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Democrats, Republicans and the Reality of Vaccine Injury

I am AwakeBy Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde

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

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

Senator Rand Paul (Republican) earlier in February stated:

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

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

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

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

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

Hillary Rodham Clinton responded with this tweet:

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

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

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

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

“No,” Schuchat answered.

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

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

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

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ACTION ALERT: Oregon SB 442 Seeks To Make Vaccine Exemptions More Difficult for Parents

Hoop on FireFrom Autism Action Network:

Oregon, you need to get on the phone now if you want to protect your right to exemptions from mandatory vaccines for your children to attend school. State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward has introduced Senate Bill 442 that would force all parents to have either a signature by a healthcare provider or a certificate verifying a parent has completed an online vaccine-education module.

Amendments could eliminate the online module option or even the non-medical exemption altogether. Steiner Hayward, a Democrat from Portland, is using her position as majority whip to fast track the bill with a hearing scheduled for this Wednesday in Salem.  Rep. Knute Buehler, a Republican from Bend, has stated he will submit a companion bill in the Oregon House of Representatives.

Here’s what you can do to protect your rights. Click on the link below to send emails to your State Senator and your Representative telling them that you support vaccine choice.

Oregon Action Alert

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Dehumanizing Parents of Disabled Children in The Name Of Vaccines

DehumanizeOne of the rules of "war" is to dehumanize (see below) your enemy so that your troops are more willing to attack and kill.  That's what we see happening today with vaccine exemptions.  Media and even doctors who are supposed to protect children have forgotten the children - our children - many of whom are severely disabled by vaccination reactions. Some of whom have died.  Even this week our community lost a young man.  If you find that poster photo from WWII offensive, we apologize. It is offensive. But the rhetoric around vaccination choice has reached Pearl Harbor levels. And is equally offensive.

Thank you to Levi Quackenboss for acknowledging our children in the blog post - When You Hear “Anti-Vaxer” think “Parent of a Vaccine-Disabled Child”.

Despite what the media tells you, it isn’t all that common to encounter an “anti-vax” parent who has never vaccinated a child.  Most “anti-vax” parents only wish they were so lucky to have seen that train wreck coming in the crystal ball.  The overwhelming majority of them started out just like the opposition:  pro-vaccine and trusting their doctors.

Then, one day, they lost the healthy child they once knew.

Dehumanization  By Michele Maiese

Dehumanization is a psychological process whereby opponents view each other as less than human and thus not deserving of moral consideration. Jews in the eyes of Nazis and Tutsis in the eyes of Hutus (in the Rwandan genocide) are but two examples.

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The Sneetchification of America

Joe MAthews"The names and addresses of parents who won't vaccinate their children should made available on the Internet through a public registry." Joe Matthews, TIME Magazine, February 12, 1939, I mean 2015.    Joe is also a San Francisco Chronicle contributor.

This TIME story brought to you by Mr. "Investor McMERCKY McBean."

(You remember who profited in the original story, correct? It was neither the Star Belly nor the Plain Belly Sneetches, it was Sylvester McMonkey McBean who caused the Sneetches to antagonize one another for his own monetary gain.  This is AMERICA in 2015, you think monetary gain isn't behind this current witch hunt? Think again.)

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Paul Offit; Fear, Intimidation and Astroturf

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By Lou Conte and Wayne Rohde

On Thursday, February 5, 2015 Democracy Now featured a segmented debate with guests Dorit Reiss, Mary Holland and Dr. Paul Offit. Following Mary Holland’s segment, Offit derided her as being a “conspiracy theorist” who had falsely claimed that “there’s a guy who’s a fraud (Holland’s reference to Poul Thorsen)” and “There’s whistle blower at the CDC (Holland’s reference to William Thompson).” He added that Mary Holland believes that there is a “massive international conspiracy to hide the truth.”

Paul Offit continues to launch ad hominem attacks against those who question vaccine safety while the mainstream media fails to address Paul Offit’s ludicrous statements and track record. His statements about Mary Holland’s comments are false and misleading and were done, as Holland pointed out before Offit appeared, to marginalize people who are for health choice and informed consent.

We commend Democracy Now for the courage to engage in a discussion regarding vaccination policies. We note that one of the hosts indicated that Offit refused to appear with Holland and directly debate her.

Let’s break down the claims that Offit says are false:
 
Poul Thorsen really is charged with fraud and is indeed a fugitive from justice. See his mug shot below as well as the link to Office of Inspector General below:

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OIG Fugitive: Poul Thorsen

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Bud Bundy Spread Measles for Laughs on TV. Bud... Not Ted Bundy.

MWC 7Check out the last 30 seconds of this short clip from the sitcom Married with Children.   This episode ran on September 20, 1992.  Hardly the dark ages of death and disease in America, correct?  Here's the episode synopsis.

Seven gets some. Bud gets some, never mind she has measles. Al and Peggy get some because it's quicker than talking. Only Kelly doesn't get some but that's by choice because the guy is a jerk. And then he disrespects Kelly so she disrespects his face with her fist. Bud meets up with Kelly's date who insults Kelly by calling her a tramp, not realizing that Bud is her brother. Bud responds by hugging the date and coughing in his face as he has measles which are highly contagious and tells him to consider the measles a gift from Kelly. 

 Cue the laugh track.  What has changed since 1992? Well autism and pediatric chronic illness have skyrocketed.  Ask yourself how measles went from sitcom fodder to ISIS-level danger in  two decades? Then ask why.

Oh, that singing in the background at the beginning of the video I taped?  My vax injured 20 year old with autism, born just two years after this episode ran.  Thanks to AofA reader BSK for the heads up.  KRS

Officials Covered Up “Massive” UK Measles Outbreak in Highly MMR Vaccinated Children & Adults – Officials Withheld The Evidence – Parents Not Warned – Children Unprotected – BBC Directly Implicated

UKhealthcareThe following is excerpted from the ChildHealthSafety site in the UK. 

In 2012 and 2013 outbreaks of measles occurred in large numbers of children and adults who had been vaccinated and who were living in areas of highly vaccinated populations in the North of England.   The North of England outbreaks involved the same MMR vaccine in use in the USA, Merck’s MMR II.  

Instead of warning parents in the North that their children were at risk and taking precautionary measures, nothing was said.  The British public were not told the MMR vaccine was failing to protect children from measles.

A classic diversionary misinformation tactic was employed by British health officials to cover up this major failure of the MMR vaccine to protect children from an age old childhood disease.

CHS brings its readers full details of the official figures with extracts of the official documents in which they appeared.

As CHS previously reported, a journal paper published in 2012 reported that Merck’s MMR II vaccine was not working and a new vaccine was called for by the author: Mayo Clinic Expert Confirms Measles Vaccine Is Failing – So it’s NOT the unvaccinated.

Read the full post at ChildHealthSafety.


Thank You Senator Rand Paul and Governor Chris Christie

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Dear Senator Paul and Governor Christie:

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the first step in starting a long overdue conversation about vaccines and the epidemic of chronic diseases in our children INCLUDING autism.  I salute your bravery in speaking about what you have heard from your fellow citizens as leaders in a democracy are supposed to do.

Others will not applaud you.  Indeed, you should be prepared for a firestorm that will amaze you.  I hope the anger of these people will not cause you to back down from what you believe to be very reasonable positions to take.  As somebody who is half-Sicilian on my mother's side, like Governor Christie is, I understand the fire and thirst for justice which animates the Jersey Boy.  As somebody who shares many of Senator Paul's libertarian beliefs that each individual is the best judge of what they need, I think my fellow libertarian is up for the fight.

I've been reading the fine book, "Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Joseph Ellis and think it may have a few lessons for the both of you as you begin to venture down this road.  When our Founding Fathers declared on July 4, 1776 that all men were created equal it was certainly the most radical statement ever uttered by those who would seek to form a government.

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CNN Covers Measles Vaccine Debate with Celine Gounder and Rebecca Estepp

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Dr. Celine Gounder

HealthChoice.org's Rebecca Estepp  appeared on CNN with Dr. Celine

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Rebecca Estepp

Gounder.  Rebecca's son has an autism diagnosis, had an MMR Reaction and shows no titers to the MMR vaccine that he had received.

Dr. Gounder discusses the Estepp's family history (seems she did her homework before going on air)  and says Estepp's son is a child who should not receive the vaccine.  That's an understatement, but how does a family know in advance that his or her child is at risk? 

This interview brings up a lot of really good points.  Thank you, Dr. Gounder and Ms. Estepp.

Vaccine "Trafficking"

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URGENT WARNING FOR ALL U.S. CITIZENS:  Beware of "The United States of Tyrannica" where "Vaccine Trafficking" is proliferating.  Protect your children, and yourselves.

Most of you have heard of "Human Trafficking*".  Today, I want to warn you about "Vaccine Trafficking", which is equally hellacious, and which needs to be dealt with just as swiftly as is happening with Human Trafficking.  Immediate help and compassion for the victims of Vaccine Trafficking, and for their families, are also needed.  Here is a comparison of the two.  Please note their frightening similarities.

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.

Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human trafficking still exists today throughout the United States and globally when traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control other people for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex or forcing them to provide labor services against their will. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to trap victims in horrific situations every day in America. All trafficking victims share one essential experience – the loss of freedom.

In the United States, sex trafficking commonly occurs in online escort services, residential brothels, brothels disguised as massage businesses or spas, and in street prostitution. Labor trafficking has been found in domestic servitude situations, as well as sales crews, large farms, restaurants, carnivals, and more.

There are two primary factors driving the spread of human trafficking: high profits and low risk. Like drug and arms trafficking, human trafficking is a market-driven criminal industry that is based on the principles of supply and demand. Every year, traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, including here in the United States.

Vaccine trafficking is a form of modern forced medical experimentation where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.

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Trace Amounts - San Francisco Premiere - February 18

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By Kent Heckenlively

Yes, I'm here again urging you to do something!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area I am encouraging you to go and see the amazing new documentary, "Trace Amounts," the true story of Eric Gladen's painful journey through mercury poisoning that he blames on a thimerosal loaded tetanus shot.

While his mercury poisoning led him to the edge of despair, after his recovery he was on a mission to understand why he had become so sick.  He quit his job, moved into an RV, and traveled the country interviewing experts and piecing together thousands of studies and leaked documents.  It is difficult to overstate the courage of this man.

I know that so many of us feel isolated and wonder when people are going to rise up and demand action.  Well, Eric Gladen has answered that clarion call and it is our job to support him.  Gladen draws a line from the Mad Hatter syndrome of the late 1800s, to Pink Disease in the 1950s, the Iraqi Grain incident of the early 1970s and the usage of Thimerosal in childhood vaccines.

I understand it can be so painful to revisit these issues when our lives are overwhelmed with the needs of our children, but we must reach out to each other in those rare instances when we can not only share our solidarity with each other, but move a project forward.  The documentary will be shown on February 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the lovely Opera Plaza Cinemas and I will be helping to introduce the film.

I would like to see the theater filled with our warrior mothers and fathers.  You can order your tickets on the link.


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

The Journal of Advanced Practice Nursing on Flu Deaths

FearThis article Do Not Believe Everything You Hear About Flu Deaths is from  The Journal of Advanced Practice Nursing

Flu results in "about 250,000 to 500,000 yearly deaths" worldwide, Wikipedia tells us. "The typical estimate is 36,000 [deaths] a year in the United States," reports NBC, citing the Centers for Disease Control. "Somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians a year die of influenza and its related complications", according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, adding that "Those numbers are controversial because they are estimates." "Controversial" is an understatement, and not just in Canada, and not just because the numbers are estimates. The numbers differ wildly from the sober tallies recorded on death certificates -- by law every certificate must show a cause -- and reported by the official agencies that collect and keep vital statistics. According to the National Vital Statistics System in the U.S., for example, annual flu deaths in 2010 amounted to just 500 per year -- fewer than deaths from ulcers (2,977), hernias (1,832) and pregnancy and childbirth (825), and a far cry from the big killers such as heart disease (597,689) and cancers (574,743). The story is similar in Canada, where unlikely killers likewise dwarf Statistics Canada's count of flu deaths.

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Attend the Trace Amounts Premier at TCL Chinese Theatre February 4

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It's not often we get to attend a glamorous movie premier at the world famous Chinese Theatre!   On February 4, join Eric Gladen and the Trace Amounts team for opening night.   Reserve your seats today!  Click here.

This is the premiere event for Trace Amounts at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre! Come join us on the red carpet for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

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

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

From the Mad Hatter Syndrome in the late 1800’s, to Pink Disease in the first half of the 20th to the Iraqi Grain Incident in the early 1970’s, humans have learned time and again of the debilitating neurological and physical damage that mercury can cause. Then why and how did it end up in our childhood vaccines? Trace Amounts explores the origin of the use of mercury in the vaccines and exposes the continued greed based decision to keep mercury in the vaccines through several decades. Trace Amounts is the result of nearly a decade of research and travel, in which top scientists, government officials, parents of children with Autism, and the average Joe unravel the truths, secrets, and tragedies, of the skyrocketing Autism rates.

Could a tragedy, which brought one of the greatest nations to its knees, and stole a generation of children, have been avoided?

We invite you to host a screening in your area. Visit the Trace Amounts site for details.

Trace Amounts Documentary on San Diego 6

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What does mercury poisoning look like in an adult? And is mercury in vaccines connected to Autism? To find and host a screening of Trace Amounts, visit the site.

From San Diego 6: Eric Gladden, Filmmaker "Trace Amounts," and Rebecca Estepp, Director of Communications at Health Choice explain their quest for the scientific truth about vaccines.

 

National Autism Association: The Leaders in Autism Wandering and Safety Issues

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By Kim Stagliano

A special guest was in attendance at the State of the Union address on Tuesday night.  Her name is Avonte memorial Vanessa Fontaine, and while the name might not ring a bell, you surely remember the name Avonte Oquendo.  Ms. Fontaine is Avonte's Mom. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York  invited Ms. Fontaine to the SOTU address to stand as an example of the tragedy of autism wandering and the lack or protection for our children from toddlers to teens and beyond, and to create awareness and support of Avonte's Law.   We are grateful to Ms. Fontaine for putting a face on the worries and very real fears of so many of us in the autism community.

Long before this evening of Presidential pomp and circumstance, one autism organization has been toiling in the trenches to create not just awareness of the safety issues in autism, but acting to prevent injury and death.  That organization is National Autism Association. They work quietly and efficiently.  Sometimes too quietly - as is the halmark of a "doer" and not just a "Rosie Ruiz."*

We're going to remind you until we are blue in the face, NAA is making a difference for the autism community.  From the NAA blog:

In an effort to gain support for Avonte’s Law, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Monday that he has invited Vanessa Fontaine, mother of Avonte Oquendo, to attend the State of the Union Address Tuesday evening according to news reports.

Avonte’s Law would offer protections to prevent – and respond to – wandering incidents, namely in the autism community. The legislation would allocate funding towards assisting families of special needs children in need of tracking devices, as well as provide other services, such as first responder training and education.

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PLAGUE vs. THE PANIC VIRUS

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

There are winners and there are losers.  And I am in the fight.  I'd like you to join me in creating a victory.

In one corner is "The Panic Virus" by Seth Mnookin, which I consider to be an unfair attack on our community and our concerns.  The very title itself suggests that there is nothing much to worry about.  As Franklin Roosevelt might have said, "The only thing we need to panic about is panic itself."

And yet, when even conservative estimates proclaim that 1 in 50 children have autism (oh for those simpler times when it was only 1 in 150!), and researchers like Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT proclaim that if current increases continue than 1 in 2 children will have autism by 2025, it seems like there is definitely something to panic about.

Which is where my book, "PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism and Other Diseases" comes in.  Because you see, I do think there is something to panic about.  I am the boy crying wolf as the wolf rampages through the town.

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Letter to The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations RE: Alex Spourdalakis

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Ms. Amy Papagopoulos
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

12.19.14

Dear Ms. Papagopoulos,

I am writing to you concerning the death of Alexander Spourdalakis, a Chicago teenager who had severe autism and inflammatory bowel disease. A complaint was received by the Joint Commission from the autism advocacy group, Autism Is Medical (AIM), in March 2013. This was prior to his death while he was an inpatient, restrained in Loyola Hospital. As far as I am aware and to all intents and purposes, no action was taken by your organization either at that time or since, in response to this complaint.

The hospitals involved in Alex’s extraordinary mismanagement – Loyola, Gottlieb Memorial, and Lutheran - all currently hold your “Gold” seal of approval.

Alex’s harrowing story has been made into an award winning documentary, Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis? produced by Autism Media Channel (AMC; autismmediachannel.com). The documentary, which is enclosed as a DVD for you to watch, speaks for itself. This production was reported recently on ABC 7 Chicago on at http://abc7chicago.com/news/abc7-exclusive-alexs-story/439605/. From January, the DVD will be available nationwide on Amazon, and in Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, Walmart etc.

We will not let this matter rest until the safety of individuals with autism in US hospitals and their access to appropriate medical care is guaranteed. It is essential that the Joint Commission conduct a thorough investigation of these matters. Two women face life imprisonment in Cook County Jail on charges of First Degree murder, largely because of what we see as gross failings on the part of hospitals accredited by your organization. AMC will be following up on this story as it goes to trial and we will be dealing with the official response as part of that follow up. Given the public interest we will be posting this letter at autismmediachannel.com.

Thank you  

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Polly Tommey and Andrew Wakefield

Producers, Autism Media Channel

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Court Upholds New York's Right to Mandate Vaccination

Kent legalImportant decision issued this month from the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, completely upholding the state’s right to impose vaccination mandates and to withhold schooling to the unvaccinated in the event of outbreaks.  Phillips_Per Curium Opinion_01072015

NICOLE PHILLIPS, individually and on behalf of B.P. and S.P., minors,
DINA CHECK, on behalf of minor M.C.,
FABIAN MENDOZA‐VACA, individually and on behalf of M.M. and V.M., minors,
Plaintiffs‐Appellants,

— v. —

CITY OF NEW YORK, ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN, in his official capacity as Attorney General, State of New York, DR. NIRAV R. SHAH, in his official capacity as Commissioner, New York State Department of Health, NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Defendants‐Appellees.*

* The Clerk of Court is respectfully directed to amend the official caption in this case to conform to the caption above.
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Plaintiffs‐appellants challenge on constitutional grounds New York State’s
requirement that all children be vaccinated in order to attend public school. Plaintiffs‐appellants argue that the statutory vaccination requirement, which is subject to medical and religious exemptions, violates their substantive due process rights, the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, the Equal
Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Ninth Amendment, and both state and municipal law. On the same grounds, plaintiffs‐appellants argue that a state regulation permitting state officials to temporarily exclude students who are exempted from the vaccination requirement from school during an outbreak of a vaccine‐preventable disease is unconstitutional. The district court concluded that the statute and regulation are constitutional. We agree and
therefore AFFIRM.

The PLAGUE Challenge

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

I have a BIG challenge for the readers of Age of Autism.

I am currently at 29 reviews on Amazon for the book I co-authored with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.

The book by Seth Mnookin, entitled, The Panic Virus, which savages our community is at 114 reviews on Amazon.

I know the number of unique readers we have each week at Age of Autism. With our numbers, are we really going to let Seth Mnookin hold the floor with 114 reviews?

I understand the complaints.  Dealing with our children who have autism is difficult.  We are emotionally and financially drained.  When we have free time we don't want to think about autism. It's just going to depress me anyway.  I hear these complaints from my wife all the time.  And I'll let you in on a little secret.  Sometimes I feel exactly the same way.

Which is why I co-wrote PLAGUE.  Because I don't want to feel depressed.  I wanted to find the story of a scientist who inspired me with her intelligence and her courage.  I wanted to drill down into the corruption of our scientific and medical research establishment so that I could figure out what could be done about it.  And the fact of the matter is, besides the thousands of hours it took me to write and polish the story so it reads like a fast-paced detective story, it's going to take YOU READING THE STORY and WRITING REVIEWS about it to change things.

Think about it.  Seth Mnookin gets away with trashing our community and he's got just 114 customer reviews on Amazon.  If just 1% of you joined the PLAGUE challenge we could crush him.  I want that victory over Seth Mnookin by March 1, 2015.

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San Diego Screening of Trace Amounts: Two Days Left to Buy Tickets!

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TRACE AMOUNTS
FILM SCREENS IN San Diego TO EDUCATE VIEWERS ON THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF MERCURY IN VACCINES

SAN DIEGO, CA – A new documentary Trace Amounts that details the harmful effects of mercury in everyday flu vaccines and the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) response will screen at Edwards Mira Mesa 18 on January 27, 2015.   

Trace Amounts, a film directed by Eric Gladen, explores the science, evidence, and historically significant actions during the decade-long debate of vaccine safety. The film tells the story of Gladen’s personal experience with mercury poisoning, which he believes resulted from a mercury-loaded tetanus shot, and the research that lead him to learn of the global health crisis that links thimerosal, a mercury-based vaccine preservative, to the autism epidemic.

“Eric Gladen was vaccine injured as an adult and recovered from his injury. My son was vaccine injured as an infant. Eric Gladen speaks for my son and the countless other infants who couldn't speak at the time they were injured,” said Becky Estepp. "Mercury never should be allowed in anyone's vaccines, especially in infant's vaccines. They can't tell us how they are feeling.”

The film and its makers adamantly call for the removal of thimerosal from all vaccines, including flu shots in the U.S. and abroad. A portion of the film’s proceeds will support a newly formed non-profit organization, Go Mercury Free, which promotes the removal of mercury from a variety of products and environmental factors.

Trace Amounts is written and produced by Eric Gladen; executive producers Jake Wood, Kristal Wood, Jason Merck, James Gladen, Debra Fenner and Rita Pasiciel; and producer Shiloh Levine.

For more information about Trace Amounts and the national film tour, visit  TraceAmounts.com

Purchase tickets here for the San Diego/Mira Mesa screening.

Headline News On Measles Outbreak at Disneyland

Thank you Rebecca Estepp of HealthChoice.org for sharing information about measles vaccination on Headline News today.

Book Review - "The Vaccine Court" by Wayne Rohde

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The autism community owes a great debt to Wayne Rohde for his brisk, easy-to-read book "The Vaccine Court: The Dark Truth of America's Vaccine Injury Compensation Program."

For many of us, the passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 which established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), otherwise known as the "Vaccine Court" has been an unmitigated disaster for the health of America's children.  It is since the passage of this act that the rate of autism, allergies, and other auto-immune disorders has skyrocketed among our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

Rohde does an admirable job of leading the reader through an easy to understand explanation of how this program which was supposed to give a quick resolution to those victims of vaccine injury morphed into a monster which benefits only the pharmaceutical companies. 

The heart-breaking stories of many of the parents of vaccine-injured children are included in this book, as well as the nightmare of going through the vaccine injury compensation program.  As difficult as it is to read many of these stories, knowing they are just a fraction of those in our country today, it is nothing less than a sacred obligation that we know them.  In our pain is our strength.

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PLAGUE - When the Mouse Met Mercury

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

The first known outbreak of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) took place during 1934-1935 at the Los Angeles County Hospital and affected 198 doctors and nurses during a polio outbreak.

300 doctors and nurses at the Los Angeles County Hospital were given an early polio vaccine developed by Dr. Maurice Brodie, as well as approximately 7,000 children.  (Active Immunization Against Poliomyeleitis, American Journal of Public Health, February 1936)  The vaccine was passaged multiple times through mouse brain tissue.  (Attempts to Produce Poliomyelitis in Refractory Laboratory Animals, March 1, 1935, doi: 10.3181/00379727-32-7876)

In addition to the polio vaccine, the doctors and nurses were also given an accompanying "immune serum" to boost their response to the vaccine.  This immune serum contained "merthiolate", otherwise known as thimerosal, as a preservative. (Use of Serum and the Routine and Experimental Laboratory Findings in the 1934 Poliomyelitis Epidemic, American Journal of Public Health, First read on September 3, 1934)

It was during this time period that the first children who would go onto develop autism were born.  These children were born to parents who worked primarily in the medical and scientific fields.  Do you think these were the parents who would have been first in line to get a polio vaccine for their children?  I do.

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Merry Christmas!

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Wishing all of our AofA readers the peace and joy of the season.

A Visit from Age of Autism

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Twas the night before Christmas, to our readers we say

Thank you kindly for logging on every day.

Your comments were written with keen thought and care

In hopes that we'd publish them and not put them "there."

Blaxill and Olmsted with science expose

The strange world of pharma and how it all goes.

And Kim in her office (so close to the stove)

Baked up post after post and some cookies with clove.

The stories keep coming - vaccines that did shatter

We ask every day, "Will our voices soon matter?"

Parents who tell us their toddlers did crash

As doctors and media continue to bash.

The stories are true, oh this much we know

To special ed and therapy our children will go.

The pushback from pharma has become very clear

We ask you what is it that they have to fear?

They know that they made our kids so very sick

With a needle they said was "just a small prick."

They say we are looking for someone to blame

Where is their conscience, their care and their shame?

Now Offit! Now Cohen! Now Szabo and Reiss!

Snyderman chastises, "Just roll the dice!"

To the CDC schedule! You must heed our call!

Now vaccinate! Vaccinate! Vaccinate all!

As sleeves roll up and babies will cry

Some children will sicken. Some may even die.

And then in a twinkling hear this dear friends

We will not sleep until the epidemic ends.

We must work as a team seeking answers all 'round

Our goal is the same: A cure must be found.

On Twitter we hashtag and battle the bots

"Our children are aging, they are no longer tots!"

Experience has taught us to connect the dots

Autism for many was caused by those shots.

But the future's not bleak, we have many a star

NAA and dear TACA and always GR

Thank Schneider, McCarthy whose voices ring out

"Informed consent is the message we shout!"

We'll continue to work and to wage the good fight.

For the kids who are growing - we will do what is right.



14 Days of Skyhorse Publishing: The Big Autism Cover Up by Anne Dachel


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We owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York. His committment to books about autism is..... well - why don't we let him tell you himself.  (Thank you to The Thinking Moms' Revolution for the video.)




We will feature one Skyhorse book each day for the next 12 days. Consider it a literary Advent Calendar or a Menorah with twelve lights... or more.

The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public

Autism now affects two percent of U.S. children. A once rare disorder is now so common that everyone knows someone with an affected child. Yet neither mainstream doctors nor government officials can tell the American public what is behind the staggering rise in diagnoses.

The Big Autism Cover-Up explores how news outlets downplay the impact of autism while backing the official denial of any link between the disorder and vaccines. Despite never honestly and thoroughly investigating the link, mainstream news sources continue to challenge those who question the safety of vaccines and the mounting evidence that an unchecked, unsafe vaccination schedule is behind the exponential increase in autism.

Anne Dachel has spent the last ten years monitoring how the press covers autism. She’s seen the media promote the unrelenting message from health officials that autism hasn’t really increased, that it is simply a matter of better diagnosing of a disorder that’s always been around. Meanwhile, autism remains a perpetual mystery and scientists continue to guess at the genetic and environmental triggers.

Officially there is no known cause or cure for autism. There’s nothing a new mother can do to prevent a baby that was born healthy and is developing normally from regressing into autism by the age of two. Despite this, officials rarely express concern and adamantly refuse to call autism a crisis. The Big Autism Cover-Up exposes this controversy in searing detail.

13 Days of Skyhorse Publishing: Vaccine Epidemic


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We owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York. His committment to books about autism is..... well - why don't we let him tell you himself.  (Thank you to The Thinking Moms' Revolution for the video.)




We will feature one Skyhorse book each day for the next 12 days. Consider it a literary Advent Calendar or a Menorah with twelve lights... or more.

Vaccine Epidemic - cover high resVaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children
By Mary Holland and Louise Kuo Habakus

Public health officials state that vaccines are safe and effective, but the truth is far more complicated. Vaccination is a serious medical intervention that always carries the potential to injure and cause death as well as to prevent disease. Coercive vaccination policies deprive people of free and informed consent—the hallmark of ethical medicine. Americans are increasingly concerned about vaccine safety and the right to make individual, informed choices together with their healthcare practitioners. Vaccine Epidemic focuses on the searing debate surrounding individual and parental vaccination choice in the United States.

Habakus, Holland, and Rosenberg edit and introduce a diverse array of interrelated topics concerning the explosive vaccine controversy, including the ethics of vaccination mandates, corrupting conflicts of interest in the national vaccine program, and personal narratives of parents, children, and soldiers who have suffered vaccine injury.

Newly updated with additional chapters focusing on institutional scientific misconduct, mandates for healthcare workers, concerns about HPV vaccine development, and the story behind the Supreme Court’s recent vaccine decision, Vaccine Epidemic remains the essential handbook for the vaccination choice movement and required reading for all people contemplating vaccination for themselves and their children.

12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing: Day 12 Thimerosal Let The Science Speak by Robert Kennedy Jr.


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We owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York. His committment to books about autism is..... well - why don't we let him tell you himself.  (Thank you to The Thinking Moms' Revolution for the video.)




We will feature one Skyhorse book each day for the next 12 days. Consider it a literary Advent Calendar or a Menorah with twelve lights... or more.

Thimerosal RFKThimerosal Let the Science Speak by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Over a decade ago, following a sharp rise in developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD, the mercury-containing preservative Thimerosal was widely believed to have been eliminated from vaccine supplies in the United States and abroad. However, dangerous quantities of Thimerosal continue to be used, posing a significant threat to public health and leading to a crisis of faith in vaccine safety.

In this groundbreaking book, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., examines the research literature on Thimerosal and makes a very clear statement about its potentially dangerous effects. In the past, the CDC, FDA, NIH, and AAP, as well as the US Congress, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the US Department of Agriculture, the European Medicines Agency, and the California Environmental Protection Agency have expressed concerns over the use of Thimerosal in vaccines. But despite the many voices calling for action, the media and policy makers have repeatedly failed to adequately address the issue.

Now, with Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, the science supporting the elimination of this toxic chemical from the world’s vaccine supplies, and its replacement with already available safer alternatives, is all in one place. Making this change should increase vaccination rates by restoring the trust of concerned parents in the vaccine program—a program that is so vitally important to public health.

PLAGUE - Praying for "Those Who Are Not Yet My Friends"

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

(WARNING!! - To my deeply valued atheist readers, you might want to skip this article and come back to me next week where I will once again be deeply involved in the questions of this world.  Thank you for your understanding.)

I've been thinking a lot about how we make progress with various advocacy groups against powerful enemies.  I think of my heroes, people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela.  These are my spiritual guides and I want to deploy the same weapons they used.

Chief among them is prayer.  As a Christian I'm called to pray for my enemies, my real enemies, not just those people who kind of annoy me.  Yes, I'm talking about the major bad guys who if I had my lawyer hat on I'd be calling for their prosecution for crimes against humanity.

I've always liked the formulation of Nelson Mandela (also a lawyer), calling for satyagraha, which means you speak the absolute truth, and ahisma, meaning you wish no harm on your enemies, and you actually want them to come to the fullness of understanding.  It is a hard balance to find, but it is worth our time.

So, in the spirit of the season I am asking for prayers for our enemies, or as Gandhi might have said, "Those who are not yet my friends."  Some of these people are not necessarily the big bad guys, but those who lack courage to fight for the truth.  I have heard accounts and personally witnessed some of the people on this list saying things privately, that if they said them publicly, would be of enormous assistance to our cause.  Let all of these people fulfill the dreams of helping humanity they had when they started their careers.  My athiest friends act as if articles like this are easy for me to write, but I assure you, this is one of the most difficult things I have ever done.  

Continue reading "PLAGUE - Praying for "Those Who Are Not Yet My Friends"" »

12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing: Day 11 Vaccines 2.0 The Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family


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We owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York. His committment to books about autism is..... well - why don't we let him tell you himself.  (Thank you to The Thinking Moms' Revolution for the video.)




We will feature one Skyhorse book each day for the next 12 days. Consider it a literary Advent Calendar or a Menorah with twelve lights... or more.

Vaccines 2.0Vaccines 2.0: The Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family

The CDC’s bloated vaccine schedule has doubled since 1988, after the federal government gave pharmaceutical companies immunity from lawsuits. Autism and other childhood disorders like asthma, ADHD, juvenile diabetes and digestive ailments have skyrocketed. And parents are understandably nervous, desperate for objective guidance that takes those concerns seriously.


Vaccines 2.0 looks at the lengthy roster of today’s recommended injections, the documented risks that accompany them, and helps parents choose a schedule based on unbiased, uncensored, unconflicted science. From whether to get a flu shot during pregnancy--and how to avoid dangerous mercury if you do--to the Hep B shot within hours of birth, to the controversial Gardasil vaccine for preteens, Vaccines 2.0/i> provides the tools to decide for yourself.

The three sections cover: Why should you care? What should you know? What can you do? The exclusive Risk-Reward Assessment assigns a numerical score to each of the 14 recommended vaccines. Also included is information on learning to spot, report and treat side effects; talking to your doctor and finding a sympathetic one if you can't, and comparing alternative schedules if you decide to delay or skip shots. When it comes to your child, it's your choice. Vaccines 2.0 will give you the information you need to choose wisely.

Action Alert: Contact Gov Kasich as Ohio Faces Vaccination Schedule Increase

Action alertVeto needed by Ohio Governor to stop huge increase in Vaccine Schedule - by Autism Action Network

 
By John Gilmore
 
The Ohio legislature pulled a fast one on their own citizens last week. Legislators announced that two bills that had been strenuously opposed by Ohio parents and health rights activists had been killed. Senate Bill SB 381 and House Bill HB 364 would have required all Ohio children in day-care, pre-school or Head Start to get every shot included in the CDC’s recommended schedule, none of which are currently required in Ohio. And they would have gutted vaccine choice rights by requiring a physician’s letter to exercise the currently unencumbered rights to medical, religious and conscience exemptions from mandates.  Both bills were killed, but the language requiring the entire catalog of CDC recommended shots was inserted into another much larger bill, House Bill HB 394, which was quickly voted on and passed by both houses.
 
If Gov. John Kasich signs the bill all Ohio children in daycare and pre-school will be required to get injections for annual flu, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningococcus, chicken pox, diphtheria, hemophilis influenza type b, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, pneumococcal disease, polio, rotavirus, and tetanus, none of which are required now.
 
The only course of action left now is to message, call, write and tweet Gov. Kasich and ask him to veto HB 394. Please saturate Gov. Kasich’s communication pathways with polite expressions of your opposition to the bill. Here is Gov. Kasich’s contact info:
 
Telephone: (614) 466-3555
Twitter: @JohnKasich
Address:
 
Governor John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
 
Please share this message with friends and family and please post and share on social networks.

12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing: Day 10 Thinking Moms' Revolution


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We owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York. His committment to books about autism is..... well - why don't we let him tell you himself.  (Thank you to The Thinking Moms' Revolution for the video.)




We will feature one Skyhorse book each day for the next 12 days. Consider it a literary Advent Calendar or a Menorah with twelve lights... or more.

Thinking Moms RevThe Thinking Moms' Revolution: Autism beyond the Spectrum: Inspiring True Stories from Parents Fighting to Rescue Their Children

The Thinking Moms’ Revolution (TMR) is a group of twenty-three moms (and one awesome dad) from Montana to Malaysia who all have children with developmental disabilities. Initially collaborating online about therapies, biomedical intervention, alternative medicine, special diets, and doctors on the cutting edge of treatment approaches to an array of chronic and developmental disabilities, such as autism, sensory processing disorders, food allergies, ADHD, asthma, and seizures, they've come together into something far more substantial. Suspecting that some of the main causes may be overused medicines, vaccinations, environmental toxins, and processed foods, they began a mission to help reverse the effects. In the process, they became a tight-knit family dedicated to helping their kids shed their diagnoses. 

Here, collected by Helen Conroy and Lisa Joyce Goes, are the stories of their fights to recover their kids from autism and related disorders. With each chapter written by a different TMR member, they share how they discovered each other, what they learned from each other, and why it’s important to have close friends who understand what it's like to parent a child with special needs. You'll read about the their experiences, and learn how their determination and friendships have become a daily motivation for parents worldwide.

Will NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Ban NYC Kids from Daycare over Ineffective Flu Shot?

Di blasioBelow is an action alert from Autism Action Network. New York city readers, see contact info at the end of this post.

Will NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio keep kids out of daycare for not getting the flu shot that doesn’t work?
 
New York City is a two weeks away from enforcing an unprecedented and possibly illegal City-only mandate for all pre-school, daycare and Head Start children to get annual flu shots.  Several weeks ago, however, a message appeared on the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website that there will be no penalty for failure to comply until 2016.,

“In 2015, the Health Department’s Bureau of Child Care will enforce the requirement by educating childcare staff during routine inspections. Beginning January 1, 2016, the Department will begin issuing notices of violation to childcare facilities that fail to follow the mandate.”
 
The only penalty there is for families is refusing to allow children into the covered programs. Now the City appears to be waffling on the no enforcement policy.  Several calls to NYC DOMHM officials could not elicit a definitive answer on whether children would be turned away if they do not have evidence of get the flu shot.
 
It appears that the New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is willing to kick tens of thousands of children out of pre-school daycare and Head Start because they will not have been injected with this year’s annual flu shot, the flu shot that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has already admitted isn’t effective against that the flu strains in circulation this year.
 
The policy becomes even more absurd given that there is no persuasive data in the medical literature that flu shots have any protective affect on children under two years of age, yet the City regulations require children as young as six-months to get two flu shots.  Children who get the inhaled version of the flu vaccine, which contains live flu vaccines and turn anyone who gets it into a potentially infectious flu carrier for 3 weeks will be allowed to attend programs.  And even though mercury-containing flu shots are illegal to give to children under three in New York, many flu shots still have mercury that is wildly in excess of the Federal standards for exposure for children older than three.

Continue reading "Will NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Ban NYC Kids from Daycare over Ineffective Flu Shot?" »

12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing: Day 8 Vaccine Injuries: Documented Adverse Reactions to Vaccines


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We owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York. His committment to books about autism is..... well - why don't we let him tell you himself.  (Thank you to The Thinking Moms' Revolution for the video.)




We will feature one Skyhorse book each day for the next 12 days. Consider it a literary Advent Calendar or a Menorah with twelve lights... or more.

Vaccine Injuries Lou ConteVaccine Injuries: Documented Adverse Reactions to Vaccines
By Tony Lyons and Louis Conte

Reveals the truth behind the controversial issue of vaccine-related injuries.


Proponents declare that vaccines have saved millions of lives. Critics claim that the success is overstated and that vaccines may even be dangerous. Many consider mandatory vaccinations a violation of individual rights or religious principles. Many in public health argue that vaccine mandates are critical and justified and that antivaccination sentiment has resulted in outbreaks of preventable childhood illnesses. Vaccine critics point to mainstream medicine’s denial of and underreporting of vaccine injury.

Vaccine injuries have happened in the past and continue to happen today, and neither the mainstream medical establishment nor the government has ever fully and transparently addressed the issue of vaccine injury. In the 1980s, the United States addressed individual cases of vaccine injury by establishing the NVICP—the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program—a controversial Department of Health and Human Services program. The NVICP was intended to be “non-adversarial, compassionate, and generous” to vaccine-injury victims. However, many vaccine-injury victims and safety advocates believe that the program is not functioning as intended. There are also concerns that the program is keeping the reality of vaccine injury from public inspection.

Vaccine Injuries, a groundbreaking book in the field, reveals cases of vaccine injury from the NVICP—something that has never been offered to the public—and lets readers asses vaccine injuries for themselves.

The Lady Varnishes: Dorit Reiss Glosses Over Flaws in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Identified in a New Government Report

ReissNote: A new Government Accountability Office (GAO)  investigation highlights some of the shortcomings of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) .  AoA publishes David Foster’s submission to the pharma/government funded website Shot of Prevention in response to Dorit Reiss’s duplicitous review of the report.

By David Foster

Dorit Reiss has a history of glossing over vaccine safety issues so her approach taken here in commenting on a new GAO report [1,2] on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation program (NVICP) is not surprising. In the past she has used terms like "plaintiff-friendly", "reduced causation standards" and "relaxed evidence rules" to characterize this program. [3]  I would argue that no one who is actually familiar with this program, or has personally talked with anyone who has had the misfortune to endure it, would consider Dorit Reiss a credible source after reading these comments.

I postulate here that Dorit's conclusions regarding the NVICP are pre-ordained. I do not believe for a second that she had any intention of actually investigating the NVICP or reporting fairly on the GAO report. Why do I say that? Consider the following. She is commenting on a GAO report, and she includes the link to the report's summary in her article, in which she claims:

"Basically, the court removed the requirement of general causation: petitioners no longer have to show that there is scientific evidence supporting a causal connection. If there is a theory that sounds probable to the Special Masters – lawyers, not scientists – and a temporal connection, a case may win even absent scientific support. [...] But it is a very real relaxation of the petitioners’ burden to prove their case, allowing them to win, on occasion, with just a theory supported by one expert." [4]

As is always the case with Dorit Reiss, it is not necessarily what she says that is most important, but what she leaves out. In this case, she neglects to mention the following (which comes from the SUMMARY PAGE OF THE REPORT SHE IS COMMENTING ON):

"Since fiscal year 1999, HHS has added six vaccines to the vaccine injury table, but it has not added covered injuries associated with these vaccines to the table. This means that while individuals may file VICP claims for these vaccines, each petitioner must demonstrate that the vaccine that was administered caused the alleged injury. HHS is considering adding covered injuries associated with these vaccines; but as of September 2014, it had not published any final rules to do so."

Did you catch that?

The NVICP has a list of "Table Injuries" which is essentially a list of injuries for which HHS will presume causation, for each vaccine recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP). Don't you think it would be important to mention that HHS has neglected (I use that word very much on purpose) to add any new injuries to the table for ALL vaccines added since 1999? For the record, that is 15 years ago and in that time SIX new vaccines, most in multiple doses, have been added to the schedule.

In our online conversation Dorit claims that for "regular" (off-table) injuries "the requirement of general causation is basically waived". [3]  But this is not consistent with the following from the very GAO report she is supposedly commenting on: "Individuals seeking compensation may submit claims for injuries not listed on the table (called off-table injuries) but they need to demonstrate by the preponderance of the evidence that the vaccine caused the alleged injury."

Did you catch that?

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Did Pharma Financial Interests Contribute to Decision to Pull Plug on National Children's Study?

Bill-gates_reutBy Ginger Taylor

So here's the thing. Just as CDC has the CDC Foundation, a private non-profit that supports its work, NIH has the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

"Foundation for the National Institutes Of Health Established by the United States Congress to support the mission of the NIH—improving health through scientific discovery in the search for cures—the Foundation for NIH is a leader in identifying and addressing complex scientific and health issues. The foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises private-sector funds for a broad portfolio of unique programs that complement and enhance NIH priorities and activities.

Dr. Francis CollinsMission Statement: To support the NIH in its mission to improve health, by forming and facilitating public-private partnerships for biomedical research, education and training."

Francis Collins, head of NIH, is a non-voting member of their board.

So who funds the foundation that supports NIH? From their 2011 tax filing:

Merck - $15,051,035
Pfizer - $53,800,710
Eli Lilly - $9,452,484
Novartis - $11,435,208
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – a staggering $278,541,858

So I have to ask. With these vaccine interests, funding them to the tune of 386 million dollars per year, is it any surprise that the National Child Study did not include data on the overall health outcomes of vaccinated children?

I think it is fair to ask, since the study was designed to look at the impact of chemicals on children's health, did the data being collected present a picture that might be harmful to the bottom line of these pharmaceutical interests? And, did early study results have have any impact on the decision to pull the plug? And, will the raw data that was collected be open for us to view and process?

HT: Jennifer Stella of the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice for the bringing to light the FNIH 990.

Ginger Taylor is the Media Director for HealthChoice.org

12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing: Day 6 Science for Sale by David Lewis PhD


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We owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York. His committment to books about autism is..... well - why don't we let him tell you himself.  (Thank you to The Thinking Moms' Revolution for the video.)




We will feature one Skyhorse book each day for the next 12 days. Consider it a literary Advent Calendar or a Menorah with twelve lights... or more.

Science for Sale by David Lewis PhD
Science for Sale David Lewis
When Speaker Newt Gingrich greeted Dr. David Lewis in his office overlooking the National Mall, he looked at Dr. Lewis and said: “You know you’re going to be fired for this, don’t you?” “I know,” Dr. Lewis replied, “I just hope to stay out of prison.” Gingrich had just read Dr. Lewis’s commentary in Nature, titled “EPA Science: Casualty of Election Politics.” Three years later, and thirty years after Dr. Lewis began working at EPA, he was back in Washington to receive a Science Achievement Award from Administrator Carol Browner for his second article in Nature. By then, EPA had transferred Dr. Lewis to the University of Georgia to await termination—the Agency’s only scientist to ever be lead author on papers published in Nature and Lancet.

The government hires scientists to support its policies; industry hires them to support its business; and universities hire them to bring in grants that are handed out to support government policies and industry practices. Organizations dealing with scientific integrity are designed only to weed out those who commit fraud behind the backs of the institutions where they work. The greatest threat of all is the purposeful corruption of the scientific enterprise by the institutions themselves. The science they create is often only an illusion, designed to deceive; and the scientists they destroy to protect that illusion are often our best. This book is about both, beginning with Dr. Lewis’s experience, and ending with the story of Dr. Andrew Wakefield.



12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing: Day 4 All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa

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We owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York. His committment to books about autism is..... well - why don't we let him tell you himself.  (Thank you to The Thinking Moms' Revolution for the video.)




We will feature one Skyhorse book each day for the next 12 days. Consider it a literary Advent Calendar or a Menorah with twelve lights...

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Readers - Kim here - if you purchase the paperback, send me an email with your mailing address and I will sign and send a bookplate for you to have a signed copy.  The book is a good gift for teachers, therapists, docs, family and friends!  KimStagliano@gmail.com.  Tell me to whom you want the bookplate signed. Thanks!


All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa by Kim Stagliano

Dr. Spock? Check. Penelope Ann Leach (Remember her?) Check. What to Expect When You’re Expecting? Check. I had a seven hundred dollar Bellini crib for God’s sake!

Everything was perfect…”

...and so begins Kim Stagliano’s electrifying and hilarious memoir of her family’s journey raising three daughters with autism. Always outspoken, often touching, and sometimes heartbreaking, Kim Stagliano is a powerful new voice in comedic writing—her “Kimoir” (as she calls it) is the next must-read within the autism community and the literary world at large.

Help Share Trace Amounts A Documentary by Eric Gladen and Shiloh Levine

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By Julie Obradovic

Beginning in January, the long-awaited documentary film Trace Amounts by directors Eric Gladen and Shiloh Levine will screen in theaters across the country. It tells the true story of Eric’s experience with vaccine injury at age 29 that changed his life forever.

 

Through his harrowing tale of physical and mental anguish, and what it took to get well, he not only learned that what had happened to him didn’t have to happen, but that it had happened to children across the globe. He made it his life’s mission to make it right.

Upon recovery, he gave up his career as an engineer and dedicated his life to telling this story. Using his savings, he bought a tour bus, a camera, hired a film crew, and spent years touring the country interviewing experts and meticulously piecing together the details of what had happened and why.

The result is Trace Amounts, a movie that for those of us who have lived through this will take your breath away…in a good way. It will validate everything you experienced and then some, proving beyond any doubt, this happened: the very institutions that were supposed to look out for our children failed.

This. Is. Our. Story.

The story is told by a man who had nothing to gain by doing it. By a man who was just that, a man when he was vaccine injured, able to articulate exactly how it happened, how it felt, and what it took to get better. An adult who experienced precisely what so many of our kids have, but unlike them, has the voice to tell the world and who feels obligated to do so on their behalf.

It is hard to put into words the gratitude I personally feel towards Eric and his team for doing this. How do you thank someone for advocating on your child’s behalf in such a powerful and meaningful way?

Well, there’s one way. Help us.

We are looking to make this movie a movement. We have the resources. We have an incredible team in place. We have all of the pieces we need ready to go. Now, all we need is you.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to affect the most change.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Here’s what we are looking for:

  1. People willing to host a screening of the film at a movie theater. (Called Film Captains)
  2. People willing to recruit other Film Captains.
  3. People and organizations willing to partner with Trace Amounts and its mission.
  4. People willing to promote the screening of the film.

The movie will officially launch in theaters on February 4, 2015. Our goal is to have hundreds of additional screenings throughout the country by Autism Awareness month in April.

HOW TO HOST

Hosting a screening is free and easy! This story affects everyone and by partnering Theatrical-On-Demand distribution company Gathr Films, we are able to release the film in theaters nationwide wherever and whenever demand exists.

Here’s how it works:

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12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing: Day 3 Finding Lina By Helena Hjalmarsson

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We owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York. His committment to books about autism is..... well - why don't we let him tell you himself.  (Thank you to The Thinking Moms' Revolution for the video.)




We will feature one Skyhorse book each day for the next 12 days. Consider it a literary Advent Calendar or a Menorah with twelve lights...

Finding Lina smallLina was a precocious toddler—charming, chatty, joyful. At the age of three, in the aftermath of her second MMR vaccine, first came a seizure, and then, to her parents’ horror, the loss of Lina’s ability to play, use language, and control her impulses. Over the next few years they continued to lose Lina. She communicated her acute discomfort by biting, screaming, hitting, laughing maniacally, and throwing violent tantrums. As a single mother, with the help of her ex-husband, Helena Hjalmarsson tirelessly pursued every possible avenue to find a diagnosis, and more importantly a treatment, for her daughter, and the search continues to this day. Lina is nine.

Special schools, restrictive diets, sensory stimulation, relationship-based therapy, gastrointestinal links, homeopathy, and allergy treatment are all explored in detail. Hjalmarsson finds out what helps Lina and what doesn’t. She introduces sign language to Lina. She engages in lengthy daily intensive one-on-one sessions. With the help of her ex, angelic babysitters, Lina’s exceptionally empathetic younger sister, and supportive friends, Hjalmarsson manages to create a meaningful life for Lina, and for herself—a life of love and transcendence.

Lina, for all her challenges, has much to teach, and Hjalmarsson is a receptive student: finding joy in moments of connection, learning to live in the present, taking nothing for granted, accepting what others find unbearable, and finding a strength and spiritual base for inspiration and healing.

Unflinchingly honest and courageous, Finding Lina will open the eyes and hearts and minds of all parents, whether they have a child with autism or not.

12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing: Day 2 The Autism War A Novel by Lou Conte

12 days of Skyhorse
We owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York. His committment to books about autism is..... well - why don't we let him tell you himself.  (Thank you to The Thinking Moms' Revolution for the video.)




We will feature one Skyhorse book each day for the next 12 days. Consider it a literary Advent Calendar or a Menorah with twelve lights...

The Autism War_revised coverThe Autism War by Louis Conte

Tony Colletti, a good suburban cop and father of a child with autism, finds himself drawn into the controversy over the apparent but rarely acknowledged connection between childhood vaccines and autism. His quest to uncover the truth forces him to risk all he holds dear while confronting corrupt government officials, the powerful pharmaceutical industry, and disturbing elements of his own past. Even while holding down his job and dealing with family crises, Colletti spearheads the drive to contend with industrial espionage, Russian gangsters, and sexual predators preying upon disabled children. He and his colleagues face powerful government and private factions that manipulate the media, fabricate scientific research, conduct shadowy judicial proceedings, and viciously attack those who question vaccine safety.

In this gripping novel, government and industry have formed an unholy alliance that places profit ahead of children’s health, one that compels ordinary Americans to fight back to protect their families and the ideals of justice. In the tradition of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People and echoing the infamous Minamata, Japan, mercury poisoning tragedy, The Autism War reminds us how a handful of dedicated citizens armed with convincing evidence can prevail over a complacent majority and overwhelming odds.

The Twelve Days of Skyhorse Publishing Callous Disregard

12 days of Skyhorse
We owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York. His committment to books about autism is..... well - why don't we let him tell you himself.  (Thank you to The Thinking Moms' Revolution for the video.)




We will feature one Skyhorse book each day for the next 12 days. Consider it a literary Advent Calendar or a Menorah with twelve lights...

CallousCallous Disregard by Dr. Andrew Wakefield

As Andrew Wakefield states in his prologue, “If autism does not affect your family now, it will. If something does not change—and change soon—this is almost a mathematical certainty. This book affects you also. It is not a parochial look at a trivial medical spat in the United Kingdom, but dispatches from the battlefront in a major confrontation—a struggle against compromise in medicine, corruption of science, and a real and present threat to children in the interests of policy and profit. It is a story of how ‘the system’ deals with dissent among its doctors and scientists.”

In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Wakefield lost his job in London’s Royal Free Hospital, his country of birth, his career, and his medical license. A recent General Medical Council ruling stated that he was “dishonest, irresponsible and showed callous disregard for the distress and pain of children.” Maligned by the medical establishment and mainstream media, Wakefield endeavors to set the record straight in Callous Disregard. While explaining what really happened, he calls out the organizations and individuals that are acting not for the sake of children affected by autism, but in their own self-interests.

PLAGUE - Why the Pediatric AIDS Unit at the University of California, San Francisco is Responsible for this Book

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

A retrovirus in autism?  You mean, like HIV?  That autism might be a non-fatal form of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)?

Let me explain how I came to co-author the book, PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases, with Dr. Judy Mikvoits.

On October 8, 2009 Dr. Mikovits appeared on a show called Nevada Newsmakers to talk about her recent publication in the journal Science showing an association between a recently discovered retrovirus, XMRV, and patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (more accurately myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME/CFS).  In the interview she also talked about the possible implications for autism, as they had been finding evidence of the retrovirus in these children as well. 

Mikovits said, There's always the hypothesis that my child was fine, then they got sick, and then they got autism.  Interestingly, on that note, if I might speculate a little bit.  This might explain why vaccines lead to autism in some children because these viruses live and divide and grow in the lyphocytes, the immune response cells, the B and T cells.  So when you give a vaccine you send your B and T cells into overdrive.  That's it's job.

Well, if you're harboring one virus, and you replicate it a whole bunch, you've now broken the balance between the immune response and the virus.  So you could have had the underlying virus and them amplified it with the vaccine and then set off the disease, such that your immune system could no longer control the infections and create an immune deficiency.

Okay, that got my attention.

I didn't know much about retroviruses at the time so I called the UCSF Pediatric AIDS unit and got their press representative.  I sketched out the basic idea of the theory, that kids with autism might have an HIV-like retrovirus and that explained their autism.  I didn't even mention the "V" word.

But the press representative did. 

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PLAGUE - Understanding the Enemy

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

I spent last weekend reading Sharyl Attkisson's wonderful new book, Stonewalled - My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harrassment in Obama's Washington and I couldn't help but hear echoes of the plight of Dr. Judy Mikovits that we detailed in our book, PLAGUE.

To hear Attkisson tell it, there has been a gradual erosion, not just of our civil liberties, but of the media appetite to challenge powerful entities.  These entities could be a rich corporate sponsor who pays for advertising on the station or a federal government which seems to grow not just more powerful, but also more unaccountable.  It makes me think that those of us in the autism and ME/CFS communities are simply a part of a much larger story, and that our efforts should be centered around finding similar groups which have been marginalized because it served certain corporate or governmental interests.

I want to quote from a section near the end of Attkisson's book and a conversation she had with one of her long-time friends in journalism, David Kirby (author of Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy) about what has been happening over the past several years.

"I couldn't wait," says Kirby, speaking of Obama being elected president in 2008.

A "new era" was being ushered in.  At last the GOP was out, and a new era of transparency was about to begin.  He was the real deal, a Constitutional scholar who understood the fundamental importance of basic freedoms - the right to information and accountability, for example - to our democracy and its vaunted promise of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Then I tried to get information out of this new gang.

The first six months of 2009 was a daily lesson in rejection, frustration, and anger.  I could not get any information out of anyone - not the USDA, not the EPA, and certainly not the White House.  FOIA requests, the few that were actually fulfilled, came back with up to 90% of the text "redacted," blacked out like an angry child had taken an extra-wide Sharpie to the pages.

Attkisson goes onto report Kirby's disillusionment with trying to investigate important stories, which eventually caused him to realize he needed to write his own book about the subject.

The most shocking thing I found in researching Dr. Mikovits' story was the violation of the most basic standards of science and open investigation by forces that were opposed to her work.  It was just like Kirby getting a document from the government that had 90% of the text "redacted."  How is that transparency?  And in the way Dr. Mikovits was treated by many of the most powerful people in research I found myself asking, how is this science?

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ABLE Bill Passes House in DC: Eases Financial Burdens For Disabled

CapitolFrom NewsObserver:

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill introduced by Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., that would allow parents of severely disabled children to save for their long-term care through tax-favored savings accounts similar to 529 accounts used for college savings.

Now the measure, called the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act, will go to the Senate, where it has 75 sponsors, including Burr and Casey.

Burr and Casey first introduced the measure in 2009 and it has stalled since then, even though it has had a lot of bipartisan support. Burr’s office issued a copy of a Politico story that reported that the bill has few opponents now and it’s possible it will pass both chambers before the end of the year.

Burr, the state’s senior Republican senator from Winston-Salem, said in a statement: “I am incredibly pleased that the House passed the ABLE Act this evening. Families of individuals with disabilities often face overwhelming financial burdens associated with the expensive costs of healthcare, education, housing and transportation.

“The ABLE Act will make it easier for parents of disabled individuals to invest in their child’s future, thereby opening the door to a world of opportunities,” he added. “I am confident the Senate will swiftly pass the ABLE Act”

Read more here.


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Happy Thanksgiving from Age of Autism

Grateful TypeWe wish all of our readers a very Happy (American) Thanksgiving.  We're grateful for your loyal support, interesting comments and daily readership. Let us know what you're grateful for this year in our comments.

PLAGUE - The Bookstore Shuffle

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

This last Saturday was my coming out party.

No, I'm not talking about any deep, dark secrets, but this was the first time I would appear at a scheduled event in a bookstore to talk about and sign copies of the book I co-wrote with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.

The first bookstore, Rakestraw Books in Danville, CA, had more of a planned feel to it.  My in-laws went to college with the owner, and it was the type of prestige bookstore that I'd set my sights on long ago.  The owner told me that a Saturday afternoon wasn't likely to draw a large crowd, but when I walked into the place and saw twenty stacked copies of my book I gasped.  I'm supposed to sell that many books!

The group was composed of some family members, long-time friends, and a few people that I didn't know, but were familiar with the story told in the book.  I'd spent the last week developing "the talk" I was going to use in front of general public audiences and I'm pleased to say it went over quite well.

I began by talking about the writers who had influenced me, like Tom Wolfe, who had written The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities, or the works of Dominic Dunne, whose work usually focued on crimes committed among the very wealthy.  I told the audience that what I liked so much about those stories is that they were about something crucial; flying into outer space, a crime with racial or class issues at stake, but they also let you to the inner workings of a hidden world.  I taked about how one of my favorite lines in The Right Stuff was when a character called the fraternity of test-pilots who put themselves at risk, "a weird mad monk squadron."

I told the audience that when I learned about Dr. Judy Mikovits and the other scientists in and out of government who were trying to find answers to these diseases I felt like I'd found my own "mad monk squadron."

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Thanks for Donating to Age of Autism

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and this holiday always provides a wonderful opportunity to take stock of the many things for which we are thankful. One of the things on my list again this year is The Age of Autism blog.  If you are reading this, there's a good chance that you, too, are very thankful for AoA, which just happens to be the leader in covering all things Autism, including its link to vaccines.

To that end, please raise your hand if:

  • You value the daily news you are privy to here on Age of Autism, every single day of the year...critically-important news that mainstream media either refuses to report on, or about which they lie.

  • You would miss tuning in to what AoA has to say every morning with your cup of coffee, and throughout the day, including the great comments from AoA readers.

  • You value having a site to which you can turn to hear from others walking a similar path as you, which can be life-and-sanity saving because others simply don't get it, or simply don't want to get it.

  • You are thankful to have avoided vaccine injury in your own children, or in yourself or loved ones, because of what you have learned from others on Age of Autism.

  • You value having access to excellent articles which you can not only read, but which you can then share via the click of a button with others who want honest, timely, and helpful information.

  • You value this site that daily strives to get the truth out there about the VACCINE-AUTISM causal connection, which is REAL, which is MANMADE, which is TRAGIC, and which must be STOPPED.

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India Helps Families Facing Autism - No Moves Required, Autism Considered Disability

Moving boxCould this happen in America, given the climate of "autism normalization." Moving is traumatic and can mean leaving behind school and programs and ending up in the back of the line for state services. Have you turned down a move for your child? Or moved and had to start from scratch?  Tell us in the comments.

DoPT includes autism in 'disabled' category

NEW DELHI: Government employees can now attend to their autistic children without worrying about being displaced on account of routine transfers or rotational transfer exercise.

The department of personnel and training (DoPT), in an order issued on Monday, included 'autism' in the term 'disabled' as defined in a June 6, 2014, order that exempts a government employee, who is also a care-giver of disabled child, from the routine exercise of transfer/rotational transfer, subject to administrative constraints.

"The matter regarding the scope of 'disabled' has been examined in consultation with the department of disability affairs. Considering the fact that the autism spectrum disorder child requires constant caregiver support and it would be imperative for government employees to take care of autism spectrum disorder child on continuous basis, it has been decided to include 'autism" in the term 'disabled', as defined in Para 6 of above-mentioned OM dated 06.06.2014," said the DoPT order.

Weiss, Pritchard and Thibodeaux Miss the Point of National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Miss targetThe AP article by Mitch Weiss, Justin Pritchard and Troy Thiobodeaux reveals some of the flaws in National Vaccine Injury Compensation but ultimately misses the point; The NVICP has dismissed Congressional intent and devolved into a policy vehicle  for the federal vaccine establishment.

It is true that attorneys representing petitioners have made millions of dollars. However, the Secretary of Health and Human Services altered the Vaccine Injury Table in the mid-1990’s and skewed the balance of the program in favor of the Department of Justice. This made the prospects of petitioner acting Pro Se (in their own behalf), virtually impossible. Cases are now intensively litigated and there is no way for petitioners to succeed without legal counsel who understand the program.

The journalists point to petitioners using expert witnesses of dubious credentials. The current state of affairs is that expert witnesses for petitioners are a dying breed. Why? The article tells you why; expert witnesses for petitioner often face negative consequences for saying that a vaccine caused injury – any injury. Note this excerpt from Harris v. Secretary HHS, No. 07-60V VACCINE CASE Filed: November 28, 2011

“Harris, 2011 WL 2446321 at *35 (emphasis added).    

Dr. Kinsbourne’s unchallenged reference to written warnings of the manufacturer of the DTaP vaccine was not an “opinion” about the “toxoiding process,” he simply was repeating the manufacturer’s superior knowledge about those products.  In addition, and more important, the Special Master’s condescending mischaracterization of Dr. Kinsbourne’s bona fides is out of line.  Dr. Kinsbourne is not “ostensibly” a pediatric neurologist.  See id. at *35. 

No lesser academic institutions than Oxford University, Duke University Medical Center, the University of Toronto, Harvard Medical School, Boston University, and Tufts University have recognized Dr. Kinsbourne as an expert in this field, contrary to the views of the Special Master.  Pet. Ex. 22 at 1-2. 

The Special Master also misrepresented Dr. Kinsbourne’s current position in the New School in New York City, where he teaches neuroscience, not psychology, as the Special Master implies.  Compare id. at 2 with Harris, 2011 WL 2446321 at *4. 

Finally, the Special Master emphasized that Dr. Kinsbourne is “well-known” to special masters, because he testifies frequently in the Vaccine Program for petitioners.  See Harris, 2011 WL 2446321 at *4. 

Of course, the Special Master made no mention of the fact that the same is true of Dr. Wiznitzer.  The Special Master’s proclivity to demean petitioners and their experts when he differs with their opinions is not unique to this case. 

See e.g., Porter v. Sec’y of HHS, No. 2010-5162, 2011 WL 5840315 at **13-15 & n.4 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 22, 2011) (O’Malley, J. dissenting) (discussing this Special Master’s “remarkable” opinion for “the sheer number of references to credibility, demeanor and veracity” and character attack on an expert with whom he disagreed); Dobrydneva v. Sec’y of HHS, 94 Fed. Cl. 134, 147 (2010); Campbell v. Sec’y of HHS, 90 Fed. Cl. 369, 383-84 (2009). 

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