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North Texas Planned Supported Living Community for Adults with Autism In the Works

JackalopeNote:  Housing for adults with autism is as rare as a Texas Jackalope. Yet, this is the future for many of us: "Where will my adult children with autism be living?" We can't expect them to live with us forever. For starters, our children will probably feel like any adult, despite their autism, it's TIME TO LEAVE THE NEST. And we're gonna die. D. I.  E.  If our kids have never known anything but us and our homes, how the hell will they suddenly survive at 40 or 50 years of age thrown into a life with strangers? It's almost too much to think about. But it's reality. We need for our kids to live without us while we are still able to help them. And here's a dirty secret - WE WANT SOME PEACE! I'm tired, how about you? The best part of my divorce? I have 4 entire full nights of sleep a month. From Friday to Sunday I am just Kim Rossi. Not Mom. It's amazing. I crave this precious time. I'd like more but... well, that's for another book one day.  Oh! and today would have been my 27 wedding anniversary   Time flies! LOL! Congrats to the folks from 29 Acres.  Let's cheer for them and see if we can follow their lead.

From Dallas:

A groundbreaking ceremony Saturday marked the biggest milestone to date for 29 Acres, a planned supportive living community for adults 18 and older who have autism.

Located at 3000 Moseley Road in Cross Roads, west of Prosper, the Denton County development has been in the planning stages for about three years. Its first phase is expected to cost about $6 million.

The aim is to help adults with autism live independently and form a community, in contrast to many adults with autism who today live at home.

As North Texas autism community becomes a reality, the program seeks its first trainees

"The need in North Texas is just gigantic," said Debra Caudy, president and co-founder of the nonprofit 29 Acres and the parent of a future resident. "I've had calls from dozens, not only from families but [also] individuals with autism. I really get calls every day."

Autism is a group of developmental disorders that can fall on a wide-ranging spectrum. Some people with autism have only mild symptoms; others are severely disabled. Individuals often have difficulty communicating and some exhibit repetitive behaviors.  Read more here.


Petition to Halt 5G Radiation on Earth and in Space

Earth-man-small-topNote: We have signed onto this petition. We have no idea the effects of telecommunications radiation on humans. To date? It's not looking so good for us....

To the UN, WHO, EU, Council of Europe
and governments of all nations

We the undersigned scientists, doctors and environmental organizations from (__) countries, urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites. 5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.
Executive summary

Telecommunications companies worldwide, with the support of governments, are poised within the next two years to roll out the fifth-generation wireless network (5G). This is set to deliver what is acknowledged to be unprecedented societal change on a global scale. We will have “smart” homes, “smart” businesses, “smart” highways, “smart” cities and self-driving cars. Virtually everything we own and buy, from refrigerators and washing machines to milk cartons, hairbrushes and infants’ diapers, will contain antennas and microchips and will be connected wirelessly to the Internet. Every person on Earth will have instant access to super-high-speed, low- latency wireless communications from any point on the planet, even in rainforests, mid-ocean and the Antarctic.

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Your Health Freedom: HEALTH EMPOWERED! A symposium on health, wellness, and healing

Welcome to utahDear AoA Readers,

Please click here to check out the upcoming symposium on health, wellness, and healing that the group Your Health Freedom is hosting on November 2nd and 3rd in South Jordan, Utah.

Kristen Chevrier, who interviewed me last spring, and her team of fellow advocates in Utah have been working hard to organize this symposium, and it sure would be great if you could come...whether by plane, train, or car!

I will be speaking Friday evening from 7:00-8:15pm on...you guessed it...vaccines. You will definitely recognize the names of some of the other speakers, too, including Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Mark Blaxill, Andre Angelantoni, and Dr. Judith Zimmerman.

Sure would be great to meet some of you there!

I would appreciate it if you would please help spread the word about this symposium :)

Thanks,

Laura Hayes


Why Would Speech Professionals Deny Autistic People The Right to Communicate?

Listen_to_me_by_rachellove147-d34d13dNote:  Below is an excerpt from an Opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal by Ido Kedar.  There is a push to deny people with non-verbal autism methods of communication like Rapid Prompt. Disclaimer? My three daughters have been to see Soma of HALO and used Rapid Prompt. With success. I watched my Mia tell Soma she wanted to go to Israel. Bella spelled many short words with the letter board as her father and I sat nearby in tears.  I believe in the ability of RPM to assist people to communicate. I've seen it in my girls.  It takes time. Patience. Staff. And money to learn. As does any and EVERY treatment for our kids, allopathic, traditional or otherwise.    I had the pleasure of meeting Chantal Sicile Kira's son Jeremy, who uses a letterboard.  Within 20 minutes of meeting me he typed, "Kim is a good mother. I like the way she talks about her girls," from the backseat of the car. Alert. Receptively intact. Like my Bella - who is looked upon as a sad sack dummy by many. Because she can not speak.

In 12 years of schooling, Bella has not made 1 inch of progress with traditional speech pathology. It's a travesty really. Their goals are terrible and our school speech paths know precious little outside their ineffective boxes. They hardly know basic apps for an iPad and we live in a pretty progressive district.

Please read Ido Kedar's blog - Ido in Autismland to learn about the push by professionals to punish people with autism by taking away their choices for communication.  He discusses the response of ASHA to his WSJ piece.  From the WSJ - with a paywall, but still, it's pretty amazing the Opinion was published:

I Was Born Unable to Speak, and a Disputed Treatment Saved Me The Rapid Prompting Method taught me to communicate. But speech pathologists disdain it.

I have nonspeaking autism, which means my ability to communicate verbally is limited to a few words and well-practiced short phrases. Thanks to apraxia, even that is mostly unintelligible, except to those who know me well. While no one demanded that Stephen Hawking rely on his speech to prove his smarts, it's different with non-speaking autism.....

From Ido's blog:

Nonspeaking does not mean non-thinking. That’s my mantra. Nonspeaking may be caused by motor issues. That’s my message. Motor issues do not cause stupidity. That’s my point.

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Cigarettes Don’t Cause Lung Cancer and Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism: A Review of J.B. Handley’s New Book How to End the Autism Epidemic

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 WBy William H. Gaunt NMD

A 1953 study showed that tobacco tar swabbed onto mice caused cancer.  It took 45 years and mountains of additional science to finally defeat big tobacco.  Handley calls autism tobacco 2.0.  We are bombarded over and over with messages like “vaccines do not cause autism”, “the science is settled”, and “vaccines are safe and effective.” None of these statements are true but that is what we are all supposed to believe. Big Tobacco put out numerous fraudulent scientific studies that claimed to prove that cigarettes do not cause lung cancer.  Many CDC sponsored scientific studies claiming that vaccines don’t cause autism are equally fraudulent.  The documentary “Vaxxed” provides details of one such fraudulent study. Recent science overwhelmingly shows that vaccines do cause autism, but big pharma is using the same tactics as big tobacco to delay this realization from becoming established fact.  This delay is causing enormous suffering.  In How To End the Autism Epidemic, Handley covers the recent scientific discoveries in understandable detail.  People who read this book will feel anger, sadness, and dismay.  How can this damning science be covered up and how long will it take for the truth to break through big pharma’s lies and obfuscation?

Here are a few gems from the book with my comments in parentheses:

  • “In the 1970s the rate of autism was documented to be just under one in ten thousand children. Today one in thirty-six kids has autism…”  p.125(The factor that has changed since the 1970s is a massive increase in vaccines.)

  • “…there are 277 times more kids with autism today than thirty years ago.” P.125

  • “…surveys show fully one-third of Americans feel vaccines and autism are linked.” P.126

  • “Only two countries in the world allow drug advertising on TV-the United States and New Zealand…” p.129(Media executives will not allow information that exposes problems with vaccines to be aired because that would offend their biggest advertisers. It might kill the golden goose.)

  • “One of the primary PR firms working closely today with pharmaceutical companies is Hill & Knowlton, the same firm that helped Big Tobacco delay their day of reckoning by decades.” P.131
  • “Because of this science, we now know that autism is created by immune activation events in the brain during critical phases of brain development… these immune activation events in the brain can be triggered by the aluminum adjuvant in vaccines.” P.141

  • “In 1962 a child following the CDC’s recommended schedule would have received three vaccines by age five. In 1983 a child following the CDC’s recommended schedule would have received ten vaccines by age five.  In 2017 a child following the CDC’s recommended schedule received thirty-eight vaccines by age five, nearly quadruple what a child received in the 1980s and more that twelve times what a child received in the 1960s. p. 55-56 (Kids today get many more vaccines and many more toxins like aluminum in those vaccines than in years past. Why has there been such a drastic increase in vaccines? Vaccines are now very profitable. Legislation in 1986 gave vaccine companies and doctors immunity from lawsuits.  An explosion in vaccines soon followed.  What a great business model: Force nearly everyone to buy your products and have no liability for injuries and deaths caused by those products.) 

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The Facilitator’s Touch

Listen_to_me_by_rachellove147-d34d13dNote: Thank you to Bruce for this raw post, written from experience as only a parent can write. We are all facilitators for our children with autism.  In some fashion. This post delves deep into the use of Facilitated Communication.   KIM

By Bruce Dalziel

My dear wife Mary still has dreams in which suddenly Matthew speaks.  She dreams she is somewhere ahead of him-- perhaps driving a car with him in the back seat, or with her back turned towards his at a family party-- when he speaks a complete sentence, with perfect diction, such as “I always prefer that we drive this way as opposed to the highway.”  In the dream, Mary asks, “Who said that?” and Matt says “I did,” or someone says “Matt did;” Mary is the only one in this dream who did not know Matt could talk.

This dream has precedents in our lives-- when Matt was 2 ½ he said “no” quite clearly to his grandmother, and that same month he said the word “bubble” perfectly at a birthday party.   Today at 30, Matt has a good heart, a strong mind, and a wide vocabulary, and he is able to type to communicate basic needs, but he has not actually spoken again since. 

When Matthew was diagnosed at age three, in 1990, autism was only beginning to be understood as a developmental disability. Its incidence has increased fifty-fold since.  Doctors could tell us Matt was autistic, but not why.  We found ourselves unlikely pioneers on an unexpected frontier.  No one could tell us what caused it.  Autism is defined in terms of symptomatic behaviors, including impaired communication and social skills, with no single identified cause, despite lots of theories.  Yet the mystery gave us some hope that the secret of the tomb could be discovered, and that Matt’s disability somehow could be cured.  Like cancer patients chasing clinical trials, for Mary and me at that time, it was that or die trying.

Before Matt was diagnosed, like most Americans, we knew little more about autism than what we learned from Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of the precocious character Raymond in Rain Man, which premiered just after Matt was born.  That is to say, we viewed autism as a curiosity, like Outsider Art.   The Who’s rock opera Tommy presented a darker view: Tommy falls into a catatonic autistic-like state because of extreme childhood trauma linked to his mother, reflecting outdated 1950’s psychological theory suggesting autism is caused by “refrigerator mothers”, who are somehow unable to love their children. 

In our house, this was always a laughable premise. Mary is all love all the time, especially for her dear boy and his younger sister Suzanne.  Indeed, Mary literally taught Matt to love. It was like a D-Day assault, or maybe the Macarthur plan is a better metaphor. I am not sure I can describe it more precisely than as a singularly intimate focus or as a supernatural force.   We had both read a memoir called “The Siege” by Clara Claiborne Park, a mother of a child with autism, who took an aggressive behavioral approach to breaking through to her child.  Like Joan of Arc, Mary took up the sword. 

Matt’s view of the world was distorted and enormously frustrating.  Mary stood right in front of him, offering her full presence at every moment, and absorbing his pain.  She nursed him for sixteen months, which was his only consolation at the time, since he did not suck his thumb and he had no use for toys or stuffed animals that might comfort other children.  They developed a deep connection. 

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Age of Autism's Mark Blaxill & Jennifer Larson Place Denial and How to End the Autism Epidemic into POTUS' Hands

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Earlier this week, Mark Blaxill and Jennifer Larson met President Donald Trump at a Minnesota event. They were able to get two books into his hands. Denial: How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future by Mark and our own Dan Olmsted. And How to End the Autism Epidemic by JB Handley.

I know that the President is a lightning rod. Loved by many. Hated by many. There's not a lot of middle ground. Presidents have done precious little for us. Republican or Democrat. We went 8 long years without any meaningful response from President Obama. In fact, he pushed the neurodiversity agenda further down the field than anyone expected. Katie Wright's Mom Suzanne tried in vain for years to get an audience with First Lady Obama to discuss the autism crisis to no avail. President Bush was no better for our community. Only Senator McCain (RIP) acknowledged our needs during his ill fated campaign. Clinton? Bush? Nope.

With this in mind, I recall a line taught t0 me many years ago by a mentor. "Don't punish progress." Getting these books into POTUS' hands is progress. I don't think for one minute he will read them cover to cover. Maybe someone around him will take a look though. Open the pages. Learn. Think.  And we certainly must applaud the effort - very real effort of Mark and Jen to make this photo happen.

Speaking of progress, from NBC News: President Donald Trump signed two bills at the White House on Wednesday aimed at lowering pharmaceutical drug prices by promoting greater disclosure in drug pricing.

The two bills the president signed — the Know the Lowest Price Act and the Patients' Right to Know Drug Prices Act — are meant to prevent "gag clauses" in agreements between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers, the middlemen who administer prescription drug programs for insurance companies, which pharmacists say kept them from disclosing cheaper drug options to consumers. Read more here:  Trump signs bills lifting pharmacist 'gag clauses' on drug prices NBC News reported last year on the agreements between pharmacies and insurance companies that had kept some pharmacists from disclosing cheaper drug options to consumers.

The book covers on this version are blotted out for a reason.  At Jen's request. We hope you will respect that. And comment as you see fit - keep it civil please. That's all I ask.  Thanks. Kim






California's Top Vax Zealot Richard Pan Seeking More Ways to Prevent Choice

Pan TVSenator Richard Pan, the patron saint of vaccine mandates in California and sponsor of SB277, the legislation that radically reduced the ability for California families to make medical vaccination choices for their children, is quoted heavily in this article below. Homeschoolers are in his sites as ripe targets for his brand of medical political jack booted thuggery.

Earlier this year, one of America's best known pediatricians, Dr. Bob Sears, was placed on probation for almost 3 years because of a medical exemption he granted. That's the strategy - choke off the supply despite the growing demand.  Threaten the livelihood of doctors.  Imagine that.  Families want choice in how to vaccinate their children. Americans do NOT like to be told what we can and can not do with our bodies, our children. California allows every possible liberty under the sun - EXCEPT vaccination choice. Why? Cui bono? Pharma and politicians funded by them.

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The vaccination rate for California kindergartners went down slightly last school year, including in San Diego County, after hitting a record high the previous year.

One reason for the decline: Medical exemptions are increasing. Statewide, the rate of students with medical exemptions more than tripled since the 2015-16 school year. The rate in San Diego County increased sixfold.

Although medical exemptions represented a small portion of the overall student population last school year — less than 1 percent in California and slightly more than 1 percent in San Diego County — the increase has some concerned.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the county’s child health medical officer, said the number of children who need medical exemptions should be small, so he questions what’s behind the increase.

“Is it truly more kids who need a medical exemption, or is it that providers are getting more permissive in giving these medical exemptions?” Sidelinger said. Read more in the Times of San Diego at Vaccination Rates For Kindergartners Decline in San Diego County.


Over 500 Military Families to Lose Pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears As Tricare Insurance Drops Him

Speak Out MemeHere's the first battle you'll read about here at Age of Autism in the war against parental choice, pediatrician choice, and thoughtful vaccination schedule planning for those who choose an alternative schedule, including no vaccination.  We will support and share the stories of any and all providers who are punished by Public Health and medical boards owned lock stock and barrel by pharma and the CDC.  You can always email me KimRossi1111@gmail.com for assistance.

Earlier this year, Dr. Bob Sears, a California pediatrician whom millions of Americans know as a member of the AskDrSears.com family and one of the rare doctors who has actively treated patients with autism, was disciplined for exercising caution and providing medical care for a young patient. The "treatment?" He granted a medical exemption for vaccination. In California, vaccine exemptions now verboten for all intents and purposes thanks to Senator Richard Pan's SB277 which effectively eliminated exemptions.  Dr. Sears took a risk. He put patient ahead of profit. And he is paying dearly. Dr Bob SearsIt's disgusting.

Imagine the stress of being a military parent. You give birth alone as your husband is overseas serving our country. Stability is fleeting with move after move. So when you find a good doctor for your child, you're more than grateful. When you find Dr. Bob Sears, you're incredibly blessed with one of the few pediatricians who really understands and helps treat developmental delays and diagnoses including autism and who respects that every child can not be fully vaccinated with the bloated CDC AAP schedule. Dr. Bob Sears is a lot like our military men and women. He fights for freedom.  His freedom to practice "First do No Harm" as is the tenet of his calling as a doctor. Last week,  his fight cost him much of his practice and livelihood.

Please join us in supporting him and taking action.

 #Istandwithsears, #lovesears, #shameontricare, #militaryfamilieslovesears
#truthresponders)

CALL: Health Net Federal Services, Tricare West 844-866-9378 and (politely) tell them you support Dr. Sears.

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My dear patients who serve our country in the military:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I announce that Tricare military insurance, with whom I have been contracted for the past 20 years, has ended my contract to provide medical services to military families - effective retroactively back to July 27, 2018, with no grace period.

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Say "10 4" to Age of Autism

10 4Hello, friends. Say "OK!" to supporting Age of Autism!

10-4 is one of the so-called ten-codes, or radio signals, invented by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO). 10-4 is an affirmative signal: it means “OK.” I remember CB radios!

Pediatric wellness is not OK. We know this. The troubles extend far beyond autism, and our kids who have been the canaries in the coal mines. 1st world children are suffering staggering changes to their health status compared to previous generations.  

While we write about autism as our core, our mission on this October day, and every day forward is to address the radical new version of childhood and to help the families of kids with autism who are ageing out of school into adulthood. Like my own three girls. We are Age of Autism. Ageing of Autism. Age of Alltism. Our kids are growing and so are we. But we need your help!

Donations are tax deductible. You can donate securely through our Bank of America merchant services DONATE button or you can mail a check to Autism Age, PO Box 110546 Trumbull CT 06611.

We'll welcome whatever you can do.  Some readers may be able to do more. Can you join us to match donations one of the following levels?  Email me at KimRossi1111@gmail.com.

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Donors able to donate any amount that fits the family budget!

Thank you, "Good buddy! Over and out." ;)

Kim



 


How #MeToo Treats Women Who Discuss the Last Taboo: Vaccine Injury and Autism

Dr evil laserNote: This is a comment we received from a reader (one time, I'm guessing) on the BELIEVE ALL WOMEN post by Ginger Taylor.  It’s cruel. She is calling us liars. Shaming us for speaking out.  It speaks volumes about the farce of acceptance for ALL WOMEN because it uses the same nastiness against we women who speak out on behalf of our bodies and the babies that came out of them. The air quotes are especially endearing.  

So many women FEAR the truth about vaccine induced autism. This is fear in her comment, not science. Not experience. Flop sweat fear.  We wish the commenter well. May she, her children, her grandchildren never know.... 

The irony she will never understand is this: our sons and daughters are PERFECT targets for rape and sexual assault. The cruel train keeps a rollin'. We are third class citizens.

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Your "vaccine injured" child IS NOT THE SAME AS RAPE/SEXUAL ASSAULT. Congress DID investigate claims that vaccines cause autism, they found they don't, along with dozens of other studies. Just because you don't know how science works, doesn't mean some medical condition is caused by something it absolutely has been proven to not have been done. How about learning how to love and accept your child AND not take over a sexual assault movement over some made up correlation.


Polish World Citizens Project Presents a Bill to Parliament Introducing Vaccine Freedom of Choice

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THE FIRST IN THE WORLD CITIZENS’ PROJECT OF A BILL TO A PARLIAMENT INTRODUCING VACCINE FREEDOM OF CHOICE

Representatives of A Countrywide Civic Committee of Legislative Initiative - called National Association of Vaccination Knowledge STOP NOP (Ogólnopolskie Stowarzyszenie Wiedzy o Szczepieniach STOP NOP) got 121,000 (121k) signatures from determined parents to present before the Polish Parliament a project of a new bill. On October 3, 2018 the first reading of the project will take place.

The project of bill is aimed primarily at the abolition of the mandatory vaccinations and the introduction of voluntary vaccination as well as greater child safety:

- an accurate medical qualification, which is to prevent adverse reactions. The doctor is to ask not only about health in general, but about allergy, asthma, immune and neurological diseases and previous post-vaccination adverse reactions not only to the vaccinated person, but in the family.

- a written information about the risk before vaccination

- an information on the types of vaccines, and which of them are produced on the basis of human cell lines derived from abortion

- an accurate medical history after vaccination to record unwanted post-vaccination reactions

- the possibility of reporting adverse post-vaccination reactions by parents and judicial supervision of their recording

- public consultation on changes to the vaccination calendar.

The project leaves the possibility of introducing vaccinations in case of an epidemic, as it is in countries where there are no mandatory vaccinations, where parents have a free choice. Vaccination will continue to be funded by the government, but parents are to be treated as partners, not slaves of the system.

The culmination of the collecting of the signatures was the International protest against mandatory vaccination, which took place on June 3rd in Warsaw, as well as in doyen of other countries around the world.

On October 3rd, 2018, the Polish Parliament will hear for the first time the project of the bill being read by the Committee's representative Justyna Socha who is also the president of STOP NOP.

On the same day a Families Strike will be held in Warsaw, at the Parliament site. Parents fighting for a free choice regarding vaccination will gather, amongst whom there will be many of those who have experienced post-vaccination adverse reactions within their families. Often paying the highest price: health or a life of a child.
Mobilization throughout the country has been announced.

STOP NOP Association counts on the fact that, as promised by the current government, no civic legislative initiative will be rejected, and so the Parliament will approve the project for further proceedings.

Following the Initiative of the Polish conscious parents, our Italian brothers from Libertà di Scelta - Proposta di Legge di Iniziativa Popolare, went in our steps and took on the fight for freedom, collecting 100,000 signatures in a lightning speed. Signatures under a call to a government to respect parental decisions. We wish them good luck and a quick positive consideration by the parliament in Rome of their civic project.

We hope that citizens of other countries will follow.

If there is a risk there must be a choice!


Vaccination Choice Update from Italy: "How the anti-vaxxers are winning in Italy"

Italy mandatesHow is it that known side effects that include serious injury and death are referred to as "unfounded fears?" Vaccine choice is as American as apple pie and as Italian as pasta. From the Independent UK.
 
How the anti-vaxxers are winning in Italy

Populist coalition government appears to have capitalised on unfounded fears over vaccination side-effects

As the new school year has begun in Italy, parents no longer have to prove their children have been immunised – highlighting a clash of priorities, stoked by the new populist government. 

In 2014, the Global Health Security Agenda had tapped Italy to lead world vaccination strategies.

But just four years later, the country has instead become the testing ground for anti-vaxxers, a movement growing across Europe and the US, and whose ideologies often share space on the political landscape with populist parties.

"Ten obligatory vaccinations are useless and in many cases dangerous, if not harmful,” Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini said, in the run up to the general election in March. 

The measles epidemic in Europe as a whole is now at an eight-year high.  Read more here.


KPVI's Matt Davenport Interviews Leslie Manookian about the Issues Surrounding Vaccination

Matt Davenport of NBC KPVI  Idaho interviews the writer and producer of the documentary "The Greater Good," Leslie Manookian about the issue of vaccines. 



From Manookian's Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine:

The Greater Good is an award-winning documentary about the red-hot issue of vaccines. The film portrays the heart-rending stories of three families whose lives have been forever changed by vaccines. It also features vaccine advocates and experts from medicine, science and advocacy, who argue their perspectives and experiences vigorously and eloquently.

The Greater Good can be watched by visiting the web site and purchasing a DVD or stream and is also available on hulu.

As an accompaniment to the film, the team from The Greater Good has put together a host of resources for medical professionals and lay folks alike. If you are interested in learning more about the science that explores and documents adverse reactions to vaccines, check out the Catalogue of Science which contains links to over 200 papers and case reports published in peer reviewed medical literature. The Catalogue is organized into subcategories covering the following:

  • Link Between Neurologic and Immune Disorders
  • Brain Inflammation (encephalitis) Post Vaccination
  • Autoimmune Disease

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Vaccines Can Kill Billboards A Cautionary Tale Not a Fairytale

Vaccines Can Kill
Note: Remember the early MADD campaign billboards and the praise they won? Mothers whose kids had been killed by drunk drivers lead a charge to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving. Laws were passed across the nation. The legal limit went down. Programs around the country started teaching safety. Not one mother (or father) was ridiculed for the campaign (outside of the beer, wine and spirits industry.) Never did government agencies (yes you "public health departments) call them liars, fear mongers, anti-liquor.  Here we have the same process. A smart man and devoted father whose perfectly healthy child lay dead in his bed is speaking out about the horror in an effort to PROTECT OTHERS. From the Daily Mail article, which is kinder than the US outlets, of course.  Vaccines can kill' billboard featuring the son of a former MMA fighter, who claims the toddler died from a vaccination, goes up in Kansas City.By the way, DTaP is three vaccines in one vile, er vial. Our condolences to the Catone family. There is no greater pain than that of losing a child.

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The billboard features a quote from the toddler's mother that reads: 'As a nurse I was never taught vaccines can kill until my son was a victim.'

The billboard was put up by Learn The Risk, a public awareness campaign and non-profit that educates the public on real dangers of pharmaceutical products, including vaccines.

According to the organization, there are also billboards in Brick, New Jersey, Nicholas' hometown, Boston, Massachusetts, Syracuse, New York, and Middletown, Connecticut. 

Learn the Risk shared the information in a post that read: 'As with many healthy children that die right after vaccines, his [Nicholas'] death was labeled Sudden Infant Death (not a real cause, only a label).'

'23,000 babies die in the US in their first year of life. During that same period, children get 35 toxin-filled vaccines. Sudden death is a known side effect of vaccines. Coincidence?!!' the post added.

Earlier this month, Nick Catone opened a new gym in Ocean County, New Jersey, in honor of his son. 

Nick said at the time that his son went to bed one night and didn't wake up the next morning in May 2017. 

Nicholas died 17 days after receiving the DTap vaccination.    

An autopsy found that nothing was wrong with the toddler, but the Catone family continued to search for answers. 

'Instantly I had this gut motherly instinct that the only thing that came across his path was that he was recently vaccinated,' Marjorie told News 12

She immediately pulled her son's medical records and noticed that he kept getting sick after being vaccinated.

'You get angry because it all could have been prevented,' Nick said. 

On top of putting up the billboard, the Catones are also taking their case to vaccine court.

Vaccine court, known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), was started as a result of a law passed in 1986 that gave pharmaceutical companies total legal immunity from being sued due to injuries and deaths resulting from vaccines. 

The program compensates families who can prove their child was injured or died due to vaccinations. ...

Millions of vaccinations are given to children and adults in the US each year. \

 


Can Immune Dysregulation Cause Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

Sad_boy_Featured_ImageFrom Children's Health Defense (formerly World Mercury Project.)

A common criticism of the Western medical model is that it tends to look at body systems in isolation from one another. Here and there, however, scientific disciplines arise that explicitly acknowledge interactions across systems. Neuroimmunology is one such field, having established that the central nervous system (CNS) and the immune system engage in bidirectional communication and that proper brain function depends on a well-regulated immune system.

As neuroimmunologists have come to accept that “components of the immune system play previously unrecognized roles in the nervous system,” the field has contributed substantially to the understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders and particularly autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Neuroimmunology’s insights about ASD have been sorely needed because, on the surface, autism remains a subjectively defined “mental health” diagnosis (at least according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), characterized by “dysfunction in social behavior and language, abnormal response to sensory input, and…repetitive behavior and cognitive disabilities.” As autism research has grown in sophistication—increasingly highlighting ASD’s underlying biological basis—it has become apparent that immune dysregulation is just as much of a hallmark of autism as brain inflammation is. What is more, the wrong kind of immune influences during pivotal stages of early brain development can have profound effects on both neural and immune function later in life.
ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders perfectly illustrate the situation of immune-inflammatory mechanisms gone awry.

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British Medical Journal Finally Goes Over The Top On HPV Vaccine Safety

image from upload.wikimedia.orgby John Stone

After months of infighting and latterly outright war in the scientific community - and particularly within the Cochrane Group, formerly Collaboration - British Medical Journal have finally published  a paper questioning the safety of HPV vaccines. This represents a major step forward, because they had previously backed away from publishing a review by the same authors of European Medical Agency data, preferring in May to report the official Cochrane whitewash of the products by Aubyn et al, and only reluctantly reported the paper in July by three of the present authors in its cadet journal BMJ Evidence Based Medicine criticising their Cochrane colleagues - also now defended. All the present authors are historically associated with Cochrane but matters came to a head the weekend before last when the Group sacked one of the co-authors, a founder member board member of Cochrane - Peter  Gøtzsche -  on the basis of  vague and unsubstantiated allegations of bad behaviour, followed by the resignation of four other board members.

While the Cochrane Group is now widely considered to be a sinking ship, it has been frustrating to see weeks of politics overshadowing the incredibly serious criticisms of HPV vaccine safety made in BMJ EBM in July, and this is now somewhat rectified by the new paper which documents the painful and unsatisfactory process of extracting vaccine data from the European Medicines Agency: -

Challenges of independent assessment of potential harms of HPV vaccines

After three years of trying to access trial data for HPV vaccines, Lars Jørgensen and colleagues find current transparency policies unfit for their purpose

Lars Jørgensen, Peter Doshi, Peter Gøtzsche, Tom Jefferson 

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Bar Exam Fail Rate A Logical Extension of the Decline of Student Ability

Kent legalNote: Anne Dachel is cataloging thousands of stories that discuss the severe changes in the American student population at her website Loss of Brain Trust. Special Education is growing. Behaviors have become pathological and far exceed anything seen in previous generations.  It stands to reason that those a portion of those students who are able to get through college and grad school will also suffer from issues that hinder success.  There is environmentally induced brain injury through vaccination, non-stop gaming and screen time, frankenfood, a plastic laden life from cradle days forward.   Will the standards for becoming a lawyer be lowered to match the diminished capacity of students?  You can't access the story because of a firewall. But you get the jist of the story. Failure at the grad school level is here.

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Multistate Bar Exam Scores Sink to 34-Year Low, Pass Rates Sag

Upticks in the average MBE scores in July 2017 and 2016 had fueled hopes of a recovery in bar exam pass rates, but the latest figure indicate otherwise.  Read more here.


Deportation and Autism And Double Trauma

Take-care-of-each-otherNote: At Age of Autism, we of all people, know that turning real humans into caricatures is folly. It's easy to create scapegoats and boogeymen/women/children.  Imagine the trauma of autism and deportation. When does human decency prevail?  The autism epidemic is wrapping its tentacles around families across the globe, just as David Kirby predicted in his book over a decade ago.   We need an "autism asylum" in addition to political asylum. It's the right thing to do. What wouldn't YOU do for your child? From The Guardian UK:

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'Our lives are in danger': mother with autistic son faces US deportation

She gets to work at 4am, puts on her boots, hard hat and respirator and goes straight through noon. Drywall finishing is demanding labor but it pays better than housekeeping ever did. More importantly, the hours are better for her three children.

After 3pm, two of her children get on with their day’s homework and a few chores, as Blanca expects, and as she needs them to do, because in the afternoon her full attention must turn to her middle child. Alfonso, 11, a US citizen by birth, is autistic and lives with severe motor, speech and emotional impediments. Together, the single mother and her son tie the knots of his shoes, regrip his fork as he eats. If a seizure strikes, she’s there to hold him. But in a week’s time, she may not be there.

Blanca waded across the Rio Grande in 2005 initially to escape poverty and after 2012 stayed away to avoid the growing violence in her native El Salvador, and settled successfully in the US.

She had been allowed to stay on humanitarian grounds, presenting herself to her local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) office annually and always routinely being rubber-stamped to remain in the US. But something suddenly changed.

In late July 2018, she walked into the Ice office as normal, but there was a new officer overseeing her case. He refused even to take her usual reapplication form for a stay of deportation out of her hand. Instead he told her to report back with a plane ticket to El Salvador by Wednesday 26 September.

“In El Salvador, me and my sons’ lives are in danger. And Alfonso wouldn’t receive any of the therapy and help he gets here. None of it...."

Read more here.


Doctors Paid to Overprescribe Humira Despite Deadly Side Effects. Sound Familar?

BarnumNote: With articles like this, you'd think the average American, even the slowest slug in town, would be able to wrap his or her head around the fact the doctors are overprescribing vaccinations with even less knowledge of side effects than with the drug Humira. Oh I know you don't need an Rx for a Vx. Might be better if you did. EEEEEEveryone can get EEEEEvery vaccine! No matter how disgusting pharmaceutical companies are found to be - Americans refuse flat out to believe vaccines have problems associated with them. Like causing an autism diagnosis.

I have an OLD competing interest - I used to work for a Philly promotions company that made chotchkes and gifts and luxe goodies for Pfizer and other pharma companies. I presented diamond earrings for a VIOXX promotion. Ain't that rich? If I 'd stayed in sales there instead of dropping out of the workforce to take care of my then 1 daughter with autism, I'd probably be rich too. Like the greedy, vile monsters in white coats who chose hypocrisy over their oath. FIRST TAKE EVERY CENT. Don't believe doctors are paid to meet vaccine quotas? Check out the screen shots from the 2016 Blue Cross INCENTIVE plan for doctors. How about $400 for each fully vaxed 2 year old? Hurry, hurry, hurry! Step right up! Roll up your child's sleeve at the greatest show on a paper covered table.

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By SUDHIN THANAWALA

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie illegally plied doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe one of the world’s best-selling drugs, Humira, despite its potentially deadly complications, a California official said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The lawsuit by the state’s insurance commissioner accuses the company of a far-reaching kickback scheme that led doctors to write more prescriptions for the drug, tainting their relationship with patients and driving up insurance costs. It’s likely patients were prescribed Humira because of the kickbacks provided by AbbVie and not because it was the best medication to treat them, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said on a conference call announcing the lawsuit.

“Ultimately, AbbVie gambled with the health and safety of thousands of Californians’ lives, including children, by making sure patients continued to take Humira at any cost, all to protect their profits not the health and well-being of patients,” Jones said.

Humira is an injectable drug that is widely advertised as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions and comes with a warning for cancer and serious infections that can turn deadly. It had sales of over $12 billion in 2017, according to the lawsuit.  Read more here.

BCBS vax $400


Utah 2nd District Debate Interrupted by Vaccine Injury Comment

Speak_out_for_safety_osha_caution_signFrom The Hill.com Man arrested for shouting into Utah Republican's mic at debaten.  The comments are a ghastly display of ignorance and hatred.

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Police arrested a man Monday who interrupted a debate by shouting into Rep. Chris Stewart's (R-Utah) mic during a debate with opponent Shireen Ghorbani (D) in Utah.

Corbin Cox McMillen was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and interrupting a political debate for commandeering Stewart's mic to announce a connection between vaccines and autism, according to local CBS affiliate KUTV in Utah.

McMillen appeared to shout "vaccines cause autism," before being escorted off stage, according to multiple reports.

The Utah Debate Commission released a statement promising to improve security for future debates.

"Safety in our venues is our number one priority," the statement read, according to KUTV. "Unfortunately, one person crossed the line, was escorted out and arrested by law enforcement authorities that were present. The Utah Debate Commission will review and enhance our security at future debates while simultaneously continuing to encourage participation in the electoral process."

A Dan Jones & Associates poll from earlier this month found Stewart with an 11 point lead over Ghorbani at 45 to 34 percent with 16 percent undecided. The margin of error was 6.9 percent.

Stewart was first elected as a representative of Utah's 2nd district in 2012.


Cochrane Collaboration Letter to Members Regarding Ousting

Cochrane logoDear Cochrane members,

These are extraordinary times and we find ourselves in an extraordinary situation. Your Board is always happy to answer questions about our decisions, and today is no different. We want to explain how we got here today. This wasn’t our original plan because we wanted to behave fairly and with integrity, in a process that respected the privacy of an individual, whilst taking place over a number of days. Days, which unfortunately span this special Colloquium.

This is about the behaviour of one individual. There has been a lengthy investigation into repeated bad behaviour over many years. It is exceptionally unusual for a Board to have to do such an investigation.

Last Thursday, the Board took a decision which divided the Board. Subsequently, four Board members chose to resign and have actively disseminated an incomplete and misleading account of events. At the same time, others contributed to a public and media campaign of misinformation.

We recognize that the last 24 hours have been exceptionally difficult and as a result, we as a Board have decided to share with you information about the decision that was made, the process by which it was made, and where we are now, in order to act in the best interests of Cochrane.

We now want to put before you as much evidence as we can, so you know what is going on. We cannot tell you everything. All of you will understand why individuals have a right to privacy and confidentiality. We ask that you all respect this, because we may not be able to tell you everything, for legal reasons and reasons of privacy.

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NC State Bar Association Lawsuit Against Vaccine Rights Attorney Alan Phillips

Kent legalIn May 2018, the NC State Bar filed a lawsuit against the nation's leading Vaccine Rights Attorney, Alan Phillips, J.D. (NC is "Vaccine Central" in the pharma world.) Alan claims the lawsuit is illegal. Meanwhile, the Bar is suppressing multiple complaints against Bar attorneys.

The North Carolina State Bar, the agency that licenses NC attorneys, has taken the unprecedented step of filing a lawsuit against the nation’s leading vaccine rights attorney, Alan Phillips, J.D., to force Phillips to hand over years of his clients’ files or risk being jailed for civil contempt.
 
Attorney Phillips is the nation’s leading Vaccine Rights attorney, the only attorney whose practice is focused solely on vaccine exemptions and vaccine legislative activism, and who works with clients, attorneys, legislators and activists nationally in virtually every possible U.S. exemption setting.[1] North Alan Phillips, J.D.Carolina is known as “Vaccine Central” for its award-winning vaccine companies.[2] So, it’s not surprising that the NC State Bar is going after Phillips, with what Phillips claims are invented facts and law in a series of steps that appear to have been designed from the start to disbar Phillips, for helping people legally avoid vaccines. This is not just a personal attack against Phillips, it’s an attack on the entire vaccine awareness movement, given Phillips’ unique role in helping clients nationally with exemptions and legislative activism! So, please 1) share this story far and wide, 2) sign the petition linked below, 3) donate to support Phillips’ legal defense fund, and 4) stay tuned for updates to this story! (links below)
 
BASELESS ATTACK

The NC Bar’s lawsuit and underlying investigation are both unlawful for several reasons, according to Phillips. First, the Bar lacks the legally-required “allegation of misconduct.” That’s right, they are not even claiming Phillips actually did anything wrong, in which case (or should we say, “witch case”?) there is no legal basis for the investigation or lawsuit! There is also a blatant conflict of interest, Phillips points out, as he filed a good-faith complaint against State Bar attorneys for their fabrication of facts and law in a chess boardFebruary 2017 “Letter of Warning” to Phillips. NC Bar attorneys can’t lawfully investigate Phillips while Phillips has an unresolved complaint open against Bar attorneys; both matters must be addressed by outside, independent people to avoid the obvious conflicts of interest. But the NC Bar is ignoring that conflict; it is suppressing Phillips’ complaint against Bar attorneys, and aggressively pursuing Phillips.
 
Phillips is not alone in his claim that NC Bar attorneys have engaged in serious misconduct. His complaint against NC Bar attorneys is supported by two independent legal experts, and Phillips’ own preliminary investigation has turned up other witnesses to NC Bar officials fabricating facts, and other attorneys who claim they were disbarred based on facts invented by NC Bar attorneys. So, there appears to be a very serious problem at the NC State Bar!
 
And Phillips isn’t the only one who has filed a complaint against NC Bar attorneys! Several organizations around the country have also filed complaints in recent months, based on contradictions between a NC Bar letter and other information posted on the Internet. NC Bar officials are suppressing these complaints as well—again, avoiding scrutiny of their own actions. Yet, they continue to pass judgment on other NC attorneys. More than just a little ironic.

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A Letter from Peter C Gøtzsche Following his Expulsion From The Cochrane Collaboration & The Chaos within the Group

Cochrane-nordic-820x360Note: Striking letter below from Dr. Peter Gotzsche, Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre. Please see the original pdf letter here.  Background: What is Cochrane?

The Cochrane Collaboration is a global independent network of researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, and other people interested in health. Cochrane contributors, from more than 130 countries, work together to produce reliable systematic reviews of the benefits and harms of healthcare interventions that are free from commercial sponsorship. These reviews are recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. Many of our contributors are world leaders in their fields and our groups are situated in some of the world’s most respected academic and medical institutions.

Contributors are affiliated with the organisation through Cochrane groups, which are healthcare related review groups, thematic networks, groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and regional centres. There is no one place or office that is 'Cochrane'. Our contributors and groups are based all around the world. Each group is a 'mini-organization' in itself, with its own funding, website, and workload.

The Nordic Cochrane Centre

The Nordic Cochrane Centre was established in 1993, the same year as the Cochrane Collaboration. The centre has contributed substantially to Cochrane, particularly within research and IT development. We also co-author guidelines on standards for good reporting of research: CONSORT for transparent reporting of trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and SPIRIT for trial protocols. These standards have been endorsed by many prominent scientific journals.

Cochrane reviews are being widely used in the area serviced by the Nordic Cochrane Centre and associated centres, with over 449,000 articles downloaded in 2016. This is an increase of 32% since 2015.

The Nordic Cochrane Centre has also worked closely with the Danish National Board of Health in producing evidence-based national clinical guidelines. The centre is primarily funded by the Danish Government, who also fund the national subscription to the Cochrane Library, ensuring free access for all people living in Denmark. If you would like to know more about our most downloaded reviews, please see our information about the Cochrane Library.

Director of The Nordic Cochrane Centre   Peter_bertel_photo_profile_image

Professor Peter C Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975-1983, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. With about 80 others, he helped start The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 with the founder, Sir Iain Chalmers, and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became a professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen.  In 2017, he was elected to the Cochrane Governing Board, the Cochrane Collaboration's uppermost authority.

Peter has published more than 70 papers in "the big five" (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Ann Intern Med and N Engl J Med) and his scientific works have been cited 30,000 times (his H-index is 63 according to Web of Science). Peter is author of:

  • Deadly psychiatry and organised denial (to appear in September 2015)
  • Deadly medicines and organised crime: How big pharma has corrupted health care (2013)
  • Mammography screening: truth, lies and controversy (2012)
  • Rational diagnosis and treatment: evidence-based clinical decision-making (2007)

Peter has an interest in statistics and research methodology. He is a member of several groups publishing guidelines for good reporting of research and has co-authored CONSORT for randomised trials (www.consort-statement.org), STROBE for observational studies (www.strobe-statement.org) and SPIRIT for trial protocols (www.spirit-statement.org). Peter was one of the editors of the Cochrane Methodology Review Group 1997-2014.

His letter is below.

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Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health.

Nordic Cochrane Centre
Rigshospitalet, Dept. 7811
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Tel: +45 35 45 71 12
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www.nordic.cochrane.org

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September 2018

A moral governance crisis: the growing lack of democratic collaboration and scientific pluralism in  Cochrane

I regret to inform you that I have been expelled from membership in the Cochrane Collaboration by the favourable vote of  6 of the 13 members of the Governing Board. No clear reasoned justification has been given for my expulsion aside from accusing me of causing “disrepute” for the organization. This is the first time in 25 years that a member has been excluded from membership of Cochrane.

This unprecedented action taken by a minority of the Governing Board is disproportionate and damaging to Cochrane, as well as to public health interests.  As a result of this decision, and a number of broader issues concerning the inadequate governance of Cochrane, in accordance with its principles and objectives, four other members of the Board have resigned.

As a result, the Cochrane Collaboration has entered an unchartered territory of crisis and lack of strategic direction. A recovery from this dire situation would call for the dissolution of the present board, new elections and a broad based participatory debate about the future strategy and governance of the organization.

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Introducing Children's Health Defense a Robert Kennedy Jr. Initiative

Breaking newsDear World Mercury Project Community,

There are some important changes coming up in our organization that we’re very excited to share with you.

We know you realize that there is no greater crisis facing our world today than the chronic disease epidemic that has sabotaged the health of our children. When we first learned that mercury, one of the most neurotoxic substances on earth, was being injected into newborn infants, the World Mercury Project team was shocked beyond belief and crusaded for this dangerous practice to stop.

Through our advocacy work we have come to the realization that our children diagnosed with autism back in the 1990s were the tip of the iceberg with regard to injury, and that mercury was one of many harmful exposures driving the chronic disease epidemic that is plaguing our children.

Today, World Mercury Project is relaunching with a new name: Children’s Health Defense (CHD). We will have the same dedicated staff and board with Chairman, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Vice Chairman, JB Handley leading us. We will continue to publish our popular online newsletter Kennedy News and Views. If you already follow us on social media, you will automatically be switched over to our new Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts in the next couple of days.

As our new name implies, CHD will have a bigger, bolder mission to end the childhood health epidemics by working to expose causes, eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, seek justice for those injured, and establish safeguards so this never happens to our children again. As part of holding those responsible accountable, CHD plans to introduce multiple legal initiatives in an effort to defend the health of our children and obtain justice for those already injured.

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National Autism Association Offers Hurricane Safety Tip for Families

NAA hurricane info
As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Florence, National Autism Association has created a guide to assist families. Visit https://nationalautismassociation.org/hurricane-florence-tips-for-before-during-after/. 

Stay safe, friends. Hurricanes disrupt life and we know what that can mean to families with a loved one on the spectrum, or to adults on the spectrum trying to get through the event.   XOX  Kim


IACC Meeting September 27, Public Comments Invited

IaccThe purpose of the 2018 IACC Workshop: Addressing the Health Needs of People on the Autism Spectrum, is to convene a working group of the IACC that will focus on health needs and outcomes among people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The working group will use this workshop to discuss health epidemiology, patient-provider interactions, and co-occurring health conditions that affect people with ASD. The workshop will be open to the public, will include time for public comments, and will be accessible by live webcast and conference call.   Click here for complete details.

  Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Place: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
6001 Executive Boulevard, Neuroscience Center (NSC)
Conference Rooms C, D and E
Rockville, MD 20850
Metro Stop: White Flint Metro Station (Red Line)
Registration: Pre-registration is recommended to expedite check-in. Seating in the meeting room is limited to room capacity and on a first come, first served basis. Onsite registration will also be available. Register
Remote Access: Conference Call:
Dial: 800-369-1744
Access code: 6697418
Webcast: https://videocast.nih.gov/live.asp?live=28242&bhcp=1ac
If you experience technical problems with the webcast or conference call, please call 240-668-0302 or e-mail IACCPublicInquiries@mail.nih.gov.

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Infertility as a Cure for Autism

Old sperm and eggThanks to Ginger Taylor for sharing this story from GQ Magazine. Sperm Count Zero.

A strange thing has happened to men over the past few decades: We’ve become increasingly infertile, so much so that within a generation we may lose the ability to reproduce entirely. What’s causing this mysterious drop in sperm counts—and is there any way to reverse it before it’s too late?

The target in the article appears to be plastics - phalates - affecting both men and women.  Other chemicals are given a "pass" (that's an oversimplification, do read the article) as the industrial revolution raced forward for almost 100 years before the drop was seen. However, 1995 comes into play as a date where the slope (rate of change) steepened.

Levine was ready with an answer. “So that's one of the reasons we also conducted a sensitivity analysis,” he said from the stage, “with studies with sample collection only after 1995—and the slope was even steeper. So that could not explain the decline we see after 1995.”

The pediatric vaccine schedule had hyper-bolus doses of mercury in it in 1995 including 12.5 mcg in birth dose Hep B alone. My first thought, and perhaps yours too, was "What is the science on mercury levels and sperm count and motility? 

Hair mercury (Hg) levels, fish consumption and semen parameters among men attending a fertility center.

Chronic exposure to low doses of mercury impairs sperm quality and induces oxidative stress in rats.

There are many such studies at our fingertips. Mercury continues to be a problem for infants as doctors routinely administer flu shots to pregnant women, and children over age 3 are not considered as "must" for mercury reduced vaccinations.

Mercury remains in dental amalgam. Sushi is as common as Ritz Crackers in grocery stores from California to Maine. Other chemicals like glyphosate and certainly phalates are taking their toll.  It adds up to a toxic burden of never before seen proportions. And our boys, for those readers who have sons, and whose sons not so severely affected by autism that they might be able to father children one day, are losing their fertility. 


Italy's Vaccine Policy Changes Again

Italy mandatesItaly has changed policy again. Italy Does U-turn on compulsory vaccine law... again

From Local Italy: Children in Italy must be vaccinated before they start school, it was announced on Wednesday, reversing the government's earlier decision to scrap the requirement.

Amid confusion over the rules as the new school year begins, the governing Five Star Movement (M5S) presented parliament with an amendment that effectively halts its own reform and reinstates the previous vaccination requirements.

The new administration, a coalition between the M5S and the League, had promised to drop a law adopted by the previous government that banned children from starting pre-school unless they had received jabs against ten diseases, including measles, tetanus and polio.

One of its first moves after taking power was to propose an amendment pushing back enforcement of mandatory vaccination to the 2019-20 academic year, pending a complete revision of the law after the summer recess. 


Texas Nurse Fired over Measles Post

Measles flintstonesNOTE:  Last week a local Facebook group Mom posted a photo of her son's peeling, red feet, asking a large group of local Moms "What is this?"  They all chimed in - "COXSACKIE!" And then they offered her sympathy, recommended quarantine ideas, and generally supported her, saying they too had dealt with this common childhood disease.  It was a nice display of Moms supporting Moms.  Had she said, "What is this?" and there were spots all over his face, the response would have been different. "Measles!" And panic, blame and shame may well have been the follow up, instead of the same advice about quarantine and managing discomfort. Measles means BAD MOM. Coxsackie does not. Why? Because there is a vaccine for Measles, formerly a common childhood illness that bonded Moms in coffee klatches and Tupperware parties.   Need proof? Look at this article - there's NO mention that measles is deadly. It's generally not to a healthy child. In fact it was sitcom fodder for decades, from the Flintstones to the Brady Bunch.  "Measles is such a concern, because one, it's preventable. We have a vaccination that can prevent it," Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of the Harris County, Texas, Health System, told KTRK. "And two, it's so easily transmittable to someone else. ... Vaccines save lives.” 

Texas nurse fired after posting about patient's measles on anti-vaccination page

From ABC News:

A nurse at a hospital in Texas where a toddler tested positive for measles has been fired after she posted about the diagnosis on an anti-vaccination website, according to hospital Brady measlesofficials.

The employee's firing comes just one day after Texas Children's Hospital said it was investigating the incident.

"We were made aware that one of our nurses posted protected health information regarding a patient on social media," the hospital said in a statement Tuesday night. "We take these matters very seriously as the privacy and well-being of our patients is always a top priority. After an internal investigation, this individual is no longer with the organization."

Texas Children's Hospital in Houston said Monday it stopped a nurse from seeing patients after she reportedly posted about a young boy’s condition on an anti-vaccination group on Facebook, according to a statement.

She allegedly wrote about the case on the "Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children - Texas" Facebook page, which has since been deleted. A concerned parent posted screenshots of the unidentified nurse’s comments on the hospital's Facebook page late Friday.  Read more here.


Former Autism Researcher Prevails on Whistleblower Claim Against University of Utah

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Salt Lake City, UT (Aug. 29, 2018)—On Aug. 29, 2018, a jury returned a verdict in favor of Dr. Judith Pinbourgh Zimmerman on a claim brought under the Utah Whistleblower Act. After five years of litigation, Dr. Zimmerman finally got her day in court and prevailed on one of two claims brought against the University of Utah and Dr. William McMahon, the former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

As a speech language pathologist, Dr. Zimmerman spent her career seeking answers for children with autism. In 2005, Dr. Zimmerman accepted a faculty position at the University of Utah Department of Psychiatry and was named director of the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities (“URADD”). As a database, URADD collected data about children with autism in several counties in Utah, including protected health information and personally identifiable data.

In 2012, Dr. Zimmerman was concerned that researchers at the University had accessed the data contained within URADD without the proper authorizations. After Dr. Zimmerman reported these concerns to multiple different offices at the University, Dr. McMahon informed her that her yearly contract would not be renewed.

In a seven-day jury trial, Dr. Zimmerman went head-to-head with the University and Dr. McMahon. On Wednesday, a jury found in favor of Dr. Zimmerman on her Whistleblower claim and awarded her $119,000 for lost wages, plus costs and attorneys’ fees. “After such a lengthy legal battle, I am just relieved to be done and to have my claim validated by a jury,” said Dr. Zimmerman.

Dr. Zimmerman was represented at trial by April Hollingsworth, of Hollingsworth Law Office. “Whistleblower claims are notoriously difficult to win so I am pleased the jury saw that the University retaliated against Dr. Zimmerman for making valid complaints of possible research misconduct,” said Ms. Hollingsworth.

For more information, contact April Hollingsworth at (801) 415-9909 or april@aprilhollingsworthlaw.com.

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Hollingsworth Law Office is a law office in Salt Lake City, specializing in plaintiff’s-side employment law.


Ten Dollar Tuesday at Age of Autism

Retro pink typewriter thank youLast week we launched Ten Dollar Donor Tuesday.   Many readers responded with an online or paper check donation, and your thank you is on its way electronically or by mail.  Summer here is a blur of scheduling and running 1000 miles in place - how about your house?  I run AofA from my home, in the nerve center of every Italian American mother's home - la cucina!

Our dear friend and Founding Editor Dan Olmsted used to answer emails with: "We always enjoy hearing from our readers." He meant it and we still do. Comments and critiques alike!  As Managing Editor, one of my roles is to keep our site up and running each and every day as we continue to follow the autism epidemic. And that means raising funds.  It's not the pleasant part of what I do, that's for sure.  Autism Mom here - we rarely ask for help, right? 

We invite readers to donate $10 today.   Consider donating $10 monthly.  Tax deductible.  We have a lot of dedicated readers and $10 adds up quickly.  Don't forget matching gifts if your company has a program. And we participate in Amazon SMILE as well - shop for good!

If you've never donated, I hope you'll consider today.

We use secure, safe Merchant Services through Bank of America on the donate button. Or, if you're a paper check kind of person, you can send to:

Autism Age
PO Box 110546
Trumbull CT 06611

Thank you.  Kim


Former CDC Chief Thomas Frieden Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

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Pick up the phone and call 202 225-5074. It only takes a minutes and ask that Rep Trey Gowdy put Dr. Thompson on the stand to tell congress what the Frieden and CDC did and what he saw.  Thomas Frieden, the director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), blocked CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, from testifying on scientific fraud and destruction of evidence by senior CDC officials in critical vaccine safety studies regarding the causative relationship between childhood vaccines and autism.

It seems that in 2018 American MEN are as unhealthy and incapable of control as American children. The ME TOO movement now includes another man of power - former CDC Chief and President Obama appointee Dr. Thomas Frieden.  I teach self defense - "forcible touching" sounds violent and akin to rape. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE MALE BRAIN? Maybe CDC can investigate the INFECTIOUS DISEASE known as men in America?  (I know this is not all men - I'm not a man hater, but Lord, it sure seems to be an epidemic of bad behavior.) My thoughts are with the WOMEN he harmed - surely this woman was not the first.  The misogyny we see in the vaccine injury denialists spills into actual violence against women beyond vaccine damage and force.  You may recall that it was Frieden who blocked Dr. William Thompson from testifying in a vaccine injury case.  What a quality man he was. In charge of our health. Our children's vaccination schedule.

CDC Blocks Testimony by Vaccine Whistleblower in Medical Malpractice Case

Thomas Frieden, the director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), has blocked CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, from testifying on scientific fraud and destruction of evidence by senior CDC officials in critical vaccine safety studies regarding the causative relationship between childhood vaccines and autism.

The medical malpractice case seeking Dr. Thompson's testimony is on behalf of 16-year-old Yates Hazlehurst. The lawsuit alleges that Yates is autistic as a result of vaccine injuries.

Attorneys Bryan Smith and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., of Morgan & Morgan, have been seeking to have Dr. Thompson testify in a medical malpractice case to explain how the CDC committed scientific fraud in a series of studies, which found no link between vaccines and autism.

In denying the request, Dr. Frieden said, "Dr. William Thompson's deposition testimony would not substantially promote the objectives of CDC or HHS [Health and Human Services]."

KIM

From NBC News:

Former CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden arrested on sexual misconduct allegations
Frieden, who stepped down as head of the federal agency when Trump took office, is accused of forcibly touching at least one woman.

Former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden has been arrested for inappropriately touching at least one woman, according to the New York City Police Department.

The alleged incident happened in October 2017 inside Frieden's Brooklyn residence, the NYPD said. Frieden was expected to make a court appearance later Friday.

Frieden was director of the CDC from 2009 and until January 2017, stepping down when President Donald Trump took office. Prior to that, he had served as the New York City Health Commissioner from 2002 to 2009, where he led efforts to reduce smoking and eliminate artificial trans fats from restaurant menus.

As head of the CDC, Frieden championed advances that helped to end the Ebola epidemic.

Thomas R. Frieden is an American infectious disease and public health expert, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry from 2009 to 2017, appointed by President Barack Obama.[1] As a commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) from 2002 to 2009 he came to some prominence for banning smoking and transfat served in foods of New York City restaurants.



It's All About the Hamiltons at Age of Autism: Ten Dollar Tuesday

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Vaccine Induced Paralysis Calls for Action, Says Study

Ijerph-logoBy Jacob Puliyel

New Delhi 

Correlation between Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis Rates with Pulse Polio Frequency in India

15August 2018

Leading doctors in two reputed hospitals here report that over 490,000   persons in India developed paralysis between 2000 to 2017 because of  oral polio vaccine (OPV).  

Jacob Puliyel, a pediatrician at St Stephens Hospital and co-workers say their study has shown that  "the frequency of pulse polio administration is directly or indirectly related to the incidence of  non-polio acute  flaccid  paralysis  (NPAFP)."

Their study which calls for judicious use of OPV schedule to prevent vaccine induced paralysis  is published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

To  monitor  progress  in  polio eradication, the World  Health  Organization (WHO)

recommends  that  countries  conduct surveillance  for  cases  of  acute  flaccid  paralysis  (AFP) which is  defined  as  a sudden  onset  of  paralysis or weakness  in  any  part  of  the  body  of  a  child  less  than  15  years  of  age.   

The surveillance allows nations  to detect paralytic poliomyelitis due to wild poliovirus transmission in the population. There are many causes of AFP, so each case needs to be evaluated to find out if the paralysis is due to polio or not. This  investigation  includes  testing stool specimens  of  all  AFP  cases  for  polio virus  detection.

More  than  50,000  AFP  cases  are investigated  in  India  every  year  as    part  of  this   surveillance  system that  has  been  in  place    since  1997.  

In 2009, 741 of these AFP cases in India tested positive for polio. In 2010 only 42 cases tested positive while in 2011 only a single AFP case tested positive for polio.   Not a single AFP case   tested positive for polio in 2012, 2013 and 2014. All AFP cases during the last three years have been due to non-polio causes.

The last case of polio from India was reported in 2011 but India even  after it was certified polio-free maintains  its   surveillance  system        in order     to  pick  up  any  imported cases of polio.  

In the absence of wild polio transmission, it was expected that the AFP  cases in India  would reduce to acceptable   rate of around 2  per100,000.  "Although   surveillance in India has been exemplary, this has not yet materialized," the report says. The AFP rate in some states is as high as 30 per 100,000.

The present study - using surveillance data obtained from   all 36 states and Union Territories  - was done   to see if the incidence of NPAFP declined with   reduction in pulse polio immunization rounds.  

The results however showed that the number of pulse polio rounds conducted in a state  had a "high correlation" with the NPAFP rate in the state.

The NPAFP rates in the states of Uttar Pradesh   and Bihar were the highest in the country.  "Our study found that NPAFP rate in these states was high in those years when the number of pulse polio rounds conducted was high," the authors say.  

For instance, in 2011,   there were an additional 47,500 children with paralysis  which was over and above the assumed NPAFP rate of 2 per100,000   and the NPAFP rate started to decrease from 2012 when the number of pulse polio rounds had decreased.    

"From the results, the NPAFP rate has been shown to decline with a reduction in the pulse polio doses suggesting that OPV vaccinations are responsible for the paralysis," the authors say. 

"A total of 640,000 children developed NPAFP in the years 2000–2017, suggesting that there were an additional 491,000 paralyzed children above the numbers expected to develop NPAFP," the authors say.

According to their report "repeated doses of the live vaccine virus delivered to the intestine may colonize the gut and alter the viral microbiome of the intestine." 

Also studies from Finland and Turkey suggest that Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) is causatively associated with OPV vaccination campaigns 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Dr. Haft:

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

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

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

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

“Education or lobbying?

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to J W Tobin for the photograph.



Monsanto Loses Roundup Cancer Trial

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

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

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

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

Read more at OrganicConsumers.com

From CNBC

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

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

image from encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.comby  John Stone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naturally, it was not published.

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

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

 

John Stone is UK and European editor of Age of Autism

 

 


First They Came For Alex Jones

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

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

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

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

Scoop: 20 ways Democrats could crack down on Big Tech


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

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Italian Senate Repeals Vaccine Mandates

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Veterinary Research 2018 49:64

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

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


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

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“If Your Newborn Baby Could Talk”

Gianna thought bubbleBy Laura Hayes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can watch a video on Facebook here

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

From the Sacrificial Virgins website:

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

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

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


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

The Vaccine Court Wayne RohdeBy Wayne Rohde

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

Federal Court of Claims & 6th Amendment

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

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

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

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

Attorney fee compensation

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

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

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

Both the petitioner and their attorney suffered here. 

Congressional action

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

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

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

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

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

Interim Fees

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

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

Cloer v Kathleen Sebelius

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

Good Faith and a Reasonable Basis

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

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

Oh, and speaking of celebs and science:

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Gwyneth's Mom...




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

Six times celebrities pushed dangerously bad science

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

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

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

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


Dr. Sherri Tenpenny on the Jeannie Keltner Show

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

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

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

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

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

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