James Lyons-WeilerPhD on Biological Mechanisms of Vaccine Injury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Italian Court Rejects Veneto Regions Vaccine Mandate Appeal

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

There have been public protests against the government move.


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

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

Read the full article in French here.

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

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

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

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

Vaccines may be responsible for sudden infant death.

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


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Happy Thanksgiving from Age of Autism

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

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The European Health Parliament: Bogus Institution Is Industry Front

image from www.healthparliament.euBy John Stone

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

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

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

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

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

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

Among the questions that Pignacca asks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Stone is UK Editor for Age of Autism.


Holiday Reading List from Skyhorse Publishing

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

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

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


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

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Dog Flu Pet Threat Campaign Promotes Merck Vaccine

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

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

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


Vaccines and Pregnancy

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

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


Generation Rescue Asks: Is Ketogenic the New Autism Diet?

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Thank you to Jenny, Candace and the GR team for always putting families first.

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

In conversation with Dr. Will Cole

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

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

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

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

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

GR: What foods are allowed?

Read more here.


What Will Johnny Collett Mean for Autism Families?

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

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

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

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

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Kentucky Autism Training Center

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

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


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

Did You educate Vaccinate
By Cathy Jameson

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

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

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

Flu shot target

Flu shot sign images source: Google

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

Flu shot graphic

Image source: CDC

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

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Asking ABC 10 California Reporter About the Vaccine Exemption Loophole

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

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

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

Letter by Veteran Vaccine Researchers Warns of Multiple Vaccine Risks

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

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

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

 

 


80 Reasons to Amazon Smile and Donate to Autism Age!

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

Thank you! 

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

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

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Action Alert! Senate Should Reject Alex Azar

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Access Library Journal

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

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

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

ABSTRACT

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

Subject Areas:

Gynecology & Obstetrics, Women’s Health

Keywords:

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

INTRODUCTION:

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

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Trump Drains the Swamp to Make Room for More Pharma Gold

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kim


The Science Behind Dental Mercury and Other Environmental Toxicants

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

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

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

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

What is dental mercury?

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

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

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


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

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

Dear AoA Readers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laura Hayes

Mother of Vaccine-Injured Children

On a mission to end the Vaccine Holocaust

WAPF Conference, 11-13-16

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

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

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

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

In Article 3 of this same Declaration it states:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you.

Helpful links and resources:

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

Autism in Black and.... Pink

Pink black
By Kim Rossi

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

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

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

XOX

Kim Rossi is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.

 


Confessions of a Believer

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

By Cathy Jameson

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

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

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

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

By Dan Olmsted

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

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

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

“The world was all before them, where to choose

Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:

They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,

Through Eden took their solitary way.”

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

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

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


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

2017 meg mary teresaBy Teresa Conrick

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

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

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

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

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

REALLY?

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

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

Dr. Ian FrazerBy Eileen Iorio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


The Fox Guarding the Hen House: Outgoing GSK Chief to Head New UK Government Agency Fast Tracking the Licensing of Pharma Products

image from www.rescuepost.comby John Stone

The really scary news is the news you do not see reported. If eyebrows were raised last week that GSK’s head of Research and Development, Patrick Vallance, was to leave his highly paid position to become Chief Scientist to the British government, it was barely reported the same day that the British government has also appointed his former boss, Sir Andrew Witty, to head a new agency to fast track the licensing of pharmaceutical products. Witty left his post as CEO of GSK earlier this year and has already taken up a role with North Carolina biotech company, G1 Therapeutics. Witty became CEO of GSK in 2008, having joined Glaxo in 1985, while GSK was formed in a merger with SmithKline Beecham in 2001.

As reported in Wikipedia:

On 2 July 2012, GSK pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to a $3 billion settlement of the largest health-care fraud case in the U.S. and the largest payment by a drug company.[12] The settlement is related to the company's illegal promotion of prescription drugs, its failure to report safety data, bribing doctors, and promoting medicines for uses for which they were not licensed. The drugs involved were Paxil, Wellbutrin, Advair, Lamictal, and Zofran for off-label, non-covered uses. Those and the drugs Imitrex, Lotronex, Flovent, and Valtrex were involved in the kickback scheme….

In July 2013, the People's Republic of China announced that they were investigating allegations of fraud perpetrated by GSK going back to 2007 and involving thousands of millions of renminbi… Four GSK executives have already been arrested in China. It is alleged that the money was used, inter alia, to bribe around 25 travel agencies that organize conferences for doctors, in order to encourage the agencies to host GSK events. Witty later claimed that he knew nothing about the China fraud and tried to pass the blame onto subordinates…

In November 2015 Witty's leadership of GSK was criticised by Neil Woodford, who said that "he’s not doing a very good job". Woodford called for GSK to be split into four companies… In March 2016 Witty announced that he was to stand down as chief executive

In April 2017 GSK lost a $3m action when Wendy Dolin sued them for her husband’s suicide after taking the anti-depressant Paxil (which is the same as Seroxat), after presenting a technical defence. Among GSK’s other products are the controversial vaccines Cervarix, Infanrix Hexa and Pandemrix. The Cervarix vaccine was marketed without any certainty that it could prevent cervical cancer and is associated with a high level of injury. Infanrix Hexa has been implicated by Jacob Puliyel in excess infant deaths, and the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine has caused narcolepsy. An early trial for Pandemrix left a trail of unexplained deaths. The pre-cursor to GSK, SKB also manufactured the Pluserix MMR vaccine which was withdrawn in Canada and later the UK because of cases of mumps meningitis.

Witty has for a long time enjoyed close relations with the British government: he was lead non-executive board member of the Department of Trade  (BIS) between 2011 and 14, and is a “business ambassador” for the present Prime Minister.

Slow or fast, licensing is already over deferential to the industry, but even if GSK had had an unimpeachable record - instead of a nightmare one - the appointment would still be outrageous.

With acknowledgments to Truthman's blog.


Is there a Confundus Charm at BMJ? Critical of US Vaccine Organizations and CDC

Bella2Note: I admit to being a dedicated fan of all things Harry Potter. Heck, I look like Bellatrix, don't I? (OK, not my teeth.) JB Handley posted on Facebook yesterday this remarkable British Medical Journal piece critical, I repeat, critical of our CDC funded non-profits. That's said, can WE at Autism Age get some of the CDC love? Money? Cash? Our John Stone handles UK issues with aplomb. I rather nicked this piece from his purview. Hope he doesn't call me a git. Cheerio! Kim

The unofficial vaccine educators: are CDC funded non-profits sufficiently independent?
 
By Peter Doshi, BMJ

Vaccines are considered one of public health’s greatest success stories. But is all promotion of vaccines necessarily a good thing, or does it depend on the details? Peter Doshi investigates the semi-transparent world of vaccine advocacy organizations

Vaccination programs have long been a centerpiece of public health activity. But policies of compulsion have always been controversial. Against a backdrop of recent measles outbreaks, France and Italy moved this year to mandate certain vaccines for school entry.12 There’s even a renewed push for mandates in the UK,3 where public health leaders have long resisted compulsory vaccination on the grounds that it undermines the trust between the public and healthcare professionals and is ultimately counterproductive.4

The debate is also alive in the US. Although all states require vaccination as a condition for entry to school, most also allow exemptions for families with non-medical philosophical or religious objections. Overall, childhood vaccination levels remain at or near historically high levels, with under 1% of toddlers receiving no vaccines.56 But beneath the broad national trends there is geographic variation in coverage,6 and survey data have documented that parental concerns over vaccination safety and timing are common, even among those whose children receive all recommended vaccines.7

In 2015, a US federal advisory committee warned that public confidence in vaccines cannot be taken for granted,5 and some prominent vaccine advocacy organizations are pushing for greater compulsion. But are these groups—which present themselves as reliable sources of information—providing the public with independent information?

Removing the ability to opt out

Two years ago, California state legislators passed a law removing the personal belief exemption that had previously allowed families to defer or decline mandated childhood vaccinations.8 In doing so, California became the third state to remove non-medical exemptions, following Mississippi and West Virginia.  You can view the entry here, without sign in.


Psychotropic Medication use in Autism Spectrum Disorders may Affect Functional Brain Connectivity

Brain colors 2017 Sep;2(6):518-527. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2017.06.008.

Linke AC1, Olson L1,2, Gao Y1,2, Fishman I1, Müller RA1.

Abstract

Background:

Prescription of psychotropic medications is common in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), either off-label or to treat comorbid conditions such as ADHD or depression. Psychotropic medications are intended to alter brain function. Yet, studies investigating the functional brain organization in ASDs rarely take medication usage into account. This could explain some of the inconsistent findings of atypical brain network connectivity reported in the autism literature.

Methods:

The current study tested whether functional connectivity patterns, as assessed with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), differed in a cohort of 49 children and adolescents with ASDs based on psychotropic medication status, and in comparison with 50 matched typically developing (TD) participants. Twenty-five participants in the ASD group (51%) reported current psychotropic medication usage, including stimulants, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anxiolytics. Age, IQ, head motion, and ASD symptom severity did not differ between groups. Whole-brain functional connectivity between 132 regions of interest was assessed.

Results:

Different functional connectivity patterns were identified in the ASD group taking psychotropic medications (ASD-on), as compared to the TD group and the ASD subgroup not using psychotropic medications (ASD-none). The ASD-on group showed distinct underconnectivity between the cerebellum and basal ganglia but cortico-cortical overconnectivity compared to the TD group. Cortical underconnectivity relative to the TD pattern, on the other hand, was pronounced in the ASD-none group.

Conclusions:

These results suggest that psychotropic medications may affect functional connectivity, and that medication status should be taken into consideration when studying brain function in autism.


Early Childhood Adversities Linked to Health Problems

Joan crawford2By Anne Dachel

A study from the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis has solved the mystery surrounding the decline in the health of America’s children and the explosion in behavioral/developmental disorders overwhelming our schools.

A report released on Oct 30, 2017 entitled, Early childhood adversities linked to health problems in tweens, teens   gave us the details of the study which has already been talked about in the media over the last several months.

Here the opening:

“Study is first to point to brain changes that underlie poor health in some children.”

“Brain Changes”

What that actually means is “adverse childhood events” (ACEs) cause brain damage in early childhood and this can result in all kinds of problems like “severe depression by their preteen and early teen years and …physical health problems, such as asthma and gastrointestinal disorders.”

ACEs are the things that happen to kids in their home environment and they ‘can have serious health consequences evident as early as the teen and preteen years,’ according to senior investigator and Washington University child psychiatrist Joan L. Luby, MD. 

We’re seeing more children with behavioral problems in schools and this could tell us why. Dr. Luby went on to say, ‘People exposed to adversity early in life experience changes in the volume of the inferior frontal gyrus that probably can make children more vulnerable to behavioral issues and bad decision-making. We suspect that such changes are associated with issues such as poor diet, risky and more dangerous behavior and generally not taking very good care of yourself, and overall, this contributes to poorer mental and physical health outcomes.’

We’ve seen huge increases in physical health problems in children that can’t be dismissed with the claim of “better diagnosing,” like they’ve done with autism, and what this study does is lay the blame for asthma, GI disease and more on childhood trauma. It’s a deceptively clever way to further marginalize anyone who says that the toxins our children are exposed to everywhere have any ill effects on them, and it puts parents on the defensive.

IF parents are poor or divorced, IF there’s been a death in the family, IF anyone has had mental health problems or addiction—any of these things could cause mental or physical illness in children.

Forget the toxic foods we feed children daily or the multiple toxics we routinely inject into their little bodies and developing brains. INSTEAD, IT’S “TOXIC STRESS” FROM HOME THAT’S HURTING THEM. (“Toxic stress” is another new term often used with “adverse childhood event,” so get used to them.)

Luby explained how the tables have been turned on us: ‘We know toxins in the environment can contribute to disease, but this study suggests that kids can experience physical and mental health problems from exposure to psychosocial toxins, too.’ 

Luby is going to continue to study these children AND to begin “a multidisciplinary study to follow pregnant women and their infants to see whether psychosocial stressors and adversity experienced during pregnancy and the first three years of a child’s life also affect brain development and overall health.”

We were told that these findings could "alter the way doctors and researchers think about the development of disease."  

I’m sure they will. They can just blame parents for whatever is wrong with their children. I’ve already been convinced because of the massive amount of news stories about how childhood trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression are affecting schools around the world.

We’ll be spending piles of money on more studies, programs, teacher workshops and services that focus on undoing the bad things parents are doing to their kids. All this is well coordinated with experts and sources around the world all saying the same thing. And no one will be allowed to argue that stress has always been around, and so has poverty. Everyone will jump on board with this neat, simple explanation for all our ills. I can’t wait to read about ACEs triggering autism.

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Dublin Mom Begging for Placement and Care for Violent Autistic 12 Year Old Son

Irish break your heartNote: Our Media Editor Anne Dachel has been compiling an unending list of autism horror stories from around the world. The truth isn't just stranger than fiction, it's much more frightening.  These posts are meant to shed light on the severity of the problem families are facing. In this case, a violent 12 year old child whose mother is begging for a placement.  Families suffer in silence. Some parents snap and murder their children. 

We had another mass shooting in America yesterday, at a church outside of San Antonio. Last week a man rammed a truck into New Yorkers on a bike path. America has become either numb or blind to the violence. We tsk tsk and offer our "deepest condolences" are "saddened" by so many tragedies.  And nothing changes.  KIM

Nov 3, 2017, UK Mirror: 'He has given me black eyes and attacked me with a knife': Mum pleads for autistic 12-year-old son to be taken away"

The 12-year-old boy suffers from autism and his mum has had to call police to her home more than a dozen times because of his violent behaviour

A mum has launched a desperate appeal to have her son taken into care after she suffered several brutal assaults.

The 12-year-old boy suffers from autism and his mum has had to call police to her home more than a dozen times because of his violent behaviour.

She has been forced to barricade herself into her bedroom along with her three daughters.

The mum, who is not being named, told the Irish Mirror: "He has smashed up my windows and televisions several times.

"I have marks all over my body. I have to highlight this before my kids or me are dead."

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Levi Quackenboss: How To Win Any Vaccine Debate Part 2

Winner loserDid you read Part 1 of this series yet? Make sure you bookmark it, and stay tuned for parts 3 and 4.

#5 When they say, “There is no autism epidemic. Doctors are just better at recognizing the signs of autism now, so there are more diagnoses.

Then you say, “Whoops! Be sure to let the State of California know that the 680% increase in autism cases shown in their meticulously-tracked incremental climb from 1992 to 2007 proves an epidemic that doesn’t exist. And then explain the last two decades of market demands for diapers to fit adolescents, helmets for seizures and self-harm, special education programs in schools, occupational and speech therapists, sensitive Santas at Christmastime, sensory-friendly clothing, assisted living facilities for people in their 20s, and parents lobbying for the right to treat their children with marijuana.”

It’s groundless to claim that the physical need for these products and services manifested because today’s medical doctors are “better” at slapping a manufactured label on non-verbal children who have epilepsy, chronic diarrhea, extreme sensory issues, and sleep disturbances than doctors in 1990.

Here is just one sobering timeline:  the existence of extra large diapers for the two million kids who struggle to master defecating in a toilet.

The EPA has traced the beginning of the explosion in autism cases back to 1988-89 (coincidentally, Tylenol began their ad campaigns of being the most doctor-trusted pain reliever in 1986). So up until 1993, parents of the front wave of autistic children were able to squeeze their kids into ordinary disposable diapers, but once they passed the age of seven/eight/nine and still weren’t toilet trained, their parents were in a panic. Toddler diapers were too small, and adult incontinence diapers were far too large.

So what did Kimberly-Clark Corporation invent in 1994? “GoodNite Disposable Underwear” for older kids. Why, in 1994– when the disposable diaper industry was already 46 years old– did we suddenly need older kid diapers for the first time? Read more here.


Beyond the Disability

Hope dandelionBy Cathy Jameson

We were at a children’s hospital last week for some testing.  Ronan had two appointments spaced several hours apart.  It was going to be a very long day for him.  It was going to be a very long one for me, too.  Despite that, I was actually looking forward to our day out.  We were catching up with one Ronan’s providers we met about a year ago.  Integral in getting some much-needed equipment and services for my son, I looked forward to hearing what else he might suggest I could, or should, be doing for Ronan.  Before that follow-up appointment though, Ronan was scheduled to see a new doctor.  He was also scheduled for some testing.  New people and new testing can make me nervous.  Understandably, they can make Ronan nervous, too. 

Ronan got through the first part of the day pretty really well.  Complimented for his patience and how he managed to deal with the intense sensory overload one of the tests caused him, the nurses and the doctors we encountered remained very positive and very patient-centered.  Speaking to Ronan, showing him the equipment they were going to use, and asking him for input knowing that he would not respond, they made Ronan as comfortable as they possibly could.  I was pleased.  Other families we saw coming in and out of the exam rooms that morning also looked pleased.  

Since we had about 2 hours before the afternoon appointment would begin, I thought we’d head over to the cafeteria to eat and rest.  But Ronan was already tired and the long walk to and from the cafeteria would do him in.  Finding a quiet area near the entrance of the clinic where he’d be seen next, I sat us down on a bench and took out the lunches I’d packed.  Ronan was happy to eat.  He was also happy to also have some time on his iPad. 

While we were eating lunch, a happy fellow walked past us.  Stopping when he saw Ronan, he struck up a conversation.  He noticed Ronan’s head phones and also the Minion Rush game Ronan was playing on the iPad.  I smiled.  The young fellow was verbal but was incredibly hard to understand.  His mom chimed in and told me a little about him – he’s in 8th grade and excited for high school where his big brother goes.  We talked about how big a transition that would be.  Commenting on Ronan’s head phones, I told the mom it was the best $11 we ever spent.  The boy laughed and said he liked them.  Then, he pointed to the game Ronan was playing.  Impressed with how well Ronan was doing, he offered a huge smile and lots of praise, “Yeah! Go! Did it!”  His mom translated everything else he would try to say to us. 

After a few minutes, they had to go.  As the boy turned toward the door, I thanked him for taking time to say hi to us.  He kept walking but was not done speaking.  This time, his mom didn’t have to tell me what his message was.  He’d already given Ronan 3 compliments, but he had one more he needed to share.  Already outside, he looked back at us and belted out, YOU’RE AWESOME!  I smiled and laughed a very happy laugh.  Down syndrome didn’t take any of this kid’s personality away.  If anything, it gave him more life.  What a treat for me to have been blessed by it. 

Because of his disabilities, that young boy, like Ronan, could potentially face life-long struggles.  Physical difficulties, emotional hardships, and other differences that typical children may never experience will be part of his life.  Those, coupled with the medical issues that brought him to the hospital that day, are his “normal”.  How that boy with Down syndrome choses to live with his normal will certainly help influence others around him, including his family.  His mom looked tired.  She did not have nearly the same pep in her step as her upbeat son did.  But she made sure to be present in the moments that were important to him, which included the few short minutes he stopped to chat with us. 

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Walking in Quicksand on The Cost of Rejecting a Cure for Autism

NOTE: Thanks to Ashlynn for allowing us to excerpt her blog post below.  I agree with her almost completely. In America, we reject cures every day of the week, because treatments make money for pharma, profit based hospitals, etc.  However, most diseases and chronic diagnoses are at least given the pretense of seeking a cure - Susan G. Komen comes to mind. Thanks, Ashlynn.  K

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In the United States, an estimated $262 billion per year is spent on care and services for people with autism. This number does not include social security and benefit payments. If the startling trend of better diagnosis increased autism rates continues, care of individuals with autism in the United States will exceed one trillion dollars per year before we know it.

The staggering costs associated with caring for people with autism starkly contrast the limited and wasteful funds spent on autism research each year. Roughly $300 million is spent on autism research yearly, 75% of which is paid for by the Federal government.

This means that over $800 is spent caring for people with autism for every dollar spent researching autism. Of course, what constitutes autism research is broad and a great deal of it focuses not on relief from symptoms or preventing autism in the first place, but on genetics, validating the usefulness of applied behavioral analysis, and casting blame on fat moms and old dads. In fact, the research to date has been so underwhelming that the best tips WebMD can come up with for preventing autism are: live healthy, don’t take drugs during pregnancy, avoid alcohol, seek treatment for existing health conditions, and get vaccinated.

While neurodiversity proponents vilify people who want a cure, parents lose sleep over who will provide proper care for their autistic children when they die. With many autistics having no chance of partnering or starting their own families, parents rightly worry what will happen when their children are left in a world without a single person who loves them. The darker side of autism is habitually glossed over in any debate about how money should be spent to help people with autism. Families fight for the welfare of children and teens held in four point restraints in emergency rooms for weeks at a time as they wait for an opening at a facility that can marginally manage their needs. Meanwhile, a vocal minority that remains without empathy for the suffering the rest of the spectrum endures, continues to condemn those of us who want better for our kids.

Actively fighting against relief from the symptoms of autism is more than just cruel. It’s financially unsustainable.


Why I'm Directing “Saving Zero”

Dan burnsBy Dan E Burns and Linda K Leonard

Tired of TV series about autistic savants?  I’m starting a charity to enhance the lives of teens and adults throughout the autism spectrum, to correct misconceptions and reduce prejudice and discrimination, and to model opportunities for typically functioning teens and adults to benefit from association with those who are disabled or exceptionally abled.  

Our first project is a web series, SAVING ZERO, a dramatization based on my experience co-founding a ranch for teens and young adults with autism. 

Actors Bryan and Hunter Douglas reveal what brings them to SAVING ZERO.  Bryan says, “I have a number of autistic family members on the spectrum. I have a niece who has the speech impediment that [Hunter] plays as Zero … I like being involved in a project that helps show this in a way that is not distracting from these kids as people.”

See Bryan and Hunter behind the scenes at Facebook.

Few if any imaginative works of art that I know of portray autistic kids at the lower end of the spectrum like my son Ben. Yet these delightful teens and young adults have much to give to society in terms of their love, humor, and friendship. What do kids, teens, and young adults with autism who are not savants give back to the society that supports them? And how are they reshaping our lives? Those are the questions I explore in my web series, "Saving Zero."

Talent and production crew at KD Studios and Conservatory in Dallas have been contributing their time, some on SAG-AFTRA deferred payment agreements, to create this dramatic web series, because they believe in the project. 

Here's how director Linda K Leonard answered the question, "Why are you directing this project?"

Linda says, "I feel like the message of this project is one that needs to be heard; I feel like whatever our disabilities are, or whatever our individualities are, sometimes they’re not recognized for those, and sometimes they’re not treated like human beings. I feel like this series will bring a new kind of light to autism; I feel like it will bring … an awareness of these difficulties these individuals face in life to others, and I feel like you’re going to get to know all these young people on the spectrum and fall in love with all of them. Hopefully, the Saving Zero web series will give you a new insight on their world, their challenges in life, the people that we love, and people that we want to keep in our lives.'

This is a work in progress.  Click on the face of the boy with autism to see our trailer  at www.savingzero.com


Los Desaparecidos Industriales: Privatization and the Use of Child Protective Services as a Tool of Vaccine Enforcement

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By Adriana Gamondes

While a system of holding people in hostage is as old as the oldest war, a fresher note is introduced when a tyrannic state is at war with its own subjects and may hold any citizen in hostage with no law to restrain it. An even more recent improvement is the subtle use of what I shall term “the lever of love” (applied so successfully by the Soviets) of tying a rebel to his wretched country by his own twisted heart strings.  ~Vladimir Nabokov,  Bend Sinister

Over the past several years, it’s been more and more common to hear stories in the news or through the social grapevine about parents losing their children to the state due to disagreements with doctors or hospital staff. Some of these cases involve children’s medical conditions which are arguably vaccine-related—like the 2014 case involving the late Maryanne Godboldo  and the state’s attempt to forcibly sedate her daughter, who Godboldo claimed was vaccine-injured; or the more current case of Joe and Maria Selva’s attempts to treat their daughter’s seizures with (legal) medical cannabis instead of risky standard anti-epileptic drugs.

But over the past year, these stories of state child removal have shifted from possibly vaccine-related to vaccine-contingent, such as the case of vaccine-resistant Florida mother Autumn Ceyten losing four children to the state. Ceyten’s is not an isolated account and  follows an increasing number of news stories in which vaccination status played some key role in state charges of parental neglect. Taken together, this creates the appearance of a disturbing but not unexpected trend. 

On April 28th, 2015, New York University law professor Mary Holland expected it as she testified before the California Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to SB277, a bill—since passed— that would remove all personal exemptions to vaccination, leaving only impossible-to-acquire medical exemptions for California’s school children.

On the issue of consent, Holland drew a sharp parallel between forced vaccination and rape that angered Chairwoman Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).  When Chairwoman Jackson was done sputtering, Holland asked whether the state would criminalize dissent.

MARY HOLLAND:  Furthermore, a problem with SB277 would be in its enforcement…Will you be willing to remove children and force-vaccinate them as wards of the state?

Will you be willing to throw non-vaccinating parents in prison?

And what happens if the state does vaccinate a child who is removed and that child is severely injured or dies?

What will the state do?

SEN. JACKSON: Where in this bill does it talk about throwing parents in prison?

MARY HOLLAND: No, but what will you do? The parents—many of the parents who are…

SEN. JACKSON: I’m sorry but there is nothing in this… I mean, there are enough concerns raised.  To kind of push it to a level…  Now we are talking about putting parents in prison…

Senator Jackson expressed outrage for several more minutes about Holland’s “inflammatory” suggestions, to which Holland replied, “But I don’t know what you will do.”

Now, in 2017, we’re getting a clearer idea of what they will do. Shortly after Mary Holland testified,  various state social services divisions began adding a stipulation that parental failure to get children immunized with all required vaccinations can be categorized as a form of child abuse/neglect and can be grounds for criminal investigation.

From page 14 of the Mandated Reporter Training Educators Training Manual put forth by California Department of Social Services:

Lesson 1 - What to Report:

Other forms of neglect include

  • Medical neglect, such as not providing appropriate medical care, dental care, or immunizations
  • Emotional neglect, such as not interacting with an infant or child
  • Educational neglect, such as not enrolling a child in school or providing proper home-schooling

The addition of the word “immunizations” in the routine language of a standard document seems to be new. Having seen various states’ mandated reporter guides in the past, I know several specifically indicated that vaccination was not in the purview of child protective services and that an investigation could not be launched on those grounds. 

The addition of immunization to mandated reporter guidelines isn’t isolated to California  and could turn out to be an edict sent down from on high—the US Department of Health and Human Services, the parent agency of Child Protective Services as well as the CDC.  Whatever is the case, reports are coming in from teachers in other states that their mandated reporter training modules have changed in the past few years. The following photo of a media presentation given to staff during a mandated reporter training session was taken in an Oklahoma public school:

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The teachers in Oklahoma reported that vaccine exemptions were never mentioned during this or any other presentation on the issue. When several individuals attempted to call various regional departments of children and families to inquire about the new language, they were reportedly angrily brushed off, much like Chairwoman Jackson’s stonewalling of Mary Holland.

In any event, it’s clear certain machinery has gone into gear and vaccine industry avatars like UC Hastings assistant law professor Dorit Reiss could not be happier.

During a panel discussion for the National Meningitis Association in May,  Reiss— wearing what appears to be a mermaid costume and bedroom slippers—explains how employing police to "force vaccination...certainly isn't easy on anyone. So it's not something done easily. It can be done. But just not done easily“

Evoking unsettling visions of police with military grade tactical gear battering down doors, tasing dads, shooting dogs, putting moms in headlocks and snatching up screaming kids  seems quite easy for Reiss.  I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that, throughout the videotaped meeting, her demeanor is disjointedly cheerful considering the grimness of the topic: her eyes glow, she smiles reflexively and swings her fidgety feet like a contented toddler at story time.  But it's apparent by Reiss's mincing grammar why she feels so buoyant: only police are assigned agency and the burden of responsibility regarding the thing she describes being "done." Those directing the doing of it and fabricating legal and moral pretexts for the doing of it remain unburdened, unnamed.   

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Levi Quackenboss: How to Win Any Vaccine Debate

SmartNote: Share this post by Levi Quackenboss far and wide.  We look forward to Part Duh, er Deux...  :)  Levi never fails to hit the nail on the head!

By Levi Quackenboss

We’ve all heard the most common talking points of pharma-sponsored vaccine propaganda in the mainstream media, but sometimes it’s hard to conjure up the right response when the same unfounded soundbites come at you in real life.

Save this blog. And the next and the next. I’ve got your answers for you.

#1 When they say, “Scientific studies have proven that vaccines don’t cause autism!”

Then you say, “Despite what you’ve heard in the media, only one shot and one ingredient have ever been studied for their role in causing autism.”

In the following two CDC (Centers for Disease Control) studies, just one shot– out of the ten single and combination shots on the infant vaccination schedule– and one ingredient– out of more than three dozen– have ever been studied in relation to autism. And both studies reek of scientific fraud.

The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) study

Dr. William Thompson, a scientist on the CDC’s 2004 MMR-doesn’t-cause-autism study, was granted whistleblower protection by President Obama in 2014. Why would a scientist need that protection? Because recordings were released of him admitting that their study originally showed that the MMR does cause autism –most notably a 240% increase in African American boys– and that his co-authors at the CDC conspired to hide that finding.

Other studies that claim to prove the MMR’s innocence are based on this fraudulent study, or they are retroactive cohort studies (not case controlled like the CDC’s MMR study) which are rife with selection bias, unexplained parameters, and creative definitions of what it means to be “unvaccinated.” There is an often-cited 2015 “MMR doesn’t cause autism” retroactive cohort study of over 95,000 kids that Dr. Paul Thomas does an excellent job of dissecting if you’d like to learn more.

The mercury study

Dr. Thomas Verstraeten, the lead author of the CDC’s 2003 mercury-doesn’t-cause-autism study, sounded the alarm when he found that mercury-based thimerosal preservative was causing a 760% increase in autism prevalence. Thimerosal was used in the Hep B vaccines and DTaP vaccines up until 2003, and is continued to be used in flu shots today. But, according to the World Mercury Project, Verstraeten was pushed aside while others reworked his study to bury the damaging discovery. Verstraeten then resigned from the CDC, returned to his homeland, and took a job with GlaxoSmithKline before his CDC study was even published, which Congress found to be a violation of ethics. The nail in the coffin came during a 2004 Institute of Medicine Review of that study, when the CDC’s presentation slides revealed that they had “lost” the study’s raw data sets used from the Vaccine Safety Datalink. Voila! No one will ever be able check their findings. (Note: these CDC slides are now removed from the IOM website, too, but you can read more about them here.)

Does this sound like a comprehensive investigation into vaccination causing autism?

#2 When they say, “But today’s vaccines have less antigens than vaccines from decades ago, so they’re safer now.”

Then you say, “Who said that vaccines had too many antigens? That’s a straw man argument. We’ve been told hundreds of times that infants have the capacity to respond to an enormous number of antigens. Vaccine antigens were reduced to maximize manufacturer profits, not to improve safety.”

When parents say that today’s schedule is “too many too soon,” they mean too many vaccines, not too many antigens. There is a lot more to a vaccine vial than antigens. Heck, the hep B vaccine only has one little antigen. I still don’t want it injected into my kid.

Disease antigens are expensive to produce and vaccine makers want to minimize expenses. Decades ago, only the DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) vaccine used aluminum adjuvant. But today, vaccines for seven diseases on the bloated schedule have powerful neurotoxic aluminum adjuvants that cause a little bit of antigen to elicit a huge immune response.

I’ll sit here and wait while you research the safety of aluminum. It has no known use to the human body, it causes an IgE response and increases allergies, it’s a highly reactive and damaging neurotoxin, and rather than being excreted by the body, it accumulates in the brain.

Vaccines are no safer for it.

#3 When they say, “Mercury was taken out of vaccines in 2001 and autism rates rose anyway!”

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L’affaire Wakefield: Shades of Dreyfus & BMJ’s Descent into Tabloid Science

Vera SharavAge of Autism links to Alliance for Human Resesearch Protection for Vera Sharav's damning indictment of the British Medical Journal's intervention in the Wakefield affair. She traces its history from the beginning but focuses on the journal's allegations of  fraud in 2011 and its sinister repercussions.

By Vera Sharav

L’affaire Wakefield: Shades of Dreyfus & BMJ’s Descent into Tabloid Science

Introduction: I have undertaken this review of the case against Dr. Andrew Wakefield because the issues involved are far more consequential than the vilification of one doctor. The issues, as I see them, involve (a) collusion of public health officials to deceive the public by concealing scientific evidence that confirms empirical evidence of serious harm linked to vaccines – in particular polyvalent vaccines; (b) the “willful blindness” by the medical community as it uncritically fell in line with a government dictated vaccination policy driven by corporate business interests.

Public health officials and the medical profession have abrogated their professional, public, and human responsibility, by failing to honestly examine the iatrogenic harm caused by expansive, indiscriminate, and increasingly aggressive vaccination policies. On a human level, the documented evidence shows a callous disregard for the plight of thousands of children who suffer irreversible harm, as if they were unavoidable “collateral damage”.

All of the documented evidence and testimonies submitted to the General Medical Council, upon which GMC issued its guilty verdicts against Dr. Wakefield and his two co-defendants in 2010, were subsequently forensically assessed by the UK High Court in March 2012, in the appeal of Professor John Walker-Smith, the senior clinician and senior author of the Lancet case series. The High Court determined that the verdicts of professional misconduct and ethics violations were unsupported by the evidence.

Indeed, the adjudicated evidence refutes the case against Dr. Wakefield; the documents and testimonies demonstrate that there is no evidence whatsoever, to support the charges of professional misconduct, much less the accusation of fraud. The accusation of fraud was hurled by the Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ, a medical journal whose corporate ownership is intertwined with the vaccine manufacturing Behemoths, Merck – with whom BMJ signed a partnership agreement in 2008 – and GlaxoSmithKline which provides additional financial support to BMJ. Among their numerous vaccine products, Merck and GSK manufacture the MMR vaccine.

My commentary is buttressed with details from the High Court decision (2012); transcripts of testimony before the General Medical Council (2007- 2010); documents and testimony that have been judicially adjudicated; the sworn deposition of the Deputy Editor of the BMJ with internal BMJ emails(2012); internal correspondence by CDC officials and CDC-commissioned scientists (2000-2009, some uncovered in 2011; new documents obtained in July 2017); the suppressed finding of CDC’s first large-scale epidemiological study (1999) and a transcript of the closed door meeting of the Epidemic Intelligence Service at Simpsonwood (2000); a transcript of the closed meeting of the US Institute of Medicine Committee on Immunization Safety Review (2001); the U.S. Grand Jury criminal indictment of Dr. Poul Thorsen (2011); transcripts of the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (1988); a confidential report Re: Infanrix hexa submitted by GlaxoSmithKline to the European Medicines Agency (2012) documenting sudden infant deaths; Cochrane Collaboration MMR reviews (2003, 2005, 2012); HHS Inspector General investigation report – CDC advisory panel corruption (2009); CDC scientists letter of complaint about “rogue interests” “questionable and unethical practices” (2016)...    Read more at AHRP.org here.


Dear David of 1932: What Factors Led to Your Autism?

1938By Teresa Conrick

This story is dedicated to David, his family and especially his sister, Carol.  It is also dedicated to Dan Olmsted, who always wrote that AUTISM had its roots in the 1930´s.  He believed, as a journalist, that the epidemic rise of autism was devastating and --- "the story of a lifetime ." What was once a rare disorder, began increasing into exponential growth in the 1990´s and continues into current day.  This should be the the most feared AND most studied medical event in history as normally developing children stop a typical trajectory and instead,  their medical, educational and social-emotional needs change in a drastic and often life-threatening manner.  The spectrum of autism is a gauge, a barometer of health, a yardstick of being socially at ease, to attend, focus, and to learn. The further an individual is along on that spectrum, the more immune abnormalities, microbiome challenges, and health issues we see. The behaviors of ¨autism¨ also seem more pronounced and severe. The spectrum is a gauge of the immune system, from high to low functioning. My interest in this relates to my own daughter, Megan, diagnosed with both severe autism and an autoimmune disorder.  In addition, she has prevalent PANS symptoms, like many others .  My investigations of the research on autism show that it is a disorder that can be mild to devastating as it relates to the immune system and microbiome.  Obviously the brain is affected by both, which is important and hopeful as far as prevention and treatments.

SINCE 1938

Here is David´s story as I was privileged to hear it from his sister, Carol.  She shared family stories, memories, and David´s David infant 1baby book as written by their mother. The devastation this family had encountered unfolded in front of me.  Carol, born in October of 1935, still has many questions about her life with David.

In 1932, as America struggled through The Great Depression while listening to the famous songs of Cole Porter, David was born.  He was born at Evanston Hospital,  a suburb of Chicago, on January 12th, 1932.  Four months later in May, his 5 year-old sister, Ruth Mary, died of spinal meningitis. According to the CDC in this publication on Mortality Statistics of 1932, only 17 females between age 5 and 9 died in the entire United States of epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis.  What were the odds for this to happen?  Such a TRAGEDY -- and then for David to eventually succumb to what the doctors called, Childhood Schizophrenia by age 5, again, what were the odds for this family? Heartbreaking.

The story could end there with of course, the family hardships of losing not only one child but TWO.  Then the day to day struggles for years of raising a child who required much more supervision, special schools, the financial responsibility --- and for Carol, the confusion of a brother who ignored her --¨I did not exist to David.¨ David was not particularly loving and treated the family politely but not with much affection. The word AUTISM was never mentioned to Carol as they were growing up.  It wasn´t until her friend, Rosie, mentioned that her brother, Dan Olmsted, had co-written a book about autism in 2010. It was then that Carol began to hear about the history of this once rare disorder. Rosie described the symptoms and the timing of the first cases, all born in the 1930´s. Carol was struck with the thought that David may have indeed had behaviors that pointed to autism. Dr. Leo Kanner had written about the first patients, children who presented with the unique symptoms. There were not any adults -- only children --“Since 1938, there have come to our attention a number of children whose condition differs so markedly and uniquely from anything reported so far that each case merits—and, I hope will eventually receive—a detailed consideration of its fascinating peculiarities....".

The Symptoms of David - Autism?

Here then are the clues to put these family memories and facts into a narrative.  We know that those who have a diagnosis of Autism show outward behaviors, or as Kanner put it --fascinating peculiarities-- but also science is now showing us HOW these symptoms may be manifesting.  Let´s look at what those clues are for David:

■  Like many of the Kanner 11, David had issues with eating.  More and more research points this out as well with upwards of 70% of those diagnosed with autism having significant GI issues. David did not nurse well and his mother writes he was a bit colicky with vomiting.  When on solid foods, he spit up often. David had poor eye contact and very slow in talking. He did not start speaking until he was about 4.  His mother thought maybe the summer of his sisterś death that he had Sleeping Sickness/Encephalits Lethargica because he slept so much.  After age 2, he was often high strung and fearful.  He had a very limited diet and would not taste things.  Later, David was interested in science and mechanical things.  He liked light plugs and cords.  He rarely spoke to Carol and had problems playing with children. 

■ David had severe OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).  It manifested in washing his hands over and over for hours.  Today, science is showing that many of those diagnosed autistic are also harboring infections, classified as PANDAS or PANS, this research  is showing that these infections are NEUROPSYCHIATRIC, that they affect the central nervous system and cause many of these repetitive and obsessive behaviors, as well as anxiety, depression, and an increasing list of social-emotional behaviors.

■ David had tics and perseverated on topics. His tics were described by Carol:  Repetitive movements (walked in and out of a room), strange arm movements and sometimes stuttered his words. Sounds much like PANDAS or PANS as Megan has had identical body tics and repetitive movements. Studies and a repentant researcher show that Thimerosal in vaccines can cause tics, and are ¨four times more prevalent in autism.¨ Check out David´s vaccination record as written by his mother in his baby book.  Diphtheria shots at 9 and 12 months with a REACTION recorded by his mother.  Those vaccines would have been preserved with Thimerosal: ¨ Vaccination January 13th at 1 year - reaction, fever 102 degrees & upset stomach - took 2 months to heal with bandage on Upset stomach is another huge symptom in AUTISM . In later years, Carol described David having seasonal allergies and a mild asthma. He also had circulatory issues which resulted in horrific looking black, lower legs.  For that reason, ¨he would be hospitalized about once a year and put on a drip to clear up any infection.¨  That does not sound like a typical illness.

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■  What about David´s parents?  Carol described them as warm and loving, and of course wanting the best for both of their children. They did though, share some common similarities with many other parents to children diagnosed with AUTISM -- IMMUNE issues: SEASONAL ALLERGíES -- ASTHMA -- MIGRAINES -- FOOD ALLERGIES.  Their mother suffered migraines often and their father had severe asthma.  Their parents also wanted David to be educated and cared about his ability to learn and his interest in learning. David eventually became fascinated with science and politics He attended some of the local public schools for awhile in junior high.

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The End of an Error

The endScienceBlogs is no more. Home to Orac and others who took a strange delight in the autism epidemic and vaccine injury denial, it appears to have published its last.  Blogging has changed dramatically post social media. Most of us look to Facebook and Twitter and Instagram for quick peek, fast read, easily digestible information and news. It's not necessarily a good thing. Long form reporting and blogging have changed.   I haven't written for HuffPo in a very long time - nor would they publish some of my autism posts even when I submitted them. I let my personal blog wind down too.  Yahoo groups bit the dust years ago. Facebook became King.

I'm sure Orac and others will find another home so that they can continue their missions.

For those ScienceBloggers who were blogging to improve lives and share meaningful information and who had a community, I'm sorry for your loss.   For those who spent their days trying to harm my children, my colleagues, me - good riddance.

Meanwhile, Age of Autism is here, strong as ever despite our great loss of Dan Olmsted last January. If you would like to support us, we welcome your donations and rely on them.  Thank you.

Kim


Sidelined No More

Lonely childBy Cathy Jameson

The kids’ fall sports season just ended. With three kids on three different teams playing at three different venues, it’s made for a very busy, and sometimes overwhelming, few months.  Add in my husband’s busy work and travel schedule and there were days that I had no idea how I was going to get the kids, or me, everywhere we needed to be.  Also add in Ronan’s lack of interest in these sorts of events, and life turned into more of a juggling act than it already was. 

With the help of friends on the days when I had to be, but obviously couldn’t be, in three different directions, Ronan’s siblings were well taken care of.  Friends picked my kids up for me, they watched my kids’ matches for me, and they brought my kids back to me.  They knew that I couldn’t get to many of the away games and eased a huge burden for me by being there.  Friends were my eyes and ears, and I couldn’t be happier for their assistance. 

Thankfully, I made it to a lot of the kids’ home games this season.  More importantly, I made it to each of their final games last week.  Happily, Ronan joined me for two of them.  He did pretty well while he was there, too.  With lots of practice, Ronan’s gotten the kids’ sports routine down pat.  I can’t say that he looks forward to going to these outings like I do, but he tolerates them well enough so that I can actually watch and enjoy seeing my children compete.  It wasn’t like that in the beginning. 

Years ago, when Fiona was the first to take interest in sports, I couldn’t even pick up her up at the end of practice.  When it was time to get her, Ronan refused to get in the car.  He fought being buckled in.  He protesting the entire way there.  He protested the entire way back to the house as well.  At that time, my husband was gone more than he was home.  Realizing how difficult a simple pick up was for me, a friend offered to drive Fiona home.  She lived on the opposite end of town.  To come all the way to my house added 40 minutes to an already late evening.  She brought Fiona home not just once but after almost every single practice.  Humbled by her generosity, I longed to help pay it forward to help another family in a similar situation.  That wouldn’t happen for a while.  If memory serves me correctly, I only saw one of Fiona’s games that particular season. 

I continued to rely on this mom, as well as other team moms that I had yet to meet, to get Fiona home or to her games for the next two years.  It wasn’t until well into Fiona’s third season did Ronan finally learn how to be a spectator in the stands.  It was slow going, but by the time the end-of-season tournament came around, Ronan could sit in the stands like the rest of us could. 

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Tonic Offers a Tonic as Antidote to the Unrealistic and Downright Insulting Nonsense of The Good Doctor

Suited-man-head-in-sandNote: If your child or friend or even yourself with autism is a genius who can or could function in a high pressure, snap decision, life or death job like surgery please let us know.  We never want to insult our readers - especially those who are on the spectrum.  Are there savants? Yes of course. But the trend to portraying autism as a desirable gift is troubling to us here at AofA.   I know children with amazing splinter skills. Math and calendar geniuses, for instance. "What day was April 4, 1874?" And my friend's son can answer. I can't and I'm too tired to Google it.

This week the FBI report on Sandy Hook mass murderer Adam Lanza was released and reported on in many media outlets. Adam had Asperger's, but the report indicates almost what I could consider full autism. He could not stand light. He could not stand sound. He could not wear clothes. He weighed 111 pounds at his death, so clearly he did not or could not eat. He perseverated on mass shootings. Hadn't left his room in 3 months according to the report. Communicated with his enabling "gun nut" mother  (that's the report's language) via email only during those 3 months.  And he also had an indication of pedophilia. Is he also an aberration? Hell yes. Adam Lanza is NOT the face of Asperger's.  And neither is the Good Doctor.

There's a reason for my outrage, our outrage. If autism is seen as a gift and not a life shattering (for many) diagnosis, who will fund research? Who will pass laws protecting our loved ones? Who will make sure social security benefits and Medicaid stay around to help our kids survive? This is the USA.  We are a short term nation. Remember Houston's floods?  Aw heck that was how many tragedies ago? Autism will disappear as a voting issue. We'll lose clout such as we have any. Our kids will lose a lot more.  KIM

By Sarah Bradley Read the full article here.

A few weeks ago, ABC premiered a new drama called The Good Doctor, about a young surgical resident with high-functioning autism. Dr. Shaun Murphy has a traumatic past and many challenges to overcome, but clear talent in his chosen profession.


He's also a genius. It says so right there in the promotional trailer for the series. In the first episode, audiences can see the visual representation of his brain working overtime as he taps into a bank of memorized facts and manipulates anatomical diagrams in his head, all before synthesizing that information in superheroic fashion during medical crises.

This is not a show I want to watch. I'm tired of what the entertainment business thinks autism looks like—it's a perception that's far removed from reality.

The well-known pop culture motif of the "autistic savant" likely started with the release of the film Rain Man in 1988. While savant syndrome is real, it's actually quite rare—only 10 percent of people with autism are estimated to have savant abilities. But the stereotype has hung around stubbornly since then, appearing in film and television to spread the misconception that autism—despite its varying degrees of impairment—is something that can also bear desirable or even enviable gifts.

That message is damaging in more ways than one. It's insulting to the large percentage of people on the spectrum without savant abilities, because it implies their stories aren't as valuable or worth telling. It also promotes the falsehood that an autism diagnosis nearly always comes pre-packaged with extreme giftedness.

"It's true that many individuals with high-functioning autism have very high levels of intelligence and savant-like abilities," says Harry Voulgarakis, a psychologist and director of the Shoreline Center for Social Learning in Connecticut. "But it's important to remember that this is a small percentage of individuals on the spectrum…in fact, about 40 percent of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] have an intellectual disability, or a lower range IQ. So while the media representations of ASD are not necessarily inaccurate, they are limited in the many aspects of ASD that they are portraying."


When Inclusion Means So Little: NC Teen Shamed with Inappropriate Photo

LotteryThere is no pain like the pain we feel when our children with autism, or any disability, are treated badly and abused.

"He doesn't have a voice. Help him. That's your peer."  The boy's Mom from the story below. What more can we say? Where is human kindness, respect for dignity? Next week I am speaking at Norwalk (CT) Community College for their "Common Read" week.  Common Read is a national program in which an entire English department reads, discusses and has talks on the same book. My dear friend and fellow autism Warrior Mom Maria Buchta is an English Professor at NCC and in charge of Common Read. She wanted to find a book that tackled inclusion, special needs, adults with differences.  She asked for my input and I suggested LOTTERY by Patricia Wood. Pat is a friend - and her book is about Perry Crandall, a man with a low IQ ("I am not retarded") who wins the Lottery. You can imagine the fallout. It's a beautiful book. Respectful. Charming. Sharp. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

American students and adults with disabilities deserve respect. End of story. Unlike the story below.  Kim

A North Carolina mom is angry after she says a student took a picture of her son, who has autism, and another special needs student in the bathroom.

Melanie Howard says the picture showed her son, Ben's, backside.

"An individual took it upon himself to pray on the innocent, the sweet, the innocent lives who have no voice and put it on social media," she said.

Ben is not aware of what happened, but his family is outraged.

"I just started getting really frustrated, I couldn't. It was extremely difficult to control how mad I was," his brother Josh said.

Wake County Public Schools says the incident is a "severe violation" of their student code of conduct, warranting a suspension. They said they would work with law enforcement to pursue charges.

Ben's mother is disappointed in students who saw the photo online, and did nothing to interfere.

"Thought it was funny and tons of other people thought it was funny because it took them three days for someone to say something," she said. "Step up and have a voice. He doesn't have a voice. Help him that's your peer. Despite that he has a disability, that's your peer. He's in school with you."  Watch video see more here.


When the Autistic Student is both Too Smart and Too Disruptive

The-Age-Victoria-Newspaper-article-Melbourne-Australia-paleo-diet-the-paleo-network-interview-minNOTE:  How many of you know children like this boy in Australia? Maybe even your own child? My daughter has been in a class that had mandatory evacuations due to massive outbursts. As an autism parent, I empathize. As a parent, I worried about the affect of the evacuations and the violence on my pre-verbal daughter. Autism is rarely presented in such a raw, real manner.  The media tends to push a false narrative about autism, glossing over the struggles for families and outright lying under the guise of neurodiversity. Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill's book DENIAL speaks to this trend.

Too smart, too disruptive: The high-functioning autistic children our schools can't teach

Meet the two sides of Lucas Whittam.

There's the highly intelligent boy, who breezes through a game of memory and will tell you all you need to know about his favourite shows The Smurfs and My Little Pony.

Then there's the explosive side - the boy who hits his teachers and principal, and who, in a fit of rage, once shattered his teacher's glasses. He formed a habit of trashing his classroom in outbursts that were so violent his classmates were evacuated for their own safety.

The nine-year-old has high-functioning autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance disorder and suffers from anxiety.

He is also very bright, with an IQ of 123, which places him in the 95th percentile.

Students like Lucas are being overlooked in the Victorian education system  - they are too smart for a specialist school and too disruptive for a mainstream school. Many of these students have poor executive functions, which means their planning and organisational skills are inhibited. 

They have the potential to achieve high grades - some of them are gifted - but they have trouble reading social cues, staying on task, and grow bored by the content in their class. However, because their IQ is so high, they generally don't qualify for most disability funding arrangements, which would cover an integration aide or other services. Their high IQ also means they can't enrol in specialist schools, which are mostly designed for students with an intellectual disability.

Lucas' mother, Lisa, now drives four hours a day and forks out $10,000 a year, so her son can attend The Currajong School, one of the only schools in Victoria that caters for children like Lucas.




SheThinx Period Panties and Autism

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NOTE: This post is brought to you by the letter R for reality. 

By Kim Rossi

As most of you know, I have three daughters with autism. They are 22, 21 and 17 years old. One of the first questions I get when I speak to parents of young girls on the spectrum is, "How on earth will I manage her period? She has sensory issues!"   We had smooth sailing for a long time.  Each girl would wear a pad. PMS is a challenge of course.  But we managed pretty well until... we didn't. One of my girls suddenly refused to wear a pad.  "NO DIAPER."  For months I begged, cajoled, followed her around saying (OK, sometimes yelling) "NO PAD NO iPAD!" She didn't care. She was NOT going to wear a pad. As you can imagine the result was a disaster. And I was seeing red. Ruined bedsheets. Laundry galore. Going out of the house a problem. Someone recommended the pill or the IUD that stops the menses. Not for us. Someone recommended tampons - not an option as teaching her privacy has meant telling her nothing goes inside of her. And she needs help with changing a pad so I wasn't going to have staff assisting her with such an intimate job.

I read about period panties, but I thought they were like Depends. Papery... diapers. Then I read a review of a product called THINX period panties. Desperate, I ordered 3 pair. Homepage__panties

PROBLEM SOLVED!

I repeat - PROBLEM SOLVED!

THINX panties are a beautiful, soft nylon with a comfortable waistband.  (And there is a new organic cotton option.) They look like nice underwear. I slipped a pair on my daughter before she got her period. She was none the wiser! I ordered the black hip hugger style so she would not see any blood when the time came. 

The time came.

Day 1. She wore a pair for 4 hours.

NO LEAKS!

Day 2 She wore a pair for 6 hours

NO LEAKS!

When she removes them, I rinse thoroughly (yes, that part is icky, it takes a good 5 minutes of running water) then I wash them and air dry them on a large fan. No tumble dryer.

She THINX period panties have made each month so much easier for HER most of all - NO DIAPER!  And for me too.   And for staff who works with her. She no longer feels upset on top of having cramps. I know she's happier each month.

Try them.  I wrote a comment on their Facebook page and got hundreds of replies. Tweet the company as I have and tell them that they have made a difference in the autism community.  

Maybe we can start a Light It Up Red month? 

Kim Rossi is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.

 


Fashion Will ROCK Autism at this November 13 Safeminds Event.

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Get ready to help Fashion ROCK Autism at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, MD at a meaningful, memorable, and fun event!

When: Monday, November 13, 2017
Cost: $100 per ticket
FREE RESPITE CARE!

Schedule of Events

6:00-7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the pre-show reception with heavy hors d’ouvres, two bars, and a signature SafeMinds starfish drink. Baltimore’s finest DJ, Vince Christopher, music will set the mood, while you peruse the silent auction and visit with exhibitors from across the Baltimore-Washington, DC region to start your holiday shopping. Silent auction items include:

  • A private, after-hours crepe making experience with the owner of Sofi’s Crepes
  • Two tickets for a dinner cruise from Spirit Cruises on the Patapsco River
  • A private flight for two over Historic Annapolis
  • Dinner for two at The Ivy Hotel
  • A private wine class for 20
  • The opportunity to race a Lamborghini Huracan
  • The opportunity to race a Ferrari Italia
  • Two Ravens football tickets on the 50-yard line, valued at $348 each
  • A lawn mower, heated jacket, and gloves
  • Jewelry, jewelry, jewelry
  • Restaurant gift certificates (Bar Louie, Barrett’s Grille, Bluestone, Citron, Cunningham’s, Earth, Wood & Fire, Lisa’s American Grille, and more!)
  • And more!

7:30-8:00 p.m.
SafeMinds stunning live auction conducted by Keith Scott and Rebecca Klein Scott of Tallsmall Productions begins. You’ll have the chance to continue your holiday shopping by bidding on:

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Is there Mercury in the Present UK Flu Vaccine?

Calvin-harris-press-gavin-bond-2015-billboard-650by John Stone

"However, another authoritative source British National Formulary/National Institutes for Healthcare Excellence (BNF NICE) listing this season's products states that all the suspensions "may contain" thiomersal. The position is ambiguous to say the least."  

A row has apparently blown up in the media between a mega star that I have never heard of, Calvin Harris, with 12.7 million twitter followers and British health officials. Harris has apparently claimed that there is mercury in the 2017 UK flu shot. No such claim I would like to make clear has ever been made on this website. While it is difficult to find out exactly which products are being given I have just checked through the ingredients of ten products I was able to identify and none had mercury, thiomersal or thimerosal listed.

Perhaps Mr Harris was basing his claim on the situation in the US where officials seem more inclined to brazen it out. It may be pointed out as well that the same health officials who are out now trying to re-assure people that there is no mercury in the shot are very likely the same ones who were previously trying assure them it was perfectly safe.

Post Script: This appears to be the bottom line. There is a letter 20 March 2017 signed by representatives of the UK Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England (Dame Sally C Davies, Prof Paul Cosford and Prof Sir Bruce Keogh). On pages 24-6 there is a list of products with one or two additions to those I linked to. Underneath is the statement p. 26:"None of the influenza vaccines for the 2017/18 season contain thiomersal as an added preservative"

The odd wording suggests the possibility that thiomersal may have been used in the preparation of some of the products, perhaps as a sterilising agent, and therefore could be present at trace levels.

 Post Post Script: However, another authoritative source British National Formulary/National Institutes for Healthcare Excellence (BNF NICE) listing this season's products states that all the suspensions "may contain" thiomersal. The position is ambiguous to say the least.  

Suspension for injection All products

Excipients

May contain

Gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin penicillins, polymyxin b, thiomersal


Team GR's Dr. Jared Skowron On A Simple Autism Treatment - Magnificent Magnesium

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Magnesium is a essential mineral we keep in our supplement cabinet. How critical is it for individuals with autism? We brought in one of our supplement experts, Jared Skowron, ND, to help us crack down the importance of taking magnesium!

Magnesium — Don’t Forget About Me!

Written by Dr. Jared Skowron

Sometimes, we forget about the old things; the classics, the foundations, like magnesium. We get excited about new things in the hopes of finding the magic bullet. Sometimes when we get wrapped up in all things new, we lose sight of pillars of importance. We must remember the foundations of health and illness: Genetics, Nutrition, Toxicity.

Where to Begin

Where do we start our journey? In the past or in the present? Looking into the future? Do we first reflect on our health and life today, or reach back into our old photo albums of sepia stained square polaroids? I think today, I’m in the mood to rewind the clock 80 years….

I found an article from Berkeley Medical School published around 1937. This was an animal study analyzing symptoms of magnesium deficiency in the diet, especially related to calcium levels and Vitamin B2 levels (which they used to call Vitamin G back in the day). What interests me is the understanding of nutrition at that time. Here’s a couple quotes:

“A fixed value cannot be given for the minimum requirement of a given element. The amount required will be found to vary with varying conditions of life,…and also in relation to the intake of other components of the diet.”

“A high content of calcium in the diet increases the severity of magnesium deficiency and raises the amount necessary to meet the minimal magnesium requirements.”

Even back then, insights were given to individuality. I listen to so many parents who want to know the perfect dose, the exact number, and frankly it depends on your child. The need varies based on the individual’s health and genetics. While 100mg is right for some, 400mg is right for others. We must follow the response to a therapy individually.  Read more here.