As someone who believes there is an autism epidemic and that excessive vaccination is the cause (see Bernie Rimland), I was sorry to see Rand Paul leave the presidential race this week. His less-government philosophy would clearly translate into more power to the parents, including the power to be more selective about which vaccines the government gets to give their children, and when.
I had a chance to tell him a few weeks ago that, based on 10 years of research as a trained observer (aka journalist), I have no doubt that vaccination is the main cause of our current autism catastrophe. He listened respectfully and said that, while pro vaccine, he didn’t consider “the science is settled” to be a fitting motto in any field of study. (I started my comments by saying “I’m a Democrat,” and still he listened!) I believe as president he would take steps that would finally get to the heart of the autism epidemic. And that would be a big deal.
It’s also worth remembering that few people who run for president win the first time out. Stay tuned.
So now we have Donald Trump (and Ben Carson, but I’m going to take a minor risk and count him out). If you are for Trump, I’m jealous, because the only thing I do like about him is the fact he has said, more than once, that the current vaccine schedule of too many, too soon, is behind the autism epidemic (see Rimland, again). While Rand came by his views philosophically, Trump’s basis appears to be anecdotal and “gut.” Either is fine if it gets us out of this nightmare.
Would Trump conveniently drop these concerns if elected because they really are not deeply seated in a governing philosophy, because he doesn’t have one? In other words, would we all get fooled again (remember, Bush II was gonna git that thimerosal outta there.) Well, Jimmy Carter said the other day that Trump would be “malleable” as president because he doesn’t really believe in anything (whereas Cruz does, and not to Carter’s liking). And that, he said, made Trump the better choice (although when Lindsay Graham, a truly likeable candidate I really couldn’t disagree with more, said the choice between the two was like being poisoned or shot, I had to laugh).
My own hunch? Trump would stick with this position, because another word for “anecdotal” is personal, and he says he’s seen this happen to his own employees. (And he's not getting pharma money.) People who’ve seen the shot, illness, regression sequence happen, or believe those who do, and who don’t have some financial or professional reason to cravenly pretend not to see or believe those who do, drink less Kool-Aid at the CDC-NIH-AAP water fountains.
To me the issue comes down to this: Would Trump as president cause more damage to the world than eight years of someone who has swallowed the vaccine theology (say, the rest of the Republican field to the best of my knowledge, or any given Democrat including Hillary or Bernie? When they fight over who’s more progressive, all I can think is which one will want to give more shots).
Short of nuclear war (Cruz said the other day that Trump might nuke Denmark, a strange place to obliterate unless the fact it’s a social democracy makes it the most threatening place on the globe), I doubt it’s possible to do more damage. Seriously, a few hundred million more kids around the world getting mercury-containing shots, and Lord knows what Zika and Ebola and autism-preventing vaccines get cooked up in the meantime, strikes me as about as bad an outcome as I can imagine.
What bothers me is not that someone might disagree with me on how this plays out politically, because I’m still in the middle of trying to make sense of it myself, but that some in the vaccine advocacy world seem to dismiss Trump (and did dismiss Paul) out of hand because they aren't to their political liking. I find that to be intellectually inconsistent; one has to engage the issue of autism causation, and who can stop it and treat it and face up to it, if one is serious about believing that vaccine policy as presently constituted is an urgent public health crisis.
On Facebook recently there was a thread started by a Bernie supporter. Since this person (I don’t run other people’s comments or names from Facebook since it’s kind of a private space) shares my views on autism and vaccines, and since others chimed in to support Bernie, I posted these comments:
Dan Omsted as far as i know Bernie is your typical progressive vaccine advocate. isn't that an issue to consider? especially when there is a candidate (trump) who seems to fully back vaccine safety concerns. not just our country but the world is being harmed by that. it might be more harm than anything trump could wreak. (and i say this as a progressive!)..
do we just set aside vaccine safety as an issue altogether?
… i certainly respect others' voting preferences. The problem for reliable Democratic progressives like me is that, since the last election, the Democrats have really emerged as the party of mandates (California) and suppression (Sebelius trying to shut up the vaccine debate), and the Republican-libertarian-freedom folks have been our allies. Vaccine injury, along with the personal devastation, is making us less competitive and costing us billions and soon trillions in extra health care costs. how is this anything we want to perpetuate?
So that was my two cents. What’s yours, fellow AOAers, on the eve of the first actual voting primary of the 2016 election?
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.
By Anne Dachel
This past November I did a series of interviews with Minister Tony Muhammad on the failure of Congress to investigate the claims of CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson, that his agency had destroyed evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, including what was specifically found in a population of African American males under the age of 36 months.
Min. Tony talked about reaching out to African American members of Congress who should be especially concerned about Thompson's claims.
John Stone has been writing about the media push to normalize autism and drum up increasing numbers of adults with the diagnosis. While it's agreeable to go back in history and claim geniuses in science, arts and math as surely having had autism, it seems less palatable to claim the despots, blood thirsty rulers and murderers who also showed perseveration and focus on a topic and goal.
Below, we introduce you to Ben, son of our Contributing Editor Dan Burns. Ben is approaching 30 years of age. Ben is an adult with autism. We need to make dead sure that the Bens of the world and the Mias, Giannas and Bellas (my girls) are not just accepted for their autism, but safely and uniquely housed, employed and socialized in a way that respects their differences. There will be no high tech job for Ben. There will be no scientific breakthrough in the history books with his name. Our job at Age of Autism is to educate readers on the autism epidemic. Not fantasies. Not media embraced smoke and mirrors that obscure the unreal hardship, struggle and disability so many of our families face. We love and adore our children, from tots to adults. Is the world ready to work with Ben? With your child? I hope this video brings you the same melancholy hope that it brought me. Thanks to Dan for letting us share. KIM
Read Part 1 here.
By John Stone
Amid continuing false claims regarding the historical incidence of autism by mainstream media plugged authors Steve Silberman, John Donvan and Caren Zucker AoA re-publishes a series of articles by John Stone, UK Editor, chronicling data abuse and fabricated adult autism numbers, which also impacted heavily on opinion in the United States. These articles document the official drive to paper over the catastrophe engulfing so many of our children. The second of these stories from June 2014 examines an Autism Speaks which purported to examine the costs of autism and its numbers in both the United Kingdom and the United States. One thing it does admit is that autism is a thing with immense financial costs – after that it goes seriously awry. If autism has always been with us, why the contortions.
Still Covering Up: the New Autism Speaks/JAMA Study of the Cost of Autism
"The present study seems to do two things: regard notional cases based on a half-baked theory of general prevalence as actual, but also underestimating costs of individual real cases by more than three times (on a breakdown of their own figures)."
There have been many news stories in the past days of a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association - funded by Autism Speaks - of the financial cost of autism in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The Daily Mail notably reported that the calculated annual cost of autism in the UK of £32 billion ($ 51billion) was greater than the cost of “heart disease, cancer and strokes combined”. It might have seemed momentarily as if someone for once was dealing with the autism issue honestly. After all co-author Martin Knapp, London School of Economics professor, was co-author of a similar study in 2001 which estimated the cost to the UK as exceeding a mere £1 billion ($1.6 billion). That the scale of the problem might be 30 times worse now than thirteen years ago is something that many of us might have suspected. Unfortunately, what Prof Knapp seems to have discovered - rather incredibly - is that he just happened to have missed most of the cases back then. Already in 1998 (the year of the Wakefield Lancet paper) the UK's National Autistic Society had started to make out that there were in excess of half a million cases in the UK population but the 2001 paper properly ignored this assuming a prevalence of 5 in 10,000.
In the new study (table 2) we read that there are 196,489 autistic people in the UK of 18 or over with intellectual disability (ID) and 294,734 without ID.
“...Third, there is some controversy about current ASD prevalence. The prevalence estimates we used are lower than new figures from Peacock et al..or Kim et al…(1.5% and 2.6%, respectively). Although this does not affect our per-person costs, it can markedly affect the estimated total societal costs.We rejected the estimate of Peacock et al because it is based on healthcare claims data with no verification of the diagnosis. We rejected the estimate of Kim et al because it is based on data from South Korea and may not be applicable to the United Kingdom or the United States...”
The Microbiome and general health including autism are in the news. Our own Teresa Conrick has written numerous posts about gut health and autism. Skyhorse published Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior: The Groundbreaking Story of the Gut-Brain Connection by Teri Arranga, a book that should reach a wide audience.
According to the National Institutes of Health, there are sixty to seventy million people affected by digestive diseases in the United States. The old proverb tells us “you are what you eat,” and the latest science shows that this may be truer than we even thought. Diet has a profound effect on both physical and mental health. Most of the body’s immune system is in the gut, so pathology and dysfunction in the gut and imbalanced gut flora can cause neuroinflammation and possibly even neurodegenerative disease over time.
Featuring contributions from dozens of experts on gut disorders and related physical, mental, and behavioral health, this book will fascinate you as you read about the intriguing world of bad bugs, cytokine storms, and the environment in your belly that influences your brain. From the microscopic world of Clostridium to the complex communities of biofilm, Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior emphasizes one simple fact: The gut is connected to the brain.
By Teresa Conrick
The MICROBIOME continues to make headlines. I am all for it as I have a daughter very ill with both an Autism and Autoimmune diagnosis. She was born vaginally with high apgar scores but experienced regression after vaccination. This current study has been going a bit "viral" as it shows the power of gut bacteria and viruses. An example of the media reports:
Among other functions, the microbiome helps train the immune system, inhibits harmful microbes and makes essential nutrients. So researchers worry that establishment of an abnormal microbiome could have possibly harmful effects.
Epidemiological studies report associations between C-section delivery and obesity, asthma, allergies and immune deficiencies, although these don't establish cause. Theoretically, the new procedure could reduce the risk of such illnesses associated with abnormal microbiomes....
....The study examined C-section infants who were given microbes from their mother's vagina in a procedure called vaginal microbial transfer. The microbes were collected on gauze that had been placed in the vagina before birth for one hour. The gauze was then swabbed onto the newborns' mouth, face and body.
Follow-up testing showed that after 30 days, the C-section babies developed microbiomes more characteristic of vaginally delivered babies than C-section babies who didn't get the treatment.
Study after study is showing that the collective bacteria and viruses of the gut are involved in AUTISM.
Here's the LA TIMES report actually mentioning AUTISM:
......."Previous research has shown a correlation (though not causation) between people who were born via C-section and an increased risk of obesity, asthma, allergies and autism......."
Well, there was also a very large study done some years ago showing NO relationship with AUTISM and Cesarean births (C-sections):
Some questions remain:
The research on the Microbiome is mounting and the ramifications of what can alter it "remain to be seen":
.......new organisms are expected to move into the empty niches created by vaccine elimination of organisms. Thus the structure of the microbiome is altered by vaccines. The unintended consequences of this alteration remain to be seen.
I recently learned from the Autism Action Network’s email alert that Senator Dinowitz of NYC got another sponsor to his horrible bill A8329 that would eliminate our right to a religious exemption for vaccines. I have so many problems with this bill that it’s really hard to know where to start. First and foremost, it is a violation of our constitutional rights. Then there is the issue of aborted fetal cells in the vaccines that I told the Senator’s assistant when I called to express my opposition towards the bill. Next I told this person that there is DNA from other animals that are used to cure the vaccines. This also goes against my religious beliefs to inject a body with another animals DNA. Truthfully it also goes against my medical and health beliefs, ethics, and common sense. Where did the insanity begin and when will it end?
I think it will end when doctors say enough! The problem is they won’t for the worst reason ever….money! Most doctors make money off vaccines, well visits and special vaccine visits for those offices that allow the parents of the child to spread them out. Another reason that I can actually be sympathetic towards is that doctors who do speak out against so many vaccines have their medical license threatened. We live in a culture that refuses to allow a doctor to be a doctor and use good judgment for his or her patients. We need a very large group of doctors to band together and speak out in unison. This could help change things. Unfortunately the only way this may happen is if doctors were forced to be vaccinated the way nurses are made to. In most hospitals, nurses are required to get a flu shot or they have to wear a surgical mask while they work for roughly six months out of the year. Most find this to be a form of punishment letting their colleagues around them know that they refused the vaccination. This seems to be a violation of privacy as well. And second, if you don’t have the damn flu then you can’t pass the flu to another person. Hence, there is no need for a mask. I really believe that people who defiantly defend vaccines have no idea how poor their arguments can be. For instance, a child is automatically quarantined if they go to an emergency room and nurses learn that the child is not fully vaccinated. Now it doesn’t matter if they are there for a possible broken arm. But an adult can go to the same hospital and will not be quarantined. It’s again some form of asinine punishment to mistreat that family. Nothing else about it makes sense! Why can a child spread disease but an adult can’t?
Editor's Note -- This AOA article excerpted from 2014 looks at cases of anencephaly in Washington state and whether pesticides or some other environmental factor might be involved. An update from the Washington health department (consider the source) is here. With the Zika virus now in the news, we thought it was worth reminding readers that anencephaly has been on the radar before.
By Dan Olmsted
Today I'd like to mention further evidence that links pesticides with neurological and developmental mayhem, including but not limited to autism, especially along the "left coast" of the United States, stretching from the San Joaquin and Central Valleys of California up through Napa and the orchard and wine counties of Washington State. This temperate and fertile arc, sometimes referred to as Ecotopia, began blooming with fruits and vegetables when industrial agriculture, pesticides and irrigation started taking hold at the end of the 19th Century. It now accounts for a large percentage of the nation's food supply -- and increasingly, a number of unusual outbreaks that point to toxins.
In our AOA series in 2011, The Age of Polio -- How an Old Virus and New Toxins Triggered a Man-made Epidemic, we demonstrated how the first use of pesticides containing lead and arsenic in the late 19th century triggered the first outbreaks of poliomyelitis. The polio virus up till then had been a benign stomach bug, or enterovirus, but we proposed that the ingestion of lead and arsenic in children with an active polio infection allowed the virus to gain access to the nervous system, where it killed cells at the top of the spinal column (the anterior horn), leading to temporary or permanent paraylsis and, sometimes, death. Early epidemics in the San Joaquin and Napa regions as well as orchard country in Washington State are the kind of associations, overlooked at the time and ever since, that point to the true, manmade nature of polio epidemics.
Earlier this year Mark and I tracked a new outbreak, of two dozen or so cases of partial paralysis in California children, and suggested pesticides could have played a role there. Medical experts suspect an enterovirus, interestingly. We suspect that whatever else was going on, pesticides probably played a role. We reported that the parents of one child owned a vineyard (reminiscent of that Napa polio outbreak more than a century ago), and had also remembered their daughter ate fresh raspberries the morning she got sick. The doctors, she told us, didn't seem interested. (The child also got an IV at the hospital right before her arm suddenly, and permanently, went limp, possibly suggesting provocation polio, in which a needle stick can create an opening for an enterovirus to reach the nervous system). A second child who has been identified lives in an LA exurb built on farmland so intensively farmed it has an apricot named for it. (Moorpark.)
Lately, the arc of mayhem has been migrating further north, where another "mystery outbreak" has baffled researchers. According to NBC, "Mysterious Birth Defects: No Answers, Only Questions, Experts Say":
"Since 2010, at least 30 babies — now 31 — have been diagnosed with anencephaly in a three-county area of central Washington state that includes Yakima and Sunnyside. ... That’s a rate of 8.7 per 10,000 births in the region, far higher than the national rate of 2.1 cases for 10,000 births."
Among the possibilities are a nearby nuclear plant and "pesticides, grain molds, nitrates in water supplies and other concerns previously tied to the problem. ... One factor that’s certain to get attention is the low rate of folic acid use in the region. Low levels of the B vitamin in early pregnancy are known to increase risk of anencephaly, spina bifida and other neural tube defects. Sixty percent of women in the three-county area don’t take folic acid as recommended — a figure that climbed to 80 percent to 90 percent in those whose babies were studied."
Seriously, not enough folic acid? My money is on toxins, particularly pesticides. Another recent article pointed to illnesses caused by a phenomenon known as pesticide drift in the same areas. According to oregonlive.com in May:
By Anne Dachel
Jan 29, 2016, Your Health Claim: Parents question vaccines as epilepsy rates rise to 1 in 20 children under five
The rate of epilepsy among children and the elderly has been skyrocketing, with 1 in 20 children under five now suffering from the seizure condition in the United States. More and more parents say that vaccines triggered their children’s seizure disorders. The government maintains that while vaccines can trigger febrile (fever related) seizures, the many cases of epilepsy that begin immediately following infant vaccination are merely coincidental or were bound to occur eventually.
Jan 29, 2016, Newsmax.com Nearly 3.3 million US children suffer dizziness, balance problems
Amid continuing false claims regarding the historical incidence of autism by mainstream media plugged authors Steve Silberman, John Donvan and Caren Zucker AoA re-publishes a series of articles by John Stone, UK Editor, chronicling data abuse and fabricated adult autism numbers, which also impacted heavily on opinion in the United States. These articles document the official drive to paper over the catastrophe engulfing so many of our children. The first in the series dates from October 2009 (updated 2015) deconstructing the then recently published National Statistics survey of "Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England”. Interesting to note that its publication in 2009 coincided with the US National Institutes of Mental Health unveiling a figure of 1 in 100 fur US children. Six years later the figure has been admitted as 1 in 45. But for Silberman, Donvan and Zucker they are out there dancing around pretending the Emperor has clothes.
1 in 100: How the UK Government Arrived at the Adult Autism Figures
By John Stone
UPDATE April 10, 2015 (corrected). Revisiting this article five and half years on there are a small number of additional points. For clarity the original survey of 2007 from which this data was derived was looking for instances of Asperger Syndrome only. No mention was made of "higher-functioning autism" until the Eurekalert Press Release in 2008 but by 2009 both the terms "Asperger" and "high-functioning autism" had disappeared to be replaced by "autism spectrum disorders" but it was the same data set re-labelled to give a false idea of what was being surveyed. It can also be pointed out that not only were the diagnostic tests non-standard, and diluted the criteria for diagnosis but also that the assessments were not carried out by people qualified to make a diagnosis of autism. In the end it is impossible to say that there were any real cases of Asperger Syndrome let alone autism in this survey. Finally, the survey, originally published as National Statistics, was re-published as peer review study which came to be cited by Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institutes of Mental Health, and Chair of the Interagency Autism Coordinating committee (here , here and at IACC meetings) as if it was a credible source.
[Original article] Sometimes events across the pond seem connected. Just a few days ago the UK National Health Service’s Information Centre announced its new survey, which purportedly showed adult incidence of Autistic Spectrum Disorders running at the rate of 1 in 100 – according to them exactly the same rate as for schoolchildren, thus clearing MMR vaccine (or any other vaccine exposure for that matter) from being implicated in autism. Never mind that the rate was projected from a base of just 19 unconfirmed cases, or that the survey included young adults born between 1986 and 1991 who may have had MMR, or that the study had only high functioning and Asperger cases in it, or that the autism rate amongst schoolchildren in the UK runs at more like 1 in 64 - what an excellent opportunity for the US National Institute of Mental Health to concede that the autism rate for US children was also now 1 in 100, up from 1 in 150. There is now an official statistic they can cite that a rate of 1 in 100 for autism in both children and adults is perfectly normal, and nothing whatever to worry about.
To set the very curious British adult autism survey in context it is enlightening to return to the Eurekalert media announcement of May 2008 ‘University of Leicester to lead adult autism audit’ (HERE) . We read:
“Professor Terry Brugha, Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Health Sciences is spearheading the study in conjunction with a team of research experts including the the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), Research Autism and Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre. It will report in 2009.”
Interesting, first of all, to note that though it does not anticipate the result of the survey it does go on to cite a 1 in 100 autism rate figure for children in the UK:
“The number of children with autism is as high as 1 in 100 (according to studies by Prof Howard Meltzer of the University of Leicester and Prof. Baird's 2006 study). The new prevalence study now underway will give the first ever accurate picture of how many adults have the condition. “
This statement was highly misleading. Meltzer, who is a signatory to the new paper, seems to have been responsible for the 1 in 100 figure for children in UK National Statistics but this was not true of the Baird study which gave a rate of 1 in 86, while Baron-Cohen - who was not in the end a signatory - had already headed a study which when it was finally published furnished a childhood figure of 1 in 64 (HERE).
But perhaps the most astonishing statement from the 2008 press release in retrospect is this:
‘The prevalence study will make use of new data collected in 2007 by NatCen and Professor Brugha’s team to record the number of adults with Asperger's syndrome and high functioning autism. There will also be an additional part to the study on the number of people with autism who have more complex needs and learning disabilities. The aim of the combined research will provide good epidemiological information in terms of prevalence and the characteristics and problems of this group.’
The new report, therefore, is based not on the full range of ASDs but solely on the data collected for the “Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism” by Prof Brugha in 2007; the “additional part” on “more complex needs and learning disabilities” has not been included at all, if it was ever conducted. On the other hand the report has been incorrectly published under a title which suggests that it is in fact a survey of all Autistic Spectrum Disorders “Autistic Spectrum Disorders in adults living in household throughout England” (HERE) , and this was how it was announced to the media.
Other key questions arise:
Welcome to Autism Awareness Day! Yes, February 2nd is the one and true day that sums up the state of research, funding, government action, media skew and general American "huh?"
6 more weeks.
6 more months.
6 more years.
6 more decades.
And how many more kids?
See the shadow? It's gigantic and dark.
Jan 31, 2015, Foreign Policy Journal: Truth in Media: CDC, Vaccines & Autism
Jan 29, 2015, Fox26 Houston: Alief mom protests unauthorized immunization of 11-year-old son
Nov 5, 2015 The Jewish Chronicle: Altered attitudes can open worlds By Steve Silberman
By Teresa Conrick
My focus on the Microbiome and Autism continues into 2016. It is THE continual connection that research shows is lighting the way to medical treatments for so many severely and adversely affected. My daughter is one of them, and as a result, I read much of the published research on Autism, but also studies that I sense are related. Meg has both an AUTISM and an AUTOIMMUNE diagnosis. She showed symptoms of regression after receiving both a Hib-DTP vaccine [Tetramune®] and M-M-R® II (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live). She developed a fever for days, a fine, red rash and lost expressive language skills and eye contact. An Autism diagnosis was given at age 2 yrs, 7 months. More symptoms would come and increasing health problems with each passing year. She was diagnosed with seizures at age 16 and at 17, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). At age 18, she received an autoimmune diagnosis, with positive anti-nuclear antibodies. More recently, Meg's fingers and joints look inflamed and she is bothered by them. She is non-verbal. Treatments tailored for the Microbiome seem to be a hopeful avenue as her life has much pain. With that in mind, Dan's recent Weekly Wrap about Donald T was timed perfectly as I had just been connecting a few dots about Donald.
About this time last year, a study hit the the autoimmune world that to me, gave more credence to the significance of the Microbiome:
Decreased bacterial diversity characterizes the altered gut microbiota in patients with psoriatic arthritis, resembling dysbiosis in inflammatory bowel disease.
That title alone should connect some dots because for so many with an Autism diagnosis, the gut is the epicenter. Inflammatory bowel disease has been on the radar with regression and Autism for over ten years. The connections here are beyond serendipity.
Here was the Atlantic's story about it: Joint Pain, From the Gut
Scientists don't know what causes rheumatoid arthritis, but many suspect that the microbiome—the bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tracts—may be to blame.....
Several recent studies have found intriguing links between gut microbes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases in which the body’s immune system goes awry and attacks its own tissue.
It's no secret that I have always been intrigued with what Dan and Mark had written about Donald, based on their book : and the connections to the other first children that Kanner had described. I also wrote about the joint pain-microbiome connection last year, with not much attention:
Since 1938: Autism, The Microbiome and Donald Triplett, CASE 1 And an excerpt of what I wrote:
…."Scientists are increasingly focusing on how gut bacteria influence the immune system. Studies show the rate of autoimmune diseases is rising, and some scientists believe that may be due, in part, to changes in gut bacteria tied to unhealthy diets, the explosion of antibiotic use, and even anti-bacteria products."
Sound familiar? I’ve been reporting here almost nonstop on the MICROBIOME and AUTISM. CASE 1, Donald T could be considered GROUND ZERO on the issue of the microbiome being pivotal in autism.
By Stefanie Duncan Fetzer
I think we should urge our legislators to MANDATE BREASTFEEDING. Now, I realize it's a personal decision and some mothers feel they can't do it for various reasons. However, in the interest of public health, this is a move we should make given the health benefits and number of lives that could be saved. A study was just published in the Lancet heralding the pros of breastfeeding, both for mother and children. It posits that if we could raise breastfeeding to nearly universal levels, we could save upwards of 820,000 lives per year!!!
I realize that breastfeeding may be challenging, inconvenient or seemingly impossible for some people. Frankly, I don't care. As a mother, you should sacrifice everything to ensure the health of your child, as well as improve the situation for the Greater Good. I breastfed twins with little difficulty, so I find it hard to believe that everyone can't do it. The REAL instances where a mother cannot breastfeed a child are so few and far between that I almost don't think they exist. We can develop a medical exemption for mothers who truly can't successfully do it.
I don't think children who aren't breastfed should be able to attend public or private school - I am still considering how I feel about formula fed homeschoolers. It's not fair to the kids who have been breastfed. They shouldn't be exposed to the disease carrying kids who weren't breastfed and didn't receive the early 'vaccine' of breastmilk. Again, in the very rare instances where breastfeeding was truly impossible, we can issue medical exemptions. But, we will be closely monitoring the doctors who issue those exemptions and if we feel that they are giving them under false pretenses, we will work to get their medical licenses revoked.
We will implement a system where pediatricians are rewarded for keeping a patient base that is primarily breastfed. If a pediatrician falls below the threshhold, we will penalize them financially through withholding insurance bonuses and kickbacks. In fact, we will encourage pediatricians to kick those patients out of their practices who refuse to breastfeed. We don't want those kids in the waiting rooms, unprotected, and spreading disease!
Word spread quickly in several of my online groups that Delegates in the Commonwealth of Virginia had introduced a vaccine bill. Like other vaccine bills that have popped up in other states, HB1342 was a bad bill.
As quickly as the bill was introduced, it was assigned to a Subcommittee and added to the next Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee’s agenda. It was imperative that those who opposed the bill act quickly. Virginians wasted no time. Representatives were contacted. Travel plans were made. Parents, providers and many, many others helped to spread the word. I was one of those parents.
Since I could get to the hearing where 3 minutes of public testimony was to be included, I drafted a short speech.
Delagate Filler-Corn, Dr. Stolle and other Members of the Committee,
“You know your child best.”
As the mom to five kids, I’ve heard that statement several times over the last few years. I hear that one and that I should always trust my mother’s instinct. I’ve made mistakes before when I didn’t listen to my instinct which is why I’m here today. My gut tells me that HB1342 is a bad bill. I’d like to tell you why.
This bill violates existing law that protects religious and parental rights. To take those rights away, something that so many in the Commonwealth have fought to secure, preserve and protect, is incomprehensible.
HB1342 not only violates religious rights and personal rights, it undermines our doctor and their ability to work with my children, including my son who was severely injured by vaccines. Finding the right doctor to attend to that injury took time. Our doctor understands my child’s healthcare needs well, not you, Dr. Stolle, nor any of the other members of this committee. This bill would prevent my son’s doctor from using professional judgement which would impede them from appropriately treating him. That, plus mandating vaccines while also restricting the existing medical exemption, which is what HB1342 would do, is unethical and would not serve any of my children well.
I could now cite a few statistics for the committee, like the fact that Virginia has a high vaccine rate despite already low exemptions rates, or I could remind you that those who manufacture vaccines have no liability for their product and that those who administer them can do so without being held accountable for any injury or death resulting, or I could point out that the CDC states that all vaccines come with risk, or I could make it clear to you that when there is a risk, there must always be a choice, but I’ll leave you with a final statement and a request instead.
HB1342 is an overreach of the government. I respectfully ask that you withdraw this draconian bill and refrain from introducing other bills like it.
I never had to make that speech. Thankfully, HB1342 was stricken from the docket soon after the Health, Welfare and Institution’s Committee meeting started. I was overjoyed.
If you’ve been wondering what’s up with the suit filed by two whistleblowers against Merck for allegedly hiding the fact that the mumps vaccine doesn’t work – well, so have we.
Now a timeline has emerged, although you might need a telescope to see its further reaches. An Amended Scheduling Order was released this month that extends deadlines even longer: “dispositive motions” to be filed by December 20, 2017 – basically two years from now; “motions involving class certification” by May 3, 2018. That looks like the earliest a trial could start, and it’s not hard to see the whole thing going into 2019, if not a new decade entirely.
This for an allegedly blatant fraud against taxpayers that occurred last decade – in 1999!
A key date appears to be October 31 of next year, when a status report from both sides is due on whether “the parties would consent to alternative dispute resolution” – in other words, I believe, to settling out of court.
Backed by a major California law firm that knows how to write powerful briefs and has a lot of material to work with, the whistleblowers – Stephen A. Krahling and Joan A. Wlochowski – haven’t budged. Attempts by Merck to get the suit thrown out on all kinds of grounds (such as, unbelievably, that the FDA knew about it and didn’t care, so why should anyone else!) failed in federal court in Philadelphia.
Discovery of documents must also be completed by that October date. Discovery – the delivery of relevant material that might help make a case – is exactly what private firms of all kinds dread, and one reason you see so many settlements where terms are not disclosed, nobody admits any wrongdoing and the whole thing goes away. The big firms pay millions to defend themselves, so what’s a few more million out of billions in profits to buy someone off? Most people can’t resist the temptation given that they could lose everything in court.
That’s why getting to discovery in this lawsuit is the crux of the matter – it’s so rare, and there’s so much at stake. That includes billions in potential penalties for Merck if it’s found the firm defrauded the government, which pays hundreds of millions a year for the MMR – the mumps, measles, and rubella shot. Merck has the only license to manufacture any of the MMR components in the United States, and in the worst outcome for Merck it could lose that lucrative monopoly entirely.
There is no discovery allowed in the so-called “vaccine court” that has so far thwarted thousands of parents who claimed their child’s autism was due to the MMR, the mercury in some vaccinations, or a combination of both. The judges who threw out all the cases ridiculed the families for having no evidence to that effect, a Catch-22 if ever there was one.
So while it seems like bad news that this case is stretching so far into the future, the fact that it is still headed for daylight is kind of a miracle. If it makes it all the way, you have to wonder what a jury will make of some of the Merck documents already disclosed – such as the one in which a Merck official told subordinates that their job was to show that the mumps vaccine met federal licensing standards, when it clearly did not. To bridge the gap, according to the suit:
“Merck set out to conduct testing of its mumps vaccine that would support its original efficacy finding. In performing this testing, Merck’s objective was to report efficacy of 95 percent or higher regardless of the vaccine’s true efficacy. The only way Merck could accomplish this was through manipulating its testing procedures and falsifying the test results. … Krahling and Wlochowski participated on the Merck team that conducted this testing and witnessed firsthand the fraud in which Merck engaged to reach its desired results. Merck internally referred to the testing as Protocol 007.”
Naming a secret project after a British spy with a license to kill might have seemed amusing inside Merck; perhaps not so much in an American courtroom.
It is also worth pointing out that lawsuits like this are typically long slogs, but sometimes pay off big-time. An example is close at hand: For instance, Merck just paid $830 million to settle a lawsuit with shareholders over the painkiller Vioxx. That drug was pulled from the market 11 years ago, in 2004; since then, the company pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for violating drug laws; paid $900 million; and settled 50,000 lawsuits by patients in 2007 for nearly $5 billion.
Before it settled, Merck engaged in a tobacco-style scorched earth policy of fighting every individual claim of harm or death from the drug, denying all, even after it became clear that thousands of people had died from heart attacks and strokes and Merck had been, shall we say, not forthcoming about the implications of its own studies of the drug’s safety. (The master of that approach, its chief lawyer, was rewarded with the chairmanship of the company.)
You may remember the heavy marketing of the drug – skater Peggy Fleming in a TV ad holding her sore ankle, hardly the appropriate audience for a heavy-duty painkiller. That pill-popping approach to a compound not much better, and far more dangerous, than aspirin mirrors the mumps vaccine hype: According to research Mark Blaxill and I have done, the vaccine is unnecessary, given the mildness of most mumps infections in early children. Now, thanks to the vaccine, outbreaks are showing up more and more in adolescents and young adults, in whom it can cause sterility and other complication.
That’s because, according to the whistleblowers, it doesn’t even work.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.
Actress Jenny McCarthy become the face of the “vaccines cause autism” tin foil hat-wearing crowd. In an interview with Tavis Smiley, the singer Prince expounded on chemtrails, the belief that jet contrails in the sky are secretly loaded with chemicals to control the public. And Mark Ruffalo, Martin Sheen, Rosie O’Donnell and country singer Willie Nelson have all made statements supporting the 9/11 truther position that the twin towers weren’t taken down by al-Qaida or our government was in some way complicit.
Imagine Kelvin Wade's reaction if he listened to what Ben Swann has revealed about corruption at the CDC. I posted this.
While Mr. Wade is quick to berate Jenny McCarthy as "the face of the 'vaccines cause cause autism' tin foil hat-wearing crowd," he needs to at least do a little background research and discover what and who is involved in this controversy.
Excerpted from HuffPo. Clinton on Autism: Need for Paradigm Shift
After nearly 20 years of advocacy on behalf of an appropriate public health response to the public health emergency of rising rates of severe autism, I'm honored to be joined by mothers of teenagers with autism and full time, tireless autism advocates, Katie Wright and Lisa Wiederlight in writing a response to Secretary Hillary Clinton's "Plan to Support Children, Youth, and Adults Living with Autism and Their Families".
Nine years after her remarks in 2007 that autism is "one of the most urgent--and least understood--challenges facing our children today," autism prevalence has climbed from 1 in 150 to 1 in 45 American children, with no cause and no new treatments identified.
Secretary Clinton is a long-time child and disability advocate, so we were not surprised to see her be the first out of the gate with some concrete recommendations that will positively affect the lives of many with autism. Her insightful remarks in New Hampshire this month included recognition of autism's increasing prevalence, and the need to prevent and treat it. Specifically:
On Jan 26, 2016, the New York Times published a review of ‘In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,’ by Jerome Groopman. Groopman told readers that this book shows that we're just now recognizing autism "as part of the human condition."
“In a Different Key posits that the condition is not a new phenomenon."
Groopman alleged there's been a history of eugenics involved in autism as shown by calls for institutionalization and sterilization of the disabled in the past. It seems we've didn't deal with autism in any ethical or responsible way in the past; we've only recently awakened to what's always been here. Mothers were in the forefront of the fight to recognize and accept autism.
Donvan and Zucker make it clear that the vaccine-autism controversy has been a "dangerous detour." A reference was made by Groopman that Katie Wright, the daughter of the founders of Autism Speaks, Bob and Suzanne Wright, seemingly led her parents into the "anti-vaccination" camp. Autism Speaks became "'entangled' in the work of Andrew Wakefield. This led to criticism of Autism Speaks.
...As the book approaches the present day, Donvan and Zucker address the dangerous detour taken by prominent advocacy groups about the causes of autism. A deeply reported chapter features Bob Wright, the former chief executive of NBC, who became involved in autism advocacy after his grandson received a diagnosis. Wright believed that there needed to be “a big tent” effort to ultimately understand autism. He founded a nonprofit, Autism Speaks, in 2005, which enjoyed great success until it became “entangled” in the work of Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist, who tied development of autism to the MMR vaccine in an article in The Lancet in 1998. His report was soon discredited, and the article retracted. Alas, this research, shown to be severely flawed, is still cited by opponents of childhood vaccination.
Autism Speaks tried to remain neutral in the “debate” but gave a voice to anti-vaccination activists, one of whom was Wright’s daughter. While championing the “proven benefits” of vaccination, it also promised to investigate whether vaccines were dangerous. “Attempting to bridge the chasm between two polarized constituencies, the organization had been forced into rhetorical somersaults,” Donvan and Zucker write, and it never regained its former prominence after the controversy.
I wish Jerome Groopman had actually done more than just look at Donvan and Zucker's book. While not naming Katie, Groopman described her as an anti-vaccine advocate. Listen to her story. It's time for people like Groopman, Donvan and Zucker to learn about the reality of vaccine-induced autism.
Listen to Katie Wright in the YouTube interview with David Kirby from 2007, David Kirby Interviews Katie Wright on her son's autism regression and her stance on Autism Speaks
In a Different Key has nothing to do with Katie's son's vaccine injury. How does her story of her son's regression into autism and the medical community's response in any way resemble a something that's always been "part of the human condition."
Christian was a healthy, normally developing baby. At birth he received the Hep B vaccine without his parents' consent or knowledge. He received the recommended vaccines as a baby and had reactions like 12 hours of screaming and a fever of 104. Her son's pediatrician said this was a normal reaction. By age 2 he was losing language and became withdrawn. Eventually, he lost 90 percent of his words.
(NIH Press release is at the end of this post.)
By Katie Wright
First of all let me tell you who is excluded from this $28 million autism research project.
Autistic people with epilepsy
Autistic people w sensory/ motor problems
Autistic people with Metabolic/ Mitochondrial abnormalities
Autistic people with environmentally triggered autism
Ok I think that just about rules out 75% of people with autism?
Just imagine a giant $28 million NIH on the heterogeneity of the HIV population. But the study excludes gay men, IV drug users and sex workers and is ONLY studying hemophiliacs. Absurd right? Yet that is exactly how half-witted this autism biomarkers project is designed.
Ostensibly the hypothesis is that research progress has been impeded by the heterogeneity of autism. OK, fair enough, so why not actually study a heterogeneous group of ASD people and compare those biomarkers? But no, the NIH biomarker project is studying healthy largely HF ASD people, period. Naturally this is the group of ASD people who least need medical science’s help – so start there of course!
One hears the words autism biomarkers and, naturally, thinks of tissue samples, autoantibodies, immunoglobulin levels, cytokine profiles, T cell count, oxidative stress levels….but no, incredibly, the NIH believes “face processing” is a biomarker. The NIH “Biomarker” project will be studying: eye tacking, face processing, pupil light reflexes, social communication, EEGs (more needless torture for ASD kids). Basically every single item on this list has already been studied 10,000 times. Let’s see, for example there are 455 published studies on autism and face processing.
AoA today re-publishes Bill Welsh’s hypothesis first presented here two years ago, which on Tuesday he spoke about before the Scottish Parliament Petitions Committee (from 1.23.57) raising several important issues concerning the rise of autism, MMR and the possible contamination of vaccine products. A formal publication Bill’s hypothesis can be read here.
Regressive Autism---A New Hypothesis to End an Enigma?
By Bill Welsh.
It is difficult to imagine a worse scenario than the one experienced by the many parents I have met.
To witness a perfect child gradually lose all his or her skills, regress, and develop distressing behavioural difficulties, often including self injury, should never be visited on any family, but the sad reality is it has been occurring increasingly for over twenty or more years. And as if observing the deterioration of the child is not enough- even worse eventually follows, sometimes years later—an official diagnosis of autism (ASD)! Parents soon discover that ‘lifelong’, ‘incurable’ and ‘genetic’ are the three words most associated with the condition. ‘Regressive autism’ is a diagnosis wrapped in bleak negativity.
The latest figures for the UK inform us that over 100,000 schoolchildren have an autism diagnosis. Medical officialdom is quick to re-assure society that there are valid reasons for this significant increase in ASD, including for example ‘better recognition’ and ‘widening diagnostic criteria’.
They are mistaken.
Over 70 years ago autism was identified as a new condition, and was regarded as ‘rare’, that is until about 1990 when its diagnosis began to increase markedly. It is now common. No one in medical science has offered a plausible (one that has survived close scrutiny) explanation for the mystery known as the ‘autism enigma’. This is surprising as there are plenty of clues:
Most, but not all, parents have no hesitation in identifying a vaccination event as the forerunner to their child’s gradual withdrawal. With over 1,500 parents taking legal action, in the usually non-litigious UK, during the MMR vaccine episode one would have thought the role of vaccination would have received very close scientific examination. Inexplicably this did not happen. Official focus remained on the need to maintain public confidence in MMR in order to prevent communicable diseases rather than on a thorough examination of parental testimony. Vaccination as a precursor to a child’s descent into regressive autism became a neglected vital clue.
The recent ABC Nightline featuring John Donvan and Caren Zucker, once again rewrote the history of autism.
The two journalists focused on Donald Triplett, the first person to be diagnosed as autistic. The message to the public was that until Donvan and Zucker began their work, autism was na unknown disability and its victims hidden away. According to Nightline, Donvan and Zucker discovered Donald. There was no mention of the work of Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill.
Viewers were told that Donvan and Zucker were "among the first journalists to cover autism on network television," back in 2001. Clips from Nightline shows in 2001, 2007 and 2010 were shown.
ABC said that Donald's mother "was a steely advocate for her son" rescuing him from "a harsh institution and refusing to let him to be marginalized." Through his mother's efforts, Donald developed speech, and parental love rescued Donald from autism. Donvan said that when he and Zucker first wanted to do stories about autism, 16 years ago, people were unfamiliar with the subject. "Nightline was the only show that would do it."
Donvan: "As a society, we've more or less said, when these kids are kids, let's give them all the opportunities we can to help them have great adulthoods, then they turn 21 and all of that sort of goes down the drain in a lot of cases because people need continuing help, but where are they? They're living at home with their parents often, and for those forty years after school, the person with autism has not really gone anywhere, done anything."
Donvan became choked up talking about Caren's autistic son growing up. "I know that Caren's always said what she wants is, when her kid, now a man, is out there in the world, that she won't be the only one who has his back. That it'll be everybody. And she wants this book to get people who read it to be willing to be those people."
Tune into KVMR FM 89.5 at noon PACIFIC time tomorrow, Wednesday 1/27 to hear AofA contributor, commenter and friend Laura Hayes on Undernews with Jeanie Keltner and Peggie Bean. Focusing on the important and fascinating info that rarely surfaces in the commercial media with interviews from activists, writers and citizen experts.
We'll link the podcast when its available. Thanks to Laura for her tireless work advocating for medical freedom and childrens' health.
From Truth In Media. Please visit the site for the video.
Ben Swann is an investigative journalist working tirelessly to dissolve the left/right paradigm prevalent in most mainstream media narratives. As a news reporter and anchor in the earlier days of his career, he has gained a wealth of experience while earning two Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards. In addition to heading the Truth In Media Project, Ben is the prime anchor at WGCL-TV in Atlanta, GA. He can be seen anchoring live at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. A stream is available at cbs46.com.
The debate over whether vaccines cause autism has become one of the most controversial disputes in this country. In this episode of Truth In Media, the focus is not on whether vaccines are responsible for autism. The issue at hand here is a study that was performed at the CDC and the question of whether the agency was complicit in a cover-up over a decade ago.
For over two years, Truth In Media has explored the allegations of Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist who came forward in 2014, hired a whistleblower attorney, and claimed that important data regarding a study on vaccines and autism was eliminated.
Thompson’s claims have led to a divide among Americans, with some believing that Thompson’s allegations are credible and should be investigated further, and others convinced that the documents Thompson handed over mean absolutely nothing. In December 2015, Ben Swann was the first journalist to obtain the documents from Congressman Bill Posey.
In this episode, Swann further examines not only Thompson’s claims, but also the documents related to the study, with the assistance of doctors, journalists, authors and former CDC specialists who joined Swann in discussing every document that was handed over.
Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse than the Surgeon General using Elmo on Sesame Street to hawk vaccines to the tiniest and most impressionable among us, Forbes steps up to the plate this month to compete for Most Disgusting Abuse of Marketing Drugs Directly To Children Award.
In Forbes' Jan. 20th "Pharma & Healthcare" section (where they tell us what Pharma wants us to "know"), there is an article titled, "Even Disney Princesses Need HPV Shots, Cervical Cancer Screenings and STD Testing". In this activist sales pitch dressed up as science journalism, Forbes contributor and self-assigned savior of the world's children from their own parents (and non HPV vaccine prescribing doctors), Tara Haelle, reports how "writer and sex ed speaker Danielle Sepulveres and artist/illustrator Maritza Lugo...collaborated on a series of illustrations at Sepulveres' Tumblr showing Disney princesses visiting their gynecologists to raise awareness for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and all the healthy behaviors that women can take to reduce their risk of this almost completely preventable cancer." Apparently "Sepulveres became frustrated last fall when she and fellow writer friends had trouble successfully pitching stories to write about Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month in September. After sharing her frustration in a blog post at a cervical cancer "cervivors" site, she decided she needed a new approach to catch people's attention when January rolled around." So she teamed with artist Lugo "whose website features a style well suited to placing icons like Cinderella and Mulan in a new context".
Sepulveres and Lugo show the Disney cartoon characters that millions of children love and admire in various medical situations. Tiana is shown getting an HPV vaccine. Mulan is in the gynecologist's examination chair shaking his hand before putting her feet into the stirrups for her "cervical cancer screening". Belle is shown in the clinic picking up (I kid you not) "emergency contraception" (behind her are brochures on Birth Control, one partially hidden by the nurse's (?) head says in red "Your Sexual...", and then right behind Belle's head is a large picture of an IUD, white and blue on bright red).
Then there's Cinderella's "new context". You didn't think that Cinderella, who has been a teenager since 1950 when she debuted in her first Disney film, got away without having sex all this time, did you? Can't let a storybook princess maintain her decades long reputation for innocence, not in 2016 when there are so many drugs and medical services for her to sell - to children. Nope. Cinderella is all grown up now. Cinderella is shown in the lab with a needle in her arm getting blood drawn to test her for STD's, because, as the poster on the wall behind her head says "ONE IN TWO SEXUALLY ACTIVE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL GET AN STD BY 25". You just can't make this stuff up. CINDERELLA. What age is into Cinderella? 3? 5? 7? 9? Oh, now, wait a minute. Nine year old girls ARE targeted (their word, not mine) for the HPV vaccine. So, they get the babies ready for the idea that they're going to get this vaccine when they are just barely out of diapers so that by the time they reach the ripe old age of 9, they accept it without questioning because all their Disney friends got it and did just fine. Slick.
By Kim Stagliano
The push in books, the media, journals, among politicians to normalize autism, to spread lies that autism has always been among us in the vast numbers we face today, to make it appear to be something that is just a brain difference, or worse, an improvement over mere mortals is disrespectful and demoralizing to all of us who have children on the spectrum.
Below are videos from a Mom documenting her son's struggles over a year. For her child, Kreed. For her family. In my family we have 21
years plus 19 years plus 15 years of hardship. There's no point in sugar coating autism here. If anyone thinks this Mom (or I) show disrespect or that we don't accept or love our kids - please just find somewhere else to read. Autism here is a fractured fairy tale.
The only way we're going to see any sort of serious acknowledgement of the severe impact of autism on individuals, families and society is by taking a hard look at reality. These videos provide that. Send us your own videos if you'd like. We'll run them not to expose our kids - but to protect them. Patronize us with palliative care? No thanks, Hillary. Lump our kids in with "normal" special ed and disabilities? You think we have special schools for autism, sensitive Santas, autism day at theme parks, additional special education masters level certificates in autism because autism is the same as traditional developmental disabilities or because it is VASTLY different? Get real, people. Open your eyes.
No one wants to share the dark underbelly of our lives. The trauma of autism on a family. I see friends whose kids seize weekly, daily. Friends whose kids have such gut problems that they can't go to school and need a feeding tube. Marriages collapsing under the weight of the stress. Bank accounts ransacked. THIS SH*T IS HARD.
Here? We don't sleep. We're up at midnight, 3:00am, 4:00am. We don't go back to proper sleep. Ever. One daughter wants Nick Jr to watch the schedule as each half hour ticks off - not the actual programs. One daughter wants her DVDs in order in a case and 3 i Devices on which to stare at screen shots from HooplaKidz toddler videos. One daughter just plain wakes up due to the noise back and forth in our upstairs hallway. By the time 5:30am rolls around, we've been pacing, putting back to bed, moving over, hiding iPads and remotes for hours. Then we go to our jobs. And function. Sort of.
Share your videos. Show up in front of politicians with your precious child. My girls make grown men weep. That's the severity of their autism - juxtaposed with their beauty and precious personalities.
Nathaniel W. Hodgson,
Malav S. Trivedi,
Hamid M. Abdolmaleky,
Kim Quang Do,
Richard C. Deth
Published: January 22, 2016
Many studies indicate a crucial role for the vitamin B12 and folate-dependent enzyme methionine synthase (MS) in brain development and function, but vitamin B12 status in the brain across the lifespan has not been previously investigated. Vitamin B12 (cobalamin, Cbl) exists in multiple forms, including methylcobalamin (MeCbl) and adenosylcobalamin (AdoCbl), serving as cofactors for MS and methylmalonylCoA mutase, respectively. We measured levels of five Cbl species in postmortem human frontal cortex of 43 control subjects, from 19 weeks of fetal development through 80 years of age, and 12 autistic and 9 schizophrenic subjects. Total Cbl was significantly lower in older control subjects (> 60 yrs of age), primarily reflecting a >10-fold age-dependent decline in the level of MeCbl. Levels of inactive cyanocobalamin (CNCbl) were remarkably higher in fetal brain samples. In both autistic and schizophrenic subjects MeCbl and AdoCbl levels were more than 3-fold lower than age-matched controls. In autistic subjects lower MeCbl was associated with decreased MS activity and elevated levels of its substrate homocysteine (HCY). Low levels of the antioxidant glutathione (GSH) have been linked to both autism and schizophrenia, and both total Cbl and MeCbl levels were decreased in glutamate-cysteine ligase modulatory subunit knockout (GCLM-KO) mice, which exhibit low GSH levels. Thus our findings reveal a previously unrecognized decrease in brain vitamin B12 status across the lifespan that may reflect an adaptation to increasing antioxidant demand, while accelerated deficits due to GSH deficiency may contribute to neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders.
Read more Decreased Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 in Aging, Autism and Schizophrenia.
Today’s post is inspired by a BINGO game a friend shared on her Facebook wall. The squares were full of cute ideas meant to keep kids busy during a snow storm. I saved the link thinking that it could come in handy for my kids—our area is expected to get 2 feet of snow. The boredom factor could hit an all-time high before the weekend is over.
The BINGO board I made to accompany this post isn’t to keep boredom at bay; it’s to be used whenever you read an autism or vaccine mainstream article, like the one I read late last week.
Melinda Gates is frustrated with Donald Trump. After reading her latest interview in the Huffington Post and why she’s miffed, I’m a little bit frustrated, too.
In that interview, Melinda bemoans the fact that The Donald is misinforming people. She goes so far as to say that his claim that childhood vaccinations can lead to autism is “ridiculous”. Gates also thinks that Trump should use his platform as presidential candidate to educate people. Isn’t he doing that, though, in making those vaccine-autism assertions that he’s making?
Yes, he is!
(Thank you, Donald!)
But the article refuses to cover Trump in a good light and instead takes a typical turn that many mainstream news articles take when vaccines and autism come up. That’s when the writer regurgitates a memo that the media has yet to stop circulating. If you’re new to the vaccine-autism scene, the message in that memo includes the following words and phrases and can be found in many a mainstream piece, including the one from HuffPo:
link between vaccines and autism
autism is not related to vaccinations
You’d think that by now that the mainstream news would have some new content for their pieces, but it’s the same old words, the same old phrases, and the same old “science” in every single pro-vaccine article after article after article. Those articles are not just frustrating to read, they are getting boring to read, too!
Why is it that so many writers seem to have an anaphylactic reaction to the fact that the first case of autism in the medical literature recovered remarkably when treated with gold salts?
The short answer is because it suggests that the mainstream has gotten autism very wrong, and from the very first. Neither parent-blaming nor genetic anomalies nor ABA nor Floortime could explain how treating someone with a different diet, or certain kinds of medicine or alternative methods, could trigger a visible improvement in their symptoms, let along the kind of recovery seen in Donald T.
Donald, as you may know, was Case 1 in Leo Kanner’s 1943 description of 11 children with a theretofore-unknown syndrome that Kanner called “Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact.”
Mark Blaxill and I tracked Donald down in 2005, and in 2007 met him in his hometown of Forest, Mississippi. Meanwhile, others were on the case. John Donvan and Caren Zucker, doubtless in possession of our 2010 book the Age of Autism which outlined our reporting on Donald, made a suspiciously well-timed splash the day before with an article in the Atlantic and a gig on Good Morning America, with the always-eager-to-diminish-autism George Stephanopoulos presiding.
I don’t doubt Donvan and Zucker independently identified Donald; it wasn’t that hard to do. I don’t blame them for publicizing their work at the same time as ours (I suppose they think they “scooped” us by landing one day before, although our book had been out for review for weeks), nor do I object to the fact that their take on Donald was a very pleasant feature story – the lovely people of Forest adopted him as their own little Hobbit (he is very short and suffered from failure to thrive, a sign of what really happened), and now he had found his own little place in the Shire. If only all the townsfolk of the world would be so kind, they implied, we’d have no problem with autism at all. Now they've recapitulated all that and much more in their new book "In a Different Key -- The Story of Autism," which along with the recent "Neurotribes" paints autism as just another part of human diversity that has always been with us.
Yeah, right. Our book laid out an entirely different scenario, in which we showed that Donald really was among the earliest handful of cases that came to be called autism. That the reason was the commercialization of ethyl mercury in seed disinfectants, lumber preservatives and multidose vaccines, and that the march of industrial progress, not for the first or last time, had inadvertently (and carelessly, given the known toxicity of ethyl mercury) launched the Age of Autism (see our book, the video on our home page, and my column last Saturday).
Let’s set that aside for a second and talk about the fact that Donald, according to his brother, Oliver, developed an acute case of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in early adolescence and was near death by the time his parents got him the right diagnosis and treatment at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis. That treatment was intravenous gold salts over several months, during which time his JRA lifted, with the exception of one fused finger bone.
During that time, his brother told me, Donald’s autism symptoms also cleared up to the point that he was able to take his place in the community, go to college, work at the family bank and become president of the Kiwanis.
Interesting, no? Well, no, not interesting, nothing to see here according to Donvan and Zucker’s account. In a footnote, where pesky ideas that threaten the main narrative go to die, Donvan tells a different story, one that acknowledges ours but finds every reason you could think of, and a few you couldn’t, to dismiss it out of hand.
You see, the fact that Case 1 had not just autism but (another) autoimmune disease – rheumatoid arthritis -- interests them not at all as any kind of clue to causation or treatment. What they want to do is tear down any association between the gold salts (biomed) and the improvement in Donald’s autism.
Donvan reports that Donald’s mother, long dead, believed that the fevers induced by JRA, when they weren’t nearly killing him, improved his symptoms. Now, fevers do sometimes seem to have some effect on autism – usually temporary, alas, as I understand it.
But to Donvan, that’s the ticket out of having to consider a sustained anti-inflammatory treatment as anything to do with Donald’s recovery, which he also disputes, saying Donald is clearly still autistic. (Many parents would be thrilled with that kind of “autism” in their adult children.)
Donvan attributes the fever cure concept to Donald’s brother, and makes it sound like our description of gold salts as the source of his improvement is rampant, self-interested speculation by anti-vaccine kooks. "In his initial reporting, Olmsted went so far as to suggest gold salts had cured Donald's autism," they write.
Except, that’s what Donald’s brother told me in his law office above the square in Forest back in 2005! He said a Dr. Hamilton in Memphis “began to treat my brother with gold salts – two or three months. He just had a miraculous response to the medicine. The pain in his joints went away.”
And then Oliver dropped the bomb I wasn’t expecting: “When he was finally released the nervous condition he was formerly afflicted with was gone. The proclivity toward excitability and extreme nervousness had all but cleared up, and after that he went to school and had one more little flare-up when he was in junior college they treated with cortisone.”
Later in the interview, still processing this unexpected idea, I came back to the gold salts and asked Oliver again if it really seemed like the decisive event: “It sure did,” he said. “He became more sociable.” Oliver added, “It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.”
Donvan also criticizes me for suggesting Donald had moved off the autism spectrum, but when I asked Oliver if Donald had autism he said, “No, he doesn’t. It’s just in certain areas.” Again, some peculiarities, some traits, but c’mon John, the first guy ever reported in the literature got so much better that, if he’d started out like that, he’d never have been in the medical literature in the first place. This is where the diagnostic category itself, as opposed to a concept like auto-immune environmental injury, serves the status quo. The medical establishment controls the category, and you'd best not tamper with it.
Two years later, in 2007, Mark and I met Donald and, sitting around his kitchen table in Mississippi, talked (on tape) about his early life. We ran it in our book in Q and A form.
“Q: There was a mention in some of the medical papers that when you had the gold salts therapy, all of a sudden some of the behaviors and some of the other problems got better. Do you remember that?
A: No, I don’t really remember that.
Q: Did your parents say, though, that you seemed to get a lot better in terms of your relationship with the rest of the world and that sort of thing at that point?
A: Yes, as I got older, things got a whole lot better.
Q: And did they think that had something to do with it, those gold salts treatments?
A: I have a feeling it might.
Q: And the behaviors they were calling autistic, did those change most after the first one?
A: Yes, it seems like they changed.
Q: But you don’t remember that kind of change taking place?
A: No, I don’t remember, really.”
Unlike this conversation, my earlier interview with his brother was not on tape. Reporters don’t like to share their notes, but here are two pages of mine. They show Donald’s brother, not me, musing about his amazing recovery from gold salts.
Now, maybe gold salts were not what helped Donald, although I think they did; it is at least an idea worth taking seriously and keeping on the table as the number of injured kids soars. The meta-point here is that folks like Donvan can’t stand the idea and its implications, and toss in everything they can think of to discredit it. Maybe he was already getting better. Maybe he didn't really get that much better. Maybe it was the fevers. Maybe it's the lovely people of Forest. JRA has nothing to do with autism. Autism is not autoimmune, dammit! Etc. ... Just like parents who report that removing certain items from the diet, or using chelation, or supplements, are treated like kooks. Yes, if you always ignore the evidence, people who insist on paying attention to it will remain kooks!
What can I say? I report what people tell me, and Oliver told me his brother’s JRA and his autism – in my view, a couple of co-morbid autoimmune afflictions triggered by early exposure to ethyl mercury – both cleared up with history's first biomedical intervention. Donald thought so, too, but was too young and too sick to know for sure. What a missed opportunity for the world to begin to understand what created this new disorder and what might help alleviate, and even stop, it. If the doctors who saw those early cases suspected the environmental clues that were there to see, we'd be living in a very different world today. One such clue to causation is biomedical recovery from both JRA and autism in Case 1.
But with causation comes culprits, both the compounds that triggered it and the powers that be who let it happen and allow it continue to this day.
And that, I think, is why so many have anaphylactic reactions to Donald T. and gold salts.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.
A measure that would have required most Nebraska students to be vaccinated for bacterial meningitis failed to surmount a filibuster in the Legislature on Wednesday.
The bill (LB18) sponsored by state Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha would have required Nebraska students to be immunized for meningococcal meningitis before starting seventh grade, then get a booster shot at 16.
Hard-line conservatives and civil libertarians in the Legislature argued the vaccination is unnecessary and potentially unsafe, and that requiring it would infringe on parents' freedom to choose what is best for their children.
ABC Nebraska: Meningitis Vaccine Bill Dies in Legislature
...But opponents say vaccinations should be decided by parents and there have been too few cases of meningitis in Nebraska to mandate a statewide vaccination.
Lots of news sites have picked up this story, including the San Francisco Chronicle. Notice the reasons given for the bill's failure: parental rights, need, and potential for harm.
By Kim Stagliano
I was looking for a good impending snowstorm meme on Facebook yesterday to tell me whether I'm supposed to buy bread and milk when I saw a post from a neurodiversity proponent saying that Marshall Mather, aka Eminem (swear to God I didn't even have to look up his real name that's how hip I am!) has Asperger's. This stems from a blog post called Eminem And Aspergers Posted by: Emma Dalmayne.
Does he? Or is he a Narcissist?
Our Teresa Conrick has an encyclopedic catalog of studies, quotes and info. She offered us this article from a psychologist Am I Asperger's or Narcissist?
"With Asperger’s and NPD, a lot of the criteria overlap. The difference is that while all people with Aspergers are narcissistic (not NPD, but self-centered; it’s a central trait), all people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder are definitely not aspergers, and can be the total opposite: super smooth and charming."
Asperger's (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) are often confused with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). The reason for this confusion is understandable since some of the symptoms found in people with AS and HFA are also found in those with NPD. Some of the similarities between AS/HFA and NPD may include the following:
I did a bit of Googling, because as an anti-vaccine autism Mommy, I am so stupid that I think Google has answers to important questions. Here's what I found on blogs. Hardly agreement even in the Asperger's community.
Search: Eminem Asperger's
Hip Hop Site:
Maybe he does maybe he doesn't. Who cares? And that applies to everybody imo. So what you're autistic. It's just a label. As long as you aren't throwing your shit at anyone I think you're fine.
>implying assburgers is a real thing
See: socially inept, selfish, self-absorbed, awkward.
I don't understand why people need to label being "weird" as some autism spectrum disorder.
C'mon man. My brother has autism. I can't even have a conversation with the kid. He can't even tell me how his day was. It's a real thing bro, I promise you. I'm sure their are some self-absorbed, quirky/weird people who think it's cute to self diagnose themselves with aspergers and whatnot, but I promise you autism is a real thing.
Eminem is an Aspie? Cool.
If Eminem is a f*****g Aspie-- and it's not clear from the lyrics whether he's talking about himself, or taking some angst-ridden future school shooter's perspective (which would probably be the first useful thing he's done in several albums now)-- I'm going to plead misdiagnosis and retest under DSM5. This time, I'll answer "NO" to all the things I've learned to compensate for.
He's got a great voice. Wonderful sense of rhythm. Some really great rhymes.
He just also happens to be up there with Adam Lanza on the short list of company I don't care to keep.
BARF!! !! !! !
When I heard that Glenn Frey of the Eagles passed away on Monday, I was immediately saddened with the thought that we have lost another rock legend. Glenn Frey and the Eagles are one of my favorites. He was much too young, at 67, to leave this world. His contributions to music and film for millions of people to enjoy and appreciate are countless.
I read that he was suffering in the last couple of months from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. Once again, my mind starts to churn about what can cause RA and ulcerative colitis and is it serious enough of a disease to lead to death.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means your immune system is attacking itself. In Rheumatoid Arthritis the immune system attacks the synovium of the joints, which is why you get swelling and pain. It can cause deformities if you delay treatment. Usually the treatment is used to slow the disease down and prevent these deformities. RA can also attack blood vessels surrounding the heart and lungs. Thus heart disease can be directly linked to RA.
Millions of Americans and people around the world suffer from complications due to autoimmune disease. But why? Most experts tell us there has been a dramatic rise in the number of autoimmune disease and disorders over the last 20 to 30 years. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
Even the Arthritis Foundation states that the cause of RA is not known. The treatment of RA is complicated. To treat effectively, the protocol calls for the tampering down of the immune system. Thus leaving the body most acceptable to infections. And that is where pneumonia can strike.
Pharma advertises heavily on the weekends, especially on sporting events about RA and professional golfer, Phil Mickelson. He is also suffering from RA. According to the NIH website on RA, scientists estimate 1.5 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from RA. And the largest group of new cases of RA are older Americans. Could it be from decades of being exposed to environmental hazards and now the CDC’s “Influenza vaccine” program for seniors, not only is RA becoming a growing concern, but maybe the large increase and earlier onset of Alzheimer's can be contributed to over vaccination in our seniors?
Donvan and Zucker are now the darlings of the U.S. media. Their book, In a Different Key, is about recognizing autism and providing for those who have it--no questions asked.
The Boston Globe claims that there are more 3 million Americans with autism. There is ABSOLUTELY NO PROOF OF THAT. The current rate of one in 45 comes from STUDIES OF CHILDREN. The Globe is applying that rate across the population.
Yesterday on ABC's GMA with George Stephanopoulos,
Donvan and Zucker talked about the fact that there is no link to vaccines and that "it shouldn't matter if there's an epidemic." It's hard to rationalize what they say. To me the cruelest form of child abuse and neglect would be to say that shouldn't matter if more and more children are lost to a disabling condition that can leave them totally dependent for life and that doctors are helpless to address.
Jan 19, 2016, Boston Globe: Tracing autism, from past to present
(VIDEO) Ben Swann: "This is not a story about vaccines or about autism; this is a story about corruption and cover-up within the CDC."
Jan 19, 2016, UPDATE: Truth In Media to Release Documentary on CDC Documents
On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Swann will release a Truth in Media documentary which details a study of CDC cover-up and suppression of medical findings. In addition, Swann will release the Thompson documents at TruthinMedia.com to anyone who wishes to learn more about what’s inside them.
I feel so smart today. It isn't often that the scientific merit of my ideas is confirmed by Stephen Hawking. Today, there is an article in The Guardian, reposted in the MSN news, titled, "Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking". Excerpt:
"Speaking to the Radio Times ahead of the BBC Reith Lecture, in which he will explain the science of black holes, Hawking said most of the threats humans now face come from advances in science and technology, such as nuclear weapons and genetically engineered viruses."
Genetically engineered viruses? Where have I heard that before? Oh, that's what drug companies put into vaccines that doctors, nurses and pharmacists inject directly into and/or put in the mouths of people - vaccines for illnesses that include Hepatitis B, HPV, flu, and rotavirus.
The vaccine for Hepatitis B was the first to be made from a genetically engineered virus as announced in this New York Times article from July 1986 (please see - the reader will appreciate the historical significance). Note who, in 1986, the Hepatitis B vaccine was recommended for:
Dr. Young recommended vaccinations with either hepatitis vaccine for dental and medical workers, susceptible homosexuals and drug users, the newborn children of infected women, and, among other groups, travelers to parts of the world where hepatitis B is rampant, such as southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of the Middle East.
My son Jackson is 14 years old. In his 14 years, he has learned very basic communication. I want (rice) milk. I want chicken. Push me (on swing or stroller). He can use a device to say these things, but he can speak them too. Those who know him well can usually understand. When he can’t be understood, the device helps.
Besides having autism, Jackson is medically complicated. He has had multiple surgeries, hospital stays, and medical issues. Jackson has a seizure disorder, colitis, chronic allergies, chiari malformation, low growth hormone, kidney surgery, a weakened immune system, and more. He is no stranger to medical professionals. Because he cannot effectively communicate, it is always a guessing game trying to figure out what is wrong. Usually a fever or behavior outbursts are the tip off. By the time we know what it is, it is usually pretty bad. Not knowing what is wrong with Jackson, if/when/where he is hurting, is one of the most difficult aspects of his autism. The heartbreak that comes along with knowing that my son is suffering and cannot tell me-- it can be unbearable. I am his mother, my job is to take care of him. When I don’t know what to do I feel like I have failed him.
We have tried for many years to teach him how to articulate pain. His speech therapists, his special education teachers, my husband and I-- we have all tried countless ways to teach him to alert us when something is wrong, with little progress. It is so hard for him, as is for many individuals with autism, to express something that can be so abstract.
Yesterday, Jackson was in a great mood. Happy, laughing, all I could ask for. When Jackson is happy, everyone is happy! It is January, and the New York weather makes it difficult to keep him occupied. He doesn’t like to be out in the cold, and so weekends are hard. I asked him if he’d like to go for a ride in my car, just to get out for a little. He got his sneakers, and then he replied with something I wasn’t sure I understood. I handed him my phone so that he could type it for me. This is what he wrote:
NOTE: Autism "touches" families like a tsunami gently bathes those in its path.... Anne Dachel looks at ABCs take on autism in the news recently.
By Anne Dachel
The ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos below shows just how desperate the media and those who control our news are to cover up what autism is doing to our children. George Stephanopoulos can be remembered for his egregious attack on Dr. Andrew Wakefield in 2011. I wrote about it in my book, The Big Autism Cover-Up. Stephanopoulos said he had read Andy's book, but he couldn't challenge anything he'd written. I asked Andy later if he thought Stephanopoulos had read Callous Disregard, and Andy said he was convinced he hadn't. (Notice that in today's interview Stephanopoulos refers to Andy as "the man," not as a doctor.)
By Anne Dachel
While I never like being critical of parents with autistic children, I couldn't get over the complacency here. McCafferty writes about ACCEPTANCE. Accept the fact that your child WON'T experience higher education , independent living, and marriage. Learn to live with the fact that you're scared about the future when you're no longer here to care for your child.
...But this month is a huge anniversary, one that needs to be recognized, and shared. You see, this month ten years ago my son received his autism diagnosis months after his initial one of PDD. For the first time ever it was official, written on his pediatric charts, used when charting his future educational course. It was the first time we ever used the word “autistic” to describe him to others, said the word out loud, tried it on for size.
And here is what Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty has learned in the 10 years since her son was diagnosed with autism....
You will learn that no matter how close you are to people, some of them won’t get your life. You will learn to let them go.
You will learn to value your child’s progress in incremental steps, not boundless leaps.
You will learn that you can meet your child’s needs, and will exceed your own expectations.
When I wrote this two years ago, the first sentence was, “Today autism affects 1 in 50...” Today’s updated version includes a different autism rate. As much as I’d hoped that, by today, the rate would’ve dropped. But it hasn’t. Something else that I’d also hoped was that, by today, groups like Autism Speaks would to do more than just promote awareness. But they haven’t. And, I’d hoped that all of the presidential candidates would want to prevent autism in the future. But they don’t appear to care to.
With the higher rate and with the continued lack of concern, today seems so dreary. Sometimes it truly is. I need to wash today’s dreariness away. I will be sure to do that tomorrow…
Today, autism affects 1 in 45. Odds are that more families will find themselves closer to an autism diagnosis today than yesterday. Today doesn’t sound too promising, does it?
Several times in his now famous speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. used the word today:
“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history…
…a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today…
…we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition…
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note …
…as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny…
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream today.”
I have a dream also. But my dream is for tomorrow.
As far as autism is concerned and how it affects my son, today breeds dread and frustration. It capitalizes on my fears. The worry I have about autism and for my son keeps a tight grip on me. It can strangulate my thoughts and shroud my thinking.
Afraid of what isn’t being done for Ronan and for a great many other children, today brings no solace, just anxiety. Looking outside of my own home, today doesn’t look so good in other places either. Newspaper headlines in America promote ineffective flu shots as our best defense against a temporary sickness. They sing praises for immature celebrities’ behavior while neglecting to address a growing national crisis. Headlines scream Look here! Look there! But just don’t look at autism. Look the other way instead.
How can they tell us to look away? Autism is a crisis that affects thousands. From one side of our country to the other, it’s crept into more communities than ever before. But today in the papers, and within the groups that should care about it, the autism epidemic goes unnoticed. So do the nightmares that come with it.
So, I’m not living for today. I’m not dreaming about it as Martin Luther King, Jr. did. Instead, my dream is for tomorrow.
If you follow business news you may have heard that DuPont and Dow, two chemical giants, are in the process of combining. “Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. announced a merger that would fuse two stalwarts of American industry into a giant worth more than $120 billion and would reshape the chemical and agricultural industries,” the Wall Street Journal reported last month.
After they combine, they’re expected to turn around and break into three components, one of which will focus on agricultural chemicals. It’s that aspect I want to zero in on for a minute, because this new company really becomes the successor of the DuPont that helped trigger the age of autism.
So often when we talk about autism as an environmentally induced epidemic, mainstream critics immediately narrow that down to being “anti-vaccine”; then they say that any vaccine link – including to the mercury preservative thimerosal – has been discredited. That settled, they go on to assert, or at least assume, that autism must be genetic, an ancient part of human diversity, and worthy only of acceptance and accommodation rather than prevention and treatment, as well.
In their book out next week, “In a Different Key – The Story of Autism,” John Donvan and Caren Zucker argue that autism has always been around and probably isn’t even increasing.
“The ‘epidemic’ story,” they write, has helped crystalize the notion that ‘something must have happened’ in the near past to cause autism in the first place. Most famously, some activists blamed modern vaccines – a now discredited theory.”
Well, the fact is that something did happened in the near past to take the autism rate from effectively zero before 1930 to the epidemic proportions we undeniably see today. And, in fact, it does involve vaccines, but in a way that is subordinate to the overall argument. What happened was that a highly toxic form of mercury – ethyl mercury – was commercialized around 1930, the year before the first case of autism in the medical literature was reported.
This took three forms – three vectors or vehicles that first put humans and especially children at risk of exposure to this toxin. Those vectors were fungicides (specifically, seed disinfectants), a lumber preservative, and an antimicrobial for multi-dose vaccine vials.
Let’s hit pause on vaccines and talk about the seed disinfectant, Ceresan. Here’s what Mark Blaxill and I wrote in our book, The Age of Autism, about the development of that compound by organic chemist Morris Kharasch:
“ The first of his patents to be assigned to DuPont was filed in 1923; there would be eighteen more assigned to the Delaware company over the course of his career. The pattern of these patents in the 1920s accomplishted a number of important goals. …
“Kharasch’s efforts bore commercial fruit when DuPont filed a trademark application for an ethyl mercury fungicide called Ceresan on May 13, 1929.” It went on the market soon after. (Kharasch also, and I emphasize also, developed thimerosal, the vaccine preservative, for Eli Lilly. I emphasize "also" because the fact that autism can be traced to another of Kharasch's ethyl mercury compounds is an indirect, out-of-the-blue correlation and thus even more powerful "proof" -- to the extent there is such a thing -- that ethyl mercury in any of its uses, including but not limited to vaccines, is a villain in the story of autism.)
We’ve written about ethyl mercury fungicides before in the context of the first case series report on autism, 11 children all born in the 1930s and starting, significantly, in 1931. Fredereick L. Wellman, the father of Case 2, was with the U.S. Agriculture Department and, according to his archive, experimenting with organic mercury dust when his son was born in 1936. That this "dust" was Ceresan there is no doubting; it was the only such product on the market, and Wellman had a brochure for Ceresan in his files. (See photo, and the short video on our home page, How Mercury Triggered the Age of Autism.)
In our book, The Age of Autism, Mark and I offered strong evidence of exposure to all three of these new forms of ethyl mercury in the backgrounds of the first 11 cases. And we’ve called Frederick Wellman’s exposure to ethyl mercury dust at the time his son was born a “smoking gun” directly linking ethyl mercury to the roots and rise of the age of autism. (Typically, both Donvan and Zucker's book, and the equally misguided NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman, dismiss our theory without considering the evidence -- in particular the power of Case 2 in implicating mercury. Donvan and Zucker act like I'm a goof but manage to call me "Don Olmsted." Details matter, folks.)
And why does this -- DuPont's role in the rise of autism -- matter now? Well, it reframes the issue in a way that threatens the mainstream view not just of a vaccine link to autism but of the nature of autism itself: Autism is a product of the “near past” – Frederick Wellman’s son is still alive and living in North Carolina, for heaven’s sake!
Rather than staking our argument on vaccination per se, to which we have no philosophical objection, we see the issue in an altogether different way, a way that anyone who learned to outline in eighth grade English can understand.
Title: Autism is an environmentally triggered illness in vulnerable children
Part I: The first cases occurred in the 1930s as a result of exposure to new ethyl mercury compounds:
A: Seed disinfectants
B: Lumber preservatives
C: Multi-dose vaccine vials
And so on. The next section would include the fact that ethyl mercury was removed from the first two categories by the 1970s after mass poisonings showed it was unsafe – but still remains in flu shots given to infants and pregnant women in the United States and to all children in developing countries. That would lead to
Part III: Conclusion
Let me say it again – coming to terms with the environmental nature of autism is not, at the highest level, about vaccines. It’s about the vectors by which a terrible new toxin reached human beings who should never have been exposed, and one of those vectors happens to be vaccines. The truth is not our fault: It's about autism as injury, not gift.
Which brings us back to the DuPont-Dow merger, put at roughly $100 billion in combined assets. How about a portion of that as reparation for developmental injury, for other chronic conditions like asthma, for ruined lives, for damaged families and weakened competitiveness as a nation -- and a world?
Not bloody likely, of course. A few years ago I called DuPont to tell them about my research. (I also handed it to Tom Insel and George W. Bush's science adviser. I wanted to make sure they knew, because if they did know, I thought they might do something. That was a long time ago, in many ways.) The DuPont people were all like, why are you asking us about something we don’t make anymore? They referred me to their toxic pesticides trade association, the wonderfully named CropLife (which in this circumstance might more aptly be called CropDamage), which never did get back to me.
Thus does human suffering roll on while DuPont disappears -- but not before it sets aside money for retention bonuses to make sure its executives don’t bail after the merger/breakup. Sic transit gloria mundi.
How about a few billion -- yes, billion -- for the several million -- yes, million -- victims -- yes, victims -- of environmentally induced autism who have followed. And how about we stop talking about "anti-vaccine" nonsense, take a deep breath, and face the truth? In the long run it will be cheaper than another eight decades of denial of the age of autism.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism
By Norma Erickson
Breaking News: On January 14, 2016, Dr. Sin Hang Lee sent an open letter of complaint: Allegations of Scientific Misconduct by GACVS/WHO/CDC Representatives et al An open-letter of complaint to the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan , to the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, charging members of GACVS, the CDC, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and others with manipulation of data and suppression of science in order to maintain the illusion of HPV vaccine safety in the face of valid contradictory evidence.
According to Dr. Lee’s letter, a series of emails recently uncovered via a Freedom of Information request submitted in New Zealand revealed evidence that Dr. Robert Pless, chairperson of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS), Dr. Nabae Koji of the Ministry of Health of Japan, Dr. Melinda Wharton of the CDC, Dr. Helen Petousis-Harris of Auckland University, New Zealand, and others (including WHO officials) may have been actively involved in a scheme to deliberately mislead the Japanese Expert Inquiry on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine safety before, during and after the February 26, 2014 public hearing in Tokyo.
The complaint letter states that the emails provided clearly demonstrate this group of WHO officials and government employees charged with the responsibility of advising the expert committee from the Japanese government on HPV vaccination safety knew before the February 26, 2014 Tokyo public hearing that one of their own experts showed scientific evidence that HPV vaccination does increase cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor (TNF), particularly at the injection site compared to other vaccines. Yet, they chose to suppress this information at the public hearing.
Imagine a diagnosis, disease, disability, choose your word, that had increased steadily over two decades, whose severity created entirely new schools and public school classrooms, precipitated special accommodations at movie theaters, theme parks, Broadway theatres, bankrupted families, stressed social security, lead to murder suicide, abuse, increased drowning statistics and more. Call it autism spectrum disorder. And now, ignore causation and treatment in favor of -- what? We continue to look at Hillary Clinton's autism plan - as reviewed below by blogger Levi Quackenboss. While we commend her for putting autism on the political platform, in a nutshell, Clinton remains (Grand)mum on both causation and prevention. A shame. But American medicine is about making and keeping customers, why should autism differ?
Yesterday Hillary Clinton’s campaign launched what sounded like a compassionate plan for increased autism screening and health insurance coverage for medical establishment-sanctioned autism services.
Just kidding. We’d never forget that tweet, Hillary.
Hillary says she’s going to call for the first-ever study of the prevalence of adults with autism. Awesome news all around, right?
Wait, what? Why exactly would we pay for this? Is this a veiled attempt to discredit the fact that we’re in a mothereffin’ epidemic of autism in this country? To try to prove that the skyrocketing, terrifying autism rates are solely the result of better diagnosis? Will Hillary show once and for all that we’ve always had these rates of autism, but “back then” parents just gave their kids up to an institution?
Let me save you about a billion dollars, Hill, and send you over to Dr. Joe Pivan, who has made it his life’s work to find the “missing generation” of elderly autistics. He spent three years looking for institutionalized adults with autism over the age of 50 and finally found 19 of them. 19. In three years. Compare this to the 130,000 children diagnosed with autism each year in the US and tell me if your idea to prove that there is no epidemic sounds like a good use of taxpayer money. Hint: it’s not.
But here’s what would be! The first ever comprehensive study of the health and incidence of autism and autoimmune disease of vaccinated vs. non-vaccinated children. In fact, you can just join Representative Bill Posey’s bandwagon and send all of that cash to the Vaccine Safety Study Act that’s been in limbo for, like, ever.
Hillary also said that she’s concerned that “People with autism are unemployed at a much higher rate” and wants to create a work program to close that “employment gap.”
Hillary. Seriously. Wake the hell up. It’s not an employment gap. It’s a human rights gap. It’s a greater good gap. It’s a head-in-the-ground gap. It’s a government coverup gap. Where did you learn about autistics? The quirky kid on Parenthood who lives on ice cream and Skittles and won the race to be class president?
By Anne Dachel
The really big lie about autism--that it's always been here like this, we just didn't notice--is being promoted everywhere in the media. Stories about making public facilities and events "autism-friendly" are in the news daily. It's important to now focus on adults on the spectrum. What better way to put the heated vaccine controversy on simmer than to somehow show the same rate in older Americans. (See, more vaccines haven't really caused neurological damage.)
Seven years ago the British supposedly found the missing adult horde with autism using survey questions. It didn't settle the issue at all, but it continues to be used to calm worries of an unprecedented epidemic of neurologically impaired children.
Here's the latest:
Jan 13, Bustle.com: 9 Signs You Could Be On The Autism Spectrum, by J.R. Thorpe.
Metab Brain Dis. 2016 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print] The levels of blood mercury and inflammatory-related neuropeptides in the serum are correlated in children with autism spectrum disorder. Mostafa GA1,2, Bjørklund G3, Urbina MA4,5, Al-Ayadhi LY6.
Tachykinins (substance P, neurokinin A, and neurokinin B) are pro-inflammatory neuropeptides that may play an important role in some autoimmune neuroinflammatory diseases, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Mercury (Hg) is a neurotoxicant, and potentially one of the main environmental triggers for ASD as it induces neuroinflammation with a subsequent release of neuropeptides. This is the first study to explore the potentially causal relationship between levels of serum neurokinin A and blood mercury (BHg) in children with ASD. Levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg were measured in 84 children with ASD, aged between 3 and 10 years, and 84 healthy-matched children. There was a positive linear relationship between the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) and both serum neurokinin A and BHg. ASD children had significantly higher levels of serum neurokinin A than healthy controls (P < 0.001). Increased levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg were respectively found in 54.8 % and 42.9 % of the two groups. There was significant and positive linear relationship between levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg in children with moderate and severe ASD, but not in healthy control children. It was found that 78.3 % of the ASD patients with increased serum levels of neurokinin A had elevated BHg levels (P < 0.001). Neuroinflammation, with increased levels of neurokinin A, is seen in some children with ASD, and may be caused by elevated BHg levels. Further research is recommended to determine the pathogenic role of increased levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg in ASD. The therapeutic role of tachykinin receptor antagonists, a potential new class of anti-inflammatory medications, and Hg chelators, should also be studied in ASD.
Chapter 7 of Vaccine Whistleblower by Kevin Barry, with foreword by Robert Kennedy, Jr is titled, Potential Next Steps for Policy Makers. As the Presidential election draws near, we thought we'd share this chapter with our readers. Thank you to Kevin Barry and Skyhorse Publishing.
“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” —Winston Churchill
Elected officials and policy makers at all levels should pay attention to Dr. Thompson’s revelations in these transcripts and subpoena Dr. Thompson and his CDC co-authors to testify before Congress. It will be necessary to use subpoena power to require Dr. Thompson to testify because it is unlikely that his attorney, an expert in whistleblower cases, would allow him to testify unless compelled. Some of Dr. Thompson’s co-authors told him that they would never voluntarily appear before Congress in the future. Congress would likely have to subpoena them as well.
Potential next steps for President Obama
Potential next steps for 2016 Presidential Candidates
In 2015, I covered what happened to Dr. Sherri Tenpenny when she was invited to speak on vaccine safety in Australia.
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a Cleveland osteopathic physician, has been making some big international waves in the media lately. She was invited to speak about her position on vaccination in several places in Australia this March. The audiences would have been small and afterwards she was planning to quietly exit the country. Incredibly, Dr. Tenpenny's visit has become something of a national crisis in Australia with calls for the Prime Minister to deny her a visa. Endless articles in Britain and Australia have labeled her "anti-vaccination," controversial and dangerous.
Meanwhile more and more Australian children fall victim to autism.
Aug 25, 2015, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
A new study indicates that the number of autism cases in Australia is increasing among younger children.
For those who will bristle at the use of the term "abnormal," I refer you to my high school Latin class. "Ab" simply means, "away." "Ad" means "to." We have abductors and adductors on our legs, for instance. Autism is indeed "away" from the norm, whether one perceives that as a pejorative is a personal POV. There is a saying in the self-advocacy community, "Nothing about us without us." And we agree! We'd also like the more severely impaired by autism to be included and so we say, "No policy without parents." ALL of us. Acceptance? Of course. Awareness? Yes, it's the only way to tackle a problem. Acquiescence? No. KIM
By Dara Berger
Our new normal:
It was so sad to open Facebook today and learn the news that they had found the missing 5-year-old boy with autism dead. Another lost life.
Many people look at the headline and feel bad momentarily, but for those of us in the community we have a much heavier heart. We know and feel that it could have been our child.
Every time this happens, I look over at my son a few seconds longer and hug him a little bit tighter. I feel lucky that he is not a runner and elated that he has learned to swim. These facts do not make me immune to other dangers. He does not feel fear or danger in a way that is appropriate. My son can speak but does not fully engage in a back and forth conversation. He can answer questions, but I doubt he would with a complete stranger if he ever got lost. I worry about him going on a simple class trip, thinking what if he ever got really upset in public and someone called the cops. He would never be able to react in an appropriate manner. And what if the police were not trained. I try not to do the what ifs, but sometimes you just can’t help it!
People have accepted children with autism as a normal way of life. I am only talking about the bad side of this acceptance. The public has even gotten used to children with autism wandering off and getting killed as our new normal. When will this stop! Why are people so complacent!
Learn about this online Autism treatment summit and view the speaker schedule here.
Speakers and topics include:
Mark Hyman, MD - Using High-Fat Diets to Restore Mitochondrial Imbalances, Brain Function
Jeffrey Bland, PhD - How the Environment Affects the Spectrum of Health
Martha Herbert, MD, PhD - How the Environment Affects Anatomy and Function of the Brain
Ben Lynch, ND - Advanced Strategies to Optimize Methylation and Glutathione Pathways
Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD - Harnessing Nature and Nutrition and to Reset the Gut-Brain Axis
Russ Jaffe, MD, PhD - Whole Food Strategies to Balance Digestion and Glutathione Metabolism
Kenneth Bock, MD- Unravelling the Autism, Allergies and Autoimmunity Triad
Anju Usman, MD - Optimizing Metabolic-Immune Communication and Function
Eve Prang Plews, LNC - How Common Household Chemicals Alter Hormones and Neurodevelopment
Derrick MacFabe, MD - Bacterial Short Chain Fatty Acids- Microbial Modulators of Metabolism and Mind
Stephanie Seneff, PhD - How Glyphosate Affects Human Biology and Gut Bacteria
Nancy H. O’Hara, MD - Nutrients to Optimize Brain Health in Children
Scott Theirl, DC, DACNB - Functional Approaches to Increase Brain Cell to Cell Communication
David Quig, PhD - How Gut Microbes Affect Methylation and Detoxification