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Open Letter to the Town of Leroy, NY: Learn Lessons from the Autism Epidemic

Schoolboy-blundersBy Kevin Barry


The heavy rains and flooding in August and September 2011 may have lead to a release of dichloroacetylene (DCA) in LeRoy, NY.  DCA is a neurotoxic decomposition product of trichloroethylene (TCE) which spilled in the area 40 years ago due to a train derailment.  DCA has been shown to cause tremors and cranial nerve palsies – or the more vernacular name - tics.  More investigation of this possible connection is warranted.

Mass hysteria?  Conversion disorder?  Really? Have you learned nothing since the Salem Witch Trials? Those explanations are no more ridiculous than trying to blame refrigerator mothers or old sperm for the autism epidemic.   Wasting time on ridiculous explanations is tragic because it does not help those currently injured and it does not prevent new injuries.  LeRoy psychiatrists?  Please admit that you do not know what happened to these girls and move along.

I listened to the families and the girls who were experiencing the symptoms, which lead me to question, why LeRoy, NY?  Why now? 

After reading about the 1970 TCE spill, which is unique to the LeRoy community, I began searching to see if TCE could have a role in the neurological issues.  Additionally, could the massive flooding that the LeRoy area experienced in the aftermath of both Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee help explain why this is happening now, and not previously in the last 40 years?

The town officials and school district should be transparent with their environmental test results and provide those results to the public as soon as possible. The town officials and school district should also allow for private testing to search for TCE/DCA exposure to corroborate their results.   I believe there is sufficient rationale for additional testing to determine specifically if TCE/DCA plays a role in the physical issues these children are experiencing.  

While the potential connection between TCE/DCA and the girls with neurological symptoms is speculative and needs to be confirmed by testing, the potential connection warrants specific investigation.   An article from 1984 in the journal Archives of Toxicology suggests all that is required to form DCA vapor is TCE plus “moist concrete.”  As a result, in addition to the school property, many locations in LeRoy should be tested for TCE/DCA contamination.

A 1944 paper describes how DCA may have caused “Cranial Nerve Palsies” in 13 patients (10 women) when TCE was used as an anesthetic.  The 1944 paper makes a very important general point about toxicology: 

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Sir Crispin Davis and James Murdoch No Longer on GSK Board

GskThe Wall Street Journal reports that James Murdoch, son of beleaguered media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whose empire is embroiled in scandal, has stepped down  from the GlaxoSmithKline board. See WSJ online HERE.  In addition, Sir Crispin Davis, former Chief Executive of Reed Elsevier, which owns The Lancet, which published the paper that included Dr. Andrew Wakefield's MMR information,  is leaving the board after a nine year tenure.

The heir to Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has quit the board of Britain’s biggest drugs company in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

James Murdoch joined  GlaxoSmithKline less than two years ago.

He has come under fire from MPs who have questioned him about signing off out-of-court settlements to hacking victims without a full picture of what had gone on at the News of the World.

He was forced to deny misleading Parliament over the extent of his knowledge.

Glaxo said Mr Murdoch’s decision to turn his back on the £98,000 role was entirely his own.

Chairman Chris Gent said: ‘James has taken this decision to focus on his current duties as non-executive chairman of BSkyB and following his decision to re-locate to the United States as chairman and chief executive, international, of News Corporation.’

John Stone has written about both Murdoch and Davis and their proximity to the Dr. Andrew Wakefield MMR Lancet Paper BMJ topic.

James Murdoch Still Supported by GlaxoSmithKline
ran last July:

Lancet Boss Failed to Disclose Own Conflicts to Parliament While Denouncing Wakefield

Both posts run in full following the jump:

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Tics and Toxins: Just Before Mystery Illnesses Hit Leroy NY, School Built New Playing Fields

By Dan Olmsted

LEROY, N.Y., January 30 -- New playing fields, including one for girls' softball, were completed the year before the outbreak of tics and other ailments began afflicting girls at Leroy Junior/Senior High School.

Aerial photographs compiled by the Genesee County assessments office clearly show the construction in progress in 2009, here:

Leroy 2009 AgeofAutism

The 2010 photo shows the completed fields, here:

  Leroy 2010

The smaller field to the immediate left of the school is the girls' softball field, according to a former student at the school. All but one of the students affected so far are girls. There are unconfirmed reports that one boy was also stricken.

School officials said earlier this month that two reports they commissioned of indoor air quality and mold had ruled out any environmental cause. New York Health Department officials concurred and a spokesman told me last week, "The school is safe." Most of the girls were diagnosed at a Buffalo neurological clinic with "conversion disorder," in which psychological stress or trauma is supposedly converted into physical symptoms that clusters of people can display at the same time.

But parents and the girls themselves have rejected that diagnosis, and other theories have been advanced; school officials now say they are ordering another round of tests. I reported last week that the first testing did not include any outside areas of the school grounds, except for reviewing school pesticide logs. Because those logs were in order, environmental factors outside the school building were ruled out. State health officials also say no infectious agent was involved.

But in any investigation of a new illness, the question of what's new in the environment -- from medicines a person is taking, to places they have been, to changes in where and how they live -- needs to be ruled out first.

Building ballfields within the past two years certainly qualifies as new. That could hypothetically create new risks, either from stirring up toxins such as pesticides on the site, or importing materials such as fill or sod that was previously contaminated. New attention has been given to a railroad derailment several miles away in 1970 that spilled both cyanide and TCE, a highly toxic manufacturing agent. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich has suggested that the school site was contaminated by runoff from that incident, or that dirt from that area was used to construct the school in the early 2000s.

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The Situation Room: Autism, Vaccines, and Agent Orange

Dan Burns and BenManaging Editor's Note: We're proud to welcome Dan Burns as our newest Age of Autism Contributing Editor.  Dan has an adult son with autism named Ben, and his perspective and writing style are a great addition to our content. Welcome, Dan.

By Dan E. Burns 

Project Draft 13

 I will show you fear in a handful of dust

(T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land).

We stared at it, my Public Relations colleagues and I, perhaps a little too long. Projected on the wall of the Situation Room stood the Agent Orange distillation column, a 50-foot tall steel vessel reigning over a graveyard of oil drums labeled “Diamond Shamrock Corporation” and “Hazardous Waste.”

Agent Orange is not an ingredient in vaccines. But what happened – or didn’t happen – in the Situation Room has a lesson for us, the parents of vaccine-injured children.

In 1983, Vietnam vets from Operation Ranch Hand were suffering from neural and blood disorders, miscarriages, leukemia, and cancers of the prostate, lung, and liver. They were marching, waving signs, and pointing fingers. At us. Allegedly, the damage came not from Agent Orange per se, but from 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin, a contaminant produced during the “cooking” or fractionation process when the temperature in the tower rose a little too high for a little too long. As it did in the Diamond Shamrock Ironbound plant. If the EPA is right – the claim is disputed HERE – dioxin is one of the most potent carcinogens known to human kind.

Diamond Shamrock mounted a vigorous defense. “We can’t cure anyone’s cancer,” said the General Counsel. “What’s done is done. If we move one shovelful of dirt more than required, we open ourselves up to additional liability. That would just spread the mess.”

My colleagues in the Situation Room were decent, caring people. “Chipper,” to my right, recruited and went to bat for minorities. “Lou,” to my left, our one-man brain trust, played the blues guitar and wrote protest songs light with whimsy and humor. I was Executive Speechwriter, raising two college-bound children. After an underpaid career in academia, I needed this job.

Lou had researched the issue for years. “In jungle warfare,” he said, “G.I.s were exposed to a host of tropical pathogens, fungi, protozoa, unknown viruses, and biological agents coming at them through novel vectors on all sides. We don’t know what caused their chronic fatigue, birth defects, and cancers. Diamond Shamrock operated under mandate from the government, and our actions were safe, proper, and legal.”

‘That’s right,” chimed in the General Counsel. “We have a fiduciary responsibility to our shareholders. That’s why we’re here today.”

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National Autism Association & To Offer Free Online Safety Conference

Free stuffNational Autism Association & To Offer Free Online Safety Conference

San Diego, CA – The National Autism Association and are teaming up in February to offer a free web conference for caregivers of those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The web conference series entitled Autism Safety and Crisis Prevention will feature top autism experts covering sensitive safety topics that include sexual-abuse risk reduction, bullying prevention, suicide ideation, wandering prevention, and prevention of risks associated with restraint and seclusion.

Historically, medical literature has maintained that ASD does not affect life expectancy; however, a 2001 California study found elevated death rates in ASD related to several causes that included accidents such as suffocation and drowning. “Safety is a primary concern for those on the spectrum and their parents, yet there is very little practical information out there,” says Chantal Sicile-Kira, author and founder of Autism College. “Autism College is happy to partner with the National Autism Association to help empower parents with information they need to protect their children and teens.”

The Autism Safety and Crisis Prevention webinar will be available to caregivers through February. To register, visit

Webinar presenters will offer real-life strategies to address multiple safety topics, followed by a question-and-answer session. “Even those families who currently do not face safety challenges can learn valuable information through this free safety online conference,” says NAA President Wendy Fournier. “Being aware of the issues and armed with information is critical for all parents.”

Autism Safety and Crisis Prevention Webinar Schedule:

-        Saturday, February 11, 8:15am- 9:45am PST, Dr. Nora Baladerian, Ph.D. will present “How Can Parents Reduce the Risk of Sexual Abuse of Their Child or Young Adult?”

-        Saturday, February 11, 10:00am-11:30am PST, Dr. Lori Ernsperger will discuss “The 3 R's to Bullying Prevention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Recognize, Respond, and Report.”

-        Wednesday, February 15, 6:00pm-7:30pm PST, Dr. Joshua Feder will discuss “The Problem of Depression and Suicidal Ideation in Autism and Related Disorders.”

-        Saturday, February 18, 8:15am-9:45am PST,  Wendy Fournier of the NAA will discuss Wandering Prevention and Response.

-        Saturday, February 18, 10:00am- 11:30am PST, Pat Amos, M.A. will discuss “Preventing and Eliminating the Use of Restraints and Seclusion.”

About provides practical information and training on autism.

About National Autism Association (NAA):

NAA is a parent-run nonprofit organization and the leading voice on issues related to autism safety and crisis prevention. The organization’s mission is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential. For more information, visit

Your Life Narrated by Me, Your Mother

Retro_mom_washing_machineBy Cathy Jameson

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

I realized how much I talk when I’m with Ronan when he and I started out last week to get to an appointment.  I caught myself non-stop talking while I was holding Ronan’s hand.  As we walked into the therapist’s waiting room I said, “Keep going, you’re almost there, step over the toys, careful…careful, sit down, hold on, stay with Mommy.  You did it!”  I stayed close to Ronan stroking his back as he sat in my lap while we waited for his name to be called.  The video playing on the television was a tad loud, as were the other patients and their siblings also in the waiting room.  I quietly spoke to Ronan, “You like this movie?  It’s called “Cars 2.”  Remember we saw it at the theatre with Daddy.  Oh, look!  That part made you laugh.  Hey, it’s your turn now.  Stand up, let’s go.  Come on, watch your step.  Down the hallway, here you go!  Okay, bye now, Buddy.  I’ll see you in a little bit.  Kiss.”  How many times have I done that--given a play-by-play of exactly who, what, where, when and why?

Did I really need to narrate the entire trip into the clinic and into the therapy room?  Did Ronan care that I was observing and noting all sorts of things as we went?  Did he see all of it as we went by?  Did he hear it?   Of course, he heard it.  But, I wonder.  Does Ronan tune me out like he seems to tune out many other things in his environment?  Why do I think I need to state every step and every action?  I guess part of it is because I’ve had to remind Ronan several times about the same thing (walk OVER the toy, not ON it).  Maybe I talk so much because I want a little bit of feedback that shows me Ronan has some sort of understanding of what’s going on in the world.  But, since Ronan is still just barely pre-verbal, the only reliable feedback I get is from me talking to myself. 

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

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Focus on America's Health: Western Regional Canary Party Conference

CanaryPartyBanner120x240Registration for the Western Regional Conference in Sacramento is OPEN (register and learn more here.)
Canaries of California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada, come meet with us in Sacramento
You are cordially invited to attend the Canary Party Western Regional Meeting, February 10-12, 2012, at the Hyatt Place Roseville/Sacramento. Come meet other like-minded individuals to forge connections and work together to develop strategies for change in your state and nationally. Our Western Regional includes California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada.  Members from other states are always welcome.

We will also be discussing the recently passed California law allowing children as young as 12 to be vaccinated with the HPV and Hepatitis B vaccines with out parental knowledge or consent.
Friday, Feb. 10, Reception and Film Night
6:30pm Reception, Open Bar -- beer & wine and hors d'oeuvres.
8:30pm The Greater Good looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today. The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program.
Saturday, Feb. 11, Meeting and Luncheon
Mark Blaxill, Chairman, will report on Party principles developed at the first annual Canary Party Convention held in July, 2011, in Minneapolis, followed by presentations and break-out groups to develop initiatives and state/national strategies.
7:00pm Cocktail Party
Sunday, Feb. 12, Moving Forward
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
 Participants to offer their input on how to best move forward in their respective states.

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Harvard Neurologist Responds to NYT Article on DSM-5

Thank you typeManaging Editor's Note: Thank you to Dr. Martha Herbert for writing this letter to The New York Time:

Re “New Autism Rule Will Trim Many, a Study Suggests” (front page, Jan. 20): Narrowing the definition of autism is a bad idea and narrows the opportunities to make significant inroads in helping children affected by this condition, their families and our nation.

Autism still has many mysteries, but it is clear that early intervention makes a tremendous difference. A tighter definition means that parents, teachers and caregivers will wait longer to consider giving children specialized attention and care. It will mean less support for parents struggling to help their children communicate, adapt to social challenges and cope with a world that often feels overwhelming.

By addressing all these issues early, we have a chance to change the course of this condition, enabling people with autism to reach their full potential and requiring fewer publicly financed services for the rest of their lives.

As we learn that autism is not just from genes and brain but also from a child’s response to a challenging environment, why make that environment even more challenging?

Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 20, 2012

The writer is a pediatric neurologist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and author of the forthcoming “The Autism Revolution.”

President Obama: "I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury poisoning.."

"I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury poisoning or making sure that our food is safe and our water is clean. I will not go back to the days when health insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny your coverage, or charge women differently from men." CNN President Obama's State of the Union   We applaud EPA efforts to protect kids from mercury poisoning in the air, the water and food sources , but please don't neglect  pharmaceutical applications like the flu vaccine. Mandated mercury doesn't seem to fit the "protection" theme, Mr. President.


Really?  HHS worked with PBS's Sid the Science Kid promoting the mercury laden flu vaccine to children: "If I don't get the virus I won't give it to you! Come everybody we're gettin' the shot! It might hurt a little bit but it's gonna help a lot!"

From Fluvirin: For active immunization of persons 4 years of age and older against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine. The 0.5-mL prefilled syringe presentation is formulated without preservative. However, thimerosal, a mercury derivative used during manufacturing, is removed by subsequent purification steps to a trace amount (≤ 1 mcg mercury per 0.5-mL dose). The 5-mL multidose vial formulation contains thimerosal, a mercury derivative, added as a preservative. Each 0.5-mL dose from the multidose vial contains 25 mcg mercury.

OSHA's Official Position on Flu Vaccination of Healthcare Workers


"The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is strongly supportive of efforts to increase influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers in accordance with the Healthy People 2020 goals. However, at this time, OSHA believes there is insufficient scientific evidence for the federal government to promote mandatory influenza vaccination programs that do not have an option for the HCP to decline for medical, religious and/or personal philosophical reasons.                                                                                                      

While we are supportive of the Healthy People 2020 goal of a 90% vaccination rate, we have seen no evidence that demonstrates that such a high rate is in fact necessary. Furthermore, the current influenza vaccine is no magic bullet. The current state of influenza vaccine technology requires annual reformulation and revaccination and the efficacy is quite variable. Every year there are numerous circulating strains of influenza that are not included in the vaccine. In years where the antigenic match is good, the vaccine only provides protection against the 3 strains in the formulation. In years when the antigenic match is poor, the vaccine may provide no protection at all. The limits of current influenza vaccine technology are especially problematic in the context of a mandatory influenza vaccination program that results in job loss. Lastly, reliance on a mandatory influenza vaccination policy may provide healthcare workers, health care facility management and patients with an unwarranted sense of security and result in poor adherence to other infection control practices that prevent all types of infections, not just influenza. Influenza vaccination has always been just one part of a comprehensive multi-layered infection control program. 

While OSHA does not believe that there is sufficient evidence to meet the bar necessary to support mandatory vaccination programs, we nonetheless are convinced that influenza vaccination is generally beneficial and are supportive of efforts to promote vaccination. Influenza vaccination exemptions should be for HCP with valid medical contraindications to vaccinations, or religious and/or personal objections and a signed declination statement that indicates the HCP has been educated regarding influenza, is aware of the risk and benefits of influenza vaccination, has been given the opportunity to be vaccinated with the influenza vaccine at no charge, and can receive the influenza vaccine in the future at no charge to the HCP."

The Name Game

The-Name-GameBy Teresa Conrick

With tics and Tourette-like illness in the news so much right now due to the increasing number of students at LeRoy HS in NY exhibiting them, it is with irony that P.A.N.D.A.S.,  a possible medical diagnosis for what we are seeing in LeRoy, is again up for scrutiny and denial somewhere else.  Here on Age of Autism, we are keeping up with the dizzying news that is our epicenter of what we are all about here - that many children are suffering with PHYSIOLOGICAL illnesses yet being wrongly diagnosed with PSYCHIATRIC disorders.  What is unraveling in Leroy has been happening for YEARS and for those of us with children stricken by regression after vaccination or immune illnesses, like PANDAS, the question that needs to be asked by many professionals denying what we all have known is - why are there so many sick children with immune and autoimmune diseases?

A few weeks back,a study came out, which wasn't really a study but more of an analysis steering an opinion. The name,  "Moving from PANDAS to CANS,- unavailable for public access -"  was quite a surprise as another name had been decided that would encompass the growing bacterial and viral issues of this increasing, medical misery - PANS," Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome."  PANS would change the criteia from the sole and hated Streptococcus bacteria to other various bacteria and viral infections, showing that not only Strep could trigger neuropsychiatric symptoms.  Vickie Blavat, a mother of an affected child with PANDAS and a research marvel on the PANDAS website, did a very nice job analyzing, "Moving from PANDAS to CANS" as well as other good information on this page:

In 2010, the NIMH hosted a think tank of various doctors and researchers to discuss PANDAS and its future. At that meeting, it was determined that a name change was in order and we would experience a shift from PANDAS to a new name…PANS. PANS would stand for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome. To date, the new name has been verbally used by Drs. Swedo, Cunningham and others at conferences, symposiums and in layperson articles. They explain how various bacteria and infections, not soley strep, can trigger neuropsychiatric symptoms. We still wait for official confirmation and documentation of the change, diagnostic criteria, and treatment plans. One thing is definite, it was voted on and the name is PANS.......Imagine the PANDAS community’s surprise when a new article surfaces from the often referred to “naysayers” of PANDAS. .......They deem it should be called CANS (Childhood Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Symptoms). Their CANS would be a very big umbrella for any person that has a sudden onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms, even if the cause is not infection triggered. Example, in addition to infection and autoimmune triggered events, if the cause for the sudden onset is drug induced (including illegal drugs like cocaine), psychogenic, metabolic, trauma, abuse, heavy metals, etc. the person can be diagnosed with CANS. The only prerequisite for a CANS diagnosis would be the sudden onset of symptoms. In other words, their CANS is a dump diagnosis.

So it sounds like the doctors who are listed on this paperSinger HS, Gilbert DL, Wolf DS, Mink JW, Kurlan R  are establishing some sort of new criteria that does not make sense moving forward in helping these ill children.  Is it possible that like Autism, there are some folks in the psychiatric world, like in the development of DSM-5, who want to keep fighting the reality of immune illness versus mental illness in our children?  They keep trying to prove that their methods are the only treatments and that kids will get better with them.  Yet their their big hitter medicines are proven ineffective for a big piece of both Autism and P.A.N.D.A.S.--- REPETITIVE behavior:

- A new multi-center study suggests the prescribed antidepressant  citalopram [ Celexa] is no more effective than placebo in altering obsessive features of autism

According to background information in the study, the use of antidepressants in children with autism spectrum disorder took off before there was strong scientific proof about its effectiveness.

In the last decade, its use has grown so that today more than 40 percent of autistic children swallow a daily dose of an antidepressant in an attempt to control spinning, rocking and repetitive behavior.

- These results showed that fluoxetine [PROZAC] was not effective for reducing repetitive behaviors in children and adolescents with Autistic Disorder.

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Changes in DSM-5 Autism Definition Could Negatively Impact Millions

Urgent-Actions-WBMdAutism organizations concerned that autism diagnostic changes will jeopardize services, impair tracking, and disrupt research around the globe.

WASHINGTON, DC – Proposed changes to the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5 (DSM-5) will potentially disrupt appropriate and necessary services to hundreds of thousands of individuals in the US, hamper the ability to track the numbers of people with autism, and interfere with efforts to establish biological causes of autism.

“The proposed criteria make it significantly more difficult to qualify for an autism spectrum diagnosis and they completely eliminate the categories of PDD-NOS and Asperger’s Disorder,” stated Wendy Fournier, National Autism Association President. “In a well-intentioned desire to improve the specificity of an ASD diagnosis, the new criteria may, in fact, go too far and create unintended consequences. It is critically important that any diagnosis address all the symptoms of an individual and allow them the supports they need.”

The new criteria, rationale and previous criteria are available at:

Currently, the federal government is spending millions of dollars to track prevalence of ASDs in 11 states; the 2000 birth cohort is due out this year. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to report the number of students with autism annually. Both sets of data have shown dramatic increases in autism spectrum disorders. One in 110 children in the US is now affected by autism compared to one in 10,000 in the early 1980’s. By significantly changing the criteria for diagnosis, the new DSM-5 will impair the ability of public health officials to compare future rates of autism spectrum disorders to past rates, since the definition will have changed. Accurate projections of trends in autism rates are critical to planning educational interventions, Medicaid and adult services. "By analogy, if the medical community chose to only count melanoma in the future instead of all types of skin cancer, it would look like skin cancer rates had gone down, even though other types were still present and needed treatment,” said Ginger Taylor, Canary Party Executive Director.

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Autism: The Disease of A Thousand Cuts

Daumen3By Lisa Goes

This was a tragic week for children.  The poor families in LeRoy keep getting the same routine from their local doctors and health department.   They simply have stress and that stress has caused their "conversion disorder."   Now enough of these shenanigans.  Different doctors appear on the news to deflect questions.  They say nothing.  The families grow more outraged and the health department denies they have anything to be upset about.  Tics and seizures just happen.  Tics and seizures just happen.
A representative of the 7 year old girl who died last month following a flu shot contacted me
 Beyond the sadness of that event the representative explained that she hadn't contacted me sooner because her own son with a vaccine injury, now in his 20's, was quite ill as well.  He is nonverbal so they were guessing he had a bladder infection based on his behavior.  Doctors kept saying nothing was wrong.  Finally he was rushed to emergency where it was determined he had a collapsed lung. 
My friend Marcella Piper-Terry is working on a new billboard for Timmy.  You can meet Timmy and read about him HERE.

Timmy is failing to thrive after a reaction to his hepatitis B shot, which he received as a newborn.  Hepatitis B is primarily transmitted sexually. 
Earlier this week, my friend Cat Jameson wrote a phenomenal piece for Age of Autism about the vaccine controversy entitled "A World of Hurt".  She does a marvelous job of explaining the reality of this slanted debate.  Essentially we present sound non-pharma funded science over and over and over again.  Instead of reading it, our government and those in power tell us we are letting our children play in traffic.  Of course,  real scientists know the two scenarios have nothing to do with one another, but, we have no real scientists in Washington.  These "scientists" turned politicians and lobbyists, half-heartedly skim volumes and volumes of thoughtful research (hoping for pictures?) then look the presenter square in the eye and say, "I know you are but what am I?"  It would be comical I guess, if babies were not dying every single day, medical examiners were not looking away, and health departments didn't swoop down and give parents half answers like, "SIDS", "Cause Unknown," and "Encephalopathy, no known cause."  Oh and, this had nothing to do with their well baby visit the day before yesterday Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
For the babies who live,  like my son Noah, they navigate the world everyday with a thousand cuts.  The PANDAS that ravages his brain. The mitochondrial dysfunction brought on by vaccination.  The bowel disease.  The food sensitivities.  The sensitivities to light, sound, touch, fabric, play-doh, plastic, to...the world.  The viruses.  The chronic illness.  The inflammation. The pain.  The vision issues.  The central nervous system damage.  The apraxia.  The metabolic and methylation failure.  It all works together.  One cut on his cheek, one on his backside, his toe, his arm, his knee, his elbow...he could quite feasibly bleed to death because it is so much more convenient to label kids like him with "autism" instead of investigating the multi-system illnesses that ravage his body.  It's just easier this way, for everybody. Especially pharma and the government. 
When parents start piecing all this together it is going to be a revolution of biblical proportions.  But honestly, what parent is going to have the time,  money, patience, professional acumen and stamina to keep up with this when they get no support from the mainstream medical community?  No worries, pharma comforts itself.  Parents will try, they will...but soon the dark reality of autism with set in.  The sleepless nights.  The violence.  The constant bowel disease, the excrement on every surface.  The constant harm the child inflicts upon himself and everyone else.  Even the most dedicated parents will lose faith.  Then they will do what pharma says, get their children therapy, set them up with a lifetime psyche-med cocktails and eventually put them in institutions where they will very very slowly be medically lobotomized.  Remember the pharma mantra:  We don't want them dead and we don't want them healthy!  A slow lingering death is integral to maximize profits.
I read a truly horrific article yesterday, written by a dispassionate UK journalist making her case for "testing" for autism in the womb because as the title of her article says, "Why Can't We Face the Truth? Having a autistic child wrecks your life." 

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Jackie Fletcher of UK Vaccine Safety Group JABS Writes to BMJ About Wakefield Libel Suit

JabsYesterday BMJ posted some of a letter that Jackie wrote to the journal but we thought AoA readers might like the opportunity to real the whole thing. We mark in bold the passages left out in BMJ on-line

RE: Wakefield sues BMJ over MMR articles

Starting in February there will be an appeal against the GMC ruling by Professor John Walker Smith at the High Court in London and then a US Court appearance for Mr Deer, BMJ Editor Dr Godlee and the BMJ representatives to defend a libel action brought by Dr Wakefield sometime later this year (or maybe next). I trust that all claims/counter claims can be thoroughly tested with all the appropriate evidence being heard and supported by witnesses. I hope that these legal proceedings will help to expose those responsible at the highest level for one of the biggest medical scandals in history and those fighting the rearguard action to defend the MMR vaccine will be found out. The hounding of the co-authors of The Lancet paper has been a very disturbing but clever diversion which, in my opinion, was designed to distract attention from the main issue, the MMR disaster.

I just wish Mr Deer had used his considerable talents to hound the committee responsible for introducing a vaccine, brands of which had already been withdrawn in other countries for causing neurological problems. I wish Mr Deer had used his time and energy to expose the people responsible for allowing the continued use of MMR vaccines when children were reported to have suffered problems in the opening weeks of the MMR campaign back in 1988. I wish he had used his efforts to expose the inadequacies of the Government's yellow card scheme which has been ineffective since it began. Mr Deer was informed of this and much more but for some reason chose to investigate the one team of doctors who had raised a flag over the MMR and possible side effects.

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Neurologist Mechtler Blames Post 9/11 World for Leroy NY Sickness "We are going to see more."

Cuckoo_for_Cocoa_PuffsManaging Editor's Note: Neurologist Laszlo Mechtler of the (Scratch and) Dent Neurology Clinic where the Leroy NY girls have been diagnosed with Conversion Disorder seems to blame the stress of the post 9/11 world in The Week, a UK publication. And he suggests there will be more of the same. My father grew up in the Depression, my Mom was little girl during WWII - can you imagine a more stressful time?  How long was it before Agent Orange was implicated in the sickness of Viet Nam vets?  By the way, Dr. Mechtler earned more than $175,000 as a paid speaker for Merck, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer in 2009 and 2010 according to Pro Publica Dollars for Docs. We hope the sick teens in Leroy find answers to secure their health soon.

Why have 12 teenage schoolgirls come down with a baffling form of “conversion disorder”, once known to Freudians as “hysteria”? The doctor now treating them warns that the answer could be a portent for an increasingly stressed-out America which has been taught to “live in fear”.

“Ever since 9/11, Americans have been subjected to warnings of orange alert and red alert, and, unlike Israelis for instance, they are not culturally used to it,” says Mechtler. “What has happened to these girls is the result of Americans being made to live in fear. We are going to see more of these outbreaks.”

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AofA Science Summary: Mechanisms of aluminum adjuvant toxicity and autoimmunity in pediatric populations

Science post imageMechanisms of aluminum adjuvant toxicity and autoimmunity in pediatric populations

Mechanisms of aluminum adjuvant toxicity and autoimmunity
in pediatric populations  (HERE)

L Tomljenovic1 and CA Shaw2

1Neural Dynamics Research Group, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC,

Canada and 2Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Experimental Medicine and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Immune challenges during early development, including those vaccine-induced, can lead to
permanent detrimental alterations of the brain and immune function. Experimental evidence
also shows that simultaneous administration of as little as two to three immune adjuvants can
overcome genetic resistance to autoimmunity. In some developed countries, by the time children
are 4 to 6 years old, they will have received a total of 126 antigenic compounds along with
high amounts of aluminum (Al) adjuvants through routine vaccinations. According to the US
Food and Drug Administration, safety assessments for vaccines have often not included
appropriate toxicity studies because vaccines have not been viewed as inherently toxic.

Taken together, these observations raise plausible concerns about the overall safety of current
childhood vaccination programs. When assessing adjuvant toxicity in children, several key
points ought to be considered: (i) infants and children should not be viewed as ‘‘small adults’’
with regard to toxicological risk as their unique physiology makes them much more vulnerable
to toxic insults; (ii) in adult humans Al vaccine adjuvants have been linked to a variety of
serious autoimmune and inflammatory conditions (i.e., ‘‘ASIA’’), yet children are regularly
exposed to much higher amounts of Al from vaccines than adults; (iii) it is often assumed that
peripheral immune responses do not affect brain function. However, it is now clearly established
that there is a bidirectional neuro-immune cross-talk that plays crucial roles in immunoregulation
as well as brain function. In turn, perturbations of the neuro-immune axis have
been demonstrated in many autoimmune diseases encompassed in ‘‘ASIA’’ and are thought to
be driven by a hyperactive immune response; and (iv) the same components of the neuroimmune
axis that play key roles in brain development and immune function are heavily targeted
by Al adjuvants.

In summary, research evidence shows that increasing concerns about
current vaccination practices may indeed be warranted. Because children may be most at risk
of vaccine-induced complications, a rigorous evaluation of the vaccine-related adverse health
impacts in the pediatric population is urgently needed. Lupus (2012) 21, 223–230.

Autism Today and Post DSM5

Barf bagManaging Editor's Note: Couldn't resist. Color me retro. And visual.  Below the video clips are some of the comments I've been reading on websites and blogs from coast to coast on the prospect of DSM-5 changes from our neighbors, fellow school parents, maybe even family members.  The seeping anger toward the autism population is disconcerting to say the least.  The slow demonization of the population that costs money and requires services is troubling.  What are we headed for as a nation?



Asperger's has become nearly cult like and many with unusual behavior are misdiagnosed when in fact they have other treatable mental illnesses such as OCD, thought disorder, schizotypal personality disorder to name but a few.

As time marches on it seems that autism is just another label to justify behavior. I somehow believe that MOST of the problem is not the kids but the parents who aren't equipped to cope with kids. Every kid is different, every parent wants the perfect kid. Too much helecoptering and not enough interaction, training, manners and consequences. My observation.

I think this nation is becoming nothing more than a "disorder" society. If you're sad you have "Happiness Deficit Disorder". If you stub your toe you have "Hyper Skin Sensitivity with Temporary Tourettes Disorder". Many of the parents who claim their kids have "ADHD" seem like nothing more than parents who don't have the time to spend with their children and therefore don't recognize when a child is being a child. Limiting the amount of TV they watch, how much High Fructose Corn Syrup is in their diet and spending quality time with them is far better than drugging them. Flame on...but until you've tried it you really don't know what it's like not to be part of a society that needs their children to be sick so that pharmaceutical companies can make a profit.

To me it has gotten to be the in thing among the soccer mom set to have a child who is "Autistic, high functioning" implying he is smarter than other children in ways that can't be measured in the conventional education system in addition to behavioral problems which are to be expected with such genius children. When in reality they just have plain old ordinary child who does not want behave in or out of school.

Looking at autism again, the symptoms also happen to partially describe about every mental illness that there ever was...
I'm afraid the only thing that will change is that all the people diagnosed as having Asperger's and PPD-NOS will be rediagnosed as suffering from Severe Autism Specturm Disorder.
Some psychiatrists will cheerfully oblige the raving greedy parents, some parents will cheerfully bash their kid on the head a little harder or feed them a few more drugs before going to see the doctor, and everyone will still get their Social Security checks.

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Tics and Toxins: Leroy School Site has History of Health, Water, Building Woes

Sick-buildingBy Dan Olmsted

The school where 12 girls developed tics attributed to "conversion disorder" has a history of water and structural problems, and an outbreak of rashes and sores occurred among students playing sports on land where the school is now sitting, according to a student who went there.

 "When we first started we couldn't go to gym class because the floor kept sinking and cracking," said the student, who attended the new LeRoy Junior/Senior High School in 2005, its first year of operation. She was one of several people who described the site as a "swamp." 

One year, students had to start a week late because of flooding inside the building, she said.

Before the current school -- which goes from eighth to twelfth grades -- was built, the site was used for student playing fields; the school itself was at another location. The new building sits directly atop those playing fields.

In the 1970s, students using those fields suffered from open sores that would not heal and rashes, said the former student, whose mother also went there and recalled the incident. The soil was tested, the cause was found, the students were treated and recovered. She did not know what the tests had shown.

This student expressed surprise that two consultant reports commissioned by the district, which found no problems with indoor air quality or toxins in the school building, stated: "No history of building water damage or site contamination was found."

She is not alone. On a Facebook site set up to support the students, one commenter wrote: "I read the environmental report and it seems like the testing wasn't very thorough. ... Correct me if I am wrong but wasn't the school partially underwater when it was first built? And how about soil testing. It seems like that would be included in thorough environmental testing? These girls deserve some answers. Praying for all of them and hoping we all get some answers soon."

Last week, I reported that except for checking a log of pesticide spraying, there is no evidence the consultants considered toxins in the schoolyard or on playing fields. Yet the symptoms occurred during mild weather when students would have been outside, and the school grounds are surrounded by intensively farmed land from which chemicals could conceivably have seeped or drifted.

The school is required to keep annual pesticide logs that were reviewed by the consulting firm, and therefore pesticides were ruled out. As best I could determine, that’s as far as it went.

The former student told me that some outside areas are used exclusively by girls, including a softball diamond.

Conversion disorder is a psychogenic diagnosis that means a psychological issue, such as stress or trauma, is converted unconsciously into physical symptoms. Several parents and affected students say they don’t accept that explanation. According to press reports, they have lost confidence in the Buffalo clinic that made the diagnosis and are now seeking other doctors to examine their children; the Buffalo clinic has reportedly now offered to conduct more tests.

One press report says the total number of students affected has reached 16 and includes one boy.

Neither the district nor the consulting firm it hired would talk to me about the issue.

On Friday, Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesman for the state Department of Health, told me, "The school is safe. The environment or an infection is not the cause of the students’ tics. There are many causes of tics-like symptoms. Stress can often worsen tic-like symptoms.

“All of the affected students have been evaluated and some have shown signs of improvement. Vaccines (Gardasil) have been ruled out."


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism and co-author, with Mark Blaxill, of "The Age of Autism -- Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Disorder." He has been an editor and reporter at USA Today and United Press International, where his investigation of severe side effects of an antimalaria drug given to U.S. soldiers won Best Wire Service Reporting from the National Mental Health Association.

Anne Dachel on DSM5 Changes in The Health Care Blog

AnneDachelCongrats to our own Anne Dachel who has been autism's town crier for years in an effort to ensure services, treatment and care for ALL of our loved ones facing the challenges of a spectrum disorder from the most severely affected autism to adults with Asperger's.

Please leave a comment in support of her work and about DSM5 at The Health Care blog HERE.  You can subscribe to her informative news feed site at

Dear DSM5 Team: Some Spontaneous Suggestions For You

Regarding DSM5 changes please read this action alert from NAA New York Metro.  Seems our kids can just spontaneously "get better." So relax you uptight Moms and Dads. Isn't that nifty? Let's talk about spontaneous.

This is a spontaneous kiss.

This is spontaneous combustion.


This is a spontaneous (and slightly annoying) song.

 This is "spontaneous" autism recovery. From a severely affected child to a boy who can perform. It took years of hard work, therapy, biomedical interventions.


Asking parents to trust your decisions, after decades of no answers, no ability to count or even confirm an epidemic, no cause, no treatments outside of drugs that cause weight gain to the point of obesity and side effects we would not impinge upon our pets would require one of these:

Regarding your changes to autism in the DSM? For the sake of our loved ones who need services and for whom services are tied to diagnosis - like EVERY disease/diagnosis in the country based on our miserable insurance providers and even our school systems.  You can't touch this.

DSM-5: You're Still Autistic. You're Just Weird. You We're Not Sure About. Call Us Tomorrow.

Confused womnanBy Anne Dachel

It’s hard to imagine more chaos in the world of autism than what we see happening right now.  Autism is more and more in the public spotlight.  The numbers are huge and no one can explain them.  Since 2009 we’ve been told that one percent of children have autism.  Among boys alone, it’s almost two percent.  Mainstream medicine can’t explain the stunning increase in a once rare disorder.  For years health officials gave doctors credit for all the autism everywhere.  They said it was the result of “greater awareness” and “better diagnosing.”  Children who were mislabeled as something else were now correctly called autistic.  The criteria for diagnosing autism was laid out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and a child with symptoms would be placed somewhere on the autism spectrum, as it came to be known.  This included very high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome all the way over to the other end of the spectrum to those with severe intellectual impairment and all the signs of classic autism. 

Between 2007 and 2009 the autism rate went from one in 150 to one in every 110 children and even health officials had to admit there was more going on here than just better diagnosing.  It looked like lots more kids really did have autism.  To address this, groups like Autism Speaks poured millions of dollars into studies looking for the gene/genes that cause autism—with no conclusive results.  Studies did turn to the environment, since if the explosion in autism was real, genes alone couldn’t possibly explain it.  We were regularly told about studies linking autism to older dads, older moms, siblings too close together, lack of vitamin D, living too close to a freeway, low birth weight, and the list continues to this day.  The one thing that officials continually denied was any link to the ever-expanding vaccine schedule.  After seeming to study the possible connection in depth, the agency that runs the vaccine program gave their vaccines a clean bill of health.  (And after delivering the coup de grace to the vaccine-autism link, the last head of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Julie Gerberding, became the head of the vaccine division at Merck.)

Meanwhile, autism became a real public health issue.  News stories about the number of affected children and the cost of educating and treating them were common.  Almost as an aside was the line, “Autism has no known cause.”  There was nothing doctors and health officials could actually tell us about autism except that we should look for signs of the disorder in babies and young children because early intervention led to the best outcome.  Officials didn’t seem concerned that no one was able to find a comparable rate of autism among adults.  Since many experts still adamantly claimed that there was no real increase, someone somewhere should have been eager to find the misdiagnosed/undiagnosed 40, 50, and 60 year olds out there with autism, especially those with classic autism whose symptoms are undeniable.  This was never done.

With more and more children being diagnosed with autism, more attention was given to the disorder.  Autism Speaks, the biggest advocacy group in the U.S., was started in 2005 and Congress set up the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee in 2006.  It appeared that whatever could be done about autism would be done, with millions of dollars thrown into the mix. 

The problem is that not much has been learned about this disorder in the last six or seven years, except that the numbers continue to grow and the controversial link to vaccines isn’t going away.  In fact, with growing concern over autism, more and more parents have stopped vaccinating.  Despite the endless promotion of vaccines as safe by people like Dr. Paul Offit, himself a vaccine developer, questions continue to be asked.  While the federal government has long claimed that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has never paid out for vaccine damage that included autism, last year it was revealed that dozens of children with autism have received millions of dollars in compensation.     This followed the news in 2008 that Health and Human Services had conceded the case of Hannah Poling, the young Georgia girl who regressed into autism after being vaccinated. 

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AutismOne SoCal at Health Freedom Expo: The Exciting New Autism Event of Southern California

RegisterAutismOne is excited to team up with the leaders of the Health Freedom Expo community to present engaging and important speakers/lectures/panels. Dan Olmsted of Age of Autism will lecture and lead a rousing panel covering "Malfeasance in the Media"; Tim Bolen of The Bolen Report officiates the "Vaccine Politics" panel; and, of course, biomed lectures like Dr. Jerry Kartzinel's "Mending Autism: Comorbid Biological Conditions and Moving Toward Recovery" help parents move their children forward. AutismOne Chicago keynote Dr. David Lewis also joins us at the Health Freedom Expo in Long Beach with his stellar presentation "Institutional Research Misconduct: The Autism Researcher's Worst Nightmare." With 3 days of biomed, advocacy, and education lectures and panels, AutismOne SoCal at Health Freedom Expo brings together the leaders in the autism and health freedom movements, giving you the straight answers so that you can be the most effective advocate for your child. To register for March 2-4 in Long Beach: To register for May 23-27 in Chicago:

Friday, March 2

Janet Levatin, MD -- The Changing Face of Pediatrics:  Autism and Chronic Disease

John Hicks, MD, and Betsy Hicks -- A Gut Feeling about Autism, Nutrition, and the Brain

Nancy Mullan, MD -- The Single Most Important Biochemical Molecule in Treating ASD

Panel -- Malfeasance in the Media (led by Dan Olmsted of Age of Autism)

Andrew Wakefield, MBBS -- Vaccine Wars. Exposing iatrogenic injury: Into the playoffs.

David Lewis, PhD -- Institutional Research Misconduct: The Autism Researcher's Worst Nightmare

Mary Holland, Esq. -- What’s Law Got to Do With It?: The U.S. Vaccine Program and the Autism Epidemic


Saturday, March 3

Jerry Kartzinel, MD -- Mending Autism: Comorbid Biological Conditions and Moving Toward Recovery

Shawn Centers, DO -- Healing the Whole Child: Osteopathy, Birth Trauma, Natural Medicines, and Autism

Dan Olmsted -- Malfeasance in the Media

Mary Jo Lang, PhD, RN -- How ASD Health Issues Affect Education/Behavioral Needs at School

Karen Kain -- Lorrin's World:  What You Need to Know about Vaccine Injury

Mark Geier, MD, PhD, and David Geier -- The Biological Basis of Autism: Causation and Treatment


Sunday, March 4

Cindy Griffin, DSH-P, DIHom -- Autism myths and realities: Health freedom hanging in the balance

Michael Montico, MD -- The Vicious Cycles of Autism: A Functional Approach

Panel -- Vaccine Politics (led by Tim Bolen of The Bolen Report)

Rev. Lisa Sykes -- Wesley’s Story:  Hurt and Healing after Mercury-containing Vaccines

Brian Hooker, PhD, PE -- How Free is FOIA?




Jo Ashline: A Story Behind Every Number

NewbornManaging Editor's Note: This post in the OC Register caught my eye.  We can relate to the feeling of shock, the grief and then rolling up the sleeves and getting to work and back to love. 

By Jo Ashline

There is a mommy-to-be out there somewhere rubbing her belly and stocking up on antacids because she’s eating for two (and maybe, sometimes, when no one’s looking, for three). She spends hours researching the best car seat and stroller systems, daydreaming while doing the dishes about long walks in the park and whether she will allow strangers a sneak peak at the most gorgeous baby ever to be born.

Her husband, a good man with a big heart, dutifully goes to work each day, socking away dollars and cents and nursing his own daydreams about teaching his son to play catch. He makes a silent promise to keep his cool when bragging to his co-workers about his boy’s natural talent on the field, his impeccable hand-eye-coordination and his speed and endurance. He does his best to try and stay in the present, but every once in a while, as he crunches the numbers and updates the spreadsheets, he stares off into the distance and pictures his son, a handsome fellow that looks remarkably like him.

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A World of Hurt

Better safe than sorryBy Cathy Jameson

Thank you, Dr. James Conway for the title for this post.  Conway is a pediatric disease specialist according to in this article.  You’ll hear more about him toward the end of my post.

I tried not to read the article early last week.  I hesitated to click on the link seeing a short intro for it on a news site.  I knew the topic was going to get me all riled up.  Since I already have enough on my plate I wanted to spare myself a few minutes of unnecessary aggravation.  I should have avoided the story, but I didn’t.  I peeked.  As much as I want to shield you from the content in the link you’ll have to open it and read the article, too. 

The opening sentence starts out fine.  The reporter shares that a growing trend of parents are not vaccinating their children.  I smiled and sent a virtual high five toward my computer screen.  Woot!  More parents are onto something!  They are making bold statements (and taking action) about the state of the current vaccine schedule. 

Then, my high-fived hand came down.  My smile turned into pursed lips, and I shook my head.  I stopped at the third sentence.  A pediatrician named Margaret Hennessey interviewed on a radio show said that parents should not skip vaccines.  Tsk. Tsk.  Why don’t you know?  When everyone is getting (vaccines) they work better! 


What Hennesey mentions is also known as herd immunity.  Guess what?  It doesn’t work.

The doctor now makes her own bold statement:  “There's no science that supports that it's worthwhile holding off on these vaccines.”  She goes on to say that vaccines can prevent infant death.  Her science is saying that vaccines are safe.  And effective.  And we should all get them.  Or babies will die.


This is where I started talking to my computer screen, “Vaccines are effective?!  For what?  I know what they are effective in doing—they’re effective in causing mitochondrial dysfunction.    They can cause cell death.   Vaccines can result in autism.  They can effectively change people’s lives negatively and possibly forever.  Vaccines even lead to death.  How’s that for the ultimate in effective?

I grumbled to myself, “Worthwhile, too?  Hmpf.  I’ll show you what’s worthwhile.  My child, his health and preventing a vaccine injury is worthwhile.  Assuming that by blinding jabbing anyone and everyone thinking that will make vaccines effective is ludicrous.”  My guess is Dr. Hennessy hasn’t read everything there is to read on vaccine safety.  She should know that some people can and have negative reactions to vaccines and what’s in them.  With just a few clicks of the mouse one can certainly find more than enough evidence that science does exist to support it being worthwhile to hold off on vaccines.  Just look at the massive list Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) and its contributors have compiled!

I started to regret opening the link to the news story.  Since I wasn’t finished with the article I sat back in my chair, refocused on the monitor and cringed.  I forced myself to continue to read. 

Enter Dr. James Conway.  Remember he’s that guy that gave me the idea for today’s post.  Wait for his little tidbit.  Conway says that not vaccinating children "is like putting your kids out in traffic."

I was now standing up yelling at my computer.  Conway continues.  He says, ‘…they might not get hit by a car, but if they do "that's a world of hurt."’

Are you kidding me?!?!

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Tics and Toxins: LeRoy Officials Gave Little Attention to Schoolyard Before Ruling Out Environment


By Dan Olmsted

Health experts say they’ve eliminated every possible environmental and infectious cause for the “tics” afflicting 12 girls at LeRoy Junior/Senior High School in New York state. They’ve scoured the building for mold and carbon monoxide (nothing, they say), considered illnesses that might cause the symptom (none), even checked on vaccinations (not all girls had the same shot).

However thorough that workup may have been, it seems to have stopped at the schoolhouse Exit sign. Except for checking a log of pesticide spraying, there is no evidence they considered toxins in the schoolyard or on playing fields. Yet the symptoms occurred during mild weather when students would have been outside, and the school grounds are surrounded by intensively farmed land from which chemicals could conceivably have seeped or drifted.

The school is required to keep annual pesticide logs that were reviewed by a consulting firm looking into environmental factors, and therefore pesticides were ruled out. As best I can determine, that’s as far as it went.

That may not be far enough, given that parents and some of the students involved don’t accept the psychogenic diagnosis they have been given, and that a number of Web commentators familiar with the school have raised concerns about the grounds and how the relatively new building is sited.

Public health officials remain adamant that the case is closed.

"The LeRoy school is safe,” Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesman for the state Department of Health, replied Friday after I raised the issue in a telephone call. “The environment or an infection is not the cause of the students’ tics. There are many causes of tics-like symptoms. Stress can often worsen tic-like symptoms.

“All of the affected students have been evaluated and some have shown signs of improvement. Vaccines (Gardasil) have been ruled out."

While the department has been careful for privacy reasons to avoid naming the illness, a doctor treating the girls has now gone public, with their permission, by calling it “conversion disorder.” Known less gingerly as mass hysteria, the diagnosis is rooted in 19th century Freudian psychology: Stress or trauma is subconsciously transformed into physical symptoms that can occur in several people at the same time. 

In part because the LeRoy diagnosis took months to emerge, and in part because many people – including parents and affected children – find conversion disorder a suspect explanation, multiple theories continue to arise. Those include concerns about the school building and grounds, expressed in online comments:

-- An environmental study “would be the first logical step, knowing that the school was built in a swamp and that a number of classrooms were underwater the first year as well as the gym you would think it would be the first thing the school would address- even if only to disprove it.”

-- “Girls started feeling sick in September, sounds like pesticide spraying At the end of summer before the fall to protect late crops.” (The girls’ symptoms began as early as September 10, according to published accounts.)

 -- “Have the doctors considered that the condition may be related to the school's having been built on swampy land? Water in the building continues to be a problem. A second story that should be pursued by the press and others is why this new school was built and why it was built on this particular piece of land.”

A quick look look at Google Earth (click the plus sign to see the school and grounds in detail) Leroy  shows the setting. The high school’s Web site  has an aerial photo that appears to show a large pool of standing water close to the school, with a rivulet coming even closer; it appears to be dry in the Google photo.

Farming, despite its idyllic image in American lore, is a highly chemical-intensive practice, and Western New York is no exception. For that and other reasons, it can be dangerous. In October, a few miles west of LeRoy in Genesee County, two people became ill when a pesticide being applied to a potato field wafted in their direction.  The substance was a toxic fumigant being injected into the soil in preparation for planting this year’s crop. Officials said humidity might have helped spread it.

Obviously, that incident had nothing to do with the LeRoy illnesses, but it does give a sense of time and place missing in accounts of the area, as well as suggesting weather is an unpredictable vector. 

But in such a scenario, why would only girls be affected? That's unclear, but there are a number of possibilities that environmental triggers could help explain. For instance, in some cases of mass illness in high schools, the victims were male football players and the problems were traced to toxins where they played. Being male was not a susceptibility factor, but it pointed to the exposure nonetheless. (In another case, marching band members suffered the same problem for the same reason.)

It is possible that more has been done to consider toxins outside the school building, but if so nothing has been done to communicate it to the national media.

In fact, opportunities continue to be missed. The two consultant reports and the school district’s official statement make no mention of looking for anything amiss outside the building itself ,except to note the water supply comes from neighboring Monroe County's public system. "No history of building water damage or site contamination was found," it states.

Neither the district nor the consulting firm it hired would talk to me Friday when I told them I was seeking information on whether risks outside the school building had been investigated.


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism and co-author, with Mark Blaxill, of “The Age of Autism – Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-made Epidemic,” published by Thomas Dunne Books.

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“The hell with balance!” - Paul Offit Throws Out Jake Crosby, Argues with NYU Research Scholar Mary Holland at Yale

Offit standingBy Jake Crosby

Millionaire vaccine industrialist Paul Offit lied about me again. Unlike at NIH, where Tara Palmore had me removed after I asked Paul Offit a question during Q&A, at Yale, Dr. Offit himself demanded I leave after he repeated his lie that I am a “stalker.” Fortunately, Vaccine Epidemic co-editor Mary Holland was also in the audience – and defended me after I left.

On January 13, 2012, Offit gave the Beaumont Lecture at Yale’s Sterling Hall of Medicine, sponsored by the Beaumont Medical Club. The title of his talk was “Hard Knocks: Communicating Science to the Public.” It contained many of the same talking points as his recent NIH “Clinical Grand Rounds – Great Teacher Lecture” titled “Communicating Vaccine Safety Science to the Public.” The Yale audience numbered around fifty to seventy-five people, comprised mostly of older physicians.

It was during Dr. Offit’s lecture when he first spotted me seated in the audience. At the end of his talk, he scowled at me. I was not intimidated.  Three questions into the Q&A discussion, the microphone was handed to me and I proceeded to ask my question:

"Hi Dr. Offit, I'm a student at GW School of Public Health. You said Dr. Wakefield "can't stop suing people"…

As I was about to ask my question, Offit began shouting me down:

"Stop right there! Stop right there!"

"Were you aware..."

"Stop right there! Jake, I am sick and tired of you following me to my events! Get out! Leave!"

"This is only the second event of yours I've been to."

He responded by saying I cannot criticize him in person, only online.

"You can write about me on your vindictive blog!"

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In Memoriam Paul Foot: Private Eye in an Ethical Tangle Over MMR

Private-Eye-Golden-Satiricals-524389By John Stone

The editor of the British satirical journal Private Eye, Ian Hislop, told the UK’s Leveson Inquiry into media ethics on Tuesday concerning the MMR controversy:

"Yes, we got it wrong. I was advised by our MD not to pursue it and I should have listened to him. The story went on too long. Mea Culpa."

Private Eye’s columnist ‘MD’, otherwise known as TV presenter, comedian and doctor, Phil Hammond has close pharmaceutical connections and has campaigned (with ultimate success) through Private Eye and British Medical Journal for the Merck/Sanofi HPV vaccine Gardasil  to be preferred in the UK to GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix. Although this may not be known to Private Eye readers Hammond has disclosed in BMJ that he “has been paid to speak at dinners by many drug companies (including GSK and Sanofi Pasteur).” Sanofi are also partners with Merck in Europe: Merck, GSK and Sanofi Pasteur are the three former defendants in the MMR litigation. He also presided over a grand industry award ceremony in 2007, in part sponsored by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, in which the host journal, Scrip World Pharmaceutical News  - which caters for pharmaceutical industry executives - paid tribute to him in glowing terms:

“Those not up for an Award shared an enjoyable evening with the nominees, one that balanced business and pleasure for all concerned. Host Dr Phil Hammond, a writer, broadcaster and qualified GP, captured the mood with his light-hearted critique of the healthcare sector that the 750 guests enjoyed greatly. Dr Hammond is well known mainly in the UK, yet his often-provocative address successfully struck a chord with the Awards’ international audience. In particular, he sympathised with some of the difficulties facing the industry, especially in this era of reimbursement challenges. "I'm looking forward to the day when I can actually prescribe some of the drugs that win Awards," he told the audience. Julie Walters, CEO of MediaSpeak, and representative for shortlisted company Synosia, spoke for many when she said: “Our guests from the US loved the Awards, especially Dr Phil Hammond. Book that man for next year!””

Private Eye began to retreat from its support for MMR families after the death of its leading investigative reporter, Paul Foot, in 2004 and the no doubt increasing influence of Hammond. However, MD Hammond’s review of the science post GMC verdict in 2010 is less than convincing (Private Eye 5-18 February 2010). He cites four sources – including the notorious Madsen study - which do not tell a clear story either individually or collectively and which he does not appear to understand beyond the spin which has already been put on them.

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Why the DSM-5 Should Concern Us All

ADHD-ritalin-children-diagnosedBy Mary Romaniec

On December 13, 2006, a four year old girl named Rebecca Riley died of an overdose of prescribed medication.  Her parents had given her a toxic combination of Seroquel, Clonodine and Depakote, along with an over-the-counter cold medication.  Their reasons for the medications were to calm a child who had been diagnosed with bipolar and ADHD when she was two years old.  Her parents were to eventually go on to face charges of murder after the autopsy confirmed that she had died from the mixture of these medications.  While her parents were convicted of all changes in 2010, the prescribing physician, Dr. Kiyoko Kifuji, faced a whole different scrutiny, and one that put the entire psychiatric community on notice.

This is where the problems with DSM-IV are on display.  In the diagnostic manual that was established in 1993 by a committee of leading psychiatrists, the wording for diagnosing bipolar and other disorders did not clarify at what age a person could receive said diagnosis.  In other words, what is considered abnormal at say twenty, would also be construed as abnormal in a two year old.  In Rebecca’s case, Dr. Kifuji, who worked at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, readily admitted that her diagnosis of Rebecca and her two siblings with mental illness at young ages was influenced by her working relationship with Dr. Joseph Biederman of Massachusetts General Hospital, considered the cult-like figure around the cause of early diagnosis of bipolar.

Dr. Biederman, chief of pediatric psychopharmacology and associated with Harvard University, believes that the moment a child is born is the time to begin looking for bipolar and other mental health disorders.  What was once diagnosed as a disease in young adulthood can now be diagnosed when a child is a mere toddler, meaning that the child can begin receiving antipsychotic medication for behavior that most would consider “the terrible twos.”    He considers his work to be breakthrough science on par with the first vaccinations of disease. Kifuji was one of his followers.

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AUTISM ONE AND HEALTH FREEDOM EXPO JOIN HANDS: Thousands to Hear the Truth about Autism and Chronic Disease

Health appleLOS ANGELES, CA :  In a defining moment in the history of American health, the Health Freedom Expo and AutismOne joined forces today and announced that they are working together to present, protect, and preserve the best health choices for the American public. 

Health Freedom Expo, one of the driving forces of the progressive health movement, and AutismOne will bring to Health Freedom Expo attendees throughout the year and from coast to coast a special program devoted to accurately informing the public about the real biological reasons and effective remediation for autism, with an emphasis on related advocacy issues.  The first three-day program of lectures and panels, AutismOne SoCal at Health Freedom Expo, will be held March 2-4, 2012, in Long Beach, CA.

This combined meeting will give leaders of each advocacy arena a chance to synergistically grow ideas and develop common strategies.  AutismOne thanks Tim Bolen of the Bolen Report  for his forward-thinking insight in facilitating this auspicious collaboration. 

Teri Arranga, AutismOne’s director said:  “We are delighted to be joining forces with a movement that is vital to the future of this country.  Health Freedom Expo has a distinctive record of leadership, providing essential information for thousands of individuals.”  Arranga continued:  “We are at a tipping point.  All of us must come together, or there will be no tomorrow.  Our country cannot survive the exploding growth in the rate of autism that is now 1 in every 45 boys in many states.  We have answers, and we are proud to present them and be a part of Health Freedom Expo."

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LeRoy New York Girls' Plight Highlights The Durability of Sheer Medical Nonsense

Nonsense_logo_messyEditor's Note: It is clear from Tuesday's Today Show Segment (confirmed on Wednesday) that doctors believe the "tics" afflicting teen girls in LeRoy, New York, are a psychiatric illness -- specifically, conversion disorder. (That's all that's left when you rule out infectious and environmental factors, at least as I understand those terms.) For that reason, we're re-running my recent post about this dubious diagnosis and its roots in Freudian nonsense that has still not been acknowledged and discredited. 

By Dan Olmsted

Events have conspired this year to bring attention to psychiatry as it relates to autism and other disorders that we believe share environmental roots. The focus is not at all flattering.

There’s the American Psychiatric Association’s re-jiggering of the upcoming DSM-V so that the parameters of autistic disorder will change, fuzzing the real increase and making its environmental nature harder to discern. Then there’s French psychiatrists banning a documentary called The Wall, which portrays them (accurately) as clinging to the discredited parent-blaming paradigm.

There’s the book Anatomy of an Addiction by Howard Markel, which portrays Sigmund Freud as – how shall we put it -- coked out of his freaking mind while cooking up some of his big ideas. And there’s a well-received new film, A Dangerous Method, which describes how Freud and Jung dealt – poorly -- with a prominent case of “hysteria.”

The miserable performance of psychiatry on these fronts is not news to us. In our book The Age of Autism – Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-made Epidemic, Mark Blaxill and I put forward a new theory about Freud’s first “hysteria” cases in the late 1800s. We argue that many if not most of those dozen or so case studies – which included both men and women – were actually organic illnesses triggered by toxins, and in particular by mercury exposure from medicine and manufacturing.

We won’t recapitulate that theory here (see our chapter, “The Age of Hysteria”) except to say that Freud himself noted that most of the severe patients he saw were tending fathers with long histories of syphilis – treated with mercury – or were otherwise employed in nursing – where mercury dressings and treatments were then standard. Our examination of his key case histories, from “Dora” to “Anna O.,” documented the close connection. In the case of Dora, Freud treated her father for syphilis before seeing her as a patient a few years later – having triggered, we believe, the very mental problems that he then treated as psychiatric! Nice work if you can get it.

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Age of Autism Contest: EmFinders Wearable Locator Device and One Free Month Monitoring


Contest is closed: Chris O'Connell is the Winner. 

Managing Editor's Note:  I received an email from EmFinders (watch a video here) about their location system.  Wandering is always a concern in our community. I asked, and they kindly agreed, to donate ONE UNIT to an AofA reader,a long with 1 FREE month of monitoring.  Rules:

Emfinders will contact Winner directly to ship device and provide setup info.

Emfinders will ship device free of charge with initial month of service paid directly to contest winner

After 1 month EmFinders will contact the winner to add a yearly service contract billed on a monthly basis to continue using the service.  -Monthly cost is $35/month.

Any questions in regards to product/service/etc they can contact EmFinders customer care @ 1-866-426-3386

If you enter the contest, you will be responsible for each additional month of monitoring ($35).  Only families who will use and continue the monitoring are encouraged to enter.  Leave a comment with your email address in the email field to enter.  Thanks for understanding. For more information about EmFinders’ EmSeeQ emergency locator system, please visit  KS

EmFinders Offers Tips, Technologies to Help Protect Children with Autism against the Dangers of Bolting

Maker of Life-Saving EmSeeQ® Location Device Urges Parents and Caregivers to Safeguard against Elopement

FRISCO, TX - For parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), the risk of bolting (wandering away or elopement) is a source of constant worry. To help prevent a wandering event from becoming a tragedy, EmFinders, maker of the life-saving EmSeeQ®wearable locator device for children and adults with special needs, is urging parents, grandparents, school officials and other caregivers to take special precautions to prevent kids with ASD from wandering off to avoid potentially grave consequences.

“Bolting is very common in kids with autism: about half of parents of children with ASD deal with elopement.Among those who do, two-thirds say their child has had a ‘close call’ with traffic, while one-third say they’ve had a ‘close call’ with a possible drowning,” said Jim Nalley, co- founder of EmFinders, citing recent research from the Interactive Autism Network (IAN). “Certainly there are steps you can take to prevent a child from bolting, but it’s also critical to have a plan in place to bring them home quickly and safely if they do get away. That’s where EmSeeQ can help.”

EmSeeQ Speeds Rescue in Spokane

When 9-year-old Jakob Lund failed to return home from Whitman Elementary School in Spokane, Wash. one Friday afternoon in May, his mother, Stephanie, knew exactly what to do: she first called 911 and then alerted EmFinders, who activated Jakob’sEmSeeQ bracelet. Jakob has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and had a history of wandering off for hours at a time. His mother purchased the EmSeeQ bracelet the previous fall as a way to quickly locate Jakob and bring him home safely should this situation occur.

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LeRoy NY Girls With Neurological Tics: Science Offers Reasons When Government Officials Won't


By Teresa Conrick

I have a teen daughter very affected with vocal tics, OCD, enuresis, estrogen-related seizures and a significant past history of streptococcus infections as well as numerous viral illnesses.  Her diagnosis in 1995 - AUTISM - and additionally in 2011 - an autoimmune diagnosis - based on two positive results for antinuclear antibodies.  Armed with that knowledge, I was lured to an article this week called, Le Roy Parents Want Answers about Mysterious Illness I was shocked to read a horrific account of twelve high school girls, all from the same school, who had each begun to have severe symptoms similar to Tourette's syndrome, with tics and verbal outbursts.  These are familiar symptoms to me and for any parent who has a child who regressed into an immune or autoimmune disease.

I have researched and done much reading about Autism and also P.A.N.D.A.S.  (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatic Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections)  because both seem to be related  to Megan and to each other, as the immune system seems to be a big, common denominator.  Seeing a story that describes previously healthy teens, teen girls, become so ill with movement and vocal tics, should alarm everyone.  The many articles on this story offer bits and pieces of clues as we all read it is "a mystery:"  Autism and P.A.N.D.A.S. used to be mysteries but over the years, many parents have reported that regression into each often came about due to vaccination or acute illness from bacterial or viral infections.  Streptococcus bacteria also known as "Strep Throat" for many, has been implicated often for P.A.N.D.A.S. but parents are also seeing regression and further exacerbation with other infections, such as Lyme (Borrelia bacterium) and Pneumonia ( Mycoplasma pneumonia). Are we seeing a rise in these immune-mediated diseases over the past years of increased vaccinations?

These are some facts:

1- A mysterious disorder which exhibits symptoms similar to Tourette's Syndrome has affected twelve female students at the same high school in LeRoy, NY.

2- Tourette's Syndrome is a neurological disorder defined by involuntary motor and vocal tics.

3- The New York State Department of Health says since September, 12 girls in Le Roy suddenly developed tics. Some are so bad, they had to be pulled out of school and tutored at home.

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Autism Speaks Continues "To Sleuth the Causes of ASD"

BaldwinBy Anne Dachel

Autism Speaks caught my attention recently.  I watched a Public Service Announcement from AS featuring American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and his daughter who has autism.

  It actually says nothing about autism but it does remind us that a lot of kids have the disorder and "early diagnosis can make a lifetime of difference."  The fleeting seconds at the end where we actually SEE AN AFFECTED CHILD is a sweet feel-good moment.  All in all, it’s a nice tribute to Tommy Hilfiger but contains nothing of substance about autism--so much for any parents who might actually want to learn something about the disorder.  AS’s message is that autism happens-- the best we can do is to find it early.   

Autism Speaks has been around since 2005 and it raises millions of dollars with a lot of it from local fund raising by trusting parents.  AS gets national attention in the press as America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.  Their website announces that they are "dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families."

Autism Speaks regularly sends out a report on "Autism In The News."   There you'll see all kinds of stories about autism including a couple of recent ones again mentioning Dr. Wakefield's "discredited vaccine-autism report."  Autism in the News generally avoids the heated controversy over vaccines and autism.
I also recently got an email with the annual letter from Autism Speaks’s Chief Science Officer Dr. Geraldine Dawson.   Dr. Dawson reviewed what 2011 was like for autism. She started out telling us about the genetic links and the fact that a 2011 Stanford University looking at identical and fraternal twins showed that the environment was a greater factor in the development of autism than genetics. Dawson wrote, "This strongly suggests that environmental influences play a significant role in autism--prenatal influences being among the most likely.  This seemed to have been a big surprise to Dawson who wrote that previous to the 2011 study, “it was taken as fact that the causes of autism were almost completely genetic.”  (Are we to believe then that until 2011 Dawson didn’t believe there’d been a real increase in autism, since it’s impossible to have a solely genetic epidemic?)

In addition, Dawson praised all the research Autism Speaks is funding, which to the outsider looks like they're leaving no stone unturned.  With all these studies going on it's a mystery why, when it comes to what we actually know about autism, it's next to nothing. There is still no known cause, cure, or effective treatment for autism.  There’s nothing that mainstream medicine can tell an expectant mother so that her next child doesn't also end up on the autism spectrum.  

Dawson noted that all these studies have a "great potential for deepening our understanding of autism's causes.  It seems that when it comes to autism, we're always waiting for answers that are years down the road.

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Autism Parenting: Master of Disaster

Fire alarmBy Cathy Jameson

I recently talked to my typical kids about a house emergency plan.  We hadn’t had a review of that topic in a few months.  I wanted the kids to remember how to safely leave the house should we ever have a fire, earthquake or other event where we’d have to evacuate quickly.  We talked about how to call the police and which neighbor could help us if we had a middle-of-the-night scare.  My oldest daughter and my typical son understood the review well.  Ronan’s next younger sister had many questions and of course many concerns.  I answered honestly while also hoping to not instill fear as I spoke. 

I explained that these types of events are called “What if…” moments.  No one ever wants to go through them, but we should all be prepared for them just in case.  We covered what constituted an emergency, who was going to grab whom on the way out of the house, where our meeting place was and how we’d stay safe once help was on the way.  My five-year old sat quietly listening and then asked, “What about my stuff like my Bekah Bear and Flower Pillow?”  I reminded her that we would be sad if we couldn’t see her things again, but we can always get new ones later. “There’s only one of you, and I can’t go buy a new you.  So, get out of the house as quickly as you can.  Don’t go back in.  Please, don’t go back.” 

Two days after we had re-established our family emergency plan I had to make a 9-1-1 call.  Fortunately my older children were at school, so only my youngest and I were home at the time.  I had less people to get outside quickly.  The emergency was averted and then resolved with the assistance of our local rescue crew.  In just a few minutes an entire scenario of “What Ifs” flooded my thoughts.  I shudder at the thought of “What if….what if the house went up in flames?  What if I couldn’t get out of there fast enough?  What if I couldn’t save my own child?”  I am thankful for fast thinking on my part and a blessing that saved us from potential disaster. 

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House of Cards by Kim Stagliano FREE Today!

Free stuffWOW! Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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My gift to you Sunday, January 15th - FREE download of my funny, fast paced romantic suspense House of Cards.  #1 in the Family Saga category (oh, autism it's a saga isn't it, friends?"  And it's in the top 25 Kindle books in the free category.  Don't forget the Kindle app (right here)is available for every device (PC and Mac included)  except your toasters and Nooks!  I'm also proud to on the same "readers who bought this also bought" with David Lender's medicaLegal THRILLER Vaccine Nation. And Janet Evanovich (pinch me!)

Book Description: Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum would think her life is easy compared to Kat Cavicchio's. When a car crash with a New England Patriot lands her sister in the hospital, Kat has to move in with her brother-in-law to take care of her young niece and nephew – with autism. The windfall accident settlement should turn around her financial woes and help the kids too, until the football player kicks his last field goal in a gruesome murder that lands Kat's entire family in the cross hairs of a drug dealer who thinks she is hiding something from the football player that he wants. Can a sexy State Trooper throw a Hail Mary pass and save her life before the clock runs out on her life? House of Cards 160

Q&A with author of House of Cards, Kim Stagliano

Question: Which books or movies influenced you in writing House of Cards?

KS: My life as a Mom of three girls with autism is pretty stressful (understatement of the year there) and so I read and watch movies for entertainment and laughter. I'm a big fan of the Farrelly Brothers comedies and love offbeat, irreverent humor. I created Kat Cavicchio in the hopes that readers will want to meet her again and again, like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, Rita Mae Brown's Harry Haristeen and Meg Cabot's Heather Wells.

Q: You wrote a Memoir called All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa and you blog and write for magazines. Why did you decide to write fiction?

KS: So I can kill people! OK, maybe not. Fiction gave me the freedom to have a character say things that would sound dreadful coming from me, a real Mom. It's fun to create a world where you control the events - good and bad - and write the ending you want. If only life were so easy.

Q: Is House of Cards an "autism book?"

KS: No more than Jodi Picoult's House Rules would be called an "Asperger's book." House of Cards is about the growth of Kat Cavicchio and the arc of her Italian American family's life. Sophie and Dom are characters whose autism shapes them - they help Kat learn who she is and how to grow up.

Q: Is House of Cards "your" story?

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Petition Asks Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to Allow Kidney Transplant to Disabled Child

You have likely heard of the child Amelia who has Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome and has been denied a life saving kidney transplant by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  Below is her mother's heart wrenching blog entry about the doctor's visit.   So, a few things about this story:

1) There is a petition ask CHOP to reconsider Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Allow the kidney transplant Amelia needs to survive

2) You can comment at the original blog entry "Brick Walls" by CRivera75 at the Wolf-Hirshorn Syndrome sight.

Is this an example of healthcare rationing? Eugenics? Simple economic return on investment (I'm shuddering)?  If this were your child, would her life be worth saving or would you pass on the kidney, hoping it would go to an A student who lives in Philly's prestigious Main Line, might attend Princeton and become a doctor or lawyer?  And if you'll allow me a moment of snark, do you think they let the poor child out the door without a flu shot?  K

I am going to try and tell you what happened to us on January 10, 2012, in the conference room in the Nephrology department at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

We arrived for our regular Nephrology visit with Amelia’s doctor who has seen her for the last three years. She examines Amelia and sends us for labs. I ask about the transplant and she says we have about six months to a year until she needs one. She tells us she reserved the conference room and when we get back from labs, we can meet with the transplant team and he can tell us about the transplant process.

After the labs, Amelia falls asleep in her stroller and we are called back to a large room with a screen and about sixteen chairs. Joe and I get comfortable and leave a space between us to fit the stroller. After about five minutes, a doctor and a social worker enter the room. They sit across from us but also leave a space between the two of them.

The doctor begins to talk and I listen intently on what he is saying. He has a Peruvian accent and is small, with brown hair, a mustache and is about sixty five years old. He gets about four sentences out ( I think it is an introduction) and places two sheets of paper on the table. I can’t take my eyes off the paper. I am afraid to look over at Joe because I suddenly know where the conversation is headed. In the middle of both papers, he highlighted in pink two phrases. Paper number one has the words, “Mentally Retarded” in cotton candy pink right under Hepatitis C. Paper number two has the phrase, “Brain Damage” in the same pink right under HIV. I remind myself to focus and look back at the doctor. I am still smiling.

He says about three more sentences when something sparks in my brain. First it is hazy, foggy, like I am swimming under water. I actually shake my head a little to clear it. And then my brain focuses on what he just said.

I put my hand up. “Stop talking for a minute. Did you just say that Amelia shouldn’t have the transplant done because she is mentally retarded. I am confused. Did you really just say that?”

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White House Call on Federal Internships and Employment Opps for Young Americans with Disabilities

White houseThe White House Office of Public Engagement invites you to a nationwide conference call on federal internships and employment opportunities for young Americans with disabilities on Tuesday, January 17th  at 3 p.m. EST. Program representatives will explain how to apply for these unique opportunities, when application materials are due, and useful tips on putting together a competitive application package.

What: Conference Call on Federal Internship and Employment Opportunities for
Young People with Disabilities

Speakers from:

  • The White House Internship Program
  • The Presidential Personnel Office
  • The Department of Labor’s Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities

When: Tuesday, January 17th

Time: 3 p.m. EST

How: Please click HERE to receive an email with dial-in information for this call.

Note: this call is off the record and not intended for press purposes.

Autistic Children Have Different Guts

Stomach_acheManaging Editor's Note: We'd beg to differ on the autistic children also suffer from gastrointestinal disorders, but so far the connection, if any remains unclear but this is worth noting:

(Ivanhoe Newswire)-- An interesting observation has been made that many autistic children have a different kind of bacteria in their intestinal tract than non-autistic children do.

Brent Williams and colleagues at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University found that bacteria belonging to the group Sutterella are one of the major populations of microorganisms living in the gut of some autistic children. Sutterella was not found in tissue samples from non-autistic children.

It is an enigma what the correlation is between the developmental disorder autism and the existence of Sutterella. Jorge Benach, Chairman of the Department of Microbiology at Stony Brook University and a reviewer of the report is quoted as saying, "Sutterella has been associated with gastrointestinal diseases below the diaphragm, and whether it's a pathogen or not is still not clear. It is not a very well-known bacterium."

Frequently, autistic children also suffer from gastrointestinal disorders, but so far the connection, if any remains unclear. Autism itself is still poorly understood.

"The relationship between different microorganisms and the host and the outcomes for disease and development is an exciting issue," Christine A. Biron, the Brintzenhoff Professor of Medical Science at Brown University and editor of the study was quoted as saying.

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Dr. Wakefield and the Problem of Pseudo-Courts

Kent legalBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. - Henry VI - Shakespeare

This line even got a laugh in Shakespeare's time.  But it's important to understand the context.  Henry VI was planning a revolution and didn't want the lawyers to slow him down.  If knocking off the lawyers is the sign of a planned revolution, then the pharmaceutical industry has done a pretty good job so far. 

Dr. Wakefield's complaint against the British Medical Journal, Brian Deer, and Fiona Godlee for defamation can be best understood as the first stirrings of a counter-revolution.

Let me back up and explain.

I think it's incredibly difficult to create a legal system which can successfully resist the various pressures put upon it.  That's why the creators of the Anglo-American justice system put such a premium on a system of checks and balances, instituted an advocacy system, and established rules of discovery.  They expected people to be flawed.  They expected undue pressures and prejudices to be placed upon the proceedings at some point.  They anticipated that people's opinions would inevitably color their judgments and tried to make adjustments.  They understood the truth was most likely to come out when both sides were able to present their strongest case.  You get to confront your accusers.  You get to put on your best witnesses.  The other side needs to divulge their darkest secrets. 

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Write to Hacked Off about Brian Deer and Evan Harris in Wakefield British Medical Journal Affair

Hacked-OffManaging Editor's Note: From the Hacked Off site:

Hacked Off was founded to campaign for a public inquiry into illegal information-gathering by the press and into related matters including the conduct of the police, politicians and mobile phone companies. Only a full public inquiry, we argued, could put the truth of the hacking scandal before the public and ensure that necessary lessons were learned. The summer revelations relating to Milly Dowler and others convinced the public and the political world of the need for such an inquiry and we did all we could to ensure that it was given powers to tackle all the issues effectively.

Now the inquiry is established and the terms of reference are fixed, Hacked Off will campaign for a new independent system that:

• Makes news outlets, editors and journalists properly accountable for what they publish
• Has the powers and the remit to do investigations into issues of public concern
• Has adequate, meaningful and proportionate sanctions and redress
• Is transparent about its process, funding and decisions
• Prevents the dominance of over-powerful media organisations
• Ensures transparency in dealings between politicians, the police, public servants and the media
• Provides adequate and accessible privacy protection
• Protects journalism that is in the public interest

We have asked them to investigate whether similar "hacking" has taken place in the Dr. Andrew Wakefield MMR British Medical Journal story that has lead to a lawsuit by Dr. Wakefield.  To date, no response.  

Write today to Hacked Off asking them to explain the presence of former Liberal-Democrat Member of Parliament Evan Harris as an advisor to their organisation and asking for their support over Brian Deer’s MMR investigation before the UK’s Leveson Inquiry. Write to Hacked Off founders Martin Moore ( director of Media Standards Trust and journalist Brian Cathcart ( as well as Thais Portilho-Shrimpton the organisation’s employee at the Inquiry (

Please use the form letter below.

Martin Moore, Director Media Standards Trust and Hacked Off

Dear Mr Moore,

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The Mnookin Virus Infects CBS and HuffPo

Antimalware-doctor-virusBy Jake Crosby

Seth Mnookin has spread his deceit to CBS and The Huffington Post, with the help of accomplices from both sources.

It is amazing just how much Seth Mnookin continues to be propped up as having credibility he simply does not possess. Now, thanks to two fellow opportunists - David Freeman and Neil Katz - we see that pharma’s censorship has taken over CBS and The Huffington Post, both of which have now welcomed the vaccine industry’s shameless pusher, Seth Mnookin

The latest example of this is a blog post he wrote for The Huffington Post’s new “Science” section comically titled:

The Autism Vaccine Controversy and the Need for Responsible Science Journalism

Seth Mnookin summed up the rant on his own blog:

In it, I talk about “the legacy of years of dispatches that created a false equivalency between verifiable facts and…outlandish allegations,” …

And given Seth Mnookin’s tendency to prefer outright lies to verifiable facts, it is not surprising what his biggest fear is:

I figure a worst-case scenario is the site uses the fig leaf of “balance” and posts another anti-vac screed in the next day or so…in which case, lesson learned.

The Atlantic Wire (a website of The Atlantic, edited by the nephew of John Stossel) ran a blog post celebrating Mnookin’s Huffington Post article, quoting Huffpo’s spokesman Mario Ruiz:

"We believe in providing a platform to bloggers from a variety of disciplines and points of view -- indeed, we welcomed Seth Mnookin’s critique, and regularly present multiple sides of hotly debated issues."

But Seth Mnookin tells a different story:

…I was somewhat surprised when a new HuffPo editor approached me about contributing to their about-to-be launched science section. It would be, he promised, a marked departure from what the site had featured in the past.

That editor, former WebMD writer David Freeman, was managing editor of CBS News’ “Health Channel” before joining HuffPo. Seth Mnookin has high praise for him according to The Atlantic Wire:

"[David] wanted me to contribute and was very vocal about the fact that this was going to be a pro-science section that adhered to strong standards. And David certainly has a good track record," Mnookin told us, adding that he'd worked with Freeman a bit a(sic) CBS. "From the first time we talked he's always struck me as someone who's incredibly smart and also very responsible. Again, my most optimistic reading is that Arianna wouldn't have hired someone like him if she wasn't interested in doing this the right way."

Last April, when Freeman “worked with” Mnookin at CBS, the network posted a talking point gallery on its website titled “10 deadly myths about childhood vaccines”:

What's the truth about childhood vaccines? Are they an effective way to safeguard kids against a range of potentially deadly illnesses? Or do they cause autism and other medical problems? Keep clicking as Seth Mnookin, the author of "The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear," separates vaccine fact from fiction with his list of common misconceptions. It's information that just might save a life.

Accompanying it was an article by Freeman’s colleague and executive editor Neil Katz (just before he was hired by The Huffington Post as its new executive news editor). The title:

What autism, climate change and Obama's birth certificate have in common

It was posted on the very same CBS HealthPop blog that Freeman started and edited with Katz, to which Freeman also contributed biased blog posts riddled with vaccine industry talking points.

Katz’s hiring at HuffPo came right after David Kirby’s piece about the Pace Law Review – ignored by CBS - titled, High Rates of Autism Found in Federal Vaccine Injury Program: Study Says More Answers Needed. There hasn’t been another article like Kirby’s on HuffPo since. 

And New York Times writer Carl Zimmer, who I saw share a stage with Seth Mnookin in New York City last summer, blogged about Mnookin’s piece for Discover Magazine, in an entry titled “Huffington Post + Science. A New Leaf?” The implication being that The Huffington Post will become the latest addition to the vaccine industry’s collection of propaganda outlets.

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Child in Vermont Dies After Flu Shot: Public Health Officials Call for Calm

WeepManaging Editor's Note: Our condolences to the Mattens.  Without sensationalizing a tragedy, keep in mind that a case of whooping cough or measles is written up in the media as an immediate cause for alarm and action (vaccination.) This article calls for calm. Interesting.

Nicole and Justin Matten of Barton have lived every parent’s worst nightmare. On December 2 their 7-year-old daughter, Kaylynne, visited her physician for an annual checkup. She got a flu shot. The next day, she developed a bad headache and fever. On December 6, the normally happy and healthy girl, who had no previous history of chronic health problems or adverse reactions to vaccines, turned blue, stopped breathing and died in her mother’s arms.

“They worked on her for about three hours and did everything they could, but they just couldn’t get her back,” Nicole Matten says of her second child, who was a first-grader at Barton Graded School.

The state medical examiner has yet to determine the girl’s exact cause of death; the autopsy report is due within a few weeks. State health officials are also investigating the tragedy. Any child’s death “puts a hole in everyone’s gut, and when one dies, we all have to ask a lot of questions,” says Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen.

“We’re just waiting for an answer,” says Kaylynne’s mom, “but we believe in our hearts that it was the flu shot.”   Read the full story at

Ron Paul's Stance Against Vaccine Mandates Featured on Huffington Post

Ron-PaulManaging Editor's Note: Here is an excerpt from Ron Paul: No To Mandatory Immunization by James Freedman on Huffington Post.  Paul came in second in NH, and Bachman opened the vaccine safety conversation the 2012 race. The topic is as, or more relevant, than it was in '08.

Ron Paul's libertarian ideology is dramatically revealed when you get him started on topics such as the War on Drugs, the FDA and forced immunization that draw on his background in medicine. Paul, a ten-term member of Congress who's hoping to pick up the Republican nomination for president, feels strongly that the federal government, in most cases, shouldn't be telling Americans what they can and cannot put into their bodies.

"I don't think anything should be forced on us by the government, [and] immunization is one thing that we're pressured and forced into," he said. "The other thing they're doing right now is the government's doing this mental health testing of everybody in school and they're putting a lot of pressure, in a way forcing kids to be put on psychotropic drugs, which I think are very, very dangerous. So anything medical that is forced on us I think is bad."

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Harry Horne-Roberts Death Ruled Heart Attack

HARRY_HORNE_ROBERTSManaging Editor's Note: For background on Harry Horne-Roberts' death please read Harry Horne-Roberts's Parents Welcome Probe into Death While in Autism Care Home . I was recently at a therapy center and noticed a huge weight gain in two teen boys with autism who are each now grossly obese and have difficulty walking. What of their health?  Again, our condolences to Harry's family.

By Sarah Collins of Ham & High

Harry Horne-Roberts was just 20-years-old when he died two years after moving into Hillgreen Care home in Haringey.

There had been no indication that anything was wrong and just days before his death he went walking with his parents in Epping Forest and was his usual bouncy self.

But on December 16, 2009 at 7am he was found face down on his bedroom floor and pronounced dead at 10.30am.

Coroner Dr Andrew Walker of Barnet Coroner’s Court ruled the 22-stone teenager’s death was due to a heart attack linked to obesity at an inquest on Wednesday last week (January 4).

But Harry’s parents, Jennifer Horne-Roberts and Keith Roberts, claimed strong anti-psychotic drugs he was given without their knowledge were responsible.

They claim his three stone weight gain during 15 months in care was due to the drug chloropromazine and that the boisterous 6t-teen was given the drugs without their knowledge.

Before he moved to the care home, Harry had been exuberant and regularly took part in sports and outings.

His parents took the “heartbreaking” step to put Harry into care to increase his independence, but claimed during the inquest they were instead locked out of his treatment with “catastrophic consequences”.

They only learned that he was on the drug when a carer let the information slip in March 2009 and then wrote four letters to Harry’s psychiatrist without receiving a reply.

During the inquest psychiatrist Dr Sujeet Jaydeokar said: “There was a breakdown of communications.”

He added: “With hindsight it would have been better if we had copied you into the letters. We have now changed our practice and now copy all letters to family members.”

Haringey Mental Health Trust acknowledged its failure to implement a dietician-led weight loss programme.

The trust has now implemented new processes to improve the outcome for obese patients with learning disabilities.  Read the full article in Ham & High.

AofA Science Summary: The relationship between the increased frequency of serum antineuronal antibodies and the severity of autism in children

Science post imageEur J Paediatr Neurol. 2012 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print]

The relationship between the increased frequency of serum antineuronal antibodies and the severity of autism in children.

Mostafa GA, Al-Ayadhi LY.


Autism Research and Treatment Center, AL-Amodi Autism Research Chair, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.



Autism may involve an autoimmune pathogenesis. Immunotherapy may have a role in autistic children who have brain auto-antibodies.


This study aimed to investigate the frequency of serum antineuronal auto-antibodies, as indicators of the presence of autoimmunity to brain, in a group of autistic children. We are the first to measure the relationship between these antibodies and the degree of the severity of autism.


Serum antineuronal antibodies were measured, by indirect immunofluorescence technique, in 80 autistic children, aged between 6 and 12 years, in comparison to 80 healthy-matched children. The severity of autism was assessed by using the Childhood Autism Rating Scale.


Autistic children had significantly higher percent positivity of serum antineuronal antibodies (62.5%) than healthy controls (5%), P<0.001. The frequency of the positivity of serum antineuronal antibodies was significantly higher in children with severe autism (87.5%) than children with mild to moderate autism (25%), P<0.001. Similarly, the frequency of the positivity of these antibodies was significantly higher in female children with autism (90%) than male autistic children (53.3%), P=0.001.


Serum antineuronal antibodies were found in a subgroup of autistic children and they were significantly correlated to the severity of autism. Thus, autism may be, in part, one of the pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders. Further wide-scale studies are warranted to shed light on the etiopathogenic role of antineuronal antibodies in autism. The role of immunotherapy in autistic patients, who are seropositive for antineuronal antibodies, should also be studied.

Copyright © 2011 European Paediatric Neurology Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.




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AofA Science Summary: Autism spectrum disorders and autisticlike traits: similar etiology in the extreme end and the normal variation.

Science post imageArch Gen Psychiatry. 2012 Jan;69(1):46-52.

Autism spectrum disorders and autisticlike traits: similar etiology in the extreme end and the normal variation.

Lundström SChang ZRåstam MGillberg CLarsson HAnckarsäter HLichtenstein P.


Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Lillhagsparken 3, 422 50 Hisings Backa, Sweden.



Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have been suggested to represent the extreme end of a normal distribution of autisticlike traits (ALTs). However, the evidence of this notion is inconclusive.


To study whether there are similar genetic and/or environmental etiologies behind ASDs and ALTs.


A nationwide twin study.


Consenting parents of all Swedish twins aged 9 and 12 years, born between July 1, 1992, and December 31, 2001 (n = 19 208), were interviewed by telephone to screen for child psychiatric conditions, including ASDs.


Two validated cutoffs for ASDs, 2 cutoffs encompassing the normal variation, and 1 continuous measure of ALTs were used with DeFries-Fulker extreme-end analyses and standard twin study methods.


We discerned a strong correlation between the 4 cutoffs and the full variation of ALTs. The correlation was primarily affected by genes. We also found that the heritability for the 4 cutoffs was similar.


We demonstrate an etiological similarity between ASDs and ALTs in the normal variation and, with results from previous studies, our data suggest that ASDs and ALTs are etiologically linked.

25,000 Signatures Needed to Help End Autism Therapy Discrimination Against Military Families

Military ribbonsManaging Editor's Note: This is a petition request so military families can receive services for their children. You do NOT to be in the military to show your support and sign the petition. To learn more about autism and the military please visit and Autism Salutes. Click HERE to read & sign the petition.


We need twenty-five thousand (25,000) signatures for a White House petition related to autism therapies by February 1, 2012. The goal of the petition is to ensure that autism therapies are accessible to all military dependents with autism (not currently the case.)

We have legislation introduced in the House, we do not have legislation in the Senate. Without Senate legislation, or getting the attention of the White House through this petition, there is little to no hope that the discrimination against military families and their dependents will cease.

What military families are asking for from our government is no different than what we are asking states to do in the form of autism insurance mandates; provide coverage for autism treatment without barriers to care and without discrimination.

Make Autism Therapies Accessible to All Military Dependents with Autism.

1 in 88 active duty military dependents has autism. (Most recent stats available - 2007) Less than 10% are receiving proven therapies such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

TRICARE military insurance segregates ABA into Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) which itself is secondary to discriminatory enrollment in Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).

We ask President Obama to direct the DoD & TRICARE to place ABA therapies within TRICARE standard care as medically necessary, removing the arbitrary dollar cap and making therapies accessible to dependents of retirees.

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