Normalizing Autism--We Have No Choice

Old is new memeBy Anne Dachel

Countries around the world can no longer ignore all the neurologically disabled children and young adults everywhere. Despite the pretense that nothing is really going on, that we've only in recent decades understood that there are people living with autism--ones who can't speak, interact normally, behave like other children--we're having to make accommodations that were never needed before. Somehow we have to convince ourselves that designating more and more places as autism-friendly/sensory-friendly is just the result of greater awareness. Stories are out everyday that prove my point. We're adjusting, it seems, no questions asked. Soon, as more and more of these children age out of school and enter adulthood, we won't remember a world without those with special needs everywhere.

I imagine the forms parents fill out for registration for school or sports or organization will soon look like this:

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 Here's a quick look at the world surrendering to autism. There's no need to look for a cause or call it a crisis or try to prevent it. We've all learned to accept autism as a normal part of childhood in the 2st century, and soon we won't remember a world without people on the spectrum. We have to do this, the alternative is to expose how an unchecked, unsafe vaccination schedule damaged millions of children around the world. That is the unthinkable to the people in charge and their lackeys in the press. 

Get used to hearing about "autism friendly" and "sensory friendly" accommodations. They're the signs of the times.

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Thank You, BHARE For $15,000 To Continue Microbiome Studies

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By Teresa Conrick

On August 13th, I got a good sunburn helping raise $3,275 with the BHARE Foundation. We went car to car for hours to try and complete the $15,000 commitment that they wanted to raise over this Summer -- and they did!

That money will go for this:

"Studying the gut has been our most exciting and promising research.  Dr. Jim Adams, at Arizona State University, along with Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown and Daewook Kang, have published studies proving major differences in the total make up of types and groups of populations of bacteria in people with autism.  Recently, the team has requested financial support to study fungi/yeast, and the possible connection to autism.  I hope you will assist us in helping to fund this work.  Our goal for the Spring/Summer is to raise $15,000.  With your help, I know we can reach it.

Further research areas we would like to explore include Helminths (parasitic worms), FMT (Fecal Microbial Transplant) and Medical Cannabis."

It's very important that we keep researching the Microbiome as it keep coming up as a very possible EPICENTER of Autism. 

 These researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill, not related to our fundraising efforts, are trying to PREVENT Autism but do they have it right? :

UNC researchers link gut bacteria to infant brain development  

  •   Preliminary research at UNC-Chapel Hill Medical School shows a relationship between how the brains of infants develop and the type of bacteria living in their stomachs.

  •   The communities of bacteria, viruses and small fungi that make their homes inside larger animals are known as the “microbiome.” Studying these critters has become a new way for scientists to understand the complex ways messages travel in the human body.

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Back to School. I See You.

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By Kim Stagliano

This was circulating on Facebook yesterday (thank you to Michelle Masciulli-Zuniga) and it caught my eye. 

To my fellow parents who didn't have the cutesy photo with their kid holding a sign because they were stimming and close to a meltdown, I see you.

To the parents who aren't torn up about their child being in third grade because every year feels the same in a special education classroom, I see you.

To the parents who sent their child off to school this morning on the forever mocked short bus, I see you.

To the parents whose child will come home this afternoon and not be able to tell you what happened at school today, I see you.

We try not to be maudlin here at Age of Autism. But sometimes, the crushing reality of what our kids have lost, goals they haven't yet met, may never meet, hits us like a ton of bricks. Back to school is one of those times, certainly in my family.  My girls don't care about the latest gadget or the niftiest backpack. I wish they did. A new grade means the same IEP. The same repetitive goals that honestly,become a waste of time as our kids turn into teenagers.

My baby is going to be 16 in September. Sweet 16. I've never heard her say more than "Mama. No. Bella. Hello." She has never been able to tell me that the hand me down clothes she wears bother her. Or that she wishes she had a friend.

If we sat down and dwelled on how autism has decimated our kids' lives we might never stand up again. Most of us avoid thinking too much. We're too busy running ragged anyway, right?

I see every one of you. I am you.

Kim




Comic or Raging Bull? Open The Conversation About Vaccine Injury!

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Wow. Remember when Jimmy Kimmel went full Penn & Teller on those of us with vaccine injured kids?  So here's a REAL DOCTOR, Jimmy!  We pray your toddler Jane avoids the tragic fate so many of our kids have endured - and continue to pay the price now decades later....  I heard you on The Howard Stern Show last week. You're a funny guy. Smart as a whip. Why not use that intellect to dig a bit deeper than the CDC pharmedia press release version of vaccine choice? Kim


For the Next Generation

GenerationBy Cathy Jameson

I’ve been sharing my son’s story on several platforms for several years now.  For as many years as I’ve been sharing it, some people still haven’t heard what happened to Ronan.  When I meet someone who is curious about his vaccine injury, I don’t mind retelling the story one more time.  I do that in the hopes that what I impart is useful – be it a small piece of advice, a gentle warning, or if it becomes the start of a conversation that gets them thinking outside the box, I’ll keep sharing Ronan’s story.

One of the last times I shared the story, I added a few afterthoughts.  I did that because I knew that other people, including an expectant mom that I asked to join in, were listening to the conversation.  I didn’t want to scare the pants of any of the women but knew that if I wasn’t completely honest with them, they would walk away confused.  Worse, they could walk away upset with me.  Since the last thing I want to be is the source of someone’s anger, I carefully crafted my responses while also cited resources that supported the wisdom I wanted to impart. 

I shared what I’d do if it was me – if I was pregnant again, if I was taking my brand new baby in for a “well-visit”, if I was told vaccines were necessary.  After offering what I had to offer, I didn’t want to forget my thoughts.  So, I sat down and typed them up and called them Things I’d Do Differently

It isn’t a long list but could quite easily be expanded to include more details, lots of links, and plenty more topics.  But for now, for today’s post, stemming from one of the latest convos I’ve had about Ronan that lead to talking about diseases that lead to talking about vaccines that lead to talking about pregnancy that lead to talking about pregnancy and vaccines, here are 10 things I’d do differently today.  

What else would I do and what else could I tell a young mama-to-be to know to help her make a more informed choice?  Here’s a start:

1 – Learn the immune system, its function, and how to support it.

2 – Learn about communicable diseases, how they’re spread, and how long the disease usually lasts.  Also learn where the disease is typically caught (locally?  regionally?  overseas?) and how the disease run its course (rash?  fever?  vomiting?).  Then, learn how to treat disease and know what, if any, long-term effects may result from it.

3 – Weigh the likelihood of coming in contact with the diseases.

4 – Learn which vaccines are on the current recommended vaccine schedules (pediatric and adult).

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Best of: A Torrent of Leaks Reaches Flood Stage

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaDan is on a short break. This post ran on 8/23/14. Since then, Vaxxed has exposed the CDC Whistle blower to a broad audience and we're bearing down on a Presidential election. How many children have been diagnosed in 24 months' time? Yesterday I had a new student in a karate class I teach, I heard Mom say, "He attends [name of developmental peer combo preschool in our town.]" I asked her, "Is he a peer or on an IEP?" "Oh! He's been tested for autism 3 times, he has sensory processing disorder and speech delay."  And the leaks continue. And the flood drowns.  KIM

By Dan Olmsted

As the MMR whistleblower issue blows up, here's one thing that’s worth remembering: The specific manipulation of data being alleged is that the CDC covered up a risk for autism in black males who got the MMR shot earlier than 36 months. That is appalling, and raises terrible echoes of the nation’s public health officials and their odious Tuskegee study of untreated black males with syphilis.

But more broadly, according to the medical, scientific, and journalistic consensus of our day, there should be no good evidence of any kind, whatsoever, linking any vaccine to autism in any child, ever. Ever! (“One Thing We Know About Autism: Vaccines Aren’t to Blame” – National Geographic. “Once again, the research is definitive: vaccines don't cause autism, and the potential costs of vaccines' mild side-effects are clearly smaller than those of the lethal diseases that can spread if we don't vaccinate all children.” – Vox.com)

Since “we know” that vaccines don’t cause autism, they certainly don’t cause it in black males. They certainly don’t cause it when the MMR is given to black males. They certainly don’t cause it when the MMR is given to black males in Atlanta.  They certainly don’t cause it when the MMR is given to black males in Atlanta before a certain age – or, for that matter, given on the day of birth to blue-eyed females in Dubuque born on the first or third Thursdays of months ending in "y."

They don't cause autism! Got it? If they did, even in such a circumscribed cohort as black males in Atlanta vaccinated with MMR before 36 months --  that would start a cascade of challenges to orthodoxy that simply can’t – and, if the authority figures have their way, simply won’t – be tolerated. This is what the The Times and The Networks and the Agencies are going to be working overtime to shore up.

The CDC’s William Thompson, whistleblower to Brian Hooker on the MMR study and lead author on another on mercury in vaccines, has probably ruined more than a few of his colleagues’ August vacations at Hilton Head. One can’t help think of goofy cartoon characters running around a leaking dike and plugging every hole that starts spurting. They are down now to using their toes. (Check out this staggeringly off-message comment from Dorit Reiss on CNN: "Even if his [Brian Hooker's] claims about the study were correct, which is doubtful, it would show that for most of the population, MMR does not cause autism." I imagine a Merck guy yelling in her ear, "Dammit, Dorit, don't ever say it's OK if the MMR just makes a few thousand black boys autistic! Do you really want this job? ")

More broadly, these “leaks” in the bulwark of conventional wisdom have been coming for a long time, and not just from people on the inside with information to share.

I’m talking about leaks like all the parents of children on the other side of the elevated-risk stats – MMR shots at 12 months, illness, regression, autism.

Leaks like parents who saw it with other vaccines, at other times  -- parents who were willing to share what happened to try to keep it from happening again.

Leaks like the original Verstraeten study at the CDC that found a high risk of autism for infants who got the most ethyl mercury by the first month of life, as opposed to the least.

Leaks like the CDC coverup of the soaring autism rate in Brick Township, N.J.

Leaks like all the evidence from low-and-no-vaccine populations with low-to-no autism. Leaks like the unwillingness of the public health authorities to even study the issue.

Leaks like the Hannah Poling case, which the government conceded was triggered by autism, but buried by obfuscation. Leaks like the Unanswered Questions study showing autism all over the place in unacknowledged vaccine “court” rulings.

Leaks like the SafeMinds parents identifying autism as a “novel form of mercury poisoning” more than a decade ago. 

Leaks like the Merck scientists who came forward to say the company faked data to make its mumps vaccine look effective.

Leaks like the connection between the first cases of autism reported in the medical literature, in 1943, and the families’ exposure to the new ethyl mercury vaccines and fungicides. 

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Support Kevin and Avonte's Law to Protect Those with Autism & Other Disabilities

Avonte memorialFrom our friends at Safeminds:

The time is now to take action to protect our families—H.R. 4919, Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2016, addresses wandering incidents and fatalities in children with developmental disabilities. If passed the bill would:

  • Ensure that grants from the U.S. Department of Justice can be used by state and local law enforcement agencies and nonprofits for education and training programs to proactively prevent and locate missing individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

  • Make resources available to provide first responders and other community officials with the training necessary to better prevent and respond to these cases.

Kevin and Avonte’s Law passed by unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate in July. It is critical the bill gets the attention it deserves as soon as possible—we are hoping it is passed in early September. So here’s what we need you to do:

Contact your Representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 4919 today.  Here are the main points for you, and feel free to add your own personal reason for calling:

  • I am calling/writing to ask you to co-sponsor Kevin and Avonte’s Law, H.R. 4919.
  • If enacted, H.R. 4919 would help families like mine, and would work to keep children with autism — and other developmental disabilities — safe.
  • Thank you for helping to protect some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

With your help and a donation, SafeMinds can make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families living with autism. Thanks for your time and treasure! To donate to SafeMinds, click here.


New From Skyhorse Publishing: Temple Grandin A Voice for the Voiceless by Annette Wood

Temple grandin bookAnnette Wood has written a biography of Temple Grandin called Temple Grandin Voice for the Voiceless available from Skyhorse Publishing. I particularly like the title, since two of my three daughters have very limited or almost  no speech. Women and girls with autism are often overlooked.  If you buy and read the book, please leave a review at Amazon and elsewhere. Reviews really help authors.  And remember, 1 star reviews are often trolls while 5 stars are family!  Be honest, be fair and you can also help other readers make their buying choices.   Purchase Temple Grandin Voice for the Voiceless here.  KIM

From the Skyhorse website:

Since Temple Grandin's life story was told in the 15 x Emmy-nominated film Temple Grandin, and since her heartwarming speech at the award ceremony, she has become one of the world's most well-known members of its community.

In this fascinating biography, Annette Wood delves deep into Grandin's life from childhood to adulthood. Wood tells of the trials and tribulations of the icon: What difficulties Grandin struggled with and how she's become a hero for the autistic community. She also tells what Temple has done since the movie came out, where she is today, what kind of difference she's made, and what her future holds.

For the 22 million people worldwide afflicted by autism and the countless friends and family members who support them, this brilliant portrait presents an up-close look at the disorder and renewed hope for what the future could bring for those on all levels of the spectrum.


"Eminence Based" Medicine versus Evidence Based

E v eThanks to Laura Hayes for the heads up on this fascinating article on a term I  had never heard; "Eminence-baed" medicine.  Kim

Published in MedPageToday, by Larry Husten

The Big Dirty Secret Every Doctor Knows

Lately I've been writing about eminence-based medicine (here, here, and here). In response to these posts, Saurabh Jha, MBBS, a well-known radiologist and health-policy critic, asked me on Twitter: "How do you find these utter gems?!"

I was surprised by Jha's question, because the evidence for this phenomenon -- eminence-based medicine trumping evidence-based medicine -- seems overwhelming.

But then I realized Jha's question was legitimate, because there's actually remarkably little hard proof, though I suspect it really is a big dirty secret that every doctor knows in his or her heart.

For this reason, I think Bernhard Meier, the interventional cardiologist I've been writing about, deserves praise for, at the very least, being so honest and forthright. In his article in European Heart Journal and in his response to my questions he was perfectly willing to explain and defend his position. One of the refreshing aspects of Meier's positions is that he readily admits that his actions fly in the face of evidence-based medicine. In his EHJ article, he specifically stated that randomized controlled trials are an artifact of the past. His beliefs and practices, he explained, were developed from his long experience at the pinnacle of interventional cardiology.

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Massachusetts' Special Education Soars - So Do Problems

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By Anne Dachel

This article is the second of a two part series on the Massachusetts special education system. Problems are enormous with no solutions in sight. There are charges of abuse and neglect in a program that seems to be failing to meet the needs of the disabled in state schools.

This particular story focuses on the numbers, the jaw-dropping increases in special needs students, especially those with autism. Something is clearly wrong. The burden on schools is overwhelming, yet nowhere in this coverage is there a call for answers.

Aug 17, 2016, WBUR Boston: 'There Is No Yelp': Why Parents Struggle With The State's Special Ed System

"We have a growing concern about students with disabilities across the commonwealth being severely mistreated," said Stan Eichner, the center's head litigator. "It’s our sense that the mistreatment of these youngsters with disabilities is not limited to public or private schools, it’s not limited by geography, and we think it’s a widespread problem.”...

According to state data, the number of special ed students with severe disabilities is increasing. Since 2003, enrollment of students with autism, for example, is up more than 300 percent. The number of students with severe neurological impairments is up almost 150 percent in the same time frame....

Mossaides says she believes this is the first time the state has taken such a deep dive into reviewing oversight of these schools.

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Media Coverage of CA SB277

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There has been media coverage of SB277 in California.  Visit the Education for All website for continuing updates.

New Vaccination Law Takes Effect

San Diego Union Tribune - Opponents try to block California vaccination law as school starts

Families sending their children back to schools across California face a new requirement mired in a volatile interplay of religious liberties, individual choice and government efforts to protect the public’s health: They can no longer sidestep vaccination requirements by citing their personal beliefs against immunization.

California joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states in the nation that ban students from enrolling in public and private schools unless a doctor certifies that a child has a medical condition making vaccination too risky.

If parents lack documents proving their children have been inoculated against 10 designated diseases, from chickenpox to tetanus, those students will be barred from school. Some of those kids might be offered a 30-day grace period if they are in the process of getting caught up with their shots...

Ed Source Judge Will Wait Before Ruling on Request to Stop New Vaccination Law

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Guardian Health Editor Sarah Boseley's Little Problem

Sarah Boseley“The almost unavoidable conclusion is that large sections of the British media have always known that the “Wakefield” prosecution was based on an imposture, and have been holding their silence in contempt of fair reporting and of the public at large, and that these people are much more concerned about their own backs than they are about our children.”

The Guardian’s health editor, Sarah Boseley has been writing again about Andrew Wakefield, measles and MMR   . Boseley’s problem, as Age of Autism’s, UK editor John Stone pointed out in this article back in 2012 that Boseley is knew very well that the case against Wakefield was fabricated. Shortly after the article was written Wakefield’s senior colleague, Prof John Walker-Smith, was exonerated in the English High Court. The central case against Wakefield (who was not funded to appeal) and the other General Medical Council defendant Prof Simon Murch had been utterly disproven. The scapegoating, however, continues and Wakefield is still held accountable for events which never happened. Boseley also authored the 2009 news report 'Autism just as common in adults, so MMR is off the hook' based on the NHS Brugha survey


The Walker-Smith Appeal, the British Media and the Boseley Problem

By John Stone

Sarah Boseley (centre in the photo) is the senior Guardian newspaper journalist who wrote on the occasion of the UK General Medical Council’s findings against Dr Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues Prof  John Walker-Smith and Prof Simon Murch in January 2010:

"Opinion is divided in the medical establishment on the wisdom of pursuing Wakefield – and particularly his colleagues who played a lesser role in the drama – at the GMC. Some say there was a clear case to answer and that the GMC had no other option but others believe that no good can come of it."

What Boseley omitted to do as a decent journalist and a competent reporter was to tell her readership what the medical establishment was worried about. And what they were worried about may be by now coming back round to haunt both the medical establishment itself and the media, although no doubt damage limitation measures are already being put in a state of readiness.  The spectre came in the form of a UK Press Association report of Prof Walker-Smith’s High Court appeal misleadingly entitled ‘MMR row doctor decision was “fair”’  . However, underneath the headline the story begins to hint at the real matter:

“The decision to strike off an eminent doctor over the MMR jab controversy has been defended at the High Court as "just and fair - not wrong".

“The General Medical Council (GMC) admitted to a judge that "inadequate reasons" may have been given by a disciplinary panel that found Professor John Walker-Smith guilty of serious professional misconduct. Those reasons related to conflicts over expert evidence.

“But Joanna Glynn QC, appearing for the GMC, said: "In spite of inadequate reasons it is quite clear on overwhelming evidence that the charges are made out."

“Professor Walker-Smith is asking Mr Justice Mitting at London's High Court to rule that he was denied a fair hearing. On the fourth day of his challenge, the judge said that the case had been "complex and difficult from the start - it greatly troubles me".”

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Houston Chronicle Reports Vaccine Exemptions on Rise

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"The number of Texans who exempt their children from vaccination for non-medical reasons rose nearly 9 percent last school year, continuing a now 12-year-long trend that public health officials worry could eventually leave communities vulnerable to outbreaks of preventable diseases." Houston Chronicle

The obvious question is why? Have we suddenly become reckless caretakers?  No.  American consumers are savvy. Parents' radar is picking up signals of chronic illness in their friends' kids, their own kids. Doubt has wiggled its way from the back of the mind to the forefront. "Is this a safe choice for my child?" they ask.  "I'm not sure," they answer. More parents are saying, "I do not know," despite the crushing media and government push to pretend there are no safety concerns with vaccination. 

Does the article ask "Why" or just shame parents. Well the Houston Chronicle has an immediate paywall. And I ain't paying. Let's just take a wild guess.....

Each time you read the words, "vaccine preventable disease," you're being sold a bill of goods to instill fear.  Fear triggers guilt and guilt takes over decision making.

These lyrics are from the musical South Pacific, which opened in 1949.  The theme is racism - but the premise carries over into the current demonization of families who support vaccine choice.

You can't hate someone until you  make them an enemy. You can't make them an enemy until you fear them. Americans are being taught to fear CHILDREN. Your children. My children. Healthy, disease free CHILDREN. By the United States government. By Presidential candidates. By Senators. Congressmen. CDC leadership. And the pharma-directed US mainstream media. It's FRIGHTENING.

You've got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You've got to be taught
From year to year,
It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught.

 

Kim

Dachel Wake Up: California Students Denied School Because of Vaccination Status

Dachel Morning Wake UoWhat is interesting here is that this story aired in Seattle. Something that is a local story in northern California makes the news two states away. No vaccination, no education.

Aug 13, 2016, NBC KING5 Seattle: Hundreds of [California] students without proof of vaccination sent home

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LA Times Chides HuffPo for Having Run Vaccine Posts (Once Upon a Time)

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By Anne Dachel

August 11, 2016, Los Angeles Times: Arianna Huffington wants to sell health advice and products. Science help us.

Paul Thornton, at the LA Times, is mad at Arianna Huffington because for years she's allowed for free speech on the issue of vaccine safety on the Huffington Post blog. Thornton blames the likes of Jenny McCarthy, Dr. Jay Gordon, and Bill Maher for giving us their opinions on vaccines on HP, and he's even more dismayed because now Ms Huffington is moving on to a new public forum, Thrive Global. Thornton fears for the worse.

I think I can see what Thornton's problem is, because even a brief scan of the Huffington Post archives reveals numerous articles on the pro-vaccine side. The only conclusion I can come to is that he’s mostly upset by the idea of anyone being fair and balanced when it comes to covering vaccines safety. If all the mainstream news outlets are following the dictates of their advertisers (pharma) and bowing to pressure from health officials and therefore writing what they're told about vaccines--never actually investigating this controversy for themselves--there has to be a way to shut down the alternative news sources.  

In his biography it states, "Paul Thornton is the Los Angeles Times’ letters editor. He joined the editorial pages in 2005 as a researcher and occasional editorial writer and also served as a Web producer."

We should all be concerned that someone with no tolerance for opposing views on vaccine safety is in charge of which letters get published at the Times. And it's hard to believe that Thornton has spent over a decade as a researcher for the LA Times, yet has such a simplistic view of the vaccine controversy. Sadly, his not-too-subtle call for censorship is the standard viewpoint of the American media when it comes to talking about vaccines: We will not look into this.

Arianna Huffington got very rich off writers working for free and by providing a platform for quacks to push dubious medical advice, including dangerous amounts of anti-vaccination nonsense. ...

But we should be skeptical of anyone who sees economic opportunity in selling us answers that science and mainstream medicine have not yet provided (despite their best efforts). Huffington has gone a step further and enabled people who encourage dangerous behavior and deserve to be ignored. Keep that in mind before you “Thrive” (for a price, of course)....

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How To Seek Assistance from Unlocking Autism for Louisiana Flood Victims

UA logo UA is working with the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs to advise them apprised of community members in need in SO LA. Please register on the link below if you a person with autism or family living with autism who has evacuated and needs assistance. A volunteer will contact you as soon as possible.

S. Louisiana Assistance - Unlocking Autism

For those around the country who would like to help your extended autism family here in South Louisiana, and imagine what it would be like to be in a shelter. Your donation will help us provide family grants to get people out of shelters and settled as soon as possible. This disaster is wide spread with great impact. Many families have lost everything. We did this during Katrina and were able to help hundreds of families..we need your help again!!

We are grateful for your help and appreciate your prayers for Louisiana so much! Thank you! Please share!

 


Wouldn’t It Be Nice

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By Cathy Jameson

Thanks to an FB friend for today’s post.  I guess I should thank Facebook as well – without their newsfeed feature, I’d have missed a vaccine conversation.  Like other online vaccine conversations, this one drew me in.  It drew me in for the usual reasons and also because it was a conversation with a politician.  He wasn’t my representative, but he had my attention. 

When I began to read his status on Thursday morning, I initially thought, yay! 

He’s talking about vaccines

And publicly, too! 

I was optimistic, so I continued to read.  

Then, my bubble burst. 

Here’s a screenshot of what I’d read. 

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The pat response, the “bunny ears” quotation in reference to the CDC cover-up, and the Snopes citation at the end – it was a slap in the face. 

I didn’t have the heart to chime in. 

But other mamas did.  

Those mamas were not backing down!

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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: More Mefloquine Mayhem; Hiding Behind 'Hindsight'; a Polio Pause

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

A study this week found that a service member diagnosed with PTSD was actually suffering from mefloquine toxicity -- the Army-invented malaria drug that can cause suicide, homicide, psychosis, depression and sudden death. It's a topic I wrote about extensively and it's a dead ringer for the autism-vaccine debacle; the government refuses to come to grips with the damage done, and people suffer needlessly as a result. The analogies between the two convinced me the public health establishment will lie and cover up to protect its prerogatives and hide its collateral damage.

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2016/08/11/malaria-drug-causes-permanent-brain-damage-case-study/88528568/

I asked Dr. Remington Nevin, a former Army doctor now getting a doctoral degree at Johns Hopkins who has done groundbreaking work on mefloquine (Lariam): "What is your guess about how much of PTSD these days is really Lariam induced?" He replied, "I’m on record as saying it’s probably somewhere in the single digit percentages in military populations — but it could be even higher, depending on the context. Among troops deployed who never saw combat but who were prescribed (and continued to take) mefloquine, the proportion of questionable diagnoses could be much higher — see my chapter 'Mefloquine and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder' for further discussion of this.

"What is interesting is that this is not an effect that is unique to mefloquine. Quinacrine (Atabrine) used in WWII, and chloroquine used in Vietnam both have similar effects. And, of course, what we today consider PTSD was not even formally recognized during either war. Prolonged panic or anxiety reactions in WWII veterans were called 'gross stress reaction,' and were not recognized as a distinct diagnosis among Vietnam veterans until the 1980 DSM III established the new 'PTSD' diagnosis.

"I actually suspect what Vietnam veterans called 'Vietnam syndrome' — which was actually quite different than today’s construct of PTSD — was in many cases simply quinoline antimalarial toxicity."

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I am a connoisseur of after-action, lessons-learned reports. It's always interesting to see what, in the clear light of day, caused a disaster. The O-rings. The 9.11 report. The Pentagon Papers. I have a passing relationship to one such nightmare -- the made-up stories by a USA Today staffer that came to light only after a long string of them had gotten into the paper. I sat next to the reporter in the 1980s when he was an ambitious copy boy in the News Section and I was an assistant national editor. The fake stories didn't begin till after I had left the news section; otherwise I'm pretty sure I would have fallen for some, which were usually written from exotic locales that would be very hard to double-check. Plus -- and this counts for a lot in real time -- he was a really, really nice guy. He just had a bad habit of making stuff up, and that's not something you expect a reporter to do at a national newspaper.

So I'll stipulate it's not fair to hold people to standards that would have required superhuman abilities. It's the cases that were or should have been obvious at the time that really hurt. When the Challenger exploded, the engineers in the lunchroom at the manufacturer realized immediately it was their own product, the O-rings, that had caused the explosion (because the cold weather made them vulnerable to coming apart). Even though the editors hadn't caught the USA Today reporter's fabrications, the New York Times reported some of his colleagues "were so suspicious of his dispatches that as long ago as the mid-1990's, they began keeping crude dossiers on him -- questioning the plausibility of his battlefield descriptions, clipping articles from other newspapers that included phrasing similar to (his), and even making copies of his correspondence with editors." The editors said they never heard about it, but the "hindsight" defense no longer worked; they should have created a newsroom culture where the suspicions reached them. Instead, the after-action report said, they created a "climate of fear" in which no one dared say anything. That's why as soon as they read it the news editor and executive editor resigned.

Most recently, the Brits did a full accounting on the reason for invading Iraq along with the United States. As summarized by CBC News, "the six-year study concluded that London and Washington knew a lot — but underestimated or discounted most of the looming dangers and pitfalls. When (Tony) Blair told the inquiry he could not have foreseen the problems in Iraq, (the committee) would have none of it: 'We do not agree that hindsight is required. The risks of internal strife in Iraq, active Iranian pursuits of its interests, regional instability and al-Qaeda activity in Iraq were each explicitly identified before the invasion," the report said. 

So when did hindsight cease to be an excuse for the man-made autism epidemic and the failure to do anything about it? There are so many inflection points, from the Brick study to the Verstraeten saga to the Thompson whistle-blowing. Pick your poison. The point is that the time is past for the hindsight defense to exculpate anyone. Someday some prestigious panel will write the kind of report I am addicted to reading. I hope I'm still around for it and that it contains words to the effect that "hindsight is no defense when thousands of parents told their doctors and public officials exactly what happened and the number of cases soared with the vaccine schedule. Most remarkable of all was that the CDC was allowed to continue its monopoly both on the vaccine mandates and the safety studies years after its cluelessness, conflicts of interests and coverup became clear to any impartial observer."

And speaking of mefloquine, it should have been obvious by 2003, when soldiers returning home to Fort Bragg from Afghanistan killed their wives and then themselves, that the drug was too dangerous. Instead the relentless wave of veteran suicide, violence and despair has been swelled by the ignorance and arrogance of the military medical command -- the soul brothers of the CDC, the NIH and the civilian public health establishment. The "hindsight" defense just doesn't cut it, especially not when you are on record blaming the "herd," aka the victims who were trying to tell you.

From the Army Times:

"Mefloquine was developed under the Army’s malaria drug discovery program and approved for use as a malaria prophylactic in 1989. Shortly after commercial production began, stories surfaced about side effects, including hallucinations, delirium and psychoses. Military researchers maintained, however, that it was a 'well-tolerated drug,' with one WRAIR scientist attributing reports of mefloquine-associated psychoses to a 'herd mentality.'

"'Growing controversies over neurological side effects, though, are appearing in the literature, from journal articles to traveler’s magazines and resulting legal ramifications threaten global availability,' wrote researcher Army Col. Wilbur Milhous in 2001. "As the 'herd mentality' of mefloquine associated psychoses continues to gain momentum, it will certainly affect operational compliance and readiness. ... The need for a replacement drug for weekly prophylaxis will continue to escalate.'

"Mefloquine was implicated in a series of murder-suicides at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 2002," the Army Times continued,  "and media reports also tied it to an uptick in military suicides in 2003."

Yes, media reports of the truth.

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A note for those of you expecting the latest installment in the polio series – I’m taking a break to complete another project but will return with a vengeance in a few weeks. I’ve pretty much completed the arc of the 1916 New York City and North Atlantic epidemic, proposing that sugar tainted with arsenic pesticide triggered the outbreak in those with an active poliovirus infection. Next we’ll look at other outbreaks to test and refine our hypothesis, and ultimately examine why polio is the autism of childhood illnesses, and autism is the polio of childhood disorders – both triggered by an environmental factor that orthodox medicine is either slow to recognize or suppresses altogether. I guess you could call it an after-action report; it's all about "hindsight "that should have been just as clear at the time if the experts weren't blinded by their own theories at the cost of ignoring the people right in front of them.

Catch up on the series here.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism


No Ruling in SB277 Hearing

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As of yesterday, there is no ruling in the SB277 Hearing that took place yesterday.  From the San Diego Union Tribune:

No immediate ruling in school vaccination case Federal judge in San Diego on Friday heard arguments for and against suspending new state law

A federal judge held off on making an immediate decision about whether to suspend California’s controversial school vaccination law after a hearing Friday afternoon in downtown San Diego.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw listened to a request from 17 families and two foundations seeking a preliminary injunction against Senate Bill 277, which the Legislature passed last year and whose main provision took effect on July 1.

The law identifies medical reasons as the only justification for doctors to grant children an exemption from the mandate that students in both public and private schools, as well as day-care facilities, be immunized. Religious and "personal belief" considerations are no longer valid under state law.

The law stemmed from a measles outbreak linked to a visitor or visitors at Disneyland in Anaheim. It requires all kindergartners and seventh-graders to prove they have received the government’s recommended set of vaccinations....


Preliminary Injunction Hearing on SB 277 in San Diego Federal Court on Friday, August 12th

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SAN DIEGO, CA—The Hon. Dana M. Sabraw, federal district judge in San Diego, will entertain oral arguments on Education 4 All’s (E4A) Motion for Preliminary Injunction to halt SB277, at1:30 p.m. on August 12th.  E4A’s challenge to California’s repeal of all religious and conscientious exemptions to mandated vaccination is the only item on Judge Sabraw’s docket on Fridayafternoon, and the court will hear from the plaintiffs, the state departments of Health and Education, and from attorneys representing the Santa Barbara County public health office. 

With many California school districts returning to campus for the fall term, this Friday’s time sensitive hearing is critical for those children whose vaccination status will cause them to suffer exclusion from public and private schools under the new law.

Twenty-one individual and non-profit organization plaintiffs filed suit against various defendants including the California Departments of Health and Education, alleging that SB 277 is unconstitutional.  The lawsuit relies on the fundamental right to education under the California Constitution, the rights of parents and children under the United States Constitution, and cites numerous violations of state and federal law, including statutes that protect disabled children. 

Thousands of California students should learn after the hearing whether they may return to school in the next few weeks, or be permanently barred from receiving public or private education.

WHAT:           Preliminary Injunction Hearing

WHEN:           Friday, August 12th at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Courtroom 13A, 333West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

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About Education 4 All: The Education 4 All (E4A) Foundation, founded in June 2016, seeks to redeem California’s promise of equal education for all children.


Fear at the Intersection of Race and Autism – Part 2

Autistic people of colorBy Nancy Hokkanen

Read part 1 here.

Many thorny sociological threads are interwoven within the chilling July 18 police shooting of Florida behavior therapist Charles Kinsey in front of his autistic group home patient, Arnaldo Rios-Soto:

  • A calm, unarmed black professional man lying hands up, on the ground, on his back… who still was shot by a police officer.
  • An agitated young man with autism who’d run away from his care center, who police later said was the original target of the shooting.
  • A young police officer with SWAT training who’d received misinformation from 911 dispatch, whose two other shots missed their marks.


Those three men’s lives intersected against a tense societal backdrop of increasing gun violence reported in international media. Three men whose parents were relieved that their son was not killed.

The thoughts of North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda before he fired his gun may never be fully understood. One key factor deserves examination: The citizen eyewitnesses who’d called 9/11 had misinterpreted autistic behaviors. That mistake caused lifelong trauma for all three men, and nearly resulted in the death of either or both innocent citizens.

The general public’s inability to recognize behaviors common in the growing autism community indicates that autism awareness efforts need a change.

Question: Who’s been misinforming or under-informing the public about the realities of autism?

Let’s start with mainstream media reporting, which skews toward upbeat stories of quirky kids showcasing some special talent. Depending on legislative focus, people with severe autism might be portrayed as drains on tax-funded services. Or those with autism lead the nightly news when they’ve gone missing, were found dead, or perpetrated a crime such as a fatal shooting.

Another problem is autism advocacy groups with financial links to organizations with questionable motives. Spectrum News, funded by the Simons Foundation, writes about children who mysteriously grow out of autism. Another group, Autism Speaks, lists early signs of autism but their byzantine website takes you down one rabbit hole of generalizations after another.

Government agencies have been disgracefully impotent regarding public education on autism behaviors and the challenges faced by people with autism, their families and caregivers. To many frustrated autism parents, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee epitomizes government inaction and waste. “I cannot keep coming here and talking about the same issue time after time after time,” said Dr. Albert Enayati at the IACC’s most recent meeting.

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Dachel Wake Up: Newsweek: Using Pretend Science to Cover Up the Cause of Autism, One Study at a Time

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Newsweek's Aimee Swartz isn't worried about autism. She, like most in the media, is out to convince us that autism has always been here, we just starting noticing it about 25 years ago. Her real goal here is threefold:

Treat autism as a curiosity we have all the time in the world to figure out.

Downplay any idea of an epidemic.

Make it look like scientists are doing their best to figure it out.

Aug 11, 2016, Newsweek: Unraveling the Mystery of Autism, One Person at a Time

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UK Statistics Authority Bins Controversial 2009 Adult Autism Survey

UK binBy John Stone

In a remarkable move the influential 2009 survey which purported to show similar rates of autism in adults to those is children, and has often been criticised in these columns, was officially downgraded to the status of “experimental  statistics” by the Statistics Authority in May according to British government documents (here and here). The British survey which was published as National Statistics and subsequent associated studies were frequently cited as evidence that autism was not on the rise by Thomas Insel, until last year director of the US National Institute of Mental Health.  The survey when published in 2009 was advertised by the UK National Health Service as showing that the MMR vaccine had not affected autism rates.

Among the criticisms of the survey was that the diagnostic assessment was incorrectly scored, was not a stand-alone tool for diagnosing autism anyway, that abstruse and arcane weighting methods were used to inflate the 19 identified “cases” to 72 in order apparently to obtain a 1% rate which matched the National Statistic for children as last recorded in 2004/5   . The ground work for the survey was carried out in 2007 as part of a national mental health morbidity survey which was to include Asperger Syndrome as one of the categories, but by 2009 Asperger Syndrome had been supplanted by Autistic Spectrum Disorder. One serious anomaly is whether genuine ASD cases would even have been capable of taking part in survey. There is also a question mark over whether the data was properly obtained: participants were not told that they were being assessed for morbid conditions.

The team responsible for the 2009 survey led by Traolach Brugha published at least five related papers listed on Pubmed, including one last month (which was widely circulated last month by the National Autistic Society) after the National Statistics Authority ruling.   A new survey is imminently expected from the same team based on data collected in 2014. It remains to be seen whether it fares any better.

According to data provided by the Scottish executive as of last September 1 in 58 children had a diagnosis of autism (11,722 ASD cases out  of 680,007pupils), however  the data will be incomplete since many children will not yet have received a diagnosis and the numbers will be much higher among younger children, since the figures have been rising steeply year on year.


John Stone is UK Editor for Age of Autism.


Dachel Wake Up: NAACP Group Views Vaxxed

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

This is encouraging to see. Of course this is a racial issue. CDC scientists have covered up a known risk to African American boys. If this discussion continues to get attention in the black community, the CDC will address it--I expect officials are busy as we speak producing NEW research that shows no racial difference; the 2004 study was just a fluke. We were told a few months ago that Thompson was going to back away from his claim, but nothing was made public. I'm sure forces are prepared if this becomes an issue in the African American community.

August 10, 2016, Philadelphia Tribune: Forum addresses public's concern with vaccinations

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Once Vaxxed But Not Shy? Washington Post Article Spurs Debate.

Caution"He beat me and I went to the hospital, But I know he loves me. I'll be home tomorrow."

"In September 1961, an overweight woman from Queens, New York, called a group of friends over to her house and confessed that eating cookies was her obsession.  Her name was Jean Nidetch, and with that first admission she discovered that one of the most effective keys to weight control are "empathy, rapport and mutual understanding." Her discovery resulted in a seventy pound weight loss and one of the most successful weight-control organizations in the world - Weight Watchers."

"It's just one drink. I can stop at anytime."

"A vaccine made my baby stop breathing. But I still believe in vaccination."

This article in the Washington Post is making the rounds of social media with all manner of comments. Many of our readers have vaccine injured children. Many of us will never touch a vaccine again.   While maintaining respect for this child, what are your thoughts?   We each have a unique risk/reward formula don't we? And would the Post consider a similar article from a Mom who will never vaccinate again? Maybe I'll ask... KIM

Last year, I became a mom. During my pregnancy, I read all the books and all the articles, and my husband and I mentally crafted a framework to use to raise our baby. I would breast-feed. We would use cloth diapers. We would eschew television and electronic devices for her first two years. And we would vaccinate on time, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended immunization schedule.

Of course, I know now that nothing ever goes to plan when it comes to parenting. We tried cloth diapering; that lasted a week. My daughter was never able to breast-feed successfully, so I ended up pumping exclusively and feeding her from bottles. We let her watch TV when she’s feverish and cranky.

But we kept our promise about vaccinations. My husband and I know that vaccines are an easy and essential part of preventive health care that will help keep our baby from contracting serious and even potentially deadly childhood diseases. And even though a severe medical reaction would test our resolve, we continue to ensure our daughter never misses a vaccine...

 


"The Use of Fear To Justify Oppression..." George Takei

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By Kim Stagliano

How many of our readers are George Takei fans? I sure am! From his Sulu days when I used to watch Star Trek as a kid, to his unbelievably fun and entertaining appearances on The Howard Stern show over the last several years, I just love him.   He's a smart man.  Learned. Thoughtful. And as a Japanese-American internment camp survivor and a gay man, he is acutely aware of oppression and coercion.   Is he aware of the health oppression known as asthma, diabetes, autism, developmental delays, anxiety, and the host of other pediatric epidemics? He's also one of the most social media savvy celebs - especially for his age - close to 80.

And he lives in California, home of SB277, the law that removed vaccine exemption rights from Californians and has robbed children of their right to attend school.   The measles outbreak in California was the impetus for SB277.   After all, you have to be carefully taught - to hate. Hate disease! Fear disease! Chicken pox and measles were once benign childhood rites of passage in America. No more. Fear sells vaccines. Fear passes laws. Fear allows corporations to control politicians.

WWGS?  What Would George Say?



I read his tweet above with interest. My first thought was how do we tell Mr. Takei about SB277 and the push to take away some of our most basic rights vis a vis vaccination?  How do we tell Mr. Takei that Candidate Clinton is not prone to allow us to retain our healthcare rights - regardless  of what she does within her own family?  She knows best?

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How do we educate Mr. Takei on the TSOOO-nami of vaccine injured children across the nation?

The use of fear to justify oppression is never the answer. We'd like all of our kids to live long and prosper. Wait, that's Spock.  And forcing vaccination is illogical.

Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.


Microbiome Drug Fails

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

Since my recent report on Autism and the Microbiome: Will Fecal Transplants Be the Next “AWAKENINGS?" Part 2, there has been a recent update in the news:

Gut check: Seres Therapeutics shares plunge after microbiome drug fails in trial:

Shares of Seres Therapeutics plummeted more than 69 percent Friday after its microbiome treatment for preventing a bacterial infection failed in a mid-stage study and raised doubts about this growing area of research. 

The product, known as SER-109, is a mix of bacterial spores designed to treat patients from recurring infection of the potentially deadly bacterium Clostridium difficile, or C. diff.

In a phase 2 study, SER-109 did not reduce the risks associated with the infection, compared to the placebo, at up to eight weeks of treatment.

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“Stronger Together” and California Vaccine Exemption Law SB277


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By Mary S. Holland

As a life-long Democrat, I was proud to watch the Democratic National Convention.  Hillary Clinton and its other impressive speakers were eloquent, optimistic and inspiring.

Almost every speaker talked about children and about the importance of education as “the great equalizer.”  We heard that every child deserves a great education, and that Clinton hopes to “break down every barrier that keeps us from joining hands.” The Democratic speakers argued passionately that Americans are “stronger together,” as a country and as part of the international community.

So it is with deepest sadness and dismay that I contemplate the California Democratic Party’s role in engineering the law called SB277.  Passed by California’s Democratically-controlled Senate and Assembly, the law took effect July 1, 2016. Its effect is to exclude 30,000 children from school.  It will force a total of 165,000 out of school over the next six years because their vaccination status does not match perfectly what the State mandates.  The law treats partially vaccinated and unvaccinated children as unfit for any school, public or private, daycare through high school.  Parents can comply fully, homeschool or leave the state. 

As Age of Autism readers know, Democratic lawmakers proposed and passed this law because of a small California epidemic of measles in 2015.  Forty subjects, adults and children, vaccinated and unvaccinated, were infected.  Eventually, 150 cases of measles were deemed to have been caused by this episode. No one died. For the five years 2010-2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 11,092 cases of measles for the entire United States with a population of over 300 million.

Unvaccinated and selectively vaccinated children are healthy.  If they develop a contagious childhood disease, they can be isolated at home, just as a vaccinated child with a contagious disease should be.  If they are exposed to a contagious disease, they can remain at home for the duration of the incubation period.  California law requires children to attend school.  SB277 places a major obstruction in the path of this educational imperative. 

It is the Democrats in California, not the Republicans, who are building an invisible wall to isolate and stigmatize children with exemptions.  It is the Democrats, not Republicans, who have stoked fear of contagion.  In hearings before the Senate and the Assembly, heartfelt pleas from mothers and fathers to preserve families’ rights to make critical medical decisions without coercion landed on deaf ears. 

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Dachel Wake Up: CA SB277 Richard Panavision

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

The Sacramento Bee gave space for Richard Pan to write this opinion piece on how fortunate California parents are that their lawmakers have taken away their rights as parents to choose a medical intervention.

The message here is that unvaccinated children are a danger to us all---AND it's clear that Pan will scrutinize any medical exemption a doctor might give, since he openly accuses California doctors here of fraud for giving exemptions. Ha also accuses homeschooling parents of evading the law---so he intends to go after them too.

This is medical fascism, and more is coming. Pan doesn't make idle threats. It's time for doctors and parents in California to contact the Bee and ask for EQUAL TIME. Not only do parents not have the right to decide if their child is vaccinated or not, BUT doctors can have their medical opinion questioned too, as revealed by Pan's veiled threats here.

August 5, 2016, Sacramento Bee: New vaccine law making schools safer by re-establishing community immunity

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Fight for Your Right to Vaccine Safety Education and Choice

Flag heartBy Cathy Jameson

Last Wednesday, Ronan stayed behind at home under the watchful eyes of our therapists and staff while I traveled with my other kids to a meeting.  I normally prefer to go to big meetings by myself – they’re long, they can be tiresome, the topic could go right over my kids’ heads – but the kids asked to go with me to this one.  A dear friend of mine wanted to go as well, so we loaded up our kids, got on the highway, and took a road trip toward the statehouse.  We were on our way to the Joint Commission on Health Care Healthy Living /Health Services Subcommittee Meeting.  Why?  Because vaccines and exemptions were on the agenda

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It was important for us to be there.  Other families thought so, too.  From other peoples’ accounts, 650 of us showed up that day.  Ronan’s younger brother, Willem, made some observations about that he saw and heard, so I asked if I could write about them for today’s post.  He said yes!  Willem, like his big brother, was injured by vaccines.  He’s been a quiet observer.  Last week, he observed quite a lot…

Why did we go to the big city this week?

We went to fight for our rights.

Why was it important for us, for our family, to go?  

It was important because we have experience with vaccine injury.

That meeting had to do with vaccines, but it also had a lot to do with taking away a right, a religious right.  Do you know what that means? 

It’s taking away a freedom.

Right! 

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Note:  As families prepared to travel, a list of talking points was suggested.  This important information came from NVIC – “Removing the religious exemption to vaccination will prevent Virginia citizens from exercising freedom of conscience, which is protected in the Virginia Constitution and was reaffirmed by the 2007 Religious Freedom Act and the 2013 Parental Rights Act guaranteeing freedom of religious and the fundamental right of parents to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education and care of their children.”

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How important is our religion to us?

It’s the most important thing in the world. 

You’re right.  It’s a big part of our family.  It’s a big part of a lot of other families as well.  You got to see some of those families last week at the meeting.  Can you tell me who you saw? 

We saw a lot of people--a Senator who looked like Donald Trump, but it wasn’t Donald Trump.  I saw our friends and a lot of other people.  Everyday people like moms, dads, kids and some grandmas…and babies, lots of babies! Those other people…they were all wearing red. 

Why were they wearing red?

Because they were standing together as a group to send a message to the delegates…and the CDC--even if they don’t care.  They were saying there should be parent choice for vaccines instead of forcing children to get vaccines.  One of the ladies there talked about that.  She talked about taking the religious exemption away. 

Can you tell me about the other speaker you heard at the meeting?

This guy talked about stuff from his 73 pages of slides for his presentation.  It was all about how “good” vaccines are. 

They may be good for some people, this guy said.  I say vice versa.  I think that they may not be good.  Saying they were good was one of the mistakes he made.  The first mistake was that he spoke way too long.  He made a couple of mistakes, actually a lot of mistakes.  He tried to say ‘thimerosal’ but said it wrong.  Then he said it wasn’t in vaccines.  But it’s still in some.  Then he couldn’t even pronounce some of other words on his slides.  If you can’t pronounce the words, you probably shouldn’t be talking about them. 

Good point!  I can tell you were listening.

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Note:  ‘That guy’ Willem is referring to was Stephen Weiss, a Senior Health Policy Analyst.  You can read through his presentation, which did include several errors, here. 

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The Age of Polio. Explosion. Part 15

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By Dan Olmsted

I’m gratified that so many of you are reading and commenting on the polio articles. To rustle up 61 comments this past weekend for the 14th installment is encouraging. If you haven’t followed along to date you are hereby absolved; this installment is not a bad place to catch up before we move into new territory. (And what does it have to do with autism? Read on.)

My aim is simple: to make an overwhelming case that arsenic was a co-factor in poliomyelitis outbreaks, and then to see what that tells us about not just polio but any number of things.  The series to date presented evidence that the outbreak in New York City and the North Atlantic states in 1916 was triggered by arsenic pesticide from a Hawaiian sugar plantation that got into the food supply in the Northeast.

Those who take issue with the scenario I’ve presented – and I welcome the critiques because they make me stop and think – seem to have four different arguments:

  • It’s just the poliovirus, not arsenic at all. The hygiene hypothesis explains why the virus got more virulent.
  • It’s only the arsenic, the lead arsenate, the DDT and perhaps other 20th century pesticides that poisoned children. Not the poliovirus, at all. There was no viral aspect to "polio."
  • There can be individual susceptibility to the virus, but it doesn't have to be arsenic. Maybe it's the physical effect of the sugar; or bad diets generally reducing kids’ immunity, or vaccines or lack of breastfeeding, as Cynthia Cornoyer suggested, or some other man-made intervention are responsible.
  • (Courtesy of commenter VE who pointed to this alternative I overlooked: It wasn't polio virus and arsenic. It was Coxsackie virus and arsenic. Or some other virus/bacteria/munchkin and arsenic. What evidence is there to prove that polio virus was there in NYC 1916, causing all these paralysis and death cases? Detroit 1958 epidemic had taught us that when tested, there are several viruses to "blame" for the illness that is called "polio". So, I'm really curious: what evidence science can offer to establish it was polio virus in 1916?

The first idea, that the poliovirus causes poliomyelitis epidemics, period, is probably accepted by 99-percent-plus of experts and lay people. It is well expressed by our commenter Eindeker: “But you build a whole hypothesis on some speculative co-factor whereas the commonly accepted explanation for the polio outbreaks in cities in the early 20th C is bizarrely improved hygiene and sanitation … There is no need to invoke some speculative co-factor (arsenic et al) in changes in polio epidemiology during the 20th Century, unless you classify increasing hygiene and reduced exposure at a young age, as a co-factor.”

Eindeker’s critique makes me think of Occam’s razor, one of my own favorite principles – that the simplest explanation is usually correct. In this instance Eindeker is saying, as I read it, that I'm in violation of Occam's rule, because there is “no need” to cook up a co-factor to go with the virus. It's necessary and sufficient without it.

Except it's not. In my epigraph to the series I invoke Einstein’s view that “things should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” As the AOA reader and environmental toxicologist who's been helping it out put this theory: "People exposed to arsenic and the polio virus simultaneously will develop a worse case of polio than if they had not been exposed to the arsenic.” She elaborated: "A co-exposure is a situation in which a person is exposed to two different agents which interact and cause a response that is different than if the person had only been exposed to one of the agents.  This seems to be playing out with Zika virus right now:  the rate of microcephaly in Columbian infants exposed to Zika in utero is at this point lower than the rate for Brazilian infants, which implies that there is a second factor involved in the Brazilian cases.

 "Contemporaneous observers were surprised to see the polio virus turn deadly, because it had previously been thought to be relatively benign.  What you are pointing out is that polio epidemics became deadly right around the same time as the use of heavy metal pesticides on agricultural crops took hold.  The use of lead arsenate in American orchards is known, but your research has dug up the fact that arsenic was used in the sugar cane fields.  Sugar is a somewhat unique crop because it ends up in concentrated form, so impurities can get concentrated too.  In NYC in 1916, arsenic wasn’t really 'circulating'; exposure would have been irregular.  However, the virus may have been circulating.  The most obvious mechanism for the arsenic is that, by causing GI problems, it facilitated the virus’ crossing of the intestinal barrier.  Remember that it takes time for an unexposed person to mount an effective immune challenge to any infectious agent.  If the virus crossed the intestinal barrier at a faster rate because of pre-existing damage done by arsenic, then the unexposed person’s immune system might be overwhelmed, and the damage would already be done before the immune system had a chance to get rolling."

In the same way I believe, based on reporting and research by many people (including myself), that autism is an environmentally triggered illness, involving metals like mercury and aluminum and live viruses like the MMR and chickenpox. They amplify and potentiate each other. They make it far more likely that an infant vaccinated with a grossly excessive stew of viruses and toxins, especially metals, is primed for a fall. Even the exposure path from the gut to the nervous system may be relevant to autism.

The second critique of the arsenic-virus theory is the toxin-only critique -- there’s no such thing as a poliovirus, or if there is it doesn’t trigger epidemics of paralytic illness; therefore, the “vaccine” didn’t really end those epidemics. Under this theory, It was banning DDT that caused the epidemics to diminish. Cases were camouflaged as "flaccid paralysis."

The third objection is that there could have been a co-factor, but it didn't have to be arsenic. That is true. I went looking for arsenic in association with the 1916 outbreak and think I found a strong connection. Still, this entire exercise could be a prime example of confirmation bias, causing me to decide a small sugar plantation in Hawaii somehow triggered the great Northeast epidemic of 1916 by using arsenic to kill weeds. Say what? (The fourth objection -- it was a virus, but not the poliovirus -- is also worth more scrutiny but is not central to whether my arsenic hypothesis stands or falls.)

But it's also true one needs confidence in one's theories until and unless they lose their explanatory power, as Karl Popper wrote. "Propose theories which can be criticized. Think about possible decisive falsifying experiments—crucial experiments. But do not give up your theories too easily—not, at any rate, before you have critically examined your criticism."

So please keep offering your critiques, which I'll keep critically examining as we head further into a world where things are not what they seemed.

 --

Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


Oakland CA! Make Tomorrow Night 6/6 VAXXED Date Night - FREE!

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Oakland community screening open to the public. Don't miss this opportunity to see the incredible documentary film, 'Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe' about the whistle blower at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia and his direct involvement in manipulating vaccine safety studies and concealing the increased risk for African American infants to suffer severe neurological damage following vaccinations.


The film makers will be answering questions after the film. Come and meet the Vaxxed team: Free ticket


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Dr. Andrew Wakefield (confirmed)

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Rewriting the Legal History of Autism

Rewriting_265x265By Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde

There is an on-going effort to rewrite the legal history of vaccine-induced brain damage featuring “autism.”

The cases in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) that show a progression from vaccine injury to encephalopathy (brain damage) to autism are a particularly annoying issue for those who have decided to abandon logic and support the oft-repeated mantra “vaccines don’t cause autism.”

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

The facts show that cases of vaccine-induced brain damage that leave a child with “autism” are quite common within the hundreds of cases compensated by the United States Government in the NVICP. Holland, Conte (co-author of this article), Krakow and Colin revealed this five years ago with the publication of Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Damage in the peer-reviewed Pace Environmental Law Review.  Click here.

The conclusion of the paper was: “This preliminary analysis of VICP-compensated cases suggests that autism is often associated with vaccine-induced brain damage. It raises the question, if the VICP’s decisions have been fair to reject all vaccine claims of vaccine injury that use the term ‘autism.’…there may be no meaningful distinction between the cases of encephalopathy and residual seizure disorder that the VICP compensated over the last twenty years and the cases of ‘autism’ that the VICP has denied. If true, this would be a profound injustice to those denied recovery and all who have invested trust in this system that Congress created.”

Over 5,700 petitions alleging “autism” were dismissed in the NVICP in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP) after a series of decisions on six “test cases.”

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Vaxxed The Movie: Mainstream Review and A Denver Interview

VaxxedBy Anne Dachel

This coverage reminds me of a middle school student production—something I’m very familiar with. Reporter Liz Lohuis said this about the movie: Film creators say the 90-minute film tells the story of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention whistle-blower who claims the CDC covered up documents.

“The documents apparently prove there is a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.”

It’s doubtful that Lohuis actually viewed the film she covered. Nothing more specific was said. The nature of the studies and details of the cover-up were not given. Despite the fact that the “VaxXed” team is very available to talk to the media, they were not included.

Instead, Lohuis interviewed a mother who is very skeptical of vaccine safety claims and the always ready to defend vaccines, Dr. William Schaffner.

Aug 2, 2016, NBC 3 Chattanooga, TN: Vanderbilt doctor critical of ‘Vaxxed’ documentary

Dr. William Schaffner, one of the nation's leading infectious disease specialists, works right here at Vanderbilt University. He called the movie malarkey.

“It raises issues that have been put to rest many times before. There is absolutely no connection between vaccines and autism. There was no CDC cover up,” Schaffner said.

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Kris Kristofferson's Lyme Disease Misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's

KristoffersonBy Teresa Conrick

On July 20th, this very interesting and optimistic article came out:

Kris Kristofferson's Lyme disease misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's 

Actor and songwriter Kris Kristofferson and some of those closest to him are speaking out about his health problems and their surprising cause.

Kristoffferson struggled with memory problems in recent years and was told he had Alzheimer's disease, but it appears he was misdiagnosed and all along has actually been suffering from the tick-borne illness Lyme Disease.

Articles in Rolling Stone and the entertainment magazine Closer Weekly reveal that the 80-year-old -- whose songs have been covered by the likes of Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and Elvis Presley -- has struggled through a years-long medical odyssey.

...He was taking all these medications for things he doesn't have, and they all have side effects," she told the magazine. After the Lyme diagnosis, he dropped those medications and went through three weeks of treatment for Lyme..."It's like Lazarus coming out of the grave and being born again,"

...While Lyme disease can sometimes mimic Alzheimer's with dementia-like symptoms, there are effective treatments available for Lyme, including antibiotics -- unlike Alzheimer's, for which there is currently no cure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are about 329,000 cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. each year. Only about 30,000 are officially confirmed and reported to the CDC.

Doctor's often look for a hallmark bulls-eye rash around a tick bite, but not everyone infected has an obvious mark.

That's GREAT news for Kris Kristofferson and his family. I'm so happy to hear he is being medically treated now and getting better.  What was additionally interesting and ironic, was this article in the news the following day:

Thursday 21 July 2016Could antibiotics reduce levels of Alzheimer's-causing plaques?   

Neuroscientists from The University of Chicago find that treating mice with broad-spectrum antibiotics long term decreases plaques that cause Alzheimer's disease and elevate the inflammatory state of microglial cells in the brain....It is suggested that amyloidosis - the accumulation and buildup of beta-amyloid peptides into plaques in the brain - is key to AD onset and progression...In addition to decreasing amyloid plaques and activating inflammatory microglial cells in the brain, the study, published in Scientific Reports, showed that administering antibiotics made significant changes in the gut microbiome of the mice.

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Introductory Comments for VaXxed Screening in Roseville, CA

VaxxedBy Laura Hayes

Thank you all for coming tonight! Please be warned that I am not going to mince words tonight as I welcome you. Perhaps if more people had not minced words in years past, my children would not have been injured by vaccines, one to the point of severe and permanent disability. I thank you all for coming tonight because it is going to have to be people like us…informed, principled, ethical, concerned American citizens…who are going to have to expose the horrendous truth about the always life-altering, often life-decimating, and sometimes life-ending vaccinations that are harming and prematurely killing our children every single day, not to mention, people of all ages.  It is WE who are going to have to work non-stop to put an end to this ever-increasing medical tyranny, this abominable Vaccine Holocaust, this present evil. 

For those who think “holocaust” is too strong a word, I assure you it is not.  “Holocaust” is defined as “destruction or slaughter on a mass scale”, and that is indeed what vaccinations are doing to those who receive them, which can often be observed in the short term, always in the long term, and for generations to come as you will learn as you study these issues more. There is an ominous agenda underway, named Healthy People 2020, with the goal being to vaccinate all people, from fetus to grave, worldwide, with scores of vaccines and a recommended list that is ever-increasing…and that goal is in serious danger of being achieved.  We must not let that happen!

I am going to assume that in our audience tonight we have people who are at all stages of understanding the lies and corruption that underlie our nation’s vaccine program, from manufacture to mandate, and beyond…lies and corruption that have gone on for many decades. Some of you here have dedicated your lives to this cause, like I have, after watching your child suffer catastrophic brain injury, permanent nervous, immune, and GI system damage, and be transformed into someone who will be dependent on others for the entirety of their lifetime, never reaching what would have been their full potential, never living independently…perhaps never even using the toilet throughout their entire lifetime, but forever being in diapers…often living with great pain and suffering…vulnerable to all types of abuse throughout their lifespan…ALL because their parents were lied to…parents who then allowed their children to be injected with “routine” vaccinations…vaccinations they were told were perfectly safe, near 100% effective, essential for good health and longevity. 

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Never Say Never. Autism and Adulthood.

Mia infant
By Kim Stagliano

Hi, friends. Thought I'd provide an autism-adulthood update.  My daughter Mia aged out of school in June.   Here's what I said four years ago.


"Mia will NEVER ever go to the XYZ Center for a day program. Never. Over my dead body!"

I might be getting old, but I ain't dead yet! 

And Mia is indeed going to the XYZ Special Needs organization, which has been in business for decades, five days per week as a member of not just one but two day programs.  The first is a relatively new program.

INSERT TIRE SCREECH SOUND: But Kim, you said this organization is decades old? How can this program be new?

Pull up a chair.

This program focuses on AUTISM. The XYZ Center has catered to special needs for decades. But the autism programs are relatively new.

INSERT HEAD SCRATCH SOUND HERE: But, Kim, why are the autism programs new?

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Rolling Stone on Autism and the Catastrophe of Aging Out

Cliff down
By Anne Dachel

July 27, 2016, Rolling Stone: Luke's Best Chance: One Man's Fight for His Autistic Son
 
First of all, I have never said anything personally against any parent struggling with a disabled child in any of my writing, and this is not about the author of the Rolling Stone piece. I'm hopeful that Paul Solotaroff will continue to be a great advocate for his autistic son Luke and that Luke's future will be everything his parents could want for him. Solotaroff asks the trillion dollar question (I'm projecting here to the jaw dropping future cost of autism that will be shouldered by the U.S. taxpayers.), namely: "What happens when they come of age?"
 
For the second time in a week (See July 27 story, What Will Happen to Adult Children with Autism?)  http://www.ageofautism.com/2016/07/what-will-happen-to-adult-children-with-autism-.html#more I'm writing on this question.
 
Actually it's the WRONG QUESTION.
 
We need to be asking the people in charge of health care more than one that only gets a vague, shoulder-shrugging answer.
 
Instead, this is what authorities should be forced to respond to:

Why aren't there services already in place for the 1,000,000 young adults with autism who will be aging out of school in the next two decades?
 
Where are autistic adults just like Luke living currently? (That's a simple question, but no one can ever reasonably answer it. If as Solotaroff points out, some experts--Penn State is cited here--believe that it's all just better accounting of the disabled, then they should be able to show us where the 40, 50, and 60 year olds with autism are. Even if they have another label, they would still require care, so where are they?
 
 NO ONE KNOWS ANYTHING FOR SURE ABOUT AUTISM. No known cause, prevention, or cure. Arguments continue over the best treatments and therapies for autism, and we can't say for sure if more kids have autism. STILL, no one is in a panic about something that can render a child dependent for life. No U.S. health official has ever publicly stated that autism is a "crisis." That word has never been in the same sentence with "autism." "Serious public health care concern" is the strongest language used in connection with autism.

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A Citizen's Review of the CDC's HPV Vaccine Ad, "You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention"

Fear sellsBy Linda1

Reading about  Dr. James Lyons-Weiler's petition to the FTC to stop the misleading Merck Gardasil 9 ads reminded me of the CDC's Youtube HPV ad published in 2013, titled "You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention". 


Before this 5 minute 34 second ad so rudely interrupted my Youtube viewing some months ago, I didn't know that our government was using our tax dollars to sell pharmaceuticals on Youtube.  The ad ran before the 1/2 hour long arts and crafts video, then broke into the video again 1/3 of the way through, and then just before the end of the show, I was confronted with another propaganda piece titled "CDC Grand Rounds Beyond the Data: Reducing the Burden of HPV".  I wouldn't mind if they were putting out honest helpful information, but these campaigns are anything but.  (And how many Youtube channels insert their videos into other channels?  Is that a thing or is it just that the government gets to do that?)

Why is this bad?  It's bad because this is a government produced advertisement aimed at selling us a drug, using our money, with false and misleading information.  It is designed to scare us into accepting the drug, for our children, no less, without informed consent.  Should the government of a free society be in the business of drugging its citizens?  Of course not.  But that is exactly what they're doing.

The ad goes like this: 

First, we see an animated creaky blue door opening.  We hear foreboding music and thunder as we see a rapidly advancing shadow of a monster vine invade a room.  The number "14,000,000" fades in, then we see "Every Year in the US 14,000,000 people become infected with HPV" followed by the next screen "26,000" then "causing 26,000 HPV related cancers". 

By now it is clear that we are in a child's room.  It is blue and we are looking at the top of a dresser with a toy airplane, socks, and guitar.  Then over the boy's room we read "9,000 HPV related cancers in men and".   Then, as the monster-is-going-to-eat-your-child music continues, we see a girl's room - pink - top of dresser with ballerina statue and flowers in a vase and the words "17,000 HPV related cancers in women". 

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Condolences to Katie Wright and Her Family on the Loss of Suzanne Wright

Suzannne and Christian
Suzanne Wright, Mother of AofA Contributing Editor Katie Wright, passed away this weekend following a fight with pancreatic cancer. Please join us in sending thoughts and prayers to Katie, her father Bob Wright, and all of Suzanne's family and friends around the world.  This is a time for somber respect and to comfort our friend and fellow autism Mom Katie.

Thank you.

 


Breaking Point

Reach out handThis is a Best Of post from Cathy who has the weekend off.

By Cathy Jameson

About two weeks ago I decided I needed to take a break from my online activity.  While it’s “my link to the outside world”, being online is also a major distraction and excuse for much of my procrastination.  I allow other’s stories, concerns, and posts invade my private time.  Worse, I let it creep into some of my mothering time. 

My kids, who are home all day now on summer vacation, know I get easily sucked into message boards.  They’ve started to take advantage of how quickly I get distracted as I click, click, click half a morning or afternoon away.  When I noticed they were beginning to slip into their own avoidance habits, like playing Minecraft instead of keep up with summer reading, or turning on the TV to catch up on 1 or 2 (or 4!) cartoons, I knew I had to not just curb my distractions; I needed to make them go away completely.  I was going to test myself for a spell and say no more.  Internet, be gone! 
The day I decided to take a break from the World Wide Web wasn’t the day I temporarily shut it down though.  I needed to get one last fix.  I surfed and surfed until I felt like I’d clicked through enough articles.  Then it was time to walk away.  It’s funny that I felt like I had to gear up to go dark and that I gave myself permission to give up something no one is requiring of me.  That shows you how addicted to social media I have become. 

The first day of avoiding Facebook, some Yahoo boards and my daily go-to autism news sites was a challenge.  What a terrible habit I have created to want to constantly check in somewhere!  But, after a day or two of going internet-free, and after I’d used my normal computer time to clean out a desk that had become a neglected storage unit, I felt like I could push through this fast I was attempting. 
I got lots of stuff done.  The kids started to be creative instead of sedentary.  We scheduled play dates.  We ventured out into the real world.  As the week progressed, Ronan got to practice going out into our local community—a community I prefer to avoid, avoiding it because Ronan doesn’t always do well when we try to run errands.  Plus, people in the real world and I don’t usually have too much in common, which is the biggest reasons I gravitate toward being on the internet—so I can connect with other like-minded moms and dads.  But, out into town we went to see what the world had to offer. 

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Fear at the Intersection of Race and Autism – Part 1

Autistic people of colorBy Nancy Hokkanen

If anything good might come from the senseless July 18 shooting of group home aide Charles Kinsey, it would be to shock more citizens into becoming advocates for civil rights and preventing gun violence.

The incident also spotlights (1) the need for autism awareness information that reaches all police forces and the crime-reporting public, and (2) educational content that portrays a broader representation of real-world autistic behaviors.

Kinsey, a behavior therapist, was shot once in the leg by a police officer while trying to retrieve Arnaldo Rios-Soto, a young man with autism who had run away from a group home. Police were first called to the scene by 911 callers who misinterpreted the two men’s interactions. One call described a “possible suicidal man with a gun” – yet neither man was armed, and Rios-Soto was just holding a toy truck.

One video taken before the shooting shows Kinsey, who is black, lying on the ground on his back, empty hands in the air, calmly explaining the situation to North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda. “All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavioral therapist at a group home,” Kinsey told the officer.

That video does not show what Officer Aledda did next: he fired three shots, one of which hit Kinsey, who was then handcuffed and left on the ground bleeding for 20 minutes. Later from his hospital bed Kinsey recalled, “I’m saying, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me were, ‘I don’t know.’” Officer Aledda, a SWAT team member, said in his official statement, “I did what I had to do in a split second.”

Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who also is black, said seeing the video “felt like a nightmare”: “If you’re ever stopped by the police — freeze, don’t move. That’s number one on the brochure that we created... What else could we have told him? What could have saved him from being shot?”

Members of the advocacy group The Circle of Brotherhood visited the North Miami police station July 20 asking for answers about Kinsey's case.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and state attorney’s office are investigating the shooting. Commander Emile Hollant was suspended without pay after giving conflicting statements to investigators. Miami-Dade police union rep John Rivera claimed Officer Aleddo had actually been trying to save Kinsey’s life – instead he had actually aimed at the autistic man. Disability advocates have justifiably been outraged over the horrific ethical and civil rights implications of that statement.

“To say that we didn’t mean to shoot the African-American guy, we meant to shoot the guy with the disability, makes the person’s life worth nothing,” said Matthew Dietz, an attorney for the Soto family. Dietz said Rios-Soto was held almost four hours in a police car and is traumatized.

What conditions in law enforcement departments might have contributed to this seemingly inexplicable shooting?

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Science Summary: Adjuvants and Vaccines-Induced Autoimmunity: Animal Models

Science post imageImmunol Res. 2016 Jul 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Adjuvants- and vaccines-induced autoimmunity: animal models.
Ruiz JT1,2, Luján L3, Blank M2, Shoenfeld Y4,5.
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Abstract

The emergence of autoimmunity after vaccination has been described in many case reports and series. Everyday there is more evidence that this relationship is more than casual. In humans, adjuvants can induce non-specific constitutional, musculoskeletal or neurological clinical manifestations and in certain cases can lead to the appearance or acceleration of an autoimmune disease in a subject with genetic susceptibility. The fact that vaccines and adjuvants can trigger a pathogenic autoimmune response is corroborated by animal models. The use of animal models has enabled the study of the effects of application of adjuvants in a homogeneous population with certain genetic backgrounds. In some cases, adjuvants may trigger generalized autoimmune response, resulting in multiple auto-antibodies, but sometimes they can reproduce human autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren syndrome, autoimmune thyroiditis and antiphospholipid syndrome and may provide insights about the potential adverse effects of adjuvants. Likewise, they give information about the clinical, immunological and histologic characteristics of autoimmune diseases in many organs, especially secondary lymphoid tissue. Through the description of the physiopathological characteristics of autoimmune diseases reproduced in animal models, new treatment targets can be described and maybe in the future, we will be able to recognize some high-risk population in whom the avoidance of certain adjuvants can reduce the incidence of autoimmune diseases, which typically results in high morbidity and mortality in young people. Herein, we describe the main animal models that can reproduce human autoimmune diseases with emphasis in how they are similar to human conditions.


Texas Representative Pete Sessions Dons White Hat for Vax Safety

White hat
By Dan Burns

Answering my handwritten letter, US Congressman Pete Sessions (Texas) put on his white hat. “As you may know, he replied, “there has been ongoing concern … that there were omissions in a 2004 vaccine safety study undertaken by the CDC … that crucial documents purporting a link between the MMR vaccine and autism were destroyed … I believe that every effort should be made to ensure that vaccines achieve their primary objective, building immunity to a specified disease, while not having any detrimental and long-term side effects.”

Rep. Sessions referenced H.R. 933, the Head Start on Vaccination Act, and H.R. 2232, the Vaccinate All Children Act, both referred to subcommittees.

Good to know that somebody in Congress is reading my hand written letters.  Need a motivator to write your representative? Take a look at this short speech by Andy Wakefield on the Texas Capitol steps.

 


Dachel Wake Up: A "Vaccination" All Can Agree was Horrible As Nurse Tortures Boy with Hypodermic

Dachel Morning Wake Uo"What will happen to adult children with autism?" let me just say...horrible things. They're happening already.  See my post from earlier this week with news reports.

July 26, 2016, NBC CT: NJ Nurse Repeatedly Stabs Boy With Autism With Needle: AG

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Stroke, Gut Microbiome, Inflammation and.... Autism.

MicrobiomeBy Teresa  Conrick

Stroke Alters Gut Microbiome, Impacting Recovery - What About Vaccine Injury and Autism?

Yes, it just keeps coming. Our good friend Birgit Calhoun, a fellow truth-seeker here at Age of Autism, sent this study to us as she too, is keeping tabs on the Microbiome and Autism.  Thank you so much, Birgit. Let's take a look:

A bidirectional link between the brain and the gut can improve or worsen brain injury in mice, researchers report

Scientists are finding increasing evidence that the stomach and the brain are linked via microbes and the immune system. Researchers from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany have found that inducing strokes in mice altered the animals’ gut microbiota, triggering an immune response that traveled back to the brain and worsened the severity of the lesions. When the researchers transplanted fecal bacteria from healthy mice into germ-free rodents that had suffered strokes, the latter animals made a better recovery than mice that didn’t receive the healthy bacteria, the researchers reported this week (July 12) in The Journal of Neuroscience .

Research has shown that ischemic strokes produce an inflammatory response in the brain, which activates lymphocytes—particularly T cells. Depending on their fate, these T cells can help or worsen the brain’s recovery. Accumulating evidence now suggests that microbes in the gut can influence immune activity in the brain via the so-called “gut-brain axis.” Anrather and colleagues published a study in March [ "antibiotic-induced alterations in the intestinal flora reduce ischemic brain injury in mice, an effect transmissible by fecal transplants."  ] showing that antibiotic-induced changes in gut microbiota affected the outcome of stroke, but the opposite effect—how stroke impacts the gut microbiome—had not been investigated until now.

To find out, the researchers transplanted fecal microbiota from mice that had suffered strokes into the guts of germ-free mice, and then induced strokes in the latter group of animals. The animals that received transplanted microbiota from the brain-injured mice had significantly larger stroke infarct volumes compared with mice that received sham transplants, the researchers found. In addition, the mice that received transplants from the post-stroke mice also had higher expression of the inflammatory T cells Th1 and Th17. When the researchers fluorescently labeled immune tissue in the intestines of mice after the animals suffered strokes, they found that T cells in the animals’ guts migrated to the brain two to three days after the stroke, where they exacerbated the brain injury.

To see whether gut microbiota could limit brain damage from stroke, Liesz’s team performed fecal transplants from healthy mice into animals that had just suffered strokes, which resulted in smaller brain lesions, the researchers found. This finding was linked with an increase in the number of regulatory T cells, which help protect the brain from injury.

Let's summarize:  

Stroke (brain injury) traveled negatively to the gut MICROBIOME by altering bacteria >> Then the altered bacteria triggered an adverse immune response back to the brain (worsening the stroke) >> Then healthy fecal bacteria transplanted into the gut gives better recovery (healthy bacteria replacing unhealthy bacteria)>> Mice with no fecal transplant did not have as good of a recovery.

This line of research is so important for AUTISM as so many have suffered vaccine reactions  with developmental regression and now it is reported that up to 90 percent of autistic children also suffer gastrointestinal disturbances ( ie. GUT MICROBIOTA). 

The conclusion from the researchers -- "These findings highlight the key role of microbiota as a potential therapeutic target to protect brain function after injury."

My conclusion --These MICROBIOME connections are shining a much needed light on the plight of thousands.

Teresa Conrick is Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.