CVS Counter Attack: Pesticide Warnings & Flu Shot Freebies

CVS Counter
By Kim Stagliano

Hey, AofAers.  I found this nifty sticker on the counter at CVS pharmacy while checking out the other day.  It made me laugh. Shake my head. And head over to the nausea meds aisle.  As you can seen, CVS offers freebies and oodles of good stuff if you allow them to inject you with a flu shot that might work 50% of the time and whose side effects might harm you seriously.   Oh, and the vaccine is likely to contain 25 mcg of mercury. AKA neurotoxic poison.  But oh that 20% savings card is tempting! Maybe buy some ginko biloba for the mercury induced memory loss!   At the same time, if you buy pesticides at CVS (Huh? Maybe in the garden section in summer?) you  need to read about ALL of the warnings here in the Nutmeg state of Connecticut.  You can buy this poison, but you must warn your  neighbors! (I agree, by the way.) If you get a Flumist nasal live virus vaccine you do not need to warn your neighbors that you will be a viral shedding machine post vax. Poison outside? Bad. Poison inside? No problem. It's the American prescription for pharma health.

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Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.

Tanner's Dad on Temple: Thumbs Down

Thumbs downBy Tim Welsh

I have never endured a more simplistic, ignorant, offensive and out of touch speech about Autism than I heard tonight. Professor Grandin spoke at a fundraiser for The Autism Society on the Campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana. Many groupies worshipped at the alter of Temple. They hung on every word as she spewed basically what when looking through today's lens was hate speech and bullying in my opinion.

We were transported back to the Leave it to Beaver years with tales about family Dinners, and Miss Manners classes to solve the Autism crisis. Dr. Grandin declared the age of video games and coddling parents caused our current situation. I was picturing this insult to parents as being similar to that of Psychiatrists labeling the refrigerator Mothers in the 1950s.

Only two brave souls were brave enough to broach the subject of causation. An older gentleman asked Temple "How is it that Autism has gone from 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 100?" Dr Grandin responded with stories about the weird people back in the day and now it is better Awareness. 

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Dr. Joshua Gordon Appointed IACC Chair (Autism)

Dr. Joshua JordanJoshua Gordon, M.D, Ph.D., who was appointed as the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH ) in September 2016, has been appointed as the new Chair of Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Prior to joining the NIH, Dr. Gordon served on the faculty of Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry from 2014-2016, where he used his training in psychiatry and neuroscience to combine laboratory-based studies examining mouse models of human psychiatric illness with clinical practice and teaching in general psychiatry. His expertise in neurophysiology, or the study of patterns of electrical activity in the brain that underlie behavior, has allowed him to investigate features of the neural circuitry that underlies mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression. He earned his B.A. degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and his M.D./Ph.D. from the University of California at San Francisco. He did his residency and fellowship in Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatry Institute. While teaching and conducting research at Columbia University, he also directed Neuroscience Education for Columbia’s Psychiatric Residency Training Program. Dr. Gordon has received several awards and grants for his research, including an IMHRO Rising Star Award, two NARSAD Young Investigator awards, an APA-GlaxoSmithKline Young Faculty award, and research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health. In his role as NIMH Director, Dr. Gordon oversees the lead federal agency for research on mental health disorders and conditions. With an annual budget of approximately $1.5 billion, NIMH supports more than 2,000 mental health and neuroscience-related research grants and contracts at universities and other institutions across the country and overseas. In addition, the NIMH intramural research program supports approximately 300 scientists who work in laboratories at NIH. The mission of the NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.


The IACC is a Federal advisory committee that was created by Congress in an effort to accelerate progress in ASD research and services. The IACC works to improve coordination and communication across the Federal government and work in partnership with the autism community. The Committee is composed of officials from many different Federal agencies involved in autism research and services, as well as adults on the autism spectrum, parents and family members of individuals on the autism spectrum, advocates, researchers, providers, and other members of the autism community. The documents and recommendations produced by the IACC reflect the views of the Committee as an independent advisory body and the expertise of the members of the Committee, but do not represent the views, official statements, policies or positions of the Federal government.  For more information on the IACC, please visit:

Corruption, Dysfunction and Obstruction at the CDC

Dorit PfizerBy Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde

For years now, those who suggest that vaccines could be behind the increase in autism have been called everything from crackpots to conspiracy theorists. The main stream media continually reminds the public that “there is no link” between vaccines and autism and the “theory has been debunked.”

These messages are often inspired and sometimes directly authored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHR). The mission of the CDC is:

“CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.”

Recently, a series of articles have revealed the CDC to be an agency mired in dysfunction and ethical crisis; reckless procedures at labs handling dangerous pathogens, a whistleblower calling out the mishandling the Zika Virus situation, the emergence of an anonymous employee group, SPIDERS, calling attention to the issues of excessive industry influence over science.  Here, Here, Here.

These revelations stand in stark, shocking contrast to the mission of the CDC. They also call into question the integrity of the agency that tells us “vaccines do not cause autism.”

And now this

On 10/19/16, Eco Watch reported that CDC Director Thomas Frieden signed a letter to avoid the order of Tennessee Senior Circuit Court Judge William Acree. The letter is an attempt to block CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, from testifying on his assertions of scientific fraud and destruction of evidence by senior CDC officials in critical research regarding the causative relationship between childhood vaccines and autism.

Judge Acree ordered that William Thompson be deposed on February 5, 2016 in a civil suit alleging medical malpractice brought by the parents of Yates Hazelhurst against the doctor who allegedly administered vaccines incorrectly to the child.

“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics.”

The reason Judge Acree issued the order? On August 27, 2014, William Thompson, Ph.D., released the following statement through his attorney regarding the 2004 article examining the possibility of a relationship between the MMR Vaccine and autism:

“My name is William Thompson.  I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998.

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Dear UN and CDC: Antibiotics - The Double Edged Sword of Man?

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

I do a lot of research and writing about Autism and the Microbiome.  A rising issue that encompasses this area of research is ANTIBIOTICS. I have a daughter who regressed into AUTISM and subsequently developed an AUTOIMMUNE disorder.  Her blood testing showed a positive antinuclear antibody response. Right now, it is called PANS/PANDAS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), like many other children both with and without Autism, who develop these horrific symptoms. Megan was on ANTIBIOTICS frequently as a toddler but it was not until AFTER VACCINATION that antibiotics came into the picture.  She began to receive numerous VACCINES in 1993 and after that, her body seemed to change and become a sponge to pathogens. Her doctors note when Meg was 15 months old, ten days after her MMR vaccine, "6/28/94  -   Fever-  rash on body - ear infection - antibiotics".  Many vaccines in-between antibiotics, most with Thimerosal, and regression into Autism.  My daughter did not suffer an acute reaction, ie seizures immediately after a vaccine that led to the emergency room, but suffered continual regression and a very evident reaction after her MMR. The doctor's office told me this was normal... a viral infection, but then came the symptoms - loss of eye contact, inability to climb stairs, loss of language as the weeks went by.  The severe GI issues then followed.  Seizures came years later. Then autoimmunity.  Her condition could best be described as being a type of encephalitis that at times seems to be an autoimmune encephalitis.  Could it be that combining VACCINES, MERCURY and ANTIBIOTICS in a short time period is just too much for the MICROBIOME to handle? -- The effect of sole antibiotics on an infant has been studied but not with vaccinations, or environmental sources, ie mercury/Thimerosal:

...when early fecal samples from antibiotic-exposed infants were compared with a later post-weaning sample, antibiotic resistance was reduced, and overall diversity had increased [31]. This may have been due to the plasticity and rapid rate of change within the gut microbiota in the first year of life, suggesting that effects of early antibiotic usage in infants may be diminished over time ....

...In two studies, a large fraction of healthy, non-antibiotic-treated infants in the first 3 months of life harbored resistant and multiply resistant bacterial strains [59,60], perhaps through maternal transmission [61]. Although it has yet to be evaluated epidemiologically, the growing presence of resistant microbes may be due in part to more widespread contaminant exposures from foods and the environment. For instance, several studies demonstrated that individuals exposed to mercury were more likely to possess resistance to multiple antibiotics, suggesting a coselection mechanism [62]. Children are regularly exposed to arsenic, which can be found in well water and foods, such as rice and baby formula [63,64,65]. Metals, such as arsenic, which was used historically as an antibiotic in humans [66] and is currently added to animal feed, have contributed to the emergence of metal/antibiotic coresistant strains arising in livestock, including MRSA isolates [67] transmittable to humans via the environment and food supply. These multiresistant pathogens heighten risk of adverse outcomes, especially in young children. Once antibiotic resistance genes are selected for, they may persist within the microbiota for years [68].

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An Unfortunate Coincidence: A Mother’s Life Inside the Autism Controversy

An Unfortunate CoincidenceBy Julie Obradovic

Cleaning out the basement the other day, I was reminded that I asked for and received a typewriter for my eighth grade graduation. I still have it, a Smith Corona SC110. I have no idea if it works or if they even make the ribbon for it anymore, but that’s not my concern. I keep it for what it means to me.

On November 1st, a dream of mine that reaches all the way back to junior high will come true. Skyhorse Publishing will publish my first book, a memoir about my life as an autism mother and advocate over the last decade. (It is currently available for purchase on Amazon.)

It’s a surreal feeling, really. Never in my wildest dreams did I actually think I would ever do such a thing. In spite of my lifelong love affair with writing, it was always something I did for personal reasons, never something I aspired to share with the world. Ironically, nothing could be more personal than what I have written and decided to share with the world.

When I was approached a few years ago about the opportunity to write, I tossed around a few ideas. As an educator, I thought maybe I would examine the impact of the autism epidemic on schools and write about how children, teachers, and taxpayers were being affected. It sounded like a good idea, but the more I thought about it, the less interested I became. I’m not a journalist, and I have no interest in writing like one. I have always written straight from the heart.

I knew years ago that my most popular posts here on Age of Autism and elsewhere were those that featured my rawest emotions and called for logic, compassion, and understanding. I couldn’t count the amount of private messages, tweets, hugs, and phone calls I have received over the years thanking me for giving people a glimpse into what it really feels like to be on this side of the fence…and why we are here in the first place.

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Politics, Influence And American Health

Vaccines moneyFrom NVIC's The Vaccine Reaction:

Most of the money that flows through the political system in America originates from special interest groups. Corporations, industry groups, labor unions and single-issue organizations spend billions of dollars each year on campaign contributions and lobbying to gain access to the government policy and law-making process with the ultimate goal of increasing their bottom line. This notion of "buying" influence has resulted in policies that may not be in the best interest of the public. This is particularly true with respect to health and vaccine policy.  Read more here.

When Autism Finds a Friend

Gentle touchBy Cathy Jameson

Thanks to some generous souls who are helping us with Ronan this year, I have had the pleasure of volunteering time at my kids’ school.  I’ve also been able to volunteer some time afterschool with some activities my kids are in, too.  It’s taken a long time for that to happen, but I’m grateful for every minute I get to do this.   

Twice now, I’ve been able to help drive some of the soccer team to their away games.  For the first outing I drove my son, Willem, and 3 of his teammates.  Each of the boys knew of Ronan and had briefly met him before, but it would be the first time they’d be in the car with Ronan.  It would also be the first time they spent any length of time with him beyond sharing a quick hello. 

As the boys loaded their bags in the trunk, I took Willem aside and said quietly, “Why don’t you sit next to Ronan just in case he…”

Willem quickly said, “Don’t worry, Mom,” and added, “I was going to.”

One teammate, who also happens to also be one of Willem’s favorite friends as well as a classmate, overheard us and said, “Why can’t I sit next to Ronan?”  Before I could answer him, he got in the car and buckled up right next to Ronan’s seat.

“Well, he might…” I started, “…he might reach for your hand.  And sometimes it hurts when he does that.  And if I’m driving, I can’t help get his hand loose from yours…” I explained.

The classmate looked at me, looked at Ronan and then said, “It’ll be okay.”  Looking at Ronan again, he tried to engage him, “Hey, Ronan!  Remember me?” 

With a smile, Willem’s classmate looked back and me and said, “Okay.  I’m ready.” 

Somewhat nervous as we had an almost 30-minute ride to the field, when I saw the boy’s smile I let go of my anxiety.  His positivity was a good sign and exactly what I needed. 

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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: A Flaccid Response

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

A small army – or to use less combative wording, a small peace corps – of readers and commenters have been keeping me up to date on the return of what used to be called polio (or poliomyelitis, to be technical), which now goes by the less catchy moniker of acute flaccid myelitis (or AFM, for short). As I’ve said before, your crowdsourcing is crucial. I read every e-mail and comment and from those I’ve enlisted an environmental toxicologist, a microbiologist, a neighbor, as well as readers who actually had or remember polio. They dig up maps, forward scientific papers, compile epidemics, describe sugar (which I suspect was tainted with arsenic) being offloaded from freighters in Yonkers (which had the highest per capita polio rate in 1916), and tell me when I have a really cool idea that is really – well, really wrong.

And we have our own Contributing Editor Dan Burns, who reads with the closeness of the English prof he is and suggests new correlations and spots things left unanswered or fuzzy (to wit: “Newspaper clippings: some are blurry and hard to read. Nice yellow though!”). Dan’s improvements show up quickly in my online articles. He pushed me to make my point and parallels sharper – hence my working statement, “polio is the autism of childhood diseases and autism is the polio of childhood disorders “– because both often result from the interaction and amplification of toxins and microbes. That’s why I’ve taken the liberty of writing about polio on AOA – a breakthrough in understanding either can help with responding to both. And of course, vaccination obtained the status of Holy Water with the polio shot, although it solved only half the problem, as current events may be demonstrating.

Mark Blaxill and I, who wrote five years ago about the original polio epidemics being triggered by a toxic co-factor – initially lead arsenate pesticide – have been troubled by this recurrence of AFM because if our theory is right, this time around the new cases also involves a co-factor, and it could be a co-factor on steroids given the chemical revolution that has happened in the meantime. Some or all of it could still be arsenic and/or lead, of course, which as atoms don’t break down and float away nicely (USA Today did a great series on the persistence of lead in playgrounds a few years back). But Lord knows there is also enough new “product” out there from glyphosate to that neonicotinoid-stuff that kills bees to the ick in vac-ick-cines that could predispose kids to this paralytic nightmare. And let’s remember this is not just a floppy forearm that slowly comes back to life, bad as it that is; one child in the current epidemic is paralyzed from the nostrils down with no real prospect of improvement. This is happening now, not in 1952 when I was born, the peak year for polio cases and parental angst even though the rate per thousand was never as high as it is for, say, autism. Time for a little more angst, I’d say.

A lot of times these individual cases are presented as triumph over tragedy, and of course there can be some improvement and there should always be hope, but this ain’t no triumph unfolding here.

The CDC says it is “intensifying its efforts” since it has no clue what’s going on. (I envision the CDC’s version of “intensified efforts” as holding two meetings a week instead of one.)

Of course, there is no mention of any attention to environmental factors. Yet Enterovirus 68 (in the polio family) that seemed associated with the first outbreak in 2014 seems not to be showing up this time. So it’s probably either a toxin pure and simple, or a toxin combined with another enterovirus TBD in the 100-plus-microbe EV family

Two years ago I wrote that the frenzy over Ebola would have long faded while children were getting paralyzed by whatever the heck this thing is.

This week, Dan Burns sent a couple of stories from Texas about the situation there: This is the most recent and involves 11 new cases in Texas this year.

“A spike in the number of cases of a mysterious polio-like illness has led to a new alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“As of August, at least 50 people in 24 states were confirmed to have acute flaccid myelitis, a viral infection that attacks the body’s nervous system and has led to paralysis and death. The federal agency posted an update earlier this week.”

This is the latest CDC chart:

Do chart 10 21The orange numbers are this year’s, and it looks like the ones for September, which will appear to the right of that blue spike, could be a real inflection point. And here is the CDC update:

I have the horrible sinking feeling that the federal government is going to let another horrible childhood disaster get ahead of it just because it is constitutionally unable to think outside the box it’s been trapped in, the one autism families know all too well.


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, Pregnancy and Developmental Delays

Science post imageInt J Risk Saf Med. 2016 Sep 17;28(3):125-41. doi: 10.3233/JRS-160726.

Links between serotonin reuptake inhibition during pregnancy and neurodevelopmental delay/spectrum disorders: A systematic review of epidemiological and physiological evidence.

Healy D1Le Noury J1Mangin D2.

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To investigate possible linkages between neurodevelopmental delay and neurodevelopmental spectrum disorders and exposure to medication with effects on serotonin reuptake inhibition during pregnancy.


We systematically reviewed the epidemiological literature for studies bearing on this relationship in children born with neurodevelopmental spectrum disorder and related conditions, as well as animal studies giving serotonin reuptake inhibitors to pregnant animals and in addition reviewed the literature for proposals as to possible mechanisms that might link effects on serotonin reuptake with cognitive changes post-partum.The epidemiological studies were analysed to produce Forest plots to illustrate possible relations.


The odds ratio of Autistic Spectrum or related Disorders in children born to women taking serotonin reuptake inhibiting antidepressants during pregnancy in case control studies was 1.95 (95% C.I. 1.63, 2.34) and in prospective cohort studies was 1.96 (95% C.I. 1.33, 2.90).


There appears to be a link between serotonin reuptake inhibition in pregnancy and developmental delay and spectrum disorders in infancy leading to cognitive difficulties in childhood. More work needs to be done to establish more precisely the nature of the difficulties and possible mechanisms through which this link might be mediated.


Autism spectrum disorder; antidepressants; neurodevelopmental delay; neurodevelopmental spectrum disorders; pregnancy; serotonin reuptake inhibitors

CDC's Own Sickness In The News

Storm cloudThank you to Ginger Taylor for this summary of a tumultuous week. Read the full post at Adventures in Autism


By Ginger Taylor

To say that this has been an active couple of days for information would be quite the understatement.  For years we have been asking the question, "Why is America so OK with the corruption that is destroying our children, and our country?"  Well I get the sense that at long last, they aren't.

Two of the most curious pieces of information that came to our attention yesterday, are the fact that CDC scientists are so sick of the corruption in their own agency that they have formed a group to call for a clean up, and that CDC has called for public comment on the MMR vaccine.  I can't help but think that these two things might be strongly associated.

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Sharyl Attkisson: CDC Blocks Testimony of MMR Vaccine Whistleblower

Sharyl logoFrom Sharyl Attkisson's site:

A current senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), William Thompson, stunned the scientific community in 2014 when he confessed that he and his colleagues have allegedly conspired to cover up or downplay links between vaccines and autism, particularly in African American boys. Thompson alleges their actions included literally sorting through and throwing away data that they didn’t want made public. However, Thompson revealed he saved original copies of the material in a safe, contacted an attorney, and sought whistleblower protection. He has provided the material to Congress. Pharmaceutical industry interests have successfully lobbied to prevent hearings and investigations into the alleged scientific fraud. (The accused CDC officials–William Thompson’s colleagues–deny they did anything unethical or illegal.)

Read CDC vaccine safety information here

Now comes word that CDC Director Thomas Frieden has blocked Thompson from testifying in a medical malpractice case brought on behalf of 16-year old Yates Hazlehurst alleging that Yates’ autism resulted from vaccine injuries.   Read more here.

NYT On Report Detailing Dangerously Sloppy CDC Infectious Disease Practices

NytNOTE:  CDC is responsible for public health and disease prevention in our nation. They are also in charge of the vaccination schedule for infants, children, teens and adults.   While our readership tends to understand that vaccine injury is a very real problem, most Americans have believed that vaccines are always safe, always well tested, always efficacious, even when the evidence to the contrary is clear. We've said it before, vaccination is more religion than science in many ways.  Stories like the one below in The New York Times might chip away at the wall of vaccine injury denial.  We hope so, because protection from the prevention might be more urgent than contracting the disease itself. 

Have you ever met someone whose car is full of trash, empty water bottles, food wrappers, old receipts and such?  Is their desk as neat as a pin?  Their house?   Our practices are our practices for the most part. The chance that the vaccine division is exempt from shoddy work is slim.

ATLANTA — Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spent much of Wednesday completing a report that would let the public see, in embarrassing detail, how the sloppy handling of anthrax by scientists at its headquarters here had potentially exposed dozens of employees to the deadly bacteria.

But just as he was sitting down for a late-afternoon lunch at his Washington, D.C., office, an urgent call came in. There had been another accident, this one just as disturbing, if not more so — and no one in the agency’s top leadership had been informed about it until that Monday, though the C.D.C.’s lab had been told about it more than a month earlier.

C.D.C. workers had somehow shipped a dangerous strain of avian influenza to a poultry research lab run by the Department of Agriculture. Known as H5N1, the virus had killed more than half of the 650 people who had been infected with it since 2003.

“I was, just frankly, stunned and appalled,” Dr. Frieden said in an interview Saturday.

The recent revelations have created a crisis of faith in the federal agency, prompting calls for an independent body to investigate such episodes in the future, as well as for sweeping changes at the agency and to a sprawling web of research labs that has grown after the 2001 terror attacks led to an intensified focus on microbes that could be used as biological weapons.

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CDC Blocks Testimony of Vaccine Whistleblower says World Mercury Project

Denied stampRobert F. Kennedy, Jr. Vows Appeal

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Director of the CDC, Thomas Frieden, has sent a letter blocking CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, from testifying in a Tennessee court case involving a 16 year old boy who claims his autism is caused by vaccine injuries.

The boy's attorneys, Bryan Smith and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., both of Morgan & Morgan, sought to have Dr. Thompson testify to explain his charges that the CDC committed data manipulation in a series of studies that found no link between vaccines and autism. Dr. Thompson has publically stated to Congressman William Posey and others that he and his colleagues in the CDC Vaccine Safety Branch were ordered to commit scientific fraud, destroy evidence and manipulate data to conceal the link between autism and vaccines. 

William Acree, Tennessee State Circuit Judge, had ordered the trial extended so that Thompson could be subpoenaed to testify. In a recent letter to the court, Dr. Frieden denied the request to allow Dr. Thompson to testify stating that "Dr. William Thompson's deposition testimony would not substantially promote the objectives of CDC or HHS."

Kennedy strongly disagrees. Dr. Thompson co-authored four key CDC studies widely touted to exonerate the MMR and vaccines containing the mercury-based preservative, thimerosal, from causing autism.  Thompson is a 19 year veteran at the CDC and formerly a senior vaccine safety scientist at their Immunology Safety Office.  In August 2014, under Federal whistleblower protection, Dr. Thompson revealed that despite CDC's claims to the contrary, the vaccine safety studies in question demonstrated a causal link between vaccines and autism symptoms. 

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The Hill Reports CDC Under Influence of Corporate and Political Interests

Abuse of pwerBy Anne Dachel

There was a stunning story published on October 17, 2016 in The Hill entitled,"The CDC is being being influenced by corporate and political interests," by Carey Gilam.

Concerns about the inner workings of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been mounting in recent months amid disclosures of cozy corporate alliances. Now a group of more than a dozen senior scientists have reportedly lodged an ethics complaint alleging the federal agency is being influenced by corporate and political interests in ways that shortchange taxpayers.

A group calling itself CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research, or (CDC SPIDER), put a list of complaints in writing in a letter to CDC Chief of Staff and provided a copy of the letter to the public watchdog organization U.S. Right to Know (USRTK). The members of the group have elected to file the complaint anonymously for fear of retribution.

 “It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests… and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception,” the letter states. “These questionable and unethical practices threaten to undermine our credibility and reputation as a trusted leader in public health.”…

And the complaint cites as “troubling” the ties between soft drink giant Coca-Cola Co., an advocacy group backed by Coca-Cola, and two high-ranking CDC officials - Dr. Barbara Bowman who directed the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention until retiring in June, and Dr. Michael Pratt, senior Advisor for Global Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the CDC.

Bowman, retired after revelations of what the complaint called an “irregular” relationship with Coca-Cola and the nonprofit corporate interest group set up by Coca-Cola called the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI). Email communications obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by USRTK revealed that in her CDC role, Bowman had been communicating regularly with - and offering guidance to - a leading Coca-Cola advocate seeking to influence world health authorities on sugar and beverage policy matters.

Carey Gillam is a veteran journalist, formerly with Reuters, who directs research for U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit consumer education group focused on food safety and policy matters.

First of all, it’s refreshing that a “veteran journalist, formerly with Reuters” can write like this. When was the last time any experienced reporter openly criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? And if Gilam is troubled by the scientific fraud going on with women’s health and with obesity research, imagine how she’d react to stories on corrupt immunizations practices. Someone needs to talk to her about the one study done on thimerosal in 1930 where all the subjects died from meningitis, and tell her about Thomas Verstraeten, Simpsonwood, Poul Thorson, Julie Gerberding and Merck, Hannah Poling, conflict of interest waivers at the CDC, and most recently, William Thompson.

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WalletHub Asks "Should Vaccines Be Mandatory?"

Dice no yes maybeA few weeks ago, some of us in the vaccine injury/safety community were approached by a website called "WalletHub," a financial site, to provide content on the topic: Should Vaccines Be Mandatory?

From a fear of needles to concerns over autism and even government mind control, the small percentage of Americans who shy away from vaccinations for themselves and their children each year certainly have their reasons. Some even justify the choice with supposed financial responsibility, as if a $40 flu shot is really going to break the bank.

But that’s faulty logic, at least financially. For one thing, the best credit cards can pay for more than 15 flu shots with their initial bonuses alone. Even more importantly, people who fail to get their vaccinations cost the country over $7 billion per year in lost productivity and medical treatments, according to a new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Click into the link to read each response, Should Vaccines Be Mandatory? including one from AofA's Editor At Large Mark Blaxill as well as Mary Holland, Lyn Redwood, Paul Thomas, Stephanie Seneff, Jack Wolfson, Vera Sharav, Joel Lord, Lisa Jillani, Neil Z. Miller, Jane Orient and Ralph Fucetola.

Please comment at the WalletHub site and share their link on social media.  Thanks.

NIH Researcher Says YES to Microbiome Research

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

Katie Wright, whose son is the reason her parents started Autism Speaks, wrote about how NIH has a horrible track record on Autism research.  They give out grants for the same, old, archaic topics each passing year. Gene research has always been a favorite for them, even though as Katie reported, "less than 10% of ASD people have documented genetic diseases."  What the heck is wrong with doing REAL, biomedical research that will aid MANY more affected children and young adults?

I completely agree with Katie and thank her, and also want to thank a long-time commenter here on AoA for thinking about what I keep writing about here on AoA. Twyla sent me this very pertinent article on, of course, THE MICROBIOME, a favorite topic for me.  Thanks, Twyla, as it is important for us all:

Researchers Hunt for a Link Between Microbiome and Autism 

It's an interesting article showing how important the Microbiome is in Autism:

A study published in Cell in 2013 studied lab mice with ASD-like symptoms, such as avoiding social interaction and compulsive and repetitive behavior. Remarkably, after subjecting the mice to the human Bacteroides fragilis, the researchers noted the mice became less anxious and more social. The findings, wrote the authors, “support a gut-microbiome-brain connection in ASD and identify a potential probiotic therapy for GI and behavioral symptoms of autism"...There are no immediately clear distinctions by type or number between the microbiomes of children with autism and those without. The researchers are, however, detecting some subtle differences. Kids within families are the most similar to each other. But kids with ASD in different families have microbiomes that are more alike than the microbiomes of non-autistic children in different families.

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Fox5 Coverage of CDC Vax Safety Rally Misses the Mark

Miss targetBy Anne Dachel

The coverage of the protest at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, Oct 14 from Fox5 in Atlanta is a textbook example of what’s wrong with the media.

 While the headline read, Protestors, parents differ over vaccine safety,” the story completely omitted what the event was about. It was either a willful cover-up of the truth or else just sloppy reporting.

ATLANTA - About 100 anti-vaccine protestors marched Friday morning just outside the gates of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Atlanta headquarters. Some were parents, some members of the Nation of Islam.

Marching in the crowd was Del Bigtree, the producers of “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe,” a new documentary that claims the CDC covered up a purported link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and Autism.

In the video, labeled “Anti-vaxxers,” one of the news anchors said, “Vaccine protesters turned out in force this morning outside the CDC’s Atlanta headquarters. They claim the agency has covered up a link between childhood vaccines and autism.”

Next the other anchor made this stunning statement: “Several major studies have found connections between the two, and it seems the debate over vaccine safety isn’t going anywhere.”

“Several major studies”?

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Best of: No Greater Joy

Got-joyCathy has the day off. Enjoy this Best Of post from October, 2014.  We could use some joy!

By  Cathy Jameson

I met a young woman at a car dealership just about two years ago. I was there to get an oil change.  She and her family were car shopping.  Sitting in the child play area with two of my kids, the young woman parked her stroller opposite of where we were sitting and unbuckled her boys.  She got her toddler and baby settled with some toys while her husband remained with a sales clerk to discuss cars.

I stole a few glances at the woman.  She was pregnant.  Trying to calculate her boys' ages, I thought to myself, Wow, soon to be three kids under the age of three.  Just like I had. 

Thinking back to my early days of parenting, I remembered how busy I was.  How tiring it was.  And sometimes how old I felt.  This woman so young.  She too so busy.  But she didn’t have time to be tired.  She was keeping tabs on her boys and sat down with them when they sat to play.  She jumped up when one scooted off to a different corner of the room.  She also stayed one step ahead of her other son he wanted to explore what lay beyond the play area. 

The older boy reminded me of my brother when my brother was a baby—tan skin, curls, deliciously round cheeks.  And happy.  Her older son was so happy.  I found myself giggling as I watched him. 

The young woman and I made eye contact and said a polite hello.  She tried to apologize for how quickly her boys took over the play area.  I told her not to worry. I had five kids, also close in age.  Her sons were a delight and certainly not a bother.  I picked up a magazine but continued to steal glances of her children as I read.  I was drawn to them. 

The oil change was taking longer than usual. The automotive rep came over and apologized for how long things were taking.  He added that it would be a little bit longer.  I didn't mind.  In fact, I was glad to have a reason to stick around.  I felt an overwhelming urge to talk to the young mom.  I get that feeling every now and then, that I'm in the right place at the right time.  But it’s not for my benefit; it’s tends to be someone else's. 

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Weekly Wrap: Bait and Switch

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

'Bout spit up my ginger ale Monday night when I saw an ad from Hillary Clinton taking on Donald Trump for his arm-flapping imitation of a disabled reporter -- Trump claims he didn't remember the reporter and was just lampooning his excitedness, not his illness. 

The Hillary ad's mom said, "It's not uncommon for autistic kids to flap their hands," showing a teenage boy doing just that. "When I saw that [Trump], that was completely disqualifying. I'm a Republican, but this election is so much more than party. My son Max can't live in Trump world, so I'm crossing Party Lines and voting for Hillary. I don't always agree with her, but she's reasonable, she's smart, people can work with her to solve problems. I want to be able to tell kids that I did the right thing when it really mattered."

Oh gosh, well, where to start. Many AOA readers will regard the idea that Hillary is looking out for autistic kids as a canard, to use one of my favorite words for a lie, a fable, a hoary bit of nonsense. Without her resolute "sky is blue" defense of vaccines and her government-heavy intervention in children's health in the 1990s -- progressives always know what's best, and especially love hepping de chewdwen -- we might not have an epidemic to begin with, or at least we might have stopped it earlier, which would have really helped kids. Right now about a trillion dollars would be a nice round figure for the kind of help that's needed.

So yes, galling. But somehow I find even more annoying the elision of the reporter's disability, a joint abnormality, with autism. I mean, the mom didn't exactly say it was the same thing, and the point was kind of the same, but the idea was clearly left that Trump was mocking a child with autism. Which, again, is kind of maddening as his view that vaccines cause autism is exactly correct, and Hillary's claim that they don't is exactly wrong.

Is it any wonder we're going half mad this election season, or half of us are going mad and the other half are just mad, or whatever? Don't take advantage of autism, OK?


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Vaccine Injury Community Seeks Identity of CDC Employee Who Used Rude Gesture

UPDATE:  The person whose name has been bandied about is NOT the person in the photo. We have confirmation of this. Please put down the pitchforks before someone puts an eye out.  His rude gesture isn't appreciated by any of us. It's puerile at best. Obnoxious too.  I suppose his fight or flight kicked in and he chose.... finger.  Protests trigger anger all around.  We are a community near the brink in many ways. 

Onward with our mission. The real culprits are safely ensconced in corner offices.

VAXXED Presents Alabama Whistleblower: Anthrax Vax

VaxxedBy Anne Dachel

The screenings of VaxXed around the U.S. have provided a venue for ordinary people to finally tell their experience with vaccine injury. These are nothing short of horror stories, and they’re not just about regression into autism following the MMR vaccine. There are pitiful accounts of children dying and teenagers left paralyzed and so much more.

This VaxXed interview of military whistleblower Sherrie Saunders shows that the cover-up of vaccine injury involves far more than a single study in 2004.

Sept 20, 2016, VaxXed Stories: Alabama Military Whistleblower

Hoover, Alabama

Sherrie recounted how she was trained as a combat Army medic and it was her job to give the anthrax vaccine to U.S. service personnel. From her experience, she’s convinced that this vaccine causes Gulf War Syndrome.

“Gulf War Syndrome is a reaction to vaccine shot of anthrax into the body, when a soldier is not compatible with animal protein made vaccines.”

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2015 NIH Autism Grants - Why We Are Making NO Progress

Money down drain dollar sign waterBy Katie Wright

For almost 10 yrs now the NIH has spent close to $200 million a year on autism research. Yet I have wondered why progress towards autism causation has been so insignificant. So I broke down all NIH autism research spending to see where exactly that money is going…

2015 NIH Autism Grants

Approx Breakdown:

$38 million - Genetics

$19 million - Brain/ Brain Imagining


$16 million - Behavioral

$4 million - Medical/ Pharma

$9 million - Epi./ Other (overhead)

$8 million - Environmental

Total: $94 million in ASD grants

NIH claims to have spent: $208 million

$114 million for overhead or grantee universities? Why so much?

Problems w NIH ASD Environmental Science Research

The vast majority of ASD families have made it clear to IACC, the NIH and their members of Congress, etc. that they expect to see much more environmental spending. Currently the NIH spends less than 10% of ASD research funds on enviro science – even after giving benefit of doubt to a number of questionably environmental studies (“enviro” studies designed by and conducted by geneticists). Additionally the environmental spending grants chosen by the NIH are largely redundant in nature and of a low priority.

Oddly, among the largest NIH/ ASD enviro grants are studies dedicated to studying ASD/ environmental factors in foreign countries. This would not be a concern if the enviro science budget were not so small, yet it is. Awarding 20% of all NIH enviro grant dollars into research on enviro triggers in foreign countries makes no sense and is not what Congress wants to see.

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Dachel Wake Up: What Happens When People With Autism Grow Old?

Dachel Morning Wake UoOct 10, 2016, (Boston, MA): What happens when people with autism grow old?

By Ann Charlton

If you mention autism to most people they will think about children, but it is a lifelong diagnosis. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism. Little is known about how the symptoms change with age. This is because autism is a relatively new disorder, first described in 1943 and not regularly identified until the 1970s. It is only now that those people first diagnosed are reaching older age that we can start to learn whether the disorder changes over a lifetime.

There have been some suggestions that symptoms may reduce as people get older. These reports, describing fewer difficulties with older age, are often from people with autism themselves and from their families. But how much evidence is there for this? Our latest research provides some answers, and also raises some new questions.

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US Government Will PAY You to Get a Flu Shot! Earn Thousands Today!

BarnumManaging Editor's Note: So maybe I used a bit of clickbait...  But the headline is technically true! True! True!  We run this article from 2010 each Fall during the Flu Shot push that is everywhere.  CVS?  Earn a 20% savings card!  Stop & Shop? "No Cost Flu Shot!" No cost? Not exactly. Read one woman's horror story below.  Hell of a way to make a payday.  

By Dan Olmsted

On the whole, Lisa Marks Smith would rather have had the flu. Instead, the Cincinnati mom of two college-age sons got a mercury-containing flu shot that nearly killed her, led to paralysis, severe neurological problems, 24 days in the hospital – and a check from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program that attests to the truth of her story.

Smith has come to see first-hand how carelessly flu shots are administered, how dangerous the mercury that remains in most of them can be, how little public health officials actually seem to care when the worst happens, why the worst may not be so rare after all – even how similar the side effects can be to symptoms of autism.

She talked to Age of Autism about her ordeal, which began in 2005, in the hope of sparing others.


Dan: I thought I’d start by asking you where things stand now. How’s your health? How are you feeling at the moment about everything?

Lisa: The only lingering thing I have at this point is that if I do not take big doses of magnesium, my legs shake. And I mean muscle spasms, Charlie horses, twitches – think Parkinson’s shaking. I do feel my feet again after four years. I need to go shoe shopping because I only own sandals, and it’s cold this winter in Cincinnati, and if you feel your toes you can’t wear sandals in the snow.

Dan: Well, I guess that’s a good problem to have, considering what happened. Just to go over the basics, you got a monetary award from the vaccine injury compensation award program and it was how much?

Lisa: I am not allowed to tell but in all honesty the award would not have covered my medical bills. To me, it’s the validation – they can’t claim they don’t know what’s happening when they’re paying people.

Dan: And of course one thing we hear so much about, and it’s almost a cliché, is that correlation does not equal causation – in other words, "just because you got a flu shot and then got very sick doesn’t mean it caused it." But in this case, correlation was a very strong indication of causation.

Lisa: In my case, my neurologist said straight up, this is what caused it. So it’s very hard for them to say one doesn’t equal the other. You’re walking around, you’re perfectly healthy, you don’t even get colds. You have a flu shot and within two weeks you’re paralyzed, and paralysis is listed as a possible side effect.

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Conversation Begins with Rep. Joseph Kennedy on Religious exemptions from Vaccine Mandates

AANThank you to our friends at Autism Action Network. Please support their important role in our community!

Gilmore, Palma and Bigtree meet with Kennedy

Rep. Joseph Kennedy met last Friday with advocates concerned about the potential threat to religious exemptions from vaccine mandates posed by Kennedy's H. R. 5272, "Do No Harm Act." John Gilmore, the executive director of the Autism Action Network, Rita Palma, executive director of My Kids My Choice, Del Bigtree, producer of the film Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, and Jack Gilmore, a political science student at nearby Boston College, met with Kennedy to discuss the bill at his Newton, MA office.

Kennedy said that in drafting the bill he had no intention of doing anything that could impact religious exemption rights, and that he was open to further discussion to address concerns about how the bill could be used to affect those rights. Kennedy extended an invitation to meet immediately after the Autism Action Network issued an alert about the bill. Such responsiveness from a member of the House is highly unusual.

We will continue to engage with Kennedy and other members of the House to assure that H.R. 5272, if passed, will not endanger religious exemption rights.

If you support this effort to protect your religious exemptions rights please make it possible for the Autism Action Network to continue to do so by donating online to our annual fundraising drive we are conducting in conjunction with the Autism Community Walk at:

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Dachel Wake Up: Autism Hurts

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Autism Speaks is famous for their walks raising money and awareness for autism, and we have a whole month every April where we highlight the nice side of autism with blue lights. Meanwhile in the real world, I can do regular news searches and find horror stories about what happens to children with autism in our schools. It needs to stop. Something is very wrong when autistic students are not safe when they go to school. They are victims in an educational system that is not able to handle increasing numbers of these children. And it's not just what's done at the hands of other students, it's what bus drivers, aides, and teachers are doing. When will protecting children with autism become a priority?

Here are two recent examples.

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Bullying The Elderly: Flu Shot Nurzis

Nurse Flu ShotBelow is a FB post from a friend of AofA. I asked if I could run it in full. Have you been bullied? Can you imagine the elderly person who could withstand this browbeating by a medical professional? On what planet is this taught in nursing or medical school? The dog catcher would be fired for using these tactics....

To all my Autism Parent friends who are Pro Vaccine Choice and/or Anti-Vaccine:

I went with my mother this past week to her routine monthly blood work and mini check up appointment at her Dialysis Clinic (she is in End Stage Renal Failure; has Peritoneal Dialysis 7 night a week at home - done by me), and we were confronted by the Nurse Clinical Manager regarding giving my mother the Flu Shot.

I have NEVER experienced so much medical bullying in my entire life as I did with my mom about this Flu Shot (and I'm a high frequency healthcare consumer due to not only my mother, but my Medically Fragile son who also has 9 pages of active Dxs, including Autism).

I said all the right things, asked all the right, tough questions and got unbelievable answers.... such as, if my mother refuses the Flu Shot she has to:

1). Sign a paper stating that she has refused it against medical advice.

2). She has to wear a mask inside the Dialysis Clinic anytime she is there and there are other Unvaccinated patients present.

3). I too, as a Caregiver, who brings her and am involved in her appointments, will have to wear a mask when other Unvaccinated persons are around, if I am also not vaccinated for the Flu.

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Dachel Morning Wake Up: NY Health Advocates Halt Flu Shot Mandate

Dachel Morning Wake UoOct 6, 2016, NY Post: Moms against mandatory flu shots win again in court

By Emily Saul

A group of persistent moms claimed victory Thursday over the Health Department, when an appellate court continued to smack down a 2013 Bloomberg initiative that required mandatory flu vaccinations for preschool-aged kids in city-sponsored day care.

The flu-shot requirement is illegal, the Manhattan Appellate Division ruled, because the city “impermissibly crossed into the legislative sphere” when it decided pre-school and kindergarten-aged children must be injected — or be barred from attending the programs.

A group of five moms brought suit in Nov. 2015, contesting the policy.

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Vaccinate Oklahoma, OK?

Oklahomans for vax choiceBy Anne Dachel

Wonderful comparison of doctors here.

While pro-forced vaccination Dr. Zetik is out to "Vaccinate Oklahoma" (the name of his cause), in the comment section, Dr. Jim Meehan (who writes, "I researched the association of the MMR vaccine with retinal vasculitis, often misdiagnosed as Shaken Baby Syndrome") challenges vaccine safety claims. Meehan knows about the pharma ties at the CDC and about William Thompson's admission about phony research on vaccines and autism. (I wrote the comment below, but couldn't get it posted. Perhaps Dr. Zetik will find this article on Google News.

Oct 8, 2016, Tulsa World: Dr. Don Zetik: Immunization fight leads state to public health crossroads

More than a quarter of Oklahoma’s youngest children lack the vaccinations required by the state health department.

Imagine that. Each year, hundreds of Oklahoma children are enrolling in kindergarten without the vaccinations Oklahoma requires to ensure public health. There is nothing illegal about that. Oklahoma is one of 18 states that allow parents to opt out of vaccinating their children for no other reason than personal choice….

This is a problem, but the alarming part is the growing effort by anti-vaccination groups to further weaken Oklahoma’s immunization laws, including a recent measure that would have added another layer of bureaucracy to the vaccination process.

Oklahoma House Bill 3016, “The Parental Rights Immunization Act,” passed both houses of the Legislature last session, but was vetoed by Gov. Mary Fallin. An attempt to override the veto failed on a 13-vote margin.

Many in our Legislature appear to be indifferent on the immunization issue. An attempt to strengthen the law did not even make it out of committee. Senate Bill 1478 would have taken away personal exemptions for vaccinations, but the Senate Education Committee killed the bill by a 6-7 vote.

Vaccinate Oklahoma was formed this year in response to our growing vulnerability to the devastating bacteria and viruses that once ravaged U.S. populations. We are a nonprofit, political action committee composed of pediatricians, parents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and family physicians from across Oklahoma….

If we do not stop the anti-vaccination movement from promoting more laws that lead to exemptions, more outbreaks are guaranteed. Communities will be disrupted, lives will be endangered and the cost of managing these outbreaks could range into the millions.


I think Dr. Zetik should pay attention to the comments posted by Dr. Meehan regarding vaccine safety. While Zetik wants to vaccinate Oklahoma, Meehan explains why parents should worry.

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Appellate Court Court Smacks Down NYC Flu Shot Mandate

AANFrom our friends at Autism Action Network:

Good news. Brilliant attorney Aaron Siri convinced the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court to upheld a lower court's decision overturning a New York City regulation that attempted to require annual flu shot for many children, but not all, to attend daycare, pre-school and other programs.

If you support this type of lawsuit please make it possible for the Autism Action Network to do this kind of work, and fight the anticipated appeal, by donating to our annual fundraising drive going on now in conjunction with the Autism Community Walk. 

The judges' decision was a unanimous 5-0 in favor of the plaintiff families. As a unanimous vote the City lost the right to an automatic appeal to the New York State Court of Appeals.  The city now has 30 days to request permission to appeal to New York States' highest court.

This case is important for all New York State residents because its final outcome will determine whether local governments; counties, cities, etc., have the authority to impose mandatory vaccines in addition to those required by the State.

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Autism’s Grip on the Siblings

SISTERSBy Cathy Jameson

Once a week, I drive my oldest daughter’s morning carpool group to school.  For the last few weeks, though, the entire crew hasn’t been with us.  Several of the students have had before-school activities, so it’s been just Fiona and another young teen in the car every Tuesday morning.  I miss the teenage banter of the other kids and the camaraderie this particular group shares, but I’ve cherish the time I get with Fiona as she fills me in on what’s going on in her life.   

The last time I had just Fiona and the one other classmate in the car, I started our Tuesday-morning conversation asking my daughter about the usual topics.  That included getting updates on her classes, asking how her friends are doing, and getting the scoop on the latest volleyball skills she’s been working on. 

On these mornings, Fiona asks for updates, too.  Missing her siblings something fierce due to several late-night volleyball games, she fondly asks how each of the kids are doing. 

Worried about Ronan, who’s been having some odd eye issues (that we recently discovered were seizure related), I give Fiona updates on how Ronan was feeling and filled her in on some funny sibling stories I’d been saving to share with her.  Making her laugh, but also making her miss the kids even more, the last time I drove her to school, I reached for Fiona’s hand and held it.  Squeezing it before letting go, I said, “The kids miss you so much, too.  Things will slow down soon, honey.  Let’s just get through this busy week and do something fun with the family this weekend, okay?” 

She smiled and quietly nodded.  Thinking we’d go back to some lighter-hearted topics, Fiona wasn’t done asking questions.  I’m not sure how long she’s been wondering about it, but words cannot fully describe the shock that went through me as she asked the next question. 

“Mom, when I get married and have a baby, do you think if I have a boy he’d have autism like Ronan?”

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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Sometimes the Jaw Goes Slack

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Ollmsted

Anne Dachel does a great job of bringing the latest outrages of the mainstream media to our humble blog -- she reads it so you don't have to, it might be said. But one item this week really caught my attention and bears repeating: Nathan Crabbe at the Gainesville Florida Times watched Vaxxed but never mentions William Thompson, the subject of the documentary!

Instead he says: "For a moment I thought the film might actually be an evenhanded documentary, but that thought was dispelled once Andrew Wakefield appeared on the screen. Wakefield, the film's director, also happens to be the author of a discredited study published in the British medical journal The Lancet in 1998 linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism...."

This is the stuff of madness. No one questions -- or in fact mentions -- what Thompson, a senior scientist at the CDC, says about MMR fraud. Instead it's guilt by association. Wakefield. Wakefield. Wakefield.

This is not unusual, based on reading Anne's reports. Many news outlets never mention Thompson, but they cheer the fact the movie has been kicked out of film festivals because "repeated studies have found no connection between vaccines and autism." Yeah, repeated studies like the fraudulent one not mentioned here.

This is lousy, rotten, no good reporting. People who subscribe to the Gainesville paper are paying money to find out what a movie is about.

I'd like to throw an idea in the hopper. When I worked on a daily newspaper, we took our readers very seriously (at AOA we do, too). If a reader had a factual or fairness complaint, he or she could get a serious hearing not just from the reporter but from the editor. 

I would like to see some parents who believe their children were vaccine-damaged  get together after the next outrage by their local paper or TV station and politely request a meeting with the editor. Go as readers with experiences to share, not as a pressure group. If you don't get satisfaction, stand out front of the paper and hand out leaflets asking people with similar experiences to call the same editor. (Bring the pamphlets with you and leave one on the way out if you're dissatisfied.)

I'd ask the Gainesville editor to do a follow-up story describing what the movie is about. They can slam it all they want, but to hide the subject matter is poor reader service. And poor journalism.

Don't cancel your subscription! Start a Reader Revolt. My guess is they'll pay attention.


This week Mark Blaxill passed along an interesting Viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association, of all places. I couldn't get the abstract, but the note summarizing it said:

What Happens When Underperforming Big Ideas in Research Become Entrenched?
Joyner MJ, Paneth N, Ioannidis JP.
JAMA. 2016 Oct 4;316(13):1355-1356.

In this Viewpoint, John Ioannidis and colleagues review how rarely gene therapy and genomic medicine have led to breakthroughs for patients and call on the NIH to defund preclinical research that fails to deliver on its initial promise.

For several decades now the biomedical research community has pursued a narrative positing that a combination of ever-deeper knowledge of subcellular biology, especially genetics, coupled with information technology will lead to transformative improvements in health care and human health. In this Viewpoint, we provide evidence for the extraordinary dominance of this narrative in biomedical funding and journal publications; discuss several prominent themes embedded in the narrative to show that this approach has largely failed; and propose a wholesale reevaluation of the way forward in biomedical research.


Doesn't the NIH drive you crazy? It must stand for Not Interested in Health or No Imagination Here, or some such thing. The idiotic slow-motion response to the AIDS epidemic has played out again with the idiotic slow-motion Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which is also gene-centric. Whatever the NIH is up to we can be almost sure it adds up to Nothing Interesting Here.


Back in October of 2014 I wrote about the competing threats of EV-D68 and a new wave of paralysis in children compared to the then extant-threat of Ebola."

"Right now the media is fixated on the first case of Ebola to reach U.S. shores … Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, says the disease will be stopped in its tracks, and for once I believe him. This is what the CDC does well -- track an outbreak in real time, find contacts, quarantine if necessary, and put an end to it. 

“Enterovirus 68, I'm afraid, may be another story. This prospect is outside the CDC's wheelhouse because it does not follow the straight lines of germ theory - one microbe, one disease. It's another paradigm altogether -- a possible microbe-toxin interaction, the kind we've written about many times. And it comes uncomfortably close to interactions (MMR and thimerosal, another microbe and metal combination) they have already rejected as impossible. 

“I'm afraid they feel much more at home waging war on Ebola.

“Which story is bigger? I vote for the enterovirus.

"If EV-D68 follows the polio trajectory, it will be back in bigger numbers, following a jagged course of dips and spikes that no on can make sense of until, one day, it explodes."

Now it's b-a-a-a-a-c-c-c-k, as we've reported. Even People is on the case: "Polio-like disease is on the rise in the U.S., causing paralysis in children."

As many of you know I've been writing recently -- and Mark and I have been collaborating for a long time -- on the real history of polio and its relation to toxic co-factors. Everything old is new again.


Just because I want to, I'm going to say I think opening Prince's house as a tourist attraction so soon after his death is some kind of record for instant kitsch. Yes, I know the lack of air conditioning means the items could not be kept around, etcetera etcetera. But please. The man died of an overdose of a prescription drug that is part of a class of drugs that has been hawked, like so many other medical intervention, way out of proportion to its usefulness. 

Here's a memorial to Prince -- take drug ads off TV.


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

NACCHO Typical Drive By Shooting - This Is Public Health Style

Drive Through shots
Thanks to AofA contributor Laura Hayes for sharing a link to a lengthy document about how the Public Health community can set up drive through vaccination clinics in case of an emergency infectious disease situation. Ebola. (No vaccine available.) Zika (No vaccine available.) Flu, Measles, Chicken Pox... (Emergency status is all in the propaganda after all.)  It's called the Drive Through Public Dispensing Planning Guide.

 You can read the document here.

Drive Thru flu shots police

Uh, oh.  Many of us will be considered "problematic," won't we?

Drive through flu shots about us
I tried to find documentation about risk of injury, informed consent, what happens if a person has a seizure while driving away and crashes into an innocent family on their way to Church, you know, something about the real implications of drive through medicine.

Of course, there's at least one person we know who probably thinks this NACCHO document is nifty....  Leave a comment if you get the joke. Although the joke is on the unwitting American public.


Happy Dorito

Who is Telling Flu Vaccine Truth? The CDC or Vaccine Makers?

Truth-hurtsBy David Burd

From the AoA Post of August 04, 2008, Anne Dachel wrote upon Dr. Frank Engley's death "Dr. Engley was a researcher and microbiologist who served on the boards with the Centers for Disease Control, the FDA, and EPA throughout the 1970s and 80s.  He researched the toxicity of Thimerosal.  He understood there's no such thing as 'safe mercury' and he knew of the potential harm from continued mercury use. 

Dr. Engley said IF they would have followed through with our 1982 report, vaccines would have been freed of Thimerosal and all this autism as they tell me would not have occurred.  But, as it is, it all occurred."

Presently, the latest CDC info on its vaccine website states but 1/3 (33%) of American flu shots contain the preservative Thimerosal, comprising .5ml vaccine doses having 25 micrograms when taken from a 5ml multi-dose vial containing 10 doses.  But, it's important to note the CDC obviously ignores the 43 million single doses of .5ml "pre-filled" made by Novartis that contain up to 1 (one) microgram of ethylmercury (Hg)**. This data comes from the a vaccine industry Report that can be clicked up, or typed into an address line as:

Summing up, the entire flu vaccine production and distribution to America's doctors, clinics, health institutions is minutely detailed for the last two flu seasons, and when added together the 'multi-dose' shots (having 25 micrograms of Hg and the .50ml pre-filled vials (having one microgram of Hg) such doses total about 92% of the entire industry output. 

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Gainesville Sun VAXXED Review Fails To Mention Crux of the Movie

Empty headBy Anne Dachel

Here is a review of "VaxXed" that never mentions William Thompson, the 2004 MMR study, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Perhaps this reporter was at the wrong theater.

Nathan Crabbe at the Gainesville Sun is just the latest example of bigotry and sloppy reporting when it comes to the vaccine controversy.

Crabbe says he watched "VaxXed," but you'd never know it from this article. Instead of writing about an alleged whistleblower at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a fraudulent study on the MMR vaccine and autism, he devoted most of this piece to slamming Andrew Wakefield and defending vaccines by saying, "The most important thing for parents to know is that repeated studies have found no connection between vaccines and autism."

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Dachel Wake Up: CDC Urges Americans To Get Flu Shot.....

Dachel Morning Wake UoSept 29, 2016, NPR: CDC Urges Americans To Get A Flu Shot As Soon As Possible

Federal health officials are urging all Americans to get their flu shots as soon as possible, and are especially concerned that too few elderly people are getting vaccinated.

"Flu is serious. Flu is unpredictable," Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters during a joint briefing Thursday with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases "Flu often does not get enough respect."

Dr. Frieden doesn't tell us how many MERCURY-FREE FLU VACCINES are available. NPR allows him to do this pharma promotion for the flu vaccine without talking about the heated controversy over the use of deadly, untested mercury in these shots.

Question for Dr. Frieden that NPR would never ask:

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CDC "Nose" That Live Attenuate Influenza Vaccine Is Dangerous

FlumistBy Teresa Conrick

In June of this year, something odd happened at the annual CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  They voted that the nasal flu vaccine or more precisely, that the "live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV)" should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu seasonHere's a brief history of LAIV:

  •  June 17, 2003 FDA approves nasal spray flu vaccine invented at U-M
  •  FluMist is a cold-adapted, live-attenuated, trivalent influenza virus vaccine.
  •  A trivalent vaccine, like the flu shot, it includes three different strains of vaccine.

 In 2009, H1N1 was all the rage

  •  The 2009 H1N1 nasal spray vaccine is being made in the same way as the seasonal nasal spray vaccine, but instead of containing three weakened live flu viruses, it only contains weakened 2009 H1N1 virus.

Then, in 2012, a new formula and here is the FDA approval: "February 29, 2012 Approval Letter - FluMist® Quadrivalent"

  •  We have approved your request to supplement your biologics license application for Influenza Vaccine Live, Intranasal, to include a quadrivalent formulation containing two influenza A subtype viruses and two type B viruses.

  •  FluMist Quadrivalent is a vaccine indicated for active immunization for the prevention of influenza disease caused by influenza A subtype viruses and type B viruses contained in the vaccine. FluMist Quadrivalent is approved for use in persons 2 through 49 years of age.

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Kinsey French: From the "Maybe The World Isn't Going to Hell in a Handbasket" Files

Kinsey FrenchI had to share this lovely story of a bride who invited her special education students to her wedding. Two of my girls' teachers have gotten married - and both invited the girls to the Church. We went! Each time we sat near the back, once we moved into the  "crying room," which is what we Catholics call the glassed-in room with piped-in sound reserved for families of babies and other screamy types.  We'd never have disrupted a wedding - just being there was lovely!    Special Ed teacher Kinsey French invited her students to be IN her wedding.  There are oodles of photos, click the story to see them.  The joy leaps on the screen.  KIM


When planning for her wedding, French invited all six of her students who have Down syndrome, to join in on the festivities and attend the ceremony as ring bearers and flower girls.  Read and see the photos here.

Dachel Wake Up: It's Raining Autism Accommodations

Dachel Morning Wake UoThe autism puzzle piece is right out there along side the handicapped accessible sign.

Worldwide we are learning to live with autism. We are adjusting, mostly because we have no choice. Huge numbers of our children and young adults are "on the spectrum" for reasons we don't understand. The response of nations everywhere is do nothing about it.

Sept 30, 2016, (Australia): Taronga Zoo to open doors an hour early for guests with autism

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo will attempt to cater for the needs of customers with autism spectrum disorder by opening its doors an hour early tomorrow. Puzzle umbrella

HandicappedThe world-famous zoo, celebrated for its collection of native animals as well as foreign fauna, is set to launch its first Access Taronga day this weekend, the Sydney Morning Herald reports….

At least 44 families have registered to attend, and more days are expected to be scheduled, according to demand.

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Dallas Morning News Continues to Denigrate Autism Families and Event

Dallas Morning NewsLast week we brought you another post about The Dallas Morning News and their press release "journalism" with this cliche-ridden nonsense about the Autism Education Summit.   And here's more. 

By Anne Dachel

Oct 1, 2016, Dallas Morning News: Reporter kicked out of Dallas autism conference before speech by DA who's a noted vaccine foe

By Marc Ramirez

A reporter for the San Antonio Express-News was kicked out of an autism-related conference at Dallas' Intercontinental Hotel moments before a controversial vaccination opponent was scheduled to speak Saturday morning.

In a video accompanying a story posted to the newspaper's Facebook page, Express-News reporter Rye Druzin detailed the eviction as he was being escorted off the Intercontinental grounds by Dallas County sheriff's deputies — despite the fact that he had paid the event's $89 registration fee.

Druzin had been prepared to cover remarks by Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood at the three-day Autism Education Summit. LaHood's claims that vaccines "can and do cause autism" — despite scientific evidence to the contrary — have garnered national attention.

While Marc Ramirez at the Dallas Morning Sun tried to portray Rye Druzin as a legitimate reporter for the San Antonio Express-News interested in covering a controversial subject presented at the Dallas Autism Education Summit, the truth shows the really sinister side of the mainstream media.

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Dachel Wake Up: Segregation, Urination, Abomination, Discrimination

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Sept 30, 2016, ABC2 Nashville, TN: Federal suits claim segregation, abuse of disabled students

When a 5-year-old autistic boy came home from his Nashville public school with bruises and a bite mark, his parents sent him back with a recording device.

It captured a therapist slamming their son’s head on his desk, and a teacher using a martial arts technique that made him whimper and cry.

Now these and other parents are suing over their children’s treatment, hoping a federal judge will order the state of Tennessee to hold school districts accountable for complying with disability laws.

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Braving the Storm

StormBy Cathy Jameson

Thunder, lightning, rain, flash flooding, and damaging winds.  We’ve had some wild weather lately.  For the last 3 days, storms came in the middle of the night.  Some stuck around for the morning.  Causing delays, cancellations and major headaches for a lot of people, I was glad to see them finally go. 

Thankfully, during the last few days that saw storm after storm after storm, we never lost power.  Friends elsewhere shared that they, too, recently experienced some wild weather.  They weren’t so lucky.  They lost power for 3 days.  Should we ever find ourselves in the same predicament we have a generator if the lights ever dimmed. 

Reading my friend’s updates, that included having to pull out their hurricane storm box, reminded me just how unpredictable life can be.  The updates also reminded me that we have not replenished contents in our own storm box for quite some time.  From what I remember, we only had the basics in it.  Food.  Diapers.  A flash light.  Batteries.  The last time I remember prepping the box, Ronan was much younger.  Surely the diapers I had set aside would be too small.  Food, even though non-perishable, would have expired.  Same with the batteries.  After last week’s weather, it was time for me to make time to go through our emergency supplies again. 

I don’t like Just In Case moments, but just in case we needed to dip into our emergency supplies, I needed to take time to make sure whatever was in the storm box would actually provide support.

What would I need if we lost power for 24 – 36 hours?

What if it extended 3 – 5 days?  Could would we survive?

Going 3 days without electricity.  We’ve experienced that before, and it is not easy.  It isn’t just losing luxuries like access to refrigerated foods or being able to cook for our family of 7.  It’s keeping the temperature in our house safe for Ronan.  Since he’s unable to regulate his temperature, we must make sure that the thermostat is set just so:  cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  If it’s too hot, he could have a seizure.  If it’s too cold, he could have a medical crisis.  Medical complications can add extra stress to an already stressful situation, so having a plan, to include having an alternate place for us to stay should we have to evacuate our home, is not a bad idea. 

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Weekly Wrap: No More Measles, Lots More Autism

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

"An effort spanning two decades has resulted in a global first," CNN reported Thursday. "The Americas have eliminated measles, the World Health Organization said this week. The battle was won through mass vaccination to prevent the viral disease, which can cause severe health problems including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death."

Well, the battle was mostly won before the battle began, as anyone who's looked at the pre-vaccine wipeout of the disease would know.

From Mark Blaxill and my 2015 book, Vaccines 2.0:
Measles Mortality DO MB

In Vaccines 2.0 we wrote: “Much of the recent publicity about measles reflects a small increase in US cases in the past few years—usually overseas travelers becoming infected and then spreading the illness in small pockets that generate alarmist headlines.

“In the spring of 2014, a news outlet in suburban Washington, under a large banner titled “Health Warning,” reported public health workers “are informing people who were at various locations . . . that they may have been exposed to a person with measles. Northern Virginia area health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed.”

“The idea that measles is highly infectious is certainly true; the claim that it is a health emergency is not. For generations, measles was considered a rite of passage for children, with little risk of complications and the reward of lifetime immunity."

A blogger at made the same point in June 2014 in a post titled, Measles Shmeasles:

“So far, in 2014 there have been 288 cases of measles, no cases of encephalitis, and no death. In 2013 there were 189 cases of measles, no encephalitis and no death. In 2012 there were 54 cases of measles, no encephalitis, and no death. In 2011, there were 22 cases of measles, and you guessed it . . . no encephalitis, and no death.

“I could go on, but you get the point.

“By and large, measles is unpleasant, not deadly.

“In comparison, the same cannot be said for the MMR vaccine. As of March 1, 2012 there were 842 serious injuries following the MMR vaccine and 56 deaths. Since 1990 there have been more than 6,058 serious adverse events reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). What’s even more sad is that only 1–10% of cases are actually reported ….”

Honestly. If you’ve seen Vaxxed, you know it does a great job of contrasting the Disney measles hysteria with the blasé attitude of mainstream media and medicine and the CDC and the NIH and HRSA and etcetera to the endless, increasing, debilitating, sometimes lethal autism epidemic and its allied catastrophes.

But of course kids will all be getting the MMR into perpetuity – now with one part that doesn’t work and spawns epidemics post-adolescence that are far more dangerous (mumps); a vaccine for a disease that is usually not serious and is no circulating (measles) but can have serious side effects, and one for which there can be an altruistic argument given the risk of congenital rubella syndrome, but also with serious risks. Put them all together, shake it up and voila -- the autism shot, as Jenny called it.

Kind of like the DPT – diphtheria doesn’t circulate, tetanus is not a serious risk, and certainly not to anyone but the person who might get it, and pertussis, for which we believe there is a case worth discussing.

Not to mention the deadly and disgusting HPV, the useless and dangerous Hep B, the useless and dangerous chickenpox.

This is why parental choice and no mandates are so important, regardless of one’s stance on vaccines overall. Too much autism, too many vaccines with too many side effects – but at least, thank God, no measles.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Talkin’ Vaccine Injury Blues

Broken down ranch
By Dan Burns

EXTERIOR: Picnic area in front of the ranch house.  In the foreground, a makeshift  stage for Hope Ranch Productions.  On the stage, a donations sign:  Needed: $250 Grand.  Donated: $50.  
JOSH, a one-man band of harmonica and banjo, is singing to the camera, Bob Dylan-style.  VAN GO is filming.  Parents are seated at picnic tables around the stage, celebrating the Grand Opening.  

JOSH: (to the tune of “Talking  World War III Blues.” )

I started this ranch
A few months ago
For kids leavin’ school
And no place to go.
Autism Spectrum Disorder.
ADD.  ADHD.  Allergies.  Asthma.
Shall we go on down the alphabet?
Tics, seizures, SIDS too.
You name it.
Whadda ya do?
If you’re kid’s disabled
It’s all the same.
Vaccine injury ain’t to blame.
Keep ‘em coming Paul Offit.
Centers for Disease Coverup.
Dallas Morning News.
I neeeed the adrenaline.

Is Snoopy Just a Poopy or Autistic?

MadSnoopy2We don't know what to make of this either...  It's Fried-day....  FYI, my girls seek friends, their lonliness is not a result of being withdrawn.  They just don't know how to go about it. Perhaps I should teach them to sniff bottoms? This article makes me want to sniff glue. KRS

Have at it in the comments.

Your Grouchy Dog May Have Autism or OCD

Genes associated with autism, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other psychological problems have now been linked to human-directed social behaviors in dogs, suggesting that far more dogs than previously realized could suffer from these mental disorders. The new research, published in Scientific Reports, reveals how malleable the identified gene regions are in dogs, since certain variations of them appear to explain the difference between a withdrawn dog and one that eagerly seeks human companionship...

A Reality Check for the Vicious and Discriminatory Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning NewsBy Kim Stagliano

The Dallas Morning News has been tasked with discrediting Generation Rescue and Jenny McCarthy's Autism Education Summit.  Check out this headline - could they make it any more Googlevicious?   Can't you hear the "editorial" meeting? Make sure you use the pharma prescribed checklist Clark!  Peddle? Check. Anti-vaxxer? You got it! Jenny McCarthy? Who else? False hope? Yes sir Dr. Offit! Debunked? Hell yeah!

Anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy's autism summit peddles dangerous treatments, features discredited doctors

By discrediting I mean blatantly discriminating against children, teens, adults with autism and their families and the providers who treat them.   I'll give you a taste of their vitriol.  An autism summit in Dallas this weekend features  a medical professional who has been disciplined for mistreating children and celebrities who shun science and claim vaccines are dangerous. Autism advocates say the event offers false hope to parents by promoting miracle cures and treatments proved to be dangerous and ineffective. And then below, you'll find a salve.  A woman named Ashlyn Washington posted on Facebook a powerful message about her journey. Your journey. My journey. Our journey with autism. Where people hate how we try to help our kids. Where professionals label us with vicious names. Where rags like the Dallas Morning News cut us to shreds without sending a reporter to gather a fact. 

People with autism deserve far better. Sick children deserve respect, as do their families. The Dallas Morning News should apologize for this article.  And now, for a taste of reality. Thank you to Ashlyn for her eloquence. 

I am a little embarrassed to share this as I started just an exercise to process my anger/grief but wanted to share as I think some of you will relate to it.

Something highly unusual in the world of autism happened to my son last week. He received a diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis from a prominent and highly respected mainstream pediatric neurologist. Moreover, she stated this to be the cause of his autistic behaviors. Seven years after his devastating regression into autism, we finally have answers as well as a thoughtful treatment plan. We’ve moved out of the realm of “just autism” and into a realm where his suffering is being taken seriously.

Autoimmune encephalitis is a serious medical condition in which the immune system attacks the brain, impairing function. What makes my son's diagnosis last week so unusual is not the fact that autoimmune encephalitis is a rare cause of autism, but that it is rarely diagnosed in this population. Similarly, it is rare for autism to ever be attributed to a medical condition by a mainstream physician. To say autism has any conclusive medical underpinning is practically heresy.

Like most families, when my son was diagnosed with autism, we were told the only proven treatment was Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy. Of course, there was no known cause, and positively no cure. Most certainly, there was no medical treatment for autism, unless we took pleasure in throwing handfuls of cash into the wind and slathering our son in snake oil.

To disagree with this aloud in any setting other than our own bedroom was tantamount to throwing ourselves to hungry wolves. Being naive and determined to improve my son's quality of life, I threw myself to the wolves again and again and again. I knew in my heart that something was medically wrong with my son, so I sought medical help in all the predictable places. First from the gastroenterologist, who proclaimed my son's constant diarrhea to be no problem at all. "Toddler diarrhea" he called it. No need to worry mom, but please, for the love of all things holy, let that child eat gluten and drink milk lest he feel left out at birthday parties. I informed him that since my son did nothing but bang his head continuously on days he drank milk that the likelihood of him being invited to any birthday party at all while consuming dairy was slim to none. "Introduce it again in three months," he said.

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Protect Your Religious Exemption Rights: Call Congress Today

Autism action networkUPDATE:  

Good news. Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-MA-4) has generously requested a meeting with representatives of the Autism Action Network to discuss his House Resolution, H. R. 5272, the "Do No Harm Act." In a letter received yesterday Rep. Kennedy wrote, "I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your legal analysis of the "Do No Harm Act" and how we might work together to advance research and treatments for autism while still protecting religious freedoms guaranteed to each American in the Constitution."

A meeting in his district is being scheduled.  We believe that language in the bill could be used to eliminate religious exemption rights from vaccine mandates. We do not believe the intention of the bill is to threaten vaccine exemptions rights, but legislation can have all kinds of unintended and unforeseen consequences. Our goal is to assure H. R. 5272 is modified so that there is no conceivable threat to rights to religious exemptions from vaccine mandates.

From our friends at Autism Action Network:

Please call Congress today

Protect your religious exemption rights

Religious exemptions from vaccine mandates in all states are under threat from legislation in Your_rightsCongress that would severely curtail Americans' ability to exercise our First Amendment rights. House Resolution H. R. 5272, introduced by Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy (D-MA-4), seeks to limit The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, purportedly to prevent discrimination against one person by another person for religious reasons. But the bill is so broadly drawn that any exercise of religious belief that conflicts with any federal policy, whether based on law, regulation or executive order, could be considered discrimination and therefore illegal. Kennedy's bill in effect repeals the idea that, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Here's what you can do, first if you are an Autism Action Network subscriber, or support the work we do, please help us to fight this bill by making a donation to our annual fundraising drive here:

Next click on the link below and to send a message to your member of the House of Representative and your two US Senators expressing your opposition to H. R. 5272.

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Getting Real at the Real Truth Health Conference

Jabbed WilcoxBy Brett Wilcox

I’m the author of We’re Monsanto: Feeding the World, Lie After Lie, Books I and Book II. Last February, Steve Shore invited me to speak about the problems with the GMO industry at The Real Truth About Health Conference in September. I told Steve I was currently researching the topic of corruption in the vaccine industry and I asked him, “If I promise to have a book written and published before the conference, would he consider letting me speak on the subject of vaccines?” Steve said yes.

Seven grueling months later and three days before the conference started, I published Jabbed: How the Vaccine Industry, Medical Establishment and Government Stick It to You and Your Family.

My first day at the conference I joined a panel discussion with Dan Olmsted, Mark Blaxill and Del Bigtree. Their names and works grace the pages of Jabbed, so meeting them in person was an honor.

The next evening, Del sat on a panel with five other people, all experts in various aspects of pharmaceutical industry corruption. One after another, every person said essentially the same thing: Big Pharma is broken in a big way. Del, last in the line-up, said in essence, “I agree with everything that’s been said and it’s all true for the vaccine industry.”

Boom! The energy on the panel shifted. Most of the faces hardened. Most of the backs stiffened. How  Del Bigtreedare this Bigtree guy speak evil against the miracle of vaccines? Who is he anyway? Everyone knows that vaccines don’t cause autism. There was this doctor back in the 90s that made that claim. He’s a fraud. Everybody knows that.

It would be wrong to say that Del made some of the other “experts” on the panel look foolish. They managed that feat well enough on their own. Del, on the other hand, rocked the panel. The audience loved him, just as thousands of other audiences have come to love him.

Allen Francis M.D. was seated next to Del. Dr. Francis was the Chair of the DSM-IV Task Force. The Allen FrancesDSM, or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, is the so-called Bible for psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals. Allen was so disgusted with the latest edition of the DSM—the DSM 5—that he authored a book titled, Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life. The premise of the book is that modern psychiatry has pathologized normal behaviors and in so doing has trivialized the practice of psychiatry. In the world of psychiatry, Dr. Francis is hot stuff. And yet, the venerable doctor proved to possess no knowledge about vaccines and vaccine science beyond what the average consumer of mainstream media possesses.

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