Lyn Redwood wrote this post on the Safeminds website. For those of you who do not know who Lyn is, her son is what I would consider "Child Zero" for Thimerosal/mercury poisoning. Lyn is a nurse, a lone voice of reason on IACC and one of the first people to ask about mercury in vaccines back in the 1990s - and count the micrograms - and having realize there were hundreds of mcgs in the pediatric scheduke, sounding the alarm bell. A bell that CDC, AAP, AMA, Slate, Wired, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, Paul Offit, Nancy Snyderman, Dorit Reiss and so many others can NOT UNRING. We all owe Lyn a debt of gratitude for pursuing medical safety for our kids and ourselves (flu shots contain mercury).
You can purchase Robert Kennedy's book Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak today.
Several months ago I received a call on my cell from a number I didn’t recognize. Usually I let such calls go to voice mail but for some reason I picked it up. A friendly raspy voice alleging to be Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. requested to speak to me. At first I thought it was a hoax. But after a few seconds I recognized the voice from the Ring of Fire talk radio program and realized this was not a prank.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was calling to invite me to attend a high profile meeting that he had arranged with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the continued use of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, in vaccines.
He also asked if I would be willing to read a research paper that he had commissioned reviewing the science regarding thimerosal, and to accompany him on a meeting with colleagues to call on select members of Congress for help.
I was more than glad to help out. I have spent the last 15 years of my life researching mercury. I have been involved in countless meetings with high levels officials at the CDC, the FDA, the NIH, and the HHS urging them to remove thimerosal from all medical products, including vaccines. I was honored to be a part of this effort and to work with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to protect other children from what happened to my son over 20 years ago.
My son’s story: poisoned by mercury
When he was born, my son weighed close to 9 lbs. He was a happy baby who ate and slept well, smiled, cooed, walked, and talked all by one year. But shortly after his first birthday, my son began to regress physically and developmentally, losing speech, eye contact, and social interactions. He no longer slept through the night and suddenly refused to eat foods that he had previously enjoyed, gagging and spitting them out. He started suffering bouts of bloody diarrhea.
We have excerpted this article from Sharyl Attkisson's website.
This is an interesting article written several years ago by UPI investigative journalist Dan Olmsted. It asks “Where are the autistic Amish?”
After the article was published, back when more reporters were covering the scientific links between vaccines and autism, I asked an official from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the supposed lack of autism in the unvaccinated Amish. She said that there could be many other reasons besides the community’s aversion to vaccines. For example, “They don’t use electricity, right?” she told me. In other words, she seemed to put lack of electricity on equal footing with lack of vaccinations when it comes to what could be responsible for the apparent lower than average autism rate in the unvaccinated Amish.
The obvious difference is there are many scientific studies supporting a link between vaccines and autism–often unreported, under-reported or dismissed by pharmaceutical interests and vaccine activists who have long fought a PR campaign to falsely portray the studies and researchers as “anti-vaccine.”
I told the CDC official that it would seem that a survey of the unvaccinated population could be a good first step in further dispelling or further confirming the possibility of a vaccine tie to autism. The CDC official acknowledged to me that the information would be worthwhile. I asked whether CDC would attempt such a survey.
Such a survey wouldn’t necessarily cost a penny because the CDC already conducts regular telephone and mail surveys to monitor childhood immunization coverage. It could just add a question: has your child been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder? Read the full post at Ms. Attkisson's site here.
Two weeks to go before the publication of Robert F Kennedy jr’s book about vaccine mercury and we all know where we are headed: the same place as last year when Jenny McCarthy was given a job on ‘The View’ and Katie Couric scheduled a program in which the safety of HPV vaccines were questioned: the unspontaneous howls of pain are starting. It does not matter that the book is apparently couched in the most diplomatic language or that its claims have been diluted, it will be too much for the sensibilities of the vaccine lobby. I am sure we have often referred on these pages to Hans Christian Andersen’s tale ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ but this time I have been thinking of an even more succinct and ironic tale ‘The Princess and the Pea’. A prince wants to marry a princess but the only way it can be confirmed that she is a real princess is because the candidate is so sensitive that a pea hidden under a pile of mattresses causes her to lose a night’s sleep. I think we can be sure that the vaccine lobby is according to this definition “a real princess”, and that there is no criticism so slight that we will not be told about the terrible pain it has caused.
There is no doubt either that the voice of the princess is about to be heard in the land. There is no criticism so gentle or diplomatically couched that the princess can withstand the pain: the outraged opinion pieces will appear in every newspaper, the sage doctors will emerge from every corner on the TV saying “Get the damn vaccines”, we will have wall to wall Dorit Reiss: the princess will tell us how painful it all is. Of course the moral of Anderson’s story is that it is not princesses who have to endure a lot, it is ordinary people: the princess is a great deal more trouble than she is worth. She has also arranged that ordinary people cannot be heard, or they are brusquely pushed to the side. Only the princess’s pain really matters in the great scheme.
Of course, the argument will be that all this sensibility is for the benefit of ordinary people, but if this was so the princess would listen to ordinary people when they tried to express their pain rather than trying to shout them down or shut them up, hiring a mob to help her. The princess is highly manipulative and knows how to get her own way.
Unfortunately, Robert Kennedy will not be able to appease the princess any more than Jenny McCarthy or Katie Couric. Instead we will just have another great tantrum and the usual hysterical, unhinged display of self-righteousness.
The Princess on the Pea
By Hans Christian Andersen translated by Jean Hersholt
Once there was a Prince who wanted to marry a Princess. Only a real one would do. So he traveled through all the world to find her, and everywhere things went wrong. There were Princesses aplenty, but how was he to know whether they were real Princesses? There was something not quite right about them all. So he came home again and was unhappy, because he did so want to have a real Princess.
One evening a terrible storm blew up. It lightened and thundered and rained. It was really frightful! In the midst of it all came a knocking at the town gate. The old King went to open it.
I would not be convicted by a jury of my peers
Still crazy after all these years.
(Paul Simon, 1975).
“Bill Welsh is a fruitcake”.
The above remark, was posted on the internet in 1998 by an American troll shortly after I had contributed to a UK newspaper item on vaccine safety (or lack of it). I was reminded of this episode only recently when I was informed by another anonymous troll “You are out of your mind and dangerous!” It made me think that my long held strategy* is not working.
A) Never get angry (passionate Yes, but angry No)
B) Ignore the ill informed
C) Deal only in hard facts.
Sounds a great strategy, dontyathink?
Frankly, it has not worked, so it’s back to the drawing board for me. But first let us look at one main strand of the original strategy:
A) Hard facts.
1) The autism epidemic CANNOT be genetic in origin.
2) Epidemiology is NOT appropriate as a tool to prove vaccines are safe
3) In the UK there are now over 100,000 schoolchildren with an autism diagnosis. (From rare to common in 20 years!).
4) Recent official research puts the annual cost to society of autism in the UK at over £34 billion.
5) 10 Years from now the number of UK schoolchildren with ASD will have doubled if present rate of diagnosis merely stays the same (based on Scottish government figures).
6) This rise in incidence is not and never has been as a result of “better recognition”.
7) No one in officialdom is earnestly seeking to identify the environmental factor causing this public health tragedy.
I recently published on the internet my personal hypothesis on the likely cause of ‘regressive’ autism and why so many parents associate their child’s withdrawal into ASD with the vaccination programme. The more I researched the issue the more I have come to believe that the manufacturing process using ‘Cell Culture Technology’, introduced in the thirties in the USA, (Autism was identified as a new condition in 1944), the more I am convinced that this is where the answer to the autism enigma lies.
Parents from over 46 countries have visited my web page and read my theory including parents in Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Federated States of Micronesia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, the UK and the USA.
Senator Richard Blumenthal is my Senator here in Connecticut. My first reaction to this article, which appeared on my FB wall, was proably the same as yours: does this include vaccines? Then the beer I was drinking shot out my nose and I had to take a break from reading..... Vaccines, as we know, live in a magical land of twirly swirly candy canes and unicorns who fart rosewater. YOYO friends, and I don't mean Duncan. You are ON Your Own if you or a loved one is vaccine injured. You could educate a few folks by commenting with facts and figures over at Automotive News, which ran this announcement. Below is what Senator Blumenthal wrote on FB (you can follow him at FB here) and the article he references. Here is the comment I left on his wall: You must include vaccines - they are exempt from American tort law. CT is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for the schooling of vaccine injured children, and will continue to pay throughout their lives. It's called autism in many... Including my own children. PLEASE. KS
From the Senator on FB:
Concealment can kill – and corporate officers should be held accountable for it. That’s why today, I’m introducing the Hide No Harm Act along with Senator Casey. Unfortunately, prison time may be the only deterrent to misconduct that a corporate officer understands. This bill would make it a crime for a company to knowingly conceal the fact that a product poses a danger to consumers or workers, and corporate officers would face criminal charges of up to five years in prison for deliberate concealment.
Hiding harm can be horrifically costly:
The Automotive News article:
7/16/14 1:45 pm ET -- updates announcement
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Two U.S. senators today unveiled a bill prompted by the General Motors Co. recalls over defective ignition switches that would make it a crime for corporate officers to conceal dangers posed by their products.
Democratic senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania said their proposal calls for up to five years in prison and fines for officers who know their products could cause death or injury to consumers or workers and hide that information.
"Corporate concealment can kill, and corporate officers who engage in concealment must be held accountable," Blumenthal said at a news conference.
Federal prosecutors are building a criminal fraud case based on whether GM made misleading statements about a flawed ignition switch in some of its vehicles, which has been linked to at least 16 deaths and 61 crashes.
It is not clear whether prosecutors will bring cases against any individuals.
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The purpose of the second survey is to compile opinions about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) from the professionals who work in the program (lawyers, life planners, expert witnesses, etc.) Your participation is needed in order to more fully understand how the program is working, what messages legislators should receive, and what messages those working in the program should receive.
By John Stone
In a CDC study of the adverse effects of MMR:
Above 1 in 17 toddlers in the study developed a temperature of 39.5C (103F) or greater post vaccination, and 1 in 5.6 a raised temperature
Nearly one quarter of toddlers in the study (23%) were routinely vaccinated despite being unwell prior to vaccination with fever (7%), diarrhea (12%) and rash (7%)
It is all too revealing to look at this 2006 study by LeBaron et al ‘Evaluation of Potentially Common Adverse Events Associated With the First and Second Doses of Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine’ which was apparently designed to be reassuring that the effects of a second and third dose of MMR at pre-school and mid-school age are milder than the first in infancy or toddlerhood.
But if so, we might ask, what about the first? We learn that it is quite routine for an infant to develop a raging fever with unknown long term consequences. Again LeBaron et al are frank about some of the limitations of their study:
‘Our study suffers from a number of limitations. Data on adverse events were based on unverified, family recorded symptom diaries. We had no unvaccinated control group. The baseline period for the study subjects lasted only 1 week and was relatively close to vaccination when the “healthy vaccinee effect”14 may well have been present. A 17% attrition rate occurred, mostly during the baseline diary period. The sample size was inadequate to examine rare adverse events or common adverse events with less than a twofold increase over baseline. The study population was atypical of the overall population of US children, in that they were almost all white, rural, healthy, and received vaccinations at the recommended ages. Other vaccines were administered simultaneously with MMR for >80% children in the 2 younger groups and <1% in the oldest group, making attribution of adverse events and comparison of groups more difficult.’
9:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, Roll Call and Approval of Minutes
Thomas Insel, M.D.
Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC), NIMH
Executive Secretary, IACC
9:15 OARC/IACC Update
Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC), NIMH
Executive Secretary, IACC
Thomas Insel, M.D.
9:30 Science Update
Thomas Insel, M.D.
9:45 Neuroimaging the Full Spectrum of Autism
Sharyk Attkisson has been a watchdog journalist and a "friend of ours" for a long time. Anne Dachel has covered Ms. Attkisson in her news updates. And C-SPAN recently interviewed Ms. Attkisson. NPR interviewed her about her departure from CBS and the changes she has seen in mainstream media's changes over the years. Please read the full story at NPR. You can follow Ms. Attkisson's work at her new website - SharylAttkisson.com. Her new book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington is available for pre-order now. It debuts in November.
When the investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not do so quietly. She contends the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
When investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not go quietly. She contends, the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. And her claims have become a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media. NPR's David Folkenflik has more.
DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Attkisson joined CBS News two decades ago and covered medical issues in Congress before becoming an investigative reporter. In recent years Attkisson says, CBS News started to shy away from controversy. And here's the claim that stirs real debate.
SHARYL ATTKISSON: You know, times I've been encouraged to begin covering stories about the Obama administration but then mid-stream I've been clearly discouraged from continuing to pursue them as the stories seem to start to get dicey, or as I seem to be able to turn up very good information and sources.
FOLKENFLIK: Attkisson has aggressively chased stories that bedevil the Obama White House, such as the deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya and the botched Fast and Furious gun investigation. Attkisson says, she felt CBS wanted reporters to accept the government statements at face value.
Single Dose Reverses Autism-like Symptoms in Mice Old drug used for sleeping sickness may point to new treatment in humans
In a further test of a novel theory that suggests autism is the consequence of abnormal cell communication, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that an almost century-old drug approved for treating sleeping sickness also restores normal cellular signaling in a mouse model of autism, reversing symptoms of the neurological disorder in animals that were the human biological age equivalent of 30 years old.
The findings, published in the June 17, 2014 online issue of Translational Psychiatry, follow up on similar research published last year by senior author Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, pediatrics and pathology, and colleagues.
Naviaux said the findings fit neatly with the idea that autism is caused by a multitude of interconnected factors: “Twenty percent of the known factors associated with autism are genetic, but most are not. It’s wrong to think of genes and the environment as separate and independent factors. Genes and environmental factors interact. The net result of this interaction is metabolism.”
Managing Editor's Note: We brought you a post last month describing one possible outcome of genetics tests for autism and a request to slow down the Autism CARES bill until critical details are reviewed. Please HELP Restrict Autism CARES bill from Funding Abortion Research :
A press release sent out on July 3rd talks about the genetics of children diagnosed with autism, constipation, GI issues and sleep disturbance - which sounds like many of our vaccine injured children, doesn't it? Perhaps the genetics is about which kids are susceptible to vaccine injury that results in autism, constipation and sleep disturbances? This is a slipperty slope. A topic fraught with controversy. And worth considering and discussing.
SEATTLE, July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A researcher at Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Institute has found a genetic identifier for autism that includes physical features that may eventually allow clinicians to identify babies who are at risk for autism before they are born. This is the first time a genetic mutation has been linked to autism.
Dr. Raphael Bernier, clinical director of Seattle Children's Autism Center and Associate Professor at the University of Washington, who led the research in collaboration with 13 institutions worldwide, has discovered a mutation of the CHD8 gene that, in addition to significantly increasing a child's risk of developing a specific subtype of autism, also causes several physical traits and symptoms that are unique to children with the same subtype of autism.
The physical traits – subtle facial features, such as larger heads and prominent foreheads – are features that, combined with confirmation of a CHD8 gene mutation, could allow clinicians to screen babies still in utero for a higher risk of developing autism, much like clinicians now screen for physical and genetic indicators of disorders like Down's Syndrome.
"This is a big leap forward in our insight into the causes of autism," said Bernier, who led the study published today in the scientific journal Cell. "It's possible we may be able to look at features in utero and determine a higher risk of autism, possibly even early detection."
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2034136#ixzz36czZV6xa
Managing Editor's Note: Excerpted from the HealthChoice.org site.
By Sylvia Pimentel
Our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance – most school kids learn those words at a very early age. We in the United States are taught to appreciate living in a country that has liberties many people around the world can only dream about. We are taught that we have a voice in public discourse. We are taught that we are part of a political system that allows for justice for everyone, not only the elite few.
But over time, many of us learn that one unfair exception to personal liberty exists in this country within health and medical choice. Regarding vaccines, freedom does not necessarily apply.
If you or your children are injured by a vaccine, you no longer have a voice. And in many instances you may not even have a choice. Not only are parents ignored when they say their child suffered an adverse event from a vaccine, they are also ridiculed, bullied and belittled – though victims’ families feel ethically compelled to speak out in the hope that vaccine injury will not destroy others’ lives.
Parents are told by industry, government and society that they only imagined the vaccine injury, or that it was a coincidence that their child became ill and regressed developmentally after the vaccination appointment. Parents are shouted down by vaccine bullies, and told that by speaking up about vaccine injuries they are harming society because other parents may fear getting their own children vaccinated.
So especially when it comes to vaccines, America is no longer the Home of the Free. To the contrary: Free speech is not only discouraged, it is vilified. It is attacked. It is muzzled.
All this public hostility and censorship comes as a great shock to average folks who have grown up with the secure feeling that they live in a free and just society. As taxpaying citizens we expect truth, transparency, fairness and service from our government agencies. But the reality is a much different story when your child is injured by one or more government-mandated vaccines, and your family now faces multimillion-dollar expenses for a lifetime disability.
Managing Editor's Note: Below is an excerpt from Lawrence Solomon's article in American Thinker. While we have seen Liberals turn their backs on the vaccine injury community, Solomon speaks to Conservatives who have exempted (pardon the pun) vaccination from their thinking.
By Lawrence Solomon
Conservatives much more than most others stick to their principles —individual liberty, personal responsibility, and freedom of the press — while also maintaining a healthy skepticism of government pronouncements. That combination has in the past saved the U.S. from grief, such as in the 1980s, when President Reagan rolled back the statist tide, and in recent years, when the House of Representatives prevented President Obama from implementing his statist and economically ruinous global warming agenda.
But when it comes to one issue in particular — government mass vaccination programs — many conservatives forget their principles and accept as dogma studies from government bodies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This deference to government-promoted science is especially perplexing because of the parallel to global warming, another controversial area of government-promoted science, where conservatives have challenged studies from governments and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Many conservatives have had a blind spot when it comes to vaccination, buying the government line. In fact, the list of scientists who have been skeptical of the merits of various mass vaccination programs reads like a Who’s Who; it includes, for example, the former head of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. and the former chief scientific officer for the U.K., whose job involved assessing the safety of vaccines.
Read the full article at American Thinker.
We're blessed in the autism biomedical community to have a range of choices in conferences. Old friends gather in the Windy City each Spring, on the sunny West Coast of Florida each November and now, in Dallas, Texas beginning this October with the inaugural Autism Education Summit.
Register with a friend or partner to save. (See registration rates below) Better yet - take advantage of the special group rate savings for TEN attendees who register together. This rate is for any group of ten and includes special bonus recognition at the conference. What a great way to acknowledge a local organization, school program, town support group or even a local treatment center in your area! Email info@autismeducationsummit for more info about creating your own group.
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Managing Editor's Note: Somewhere in the 8 million pieces of autism related paper that I have for my daughter Gianna, there is a "consent" form for her birth dose of Hep B vaccine at Doylestown Hospital in PA. I had NO idea that Hep B was not an issue for a healthy infant born to a healthy Mom. I had NO idea I was allowing a medical practitioner to inject mercury into my newborn. None. It was not informed consent at all. You might have had the same experience. Now imagine having that knowledge, refusing the vaccine and facing the state approved kidnapping of your child.....
Aliea Bidwell is filing suit against the doctor who blackmailed her into the hepatitis B vaccine for her son.
The family has set up a Web site to spread the word about her family’s ordeal. They are accepting donations to offset legal costs.|
Please join us for an IACC Full Committee meeting that will take place on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET at The Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Conference Rooms C and D, Rockville, Maryland 20852.
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Agenda: The committee will discuss committee business, agency updates and issues related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research and services activities.
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Managing Editor's Note: This comment came in yesterday on Adriana's post The Color by Numbers Epidemic: Formerly Low Autism Rates among Ethnic Groups Skyrocketing After Massive, Coercive Campaign to Vaccinate “Underserved” Minorities. I nearly lost my breath reading the words - which summed up my approach to new motherhood completely. I did everything "right." Yours too? KS
This article closely parallels my personal experience in education since 1986. In 1994, 95 & 96, I (and my colleagues), observed a dramatic shift of the health of a segment of our incoming kindergartners. That segment was the families who should have had the healthiest kids- high education high income parents who were up to date, and compliant, with the latest medical advice. They took advantage of not only the required vaccines but the optional ones. They vociferously avoided the sun, mothers in wide brim bonnets and children in 1920's style full body swimsuits. No butter, soy baby formula, no eggs, anti-bacterial everything, indoor play dates, etc. The result? Spindly necked, hyper-sensitive, low muscle toned, shoes on the wrong feet diaper wearing kindergarteners. Contrasted by the kids who's parents didn't know about all of these “medical advances”. Families with insurance that didn't cover non-required vaccines, (pre-VFC, Vaccines For Children), or didn't get vaccinated until they had to have them to get into kindergarten instead of in infancy, mom's who sunbathed, fed their kids real food, let them play in the dirt, no shirt outside, etc. Their kids? Vital, bright, and alive.
The BAD BILL has now passed in the HOUSE and in the Senate HELP committee!!
On Tuesday June 24, 2014, the House voted a passed H.R. 4631, renamed, "Autism CARES" The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act.
On Wednesday June 25, 2014, the Senate version of this same bill passed in the Senate HELP Committee.
Now we have just 48 hours to stop the bill from passing AS IS!!
Now it goes to the full Senate for unanimous consent vote. One Senator can place the bill on hold and allow us to fix the bill.
Today was unusual in that the Senate HELP committee took the bill out of committee for the vote in the morning and set up meetings that were closed to the public and during that time took a closed door vote.
THIS IS A BAD BILL AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP IT!!
If no Senator objects, this seriously flawed bill -- continuing the failed status quo of federal autism policy -- could be headed to the desk of the President within days.
The Autism Policy Reform Coalition (APRC) stands by individuals disabled by autism, their families and communities, in stating that this is a bill that needs drastic improvements. APRC has been working to reform the Act with policy for environmental research; better coordination and accountability in government structures; better medical services for individuals with co-morbidities; help for wandering, neglect, abuse, and restraints; and better prevalence counting and epidemiology. Our policy is online at: www.autismpolicy.org/our-mission.
Managing Editor's Note: This post on the SafeMinds site is a glimpse of the future for so many of us. The world is "aware" and "cares" and softly lit under blue lights while our kids age into an abyss of service, employment and housing choices regardless of the severity of their autism and Asperger's. Life will not be easy and we will have to work harder than ever. And so we will.
By Heidi Roger
This time of year is very hard.
My friends and colleagues are all attending high school graduations, going to graduation parties, and talking about what colleges their kids got accepted to.
My son Andrew is not going to college.
Andrew is 19 years old but he does not have a driver's license, he has never had a girlfriend, he has not learned to shave himself. I have to help him wash his hair when he takes a shower.
Your friends talk about the milestones, rites of passage, and new opportunities for their kids. You nod and smile even though your stomach gets a knot in it, not because you aren't happy for your friends-you are-just because you had so many hopes and dreams for your own child too.
Jennifer and I talked on the phone every day. Her husband barbequed the best ribs in the state of New Jersey. Their daughter was born four months before Andrew and we were deliriously hopeful together. Jennifer had another child, Avery, a year after Andrew was born. Andrew was 27 months old when he was diagnosed with autism. I hit the ground running trying to help him, researching treatments, finding other parents to talk to , fighting-I mean advocating-for his education with our ill-informed school district.
When Andrew was five, we went to Jennifer's house for a visit. Andrew walked around the room looking at colorful things that caught his eye. Avery was only four years old, he grabbed Andrew's Magna Doodle and made a beautiful drawing of a flower : "Look, Mommy, look what I drew!" Avery was being four -a typical four -that's all, but I couldn't breathe. My heart was broken in a thousand pieces. Read the full post at Safeminds.
Sources tell us that both chambers of the United States Congress will pass similar versions of the newly named but basically unchanged Autism CARES act this week, confirming once again that the federal government couldn’t care less about the autism epidemic engulfing the nation.
The House was marking up the bill Tuesday. It was expected to pass through a suspension-of-the-rules vote as early as the end of the day. In the Senate, the HELP committee will take up the bill Wednesday, and it's expected to sail through the full chamber by unanimous consent. While there may be some ironing out of differences between the two chambers, a final bill is expected to move to the president’s desk with no further chance of intercepting it. (See end of story for appeal to HELP committee chair Tom Harkin [(202) 224 3254] asking him to delay vote.)
“Autism families are getting f----d again. Autism Speaks should be ashamed of themselves,” said one person who has been attempting to head off the legislation AS and federal bureaucrats have been pushing for months. Autism families will let out a “primal scream” when they realize it’s happened again, he added.
The new law is looming despite efforts by outgunned and underfunded autism advocates to add more environmental research and targeted funding to the bill. They say the process was hijacked by special interest and disability advocacy groups and that, once again, Autism Speaks big-footed the process with its lobbying. The result: Status quo ante -- and inadequate.
WATCHUNG, N.J., June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Just months after U.S. Congressman Bill Posey compared the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s vaccine safety studies to the SEC's Bernie Madoff scandal, malfeasance in the CDC's studies of thimerosal-containing vaccines has, for the first time, been documented in peer-reviewed scientific literature. While the CDC states on its website that "low doses of thimerosal in vaccines do not cause harm, and are only associated with minor local injection site reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site," the journal BioMed Research International now provides direct evidence that the CDC's safety assurances about the mercury-containing preservative are not fact-based, according to the article's lead author, Brian Hooker, PhD.
The paper opens by citing over 165 studies that have found Thimerosal to be harmful, including 16 studies that had reported outcomes in human infants and children of death, acrodynia, poisoning, allergic reaction, malformations, auto-immune reaction, Well's syndrome, developmental delay and neurodevelopmental disorders including tics, speech delay, language delay, ADHD and autism. These findings by multiple independent research groups over the past 75+ years have consistently found thimerosal to be harmful. "Substantial scientific evidence exists and has existed for many years that the vaccine ingredient thimerosal is a developmental neurotoxin" says George Lucier, former Associate Director of the National Toxicology Program.
Studies showing harm from thimerosal sharply contradict published outcomes of six CDC coauthored and sponsored papers – the very studies that CDC relies upon to declare that thimerosal is "safe" for use in infant and maternal vaccines. Dr. Hooker, biochemist and vaccine industry watchdog, said of the six CDC studies, "Each of these papers is fatally flawed from a statistics standpoint and several of the papers represent issues of scientific malfeasance. For example, important data showing a relationship between thimerosal exposure and autism are withheld from three of the publications (Price et al. 2010, Verstraeten et al. 2003 and Madsen et al. 2003). This type of cherry-picking of data by the CDC in order to change the results of important research studies to support flawed and dangerous vaccination policies should not be tolerated."
Dr. Boyd Haley, international expert in mercury toxicity and a co-author of the recently published paper said "There is no doubt that authorities in the CDC have initiated and participated in a cover-up of vaccine-induced damage from thimerosal to our children----and this I consider criminal." The paper, "Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal in Vaccines is Safe," was published on June 6 and contains eight pages of evidence that the CDC has had knowledge of the vaccine preservative's neurological risks, yet continues to cover them up.
By David M. Burd
The below U.S. Government text (following my own writing) is current and copied from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As stated by CDC, "The English language content on this website is being archived for historic and reference purposes only."
Though first published by CDC in 2009 their website remains the same in 2014, concerning the vast majority of annual flu shots that contain the ethylmercury (thimerosal) preservative. The CDC repeatedly claims this mercury preservative is completely harmless so I won't bother to specifically cite their repetitions. Just read for yourself. Be forewarned, you may vomit.
Importantly, it is worth noting thimerosal/mercury has been banned in vaccines for decades in the rest of the world BECAUSE it is recognized as a devastating neurotoxin - yet NOT recognized as such by the CDC and its domestic Health Industry Allies as enumerated in CDC's website dogmatic text (below).
It is also crucial to review in 2009 that scores of millions of doses of H1N1 flu shots laden with mercury/thimerosal were injected into infants and pregnant mothers (in addition to the "normal" flu shot) as panicked American parents acquiesced to the national hysteria generated by the CDC. Thus, countless millions received double and even triple doses of mercury.
At the end of said 2009-2010 H1N1 flu season, U.S. "flu-associated" pediatric deaths of 281 were three to nine times so-called normal years, with numerous news accounts of pregnant mothers aborting their unborn babies after getting their CDC-promoted mercury-laden flu shots (with the vaccine-mercury passed into the developing fetus).
So, as to today, the latest 2013-2014 flu season is over. Canada's PHAC and the US CDC (using the same flu reporting protocols) have respectively reported zero (0) Canadian pediatric flu-associated deaths; whereas flu-associated U.S. pediatric deaths were ninety-seven (97).
Guess what? Ninety-five percent (95%) of Canadian parents refuse flu shots for under two-year old infants (per Pediatrics Journal paper published by canadian doctors two years ago), and Canada had zero mortality this last flu season. Whereas 52% of pestered, fear-mongered American parents had their babies injected with TWO (2!) toxic flu shots, the first at at six months and the second at seven months, as vigorously promoted by the CDC and followed by America's negligent pediatricians.
Managing Editor's Note: Dr. Seneff presented at Autism One last month. You can watch the video here.
We excerpted this post from Nick Meyer's AltHealthWorks site. You can read the full post at his site.
Research scientist Stephanie Seneff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a widely published author on topics ranging from Azlheimer’s Disease to autism and cardiovascular disease, raised plenty of eyebrows recently with a bold proclamation on autism at a special panel in Massachusetts about genetically modified organisms and other topics.
“At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic,” Seneff said last Thursday in Groton, MA at an event sponsored by the holistic-focused Groton Wellness organization.
Seneff presented slides showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the rising use of Roundup (with its active ingredient glyphosate) on crops and the rising rates of autism; while it doesn’t show a direct correlation it does give researchers plenty to think about, especially considering Seneff’s research into the side effects of autism that mimic glyphosate toxicity and deficiencies.
The slide notes that the heaviest use of Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship weedkiller, began in 1990 and continued to rise since. Meanwhile, the number of kids with autism has gone from 1 in 5,000 in 1975 to 1 in 68 today, a puzzling and frustrating stat that shows no signs of slowing down and one that correlates strongly with the rise in glyphosate use.
Of course, autism is a complex problem with many potential causes, but the numbers are particularly of note considering how close the correlation is, and Seneff’s credentials.
This is in the context of broad disapproval and frustration within the autism community over NIH funding priorities. The general level of concern was documented by a 2008 letter signed by eleven major autism organizations (including Autism Speaks, Autism Research Institute, Safeminds, Autism Society of America, Generation Rescue, National Autism Association). The letter stated, "Research on the environment, gene-environment interaction and treatment are underrepresented...." There seems to be great frustration among these groups and others that regardless of acts of Congress, directives or calls for serious investigation into how the environment triggers persons predisposed to autism, there is too much research focused on genetics to the detriment of studies of environmental triggers.
The Inter-Agency Autism Committee (IACC) developed a plan that included serious research spending on investigating autism's environmental causes. Their strategic plan was published. In 2009 there was a program to increase federal spending (the "ARRA" funds related to the need to stimulate the economy out of recession and into recovery) and NIH announced a multitude of new funding opportunities as a result. There was a long "Research Funding Announcement" (RFA) which is a call for scientists to submit proposals to spend available grant money on their research interests.
Persons who get their PhDs in a scientific field learn how to get grants to support their research interests. One thing that is often done is to send an initial, short letter of inquiry, to get some feedback on how to pitch a full application for grant monies. Full applications are big long documents, sometimes 100 pages or more.
Like many researchers employed at a university, I receive emails from my university's grant office calling my attention to new funding opportunities that might be a good match, and I was encouraged to consider the ARRA grant opportunities from NIH. I noted there were a lot of RFA's (the full document was 181 pages!). I searched for calls with the word Autism in the announcement: there were ten. Eight clearly did not match the environmental intent of the strategic plan; they were about developing registries or comparing treatments. One was about gene and environment interactions but mentioned determining specific genetic variations and seemed to require genotyping. Only one mentioned the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Strategic Plan and measuring biomarkers. This one looked good.
It was the only RFA on the NIH website posted (out of 181 pages of short postings) that mentioned the IACC strategic plan or seemed to be a fit for measures of Autism's environmental triggers or exposures. The NIH document included available grant opportunities for all branches of NIH (including NIEH, NIMH etc). I then looked up the IACC strategic plan and read it carefully. It seemed like a great fit. The RFA I inquired about read:
04-MH-101* Autism: Addressing the challenge. Target research gap areas identified by the Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, including biomarkers, novel interventions, and new tools for screening, among other topics. Contact: Dr. Ann E. Wagner, 301-443-5944, firstname.lastname@example.org [Note: Ann E Wagner is currently a branch chief at NIMH, the part of NIH directly that houses the IACC]
My plan was to measure toxic levels in the environment, and then directly measure the levels in children with autism and controls (biomarkers of), and correlate levels to symptoms. In this way, I could establish norms for measured biomarkers based on measured environmental exposures among typical children, and then compare those with ASD to the norms. Possibly (this is what I hoped to check), if levels were higher than expected based on similar exposure in autistic children, this would point towards vulnerability to exposure and efforts could be made to limit toxic exposures in vulnerable children. It was a good match to the strategic intent of the IACC plan because I planned to measure biomarkers of exposure, which could lead to a novel intervention. I took the time to look at the IACC strategic plan (since it was directly mentioned in the funding announcement I was interested in pursuing). I located it and read it carefully to see if my aims were congruent. They were. To wit, the IACC website strategic plan on USA's Health and Human Services website (HHS.gov) included these key statements:
Initiate studies on at least five environmental factors identified in the recommendations from the 2007 IOM report.
Identify and standardize at least three measures for identifying markers of environmental exposures.
Determine the effect of at least five environmental factors on risk for subtypes of ASD.
From my read, out of the 181 page NIH document and hundreds of their RFA's, this was quite clearly the only possible match for what I wanted to do, which was to measure environmental exposure both environmentally and via biomarkers, among children with and without autism, and compare to symptom expression which could suggest strategies for intervention. However, I also had a specific methodological question about the possibility of including initial testing of a brand new technology being developed by some physicists to measure toxins. This prompted me to send a short inquiry via email. This is what I wrote.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cathy DeSoto [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 5:25 PM
> To: Wagner, Ann (NIH/NIMH) [E]; Rob Hitlan
> Subject: 04-MH-101 Autism: Addressing the challenge
> We are interested in applying for the grant referred to below and will
> be submitting an application in early April. I have read the Interagency
> autism committee strategic plan and believe our aims would be a good match.
> The overall goal will be to investigate environmental risk factors,
> primarily via sources of pollution/toxic emissions from the perspective
> of genetic susceptibility for toxins having neurological effects,
> although we do not intend to measure genotype in anyway. We intend to
> propose direct measures of toxins among those with an ASD and controls
> (blood, hair or both) as well as measures of toxins in the environment
> relating to prevalence patterns, all of which will be elaborated upon in
> the actual proposal, of course.
> My reason for writing is to inquire if it would be appropriate to
> include a relatively small portion of the budget for testing of new
> spectroscopy instrumentation for the purpose of quantifying
> environmental toxins. Because we will already be proposing measures of
> toxins (for example soil samples via a grid layout in pockets of high
> prevalence) and because the new spectroscopy technique would be expected
> to allow easier and more highly accurate measures than is currently
> available (which would be explained in the full proposal), it would be a
> cost effective way to validate the method. Once validates, it is
> possible the new technique would be highly useful in relating toxins to
> health outcomes such as autism.
Managing Editor's Note: Below is an excerpt from Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) latest blog entry in "The Hill."
Autism Spectrum Disorder has increased dramatically in the last 25 years. It is a crisis. What will legislators do with a federal program which, after eight years and $1.7 billion, has failed to truly address this crisis? Sadly, Washington is on a path to rush through a five-year reauthorization, raise spending 20 percent and hope for better results without addressing fundamental structural flaws in the current program.
It will not be easy to reach consensus on improving the Combating Autism Act (CAA) in a way that provides effective accountability and brings results and meaningful improvement for those living with autism and their families. Given the magnitude of the issue on a personal and societal level, we should not settle for less than an optimal bill. I would suggest that we work expeditiously to come together with the entire community and improve current proposals, including meaningful measures to improve the outcomes of the American people’s investment.
When Congress passed the CAA in 2006, there was a desire to focus the efforts and bring significant improvement. Sadly, the CAA has not delivered measurable improvements by most standards and has had too little oversight. Rather than a point person for autism at an Assistant Secretary level who is singularly focused on autism, the responsibility for these activities is delegated to Dr. Thomas Insel, the Director of the National Institutes of Mental Health and the National Institutes of Health, who admittedly is stretched thin and has many other duties. He serves as Chairman of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).
At a recently called House Oversight Subcommittee meeting, Dr. Insel admitted that after eight years and spending $1.7 billion, the programs developed in the CAA have failed to determine the causes of the enormous increase of the prevalence of autism, failed to prevent a single case of autism, failed to produce any new biomedical treatment for autism, failed to materially reduce the age of diagnosis of autism, failed to ensure appropriate medical care for the co-occurring health problems faced by many with autism, failed to ensure even basic safety protocols for people with autism who "wander", unfortunately some to their deaths, and overall, failed the families facing autism—most especially the approximately one-third of families with children most severely affected by autism, who literally cannot speak for themselves, and whose severe disabilities portend one of the largest unfunded federal fiscal liabilities of the 21st century.
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Bordeaux: On September 18, 2013, Judge Patrick Mairé handed down a decision stating Gardasil was 50% responsible for the permanent injury of a French teenager who had received two injections of the HPV vaccine. The other 50% was attributed to a genetic pre-disposition for autoimmune disorders. Judge Mairé presides over lawsuits filed with a regional branch of the CRCI in France, which is the equivalent of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) court in the United States.
Marie –Océane’s parents, Jean-Jacques and Yveline Bourguignon, have granted permission for their daughter’s story to be published hoping they can help make people aware of the potential risks involved with HPV vaccinations. They do not want anyone else to go through what they have experienced without knowing of the possibility in advance.
In 2010, Marie-Océane Bourguignon, age 15, received two injections of Gardasil® the first on October 11th and the second on December 13th. Two weeks after the first injection, she experienced sensory and motor problems in the upper limbs, lasting approximately two weeks before spontaneously and gradually regressing.
Three months after the second injection, on the 13th of March 2011, Mlle. Bourguignon was hospitalized at Centre Hospitalier de Dax for deterioration in her general health, cerebral-vestibular disturbances and sensory-motor impairment (ataxia, vertigo). On March 15, 2011, an MRI of her brain revealed lesions in the white matter.
The initial diagnosis was that she was suffering from either multiple sclerosis or acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). After multiple subsequent hospitalizations, it was determined that Marie had developed multiple sclerosis, a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue. Marie-Océane will live with this condition for the rest of her life.
Read the full article at SaneVax.org.
Managing Editor's Note: As we continue to discuss vaccine safety, remember that vaccines have been designated as "unavoidably unsafe," “No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death associated with the administration of a vaccine after October 1, 1988, if the injury or death resulted from side effects that were unavoidable even though the vaccine was properly prepared and was accompanied by proper directions and warnings.” §300aa–22(b)(1). See Cornell Legal Information for more. The following post is a response to this article on the SafeMinds site Dear Parents, you are being deceived about vaccines and autism.
By Laura Hayes
I still think it is of paramount importance for people to understand that the term "safe vaccines" is an oxymoron, and therefore, I would argue that even those who might call themselves "pro-science" would not agree that there is any "smart approach to vaccination". By their very nature, vaccines cannot be made safe, as they artificially and unnaturally stimulate the immune system (by injecting these toxic cocktails, versus inhaling or consuming them, the first part of the immune system's response is bypassed, which is essential to trigger the next parts of the immune response...it's analagous to intervening during a woman's pregnancy and forcing the process to go out of order, missing some of the critical steps, and thinking that won't matter for the end product), with unsafe ingredients (e.g. adjuvants such as neurotoxic aluminum, proteins which cannot be broken down in the circulatory system as that needed to be done in the GI tract, and known neurotoxins such as mercury and aluminum, which are injected at a time when the blood-brain barrier is still wide open), in a way that is foreign to the immune system (i.e. via the vascular system and muscle tissue versus via airways and the GI tract), etc. Thus, "safe vaccines" is an oxymoron of the first degree. Then, multiply that unsafe effect by giving multiple vaccines at once, without consideration of family history or body weight, and before any allergies or metabolic problems have been discerned, and that is a recipe for absolute disaster.
Therefore, since there are no "safe vaccines", that leads to the discussion of medical choice freedom, which must ALWAYS be an essential component of any free and moral society. However, it is especially important when there is absolutely no liability for the product manufacturers or for those who administer the product, as is the case with vaccines thanks to the egregious 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (just consider the name of that act and again you will note that "safe vaccines" is an oxymoron). In 1986, at a time when vaccines should have been scaled back (I would argue halted altogether) due to all of the vaccine-induced injuries and deaths, and subsequent lawsuits, they were dialed up and tripled once indemnification took place. Talk about CRAZY! Presently, exemptions for vaccines are being attacked, restricted, and eliminated across our country. This must be stopped and medical choice freedom must be protected and properly practiced in all 50 states, with regards to all medical procedures and treatments, including vaccinations. A "pro-science, smart approach to vaccination" must always include the option to say no, without any government interference, coercion, or cost.
Managing Editor's Note: I'm pretty jaded after 18+ years in the autism/vaccine injury community, but this story, this horrible story knocked me for a loop. Imagine this horror in a Catholic nation, on innocent children, under the "care" of the religious and ask yourself, "Could that happen today - in a world of medicine for profit?" Has the current vaccination schedule ever been tested for cumulative safety? Do we know the long term ramifications of delaying common, survivable childhood disease such as chicken pox and measles? Are children circa 2014 healthier than their peers decades ago? Also, Dan Olmsted informed me that Diptheria was the first mercury preserved vaccine in the 1930's.
Thousands of children in Irish care homes at centre of 'baby graves scandal' were used in secret vaccine trials in the 1930s
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Scientists secretly gave 2,051 children and babies diphtheria vaccine. They were used as guinea pigs for drugs giant Burroughs Wellcome in 1930s. Academic Michael Dwyer uncovered shock truth in old medical records. He found no evidence of consent, nor of how many died or were affected. Comes as Irish PM intervenes from U.S. over scandal of mass baby grave. Hundreds of babies are believed to have been buried at former baby home
Enda Kenny says he's ordered his officials to examine 'if there are others.'
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The Frau Koma series I wrote in 2013 was intended to explore questions over politics, genetics, corporate crime and scapegoats in the media campaign to associate autism with mass murder. In light of the current fanfare over yet another research claim of an association between autism and modern massacre— as well as another recent mass murder committed by an individual who reportedly suffered from autism—the series is unfortunately relevant again.
On Friday, May 23rd, 22 year old Elliot Rodger, son of Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger, became the latest poster child or “horned devil”—a killer with a reportedly identifiable trait, in this case possible Asperger’s—for the mass murderer profile. According to CNN, Rodger’s mother made a sworn statement in divorce documents that her son had been diagnosed with high functioning autism as a child.
The original Koma articles on mass murder, autism and drug side effects were an attempt to illustrate through the views of a range of independent psychopharmaceutical experts, reform psychiatrists and through independent research that, due to the current rate of roughly 1 in 50 boys (and rising) with the condition, autism is still statistically underrepresented among non-ideological mass murderers. But the series also considers that, due to the extremely high rate of drugging among the developmentally disabled with medications that carry black box warnings for violence and suicide—up to 90% according to reform psychiatrist and expert witness Dr. Peter Breggin, a drugging rate approximately 1000% higher than the already high American average—we could eventually see the prophesy of the autistic killer self-fulfilled through the “magic bullet” drugs meant to treat them. The conjectures made in recent reports on the Santa Barbara massacre appear to be no exception to the general pattern.
On the evening of May 23nd, Rodger stabbed and shot six people to death in a college town near Santa Barbara, drove his car into another and left six more hospitalized, two in critical condition. Several sources claimed that, according to family members, Rodger had seen psychiatrists for many years and had been on medication. In a video, Rodger explained that he’d refused to take Risperdal due to the side effects, though he didn’t indicate whether or not he took other prescriptions. Sudden withdrawal from certain drugs is associated with a steep increase in suicidal and homicidal reactions.
Rodger, like many of the modern random mass murderers, had no history of violent assault but, by all accounts, had recently become increasingly paranoid and withdrawn and had quit school. Members of a chat group the Rodger belonged to described Rodger’s violent hate speech towards women and his musings on releasing a virus that would kill off his male competitors. Shortly before the massacre, his family had attempted unsuccessfully to get an emergency commitment for him after learning of a Youtube video in which he described his rage at sexual rejection and social isolation. Rodger’s manner of evading police scrutiny during the welfare check—by convincing them that he was a “kind and wonderful human being”— does not jibe with an autism diagnosis but there’s no indication in reports that Rodger's diagnosis had been updated. In the video, Rodger vowed to take deadly revenge against those he saw as unfit to live for committing the “crime” of rejecting him. In his 141 page manifesto, Rodger describes his intended rampage as the “Day of Retribution,” himself as “divine” and unambiguously akin to the Second Coming who will rid humanity of the “impure” and “depraved.”
Rodger's demeanor in the video segment could be taken for a Sheldon Cooper send-up, but the combined effect of pompous delusions and his view of himself as a “living god” who will reduce his victims to “mountains of skulls and rivers of blood” is chilling. His rampage in Isla Vista left two young women and four young men dead. There was no indication from reports that he personally knew the victims, though he stated in the video that he intended to target a particular sorority house. He reportedly shot himself after the killing spree. Family members of both victims and the perpetrator called for stricter gun control in the wake of the crime.
In the recent study on mass murder and developmental disability, Neurodevelopmental and psychosocial risk factors in the development of serial killers and mass murderers, researchers postulate that an extremely diverse category of mass killers had/have autism. Essentially two things are looked at in the work: killing and autism. Killing how, why, how many (or any) and over what time period are simply a grab bag. The study calls for a raking over by experts to formally analyze methods and case definitions, but I’ll list a few of the obvious highlights:
The authors indicate the research focused only on subjects apprehended for murder after 1985, explaining that the cut-off point was chosen “because there has been a dramatic increase in the recognition of ASD” since this date. The date also precedes by a year the mass marketing of Prozac, the first SSRI antidepressant—a drug class most associated with school shootings, random mass murder and suicide. Researchers do not discuss whether there had been an actual dramatic increase in autism, do not note the expansion of the vaccination schedule which also occurred in 1987, nor the recent research of a connection between SSRI antidepressants and autism (discussed in Part 2 of the Koma series). Authors don’t comment on the fact that at least one subject was only an attempted murderer and killed no one, and that another conspired and planned a militant mass murder but did not commit the actual act. There may be more irregularities among other cases listed in the study’s tables.
The authors admit to using Google as a primary research tool: “The name of the killer was entered into the search engine ‘Google’ followed by ‘AND’ and each of the following search terms were explored separately: ‘brain’; ‘head injury’; ‘asperger’; ‘autis*’ and, in some cases, ‘murder’ if the name alone was failing to produce relevant sites. In these searches, numerous resources were examined in detail including court transcripts; newspaper articles and other online resources.”
The study’s authors mention Adam Lanza once in the introduction (apparently justifying the use of Lanza’s photo for media coverage). Lanza is not included in tables for some reason, though he’d already been mostly confirmed to have high functioning autism by family members. Also in the introduction, authors claim killers such as Norway’s Anders Breivik and James Holmes of the Aurora, Colorado massacre (both discussed in Part 2) had some form of autism spectrum disorder based on Daily Mail articles. What’s good for the goose… Daily Mail is the source on Elliot Rodger’s medication, though this source quotes a family member while the material on Holmes and Breivik involve no sources close to either. Researchers repeatedly cite the works of Professor Michael Fitzgerald, whose theory that Adolph Hitler had autism (discussed in Part 3) has been widely criticized.
Authors also cite Simon Baron-Cohen’s work claiming an association between “zero empathy killers” and autism based in part on the undeniably racist MAOA or “warrior gene” theory (also discussed in Part 3). The MAOA gene theory has zombied along for decades, mainly due to the fact that it supposedly implicates the role of “low serotonin” in violence—meaning that it has an automatic serotonergic drug marketing algorithm attached. But one of the problems with the theory—in addition to the fact that it blatantly implies that people with brown skin are “more violent,” and was used in the 1990’s as grounds for a prospective program to psychiatrically “vaccinate” certain racial groups against violence using medication— is that the role of serotonin in mental disorders has repeatedly been debunked as a drug industry PR myth.
In fact, other than the claim that over a quarter of the 239 “eligible killers” studied had “definite, highly suspected or possible/probable ASD,” the study breaks no new ground in presenting evidence that mass murder is associated with ASD. There are some references to head injuries and psychosocial factors among certain infamous or obscure perpetrators which are not novel, but what is notable and particularly irresponsible is the conflation of older-than-the-hills crimes such as serial murders, domestic violence killings and militant ideological acts of terrorism with the recent historical advent of non-ideological, random mass murder. The researchers thereby sloppily imply that a high percentage of terrorists could have “definite” autism and an even higher percentage have probable autism. The attempt to find a “terrorism gene” also isn’t new but there’s a level of flagrancy in this attempt that hits a new low.
Despite the official denials and all the studies, moms who witnessed the damage done to their children are speaking out. Doctors have been trained to call this a coincidence and close their eyes to a generation of children now crippled by autism, learning disabilities, diabetes, seizures, arthritis, life-threatening allergies, bowel disease and asthma, but parents are scared. They simply don't believe officials who care more about their financial ties to industry than what's happening to our kids.
Where is the alarm? Where is the demand for answers? When is someone going to care about all the sick children? Anne Dachel
The Greater Good has some exciting news - we are launching a series of videos on the vaccine debate that are sure to open hearts and provoke thought. The first is about autism and we think you will find it very compelling. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks and months!
So let's talk a little about what the government is saying and doing about autism. In March of 2014 CDC reported new "official" autism rates stating that 1 in 68 US kids has autism, with 1 in 42 boys. But a CDC telephone survey of 100,000 US parents just last year found that 1 in 50 US kids and 1 in 32 boys suffers from autism. Why the difference? The telephone survey was conducted in 2013 looking at 6-17 year olds in 2011-2012 whereas the "official" data are from 2010 but ONLY looking at 8 year-olds.
Thank you to our friend Sandy Gottstein of Vaccination News for this editorial letter Compass: Parents right to question need for vaccines and potential dangers in the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska. Please leave a comment and take note of the comment thread. Dorit Reiss jumped in second after I left a comment. Strange how she finds our work so quickly....
In "Vaccination is a duty we owe to others," The Washington Post's Michael Gerson wrote a convincing piece - that is, if one is unaware of certain facts.
Gerson states "...vaccines have a very small risk of serious side effects..." mostly based on his wholesale dismissal of adverse events reported to VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System instituted and maintained at a great cost by the CDC and the FDA. As of May 4, 2014, the CDC website had processed 37,433 serious vaccine-related adverse events. Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler once stated that only 1 percent of serious adverse events are reported in a passive reporting system such as VAERS. A vaccine manufacturer testified to an Institute of Medicine Committee that under-reporting of passively followed adverse vaccine events was 50-fold.
By Josh Mazer
Media pressure directed at vaccine injured families has been ramped up in recent months, coinciding with the March 2014 release of the latest ASD prevalence numbers. Main stream media editorials label vaccine cautious parents as “whackos” and worse. Hate speech, phony “astro –turf” public relation campaigns, and unqualified “experts” such as Dorit Reiss are the tools being used in a naked pharma funded power grab aimed at rescinding parental rights of informed medical consent.
The Washington Post, New York Times, The Daily Beast, Time Magazine and a cast of similar hundreds all recently released eerily similar editorials condemning parental vaccine choice. Time Magazine's Jeff Kluger describes parents exercising careful, informed medical consent as "morally equivalent" to "Extremists in the Middle East and Africa." His bigoted hate speech includes the terms "vaccine crazies” and "extremists anti vaccine nut jobs.”
Notwithstanding her complete lack of medical credentials, Reiss has emerged as the public face of the campaign to outlaw vaccine choice. She has posted over 30,000 times on public message boards, including Facebook; penned articles and editorials; and made personal appearances at vaccine industry conferences. Her 1500 comments on the Couric HPV story were almost exclusively aimed at dismissing out of hand all parental reports of adverse reaction to the HPV shot. Reiss’s tactics and agenda are further exposed by perusing a sampling of her prodigious output on various public comment boards.
May 9, 2014 Bloomberg The View ran an editorial by Lisa Beyer entitled “It’s Uncool Not to Vaccinate.” The comment section gives an unvarnished view of Reiss in action. She lies repeatedly; denigrates qualified expert medical experts; argues for suppression of free speech; and advocates state authority to override informed medical consent.
First, her lies. The following quotes are taken from the comment section ,:
"there is no evidence the current schedule is unsafe;" "There's no evidence that splitting the vaccines is any safer. The recommended schedule is carefully designed after an elaborate, deliberative, science based process;" "the evidence is very clear: vaccines do not cause autism;" "Mr. Deer…. did not write on medical issues in the BMJ ." "when there is a real problem with a vaccine, it is publicly discussed and handled…""The NVICP has never awarded compensation for vaccine-induced autism"
Opinions are not facts, and every statement by Reiss above is a demonstrable lie.
Reiss second technique, repeated thousands of times, is to denigrate the medical expertise of anyone who stands in her way. The following Reiss quotes are from Bloomberg View:
On Lawrence Solomon: "It's unfortunate that Mr. Solomon continues with his tradition of inaccurate anti-vaccine articles"
On Dr. Jon Poling: "In 2008, still upset from his daughter's regression, Dr. Poling bought into the vaccines cause autism myth."
On the entire Japanese Vaccine Safety Establishment: "Japan has a history of withdrawing vaccines based on unsupported claims of harms….Here, too, it withdrew it's recommendations without evidence of causation….Hardly a good public health decision."
On Dr Pete Doshi, former post doc fellow at Johns Hopkins: "Dr. Doshi is not an epidemiologist, and his analysis of the flu vaccine suffers from some serious errors. "
On Dr. Brogan: "it's unfortunate that Dr. Brogan concluded, with no evidence, that Mr. Webb died from "vaccine induced encephalitis"
By Wayne Rohde
When does $ 0.75 equal $ 0.56? The equation actually exists and only in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). Specifically, the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund is where you will find the equation and the reason why.
We all have been led to believe that for every vaccine sold in the United States, a levy of $ 0.75 was placed into the Trust Fund to be later awarded as damages to a vaccine-related petition or attorney fees and costs. Read any article that talks about the NVICP and chances are, there will be a reference to the tax or levy.
What you will not read about is that this $ 0.75 does not exist! The Federal Government loves trust funds of all sorts. So much so, that they charge a 25% administration fee. The $0.75 tax that is deposited into the trust fund is actually $ 0.56. The difference, the 25%, goes straight into the US General Fund, so our elected officials can fight a war, send man to into space, build interstate highways, or to purchase vaccines for the poor, the disabled, our veterans, and those in our military.
Currently, the Trust Fund has a balance of $ 3.4 billion dollars plus some change. And every year, the balance continues to grow. So why should we care or inquire on the reasoning for this large hand in the kitty? First off, the Trust Fund was established by Congress to pay for compensable damages and attorney fees, plus reimburse agencies for the administration costs of running the Program. No other expenses can be appropriated. Yet a quick glance at the income statements and balance sheets that are published monthly on the US Treasury website (here), there seems to be an increase of appropriations each year up and beyond damage awards and attorney fees.
The Department of Justice receives appropriations from the Trust Fund for their expenses such as DOJ attorney salaries that represent the Respondent. The Federal Court of Claims receives appropriations from the Trust Fund for their expenses such as salaries and expenses for Special Masters, clerks, rents, and other expenses. HRSA also receives appropriations from the Trust Fund. They cut the checks to those petitioners who actually prevail, an increasing rare event these days. Also attorney and medical expert costs, which by the way, is a slow reimbursement process, especially the second half of each fiscal year. HRSA also receives reimbursements as they are the direct administrator of the Program.
Managing Editor's Note: We are pleased to welcome back Martin Walker, whose prolific coverage of the Wakefield GMC hearings was a mainstay of our site. Please visit his website Slingshot Publications which features his many books.
By Martin Walker
Throughout the years the major UK committee overseeing licensing and safety of new drugs, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) one of the committees under the central Medicine and Health Care Regulations Agency (MHRA) has been subjected to criticism over members’ conflict of interests and strong links with the pharmaceutical industry.
The JCVI is charged with making recommendations to the Government on matters of vaccine schedules and vaccine safety and as such it is thought by critics that it should be comprised of individuals who can at all times be said to be impartial and neutral especially in respect of receipt of funding through their employment.
While attention has been frequently drawn to conflict of interest, the fact that the whole governing regulatory sector, the MHRA, commonly accepted by the public as an independent part of government and always described as a ‘government agency’, is actually funded in its entirety by the pharmaceutical industry. Not only this, but members of all regulatory and advisory committees charged with addressing the safety of pharmaceutical products for the UK, are forbidden to discuss such matters in the public arena, apparently for reasons of commercial competition, under the rules of section 118 of the 1968 Medicines Act and Britain’s notorious Official Secrets Act.
A relatively recent row over vested interest and conflict of interest, with respect to vaccination, occurred in 2004 when the JCVI Chairman Professor Michael Langman, made it public that he had advised the Government to introduce a vaccine manufactured by Merck Sharpe and Dome whilst his Birmingham University department carried out medical research funded by that company. Langman claimed in his defence that he was allowed to chair the JVCI’s discussions on the vaccine because he was not personally paid by the drugs company.
The false distinction between personal financial payment or other benefits and liaison with and payments to University Departments by pharmaceutical companies, is a common screen erected to protect committee members from serious criticism.
However, it now appears that a partial message at least, has been accepted by the JCVI acknowledging that both specific and non specific ‘personal pecuniary interests involving vaccine manufacturers’ might be perceived as conflicts and should be avoided. At their meeting of the 11th and 12th February 2014 the JCVI agreed that:
The code of practice should be revised to indicate that members should avoid both specific and non-specific personal pecuniary interests involving vaccine manufacturers, since such interests might be perceived as conflicts, even if the interest is related to a non-vaccine product or a vaccine not under consideration by the Committee.
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Below is video from yesterday's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Some responses to the hearing from our friends at HealthChoice and The Canary Party. Plus we have an Action Alert from Autism Action Network to ask why some committee members did not attend this hearing.
This morning, the Government Accounting Office presented a report to Congress alerting them to what parents have been saying for a decade, that federal autism money is being wasted on research that is not improving the lives of our children. Rather than listen to that caution, Congressman Gerry Connelly, behaving abhorrently, attacked GAO, claiming they were harming our kids by trying to strip autism research funding, and then when on an monumentally uninformed diatribe.
He was not protecting the public interest, he appeared to be acting as Thomas Insel's lawyer.
Please register your complaints abut his disgusting display with his office.
This morning the OGR committee held autism hearings, and only ONE Congressman showed up prepared and did his job. Please call Bill Posey and thank him for trying to get real answers and help for those impacted by the autism epidemic. (202) 225-3671.
Autism Action Network pointed out which Congressmen could not be bothered to attend this hearing. They created an Action Alert for ease of use.
Please call the Congressmen who blew off the first hearing on autism of 2014.
This morning the Government Operations Subcommittee held the first Congressional hearing this year on autism. Only two members were there on time. And the following members of the committee did not show up at all.
Please call them and ask the staffer what the Representative did that this morning that was more important than this hearing?
We first ran this post when CDC announced the catastrophic new numbers last Spring.
Contact the White House to ask President Obama to fire the autism epidemic deniers from CDC and NIH. The leadership in charge of public health has failed a generation of children. Read an open letter to President Obama demanding accountability for this tragic increase in autism that is radically altering the American family - unabated. A nation can not sit idly by and watch 2.4% of its young males moved from regular education into special education without serious future impact. Thank you to Mark Blaxill for the following graphics.
What would you ask during the OGR hearing today? Here are some questions from our colleagues. Add your own in our comments.
1. The Combating Autism Act has directed the NIH to spend over $1.64BILLION on autism research. Yet after close to 10 years you admit that you have come up with no new treatments for autism, and that you have not prevented a single case of autism. Why should IACC continue and why should you continue in your position? (Insels admission at last IACC hearing to Dr. Enayati at 6:20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMjFluo4Az4)
2. The 2006 Combating Autism Act that authorized this massive expenditure and put the IACC in place is up for reauthorization in September. If 8 years and a billion dollars didn't make a dent in the autism epidemic, but in fact watches in increase, then how much money and how much time do you and your colleagues believe that the American People should spend on your failed efforts? Will another billion dollars and another decade only see a greater autism increase?
3. It had been long believed that autism was mostly genetically induced, but in July of 2011, Stanford released a very comprehensive study showing that non-genetic factors played the greatest role in determining autism risk. This ground breaking study showed, that approximately 38% were due to genetic factors and 62% were environmental. (http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2011/july/autism.html)
In March of this year, the University of Chicago released a study that showed again that the environment was the main factor in developing autism. (http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2014/20140313-autism.html)
Why is NIH spending money on genetic autism research at a 6:1 ratio over environmental causation research when you, yourself, have admitted that autism is mostly environmentally induced? This spending pattern flies in the face of all logic in light of the epidemic rise of autism. There are no genetic epidemics.
Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced a hearing of the Government Operations Subcommittee scheduled for tomorrow on the subject of the Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The hearing will be held in at 9 am EDT today in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Watch via live streaming at http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/
If you could ask a question at the hearing, what would it be? Tell is in the comments.
Note: This action alert is from Autism Action Network.
Late Friday Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced a hearing of the Government Operations Subcommittee scheduled for tomorrow on the subject of the Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The hearing will be held today at 9 am in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The hearing can be watched via live streaming at http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/
The following witnesses were announced:
Thomas R. Insel, MD, Director, National Institute of Mental Health, Chair, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee
Michael K. Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
Marcia Crosse, Ph. D., Director, Health Care, U.S. Government Accountability Office
No more details have been released.
While we are pleased that some attention will be focused on federal autism policy, we are troubled by the lack of advanced notice and the absence of parent advocates from the invited witnesses.
Please click HERE to send a message to Rep. Issa thanking him for scheduling the hearing, but also requesting the scheduling of additional hearings, announced well in advance, that include parent advocate witnesses so that a thorough examination of federal autism policy is possible.
Please call Rep. Issa at the following number and make the same request:
Rep. Darrell Issa, (202) 225-3906
Please share this message with friends and family.
Note: We are running a few post about Dr. Tom Insel, IACC and the Federal Response to Autism since there is a hearing today in Washington DC. You can watch via livestreaming http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/
By Anne Dachel
On Monday, Jul 11, 2011, Dr. Thomas Insel, chairman of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in support of the reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act.
I listened closely to what Insel had to say about autism and I transcribes his comments below. I compared this testimony to what Insel said to Congress about autism in 2009. (See my story, Age of Autism: Thomas Insel and The Really Big Autism Lie)
Back in August of 2009, Insel wasn't sure if the rate of autism was really going up or not. He talked about early diagnosis and early intervention. He talked about genetic research.
In December, 2009, the autism rate officially went from one in every 150 children to one in every 110 kids. That same month, speaking at MIT, Insel said, "I said before this isn't just genetics... There have to be environmental factors."
By the spring of 2010, Insel was really getting concerned about the impact of autism. At the National Institutes of Health, (Age of Autism: Dr. Tom Insel on Autism) he said, "Eighty percent of the people with a diagnosis of autism [in the U.S.] are under the age of eighteen." In Insel's own words, "If you look at those numbers, the increase and recognize how many of those kids will become adults, we ...also need to be thinking about how we prepare the nation for a million people who may need significant amounts of services as they are no longer cared for by their parents or as their parents are no longer around."
So what did Insel have to tell Congress on July 11, 2011? What advances have been made since 2009? As far as I can tell, Insel had nothing substantial to report.
On April 29, Teri Arranga conducted a gripping interview with Dr. David Lewis on her radio show, Autism One: A Conversation of Hope. The show opened with Dr. Lewis speaking about his soon-to-be-released book, Science for Sale.
Dr. Lewis was the only EPA scientist to ever be lead author of articles published in Nature and Lancet. In 2008 and 2011, Nature reported on a lawsuit he filed against EPA scientists for covering up problems with chemicals in organic fertilizers (biosolids) linked to autism, and his investigations into fraud charges leveled against Dr. Andrew Wakefield. Listen to Dr. Lewis' interview or read the transcript of it below to learn what he discovered while pouring through the documents related to the baseless charges against Dr. Wakefield. Dr. Lewis is a renowned environmental scientist who is sponsored by Focus Autism.
Dr. Lewis will be giving a presentation about his new book Science for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits at the AutismOne Conference in Chicago, Friday, May 23 at 1 pm CT.
TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW
Teri Arranga: Dr. David Lewis is an internationally recognized research microbiologist whose work in public health and environmental issues as a senior-level Research Microbiologist in EPA's Office of Research & Development, and member of the Graduate Faculty of the University of Georgia has been reported in numerous news articles and documentaries from Time Magazine and Reader's Digest to National Geographic. He is the only EPA scientist to publish first-authored articles in Nature, Lancet, and Nature Medicine.
Read the full article at A Shot of Truth.
Note: Read Kent's interview with Jeff Hays of BOUGHT here.
by Kent Heckenlively, Esq.
We all know what we need.
We need a well-produced film that shows how the system of checks and balances which normally protects the public from defective consumer products has gone horribly wrong in vaccines. And we need to do it with a vehicle that reaches people outside of our community.
And if we really want the message to reach the general public, it would probably be best to combine our health and scientific concerns with those of other communities, especially when all of these groups face the same dysfunctional system. "BOUGHT" is that movie.
The film asks the critical questions so many of us want answered: Are vaccines really safe and effective for diseases? Are genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) key to feeding the growing population. Has Big Pharma really taken over medical research? These are the questions that generations to come will look to us and ask ifwe pursued them with courage and intelligence. Their future is in our hands, and in our wallets.
Managing Editor's Note: I'd love to meet AofA readers at the VOR National Conference dinner on Sunday, June 8 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Washginton DC. I have the great pleasure of being the dinner speaker. The event spans several days, includes panels, speakers and a chance to engage in Congressional advocacy during the week. Imagine face to face meetings with your Congressional leaders to tell them what YOUR CHILD will need for a safe and meaningful future - as opposed to what neurodiversity advocates and national agencies who smell M-O-N-E-Y in our kids want. Learn more and register HERE. Kim
Elk Grove Village, IL
Across the country, tens of thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, are suffering due to lack of access to appropriate care and services.
The numbers representing present and future need are alarming. Almost all states have waitlists for accessing adult support services, with more than 280,000 individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, going without necessary care in 2013. Almost one million individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, are still living with caregivers over the age of 60. In the next decade, over 800,000 on the autism spectrum will transition to adulthood.
So where do we go from here?
For 30 years, VOR, a national nonprofit organization, has advocated for high quality care and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. VOR is the only national organization calling into question the impact of decades-long state and federal deinstitutionalization that continues in earnest, especially in light of current unmet needs already in the community.
“Individuals with profound intellectual and developmental disabilities or autism have significant care needs,” Julie Huso, Executive Director commented. “The impact of going without adequate care is felt equally by the individuals and their family caregivers.”
In 2013, there were 280,000 people with developmental disabilities, including autism, who were waiting for services. VOR has carried these concerns to all levels of government, including the White House and Congress, and has recently joined forces with a group calling itself the Coalition of Community Choice, a national grassroots collaboration of persons with disabilities, their families and friends, disability rights advocates, professionals, educators, and housing and services providers to advance the principle that community can be experienced in all residential settings. VOR believes that true community is a concept not limited to any particular residential settings.
Managing Editor's Note: Gerson says, "Immunizations are a communal responsibility, and opting out should be difficult." I ask him, if pharma companies have NO liability for their product safety, and consumers have to sue a labyrinthine GOVERNMENT court set up to protect vaccine manufacturers, and deal with the behaviors, medical issues and general family trauma of vaccine injury, will HE PERSONALLY visit each and every one of us, with the $3,000,0000 life time funding needed, to take care of HIS communal responsibility to us? Difficult? Does Gerson care to live in my home for a week, a day, an HOUR to see what is difficult? Has he ever crossed the doorway of a family with a vacccine injured child? Visited a grave? Or is it his job to simply make us all look like "bad Americans?" I did the "right thing" and vaccinated my girls into a lifetime of guardianship and Sesame Street, Mr. Gerson. Honestly - the hypocrisy of the "communial responsibility" company line is appalling - no one in the vaccine injury denialism "camp" gives a rat's ass about injured children or broken families. KRS
By Brooke Potthast
May 3, 2014
Dear Mr. Gerson,
I’d like to ask you a few questions in response to your piece “The Disease of Vaccine Denialism”. First and foremost I’d like to ask you if you think the FDA and drug makers
are infallible when it comes to determining the safety of a medicine? Certainly if you look even in the last five years you can find several examples of drugs approved by the FDA to treat varying medical conditions which had to be recalled due to dangerous side effects. A few that come to mind are Vioxx, Avandia and Avastin.
I don’t understand why we willingly accept that sometimes drug manufacturers and the FDA make mistakes and yet when it comes to vaccines, it is supposed to be an impossibility. Yes, individual vaccines are rigorously tested before being introduced to the US immunization schedule but do you realize that NOT ONE study has been conducted on the safety of combined immunizations? That when a baby is taken to the pediatrician and gets 3, 5 or 7 shots in one day no safety studies have been done on the effects of those vaccines being given together? I attended the Congressional Government Oversight Committee hearings on autism in the fall of 2012 and this question about the safety of combined immunizations was asked over and over to Colleen Boyle of the CDC and she had to admit in front of Congress that those safety studies do not exist.
One doesn’t have to look far to find an example of a recently introduced vaccine that is under scrutiny for safety concerns and has been removed from the immunization schedule of several countries. The HPV vaccine known as Gardasil was fast tracked at Merck’s request by the FDA in 2007. It is easy to find hundreds of families who believe their daughters were seriously injured by this vaccine and two physicians who worked at Merck on the development of Gardasil have publicly stated it is unsafe and ineffective. The doctors are Diane Harper and Bernard Dalbergue. I urge you to look into the history of this vaccine with an open mind and to recognize that when profit and public health are in bed together there is opportunity for much to go wrong.