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Ozymandias: Population Meltdown in Scotland as Additional Support Needs Rise by 600% in a Decade

image from en.wikipedia.orgby John Stone

I have been looking at Scotland’s 2017 special educational needs data, published last month amid zero publicity – these days we do not even have to “bury the bad news”. It just gets published on a government website somewhere and almost no one notices...except me and Anne Dachel. On 26 March 2018 I wrote to the British Medical Journal (and they published):

The (British) government must face up to the autism pandemic, and so must the RCPCH

It is perturbing not to get a response from Prof Viner and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, after my Rapid Response last week [1]. Since I wrote I have tracked down the figures for Scottish schools for 2017 (the disability numbers were published earlier this month, though not reported in the media). The number of children with an autism diagnosis in Scottish schools rose by 11.5% in one year. Between September 2016 and 2017 one year in the fifteen year rolling cohort departed, another arrived, and the total number of children with diagnosed autism increased by 1,550: the incidence of autism in Scottish schools went up from 1 child in 51 (684,415/13,423) to 1 child in 46 (688, 959/14,973) [1,2]. But the rate among younger children will be far higher. In 2005 the Department of Health gave a figure of 1 child in 100 [1].

At what point does this catastrophic phenomenon even get to be acknowledged? People talk about pandemics of infectious disease, but what do they think this is?

[1] John Stone, 'NHS must prioritise health of children and young people -what about autism?', 19 March 2018 http://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k1116/rr

[2] Tables 1.1 and 1.8 http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/School-Education/dspupcensus

Naturally, no one answered. A friend posed me the question whether there could be substitution involved? Well it does not look like this is the main explanation. Here is the data (table 1.5)  for pupils with additional support needs comparing 2017 with 2007:

2007 Primary School  4.4% (16, 478)

2017 Primary School 23.5% (94,125)

2007 Secondary         4.3%  (13, 355)

2017 Secondary         29.3% (82,712)

Averaged out this is a present rate of 26.6% for pupils with additional support needs: a rise of 534% for primary education, and 681% for secondary education in ten years. Since this is a table presumably the criteria should be consistent. And though the autism figures are catastrophic and getting worse they exist in a new sea of other additional support needs. Also, some terrible fate is overwhelming pupils in secondary education.

When I wrote about the last set of figures in Scotland my articles were taken off Google News, probably after the intervention of Scottish government, or some pharmaceutical PR agency in London like Science Media Centre or Sense About Science. And very soon after Age of Autism was taken off Google News altogether. But the bottom line is that this is the real news: this is the Scottish government’s own data – nothing to do with me – and they cower in silence.

I met a traveller from an antique land,

Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;

And on the pedestal, these words appear:

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

John Stone is UK and European editor of Age of Autism


Our Brave New World: Pharma's Political Straw Men, Lies and Censorship

image from buzznews.it by John Stone

We are reaching a critical point (and historic moment) which resembles in some ways both WMD and the banking crisis of 2008: the burden of scientific evidence and personal testimony weighs heavily against the industry (everyone has been lied to and the products have been over-sold) and what we are seeing is a pre-emptive strike to stop people talking – to stop them  at all cost. The evidence is that the industry and governments are afraid of exposure and are going for broke. This was the message of the industry spokeswoman Heidi Larson on 1 January 2018 in her column ‘Let Freedom Ring’. It was a very odd kind of freedom – Larson who works closely with the World Health Organization and Bill and Melinda Gates, as well as Merck and GSK – seemed to be trying to trade vaccine compulsion (distancing herself and the Vaccine Confidence Project from moves around the world towards draconian mandates) for silence on vaccine safety.

“The growing challenge in the vaccine landscape is that it is no longer isolated individuals who are thinking twice or refusing vaccination, but that there are growing groups of people who are not only expressing their individual right to question and to choose, but are increasingly connected with others and demanding the right to choose as part of a larger movement.  These movements are about principles of freedom and rights, not about specific vaccines, or specific safety concerns.”

Larson is not wrong about rights but she is about people not having “specific safety concerns”: only a few months before she had declared on a Johnson and Johnson website:

 “Yes, there are potential risks—there will always be potential risks with any medical treatment. And we don’t talk enough about that.” 

Anybody might reasonably be worried about safety of something over which they are being threatened with censorship. And, of course, now there are many people writing and speaking on the web, who want to talk about the risks both from personal experience and published science who are not poorly informed, malicious or engaging in irresponsible talk. Of course, there are clickbait sites that put out deliberately false information but it does not seem likely that they are the ones that industry or government are really scared about.

When the European Parliament balances the bald assertion that vaccines are “safe” with condemning “ the spread of unreliable, misleading and unscientific information on vaccination aggravated by media controversies” and calling “on Member States and the Commission to take effective steps against the spread of such misinformation and to further develop awareness and information campaigns, especially for parents…” they are themselves being misleading, naive or worse – and they are trying to forestall public examination of what the industry and surrogate government bureaucracies are doing, and suppress the ever growing body of evidence that vaccines are not safe. They are declaring falsehoods, engaging in innuendo and calling for socially repressive measures. This sadly is all too likely to dovetail with French President Macron’s proposed legislation on Fake News, following on his extension vaccine mandates.

Simultaneously, we have the alarming spectacle of Senator Pan who having notoriously piloted the notorious SB277 school vaccine mandates bill through the Californian legislature has now filed SB1424 to censor social media with the appointment of state “fact checkers” to decide which facts are true.

This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Web site. The bill would require the plan to include, among other things, a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, the utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories, providing outreach to social media users, and placing a warning on a news story containing false information.

 (a) Any person who operates a social media Internet Web site with physical presence in California shall develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Internet Web site.

 (b) The strategic plan shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:

 (1) A plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories.

 (2) The utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories.

 (3) Providing outreach to social media users regarding news stories containing false information.

 (4) Placing a warning on a news story containing false information.

 (c) As used in this section, “social media” means an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet Web site profiles or locations.

Not surprisingly there is already a fine article about this by John Rappoport. The bill does not of course specify vaccine related stories but obviously we can see where this going – of course it is altogether terrifying to envisage the scale and cost of this new bureaucracy, not to mention its potential for arbitrariness, incompetence and vindictiveness: perhaps above all to stop people talking about their own experiences. Is this so mad, grandiose, so Un-American that even California’s legislature might back off? In this brave new world no one could be confident.

These are not of course random events. Our new rulers are the pharmaceutical industry hiding behind men of straw.

John Stone is UK and European Editor of Age of Autism


Nothing To See Here

image from www.rescuepost.comBy Anne Dachel

Numbers mean nothing. Cost is meaningless. NO MATTER HOW BAD THINGS GET IN SCHOOLS, THERE WILL NEVER BE A REAL PROBLEM. Behavior is out-of-control. Special education is exploding at the seams. Mental health concerns are a more critical topic than academics in our schools. STILL, everything is fine. Experts are working on it. We’ll survive this.

Here are around 70 stories from the last two weeks. They’re from all over—the U.S., Canada, and Britain. They’re about schools adding sensory rooms so kids can calm down and make it through the school day, about more and more schools spending vast sums on mental health services, about schools in Britain so overwhelmed that there aren’t enough places for all the disabled students, and about increasing incidents of out-of-control kids in the elementary schools attacking teachers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has their own study from 1998 to show that the changes in kids’ health and behavior are the result of bad parents who expose them to trauma at home. This is what teachers are being taught everywhere. I’m sure it will work. The press is already reporting on it as dogma. Schools need to take over and counter what parents are doing. Teachers have learned to ask, “What happened to this student” and not, “Why did the student do this?” Every mom and dad whose child has behavior issues should hang their heads in shame.

 

March 25, 2018, (UK) Maidenhead Advertiser: New Dorney school creates safe learning space for children in care

The head of a new school for young people in care says it aims to put each child at the centre of everything it does.

Stephen Rodgers is head of education at the Eton Dorney Residential School, which has room to house six young people and 18 day spaces for 10 to 18-year-olds.

Inside, Natalie showed off the sensory room, which is used if a child is anxious and is a place to reassure them.

These children can be in the care system for a number of reasons including learning and behavioural difficulties,” said Natalie.

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My Letter to the 73 British Members of European Parliament on "Vaccine Hesitancy"

image from www.eu-patient.euby John Stone

Two weeks ago AoA published an unsigned letter to  European Parliamentarians about a proposed resolution on "vaccine hesitancy" to Members of the European Parliament which could lead to the extension of vaccine mandates across the Union and a clamp down on free speech. The resolution in its present form asserts vaccines to be "safe" without any qualification. I have now sent my own letter individually to all of the 73 British member of the Parliament. A final vote on this could happen as early as the beginning next week - so we are close to the last opportunity to lobby the Parliament. European citizens can find the details of their representatives here.

 

Dear ____,

I am writing to all British members of the European Parliament with the deepest concern about the proposed “vaccine hesitancy” resolution. The Parliament is poised to further protect an industry from scrutiny which in itself urgently requires investigation. In its present form it will not lead to confidence.

The resolution comes before the Parliament amid mounting evidence of vaccine harm in published scientific literature. For too long politicians around the globe have depended on bureaucracies to wage war against infectious diseases without taking adequate steps to ensure the independence of the advice, and contenting themselves with bland assurances that everything they collectively sanction is safe and effective. By now infants are met not long after birth with a barrage of vaccines for diseases which in many cases are either not so dangerous or not so common, without any wider evidence that this is a safe thing to do - meanwhile each of the products have acknowledged risks and side-effects in the small print, even before we consider the problems of cumulative exposure, bad synergies, contamination in manufacture, toxic excipients etc. The bureaucracies choose whatever “facts” suit them, and they have created a pipeline for their products to be administered to children at public expense.

Absurdly, the EP Health Committee have complained about the relative expense of vaccinating children compared with the beginning of the millennium without considering all the expensive new products governments have willingly added to the schedule in the interim - nor the expense of all the new products the industry connected bureaucracy are likely to sanction in future. In the UK the director of Oxford Vaccine Group which develops vaccines is also chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation which recommends them to the schedule.

The invidiousness of the process was recently demonstrated in successive complaints by Nordic Cochrane against the European Medical Agency, first to the agency itself and then to European Ombudsman over its handling of reports about HPV vaccines. The complaints involved conflicts of interest, exclusion of contrary expert evidence, bias in selection of data, lack of evidence for the safety of aluminium adjuvants (which are contained in the majority of other vaccines as well). The fact that both the EMA and the EO rejected these representations out of hand does nothing to enhance the reputation or trustworthiness of those institutions, or of the programme. By now there is a large bibliography on the harmfulness of aluminium in scientific literature but our governments march on regardless.  Most disturbingly we now have the Italian parliamentary commission into military deaths written by senior scientists declaring the risk of multiple vaccines. There is nothing open and shut about vaccine safety.

All this might count for little if our child population in the UK (where we have a long schedule and high compliance) was bursting with good health, but actually we are drowning in disability and chronic disease, particularly neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. While this escapes the main news (or is hidden in stories about lack of provision) the official schools data shows the problem to be completely out of control (not to mention completely unexplained). A BBC news report from SW London last year hinted at 300 new cases of autism per borough per year. Last year the number of diagnosed autism cases in Scottish schools leapt by 11.5% from 1 in 51 to 1 in 46 (but for younger children the rate will be much higher). In Northern Ireland the level was already reported at 1 in 40 in December 2016. Everywhere the trend is dynamically upwards. These are cases which will cost multiple millions each over a lifetime. Having scapegoated Dr Wakefield the Department of Health prefers to say nothing, but the situation is already catastrophic in population terms, and the costs increasingly unsustainable.

It is always possible to highlight this or that statistic which shows an infectious disease to be on the rise, nor is the death of any single child to be taken lightly, but we are getting into dangerous waters if we place the programme on a pedestal, unable to discuss its dangers while deliberately suppressing evidence of harm by waging hate campaigns against the people who report it. This is not privileging science, it is privileging the bureaucracy and pharmaceutical industry over ordinary citizens. Inevitably, such moves must lead to distortions of policy and harm to the community. Nor is it a proper way to conduct policy in a democratic, open society.

Sincerely,

John Stone (UK and European Editor, AgeofAutism.com)


The Changing Face of Vaccinology

WMPNote: From World Mercury Project

Vaccines are “immunogenic formulations” intended to protect vaccinated individuals by inducing production of antibodies and cell-mediated immune responses to combat infectious (and sometimes noninfectious) conditions. Historians trace the roots of modern vaccinology—the science of vaccine development—to the dicey practices of smallpox inoculation and variolation that began in the 1700s. About a century later, in 1885, Pasteur developed and administered a rabies vaccine to humans. Although these and other early vaccines produced mixed real-world results and generated warnings of potentially serious postvaccinal complications, mass vaccination nonetheless took off without a backward glance.

Even from the beginning, vaccination’s most avid proponents acknowledged the complex challenge of generating vaccine-mediated protection. The annoying persistence of vaccine failure prompted vaccine scientists to experiment continually with new vaccine technologies and move beyond the “three I’s” originated during Pasteur’s era (“isolating infectious agents, cultivating and inactivating them…and injecting the obtained product”). Twenty-first-century vaccine developers now draw on cutting-edge fields and techniques such as genetic and protein engineering, immune profiling, synthetic biology, combinatorial chemistry and bioinformatics. Their end goal is to “circumvent” a number of befuddling obstacles, including “hypervariable viruses,” pathogens that require repeat immunization, heterogeneous individual- and population-level vaccine outcomes—and declining public confidence in vaccine safety—to ensure seamless expansion of the modern vaccine “armamentarium.”

Read more here.


Do as I say, Not as I Do

Do as i sayOr listen to what I am saying and do not pay attention to what happened to me

By Wayne Rohde and Louis Conte

In a recent decision in the Vaccine Court, more formally known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), a Special Master (administrator to oversee proceedings) granted the petitioner’s (injured party filing a claim for compensation) motion to redact not only the petitioner’s name for proceedings going forward but also the entitlement ruling (decision the petitioner is eligible for compensation, process to move into damages phase) handed down in the fall of 2017.

Redaction of personal information is very difficult to obtain in the NVICP. Typically, the Department of Justice attorneys who represent the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the NVICP oppose motions to redact personal information. Special Masters rarely allow petitioners to do so.

Keep in mind that the NVICP exists because Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986. The Act essentially ended civil liability for vaccine manufacturers and medical professionals who administer vaccines.

In other words, an American citizen cannot sue a vaccine manufacturer. If someone claims to have been injured by a vaccine or a family member who died from a vaccine, they have to sue the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), a Presidential Cabinet member, in the Federal Court of Claims.

What makes this specific redaction decision so interesting is the identity of the petitioner and her line of work.

In the motion for redaction, the petitioner stated that she holds a position with an organization which engages in public health advocacy related to vaccination. The petitioner expressed concern that public knowledge of her vaccine injury claim would negatively impact her credibility and professional relationships.

It seems that the Special Master and the Department of Justice attorneys agreed with the petitioner: Disclosing that you have suffered a vaccine injury – even one that you have been compensated for – can damage your professional career.

The Special Master ordered that the petitioner’s name be stricken from publicly available documents and replaced with initials.

In this case, the vaccine injury alleged a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA). According to HHS statistics, SIRVA is the most common vaccine injury claim brought in the NVICP over the past 3 years, followed closely by Guillain-Bare’ Syndrome (GBS). We have written extensively about SIRVA in the NVICP, here, and here.

We will extend this medical professional the privacy the NVICP afforded her other than to note the petitioner practices medicine in the field of infectious disease.

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CDC Delays Release of New Autism Report As Internal Battles Rage

Breaking newsBy Patrick Howley, Big League Politics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is delaying the release of its highly-anticipated new autism report, Big League Politics has exclusively learned.

The CDC “autism prevalence report” was set to come out Friday, but has now been pushed back as people within the agency battle among themselves. The report MIGHT now come out in late April or May, but there are no assurances of that.

The previous two CDC reports have stated that 1 in 68 children in the United States suffer from autism, but independent reports place the figure at 1 in 36.

The new delayed report is now expected to change the criteria for judging what constitutes autism. The numbers currently rely on so-called DSM IV codes for determining mental health disorders. The new report is set to switch to using updated DSM V codes, according to insiders. Read more here.


Once Bitten Twice Shy: "Parents less likely to vaccinate autistic kids, siblings"

Once bittenOnce Bitten, Twice Shy is [neuro]typically (see what I did there?) SOUND advice.  Child touches a hot stove and learns not to do so again. It's not a surprise to most of us that parents who saw their children harmed by vaccination would hesitate to continue or even outright eschew further vaccination for the child harmed or his/her siblings.  Kaiser Permanente even studied this basic tenet of human evolution and put out a pretty press release. 

Autism can be Permanente too. Thrice shy....  One of the co-authors is CDCs Dr. Frank DeStefano.

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Children with autism and their younger siblings are significantly less likely to be fully vaccinated than the general population, according to new Kaiser Permanente research published today in JAMA Pediatrics.

"In this large and comprehensive study, we found that after children received an autism diagnosis, the rates of vaccination were significantly lower when compared with children of the same age who did not have an autism diagnosis," said lead author Ousseny Zerbo, PhD, postdoctoral fellow with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

The retrospective matched cohort study, "Vaccination Patterns in Children After Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and in Their Younger Siblings," included more than 3,700 children with autism spectrum disorders diagnosed by 5 years of age, and nearly 500,000 children without ASD born between Jan. 1, 1995 and Sept. 30, 2010; and their respective younger siblings, born between Jan. 1, 1997 and Sept. 30, 2014.

The researchers reviewed whether the children received vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The data were drawn from six sites participating in the CDC's Vaccine Safety Datalink: Kaiser Permanente locations in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, and Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin.

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What Lies behind the Gun

Pill gunBy Dara Berger

I have been seeing pictures all over Facebook these past couple days of friends who I went to high school or grew up with who are marching for gun control.  While I agree that there is no sane reason that any citizen should own an assault rifle, I still don't think eliminating guns will take care of these school shootings.  We have to look at what is going on behind the school shootings if we are ever going to get a handle on this growing problem.  I believe the same things that are causing school shootings are also causing mental illness in our children across the board as well as epidemics of chronic illness including autism and pediatric cancer.  

As a country, we have allowed some big bad companies to infiltrate and take over our government infrastructure.  And in turn, they have done some heinous things to our environment that have slowly been eroding the health of every single person on this planet.  In essence, the US has become a runaway freight train.  So in order for us to truly fix the things that are affecting our young we are going to have to take care of things at the larger level.  The kids that commit these horrific travesties are obviously sick, their can be little doubt about that. So we have to ask ourselves why is this happening so often now when we didn’t hear so much about it 30 years ago.  Well, the answer lies in the same things that I point the finger to in my book How to Prevent Autism that are causing the autism epidemic.  

In order to understand what they are we have to think back about all the things that are here now that we didn't have 30 years ago.  

For one, there was no Wi-Fi coming at us from every single direction.  We know this radiation is not great for us, but really think about the impact it is having on a growing child's brain.  Studies have shown that speaking on a cell phone can raise your risk of cancer.  And then you have to acknowledge all the screen time, which many believe is shaping the way our children's brains interact with the world.  People continue to have less and less face-to-face interaction.  Important conversations and arguments are being worked out through text rather than a phone call where you can hear someone's tone and inflection.  Then to make matters worse we have 5G coming to all of us very soon. And if you don’t know anything about it yet, just know one thing - it's awfully scary.  The new 5G technology is so powerful that it's able to go through cement.  So what that means is it will affect every cell in our bodies every moment of the day and if your sensitive to EMF like me; it’s a total nightmare.  Right now I live in an apartment building with cement walls, ceilings and floors, so I am able to shield myself from my neighbors Wi-Fi.  This will not be the case with 5G.  There will be nowhere to run!  For this reason, many people are speaking out now before the technology becomes widespread.  It makes the sanest person want to run and live off the grid.

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Letter on Vaccination to Members of the European Parliament with Damning Official Report on the Deaths and Illnesses of Italian Military Personnel

image from ilglobo.com.auToday Age of Autism reproduces a letter to be circulated to members of the European Parliament in advance of a resolution about “vaccine hesitancy” aimed at creating a false emergency and putting pressure on member states to maximise vaccine uptake. John Stone made a response on behalf of AoA to the European Commission at the beginning of the year in regard to this initiative, which argued that it was an egregious attempt to hi-jack policy on behalf of a greedy and rapacious industry. It was one of hundreds of negative responses to the consultation, with almost none favourable. The reality is that though popular opinion can no doubt be manipulated the drive for this comes from the institutions and their industrial cronies: the cry is not coming from below. Although the resolution proposes no specific actions it is evidently intended to support anti-democratic, inegalitarian and illiberal measures in member states, disregarding for example the major political upheavals in Italy with mass demonstrations, and a collapse in the vote of the responsible parties, much reported in AoA in recent months. Moreover, it looks as if much of this came through the agency of the Obama administration in the US.

Notable are clauses 3 and 12:

3. Points out that Vaccines are safe according to the WHO, as a licensed vaccine is rigorously tested across multiple phases of trials before its use is approved, and regularly reassessed once it is on the market...12. Condemns the spread of unreliable, misleading and unscientific information on vaccination aggravated by media controversies; calls on Member States and the Commission to take effective steps against the spread of such misinformation and to further develop awareness and information campaigns, especially for parents, including the creation of a European platform aimed at increasing vaccination coverage...

Particularly absurd is the appeal to authority, as if the World Health Organization is inherently trustworthy, free of conflicts etc., meanwhile by inference suggesting that contrary information is necessarily unreliable – a view which the document tackles head on, making available for the first time the utterly damning report of the  “Parliamentary commission of inquiry into case of deaths and severe illnesses affecting Italian military personnel assigned to military missions abroad...” a document officially published amid an international mainstream media blackout earlier this year

An obvious interpretation of all this is that we have institutions which while behaving in an ultra-aggressive manner, are terrified at ever being held to account, and are moving in pre-emptive way.

EUROPEAN CITIZENS: PLEASE WRITE TO NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT FORWARDING THIS LETTER:-

 To our members of the European Institutions

Please consider this recent information before voting the resolution on ‘vaccine hesitancy and drop in vaccination rates in Europe’ as proposed by the Commission on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament (2017/2951. For Mid-March 2018)

(Scroll down for full text of resolution)

- On Feb. 7th 2018, an Italian Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry has issued a report that finds higher risks of death and illnesses such as cancer, autoimmune disorders and hypersensitivity associated to the administration of combined vaccines (1). A copy of this report has been addressed to the European Parliament.

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Comprehensive Nutritional and Dietary Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder—A Randomized, Controlled 12-Month Trial

FOOD-AS-MEDICINENote: Food has always been the starting point of health since "an apple a day," and all that. Many of us have found some relief from the symptoms of autism via dietary changes. Some have had life altering successes for their kids. Still others, nothing.  I read the local Mom lists on Facebook and am shocked at how many women suffer from migraines. And then ask where is the best take out XYZ food in the next breath. Below is a study may help you talk to your child's doctor about dietary interventions, or perhaps quell your Mother-In-Law's stink eye at the Passover table.

Comprehensive Nutritional and Dietary Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder—A Randomized, Controlled 12-Month Trial

Abstract:

This study involved a randomized, controlled, single-blind 12-month treatment study of a comprehensive nutritional and dietary intervention. Participants were 67 children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ages 3–58 years from Arizona and 50 non-sibling neurotypical controls of similar age and gender. Treatment began with a special vitamin/mineral supplement, and additional treatments were added sequentially, including essential fatty acids, Epsom salt baths, carnitine, digestive enzymes, and a healthy gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free (HGCSF) diet. There was a significant improvement in nonverbal intellectual ability in the treatment group compared to the non-treatment group (+6.7 ± 11 IQ points vs. −0.6 ± 11 IQ points, p = 0.009) based on a blinded clinical assessment. Based on semi-blinded assessment, the treatment group, compared to the non-treatment group, had significantly greater improvement in autism symptoms and developmental age. The treatment group had significantly greater increases in EPA, DHA, carnitine, and vitamins A, B2, B5, B6, B12, folic acid, and Coenzyme Q10. The positive results of this study suggest that a comprehensive nutritional and dietary intervention is effective at improving nutritional status, non-verbal IQ, autism symptoms, and other symptoms in most individuals with ASD. Parents reported that the vitamin/mineral supplements, essential fatty acids, and HGCSF diet were the most beneficial.

Conclusions:

The study results suggest that the comprehensive nutrition/diet protocol was safe and effective. The nutritional supplements and healthy diet improved nutritional status, and hence presumably increased the brains ability to function and learn. This is supported by the increase in non-verbal IQ, and the substantial 18-month increase in developmental ability in communication, daily living skills, and social skills. Modest improvements in CARS-2 and SAS-Pro suggest some reduction in autism symptoms, consistent with parent reports of improvements on the PDD-BI, ATEC, and SRS. Parent reports also suggest improvements in aberrant behaviors (ABC—Irritability, Lethargy/Social Withdrawal, Stereotypy, and Hyperactivity), sensory processing (SSP), and GI symptoms (6-GSI, PGI-2, ATEC), and Overall (PGI-2). There was not a significant effect on handgrip strength. The treatment efficacy seemed to be similar for both genders and all ages, probably because nutritional requirements are similar for both genders and all ages (after normalizing for caloric intake).

The three unusual case reports, in which three very different long-term problems were greatly improved, shows the power of comprehensive nutritional interventions in addressing complex, puzzling medical conditions which may involve one or more nutritional deficiencies.
There were many significant increases in vitamins, essential fatty acids, and carnitine, and an improvement in homocysteine. The vitamin/mineral supplement and essential fatty acids appeared to have the most clinical benefit, although other treatments appeared to have some benefit for some individuals. So, this comprehensive treatment approach is recommended as a promising therapy for children and adults with ASD, with an emphasis on the vitamin/mineral supplement and essential fatty acids as probably being the most helpful.
The data also suggests some possible improvements could be made to the treatment combination. Specifically, it appears that l-carnitine may be better absorbed than acetyl-l-carnitine. Also, although many vitamins were well-absorbed, larger doses and/or more bioavailable forms of the other vitamins are needed to have a significant effect on blood levels, and larger doses/absorption may in some cases result in greater therapeutic benefit. So, it seems likely that the current treatment protocol could be further improved by making these changes.
 
 

Tell President Trump That You Want Vaccination Choice Included in the Proposed Rule Protecting Statuatory Conscience Rights in Health Care

Ignore_your_rights_and_theyll_go_away_bumper_sticker-p128826149292922003trl0_400Note:  Below is an excerpt from the Federal Register on President Trump's Proposed Rule Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations  of Authority. You have an opportunity to comment on the need to include conscience rights for vaccination choice. The vaccine pipeline is chock full of new opportunities to compel Americans to uptake a product through shaming, job loss and denial of a free an appropriate education - a product that carries known risk of injury and/or death and yet whose manufacturers bear no liability. Like guns, vaccines have been designated by SCOTUS as "unavoidably unsafe."   This simply means that by their very design and nature, they can harm you with use. Obvious in the case of guns. And obvious to most of us here at AofA when it comes to vaccines as well.

Even if you currently choose some, few or every vaccine available for yourself and/or your children, if you would like the have the OPTION of saying "NO" to a vaccine in the future, you should consider leaving a comment as a vote for your personal medical rights.

Please click this link and leave your comment on the site. And then copy and paste it to our comments, if  you'd like to share it with us.  Thank you.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/26/2018-01226/protecting-statutory-conscience-rights-in-health-care-delegations-of-authority#open-comment

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A Proposed Rule by the Health and Human Services Department on 01/26/2018

SUMMARY:

In the regulation of health care, the United States has a long history of providing conscience-based protections for individuals and entities with objections to certain activities based on religious belief and moral convictions. Multiple such statutory protections apply to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, or the Department) and the programs or activities it funds or administers. The Department proposes to revise regulations previously promulgated to ensure that persons or entities are not subjected to certain practices or policies that violate conscience, coerce, or discriminate, in violation of such Federal laws. Through this rulemaking, the Department proposes to grant overall responsibility to its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for ensuring that the Department, its components, HHS programs and activities, and those who participate in HHS programs or activities comply with Federal laws protecting the rights of conscience and prohibiting associated discriminatory policies and practices in such programs and activities. In addition to conducting outreach and providing technical assistance, OCR will have the authority to initiate compliance reviews, conduct investigations, supervise and coordinate compliance by the Department and its components, and use enforcement tools otherwise available in civil rights law to address violations and resolve complaints. In order to ensure that recipients of Federal financial assistance and other Department funds comply with their legal obligations, the Department will require certain recipients to maintain records; cooperate with OCR's investigations, reviews, or other enforcement actions; submit written assurances and certifications of compliance to the Department; and provide notice to individuals and entities about their conscience and associated anti-discrimination rights, as applicable.

With this proposed regulation, the Department seeks to more effectively and comprehensively enforce Federal health care conscience and associated anti-discrimination laws. Specifically, the Department proposes to grant its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) overall responsibility for ensuring that the Department, its components, HHS programs and activities, and those who participate in HHS programs or activities comply with these Federal laws. In addition to conducting outreach and providing technical assistance, OCR will have the authority to initiate compliance reviews, conduct investigations, supervise and coordinate compliance by the Department and its component(s), and use enforcement tools comparable to those available under other civil rights laws to more effectively address violations and resolve complaints. In order to ensure that recipients of Department funds comply with their legal obligations, as it does with other civil rights laws within its purview, the Department will require certain funding recipients to maintain records; cooperate with OCR's investigations, reviews, or enforcement actions; submit written assurances and certifications of compliance to the Department; and provide notice to individuals and entities about conscience and associated anti-discrimination rights (as applicable).


One Child at a Time

Dara and familyBy Dara Berger

Every morning I pick up my smartphone and scroll through the posts on Facebook even though I am starting to really loathe the social media app for it’s censorship of non-mainstream thoughts and ideas.  I spend approximately five minutes twice a day to find out about all the things in the autism community that will never see the light of day in any media publication.  It’s how I find out about new products or treatments, vaccine bills that have been defeated and sadly when a child goes missing or dies.  Lately I cannot go on Facebook for those ten minutes without seeing at least four babies or children who have either died or are being hospitalized from a vaccine reaction.  Many times I repost some of these as a warning to other non suspecting parents.  Why do I continue to do this?  Like many parents in the autism community I can’t stand what has happened to my son and cannot bear the thought of it happening to another family, especially someone else’s child.  So I take the time to tell my story to anyone who will listen.  Many days I wonder if I should even continue bothering.  Many days I wonder if I am actually making a difference.  I can tolerate the hate messages on twitter or the name calling on Facebook.  I have developed a pretty think skin, because it’s not personal.  These haters and pharma trolls they don’t even know me.  

But today for a few short minutes I feel like I may have made a difference.

About a week ago, my husband and I attended a funeral of a friend who’s mother passed away.  I had to leave right after the service to get home for my kids and wasn’t able to attend the burial.  Well later that evening my husband called to urgently ask if I would speak to his friends daughter-in-law who was scheduled for an elective C-section in a couple days.  He wanted me to speak with her about all the things she should do to try to negate the possible health implications that a C-section can cause. He knew that I had just painfully spent the last four weeks researching for an article I was writing on the issues of having an elective C-section. So I immediately told him “of course I am willing to speak with  her”.  Minutes later my husband introduced us by text and I proceeded to outline some of the issues of having a C-section and shared a few simple things she can do that will be helpful.  I also offered to talk with her on the phone that weekend and we did end up scheduling a time to speak last Sunday.  During that phone call, I explained how the baby isn’t able to receive the appropriate bacteria from her that will help them (she is pregnant with twin girls) build a strong microbiome.  My suggestions were to breastfeed if possible, add in a probiotic and consider transferring some of her vaginal secretions at or immediately following the cesarean procedure.  Otherwise the baby will pick up just the bacteria from its parents skin or the instruments in the delivery room, which is not the right type of bacteria that helps build a healthy immune system. She took it all in without making me feel like I was an alien from Mars.

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California's Senator Richard Pan Publicly Denies Any Increase in Autism

Pan Dem IckEpidemic? Pandemic? Not according to this Pan-Democrat in California, Richard Pan.  Thanks to Laura for this update. Thanks to readers for the photo suggestions...  ;) Kim

By Laura Hayes

6-minute video summary of recent hearing in CA  (have a listen before reading)

Link to download hearing in its entirety.

At this point in time, one would have to be living under a rock, severely intellectually challenged, or frighteningly indebted to Pharma to deny that we are in the midst of an autism epidemic.  CA Senator Richard Pan, a public figure, is not living under a rock, which leaves the remaining two possibilities.

On Feb. 28, 2018, a Joint Hearing for Special Education Finance in CA was held.  Partners in SB277 crime, Senators Richard Pan and Ben Allen, were both in attendance. 

In the midst of plentiful, pleading, and powerful testimony from many involved in CA’s public school system with regard to the dramatic and alarming increase in autism up and down the state for the past 10-15 years, corroborated by Ryan Andersen of the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Senator Pan interjected to clarify that they are all wrong. He clarified that there is no increase in autism, not in CA, nor elsewhere. 

To repeat, to take such a preposterous stance when the autism epidemic is self-evident at this point in time (with even the incompetent and corrupt CDC reporting that 1 in 36 American children has autism), one would have to be living under a rock, severely intellectually challenged, or frighteningly indebted to Pharma. Pan’s insistence that autism rates have always been 1 in 36 defies the research coming from the institution at which he used to teach, UC Davis. A 2009 study by researchers at UCD’s MIND Institute found that the humongous increase in the incidence of autism is real, is not due to how autism is diagnosed or counted, and shows no sign of abating. This study was published in the January 2009 issue of Epidemiology.

Pan dug himself further into his hole of lies as he referenced “a growing body of research showing that the increase in autism rates is due to difference in diagnosis and changes in the DSM.”  The only research from this “growing body” that he could then cite was a laughable and completely unscientific 2009 study from England which Dr. Carol Stott and John Stone ripped apart from start to finish, summarized here

For his coup d’etat, both of imbecility and offensiveness, Pan basically accused school districts of over identifying special education students in an effort to secure more funding, which is moronic because school districts statewide, nationwide, and worldwide are drowning in the costs of special education. Identifying special education students means having to provide services for them, services that are costly. In reality, school districts have a financial disincentive to identify special education students. Despite that fact, Pan stated, in his native tongue of gibberish, “One of the things that seems to come up a lot…we heard it from the LAO presentation, we also in some of the other policy…they keep saying that, “Well, what we are worried about is that we actually pay for the need…we’re gonna incentivize more people, more kids, moving into special ed, and also they’re less likely to be mainstreamed.” This was immediately scoffed at, countered, and corrected by the next 2 women who testified.

If Pan truly believes that school districts, in cahoots with parents and licensed professionals, are purposefully misdiagnosing students as needing special education services when in fact they don’t, with the express purpose of the school district enriching itself at the expense of the child, who might then be placed into a segregated classroom and subjected to unneeded therapies,THAT IS A VERY SERIOUS CHARGE. As such, his first and top priority should be to start an immediate investigation into the abuse of these children.

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Major Health Freedom Victory! 4 Vaccine Bills Defeated in FL

Florida signThank you to GreenMedInfo for this blogpost.  The Sunshine State is a bit brighter today while the Golden State keeps taking Gold from Pharma as it restricts vaccination choice.  Interesting how different two iconic vacation states can be within America.

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By Sayer Ji

After a deluge of vaccine bills threatening to strip health freedom flooded the FL legislature earlier this year, the concerted efforts of grassroots activists and independent media emerged victorious with all 4 bills now officially withdrawn and defeated.

I am excited to announce a major victory for health freedom today, proving Margaret Mead's saying that you should, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.” 

Two identical bills submitted to the Florida Senate and the House of Representatives in January mandating HPV vaccines for school children have been defeated. Two other bills released the same month which would have forced those who opt out of vaccines for their children to be entered into a centralized database which would track their whereabouts (and make possible State-mandated “home visits” to coerce or force vaccine compliance), have also been withdrawn from the Florida Senate and House. All four bills were permanently withdrawn on 3/10/2018.

Grassroots Activism: Alive and Well

It was the The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) that first alerted a small but growing group of activists and health freedom loving citizens in Florida to the impending threat. Floridians for Medical Freedom lead the charge by organizing representation at the state capital.

You can read more about the history of these bills in our previous reports here:

    Urgent Action Required: Stop Forced HPV Vaccines for Florida's KidsACTION ALERT: Oppose Unconstitutional State

    Forced Vaccine Tracking of Your Family - OPPOSE SB 1680 and HB 1045 (FL)

With the help and courageous efforts of independent media organizations and leading activists, including GreenMedInfo., NaturalNews, Kelly Brogan, MD, Robert Scott Bell, Dr. Sherry Tenpenny, and others too many to name, national attention was cast on these bills, including research that was published in the American Journal of Public Health showing that Merck has been manipulating the legislative process via lobbying and other methods to mandate the use of their products.

Battle Won; Epic Battle Just Beginning

Read more here.


No Spina Bifida. No Peanut Butter Sandwiches. The Unintended Consequences of Pregnancy Interventions.

Wonder breadNote: In no way am I poking fun at the pregnancy vitamin supplementation program that cured spina bifida by preventing the diagnosis. That said.... What sane person would not want to prevent a lifelong diagnosis that could be a severe, even life threatening handicap requiring a lifetime of care?  What doctor would not want to recommend something as simple as a vitamin to prevent this severe, terrible diagnosis?

But what if this benign vitamin intervention during pregnancy, which became so ubiquitous as to literally become "white bread" was found to perhaps be associated with life threatening FOOD ALLERGIES? What is a researcher recommended further research to dig deeper into the science, because while the spina bifida was a birth defect no parent wanted for his or her child, the food allergies were also a diagnosis that no parent wanted for his or her child? Would the vitamin makers make sure to PULL HIS PAPER from publication and pillory him for say, 20 years?

In other news, does this tongue make my cheek look fat?

From USDA: Beginning in January 1998, the B vitamin folic acid will be added to enriched bread, flour, cornmeal, rice, pasta, and other grain products, according to a 1996 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation.

The regulation grew out of evidence that the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects in newborn infants dropped if mothers took more folic acid before pregnancy.

In 1992, the Public Health Service recommended that all women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily to reduce risk. That 400 millionths of a gram could spare many of the 2,500 infants born in the United States with neural tube defects each year.

...“The balance of evidence from this study suggests that the benefits of folate fortification at the currently mandated level would greatly outweigh the risks...

Damn Skippy!  Kim



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Folic Acid Exposure in Utero is Associated with Development of Food Allergy

Research presented at the 2018 AAAAI/WAO Joint Congress suggests that unmetabolized folic acid levels at birth are associated with an increased risk of food allergy.

Orlando, FL - Research being presented at the 2018 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and World Allergy Organization (WAO) Joint Congress suggests that folic acid exposure in utero could have an effect on whether children develop food allergy.

Folate, or vitamin B9, is available in both natural and synthetic forms. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate and is often recommended to pregnant women as a way of preventing neural tube defects in their children, like spina bifida. When folic acid is consumed in higher quantities, some of this folic acid is not metabolized and circulates in the blood as “unmetabolized folic acid.”

In a nested case control study performed in the Boston Birth Cohort, scientists found that higher levels of unmetabolized folic acid measured at birth was associated with the development of food allergy.

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Guardianship and Medical Cannabis Case in Texas

GuardianshipNote: Is this about the cannabis or the audacity of trying something other than pharma's Risperdal for autism?

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Texas judge weighs whether father who treated autistic daughter with marijuana is fit to be her guardian

Christy Zartler had practiced what to say, yet she was still nervous on the witness stand. She and her husband had always done what they believed was right for their autistic daughter, Kara. But now, the judge could decide they were criminals, or at least her husband was, and not allow him to be Kara's guardian.

Christy leaned forward, her glasses perched atop blonde bangs, as she listened to her attorney's questions. She glanced at Kara, her 98-pound 18-year-old, seated in a wheelchair by her own attorney in the courtroom in downtown Dallas.

"Mark, your child's father, was investigated by Child Protective Services for having administered cannabis vapor to Kara," her lawyer said. "Do you recall that?"  Read more here.


Healthcare Rights and Mandates Shaping Italy as M5S Party Garners Votes

Italy voteNote: We've been covering the visceral response from Italian citizens to vaccine mandates for school children.   Italians voted this weekend.  Their election is likened to Brexit and the American vote for Donald Trump as President. 

Italy election: Exit polls indicate big gains for populist and far-right parties – but with no clear winner

...The biggest worry for many would be a link up between the M5S, the League and the hardline nationalist Brothers of Italy. If the final vote tally reflects the projections that around 50 per cent of the electorate have voted for such populist parties, they would have enough votes to rule. There had also been talk before the vote of the possibility of a coalition between the M5S and the centre-left PD, although that may prove unworkable depending on whether the ruling party would stomach being the junior party in a coalition. 

A prominent deputy from M5S said early projections of the results suggested a “triumph” for the anti-establishment party.

From BBC:
Italy election: Early exit polls point to hung parliament

According to the recent article  Time article How Anti-Vaxxers Could Help Decide Italy's Election "The [Italian] skeptics tend to be “rich and older parents,” he says, “who are susceptible to both alternative treatments, like homeopathy, and conspiracy theories.”

Sounds familiar. You know, those educated folks who have the blessing of acquired skills to do the homework required to learn about medical choices and sometimes do NOT choose pharmaceutical interventions.  And who believe choice is critical in a democracy. Folks like our own Mark Blaxill, who went to Princeton and Harvard. Me, Kim, who went to a fine prep school and Boston College.  Our dear Dan Olmsted, who went to Yale. (Ok, I'm older, and definitely not rich, but you get the point.)


Time Magazine: How Anti-Vaxxers Could Help Decide Italy's Election

Lego horse headNote: Wait until a Sicilian Don's daughter or son is vaccine injured.  Italy is being taken over by the PharMafia, make no mistake.  Italian citizens are protesting the MANDATES not the actual vaccination, so to call them "anti-vaccine" is the basic tobacco playbook used by CDC et al in all propaganda.  Rome wasn't built in a day, but with new mandates, you can bet that special education programs will be needed very soon. In bocca al lupo, to our Italian friends.  Welcome to the American way. Forced medicine.

By Tara John
6:17 AM EST

In late 2015, Italian virologist Roberto Burioni took part in a Q&A with young mothers on a Facebook group and was alarmed to find many of them spouting conspiracy theories about vaccinations. The measles shot, they said, gives children autism.

The 55-year-old decided to take a deeper look online and realized there was an ecosystem of Italian anti-vaccination groups on the social media site. In spring 2016, Burioni sat down, fired up his laptop and began debunking anti-vaccination conspiracy theories on his public Facebook page.

“I started writing because I was fed up of social media being at the hands of people telling lies,” Burioni, who is a professor of microbiology and virology at the Vita-Salute University San Raffaele, Milan, says during a phone interview. “All the voices [online] in Italy were against vaccination. There was no debate and I did what I could to start one.”  Read more here.

Just over two years later that debate has gone from an online feud to a live political issue in the Italian general election due on March 4. As skepticism about vaccines has become widespread in Italy, so-called “anti-vaxxers” have become a voting bloc for the populist parties vying for votes. As a result, two of the leading populist parties — the far-right League (formerly the Northern League) and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (5SM) — have pledged, if elected, to scrap a law passed in July that made ten vaccinations compulsory for children under the age of 16. If they do, health experts warn it could be a huge step backwards in the global fight for children’s health.

Vaccine skepticism in Italy dates back to a debunked 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield that linked the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) shot typically given to children after their first birthday to autism. The discredited idea took hold among an “intellectual fringe” in Italy, says Andrea Grignolio, a medicine historian at the La Sapienza University of Rome. The skeptics tend to be “rich and older parents,” he says, “who are susceptible to both alternative treatments, like homeopathy, and conspiracy theories.”


I Scream You Scream! Vaccinate and Get Ice Cream!

McD OK
I saw this photo on Facebook yesterday. I can't see the expiration date, but a quick Google search says there was a campaign in Oklahoma in 2015, so that might be when the photo is from.  Taste the irony of McDonald's, purveyor of some of the most detrimental foodish products in the world, proudly supporting vaccination.   At least they have to tell you their ingredients - the same can't be said for pharma.

Ingredients: VANILLA REDUCED FAT ICE CREAM (Milk, Liquid Sucrose (Sugar, Water), Cream, Nonfat Milk Solids, Corn Syrup Solids, Mono- and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Dextrose, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Disodium Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate.), ICE CREAM CONE (Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Tapioca Starch, Sugar, Canola Oil or a blend of Soybean Oil, Palm Oil and Soy Lecithin, Leavening (Baking Soda, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt, Annatto Extract (Color), Natural Flavor, Corn Syrup.)


Why Did Italian Polizia Raid Gatti and Montanari’s Residence and Offices and Seize Computers?

PoliziaBy James Lyons-Weiler and Marcello Pamio

Age of Autism links to James Lyons-Weiler's blog yesterday linking the seizure of Dr Gatti and Dr Montanari's to a recent report on vaccination in Italy's military. We also republish in English  a report by Marcello Pamio of Informasalus.it  "Final report of the Parliamentary Commission on the cases of deaths and diseases in the Italian military".

James Lyons-Weiler writes:

LAST YEAR, I INTERVIEWED Dr. Gatti and asked her reasonable questions about the study she and Dr. Montanari published, and then invited both to Pittsburgh, PA to present their findings at IPAK FOCUS 2017.  They are the nicest people.

So why should this grandmotherly/grandfatherly pair of scientists have to suffer having their offices and home raided by Italian Polizia, and their computers seized, when they had to fight to make the information they had public?

It turns out their their equipment had already been seized by a judge.  But for what reason?

They found that vaccines contain metals that are not supposed to be there – and they found that vaccines contain protein aggregrates – almost certainly an effect of copper and aluminum binding to vaccine antigen.

What would the government of Italy hope to accomplish?  Surely they would like to help the world learn about Dr. Gatti and Dr. Montanari’s study?

The Italian government is already aware of issues with vaccines.  Consider this excerpt from an Italian report (translation provided by Google Translate, results provided by L. Larue) ...(Continue reading on James Lyons-Weiler's website)

Marcello Pamio's report reads:

"Final Report of the Parliamentary Commission on the cases of death and diseases that hit the Italian military

- The Parliamentary Commission confirms the total absence of scientific studies in the literature aimed at assessing the tolerability of the total quantity of vaccine components (adjuvants, preservatives, antigens, allergens, excipients and contaminants). The cumulative quantity of the various components of the vaccines exceeds the permitted limit for the marketing authorization!

- The Parliamentary Committee confirms the necessity of NOT simultaneously administering more than 5 monovalent single-dose vaccines on the military.

- The Parliamentary Commission confirms that vaccination involves risks in terms of immunosuppression, hyper-immunization, autoimmunity and hypersensitivity problems.

- The Parliamentary Commission confirms that the risk of the risks is reported directly in the data sheets of the pharmaceutical companies that expressly request the application of appropriate precautions for the use of vaccines and the verification of the state of health of the vaccine and the absence of diseases at the time of vaccination.

 - In vaccines analyzed in addition to the active substance there are over 81 substances (such as formaldehyde, chicken proteins, chicken egg cells, hen's embryos, aluminum hydroxide, lactose, human albumin, human fetal cells, etc.) for which it is expected an assessment of sensitivity or allergy.

 - The parliamentary commission confirms that there is a statistically significant association between neoplastic and lymphoproliferative diseases and other autoimmune diseases and the administration of vaccines.

 - Vaccines used in military prophylaxis are the same as those authorized by AIFA for civil use.

 

Questions for the ASL [local health] doctor

Starting from the absolute equivalence between vaccines used in the military and those used in newborns (AIFA), the questions are as follows:

- How come the military can not overcome 5 MONODOSE vaccines in the same session and a newborn of 60 days of life receives 8 at the same time (hexavalent + pneumococcus + rotavirus)?

- How come the single vaccines for the military are available while for the newborns not?

- How come there are no scientific studies in the literature on the tolerability and safety of the sum of adjuvants (81 different substances) contained in vaccines?

- Why in the military are required advanced and customized prevaccinal examinations while not in the newborns?

- How is it possible that in the military there is a statistically significant association between tumors, autoimmune diseases and vaccinations, while in infants the vaccines are safe and harmless?"


FriendshipCircle.org on Escape Plan When Students are Disabled

Alone At SchoolNote: This is such an important subject, and one that brushed my family last week. The day after the shooting in Florida, my daughter's high school had an unscheduled dismissal for a water problem. I came home at 11:28am to find a school bus waiting in front of my house. My first thought was "Oh did I miss a half day?" I did not. The district put my pre-verbal daughter with autism onto a bus without contacting me and confirming I would be home to bring her in the house safely. The district sent an email 40 minutes before dismissal.  - and while I check email often, I don't check it every 15 minutes and I do not have alerts since I run no fewer than 6 email accounts for various parts of my work and other areas of my life. My phone would be blowing up all day. 

The robocall came to my house house phone 10 minutes after her bus arrived. The robocall came to my cell 25 minutes after the bus arrived. And a Robotext arrived 30 minutes after the bus arrived saying the buses were on their way. In light of Florida, I wasn't going to lose my mind over the mistake. My girl was safe. But the teacher should have called me on my cell to make sure I was available. I called the Superintendent and suggested a new system for the kids with special needs. "Make sure you reach a parent or guardian." He agreed to look into where the school had gone wrong. I think it was simple - CALL MOM. Common sense. In a lockdown emergency - I promise you that none 0f my three could stay quiet to avoid detection. Would they be thrown into the hall to save the other students and staff? Are those seclusion rooms soundproof?  That's another post. Kim

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How to Keep Students with Disabilities Safe in Lockdowns, Evacuations, and Other School Crises

With lockdowns and evacuation drills becoming a regular occurrence in schools, students with disabilities are often faced with disruptions of routine, unrealistic behavior expectations, accessibility problems, and other challenges that may not have been addressed in the IEP and remove necessary supports. Friendship Circle asked Dr. Dusty Columbia Embury and Dr. Laura Clarke, who’ve written about safety and students with disabilities, to answer some questions about how schools can include these students in their planning for unexpected events and how parents can make sure their children’s needs are accounted for.

Introduction from Dusty and Laura

We are passionate about creating and sustaining inclusive settings and experiences for all children, and we began our research about school safety and children with significant disabilities after the Newtown school shooting.

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Computers and Records Seized of Dr Gatti and Dr Montanari

Montenari
By John Stone

The computers, records and data of Antonietta Gatti and Stefano Montanari have been seized by the Italian "Guardia di Finanza". Sanevax comment:

BREAKING NEWS: This morning two scientists from Italy lost their computers, records, and data - all confiscated. Dr. Gatti and Dr. Montanari have been studying the potential effects of micro- and nanoparticles used in vaccines on the human body for years. One of them was scheduled to testify in court regarding an alleged vaccine injury. Several conference presentations were also scheduled over the next few months. Now, there is no data to present. Coincidence? Or, suppression of inconvenient scientific findings?

The website of vacciniinforma.it reproduces the facebook page of Dr Montanari with the comment "FINANCIAL GUARD VISIT THE LABORATORY OF DRS GATTI AND MONTANARI, MEDICINE IS OBSTRUCTED AS USUAL".

No one, of course, challenges the pharmaceutical industry in order to make money but the cozy relationship of the industry to the Italian government is well documented, and this will be a contentious event in the forthcoming Italian national election. 

A groundbreaking study "New Quality-Control Investigations on Vaccines: Micro and Nanocontamination"  by Gatti and Montenari was published in the International Journal of Vaccines and Vaccination early last year:

Abstract
Vaccines are being under investigation for the possible side effects they can
cause. In order to supply new information, an electron-microscopy investigation
method was applied to the study of vaccines, aimed at verifying the presence of
solid contaminants by means of an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope
equipped with an X-ray microprobe. The results of this new investigation show
the presence of micro- and nanosized particulate matter composed of inorganic
elements in vaccines’ samples which is not declared among the components and
whose unduly presence is, for the time being, inexplicable. A considerable part
of those particulate contaminants have already been verified in other matrices
and reported in literature as non biodegradable and non biocompatible. The
evidence collected is suggestive of some hypotheses correlated to diseases that
are mentioned and briefly discussed.

John Stone is UK (and European) editor of Age of Autism.


Vaccine Dissidents: What Should Our Long Term Goals Be?

AofA Op EdBy David Weiner

Here, I will be laying out a vision for the end state that our movement should strive for. It is simply not adequate to (only) react to the onslaught of attacks from those promoting 24/7 vaccination. We must also have our own vision for how things should ultimately work.  I am going to assume that the reader is already alarmed by the problems that vaccines are causing, so I am not going to cover that ground.

In order to come up with a satisfactory solution to any large, complex problem, the first step is to determine its root cause. Now some would say that the root cause of the problem is the vaccines themselves. I take the view that the vaccines should really be considered proximate causes. Below I will list out several, more fundamental causes and then I will go on to discuss the implications of this set of causes. This analysis refers to the U.S. system, though many of these phenomena apply globally.

  1. Coercion: Vaccines are mandated and exemptions to them are in some cases very limited and are generally unpublicized. Sometimes these mandates come directly from governments. Other times they come from colleges which receive a lot of government funding. In some cases, such as hospitals requiring employees to take the flu shot, they may appear to be “private” initiatives, yet Obamacare has incentivized these programs through its Medicare reimbursement formula.
  2. Inadequate and Poor Quality Research: There are various facets to this issue. The FDA has given approval to vaccines based on too short of a study period or studies lacking a true placebo. It has done a poor job of post-approval monitoring. It has not responded to allegations of fraud in the research that has relied upon. The CDC has committed fraud in its own research and it has funded and promoted research done by scientists lacking integrity. Furthermore, the CDC has failed to conduct necessary research to evaluate the long-term impact of taking the full slate of vaccines that it has recommended.

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Law Professor Mary Holland Responds to Dr. Peter Hotez Calling Vaccine Safety Advocates "A Hate Group"

HotezFrom our friends at Health Choice:

On Tuesday, February 20th, the Duke Chronicle reported that vaccine researcher, Dr. Peter Hotez spoke at the Duke Global Health Institute in the first lecture of the Victor J. Dzau Global Health Lecture Fund Series, established by Dzau in 2017, as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Matching Grant.

Hotez reported remarks include the claim that, there is no link between autism and vaccines, and that vaccine safety and choice advocacy groups, including Texans for Vaccine Choice and NVIC, are “[Anti-vaccine organizations] camouflage themselves as a political group, but I call them for what they really are: a hate group,” Hotez said. “They are a hate group that hates their family and hates their children.”

Professor Mary Holland of NYU Law School has penned a letter to Dr. Hotez.  We join her in sentiments and demand an apology from Dr. Hotez for his smear of vaccine injury families and the organizations who represent them in their fight for full informed consent in vaccination.

Mary S. Holland
22 Washington Square North,
B-16 New York, NY 10011
(212) 998-6212

February 20, 2018

Dr. Peter Hotez, M.D.
Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Dear Dr. Hotez:
It is with sadness and distress that I read of your inaugural Victor J. Dzau Global Health Lecture Series at Duke University. Based on reporting in the February 20, 2018 Duke Chronicle, I understand that you accused those whom you brand “anti-vaccine” as “a hate group that hates their family and hates their children.” Let me explain why I find your remarks both offensive and off-the-mark.

Like you, I am the parent of a young adult with autism. Unlike you, I believe that vaccine injury is by far the most plausible explanation for my son’s onset of autism in his second year of life. Through extensive education and work with groups that you dub “anti-vaccine,” I came to understand that vaccine-induced encephalopathy, which can manifest with “features of autism,” is a well-known phenomenon. Indeed, colleagues and I revealed that the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has been compensating such cases of brain injury, with concomitant autism, since the program’s inception in 1988.

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The Guardian UK: Trump Appears to Have Abandonned Vaccine Safety Promise

Trump Kennedy PenceFrom Guardian UK:

Donald Trump appears to have abandoned plans to investigate the spurious link between childhood immunisations and autism, a move welcomed by experts but condemned by Robert F Kennedy Jr, a vaccine sceptic.

The son of former US attorney general Bobby Kennedy met Trump in New York during the presidential transition in January last year and announced that he had been asked to chair a commission to review vaccine safety.

Scientists warned that it would give credence to debunked theories, while a Trump spokeswoman denied any decision had been made.

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Why Progressives Don't Get Autism: 8 Years Later

Enablers Managing Editor's Note: We first ran this post by Dan Olmsted in November of 2010. We're running it 8 years later because the state of American childhood is just so grim. Autism is at the crux of our wheelhouse here at AofA, but the depth of the issues at hand is much deeper. This latest school shooting (even that verbiage, "the latest" is startling) might be a catalyst for change. Does either side, Progressive or Conservative have the stomach and the cajones to face the truth? Is it the guns? The access? The vaccines? The medications? The video games? The iWorld? What's creating this all consuming craving to kill?

By Dan Olmsted

The midterm elections have ushered in a period of reflection and reckoning for the nation’s liberal-left movement that today usually describes itself as “progressive.” As The Huffington Post bluntly put it, “Progressive Heroes Go Down to Defeat.” Especially given health care reform’s big role in the election debate, this reckoning ought to include the biggest health problem facing the next generation and hence the nation: Autism.

But first, progressives have got to come to grips with their abject failure to “get” the autism issue.

Progressivism, the idea that government can and should intervene to improve the lives of its citizens, arose early in the last century in response to the Darwinian excesses of Industrial Revolution, laissez-faire capitalism – child labor, abject poverty in the elderly, untaxed corporate profits that went right back into the pockets of the richest. It peaked during the New Deal, then plummeted during Reagan – “Government is not the solution to the problem, government IS the problem,” he famously said.

While this political philosophy waxes and wanes, as it should, I would argue that the word has a wider meaning now – that our country, great as it is and has been, faces challenges and problems that can be addressed by doing something, by making progress, sometimes but not necessarily led or funded by government. So it’s not so much a left-right issue as one of the static status quo versus the impulse to improve on it.

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Should You Get the Flu Shot Every Year? Don’t Ask the New York Times.

Pinto deathsNote: The New York Times would recommend driving a Pinto while smoking unfiltered Camels on your way to the pharmacy to fill your VIOXX scrip, given the opportunity. Thanks to Adriana for sharing the blog of  Jeremy Hammond  and this thoughtful piece about continuing to support the dismal failure that is the 2017/18 flu season vaccine.  

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A recent New York Times article on the influenza vaccine provides a useful case study in how the mainstream media manufacture consent for the CDC’s public vaccine policy by systematically misinforming the public about the science.

This is Part I of a multi-part exposé on public policy with respect to the influenza vaccine. Additional installments of this series are forthcoming.

The way the US mainstream media typically frame the issue of vaccines, you are essentially either a firm advocate of public vaccine policy, or you are “anti-science”. The media applies the derogatory label “anti-vaxxer” to all those who dare question the wisdom of the vaccine recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The result is that there is no serious discussion being had today about vaccines in the mainstream discourse.

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Old School Trolling is Back

Troll docNote: Occasionally we work a magic trick at AofA - making the irrelevant au courant, if only for a moment.   Below, we bring you a clip from a long running pro-vaccine injury, pro industry, faux wood paneled, don't mind the Tang stains on the green shag carpet blog run by a doctor who delights in the harm that has come to our children.  We bring you Orac's take on our content earlier this week.

You can see James Lyons-Weiler's tweets about this : @lifebiomedguru see  #trollsSmellFunny https://twitter.com/lifebiomedguru

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After yesterday’s post about Leslie Manookian’s attack on James Lyons-Weiler, in which I expressed great enjoyment at a crank fight between two antivaccine activists playing out on the ages of that wretched hive of scum and quackery, Age of Autism, I debated whether to do another post on the same crank fight. After all, a major reason why I wrote about it was to demonstrate what I meant when I said I know antivaccine when I see it. On the other hand, it’s just so damned fun to watch two antivaccine loons go at it. Also, repetition is the key to education, and therefore another post, if done properly (and I intend to do it properly) can reinforce the lesson of yesterday’s post. At the very least, it can be entertaining.

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'Science is Still out' on Autism, Vaccine Link, New Health Official Says

Usa todayNOTE:  Give this woman the 2018 Dr. Bernadine Healy award! How long before Ms McManus loses her job?  From USA TODAY.  Did you know that our Dan Olmsted was a founding journalist for USA Today at its launch. It was groundbreaking for its time - color photos!  K

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Milwaukee's newly picked top health official told a radio audience that "the science is still out" on whether there's a link between some vaccines and autism.

 
Patricia McManus, who was chosen by the Common Council this week to lead the troubled Milwaukee Health Department, was asked during a radio show Wednesday about whether the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine could cause autism in children.
 
“I don’t think the answer is yet there. I mean, there’s still people who believe it," McManus said on The Forum talk show. "And so I don’t know. I think the science is still out. I think that’s a decision that these families are going to have to make on their own at this point.
 
"I wasn't questioning the science," she said. "I think clearly most public health people, and most doctors in general, believe that even if you have issues with it, the best thing to do is to still get the immunization."
McManus added that she "is not going anywhere telling people not to get immunized."
 
McManus, a registered nurse with a doctorate in urban studies, said she has learned from decades as a health professional that "you give people information, but you don't just drill it in, and just tell them that you're wrong, and this is what you have to do."
 

Have I Lost It? Promoting Medical Exemptions is not “Pro-Mandate”: No Litmus Test for Vaccine Risk Awareness

James Lyons WeilerBy James Lyons-Weiler

I thank Leslie Manookian for sharing her ideas on her interpretation of my article “As States Push for Reason and Rationality, New York Times Goes Over the Edge, Calls for Mandatory Death for a Genetic Minority”. I thank AoA for inviting me to set the record straight on my position on vaccine mandates.

In her article, entitled “Has James Lyons-Weiler Lost It?” she interprets my position of empowering parents and doctors with the knowledge of biomarkers to identify individuals who are most susceptible as somehow being pro-mandate.

My first defense is point to articles where Manookian herself could be seen as defending mandates with exemptions in which her line of reasoning could be equally misconstrued, such as one entitled “Suggestions on How to Claim a Medical Exemption in CA” by Leslie Manookian, hosted at the very informed and useful Weston A. Price Foundation website; an article on Revolution for Vaccine Choice in 2016 in which Manookian informs readers to:

“Conduct genetic testing prior to vaccinating to better understand your child’s risk…. Test for various disabilities, conditions, and genetic variance such as variation in MTHFR, CBS, COMT, all BHMTs, MAO-A, SOD, cytochrome p450 enzymes, and HLA type which can determine your child’s susceptibility to vaccine injury.”

Her post unfortunately misinforms the readers to use 23andMe, which does not qualify under FDA rules as a clinical genetic test, and while the FDA may be turning a blind eye to consumers who attempt to use 23andMe as clinical data, the assay has proven to be inadmissible in court.  The correct test to use would be either clinical single-gene assay or clinical exome sequencing, which are FDA approved, but which also have their own limitations because interpretation is based on available knowledge to date of association of specific genes to outcomes, and studies have not been conducted to determine which variants in our population are associated with vaccine adverse events. Her FB post also misinforms readers by insinuating that these specific genes can be used to determine a child’s “susceptibility to vaccine injury”. The studies that I am advocating to determine their generalized accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity have not yet been conducted.  For example, MTHFR mutations may be very common in families with ASD from vaccines, but they are also fairly common in the general population, so their clinical utility may be limited. Only studies aimed to characterize a biomarker’s performance can tell us. Those who proceed in legal settings with biomarkers not backed by translational science will waste precious time and resources in their legal fights.

Perhaps her views have changed, and she is now against biomarkers to procure medical exemptions because in her view, that would make her an apologist for exemptions? As many people know, my position has shifted significantly since 2015 - because my journey at the time on the hidden, pathetically sad state of vaccine safety science was only beginning.  While writing "Ebola", I only scratched the surface on vaccine civil rights issues, and, to the chagrin of my future self, stated the oft-repeated trope about "anti-vaxxers" putting others at risk.  To those persons who those words hurt, I have since apologized with an article "My Journey from Ignorance".

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WaPo Reports Dr. Mark Geier May Receive Millions in Restitution

GeierNote: A decade or more ago, chelation and other forms of mercury/heavy metal removal were very much at the forefront of autism treatments. The pediatric vaccine schedule had been bloated with bolus doses of mercury and many parents saw success in remediating autism symptoms via chelation. Dr. Geier spearheaded a treatment with Lupron, to target testosterone with the goal of ameliorating AGGRESSION.  In 2018, Anne Dachel is writing about the skyrocketing rates of aggression in school aged children, with and without special needs or autism. School shootings are a regular occurrence. Had Dr. Geier been able to conduct his work, perhaps we might have had a mechanism to lower aggression. Alas, the powers that be (talk about your deep state, and I don't even know what that phrase actually means) have NEVER allowed a single autism "TREATMENT" outside of ABA and other non-medical interventions. 

As an aside, Lupron was not a poison being offered by doctors.  Back in the early 2000s my daughter Mia went to a pediatric endocrinologist in Cleveland at the prestigious Rainbow Babies and Children's' Hospital - the home of Dr. Max Wiznitzer.  This young doctor, a Dartmouth Fellow, immediately suggested LUPRON for my daughter.  Not for her autism, but for early development.  The press always portrayed Dr. Geier as a Mengele experimenting on our children. When I asked the Cleveland Doc what Lupron would do to Mia's seizures - increase them? Make them worse? He had NO IDEA. And yet he still was willing to put her onto Lupron. 

I hope that other doctors who have been pilloried by their "peers" for trying to help families drowning in the challenges of autism take a bit of hope in this news below. Try to read around the snarky nastiness that is WaPo when it comes to our kids. They are wretchedly unsympathetic to our plight.  Kim

Regulators who targeted anti-vaccine doctor may pay millions for humiliating him

Mark Geier built a medical practice in Rockville and a national reputation for propagating the discredited theory that vaccines cause autism. The Maryland Board of Physicians suspended his license seven years ago because he was treating autistic children with a drug considered dangerous for young people and not known to alleviate symptoms of the disorder.

But the regulators who stripped Geier’s credentials are now in the hot seat, ordered to each personally pay tens of thousands of dollars in damages by a judge who says the board abused its power in an attempt to humiliate the doctor and his family.

The board posted a cease-and-desist order on its website in 2012 alleging that Geier had improperly prescribed medication for himself, his wife and his son while his license was suspended. In an unusual move, the order named the drugs in question. Online critics of Geier took notice, mocking the doctor and his family in blogs and comments for their use of the medications.

 


Autism Groundhog Day

Groundhog day clock

Groundhog day 2018.

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

Groundhog day 2017

From 2003 to January 19, 2017 - so little had changed for autism. AofA readers know the drill. "No cause. But we know it's not vaccines. No cure. Why would you want a cure for such a gifty diagnosis?"  Yadda yadda yadda ad NAUseam. Maybe 2017 is the year the groundhog turns into a tiger. Let's hope so.

Here's a BEST OF post from 2012.

By Anne Dachel

In Nov 2003 the New York Times published an interesting article titled, Government Mapping Out A Strategy to Fight Autism by Jane Gross. HERE

It was about a government plan to deal with autism. It had a lot of familiar details: autism is on the rise, we need to find the cause, and early intervention is best.

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Why Does the Vaccine Lobby Fear Dr. Suzanne Humphries?

Meet the doctorNote: We wrote about vicious death threats received by Dr. Suzanne Humphries.  I read that there has been another vile threat. Many of our readers might not know Dr. Humphries, so we're sharing this presentation that she made at California Jam 2017. From the website: California Jam is the #1 chiropractic education and natural health seminar with over two dozen expert speakers and a rock n’ roll show playing throughout the weekend. Dr. Suzanne Humphries is a private medical consultant with American Board of Internal Medicine certifications in internal medicine and nephrology, who practices in Maine and Virginia. In 2016, she published an entertaining autobiography Rising From The Dead and is co-author of Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History. Dr. Humphries has lectured throughout Scandinavia, the USA and New Zealand on vaccines, holistic health, infant immunity, and vitamin C. Many of her lectures are viewable on her YouTube channel. Epigenetics, infectious diseases, and the human microbiome are other areas of interest. Her website is drsuzanne.net .



Vaccinated Flu Patients Might Shed Infectious Fine Particle Viral RNA More Than Others, New Data Suggests

InquisitrVaccinated Flu Patients Might Shed Infectious Fine Particle Viral RNA More Than Others, New Data Suggests

Excerpted from Inquisitr:

In one study, people infected with influenza A who'd been vaccinated against the flu two years in a row shed more virus in the fine particle aerosol than other people with influenza A or B.

Multiple media reports warned us that simply breathing the air around someone sick with the flu might cause us to become infected thanks to fine particle viral RNA. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health reported in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences that fine aerosol particles collected from the air around patients infected with influenza contained detectable flu virus. Merely exhaling releases the virus into the air if someone is infected. This fascinating new research triggered social media alarm about the flu virus, but there might be even more to the story.

Masks May Provide Little Protection

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Star Trek Fan for Life is Cool But Sesame Street Fan for Life is Not?

Mia Sesame StreetNote: Thanks to our friends at National Autism Association for sharing this post on their Facebook page. My two older daughters definitely love TV shows and characters that are not age appropriate. Mia is 23, and still loves Sesame Street. Her recent discovery (perseveration) of Charlie Brown brought me a huge sigh of relief. And I'm not proud of that. "Oh! Everyone can love Charlie Brown. I still do!" I did exactly what this young woman with autism says we NTs do to people with autism. I tried to force my girls to "move on" from their dear childhood friends to more age appropriate enjoyment.  Why? To make me feel like they were making progress? To spare them embarrassment that they did not feel when out and about? I recall several years ago one of my care team was at camp with the girls, when an 18 year old camper had a huge meltdown and tried to bolt the building. Why? Because she wanted to listen to the theme song to a Nick Jr TV show and the counselor kept telling her "No! That's a baby show."  If someone said to me, "No! You can't have a cup of coffee because it's after 3:00pm," I'd get angry and frustrated. Why can't our kids just love what they love? Thanks to Kristine Motokane for this insightful piece.

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How Pressure to Be 'Age Appropriate' Can Harm Autistic People

By Kristine Motokane

Whenever I go shopping in stores or browse online, I’ve noticed that certain things are categorized based on factors such as age, gender etc. For instance, the children’s section in clothing stores tends to have more character clothing, bright colors and be cutesier, while the adult section has less selection of character clothing and tends to be more sophisticated. Even the gift guides, specific lifestyle blogs and advertisements tend to categorize specific activities, themed characters etc. based on age groups. The examples I just mentioned are a reflection of the expectations society has in terms of what interests are appropriate for each age group and stage.

For some people with autism like myself, the concept of “age appropriateness” does not apply. We tend to not care about these kinds of arbitrary standards. However, many professionals and parents discourage interests that are perceived as inappropriate for one’s age. This well-meaning gesture is often an attempt to get the person to “fit in” better with their peers. As a 25-year old on the spectrum who has interests targeted to a younger audience, I disagree with this practice of getting autistic people (particularly teens and adults) to develop more “appropriate interests.” It pathologizes what is actually individual expression of interests and preferences all humans have. With this framework in mind, I will use my experience with this topic to explain why I dislike the term “age appropriateness.”

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You Can’t Handle the Truth: A Review of Vaccines A Reappraisal by Dr. Richard Moskowitz

Vaccines Richard MoskowitzBy Dr. William H. Gaunt, NMD

Vaccines: A Reappraisal by Richard Moskowitz, MD is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  People who are knowledgeable about the great harm being caused by vaccines will learn even more.  People who are staunchly pro-vaccine will ignore it.  They are the ones who can’t handle the truth. 

“A masterpiece and a must-read for anyone with concerns about the safety and efficacy of vaccines”- Stephanie Seneff, PhD, senior research scientist, MIT.  From the foreword: “Dr. Moskowitz sees our present vaccine policy as a vast, costly, and dangerous experiment that is out of control, obscenely profitable, and badly in need of independent regulation.”

Much of the CDC sponsored vaccine science is outright fraud.  The studies are either carefully designed to exonerate vaccines or the data is heavily manipulated or disappeared to arrive at a predetermined conclusion.  See the documentary “Vaxxed”(available from Netflix) for a detailed analysis of one of these fraudulent studies.

People should be able to trust our government, the CDC, the vaccine companies, and their pediatrician but all we get from these sources is a steady stream of lies about vaccines and denial when obvious vaccine injuries or deaths occur.  Our mainstream media are complicit.  A sizable portion of their ad revenues come from pharmaceutical companies, so they headline the fraudulent studies and ignore the mountains of solid evidence of serious problems caused by vaccines.


Let’s be clear.  Vaccines are the main cause of autism and a host of other neurodevelopmental conditions.  Vaccines are the main cause of sudden infant deaths.  It is cause and effect that the U.S. gives more vaccines in the first year of life and has the highest incidence of infant mortality of all developed countries.  We also have a drastic increase of autoimmune diseases caused by vaccines.  Pregnant women are now being given vaccines and this is causing an increase in fetal death and miscarriage.

Most of the public is unaware of the truth about vaccines.   It is up to all of us who are aware of this ongoing tragedy to keep pushing the truth and share it aggressively.

Dr. Gaunt is a retired doctor of naturopathic medicine.  He has also taught chemistry and anatomy at the high school and college levels.  Google “articles by Dr. William H. Gaunt on ageofautism.com” to see his other articles.


Marcia Hinds on How To Bully Proof Schools When Your Child Has Autism

Bully boy photoNOTE: We're excerpting this article by Marcia Hinds from eParent.com.  Please let us know your family's experiences with bullying in our comments.

By Marcia Hinds

How many of us still remember bullying incidents that occurred when we were in school? These incidents probably only happened once or twice in our lives, but the pain and those incidents are still etched in our minds as though they happened yesterday. We put the bullying behind us, and may be stronger as a result. But what if the bullying occurred on a weekly basis or even daily? Would it be as easy to overcome?

Bullying can happen at any school. But middle school is often the worst time for our children with autism. Those years are awful for many kids, but for children who are socially and behaviorally different, it can unbearable and physically dangerous. My son was painfully aware that he was different from the other kids and not accepted. Ryan became an easy target for bullies. And since he was lacking in the social skills area, he didn’t have many friends to protect him.

Ryan still carries the scars of what happened during those painful middle school years. I never realized the magnitude of the bullying problem, because Ryan never shared what happened during his day. When he came home, I gave him a hug and asked how school went. The answer was always the same, “School was fine.”

I should have recognized the signs. Every morning when it was time to get ready, the panic started and my son didn’t want to go. Ryan dragged his feet. It took forever to get him out the door. As we got closer and closer to school, he got weirder and weirder. Some days he refused to get out of the car.

I should have realized this apprehension was not part of his autism or his fear of new situations. But, when were late, yet again, I grew tired of his antics. And when I ran out of patience, I just yelled at him to get out of the car. I should have realized that something was terribly wrong, but by that time I just wanted him anywhere away from me. I still carry the guilt from those incidents.

The bully’s “power” to intimidate is usually not challenged, because the other children witnessing it are afraid. No one speaks up, because they do not want to be the bully’s next victim. Bullies infect the social environment and hurts the academic achievement of all children. Their power is that the other kids think “I’m glad that’s not me” or “If I interfere, I might be next.” But, this silence gives bullies the green light to keep going. Bullying must never be tolerated. It leaves permanent scars on the victim, the witnesses, and even the bully. Too often schools and parents accept it as an inevitable part of childhood. They couldn’t be more wrong!  Read the rest of the article here.

Marcia Hinds I Know Youre In ThereMarcia Hinds wrote I KNOW YOU’RE IN THERE-Winning Our War Against Autism.

When her son was first diagnosed with autism, the “experts” said Ryan would need to be institutionalized. He is now an aerospace engineer. Ryan’s inspirational story is told in a way that is heartwarming, heartbreaking, and sometimes hilarious. Marcia has a degrees in Psychology/Sociology from UCLA and a teaching credential. But Marcia’s most impressive credential is that she is Ryan’s mom and their family beat autism. You can contact Marcia through her website www.autism-and-treatment.com All profits from all she does goes to the AutismOne nonprofit. Currently, she working with Dr. Sue Swedo (NIMH/PANDAS) and a team of professionals to develop treatment centers at our teaching hospitals.

 


James Lyons-Weiler PhD "New York Times Has Lost It"

James Lyons WeilerNote: Vaccination rights continue to be a major issue facing Americans - despite most having no inkling or care about the topic. Until someone they love is vaccine injured. Thanks to James Lyons-Weiler for this article on the state of the Golden State.

Clearly, The New York Times has lost it.

STATES ACROSS THE US are working to secure patient’s – and parents’ rights to informed consent.  Rights are assured in 49/50 states.  Since mandates first came into existence, over 90 years ago, state legislatures found it wise to respect religious and philosophical exemptions for waivers for school attendance.

I won’t name which states are finding it necessary to work on legislation to re-assert patient rights because those who need to know are working on it, and I won’t broadcast these initiatives and give opponents information that can use to curb these developments.

In one state, state legislators are demanding that they, not the health department, have the final say on which vaccines are approved for use on patients in their states.  Why?  Because they, not appointed officials, answer to the electorate – and their constituents are taking up a lot of time in their offices educating them on vaccine risk.

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Hep B Vaccination at Birth May Not be Necessary in India, Says Study

Indian clinicBy Jacob Puliyel MD MRCP M Phil

A large multi-centre study done in North India shows that many newborns are protected at birth by natural antibodies to Hepatitis-B and so Hep-B vaccination at birth is not necessary.

The study funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) lends support to the government's pragmatic approach to vaccinate babies born at home starting at six weeks instead of at birth.

The study, whose findings have been published in the Indian Journal of Pediatrics, was done to look at whether Hepatitis-B vaccination at birth was crucial for India.

"We found birth dose was not needed as infection rates were the same regardless of birth dose," says Jacob Puliyel the study's primary author and a pediatrician at St. Stephens Hospital in Delhi.

Hepatitis-B virus (HBV) can cause chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and lead to hepato-cellular carcinoma (HCC) in susceptible persons.

Most babies are naturally immune to Hepatitis-B infection due to passive transfer of antibodies from the mother.

India started vaccinating children against Hepatitis-B in 2011. It is given at birth to babies born in hospitals. However, because many babies are delivered at home, outside of healthcare settings, the government introduced the pragmatic programme schedule of HBV vaccination, wherein the vaccine is given starting at six weeks to children born outside such health-care settings.

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Professor Chris Exley on the Deaf Ear Turned Toward His Autism Aluminum Research

Not listeningNote: Chris Exley Professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry Keele University Honorary Professor, UHI Millennium Institute Group Leader - Bioinorganic Chemistry Laboratory at Keelepublished expresses what so many brave scientists before him have encountered when their results challenge the status quo.  He calls the refusal to cover his science "the din of silence." We know it's a playbook straight out of the age of Big Tobacco. Cover up. Shut up. Shut down.  Thank you, Professor Exley.

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By Professor Chris Exley

Sometimes silence can speak volumes. In December 2017, we published in a highly reputable journal our research suggesting a link between human exposure to aluminium and the aetiology of autism.

The research showed that individuals who died with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) had very high levels of aluminium in their brain tissue. However, the standout observation was not necessarily the amount of aluminium but its predominant location in non-neuronal cells and especially microglia.

In an interview immediately following presentation of this research, I expressed my opinion that these new data had forced me to change my mind about a putative role for aluminium in autism.

I was aware of the emotive nature of our research and especially as I knew that it would bring into focus a possible link between aluminium adjuvants in vaccines and autism, though this link was not discussed in the paper. However, I am not sure that I was prepared for the nature of the response to our research. Perhaps the most deafening response has been the tsunami of silence perpetuated by all mainstream media, almost globally! Compliant with this has been my own University that did not even deem the research ‘worthy’ of a mention in its own weekly news outlet. When one considers the nature of much of the science that makes headline news one is left wondering what it is about a link between aluminium and autism that is not deemed newsworthy. Perhaps mainstream media were unaware of the research.

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Best of: Standing Orders and How they Affect Adult Vaccination Rights

Vax for Adults
Note: On Thursday, Mary Romaniec moderated a panel for Vaccine Choice Massachusetts featuring Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the movie The Pathological Optimist. One of the topics covered during the Q&A was standing orders.  We're running Mary's article  again to revisit this important topic.

By Mary Romaniec

State and local health departments, along with large medical practices, are poised to increase adult immunization rates by implementing policies and procedures that support a program known as “Standing Orders.” 

At a recent event held in Boston, a small group of demonstrators stood outside the Westin Copley hotel where the Take A Stand™: Use Standing Orders to Improve Adult Immunization Rates workshop was taking place.  The workshop is described as “a unique national program being conducted for a limited time by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), supported by a sponsorship from Pfizer”.

If IAC sounds familiar it is because they are the group that boasted how they used their listserv to get “Vaxxed” banned from Tribeca Film Festival.

Demonstrators explained the problem is that Standing Orders is a form of collusion and corruption to push pharmaceutical interests, spreading it out across the country via the kind of workshops held in Boston.  In other words, they are going straight to health departments and doctor practices to show them how to increase adult immunizations rates via on file Standing Orders to vaccinate according to the CDC adult schedule (flu, shingles, boosters).  The move essentially shuts down public knowledge and discourse on the subject by going around state legislators or open forums for discussion. 

According to Dr. L.J. Tan from IAC, “Our challenge is adult immunization rates are very poor.  Standing Orders allow a practice to routinize administration of vaccines,” Tan said. 

By routinize, Tan clarified that it meant the practitioner, or someone on staff, can have a conversation about the need for boosters or other adult vaccines.  However, the caveat in the details is that it means your personal physician can write in your medical charts a “standing order”, which can then be done against your knowledge or will in any hospital setting. 

What happens in hospitals?

When you enter any hospital for an emergency or surgery, you sign a bunch of forms prior to them treating you or a loved one.  One of the things you consent to is to be treated with “biologics”, which is a code word for a wide range of products including vaccines.  So if your regular physician has in the chart a standing order (even if you don’t know they wrote it) you could be given a vaccine against your will or knowledge.  Informed patients may write “No vaccines” on any admittance form, but what happens if there are contradictory standing orders from your physician?  Who would be accountable if they vaccinate an unconscious patient who had objected in writing? Truthfully, probably no one. 

What medical professionals know that legislators don’t

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Autism Rate Jumps by Richard Moore

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Note: Investigative reporter Richard Moore of The Lakeland Times featured AofA's Mark Blaxill in this recent article. A second article that ran yesterday is also excerpted below, titled, Autism numbers spike: The latest call to action

By Richard Moore

Autism rate jumps to 1 in 36 U.S. children ASD spikes by 23.2 percent in two years in parental survey

In the highest reported percentage ever for autism prevalence in the United States, a recently released survey of parents by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) puts the rate for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in American children at 2.76 percent, or 1 in 36.

A November 2017 data brief reporting the new numbers culled information from the National Health Information Survey (NHIS). The survey was conducted 2014-2016.

According to the NCHS, the new numbers do not represent a statistically significant increase in autism prevalence over the three-year period. In 2014, the rate was 2.24 percent for American children.

Looked at another way, though, the 2.24 percent number placed the autism rate at about 1-in-45 children; the 2016 figure represents an autism rate of 1-in-36 children. The prevalence rate for 2015 was 2.41 percent, or 1-in-41.5 children.

The November 2017 data brief provides the latest prevalence estimates for diagnosed autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and other developmental delay among children aged 3-17 years from the 2014-2016 National Health Interview Survey, the brief states.

"Estimates are also presented for any developmental disability, defined as having had one or more of these three diagnoses," the data brief states. "Prevalence estimates are based on parent or guardian report of ever receiving a diagnosis of each developmental disability from a doctor or other health care professional."

Differing numbers

Both the 1-in-45 number and the 1-in-36 rates are higher than the official CDC (Centers for Disease Control) autism rate of 1-in-68 children.

The official rate was released in the spring of 2016; new numbers should be released in the next several months. The 2016 numbers were unchanged from those released in 2014, suggesting a leveling off in the increase in the rate of autism.

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Thinking Moms on Whether Facebook is Broken

Facebook-like-button1NOTE: The very idea that social media is "broken" because it allows those of us with vaccine injured children to have a conversation about the topic is laughable. Social media has changed the world - altered politics - tumbled careers - aaaahhhh, now I get it.  This is in line with the current Oprah bashing going on after her "speak the truth" message at the Golden Globes.  In America there is only one topic - ONE - that is verboten, and that's vaccination injury.  You can be SWMSWFCBLGBTABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ but you can NOT be someone who questions vaccines. Thanks to Thinking Moms Revolution for this terrific post excerpt.

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This was written in response to an opinion piece published in the Washington Post entitled “The Anti-Vaccine Movement Shows Why Facebook Is Broken.”

I think it’s rather amusing that everyone in the mainstream media and medical community spends so much time (and wastes so much money) trying to analyze why we are the way we are, as opposed to just asking us. The idea that we have some secret network, where we share information and plot to destroy the world (all the while balancing caring for our special-needs children, navigating services, attending IEP meetings, and driving to therapies and medic appointments) is rather funny.

There is no code word for anti-vaxxers (or their groups). Some of us are against all vaccines, some against the corrupt science, some against one vaccine or ingredient, some who just believe in safer schedules or who fight for informed consent and most allow anyone to be a part (in fact wish everyone would stand up for a better system).

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Mother Jones Writer Ridicules Oprahs Free Speech Stance on Vaccination Conversation

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GOOD GRIEF: This is how fast and furious the vaccine injury denialists (aka pharmaceutical industry) can step on the neck of anyone it fears could call out their bullsh*t.  Oprah Winfrey is pretty much an American treasure.  The mere mention of her as a Presidential candidate must have riled up the troops to get writin' and fightin' and discreditin' Winfrey for having the audacity to allow many of our friends - including AofA's own Katie Wright - to discuss vaccine injury and autism on her talk show more than ten (10!) years ago.   Read a snip of Mother Jones writer Megan Jula, a 2016 college graduate, which puts her at maybe 24 years of age, below. Her tone is classic "debunkisms" fed from the pharma playbook.  Of course, Ms. Jula has a damn good chance of having a child of her own with vaccine injury and perhaps even autism. We'll be here if she needs us. We hope she  never does. We don't roll that way . We don't wish ill on others as so many have wished our kids to die from"vaccine preventable" disease. And we never will.

I hope Oprah takes note of the instant attack. We want a world where 1 in 36 kids does not hear "And YOU get autism! And YOU get autism! And YOU get autism!!!"

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From Mother Jones

Calls for Oprah Winfrey to run for president may have begun as a joke, but in the wake of her rousing Golden Globes speech, speculation has swirled. CNN even ran live updates on a potential “Oprah 2020” campaign on Monday. President Donald Trump told reporters he doubts Winfrey will run, though he also declared he would win a campaign against her. 

Some progressives welcomed the idea that Winfrey, a popular media icon whose star power could eclipse even that of Trump, might take on the president in 2020. Winfrey, who endorsed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, is well know for championing a wide range of important causes, such as promoting reading and founding the Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg, South Africa. But there’s one area in which Winfrey and her would-be opponent are surprisingly alike: Both she and Trump have helped spread the inaccurate—and dangerous—myth that vaccines cause autism or other health problems.