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The American Conservative: Why The De Niro Kennedy Mercury Challenge Matters

The American ConservativeNote: This article in American Conservative offers a concise summary of the vaccine injury topic the mainstream media avoids at all costs. Feel free to comment at their site and share.  You'll notice that our own Mark Blaxill and Jennifer Larson are featured along with Dr. Gary Kampothecras and Dr. Andrew Wakefield.  Thanks to everyone in the community who puts their reputation on the line and gives so much of their time.

A presidential commission led by Robert Kennedy Jr. could raise uncomfortable questions about the incentives driving vaccination recommendations.

Robert Kennedy Jr. and Robert De Niro convened a news conference on Wednesday at the National Press Club to announce a $100,000 cash reward for anyone who identifies a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that the mercury in vaccines is safe. Though the challenge was perhaps something of a stunt, the significance of the appearance was underscored by Kennedy’s confirming that President Trump may ask him to lead a commission on autism. The consequences of such a commission could extend beyond the narrow vaccine/autism debate. More significantly, the commission could expose the incentives driving vaccination policy, which, in the current political climate, could move mainstream opinion against vaccines and also bolster doubts about the integrity of the health-care system.

Since at least 2007, Trump has suggested that the recent “epidemic” of autism might be related to current immunization practices. He is not categorically against immunization—in fact, he is “totally in favor of vaccines,” as he says—but he suggests that the rate and quantity of injections given to infants, per the recommended immunization schedule, may contribute to incidents of autism. In Trump’s words, “massive combined inoculations” and “simultaneous vaccinations” may be producing a wave of “doctor-inflicted autism.”

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Laura Hayes: Parental Perspective on Improving Health & Reducing Costs

Special_ReportBy Laura Hayes

A parent’s perspective on how to improve the health of Americans, reduce the amount we spend on healthcare, and keep viable our citizenry and nation

Dear President Trump, Presidential Staff, and Presidential Advisors,

Vaccines are now the leading cause of chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, and premature deaths among infants, toddlers, young children, and virtually all age groups in the U.S.  Vaccine injury is real and it isn’t rare. It also isn’t reported by doctors, nurses, or pharmacists. Rather, it is callously and summarily dismissed and vehemently denied. Therefore, the needed statistics to prove the above statements don’t exist, and that is purposeful. There are many vaccine profiteers who will not allow the truth to surface, lest propaganda-driven public confidence in vaccines be threatened, lest billions in vaccine profits be threatened, and lest trillions in compensation to the vaccine-injured and their families, and to the families of the vaccine-killed, be threatened.

Parents are constantly told by doctors and nurses that their children’s vaccine-induced injuries and deaths are merely “coincidences”, that the vaccines were in no way responsible. Due to this continued denial of what is often blatant and indisputable evidence, including eye witness accounts of immediate and/or temporally-related adverse reactions to one or more vaccines, and due to the denial of scientific facts regarding how and why vaccine injuries and fatalities occur, vaccines are now the leading cause of coincidences in the world.

How different things would be at this point in time if doctors and nurses had acknowledged, admitted, and reported the myriad vaccine-induced injuries and deaths which happened in patients under their care, and which are witnessed virtually non-stop in pediatricians’ offices, emergency rooms, NICUs, and pediatric wards of hospitals. Imagine if these medical professionals had refused to continue administering vaccines due to the harm they were causing, which they were personally witnessing, versus turning a blind and callous eye to it.

Instead of acting ethically and with integrity, by admitting and reporting vaccine-induced injuries and fatalities, and by honoring their oath to “first, do no harm”, which would preclude vaccinating, doctors and nurses have forged on in their ignorance and arrogance, and sometimes in their corruption. They have chosen to focus on the perks, profits, and repeat customers brought by the endless recommendations for vaccinations, and by the subsequent and seemingly-endless fallout from them.

Vaccine injuries are bankrupting families, school districts, and our country.  With 54% of America’s children suffering from a chronic illness, developmental disability, or both, we must ask who will be fit enough to serve in our military to defend our country, fit enough to work full time, fit enough to bear and raise children, and fit enough to stop this vaccine insanity and the other environmental poisonings of our population.

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Kennedy And De Niro Offer $100K Challenge to Press


A Letter From Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Robert De Niro to American Journalists



On the occasion of our announcement of the World Mercury Project's $100K challenge, we want to address America's reporters, journalists, columnists, editors, network anchors, on-air doctors and news division producers.

We especially want to reach out to those of you who have made a point of assuring the public about the safety of the mercury-based preservative, thimerosal. It's our hope that this challenge will elevate this important debate beyond name calling and prompt a genuine examination of the relevant science. The American public is entitled to an honest, probing and vigorous discussion about this critical public health issue—a debate based on facts, not rooted in fear, or on blind faith in regulators and the pharmaceutical industry.

We are both pro-vaccine. We need to say this at the outset to contravene the reflexive public relations ploy of labeling every vaccine safety advocate "anti-vaccine." As the British Medical Journal pointed out last week, that epithet is a derogatory attack designed to marginalize vaccine safety advocates and derail reasoned debate:

"It stigmatizes the mere act of even asking an open question about what is known and unknown about the safety of vaccines."

Both of us had all of our children vaccinated and we support policies that promote vaccine coverage. We want vaccines that are as safe as possible, robust transparent science and vigorous oversight by independent regulators who are free from corrupting conflicts-of-interest. Read the full $100K challenge letter from Robert Kennedy and Robert De Niro at EcoWatch here.


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Robert De Niro To Hold Feb.15 Press Conference at The National Press Club

RFK photo 2WHO:  Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Robert De Niro

WHAT:  The event will focus on the announcement of a unique challenge with substantial cash award to the American people and media. Kennedy also will address questions about President Trump’s vaccine safety commission. Kennedy and De Niro will be joined by the Hon. Nicholas "Nico" LaHood of San Antonio, TX. Sharyl Attkisson, former CBS Evening News investigative correspondent and current host of the weekly Sunday news program, Full Measure, will moderate the conference.

WHERE:  The National Press Club, Washington, DC. The event also will be livestreamed on the World Mercury Project’s Facebook page and at its website beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET

WHEN:  Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. The events starts at 9:25 a.m. ET with an excerpt from a movie. The conference, including Q & A period, is from 10-11 a.m.

WHY:  De Niro supports the mission of the World Mercury Project, a non-profit organization in which Kennedy serves as Chairman. The WMP envisions a world where mercury is no longer a threat to the health of our planet and people.

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Groundbreaking Yale Study Links Vaccines and Numerous Brain Disorders In Children

LinkedNOTE:  Surely you've already seen this on ABC News, and Morning Joe and Fox and Friends, right?  Wait, it's Valentine's Day, not April Fools.  From Yale that bastion of anti-vaccine woo.  K

From David Wolfe's site:

Groundbreaking Yale Study Links Vaccines and Numerous Brain Disorders In Children

groundbreaking new study has found a significant correlation between flu vaccines and a variety of mental disorders.

Conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State and Yale University, the study sought to determine “whether antecedent vaccinations are associated with increased incidence of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), anorexia nervosa (AN), anxiety disorder, chronic tic disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder in a national sample of privately insured children.”

The results were striking: children who’d received the Flu vaccine within the last year “were also associated with incident diagnoses of AN, OCD, and an anxiety disorder.”

For those who’ve done their research on the topic, none of this is surprising. The notion that autism, in some cases, may be triggered by vaccinations is nothing new, and even the current President has echoed such views:

However, for the so-called “skeptics”, a Yale University-sponsored study suggesting a link between vaccines and cognitive disorders may help persuade more of the public to our side....  Read more here.





Rolf Hazlehurst Sues CDC to Allow MMR Science Whistleblower to Testify in Case of Autistic Son

Breaking newsParent of autistic teen sues CDC to allow vaccine whistleblower testimony  Sharyl

Sharyl Attkisson reports:

The father of an autistic child has filed a federal lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in his son’s medical malpractice case. Rolf Hazlehurst is attempting to force CDC to let a vaccine whistleblower scientist, Dr. William Thompson, testify in the case of 17-year old Yates Hazlehurst. Dr. Thompson, a senior scientist at CDC has told Congress that he and his CDC colleagues manipulated data and destroyed evidence to downplay a link their study discovered between autism and vaccines in African American boys. CDC had earlier blocked Dr. Thompson from testifying.


Why There Needs to be a Vaccine Safety Commission

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Note: Thank you to Lou Conte for this summary of the mainstream response to the Presidential Commission on Vaccine Safety. Footnotes are at the end of the post.

By Lou Conte

It has been remarkable to watch the media hand-wringing over the potential Presidential Commission on Vaccine Safety. Mainstream scientists are coming out of the woodwork claiming that the sky will fall if President Trump appoints Robert F. Kennedy to chair a commission that examines vaccine safety and scientific integrity.

The litany goes something like this:

Vaccines are just great and the America adores them.

Just questioning vaccine safety is dangerous.

If the public lost faith in vaccines and stopped taking them, thousands would die.

Robert F. Kennedy is dangerous because he believes that thimerosal, the mercury based vaccine preservative still in many vaccines, is toxic when the scientific consensus is that thimerosal is perfectly safe.

Robert F. Kennedy, like President Trump, has questioned vaccine safety and is therefore anti-science and anti-vaccine.

Bull spit.

No government program is or ever should be above or beyond public inspection. The vaccine program has not been examined in serious detail for over ten years. In 2012, a Congressional hearing on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was derailed by pro-pharmaceutical industry funded not-for-profit organizations who used the same fear-driven messages being used now to oppose the presidential commission.

Oversight of the vaccine program is particularly critical because it requires children (and sometimes others) to risk their health to theoretically improve the health of the community. In other words, we are mandating human beings to place their rights – and parents to surrender their children’s rights – in the name of public health.

Public health implies public involvement, public scrutiny and public discourse. Requiring people to submit to a government mandated drug program is an extraordinary concept that ought to require complete openness, transparency and public participation – not exclusion.

And let’s be clear here, this Commission should not simply focus on vaccines. It needs to drag Vaccinology - the branch of medicine concerned with the development of vaccines - onto the examination table.

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Physicians for Informed Consent Announces Inaugural Meeting & Luncheon

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Physicians for Informed Consent Announces Inaugural Meeting & Luncheon
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Los Angeles, Calif. — Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC), the newly formed nonprofit organization dedicated to safeguarding informed consent in vaccination, has announced open registration for its Inaugural Meeting & Luncheon. The meeting will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, in Southern California. Doctors, scientists, attorneys, and educators will join dedicated parents and distinguished groups in the community for the organization’s first conference.

“A growing number of physicians, scientists, attorneys, and other community leaders are uniting for one purpose: to end mandatory vaccination laws and promote and preserve the right to informed consent for any medical procedure, including vaccination,” said Dr. Shira Miller, PIC president and founder. “We are pleased to announce our Inaugural Meeting & Luncheon, which will provide a much-needed platform for education on infectious disease, the immune system and informed consent.”

The event includes a full day packed with invaluable, solution-oriented, educational and networking opportunities. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., PIC doctor members and their staff are invited to attend two panel discussions. The first session includes a panel of pediatricians specialized in “How to Evaluate Patients for Vaccine Adverse Events.”

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), jointly operated by the FDA and CDC, requires by law that doctors report vaccine adverse reactions. However, because VAERS is a passive surveillance program and there’s no penalty for failure to report adverse reactions, it is estimated that less than 10 percent of injuries are ever reported. In addition, over $3.2 billion has been awarded to victims for catastrophic vaccine injuries, through the government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Despite the latter, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 continues to shield vaccine manufacturers and physicians from any liability for injuries and deaths caused by vaccines, so the frequency of vaccine injuries isn’t generally appreciated or publicized. Thus, learning how to evaluate patients for vaccine adverse events is imperative.

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The Case Against California Senate Bill (SB) 18

Child catcherNOTE:  Thank you to an AofA reader for preparing this document to explain California's newest attempt to usurp parental rights.   SB18 was introduced by Pedia-tician [sic] Senator Richard Pan, whose SB277 removed vaccine choice rights and has kept thousands of California children from attending school.

Part 1

Recently Del Bigtree reported in a Facebook video that he and others concerned about California SB18  met with "Common Sense Kids Action" after the Sacramento protest rally,  at the organization's invitation, to discuss the bill.  Del explained that members of Common Sense Kids Action are the authors of SB18 and that "Pan is the registered author as the politician behind it".  Other groups in attendance expressing concern about the bill included  "A Voice For Choice" "The National Association of Parents" and Parental Rights.org.  California Senator and pediatrician Richard Pan was not in attendance.

 The bill reads as follows:

SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares that all children and youth, regardless of gender, class, race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, or ability, have inherent rights that entitle them to protection, special care, and assistance, including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) The right to parents, guardians, or caregivers who act in their best interest.

(2) The right to form healthy attachments with adults responsible for their care and well-being.

(3) The right to live in a safe and healthy environment.

(4) The right to social and emotional well-being.

(5) The right to opportunities to attain optimal cognitive, physical, and social development.

(6) The right to appropriate, quality education and life skills leading to self-sufficiency in adulthood.

(7) The right to appropriate, quality health care.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to expand and codify the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California created by Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 80 (Res. Ch. 101, Stats. 2009), to establish a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of all children and youth in California, outlines the research-based essential needs of California’s children, and establishes standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed.

SEC. 2.

 It is the intent of the Legislature, by January 1, 2022, to enact appropriate legislation to accomplish all of the following:

(a)  Develop and put forth research-based policy solutions that will ensure the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state.

(b) Determine the amount of revenue and resources necessary to ensure that the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state.

(c) Identify and obtain the revenue and resources necessary to ensure that the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state

The Authors

Who is "Common Sense Kids Action"?  The website states:

Common Sense Kids Action fights on behalf of families everywhere -- in our home state of California, in our nation's capital, and in states across the country, where we franchise winning ideas and legislative efforts that help all kids thrive.

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Revolution for Truth March 31, Washington DC

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Visit Revolution4Truth.org for details on this event where Robert Kennedy, Jr, Barbara Loe Fisher, Brian Hooker and Dr. Paul Thomas will be speaking at the Capital rally. March Against Monsanto has already begun to promote the event and we are excited that we have new allies for our cause.

From the Revolution4Truth website:

Over two hundred forty years ago, mounting frustration over “a long train of abuses” resulted in a gathering of representatives of the American Colonies. This set in motion an unprecedented chain of events, beginning with the expression of the details which impelled them to declare their right to separate from the bonds of tyranny, and culminating in the drafting of a Constitution, establishing a new government founded on the principle that all men are created equal and endowed with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Attack Vaxxed's Polly Tommey? We Don't Think So.

Retro stupidNote: Take a moment to imagine stupid things. Ridiculous things. Channel Alice and imagine six impossible things before breakfast. Now, imagine the idiocy of attacking Polly Tommey - autism Mum and advocacy powerhouse - because (insert "dah dah daaaaah" music here) she has strong links to Andrew Wakefield. Have you imagined your stupid things? I'm imagining running barefoot across a floor full of Legos. And now? I am imagining baking cookies and removing them from the oven without a mitt.  Wait!  Here is another stupid thing...  injecting neurotoxins into healthy babies! And finally, taking a crumpety-crap on POLLY TOMMEY.   The Times UK thinks otherwise.  See below. Kim

Autism charity chief at forefront of ‘dangerous’ anti-vaccine campaign

The founder of a British autism charity is an anti-vaccine campaigner with strong links to the discredited former doctor Andrew Wakefield, The Times has learnt.

Polly Tommey, who believes that the MMR vaccine caused her son’s autism, founded the US and UK branches of the Autism Trust and produced a highly controversial film directed by Mr Wakefield alleging a link between vaccines and the condition.

Scientists and campaigners expressed concern yesterday that Ms Tommey’s role in the charity was in conflict with her views about vaccines. Jon Spiers, chief executive of the charity Autistica, called the film highly  irresponsible.

The Autism Trust works with children who have the condition and Ms Tommey said that a crucial part of her work is “recording stories from families who are vaccine injured”. “I’m very passionate that vaccines cause massive injuries and I’m not afraid to say that,” she said.

Ms Tommey is also the producer of Vaxxed. The film is directed by Mr Wakefield, who was struck off the medical register for fraudulent research claiming vaccines were linked to autism. The film claims that the US government is covering up data proving the connection. At a screening of the film in the summer, Ms Tommey told the audience that all vaccines were unsafe.

“Stay away from these paediatricians, they are dangerous. Sorry paediatricians, but you are,” she said. “There clearly is no safe vaccine. I can tell you we will never trust again, we will never stick in another needle. You can say it’s a safe vaccine — we will never believe you.”

Mr Spiers said that there was no evidence for this view. “Numerous research studies in enormous numbers of people have found that the MMR vaccination saves lives and does not cause autism. It is highly irresponsible to spread fear through films like Vaxxed. Campaigning against vaccinations does absolutely nothing to give autistic people and their families the support, empathy and hope they urgently need.”

David Robert Grimes, a postdoctoral research associate at Oxford University, agreed. “It is highly concerning that someone so prominently involved in an autism charity would harbour such widely debunked and frankly dangerous views,” he said.

In 1998 Mr Wakefield claimed in the journal The Lancet that there was a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Although the paper was discredited, it resulted in a drop in vaccine uptake. Studies have since shown that it does not cause autism.

He moved to the US, where he retains a following among parts of the autism community. He is believed to have met Donald Trump, and is due to speak next week at the European parliament.

A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission told The Times: “The commission will assess the issues you have put to us regarding the Autism Trust Limited to determine what, if any, regulatory role there might be for us.”

Ms Tommey said that neither she nor her charity were willing to be silent on this. “It’s my charity, I set it up, I’m all for the truth,” she said. “I’m a huge believer that vaccines cause injury and death.”


Levi Quackenboss on World Health Org's "How to Deal with Vaccine Deniers" Primer

SpankThanks to Levi Quackenboss for another kickass post. Read the full post here.

Hello, is this thing on?

I’ve been on something of a little brain break. Yes, I got your 1,000 messages telling me to write about RFK Jr. and Trump, but I don’t have any more information about that situation than all of you, and the only interview I’ve seen about it is here.

I was scrolling through my buddy Forrest’s Facebook page (if you don’t follow him, you’re missing out) last night and came across his post about the 44-page World Health Organization’s best practice guide “How to respond to vocal vaccine deniers in public.”

I didn’t get past the first page before I needed to look up the authors of this masterpiece and read up on Erfurt University’s Mr. Philipp Schmid. Nothing says esteemed professor like Mr. Schmid from Erfurt, right? Surely he must be 70 years old; an expert in his field. I bet he has 16 grandchildren and we can trust him to tell us what’s best for our kids.

But no, it turns out that Mr. Schmid is a research assistant. Like, at his university. And he wrote the 44-page vaccine pusher e-book for the WHO when he was… an intern at their regional office.

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What medical doctor wants the Doogie Howser of pro-vax messaging to advise them on their professional conduct? I don’t care that he’s the president of the debate club at Erfurt.

I can’t even say that sentence out loud without laughing.

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Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: “Families are Under No Obligation to Put Their Children at Risk By Participating in the Corrupt Current US National Immunization Program”

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NOTE: Congratulations and thank you to Ginger Taylor for her tireless work!

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The Johns Hopkins Journal, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, has published their issue entitled, "Narrative Symposium: To Vaccinate or Not? Parents' Stories."

The journal description of this edition: "This narrative symposium, "To Vaccinate or Not? Parents' Stories", is comprised of personal stories from 12 parents on their decisions about whether or not to vaccinate their children. They offer a first-hand look at the debated issues of vaccination. As the narrative symposium editors said, "The goal of this symposium is to aid in a more constructive conversation between pro-vaccination/anti-vaccination groups."

Included in the narratives is a letter from Health Choice Executive Leadership Team member, Ginger Taylor.  Her letter is reprinted here with permission from Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics.

Families are under no obligation to put their children at risk by participating in the corrupt current US National Immunization Program

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, vol. 6 no. 3, 2016, pp. 181-185. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/646617.

My name is Ginger Taylor, and I hold an MS in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. I am the mother of a 14–year–old vaccine injured child with an autism diagnosis, and our family no longer participates in the vastly corrupt and broken US National Immunization Program. Because of my experiences, I have become a state and national leader on vaccine safety and vaccine choice issues, co–founding The Canary Party, and The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice.

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Unity for All?

Post Inauguration, the memes have been flying on social media. This one dedicated to unity caught my eye. I edited it a bit at the bottom. What do you think? Please share far and wide. Let's see the response.  Thanks. K

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Examining RFK Jr.'s claim that the CDC “Owns over 20 vaccine patents.”

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NOTE: Thanks to Ginger Taylor for writing this informative piece, published on GreenMedInfo. Read the full post here.

Mr. Kennedy is in very safe territory by reporting that the CDC has over 20 patents that create vast, undisclosed conflicts of interests in vaccine safety.

This past week, President-Elect Trump invited Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to discuss Mr. Kennedy leading a vaccine safety commission.  The mainstream media coverage of the meeting was widespread and furious. 

The vaccine industry and its media lap dogs do not want their corruption exposed in any official forum, and they have pointed their fury at Mr. Trump and Mr. Kennedy. 

We have seen a great deal of media on Kennedy and his vaccine safety and corruption claims in the last week.  The nice thing about that is this - because he has been in the mercury fight for so long, and started investigating the claims of moms of vaccine injured children more than a decade ago, his coverage has returned  the spotlight to the corruption that was uncovered in the early days of the realization that the vaccine program was hurting our kids.

One of these old pieces of information that has made its way back into the discussion because of Mr. Kennedy's media attention is the claim that, “The CDC owns over 20 vaccines patents.”

My vaccine safety and corruption research began shortly after my son was vaccine injured in 2003, and I have heard this claim circulated since I began advocacy in this arena, but I have never seen any evidence for this claim.

In 2003, UPI reporter Mark Benjamin wrote an in depth piece on the conflicts of interest (COI) in vaccine safety entitled, “UPI Investigates: The vaccine conflict.”  We have Mr. Benjamin to thank for bringing the patents and COIs held by the members of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, including Dr. Paul Offit, to the public's attention, and for documenting the early years of Offit's increasingly absurd claims.  In this article, Offit asserts that holding vaccine patents, being funded by Merck and having Merck buy and distribute, to physicians, his book extolling the virtues of vaccines, does not compromise his objectivity as a member of the committee that determines what is and is not sound vaccine practice:

Read the full post by Ginger Taylor here.


Win a Copy of Cooking With Leo by Erica Daniels from Skyhorse Publishing

Cooking with leoContest time! Congratulations to Erica Daniels on the publication of her new cookbook, "Cooking with Leo," I was please to write the foreword for this terrific book. Leave a comment to enter the contest.

Purchase Cooking With Leo at your favorite retailer here!

Cooking with Leo is a mother's love letter to and inspired by her son. This heartfelt cookbook also tells the story of a mother desperate to heal and to connect with her severely autistic son. A story of a mother finally connecting with her hard to reach child through the most vital everyday activity--cooking.
 
For many years, Erica Daniels had been out to find a successful dietary intervention for her eleven-year-old son Leo, who suffers from significant food allergies, gastrointestinal disease and autism. Through trial and error in her own kitchen, she finally hit her gastronomic stride of preparing nourishing meals for her entire family without gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, additives, or GMOS--with Leo by her side.

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Lawrence Solomon: How Vaccine Safety Turned into one of Trump’s First Presidential Priorities

FpFrom Lawrence Solomon at FinancialPost.com.

With repealing Obamacare, building a wall, cutting corporate taxes and keeping jobs at home all high on Donald Trump’s agenda, the announcement Tuesday that he asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to consider chairing a commission into vaccine safety and scientific integrity took many by surprise.

It shouldn’t have. Vaccines and his belief that they can cause autism are personal to Trump, who held multiple meetings with vaccine skeptics in the late stages of the presidential campaign and into the packed transition period prior to assuming the presidency. Moreover, although vaccine skeptics are often associated with far-left Birkenstock elites, many Republicans — including top Republicans close to Trump — have expressed doubts about the uncritical acceptance of vaccines.

Aside from a small minority, neither Trump nor any of the so-called vaccine skeptics are ideologically opposed to all vaccines, or even consider themselves anti-vaccine in any way. They’re more likely to think vaccines are over-hyped and overused, and want them to be used in ways they consider more judicious and more consistent with personal freedom.

Dr. Ben Carson, the pediatric neurosurgeon who is Trump’s choice to be the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, represents a common conservative viewpoint on vaccines. As he told Jake Tapper in a nationally televised debate for the Republican nomination for president,  “Vaccines are very important — certain ones, ones that would prevent death or crippling.  There are others — there’s a multitude of vaccines that probably don’t fit into that category, and there should be some discretion in those cases. But you know, a lot of this is pushed by big government.”

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BuzzFeed on Trump's Kennedy Appointment Features Age of Autism and JB Handley

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NOTE:  BuzzFeed interviewed both Dan Olmsted, Editor, and JB Handley, co-founder of Generation Rescue (and AOA)  for this article. 

Trump’s potential appointment was strongly welcomed on Wednesday by many in the activist community who believe that excessive vaccination is spurring an “epidemic” of autism and other chronic diseases among children. US autism rates have been rising since the late 1990s, and now 1 in 45 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, though the CDC has attributed this to changes in diagnoses and surveys. Thimerosal was discontinued as a preservative in children’s vaccines in 1999, though it is now widely considered safe by the medical community.

Many activists feel that Kennedy could spearhead a sea change in how decisions about vaccines are made in the US.

“I’m pretty tapped in to the autism community, and I never got more emails in a shorter period of time than yesterday afternoon — this is electrifying,” Dan Olmsted, editor of a blog called Age of Autism, which saw a nearly twofold increase in website traffic after yesterday’s news, told BuzzFeed News. “Now you’ve got the president-elect talking to the most high-profile vaccine safety challenger in the country. It’s just a whole different universe.”

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Vaccination Is Not A Medical Issue

SCI---politics_0By Ted Kuntz

After years of battling for the right to informed consent with regard to vaccination I’ve come to a realization. Vaccinations are not a medical issue. Rather, vaccination is a political issue disguised as a medical issue.

If vaccinations were truly a medical issue, there would be more concern with whether vaccines were actually safe; whether vaccines actually prevented the targeted illnesses or not; and whether the health of those receiving the vaccines was better than those who did not.

The virtual absence of interest in vaccine safety and effectiveness research is a strong indication that the intention of vaccination is not about improved medical health at all. The unwillingness of governments and health authorities to conduct genuine research to establish whether vaccinated individuals have better overall health than unvaccinated individuals is strong evidence that improved health is not the goal.

What is becoming increasingly clear is that vaccinations are serving a political agenda. They are the battleground for the domination and submission of citizens to a national or international power. It is about subservience. It is about compliance. It is about undermining free will, free choice, and the security of the person.

This agenda becomes evident when we witness the amount of financial and other resources dedicated to tracking compliance, rather than tracking safety and effectiveness.

Our health units are not monitoring whether vaccinated children are healthier than unvaccinated children. They actually show no interest in this data. Instead they invest millions of dollars into tracking and enforcing compliance, and punishing those who do not comply.

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Texas Roundup Showdown: Cotton Versus Wine Growers

Monsanto_roundup_all_usThank you to Laura Hayes for sharing these stories.  Pesticides rear their poisonous heads again. Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill have written about the insidious interaction of pesticides and mercury and viruses as part of the autism and polio epidemics. Pesticides were the focus of the mysterious illnesses in upstate NY high school females a few years ago.  Monsanto Roundup is the focus of this Texas brawl: cotton versus wine grapes.  And in a hideous tragedy in Amarillo, four children were killed when someone mixed water with a  dangerous pesticide, creating a poisonous gas.

From The Texas Tribune


Competing against millions of acres of cotton, winegrowers fear federal approval of new herbicides to be used on genetically modified cotton seeds will wipe out the wine industry in the Texas High Plains. 

As Paul Bonarrigo watched his grapevines dwindle, he was confident that heavy-duty herbicides, probably sprayed on crops by a nearby farmer, were drifting into his vineyards. For the past two years, his 44 acres in Hale County — once sprawling vineyards providing fruit for Bonarrigo's Messina Hof Winery — have not produced any grapes as they wither from chemical damage.

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Imagine Losing Your Job Over a Flu Shot

Justice not blindAs part of the pharmocracy that has become America, flu vaccines - with a full 25 mcg of poisonous mercury - have become blackmail in keeping one's job in some professions.  Can you imagine that? In the United States of America, if you do not accept the risk of a flu shot, you could LOSE YOUR JOB. The flu shot is known to be a miserable failure year after year, crafted on the previous years' strain, no risk for pharma if it fails, or maims or kills.  You're a nurse You love your job. You could lose your job if you do not take a flu shot. Well, in Erie, Pennsylvania, score one for medical freedom. Nurses who were fired for not taking the shot are getting their jobs back. Let's hope the intense pharma control of the last several years is coming to a close.

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Saint Vincent Hospital has agreed to rehire six former employees it fired after they refused to get flu shots in late 2013 and early 2014 due to their religious beliefs.

The Erie hospital also will provide about $300,000 in back pay and compensatory damages to the employees as part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of the workers by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in September. A consent decree that ended the case and detailed the settlement terms was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Erie.

The commission had claimed Saint Vincent violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it fired the six workers, who refused to be vaccinated after the hospital implemented a mandatory flu vaccination policy for all employees. The hospital granted medical exemptions to 14 other workers.

"The consent decree filed this week between the EEOC and Saint Vincent Hospital does not constitute any admission of violations by Saint Vincent or a finding on the merits of the case," Dan Laurent, a spokesman for Allegheny Health Network, Saint Vincent's parent organization, said in an email. "Although we have vigorously and respectfully disagreed with the EEOC's position and characterization of how employee claims outlined in this lawsuit were handled by the hospital, we have reached a resolution of the matter in the interest of avoiding the expense, delay and burden of further litigation on all parties."

As part of the consent decree, Saint Vincent must pay the following employees back pay and compensatory damages:  READ MORE

http://www.goerie.com/news/20161221/erie-hospital-to-pay-rehire-ex-workers-who-refused-flu-shots


A Sister’s Sacrifice

Suyser sisterBy Dara Berger

I stood there looking up at the cheerful holiday decorations trying hard to fight back the tears that were about to come streaming down my face.  For a minute I actually thought I was going to lose the battle.  When you have a child with autism you can get pretty used to dealing with some of the most uncomfortable and unpleasant situations but this one was even beyond what one should have to handle.  I understood the severity of the situation the moment I picked up the phone and heard the directors voice on the other line.  There were no pleasantries exchanged.  It was right to the awful point that my son had bitten someone again and I needed to come pick him up right away.  I told her I would be there in 5-10 minutes and she was appreciative of my immediate action.  So many thoughts raced through my mind as I whisked myself out of the house and feverishly trudged the three block walk to my son's school.  One thought I had was “were they going to kick him out today?” I couldn’t tell.  It felt like everything was going in slow motion, but somehow I finally arrived up at his school.

The director came out and explained in detail that he had bitten a therapist in the face but luckily it did not break the skin this time.  Then he proceeded to kick his teacher and hit someone else who tried to intervene.  It was impossible to figure out what might have triggered his horrible behavior nor did anyone seem to care to.  Next they explained how they wanted him to stay home the next day, since there was a field trip that would produce a lot of change that he might not be able to handle.  I just nodded with agreement and walked over to look at the cheerful holiday decorations on the bulletin board.  All I could do is scream in my head how unfair this all is and why does someone need to suffer like this.  It was just all too much in that moment and for minute I thought I was going to fall apart right then and there.  And somehow by the grace of god I didn’t.  Instead I took what felt like a hundred deep breaths, closed my eyes and bit my lip hoping the feeling would just pass.  And it did just like that. I was able to wait for them to bring my prisoner son to me which felt like an eternity.  I took him home and thought “how can we keep doing this?”  "Why can’t he just go to f*&$ing school like his sister?”  “Why does each day have to be this hard?”  I am a really strong person and this I thought “is too much for me.”

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Vaccines: What is there to be "Pro" About? Laura Hayes to Weston A. Price Foundation Conference

Laura HayesBy Laura Hayes

Dear AoA Readers,

I recently had the privilege and pleasure of attending and speaking at Weston A. Price Foundation's 17th Annual Wise Traditions Conference in Alabama (Nov. 10th-14th, 2016).  

Topics covered at this year's conference ran the gamut from Characteristics of Healthy Diets, to Teaming with Nature for Chemical-Free Yards and Nutrient-Dense Vegetables, to Our Seniors: Dumping Ground for Drugs?, to Mercury Amalgam Detoxification, to Restoring the Family Farm, to...an all-day Vaccination Track with 4 speakers! 

In addition to amazing, information-packed lectures about health and nutrition...and we are not talking about the FDA/CDC/AAP/AMA's means of achieving health (!), or the FDA/USDA's recommendations for nutrition (!)...there were numerous exhibitors selling everything from kombucha to supplements to alpaca blankets. And the food was incredible...all WAPF-style...at a hotel, no less!  Numerous farmers and companies donated organic, nutrient-dense foods, which WAPF members helped hotel chefs and kitchen staff to prepare the WAPF way.  Let me just say, we ate well!  

I spoke on Sunday morning from 9:00-10:20 am. The title of my presentation was Vaccines: What Is Weston A PriceThere to Be 'Pro' About? Thanks to WAPF filming it, and to Josh Coleman for making a YouTube link for me, I am now able to share my presentation with others. 

Below are the video link for and the transcript of my presentation.  My hope is that for anyone who watches and/or reads my presentation, it will be the end of vaccinations for them and their children. For any doctors, nurses, or pharmacists who watch and/or read my presentation, I hope it will mark the end of their recommending and/or administering vaccines ever again. For any legislators who watch and/or read my presentation, I hope it will be the impetus which compels them to initiate legislation to ban vaccine mandates in their states, or at the federal level, and to initiate legislation for an immediate moratorium on all vaccinations for all people since not one should ever have been approved or marketed.

I hope you will share my presentation with others. You might just save a child, and his/her family, from a lifetime of suffering and premature death.

Laura Hayes

Mother of Vaccine-Injured Children

On a mission to end the Vaccine Holocaust

WAPF Conference, 11-13-16

Good morning, my name is Laura Hayes, I am from N CA, and I want to thank you all for making the choice to come to the Vaccination track this morning! The title of my talk is “Vaccines: What Is There to Be ‘Pro’ About?”, of which you will receive a copy after my presentation. I am excited for the opportunity to talk to you about the dangers, inefficacies, and lack of need for vaccines; about the corruption that underlies them from manufacture to mandate, and beyond; and about the urgent need to put an immediate end to this vaccine insanity that has swept our nation resulting in an unprecedented loss of our most basic fundamental human right…the right to determine that which we allow, or don’t allow, into our own bodies, and those of our children.

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Mercury, Vaccines and the CDC’s Worst Nightmare

AF RFKNOTE: AofA'ers, if you aren't subscribing to Autism File magazine, treat  yourself this holiday season. Subscribe here. Below is an excerpt and link to this article - an interview with Robert Kennedy, who continues to be a champion for children's health.  Thank you to Rita Shreffler for this insightful interview. Please share.

Read the article here.

Environmental and humanitarian legend RFK, Jr., mainstream media, and the very corrupt CDC

Interview by Autism File executive editor, Rita Shreffler

For over three decades, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has been one of the world’s leading environmental advocates. He is the founder and president of Waterkeeper Alliance, the umbrella group for 300 local waterkeeper organizations, in 34 countries, that track down and sue polluters. Under his leadership, Waterkeeper has grown to become the world’s largest clean water advocacy organization.

Around 2005, parents of vaccine-injured children started encountering Mr. Kennedy’s speeches and writings about the toxic mercury-based preservative thimerosal. They embraced new hope that this environmental champion would finally expose the truth about vaccine injury and win justice for injured children.  Kennedy is known for his fierce and relentless brand of environmental activism and his advocacy for transparent government and rigorous science. He is now applying his tenacious energies and sophisticated strategies to exposing the fraud and corruption within the CDC and the pharmaceutical industry. Last month, he launched his new non-profit, the World Mercury Project, with vaccine safety advocates Lyn Redwood and Laura Bono, legends themselves among parents of vaccine-injured children. Autism File executive editor Rita Shreffler spoke with Mr. Kennedy about CDC corruption, pharmaceutical industry greed, media malpractice, and his vision for the World Mercury Project.


Seven Major Flaws in Zerbo et al. (2016): Association Between Influenza Infection and Vaccination During Pregnancy and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Zerbo Study FlawsBy James Lyons-Weiler, Bernadette Pajer and Zoey O'Toole

Summary: We describe seven major flaws in the study by Zerbo et al.,. (2016). We conclude that these design and analysis flaws make the recent study of vaccination during pregnancy irrelevant for those most at risk, and even if the results were valid (which they are not), they would only be relevant for the mother/fetus pairs in the general population who are least likely to see autism develop as result of vaccination during pregnancy.

A recent study of 196,929 children born between 2000 and 2010 was conducted to determine whether an association exists between influenza infection and/or vaccination during pregnancy and subsequent ASD diagnosis in the child. Our review of the study found serious design and analysis flaws.

In the initial analysis, the data showed vaccination increased autism risk.

According to the authors,

 "The unadjusted proportion of ASD was slightly higher throughout follow-up among children of women who received influenza vaccinations during pregnancy compared with children of unvaccinated women."

After initially finding an association, they analyzed the data and ultimately dismissed the result as likely due to chance.

Here are the flaws we identified in the study:

  • Use of Bonferroni Correction for Multiple Hypothesis Testing

The Bonferroni correction is universally recognized as too conservative. It works as follows: If you test one hypothesis, the normal type I error risk is usually 0.05 – that's called alpha. At alpha = 0.05, it is expected that you will fail to reject a true null hypothesis by chance only 5/100 times. The Bonferroni correction works by dividing that risk among all of the hypotheses, so if you test two hypotheses, you can only accept a risk of 0.025, or 2.5% risk, for each. For three hypotheses, it's 0.05/3, and so on. This study applied Bonferroni to the main hypothesis considering multiple supposed “confounders” -- variables that might (emphasis might) explain a spurious correlation. A statistically significant but unwanted positive association is easy to hide by adding several additional proposed confounders, and treating them as independent “hypotheses”, when they are not, to justify invoking correction of the type 1 error risk for multiple comparisons. One can make a statistically significant finding vanish in a sea of statistical shamwizardy (Lyons-Weiler, 2016).

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California's SB-18 Seeks To Further Erode Parental Rights: Richard Acts For Pharma Yet Again

Trust us!Dr. Richard Pan, the pediatician (not a typo) behind SB277, the CA bill that removed vaccination exemptions from thousands of California families is at it again.  Why would a state, in the United States of America, have to enact legislation to ensure what the Constitution already protects - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?  Read this closely. Who decides what "acting in a child's best interest" means? Or what is "appropriate" healthcare?  The state?  ###

SB-18 - An act relating to children and youth

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

SB 18, as introduced, Pan. Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California.
Existing law provides for the care and welfare of children and youth in various contexts, including, but not limited to, child welfare services, foster care, health care, nutrition, homeless assistance, and education.
Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 80 (Res. Ch. 101, Stats. 2009) declares the Legislature’s support of a Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of California that resolves to invest in all children and youth in order to achieve specified goals to create an optimal environment for their healthy development.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to expand and codify the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California to establish a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of all children and youth in California, outlines the research-based essential needs of California’s children, and establishes standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed. The bill would declare the intent of the Legislature, by January 1, 2022, to enact legislation for the purpose of ensuring that the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state.
Digest Key Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

Bill Text

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Master Manipulator: The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement, and Government Betrayal at the CDC

Master ManipulatorNote: We're pleased to share this post from Dr. Mercola's site - about an important book from Skyhorse Publishing.  CDC has lied to the American public, allowed fraud, and turned a blind eye to embezzlement.   James Grundvig's book is especially relevant as we approach a new Presidential administration - who will President-elect Trump choose to head up the CDC?

The post at Mercola is rich with information and an interview transcript.  Please order your copy of Master Manipulator today and leave a review at Amazon and elsewhere, like Goodreads.  Reviews drive sales. Sales drive detractors crazy.  ;)

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By Dr. Mercola

Statistics don't lie, but statisticians certainly can. In his book, "Master Manipulator: The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement, and Government Betrayal at the CDC," investigative journalist James Grundvig exposes what really goes on at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In it, he reveals how the agency has engaged in massive fraud, misinformation and manipulation of vaccine information. What made Grundvig write such a book?

"A couple of reasons," he says. "One is I have an autistic son who's 16 years old now. He's one of the 5,000 cases kicked out of vaccine court [for] thimerosal poisoning.

Number two, I'm first generation Norwegian-American. Poul Thorsen, the main manipulator — but not the only one — is of Danish descent. I was introduced to an alliance [that asked me] to track down Thorsen over in Denmark, a culture and country I know very well."

Danish Scientist Charged in Vaccine Research Scam

Thorsen is a major player and an essential character in this real-life drama. In 2011, he was charged with 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering. A federal grand jury alleged Thorsen stole over $1 million from autism research funding between February 2004 and June 2008.

He stole the money while serving as the principal investigator for a program studying the relationship between autism and exposure to vaccines. At the time, The Copenhagen Post reported that:1

"... [Thorsen] submitted over a dozen false invoices from the CDC for research expenses to Aarhus University … instructing them to transfer the funds to a CDC account, which was in fact his personal account ...

Thorsen's research on autism is widely known in academic circles, where he was until this week a highly respected figure. A paper of his on the subject, which is known as 'The Danish Study,' is quoted extensively to refute the autism vaccine connection."

As of 2014, Thorsen was permanently expelled from Denmark's university hospital system. Thorsen has been a fugitive for the past five years. Yet his whereabouts are no secret. As noted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in a 2015 Forbes article:2

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An Open Letter to the Medical Students Who Attended the NYU “Confronting Vaccine Resistance” Lecture

OPEN mindBy Lou Conte

Dear Future Medical Practitioners:

It occurred to me that I should write this letter to you because you were the intended target of the “Confronting Vaccine Resistance” lecture at New York University on November 21, 2016.

It is remarkable that this lecture was necessary. Obviously, those who felt the need to talk to you about confronting those who question vaccines felt the need to get you in line because they have observed what many of us who question vaccines have:

The pharmaceutical industry, just like the other segments of corporate America, is losing the future. Increasingly, people across the country, particularly young people, are thinking for themselves and questioning the status quo.

Even with all of the power, money and influence Pharma exerts over the main stream media, people simply don’t believe the propaganda anymore and are asking tough questions. Trust in the main stream media is almost as low as the trust in government.

Buried in the post-mortem of the last election is the fact that young people recognize that those currently in power have messed up, placed profits before people, protected corporate interests over human interests and inflicted grave harm upon the future of the nation.

The fact that grave harm has also been inflicted on hundreds of thousands of children through mandatory vaccination is not beyond the observation of today’s young people. They have grown up with autism all around them. They will eventually ask why this happened. Particularly when they are asked to foot the bill to care for a generation lost to autism.

Lectures from Paul Offit, Dorit Reiss and Richard Pan won’t stop them from figuring out what caused the autism epidemic.

The unspoken truth about what has caused the autism epidemic is another example of what Sarah Kendzior described as “the invisible hand that feels like a death grip” in her June 2016 Foreign Policy commentary, Why Young Americans are Giving Up on Capitalism.

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New Study Confirms That Mercury Is Linked to Autism

WMPNOTE:  If you're in the Metro NY area, please join us in New York city on Monday night, December 5th to celebrate the launch of the World Mercury Project with Robert Kennedy, Jr.    Tickets are just $30 or $50 for VIP seating and a signed book.  Go to EventBrite to learn more and purchase your ticket. I'll see you there! (Kim) About the event:

After decades of successfully trumpeting major environmental causes, Robert Kennedy Jr. has recently turned his attention to mercury, and its impact on human health. With major medical organizations like the Endocrine Society now recognizing toxicity as causing disease in human beings, The World Mercury Project is a timely contribution to our collective well-being.

Mr. Kennedy's project is as important as it is controversial, with his focus shifting to a tenuous source of mercury in adults and humans: the modern vaccine schedule. We hope you will join us for this illuminating conversation.

Interviewing Mr. Kennedy is Evolution of Medicine founder James Maskell

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New Study Confirms That Mercury Is Linked to Autism

Two new studies by international teams, including Egyptian scientists, have validated the link between autism and mercury.

In an article published in the journal Metabolic Brain Disease, a team of nine scientists from leading Egyptian universities and medical schools confirmed the causal role of mercury in the onset of autism.

The scientists determined the extent of mercury poisoning in children by measuring urinary excretion of organic compounds called porphyrins, which act as biomarkers for mercury toxicity. The researchers also measured blood levels of mercury and lead. The researchers found a strong relationship between mercury toxicity and the presence of autism and a direct correlation between levels of mercury toxicity and the severity of autism symptoms.

The scientists studied 100 children; 40 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 40 healthy individuals and 20 healthy siblings of ASD children. The results showed that the children with ASD had significantly higher mercury levels than healthy children and healthy siblings. Children with the highest mercury levels had the most severe autism symptoms.

At least six American studies have linked autism presence or severity to mercury exposure as determined by measuring urinary porphyrins. The first study, completed by Heyer et al. in 2012 (Autism Res 5:84) showed a correlation between the presence of autism and specific urinary porphyrins associated with mercury toxicity. This affirmed an earlier study by Kern et al. (2011, Pediatr Int 53:147) where specific porphyrins associated with mercury toxicity were significantly higher in ASD children as compared to non-autistic controls. Woods et al. (2010, Environ Health Perspect 118:1450) also saw disordered porphyrin metabolism in autistic kids which was not observed in non-autistic control children. This again suggested increased mercury toxicity associated with autism and autism spectrum disorder.

Read more at World Mercury Project here.


Robert Kennedy Jr Speaks Out Against PharMercury In Children: World Mercury Project

WMP
How is it that so many can not understand that mercury is poison in all forms?  Even when it makes money?  Thank you to Robert Kennedy, Jr. and our very good friends Lyn Redwood, Heidi Roger, Katie Weisman, Chris Pierce and Laura Bono, the fierce WMP team dedicated to pediatric health. Over anything else.  We need to end the autism epidemic from every direction.  Visit World Mercury Project today and consider a donation, please.



Laura Hayes Asks NYU President About Controversial Anti-Medical Rights Lecture

Laura HayesBy Laura Hayes

I have contacted NYU regarding the lecture last week at its Langone Medical Center

Last week, on Monday, Nov. 21st, I called the Office of the President at NYU to express that I was both disappointed and disturbed by a lecture being presented at NYU, specifically, the lecture by Paul Offit, Richard Pan, and Dorit Reiss titled "Confronting Vaccine Resistance: Strategies for Success".  I spoke to the woman who answered the phone in President Andrew Hamilton's office, Kyle, for 10-15 minutes.  She was polite and professional, and heard me out, which I greatly appreciated.  I gave her my contact information in hopes that Mr. Hamilton, or someone in his office, would call me back to discuss my concerns further.  I did not hear back from anyone.

Today, I called again, and spoke to Kyle for the second time.  Again, she was polite and professional, and heard me out.  I inquired as to whether or not NYU was going to host another lecture to counter and correct the information that was presented at NYU last week.  She did not know, as the President's office had not been in contact with the Director of Langone Medical Center.  She ended up giving me the number for Langone, and told me I could email Mr. Hamilton, as he was presently out of town.  I followed through on both counts.

I called Langone Medical Center, and first spoke with a woman in the Office of Communications.  She transferred me to the Director of Media Relations, Mr. James Devitt.  I told Mr. Devitt my concerns about NYU hosting the lecture and speakers that it did last week, and asked whether a subsequent lecture would be offered to counter and correct what was shared with NYU's medical staff and students.  He did not know anything about the lecture to which I was referring, so he took down my name and number, and said he would check into it and get back to me.  

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2 For 1 Autism Book Deal from Skyhorse Publishing!

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From our friends at Skyhorse Publishing.   Offer expires at Midnight!

Now through Black Friday, Nov. 25, we’re offering a FREE copy of Sarah Bridges’s Bad Reaction, a moving account of a mother raising her autistic son, with the purchase of Dr. James Lyons-Weiler’s The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism, a timely and thorough volume offering practical suggestions that can help to guide families and doctors moving forward.

I encourage you to share this with all of your friends and family, and everyone else in your network, both on- and offline. When you share this information with others, please include the following details:

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In Which Dr. Paul Offit Declines Vaxxed Invitation for Interview at NYU Sponsored Event

NOTE:   This is Dr. Paul Offit of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia having a bite to eat before he presented at Confronting Vaccine Resistance, a seminar at NYU.   There was a demonstration at the event, and the Vaxxed bus was there.  

Mark Blaxill of Age of Autism (and others) have written copiously about Dr. Offit. Below is the last Angry doctorinstallment of his series "Voting Himself rich," to give you a primer on Dr. Offit.

Offit Cashes In: Closing the Books on the Vaccine Profits of a Merck-Made Millionaire
By Mark Blaxill

“Cash in: To withdraw from a venture by or as if by settling one’s account.”

Paul Offit would like the world to see him as a champion of children’s health and a disinterested observer of controversial issues in autism and vaccine safety. In the view of many in the autism community, he is the worst kind of partisan: a Merck-made millionaire, a determined propagandist for expanding the medical industry’s vaccine profit pool and an active opponent of the need to stop the autism epidemic in its tracks. I will confess my own bias up front: like many autism parents, I hope and trust that history will bestow the fullest possible measure of shame on Offit, a man who so richly deserves it.

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ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR. LAUNCHES THE WORLD MERCURY PROJECT Vows to change government policies that injure children.

WMPNovember 16, 2016

Washington, DC—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. announced today the launch of the World Mercury Project (WMP), a public health advocacy organization dedicated to ending exposure to neurotoxic mercury in fish, medical products, dental amalgams and vaccines. The group will focus on making sound science the driver of public policy.

“We will expose the government and corporate corruption that has led to increasing exposures to neurotoxic mercury in foods and medicines,” said Lyn Redwood, RN, MSN, the group’s executive director.
 
Grassroots organizations who support vaccine choice and autism advocacy, representing thousands of families in the U.S., celebrate the WMP and applaud its actions to ban mercury from all medical products, including vaccines. They stand with WMP to soberly reflect on the 30th anniversary this week of Congress’ enactment of the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA), which launched the $32.2 billion yearly vaccine market and some argue indirectly spawned the epidemic of childhood neurological disorders, including autism.
 
WMP joins these organizations calling for the repeal or radical reform of NCVIA. “This act provided vaccine manufacturers blanket immunity for any harm caused by injuries from vaccines, no matter how wanton, reckless or negligent the manufacturing, how anemic the testing or how grievous the injury,” Kennedy said. “That act and the mountains of pharma cash going to politicians, regulators and the press have helped obliterate all the checks and balances that normally stand between a rapacious industry and vulnerable children in a free and Democratic society. The complete vacuum of accountability caused by the NCVIA has emboldened the worst kind of behavior by vaccine makers including the continued use of mercury in vaccines.”
 
 “We want robust and transparent science, independent and honest regulators, safe vaccines and healthy children,” Kennedy added. “Although Congress intended this law to make children healthier and safer, it has paradoxically made them less healthy and less safe, allowing them to receive mercury-contaminated vaccines that other countries have long outlawed.”

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Autism Advocates Met with President Elect Trump Last August

Trump AndyMonday morning hope from HealthChoice.org:

From Jennifer Larson:

Now that Trump won, we can all feel safe in sharing that Mr Trump met with autism advocates in August. He gave us 45 minutes and was extremely educated on our issues. Mark stated " You can't make America great with all these sick children and more coming". Trump shook his head and agreed. He heard my son's vaccine injury story. Andy told him about Thompson and gave him Vaxxed. Dr Gary ended the meeting by saying "Donald, you are the only one who can fix this". He said " I will". We left hopeful. Lots of work left to do. Dr. Gary, Andy, Jen, Mark
Dr. Gary Kampothecras, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Mark Blaxill and Jennifer Larson during the August meeting with the candidate Donald Trump. 

Health Choice is a non-profit organization focusing on awareness of health choices, education on nutrition, healing, and prevention of chronic illnesses for children and adults. Our group was formed in response to a study published in Academic Pediatrics that represented 43% of children (32 million) in the US suffers from a chronic health condition. It is our belief that these rates will continue to increase if parents are not aware of the unhealthy choices in their lifestyle such as industrial processed foods, side effects of vaccine choices, and other environmental and lifestyle factors. We want to help Americans understand how to have a healthy lifestyle, return to a state of wellness and promote sound choices for their children.


Deirdre Imus Blogs About CDC MMR Autism Whistleblower Dr. William Thompson

Deirdre logoThank you to Deirdre Imus for writing about the CDC Whistleblower. She has a huge audience that reaches beyond the autism community.

By Deirdre Imus, November 8, 2016

That mercury is a known neurotoxin – meaning it is poisonous to nerve tissue – is not a topic of debate. The United States government acknowledges this, and consistently warns of its dangers to human health on the websites for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (link:http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/TF.asp?id=113&tid=24#bookmark05), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (link:https://www.epa.gov/mercury/health-effects-exposures-mercury), and elsewhere. Depending on mercury type, method of exposure, and a person’s age, the effects of mercury can vary. They include, but are not limited to, vision loss, lack of coordinated movements, cognitive difficulties, memory problems, tremors, skin rashes, and mood swings.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed the mercury-based preservative thimerosal from childhood vaccines starting in 1999 (though “trace amounts” do remain in some vaccines) while continuing to insist that studies had found no evidence of harm to children from mercury exposure. So when a former vaccine safety scientist at the CDC claimed that the agency committed scientific fraud in a series of studies on thimerosal in vaccines and a possible link to autism, you’d think the FDA, CDC, and other agencies meant to protect human health would be interested in hearing from him.

Not so much.

Dr. William Thompson, a 19-year veteran scientist at the CDC, has been blocked from testifying that he and others destroyed critical evidence of a relationship between childhood vaccines and autism. He wants to speak out, admit misconduct, right this wrong – but CDC director Thomas Frieden won’t allow it. 

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Levi Quackenboss: @realDonaldTrump A letter from parents of the vaccine injured

Broken promisesNote:  Every special interest group wonders what a new President will mean for their cause, their loved ones, themselves, their industry etc.  Autism as a "group" (such as we are) is no different. Same with the vaccine injury community which extends far beyond autism. Levi Quackenboss would like to chat with President-elect Trump.  Will this be a Charlie Brown tries to kick the football Presidency or a Snoopy dance?  Please read the entire post @realDonaldTrump A letter from parents of the vaccine injured at the Quackenboss site here.

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Dear Donald,

Remember this?

Trump Wakefield

So do we. Thank you for meeting with Vaxxed director Dr. Andrew Wakefield. He is the voice for so many of the vaccine injured.

But many parents on our side, both those who supported you in this presidential run and those who did not, are afraid that you’re going to go the way of Obama once you’re in the White House. They remember his campaign promises about the right to know if our food has been genetically modified, which dragged out for eight years and finally ended with him signing the Monsanto Protection Act while he and his family ate out of an organic garden— and he handed out federal appointments to any Big Ag honchos who complained about it.

They remember how one of his White House attorneys— autism dad Michael Strautmanis— rounded up autism parent activists in 2007 and promised them that this was going to be their President. Obama knew what happened to Strautmanis’ severely effected child and that he would put an end to the epidemic of vaccine induced autism.

And what happened? Obama promptly took $20 million of pharma money for his 2008 campaign and told everyone to go get their flu shot. Strautmanis hasn’t been heard from since.

We know you won’t do this, Donald. You are not President Obama.

We are here to help you stop the autism epidemic and I’ve taken the time to write out my wish list for your first term.

  1. Drain the swamp we call the CDC. Drain it of corruption, corporate influence, and public policies that fly in the face of health. Hell, drain it of all funding—you wouldn’t be the first to say it should be done. Nobody needs a billion dollars of Zika money in the United States. Nobody needs an ebola vaccine. The CDC has grown into a fear mongering monstrosity not worthy of having access to speak to the American people. Take vaccine safety away from the CDC and set up an independent agency to monitor it. If there is anyone who deserves to be grabbed by the private parts, it’s the CDC. At minimum, appoint a CDC Director who understands that health does not come from a needle and that food is medicine, and who is willing to build a national health foundation on giving access to truth.

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Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care Recommends No Changes to Vaccine Exemptions

Good news for Virginians, from Richmond.com.

The General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care on Wednesday recommended making no changes to the state’s regulations on possible exemptions, including religious reasons, for otherwise-mandatory school vaccinations.

The decision came after the commission received more than 700 comments on the subject, the majority of which were in favor of taking no action.

The issue was brought before the commission at the bequest of Dels. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, and Christopher P. Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, who introduced a bill during the most recent General Assembly session that would have removed religious exemptions as a valid reason not to have a child vaccinated.

Filler-Corn and Stolle struck the bill and requested the commission research whether non-medical exemptions should be tightened.

The bill received a great deal of attention from those against mandatory vaccinations, most of whom wore red to Wednesday’s meeting, which was held at the General Assembly building in downtown Richmond. Some in red wore T-shirts and hats supporting President-elect Donald Trump.

Most brought their children with them, and one young boy held a sign that said: “Vote ‘No’ to Mandatory Vaccines.” When the commission recommended taking no action, the crowd cheered.

Read more here.


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A Book Too Dangerous to Read FOR LIBRARIES???

Vaccine Friendly PlanBy Jennifer Margulis
Health Impact News

The Library Journal, which librarians read to decide what books to buy for their collections, announced last week that libraries should not carry the new book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health, From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years, which I co-authored with Paul Thomas, M.D., a Dartmouth-trained pediatrician who has over 13,000 patients in his pediatric practice in Portland, Oregon.

“The author’s style is gentle and motivating,” the reviewer writes, “and he clearly cares for parents and children. Despite this, many parents will have a hard time following some of his suggestions (e.g. no manufactured baby food, no formula, no circumcision, avoid acetaminophen), as he advises parents to come to “well child visits with a signed vaccine refusal form” and specifically warns against hepatitis, chicken pox, flu, polio, and HPV vaccines, among others.”

The review goes on:

“VERDICT While Thomas does recommend a number of vaccines, his medical wisdom is too removed from both the AAP and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines to warrant a recommendation.”

Don’t make this book available to library patrons.

Don’t read this book.

Don’t even have a conversation about safety issues with childhood vaccines.

Instead, let’s just ignore the fact that the current rates of autism are at least 1 in 68, according to the CDC (possibly as high as 1 in 45, also according to CDC data), that there’s a growing body of very disturbing scientific evidence showing that acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol) is triggering autism, and that American children today are plagued with allergies, asthma, and other chronic diseases (like Type 1 juvenile diabetes and leaky gut syndrome) than ever before.

But following Dr. Paul’s recommendations to feed a baby and small child a real food, whole foods diet, stop using Tylenol, and making judicious decisions about vaccination is too difficult?

Read more here!


Live Stream for WAPF's Wise Traditions Conference Available for Purchase

Weston A PriceBy Laura Hayes

Hi All,

As I've mentioned, I will be speaking next Sunday at WAPF's Wise Traditions Conference in Montgomery, Alabama.  There is an all-day Vaccination Track on Sunday, 11/13, beginning at 9:00am EST.  I will be speaking from 9:00-10:20, followed by Tetyana Obukhanych (PhD immunologist and author of Vaccine Illusion), Alan Phillips (vaccine rights attorney), and Del Bigtree (co-producer of the movie Vaxxed).

Here is a link for the conference, and under it, specific info regarding how to live stream if interested.

http://conferences.westonaprice.org

Register now to watch the LIVE streaming and ALL recordings ON-DEMAND after the conference as many times as you want for $169.

I will receive a DVD copy of my presentation 2-3 weeks after the conference, which I will then be able to upload to YouTube.  Once available on YouTube, I will send the link, in addition to a transcript of my presentation to all of you.

The conference has over 40 speakers covering many nutrition- and health-related topics...check it out!  It might just be worth the $169 to you if you want to attend in person, but aren't able.

Laura


Rabbi Handler on Vaccines, Politics and the Autism Holocaust

Rabbie HandlerBy Anne Dachel

Three years ago I got know a remarkable advocate for medical freedom and vaccination choice. That man was Rabbi William Handler who lives in New York City.

In 2013 there was an outbreak of measles in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn and pediatricians urged parents to immediately give their children the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine to protect them against the disease. The New York Daily News reported at the time that some people linked the MMR to autism. Some parents, including many religious Jews, shun getting the vaccine, which prevents mumps, measles, and rubella, out of fear it causes autism, said Dr. Yu Shia Lin of Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park.

The Wall Street Journal covered the outbreak telling readers that local rabbis and community leaders were urging that children be vaccinated and that any link between the MMR and autism had been “debunked by medical studies.”  

Rabbi Handler however cautioned against blindly following the advice to vaccinate against measles in an article in July 2013 in the Jewish Press entitled, “The Measles Scare and CDC Politics.”   

Handler had researched the vaccine issue for himself and what he discovered made him question the one-size-fits-every-child vaccination schedule in the U.S. His Jewish Press story was a summary of what he’d learned about vaccines during a five year investigation. Handler wrote about the power and influence that drug companies have over our lawmakers in Washington as well as their control over officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He cited well-credentialed experts whose studies raised serious concerns about vaccine side effects.  He brought up troubling issues like the federal government’s concession of vaccine-induced autism in the case of Hannah Poling in 2008.

Handler’s ending pretty much summarized what U.S. health officials and mainstream medicine are up against:

“Increasing numbers of parents—especially the more educated parents—no longer trust the American government’s public health campaigns.

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Autism Might Not Speak: But Those With the Diagnosis Can Share Their Thoughts

WeepNote: I am so pleased to share this post from Brooke Potthast and her son James Potthast with you. He uses the Rapid Prompt method of communication. I've seen my girls' flashes of brilliance with this method. The first time you fully realize how smart and engaged your loved one with autism is you feel like the worst parent on earth for never having found a way to unleash their potential in the past.   Please bookmark the Returning James blog here.

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I mentioned in our last post that we had been on a bit of a roller coaster ride with the start of the new school year. One of the difficult experiences was an incident with James and a well loved tutor. The incident involved James being aggressive towards her which is unusual for him. A friend and health practitioner reminded me at the time that the stress and aggression pathways in the brain are closely tied.  It is true for all of us (ie, road rage) but acutely true for people who have autism. I think the stress and frustration of not being able to communicate for years and  years causes aggressive habits to develop and they are hard to break.

James ended up writing about it on the first day back at Literature class when there was a timed essay. The prompt was: “The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it effect you, and what did you learn from the experience?” James wrote about his experience with his tutor and entitled it:

Utter Remorse

My vision turns red. My hands strike out. Hair tangles around my fingers. Cries and demands float through my brain, yet I cannot release my grip. Hands grasp my arms and a male voice cuts through my fog. I look – I see – what I have done. I have failed.

            Most people lack similar experiences so this event might seem like a fictional plot device, but I have a long history of such incidents, although none to this degree. I am autistic so I struggle when most people could cope, and unfortunately my reaction can be aggressive. I am not aggressive. I never intend to hurt anyone, and that distinction usually saves my conscience. Generally, my tutors and therapists impose consequences for my behavior, but then we forgive each other and discuss the cause of my reaction. Autism and communication limitations tend to receive most of the blame so we make a plan and we try again tomorrow.

But this outburst was different.

After I finally learned how to reliably communicate, my goals transferred to regulating my reactions and impulses. For over two years, I worked daily to master these goals and I remained aggression-free for almost one year. That does not mean that all of my interactions with tutors were amicable, but I continuously reminded myself that my impulse to grab remains unacceptable in any situation. All that progress, however, just capsized. I failed the basic rule when I hurt another person – I failed to recognize her humanity.

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