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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: The Neurologist is a Person In Your Neighborhood - Elmo Hawks Vaccines

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Elmo from Sesame Street?

Who's next to be used to promote vaccines as safe and effective?


Flo the Progressive Insurance lady?

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

An Open Letter to Legislators Currently Considering Vaccine Legislation from Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD in Immunology


Thank you to Thinking Moms' Revolution for reprint permission.


Dear Legislator:

My name is Tetyana Obukhanych.  I hold a PhD in Immunology.  I am writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

Do unvaccinated children pose a higher threat to the public than the vaccinated?

It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide.  You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines – and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children – is not consistent with such a statement.  I have outlined below the recommended vaccines that cannot prevent transmission of disease either because they are not designed to prevent the transmission of infection (rather, they are intended to prevent disease symptoms), or because they are for non-communicable diseases.  People who have not received the vaccines mentioned below pose no higher threat to the general public than those who have, implying that discrimination against non-immunized children in a
public school setting may not be warranted.

Richard Pan

State Senator Richard Pan of California, sponsor of vaccine legislation

IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine) cannot prevent transmission of poliovirus (see appendix for the scientific study, Item #1). Wild poliovirus has been non-existent in the USA for at least two decades. Even if wild poliovirus were to be re-imported by travel, vaccinating for polio with IPV cannot affect the safety of public spaces.  Please note that wild poliovirus eradication is attributed to the use of a different vaccine, OPV or oral poliovirus vaccine.  Despite being capable of preventing wild poliovirus transmission, use of OPV was phased out long ago in the USA and replaced with IPV due to safety concerns.

  1. Tetanus is not a contagious disease, but rather acquired from deep-puncture wounds contaminated with C. tetani spores. Vaccinating for tetanus (via the DTaP combination vaccine) cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is intended to render personal protection only.

  2. While intended to prevent the disease-causing effects of the diphtheria toxin, the diphtheria toxoid vaccine (also contained in the DTaP vaccine) is not designed to prevent colonization and transmission of C. diphtheriae. Vaccinating for diphtheria cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is likewise intended for personal protection only.

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Cathy Jameson

Trace Amounts Goes to Washington, D.C.

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Steve and Cathy Jameson, Eric Gladen, Becky Estepp

By Cathy Jameson

My husband and I haven’t had a chance to get out together in a few months.  Juggling five kids and Ronan’s medical issues prevents that.  But when we heard that Eric Gladen’s Trace Amounts  was coming to the east coast, we made plans well ahead of time to make sure we were there. 

I’m so glad we went.  It was more than just a date night for me and my husband.  And it was much more than just another movie for us to see. 

Others who came out to support Eric Gladen at the US Capitol Visitor Center on April 15th were Robert F. Kenney, Jr., Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Jim Moody, Dr. Richard Fischer, Dr. Brian Hooker, Dan Olmsted, Mark Blaxill, Becky Estepp, Jennifer Larson, Lyn Redwood, Tony Lyons, Brook Potthaus, Josie Nelson, and a host of others, to include quite a few parents.  We were there to support not only the movie but to discuss an important issue:  mercury. 

Mercury has become is a controversial subject.  It shouldn’t be because it’s a neurotoxin.  But mercury and its harmful effects are downplayed by those who manufacture it, by those who choose to add it to their products, and by those who regulate its use. 

Despite public opinion and despite what’s being reported in mainstream media, thimerosal, a form of mercury, is still found in some vaccines today.  Eric suffered devastating effects from thimerosal in a vaccine he received in 2004.  He shares what happened to him in his movie, Trace Amounts. 

Trace Amounts “is the true story of Eric Gladen’s painful journey through mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a thimerosal-loaded tetanus shot. His discoveries led him on a quest for the scientific truth about the role of mercury poisoning in the Autism epidemic.”

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Mark Blaxill

The Disneyland Measles Outbreak is Officially Over

Mickey the endBy Mark Blaxill

Four weeks ago, on March 20th, we reported (HERE) that the Disneyland measles outbreak was (unofficially) over based on the last new measles infection reported by The California Department of Public Health (CDPH). We predicted that the onset of that last measles rash was March 2nd, based on a viral spread that probably occurred around February 20th. CDPH subsequently confirmed that estimate. A week later, we reported on the last case from that outbreak (a case with an earlier onset but delayed detection) had entered the CDPH tallies.  

In their March 20th report, CDPH made the following statement

“The outbreak will be considered over when 42 days have elapsed from the end of the infectious period of the last known B3 measles cases that was a not a new importation. As of today, that date will be April 17, 2015.”

 Today, April 17th, no new measles cases have been found in California (the new measles case outside of California was reported on March 3rd). CDPH has now made our unofficial prediction official.

The Disneyland measles outbreak is over.

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In California, 40 individuals came down with measles based on a visit to the Disneyland theme park between December 17th and 20th. An additional 41 individuals were closely connected to those park visitors, either through household exposure or close personal exposure in a community setting. Not directly linked, but presumed linked were another 50. Everyone recovered. No one died. Some went to a hospital but as far as we know these individuals had no lasting effects.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Why the Climate Change Debate Is Not Like the Vaccine Debate

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

The things you have to think about when you get involved in the vaccine safety issue! Lately I’ve been wondering about the state of the global warming debate, prompted by vaccine injury deniers who say ideas like ours are so goofy they are similar to denying that global warming is real.

This week, I was forwarded a release from Voices For Vaccines titled Avoiding False Balance: Vaccines in the Media. It makes the usual Offit-style points about settled science and study after study showing no link between vaccines and autism, etcetera after etcetera, and included this particularly unpleasant complaint:

“Giving scientifically invalid ideas equal weight to established and verifiable scientific facts by including them in the piece without addressing the fact they are false (e.g., allowing an interviewee to say her child’s autism was caused by vaccines without including a correction—by the reporter—that scientific consensus shows this parent's statement is unwarranted based on the evidence).”

So if someone like, say, respected neurologist Jon Poling said that vaccines caused his daughter Hannah to regress into autism in front of his own eyes, as affirmed by the U.S. government, and compensated by $20 million in our taxpayer dollars, it would be the reporter’s duty to say something like, “Correction: Poling’s statement is false, based on the evidence. Hannah did not regress into autism before his own lying eyes and the government was wrong to compensate them for vaccine injury that led to autism.”

What really caught my eye was the claim that the vaccine safety “debate” is just like the climate safety “debate” – i.e., that it doesn’t exist outside of air quotes. To wit:

“For several years, journalists covering the climate change issue saw it as a controversy requiring equal air time for both the climate change scientists and the handful of scientists—most of them funded by oil companies—who felt the climate was not warming. This approach prolonged—and continues to prolong—a period of doubt about climate change. The result of the media’s approach to this issue is that while more than 98% of climate scientists are in agreement that our planet is warming, people in the United States are split on the issue. The result is that we’ve been hindered in addressing pressing issues related to combating climate change and are seeing the very real effects the lag in action caused by this manufactured uncertainty is having.

“Vaccines are a remarkably similar case, in that the scientific consensus on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines is perhaps even more overwhelming.”

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

David Foster Accuses Senator Liu Over SB277

LiuCalifornia citizen and AoA correspondent David Foster has written an open letter to Senator Liu and the California Education Committee highlighting underhand tactics and hidden dealings at Wednesday's meeting.

Senator Liu,

We know what you did at the SB277 Education Committee hearing April 16 2015

California Senate Education Committee Members -

It has come to our attention that something profoundly rotten happened this week at the Senate Education Committee hearing on SB277.

We watched with great surprise as the first four Senators asked very pointed questions about SB277 that Dr. Pan did not have any answers to. One Senator even referred to SB277 as "draconian". Then the Chair of the Committee, Senator Liu, asked questions and made comments which gave the impression that she was also not a fan of the bill.

What happened next was something all of you might consider to be politics as usual, but to us constituents this is one of the most deceitful things I have ever seen from a political body...I am 51 years old so believe me that is saying a lot.

Sen. Liu informed Dr. Pan that his bill was not going to make it past the committee, and she suggested that he collect answers to questions posed by the committee so they could hold a closed-session vote the following week. Dr. Pan agreed.

What we all are extremely concerned about is the marked discrepancy between the opinions expressed by the Senators at the hearing -- especially those from Sen. Liu -- and the results of an early poll on SB277 taken on April 14 (two days before the hearing). Surprise surprise, Dr. Liu is apparently in support of the bill, so it is no wonder that she saved it. In the entire Committee there were 3 Yes, 1 leaning Yes, 3 Undecided, and 1 declined to answer.

    Early Poll of Senate Education Committee Members on SB277, April 14 2015

Now we know what really happened on April 16.

Even though the Committee clearly did not have the numbers to pass SB277, Sen. Liu gave the pretense of having concerns about the Bill, but then gave it a Get Out of Jail card and gave Dr. Pan one week to answer the Committee's questions. The obvious intent here was twofold: (1) delay the vote for one week to accommodate upcoming planned changes to the Committee's membership...one Senator, who was only on the committee temporarily, would be replaced, and a vacancy was to be filled, thus assuring that those in Favor had sufficient numbers to pass the Bill; and (2) be able to hold this vote in private with no opportunity for any constituents or experts to address the answers provided by Dr. Pan.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Autism Aware But Not Accurate

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

 April 16, 2015, CBS News: The most promising areas of autism research 

April 16, 2015, CNN: Robert Kennedy Jr.'s strange remarks on autism

April 16, 2015, WBUR Boston: Stark Realities Of Autistic Adulthood

April 15, 2015, NPR: Some Doctors Still Dismiss Parents' Concerns About Autism

April 15, 2015, Miami Local 10: Autism now fastest growing developmental disorder in US

April 15, 2015, Los Angeles KABC-TV: Thousands expected at Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Rose Bowl 

April 15, 2015, ABC 6 Philadelphia: Dealing with expected wave of young adults with autism

April 15, 2015, Fox News: Father's sperm may point to child's autism risk, study finds

April 14, 2015, USA Today: Gestational diabetes increases autism risk

April 14, 2015, USA Today: Study links pollution to autism, schizophrenia

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Adriana Gamondes

State of Plague, Part 2: Disease-Mongering as Militarized Trojan Horse for Globalization and Surveillance

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[T]he people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts— you know, they, they kill children.
~Bill Gates, CNN, February 4th, 2011

Read Part 1 here.

By Adriana Gamondes

What the Foucault? The Gates Foundation and Panoptic Philanthropy

In February,  2011, less than three months prior to Operation Neptune Spear,  Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the world’s leading vaccine philanthropist, pronounced on CNN that vaccine safety critics “kill children” and are “liars.” A few weeks earlier, Gates had invested in Neos Geosolutions, a mining technology company backed by Goldman Sachs and Saudi investors that has performed airborne surveys in the Middle East and maintains an office in Abu Dhabi.

And as it turns out,  Gates’ investment coincided with several ongoing US military operations and installations in countries—from the Ukraine to Syria, Yemen and Kenya—  openly touted for oil, frackable shale or offshore gas fields.  And every one of these countries had been, at one point or another, a subject of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s and (offshoot) GAVI Alliance’s various disease monitoring and vaccination drives as well as  surveillance of what the organization calls “vaccine confidence.”

It’s a valid argument that Gates Foundation’s initiatives, like biofuel exploration are nearly ubiquitous. The same is true for US military operations, as Nick Turse for The Nation reports:

During the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2014, US Special Operations forces (SOF) deployed to 133 countries—roughly 70 percent of the nations on the planet—according to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bockholt, a public affairs officer with US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). This capped a three-year span in which the country’s most elite forces were active in more than 150 different countries around the world, conducting missions ranging from kill/capture night raids to training exercises.

But aside from the ubiquity of certain programs,  there are other convergences that make the chain of events leading up to Neptune Spear interesting.  Imagining for a moment that Gates, whose foundation has been called a tax evasion shell by philanthropist and accounting expert Sheldon Drobny, has never used medical philanthropy to advance other investments,  we should still be asking what Gates and members of his foundation—the prime implementers of third world vaccination drives similar to the one used as cover for the Bin Laden mission, and one of the primary media forces behind domestic mandates— may have known leading up to the operation. Was Gates briefed? Were other media and industrial players?  

We may never know the answer to this, as Turse goes on to illustrate:

Despite its massive scale and scope, this secret global war across much of the planet is unknown to most Americans. Unlike the December debacle in Yemen, the vast majority of special ops missions remain completely in the shadows, hidden from external oversight or press scrutiny. In fact, aside from modest amounts of information disclosed through highly-selective coverage by military media, official White House leaks, SEALs with something to sell and a few cherry-picked journalists reporting on cherry-picked opportunities, much of what America’s special operators do is never subjected to meaningful examination, which only increases the chances of unforeseen blowback and catastrophic consequences.

The use of illegal domestic propaganda to facilitate military operations has happened more than once in recent history, most notably Judy Miller’s planting of WMD spin in the New York Times on behalf of the US State Department.  And going by a shocking recent court ruling, it’s just become harder to prove. In a story for The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald reports,  

A truly stunning debasement of the U.S. justice system just occurred through the joint efforts of the Obama Justice Department and a meek and frightened Obama-appointed federal judge, Edgardo Ramos, all in order to protect an extremist neocon front group from scrutiny and accountability…

This group of neocon extremists was literally just immunized by a federal court from the rule of law. That was based on the claim — advocated by the Obama DOJ and accepted by Judge Ramos — that subjecting them to litigation for their actions would risk disclosure of vital “state secrets.” The court’s ruling was based on assertions made through completely secret proceedings between the court and the U.S. government, with everyone else — including the lawyers for the parties — kept in the dark…

But in this case, there is no apparent U.S. government conduct at issue in the lawsuit. At least based on what they claim about themselves, UANI is just “a not-for-profit, non-partisan, advocacy group” that seeks to “educate” the public about the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program. Why would such a group like this even possess “state secrets”? It would be illegal to give them such material. Or could it be that the CIA or some other U.S. government agency has created and controls the group, which would be a form of government-disseminated propaganda, which happens to be illegal?

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Dr. Bob Sears Letter to CA Senators RE SB277

Dr. Bob SearsThis post is from Dr. Bob Sears' Facebook page.



I'm tired of flying up to Sacramento. And why Sacramento anyway? Who puts the state capitol that far away from the majority of the population? Anyway, I'll see you all on Wednesday, again. Sigh.

Here's a letter I wrote to a couple of Senators. Feel free to send it to all of them, or at least to your own Senators.

Hello. My name is Dr. Bob Sears. I am a pediatrician in Orange County, CA. I have lived and worked there for 20 years. My reason for contacting you is to open up a dialogue for you to get an opinion outside of your normal circles of influence in the medical arena regarding SB277. I oppose this bill and would welcome the opportunity to speak with you.

I imagine you've spoken at length with other physicians. What makes me unique is that I am among only a couple handfuls of doctors in southern California who approach vaccines in a different manner than most by giving them more gradually, spread out over a longer period of time instead of grouping so many together during young infancy. But give them I do. I give vaccines every single day in my office. I am pro-vaccine and understand that vaccines work and have reduced and eliminated many serious diseases. And that's not just spouting a party line - I firmly believe that, and that's why I give them in my office.

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

SB277 The Battle for California II - Pan gets Pan-icked!!!

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By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

I'm tired and exhausted from the day and I'm not sure if all of this is going to make sense, but I'm going to write about it anyway.

Senate Bill 277, sponsored by State Senator Richard Pan would take away religious and personal belief exemptions in California and force those children to be home-schooled.  Do you get the overtones of segregated schools in the South, or, Heaven forbid, those racial laws in Germany before World War II which led to you-know-what? 

I happened to be at the Capitol a few years ago to hear Senator Pan promise that the bill which he sponsored at the time, (requiring that parents claiming an exemption on behalf of their child thoroughly discuss the decision  with their doctor and get a signed note to that effect), he would NEVER try to take away religious and personal belief exemptions.  What a difference pharmaceutical dollars can make on your conscience!

What an amazing turnout!!!  I'm guessing that somewhere around eleven hundred of my fellow Californians showed up to take the microphone and express their personal opposition to this bill at the meeting of the Senate Education Committee.  Our group of parents representing their vaccine-injured children were joined by chiropractors, members of religious organizations, as well as great representation from the Weston Price Foundation.  Thank you all!!

Even with that great show of support, I wasn't that hopeful.  Would these politicians listen?  Why should they listen when so many in our society are closed to our message, despite the record number of children with neurological problems?  The committee was supposed to give an up or down vote on the measure at the end of the day.

Then came the questions from the committee members for Senator Pan.  Four of the members grilled him on what he was going to do about the children who would be thrown out of school and what he planned to do with them.  Pan didn't have an answer!

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Natalie Palumbo

Anthony In Society: Why My Brother With Autism Keeps Me Glued

Max_Photograph_NatalieBy Natalie Palumbo

I’m 20, a sophomore Motion Design major at Ringling College of Art and Design, and the younger sister to a brother with low verbal Autism. As I’m writing this, we are in the middle of Autism Awareness month. I’m choosing to acknowledge Anthony and his kindhearted nature for the time being.

I was working late on a project for class, and a big realization hit me. Anthony being blissfully unaware of the impact of his autism can be a relief to me as his only sibling. He goes about his life uninhibited by hostile debates, tragic stories, and the deliberate degradation aimed at our community daily. If you asked Anthony what autism is, he couldn’t answer. To Anthony, the word autism is a “puzzle piece” or a “ribbon” design. He cannot comprehend it as a neurological disorder because that is a concept beyond his ability to understand.

Back in high school, I was working on my senior project entitled “Autism In Society: Media Portrayal Versus Reality”. For the project, we had to assemble a book with the research information, and make a front cover with the project title. Anthony looked at my book cover and read it as “Anacin In Society”. My mom and I giggled. It was a typical Anthonyism.

For those of you unaware, a 1964 Anacin commercial appeared during the sponsor break of the Ed Sullivan Show when the Beatles performed. We both love the Beatles, and watch that DVD often. Anthony loves to quote the Anacin narrator, “Pain. Depression. Anxiety. Pain. Pain. Pain.” It makes me laugh to hear Anthony’s pseudo serious imitation of the announcer. However, his non-reaction to my project was a reminder that he has no meaningful association with the word “autism”. It was just me making “art” for school again. Anthony seems to be unaware that his communication is even “low verbal”.

Recently, there have been controversial debates, hostile language, protesting, and even talk of forced medical practices that seem outrageous to me. There is no mental break for me as a sibling. What privately devastated families like mine is being constantly paraded and dissected in the news. People are being questioned and targeted for harassment and humiliation.

There are plenty of moments during my week where I will overhear something callous on the topic of autism. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t even respond anymore. I just sigh because I’m so disheartened and exhausted by the attitude. People have developed such a mob mentality on the subject. They don’t understand, and they don’t want to understand. I stick to speaking my own truth as a sibling. 

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: "Stop the Broadcast! I Want To Get Offit!"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Recently Dr. Paul Offit was scheduled to be on the Mike Gallagher radio show on Conservative Talk 9.45 in New York discussing vaccine exemption rights with Dr. Toni Bark.  Many in the autism community were surprised at this news since Offit has consistently refused to openly debate anyone who challenges his blanket endorsement of vaccines for all children and his efforts to remove a parent’s right to a religious or philosophical exemption.

Back February, Dr. Offit was on Democracy Now talking about vaccines. Legal scholar Mary Holland was also on the show, but Offit wouldn’t appear in a format of open dialogue wit Mary. 

This was their conversation:

AMY GOODMAN: I mean, to be fair, we wanted to have both of you on together to have a conversation, because there are many in this country, and a growing movement of parents, who are deeply concerned. But you wanted to have this conversation separately, Mary Holland and you separately. So, it’s important to, I think, have this kind of dialogue on all of these issues. Dr. Offit, on this issue of vaccines now being- DR. PAUL OFFIT: I’ll tell you-can I just address that?

AMY GOODMAN: Yes, sure.

DR. OFFIT: Can I address that for one second? I think that it is not important to have a debate about the science with someone who clearly doesn’t know the science. I’m sorry, Ms. Holland misrepresented the science again and again and again. I don’t think that in any way helps your viewer. I don’t think it’s fair to have a debate where two sides are presented, when only one side is really supported by the science. I think-I’d like to think we’re beyond that.

According to Offit, it’s totally unacceptable for the media to give any coverage to those who won’t endorse every vaccine the government recommends. 

Here’s Offit’s reaction to Gallagher’s plan for a conversation with Dr. Bark: 

Liz, I was specifically told we would not debate vaccine safety issues and I wasn’t told who the other guest would be.

When I found out, I called the producer this morning.   He told me that it was important to present both sides of the vaccine debate.

I ashed him if he thought there were two sides to the issue of whether vaccines caused autism or contained harmful toxins.

He said it was up to the listener to figure out, after hearing both sides.

So I told him I was out and he should be ashamed of himself for unnecessarily scaring parents.  He told me that Mike Gallagher always stays in the middle of issues.  I asked him where Gallagher stood on issues like the existence of gravity.   Was he in the middle of that one?  Painful.

Dr. Bark challenged Offit on her Facebook page:

Hey Paul Offit, Lookee here, Gravity debated by real scientists, not afraid of straying from dogma.

Is gravity not actually a force? Forcing theory to meet experiments

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Anne Dachel Book CoverAnne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of  The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.

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Duke Medicine News & Communications: Worms and Germs Lead to Better Immune Function

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By Duke Medicine News and Communications

DURHAM, N.C. – A growing body of evidence in the medical community holds that greater diversity of bacteria and even worms in the digestive tract offers protection against a variety of allergic and autoimmune problems.

Germs from healthy people can be used to heal people with digestive disorders and other conditions caused by the loss of their own germs, and worms that live in the gut, called helminths, have shown success in quelling inflammatory diseases.

With this in mind, researches at Duke Medicine hypothesized that enhancing biodiversity in laboratory rats, including treating the rats with worms, would suppress their immune systems. Because worms have been shown to subdue inflammatory diseases such as asthma and allergies, the thinking was, the treated immune system would not fight infections as effectively.

Actual findings were quite the opposite. Researchers found enhanced rather than suppressed immune function in animals with increased biodiversity.

Publishing online in the April 8, 2015, issue of PLOS ONE, the findings add to the growing understanding of the complex environment in the digestive tract and its role in maintaining health.

“We were surprised – we thought enhancing biodiversity would make the animals more immune-suppressed,” said senior author William Parker, Ph.D., associate professor of surgery at Duke. “But it appears that at the same time we enhanced the biodiversity in a way that should suppress allergy and auto-immunity, we also enhanced the immune response to a variety of stimuli.”

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Anne Dachel

Love Is Not Enough: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism, Madness, and Hope

JennyLexhed_blue_400By Anne Dachel Love Is Not Enough

Jenny Lexhed plans for a wonderful marriage and perfect children.  The future is boundless and she is in control of it all.  What she isn’t bargaining for is a son with autism and years of struggle and pain. Love Is Not Enough: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism, Madness, and Hope is a step back into what so many of us have experienced:  Autism happens, we’re left on our own to make a life for our children and the obstacles can’t even be imagined.

This wonderfully written book is as much about Jenny herself as about her son Lucas, who’s severely autistic.  Events unfold in present tense and we experience everything as she describes it.  Jenny Lexhed is a mother with a mission to make her child well and she exhausts herself pursuing her goal.  The cost to herself, her husband and her family is enormous.  In the midst of her ordeal, Jenny writes, “I exist in a vacuum.  I put all my energy into finding a method that can help my child to develop.  . . . What will we do now, when I no longer believe in this method? When I realized that Lucas was autistic and understood his difficulties, the ground disappeared from beneath my feet and I fell into a deep hole. . . .but now I’ve lost my foothold once again and fallen into the abyss.  I’m groping in the dark. There’s no light anywhere.  How will we find a new path?” 

Still Jenny can’t quit.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Vaccine Crackdowns

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

April 13, 2015, ABC News: School District Kicks Out 143 Kids for Not Being Vaccinated 

April 13, 2015, Washington Post: What one of the anti-vaccination movement's least favorite doctors discovered about Jesus

April 13, 2015, Discover Magazine: The Robert Kennedy Jr. Anti-Vaccine Tour - Collide-a-Scape

April 13, 2015, NY Daily News: EXCLUSIVE: New York parents who oppose vaccines for kids may be required to seek proof they were warned by doctor

April 9, 2015, Augusta (GA) Chronicle: Vaccine bill frightening

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Ginger Taylor

Maine National Town Hall Debate on Vaccines

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By Ginger Taylor

Last week in Maine an unprecedented event occurred. A mainstream media outlet hosted an extended, live debate on vaccines, invited a balanced panel and a balanced audience, let the audience questions drive the debate, and in no way biased or edited the final product. This bold media outlet, CBS affiliate WGME in Portland, Maine, along with their media partner the Bangor Daily News, hosted this as a part of a national Town Hall event series.

The panelists were former pediatrician and current Medical Director for MaineCare Kevin Flanigan, MD, MBA, former pediatrician and Vice President for Clinical Affairs for the University of New England Dora Anne Mills M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., authority on the anthrax vaccine Meryl Nass, M.D., and myself, Ginger Taylor, MS, BA, AM (autism mom). Turns out there is a good reason that public health officials and vaccine program defenders don't participate in fair, open, unedited, extended debates with critics of the vaccine program... they have dramatically different outcomes than the biased, prepackaged media pieces we are used to seeing.

Public health loses control of the narrative quickly. WGME has placed the entire debate on their web site and on YouTube. We at the Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice encourage you to take an evening to watch this unique debate, and to share it widely with those who are interested in more in depth discussions on vaccine matters.

In preparation for this article, I contacted my fellow panelists to tell them that we would be writing a follow up to the event and asked them to send any citations that might apply to the topics that they discussed so that those interested could continue to research the material.

Below the videos you will find each of their notes. Currently there are five vaccine bills in the Maine Legislature. Two that restrict and remove vaccine exemption rights, one that adds more vaccines to the list of those mandated for school entry, one that prevents discrimination against those who are unvaccinated, and another, written by me, to create a vaccine safety office at the Maine CDC to prevent vaccine injury, and to get vaccine injuries properly assessed, diagnosed, treated and compensated via the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. These bills will be heard in the Joint Committee on Health and Human Services on May 11th. We will be holding an all day advocacy push that day which includes a scheduled visit from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. who will be educating legislators on what he has learned about vaccine safety after investigating parental vaccine injury claims.

We encourage Mainers who want to retain their right to vaccinate as they choose, and who want to work to prevent vaccine injury, to join our mailing list on MaineVaxChoice.org, join our group on Facebook at Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice, and to join us in Augusta on May 11th as we educate the legislators on what is really going on in the vaccine program and why parental rights must be respected. 

On behalf of myself, The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice, The Canary Party, HealthChoice.org, and the thousands of families we represent, we thank CBS 13/WGME and the Bangor Daily News for holding such an unbiased and in depth town hall discussion on vaccines. We hope that this will be a shining example of how mainstream media can restore their reputation with the public on this topic, and that it will be the first of many such events in the US.

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Win 101 Tips for Parents of Girls With Autism By Kim Stagliano

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Contest! I'm so excited to be sharing the cover of this book with Tony Lyons, publisher of Skyhorse Publishing and author of the original 1001 Tips book.  Please leave a comment and SHARE A TIP about raising YOUR daughter with autism.  I'll choose a winner next week.

This is a great book (and there is a boy version by Ken Siri) for an end of year teacher, therapist gift!  Order yours here - and if you email me your receipt KimStagliano@gmail.com I will send you a signed bookplate so you can personalize the gift.


Adriana Gamondes, Vaccine Safety

State of Plague, Part 1:Disease-Mongering as Militarized Trojan Horse for Globalization and Surveillance

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The plague-stricken town, traversed throughout with hierarchy, surveillance, observation, writing; the town immobilized by the functioning of an extensive power that bears in a distinct way over all individual bodies - this is the utopia of the perfectly governed city. The plague (envisaged as a possibility at least) is the trial in the course of which one may define ideally the exercise of disciplinary power. In order to make rights and laws function according to pure theory, the jurists place themselves in imagination in the state of nature; in order to see perfect disciplines functioning, rulers dreamt of the state of plague.

~Michel Foucault Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

By Adriana Gamondes

Reporting from the Grave

In struggling to explain a new and imminently dangerous political shift in the US, Tom Engelhardt of Tom Dispatch writes,

Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand about it in a nutshell: based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name.

Tom Dispatch has been an important media source for the following report and  I generally agree with the substance of the article—1% elections, demobilization of Americans, privatization of everything and the security state as fourth branch of government. I agree  on every count except one—that any of this is new or lacks a name.  

Like Engelhardt, only moreso, I also feel out of my depth with the issue of militarized “globalization” as it relates to the pharmaceutical crusade against consumer rights.  Others have named these things separately and I’ve waited patiently for years for leading political analysts and activists to put the pieces together.

But  it finally dawned on me that this is the type of reporting that can only happen from the bottom—from  sources with little to lose but themselves—both because the view from political purgatory has a certain clarity and because activists and analysts who focus on broader political scopes generally have other life and death issues hinging on their ability and agency to get a their perspectives into the wider media. When they go down, so does the range of issues they might be rare voices for.

And let’s face it—the vaccine safety and policy reform campaign is more cautionary tale than inspirational activism narrative at this point. If Howard Zinn were alive today, the movement might be added to his list of tragic causes silenced by power and buried by history. Each attempt to improve things has been met at every pass with more system degeneration—from the erection of the disastrous Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP, “vaccine court”) to the Lilly rider and the Bruesewitz decision, crushing Omnibus rulings, the expansion of the childhood schedule to nearly 70 doses,  the digging in of heels on mercury in flu shots and vaccines supplied to the third world, an exploding “autism drug” market further disincentivizing environmental research, the merging of aggressive front groups with a privatized state security apparatus, and finally the current campaign to legislate compulsory vaccination.

Even with recent successes against removal of personal exemptions in Oregon and Washington, state crusades against  vaccine exemptions continue to spread, federal enforcement still looms, and vaccine safety and autism activists seem farther away from original goals.   To make matters worse, in the case an individual is disabled by vaccination—an indisputed risk of a technology ruled “unavoidably unsafe” by the Supreme Court and the reason for the existence of the VICP— the treatment of the disabled in the US, including disabled veterans, is increasingly  lethal and deplorable. And even those few awarded compensation in vaccine court would most likely be ineligible for medical exemptions under progressively narrowing parameters set by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.  

In terms of being the voice of change, those of us with dead and injured family members are, by all appearances,  dead and buried ourselves except for the fact that every crackdown and step backward  correspond to an increase in the number of Americans who view vaccine safety as a research priority or who suspect the tech is not as safe as claimed. Those shifts were inevitable but hardly victories since the aim had been to better the system before the damage, cost and jaundice spread.

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Vaccine Safety

Trace Amounts is Coming to Arlington, VA

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Please join us the evening of Thursday, April 16th at the Ballston Commons Stadium 12 for a screening of the new documentary film Trace Amounts.  
Trace Amounts is the true story of Eric Gladen’s painful journey through mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a thimerosal-loaded tetanus shot. His discoveries led him on a quest for the scientific truth about the role of mercury poisoning in the Autism epidemic.   
We are thrilled to announce that Mr. Gladen will be on hand to answer questions following the film.

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Ballston Commons Stadium 12
671 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA
Purchase your tickets today!  
Purchase tickets HERE.

Dateline NBC: Autism Aging Out Program Offers Painful Awareness

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Sunday evening, April 12, 2015, NBC's Dateline aired the show, AUTISM'S 'AGING OUT' CRISIS IN "ON THE BRINK."

Dateline gave viewers their findings after a three year investigation into services for autistic young adults after school.  They covered what happened to Eric and Nick, two young men with autism as they graduated from high school and struggled to get services.

The audience was told that our country overwhelmingly fails to provide for disabled adults unlucky enough to have autism.  Parents whose children had support throughout their school years, suddenly find that there are no equivalent state or federal programs to meet their needs as adults.

We heard comments like:

"The joy they feel in this moment masks the terror and dread lurking just below the surface."

"It's a tsunami of children who are aging to adult life."

"The burden of caring for Eric and Nick will fall almost entirely on their families."

The future is "absolutely black" and "chaotic."

These are "trials no family should have to face."

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Current Affairs

Australian Government: "No Jab, No Pay" Program

Australia Action AlertFrom our friends in Australia:

Action Alert!

As you have most likely heard, the Abbot government has stated that they will remove both the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement and the Childcare benefits from any family who does not vaccinate their children fully according to the current Australian Childhood schedule. The opposition is in full support of these changes which, it is estimated, can cost Australian families with two children up to $30,000 per year.

The AVN believes that these moves are illegal and unconstitutional and is in absolute opposition to them.

We need all Australians who believe in freedom of health choice – whether you vaccinate fully, selectively or not at all – to immediately call as well as send a very brief email to your local members of Federal Parliament (you can find their details at this link) and also to the following 3 people:

The Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia
Level 2, 17 Sydney Road
Manly, NSW, 2095
Telephone:(02) 9977 6411
Fax:(02) 9977 8715

The Hon Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition
PO Box 214
Moonee Ponds Vic 3039
Tel: (03) 9326 1300
Fax: (03) 9326 0611

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Will Dateline NBC Light It Up True with "Aging Out With Autism - On The Brink"?

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Dateline NBC Investigates 'Aging Out' with Autism in "On the Brink" - Madison House Autism Foundation SUNDAY, APRIL 12.

Kate Snow Shares Powerful Stories Of Young Adults Living With Autism And Their Families' Desperate Search for Specialized Support

Dateline's "On the Brink" Airs Sunday, April 12 at 7pm/6c

NEW YORK - April 9, 2015 - On Sunday, April 12 at 7pm/6c, NBC's Dateline will air "On the Brink," a powerful new report, three years in the making, that puts a spotlight on autism's 'aging out' crisis. Over the next ten years, an estimated half a million young people with autism will turn 21 and 'age out' -- losing their eligibility for help through the education system. The stability and structure they have had nearly their whole lives will end, and there's no equivalent support system to take over. "On the Brink" takes an unprecedented look at the lives of young adults with autism and the extraordinary measures parents take to provide their children with specialized services and a better future.


"The joy they feel in this moment masks the terror and dread lurking just below the surface. "

"It's a tsunami of children who are aging to adult life."

"The burden of caring for Eric and Nick will fall almost entirely on their families. "

Autism File Magazine Covers Every Topic You Need

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Below is a link to Cathy Jameson's current article.  Enjoy!

A Spectrum of Therapies

Current Affairs

Laura Hayes' Speech on Parental Rights and Medical Freedom: California SB277

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Here is the transcript:

Laura Hayes’s Rally Speech Opposing SB 277 April 8th, 2015

Today marks a sad day in the history of California. Today is a day where we have had
to come from near and far to oppose medical tyranny and to fight for what is rightfully
ours, the right to decide what we allow into our bodies, and the bodies of our children.
Our right is under fierce attack by the very people we elected to protect our rights. If
the right to decide what goes into our bodies, and those of our children, is wrongfully
taken from us, what meaningful rights do we have?

How did we arrive at this place in time, where if SB 277 becomes law, police will be
required to forcibly take our children, against our will, to be force-vaccinated…with
scores of vaccines…by doctors and nurses who have sworn to “first, do no harm”, and
who are ethically and legally required to obtain prior, voluntary, and informed consent
before any and all medical procedures…including vaccination? How has it come to

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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Going Nowhere Fast

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Last week I drove from Washington to Philadelphia, where Mark Blaxill and I spoke to a TACA chapter in Newtown Square. It was a great evening and dinner afterward. We talked about our new book, Vaccines 2.0, and as is so often the case, heard disturbing accounts from smart, honest parents about their child’s illness and autistic regression after vaccination. The visit redoubled my hope that people take vaccine injury seriously – and take the vaccine schedule into their own hands rather than relying on the CDC, which Bobby Kennedy Jr. correctly calls a “cesspool of corruption.”

On the drive over, I realized I was traveling through a virtual time warp of the long history of delay and denial when it comes to vaccine safety. If you want to relive the whole awful story of ethyl mercury poisoning in medicine and manufacturing – emblematic of the careless approach to our safety by both institutions -- just drive from DC to Philly.

My Waze app took me up 16th Street, which intersects with the White House – hence the address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The current and previous occupant both promised to get thimerosal – organic ethyl mercury, a terrible toxin – out of vaccines. Neither has delivered, and millions of doses of the worthless flu shot – some given to infants and pregnant women – still contain it.

On the Beltway, there’s a sign for College Park and the University of Maryland. This is where, in the early 1920s, a brilliant organic chemist named Morris Kharasch performed the key research that led to the development of thimerosal. By then he had moved to the University of Chicago and worked on the patent and process with Eli Lilly Co. 

The other early commercial use for ethyl mercury was in pesticides – as a seed disinfectant and a lumber preservative. And as I neared I-95, that part of the story was just coming into view.

In the distance, I could see the tall brick fortress of the National Agricultural Library, which is adjacent to the Beltsville Area Research Center of the Department of Agriculture. In the 1930s, a plant pathologist at BARC named Frederick Wellman was experimenting with the seed disinfectant Ceresan – made with ethyl mercury--  at the same time his son was born. That child, Frederick L. Wellman III, became Case 2 in the landmark article “Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact.”

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CDC Whistleblower, Kent Heckenlively, Vaccine Safety

Heckenlively on the Radio!

Radio micBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

On Thursday, April 9, 2015 I had the pleasure of appearing on the Tom Roten Morning Show out of Huntington, West Virginia to talk about the CDC Whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, the establishment of the Vaccine Court, the experience of my children with vaccines, and how I came to co-author PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases, with Dr. Judy Mikovits.

I am appreciative of Tom for asking insightful questions and then letting me give complete answers to his questions.  The interview is just about fifteen minutes long.  Please send a brief thank you to Tom for letting me appear on his show and his interest in this topic.

Listen Here.

Kent Book PlagueKent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and author of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases.    Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can order the book HERE.

Anne Dachel

RFK Jr. Speaks Out on Vaccine Mandates & Safety at New Jersey State Capital in Trenton

CourageBy Anne Dachel

Robert Kennedy, Jr. has been very vocal across the U.S. opposing bills to end exemptions.  Below is a transcript from Kennedy's press conference in Trenton, New Jersey.  He focused on the corruption, collusion and malfeasance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It was a scathing report about the ethics of the agency in charge of vaccine safety. 

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

When members of the press so willingly close their eyes to charges of fraud and the damage done to a generation of children, they become part of the corruption.  

I contacted Mr. Kennedy to get his thoughts on what went on during the New Jersey press conference, here was his response.

Dachel: "You made some very serious charges against the agency that runs the vaccine program and assures us that their vaccines are safe, yet members of the media had no follow-up questions about anything you said about the CDC.  What, in your opinion, will it take to get the press to finally start covering this controversy in an honest and thorough manner?

Kennedy: "The trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry is now the largest advertiser on television ,radio and newspaper pages, spending from $3 billion to $5.4 billion annually over  the past decade. Pharmaceutical companies target network news divisions for their advertising buys partially for message control and partially for the demographic; TV news audiences tend to be older affluent pharmaceutical customers .A network news division president told me two weeks ago he would fire a newscaster or program host whose reporting or programming choice lost his station an advertising pharmaceutical company.

Of course, it's easy for bean counting network executives to sell this censorship to reporters and on-air employees by parroting  the industry/government mantra that allowing debate on vaccine safety will inflame the "anti-vac" movement and kill babies these factors account ,to some extent ,for the impenetrable Kafkaesque suppression. Journalists are reporting what the government tells them to think instead of doing basic reportorial investigation. The gatekeepers enforce this orthodoxy by avoiding science and facts and instead focus on vilifying and crucifying the heretics.

In 2005 , Dan Shulman wrote a scathing and somewhat bewildered critique of the airtight censorship among media organs of any debate over vaccine safety or CDC corruption. He said that many reporters considered covering this issue to be a potentially "career ending" hazard. Today that censorship extends not just to the mainstream media but also to the so-called "alternate media" like Salon, Slate, Huff Post and Mother Jones. There is simply no national forum for this debate. We have been forced from the public square."

 RFK Jr. Speaks at New Jersey State Capital in Trenton


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Current Affairs

Trace Amounts Is Coming To Raleigh NC!

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Trace Amounts is coming to  Raleigh, NC.

Reserve Your Ticket HERE

Film Synopsis

During the past 20 years, the frequency of autism occurring in children has skyrocketed from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 68, and the scientific community is no closer to determining a cause. Trace Amounts is the true story of Eric Gladen’s painful journey through mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a thimerosal-loaded tetanus shot. His discoveries led him on a quest for the scientific truth about the role of mercury poisoning in the Autism epidemic.

After recovering from a sickness that would bring him to the edge of despair, Eric Gladen began researching the science behind what had made him so sick. His research led him straight into one of the biggest medical debates of all time, the question of whether or not childhood vaccines are causing Autism. He would end up quitting his career, moving into an RV, and traveling the country interviewing experts and piecing together thousands of studies and leaked documents. But Eric wasn’t focused on the vaccines themselves, he was focused on something that belongs nowhere near vaccines — mercury.

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A Tragic Derailment of Future Plans As Vaccine Safety Regulators Are Asleep At The Switch

DerailedBy Wayne Rohde

Vaccine injury often takes the shape of despair, depression, severe mental anguish for the individual and their families.

This is the story of Carolyn Schutte, the vaccine injured former mayor of Excelsior Springs, Missouri and her husband, James Schutte, now her caregiver.  The story starts four years ago in June 2011.

The Schutte’s are planning on traveling to Africa at the end of the month for a vacation. Carolyn makes an appointment with a health clinic to update her vaccinations prior to leaving on their dream safari. Carolyn receives the Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Tdap vaccinations.

Within hours of receiving those vaccinations, she feels dizzy and weak.  Within 48 hours, Carolyn loses consciousness and collapses.

Carolyn Schutte has suffered an encephalopathy - severe brain injury.

Mrs. Schutte previously mention as the former mayor of Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  A small town of 12,000 citizens, 45 minutes northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.  She was also currently a financial planner with many clients.  James Schutte, is a noteworthy writer having authored a 1995 textbook for doctors called, “Preventing Medical Malpractice Suits: A Handbook for Doctors and Those Who Work with Them”.[i]  Due to his background, Mr. Schutte clearly understands the immunity granted to doctors and pharmaceutical companies in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). 

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Vaccine Safety

Heartwrenching Public Service Announcement: Preserve Parental Choice for Vaccination

Through this powerful 30-second ad, Karen Kain reveals how her daughter Lorrin's life radically changed 2 hours after being vaccinated as an infant. At the end, Karen appeals to all to maintain parental choice in vaccination as the movement grows to strip parents of their right to informed consent with their children's healthcare decisions. Lorrin Kain died, severely disabled, at the age of 15.

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Safeminds Presents 5 Ways To Help Make a Difference For Autism

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Five Ways to Really Help People with Autism

So, it’s Autism Awareness Month again. Hmmm….

Facebook is abuzz with posts about autism awareness. Buildings are lighting up in blue to show support for autism, while Twitter is chirping with the hashtags #autism and #awareness. There are hundreds of events around the country celebrating that more and more people know what autism is. Frankly, I think you’d have to be a hermit not to have heard of autism by now. The problem is that nobody seems concerned about how common autism has become.

I’m still waiting for the part where our government and the general public wake up and realize that what was considered a “rare disorder” when my boys were diagnosed 14 years ago, is now affecting children in every neighborhood in America.

Actually, in my neighborhood, counting my boys, there are eight kids on the spectrum. Eight children! And only one is high-functioning enough that you wouldn’t immediately know he’s on the spectrum. The general disregard for the increased numbers of people with autism baffles me. It is, as my son Don would say, an “Epic Fail! “

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Dachel Media Update: California And Medical Freedom

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

All over California, stories have been published about the exemption bill today.  It's easy to see whose side the media is on.  There is absolutely no acknowledgement that vaccines carry risks.

Here are examples

Lawmakers push legislation ending personal belief exemptions in ... San Francisco Chronicle

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

Kennedy at the Commonwealth Club and the Fight for California

Robert F Kennedy Jr 3By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

The ticket I purchased for the event, "Robert Kennedy, Jr: Thimerosal - Let the Science Speak" had on it the following words and promise: "You're on your way to an event at the nation's leading public affairs forum, The Commonwealth Club."

I knew the venue well, having been a member for several years when I lived in San Francisco.  And the Club had recently extended a speaking invitation to me, my co-author, Dr. Judy Mikovits, and Dr. Brian Hooker, for an event entitled "American Whistleblowers" which for the moment remains "postponed."  I have always supported the stated mission of the Commonwealth Club to be "the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community, and nation."  As I have stated before, I believe the question of the epidemic of immune and neurological problems such as autism presents a watershed moment in our country's history.  We will either redeem the promise of an America where we are free to discuss important issues or we will enter an age of darkness for which our children and grandchildren will curse us.

Kennedy began his talk to a crowded room of about 250 people by thanking the Commonwealth Club for being the first place in the country to allow him to have an open discussion about the question of mercury, vaccines, and autism.  He stated that no network or newspaper in this country will allow him to engage in this debate.  Kennedy pointed out that there were rare, honest journalists willing to take on this issue, like our own Dan Olmsted, formerly of UPI, Sharyl Attkisson, formerly of CBS, and Alison Camerotta, formerly of Fox News and just hanging on by her fingers at CNN.  But they get shut down by their editorial bosses.

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JB Handley

Offit Jumps Shark, Orders Starbucks, Plays Armchair Psychologist in Support of Oregon Bill

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Senate Bill 442, since defeated in Oregon, had some high-powered supporters. Oregon activists recently unearthed the testimony of Dr. Paul Offit, a resident of Pennsylvania, who put together an extraordinary letter.

It’s worth noting that Paul Offit is one of the primary architects of the thinking and logic behind the nationwide attempts to end vaccine exemptions, its remarkable to see how he actually thinks.

Some of our favorite quotes:

“We control what we order by picking and choosing what is in our favorite version of a Starbucks Grande. So, it is only natural that we would want to control vaccines and, indeed, the thought that someone is telling us we need to give our children vaccines appears to run counter.”

“Many people work tirelessly to fill this gap and explain the science, but sadly, those against vaccines also work tirelessly. They work tirelessly to keep the fear alive promoting disproven theories, such as vaccines cause autism, vaccines contain harmful ingredients, babies get too many vaccines, etc.”

“The viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases are the appropriate target of these fears. Indeed, still today in parts of Africa, some families do not name their babies until the fear of loss to measles has passed. In this country, parents benefit from living without that fear; unfortunately, vaccines do not.”

“Not only do we know the exact date, but we also know they were exposed to a quantity that was “just right” – not too much (to make them sick) and not too little (to keep them susceptible). How many other parental decisions afford us that control?”

“Of course, the conversation always returns to the notion of being forced to give our children vaccines which feels out of our control, but the truth of the matter is, deciding to vaccinate our babies according to the recommended schedule puts us in the driver’s seat.”

Full text:

February 25, 2015

RE: Oregon Bill SB0442 to eliminate philosophical belief exemptions from vaccinations

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: RKF Jr Speaks Out

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

April 6, 2015 Fox 13, Salt Lake City

'Pediatricians don't read the science;' Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says autism linked to mercury in vaccines

Video interview: Kennedy: "Five of my six children got 22 vaccines.  Beginning in 1989, that's the thimerosal generation--that 's the vaccine generation, and it's the sickest generation in the history of this country."

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John Stone

Offit Vaccine Under Review In France After Baby Deaths

OffitBy John Stone

Two brands of rotavirus vaccine licensed in the United States are under review in France after two infant deaths from intussusception in 2012 and 2014. A report has been submitted by the French licensing agency, the MSNA, to the ‘General Directorate of Health’. The brands include the Merck Rotateq vaccine, of which leading compulsory vaccination advocate Paul Offit was co-inventor and share-holder, and GSK’s Rotarix vaccine. The issue is particularly controversial because rotavirus itself only causes diarrhoea (and occasional hospital admissions) in the developed world while the vaccines are associated with mortality and the dangerous condition of intussusception. The MSNA report apparently added that there were other worrying side effects.

While these orally administered vaccines are seldom given on their own they are peculiarly Intussusceptionassociated with mortality, currently 305 on the US database VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) for Rotateq  and 108 for Rotarix. However, Prof Offit may take consolation from the fact that the rate of death from intussusception was twice as bad on VAERS for the GSK product.

According to whistleblower Dr Jacob Puliyel recent trials in India of a home grown product may indicate that while some lives will be saved from rotavirus  even more may be lost due to intussusception. The inclusion of these products on vaccine schedules (Rotarix has recently been added in the UK) and mandates call the ethics and motivation into question of those behind the vaccine program. The only tenuous reasons for the inclusion of these products on the schedule in the developed world are to reduce minor hospital admissions at the expense of actual deaths, and to encourage their use in the developing world. It is a miracle that the French agency has reported them.

John Stone is UK Editor for Age of Autism.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: California SB277 Faces Crucial Test

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

This story, California vaccine exemption restriction bill SB277 faces crucial first test on Wednesday, that originated from the San Jose Mercury News is circulating  on a number of news sites in California. 

Democratic-led efforts to ban vaccine exemptions in Oregon and Washington state toppled one after the other last month amid fervent opposition from parents and anti-vaccine groups who say the bills would have trampled their fundamental rights to decide how to care for their own children.

Now it's California's turn to try. . . .

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Anne Dachel

What did "Blue" Do for You? Or Autism?

Broken blue light bulbBy Anne Dachel

I received an email from Autism Speaks telling me all about the exciting things coming up for World Autism Awareness Day.  (See the letter on the bottom from the President of Autism Speaks.)
I was sort of upset by the tone of the email and I decided to reply.
Here's my open letter to Liz Feld, President, Autism Speaks
Thank you for the email about "the biggest day of the year at Autism Speaks."  
I know April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.  What I have a hard time understanding is why you're obsessed with lighting thousands of monuments around the world up in blue.  What exactly does that do to help any child with autism?

It may make people feel good, but do blue lights and blue shirts give us answers about autism?  
It seems we're actually celebrating a health care disaster.  Autism overwhelmingly affects children.  Everyone knows that.  The rate is always based on studies of CHILDREN, never adults.  Why isn't Autism Speaks looking for the one in 68 adults with autism?  Why does Autism Speaks continue to promote autism as a genetic disorder?  Why does Katie Wright, the daughter of Autism Speaks's founders, Bob and Suzanne Wright, blame vaccines for her son's autism, yet Autism Speaks vouches for the safety of the vaccination schedule?  

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Trace Amounts Movie Shows in City After City: Baltimore Is Next

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Baltimore!  You're invited to screen Trace Amounts and meet the directors in a Q&A at Harbor East 645 President St on April 7.  Trace Amounts movie-goers will receive a free ebook copy of Robert Kennedy Jr's book "Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak" on the dangers of mercury poisoning.

Trace Amounts is a compelling documentary film centered on thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative in vaccines that has been suspected by many as playing a primary role in the autism epidemic here in the United States and around the world. It’s a fascinating look at the debate, as well as the people and science at the center of the controversy.
Please go to https://gathr.us/screening/10885 to purchase your ticket.

To view the Trace Amounts trailer, host your own screening, or to learn more about the film, please visit TraceAmounts.com

Hope to see you at the film!

 Trace Amounts by directors Eric Gladen and Shiloh Levine will screen in theaters across the country. It tells the true story of Eric’s experience with vaccine injury at age 29 that changed his life forever.


Cathy Jameson

Best Of: Happy Easter From Age of Autism

Easter angelWe're all taking a well deserved rest today. Happy Easter and Passover, friends. Cathy wrote this in 2013:

By Cathy Jameson

An Easter Blessing.

Forty days ago I gave up something in preparation for my Lenten journey.  Slipping up a couple of times, but before I could be totally sidetracked, I realized how quickly I could ignore this sacrifice.  Fortunately, with reflection and prayer, I was able to redirect my thoughts and stick to promises made.  Replaced with peace of mind, self-control and a chance to make amends, I continued through these last few weeks with discipline.  In doing so, I also reduced a bad habit that I had allowed myself to engage in. 

Today is an important day for me.  Not only is it Easter, one of the holiest days of my Church’s year, it’s also a milestone of making a commitment to better myself.  I got the chance to start something over, and to do it better this time around.  I pray that I continue to find strength to fulfill the promises I made a few weeks ago and that they have a positive effect on those closest to me. 

Easter.  A time of renewal.  A time for joy.  A season of new life.  A season for growth.  May today’s Easter blessings bring you new life also.  May it fill you with courage and perseverance needed for this journey.  May you too find strength to keep your promises alive.  And with every possibility for hope and healing, may we all find happiness wherever we turn. 

Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.

Current Affairs

Happy Passover from Age of Autism

Passover doorWe'd like to wish our readers a blessed Passover. From all of us at AofA. If only we could have marked our doors for our kids.

Share your traditions in the comments and how you help your child with autism engage with the holiday Seder and other traditions.

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Generation Rescue #ChatAutism offers ACTION for April - Join Us!

Gen Rescue SquareWhat are you doing for April Autism ACTION month in honor of someone you love with autism!?  Blue buildings to raise money for seminars on how to raise money from autism doesn't cut it with AofA or our friends at GR.

Go to www.generationrescue.org
Print out a form
Choose something to "give up" for April
Post a selfie on social media holding the form with your ACTION using hashtag #ChatAutism
Donate to the Grant program each time you are tempted or..... give in to temptation!

Cathy Jameson

30 Days 30 Ways to Help Someone with Autism

30 HeartHappy to run Cathy Jameson's post from last April.  We know that we spend 365 days a year helping our loved ones with autism.   But, since it's April, here are 30 ways for the 30 days.  Share your own ideas in our comments.  Here's a translation that a reader created too - Abril: 30 Días De Autismo En Acción Para Ayudar A Familia y Amigos


By Cathy Jameson

awareness: (noun) knowledge or perception of a situation or fact

action:  (verb) the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim; a thing done; an act.

April is labeled Autism Awareness Month.  When it comes to autism, with 1 in 68 children diagnosed by a potentially life-long disorder that affects one’s independence, communication and socialization skills that can also impact the neurological, digestive and sensory systems, awareness only does so much to help those affected.  For some time now, activists have been asking for autism action instead. 

Awareness is merely knowing.  It lets someone watch the epidemic grow without having to do anything about it.  Action gives someone options.  It gives people the chance to get up and do something about autism.  Autism happens every day of every month of every year.  Awareness or action.  Which will you choose? 

If you choose action, consider picking one of the following things that can be done now, today, this month to assist someone affected by autism:

1 visit and get to know a family in your community that’s affected by autism

2 offer respite for a family

3 the siblings needs some time and space to themselves too--take the typical siblings out for the day

4 find out what autism books the parents are reading, and read the book with them

5 order the book, and donate it to the local library

6 autism parents read a lot--give the parents a book store gift card so they can continue to educate themselves on their child’s disorder

7 find out what equipment the child needs (communication device, therapy swing, chewies, etc) and help purchase it

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Kim Stagliano

Orange You Glad It's April?

Color wheelBy Kim Stagliano
Yesterday, I wrote a piece for The Washington Post that took off pretty quickly. It was trending #3 on Google last night for autism.  (Below is an excerpt and link.) What I really want to share with you are some of the emails and messages I received throughout the day. The WaPo comment thread ranges from agreement with to anger at me.  That's fine.  The personal messages are what matter to me, not anonymous rantings. I try to respond to each email, (even the negative ones!) By the way, I had a terrific editor who worked with this article, and she created the title she thought would work best for WaPo. I would not have said I despise the month, but the headline stands and certainly got attention, which is what a good headline should do.


Today, you’ll be seeing a lot of blue: World monuments will be cast in blue lights, your co-workers will be wearing blue clothes, and companies will be hawking blue products. Why? April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, when advocacy group Autism Speaks “celebrates” its international Light It Up Blue Campaign. But while you’ll be seeing blue everywhere, I’ll be seeing RED. The feel-good frippery of Light It Up Blue cloaks an often debilitating disorder in an air of festivity, with balloons, sparkling lights and pep rallies. The campaign implies autism is a party, rather than a crisis. For families living with autism, reality is far more sober, and their needs extend far beyond “awareness.”

I dread April, which has been designated as Autism Awareness Month. As mom to three young women with autism – ages 20, 18 and 14 – I eat, sleep and live autism every day. My youngest daughter, Bella, can’t speak a word and was abused on a school bus, leading to a criminal case. My oldest, Mia, had hundreds of grand mal seizures a year from ages 6 to 10. My middle child is wracked with anxiety. For all three, I have to cut their food, tend to their monthly feminine needs, and bathe them. They will need that daily living assistance forever; when I die, a stranger will have to do those things for them. That is why I bristle at the festive tone of April, the suggestion that the circumstances of my daughters’ existences are to be celebrated. For me, this should be a month of solemn acknowledgement and education about a global crisis.  Read My three daughters are autistic. I despise Autism Awareness Month.


I just wanted to thank you for the op-ed you wrote in the Post. My sister is autistic, and it always bothered me that peopled wanted celebrate autism; if people really wanted to help they should give to medical research to help cure or alleviate autism. It's certainly no walk in the park and it makes me angry too when people act like it's fun.


As the father of a daughter with severe autism, I just want you to know that I admired your column and empathize with your dismay. But it's thanks to columns like yours that people will, sooner than later, understand a great deal more than they did. My gratitude to you.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted , Mark Blaxill

Tonight! Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted Present Vaccines 2.0 at TACA Pennsylvania Meeting

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Date/Time:     April 3, 7:00 – 7:15 PM Parent Support and Networking

7:15 PM  Introduction and Meeting Presentation.|
Location:     Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church

3625 Chapel Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073

Coordinators:     Contact Honey Rinicella and Pattie Moor

Vaccines – Ask the Experts

Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted will be spending the evening educating parents and professionals on Vaccines 2.0 all aspects of this controversial topic. The CDC’s bloated vaccine schedule has doubled since 1988, after the federal government gave pharmaceutical companies immunity from lawsuits. Autism and other childhood disorders like asthma, ADHD, juvenile diabetes and digestive ailments have skyrocketed. And parents are understandably nervous, desperate for objective guidance that takes those concerns seriously.

Vaccines 2.0 looks at the lengthy roster of today’s recommended injections, the documented risks that accompany them, and helps parents choose a schedule based on unbiased, uncensored, unconflicted science. Whether you’re wondering how to space out vaccines, which ones are really necessary, considering not vaccinating at all, or just looking for information, this event will give you the tools you need to make wise choices.

Dan Olmsted is co-author of “Age of Autism” and Editor of the blog of the same name. He was an original staff member of USA Today and Senior Editor for USA Weekend magazine and United Press International. He is a member of the National Press Club.

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Download TRACE AMOUNTS and Help Protect Children from Mercury Poisoning On World Autism Day

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SafeMinds is excited to announce that the digital download and DVD release of Trace Amounts will be available on Thursday, April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day!.

Trace Amounts is a compelling documentary that tells the story of one man's journey (Eric Gladden) coping with the neurological effects of mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a vaccine containing the mercury-based preservative thimerosal.

The mission of Trace Amounts is to educate the world on the dangers of mercury and to eliminate mercury-based products and manufacturing processes immediately and responsibly, starting with the removal of mercury from all medical products.

We need your support in sharing Trace Amounts with your friends and family in an effort to protect them from the harm that was inflicted on Mr. Gladden; help educate our community with the right science and get them involved to take positive action.
As a Trace Amounts Coalition Partner, SafeMinds will receive a $1.00 donation for each copy purchased.  So please us the promo code TASAFE when you purchase to support SafeMinds.  Digital Downloads and DVD purchases will be available April 2nd  at TraceAmounts.com

Autism Speaks Turns Health Disaster Into Magical Blue Celebration

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Autism Speaks
has turned what should be seen as an international health disaster--a generation of neurologically injuredchildren--into a curiosity we have all the time in the world to figure out.  They've done this by promoting numerous lies, most notably that autism is a genetic disorder unrelated to the toxins our children are exposed to in the ever-increasing vaccination schedule.

Eight years ago AS got the U.N. to proclaim World Autism Awareness Day for April 2nd and thousands of famous sites around the world are now illuminated in blue for April 2nd.  Here in the U.S. we have a month of walks and celebration for a disorder with no known cause, prevention or cure. 

Autism Speaks calls for money, awareness, and services.  They pretend that autism has always been here like this, it just wasn't recognized.  In 2011, they produced a study from South Korea showing an autism rate of one in every 38 children. 

According to AS, this was proof that autism is still "under recognized"/"underdiagnosed" and therefore the continuing increase in the rate is to be expected.

The glaring flaw in all of this make-believe is the absence of an adult population with a comparable rate.  Many of us have long asked for evidence that autism is an adult problem as well.  The fact that there aren't services already in place for the young adults with autism aging out of our school system seems to show that this is a new phenomenon. 

Autism Speaks is now out to dispel that idea.  Adults have autism, we just didn't know it.  We're talking about people functioning in the adult world, but who have personality problems and a lack of social skills.  I'm sure the media will fall in line with the lie that there are lots of autistic adults out there.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: As Rates Soar, Some Medical Providers Clueless

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

April 1, 2015, Chicago Parent Magazine: A day in the life of parents of children with autism By Jerry Davich

Mar 31, 2015, San Francisco Chronicle: Kaiser to search for causes of autism in large-scale study

Mar 31, 2015, Hospitals and Healthcare Networks: As Autism Soars, Some Providers Remain Clueless

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John Stone

Dr Jacob Puliyel Blows Whistle On Indian Rotavirus Vaccine Trials

Dr. Jacob PuliyelBy John Stone

Vaccine safety proponent Jacob Puliyel (consultant paediatrician at St Stephen’s Hospital, Delhi) has drawn attention in the Hindu newspaper  to malfeasance in trials for an Indian rotavirus vaccine. It is proposed to conduct a trial involving 100,000 infants when the data from an earlier smaller trial has been suppressed (the report refers to a lakh which is an Indian unit of 100,000). Puliyel comments in the report:

“Peer reviewed journal Vaccine, published a letter written by me and a colleague, asking for disaggregated data on the number of intussusceptions in Vellore in the randomized control trial during the 2 year study period. The protestation of the authors that the vaccine is safe has little meaning if they do not provide the data. However, the data is not available in the papers published and the peer reviewer of Vaccine and the Editor of this international journal felt that it needs to be provided. Serious concerns are raised if safety data in a vaccine trial done with Government of India funding is not provided in spite of a call for it in an internationally indexed scientific journal.”

In an earlier intervention on Pubmed (14 August 2014) Puliyel quoted actual figures:

Licensing the vaccine for general use (in remote areas of India), seems impossible to justify

I commend Dr John and colleagues for this report on the trial with the 116E Indian rotavirus vaccine. However the authors limit their discussion to comparisons with the trials of Rotarix and Rotateq which recruited some 60,000 patients each. It will be more useful to compare the 116E trial safety results with the RotaSheild vaccine trials http://www.path.org/vaccineresources/files/RotaShield_Fact_Sheet_CDC.pdf.

RotaSheild trial

The RotaSheild trial recruited double the numbers recruited in the present 116E study. RotaSheild was licensed after the trial involving 14,687 patients (10,054 received the rotavirus vaccine and 4,633 received placebo). In the study there was one case of intussusceptions among the 4633 receiving placebo. This suggests that the ‘normal rate of intussusception’ was approximately 2/10,000, in that population. Five cases of intussusceptions occurred among 10,054 RotaSheild vaccine recipients. Thus there were an excess of 3 cases of intussusceptions for each 10,000 children vaccinated. All the intussusceptions were among infants who received a second or a third dose of vaccine. The difference between the vaccinated and placebo recipients was not statistically significant http://www.path.org/vaccineresources/files/RotaShield_Fact_Sheet_CDC.pdf.

116E Trial

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Cathy Jameson, Current Affairs

It's April

Aaaaand it's 2015.

Managing Editor's Note: We ran this post from Cathy Jameson last April -  2013.   I wish it were out of date.  366 days later and it still works...

By Cathy Jameson

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

It’s that time of year.  We’ve flipped a calendar page to a new month:  the month of April.  The month when autism groups, who make money off of our kids’ diagnoses, go into full-fledge fundraising mode.  From walking around in circles promoting awareness to slapping a puzzle piece on every-day household products, this type of fundraising saddens me.  While our children’s needs are used for another’s gain, these money-making tactics suck the life out of me. 

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