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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Atlantis (Oops, Atlantic) Writes Another Mythical Story about "Anti-Vaxxers"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand.

Oct 20, 2014, The Atlantic: The Psychology of Anti-Vaxers: How Story Trumps Science

Oct 20, 2014, MSN.com: NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues

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Teresa Conrick

Broccoli, Autism and the Microbiome

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

A recent study hit the news about a supplement derived from broccoli sprouts, called Sulforaphane, showing that negative Autism behaviors were eliminated quite a bit by many who ingested it.  Since my daughter has an autoimmune diagnosis as well as severe symptoms of regressive autism, I, like thousands of other families, are dedicated to searching and reading research to help  this increasing population of affected children and young adults:

….In a placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial, young men (aged 13–27) with moderate to severe ASD received the phytochemical sulforaphane (n = 29)—derived from broccoli sprout extracts—or indistinguishable placebo (n = 15)…a significantly greater number of participants receiving sulforaphane had improvement in social interaction, abnormal behavior, and verbal communication (P = 0.015–0.007). Upon discontinuation of sulforaphane, total scores on all scales rose toward pretreatment levels. Dietary sulforaphane, of recognized low toxicity, was selected for its capacity to reverse abnormalities that have been associated with ASD, including oxidative stress and lower antioxidant capacity, depressed glutathione synthesis, reduced mitochondrial function and oxidative phosphorylation, increased lipid peroxidation, and neuroinflammmation.

 Tick-Tock Toxins

Many of us in the trenches of autism, with very sick children, are well aware of these terms -- “oxidative stress, lower antioxidant capacity, depressed glutathione synthesis, reduced mitochondrial function and oxidative phosphorylation, increased lipid peroxidation, and neuroinflammmation” as we have seen them in our children and in increasing studies over the years, like this one :

Exposure to oxidative stress via the sulfhydryl reagent thimerosal resulted in a greater decrease in the GSH/GSSG ratio and increase in free radical generation in autism compared to control cells. Acute exposure to physiological levels of nitric oxide decreased mitochondrial membrane potential to a greater extent in the autism LCLs, although GSH/GSSG and ATP concentrations were similarly decreased in both cell lines. These results suggest that the autism LCLs exhibit a reduced glutathione reserve capacity in both cytosol and mitochondria that may compromise antioxidant defense and detoxification capacity under prooxidant conditions.

And this one :

One of the harmful effects of mercury action during its accumulation in a body in a region contaminated by mercury is the excessive release of reactive oxygen species and increased lipid peroxidation in the cells.

Some other caveats to share from the Sulforaphane research study:

•   The authors seem to imply genetics, more so than environmental insult, as the predetermined road to autism -- “a variety of small molecules including sulforaphane can ameliorate a number of unrelated genetic disorders by activating the “stress proteome,” which regulates many of the aforementioned damaging processes.”

•   One of the authors, Andrew W. Zimmerman, M.D., Pediatric Neurologist, is well known for his involvement in both the Hannah Poling case of regressive autism after vaccination and as an expert witness for the U.S. Government (HHS) in the Autism Omnibus cases:

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Cape Cod Housing, Early Intervention

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand.

Oct 20, 2014, Cape Cod News: Autism housing explored in Dennis

Oct 20, 2014, IPWatchdog.com: The Ebola Outbreak and Current State of Vaccine Development

Oct 18, 2014, Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter: More parents opting out of vaccinating their children

Oct 18, 2014, Boston Globe: Autistic children thrill at performance of The Lion King - Style, By Bella English

Oct 18, 2014, Daytona Beach News-Journal: Early intervention and autism (Editorial)

Oct 16, 2014, Financial Post (Canada): Crippling medical research

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Katie Wright

Dr. Paul Wang Has Turned Autism Speaks into the CDC's Lapdog

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By Katie Wright

I love the movie, “Radio Days.” It’s a comedy loosely based on Woody Allen’s close-knit Jewish family living in Brooklyn in the 1940s.  There is a great scene in which Woody Allen’s family, who are mildly observant Jews, are angry and offended by their Jewish neighbors, who happen to be communists, having a noisy party on the Sabbath.  Woody Allen’s uncle starts yelling that their neighbor basically thumbing their nose at Judaism and that he is, “going over to make them understand they need to respect the Sabbath!”

 The uncle storms out only to return like 30 minutes later with a crazed look in his eye. The family asks why the music next door is still blasting and the uncle says, “why should we be beholden to religion? We are workers who keep the means of production going! What has religion done for the proletariat?” Just under an hour and the Woody Allen’s naive uncle is completely brainwashed by his communist neighbors.

The horrendous interview with Dr. Paul Wang, Autism Speaks Medical Director, and Ronan Farrow reminded me so much of that “Radio Days” scene.  Dr. Wang claimed to be “agnostic” about the vaccine issue when hired. Right, I know what you are thinking. “agnostic” seems to always = vaccines are 100% perfectly safe and how dare you ask questions! Still Wang promised that he was “open minded.” Believe me, NONE of this was my call; I am just giving you the public back-story.

Incredibly, Dr. Wang had almost no clinical experience before becoming medical director of AS! So I invited Dr. Wang to AutismOne, the NAA and the Autism Education Summit conferences. These conferences are all about ASD MEDICAL issues and treatment innovations. More importantly I thought it would be valuable for Dr. Wang to spend time with cutting edge ASD clinical experts like Dr. Rossingnol, Dr. Usman and Dr. Bock, doctors I know he has never met or whose work he has never read. Dr. Wang could also spend time with parents of severely medically affected ASD kids, you know, the kind of kids Wang is supposed to be serving. But no and no. Dr. Wang was not interested in learning more about our kids or about the latest ASD medical interventions. Oh, no! Dr. Rob Ring, AS’ Chief Science Officer of Dr Wang will not go anywhere near these conferences!

I will tell you where Dr. Wang and Dr. Ring DO hang out: at super conservative and academic conferences like genetics conferences, IMFAR and in Dr. Tom Insel’s office! At IMFAR one basically “learns” autism is all genetic, except for those trouble making oldie parents! At IMFAR one also learns that the only “treatment” is to “learn the signs and get early intervention.” Oh and if early intervention doesn’t work- tough luck for you and your kid!  With Insel, Wang learns all about how parents of vaccine injured kids are just, “looking for someone to blame,” because we all know ASD is basically genetic, and so forth. You get the picture.

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Will Tyrants and Kings Test the Ebola Vaccine?

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I'm a Bruce Springsteen fan.  After 9/11, his album "The Rising" took on many of the political challenges of the day - including personal responsibility from those who demanded sacrifice from others.   The song was called "The Last to Die, " the lyrics go like this:

Who'll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Whose blood will spill, whose heart will break
Who'll be the last to die

Who'll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Darlin' will tyrants and kings fall to the same fate
Strung up at your city gates
And you're the last to die for a mistake



Well now that we have been properly scared to death over Ebola - there is a vaccine trial underway in Maryland.  I don't want anyone to die. Who does?  But there are tyrants and "kings" telling us what to do regarding vaccination, without a care for what our kids have already endured. What our families have endured. Protect the herd is their mantra.  I would like to know if the tyrants and kings (and queens) of pro-vaccination are lining up to test this vaccine, so that the rest of us can safely avoid Ebola infection.   My list would include Seth Mnookin, Paul Offit, Nancy Snyderman, Art Caplan, Alison Singer, Dorit Reiss, Amy Pisani, Rosalyn Carter (wait, she's over 65, nevermind),  Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, Elizabeth Cohen, Anderson Cooper... feel free to add to the list in the comments.  

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Cathy Jameson

No Greater Joy

Got-joyBy Cathy Jameson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Epidemics, Fast and Slow

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

We knew this was coming: “Imagine cities, countries, and entire continents ravaged by Ebola-like outbreaks, with millions dying in the streets from crippling, incurable, and fatal diseases,” someone named Eliyahu Federman writes over at Fox News. “That is what the world looked like before the middle of the last century - before the widespread use and development of vaccines that eradicated these diseases.”

And of course the return of this pestilence is all on Jenny McCarthy: “Celebrities like Jenny McCarthy are scaring parents out of vaccinating their children, spreading misinformation and promoting conspiracy theories, such as the long-disproved claim that vaccines cause autism.”

Conflating death in the streets with reasonable concern that vaccines cause autism is really pushing Ebola NY Postit, wouldn’t you say? The fact is that an effective response to a rapidly spreading epidemic – Ebola in Africa – is completely consistent with taking action to end a slower but no less damaging one in America – autism and other disorders caused by the bloated and out-of-control CDC childhood immunization schedule.

And isn’t it interesting how the CDC has ended up on the wrong side of both? Its stewardship of the response to the arrival of Ebola on our shores has been so messed up that President Obama just appointed a lawyer – a lawyer, not a doctor! – to run things from here on. As far as I can tell he has zero background in public health whatsoever. What a relief.

I thought only medical professionals were qualified to make decisions about such things as disease control and prevention. But maybe not – maybe they let infectious people on planes, don’t provide effective protection to the help (aka nurses), don’t “scramble the jets” when they really do need scrambling (Ebola), and do scramble them when they don’t (chickenpox, influenza, rotavirus, etc).

Rather than demonstrating the bankruptcy of concern over vaccination policies, Ebola points to the bungling of the people who are in charge of those policies.

Now, whether a vaccine for Ebola would be a good thing or not, the fact is there is't one. What we’re seeing at the moment is the importance (and, unfortunately, the failure) of common sense public health measures – quarantining the infected, getting basic sanitation and safe water and health infrastructures into the developing world, and finding not just preventives, but treatment. Using the blood of people who’ve survived Ebola to treat people fighting infection is an old idea – the diphtheria toxin-antitoxin was derived from the blood of infected horses. But it works!

Taking advantage of Ebola to claim once again that vaccines don't cause autism – when the fact is, vaccines do cause autism – is really quite unpleasant, not to mention irrelevant. We have to retain the ability to prevent and respond to urgent outbreaks like Ebola along with the slower-moving kind. It’s taken 25 years of a bloated and corrupt vaccine policy, but half the kids in this country now suffer from some kind of neurodevelopmental or chronic condition.

That’s what's killing us, not Ebola.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Bought: The Movie

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand.

 Oct 17, 2014, Extinction Protocol: Ebola epidemic may not end without developing vaccine, scientist warns

Oct 14, 2014, WWGF News: The Making Of Bought The Movie (Part 1)

Oct 14, 2014, National Geographic: Long Quest for Ebola Vaccine Slowed by Science, Ethics, Politics

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - "Sweeping the Country this Fall!"

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

In every great conflict there is an event which fundamentally alters the balance of forces between the two sides.

As England struggled in the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill wondered how he could get the industrial might and manpower of  the United States to stand with him against Nazi Germany.  The Japanese obliged him by bombing Pearl Harbor, then as America wondered if they should also join the fight against Germany, Hitler made the decision easy by declaring war on the United States.  England and America would stand together through that long and bitter conflict.

It was with this idea in mind that I co-wrote, PLAGUE, a book which has the potential to unite the communities of those who suffer with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), autism, Lyme disease, and prostate cancer.  In the person of Dr. Judy Mikovits I found a fearless and compassionate scientist who would not rest while so many suffered.

PLAGUE does speak not with an "inside voice."  PLAGUE kicks down doors, tosses in a few flash grenades, and rushes in with a SWAT team.  It's important to catch the bad guys in the act.  When there are millions who suffer every day with these diseases, and our public health authorities offer nothing, anything less than a full-out effort is a crime.

And when our mandarins of public health tell us to be patient, allowing them time to figure out how they can change the parameters of a study already in progress, (because it will reveal inconvenient truths) we the people, must not let them get away with it.  You see, those who work in "public health" work for us, the public.

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Current Affairs

Support for Bay Village Ohio Family After Charges Filed in Ice Bucket "Challenge"

Bay Village signPlease join us in support of the family who is now dealing with both the trauma of the initial Ice Bucket Challenge and scurrilous, uniformed and downright vicious comments in media reports from coast to coast. The complaints filed today against five Bay High School students accused of dousing a 15-year-old classmate with a mixture that included urine are appropriate, says a lawyer for the teen's family. Thanks in part to TV, movies and the push from within some of the Autism and Asperger's community for so called "neurodiversity", most Americans have ZERO idea of the real challenges of autism including the diminished ability to separate friend from foe. The result is that this boy is being blamed for what happened to him by some. And his mother and father are reeling from the judgemental comments about their parenting ability, not to mention having to read lies about their son from- the "woulda shoulda coulda" armchair autism "experts" who frankly, haven't a single clue. 

Please share your kind words with the family in our comments. I promise you, Mom and Dad will read every single one.  Thank you.  KIM

10/14/14 BAY VILLAGE, Ohio -- The complaints filed today against five Bay High School students accused of dousing a 15-year-old classmate with a mixture that included urine are appropriate, says a lawyer for the teen's family.

Attorney Dean Valore said the family of the teen, who has autism, is very supportive of what are the juvenile equivalent of disorderly conduct charges against all students, who are between the ages of 14 and 16. In addition, three of the teens face misdemeanor assault charges. 

"I think that's no any small thing," said Valore, referring to the accusations of assault. 

He said Ohio has no felony charge that fits the facts in the case. But he said advocates for people with disabilities may push for such a charge in the wake of the incident.

The 15-year-old thought he was participating in the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but instead was doused with the mixture of urine, tobacco, spit and water, according to prosecutors.

Valore said the teen was duped and "wanted to fit in with the crowd," but then felt humiliated when he realized what had happened. "This boy was picked on because he was a little different," the lawyer said. "This was a dignity issue."  Read the full article and the comments here.

Current Affairs

Sharyl Attkisson On Ebola's Spread: What's Going Wrong

SharylNote: Ebola is a major news story and we at AofA follow disease, CDC and Sharyl logo medical issues closely.   And from the "Never let a crisis go to waste files," "Get A Flu Shot and Help Your LA County Physicians Prepare for Ebola."

Below, journalist Sharyl Attkisson details the unfolding Ebola story.  Please mark her website as a favorite.

November 2008, Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles.)

Ebola’s U.S. Spread: What’s Going Wrong?

  • More U.S. Ebola cases expected
  • Infectious disease experts challenge CDC view that Ebola is “not airborne”
  • Public health official worries about “The Tylenol Scenario”

With today’s announcement of a third Ebola victim in the United States—two of them transmitted on American soil—the words of a government health adviser resonated. Asked last week whether there would be more cases in the U.S., the official declared: “It’s inevitable.”

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Watching A Movie Makes You "Anti-Vaccine?"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Oct 14, 2014, Trumbull Times, Shelton, CT: Anti-vaccine candidate? Cook-Littman slams GOP attack

Oct 13, 2014, CNN: Ebola: Five ways the CDC got it wrong by Elizabeth Cohen

Oct 13, 2014, Aluminium could be poisoning our brains and causing Alzheimer's, professor claims 

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Vaccine Safety

The Obscure Federal Court: National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Lady justiceBy Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde

National Law Review published an article on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) on 10/13/14. The author, Jenna Greene, did a thorough job of interviewing people who have worked in the program and reported on concerns that many people concerned about vaccine injury have been pointing out for years.

We recommend that people read the full article here: 

The article noted how contentious the program has become. Many of the comments in the article are remarkable. Here is a sampling:

"I'm so disappointed in it," said Michael Hugo, senior litigation counsel to Khorrami Boucher's Boston office…it makes me sick to try to do these cases because I've seen how bad it has become."

It wasn't supposed to be difficult. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was originally created as a bail-out for pharmaceutical companies, which during the 1980s were being hammered in court by juries sympathetic to brain-damaged children, even if the vaccine makers had properly produced the product. By the end of 1984, only one company was still making the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine and shortages loomed.

"It was supposed to be a friendly, fast alternative program that didn't require the protections plaintiffs would have in civil litigation," such as discovery or trial by jury, Gentry said. "It's the complete opposite."

Once again, HRSA’s David Bowman comments about autism cases:

The fight these days isn't about autism, at least not much. In 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld two decisions by special masters rejecting a causal connection between vaccines and autism. Since then, 4,926 of 5,637 autism cases have been dismissed by the vaccine court, according David Bowman, a spokesman for the Health Resources and Services Administration. The court "has not compensated any cases based upon autism alone in the absence of sudden serious brain illness after vaccination," he wrote in an email.

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Current Affairs

Meet Robert F. Kennedy in Minneapolis on 11/1 at Book Symposium


Flyer symposiumRobert F. Kennedy Jr. to Discuss Vaccine Mercury
Controversy at Minnesota Book Symposium Nov. 1

Eight authors to speak on corruption & censorship in health science

BLOOMINGTON, MN – Scientists, attorneys and journalists will gather in Minnesota to discuss medical injuries which may have been caused by over zealous public health policies and procedures  at the Health Choice/Skyhorse Publishing Book Symposium Saturday, November 1. The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Drive in Bloomington.  

Register before 10/20 and you receive all 8 books for just $99.00.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the attorney, radio host, Riverkeeper and author, will read from his book Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak – The Evidence Supporting the Immediate Removal of Mercury – a Known Neurotoxin – from Vaccines. Kennedy has appeared on various TV and radio programs explaining how government is suppressing evidence showing how the ethylmercury-based vaccine preservative damages and kills cells at extremely low doses.

Other book presentations on the intersection of science and politics include:

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Anne Dachel

Dr. Manny Alvarez Calls for Dr. Thomas Frieden's Resignation

Manny alvarezBy Anne Dachel

Oct 13, 2014, Fox News medical expert Dr. Manny Alvarez went on the offensive against the leadership shown by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in handling the Ebola threat.  He called for the resignation of CDC head, Dr. Thomas Frieden.

Right now, I'm not as afraid of Ebola as I am of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The agency held a press conference Monday to provide an update on the transmission of Ebola to a nurse that cared for Thomas Eric Duncan.

After listening to this update, I have to say, I am more convinced than ever that CDC director, Dr. Tom Frieden is not the right person for the job. And I say this because this latest press conference consisted of him telling a room of reporters what anyone who has ever dealt with Ebola in the past should have known.

While Alvarez seems to be a crusader for truth and action in the case of Ebola, he's a completely different person when the subject is autism. 

Alvarez joined Fox News in 2005 when the autism rate was one in every 166 kids, which means he's been around for the steady stream of increases:

2007: 1 in 150

2009: 1 in 110

2012: 1 in 88

2014: 1 in 68

Each and every time the agency announced a new rate, there was always a spokesperson from the CDC adding that officials weren't sure if the increase really meant more kids have the disorder or if just represented better diagnosing.  Every single time.  

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Vaccines and Celebrating Awareness

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Oct 13, 2014, Vermont Public Radio: Spencer Rendahl: Vaccine Choices

Oct 12, 2014, New York Times: Fear of Vaccines Goes Viral

Oct 11, 2014, TIME: How Words Can Kill in the Vaccine Fight

Oct 11, 2014, SharylAttkisson.com: Polio-like Illness Claims Sixth Life in U.S.

Oct 11, 2014, The Buffalo News: Top fears about vaccines, and how to rest easier

Oct 10, 2014, WRAL Raleigh, NC: Thousands celebrate autism awareness in downtown Raleigh

Oct 9, 2025, Financial Post: Lawrence Solomon: We’re more vulnerable to diseases

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CDC Whistleblower

Fanning the Flames of the CDC Whistleblower Story

Fan the flamesBy Eben Plettner

The recent revelations of Dr. William Thompson of the CDC that have caused this firestorm on social media is spreading. Many people may not think it seem to be happening very fast, but have no doubt that is it spreading and many people are waking up. When Dr Thompson first came out there was just a group of parents on social media and a few select “secondary” media markets writing about it. Slowly the word has spread until now even mainstream media outlets are covering it, regardless of how they are framing it the word is getting out there and people are listening.

If there is any other sign of the power of these revelation you need look no further than that the mainstream media. They have started to talk about the CDC Whistleblower and even if they are trying to frame the debate in an unfavorable light, the word will spread even faster the more they talk about it. Any independent reader/listener easily sees through their feeble attempts to dismiss or divert from the truth that the CDC has been lying. If the approach that the mainstream media is taking bothers anyone just remember that any news is good news and so much better than no news.

A good example is the recent article on ABC, they tried to be dismissive of Brian Hooker's paper and repeat it's been debunked but they mention CDC scientist Dr. Thompson and even have used several of his quotes. That is a huge win for us, a major news organization telling the public that there is a Whistleblower in the CDC and that he fervently believes that they have been covering up a link with autism for over a decade. There's no way to whitewash that no matter how hard they scream.

It is now on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Huffington Post and more. They have even had mothers on as guests who have done an amazing job showing a honest and true face to our movement. A logical and calm mother against a hyped up argumentative tv host goes a long way. We can no longer say mainstream media is not covering it as they are now and it will only come faster now as other networks will not want to be left behind. Eventually even the talk shows will need to cover it and then we start to get the real debate. As we keep talking the word will get out more and more and people will really start to listen. We may be considered the “fringe” for a quite a while more but the more our story is told the more we become accepted.

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

BOUGHT - Doing the Job 60 MINUTES Used to Do!

Bought MovieBy Kent Heckenlively

WOW! WOW!  WOW!  That's my first reaction after seeing the wonderful new film BOUGHT by director Bobby Sheehan and producer Jeff Hays. (Full disclosure - I donated to the making of the film and am delighted by the results!)

The documentary covers three important and inter-locking stories, the effects of vaccines on children's health, the criminal activities of pharmaceutical companies in the marketing of drugs as well as the billions of dollars in fines they are often given by the government agencies, but which for them are little more than the cost of doing business, and the unknown effects of genetically-modified foods on humans and nature.

As somebody who grew up during a time when true investigative journalism was very much alive and well, I can't help but be nostalgic for the kind of stories 60 MINUTES used to do.  There was no screaming and yelling, just tough questions being asked, while the camera stayed focused on the person being asked the question.  If somebody made an assertion which was at odds with that very quaint concept we once used to call "truth", a document would appear on the screen to show the lie.

It's a sad state of affairs when there has been such a collaboration between BIG business and BIG government that it seems we've lost that revolutionary, inquiring spirit which defines so much of what I once thought was the American character.  I used to trust the reporters in the media to not only shape my view of the world, but also to occasionally challenge what I thought I knew.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Cynthia McKinney on Autism & Ferguson Missouri

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Oct 13, 2014, San Francisco Bay View: Cynthia McKinney on autism and Ferguson

(Radio interview--14 minutes)

While people were righteously rebelling in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, against police terrorism, a Center for Disease Control whistleblower confirmed something that has been on the lips of conscious ghetto dwellers for decades. International peace activist Cynthia McKinney speaks on the U.S. government spreading autism through vaccinations in the Black community, on Ferguson and much more...

So this is something new that our community is having to cope with, and it's reminiscent of Listeneugenics because they knew that whatever the formula was that they were using was going to have an adverse effect on Black babies - Black male babies in particular is what they studied. But there was this adverse reaction, and they did nothing; they remained silent. It's outrageous....

I have not read of any response of the national Black Caucus, but I could not imagine that the Congressional Black Caucus would remain silent on this. They’ve been veritably silent on many issues, especially what was going on in Gaza. There’s been a lot of discussion about why members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Black officials in general were so silent on Gaza, but I cannot imagine silence on something like this. And the most activist members of Congress that I’ve read about who are on this – forcing the CDC to turn over papers – are Republicans actually.

McKinney is a former six term U.S. Rep from Atlanta, GA (of all places!).  I hope the African American community demands answers.  It is outrageous.

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

John Stone

Autism Speaks, Business and the CDC

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By John Stone

Many of us stared with Dan Olmsted in disbelief the other day when Dr Paul Wang, the recently appointed medical director declared to the fluffy Ronan Farrow that MMR prevents autism.

For the record, Wang is a pharmaceutical industry insider. The Autism Speaks press announcement of his appointment states  :

"Dr. Wang joins Autism Speaks from Seaside Therapeutics, where he served as vice president of clinical and medical affairs, and oversaw the company’s groundbreaking arbaclofen programs in autism and fragile X."

It does not actually mention that "the groundbreaking programs" failed.

Before that Wang was with Pfizer:

"Prior to joining Seaside Therapeutics, Dr. Wang was senior director, clinical development at Pfizer Global Research and Development from 2002-2008, where he helped lead medicines development programs for neurobehavioral disorders, including bipolar, ADHD and epilepsy. "

A fundamental problem for Autism Speaks (which was set up with $25m dollar endowment from CDC Foundation director emeritus Bernie Marcus) is that its partnerships with industry, over therapeutic treatments for autism, conflicts with locating the environmental causes.

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Vaccine Safety

Dr. Nancy "Just Get Your Damn Vaccine" Snyderman Breaks Ebola Quarantine, Risks Herd

Do_as_i_say_20090516Oh dear.  Did Dr. Nancy "exempt" herself from the rules to which she demands everyone else adhere? Vaccine industry watchdog, NBC News' Dr. Nancy Snyderman appears to have been caught not taking her responsibility to "the herd" seriously.  You know Dr. Nancy - the woman who, during the H1N1 scare admonished viewers, "There's no conspiracy, listen to your government, just get the damn vaccine!" Yes, the woman who tells us all that risk benefit analysis is secondary to protecting your neighbor, so called herd immunity, was spotted in Princeton, New Jersey  according to several eye witneses (see below.)

Ah, the price of fame, fortune and pharma, nowhere to run or hide.  

She seemed to disregard her voluntary 21 day isolation following her proximity to Ebola during a trip to Liberia on the NBC "If it bleeds it leads" disease tour. I think the mention of the "black Mercedes" by Planet Princeton (below) was a nice touch. Perhaps she thought that her car was considered isolation - tell that to the guys at the car wash.... 

Dr. Snyderman has been issued a full quarantine in response to her lackadaisical approach to Ebola.




Planet Princeton reported

Several Planet Princeton readers have reported seeing NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman in public over the past day.

Snyderman allegedly was seen sitting in her car outside of the Peasant Grill in Hopewell Boro this afternoon. A reader reported that a man who was with her got out of the car and went inside the restaurant to pick up a take-out order. Another man was in the back seat of her black Mercedes. Snyderman had sunglasses on and had her hair pulled back, the reader said.

An American freelance cameraman working with Snyderman in Liberia last week tested positive for Ebola. Snyderman, a resident of Princeton, was flown back to the United States with a crew member on a private charter flight this weekend. Snyderman and her crew were going to be placed under voluntary quarantine for 21 days as a precaution, NBC News President Deborah Turness announced in a written statement on Oct. 3 (see the letter below). NBC said the group would be closely monitored and was showing no symptoms or warning signs of Ebola.

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Cathy Jameson

Best of Age of Autism: A Letter to Moms Everywhere

Mother atlasBy Cathy Jameson

Dearest One,

As you open your eyes this morning, even if your day started at some ridiculous hour because of your child, I had a thought I needed to share with you:  no one but you knows what it takes to be the mother of a child like yours.  No one understands his health needs like you do.  No one prepares his enzymes, supplements or allergen-free foods like you have done for years.  No one sits through hours of therapy appointments like you have and will continue to do.  No one stays up late at night reading message boards discussing speech therapy, parasite protocols and IEP meeting strategy.  No one.  What you do for that child of yours is amazing. 

Today is your day.  Enjoy it.  Soak in it.  Revel in the attention.  You might be showered with millions of smiles accompanied with hand-made gifts from your typical kids.  You might receive flowers to brighten your day.  A box of chocolates wrapped just right will taste delicious as you savor its tasty indulgence.  Someone, or several someones are shining today’s spotlight on you.  Take it all in today.  Be that typical Mother you still dream of being to all of your children because tomorrow you will return to reality. A reality where no one truly knows what it takes to be a mother of a child like yours. 

No one knows your child inside and out like you do.  No one sees his potential like you do.  No one feels excitement from a milestone achieved like you do.  No one shouts to the rooftops about his gains like you do.  No one stands prouder for that child than you.  With your support and encouragement you have earned the chance to shine alongside your child. 

When the shine fades, as it has in certain situations, you better believe no one knows your child like you do.  No one has the keen sense of hearing you do that lets you know a door has been opened that should have been locked.  No one hears your child’s painful cry and can instantly pinpoint what is bothering him like you do.  No one suffers silently like you do when he’s been rejected by his peers on the playground.   No one knows that child of yours like you do. 

That child has formed your thoughts, your passion and your actions.  That child has created parts of you that can never be removed.  Mother that child.  Mother him well.  Mother him even on the days that are excruciating, unbearable and endless.  Mother him when you feel like you can’t take it anymore.  Mother him when you think you feel like you are on the verge of walking away.  Mother him because no one else knows your child like you do.  

Your child brought you to where you are today.  Your child is the link to another Mother’s discovery that her child is also sick and needs help.  Your child is the focus of another Mother’s determination.  Your child’s progress and gains have become the key for another Mother to unlock her child’s lost skills.  Your child is shaping the future of another.  What a feeling that must be! 

You might not be on the receiving end of knowing how your child affects another person.  But, you are appreciated for what you do and for what you say.  You are stronger than you believe you are.  You are braver than you think you are.  You are Mother to a beautiful being.  Believe in that child.  Do as much as you can for that child.  Do as much as you can but always remember to take care of yourself along the way.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Autism Speaks Says To Get the MMR and Prevent Autism!

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For sheer spectacle, it’s hard to top – and maybe a little hard to watch – Autism Speaks flip, flop and flounder in the perilous sea of autism causation.

But now they’ve really cast their lot with the vaccine injury deniers. I don’t see much more wiggle room. On Thursday, Ronan Farrow on MSNBC did an interview that managed to mangle just about every fact surround the William Thompson whistleblower controversy. He began by announcing that some are calling this Vaccine Injury Awareness Month.

Farrow attributed this to the “anti-vaccine” movement and said one of the most common alleged vaccine injuries on this group’s list was autism. “The problem,” he said, “is there’s zero evidence of such a link. The Centers for Disease Control, reviewing existing literature, concluding there’s not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism.” No mention of the inherent conflict that the CDC promotes vaccination.

“Where does the autism conspiracy theory come from?” Farrow asks. “Well, a study published in 2004 found a potential link between vaccines and autism in African-American boys. But this past August, two of the authors did a re-analysis of the data and concluded that their earlier analysis was faulty, apologizing for omitting key information.”

Say what now? This is pretty close to gibberish.

“The report has since been removed from the public domain. So what is fact and what is fiction?”

Enter AS. “So joining me now is Paul Wang,” senior vice president and director of medical research for Autism Speaks. “Clarity is the most important thing here,” Farrow says, having already muddled things irretrievably. “So first of all walk me through what happens with this mysterious study. It seems to have proven back in 2004 that there was a link, but there are problems.”

What now, again?

Wang says: “It’s a very interesting study. If you look back at the original study from 2004, it did say -- there was no cover-up – it did say there seemed to be a higher risk for autism among children who got the MMR vaccine before three years of age. The part that nobody’s talking about if you looked in that study, children who got the MMR on time, which is before 18 months, there is no increased risk. So it actually looked like the increased risk was in people who were getting it late. There’s no cover-up there, that’s in the original study.

“Even this new analysis, which has since been retracted, doesn’t challenge that. People who got it on time have no increased risk for autism.”

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Debunk = Hoodwink Talk

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Oct 9, 2014  MSNBC:  The truth about vaccines & autism |

The truth about vaccines & autism

We debunk the myths and bring you the facts about the heated debate over what vaccines have to do with autism with Autism Speaks Senior Vice President, Dr. Paul Wang.

MSNBC's Ronan Farrow: "There's zero evidence of such a link.  The Centers for Disease Control, reviewing existing literature, concluded there is not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism.

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Anne Dachel

Huffington Post Lawrence Solomon: More Parents in CA Opting Out of Vaccination

Intelligent womenReaders, chime in in our comments - what is your education level, are you (or perhaps we should ask were you) affluent?  Me? I went to a top New England prep school, Tufts University (Dr. Paul Offit's alma mater) was graduated from Boston College cum laude.  My education gave me critical thinking skills and the ability to do research. And there you have it. My Dad was a dentist/orthodontist, my sister, a Tufts grad went into political administration and my brother is an architect.  We have no autism or Asperger's in our family.  Nor does my husband who is also a private school and Jesuit college graduate.  And we used to be sort of affluent. KS

 By Anne Dachel

October 8, 2014, Huffington Post: More Parents in California Are Refusing to Vaccinate Their Kids By Lawrence Solomon

... The parents who are balking at having their children vaccinated are overwhelmingly well educated and affluent. For example, in the San Francisco Bay area's prosperous Marin County (median family income $90,000), the opt-out rate is three to four times that of less-well-off neighboring Bay counties. The individual California schools logging the highest op-out rates cater to liberal communities within Los Angeles County: The City School in Lake Balboa (88 per cent opt-outs) and Maple Village Waldorf School in Long Beach (87 per cent opt-outs). Opt-out rates are especially high in private schools....

State-wide, the average opt-out rate remains low -- despite the doubling, it barely exceeds 3 per cent. But public health officials are worried because the parents creating the opt-out trend tend to be opinion-leaders, raising the possibility that the doubling trend will snowball and threaten the full-vaccination goals of the public health officials. In other states, too, the parents leading the anti-vaccination trend are formidable: According to a survey in Pediatrics, unvaccinated children have a mother who is at least 30 years old, has at least one college degree and whose household has an annual income of at least $75,000. ...

Lawrence Solomon, a columnist with the National Post, was formerly a columnist with the Globe and Mail, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine. He cites a fact that the media doesn't want to investigate, namely that the BETTER EDUCATED PARENTS ARE, THE LESS LIKELY THEY ARE TO VACCINATE THEIR CHILDREN.  These are people who've gone beyond the the claims of doctors and health officials who tell us constantly that vaccines are safe and lifesaving.  These affluent, educated parents have looked into the arguments on both sides and they're not convinced that they should simply line their kids up for any and all vaccines.  The media would have us believe that only easily swayed, uninformed parents opt out of vaccinations.  Clearly that's not true. 

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Current Affairs

Watch "Bought The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Healthcare and Food"

Bought Movie“Your health is now brought to you by Wall Street. If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re are doing to our health care.”  This new movie from Jeff Hays debuts today.

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The hidden story about vaccines, autism, drugs and food… Americas health has been BOUGHT. Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” Vaccines. GMOs. Big Pharma. Three big, BIG, okay… HUGE topics in one film. Why? Why not 3 films, why put all this in one movie? Great question, 2 answers. 1st and most importantly: We need to band together. We need a mainstream film, not another radical movie that only interests the “already converted”. Over 5 million people supported Prop 37 in CA. Reportedly, over 2 million worldwide marched against Monsanto in a global protest. There are thousands of actively involved parents focused on vaccine safety truth. We’re going to use multiple groups to make sure the critical message in this film “crosses the chasm” and makes it into mainstream. We’ve already allied with some of the most successful voices in these areas. We can’t afford to stay “silo’ed”, focused on only one key issue. These causes are directly related, and we need to harness all of us to draw close to the level of noise put out by the medical-industrial conglomerate. Combining all three topics makes wonderful storytelling, because it’s the same villain! You peel back the layers and see what’s really driving our industrialized food, our insane vaccine expansion, and our love affair with pharmaceuticals- it’s the same villain. It’s a risky story to tell, but would be a tragedy to passively consent to with silence. There is something horribly wrong with health care today. Huge money, billions and billions of dollars flowing into the same pockets. Meanwhile, MD’s aren’t being allowed to actually practice the art of medicine and anyone who questions vaccination safety, pharmaceuticals, factory farms, etc. is ridiculed and belittled. Meanwhile, the billions keep flowing, carried on a river of pain and anguish. Huge corporations funded by individual misery, one broken life at a time. Three huge stories, each worthy of multiple films, but each brought together by one staggering fact: it’s the same villain. These three story lines converge on Wall Street, in a tale of corruption, greed and shocking lack of conscience.

CDC Whistleblower, Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Isolated Autism - The CDC Whistleblower Details the MMR Scientific Deception

Whistleblower-protectionNew video from Autism Media Channel on Isolated Autism.

AMC opens up a second front on the CDC whistleblower scandal. The story of children with "isolated" autism - those the CDC predicted would be most likely victims of an MMR vaccine injury. #CDCwhistleblower #hearthiswell

Click HERE to watch the video.

Teresa Conrick

My Country Tis of PANDAS and PANS

Pandas MapBy Teresa Conrick

Since 1989, the first 50 cases of PANDAS  have multiplied across the United States.  Like Autism, PANDAS has received the  "special treatment"  --irrelevant, genetic studies, doctor skepticism and not enough pertinent research.  At a recent Microbiome Conference, I listened as both Autism and PANDAS/PANS were described as diagnoses that appear to be manifested behaviors that may originate in the bacterial and viral stew we each harbor in our guts.  Those with an Autism diagnosis have an altered microbiome -- but why?  And how does that relate to PANDAS/PANS?

What is happening to so many children?  Will PANDAS/PANS cases start to be counted and will the familiar mantras of denial --- "BETTER DIAGNOSIS", "HAS ALWAYS BEEN AROUND BUT CALLED SOMETHING ELSE" squash the help so many families need -- PREVENTION and TREATMENT?

As the years have passed, PANDAS has also become PANS since it has been observed by parents, Pandas ILresearchers and learned doctors that STREP is not the only microbial infection that can trigger the dreadful symptoms.  Parents of so many affected children and teens have risen up to do what those in the Autism community have done for years now - reach out to their local politicians, the media, plus friends and family, to draw attention to this increasing disorder.  On the map above, from the hugely favorite PandasNetwork.org, you can see the many states in which each governor declared October 9th as National PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day.  Here are some of us, Illinois mothers, celebrating when Illinois Governor Quinn signed the decree last year. Wendy Nawara and Michele Kleczkowsky next to me and holding the declaration, have both been wonderful advocates for our kids and integral in spreading the word about October 9th PANDAS/PANS Day.  Wendy runs a great FB group for IL, like other parents around the country do in their states, while also reaching out to local politicians and media.  October 9th is the day that all of these states will collectively shout out that too many children are ill with PANDAS/PANS and some are being misdiagnosed and ending up in psychiatric hospitals, not getting the proper immune  treatments that they need.  Some of those children may also have an Autism diagnosis and the overlap of symptoms may indicate a very sick immune system and a very dysfunctional microbiome.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Experimental Ebola Vaccine, MIT Hypothesis

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Oct 7, 2014, MIT News: Autism as a disorder of prediction 

Oct 3, 2014, Examiner.com: First healthy volunteers injected with experimental GMO Ebola vaccine

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Treatment, Treatment

Autism Education Summit: Dallas, Texas Offers Two Medical Tracks for Parents

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There's still time to plan your trip to Dallas, Texas for the inaugural Autism Education Summit.  There are two medical tracks; one for parents who are new to treatment, the other for parents with experience under their belts.

 Join friends old and new at The beautiful Fairmount hotel in the heart of downtown Dallas  - share your experience and take home medical expertise for your loved one on the spectrum.

Registration is only $79 and includes:

Access To All Summit Lectures

Complimentary Coffee and Tea Throughout the Event

Gift Bag with Products, Conference Program Guide and Vendor Coupons

Admission to the Friday Night Welcome Party and the Saturday Night Spectacular Event! Includes one alcoholic drink per event.

Regular Registration - July 1 - October 16, 2014 $79 for one person, $139 for two people

Onsite Registration - This rate begins on October 17, 2014. $99 for one person, $199 for two people

The Summit is created by parents (that's the "experience") and physicians you've known and trusted for years (that's the medical expertise.)    You'll recognize the companies who are helping to bring you this event too.

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - "I Aim to Misbehave!"

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

I want to talk about the new book I've written with Dr. Judy Mikovits, "PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases."

It is unlike anything you have ever read before.  This is not just a book.  It is the start of a movement.  Even those of you who think you have seen everything when it comes to the corruption of research into these diseases will find fresh cause for outrage.  Now you may think I'm just saying that because I co-wrote it, but it lives up to the hype.

Sayer Ji, the founder and director of GreenMedinfo writes, "PLAGUE is a must read book so revolutionary in its implications that its author courageously faced character assasination and unlawful incarceration to keep her findings from being relegated to the dustbin of medical history.  Riveting, if not at times paradigm shifting, this book reveals a dark side to modern medicine that no one knows exists, but that everyone should."

Many of you will know of Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, the mold doctor and author of many books on the subject.  He wrote, "For anyone who is too busy to read, but wants to know the inside story on the state of American science, find the time, now, and read PLAGUE."

Several years ago I was in a writing class and received some advice I've long remembered.  The instructor said that if you want to be a great writer, you need to find a great story.  PLAGUE is that story.

In addition to an amazing story, I found a great central character, Dr. Judy Mikovits, one of the smartest and most courageous people I have ever known.  She is fearless in pursuit of the truth and in serving the patients who suffer from diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), autism, and cancer.  Only scientists like Dr. Mikovits have the courage to change the system which has so completely abandoned millions.  It's been an absolute privilege to be associated with her and help her tell her story.

As an attorney I'm sure you understand how I have an instinctive inclination to help those who have been terribly wronged.  Indeed, there is no greater challenge for an attorney than to take an unfairly accused and despised individual and show that an enormous injustice has been done. There are so many ways in which injustice has been perpetrated against Dr. Mikovits in the past several years that I needed an entire book to detail them all.  I know the members of this community can fully appreciate what it means to have the power of the state and corporate interests turn against you.

We know this is a fight for the future.  I do not intend to go gently into the gathering darkness which threatens the next generation.  I aim to misbehave.  I hope you will follow me.


Kent Book PlagueKent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and author of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases.   Release date is November 18, 2014.  Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can pre-order the book HERE.

 

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Autism Cause Dartboard

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Oct 7, 2014, NewJersey.com: Study finds link between autism and time between pregnancies

Conception timing a factor in autism? The spacing of pregnancies may play a factor in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new study suggests. Investigators discovered children who were conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of their prior sibling were more likely to be diagnosed with autism than children conceived following an interval of two to five years. The research, conducted by a team at Columbia University, is published this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The risk of an autism diagnosis among children conceived less than 12 months following a sibling's birth was one and a half times as high as those conceived following an interval of 24-59 months. Children conceived following an interval of 60-120 months were almost 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism. For intervals of more than 120 months, the risk of autism was more than 40 percent higher.

Actually this claim has been around for awhile.  It makes no sense unless someone can prove that suddenly lots of mothers are having babies closely spaced.  Autism is now an epidemic among our children.  A once rare disorder is now so common that it affects one in every 68 children, one in every 42 boys. 

Researchers have to do autism busywork like this so the public thinks that someone is doing something.  When they run out of new things to link to autism, they give us the old stuff. Actually I'm waiting for a study on children born during the full moon phase.

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Cathy Jameson

Melanie Baldwin, Thinking Mom, Passes Away

By Cathy Jameson

Melanie lukeIt is with great sadness that we report that Melanie Baldwin has passed away.  Only recently being re-diagnosed with breast cancer, Melanie now leaves behind her husband, Tim, and their son, Luke. 

From The Thinking Moms’ Revolution: 

An amazing woman by the name of Melanie Hamilton Baldwin changed the face of autism and cancer culture by telling her story to thousands as "Booty Kicker" in the Thinking Moms' Revolution's book, Autism Beyond the Spectrum. 

For anyone who knew Melanie, two words come to mind. “Faithful” and “Godly.” She lived her life fully and cared deeply.  Melanie dedicated her life to caring for Luke, her affected son.  Luke requires 24/7 care and attention as he is self-injurious and quite ill, suffering the lingering effects of severe autism.  

TMR has set up a fund for Luke’s care.  Please consider donating generously to help Melanie’s family establish financial security that will help Luke thrive during her absence.

DONATE TO LUKE

Thank you. 

 

Kim Stagliano

When an Autism Mom Dies

WeepBy Kim Stagliano

On Sunday, Cathy Jameson wrote about Melanie Baldwin, a member of The Thinking Moms' Revolution, wife, and mother to Luke, a youngster with severe autism. Melanie was battling a recurrence of cancer that had spread to her bones. By Monday, Melanie had died.

The autism community, like every special needs community I assume, lives in an inverse world of fear when it comes to death. Most parents dread with all their heart and soul having a child pre-decease them. It's unnatural. It's a grief like no other. I can remember my Grandmother, who was close to 80 when her oldest daughter, my Auntie Frannie, died from lung cancer. She wept, "No parent should watch her child die." Her child was 60 years old.

In autism we know that our kids rely on us every moment of the day and we fear dying before them.

A few years ago I read the obituary of an elderly woman whose adult son had autism. It struck me dumb - her son had suffered a vaccine injury and that was part of the obituary. Leila Simon was a "prototype" Thinking Mom.

There is a fund for Melanie's son Luke, if you have a spare $5 that would make a difference.

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From HuffPo:

I'm getting old. I can see gray hairs hiding in my tangle of brown curls. My laugh lines don't seem to vanish when I stop chuckling. And while my bustline isn't truly sagging (I never could take that pencil test) it does seem to be a bit, well, diminished. If good things come in small packages, I must be great.

I could probably use several shots of Botox to fill the furrows in my forehead. Don't get me started on my belly button. I think cosmetic surgeons refer to it as a "winky" after the droopy shape that follows three pregnancies. Fortunately, my lips are still full so I'm off the hook for the collagen injections. Small favors.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update:

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Oct 6, 2014, Huffington: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

Oct 5, 2014, The Nation (Pakistan English newspaper): The Whistleblower Controversy

Oct 4, 2014, Cincinnati.com: Who is responsible for autism?

Oct 1, 2014, The Daily Signal: The News Is Fit to Print But Are Major News Organizations Fit to Report It?

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Dreams, Nightmares, Sponsor News

Remembering Avonte Oquendo: Tackling Autism Safety

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On October 4, 2013, Avonte Oquendo eloped from his autism school in Queens, New York and vanished into thin air.  His remains were found in January, in the icy waters of The East River.

Avonte was just one of many children, from tots to teens, who has died as a result of his or her autism. Safety is of paramount important in our community. There are orgs trying to promote safety, encourage programs and spread the world that autism is indeed deadly - from the outside in, which is to say, every bit as deadly as some cancers.

Big red toolbox

Our friends at National Autism Association are leading the way in safety with their Big Red Safety Box program.  That program is currently "open" for families to apply for a FREE safety kit.   Kits are available on a first come, first served basis and include:

1) Our Get REDy booklet containing the following educational materials and tools:

         A caregiver checklist
         A Family Wandering Emergency Plan
         A first-responder profile form
         A wandering-prevention brochure
         A sample IEP Letter
         A Student Profile Form

2) Two (2) Door/Window Alarms with batteries

3) One (1) RoadID Personalized, Engraved Shoe ID Tag*

4) Five (5) Laminated Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows

5) Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows

6) One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband

Click HERE to apply for a kit or to make a donation to this life saving program. Thank you.

Current Affairs

CDC to Use Entire DOD Budget to Find Ebola Gene

Ebola 2066In a stunning announcement, set to calm the fears of Americans from Hawaii to Maine, CDC reports that President Obama has signed an executive order giving every penny in the DOD budget to Ebola genetics research.  Called HeEbeeGeeBee, (Heroic Ebola Genetic Benefit) this redistribution of Federal funds is the first of its kind in the United Sates of America.

Dr. Tom Insel, who is the nation's leading expert in funneling funds away from research that seeks to pinpoint causation or could lead to cure, has been pulled from his post as head of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee to head up the HeEbeeGeeBee program.

An unidentified HeeEbeeGeeBee researcher said, "We anticipate results from HeEbeeGeeBee in approximately 50 - 75 years, really, a blink of an eye in genetics.  We've begun studying cockroach leg movement in detail and should progress to small worms within just seventeen years."

He added, "If you think you have been exposed to Ebola, we assure you that you are wrong.  You have not. However, you are welcome to ask for a quarantine of up to 18 years from your local school district."

We'll report more as details come in from CDC.

Thank you. And please wash your hands.

 

 

Cathy Jameson

Autism Moms: Take Care of You

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GiveForward page: Melanie Baldwin.

Note: 10/6 - we share with a heavy heart - Melanied has died. Get your affairs in order, plan as if tomorrow IS th future for your child.  And know that as a community of like minded autism parents, we will look out for one another and for each others' children.  KS

By Cathy Jameson

A friend of mine is in the hospital.  She’s battling cancer.  Breast cancer struck a third time and has turned life a little bit upside down for Melanie, aka Booty Kicker, from the Thinking Moms’ Revolution.  She’s fought cancer twice already now and beat it.  We’re all cheering for her to kick cancer’s butt one more time.  She has to.  Her son, Luke, needs her. 

Being in a hospital undergoing tests and treatment is likely taking an enormous physical toll on Melanie.  The emotional toll of being separated from her family must certainly be taxing too.  My heart goes out to Melanie as she has had to depend on other people to not only care for her, but to also look after Luke.  Luke is severely affected by autism.  With limited language and needing round-the-clock care, Melanie has been his primary caregiver for years now.  My son, Ronan, is also severely affected by autism, and I, too, am his primary caregiver.  Our children depend on us to be 100% on every day, all day and sometimes all through the night.   

Many in our community have reached out to help Melanie’s family.  The compassionate responses and generous giving has been overwhelming in a good way.  It’s balanced other emotions that many of us have felt including one of the scariest emotions: fear.  I think many of us have felt fear at one time or another with the biggest fear being what will happen if I’m not around to help my child. 

Our community thrives on hope though, including offering hope to Melanie.  People within our autism circles, and strangers from a great distance, have pitched in offering prayers, kind words and financial support.   They’ve provided daily encouragement and gotten people from non-autism circles to also help.  There is a GiveForward campaign to help raise money for her family. This leap-into-action response has me in tears—tears of relief and tears of joy.  I pray that our efforts and those of complete strangers who’ve identified with Melanie’s story will carry Melanie through the tough days and until she’s able to be with her family again. 

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Minneapolis Book Symposium on Public Health Policies to Feature Robert Kennedy, Jr


Flyer symposiumRobert F. Kennedy Jr. to Discuss Vaccine Mercury
Controversy at Minnesota Book Symposium Nov. 1

Eight authors to speak on corruption & censorship in health science

BLOOMINGTON, MN – Scientists, attorneys and journalists will gather in Minnesota to discuss medical injuries which may have been caused by over zealous public health policies and procedures  at the Health Choice/Skyhorse Publishing Book Symposium Saturday, November 1. The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Drive in Bloomington.  

Register before 10/20 and you receive all 8 books for just $99.00.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the attorney, radio host, Riverkeeper and author, will read from his book Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak – The Evidence Supporting the Immediate Removal of Mercury – a Known Neurotoxin – from Vaccines. Kennedy has appeared on various TV and radio programs explaining how government is suppressing evidence showing how the ethylmercury-based vaccine preservative damages and kills cells at extremely low doses.

Other book presentations on the intersection of science and politics include:

•    Science for Sale: How the U.S. Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits by Dr. David Lewis, a former EPA microbiologist now with the National Whistleblowers Center;

•    Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases by Kent Heckenlively, J.D. & Dr. Judy Mikovits;

•    Vaccines 2.0: The Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family by Mark Blaxill & Dan Olmsted, a former UPI investigative reporter;

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: CNN Features Rebecca Estepp and Harvey Karp on Parental Vaccination Choice

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Oct 3, 2014, CNN's Alisyn Camerota interviewed autism mom Becky Estepp and Dr. Harvey Karp.  The subject was vaccine exemptions/a parent's right to choose.

Should parents decline child vaccines?

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Becky explained that she stopped vaccinating her younger son because of the vaccine reaction her older son experienced.

"I took him in for a Hepatitis B vaccine, he immediately a hideous diarrhea, later that night, developed a fever, arched his back, screamed.  If I would have known, as a young mother, these were signs of encephalopathy--brain swelling, I would have known to get him to a doctor right away. After that evening, his health deteriorated for the next two years.  At two years and nine months he was diagnosed with autism.  We didn't put the pieces of the puzzle together until I had my second son, who also started to exhibit some strange vaccine reactions.  At that point I had to really weigh the options.  My husband and I decided that our children's neurodevelopment was more important than vaccinating for these diseases. ...They could have permanent damage."

When Becky was asked about what her unvaccinated children might do to herd immunity she said, "I say that it's their right to vaccinate their children and if vaccines work the way they're supposed to, their children are safe.  There's no reason to worry about my child; their children are vaccinated.  I'm the one who's taken the calculated risk for a very good reason."

Dr. Harvey Karp was asked for his opinion on opting out.

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Julie Obradovic

The Autism (Seems-Like-Nobody-Really) CARES Act

Sugar coatedBy Julie Obradovic

I came across a blog post not that long ago by a mother who was arguing that autism is nothing to be afraid of. Her point, if I remember, was that she had been incorrectly conditioned to believe that autism was a scary diagnosis, and that the people who put forth that idea were not only irresponsible, but also dangerous and misleading thousands of parents. In her view, autism had turned out to be an unexpected gift, and there was nothing she would do to change it. Or something like that.

The comments were all very supportive. These parents were angry with folks like me who had spent years sounding the warning bell, sharing our heartbreak, and calling for action. What were we so upset about? They wondered. And how in the world could we possibly contemplate changing anything about our kids?

By the time I read it, I was fully aware of this perspective. It’s the group of people who want to convince the world of a number of things: autism has always been around; it’s a natural state of the human condition; it’s a gift; there’s nothing that can be done; and there’s nothing that should be done. (Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong.)

Rejoice in the diagnosis, turn on some Big Bang Theory, and raise awareness, they proclaim…their awareness, they really mean, which actually just translates as acceptance. Just accept it. Adapt to it. Accommodate it. That’s it.

I try to respect other people’s experiences with autism to the greatest extent possible. Just as no one can tell me what I did or did not live, or how I should feel about it, I do my best to honor the same for others.

It’s just that I don’t know how we’re living such different experiences. And I don’t know how they don’t see the profound difficulty, disability, and danger that so many families experience. Worse, I don’t understand why they don’t want to help those children and families.

I wonder, what do they think when a child wanders and drowns? Do they still seriously believe autism is nothing to fear? That it’s a diagnosis full of joy and wonderment and possibility?

Just recently, another little boy with autism was found dead in a pond not far from his home. I have stopped keeping track, but this is over the tenth child with autism to die from wandering just this year.

He died from his autism. Yes, technically he died from drowning. I get it. But you and I both know his autism killed him. It drew him to water, impaired his judgment and communication skills, and killed him.

Autism killed him. And Avonte Oquendo. And Owen Black. And Mikaela Lynch. And Jeremiah Conn. And so many, many more.

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

Guardians of the Galaxy to Gather in Minneapolis - November 1, 2014

Skyhorse11By Kent Heckenlively Kent Book Plague

You all know the set-up: An unlikely group of heroes unite to fight evil and save the universe.  From the Avengers, Star Wars, to Lord of the Rings, and even the latest Marvel outing, Guardians of the Galaxy, featuring a hero named Star Lord, a walking tree, and a talking racoon with some serious military hardware, we've all seen the story of how characters from different backgrounds band together to fight a common enemy.

And sometimes real life can mirror the best of fiction, as shown by the collaboration between Skyhorse Publishing and HealthChoice.org to create the Minneapolis Book Symposium on November 1, 2014 at the Raddison Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota to highlight some of the great authors and books which are trying to get our message out to the public.  To register, go to: Skyhorse HealthChoice Symposium.

Leading the lineup is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who will be discussing his book, Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, and informing us no doubt of the disgraceful campaign against him and the science of mercury toxicity.

Dr. David Lewis, one of a very select group of government scientist to have articles published in BOTH Science and Nature, will be discussing his book, Science for Sale, which details the collusion between government science and industry.

Wayne Rohde will be talking about his book, The Vaccine Court, a topic that many believe to lie at the heart of the autism epidemic.

Lou Conte will be talking about his wonderful and thilling fictional story, The Autism War, which reads like the truth, thinly veiled.

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Dachel Media Update: Mysterious Virus Affecting Vaccinated Children

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Sept 22, 2014, PreventDisease.com: Mysterious Virus Spreading Across U.S. and Canada And Primarily Affecting Vaccinated Children

The Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has infected more than 150 children in the U.S., and has recently spread to Canada with 18 confirmed cases in three provinces.

So far, no one has died from the virus but dozens of children have had to be treated in intensive care units.

Enteroviruses, such as EV-D68, are related to the common cold virus and can spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing, by close contact with infected persons or by touching a contaminated surface. In general, Enteroviruses circulate and peak in the summer and fall months so it is not unusual to see increased illnesses caused by Enteroviruses this time of year, however the intensity at which the virus is attacking children is rare.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Midweek Mashup: Ebola Versus E-68

Midweek mashupBy Dan Olmsted

Right now the media is fixated on the first case of Ebola to reach U.S. shores (without the assistance of the CDC, that is). Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, says the disease will be stopped in its tracks, and for once I believe him. This is what the CDC does well -- track an outbreak in real time, find contacts, quarantine if necessary, and put an end to it. 

Enterovirus 68, I'm afraid, may be another story. We first started hearing about the bug earlier this year, when a couple of dozen cases of paralysis in children started popping up in California. At that point we weren't hearing about how dangerous the respiratory symptoms were, just that some children ended up with various kinds of paralysis in association with it. Now the primary respiratory illness seems more virulent (a Rhode Island girl died just yesterday), and it's causing wider cases of paralysis (Colorado, Michigan, Boston ... and counting).

Which story is bigger? I vote for the enterovirus.

On the one hand, we've got one case of exotic and terrifying Ebola, a disease that makes your eyes ooze blood and is the proverbial "plane ride away." We keep hearing about how every terrible vaccine-preventable disease that is no longer a threat in the United States -- polio being a classic example -- is just a plane ride away, and that all 300 million of us need multiple injections starting in infancy in case it lands here. (Makes you wonder why we're not still getting yellow fever shots, doesn't it!)

But when a disease does in fact land here, public health surveillance catches it in a heartbeat, even with a goof like the Dallas emergency room sending the Ebola victim home the first time.

What's much more disturbing, on the other hand, is a disease that appears to be endemic - Enterovirus 68 -- that spreads much more easily.

And -- this is key -- the endemic one appears to be acting strangely. Ebola is nasty, but we know its evil ways. We haven't seen an enterovirus causing any appreciable paralysis since -- well, since polio. That bug circulated in the same way, generally caused no major problems, but starting in the late 1800s, inexplicably got into the nervous system of a small percentage of those infected and became something else entirely.

No one ever really got a handle on why that happened -- they just created a vaccine that wiped it out in the United States. Now, having basically learned nothing from that epidemic, we've got another bug whose behavior is similar -- and about which we also know nothing.

“Parents ask, ‘Why? Why my child or why not my child?’” Colorado public health official Larry Wolk said of paralysis from E-68. “And it’s a question we can’t answer because we don’t really know why some of these kids go on to develop this type of serious complication.”

Well, we do have an idea, one that AOA has been investigating for several years, since Mark Blaxill and I observed in 2011 that polio epidemics seemed to arise along with new and highly toxic pesticides -- namely, lead arsenate -- in the late 1800s. Because polio is an enterovirus, which reproduces in the gut, we proposed an interaction between the virus and the pesticide residue from fruits or vegetables. We theorized this let the virus into the nervous system, where it caused the characteristic damage to the anterior horn cells at the top front of the spinal column.

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Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee 2014 Call for Nominations Announcement

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: RoundUp and Autism, Ebola, Adults

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Oct 1, 2014, Nashville Business Journal: New database shows payments from drug and device makers to Nashville doctors

Sept 30, 2014, FoodIntegrityNow.org: The Glyphosate (RoundUp) Autism Connection

Sept 30, 2014, ABC News: Shares of Companies Testing Ebola Vaccines Rise

Sept 30. 2014, Baltimore Jewish Times: Last Thing Vaccine Makers Want Is Study

Sept 30, 2014, PBS: Adults with autism deserve a system that allows them to thrive

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Vaccine Safety

October is Vaccine Injury Awareness Month

Vax injury month


Hard to believe it's October 1st. Autumn in America means a strong push for back to school vaccinations, flu shots, pneumonia shots, boosters and disease scares (willkommen, Ebola and Enterovirus.)   And like the leaves from the trees, some people who receive a vaccination will FALL.

We have a reporting system in America calles VAERS. It is a resource to report and document an injury.  If you have an injury story to share - we are Tweeting using several hashtags today. Join us, speak up, speak out, because you know the media will remain silent as is their prime directive. We will not.

I met a Mom last night whose 18 year old son was neurotypical until a strep infection followed by a vaccine at age 11.  Doctors at Yale acknowledged his vaccine injury. He launched into severe mental illness and is now institutionalized.  He received compensation for his vaccine injury from the Federal Government.   KS

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"The Power of Words" 5 Kids Who Can't Speak Make a Movie

Listen_to_me_by_rachellove147-d34d13dBy Brooke Potthast 

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve 

As far as I am concerned every child or person with non- verbal or low verbal autism is a hero.  It’s difficult to imagine what they deal with every day. At an IACC meeting in the summer of 2013, Portia Iverson gave a presentation about this non-verbal group of the autism population.  She had a big pie chart to help the committee see how many children may not have functional speech in the US today. Unfortunately she had to make a stab at the numbers because for some reason there is no data being collected on this.  The safe estimate was 750,000 people in this country with limited expressive speech.

Well thank God for Soma Mukhopadhyay and RPM.  She created a life changing solution to the problem.  Now if we can just make it accessible to everyone who needs it and stop whatever it is that is causing the tragic loss of speech. 

Here is a short film made by my son James and four other teens about about their autism and how their life has changed since they can communicate meaningfully through Rapid Prompting Method.  It is called the “The Power of Words”.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Books, Age, Adapting

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Sept 30, 2014, UK Daily Mail: Mike Nichols was addicted to drugs when he met Diane Sawyer

Sept 27, 2014, Minneapolis Star Tribune: BOOK REVIEW: 'On Immunity: An Inoculation,' (A book by Eula Biss) 

Sept 27, 2014, WGN Chicago: Age difference between siblings could increase autism risk

Sept 26, 2014, Yahoo News: Hospitals Adapting for Adults With Autism (Op-Ed)

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Anne Dachel

THAT'S ALL THERE IS FOLKS - the Government can do Nothing more about Autism

Thats_all_folksBy Anne Dachel

Age of Autism has had several stories recently about the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee meeting on Sept 23, 2014.  I was impressed by what was said by an autism mom, Megan Davenhall, from Virginia.  She used her six minutes of comment time to try and wake committee members up to the reality of regressive autism and ask what they intend to do about it. 



"What we're here to say is absolutely nothing new, nothing that this committee hasn't heard before from multiple public commenters over the years. There's a huge subset of individuals with the label of autism who were not born with autism.  These children, young adults and adults who were born as typically developing healthy children and then regressed into autism. This is not the autism that you see in our highly functioning adults, the way that Mr. Robinson described himself.  This is not what we are talking about.  But we don't have another word; we have autism.  So we are talking about high functioning adults, people who love who they are and should celebrate who they are.  And we're talking about kids who are sick.  They are two different things, and we call it all autism. 

"This is autism is extremely different.  It's a different experience for these individuals. It's pain.  It's bowel disease.  It's mitochondrial dysfunction.  It's seizures.  It's immune deficiency.  And in many cases, it is a silent plea for help through head banging, and self-injurious behaviors and aggression.  Parents have been searching for treatment for these co-conditions for years. We pay out-of-pocket because insurance won't cover the staggering cost of healing the many physical ailments our children suffer from.  Our kids who fall into this model of autism, the ones who are healthy and become urgently ill, need to be treated with respect and like human beings who are sick. Their physical symptoms need to be addressed by medical professionals in the same ways that they would be handled in a person without autism.  Never again should a parent have to hear from a doctor or a psychiatrist that a physical problem such as diarrhea or constipation..., that it's just part of their autism.  But it still happens.  That is what parents are hearing.  When you go to the pediatrician, they hear, 'Well, kids on the spectrum, have diarrhea. They have constipation. It's part of autism.'

"I talked about my son's regression at the pediatrician's.  A regression.  A typically developing child regressed into autism and I was told, 'Well that's the very definition of autism.'  We need to rework how we're talking about these things in

pediatricians' offices across the country. And you need to be the change for that happening. 

"Parents have been telling you for years that there was some trigger that sent their healthy child into a physical and developmental tailspin.  They watched this happen to their kids.  And we're ignored.  You ignore our firsthand eyewitness accounts of damage to our children.  You hold these meetings that accomplish nothing.  And [you] give us the mike a few times a year and we tell you, 'Autism is medical.'  This version of autism that the parents come here and talk to you about.  Let me be clear on that.  Our children get better when we treat the medical problems they have. Their behaviors that land them on the spectrum in the first place, improve when they get healthier.  And you don't hear us. You give us fifteen minutes of your day and interrupt parents who travel on their own dime to come here and speak to you. If they go over their allotted three minutes, they get interrupted--as long as we end the meeting by five. 

"I want to thank Dr. Cory for recognizing the one thing I haven't heard here in all the time I've been listening, watching and coming to these meetings.  I heard the phrase, 'The parents are the experts on their children.'   I heard it from other people in the room too.  And the bottom line is, we are. We are the experts on our children.  We see what they are living with day in and day out--the medical conditions that we are trying so desperately to find the answers for.  But we receive none.  

"I hope today that you hear this well, treating the co-occurring conditions is critical, but it is absolutely not enough.  This committee needs to start getting serious about prevention.  You need to start investigating the dangers of vaccines, pesticide exposure, antibiotic overuse, chemicals that are in our food supply that we know cause neurological dysfunction. 

"We have a medical system that is run by pharmaceutical companies who don't care one bit if our kids are healthy or not.  This committee needs to start working with our government to lessen the toxic burden our children are exposed to.  We parents are watching and don't see this committee doing much of anything.

"The autism numbers continue to climb with no end in sight.  And we have been screaming into the abyss.  We've been telling you what is happening. We've given you clues to study, but you ignore us.

"Are you afraid of what you will find?  Afraid of doing the right thing until it's too late?  It's quickly becoming too late.  How many more kids will die in ponds or in pools, because they wandered off and drowned?  How many more diagnosed will it take for you act?  This epidemic and the U.S. government's inaction is creating a vocal, intelligent, passionate army of loved ones that has reached a critical mass in number and will not back down.  We'll be at every one of your meetings.  We want to hear about what you're going to do about these co-occurring conditions and we want to know what you're going to do to prevent the rise in autism.  It can't be ignored any longer.  We've been telling you these things for well over ten years and what I want to know today is, who in this room is going to be a champion for this?  Who will stand up and force the independent study looking at causation?  Or spearhead individualized effective treatment for our sick children?  If that person is in this room, now is the time to stand up.

"Thank you for your time. And on a separate note, I really would like to thank Lyn Redwood for always being a voice for the families that have been screaming this.  She asks the hard questions and she's not given up on that job. So thank you."

This seems to be the side of autism that Dr. Tom Insel would rather not bring up at IACC meetings, yet Megan obviously wants real help and answers. 

If we look at the list of federal, public and alternate members of IACC, as listed on their website,  it's filled with lots of MDs and PhDs.

This was the agenda for the Sept 23 meeting.  There were a number of well-credentialed experts talking about autism.

Very impressive.  These are the people who are supposed to be focused on doing something.  They should be very interested in what this mom is saying about THEIR WORK.  

Personally speaking, I think something is very wrong when an autism parent comes and accuses this committee of IGNORING HER AND OTHERS.  After all, this body was created by Congress to deal with her child's disorder.  Who else is she going to talk to?

I contacted Megan Davenhall and asked her about her experience at IACC. Here are her answers: 

Megan, after your heartfelt plea to the experts in the room, did anyone respond to what you said?

The response was a general discussion about all three public commenters.  John Robinson spoke first and stated again that he doesn’t believe the vaccine link to autism, but then questioned whether or not the belief that vaccine cause autism is a widely held though out the community.  He admitted that as public servants, the committee should investigate vaccines if the public truly believes that there is a connection.  Lyn Redwood followed up by explaining how she learned that vaccine induced autism is biologically plausible.  She discussed studies that were altered and had data changed to affect the outcomes to show that vaccines are not linked to a higher rate of autism.  She then suggested that the committee bring these findings of fraud to the secretary and request special council to further investigate the fraud. 

Did Dr. Insel acknowledge your remarks?  What was his response?

Dr. Insel did not directly address my remarks.  He went on to discuss what the committee could and couldn’t do and made an analogy of autism being like a fever.  That the fever could be cause by ebola or strep throat, but that it presents the same way and that we are in the ‘early stages’ of this (meaning autism) and that it is all so new, despite parents coming to the IACC for years and discussing co-occurring conditions, vaccines and treatment options. 

INSEL'S RESPONSE(This was where he said, 'We have no money.  We have no ability to fund anybody to do anything.')

What is your opinion of the attitude of IACC toward autism as an epidemic and the link to vaccines? 

I don’t think the IACC will ever investigate the vaccine/autism link.  It is far too messy for our government have this link exposed.  The vaccine program in our country continues to balloon out of control, because it is a huge money maker for the pharmaceutical industry.  There are lobbyists in DC that get paid big money to make sure that no one looks too closely at what causes autism.  I think that the IACC will continue to sit on their hands and do nothing with the information that Lyn Redwood presented to the committee at the meeting.  

While Insel sounded like he was powerless to get anything done about autism, I found this official IACC statement from April, 2014:

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is a Federal advisory committee, composed of Federal and public members, that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Consider what that means.  Thomas Insel just threw up his arms in response to Megan Davenhall and said he can't be expected to do anything about autism and the IACC website says that HHS has assigned ALL EFFORTS regarding autism to him and his committee.. 

I can only think that Megan's trip to IACC was a waste of time.  No one was listening.  No one really cares about these children.

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

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