Brain on Fire in Autism

Brain on fireBy Teresa Conrick

Thank you to Netflix for seeing the importance of the film, Brain on Fire  , and making it available for us.  I wrote about this groundbreaking book six years ago:

BRAIN ON FIRE - From Autoimmunity To Madness

By Teresa Conrick

I just finished Susannah Cahalan's superb book,  BRAIN ON FIRE - MY MONTH OF MADNESS,  chronicling her bizarre and frightening trip into, and then out of the disease, Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis.  I have been writing about Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis  for the past two years, as it seemed to me, to have connections to my daughter's Autism diagnosis.  Megan had, these past years, exhibited odd seizures, strange movements with vocal tics and aggression.  Testing did not show antibodies to NMDA receptors but did show antibodies to GAD65, though the two appear connected. …….

I  think that PANDAS, another immune system illness, is also part of this increasing landscape.  I am hopeful that we have some more supporters in the paradigm shift, that these illnesses that present as neuropsychiatric, really have their roots in the immune system.

Like a montage of pages falling from a calendar, researchers have listened and the reality of autism for many, with roots in the immune system, is finally under a bright spotlight.  Follow this research as each study contributes to our understanding:

Autoimmune encephalopathies in children, 2014   .....over the last few years it has also become apparent that a much wider range of previously unexplained problems in children may have an autoimmune basis and might be treatable….Recognized triggers include infection or immunization. Some conditions are now more clearly proved to be autoimmune, due mainly to advances in antibody assay methodology…...Cases of suspected encephalitis lethargica are now recognized to be forms of antiNMDA antibody, and more recently antidopamine 2 receptor antibodymediated encephalitis.3 Some acute or subacute epileptic syndromes are strongly suspected to have an autoimmune basis.4 That narcolepsy might be immune mediated is supported by the association with HLA DQ B1*0602 and more recently with a specific influenza immunisation.5 A wide variety of other syndromes such as Rasmussen encephalitis, acute epileptic encephalopathy with multiple acronyms (FIRES, DESC etc.), Tourette syndrome, PANDAS, KleinLevin syndrome, or childhood disintegrative disorder, some of which have long been suspected to have a possible immune mediated pathology, are being reviewed. There are even hints that features suggesting autistic regression may occasionally be immune mediated.....The importance of promptly recognizing autoimmune causes is not just that of diagnostic accuracy, and avoiding unnecessary investigations or treatment, but that many respond to a variety of immunosuppressive regimens such as steroids, drugs like azathioprine, intravenous immunoglobulin, plasma exchange, and some monoclonal antibodies. Not all children respond and those that do may not recover fully, while others may remit spontaneously, but there is also emerging data that early treatment may lead to a better outcome. Actively considering these treatable conditions is now essential in children with many different presentations.

Inflammation and Neuro-Immune Dysregulations in Autism Spectrum Disorders, June 2018

Strong inflammation states are associated with ASD. This inflammatory condition is often linked to immune system dysfunction. Several cell types are enrolled to trigger and sustain these processes. Neuro-inflammation and neuro-immune abnormalities have now been established in ASD as key factors in its development and maintenance…...The immunodeficiency and the autoimmunity in ASD patients have been proposed as the rationale for the use of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusion as a therapeutic tool for ASD…..Corticosteroid therapy has also been proposed in ASD management. A single case reported improvement in speech and behavior after oral prednisolone therapy in an autistic child with autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome.

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JB Handley Deconstructing the "Hot Spots" Hoax from Pharma shill Dr. Peter Hotez

How to end the autism epidemic coverJB Handley is on a tear. And that's great, unless he has you in his sights.  We invite you to bookmark his blog here. And make sure you order his debut book, How to End the Autism Epidemic today, available next month from Chelsea Green Publishing.

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A vaccine-industry insider has created an imaginary world where the next outbreak is imminent if we don't do something and—Gasp!—his idea dovetails perfectly with the aim of vaccine makers: remove all vaccine exemptions from parents and make vaccination mandatory for school attendance. In trying to create this imaginary world, however, Dr. Hotez has exposed himself to the scrutiny he deserves for a sloppy, scientifically unsound hoax of a paper.

HOUSTON, Texas —There's a new scaremonger in town, and his name is Dr. Peter Hotez. With a resume so jam-packed with vaccine industry conflicts —including patents he holds on experimental vaccines —Dr. Hotez should be the last person any journalists would trust or quote on the topic of vaccinations, but quite the opposite is true in our Pharma-funded mainstream media. It's as if Joe Camel himself were standing up and trying to convince the world that second-hand smoke is no big thing, yet here we are.

The Boy Who Cried, "Zika!"

If you're unfamiliar with Dr. Hotez, he was the go-to scaremonger the media relied upon when they were trying to convince everyone that Zika was about to take over the United States, just listen to Dr. Hotez turn up the panic meter:

Parents of vaccine-injured children "hate their kids"

Like any shill for vaccine makers, Dr. Hotez is equally loud on the topic of vaccines and autism, and is often the go-to quote in the media whenever the discussion of vaccines and autism comes up. Speaking before a packed house of vaccine industry insiders at Duke University earlier this year, Dr. Hotez provided his take on vaccine rights groups that have cropped up in every state, made up largely of parents of vaccine-injured children with autism:

“Anti-vaccine organizations camouflage themselves as a political group, but I call them for what they really are: a hate group. They are a hate group that hates their family and hates their children.”

Really, he really said that!  Read much more here.


Nurse in Samoa Charge with Manslaughter Post Vaccine Deaths

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We're following this case in Samoa - two children died after receiving MMR vaccination. A  nurse has been charged - but it's unclear what she did. From the article,  In this tragic case, vaccinologists say they believe the problem was not in the vaccine itself, but how it was prepared before it was administered.   To be honest, I've no idea what this might mean. Was this a case of poor refrigeration? That's not preparation, per se, it's storage.  It's a single dose live virus vaccine. Did she possibly intentionally harm the children? Or did the vaccine itself really cause the deaths? Were they from the same manufacturing lot? Expired? So many questions. And a real concern for safety. God bless those children and their families, who tried to do "right" by their children and paid the ultimate price.

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From the New Zealand Herald.
A senior nurse has been charged with manslaughter in relation to the deaths of two 1-year-olds who died shortly after getting vaccinated in Samoa last month.

Local media reported that the nurse was officially charged on Friday and is due to appear in court tomorrow.

Authorities continue investigations into the deaths of Lannacallystah Samuelu and Lameko Si'u, who died shortly after receiving a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination at Safotu District Hospital, on the island of Savaii, on July 6.

The manslaughter charge comes after police charged the woman with conspiracy to defeat the course of justice and negligence.


Citizen Josh Mazer Alerts Maryland Legislators, School Board & PTA Members to HPV Vaccine Review

GardasilA thousand thanks to Josh Mazer for sharing his campaign to alert Maryland decision makers about the dangers of HPV vaccination. They ought to know already since they are pushing the HPV vaccine, but they do not since their info comes from Pharma and Public Health lobbyists.  The action alert to Governor Hogan is here.

Please click to the site HPVisSTD.com to read more: Maryland Department of Health Marketing HPV Vaccine to 11 & 12 Year Olds In State School Classrooms.  No Parental Consent or Knowledge.

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Dear Maryland State Legislator, School Board Member, and PTA Member:

The prestigious Cochrane Review has announced today through BMJ 
BMJ HPV Vaccine Safety Aug 9 2018  that they will be initiating an immediate and “urgent” review of the safety claims made about the HPV vaccine.

From: Mazer, Josh
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2018 8:09 AM
To: 'Howard M. Haft -MDH-'
Cc: Donna Gugel -DHMH-; Courtney Lewis -DHMH-; Kurt Seetoo -DHMH-; ' carly.hviding@maryland.gov '; 'Robert.Neall@Maryland.gov'; 'StateBoard MSDE -MSDE-'; ' matthew.clark@maryland.gov '; ' jeannie.riccio@maryland.gov '; ' lt.governor@maryland.gov '; ' sean.powell@maryland.gov '; ' tiffany.robinson@maryland.gov '
Subject: RE: Flint, Michigan Comes to Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dear Dr. Haft:

Thank you for your prompt and courteous response. I appreciate the copy of the latest effort 
Revised School Letter  by your office to enlist state school personnel as de facto sales reps for Merck’s HPV vaccine. The current letter contains the same glaring, ethically indefensible lapses as the original letter- with the exception that you are including my recommended reference to HPV being an STD . The letter does not provide in any measure facts needed to create the moral and ethical imperative of informed medical consent. If you are not willing to publicly announce that our state schools and school personnel are being co-opted in this manner, the public policy is wrong and should be terminated post haste. Are you ready to make a public announcement that our schools are being used to target a captive audience of trusting 11 and 12 year olds for sales of a pharma product?

You write: “I believe you were not correct in your assertion that the State receives $96 million in funding from pharma to promote HPV vaccine. You seem to be pointing to the VFC funding which is provided to the State from the Federal government through the CDC.”

I did not say “receives.” I said received over 5 years.

Dr. Pete Doshi Peter Doshi, PhD, is an assistant professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and associate editor at The BMJ (formerly, British Medical Journal). Here is his 2017 analysis out of BMJ describing how CDC and pharma funded front groups lobby state legislatures by washing pharma money through ostensible “non profits” such as VFC:

“Education or lobbying?

Officially, the CDC is neutral on vaccine mandates, and the agency steers clear of directly influencing state law, telling The BMJ: “CDC’s policy is to not take positions on state-specific legislation.

But the CDC gives money to non-profits that actively work in this void. Presumably, these activities are funded from non-CDCsources, as US federal law prohibits the use of CDC award money for lobbying, a prohibition that “includes grass roots lobbying efforts by award recipients that are directed at inducing members of the public to contact their elected representatives to urge support of, or opposition to, proposed or pending legislation,” according to CDC policy.”

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How Scientists Use Statistical Deception to Fake Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness

Flu shot giftNote: As we approach the dreaded "FLU SEASON" which is now like the season of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in my house, 10 months a year, we are pleased to share this article from VacTruth.

By Tom Stavola

Statistical manipulation misinforms people by use of false measurements.

Vaccine scientists often conceal the true effectiveness of the influenza vaccine through risk calculations. Researchers use a calculation that essentially artificially inflates the effectiveness of influenza vaccines. Rather than use the statistical measure that more truthfully represents vaccine effectiveness, the researchers choose to use a statistical measure that makes vaccines appear more effective than they truly are.

Why is this important?

The published studies that report high effectiveness rates are then used by governmental agencies, your pediatrician, and mainstream media to attempt to increase influenza vaccine uptake rates. In other words – it is a tactic designed to convince you to get the flu vaccine every year.

To understand this specific deception technique, you will need to understand two risk concepts used to obscure findings: Relative Risk (RR) and Absolute Risk Reduction (ARR).

Relative Risk (RR) Explained

Relative Risk compares the chance of a bad outcome between two groups. Statistical definition: the proportion of bad outcomes in the experimental group (group #1) divided by the proportion of bad outcomes in the control group (group #2). Relative Risks under 1.0 indicate the tested medical intervention helped patients, while relative risks over 1.0 indicate the medical intervention hurt patients.

Absolute Risk Reduction (ARR) Explained

Absolute Risk Reduction measures the absolute difference in bad outcomes between two groups (group #1 and group #2). Statistical definition: the proportion of bad outcomes in the control group minus the proportion of bad outcomes in the experimental group (in this case, a larger number means the treatment was helpful, while a small number means the treatment didn’t do much to help, and a negative number means the treatment was hurtful).
Why RR and ARR are Different

Relative risk tells you how badly one group fared in comparison to another group, in relative terms. It’s akin to saying, “Johnny jumped half as high as Timmy” – but you never know how high each of them jumped. Absolute risk reduction – on the other hand – tells you the actual difference in outcomes between the two groups. This would be akin to saying, “Johnny jumped 8 feet high, but Timmy jumped 16 feet high.” One can see that the absolute risk reduction is a more helpful, informative statistical measure; whereas, it’s easier to hide the magnitude of the differences behind relative comparisons.

Again, why is this relevant to vaccines?

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Genetically Engineered Children A Documentary from Cinema Libre On Monsanto's Poisonous Glyphosate

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We encourage you to download or buy this new movie, Genetically Engineered Children.  DO cry for me, Argentina. Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, maker of was just found guilty of its RoundUp causing cancer. In California, which is ironic, since tests have indeed found glyphosate in vaccines, despite cries to the contrary.  Age of Autism is about pediatric health. First. Foremost. Vaccines have decimated the lives and future of so  many, it's our crux. But, we also pay close attention to the rest of the environment, and glyphosate is a known enemy of the..... body. From the movie site, CinemaLibre Movie Studio:

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Can Monsanto chemicals permanently alter your child’s genes? Low-income tobacco farmers face skyrocketing cancer rates with more devastating repercussions affecting their children: severe physical deformities and mental disabilities. Choosing between poverty or poison, Latin American growers have no choice but to use harmful chemicals such as glyphosate (in Monsanto’s Roundup) and Bayer’s Confidor, if they want to certify and sell their crops to Big Tobacco. As patent and regulatory laws continue to favor the profits of Monsanto and chemical companies, the tobacco makes its way into the hands and mouths of consumers worldwide in Philip Morris tobacco products, while the poisons used to harvest the crops contaminate the farmers’ blood and are modifying the human genome, creating genetically modified children.


New York Times Print Headline About Vaccine Science Radically Different from Online Version

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Not much to say here. The print version of the New York Times had a strong headline for the op-ed by Melinda Wenner Moyer. It had a very different implication than the online version on the same op-ed.

The Censorship of Vaccine Science is nothing like Anti-Vaccine Activists Have Taken Vaccine Science Hostage. Nothing. Not even a wee bit. Science censorship is a serious topic. Anti-vaccine activists as science hostage takers is nonsense.  Are we putting out studies at break neck speed? No. Are the few studies that get funding and show a negative side to vaccination retracted, squelched, derided and fodder to ruin careers?  Yes.

Thanks to J W Tobin for the photograph.



Doctor Describes Severe Reaction to Shingrix Vaccine with Refreshing Transparency

ShinglesBy Kim Rossi

Many years ago, I worked for a wonderful woman who became a mentor and second mother to me. She had a saying, "Don't punish progress."  I think of her wise words every day. When one of my girls attempts to put a dish in the dishwasher - I praise her and show her how to rinse off the globs of food rather than saying, "That was good BUT...."  Buts are rotten.  They negate praise.

I often think we're missing this point in the vaccine injury community. We've sides and factions and I've seen some pretty cruel shaming and blaming over the years for being too anti-vax or not not anti-vax enough.  Many of us have kids with autism - young and adult. We're just trying to get through the day unscathed or not too scathed, and the jabs and slings and arrows really hurt. You do your thing and let me do mine. Below is a question from a medical advice column that ran in The Detroit News. Dr. Roach answers honestly about Shingrix (shingles vax) side effects. Shingles are terribly painful and disruptive and people are getting shingles younger and younger - even as children no longer get chicken pox in the same numbers. (Mother Nature exacts her pound of flesh, doesn't she?) Dr. Roach says up to 10% of recipients may experience severe side effects. That's progress. He doesn't say NEVER EVER GET THIS VACCINE!  (I'm over 50 and I ain't nevah evah getting this vaccine, FYI.)  I can understand someone  outside our community wanting Shingrix to prevent shingles. Dr. Roach also suggested Tylenol. Ugh. Still, he acknowledges side effects in a major US newspaper. That's progress.

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Doc: Better to prepare for repeat of Shingrix reaction

Dear Dr. Roach: I received the first dose of Shingrix (which help prevent getting shingles) this week and had pretty severe side effects, though in the range of what can be expected: high fever (101.5), intense shivering, a severe headache and 12 hours of extreme fatigue. The entire reaction began 11 hours after the shot and ended 18 hours after that. I am 61 and in excellent health, taking only 25 mcg of levothyroxine daily.

I have a few questions that I hope you can answer. I’ve tried looking at the clinical trial results for Shingrix, but I am not qualified to understand the information as presented.

1. Is it likely that I’ll have a similar (or worse?) reaction to the second shot? The package insert says one can react to the first, second, neither or both.

2. Are both injections identical?

3. When I had chickenpox as a child, I was way sicker than the average kid. Related?

4. If I get shingles, do I have a higher risk for a severe case?

J.G.

Dear J.G.: Compared with the previous one-time vaccine Zostavax, the new two-dose Shingrix vaccine is much more effective. However, it does have a higher risk of side effects. You have had the most common side effect, though only 10 percent of people will have symptoms as bad as yours. These symptoms are caused by your body mounting an inflammatory response to the glycoprotein in the vaccine (the new vaccine does not contain a live virus). You clearly have a robust system to fight off infection.

To answer your questions in order: You are at higher risk for a similar reaction for the second shot. I would plan your day accordingly, and premedicate with Tylenol (even though it may make the vaccine slightly less effective). The second vaccine is identical to the first. I have read recent reports that there are widespread shortages of the vaccine.

Chickenpox and shingles can affect you both by the virus attacking you and by an exuberant inflammatory and immune reaction. I would guess that you are at lower risk for viral complications (such as infection of the eye, brain or lungs) but at higher risk for symptoms due to your own system, such as high fever. In many cases, the body’s response to infection can be as damaging as the infection itself.


Vaccine Choice - Respect the Answer

RespectBy Cathy Jameson

For years, Ronan’s siblings have been praying for a miracle.  On any given day, they share one of a few consistent requests during our family’s evening prayer time.  They ask God for Ronan to be able to speak again.  They mercifully beg for the seizures to stop.  They ask for his full healing.  I pray along with them, but sometimes it’s hard for me to “offer it up”.  The times it’s the hardest is after Ronan’s had a tough day or after he’s had seizures.  Those days, one of the sibs laments, “Mom, we’ve prayed a lot and for a long time.  Why haven’t our prayers been answered?”  I tell them what’s been told to me – sometimes a prayer is answered with a yes.  Sometimes the answer is no.  Other times, the answer is yes….but not right now. 

I was reminded of those three different answers when I stated one of them earlier this week.  It wasn’t about Ronan’s miracle his siblings are still waiting for; it was about a topic that has spurred the desire for that miracle – vaccines.  It was a short conversation with a nurse but one worth noting: 

Has he had a flu shot?
Nope.
You don't do those, right? 
Yep. 
Okay.

Easily, the nurse who was asking me that simple question could’ve taken it upon herself to lecture me.  She could’ve belittled me as others have attempted to do before.  She could’ve also loaded me up with industry propaganda about how “safe and effective” the flu shot is even though the HHS has neglected to study vaccines for the last 30 years as they had been charged to do. I’d have been more than ready to defend myself and my answer in why we “don’t do those” had she persisted, but I didn’t have to.  The nurse kept things simple and civil.  That’s because she, unlike other medical professionals we’ve encountered, respected the answer that I provided to her. 

I was so excited about how the conversation went that as soon as I could, I told Ronan’s siblings about it.  They were as grateful as I was.  In thinking about how that appointment could’ve played out, I was reminded of the three answers we may get when we ask for prayers:    

-Some people give a yes answer to any and all vaccines.  That’s their right. 

-Some offer a no, nope, or never to one or to all vaccines in reply.  That should be everyone’s right, but we know that some people in some states are no longer given that option. 

-Other people would like some time to mull things over and respond with not right now because there is so much to learn about disease, about the immune system, about vaccines, and about the law.  Taking time and delaying, or eventually forgoing, one or all vaccines being offered should be allowed.  But, again, some places have restricted vaccine choice. 

Yes.

No.

Not right now. 

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Monsanto Loses Roundup Cancer Trial

Breaking newsA San Francisco jury returned a verdict today in the case of a former groundskeeper with terminal cancer against Monsanto Company, ordering the agrochemical giant to pay $39.2 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages for failing to warn consumers that exposure to Roundup weed killer causes cancer.

Dewayne “Lee” Johnson filed the lawsuit (case no. CGC-16-550128) against St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. on Jan. 28, 2016, alleging exposure to the Roundup herbicide he sprayed while working as a groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

On June 18, 2018, his case was assigned to Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos for the Superior Court of San Francisco, California. Johnson’s case was the first of its kind to proceed to trial due to his terminal diagnosis.

After eight weeks of trial proceedings, the jury found unanimously that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused Mr. Johnson to develop NHL, and that Monsanto failed to warn of this severe health hazard. Importantly, the jury also found that Monsanto acted with malice, oppression or fraud and should be punished for its conduct.

Read more at OrganicConsumers.com

From CNBC

Monsanto was found liable in a lawsuit and ordered to pay $289 million in damages to a man who alleged the company's glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused him cancer.

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The Slow Moving Catastrophe of Behavior, Learning and Mental Health Problems in Kids

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

Week update: July 28 to Aug 4

While no one in the national media and no one in the federal government have taken any interest, our schools continue to decline. Here’s a sample from the past week from my big collection on LossofBrainTrust.com

I look for stories on INCREASES in numbers and cost. This is proof that the situation isn’t stable, it’s only getting worse. STILL, there are no calls for answers. No alarms. New schools for special needs kids are described with words like ‘exciting’ and ‘fantastic.’

My friend Louis Conte called the situation “a slow moving catastrophe.”  I have over 2,700 articles gathered over the last year and a half, and they’re all frightening. I feel like it is a ticking time bomb, as one piece described it. Eventually schools will be unable to accommodate all the kids with learning disorders, behavior problems and mental health issues, and still educate kids. It’s that simple.

We’re being told that schools in Massachusetts spend 20—30% of their budgets on SPED, Prescott, AZ reports, “The special education student population has outpaced overall student growth,” in  Bridgwater, England they’re spending $24M (US dollars) for a SPED school for 160 students, and in Belfast the school budget is overspending by $25M (US dollars) because of special education costs. So when things finally just collapse, no one will be able to say that we weren’t told it was happening. It’s out there every single day. No one cares.

July 28, 2018, (UK) Isle of Wight County Press: Isle of Wight school dog Poppy receives top award

STUDENTS aren't the only ones achieving at St George’s School.

School dog Poppy — who has been supporting students at the special school for three years, helping to boost their self esteem, reduce anxiety and comfort them when they are upset — has been awarded 'Pets as Therapy' status….

July 28, 2018, Las Vegas Review Journal: 2 new psychologists to provide autism diagnosis in Las Vegas

Clinical neuropsychologists Erin Honke and Caitlin Cook will provide diagnostic services for families needing initial and follow-up evaluations for their autistic children at, respectively, Touro University Nevada’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and UNLV’s Ackerman Autism Center.

Both say they look forward to being a part of the solution to long wait times for families desperate for early intervention. …

 “It’s also crazy to see how many families have gone without and are waiting to be seen, and that’s certainly something I’m excited to be a part of.”

There are 3,200 children waiting for help from the UNLV Ackerman Autism Center alone. …

July 29, 2018, (UK) Somerset Live: Here's what Bridgwater new £18M [$24M US] specialist school may look like 

Bridgwater residents have been given their first tentative glimpse of what their town's new £18M [$24M US dollars] specialist school may look like.

Somerset County Council announced its intention in May to build a new 160-place special school on Bower Lane Somerset County Council, not far from the community hospital….

Elmwood school, meanwhile, will be converted to provide more capacity at Robert Blake school.

This project is part of the council's strategy to ensure pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can be educated closer to home. …

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British Medical Journal Fails On “First Do No Harm” Over HPV Vaccines

image from encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.comby  John Stone

"If the contents of either of the papers became widely known it would surely have sounded the global death knell for the products and also called twelve years of government policy into question. When balancing the welfare of British children against the interests of industry and state it seems in the end the children barely weighed."

Serious ethical questions arise over the role of British Medical Journal and the promotion of Human Papillomavirus vaccines. Back in May BMJ published a news report of the Cochrane Review of HPV vaccines by former London Times journalist Nigel Hawkes “HPV vaccines are effective and safe and work best in young women, review finds”. It has come to light in the blog of Prof David Healy (author Pharmageddon and Let Them Eat Prozac ) that the BMJ knew the reasons for this confidence were at best extremely controversial, and that the journal itself had turned down an earlier paper by members of Nordic Cochrane (including leading scientists Peter Gøtzsche and Tom Jefferson) highlighting major flaws in the science surrounding the products. Healy states:

“ Some months back, the Nordic Cochrane Center, one of the centres in the Cochrane Collaboration, sent a review of studies done on the HPV vaccine to the BMJ.  Much to their surprise, BMJ turned down this article which contained all studies done on HPV and a serious attempt to flag up the limitations of the trials and accordingly the limitations of what we could confidently say.”

This paper is still unpublished but two weeks ago BMJ Evidenced Based Medicine published a second paper by the Nordic Cochrane group, Lars Jørgensen, Peter Gøtzsche and Tom Jefferson attacking the foundations of the Cochrane Review, as reported on Age of Autism last week and now available in full from Prof Healy’s site. Despite the BMJ Group publication the main journal chose not to publicise this extraordinarily newsworthy event. (It might be said that news is not what it was and this is one of the most blatant suppressions of  the news in modern medicine - the "Fake" comes in not reporting.)

While there is no doubt that the BMJ Group is commercially conflicted, not only accepting advertising from all the manufacturers – GSK, Merck and Sanofi - but also being in historic partnership with Merck, perhaps the real reasons are even more disturbing and relate BMJ’s peculiar relationship as the journal of the British Medical Association (the doctors’ trade union) with the British medical profession. If the contents of either of the papers became widely known it would surely have sounded the global death knell for the products and also called twelve years of government policy into question. When balancing the welfare of British children against the interests of industry and state it seems in the end the children barely weighed.

Last week the present writer tried to challenge a senior BMA member - Dr Peter English, Chair of its Public Health Medicines Committee - in the on-line columns of BMJ:

“As a “Public Health Physician” Peter English seems to express a breath-taking disdain for the public, while also apparently eliding any critical view of vaccines at all with being “anti-science”… I wonder what he thinks the public, particularly prospective vaccinees and their families, should be allowed to know about the recent paper by Jørgensen regarding the inadequacies in the trialing of HPV vaccines?”.

Naturally, it was not published.

 PostScript: In a 2008 letter to BMJ regarding HPV vaccine, co-signed by Prof Keith Neal, Peter English discloses:

"Competing interests: Between them the authors have given occasional lectures for, received expenses for professional conferences from, and participated in advisory boards for various pharmaceutical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Pasteur MSD, and others."

 

John Stone is UK and European editor of Age of Autism

 

 


First They Came For Alex Jones

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For those of you who have not caught up with the news, after a court hearing yesterday, InfoWars/Alex Jones has been banned from YouTube, Facebook, Apple and Spottily for violating policies on "hate speech."

Yes the man gets on my nerves. too.  His vaccine information is not always the most accurate, he is much too shouty, and some of the good info he does have to offer gets lost in chaos.  I kind of think of him as a dog that barks at everything.  Occasionally he is right and at those times it is good to be paying attention, but who can stand all that barking for very long.  However... him being thrown down the memory hole marks the beginning in earnest of a so called "conservative purge" which is now cascading... and it looks to be working down a list that we and our groups are on.  (I mean, they are calling it a "Conservative Purge" but I think it is more of a "Those Getting Mouthy With The Globalists Purge."  Which right now is mostly the right, but there are plenty of disaffected and not snowed people on the left too.")

So even you, my high born limousine liberal friends and Bernie socialist loved ones... if you are advocating on vaccine safety issues, you and your groups may be on the list. Because ultimately, "hate speech" is in the eye of the beholder... or the pockebook of The Man.  I was repeatedly told that I was engaging in "hate speech" last week when I posted this bunny meme on twitter.  Bunny

The Democrats are even circulating a memo on how to regulate speech on Facebook, Twitter and beyond, the chief aim of which is "Combating disinformation." (Seems to line up nicely with Senator Pan's next project which is totally not fascist at all, and in no way reminds anyone of 1984.)

Scoop: 20 ways Democrats could crack down on Big Tech


There is a suspicion that this purge  will increase over the next few months in order to influence the election in November. Facebook's previous algorithm changes this year dropped traffic to conservative outlets by 97%. Again NINETY SEVEN PERCENT. They do not want conservative messages to flow... and again... Silicon Valley considers the "anti-vaxxers" worse than republicans.  There have already been several large vaccine facebook groups deleted.

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Italian Senate Repeals Vaccine Mandates

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The Italian people have spoken (voted in politicians who promised to end the mandates) and they said, "ciao!" to vaccine mandates. Note how parents and citizens who protested mandatory vaccination are called "anti-establishment." Pay careful attention to the last line as well, a frightening quote in any free nation: "Davide Faraone, of the Democractic party, said the measures left Italy as “a kind of Wild West in which the health of children will be left completely to the family”.

From Financial Times this morning - please go to their site to read the full article, this is just an excerpt in keeping with their sharing guidelines.

Italy Senate overturns mandatory vaccination law Anti-establishment coalition sceptical of inoculations despite rise in measles cases

Italy’s upper house of parliament has voted through legislation from the ruling anti-establishment government to remove the legal obligation to vaccinate schoolchildren. A law compelling children to have 10 vaccinations in order to enrol at state schools came into effect in March, after a surge in the number of measles cases. But the Five Star Movement and the League, which formed a ruling coalition two months ago, pledged to scrap the vaccination obligation during the run-up to elections in March, courting the so-called “anti-vax” vote.

The new legislation puts Italy out of step with other European countries such as France and Germany, which have been bolstering vaccine regulation. Critics say the government is eroding faith in science and nine Italian regional administrations that oppose the repeal have said they intend to appeal to the constitutional court or bring in their own laws to reinstate compulsory vaccines.  Go to Financial Times here to read more.


Vaccines as Alternatives to Antibiotics for Food Producing Animals. Part 1: Challenges and Needs

Note: This article from the journal Veterinary Research Giant-chicken provides a rare glimpse (pardon the meat pun) into what vaccine discussions can look like when the target recipients aren't children.  Would love to hear David Kirby's take on this, since his book Animal Factory took on the topic of factor farms. Thanks to our John Stone for sharing this article and culling these key quotes:

“Modified live vaccines against this viral disease have various drawbacks, including severe side-effects and the potential for undetected, subclinical infections in vaccinated animals that may result in viral shedding and can also lead to recombination between field and vaccine strains."

“the pathogen may be evolving quickly and the vaccine may not be updated to confer protection against current strains [e.g., infectious bronchitis virus, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV)”

“Eliciting protective immune responses in young animals tends to be particularly challenging because the immune system is still developing, and because maternal antibodies can interfere with the development of protective immunity. Vaccination against diseases that require protective immunity in young animals can therefore be particularly challenging “

Veterinary Research 2018 49:64

https://doi.org/10.1186/s13567-018-0560-8

  • Received: 20 October 2017
  • Accepted: 22 December 2017
  • Published: 31 July


ABSTRACT: Vaccines and other alternative products can help minimize the need for antibiotics by preventing and controlling infectious diseases in animal populations, and are central to the future success of animal agriculture. To assess scientific advancements related to alternatives to antibiotics and provide actionable strategies to support their development, the United States Department of Agriculture, with support from the World Organisation for Animal Health, organized the second International Symposium on Alternatives to Antibiotics.

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JB Handley: NY Times Vaccine Science "Hostage" Op-Ed is a Gift

New-york-times-buildingBY J.B. HANDLEY August 6, 2018

Please bookmark and read JB's blog each day - here's an excerpt of his take on the NYT op-ed that none of us can believe was published.  You can pre-order his book How To End the Autism Epidemic here.

Underneath one of the more absurd cause-and-effect conjectures ever undertaken by a reporter lies a treasure-trove of truth about vaccine safety science. If the study results implicate vaccines, scientists are pressured to suppress.

NEW YORK, New York—I just got finished reading Melinda Wenner Moyer's Op-Ed How to end the autism epidemic coverin the New York Times, Anti-Vaccine Activists Have Taken Vaccine Science Hostage, and I must say that was one of the more unusual and contradictory pieces of journalism I've ever read in my time as an autism activist. While a casual reader may in some way leave the article thinking that "anti-vaccine activists" are ruining the party for everyone, I think many more will leave puzzled, confused, and suspicious. 

On the one hand, Ms. Moyer tries to convince her reader of one of the more preposterous cause-and-effect relationships I've ever seen. Namely, she wants you to believe that the reason scientists studying the safety of vaccines are scared to publish negative results is because anti-vaccine activists will exaggerate or spin the results and scare the public. This strains credulity to the point that I think if you surveyed 1,000 people and asked this question:

NYT JB article

You'd get 997 people to choose "A" and three people—Ms. Moyer, Dr. Paul Offit, and Dr. Peter Hotez—would choose "B." The pharmaceutical industry is the most financially powerful and ruthless commercial opponent the world has ever seen. I know that sounds dramatic, but consider the recent news that pharmaceutical executives knowingly conspired to create an opioid addiction epidemic. In their compelling critique, “The Opioid Epidemic: Fixing a Broken Pharmaceutical Market,” Harvard medical scholars Ameet Sarpatwari, Michael S. Sinha, and Aaron S. Kesselheim put the behavior of pharmaceutical companies in painful relief:  READ MORE HERE.

 


“If Your Newborn Baby Could Talk”

Gianna thought bubbleBy Laura Hayes

What if your baby could talk?  Here are some things I think they would surely say:

  • Please don’t poke me with sharp needles! Those hurt! You wouldn’t let anyone pinch or hit me, so why are you letting someone in a white coat pierce my skin, multiple times, in a very painful way? I am trusting you to protect me and not let others hurt me.

  • Please don’t trust others over your own common sense and God-given maternal and paternal instincts. I am yours. No one knows me like you know me. No one will protect me like you will. No one loves me like you do. You are, and will continue to be, the one responsible for me.

  • Please don’t ever leave me unattended at a hospital or in a doctor’s office. I need your eyes on me at all times…to ensure that your directives are being followed to a tee, to prevent procedures and treatments from being implemented on me to which you have not consented and/or to which you have made clear that you do not want for me, to ward off mistakes, and to protect me at every turn.

  • Please don’t think that someone wearing a white coat is smarter than you are. Turns out that they can be some of the most inexcusably uninformed, pompous, close-minded, resistant to truth, and unethically coercive people around! I am not kidding you! I want you to take responsibility for me and my health. Please do not delegate your responsibility to some self-appointed “expert” who was taught using a curriculum designed by those who make their money (we are talking trillions) when others become chronically ill and permanently disabled.

  • Please don’t let me be injected with things you wouldn’t even consider feeding me! They won’t have an escape route, and they will be left inside me where they will hurt and harm me both now and in the future.

  • Please don’t ever permit me to be injected with metals of any sort! We know that lead is bad for children, but guess what? Mercury and aluminum are far worse, and are in the syringes that doctors are sticking into babies and children. Mercury and aluminum cause severe damage inside the body, to all parts and to all systems, and this damage will hurt and haunt me for the rest of my life! As if those two metals weren’t health-destroying enough, there are others in vaccines: lead, stainless steel, tungsten, a gold-zinc aggregate, platinum, silver, bismuth, iron, and chromium. One flu vaccine for children tested as having 11 metals and aggregates of metals, which are similar to those prevalent in cases of leukemia. Please don’t let the pediatrician cause me to develop cancer!

  • Please don’t mess around with my immune system, it’s the only one I have…and it has to last me a lifetime! Things that mess with and harm my immune system include nearly every ingredient in vaccines. Again, I am not kidding! Please tell me which one of these ingredients will induce good health in me: mercury, aluminum, lead, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 (which enables other ingredients to enter my brain and cells), MSG, phenol, anti-freeze, human fetal tissue material from aborted babies, viruses cultured in the body parts of various animals including African green monkeys, chickens, and dogs, viruses from other humans, viruses from animals, retroviruses that are just beginning to be understood of both human and animal origin, nanoparticles of many different metals that are not listed on the ingredients lists, dangerous bacteria, glass shards, food proteins that don’t belong anywhere other than in my stomach, glyphosate (designed to kill things), insect parts and viruses, DNA from other humans and from animals, squalene (I hear it caused Gulf War Syndrome in our soldiers), and who knows what else, Mom and Dad, because all ingredients are not required to be listed under the guise of “trade secrets”, and there is little to no oversight of the vaccine manufacturing process!

  • Please don’t permit anything to be injected into me that you are not willing to inject into yourself.

  • Please don’t permit anything to be injected into me that the nurses and doctors administering it, those approving and recommending it, the legislators mandating it, and the manufacturers making it have not injected into themselves, their children, and their grandchildren, without your own eyes witnessing it. If they aren’t willing to personally demonstrate for you how “safe” it is (which should be required to mean won’t cause harm) and personally demonstrate their trust in it, then please don’t trust in it, either! (Ask yourself when the last time was that you saw any state legislator rolling up their shirt sleeves and dropping their drawers to show those whom they supposedly represent how safe the scores of vaccines that they just mandated for babies, children, and teens are? If they are virtually harmless, as claimed and constantly touted, then they should be willing to get the whole lot of them at once, publicly.)

  • Please don’t “go along to get along”. I know at some point I will hear you ask me, “If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you, too?” I put a similar question forth to you, “If everyone else chooses to permit the poisoning and harming of their baby, would you follow suit just to fit in?” Please be strong and stand firmly, saying boldly and with conviction, “I will not permit you, or anyone, to inject poisons, toxins, and heinous ingredients into my baby…ever!”

  • Please learn why it is important for me to be breastfed for at least one year, hopefully longer, with Mom eating a nutrient-dense, non-toxic diet. If Mom is unable to breastfeed me, please source breastmilk from another healthy, lactating mom who is willing to share.

  • Please learn why it is important for me to contract certain infections naturally, during childhood.

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Summer Spontaneity

Summer of loveBy Cathy Jameson

We had the chance to go on a day-trip last week to meet friends at the beach.  It would be a lot of work to pull it off, but I reveled in the thought of being spontaneous.  I thrive by the ocean.  Ronan usually does, too, so when we got the opportunity to go to it again this summer, I rearranged what we could, cancelled what couldn’t be rearranged and then got the heck out of town for the day. 

We’ve dropped everything before, but that’s usually because something unfortunate has happened – a rash of seizures, an epic meltdown, a sensory overload.  The kids are used to hearing me make plans and then immediately break those plans, but they’ve never taken out their disappointment of missing out on something on their brother.  Even though it’s usually because of him that plans have changed, they understand that life with a sibling with autism doesn’t always go as they expect it to.  They get that, and they know that sometimes they have to just go with the flow.  I prayed that Ronan would get that this time – sometimes plans change.  I also prayed that our unexpected road trip would go smoothly. 

It did.  Until the siblings changed their minds. 

Right before we got to our destination, Ronan’s brother and sisters decided they’d rather go to a pool instead of the beach.  Going to the pool had been an option when we learned of the opportunity to get away, but I had my heart set on the ocean.  I wanted so badly to go there.  Ronan said he did also when I asked him if he wanted to go swimming at the beach like we got to earlier this summer.  He signed, “Yes swim water fish.” 

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Ronan sits seaside during the family’s vacation earlier in June.

The breeze, the sand, the waves – I wanted…no, needed it!  I wanted to see it, to feel it, and to be surrounded by that salty air again.  That’s what I told Ronan he would see and smell and feel, too.  The beach.  That’s what we talked about on the ride.  That’s what kept him focused and also what kept him distracted after I realized I’d left one of his movies and the iPad on the couch after we’d gotten on the road.  He’d done great so far to pass the time, but here we were close to where I told him we’d be going.  Do I turn right toward the beach that I’d described in detail, or do I reroute us and turn left toward the pool he hadn’t been to in years? 

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Guj: Girl Died Due to MR Vaccine Complications, Alleges Kin

Business-standard-logoNote: There is a paywall, but you get the jist of this sad story from India. Of more children had died, would the parents be more believable? One death isn't horror enough? The media outlet is the Business Standard. Vaccines are a business at the beginning, middle and end of the day.  God bless this child and her grieving family.

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A 3-year-old girl died today after falling ill in Gujarat's district, with her family blaming her death on the Measles-which was administered to her.

Officials dismissed claims that she died due to complications from the They said that she was administered the MR along with over 30 children and none of the others fell ill.   Guj: Girl died due to MR vaccine complications, alleges kin


Back to School Budget Woes as Security and Special Education Take Bigger Bite of Pie

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

School districts are working on their budgets, and they have to deal with some huge money issues. First of all, security is foremost in the minds of the people running our education system.  They have to be proactive, doing everything possible to prevent another tragedy like the Parkland from happening in their schools.

Teachers are being trained to recognize possible perpetrators among their students. News reports tell us about districts screening students for mental health issues, hiring more social workers, counselors, psychologists, and partnering with local mental health agencies.

It’s abundantly clear that sending your child to school today involves a risk. Teachers face the real threat of violence from their students. The media off-handedly tells us that one in every 5 kids has a mental illness.  (No explanation given. It’s just the way it is.) Teachers need to worry every time they walk into a classroom.  They better be prepared for the worst.

So while districts spend millions on security and hiring more staff to make schools safer, the special education numbers keep on growing and that means higher costs too.

Here’s a sample of what’s happening from my site, Loss of Brain Trust—Childhood Lost over the past week.

July 22, 2018, North Andover (MA) Eagle TribuneSurging costs prompt new approach to school funding

… Last week, the House approved spending $500 million over the next five years to help districts better cover the costs of special education and employee health care. At the same time, lawmakers opted to study the issue of helping English language learners and poorer students.

Special education costs contributed to a nearly $4 million school budget deficit in Methuen last year….

In fiscal 2018, the district covered costs for 136 special needs students in residential, private day or collaborative programs -- about 25 more students than during the prior year.

July 22, 2018, Carroll County (MD) Times: Editorial: Getting to root of behavioral issues in elementary school students 

For the past few years, Carroll County Public Schools has asked for additional funding in its budget to repurpose several teaching positions to behavioral specialists. But despite the county’s overall funding for public schools increasing, shortfalls in meeting the Board of Education’s total funding request have left those positions from becoming a reality.

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Prevnar May be Increasing Resistant STREP Strain

DominoesNote: Is the resistant strep appearing as a result of the pneumococcal vaccine the strain that causes PANDAS, a previously unheard of infection that presents as severe OCD and often violent "mental illness"?  The article says "effect," not side effect. After all, vaccines work except when they don't. Save lives except when they kill. And have no side effects except occasional swelling and redness at the injection site except when they do.

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A vaccine that has dramatically curbed pneumonia and other serious illnesses in children is having an unfortunate effect: promoting new superbugs that cause ear infections.

On Monday, doctors reported discovering the first such germ that is resistant to all drugs approved to treat childhood ear infections. Nine toddlers in Rochester, N.Y., have had the germ and researchers say it may be turning up elsewhere, too.

It is a strain of strep bacteria not included in pneumococcal vaccine, Wyeth's Prevnar, which came on the market in 2000. It is recommended for children under age 2.

Doctors say parents should continue to have their toddlers get the shots because the vaccine prevents serious illness and even saves lives. But the new resistant strep is a worry.

"The best way to prevent these resistant infections from spreading is to be careful about how we use antibiotics," said Dr. Cynthia Whitney, chief of respiratory diseases at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Avoiding antibiotics when they are not needed is the best way to ensure they will work when they are, she said.

 

If the new strains continue to spread, "it tells us the vaccine is becoming less effective" and needs to be revised, said Dr. Dennis Maki, infectious diseases chief at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospitals and Clinics.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/20825107/ns/health-childrens_health/t/shot-may-be-inadvertently-boosting-superbugs/


Joan Shenton of Sacrificial Virgins HPV Vaccine Film Application for Australia Visa Held Up for Controversial Views

Sacrificial Virgins"Must meet the character requirements...." Australian government. "Any risk they may pose..."  Journalist denied VISA to  Australia for "controversial views."  A movie about HPV vaccine.

You can watch a video on Facebook here

The day before the Sacrificial Virgins tour is due to start! Updates on Joan Shenton's visa application and new scientific information on HPV vaccine's association with an INCREASE in both cases of and deaths from cervical cancer.

From the Sacrificial Virgins website:

A new documentary written and narrated by Joan Shenton and directed by Andi Reiss How young girls are being seriously damaged by the vaccine with the highest reported adverse reactions of any existing vaccine

The Human Papilloma Vaccine (HPV) is a treatment in widespread use but its efficacy in preventing cancer is medically unproven, while unintended, adverse reactions are blighting and even ending the lives of girls and young women across the world. However, pharmaceutical manufacturers and many health authorities are refusing to acknowledge there is a problem and the medical community is continuing to offer the vaccine.

Sacrificial Virgins – so named because the vaccine is often given to girls before they become sexually active – exposes increasing evidence of serious neurological damage following the HPV injections. It calls for the vaccine to be withdrawn in the hope that this will help to halt another global tragedy.


Depriving Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Petitioners the Opportunity of Seeking Legal Counsel

The Vaccine Court Wayne RohdeBy Wayne Rohde

How does the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) and the Federal Court of Claims deprive petitioners, who are seeking compensation for their injuries, the opportunity to seek and retain legal counsel? Very cleverly. But it takes some understanding of how legal representation in the program has evolved and more importantly, how fees are paid.

Federal Court of Claims & 6th Amendment

The NVICP was established in 1986 and the legal proceedings are to be conducted within the Federal Court of Claims jurisdiction, located in Washington D.C. The Federal Court of Claims is the only federal court system that allows a person to sue the federal government.

Your right for legal counsel to represent you lies within the 6th Amendment.  However, the right to legal representation is a matter for criminal proceedings not civil matters.

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.” [i]

The Assistance of Counsel Clause includes, as relevant here, five distinct rights: the right to counsel of choice, the right to appointed counsel, the right to conflict-free counsel, the effective assistance of counsel, and the right to represent oneself pro se.[ii]

Attorney fee compensation

Congress authorized the payment of fees and costs to compensate attorneys that represented petitioners. Under the Vaccine Act, a special master who has awarded a petitioner “compensation” on a vaccine related claim “shall also award as part of such compensation an amount to cover . . . reasonable attorneys’ fees.” [iii]

So who pays for the petitioner’s attorneys and medical experts? The Vaccine Injury Trust Fund.

In the beginning, the fees and costs were capped at $30,000.00.  The caveat is that the petitioner’s pain & suffering was included with that total. Can you imagine the consternation of a petitioner who suffered greatly from an injury and the special master awards only $5,000.00 in P&S because the attorney submitted a bill for $ 25,000.00 in fees and costs for legal representation in the NVICP?

Both the petitioner and their attorney suffered here. 

Congressional action

Congress quickly addressed this issue and split fees and expenses from pain and suffering. And a cap of $250,000.00 was added to the P&S. Somehow that does not provide comfort to the hundreds of petitioners who sought compensation from the NVICP in the early years.

After addressing the issue of P&S damages, Congress went silent on addressing three big remaining issues regarding attorney fees.

One, what to do about cases that drag on for several years, some as long as 15 years. Should attorneys who constantly work on behalf of their clients wait until the case has been decided before getting reimbursed for many of the costs incurred including expensive medical experts?

Second, what to do with petitions that were filed correctly, in good faith and have a reasonable basis only to be dismissed because of statute of limitations that was determined after petition filing. Hundreds of attorney fee applications from autism petitions were held in suspension because our government, the Sec’y of HHS and DOJ contended that they attorneys should not be compensated because the petition was dismissed due to statute of limitations.

Third, was it the intent of Congress not to address the issue of how to pay for attorney fees and medical expert costs when the petitioner is denied compensation?

Interim Fees

The answer to the first question of paying interim fees was determined not by Congress, but rather by the courts. In Avera v HHS,[iv] the Court granted special masters to use their discretion in awarding fees and costs on an interim basis. Most of the time, the length of time before interim fees will be considered in three years. However, if the petitioner or his attorney can show financial hardship, special masters will consider for shorter periods of time.

By allowing interim fees, this cleared up a secondary problem facing petitioners. Medical experts would not have to wait four years, eight years, or even 15 years before getting paid. Many experts were saying no to the petitioners before Avera.

Cloer v Kathleen Sebelius

In answering the second question, The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the petitioner’s attorney and against the wishes of our government in Cloer v Kathleen Sebelius[v]. This was a very big win for the petitioners. If the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Sec’ of HHS, another high hurdle would have been placed in front of future petitioners since statute of limitations was merely a subjective finding at best with autism petitions, not clearly defined by statute.

Good Faith and a Reasonable Basis

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We Welcome Gwyneth Paltrow to the Paul Offit Is Afraid of You Club!

RM offitHere he goes again. Paul Offit's latest article in Salon goes after Gywneth Paltrow for what he calls "celebrity science." Celebrities have brains. The ability to think. Those who've been in the movie industry for decades are probably crafty thinkers who can make good decisions for themselves, and thus their longevity.  Can celebs have ideas that are way off the beaten path. Sure. Didn't Daryl Hannah live in a tree for a while or some such thing?  Offit is attacking Paltrow for her support of a unique form of feminine hygiene personal care. I'll leave it at that. It's not my steaming cup of oolong - and probably not yours either, my lady readers. Offit's real goal is to dredge up our friends - Jenny McCarthy, Rob Schneider, Jim Carrey, Kristin Cavallari and anyone with a platform who questions vaccine safety. Gywneth is just a vehicle for him to show his allegiance to the vaccine industry that he loves so dearly.    He refers to this time as our "post-truth era.." WHAT?   Would he say that about the ME TOO movement that also claims Gwyneth for her stated harassment by Harvey Weinstein? Imagine if Salon wrote a scathing piece denying ALL the Me Too claims.  THAT.

Oh, and speaking of celebs and science:

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Oops, that's a slip and fall.

 

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Gwyneth's Mom...




SALON (please make sure you read that as "Saaaallllll-ooohhhhhn").

Six times celebrities pushed dangerously bad science

This is America: When celebrity culture merges with science denialism, you get public health crises

In our post-truth era, scientific illiteracy has morphed into science denialism. Today, people simply declare their own truths. As a consequence, science is losing its platform as a source of truth. Meanwhile, a pervasive celebrity culture — in which celebrities are considered trusted “experts” solely because of their fame — has poisoned the idea of what constitutes expertise.

Nowhere is the merger of these two trends more evident than in our embrace of “celebrity science,” which, because it often involves issues of health, might not only be misleading but harmful. Some celebrities actually do have science backgrounds; Mayim Bialik, who has a PhD in neuroscience, springs to mind. Unfortunately, many celebrities have waded into debates within fields in which they have neither expertise nor training, perhaps unintentionally injecting doubt into scientific certainty and often even harming public health efforts. Here are a few of the worst celebrity offenders.

Anti-vaccine crusaders Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Kristin Cavallari and Rob Schneider: The anti-vaccine crowd frequently falls back on the claim that vaccines cause autism, despite more than two dozen studies clearly showing that vaccination does not increase the incidence of autism. Nor did it make a whit of biological sense that vaccines would. Read more here.


$101 Million Dollar Vaccine Injury Award for Encephalopathy from MMR Vaccine

RouletteNote: This post brings no joy, despite the "win" so to speak.  Vaccines can and do cause grievous harm and even death.  God bless this child and her family. Money can not bring back health, nor assuage the guilt of thinking you were doing the right thing by your child, only to be shattered by the lie of complete vaccine safety.

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(July 17th, 2018 – SARASOTA, FL) — Attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. negotiated a $101 million dollar settlement for an infant who suffered a severe reaction to the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
 
O.R.* was a one-year-old healthy baby girl who was already walking and climbing.  On February 13, 2013, she received vaccinations for Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis A, Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib), Prevnar (pneumonia), and Varicella (chickenpox).  That evening, the mother noticed baby O.R. was irritable and feverish. After a call to the pediatrician, the doctor advised Mom to give her Tylenol and Benadryl. The fever continued for several days and on the evening before the baby’s scheduled pediatrician visit, O.R. began having severe seizures. She was rushed to the emergency room.  Baby O.R. went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and doctors placed her on a ventilator.
 
The seizures and cardiac arrest left O.R. with a severe brain injury, encephalopathy, cortical vision impairment, truncal hypotonia (low muscle tone), and kidney failure. After months of treatment at the hospital, baby O.R. finally went home, but her disabilities require specialized medical care and supervision around the clock for the rest of her life.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny on the Jeannie Keltner Show

KvmrOn Wednesday, August 1st Dr. Sherri Tenpenny will be on the Jeannie Keltner program on KVMR California.  Keltner is one of the few media hosts in California, land of SB277, to allow a frank discussion of health and vaccine status, safety and laws. The Undernews, at noon on the 1st and 5th Wednesdays, continues her focus on the important and fascinating info that rarely surfaces in the commercial media with interviews from activists, writers and citizen experts.

12:00noon PACIFIC daylight time (3:00pm East coast.)

Click here to listen

Dr. Sherri J. Tenpenny, is the founder of Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center, a clinic first established in Strongsville, Ohio in 1996 under the name of OsteoMed II. Her goal is to provide the best of integrative medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Tenpenny is a graduate of the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and received her training as an osteopathic medical doctor at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. Dr. Tenpenny is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. She has undertaken many advanced courses in alternative medicine, including acupuncture and complex homeopathy.

Prior to her career in alternative medicine, Dr. Tenpenny served as Director of the Emergency Department at Blanchard Valley Regional Hospital Center in Findlay, Ohio, from 1987 to 1995. In 1994, she and a partner opened OsteoMed, a medical practice in Findlay limited to the specialty of osteopathic manipulative medicine. In 1996, Dr. Tenpenny moved to Strongsville, Ohio, expanding her practice to include traditional, complementary and preventive medicine.

Dr. Tenpenny is board certified in three medical specialties. She was boarded in Emergency Medicine from 1995 to 2006. She chose to not re-certify in Emergency Medicine – a time consuming and expensive undertaking – because she never plans to work again within Emergency Medicine. She has been board certified in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (AOBNMM) since 1995 and became board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine in 2012 (ABIHM).




Breaking News: Attack By Nordic Cochrane Calls Cochrane Review Of HPV Vaccines Into Question But Has Wider Implications

image from upload.wikimedia.orgby John Stone

An astonishing attack by three members of the Nordic Cochrane group in BMJ Evidenced Based Medicine on the recent Cochrane review of HPV vaccines, Arbyn et al Prophylactactic vaccination against human papillomaviruses to prevent cervical cancer and its precursors  calls not only the integrity and competence of the review into question, but poses by implication the most serious questions about how the products themselves were designed, trialed, licensed and marketed. The authors of the present of review of the review have been associated with a series of complaints against the European Medicines Agency concerning the vaccines and their safety. The Arbyn paper concludes:

There is high-certainty evidence that HPV vaccines protect against cervical precancer in adolescent girls and young women aged 15 to 26. The effect is higher for lesions associated with HPV16/18 than for lesions irrespective of HPV type. The effect is greater in those who are negative for hrHPV or HPV16/18 DNA at enrolment than those unselected for HPV DNA status. There is moderate-certainty evidence that HPV vaccines reduce CIN2+ in older women who are HPV16/18 negative, but not when they are unselected by HPV DNA status.

We did not find an increased risk of serious adverse effects. Although the number of deaths is low overall, there were more deaths among women older than 25 years who received the vaccine. The deaths reported in the studies have been judged not to be related to the vaccine. Increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes after HPV vaccination cannot be excluded, although the risk of miscarriage and termination are similar between trial arms. Long-term of follow-up is needed to monitor the impact on cervical cancer, occurrence of rare harms and pregnancy outcomes.

The key findings new paper by Jørgensen, Gøtzsche and Jefferson are:

-The Cochrane human papillomavirus (HPV)
vaccine review missed nearly half of the eligible
trials.
-The review was influenced by reporting bias
and biased trial designs.
-Authors of Cochrane reviews should make
every effort to identify all trials and the trials’
limitations

They found that the authors had included in the review only 26 of 46 eligible trials and state for this reason alone the conclusion "'that the risk of reporting bias may be small' was inappropriate" and they warn that none of the trials included were anyway for the new product Gardasil 9 which many countries are switching to. They further castigate the Cochrane review for using misleading language, referring to trials against placebo when all those included in the review were against "active comparators: adjuvants (aluminium hydroxide (Al[OH]3) or amorphous aluminium hydroxyphosphate sulfate [AAHS]) or hepatitis vaccines". They identify this as a bias in the original design of the trials masking the harm of the vaccines, and they note that women were excluded from trials if they had received adjuvants before or a history of immunological or nervous disorders. They say that this lowered the validity of trials and suggested that the manufacturers were concerned about the harms of the product in these groups, although no packet warnings are included.

They further complain that Arbyn failed to mention cases of cervical cancer in the trial groups but also that the relationship CIN2 lesions and cancer was uncertain since they regressed spontaneously in women under 30 who were mostly the subjects of the trial. They also say that the review misreported trials. In the so called PATRICIA trial where Cochrane reported 701 vs 699 from the trial publication, and 835 vs 829 in its "Clinical trial.gov" entry the Nordic Cochrane group found 1046 vs 982. Some trials recorded no adverse events at all and had very short follow up periods. While the original review could detect no pattern to the greater risk of death in the vaccinate vs comparator groups (51 vs 39) the Nordic Cochrane point out:

A death may be coded in a way that does not raise suspicion that the vaccine caused it; for example,a ‘traumatic head injury’ or ‘drowning’ could have been caused by a ‘syncope’, which is a recognised harm.

A meta-analysis which sought determine funding bias was flawed because the one trial which was deemed to be not funded by manufacturers was in fact funded by GSK by a circuitous route, and they failed to mention a report by the WHO Uppsala Monitoring Centre which found:

that found serious harms following HPV vaccination overlapping with two syndromes: postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Instead they had relied on assurances from the European Medicines Agency handed down from the manufacturers. They note that in contravention of Cochrane guidelines 14 of the authors on the original protocol for the review had significant conflicts, as did three of the four authors of the final paper. While the main thrust of the paper is that Cochrane - to which the authors are affiliated -  needs to clean up its act, we all may wonder at how the governments of the world have allowed pharmaceutical companies to subject young women to these ill-tested and dangerous products for the last dozen years, and even at how the pre-marketing trials in the format described were ever allowed. We shudder over the fact that in the last week the recommendation for Gardasil 9 has extended to boys and young men in the United Kingdom, and that in France the vaccine is about to be made compulsory. We know we cannot trust the pharmaceutical industry but how can we ever trust our governments?

John Stone is UK and European Editor of Age of Autism

 

 

 


The Daily Telegraph's FAKE History of the Wakefield Story

Andy reports
The reports have always been upside down.

By John Stone

I am publishing my notes on the "at a glance" history of the MMR controversy from Charles Hymas article Facebook putting children's lives at risk by reviving spurious MMR claims, say UK healthchiefs (27 July).While Hymas is a former Sunday Times journalist, he possibly has a good record in investigating corruption but he is missing the mark here. For more detail reader's are referred to Vera Sharav's annotated account at AHRP L'affaire Wakefield.

"In 1998, respected medical journal The Lancet carried the results of a small-scale study (12 children) that claimed a link between the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) combined vaccine and autism and colitis in children."

This is untrue. The team carried out a review  of a series of cases seen and treated on the basis of clinical need. It did not claim a link between MMR, autism and colitis but recorded medical histories and parental concerns. This is easily checkable against the text of the paper. In listening to parents’ concerns about vaccine reactions, the Royal Free team were manifestly acting more ethically than doctors who ignore them.

"The leader of the research team, Andrew Wakefield promoted mass media coverage of the study. MMR became the biggest science story of 2002 and the public’s confidence in the vaccine was seriously shaken and vaccination rates fell."

 Is there any evidence that Wakefield promoted media coverage? No details given. By the end of 2001 Wakefield had already left for the United States, but a bad taste was left in the public's mind by the refusal of Prime Minister Tony Blair to say whether his son Leo had been vaccinated. Plainly health officials were out for revenge.

"Concerned over MMR safety, organisations such as the NHS, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Cochrane Library carried out large-scale epidemiological studies. These highlighted some adverse vaccine effects, such as rashes and joint pain, but could not replicate the findings of the original study."

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John Stone's Complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation Over Telegraph Article

IPSO
By John Stone

Earlier this month, I was contacted by Rosa Silverman, feature writer of the Daily Telegraph, who wanted to discuss with me the anti-vaccine movement in America in the light of that great public issue of the moment, the friendship of Andrew Wakefield with Elle Macpherson. As far as could tell our discussions were respectful, and when the article was published the following day to my surprise she did me the honor of quoting me several times. Personally, I was not particularly unhappy or surprised but in the end I decided that the way she had reduced people to types while ultimately ignoring all the information and data I had made available to her both by word of mouth and by email was unacceptable. I think our valued correspondent Annie got the idea when she remarked under an earlier article: "I really wasn't sure if there was a causal relationship between vaccines and autism until Dr. Wakefield started dating Elle McPherson. Now it's for real! Thanks guys! My "celebrity obsessed" American brain can now rest assured!" So, I wrote to her and her newspaper, gave them time to reply and then filed a complaint with IPSO the Independent Press Standards Organization- which I now publish below.

1 Accuracy

The core charges (which had been made collectively) against all three doctors in the Wakefield case (ie Profs Walker-Smith and Murch as well) at the GMC were set aside when Prof Walker-Smith appealed in the High Court in 2012 and was completely exonerated, leaving Wakefield and Murch technically guilty of things which had never been shown to have happened, or even had been shown not to have happened. In particular, Sir John Mitting dismissed the claim that the doctors were executing a protocol for a Legal Aid Board funded study upon which lay may other discrepancies and subsidiary charges, none of which could be true once this was found to be false. I had drawn Ms Silverman's attention to this major anomaly and provided documentation, which she evidently ignored. http://ahrp.org/laffaire-wakefield-shades-of-dreyfus-bmjs-descent-into-tabloid-science/ 

Anyone seriously interested in the facts of the Wakefield case needs to address the High Court finding of 2012, otherwise they are just repeating malicious rumours. I put the issue to Ms Silverman in my email unresponded to (19 July): "I posed the question whether Wakefield had had fair treatment, and produced chapter and verse on why he did not - which you seem to have completely ignored. The central issue of the Legal Aid Board protocol at the GMC which Sir John Mitting dismissed was laid collectively against all three doctors, and was simple wrong. It was historically wrong, and Mitting's findings were unappealed, though very inconvenient to the official narrative. To write a proper article about Wakefield you need to address this, and you manifestly have not: re-cycling shibboleths and appeals to authority I am afraid fail the standard." 

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Vaccine Law and 2018 School Exemptions: A Guide for Concerned Parents

Knoweldge is power
As your body grows bigger Your mind must flower It's great to learn 'Cause knowledge is power It's Schoolhouse Rocky, the chip off the block Of your favorite schoolhouse, Schoolhouse Rock!

By Cathy Jameson

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Mumbi PhD Let's Talk Africa ALERT! Elimination of Africans Through Vaccines In High Gear!

Let's Talk Africa
Note: If you have never listened to this woman, Dr. Mumbi in Africa, you are in for an eye and ear opening moment.  Her energy is more contagious than Chicken Pox in a one room school!  We will contact her with Dr. William Thompson's MMR/African American toddlers information - as you can see she is not afraid to speak out against the Gates Foundation's polio vaccine plan and much more. CBS News reported this week that the United States of America is the most dangerous pace to give birth in the developed world. Let that sink in for a moment. I knew this instinctively when I had my girls. I used top hospitals in case of emergencies. I come from a family of doctors, dentists. I adored my OBs. One was a neighbor! (Made post birth greetings...awkward.) But the facts are that we are terrible in the USA for infants and children. Over 50% of children have a chronic disability. I blame over vaccination and the pharmatization of medical schools.  The rabbit hole is deeper than the Grand Canyon. Not sure we’ll get out as strict insurance rules punish “thinking” practitioners financially. My girls will never have babies. A bitter irony.  Meanwhile in the Philippines and China and Japan, harsh inquiries into vaccine safety and malfeasance are underway.  So many "woke" nations. Meanwhile, here in the USA, California, larger than many nations in the world,  has become a giant Golden State sleeping pill.

 Standard Kenya Parents raise concern over claims of polio vaccine side effects

HCG Found in WHO Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Developing World

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Dr. Mumbi Seraki has a PhD from the University of Nairobi in African Women Studies.  Her research focuses on the evolving self-image of the African people with a special focus on African women. Her Masters was in Human Resources Planning from Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland, where she developed the expertise of helping people identify their purpose and prepare for their careers.  Her undergraduate degree was also in human resources and international business, from Loyola University of Chicago

She worked for the United Nations for close to 7 years in Geneva, Switzerland before returning to Kenya to join the national broadcaster the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) for a popular TV show Afternoon Livefor 3 years before moving to Nation FM, a national radio station, to host the popular breakfast show State of the Nation.

Her life and career are committed to restoring the stolen identity of Africa and shining a spotlight on the mental and spiritual colonization that still oppresses her people.  She is committed to changing the narrative around the beautiful and diverse continent of Africa while encouraging more home-grown conversations about her destiny and future. Read more here.


Are The Murdochs Dictating Vaccination Policy in Australia, in the Best Interests of GlaxoSmithKline

Murdoch and company
By Elizabeth Hart

Is Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch’s News Corp media group dictating Australia’s vaccination policy? 

The Murdoch media group’s relentless No Jab, No Play campaign was adopted by the Australian government, becoming the coercive No Jab, No Pay law in January 2016.

But the Murdoch media group now known as News Corp did not properly disclose its conflict of interest in this matter, i.e. its association with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, which is involved in vaccine research and development projects funded by vaccine manufacturers such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Novartis and Sanofi Pasteur.

How useful for GlaxoSmithKline and co to have the Murdoch media group campaign for a coercive law which seeks to make the community compliant to an ever-increasing amount of lucrative vaccine products via Australia's taxpayer-funded vaccination schedule.

The former chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, Terry Nolan, is now associated with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and working on industry-funded projects.  Terry Nolan is also a member of the World Health Organisation's SAGE group, and thereby influential on international vaccination policy.  There's a lot more to this web of influence that needs to be explored...

The Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by News Corp and Foxtel.  Lachlan Murdoch's wife Sarah Murdoch is a Director and Ambassador for the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.  Rupert Murdoch's mother Dame Elisabeth Murdoch was one of the original founders of this institute. 

I've challenged both Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch on this matter, see email thread below:

24 July 2018

Open email to:

Mr Malcolm Turnbull, 

Prime Minister of Australia

Mr Turnbull, it appears the media group associated with the Murdoch family, now known as News Corp, may have influenced the Federal Government's coercive No Jab, No Pay law via its protracted No Jab, No Play media campaign in its tabloid newspapers such as the Daily TelegraphHerald SunCourier Mail, and The Advertiser etc.

This is especially significant considering the Murdoch media group has a conflict of interest in this matter, i.e. its association with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, which is involved in vaccine research and development projects funded by vaccine manufacturers such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Novartis and Sanofi Pasteur.  

Particularly bearing in mind this conflict of interest, it is an extremely serious matter that the Murdoch media group may have influenced the implementation of a coercive law which seeks to make the community compliant to an ever-increasing amount of lucrative vaccine products via the taxpayer-funded National Immunisation Program Schedule.  

I also suggest the failure to properly disclose this conflict of interest contravene's News Corp's own Editorial Code of Conduct and Standards of Business Conduct, as outlined in my email to Mr Rupert Murdoch and Mr Lachlan Murdoch, see below.

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Abnormal Brain Folds In Autism: Another Clue From The Gut?

Brain_folds_closeupBy Teresa Conrick

The pieces of the autism puzzle have been in front of us for years:

-brain inflammation/larger brains in some, not all

-loss of language/abnormal use of language

-social thinking challenges

-sensory issues

-anxiety

-food allergies

-immune dysfunction/autoimmunity

-seizures

-gastrointestinal disorders/disease - reflux, colitis, inflammation

- constipation and/or diarrhea

-perseveration/obsessions and compulsions

-tics

Two new studies recently came out but are kind of a repeat of some past research but can be added in as clues. To aid in understanding, Gyrification means “the process of forming the characteristic folds of the cerebral cortex in the brain”. :

  • A Longitudinal Study of Local Gyrification Index in Young Boys With Autism Spectrum Disorder  :Local gyrification index (LGI), a metric quantifying cortical folding, was evaluated in 105 boys with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 49 typically developing (TD) boys at 3 and 5 years-of-age...At 3 years-of-age, this subgroup exhibited increased LGI ...relative to TD boys ...In summary, this study identified alterations in the pattern and development of LGI during early childhood in ASD. Distinct patterns of alterations in subgroups of boys with ASD suggests that multiple neurophenotypes exist and boys with ASD and disproportionate megalencephaly should be evaluated separately.
  • Local Cortical Gyrification is Increased in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, but Decreases Rapidly in Adolescents  : Extensive MRI evidence indicates early brain overgrowth in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Local gyrification may reflect the distribution and timing of aberrant cortical expansion in ASDs. ...Altered gyrification may reflect unique information about the trajectory of cortical development in ASDs.

So, aberrant cortical expansion basically means that there is an overgrowth of FOLDING in the brain. Scientific American   put it this way: “Young people with autism show a lot of folding in patches of the left temporal and parietal lobes—regions responsible for processing sound and spatial information respectively, the study found. They also show excessive folding in temporal and frontal regions on the right side of the brain, including areas that govern decision-making and motor skills...They have less folding in one spot on the occipital cortex, the brain’s visual hub.”

As I said, this is not new information as other studies have reported the same  --  a sampling:

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Clinical and Molecular Characteristics of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Science post imageMolecular Diagnosis & Therapy ISSN: 1177-1062 (Print) 1179-2000 (Online)

  • Shannon Rose
  • Dmitriy M. Niyazov
  • Daniel A. Rossignol
  • Michael Goldenthal
  • Stephen G. Kahler
  • Richard E. Frye

ABSTRACT: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects ~ 2% of children in the United States. The etiology of ASD likely involves environmental factors triggering physiological abnormalities in genetically sensitive individuals. One of these major physiological abnormalities is mitochondrial dysfunction, which may affect a significant subset of children with ASD. Here we systematically review the literature on human studies of mitochondrial dysfunction related to ASD. Clinical aspects of mitochondrial dysfunction in ASD include unusual neurodevelopmental regression, especially if triggered by an inflammatory event, gastrointestinal symptoms, seizures, motor delays, fatigue and lethargy. Traditional biomarkers of mitochondrial disease are widely reported to be abnormal in ASD, but appear non-specific. Newer biomarkers include buccal cell enzymology, biomarkers of fatty acid metabolism, non-mitochondrial enzyme function, apoptosis markers and mitochondrial antibodies. Many genetic abnormalities are associated with mitochondrial dysfunction in ASD, including chromosomal abnormalities, mitochondrial DNA mutations and large-scale deletions, and mutations in both mitochondrial and non-mitochondrial nuclear genes. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been described in immune and buccal cells, fibroblasts, muscle and gastrointestinal tissue and the brains of individuals with ASD. Several environmental factors, including toxicants, microbiome metabolites and an oxidized microenvironment are shown to modulate mitochondrial function in ASD tissues. Investigations of treatments for mitochondrial dysfunction in ASD are promising but preliminary. The etiology of mitochondrial dysfunction and how to define it in ASD is currently unclear. However, preliminary evidence suggests that the mitochondria may be a fruitful target for treatment and prevention of ASD. Further research is needed to better understand the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathophysiology of ASD.


Massachusetts Court Rules Electro Shock Punishment Allowable for Special Needs Students

Electric chair
Graduation Day!

Note: WHERE is the outcry from average Americans, from media outlets, from celebrities, from politicians??  Immigrant children legal and otherwise separated from their parents? The nation went mad.  But not for kids whose behaviors have been catapulted to DefCon 1000 and then they were separated from their parents as Lord knows what vaccine, environmental, physical and emotional destruction landed them in the HELL HOLE known as the Rotenberg Center in Canton Massachusetts.  My Dad played golf with Judge Ernie Rotenberg in the 60s and 70s.  Dad used to say Ernie CHEATED just like Judge Smails in Caddyshack! And now, the "school" with his  name on it is a disgrace to my home state. Massachusetts  - the liberal, love everyone, education is everything, seat of American LIBERTY -- allows torture and abuse in the name of "education."  Parents SEND THEIR kids there!  Imagine the depths of despair you must reach to say, "THIS place is the only choice we have." I feel for every family whose child ends up in this gulag.  'Level III aversive treatment."  What a crock of sh*t. This is the United States' listing in under the UN  9. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

(1) That the United States considers itself bound by the obligation under article 16 to prevent `cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment', only insofar as the term `cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment' means the cruel, unusual and inhumane treatment or punishment prohibited by the Fifth, Eighth, and/or Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.

Bristol County, MA – Family Court Judge Katherine Field denied a motion to stop the use of electric shock on disabled students, a form of punishment that has been controversial for years after news of the practice first reached the public in 2013 when video surfaced of an 18-year-old student receiving dozens of shocks for refusing to take off his jacket.

“(The state) failed to demonstrate that there is now a professional consensus that the Level III aversive treatment used at JRC does not conform to the accepted standard of care for treating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Judge Field wrote in her decision.  Read more here.

It is OK to abuse and torture people with ID. Got that, friends? My God.....

Kim

 

 


The Global Vaccine Crisis of 2018: Why Andrew Wakefield is Back in the News

image from www.rescuepost.comBy John Stone

"Perhaps the most fundamental point is that having established this uninterrupted global pipeline for the industry’s products to the world’s children they have failed to ensure manufacturing standards even according to their own criteria."

An experienced pharma watcher has said to me repeatedly in the past few days: "There is something going on". He is not looking directly at pharma he is watching the prolonged and hostile media coverage of the friendship of Andrew Wakefield and Elle Macpherson as revealed to the public by the Daily Mail: something which to most people - except those who might know them personally - might be of only momentary interest, if any: but also the source of a great swirling mist of unprincipled junk journalism which has now be going on for a week. I was drawn into this maelstrom  myself last week by a Daily Telegraph feature writer, Rosa Silverman, who wanted to interview me about this non-issue (certainly not a public one) and the "anti-vaccine movement in the US". Rosa quoted me a number of times, which I barely expected (that was the one thing which surprised me). Nevertheless, having thought about the article  "Whatever happened to Andrew Wakefield: the curious rehabilitation of the doctor behind the MMR scare" (18 July)" for a day I felt obliged to complain about both the stereo-typing and failure to address the information  I had passed to her (my letters to her and the Telegraph with information I emailed her are published below).

But the big question is “Why?”. The answer is surely with all bathetic baying and shrieking from the press about nothing in particular that the global vaccine government complex could not be in more trouble. What would happen if anyone outside our sphere started to put together the stories we have seen in recent days? Perhaps the most fundamental point is that having established this uninterrupted global pipeline for the industry’s products to the world’s children they have failed to ensure manufacturing standards even according to their own criteria. So, now we have had  in a matter of  days the China scandal, we have RFKjnr’s revelation that the HHS has shirked its responsibility to inspect and report on vaccine safety every two years for the last three decades, and we have the Italian CORVELVA group saying that 5 out 7 schedule vaccines  they had independently inspected failed to meet biological standards.

Also running are stories about MMR in Samoa and  oral polio vaccine in Kenya. We have the long running saga of Gatti and Montanari in Italy.  Even before you get to the issue of whether the products could be considered safe by design, we have the great unlikelihood in many parts of the world, or possibly any part of the world, that they are routinely manufactured and delivered correctly. And rather than admit that the products are faulty the powers that be just prefer that they go on being injected into everybody’s children without saying anything, because the only important thing for them is that everyone goes on believing in the infallibility of the program.

 I do not mention in this context other important stories like Dengvaxia in the Philippines , Christopher Exley's revelations about aluminium in autistic brains or Gayle DeLong’s about HPV vaccines and infertility - things beginning to impinge on the reputation of the vaccine complex.

The point at this juncture is that the global industry is in monumental trouble, acting in such a way as to strain the faith of  persons normally much less sceptical of the aims of the program than the traditional readers of this column, and it needs to create a distraction - and what we have from at least the  British media in Orwellian terms is this pathetic chant of “Four legs good, two legs bad”. They are attempting to drum out the very possibility of thought: all anyone needs to know now is that Andrew Wakefield - who once dared to question the vaccine project in some way - was/is a very bad man. But I would point out another possibility that most onlookers will be completely perplexed: they will just be saying like my pharma watcher as they get daily more fed up with the feeble-mindedness and illogical antics of the mainstream media: “There is something going on”.

You bet there is!

Complaint letter to the Telegraph: Case: 17796369 - Re: Daily Telegraph feature on anti-vaccination movement (anyone wishing to  support write to telegraphenquiries@telegraph.co.uk)

Dear Sirs,

 
I wish to make a formal complaint against Rosa Silverman's article "Whatever happened to Andrew Wakefield: the curious rehabilitation of the doctor behind the MMR scare" (18 July). I wrote to her four days ago (below) making some of my concerns known and she has failed to reply. As will be seen from previous emails I had taken every trouble to point out the solid basis of the concerns of vaccine critics, the systematic misreporting of the Wakefield affair and although she quoted me extensively she made no attempt to report on the foundations of people's concerns rather than simply disparaging them as people. I note that in our interview (which took place on a pleasant and respectful basis) RS posed the intelligent question whether opposition to vaccines in the US was ideological or more commonly because the sceptics were parents whose children had been injured (then characterised as anti-vaccine), and I confirmed that I believed the latter (and coming from all over the political spectrum): but in the article everyone is reduced to a conspiracy believing post-Trump phenomenon. 
 
The reality at the present time is that the US Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting Database has reported more than 650,000 events since 1990 and being a passive reporting database this is likely no more than 1% of cases, many of which may include irreparable harm. Additionally, in the last few days Robert F KennedyJnr has wrung an admission from the HHS that they failed to honour their obligation under the National Childhoood Vaccine Injury Act to report on the safety of vaccines every two years: in fact going back to 1986 they never did at all. In the UK and Europe further questions arise over the alertness and independence of bodies like the MHRA and the EMA which are largely funded by the industry. These are people's real concerns, not Andrew Wakefield's private life, which should have remained private. 
 
The continued scapegoating of Wakefield in the British media is not only deplorable, it looks as if it is a deliberate attempt to distract from the real issues, and we seem to have returned to the realms of Orwell's 5 minutes hate. I do wish RS had not gone off into this reprehensible territory as many other journalists who should know better have done in recent days. It is terrifying the extent to which mainstream journalism has abandoned the objective reporting of complex reality, and turned on many responsible communities across the world wide web, who are actually often well-informed and trying to do their best for their fellow citizens. What instead we have is FAKE NEWS, a story in itself without public significance being outrageously blown up,  and a distraction from the real reasons why all those American people (and may others around the globe) are distressed and angry.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
John Stone (UK and European Editor, Age of Autism)
 
Dear Rosa,
 
On reflection I decided that your article - which was very prejudicial - should not go without comment. After all I had gone to a lot of trouble to document the justified concerns of vaccine critics in the US or anywhere else. At the top of the list I would point to agency capture, so the public not only have to pay for the products they have to receive them often compulsorily (whatever happened to informed consent?): more and more of them every year. And, of course, if something goes wrong people are subject to bullying, opprobrium and denial (not least from media sources: intimidating citizens is a very effective way of influencing data). 
 
I also documented the catastrophic rise in autism (now minimally 4.7% in Belfast schools for example, nearly 300 new cases per year per borough in SW London)). Autism goes on rising year after year everywhere - if it is ever reported, it is a resource problem, not like the iceberg floating towards us for which there is no official explanation available. In many cases I have had to calculate the rates from other data because public bodies are shirking the issue. Meanwhile, the mainstream media just seems to cover up for failed government policies, instead of investigating them and calling them to account. The press has completely abandoned its historic role. I sent you a recent compilation of 150 Pubmed listed articles which implicate vaccines in the rise of autism: doctors and academics are laying their careers on the line to  publish publicly unpalatable facts but the mainstream media is silent, even denies this is happening.
 
Rather than all the allegedly bad people of Trump's America this is the sort of thing that real journalism should be about (it is what we used to call  sleaze). The de-restriction of pharmaceutical advertising in the USA is not something I dreamt up (and an issue which would concern Trump not at all) it means that the increasing beleaguered mainstream media is all too likely to represent only the interests of its advertisers. In the UK there are other means of corporate and government influence, not least PR agencies like SenseAboutScience and Science Media Centre. In particular, I wonder why David Robert Grimes, a physicist from SAS, is so often quoted on these issues? Not being a medical doctor he has no professional responsibility for what he says. On the other hand, as a responsible parent advocate I have to master the detail, make absolutely sure I know what I am talking about.
 
I posed the question whether Wakefield had had fair treatment, and produced chapter and verse on why he did not - which you seem to have completely ignored. The central  issue of the Legal Aid Board protocol at the GMC which Sir John Mitting dismissed was laid collectively against all three doctors, and was simple wrong. It was historically wrong, and Mitting's findings were unappealed, though very inconvenient to the official narrative. To write a proper article about Wakefield you need to address this, and you manifestly have not: re-cycling shibboleths and appeals to authority I am afraid fail the standard.One thing which will absolutely ensure the unsafety of health programmes, will be the public and professional hounding of anybody and everybody who criticises them.
 
John Stone

Below are links and material I provided by email, which were acknowledged.

http://www.ageofautism.com/2018/07/gingers-list-of-ignored-research-showing-how-vaccines-cause-autism-tops-150-papers.html

http://ahrp.org/laffaire-wakefield-shades-of-dreyfus-bmjs-descent-into-tabloid-science/

Re: Autism spectrum disorder: advances in diagnosis and evaluation

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Bad Bacteria in Mom's Gut as Autism Trigger

Open refrigeratorThe latest study being blasted around the internet has a focus on pregnant mom’s gut, or her diet, and how it could cause her child to “get autism”, as the different articles seem to imply.  

Mom’s Gut Microbiome May Impact Kids’ Autism Risk 

….An unhealthy microbiome in the mother can make her unborn offspring susceptible to neurodevelopmental disorders. The researchers found that the IL-17a molecule was a key contributor to the development of autism-like symptoms in lab mice.

The good news is that the microbiome can be easily changed, either through diet, probiotic supplements or fecal transplant. All of these approaches seek to restore a healthy equilibrium among the different microorganisms that live in the gut.

“In terms of translating our work to humans, I think the next big step would be to identify features of the microbiome in pregnant mothers that correlate with autism risk,” Lukens said. “I think the really important thing is to figure out what kind of things can be used to modulate the microbiome in the mother as effectively and safely as we can.”

Blocking IL-17a also might offer a way to prevent autism, but it carries much more risk.

“If you think about pregnancy, the body is basically accepting foreign tissue, which is a baby,” said Lukens. “As a result, maintenance of embryonic health demands a complex balance of immune regulation, so people tend to shy away from manipulating the immune system during pregnancy.”.....

But, isn’t vaccinating, manipulating the immune system?  We will discuss that more.

Now some may say, when will researchers finally stop blaming mothers for autism?  Since the days of Refrigerator Mothers,  mothers have had blame thrust upon them when it comes to a diagnosis of autism.  Now, it is important to look at the ways a child’s microbiome may become dysfunctional and spiral into autism but is this idea of mom’s gut a true contributor?  Some may say it’s a way to distract from the “environmental” sources of immune dysfunction we seem to be catapulted into these days.  Let’s take a look.

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Chinese Vaccine Scandal Infuriates Parents. News Actually Reported!

Breaking newsChina may be Communist. But it seems they may not be Pharmunist, like the USA....  This article would never run in a major American media outlet.  Even our social media like Facebook and Twitter have been tamping down "fake" read egregious to profits news regarding vaccine safety. We've seen this loud and clear at AofA.  Read us - link us - support us - it's getting harder and harder to be heard.  Thanks. KIM

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BEIJING: A scandal over faulty vaccines in China has sparked anger on social media, underscoring the difficulties regulators face in rebuilding trust after years of food and drug safety controversies.

The incident is a major blow for Beijing, which has been trying to push domestically made vaccines and for China's drug regulator, which has been struggling to clean up the world's second biggest drug industry.

Worried parents trying to ascertain if their children had been administered faulty vaccines led to the topic becoming the second most watched at the weekend on the Twitter-like Weibo, with details widely shared on the WeChat messaging app.

"If the state does not protect its citizens, how can we love our country?" asked one Weibo user, while another lamented, "Looking at the news, I don't dare to have an injection."

The scandal erupted a week ago, after major vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd was found to have violated standards in making rabies vaccine for humans.


Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/fresh-scandal-erupts-over-vaccine-safety-in-china-10552802


Read All About It: Federal Vaccine Safety Reports Go Unreported

Theres-nothing-to-see-here-move-along-com-16250233By Cathy Jameson

Being mom to five is fun but can be tiring.  These kids of mine love to sign up for things – sports, clubs, afterschool activities.  I look forward to the summer months where I can take a break from their busy schedules.  This time of year, we scale back on things because we can.  That includes me, too.  I take time away from activities that I do during our family’s busier months, including some of the reading I do about vaccines, about autism, and about special needs parenting.  I need a break from some of that like the kids need a break from school. 

As much as I sometimes think I’ll remove myself from all things advocacy, I don’t think I could ever fully rest from it.  I’m constantly reminded of what vaccines did and also what they took away.  I’ve tried, but to walk away completely just isn’t an option.  Wouldn’t I rather just put my feet up and stop the madness for a minute or two.  Sure!  But if I stop, who’ll pick up where I left off?  Some of my friends and family will (thank you!), but how long will they last?  They know a lot about Ronan, but they won’t know everything there is to know until they step in my shoes 24/7/365. 

I pray I never have to ask anyone to be me each and every day for all of my kids.  But if I do, I’d want that someone to also pick up the advocating that moms like me do.  Would my family be able to do that?  Those closest to us most likely would.  Would my friends?  I think so, but I know not everyone shares the same thoughts and opinions as I do about certain topics.  That doesn’t stop us from being friend, but it has limited some topics of conversation in the past. 

I was thinking about how some topics are better left “off topic” when I saw Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Del Bigtree’s recent announcement.  If you’re part of the vaccine-autism community, you’ve probably already heard all about it.  For those who are not part of this community but who’d like a quick rundown of what that document states, hold onto your seats. 

What it comes down to is this:  Much of what you’ve been told about vaccines is a lie, and everything parents of vaccine-injured children have informed you of or reminded you about vaccines is true. 

From the ICAN (Informed Consent Action Network):

…since 1986, HHS has had the primary and virtually sole responsibility to make and assure improvements in the licensing, manufacturing, adverse reaction reporting, research, safety and efficacy testing of vaccines in order to reduce the risk of adverse vaccine reactions. In order to assure HHS meets its vaccine safety obligations, Congress required as part of the 1986 Act that the Secretary of HHS submit a biennial reports to Congress detailing the improvements in vaccine safety made by HHS in the preceding two years. “The result of the lawsuit is that HHS had to finally and shockingly admit that it never, not even once, submitted a single biennial report to Congress detailing the improvements in vaccine safety.”

Basically, your government does not have your best interest in mind when it comes to vaccines, and it hasn’t for a long time now. 

If this news shocks you like it shocked me, fear not!  Something can be done about it.  I was made aware of a call to action that anyone can submit through the Autism Action Network.   Send in a comment today, then share the link with 10 people.  It shouldn’t hurt to hear straight from the horse’s mouth, which is why I’m also encouraging friends who still believe and trust in their country’s vaccine program to ask for some clarification of this discovery.  Who knows?  When friends get a reply, maybe future conversations about vaccine safety will be a little bit different. 

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Former Philippine President Aquino Restricted from Leaving Country Due to Vaccine Injury Controversy

DengvaxiaNote:  Can you imagine ANYthing like this in America, where politicians and corporate executives have immunity from just about EVERY crime?   Here in the good ole USA, HHS has not followed up on 30 years of vaccine safety mandates (thanks, RM.) T-H-I-R-T-Y  Y-E-A-R-S.  RFK, Jr. Proves HHS is in Violation of the “Mandate for Safer Childhood Vaccines” as Stipulated in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Act

When Congress granted economic immunity to pharmaceutical companies in 1986 for vaccine injury, Congress recognized it eviscerated the economic incentive for pharmaceutical companies to create safe vaccines or make existing ones safer. Congress therefore placed the responsibility and burden for vaccine safety directly and virtually entirely on the shoulders and in the hands of the Secretary of HHS. This requirement is codified at 42 USC 300aa-27 (note that the 1986 Act is very short and codified in 42 USC 300aa-1 through 300aa-34) which is the section underpinning the entire mandate for safe and safer vaccines in this country – this section is literally entitled “Mandate for safer childhood vaccines.” This section first lists the HHS Secretary’s obligation to assure vaccine safety and then requires the HHS Secretary to submit a report to Congress every two years detailing what improvements in vaccine safety were made in the preceding two years. But, amazingly, as seen from the so ordered stipulation, it does not appear that HHS has ever, not even once, submitted a bi-annual reported to Congress as required by 42 USC 300aa-27 listing what improvements it has made to vaccine safety. This speaks volumes to the lack of seriousness by which vaccine safety is treated at HHS and heightens the concern that HHS doesn’t have a clue as to the actual safety profile of the now 29 doses, and growing, of vaccines given by one year of age.

Ronald Reagan. George Bush. Bill Clinton. George W. Bush. Barack Obama. And now Donald Trump. Dereliction of duty to our nation. Treason on behalf of the pharmaceutical/CDC cabal.  They should all stand in front of this nation, of every child, every grave, and every family of every child who has died, been injured, compensated, DENIED compensation for a vaccine injury and beg for forgiveness. On their way to prison. Or hell, if deceased. Invite Julie Gerberding as well - she, the former CDC chief who became Wealthy Goddess of All things Vaccine at MERCK the moment the gate opened after she left CDC.

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MANILA, Philippines — Former president Benigno Aquino III may not leave the country amid a string of criminal charges he is facing over the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said yesterday.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra revealed that the lookout bulletin order (LBO) issued against Aquino, former health secretary Janette Garin and former budget secretary Florencio Abad Jr. stays as the DOJ has yet to resolve the charges of multiple homicide and physical injuries through negligence under the Revised Penal Code, malversation of public funds and violations of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) and RA 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act) filed against them by Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. last February.

The DOJ is keeping the LBO, which was issued by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in December last year when a key witness surfaced to spill the beans on the P3.5-billion dengue immunization program, also after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed charges of technical malversation of public funds against Aquino, Garin and Abad before the Office of the Ombudsman earlier this week.

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We're a Nation of Bullies

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By Kim Rossi

I've had a lot on my plate during the last year and change. More than my usual as Mom to three girls with autism, Managing Editor of Age of Autism, consultant, writer, editor, speaker for anyone brave enough to hire me, karate and kobudo teacher and student.

I got divorced in June of 2017 after 25 years of marriage.  Now I can include single parent to the above list of jobs. My divorce was as rotten as any. None are pleasant. I kept it as private as I could for numerous reasons, the first being, IT WAS NO ONE'S BUSINESS BUT MY EX HUSBAND'S AND MY OWN.  I got out poor as a church mouse, light as a feather,  righter than rain and happier than a clam in cool, wet sand. 

This week news broke about our friend Dr. Andrew Wakefield - and his possible, probably, pending - we do  not know - divorce from the strong, smart, talented, smiling, partner we know as Carmel. IT IS NO ONE'S BUSINESS BUT ANDY AND CARMEL'S. 

Here is a new flash for you - during my Google Divorce U education, I learned that it takes more than 7 years to get a divorce from the moment you think, "This is something I should Kim eye Rollconsider," to the day a judge gives you back your maiden name.   And women initiate 70% of divorces. And according to Psychology TodayOne might think that the majority of divorces in heterosexual marriages are initiated by men, due to the financial and social difficulties that many women face post divorce (Brinig & Allen, 2000). However, research since the 1940’s, has revealed that women are more responsible for initiating divorce than men and that divorced women are happier after ending their marriages (Brining & Allen, 2000; Rosenfeld, 2016).  

I concur.

Many people think autism broke up my marriage. Not so. In fact, the opposite. So while people wonder in newspaper articles and on websites better known for social gossip speculate about the Wakefields, please keep in mind that women like Carmel, like me - are not to be pitied. Life is messy. The road changes before us.  And that's OK. My book All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa (which is honest and true as I wrote it I promise you) had just been published when I started to contemplate a divorce. During my VAXXED bus interview, I was asked "How do you keep your marriage alive, Kim?" And I tap danced faster than Savion Glover on Sesame Street, as I was well on my way to filing! 




The bright side for me being a single Mom is that I have had precious little time to watch the news. Thank God for that. Here's my opinion. We have become a nation of bullies. I mean that. Both sides.  Take a look at the Google "IDIOT" search message in the photo above.  Can you imagine a world where someone(s) can change a search engine to say whatever they want? Love Trump. Hate Trump. I don't care a fig. But do consider what would happen if you searched, "religion" and  "unicorns" came up? Or if you searched "car" and ONLY GM brands appeared deep into the search."  Or you typed Anti-vaxxer and Andy Wakefield's photo popped up. Or mine. Or yours!

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How To End the Autism Epidemic by JB Handley Already Number 1 on Amazon!

How to end the autism epidemic coverHuge congratulations to JB Handley on his forthcoming book, How to End the Autism Epidemic from Chelsea Green Publishing. It's already #1 in the disability parenting category on Amazon - a full 2 months before it's ready to ship! Pre-orders are HUGE for any book and this shows that JB's "brand" stands out from the rest - and that the autism community trusts him as a source of in your face, accurate, real deal information. Order your copy today!  Congrats, JB!

In How to End the Autism Epidemic, Generation Rescue’s co-founder J.B. Handley offers a compelling, science-based explanation of what’s causing the autism epidemic, the lies that enable its perpetuation, and the steps we must take as parents and as a society in order to end it.

While many parents have heard the rhetoric that vaccines are safe and effective and that the science is settled about the relationship between vaccines and autism, few realize that in the 1960s, American children received three vaccines compared to the thirty-eight they receive today. Or that when parents are told that the odds of an adverse reaction are “one in a million,” the odds are actually one in fifty. Or that in the 1980s, the rate of autism was one in ten thousand children. Today it’s one in thirty-six.

Parents, educators, and social service professionals around the country are sounding an alarm that we are in the midst of a devastating public health crisis―one that corresponds in lockstep with an ever-growing vaccine schedule.

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The autism version exposed in 2018

Why do our public health officials refuse to investigate this properly―or even acknowledge it?

In How to End the Autism Epidemic, Handley confronts and dismantles the most common lies about vaccines and autism. He then lays out, in detail, what the truth actually is: new published science links the aluminium adjuvant used in vaccines to immune activation events in the brains of infants, triggering autism; and there is a clear legal basis for the statement that vaccines cause autism, including previously undisclosed depositions of prominent autism scientists under oath.

While Handley’s argument is unsparing, his position is ultimately moderate and constructive: we must continue to investigate the safety of vaccines, we must adopt a position of informed consent, and every individual vaccine must be considered on its own merits. This issue is far from settled. By refusing to engage with parents and other stakeholders in a meaningful way, our public health officials destroy the public trust and enable the suffering of countless children and families.

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Best of AoA: The Sarah Boseley Problem Again

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[The line up in the photograph, left to right, is Jeremy Laurance (Independent), Jenny Hope (Daily Mail), Sarah Boseley, Gill Markham (Wyeth) Phil Hammond (MD of Private Eye and favorite pharma after dinner speaker)] EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR

By John Stone

The British mainstream media are once again hopping up and down about Andrew Wakefield (all of us here wish him well) with a particularly egregious and unnecessary attack in the hollowed out Guardian newspaper by their long time health correspondent, Sarah Boseley. Age of Autism is today reviving UK editor John Stone's article from the time of the Walker-Smith appeal in February 2012 at which, of course, the senior clinician and author in the Wakefield 1998 paper was completely exonerated. The core charges against all three doctors at the GMC had been busted and no one reported. But two years before Boseley had hinted that all was not well with the GMC findings, while her Guardian colleague Dr Ben Goldacre had wobbled for months with uncertainty and embarrassment, and retired conveniently from his column before the hearing. Now, mysteriously, following  the publication of pictures of  Wakefield in company of Elle Macpherson in the Daily Mail a new frenzy has engulfed the British media, and fascinatingly the message is that somehow the establishment is under attack! To which we can only say what gives them the right to go on covering up year after year. Used health journalists for sale. Who wants them anymore?

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

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".”

At stake in the hearing are essentially two issues: whether Prof Walker-Smith acted beyond his brief as a clinician in the care of the 12 children in the much disputed Lancet paper, and whether the paper had anything to do – as alleged – with the protocol (identified with Royal Free Hospital ethical approval 172-96) for a Legal Aid Board funded paper, or was just as the paper itself stated an “early report” on 12 children seen and investigated on the basis of clinical need. This problem has been perpetually hinted at but never clearly explained in the British media – we will call it for convenience “the Boseley problem” though it is very much the problem of other journalists too.

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25 Health Experts Reveal How Simple Changes in Nutrition are Dramatically Improving the Lives of people with Autism, ADHD, and Related Disorders

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Science continues to lead us to the GUT as a first line of defense for treating the behaviors and symptoms of autism. Our Teresa Conrick has written extensively on the Microbiome and its impact on "mental health." You can find her articles here. We're pleased to share this announcement for a nutrition based online seminar from Julie Matthews. 

Let's face it - most of us live like shuts-ins much of the time. We're home with our kids or taking them to therapies and schools.  Getting to conferences is often impossible.  With this seminar, you can pop in earbuds and learn while you go about your day.  Thanks t0 Julie for inviting us to share the info!

Experts teaching you will include Dr. Martha Herbert from Harvard, Chef Pete Evans, and Dr. David Berger.

Learn more and register here.  
 
Host: Julie Matthews, CNC

Certified Nutrition Consultant and Educator

Julie Matthews is a leading expert, since 2002 on the science and application of therapeutic diets and nutrition for autism. Her award winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, help parents and practitioners make food and nutrition choices that improve symptoms. She founded Nourishing Hope and BioIndividual Nutrition Institute to further the practice of customized therapeutic diet and nutrition.

Julie has curated the leading researchers, medical doctors, and nutrition professionals to present the science, clinical results, and steps that can be taken right away. They will reveal the scientific connections between what children eat and varied symptoms of autism. You'll discover which body systems are routinely affected in autism and what the science says about using food and nutrition to help. Find out which foods negatively affect learning, behavior and mood, along with which approaches can help. Learn how and why you must individualize based on your child’s unique needs. Read Julie's bio here

SafeMinds Action Alert! Explain IACC Disaster to Dr. Ann Wagner After Her Refusal to Meet with Autism Orgs

Safeminds 2018 logoWhen the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the most recent autism prevalence numbers this year, SafeMinds, TACA, and The Thinking Mom's Revolution sent a letter to the U.S. Autism Coordinator, Dr. Ann Wagner, Ph.D. In our letter, we requested a meeting to discuss the development of an urgent response to the growing autism crisis.
 
The letter specified that our organizations:
 
" .. recognize that the Interagency Autism, Coordinating Committee (IACC) sets aside time for public comment at its quarterly meetings, however, this forum does not give ample time to discuss and address the severe problems we recognize as priorities for our constituency. The IACC is not a mechanism for creating a Federal Autism Strategic Plan with measurable goals and objectives, and for discussing policy alternatives and best practices from programs across the country." 

Dr. Wagner declined the opportunity to meet with our three national autism organizations, and instead referred us to the IACC. She stated, "The IACC is the venue for the public to share ideas, perspectives, and feedback, including thoughts on federal agency priorities.  In addition, you are welcome to submit written public comment to the IACC."

In August, we'll be issuing a written response to Dr. Wagner's refusal to meet with us. We’ll forward the letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar, and some other interested parties in Washington, D.C.

Hopefully, after she reads the public's thoughts and experiences with the IACC, Dr. Wagner will reconsider her decision, and the survey responses will also serve to educate others, such as federal elected officials and the media, about the IACC's failures and limitations.

Please help us in this effort by completing this short, four-minute survey. Please use the comment section if you’d like. There are only two weeks in the survey period—please answer the questions as soon as you can, even if you’ve never heard of the IACC until today! Your email will only be used to ensure that someone completes the survey only once. It will not be put into any database or used in any other way without your express approval. 

We need your honest answers—and we need a lot of people to complete the survey! We appreciate your time and support in answering the survey questions, and getting the word out. The survey period closes on July 31st, so please make sure you answer soon.

We’ll make a difference together! 


Research Backs Parental Concerns: Kids With Food Allergies 2x More Likely To Have (GET?) Autism

Cupcake copBy Teresa Conrick

The media continues to report on the research that increasingly shows that there are big time IMMUNE abnormalities in AUTISM. Parents, we have been correct in our concerns about seeing our children with food allergies, skin reactions and chronic respiratory allergies. These were often the first signs that something was not right in our children as they regressed into autism.  If you pay attention, you will also see comments from some news outlets that appear to downplay any connections, like this one --- “But having the immune abnormalities doesn’t mean a child will develop the disorder.” That phrase comes up four times in this one-page article from Science News. For many, keeping autism in the jaws of PSYCHIATRY with its origin in GENES seems to make people feel safer.  If it were true that ANY baby or child could regress -- well, that thought is just too frightening but for many families, that is exactly what occurred. Something happened to the immune system and autism followed. Here’s the article and some key points:

Kids with food allergies are twice as likely to have autism 

 

  • American kids with food allergies are more than twice as likely to have autism spectrum disorder as kids without, a study of national health data finds.
  • Researchers looked only for an association between allergies and autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, among a total of 199,520 children ages 3 to 17 surveyed from 1997 to 2016.
  • The team found that, out of 1,868 children with autism, 216 had a food allergy — or about 11 percent. By comparison, only about 4 percent of children without autism had a food allergy.
  • Kids with autism were also more likely to have respiratory or skin allergies like eczema than kids without autism.
  • The number of children with autism has more than doubled since 2000, to a prevalence of 16.8 per 1,000 kids. Meanwhile, the number of kids with food allergies rose from 3.4 percent in 1997–1999 to 5.1 percent in 2009–2011.
  • It is unknown whether developing food allergies may contribute to the development of autism,
  • Mice that developed a food allergy displayed behaviors characteristic of autism, such as repetitive behaviors and less frequent social interaction, a 2014 study published in Behavioral Brain Research found.
  • The new finding supports the idea “that different manifestations of immune abnormalities occur in individuals with ASD,”

 

Here is the actual study: June 2018 - Association of Food Allergy and Other Allergic Conditions With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children 

I looked in Google News to see if other news sources were reporting this study but really none from the major media networks.  That’s odd or maybe telling, as they pick and choose what they want the public to know. Here’s a few examples of some other reports:

Genetic Literacy Project - Is there a link between food allergies and autism

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Too Many Too Soon: We Were Right as Irish Scientists Find Birth Vaccination Danger Signals

WeepNote: My God, my God. This article should be front page news in EVERY newspaper in America. Never happen. Newborns do NOT RESPOND OPTIMALLY to vaccines.  And why is this being discovered in IRELAND and not in the land of medical breakthroughs (pharma profits, the good ole USA! USA! USA!?

Just imagine the impact of FETAL vaccination  with flu vaccine, Dtap and anything else being pushed into pregnant women who want only ONE THING - a healthy baby.   

We vaccinate(d) because we thought we were protecting our children. Heck, I have the signed "consent" (what a farce) form for my Gianna's birth dose Hep B at Doylestown Hospital in Doylestown, PA.  I hope the nurse that administered that vaccine to her and EVERY NURSE still jabbing babies while wiping vernix off their bodies reads this article and then prays to God for forgiveness.  There's no pleading Too many too soonignorance. Stand up for your tiny patients, for the love of all that is sacred.  Kim

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Irish scientists find distinct immune system in newborn babies

Irish scientists have discovered a distinct immune response system in newborn babies, which could lead to a reduction in the age at which vaccines can be first administered and in the need for “multiple booster” shots.

Researchers from TCD School of Medicine and the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC), attached to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, have identified what they describe as “a class of danger signals” that are highly efficient at triggering an immune response in young infants.

As infection remains the most common cause of death in early life, vaccination is by far the most effective intervention at preventing infectious disease. Newborn babies (neonates), however, do not respond optimally to most vaccines due to their immature immune system, explained researcher Dr Sarah Doyle of the NCRC.