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"First They Came for the Anti-Vaxxers" by Bretigne Schaffer

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By Bretigne Schaffer

Earlier this year I spent a few days at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with my daughter who was having an EEG done. On our way home, I learned that there had been an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria while we were there, that it had infected seven people and killed two of them. My daughter and I were fine – the infection having been limited to people using a particular kind of duodenoscope.

When the story hit the news, I fully expected nationwide outcry similar to that inspired by the recent measles “epidemic” that began at Disneyland. That outbreak killed no-one, yet set the country on fire with calls for mandatory vaccination and even prison sentences for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. Drug-resistant “superbugs” kill nearly 15,000 people a year in the US and a recent report predicts that they could kill as many as 300 million people by 2050. Surely this far more deadly health threat would lead to similar widespread outrage and calls for those even remotely responsible to be held accountable.

I expected to see editorials calling for anyone who engaged in the overuse of antibiotics to be shunned by society; doctors who prescribed them unnecessarily (around 50% of all prescriptions by some estimates) to be censured and perhaps lose their licenses; parents who asked for antibiotics every time their child had an ear infection – despite the fact that the vast majority are not bacterial and are unaffected by antibiotics – to be thrown in jail for endangering the rest of us. But I saw nothing along these lines. Why not?

The manipulation of the conversation around vaccines in the mainstream media has been nothing short of a tour de force. If you read only mainstream publications, you might come away with the impression that outbreaks of measles are the most serious public health crisis since the Black Death. You might think that those who do not vaccinate are uneducated, superstitious, “anti-science” zealots who get their information from daytime talk shows. You might even start to feel outrage at these people who – for no good reason at all – have decided to endanger everyone else by refusing to do what every doctor knows is perfectly safe, effective and the socially responsible thing to do.

The presentation of this issue has been a study in just how easy it can be to generate mass hysteria around a particular threat – even while much more serious threats inspire no such response. It’s as if every mainstream reporter has been given the same playbook to use in putting together their articles about vaccines – a playbook designed to elicit the above response from the public. I’ve tried to imagine what this playbook must look like and I think I’ve come up with a pretty decent facsimile. Here it is, along with my own annotations:

1. Make it clear that parents who choose not to vaccinate their children are only getting their information from Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carey and other celebrities with absolutely no scientific credentials.

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SB 277 Passes Education Committee - The Battle for California - Part 3

Richard PanBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq. Breaking news

SB277 passes Education Committee 7-2:

"Your politicians are a lot more dishonest than our politicians," a friend from Oregon told me the other night, comparing the fight against vaccine mandates in his state to California.  "But then again, we pay our politicians forty thousand dollars a year and they work only six months.  Yours can make a living at it."  Yes, and somebody has to pay for all those ads in the upcoming election cycle.

So how corrupt are the politicians in California, you might ask?  They are so corrupt that when about 750 of their fellow citizens showed up to testify against SB 277, and only about 50 showed up to testify in favor, they decided they couldn't hold the vote that day.  They had concerns that the bill would expel children from California schools (a right guaranteed under the state constitution) and didn't this seem oh so much like segregation and those racial laws in Nazi Germany which led to "you know what?"

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Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon Stacks Deck in favor of Controversial Vaccination Bill - SB277

Health Choice CalifotniaIn a rare act of outright rigging the results of a vote on SB 277, President Pro Tem, Kevin de Leon, reconfigured the Senate Education Committee to stack deck in favor of passing  SB277.

De Leon filled a position on the committee which has been vacant for months with Senator Bill Monning, who already voted for the bill in Health committee.  Adding one vote in favor of the bill wasn’t enough.  He also removed the Vice Chair of the committee, Senator Huff, an ardent opponent of the bill, and replaced him with Senator Runner.  It is unknown what her position is on the bill.  Neither of the newly appointed senators heard any of the nearly three hour hearing on this measure last week.

“That bill should have died in committee last Wednesday.  Instead of taking a vote and letting it die, the bill gets postponed for a week so the author can work on amendments.  It's currently scheduled as a “vote only item” Wednesday.  That means no one in opposition will get to testify on whatever amendments the author proposes. How is that good government," asked Sylvia Pimentel, State Director of the Canary Party, and member of the California Coalition for Health Choice (CCHC).

“This is yet another example of the lack of transparency and accountability in government.  It should not be allowed,” said Pimentel. 

CCHC is a grassroots umbrella organization that advocates for the preservation of parental rights regarding medical decisions for their children.  CCHC represents thousands of parents, healthcare professionals and concerned citizens who oppose SB277.

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On Wednesday Keep One Eye On California and One Eye On Vermont

Center: Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chair, Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison.  A short debate on the Vermont Senate floor ensued over the amendment, which the parents seemed to be winning, so a recess was called, followed by mayhem and dirty politics to push the bill back into committee and to take up two hours of testimony, which will largely be led by the AAP.

By Ginger Taylor

Last Wednesday, April 15th, all eyes concerned with vaccine choice rights were on the hearings in the California Legislature as they heard debate on a bill to remove the philosophical vaccine exemption in that state. The parents opposing the bill were winning the debate, and because the vote would have likely resulted in the death of the bill, the chair pushed the vote back one week to this coming Wednesday, so that the bill's sponsors would have more time to convince the committee members to vote for the bill.

In stark contrast, last Wednesday, April 15th few eyes concerned with vaccine choice rights were on the hearings in the Vermont Legislature as they heard debate on a bill to remove the philosophical vaccine exemption in that state. The parents opposing the bill were winning the debate, and because the vote would have likely resulted in the death of the bill, the chair pushed the vote back one week to this coming Wednesday, so that the bill's sponsors would have more time to convince the committee members to vote for the bill.

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If the Auto Industry Were Run Like Vaccines

Pinto deathsBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

In this epic fight for the future of the human race I find nothing so refreshing as a little sarcasm.  Please enjoy this video sent to me by a dear reader.  It was produced by Mike Adams, known to many of you as "The Health Ranger" at Natural News.

I can't claim to know much about Mr. Adams, but if this is representative of his other work, I think I've found my new best friend.  (Used with permission.)

Kent Book PlagueKent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and author of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases.  Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can order the book HERE.

An Open Letter to Legislators Currently Considering Vaccine Legislation from Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD in Immunology


Thank you to Thinking Moms' Revolution for reprint permission.


Dear Legislator:

My name is Tetyana Obukhanych.  I hold a PhD in Immunology.  I am writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

Do unvaccinated children pose a higher threat to the public than the vaccinated?

It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide.  You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines – and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children – is not consistent with such a statement.  I have outlined below the recommended vaccines that cannot prevent transmission of disease either because they are not designed to prevent the transmission of infection (rather, they are intended to prevent disease symptoms), or because they are for non-communicable diseases.  People who have not received the vaccines mentioned below pose no higher threat to the general public than those who have, implying that discrimination against non-immunized children in a
public school setting may not be warranted.

Richard Pan

State Senator Richard Pan of California, sponsor of vaccine legislation

IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine) cannot prevent transmission of poliovirus (see appendix for the scientific study, Item #1). Wild poliovirus has been non-existent in the USA for at least two decades. Even if wild poliovirus were to be re-imported by travel, vaccinating for polio with IPV cannot affect the safety of public spaces.  Please note that wild poliovirus eradication is attributed to the use of a different vaccine, OPV or oral poliovirus vaccine.  Despite being capable of preventing wild poliovirus transmission, use of OPV was phased out long ago in the USA and replaced with IPV due to safety concerns.

  1. Tetanus is not a contagious disease, but rather acquired from deep-puncture wounds contaminated with C. tetani spores. Vaccinating for tetanus (via the DTaP combination vaccine) cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is intended to render personal protection only.

  2. While intended to prevent the disease-causing effects of the diphtheria toxin, the diphtheria toxoid vaccine (also contained in the DTaP vaccine) is not designed to prevent colonization and transmission of C. diphtheriae. Vaccinating for diphtheria cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is likewise intended for personal protection only.

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David Foster Accuses Senator Liu Over SB277

LiuCalifornia citizen and AoA correspondent David Foster has written an open letter to Senator Liu and the California Education Committee highlighting underhand tactics and hidden dealings at Wednesday's meeting.

Senator Liu,

We know what you did at the SB277 Education Committee hearing April 16 2015

California Senate Education Committee Members -

It has come to our attention that something profoundly rotten happened this week at the Senate Education Committee hearing on SB277.

We watched with great surprise as the first four Senators asked very pointed questions about SB277 that Dr. Pan did not have any answers to. One Senator even referred to SB277 as "draconian". Then the Chair of the Committee, Senator Liu, asked questions and made comments which gave the impression that she was also not a fan of the bill.

What happened next was something all of you might consider to be politics as usual, but to us constituents this is one of the most deceitful things I have ever seen from a political body...I am 51 years old so believe me that is saying a lot.

Sen. Liu informed Dr. Pan that his bill was not going to make it past the committee, and she suggested that he collect answers to questions posed by the committee so they could hold a closed-session vote the following week. Dr. Pan agreed.

What we all are extremely concerned about is the marked discrepancy between the opinions expressed by the Senators at the hearing -- especially those from Sen. Liu -- and the results of an early poll on SB277 taken on April 14 (two days before the hearing). Surprise surprise, Dr. Liu is apparently in support of the bill, so it is no wonder that she saved it. In the entire Committee there were 3 Yes, 1 leaning Yes, 3 Undecided, and 1 declined to answer.

    Early Poll of Senate Education Committee Members on SB277, April 14 2015

Now we know what really happened on April 16.

Even though the Committee clearly did not have the numbers to pass SB277, Sen. Liu gave the pretense of having concerns about the Bill, but then gave it a Get Out of Jail card and gave Dr. Pan one week to answer the Committee's questions. The obvious intent here was twofold: (1) delay the vote for one week to accommodate upcoming planned changes to the Committee's Senator, who was only on the committee temporarily, would be replaced, and a vacancy was to be filled, thus assuring that those in Favor had sufficient numbers to pass the Bill; and (2) be able to hold this vote in private with no opportunity for any constituents or experts to address the answers provided by Dr. Pan.

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SB277 The Battle for California II - Pan gets Pan-icked!!!

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By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

I'm tired and exhausted from the day and I'm not sure if all of this is going to make sense, but I'm going to write about it anyway.

Senate Bill 277, sponsored by State Senator Richard Pan would take away religious and personal belief exemptions in California and force those children to be home-schooled.  Do you get the overtones of segregated schools in the South, or, Heaven forbid, those racial laws in Germany before World War II which led to you-know-what? 

I happened to be at the Capitol a few years ago to hear Senator Pan promise that the bill which he sponsored at the time, (requiring that parents claiming an exemption on behalf of their child thoroughly discuss the decision  with their doctor and get a signed note to that effect), he would NEVER try to take away religious and personal belief exemptions.  What a difference pharmaceutical dollars can make on your conscience!

What an amazing turnout!!!  I'm guessing that somewhere around eleven hundred of my fellow Californians showed up to take the microphone and express their personal opposition to this bill at the meeting of the Senate Education Committee.  Our group of parents representing their vaccine-injured children were joined by chiropractors, members of religious organizations, as well as great representation from the Weston Price Foundation.  Thank you all!!

Even with that great show of support, I wasn't that hopeful.  Would these politicians listen?  Why should they listen when so many in our society are closed to our message, despite the record number of children with neurological problems?  The committee was supposed to give an up or down vote on the measure at the end of the day.

Then came the questions from the committee members for Senator Pan.  Four of the members grilled him on what he was going to do about the children who would be thrown out of school and what he planned to do with them.  Pan didn't have an answer!

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Australian Government: "No Jab, No Pay" Program

Australia Action AlertFrom our friends in Australia:

Action Alert!

As you have most likely heard, the Abbot government has stated that they will remove both the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement and the Childcare benefits from any family who does not vaccinate their children fully according to the current Australian Childhood schedule. The opposition is in full support of these changes which, it is estimated, can cost Australian families with two children up to $30,000 per year.

The AVN believes that these moves are illegal and unconstitutional and is in absolute opposition to them.

We need all Australians who believe in freedom of health choice – whether you vaccinate fully, selectively or not at all – to immediately call as well as send a very brief email to your local members of Federal Parliament (you can find their details at this link) and also to the following 3 people:

The Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia
Level 2, 17 Sydney Road
Manly, NSW, 2095
Telephone:(02) 9977 6411
Fax:(02) 9977 8715

The Hon Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition
PO Box 214
Moonee Ponds Vic 3039
Tel: (03) 9326 1300
Fax: (03) 9326 0611

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Laura Hayes' Speech on Parental Rights and Medical Freedom: California SB277

Laura Hayes

Here is the transcript:

Laura Hayes’s Rally Speech Opposing SB 277 April 8th, 2015

Today marks a sad day in the history of California. Today is a day where we have had
to come from near and far to oppose medical tyranny and to fight for what is rightfully
ours, the right to decide what we allow into our bodies, and the bodies of our children.
Our right is under fierce attack by the very people we elected to protect our rights. If
the right to decide what goes into our bodies, and those of our children, is wrongfully
taken from us, what meaningful rights do we have?

How did we arrive at this place in time, where if SB 277 becomes law, police will be
required to forcibly take our children, against our will, to be force-vaccinated…with
scores of vaccines…by doctors and nurses who have sworn to “first, do no harm”, and
who are ethically and legally required to obtain prior, voluntary, and informed consent
before any and all medical procedures…including vaccination? How has it come to

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Trace Amounts Is Coming To Raleigh NC!

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Trace Amounts is coming to  Raleigh, NC.

Reserve Your Ticket HERE

Film Synopsis

During the past 20 years, the frequency of autism occurring in children has skyrocketed from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 68, and the scientific community is no closer to determining a cause. Trace Amounts is the true story of Eric Gladen’s painful journey through mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a thimerosal-loaded tetanus shot. His discoveries led him on a quest for the scientific truth about the role of mercury poisoning in the Autism epidemic.

After recovering from a sickness that would bring him to the edge of despair, Eric Gladen began researching the science behind what had made him so sick. His research led him straight into one of the biggest medical debates of all time, the question of whether or not childhood vaccines are causing Autism. He would end up quitting his career, moving into an RV, and traveling the country interviewing experts and piecing together thousands of studies and leaked documents. But Eric wasn’t focused on the vaccines themselves, he was focused on something that belongs nowhere near vaccines — mercury.

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Kennedy at the Commonwealth Club and the Fight for California

Robert F Kennedy Jr 3By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

The ticket I purchased for the event, "Robert Kennedy, Jr: Thimerosal - Let the Science Speak" had on it the following words and promise: "You're on your way to an event at the nation's leading public affairs forum, The Commonwealth Club."

I knew the venue well, having been a member for several years when I lived in San Francisco.  And the Club had recently extended a speaking invitation to me, my co-author, Dr. Judy Mikovits, and Dr. Brian Hooker, for an event entitled "American Whistleblowers" which for the moment remains "postponed."  I have always supported the stated mission of the Commonwealth Club to be "the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community, and nation."  As I have stated before, I believe the question of the epidemic of immune and neurological problems such as autism presents a watershed moment in our country's history.  We will either redeem the promise of an America where we are free to discuss important issues or we will enter an age of darkness for which our children and grandchildren will curse us.

Kennedy began his talk to a crowded room of about 250 people by thanking the Commonwealth Club for being the first place in the country to allow him to have an open discussion about the question of mercury, vaccines, and autism.  He stated that no network or newspaper in this country will allow him to engage in this debate.  Kennedy pointed out that there were rare, honest journalists willing to take on this issue, like our own Dan Olmsted, formerly of UPI, Sharyl Attkisson, formerly of CBS, and Alison Camerotta, formerly of Fox News and just hanging on by her fingers at CNN.  But they get shut down by their editorial bosses.

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Happy Passover from Age of Autism

Passover doorWe'd like to wish our readers a blessed Passover. From all of us at AofA. If only we could have marked our doors for our kids.

Share your traditions in the comments and how you help your child with autism engage with the holiday Seder and other traditions.

It's April

Aaaaand it's 2015.

Managing Editor's Note: We ran this post from Cathy Jameson last April -  2013.   I wish it were out of date.  366 days later and it still works...

By Cathy Jameson

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

It’s that time of year.  We’ve flipped a calendar page to a new month:  the month of April.  The month when autism groups, who make money off of our kids’ diagnoses, go into full-fledge fundraising mode.  From walking around in circles promoting awareness to slapping a puzzle piece on every-day household products, this type of fundraising saddens me.  While our children’s needs are used for another’s gain, these money-making tactics suck the life out of me. 

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AofA Giveaway: Parker Time Potions Natural Body Care Plus April Donations!

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During the month of April, 30% of each purchase will be donated back to an autism related cause, determined by the customer.


1) Leave a comment to win this trio of products. 2) If you order in April, you can select a non-profit for a donation. May we suggest one of our fine sponsors?  From Parker Time:

Parker Time Potions is a line of all natural pediatric massage oils with a very special connection to autism as it was created out of love and a desire for the founder to bond with her baby son who was ultimately diagnosed with autism.  

Parker Time is a specially formulated, all-natural body care for kids that offers products with numerous moisturizing properties. Parker Time Potions strengthens the bond between parent and child by providing a quality product that allows the parent to focus on time with their little one.

When Parker Time Potions founder, Kelly Johnson noticed that her toddler son was developing at a “delayed” rate, she wanted to experience the joy of bonding with him.  After much research, Kelly discovered that pediatric massage was a unique, meaningful and effective way for her and her son to bond when the “normal” avenues of bonding were not available. With that, she formulated her own all-natural massage products: the Original Potion that promotes skin softness and strengthens the bond between parent and child, the Play Potion that promotes the parent-child bond as well as play time, and the Relax Potion that help the child calm down and relax for a restful night’s sleep.

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AofA Presents A Paper by 16 Year Old Autism Sibling: The Perplexing Epidemic

Cassidy ChapmanWe are pleased to share this post. Below is a paper written for Psychology class by Cassidy Chapman, daughter of Alison Chapman, whom many of you know as a fierce advocate for her son and all of our children with autism. Cassidy is 16 years of age and a member of the SUPER SIBS generation - who will change the world for our kids as we parents grow older.  Thank you, Cassidy.

By Cassidy Chapman

One of the most mysterious and perplexing epidemics in the world is autism. Autism is also known as ASD which stands for autism spectrum disorder. When children with autism are little there is a chance for finding treatments that can be successful but once these children grow up to a certain age there is a very little chance of recovery. Autism over the years has taken over society and is slowly creeping through the population and is an epidemic that needs to be declared a public issue. From 1990 to 2006 the population has grown 13 percent while the number of people with autism went up 175 percent. This number has risen tremendously since 2006 and will keep rising till we inform people that there is a problem and it needs to be addressed now because 1 in 68 children have autism. This process of discovering new things about autism however is extremely hard because no person with autism is the same, they all are different in terms of causes, treatments and severity. Autism is a broad systemic and pervasive disorder and many people are unaware of the specifics. The community should be aware of the impact of autism on the adult brain, and the thoughts of adults with autism.

When doing experiments there a few things that need to be controlled so that the results are accurate. Testing adults with autism is very hard because of the different severities. Adults with autism who are severe are hard to test on because using a MRI machine with these adults. Either they don't understand that they need to stand still or it seems impossible for them to withstand the system overload it causes them. Resulting from these obstacles they must be sedated to keep still which means that the tests aren't going to be as accurate. Even with these difficulties doctors have been able to collect valuable information to help further learn more about this puzzling disorder. Researchers took 38 men with autism who had speech delay and another 42 men who did not have speech delay. The scientists found that some parts of the brain were smaller in the men who had speech delay. The parts of the brain that were smaller were the brain’s ventral basal ganglia and the insula and temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex. These parts regulate regular speech, behavioral responses, higher thinking, and perceptions. They also found that the brainstem was larger which is how we send signals from our body to the brain and vice versa and controls the involuntary movements to keep us alive, such as breathing and heartbeat.8

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My Life Derailed.

The road not takenBy Dara Berger

I was looking at Facebook this morning and noticed another mother made a comment about going through PTSD the day after seeing the NYC Premiere of Trace Amounts.  So I thought I would share my own PTSD experience that I had while watching the powerful documentary film last night.

Most people hear vaccine reaction and think of the hot debate about whether or not vaccines cause Autism.  But what about someone like me?

Last night I attended the premiere of a documentary film called "Trace Amounts" which included Robert Kennedy Jr as one of the speakers.  It was a wonderful event as I got to see all my fellow parent friends who are also raising a child with autism.  The film was very informative and I got a copy of Mr. Kennedy's book which he signed for everyone.

What I didn't expect was to go home and relive my own vaccine injury with such intense anger and anxiety that it was hard to fall asleep.  Looking back I should have taken my husband up on his offer to attend the afterparty just to have one drink, since we really don't get many opportunity's to see everyone.

Instead I decided to go home so I could have my wits about me in the morning to deal with all the research that needed to be done.  Research into what natural supplements could control my son's most recent PANDAS flare that is making his OCD off the charts even for one of the world's most patient mom's!

On the way home in the cab, I began casually discussing how similar my adverse reaction to a tetanus shot and mercury poisoning was to the filmmakers.  And just prior to seeing the movie, I had been telling my husband over dinner that I still have strong residual symptoms from my vaccine injury eventhough I consider myself to be recovered.  I still have major sound sensitvity and adverse feelings to being soaking wet.  I can no longer swim with my head under water and I am not able to wash my hair that often.  However these symptoms are nothing compared to what I experienced in 1999.  

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In Perspective: Autism 2015 - Still a Mystery

MysteryExcerpted from Vaccination News with permission.

F. Edward Yazbak MD, FAAP

 Autism has increased at a much faster rate than all other disabilities served under IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

At the CDC, all matters related to autism (Autism/ASD) research are the responsibility of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

For the longest time, the Center Director, a Biostatistician and Epidemiologist did not believe that the increase in autism prevalence was a true increase. She appears to have recently changed her mind.

The Director does not yet know what causes autism but like others at CDC, she seems convinced that it is not, in any way, a vaccine-related cause or causes.

Congressional Committee Hearings on autism-related issues should be held regularly.

The few research reports on autism and vaccines that the CDC has acknowledged supporting were clearly designed and intended to rule out any vaccine-autism connection.

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American Whistleblowers: The Peril and Promise of Science

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By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

I have to admit that being compared to whistle blowers like Edward Snowden who revealed the creation of a vast surveillance state in our country, or Daniel Ellsberg, whose revelation of how the United States was waging a tragically flawed war in Vietnam and led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, has left me a little overwhelmed.  But that's exactly how I'm being described in the advertising for a panel discussion in which I'm participating in on April 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.

For those of you not familiar with the Commonwealth Club, it's the nation's oldest and largest Commonwealth Club truthpublic affairs forum, sponsoring more than 400 annual events on subjects ranging across the economy, politics, culture, and society.  Previous speakers have included Teddy Roosevelt, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.  Another illustrious name must now be added to this prestigious list, Kent Heckenlively.  The Commonwealth Club has as its mission to be "the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues."  Doesn't that sound great?  For those of us who have watched as our voices of concern about vaccines and other common medical practices have been silenced for decades, isn't this what America is supposed to be about?

One of my two fellow speakers is Dr. Judy Mikovits, the former director of the Antiviral Drug Mechanisms Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute and co-author with me of our book, "PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS, Autism, and Other Diseases."  The other is Dr. Brian Hooker, an associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Science and Mathematics Division at Simpson University, and probably best known to this community as the man who revealed the shocking information about CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson.  Thompson is the CDC scientist who claims the CDC has concealed vital information about the link between vaccines and autism and who has turned over thousands of documents to Congress regarding this massive cover-up.  I am honored to be in their company.

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The Disneyland Measles Outbreak is (Unofficially) Over

Breaking newsBy Mark Blaxill The End typewriter

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released their latest update Friday on the measles outbreak that began in Disneyland around December 17th. For the first time since the CDPH began posting updates on-line on February 9th, no new measles cases were added to their statewide counts.

“Since December, 2014, there have been 133 confirmed measles cases reported in California residents” read the opening line of the March 20th version of the California Measles Surveillance Update. “No new confirmed cases have been reported to CDPH since the publication of the last report on March 13, 2015.”

So can we officially declare the so-called Disneyland measles outbreak over? Not so fast, says the CDPH.

“The outbreak will be considered over when 42 days have elapsed from the end of the infectious period of the last known B3 measles cases that was a not a new importation. As of today, that date will be April 17, 2015.”

So let’s do that math. If the CDPH will be ready to officially declare the outbreak finished a full 42 days after the infectious period of the last reported case ends, then that milestone has been passed already, fully two weeks ago on March 6th.

But the end of the infectious period is perhaps less important to specifying the final ebb of the measles outbreak than the date the last reported case became infected. The CDPH also states (see HERE) that “Infected people are usually contagious from about 4 days before their rash starts to 4 days afterwards”, so this last reported case probably saw their rash appear on March 2nd and were first infectious themselves around February 26th. As for the date of their first exposure, one analysis of the outbreak (see HERE) suggests that exposures to the measles virus occur roughly 10 days before the rash appears. That would put the date of infection of the last case around February 20th.

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If You Won Product Injury Award Would You Praise The Product?

Keep-calm-and-drink-kool-aid-15If you or your loved one were severely injured by a product, and you won a settlement to compensate for the injury, would you then become a spokesperson for that product? 

Let's make this concrete.  Say your loving wife took Vioxx for pain. Her doctor prescribed Vioxx with the promise of relieving her back pain and allowing her to move about more easily. She was thrilled. You were encouraged. And then your vibrant, beautiful wife of 24 years had a stroke, lost her ability to walk, speak, hold you, whisper your name.  Fast forward, and you've won a large settlement for her injuries. And then you go on TV and tell your friends and neighbors that what happened to your wife is a rare event and that they should absolutely use Vioxx for their pain.

Odd yes?

Meet Jim Schutte, who is now guardian as well as husband to Carolyn Schutte, who suffered serious injury from routine travel vaccinations for a trip to Africa.   Like American infants, Carolyn received multiple vaccines at the same visit.  And now her husband, her legal guardian, is telling others that vaccines are safe and that the risk is minimal.

Odd, yes?


An Excelsior Springs man has been awarded $7.4 million because his wife was left disabled by at least one of the vaccines she took before a trip.

On June 22, 2011, Carolyn Schutte went to the Clay County Public Health Center in Liberty for a round of shots. She was preparing for a trip to Africa and received vaccinations for various diseases, including tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, and typhoid. Two days later, she was debilitated with permanent brain damage caused by encephalopathy.

"The active lifestyle that we had before is over," said Jim Schutte, Carolyn Schutte's husband and now her guardian. "It's gone. We just have to make due with what's left."

The couple were once avid travelers.

Now, Jim Schutte is homebound, assisting with his wife's around-the-clock care.

"I provide most of her care," Schutte said, "But I can't do it 24 hours a day, so I have to have somebody coming in here and helping. It gets very expensive very quickly. It costs a lot more than you might think."

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U. British Columbia Doubles Down on Academic Freedom, Avoids Firestorm

CanadaExceprted from the Vaccine Fact Check site:

Unlike other leading Canadian universities, the University of British Columbia adopted a novel stance last week when the national press castigated it and one of its professors, Dr. Christopher Shaw, for conducting research into a possible link between vaccines and autism — it unambiguously backed both Shaw and the principle of academic freedom. Almost immediately, the press backed off and the story died.

In contrast, when the national press outed academics at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University for questioning the position of the government’s public health authorities, the universities went into damage-control mode, announced they were launching investigations into the academics’ conduct and took steps to prevent them from discussing vaccines. The press, smelling blood, then doggedly piled on. The story then reverberated nationally and internationally, besmirching the reputations of the academics and their universities alike.

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Hearing 3/18 Hartford! Rep Matthew Ritter Is Attempting To Take Your Parental Health Choice Away.

Action alertTAKE ACTION!!!

Connecticut, get to Hartford tomorrow, March 18, for a hearing on House Bill H.B. 6949, Rep. Matthew Ritter's bill that will limit your right to a religious exemption from vaccine mandates to attend school.  And get on the phone today to the members of the Joint Committee on Public Health and let them know you oppose this bill. H. B. 6949 will require a notarized statement from parents attesting that they have reviewed materials provided by the Department of Health.

 And please click on the Take Action link HERE to send messages to your State Senator and representative expressing your opposition to H.B. 6949.

 Parental informed consent is the standard in developed democracies around the world. There is no such thing as a mandated vaccine in Canada, the UK, Japan, Ireland, Australia, Germany, France, Denmark, Israel, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, etc.

Nineteen states allow exemptions for any reason including California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Michigan and more than a dozen other where more than half of America's population lives.

Twenty-eight states , currently including Connecticut, allow a religious exemption upon presenting a from stating a religious reason not to vaccinate.

Connecticut has one of the highest vaccination rates of any state. And no one has even attempted to make a case that religious exemptions are resulting in increased levels of disease. 

This bill is an added expense to all involved and violates First Amendment religious rights, and it achieves nothing.

The hearing will be held here:

Wednesday, March 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

State Capitol, Room
1210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106


If you wish to speak sign up in the Capitol atrium before the hearing begins.


Chicago Screening Trace Amounts Featuring Q&A with Director and Special Guests

Trace Amounts Chicago

Chicago!  You're invited to screen Trace Amounts this Thursday, March 19 at

Trace Amounts is a compelling documentary film centered on thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative in vaccines that has been suspected by many as playing a primary role in the autism epidemic here in the United States and around the world. It’s a fascinating look at the debate, as well as the people and science at the center of the controversy.

Please go to purchase your ticket ASAP before the event sells out!

To view the Trace Amounts trailer, host your own screening, or to learn more about the film, please visit

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State Bills Attacking Vaccine Exemptions: A Seven Step Approach to Advocacy in your State

Seven row
By Dawn Loughborough

Last Friday Maryland advocates celebrated victory over an extreme bill called HB0687 designed to remove religious exemptions for vaccination of school age children. Concerned families, physicians, and religious leaders came together over this past month to protect principles and request that the bill be dropped/opposed. Maryland delegates handled a barrage of communications coming from people from all walks of life who were concerned and opposed the bill.

The bill was withdrawn and the committee hearing cancelled.  According to The Daily Record, on March 13, 2015, “A Prince George’s County delegate whose law practice includes representing clients who claim adverse reaction to vaccines has withdrawn a bill that would have removed a religious exemption to the state’s vaccination law.” The bill sponsor, Delegate Benjamin Barnes, went on to say that the bill was unnecessary in Maryland.

The movement has begun. Compassion is rising. Fear is falling. The people are in action. Here are seven steps to help you be effective in your state.

  1. Organize Proactively. Sign up for advocacy portals. The NVIC Advocacy Portal at describes each bill on vaccines. Set up local social media groups to organize and find one another. Monitor and create a safe space to share information.

  2. Embrace Collaboration. Health is a conversation everyone owns.  Join efforts with people who are have shared concerns. Reach out to people who believe in civil rights, freedom, personal choice, and those who stand up for medical autonomy. Use multiple forms of advocacy. Books and media – movies like “Trace Amounts” and “Bought” are excellent support for this work. Videos and memes help to educate and spread the message quickly.

  3. Show up. Email and call with the bill number and ask to speak to the representatives or their staff assigned to the bill. Find the contact information on your state government websites.  If there are organizations backing the bill, go to them and ask them to reconsider. Find organizations that align and have them put out action alerts describing the bill and who to contact.

  4. Go Early. Learn the process for how a bill gets created and made into law in your state. Its best to oppose bills before they go to subcommittee. It gets more challenging to stop a bill as it moves through the stages to become a law. Ask bill sponsors for support to drop a bill. Ask for support to oppose. Add up who is for the bill and who is against. Go meet with them and build relatedness and ask them to represent your view with their vote. Let them know if you are in their party and in their district.

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Book Review - Vaccine Injuries by Louis Conte and Tony Lyons

Vaccine Injuries BookBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

Has there ever been a book more needed than "Vaccine Injuries: Documented Adverse Reactions to Vaccines -2014-2015 Edition" by Louis Conte and Tony Lyons?  If so, I don't recall it.

For those of us who have witnessed vaccine injury in our children and then researched the medical literature and the so-called "Vaccine Court" it's clear that the government and the pharmaceutical industry is concealing a massive amount of information from the public.  With the health of the human race at risk from these vaccines is it too much to ask for our scientists and policy-makers to read this brisk 274 page account of the important issues in this debate.  I don't think so.

If people want to find the "facts" about this issue they could do no better than starting with this book.  The book opens with a brief history of vaccination, the legal justification for "mandatory" vaccination (or at least having to pay a fine if you refuse) as well as the early immunization campaigns which often involved contaminated products that injured many individuals.

The authors then move to more recent history, beginning with the hopes which were embodied in the National Childhood Vaccine Safety Act passed in 1986 which was supposed to deal with those rare, but often devastating vaccine reactions and get financial help to the afflicted families as soon as possible.  "Vaccine Injuries" raises the question of whether the promise of this program was betrayed by the pharmaceutical industry which used the program as a shield to move more vaccines onto the pediatric schedule.

From that point the authors move onto the Omnibus Autism Proceedings and actual settled claims in the vaccine program.  From 1989 until 2014 that program has paid out more than $2.8 billion dollars.  That's right, $2.8 billion dollars.  And the inevitable question which gets raised is what's the true number for vaccine damage?  Are only 10% of worthwhile vaccine cases compensated?  That's a $28 billion dollar hit to our economy, not to mention the damaged lives.  Is it 1%?  That's $280 billion dollars.  Or is it closer to 0.1%, which would mean somewhere around $2.8 trillion dollars.

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In Perspective: Vaccine Exemptions and Health

MississippiOriginally published at Vaccination News.

By F. Edward Yazbak MD, FAAP


The state of Mississippi where Personal Belief (Philosophic) Vaccine Exemptions are not allowed has the highest pediatric vaccination rates in the Country and so far no measles cases in 2015.    

Sadly, Mississippi also has the highest infant mortality rate (IMR). 

New Mexico where philosophic exemptions are not allowed, has also not reported any measles activity in 2015 unlike adjoining Texas, Colorado and Arizona, where philosophic exemptions are permitted. New Mexico’s IMR is just as alarming as that of Mississippi and has always exceeded that of its three neighboring states.

Blaming young parents claiming philosophic exemptions for the 2015 California measles outbreak seems unfair when vaccinated, partially vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals have been affected and when the disease seems to have become more prevalent among individuals older than 20.

Geography rather than exemptions may be the real cause why the present measles outbreak started in California.

Religious exemptions are likely to become the next evil.   

The CDC has the ability to distinguish between wild and vaccine-strain measles virus by PCR testing. It is likely that this testing has already been done. It is unlikely that the findings will soon be revealed.


A newspaper report topped with a large Gold Cup surrounded by many #1s and titled "Mississippi: Last In Everything, First In Vaccinations" was published on October 17, 2014. It boasted "No Mumps in Ole Miss."

"The Magnolia state is used to being last on measures of childhood well-being—but it’s beating the rest of the nation when it comes to immunization rates. Be it wealth, health, or education, when it comes to most measures of well-being, there is one state that reliably comes in last place. Mississippi is so used to trailing the pack in these rankings that it was a surprise when the state moved up to #49 in the annual Kids Count report last year. It was the first time in 24 years, since the Annie E. Casey Foundation first issued its survey that Mississippi didn’t sit at the very bottom. (It fell back to last place in 2014.) But there’s one indicator where Mississippi’s children out perform every other state: childhood vaccination rates."                                                              

Obviously an infant has to turn one to become a toddler and then a child in order to attain wealth, health, education and most measures of well-being.

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Bills Banning Most Vaccine Exemptions Fail in Northwest

Your_rightsABC News reports on two vaccine exemption restriction bill failures in Oregon and Washington.   Senator Steiner Hayward of Oregon has introduced a separate bill called SB895 which calls for schools to track and publish in public vaccination status data.  From ABC:


Legislative efforts to increase pressure on parents to get their kids vaccinated failed in Oregon and Washington state Wednesday amid stiff opposition as a handful of other statehouses consider similar bills prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland.

Oregon's measure, which had the support of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, would have made the state the third in the country allowing exemptions from immunizations only for medical reasons, and no longer for religious, philosophical or personal reasons. Mississippi and West Virginia are the only other states that have comparable laws in place.

In Washington state, a similar effort to remove personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines as an authorized exemption from childhood school immunizations died in the state House after failing to come up for a vote before a key deadline. Religious and medical exemptions would have remained under that bill.

Washington state Rep. June Robinson, who had sponsored the bill, said she didn't have the votes she needed. The Democrat from Everett said the pushback from parents and others opposed to the change had an effect on some lawmakers.

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Is Your Right to Say No to a Vaccine In Jeopardy?

Your_rightsThank you to Kathy Sincere for allowing us to publish her letter. FYI, as of yesterday, the Oregon vaccine exemption restriction bill has been pulled by Senator Steiner Hayward.

Dear Friends,

Whether we are Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians or neither, civil rights are a mainstay of who we are as Americans.

The right to bear arms, the right to an education, the right to health care, the right to a speedy trial.  Justice and rights for the poor, the immigrant, the criminal, the insane.  The rights of persons of color.  Women’s rights. The rights of gays, in all aspects of their lives; even the right to marry.  The right to use marijuana for medicinal and even recreational purposes.  So many rights - it’s called the Bill of Rights.

The only right being denied to American citizens in 2015 is the right of informed consent in regard to vaccination.  A right guaranteed by the First Amendment and under the Nuremburg Code that the U.S. signed in 1947. The Nuremberg Code states that no one can be coerced in regard to medical treatment; the right to informed consent.  This was in response to Nazi medical experimentation.  Much of vaccination qualifies  as experimentation, especially the flu vaccines  being mandated for babies, school children and health care workers (soon to be EVERYONE).  They are worthless and contain toxic excipients (see attachment).  This is supposed to keep our children healthy?!  Here is a good blog regarding our diminishing American Rights

If the political Right argues for the rights of the unborn child (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness), then accordingly they need to argue for the rights of the infant AFTER it is born.  It cannot be coerced to have toxic substances (such as aborted fetal cell lines in vaccines) injected into his/her body, with the possibility of injury or death. 

The political Left argues that it is a woman’s right to decide whether to have an abortion or not. She owns her body/her baby.  How can you make that case and then deny the woman’s right to decide what is injected into her pregnant body or the baby after it is born.  That is clearly dulplicitous.

Libertarians want Big Government out of our lives.  The matter of informed consent to vaccination would certainly qualify as an issue.  Dr. Rand Paul stated that “the government does not own our body.” Well said.

Bottom line, the right to informed consent in vaccine choice is an American Right guaranteed under the Constitution.  If this right is ignored or denied, then we have descended into tyranny in this country.  When the vaccine madates for children - no exemptions allowed - are in place and Law, the mandates for adults will certainly follow quickly. 

 Make no mistake about it, forced vaccination is about corruption, power, and money.  It is not about health.  It is Medical Jihad.

This alert is from the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC):


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Senator Steiner Hayward Drops Oregon Vaccine Mandate Bill

ItsoverFrom The Statesman Journal:  Oregon Senator Drops Vaccine Mandate Bill

Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a family physician who led the charge for strengthening Oregon's school immunization law, will no longer pursue the legislation, a staffer said today.

Senate Bill 442, which has had one public hearing and attracted national attention, would have eliminated religious and philosophical exemptions from school shots. Only medical exemptions would have been allowed.

Oregon's nonmedical exemption rate for kindergartners is the nation's highest, at 7 percent. It's a number that has been steadily rising since 2000.

"After much careful consideration, Sen. Steiner Hayward has decided to no longer pursue this legislation," the Beaverton Democrat's chief of staff, Paige Spence, wrote in an email. "She is disappointed that the conversations have largely revolved around who is right or wrong about science and the benefits vs. risk of vaccines, rather than about the health and well-being of Oregon's children."

While the bill had strong support from public health and medical leaders, including Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Medical Association and Providence Health & Services, a vocal group of parents who either delay or avoid vaccines for their children has been active in opposing the bill.

While many are concerned about vaccine safety, some opposed the bill on grounds of medical freedom and parental autonomy....

Read the full article Oregon Senator Drops Vaccine Mandate Bill.

Is California's Epidemic of Vaccine Legislation About Merck's Political "Health?"

Goodbye CA
Between December 17-20, 2014, measles arrived at the happiest place on earth and all hell broke loose. Anti-vaxxers were shamed and maligned by everyone from Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel to Dr. Richard Pan.

According to the California Department of Public Health’s latest measles surveillance report (3/6/15), since December of 2014, there have been 132 confirmed measles cases reported in California residents out of a population of 38.8 million.   40 cases visited Disneyland during the period in question. 81% were not hospitalized.

56% were over the age of twenty.  18% were between the ages of five to nineteen. 19 cases were between the ages of one through four. 15 cases were under the age of one.

This affected exactly 34 kids from birth to age four.

Since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in December of 2012, there have been 109 school shootings and no legislation.

There is no measles epidemic. There is, however, an epidemic of vaccine legislation.

Currently, there are three bills in the California’s state legislature regarding vaccines: SB-277, SB-792 and AB-1117.

SB-277 focuses on eliminating personal belief exemptions which in California includes religious exemptions.

Its aim is listed below:

(a) A means for the eventual achievement of total immunization of appropriate age groups against the following childhood diseases:

(1) Diphtheria.

(2) Hepatitis B.

(3) Haemophilus influenzae type b.

(4) Measles.

(5) Mumps.

(6) Pertussis (whooping cough).

(7) Poliomyelitis.

(8) Rubella.

(9) Tetanus.

(10) Varicella (chickenpox).

Only one company manufactures the polio vaccine and that’s Sanofi. Only one company manufactures the varicella vaccine and that’s Merck. Only one company has a monopoly on the mumps vaccine in the United States and that’s Merck. Only one pharmaceutical company profits from the sale of all the vaccines on this list and that’s Merck (Merck and Sanofi Pasteur are a global joint venture).

The proposed legislation has nothing to do with a measles epidemic. There is no public health crisis that requires ten mandated vaccines, with an eleventh option of any vaccine “deemed appropriate.”

This is an attempt by Merck and the politicians they fund to capitalize on a measles outbreak, one they may actually be responsible for and can profit from.

California’s Political Reform Act of 1974 is designed to ensure that:

- State and local government serve all citizens equally, without regard to status or wealth.

- Public officials perform their duties impartially, without bias because of personal financial interests or the interests of financial supporters.

- Public officials disclose income and assets that could be affected by official actions and disqualify themselves from participating in decisions when they have conflicts of interest.

- Elections are fair.

- Public officials and private citizens are given the means to vigorously enforce political reforms.

“No public official at any level of state or local government shall make, participate in making, or in any way attempt to use his official position to influence a governmental decision in which he knows or has reason to know he has a financial interest.” Even though the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United upheld political spending as a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, it did not legalize financial conflicts of interest.

SB-277 was introduced by Senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen.

Principal Co-Author is Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez.

Co-Authors in the Senate:

Senators Jim Beall, Marty Block, Kevin De León, Isadore Hall, Robert M. Hertzberg, Jerry Hill, Hann-Beth Jackson, Mark Leno, Mike McGuire, Holly Mitchell, Jeff Stone, Bob Wieckowski, and Lois Wolk.

Co-Authors in the Assembly:

Assembly Members Catharine Baker, David Chiu, Jim Cooper, Evan Low, Kevin McCarty, Adrin Nazarian, Anthony Rendon, Mark Stone, and Jim Wood.

We analyzed Merck’s annual reports on corporate contributions from 2006-2014.

Highlighted in green are legislators whose campaigns received contributions from Merck.

Listed below are some of the campaigns that received funding by year:

2006 – Ed Hernandez for Assembly 2006, Wolk for Assembly 2006 and Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D., Democrat for Assembly 2006.

2007 – Lois Wolk for Senate 2008

2008 – Kevin DeLeon for Assembly 2008, Friends of Bill Monning, Carol Liu for Senate

2009 – Wolk for  Senate 2012, Holly J. Mitchell for Assembly, Jerry Hill for State Assembly 2010, Tax Fighters for Anderson 2010

2010Dr. Richard Pan for Assembly 2010, Friends of Bill Monning for Assembly 2010, Holly J. Mitchell for Assembly 2010, Kevin de Leon for Assembly 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D., Democrat for Senate 2010, Wolk for Senate 2012

2011 – Feinstein for Senate, Jerry Hill for Assembly 2012, Kevin De Leon for Senate 2014, Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D., Democrat for Assembly 2014, Wolk for Senate 2012

2012 – Bill Monning for Senate 2012, Jerry Hill for Senate 2012,Dr. Ed Hernandez for Senate 2014, Major General Richard D. Roth USAF (Ret.) for Senate 2012, Taxpayers for Bob Huff 2012, Feinstein for Senate

2013Dr. Richard Pan for Senate 2014, Anthony Rendon for Assembly 2014, Hertzberg for Senate 2014, Holly J. Mitchell for Assembly 2014, Jerry Hill for Senate 2016, Kevin de Leon for Senate 2014, Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D., Democrat for Senate 2014, Major General Richard D. Roth USAF (Ret,) for Senate 2016

2014 – Jim Cooper for Assembly 2014, Holly J. Mitchell for Assembly for 2014, Kevin De Leon for Senate 2014, Vidak for Senate 2014

Note how many Democrats currently in high positions of power were funded by Merck since the beginning of their careers and the ambitious titles of their committee names. Merck either had a way of predicting the winner of future elections or determined the winner of future elections.

SB-277 is now in the Health, Education and Judiciary Committees.

Health Committee Members:

Senator Ed Hernandez (Chair)

Senator Janet Nguyen (Vice Chair)

Senator Isadore Hall, III – Co-Author

Senator Holly J. Mitchell – Co-Author

Senator Bill Monning

Senator Jim Nielsen

Senator Richard Pan - Author

Senator Richard D. Roth

Senator Lois Wolk – Co-Author

Education Committee Members:

Senator Carol Liu (Chair)

Senator Bob Huff (Vice Chair)

Senator Marty Block – Co-Author

Senator Loni Hancock

Senator Connie M. Levya

Senator Tony Mendoza (Author of SB-792)

Senator Richard Pan - Author

Senator Andy Vidak

Judiciary Committee Members:

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair) – Co-Author

Senator Andy Vidak (Vice Chair)

Senator Joel Anderson

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Senator Mark Leno

Senator Bill Monning

Senator Bob Wieckowski – Co-Author

Senators without any known conflicts of interest with Merck and aren’t sponsoring the bill are highlighted in yellow. Note that they are the minority in every single committee.

This isn’t surprising considering Merck’s long history of unethical and fraudulent behavior. They have paid out billions of dollars in settlements over Vioxx, NuvaRing, Fosamax and Vytorin among others.

Currently, in the state of Pennsylvania, case #2:10-cv-04374-cdj UNITED STATES VS MERCK is pending. The Department of Justice is involved. Former virologists now whistleblowers allege that Merck falsified data with the MMR II vaccine in order to meet the 95% efficacy rate which is the benchmark required by the FDA to maintain its monolopy on the mumps vaccine which extends to the MMR II. This suggests vaccine failure and fraud, not unvaccinated kids, as the reason for the outbreaks.

Falsely stating that all vaccines are safe and that the science is settled when this case exists is either an example of gross ignorance or evidence of a cover up. If either is the case, one should not be legislating vaccine mandates on Merck’s behalf.

Dr. Richard Pan and the medical establishment tout herd immunity as the reason for the need to mandate vaccines with 95% being the magic number. California is already at a 2.54% exemption rate for the state overall. Dr. Pan claims there are pockets with higher percentages and these pockets are putting everyone else at risk. However, there have been no outbreaks or deaths in these unvaccinated, wealthy and educated areas. The only risk is Dr. Pan using his authoritative role as a pediatrician to benefit politically.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Dr. Pan opened a campaign committee to raise money for his Senate campaign, the day after his Assembly win. As a Senator, he owes “paramount loyalty to the public.” Instead, he has been violating the First Amendment rights of California voters by either blocking them on social media in order to silence their legitimate concerns or allowing out of state astroturfing trolls to harass them, including parents of vaccine injured children.

During Dr. Pan’s public media tour and on social media, he’s been calling out “anti-vacciners.” His pejorative use of the term shows that he has no interest in the actual concerns of constituents, the majority of whom aren’t anti-vacciners but parents who are pro-choice when it comes to making medical decisions on behalf of their children.

Informed consent is to medical ethics as freedom of speech is to a democracy. Using fear and propaganda to create a manufactured epidemic and using that epidemic to do away with informed consent is unethical, dangerous and sinister.

1. We ask that all three bills are dismissed immediately.

2. We ask for the resignation of Dr. Richard Pan, who has abused his authoritative roles as Senator and Physician. We also ask that Richard Pan’s medical license #84883 be revoked.

3. We ask for an investigation into the members of the Health Committee in regards to their financial ties with Merck and how it may have affected past legislation. If there is evidence of any wrongdoing, we ask that they resign.

4. We ask for greater regulation and transparency with regards to campaign finance in the state of California.

5. We ask that Merck be held responsible for acting unethically.

How the British Medical Journal and Brian Deer Fixed the Historical Record to Destroy Andrew Wakefield’s Reputation 1

Brian Deer B&W
Brian Deer

Age of Autism republishes parent Martin Hewitt’s three part review of Brian Deer’s article ‘How the case against the MMR was fixed’. Hewitt’s analysis was submitted in its original form to the British Medical Journal in March 2011, when the journal refused it publication and it appeared on AoA over the succeeding weeks.

The refusal to allow tolerant, open discussion of Deer’s methods and findings in the place of publication puts the good faith of the journal under scrutiny. Over and again Hewitt demonstrates how Deer’s selective use of material put the actions of Wakefield and his co-defendants at the General Medical Council, Profs John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch, in a perpetual bad light when counter evidence of benign intent and good medical practice were available. While Dan Olmsted’s recent articles have recently caused Deer to wobble over his claims about child 11 in the Wakefield Lancet paper Hewitt re-visits the other eleven cases and detects a similar pattern in methodology in which evidence is haphazardly produced or excluded in order to make out a superficial case.  Four years on, the question is ever more urgently posed: who really committed fraud?


Time to Revisit Deer Part One

CherryPickEditBy  Martin Hewitt

Three months after Brian Deer's first BMJ article (HERE) claiming Dr Andrew Wakefield fabricated the findings of the Lancet paper ('Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia', Lancet, 1998; p.351), it is now time to revisit the claims and test them against the record, in particular the UK General Medical Council transcripts of the fitness to practice panel against Dr Andrew Wakefield and Professors John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch. We can then judge the accuracy, selectivity and interpretive license Deer applies to his evidence against Wakefield.

This is the first of a series of articles examining the sources Deer uses to back his claims. We start by examining Deer’s evidence for claiming that three of the nine children (child 6, 7 and 12) reported with regressive autism did not have an autism diagnosis. Future articles will examine the evidence for what is said about the other eight children.

The BMJ editors who commissioned Deer’s article continue to support the accuracy of his allegations. Do the editors consider that the GMC judgement of Wakefield means he now has no case to answer? If so, we should remember that Deer uses transcript evidence for a charge the GMC did not lay against Wakefield, namely that he fabricated his research findings.

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How the BMJ and Brian Deer Fixed the Record to Destroy Andrew Wakefield Part 2

Brian Deer B&W
Brian Deer

Age of Autism republishes parent Martin Hewitt’s three part review of Brian Deer’s article ‘How the case against the MMR was fixed’. Hewitt’s analysis was submitted in its original form to the British Medical Journal in March 2011, when the journal refused it publication and it appeared on AoA over the succeeding weeks.

The refusal to allow tolerant, open discussion of Deer’s methods and findings in the place of publication puts the good faith of the journal under scrutiny. Over and again Hewitt demonstrates how Deer’s selective use of material put the actions of Wakefield and his co-defendants at the General Medical Council, Profs John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch, in a perpetual bad light when counter evidence of benign intent and good medical practice were available. While Dan Olmsted’s recent articles have recently caused Deer to wobble over his claims about child 11 in the Wakefield Lancet paper Hewitt re-visits the other eleven cases and detects a similar pattern in methodology in which evidence is haphazardly produced or excluded in order to make out a superficial case.  Four years on, the question is ever more urgently posed: who really committed fraud?

Read part 1 here.


Time to Revisit Deer Part Two

CherryPickEditBy Martin Hewitt

In April AoA published the first part of a series revisiting Brian Deer’s claim in the British Medical Journal on 5January 2011 [HERE] that the findings in the Wakefield et al paper 'Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia' (Lancet, 1998; vol. 351, p.637) were fixed. It focused on the first claim that three of the nine children reported with regressive autism did not have an autism diagnosis [HERE].

Part two examines Deer‘s second claim thatDespite the paper claiming that all 12 children were “previously normal,” five had documented pre-existing developmental concerns”. This is done by examining the published UK General Medical Council transcripts of the fitness to practice hearing against Dr Andrew Wakefield and Professors John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch. We can then judge the accuracy, selectivity and interpretive license he applies to his evidence against Wakefield.

Deer identifies children 4, 8, 1 and 5 as examples of developmental concerns raised before MMR. The fifth child is child 11, a US citizen whose case was not examined by the GMC and therefore cannot be verified. We will examine statements he makes about each of the four children and then visit the transcript evidence to see if it supports his claims. Readers can see Deer's bullet-point claims in the BMJ paper. Each of Deer's quotes, including the endnotes, is given in italics. The validity of the claims is then tested against evidence from the GMC. All emphases below are added to the original.

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Action Alert: Provide Your Feedback on Draft National Adult Immunization Plan from HHS

Uncle Sam VaccinationThe federal National Vaccine Program Office wants feedback from you on the Draft National Adult Immunization Plan. The plan sketches out how public funds and authority can be used to expand, subsidize and promote the highly profitable vaccine industry. The plan hints that the pediatric market may be reaching the saturation point, but it is as giddy as a bureaucratic document can get about the possibility for enormous growth in vaccinating adults who currently tend to be highly resistant to vaccine marketing efforts.

Some of the goals included in the plan are maximizing the number of vaccines adults receive, including flu shots for pregnant women. The document operates on the assumption that all vaccines are inherently effective, safe and worth the cost. It assumes that the increased use of vaccines is inherently good.  It assumes that current policies to assure the safety and efficacy of are adequate. It ignores privacy concerns by promoting the use of a national database of our medical records.

The deadline for comments is today so please click on the Take Action link to send comments to HHS which will be entered into the public comments stating your opposition to the plan.

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Bill to Restrict Vaccine Exemptions Losing Support in Oregon

No thanksSALEM, Ore. -- Centuries-old diseases like measles have been making a comeback lately after an outbreak started at Disneyland, and spread to several cases in Oregon and Washington.

But a bill in Salem that would make vaccines mandatory for kids for those types of illnesses, is losing support fast.

Three weeks ago, Senate Bill 442 had strong support and was making quick headway. But now, even supporters admit, the way it's written now, the bill is at risk of dying in committee before it even gets a vote.

The bill would make it so parents could only opt out or delay vaccines for their children for medical reasons, not for any personal, religious or philosophical exemptions such as are allowed now.

If passed, and a child doesn't get their mandated shots, no exemption note, other than for a medical reason, would help; they couldn't go to school. Other than home school, that would leave thousands of kids without their constitutional right to education, and that's where some politicians are having a hard time with it.

Robert Kennedy, Jr. lobbies against vaccine bill

Read the full report at Oregon's KGW TV.

Italian Court Reverses Vaccine Autism Decision

Milan__ItalyAn Italian appellate court has reversed the trial court’s decision from 2012 that autism was due to vaccines.  The claimant’s lawyer, an experienced vaccine injury attorney, plans to appeal the decision to the highest court.  The appellate court, based on its own medical expert, decided that the connection between the child’s vaccines and autism was temporal, not causal. We’ll keep readers posted.

Help Tell White House To Stop Mandatory Vaccination Bills

Listen_to_me_by_rachellove147-d34d13dFrom Autism Action Network

Only 3 days to get 20,000 signatures    

Yesterday thousands of people emailed and called the White House asking why President Obama's "We The People" petition website had not registered any new signatures since last Thursday on a petition calling for the end of all mandatory vaccination in the United States. The White House heard you, by late afternoon the petition was registering new numbers, and it jumped from 59, 761 to more than 71,000. As of writing this Action Alert it is up to 81,145. If a petition reaches 100,000 signatures President Obama claims he will "issue an appropriate response." Let's make him do that. We need about 20,000 signatures by March 6.
Please click on the link to sign the petition:

And please click on the Take Action link to send a message directly to the White House asking the President to respect the international ethical standard of vaccination only on the basis of informed consent by the person receiving the vaccine, or by the parent or guardian of a minor child. This is the standard in all developed democracies, except the United States
We can compel the White House to address this issue they do not want to address, but only if you take action NOW, and if you ask your friends and family to take action as well NOW.
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Drive Thru Medicine, SIRVA, and the Vaccine Court

Drive thru fluBy Wayne Rohde and Louis Conte

A continuing series examining the NVICP aka The Vaccine Court

In recent weeks, you might have seen and read several articles posted by attorneys that practice in the NVICP, discussing the compensation awards they achieved for their client, the vaccine injured petitioner.  They all have a common theme. Not the fact they are winning some petitions, but rather the actual type of vaccine injury.

In the November 2014 GAO Report presented to Congress on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), the report pointed out one indisputable fact that the Program is no longer about childhood vaccine injuries.  It is a program with the majority of petitions filed from adults, nearly 80%.  And the vast majority of those petitions are from injuries as the result of the influenza vaccine.  The alarming trends of injuries from the influenza vaccine are Guillain-Barré Syndrome(GBS) and Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, (SIRVA).

We are familiar with GBS and the effects on many people around the globe, similar to polio.  There is even credible studies that show what we know today as GBS was often diagnosed as polio 60-80 years ago.  GBS emerged on the national scene back for many people back in 1976 when the CDC lied to the American public and to Congress about the pending epidemic of Swine Flu.  Because of the large immobilization to vaccinate people against the Swine Flu, GBS became a horrible injury for many people nationwide.

Guillain-Barré syndrome can affect anybody. It can strike at any age and both sexes are equally prone to the disorder. The syndrome is rare, however, afflicting only about one person in 100,000. Usually Guillain-Barré occurs a few days or weeks after the patient has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally surgery will trigger the syndrome. In rare instances vaccinations may increase the risk of GBS.”

GBS is a vaccine injury and the cases compensated by the NVICP show this clearly.

But what about SIRVA? It can be described as “shoulder pain that is a common transient side-effect of vaccination. Infrequently, patients can develop prolonged shoulder pain and dysfunction following vaccination. Common clinical characteristics include absence of a history of prior shoulder dysfunction, previous exposure to vaccine administered, rapid onset of pain, and limited range of motion. The proposed mechanism of injury is the unintentional injection of antigenic material into synovial tissues resulting in an immune-mediated inflammatory reaction. Careful consideration should be given to appropriate injection technique when administering intramuscular vaccinations to reduce the risk of shoulder injury.” [i]

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An Open Letter to California Religous Leaders About SB277 & Vaccine Rights

Your_rightsThank you to Laura Hayes for sharing this letter - we invite you to do the same. Here's the file. CA Vaccine Exemption Bill Religious Leaders Letter

Subject:  Appealing for help from our religious leaders in CA

Dear Pastors, Priests, Bishops, Rabbis, and Others,

Currently in CA, there is a bill before the legislature, SB 277, which would eliminate a parent's right to exempt their children from one, some, or all vaccines, a risk-laden medical procedure (only a medical exemption would remain, which is usually only issued after a catastrophic adverse vaccine reaction has occurred, and often times, not even then).  Should this bill become law, it will apply to ALL students in California, whether they are enrolled in pubic school, private school, parochial/religious school, charter school, or home school.  Should this bill become law, it will apply to CA's current 69-vaccine schedule, which includes vaccines that are for sexually-transmitted diseases (i.e. Hepatitis B at birth, and HPV, possibly soon to be required for kindergarten).  This list of 69 would be allowed to be added to at any time by the state of CA, via the California Dept. of Public Health, without limit or public input. Currently, there are approximately 300 vaccines in different phases of development, each of which is a possibility to be added to the vaccine schedule for California children.

Thus, every resident in the state of CA between the ages of 6 and 18 will be forced to be vaccinated with every mandated vaccine in order to reside here and to be eligible for any public, private, or home school. Since education is compulsory, opting for no schooling will not be an option. When vaccine mandates are law, the only way a parent can protect their children from the known and unknown dangers of vaccines and/or from the known and unknown problems with the current vaccine schedule is through the use of exemptions. If SB 277 passes, there will soon be no more exemptions for such protections.

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Why Are We Still Injecting Mercury Into Pregnant Women and Infants?

Go mercury freeBy Dr. William H. Gaunt

Thimerosal (50% ethyl mercury) was removed from most pediatric vaccines in 1999-2004 but still remains in the multidose flu vaccine which is given to pregnant women and infants.  Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin which causes brain damage and autism.  Why are we doing this? 

In the ubiquitous Geico commercial, one person says “Did you know that 15 minutes can save you 15% on auto insurance?”  The other person says “Everybody knows that.”  Why does everybody know that?  Because we've all seen it hundreds of times on TV.  How many times have you heard or read “Vaccines don't cause autism?”  It is the big lie and it is repeated so often by so many “experts” that people think it must be true.   The scientific studies that make it true are all fraudulent studies funded by the vaccine industry.  These studies are bought and paid for and the data is manipulated so they get what they want.  Now they are saying that there are not two sides to this controversy.  The science has been done.  The results are in.  Vaccines don't cause autism(for the millionth time).  Which do you think would be more likely to reveal the truth: (1) Vaccine industry funded studies or (2) independent studies that are not funded by the vaccine industry?  If you picked #2, you would be correct but those studies are routinely denigrated and ignored.  Mainstream media consistently supports the vaccine industry position so that is all you hear unless you actively seek out the other side of this issue. 

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CT Action Alert: Rep Ritter Seeks To Limit Religious Rights RE Vaccination

American FreedomNOTE: I spoke with a helpful staff member who indicated that Rep. Ritter has received many calls about this bill.    She said that we in the Nutmeg state should email our concerns to him at  KIM 

Connecticut State Representative Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) has announced that he will introduce a bill in the legislature in Hartford to limit your right to a religious exemption from state vaccine mandates. The bill has not been introduced yet but Ritter announced his intention at a press conference along with Connecticut’s US Senator Chris Murphy, who has announced he intends to introduce a similar bill in the US Senate. Ritter wants parents to make annual visits to a physician prior to applying for a religious exemption.

Please click on the Take Action link  above to send a message to your State Senator and Representative asking them to oppose Ritter’s bill and any other bills that limit our right to informed consent. 

And please give Representative Matt Ritter a call and let him know that you don’t want him interfering with your family’s health decisions and religious beliefs.

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We The People Petitions Against Vaccine Mandates

Your_rightsWe petition the Obama administration to:


No human being should be FORCED to be vaccinated against their will and/or personal/religious beliefs. I petition against making vaccinations of any kind mandatory. This includes forcing children to be vaccinated to attend public schools, activities, and daycare centers. This also includes adults working in the public or private sector.

See and sign the petition here.

Neil Miller: Why people choose not to Vaccinate

WhyPrinted with permission from Neil Miller of

By Neil Miller

Recently I was contacted by an anchorwoman for a TV network asking if I would answer a few questions for a story that she was doing on vaccinations, particularly regarding measles. Here are my responses:

Why would one choose not to vaccinate?

Some parents choose not to vaccinate because they had a personal experience that convinced them vaccines are dangerous. Other people have read peer-reviewed studies showing vaccine safety deficits and decided that the risks are greater than the benefits. For example, numerous studies have confirmed a link between vaccinations and cancer. Children who are permitted to contract measles naturally are significantly protected against various cancers later in life. In fact, the wild measles virus has oncolytic (anti-cancer) properties. Tumor remissions after measles infection are well documented in the medical literature.

Children who are required to be vaccinated against measles have had this anti-cancer protection stripped from them for life. They have been forced to trade a reduced risk of contracting measles for an increased risk of developing cancer later in childhood or as an adult.

I will list just a few of the studies confirming the scientific link between vaccines and cancer:

Albonico et al found that adults are significantly protected against non-breast cancers -- genital, prostate, gastrointestinal, skin, lung, ear-nose-throat, and others -- if they contracted measles (odds ratio, OR = 0.45), rubella (OR = 0.38) or chickenpox (OR = 0.62) earlier in life. [Med Hypotheses 1998; 51(4): 315-20].

Montella et al found that contracting measles in childhood reduces the risk of developing lymphatic cancer in adulthood [Leuk Res 2006; 30(8): 917-22].

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Statement from Rep Norm Johnson Apologizing for Off The Cuff Remark RE Vaccine Injury

Rep Norm JohnsonFeb. 19, 2015

Statement from Rep. Norm Johnson regarding his comments in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee on Feb 18, 2015:

“My off the cuff remark in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee was inappropriate and a poor attempt at banter. I understand why my words are hurtful to people who care passionately about this issue. All I can say at this point is that I am deeply sorry.”

Thank you, Representative Johnson. We hope you will listen to your constituents as they share their painful experience with vaccine injury and the need for retaining the liberty of personal medical rights, and oppose HB2009.

Oregon's SB442 Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward Defends Her Personal Medical Choice Denies Yours

Do as i sayBelow is video of Oregon attorney Bob Snee asking Senator Elizabeth Action alert Steiner Hayward why making medical decisions based on informed consent should be her right, but not the right of her constituents during debate about SB442 (see description of this bill below the video clip.)   He politely inquired about her level of hypocrisy. She became a bit testy, like a schoolmarm - telling us her decision was "based on science." As if we are dunces to remain in the corner.

A quick look at her website indicates that Ms. Steiner Hayward is supported by Planned Parenthood and is a pro-choice politician.   She will protect your decision to abort your baby, but once born, please leave your brain (and science) at the door and allow the government and Ms. Steiner Hayward to tell you how to care for your own child.

We invite you to contact the three Senators listed below to politely share your personal experience and the science behind your vaccine choice decisions - especially if you are an Oregon resident. 

SB442 Directs Oregon Health Authority to adopt by rule schedule requiring submission of document to school administrator for purposes of declining immunization if document on record does not include signature of health care practitioner verifying that parent has reviewed risks and benefits of immunization or certificate verifying that parent has completed vaccine educational module.  You can read Mr. Snee's testimony HERE.

Senator Chip Shields
Democrat - District 22 - Portland
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1722    District Phone: 503-231-2564
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-421, Salem, Oregon 97301
District Address: 2104 NE 45th Ave., Portland, OR 97213

Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
Democrat - District 25 - Gresham
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1725
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-413, Salem, Oregon 97301

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Democrat - District 17 - NW Portland/Beaverton
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1717
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-215, Salem, Oregon 97301

VIDEO: Rep Norm Johnson (R) Washington, Makes Fun of Brain Injury from Vaccines

Norm JohnsonUPDATE 2/23/15: Feb. 19, 2015

Statement from Rep. Norm Johnson regarding his comments in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee on Feb 18, 2015:

“My off the cuff remark in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee was inappropriate and a poor attempt at banter. I understand why my words are hurtful to people who care passionately about this issue. All I can say at this point is that I am deeply sorry.”

Thank you, Representative Johnson. We hope you will listen to your constituents as they share their painful experience with vaccine injury and the need for retaining the liberty of personal medical rights, and oppose HB2009.


Note: Thank you to longtime friend of AofA Tami Giles for sending us these videos which show the callous disregard for the vaccine injured. Politicians, healthcare workers - they don't even believe that injury can happen. They mock us. And our sick kids.  Best post I've seen in a long time on the disconnect between vaccine injury and reality is, "When you hear anti-vaxxer," think "parent of a disabled child," by  Levi Quackenboss.   Representative Norman Johnson, a former teacher, counselor and PRINCIPAL for Lord's sake, should get down on his knees and thank God his grandson (pictured) is not vaccine injured. And he should apologize to all of us whose kids did not dodge the bullet.  Here's what our friend says to Johnson and her son's video response as well: KS

By Tami Giles

Rep Norm Johnson (Republican/WA state) seems to think brain damage from vaccines is a joking matter. Here he is at this week's executive session- jut one day after a jam-packed room of concerned citizens showed up to oppose HB 2009- WA’s bill seeking to remove personal/philosophical vaccine exemptions. Many tried to raise their voices, and though only a few were allowed that opportunity, they gave compelling public testimony.  Vaccine manufacturer Merck's paid lobbyists spent the last 2 weeks at the capital, grooming our citizen-paid lawmakers to insult those who oppose mandatory vaccination.  ADEM - brain damage- is just ONE of the many side effects from vaccines, listed on package insert. Norm Johnson, you are a disgrace to public office.

The comment is 17 seconds into the 43 second clip.

Below, her son, created this video response to Representative Johnson's callous treatment of medical injury.

Tami Giles is a decade long advocate, who donates her time for the community good. She has been the WA state AAN Coordinator (formerly A-Champ) since 2005, helping to bring legislative issues to the attention of the lawmakers and the autism community.  She started the first biomedical & diet support group in WA state, to help families affected by autism over a decade ago. Through the years, she’s been an invited speaker at many autism conferences, due to her extensive knowledgeable in treatments, diets, therapies, and advocacy.  In her free time (what’s that?) she enjoys raising a flock of Organic, non-GMO chickens, and creates SCD/Paleo recipes and masterpieces to support her son Daniel’s extensive dietary needs.

Dr. Paul Thomas, MD: Parents Rights to Choice in Vaccines Threatened Around the Country and in Oregon SB442-3 Amendment

Parental-rightsWe are excerpting this post from Dr. Paul Thomas' site. Please go to Dr. Thomas' blog to read the full post.

I attended and testified at the Oregon Senate hearing on SB442 on February 18th 2015. The physician, and sponsoring senator, opened with the longest explanation of why she did not have ties to big Pharma or Merck that I was left wondering what was behind that? I then heard the hand picked physicians who were in favor of this bill and were given unlimited time to testify the same old mantra: vaccines are safe, they save lives and we are in a dangerous situation with measles that used to kill hundreds of thousands and so on.

My first response was anger and outrage.  Surely these intelligent well meaning doctors knew that vaccines have also caused tremendous harm and that the risks and benefits must be weighed.  Surely these doctors didn’t want to remove the informed consent process where a medical procedure that has benefits, risks, and alternatives is explained to the patient and the patient gets to choose.  I was wrong.  This bill intends not only to totally remove the philosophical and religious exemptions, but will put into state law mandates that all children, regardless of their family histories or risk factors, get the full set of recommended vaccines.  The only exceptions will have to come from medical exemptions and to make matters worse, they plan to select which medical providers will be certified to give those exemptions!

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Flu Shot Failures - Bolus Dose of Mercury and Flu Too

Scream nowBelow is a thread from a  general population Mom's group.   Can you imagine anyone buying even a toaster with this kind of failure rate - and a toaster that could electrocute and kill you at that? The myth of vaccination is so strong, even a pregnant woman rationalizes, "Well 30% success is better than nothing when you're pregnant."   If I had posted this SafeMinds link to flu shot safety, the post most likely would have been removed for having been "controversial."

When you hear the ad for CHANTIX smoking cessation drug, the first warning you hear is about seizures, and then the litany of other pretty terrible side effects follows.  Vaccines do not have any such requirements for sharing side effects. Your doc needn't tell you a thing. CVS can simply point you toward the candy aisle for a sweet snack. 

The thread began:

For those of you who have been dealing with influenza this season, did you or family members get the flu shot prior to contracting the flu?

My daughters and I got the flu shot, and my younger daughter got the flu (flu b). She started on Tamiflu immediately and it helped.

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We have the flu vaccine yearly. Hard to know if any of us have had the flu- definitely viral illness, but none of our providers have tested to confirm a diagnosis of influenza. Vaccine is less than 30% effective this year.

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I Will Accept Your Surrender

White-flagBy Kent Heckenlively

I've made this offer several times in the past.  I'm making it again.  I am willing to accept the surrender of those who have perverted science, harmed a generation of children, and even as of this late date are willing to harm more children so as to not to upset the balance of their lives.

It must be truly troubling for those who continue to fuel the epidemic of autism and other chronic diseases that even though you still maintain the trust of those in the media, the scientific community, and most of the people in politics, an amazing 39% of the population in a recent Fox News poll believe parents need to have the right to decide how and whether their children can be vaccinated.

You see, I've interviewed enough scientists that I understand the world in which you operate.  Although you tremble in fear when you confront the dark questions at the heart of why so many children and adults suffer with chronic diseases, you feel quite comfortable making others cower as has been done to you.  It must really annoy you when you fulminate against us as if we were some extremist group, that somehow you can't get the rest of the population to fully buy it.

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Democrats, Republicans and the Reality of Vaccine Injury

I am AwakeBy Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde

The publicity around the uptick in measles cases has fueled open hostility toward “anti-vaccine” parents. There have been articles written in the main stream press calling for the removal of vaccine exemptions, a federal vaccine mandate, special taxes and litigation against parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Even calls for arrests and outing the evil anti-vaccine ones by posting their names and addresses on a government website as though they were sex offenders. One can assume that internment camps will be suggested next.

Not surprisingly, the issue has drawn in presidential candidates from both parties.

Senator Rand Paul (Republican) earlier in February stated:

"I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines… I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea. I think they’re a good thing. But I think parents should have some input. The state doesn’t own your children, parents own the children and it is an issue of freedom and public health."

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (Republican) made these comments in 2009:

"I have met with families affected by autism from across the state and have been struck by their incredible grace and courage. Many of these families have expressed their concern over New Jersey’s highest-in-the nation vaccine mandates. I stand with them now, and will stand with them as their governor in their fight for greater parental involvement in vaccination decisions that affect their children."

Although Christie has kept vaccine mandates in his state, he followed up last week with:

"Mary Pat and I have had our children vaccinated and we think that it’s an important part of being sure we protect their health and the public health…I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide.

Hillary Rodham Clinton responded with this tweet:

"The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and (hashtag) vaccines work. Let's protect all our kids."

The potential Democratic presidential candidate ends her Twitter commentary with the hashtag Grandmothers Know Best.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) used a quickly assembled Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing last week to demean Senator Paul’s comments about parental claims that vaccines cause “profound mental disorders.” In a questioning that seemed scripted, Senator Warren asked Anne Schuchat, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases about vaccine safety:

“Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism?”

“No,” Schuchat answered.

“Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause ‘profound mental disorders’?”

“No,” Schuchat responded, “but some of the diseases we vaccinate against can.”

The public was given a clear message vaccines are completely safe and effective. Vaccines don’t cause profound mental disorders and they certainly don’t cause autism. “Anti-Vax” parents are wrong and people must make sure that children are given the MMR vaccine. Adults should get the vaccine too and exemptions should be removed.

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