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Hearts and Minds and Vaccines

Hearts and mindsBy Dr. William H. Gaunt

When we believe in anything we do so with our emotional side[heart] and our intellectual side[mind].  For some people, the emotional side is more dominant and for other people the intellectual side has more sway.  Where does the information come from that shapes our beliefs?  Here are a few sources: family and friends, education and training, books, media, and personal experiences.  What do people believe about vaccines?  This is a subject most people feel strongly about.  Many people think that there are only two choices(get vaccines or not) but there are at least four choices as follows: 

(1)              Pro-vaccine position: Get every vaccine on the recommended schedule at the recommended ages.

(2)              Anti-vaccine position: Obtain a religious or philosophical exemption or do home school and get zero vaccines. 

(3)              Delayed-vaccine position: Get all the vaccines your state requires for school but use an alternative vaccine schedule that delays and spreads out some of the vaccines. 

(4)              Selective-vaccine position: Get an exemption or do home school then choose a few of the vaccines that you believe are appropriate for your child and avoid the others. 

Which position or belief is best for the long term health of children?   The CDC and the vaccine companies obviously take the pro-vaccine side.  They claim that their scientific studies are the final word that should have ended this controversy long ago.  Are they right?  Is pro-vaccine the only intelligent belief?  I think not.  Here is where I lose the passionate pro-vaccine people.  Most of them will stop reading right here.  They don't want to hear any evidence that is not pure pro-vaccine.

Most people tend to believe scientific studies.  We have all been taught that science is the best way to get to the truth on any subject.  Unfortunately, many of the pro-vaccine scientific studies are intentionally fraudulent.  I'll say that again: Many pro-vaccine scientific studies are fraudulent.  See examples of fraudulent scientific studies below.  Studies controlled by the CDC or vaccine companies consistently support the pro-vaccine position.  They find vaccines innocent.  Why is this happening?  Vaccines are very big business.  Pharmaceutical companies are by far the largest advertisers on mainstream media.  Their financial influence has gradually pushed the anti-vaccine position to the side.  You will rarely hear the anti-vaccine point of view unless it is intentionally set up to be ridiculed.  Don't expect unbiased reporting by mainstream media on vaccines.

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Current Affairs

Laura Hayes' Open Letter to CA Legislators and Governor Jerry Brown RE SB277

Listen to usDear CA Legislators and Governor Jerry Brown,                                              5-27-15

I am writing regarding SB277.

Applying information from easily-accessible sources about vaccines, I cannot identify one person who should not be granted a medical exemption for each and every vaccine. 

This is most especially true in the case of fetuses (as pregnant women are now being vaccinated), newborns, infants, toddlers, and young children whose cognitive, immune, nervous, and gastrointestinal systems are immature and extremely vulnerable. Such young ones do not possess the ability to handle such a barrage of vaccine assaults, much less even one such assault. 

Furthermore, the health status of such a young child is completely unknown. There is no way to know to what such a young child will react. However, common sense and current medical knowledge tell us that there is no way they won’t react adversely to such assaults as those introduced by vaccines. The two worst things for a developing baby and its internal systems are toxicity and inflammation, both of which are caused in spades by vaccines.

As you consider your position on SB277, a bill mandating that every child in CA receive multiple doses of numerous vaccines in order to attend school and/or daycare, please ask yourself exactly who should be injected with the following:

  • known neurotoxins, including mercury, aluminum, and squalene

  • known carcinogens, including formaldehyde, phenol, and MSG

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Growing Up

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

May 27,2015,  Medical Xpress: When children with autism grow old

May 26, 2015, Pittsburgh-Post Gazette: Large Study Questions Whether Autism Rates Are Really Rising

May 26, 2015, Sacramento Bee: Parents are right to have doubts on vaccinations 

May 26, 2015, Forbes: Can New Research Break The Anti-Vaccine Fever? Probably Not

May 26, 2015, Jewish Journal: Will Israel end child subsidies for anti-vaxxers?

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Current Affairs

Letter To Sacramento Bee: When Lobbying Becomes Vigilantism

Freedom SB277NOTE: This is the kind of advocacy that can change one heart, one mind and make a difference for all of us.  If you write a letter to your local paper, please share it with us, whether published or not. Thank you to Nancy Fellmeth for allowing us to share her letter to the Sacramento Bee.

Re:  May 21,2015 “When lobbying becomes vigilantism”

Dear Ms. Terhaar,

I've been a Bee subscriber since I moved here in 1989 and with the exception of coverage of SB277, I have found that the coverage was well suited to my political, social, community beliefs. I have always appreciated that columnists are represented with whom I have never agreed. However I feel that the coverage of SB277 has been very one sided and has failed to actually do primary research into the issues that the anti- SB277 group have referenced.

SB277 is the perfect storm for controversy because there is too little unbiased science on both sides of the issue. The type of double blind placebo studies done with other pharmaceuticals to determine the actual efficacy and dangers have not been done for vaccines.  Instead the reports of side effects and failure to protect come from the actual field, those who experience an adverse vaccine reaction. On the other side, studies have been done that show links, but they need to be replicated and many are in European journals. I did not realize how little independent research has really been done on the safety of vaccines until my husband, who is a physician with a Ph.D. in Physiology pointed me to the original journal articles that  support the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics that vaccines are safe and in no way connected to autism.This website is geared toward parents.  I found 40 references and was able to access the full text versions for  16 articles. Even using my husband’s access to the hospital journal base, we could not get copies of the Pediatric Journals without paying a rather large fee, which I doubt any curious parent would do, so I limited my  investigation to the 16 articles. Authors of peer reviewed American journal articles are required to list any conflicts of interest at the end of the article, above the references. I discovered that in 9 of the 16 articles, the lead authors had direct ties to the pharmaceutical industry, as paid speakers and consultants,and that many  studies were funded by the pharmaceutical company or the Centers for Disease Control. The  CDC’s Director of Immunization Safety,  Frank DeStefano, MD, MPH, is a frequent author and he  lists connections to the  pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines. This is not objective science, especially since the researchers are not often  doing primary research but rather interpreting  epidemiological data and forming conclusions to support the lack of a connection between the MMR and Thimerosal and autism. Dr. DeStefano has stated publicly that he believes autism to be present in the womb and not affected by environmental factors. He already has a bias. The May 21, 2015 Health Impact News published an interview with Dr. DeStefano in which he admits that data was omitted from the 2004 study showing no link between the MMR  and autism, a fact that was made public by former CDC researcher Dr. William Thompson. Dr. DeStefano doesn't feel that this data, which showed a larger cohort of African-American boys developed autism after receiving the MMR, was valid because there were incomplete birth records which he said affected information he needed for the study, including birth mother education level. Of course that information is not on a birth certificate. Regardless, good science will hold up to independent review and for vaccines this is lacking. Just by example, imagine if a vaccine for Ebola had been developed and given during the recent outbreak. It would have been credited with ending the epidemic, whereas the epidemic ended because of better hygienic practices throughout those communities.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Science Frauds and Teacher Training

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

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May 23, 2015, New York Times:  What's Behind Big Science Frauds?

May 22, 2015, The Kerryman (Ireland):  Parents say teachers need better training on providing for children with autism

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Current Affairs

Barbara Loe Fisher: Blackmail and the Medical Vaccine Exemption

By Anne Dachel

While the media is focused on threats and "stalking" from pro-exemption parents, in this Jan 29 video, Barbara Loe Fisher points out what the mainstream media hasn't reported about the measles outbreak and vaccine immunity.

Measles in Disneyland: Third MMR Shot & Vaccine Exemption Ban


On this video, Barbara Loe Fisher head of the National Vaccine Information Center discussed the measles outbreak that has been linked to exposure at Disneyland and the move to end vaccine exemptions.

Barbara pointed out that "there was and still is limited information about the 51 lab confirmed cases of measles public health officials say are linked to the happiest place on Earth."

She added that according to a press release on Jan 23, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 'no source case for the outbreak has been identified.'

Barbara questioned why, as soon as the outbreak was announced, the press linked it to parents not vaccinating.   Hate speech directed at parents immediately ensued. 

She gave us eye-opening facts about measles, which she described as "inconvenient truths about vaccine failures and the dissolving myths about acquired herd immunity." 

"There were 644 cases of measles in 2014, even though 95 percent of children entering kindergarten have gotten 2 doses of MMR vaccine, which is also true for 92 percent of schoolchildren ages 13 to 17 years.

"Plus, less than one percent of children under age three are completely unvaccinated.  And 92 percent of them have gotten one or more MMR shots.  In some states, the MMR vaccination rate is approaching 100 percent."

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Current Affairs

Former CDC Head Makes Millions On Merck Stock

Julie gerberdingDr. Julie Gerberding, Merck E VP of Global Communications and Strategy, who sat at helm of CDC as the autism epidemic raged on, and who then left CDC to join Merck as President of the Vaccine Division had a damn good May.

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Kim Stagliano

Patience and Progress

Flag heartBy Kim Stagliano

On Saturday, I was at my Okinawan weapons class when a student, another adult, said to me, "You know what? There is a video channel devoted to complaining about you!"   He was shocked. I laughed. He was kind of shocked that I laughed.  But you aren't, are you?

We all know the sites and commenters and bloggers who love to claim that we don't love our kids. We don't  even like our kids. We are bad, bad, bad parents because we want to "change" our kids.    Can I have a "get real!"?

Every parent I know with a child who is a toddler or  in his or her late teens or an adult works non-stop to make life better, safer, healthier and dare I say it, more "normal."  Doesn't matter what they think in terms of causation, vaccination, education; autism parents make James Brown look like a slacker.

Later on Saturday, Bella, my youngest, brought me her shoe.  She sat down and expected me to put it on her foot and tie it. I did not. (Oh dear, maybe I am a bad mother after all!)  No indeed. I sat in front of her, dead silent. No expression on my face. I waited. Tick tock tick tock.  In about 45 seconds she bent down and put the shoe on her own foot.  Step 1 accomplished.  I kept quiet. Stared at her.   Another 45 seconds passed and then she said, "Puh."  Doesn't sound like much does it? But I knew that "puh" is the last sound in the word help. Bella was asking me for help. 

Yesterday, she came to me again with her shoe. Here, I'll show you what happened. (Sorry, I never remember to turn my iPhone sideways.)



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Cathy Jameson

Vaccines: At Some Point You Have to Trust Somebody

Vaccines:  At Some Point You Have to Trust Somebody

Trust2By Cathy Jameson

“I’ve worked besides doctors… and there’s nobody I’ve ever worked with who questions themselves as much as doctors do, who question their own conclusions, and question their own method of analysis to make sure that they’re as certain as they possibly can be in the circumstance.”

Doctors question themselves because it’s part of their job.  Parents question themselves because it’s their children who would suffer dire consequences if they do not.  Reread that quote.  Remove the word doctor.  Replace it the word parents, and we want the same thing.

That quote came from Peter Michaud, JD, RN, a lobbyist for the Maine Medical Association.  I heard it in a video which Ginger Taylor mentioned in a piece she wrote last week.  At one point during the testimony, a Maine Representative reminds Michaud that the bill in question is calling for more vaccine education.  She asks, “This bill is calling for more education…do you think that this bill makes some sense?  Brought forward by consumers that have real concerns over figuring out whether there’s some correlation to what happened to their child with the vaccine or not?” 

Michaud replied, "We all want answers.  We all want answers to those questions that puzzle us, especially those questions that trouble us." 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: George Steps-All-Over-Us, Too!

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted Clinton stepanoulos

Close followers of the autism debate know that George Stephanapoulos is regarded by "our side" like Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Anderson Cooper -- especially nasty avatars of the "no vaccine link" school. So it's hard not to have a bit, or more than a bit, of schadenfraude when he gets tripped up, as happened after his especially nasty interview with Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash. Turns out George had donated $50,000 -- wait, make that $75,000 -- to the Clinton Foundation that he never thought to disclose.

As others have pointed out, the original sin in all this was probably hiring him in the first place. Was there no other person in the United States able to become the flagship anchor of a major news network than someone who had been a close adviser (with James Carville, the man who later came up with the stepped-all-over-us line to describe George's treatment of the Clintons in his autobiography) in both the Clinton campaign and presidency?

The answer was clearly no -- there was not no other person, so to speak. Hiring George as a commentator -- as Carville has been -- would be fine, but someone with so prominent a role, so recently, in politics really should have been disqualified. Now some may cite Diane Sawyer, who helped Richard Nixon in his exile, or Tim Russert, who worked for Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. But those were earlier and much lesser roles. And frankly, both of them were much better journalists than George.

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A Grandfather's View of Family, Vaccination and Autism

31dec09-looking_forwardBy Bob Moffitt

The following is an account of our personal life experience .. having reached the advanced ages of 75 and 73 .. married for fifty years .. the very proud parents of two .. a 49 year old daughter .. born in 1965 .. and 48 year old son ..  born in 1966 .. and now .. proud grandparents of five .. three grandsons .. ages 24, 15 and 14 .. two granddaughters .. ages 22 and 12.

As someone once wrote:  "children are the rainbow of life .. and .. grandchildren are the pot of gold that follows".  Amen to that.

Some background history of our generation ....

Toddlers born in the late 1930's ..  like us .. were recommended to receive a smallpox vaccination plus a separate dose of diptheria vaccine.  A toddler born in 1944, was recommended to receive a pertussis vaccine .. and .. by 1947 .. the Academy of American Pediatricians (AAP) was recommending toddlers receive a combination Diptheria, Pertussis , Tetanus (DPT) vaccine.  We have no way of knowing .. if we received the DPT in 1947 .. but .. we seriously doubt it.

(However, with the benefit of generational hindsight ..  we would like to know .. in 1947 .. "why" public health officials combined three vaccines .. Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (DPT) .. into one?  Was the combination of three in one done because it was "safer" for the toddlers  .. or .. purely for the "cost efficiency" of manufacturers, public health officials .. and .. the "convenience" of pediatricians and parents .. under the pretense of being solely for the toddler's benefit .. having to receive only one shot instead of three? 

Whatever the reasoning .. the combination of three or more vaccines in a single shot in 1947 .. set a precedent that has now become routine .. some "single" shots today contain six or seven vaccines .. again raising the question for whose benefit are six or seven vaccines now routinely combined?) 

As far as I know .. the "small pox" vaccine is the only vaccine available to me as a child that is credited .. in the "court of public opinion" ..  justifiably or not .. with eradicating that disease .. so much so .. it is no longer required for children of today's generation.  The same cannot be said for the original (1947) DPT vaccine .. which .. in my experience .. has an entirely different history regarding success.. or .. more importantly .. the lack thereof.

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John Stone

The Message From Scotland: Autism Up In Schools 13.6 Times In 16 Years And Accelerating

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Nicola Sturgeon

By John Stone

Autism in Scottish schools rose from 820 cases in 1998 to 9,946 in 2013. We have to consider what it means in a civilised nation when you have to look after an autism rate of 1 in 30…Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, needs to stop being re-assured by the UK Department of Health in Westminster that they know what they are doing and everything is completely control. They don’t and it isn’t.

While the UK Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne contemplate how to trim billions from government spending they might like to bear in mind the projected cost to the British economy of autism, calculated a London School of Economics academic at an £34 billion ($54b) in 2013 and modestly downsized to £32b ($51b): this was up about 20 times from the greater than £1b figure calculated in 2001. But if as we shall see the basis of Prof Knapp’s calculations maybe erroneous we are hurtling to a situation where the costs will be even worse.  The problem is dramatically highlighted by the numbers of Autism Spectrum Disorder cases recorded in Scottish schools from 1998 to 2013 (it is worth concentrating on Scotland because the figures go back further and are more comprehensive than for England): in Scotland the figures rose from 820 cases in 1998 to 9,946 in 2013: allowing for the change in overall numbers this was 1 in 925 in 1998 and 1 in 68 in 2013. However, this in itself disguises the fact that the 2013 figure combines a lower rate in older students with a much higher rate in younger students: the present rate for children entering the system in the last five years will much higher than 1 in 68, and is perhaps conservatively in the region of 1 in 30 (data supplied by the Scottish Executive).

Year

Total number of pupils

Number of pupils with an ASD

1998

758,414

820

1999

755,081

959

2000

751,243

1,245

2001

745,063

1,515

2002

738,597

2,204

2003

732,122

2,663

2004

723,554

3,090

2005

713,240

3,484

2006

702,737

2,443

2007

692,215

3,919

2008

681,573

4,900

2009

676,740

5,254

2010

673,133

6,506

2011

670,511

7,801

2012

671,218

8,650

2013

673,530

9,946

 The Bruescher study in JAMA  , co-authored by Prof Knapp last year, projected 604,824 ASD cases in the total UK population - of which 491,243 were said to be adults -  while the Department of Works and Pensions only knew of approximately 130,000 cases  (which includes children): they conjecture that a further 300,000 cases of learning difficulty may include ASD cases but presumably this is the ever elusive hidden hoard. The National Statistics survey which projected a 1% figure for adults in England - having used inappropriate means - had in reality failed to detect a single authentic case, and was further involved in fraudulent re-labelling . However, if the Bruescher study greatly over-estimated the present number of adult cases in the UK it seems to have grossly under-calculated its per capita costs.  The study gives the lifetime cost of a person with autism and intellectual disability (ID) as £1.5m ($2.2). Not only is this absurdly low (even in 2001 Prof Knapp projected an average lifetime cost  -with or without ID - at £2.4m ($3.8)) a calculation based on its costs in Table 2 gives a figure for autism and ID of £4,864,911 (about $7.8m), or more than three times greater.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: The Epidemic

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

25 to 30 years ago, most Americans had never heard of AUTISM.  Children who didn't speak, had public meltdowns, or had a history of normal development and a sudden and dramatic regression, were practically unknown. 

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Ginger Taylor, Vaccine Safety

Maine Doctors Testify That They Are Unqualified To Vaccinate Patients

 AliceBy Ginger Taylor

So I wrote this bill...

Last summer a reporter I had never heard of from the Portland Press Herald called me about vaccine stuff. I started with my standard, “First of all I am not anti-vaccine. I vaccinated my children and one of them got hurt...” thing. Then he interviewed me for an hour and I got to discuss all the corruption problems at length. Seemed like an OK interview. But as is the reality of our world, the hack, Joe Lawlor, turned out to be a poor man's Mnookin, and “Ginger Taylor, an anti-vaccineadvocate from Brunswick...” Cut to two weeks later and look who is sitting on a dais with Paul Offit at the National Press Club being held out as an example of exactly how to journalize right on vaccination. After writing ONE story on vaccination. (Lawler is the new Offiteer on the beat... will he soar like Seth “I hate my mother' Mnookin to teach science journalism at MIT or become he head of a media strategy group serving Eli Lilly and GSK like Trine “Cupcake” Tsouderos ... stay tuned and find out.)

There have been half a dozen propaganda pieces by Lawlor since then, all working to get people excited about the HUGE new opportunity we have to get rid of measles in Maine by restricting vaccine exemptions. Well, I mean, there hasn't been a measles case in Maine in 18 years, so we are not so much trying to get rid of Measles as much as we hope that removing the rights of parents will help us achieve negative measles in Maine. That way if we still get a few cases of measles, we can still have no measles. You have to stay hyper vigilant, you know. Measles is only a tea cup ride away.

So we had a bit of a heads up that this was coming, but we didn't know it would be national and move through the country like a blitzkrieg. But with Posey announcing the #CDCwhistleblower investigation, clearly we should have expected it.

In December I was reading yet another one of Lawlor's propaganda pieces and thought, “Where's the consumer protection?!” Then ran to my desk and whipped out a bill that I thought would give Mainer's a fighting chance of protecting and helping their vaccine injured and vulnerable kids, will full awareness that I didn't have a clue as to how to write a bill or what the hell I was doing, other than trying to fill the gaps that tens of thousands of our children had fallen into. And keep falling into every day.

Then I began step two... begging the few legislators I knew from the Ron Paul Wars of 2012 to introduce it. Lucky me, I found five of them, and they found someone else. I love Rep. Beth O'Connor, and I am not ashamed to say it.

 

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Anne Dachel, Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Moms In Charge Presents Dr. Andrew Wakefield on CDC Whistleblower

Dr. Andrew Wakefield suit headshotBy Anne Dachel

"Recently, Dr. Andrew Wakefield spoke at a Moms In Charge event  to introduce a new documentary about CDC and vaccine whistleblowers and the consequences of repeated disregard. No one knows how better to handle blowing the whistle than Wakefield himself. . . "

Dr. Wakefield described how the medical community has turned its back on the massive suffering of a generation of children.

From the video: Andrew Wakefield:

"Mainstream media has sold out.  It sold out. 

"I sat once with Sharyl Attkisson, one of this country's greatest journalists, working for CBS.  And she said to me, 'Andy, when we finish this interview, . . . I will get a call from the top floor, from the money men, and they will say, that interview does not go out, because I've had a call from our pharmaceutical industry sponsors, and if it goes out, then they are going to pull their sponsorship.' And that is why she left [CBS]." 

Dr. Wakefield talked about "the tsunami," the approaching "catastrophe" ---the impact of the massive, man made, worldwide epidemic of neurologically disabled children.

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John Stone

Index on Censorship Chair, David Aaronovitch, Still Covering up over Wakefield and MMR

AaronovitchBy John Stone

Two years on from our removed exchange about Andrew Wakefield and MMR in The Times of London David Aaronovitch, chair of Index on Censorship  , is still engaged in cheap innuendo against Andrew Wakefield (the latest sally being in a presentation on ‘Heresy’ at  the Institute of Art and Ideas’). When I published a column in Age of Autism attacking Aaronovitch in 2013  he complained on AoA that he was not responsible for the removal of the exchange, to which I responded:

“David

“Okay, I have altered the text and I apologise unreservedly for any false inference but it remains a problem - does it not? - that I offered well-mannered and informed comment and it was deleted (including your response to me). It should be obvious to you that none of this should have been taken down and that actually if it does not raise important issues about [what] you have said, we ought to have a proper discussion as to why not, rather than just consign the whole thing to the memory hole.

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Current Affairs

CA SB277 Vaccine Bill: Your Family. Whose Choice?

Goodbye CASB277 Passes Out of the Senate

Reasonable Amendments Voted Down - Parents in Opposition Vow to Fight Even Harder in the Assembly

SACRAMENTO – Controversial bill SB277 cleared the Senate today with a 25-10 vote. Opponents were disappointed, but not surprised. Three senators offered amendments to address concerns with religious freedom, education about vaccine ingredients and access to education. Once again, refusing to discuss real issues, the Senate decided to hide behind procedure and table amendments with no further discussion.

"This legislation is so extreme, yet the Senate won't even consider discussing a reasonable religious exemption - something that 48 other states have. Will California actually join the ranks of Mississippi and West Virginia and deny religious freedom?" asked Jude Tovatt, member of the Canary Party.

Critics of this bill are deeply concerned that the Senate never addressed the obvious unconstitutionality of the legislation. The California Constitution guarantees children the right to a public education, and safeguards against discriminatory practices in public schools. Another issue never addressed in the Senate was the potential denial of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for special needs students that are guaranteed under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA.) Many special needs children utilize a personal belief exemption for a variety of good reasons.

However, parents opposed to SB277 are not giving up. They plan to fight this bill with great vigor in the Assembly.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Mercury In Your Mouth?

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

May 18, 2015, Wall Street Journal: China's Uncounted Children With Autism

May 18, 2015, WSB-TV Atlanta: 2 Investigates: Are the fillings in your mouth toxic?

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Adriana Gamondes

State of Plague, Part 9: Disease-Mongering as Militarized Trojan Horse for Globalization and Surveillance

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The pomp of the Fascists, taken at its face value, has a hollow gest, the gest of mere pomp, a featureless phenomenon: men strutting instead of walking, a certain stiffness, a lot of colour, self-conscious sticking out of chests, etc. All this could be the gest of some popular festivity, quite harmless, purely factual and therefore to be accepted. Only when the strutting takes place over corpses do we get the social gest of Fascism.  ~
Berthold Brecht, Brecht on the Theater

Read Part 1, Part 2Part 3,  Part 4,  Part 5,   Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8.

By Adriana Gamondes

Skeptic Gestics and Troubleshooting the Wounded

Parts 1 through 8 delved into the how and why the wars on disease/terror have merged and the resulting moebius strip reality where the public rides an eternal loop between bomb threats and disease scares, maintaining a permanent state of crisis or, as Foucault put it, a state of plague to justify progressively greater incursions on rights and privacy.  

These “wars on” have their various strategists, their generals and intelligence gatherers and their propagandists, snitches, provocateurs and hired thugs who sow divisions and rationalize the collateral of all these ideological, social and actual wars.  In the case of the organized Skeptics PR front, it’s a three-fer. In effect, the Skeptics are the tape on the moebius strip, binding all the themes and entrapping public discourse in the perpetual cycle through a sort of bullying fundamentalist science rhetoric.

The Skeptic front organization not only leads the charge in “defining the enemies” of the vaccine industry as “anti-vaccine” and has harped in particular on religious resistance towards vaccination, the chemical industry and genetically modified crops,  associated members and leaders of the group have also helped hone PR rationalizations for preemptive invasion of biofuel-rich, often Islamic countries by demonizing Islamic culture based on the actions of a minority and characterizing Islam as anti-progress and anti-science.

The problem in establishing the Skeptics corporate and state connections is that, due to tax loopholes allowing educational foundations to keep funding sources anonymous, for the time being there are only circumstantial hints that the Gates Foundation— aside from  pharmaceutical companies, public health regulators and chemical giants like Monsanto— may be among the Skeptics’ backers. It’s beside the point in a sense since, according to the number of Skeptic affiliates ensconced in the media, academia and who hold positions on public boards despite sometimes outrageous conduct and statements, the group seems to have plenty of institutional support. In a corporocratic world, institutional support and a tephlon veneer frequently imply corporate support. 

But one thing is very clear—the biotech defense front is very centralized. One way or another, a high number of prominent public health avatars and industry defenders in the media have ties to the organized Skeptics. All unilaterally spin apologias and swap soundbites for a range of industrial products while stumping for policy which supports their brands, using methods that combine literal and figurative panoptic themes. Whether selling the war on terror, the war on disease or the war on “irrationality,” the group’s figureheads argue that carriers of anti-science/anti-progress beliefs doubly endanger the public through actual and conceptual contagion and that both the ideas and the carriers themselves must be contained. 

Continue reading "State of Plague, Part 9: Disease-Mongering as Militarized Trojan Horse for Globalization and Surveillance" »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Federal Vaccine Bill's Pharma Provenance

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

May 16, 2015, Age of Autism ran the piece,  Action Alert: FEDERAL Vaccine Mandate In Play.  It was about a bill introduced in Congress on May 1, 2015, by U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson.  This bill would essentially eliminate all personal and religious vaccine exemptions.  The story pointed out that Wilson's senior advisor, Keenan Austin, worked for two drug companies, GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott Laboratories, before coming to Washington.

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

An Open Letter to States Considering Removing Vaccine Exemptions

Quick_factsBy Louis Conte

As parents fight bills circulating around state houses calling for the removal of exemptions to vaccines, it is important to remember that no one in state government is ultimately responsible for dealing with vaccine injuries. If a child is injured by a vaccine that law-makers like California Senator Richard Pan insists they must take, the only avenue of relief available is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). The very title of this federal program flies in the face of statements made by Pan who has claimed that the term ‘vaccine injury’ was invented by the anti-vaccine opposition.

States considering the removal of vaccine exemptions, take notice: Vaccine Injury is real. And your tax payers are footing the cost.

Vaccine injury is so real that a federal program has to deal with it. Congress passed The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986. The Act established the NVICP, the Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation (DVIC) and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), among other things. Congress created a no-fault compensation system to get pharmaceutical companies off the hook for vaccine injury claims and, hopefully, to create safer vaccines. They also sought to compensate those injured by vaccines because tort law describes vaccines as “unavoidably unsafe.”

Legislators like Pan assert that vaccines are completely safe and effective. If this were so, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act would not have been necessary. Asserting that vaccines never cause injuries actually undermines the protections that the federal government has granted vaccine manufacturers. Perhaps it is time for Congress to rescind the 1986 Act and let the industry prove that vaccines are completely safe in a civil court setting where litigants would have discovery, where Pharma would have to produce documents and where people like Paul Offit might have to take the stand and explain their conflicts of interests to a jury.

But giving families the right to sue vaccine manufacturers is not the deal being offered to parents. What’s offered is the removal of the fundamental right to look after the interests of their children.

States know that the National vaccine Injury Compensation Program is the only option that families of the vaccine injured have. When a person is compensated, states often seek to recover the money they have spent on the vaccine injured by placing a Medicaid lien on the case. This is often a significant amount of money, as in this case :

“A lump sum of $450,400.89, representing compensation for satisfaction of the State of Florida Medicaid lien, in the form of a check payable jointly to Petitioners and Agency for Health Care Administration Florida TPL Recovery Unit

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Current Affairs

Why Did Florida Representative Frederica Wilson Introduce a Federal Vaccination Mandate Bill?

Fredericka WilsonFrom Autism Action NetworkFlorida Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-24) has introduced a bill, House Resolution H.R. 2232, that will require all states to mandate all students enrolled in public schools receive all the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Policy, a federal body compromised of vaccine-industry representatives, which includes vaccines for HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Paul Offit’s rota virus vaccine, annual flu shots, and dozens of others. States that do not comply will not be eligible for grants for “preventive health services” under the Public Health Services Act.

Given Representative Wilson's  bio (see below), I hope that she will listen to her constituents whose children are also "voiceless."  She has a record of fighting against the health issues of toxic chemicals.  That's good. Is she aware of the  CDC Whistleblower information that  data was altered regarding African American toddlers, MMR and and autism?

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Congresswoman Wilson is a voice for the voiceless. As an elementary school principal, she stood up for the health of her students by opposing the construction of an environmentally dangerous waste facility being built across the street from her school. She won the fight, forcing the Miami-Dade County Commission to close the plant. As a community leader, she stood up for the fair treatment of locally incarcerated female Haitian refugees who faced poor living conditions. In 1984, long before she knew her political destiny, Congresswoman Wilson successfully lobbied the U.S. Congress for their release. As a legislator, she has passionately advocated for education and economic policies that give all children and adults the opportunity to reach their full potential.


Representative Fredericka Wilson and Pharma ties

Her staffer Ms. Keenan Austin might also be interested, given her background in the pharmaceutical industry. Which brings us back to our headline:  Why Did Florida Representative Fredericka Wilson Introduce a Federal Vaccination Mandate Bill?

Cathy Jameson

Why Bother?

Risk Demands Choice Age of Autism Vaccine Mandates

By  Cathy Jameson

 

Dear America,

You’re doing it wrong.

Love, Cat

Getting vaccines used to be a private decision made in the doctor’s office.  Once prescribed based on a medical need, vaccines have become more of a commodity than a remedy.  And those who are injected with vaccines have become pawns in shady governmental transactions. 

I’ve been keeping tabs on the many vaccine bills that popped up across the US this year.  Riding the coattails of the media’s overly exaggerated Disney measles outbreak, the timing of these bills feels more like an orchestrated pro-vaccine attack than a sincere response to help prevent the risk of disease.

The measles outbreak, which saw only 169 cases across the entire US, caused a kneejerk reaction.  Over 30 states have some sort of vaccine legislation on the table. 

Illinois’ SB986, if passed, would require employees in child care facilities with children age 6 and under to be vaccinated with MMR and Tdap.

New Jersey’s S1147, if passed, would restrict religious exemptions.

Vermont’s H98, if passed, would remove philosophical exemption.

Those are just a few examples of the vaccine bills that have been drafted, amended, and recently voted on.  Claiming a national health crisis and low vaccination rates as reason to introduce vaccine legislation, those bills have moved rather quickly despite not one Disney measles death resulting and despite seemingly high national vaccination rates for many of the vaccines found on today’s schedule.  

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Married With Children?

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Inexactitude is the best friend (forever) of lousy ideas. This week, The Wall Street Journal ran an article about a young woman who was diagnosed with autism at 21. The article said: “Autism spectrum disorder has always been difficult to diagnose.”

 No, it has always not. One more time, let’s recall that when Leo Kanner first described it, in 11 children, in 1943, he called autism “markedly and uniquely different from anything reported so far.” The idea that “the experts” have gotten so much savvier about spotting it is part of the “better diagnosing” canard that has kept alive the idea that autism hasn’t really exploded in the past quarter century. Of course, it really has.

 That’s not to say that someone at the margins of the diagnostic criteria won’t be overlooked. This woman appears to fit the diagnosis formerly known as Asperger’s, and is possibly a savant. She was discussing the life cycle of insects with her parents at age 2 – no language delay, a criteria of full-blown autism, there!

But what really got my attention was the comment in the article that “people with autism generally have difficulties relating to others, but many are happily married with children.”

Really? Many adults with autism are happily married with children? That would be wonderful, but I’m skeptical under any reasonable definition of the word – a large number, a good proportion, of those with autism are happily married with children, the Journal is telling us.

First of all, there are not many adults with autism under any definition of the word! If there were, we would not be hearing about the disaster in the making of children born during the “autism boom” starting in 1988 now aging into the adult world and workplace. The moment when the school bus stops coming would not be the financial and social crisis it is if there were many adults with autism. We’d have the hang of this.

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Current Affairs

Action Alert: FEDERAL Vaccine Mandate In Play

Uncle Sam VaccinationFrom Autism Action Network.  We will point out that one of Representative Wilson's staffers comes from GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company. The state mandates lead inextricably to a national push to force vaccination. on citizens.

New House bill creates federal vaccine mandate  
All federally-recommended shots required, no parental exemptions  
 
Florida Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-24) has introduced a bill, House Resolution H.R. 2232, that will require all states to mandate all students enrolled in public schools receive all the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Policy, a federal body compromised of vaccine-industry representatives, which includes vaccines for HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Paul Offit’s rota virus vaccine, annual flu shots, and dozens of others. States that do not comply will not be eligible for grants for “preventive health services” under the Public Health Services Act.
    
Please click on this Take Action link to send a message to your member of the House expressing you opposition to this bill.

And please call Rep. Wilson’s office in Washington, DC, and let them know politely why this bill is a bad idea: Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, 202-225-4506

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Current Affairs

Recap of Senate Floor Session re. SB277 Thursday in California

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By Laura Hayes

To view the floor session Thursday, click CalChannel here, then click on “Senate Floor Session” on the chart of options.  SB277 begins at the 39:05 mark.

Senator Pan kicked things off by immediately turning the floor over to his sidekick, Senator Allen (apparently, Pan is becoming more acutely aware of his inability to speak publicly, as he mostly mumbles and bumbles when at the mic, speaking mostly in the language of “gibberish and lies”).

Sen Allen said this bill is “so that no one will have to suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases.”  Per his usual, no mention of the multitudes suffering from vaccine-induced injuries, chronic illnesses, and permanent disabilities…and no mention of the families grieving the loss of a child as a result of vaccines.

He talked about hundreds dying daily of measles in other parts of the world, and neglected to mention that we are not dying of measles here in the U.S., thanks to clean water, better nutrition, more hygienic living conditions, more knowledge about how to treat diseases, and greater access to medical care

When reviewing the vaccine profiteers supporting SB277, he couldn’t resist stating that “we have the support of just about every Editorial Board in the state.”  Geez, I wonder why, Ben?  Could it be that these Editorial Boards are financially dependent on the support of Big Pharma in a Big Way that they don’t want to lose?

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Current Affairs, Ginger Taylor

Vaccination Mandate Legislation: The One Where We Find Out Who We Really Are

Rubber meets the roadBy Ginger Taylor

Things have changed over the last few months.  The attack on parents who are calling out the corruption in the vaccine program, and on those refusing to ignore their intellect and their conscience when making vaccine decisions, has become shrill and is now in the process of becoming codified into law. 

The Public Private Partnership of Public Health and Pharmaceutical Corporations are now trying to bar children from school (and in some cases adults from their places of employment) if they do not agree to inject a cadre of vaccines that are classified by law as “unavoidably unsafe.”  And this is being done in the absence of any serious threat to public health. 

The measures have already failed in Oregon, Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, New Mexico, Illinois and Texas, but are still under consideration in California, Vermont and Maine.  In California and Vermont, legislators and lobbyists have taken to using some dirty tricks to ram these bills through the legislatures despite the outcry of very angry parents and disability rights activists.  In Vermont, parents were barred from even testifying on a bill that would throw children out of both public and private school (even special needs children) who are so much as missing one Hepatitis B vaccine.  Some Vermont Senators actually took the position on the floor of the Senate that their state didn't have an obligation to educate these children (or allow them enter a private school), and those families who wanted their children educated would have to sue the state.

It has presented a fork in the road to many who have not had to make a hard choice in this issue so far.

Over the last few months, in conversations with those new to the fight to prevent vaccine injury and get proper care for those who have been hurt, and those in positions to speak with authority on vaccine choice and vaccine safety, there has been a running question. 

“What will happen to me if I speak out?”

They are afraid of repercussions.  They see what happens to the social lives, public perceptions and careers of those who have spoken boldly on vaccine corruption and stood up for vaccine choice, and they are afraid.  They don't want to get Wakefielded. 

And who can blame them.  Because the answer to that question can range from, “Nothing bad will happen to you, and you will start to hear many thanks from people for speaking out on their behalf,” to, “The mainstream media will call you an anti-vaccine nut job, your relatives will disown you, your boss will fire you and you will loose your house.”

For random parents, it is usually closer to the former, but for professionals with a large platform to speak from and an audience to influence, it can be closer to the later.

But in thinking about how to answer people, a few things have occurred to me.

Our generation has sat in a comfortable place in history, and often judged quite harshly those who didn't stand up for the injured and oppressed minorities of only a generation or two ago.

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Vaccine Safety

Tell The Director, Christian Medical College, “Release Rotavirus Vaccine Trial Data”

IntussusceptionFrom our friends at ChildHealthSafety in the UK:  Tell The Director, Christian Medical College, “Release Rotavirus Vaccine Trial Data”

Rotavirus vaccine is given to children to interrupt the circulation of the rotavirus to prevent diahorrea.  In developed western economies this is not a killer disease.  The vaccine is part of a programme directed to eradication of the virus.  Your child gets the vaccine because some anonymous officials have decided they don’t want to develop a proper treatment.  They want to be heroes and claim the credit for eradicating a disease which is no threat to your child or any child in your entire country.  It does not seem to matter who gets in the way.  That your healthy child is put at risk of death on the way somehow does not seem important to some of them.  That larger numbers of third world economy children are put at risk also seems not so important – just as long as no one identifies and names those concerned as pushing a killer vaccine.

Rotavirus vaccine causes some children’s intestine to fold into or collapse into itself.  This is called intussusception.  It is dangerous and a killer.  It seems that many if not all rotavirus vaccines have this problem.  So if you are in a developed western country you have every right to insist 1) your child is not given a rotavirus vaccine and 2) those who push the vaccines develop effective treatments instead for the very few who might have a problem with the virus.

Read more and consider signing on to voice your opinion. Thank you.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update:The Camelot Called Pharmalot

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

May 12, 2015, The Wall St. Journal updates readers on happenings in the drug industry in a column called "Pharmalot"

It starts out like this...

Good morning, folks, and how are you today? Busy, no doubt. Here on the Pharmalot campus, we are maintaining the usual hectic pace as we hustle one of the short people out the door for the ride to the local schoolhouse, brew a few needed cups of stimulation and keep watch for fast-moving bears. Like a fascinating story, they pop up now and then. Meanwhile, we have gathered some tidbits for you to peruse. Hope you have a wonderful day and do drop us a line when something interesting occurs.

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Legal Scholar Mary Holland: Letter to CA Senators Re Vaccination Bill SB277

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Senators on the Judiciary Committee
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room 2032
Sacramento, CA 95814

                                                                                                            May 12, 2015

Dear Senators:

Thank you for having given me the opportunity to address the California Senate Judiciary Committee on April 28, 2015 regarding Senate Bill 277 to restrict childhood vaccination exemptions to medical ones alone.  I promised to revert to you regarding California law on informed consent; I do so now, and seek to clarify my comments regarding enforcement, should SB 277 become law.

California law fully embraces the doctrine of informed consent to medical decision-making. The California Supreme Court has upheld the doctrine of informed consent and the right to refuse nonconsensual invasions of bodily integrity in Thor v. Superior Court, 5 Cal. 4th 725 (1993). There, the unanimous Court reviewed the federal common law and California precedents on bodily integrity and self-determination, noting, “we respect human dignity by granting individuals the freedom to make choices in accordance with their own values.” Id. at 737.  Thor regards the right of a prisoner to refuse life-sustaining treatment.  The Court notes that there are countervailing considerations in determining the scope of autonomy, including protecting innocent third parties. Id. at 738.  In that case, however, the Court found no compelling countervailing reasons and required that the prison respect the inmate’s desire to refuse medical treatment.  Many courts have cited the case with approval since. 

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Kent Heckenlively, Vaccine Safety

PLAGUE – The Public’s Favorite Virus Book of the Last Twenty Years!

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

As a writer I’ve always held to a simple standard of whether somebody has written a great book.  Ask people who’ve read the story what they think.  Everything else is just marketing.  By that measure, the book I co-wrote with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases is the best book written about viruses in the past twenty years.

Looking at the top books similar to PLAGUE in the virology section of Amazon and having at least 10 customer reviews these are the rankings based on a system of 5 stars.  I think you'll be surprised at how well PLAGUE does against some popular books and authors.

 PLAGUE – By Kent Heckenlively and Judy Mikovits (2014) – 69 reviews – 4.9 stars

THE HOT ZONE – By Richard Preston (1995) – 1,704 reviews – 4.6 stars

EBOLA – By David Quammen (2014) – 68 reviews – 4.3 stars

THE PANIC VIRUS – By Seth Mnookin (2011) – 135 reviews – 4.2 stars

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: California Screaming

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.If the California legislature weren't so busy trying to vaccinate every child in the state, they might want to look into this.  I can only describe this as nonsense coverage of our path to a disaster.

Five years ago I wrote a story about adults with autism, including a video on the establishment of the California State Senate Select Committee on Autism. 

Anne Dachel on the Rising Autism Numbers - AGE OF ... 

One comment made by a committee member got my immediate attention:

 "There were "14,000 students with autism a decade ago."   Today, "46,000 students and growing."

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Maine Lawmakers Hear Impassioned Arguments on Vaccination Opt-outs

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Note: Our gratitude to Harry and Gina Tembenis, who traveled from Massachusetts to Maine to speak out on behalf of pediatric safety. Their son Elias is shown in the photo. He did not survive his vaccine injury. 


AUGUSTA — A standing-room-only crowd gave impassioned testimony to the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, arguing for and against restrictions that would make it harder to opt out of childhood vaccinations.

Maine has one of the highest voluntary opt-out rates in the nation, and public health experts have warned that the levels of unvaccinated children could result in the return of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, pertussis, polio and mumps. The issue has attracted national attention since this winter’s measles outbreak at Disneyland in California.

Two bills before the committee would target the philosophic exemption, which is used by more than 90 percent of parents who choose to not vaccinate their children. Vaccines are a requirement for entering school, but Maine has one of the more lenient laws in the country for opting out, based on how easy it is for parents to forgo immunizations, public health experts say. In Maine, parents can simply sign a form opting out on religious or philosophic grounds.

One bill, sponsored by Rep. Linda Sanborn, D-Gorham, a retired family physician, would require a consultation and a signed note from a medical professional before parents could use the philosophic exemption to forgo vaccines for their children entering kindergarten. A second bill, from Rep. Ralph Tucker, D-Brunswick, would eliminate the philosophic exemption. The religious exemption would remain unchanged under both bills.

DISAGREEMENT, DUELING STICKERS

Shannon Gervais of Buxton said her elementary-age son suffers from a compromised immune system. A host of medical problems starting when he was a baby has weakened his lungs, she said, making him susceptible to infectious diseases. Gervais urged lawmakers to make it more difficult for parents to opt out of vaccines.

“Whooping cough to some people could be an annoyance, but it could kill my child. I truly rely on other families making sure their children are vaccinated in order to protect my son and our family from a terrible tragedy,” Gervais said.

Maine has reported a surge in pertussis cases in recent years, and experts partly attribute the increase to more unvaccinated children, but it is also caused by the effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine waning over time.

At the hearing, pro- and anti-vaccination groups wore dueling stickers. The ones worn by anti-vaccine advocates carried the message: “Where there is risk, there must be a choice.” People who support vaccines displayed stickers saying: “I support healthy kids, healthy families, healthy communities.”

Public health advocates say vaccinations are more than just a personal choice, because of the effects on the community. Greater percentages of unvaccinated people can weaken “herd immunity” and spread diseases not only to other unvaccinated people, but also to those too young to be vaccinated and those who have weakened immune systems from other illnesses.

VACCINES SAFE, OR POSE A RISK?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late U.S. attorney general and presidential candidate, was a guest of anti-vaccine organizers. (Read more here.)

Anne Dachel

Attkisson Asks Doctors Like David Amaral To Ask More Questions

Amaral_news_slideBy Anne Dachel

In 2011 I wrote the story, Autism Strains, Autism Subsets.    It was about the research by Dr. David Amaral, a top expert from the MIND Institute at UC-Davis. 

I also  included information about the PBS series, Autism Now, featuring well known newsman, Robert MacNeil who interviewed Dr. Amaral in 2011.

(Here is the video of the interview which is no longer available on PBS.)

In response to MacNeil's question, "What is your position today on vaccines and autism?" Amaral said this:

"I think it's pretty clear that, in general, vaccines are not the culprit."

And the reason was the standard, "studies show no link."

Then he added this blockbuster, "It's not to say, however, that there is a small subset of children who may be particularly vulnerable to vaccines."

He went on to say, "And in their case, having the vaccines, or particular vaccines, particularly in certain kinds of situations -- if the child was ill, if the child had a precondition. Like a mitochondrial defect. Vaccinations for those children actually may be the environmental factor that tipped them over the edge of autism. And I think it is incredibly important, still, to try and figure out what, if any, vulnerabilities, in a small subset of children, might make them at risk for having certain vaccinations."

MacNeil asked if more studies of these possibly susceptible kids should be done.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Mainstream Indifference

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

May 11, 2015, I found the excellent story, Why is the Mainstream Media Ignoring Measles Vaccine Fraud Cases? by Brian Shilhavy, editor at Health Impact News.  Shilhavy explains what can only be called the biggest press scandal in U.S. history, topping even the decades of coverage promoting the benefits of smoking cigarettes. 

These were some of the highlights in his piece:

"Merck has been involved in a long federal lawsuit with allegations of fraud over the mumps portion of the MMR vaccine."

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Julie Obradovic

A Conversation with Miguel Jara

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By Julie Obradovic

A few weeks ago, a friend brought a new book to my attention. A relative of hers in Spain had forwarded a link to an article about the book as a show of support. She was letting her know that internationally there were also questions and criticisms of vaccine programs and politics, not to mention very different philosophies about how, when and who should be vaccinated. It was the height of the measles hysteria here.

My friend doesn’t speak or read Spanish, but she knows I do, so she forwarded it to me. I am both Miguel jara bookfluent and literate. I was immediately interested in not only the book, but also the author. I purchased and read it as soon as possible, followed by an email and a tweet.

Jara responded almost instantly, and we have been corresponding since. He has served as an outstanding source of insight into the thoughts and beliefs about vaccination in Europe, something I think is extremely important for Americans to understand before moving forward with more legislation to require more vaccines for everyone.

Most Americans do not realize that in many other first world nations (that happen to have better infant mortality rates) such as Spain, the law does not require anyone to be vaccinated, nor are vaccines given in the manner or capacity that they are here. Also like here, most people aren’t against vaccines, but they are against forced vaccination, federal product liability, and an ever-expanding for-profit program that seems to have no limits. Spain serves as an excellent example of how vaccination can be successfully done differently without any legislation, bullying, name-calling, or threats involved.

I asked Miguel if he would answer a few questions for me for this blog post. Graciously, he agreed. I have translated them and published them here with his permission.

How did you decide to investigate and write about vaccines?

MJ: The first time I heard a critique of vaccines was almost 20 years ago. Before then I had started to investigate harm caused by medicine and the interests that surrounded that environment, which I expressed in 2007 in my first book, Health Traffickers: How they sell us dangerous medicine and gamble with disease.

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Two Mexican Infants Die 29 Hospitalized With Vaccine Adverse Reaction

Mexico vaccinesBelow is a story that is a somber reminder of why we fight for vaccination choice.  Vaccines carry serious risks.  Regardless of the reason for this medical tragedy - if we ever know, was it tainted product, a deadly combination or something else, we believe parents should have the right to say no to a vaccine for their child.  And that pharmaceutical companies should bear liability.

From CNN, although many media outlets are reporting the story.  Our condolences to the families whose kids were injured or died.

(CNN)  Mexican health officials are investigating after two babies died and 29 children were hospitalized from suspected adverse reactions to shots from the country's national vaccination program.

Six of the children hospitalized in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas remain in serious condition, the Mexican Social Security Institute said on Sunday.

The parents of the two infants who died were so outraged at the government that they refused to let authorities perform autopsies, CNNMexico reported.

The illnesses were reported after 52 children from the rural mining community of La Pimienta were given vaccines Friday for tuberculosis, rotavirus and Hepatitis B, the institute said. Later that night, 31 of the children "presented adverse reactions presumably associated with the application of these vaccines," officials said. Two of the children later died.

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Kim Stagliano

Light It Up Blue Failure: Controversial United Airlines Decision to Oust Teen with Autism

Blue taxi lightsBy Kim Stagliano

By now you've probably read about the United Airlines flight in which the pilot expelled a family whose teen daughter with autism was struggling over her meal.  I've been there. You've been there. Perhaps not on a plane,  but as autism parents, we've all been in situations whereby our kids are having a really rough time, exhibiting behaviors and despite our Herculean efforts, we simply can't get them to settle down fast enough to please the strangers around us.

This time the stranger was the pilot.

An Oregon family on their way back from Disney World was unceremoniously taken off an airplane because of their autistic daughter after the pilot refused to fly with her on board.

Dr Donna Beegle said that she is filing a discrimination lawsuit after she and her 15-year-old daughter Juliette were taken off a plane at an emergency stop in Salt Lake City as they flew on a connecting flight from Houston to Portland.

Juliette Forbes refused the food that her family had brought along, and the United Airlines economy passenger was eventually given hot food from first class after her mother argued that it was necessary to prevent a meltdown.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3075027/The-bizarre-terrible-moment-family-taken-airplane-police-pilot-says-didn-t-feel-comfortable-flying-autistic-teenager-wanted-food.html#ixzz3ZrXe4iNN

It's a horrible feeling of inadequacy. Shame. Anger. Exasperation. Worry. Sympathy for our kid. It breaks our hearts.

Didn't the pilot fly over the Blue Eiffel Tower last month?  Didn't he see the Empire State Building all gussied up for April? Why didn't he have an inkling as to what is autism, as we have just finished April's Autism Awareness Month?

The Light it Up Blue campaign combined with the ever increasing push to teach Neurodiversity whereby autism is called "another way of thinking" has sold our kids down the river. The general public does not KNOW that behaviors can be severe.  They do not know that it can be difficult to ratchet down a meltdown. They do not know that parents work tirelessly to help their kids and at every turn something as simple as a sound can turn a day into a nightmare.

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Dachel Media Update: Vax Crackdowns Escalate

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

PR FOR NBC DATELINE TU MAY 12, 2015, Vaccination Vigilantes: Fighting Polio and the Taliban

May 11, 2015, Fellow 'fear of autism' passenger says she SUPPORTS decision to kick off girl

May 10, 2015, New York Times: Mexico: Vaccinations Suspended After Infant Deaths

May 10, 2015, Portland (ME) Press Herald: A Maine teen has to ask: Is everyone in this room vaccinated?

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Kim Stagliano

Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Forced Vaccination?

Cola AdBy Kim Stagliano

My friends know that I am a nut for advertising.  I have a tremendous recall of jingles, slogans and campaigns dating back decades.  In 1980, I took a high school  English course called "Intro to Advertising" and was hooked.  We read Subliminal Seduction and The Hidden Persuaders which shared many of the tricks used by pharma today - conjure guilt, doubt, worry to sell this pill, that deodorant, this mouthwash. 

While a junior at Boston College, I attended a presentation by a senior executive at what was then called Hill Holliday Connors and Cosmopulos, Boston's largest ad agency.  The day after the presentation,  I took the T to Boylston Street station, marched into the Hancock Tower to the 39th floor and asked the receptionist to please call Mr. Justin Harrington to tell him Miss Kim Rossi was there to ask him for a summer internship. (Can you see the prototype Mother Warrior?) 

I got the internship.

Paid. ($150 a week - a fortune!)

I stayed on as an intern through  my senior year and had a job offer as an assistant Account Executive in May of 1985.

We've all been thinking about the current jackbooted thug push to force vaccination on parents from coast to coast.  From SB277 in California to HB 6949 in my own state of Connecticut. The measles "epidemic" (insert tin foil hat emoticon here) from Disneyland was the launching pad for these bills, which seek to remove parental and personal vaccine choice. 

It's Mother's Day as I type. The day we honor, respect and revere the women who gave birth to us, raised us, carry on the strength of a nation. Motherhood is indeed as American as apple pie.  Motherhood is under attack by these bills.  I grew up in Massachusetts - next door to New Hampshire, whose license plates read, "Live Free or Die."  What happened to American freedom?  Parents who allow their kids to walk from point A to point B are called "Free Range" and persecuted.   Hospitals are whisking children away from their parents in a Nanny State gone wild.    I believe we need a village to care of our kids - but when did the village become a military school?

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Cathy Jameson

A Mother’s Day Thank You From Cathy Jameson of Age of Autism

Ronan Cathy Jameson Age of Autism

By Cathy Jameson

Mommy, do you know what I want to be when I grow up?

Tell me.

I want to be a mommy!

My heart swelled.  I asked, “How many kids do you think you’ll have?”

Two. Will you help me with them, mama?

Every single day.  I can’t wait to be your little mommy helper.

--

That was a conversation my six-year old daughter and I had a few months ago.  Two weeks ago, we revisited that conversation:

Mommy, do you remember what I want to be when I grow up?

You want to be a Mommy!

I do, but I want to be a mommy who comes to help at the school, like Margaret’s mommy does.  That's the kind of mommy I want to be.

--

Margaret’s mom is really nice.  She’s always helping at the school, in the classroom, in the lunchroom, and on the playground.  That's the kind of mom I wanted to be.  I wanted to be that mom even before I started having babies.  But the sicker Ronan got, the less time I got to be that kind of mom.  The less time I got to spend with my typical children, too.  My typical children realize this and know that I can’t always be there for them.  They also know that I sometimes have to rely on others for help.  

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Epidemic? THIS Epidemic

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Hey check it out, fellow innumerants, those who are naive enough to believe that the autism rate has actually gone up, a lot, and it is not just an artifact, as they say, of better diagnosing, better awareness, better do what Paul Offit says, etcetera.

This new study looks at the change between 1990 or so and 2010 in cerebral palsy, hearing loss, intellectual disability (including autism) and vision impairment. As you can see, nothing went up much but autism, which went way, way up -- 9.3 percent a year for a total 269 percent increase. (That's Buffett-level compounding!) Let's see, if something goes up 100 percent, that means it doubles. Two hundred percent, it triples. Two hundred and sixty nine percent, it more than triples and a half -- and that's just since 1996. The CDC can never bring itself to look back into ancient history, say 1980.

Even so, the increase is from 4.2 per 1,000 children to 15.5 per 1,000. Now let's see, that would be about 1.6 per 100, or 1 in 62.5 kids. Which is even worse than the 1 in 68 the CDC keeps talking about.

As my colleague Mark Blaxill, who really does understand math and chart-like things, put it: "This plots autism rates against some other disabilities. Uses 8 year olds and the year on the axis is birth year plus 8. So the time series starts in 1988 for ASD. It’s a pretty dramatic picture." 

Diagnostic substitution is notably absent. Doctors still know what hearing loss is, and they diagnose it. Ditto for all the others. 

I always like to quote the late, great Bernie Rimland, who said, "The autism epidemic is real, and excessive vaccinations are the cause." Here we see the truth of the first part of that sentence. Of course, the last part remains verboten in polite company. But it's no wonder that folks like Offit have ventured into territory you'd think they'd have no interest in -- claiming the autism increase isn't real.

Because if it is real -- which it is -- the implications are hard to ignore. Even for innumerants like us.

Trends in the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Loss, Intellectual Disability, and Vision Impairment, Metropolitan Atlanta, 1991–2010



Age of Autism Rates Chart

Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Current Affairs

Don't Call Me an Anti-Vaxxer!

Hello my name isBy Dara Berger

I would never refer to myself as an anti-vaxxer.  However, this is how anybody who questions the current vaccine schedule or vaccinations in general is labeled by our "hide the truth" mainstream media.

So who are we?  How did we become an anti-vaxxer?

I think Robert F. Kennedy Jr put it best recently when he explained that most people who are against mandatory vaccinations are those that have a vaccine injured child.  I think this is true for the majority of us.  But then there are also some very holistically minded individuals who don't rely on pharmacology as part of their health regimen or way of life.  I think of myself as both these types of people.

I think it's easy for people to call us crazy, especially if they have never walked a day in our shoes.  I wish to God that I could go back to being that blissfully ignorant gluten and dairy eating person that I was 10 years ago.  But I can't.  Autism and vaccine injury changes who you are at the core.  It changes you forever.  It even changes some people more than others.  

Now I am going to give you a comparison model of what it's like to experience something terrible and not have people believe you, since this is at the essence of being called an anti-vaxxer.  We'll take it away from vaccine's, so that we can see clearly past the smoke that usually comes out of people's ears and mouths when talking about vaccine injury.

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Dreams

Autism Awareness Month May Be Over, But Autism Education is 24/7

Marcia Hinds I Know Youre In ThereIs recovery from autism possible? Does an autism diagnosis have to mean “GAME OVER?”  With answers that will amaze you, I Know You're In There by Marcia Hinds is a story you don’t want to miss:

Ryan was a young child who was severely affected by autism.  He was in the third percentile for speech when he entered kindergarten and had to be taught how to smile.  The “experts” said Ryan would need to be institutionalized… but they were wrong! Ryan is now an engineer at a major aerospace company and none of his colleagues would ever guess that he was once diagnosed as autistic.  He is now thriving in a way no one ever imagined would be possible, and I Know You’re In There shares his incredible journey.

About the book I Know You're In There: Ryan’s parents realized something was not right with their son. They knew it before the psychiatrist predicted Ryan would end up in an institution. The autism diagnosis ripped away every dream these parents had for their child.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) now reports, “...1 in every 50 school age children has autism.” The number of children diagnosed continues to grow in epidemic proportions. Ryan was stranded on Autism Island and his family was stuck there with him.  There was no recovery from autism. There was no cure. There was no hope. Or was there?

 “Our story has a happy ending, but how many parents are still told there is no hope for their children? And how many kids will not get better as a result? My family never gave up on me because, like the title of this book, they knew I was in there. When experts told them I would never be okay and probably end up in a group home, they still didn’t give up. As a result, I was able to leave my autism label behind.” –Ryan Hinds

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Anne Dachel

RFK Jr. and the Lessons of the Nuremberg Code

DefinitionBy Anne Dachel

"They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone.  This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country."

As one might imagine, this drew all kinds of criticism and Kennedy issued an immediate apology.  Any reference to the Holocaust is understandably a very sensitive issue to Jewish Americans.  The story was covered by most major new sources.  Most published Kennedy's explanation without comment, but there was some criticism.

Read more at SacBee here.

April 13, 215, Robert Kennedy Jr. apologizes for likening vaccine effects to ... Los Angeles Times

'I employed the term during an impromptu speech as I struggled to find an expression to convey the catastrophic tragedy of autism, which has now destroyed the lives of over 20 million children and shattered their families.

'I am acutely aware of the profound power attached to that word, and I will find other terms to describe the autism crisis in the future.'

April 13, 2015, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. apologizes for "holocaust" comment in ... CBS News

'The word holocaust should never be used as a flippant throwaway line to make a point in a debate,' said Assemblyman Marc Levine, vice chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus, during a Holocaust remembrance event on Monday in the California Assembly.

April 14, 2015, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. apologizes for 'holocaust' remark in speech against ...  Fox News

Robert Kennedy Jr. on Monday apologized for describing the number of children injured by vaccines as "a holocaust" during a film screening last week.

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Adriana Gamondes

State of Plague Part 8: Disease-Mongering as Militarized Trojan Horse for Globalization and Surveillance

8-A Trojan Horse GAVI AFRICOM  Adriana Gamondes

No colonial power is going to succeed unless it’s going to play on existing divisions, and sharpen them, increase them, exacerbate them.   ~Mahmood Mamdani, Uganda Rising

Read Part 1, Part 2Part 3,  Part 4,  Part 5,   Part 6 and Part 7.

By Adriana Gamondes

McRevolutions, Resources and Panoptic Optics

In looking at the pattern of global philanthropy in the buildup towards Western intervention in resource-rich nations around the world, connections can’t be forced. The substantiations are often hidden in closed door meetings and on the ground among populations the media, largely controlled by those pushing particular agendas, mostly ignores. But even so, certain patterns emerge in the shadows.  

For instance, the map illustration from the lead article in this series simply compared GAVI target countries with oil operations and US military expansion using a map provided by Tom Dispatch from an article by Nick Turse, AFRICOM’s Gigantic “Small” Footprint:

Here’s a question for you: Can a military tiptoe onto a continent? It seems the unlikeliest of images, and yet it’s a reasonable enough description of what the U.S. military has been doing ever since the Pentagon created an Africa Command (AFRICOM) in 2007. It’s been slipping, sneaking, creeping into Africa, deploying ever more forces in ever more ways doing ever more things at ever more facilities in ever more countries -- and in a fashion so quiet, so covert, that just about no American has any idea this is going on.  One day, when an already destabilizing Africa explodes into various forms of violence, the U.S. military will be in the middle of it and Americans will suddenly wonder how in the world this could have happened. 

Mali

The fact that medical philanthropy often tiptoes in prior to invasions for resources might demonstrate, at least in part, how in the world this could have happened.  In order to avoid exaggerating associations between events through blatant examples like Ebola outbreaks and the US boots on the ground that followed, and because sometimes, as Turse puts it, “to see the big picture you need to focus on the smallest part of it,” I raked over several seemingly random news items for countries which are mostly obscure to Westerners such as Mali.  Most don’t even know where Mali is much less the country’s history or what the US is currently doing there. But the stories I ran across took a certain shape: the a rash of experimental trials for Ebola, HPV, rotavirus and other vaccines and  the Gates Foundation’s involvement; a US-facilitated coup d’état in 2012  and finally an industry-centric view of civil disorder as an impediment to oil and gas exploration in that country.  

News 24 reports:

Mali's health minister says the West African country has started trials of an Ebola vaccine on scientific researchers.

"It's purely a scientific step. The trials are on volunteer researchers," said Ousmane Kone.

Mali has no Ebola cases but it borders Guinea, where the outbreak began.

The trials in Bamako are being supervised by the vaccine research centre of the medical school of the University of Maryland in the United States and Mali's health ministry, Kone said.

Trials of the vaccine started in September on 10 US volunteers and 60 in Britain.

The vaccine is being developed by the British drug company GlaxoSmithKline and the US National Institute of Health.

This recalls the Serum Institute of India's MenAfriVac meningococcal vaccine developed as part of the PATH Partnership for Global Health in cooperation with the WHO, Unicef, GAVI, the University of Maryland and private industry (GSK, etc.) which was used in the deadly, forced trials organized by the Gates Foundation in Chad, itself a nest of US military activity. Years earlier, in 2002, the University of Maryland School of Medicine website reported the school’s abiding vaccine alliance with Mali and the Gates Foundation:  

Two researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have received prestigious honors from the Mali government in recognition of their efforts to develop and distribute vaccines to children in that country who are vulnerable to numerous infectious diseases common in Africa. The awards were presented at a special ceremony in Mali in June on behalf of the President of Mali, His Excellency Amadou Toumani Touré…In 2000, the Ministry of Health of Mali and the University of Maryland School of Medicine signed a formal agreement to establish the CVD-Mali to provide laboratory space and resources for CVD researchers working in the country and to train Malian scientists and physicians.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: 2003 - 2015 A Dozen Years A Million Tears

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

July 21, 2003, UPI.com: UPI Investigates: The vaccine conflict

But a four-month investigation by United Press International found a pattern of serious problems linked to vaccines recommended by the CDC -- and a web of close ties between the agency and the companies that make vaccines.

Critics say those ties are an unholy alliance in a war against disease where vaccine side effects have damaged, hurt or killed people, mostly children.

"The CDC is a disgrace. It is a corrupt organization," said Stephen A. Sheller, a Philadelphia attorney who has sued vaccine makers for what he says were bad vaccines. "The drug companies have them on their payroll."

This story written by UPI editor Mark Benjamin in 2003, and someone posted it on my Facebook yesterday.  It is a stunning piece.  Twelve years ago people in the media were actually willing to investigate vaccine safety questions. 

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Teresa Conrick

Autism and the Microbiome: A Cure for Peanut Allergies and More Hope from the Gut?

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Contick

I research and write often about the Microbiome because I have a daughter who is very ill. Her diagnoses of both AUTISM and AUTOIMMUNITY are related to her symptoms that appear to originate from her gut. The research on the Microbiome is exploding and Autism is in the forefront::

Versalovic, an expert in the study of the human microbiome – the population of microbes that are part of the human body- will focus on the gut’s microbiome, looking specifically at bacteria found there…… “The study will be the first of its kind to correlate data related to gut bacteria, metabolic disturbances, GI symptoms, and behavior. By combining all of these factors, we hope to develop better ways to diagnose and treat GI issues in autism” said Luna.

Though so important to many suffering with GI issues, I think that we are looking at more than solely treating the GI issues of Autism. The clues from the Microbiome may be pointing at both cause and thus, potential cures.

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus – Orchestra Leader of the Gut

Some researchers and doctors are thinking outside the typical medical paradigm and using the power of the Microbiome NOW to help many suffering.  A very good example is this   :

Fatal peanut allergies could be cured by probiotic bacteria, say Australian doctors

A strain of probiotic bacteria could offer a cure for potentially fatal peanut allergies, according to scientists in Australia. The breakthrough followed a trial in which a group of children were given increasing amounts of peanut flour, along with a probiotic called Lactobacillus rhamnosus, over an 18-month period. About 80 per cent of the children who had peanut allergies were subsequently able to tolerate peanuts.

Mimi Tang, the lead researcher, said the families involved believed the treatment had "changed their lives". "These findings provide the vital first step towards developing a cure for peanut allergy and possibly for all food allergies," she told Melbourne's Herald Sun.

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Anne Dachel, Current Affairs

Natural News on The Dearth of Honest Vaccine Reporters

Natural newsManaging Editor's Note:  Our own Anne Dachel is featured in this article. As always, profound gratitude to Robert Kennedy for his stalwart dedication.

(NaturalNews) Noted vaccine choice advocate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., gave a speech recently at the New Jersey state capitol in Trenton in which he focused primarily on the corruption, collusion and malfeasance regarding vaccine safety at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As noted by Anne Dachel of Age of Autism, a news website covering the spread of the disability, RFK also discussed the media's role in covering up the scandalous link between some vaccines and the occurrence of autism, which is routinely portrayed in the press as "old science" or a link that has been "soundly disproven."

But, as she reported in a story regarding RFK's discussion, the reaction of the assembled press was both predictable and depressing:

He focused on the corruption, collusion and malfeasance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was a scathing report about the ethics of the agency in charge of vaccine safety.

The second half of his 45 minute talk was a chance for reporters to question Kennedy about his claims. Incredibly, during the question and answer session not a single reporter asked about the scandalous charges Kennedy made about top U.S. health officials. Most of them asked about exemptions and herd immunity. It was like they weren't even in the room.


Only a handful of truthful, honest vaccine reporters

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