Oct 1, 2014, Nashville Business Journal: New database shows payments from drug and device makers to Nashville doctors
Sept 30, 2014, FoodIntegrityNow.org: The Glyphosate (RoundUp) Autism Connection
Sept 30, 2014, ABC News: Shares of Companies Testing Ebola Vaccines Rise
Sept 30. 2014, Baltimore Jewish Times: Last Thing Vaccine Makers Want Is Study
Sept 30, 2014, PBS: Adults with autism deserve a system that allows them to thrive
Want to know if your doctor is getting money from a pharmaceutical company? Now you can find out, thanks to a database released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Tuesday afternoon.
The data, available here and required to be revealed by the Affordable Care Act, details 4.4 million payments valued at nearly $3.5 billion directed toward teaching hospitals and physicians during during the last five months of 2013. Although this initial release is limited in scope, CMS plans to publish future reports annually and include a full 12 months of data, beginning in June 2015.
Patients can search the databases for their medical professionals' name, although a few important caveats should be noted. First, about 40 percent of the medical records included have been de-identified due to inconsistencies or disputes that are still being resolved. Second, only teaching hospitals are covered, as that's all that's required by the Affordable Care Act.
(As soon as I saw this was Nashville, I thought of Vanderbilt U. and Dr. William Schaffner who gets a lot of news coverage telling everyone that there's no link between vaccines and autism. He's also in my book, The Big Autism Cover Up.)
Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, predicts that by the year 2025 that half the children born will be diagnosed with Autism. Today, Food Integrity Now, talked with Dr. Seneff about the reasons why she believes that aluminum accumulation in the brain, synergistically promoted by Glyphosate (RoundUp), is the principal cause of Autism in the U.S.
It's clear that it's not just the MMR or the mercury in the flu shot that's making us sick. Health officials don't care. They're busy rushing an Ebola vaccine to market. Too bad the press doesn't look into this and write about it.
Shares of some companies that are studying potential vaccines for Ebola climbed after federal officials announced that the first case of the disease has been diagnosed in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control said a patient being treated at a hospital in Dallas tested positive for the disease.
Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 6,500 people in West Africa, and more than 3,000 people have died.
The World Health Organization has worked to speed up the use of some experimental vaccines and companies are ramping up testing. Earlier this month NewLink Genetics said it would start safety testing of a vaccine within a few weeks, while Inovio Pharmaceuticals said it would start human trials of a DNA-based vaccine in early 2015.
Why should we worry about vaccines and autism when there's so much money to be made from the latest "epidemic"?
In response to Simone Ellin's article "A Healthy Dose?" (Aug. 29), I would like to add a few points and facts. If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the government would conduct a long overdue study comparing the health of vaccinated children with unvaccinated children, much of the controversy surrounding this issue could disappear. One must ask: Why hasn't this been done?
According to the National Vaccine Information Center, more than $2 billion has been paid out in compensation for vaccine injuries through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which was established in 1986 to keep vaccine makers from being sued. They have little incentive to make certain their products are safe and much incentive to keep developing more. Vaccines are a multibillion-dollar, risk-free business.
This is a great letter posted on the Baltimore Jewish Times.
The things the media overwhelmingly fails to cover:
Why isn't there a vaxxed/unvaxxed study?
Why doesn't the CDC look into regressive autism?
Why is the research of someone indicted for criminal behavior while employed by the CDC used to defend the safety of vaccines?
Why do officials continue to promote vaccines that they know don't work while blaming non-vaxxing parents?
(AND YES, WE SHOULD ALL SEE THE GREATER GOOD---AWARD-WINNING MOVIE.)
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The picture you probably have in your mind of autism is that of a child. But autism is almost always - if not always - a condition that lasts for life. We are the parents of a 22-year-old young man with autism. He barely recognizes our presence, but clearly knows us better than most other people. He cannot speak, but he can read and type to communicate on an app for his iPhone. He cannot use a spoon or button his clothes, but can find Barney videos on YouTube. He is completely unaware that cars are dangerous and cannot cross a street without assistance. He is a representative of the many with autism who are not well known to the media, or to society - not the verbal, gifted, and in some ways sympathetic Rain Man, but the ones with very little social awareness, scattered skills and often challenging behaviors. He is also an example of the obstacles faced as children with autism grow into adulthood. After age 21, his schooling ended. But his needs didn't change. He has always needed 24/7 care, and he always will. . . .
But let's not pretend: all of these needs are so much harder to provide for individuals with autism. And, many, if not most such individuals, will not be able to earn enough to provide for their needs themselves, at least in our present system. . . .
Outside residential services are typically a group home or, for a higher functioning adult with autism, may even be an apartment. The hitch is that the number of disabled individuals needing outside residential services vastly outnumbers the spots available. Thus, waiting lists that can be, for all practical purposes, almost infinitely long. It is not unheard of for a widow in her 80s to be forced to keep caring for her autistic son in his 60s.
I've been watching the media cover autism for about 12 years now and I can tell you that I've never seen a news story yet that reassures parents about the future. No reporter has been out there talking about all the options available and all the educational/vocational/residential possibilities. I want to see where the 40, 50, 60, and 70 year olds with autism are living and working. I want to see the nonverbal adults, the ones who hand flap, the ones who wander, and ones who have seizures and bowel disease. If no one can show us those people out there somewhere then officials have a lot of explaining to do.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.