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Teaching Americans To Hate "Anti-Vaxxers"

This graphic was circulating on Facebook regarding politics and terrorism. Looks just like the playbook of the VID (vaccine injury denial) community. Once you have hatred, you can do all sorts of nasty things via the law, medicine, in the media. We've seen it for years. Let's keep changing ignorance to EDUCATION. Then hate will turn to logical analysis.

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Protect Your Right To Choose Housing For Your Disabled Loved One!

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March 16, 2016

Dear Friends and VOR Members,

We urge you to act immediately.

Protection and Advocacy Agencies (P & A) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) file mass actions with the purpose of closing Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID) in pursuit of an ideological agenda to serve all people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in the community.

These actions are typically filed without consultation with the individuals’ guardians, who have consistently opposed such actions, despite the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Olmstead decision that compel the government to respect the right of choice. 

Please email your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives immediately and request that he or she contact the House Appropriations Committee by March 23, 2016 and ask the Committee to include language in two appropriations bills which will protect the rights of individuals with I/DD who require and choose an ICF/IID level of care.  

Taking action is easy.  Please click on the link below to be taken to a ready-to-send email to your U.S. House Representative.  You can edit it, if you wish, before sending.

CLICK HERE

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. 

Please feel free to forward this alert to others who would like to help.

Gratefully,

Hugo Dwyer

hdwyer@vor.net

P.S. Planning to join VOR in Washington, D.C. this June? See details at VOR's website

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Does Malcolm Turnbull Support Censorship?

AustralianFlagExcerpted from NoCompulsoryVaccination.com

A very active and lively discussion has been taking place on the Prime Minister’s Facebook page regarding the No Jab, No Pay law.  I made several posts in response to Dr Patrick Stokes – a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy who supports censorship when it comes to vaccination as evidenced by his article on The Conversation entitled: No, You’re Not Entitled to Your Opinion.

Dr Stokes is an Australian academic who readily admits that he is not an authority on the this issue.  Furthermore, he openly states that he does not WANT to know about the science of vaccination, instead claiming that everyone should defer to doctors and health authorities because they are the only ones capable of understanding the subject. Please read his statement below:

Stokes

Is the PM Censoring Debate?

Getting back to the Prime Minister’s Facebook page, as I said, I was having a lively debate with Mr Stokes about the issue of vaccination. I prepared a comment in response to his repetition of the fact that he does not know anything about vaccination and does not believe the issue should be publicly debated. When I tried to post my response, however, I got a warning that there was a problem and I should try later. This was yesterday afternoon and I have tried 4 times now and each time, I get the same warning.

Since there are plenty of new comments on this page, including many casting aspersions on my honesty, integrity and intelligence, I can only assume that I have been blocked. Fair go, Malcolm or whoever you have delegated to moderate your page! Are you afraid that your wife’s profits at Prima BioMed (profits that jumped to AUD $5.5 million mere weeks after No Jab No Pay legislation was announced) might be affected if enough people start to question vaccination? Valid fear, that – but is that a reason to silence opponents of government policies? Do we live in a democracy or not, Mr Turnbull? Or are the Australian people no more than cash cows (cash vaccas, the origin of the word ‘vaccination’, appropriately enough?) to you and your government?

Continue reading at:  NoCompulsoryVaccination.com


Levi Quackenboss: Use All The Western Medicine You Want

Dollar-sign-of-pillsExcerpted from Levi Quackenboss.  We hope you read his blog regularly....

“If you’re not going to vaccinate, don’t come to the hospital when your kid is sick.”

“If you’re not going to vaccinate, you shouldn’t get to use western medicine.”

“If you’re anti-big pharma you shouldn’t be able to buy insulin.”

“If you hate pharmaceutical companies so much you shouldn’t be allowed to buy an EpiPen for your kid.”

Let’s get one thing straight, knuckleheads.  If someone decides that it’s in the best interest of their child’s health, well-being, or right to life to forgo vaccination, they still get to do whatever the hell they want when it comes to treating disease, whether you like it or not.

Guess what, Einsteins? Antibiotics aren’t man-made.  They weren’t invented, they were discovered.  The very definition of antibiotic means it is a naturally occurring substance produced from microorganisms and fungi.  The synthetic crap is antimicrobials, not antibiotics.  Antibiotics are a lot closer to the natural medicine movement than your prescription for Zoloft or Xenical.

Besides that, penicillin was discovered in 1928.  The first smallpox vaccine that became the standard for vaccine production (freeze-dried with added peptones to reduce contamination and injected with a needle) didn’t come about until 20 years later when it was invented by Leslie Collier.  So the use of natural antibiotics predates the first “western medicine” vaccine by two decades.

Plus there’s the fact that a First Nation tribe in Canada has been using a powerful antibiotic clay found north of Vancouver to heal infections for thousands of years, and now “western medicine” is all on their jock to appropriate it.

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March Together Support Your Preferred Organization on World Autism Day

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We have an opportunity to show the powers that be in Washington that the autism community can show a united front.  The sum of the whole is greater and more powerful than the parts.  We can do this without compromising our positions.  The opportunity is called the Power of One March for Unity, sponsored by Unlocking Autism. This event is set up so that you can raise money for your preferred autism organization. See the website for details.

POWER OF ONE WEBSITE

The only requirement is that you walk next to each other with respect. 

Given our current political season, respect and decorum seem like quaint notions.  They aren't. 

Families are drowning in autism related problems.  Aging out and graduation from high school present monumental challenges.    We'll need help with employment, or lack thereof, housing, medical care, social inclusion, romantic life, police interaction, mental health, financial stability and assistance for aging parents who will be crushed by having to care for adult children anywhere on the spectrum.

Blue back  maleYou need to know that Autism Speaks, the autism organization with the most influence in Blue shirt back femaleWashington DC,  has refused to participate.  They've turned their back on unity, preferring their own blue lights -which frankly, do nothing but cast a gloomy pall of sadness. It's OK. They represent the status quo. And we all know that the status quo is woefully inadequate for actual people WITH autism and their families.


Autism Speaks Does Not Participate

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On The Passing of Nancy Reagan

Nancy and Ronald ReaganBy Dara Berger

I learned yesterday on Facebook that Nancy Reagan died on Sunday.  Do I feel sad?  No.  The truth is I haven’t liked her for a very long time.  I hold her at least partly responsible for the health crisis of our children today.

The saying should now be “They all don’t walk and talk” and not the other way around.  Is there anybody out there who doesn’t know a family enveloped by autism?

I think you could live in a cave these days and still have an understanding that we have an epidemic of children whose lives or childhood’s have been decimated by autism.  

Now getting back to Nancy Reagan and the part she played in today’s epidemic.

Fact 1  Nancy Reagan hid her husbands Alzheimer’s illness from the country for years while he was guiding us and making some of the most important decisions for our children.

Fact 2 He signed a law into effect that stripped a parents right to sue a pharmaceutical company when their child got injured or died from a vaccine.

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The CDC Atlanta Autism Study That No One Noticed

CdclogoBy F. Edward Yazbak MD

Amid all the furor surrounding Thompson no one noticed the publication by the CDC last year of a study showing the steady rise of autism spectrum disorders in Atlanta which once again places beyond reasonable doubt that the rise in autism is real and not an artifact. On the CDC’s own analysis autism had risen on its own door step by nearly four times among eight year olds between 1996 and 2010 to a rate of 1 in 65. Ed Yazbak reviews the paper.

By now everyone who cared to know has been or should have become well informed about a controversial 2004 CDC publication by DeStefano, Bhasin, Thompson, Yeargin-Allsopp and Boyle titled "Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta." [i] 

Facts and allegations related to that study are not the subject of this report. Only deserving a mention is the fact that one of the authors of the 2004 study is still the Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) [ii] and another is the Branch Chief, Developmental Disabilities Branch, NCBDDD[iii]. Neither has yet proposed a science-supported cause or causes of autism and both seem only certain that pediatric vaccines and their components are in no way responsible for autistic regression.

On April 29, 2015, another Atlanta Autism-related study titled Trends in the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Loss, Intellectual Disability, and Vision Impairment, Metropolitan Atlanta, 1991–2010” was published on PLOS One, an Open Access Journal.[iv] For reasons unknown, it was not extensively publicized and did not receive much attention.

The authors, Braun KVN, Christensen D, Doernberg N, Schieve L, Rice C, Wiggins L, Schendel D, and Yeargin-Allsopp M reported that they were all from of the “Developmental Disabilities Branch, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.” Of the group, only Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp had participated in the 2004 investigational study and co-authored its published report.

The authors’ participation in the latest study and publication was as follows: KVB, DC, ND and MYA “conceived and designed the experiments”,   KVB and DC “analyzed the data” and KVB, DC, ND, LS, CR, LW, DS and MYA “wrote the paper.”

It is not clear why it was decided to claim that Dianna Schendel PhD was still at the CDC in April 2015 when the PLOS study was published, when Arrhus University in Denmark had announced that she had been a University employee since 2013 and had “been appointed Professor with special responsibilities at the Department of Public Health and the National Centre for Register-based Research at Aarhus University” on 6/26/2014. [v]

In her recent Arrhus University CV, Dr. Schendel herself clearly stated that she had been employed at the “Developmental Disabilities Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” from 1993 to 2013.[vi]

The exchange of talent between the CDC and Arrhus University is well known and long standing. It was highlighted of course by the “Affaire Thorsen” that the CDC hierarchy has preferred to forget. Less inhibited and clearly more disturbed, Arrhus University issued a detailed recitation of what exactly happened in its very frank Statement regarding Dr. Poul Thorsen’s involvement in Aarhus University projects”. [vii]

According to the Office of Inspector General, HHS, Dr. Thorsen remains a wanted fugitive who allegedly diverted over $1 million of CDC grant money to his own personal bank account, who was indicted in April 2011 on 22 counts of Wire Fraud and Money Laundering, and who is presently in Denmark supposedly awaiting extradition to the United States.[viii]

Meanwhile Dr. Thorsen seems happily employed in addition to writing and publishing scientific papers, the latest in September 2015. [ix]

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The most recent Atlanta Study by Braun et al, the subject of this report, “examined the prevalence and characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy (CP), hearing loss (HL), intellectual disability (ID), and vision impairment (VI) over a 15–20 year time period, with specific focus on concurrent changes in ASD and ID prevalence.”

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Dr. Tom Insel Joins Autism Science Foundation Circling The Wagons

Circle the wagonsThe wagons circle ever tighter.  Former IACC head, Dr. Tom Insel, has joined Dr. Paul Offit's autism science foundation.  We've been through gallons of ink writing about Dr. Insel over the years and the complete and utter failure of IACC to respond to the autism emergency. A few posts are below.

Dr. Offit has been the public voice of autism/vaccine denial.  And he has been accepted as an autism expert. Rather strange considering that he is a pediatric infectious disease specialist and he has never treated children with autism in a clinical practice.  In fact, he does  not see any patients at CHOP.  If you go to the infectious disease department, he does not have a "see patients" link like the others in the department.  JB Handley called his office many years ago to schedule an appointment with this self-proclaimed autism medical expert. No soap.  Dr. Offit spends his time traveling about telling healthcare professionals how to browbeat parents into vaccinating their children.  He has written books about what treatments don't work for autism. That's helpful to families yes?  He held the patent on a vaccine that is now part of the pediatric vaccination schedule in America - Mark Blaxill wrote a series of articles:

And now Dr. Tom Insel is officially part of Dr. Paul Offit's organization.  Isn't that nifty! Two brave men phighting phor phamilies and their phuture.  Huzzah!

Dr. Julie Gerberding left CDC to join Merck as President of their Vaccine Division, she was promoted to GOD or something later, Queen of Everything Medical Worldwide might have been the title.  Merck makes Dr. Offit's RotaTeq vaccine.   Circle those wagons, pard'ners!

Head spinning yet?

Just another day in the world of sick kids and a government, industry, public health, medical industry kick in the ass to autism families from coast to coast. 

Below are some articles you might find interesting as you learn about ASF's newest board member.

When Vaccine Development is a Family Business: The Insel Brothers

By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

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(Four Insel Brothers, Four MDs (left to right) Jonathan, Richard, Thomas, and Paul)

Thomas R. Insel, the psychiatrist in charge of autism research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has a family connection to one of the vaccines potentially implicated in the sharp rise in autism rates since 1990. His brother, Richard A. Insel, was part of both the research team that developed the vaccine for Haemophilus influenza B (Hib) and the company that profited from the introduction of the first commercial Hib vaccine formulation. Richard Insel was a co-founder and director of Praxis Biologics--a vaccine development company in Rochester, New York--that together with a research team at the University of Rochester developed and then sold HibTITER®, a vaccine for Hib first licensed for children in December 1988 and for infants in October 1990. Largely based on the momentum of its successful Hib vaccine, Praxis Biologics was sold in 1989 to American Cyanamid in a deal valued at $190 million. As co-founder and director, Richard Insel held shares that gave him a 2% interest in the company, making his personal share of the transaction worth close to $4 million.

Despite his family connection to the Hib vaccine, there is neither evidence nor suggestion of undisclosed financial conflict on Thomas Insel’s part; all the Praxis Biologics transactions and development activity associated with HibTITER® occurred at least twenty years ago and involved his brother, Richard Insel. Nor has Richard Insel been involved in autism research in any way. But HibTITER® contained the ethyl mercury-based preservative thimerosal, a vaccine component that has been at the center of an ongoing controversy in autism. Many organizations concerned over vaccine safety, including many autism groups, have been asking for increased NIH funding for vaccine safety research, including research into the effects of thimerosal. In that context, Age of Autism’s investigation of Thomas Insel’s familial link to a thimerosal-containing vaccine developed by his brother raises important questions, and advocates for more research on a possible link reacted strongly to the connection.

Put simply, Thomas Insel presides over the NIH research into the causes of autism. In his dual capacity as autism planner and brother (see HERE), responding to these concerns would require him to address a personally difficult question: Did his brother help develop a product that increased the risk of autism in children?

IACC's Tom Insel Must Go
By Dan Olmsted

Thomas Insel, the feckless factotum who heads the committee that will decide the future of the autism epidemic, needs to follow Dr. Story Landis (HERE) out the door TODAY and resign as chair of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Tomorrow is too long.

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The United States of Sickness 2017 Budget

BudgetBy AofA Reader, Commenter, Contributor

Reading over the President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 has left a pit in my stomach. I confess that before easy internet availability, I wasn't all that familiar with the national budget. I knew there was waste in government, but never realized how much waste and the absurd sums spent on things that I do not agree with. When the rich would balk at the prospect of having to pay more taxes I used to buy the argument that they should pay their fair share. Now I see how much money is being spent on nonsense, on projects that are pushing society in the wrong direction, and how blind our leaders are to our country's real problems and needs. A lot of this spending looks like American taxpayers are now directly funding corporate R&D, manufacturing growth and infrastructure and employer specific job training programs. I may be wrong, but I always thought that this type of investment in our form of government was made by private industry, not by our government.

There are categories that don't make a whole lot of sense to me, like:

"Opening Doors to a First Job for More Young Americans - The Budget invests $5.5 billion in mandatory funding to help more than one million young people gain the work experience, skills and networks that come from having a first job."

How would that work? Doesn't one get experience from a first job by having a first job? And doesn't one get paid by the employer for the first job experience? Who is getting that $5.5 billion? Are we paying employers to employ young people in first jobs now? Is the US Government taking on the role of employment agency?

It is unbelievable that with a current estimated 1 in 25 risk of being diagnosed with autism, the worst domestic human and financial emergency this country has ever seen, that the word autism does not appear anywhere in the Budget. Instead, the document alludes to autism:

"Invests in early learning for children with disabilities.  The Budget provides increased funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)Preschools Grants and the IDEA Infants and Families program, an increase of $80 million compared to 2016, including funding to help identify, develop and scale-up evidence-based practices for early identification    of and intervention for learning and developmental delays."

And while the Budget includes funding for the Departments of Labor and Commerce to develop a database of jobs and skills, it is apparently too much to count the number of autistic individuals, young and old, to determine the exact extent of the ignored crisis.

Instead of reality, we get this:

"The Budget includes roughly $375 billion of health savings that grow over time    and builds on the ACA with further incentives to improve qual­ity and control health care cost growth."

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Dr. Poul Thorsen Still Funded While on "Fugitive" List

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Remember Poul Thorsen?

We have covered the strange case of fugitive from justice Dr.  Poul Thorsen (Principal Investigator on the Danish Autism Studies, indicted on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury) at AofA:

Autism Researcher Poul Thorsen Indicted

Round 2: CDCs Poul Thorsen Lying in Plain Sight

First Fraud: Dr. Poul Thorsen and the original “Danish Study”

Poul Thorsen Called Industry “Scumbag” Scientist and Mercury Shill

WANTED BY THE FEDS: Poul Thorsen, Who Helped Pull Off CDC Vaccine Autism Heist

Look who's still being funded by American dollars - Dr. Poul Thorsen.  The good soldier in the war against vaccine program transparency.  Take a look at the photos snipped from Dr. Suzanne Humphries' presentation in Copenhagen called, "Manufactured Consent."   Funded as recently as 2014.   Astounding.

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From 2014:

Three years after his indictment, here was follow up from  Safeminds

Dr. Poul Thorsen, Principal Investigator on the Danish Autism Studies, extends his unwarranted Poul thorsenfreedom from prosecution as another anniversary on his indictment for 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury passes on April 13.

SafeMinds calls upon the US Department of Justice and the US Department of State to bring Dr. Thorsen back to the United States and to justice. We also call upon Chairman Darrell Issa and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to take up this issue as an oversight activity this year. We believe this warrants a Congressional hearing to understand this failure to fully address the allegations, to determine if others at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were complicit, and to address the failure of the CDC and the scientific community to investigate all of the studies from this project while holding current findings in deferral until fully investigated.

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Pharmocratization of America

Viruses are to 2016 what Communists were to 1962.  BE AFRAID! Instead of building bomb shelters for our kids,  American children are shuttled into pediatric offices for an ever increasing number of vaccinations to protect them from the horrors 0f our germy world. 

How does your Presidential candidate fare in this review of pharma donations?  The two most "mainstream" candidates, Clinton and Bush (whoa, flashback, where's my plaid flannel grunge shirt) took in the most from pharma.

Pharma donations 2016


Levi Quackenboss: Zika Virus Hysteria Got You Worked Up?

Scream nowNote: Thanks to Levi for allowing us to excerpt this terrific look at the winter of 2016 viral panic. Ebola hangs its head in shame. Exsanguination can't hold a candle to anencephaly.  H1N1 is curled in a fetal position, a mere shadow of its phormer pfearphul pharma selling selph.

By Levi Quackenboss

The other day a lady friend called to ask what I thought about the Zika virus.  She said she needed to hurry up and get pregnant and get through her first trimester before summer arrived in her southern state– bringing mosquitoes– so that her baby would not be born with microcephaly if she caught the Zika virus.

This was a real phone call.  A real concern.  From a really smart woman.

I’m going to share with you what I said to her in that moment of genuine concern for her yet-to-be-conceived child:

Calm Your Tits

Seriously. Smooth them down, ladyfriend.  Relax.  I do not buy for one moment that the Zika virus— which was been studied for 70 years and has never been linked to microcephaly– is causing babies in Brazil to be born with tiny heads.

Being the quack that I am, three questions first came to mind.

  1. What is the pesticide regulation situation in Brazil?
  2. Is there a Zika virus vaccine coming down the turnpike?
  3. Have prenatal vaccines been recently introduced to Brazilian women?

Let me start by saying that while some headlines are screaming that Brazil is “badly losing the battle” and the virus is “spreading explosively” across the country, the truth is that the criteria used to determine that 4,000 Brazilian babies had microcephaly is a head measurement of 33 centimeters or less. That would put 10% of American newborns into the microcephaly category.  So either this is an epidemic of overly broad diagnostic criteria or we’ve got 400,000 cases of microcephaly in the US each year.  (Spoiler: we actually have 25,000 cases in the US every year that you never hear about.)

Continue reading "Levi Quackenboss: Zika Virus Hysteria Got You Worked Up?" »


Dr. Benjamin Rush Forewarned Nation on Medical Tyranny Over 200 Years Ago

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By Bob Moffitt

Dr Benjamin Rush, a signer of our Declaration of Independence, forewarned over 200 years ago:

"Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others, the Constitution of the Republic should make a special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom"

Today in the year 2015 it would be wise to remind ourselves of the prescient words of Dr. Benjamin Rush because  the ugly rise of tyranny is once again threatening our country as evidenced by the well coordinated well-financed dedicated attacks  in many States seeking to deny parents their Constitutional Right to exercise "informed consent" regarding medical treatments most specifically recommended and approved vaccines .for their most precious possessions   their children or risk having their child denied their right to attend a public- private school or public-private daycare.

Make no mistake today it is the "informed consent" rights of parents and their children that are under constant attack but as Dr. Ben Rush knew tyranny is a greedy monster  and there will always be those eager to feed the insatiable appetite of tyranny .who will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others.

For example consider the following titled:  "National Adult Immunization Plan" as evidence of the tyranny that may lie ahead for every man, woman and child for generations to come.

Where to begin? 

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Share Your Different (Autism) Key at 2/11 UCLA Free Event with John Donvan & Caren Zucker

Different Key Book Event UCLAAttention all Southern California parents: 

Clear your schedule for this Thursday evening to attend a FREE special lecture at UCLA from John Donvan and Caren Zucker. These two authors/journalists will be discussing their new book, In a Different Key, which looks at the origins and prevalence of autism.

Please take this unique opportunity to participate in the current national conversation about autism. Can’t get a sitter or respite? Perhaps you should bring your child with autism with you. 

"By turns intimate and panoramic, In a Different Key takes us on a journey from an era when families were shamed and children were condemned to institutions to one in which a cadre of people with autism push not simply for inclusion, but for a new understanding of autism: as difference rather than disability."

Register here!


Adult Autism Data Fabrication in the United Kingdom Part 2

RabbitsRead Part 1 here.

By John Stone Missing adults

Amid continuing false claims regarding the historical incidence of autism by mainstream media plugged authors Steve Silberman, John Donvan and Caren Zucker AoA re-publishes a series of articles by John Stone, UK Editor, chronicling data abuse and fabricated adult autism numbers, which also impacted heavily on opinion in the United States. These articles document the official drive to paper over the catastrophe engulfing so many of our children. The second of these stories from June 2014 examines an Autism Speaks which purported to examine the costs of autism and its numbers in both the United Kingdom and the United States. One thing it does admit is that autism is a thing with immense financial costs – after that it goes seriously awry. If autism has always been with us, why the contortions.

Still Covering Up: the New Autism Speaks/JAMA Study of the Cost of Autism

"The present study seems to do two things: regard notional cases based on a half-baked theory of general prevalence as actual, but also underestimating costs of individual real cases by more than three times (on a breakdown of their own figures)."

There have been many news stories in the past days of a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association - funded by Autism Speaks - of the financial cost of autism in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The Daily Mail notably reported that the calculated annual cost of autism in the UK of £32 billion ($ 51billion) was greater than the cost of “heart disease, cancer and strokes combined”.  It might have seemed momentarily as if someone for once was dealing with the autism issue honestly. After all co-author Martin Knapp, London School of Economics professor, was co-author of a similar study in 2001 which estimated the cost to the UK as exceeding a mere £1 billion ($1.6 billion). That the scale of the problem might be 30 times worse now than thirteen years ago is something that many of us might have suspected. Unfortunately, what Prof Knapp seems to have discovered - rather incredibly - is that he just happened to have missed most of the cases back then. Already in 1998 (the year of the Wakefield Lancet paper) the UK's National Autistic Society had started to make out that there were in excess of half a million cases in the UK population but the 2001 paper properly ignored this assuming a prevalence of 5 in 10,000.

In the new study (table 2) we read that there are 196,489 autistic people in the UK of 18 or over with intellectual disability (ID) and 294,734 without ID.

The authors state:

“...Third, there is some controversy about current ASD prevalence. The prevalence estimates we used are lower than new figures from Peacock et al..or Kim et al…(1.5% and 2.6%, respectively). Although this does not affect our per-person costs, it can markedly affect the estimated total societal costs.We rejected the estimate of Peacock et al because it is based on healthcare claims data with no verification of the diagnosis. We rejected the estimate of Kim et al because it is based on data from South Korea and may not be applicable to the United Kingdom or the United States...”

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Skyhorse Publishing Book On Autism and Microbiome by Teri Arranga

Bugs Bowels and BehvaiorThe Microbiome and general health including autism are in the news. Our own Teresa Conrick has written numerous posts about gut health and autism.  Skyhorse published Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior: The Groundbreaking Story of the Gut-Brain Connection by Teri Arranga, a book that should reach a wide audience.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are sixty to seventy million people affected by digestive diseases in the United States. The old proverb tells us “you are what you eat,” and the latest science shows that this may be truer than we even thought. Diet has a profound effect on both physical and mental health. Most of the body’s immune system is in the gut, so pathology and dysfunction in the gut and imbalanced gut flora can cause neuroinflammation and possibly even neurodegenerative disease over time.

Featuring contributions from dozens of experts on gut disorders and related physical, mental, and behavioral health, this book will fascinate you as you read about the intriguing world of bad bugs, cytokine storms, and the environment in your belly that influences your brain. From the microscopic world of Clostridium to the complex communities of biofilm, Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior emphasizes one simple fact: The gut is connected to the brain.


A Taste of Their Own Medicine

Your_rightsBy Dara Berger

I recently learned from the Autism Action Network’s email alert that Senator Dinowitz of NYC got another sponsor to his horrible bill A8329 that would eliminate our right to a religious exemption for vaccines.  I have so many problems with this bill that it’s really hard to know where to start.  First and foremost, it is a violation of our constitutional rights.  Then there is the issue of aborted fetal cells in the vaccines that I told the Senator’s assistant when I called to express my opposition towards the bill.  Next I told this person that there is DNA from other animals that are used to cure the vaccines.  This also goes against my religious beliefs to inject a body with another animals DNA.  Truthfully it also goes against my medical and health beliefs, ethics, and common sense.  Where did the insanity begin and when will it end?

I think it will end when doctors say enough!  The problem is they won’t for the worst reason ever….money!  Most doctors make money off vaccines, well visits and special vaccine visits for those offices that allow the parents of the child to spread them out.  Another reason that I can actually be sympathetic towards is that doctors who do speak out against so many vaccines have their medical license threatened.  We live in a culture that refuses to allow a doctor to be a doctor and use good judgment for his or her patients.  We need a very large group of doctors to band together and speak out in unison.  This could help change things.  Unfortunately the only way this may happen is if doctors were forced to be vaccinated the way nurses are made to.  In most hospitals, nurses are required to get a flu shot or they have to wear a surgical mask while they work for roughly six months out of the year.  Most find this to be a form of punishment letting their colleagues around them know that they refused the vaccination.  This seems to be a violation of privacy as well.  And second, if you don’t have the damn flu then you can’t pass the flu to another person.  Hence, there is no need for a mask.  I really believe that people who defiantly defend vaccines have no idea how poor their arguments can be.  For instance, a child is automatically quarantined if they go to an emergency room and nurses learn that the child is not fully vaccinated.  Now it doesn’t matter if they are there for a possible broken arm.  But an adult can go to the same hospital and will not be quarantined.  It’s again some form of asinine punishment to mistreat that family.  Nothing else about it makes sense!  Why can a child spread disease but an adult can’t?

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Happy Autism Day!

GroundhogdayWelcome to Autism Awareness Day! Yes, February 2nd is the one and true day that sums up the state of research, funding, government action, media skew and general American "huh?"

Yes indeed.

6 more weeks.

6 more months.

6 more years.

6 more decades.

And how many more kids? 

See the shadow?  It's gigantic and dark.


Tit for Tat: Tell Lawmakers It's Time to Mandate Breastfeeding!

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By Stefanie Duncan Fetzer

I think we should urge our legislators to MANDATE BREASTFEEDING. Now, I realize it's a personal decision and some mothers feel they can't do it for various reasons. However, in the interest of public health, this is a move we should make given the health benefits and number of lives that could be saved. A study was just published in the Lancet heralding the pros of breastfeeding, both for mother and children. It posits that if we could raise breastfeeding to nearly universal levels, we could save upwards of 820,000 lives per year!!!

I realize that breastfeeding may be challenging, inconvenient or seemingly impossible for some people. Frankly, I don't care. Formula feederAs a mother, you should sacrifice everything to ensure the health of your child, as well as improve the situation for the Greater Good. I breastfed twins with little difficulty, so I find it hard to believe that everyone can't do it. The REAL instances where a mother cannot breastfeed a child are so few and far between that I almost don't think they exist. We can develop a medical exemption for mothers who truly can't successfully do it.

I don't think children who aren't breastfed should be able to attend public or private school - I am still considering how I feel about formula fed homeschoolers. It's not fair to the kids who have been breastfed. They shouldn't be exposed to the disease carrying kids who weren't breastfed and didn't receive the early 'vaccine' of breastmilk. Again, in the very rare instances where breastfeeding was truly impossible, we can issue medical exemptions. But, we will be closely monitoring the doctors who issue those exemptions and if we feel that they are giving them under false pretenses, we will work to get their medical licenses revoked.

We will implement a system where pediatricians are rewarded for keeping a patient base that is primarily breastfed. If a pediatrician falls below the threshhold, we will penalize them financially through withholding insurance bonuses and kickbacks. In fact, we will encourage pediatricians to kick those patients out of their practices who refuse to breastfeed. We don't want those kids in the waiting rooms, unprotected, and spreading disease!

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HuffPo: Clinton on Autism Need for a Paradigm Shift

ChangesExcerpted from HuffPo.  Clinton on Autism: Need for Paradigm Shift

After nearly 20 years of advocacy on behalf of an appropriate public health response to the public health emergency of rising rates of severe autism, I'm honored to be joined by mothers of teenagers with autism and full time, tireless autism advocates, Katie Wright and Lisa Wiederlight in writing a response to Secretary Hillary Clinton's "Plan to Support Children, Youth, and Adults Living with Autism and Their Families".

Nine years after her remarks in 2007 that autism is "one of the most urgent--and least understood--challenges facing our children today," autism prevalence has climbed from 1 in 150 to 1 in 45 American children, with no cause and no new treatments identified.

Secretary Clinton is a long-time child and disability advocate, so we were not surprised to see her be the first out of the gate with some concrete recommendations that will positively affect the lives of many with autism. Her insightful remarks in New Hampshire this month included recognition of autism's increasing prevalence, and the need to prevent and treat it. Specifically:

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Bill Welsh Presents Mycoplasma Vaccine/Autism Hypothesis to Scottish Parliament

AoA today re-publishes Bill Welsh’s hypothesis first presented here two years ago, which on Tuesday he spoke about before the Scottish Parliament Petitions Committee  (from 1.23.57) raising several important issues concerning the rise of autism, MMR and the possible contamination of vaccine products. A formal publication Bill’s hypothesis can be read here.

Regressive Autism---A New Hypothesis to End an Enigma?

By Bill Welsh.

It is difficult to imagine a worse scenario than the one experienced by the many parents I have met.

To witness a perfect child gradually lose all his or her skills, regress, and develop distressing behavioural difficulties, often including self injury, should never be visited on any family, but the sad reality is it has been occurring increasingly for over twenty or more years. And as if observing the deterioration of the child is not enough- even worse eventually follows, sometimes years later—an official diagnosis of autism (ASD)! Parents soon discover that ‘lifelong’, ‘incurable’ and ‘genetic’ are the three words most associated with the condition. ‘Regressive autism’ is a diagnosis wrapped in bleak negativity.

The latest figures for the UK inform us that over 100,000 schoolchildren have an autism diagnosis. Medical officialdom is quick to re-assure society that there are valid reasons for this significant increase in ASD, including for example ‘better recognition’ and ‘widening diagnostic criteria’.

They are mistaken.

Over 70 years ago autism was identified as a new condition, and was regarded as ‘rare’, that is until about 1990 when its diagnosis began to increase markedly. It is now common. No one in medical science has offered a plausible (one that has survived close scrutiny) explanation for the mystery known as the ‘autism enigma’. This is surprising as there are plenty of clues:

Most, but not all, parents have no hesitation in identifying a vaccination event as the forerunner to their child’s gradual withdrawal. With over 1,500 parents taking legal action, in the usually non-litigious UK, during the MMR vaccine episode one would have thought the role of vaccination would have received very close scientific examination. Inexplicably this did not happen. Official focus remained on the need to maintain public confidence in MMR in order to prevent communicable diseases rather than on a thorough examination of parental testimony. Vaccination as a precursor to a child’s descent into regressive autism became a neglected vital clue.

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KVMR's Jeanie Keltner To Interview Laura Hayes

KvmrTune into KVMR FM 89.5 at noon PACIFIC time tomorrow, Wednesday 1/27 to hear AofA contributor, commenter and friend Laura Hayes on Undernews with Jeanie Keltner and Peggie Bean.  Focusing on the important and fascinating info that rarely surfaces in the commercial media with interviews from activists, writers and citizen experts.

www.kvmr.org

We'll link the podcast when its available.  Thanks to Laura for her tireless work advocating for medical freedom and childrens' health.


Truth in Media: CDC, Vaccines and Autism

Ben-swann-fullFrom Truth In Media. Please visit the site for the video.

Ben Swann is an investigative journalist working tirelessly to dissolve the left/right paradigm prevalent in most mainstream media narratives. As a news reporter and anchor in the earlier days of his career, he has gained a wealth of experience while earning two Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards. In addition to heading the Truth In Media Project, Ben is the prime anchor at WGCL-TV in Atlanta, GA. He can be seen anchoring live at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. A stream is available at cbs46.com.

The debate over whether vaccines cause autism has become one of the most controversial disputes in this country. In this episode of Truth In Media, the focus is not on whether vaccines are responsible for autism. The issue at hand here is a study that was performed at the CDC and the question of whether the agency was complicit in a cover-up over a decade ago.

For over two years, Truth In Media has explored the allegations of Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist who came forward in 2014, hired a whistleblower attorney, and claimed that important data regarding a study on vaccines and autism was eliminated.

Thompson’s claims have led to a divide among Americans, with some believing that Thompson’s allegations are credible and should be investigated further, and others convinced that the documents Thompson handed over mean absolutely nothing. In December 2015, Ben Swann was the first journalist to obtain the documents from Congressman Bill Posey.

In this episode, Swann further examines not only Thompson’s claims, but also the documents related to the study, with the assistance of doctors, journalists, authors and former CDC specialists who joined Swann in discussing every document that was handed over.


Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! It's Off to Vaccinate We Go!

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By Linda1

Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse than the Surgeon General using Elmo on Sesame Street to hawk vaccines to the tiniest and most impressionable among us, Forbes steps up to the plate this month to compete for Most Disgusting Abuse of Marketing Drugs Directly To Children Award.

In Forbes' Jan. 20th "Pharma & Healthcare" section (where they tell us what Pharma wants us to "know"), there is an article titled, "Even Disney Princesses Need HPV Shots, Cervical Cancer Screenings and STD Testing". In this activist sales pitch dressed up as science journalism, Forbes contributor and self-assigned savior of the world's children from their own parents (and non HPV vaccine prescribing doctors), Tara Haelle, reports how "writer and sex ed speaker Danielle Sepulveres and artist/illustrator Maritza Lugo...collaborated on a series of illustrations at Sepulveres' Tumblr showing Disney princesses visiting their gynecologists to raise awareness for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and all the healthy behaviors that women can take to reduce their risk of this almost completely preventable cancer." Apparently "Sepulveres became frustrated last fall when she and fellow writer friends had trouble successfully pitching stories to write about Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month in September. After sharing her frustration in a blog post at a cervical cancer "cervivors" site, she decided she needed a new approach to catch people's attention when January rolled around." So she teamed with artist Lugo "whose website features a style well suited to placing icons like Cinderella and Mulan in a new context".

Sepulveres and Lugo show the Disney cartoon characters that millions of children love and admire in various medical situations. Tiana is shown getting an HPV vaccine.  Mulan is in the gynecologist's examination chair shaking his hand before putting her feet into the stirrups for her "cervical cancer screening". Belle is shown in the clinic picking up (I kid you not) "emergency contraception" (behind her are brochures on Birth Control, one partially hidden by the nurse's (?) head says in red "Your Sexual...", and then right behind Belle's head is a large picture of an IUD, white and blue on bright red).

Then there's Cinderella's "new context". You didn't think that Cinderella, who has been a teenager since 1950 when she debuted in her first Disney film, got away without having sex all this time, did you? Can't let a storybook princess maintain her decades long reputation for innocence, not in 2016 when there are so many drugs and medical services for her to sell - to children. Nope. Cinderella is all grown up now. Cinderella is shown in the lab with a needle in her arm getting blood drawn to test her for STD's, because, as the poster on the wall behind her head says "ONE IN TWO SEXUALLY ACTIVE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL GET AN STD BY 25". You just can't make this stuff up. CINDERELLA. What age is into Cinderella? 3? 5? 7? 9? Oh, now, wait a minute. Nine year old girls ARE targeted (their word, not mine) for the HPV vaccine. So, they get the babies ready for the idea that they're going to get this vaccine when they are just barely out of diapers so that by the time they reach the ripe old age of 9, they accept it without questioning because all their Disney friends got it and did just fine. Slick.

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Glenn Frey, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Autoimmune Disease

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By Wayne Rohde

When I heard that Glenn Frey of the Eagles passed away on Monday, I was immediately saddened with the thought that we have lost another rock legend. Glenn Frey and the Eagles are one of my favorites. He was much too young, at 67, to leave this world. His contributions to music and film for millions of people to enjoy and appreciate are countless.

I read that he was suffering in the last couple of months from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. Once again, my mind starts to churn about what can cause RA and ulcerative colitis and is it serious enough of a disease to lead to death.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means your immune system is attacking itself. In Rheumatoid Arthritis the immune system attacks the synovium of the joints, which is why you get swelling and pain. It can cause deformities if you delay treatment. Usually the treatment is used to slow the disease down and prevent these deformities. RA can also attack blood vessels surrounding the heart and lungs. Thus heart disease can be directly linked to RA.

Millions of Americans and people around the world suffer from complications due to autoimmune disease. But why? Most experts tell us there has been a dramatic rise in the number of autoimmune disease and disorders over the last 20 to 30 years.   Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Even the Arthritis Foundation states that the cause of RA is not known. The treatment of RA is complicated. To treat effectively, the protocol calls for the tampering down of the immune system. Thus leaving the body most acceptable to infections. And that is where pneumonia can strike.

Pharma advertises heavily on the weekends, especially on sporting events about RA and professional golfer, Phil Mickelson. He is also suffering from RA. According to the NIH website on RA, scientists estimate 1.5 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from RA. And the largest group of new cases of RA are older Americans. Could it be from decades of being exposed to environmental hazards and now the CDC’s “Influenza vaccine” program for seniors, not only is RA becoming a growing concern, but maybe the large increase and earlier onset of Alzheimer's can be contributed to over vaccination in our seniors?

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Stephen Hawking Says the Human Race is in Danger and it's our Own Fault

HawikingBy Linda1

I feel so smart today. It isn't often that the scientific merit of my ideas is confirmed by Stephen Hawking.   Today, there is an article in The Guardian, reposted in the MSN news, titled, "Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking". Excerpt:

 "Speaking to the Radio Times ahead of the BBC Reith Lecture, in which he will explain the science of black holes, Hawking said most of the threats humans now face come from advances in science and technology, such as nuclear weapons and genetically engineered viruses."

Genetically engineered viruses? Where have I heard that before? Oh, that's what drug companies put into vaccines that doctors, nurses and pharmacists inject directly into and/or put in the mouths of people - vaccines for illnesses that include Hepatitis B, HPV, flu, and rotavirus.

The vaccine for Hepatitis B was the first to be made from a genetically engineered virus as announced in this New York Times article from July 1986 (please see - the reader will appreciate the historical significance). Note who, in 1986, the Hepatitis B vaccine was recommended for:

Dr. Young recommended vaccinations with either hepatitis vaccine for dental and medical workers, susceptible homosexuals and drug users, the newborn children of infected women, and, among other groups, travelers to parts of the world where hepatitis B is rampant, such as southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of the Middle East.

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Breaking News: Is HPV Vaccine Safety an Illusion Maintained by Suppression of Science?

SanevaxIs HPV Vaccine Safety an Illusion Maintained by Suppression of Science?

By Norma Erickson

Breaking News: On January 14, 2016, Dr. Sin Hang Lee sent an open letter of complaint: Allegations of Scientific Misconduct by GACVS/WHO/CDC Representatives et al An open-letter of complaint to the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan , to the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, charging members of GACVS, the CDC, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and others with manipulation of data and suppression of science in order to maintain the illusion of HPV vaccine safety in the face of valid contradictory evidence.

According to Dr. Lee’s letter, a series of emails recently uncovered via a Freedom of Information request submitted in New Zealand revealed evidence that Dr. Robert Pless, chairperson of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS), Dr. Nabae Koji of the Ministry of Health of Japan, Dr. Melinda Wharton of the CDC, Dr. Helen Petousis-Harris of Auckland University, New Zealand, and others (including WHO officials) may have been actively involved in a scheme to deliberately mislead the Japanese Expert Inquiry on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine safety before, during and after the February 26, 2014 public hearing in Tokyo.

The complaint letter states that the emails provided clearly demonstrate this group of WHO officials and government employees charged with the responsibility of advising the expert committee from the Japanese government on HPV vaccination safety knew before the February 26, 2014 Tokyo public hearing that one of their own experts showed scientific evidence that HPV vaccination does increase cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor (TNF), particularly at the injection site compared to other vaccines. Yet, they chose to suppress this information at the public hearing.

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Levi Quackenboss Notes Lack of Prevention or Treatment in Clinton's Autism Plan

Hillary_clinton_puzzleImagine a diagnosis, disease, disability, choose your word, that had increased steadily over two decades, whose severity created entirely new schools and public school classrooms, precipitated special accommodations at movie theaters, theme parks, Broadway theatres, bankrupted families, stressed social security, lead to murder suicide, abuse, increased drowning statistics and more.  Call it autism spectrum disorder.   And now, ignore causation and treatment in favor of --  what? We continue to look at Hillary Clinton's autism plan - as reviewed below by blogger Levi Quackenboss.  While we commend her for putting autism on the political platform, in a nutshell, Clinton remains (Grand)mum on both causation and prevention. A shame.  But American medicine is about making and keeping customers, why should autism differ?

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Yesterday Hillary Clinton’s campaign launched what sounded like a compassionate plan for increased autism screening and health insurance coverage for medical establishment-sanctioned autism services.

Sounds so warm and fuzzy, right?  Autism Speaks rejoiced.  Almost makes one forget this not-so-compassionate tweet 11 months ago:

Clinton tweet

Just kidding.  We’d never forget that tweet, Hillary.

Hillary says she’s going to call for the first-ever study of the prevalence of adults with autism. Awesome news all around, right?

Wait, what? Why exactly would we pay for this?  Is this a veiled attempt to discredit the fact that we’re in a mothereffin’ epidemic of autism in this country?  To try to prove that the skyrocketing, terrifying autism rates are solely the result of better diagnosis?  Will Hillary show once and for all that we’ve always had these rates of autism, but “back then” parents just gave their kids up to an institution?

Let me save you about a billion dollars, Hill, and send you over to Dr. Joe Pivan, who has made it his life’s work to find the “missing generation” of elderly autistics.  He spent three years looking for institutionalized adults with autism over the age of 50 and finally found 19 of them.  19.  In three years.  Compare this to the 130,000 children diagnosed with autism each year in the US and tell me if your idea to prove that there is no epidemic sounds like a good use of taxpayer money.  Hint:  it’s not.

But here’s what would be!  The first ever comprehensive study of the health and incidence of autism and autoimmune disease of vaccinated vs. non-vaccinated children.  In fact, you can just join Representative Bill Posey’s bandwagon and send all of that cash to the Vaccine Safety Study Act that’s been in limbo for, like, ever.

Hillary also said that she’s concerned that “People with autism are unemployed at a much higher rate” and wants to create a work program to close that “employment gap.”

Hillary.  Seriously.  Wake the hell up.  It’s not an employment gap.  It’s a human rights gap.  It’s a greater good gap.  It’s a head-in-the-ground gap.  It’s a government coverup gap.  Where did you learn about autistics?  The quirky kid on Parenthood who lives on ice cream and Skittles and won the race to be class president?

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The Levels of Blood Mercury and Inflammatory-related Neuropeptides in Serum Correlated in Children with Autism

Science post imageMetab Brain Dis. 2016 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print] The levels of blood mercury and inflammatory-related neuropeptides in the serum are correlated in children with autism spectrum disorder. Mostafa GA1,2, Bjørklund G3, Urbina MA4,5, Al-Ayadhi LY6.

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. gehan.mostafa2000@yahoo.com.
  • 2Autism Research and Treatment Center, AL-Amodi Autism Research Chair, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. gehan.mostafa2000@yahoo.com.
  • 3Council for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Toften 24, 8610, Mo i Rana, Norway. bjorklund@conem.org.
  • 4Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
  • 5Departamento de Zoología, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanográficas, Universidad de Concepción, Casilla 160-C, Concepción, Chile.
  • 6Autism Research and Treatment Center, AL-Amodi Autism Research Chair, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

Tachykinins (substance P, neurokinin A, and neurokinin B) are pro-inflammatory neuropeptides that may play an important role in some autoimmune neuroinflammatory diseases, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Mercury (Hg) is a neurotoxicant, and potentially one of the main environmental triggers for ASD as it induces neuroinflammation with a subsequent release of neuropeptides. This is the first study to explore the potentially causal relationship between levels of serum neurokinin A and blood mercury (BHg) in children with ASD. Levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg were measured in 84 children with ASD, aged between 3 and 10 years, and 84 healthy-matched children. There was a positive linear relationship between the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) and both serum neurokinin A and BHg. ASD children had significantly higher levels of serum neurokinin A than healthy controls (P < 0.001). Increased levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg were respectively found in 54.8 % and 42.9 % of the two groups. There was significant and positive linear relationship between levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg in children with moderate and severe ASD, but not in healthy control children. It was found that 78.3 % of the ASD patients with increased serum levels of neurokinin A had elevated BHg levels (P < 0.001). Neuroinflammation, with increased levels of neurokinin A, is seen in some children with ASD, and may be caused by elevated BHg levels. Further research is recommended to determine the pathogenic role of increased levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg in ASD. The therapeutic role of tachykinin receptor antagonists, a potential new class of anti-inflammatory medications, and Hg chelators, should also be studied in ASD.


Autism: The Abnormal New Normal

New NormalFor those who will bristle at the use of the term "abnormal," I refer you to my high school Latin class. "Ab" simply means, "away."  "Ad" means "to."  We have abductors and adductors on our legs, for instance. Autism is indeed "away" from the norm, whether one perceives that as a pejorative is a personal POV.  There is a saying in the self-advocacy community, "Nothing about us without us."  And we agree! We'd also like the more severely impaired by autism to be included and so we say, "No policy without parents." ALL of us. Acceptance?  Of course. Awareness? Yes, it's the only way to tackle a problem. Acquiescence? No.  KIM

By Dara Berger

Our new normal:

It was so sad to open Facebook today and learn the news that they had found the missing 5-year-old boy with autism dead.  Another lost life.  

Many people look at the headline and feel bad momentarily, but for those of us in the community we have a much heavier heart.  We know and feel that it could have been our child.  

Every time this happens, I look over at my son a few seconds longer and hug him a little bit tighter.  I feel lucky that he is not a runner and elated that he has learned to swim.  These facts do not make me immune to other dangers.  He does not feel fear or danger in a way that is appropriate.  My son can speak but does not fully engage in a back and forth conversation.  He can answer  questions, but I doubt he would with a complete stranger if he ever got lost.  I worry about him going on a simple class trip, thinking what if he ever got really upset in public and someone called the cops. He would never be able to react in an appropriate manner.  And what if the police were not trained.  I try not to do the what ifs, but sometimes you just can’t help it!

People have accepted children with autism as a normal way of life.  I am only talking about the bad side of this acceptance. The public has even gotten used to children with autism wandering off and getting killed as our new normal.   When will this stop!  Why are people so complacent!

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10 Reasons MDs Should Sign Vaccine Medical Exemptions

Rockwell country doctor10 Reasons Why Doctors Should Not Hesitate to Sign Medical Exemptions for Vaccinations When That Is the Only Option Available to Patients/Parents

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By Laura Hayes

  • 1. If a doctor cannot obtain informed consent from a patient/parent, then he can not morally, ethically, or legally refuse to sign a Medical Exemption for vaccination. Informed consent is the gold standard of ethical medicine, and must be obtained voluntarily, without any form of coercion, prior to any medical treatment or procedure in a society that considers itself free, ethical, and moral, and which has stringent laws regulating the practice of medicine, including informed consent laws. Furthermore, a doctor makes himself liable for refusing and/or failing to give and obtain prior, voluntary, and informed consent, for any medical treatment or procedure, including vaccination: . Therefore, without informed consent from a patient/parent, and when no other exemption options are left available to him and the patient/parent, a doctor must sign a Medical Exemption upon request.

  • 2. A doctor knows that he has no way to know whether or not a fetus, newborn, infant, or toddler is allergic to vaccine ingredients, beginning with the food ingredients listed. Furthermore, for non-food ingredients, such as antibiotics, metals such as mercury and aluminum, formaldehyde, and polysorbate 80, allergies won’t be known in advance and will only become apparent after the allergic reaction occurs and/or manifests itself, which could be in any number of ways, and at a later date. Every vaccine package insert warns not to give the vaccine to anyone who is allergic to any of the vaccine’s ingredients. Therefore, doctors should sign Medical Exemptions based on the fact that it cannot be known in advance what allergies babies/children/patients of all ages will have, especially to ingredients that are injected versus consumed, many of which are non-food ingredients. Therefore, a doctor should have no qualms signing a Medical Exemption for any patient/parent who requests one.

  • 3. A doctor is not to violate his oath to “First, do no harm.” Any doctor who has read even just one vaccine package insert knows that he may indeed harm, possibly kill, any patient he vaccinates. Therefore, he knows he must honor the decision any patient/parent makes to decline one, some, or all vaccinations, and sign a Medical Exemption should they request one. Furthermore, it can be argued that a doctor should not be comfortable vaccinating any patient after: investigating the lack of proper testing that has been done on both vaccines individually and on the CDC’s recommended schedule, which includes giving multiple vaccines at one time; investigating the chronic illnesses, physical and developmental disabilities, and deaths that result from vaccines; reading the list of toxic, carcinogenic, and inflammatory ingredients contained in vaccines that he would then be injecting into a human being; investigating the fraud, deception, and corruption that occur at all levels of our nation’s vaccine program, from manufacture to mandate. Such research should compel a doctor, and render him extremely willing, to sign Medical Exemptions for his patients.

  • 4. A doctor who has investigated how vaccine trials are done knows that they are not done according to the gold standard of medical research, that of a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Quite the contrary. They are not double-blind, in other words, unvaccinated controls are not used for proper comparison. Additionally, placebos are not used, rather, another vaccine, and even more often, multiple vaccines, and/or an adjuvant (such as aluminum, known to cause adverse reactions in and of itself) are used. Despite the lack of using proper study methods, vaccines are declared “safe and effective”. Additionally, they have never been tested in the myriad combinations in which they are administered. HERE & HERE. Thus, no doctor should have any confidence in administering any vaccine, and as such, should willingly and gladly sign a Medical Exemption for any patient/parent who requests one.

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Parent of Severely Autistic Adult Daughter On Clinton Autism Plan

Hillary_clinton_puzzleBy Teresa Conrick

Last week, Hillary Clinton revealed that she had a big plan for Autism if she were to become President. The week before, she announced her goal was to help patients and their families affected by Alzheimer's.  

Here is her Autism plan :

1—  screening and diagnosis

2—  treatment

3—   services

4—   safety and legal protections for individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan

5—   steps to ensure they are treated with dignity

6—   partnerships to help them secure employment

7—   support for families and caregivers

8—  a commitment to increase research funding to deepen our understanding of autism.

You can read the details all over the internet but here is her official website.

There are good and not so good things listed.  For example:

Provide new support to caregivers. Clinton will provide new funds through the Developmental Disabilities Act to expand support for family members and other caregivers providing long-term care for those with autism and other disabilities. Title II of the Act authorizes competitive grants to states to foster a “statewide system of family support services for families of children with disabilities,” and Title III authorizes new funding to train and provide scholarships for caregiving and support workers. 

"Competitive grants,....training...scholarships" is that money to help pay for the monumental 24/7 care for MANY with an Autism diagnosis? 

or this on RESEARCH:

  • Significantly increase funding so that the government can invest more in autism research. Clinton recently announced the first phase of her plan to significantly increase government investment in biomedical research: her initiative to address Alzheimer’s disease. She will build on that initiative by increasing research funding across the board. This will make a vital difference for a range of autism-related research, from studies that improve the quality of patient services for people with autism, including participatory action research on subjects like employment and housing, to more basic research that identifies genetic markers, maps child brain development, and generates new insight into the workings of the central nervous system. This basic research will draw on work across sectors by building on what we are learning from bold new private and non-profit efforts on genetic mapping, including the MSSNG genome sequencing project and open data platform, the Simons Variations in Individuals Project (VIP), and the NIH Autism Sequencing Consortium, teaming up with their researchers to deepen our understanding of autism.

Are you kidding me?  MORE GENETIC research -- genetic markers, genetic mapping, genome sequencing?  And which experts did she consult for these ideas? There is not ONE item here related to the MICROBIOME or IMMUNE SYSTEM the most significant area in both Autism and Alzheimer's.  

Here, the Washington Post reports that "Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, said he welcomes Clinton's plan, especially its focus on solving problems faced by adults with autism."  That's great and there are many references to aiding the adults who want and need housing and employment.  That is important and I support that as well, BUT comments like these from ASAN detour important studies on PREVENTION and TREATMENTS for those severely stricken:

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Research on Autism Still Missing the Forest For The Trees

Blue forestBy  David Foster

January 5, 2016

Autism Speaks recently posted an article titled "Evidence that brain-chemical imbalance drives autism symptoms" which discusses a new study published in the journal Current Biology: "Reduced GABAergic Action in the Autistic Brain". This is an important study as it is the first to demonstrate a link between severity of autistic symptoms and reduced action of the neurotransmitter GABA in humans. GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter and several studies have found strong evidence of its association with autism, one finding reduced GABA receptor subunits in post-mortem tissue of autistic brains, and another finding disrupted GABAergic signaling in mouse models of autism (references).

Typically a finding like this would not only help us develop new methods for treating individuals with the disorder in question, it could also help us understand what might be causing the disorder in the first place. One would hope that research efforts would be motivated by both of these goals.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Caroline Robertson, is quoted in the Autism Speaks article as saying We want to see more research bridging the gap between animal and human research on autistic neurobiology, with the aim of developing new medications to ease symptoms in people disabled by the condition”.

One out of two is pretty good, at least in baseball.

If we were talking about any disorder other than autism, the next logical question the researchers -- and advocacy groups like Autism Speaks -- would be asking would be: “What could possibly cause this reduced GABA activity in the autistic brain”? If a researcher can suggest biologically plausible cause(s) that only servers to bolster their findings, and researchers do love to bolster their findings.

So why is there no discussion of what could possibly be causing this reduced GABA signaling in the autistic brain? Developing treatments for autism is a worthy goal, but shouldn’t we also be looking for ways to prevent new cases of autism?

Researchers and many advocacy groups like Autism Speaks cannot see the forest for the trees when it comes to discussing causes of autism, especially any possible association with vaccines.

Earth to Autism Speaks...mercury targets GABA receptors in the brain.

You know, mercury. Or more specifically, the ethylmercury which comprises roughly 50% of the preservative thimerosal which is still being injected in significant amounts into infants, children and pregnant women on a regular basis. There have been at least two studies showing that mercury interacts with GABA receptors (see here and here). Both studies looked at methylmercury and mercuric chloride, which does limit how their results can be interpreted for ethylmercury. Furthermore, the second study actually found conflicting results for the two compounds, showing that different mercury compounds can indeed have different effects.

So this begs the question, has ethylmercury itself been found to negatively impact GABA signaling? Why yes it has, see: Intermingled modulatory and neurotoxic effects of thimerosal and mercuric ions on electrophysiological responses to GABA and NMDA in hippocampal neurons.

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Surprise - Cornell is taking the GMO Safety Debate to a new level!

GATES HEADExcerpted from The Ecologist. Gmo no

Something important just happened at Cornell's Alliance for Science, writes Steven M. Druker. Long known as a keen promoter of genetic engineering, the organization has experienced a profound change of direction. Its new director, Sarah Davidson Evanega, has opened an inclusive scientific dialogue on the safety of GMO crops. Who says it's all 'over'?

Surprisingly, the Cornell Alliance for Science, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and strongly promotes genetically engineered (GE) crops, does not seem to share the narrow-minded attitude regularly expressed by one of its chief spokespersons.

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The 12 Days Of Vaccine Mandates

Sad christmasEnjoy this Best Of - in the spirit of the season.

By Christina England

On the first day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Childred Dying Needlessly

On the second day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Two compulsory jabs

And children dying needlessly

On the third day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Three HPV’s,

Two compulsory jabs

And children dying needlessly

On the fourth day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Four DPT’s,

Three HPV’s,

Two compulsory jabs

And children dying needlessly

On the fifth day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Five MMR’s.

Four DPT’s,

Three HPV’s,

Two compulsory jabs,

And children dying needlessly

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Will S. 1203 Result in Vaccine Mandates for U.S. Veterans? Senator Heller Responds

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The vaccine industry is currently estimated to be a $30 billion dollar per year industry, with some projecting it will be a $100 billion dollar per year industry by 2020. Many believed this an absurd prediction until it became clear that the industry was not planning on increasing revenue in such a short period of time by introducing new products, but rather by compelling vaccine uptake in greater numbers and in groups that have never had mandates before. In fact, 2015 saw more than 100 bills introduced nationwide to increase vaccine sales, not just for children and members of the military, but now for adults in the civilian world.

The veterans affairs funding bill, which has passed the Senate and is now in the House, may be one of those measures.

Concerns that U.S. military veterans may be forced to comply with the new CDC Adult Vaccine Schedule began to spread in November, when Nevada Senator Dean Heller’s bill, S. 1203 - A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the furnishing of health care to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve the processing by the Department of claims for disability compensation, and for other purposes, passed the Senate. A section of the bill regarding immunizations, added by special interest groups while the bill was in committee, is worded so it could be used in the future to make rules that would penalize veterans for failure to comply with recommended vaccines. The section reads:

(c) Report To Congress.—

    1. IN GENERAL.—Not later than two years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives a report on the development and implementation by the Department of Veterans Affairs of quality measures and metrics, including targets for compliance, to ensure that veterans receiving medical services under chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, receive each immunization on the recommended adult immunization schedule at the time such immunization is indicated on that schedule.

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JURIST: Mary Holland on Legality of Censoring Speech on Vaccines & Autism

Kent legalNote: Excerpted from JURIST. Read the full article here.

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary S. Holland from the New York University School of Law discusses the legality of censoring speech on vaccines and autism:

n a recent guest column, Professors James G. Hodge, Jr. and Doug Campos-Outcalt explore ways to limit presidential candidates' speech about a link between vaccines and autism. Noting recent comments by Trump, Carson and Paul associating vaccines and autism, the authors decry the politicians' "free pass" to "spread such public health lies." They even suggest that the candidates' statements are the equivalent of yelling "gun fire" in a crowded theater and accuse them of being "brokers of public health fabrications." Strong stuff! As the authors correctly note, however, the First Amendment offers little support for their proposed censorship.

As a threshold question, though, how do the authors know that the candidates' underlying assertions are false? Has a vaccine-autism link been "debunked," as they suggest? With the US autism rate among children continuing to skyrocket, having climbed from 1 in 110 children in 2011 to an estimated 1 in 45 children today, the question is critical. Are those who make a connection between autism and vaccines yelling "fire" in a crowded theater? Or, alternatively, are those who seek to suppress free speech trying to restrict people from yelling "fire" in a theater when there is indeed a fire, thus escalating potential harm? Can we possibly hope to establish truth without robust public discourse? I for one do not think so. The US embraces free speech more fully than any other country in the world precisely to ensure that the marketplace of ideas, and not government censors, ultimately decide what constitutes truth.

Enormous bodies of evidence, including federal statutes and case law, link vaccines to brain injury, including autism. Let us start with US Vaccine Law 101: because federally recommended childhood vaccines carry risks of severe injury and death, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986, effectively shielding vaccine manufacturers and medical professionals from liability for vaccine-induced harm. Congress simultaneously created a compensation program in the Federal Court of Claims to pay out children for vaccine-induced injuries, including brain damage (encephalopathy) and death. To date, the compensation program has paid over $3.2 billion to 3,300 individuals for vaccine injuries and death. Since Congress granted industry and the medical profession a liability shield, the number of recommended childhood vaccine doses has approximately tripled.

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Irish Investigate Vaccination Experiments on Infants of "Unwed" Mothers

WeepThe Catholic nuns have said that instruction was issued by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (CICA), who deny the accusation. The CICA were examining the vaccine trials until legal action halted the investigation.Irish Central reports:

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary made this claim, through their lawyers, in a letter to Tusla, Ireland’s the Child and Family Agency. The letter, dated January 2015, was released to the Cork-based newspaper, the Irish Examiner, under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Irish Examiner reports that in August 2014 a letter was sent by assistant principal social worker Pearl Doyle asking a series of questions in relation to material transferred by request to Tusla, in 2011. This letter was sent as the Irish Government was proposing setting up an investigation into mother and baby homes.

In the letter a total of 23 questions were posed concerning infant mortality, burials, financial records and, vaccine records. Among these questions Doyle asked where the “complete” list of vaccine records are and how children were chosen, whether the consent of the mother was obtained and, if so, where these consent forms are.

Five months later the order of nuns replied, through their lawyers, reported that they had been instructed to destroy “all documents on the advice of the CICA.

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NY Court Overturns Bloomberg-Era Flu Shot Mandate for Infants - School Age Children

Lady libertyThis decision is a win for parental choice and basic American civil rights.  Let's hope this begins a trend back to a more rational form of pediatric healthcare and an end to mandates.  From Autism Action Network:

A New York Court issued a decision today overturning a Bloomberg-era regulation requiring all children age 6-months through 59 months to obtain a flu shot in order to attend pre-schools, daycare centers or Head Start programs regulated by the City of New York. The rule was set to go into effect in January 1, 2016.

Aaron Siri, attorney for the families who sued the city and the families themselves will hold a press conference at 60 Centre Street, in Manhattan at 11 am on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

Read the decision here.

Please come to the New York Supreme Court Building steps at 60 Centre Street tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 17, on Foley Square in downtown Manhattan for an 11 am press conference with the parents who sued the city and Aaron Siri, their attorney, who won a permanent injunction today on the New York City regulation that would require children ages 6-59 months to get flu shots or get kicked out of pre-school, daycare and Head Start.

There hasn't been a word in the media yet about the NY Supreme Court injunction shutting down the illegal city flu shot requirement. Coincidence? Not a chance. Don't bring signs. Please dress professionally. Be there. What you do counts.

Please share this message and post on social networks, and please make a donation if you can, we know the city will appeal this decision.

Thank you.

 


Medicine’s Flawed Approach to Evidence

Right wrongBy Gary Ogden

Druin Burch, an Oxford physician and professor, has penned a fine piece, appearing in the December/January issue of Natural History, advocating for placebo-controlled trials for all medical interventions.  It’s a good read.

 Some gems:  “In the nineteenth century, improvements in public health practices had greatly prolonged human life.  Medicine itself, however, only started doing more good than harm around World War II . ..”

In a discussion of childhood cancer treatments: “Giving new treatments to children outside of controlled trials is not merciful compassion.  It’s a gamble in which the child is as likely to be hurt as helped, and after which-due to the lack of control-we won’t even be able to tell which effect the treatment has had.”

He speaks of the appeal of dogma, calling historical and current medical wisdom “eminence-based medicine.”  Does this sound like CDC vaccine policy?  He makes exception only for existing drugs known to be safe for use in diseases with high case-fatality rates (his example being Ebola).

But then he makes this curious statement:  “Similar arguments could be made for some vaccines, provided those vaccines are closely related to ones for which we already have abundant knowledge.”

Abundant knowledge from placebo-controlled trials?  Please, Dr. Burch, give us the names and dates of those trials, the outcomes, the raw data.  I know of only one: One of the six Gardasil trials had a very small saline placebo arm, in addition to the adjuvant (Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate) arm.  The data in the tables for pain, swelling, and redness are broken out into the three arms.  For all serious adverse reactions, however, the placebo data are hidden, lumped together with the adjuvant arm in the tables, to give roughly the same rate of 2.3%.  This is not science.  It is flim flam.

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Daily Kos Has a Complete Intellectual Breakdown Over Vaccine Safety

Kos

By Dan Olmsted

Daily Kos, the reliably vaccines-are-perfect-because-they-are-a-progressive-health-care-cornerstone site that unaccountably ran an article last week about the risk from Big Pharma and the promiscuous promoting of vaccines, is now banning comments by a fan of the article because, they say, she's backing a conspiracy theory!

This is almost too twisted to explain, so let’s start from the start. Last week we wrote about this article on Kos: “The Pharma Bulls Are Loose, and It’s the End of American Democracy.”

“This headline,” we said, “does not overhype the article, which is a spectacularly – spectacularly! -- good look at how pharma has taken over medicine, government and mainstream media. Embedded within, and all the more powerful for it, is a look at the vaccine disaster. Sample:

“I’ll say it first: we no longer live in a democracy. We live in a fascist Pharmatopic Republic.

“The saddest part about living in this fascist state is that most people in America are not even aware of this new reality. In fact, in the public shaming of those who want safe vaccines, the American public is an unwitting victim of mass propaganda – and those doing the shaming are analogous to jack-booted thugs. Those in the blogosphere resort immediately to ad-hominem attacks at the first hint of logic and rational discourse. Even asking a question on vaccine safety makes one suddenly ‘anti-vax.’  (Disclosure: Both of my sons are fully vaccinated. I draw the line at HPV.)”

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/3/1456339/-The-Pharma-Bulls-are-Loose-and-it-s-the-End-of-American-Democracy

Now, a commenter (and AOA reader) named Twyla tells us her comments were removed when they applauded the article. She asked Daily Kos to explain themselves and the first thing she got back looks like it was an internal communication that wasn’t meant for her:

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Begin forwarded message:

From: Eyesbright <tender2+da85949d59@tenderapp.com>

Subject: Re: Comment "hidden by the community" [Problems #105189]

Date: December 9, 2015 10:01:50 PM PST

To: [Twyla]

This message from Twyla is more than a little disingenuous. S/he's been warned before (when she should have been banned but, according to a commenter in the thread, Elfling gave Twyla a warning instead) about posting anti-vax stuff here but she's at it again. 

Posting anti-vaxxer comments/diaries is supposed to be automatic banning, per Kos (I'm too tired and near bedtime to find that link).

On the same day in the same thread, there were other anti-vaxxers who were obviously sock puppets. They're BOJO'D. Some commenters wondered if the sock puppets were creations of Twyla. I don't have an opinion on that.

Twyla's comment history (see the 3 thoroughly hidden comments on 12/05/2015): 

http://www.dailykos.com/user/Twyla/comments

On Thu, Dec 10 at 05:41 AM, Deja wrote:

It comes across as an anti vaxxer comment to me, but I didn't flag or even see it. Conspiracy theories are not allowed, and anti vaxxers run along CT lines, so that is probably why.

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So, our story so far: Twyla supported an article that Daily Kos wrote, but Daily Kos inadvertently sent her their own internal discussion about never, ever running anything that’s critical of any aspect of the vaccine program. They wonder whether other favorable comments are Twyla “sock puppets,” meaning people who are encouraged to mimic her ideas.

It’s no wonder that Deja, the Kos staffer whose bedtime was approaching couldn’t think straight about it.

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To which Twyla responded:

On Thu, Dec 10 at 06:25 AM, Twyla Ramos wrote:

My message is not at all disingenuous. I was warned about posting about an autism-vaccine link. I don't remember what my comment said, but I don't think it was about an autism-vaccine link? I was never told that I'm not allowed to post anything critical of vaccines. Really??? Are vaccines so sacrosanct that nobody is allowed to speak ill of them?? And I truly am not anti-vaccine. I am critical of our current vaccine program, which is out of control. I view vaccines as an important weapon in our war on communicable diseases. But that doesn't mean we have limitless capacity for absorbing more and more of them. And the injured veterans of our war on disease need study and treatment. Denying vaccine injuries does not help the vaccine program.

I have not created any "sock puppets". I only post under my own name.

And it's silly to call everyone with concerns about vaccines "anti-vaxxer". If people have concerns about contaminated food, plane crashes, or automobile malfunctions (such as sudden acceleration in Toyotas, or Pintos catching fire), does that make them anti-food, anti-airplanes, or anti-car? Yes, some people are truly anti-vaccine. But others argue for a more moderate vaccine program, with attention paid to the unintended collateral damage. We need a much better understanding of why vaccine injuries occur, who is susceptible, how to prevent these reactions, and how to treat them when they do occur.

I'm so disappointed in Daily Kos for censoring discussion of vaccines. Daily Kos should be standing up for consumers in the face of pharmaceutical companies' power and influence.

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On Dec 10, 2015, at 8:23 AM, Daily Kos Staff wrote:

From: Daily Kos Staff (Support staff)

Here is the line that we draw.

It is fine to talk about vaccinations in some contexts. But, the evidence is quite clear that the general pediatric sequence is safe and effective for the general population. If your arguments suggest otherwise, we're not okay with that here. We classify that as conspiracy theory because there's no evidence, no study, that seems to be sufficient to change your mind. If you are correct, every large medical association and all stable/credible governments are promulgating a big lie, conspiring to hide the truth from you. And, the lack of vaccinations among the general public causes harm by allowing some of these very dangerous diseases to remain viable.

There is no evidence that it is better for your individual child or the population as a whole to get a disease like measles or whooping cough rather than a vaccination.

All the standard childhood vaccines are well studied and have been in use for many years.

Vaccines in general are not particularly lucrative compared to other pharmaceuticals.

What is right for you and those for whom you are directly responsible is between you and your physician. But, what is right for the general population is not in question, and arguing otherwise is causing harm. We don't want Daily Kos used as a site for inaccurate or fraudulent information.

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So there you have it, dear readers. Yesterday I wrote about the suppression of free speech at Brown, starting with vaccine safety and now spreading like a live virus shedding on everyone in sight. When journalism joins this band of absolutist deniers of unwelcome speech, we are in trouble.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


Healthy Alternatives to Vaccination: New Podcasts

Decal AofA Vax ChoiceEditor's Note: Nancy Tarlow DC has created a series of podcasts where “guests such as Barbara Loe Fisher & Tedd Koren discuss all things natural to ensure that your family experiences incredible health.”  Click here to find them.

She writes AOA: “THIS is my passion. Educating people about the risks of vaccinations AND all the wonderful alternative’ treatments out there. I've worked with children with autism. I see how it destroys families and the stress it causes. I'm totally at a loss for words at how our government and media can allow this to continue. People are dying from getting too many vaccinations; their health is being severely impacted. Qualify of life has totally gone out the window for these people.

“I'm one of the lucky ones. I had an opportunity to see Barbara Loe Fisher speak back in '93 at a chiropractic convention. She touched my heart and opened my eyes to the dangers of vaccinations. I never forgot that day and educate people in my office about the dangers. 

“I can't do it that way anymore. I needed a louder microphone that one person at a time. I would stay up at night feeling the calling to do this.”

Check it out!


Neurotribes or Diatribe Asks Dr. Manuel Casanova in Book Review

NeurotribesEditor's Note: This review by Dr. Manuel Casanova takes the measure of the book "Neurotribes -- the Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity" by Steve Silberman. "Having some knowledge on the subject, I thought that Neurotribes was a painful read," Casanova writes. "Silberman’s arguments are constructed as a house of straws. ... The book glorifies autism by exalting its gifts but failing to emphasize its handicaps, drawbacks or comorbidities. It is true that the author mentions that autism is a handicap but at the same time compares the disability to computers using different operating systems, one with Microsoft and another using Linux. This comparison trivializes many of the handicaps faced by autistic individuals and is offensive to those more severely affected."

By Dr. Manuel Casanova

I finally got a chance to finish reading Steve Silberman’s widely publicized book “Neurotribes”. The same received the prestigious 2015 Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction and some journalists have touted the same as the definite book on autism’s past. Being a history buff myself I decided to give it a try and read it during my long layovers on a round trip to Russia. Fortunately I managed to read it all with a few hours to spare. On the other hand, being my usual self, I misplaced the book with all of my annotations. This may play well for the reader as a complete revision of the book with all of my annotations would have required a longer book than the one presently reviewed.

The book itself has been proclaimed to be Neurodiversity’s manifesto and as such makes de rigueur claims of historical figures as having had Asperger’s, providing a putdown of psychiatry and medical sciences in general, and somehow managing to talk peripherally about homosexuality and/or transgender issues. The aim of such a divagation is to ascertain that autism spectrum disorders are an expression of normal variability within the human genome and that any handicaps attributed to the condition can be overcome with proper accommodations. If this were the case it is easy to see why Neurodiversity proponents downplay the need for treatment and research and find especially offensive the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). In order to sustain their allegations they claim that autism has always been around and that there has been no real increase in prevalence throughout the last few decades. They also tend to over generalize suggesting that a significant proportion of engineers, radio aficionados, science fiction buffs, and computer scientists fall within the autism spectrum. All of the aforementioned allegations are made without dwelling on arguments that can falsify their position while simultaneously trying to destroy the credibility and reputation of those who oppose them. In their exposition they will usually not provide references for their work, or in the case of Mr. Silberman, those given may be untraceable and therefore worthless. Neurotribes touches on all of the aforementioned aspects while following the Neurodiversity blueprint to a tee.

Read the full review here.


Jennifer Margulis: Why American Doctors Are Questioning Vaccines

Margulis Your BabyWe excerpted this post from author Jennifer Margulis' site.

You can find her books including Your Babv Your Way on Amazon here.

By Dr. Adrienne Carmack, M.D.

The medical profession tells great tales of decades past when people died from, or were disabled by, diseases such as polio and smallpox, and how the invention of vaccines stopped these epidemics. I believed that vaccines didn’t cause any diseases or problems and that they definitely saved lives. I also believed that those who refused vaccines were the very reason these diseases still existed.

But when I entered the “natural” community by choosing a midwife and breastfeeding, I was exposed to medical theories that differed. During my childbirth classes at the midwifery center, I was surprised when the student teaching the class brought up the subject of vaccines. She suggested that not getting any vaccines was a reasonable choice.

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Billion Toddler March For Survival Features Vaccine Injury Stories

Toddler babyEditor's Note: Check out the new Billion Toddler March for Survival site created by Sally O. Elkordy. As she explains: "I have been interviewing parents of vaccine injured children since 2011 and have now compiled injuries by type of vaccine.  It's EVIDENCE, plain and simple.  Use it to its highest purpose. Thank you." The site includes dozens of interviews -- podcasts and YouTube -- with parents; the goal is "to persuade parents not to vaccinate their children." The site is easy to use and links to all kinds of videos, statements and other EVIDENCE, as Sally says. Worth a close look!

BillionToddlerMarchForSurvival


Absence of Evidence is Not Evidence of Absence

DiseaseBy Ronald Kostoff

Non-communicable diseases have been increasing in recent decades, and have replaced communicable diseases as the leading cause of mortality globally. I hypothesized these non-communicable diseases have a strong anthropogenic (man-made) component. To test the hypothesis, I conducted a study that would identify pervasive 'causes' of disease. These are causes/contributing factors that would impact many diseases. Additionally, these 'causes' were restricted to foundational 'causes', tangible items that, for the most part, would be actionable (e.g., excessive smoking, excessive alcohol intake, excessive exposures to radiation, etc)

The results were reported in a recent eBook [1]. They showed myriad contributing factors to all major diseases, with some diseases having hundreds of potential foundational causes. While the different contributing factors had different weightings, it became clear that the translation of the 'stimulus' provided by each contributing factor to the emergence of a disease resulted from the synergy of multiple 'stimuli' operating in concert.

Why is this relevant to autism? There tend to be 'silos' of advocates who emphasize 1) vaccines as the major cause, or 2) electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures as the major causes, or 3) glyphosate ingestion, or 4) nitrosamines, or 5).......... They are all correct to some degree, but it is the synergy of these myriad contributing factors that will result in the emergence of autism. As my study showed, the bulk of these foundational causes is due, directly or indirectly, to the poorly regulated introduction of modern technology. All of the technologies listed above, and many of the unlisted others contributing to autism, have undergone rapid expansion into our economy in recent years, mirroring the rapid increase in autism (and many other non-communicable diseases as well).

But, as my study/book also shows, the potential foundational causes identified from the premier biomedical literature may be the tip of a much larger iceberg. The biomedical literature relative to causes of disease contains 1) good honest research, 2) poor honest research, and 3) 'manufactured' research. There are unknown numbers of articles 'manufactured' to show there are no links between products being studied and serious disease. Differentiating among these three types of published research to identify truth is not a simple task.

There is a fourth category, which is research that never sees the light of day in the published literature. It is difficult to estimate the level of such research, as it is equally difficult to estimate the amount of 'manufactured' research, because of their secretive nature. It is typically only when a whistle-blower comes forward, or 'discovery' is generated in a legal proceeding, that some of this 'manufactured' or unknown research comes to light.

A few years ago, I did a study of health effects of EMF combined with other stimuli[2]. I examined multiple literatures, not limited to the premier medical literature, and contacted many experts working in this area. I heard story after story of how researchers' best papers were rejected by journals because they reflected poorly on the industry, or research projects being terminated abruptly because they were starting to show serious adverse effects from EMFs, or researchers being personally harassed because their findings were opposite of what the industry was promoting. In the EMF adverse health effects field (as in the vaccine field), there is much manufactured research floating around in the literature, and much research showing adverse effects of EMF that has never seen the light of day. There is much EMF adverse effects research that cries out to be done, but will never get out of the starting blocks because it is not in the interests of government and industry to have these questions answered.

The case of Dr. William Thompson, CDC, is a shining example of the perversion of discomforting research results by (what I have termed in my book as) the Government-Industrial-Media Complex. Thompson is somewhat unique as a whistle-blower. Most whistle-blowers expose wrong-doings of others; Thompson has allegedly exposed the wrong-doings of others AND HIMSELF! The complete mainstream media blackout of Thompson's allegations, and the refusal of either branch of Congress to hold hearings on such serious allegations, lend credence to the accuracy of his allegations. In my book, I spend some time addressing the consequences of Thompson's allegations if true, and show e.g. the costs that will be incurred by the sub-set of African-American children as a result of not informing their parents of the increased risk of autism are on the order of ~$400 billion [3]. That does not include the costs for the other sub-set of children with Isolated Autism, which could be substantially larger because it includes all children in the pool, not only African-Americans.

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Refusing to Acknowledge CDC Whistleblower Validity

Star CommenterThank you to David Foster, AofA contributor, for allowing us to post his comment made on a blog entry at the Orac-penned ScienceBlogs "Respectful Insolence."  

Ben Swann returns, and this time he’s got the CDC whistleblower documents.

(Orac:) When it comes to blogging, sometime’s it’s feast or famine. Some days there are more topics and stories that I’d like to blog about than I could ever get to, given that I generally only do one post per weekday, while other days I seriously think about skipping a day because there’s just nothing out there that interests me. This is one of the former kinds of days. Seriously, there was an embarrassment of riches last night, so much so that I had a hard time making up my mind what story to write about. The one that I ultimately chose only just edged out the second place choice, and then only at the last minute and then only because it is a followup to a post I did about about a month ago. I might well get to the runner up tomorrow, but for now it’s time to revisit a story I’ve done a lot of blogging about because it’s come up again.

How many of you remember Ben Swann? Well, he’s back. Regular readers might remember that Swann is the clueless, conspiracy-minded “investigative reporter” who anchors the evening news for WGCL-CBS46 in Atlanta. The location is important, because it’ means he’s the local news anchor for a major CBS affiliate who did a highly credulous story about the the “#CDCtruth” rally in October...


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Foster's comment:

Do you ever notice that Orac can never simply provide the facts and let the reader draw their own conclusions? Why is that Orac? Do you have that little faith in your readership? (You should.) Every sentence is filled with ad hominem attacks and vitriol, and you always seem to leave out details which are not consistent with the conclusion you wish your readers to draw.

Its fascinating to watch how Orac and everyone else here is so willing to put the cart before the horse. Apparently the credibility of Dr. William Thompson, a senior epidemiologist and research scientist at the CDC, is dubious enough that these kinds of serious claims do not warrant any sort of investigation. We wouldn't want to learn that everything we've been spouting about for years might not be true, now would we?

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CDC Whistleblower & Congressional Oversight Online Survey Results

Whistleblower-protectionNote: Clay writes: I have opted to leave the survey open, given the news this morning that Congressman Posey has provided documents to reporter Ben Swann, who after review will be making documents public. Anyone seeking to respond, who has not already, please do so at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CDC-MMR-Oversight

By Beth Clay

Posted November 30, 2015

In mid-November 2015, after finding no evidence that any organization or news outlet had conducted a survey, I launched an online survey in order to inquire whether or not the public desired Congressional Oversight of the CDC Whistleblower allegations. I reached out through Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) and through email. The survey introduction and question is below:

In August 2014 the American public learned from a CDC employee that CDC employees conducting an autism research study in the Atlanta metropolitan area changed the study protocol after finding a statistically significant correlation of increased risk for autism in African American boys who got the MMR vaccines before 36 months.  Americans learned in the fall of 2015 from Congressman Bill Posey that this CDC employee, who now has official Whistleblower status, stated that 4 of the 5 authors came together and intentionally got rid of the information relative to this autism-MMR timing link.
The survey asked one question and then asked for demographic data. The one question is below:

I Request That the House Oversight Committee Subpoena All of the Authors of the MMR-Atlanta Paper to Discuss Under Oath the CDC Whistleblower Allegations of Changing the Protocol and Failing to Disclose Statistically Significant Finding that African American Boys Who Received the MMR Vaccine Before 36 Months were at Increased Risk of Developing Autism.

    Yes. This needs to happen as soon as possible.
    No.  I do not believe this warrants a Congressional hearing.
    Maybe.  I do not know enough about the issue.

At the end of the survey, I provided the following background and disclaimer

Thank you for participating in this brief survey.  Beth Clay is conducting this survey in order to confirm whether or not there is a strong public desire for the US Congress, in particular the House Oversight Committee, Chairman Jason Chaffetz to subpoena all five authors (Dr. Frank DeStefano, Dr. TK Bhasin, Dr. William Thompson, Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, and Dr. Colleen Boyle) of the 2004 paper, (Pediatrics. 2004 Feb;113(2):259-66.  Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta. DeStefano F1, Bhasin TK, Thompson WW, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Boyle C.)  to respond under oath regarding the allegations of scientific misconduct, cover up, malicious and callous disregard to public health if the allegations are true regarding the decade  in which no alteration of timing of the MMR in African American boys was implemented.

As well as the following: 

You can read the full post at Beth Clay's site