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How Autism Happens: A Conversation With Sheila Ealey

How Autism Happens graphicBy Dan Olmsted

Editor’s Note: This is the second story (the first was How Autism Happens: A Conversation with Kathryn Wolcott) in which parents tell how they watched their child develop autism – and Sheila Ealey has quite a story to tell. She lives in New Orleans, but, married to a military man, has moved around the country. She set up a school for special needs kids in New Orleans, in part to help her autistic son, Temple, but the day it was to open, Hurricane Katrina swept in. She relocated to Houston with thousands of others but is now back in New Orleans; the school, the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, is thriving. I met Sheila at an autism conference in 2006, introduced by our mutual friend Brooke Potthast. With the news about the higher risk of autism in black males, and the CDC effort to hide it I remembered our conversation and Brooke helped me get in touch. The conversation starts with her son, Temple, and his twin, Lucinda, at a military hospital in Maryland for their one-year shots along with their older sister. If you want to participate, e-mail me at olmsted.dan@gmail.com.

Sheila: It was August 2,  2000 – my birthday – and Temple and Lucinda were almost 13 months 

Twins at Birth old. Leielani is only 15 months older. Lucinda can manage to get herself out of the triple stroller, she did not want the injection, and she was fighting tooth and nail not to have it. I looked down for just a moment -- the nurse had all the vaccinations lined up. She had the HIB, the DTaP and the MMR for each child. When I looked up after taking her twin sister up, she had given Temple both of the MMRs along with the DTaP and the HIB. The next morning, he was not responsive anymore. It took me until he was 18 months to get a finished diagnosis of autism for him.

Dan:          When you say, “he was not responsive anymore,” how do you mean?

Sheila:       He didn’t have language yet by that point, but he was walking. He walked exactly on his birthday July 12 of that year, and he was walking well. After the shot he stopped walking, he started crawling, he started banging his head against the wall, the floor, anything he could. He stopped imitating with his father, he was making no eye contact, and he didn’t want you to touch him or hold him.

Dan:          That happened within a day?

Sheila:       He cried so -- he cried, cried, cried the entire night. I called the doctors back because I caught the mistake right away, and the doctor who was on duty at that time said, “I’m going to call Merck and find out what to do.” But in the meantime the fever went up extraordinarily high. He said, “Give him Tylenol.” Which is what I did. The next morning when I went to his crib he wasn’t standing, rocking on his crib, calling for me, “Ma, ma, ma” to come get him. Nothing. Nothing. He was lying there looking in the ceiling. He looked gone. My baby was gone.

Dan:          His sister didn’t have any of these problems?

Sheila:       I refused to give her the vaccination, so she didn’t get it. We left. She is fine. She is learning three languages. She is doing extraordinarily well. Now it seemed that she did have a few issues from the vaccinations before, at 5 months. She had reflux, but outside of that she is absolutely fine. She doesn’t have any issues. But this child, Temple, was hit so hard. Language has not come back in. Before the shot, he wasn’t speaking in sentences -- he was just a year old -- but he would say “Mama,” stuff like that.

Temple as a babyAfter this happened I started taking him to developmental specialists and they kept saying, “He is a boy. Sometimes boys are a little slower.” And I said, “Okay.” I came home, I decided to pack my bags and to move back to New Orleans because I had a pediatrician I had been dealing with for years for my older daughter. I asked her, “What is this? I have never seen this before,” because I didn’t know about autism. She said, “Sheila, I think your child has autism.” I said, “What? What is that?” The minute I took him to see a neurologist that she told me to take him to, he told me, “I’m sorry this child is so autistic, he has to have chronic autism.” When I asked him what that was he told me, “He had to be born with it.” I said, “I’m not sure -- this baby was just perfect and now … there was nothing wrong before.”

Let me tell you what else happened to me, Dan. After I went to Autism One, I was still living in Houston because we had lost everything to Katrina, but I had his records with me where the doctor had said that he had gotten a double dose of the MMR, and that they should call Merck, and Merck said he doesn’t need to be vaccinated for the MMR anymore.

We came home to New Orleans and we left those records locked up in the apartment. Someone went into our apartment and stole his records. They didn’t take anything but his record.

Dan:          Oh Lord.

Sheila: Temple's records were stolen from our apartment. My partner in the school is a lawyer who worked at the time for [a new Orleans law firm]. When she returned in October of '05, by spring of '06 they fired her because they were representing Merck against me. Thanks to Congress, my case was thrown out. I also filed with the vaccine injury program and they dismissed my case because they said I needed a doctor who could without a doubt state that Temple was damaged due to the double dose of the MMR. 

Dan: What do you think about this new report about the black males and the high risk and all that -- what does that make you think?

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CDC Epidemiologist Whistleblower Confirms New Review Showing Vaccine Autism Link

Whistleblower-protectionAdmits agency’s data manipulation and concealment of research findings on initial 2004 MMR vaccine study that found a strong, statistical association between the timing of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism incidence in African-American boys.

Watchung, NJ – In response to the August 25, 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declaration defending the validity of the 2004 DeStefano et al. study, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker responded and outlines inconsistencies in the agency’s research practices and position.

Central to Hooker’s response is “the irrefutable fact that valid information about race – for the entire study sample of 2,448 children – was available and accessible in school records.”

The CDC maintains that birth certificates, which were available for only a smaller portion of the children in the study, were necessary to extract race and other information. However, in the original data Hooker attained from the CDC through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), race information was directly obtainable through school records, which were available for all children in the study.

In addition, Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist since 1998, also released a statement on August 27, 2014 that supports Dr. Hooker’s assertion that the CDC withheld important data that significantly altered the study’s outcome.

According to Dr. Thompson’s statement, “Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data was collected.” Thompson’s conversations with Hooker confirmed that it was only after the CDC study coauthors observed results indicating a statistical association between MMR timing and autism among African-Americans boys, that they introduced the Georgia birth certificate criterion as a requirement for participation in the study. This had the effect of reducing the sample size by 41% and eliminating the statistical significance of the finding, which Hooker calls “a direct deviation from the agreed upon final study protocol – a serious violation.”

Hooker and Thompson both concluded that the study’s original data revealed a strong, statistical association between the timing of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism incidence in African-American boys.

“Ten years ago (February 2, 2004), Dr. Thompson expressed concerns about the [MMR] study’s findings in an urgent letter to CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding”, said Dr. Hooker. [Thompson] wrote: ‘I will have to present several problematic results relating to statistical associations between the receipt of the MMR vaccine and autism.’ Referring to the upcoming Institute of Medicine (IOM) meeting on immunizations and autism.”

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Coy Barefoot Interviews Mark Blaxill on #CDCwhistleblower MMR Data Fraud

Coy logoGUEST: Mark Blaxill, co-founder of the Age of Autism news site and co-author with Dan Olmsted of the book by the same name.

TOPIC: Mark reacts to the news of a CDC scientist who has admitted cooking data to conceal evidence of a possible relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism.

ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Click here to listen.

Sharyl Attkisson: Questions Surrounding Pediatrics Review of Challenged Vaccine-Autism Study

SharylNote: From Sharyl Attkisson's site.

Did the medical journal Pediatrics stand by a questioned vaccine-autism study without interviewing the coauthor who confessed to and exposed alleged scientific misconduct?

If so, that would deviate from what should be standard procedure in such an investigation, according to internationally recognized medical ethicist Dr. Michael Carome.

“If the evidence seems substantial, the journal should contact all co-authors, present them with the allegations and supporting evidence, and ask them to respond,” says Carome, a research ethics expert who heads the Health Research Group at the watchdog group Public Citizen...  Read the full article at SharylAttkisson.com.

Outline Of Significant Developments In The Recent Revelations On Vaccine Safety Research Corruption

Health Choice SquareFrom HealthChoice.org: Here is a summation of the events of the #CDCwhistleblower story as it began in Autism.

8/8/14 – Dr. Brian Hooker publishes an article in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration entitled Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young african american boys: a reanalysis of CDC data. The paper concludes that a second look at the data used in the 2002 CDC MMR/autism study Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan atlanta, finds that there is a significant association between giving the MMR vaccine to black males under the age of 3 and the development of autism. This association was not reported in the initial CDC study.

8/18/14 – A video is released on the internet with audio purported to be discussions between Dr. Brian Hooker and CDC senior research scientist and one of the original MMR paper's authors, Dr. William Thompson. The video claims that Thompson told Hooker in phone conversations that the research team found the association between vaccines and autism, and then changed the parameters of the study to get rid of the association, so they would not have to report it to the public. In the audio Thompson expresses great shame and remorse for “lying” and for going along with what the “higher-ups wanted.”

The autism and vaccine injury communities were outraged at the disclosure, and discussions on the matter began to flood the blogesphere and appear on social media under #CDCwhistleblower. More quotes by Thompson are released on the internet.

A sample of the Thompson quotes:

"Oh my God, I did not believe that we did what we did, but we did. It’s all there… This is the lowest point in my career, that I went along with that paper. I have great shame now when I meet families of kids with autism, because I have been part of the problem."

"We’ve missed ten years of research because the CDC is so paralyzed right now by anything related to autism. They’re not doing what they should be doing because they’re afraid to look for things that might be associated.”

8/25/14 – CDC releases a statement on their web site confirming that the study parameters were changed and that there were two sets of children studied. One was all the children initially recruited for the study, the other was a subset of children who had Georgia birth certificates. The statement also confirmed that a higher association was found between MMR and autism in children given the vaccine before the age of 3.

8/27/14 – Dr. William Thompson releases a statement through his whistleblower attorneys confirming the claims made about him and about the paper. He expresses regret that he and his colleagues omitted statistically significant data on vaccine/autism risk, he confirms that it was he on the audio speaking to Dr. Hooker on the phone, and he states that he is providing information to Congressman Bill Posey and will continue to cooperate with Congress on the matter.

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Letters from the Autism Homefront to Aid Congressman Posey

Bill PoseyWe have an action alert that you can use to send a letter to Congressman Action alert Bill Posey, describing your child's vaccine injury "in a nutshell."  Below the alert is Teresa Conrick's letter.  If you use the Action Alert system you have character limits (hey, sounds a lot like CDC employees, doesn't it?) if your letter is longer, you can send an email directly to John Gilmore. 

From Autism Action Network

Help Rep. Bill Posey get an investigation of CDC cover-up
He has asked for our stories of vaccine injury  
 
Representative Bill Posey has asked for our help in his solitary fight to get a full investigation by Congress, with CDC officials testifying under oath, into the allegations revealed by senior CDC scientist William Thompson of the CDC covering-up data that showed a clear causal relationship between the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.

Rep. Posey has asked us to send him our stories of vaccine injury, especially if you or a family member was injured by the MMR. He wants copies of our stories to share with his colleagues and to persuade them that they must investigate.

Please click on this Take Action link and write your story of 250 words or less in the space provided and it will be sent to Rep. Posey, your member of the House of Representatives, and the two Senators who represent your state.

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Ben Swann Update: Congressman’s Office In Possession of 100,000 CDC Whistleblower Documents?

Whistleblower-protectionFrom BenSwann.com

Congressman Bill Posey’s office has confirmed exclusively to Benswann.com that a “very large number” of documents have been turned over by CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson, who has admitted that the CDC suppressed information about the links between the MMR vaccine and autism in some cases.

According to Congressman Posey’s spokesman, George Cecala, “I can confirm that we have received a very large number of documents and we are going through those documents now. There are a lot of them, so it will take some time.”  Cecala could not say exactly how many documents are in possession of the Congressman’s staff though sources tell me that as many as 100,000 documents have been handed over.

As we have reported, a statement released on August 27th by Dr. Thompson in response to media coverage is that he and co-authors from a 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics did in fact omit important information from a study on the link between vaccines and autism. Below is an excerpt from Thompson’s statement.

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While Thompson goes on to explain that he believes that vaccines have saved and continue to save lives, he clearly admits that the CDC did in fact intentionally omit data that demonstrated a connection between an increased risk of autism in African American males who were giving the MMR vaccine before 36 months of age.... Read the full post at BenSwann.com.

Merck's Mumps Fraud Gets Closer to a Jury

Mumps

By Dan Olmsted

In order to be approved and stay on the market, a drug needs to be both safe and effective. That's not asking so much, is it, given the billions that drug makers rake in every year, especially from the monopolistic, government-indemnified vaccine program?

But based on that scorecard, the MMR vaccine is now batting 0 for 2 and looking more forlorn than the Red Sox in September. Senior Scientist William Thompson from the CDC stepped forward last month to call BS on a major CDC study exonerating the mumps, measles, rubella shot as having any connection to autism.

Now a U.S. District Court judge has refused to dismiss a case brought by two Merck scientist-whistleblowers who allege Merck -- the only manufacturer of the MMR in the U.S. -- committed wholesale fraud to hide the truth that the mumps component no longer works as promised. That, they allege, is a crime against the U.S. government -- and ultimately taxpayers like you and me -- which spends hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the vaccine each year.

No wonder the judge let the case proceed (along with parts of a second, related class action suit): The evidence is strong, including a one-page internal Merck memo that outlined exactly what researchers were supposed to do to get the desired result, no matter the real data. Next up: demands by the whistleblowers for "discovery" of other internal Merck documents and data.

Stay tuned: If this gets to a jury -- and the whistleblowers give no indication they can be bought off for a measly few million bucks -- there could be hell to pay. Or at least a few billion. Strike 3! 

Here's the judge's ruling.

Here's a CNN iReport on it: Merck's Motion to Dismiss Denied in Mumps Whistleblower Suits

 

 

Mercury, Simpsonwood 2000, and an Elementary Cover-up

Simpsonwood

By Jim Thompson

We teach mathematical graphs to children in our middle schools.  For example, look at this 2001 article “Living Graphs.”

“In this article, we discuss some ideas and techniques for teaching and learning this language and for giving life to graphs in middle school classrooms.  In algebra, students typically construct graphs of functions represented by symbolic formulas.”  See Living Graphs.

Now back in 1999, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were also working on graphs related to real life activities.  These graphs represented associations between brain injuries in children receiving vaccines with Thimerosal, a mercury based vaccine preservative, and the amount of mercury they received.  These graphs were presented at a CDC meeting in June of 2000 at the Simpsonwood Methodist retreat and conference center in Norcross, Georgia (Simpsonwood 2000).  These graphs, and their different versions before and after Simpsonwood 2000, are described in great detail in the book “Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak” by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.(2014). 

But well before Simpsonwood 2000, scientists already knew that mercury in its various forms is extremely toxic.  For example, in 1939 a paper was published showing that mercuric chloride at a level of 8 parts per billion kills a certain species of fish.   Considering that one part per billion is roughly equivalent to one sugar cube in a swimming pool--then Thimerosal preserved vaccines at 50 thousand parts per billion mercury concentration can hardly be declared safe.

So back to Simpsonwood 2000, Tom Verstraeten of the CDC modeled an association between neurologic developmental disorders and exposure to the mercury based Thimerosal. 

“For the overall category of neurologic developmental disorders …That's an increase of 0.7% for each additional microgram of ethyl mercury. For an example, if we would go from zero to 50 micrograms of ethyl mercury, we would have to multiple these estimate by 50, so that would give us an additional increase of about 35%, which is pretty close to the point estimate for this category.”  

See Simpsonwood transcript at SafeMinds.org.  pp. 41-42.

Now here is where we can use the same algebra taught to our middle school students.  It gives us a straight line graph based on Verstraeten’s equation.  The equation is:  an association of relative risk of neurological developmental disorders equals 0.007 times the micrograms of mercury received in vaccinations.  The equation is simple (y = 0.007 times x).

Now before that Simpsonwood 2000 meeting Tom Verstraeten saw a problem with the math.  The multiplier was originally much greater than 0.007!  Before Simpsonwood 2000 Tom Verstraeten wrote to his co-workers in an email titled "It just won’t go away,” “As you'll see some of the RRs [relative risks] increase over the categories and I haven't yet found an alternative explanation ...”  

So this takes us to an elementary cover-up by the CDC.  As Robert F. Kennedy Jr shows us in his book, the CDC scientists changed the way their graph looked by compressing the vertical part of the graph.  They did this by graphing a straight line on a logarithm vertical scale.   This makes a steep slope on a straight line graph of increasing association of brain injury with mercury exposure look almost like a line with no slope, or flat line, which does not show an increase of risk with exposure.  See pages 135 and 136 of “Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak.” This elementary cover-up, along with removing children from the original database to make the risk multiplier smaller, show us that (1) mercury in vaccines is unsafe, (2) the CDC cannot be trusted to oversee vaccine safety.

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Bay Village Teens Channel Stephen King Horror: Abuse Student with Autism

By Kim Stagliano

With horror and a sickening flashback to a Stephen King novel (and film by the same name) I watched the Bay Village Ohio teens play a terrible "prank" on a student with autism, using the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as their "medium." (See below.)




As the epidemic of children with autism grows older, I fear they are in more danger than ever. Toddlers are naturally protected by most all mothers, not just their own.   The "it takes a village" method of child rearing, one could say. Which of us would not run to the aid of almost any child under the age 12, 13, even 16? Ah, but as our children turn into adults, that coccoon of safety becomes eroded. Cute faces have pimples. Chubbie tummies change into burgeoning figures. 

I'm in the position of having three teen daughters with autism. You want to talk about paralyzing fear for them?  Pour a cup of coffee and we'll chat - for six months.   Already one of my girls has been criminally abused (school bus, 2010.) And yet, like parents of typicals, we have to find a way to let our kids grow up and move forward.  We fight our own instincts to protect our vulnerable children, and force ourselves to "let them go" a bit and learn about the world.  But for the love of all that is holy, NOT this way.

Bay Village, Ohio has an opportunity to set an example for ALL villages.  As of this writing, police are considering arresting the teens.


House of Cards 200 pixelsKim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel,  House of Cards; A All I Can Handle 50 pixel Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.

The Insanely Good Soul of Dr. Andrew Wakefield

GoodBy Kent Heckenlively

It's said that moral challenges bring out the worst and the best in people.

It's difficult to find a situation more appalling than the news revealed by CDC whistleblower, William Thompson that for more than a decade the CDC has concealed information that lowering the age at which African-American males received the MMR shot resulted in a 340% increase in autism.  It's a state of affairs which turns my stomach, even though it is confirmation of what many of us have believed for years.  These researchers may have a doctorate in science, but they lack even a high school diploma in courage.

And yet on the other side of the ledger is Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who has been the most visible public face of our cause.  Wakefield has said on many occasions that this controversy has cost him his job, his career, and his country.  He has not broken under the strain and we are forever grateful to him.

Then comes the news as reported in The Truth Barrier of two text message from William Thompson.  The first was to Dr. Wakefield's wife, Carmel, and read, "I do believe your husbands career was unjustly damaged and this study would have supported his scientific opinion.  Hopefully I can help repair it."

The next was actually a series of text messages between Thompson and Dr. Wakefield.  Dr. Wakefield begins the exchange by asking, "Is this press release real?"

Thompson replies, "Yes!"

Wakefield writes back, "Thank you.  This was the right and honorable thing to do.  Andy."

Thompson says, "I agree.  I apologize again for the price you have paid for my dishonesty."

Wakefield writes, "I forgive you completely and without any bitterness."

Thompson responds, "I know you mean it and I am grateful to know you more personally."

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CDC Scientist Admits Cover-up of MMR/autism Causation Demand a Full Investigation by Congress

Action alertFrom our friends at Autism Action Network.  Click HERE to send the EASY TO Whistleblower-protection USE, QUICK alert to your Representative and Senators.

Now that senior CDC scientist William Thompson has issued a public statement admitting that he and his colleagues at the CDC falsified at least one study to cover-up a powerful association between the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism in African American males, it is time for a complete investigation by Congress into how the CDC has manipulated this and other studies to arrive at pre-conceived outcomes.
Please click on the Take Action link above to send an email to your member of the House of Representative and the two US Senators from your state asking them to make a public statement in support of hearings.

In a statement published on August 27 Thompson said the following:

“My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where I have worked since 1998.

I regret my co-authors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data was collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

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Minority Report: A Covert CDC Program Inoculated Black Babies with Deadly, Experimental Measles Vaccines

Vax af amBy Neil Z. Miller

A Senior Scientist with the CDC, Dr. William Thompson, recently admitted that he and his co-authors intentionally omitted statistically significant information from their 2004 study that was published in the journal Pediatrics. The excluded data showed that "African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism."(1,2) Dr. Brian Hooker, an independent scientist, re-analyzed the original CDC data and published his results confirming that "African American boys receiving their first MMR vaccine before 36 months of age are 3.4 times more likely to develop autism" when compared to African-American boys who receive MMR after 36 months of age.(3)

For more than 10 years, the CDC buried scientific evidence that young Black boys who receive the MMR vaccine have a significantly increased risk of developing autism. The CDC kept this crucial information confidential. The CDC refused to warn the public. The parents of Black babies were not provided with informed consent and their human rights were violated.

Concerned parents are now wondering whether this callous and potentially criminal behavior by the CDC is a one-time fluke or part of a larger pattern. Actually, the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) have a history of violating the human rights of Black families by unethically experimenting on their babies with dangerous measles vaccines.

A CDC and WHO Catastrophe

In developing countries where children are malnourished and health care is inadequate, measles fatality rates between 5 and 10 percent are possible.(4-6) However, infants up to five months old are usually protected by maternal antibodies that they received during birth.(7-9) Standard measles vaccines do not work in babies under nine months of age.(10) Thus, authorities reasoned that if an effective vaccine could be developed for this vulnerable period -- from 5 to 9 months of age -- the measles death rate could be lowered.

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Maine Voices: Breakdown in Accountability at Heart of Decline in Vaccinations

MaineGinger Taylor wrote this editorial for the Portland (Maine) Press Herald.  Maine Voices: Breakdown in accountability at heart of decline in vaccinations

Opposition to the current U.S. vaccination program is based on its failures, denial and bad law and policy.

By Ginger Taylor

BRUNSWICK — I was interviewed for an Aug. 9 front-page article by Joe Lawlor, titled “More Maine families are skipping or delaying childhood vaccines.” What was published was a complete misrepresentation of the interview I gave him.

As I told Mr. Lawlor, I’m neither anti-vaccine nor opposed to vaccination, and I vaccinated my children. My opposition is to the current U.S. vaccine program, which has become corrupted by bad law and policy, the failure to disclose known risks to families, the failure to pre-screen children who are showing symptoms that they are at risk for vaccine reactions and the denial of vaccine injury cases – rather than the proper recognition, diagnoses and treatment of vaccine-injured children.

about the author

Ginger Taylor of Brunswick is the HealthChoice.org media director and a co-author and contributing editor of the book “Vaccine Epidemic.” Author of the blog AdventuresInAutism.com, she served on the 2009 Maine CDC Autism Conference steering committee.

In 1986, Congress gave liability protection to all vaccine interests – pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, doctors, nurses, etc. – so no one in this country can sue for vaccine injuries or deaths. As a result of this disregard of Americans’ Seventh Amendment rights, a vaccine injury case hasn’t been brought before a jury in almost 30 years, there is no longer accountability in vaccine safety and the vaccine program has fallen into massive corruption.

The effectiveness of vaccines is overstated, safety claims made are overstated and parents no longer get accurate risk information. Instead, vaccine consumers are offered a single sheet of information in the doctor’s office that leaves out almost all of the side effects listed on the vaccine package insert, on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Vaccine Injury Table and the disorders that HHS has concluded can be caused by a given vaccine.

Doctors are not trained on federal guidelines for vaccine injury, nor are they required to know the side effects listed on the vaccine package insert. Therefore, few physicians know how to recognize adverse reactions in their patients. As a result, such cases are usually ignored or misdiagnosed and are rarely properly medically assessed, and patients can become victims of medical neglect for a lifetime.

Further, the vaccine schedule has tripled since 1986, so a child born today will receive more doses of vaccine by the time he’s 6 months old than I did by the time I went to college. There is almost no long-term safety testing of vaccines, and no safety testing of the overloaded schedule as a whole.

This breakdown in the U.S. vaccine program’s accountability to consumers is at the heart of the country’s decline in vaccinations, because when parents take the time to look into physicians’ safety claims, they find they’re being given incorrect and biased information.

Case in point: The claim that the vaccine-autism controversy began as the result of one debunked study is utter misinformation. In fact, more than 80 research papers demonstrate the associations between vaccines and autism, and the mechanisms by which vaccines can cause autism.

When Mr. Lawlor asked me why I believed my son was vaccine-injured, I directed him to the HHS Vaccine Injury Compensation Table and walked him through the symptoms of pertussis-vaccine-induced “encephalopathy,” the medical term for brain damage, which my son exhibited following his 18-month shots:

n Decreased or absent response to environment (responds, if at all, only to loud voice or painful stimuli).

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CDC Admits "Possibility" Vaccines Rarely Trigger Autism

Truth-is-outFrom Sharyl Attkisson. Please read the full post and bookmark her site.

CDC’s immunization safety director says it’s a “possibility” that vaccines rarely trigger autism but “it’s hard to predict who those children might be.” (They’re not even trying.)

A CDC senior epidemiologist stepped forward last week to say that he and his CDC colleagues omitted data that linked MMR vaccine to autism in a 2004 study. The scientist, William Thompson, said “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information.”

Dr. Frank DeStefano, CDC Director of Immunization Safety Destefano

A coauthor of the questioned study is Dr. Frank DeStefano, Director of the CDC Immunization Safety Office. In a telephone interview last week, DeStefano defended the study and reiterated the commonly accepted position that there’s no “causal” link between vaccines and autism.

Text Message Confirms #CDCwhistleblower Apology to Wakefield for CDC MMR Cover Up

Age of Autism has confirmed the veracity of this text message  from #CDCwhistleblower Dr. William Thompson to Dr. Andrew J. Wakefield.

Wakefield Text from Thompson

AJW: "Is the press release real?"

WT: "Yes"

AJW:  Thank you. This was the right and honorable thing to do. Andy.

WT:  I agree. I apologize again for the price you paid for my dishonesty.

AJW: I forgive you complete and without any bitterness.

WT: I know you mean it and am grateful to know you more personally.

(We are grateful to Celia Farber and  her Truth Barrier website where the message was first published.)

Hear This Well: Parent Videos Breaking The Silence on Vaccine Violence

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Last week Elizabeth Cohen of CNN insulted and denigrated thousands of families who have children with vaccine induced injury, as part of an effort to tamp down the #CDCwhistleblower story. In response, parents have created short videos telling Ms. Cohen the raw truth. "Vaccines can and do cause autism."  Below is an intro to the "Hear This Well: Breaking The Silence on Vaccine Violence" campaign.  You can see the videos one by one by one by one.   Please share this link - Hear This Well: Videos Breaking The Silence on Vaccine Violence.   This link Wall of Vaccine Violence Videos  takes you to the astounding grid of videos - a powerful reminder of the damage our children have suffered. Thank you.

 

MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS: Further Comments on the 2004 CDC Study (DeStefano et al 2004)

Question markBy Martin Hewitt

Dr Brian Hooker claims that the CDC suppressed findings of a higher risk of autism in Afro-American boys receiving MMR at 24 and 36 months, a claim based on the concerns of Dr Bill Thompson, co-author breaking ranks with the authors of the 2004 CDC paper. In response to the controversy, and Hooker’s reworking of the CDC data(Hooker 2014), the CDC issued a statement (here) claiming it had only published data on race from a subsample of children with birth certificates because this provided richer data than the larger sample used. Hooker has countered saying the statement raises more questions than answers. The questions and answers the CDC raises and the claim of suppressed evidence can be seen more clearly if we revisit the 2004 paper (DeStefano 2004) and focus specifically on its research design, which will reveal a gaping omission where questions should have been asked but weren't. The question is what is the risk of autism faced by black children in the US who receive the MMR vaccine. We will see that it is inconceivable that the CDC researchers didn't use its total sample to ask this question. It would also be illogical if the relevant data required to answer this question weren't part of the CDC's design.

Normally one looks to research to identify answers. But more important in this case are the questions not asked and the CDC’s attempt to answer Hooker’s charge. But first we need to describe as simply as possible the design of the study, which we will do in three steps. Inevitably technical details and nuances will be overlooked to concentrate on the main issue of the missing question.

First, the design compared two groups: 1) case children with autism who received the MMR and 2) control children without autism who also received MMR. The two groups, all from Metropolitan Atlanta Georgia, were matched on demographic criteria such as age, gender and race. The study took the case group from autistic children who fitted its clinical criteria and the control group from children attending 'regular' (in the UK 'mainstream') schools. The objective of the research was to see if there was a higher likelihood or probability of autism occurring in the first group compared with the second at ages 18, 24 and 36 months. If the MMR had contributed to the case children becoming autistic, we would expect to find a higher proportion or percentage of children receiving MMR in the case group at 18, 24 or 36 months. This would show a higher relative risk for the first group. If there was no difference in the risk for the two groups, and MMR was not associated with the autism of the first group, the ratio of the first to the second group would be 1. A higher ratio than 1, if statistically significant, would indicate that the first group has a higher relative risk compared with the second of being affected by the MMR.

The two groups formed the total sample. Second, from the total sample the researchers produced a subsample of children for whom Georgia state birth certificates were available. This subsample was also broken into case and controls. This is because the certificates provided details on children and their mothers not available in the total sample and included data on race, maternal age, maternal education and birth weight. The subsample constitutes 56% of the total sample, ie just over half the total sample of children were drawn into the subsample because of birth certificate details available. The more detailed texture of the subsample has to be set against its reduced statistical power due to size. It is the way the CDC researchers use the subsample that lies at the core of Hooker’s concerns – an issue we will return to. So we now have a total and a subsample each divided into case and control groups, a total of four groups, with more detail in the subsample of case and control groups.

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Havin' Trouble with CDC Whistleblower, William Thompson

Whistleblower-protectionBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

I'm having a lot of trouble trying to write an article about MMR/Autism whistleblower, William Thompson.

On the one hand I don't want to waste this opportunity to show the scientific community that our concerns our real, and yet at the same time I don't want to let this guy off for concealing important evidence for more than a decade.

At the outset I have to say I'm really not a punishing kind of guy.  In law school I worked for the US Attorney's office in San Francisco, assembling wiretap evidence in a large Oakland drug case.  That meant I spent a lot of time listening to tapes of these guys talking.

And I found them not to be the threatening kind of all-powerful criminals you see in police thrillers, but discovered they were really leading pathetic, miserable lives.  I also couldn't escape the realization that somebody like me, the top 10% of society, would be prosecuting the bottom 10% of society to make sure that the 80% in the middle remained relatively safe.

It's probably no surprise I ended up in teaching, trying to help students be interested in and excited by science, and also to be individuals who valued honesty.  I wanted to help people be good, not punish them when they go bad.  I've often thought that the best of science and the best of law share a common aim, as when a person stands to present testimony in a courtroom they swear an oath to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."   The same expectation applies to scientists who work at government institutions when they publish scientific research in major journals.

It's with this in mind I have to detail some of my troubles with Dr. William Thompson.

From an e-mail Dr. Thompson allegedly wrote on October 18, 2002 to Melinda Wharton.  "I am writing you once more regarding the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) request for a broad range of documents associated with MMR, thimerosal, and autism.  I first spoke with you on September 3rd of 2002 regarding the sensitive results we have been struggling with in the MADDSP MMR/Autism study."  I may not be a CDC scientist, but I've been both a lawyer and a science teacher and it seems to me that the phrase "sensitive results" is one probably never uttered by Galileo, Darwin, or Einstein.

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When You Know You Are Being Lied To……

Big lieWhen You Know You Are Being Lied To…My Initial Thoughts on the CDC Whistleblower News excerpted from Beth Clay's blog - read the full post here.

By Beth Clay August 27, 2014

While mainstream media have ignored the flurry the past two weeks after the Focus Autism Press Release, the Peer Reviewed Research paper by Brian Hooker, PhD, and the Autism Media Video, several online media outlets and social media have been a blaze with the news of a CDC employee reaching out to Dr. Hooker and coming clean about what I consider a well-orchestrated cover up of information about increased risks associated with vaccines. Specifically the timing of certain vaccines, the use of thimerosal in vaccines, and what is known about risks of brain injury from vaccines in general. Those who led this activity showed significant malfeasance and disregard for the health and well-being of children. They have violated the public trust and have dragged this entire controversy out for 15 years rather than address with integrity and openness the issue and move forward with solutions that improve the safety of vaccines and respect the individual person’s unique medical condition and rights to personal medical choice.

I am not part of this conversation because I have a child that was vaccine injured and became autistic. I was the staff lead on the original House Oversight Committee’s investigation looking into concerns about vaccine injuries. The year was 1999. Two of our Subcommittees has been looking at different topics. Chairman Shays had taken on the reports of anthrax vaccine injures in the military and Chairman Mica had taken on a review of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and as part of that looked a bit into the Hepatitis B vaccine. I well remember meeting Mrs. Betty Fluke from Indiana who testified before the subcommittee about her experience both in the VICP and in getting access to the only treatments that might offer her relief. She had prior to the vaccine been a vibrant healthy woman – wife and mother- who when I met her wore leg braces and walked with crutches.

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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Take Me To Your Protocol

 

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

I am not a chi square guy. I'm an English major. I am in no position to evaluate the techniques used to calibrate the autism rate in black males, or anybody else, before or after the MMR shot. 

But I can read. And when I read William Thompson's statement about the CDC's study on this topic, I was struck by the way it was constructed: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding what findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

It takes a while to parse this paragraph, which sounds kind of bland and bureaucratic. The passive voice – decisions were made, reminiscent of the classic "mistakes were made" – doesn't help. And the data weren't merely collected before the decisions were made; the data were analyzed. One result really stood out, Thompson is telling us, and not in a way that suited their institutional purposes. They changed the protocol and the "statistically significant information" was no more. They wiped it out.

I bet there are reporters who read right over that. He's talking about scientific fraud on the most important health issue affecting America's children, at the agency charged with protecting them, not a gentleman's disagreement over decisions on how to apply chi square. The media coverage, such as it is, has wandered aimlessly along side issues, but the point here seems pretty basic: There was a protocol directing them how to do the study. William Thompson says he and his CDC colleagues didn’t follow it. And he thinks that's a big problem. Big.

So what was the protocol and how was it not followed? Brian Hooker, who re-analyzed the data, talked about it in a video interview with Gary Franchi:

"I have the CDC's original protocol. The CDC's final agreed-upon protocol came out for this particular study on September 5, 2001, and in that particular protocol they said they would consider race among the entire population. They called race a co-variant, and that’s just a term that’s used in statistics for a secondary variable, but they said that race would be used within the entire population.

"So what they’ve done is they’ve deviated from their own protocol, and, according to the whistleblower, the reason why they deviated from that agreed-upon protocol [by adding in a requirement for Georgia birth certificates]  was they saw this astronomical risk in African-Americans, and when they saw that astronomical risk, they looked for any way they could bury that risk, and they reduced the sample size down to what’s called the birth certificate cohort, and that caused the association to no longer be statistically significant."

None of this, you’ll notice, has anything to do with Brian Hooker or Andy Wakefield or "anti-vaxxers" and their relentless and cunning war against humanity. Time Magazine’s question – “Did the CDC cover up the data, as Hooker claims?” – is ridiculous and shows just the kind of misreading of the story, and Thompson's own admissions, that I'm talking about. It should be, did the CDC cover up the data, as CDC Senior Scientist William Thompson, who co-authored the study, claims in a stunning break with his colleagues? In his taped comments, Thompson was much more passionate and personal, something the few news outlets who have covered it, like CNN, should have noted. Believe me, in other circumstances they wouldn't care less whether a public official who said something like this knew he was being taped.

But for now let's just take Thompson at his carefully calibrated word -- his own statement. That's quite enough.

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Sharyl Attkisson: CDC Responds to Allegation it Omitted Vaccine-Autism Study Link

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We have excerpted this from Sharyl Attkisson's site - a daily must-read.

By Sharyl Attkisson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to a charge from one of its own senior scientists that it omitted key data in a 2004 study that would have revealed a link between autism and a commonly-required childhood vaccine, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella).

The allegation was made by CDC epidemiologist William Thompson in a statement this week issued through his attorney. It states: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism.”

It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a sitting CDC senior scientist to blow the whistle on alleged scientific misconduct involving a study article that he co-authored. In this instance, the impact of the charge is magnified by more than a decade of allegations from autism advocates who say the federal government and pharmaceutical interests have worked to downplay or hide associations between vaccines and autism.

A spokesman for the journal Pediatrics today said the publication stands by the study despite the news. “There’s a standard process that journals follow when an article is questioned,” said the spokesman. “Those discussions took place between the editors of Pediatrics and the authors of this study, and the editors concluded the research was appropriately conducted.” Pediatrics is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which accepts vaccine industry funding.

Read the full article at Ms Attkisson's site.

Action Alert: Ask Dr. Thompson to Remove Name from Pediatrics Study

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Please ask Dr. Thompson to remove his name from tainted CDC MMR/Autism paper
Thompson's statement yesterday confirmed alteration of paper

William Thompson, Ph. D., a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a public statement yesterday via his attorney corroborating reports that Thompson and other senior CDC employees manipulated a 2004 study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Association of Pediatricians (AAP), of a possible association between the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism after discovering that African American males who received the MMR younger than 36 months had a 264% higher rate of autism that those who received the MMR after 36 months. The manipulation allegedly consisted of excluding African American males from the study using criteria that were not applied to any other group.  Once these African American males were excluded from the study the autism rate in the overall group was reduced to a level that the paper authors presented as not worthy of concern.

The Autism Action Network will be calling on the public to take a number of actions to compel the vaccine industry and the Federal government to take appropriate action in the wake of these stunning revelations. Our first action will be to send a request to Dr. Thompson asking him to formally remove his name from the tainted paper published in Pediatrics.

Please click here at this Take Action link to send a message to Thompson thanking him for coming forward, and asking him to direct Pediatrics to remove his name form the 2004 CDC paper. Ee assure you that your emails will get through to Thompson and asking him to remove his name from the tainted Pediatrics paper.

Here is the key paragraph from Thompson’s statement:

 “I regret my co-authors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data was collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

Dr. Brian Hooker, Ph. D., a biochemist at Simpson University, recalculated the data in the original CDC study upon the advice of Thompson and confirmed the 264% increase. Hooker’s findings were published in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration on August 10. Translational Neurodegeneration removed Hooker’s paper from their website yesterday.
    
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Action Alert: Ask Dr. Thompson to Go Public on CDC Vaccine Fraud

Action alertFrom Autism Action Network:

We have sent more than 1000 messages to CDC scientist William Thompson in the last two days. We need to keep up the pressure. Please click on this Take Action link  to send an email message asking Thompson to share his allegations of the CDC covering-up a study showing a clear connection between the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) shot and autism.  Please alter the prewritten message to tell your family’s story. Thompson’s information could potentially save hundreds of thousands from a life of severe disability. But that will not happen unless vaccination policy is changed. And vaccination policy will not change unless Thompson comes forward publicly and present what he knows know to major media sources. No major media source has covered this story, and they won't until Thompson goes public with what he knows.

Thompson has shown great moral integrity and courage already. Let’s help positively encourage him to do what is absolutely necessary to stop the epidemic. Thompson must go public with his information vis major media outlets. Thompson’s email account is still functioning at the CDC as is his voice mail, but all messages will be routed to him via a pathway outside CDC control as well.

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Our Story So Far: Both MMR & Mercury-Laced Vaccines Cause Autism

Breaking newsBy Dan Olmsted

Quite a week, I think you’d have to agree. William Thompson, the whistleblower first heard on a taped phone call with Brian Hooker last week, has now come forward, confirming his role in covering up evidence that black males may be particularly vulnerable to autism from the on-time MMR shot. Rather than follow up on that clue from a susceptibility group – a clue that could unravel the CDC’s whole argument that vaccines never, ever cause autism – the CDC researchers buried it.

What’s more, he’s also on tape saying another study he was lead researcher on sends an ominous signal that the mercury-containing flu shot for pregnant woman can cause autism. The study found a higher risk of tics, and children with autism have four times the rate of tics as other children.

Meanwhile, Thompson says on the tape and doesn’t take back in his statement, “I can say confidently I do think thimerosal causes tics. So I don’t know why they still give it to pregnant women. Like, that’s the last person I would give mercury to. Thimerosal from vaccines causes tics. You start a campaign and make it your mantra.

“Do you think a pregnant mother would want to take a vaccine that they knew caused tics? Absolutely not. I would never give my wife a vaccine that I thought caused tics. I can say, tics are four times more prevalent in kids with autism. There is biological plausibility right now to say that thimerosal causes autism-like features.”

Interesting what a strong echo this is from the Simpsonwood transcript, June 7, 2000: "Forgive this personal comment, but I got called out at eight o'clock for an emergency call and my daughter-in-law delivered a son by C-section. Our first male in the line of the next generation and I do not want that grandson to get a Thimerosal containing vaccine until we know better what is going on. It will probably take a long time. In the meantime, and I know there are probably implications for this internationally, but in the meanwhile I think I want that grandson to only be given Thimerosal-free vaccines." - Dr. Robert Johnson, Immunologist, University of Colorado, Simpsonwood, Ga.

So while the rest of us suckers shoot our kids and ourselves up with autism-causing vaccinations, the smart set – namely, epidemiologists and immunologists whom we pay to figure these things out – look at the data and say, no way you’re giving that to my wife and grandson!

Of course, tell that to your pediatrician and he’ll tell you there’s no evidence for that. There’s no evidence because the evidence has been suppressed, and now it’s being unsuppressed.

As of today, August 28, 2014,  it’s quite clear that flu shots with mercury should be yanked off the market, and not just for pregnant women and infants (Thompson seemed not to know that they, too, get mercury-laced flu shots). Mercury-containing shots, including those promoted in third-world countries by hapless do-good-look-at-me-I’m-a-hero groups like the Gates Foundation, should be gathered up and disposed of by people in hazmat suits.

And the MMR should be moved to 36 months for any and all. Given that we now see it is capable of causing autism but don’t know exactly why (it’s probably viral interference at too young an age, but is the interference driven by the neurotoxic measles vaccine or the mutated and ineffective mumps portion, the subject of another whistleblower complaint?), it should be broken back into three parts and given with wide separation.

And the flawed and offensive Pediatrics article giving the MMR a clean bill of health at 12 months should be retracted.

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Statement from William Thompson, RE Pediatrics MMR African American Males Data

Below is a snapshot of the statement issued by CDC Whistleblower William Thompson.   Download and read the statement HERE.

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Thompson Statement

Translational Neurodegeneration Removes Vaccination Timing Article

Translational neurodegeneration


"This article has been removed from the public domain pending further investigation because the journal and publisher believe that its continued availability could cause public harm. Definitive editorial action will be taken once our investigation is complete."

http://www.translationalneurodegeneration.com/content/3/1/16/abstract

Here is the .pdf of the article for your review.

CDC Whistleblower on Thimerosal in Pregnant Women

"There is biological plausibility to say right now that thimerosal causes autism-like features."   View the video here.  Use #CDCWhistleblower if you share on social media.

CDC Whistleblower on Thimerosal in Pregnant Women from Autism Media Channel on Vimeo.

CDC Frauds: Connections Between the DeStefano Paper and the Thorsen Affair.

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By John Stone

Last week a Centers for Disease Control employee, William Thompson, came forward as whistleblower to admit that a 2004 study led by Frank DeStefano, of which Thompson himself was co-author was fraudulent, disguising the fact that incidence of autism was three and a half times higher in African Americans vaccinated with MMR before 36 months. In this light it is interesting that another co-author of the study, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, also liaised with Poul Thorsen over commissioning the equally fraudulent Madsen MMR/autism study. Thorsen who coordinated a series of studies between the CDC and Aarhus University/Staaten Serum Institut, Denmark was indicted in 2011 in the US on 13 counts of wire fraud involving the CDC and 9 of money laundering , but no attempt has been made to extradite him from Denmark.

None of the studies coordinated and co-authored by Thorsen have ever been retracted. At a congressional hearing in 2012 Coleen Boyle, another CDC employee and another co-author of the fraudulent DeStefano paper, failed to give straight answers when questioned by congressman Posey about Thorsen. Boyle could only recall two studies co-authored by Thorsen when in fact there were at least 21. On that occasion Congressman Posey memorably referred to Thorsen as “a humongous scum bag and one of the most wanted men on earth” .

If Cochrane 2005 smelt a rat with DeStefano 2004:

The conclusion, however, implied bias in the enrollment of cases which may not be representative of the rest of the autistic population of the city of Atlanta, USA where the study was set.

it actually stated there was a rat in the case of Madsen:

The follow up of diagnostic records ends one year (31 Dec 1999) after the last day of admission to the cohort. Because of the length of time from birth to diagnosis, it becomes increasingly unlikely that those born later in the cohort could have a diagnosis.

To put it more bluntly Madsen had included in the vaccinated group children who were too young to be vaccinated and children who were too young to have been diagnosed. The data was subject to review in two articles published Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, one by Goldman and Yazbak, the other by Stott, Blaxill and Wakefield    with differing results but both detecting a hoard of missing autism cases among the vaccinated implicit in Cochrane (actually published afterwards). Notable was the suppressed 2002 letter to NEJM from Prof Suissa, an epidemiologist from McGill, published in the Stott article which recalculated the Madsen data to suggest that autism was 45% higher in the vaccinated group. Brian Hooker also contributed to the correspondence in the following issue.

We may never know exactly what was the surplus of autism cases in the vaccinated group, except that it was evidently going to be substantial.

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A Break in the Wall - William W. Thompson

ConfessionBy Kent Heckenlively

It seems that William W. Thompson has finally come over to the side of the angels.

For those of you who might have been off fishing the past few days, or like me, spent part of the week in the hospital with a gall bladder attack, I'll briefly recap what may be one of the most consequential stories ever to come out of the autism epidemic.

On Monday, August 18, a video was released by Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Dr. Brian Hooker which claimed that a major researcher for the CDC admitted that he and others had concealed evidence that moving up the date for the MMR vaccine had increased the rate of autism for African-American males by 340%.  Later in the week it was revealed that the researcher was Dr. William W. Thompson, who had in fact been one of the authors of a 2004 paper by the CDC claiming there was no link between the timing of the MMR shot and the development of autism.  On Friday it was reported that Dr. Thompson had been escorted off the grounds of the CDC by security personnel.

For those of us who have been in the fight a long time this news produces mixed emotions in us.  I reall the optimism with which I reported on the Omnibus Autism proceedings, reporting on the Hannah Poling case which many of us thought would finally break the whole damned thing wide open, or the revelation that the Vaccine Injury program had actually given awards to at least 83 children who suffered vaccine injuries which included autism.

On the one hand I want to take this guy who has concealed this information for so many years, throw him up against a wall, and go to town on him.

On the other hand I sense a real opportunity to advance our cause among a scientific community which has been largely indifferent to us, as well as frequently hostile.

As a leader in any movement it's important to understand your adversaries, their strengths, as well as their weaknesses.  What moves them, what leaves the indifferent, and what is likely to break them.

I want to share an example from a less fraught topic.  Recently I attended a surprise 50th birthday party for a friend of mine, an economics professor at Stanford University in California.  One of my friends' recent academic accolades was being one of only ten economists invited to the Nobel Prize symposium (held every ten years) to present on his work.  The expectation is that these ten economists will probably win the Nobel Prize somewhere in the next ten years.  Pretty cool that this is happening to my high school buddy.

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Rob Schneider Demands Answers on CDC MMR Fraud

Thank youThank you to our friends at The Canary Party for allowing us to share this post from their website. This story is shocking on so many levels. And makes Ferguson, MO look like Mayberry by comparison. How many African American males' lives have been irrevocably altered by autism, becuase the CDC hid the data? Avonte Oquendo instantly springs into my mind. And a tall, handsome classmate of one of my daughters. And my friend Jane's beautiful son. Boys of color. Whose families might have been able to stave OFF autism - even their pediatricians might have thought twice about the timing of vaccines had they been privvy to data that was instead - sent to the "privvy."   Thank you to Rob Schneider, a celeb who has questioned even the medications Robin Williams was on at the time of his suicide - asking tough questions and putting his career on the line - for the truth. Sure wish we could "copy" him. 

Written by The Canary Party
    
Sunday, 24 August 2014 14:59

In light of the revelation that Dr. William Thompson, senior scientiest at CDC, has admitted guilt in hiding data that found that black males are 340% more likely to have an autism diagnosis when given the MMR before age 3, Rob Schneider has written to the office of the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, to assure himself that Brown is aware of the fraud, and to demand answers and actions to protect California children.


From: Rob Schneider

Date: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Subject: CDC Autism Whistleblower Admits Vaccine Study Fraud - CNN iReport

To: Lark Park, Deputy Legislative Secretary, Governor's office < Lark.Park@gov.ca.gov>


Dear Ms. Park,

    This is Rob Schneider. I want to first thank you for calling me several years ago when Governor Brown signed into law AB2109, the requirement for all parents of school children to have to "be counseled" to get a Doctor's note in order to obtain a vaccine exemption to attend public school in California.

    As you may or may or not know this has caused hardships all over the state as Doctors have refused to meet with parents who want the exemption form signed and families who have been threatened with or have been kicked out of medical practices for not going along with the exact Vaccine schedule, currently 49 shots of over 16 different Vaccines before the age of Six Years old. This in spite of a family's objections whose child may have had another sibling that had a bad reaction to a particular Vaccine.

   This policy of one size fits all Vaccine schedule for every child is as absurd as giving the same eye prescription glasses to every child. The fact is EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT and there is currently NO SYSTEM or thought to which child could be more susceptible to adverse reactions including permanent injury and death from any Vaccine or Vaccine ingredients.

    Since I have opposed this undemocratic and onerous legislation (and Law) from its inception, I have kept up on how it has affected families in California. Now there is more reason than ever to be concerned, even outraged, by the CDC and by AB 2109.

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CDC's "Snowden" MMR Whistleblower Identity Revealed

Breaking newsEditor's Note -- From our friends at Autism Media Channel. CDC whistleblower is being identified as William Thompson, an author of the paper on timing of MMR vaccination and risk of autism. -- Dan Olmsted.

CDC's "SNOWDEN" IDENTITY REVEALED

SENIOR GOVERNMENT SCIENTIST BREAKS 13 YEARS OF SILENCE ON CDC’S VACCINE-AUTISM FRAUD

AFRICAN AMERICAN BOYS WILLFULLY EXPOSED TO HIGH RISK OF AUTISM FROM MMR VACCINE 

AUTISMMEDIACHANNELEXCLUSIVE

Watch The Video: 5:00 mark.

 

Win a Copy of Outsmarting Autism By Patricia Lemer

Outsmarting AutismWe're happy to anounce a contest to win a copy of Patricia Lemer's s Outsmarting Autism, The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing and Prevention.  Leave a comment to enter to win a copy.  You can purchase the book now at AmazonWhether you are new to the world of autism, are familiar with treatment options, or are a veteran who has been there, done that, this book is for you! Discoveries about possible etiologies and promising therapies are emerging so quickly that you are sure to learn something new. Outsmarting Autism guides you step-by-step with practical information from a variety of fields that families, specialists, and educators can put to use immediately. STEP 1: Take Away the Bad Stuff, and Add Back the Good Stuff Clean up the environment Eat, sleep, and drink smarter Boost the immune system Balance hormones Detoxify STEP 2: Correct Foundational Issues Remove structural impediments Integrate reflexes STEP 3: Address Sensory Problems Improve sensory processing Develop vision STEP 4: Focus on Communicating, Interacting, and Learning Build language Concentrate on social-emotional skills Learn to read, write, and calculate Use technology STEP 5: Plan for the Future Transition to independence.

Patricia S. Lemer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 40 years.  She was co-founder and Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), and international, non-profit organization for 20 years.  DDR merged with Epidemic Answers in 2013, and Ms. Lemer serves as Board Chair.  She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from John Hopkins University.

Ms. Lemer lectures internationally on developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorders.  From 2012-2014, she served as Chief Consultant in the establishment of a center for young adults with disabilities in Kuwait.

She is the author of EnVISIONing a Bright Future:  Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Outsmarting Autism, to be published summer, 2014.  Ms. Lemer lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is the mother of an adult daughter and the grandmother of Penelope, born in August, 2006.

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Kennedy Jr. on Fox NY: This Book Is Going to Scare People

New York News Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., author of Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak, appeared on MyFoxNY yesterday:

NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - At least a dozen scathing reviews were printed about Robert F. Kennedy Thimerosal RFKJr.'s new book on a preservative used in vaccines before it was released. It's not fair, says Kennedy Jr., and he explained why during Good Day New York. 'Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak-The Evidence Supporting The Immediate Removal of Mercury- A Known Neurotoxin – From Vaccines' is a culmination of three years of research about a preservative known to injure and kill people.

"They attacked me for what they believed was going to be in the book which was a discussion about autism and that is not in the book," said Kennedy Jr. The prominent environmental attorney takes a closer look at the mercury based preservative that was order removed by the Federal Drug Administration in 1998 from all topical medicines due to its toxicity. "The CDC at the same time was recommending higher and higher doses in vaccines and we started to see a giant rise in neurological disorders in our children," said Kennedy Jr.

Despite its removal from pediatric vaccines, Thimerosal levels remain virtually unchanged.

"For the first time in history, fetuses are being exposed to Thimerosal—if a pregnant woman takes a flu shot— that's about 800 times the amount of mercury the CDC recommends," said Kennedy Jr.

Read more and comment at MyFoxNY.

Journal Exercise 4.7: Autobiographical Incident 7-11-14

Tim RyanNote: Timothy Ryan is an adult with autism who uses Rapid Prompt to write and communicate. This is one of his journal entries and we thank him for sharing. He has a wry sense of humor (note the ending) and keen insight.  Not being able to communicate typically does NOT mean having nothing to say. We are always happy to bring you posts not just about - but BY - people with autism. Thank you, Tim.

By Timothy Ryan

The Disney Park was hot, steamy, muggy, and smelly.  My family and I were waiting for the Splash Mountain ride.  I felt sick.  My body was on fire from the inside out.  My head was going to explode.  I couldn’t talk and describe the agony.  That was only the beginning of my ordeal.  The airplane would prove to be my greatest challenge thus far.  Little did I know everything would go askew.

The airplane was cramped, dirty, noisy, and uncomfortable.  Cigarette smoke lingered in the cabin.  I became sick, nauseous, and disoriented.  Passengers were staring at me with ugly faces.  It felt like I was on display at the museum.  Dad was aware of my discomfort due to relentless pummeling from my fists.  Mom was mortified by my seemingly irrational behavior.  My brother Mark slinked down in his seat not saying a word.  The flight attendant roamed up and down the aisles glaring in my direction, her arms on her hips with eyes bugging out.

I felt as if my body was breaking down like an old used car.  It hurt to breathe, think, talk, and be around people.  People make it impossible for me to interact.  They speak too rapidly and don’t wait for me to respond.  If only they would notice how I am trying to fit in and be more typical.  It would help if people made an effort to get to know me.  I am suffering from an illness that robs me from establishing relationships.  I can feel rejection.  It hurts to see others move forward while I remain trapped in my inner world.  It is not my choice to be disabled and dependent upon people.

I was misunderstood in the airport and on the airplane.  No one felt compassion for me and my disability.  I started to assault random passengers as they sat buckled in for the flight many of which had food that was poison for me.  The odors wafted up to my brain causing rage that manifested as hitting heads like a bowling ball knocking down pins.  I had no resistance to my impulses.  They came mean and ferociously like a pack of wild dogs on a hunt for prey.  I must follow through with violence or I will die from anxiety.  That makes me a psychological cripple that prevents my development as a functioning member of society.

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Senior Government Scientist Breaks 13 Years' Silence on CDC's Vaccine-autism Fraud

CdcpoliticsListen to audio from the whistleblower HERE.  Below is an unofficial transcript from the audio.

CDC Whistleblower

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"Oh my God.  I cannot believe we did what we did, but we did."

Dr. Andrew Wakefield:  "This is a real story of a real fraud.  ...Deliberate.  High-level deception of the American people with disastrous consequences for its children's health. ...

(Dr. Wakefield then described the inhumane treatment of black American man during the Tuskegee syphilis experiment that was conducted from 1932 to 1972.)

"Thirty years later the CDC was to do something arguably far worse. Over a decade ago, Dr. Scott Montgomery and I put forward a hypothesis for MMR vaccine and autism: the age you receive the vaccine influences the risk. ...We shared this hypothesis with vaccine officials, members of the Centers for Disease Control, at meetings in Washington, D.C. and Cold Spring Harbor.  A group of senior vaccine safety people at the CDC studied it.  It panned out.  We were right--at least partly. 

"By Nov 9, 2001, nearly thirteen years ago, senior CDC scientists knew that the younger age exposure to MMR was associated with an increased risk of autism.  In 2004 they published, but they hid the results. ...

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Whistleblower Says CDC Knew in 2003 of Higher Autism Rate Among African-American Boys Receiving MMR Shot Earlier Than 36 Months

CdcpoliticsListen to audio from the whistleblower HERE.

WATCHUNG, NJ--(Marketwired - August 18, 2014) - A top research scientist working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) played a key role in helping Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation uncover data manipulation by the CDC that obscured a higher incidence of autism in African-American boys. The whistleblower came to the attention of Hooker, a PhD in biochemical engineering, after he had made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for original data on the DeStefano et al MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism study.

Dr. Hooker's study, published August 8 in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Translational Neurodegenerationshows that African-American boys receiving their first MMR vaccine before 36 months of age are 3.4 times more likely to develop autism vs. after 36 months.

According to Dr. Hooker, the CDC whistleblower informant -- who wishes to remain anonymous -- guided him to evidence that a statistically significant relationship between the age the MMR vaccine was first given and autism incidence in African-American boys was hidden by CDC researchers. After data were gathered on 2,583 children living in Atlanta, Georgia who were born between 1986 and 1993, CDC researchers excluded children that did not have a valid State of Georgia birth certificate -- reducing the sample size being studied by 41%. Hooker explains that by introducing this arbitrary criteria into the analysis, the cohort size was sharply reduced, eliminating the statistical power of the findings and negating the strong MMR-autism link in African American boys.

Dr. Hooker has worked closely with the CDC whistleblower, and he viewed highly sensitive documents related to the study via Congressional request from U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The CDC documents from Congress and discussions that Hooker had with the whistleblower reveal widespread manipulation of scientific data and top-down pressure on CDC scientists to support fraudulent application of government policies on vaccine safety. Based on raw data used in the 2004 DeStefano et al study obtained under FOIA, Dr. Hooker found that the link between MMR vaccination and autism in African-American boys was obscured by the introduction of irrelevant and unnecessary birth certificate criteria -- ostensibly to reduce the size of the study.

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Sharyl Attkisson: Researcher Who Dispelled Vaccine-autism Link: “Most-wanted Fugitive”

SharylNote: Sharyl continues to speak out as a journalist should - and we are Poul Thorsengrateful.  Please bookmark her site - SharylAttkisson.com .  We have covered the strange case of fugitive from justice Dr.  Poul Thorsen (Principal Investigator on the Danish Autism Studies, indicted on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury) at AofA:

Autism Researcher Poul Thorsen Indicted

Round 2: CDCs Poul Thorsen Lying in Plain Sight

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

Poul Thorsen Called Industry “Scumbag” Scientist and Mercury Shill

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

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From Ms. Attkisson:

A former Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researcher, best known for his frequently-cited studies dispelling a link between vaccines and autism, is still considered on the lam after allegedly using CDC grants of tax dollars to buy a house and cars for himself.

Poul Thorsen, listed as a most-wanted fugitive
by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, was discredited in April 2011 when he was indicted on 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering. Some have argued that his alleged fraudulent behavior calls into question the validity of his studies. There is no indication the studies have been retracted to date.

According to the HHS Inspector General,

“From approximately February 2004 until February 2010, Poul Thorsen executed a scheme to steal grant money awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

CDC employed Thorsen as a visiting scientist from Denmark prior to awarding grants to Denmark to fund “research involving the relationship between autism and the exposure to vaccines” and other disabilities. Thorsen is accused of diverting over $1 million of CDC grant money, public funds, for his personal use... 

Read the full post and comment at Ms. Attkisson's site - HERE.

Autism: the Good, the Bad, and What Causes it Anyway?

My voiceBy Brooke Potthast and James Potthast

Some of you AofA readers may remember my essay Evidence of Things Hoped For, Things Not Seen, a few months ago about the biggest game changer we’ve had with autism, the RPM method of communication.  It’s been huge to finally know what our son is thinking and to be able to help him move toward the life he’s dreamed of, one involving a rich and age appropriate education.

One really interesting thing in all of this is to hear James’ thoughts on autism.  I am a mom who from the moment I read Boyd Haley’s testimony to congress about mercury toxicity and thimerosal was 100% on board.  James regressed three years before I got the “memo” but it ALL made perfect sense.  The incredibly depressing and damning comparison that the original Safemind parents made of the symptoms of autism and the symptoms of mercury poisoning explained it all.  James got mercury poisoned from my dental amalgams and from his introductory Hep B shot that contained what was to be the first of many doses of thimerosal.

I have spent the last 12 years ranting about the causes of autism.  And trust me James has heard most of the rants so one would assume he agrees with me.  He’s been to rallies on the National mall with us, he’s heard me practice my public comments for an IACC meeting, he has even heard Dan Olmstead talk about it at our dinner table! But he is not a total believer.  Today his home school teacher asked him to write a “Last Lecture”. I guess these are like Ted Talks, kind of a big message for the world. He said he wanted  his last lecture to be about “my life with autism”.

I am going to share his last lecture here but I want to point out a couple of things.

First of all you’ll see that he says “he changed when he was a child”.  He doesn’t remember much about his early childhood but I think the reference to “hugs and cereal” is from hearing us describe him before his regression.  We often say “he was so affectionate with his siblings, climbing into their laps to eat from their cereal bowls”. 

Another point he makes is that he must have been “vulnerable” for vaccines to have caused an issue.  Well I agree.  And guess where the main vulnerability came from?

IV antibiotics during labor and delivery with zero, nada, no mention by any medical person about taking probiotics for him or me to replace the incredibly vital gut flora that got killed with the antibiotics.  (See Teresa Conrick on the Microbiome).

So here are James’ thoughts today about autism.  I expect them to change as he matures and as he learns more about himself and the world.  I am incredibly grateful

for his courage and his positive attitude.  These children were injured by no fault of their own but somehow the ones who are getting the chance to communicate are showing not a lot of bitterness and a whole a lot of bravery.  I find it remarkable and inspiring.

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A Modern Code of Honor

Knights templarBy Kent Heckenlively

I was standing in the take-out line at the Rutherford Grill in California's beautiful Napa Valley when the writing on the back of a man's t-shirt caught my attention.

The t-shirt read, "Be without fear in the face of your enemies.  Stand brave and upright that God may love thee.  Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death.  Protect the helpless and do no wrong - that is your oath."

I tapped the man on the shoulder and asked where the quote had come from. 

"Oh, it's the vow of the Knights Templar," he replied.

Okay, Knights Templar, I thought.  Not really clear on them.  When I got home I did a little research.  The Knights Templar were founded in 1129 with the idea of protecting pilgrims on the way to the Holy Land.  They were attacked by King Phillip IV of France in 1307, and officially disbanded by Pope Clement in 1312, or roughly 702 years before I found myself standing in that restaurant.

Now I don't want to talk about whether the Knights Templar were a positive or negative force in history, but to pose a more elemental question.  Why is it that more than 700 years after they were disbanded we still quote their oath?

I think it's because in any age we recognize courage.  And it made me wonder who the people are in this age whose courage I admire.  It didn't take me long to come up with an answer.  In fact, I know a good many of them.  They are the ones writing books and making films to help our community and those helpless children who all too often cannot speak for themselves.

I must start with David Kirby and his wonderful book, Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, released in 2005.

Next are Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill for their book, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Man-Made Epidemic, and the work they do on a daily basis with this web-site.

I would be remiss if I didn't include Kim Stagliano's book, All I Can Handle - I'm No Mother Theresa [A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism].

In 2010 Dr. Andrew Wakefield published his book, Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines - The Truth Behind a Tragedy, which detailed the campaign of persecution against him and his work.

An excellent book in all ways was Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children, by Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland, released in 2012.

There was the wonderful movie in 2013, The Greater Good by Leslie Manookian and Kendall Nelson.

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Carlsbad HS Students Caught in Vaccine Controversy

Movie filmNote: This project was funded by Rotary. "In 2008, Rotary received a $100 million challenge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary committed to raising $100 million. In January 2009, Bill Gates announced a second challenge grant of $255 million. Rotary again committed to raising another $100 million. In total, Rotary will raise $200 million by June 30, 2012." Could explain a few things.....

Carlsbad HS Students Caught in Vaccine Controversy

People called the project “pro-vaccine” and “propaganda.” At one point the teacher and director of the film proposed that production stop




More than a dozen current and former Carlsbad High School students have found themselves in the middle of the long-running vaccination debate after they produced the film Invisible Threat.

The film debuted online August 1, more than a year after it was completed.

Students tell NBC 7 that’s largely due to the backlash they’ve faced, even during the production stage.

Brad Streicher worked on the film his junior year. The current USC student and NBC 7 intern said the idea came from the San Diego Rotary Club.

People there were impressed by two previous films they’d worked on and wanted the high school broadcast journalism class to do one on the immune system and immunizations.

“We ended up telling Rotary we'll do the film but only on our terms, which means we were going to approach the film from a journalistic standpoint,” said Streicher. “We wanted to make sure whatever story we were telling, it would be unbiased and we would attack it from both sides of the argument.”

The Rotary gave the students $60,000 for the project with that understanding, according to Streicher.

Months into the film’s production, students say they started to received e-mails and online comments harshly criticizing their work.

People called the project “pro-vaccine” and “propaganda.” At one point the teacher and director of the film, Douglas Green, proposed the students stop the project. The students refuse.

“No matter what kind of obstacles we were going to go through, we were going to tell the story that we were assigned to tell,” Streicher told NBC 7.

 NBC 7 reached out to one of the people in San Diego with concerns about the film. Vaccine safety advocate Rebecca Estepp said she supports the students and their hard work, but is concerned about who may be influencing the project.

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UPDATE: Vaccine Safety and Aluminium – a Challenge to Cochrane

Challenge_logo_high_resThank you to Elizabeth Hart for the excerpt from her site "Over-Vaccination: Challenging Big Pharma's lucrative over-vaccination of people and animals. We invite you to bookmark the site.

Re my previous post about my letter to  Professor Peter Gøtzsche, challenging a systematic review prepared by members of the Cochrane Vaccines Field, i.e. Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence.

Professor Gøtzsche has responded to my letter, encouraging me to “submit a criticism” on this important matter.

I have forwarded a follow-up letter in this regard, which includes reference to my previous correspondence with Dr Tom Jefferson, and also draws parallels between human and animal vaccination, please see below:

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17 July 2014

Professor Gøtzsche

RE:  Vaccine safety and aluminium adjuvants

Thank you for your response[1] to my letter dated 8 July 2014 which challenges a systematic review prepared by the Cochrane Vaccines Field i.e. Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence.[2]

In your response you encourage me to “submit a criticism” on this important matter to The Cochrane Collaboration. 

As noted in my previous letter, the systematic review in question was prepared by members of the Cochrane Vaccines Field, i.e. Tom Jefferson, Melanie Rudin and Carlo Di Pietrantonj, and was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases in 2004 (behind the paywall).  The review is listed in the bibliography on the Cochrane Vaccines Field website, but is not accessible online on The Cochrane Collaboration website, so I am unable to make an online comment.

Professor Gøtzsche, as you have encouraged me to make a submission, can you please clarify how I should do this?

For your information, I originally contacted Dr Jefferson directly about this matter in March 2013.  (I had previously contacted Dr Jefferson on other vaccine-related matters.  He is also formally copied on my submissions re controversial ‘gain-of-function’ research[3] in the influenza industry, see my letter to the NSABB Jan 2012 and my submission to the US CDC/HHS Dec 2012.)

Please see below the contents of my email forwarded to Dr Jefferson on 24 March 2013 in regards to his systematic review of adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines.  (Given my previous correspondence with Dr Jefferson, the tone is informal.  I have added some references in the endnotes):

Tom

I’m reading your review: “Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence”  (The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Vol. 4 2004.)

The summary of your review concludes: “Despite a lack of good-quality evidence we do not recommend that any further research on this topic is undertaken.”   (My emphasis.)

Your review notes:  “The results of our review should be interpreted within the limited quantity and quality of available evidence.  Within these limits, we found no evidence that aluminium salts cause any serious or long-lasting adverse events…”

So, you admit the quantity and quality of the evidence in your review was limited, but you still say that “we do not recommend that any further research on this topic is undertaken“.

Why would you say that?

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Autism Treatment Community Supports Congressman Bill Posey

Thank you to Autism Action Network for continuing to educate the community.  We know money is as tight as Grandad's pants after Thanksgiving dinner. A $5 donation, if possible, would make a difference. We have strength in numbers.  The community is banding together behind Congressman Posey, putting the children (many of whom are now young and/or full fledged adults) FIRST. Thank you.

Please help Congressman Bill Posey continue to help us.


 
Many of you will spend $50 for a bottle of supplements without batting an eye. It is long past time for the autism community to support the elected officials who support us at great political risk to themselves.  Representative Bill Posey is a firm and courageous friend of the autism community.

Please help him continue to help us.

From our friends at Generation Rescue:

Many of us know that Congressman Bill Posey has been an outspoken supporter in Washington for our children with autism. Because we desperately need people with integrity and honestly like Bill Posey in Congress. There will be two pieces to the event.
    
The online donation goal from the community is $15,000. We are hoping that everyone who can afford to will consider giving at least $25 to help raise this amount through social media and email lists to all our fellow autism parents, grandparents and supporters. Please send this link far and wide:

https://secure.donationreport.com/donate.html?key=F6U0PAVWIA85  

The second piece is a reception honoring Congressman Posey. The event is being held on August 13th in Melbourne, FL at The Palm Cafe located in The Kiwi Tennis Club. A host reception will start at 5:30pm and the general reception begins 7:30pm. The host committee is being formed and is a minimum $1,000 individual donation. Individual contribution is $150 for attendance.

So far the following individuals have joined the host committee for this event:

Jennifer Larson of the Canary Party and Health Choice
Sallie Bernard of Safeminds and Autism Speaks
JB Handley of Generation Rescue
Tony Lyons of Shy Horse Publishing
Barry Segal of Focus Autism
Mark Blaxill of the Canary Party and Health Choice
Dr. Gary Kompothecras
Teri Costigan

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Meet Top Autism Treatment Docs At the Autism Education Summit In Dallas

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We're blessed in the autism biomedical community to have a range of choices in conferences. Old friends gather in the Windy City each Spring, on the sunny West Coast of Florida each November and now, in Dallas, Texas beginning this October with the inaugural Autism Education Summit.  You'll see plenty of familiar faces and meet new friends and providers dedicated to helping every person on the spectrum achieve the best health and functioning.

Here's the schedule.  Here is the current list of speakers including AofA's Mark Blaxill (stay tuned for more.)

Register with a friend or partner to save. (See registration rates below) Better yet - take advantage of the special group rate savings for TEN attendees who register together. This rate is for any group of ten and includes special bonus recognition at the conference. What a great way to acknowledge a local organization, school program, town support group or even a local treatment center in your area! Email info@autismeducationsummit for more info about creating your own group.

Join the Age of Autism team at The beautiful Fairmount hotel in the heart of downtown Dallas - meet old friends, make new friends - share your experience and take home medical expertise for your loved one on the spectrum.

Registration includes:

Access To All Summit Lectures

Complimentary Coffee and Tea Throughout the Event

Gift Bag with Products, Conference Program Guide and Vendor Coupons

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Sharyl Attkisson: Et tu, Washington Post? The Copycat Syndrome.

SharylWe invite you to bookmark Sharyl Attkisson's website for a serious look at the state of journalism today. The following excerpt is especially relevant to our readers. As always, thank you to Ms. Attkisson for her diligence.

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Today, there are plenty of outstanding journalists at the networks, national newspapers and Web sites, and other traditional outlets. But there are lots of problems, too. One disturbing trend lies in some reporters’ tendency to parrot rumors and copycat what others say or blog, rather than doing the job we’re supposed to do: original research.

It’s tempting.

There’s so much information out there on the Web, quasi-news sites, opinion blogs, Twitter and Facebook. News deadlines are short and it’s quick and easy to repeat what’s already been said or heard, and abandon the traditional job of seeking firsthand confirmation or original truth, when one exists. But there are other reasons reporters repeat what they read or hear from others, unchecked: they personally agree with the viewpoints. In other words, they may seek out opinions that fit their preconceived narrative or personal beliefs, and then use that to bolster their own thesis in their own reporting.

Unfortunately, this tendency plays into the hands of paid forces, propagandists, special interests and others who wish to manipulate public opinion. All they need do is create a bit of “buzz” about, or manufacture a controversy on, a given topic and it’s sure to be picked up and repeated by dutiful surrogates and, eventually, bleed over into their unwitting partners in the news media.

More discussion of these tactics coming up in my book, “Stonewalled”

Reporters should be better than that. We should be able to scratch beyond the superficial, and recognize and reject propaganda.

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I Have Decided To Vaccinate My Child Because…

WhyNote: We are cross posting this article with HealthChoice.org. We encourage you to bookmark the site and subscribe to the newsletter.

By Laura Hayes

It’s that time of year again… parents are scrambling to make doctor appointments for their children so they can comply with daycare, preschool, elementary school, junior high, high school, and yes, now even college, vaccine requirements.

Time to stop and ask yourself, if you are one of these parents, why you are choosing to comply with these vaccine mandates.

Read through these possible reasons one by one, and check all that apply:

1. Because I want to believe that vaccines were responsible for eradicating the infectious diseases against which we vaccinate, even though data going back more than 150 years definitively show that vaccines were not responsible for the major drop in mortality from infectious diseases, or for the complete disappearance of horrible diseases for which there never was a vaccine (so how did those diseases go away, I’m wondering?), or for the increase in life expectancy. In actuality, mortality rates often increased after the initiation of mass vaccination programs. I want to believe it was the vaccines that were responsible, so I can have a false sense of security that my child will be protected from infectious diseases (at least the ones I’ve been taught to fear, i.e. the ones for which there is now a vaccine).

2. Because I want to believe that my doctor would not tell me vaccines are safe and effective if they weren’t. I want to believe that my doctor is a vaccine expert. I don’t want to know that my doctor received about two hours of vaccine information during four years of medical school, and that two hours was spent teaching how and where to inject up to 11 vaccines contained in seven syringes into a tiny infant, all at the same time (tricky to do, as there are only so many limbs on a human). I don’t want to know that my doctor receives his vaccine safety and efficacy information from the pharmaceutical reps (and oh, those reps are so good-looking!) who love to take him out to lunch and give him nice gifts, and whose companies rake in billions of dollars from vaccine sales each and every year. I must admit I was shocked when my pediatrician told me he knew that vaccines were safe because the pharmaceutical reps told him they were.

3. Because I want to believe that definitive studies have been done showing that vaccines are safe. I don’t want to learn that vaccine “safety studies” are done by the makers of the vaccines, i.e. the ones who profit to the tune of billions of dollars from vaccine sales. I don’t want to learn that vaccines are not tested against placebos, but rather are tested against other vaccines, or combinations of vaccines, or adjuvants, which cause reactions in and of themselves. If I thought about this too hard, I would see that saying one vaccine is no more dangerous than another, or than a combination of vaccines, or than a dangerous adjuvant, doesn’t mean it’s safe at all. That would be like saying heroin is safe because it’s no more dangerous than crack. Seriously, who has been allowing such studies? (Hint: the FDA, CDC, and HHS, for starters.)

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The Age of "Ebolio?"

Polio triumph All news outlets are abuzz with the news of the Ebola virus. Fall is flu shot season, back to school vaccine time, a pharma scheduled opportunity to put disease talk at every American dinner table.  Below is the seven part series Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill wrote on Polio - which continues to evoke panic and a larger than life (or death) response among many.  As Dan wrote in his "perch" on AofA, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking? CDC/NIH leave smallpox vials laying around, expose workers to anthrax, freak out about the flu in China, then import Ebola via Americans who tragically came down with it. Something wrong with this picture. -0-..."

Managing Editor's Note: Below is the 7 part series in full for you to share, FB, Tweet. Thank you.)

By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

1. The Wrong Narrative.

Polio is the iconic epidemic, its conquest one of medicine’s heroic dramas. The narrative is by now familiar: Random, inexplicable outbreaks paralyzed and killed thousands of infants and children and struck raw terror into 20th century parents, triggering a worldwide race to identify the virus and develop a vaccine. Success ushered in the triumphant era of mass vaccination. Now polio’s last hideouts amid the poorest of the poor in Asia and Africa are under relentless siege by, among others, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Eradication is just a matter of time, and many more illnesses will soon meet the same fate.

But based on our research over the past two years, we believe this narrative is wrong – and wrong for reasons that go beyond mere historical interest. The misunderstanding of polio has warped the public health response to modern illnesses in ways that actually make them harder to prevent, control, and treat.

The reality, we believe, is that the virus itself was just half the epidemic equation -- necessary but not sufficient to create The Age of Polio. Outbreaks were not caused solely by poliovirus – the microbe was an ancient and heretofore harmless intestinal bug -- but by its interaction with a new toxin, most often innovative pesticides used to treat fruits and vegetables.

This alternative narrative makes better sense of the natural history of polio, and it resolves a number of anomalies that remain to this day. It suggests why poliomyelitis outbreaks emerged, evolved, and exploded the way they did; it probably solves, for the first time, the enduring riddle of why Franklin D. Roosevelt was afflicted 90 years ago this summer on Campobello Island; and it may mean today’s billion-dollar-a-year eradication effort is misguided, if not downright quixotic.

These are large claims. Let us explain.

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Polio was a strange illness, never fully understood even by those who devoted their lives to studying and subduing it. It was a summer plague, coming on in late spring and all but vanishing in the fall. Many thought contagion had something to do with water, and Americans kept their children away from swimming pools in droves.

There is a profound distinction between poliovirus – an enterovirus, one that enters through the mouth and takes up residence in the GI tract and bloodstream – and poliomyelitis, the paralytic form of the illness. In the vast majority of cases, the virus causes either a minor illness or an inapparent infection.

But in 1 or 2 in 100 cases, the virus somehow gets past multiple defenses and into the nervous system, where it finds its way to the anterior horn cells at the top front of the spinal column. There, it preferentially attacks the gray-colored motor neurons (polio means gray in Greek) and causes inflammation of the protective myelin sheath (myelitis). This interferes with nerve signals to the muscles and can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis of the limbs and the respiratory system. A small number of people who contract poliomyelitis -- on the order of 1 percent -- die.

The first recorded U.S. outbreak was in 1841 in West Feliciana, Louisiana (10 cases, no deaths). There was a half-century gap until the next cluster, in 1893 in Boston (26 cases, no deaths). Then, in 1894, came what is widely regarded as the first major epidemic, in Rutland and Proctor, Vermont (132 cases, 18 deaths). Thirty more outbreaks – from such seemingly disparate locations as Oceana County, Michigan, and California’s Napa Valley -- were reported in the United States through 1909. The worst by far was New York in 1907, with 2,500 cases and a five percent mortality rate, a harbinger of the 1916 epidemic in the Northeast that killed 2,000 in New York City alone.[i]

What is most remarkable about this list is that so few outbreaks of paralytic polio were recorded anywhere in the world before the latter 19th century. Poliomyelitis is considered an ancient scourge, but the evidence supporting that belief is quite threadbare. An oft-cited Egyptian drawing depicts a priest with a withered leg that could have stemmed from paralytic polio, but for most of recorded history there were few observations of the sudden-onset fever and paralysis in infants that characterizes the disease. The earliest well-documented case of infantile paralysis in an individual is widely considered to be Sir Walter Scott, afflicted as an infant in 1773.[ii]

There is little question that the poliovirus was endemic in humans for millennia; there may even have been isolated cases of poliomyelitis for much of that period. Yet the poliovirus did not trigger widespread outbreaks of poliomyelitis. Setting aside for now the 1841 Louisiana outbreak, reported retrospectively, something seems to have happened around 1890 to launch The Age of Polio in the United States. And something else must have changed around the end of World War II to create the large modern epidemics seared into the minds of older Americans, thousands of whom are poliomyelitis survivors and almost all of whom know someone who was afflicted.

While we have not written about polio, we have seen this pattern before. In our book, The Age of Autism – Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-made Epidemic, we argued that something happened in the 1930s to launch The Age of Autism.[iii] We proposed it was the commercialization of ethyl mercury compounds for use in pesticides – seed disinfectants and lumber preservatives – and in vaccinations; we offered evidence of those inventions in the family backgrounds of the first autism cases identified in the medical literature, in 1943. Similarly, we proposed that the sharp rise in autism cases beginning around 1990 tracks with the federal government recommending several more mercury-containing shots.

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People as Pendulums: Deinstitutionalization and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Home Safe Home Logo_mediumWe are reprinting this article by Tamie Hopp with permission. To view the original, please visit NPQ, The Non-profit Quarterly.  If you have a child with autism or another disability, we suggest you join VOR (Vee-Oh-Are) an AofA sponsor and one of the only advocacy groups fighting for INDIVIDUALIZED housing and adult care.  There are self-advocates and others who know nothing about the needs of our loved ones with autism who are seeking to deny choice. Learn more at the VOR site.

By Tamie Hopp

VOR Director of Government Relations & Advocacy

In 1965, then-Senator Robert Kennedy toured the Willowbrook institution in New York State and offered this grim description of the individuals residing in the overcrowded facility: "[They are] living in filth and dirt, their clothing in rags, in rooms less comfortable and cheerful than the cages in which we put animals in a zoo." 

The atrocities of Willowbrook ushered in a generation of advocates, nonprofit organizations, providers, and professionals who successfully pushed for massive reform, beginning in 1971 with the development of Medicaid Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Retardation (ICFs/MR) [later renamed as ICFs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID)].

Families and advocates alike applauded this infusion of federal funding, licensing and oversight for a program specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Still, as the ICF/IID program grew, so did calls for housing alternatives. Critics emerged, claiming that the ICF/IID federal standards of care promoted a non-individualized, inefficient model of care, and, due to federal financing incentives, discouraged states from developing alternate service options.  In 1981 Congress responded by providing for small (4-15 person) ICFs/IID and a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver, to allow states to “waive” certain ICF/IID requirements.

These early reforms were quite properly motivated by the need for a system of care and supports that responded to the very individualized and diverse needs of the entire population of people with I/DD.  These reforms, however, also set the stage for decades of ongoing deinstitutionalization, resulting in the elimination of specialized housing, employment and education options for people with I/DD, leaving some to question the price of “progress.” 

The Pendulum Swings

Even though initial reforms were motivated by a lack of service options (an over-reliance on the ICF/IID program), it was not long before efforts to “rebalance” our system of care shifted from the expansion of options to the dramatic reduction of ICFs/IID and other specialized options.

In 1999, the Supreme Court handed down its landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision which should have settled the deinstitutionalization debate. The Court expressly cautioned against forced deinstitutionalization, the “termination of institutional settings for persons unable to handle or benefit from community settings,”   finding instead that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) only requires community placement when an individual’s treatment professionals determine community placement is appropriate, such placement is not opposed by the individual, and the placement can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the State and the needs of others with disabilities.  

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Book Debut Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

RFK Thimerosal BookBook debut day is always exhilarating - even for a seasoned, best selling author like Robert Kennedy, Jr.. Please join us in wishing him well as he educates readers on the dangers of neurotoxic mercury. In an environment (pardon the pun) where so few advocates are willing to step and and speak out on behalf of vaccine safety, we commend and thank both Kennedy and his publisher, Skyhorse. There is not a bigger name in American environmental causes doing anything like this.

After you read the book, we invite you to leave a review at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and GoodReads

Unfortunately, many people will negatively review the book never having cracked the spine - never having the read more than the book's cover art on the computer...    Write the review that suits your reaction to the book. Copy it, and leave it at every book site you can find.  

Generation Rescue Supports Congressmen Bill Posey's Autism Diligence

GR faceFrom our friends at Generation Rescue: Bill Posey

Dear Generation Rescue Community,

Many of us know that Congressman Posey has been an outspoken supporter in Washington for our children with autism. Because we desperately need people with integrity and honestly like Bill Posey in Congress, Jennifer Larson, Chief Executive Officer of Vibrant Technologies Inc., has offered to co-host a fundraiser for him. 

There will be two pieces to the event. 

The online donation goal from the community is $15,000. We are hoping that everyone who can afford to will consider giving at least $25 to help raise this amount through social media and email lists to all our fellow autism parents, grandparents and supporters. Please send this link far and wide:

https://secure.donationreport.com/donate.html?key=F6U0PAVWIA85  

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