The Age of Polio Series: Explosion.

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NOTE: Here are the first nine parts of "The Age of Polio: Explosion," revised and combined. The series will also appear on the right sidebar; each new installment will be added to it.


By Dan Olmsted

 

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein

 

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On May 1, 1916, thirteen-month-old Lettie Caruso* moved with her family to a tenement at 1295 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn. A fifty-six-year-old woman named Mrs. G.H. Franklin lived and worked on the first floor, where she ran a small ice cream parlor that “the children naturally frequented,” according to a subsequent report by the New York Health Department. Lettie and her family lived in the apartment adjacent to the ice cream shop. On May 9, Lettie became ill. “A private physician was called the first day and came several days,” the Department reported. “She was examined with the stethoscope and at the first visit the doctor thought it was only a cold. As she grew worse a physician from New York was called in consultation. Mrs. Caruso thought the diagnosis was pulmonary bronchitis. So far as she knew the child was not paralyzed, but she cannot remember any special examination for that. There has been no Infantile Paralysis in this house, nor in the adjoining properties.”

That was about to change.

Looking back with perfect hindsight, Brooklyn in May 1916 was ground zero for an explosion that no one saw or heard for a month and more -- and, to this day, no one has satisfactorily explained. Before it ended late that summer, 25,000 people in the Northeast developed paralytic poliomyelitis, most of them young children, and an extraordinary 5,000 died -- nearly half of them in the City of New York, a toll approaching the September 11 tragedy. It was by far the largest and most lethal polio epidemic to date, and it remains one of the biggest ever (see chart).

As spring turned to summer, polio gripped every family with fear, not just in the Northeast but nationwide. It was a fear that never entirely lifted until the outbreaks ended in the United States and most other countries after the Salk vaccine was introduced a half-century later, an occasion so momentous that church bells rang out across the country. But 100 years ago, and especially Brooklyn, there was barely suppressed panic that the authorities and the media did their best to tamp down.

"While there is no need of undue alarm," the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported in a careful front-page (but one column) article on June 17 announcing the epidemic, "the officials of the board of health are somewhat worried and are taking measures to stamp out the disease."

Since 1894 there had been smallish though increasingly ominous clusters of cases around the country. The first, in Vermont, affected 132 and killed 18; strangely, domestic animals were also paralyzed and died even though polio is a disease of humans (that did not happen in the 1916 outbreak). The worst U.S. polio epidemic so far had been in 1907, which was confined largely to greater New York City and killed 125. It almost seemed like a rehearsal, or a warning. Around the world, particularly in Scandinavia, larger clusters had started appearing, seemingly at random, since 1905.

But 1916 marked the moment the Age of Polio arrived in America. And like the illness itself, it seemed to come out of nowhere.

As Albert Sabin, inventor of the live virus polio vaccines, mused in 1947: “No circumstance in the history of polio is so baffling as its change during the past fifty or sixty years from a sporadic to an epidemic disease.” It certainly wasn’t a matter of better diagnosis or greater awareness – this of all diseases, with its sudden onset and often permanent disability or death, was as impossible to miss as a child in an iron lung.

“There was no idea in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that poliomyelitis was contagious,” wrote John R. Paul, a professor of preventive medicine and epidemiology at Yale who conducted important polio research himself. “Had there been larger outbreaks in the early or mid-19th century it seems highly unlikely that they would have gone unnoticed.”

In 1917, the year after the Great Northeast Epidemic, John Ruhrah and Erwin E. Mayer wrote, “It seems to be a disease of comparatively recent origin. In the history of most diseases there is a gradual shading off into the older writers until the disease is lost in confusion of inaccurate descriptions. Not so with polio.” They continued: “The disease is so striking in its symptomatology, so devastating in its results, and produces such a deep impression on the popular mind that it does not seem possible that any very considerable epidemics could have happened in the countries in which there were physicians making records of what occurred.”

Perhaps because the outbreak rose and fell so suddenly, bracketed by much that came to define the turbulent 20th century -- war in Europe in 1914, the sinking of the Lusitania, which departed from New York Harbor, the next year; shark attacks along the crowded Jersey shore that sweltering summer of 1916 that caused sensational press coverage and became fodder for Jaws 60 years later; U.S. entry into WW I in 1917; and the Influenza Pandemic that killed 2,157 New York City residents in the week of November 1, 1918, alone -- the epidemic has faded from collective memory. 



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But the question remains, and it remains important in an age of new diseases like EV-68 and Zika, and disorders like autism, that seem to come out of nowhere and spread like wildfire: What caused the Explosion of 1916? If I'm right, an environmental bomb dropped on Brooklyn set it off, spreading with a smooth but terrible precision like a pebble dropped in a still volcanic lake. That kind of bomb could go off again at any time, anywhere. We need to understand it.

I've foreshadowed some of this saga in ways not yet apparent. It takes twists and turns I never imagined when I began. I only ask that you withhold judgment till the keystone has locked the blocks into place.

(*Sources and notes: Information about the sugar industry in 1916 comes from multiple sources including articles on newspapers.com and in specialized sugar journals. Case histories of Lettie Caruso, Mrs. Franklin and others are from the New York City Health Department archives of the 1916 epidemic at the American Philosophical Association library in Philadelphia. All names have been changed, which the library required as a condition for access. The chart showing the spike in the polio rate is by my colleague Mark Blaxill. Our series in 2011 proposing a new explanation for the roots and rise of polio epidemics paved the way for this series.)

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Say Goodbye to School Days and Skittle Ways When Autism Ages Out

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By Kim Stagliano

From time to time when I'm not too grumpy or tired or busy with mastering adult skills, I'll be writing about autism and aging out. My oldest finished school earlier this month. Forever. She turns 22 in December.
Retro data counter1) By high school, ditch the data clicker. I mean it. Reams of graphs and charts detailing how many times your child tore a piece of paper (Ugh! Destruction!) or slapped her hand on the desk (Ugh! Aggression!) will not help the next group of providers. At all.

2) Ask the paras to step back. Literally. Let your child learn how to walk on his or her own in the hallways without a para at his or her arm. Eyes on arms length should be ample. We changed classes 3 minutes before the bell when one of my kids was having issues with pinching other kids in the halls. Many adult programs have a 5 - 1 or  3 - 1 ratio. Your child will have to learn to be somewhat independent. Scary, yes?

3) Ease way off the prompts the way you ease off the gas on a curvy exit ramp. A prompt dependent adult will have a hard time keeping up in a program that is not prompt based. No programs are prompt based at this time.  Well, very few. 

4) Programs that claim to be for special needs "including autism" likely are not. At. All. Just like we have schools devoted entirely to autism, we are going to need adult programs for job training, mentoring, dayhab, EVERYthing tailored to autism.

A local program that I will call Durmstrang Special Needs Program was stymied by my daughter's minor behaviors.  I mean what on earth would they do with a young woman who sits DOWN on the floor and will not get UP when told under stress?" Imaging the horror!  How could they possibly manage having to come up with coping strategies and a behavior plan to assist her in this huge transition. How about doing your job as a special needs center that claims to include autism with the $49,000 the State of Connecticut was ready to spend with you? 

I know for a fact they have already tossed one young man with autism for his behavior.   "I see no indication that Mia can work within a group," said the director to my team. Ouch.  It's true, Mia had a behavior this year. The Sit In. 

Programs want the shiny, happy disabled!  (You know I mean no disrespect to my friends who have kids with other serious diagnoses so don't snark on me.)  The "Mayor" (this is how Skittletini one young man was described to me at the Durmstrang Special Needs Program) who can speak and smiles at you and maybe stands a bit too close but is a social delight. Heck, I loved the guy when I met him.  I only wish Mia had his social ability. Alas, autism is not the Mayor. Autism might not look at you at all, let alone smile. But autism hears you, sees your judgemental looks. Autism, like KMart, sucks to many programs.

Oh yeah, even among misfits we're misfits! Cue the elf song and let's build some toys.

Check out every program in  your area where you think your child might be headed by the time your your child is in 10th grade. And then spend the next years working with your school team to prepare your child.

More later. Mia starts her program Friday or early next week. I'll keep you posted.

Pass the Skittletini.... make it a double. Wait, make that a triple. Gianna and Bella are next.

NOTE: I encourage you to read this book by my friend Susan Senator - from Skyhorse Publishing - Autism Adulthoodfor ideas on how other families are tackling adulthood for kids at all ranges of the spectrum and with stories from adults who themselves are on the spectrum. Autism Adulthood by Susan Senator

Kim Stagliano is a never-you-mind year old woman with three children on the autism spectrum. She is high functioning in many areas, although many routine tasks of daily living continue to elude her including: privacy within her own home, lack of constant worrying, cash flow competency and the ability to plan her future. She continues to qualify for services. Kim Stagliano is also Managing Editor for Age of Autism.


Dachel Wake Up: Assassination, Autism, Donald Trump

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Last week the story about a British young man in America who was allegedly planning to kill Donald Trump got a lot of coverage in the UK. He also has autism.

June 21, UK Guardian: British man held in Trump assassination attempt was 'nice guy', neighbours say

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A Father’s Quest - Gardasil Vaccine

GardasilBy Cathy Jameson

About a year ago, I chimed in on an online conversation.  A man, who I assumed had a daughter because of the type of questions he was asking, was curious about vaccines.  He was specifically curious about the HPV vaccine.  He was especially curious if there were any risk factors associated with it.

Like all vaccines on the CDC’s schedule, the HPV vaccine does come with risks.  Despite referencing that fact right from the CDC’s website, I, as well as a few other parents, were unable to fully convince this fellow that the HPV vaccine wasn’t all that great.  Of course, it’s not our job to convince anyone to do anything, especially when it comes to making personal health care choices, but since this fellow was asking for further information, several of us took the opportunity to tell him what we knew. 

Statistics from current data with references—many from mainstream sources – was shared.  From the tone of the dialogue, it seemed like that information was appreciated.  As far as online vaccine conversations go, I thought it was a great conversation.  

He asked more questions.  We supplied more answers.  For awhile there, it felt like this guy was hanging onto our every word.  He did that until some of us started to add personal information. 

In the past, personal experience is inevitably woven into these sorts of conversations, and why wouldn’t it?  Vaccine statistics are based on vaccines administered to everyday folk and their kids, but when some parents start sharing their firsthand observations about vaccines, including how our own typically healthy children ended up with documented medical issues post-vaccination, some people stop listening.  The beginning of the conversation may have gotten off to a good start, but could tell it was starting to change.  This guy had just about had his fill of our input. 

I couldn’t blame him. 

I know how far-fetched some of our stories sound – healthy child turns chronically sickly, or begins to lose skills, or goes from typically developing to having autism-like symptoms with the only change in routine being a “routine” round of vaccines.  Believe me, I was an unbeliever when I heard those kinds of stories, too!  The more hard-to-believe personal stories and reasons that were offered as to why parents like us were now vaccine hesitant, the less he listened.  I wasn’t surprised that this guy, like other parents who are desperate for more information, began to turn us off soon after. 

He, like lots of other people who begin to question vaccines, wanted only the “good” statistics.  He wanted to get his hands on only unbiased scientific-based articles that focused on just the benefits and not on negatives that sadly do exist.  I wanted to tell him, Good luck with finding all of that, buddy! but took a step back from the conversation for a few minutes instead. 

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The Age of Polio: Explosion. Part 9

 

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Read Part 8,  76, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.

By Dan Olmsted

Our story so far: The great Northeast polio epidemic was first reported 100 years ago this month, ushering in the Age of Polio that afflicted increasing swaths of the globe. This series proposes a new theory for when and where and why the virus exploded; the theory, if correct, has implications for modern disorders and diseases as seemingly dissimilar as autism and EV-68. So far we’ve dug into clues from Brooklyn, where the first cases occurred: clusters near the waterfront docks and Coney Island and Rockaway beaches; an association with certain foods -- ice cream, candy, baked goods -- that public health officials discounted. Now we've traveled to Hawaii, where the first sugarcane crop treated with arsenic was heading toward harvest in late 1915. That crop that would reach the East Coast in early 1916, just before the first polio cases in Brooklyn, the sugar refining capital of the world.

Things were finally looking up for the Olaa Plantation. C. F. Eckart, the new manager brought on to raise output and reduce costs for the troubled enterprise, was reaping the rewards of his bold experiment to kill the plantation’s runaway weeds with arsenic. The newspapers were full of plaudits.

“Olaa Shows Remarkable Improvement,” the trade journal Louisana Planter and Sugar Manufacturer reported in September 1915. “The two years administration of the affairs of the Olaa Sugar Company on the island of Hawaii by Mr. C.F. Eckart, the former director of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Experiment Station, have been marked by increases in yields and lowering of costs beyond the most sanguine hope of stockholders. The improvements have been general and while particularly noticeable in the data on crops, are, nevertheless, in evidence in the handling of labor and other activities of the company.” Although not mentioned, the arsenic treatment must have worked.

On February 9, 1916, Eckart was quoted in the Hawaiian Gazette as saying that “the harvesting of this crop commenced on December 7, 1914, and completed on November 25, 1915. An unusually early start to the grinding season [at the mill] was considered advisable owing to the increased output of sugar expected. … Altogther 283,116 tons were harvested, yielding 32,308.22 tons of sugar.” Even the price of sugar was cooperating. He told the press:


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On February 25, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin was effusive: “Cost of Producing Ton of Olaa Cane Cut Almost 50 Percent.” And it looked like the good fortune would continue. On May 19, 1916, the Hawaiian Gazette reported, “Olaa Sugar Company to Pay First Dividend. This Year’s Crop [for 1917 delivery] Probably Last One To Run Under 30,000 Tons; Yield Per Acre Grows.” Eckart outlined expansive plans to increase the size of the mill, add more railroad equipment, even buy 20 more mules – a total cost of $150,000. Once more, no mention of arsenic's role.

“War prices for sugar, good management, a constructive policy on the part of agents and directors, and a dogged determination to win have brought this great property through to this successful issue,” the paper said. (Along with arsenic, which again went unmentioned.) Eckart was the toast of the planter’s world. But not for long.

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VaXxed Becomes a Cautionary Tale Of Vaccine Injury for All Americans to Hear

Alarm warningBy Anne Dachel

Vaxxed” is being shown in theaters across the U.S. and in Canada. It will soon go international. Thousands and thousands of ordinary people are learning about the complete lack of safety standards and the corrupt practices at our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Countless parents of vaccine injured children who have suffered in silence now have a film that proves what happened in their family is real.

 “Vaxxed” producer Polly Tommey has been conducting interviews at these screenings. She herself is the mother of a 20 year old son with severe autism. I asked her how meeting all these parents of vaccine injured children has affected her.

From Calgary Canada, here was her response.



“I started traveling with Andy and Del on the 1st of April and we’ve been pretty much going full blast till now. …For the nineteen years that I’ve been doing this with the [Autism File] magazine, talking about my son’s injury, attending conferences, talking to other parents around the world, forming the [Autism] Media Channel with Andy Wakefield, filming families—NOTHING, NOTHING has prepared me for the American people out there with the extent of vaccine injury.

“I had no idea about the military. The military situation in America is a disaster. It is inhumane. It is horrific, barbaric. There are no other words for what is going on in the military. We’re seeing damage, after damage, after damage. Young, beautiful kids want to fight for America, unable to get out, being used as human pin cushions. Horrific stories coming from there.

“The amount of dead babies… We’re speaking to parents, they tell us, mainly from DTaP, that they were told by the doctor, if they didn’t get the DTaP, then they were the worst parents in the world, and their children would die—And these children did die, from the DTaP. And the parents have no voice because their child died. There’s no society for them to have a voice. Children that have died later on, adults that  have died, flu vaccine, horrific stories coming in from the Gardasil, and babies that that have died because they were given far too many flu vaccines at a young age.

“It is non-stop. And every single story—every single story has the same thing: A pediatrician, a doctor, or a nurse had bullied them into having these vaccines. None of these people are anti-vaccine, just like I wasn’t. I was pro-vaccine…

“There [are] no words to explain what has happened to the American people with the vaccine injuries. So I will keep touring for as long as I can, and filming every single family that I can, and bring to you what is going on in America with the devastation of vaccine injury. It’s real. It’s real.”

PARENTS AT “VAXXED”

https://www.facebook.com/VaxXed/videos/708666562609719/?pnref=story

Mother:

“I had a beautiful baby boy… He was very healthy. He started rolling over at a very young age. He was very advanced, saying ‘mama’ at six months old…

“And then about his 15 month vaccinations, he had seven shots.  We went home. That night he started screaming …and I couldn’t get him to stop.  …I called his pediatrician, and she said, ‘Oh, it’s normal. It’s just a vaccine reaction. He’s going to be fine.’

“But he screamed all through the night. He had explosive diarrhea…. And the next morning, he was really limp and not responding well to me like he normally had. …

“We took him down to the emergency room. They said, ‘Oh, it’s just a vaccine reaction; he’ll be fine.’ At first they didn’t want to agree with that, but his pediatrician had already said that that was what they thought it was.

“And he kept losing all his skills, and by the time that he hit two, he had no words, he kept falling all the time. He’d spend up to six hours a day screaming and rocking back and forth. He didn’t acknowledge me or his dad anymore.

“And now he’s nine and we use…Generation Rescue, and he’s gotten a lot better.  But he still can’t go to school. He can’t talk. He doesn’t know who anybody is.  …

“I hope that parents really start researching vaccination and what it can do to their baby. Because it’s not how it can affect me that I’m so upset, but that it stole his life, it stole his future, it stole my beautiful child. And there’s nothing I can do now except tell parents, please research. Please ask the questions, please don’t just listen to your doctor. Please go watch ‘Vaxxed.’ Talk to doctors that are against vaccines, see what they’re talking about. And save your baby because it’s too late for mine.”

https://www.facebook.com/VaxXed/videos/709060425903666/?pnref=story

Calgary mother:

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London Film Premiere June 25th: Man Made Epidemic

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We are happy to announce that the world premiere of “Man Made Epidemic” will take place at the Curzon Soho at 12:30.  Visit the Man Made Epidemic film website here.

Doors open at 12:15. If you would like to buy tickets, please write an email to : info@man-made-epidemic.com

A Q&A will take place after the screeening from 14:00 – 15:00.  Adress Curzon Soho: 99 Shaftsbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY.

We hope you will all be able to make it! Your Man made epidemic team

Filmmaker Natalie Beer sets off on a journey around the world speaking to leading doctors, scientists and families to find out the truth about the autism epidemic and whether or not vaccines have a role to play.

The film explores the common misconception that autism is solely genetic and looks into scientists concerns over recent years about environmental factors such as medication and pesticides which continue to leave our children with physical and neurological damage.


JB Handley Talks Vax Safety on Medium.com

JbPORTLAND, Oregon — First, a disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, and the final decision about vaccinating your child should take place between you and your healthcare provider. I’m not giving you medical advice; I’m stating my opinion.

I am a dad. And, I write this without benefitting in anyway from what is said here. I have no book to peddle, no profits to protect, and there’s no doubt that writing this will result in some amount of hate directed in my general direction for challenging a popular narrative that vaccines are only safe and effective and should be administered the same way to all children without consideration for the unique biology of each and every child. So be it.

About the title

How could this be the only vaccine guide you’ll ever need? Like the old adage about teaching someone to fish, I believe my words will help you to do two things that can put you in control of the vaccine decision for your child and family:

  1. Do your own research. Understand the risks and benefits of everything you are putting into your child.
 

Every single person is different. There is no part of medicine where “one size fits all” is a good idea.

If you understand the harm vaccines can cause in some children and the benefits they provide, you won’t be intimidated by any pressure or judgment being placed on you by others.

2. Find a healthcare provider who doesn’t believe “one size fits all” when it comes to vaccines

The relationship between you and a doctor when it comes to vaccines is critical. There is a lot of shame and intimidation used in the healthcare profession to goad parents into vaccinating. This is wrong on so many levels, and there are also many healthcare providers who don’t believe one size fits all, who do believe every child is different, and who work with parents to provide the best plan for each child. Find that doctor. (And if someone shames you or tries to coerce you, run away fast!) They exist in every region of the country — network with parents until you find one. They might be a naturopath, a D.O., or a chiropractor, just find one!

 

That was easy, right? Do those two things (your own research, find a great healthcare provider) and you will be in great shape.

So you know, I did neither of those things when I had young kids in the early 2000s. I did no research. I went with the local pediatrician everyone else seemed to use. I regret those choices deeply, which is why I’m writing this to you right now*.

(*like tens of thousands of other American parents, I watched my son decline into Autism after following the vaccine schedule perfectly.)

I’m going to do 2 more things with this post to hopefully get you on your way to a better understanding of vaccines:

  1. I’ll share with you ten truths about vaccinations that most people — and especially new parents — don’t typically know
  2. I will go through every vaccine currently recommended for American children by the CDC and give you my opinion on their risk vs. benefit

Ten truths about vaccines most people don’t know

Read more at Medium.com


ER Doc and MedWife on VaXxed after Seattle Showing

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By Anne Dachel

First of all, let me say that due to the crowd scene following the screening of "Vaxxed" in Seattle, no one got the name of this doctor who was interviewed by Polly Tommey.  (And if anyone knows who this man is, please let me know.)

Both the doctor and his wife are obviously well-informed on vaccine safety issues. Not only that, he's willing to stand up for his beliefs. He's an ER doctor who refused the mandated flu vaccine. He also refused to wear a mask in lieu of being vaccinated.

https://www.facebook.com/VaxXed/videos/707164376093271/?pnref=story

This is a rare physician—one who is willing to take on the medical community when it comes to mandated vaccinations.  He and his wife have educated themselves on the risks associated with vaccines.

When asked about other doctors who refuse vaccines he said, "There are some that do that, most of them just fall in line with the rest of the herd. …I don’t do that anymore. I won’t do it. I told them they either have to fire me or find another job somewhere because I’m not going to wear a mask, first of all, second, I’m not going to get a vaccine.”

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Donate Gently Worn & Used Items to the Health Choice eBay Store

Savvy shopperHi, Kim here. If you follow me on FB you know that I find lots of clothing bargains on eBay.  But did you know that you can donate your items to stock an eBay store that then helps fund a great cause or organization?  Many of us on the AofA team are part of the American Citizens for Health Choice group.

The American Citizens for Health Choice eBay store is up and now they need your help! Health Choice is a non-profit organization focusing on awareness of health choices, education on nutrition, healing, and prevention of chronic illnesses for children and adults.

Check out the store here.

The basic idea is simple: we all donate stuff we don’t need, Health Choice puts it up on the eBay store, all proceeds from the purchases go to support Health Choice and the donors get a tax write-off.   No bidding involved - everyone wins!

Our store needs Summer/Fall inventory!  Clothing, household items, memorabilia and more.

We will send you a tax receipt for your shipping cost and estimated Health Choice Squarevalue of the items.  Right now most of the items are we have are dresses, jewelry and shoes but we can list anything.  All items need to be clean and in good to excellent condition.

Here is the shipping address:

Vibrant Technologies
6031 Culligan Way
Minnetonka MN 55345

Att: Health Choice

Thank you!


A Special Tax Deductible Fundraising Appeal From Age of Autism

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We promote calls to action from all around the autism advocacy world, offer new information about the microbiome from Teresa Conrick, expose the latest outrages from the IACC by Katie Wright, bring news of the UK from John Stone, distill the latest media coverage with Anne Dachel, share Natalie Palumbo’s sibling perspective, and chronicle Kim’s saga of raising three girls with autism who are starting to “age out.”

Plus there's Cat Jameson's Sunday column, Tim Welsh's power tweets, Kent Heckenlively’s legal perspective, Dan Burns' literary touch, my own weekly column and ongoing investigations, and – as they say – so much more. We've published over 6,000 posts and 130,000 reader comments. A whole genre of books speaking up for victims of vaccine injury has spun off from AOA, and more are coming.

 When I type “vaccines and autism” into Google, we are usually in the top 10 hits, and we are most often alone as a voice for vaccine safety and autism advocacy. I can’t count the number of people who see us as a lifeline and oasis, who say we have helped them make an informed decision, or helped them find their way to autism groups that can really help. We just redesigned our site to be even more accessible, inviting, and compatible with mobile platforms.

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Pesticides, The Microbiome and Autism

Microbiome7By Teresa Conrick

If you have been following the research over the past decade, AUTISM has been skyrocketing with a male preponderance of approximately 4 males to every 1 female diagnosed. Many in the trenches of research have been making strides in showing that TOXINS seem to affect males at a higher rate .  A new study on the MICROBIOME shows that a well known Pesticide, the Organophosphate, Diazinon , which has been around for YEARS can damage the bacteria of the Microbiome.

This Significant For AUTISM?  

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The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences published a report this week linking prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides with a higher risk of autism. The study found that children whose mothers lived within a mile of fields treated with an organophosphate pesticide during their pregnancy were 60% more likely to develop autism spectrum disorders than children whose mothers did not live near treated fields.

Pesticides are not only in the air and soil but of course in the foods bought at stores. This research may be a good yet scary glimpse of how a toxin can cause damage to the Microbiome.  Children are small, infants smaller and a fetus.... so vulnerable. They are all exposed numerous times to environmental toxins and research keeps showing that these chemicals can do harm. The research done on the effects of vaccination on the BRAIN and the Microbiome are limited as it is a controversial topic . It is not hard to see that the same mechanisms can be at play when a vaccine, a toxin, or a poison damages the Microbiome, which we now know to be KEY in the development of the immune system and the brain.

Gender-Specific Effects of Organophosphate Diazinon on the Gut Microbiome and Its Metabolic Functions                                                                    

Some pertinent highlights for Autism:

■     There is growing recognition of the significance of the gut microbiome to human health, and the association between a perturbed gut microbiome with human diseases has been established. 

■     The wide agricultural use of diazinon, an organophosphate insecticide, has raised serious environmental health concerns since it is a potent neurotoxicant.

■     With studies demonstrating the presence of a microbiome-gut-brain axis, it is possible that gut microbiome perturbation may also contribute to diazinon toxicity. 

■     Diazinon exposure perturbed the gut microbiome community structure, functional metagenome, and associated metabolic profiles in a gender-specific manner. 

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Dachel Wake Up: Autism Merits Special "Quiet" Shopping Hours

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Get used to autism. Get used to kids everywhere being on the spectrum, having sensory issues, and needing special accommodations. We have to learn to live with more and more children with developmental problems, labeled non-verbal, prone to having meltdowns when the stress gets to be too much. In a few more years we won't remember a world when autism wasn't just a fact of life. The Sensitive Santa at the local mall at Christmas, the autism friendly story time at the local library, the special movie showings for ASD kids with reduced lighting and sound are just the beginning. Changes will have to be made to provide for all these people because we're not going to do anything to stop more and more children from ending up with autism.

Someone posted this story from last month from the UK Independent on my Face Book:

May 9, 2016, Asda held a 'quiet hour' for autistic shoppers – now other shops are doing the same

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Book Review - "Master Manipulator" - By James Ottar Grundvig

Master Manipulator COVERBy Kent Heckenlively, J.D.

I wanted to spend some time praising James Ottar Grundvig's wonderful new book, "Master Manipulator: The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement, and Government Betrayal at the CDC" because I think it is something unique in the canon of autism literature. (Read more at Amazon and if you've read the book, please leave a review.)

We have had the personal stories of families dealing with autism, and we have had some fine books dealing with various medical and scientific issues, but we haven't really had a book which examines at length the political culture in which this epidemic has been allowed to happen.  Many of you are aware of Poul Thorsen, the Danish researcher who worked for the CDC and is now a federal fugitive for embezzling more than a million dollars to generate studies exonerating vaccines from causing autism.  But what you don't know is how that happened behind the scenes at the CDC.

The Thorsen depicted in this book is certainly an intelligent man, figuring out how to data-mine a rich vein of medical information in the Danish health registry.  But there is also something else in Thorsen's personality, a need to ingratiate himself to powerful patrons, and give them what they want.  It is not an uncommon failing, and may be something particularly American.   Grundvig makes the argument that more than anything else, Thorsen wanted to make it big in America, and saw pleasing his superiors at the CDC as just the way to do it.  And he also wanted to live large, buying a limited edition Harley, Audi Quattro, Honda SUV, as well as a half-million dollar home in a tony suburb of Atlanta.  That money should have been spent doing honest autism research.

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INOCULATED: How Science Lost Its Soul in Autism

Type WriterBy Kent Heckenlively, J.D.

About ten months ago I started writing a new book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost Its Soul in Autism, which would utilize the CDC whistleblower story as a way to review the corruption in science regarding vaccines and autism.  I knew Andy Wakefield was working on his documentary, and when I interviewed him for this book he mentioned it, but in my wildest dreams I never imagined VAXXED would explode onto the scene the way it has.  I have been writing furiously to make sure that story is included as well.

In the meantime, I got a powerhouse agent, Johanna Maaghoul of the Waterside Literary Agency, the world's #1 agency for New York Times non-fiction bestsellers.  Johanna has been taking the book around to publishing companies, getting some positive interest, but they are absolutely terrified of the subject.  Publishing companies like to sell books, so that's where you come in.  I want you to read the chapter outline and if this is a book you would like to buy, leave a comment to that effect.  How's that for simple?  That way when my agent is talking to a publisher she can say something like, "Five hundred and seventy two people said they would buy this book immediately!"  Thanks in advance for your comments.

Chapter Outline

Chapter One: The Call – Dr. Brian Hooker, a university biology professor was working in his office when he got a call from a senior Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist, Dr. William Thompson. The two worked together years earlier when parent groups were clamoring for the CDC to conduct research into vaccines and autism. Thompson reveals that the CDC found such evidence, but covered it up. Thompson had retained these documents and eventually turned them over to Congressman William Posey. The most explosive of these allegations is that earlier administration of the MMR vaccine is causing a 3.36-fold increase in autism among African-American males. With Thompson’s guidance, Hooker publishes this information in the summer of 2014.

Chapter Two: The Insanely Good Soul of Dr. Andrew Wakefield – British researcher, Dr. Andrew Wakefield first published his findings suggesting the MMR vaccine was linked to autism in The Lancet in 1997, even going so far as to share these results with the CDC prior to publication. In the ensuing years, Wakefield was subjected to unbelievable persecution and his name was vilified throughout the world. Hooker brings the Thompson documents to Wakefield’s attention. Hooker also initiates contact between Thompson and Wakefield, with Thompson apologizing for participating in the cover-up of research that would have vindicated Wakefield’s research. Wakefield accepts Thompson’s apology.

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Dan Olmsted: My Father’s Book

Happy Father's Day TypewriterSeventy-five years ago, my father, Robert Olmsted, finished a book – a labor of love, really, on the influential architect Louis Sullivan and Sullivan’s writings not on architecture, but democracy. Today, I'm publishing for the first time the opening of that book (here.) Let's hear it for the World Wide Web!

A bit of background is in order. My father was 47 when I was born in 1952, and he died at 66 in 1971 (just two years older than I turned Friday -- too young). I missed a good deal of his life, with divorce and distance a further complication. I only knew second-hand, especially from my sister Rosie, that before I was born he spent long hours up in the garret (yes, a real garret) of their house in Danville, Illinois, creating this work. He would have been in his 30s.

It was never published, and everyone believed the manuscript was lost. 

It was not lost, only spectacularly mislaid.  After my mother's sister died, her children were going through the attic and found a manila envelope with –-behold! --the loose-leaf, typewritten pages of the "Louis Sullivan book." My cousin Trevett handed it to me, and I must say that for some while, I thumbed the pages but didn’t really read it. I had no idea what I would find. What if it was awful or misguided or as dated as the typewriter it was written on, at least by my lights? Well, it wasn't.

Introduction

The mammoth Auditorium building in Chicago may have been demolished by the time these words are in print. If the Auditorium is razed, one of the monumental proofs of Louis Sullivan's genius will have submitted to the hand of Time. But Sullivan's legacy to the world is more lasting than stone or steel.

That opening still feels fresh and powerful, at least to me. A lot was at stake -- an architectural masterpiece  might bite the dust. The building's description -- "mammoth" for size, "monumental" for significance -- was a nice variation, especially since "monumental" worked in both senses.The introduction unfolded in the same way, a brief, well-crafted intellectual biography of Sullivan -- and therefore of my father as well. 

Seventeen years after Louis Sullivan's death he is still primarily known as an architect.  Yet those persons who were close to Sullivan during his lifetime all attest that to know him as an architect, as a giant creator-builder -- to use Sheldon Cheney's phrase -- is to know only half the man. Great as was his contribution to architecture, Louis Sullivan, the poet-philosopher, the artist-writer, the teacher, the prophet of democracy, the personality, stands far above the buildings or the theories of architecture he left to the world. If there remains any doubt about this evaluation this book is offered as conclusive evidence.

Yet this was not hagiography. Sullivan's career cascaded into darkness; he ended up alone. He suffered the fate of someone far ahead of the times. But my father was passionate about the point he wanted to make: Sullivan’s philosophy shaped his buildings. Ideas mattered most. And so did the individual. Form followed function -- a term Sullivan coined.

Sullivan's faith was in the democratic idea, a belief in the soundness and kindness of the common, the normal man -- the multitudes. Here was a faith on which to build a genuine optimism; here was a substantial support reaching down to bedrock. America pointed to her steel production; Sullivan looked at the spiritual vitality of the nation as an index of national well-being.

I just love that. I'd call it prairie progressivism, a Midwestern, land-of-Lincoln fanfare for the common man. It's in my bones as well, as readers who care about such things will know. It was an affirmation of, an appeal to, our better angels, as Lincoln had it. 

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Happy Father's Day from an Autism Dad Who Says: "I Am the Luckiest"

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By Charles (Chuck) Hancock

I'm back.  I knew I would be.  Just did not know when; or why.  Well, I think I now know.

My previous, and only, submission to Age of Autism was posted here almost five years ago, in August 2011

At that time I briefly spoke of the progress that my son, Charlie, then nearing the age of six, was making on his autism spectrum disorder "journey."  Yes, journey.  Though not in my mind envisioning a cool adventure-like trip, junket, road trip, or expedition.  No, this one more like a slog. Back in 2011 Charlie was working with ABA-BCBA (Applied Behavioral Analyst-Board Certified Behavioral Analyst) professionals on a regular basis, and was in receipt of biomedical treatment under the medical guidance of a DAN ("Defeat Autism Now") doctor.  He also was just beginning to talk.  In semi-sentences anyway.    Charlie has had a ball the past three years surfing with the amazing group from Surfers Healing the past three years.  He gets a medal each year, tells people he was the "champion surfer."  Such a joy for all the families involved.  The range of emotions is awe inspiring.  Wait listed this year; fingers crossed.  

I wrote in 2011 that Charlie, then about to enter kindergarten, had come a "long way."  Specifically, at Chuck Charlie 1that time, both verbally and socially.  I also wrote "No doubt about it, his autism will be cured." Well, the point of this submission is not to offer a proclamation of such an occurrance; though Charlie, who just days ago concluded the 4th grade, has certainly made some pretty significant progress since 2011.

Here, now, I just want to ramble on a bit about inspiration, and love.  And also fear.  About life I suppose.

A lot has happened since August 2011.  I got divorced. I donated stem cells to my brother.  I witnessed the passing of a dear friend, a fraternity brother.  He had valiantly, and with uncompromising grace, fought amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), aka, Lou Gehrig's disease. Another fraternity brother, amazingly, is now battling this same dreadful disease.  I was subjected to a level of stress, brought about by a circumstance not here to be discussed, which I would not wish on anyone.  

What essentially motivated me to write this at this time is the fact that it is Father's Day.  Charlie is my only child.  My pride and joy.  My hero.  And my Mom's only grandson.

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The Age of Polio: Explosion. Part 8.

 

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By Dan Olmsted

Our story so far: The great Northeast polio epidemic was first reported 100 years ago yesterday – June 17, 1916 -- ushering in the Age of Polio that afflicted increasing swaths of the globe. In New York City alone, 2,343 died, almost all children, putting the toll on a par with the 2,753 who died on 9.11. This series proposes a new theory for when and where and why the virus exploded; the theory, if correct, has implications for modern disorders and diseases as seemingly dissimilar as autism and EV-68. So far we’ve dug into misunderstood and undervalued clues from Brooklyn, where the first cases occurred -- the clusters near the waterfront docks and the beach boardwalk of Coney Island; the repeated association with certain foods; the tendency of “experts” to laugh off the observations of ordinary people, the latter a detriment to discovery to this day. Now we’ve taken a sharp left turn and traveled to Hawaii, where the new manager of a troubled sugar plantation is desperately looking to cut costs and increase yield. Last week, we watched as he experimented for the first time with arsenic to kill the weeds that grew wildly in the rain-soaked sugarcane fields.

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Spraying arsenic around food doesn’t seem like a very good idea to me, but if you read the scientific literature of the time, you start to think it's like sprinkling a little parmesan on your spaghetti. I was about ready to try a spoonful myself (you could do that too for many years – it was called Fowler’s Solution!). So I reached out on AOA to find someone familiar with toxicology to give me a more modern understanding. A reader with an advanced degree in environmental toxicology got in touch and proved to be terrific. I gave her all the information I had about the use of arsenic on the plantation and she gave me her feedback over several exchanges.

She displayed the straightforward and careful approach that I associate with good science, and I’m going to share what she said pretty much verbatim – saving some for later when it’s more appropriate. My interest was whether enough arsenic could have made it from Olaa’s cane fields through the harvesting and milling and refining processes to become a potential factor in the 1916 epidemic. I sensed she would tell me if this seemed like a crazy idea, so I waited with more than usual interest for her e-mail to pop up in my inbox. It read:

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Hi Dan – I would not discount the presence of arsenic (used as a pesticide) in the sugar.  Here are some thoughts on what you sent me:

-- Just as background, arsenic is sometimes a metal and at other times a metalloid.  This property makes it very versatile in the forms it can take – arsenic can form a number of different compounds.

-- Arsenic is an immune suppressant as are heavy metals in general.  Arsenic binds to sulfur compounds and impairs enzymes; it also competes with phosphate, which is needed to synthesize ATP to produce energy.

-- Arsenic does act quickly, and a child would get a disproportionately large dose from a “regular” serving of whatever sugary food was eaten, so arsenic could act relatively quickly to suppress a child's immune system.

-- Regarding the formulation of the arsenic spray in Hawaii:  What they were doing with the caustic soda (NaOH) and heat is making white arsenic more water-soluble, so that it would remain in solution – i.e. spray easily and not settle out.  That would increase its utility as a pesticide by improving its “flow” and its “shelf life.”

I don’t have any idea what spraying equipment looked like in 1916 but even today it’s difficult to hit only the weeds and not the crop with pesticide spray.  (I shudder to think of the occupational exposure.)  Moreover since the arsenic pesticide was highly water soluble it would have been carried into the soil and been available for uptake by the roots of any plant that was nearby.  So yes the sugar cane could have been contaminated by inorganic arsenic.  I need to do a little reading on arsenic uptake in plants to understand this better.  It’s kind of the opposite of using plants to clean a Super Fund site:  in that case the plants are destroyed after binding heavy metals in the soil, while here the plants were refined into food.

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How helpful was that! I replied:

Thanks so much.

-- Here's a link to a discussion of the spraying technology at olaa.

-- Here is a discussion of the effect of arsenic on the soil in Hawaii

 -- I've found various and quite different discussions of whether sugarcane takes up arsenic. There was a study around 1933 in Hawaii that said a field on which arsenic was used had no more arsenic in the plant than a field that was arsenic-free. But I've also read about how rice -- which has a major arsenic-uptake problem -- and sugarcane are two of the major plants that take up silicon in large amounts. In the case of rice, the silicon transporters mistake arsenic for silicon and take it up.  I have no idea if that could happen to sugarcane. 

-- Here is an article that suggests quite a bit of arsenic was taken up in sugarcane in Brazil

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Her response:

Hi Dan – I have done a little more reading on arsenic and here are further thoughts (four journal articles attached).

  1.  The form in which arsenic was sprayed onto weeds is highly bioavailable to plants, which is why it kills weeds so fast (in 1-2 days).  It’s also highly bioavailable to humans.  I would have to believe that at least a small amount of arsenite sprayed onto weeds would have made contact with the proximate sugar cane.  In addition, the “splashing” effect of rain would have carried some arsenite from surface soil onto surrounding plants including the nearby sugar cane. That arsenite could have been taken up by the cane.  
  1.  The paper from the USDA assumes that the arsenite was washed out of the soil, and that may very well be correct given the hilly terrain and porosity of the soil.  But that takes a little bit of time, so the arsenite is available to the cane roots for some brief period of time (a week? a month? three months?  I don’t know).  Also the plants down the hill would be exposed to arsenic migrating from uphill so there’s a “gradient” effect.  
  1.  The killed weeds were left in place to decay, which would have caused the arsenic in their tissues to be recirculated back into the soil.  That becomes a “secondary” source of arsenic exposure, which would have been available to the sugar cane roots.  This variable was not included in the USDA paper on the fate of arsenic in Hawaii soil:  it assumed the only source of arsenic was the original spray.
  1.  The Brazilian researchers found that sugarcane does take up arsenic into its tissues and that more is found in the cane than in the leaves.  So it is entirely reasonable to assume that arsenic was assimilated by the sugar cane and made it into the raw sugar.

Regarding the growing season:  Hawaii is largely a year-round growing season, right?  So the arsenic weed-killer would have been applied at regular intervals throughout the year.  Cane is fast-growing so it would take up water and minerals in the soil at a rapid rate.  The cane was taking up arsenic, but it also seemed to be growing normally (no mention of it being stunted or having small leaves, etc.) so the amount present wasn’t enough to interfere with growth.  However the refining process would concentrate that type of small contaminant.

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Well, this is quite educational, wouldn’t you agree?

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March Against Monsanto Founder Tami Canal with Del Bigtree of VaXxed

Del at Chaffetz
NOTE: Thanks to attendee Levi Quackenboss for blogging about this meeting at the Quackenboss site:

I wasn’t going to write this blog until next week but my flight landed and clearly all of you are standing by to hear how today went, so I am sitting down the minute I walked into my house to update you.

This is going to be quick and dirty because it’s late and I haven’t slept after flying into and out of DC today and yesterday.  The background is that a few months ago I approached Tami Canal, the founder of March Against Monsanto (MAM), to strike a deal: if I gave her the link to watch Vaxxed before just about anyone else in the country, she would write a review of it and promote it on Facebook. Because of an incoming link to my blog earlier in the year I realized her position on vaccines for the first time– and the fact that the anti-GMO group isn’t united with the vaccine freedom group boggled my mind.  We’ve got to get it together. Long story short, she accepted.  Vaxxed lit a fire in her and I put her in contact with people who advocate on the federal level.  As kismet would have it, Tami is a constituent of Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR)– the committee charged with investigating the CDC Whistleblower hot potato. Because MAM has over a million followers, she was able to get a meeting with her Congressman and a half dozen of us convened in Representative Chaffetz’s office this afternoon without him knowing who was coming. Surprise! We brought Del Bigtree, one of the producers of Vaxxed, with us.  Read more at Levi's site:

Here's a video of Del Bigtree of VaXxed with March Against Monsanto founder Tami Canal.  Del speaks about the disconnect among many liberals and progressives:  they can see the duplicity, lying and corporate greed in Monsanto and our food supply and American health but have not opened their eyes to the parallel world of pharma, government interference and vaccine injury. Below is a video from Facebook live of Del at Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz's office to call for a subpeona of Dr. William Thompson and hearings on the CDC whistle blower.  Thank you to Del, as ever.

EMAIL TODAY ~ reporttoogr@mail.house.gov

Please email them, The Oversight & Government Reform Committee (OGR), to subpoena Dr. William Thompson


Sluts and Nuts Strategy Failing!

Donny Osmond Tweet

Oh dear. One of the strategies used by pharma, govt, media, public health, trolls and skeptics has been called "Sluts and Nuts."  Females, especially beautiful blonde celebrity autism Moms,  who speak out against vaccination injury are labeled sluts.  Sluts are stoooopid and don't know anything about anything and should be silenced. Men who speak out are nuts. Stupid crazy dangerous nuts. All are discredited for one reason or another. Shamed. Ridiculed.

Donny Osmond is an American icon of wholesome family values.

Uh oh.

Thank you, Donny Osmond. For being a thoughtful consumer. You might be down by the lazy river, but you sure aren't lazy.



Sheila Lewis Ealey Speaks out about “Vaxxed” in Compton, California

Sheila Ealey

May 19, 2016, the Compton Herald, in Compton, California, published the piece, “Vaxxed: Smoking gun on autism in Black boys, others,” by Madlen Grgodjaian.

In the first paragraph Madlen Grgodjaian alleged that the CDC covered up a link between the MMR

Ron and Sheila Ealey
Ron and Sheila Ealey

vaccine and autism in African American boys. Almost all sources in the mainstream news that have bothered to mention the real story of “Vaxxed” carefully omit any mention of the racial aspect of this study. The Herald accurately described Andrew Wakefield’s work on his 12 patients in Britain who had regressive autism, again something you won’t find in national print and broadcast news. Grgodjaian even mentioned that Congressman Bill Posey had pleaded with members of the House to hold a hearing the CDC whistleblower.  

Ealey delivered an emotional and alarming speech on the decades of experimentation on African Americans by health officials, and the massive number of vaccine injured children today suffering under what she called “medical tyranny.”

Here is what Sheila said at the "Vaxxed" screening in Compton in May.

"I'd like to start by telling you a little history. In the 1800s, Dr. Merriam Sims thought so little of enslaved African women that he experimented on them. And he experimented on them without anesthesia, and some of our enslaved women had as many as thirty operational procedures. He became the father of what we know today as gynecology.  

“In the 1930s, the American government thought so little of our African American men that they went to Tuskegee and decided, instead of treating them for syphilis, they would experiment on them.  And that experiment  lasted until the 1960s. In 1960, Dr. Saenger decided that 88 African America individuals between the ages of 9 and 88 with cancer, lives were not worth two cents.  He quadrupled the dose of radiation, he burned them and he maimed them.  And that experiment lasted from 1960 to 1971.

“Well today, the American government, the CDC, has decided that my son’s life and the lives of others like him are not worth it. They knew what they were doing when they sent that shot in the dark to cause this to happen to my son.  But you see, here’s the difference: When you turn your face away from what’s happening in one community, then the greed decides then that it has no respect of person, race or nationality… and it trickles down to every other race of people.

So, now what we have is a holocaust. Our children are being maimed and they’re being killed, and you’ve got a government sitting in Washington, DC that doesn’t think enough to subpoena Dr. [William] Thompson, who came out and said what they [the CDC] were doing. So, what we have to do today is take back our communities, take back our children. And how do we do that? We walk out of the doctors’ offices, we decide no… we’re not going to take that shot [of vaccine] in the dark. We’ll take our children out of the school system, because the only thing they’ll understand is money. Education is not free. You pay taxes for it, and it’s  certainly not appropriate. Once this happens to your child, you can’t get services. You got to go fight for an independent educational program. You got to go fight for services. You got to fight with the insurance company. And they still stand there and say, your child is not worth it.

“Our children are our legacy, that’s all we have. And without our children, this country can’t stand. So take them out of the schools. Go into your churches and tell them to see this movie ‘Vaxxed.’ And then ask them to open the doors to the connection, the annex  building, and allow you to come in and educate your children so you can go to work. We know how to be a community, we know how to do it. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. During the Civil Rights Movement, that beautiful lady, Rosa Parks, she wasn’t the first to get arrested, but she was the last, because she was a tender, beautiful example of dignity. She was the weakest of them all, and we became enraged. And what did we do? We got off the bus!

“So I’m asking you to stand with us, stand with the Nation of Islam and get off the bus! We have to get off the bus!

“And let them have their schools, let them have their doctors.  Take back our children! …Take back our heritage and let’s stand together and do it. This is not about a white child or a black child or a Filipino child or a Hispanic child—This is about our children! All of our children! And if you think in 16 years we’re going to have one in two children that look like my son, that’s too much. That’s too big of a price to pay.

“I’m asking you to stand with us. Stand with the Nation of Islam. Stand with us as Christians, stand with us as agnostics, atheists. but stand on behave of our children….”

Sheila Lewis Ealey is the mother four and lives with her husband Ron in New Orleans. Her son Temple was taken to the doctor to be vaccinated along with his twin sister Lucinda, he was given a double dose of the MMR vaccine, along with the DTaP and HIB vaccines. The effect was immediate. By the next morning, he was not responsive. Within the next six months, Temple was diagnosed with severe autism disorder and later in 2008 with mitochondrial myopathy one. Her son's case was one of the 5,000 injury claims dismissed by the federal government.

Since that time, Sheila has been an advocate for informed consent and truth in the vaccination program.

She was educated in New Orleans' public schools and St. Mary's Dominican College and Loyola University. Currently, she is finishing a Masters in Education. Previously, she was a co-founder, director and curriculum developer for the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, a school for students with autism for the last 10 years. She is certified in different educational modalities and plans to pursue a doctorate in education beginning in September 2016. 

For more on Sheila Ealey, see Dan Olmsted' post  How Autism Happens: A Conversation With Sheila Ealey

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


Jacqueline and Chris Laurita to Attend Chicago Rescue Our Angels Fundraiser

Jac and ChrisFrom Generation Rescue:

We're excited to announce that Jacqueline and Chris Laurita will once again be joining us on Friday, June 24th for the 8th Annual Rescue Our Angels. 

One of the original ladies of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Jacqueline Laurita is a revered TV personality, mom, wife, philanthropist, and businesswoman. She is returning to the cast this year and the new season debuts on July 10th. Jacqueline is also the co-author of two books, Get It! A Beauty, Style and Wellness Guide To Getting Your 'It' Together, available now and Defy Expectations, coming this fall and written with her husband, Chris, on their struggles and successes while raising a child on the Autism Spectrum, with secrets to keeping their marriage strong.

A mother to Ashlee, 25, CJ, 14 and Nicholas, 7, Jacqueline is a Warrior Mom and has been a celebrity ambassador to several non-profit Autism organizations, since Nicholas was diagnosed. She regularly travels the country as a sought-after public speaker raising Autism awareness. Her mission is not only to help her youngest son reach his full potential, but to also help as many families as she can along the way. 

Jacqueline and Chris are amazing parents and we're so thankful that they will be supporting Rescue Our Angels again this year! Time is running out to get your tickets as sales end at midnight on June 20th. Please visit www.RescueOurAngels.com to buy your tickets or make a donation.


"I Am Alone Struggling With My Problem"

Midweek mashup
By Dan Olmsted

Hey everyone -- Still in search of a member of the American Psychiatric Association to make a request on my behalf; and I'm issuing a call for a virologist out there to contact me (olmsted.dan@gmail.com). I have some embarrassingly basic questions to ask. Meanwhile, my query for help with understanding arsenic -- sometimes a metal, sometimes a metalloid, among other tricky properties -- paid off, as you'll see Saturday.

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Sometimes our comment threads contain tales of such misery that they are hard to read. Like this one:

"I want to say that I have a 20 yr old Autistic son who has started to turn violent these past two years. He does not communicate at all! He used to use the bathroom in his pants, but now I take care of him fulltime as my job and have worked with him to sit and use it. For those who can't get a job because nobody will care for them while you work, in some states you can become a certified provider and get paid by the county to care for your disabled son, daughter, or family member. They need a waiver which can be difficult to get especially if they are under 18.

"I begged, cried, pleaded with the county to please push this waiver through because I was running out of resources and would have to give him up to the state because nobody could watch him while I worked. I have a 10 yr old typical developing daughter I have to support too and couldn't not work. I'm a single mother because I divorced their father three years ago, and he knew it would make my life more difficult by not helping me, hoping I would come back. Now, I believe his violent outbursts are due to him needing to use the bathroom. Maybe constipation, so I started giving him more fiber, and will sit him on the toilet until he has a bowel movement. This seems to calm him down once he has one.

"He has never went after anyone, but gets so upset that he screeches and rocks rapidly back and forth. I have to walk away sometimes for 5-10 min because it gets overwhelming. I hear comments all of the time about how it must be nice to get paid to watch your own son, but you walk a day in my shoes and see if you could handle it. Even for just an hour. I earn every damn penny of it, believe me. Some say he's my meal ticket because of this, but I'm not a lazy ass who lives off of welfare because I don't qualify for it and pay my own bills and go to school. I know I won't always be able to care for him, and need a backup plan. In ohio, the waiting list for a waiver is 2 yrs+.

"I didn't have that time to wait, so after all of the crying I did they put it through as an emergency waiver. Still, it took 6 months for all of the paperwork to go through. I thank God everyday for my mother who helped me. My parents told me they would help as much as they could once I got divorced. I just wanted to vent, and give information to people who has lost hope or almost there. I cry at least 3 days a week because of the stress, but I am strong and will get through this. Love to all parents/family who have a violent child/adult with autism because it takes special people to be able to live with a person with a disability."

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This is the reality for many as their severely affected children get older, even as the image of Asperger-style whiz kids takes root in our society. Here's one that's less horrific but I'm sure wears people down just as much.

"It took me almost 7 months and several conversations with 4 doctors just to get one of them to sign a tax form indicating that my son still has autism. Why? Because he hadn't had an appointment with any of them in quite some time. We would need to schedule one, on a wait list for months. I resigned myself to the fact that I would miss the tax deadline that year (silly me, thinking this exercise would be a 15 minute thing). It took some intervention from my own doctor's office to get this resolved.

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Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons: Combining Childhood Vaccines at One Visit Is Not Safe Neil Z. Miller

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Volume 21  Number 2  Summer 2016

ABSTRACT

Although health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claim that childhood vaccines are safe and recommend combining multiple vaccines during one visit, a review of data from the Vaccine Averse Event Reporting Sstem (VAERS) shows a dose-dependent association between the number of vaccines administered simultaneously and the likelihood of hospitalization or death for an adverse reaction.  Additionally, younger age at the time of the adverse reaction is associated with a higher risk of hospitalization or death

Read the full article here.


Anne Dachel Interviews Sheila Ealey on VaXxed The Movie

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By Anne Dachel

I recently talked with Sheila and recorded her responses on Skype. Not only is she the mother of a vaccine injured African American son with autism, but she’s also an outstanding advocate for children on the spectrum. For her, the cover-up revealed by William Thompson is very personal.

Sheila, tell us about your role in "Vaxxed." Why were you included in the film?  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHQER2pnNhg

Sheila explained that she was contacted by someone who knew Dr. Andrew Wakefield was looking for an African American family affected by autism. She said that originally “Vaxxed” was simply going to be a documentary on the Autism Media Channel.

Sheila said that when she and her family were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, they temporarily lived in Austin, Texas. Thoughtful House, an autism research center that is connected to Dr. Wakefield, sponsored a theater night and Sheila met Andy for the first time. She told him the story of what happened to her son after being vaccinated..

“[Andy] and Polly came to New Orleans, and spent about three hours with us, just asking me questions about what had happened….

“Someone asked me if there was a script [for her role in “Vaxxed”], but there was no script. We were just talking casually like I’m talking to you. And that’s how I ended up becoming a part of “Vaxxed.”

Were you surprised by the reaction to "Vaxxed"? What were you expecting?

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The Trauma of Orlando

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Managing Editor's Note:  In the aftermath of the massacre in Orlando, I'm brought back to the feelings we had one day after the shootings by Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut, just miles away from my home.  How is this carnage possible?

Both shooters [seemed] to suffer from serious mental illness.  Both had access to weapons of war, not just hunting or personal protection or sport shooting. 

We're an autism-centric news site. But I see a thread connecting the mass shootings that occur all too Rainbow_syringesoften and the autism epidemic.  Shots. With bullets. Shots. With syringes.  Injury. Inaction. Action.

When measles popped up in California, laws were written across the country and many passed (SB277 for instance)  despite the fact that no Americans died. Industry profited. With the shootings, it's the opposite. Lawmakers do not rush to pass new laws. Industry profits.  

Neither media nor lawmakers are willing look to the pharmaceutical industry for their role in the mental health of our citizens.

Industry is bulletproof.

God bless those killed and wounded and their families and friends.  KRS


Behaviors with Friends App!

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We're happy to share this blog post from our friends at Generation Rescue.  Many years ago, I met Sarah Scheflen, who created the Teach2Talk DVDs that kept my girls engaged, learning and quiet in the minivan for hundreds of miles! 

Check out this review of the app called Behaviors With Friends. Check it out at the App Store here!

Behaviors with Friends App Review

Check out this great review of Jenny McCarthy’s and speech-language pathologist Sarah Scheflen’s new iPad application, Behaviors with Friends. This app is helping a lot of children understand how to solve problems with peers and learn how to perspective take. The app is interactive, and uses live action video of children to help teach the lessons! Check it on in the App Store, under Behavior with Friends.

Kind words from Shell, at Things I Can’t Say.

BEHAVIORS WITH FRIENDS

This is a sponsored post for teach2talk but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could freeze time right in the middle of a situation to explain to our kids the behavior we expect from them in that moment?

Time out, here’s a good choice for you to make, here’s why. Okay, time in, now go do what you should.

Ha. If only...   Read more at the Gen Rescue blog!


Skyhorse Publishing Presents Revolutionary Grandparents

Revolutionary Grandparents 9781510705388We'd like to the Thinking Moms for sharing this blog post by Sandi Marcus and the new book from Skyhorse Publishing. 

From Amazon:

What is it like to be part of a very special family, one that revolves around a child’s struggle with autism or a related developmental disorder? In Revolutionary Grandparents, twenty-two grandmothers and grandfathers from the Thinking Moms’ Revolution community share their experience and offer advice to others facing this monumental struggle.

Many of these grandparents have moved in with their children and grandchildren to help with daily tasks—all have had to alter their lives drastically. From their front-row seat, they recount their stories. They describe what they observed and felt as their grandchildren regressed into autism, as well as the challenges their families faced as a result. But more importantly, they also write about the progress and the successes of their grandchildren. No two stories are alike in their details, but each one is similar in its honesty, passion, and overwhelming hope. Positivity is the common thread that ties together this unique collection of mini-memoirs.

Great Father's Day gift for the GrandDad in your child's life.  Order here.

By Sandi Marcus

The question I have been asked so many times is "Why?” Why would you tell your personal story in a book for everyone to know about your struggle as an Autism grand parent.

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Dachel Wake Up: VaXxed Reviews

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

From Missouri to Oregon, Pennsylvania to Florida, "Vaxxed" is being shown in theaters and reviewed by the press. I've graded each of these 13 stories because reporters need to be held accountable.

The two  things I think are absolutely essential in covering this movie are (1) including the trailer in the online story so the public can see what this is about, and (2) having a reporter who's actually seen the movie and talked to members of the audience.

Reporters who simply sit at their desks and include the talking points higher ups have given them, are a disgrace. Members of the media have an equal share in the blame for what's happened to our children. 

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Where’s the Outrage? Vaccines and Aborted Fetal Tissue.

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I’m sure many of our readers are aware of the vaccine ingredient I’ll mention in today’s post.  Others have already written about the topic and covered the facts well.  Living Whole and Children of God for Life, for example,  have bravely spoken up about the use of aborted fetal cell lines in vaccine production.  I applaud them.  I wish I could applaud more pro-life groups, but I hardly see them speak up about the topic.

I say that I’m a hardcore Catholic.  But even I’ve yet to take on this subject.  If I were serious about it, I’d have contacted the leaders in my Church about it.  Some leaders have spoken, but their very broad statement seems more of a CYA than anything (and I’m not referring to Catholic Youth Association if you get my drift). 

For whatever reason, “the greater good” that vaccines supposedly benefit seems to trump the act of abortion and the use of this ingredient is justified.  It shouldn’t be.  But it is.  I think that needs to change.  So here goes…

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I shared this link of vaccine ingredients in a post a few weeks ago.  I’m sharing the link again in today’s post.  I’d like to do that because some of the ingredients that are listed have been on my mind for a few days now.  They’ve actually been on my mind for years, but I haven’t written specifically about them yet.

Someone highlighted the use of aborted fetal tissue use in a screenshot.

that I saw shared on FaceBook not too long ago:

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Sitting here reading those highlighted words makes my stomach turn.  

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The Age of Polio: Explosion. Part 7.

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By Dan Olmsted

Our story so far:  The great Northeast polio epidemic was first reported 100 years ago next Friday, ushering in the Age of Polio that afflicted increasing swaths of the globe. In New York City alone, 2,343 died, almost all children, putting the toll on a par with the 2,753 who died on 9.11. This series proposes a new theory for when and where and why the virus exploded; the theory, if correct, has implications for modern disorders and diseases as seemingly dissimilar as autism and EV-68. So far we’ve dug into misunderstood and undervalued clues from Brooklyn, where the first cases occurred -- the clusters near the waterfront docks and the beach boardwalk of Coney Island; the repeated association with certain foods; the tendency of “experts” to laugh off the observations of ordinary people, the latter a detriment to discovery to this day. Now we’ve taken a sharp left turn and traveled to Hawaii, where the new manager of a troubled sugar plantation is desperately looking to cut costs and increase yield.

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 Along with his generous salary, Charles F. Eckart reaped other benefits that went with being a Hawaiian plantation manager in 1913. In vivid contrast to his former life as an experiment station official, he lived in a mansion two miles from the Olaa plantation office. A book about a subsequent Hawaiian sugar strike by Masayo Umezawa Duus captures the world that awaited him as he approached for the first time his new home with its immense veranda, stables for riding horses, and distant view of the Pacific.

 "The mansion still stands,” Duus wrote in 1987, “its landmark a huge banyan tree that is said to date from the era when native chieftans held power. Along the private road leading to the mansion dozens of tall coconut trees pierced the sky. The three-story white structure sits on the crest of a rise surrounded by an expansive lawn.” Although it’s decrepit now, the place is imposing enough to “hint at the status and power of the plantation manager, who the Japanese laborers likened to a daimyo, a feudal lord, and whom they likened to the ‘owner’ of the plantation.”

Eckart barely had time to settle in. He quickly set about addressing Olaa’s crop woes with expertise and tools developed at the experiment station. The root of the problem at Olaa was the rainfall on the windward volcanic slope of the Big Island, which could reach 200 inches a year and allowed weeds to overtake the crop itself. The manpower required to keep ahead of them over the two-year growing season threatened whatever profit the plantation might eke out. At the experiment station, Eckart and a fellow researcher, H.P. Agee, had been working on a solution -- literally.

An arsenic solution.

“New method of weed control,” the journal Sugar reported in June 1915, after that solution had been widely implemented on Olaa’s sugarcane fields. “The system which would appear to be the most satisfactory is that of Agee and Eckart, in which the weeds are sprayed with arsenite of soda. Two special spraying apparatus have been invented, the spread sprayer and the knapsack sprayer.”

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Early concerns about the method had been alleviated, the article said. One was whether the arsenic would kill the golden goose – the sugarcane – and not just the weeds. It didn’t: “Experiments carried out in Olaa, in which arsenic was applied to the soil between the rows at the rate of 5 lbs. per acre each week for six months, showed that the arsenic had no injurious effect on the growth of the cane plant.”

If you think the second issue might be whether the arsenic posed any problem for those who would ultimately ingest the sugar, you would be mistaken. “The second problem, as to whether the poison employed in the process damages the cane itself, has also been answered in the negative. It is true that, even with the best apparatus, small quantities of the spray cannot be prevented from coming into contact with the leaves of the young cane occasionally. But this is not a matter of importance, because it is at most occasions a slight check to the cane, from which it recovers entirely within a few weeks.”

What a relief – to the owners, at any rate. You could spray thousands of gallons of an arsenic solution on fields for two years and still harvest a healthy crop. Sure, a lot of arsenic got into the sloping, rain-soaked soil, and who could help sloshing a little onto the sugarcane plant from time to time? Meanwhile, the dead weeds were left where they lay to decompose. The point was, the plant recovered. It was not a matter of importance.

Here we are, then, in June 1915, with arsenic being sprayed for the first time – ever, anywhere, as far as I can tell – on a sugarcane crop. “It may be said that this method of weed control already has passed the experimental stage,” the article stated, “as it has been adopted as a part of the normal field work in the extensive plantation at Olaa.”

The article gives the formula – 5 pounds of arsenite [an arsenic-based compound] to 100 gallons of water. Eckart, the article said, was ordering as much sled-spraying as possible, with a “light hand-spraying to touch up the spots that may have been missed by the sleds.” According to an unnamed authority, “by observing the proper rules and ordinary intelligence, spraying can save a plantation in labor from $15 to $30 per year per acre.”

This process appears to have gotten under way not long after Eckart’s arrival in 1913. Given the two-year growing season, followed by harvesting, hauling, and milling at a nearby factory, the first crop that got the full arsenic treatment was doubtless the one that arrived at East Coast early in 1916.

I’m always interested in the first time something is tried, because, almost by definition, no one knows what the hell he or she is doing. That’s why they call it an experiment. It’s one thing to try arsenic out at the experiment station, another to spray thousands of gallons on thousands of acres will yield thousands of tons of sugar to be consumed thousands of miles away, with no sense of caution that things might be a little different this year.

Too much arsenic? If so, where? In the soil? In the leaves? In the stalk? In the sugar? How about variables like rain, volcanic soil, gradient, uptake characteristics of the cane and the arsenic compound? And how about the machinery developed just for the job, which while triumphs of invention for their day might not pass muster in 2016. What about the consequences of mingling  “poison,” food, and the potential for human error, with little to no oversight from anyone but those who stood to profit?

Seriously, what about it? Next week we’ll examine those questions in depth.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


More Than "Puppy Love" When Donny Osmond Watches VaXxed

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For those readers of a certain age, this photo is likely to make you swoon and re-up your subscription to Tiger Beat.  Donny Osmond watched VaXxed and met Dr. Andy Wakefield in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Look at this photo. Not sure the pharma shills will be able tell us to "Go away little girl" much longer....  The Salt Lake City Tribune called VaXxed "reprehensible." Imagine their angst when SLC's favorite son had a clearly emotional moment with Dr. Wakefield?" More salt in their tears than the Great Lake itself, likely!

Enjoy this blast from the past. And let's hope for the future.  I watched my oldest "graduate" out of school yesterday. When Donny and Marie were on TV the rate was fewer than 1 in 10,000. KIM


A Family Member Responds to VaXxed

Sister memeNote: You know Cathy Jameson for her weekly posts: sometimes amusing, often heart stopping, always required Sunday reading.  Her sister Bridget went out of her way to see VaXxed The Movie and wrote about the experience. Family members can be our source of the greatest support or the biggest disappointment.   You can read the full post and much more from Cathy at her blog. And since Cathy often ends her Sunday posts with a song, check out my choice at the end of this post. Feel free to dance. It's Friday, after all!  Kim

A Family Member Speaks Up about VaxXed

Painfully aware of what's happened to Ronan, extended family members know that vaccines have done more harm than good.  Not every family member is in agreement - and have made that quite clear to us, but a few have quietly supported us through every hurdle, seizure and setback Ronan has experienced.  I don't know if I'll ever be able to fully express how much our their support means to me.  
When I found out that some of our extended family were going to be attending a Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe screening in their area, I cried.  Then I made sure to thank them.  By attending the screening, they jumped out of their comfort zone and bravely spoke up with us.  

After seeing Vaxxed, my sister, who has been one of Ronan's biggest and most vocal cheerleaders over the years, felt called to share her thoughts about the film.  I know that she may get flack for sharing what she did on her FB wall, but she shares as an eye witness to what happened to Ronan.  I can think of no one better to offer such important information than someone who has seen firsthand the negative consequences of vaccines.  

After I read through her post, I asked my sister if I could share it here.  She said yes, and I'm so glad. 

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View Screen Shot of Dr. Kalb Blog Questioning Vaccines

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NOTE: So, if a doctor, a practicing medical doctor with a clean license like Dr. Daniel Kalb, questions vaccine safety - here's what will happen - the "public health" community - meaning Pharma Phield Office will consider actions:  According to the Tennessee Department of Health's website, Kalb has had no disciplinary actions taken against him. It is not clear if his stance on autism and vaccines will provoke to board to take any actions against him.  The average American should ask him or herself - how on earth is a medical doctor at fault for questioning a product that he himself has to administer to patients? How indeed? 

We need to support the doctors who dare to speak out. Thank you to JB Handley for this screen shot of the blog post before it was pulled it down.   Seems Dr. Kalb may be learning the hard way about the Pharmafia - who've gone to the mattresses - behind our vaccination program.  (Hey, it's always a good day when you can work a phrase from The Godfather into your intro.)  KS


From FOX 17:

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WZTV) -- A Franklin doctor is refusing to give vaccines, questioning their safety.

On the Cool Springs Family Medicine's site, Dr. Daniel Kalb wrote in a blog he believed vaccines are linked to autism. The blog has since been taken down... [See screen shot above for the blog post while it was live.]

The CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health say there's no proven link between vaccinations and autism. Both agencies recommend children be vaccinated.

Executive Director of Autism Tennessee Babs Tierno has an autistic son, but she doesn't believe there's a link between the developmental condition and vaccines.

"We want to treat every individual as an individual," Tierno said. "Any medical professional who makes blanket statements and blanket decisions without taking an individualized approach that is a bit concerning."

FOX 17 reached out to Dr. Kalb's office twice this week. An employee told FOX 17 he is not currently commenting on the blog.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health's website, Kalb has had no disciplinary actions taken against him. It is not clear if his stance on autism and vaccines will provoke to board to take any actions against him.... Read more here.


Six Lethal Sins of CDC A Toxic Legacy of Lies: Part 3 Autism Numbers

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By James O. Grundvig

PART III        AUTISM NUMBERS

CDC and NCBDDD Director Coleen Boyle’s other talent, beyond paying foreign mercenary scientists to manipulate data to produce desirable results, has been their ability to knead and suppress the skyrocketing autism incidence rates, which have exploded from 1 in 2,500 in 1990 to 1 in 250 at the start of the new millennium. In 2014, CDC announced ASD rates had shot up yet again to 1 in 68 for every child born in the United States.

Then an odd thing happened on March 31, 2016: CDC announced victory of sorts. Autism rates had stabilized, unchanged from two years ago at 1 in 68. In CDC’s corrupt ivory tower view, it was something to cheer about as it gave the false perception that CDC had the epidemic finally under control. It does not. And the lie of the “better diagnosis epidemic” continues.

The Philadelphia Inquirer website, Philly.com, gushed: “The autism rates was 1 in 68 children in 2012, the same as it was in 2010, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”[1]

But that statement was wrong. In 2010, CDC’s rate of ASD incidence had climbed to 1 in 88. Even if the reporter had been correct, he was taking CDC’s word at blind allegiance, which he could have torpedoed the false number had the reporter done a bare minimum search online. Then, he would have discovered that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in October 2009 “had no idea why” the rates had climbed to 1 in 100 children on the spectrum, and said: “The prevalence of autism might be even higher than previously thought . . . We don’t know if it has gone up, and we are hoping to unlock these mysteries.”[2]

No such luck. No mysteries were ever uncovered by HHS, NIH, CDC or any other health agency for the last seven years. Mainstream press never bothered to look into the unmitigated tragedy of a growing legion of children with learning disabilities, leaky guts, shot nervous systems, brain signaling malfunctions, muscle atrophy, and a Vaccine Court that refuses to compensate most of the victims, which number well over one million victims today under 18 years old.

And yet, the announcement had been trumpeted with great relief at CDC, as if Coleen Boyle had run the 26 miles in ancient Greece, from Marathon to Athens, shouting “Nike!” before collapsing to the ground. Two problems, however, emerged for the director of National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in her agency’s victory lap, besides it being false and premature.

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CDC Sponsored MMR Study Supports Wakefield’s findings

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Introduction: 

On May 26, 2016, Rohde and Conte published their 4th report on the movie “VAXXED”. 

The report was titled “Did the CDC Censor Vaxxed? Or Did the CDC’s Proxies Do It for them? Columbia University’s Dilemma.” 

The report and related comments were most informative and readers should review them in order to appreciate the role Professor Ian Lipkin of Columbia University played recently.   

Dr. Lipkin's dislike of Dr. Andrew Wakefield is not new. In 2008, Dr. Lipkin co-authored a CDC- AAP sponsored report that I carefully reviewed and critiqued on September 12, 2008. My critique was to be published on Monday September 15, 2008 on the Vaccine Autoimmunity Project (VAP) web site but … it never was, because some time during the weekend, the web site was hacked and destroyed.   

Two British vaccine information sites published my review but it was never widely distributed in the United States until today.   

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Dachel Wake Up: Salt Lake City Trib Calls VaXxed "Reprehensible"

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

June 8, 2016, Kansas City Star: Director of vaccine documentary is used to controversy — and big ticket sales, By Robert W. Butler

June 8, 2016, Orlando Weekly: Opening in Orlando…By Steve Schneider

June 6, 2016, Salt Lake Tribune: Movie review: Reprehensible 'Vaxxed' brings a conspiracy theory to the big screen, By Sean P. Means 

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The PR Hoax of the Marco Arturo Vaxxer Viral Video

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Welcome to the world of the pro-vaccination-at-all-costs Pharma government machine.   This brief video explains how A+ Media, Google, Walgreens, Disney and other pro-profit, pro-vax zealots put a video on the fast track to Internet hits. 

Levi Quackenboss asked the initial question, "Who is this kid and how did he go viral so fast," on his site.

Update 6-6-2016: Walgreens has revoked their sponsorship of the Marco Arturo article on A Plus after a campaign by Hear This Well and hundreds of parents of vaccine injured children.}

I told myself I was done talking about this little catfish but I have to say one last thing on the matter after some friends were sleuthing around and something became apparent.

In case you missed it, on May 30th Ashton Kutcher shared Marco’s video as a story on Kutcher’s media site A Plus. By then it was starting to go viral, so it’s no surprise that Kutcher’s Buzzfeed-like website picked it up, right?

Maybe.  Maybe they came across it on their own. Maybe on May 30th it was just good fortune that this previously unknown 12-year old in Mexico had someone notify him about Ashton Kutcher’s Facebook status when he was standing by with his smartphone, because that kid shared Kutcher’s post within 21 minutes of it going up. A pretty impressive social media sprint for an unknown kid, but whatever.

Check out this video from  My Incredible Opinion with Forrest Maready. Maready dissects this video with precision from the Google/Internet instant viral position to the actual video production. 


MN Department of Public Health Coerces Somali Families into MMR Vaccine

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MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SCHOOLS PROFESSIONALS TO PERSUADE SOMALI PARENTS TO GIVE THEIR CHILDREN THE MMR VACCINE – DESPITE CLEAR OPPOSITION


Note: Excerpted from the Vaccine of Safety Council of Minnesota. Thank you to Patti Carroll for sharing with us.

By Patti Carroll, VSCM board member

I apologize for the long title, but it’s important that readers understand exactly what our tax dollars are being spent on.

On Wednesday, April 13th, I attended an educational forum for professionals put on by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The title of the forum was “Autism in the Somali Community and Vaccine Hesitancy”. The stated purpose was: “This session will provide the latest information on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a national childhood development expert and updates on immunization data relevant to Minnesota Somali children”.

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Why the Statute of Limitations in The Vaccine Court is SOL

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By Wayne Rohde

One of the most discussed, debated, and obscene forms of injustice in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) -- the "Vaccine Court" --is the very restrictive statute of limitations. Plainly put, you have 3 years from the onset of symptoms for injuries after the administration of a vaccine.  In the case of death, only 2 years. Other state and federal court systems have more generous statutes ranging from 6 to 10 years to the date the minor child reaches the age of 18.

The latest effect of this unfair requirement is to deny justice to girls who have been rendered infertile by the HPV vaccine, a growing problem that needs to be addressed.

The Statute

42 U.S.C. § 300aa-16(a)(2).

Section 300aa-16(a)(2) of the Vaccine Act provides that, regarding a vaccine set forth in the Vaccine Injury Table which is administered after [October 1, 1998], if a vaccine-related injury occurred as a result of the administration of such vaccine, no petition may be filed for compensation under the Program for such injury after the expiration of 36 months after the date of the occurrence of the first symptom or manifestation of onset . . . of such injury.

Special Master Lisa Hamilton-Fieldman overseeing the HPV-POI Omnibus

This statute of limitations is not triggered by the administration of the vaccine, but “begins to run on the date of occurrence of the first symptom or manifestation of onset of the vaccine-related injury for which compensation is sought.” Cloer, 654 F.3d at 1335. “[E]ither a ‘symptom’ or a ‘manifestation of onset’ can trigger the running of the statute [of limitations], whichever is first.” Markovich v. Sec’y of HHS, 477 F.3d 1353, 1357 (Fed. Cir. 2007). [i]

“[I]t is the first symptom or manifestation of an alleged vaccine injury, not first date when diagnosis would be possible, that triggers the statute of limitations.” Carson ex rel. Carson v. Sec’y of HHS, 727 F.3d 1365, 1369 (Fed. Cir. 2013), reh’g & reh’g en banc denied, 2013 WL 4528833 at *1.  “A symptom may be indicative of a variety of conditions or ailments, and it may be difficult for lay persons to appreciate the medical significance of a symptom with regard to a particular injury.” Markovich, 477 F.3d at 1357.  While the symptom of an injury must be recognized as such “by the medical profession at large,” Cloer, 654 F.3d at 1335, even subtle symptoms that a petitioner would recognize “‘only with the benefit of hindsight, after a doctor makes a definitive diagnosis of injury,’” trigger the running of the statute of limitations, whether or not the petitioner or even multiple medical providers understood their significance at the time. Carson, 727 F.3d at 1369-70 (quoting Markovich, 477 F.3d at 1358).[ii]  

Markovich was the defining case for onset of symptoms.  The little girl started to blink at a doctor’s office.  The pediatrician interpreted that as a symptom of seizures and wrote a note in the file.  A few years later, the parents filed a petition seeking compensation for their daughter’s injuries.  The petition was later dismissed on the grounds that it was time barred, or exceeded the 3-year statute of limitation. 

By a couple of weeks. 

Or a mother, frantically trying to understand that her child was falling a little bit behind.  The doctor wrote in the margins of the medical chart, speech delay.  But did not tell the parents.  Later, the parents would file a petition seeking compensation for vaccine injuries causing development delay and autism.  Petition would not be adjudicated on the merits of the known injury.  DOJ attorneys asked the special master to dismiss the petition because it was time barred.  Just a doctor recording an observation without telling the parents.

And no fault of the parents. 

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Autism and the Microbiome: Immunization With Bacteria?

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As more and more is unraveled about the MICROBIOME in health and disease, causes and of course treatments are going to be discussed.  The big questions will hopefully concern prevention of diseases as well. I recently came upon an article that made me wonder what direction Microbiome research could take:

Immunization with bacteria promotes stress resilience, coping behaviors in mice, CU-Boulder study finds 

Injections of the soil bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae (M. vaccae NCTC 11659) promote stress resilience and improve coping behaviors in mice, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

The researchers also found that M. vaccae prevented stress-induced colitis, a typical symptom of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), suggesting that immunization with the bacteria may have a wide-ranging suite of health benefits.

The findings appear today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

“The immunized mice responded with a more proactive behavioral coping response to stress, a strategy that has been associated with stress resilience in animals and humans,” said Christopher Lowry, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology at CU-Boulder and the senior author of the new research....

The immunized mice continued to show decreased levels of submissive behaviors one to two weeks after treatment. M. vaccae treatment reduced stress-induced colitis...

...The research underscores the importance of an organism’s microbiome in preventing and coping with inflammation-related diseases and psychiatric conditions...

...“An injection of M. vaccae is not designed to target a particular antigen the way a vaccine would, but instead activates the individual’s immunoregulatory responses to protect from inappropriate inflammation...

Well that's interesting and could also make one wonder, could this be something for AUTISM? Maybe that's what the authors are inferring here in the full study about "PREVENTION" .full:

Although not specifically addressed here, immunoregulatory approaches may also prove useful in prevention of neurodevelopmental and other somatic and neuropsychiatric disorders in which elevated inflammation contributes to disease vulnerability (84).

INAPPROPRIATE INFLAMMATION.  That sure could be AUTISM as most research shows INFLAMMATION in the brain.  The MICROBIOME has been shown to be very connected to the MICROGLIA in the BRAIN.

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Dachel Wake Up: 'Antidote' With Michael Parker Interviews VaXxed Team

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

I have transcribed much of a talk with Andy Wakefield and Del Bigtree who've given us the film "Vaxxed."  This is the current situation in America. We are all at the mercy of an industry that controls our elected representatives, the medical profession, the media, and health officials. Brilliant discussion that will educate everyone.

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Justin Kanew Interviews Mary Holland & Louis Conte on "Get It Got It Good"

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By Justin Kanew

This is the 3rd of 4 interviews on this topic... the 1st (with Del Bigtree) and the 2nd (with Brian Deer) can be found HERE. Thanks again to AofA and all of you for all the feedback-- even though I can't respond to all of it I promise I'm seeing it and it's appreciated.

After talking to Del Bigtree and Brian Deer, one of the aspects of the subject of vaccine injury I wanted to hear more about was the U.S. Vaccine Court, which kept coming up, and the case of Hannah Poling, which it seemed was a tough case for the "Vaccines never ever cause autism" side to refute.

The explanation given for her case seems to be that Hannah wasn't compensated for her autism, even though she has an autism diagnosis, but was instead compensated for her "encephalopathy seizures" which resulted in "autism-like symptoms". I had trouble understanding the difference, and in his interview with Sanjay Gupta it seemed to all be the same to Hannah's neurologist father Jon also, so I reached out to him to see if he could explain it.

Jon didn't want to talk, but he did turn me on to the work of Mary Holland and Lou Conte, who as many of you AofA-ers probably know are 2 parents who after much scientific and observational research have come to the conclusion vaccine injury is the only plausible explanation for the regression of their children into autism. 

In their Pace University article Mary and Lou found 83 other cases of autism among the vaccine-injured kids compensated for brain injury, which was eye-opening, and in the interview Lou poses a seemingly fair question: 

"If vaccines don't cause autism, how come all these children compensated for vaccine injury have autism?"

Here's my conversation with Mary and Lou:

 

Episode 3 is embedded above, but it's also live on iTunes here: https://goo.gl/nXkFPI

And here's the direct link.

On the next and last episode (coming soon) I'll talk to MIT biologist Dr. Stephanie Seneff. 

Look forward to your comments and your thoughts on all of it.

Justin

Justin Kanew is a writer-producer in Los Angeles who was also a 2-time contestant on "THE AMAZING RACE" on CBS with his best friend Zev-- the first ever Amazing Race contestant on the autism spectrum. He lives in Encino, CA with his wife Nicole, a BCBA, and his recently born daughter Kaia. He also hosts "GET IT GOT IT GOOD", a podcast that was recently #16 on the iTunes News & Politics" chart. Subscribe to it here: https://goo.gl/nXkFPI And follow him on Twitter here: @justin_kanew


Dealing with Autism

Truthwinsoutlogo-711573By Norman Roberts

I don't know what caused my grandson's autism, probably one or a combination of his vaccines. We didn't notice a sudden and dramatic change in his health or behavior after a specific well baby visit. We just began to realize something was wrong when he was a toddler. He would trot back and forth incessantly. He mostly avoided eye contact and his speech was pretty much limited to echolalia, he would repeat the last phrase he heard, often over and over again. He was two before he was finally diagnosed with autism. It was still new for most pediatricians. They didn't recognize it.

Weston will be fifteen in September. Autism isn't rare anymore. By now any physician who didn't recognize his symptoms would be really obtuse, though many still won't treat the comorbidity issues most children with autism have. We are lucky. Weston is low verbal but he can speak. He is affectionate with people he knows. He was potty trained at the appropriate age. His digestive issues can be controlled with the proper diet. And his neurologist has successfully treated a disturbing trend toward violent behavior without undesirable side effects, at least so far. He is happy, relaxed, more focused, has better direct communication, and only one week with several sensory meltdowns since he began seeing the neurologist, since then he has been pretty calm. Weston's speech therapist is creating a school for teenagers with autism and his parents are hoping to enroll him. They have an interview a week from today. We continue to hope and pray.

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Dachel Morning Wake Up: VaXxed Coverage

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Here's a look at "Vaxxed" coverage around the country. It's interesting to see which news sites honestly report on the real story of "Vaxxed" and which ones reduce it to Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent claim that vaccines cause autism and say nothing about a scandalous governmental cover-up.

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Regrettably Yours

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By  Cathy Jameson

For some children, like my son, autism isn’t just a different way of thinking; it’s medical.  From GI problems to severe expressive language delays to seizures, the spectrum of issues Ronan has are complex.  Many of those issues have contributed to a bad day.  The tears that roll down my cheeks on those days sting.

Learning how to handle all of what encompasses Ronan’s diagnosis hasn’t been easy.  The bad days can be really bad – those pop up when we have to resort to using emergency meds to stop seizures, or when we have to call 911 after Ronan’s wandered, or when I’ve become the punching bag after Ronan has tried to but is unable to communicate his needs. 

Due to Ronan’s behavior, and sometimes his seizures, days can go from bad to worse and quickly.  When that happens, we cancel things – things like Ronan’s therapy, a planned outing, and attending the siblings’ sports events. 

Dear Therapist, We’ll have to try, try again tomorrow…today is just not going to work out.

Hey Friends, we regret to inform you that we won’t be able to join you…hopefully next time.

Dear Coach, I hate that I can’t be there to watch the game. Please keep an eye on my kiddo for me.  Ronan and I are home today…cheering from a distance.

When all is clear and Ronan is back to his usual self, we tip toe back into our schedule and into the world around us.  Those are the good days. 

Ronan’s good days are really, really good – when he says a word, when he doesn’t need prompting to complete a simple task, when he willingly interacts instead of pushes us away.  We celebrate those and pray for more of them.  Lately, we’ve had a few tough days in a row.  When those days start to stack up, I find myself feeling sad and a tad regretful about how things have panned out.   

It’s not the first time I’ve found myself feeling regretful. 

As a new parent, I regretted not knowing as much as I do now.  When I knew in my heart that something was wrong with my child, I regretted waiting to act on my suspicions.  When I suspected that my son was showing signs of developmental delays, I regretted not listening to my mother’s instinct.  When I was getting nowhere making sense of the types of delays that Ronan was exhibiting, I regretted not asking for help sooner.  After finally asking for help and having my concerns completely dismissed, I regretted not switching doctors.  After doing some more reading and searching for answers, I regretted that I let the titles of the people I was talking to intimidate me.  None of that regret helped me in the moment.  None of it diminished any of the worry that I was also feeling. 

Oddly enough, regret fueled my next move. 

Fearing that what I suspected would lead us down the road to an autism diagnosis, I knew that it was time for me to start asking different people, people who would listen, for help.  Help came, but only after some of the professionals close to Ronan skirted the issue – Mom, don’t worry.  It can’t be autism because Ronan is able to point to things! 

He can make eye contact! 

He can still communicate!

And good news, he doesn’t line things up! 

I appreciated the positive outlook, but I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that something was terribly wrong. 

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The Age of Polio: Explosion. Part 6.

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By Dan Olmsted

Our story so far:  The great Northeast polio epidemic began 100 years ago this month in Brooklyn, ushering in the Age of Polio that affected increasing swaths of the globe. This series proposes a new theory for when and where and why the virus exploded; the theory, if correct, has implications for modern disorders and diseases as seemingly dissimilar as autism and EV-68. So far we’ve dug into misunderstood and undervalued clues -- the high number of cases near the waterfront docks and beach boardwalks that summer of 1916; an association with certain foods; the tendency of “experts” to laugh off the observations of ordinary people, the latter a detriment to discovery to this day. Now we leave Brooklyn temporarily to dig deeper into the roots of the epidemic.  (Read part 5 and link to 4 - 1 here.)

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“The summer wind came blowin’ in from across the sea …" (Summer Wind by Henry Mayer and Johnny Mercer, 1965)

The Big Island of Hawaii rises out of the Pacific like a ridge-backed dinosaur, its volcanic spine splitting the island between the arid leeward side and the green, rain-drenched windward half. The westerly breeze, unimpeded across vast expanses of ocean, brushes up against the spine and pauses, pulling up moisture from the ocean and the saturated soil and pouring it back down. An average year brings 165 inches of rain to the eastern side, making it one of the wettest places on Earth – three times the annual rainfall of, say, Brooklyn.

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Sugarcane has been called the thirsty plant, in need of endless water to feed its roots and stalks and leaves, as the grass – its technical classification – climbs ever higher in tightly bunched rows, reaching twice the height of humans. Even the light gets crowded out. A warm and wet climate, like much of Hawaii, is a perfect place for sugarcane to thrive.

Unfortunately, it’s not a convenient place – nor is Cuba or Brazil or the West Indies or Puerto Rico. Cane is grown in places that can’t afford it, then shipped to places that can, a Third-to-First-World transaction that fed a sordid history. Slavery arose in significant measure out of the need for someone to do the backbreaking work of chopping down and hauling the stalks to the nearby mill, where more hard labor fed it to the grinders, crushers, boilers and separators. Accidents and death by exhaustion were not uncommon, but the labor was expendable.

The end result of all this planting, tending, harvesting and milling was not even the end result -- just a thick brown mixture known as raw sugar. This is not the kind you tear open and dump in your coffee at Starbucks; it is unsafe to eat, full of dirt and organic matter mixed with fertilizer and pesticides in a coating of molasses; even the stray button or coin was occasionally dropped into the mix.

The refineries -- half a dozen ringed New York Harbor -- put the raw sugar through the wringer all over again – a brochure from the 1933 World’s Fair lists 71 steps from arrival to packaged product. A good deal of the “refining” is simply designed to turn the sugar white, an ironic accomplishment given the black lives laid waste along the way. (I had to quit reading the book Sugar because the description of how slaves were treated on the sugar plantations was  so horrifying). After the Domino Sugar Factory stopped operating a few years ago in Brooklyn (its huge Domino sign was an icon on the waterfront), an art installation in its cavernous ruins called the Sugar Sphinx, by Kara Walker, spoke to that history. The New Yorker called it “triumphant, rising from a kind of half-world—the shadowy half-world of slavery and degradation.” (Full title: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby – An Homage to the Unpaid and Overworked Artisans Who Have Refined Our Sweet Tastes, From the Cane Fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the Demolition of the Domino Sugar Refinery Plant.” That pretty much tells the story, except for the fact that sugar as a food is now recognized as worse than worthless. The world would have been far better off if it left the cane alone.)

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Even after slavery, the paternalistic and colonial impulse remained. That 1933 Jack Frost brochure shows jaunty dark people gathering up the cane, referring to them as “natives” who “cut down row after row of the cane with a machete” and load it onto horse-drawn wagons (in 1933!). It sounded almost pleasant, “the picturesque acres of green-leafed ‘bamboo’ reeds stretching as far as the eye can see.”

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Things were somewhat better in Hawaii. The plantations relied not on slave labor but on coaxing laborers to immigrate. most often from Japan or the Philippines. The first Hawaiian plantations grew up in the mid-1800s. Their American owners – many of them former missionaries – became power players with mercenary interests of their own, leading directly to the overthrow of the indigenous monarchy and the slow incorporation of Hawaii into the United States. By 1900 trade relations were so advantageous that it made sense to cultivate more marginal acreage.

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