Last week Elizabeth Cohen of CNN insulted and denigrated thousands of families who have children with vaccine induced injury, as part of an effort to tamp down the #CDCwhistleblower story. In response, parents have created short videos telling Ms. Cohen the raw truth. "Vaccines can and do cause autism." Below is an intro to the "Hear This Well: Breaking The Silence on Vaccine Violence" campaign. You can see the videos one by one by one by one. Please share this link - Hear This Well: Videos Breaking The Silence on Vaccine Violence. This link Wall of Vaccine Violence Videos takes you to the astounding grid of videos - a powerful reminder of the damage our children have suffered. Thank you.
Dr Brian Hooker claims that the CDC suppressed findings of a higher risk of autism in Afro-American boys receiving MMR at 24 and 36 months, a claim based on the concerns of Dr Bill Thompson, co-author breaking ranks with the authors of the 2004 CDC paper. In response to the controversy, and Hooker’s reworking of the CDC data(Hooker 2014), the CDC issued a statement (here) claiming it had only published data on race from a subsample of children with birth certificates because this provided richer data than the larger sample used. Hooker has countered saying the statement raises more questions than answers. The questions and answers the CDC raises and the claim of suppressed evidence can be seen more clearly if we revisit the 2004 paper (DeStefano 2004) and focus specifically on its research design, which will reveal a gaping omission where questions should have been asked but weren't. The question is what is the risk of autism faced by black children in the US who receive the MMR vaccine. We will see that it is inconceivable that the CDC researchers didn't use its total sample to ask this question. It would also be illogical if the relevant data required to answer this question weren't part of the CDC's design.
Normally one looks to research to identify answers. But more important in this case are the questions not asked and the CDC’s attempt to answer Hooker’s charge. But first we need to describe as simply as possible the design of the study, which we will do in three steps. Inevitably technical details and nuances will be overlooked to concentrate on the main issue of the missing question.
First, the design compared two groups: 1) case children with autism who received the MMR and 2) control children without autism who also received MMR. The two groups, all from Metropolitan Atlanta Georgia, were matched on demographic criteria such as age, gender and race. The study took the case group from autistic children who fitted its clinical criteria and the control group from children attending 'regular' (in the UK 'mainstream') schools. The objective of the research was to see if there was a higher likelihood or probability of autism occurring in the first group compared with the second at ages 18, 24 and 36 months. If the MMR had contributed to the case children becoming autistic, we would expect to find a higher proportion or percentage of children receiving MMR in the case group at 18, 24 or 36 months. This would show a higher relative risk for the first group. If there was no difference in the risk for the two groups, and MMR was not associated with the autism of the first group, the ratio of the first to the second group would be 1. A higher ratio than 1, if statistically significant, would indicate that the first group has a higher relative risk compared with the second of being affected by the MMR.
The two groups formed the total sample. Second, from the total sample the researchers produced a subsample of children for whom Georgia state birth certificates were available. This subsample was also broken into case and controls. This is because the certificates provided details on children and their mothers not available in the total sample and included data on race, maternal age, maternal education and birth weight. The subsample constitutes 56% of the total sample, ie just over half the total sample of children were drawn into the subsample because of birth certificate details available. The more detailed texture of the subsample has to be set against its reduced statistical power due to size. It is the way the CDC researchers use the subsample that lies at the core of Hooker’s concerns – an issue we will return to. So we now have a total and a subsample each divided into case and control groups, a total of four groups, with more detail in the subsample of case and control groups.
I'm having a lot of trouble trying to write an article about MMR/Autism whistleblower, William Thompson.
On the one hand I don't want to waste this opportunity to show the scientific community that our concerns our real, and yet at the same time I don't want to let this guy off for concealing important evidence for more than a decade.
At the outset I have to say I'm really not a punishing kind of guy. In law school I worked for the US Attorney's office in San Francisco, assembling wiretap evidence in a large Oakland drug case. That meant I spent a lot of time listening to tapes of these guys talking.
And I found them not to be the threatening kind of all-powerful criminals you see in police thrillers, but discovered they were really leading pathetic, miserable lives. I also couldn't escape the realization that somebody like me, the top 10% of society, would be prosecuting the bottom 10% of society to make sure that the 80% in the middle remained relatively safe.
It's probably no surprise I ended up in teaching, trying to help students be interested in and excited by science, and also to be individuals who valued honesty. I wanted to help people be good, not punish them when they go bad. I've often thought that the best of science and the best of law share a common aim, as when a person stands to present testimony in a courtroom they swear an oath to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." The same expectation applies to scientists who work at government institutions when they publish scientific research in major journals.
It's with this in mind I have to detail some of my troubles with Dr. William Thompson.
From an e-mail Dr. Thompson allegedly wrote on October 18, 2002 to Melinda Wharton. "I am writing you once more regarding the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) request for a broad range of documents associated with MMR, thimerosal, and autism. I first spoke with you on September 3rd of 2002 regarding the sensitive results we have been struggling with in the MADDSP MMR/Autism study." I may not be a CDC scientist, but I've been both a lawyer and a science teacher and it seems to me that the phrase "sensitive results" is one probably never uttered by Galileo, Darwin, or Einstein.
When You Know You Are Being Lied To…My Initial Thoughts on the CDC Whistleblower News excerpted from Beth Clay's blog - read the full post here.
By Beth Clay August 27, 2014
While mainstream media have ignored the flurry the past two weeks after the Focus Autism Press Release, the Peer Reviewed Research paper by Brian Hooker, PhD, and the Autism Media Video, several online media outlets and social media have been a blaze with the news of a CDC employee reaching out to Dr. Hooker and coming clean about what I consider a well-orchestrated cover up of information about increased risks associated with vaccines. Specifically the timing of certain vaccines, the use of thimerosal in vaccines, and what is known about risks of brain injury from vaccines in general. Those who led this activity showed significant malfeasance and disregard for the health and well-being of children. They have violated the public trust and have dragged this entire controversy out for 15 years rather than address with integrity and openness the issue and move forward with solutions that improve the safety of vaccines and respect the individual person’s unique medical condition and rights to personal medical choice.
I am not part of this conversation because I have a child that was vaccine injured and became autistic. I was the staff lead on the original House Oversight Committee’s investigation looking into concerns about vaccine injuries. The year was 1999. Two of our Subcommittees has been looking at different topics. Chairman Shays had taken on the reports of anthrax vaccine injures in the military and Chairman Mica had taken on a review of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and as part of that looked a bit into the Hepatitis B vaccine. I well remember meeting Mrs. Betty Fluke from Indiana who testified before the subcommittee about her experience both in the VICP and in getting access to the only treatments that might offer her relief. She had prior to the vaccine been a vibrant healthy woman – wife and mother- who when I met her wore leg braces and walked with crutches.
I am not a chi square guy. I'm an English major. I am in no position to evaluate the techniques used to calibrate the autism rate in black males, or anybody else, before or after the MMR shot.
But I can read. And when I read William Thompson's statement about the CDC's study on this topic, I was struck by the way it was constructed: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding what findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”
It takes a while to parse this paragraph, which sounds kind of bland and bureaucratic. The passive voice – decisions were made, reminiscent of the classic "mistakes were made" – doesn't help. And the data weren't merely collected before the decisions were made; the data were analyzed. One result really stood out, Thompson is telling us, and not in a way that suited their institutional purposes. They changed the protocol and the "statistically significant information" was no more. They wiped it out.
I bet there are reporters who read right over that. He's talking about scientific fraud on the most important health issue affecting America's children, at the agency charged with protecting them, not a gentleman's disagreement over decisions on how to apply chi square. The media coverage, such as it is, has wandered aimlessly along side issues, but the point here seems pretty basic: There was a protocol directing them how to do the study. William Thompson says he and his CDC colleagues didn’t follow it. And he thinks that's a big problem. Big.
So what was the protocol and how was it not followed? Brian Hooker, who re-analyzed the data, talked about it in a video interview with Gary Franchi:
"I have the CDC's original protocol. The CDC's final agreed-upon protocol came out for this particular study on September 5, 2001, and in that particular protocol they said they would consider race among the entire population. They called race a co-variant, and that’s just a term that’s used in statistics for a secondary variable, but they said that race would be used within the entire population.
"So what they’ve done is they’ve deviated from their own protocol, and, according to the whistleblower, the reason why they deviated from that agreed-upon protocol [by adding in a requirement for Georgia birth certificates] was they saw this astronomical risk in African-Americans, and when they saw that astronomical risk, they looked for any way they could bury that risk, and they reduced the sample size down to what’s called the birth certificate cohort, and that caused the association to no longer be statistically significant."
None of this, you’ll notice, has anything to do with Brian Hooker or Andy Wakefield or "anti-vaxxers" and their relentless and cunning war against humanity. Time Magazine’s question – “Did the CDC cover up the data, as Hooker claims?” – is ridiculous and shows just the kind of misreading of the story, and Thompson's own admissions, that I'm talking about. It should be, did the CDC cover up the data, as CDC Senior Scientist William Thompson, who co-authored the study, claims in a stunning break with his colleagues? In his taped comments, Thompson was much more passionate and personal, something the few news outlets who have covered it, like CNN, should have noted. Believe me, in other circumstances they wouldn't care less whether a public official who said something like this knew he was being taped.
But for now let's just take Thompson at his carefully calibrated word -- his own statement. That's quite enough.
We have excerpted this from Sharyl Attkisson's site - a daily must-read.
By Sharyl Attkisson
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to a charge from one of its own senior scientists that it omitted key data in a 2004 study that would have revealed a link between autism and a commonly-required childhood vaccine, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella).
The allegation was made by CDC epidemiologist William Thompson in a statement this week issued through his attorney. It states: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism.”
It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a sitting CDC senior scientist to blow the whistle on alleged scientific misconduct involving a study article that he co-authored. In this instance, the impact of the charge is magnified by more than a decade of allegations from autism advocates who say the federal government and pharmaceutical interests have worked to downplay or hide associations between vaccines and autism.
A spokesman for the journal Pediatrics today said the publication stands by the study despite the news. “There’s a standard process that journals follow when an article is questioned,” said the spokesman. “Those discussions took place between the editors of Pediatrics and the authors of this study, and the editors concluded the research was appropriately conducted.” Pediatrics is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which accepts vaccine industry funding.
Read the full article at Ms. Attkisson's site.
From Autism Action Network:
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Please ask Dr. Thompson to remove his name from tainted CDC MMR/Autism paper
Thompson's statement yesterday confirmed alteration of paper
William Thompson, Ph. D., a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a public statement yesterday via his attorney corroborating reports that Thompson and other senior CDC employees manipulated a 2004 study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Association of Pediatricians (AAP), of a possible association between the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism after discovering that African American males who received the MMR younger than 36 months had a 264% higher rate of autism that those who received the MMR after 36 months. The manipulation allegedly consisted of excluding African American males from the study using criteria that were not applied to any other group. Once these African American males were excluded from the study the autism rate in the overall group was reduced to a level that the paper authors presented as not worthy of concern.
The Autism Action Network will be calling on the public to take a number of actions to compel the vaccine industry and the Federal government to take appropriate action in the wake of these stunning revelations. Our first action will be to send a request to Dr. Thompson asking him to formally remove his name from the tainted paper published in Pediatrics.
Please click here at this Take Action link to send a message to Thompson thanking him for coming forward, and asking him to direct Pediatrics to remove his name form the 2004 CDC paper. Ee assure you that your emails will get through to Thompson and asking him to remove his name from the tainted Pediatrics paper.
Here is the key paragraph from Thompson’s statement:
“I regret my co-authors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data was collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”
Dr. Brian Hooker, Ph. D., a biochemist at Simpson University, recalculated the data in the original CDC study upon the advice of Thompson and confirmed the 264% increase. Hooker’s findings were published in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration on August 10. Translational Neurodegeneration removed Hooker’s paper from their website yesterday.
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From Autism Action Network:
We have sent more than 1000 messages to CDC scientist William Thompson in the last two days. We need to keep up the pressure. Please click on this Take Action link to send an email message asking Thompson to share his allegations of the CDC covering-up a study showing a clear connection between the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) shot and autism. Please alter the prewritten message to tell your family’s story. Thompson’s information could potentially save hundreds of thousands from a life of severe disability. But that will not happen unless vaccination policy is changed. And vaccination policy will not change unless Thompson comes forward publicly and present what he knows know to major media sources. No major media source has covered this story, and they won't until Thompson goes public with what he knows.
Thompson has shown great moral integrity and courage already. Let’s help positively encourage him to do what is absolutely necessary to stop the epidemic. Thompson must go public with his information vis major media outlets. Thompson’s email account is still functioning at the CDC as is his voice mail, but all messages will be routed to him via a pathway outside CDC control as well.
Quite a week, I think you’d have to agree. William Thompson, the whistleblower first heard on a taped phone call with Brian Hooker last week, has now come forward, confirming his role in covering up evidence that black males may be particularly vulnerable to autism from the on-time MMR shot. Rather than follow up on that clue from a susceptibility group – a clue that could unravel the CDC’s whole argument that vaccines never, ever cause autism – the CDC researchers buried it.
What’s more, he’s also on tape saying another study he was lead researcher on sends an ominous signal that the mercury-containing flu shot for pregnant woman can cause autism. The study found a higher risk of tics, and children with autism have four times the rate of tics as other children.
Meanwhile, Thompson says on the tape and doesn’t take back in his statement, “I can say confidently I do think thimerosal causes tics. So I don’t know why they still give it to pregnant women. Like, that’s the last person I would give mercury to. Thimerosal from vaccines causes tics. You start a campaign and make it your mantra.
“Do you think a pregnant mother would want to take a vaccine that they knew caused tics? Absolutely not. I would never give my wife a vaccine that I thought caused tics. I can say, tics are four times more prevalent in kids with autism. There is biological plausibility right now to say that thimerosal causes autism-like features.”
Interesting what a strong echo this is from the Simpsonwood transcript, June 7, 2000: "Forgive this personal comment, but I got called out at eight o'clock for an emergency call and my daughter-in-law delivered a son by C-section. Our first male in the line of the next generation and I do not want that grandson to get a Thimerosal containing vaccine until we know better what is going on. It will probably take a long time. In the meantime, and I know there are probably implications for this internationally, but in the meanwhile I think I want that grandson to only be given Thimerosal-free vaccines." - Dr. Robert Johnson, Immunologist, University of Colorado, Simpsonwood, Ga.
So while the rest of us suckers shoot our kids and ourselves up with autism-causing vaccinations, the smart set – namely, epidemiologists and immunologists whom we pay to figure these things out – look at the data and say, no way you’re giving that to my wife and grandson!
Of course, tell that to your pediatrician and he’ll tell you there’s no evidence for that. There’s no evidence because the evidence has been suppressed, and now it’s being unsuppressed.
As of today, August 28, 2014, it’s quite clear that flu shots with mercury should be yanked off the market, and not just for pregnant women and infants (Thompson seemed not to know that they, too, get mercury-laced flu shots). Mercury-containing shots, including those promoted in third-world countries by hapless do-good-look-at-me-I’m-a-hero groups like the Gates Foundation, should be gathered up and disposed of by people in hazmat suits.
And the MMR should be moved to 36 months for any and all. Given that we now see it is capable of causing autism but don’t know exactly why (it’s probably viral interference at too young an age, but is the interference driven by the neurotoxic measles vaccine or the mutated and ineffective mumps portion, the subject of another whistleblower complaint?), it should be broken back into three parts and given with wide separation.
And the flawed and offensive Pediatrics article giving the MMR a clean bill of health at 12 months should be retracted.
Below is a snapshot of the statement issued by CDC Whistleblower William Thompson. Download and read the statement HERE.
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"This article has been removed from the public domain pending further investigation because the journal and publisher believe that its continued availability could cause public harm. Definitive editorial action will be taken once our investigation is complete."
By John Stone
Last week a Centers for Disease Control employee, William Thompson, came forward as whistleblower to admit that a 2004 study led by Frank DeStefano, of which Thompson himself was co-author was fraudulent, disguising the fact that incidence of autism was three and a half times higher in African Americans vaccinated with MMR before 36 months. In this light it is interesting that another co-author of the study, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, also liaised with Poul Thorsen over commissioning the equally fraudulent Madsen MMR/autism study. Thorsen who coordinated a series of studies between the CDC and Aarhus University/Staaten Serum Institut, Denmark was indicted in 2011 in the US on 13 counts of wire fraud involving the CDC and 9 of money laundering , but no attempt has been made to extradite him from Denmark.
None of the studies coordinated and co-authored by Thorsen have ever been retracted. At a congressional hearing in 2012 Coleen Boyle, another CDC employee and another co-author of the fraudulent DeStefano paper, failed to give straight answers when questioned by congressman Posey about Thorsen. Boyle could only recall two studies co-authored by Thorsen when in fact there were at least 21. On that occasion Congressman Posey memorably referred to Thorsen as “a humongous scum bag and one of the most wanted men on earth” .
If Cochrane 2005 smelt a rat with DeStefano 2004:
The conclusion, however, implied bias in the enrollment of cases which may not be representative of the rest of the autistic population of the city of Atlanta, USA where the study was set.
it actually stated there was a rat in the case of Madsen:
The follow up of diagnostic records ends one year (31 Dec 1999) after the last day of admission to the cohort. Because of the length of time from birth to diagnosis, it becomes increasingly unlikely that those born later in the cohort could have a diagnosis.
To put it more bluntly Madsen had included in the vaccinated group children who were too young to be vaccinated and children who were too young to have been diagnosed. The data was subject to review in two articles published Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, one by Goldman and Yazbak, the other by Stott, Blaxill and Wakefield with differing results but both detecting a hoard of missing autism cases among the vaccinated implicit in Cochrane (actually published afterwards). Notable was the suppressed 2002 letter to NEJM from Prof Suissa, an epidemiologist from McGill, published in the Stott article which recalculated the Madsen data to suggest that autism was 45% higher in the vaccinated group. Brian Hooker also contributed to the correspondence in the following issue.
We may never know exactly what was the surplus of autism cases in the vaccinated group, except that it was evidently going to be substantial.
It seems that William W. Thompson has finally come over to the side of the angels.
For those of you who might have been off fishing the past few days, or like me, spent part of the week in the hospital with a gall bladder attack, I'll briefly recap what may be one of the most consequential stories ever to come out of the autism epidemic.
On Monday, August 18, a video was released by Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Dr. Brian Hooker which claimed that a major researcher for the CDC admitted that he and others had concealed evidence that moving up the date for the MMR vaccine had increased the rate of autism for African-American males by 340%. Later in the week it was revealed that the researcher was Dr. William W. Thompson, who had in fact been one of the authors of a 2004 paper by the CDC claiming there was no link between the timing of the MMR shot and the development of autism. On Friday it was reported that Dr. Thompson had been escorted off the grounds of the CDC by security personnel.
For those of us who have been in the fight a long time this news produces mixed emotions in us. I reall the optimism with which I reported on the Omnibus Autism proceedings, reporting on the Hannah Poling case which many of us thought would finally break the whole damned thing wide open, or the revelation that the Vaccine Injury program had actually given awards to at least 83 children who suffered vaccine injuries which included autism.
On the one hand I want to take this guy who has concealed this information for so many years, throw him up against a wall, and go to town on him.
On the other hand I sense a real opportunity to advance our cause among a scientific community which has been largely indifferent to us, as well as frequently hostile.
As a leader in any movement it's important to understand your adversaries, their strengths, as well as their weaknesses. What moves them, what leaves the indifferent, and what is likely to break them.
I want to share an example from a less fraught topic. Recently I attended a surprise 50th birthday party for a friend of mine, an economics professor at Stanford University in California. One of my friends' recent academic accolades was being one of only ten economists invited to the Nobel Prize symposium (held every ten years) to present on his work. The expectation is that these ten economists will probably win the Nobel Prize somewhere in the next ten years. Pretty cool that this is happening to my high school buddy.
Thank you to our friends at The Canary Party for allowing us to share this post from their website. This story is shocking on so many levels. And makes Ferguson, MO look like Mayberry by comparison. How many African American males' lives have been irrevocably altered by autism, becuase the CDC hid the data? Avonte Oquendo instantly springs into my mind. And a tall, handsome classmate of one of my daughters. And my friend Jane's beautiful son. Boys of color. Whose families might have been able to stave OFF autism - even their pediatricians might have thought twice about the timing of vaccines had they been privvy to data that was instead - sent to the "privvy." Thank you to Rob Schneider, a celeb who has questioned even the medications Robin Williams was on at the time of his suicide - asking tough questions and putting his career on the line - for the truth. Sure wish we could "copy" him.
Written by The Canary Party
Sunday, 24 August 2014 14:59
In light of the revelation that Dr. William Thompson, senior scientiest at CDC, has admitted guilt in hiding data that found that black males are 340% more likely to have an autism diagnosis when given the MMR before age 3, Rob Schneider has written to the office of the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, to assure himself that Brown is aware of the fraud, and to demand answers and actions to protect California children.
From: Rob Schneider
Date: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Subject: CDC Autism Whistleblower Admits Vaccine Study Fraud - CNN iReport
To: Lark Park, Deputy Legislative Secretary, Governor's office < Lark.Park@gov.ca.gov>
Dear Ms. Park,
This is Rob Schneider. I want to first thank you for calling me several years ago when Governor Brown signed into law AB2109, the requirement for all parents of school children to have to "be counseled" to get a Doctor's note in order to obtain a vaccine exemption to attend public school in California.
As you may or may or not know this has caused hardships all over the state as Doctors have refused to meet with parents who want the exemption form signed and families who have been threatened with or have been kicked out of medical practices for not going along with the exact Vaccine schedule, currently 49 shots of over 16 different Vaccines before the age of Six Years old. This in spite of a family's objections whose child may have had another sibling that had a bad reaction to a particular Vaccine.
This policy of one size fits all Vaccine schedule for every child is as absurd as giving the same eye prescription glasses to every child. The fact is EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT and there is currently NO SYSTEM or thought to which child could be more susceptible to adverse reactions including permanent injury and death from any Vaccine or Vaccine ingredients.
Since I have opposed this undemocratic and onerous legislation (and Law) from its inception, I have kept up on how it has affected families in California. Now there is more reason than ever to be concerned, even outraged, by the CDC and by AB 2109.
Editor's Note -- From our friends at Autism Media Channel. CDC whistleblower is being identified as William Thompson, an author of the paper on timing of MMR vaccination and risk of autism. -- Dan Olmsted.
CDC's "SNOWDEN" IDENTITY REVEALED
SENIOR GOVERNMENT SCIENTIST BREAKS 13 YEARS OF SILENCE ON CDC’S VACCINE-AUTISM FRAUD
AFRICAN AMERICAN BOYS WILLFULLY EXPOSED TO HIGH RISK OF AUTISM FROM MMR VACCINE
Watch The Video: 5:00 mark.
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New York News Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., author of Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak, appeared on MyFoxNY yesterday:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - At least a dozen scathing reviews were printed about Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s new book on a preservative used in vaccines before it was released. It's not fair, says Kennedy Jr., and he explained why during Good Day New York. 'Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak-The Evidence Supporting The Immediate Removal of Mercury- A Known Neurotoxin – From Vaccines' is a culmination of three years of research about a preservative known to injure and kill people.
"They attacked me for what they believed was going to be in the book which was a discussion about autism and that is not in the book," said Kennedy Jr. The prominent environmental attorney takes a closer look at the mercury based preservative that was order removed by the Federal Drug Administration in 1998 from all topical medicines due to its toxicity. "The CDC at the same time was recommending higher and higher doses in vaccines and we started to see a giant rise in neurological disorders in our children," said Kennedy Jr.
Despite its removal from pediatric vaccines, Thimerosal levels remain virtually unchanged.
"For the first time in history, fetuses are being exposed to Thimerosal—if a pregnant woman takes a flu shot— that's about 800 times the amount of mercury the CDC recommends," said Kennedy Jr.
Read more and comment at MyFoxNY.
Note: Timothy Ryan is an adult with autism who uses Rapid Prompt to write and communicate. This is one of his journal entries and we thank him for sharing. He has a wry sense of humor (note the ending) and keen insight. Not being able to communicate typically does NOT mean having nothing to say. We are always happy to bring you posts not just about - but BY - people with autism. Thank you, Tim.
By Timothy Ryan
The Disney Park was hot, steamy, muggy, and smelly. My family and I were waiting for the Splash Mountain ride. I felt sick. My body was on fire from the inside out. My head was going to explode. I couldn’t talk and describe the agony. That was only the beginning of my ordeal. The airplane would prove to be my greatest challenge thus far. Little did I know everything would go askew.
The airplane was cramped, dirty, noisy, and uncomfortable. Cigarette smoke lingered in the cabin. I became sick, nauseous, and disoriented. Passengers were staring at me with ugly faces. It felt like I was on display at the museum. Dad was aware of my discomfort due to relentless pummeling from my fists. Mom was mortified by my seemingly irrational behavior. My brother Mark slinked down in his seat not saying a word. The flight attendant roamed up and down the aisles glaring in my direction, her arms on her hips with eyes bugging out.
I felt as if my body was breaking down like an old used car. It hurt to breathe, think, talk, and be around people. People make it impossible for me to interact. They speak too rapidly and don’t wait for me to respond. If only they would notice how I am trying to fit in and be more typical. It would help if people made an effort to get to know me. I am suffering from an illness that robs me from establishing relationships. I can feel rejection. It hurts to see others move forward while I remain trapped in my inner world. It is not my choice to be disabled and dependent upon people.
I was misunderstood in the airport and on the airplane. No one felt compassion for me and my disability. I started to assault random passengers as they sat buckled in for the flight many of which had food that was poison for me. The odors wafted up to my brain causing rage that manifested as hitting heads like a bowling ball knocking down pins. I had no resistance to my impulses. They came mean and ferociously like a pack of wild dogs on a hunt for prey. I must follow through with violence or I will die from anxiety. That makes me a psychological cripple that prevents my development as a functioning member of society.
Listen to audio from the whistleblower HERE. Below is an unofficial transcript from the audio.
"Oh my God. I cannot believe we did what we did, but we did."
Dr. Andrew Wakefield: "This is a real story of a real fraud. ...Deliberate. High-level deception of the American people with disastrous consequences for its children's health. ...
(Dr. Wakefield then described the inhumane treatment of black American man during the Tuskegee syphilis experiment that was conducted from 1932 to 1972.)
"Thirty years later the CDC was to do something arguably far worse. Over a decade ago, Dr. Scott Montgomery and I put forward a hypothesis for MMR vaccine and autism: the age you receive the vaccine influences the risk. ...We shared this hypothesis with vaccine officials, members of the Centers for Disease Control, at meetings in Washington, D.C. and Cold Spring Harbor. A group of senior vaccine safety people at the CDC studied it. It panned out. We were right--at least partly.
"By Nov 9, 2001, nearly thirteen years ago, senior CDC scientists knew that the younger age exposure to MMR was associated with an increased risk of autism. In 2004 they published, but they hid the results. ...
Listen to audio from the whistleblower HERE.
WATCHUNG, NJ--(Marketwired - August 18, 2014) - A top research scientist working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) played a key role in helping Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation uncover data manipulation by the CDC that obscured a higher incidence of autism in African-American boys. The whistleblower came to the attention of Hooker, a PhD in biochemical engineering, after he had made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for original data on the DeStefano et al MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism study.
Dr. Hooker's study, published August 8 in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Translational Neurodegeneration, shows that African-American boys receiving their first MMR vaccine before 36 months of age are 3.4 times more likely to develop autism vs. after 36 months.
According to Dr. Hooker, the CDC whistleblower informant -- who wishes to remain anonymous -- guided him to evidence that a statistically significant relationship between the age the MMR vaccine was first given and autism incidence in African-American boys was hidden by CDC researchers. After data were gathered on 2,583 children living in Atlanta, Georgia who were born between 1986 and 1993, CDC researchers excluded children that did not have a valid State of Georgia birth certificate -- reducing the sample size being studied by 41%. Hooker explains that by introducing this arbitrary criteria into the analysis, the cohort size was sharply reduced, eliminating the statistical power of the findings and negating the strong MMR-autism link in African American boys.
Dr. Hooker has worked closely with the CDC whistleblower, and he viewed highly sensitive documents related to the study via Congressional request from U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The CDC documents from Congress and discussions that Hooker had with the whistleblower reveal widespread manipulation of scientific data and top-down pressure on CDC scientists to support fraudulent application of government policies on vaccine safety. Based on raw data used in the 2004 DeStefano et al study obtained under FOIA, Dr. Hooker found that the link between MMR vaccination and autism in African-American boys was obscured by the introduction of irrelevant and unnecessary birth certificate criteria -- ostensibly to reduce the size of the study.
Note: Sharyl continues to speak out as a journalist should - and we are grateful. Please bookmark her site - SharylAttkisson.com . We have covered the strange case of fugitive from justice Dr. Poul Thorsen (Principal Investigator on the Danish Autism Studies, indicted on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury) at AofA:
Autism Researcher Poul Thorsen Indicted
Round 2: CDCs Poul Thorsen Lying in Plain Sight
First Fraud: Dr. Poul Thorsen and the original “Danish Study”
Poul Thorsen Called Industry “Scumbag” Scientist and Mercury Shill
WANTED BY THE FEDS: Poul Thorsen, Who Helped Pull Off CDC Vaccine Autism Heist
From Ms. Attkisson:
A former Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researcher, best known for his frequently-cited studies dispelling a link between vaccines and autism, is still considered on the lam after allegedly using CDC grants of tax dollars to buy a house and cars for himself.
Poul Thorsen, listed as a most-wanted fugitive by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, was discredited in April 2011 when he was indicted on 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering. Some have argued that his alleged fraudulent behavior calls into question the validity of his studies. There is no indication the studies have been retracted to date.
According to the HHS Inspector General,
“From approximately February 2004 until February 2010, Poul Thorsen executed a scheme to steal grant money awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
CDC employed Thorsen as a visiting scientist from Denmark prior to awarding grants to Denmark to fund “research involving the relationship between autism and the exposure to vaccines” and other disabilities. Thorsen is accused of diverting over $1 million of CDC grant money, public funds, for his personal use...
Read the full post and comment at Ms. Attkisson's site - HERE.
Some of you AofA readers may remember my essay Evidence of Things Hoped For, Things Not Seen, a few months ago about the biggest game changer we’ve had with autism, the RPM method of communication. It’s been huge to finally know what our son is thinking and to be able to help him move toward the life he’s dreamed of, one involving a rich and age appropriate education.
One really interesting thing in all of this is to hear James’ thoughts on autism. I am a mom who from the moment I read Boyd Haley’s testimony to congress about mercury toxicity and thimerosal was 100% on board. James regressed three years before I got the “memo” but it ALL made perfect sense. The incredibly depressing and damning comparison that the original Safemind parents made of the symptoms of autism and the symptoms of mercury poisoning explained it all. James got mercury poisoned from my dental amalgams and from his introductory Hep B shot that contained what was to be the first of many doses of thimerosal.
I have spent the last 12 years ranting about the causes of autism. And trust me James has heard most of the rants so one would assume he agrees with me. He’s been to rallies on the National mall with us, he’s heard me practice my public comments for an IACC meeting, he has even heard Dan Olmstead talk about it at our dinner table! But he is not a total believer. Today his home school teacher asked him to write a “Last Lecture”. I guess these are like Ted Talks, kind of a big message for the world. He said he wanted his last lecture to be about “my life with autism”.
I am going to share his last lecture here but I want to point out a couple of things.
First of all you’ll see that he says “he changed when he was a child”. He doesn’t remember much about his early childhood but I think the reference to “hugs and cereal” is from hearing us describe him before his regression. We often say “he was so affectionate with his siblings, climbing into their laps to eat from their cereal bowls”.
Another point he makes is that he must have been “vulnerable” for vaccines to have caused an issue. Well I agree. And guess where the main vulnerability came from?
IV antibiotics during labor and delivery with zero, nada, no mention by any medical person about taking probiotics for him or me to replace the incredibly vital gut flora that got killed with the antibiotics. (See Teresa Conrick on the Microbiome).
So here are James’ thoughts today about autism. I expect them to change as he matures and as he learns more about himself and the world. I am incredibly grateful
for his courage and his positive attitude. These children were injured by no fault of their own but somehow the ones who are getting the chance to communicate are showing not a lot of bitterness and a whole a lot of bravery. I find it remarkable and inspiring.
I was standing in the take-out line at the Rutherford Grill in California's beautiful Napa Valley when the writing on the back of a man's t-shirt caught my attention.
The t-shirt read, "Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Stand brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Protect the helpless and do no wrong - that is your oath."
I tapped the man on the shoulder and asked where the quote had come from.
"Oh, it's the vow of the Knights Templar," he replied.
Okay, Knights Templar, I thought. Not really clear on them. When I got home I did a little research. The Knights Templar were founded in 1129 with the idea of protecting pilgrims on the way to the Holy Land. They were attacked by King Phillip IV of France in 1307, and officially disbanded by Pope Clement in 1312, or roughly 702 years before I found myself standing in that restaurant.
Now I don't want to talk about whether the Knights Templar were a positive or negative force in history, but to pose a more elemental question. Why is it that more than 700 years after they were disbanded we still quote their oath?
I think it's because in any age we recognize courage. And it made me wonder who the people are in this age whose courage I admire. It didn't take me long to come up with an answer. In fact, I know a good many of them. They are the ones writing books and making films to help our community and those helpless children who all too often cannot speak for themselves.
I must start with David Kirby and his wonderful book, Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, released in 2005.
Next are Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill for their book, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Man-Made Epidemic, and the work they do on a daily basis with this web-site.
I would be remiss if I didn't include Kim Stagliano's book, All I Can Handle - I'm No Mother Theresa [A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism].
In 2010 Dr. Andrew Wakefield published his book, Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines - The Truth Behind a Tragedy, which detailed the campaign of persecution against him and his work.
An excellent book in all ways was Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children, by Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland, released in 2012.
There was the wonderful movie in 2013, The Greater Good by Leslie Manookian and Kendall Nelson.
Note: This project was funded by Rotary. "In 2008, Rotary received a $100 million challenge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary committed to raising $100 million. In January 2009, Bill Gates announced a second challenge grant of $255 million. Rotary again committed to raising another $100 million. In total, Rotary will raise $200 million by June 30, 2012." Could explain a few things.....
Carlsbad HS Students Caught in Vaccine Controversy
People called the project “pro-vaccine” and “propaganda.” At one point the teacher and director of the film proposed that production stop
More than a dozen current and former Carlsbad High School students have found themselves in the middle of the long-running vaccination debate after they produced the film Invisible Threat.
The film debuted online August 1, more than a year after it was completed.
Students tell NBC 7 that’s largely due to the backlash they’ve faced, even during the production stage.
Brad Streicher worked on the film his junior year. The current USC student and NBC 7 intern said the idea came from the San Diego Rotary Club.
People there were impressed by two previous films they’d worked on and wanted the high school broadcast journalism class to do one on the immune system and immunizations.
“We ended up telling Rotary we'll do the film but only on our terms, which means we were going to approach the film from a journalistic standpoint,” said Streicher. “We wanted to make sure whatever story we were telling, it would be unbiased and we would attack it from both sides of the argument.”
The Rotary gave the students $60,000 for the project with that understanding, according to Streicher.
Months into the film’s production, students say they started to received e-mails and online comments harshly criticizing their work.
People called the project “pro-vaccine” and “propaganda.” At one point the teacher and director of the film, Douglas Green, proposed the students stop the project. The students refuse.
“No matter what kind of obstacles we were going to go through, we were going to tell the story that we were assigned to tell,” Streicher told NBC 7.
NBC 7 reached out to one of the people in San Diego with concerns about the film. Vaccine safety advocate Rebecca Estepp said she supports the students and their hard work, but is concerned about who may be influencing the project.
Thank you to Elizabeth Hart for the excerpt from her site "Over-Vaccination: Challenging Big Pharma's lucrative over-vaccination of people and animals. We invite you to bookmark the site.
Re my previous post about my letter to Professor Peter Gøtzsche, challenging a systematic review prepared by members of the Cochrane Vaccines Field, i.e. Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence.
Professor Gøtzsche has responded to my letter, encouraging me to “submit a criticism” on this important matter.
I have forwarded a follow-up letter in this regard, which includes reference to my previous correspondence with Dr Tom Jefferson, and also draws parallels between human and animal vaccination, please see below:
17 July 2014
RE: Vaccine safety and aluminium adjuvants
Thank you for your response to my letter dated 8 July 2014 which challenges a systematic review prepared by the Cochrane Vaccines Field i.e. Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence.
In your response you encourage me to “submit a criticism” on this important matter to The Cochrane Collaboration.
As noted in my previous letter, the systematic review in question was prepared by members of the Cochrane Vaccines Field, i.e. Tom Jefferson, Melanie Rudin and Carlo Di Pietrantonj, and was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases in 2004 (behind the paywall). The review is listed in the bibliography on the Cochrane Vaccines Field website, but is not accessible online on The Cochrane Collaboration website, so I am unable to make an online comment.
Professor Gøtzsche, as you have encouraged me to make a submission, can you please clarify how I should do this?
For your information, I originally contacted Dr Jefferson directly about this matter in March 2013. (I had previously contacted Dr Jefferson on other vaccine-related matters. He is also formally copied on my submissions re controversial ‘gain-of-function’ research in the influenza industry, see my letter to the NSABB Jan 2012 and my submission to the US CDC/HHS Dec 2012.)
Please see below the contents of my email forwarded to Dr Jefferson on 24 March 2013 in regards to his systematic review of adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines. (Given my previous correspondence with Dr Jefferson, the tone is informal. I have added some references in the endnotes):
I’m reading your review: “Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence” (The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Vol. 4 2004.)
The summary of your review concludes: “Despite a lack of good-quality evidence we do not recommend that any further research on this topic is undertaken.” (My emphasis.)
Your review notes: “The results of our review should be interpreted within the limited quantity and quality of available evidence. Within these limits, we found no evidence that aluminium salts cause any serious or long-lasting adverse events…”
So, you admit the quantity and quality of the evidence in your review was limited, but you still say that “we do not recommend that any further research on this topic is undertaken“.
Why would you say that?
Thank you to Autism Action Network for continuing to educate the community. We know money is as tight as Grandad's pants after Thanksgiving dinner. A $5 donation, if possible, would make a difference. We have strength in numbers. The community is banding together behind Congressman Posey, putting the children (many of whom are now young and/or full fledged adults) FIRST. Thank you.
Please help Congressman Bill Posey continue to help us.
Many of you will spend $50 for a bottle of supplements without batting an eye. It is long past time for the autism community to support the elected officials who support us at great political risk to themselves. Representative Bill Posey is a firm and courageous friend of the autism community.
Please help him continue to help us.
From our friends at Generation Rescue:
Many of us know that Congressman Bill Posey has been an outspoken supporter in Washington for our children with autism. Because we desperately need people with integrity and honestly like Bill Posey in Congress. There will be two pieces to the event.
The online donation goal from the community is $15,000. We are hoping that everyone who can afford to will consider giving at least $25 to help raise this amount through social media and email lists to all our fellow autism parents, grandparents and supporters. Please send this link far and wide:
The second piece is a reception honoring Congressman Posey. The event is being held on August 13th in Melbourne, FL at The Palm Cafe located in The Kiwi Tennis Club. A host reception will start at 5:30pm and the general reception begins 7:30pm. The host committee is being formed and is a minimum $1,000 individual donation. Individual contribution is $150 for attendance.
So far the following individuals have joined the host committee for this event:
Jennifer Larson of the Canary Party and Health Choice
Sallie Bernard of Safeminds and Autism Speaks
JB Handley of Generation Rescue
Tony Lyons of Shy Horse Publishing
Barry Segal of Focus Autism
Mark Blaxill of the Canary Party and Health Choice
Dr. Gary Kompothecras
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. You'll see plenty of familiar faces and meet new friends and providers dedicated to helping every person on the spectrum achieve the best health and functioning.
Here's the schedule. Here is the current list of speakers including AofA's Mark Blaxill (stay tuned for more.)
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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We invite you to bookmark Sharyl Attkisson's website for a serious look at the state of journalism today. The following excerpt is especially relevant to our readers. As always, thank you to Ms. Attkisson for her diligence.
Today, there are plenty of outstanding journalists at the networks, national newspapers and Web sites, and other traditional outlets. But there are lots of problems, too. One disturbing trend lies in some reporters’ tendency to parrot rumors and copycat what others say or blog, rather than doing the job we’re supposed to do: original research.
There’s so much information out there on the Web, quasi-news sites, opinion blogs, Twitter and Facebook. News deadlines are short and it’s quick and easy to repeat what’s already been said or heard, and abandon the traditional job of seeking firsthand confirmation or original truth, when one exists. But there are other reasons reporters repeat what they read or hear from others, unchecked: they personally agree with the viewpoints. In other words, they may seek out opinions that fit their preconceived narrative or personal beliefs, and then use that to bolster their own thesis in their own reporting.
Unfortunately, this tendency plays into the hands of paid forces, propagandists, special interests and others who wish to manipulate public opinion. All they need do is create a bit of “buzz” about, or manufacture a controversy on, a given topic and it’s sure to be picked up and repeated by dutiful surrogates and, eventually, bleed over into their unwitting partners in the news media.
Reporters should be better than that. We should be able to scratch beyond the superficial, and recognize and reject propaganda.
It’s that time of year again… parents are scrambling to make doctor appointments for their children so they can comply with daycare, preschool, elementary school, junior high, high school, and yes, now even college, vaccine requirements.
Time to stop and ask yourself, if you are one of these parents, why you are choosing to comply with these vaccine mandates.
Read through these possible reasons one by one, and check all that apply:
1. Because I want to believe that vaccines were responsible for eradicating the infectious diseases against which we vaccinate, even though data going back more than 150 years definitively show that vaccines were not responsible for the major drop in mortality from infectious diseases, or for the complete disappearance of horrible diseases for which there never was a vaccine (so how did those diseases go away, I’m wondering?), or for the increase in life expectancy. In actuality, mortality rates often increased after the initiation of mass vaccination programs. I want to believe it was the vaccines that were responsible, so I can have a false sense of security that my child will be protected from infectious diseases (at least the ones I’ve been taught to fear, i.e. the ones for which there is now a vaccine).
2. Because I want to believe that my doctor would not tell me vaccines are safe and effective if they weren’t. I want to believe that my doctor is a vaccine expert. I don’t want to know that my doctor received about two hours of vaccine information during four years of medical school, and that two hours was spent teaching how and where to inject up to 11 vaccines contained in seven syringes into a tiny infant, all at the same time (tricky to do, as there are only so many limbs on a human). I don’t want to know that my doctor receives his vaccine safety and efficacy information from the pharmaceutical reps (and oh, those reps are so good-looking!) who love to take him out to lunch and give him nice gifts, and whose companies rake in billions of dollars from vaccine sales each and every year. I must admit I was shocked when my pediatrician told me he knew that vaccines were safe because the pharmaceutical reps told him they were.
3. Because I want to believe that definitive studies have been done showing that vaccines are safe. I don’t want to learn that vaccine “safety studies” are done by the makers of the vaccines, i.e. the ones who profit to the tune of billions of dollars from vaccine sales. I don’t want to learn that vaccines are not tested against placebos, but rather are tested against other vaccines, or combinations of vaccines, or adjuvants, which cause reactions in and of themselves. If I thought about this too hard, I would see that saying one vaccine is no more dangerous than another, or than a combination of vaccines, or than a dangerous adjuvant, doesn’t mean it’s safe at all. That would be like saying heroin is safe because it’s no more dangerous than crack. Seriously, who has been allowing such studies? (Hint: the FDA, CDC, and HHS, for starters.)
All news outlets are abuzz with the news of the Ebola virus. Fall is flu shot season, back to school vaccine time, a pharma scheduled opportunity to put disease talk at every American dinner table. Below is the seven part series Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill wrote on Polio - which continues to evoke panic and a larger than life (or death) response among many. As Dan wrote in his "perch" on AofA, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking? CDC/NIH leave smallpox vials laying around, expose workers to anthrax, freak out about the flu in China, then import Ebola via Americans who tragically came down with it. Something wrong with this picture. -0-..."
Managing Editor's Note: Below is the 7 part series in full for you to share, FB, Tweet. Thank you.)
By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill
1. The Wrong Narrative.
Polio is the iconic epidemic, its conquest one of medicine’s heroic dramas. The narrative is by now familiar: Random, inexplicable outbreaks paralyzed and killed thousands of infants and children and struck raw terror into 20th century parents, triggering a worldwide race to identify the virus and develop a vaccine. Success ushered in the triumphant era of mass vaccination. Now polio’s last hideouts amid the poorest of the poor in Asia and Africa are under relentless siege by, among others, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Eradication is just a matter of time, and many more illnesses will soon meet the same fate.
But based on our research over the past two years, we believe this narrative is wrong – and wrong for reasons that go beyond mere historical interest. The misunderstanding of polio has warped the public health response to modern illnesses in ways that actually make them harder to prevent, control, and treat.
The reality, we believe, is that the virus itself was just half the epidemic equation -- necessary but not sufficient to create The Age of Polio. Outbreaks were not caused solely by poliovirus – the microbe was an ancient and heretofore harmless intestinal bug -- but by its interaction with a new toxin, most often innovative pesticides used to treat fruits and vegetables.
This alternative narrative makes better sense of the natural history of polio, and it resolves a number of anomalies that remain to this day. It suggests why poliomyelitis outbreaks emerged, evolved, and exploded the way they did; it probably solves, for the first time, the enduring riddle of why Franklin D. Roosevelt was afflicted 90 years ago this summer on Campobello Island; and it may mean today’s billion-dollar-a-year eradication effort is misguided, if not downright quixotic.
These are large claims. Let us explain.
Polio was a strange illness, never fully understood even by those who devoted their lives to studying and subduing it. It was a summer plague, coming on in late spring and all but vanishing in the fall. Many thought contagion had something to do with water, and Americans kept their children away from swimming pools in droves.
There is a profound distinction between poliovirus – an enterovirus, one that enters through the mouth and takes up residence in the GI tract and bloodstream – and poliomyelitis, the paralytic form of the illness. In the vast majority of cases, the virus causes either a minor illness or an inapparent infection.
But in 1 or 2 in 100 cases, the virus somehow gets past multiple defenses and into the nervous system, where it finds its way to the anterior horn cells at the top front of the spinal column. There, it preferentially attacks the gray-colored motor neurons (polio means gray in Greek) and causes inflammation of the protective myelin sheath (myelitis). This interferes with nerve signals to the muscles and can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis of the limbs and the respiratory system. A small number of people who contract poliomyelitis -- on the order of 1 percent -- die.
The first recorded U.S. outbreak was in 1841 in West Feliciana, Louisiana (10 cases, no deaths). There was a half-century gap until the next cluster, in 1893 in Boston (26 cases, no deaths). Then, in 1894, came what is widely regarded as the first major epidemic, in Rutland and Proctor, Vermont (132 cases, 18 deaths). Thirty more outbreaks – from such seemingly disparate locations as Oceana County, Michigan, and California’s Napa Valley -- were reported in the United States through 1909. The worst by far was New York in 1907, with 2,500 cases and a five percent mortality rate, a harbinger of the 1916 epidemic in the Northeast that killed 2,000 in New York City alone.[i]
What is most remarkable about this list is that so few outbreaks of paralytic polio were recorded anywhere in the world before the latter 19th century. Poliomyelitis is considered an ancient scourge, but the evidence supporting that belief is quite threadbare. An oft-cited Egyptian drawing depicts a priest with a withered leg that could have stemmed from paralytic polio, but for most of recorded history there were few observations of the sudden-onset fever and paralysis in infants that characterizes the disease. The earliest well-documented case of infantile paralysis in an individual is widely considered to be Sir Walter Scott, afflicted as an infant in 1773.[ii]
There is little question that the poliovirus was endemic in humans for millennia; there may even have been isolated cases of poliomyelitis for much of that period. Yet the poliovirus did not trigger widespread outbreaks of poliomyelitis. Setting aside for now the 1841 Louisiana outbreak, reported retrospectively, something seems to have happened around 1890 to launch The Age of Polio in the United States. And something else must have changed around the end of World War II to create the large modern epidemics seared into the minds of older Americans, thousands of whom are poliomyelitis survivors and almost all of whom know someone who was afflicted.
While we have not written about polio, we have seen this pattern before. In our book, The Age of Autism – Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-made Epidemic, we argued that something happened in the 1930s to launch The Age of Autism.[iii] We proposed it was the commercialization of ethyl mercury compounds for use in pesticides – seed disinfectants and lumber preservatives – and in vaccinations; we offered evidence of those inventions in the family backgrounds of the first autism cases identified in the medical literature, in 1943. Similarly, we proposed that the sharp rise in autism cases beginning around 1990 tracks with the federal government recommending several more mercury-containing shots.
We are reprinting this article by Tamie Hopp with permission. To view the original, please visit NPQ, The Non-profit Quarterly. If you have a child with autism or another disability, we suggest you join VOR (Vee-Oh-Are) an AofA sponsor and one of the only advocacy groups fighting for INDIVIDUALIZED housing and adult care. There are self-advocates and others who know nothing about the needs of our loved ones with autism who are seeking to deny choice. Learn more at the VOR site.
By Tamie Hopp
VOR Director of Government Relations & Advocacy
In 1965, then-Senator Robert Kennedy toured the Willowbrook institution in New York State and offered this grim description of the individuals residing in the overcrowded facility: "[They are] living in filth and dirt, their clothing in rags, in rooms less comfortable and cheerful than the cages in which we put animals in a zoo."
The atrocities of Willowbrook ushered in a generation of advocates, nonprofit organizations, providers, and professionals who successfully pushed for massive reform, beginning in 1971 with the development of Medicaid Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Retardation (ICFs/MR) [later renamed as ICFs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID)].
Families and advocates alike applauded this infusion of federal funding, licensing and oversight for a program specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
Still, as the ICF/IID program grew, so did calls for housing alternatives. Critics emerged, claiming that the ICF/IID federal standards of care promoted a non-individualized, inefficient model of care, and, due to federal financing incentives, discouraged states from developing alternate service options. In 1981 Congress responded by providing for small (4-15 person) ICFs/IID and a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver, to allow states to “waive” certain ICF/IID requirements.
These early reforms were quite properly motivated by the need for a system of care and supports that responded to the very individualized and diverse needs of the entire population of people with I/DD. These reforms, however, also set the stage for decades of ongoing deinstitutionalization, resulting in the elimination of specialized housing, employment and education options for people with I/DD, leaving some to question the price of “progress.”
The Pendulum Swings
Even though initial reforms were motivated by a lack of service options (an over-reliance on the ICF/IID program), it was not long before efforts to “rebalance” our system of care shifted from the expansion of options to the dramatic reduction of ICFs/IID and other specialized options.
In 1999, the Supreme Court handed down its landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision which should have settled the deinstitutionalization debate. The Court expressly cautioned against forced deinstitutionalization, the “termination of institutional settings for persons unable to handle or benefit from community settings,” finding instead that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) only requires community placement when an individual’s treatment professionals determine community placement is appropriate, such placement is not opposed by the individual, and the placement can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the State and the needs of others with disabilities.
Book debut day is always exhilarating - even for a seasoned, best selling author like Robert Kennedy, Jr.. Please join us in wishing him well as he educates readers on the dangers of neurotoxic mercury. In an environment (pardon the pun) where so few advocates are willing to step and and speak out on behalf of vaccine safety, we commend and thank both Kennedy and his publisher, Skyhorse. There is not a bigger name in American environmental causes doing anything like this.
After you read the book, we invite you to leave a review at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and GoodReads.
Unfortunately, many people will negatively review the book never having cracked the spine - never having the read more than the book's cover art on the computer... Write the review that suits your reaction to the book. Copy it, and leave it at every book site you can find.
From our friends at Generation Rescue:
Dear Generation Rescue Community,
Many of us know that Congressman Posey has been an outspoken supporter in Washington for our children with autism. Because we desperately need people with integrity and honestly like Bill Posey in Congress, Jennifer Larson, Chief Executive Officer of Vibrant Technologies Inc., has offered to co-host a fundraiser for him.
There will be two pieces to the event.
The online donation goal from the community is $15,000. We are hoping that everyone who can afford to will consider giving at least $25 to help raise this amount through social media and email lists to all our fellow autism parents, grandparents and supporters. Please send this link far and wide:
From Autism Action Network:
Take Action: Congress, what are you going to do now?
Congress passes autism research bill
Last night the Senate passed by unanimous consent the re-authorization of the former Combating Autism Act (House Resolution HR 4631.) It allows $260 million per year for the next five years to be spent on research related to autism. The bill now goes to President Obama.
Now that Congress has passed the bill and President Obama’s signature is a certainty, please click on the Take Action link to send a message to your two US Senators and your member of the US House of Representatives asking them what they are going to do about the many problems with the federal autism research program that to date has yet to yield anything of use to people with autism and their families.
Our criticism of the bill is straightforward: the money to date has been misspent, and the overall level of effort is paltry compared to the scope of the epidemic. According to the CDC there are 1 million people in the US with ASD and the same number infected with HIV/AIDS. Unlike autism, official medicine knows the cause of AIDS, effective prevention methods are known, and highly effective treatments are available as well, yet we are still spending more than 10 times as much on HIV/AIDS research as autism. The Government Accountability Office issued a report showing that 84% of autism research is potentially duplicative. The epidemiology done by the CDC is designed not to be able to answer the obvious question: “Is the autism rate going up?” And we are spending eight times as much on dead-end genetic research than finding environmental causes.
Note: This is a refreshing commentary by a group of physicians in Canada. Could (would) an American doctor, with our for profit healthcare system, dare to write something similar?
The case against mandatory flu vaccination for health care workers
The evidence of the benefits of vaccination is not nearly strong enough to justify taking away doctors’ autonomy.
By: Dr. Michael Gardam , Dr. Camille Lemieux, Dr. Susy Hota, Published on Mon Jul 28 2014
There has been a good deal of recent media attention regarding what some see as a medical and ethical imperative that health-care workers be vaccinated against influenza. This view stems from two conclusions: vaccinating health-care workers protects patients from influenza-related harm, and current strategies have not been successful in achieving high vaccination rates.
Some Canadian jurisdictions want to see vaccination made mandatory while others want to mandate that unvaccinated workers wear a mask while at work throughout the influenza season.
Unfortunately, this issue is not as black and white as it has been portrayed: the evidence supporting influenza vaccination is not definitive and a lack of evidence and practical concerns make mandated masking a dubious policy.
This story is from a different era - or is it? Read the full story at the Washington Post. Thank you to our reader, "F" for sharing the link.
The investigation also discovered at least 123 children at the homes for unwed mothers were used for testing vaccines manufactured by a company called Wellcome Laboratories –which after merging with Glaxo, became Glaxo Wellcome. The tests provided fodder for two published articles in peer reviewed journals, the report said. It’s unclear how often researchers obtained consent — and from whom.
By Terence McCoy
“Inanition,” his death record read, according to RTE News. “Failure to thrive.”
But RTE News said the record carried a mystery. John for some reason wasn’t buried until 1950 — three years after his death. The oddity was first discarded as a clerical error.
But it wasn’t. John’s records had the designation “AS,” or “anatomical study.” His infant remains had in fact been given to researchers at Trinity College Dublin, who used them for medical research — though it’s unclear whether his mother had given consent for this.
Mulready eventually tracked down his burial plot, she explained to the Irish Times, but found it marked by a “stick with a number on it. … I cannot imagine that happening to children or young babies who died in … well-to-do-families, families with influence.”
But it did happen to babies beside John, according to a recent Irish government report confirming and augmenting earlier reports in an RTE investigation called “Anatomy of a Scandal.
The report, a preliminary review, was designed to set the framework for a full formal investigation ordered by the Irish parliament in the wake of another story: one historian’s claims that hundreds of babies may have been buried beside a home for unwed mothers at Tuam. The government, said the parliament as it established the inquiry, “believes that this latest shameful episode in Ireland’s painful social history must be fully and accurately documented in order that a comprehensive account of these institutions is available.”
“Records show,” the report said, “that between the years 1940-1965, 474 unclaimed infant remains were transferred to Anatomy Departments in Ireland.” It cited old records of the Anatomical Committee of the Irish Medical Schools. “The purpose was for the study of anatomy; the study of the structure of the human body.
Robert F. Kennedy's book is shipping - debut date is August 4. Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak. Have you ordered a copy? Be sure to leave a review after you read the book. It's quite helpful to an author - and the audience he wishes to reach. Thank you. The post below ran in 2010.
"...thimerosal at the same concentrations received in human infants had clearly measurable effects on opioid receptor development in the infant rats. They also found that these effects were stronger at higher doses. The effect was found to be persistent, lasting well beyond the initial period of administration. According to the authors, “very likely, it is permanent.”"
By Mark Blaxill
Despite the relentless drumbeat of propaganda from the CDC, public health authorities and the thuggish on-line goons of the medical industry, there’s a funny thing going on. The evidence of a connection between mercury exposure and autism keeps growing.
Last month, two scientists at the University of Northern Iowa, Catherine DeSoto and Robert Hitlan, published a fascinating review paper (see HERE for an interview with DeSoto; also see HERE and HERE for earlier reviews of DeSoto’s successful debunking of an error-filled paper on autism and mercury). They asked a simple question: what does the published evidence linking autism and mercury really say? To answer that question, they did a simple Pub Med search. They searched for the terms “(Autism AND Mercury) OR (Autism AND Heavy Metals)”. They found 163 articles (a number that has since risen to 174) and reviewed them. According to the authors, “Of these 163 articles, 58 were research articles with empirical data relevant to the question of a link between autism and one or more toxic heavy metals. Fifteen were offered as evidence against a link between exposure to these metals and autism. In contrast, a sum of 43 papers were supporting a link between autism and exposure to those metals.” In short, 74% of the published studies supported the theory.
Evidence is a funny thing.
From our friends at Autism Action Network.
Once in a while we win one. Our efforts a couple weeks ago to stop the fast-track adoption of the Autism CARES Act (the absurd new name for the Combating Autism Act, Senate Bill S. 2449) were successful. We were able to delay the adoption of the new version of an old do-nothing bill. If we can delay a vote past Friday then we will have all of August, when Congress is out of session, to try and make the bill less bad.
Please take a few minutes to call the key Senators below and ask them to delay the bill and amend the bill so that we have autism research that will produce answers and solutions, not full employment for geneticists and others who will not rock the boat.
We oppose this bill because all it does is continue the paltry and misspent research efforts of the past eight years. Eight years ago the federal government claimed they did not know the causes of autism but thought it was probably genetic, claimed there were no treatments for autism, and had no cure, and they weren’t sure if the autism rate was going up. Eight years and more than $1 billion later and nothing has changed. Under the Combating Autism Act spending on genetics versus environmental causes is 8 to 1. And the GAO said 84% of the money spent was duplicative. And the epidemiological research done by the CDC is designed NOT to determine if the autism rate is increasing. Nothing has changed, except the ongoing grinding increase in the number of Americans who have this debilitating disorder.
We believe the Senators below are more likely to hold the bill. Please call the United States Senators below and politely ask them to hold Senate Bill S. 2449, the re-authorization of the Combating Autism Act. It worked before, it can work again.
YOUR CALL CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE: CALL TODAY!
Senator Tom Coburn, 202-224-5754
Senator Ted Cruz, 202-224-5922
Senator Rand Paul, 202-224-4343
Senator Mike Lee, 202-224-5444
Senator Roy Blunt, 202-224-5721
Senator Ron Johnson, 202-224-5323
Senator Jim Risch, 202-224-2752
Please also call your two United States Senators and ask them to hold Senate Bill S 2449.
Many of us have received our copies of Robert F. Kennedy's Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak. After you read the book, we invite you to leave a review at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and GoodReads.
Unfortunately, many people will negatively review the book never having cracked the spine - never having the read more than the book's cover art on the computer... But I digress. I tend to discount 1 star and 5 star reviews as having been written primarily by detractors and sycophants/family members. Write the review that suits your reaction to the book. Copy it, and leave it at every book site you can find.
In addition, we have written about mercury and Thimerosal since our inception many years ago. Here are a few posts to remind you of the harm that can follow injecting mercury into the human body.
We will continue to thank Mr. Kennedy and Skyhorse Publishing for this book. It will educate mainstream Americans about the chemicals going into their bodies, and that's a very good thing.
Immune System in Alzheimer's and Autism: Domino Effect From Mercury?
By Teresa Conrick
With 1 in 3 seniors dying with Alzheimer’s and 1 in 50 children now being diagnosed with autism, studying these patients should be crucial in both preventing new cases and helping millions of people afflicted now.
There are parallels in much of the research being published about both autism and Alzheimer’s. We are told the former is “neurodevelopmental” while the latter is “neurodegenerative,” but increasing studies show that both are medical consequences of some type of assault on the immune system...
Since 1938... Autism And Mercury
By Teresa Conrick
"SINCE 1938 there have come to our attention", is becoming a famous introductory description about autism. Written by psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Kanner, it began the narrative that described those first eleven children, all born in the 1930's, that he diagnosed as having "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact." Kanner made it clear that autism was new and very different, and he offered this suggestion:
"..each case merits---and, I hope will eventually receive a detailed consideration of its fascinating peculiarities."
Back to school always brings a huge push to convince Americans that vaccines are completely safe and entirely necessary to our survival. There are no 30 second spots on TV with 28 seconds of side effects. There are no two page magazine ads with one full page devoted to side effects. Just article after article attacking anyone who dares to question the reality of vaccine safety - including a prominent environmental activist with a pretty recognizable name.... Thanks to Dr. Darrell Crain for sharing this "Onion'esque" post with us.
By Paul Scratchit
Three years ago today the Vaccine General’s office in the White House declared its intention to wipe out dandruff. “Dandruff is a nasty vaccine-preventable disease,” said Vera Welthy, first lieutenant to the Vaccine General.
“Dandruff is a scary, unsightly, and potentially deadly disease. We know of at least two cases where a dandruff-stricken individual, distracted by brushing scalp flakes off their shoulders, stepped off of a curb right into the path of a fast-moving motor vehicle.”
A press release from the Vaccine General points out that the government has invested vast sums of taxpayer money into eradicating dandruff once and for all over the past three years. “We will soon leave dandruff behind us and prevent children from growing up worried about skin flakes in their hair,” according to the announcement. “We can’t just blow off the sometimes deadly Disastrous Dandruff Disorder (DDD), we must attack dandruff vigorously, just as we do every time we come up with something we can call a new vaccine-preventable disease.”
Federal recommendations were quickly put in place three years ago mandating the anti-dandruff vaccine for all school-aged children. Congress even voted to give anti-dandruff vaccine maker Smerck-Roachee $1.5 billion to upgrade its gigantic anti-dandruff laboratory in New Jersey as a matter of national security.
States all over the country now require the initial seven shot series (nine shots for girls) before entering school. No shot, no school – unless you can find a medical doctor willing to sign the official form acknowledging you as a bad parent who has decided to sentence your child to a life of dandruff suffering that can lead to low self esteem and decades of heavy pharmaceutical treatment for severe depression, anxiety, and latent anti-government sentiment.
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.
The below surveys are being conducted by Beth Clay, Hawk International.
The purpose of the first survey is to compile opinions about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) from petitioners who have filed claims in the program. 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 at the Department of Justice, the Federal Court of Claims, the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the lawyers who represent petitioners should receive.
Any identifying information will be kept private and not connected to your responses. (Your state and email will be collected in order to (1) insure we do not get spammers in the petition, (2) share opinions with legislators specific to their state, (3) be able to email you a copy of the report when it is finished.
Neither the government, nor the attorneys involved in the NVICP will see identifying information connected to your responses.
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