Marc Tucker's Cure for SPED

SPEDBy Anne Dachel

I recently ran across an article on Education Week entitled, Have We Got Special Education All Wrong?

It called for putting even more money into schools while we do nothing to address what’s really happening to kids.

The blame game

Education expert Marc Tucker thinks he’s figured out why the U.S. has such a high percentage of children who are in special education compared to other developed countries.

It has to be SOMETHING SCHOOLS ARE DOING WRONG. According to Tucker, special ed should only be for the kids with a specific mental or physical disability. The child whose behavior gets them consigned to sped shouldn’t be there.

TUCKER’S SOLUTION: More $$ for support services, better teacher/student ratio, more $$ for schools with minority students, more work with social services, more time on students who need extra help, and better monitoring of students.

Those things might help if children didn’t have to live in the 21st century. Our schools are filled with disabled kids who weren’t here 25 years ago. Look at the accommodations on IEPs for kids just in regular ed. I’ve had students who are allowed to pace in the back of the classroom or walk out and sit in the hall if they feel overwhelmed. Large numbers of students couldn’t function in school if they weren’t medicated. We modify tests and assignments for kids who can’t deal with regular work. And that’s just what’s happening in the mainstream classroom.

More money for services and monitoring for the child with out-of-control behavior without asking why so many children today do things that makes them a danger to themselves and to others is pointless. In Tucker’s world the only problem is how we’re dealing with these kids; there is really nothing wrong with the children themselves.

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Age of Autism: We Now Return To Our Regularly Scheduled Program!

We're liveWell, that was fun! Did you miss us? First vacation I've had in ten years!

We had a tech glitch and it took many minds and a few sleepless nights to get us back online. Now now, haters, no hissing, that's not nice!

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Denial by Blaxill & Olmsted from Skyhorse: Families Face The Facts

DenialNote:  We've asked readers to let us know their own stories of how the denial of the autism epidemic and the constant push to make autism "the new normal" has negatively affected their own families, or themselves if they are on the spectrum. 

Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted (RIP) have a new book out called Denial: How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future.

The title speaks for itself.  Please order a copy and leave a review at Amazon.

Thanks to C for sharing this story of her sons' autism.  Please send your stories to me Thank you.

Hi. I have 2 sons (A, 22, ASD and B, 21, PDD-NOS). 

My son, A (22) is very smart.  Got straight-A’s in high school, and even scored in the superior range in his Social Studies Texas TAKS test (high school assessment).  Basically, the following is an example of why, even though he is “high functioning”, he’ll never function normally (hold a job, drive, marry….):

One weekend, his favorite YouTube video game player was having a “video-thon” to raise money for a children’s cancer research fund.  By Saturday night, he was furious and yelling how their constant asking for money, and the dollar amounts scrolling on the bottom was “RUINING EVERYTHING” of his video enjoyment.  He said it was just making everyone feel bad about not even contributing $5.  I said that we could contribute $5, thinking it would make him feel better; it made him happy.   About 5 minutes later, I heard screams from his room.  “They’re still asking for money!” he yelled at me, fists raised, when I entered the room.

Also, just an observation.  Twenty years ago, I had never heard of Autism.  At first, when I told people about Autism, they had never heard of it either.  As the years have gone by, when I mention that my sons are on the spectrum, they not only know what it is, but always have a kid next door, niece, nephew, grandchild, or child of their own on the spectrum.  The funny part is, no one mentions knowing someone on the spectrum who is an older neighbor, aunt, uncle, dad, mom, brother, or sister.  If diagnosis have gotten so much better, where are the 2-3% of adults on the spectrum?

Merck CEO Resigns: Citing Conscience

Ken FrazierApril Fools! Well, not really. It's August 15th, 2017.  After the violence in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned from President Trump's Manufacturing Council:

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier is leaving President Trump's American Manufacturing Council, saying, "I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."

The resignation came after Trump was criticized for his response to the violence at white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. The president, famous for his ability to be direct and forceful, was faulted for condemning violence "on many sides."

Ken found his conscience?  I think a Ken doll has more cojones than Ken Frazier. 

Dan Olmsted always referred to AofA as "agnostic." Our discussions of autism and vaccine injury have praised and damned Republicans and Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals alike. The epidemic sees no party when it strikes a family.  What happened in Virginia goes well past politics into chaos. That said, the resignation of the CEO of the very company that makes the very vaccines that have made our kids so very sick on the grounds of "conscience" from the President's Manufacturing Council is head turning.    I can only speak for myself, and I can tell you I do not condone the violence and extremism that happened in Virginia. The mantra of white supremacy and the violence are repugnant to me.  

But I fear that the the not-so-veiled undertones of vaccination status supremacy now freely discussed in America are Pan Commentapproaching a similar progression.  Crazy, you think? Not so much. We say, "Ignore your rights, and they will go away." We're seeing that. Doctors who condone calling Child Protective Services on parents who do not fully vaccinate. Laws to keep healthy American kids out of school based on vaccination status. Even a threats of violence toward families who make medical choices that go against the 100% vaccination compliant mantra.

Merck makes a fortune from vaccinations. The former head of the CDC became Merck's President of the Vaccine Division after leaving her post in Atlanta. Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist, blew the whistle on how the autism MMR link was watered down in study machinations - putting African American male toddlers are particular risk of autism.

How about this for intolerance? Merck's $250M equal-pay lawsuit gains heft as 400 more women claim discrimination

And who could forget the planet's BIGGEST fines for illegal marketing of Vioxx and THEN for the deaths and injuries?  Merck Vioxx killed and injured hundreds of thousands of Americans.

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Hope for The Future: Institute for InclusiveU Program at Syracuse University

FutureNote: Here's a terrific article about the InclusiveU program at Syracuse University.  What a great concept and alternative to standard day programming for the developmentally disabled.  So many of us are going to have to craft a life for our kids - the prospect is daunting and even overwhelming. Some of us are already past the point of school for our kids.  Check out this article.

My first question is for them is "Do you accept consumers with autism and its behaviors."  If they answer "Yes! We have a behavioral team on staff," I'll be delighted.

What's happening in your area? Good? Bad? Nothing? Let us know.

Developmentally Disabled, and Going to College

Half a dozen students, some in Syracuse University T-shirts, sat around a conference table joking about appropriate job interview outfits. No bathing suits, pajamas or Halloween costumes. Added their instructor, not joking: “No tank tops.”

Then Brianna Shults, leading the workshop with a kindhearted but no-nonsense approach, launched into the Q. and A. section. “So if I identify my interview outfit, should I wear it to bed the night before so I’m all dressed and ready?”

“No!” the group responded in unison.

“And before you put your clothes on, what’s the most important step?”

“Shower!” a few called out.

Ms. Shults, an internship and employment coordinator, closed the conversation with a sartorial tip that experience has taught her needs mentioning: “No dirty clothes!”

Why not? Meghan Muscatello piped in: “Because then you’d be smelly.” The room erupted in laughter. “And if you have a cat or a dog, make sure you leave it hanging so they don’t get it all hairy.”



This might sound like a typical lesson in the age of anything-goes office wear, but these millennials aren’t so typical. Ms. Muscatello and her peers belong to a pioneering group of students with significant intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in Syracuse’s InclusiveU.

The students — about 60 are expected this fall — have various degrees of disability, often with related developmental disorders. One communicates through a picture board and an iPad; a helper supports her arm as she taps out words. Another, a movie buff who wrote a play for his theater class, has Asperger’s syndrome. A sports enthusiast who interned this past spring with the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team has Down syndrome...

Pediatricians Debating if Skipping Vaccines is Financial - Oops, Medical - Neglect

Doc on phoneNote: Can you imagine a doctor, whom you are supposed to trust, turning you into Child Protective Services, because you delayed a flu shot? Or because you said "No" to an MMR vaccine?  Educated parents who feed their children organic food, breastfeed for a year, purchase safe, quality products for their infants, and yet choose to alter the CDC vaccine schedule could be branded as neglectful, and their custody threatened.  WHERE THE HELL IS HIPAA when it comes to vaccination status? 

We've gone from doctors who make house calls to doctors instigating home invasions by CPS - THIS is the state of American medicine right now. 

Pediatricians are debating whether refusing to vaccinate a child can be construed as 'medical neglect'

In May, Minnesota reached an unfortunate milestone: The state had seen more measles cases in the first five months of 2017 than the entire country had experienced in all of 2016. The number of cases was, at recent count, 79. Most of those diagnosed with measles have been children, and more than a quarter of them have required hospitalization. While no one has died during the outbreak, some children may face long-term complications that include neurological damage and a greater susceptibility to future diseases.

(Bold is our emphasis.)  "While no one has died..."  (Thank God.) "...long term complications that include neurological damage..."   And yet look at he side effects of the MMR vaccine:

Severe problems (very rare)

  • Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million doses)
  • Several other severe problems have been reported after a child gets MMR vaccine, including:
    • Deafness
    • Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness
    • Permanent brain damage

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Little-by-littleBy Cathy Jameson

I had a meeting last week with some of Ronan’s people who help coordinate some of his services.  When we coordinated a time to go over everything, one of the gals made sure to mention that it could be a very long meeting.  It was.  The agenda included a review of what Ronan can do.  It also included what he can’t do.  I had to answer a slew of questions that covered life skill, daily living skills, and safety skills.  As the parent of a special needs child those kinds of meetings aren’t unusual, but they are never fun. 

Friday afternoon, I was asked question after question after question.  Here we go, I thought.  Time to see how delayed he is according to their scale.  Half-way through the meeting, it seemed like the theme was Ronan Can’t ____ (fill in the blank with any number of skills he absolutely cannot do) Independently.

But, because it takes several steps to accomplish a particular skill, Ronan got some credit for being able to do some of an activity:

Can Ronan take a shower unassisted?  No.

Can Ronan identify hot and cold?  No.

Can Ronan turn on the water?  Yes! 

Kudos to the kiddo for knowing step 1.

Can Ronan make a meal?  No.

Can Ronan set the table?  No.

Can Ronan indicate that he is hungry?  Yes!

And he tells us that he’s hungry through his signs, by taking a bowl (or 7 when he’s really, really hungry), or by taking out the food that he wants to eat. 

Even though it was hard to answer question after question after question, by the end of the meeting I was able to reflect on what Ronan can do.  My favorite portion of the intake questionnaire had to do with family:  Can Ronan identify his family members?  Can he write their names?  Can he call on family for help? 

Being non-verbal, Ronan may not be able to actually call to them, but he knows we’re all here to help.  I see that when his big sister lovingly calls Ronan over to help him begin his bedtime routine.  I hear that when his little brother happily changes out a movie for Ronan as soon as one movie ends.  I cherish that when I see his two little sisters giggling gleefully out the door as they accompany Ronan on an outing to make sure he will be able to navigate through the community better.  Unfortunately, Ronan isn’t completely ready yet to navigate the community on his own.  That’s been proven with past wandering attempts that he’s made.  I was reminded of those on Friday when safety skills were brought up in the meeting:

Can Ronan plan an outing on his own?  No. 

Is Ronan aware of danger?  No.

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Autism Education Summit: Dallas Texas, Sept 29 - October 1

AES 2017
Fall is coming! (Please don't throw tomatoes at your screen!) This means autism conferences are about to begin. We invite and encourage you to attend the Autism Education Summit in Dallas, Texas.  Thank you to our good friends at Generation Rescue for this conference.

This Autism Education Summit is a conference for parents, professionals, and caregivers showcasing how implementing a holistic approach and treating the whole individual can ease the medical conditions and behavioral symptoms common in children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). 

Register Today for just $89 for three full days of comprehensive lectures, in-person support, and a community filled with hope. 


Dan Obit HeadshotNote: When Dan Olmsted passed away last January, we put out a call for Dan-ecdotes.  These are your fond memories of our good friend, mentor and leader, Dan. Thanks to Moira Giammatteo of TACA for this lovely tribute. Fitting to run on a Saturday, which was Dan's Weekly Wrap day.  Feel free to send your memories of Dan to me at Thanks. Kim

By Moira Giammatteo

When he and Mark Blaxil were on the book tour for Age Of Autism, they kindly agreed to speak at my TACA Chapter meeting in Woodland Hills, CA. After the meeting I offered to have them over for some wine and munchies. It was a lovely evening. My son has a service dog named Navarro and at the time we were also babysitting a friend’s service dog named Reba so our house was full of laughter and dog hair. Dan was delighted with both the dogs and spent a lot of time scratching each one behind the ears, alternating between the two depending on which one was bugging him for attention.

A few years later, at one of the many, many autism conferences I attended, I ran into Dan and we chatted for a while. He then asked me about the dogs. I said, “Oh, I only have one dog.” having completely forgotten that he had met our friend’s dog as well. He not only remembered both dog’s names he remembered that we were babysitting one of them and what breed they were. To me this just illustrates not only his attention to detail but also his gentle soul. I hope wherever he is that he has a comfortable spot to read a book and a dog to keep him company. 

Autism Sits Down to Separate Dining Hours Via Autism Eats

Mad men dinnerThanks to our Adriana Gamondes for sharing this link to an Autism Society  Lehigh Valley (PA) event called Autism Eats.  There is an org called Autism Eats - not sure if this is part of their work.  From the AE website: Autism Eats provides autism-friendly non-judgmental environments for family dining, socializing and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges.

At a time when the neurodiversity community is trying to tell us to "just accept autism" or that autism is simply a neuro-difference, programs have popped up around the nation that while good intentioned, basically ghetto'ize and segregate people with autism and their families.  What do you think of separate seatings at a restaurant for those of us with kids with autism?

Sure, a night out without dirty looks, guzzling a glass of wine or beer like a desert wanderer, eating an entire meal on the plate and not out of the box hours later at home sounds good. Reaaaallllly good. I love when I can take my girls places where we "fit in." But at what cost? If autism is a gift, a difference, not a problem to be solved or a diagnosis to be healed or God forbid cured, how are we to feel about being segregated in this way?  We can go to Sesame Place - on autism day.  We can even go to Broadway! For the autism lights up matinee. Is this sustainable living? Is it a Bandaid? If so, I'll take the Bandaid. To a point.  It does bother me that we have to be treated so differently, even though, I know we do - if that makes any sense.  

My girls and I would enjoy a meal together in a restaurant offering autism eats for sure.  But make no bones about it, there is NO OTHER diagnosis that gets this treatment.   Kim

From The Morning Call in PA:

Dinner out at a local restaurant is something many families take for granted.

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Throwing Away A Lightbulb

How-to-dispose-of-fluorescent-light-bulbsBy Kim Rossi

I was cleaning the house this week, when I noticed that a bulb had gone out in the girls' bathroom. The blown bulb matched the two others that had gone out ages ago. Life gets busy and I  just didn't think about those bulbs until the room was so dark that I had to change the bulbs.  To the wayback machine - we moved into this house 8 years ago. The girls' father bought Philips long lasting bulbs for the fixture as a money saving issue. I was not happy about this purchase because lurking inside what looks like a standard round bathroom fixture bulb is the tell tale curly tail of a mercury filled light. 

Today I removed the bulb as carefully as a bomb squad checks a pressure cooker left in Times Square. "Don't drop it. Don't drop it. Don't drop it." And then, once safely removed came my question, "OK, now what?" Tomorrow is trash day. I threw an incandescent bulb into the trash. But the mercury bulb? What the heck do I do with it? We have several stacked in the garage. Waiting for the town's "Take Your Poison to the Dump Day!"

How many people take the time to consider what to do with these bulbs? How many just throw them away - letting them shatter into a cloud of mercury vapor?

I'll never buy one of these lights again. I scour stores for incandescents. Heck, I even buy the old school Reddy kilowatt(and I'm getting old so I need this) PINQUE soft light pink bulbs for some of my rooms. I like bright, warm light. I dislike harsh, blue light or light that takes longer to warm up than an oven set to 400! I don't like knowing that an error could mean the further loss of health for my girls - or for me.  Think I'm full of vapor gas already? Check out Eric Gladen's movie "Trace Amounts" and follow his journey into hell after a mercury tube light broke near him.

Reddy Kilowatt would not be amused by the danger his young relatives now pose.

Kim Rossi is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.

Dara Berger: Author, How to Prevent Autism from Skyhorse Publishing on Imus In the Morning

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Listen HERE!

August 7, 2017, Don Imus interview with Dana Berger

Don: “So what do you do to make a living?”

Dara: “What do I do to make a living? I’m an author right now and a documentary film maker, and I’m a mom to my two kids.”

Don: “Ms Berger has written, How to Prevent Autism; Expert Advice from Medical Professionals. And one of the women in here, a Maureen McDonnell, I believe, was a nurse out at our ranch in New Mexico one summer, in fact, several summers.”

Dara: “She’s fabulous. …”

Don: “Before we talk about how to prevent autism, what do you think causes autism?”

Dara: “People have been studying this for years, integrative physicians and scientists, and what they’ve come up with is, it’s a total load theory.

“So basically, you have a child that’s born maybe not with the best micro biome, which is your good and bad bacteria that helps you build a healthy immune system, and then, of course, we all know that we’re living in a much more toxic world, so you start layering these contributors one after the other. Maybe it’s store bought formula with all kinds of chemicals and preservatives, GMO foods, and then we start seeing these soft signs, is what we call them.

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Oklahoma Governor's Race Includes Attorney Representing Vaccine Rights Group

Ok sealNote: Gary Richardson is doing what lawyers do - representing a client to protect their rights. The client's goal is to protect Oklahomans' rights. OVHC-PAC is dedicated to the support of incumbents and candidates who support vaccine and health choice. Did you read "we are against childhood vaccines" in that sentence? No. The article states that the OVHC-PAC is "against childhood vaccinations." We wrote about Dr. Eve Switzer just yesterday, and her never ending Twitter campaign of false information and parental shaming.

If you have a few dollars to spare - send them to Oklahoman's For Vaccine Choice.  You know Dr. Switzer isn't having a bake sale to fund her legal fees.

From The Frontier:

A Tulsa attorney who is among the dozen candidates vying to become Oklahoma’s governor said he supports the efforts of a political group opposed to childhood vaccinations, which he is representing in court.

Gary Richardson, a Republican candidate in the 2018 gubernatorial race, is representing the Oklahomans for Vaccine and Health Choice political action committee as well as Tulsa opthamologist Jim Meehan in a defamation lawsuit filed against them and others by Enid pediatrician Eve Switzer.

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Experienced Florida Pediatrician Offers True Informed Vaccine Consent

Doctor angelThank you to the Vaxxed team for this video.

By Anne Dachel

March 31, 2017, FL Pediatrician: ‘Kids Are Sicker Than Ever’

Dr. Cornelia Franz, a Florida pediatrician   with over 30 years experience, talked to Polly Tommey about the state of our children’s health. Hers is an extremely rare and courageous position in the medical community. While she does vaccinate patients, it’s on a very limited scale and based on what parents want for their children. While many might be critical of a doctor who gives any vaccines, Dr. Franz provides parents with an option that is almost non-existent anywhere else, and in her practice, there is real informed consent.

“I started out the same as everybody else: ‘You need your vaccines.’ When I started practice everybody only got two at a time. I actually began to see problems with it even early on because when I started practice, we used the original DTP. So kids on monitors, I noticed that they had increased alarms after vaccines. …

“As time went on, in the late 80s, they started to increase the number of vaccines, and I had a problem with that because giving just two at a time was hard enough, but now they wanted to give 4, 5, 6 at a time. I made the decision at that time that our practice would only give two at a time. So it was never more than two at a time.

“As more time went on, I started seeing truly vaccine injured kids.  I started seeing a lot of autistic children, and their parents all said the same thing. They said: My child was fine till they got this shot and then within a week, we lost him. …They quit having eye contact, they lost language. And I heard that so often, and so then I started doing research. And the more I started researching, the more I found that the ingredients were also toxic.

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Dr. Eve Switzer, Meet The Google.

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No, but vaccine injury denial is....

There's a pediatrician in Oklahoma who is one of the chief Twits when it comes to tweeting incorrect information and outright lies and angry attacks on parents of vaccine injured children. Her name is Eve Switzer. We've written about her in the past - when she encouraged false reports to CPS for any parent trying to recover their children from autism.

Ginger Taylor pointed out her latest ignorant Twitstorm on Facebook this week. Seems Dr. Switzer missed the class on vaccine induced brain injury.  Oh wait, there isn't one.
Eve switzer brain damage
May we suggest a quick trip to the University of Google, Dr. Switzer? Seems the University of New Mexico was insufficient to the task of educating you.

Switzer Google search
Lest you think Dr. Switzer is not an active American doctor, take heart! She performs many important medical procedures! Just look at her profile!  Why, one might even want to call her Dr. Eve of Destruction. At least for skin lesions.... 

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Vaxxed's Polly Tommey Ousted from Australia

Is this what is coming to America? Australia banned the right to protest 3 years ago. See below. Did you know that?  Polly Tommey and traveling medical warrior Dr. Suzanne Humphries were told they were not able to return to Australia for three years. Authorities confiscated Polly's phone.  Vaxxed is about the CDC Whistleblower who worked on the MMR/Autism studies many years ago and about vaccine safety.  

From the Daily Beast (thanks Adriana for the link): On Tuesday 11 March [2014], the Australian state of Victoria passed a controversial law giving police wide-reaching powers over protesters.

Police can now move on, fine or arrest people they believe are ‘causing or likely to cause’ obstructed access to buildings or impeding the movement of people or traffic, or people they anticipate may become violent. Additionally, courts can issue exclusion orders (bans on being in a designated public space for up to 12 months). Breaching a penalty order can result in two years’ imprisonment.

"Just Accept It" SunFrog Autism Wearables Unacceptable To Many

Just accept itBy Kim Rossi

There is a pair of leggings making the rounds on Facebook and other social media from a quick print company called SunFrog.  SunFrog does not create the designs - they just print them for the person who is the seller. Their business seems perfectly lovely and they have a strict infringement policy in terms of copyright.  We'll get to that later.

Take this pair of leggings with the autism ribbon, Nike'esque swoosh (I can't imagine Nike sanctioned this use) and ad campaign inspired "Just accept it." Meaning autism.  Here again is the message hammered into us by the Neurodiversity movemement. Guess what? Autism is really not acceptable. People with autism (oh, like my three girls) are indeed acceptable, lovable, adorable ad nauaseam.  How about a "Just accept it" Alzheimer's shirt? Breast cancer? Bipolar? Schizophrenia?

Do you really think autism is some unicorn diagnosis that isn't serious, life threatening, family ripping, economy strapping and yes, heart breaking?  Good grief!

We shouldn't have to proclaim our love for our kids, and yet campaigns like this force us to say things like:

NO! I do not accept autism.
I do not accept that my son can not speak.
I do not accept that my daughter can not tend to her monthly feminine hygiene needs.
I do not accept that my son puts his hand through glass windows.

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Autism In Dogs?

Dog antisocialBy Teresa Conrick

Autism in dogs? Anti-vaccine movement may impact pets by 
Ms. Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer, Updated: AUGUST 2, 2017 — 12:50 PM EDT 

Veterinarians in Brooklyn, N.Y., are reporting a growing resistance to vaccinating pets, which may be rooted in the anti-vaccine movement that claims the life-saving inoculations may cause autism in children.


The Brooklyn Paper reported that pet owners in some of the boroughs feel injecting chemicals into their precious pet is going to cause problems, with some suggesting that the shots could give their pups autism.

“We’ve never diagnosed autism in a dog. I don’t think you could,” Dr. Stephanie Liff of Clinton Hill’s Pure Paws Veterinary Care told the paper.

Even if dogs were susceptible to the condition, owners probably wouldn’t notice given their general behavior, Liff added...............

Say WHAT???  Read the entire article here.

 Here is the article that Ms. Mari A. Schaefer is ¨barking" about, The Vaccine Reaction An enlightened conversation about vaccination, health and autonomy by Kate Raines Published April 8,2017  

Just as the incidence of Autism-Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) has risen alarmingly in children over the last half century, there is evidence that similar behavioral disorders have been observed in pets, most widely reported among pet dogs. It is too early for mainstream veterinary authorities to confidently confirm that dogs can develop autism, but there are numerous reports of behavior patterns in pets that mirror autism behavior in children. Studies are underway to evaluate the possibility that animals can become autistic.1

Autistic Behaviors Recognized in Dogs

Though the appearance of autism-like behaviors has been observed in dogs since the mid 1960s, the first researcher to specifically relate some of those behaviors to autism was Nicholas Dodman, DVM, who initially set out in 2011 to look for a genetic cause of obsessive tail chasing in bull terriers. This behavioral characteristic has been observed in as many as 85 per cent of a bull terrier litter and often results in self-maiming.

Presenting the evidence from his study at the 2015 American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Dr. Dodman reported an autism-like condition, noting that “the vast majority of affected dogs were males, and many had other strange behaviors or physical conditions that accompanied the tail chasing, such as explosive aggression, partial seizures, phobias, skin conditions, gastrointestinal issues, object fixation and a tendency to shy away from people and other dogs.” 2 He and his associates were further able to establish that two biomarkers common to children with autism were also present in the affected dogs.3 ............

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Vaccine Law and School Exemptions

Back to school cathyBy Cathy Jameson

Back to school.  I love this time of year.  New supplies and new academic adventures await.  My kids are somewhat excited to return to school but more so for the social aspect.  They cannot wait to see their friends again.  Friends are a good thing to have in life.  I’m grateful for the ones I have, especially for the friends I’ve made online. 

I belong to a lot more parenting groups now than I did when my children were younger.  The people in these groups, many who have become personal friends, are a lifeline for me.  From the old timers to the youngins’, many of whom are more in tune with their parental rights than I ever was at their age, we have a safe place to talk, vent, and collaborate.  From poop talk to getting the skinny on who’s an autism friendly doctor or therapist, I’m drawn in to several conversations throughout the year.  Since the start of school is right around the corner, some of the latest convos have been about school shots. 

I’m seeing talk about shots in several groups that are medical- or vaccine-related and in typical parenting groups, too.  People are asking if it’s true that their child must be vaccinated.  I heard they don’t have to be but my district just sent me a notice. If I don’t get her the vaccine, she won’t get her schedule.  Most who’ve chimed in to answer know quite a bit about vaccine law and about their rights.  But, since not every member of the group is vaccine savvy yet, they’re gently reminding the newer folks that what some of the schools and health departments are saying about school shots is misleading.  Once that newbie parent is provided the accurate information, that yes, their child can still go to school without getting that Tdap vaccine or that booster, some of the parents band together to set the district straight.    

Guys!  XYZ district is saying that shots are required for school entry.  Shall we go school them?  
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Photo credit:  Google Images

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Mommy, Where do Books Come From?

Keep calm and use helvetica NOTE:   Below is a post written by Age of Autism Founding Editor Dan Olmsted back in 2009.   Read it carefully and you'll see the genesis of Denial How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future his new book co-written with A of A Editor-at-Large Mark Blaxill.  Dan was able to see into the future with a sharp clarity.  We wish he were here to lament it with us.

By Dan Olmsted
The Washington Post, my local paper, recently redesigned itself from head to toe. I have to say I like it – it’s kind of Wall Street Journal-y, not surprising given that its relatively new editor used to be in charge there. But a redesign is not going to cure what ails the Post when it comes to covering what’s the matter with kids today.
Those deficiencies are on compact display in the new weekly insert that is part of the redesign. Called Local Living, it combines health, home, wellness and community news in an amalgam that, in its first edition, told me the following:

  -- Ethyl mercury is harmless to fetuses and infants. “The dose of mercury you get from a vaccine containing thimerosal is far below the limits of mercury exposure, but the fact that thimerosal has mercury in it causes many people to be concerned about getting injected with it. It is not associated with any adverse side effects at the doses present in influenza vaccines, but it is being eliminated from childhood vaccines due to public concerns.”

So says Andrew Pekosz, an associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins University in answer to a question about concerns over the swine flu vaccine. I’m going to skip the usual rejoinder and let that statement twist in the wind.

 -- A few pages later, there’s a Q&A with the authors of a new book on baby care titled, “Is It a Big Problem or a Little Problem: When to Worry, When Not to Worry, and What to Do.” Here is the second question from the Post reporter: “Sensory processing issues seem to be so common now. Do most children grow out of them or should parents be more proactive about getting their kids therapy?”

Really? Sensory processing issues seem to be so common NOW? What the heck is that about? I don’t recall my friends having sensory processing issues. In fact, I don’t even know what that means, to tell you the truth. But it sounds like a Big Problem to me. The experts’ answer is reassuring, though: “A lot of people don’t really realize that we all have sensory sensitivities.”

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High-Risk HPV Type Replacement Follows HPV Vaccination

WMPNOTE: Thanks to our friends at World Mercury Project for this excerpt. Please bookmark their site.

By James Lyons-Weiler

The number of studies that show that partial immunization via available HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines is not only insufficient at reducing overall HPV infection rates; the vaccines actually cause rarer, more lethal types of HPV to sweep in and the net effect could be devastating increases in HPV-related cancers.

Here I review the biomedical research studies that show that type replacement is real, and that vaccination against the more common types may be, sadly and ironically, expected to cause INCREASES in HPV-related cancer.

The first study is Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) own study, in which they show no net change in HPV infection rate (considering all types) after HPV vaccines were introduced into medical practice:


Markowitz LE et al., 2016 Prevalence of HPV After Introduction of the Vaccination Program in the United States. Pediatrics. 2016 Feb 22. pii: peds.2015-1968.

That study concluded that type replacement did not occur because their univariate analysis of individual types showed no individual type with a significant increase.  However, because the vaccines do clear the vaccine-targeted types, the lack of change in overall infection rate shows that type replacement must be occurring.

The second study is by Fisher et al. (2016), which specifically found that high-risk HPV types replaced the vaccine-targeted types.  They wrote “the percentage of non-vaccine HR-HPV types was higher than expected, considering that eight HPV types formerly classified as ‘low-risk’ or ‘probably high-risk’ are in fact HR-HPV types.”

Fischer et al 2016: Shift in prevalence of HPV types in cervical cytology specimens in the era of HPV vaccination. Oncol Lett. 12(1):601-610.

A third study is that by Guo et al., (2015) that also clearly found evidence of type replacement occurring as a result of HPV vaccination:

This Vaccine Will Kill A Number of Children

AG child afraidBy Anne Dachel

Very strong words from Andrew Wakefield: "This vaccine will kill a number of children"

Here's another part of my talk with Andy. He doesn't mince words about what they know and who's culpable. Notice that the issue isn't vaccines and autism. It's about covering up deadly side effects from vaccination.

Q: Currently there is pressure on the Italian and French governments and in other places as well to mandate vaccines in those countries. Why don’t these governments recognize the possibility that a one-size-fits-every-child vaccine schedule puts large numbers of children at risk for neurological damage?

Andy: “…Where have all the young men gone? The film title I’d come up with is, No Country for Young Men, ...but of course, where is a country for young anymore in the western world? We just talked about Italy and France and Germany and Poland and the mandatory vaccination laws that they are trying to pass now in Italy.”

Andy went on to explain how the vaccine proponents in Italy tried to pass mandated vaccines as “an emergency measure, so it would go through the Senate, and wouldn’t have to go back through the Parliament. …They have now sent the bill back to the Parliament to be voted on. …”

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"Where Were They" The Ten Year Wait to See a Patient with Autism: Denial by Blaxill & Olmsted

DenialNote: Denial How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future is now available from Skyhorse Publishing. No matter your position on causation, the fact that the rate of autism continues to climb should be as least as alarming as global warming and which Tweet sent from 1600 PA Ave ticked off whom....  

Reviews drive sales. We encourage you to buy and read the book, then write a review on Amazon.  Purchase a copy here as a way to thank Mark Blaxill and honor the work of Dan Olmsted for more than 15 years of his life. Thank you.  Below is the prologue, chilling in its brevity.

Prologue: Waiting

Where were they?

From his child psychiatry practice in Holland, D. Arn Van Krevelen watched. And waited. He had been on the lookout now for almost a decade.

The year was 1952. In his career, Van Krevelen had seen just about every variety of mental disorder. He diagnosed teenagers developing the first signs of schizophrenia; he saw brain damage from injury and illness; he witnessed the sudden psychic disintegration of children known as dementia infantilis. Now he was watching for something different—“markedly and uniquely different from anything reported so far,” as the first child psychiatrist to observe it wrote in 1943.

These children shared “fascinating peculiarities”—unusual use of language, or none at all; rituals centered on objects and obsessions; lack of emotional connection with parents or any other human beings. They should be easy to spot: they were, after all, unique. Yet Van Krevelen was starting to doubt their existence...

Where were they? Where were the children with autism?[i]

Prologue: Waiting

[i] Arn Van Krevelen, personal communication, January 7, 1963, in Bernard Rimland, Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior (Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice Hall, 1964).

The Vaxxed Bus (like a rolling Vietnam Veteran Wall) is Coming to Burlington, VT

Kim VaxxedNOTE: If you have not seen the VAXXED bus, and are within driving distance of the beautiful city of Burlington, Vermont, please plan a trip on September 8. I was fortunate to be in Tampa, Florida last year when the bus was also there. I Uber'ed over to the park and was instantly struck by the thought that the bus, covered with the names of vaccine injured Americans, mostly children, was a rolling memorial.  Each name (including those near to my heart, since they grew under it) is a life changed. A family whose trajectory would never be the same. Because a vaccine caused an injury, and in some cases, death.  I felt like a family member must feel at the Vietnam Veteran's wall. Our own Mark Blaxill will be at this event. We encourage you to participate as a spectator, and/or as a sponsor if you can.

Click here for tickets. The daytime events are FREE.

Vaxxed Burlington VT

During the day on Friday, come and visit the Vaxxed bus, share your story, meet the team and sign the bus.

With us will be: Vaxxed producer Polly Tommey, camera-man Anu Vaidya and Dr. Suzanne Humphries.

Please click here to sign up in advance to get on the bus and tell your story.

On Friday evening, join us for a very special event with Team Vaxxed!

This event is brought to you by The Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice, in partnership with:

  • Health Choice Massachusetts
  • The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice
  • Health Freedom New Hampshire.


  • Daytime Events - Free
  • Exhibitors - $250.00 + $7.27 fee
  • Special Evening Event, Adult - $29.00 + $1.72 fee
  • Special Evening Event, Child - $5.00 + $1.12 fee


Autism Community Mourns Passing of Mercury Treatment Consultant Andy Cutler

Andrew Hall Cutler photoBy Nancy Hokkanen

Andrew Hall Cutler, Ph.D., P.E., a chemical engineer and mercury chelation consultant, died July 29 in Seattle of a possible heart attack. For two decades he encouraged people to investigate the neurotoxicity of mercury in medical products such as tooth fillings and vaccines.

Cutler gave scientific advice – and the occasional diatribe – to online members of the Yahoo Autism-Mercury listserv. There, thousands of members discussed chemical chelation to eliminate mercury and other toxic heavy metals from the body. In recent years similar advocacy groups appeared on Facebook, such as the Andy Cutler Chelation Think Tank.

Cutler was born in 1956, received a B.S. in physics from the University of California, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton. He was a registered patent agent and a licensed professional chemical engineer. His research has been published in chemical engineering, chemistry and space journals. Though he’d earned a Ph.D., Cutler eschewed the title “Dr.” and took care to point out that the information he dispensed should not be construed as medical advice from a physician.

A former NASA employee, his life changed when he developed a debilitating cluster of symptoms – a “mystery syndrome” that allopathic medicine could not heal. Using his scientific knowledge as a base, Cutler embarked on intensive self-study in biochemistry and medicine. Eventually he identified his disorders’ causal agent as mercury amalgam from his tooth fillings; after having those safely replaced, his health improved.

To help others suffering similar illnesses and to prevent new cases, in 1999 Cutler wrote “a book on how to cure mercury poisoning” –  Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment. The self-published book is detailed at his no-frills website, and is also for sale at Amazon.

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Special Education As a Result of Vaccine Inury

Your SPED rightsNOTE:  As we approach back to school, a new book from Skyhorse is hitting the stores and we hope you'll get a copy. Called Your Special Education Rights: What Your School District Isn't Telling You by Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano, an advocate/attorney team in Connecticut, the book helps parents and those across the table maximize efforts to best serve the students.  Don't go to your next IEP meeting without reading it!

Below, Anne Dachel interviews Dr. Andrew Wakefield on the inevitable and growing fallout of vaccine injury... children who need special education. And who will become adults who need far more than what is available in an average career.

By Anne Dachel

More from my talk with Dr. Wakefield

Andy, do you see this expansion of special education as directly related to the ever-increasing vaccine schedule? >

“…Given our experience of the last 25 years of development disorders of a much broader range, until proven otherwise, absolutely. …I believe that not only from a practical standpoint: what can we do about it, how can we investigate it, rule in or rule out that vaccines are causing this, but also based on my sincere belief, based upon my experience with autism, that vaccines can most certainly can do this kind of damage to a developing brain leading to the massive problem that we have now.”

How long can we sustain our current levels of prosperity and growth with more and more of our children disabled?   (Wakefield 3)

Andy explained that providing more money and services for disabled students doesn’t address the root cause of the problem. He mentioned that he observed at this son’s graduation from the University of Colorado in Boulder because the valedictorians were all three, girls.

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The British Establishment In Ethical Collapse Over Vaccine Damage

House of CommonsBy John Stone

This is the text of my third submission on behalf of Age of Autism to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into Research Integrity last April, which has gained extra urgency because of the debate about compulsory vaccination. Though two earlier submissions could have been excluded because of submission criteria, there were no obvious grounds for excluding this one, except that like the others it tackled the core claims of their discussion document head on - that the 1998 Wakefield Lancet paper was an example of research fraud, or that it should be considered inherently reprehensible on the grounds that it subverted policy. The one thing that became apparent in my brief discussions with the secretary to the committee, Mr Fiander, was that the committee would stand by its claim of fraud simply because the claim had been made in a British Medical Journal editorial in January 2011 which had never been retracted (despite overwhelming evidence against it claims). The committee itself was dissolved without the inquiry proceeding at the time of the General Election and has not yet been re-formed.

This evidence has been shaped by statements made in the Committee’s prior publication POSTnote 544 singling out the Wakefield “Lancet paper” as an example of fraud, and particularly in relation to the defence of a public health programme and policy [1]. It becomes particularly relevant in the light the latest campaign in February 2017, led by Times Newspapers, to further discredit Andrew Wakefield [2,3].

This submission is not motivated by indifference to the control of infectious disease. While the control of disease is important it is not a good enough reason to stand the rules of research integrity or public discussion on their head. This is not only about the Wakefield paper but the problematic nature of vaccine science, and also the general exclusion of the subject from contemporary mainstream public debate. Even the reasons for going to war at times of national peril are debated, but here it is as if everything has been conceded in advance to an industry and its public advocates. In these circumstances reasonable comment is driven to the margins with unreasonable, even to the extent of being buried by search engines such as google.

It is also problematic that virtually every public defence of the vaccine programme begins with an attack on the integrity of Dr Andrew Wakefield, as if the public humiliation of one man could provide scientific justification in perpetuity for an entire class of products. Wakefield has been globally transformed into the Emmanuel Goldstein of public health (to reference Orwell’s 1984) but we should not mistake that this is actually occurring at the level of propaganda and not of scientific (or historic) fact: indeed when people cite Wakefield as an example few have the remotest idea what body of facts they are citing, and this has reduced to zero the quality of informed public discussion.

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More Autism Parents "Waiting for a Miracle"

DenialBy Teresa Conrick

As the Autism Epidemic keeps on rolling, we hear from too many deniers how GREAT it is, and that having a diagnosis of ASD is just a different way of life.  I disagree.  I have a young, adult daughter who has been ill since her regression into Autism.  Lab reports show an immune system that is extremely dysfunctional, with GAD antibodies, positive antinuclear antibodies, and an IgG, the immunoglobulins that fight infections, at 402, when the normal range is 694-1618.  Far too many children and young adults are in physical and emotional pain.  Megan is one of them and they deserve proper medical investigations and treatments.  Many cannot speak or if they do, they have language but are not conversational.  They don´t know danger.  They have a gut microbiome and immune system that have been shown over and over, to be the epicenter of OCD, tics/stimming, perseveration, sensory issues, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, aggression, and self-injurious behavior. They have a leaky gut AND a blood brain barrier that is compromised.  This sentence may sum that up best:

...non-self antigens crossing a damaged intestinal barrier elicit a local and/or systemic inflammatory reaction that, associated with a breach of the BBB [blood brain barrier], may lead to ASD in genetically predisposed subjects....In conclusion, our results seem to point to a dysfunctional gut–brain axis associated with neuroinflammation in ASD. 

What´s an antigen -- a toxin or other foreign substance that induces an immune response in the body, especially the production of antibodies.

What's a non-self antigen?  - A vaccine works by training the immune system to recognize and combat pathogens, either viruses or bacteria. To do this, certain molecules from the pathogen must be introduced into the body to trigger an immune response.

These molecules are called antigens, and they are present on all viruses and bacteria. By injecting these antigens into the body, the immune system can safely learn to recognize them as hostile invaders, produce antibodies, and remember them for the future. 

I am sure there are other examples of ¨foreign substances that induce an immune response¨, and keep in mind that many parents report that Autism resulted either after an acute vaccine response or a regression in health and skills for weeks and months after the vaccination.  

The families suffer as well.  This article speaks to that (excerpts):

Seahawks legend Curt Warner shares family’s struggles raising twins with autism 

Seahawks legendary running back Curt Warner says he disappeared from the spotlight for two decades because his family was in crisis.

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Not Published In The British Medical Journal: 'Lies, Damn Lies And Statistics'

British-Medical-Journal_0By Jackie Fletcher
In the controversy over compulsory vaccination this letter by Jackie Fletcher, director of JABS, remains unpublished. Given the British mainstream media's craven failure to report any of the issues over the vaccine lobby's moves to make vaccination compulsory in the UK, the BMJ must be given some credit for allowing comments in their Rapid Responses, but they do not allow all. In 2010 her son Robert's vaccine injury was finally acknowledged, after a  legal appeal. It should be noted further in response to the outrageous, conscienceless lies of the Italian Health Minister, Beatrice Lorenzin, that according to official sources - and irrespective of any alleged influence of Andrew Wakefield - only three people have died in the United Kingdom from contracting measles since 1992 (out of about 13m deaths all told). Even the official record admits that the main cause for the last of these deaths was medical negligence.
Lies, damned lies, and statistics
Further to Dr Anand's earlier post about accurate information I would like to add that Public Health (PH) spokespersons, even after almost 28 years of the MMR controversy, still refer to MMR vaccines as 'perfectly safe'.

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Share Your Stories of Autism "Denial" with Age of Autism

DenialMark Blaxill, our Editor-At-Large, has a new book coming out from Skyhorse Publishing called Denial How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future.  He co-wrote this book with Dan Olmsted, our founding editor who passed away early this year.   Please order the book today, and leave a review at Amazon when you've read the book.

As a campaign to bring home the reality of this book, we'd like to share reader stories of how autism has been anything other than normal to offset the  media juggernaut of disinformation.  We all love our kids with autism, from toddlers to teens to twenty-somethings and beyond. And none of us wants to paint our lives as bleak and grim, except when life is bleak... and grim, because of autism.  Every day we run into "Oh, I can't - because of autism" and that stings. These small examples can add up. The big ones, like wandering and drowning speak for themselves. Share big and small.

From vaccine injury to camp exclusion to school expulsion to employment refusals to even just a routine shopping trip that turns into difficulty, share your story with us and we'll publish it.  Just a few sentences will do - or a paragraph - or more - your call. We won't publish names. Send me your story at  About the book:

Even as the autism rate soars and the cost to our nation climbs well into the billions, a dangerous new idea is taking hold: There simply is no autism epidemic.

The question is stark: Is autism ancient, a genetic variation that demands acceptance and celebration? Or is it new and disabling, triggered by something in the environment that is damaging more children every day?

Authors Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted believe autism is new, that the real rate is rising dramatically, and that those affected are injured and disabled, not merely “neurodiverse.” They call the refusal to acknowledge this reality Autism Epidemic Denial. This epidemic denial blocks the urgent need to confront and stop the epidemic and endangers our kids, our country, and our future.

The key to stopping the epidemic, they say, is to stop lying about its history and start asking "who profits?" People who deny that autism is new have self-interested motives, such as ending research that might pinpoint responsibility—and, most threateningly, liability for this man-made epidemic.

Using ground-breaking research, the authors definitively debunk best-selling claims that autism is nothing new—and nothing to worry about.

Jeanie Keltner Continues To Look into Vaccine Safety

Radio micUPDATE: You can listen here.

Please note: This is program airs on Pacific Time, don't miss our good friend Laura Hayes!

By Laura Hayes

This Wednesday, Aug. 2nd, from 12:00-1:00pm PST, I will be interviewed by Jeanie Keltner again regarding vaccines on KVMR radio. I hope you will be able to tune in!

Just click on the link, and listen via the KVMR Live Stream Player link which shows up on Google, or click the "Listen" tab on KVMR's website, and then the "Listen Live" tab.

The Undernews on KVMR FM 89.5

Please share with others who might be interested to listen in...and/or with those who need to hear the truth about vaccines!

Thank you,

Offit And His Critics: Part Six


Offit_blogNOTE: We're bringing you this series, re-crafted for 2017,  by Richard P. Milner of Public Affairs Media. Dr. Paul Offit has led the charge against any and all in our community, doctors, scientists, parents, educators, film makers, who question vaccine safety.  

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

  Or maybe we’re just very influenced by what I think are these fringe scientists, frankly, who are perfectly willing to stand up and say, well, I think vaccines cause autism anyway.  Even though these data show this and make sort of vague allusions to the fact that people are in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry, which clearly isn’t true.  So I don’t understand it.

HALEY:  The last I looked, my research showing autistic infants did not effectively excrete mercury as compared to normals has held up quite well and has been reproduced by others.  The oxidative stress with low glutathione levels observed by many others in autistics tells us why they cannot excrete mercury effectively.  The urinary Porphyrin profile shows most autistics to have mercury toxicity---and I could go on and on.  All of we “fringe” scientists have published scientific data that we present, not the fabricated epidemiology that Offit is wed to.

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An Infinity of Summers

OriginalBy Cathy Jameson

An article that people were posting on some social media pages last week caught my eye.  The tagline read, How many summers do you have until your children are grown?  Typically, it’s 18 summers a parent will spend with their child before that child ventures off into adulthood.  If my son and I had only 18 summers to spend together, we’ve just got 4 more to go. 

Four more summer vacations. 

Four more family summer road trips. 

Four more lazy summers before high school graduation, college, and independence. 

But my child’s not typical.  Our summers, like every other season of the year, are very different than those of his peers.  Half-way through is teenage years, Ronan’s very much delayed.  Non-verbal with regressive autism and seizures, he’s more dependent than other kids are. 

On constant watch – for both seizures and the potential for wandering – we still manage to have fun.  Outings to the mall, the park, and the pool happen, but only after doctor appointments and therapy sessions are over.  I’d love to have a break from it all, but with as many skills Ronan is still working on achieving, appointments and therapies are a year-round occurrence. 

Where other children and their families can change up their routine, Ronan thrives on keeping things the same.  We do get to venture a tad from the norm, like when we went away last month, but those adventures require a lot of “the norm” to accompany us – favorite books, waterproof bedding, food items, and entertainment, we bring a lot of Ronan’s everyday things with us when we go.  While the surroundings may have been different, having the “comforts” of home helped keep him calm during the transition to a temporary summer routine.  Without that calm, vacation – and the relaxation the rest of us were able to experience, wouldn’t have happened.  We’ll hope for a repeat of that whenever we can schedule another getaway. 

For the next four summers, Ronan will continue to be carefully watched.  He’ll be monitored for seizures and heat intolerance.  He’ll also partake in the usual academic opportunities and therapies we schedule throughout the summer, too, so as to maintain consistency.  It’s not how I imagined each June, July, and August would be, but it’s what I need to do to keep things going for him and for us.  Of course, we pray and work toward a miracle, but if things continue as they’re going now…

Ronan won’t likely get his permit next summer. 

He won’t be working on filling out college applications the following summer. 

He won’t be paling around town with his best guy friends looking for fun stuff to do in town either. 

The siblings are aware of this and generously give me and Ronan the time and space needed to keep his days as stable as possible.  They don’t always like that they’re missing out on what their friends are getting to do, but they understand that Ronan’s special needs cannot be ignored.  The older they get, finding a balance for them hasn’t been easy, and some days, they will vocalize some of that disappointment.  They’ve been so patient with their brother for such a long time now.  Never ever blaming him directly, they’ve learned how to deal with how much of my attention is taken up by Ronan, his appointments, and long list of needs.  I’m surprised (and thrilled!) that they have been as understanding as they have been. 

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Autism and Arrests

Police-Crime-SceneNote: Thanks to Nancy Hokkanen for this troubling media report.  In this world of zero tolerance and anti-bullying programs, our children with special needs are vulnerable. While we don't condone violence, we also know that autism behaviors can trigger aggression.  Is an arrest ever the answer?

We need to do our best (and the majority of us do) to prevent aggressions, which can be self-injurious behavior or turned outward to peers, strangers, teachers.  We work with behaviorists, we use biomed, medications, strategies, charts, graphs - everything under the sun and moon to try to help our kids "fit in." The boy in the story is ten years old. Ten. What happens when he is 20? 30? My 22 year old daughter has the grip of a gorilla. The epidemic is going to worsen as children become men and women.  Then what? We sound the alarm not to depress, but to awaken those who ignore the realities that are coming - and are already here for many of us. 

From Colorado.

A Castle Rock child with autism is facing third-degree assault and harassment charges stemming from a schoolyard tiff almost two years ago, when the boy, Logan Thompson, says he retaliated against a student's push by slapping him in the face.

Thompson is facing two years in juvenile detention on the grounds that he is a serious threat to the safety of students and teachers in the Castle Rock school district.

“We don’t want to see any more assaultive behavior,” said Chelsea Koch, a deputy district attorney with Douglas County, in court on Thursday, July 13. “All we are asking for is that Logan gets the services that he needs.”

The DA’s office has refused to drop the case against Thompson, opting instead on Thursday to keep him under the supervision of the district court and in a highly structured “management plan.” Under the plan, Thompson has been required to attend half a dozen therapy and counseling sessions per week, some of which have to be paid for by his family.

Thompson’s mother, Lisa, believes that Logan is being criminalized by the DA’s office for his autism. “This is not the way this should have gone,” she says. “This is a ten-year-old boy who snuggles his fluffy toys at night. And he is being kept in court specifically because he has autism.”

Read more here.

Italy Mandates Vaccination for School Children

School-system-in-italy-7-728After taking a billion Euro "gift" from Glaxo, Italy now mandates vaccination for its children.

US pharmaceutical giant GSK is planning to invest more than €1 billion in Italy over the next four years, according to Daniele Finocchiaro, CEO of GSK Italia.

The funds won’t be going to “the construction of new plants, but to reinforce product lines and provide more continuity for research and development. Specialization is the greatest weapon we have and—as shown by our acquisition of the vaccine center in Siena—we are aiming for excellence and looking to grow,” he said.

Now watch the school districts change over the next few years as special education, dietary/food allergy and behavior programs become necessary.  

Italy Mandates Vaccines & Implements Fines As Glaxo Promises A Billion Euro Investments

La Scalata della Glaxo (Glaxo's Rapid Rise in Italy)

From MedPage Today:

Vaccines will now be mandatory for all children attending school in Italy through the age of 16, The Washington Post reported.

Approved with a vote of 296-92 by Italy's parliament, the new mandate will require parents to show proof of 10 vaccinations -- including tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, and diphtheria -- in order to be granted admission to preschools. However, vaccinations for meningococcal B and meningococcal C were left off the final list.

The vote comes after Italy's highest court ruled no tie between autism and vaccinations earlier this week...

Long Island Boys With Autism Drown Together In Family Pool

WeepNote: God rest the souls of these two youngsters with autism - drowned together in the family pool. We know families who've faced this horror.  Mom woke up to find her boys not in their bed. How many times has this happened to you or a friend with a child or teen on the spectrum? It happened to my family in a hotel room. Mia slipped out the door without our knowing it. It  happened to us at a party. Gianna slipped out the door without us knowing it. We found them. Alive. Many families aren't so lucky. I know parents who have slept on a cot in front of the door to protect their kids. Families use baby monitors long after the children grow up in the hopes of being alert to the patter of footsteps heading out. Alarm systems with door chimes are backward for many of us, helping to keep our kids IN the house. The monster we fear isn't a stranger - it's autism.   Is there sometimes parental error and neglect? Sure. But mostly, you and I know all too well, there but for the grace of God go any one of us despite our Herculean efforts. God bless Nicholas and Anthony and their family too. 

These stories illustrate the important of Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted's new book called, DENIAL: How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future from Skyhorse Publishing.  The glossification (I think I  made that work up) of autism has meant a lack of concern or true understanding of the day to day grind for families.  Anthony and Nicholas have no future - they drowned together. Think about that. 


Three-year-old twin boys with autism drowned Wednesday morning in a Melville pool, Suffolk County Police said.

The drownings at the Holly Court home appeared to be accidental. 

Law enforcement officials said the boys' mother woke up and did not see the children in their room. She found Nicholas Aurilia floating in the inground pool and pulled him out of the water. He was not breathing and his mother began to perform CPR on him, police said. 

The fire department eventually found the second boy, Anthony Aurilia, still in the pool, which was murky and difficult to navigate.



Special Ed Should Be Renamed "Regular Ed"

Autistic_kidsNote: As summer draws to a close next month, Anne is focusing on Special Education and the toll it's taking on districts.

By Anne Dachel

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been researching the explosion in special education needs EVERYWHERE.

The percentage of kids receiving services for learning disorders is staggering. I can’t figure out why there is no alarm or even questions being asked.

Sioux Falls, SD: 15 percent of children are sped.

Baltimore, MD: 15 percent of children are sped.

Spokane, WA: 15 percent of children are sped.

Oakland, ME: 16.6 percent of children are sped.

Brooklyn, NY: 19 percent of children are sped.

Reading, PA: 19 percent of children are sped.

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When Schools Become Health Clinics To Meet Special Ed Demands

School budgetBy Anne Dachel

How long can people keep pretending that nothing is wrong with the health of our children? 

Every day I find more stories of the end of childhood as we know it.

Here are some recent examples.

July 25, 2017, UK Daily Mirror: Inside the school for children excluded at SEVEN - including boy who nearly broke teacher's back 

…He is one of a growing number of young children who have been permanently excluded from primary schools because of their bad and often violent behaviour, left feeling isolated, unwanted and alone. …

Figures released by the Department of Education this month show that the number of children being excluded has risen every year for the last three. In 2015-16 around 35 children a day were expelled from schools in England, and a total of 1,185 children were excluded from primary school.

Of these 475 were under seven and 50 were four.

In this article, five of the six children talked about were boys. ADHD and autism were also mentioned.

Meanwhile, our schools are havens for the disabled.

July 25, 2017, The Conversation (Cambridge, MA): Helping your students with disabilities prepare for the future

A wide range of disabilities on college campuses

According to a 2016 report by the United States Department of Education, approximately 11 percent of all undergraduates report having a disability – up from 6 percent almost two decades prior. Since nearly two-thirds of all students who received special education services in high school did not self-disclose their disability to a college, the actual number of students with disabilities on campuses is likely much higher.

Most of these students have what are often called “nonvisible” disabilities, including learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and, increasingly, mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression.

Students with autism spectrum disorders are also more often attending college than a decade ago. And on some campuses, programs are emerging for students with intellectual disabilities.

Now some people might think of this as more inclusion of those previously excluded. Or, like myself, some may just figure that as more and more kids are found to have behavioral or learning problems, a number of them are likely to show up in college. 

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Get The Inside Scoop on "Your Special Education Rights": New From Skyhorse Publishing

Your SPED rightsJust a quick note about a book that's coming out from Skyhorse Publishing called "Your Special Education Rights: What Your School District Isn't Telling You.  Written by CT attorney/advocate team Jen Laviano and Julie Swanson, this book provides an insider view into the machinations of special ed. Spoiler alert - the child's education does not always come first......   Learn tricks of the trade to be a better partner with your district and a better sparring opponent if and when needed. Level the playing field with usable info that's easy to read in story form.  Districts can benefit from the book too - as they learn how parents think and act and what they can do to help maximize dwindling budgets.

We've been posting articles about the crushing weight of growing special education in American and UK districts alike. YSER as the book is known, can be a huge help.

Pre-order today and don't forget to leave a review at Amazon and elsewhere!


Bill Nemitz and the Portland Press Herald’s disregard for reality poses a threat for all of us

Bill MenitzBy Ginger Taylor

The Portland Press Herald has been an Offit Outlet since 2014 when their "health" writer wrote his first hit piece on vaccine injury families, then three weeks later shared the stage with Paul Offit at the National Press Club as an example of what a great vaccine writer looks like.  Again, he wrote ONE ARTICLE on vaccination.

Their propaganda campaign continues with a new op ed by a popular Maine writer, speaking arrogantly and from a place of profound ignorance about the vaccine program, who opens his article with, "A small but growing number of parents think inoculations carry risks, but the biggest risk for their kids – and the rest of us – is not getting vaccinated at all."

For the record, it's a growing number of parents, four federal agencies, The US Congress, The US Court of Federal Claims, The Supreme Court of the United States of America, and all vaccine makers, that think vaccines carry risk... the last of which lists hundreds of those risks on the package inserts, after agreeing with all listed above that all FDA approved vaccines are, "Unavoidably Unsafe."  

In this piece, Nemitz says parents are "self-centered" for believing all three branches of the US Government, and product manufactures because... and I am not kidding... when the writer was young there was a place called Polio Pond, where people were afraid of getting polio, even though no one ever contracted polio there.  This in an article where he exclaims that, "Anti-vaccine movement’s disregard for reality poses a threat for all of us."  (Also... MEASLES! PERTUSSIS! WAKEFIELD! SCIENCE!  Did you know that you don't wanna vaccinate, "Because a crusading quack made claims 20 years ago that have never, not once, been backed up by real science?"  Perhaps some day a piece of science will show vaccines are associated with autism.)

Mr Nemitz diversions from reality in this op ed are many.  I started writing a piece to combat all the fiction and fantasy here, but I gave up at eight pages and just sent him this email.   No response.  

Also for the record, Nemitz reports that, "Here in Maine, the first measles case in 20 years was reported last month in Farmington – a female who contracted the virus during overseas travel."  The case was reported internationally as a dangerous measles outbreak, caused by "anti-vaxxers", as if the black death had come to Maine.  In fact, no outbreak occurred, no transmission took place, and from what I understand, no Mainer has actually had the measles.  

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What Happens To A Nation if You Shave a Few IQ Points off Its Children?

Dunce girlBy Anne Dachel

I talked to Andy Wakefield recently on Skype. I recorded his answers to seven questions regarding what’s happening to schools both here and in the UK.

I wanted to share this one because the topic is so current: the explosion in autism/sped in schools everywhere.

What Andy talked about was chilling, mostly because it wasn't opinion or theory, it's the state of things in education today. When I started looking into how kids are doing in school, I never thought I'd uncover the massive impact special needs students are having. (Finding a school district in the U.S. where 20-25 percent of students are sped is not an isolated phenomenon anymore.)

(And of course it's going beyond school, just as the story I wrote recently about the disappearance of men in the workforce.) 

Andy talked about the subtle impact of neurotoxins on children, a steady lessening of intelligence. So if we continue to "dumb down the children of a country," what will the world look like in 5, 10 or 20 more years? When are we going to wake up?

Here was my question: Do you feel that we’ve focused too narrowly on a link between vaccines and autism while ignoring other damaging effects of vaccination?


“…The answer lies in the way in which medicine naturally takes place, the way in which diseases present to doctors. Medicine gives you the sharp end first.”

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Frog in a Pot: Special Education in Great Britain

Autistic_kidsNOTE: Special Education woes have been in the news lately - especially in the UK.  Costs are soaring and the number of students needing special education is continuing to rise unabated.  Seems no one is brave enough to ask why this increase - why are children unable to learn by traditional methods?  Is there really a "broadening" of diagnostic criteria? Even so, if the children were able to learn, even misdiagnosed, wouldn't they simply learn and then place out of special education?

By Anne Dachel

*(It should be noted that in stories from the UK on the sped/autism increase/cost, I'm seeing the caveat telling readers that  there has been over-diagnosing going on.  AND numerous stories are covering the explosion in "permanent exclusions," AKA "kicking 'em out for good" for the sake of the other kids. PLUS a new provision in the school rules just announced means that schools don't have to recognize a medical diagnosis of autism, therefore it's up to the school to determine if a child is disabled. Expelling students and taking away diagnoses--that ought to cut down the numbers. Unfortunately it'll do nothing to address the problem.)

What will it take before SOMEONE IN BRITAIN SEES SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE DECLINE OF STUDENTS AND THE EXPLOSION IN AUTISM? Will the British refuse to do anything until their schools are bankrupt and every family has at least one disabled child? Is Britain going to vaccinate itself back into the Stone Age?

It's scary to see the denial. Instead of addressing this as a crisis of epic proportion, folks in the UK are simply learning to live with autism.

July 23, 2017, UK Sunday Times: Shops to fall silent for ‘autism hour’

The most ambitious project ever attempted to help people with autism will be launched this autumn, when shops and services across the UK will take steps to create a better environment for people with the condition and increase understanding.

The event, called Autism Hour, has been organised by the National Autistic Society (NAS). Businesses have pledged to turn down music and other background noise, such as non-essential announcements, for 60 minutes during the week commencing October 2, as well as dimming the lights, to help create a calmer and less overwhelming environment. Staff will also be supplied with information about autism.

July 23, 2017, UK Sunday Times: Dramatic rise in autism diagnoses hits taxpayers via summer tutors

 Providing extra education for autistic children during the summer school holidays cost the state €12.6m last year.

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Responses To The British Medical Association Opening A Debate About Vaccine Mandates

British-Medical-Journal_0By John Stone & Jackie Fletcher

Letters published in British Medical Journal Rapid Responses:

UK doctors re-examine case for mandatory vaccination

I read with concern Tom Moberly's report that the British Medical Association is trying to open a debate about mandating vaccines in the United Kingdom [1] having already made a number of relevant observations under an earlier article [2]. Most fundamentally, I would urge the medical establishment to exercise a little humility when today's scientific orthodoxy could so easily in retrospect become tomorrow's horrific misjudgement. It does not help when we see all vaccine critics dismissed by the Guardian newspaper or, by CEO of Gavi, in the Spectator in abusive terms as "anti-vaxxers" [3, 4], when it is far from clear that every issue in vaccine safety has been resolved - or that we can even begin to assess the risks while denying a respectful hearing to patients or their families, which pre-empts both evidence and argument in an inappropriate way. In my experience the most vociferous vaccine critics hitherto have not so much been people with an ideological objection to vaccination as people who had had their children vaccinated and regretted it. Such indiscriminate (scorched earth) strategies scarcely command the moral high ground.

Moreover, disregarding the highly intolerant atmosphere which is being generated in some quarters it is not evident that even if the science involved could approach the level of being definitive that it is anywhere near that at present. For example, three successive reports by Cochrane on the safety of MMR have declared [5,6,7]:

"The design and reporting of safety outcomes in MMR vaccine studies, both pre- and post-marketing, are largely inadequate."

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The Fight is on in Ireland

Violet march shamrockThe Fight is on in Ireland

Autism/special ed numbers are exploding in Irish schools. Costs are enormous. Officials are scrambling for answers, but what they’re telling us is the same old, same old.

Good luck with that.

Reporter Carl O’Brien, in a truly hard-to-swallow piece, gives us lots of reasons for all the sped/autistic kids filling desks in Irish schools. After decades of neglect (since the beginning of Ireland, I guess), the government is finally doing something about disabled children.

July 22, 2017, Irish Times (Dublin): Why is the cost of special education soaring? Analysis: State is playing catch-up in education policy after years of neglect


Even though other countries had been providing this type of education for decades, the absence of any meaningful government policy meant thousands of vulnerable children were, in effect, left on a scrapheap.

Much has changed in recent decades. A series of landmark court cases taken by parents such as Marie O’Donoghue and Kathy Sinnott have helped prompt large-scale investment and rights-based legislation.

In the period since 2004, spending on special needs education has grown by 260 per cent. There are approximately 47,000 students in receipt of resource teaching (5.2 per cent of the school population) and an estimated 32,500 in receipt of care by special needs assistants (3.6 per cent of school population). This has increased from 3.5 per cent and 2.7 per cent respectively in 2011.

Oh, so it wasn’t until 2004 that Ireland did anything about tens of thousands of disabled children.

So where were all these kids until 13 years ago?  O’Brien tells us that they were in institutions or kept at home. (This is a claim very commonly made in the U.S. also.) And he notes that the population of Ireland is increasing, so naturally there would be more sped students.

That last explanation could hardly explain why 25 percent of Irish schoolchildren are considered special ed currently or why sped spending has increased 260 percent in the same thirteen years, but it works for O’Brien. He reminds readers that they’re not alone, since both the UK and Holland have 26 percent of children with special needs. (Ireland is just keeping up with the neighbors.)

O’Brien saves the best explanation for last: OVER-DIAGNOSING.

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Remembering Dan – Six Months Later

Blue sand timerBy Cathy Jameson

The kids and I celebrate half birthdays.  We don’t do them up like we do a regular birthday but six months after a birthday, we commemorate the day with an extra hug and a half a gluten-free cookie or cupcake (or half a gf-granola bar if there are no desserts in the house).  It isn’t a major celebration but a fun one that reminds us to look how far that child’s come from their last birthday.  It gives us a chance to dream about how much more growing, learning, and living they’ll get to do before their next birthday comes around, too. 

When I glanced at the calendar this week, I remembered that almost six months has gone by.  We won’t be celebrating a half birthday this week, but we will remember something else.  It’ll be a day of reflection, not of treats, because something incredibly sad happened six months ago. 

We lost a writer. 

We lost an author. 

We lost a powerful voice. 

We lost a friend. 

Six months ago this week, we lost Dan Olmsted.  It’s been a short six months, but it’s also felt like a long six months.  We began to create a new routine without him.  We began the healing process.  We remembered, or are at least trying to remember, to keep going in a forward direction.  That’s been hard because there are so many more things I wanted to know from Dan, to read from him, and to ask him. 

He and I had been able to get together a few times, for which I’ll always be grateful, but with how busy life got for me, those meet ups weren’t often enough.  I’d always been able to send Dan a message though.  I’d email him when I’d read something of interest or when I needed to hear a word of encouragement.  I hate that I can’t send a quick email and get an even quicker reply back from him now.  He was always available to me, as he was to a lot of other parents, and never made me feel like I was a bother. 

Available, knowledgeable, and kind.  Dan was extremely good at what he did.  And I miss him so very much. 

Some days, I still can’t believe that he’s gone.  I know that a lot of us here still miss him so.  In promising to keep his memory alive, I wanted to share something that I’d written after friends and family had gathered to remember Dan, his life, and the work he’d done.  I’ve edited it a tad for today’s Sunday post:    

Paper crane
"The paper crane.....a compelling symbol for hope, love, honor, and peace."

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Irish Times Reports Sharp Increase in Special Education Students

Irish break your heartNote: ...and today? Your children....

We are well past the canary in the coalmine stage. The frog in the pot is well and truly cooked. As children in first world nations fall further behind their parents' and grandparents' generation and plummet into Special Education, the demographics for the future are rapidly shifting.  This article below confirms Anne Dachel's post about the skyrocketing expulsions in the UK.

From the Irish Times. Read the full article here.

A sharp increase in the numbers of school pupils diagnosed with autism since 2011 is among the factors that has led to a huge jump in the budget for special needs education, according to a Government report.

The report has prompted alarm about the rising costs in Government. A spending review carried out by the Department of Public Expenditure published yesterday finds that spending on special educational needs now accounts for almost one-fifth of the total education budget.

Spending on special education has grown by almost half a billion euros since 2011, a rise of 38 per cent. In the period since 2004, spending on the area has grown by 260 per cent. Special needs education now costs the exchequer more than third-level education.

Almost 90 per cent of special education funding goes on pay for teachers and special needs assistants.

Concerns about the costs and efficiency of the special needs assistants (SNAs) scheme have prompted the department to order a comprehensive review of the scheme, which is due to be completed next year. The number of SNAs has grown from 2,988 in 2001 to more than 13,000, an increase of 336 per cent. Expenditure on the scheme has grown by almost 1,300 per cent.

The increase in costs of the SNA scheme has been driven by a huge jump in the numbers of pupils being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Between 2011 and 2016, the numbers of pupils presenting to schools with a diagnosis of ASD has increased by 83 per cent, the report says.

“This is driving almost all of the increase in the number of pupils in special classes, in special schools and 50 per cent of the increase in mainstream classes. SNA support for children with ASD tends to be primarily around behaviour or communication,” the report finds.

There have also been significant increases in the numbers of students accessing other supports for children with special needs.... Read more here.

Britex Special Ed Style As British Students with "Mental Illness" Expelled in Droves

Brit flag By Anne Dachel

Vaccine injury is more than just autism, and if these stories aren't the result of our out-of-control-vaccinate-every-child-over-and-over vaccine schedule, please tell me what's going on here. I'm going to be writing a lot more on the issue. What we're seeing is the disabling of a generation of children until special education becomes regular ed. The "special needs" exception will be the student WHO DOESN'T REQUIRE an IEP, a classroom aide, and a modified curriculum. It'll be rare to have a student who can sit quietly, focus, and actually learn on his or her own. That day is coming because a number of schools report that 25 plus percent of their students are in special education. How long will this be sustainable?

Stunning reports have just come out from the UK about the large number of special needs students who end up suspended or expelled from public schools there, or as the BBC headline put it, “Half of children expelled from schools ‘mentally ill.’” Arguably this is more evidence that when children are injected with more and more neurotoxic vaccines, these results are predictable.

Numbers are increasing. Things are getting worse. So how do educators explain this? What are they planning to do to address what’s happening?

July 20, 2017, BBC:  Half of pupils expelled from school 'mentally ill'

Half of pupils expelled from England's schools have a mental health issue, according to analysis of official data.

The Institute of Public Policy Research suggests if excluded students with undiagnosed problems were included, the rate would be much higher.

This figure compares with one in 50 pupils in the wider population who have a mental health condition.

The government said it would be publishing plans to improve mental health services later in the year. …

The research comes as the number of fixed term and permanent exclusions is rising.

Figures just published show that last year, some 6,685 pupils were excluded permanently from state primary, secondary and special schools.

Some 35 pupils were excluded every day in 2015-16 - five more daily than in the previous year…

Here, the rate of permanent exclusions has increased from 0.15% in 2014-15 to 0.17% in 2015-16 - equivalent to 17 pupils per 10,000.

Overall, there were 346,000 permanent and fixed-term exclusions handed out to pupils at state-funded schools in 2014-15 - the highest number since 2009….

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Italians Continue to Protest Forced Vaccination and Financial Penalties

Basta enough
Note: Read the full article at The Italian Insider. Thanks to commenter HL for the link.  What do you think will happen to the rates of special education, chronic illness and spectrum disorder rates if these mandates take hold?  Glaxo made the politicians an offer they couldn't refuse. And now parent's can't refuse vaccinations for their children.

ROME- Protests raged throughout Italy and the Governor of Veneto appeals against a recent law rendering certain vaccinations mandatory for children under 16. Opposition continues against the measure even after an amendment in early July reduced the number of compulsory vaccinations from 12 to 10 and the maximum figure for financial sanctions for parents dropped to 3,500 euros.

On Saturday night, a flash mob followed by a torchlight procession took place in Livorno organized by the “Committee for the Freedom of Choice to Vaccinations” (“Comitato per la libertà di scelta vaccinale”). The frontline protestors held a sign saying “Don’t mess around with health: freedom of choice and safety”. This protest of 100 people was small-scale in comparison to other recent protests such as the one in Pesaro on July 8, which saw over 10 000 people arrive from all over Italy wearing orange T-Shirts. The latter event saw parents chanting “freedom, freedom” whilst holding up their children, according to reports by Il Fatto Quotidiano. Philosopher Diego Fusaro spoke at the event and claimed that “the issue of vaccinations is an issue of economic interests, those of multinationals and the idea of ‘no alternative’”. Parents also took to the microphone to tell of how they believe that their children have “fallen ill due to vaccinations”. Protests have taken place throughout June and July in Rome, Milan, Florence and other major cities.

The Region of Veneto has filed an official complaint to the Constitutional Court against the Decree Law No 73 of 2017. “What we reject”, said Governor Luca Zaia, “is state intervention that imposes a collective obligation … which makes Italy the country with the greatest number of compulsory vaccinations in Europe”.

The move, however, has been supported by the Institute of Health (Instituto Superiore di Sanita, ISS) in a letter sent by the organization to Emilia Grazia De Biasi, President of the Hygeine and Health Commission of the Senate. The Institute wrote that the severity of the law’s sactions is “justified by the situation’s urgency and the emergency caused by a decline in vaccinations and by the national epidemic”. Sabino Cassese, former judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy, is another supporter of the law and wrote in an article with Il Corriere della Sera in May that “the two rights in questions, that of Health and that of Education, have a differing importance. The first regards the very life of a person and so prevails over the second”.

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Another Rotavirus Vaccine Bites the Dust

Serum instituteAnother Rotavirus Vaccine Bites the Dust: Rotavirus vaccine that increases diarrhea instead of reducing it

By Jacob Puliyel MD

Clinical trial of the new rotavirus vaccine from the Serum Institute of India shows that the vaccine increases the incidence of diarrhea instead of decreasing it.

The vaccine was field tested in Niger in Western Africa. The results were published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The authors report that vaccine efficacy was 66.7% against severe rotavirus diarrhea. What was not highlighted was that diarrhea caused by other agents increased significantly and the vaccinated children had more diarrhea than those not vaccinated.

The New England Journal of Medicine has this week published a letter in response to the original article which shows that there was a significantly higher rate of gastroenteritis and diarrhea in the vaccinated group compared to those given the placebo - an inert dummy vaccine. The NEJM letter points out that this vaccine could aggravate the problem it is meant to solve in resource-poor countries. An anti-diarrhea vaccine that increases the incidence of diarrhea is unlikely to find a market.

This is not the first rotavirus vaccine that is under a cloud for not being upfront with trial data.   

Adverse Effects with Rotavac (Bharat Biotech India)

Another vaccine Rotavac, manufactured by Bharat Biotech was recently in the news for not disclosing adverse events in a vaccine trial. This vaccine was tested in 3 centers in India. It appears there was a significant increase in the incidence of intussusceptions – a potentially life threatening complication where the intestine telescopes into itself and can become gangrenous - at the Vellore center. This data from Vellore has not been published in spite of repeated requests for it from various quarters including from the Indian Prime Minister’s office.  

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World Mercury Project: Hiding Vaccine-Related Deaths With Semantic Sleight-of-Hand

WMPNote: You say potato, I say deadly poison....

We are pleased to share the latest article from Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,'s World Mercury Project. Mercury is a nefarious neurotoxin that does not belong in any human, let alone a fetus, pregnant woman, baby or child. There is no good mercury - the media push to convince you otherwise is a travesty.

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Vaccine scientists and the public health community cautiously and occasionally will admit that vaccines can cause adverse reactions just like “any other medication or biological product.” Although experts are less willing to openly disclose the fact that adverse reactions can and do include death, one has only to look at reports to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to see that mortality is a possible outcome. From 1990 through 2010, for example, VAERS received 1,881 reports of infant deaths following vaccination, representing  4.8% of the adverse events reported for infants over the 20-year period. Moreover, analysts acknowledge that VAERS, as a passive surveillance system, is subject to substantial underreporting. A federal government report from 2010 affirms that VAERS captures only about 1% of vaccine adverse reports.

On the international frontier, the public health community—with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the vanguard—previously used a six-category framework to investigate and categorize serious adverse events following immunization (AEFI), including death. Guided by this tool, public health teams examined temporal criteria and possible alternative explanations to determine whether the relationship of an AEFI to vaccine administration was “very likely/certain,” “probable,” “possible,” “unlikely,” “unrelated,” or “unclassifiable.”

In 2013, the WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety discarded the prior tool, ostensibly because users “sometimes [found it] difficult to differentiate between ‘probable,’ ‘possible,’ and ‘unlikely’ categories.” The WHO enlisted vaccine experts to develop a “simpler” algorithm that would be more readily “applicable” to vaccines. The resulting four-category system now invites public health teams to classify an AEFI as either “consistent,” “inconsistent,” or “indeterminate” with a vaccine-related causal association or as “unclassifiable.” Despite the patina of logic suggested by the use of an algorithm, “the final outcome of the case investigation depends on the personal judgment of the assessor” [emphasis added], especially (according to the tool’s proponents) when the process “yields answers that are both consistent and inconsistent with a causal association to immunization.”

In a 2017 letter in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, Drs. Jacob Puliyel (an India-based pediatrician and member of India’s National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization) and Anant Phadke (an executive member of the All India Drug Action Network) raise important questions about the revised tool. They describe an Orwellian Catch-22 situation wherein it is nearly impossible to categorize post-vaccine deaths as vaccine-related. This is because the revised algorithm does not allow users to classify an AEFI as “consistent with causal association with vaccine” unless there is evidence showing that the vaccine caused a statistically significant increase in deaths during Phase III clinical trials. By definition, however, any vaccine not found to “retain safety” in Phase III trials cannot proceed to Phase IV (licensure and post-marketing surveillance). The result of the algorithm’s convoluted requirements is that any deaths that occur post-licensure become “coincidental” or “unclassifiable.”

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