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What More Will Autism Brains Tell Us?

Brain colorsBy Teresa Conrick

Most of the studies and investigations about Autism brains remind me of Bill Murray trapped in Groundhog Day --- frustrating, the same day, every day.  Autism brains have been studied for decades with numerous replications and multiple studies telling us that there is "ramped-up immune responses and related inflammation ", too many synapses , in general, "unusually large heads   ," and "Activated microglia ..  associated with brain inflammation  ."

Dr. Leo Kanner knew in 1943, without having to look at any brains, that many of the children who had begun to be referred to him, "since 1938," had large heads --"Five [of the original eleven] had relatively large heads." Because Kanner was an expert in child psychiatry and had written extensively, he was perplexed with this new disorder which he and others had never seen. So here we are nearing the end of 2015, seventy-two years later, and STILL the brains of those with an Autism diagnosis are being emphasized as often the sole source of both causation and treatments. If there was ever a time showing that NOT to be true, it’s now.

I had written three year ago about brains in Autism research that had been lost to freezer failure.  It was an odd occurrence.  Over the years, more and more children and teens with an Autism diagnosis have tragically died, many by drowning.  Sadly, this is where many of these research brains originate. 

Enter more brain research:

NIH-supported NeuroBioBank joins Autism BrainNet in brain donation initiative    -   Public-private partnership aims to increase quality and quantity of brain tissue for autism research. 

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has signed an agreement to establish a collaborative, nationwide effort for the collection, storage, and distribution of postmortem human brain tissue for the benefit of autism research. The agreement with Foundation Associates LLC will coordinate the efforts of two independent networks of human brain tissue repositories, the National Institutes of HealthNeuroBioBank (NBB) and the Autism BrainNet (ABN)......“One of the best ways for us to fully understand the molecular and cellular characteristics associated with the development and progression of ASD is to study brain tissue from individuals with ASD,” said NIMH Acting Director Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D. “This unified effort will allow researchers to generate new data, which will enhance our understanding of this disorder and ultimately speed progress toward new and personalized interventions for individuals across the autism spectrum.”

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Dachel Media Update: Oliver's (Vaccine) Army

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Aperture International.

Josephine B. Yurcaba at featured comedian John Oliver's views on vaccine safety in piece on Nov 29, 2015, entitled, What Has John Oliver Said About Vaccinations? His Reason For Supporting Them Is Simple

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Anne Dachel, CDC Whistleblower, Vaccine Safety

Ben Swann on Vaccine Safety and the Release of the #CDCwhistleblower Documents

Note: Ben Swann began reporting on the problems in the vaccine program two years ago, and today on Age of Autism he discloses that Congressman Bill Posey has released to him the CDC documents turned over to Congress by Dr. William Thompson concerning the cover up of the links between the MMR and autism.  Swann discusses Vaccine safety, vaccine choice, potential corruption at CDC and his plans for the #CDCwhistleblower documents in a video interview with Age of Autism Media Editor, Anne Dachel.

By Anne Dachel

A month ago vaccine safety advocates and members of the autism community witnessed some astonishing news coverage on CBS 46 in Atlanta.  On the segment Reality Check, reporter Ben Swann presented a piece called, CDC Scientist Admits Data of Vaccines and Autism Was Trashed.  


The story focused on the October protest held at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the claim being made about an agency whistleblower.  For the ordinary viewer turning on the local news this report must have seemed a little unsettling.

Ben Swann: "Just days ago over a hundred protesters gathered outside of the CDC right here in Atlanta, demanding transparency when it comes to vaccines. . . .

"Those protesters... say that the information being provided to the public about vaccines is not completely honest, and all of it hinges on one man...a scientist you probably never heard of.   That scientist's name is Dr. William Thompson, and it was on August 27, 2014 that Dr. Thompson made an admission that got very little media coverage but it was a major statement...." 

Swann went on to quote Thompson regarding the findings of a 2004 MMR study published in Pediatrics.  Thompson said that the agency concealed data showing African American males were at increased risk for autism if they received the MMR vaccine before 36 months of age.  Viewers were told about thousands of CDC documents that were now in the hands of U.S. Rep. Bill Posey. 

"Congressman Posey brought this information to the floor of Congress and what he read there was nothing short of stunning, that authors of the study not only hid the actual findings, but attempted to destroy evidence. ..."

Swann cautioned his audience that just because someone raises questions about vaccine safety, doesn't mean they are anti-vaccine.  He then talked about the risks involved with vaccination and the compensation that's been paid to victims. 

All of this was astonishing to those of us who follow the vaccine/autism controversy in the news.  Reporters simply don't do this kind of thing.  This was real investigative journalism.  Swann raised serious questions about government oversight. 

I was able to talk with Ben Swann about his story and about what he's learned.  He are his comments on Skype.

I asked Ben how he became involved in the issue of vaccine safety.


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Current Affairs

Pro Choice Pro Vax Anti Choice Anti Vax in America

Two sides coinBy Dara Berger

The shooting in Colorado Springs this past Friday made me think about our own movement regarding vaccines.  I pondered whether the pro vaccine  group would ever become violent.  They certainly go to extreme lengths to hurt people who don’t share the same opinion as them.  The choice about vaccines in many ways is very similar to the fight about abortion.  One group would like to have the legal and moral choice to decide for themselves while the other side would like to take all choice away.  Sound familiar?  In essence, they want choice to be illegal.  Another similarity is that we are dealing with the choice to make a decision about ones own physical body.  Why would another person think that they even bare the right to govern what someone does to their own body?  Why would they even want to?  Shouldn’t we all be created equal?

Now if you explore the reasons behind each movement, we can see on the surface that they are driven by a different motivator.  One is purely about money and profits.  Pharmaceutical companies are not making vaccines out of the goodness of their heart.  They make money and a lot of it! That’s the one thing that has always killed me when we talk about forced vaccinations.  How can you force someone to take something made by a for profit company?  Many of these companies make so much money that I forget if it is in the billions or trillions.  It’s that insane.  The other movement seems to be driven by religion.  But these are just the surface reasons.  The real driving factor behind all the chaos surrounding both movements is that one side wants to control the other.  One side has definitively decided that they know best and theirs is the only opinion that matters.

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Cathy Jameson

Giving Thanks for Autism Parents

GratitudeBy  Cathy Jameson

This post is dedicated to those brave parents who came before us. Thank you for blazing a trail.

Ginger Taylor’s Facebook status earlier this week caught my eye. For those who do not know Ginger (see here) or the work she does in our community, normally, she is the one offering help. This week, she was asking for it.


In 2004 when I got here, we met in yahoo groups to figure out what the hell had happened to our children, and how to help them... remember?

Any one remember those groups? Where we all meeting for autism biomed info BEFORE Evidence of Harm came out?

I HAVE TO FIND THOSE MESSAGES! The first mom who helped me... I have to find her and thank her! It was on one of those boards!



That year I, too, began to ask others for help. I knew that Ronan’s doctor wasn’t going to be the one to provide the answers that I needed, so I did what so many other parents had to do: reached out to the world wide web for guidance.

Like Ginger, I joined, read, and began referencing hundreds of posts on message boards. With the information I would find and read online, I’d later run over to our local community college library to continue to read. I read scientific journals. I scanned through medical textbooks. I requested books through the state’s interlibrary loan system. I checked out the few autism books available at the time and searched other neurological conditions while continuing to read and reference information on the web.

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A Holiday Message from Taylor Hawkins: Support Age of Autism!

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Taylor Hawkins with AofA's Dan Olmsted

Readers might recall that in September of 2013, Taylor Hawkins, rock star member

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Taylor Hawkins with AofA's Julie Obradovic

of Chevy Metal and Foo Fighters generously donated a concert to Age of Autism and Generation Rescue on behalf of his nephew, who has autism.    Here's a Rolling Stone article about the concert.

...Last night's cause is particularly important for Hawkins, who volunteered to perform at the Generation Rescue benefit as a way to help his family. "My sister-in-law and my brother have a child that has autism and they just moved down here from the San Francisco area," he explained.  "I said to [my sister-in-law] a few months ago, 'You were really involved up there in the whole autism community. Now that you’re down here, if you want to get to know some of these folks, I’ll offer up Chevy Metal for anything. Read more:

Below is a very cool Thanksgiving message from Taylor and a donation request to cap off our November matching gift donations drive. Remember, your donations are now tax deductible!  Use the PayPal button on our site or send a check to Autism Age (legal name) 102 Whittier Circle, Falls Church, VA 22046. 

And a huge THANK YOU to Taylor Hawkins, and our good friend, Tara Hawkins for making all of this happen.


Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Pfizer’s Proffit

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

How nice for Pfizer, which has hitched itself to a foreign company in one of those reverse mortgages – or tax inversions or whatever those things are called that allow you to pay lower U.S. taxes if you get a P.O. box in, say, Ireland. The economics and ethics of this are beyond me – Hillary Clinton complained about it, but the WSJ says it will return more profits to the U.S. – but it does offer a moment to remind ourselves what big, big business we’re talking about here.

This $150 billion deal, according to the Journal, “will create a pharmaceutical behemoth, with top-selling products including Pfizer’s Prevnar pneumonia vaccine and Allergan’s antiwrinkle treatment Botox, and an industry-topping R&D budget.”

Let’s remember that hiding in there is the former Wyeth, whose salesman once tried to hide the relationship between DTaP and sudden infant deaths in Tennessee, and won the Bruesewitz case which slammed the door on any liability for vaccines that caused autism.

Oh, and Prevnar, the world’s best-selling vaccine and no doubt a real bauble to dangle in the merger talks.  As Mark Blaxill and I wrote earlier this year in Vaccines 2.0:


Prevnar 13, a vaccine to prevent bacterial meningitis and other illnesses, is recommended at 2, 4, 6, and 12–15 months.

(In August 2014, the CDC’s advisory committee recommended Prevnar 13 for adults over 65, setting off a predictable wave of lucrative TV advertising aimed at older adults.)

In commercial terms, the Prevnar brand, which was introduced by Wyeth (now Pfizer) in 2000, is the most successful vaccine ever launched, generating $31 billion since its inception. In its tenth year, it reached roughly $3 billion in worldwide revenues and has been generating about $4 billion a year since 2011. Its blockbuster status was a major reason Pfizer decided to buy the whole company that made it.

For any vaccine developer looking to maximize profits, Prevnar 13 sets the standard. It was adopted rapidly, both in the United States and globally; it has no competitors in its category; with the exception of one episode of supply problems in 2003, its growth has been continuous; and its history has been remarkably free of any reputation problems due to safety concerns. The cloud hovering above this cheerful vista is a rather large

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Doctors Divided on Meningitis B Vaccine

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Aperture International. Aperture

Nov 25, 2015, San Diego Union Tribune: Doctors divided on merits, risks of meningitis B vaccine

With meningitis outbreaks at several universities that have proved deadly in recent years, including the 2014 death of a San Diego State University student, the answer might seem clear.

But experts said the decision-making is complicated because a child’s chance of suffering this bacterial infection is infinitesimal while the efficacy and safety track record for both approved versions of the vaccine is limited.

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Vaccine Safety

Eliminating Access to the Vaccine Court

Access deniedBy Wayne Rohde and Lou Conte

This article is part of a a series examining the NVICP, the ability to file for compensation of a vaccine-related injury or death and the culture that allows this.  See links below.

Over the course of the next few months, we will be examining different areas of concern related to our ongoing investigation of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) or commonly known as the Vaccine Court. We will discuss how the NVICP is shutting its doors on children who have been vaccine injured or have died as a result of a vaccination. We do not take this task lightly, as we have been investigating the NVICP for many years only to uncover the injustice served on the American people, the intentions of Congress have been circumvented after passing the legislation in November 1986, and how the NVICP has morphed into an adversarial, litigious, and secretive legal process. The majority of the public do not even know that the program exists.

There have been many articles written about the injustices in the NVICP and even a few books, including The Vaccine Court – The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and Vaccine Injuries, outlining areas of needed reform, injustices served upon the families and individuals, and possible constitutional issues.

The program has gone to great lengths to wordsmith decisions, to hide as many obvious injuries from the public. In the paper, In Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury, Holland, Conte, Krakow and Colin found 83 cases of autism in encephalopathy cases compensated by the NVICP. Since that publication in May 2011, we have also discovered several recent decisions by Special Masters awarding compensation to children who received a diagnosis of autism after being injured from a vaccination.

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Current Affairs

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Age of Autism.

Current Affairs

Pro-Vaxxers Are America's Acceptable Bullies

Fisher Price BullyBy Dara Berger

Everyday we hear horrible stories about children being bullied in school.  Some refer to it as an epidemic.  The tactics are so much worse than when I grew up in the 70’s.  You could not get an entire school to gang up on someone’s Facebook page or send a compromised picture or video of that person and have it go viral.  You pretty much had only a few choices to hurt them.  Whisper rumors about them to other people, which let’s face it takes time.  One popular thing was to scribble something mean about them on the bathroom wall.  Although you had to hope that people used the stall and actually noticed the writing.  

Bullying is a horrible thing to live through especially when it involves a child.  It can leave lasting physical and emotional scars.  Children have even lost their lives to bullying as some get pushed over the edge and commit suicide.  We here these stories everyday.  Luckily there is more awareness and parents have some recourse.  They can sue the school or do something more drastic like move or change schools to protect their child.

But what happens when an entire country is bullying individuals?  I find that this is the case for Vaccine Bullying.  

The Vaccine Bully is comprised of our entire government who doesn’t even accept that vaccines are hurting adults and children even though they secretly pay out billions of dollars in their not well disclosed Vaccine Court.  Most americans barely know that it exists.  People get bullied by their doctors when they are in their most vulnerable position with their baby at a check up.  The doctor usually treats them like a horrible mother/father if they even question anything about vaccines.  I have heard countless stories where people go in not wanting to do any vaccines and walk out after getting a few, since the doctor threatened to not treat the child anymore.  I actually had this type of bullying happen to me over ten years ago.

I went to a new doctor on West 79th street.  He was a highly recommended pediatrician.  During the visit, I told him that I only wanted to do the Polio vaccine since I heard it was one of the more benign ones and that I was worried about giving vaccines to my 3 month old baby.  He started to raise his voice and said that I need to give a more useful one like the DTaP.  I said that I didn’t want to.  He proceeded to speak much louder and told me “I will not stand by and watch you kill your baby”.  He actually said these words to me! I left immediately as tears fired down my face.  I marched right up to the receptionist and said “don’t even think of submitting this visit to my insurance, since this was not a proper doctors visit and I now have to go see another doctor”.  Then I continued “tell him I will report the visit as fraud if he tries to get paid”. She looked at me shocked and kind of mumbled okay.  I checked every explanation of benefits for the next 6 months.  He never submitted it.  I felt some vindication in my small way that I stood up to him and did not pay him for his lousy behavior.  Years later I found out he married a speech therapist and became much more lax about vaccines.  Hmmm wonder where the change of heart and influence came from!

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Anne Dachel

Fear Sells - Are You Buying?

Fear sellsBy Anne Dachel

I'm sure everyone would agree that  Kim Stagliano is an incredible managing editor.  She keeps our issues out there everyday on AoA.  Our stories are online right along with those from the New York Times and CNN.

I think her Nov 21, 2015 piece, Who Decides Our Level of Fear and What is Acceptable Risk? speaks volumes.  It's about FEAR.   Kim compared the fear being generated over Syrian refugees and the threat from ISIS to our concern over a generation of sick children.

Kim wrote,  

What I was asking was, "Who decides what risk is real? How do we decide for ourselves?"  

Fear sells. It's the oldest trick in the Mad Men book. . . .We've seen what fear of disease, even a  survivable disease like chicken pox or measles or flu can do within legislature and how it can turn American against American.  Remember this waiting room in California?

We have a nation of sick kids.  There's precious little alarm about the state of pediatric health.  Why?. . . .

What do you think?  Why are some fears greater, more valid, more newsworthy than others?

Kim is absolutely right.  FEAR SELLS, and it's the media running the sale.

News outlets are asking very urgent questions about the terrorist threat around the world.

What is our plan going to be? How can we make sure a Paris-style massacre doesn't happen here?  What's the right thing/wrong thing to do?  The debate is on.

Just like Kim, I compared this issue to autism among our children.  It's coincidental that CDC officials have just announced another whopping increase in the autism rate, now at one in every 45 children, one in every 29 boys.  One more big leap in a condition that was almost unheard of 25-30 years ago got a big yawn from the media.  Reporters repeated assurances from the CDC that this only showed more better diagnosing, the same tired chant that has accompanied each and every increase over the last 15 years. No one from the CDC has ever referred to autism as a "crisis," despite all the increases, and neither does the media.


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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Fat Moms Make Autism? Fat Chance.

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Aperture International. Aperture

Nov 22, 2015, (Portland): Autism linked to unhealthy weight in OHSU study

Children with an autism diagnosis are more likely to be overweight or obese than kids of the same age without the disorder, according to a study from Oregon Health & Science University. . . .

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Current Affairs

SB277 Sponsor Dr. Richard Pan Says Water More Toxic Than Mercury

Richard Pan
This Man is Making Laws and Providing Medical Care for Children…It’s Past Time to Can Pan

By Laura Hayes Trust Me I'm A Doctor

Every American needs to listen to this 3-minute video clip of Richard Pan, the infamous CA state senator, and practicing pediatrician, who authored CA’s rights-and-freedom-stripping SB277 last winter. This video was recorded on Nov. 5th, 2015, at a UC Berkeley School of Public Health seminar titled Child Immunization: Herding Parental Concerns.  (What kind of seminar title is that for an institution of supposed higher learning? When would it ever be beneficial to "herd" parental concerns for risk-laden medical procedures that are known to cause permanent disability, chronic illness, and death, versus carefully listening to, examining, and acting on them?).

Here is a transcript so that you can carefully read, after you listen, to each word uttered by Richard Pan. There really are no words for his inane gibberish. For anyone who missed hearing this man speak during the hearings in CA for AB2109 and SB277, there’s not much difference from this recent performance. He makes no sense when he speaks, and he rarely ever answers the actual question asked of him (unbelievably, that didn’t seem to bother the legislators or media in CA).


Pan: There’s nothing that’s 100% safe. In fact, actually, people talk about what are in vaccines. Right? They say, “Oh, I’m worried about formaldehyde. I’m worried about aluminum. Um. Thimerosal is not in childhood vaccines. People say they’re worried about thimerosal. (My comment: Thimerosal is in childhood vaccines, both in the U.S. and abroad. It is about 50% mercury, highly toxic, dangerous, and can be deadly. Accidental spills of multi-dose vaccines containing thimerosal require evacuation of the building and clean-up by a trained HazMat team. Formaldehyde is highly toxic, a known carcinogen, can be deadly if not handled with extreme caution, and requires special ventilation and outerwear when working with it. Aluminum has been proven to wreak havoc in humans, including damage to the brain, immune system, nervous system, gut, and more. It is synergistically toxic when combined with many other substances, including the mercury in thimerosal-containing vaccines and the glyphosate in pesticide-laden foods and pesticide-treated areas, including schools and parks.)

Pan: You know what’s the most dangerous substance in the vaccine? Water! (My comment: Pan’s statement is patently false and completely ridiculous. I would think it would be fraudulent for a licensed and practicing M.D. to make such a statement. Is this what he tells the parents in his pediatric practice? Each and every vaccine is a serious medical intervention that includes the very real risks of permanent disability, chronic illness, and death. These risks are admitted by the vaccine-making pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. government, and should never be minimized.)

Pan: More children die of water toxicity than anything else that’s in the vaccine. (My comment: I have never heard such an asinine statement in my 20 years of advocacy. Again, is this what this licensed and practicing pediatrician is telling the parents in his practice? Is this what he’s telling those patients who are 12 years old and older in his practice, who in CA are legally allowed to receive HPV and HepB vaccines without their parents’ knowledge or consent?)

Moderator: I, I’m sorry, I don’t understand that. (My comment: I should say not!)

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Current Affairs

Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty in the Spotlight

Dont-reward-bad-behaviorSent by a reader:

When I watched the AAP video of Pan receiving his Legislator of the Year Award,  (embed has been disabled, view the video here) I thought it odd that the plaque presented by Offit came not from the AAP, but from an organization called Children's Healthcare is a Legal Duty (CHILD).  Curious, I looked CHILD up.   CHILD was started by former Christian Scientist Rita Swan in 1983 after she tragically lost her toddler son to a failed attempt at faith healing for meningitis.  Following her loss,  Swan, who later earned a PhD in English,  has worked to protect other children from what happened to her son.   The great irony is that while her organization has undoubtedly done some good in advocating for children in dire situations, CHILD has also been instrumental in handing a few generations of innocent children over to profiteering predatory medical and governmental interests whose abusive tactics rival the worst abusive parents, and the laws that she has helped to create have hindered the ability of loving parents of all faiths and no faith to protect their children, as rarely will a judge side with a parent over the recommendation of a medical doctor and as states like California, West Virginia and Mississippi force vaccines that carry risk of injury and death on children without parental (or child) right of refusal.  From CHILD's site:

"CHILD, Inc. is a membership organization founded in 1983 to protect children from harmful religious and cultural practices, especially religion based medical neglect. CHILD believes laws should protect all children equally and opposes religious exemptions from child health and safety laws. CHILD is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 educational charity."

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NY Show Your Opposition to Forced Flu Shots for Preschoolers

No Flu ShotNY Show your opposition to forced flu shots
Wed., Nov. 25, 71 Thomas St. Manhattan, 9 am
Please attend the opening hearing for the lawsuit against the City of New York's illegal attempt to impose flu shots on pre-schoolers. The same regulation we are trying to overturn gives the City of New York the authority to require any shot it wishes. If they get away with it other local governments across New York will do the same. They already want to impose the flu shot, we believe mandatory HPV will be next, and where does it stop? We need to make a visible show of support and public concern to the judge. What you do matters.
Come to the New York County Supreme Court, 71 Thomas Street in Manhattan at the corner of West Broadway, on Wednesday, November 25 at 9am. It will be over by 12 at the latest. Please dress professionally and DO NOT bring signs.
Please share this message with friends and family and please post to social networks.
Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Almost At the Top

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaDear Readers,

I've spent the last five days on a mountaintop in the very approximate location (GPS doesn't work here) of Hot Springs, North Carolina, attending a meditation retreat at the end of the most ungodly, one lane, bumping, sharp-dropoff road I have ever bounced up. On the first night, we were asked to give our names and tell one surprising thing about ourselves. One young man said, "I am a very good parallel parker." I had to admire this as the least revealing personal anecdote I had ever heard. Someone else said they had attended seven of the first eight Bonnaroo music festivals -- more informative, although it was hard not to wonder what happened to the eighth. Someone had been to Iceland.

When it was my turn, I said, "I'm a journalist, and there are a lot of people who don't like me."

This got some laughs. Since the retreat was conducted in silence, nobody asked me why a lot of people didn't like me until Friday. I explained the usual -- my reporting has convinced me that autism is new, environmental, and epidemic, that vaccines are a large factor in it and other iatrogenic disorders, and that a lot of us are trying to tell the truth about it, which a lot of people don't like. That we have a Web site called Age of Autism that a surprising number of people read and respond to with insightful comments, that we are out on Google doing battle daily against Death Star avatars like the CDC, the Autism Science Foundation, Autism Speaks, that are trying to drown us out. (See last Saturday's post.)

When I got home last night and logged into my (423 new) e-mails and checked the snail mail, I was reminded how much I don't care that a lot of people don't like us. While I was off the grid, our readers had pushed us near the top of our own personal mountain -- the $5,000 matching fund drive that Anonymous Donor set in motion at the start of the month.

We are now at $4,600, and I have a feeling we are going to make or exceed our goal. And that is fabulous, so please, before the holidays consume us, consider pitching in tax-deductably and money-doublingly to get us the rest of way up. (Last year we raised $7,000 from readers, so please don't let the matching limit stop you.) And thanks for sending so many kind words along the way. Julia Whiting of Charlottesville sent hers with a Christmas card of her wonderful family, and V. Ward of Santa Barbara, I blush to say, wrote that "I visit your website all the time, and The Age of Autism is one of my all time favorite books." Thanks, V., we will try to keep both coming and with help like yours, we wlll.

One note was addressed, "Dear Dan and Dan's Crew, Thank you for what you do. Luis and Luis Jr." To Luis Tijero and Luis Jr. of Spring, Texas, and all of you, Kim, Mark, myself and the rest of the crew say thanks.

Best Regards,

Dan Olmsted

Editor, Age of Autism

(checks via mail: Make out to Autism Age, c/o Olmsted, 102 Whittier Circle, Falls Church VA 22046)



Cathy Jameson

Shared Autism Resources

Share secretBy Cathy Jameson

I love it when I find a helpful book, magazine, or resource that I can share with others. I love it even more when I can contribute to that helpful resource. That’s happened a few times outside of what I share here on Age of Autism. I’m always grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and my family’s experience other places. I am especially grateful when I get to do that within the pages of The Autism File Magazine.

One of Ronan’s doctors saw a recent issue of the magazine that showcased Ronan on the front cover. She asked for a copy of it, so I told her I’d print the article for her. She said that would be great, but she really wanted a framed copy of the front cover photo. She wanted to hang it in the waiting room of her clinic so that all of her patients could see it. I can’t tell you how honored I was to know that one of Ronan’s most helpful providers wanted to show us off.

Other Age of Autism writers and long-time AofA supporters have also been featured in The Autism File Magazine, too. If you haven’t seen this magazine yet, here’s a description of the publication from their website:

Since the first issue of the magazine appeared in 1999, the Autism File has been described by readers as a “lifeline”.  “Thanks to the most knowledgeable experts and experienced parents from around the world, we’re able to present cutting-edge content and critically needed support to families affected by autism,” said the magazine’s founder and Editor-in-Chief, Polly Tommey.  “The new digital format will allow parents and professionals—no matter where they live—to have immediate access to the crucial information provided by our contributors.”


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Who Decides Our Level of Fear and What is Acceptable Risk?

FearBy Kim Stagliano

Remember Ebola? A year ago it was the lead story in every newscast from coast to coast. Check out the NBC News search for "ebola." 

Remember measles earlier this year?

And don't forget our old seasonal stalker, influenza, the flu.

How about Syrian refugees?

I live in Connecticut. We are slated to accept some 1600 Syrian refugees.   But last week's horrific attacks in Paris have changed the national (and therefore state, including the Nutmeg state where I live) perception of the refugees for many Americans.   As a staunch "anti-vax injury" advocate (that's my nom du jour for much of what I do) I began thinCarmichael Pediatricsking about risk - what's acceptable, palatable, agreeable, realistic? Who controls the public perception of risk? 

I often post on our Age of Autism Facebook page, although Cathy Jameson and Adriana Gamondes do most of the heavy lifting on our page. The other day I ran what I thought was a pretty simple statement.

Your child has a much greater risk of developing a chronic debilitating condition that is life threatening here in America than being killed by a Syrian refugee. Nut allergies. Autism. Diabetes. Seizures. The real threat. Come on, America......

I wasn't trying to be political. For the record, I'm a New England moderate liberal with conservative undertones and a libertarian streak.  That's me. But we aren't particularly political at AofA - we've taken both sides of the aisle to task on a regular basis.

What I was asking was, "Who decides what risk is real? How do we decide for ourselves?"  

Fear sells. It's the oldest trick in the Mad Men book.  I read Subliminal Seduction and The Hidden Persuaders back in high school. Fear is a sales tool.  We've seen what fear of disease, even a  survivable disease like chicken pox or measles or flu can do within legislature and how it can turn American against American.  Remember this waiting room in California?

We have a nation of sick kids.  There's precious little alarm about the state of pediatric health.  Why?

Back to the FB page - a comment took umbrage with my post.  She told me (paraphrasing) "Keep this page to AUTISM!"  Well, yes, we do that. But we are also thinkers.  I answered her politely,

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Current Affairs

Autism Parent Reality: What Has Changed?

Plus ca changeBy Dara Berger

I sat there thinking that I just didn’t want to do it.  I couldn’t do it.  My body was screaming "no not again!"

But i was sitting there in front of the computer armed with a big glass of red wine and I had to do it.  The only thing that could drive me to get through it was the thought that I have to get him better.  It’s the thought I am plagued with everyday for the past nine years.  So I started slow.  I opened the document with surprise that I still remembered the password to that awful pdf.  There it was staring me straight in the face….his pediatric medical records.  The new homeopathic practitioner needed the date, name and lot numbers of all his vaccines to pick out the correct remedy to help me get him better.  I had 4 of the 6 lots numbers already sitting in a old spiral notebook to the right of me on my desk.  But I needed to give her at least the date and name of the other two vaccines he received.

I poured through the notes on every single pediatric visit from the time he was born.  I devoured every single word and meticulously filed it away in a part of my brain, so I would not have to open this dreaded document again.  I learned that I started vaccinating him at 6 months of age.  I gave him a DTAP at the 6 month well visit and then 2 weeks later a HIB shot.  At his nine month visit a polio shot was ordered and cancelled.  I must’ve changed my mind.  There were mom complaints of reactions after each vaccine written in the notes of every subsequent visit.  Then came one of the most horrible doctor visits.  Dylan and I went in for a well visit to get that same polio shot that had been cancelled and the nurse somehow gave him the  prevnar vaccine instead.  The one shot I never wanted him to have.  It is even written in his records that the mother said that she will not ever do that shot, since it hasn’t been out that long and not required.  

I took a huge gulp of wine as I was brought back to that excruciatingly powerless moment when the nurse gave my son a vaccine by mistake.  How could this have happened!  I remember like it was yesterday how the nurse came into the room and administered the vaccine.  I remember right after feeling an overwhelming sense that something wasn’t right.  Somehow I felt compelled to ask her what vaccine she just gave him.  It’s not like she had a package in her hand to show me.  The nurse answered “Prevner”.  I went from 0-1000 and flew off the handle.  I remember running up and down the halls of that pediatric practice on West 72nd Street screaming my head off.  Screaming as loud as I could scream.  Someone in another room must have thought that my baby just died.  Well the truth is he did die a little that day and each day after he got vaccinated.  The doctor tried very hard to contain me.  I will never forget that she said there is nothing I can do, because I can’t take it out of him.  She was right and I was the one who had to live with the consequences.  Not the stupid nurse and not the pompous doctor.  I was back as usual two days later complaining of a vaccine reaction.  My husband came with me since my complaint was a little more serious that he was breathing funny.  The doctor examined him and felt that he got a little sick from the vaccine.  I forced her to put vaccine reaction in his medical record and watched over her shoulder until she typed it.  Years later I called an attorney to see if I had any recourse against them for that assault.  Like most people who consider suing, I was pissed that I did not get a proper apology from anyone.  But they did better.  They kept meticulous notes outlining what they did to him in his medical records.  I found out that I have until he is 21 to decide if I want to force them to make that apology to Dylan.  

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Anne Dachel

College Professors Suppressing 1st Amendment Rights RE Vaccine Safety

HushUpdate 9:15pm:

An autism dad with a very severely affected son, Joe Harris from Fort Worth, told me this evening that he called James Hodge today and said, "You don't believe vaccines cause autism?  Can you talk to me about this?"

Hodge replied, "I'm not speaking to anyone about autism and vaccines."  Then he hung up. 

Why is it that a professional making this kind of public statement is unwilling to defend it?

By Anne Dachel


This is crazy ...a law professor and medical school professor join forces to call for end to any discussion of a link between vaccines and autism.  CENSORSHIP.  RETALIATION.

What other product or subject or ideology would ever treated like this???????????  Seriously, I want to know. 

We live in a society where drugs are sold to us everyday TV along with their life-threatening/severe side effects.

How about ads that begin, "If your or a loved one took the drug XXX and suffered XXXX, XXXX, XXXXX, XXXXX, you may be entitled to compensation....." 

There are recognized risks, contradictions, challenges out there when we talk about anything else.....

When it comes to vaccines we throw these concepts out the window and don't dare apply the same scrutiny. 

Not only are state legislators (with huge money ties to the drug industry) working overtime to remove parental rights to choose when it comes to vaccinating children, but now there is a call for the outright of censoring anyone discussing the connection between vaccines and autism, and punishment for those who do.

Liberal toleranceHere are two prominent educators in Arizona advocating for the end of free speech when the subject is vaccine safety.

James Hodge is a law school professor at Arizona State University.  Hodge teaches public health law and ethics.  His coauthor, Doug Campos-Outcalt, is a physician and professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. Nov 17, 2015, Legally Limiting Lies About Vaccines (This publication is supported by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.)

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: AMA Urges Ban on Drug Ads

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Aperture International. Aperture

Nov 17, 2015, Major US doctors group [AMA] urges ban on drug ads

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Current Affairs

IACC Meeting - Will There Be Progress for Our Loved Ones?

IACC autismThe International Autism Coordinating Committee met yesterday.   You'll be able to watch a video of the meeting within a few days.   Below are a few of the public comments and links to much more documentation.  IACC has been a topic on AofA for many years -- mostly for its dearth of accountability and success in almost every area related to autism, which is a travesty.

Below are the first few sentences of some of the public comments, oral and written - each a poignant, realistic and pressing glimpse into autism as it exists in so many of our households. Not the sanitized version being forced fed to Americans.

From the IACC page:

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through its inclusion of both Federal and public members, the IACC helps to ensure that a wide range of ideas and perspectives are represented and discussed in a public forum.

The IACC mission is to:

  • Provide advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding Federal activities related to autism spectrum disorder.
  • Facilitate the exchange of information on and coordination of ASD activities among the member agencies and organizations.
  • Increase public understanding of the member agencies' activities, programs, policies, and research by providing a public forum for discussions related to ASD research and services.

IACC meetings are open to the public and include presentations and discussions on a variety of topics, including activities and projects of the IACC, recent advances in science and autism policy issues. A portion of each meeting is reserved for public comment. A summary of each meeting is posted on the meetings & events page.  Read the written and oral comments in full here.

Carolyn Gammicchia

I stand before you today as a parent of a young man with autism and someone who has many concerns.  Too many unfortunately to begin to mention within my allotted 3-5 minutes of oral comments.  However as I thought about what would be most effective to say, and to be representative of the thousands of families I’ve met over the two decades since our son was formally diagnosed, I think it’s important to minimally ask for your consideration of the following and I would like answers to these questions:

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Current Affairs

TACA Present Holiday Hints and Help For Autism Families

TACA holidayNOTE:  We're into the holiday season! Diwali just ended, Thanksgiving (American) is next week and on we go through the New Year. TACA offers wonderful family support on a range of topics:   We invite you to visit their site and to share your own coping strategies in our comments.  

    Taking the Stress Out of the Holidays
    Keeping up with GFCFSF and Dealing with Infractions
    Holidays Meals
    Enjoying the Moments!
    School parties

Kim Stagliano

Sesame Street and Autism

Angry sesame StreetBy Kim Stagliano

Sesame Street announced a new character who has autism and is female.  Many of us in the autism community learned about "Julia" through Autism Daddy - who wrote, "So a few weeks back I revealed to y'all in a blog post that My Name is Frank. I Work at Sesame Street. I am "Autism Daddy" 

Sesame Street has been called to task for its lack of female Muppets.  Rosita appeared in 1991, a Spanish speaking Muppet. Zoe debuted in 1993 and then there was a long dry spell until Abby Cadabby made her debut in 2006.   So in 2015, Sesame Street decided to kill two birds with one stone, I assume.  Female and autistic.   I think a male would have been a better choice, as autism prevalence stats from 2010 show that autism affects boys at a rate of 1 in 42 versus girls at a rate of 1 in 189.  

Bob McGrathI watched the first episode as a kid, and have always loved Sesame Street.   I saw Bob "Who Are The People in Your Neighborhood" McGrath at a restaurant in NYC in 2010 and asked the waiter if I could say hello to him.  He agreed, and as I shook his hand, I burst into tears!  "BOB!!!"  I saw "Gordon" and "Susan" walking together at a book event and nearly fainted. I was overcome with nostalgic pleasure.

Sesame Street has has always taught kids about inclusion, and to accept differences.  It's not a big surprise that they are adding a character with autism.  Autism was as rare as a Snuffalupagus sighting in 1969.  As of 2010 (the last year for which figures are available) the rate is 1 in 68.  Another figure quietly slipped into the media last week, whispering, "1 in 45."

And while we all want our kids to be accepted, supported, encouraged, liked and tolerated, many of us in the community worry  that the Sesame Street initiative might gloss over some of the harsher realities of the diagnosis.   I think Sesame Street is to some degree targeting low hanging fruit. Little kids are accepting because the developmental gaps are not too huge. By 5th grade that changes dramatically. By 8th grade? The gap becomes a chasm. By 12th? I can tell you that there are adult/teacher facilitated programs but precious little actual social connection outside of a smile and nod for my girls. And in adulthood? God help us.

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Current Affairs, Sponsor News

Insider States: "American Government Can NOT Be Trusted RE Vaccine Safety"

Safeminds lyn shotFor those of you who are unfamiliar with Lyn Redwood, she is a Nurse who sounded the alarm on the number of micrograms of mercury being injected into babies, including her son, when industry, government agencies and the pediatric community had failed to do the same. The result was the beginning of the biomedical autism movement really.  She recently was a member of  IACC - which had to have been akin to sleeping on a bed of nails - with grace and tenacity.  Learn more about Lyn's decades long contribution to helping our kids and the history of our community in David Kirby's book Evidence of Harm.

Below is an excerpt from the SafeMinds site - please read the full article here.


SafeMinds co-founder and board member Lyn Redwood spoke at last weekend’s Truth, Transparency & Freedom Rally.  Read her moving account of decades of Federal inaction on vaccine harms – and her personal triumph helping her own son lead a successful life beyond autism.

My name is Lyn Redwood. I have a master’s in nursing and worked for years as a nurse practitioner in obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics.  I co-founded the nonprofit organization SafeMinds in 2000 and the National Autism Association in 2003, and I have been fighting on behalf of families affected by autism for over 15 years.

My youngest son weighed in at almost 9 lbs at birth. He was a strapping, happy baby who smiled, cooed, walked, and talked all by one year.  Shortly after his first birthday we started to lose him.  Suddenly my active, healthy baby was sick all the time. He had back-to-back colds, ear infections, and even strep throat. All he wanted to do was to sit in front of the TV and watch the Disney movie, “The Fox and the Hound,” over and over again. And he would cry inconsolably if you interrupted his routine.  He stopped interacting with us, he refused to eat most foods and suffered intermittent bouts of diarrhea. He also lost all the words he had been saying and the twinkle in his eye was gone too.  Something was horribly wrong with my beautiful baby boy.

At first he was diagnosed with a global receptive and expressive speech delay. Typanostomy tubes and aggressive speech therapy did nothing to help him recover his speech. Then he was diagnosed with autism.

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Teresa Conrick

Revisiting Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis and Autism

EncBy Teresa Conrick

It was four years ago that I first became interested in the connections of Autism and a particular type of encephalitis on the rise:

Late Onset Autism and Anti-NMDA-Receptor Encephalitis: Part 1

Late Onset Autism and Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Part 2

Anti-NMDA-Receptor Encephalitis Added to DSM A Medical Causation of Autism

In 2016, Brain on Fire , the book written by Susannah Cahalan, describing her descent into Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis, is scheduled to be on the big screen.  It should be an excellent film as her book is a best-seller. I emailed back and forth with Susannah back when I read her book, as my daughter, Megan, who has both an Autism diagnosis and an autoimmune diagnosis, was having some symptoms that seemed to parallel what research was beginning to show and which  Susannah had described in her book. She was very kind and thoughtful, and since then, the connections of more cases seem to be increasing. This quote from Susannah in Brain on Fire, made this significance even more dramatic and real:

Many children ultimately diagnosed with anti-NMDA autoimmune encephalitis were first determined to be autistic.  How many children originally first diagnosed with autism weren't able to find their autoimmune diagnosis?  p 224  

There is no question that the immune system is involved in both.  As time marches on, more research is showing the connections:

Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis is a recently described autoimmune disorder mediated by antibodies to the NR1 subunit of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor.,,,,,We report about a 15-year-old female patient who was diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis after receiving a booster vaccination against tetanus/diphtheria/ pertussis and polio (TdaP-IPV). Within the first 24 h after the injection she developed a low-grade fever and general fatigue. During the following weeks, her family observed an unusual need for sleep. Psychiatric symptoms became apparent 5 weeks after the immunization....The onset of prodromal symptoms shortly after the immunization is intriguing and suggests the vaccination as a possible trigger of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis........ To our knowledge, this is the first possible case of vaccination associated anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. Therefore, not only infectious agents and tumor antigens but also vaccines should be considered as a possible trigger of immune response in this recently described disorder.  

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Who is Calling the Shots? - A Town Hall Meeting to discuss Oklahoma Senate Bill 830

Yen OKThanks to the many readers who shared this video with us and to Becky Estepp for this brief summary: Stephanie-Christner-Photo-2013

The Tulsa County Men’s Republican Club hosted State Senator Ervin Yen and Dr. Stephanie Christner last week to debate Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 830. Senator Yen sponsored this controversial bill which would take away a parent’s ability to exempt their children from school vaccination requirements if passed. Both Senator Yen and Stephanie Christner are medical doctors, which should have made for a very even debate. 

However, it seemed that Senator Yen was unprepared to debate his bill. Dr. Christner came prepared with a powerpoint presentation that included scientific studies, statistics, court cases and government policies to back her stance that SB 830 would be bad for Oklahoma. Senator Yen provided the audience with a lot of political double talk to back his position. 

The audience consisted of parents who showed great knowledge of problems within current vaccine schedule. The Senator had a hard time answering many of their questions. At one point he falls back on the reason for this bill is to keep his five children safe which seems like a tough position to take when debating a doctor whose infant daughter died of a vaccine reaction. 

This segment is one-and-a-half hours long but worth it. 

From NVIC in 2013: Stephanie Christner, DO, has been appointed to a four year term as the voting consumer representative on the Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). On Nov. 13, 2013, she will participate in her first meeting as a member of VRBPAC, a 12-member FDA committee that reviews and evaluates vaccine safety, effectiveness and appropriate use of vaccines and biological products intended for public use, including clinical trial and other data submitted by drug companies seeking licensure of new vaccines.

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Cathy Jameson, Current Affairs

Autism Super Sibling: "Worth It!"

Suyser sisterNote: Thank you to Miss Fiona Jameson, daughter of our own Cathy Jameson, for this wonderful post.

By Fiona Jameson

The topic of a person’s worth came up during a recent discussion in one of my high school classes.  We were talking about how some people assume that kids with disabilities are not able to think because they have cognitive developmental delays.  That assumption is false.  

Kids with disabilities are able to think.  Some kids with disabilities have some level of being able to choose for themselves.  Some are able to ask for help and can also express emotions.  I thought this was a great topic to discuss because it pertained to a very interesting lesson and because my brother has given me insight about it.

The teacher and my classmates know a little bit about my brother, Ronan.  They know that he has autism and that he is non-verbal.  They know that he needs help with lots of things like going to the bathroom, getting dressed, and being safe.  I think that’s why the teacher asked me specifically during our discussion, “Fiona, do you think Ronan is able to form thoughts in his mind?”  I immediately thought about how Ronan gets a thought in his head, like that he wants to eat a cookie, and he acts on that thought by asking for help to get the cookie.  I was excited to answer her, “Yes, he is!”  I was excited also because I felt like the teacher actually understood Ronan and understood why it was important for me to talk about him in class.   Fiona Ronan

I’ve been able to share more of Ronan’s story in class.  I share that he has value just like I and my classmates do.  Some people look at Ronan and might think that he doesn’t know how to act around other people or do things like “normal” people.  Well, sometimes, Ronan doesn’t know how to act around other people or do things like “normal” people.  That’s where I tell people that Ronan may be different, but he’s still a person.  He’s just as important and worth being given respect just like you, me, and everyone else.  

Ronan is worth fighting for.  He’s worth being cared for even if it takes a lot of time and money.  He is worth being loved for who he is.  As his sister, I’ll make sure that someone always fights for him, cares for him, and loves him.    

Fiona Jameson is a freshman in high school.  She loves to play volleyball and had a successful season playing on the JV team.  Fiona hopes to be a photographer, interior designer, baker, professional volleyball player, and a Mom when she grows up.  

Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Eight Years of Age of Autism, and a Chance to Double (and Deduct!) Your Money

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Greetings, all, and happy birthday to all of us. Age of Autism turned eight this week. We’re coming up, conveniently, on 8,000 posts (7,720), 125,000 comments, and 20 million page views. And we’re "out there" every day in every possible way telling the truth that vaccines cause autism, recovery is possible, and the autism epidemic is real.

When I say we’re out there, I include Google. It’s important to consider how valuable that is. If you type Do Vaccines Cause Autism into the search engine, the first page has 10 results, all but one of them claiming they don’t.

First up is Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism Concerns, from the CDC; followed by How My Daughter Taught Me Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, from Voices For Vaccines; and Autism-Vaccine Link: Evidence Doesn’t Dispel Doubts, from WebMD; and Autism and Vaccines, by the Autism Science Foundation; and the classic Do Vaccines Cause Autism. If you click on that last, you will learn one thing: "They F------ Don’t!"

Then – ta da – comes Vaccines Cause Autism, from Age of Autism. You’ve got to dig pretty deep into Google to find another listing like that. That's because we have the status of a news outlet. We are independent, we are reality-based, and we can't be bought or muffled. 

Now, we are not solely focused on vaccinations. We are focused on autism and its allied disabilities -- the "Age" of iatrogenic damage that must be stopped -- and we try to be a broad-based forum for people who share this overall view of the world but may disagree on tactics, timing and emphasis. The fact that not everyone on "our side" likes every story we run is a sign we are living up to our mission to be journalists, not a house organ for any particular agenda.

And as you can see from the Google results, a lot of people are not on "our side". Our formal motto is “Daily Web Newspaper of the Autism Epidemic,” but I think our informal one is “Pirate Radio Station of the Rebel Alliance.”Donate button

We know we have a fight on our hands with the Death Star, and like most rebels we go at it every day with a certain reckless disregard for our bubble reputations and short-term results. ("Orac" would have little to do if he weren’t attacking us, which just shows that what we publish gets the attention of the folks who call themselves “skeptics” but are more like apologists for the ongoing harm to America’s kids. As FDR once said of his opponents, "I welcome their hatred.") 

Now, the pitch: The Empire is well-armed, well-fortified and filthy rich. We are not, nor are we looking to be. But a certain amount of financial solidity helps us keep going, both with the daily blog and the books we publish. They all take time and, as the adage puts it, time is money. Right now is the perfect time to help out – we have a special, November-only deal  where Anonymous Donor has once again pledged to match any gift up to $5,000.

You can donate through PayPal - use the button on the right side bar of this site,  or you can mail a check made out to "Autism Age" to:

Dan Olmsted
102 Whittier Circle
Falls Church, VA  22046

And now it’s tax deductible. You’ll get a letter from me in January with our IRS non-profit number.

Thank you typeThank you, fellow Rebels. We are all here to stay. Fight on!


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Current Affairs, Nightmares

New Estimate 1 in 45 American Children Have Autism

Blue tearThis should shock Americans for two reasons. One, the sheer epidemic numbers of this life and demographic landscape altering diagnosis is appalling and unacceptable. Two, the CDC continues to prove its inability to keep track of American medical conditions and provide any measure of protection.  Like school shootings, autism has continued to rage across the nation unabated. Cui bono? Not families. Not the children, many of whom are now young adults.

Detroit News

— The government has a new estimate for autism — 1 in 45 U.S. children — but other federal calculations say the developmental disorder is less common.

The latest figure released Friday is one of three estimates that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives for autism based on different surveys; the most rigorous one gives a lower estimate of 1 in 68 children.

The new number is from a survey of parents of 13,000 children, who were asked last year if their child were ever diagnosed with autism or a related disorder. The lower CDC estimate is from researchers checking health and school records for more than 47,000 children.

The 1 in 68 will still be treated as the best estimate, said Michael Rosanoff, director of public health research for the advocacy group Autism Speaks.

But the new number supports a belief that 1 in 68 is an underestimate, he added.  Read more at Detroit News.

Current Affairs

Sharyl Attkisson Reports: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly

Sharyl logoNOTE: How many Americans have run to get a flu shot since a 2006 study: Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All. Lack of efficacy. Fancy talk for, "it doesn't work." How much money has been spent on ads? How many vaccine reactions and injuries have been tallied? Ignored?  How many millions of micrograms of mercury have gone into the brains of American men, women and children? And how many Muppets have rolled up the sleeves on their furry arms.....

Thank you to Sharyl Attkisson for her reporting: Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All

An important and definitive “mainstream” government study done nearly a decade ago got little attention because the science came down on the wrong side. It found that after decades and billions of dollars spent promoting flu shots for the elderly, the mass vaccination program did not result in saving lives. In fact, the death rate among the elderly increased substantially.

The authors of the study admitted a bias going into the study. Here was the history as described to me: Public health experts long assumed flu shots were effective in the elderly. But, paradoxically, all the studies done failed to demonstrate a benefit. Instead of considering that they, the experts, could be wrong–instead of believing the scientific data–the public health experts assumed the studies were wrong. After all, flu shots have to work, right?

So the NIH launched an effort to do “the” definitive study that would actually prove, for the first time, once and for all, that flu shots were beneficial to the elderly. The government would gather some of the brightest scientific minds for the research, and adjust for all kinds of factors that could be masking that presumed benefit.

But when they finished, no matter how they crunched the numbers, the data kept telling the same story: flu shots were of no benefit to the elderly. Quite the opposite. The death rate had increased markedly since widespread flu vaccination among older Americans. The scientists finally had to acknowledge that decades of public health thought had been mistaken.

Read the government study that found no flu shot benefit in elderly

Current Affairs

You're Invited: “Vaccine Wars:” A Look at the Politics and Legislation of Vaccination

Save dateSave the date! 

Monday, November 16 at 7pm in Rose Hills Theatre, Pomona College, CA

“Vaccine Wars:” A Look at the Politics and Legislation of Vaccination

In December 2014, at least 40 people who visited or worked at Disneyland contracted measles. On June 30, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 277, which eliminates the personal and religious belief exemptions to vaccination, requiring nearly all California schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated. Legislation on vaccination continues to be a contentious political issue, earning it the name: “vaccine wars.” Join the PSU for a discussion on vaccination policy, looking at the intersection of public health, individual choice, and the role of our government.


Alexander Capron: University Professor, Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics, Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

Jennifer Margulis, PhD: Former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism; featured in PBS Frontline’s “The Vaccine War;” author of “Your Baby, Your Way: Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Decisions for a Happy, Healthier Family”

Hilary LaConte, MA, Education: President, Governing Board, Claremont Unified School District; Associate Director of Public Policy Analysis Program at Pomona College

Dr. Bob Sears, MD: Orange County pediatrician; Founder of the non-profit Immunity Education Group

Anne Dachel

Poor American Pediatric Health & Future Military Preparedness

Who Will Serve
NOTE: Yesterday was Veteran's Day in the USA. Many of us commemorated our family members for their service. What will happen to military service as the rate of American children affected by chronic debilitating diagnoses continues to soar?

By Anne Dachel

A few months ago I was interviewed by Andy McCabe, a psychologist from New Jersey, on his talk radio show, Autism with Dr. Andy McCabe.  One of the questions he asked me was something I'd never considered.  He wanted to know what the high autism rate among males meant for America's military preparedness.  I'd never thought about it before.

In my answer I said we have to think about more than just how much autism there is.  What about all the chronically ill kids out there?  In never-before-seen numbers, our kids are sick.  I'm a teacher and it's now common to have students with life-threatening peanut allergies, insulin dependent diabetes, and alert bracelets for their seizure disorder. 

At noon in our schools kids line up for their meds in the office.  Inhalers and epi pens have their places in classrooms.   I told Dr. McCabe that if our country had to respond to something like Pearl Harbor today we'd need to send medical units along or our soldiers would become causalities of their own health conditions.  Soldiers would have to have their special diets and behavior meds in order to function.  There'd have to be mobile pharmacies accompanying our troops.

On Nov 10, 2015 published the sobering piece, America's New Normal: Chronically Ill Kids, by Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD.

Here are excerpts:

We’re going backwards

Over half of US children now suffer from a chronic condition, disability, or disease. Americans spend the least on food, the most on health care, have the most highly vaccinated kids, and have the sickest kids of any industrialized country. More kids than not are now chronically ill, developmentally delayed, and eating or injecting prescription medications from cradle to grave – which is going to be a quicker trip for them than it was for their parents, according to data on life expectancy in the US. We are inured to childhood autism, epilepsy, allergy, asthma, diabetes, obesity, Crohn’s disease and cancer. We are dying younger. We are going backwards. . . .

Causes of death for US children have shifted since 1970. As then, accidents and injuries still top the list. And poverty is still a potent predictor of higher mortality. Chances of surviving cancer are stronger for children now, but there has been a fifty percent increase in cancer rates in children compared to forty years ago. Is this due to “better diagnosing” too, as we have been told about the staggering increase in autism? . . .


In 1983, children were required to have ten vaccines by age six. That changed to forty-nine by age six in 2013 — not counting flu shots. To maximize profits, manufacturers and health insurers bundle as many vaccines as possible into one syringe. And doctors, once told to give no more than four simultaneous vaccines, are now expected to give up to nine. This means that twelve-month-old babies can get a total of twenty-five antigens in one day — an astounding immune assault for a twenty pounder.

Pregnant women are now encouraged to have flu shots – which was found to trigger more fetal deaths. Still, nobody blinks. Our government just adds more, telling pregnant women to get TDaP shots too (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis).

What are we doing about this?

Why aren't our children's chronic health problems and disabilities a matter of grave concern and even alarm for groups like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the U.S. Congress?

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Autism_on_the_Seas_Logo_JPEGAotS Kicks off Foundation Launch with Holiday “Fun”draiser in Partnership with Fat Brain Toys – Campaign Gives Back to Special Needs Organizations & ATOSFamilies

Autism Society of America is First Special Needs Organization to Participate in Fundraiser

SHELTON, CT (October 29, 2015)   ̶̶   Autism on the Seas (AotS), the leading travel organization catering to vacationers with autism and other developmental disabilities, announced today the launch of the company’s non-profit arm, Autism on the Seas Foundation. The foundation is designed to financially assist families wishing to vacation on an Autism on the Seas’ staff-supported cruise.

As part of the launch, AotS Foundation is partnering with Fat Brain Toys, to offer a special Holiday “Fun”draiser, which will give Special Needs organizations an opportunity to drive donations through the sale of Fat Brain Toys.  Participating organizations may be selected by anyone making a toy or game purchase, which will result in a 10% donation back to the organization and a 5% donation to AotSF on every toy sold between October 29 and December 19, 2015. Grand Prizes, including cruise vacation credits totaling $10,000 towards an Autism on the Seas cruise, will be awarded by AotSF to the top selling families by December 31, 2015.

“Since we launched our company in 2006, our mission has been to make vacation dreams come true for a large population of overlooked travelers – families with children or loved ones with special needs,” said Mike Sobbell, founder and president, of Autism on the Seas. “With the launch of our foundation and our kickoff fundraiser, we can help make dreams come true for families that want, need and deserve a vacation, but can’t manage it on their own financially.”

AotS Foundation & Fat Brain Toys Holiday “Fun”draiser
In addition to helping Special Needs organizations and advocacy groups raise money and the spirits of their members with a Holiday “Fun”draiser Contest, the AotS Foundation will earn a 5% donation on all toy sales from Fat Brain Toys that will further the Foundation’s ability to provide financial assistance to families wanting to take an Autism on the Seas staffed cruise.


Dachel Media Update: Californians Join Other Vaccine Safety Protesters at CDC Headquarters

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Aperture International. Aperture

Nov 9, 2015, Black Voice News: Californians Join Other Vaccine Safety Protesters at CDC Headquarters

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The White Queen Awaits Her Breakfast – The Psychological and Legal Gymnastics of Autism Following Vaccine Induced Encephalopathy in the NVICP

Impossible thingsBy Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde, a continued series on investigation of the NVICP Impossible things 2

Special Master Denise K. Vowell in Snyder v HHS – 2/19/09

"To conclude that Colten's condition (autism) was the result of his MMR vaccine, an objective observer would have to emulate Lewis Carroll's White Queen and be able to believe six impossible (or, at least, highly improbable) things before breakfast.” [i]

Special Master Denise Vowell’s used these words in her stinging dismissal of the Snyder case in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings. By invoking Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Vowell was advising the petitioners and the American public that claiming that vaccines cause autism was simply preposterous. The imperious language used in dismissing the Snyder case was designed to send the message that those who claim a link between autism and vaccines are in league with the Mad Hatter.

Then the other day, the dogged Wayne Rohde found this case buried in the Unpublished Vaccine Cases section of the US Court of Claims website:

Special Master Denise K. Vowell in Wright v HHS - 9/21/15[ii]

“I find that M.W.’s development was, more likely than not, within normal limits prior to his July 6 vaccinations. Thereafter, it deteriorated, and eventually he received an ASD diagnosis. I am not required to find that the vaccination actually caused that diagnosis. Rather, I find that the neurological and behavioral symptoms he displayed for well more than six months after the vaccination constituted a chronic encephalopathy, which meets the diagnostic criteria for ASD.

White queenMany, if not most, cases of ASD constitute a chronic encephalopathy. However, only rarely do the symptoms of ASD follow an acute encephalopathy, in which some of those symptoms are part of the acute encephalopathic picture. This case is one of those rare events. Because M.W. had an acute encephalopathy meeting the Table requirements, followed by a chronic encephalopathy, a presumption of causation attaches regarding his current condition.

I emphasize again that this is NOT a case in which a judicial determination has been made that vaccines actually caused a child to develop ASD. Since I was assigned to the “autism docket” in early 2007, as one of the three special masters to hear the OAP test cases, I have had approximately 1800 cases alleging vaccine causation of ASD on my docket. In my nearly nine years on this autism docket, I have not read or heard any reliable evidence in any case, including this one, that vaccines can or do cause ASD…

M.W. experienced an acute encephalopathy, with onset beginning within two hours of his Pentacel vaccination. The acute encephalopathy persisted for more than 24 hours. Although there is some evidence of an intercurrent illness, that evidence does not reach the level of preponderant evidence of alternate cause. M.W. never returned to baseline after the vaccination. He has a chronic encephalopathy which has persisted for over six months…Petitioners are therefore entitled to compensation for M.W.’s condition as a Table encephalopathy.”


It must have been difficult if not somewhat awkward for outgoing Chief Special Master Vowell to issue the order awarding compensation in the recently posted Wright case. The language she utilized to explain this decision indicates that this case presented her with a difficult set of psychological gymnastics and legal maneuvers.

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Vaccine Safety

The Canary Party Joins The National Vaccine Information Center in Calling for the Repeal of the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act

Canary logo 4 22The 1986 law that prevented Americans from suing Pharmaceutical companies for vaccine injury and death, and established the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has been a failure.  It is time to repeal this legislation.

This law has allowed vaccine interest to abuse the public trust by pushing less safe and less effective vaccines, ignoring soaring reports of serious adverse vaccine reactions, and bloating the vaccine schedule from 24 doses in the 60's 70's and 80's, to a 69 dose schedule today that is not tested in combination for safety.  

Further, the US Vaccine Injury Compensation Program created to replace the tort system has been a failure, and has done more to protect vaccine profits than it has to care for victims of vaccine injury.  The US Government Accounting Office, Stanford Law, American University Law and The Associated Press/NYT have all issued their findings following in depth investigations into the program and agree that the VICP fails to properly compensate vaccine victims.  

Because the public accountability mechanism has ceased to function, vaccine interests, and even doctors in offices, are now making wildly false product safety claims to families, and the public has no way to stop this misinformation campaign by those profiting from the over use and inappropriate use of vaccinations.

This special liability protection given only to vaccine makers has turned the vaccine business from a 750 million dollar per year industry to a reported 27 billion dollar per year industry, while the the health of American children during that same time period has plummeted.

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Current Affairs

NYC Parents Sue to Stop Required Flu Shots for Tots

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NYC parents sue to stop required flu shots for tots
Board of Health can't ban big soda cups and they can't require flu shots
New York, NY--New York City parents filed a lawsuit Monday in the New York County Supreme Court to end a Bloomberg-era regulation requiring mandatory flu shots for kids enrolled in daycare, Head Start and pre-kindergarten set to begin on Jan. 1, 2016. Just as the courts over-turned the attempted Bloomberg ban on big soda cups, holding that the NYC Board of Health and Mental Hygiene has no authority to create new laws, parents argue that the Board of Health has no legal authority to dictate shots. Swine flu shot syringes
All the children of the parents bringing the suit are fully vaccinated, they object specifically to the flu shot and the illegal way the city has forced it upon families.
"The Board of Health, without any legislative authority, adopted this flu shot dictate as well as granted itself the power to require any other vaccine it desires," said Aaron Siri, attorney for the parents. "The Board of Health not only adopted the rule without any legislative authority, it did so in direct conflict with New York law that gives the state legislature the power to decide which vaccines shall be mandatory."
Children aged 6 months to 59 months would be banned from programs, and program-operators could be fined thousands of dollars for every child who does not get the flu shot. These children are the only residents of New York State required to get flu shots. Almost nowhere else in the US is the flu shots required.

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Autism Speaks' PSAs Ignore The Reality of Autism for Many


Have You Seen These Autism PSAs Yet? You Should Take a Look

By Anne Dachel

PSA Video:

"This is the story of a boy who didn't talk for a long time. 

"The boy liked things to always be the same.  Any changes would scare and upset him.   The unknown was an unfriendly place. 

"The boy was very sensitive to lights and sounds, so he built secret hiding places where they couldn't get in. 

"The boy didn't like looking people in the eye.  He wasn't trying to be mean, it just made him feel uncomfortable. 

"Sometimes he'd flap his arms again and again." 

Boy speaking: "One day I found out I have something called autism.   My family got me help.  Slowly I found my voice and learned all the ways I could live with it better."

Voiceover:  "Early intervention can make a lifetime of difference.   Learn the signs at" 

This PSA has an animated boy in a boat along with curious-looking alien-like creatures.  His flapping arms magically turn into wings and he flies.  At the end we see him changed into a typical looking kid.

I'm happy to see awareness about high functioning autism.  This PSA describes my son.  Yes, this kind of behavior is part of a medical condition.  Please understand and accept these children.


Why is that?  Where is the PSA showing us the animated school age boy still wearing diapers, banging his head and screaming? will never have a voiceover saying, "This is the story of a boy who never learned to talk, despite years of therapy. 

"He was still in diapers when he went to school.  Changes in his routine could make the boy very angry and sometimes he would have meltdowns, especially when he was out in public. 

"The boy's parents are very worried about his future, especially after they're gone.  You see, almost all the people with autism are children or young adults.  Learn the signs because there's nothing you can do to prevent autism.  We can all expect to know more and more children with autism."


Georgia Mom in Murder Suicide with Autistic Son

Cute character with autism from Autism Speaks' New PSA

Welcome to the tribe of the dead. Sound harsh? Good.

Tumblr_nfuntfMoZa1s2wio8o1_500While Autism Speaks treats Autism like a Rankin and Bass holiday special, and the literary world treats it as a National Geographic anthropological cover story, the reality of autism is grim for more Neurotribesfamilies than most of us care to admit.

Yesterday I read a friend's FB post, her son was accepted into a residential program. He has wandered onto a busy highway, been aggressive with family to the point of assault and struggled with myriad health issues. His Mom has worked for over a decade to try to help him.   Few people know what goes on behind closed doors even here in my own home.  Below is a tragic story from Georgia that I fear will become yet another horrific American "new normal," like school shootings.  I never, ever condone harming or murdering our children. I do understand that some families will be so overwhelmed, so set adrift, so exhausted and facing such despair that murder and/or suicide seems the only solution. There but for the grace of God.


Mother Murders Autistic Son: Atlanta, GA NBC

Detectives said Dustin’s body was lying on a couch and his mother Nina Hicks was next to him on a pallet. Both had gunshot wounds to the head.

Investigators said the mother’s wound was self-inflicted.

“It’s pretty tragic to see that a mom shoots her own child,” Wooten said.

Geraghty lives down the street and learned of his neighbors’ deaths while walking his dog.

“We don’t all know each other very well, maybe, but still – to hear news like this it really makes you stop and think,” he said. “It’s a sad, sad day.”

The scene was just as unsettling for deputies.

“It’s not something that I’ve experienced,” the sheriff said. “Usually in a murder-suicide, it’s couples or significant others in some type of relationship.”

Officials said crews on the scene found evidence that may reveal the mother’s motive.

“Basically, his health issues had gotten worse and she didn’t want to be living without him,” Wooten said.

Read more HERE.

Anne Dachel

Part 3: Anne Dachel Interviews Tony Muhammad on CDC Vaccine Safety Accountability

Brother Tony MBy Anne Dachel Part 3 of Anne's 3 part interview with Brother Tony Muhammad is below. You can view Part 2 here and Part 1 here.


Here Brother Tony issued a call to action. The black community will be organized and uniting with other groups to make this into a movement.

“One of the things that was shocking to me is that…I really didn’t know much about autism because I thought, like many in my community, we thought autism was like a white problem.

“…But I was shocked to find out how disproportionately that black boys in particular [were] ill-effected by autism. I didn’t even know what the word autism meant. To get involved with this now and to see the debilitating effects of autism and to know that it's linked to vaccines that are given to us by doctors that we trust who may not know because they’re driven by money, blew me away.

“Since it’s come to my attention that it does ill-effect black boys in the black community, Native American community, as well as white community—and now it’s all of our fight. Now that we’ve taken up this fight with others, when we go to our community, there were at least four mothers in the low-income area called the government projects, when I took this information into the City of Los Angeles and to my community, these mothers knew something had happened to their children after they were vaccinated. But because the literacy rate is not high, because they were bullied by their doctors and their doctors passionately pleaded with them …that it was genetic, and the mother was carrying the guilt—when I mentioned this, to see the tears coming down these mothers’ eyes who in their spirit knew that it was nothing wrong with her, that it happened as a result of the vaccines. …It didn’t make her feel any better, but some of the guilt of thinking that this disease was passed on through genetics, was relieved, and now these mothers are a part of the movement to help us to bring to bear what’s going on with these vaccines. So that was incredible. It was incredible that I didn’t know much about autism and thinking that autism was a white problem, and now to see all of us working together to save our children.

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Current Affairs

Paul Offit and AAP Reward Senator Pan for Taking Away Healthcare Rights in California


Paul Offit presents Richard Pan with AAP award on behalf of CHILD, Inc.  Note the disdain in Offit's language.

Nov 1, 2015, NCE 2015 Sen. Pan Awards - YouTube

Paul Offit: "You are brave man. (audience laughter)  You were able to take something which those who oppose vaccines always make a parent's right issue and make it a child's right issue.  I think that to oppose groups like these--we're not talking about sort of the vaccine hesitant parents--but more the professional anti-vaccine types, that is a politically savvy, media-backed, often lawyer-backed group that can make your life miserable.  I think it takes an enormous amount of bravery to do what you did.

"You know you've gotten into the center of things when you meet the very best people and the very worst people. (more audience laughter)


Next Dr. Stuart Cohen of the American Academy of Pediatrics, California: ". . .Nothing has risen to the level in both difficulty and acclaim as your SB277.  (laughter)

"So with that in mind, we'd like to honor you, American Academy of Pediatrics California, as legislator of the year.  'For his invaluable leadership and heroic achievements to keep California children safe at school from vaccine-preventable disease, in order to protect the public health with Senate Bill 277.'"


Cathy Jameson

Your Life Narrated by Me, Your Mother

Retro narrationBy Cathy Jameson

I noticed something the other day.  I talk a lot.  I talk more now than ever before.  It’s not all the time that I’m a Chatty Cathy, but when I’m with Ronan, I don’t shut up.  I am still somewhat reserved other times like when it comes to first-time meet and greets with new people that I get to meet.  Other times, though, I’d rather sit at the back of the group, out of sight and nestled a corner or in the back row. I can’t do that when it comes to taking care of Ronan, though. That’s when I don’t mind sticking my neck out to be seen.  Nor do I mind raising my voice so that I can be heard. 

I realized how much I talk when I’m with Ronan when he and I started out last week to get to an appointment.  I caught myself non-stop talking while I was holding Ronan’s hand.  As we walked into the therapist’s waiting room I said, “Keep going, you’re almost there, step over the toys, careful…careful. Sit down, hold on, stay with Mommy.  You did it!”  After we sat, I stayed close to Ronan stroking his back while we waited for his name to be called. 

The video playing on the television was a tad loud, as were the other patients and their siblings who were also in the waiting room, so I leaned in and quietly spoke to Ronan, “You like this movie?  It’s called ‘Cars 2.’  Remember we saw it at the theatre with Daddy.  Oh, look!  That part made you laugh.  Hey, it’s your turn now.  Stand up, let’s go.  Come on, watch your step.  Down the hallway, here you go!  Okay, bye now, Buddy.  I’ll see you in a little bit.  Kiss.” 

How many times have I done that—given a play-by-play of exactly who, what, where, when and why? And did I really need to narrate the entire trip into the clinic and into the therapy room?  Did Ronan care that I was observing and noting all sorts of things as we went?  Did he see all of it as we went by?  Did he hear it?  Of course, he heard it.  But, I wonder, does Ronan tune me out like he seems to tune out so many other things in his environment? 

Why do I think I need to state every step and every action?  I guess part of it is because I’ve had to remind Ronan several times about the same thing (walk OVER the toy, not ON it; and put your cup in the sink, NOT the trash can).  Maybe I talk so much because I want a little bit of feedback. Ronan has some sort of understanding of what’s going on in the world, but, since he’s still just barely pre-verbal, the only reliable feedback I get is from me as I talk to myself. 

Who knows, though, maybe with all this chit chat that I do for Ronan will have him one day spontaneously respond, “Ma, cut it out.  Okay?  I can do it by myself now.  Watch me.”

I already knew that I rolled out a constant narrative other places.  These situations are different than the daily action-packed descriptions that I just realized that I do.  For the other times, I’m consciously aware of what I’m saying.  In fact, if I don’t speak up I feel like it’s a disservice to Ronan.  Like when I take Ronan to a social outing at a busy park or to a fun gathering for my typical children.  Before a genuinely curious but terribly mannered kid has a chance to rudely stare or squawk at the strange-acting child (mine) I start a dialogue with Ronan, “Hey, Buddy.  Do you want to go over there? (reaching for Ronan’s hand and walking him to the jungle gym).  Hold my hand.  Let’s go!  Steady now.  We’re almost there.  You’ll love to climb that.”  And off I scurry with Ronan—hoping to be far away from the gawking kid who, was never told that staring at other people is rude, and closer to more activities that Ronan is able to do at his own rate with success. 

Of course, it could be a wonderful learning moment for the staring child to know why Ronan looks a little bit odd and acts a whole lot different than other kids, but I have enough teaching and coaching to do for my own child. 

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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Is Autism a Holocaust?

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

I’m fortunate to be included on some e-mail threads where people go back and forth on important issues around autism advocacy. I mostly just listen in, and often get a sense of topics that are bubbling up or events that are in the planning stage.

Sometimes the discussions are so good that they are worth sharing verbatim. Such is the case this week. The topic was the title of a book published this year, “The Autistic Holocaust – The Reason Our Children Keep Getting Sick,” by Jon E. Mica, an autism dad from Auburn, N.Y.

I haven’t read it yet, but it looks very much like the view shared by most of our readers and myself – corruption at the CDC and big pharma leading to a vaccine-induced catastrophe – a holocaust, in Mica’s word. I’ll try to say more about it later.

Meanwhile, the discussion it provoked centered on whether calling autism a holocaust, capital H or lower h, in a book title or anywhere else, is simply out of bounds. I asked three of the participants -- Bob Krakow, Lou Conte and John Gilmore -- if I could share their extended comments, and happily they all said yes.

This is the argument against the use of the word in regards to autism. What do you think?


Bob Krakow -- I have a strong view that the choice of the word “Holocaust” is not appropriate and does not serve the interests of our children.

What is happening to our children - has happened and has continued - is devastating but differs in substantive ways from what is known as "the Holocaust” or in Hebrew “Shoah”, which literally means the “destruction” or “catastrophe” (the word Holocaust, is from the Greek “sacrifice by fire") - the deliberate, organized, state sponsored, systematic murder of Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, Communists, some Slavic ethnic groups (Poles and Russians), and others from approximately 1939 to 1945. It was overt government policy. The burning aspect comes from the gassing and literal burning of corpses in the camps, such as Auschwitz. The imagery is powerful as is the word used to describe it. 

Naming what has happened to our children a ”Holocaust" calls for a comparison that diminishes what happened to the children, but distorts the sense of what has happened. It is a facile comparison and unhelpful. What happened to our kids is something new, devastating and horrible. The response to the devastation - in many levels - warrants extreme moral outrage. But there is no Fuhrer orchestrating a systematic exercise of killing against one or more groups based on ethnicity or belief.  In fact, what is happening here today is more insidious and less obviously evil, so it is more challenging to identify and counter. “Autism” - a word I equate to a slave name because it is, in a sense, a medical euphemism, which means little and signifies ignorance about cause -- is also not a good word for what afflicts our children.

Choice of language is important. Using the word “Holocaust” is use of a word that is a sort of blunt linguistic instrument that fails to describe what has happened. It will also offend certain groups and elicit resistance to our narratives - although that is not my primary concern. We have to use our own language, new language, not use comparisons that are inapt.

The book may be great, but “The Autistic Holocaust” is a title that I find offensive and ill-conceived.


John Gilmore: "Holocaust" is a word with too powerful associations to be of much use describing anything other than the crimes of the Nazis. But in your thorough enumerating of the Nazis’ preferred targets you left out an important group, the first group targeted for elimination by the Nazis: developmentally disabled children.

I think we might be dealing with something potentially worse than National Socialism; as a society our prevailing guiding principle is what I would describe as nihilistic careerism, nothing matters beyond personal material and status advancement, nothing. If your own career, material well-being and status are advanced, the consequences of what happens to others simply isn't a consideration.


Bob Krakow: Absolutely correct and thank you for pointing out that omission - disabled children were the early target of the eugenics movement in the US, the promoters of which were the progenitor of the Nazi movement in Germany. That is right - the Nazi movement, especially in its ideas of ethnic cleansing and extermination started in the US with eugenics. The Nazis refined and amplified, making it their overarching public policy and practice.

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Current Affairs

Book Review: The Mess They Made (The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy)

No Free GiftBy Jonathan Rose

Linsey McGoey, No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy (London and New York: Verso, 2015).

Amidst our daily struggles with the burdens autism imposes on our children, each of us has probably asked a still larger question: How could such a thing happen? A generation is being decimated, everyone sees it and knows it, and yet those in authority assure us that there is no real problem and not much needs to be done about it. That is not how a genuinely democratic and caring society would respond, so we inevitably wonder: Has something gone terribly wrong with our political system, our basic machinery for distributing wealth and power?

In fact the system has taken a sharp turn for the worse, as revealed to devastating effect in No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy. A sociologist of public health at the University of Essex who has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization, Linsey McGoey has studied intensely why public health systems often fail. She has explained how government drug regulators succumb to a “will to ignorance”, how Merck managed to double its share value in spite of the Vioxx scandal, how GlaxoSmithKline escaped prosecution for suppressing trial results that showed that its antidepressant Seroxat was ineffective and could lead to suicide, and how the inherent shortcomings of randomized clinical trials have “led to the licensing of numerous drugs with adverse effects that were either innocently undetected or deliberately ignored because they could not be easily measured.”

All those failures, she suggests in this book, are products of a deeper failure of our current economic system, which is neither socialism nor genuine free-market capitalism. Nor is it the “mixed economy” of the mid-twentieth century, where governments curbed corporate power and offered welfare measures that spread prosperity to the middle and working classes throughout the Western world.   The regime under which we now live is often called “oligarchy”, but the oligarchs themselves prefer the term “philanthrocapitalism”. It concentrates enormous wealth in the hands of very few individuals, who use their money to rig legislation and markets in their favor, thus growing their wealth still further. But that (according to the philanthrocapitalists) actually works to everyone’s benefit: the superrich can then draw on their vast resources and their business skills to attack all kinds of social ills. In philanthropy, they propose to take the same ruthlessly efficient methods they use to maximize profits and apply them to fighting global poverty and disease, and they promise to do it far more effectively than cumbersome welfare bureaucracies.  

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Part 2: Anne Dachel Interviews Tony Muhammad on CDC Vaccine Safety Accountability

Brother Tony MBy Anne Dachel

View part one here.

Here is more of my conversation with Minister Tony Muhammad.  He was very specific about the politicians, both in California and in Washington,  who've turned their backs on the welfare of our children.

Min. Tony:

“...When I took this information to some of our state elected officials in …California right before SB277, …to my surprise, when I put the data in front of them, and I put the press release that came from Dr. William Thompson’s lawyer in front of them, many of them pushed it back to me, and were saying, ‘I’m voting for it.’

“I was perplexed. …All but two elected officials in the state of California that are African American voted [for SB277]. Then the Sacramento Bee put out an article, and that article said how much money each of these black elected officials [were] getting from the big pharmaceutical companies and there I had it. And I said to myself, ‘Wow, they have been bought and paid for.’ And Minister Farrakhan said, ‘Pharaoh always had magicians, and these are his magicians because they want the money and they will dance to whatever tune big pharma asks them to.

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Dachel Media Update: Disability, Difference or Indifference?

Online newsBy Anne Dachel
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Nov 3, 2015, Fort Worth Star Ledger: ‘Sesame Street’ shows how autism should be portrayed

Nov 3, 2015, UK Independent: Samuel Johnson Prize 2015: History of autism is first popular science winner of non-fiction book award

Nov 3, 2015, MD Magazine: One in Five Pediatricians Say Goodbye to Families Who Refuse Vaccines

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Adriana Gamondes

“Unholy Coalition”: How Common Concerns, Chronic Disease, Biotech Trolls and State Terror Act as Unifying Forces Between Vaccine Safety and Anti-GMO Activism

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By Adriana Gamondes

There’s a particular plot twist in epic films that never fails to yank at my heartstrings even if the scene in question is over the top, hammed up or riddled with historical inaccuracies: that moment when all seems lost, yet against all odds, disparate forces gather together in a unified front to battle evil.

Since Scotland recently declared a ban on GMOs and since Skeptic astroturfer and dual Monsanto/vaccine defender David Gorski has repeatedly flogged a Braveheart analogy for—as he puts it— the “unholy coalition” of the vaccine safety movement, one scene from that the film comes to mind. It’s the moment when Irish conscripts stop in the middle of the battlefield to shake hands with the Scots to the dismay of dastardly Edward I.

To Gorski—aka Murdoch blogger “Orac” (Murdoch owns National Geographic which runs ScienceBlogs which hosts Gorski)— the comparison between vaccine safety activists and rebel Scots isn’t meant to be flattering because, as some recall, William Wallace gets drawn and quartered and the Scots independence movement failed, an idea that clearly fills Gorski’s mercenary little heart with glee.

But the scene still gets me every time… even though that historical moment of transnational male bonding never actually happened.

It would be nice if it did. It would be great if human beings were never weak, short-sighted and had enough clarity and courage to see common ground between embattled causes. All the same, sometimes the impossible comes to pass and seemingly different political movements discover aims in common and shift into loose allegiance. I think this is happening in regard to the vaccine safety and anti-GMO movements. The March Against Monsanto website recently reposted a GreenMedInfo article by Dr. Kelly Brogan titled Naturopathic Doctor Connects the Dots Between GMOs and Vaccines:

As discussed earlier on this website, a debate has brewing throughout the holistic health and clean food movements about whether to include the “green our vaccines” and GMO free movements together, or to keep them separate so as not to turn certain segments of people off to the cause.

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CDC Whistleblower, Current Affairs, Ginger Taylor, Vaccine Safety

CDC Investigates Itself on #CDCwhistleblower Fraud Charges and Then Declines to Share Results with Congress

Cotton by Ginger Taylor

After the blockbuster revelations that Dr. William Thompson had come forward and admitted that CDC was withholding information that they found linking vaccines to autism, Congressman Bill Posey took the lead in investigating the matter. After many months of sorting through documents given to him by Thompson, Posey took to the floor of the House of Representatives last summer to confirm that there was ample evidence that fraud was taking place and called for formal Congressional hearings.

Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, the new head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, had reportedly committed to Rep. Posey that he would hold hearings, however those reports were followed by others suggesting that key members of Congress were coming intense under pressure from vaccine interests not to hold hearings, and instead to allow CDC to investigate themselves.

Indeed, CDC spokesperson Tom Skinner released the following statement to Forbes Magazine, announcing that the agency will investigate themselves for the fraud charges that have been levied against them:

"CDC is aware that employee Dr. William Thompson has raised concerns regarding an article he co-authored that was published in 2004 in Pediatrics. Consistent with CDC’s existing policies and procedures, the agency, through its Office of the Associate Director for Science (ADS), and in coordination with the HHS Office of Research Integrity, is reviewing these concerns. The agency will provide further information once the review is completed."

Months after Rep. Chaffetz had reportedly committed to hold hearings, no hearings have been publicly discussed. Further, activists in the black community report that the ORG's ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings, initially committed to them that he would look into the Thompson disclosure, but recanted his commitment to them within days of making it.

On Monday, Rep. Posey took to his facebook page to share that he had learned that CDC had completed their investigation of their potential fraud, and had prepared a video response. He contacted them to request a copy, but CDC has declined to produce it for the Congressman.

Congressman Bill Posey's post to facebook:

"ARROGANT, PETULANT & DEFIANT - I was informed by an insider they did an investigation, prepared a response and produced a video as a result of the July 29th video I posted below. I simply asked to see..."


I had not realized that responses like these were possible to government agencies with oversight and investigative powers, and after reading the Dena Morris response, I have been inspired to use her letter as a template in to address a matter in my own life:

November 4th, 2015

Ginger Taylor
123 The Way Life Should Be Way
Rocky Coast Of, Maine

12th Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue
Northwest, Washington, D.C.

Dear Internal Revenue Service,

Thank you for your letter regarding your 2014 statement and your request for certain documents and materials. The Taylor Family (Team Taylor) was aware that certain concerns had been raised regarding a 2014 paperwork filing authored by Team Taylor members. Team Taylor takes any concerns about the integrity of our paperwork filings very seriously and is committed to reviewing such concerns consistent with applicable federal regulations and our team's existing policies and procedures. However, Team Taylor is not in a position at this time to comment on any ongoing review.

We value your commitment to public funding, and appreciate your support for providing the public with revenue. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Chander Taylor our son injured by your sister agency's policies and disclosures, after he gets home from school.


Ginger Taylor
Executive Director, Team Taylor, Maine Office

I will let you know if it pays off.