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Arizona State U Autism Treatment Effectiveness Survey

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You are invited to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for autism. Those include medications, nutritional supplements, diets, therapies, and education.

Our goal is to learn which treatments are most effective.   Survey results will be posted on our website. The information can then be used by families and clinicians to help those with autism.

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Voodoo Science: The Myth of Vaccine Efficacy

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Gary Null, PhD

December 5, 2015

Progressive Radio Network

The two pillars upon which the entire edifice of vaccinology rest are that vaccines are safe and effective. We are told by our medical and federal authorities, physicians, pharmacists and health care practitioners that vaccines work by stimulating the body’s immune system to create specific antibodies. These antibodies in turn will protect us from the infectious disease specific to a given vaccine.

This central premise is virtually never challenged. Hundreds of millions of Americans simply accept that all vaccines are scientifically proven to confer immunity against disease. In a previous article, Uncovering the Cover-Up: Scientific Analysis of the Vaccine-Autism Connection, Deeply Flawed US Vaccine Policies, we examined the myths about vaccine safety and presented the actual science demonstrating vaccines’ toxic ingredients and adverse neurological effects. This report investigates the medical industry’s claims that vaccines are effective. Moreover, the independent research presented for each major vaccine raises serious questions that challenge the concept of antibody generation as a reliable factor to assure viral and bacterial immunity.

Measuring Vaccine Efficacy: Junk Science at its Worst

Every flu season, millions of Americans visit their physician’s office or local pharmacy to receive a flu shot. Recipients are given one of a handful of influenza vaccines on the market. The same vaccine will be injected into a 14 pound infant, teenage athletes weighing 200 pounds, and frail, immunocompromised elderly patients. Regardless of age, weight, medical history, previous compromised immune system and any other health factor, they are all given the same exact chemical cocktail. Furthermore, we are told to accept that this one-size-fits-all approach will predictably result in the production of a number of protective antibodies that will ward off a flu infection.

Once the flu season concludes, vaccinated persons who made it through the season without contracting a diagnosed flu infection are categorized by our health officials as having been successfully immunized. And these statistics then stand as living proof of the vaccine’s efficacy. Meanwhile, very little if any attention is paid to the numerous other factors that have been shown to influence immunity, including, quality of diet, additional nutrient profile, vitamin D, A and C status, exercise, stress management, exposure to environmental toxins, sleep patterns and biochemical and genetic makeup.

Continue reading "Voodoo Science: The Myth of Vaccine Efficacy " »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Whoops! Pertussis Vaxxing is Waning.

By Anne Dachel Online news

They're talking about it all over the news.  The current whooping cough vaccine doesn't work long term.   Vaccine industry insider, Dr. Paul Offit, was featured in CBS News and USA Today lamenting that the old version of the whooping cough vaccine was more effective, but there were fears about "possible, albeit rare, neurological effects."  (Forbes declared that there were no "long-term" side effects.) 

(And of course nothing is said about Offit's financial gains from a rota virus vaccine, which makes him nothing more than PR guy for pharma.)

The same reporters who regularly blame unvaxxed children for outbreaks of diseases such as whooping cough, like Liz Szabo at USA Today, make no mention of their backpedaling here. 

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Nightmares

Illinois Father Loses Job, Kills Wife, 18 Year Old with Autism, Self

WeepHere is the ultimate in the unthinkable. Dad lost job at 55. Killed wife, 18 y/o w autism, and then self. God bless them and keep us all safe from the depths of utter and total despair. Autism is hard hard hard hard for all. Don't buy the media and book NONsense.  Mom was a crisis worker.   Any of us can be strong, until the day we just can't.

The media is waterboarding America with "autism has always been here and is just a difference" while families choke to death and drown.   It's unseemly in the extreme.

From NBC 5 Chicago

A suburban Chicago father killed his wife and teenage son with autism before taking his own life inside their family home over the weekend, according to police.

Oak Forest police were told Margaret O’Leary Joost called in sick Friday to Advocate Christ Hospital, where she was a crisis worker, and didn’t show up again Monday.

A concerned co-worker went to the family's home on the 6600 block of Courtney Avenue and saw what appeared to be blood seeping out from the garage door, police said.

Authorities responded to the home around 8 p.m., forced their way inside and discovered what Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson described to be a "gruesome scene."



 

Anne Dachel

The Revisionist History of Autism

Online newsby Anne Dachel

Two times previously I’ve written about the incredible coverage of In a Different Key, by John Donvan and Caren Zucker. 

Oct 8, 2015

Jan 20, 2016

Below are stories about Donvan and Zucker since the beginning of January. We can see how autism is being redefined right before our eyes. 

Yes, there is a crisis.  It's a crisis of awareness and services.  People have universally ignored autism in the past.  Autistic children were a source of shame; they were hidden away in institutions, that’s why people didn’t know about autism.

These authors are convinced that autism has always been a part of the human condition. 

In story after story, this book is used as proof of no link to vaccines. Wakefield was just as wrong as Leo Kanner who said autism was rare.  The vaccine controversy did publicize the existence of autism, which previously wasn't recognized. 

Scroll down to the Atlantic video interview.  Notice how they're calling for a survey of adults.  We just haven't looked for autism in adults.  They’re out there.  We're going to be surprised to find out that there’s just as much as autism as in our kids!  Donvan said that Hillary Clinton wants to find the adult population (and she's calling for a Cambridge-style survey to be done here).

And it'll be done, I'm sure.  And I’m sure they’ll "find" autistic adults—just like the LA Times did five years ago

Again and again I say, show us severe autism in adults, not geeky, nerdy people who could be labeled with Asperger's.  And I don’t want to see “adults” in their 20s. Adults include 40, 60 and 80 year olds. If they have real autism, we need to provide for their needs. It’s only ethical to extend all the “better diagnosing” to more than just kids.

Here’s how the media and these authors are re-educating us about autism.

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..."What we found was these repeated stories of families, particularly parents, driving so many of the things that got better, making them better because of their refusal to give up on their kids, their willingness to do anything for their kids, to try to change the world and make a place in their world for their kids," said Donvan, a correspondent for ABC News. "The people who emerge as main players in our story we had never heard of, and we're pretty sure that nobody else remembers them."

...In telling these stories of the past, though, they also had to write about arguably the most publicized aspect of autism — the vaccination controversy.

"We tried to take a scientific approach to anything we were reporting on," Zucker said. "We're journalists. So the vaccine issue, to a certain extent with all its complexity was somewhat clear, because the research has been done and we now know vaccines don't cause autism. As journalists, that's really the only way for us to tell the story."

Within the history, though, they validate the concerns of the parents of the time.

Continue reading "The Revisionist History of Autism" »

Current Affairs

Levi Quackenboss: Zika Virus Hysteria Got You Worked Up?

Scream nowNote: Thanks to Levi for allowing us to excerpt this terrific look at the winter of 2016 viral panic. Ebola hangs its head in shame. Exsanguination can't hold a candle to anencephaly.  H1N1 is curled in a fetal position, a mere shadow of its phormer pfearphul pharma selling selph.

By Levi Quackenboss

The other day a lady friend called to ask what I thought about the Zika virus.  She said she needed to hurry up and get pregnant and get through her first trimester before summer arrived in her southern state– bringing mosquitoes– so that her baby would not be born with microcephaly if she caught the Zika virus.

This was a real phone call.  A real concern.  From a really smart woman.

I’m going to share with you what I said to her in that moment of genuine concern for her yet-to-be-conceived child:

Calm Your Tits

Seriously. Smooth them down, ladyfriend.  Relax.  I do not buy for one moment that the Zika virus— which was been studied for 70 years and has never been linked to microcephaly– is causing babies in Brazil to be born with tiny heads.

Being the quack that I am, three questions first came to mind.

  1. What is the pesticide regulation situation in Brazil?
  2. Is there a Zika virus vaccine coming down the turnpike?
  3. Have prenatal vaccines been recently introduced to Brazilian women?

Let me start by saying that while some headlines are screaming that Brazil is “badly losing the battle” and the virus is “spreading explosively” across the country, the truth is that the criteria used to determine that 4,000 Brazilian babies had microcephaly is a head measurement of 33 centimeters or less. That would put 10% of American newborns into the microcephaly category.  So either this is an epidemic of overly broad diagnostic criteria or we’ve got 400,000 cases of microcephaly in the US each year.  (Spoiler: we actually have 25,000 cases in the US every year that you never hear about.)

Continue reading "Levi Quackenboss: Zika Virus Hysteria Got You Worked Up?" »

Current Affairs

Dr. Benjamin Rush Forewarned Nation on Medical Tyranny Over 200 Years Ago

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By Bob Moffitt

Dr Benjamin Rush, a signer of our Declaration of Independence, forewarned over 200 years ago:

"Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others, the Constitution of the Republic should make a special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom"

Today in the year 2015 it would be wise to remind ourselves of the prescient words of Dr. Benjamin Rush because  the ugly rise of tyranny is once again threatening our country as evidenced by the well coordinated well-financed dedicated attacks  in many States seeking to deny parents their Constitutional Right to exercise "informed consent" regarding medical treatments most specifically recommended and approved vaccines .for their most precious possessions   their children or risk having their child denied their right to attend a public- private school or public-private daycare.

Make no mistake today it is the "informed consent" rights of parents and their children that are under constant attack but as Dr. Ben Rush knew tyranny is a greedy monster  and there will always be those eager to feed the insatiable appetite of tyranny .who will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others.

For example consider the following titled:  "National Adult Immunization Plan" as evidence of the tyranny that may lie ahead for every man, woman and child for generations to come.

Where to begin? 

Continue reading "Dr. Benjamin Rush Forewarned Nation on Medical Tyranny Over 200 Years Ago" »

Current Affairs

Share Your Different (Autism) Key at 2/11 UCLA Free Event with John Donvan & Caren Zucker

Different Key Book Event UCLAAttention all Southern California parents: 

Clear your schedule for this Thursday evening to attend a FREE special lecture at UCLA from John Donvan and Caren Zucker. These two authors/journalists will be discussing their new book, In a Different Key, which looks at the origins and prevalence of autism.

Please take this unique opportunity to participate in the current national conversation about autism. Can’t get a sitter or respite? Perhaps you should bring your child with autism with you. 

"By turns intimate and panoramic, In a Different Key takes us on a journey from an era when families were shamed and children were condemned to institutions to one in which a cadre of people with autism push not simply for inclusion, but for a new understanding of autism: as difference rather than disability."

Register here!

Julie Obradovic

Media & Public Health Reaction If Lead in Water was Handled Like Mercury in Vaccines

Drink up quicksilverBy Julie Obradovic

I’ve watched the Flint water crisis unfold like everyone else. To be sure, it’s horrific. The people responsible for causing and perpetuating the disaster deserve to be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The victims deserve treatment and compensation. Most important, they deserve recognition and an apology.

As empathetic and outraged as I am, I can’t help feel like this issue is the perfect one to point out the utter hypocrisy and lunacy of the exact opposite reaction of our country to mercury in vaccines. For really, it’s quite simple their position:

Lead in water. Outrage! Mercury in vaccines. Fine!

CDC would lie about the safety of water? Of course, they would! CDC would lie about safety of mercury in vaccines? NEVER!

Apparently that’s where the CDC draws their moral line in the sand, we’ve determined. Water? Meh. Vaccines? No way!

Although sarcastic, the following would seriously be how the Flint water crisis would be framed if the lead had been discovered in vaccines instead. Or rather, how the world would respond to it if we considered water as sacred as vaccines.

Clearly, for whatever reason I can’t figure out, we don’t. Because as far as I can see, none of these things have happened to the folks involved in bringing this disaster to the world’s attention. In fact, it’s been the exact opposite.

If we treated lead in water like mercury in vaccines:

  1. Anyone who spoke out about his or her concerns regarding lead in water would be labeled “anti-water”. This label would follow them forever, used to discredit their position, discredit them personally, and come to be defined as “pro-death”. For water is life, its defenders would claim, and any criticism of water is the same as being against it. It would apply equally to all citizens, parents, scientists, journalists, and celebrities that voiced their concerns.
  2. These same “anti-water” people would be told they aren’t qualified to know what lead poisoning is, looks like, or what levels could be dangerous. If they didn’t specialize in toxicology or water safety, they have no credibility and can’t be taken seriously.

Continue reading "Media & Public Health Reaction If Lead in Water was Handled Like Mercury in Vaccines" »

Anne Dachel

Should Congress Investigate Autism-Vaccine Link?

Rome burnsBy Anne Dachel

There was amazing coverage by NewsMax's Sylvia Booth Hubbard in the story, Should Congress Investigate Potential Autism-Vaccine Link? on Feb 2, 2016.

While Congress plans a hearing on Feb. 3 concerning the contamination of Flint, Michigan's water supply with lead, it has yet to address another health crisis: the possibility — some even say the likelihood — that autism is caused by childhood vaccines.

Autism now strikes one out of every 45 children in every city and community in every state in the United States. "Autism is rising at an exponential rate," says nationally known holistic doctor David Brownstein.

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Cathy Jameson

Waking Up to Vaccine Reality

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By Cathy Jameson

Welcome, new moms! We’re glad to have you join us…

I see vaccine-related posts all the time when I log in to Facebook. Not a day goes by that I don’t see some vaccine link being shared. I sometimes feel overwhelmed when I see that topic in my newsfeed. That’s because some days, the news isn’t good news - people are still being injured by vaccines, vaccine efficacy is waning (but we should still go out and get that bum vaccine anyway!), and mandates are looming. It can all be rather depressing. I’ll admit that I’m guilty of clogging my friends’ newsfeeds with all sorts of vaccine news and information, but that’s because when you’re a parent of a vaccine-injured child, being vocal about vaccines can easily become a habit.

Last week, logging onto Facebook was no different than other weeks. I saw posts about the Zika vaccine, about the Tdap vaccine, and about the DTP vaccine. I saw those being mentioned in some FB groups as well as on some of the autism advocacy and vaccine safety pages that I frequent. Not surprisingly, I saw those posts on friends’ walls, too. I expect to see that from certain friends, especially the ones who have a vaccine-injured child who is also on the autism spectrum. But last week when I saw that news pop up in my newsfeed, I didn’t cringe like I sometimes do when I see a vaccine link. I did a double take instead.

The posts that I saw were not being shared by moms like me. These moms were different. Their kids were different, too. The kids didn’t have seizures. Their weren’t in therapy. They weren’t in self-contained special ed classrooms either. It was a different population of moms fairly new to the online vaccine scene who were chiming in, and I couldn’t believe it. Typical moms of typical children were sharing articles about vaccine bills, about vaccine ingredients, and about the vaccine schedule. All out in the open and on Facebook!

I didn’t want to question why, but why? Why did these moms go from completely silent on what’s become a controversial topic to linking these sorts of articles to their FB walls? And why all of a sudden now? My mind was spinning.

Maybe they saw the 2016 schedule and were shocked at how many vaccines there are.

Continue reading "Waking Up to Vaccine Reality" »

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap – Rand Paul et alia

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

As someone who believes there is an autism epidemic and that excessive vaccination is the cause (see Bernie Rimland), I was sorry to see Rand Paul leave the presidential race this week. His less-government philosophy would clearly translate into more power to the parents, including the power to be more selective about which vaccines the government gets to give their children, and when.

I had a chance to tell him a few weeks ago that, based on 10 years of research as a trained observer (aka journalist), I have no doubt that vaccination is the main cause of our current autism catastrophe. He listened respectfully and said that, while pro vaccine, he didn’t consider “the science is settled” to be a fitting motto in any field of study. (I started my comments by saying “I’m a Democrat,” and still he listened!) I believe as president he would take steps that would finally get to the heart of the autism epidemic. And that would be a big deal.

It’s also worth remembering that few people who run for president win the first time out. Stay tuned.

So now we have Donald Trump (and Ben Carson, but I’m going to take a minor risk and count him out). If you are for Trump, I’m jealous, because the only thing I do like about him is the fact he has said, more than once, that the current vaccine schedule of too many, too soon, is behind the autism epidemic (see Rimland, again). While Rand came by his views philosophically, Trump’s basis appears to be anecdotal and “gut.” Either is fine if it gets us out of this nightmare.

Would Trump conveniently drop these concerns if elected because they really are not deeply seated in a governing philosophy, because he doesn’t have one? In other words, would we all get fooled again (remember, Bush II was gonna git that thimerosal outta there.) Well, Jimmy Carter said the other day that Trump would be “malleable” as president because he doesn’t really believe in anything (whereas Cruz does, and not to Carter’s liking). And that, he said, made Trump the better choice (although when Lindsay Graham, a truly likeable candidate I really couldn’t disagree with more, said the choice between the two was like being poisoned or shot, I had to laugh).

My own hunch? Trump would stick with this position, because another word for “anecdotal” is personal, and he says he’s seen this happen to his own employees. (And he's not getting pharma money.) People who’ve seen the shot, illness, regression sequence happen, or believe those who do, and who don’t have some financial or professional reason to cravenly pretend not to see or believe those who do, drink less Kool-Aid at the CDC-NIH-AAP water fountains.

To me the issue comes down to this: Would Trump as president cause more damage to the world than eight years of someone who has swallowed the vaccine theology (say, the rest of the Republican field to the best of my knowledge, or any given Democrat including Hillary or Bernie? When they fight over who’s more progressive, all I can think is which one will want to give more shots).

Short of nuclear war (Cruz said the other day that Trump might nuke Denmark, a strange place to obliterate unless the fact it’s a social democracy makes it the most threatening place on the globe), I doubt it’s possible to do more damage. Seriously, a few hundred million more kids around the world getting mercury-containing shots, and Lord knows what Zika and Ebola and autism-preventing vaccines get cooked up in the meantime, strikes me as about as bad an outcome as I can imagine.

What bothers me is not that someone might disagree with me on how this plays out politically, because I’m still in the middle of trying to make sense of it myself, but that some in the vaccine advocacy world seem to dismiss Trump (and did dismiss Paul) out of hand because they aren't to their political liking. I find that to be intellectually inconsistent; one has to engage the issue of autism causation, and who can stop it and treat it and face up to it, if one is serious about believing that vaccine policy as presently constituted is an urgent public health crisis.

On Facebook recently there was a thread started by a Bernie supporter. Since this person (I don’t run other people’s comments or names from Facebook since it’s kind of a private space) shares my views on autism and vaccines, and since others chimed in to support Bernie, I posted these comments:

‪Dan Omsted‪ as far as i know Bernie is your typical progressive vaccine advocate. isn't that an issue to consider? especially when there is a candidate (trump) who seems to fully back vaccine safety concerns. not just our country but the world is being harmed by that. it might be more harm than anything trump could wreak. (and i say this as a progressive!)..

do we just set aside vaccine safety as an issue altogether?

… i certainly respect others' voting preferences. The problem for reliable Democratic progressives like me is that, since the last election, the Democrats have really emerged as the party of mandates (California) and suppression (Sebelius trying to shut up the vaccine debate), and the Republican-libertarian-freedom folks have been our allies. Vaccine injury, along with the personal devastation, is making us less competitive and costing us billions and soon trillions in extra health care costs. how is this anything we want to perpetuate?

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So that was my two cents. What’s yours, fellow AOAers, on the eve of the first actual voting primary of the 2016 election?

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Representative Elijah Cummings

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

This past November I did a series of interviews with Minister Tony Muhammad on the failure of Congress to investigate the claims of CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson, that his agency had destroyed evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, including what was specifically found in a population of African American males under the age of 36 months.

Anne Dachel Interviews Tony Muhammad on CDC Vaccine Safety Accountability

Min. Tony talked about reaching out to African American members of Congress who should be especially concerned about Thompson's claims.

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Meet an Adult with Autism - "Ben Learns To Spell"

Smoke_Mirrors_ClipartJohn Stone has been writing about the media push to normalize autism and drum up increasing numbers of adults with the diagnosis.   While it's agreeable to go back in history and claim geniuses in science, arts and math as surely having had autism, it seems less palatable to claim the despots, blood thirsty rulers and murderers who also showed perseveration and  focus on a topic and goal.

Below, we introduce you to Ben, son of our Contributing Editor Dan Burns.  Ben is approaching 30 years of age.  Ben is an adult with autism.  We need to make dead sure that the Bens of the world and the Mias, Giannas and Bellas (my girls) are not just accepted for their autism, but safely and uniquely housed, employed and socialized in a way that respects their differences. There will be no high tech job for Ben. There will be no scientific breakthrough in the history books with his name.  Our job at Age of Autism is to educate readers on the autism epidemic. Not fantasies. Not media embraced smoke and mirrors that obscure the unreal hardship, struggle and disability so many of our families face. We love and adore our children, from tots to adults.    Is the world ready to work with Ben? With your child?    I hope this video brings you the same melancholy hope that it brought me. Thanks to Dan for letting us share. KIM

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Adult Autism Data Fabrication in the United Kingdom Part 2

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Amid continuing false claims regarding the historical incidence of autism by mainstream media plugged authors Steve Silberman, John Donvan and Caren Zucker AoA re-publishes a series of articles by John Stone, UK Editor, chronicling data abuse and fabricated adult autism numbers, which also impacted heavily on opinion in the United States. These articles document the official drive to paper over the catastrophe engulfing so many of our children. The second of these stories from June 2014 examines an Autism Speaks which purported to examine the costs of autism and its numbers in both the United Kingdom and the United States. One thing it does admit is that autism is a thing with immense financial costs – after that it goes seriously awry. If autism has always been with us, why the contortions.

Still Covering Up: the New Autism Speaks/JAMA Study of the Cost of Autism

"The present study seems to do two things: regard notional cases based on a half-baked theory of general prevalence as actual, but also underestimating costs of individual real cases by more than three times (on a breakdown of their own figures)."

There have been many news stories in the past days of a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association - funded by Autism Speaks - of the financial cost of autism in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The Daily Mail notably reported that the calculated annual cost of autism in the UK of £32 billion ($ 51billion) was greater than the cost of “heart disease, cancer and strokes combined”.  It might have seemed momentarily as if someone for once was dealing with the autism issue honestly. After all co-author Martin Knapp, London School of Economics professor, was co-author of a similar study in 2001 which estimated the cost to the UK as exceeding a mere £1 billion ($1.6 billion). That the scale of the problem might be 30 times worse now than thirteen years ago is something that many of us might have suspected. Unfortunately, what Prof Knapp seems to have discovered - rather incredibly - is that he just happened to have missed most of the cases back then. Already in 1998 (the year of the Wakefield Lancet paper) the UK's National Autistic Society had started to make out that there were in excess of half a million cases in the UK population but the 2001 paper properly ignored this assuming a prevalence of 5 in 10,000.

In the new study (table 2) we read that there are 196,489 autistic people in the UK of 18 or over with intellectual disability (ID) and 294,734 without ID.

The authors state:

“...Third, there is some controversy about current ASD prevalence. The prevalence estimates we used are lower than new figures from Peacock et al..or Kim et al…(1.5% and 2.6%, respectively). Although this does not affect our per-person costs, it can markedly affect the estimated total societal costs.We rejected the estimate of Peacock et al because it is based on healthcare claims data with no verification of the diagnosis. We rejected the estimate of Kim et al because it is based on data from South Korea and may not be applicable to the United Kingdom or the United States...”

Continue reading "Adult Autism Data Fabrication in the United Kingdom Part 2" »

Current Affairs

Skyhorse Publishing Book On Autism and Microbiome by Teri Arranga

Bugs Bowels and BehvaiorThe Microbiome and general health including autism are in the news. Our own Teresa Conrick has written numerous posts about gut health and autism.  Skyhorse published Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior: The Groundbreaking Story of the Gut-Brain Connection by Teri Arranga, a book that should reach a wide audience.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are sixty to seventy million people affected by digestive diseases in the United States. The old proverb tells us “you are what you eat,” and the latest science shows that this may be truer than we even thought. Diet has a profound effect on both physical and mental health. Most of the body’s immune system is in the gut, so pathology and dysfunction in the gut and imbalanced gut flora can cause neuroinflammation and possibly even neurodegenerative disease over time.

Featuring contributions from dozens of experts on gut disorders and related physical, mental, and behavioral health, this book will fascinate you as you read about the intriguing world of bad bugs, cytokine storms, and the environment in your belly that influences your brain. From the microscopic world of Clostridium to the complex communities of biofilm, Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior emphasizes one simple fact: The gut is connected to the brain.

Teresa Conrick

Microbiome Transplant Normalizes C-section Microbes

Microbiome7By Teresa Conrick

The MICROBIOME continues to make headlines.  I am all for it as I have a daughter very ill with both an Autism and Autoimmune diagnosis.  She was born vaginally with high apgar scores but experienced regression after vaccination. This current study has been going a bit "viral" as it shows the power of gut bacteria and viruses.  An example of the media reports:

Microbiome transplant normalizes C-section microbes - Vaginal microbial transfer shows positive early results, could improve long-term health.

Among other functions, the microbiome helps train the immune system, inhibits harmful microbes and makes essential nutrients. So researchers worry that establishment of an abnormal microbiome could have possibly harmful effects.

Epidemiological studies report associations between C-section delivery and obesity, asthma, allergies and immune deficiencies, although these don't establish cause. Theoretically, the new procedure could reduce the risk of such illnesses associated with abnormal microbiomes....

....The study examined C-section infants who were given microbes from their mother's vagina in a procedure called vaginal microbial transfer. The microbes were collected on gauze that had been placed in the vagina before birth for one hour. The gauze was then swabbed onto the newborns' mouth, face and body.

Follow-up testing showed that after 30 days, the C-section babies developed microbiomes more characteristic of vaginally delivered babies than C-section babies who didn't get the treatment. 

Study after study is showing that the collective bacteria and viruses of the gut are involved in AUTISM.

Here's the LA TIMES report actually mentioning AUTISM:

......."Previous research has shown a correlation (though not causation) between people who were born via C-section and an increased risk of obesity, asthma, allergies and autism......."

Well, there was also a very large study done some years ago showing NO relationship with AUTISM and Cesarean births (C-sections):

C-sections did not affect the rate of autism

Some questions remain:

  •   Is it possible that the vaginal Microbiome is important, but a connecting issue may be the use of strong antibiotics with a c-section that eliminates beneficial bacteria? 
  •   If an abnormal Microbiome is a concern for negative health outcomes, like Autism, what about vaccines and vaccine mercury, (Thimerosal, a mercurial agent with bactericidal activity against a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi),and their effect on the Microbiome -- ie- the collective bacteria, viruses and fungi?  

The research on the Microbiome is mounting and the ramifications of what can alter it "remain to be seen":

.......new organisms are expected to move into the empty niches created by vaccine elimination of organisms. Thus the structure of the microbiome is altered by vaccines. The unintended consequences of this alteration remain to be seen.

Current Affairs

A Taste of Their Own Medicine

Your_rightsBy Dara Berger

I recently learned from the Autism Action Network’s email alert that Senator Dinowitz of NYC got another sponsor to his horrible bill A8329 that would eliminate our right to a religious exemption for vaccines.  I have so many problems with this bill that it’s really hard to know where to start.  First and foremost, it is a violation of our constitutional rights.  Then there is the issue of aborted fetal cells in the vaccines that I told the Senator’s assistant when I called to express my opposition towards the bill.  Next I told this person that there is DNA from other animals that are used to cure the vaccines.  This also goes against my religious beliefs to inject a body with another animals DNA.  Truthfully it also goes against my medical and health beliefs, ethics, and common sense.  Where did the insanity begin and when will it end?

I think it will end when doctors say enough!  The problem is they won’t for the worst reason ever….money!  Most doctors make money off vaccines, well visits and special vaccine visits for those offices that allow the parents of the child to spread them out.  Another reason that I can actually be sympathetic towards is that doctors who do speak out against so many vaccines have their medical license threatened.  We live in a culture that refuses to allow a doctor to be a doctor and use good judgment for his or her patients.  We need a very large group of doctors to band together and speak out in unison.  This could help change things.  Unfortunately the only way this may happen is if doctors were forced to be vaccinated the way nurses are made to.  In most hospitals, nurses are required to get a flu shot or they have to wear a surgical mask while they work for roughly six months out of the year.  Most find this to be a form of punishment letting their colleagues around them know that they refused the vaccination.  This seems to be a violation of privacy as well.  And second, if you don’t have the damn flu then you can’t pass the flu to another person.  Hence, there is no need for a mask.  I really believe that people who defiantly defend vaccines have no idea how poor their arguments can be.  For instance, a child is automatically quarantined if they go to an emergency room and nurses learn that the child is not fully vaccinated.  Now it doesn’t matter if they are there for a possible broken arm.  But an adult can go to the same hospital and will not be quarantined.  It’s again some form of asinine punishment to mistreat that family.  Nothing else about it makes sense!  Why can a child spread disease but an adult can’t?

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Pesticides, Pregnancy, Anencephaly and Zika Virus

AnencephalyEditor's Note -- This AOA article excerpted from 2014 looks at cases of anencephaly in Washington state and whether pesticides or some other environmental factor might be involved. An update from the Washington health department (consider the source) is here. With the Zika virus now in the news, we thought it was worth reminding readers that anencephaly has been on the radar before.

Trouble in Ecotopia

By Dan Olmsted

Today I'd like to mention further evidence that links pesticides with neurological and developmental mayhem, including but not limited to autism, especially along the "left coast" of the United States, stretching from the San Joaquin and Central Valleys of California up through Napa and the orchard and wine counties of Washington State. This temperate and fertile arc, sometimes referred to as Ecotopia, began blooming with fruits and vegetables when industrial agriculture, pesticides and irrigation started taking hold at the end of the 19th Century. It now accounts for a large percentage of the nation's food supply -- and increasingly, a number of unusual outbreaks that point to toxins.

In our AOA series in 2011, The Age of Polio -- How an Old Virus and New Toxins Triggered a Man-made Epidemic, we demonstrated how the first use of pesticides containing lead and arsenic in the late 19th century triggered the first outbreaks of poliomyelitis. The polio virus up till then had been a benign stomach bug, or enterovirus, but we proposed that the ingestion of lead and arsenic in children with an active polio infection allowed the virus to gain access to the nervous system, where it killed cells at the top of the spinal column (the anterior horn), leading to temporary or permanent paraylsis and, sometimes, death. Early epidemics in the San Joaquin and Napa regions as well as orchard country in Washington State are the kind of associations, overlooked at the time and ever since, that point to the true, manmade nature of polio epidemics.

Earlier this year Mark and I tracked a new outbreak, of two dozen or so cases of partial paralysis in California children, and suggested pesticides could have played a role there. Medical experts suspect an enterovirus, interestingly. We suspect that whatever else was going on, pesticides probably played a role. We reported that the parents of one child owned a vineyard (reminiscent of that Napa polio outbreak more than a century ago), and had also remembered their daughter ate fresh raspberries the morning she got sick. The doctors, she told us, didn't seem interested. (The child also got an IV at the hospital right before her arm suddenly, and permanently, went limp, possibly suggesting provocation polio, in which a needle stick can create an opening for an enterovirus to reach the nervous system). A second child who has been identified lives in an LA exurb built on farmland so intensively farmed it has an apricot named for it. (Moorpark.)

Lately, the arc of mayhem has been migrating further north, where another "mystery outbreak" has baffled researchers. According to NBC, "Mysterious Birth Defects: No Answers, Only Questions, Experts Say":

"Since 2010, at least 30 babies — now 31 — have been diagnosed with anencephaly in a three-county area of central Washington state that includes Yakima and Sunnyside. ... That’s a rate of 8.7 per 10,000 births in the region, far higher than the national rate of 2.1 cases for 10,000 births."

Among the possibilities are a nearby nuclear plant and "pesticides, grain molds, nitrates in water supplies and other concerns previously tied to the problem. ... One factor that’s certain to get attention is the low rate of folic acid use in the region. Low levels of the B vitamin in early pregnancy are known to increase risk of anencephaly, spina bifida and other neural tube defects. Sixty percent of women in the three-county area don’t take folic acid as recommended — a figure that climbed to 80 percent to 90 percent in those whose babies were studied."

Seriously, not enough folic acid? My money is on toxins, particularly pesticides. Another recent article pointed to illnesses caused by a phenomenon known as pesticide drift in the same areas. According to oregonlive.com in May:

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Epilepsy Rise Raises Concerns About Vaccine Side Effects

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Jan 29, 2016, Your Health Claim: Parents question vaccines as epilepsy rates rise to 1 in 20 children under five

The rate of epilepsy among children and the elderly has been skyrocketing, with 1 in 20 children under five now suffering from the seizure condition in the United States. More and more parents say that vaccines triggered their children’s seizure disorders. The government maintains that while vaccines can trigger febrile (fever related) seizures, the many cases of epilepsy that begin immediately following infant vaccination are merely coincidental or were bound to occur eventually.

Jan 29, 2016, Newsmax.com Nearly 3.3 million US children suffer dizziness, balance problems

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John Stone

Adult Autism Data Fabrication in the United Kingdom Part 1

RabbitsBy John Stone Missing adults

Amid continuing false claims regarding the historical incidence of autism by mainstream media plugged authors Steve Silberman, John Donvan and Caren Zucker AoA re-publishes a series of articles by John Stone, UK Editor, chronicling data abuse and fabricated adult autism numbers, which also impacted heavily on opinion in the United States. These articles document the official drive to paper over the catastrophe engulfing so many of our children. The first in the series dates from October 2009 (updated 2015) deconstructing the then recently published National Statistics survey of "Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England”. Interesting to note that its publication in 2009 coincided with the US National Institutes of Mental Health unveiling a figure of 1 in 100 fur US children. Six years later the figure has been admitted as 1 in 45. But for Silberman, Donvan and Zucker they are out there dancing around pretending the Emperor has clothes.

1 in 100: How the UK Government Arrived at the Adult Autism Figures

By John Stone

UPDATE April 10, 2015 (corrected). Revisiting this article five and half years on there are a small number of additional points. For clarity the original survey of 2007 from which this data was derived was looking for instances of Asperger Syndrome only. No mention was made of "higher-functioning autism" until the Eurekalert Press Release in 2008 but by 2009 both the terms "Asperger" and "high-functioning autism" had disappeared to be replaced by "autism spectrum disorders" but it was the same data set re-labelled to give a false idea of what was being surveyed. It can also be pointed out that not only were the diagnostic tests non-standard, and diluted the criteria for diagnosis but also that the assessments were not carried out by people qualified to make a diagnosis of autism. In the end it is impossible to say that there were any real cases of Asperger Syndrome let alone autism in this survey. Finally, the survey, originally published as National Statistics, was re-published as peer review study which came to be cited by Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institutes of Mental Health, and Chair of the Interagency Autism Coordinating committee (herehere and at IACC meetings) as if it was a credible source.

[Original article] Sometimes events across the pond seem connected. Just a few days ago the UK National Health Service’s Information Centre announced its new survey, which purportedly showed adult incidence of Autistic Spectrum Disorders running at the rate of 1 in 100 – according to them exactly the same rate as for schoolchildren, thus clearing MMR vaccine (or any other vaccine exposure for that matter) from being implicated in autism. Never mind that the rate was projected from a base of just 19 unconfirmed cases, or that the survey included young adults born between 1986 and 1991 who may have had MMR, or that the study had only high functioning and Asperger cases in it, or that the autism rate amongst schoolchildren in the UK runs at more like 1 in 64 - what an excellent opportunity for the US National Institute of Mental Health to concede that the autism rate for US children was also now 1 in 100, up from 1 in 150. There is now an official statistic they can cite that a rate of 1 in 100 for autism in both children and adults is perfectly normal, and nothing whatever to worry about.

To set the very curious British adult autism survey in context it is enlightening to return to the Eurekalert media announcement of May 2008 ‘University of Leicester to lead adult autism audit’ (HERE) . We read:

“Professor Terry Brugha, Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Health Sciences is spearheading the study in conjunction with a team of research experts including the the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), Research Autism and Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre. It will report in 2009.”

Interesting, first of all, to note that though it does not anticipate the result of the survey it does go on to cite a 1 in 100 autism rate figure for children in the UK:

“The number of children with autism is as high as 1 in 100 (according to studies by Prof Howard Meltzer of the University of Leicester and Prof. Baird's 2006 study). The new prevalence study now underway will give the first ever accurate picture of how many adults have the condition. “

This statement was highly misleading. Meltzer, who is a signatory to the new paper, seems to have been responsible for the 1 in 100 figure for children in UK National Statistics but this was not true of the Baird study which gave a rate of 1 in 86, while Baron-Cohen - who was not in the end a signatory - had already headed a study which when it was finally published furnished a childhood figure of 1 in 64 (HERE).

But perhaps the most astonishing statement from the 2008 press release in retrospect is this:

‘The prevalence study will make use of new data collected in 2007 by NatCen and Professor Brugha’s team to record the number of adults with Asperger's syndrome and high functioning autism. There will also be an additional part to the study on the number of people with autism who have more complex needs and learning disabilities. The aim of the combined research will provide good epidemiological information in terms of prevalence and the characteristics and problems of this group.’

The new report, therefore, is based not on the full range of ASDs but solely on the data collected for the “Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism” by Prof Brugha in 2007; the “additional part” on “more complex needs and learning disabilities” has not been included at all, if it was ever conducted. On the other hand the report has been incorrectly published under a title which suggests that it is in fact a survey of all Autistic Spectrum Disorders “Autistic Spectrum Disorders in adults living in household throughout England” (HERE) , and this was how it was announced to the media.

Other key questions arise:

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Current Affairs

Happy Autism Day!

GroundhogdayWelcome to Autism Awareness Day! Yes, February 2nd is the one and true day that sums up the state of research, funding, government action, media skew and general American "huh?"

Yes indeed.

6 more weeks.

6 more months.

6 more years.

6 more decades.

And how many more kids? 

See the shadow?  It's gigantic and dark.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Assault at Special Needs School

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Read comments and see the links after the jump.

Feb 1, 2016, Boston Globe: Five charged with assault at special needs school

Jan 31, 2015, Foreign Policy Journal: Truth in Media: CDC, Vaccines & Autism

Jan 29, 2015, Fox26 Houston: Alief mom protests unauthorized immunization of 11-year-old son

Nov 5, 2015 The Jewish Chronicle:  Altered attitudes can open worlds By Steve Silberman

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Teresa Conrick

Autism's First Case: From Old Gold to New Treatments

Meg HandBy Teresa Conrick

My focus on the Microbiome and Autism continues into 2016. It is THE continual connection that research shows is lighting the way to medical treatments for so many severely and adversely affected.  My daughter is one of them, and as a result, I read much of the published research on Autism, but also studies that I sense are related.  Meg has both an AUTISM and an AUTOIMMUNE diagnosis. She showed symptoms of regression after receiving both a Hib-DTP vaccine [Tetramune®]  and M-M-R® II (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live).  She developed a fever for days, a fine, red rash and lost expressive language skills and eye contact. An Autism diagnosis was given at age 2 yrs, 7 months. More symptoms would come and increasing health problems with each passing year. She was diagnosed with seizures at age 16 and at 17, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). At age 18, she received an autoimmune diagnosis, with positive anti-nuclear antibodies.  More recently, Meg's fingers and joints look inflamed and she is bothered by them.  She is non-verbal. Treatments tailored for the Microbiome seem to be a hopeful avenue as her life has much pain. With that in mind, Dan's recent Weekly Wrap about Donald T was timed perfectly as I had just been connecting a few dots about Donald.

About this time last year, a study hit the the autoimmune world that to me, gave more credence to the significance of the Microbiome:

Decreased bacterial diversity characterizes the altered gut microbiota in patients with psoriatic arthritis, resembling dysbiosis in inflammatory bowel disease

That title alone should connect some dots because for so many with an Autism diagnosis, the gut is the epicenter.  Inflammatory bowel disease has been on the radar with regression and Autism for over ten years.  The connections here are beyond serendipity.

Here was the Atlantic's story about it:  Joint Pain, From the Gut

Scientists don't know what causes rheumatoid arthritis, but many suspect that the microbiome—the bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tracts—may be to blame.....

Several recent studies have found intriguing links between gut microbes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases in which the body’s immune system goes awry and attacks its own tissue.  

It's no secret that I have always been intrigued with what Dan and Mark had written about Donald, based on their book : and the connections to the other first children that Kanner had described.  I also wrote about the joint pain-microbiome connection last year, with not much attention:

Since 1938: Autism, The Microbiome and Donald Triplett, CASE 1 And an excerpt of what I wrote:

…."Scientists are increasingly focusing on how gut bacteria influence the immune system. Studies show the rate of autoimmune diseases is rising, and some scientists believe that may be due, in part, to changes in gut bacteria tied to unhealthy diets, the explosion of antibiotic use, and even anti-bacteria products."


Sound familiar?  I’ve been reporting here almost nonstop on the MICROBIOME and AUTISM.  CASE 1, Donald T could be considered GROUND ZERO on the issue of the microbiome being pivotal in autism.

 

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Current Affairs

Tit for Tat: Tell Lawmakers It's Time to Mandate Breastfeeding!

Breastfeed
By Stefanie Duncan Fetzer

I think we should urge our legislators to MANDATE BREASTFEEDING. Now, I realize it's a personal decision and some mothers feel they can't do it for various reasons. However, in the interest of public health, this is a move we should make given the health benefits and number of lives that could be saved. A study was just published in the Lancet heralding the pros of breastfeeding, both for mother and children. It posits that if we could raise breastfeeding to nearly universal levels, we could save upwards of 820,000 lives per year!!!

I realize that breastfeeding may be challenging, inconvenient or seemingly impossible for some people. Frankly, I don't care. Formula feederAs a mother, you should sacrifice everything to ensure the health of your child, as well as improve the situation for the Greater Good. I breastfed twins with little difficulty, so I find it hard to believe that everyone can't do it. The REAL instances where a mother cannot breastfeed a child are so few and far between that I almost don't think they exist. We can develop a medical exemption for mothers who truly can't successfully do it.

I don't think children who aren't breastfed should be able to attend public or private school - I am still considering how I feel about formula fed homeschoolers. It's not fair to the kids who have been breastfed. They shouldn't be exposed to the disease carrying kids who weren't breastfed and didn't receive the early 'vaccine' of breastmilk. Again, in the very rare instances where breastfeeding was truly impossible, we can issue medical exemptions. But, we will be closely monitoring the doctors who issue those exemptions and if we feel that they are giving them under false pretenses, we will work to get their medical licenses revoked.

We will implement a system where pediatricians are rewarded for keeping a patient base that is primarily breastfed. If a pediatrician falls below the threshhold, we will penalize them financially through withholding insurance bonuses and kickbacks. In fact, we will encourage pediatricians to kick those patients out of their practices who refuse to breastfeed. We don't want those kids in the waiting rooms, unprotected, and spreading disease!

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Cathy Jameson

Yes, Virginia, Your Vaccine Exemptions Are Safe…for now.

T JeffBy Cathy Jameson

Word spread quickly in several of my online groups that Delegates in the Commonwealth of Virginia had introduced a vaccine bill. Like other vaccine bills that have popped up in other states, HB1342 was a bad bill.

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As quickly as the bill was introduced, it was assigned to a Subcommittee and added to the next Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee’s agenda. It was imperative that those who opposed the bill act quickly. Virginians wasted no time. Representatives were contacted. Travel plans were made. Parents, providers and many, many others helped to spread the word. I was one of those parents.  

Since I could get to the hearing where 3 minutes of public testimony was to be included, I drafted a short speech.

Delagate Filler-Corn, Dr. Stolle and other Members of the Committee,

“You know your child best.”

As the mom to five kids, I’ve heard that statement several times over the last few years. I hear that one and that I should always trust my mother’s instinct. I’ve made mistakes before when I didn’t listen to my instinct which is why I’m here today. My gut tells me that HB1342 is a bad bill. I’d like to tell you why.

This bill violates existing law that protects religious and parental rights. To take those rights away, something that so many in the Commonwealth have fought to secure, preserve and protect, is incomprehensible.

HB1342 not only violates religious rights and personal rights, it undermines our doctor and their ability to work with my children, including my son who was severely injured by vaccines. Finding the right doctor to attend to that injury took time. Our doctor understands my child’s healthcare needs well, not you, Dr. Stolle, nor any of the other members of this committee. This bill would prevent my son’s doctor from using professional judgement which would impede them from appropriately treating him. That, plus mandating vaccines while also restricting the existing medical exemption, which is what HB1342 would do, is unethical and would not serve any of my children well.

I could now cite a few statistics for the committee, like the fact that Virginia has a high vaccine rate despite already low exemptions rates, or I could remind you that those who manufacture vaccines have no liability for their product and that those who administer them can do so without being held accountable for any injury or death resulting, or I could point out that the CDC states that all vaccines come with risk, or I could make it clear to you that when there is a risk, there must always be a choice, but I’ll leave you with a final statement and a request instead.

HB1342 is an overreach of the government. I respectfully ask that you withdraw this draconian bill and refrain from introducing other bills like it.

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I never had to make that speech. Thankfully, HB1342 was stricken from the docket soon after the Health, Welfare and Institution’s Committee meeting started. I was overjoyed.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Mumps Vaccine on Trial

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted Mumps can't play

If you’ve been wondering what’s up with the suit filed by two whistleblowers against Merck for allegedly hiding the fact that the mumps vaccine doesn’t work – well, so have we.

Now a timeline has emerged, although you might need a telescope to see its further reaches. An Amended Scheduling Order was released this month that extends deadlines even longer: “dispositive motions” to be filed by December 20, 2017 – basically two years from now; “motions involving class certification” by May 3, 2018. That looks like the earliest a trial could start, and it’s not hard to see the whole thing going into 2019, if not a new decade entirely.

This for an allegedly blatant fraud against taxpayers that occurred last decade – in 1999!

A key date appears to be October 31 of next year, when a status report from both sides is due on whether “the parties would consent to alternative dispute resolution” – in other words, I believe, to settling out of court.

Backed by a major California law firm that knows how to write powerful briefs and has a lot of material to work with, the whistleblowers – Stephen A. Krahling and Joan A. Wlochowski – haven’t budged. Attempts by Merck to get the suit thrown out on all kinds of grounds (such as, unbelievably, that the FDA knew about it and didn’t care, so why should anyone else!) failed in federal court in Philadelphia.

Discovery of documents must also be completed by that October  date. Discovery – the delivery of relevant material that might help make a case – is exactly what private firms of all kinds dread, and one reason you see so many settlements where terms are not disclosed, nobody admits any wrongdoing and the whole thing goes away. The big firms pay millions to defend themselves, so what’s a few more million out of billions in profits to buy someone off? Most people can’t resist the temptation given that they could lose everything in court.

That’s why getting to discovery in this lawsuit is the crux of the matter – it’s so rare, and there’s so much at stake. That includes billions in potential penalties for Merck if it’s found the firm defrauded the government, which pays hundreds of millions a year for the MMR – the mumps, measles, and rubella shot. Merck has the only license to manufacture any of the MMR components in the United States, and in the worst outcome for Merck it could lose that lucrative monopoly entirely.

There is no discovery allowed in the so-called “vaccine court” that has so far thwarted thousands of parents who claimed their child’s autism was due to the MMR, the mercury in some vaccinations, or a combination of both. The judges who threw out all the cases ridiculed the families for having no evidence to that effect, a Catch-22 if ever there was one.

So while it seems like bad news that this case is stretching so far into the future, the fact that it is still headed for daylight is kind of a miracle. If it makes it all the way, you have to wonder what a jury will make of some of the Merck documents already disclosed – such as the one in which a Merck official told subordinates that their job was to show that the mumps vaccine met federal licensing standards, when it clearly did not. To bridge the gap, according to the suit:

“Merck set out to conduct testing of its mumps vaccine that would support its original efficacy finding. In performing this testing, Merck’s objective was to report efficacy of 95 percent or higher regardless of the vaccine’s true efficacy. The only way Merck could accomplish this was through manipulating its testing procedures and falsifying the test results. … Krahling and Wlochowski participated on the Merck team that conducted this testing and witnessed firsthand the fraud in which Merck engaged to reach its desired results. Merck internally referred to the testing as Protocol 007.”

Naming a secret project after a British spy with a license to kill might have seemed amusing inside Merck; perhaps not so much in an American courtroom.

It is also worth pointing out that lawsuits like this are typically long slogs, but sometimes pay off big-time. An example is close at hand: For instance, Merck just paid $830 million to settle a lawsuit with shareholders over the painkiller Vioxx. That drug was pulled from the market 11 years ago, in 2004; since then, the company pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for violating drug laws; paid $900 million; and settled 50,000 lawsuits by patients in 2007 for nearly $5 billion.

Before it settled, Merck engaged in a tobacco-style scorched earth policy of fighting every individual claim of harm or death from the drug, denying all, even after it became clear that thousands of people had died from heart attacks and strokes and Merck had been, shall we say, not forthcoming about the implications of its own studies of the drug’s safety. (The master of that approach, its chief lawyer, was rewarded with the chairmanship of the company.)

You may remember the heavy marketing of the drug – skater Peggy Fleming in a TV ad holding her sore ankle, hardly the appropriate audience for a heavy-duty painkiller. That pill-popping approach to a compound not much better, and far more dangerous, than aspirin mirrors the mumps vaccine hype: According to research Mark Blaxill and I have done, the vaccine is unnecessary, given the mildness of most mumps infections in early children. Now, thanks to the vaccine, outbreaks are showing up more and more in adolescents and young adults, in whom it can cause sterility and other complication.

That’s because, according to the whistleblowers, it doesn’t even work.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Dachel Media Update: No Excuse

Online newsJan 28, 2016, Fairfield-Suisun (CA) Daily Republic: No excuse for stupidity By Kelvin Wade Kevin Wade

http://www.dailyrepublic.com/opinion/localopinioncolumnists/no-excuse-for-stupidity/

Actress Jenny McCarthy become the face of the “vaccines cause autism” tin foil hat-wearing crowd. In an interview with Tavis Smiley, the singer Prince expounded on chemtrails, the belief that jet contrails in the sky are secretly loaded with chemicals to control the public. And Mark Ruffalo, Martin Sheen, Rosie O’Donnell and country singer Willie Nelson have all made statements supporting the 9/11 truther position that the twin towers weren’t taken down by al-Qaida or our government was in some way complicit.

Imagine Kelvin Wade's reaction if he listened to what Ben Swann has revealed about corruption at the CDC.  I posted this.

Comment:

While Mr. Wade is quick to berate Jenny McCarthy as "the face of the 'vaccines cause cause autism' tin foil hat-wearing crowd," he needs to at least do a little background research and discover what and who is involved in this controversy.

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Current Affairs

HuffPo: Clinton on Autism Need for a Paradigm Shift

ChangesExcerpted from HuffPo.  Clinton on Autism: Need for Paradigm Shift

After nearly 20 years of advocacy on behalf of an appropriate public health response to the public health emergency of rising rates of severe autism, I'm honored to be joined by mothers of teenagers with autism and full time, tireless autism advocates, Katie Wright and Lisa Wiederlight in writing a response to Secretary Hillary Clinton's "Plan to Support Children, Youth, and Adults Living with Autism and Their Families".

Nine years after her remarks in 2007 that autism is "one of the most urgent--and least understood--challenges facing our children today," autism prevalence has climbed from 1 in 150 to 1 in 45 American children, with no cause and no new treatments identified.

Secretary Clinton is a long-time child and disability advocate, so we were not surprised to see her be the first out of the gate with some concrete recommendations that will positively affect the lives of many with autism. Her insightful remarks in New Hampshire this month included recognition of autism's increasing prevalence, and the need to prevent and treat it. Specifically:

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Katie Wright

Dachel Media Update: In a Discordant Key

Online newsOn Jan 26, 2016, the New York Times published a review of ‘In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,’ by Jerome Groopman.   Groopman told readers that this book shows that we're just now recognizing autism "as part of the human condition." 

 “In a Different Key posits that the condition is not a new phenomenon." 

Groopman alleged there's been a history of eugenics involved in autism as shown by calls for institutionalization and sterilization of the disabled in the past. It seems we've didn't deal with autism in any ethical or responsible way in the past; we've only recently awakened to what's always been here.  Mothers were in the forefront of the fight to recognize and accept autism. 

Donvan and Zucker make it clear that the vaccine-autism controversy has been a "dangerous detour."  A reference was made by Groopman that Katie Wright, the daughter of the founders of Autism Speaks, Bob and Suzanne Wright, seemingly led her parents into the "anti-vaccination" camp.  Autism Speaks became "'entangled' in the work of Andrew Wakefield.  This led to criticism of Autism Speaks.

...As the book approaches the present day, Donvan and Zucker address the dangerous detour taken by prominent advocacy groups about the causes of autism. A deeply reported chapter features Bob Wright, the former chief executive of NBC, who became involved in autism advocacy after his grandson received a diagnosis. Wright believed that there needed to be “a big tent” effort to ultimately understand autism. He founded a nonprofit, Autism Speaks, in 2005, which enjoyed great success until it became “entangled” in the work of Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist, who tied development of autism to the MMR vaccine in an article in The Lancet in 1998. His report was soon discredited, and the article retracted. Alas, this research, shown to be severely flawed, is still cited by opponents of childhood vaccination.

Autism Speaks tried to remain neutral in the “debate” but gave a voice to ­anti-vaccination activists, one of whom was Wright’s daughter.  While championing the “proven benefits” of vaccination, it also promised to investigate whether vaccines were dangerous. “Attempting to bridge the chasm between two polarized constituencies, the organization had been forced into rhetorical somersaults,” Donvan and Zucker write, and it never regained its former prominence after the controversy.

I wish Jerome Groopman had actually done more than just look at Donvan and Zucker's book.   While not naming Katie, Groopman described her as an anti-vaccine advocate. Listen to her story.  It's time for people like Groopman, Donvan and Zucker to learn about the reality of vaccine-induced autism.

Listen to Katie Wright in the YouTube interview with David Kirby from 2007, David Kirby Interviews Katie Wright on her son's autism regression and her stance on Autism Speaks

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbkHjTIaI-0

In a Different Key has nothing to do with Katie's son's vaccine injury.  How does her story of her son's regression into autism and the medical community's response in any way resemble a something that's always been "part of the human condition."

Christian was a healthy, normally developing baby.  At birth he received the Hep B vaccine without his parents' consent or knowledge.  He received the recommended vaccines as a baby and had reactions like 12 hours of screaming and a fever of 104.  Her son's pediatrician said this was a normal reaction.  By age 2 he was losing language and became withdrawn.  Eventually, he lost 90 percent of his words. 

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Let's "Face" What’s Wrong with the NIH Autism “Biomarkers” Project: Everything.

More sameNIH Joins Public-Private Partnership to Fund Research on Autism Biomarkers; Biomarkers Consortium Project to Improve Tools for Measuring and Treating Social Impairment in Children with Autism

(NIH Press release is at the end of this post.)

By Katie Wright

First of all let me tell you who is excluded from this $28 million autism research project.

Excluded:

Autistic people with epilepsy

Autistic people w sensory/ motor problems

Autistic people with Metabolic/ Mitochondrial abnormalities

Autistic people with environmentally triggered autism

Ok I think that just about rules out 75% of people with autism?

Just imagine a giant $28 million NIH on the heterogeneity of the HIV population. But the study excludes gay men, IV drug users and sex workers and is ONLY studying hemophiliacs. Absurd right? Yet that is exactly how half-witted this autism biomarkers project is designed.

Ostensibly the hypothesis is that research progress has been impeded by the heterogeneity of autism. OK, fair enough, so why not actually study a heterogeneous group of ASD people and compare those biomarkers? But no, the NIH biomarker project is studying healthy largely HF ASD people, period. Naturally this is the group of ASD people who least need medical science’s help – so start there of course!

One hears the words autism biomarkers and, naturally, thinks of tissue samples, autoantibodies, immunoglobulin levels, cytokine profiles, T cell count, oxidative stress levels….but no, incredibly, the NIH believes “face processing” is a biomarker. The NIH “Biomarker” project will be studying: eye tacking, face processing, pupil light reflexes, social communication, EEGs (more needless torture for ASD kids). Basically every single item on this list has already been studied 10,000 times. Let’s see, for example there are 455 published studies on autism and face processing.

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Current Affairs, John Stone

Bill Welsh Presents Mycoplasma Vaccine/Autism Hypothesis to Scottish Parliament

AoA today re-publishes Bill Welsh’s hypothesis first presented here two years ago, which on Tuesday he spoke about before the Scottish Parliament Petitions Committee  (from 1.23.57) raising several important issues concerning the rise of autism, MMR and the possible contamination of vaccine products. A formal publication Bill’s hypothesis can be read here.

Regressive Autism---A New Hypothesis to End an Enigma?

By Bill Welsh.

It is difficult to imagine a worse scenario than the one experienced by the many parents I have met.

To witness a perfect child gradually lose all his or her skills, regress, and develop distressing behavioural difficulties, often including self injury, should never be visited on any family, but the sad reality is it has been occurring increasingly for over twenty or more years. And as if observing the deterioration of the child is not enough- even worse eventually follows, sometimes years later—an official diagnosis of autism (ASD)! Parents soon discover that ‘lifelong’, ‘incurable’ and ‘genetic’ are the three words most associated with the condition. ‘Regressive autism’ is a diagnosis wrapped in bleak negativity.

The latest figures for the UK inform us that over 100,000 schoolchildren have an autism diagnosis. Medical officialdom is quick to re-assure society that there are valid reasons for this significant increase in ASD, including for example ‘better recognition’ and ‘widening diagnostic criteria’.

They are mistaken.

Over 70 years ago autism was identified as a new condition, and was regarded as ‘rare’, that is until about 1990 when its diagnosis began to increase markedly. It is now common. No one in medical science has offered a plausible (one that has survived close scrutiny) explanation for the mystery known as the ‘autism enigma’. This is surprising as there are plenty of clues:

Most, but not all, parents have no hesitation in identifying a vaccination event as the forerunner to their child’s gradual withdrawal. With over 1,500 parents taking legal action, in the usually non-litigious UK, during the MMR vaccine episode one would have thought the role of vaccination would have received very close scientific examination. Inexplicably this did not happen. Official focus remained on the need to maintain public confidence in MMR in order to prevent communicable diseases rather than on a thorough examination of parental testimony. Vaccination as a precursor to a child’s descent into regressive autism became a neglected vital clue.

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Anne Dachel

Rewriting the History of Autism

FALSE-CLAIMSThe recent ABC Nightline featuring John Donvan and Caren Zucker, once again rewrote the history of autism.

The two journalists focused on Donald Triplett, the first person to be diagnosed as autistic.  The message to the public was that until Donvan and Zucker began their work, autism was na unknown disability and its victims hidden away.   According to Nightline, Donvan and Zucker discovered Donald. There was no mention of the work of Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill.

Viewers were told that Donvan and Zucker were "among the first journalists to cover autism on network television," back in 2001.  Clips from Nightline shows in 2001, 2007 and 2010 were shown.

ABC said that Donald's mother "was a steely advocate for her son"  rescuing him from "a harsh institution and refusing to let him to be marginalized."  Through his mother's efforts, Donald developed speech, and parental love rescued Donald from autism.  Donvan said that when he and Zucker first wanted to do stories about autism, 16 years ago, people were unfamiliar with the subject.  "Nightline was the only show that would do it."

Donvan: "As a society, we've more or less said, when these kids are kids, let's give them all the opportunities we can to help them have great adulthoods, then they turn 21 and all of that sort of goes down the drain in a lot of cases because people need continuing help, but where are they?  They're living at home with their parents often, and for those forty years after school, the person with autism has not really gone anywhere, done anything."

Donvan became choked up talking about Caren's autistic son growing up.  "I know that Caren's always said what she wants is, when her kid, now a man, is out there in the world, that she won't be the only one who has his back. That it'll be everybody. And she wants this book to get people who read it to be willing to be those people."   

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Current Affairs

KVMR's Jeanie Keltner To Interview Laura Hayes

KvmrTune into KVMR FM 89.5 at noon PACIFIC time tomorrow, Wednesday 1/27 to hear AofA contributor, commenter and friend Laura Hayes on Undernews with Jeanie Keltner and Peggie Bean.  Focusing on the important and fascinating info that rarely surfaces in the commercial media with interviews from activists, writers and citizen experts.

www.kvmr.org

We'll link the podcast when its available.  Thanks to Laura for her tireless work advocating for medical freedom and childrens' health.

CDC Whistleblower, Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Truth in Media: CDC, Vaccines and Autism

Ben-swann-fullFrom Truth In Media. Please visit the site for the video.

Ben Swann is an investigative journalist working tirelessly to dissolve the left/right paradigm prevalent in most mainstream media narratives. As a news reporter and anchor in the earlier days of his career, he has gained a wealth of experience while earning two Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards. In addition to heading the Truth In Media Project, Ben is the prime anchor at WGCL-TV in Atlanta, GA. He can be seen anchoring live at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. A stream is available at cbs46.com.

The debate over whether vaccines cause autism has become one of the most controversial disputes in this country. In this episode of Truth In Media, the focus is not on whether vaccines are responsible for autism. The issue at hand here is a study that was performed at the CDC and the question of whether the agency was complicit in a cover-up over a decade ago.

For over two years, Truth In Media has explored the allegations of Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist who came forward in 2014, hired a whistleblower attorney, and claimed that important data regarding a study on vaccines and autism was eliminated.

Thompson’s claims have led to a divide among Americans, with some believing that Thompson’s allegations are credible and should be investigated further, and others convinced that the documents Thompson handed over mean absolutely nothing. In December 2015, Ben Swann was the first journalist to obtain the documents from Congressman Bill Posey.

In this episode, Swann further examines not only Thompson’s claims, but also the documents related to the study, with the assistance of doctors, journalists, authors and former CDC specialists who joined Swann in discussing every document that was handed over.

Current Affairs

Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! It's Off to Vaccinate We Go!

Disney princesses
By Linda1

Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse than the Surgeon General using Elmo on Sesame Street to hawk vaccines to the tiniest and most impressionable among us, Forbes steps up to the plate this month to compete for Most Disgusting Abuse of Marketing Drugs Directly To Children Award.

In Forbes' Jan. 20th "Pharma & Healthcare" section (where they tell us what Pharma wants us to "know"), there is an article titled, "Even Disney Princesses Need HPV Shots, Cervical Cancer Screenings and STD Testing". In this activist sales pitch dressed up as science journalism, Forbes contributor and self-assigned savior of the world's children from their own parents (and non HPV vaccine prescribing doctors), Tara Haelle, reports how "writer and sex ed speaker Danielle Sepulveres and artist/illustrator Maritza Lugo...collaborated on a series of illustrations at Sepulveres' Tumblr showing Disney princesses visiting their gynecologists to raise awareness for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and all the healthy behaviors that women can take to reduce their risk of this almost completely preventable cancer." Apparently "Sepulveres became frustrated last fall when she and fellow writer friends had trouble successfully pitching stories to write about Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month in September. After sharing her frustration in a blog post at a cervical cancer "cervivors" site, she decided she needed a new approach to catch people's attention when January rolled around." So she teamed with artist Lugo "whose website features a style well suited to placing icons like Cinderella and Mulan in a new context".

Sepulveres and Lugo show the Disney cartoon characters that millions of children love and admire in various medical situations. Tiana is shown getting an HPV vaccine.  Mulan is in the gynecologist's examination chair shaking his hand before putting her feet into the stirrups for her "cervical cancer screening". Belle is shown in the clinic picking up (I kid you not) "emergency contraception" (behind her are brochures on Birth Control, one partially hidden by the nurse's (?) head says in red "Your Sexual...", and then right behind Belle's head is a large picture of an IUD, white and blue on bright red).

Then there's Cinderella's "new context". You didn't think that Cinderella, who has been a teenager since 1950 when she debuted in her first Disney film, got away without having sex all this time, did you? Can't let a storybook princess maintain her decades long reputation for innocence, not in 2016 when there are so many drugs and medical services for her to sell - to children. Nope. Cinderella is all grown up now. Cinderella is shown in the lab with a needle in her arm getting blood drawn to test her for STD's, because, as the poster on the wall behind her head says "ONE IN TWO SEXUALLY ACTIVE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL GET AN STD BY 25". You just can't make this stuff up. CINDERELLA. What age is into Cinderella? 3? 5? 7? 9? Oh, now, wait a minute. Nine year old girls ARE targeted (their word, not mine) for the HPV vaccine. So, they get the babies ready for the idea that they're going to get this vaccine when they are just barely out of diapers so that by the time they reach the ripe old age of 9, they accept it without questioning because all their Disney friends got it and did just fine. Slick.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Songs in the Key of Strife

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Jan 22. 2016, Examiner: Parents question vaccines as epilepsy rates rise to 1 in 20 children under five

Jan 22, 2016, The San Francisco Chronicle: ‘In a Different Key,’ by John Donvan and Caren Zucker, By Emily Willingham

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Kim Stagliano

The AutismLand That Neurodiversity Forgot

Exist
By Kim Stagliano

The push in books, the media, journals, among politicians to normalize autism, to spread lies that autism has always been among us in the vast numbers we face today, to make it appear to be something that is just a brain difference, or worse, an improvement over mere mortals is disrespectful and demoralizing to all of us who have children on the spectrum. 

Below are videos from a Mom documenting her son's struggles over a year.   For her child, Kreed. For her family.  In my family we have 21

Mia floor
5:20am. Waiting for her iDevices. Up since 3:00am.

years plus 19 years plus 15 years of hardship. There's no point in sugar coating autism here. If anyone thinks this Mom (or I) show disrespect or that we don't accept or love our kids - please just find somewhere else to read.  Autism here is a fractured fairy tale.

The only way we're going to see any sort of serious acknowledgement of the severe impact of autism on individuals, families and society is by taking a hard look at reality.   These videos provide that.  Send us your own videos if you'd like.  We'll run them not to expose our kids - but to protect them.  Patronize us with palliative care?  No thanks, Hillary.  Lump our kids in with "normal" special ed and disabilities?  You think we have special schools for autism, sensitive Santas, autism day at theme parks, additional special education masters level certificates in autism because autism is the same as traditional developmental disabilities or because it is VASTLY different? Get real, people. Open your eyes. 

No one wants to share the dark underbelly of our lives.  The trauma of autism on a family. I see friends whose kids seize weekly, daily. Friends whose kids have such gut problems that they can't go to school and need a feeding tube. Marriages collapsing under the weight of the stress. Bank accounts ransacked. THIS SH*T IS HARD.

Here?  We don't sleep.  We're up at midnight, 3:00am, 4:00am.  We don't go back to proper sleep. Ever. One daughter wants Nick Jr to watch the schedule as each half hour ticks off - not the actual programs.  One daughter wants her DVDs in order in a case and 3 i Devices on which to stare at screen shots from HooplaKidz toddler videos.  One daughter just plain wakes up due to the noise back and forth in our upstairs hallway.   By the time 5:30am rolls around, we've been pacing, putting back to bed, moving over, hiding iPads and remotes for hours.  Then we go to our jobs. And function. Sort of.

Share your videos. Show up in front of politicians with your precious child.  My girls make grown men weep.  That's the severity of their autism - juxtaposed with their beauty and precious personalities.

Kim

 

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Science

Decreased Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 in Aging, Autism and Schizophrenia

Science post imageDecreased Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 in Aging, Autism and Schizophrenia


Yiting Zhang,
Nathaniel W. Hodgson,
Malav S. Trivedi,
Hamid M. Abdolmaleky,
Margot Fournier,
Michel Cuenod,
Kim Quang Do,
Richard C. Deth

PLOS

Published: January 22, 2016
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146797

Many studies indicate a crucial role for the vitamin B12 and folate-dependent enzyme methionine synthase (MS) in brain development and function, but vitamin B12 status in the brain across the lifespan has not been previously investigated. Vitamin B12 (cobalamin, Cbl) exists in multiple forms, including methylcobalamin (MeCbl) and adenosylcobalamin (AdoCbl), serving as cofactors for MS and methylmalonylCoA mutase, respectively. We measured levels of five Cbl species in postmortem human frontal cortex of 43 control subjects, from 19 weeks of fetal development through 80 years of age, and 12 autistic and 9 schizophrenic subjects. Total Cbl was significantly lower in older control subjects (> 60 yrs of age), primarily reflecting a >10-fold age-dependent decline in the level of MeCbl. Levels of inactive cyanocobalamin (CNCbl) were remarkably higher in fetal brain samples. In both autistic and schizophrenic subjects MeCbl and AdoCbl levels were more than 3-fold lower than age-matched controls. In autistic subjects lower MeCbl was associated with decreased MS activity and elevated levels of its substrate homocysteine (HCY). Low levels of the antioxidant glutathione (GSH) have been linked to both autism and schizophrenia, and both total Cbl and MeCbl levels were decreased in glutamate-cysteine ligase modulatory subunit knockout (GCLM-KO) mice, which exhibit low GSH levels. Thus our findings reveal a previously unrecognized decrease in brain vitamin B12 status across the lifespan that may reflect an adaptation to increasing antioxidant demand, while accelerated deficits due to GSH deficiency may contribute to neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Read more Decreased Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 in Aging, Autism and Schizophrenia.

Cathy Jameson

There Was a Pharma Had a Dog.

Pharma Bingo
By Cathy Jameson

Today’s post is inspired by a BINGO game a friend shared on her Facebook wall. The squares were full of cute ideas meant to keep kids busy during a snow storm. I saved the link thinking that it could come in handy for my kids—our area is expected to get 2 feet of snow. The boredom factor could hit an all-time high before the weekend is over.

The BINGO board I made to accompany this post isn’t to keep boredom at bay; it’s to be used whenever you read an autism or vaccine mainstream article, like the one I read late last week.

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Melinda Gates is frustrated with Donald Trump.  After reading her latest interview in the Huffington Post and why she’s miffed, I’m a little bit frustrated, too.

In that interview, Melinda bemoans the fact that The Donald is misinforming people. She goes so far as to say that his claim that childhood vaccinations can lead to autism is “ridiculous”. Gates also thinks that Trump should use his platform as presidential candidate to educate people. Isn’t he doing that, though, in making those vaccine-autism assertions that he’s making?

Yes, he is!

(Thank you, Donald!)

But the article refuses to cover Trump in a good light and instead takes a typical turn that many mainstream news articles take when vaccines and autism come up. That’s when the writer regurgitates a memo that the media has yet to stop circulating. If you’re new to the vaccine-autism scene, the message in that memo includes the following words and phrases and can be found in many a mainstream piece, including the one from HuffPo:

discredited

1998 study

British doctor

debunked

link between vaccines and autism

autism is not related to vaccinations

You’d think that by now that the mainstream news would have some new content for their pieces, but it’s the same old words, the same old phrases, and the same old “science” in every single pro-vaccine article after article after article. Those articles are not just frustrating to read, they are getting boring to read, too!

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Case 1’s Biomed Recovery, and Why It Still Matters

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Why is it that so many writers seem to have an anaphylactic reaction to the fact that the first case of autism in the medical literature recovered remarkably when treated with gold salts?

The short answer is because it suggests that the mainstream has gotten autism very wrong, and from the very first. Neither parent-blaming nor genetic anomalies nor ABA nor Floortime could explain how treating someone with a different diet, or certain kinds of medicine or alternative methods, could trigger a visible improvement in their symptoms, let along the kind of recovery seen in Donald T.

Donald, as you may know, was Case 1 in Leo Kanner’s 1943 description of 11 children with a theretofore-unknown syndrome that Kanner called “Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact.”

Mark Blaxill and I tracked Donald down in 2005, and in 2007 met him in his hometown of Forest, Mississippi. Meanwhile, others were on the case. John Donvan and Caren Zucker, doubtless in possession of our 2010 book the Age of Autism which outlined our reporting on Donald, made a suspiciously well-timed splash the day before with an article in the Atlantic and a gig on Good Morning America, with the always-eager-to-diminish-autism George Stephanopoulos presiding.

I don’t doubt Donvan and Zucker independently identified Donald; it wasn’t that hard to do. I don’t blame them for publicizing their work at the same time as ours (I suppose they think they “scooped” us by landing one day before, although our book had been out for review for weeks), nor do I object to the fact that their take on Donald was a very pleasant feature story – the lovely people of Forest adopted him as their own little Hobbit (he is very short and suffered from failure to thrive, a sign of what really happened), and now he had found his own little place in the Shire. If only all the townsfolk of the world would be so kind, they implied, we’d have no problem with autism at all. Now they've recapitulated all that and much more in their new book "In a Different Key -- The Story of Autism," which along with the recent "Neurotribes" paints autism as just another part of human diversity that has always been with us.

Yeah, right. Our book laid out an entirely different scenario, in which we showed that Donald really was among the earliest handful of cases that came to be called autism. That the reason was the commercialization of ethyl mercury in seed disinfectants, lumber preservatives and multidose vaccines, and that the march of industrial progress, not for the first or last time, had inadvertently (and carelessly, given the known toxicity of ethyl mercury) launched the Age of Autism (see our book, the video on our home page, and my column last Saturday).

Let’s set that aside for a second and talk about the fact that Donald, according to his brother, Oliver, developed an acute case of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in early adolescence and was near death by the time his parents got him the right diagnosis and treatment at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis. That treatment was intravenous gold salts over several months, during which time his JRA lifted, with the exception of one fused finger bone.

During that time, his brother told me, Donald’s autism symptoms also cleared up to the point that he was able to take his place in the community, go to college, work at the family bank and become president of the Kiwanis.

Interesting, no? Well, no, not interesting, nothing to see here according to Donvan and Zucker’s account. In a footnote, where pesky ideas that threaten the main narrative go to die, Donvan tells a different story, one that acknowledges ours but finds every reason you could think of, and a few you couldn’t, to dismiss it out of hand.

You see, the fact that Case 1 had not just autism but (another) autoimmune disease – rheumatoid arthritis -- interests them not at all as any kind of clue to causation or treatment. What they want to do is tear down any association between the gold salts (biomed) and the improvement in Donald’s autism.

Donvan reports that Donald’s mother, long dead, believed that the fevers induced by JRA, when they weren’t nearly killing him, improved his symptoms. Now, fevers do sometimes seem to have some effect on autism – usually temporary, alas, as I understand it.

But to Donvan, that’s the ticket out of having to consider a sustained anti-inflammatory treatment as anything to do with Donald’s recovery, which he also disputes, saying Donald is clearly still autistic. (Many parents would be thrilled with that kind of “autism” in their adult children.)

Donvan attributes the fever cure concept to Donald’s brother, and makes it sound like our description of gold salts as the source of his improvement is rampant, self-interested speculation by anti-vaccine kooks. "In his initial reporting, Olmsted went so far as to suggest gold salts had cured Donald's autism," they write.

Except, that’s what Donald’s brother told me in his law office above the square in Forest back in 2005!  He said a Dr. Hamilton in Memphis “began to treat my brother with gold salts – two or three months. He just had a miraculous response to the medicine. The pain in his joints went away.”

And then Oliver dropped the bomb I wasn’t expecting: “When he was finally released the nervous condition he was formerly afflicted with was gone. The proclivity toward excitability and extreme nervousness had all but cleared up, and after that he went to school and had one more little flare-up when he was in junior college they treated with cortisone.”

Later in the interview, still processing this unexpected idea, I came back to the gold salts and asked Oliver again if it really seemed like the decisive event: “It sure did,” he said. “He became more sociable.” Oliver added, “It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.”

Donvan also criticizes me for suggesting Donald had moved off the autism spectrum, but when I asked Oliver if Donald had autism he said, “No, he doesn’t. It’s just in certain areas.” Again, some peculiarities, some traits, but c’mon John, the first guy ever reported in the literature got so much better that, if he’d started out like that, he’d never have been in the medical literature in the first place. This is where the diagnostic category itself, as opposed to a concept like auto-immune environmental injury, serves the status quo. The medical establishment controls the category, and you'd best not tamper with it.

Two years later, in 2007, Mark and I met Donald and, sitting around his kitchen table in Mississippi, talked (on tape) about his early life. We ran it in our book in Q and A form.

“Q: There was a mention in some of the medical papers that when you had the gold salts therapy, all of a sudden some of the behaviors and some of the other problems got better. Do you remember that?

A: No, I don’t really remember that.

Q: Did your parents say, though, that you seemed to get a lot better in terms of your relationship with the rest of the world and that sort of thing at that point?

A: Yes, as I got older, things got a whole lot better.

Q: And did they think that had something to do with it, those gold salts treatments?

A: I have a feeling it might.

Q: And the behaviors they were calling autistic, did those change most after the first one?

A: Yes, it seems like they changed.

Q: But you don’t remember that kind of change taking place?

A: No, I don’t remember, really.”

Donald t memo
Unlike this conversation, my earlier interview with his brother was not on tape. Reporters don’t like to share their notes, but here are two pages of mine. They show Donald’s brother, not me, musing about his amazing recovery from gold salts.

Donald t memo 2

Now, maybe gold salts were not what helped Donald, although I think they did; it is at least an idea worth taking seriously and keeping on the table as the number of injured kids soars. The meta-point here is that folks like Donvan can’t stand the idea and its implications, and toss in everything they can think of to discredit it. Maybe he was already getting better. Maybe he didn't really get that much better. Maybe it was the fevers. Maybe it's the lovely people of Forest. JRA has nothing to do with autism. Autism is not autoimmune, dammit! Etc. ...  Just like parents who report that removing certain items from the diet, or using chelation, or supplements, are treated like kooks. Yes, if you always ignore the evidence, people who insist on paying attention to it will remain kooks!

What can I say? I report what people tell me, and Oliver told me his brother’s JRA and his autism – in my view, a couple of co-morbid autoimmune afflictions triggered by early exposure to ethyl mercury – both cleared up with history's first biomedical intervention. Donald thought so, too, but was too young and too sick to know for sure. What a missed opportunity for the world to begin to understand what created this new disorder and what might help alleviate, and even stop, it. If the doctors who saw those early cases suspected the environmental clues that were there to see, we'd be living in a very different world today. One such clue to causation is biomedical recovery from both JRA and autism in Case 1.

But with causation comes culprits, both the compounds that triggered it and the powers that be who let it happen and allow it continue to this day.

And that, I think, is why so many have anaphylactic reactions to Donald T. and gold salts. 

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Anne Dachel

Nebraskans say "NO" to Meningitis Vaccine Bill

NebraskaBy Anne Dachel

Wed, January 20th the state legislature in Nebraska voted down a bill to expand the vaccine schedule. 

January 20, 2016, Lincoln (NE) Journal Star: Bill to require meningitis vaccine fails in Nebraska Legislature

A measure that would have required most Nebraska students to be vaccinated for bacterial meningitis failed to surmount a filibuster in the Legislature on Wednesday.

The bill (LB18) sponsored by state Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha would have required Nebraska students to be immunized for meningococcal meningitis before starting seventh grade, then get a booster shot at 16.

Hard-line conservatives and civil libertarians in the Legislature argued the vaccination is unnecessary and potentially unsafe, and that requiring it would infringe on parents' freedom to choose what is best for their children.

ABC Nebraska: Meningitis Vaccine Bill Dies in Legislature

...But opponents say vaccinations should be decided by parents and there have been too few cases of meningitis in Nebraska to mandate a statewide vaccination.

Lots of news sites have picked up this story, including the San Francisco Chronicle.  Notice the reasons given for the bill's failure: parental rights, need, and potential for harm.

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Kim Stagliano

Does Eminem Give Asperger's a Bad Rap

EminemBy Kim Stagliano

I was looking for a good impending snowstorm meme on Facebook yesterday to tell me whether I'm supposed to buy bread and milk  when I saw a post  from a neurodiversity proponent saying that Marshall Mather, aka Eminem (swear to God I didn't even have to look up his real name that's how hip I am!) has Asperger's.   This stems from a blog post called Eminem And Aspergers Posted by: Emma Dalmayne.

Does he? Or is he a Narcissist? 

Our Teresa Conrick has an encyclopedic catalog of studies, quotes and info.  She offered us this article from a psychologist Am I Asperger's or Narcissist?

"With Asperger’s and NPD,  a lot of the criteria overlap. The difference is that while all people with Aspergers are narcissistic (not NPD, but self-centered; it’s a central trait), all people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder are definitely not aspergers, and can be the total opposite: super smooth and charming."

And this:

Asperger's (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) are often confused with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). The reason for this confusion is understandable since some of the symptoms found in people with AS and HFA are also found in those with NPD. Some of the similarities between AS/HFA and NPD may include the following:

  • apparent lack empathy
  • difficulty understanding others’ feelings 
  • eccentric personality 
  • harsh interpersonal communication
  • inability to view the world from the perspective of others
  • lack of demonstrated non-verbal cues and inability to pick-up on the non-verbal cues of others
  • lack of interest in others
  • lack of psychological awareness 
  • narrow range of interests and activities
  • obvious self-focus in interpersonal exchanges
  • preoccupation with their own agenda
  • problems in sustaining satisfying relationships
  • self-centeredness
  • similar eye-to-eye gaze, body stance, and facial expressions
  • tendency to react to social problems/stress with depression
  • underdeveloped conversational skills

Despite the similarities listed above, the difference between AS/HFA and NPD is vast, like night and day. Here are a few examples of the dissimilarities: (See this interesting list, that shows great respect to those with true Asperger's at "Is it Asperger's or Narcissism.)

I did a bit of Googling, because as an anti-vaccine autism Mommy, I am so stupid that I think Google has answers to important questions. Here's what I found on blogs.  Hardly agreement even in the Asperger's community.

Search: Eminem Asperger's

Hip Hop Site:

Maybe he does maybe he doesn't. Who cares? And that applies to everybody imo. So what you're autistic. It's just a label. As long as you aren't throwing your shit at anyone I think you're fine.

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>implying assburgers is a real thing
See: socially inept, selfish, self-absorbed, awkward.
I don't understand why people need to label being "weird" as some autism spectrum disorder.

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C'mon man. My brother has autism. I can't even have a conversation with the kid. He can't even tell me how his day was. It's a real thing bro, I promise you. I'm sure their are some self-absorbed, quirky/weird people who think it's cute to self diagnose themselves with aspergers and whatnot, but I promise you autism is a real thing.

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Eminem is an Aspie? Cool.

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If Eminem is a f*****g Aspie-- and it's not clear from the lyrics whether he's talking about himself, or taking some angst-ridden future school shooter's perspective (which would probably be the first useful thing he's done in several albums now)-- I'm going to plead misdiagnosis and retest under DSM5. This time, I'll answer "NO" to all the things I've learned to compensate for.

He's got a great voice. Wonderful sense of rhythm. Some really great rhymes.

He just also happens to be up there with Adam Lanza on the short list of company I don't care to keep.

BARF!! !! !! !

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Dachel Media Update: Manic Measles & Acceptance over Action

Online newsJan 20, 2016, FOX7 Austin, TX: Doctors advise vaccinations after confirmed measles case

Jan 20, 2016, PBS: Telling the story of parents and activists who fought for autism acceptance (Series: Understanding Autism)

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Glenn Frey, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Autoimmune Disease

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By Wayne Rohde

When I heard that Glenn Frey of the Eagles passed away on Monday, I was immediately saddened with the thought that we have lost another rock legend. Glenn Frey and the Eagles are one of my favorites. He was much too young, at 67, to leave this world. His contributions to music and film for millions of people to enjoy and appreciate are countless.

I read that he was suffering in the last couple of months from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. Once again, my mind starts to churn about what can cause RA and ulcerative colitis and is it serious enough of a disease to lead to death.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means your immune system is attacking itself. In Rheumatoid Arthritis the immune system attacks the synovium of the joints, which is why you get swelling and pain. It can cause deformities if you delay treatment. Usually the treatment is used to slow the disease down and prevent these deformities. RA can also attack blood vessels surrounding the heart and lungs. Thus heart disease can be directly linked to RA.

Millions of Americans and people around the world suffer from complications due to autoimmune disease. But why? Most experts tell us there has been a dramatic rise in the number of autoimmune disease and disorders over the last 20 to 30 years.   Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Even the Arthritis Foundation states that the cause of RA is not known. The treatment of RA is complicated. To treat effectively, the protocol calls for the tampering down of the immune system. Thus leaving the body most acceptable to infections. And that is where pneumonia can strike.

Pharma advertises heavily on the weekends, especially on sporting events about RA and professional golfer, Phil Mickelson. He is also suffering from RA. According to the NIH website on RA, scientists estimate 1.5 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from RA. And the largest group of new cases of RA are older Americans. Could it be from decades of being exposed to environmental hazards and now the CDC’s “Influenza vaccine” program for seniors, not only is RA becoming a growing concern, but maybe the large increase and earlier onset of Alzheimer's can be contributed to over vaccination in our seniors?

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Dachel Media Update: Let's Do the Autism Timewarp! Again!

Time WarpBy Anne Dachel

MORE ON JOHN DONVAN AND CAREN ZUCKER. 

Donvan and Zucker are now the darlings of the U.S. media.  Their book, In a Different Key, is about recognizing autism and providing for those who have it--no questions asked. 

The Boston Globe claims that there are more 3 million Americans with autism.  There is ABSOLUTELY NO PROOF OF THAT.  The current rate of one in 45 comes from STUDIES OF CHILDREN.  The Globe is applying that rate across the population. 

Yesterday on ABC's GMA with George Stephanopoulos,

Donvan and Zucker talked about the fact that there is no link to vaccines and that "it shouldn't matter if there's an epidemic."  It's hard to rationalize what they say.  To me the cruelest form of child abuse and neglect would be to say that shouldn't matter if more and more children are lost to a disabling condition that can leave them totally dependent for life and that doctors are helpless to address.

Jan 19, 2016, Boston Globe: Tracing autism, from past to present

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Ben Swann To Air CDC Vaccine Whistleblower Documents on 1/26

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Ben Swann (CBS46 in Atlanta) announced that in one week the CDC whistleblower documents will be publicized in a Truth in Media documentary. 

(VIDEO) Ben Swann: "This is not a story about vaccines or about autism; this is a story about corruption and cover-up within the CDC."

Jan 19, 2016, UPDATE: Truth In Media to Release Documentary on CDC Documents 

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Swann will release a Truth in Media documentary which details a study of CDC cover-up and suppression of medical findings. In addition, Swann will release the Thompson documents at TruthinMedia.com to anyone who wishes to learn more about what’s inside them.

Current Affairs

Stephen Hawking Says the Human Race is in Danger and it's our Own Fault

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I feel so smart today. It isn't often that the scientific merit of my ideas is confirmed by Stephen Hawking.   Today, there is an article in The Guardian, reposted in the MSN news, titled, "Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking". Excerpt:

 "Speaking to the Radio Times ahead of the BBC Reith Lecture, in which he will explain the science of black holes, Hawking said most of the threats humans now face come from advances in science and technology, such as nuclear weapons and genetically engineered viruses."

Genetically engineered viruses? Where have I heard that before? Oh, that's what drug companies put into vaccines that doctors, nurses and pharmacists inject directly into and/or put in the mouths of people - vaccines for illnesses that include Hepatitis B, HPV, flu, and rotavirus.

The vaccine for Hepatitis B was the first to be made from a genetically engineered virus as announced in this New York Times article from July 1986 (please see - the reader will appreciate the historical significance). Note who, in 1986, the Hepatitis B vaccine was recommended for:

Dr. Young recommended vaccinations with either hepatitis vaccine for dental and medical workers, susceptible homosexuals and drug users, the newborn children of infected women, and, among other groups, travelers to parts of the world where hepatitis B is rampant, such as southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of the Middle East.

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Autism Self-Advocacy is for Everyone on the Spectrum

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By Michele Iallonardi

My son Jackson is 14 years old. In his 14 years, he has learned very basic communication. I want (rice) milk. I want chicken. Push me (on swing or stroller). He can use a device to say these things, but he can speak them too.  Those who know him well can usually understand. When he can’t be understood, the device helps.

Besides having autism, Jackson is medically complicated. He has had multiple surgeries, hospital stays, and medical issues. Jackson has a seizure disorder, colitis, chronic allergies, chiari malformation, low growth hormone, kidney surgery, a weakened immune system, and more. He is no stranger to medical professionals. Because he cannot effectively communicate, it is always a guessing game trying to figure out what is wrong. Usually a fever or behavior outbursts are the tip off. By the time we know what it is, it is usually pretty bad. Not knowing what is wrong with Jackson, if/when/where he is hurting, is one of the most difficult aspects of his autism. The heartbreak that comes along with knowing that my son is suffering and cannot tell me-- it can be unbearable. I am his mother,  my job is to take care of him. When I don’t know what to do I feel like I have failed him.

We have tried for many years to teach him how to articulate pain. His speech therapists, his special education teachers, my husband and I-- we have all tried countless ways to teach him to alert us when something is wrong, with little progress. It is so hard for him, as is for many individuals with autism, to express something that can be so abstract.

Yesterday, Jackson was in a great mood.  Happy, laughing, all I could ask for. When Jackson is happy, everyone is happy! It is January, and the New York weather makes it difficult to keep him occupied. He doesn’t like to be out in the cold, and so weekends are hard.  I asked him if he’d like to go for a ride in my car, just to get out for a little. He got his sneakers, and then he replied with something I wasn’t sure I understood.  I handed him my phone so that he could type it for me.  This is what he wrote:

Jax

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Dachel Media Update: ABC Ignores ABCs of Autism Epidemic. Again.

Online newsNOTE: Autism "touches" families like a tsunami gently bathes those in its path.... Anne Dachel looks at ABCs take on autism in the news recently.

By Anne Dachel

The ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos below shows just how desperate the media and those who control our news are to cover up what autism is doing to our children.  George Stephanopoulos can be remembered for his egregious attack on Dr. Andrew Wakefield in 2011.  I wrote about it in my book, The Big Autism Cover-Up.  Stephanopoulos said he had read Andy's book, but he couldn't challenge anything he'd written.  I asked Andy later if he thought Stephanopoulos had read Callous Disregard, and Andy said he was convinced he hadn't.  (Notice that in today's interview Stephanopoulos refers to Andy as "the man," not as a doctor.)

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