 months of age, Ryan received the new Varivax vaccine, for chicken pox. This was despite the fact that he was taking the antibiotic Septra at the time for an ear infection, and his records show that he was prescribed another round of Septra shortly thereafter, for either the same, or yet another, ear infection. Vaccines are not to be given when a child is sick, yet, Ryan’s doctor gave him a live-virus vaccine! The package insert for Varivax clearly states under “Contraindications” for vaccination “any febrile illness or active infection”. I still was not connecting the dots between Ryan’s vaccines and his subsequent regression and development of odd behaviors after every set of vaccines.  However, by that time, without any help from her, I had figured out that Ryan had what was being called “autism”.  Perhaps internally, I was beginning to suspect vaccines had something to do with his diagnosis and problems.  Remember, this was still before vaccines were the huge public controversy they are today, and before the internet. I remember telling her I didn’t think I wanted the chicken pox vaccine for him, and she said, after I had told her my suspicion that Ryan had autism (he had not been formally diagnosed yet, we were waiting to see a pediatric neurologist), “Well, if he has autism, you don’t want him getting chicken pox.”  I succumbed to that lousy argument of hers, and once again, without informed consent, and against the contraindications warning on the package insert which I was not told about, I allowed him to get that vaccine, too. Total silence from Ryan was the result. There was no more babbling or repeating any sounds whatsoever. Just complete and utter silence.

That would be his last vaccine. However, the regression would continue, in earnest, thanks to the 237.5 mcg of mercury he received, not to mention aluminum, for which I do not know the amounts…in addition to formaldehyde, other known allergens and carcinogens, cells and DNA fragments from both humans and animals, viruses and retroviruses of both human and animal origin, and who really knows what all he was shot up with. To this day, he tests toxic for a number of heavy metals, and the mercury is so deeply embedded in his brain, bones, tissues, and organs, it can’t be properly measured.  He tests positive for antibodies to myelin basic protein, meaning his body attacks the sheaths that are supposed to cover every nerve cell in his body, rendering them unable to communicate properly.  He tests allergic to many foods and is on a restricted diet. I could go on.

I have spent the last 2 decades of my life running an ABA program for Ryan, who requires a most-precise method of teaching for even the most basic of concepts, and then thousands of trials to learn something, and thousands more trials to retain and generalize it. He also sees a doctor who treats the vaccine-injured, for which we must fly to another state. That is despite my husband and I being co-founders of the MIND Institute at UC Davis, which is 30 minutes from our house. MIND has been a huge disappointment and has chosen to ignore and deny the unmistakable role that vaccines have played in the vaccine-induced autism epidemic that has been plaguing our country for more than 25 years.

At 6’4” tall and 180 lbs., Ryan is a boy in a man’s body, with a functioning level of a 4 or 5 year old. He is fully dependent on others and must be supervised and cared for around the clock, without pause. He did not complete high school or go to college. He does not have a driver’s license, and never will. He is not capable of living independently, or earning a living, or even holding down a menial, part-time job. He will not get married or have children. As a matter of fact, he will never even go out on a first date. He was robbed of ever living a typical and independent life because he was poisoned and disabled by vaccines beginning in 1994 and continuing through 1996. 

To date, there has been no admittance by his pediatrician or government officials about what was done to him.  No government agent has followed up on his vaccine injuries so the same thing won’t happen to other children. Rather, he is one of the unacknowledged, uncounted, uncompensated, ignored, discounted, and publicly-denied victims who make up the ever-increasing epidemic of vaccine-injured persons. 

There is indeed an urgent public health crisis sweeping our country and it is not measles, mumps, or chicken pox. It is Vaccine Injury. That is the raging public health crisis facing us today. Vaccine injury is real, and it isn’t rare. Due to an across-the-board denial of this public health crisis, vaccines are now the leading cause of coincidences in the world.

However, hopefully you have now figured out that the chronic illnesses and devastating disabilities facing our children, many of whom are young adults now, are not coincidences.  Neither are the lives that have been lost to SIDS, SBS, and other vaccine injuries that resulted in premature deaths. They were caused by vaccines, and this vaccine devastation and carnage must be stopped immediately. We cannot in good conscience allow there to be even one more vaccine victim.

Please join me in spreading the truth about the dangers, inefficacies, and lack of need for vaccines, and the truth about the vast corruption and deception that underlie vaccines from manufacture to mandate, and beyond. Please join me in working to not only ban vaccine mandates, but to ban vaccines themselves, as they never should have come to market.  Please join me in working to repeal the 1986 NCVIA, which wrongfully removed liability from its rightful owners, and please join me to overturn the 1905 Jacobson vs. MA decision, which is often cited as justification for vaccine mandates, even though the 1947 Nuremberg Code should have made that decision null and void, forever.  Your voice and your activism matter.  Together, we must reach the tipping point to end this vaccine madness in order to protect the health of our children, people of all ages, and the future of our country. 

Remember, when it comes to vaccines, there is nothing to be “pro” about.

Thank you.

Helpful links and resources:

  1. Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights at the UNESCO Convention in 2005 : http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=31058&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
  2. The vaccinated can harbor and spread pertussis: http://www.pnas.org/content/111/2/787 and http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/2015/09/14/the-ugly-untold-truth-about-the-pertussis-vaccine/ and http://vaxtruth.org/2015/01/pertussis/
  3. The vaccinated can shed and spread the diseases for which they were vaccinated: http://www.cnbc.com/2015/03/03/globe-newswire-public-health-officials-know-recently-vaccinated-individuals-spread-disease.html
  4. Vaccine ingredients for each vaccine: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf
  5. Papers regarding the toxic, neurotoxic, and teratogenic effects of aluminum: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep31578 and http://ispub.com/IJTO/3/1/10966and http://vaccinepapers.org/wp-content/uploads/vaccine_papers_brochure_8.5x11.pdf
  6. 3 historical accounts of thimerosal: http://www.aapsonline.org/vaccines/mercinmed.pdfhttp://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com/2005/08/beginning-at-beginning.html, and http://traceamounts.com/ten-lies-told-about-mercury-in-vaccines/
  7. FDA document which attempts to justify vaccine ingredients, and which admits that vaccines include ingredients have not been clinically approved: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/ucm187810.htm
  8. Wyeth Internal Correspondence regarding separating vaccine lots: http://www.ageofautism.com/2008/08/by-dan-olmsted.html
  9. Merck Whistleblowers: https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/two-more-mmr-vaccine-whistleblowers-theyre-suing/
  10. CDC Whistleblower: https://www.amazon.com/Vaccine-Whistleblower-Exposing-Autism-Research/dp/1634509951 and http://vaxxedthemovie.com/about/
  11. Transcript of the Simpsonwood meeting in June, 2000, at which thimerosal in vaccines was discussed: http://www.putchildrenfirst.org/chapter2.html
  12. Three weeks before Simpsonwood, another secret meeting was held at which aluminum in vaccines was discussed: http://www.thinktwice.com/aluminum.pdf
  13. Glyphosate: suspected carcinogen, causes tumors in rats, and present in vaccines: http://www.ecowatch.com/glyphosate-vaccines-1999343362.html
  14. Legal definitions of assault and battery: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Assault+and+Battery
  15. Vaccine Package Inserts here: http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/package_inserts.htm
  16. HRSA’s VICP Vaccine Injury Table (http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/vaccineinjurytable.pdf) lists “encephalopathy” as an outcome for the MMR (or any of the individual vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella) and for the DTaP (or any pertussis-containing vaccines). The symptoms of this encephalopathy in a child who is 18 months or older include a “significantly decreased level of consciousness” which HRSA describes as follows: 1. Decreased or absent response to environment (responds, if at all, only to loud voice or painful stimuli); 2. Decreased or absent eye contact (does not fix gaze upon family members or other individuals); or 3. Inconsistent or absent responses to external stimuli (does not recognize familiar people or things). How many children diagnosed with “autism” should have been correctly diagnosed with “vaccine-induced encephalopathy”? In addition, one of the signs of encephalopathy is seizure activity. Estimates suggest that 1/4 - 1/3 of those diagnosed with “autism” also suffer from seizures. (Taken from Ginger Taylor’s chapter in the excellent book Vaccine Epidemic).
  17. CDC recommended vaccine schedule for children, adults, and pregnant women can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent-compliant.html (for children 0-18); http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html (adults);  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pregnancy/hcp/guidelines.html (for pregnant women)
  18. Vaccines: Elimination Mandatory! by Laura Hayes can be found at http://www.ageofautism.com/2016/09/vaccines-elimination-mandatory.html#more. Other articles, speeches, and interviews by Laura Hayes can be found at ageofautism.com under “Special Reports” at the top of Age of Autism’s home page.

Autism in Black and.... Pink

Pink black
By Kim Rossi

What does autism look like in your home?  I have three flavors here, having three daughters on the spectrum.  This is Mia's closet. She wears blue jeans and a pink top during the day, and changes into black yoga pants and a solid black top after her adult day program. Every day. 365 days a year. It makes dressing both easy and difficult.

The push to neurodiversity ignores people like Mia. She has no super powers. She's not a testable genius. She can't argue with me on Twitter that her autism is a gift.

Mia matters. All of our children matter. And that's the black and pink of autism.

XOX

Kim Rossi is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.

 


Confessions of a Believer

Burn_candle_at_both_endsNote: This is a fabulous best of from our Cathy Jameson. Fall fell last weekend here in New England, when we turned back the clocks to early, dark afternoons. Thankfully, Cathy always provides light. From September, 2009.

By Cathy Jameson

With the season of fall right around the corner, I feel a sense of ominous cleansing. Shadows grow longer as the sun sets earlier. Crispy mornings greet me as I struggle to feel wide awake under my snuggly covers.  My older children begin a new academic year of learning and exploring while my son Ronan, who has a laundry list of special needs, makes tiny steps toward some progress.  Unfortunately, my positive outlook grows dimmer as the outside shadows begin to cast darkness through my living room windows. Why do I work so hard for the dream of bringing Ronan back to typical anything when the world immediately outside my front door gives little support toward his recovery? 

The very in-your-face swine flu “pandemic” is all over the mainstream media. It’s even made its way onto children’s television shows.  It’s across the nation and world with political leaders stepping up to the patriotic plate telling us apparent feeble-minded citizens to get this new vaccine to protect our country from the H1N1 flu.  How can one who has learned first-hand about negative reactions to vaccines feel anything but herded into an agenda that truthfully does not protect everyone?  The financial and political push with regard to the swine flu, the regular flu and that incredibly long list of childhood vaccines make me beg to differ when it comes to the current vaccine program.  When the many children who have been ill-fitted with vaccines and have succumb to adverse reactions (i.e., neurological delay, communication delay, gastroenterological problems) can receive the medical, educational, financial and emotional support they and their families needs, maybe I will be more open-minded to what the vaccine camps say.

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Best of Dan Olmsted: A Little Milton with Your Post-Election Coffee

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaDan wrote this post last year on November 12.  We run "best of" from him from time to time. I tend to choose the posts by how my heart feels - or how sad my heart feels.    Out of the blue Dan's death hits me like a punch t0 the throat. Hard. And it hurts.  Today is 11/11. Those of you who follow my nonsense in other social media know that I am guided by 11:11 the angels' number.  Dan will always be my guardian angel - in writing, in taking care of my family, and in running Autism Age - which he left to me, and which I will guard with my life  for all of us.  A year after the 2016 election, we're waiting for action for autism from the White House. We've seen more violence than ever before. And the media is more split and crueler than ever to those of us with vaccine injured children. We need to stay focused on sharing our stories and fighting back against the loss of our medical rights. It's what Dan would have wanted.  Kim

By Dan Olmsted

The election just passed still feels so raw and immediate that it almost seems like it’s still going on – I feel like one of those times when I’ve driven for 10 hours and I close my eyes at bedtime and still feel like I’m driving. That happened another time when Mark Blaxill and I were working on our first book and had put in a marathon long weekend session. I tried to go to sleep but words were appearing in front of me as if the inside of my eyeballs was a sheet of paper.

Much could be said, but little needs to be: I wish President-Elect Trump well and I hope this is an opportunity to end the age of autism and confront the damage done by the bloated, unsafe vaccine schedule. Readers of all stripes continue to be welcome here. Partisan politics really doesn’t advance the cause – and as a non-profit we don’t endorse candidates or adopt a political line beyond calling it as we see it.  Yes, we practice advocacy journalism, for which there is a rich tradition. And at least we acknowledge it rather than descend to the sneering condescension of supposedly balanced outlets like the New York Times. (“On Autism’s Cause, It’s Parents Versus Science.”)

As for Milton, I was recalling the last lines of Paradise Lost – no hidden message here, just the idea that we need to leave the past behind to fully accept the invitation to shape our future:

“The world was all before them, where to choose

Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:

They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,

Through Eden took their solitary way.”

Let’s hope and expect that Providence, however defined, will continue to guide our efforts. To invoke another of my favorite quotes, “Continuous, calm, powerful use of the will shakes the forces of creation and brings a response from the infinite.” (Paramahansa Yogananda)

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Our matching fund-raising drive has a ways to go to take full advantage of the $5,000 match being offered by Anonymous Reader. We hope that perhaps with the election over and a few moments before the holidays hit us head on, you’ll consider a donation to keep us going strong in the new year, the new administration, the new era. With wandering steps and slow, with continuous, calm, powerful use of the will, we’ll get there.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


Autism Speaks Science Survey:"Oppose Research on Curing or Preventing Autism"

2017 meg mary teresaBy Teresa Conrick

It was disturbing to read an article by Disability Scoop  that described the results of an Autism Speaks survey about future autism research and focus.  These specific statements were alarming:

♦   Many survey respondents specifically indicated that they oppose research on curing or preventing autism.

♦    the group moved to overhaul its mission statement opting to remove words like “struggle,” “hardship” and “crisis” as well as any reference to curing autism. 

♦    The findings will help shape how Autism Speaks determines what types of studies to fund and the impact could be significant.

♦     Compared to a similar survey in 2012, Autism Speaks found that respondents this year are more interested in the experiences of those entering adulthood and less concerned about immune dysfunction and environmental factors.

REALLY?

I decided to go right to the Autism Speaks page and see for myself:

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HPV Vaccine inventor Ian Frazer Backs UK’s “Jabs for the Boys” Lobbyist Group – Conflict of Interest?

Dr. Ian FrazerBy Eileen Iorio

After Peter Doshi’s recent exposé article in the British Medical Journal on how government agencies and vaccine manufacturers use grass roots organizations to push their vaccine agenda, I took a closer look at an upcoming decision about to be made in the UK by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization on whether boys should be vaccinated with the HPV vaccine. A decision is expected next week after the same Committee voted against such an extension to the program in July. Currently the vaccine is given in schools to all 12 year old girls with a high uptake rate of 90%. It is also offered free in certain clinics to men who have sex with men under a special National Health Service pilot program.

 Lobbyist group HPVAction.org has been the most vocal in recent years, using its 48-member strong network to push the government to adopt a “gender-neutral” policy for this vaccine by making it available to all boys. A statement from the group recently, outlined the many reasons that the JCVI should add boys to the schedule in a comprehensive policy statement, submitted to the department of health ahead of next week’s decision. They argue, with a slightly threatening undertone, that the current policy “may be in breach” of sexual equality laws.

 According to the website “whois”, the person behind HPVAction is Jamie Rae, a Scottish businessman and philanthropist. Rae has a long history in Scottish politics as a former member of the Scottish National Party. Rae was convicted of fraud in the late 90s and served 15 months in prison on various charges relating to mortgage and benefits fraud. After serving his time, Rae turned his luck around and started up many successful businesses. After developing and overcoming throat cancer in 2010, Rae set up the Throat Cancer Foundation in 2012, to raise awareness for this rare condition and to campaign for the inclusion of males in the HPV vaccination program.  

 The Throat Cancer Foundation (TCF) is a charity but also acts as a lobbying group  and by extension, supports the position of HPVAction as owner of the site and also as TCF is a member. The story begins to get more complicated when two of TCF’s advisory board members have direct conflicts of interest with the vaccine – Co-inventor of the HPV vaccine Ian Frazer, and MERCK/GSK consultant and JCVI advisor Dr. Margaret Stanley, OBE.

 Ian Frazer, a Scottish virologist now an Australian citizen, along with co-inventor, the late Jian Zhou and others, owns rights to the sale of both HPV vaccines in Australia and New Zealand. They also own exclusive rights over the vaccine technology used by Merck and GSK. Expanding the vaccine program to boys would bolster the credibility of his own country’s program and promote this “gender neutral” policy worldwide as so few countries have adopted such an expensive public health measure thus far. In the US, uptake among boys is hovering around 20%. Improving uptake in boys will also offset the dramatic reduction in sales as a result of reducing the dose from three to two in recent years.

 Professor Margaret Stanley, OBE is a British virologist at the University of Cambridge who has been intimately involved in the development of both vaccines with Merck and GSK and served on the special HPV advisory group to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, which recommended that the vaccine program go ahead for girls in 2008. Dr. Stanley has a vested interest in ensuring that boys are included in the program, one which she has invested her entire career in propagating, both with the WHO, the IARC and various other institutions around the world. She has benefited financially from her relationship with both manufacturers as a consultant and as a speaker on behalf of the vaccines.

 The Throat Cancer Foundation states in its policy on ethics that it be transparent in its dealings with partners and sponsors, both public and private, “ensuring that the Throat Cancer Foundation remains independent and autonomous so that there can be no influence – either actual or perceived…” So how does the TCF ensure that their charity is independent and autonomous when two of the HPV vaccine’s heaviest hitters are on its advisory board? At what point is the TCF working for Frazer and Stanley to further their interests?

Rae himself has another company, Nugensis, which has accepted business solution contracts from the NHS and was embroiled in an accusation of cronyism from government ministers in 2015, after Rae made donations to the Scottish National Party before the million pound contract was awarded. The SNP denied all charges of cronyism and no action was taken.

It is difficult to say if the JCVI will be sufficiently influenced by HPVAction.org and by extension the Throat Cancer Foundation, backed by direct profiteers of the vaccine and key stakeholders with influence on policy. However, what is clear is that the public is unaware that such an influence – either actual or perceived - exists. It is this semi-transparency which results in public loss of confidence once such conflicts are revealed, causing more damage to the vaccine program.

Eileen Iorio is a Holistic Health Coach based in Westchester, NY. Eileen is a guest blogger for The Thinking Moms Revolution. She has a background in accounting and finance but now occupies her time with vaccine safety advocacy, research and writing. She is married and has three children.