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MMR Vaccination and Autism Revisited in 2016

Vax newsExcerpted from Vaccination News. Read the full post and bookmark the site here.

By F Edward Yazbak MD

Many parents have suspected that their previously normal children regressed and were later diagnosed with autism following Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) a joint effort of HHS, the Department of Justice and the US Court of Federal Claims (CFC) has been operational since October 1988 in order to compensate vaccine injured individuals.

The first MMR related autism case was filed with VICP in 2001.

When the number of cases exploded in a short time, the Chief Special Master of the Vaccine Court created the Omnibus Autism Proceeding to adjudicate the expected flood of cases (5,600 by January 2011.)   http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/Supplement_1/S74

A PubMed search revealed the listing of multiple publications on MMR vaccination and autism after 1998. Those reports, many by European authors, were mostly published in British medical journals.

Experts from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have always denied any causal relationship between the triple live virus vaccine and autistic regression, fearing that any mention of such relationship might lead to lower vaccination rates and the return of measles to the United States, after it had been eradicated.  

F. DeStefano MD, MPH authored or co-authored most of the CDC publications on the subject. In 2001, the year the first MMR –Autism case was filed with VICP, Dr. DeStefano and R T Chen MD published "Autism and measles-mumps-rubella vaccination: controversy laid to rest?”, casually stating that “the weight of the available epidemiological and related evidence does not support a causal association between MMR vaccine, or any other vaccine or vaccine constituent, and autism.”

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Spot the Astroturf

AstroturfBy The Canary Party

CDC pays for astroturf support for the vaccine program. We have long suspected it, and occasionally we get to see behind the curtain. Such was the case last month when Megan Media posted a call for "mommy bloggers" to run paid stories supporting the vaccine program beginning April 11th.

The link has since been removed, but we took a screen shot to preserve the job posting.

We sent the following email to Megan Media for further comment, but no response has been forthcoming as of yet:

Megan Media,

Your campaign to promote the CDC's vaccine program by paying "mommy bloggers" for stories was made public last two weeks ago.

I am looking for some details on the campaign.

First, is this campaign sponsored by CDC, HHS, or any vaccine maker, patent holder, or associated org?

Who is the client on this vaccine promotion campain?

Why was the choice made to launch this during Autism Awareness Month?

Are the "mommy bloggers" required to disclose that they have been paid for their stories?

We will be publishing on this on the morning of April 11th, so apologies for sending the request after business hours on Friday, but I hope you can respond before then.

If not, I can always update the story if you are able to respond on Monday.

Thank you,
Ginger Taylor
Mother of a vaccine injured child
CanaryParty.org

We encourage our readers to save the image, and post it in the comments section of any blog posts supporting the vaccine program for the next month, with the question:

"Have you been paid by Megan Media, the CDC, or any other parties for your vaccine stories?"

MeganMedia.fw


Did the CDC Censor VaXxed? Report 2

Vaxxed ErrorBy Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde

Has the CDC censored VaXxed at another film festival? The Houston Worldfest Film Festival has announced that they too have been forced to remove VaXxed from their festival’s line up.

To answer this question, we must review what we reported earlier this week.

On Tuesday, we asked if the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention – an agency of the United States Government – directed the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a not-for-profit organization to activate a panel of scientists, known as the Listserv, to pressure Robert De Niro and the Tribeca Film Festival to remove VaXxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe from the film festival’s 2016 line up.

We asked if the CDC sought to have VaXxed censored because the film detailed research fraud within the CDC Vaccine Safety Division on the 2004 MMR study published in Pediatrics. This study by Frank DeStefano, Tanya Karapurkar Bhasin, William W. Thompson, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp and Coleen Boyle is the vital research that the government claims shows no link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

On 3/25/16, Robert De Niro indicated that he and the Tribeca Film Festival team decided to pull VaXxed because of pressure from the scientific community.

“My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family. But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.”

Statements made by Alison Singer in a 3/29/16 article in the Guardian are absolutely clear that the IAC supplied the pressure De Niro was feeling:

“Four or five years ago we weren’t as well organized and people didn’t realize the importance of responding quickly and strongly,” said Alison Singer, the president of the Autism Science Foundation and a member of the IAC listserv.

“Today, we know that we have to respond to every incident however large or small, because if you leave any of these discredited theories unchallenged, it allows people to think that there’s something still to be discussed,” she said.

At the center of the network was a listserv group of more than 100 prominent individuals and science research bodies run out of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) based in St Paul, Minnesota. According to the Guardian article, the “listserv acts as an early warning system that sounds the alarm whenever the potent conspiracy theory that autism can be caused by vaccination surfaces.”

The Guardian states “Through the listserv, conference calls were quickly organized among top scientists across the country to discuss how to respond to the news that what was seen as a scurrilous and misleading film was to be given a high-profile airing. Leading figures in the documentary world were also enlisted to add their objections to the showing of Vaxxed, the film directed by the disgraced former British doctor Andrew Wakefield.”

While Wakefield directed it, VaXxed is not about the retraction of his 1998 Lancet article. VaXxed is about the disclosures of CDC scientist Dr. William Thompson – one of the co-authors of the 2004 Pediatrics MMR article - alleging that the agency manipulated and destroyed data which showed that the MMR vaccine is linked to autism in African-American male children and another subset of children that the authors described as Isolated Autism (autism without other co-morbid conditions).

While Wakefield’s controversial 1998 Lancet paper on gastrointestinal illness in several children with autism was a factor in the CDC decision to study the MMR vaccine, the pressing issue for the CDC was not the Wakefield controversy.

The pressing issue was that their boss was being sued.

The Secretary of Health and Human Services was facing billions of dollars in compensation claims from families filing thousands of petitions in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP) alleging MMR vaccine induced autism.

The 2004 research that Thompson says was fraudulent was critical to the families with claims in the OAP. VaXxed makes the point that the CDC’s fraud amounted to obstruction of justice of federal judicial proceedings.

William Thompson issued this statement through his attorney Rick Morgan on 8/27/14 about the 2004 MMR study:. Morgan-Verkamp is a well-regarded legal firm specializing in Whistleblower litigation.

“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 which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

Omitting statistically significant information and altering the design of the study to bury the elevated risk of autism for African-American boys and those with “isolated autism” due to the MMR vaccine is research fraud.

VaXxed details information Thompson gave to Dr. Brian Hooker, a scientist and father of a child with autism. VaXxed is constructed around excerpts of legally taped conversations between the two men where other serious allegations of misconduct within the CDC are disclosed.

In our first report we noted that Alison Singer, the Director of the Autism Science Foundation (ASF) and the apparent spokesperson for the IAC Listserv, is the mother of a child with autism and not a scientist. She held a leadership position at Autism Speaks before starting the ASF.

Dr. Paul Offit, who often acts a spokesman for vaccines, is on the ASF board. In other words, Offit is Singer’s boss.

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VAXXED: A Review by Jim West

Vaxxed_documentary.jpg.CROP.original-originalAngelika Theater, NYC
Film Review: Vaxxed
 
This is an amazing, pro film, great technical, political, and aesthetic skills. A confidence builder for critics. It presents the clearly documented message of CDC corruption and militant arrogance. It describes pharmaceutical industry power. The film keeps its cool and does not go over the top.
 
The famous scientist Andrew Wakefield, director Del Bigtree, and film distributor Richard Castro were there. Also present, and very eloquent, was the biologist, Brian Hooker, whom the CDC put a lawyer on years ago to make it illegal for him to contact the CDC for data.
 
After the film, in the theater lobby, I talked to most of them in fair depth and handed out my card. Wakefield got my message and seemed upbeat about it, as my ultrasound scenario completely supports the vaccine message. It was a challenge getting through the groupies who were clustering up for Wakefield photos.
 
The film has been lambasted by the drug tabloid, The NY Times, claiming it was a Wakefield film (he has already been demonized by the mainstream), but the film topic is actually about the CDC whistleblower, William Thompson. (Here is my breakdown of The NY Times board of directors: )
 
I conversed with a guy who drove from Ohio to see the film. He had been listening to his wife for 20 years talking about vaccines, and he had been like, "yea, yea...". His wife said, "You are going to see this film!" He is now a complete convert to the vax-critical position.

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Did the CDC Censor Vaxxed?

VAXXED-movie-angelika-film-center-640Decide for yourself - visit the VAXXED site to learn more about the movie and to purchase tickets.

By Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde

Did the Centers For Disease Control – an agency of the United States Government – direct the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a not-for-profit organization to activate a panel of scientists, known as the Listserv, to pressure Robert Di Niro and the Tribeca Film Festival to remove VaXxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe from the film festival’s 2016 line up?

Did the CDC seek to have VaXxed censored because the film details research fraud within the CDC Vaccine Safety Division to alter results of the foundational research used by the government to deny the link between the MMR Vaccine and autism?

On 3/25/16, Robert Di Niro indicated that he and the Tribeca Film Festival team decided to pull VaXxed because of pressure from the scientific community.

“My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family. But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.”

Statements made by Alison Singer in a 3/29/16 article in the Guardian are absolutely clear that the IAC supplied the pressure Di Niro was feeling:

“Four or five years ago we weren’t as well organized and people didn’t realize the importance of responding quickly and strongly,” said Alison Singer, the president of the Autism Science Foundation and a member of the IAC listserv.

“Today, we know that we have to respond to every incident however large or small, because if you leave any of these discredited theories unchallenged, it allows people to think that there’s something still to be discussed,” she said.

At the center of the network was a listserv group email list of more than 100 prominent individuals and science research bodies run out of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) based in St Paul, Minnesota. According to the Guardian article, the “listserv acts as an early warning system that sounds the alarm whenever the potent conspiracy theory that autism can be caused by vaccination surfaces.”

The Guardian states “Through the listserv, conference calls were quickly organized among top scientists across the country to discuss how to respond to the news that what was seen as a scurrilous and misleading film was to be given a high-profile airing. Leading figures in the documentary world were also enlisted to add their objections to the showing of Vaxxed, the film directed by the disgraced former British doctor Andrew Wakefield.”

Having viewed VaXxed, the film is not about Andrew Wakefield or the retraction of his 1998 Lancet article describing a bowel syndrome in children with autism. While Wakefield directed it, VaXxed is about the disclosures of CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson, alleging that the agency manipulated and destroyed data in the seminal research cited by the US government as proof that the MMR vaccine is not linked to autism. While Wakefield’s controversy was likely a factor in the CDC decision to study the MMR vaccine, a bigger factor was the filing of thousands of petitions in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) alleging MMR vaccine induced autism. In what would eventually become known as the Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP), the Secretary of Health and Human Services was facing billions of dollars in compensation claims.

The 2004 research that Thompson says was fraudulent, might have been critical to the families with claims in the OAP. VaXxed makes the point that the CDC’s fraud amounted to obstruction of justice.

William Thompson’s 8/27/14 statement on his concerns about his employer’s conduct in the 2004 MMR study is on the website of the attorneys he retained - Morgan-Verkamp (). Morgan-Verkamp is a well-regarded legal firm specializing in Whistleblower litigation.

“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 which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

Omitting statistically significant information and altering the design of the study to bury the elevated risk of African-American boys developing autism due to the MMR vaccine is research fraud.

VaXxed details information Thompson gave to Dr. Brian Hooker, a scientist and father of a child with autism. The film also features legally taped conversations between the two men where other serious allegations of misconduct within the CDC are disclosed.

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Fighting with Your Hands Tied: How Low Can the Mainstream Media Sink in the Vaccine Debate?

MudBy John Stone

For a year or two now I have more or less given up trying to comment on mainstream blogs - what with the harassment and the censorship I felt I ought to devote more of my time to other projects. But I have been back in the past few days given the disgraceful debacle over "Vaxxed". Below is an example of unacceptable comment to the UK's Guardian newspaper in 2016, made after several comments disappeared.

One of the notable features of the three year long hearing against Wakefield and colleagues was that at no point did any of the mainstream media report any of the defence - no one unless they were prepared to search wider on the internet would have any idea of what it was. It goes on. Below I put up a link to my own blog and it was deleted as infringing community rules, but there is no possible way it did that. We are having a discussion where all the counter argument is being deftly removed. If an international terrorist was on trial they would stand a much better chance of having their defence reported by the mainstream media than someone voicing mild concern about the safety of the vaccine program. The problem is that with these voices of concern systematically removed the program is destined to become ever more harmful because basic checks and balances have been eliminated.

This is something which apparently falls outside reasonable comment now.

John Stone is UK Editor for Age of Autism.


“You Know Nothing About Autism, John Snow”

WeilerWe  excerpted this post by James Lyons Weiler.

By James Lyons Weiler, PhD

IN THE TELEVISION PRE-HISTORY FICTIONAL MINISERIES ‘GAME OF THRONES’, a female character named Ygritte is fond of telling her lover, a Night Watchman, who lives caught between two warring cultures, the expression “You know nothing, Jon Snow”.  She tells him this to remind him that he has no idea why the Wildings, a tribe of undead people, are attacking their peoples, and, as hint to the fact that in spite of their different origins as people, she loves him.

There is another Snow of merit who lived between cultures – a culture of science and a culture of stoic and unforgiving ignorance. This John Snow has an important lesson for our time.

In 1854’s, London Physician John Snow was confronted with a severe outbreak of cholera.  The prevailing view of the cause of the cholera at the time was the ‘miasma’ theory, in which ‘bad air’, or something called ‘vibrones’ which the medical community postulated caused the spread of the illness.

London’s Soho District at the time was typical of London neighborhoods in the 1850’s.  Most homes had cess pits under their homes for human waste, and if the waste production exceeded the soil’s capacity, it would he hauled away, for a fee, and dumped into the river Thames.

The good Dr. Snow, pictured to the right, was not satisfied by the miasma theory. As the cholera outbreak worsened, he began mapping cases and eventually recognized that most John_Snowcases were clustered near a water pump on Broad Street. His careful observations led him to conclude that whatever ‘cholera poison’, as he referred to it, was behind the outbreak, it was somehow connected to the water pump. This was before germ theory was established and pathogens such as bacteria and viruses were unknown to medicine.

A religious colleague, The Reverend Henry Whitehead, from St. Luke’s Church, was a believer of the miasma theory. As any good man of the church would so, he attempted to disprove theories, and when he turned his attention to Dr. Snow’s theory of that cholera was a water-born illness, somehow connected to human waste, he was turned away from the nondescript miasma theory by the evidence accumulated by Snow in his maps. He even accompanied Dr. Snow on a hunt for the connection between human waste and the water pump, and together they discovered a home that had a cess pit that drained to a old cess pit only a few feet away from the well at the Broad Street Pump. The homeowners routinely dumped diapers (nappies) into the cess pit under their home.

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Tossed from Tribeca But VAXXED is Back: Buy Tickets Today

Vaxxed
NOTE: "Banned in Boston!" was a popular phrase about censorship of movies and books in Puritanical Boston into the 20th Century.  Looks like Nixed in New York is the new version.  Fortunately, we have a solution. See below.   Congratulations to the VAXXED team.

Exclusive One Week Engagement
Friday, April 1st, 2016
Angelika Film Center
18 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10012
(212) 995-2570
Show times: Friday (4/1) thru Thursday (4/7): 11:00a, 1:15p, 3:30p, 5:45p, 8:00p, 10:30p

Online Ticket Purchases: http://www.fandango.com/angelikafilmcenter_aaeci/theaterpage

In addition, a special group ticket price is available for $8/ticket for groups of 25 or more, however tickets must be purchased in person at the box office.

There will be Q&As following the 8:00pm shows on Friday (4/1) and Saturday (4/2)

From the VAXXED websiteTo our dismay, we learned on March 26 about the Tribeca Film Festival's decision to reverse the official selection of Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.

It is important to note that this is not an anti-vaccine movie as it is has been commonly portrayed in the media. Robert De Niro's original defense of the film happened Friday after a one-hour conversation between De Niro and and Bill Posey, the congressman who has interacted directly and at length with the CDC Whistleblower (Dr. William Thompson) and whose team has scrutinized the documents that strongly indicate fraud at the CDC. That is what this film is about.

It is our understanding that persons from an organization affiliated with the festival have made unspecified allegations against the film - claims that we were given no opportunity to challenge or redress. We were denied due process.

We have just witnessed yet another example of the power of corporate interests censoring free speech, art, and truth. Tribeca's action will not succeed in denying the world access to the truth behind the film Vaxxed.

We are grateful to the many thousands of people who have already mobilized including doctors, scientists, educators and the autistic community.

We will be pressing forward and sharing our plans in the very near future.

Onward!

- Andrew Wakefield (Director) and Del Bigtree (Producer)


A Few Good Men? How About One?

A Few good MenReprinted from the First Freedoms Facebook page.  LIKE the page here.

By Kevin Barry.

Adapting Colonel Jessup's courtroom speech from A Few Good Men to the autism and vaccine safety research cover up.

For the "Greater Good", CDC and their apologists apparently believe that with the autism rate at 1 in 45, vaccines saved 44 out of 45 kids from certain death from infectious disease. We want them on that wall, we need them on that wall -- and the public can't handle the truth. This is the myth.

Of course they are wrong, but the myth allows them to sleep at night.

CDC/Pharma: You want answers?

Parents/Pediatricians: I think I'm entitled to.

CDC/Pharma: *You want answers?*

Parents/Pediatricians: *I want the truth!*

CDC: *You can't handle the truth!*
[pauses]

CDC: Son, we live in a world that has infectious diseases, and those infectious disease have to be guarded by men with vaccines. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for The Vaccine Injured, and you curse CDC. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That The Vaccine Injured's death (or injury), while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall (vaccinating against infectious disease), you need me on that wall (vaccinating against infectious disease). We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom ( from infectious disease) that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a syringe, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

Parents/Pediatricians: “Did you rig the vaccine safety studies to get the preordained results you wanted for the Greater Good?”

CDC: I did the job I...

Parents/Pediatricians: *Did you rig the vaccine safety studies to get the preordained results you wanted for the Greater Good?*

CDC: You're Goddamn right we did!

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An Open Letter to Bob De Niro!

Open LetterBy Louis Conte

Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening VAXXED. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.”

Robert De Niro, March 25, 2016

“My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family. But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.

The Festival doesn't seek to avoid or shy away from controversy. However, we have concerns with certain things in this film that we feel prevent us from presenting it in the Festival program. We have decided to remove it from our schedule.”

Robert De Niro, March 26, 2016

Dear Mr. De Niro:

It occurred to me that I should write you a note about your decision to not screen Andrew Wakefield’s documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24th.

The media feeding frenzy you endured was typical for anyone with a certain degree of fame who ventures into questioning – or in your case – providing a venue for discussion of vaccine safety. What you experienced in the two days leading up to your decision to accept the censorship of Vaxxed is something that we in the autism community have seen and experienced for years.

Censorship and suppression of our rights to speak out about what happened to our children has been going on for a while now.

As the father of two sons with autism, I want you to know that I’ve never accepted it because I want my sons, who struggle with language, to know that you have to speak out even when finding the words isn’t easy.

Even when the words bring you criticism.

That those who oppose our views exerted enormous pressure on you and the Tribeca Film Festival team to pull Vaxxed from your line up is not shocking. That you brought in “others from the scientific community” to help you accept censorship is profoundly disturbing.

Frankly, many (but certainly not all) of the scientific community, particularly scientists with ties to the pharmaceutical industry or the Centers For Disease Control, have turned their backs on people with autism. These scientists will get up and leave the room if you talk about vaccine injuries.

Since when do we ask the scientific community about whether a film should be screened? Who were these scientists? Shouldn’t we all know which scientists were on the Tribeca Censorship Panel?

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Vaxxed Axed from Tribeca Film Festival Under Enormous Pressure to Censor


Vaxxed
PATRICIA FINN, ESQ.,

NATIONAL VACCINE RIGHTS & INJURY ATTORNEY
 
This weekend the film Vaxxed “from Cover up to Catastrophe” was pulled from Tribeca Film festival by the festival organizers after being pressured to not show the movie because of its controversial content.  New York City's Health Commissioner Jane Zucker issued a statement in support of the film’s censorship stressing in her public announcement on Sunday that vaccines do not cause autism.  On behalf of the citizens of the City of New York represented by this firm and who disagree with Dr. Zucker, the undersigned respectfully requests the Health Commissioner provide the residents of this state with any credible studies, any evidence at all, showing autism cannot be vaccine induced.  Simply attacking the research of Andy Wakefield, and notably without more, is not a sufficient basis for the City's top health official to claim vaccines do not cause autism. 

Vaxxed supporters plan to premier the movie in New York City on April 24, 2016 as planned regardless of the censorship, and would like to put forth any evidence provided by Dr. Zucker to support the statement that vaccines are safe and do not cause autism, other than the same old establishment lame attack on Dr. Wakefield’s research findings and now his new movie.
 
 
Why is the Film Vaxed So Important and A Must See
 
In 2000, a group of doctors from Pharma and CDC got together at a conference in Simpsonwoods, a secluded retreat outside of Atlanta.  The conference was convened to discuss newly uncovered evidence showing a connection between vaccines and brain injury in children.  The transcripts of the Simpsonwoods conference shows comments being made by the CDC and Merck doctor-participants involving potential litigation that would result from their findings, and that it would be “problematic” for industry.  Those in attendance agreed before concluding the conference, not to tell the public about the evidence of vaccine induced brain injury they had uncovered at CDC and Merck, deciding to keep it to themselves and out of “less responsible hands.”
 
About the same time in 2000, the vaccine schedule for children in the United States was tripled, and also about the same time in 2000, the number of children with autism in the United States skyrocketed to 1 in 60 children.  Soon thereafter about 5000 parents filed petitions for compensation in the Vaccine Court, alleging vaccine induced autism and injuries in their children after they had been heavily vaccinated under the new schedule.  The facts of each of the 5000 cases were all highly similar.  The petitions alleged perfectly healthy children developed autism after being heavily vaccinated starting in about 2000, shortly after the CDC\Pharma doctor’s agreed to keep the evidence of harm they had uncovered a secret and out of “less responsible hands.”

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Robert DeNiro on Tribeca Film Festival VAXXED Controversy: "Grace and I have a child with autism..."

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UPDATE 3/226: Looks like somebody got talking to Mr. DeNiro. The movie has been pulled from the Festival. We call that raging bullshit.

Managing Editor's Note:  Yes, media censors "He's TALKIN' TO YOU!"

As if I didn't already love actor Robert DeNiro, founder of The Tribeca Film Festival.  Now my heart breaks for him, as I know that we have shared the tough road of raising a child with autism.  Take a look at this photo from a family vacation. Feel familiar? Everyone focused on a child clearly old enough to board a dinghy safely.  Autism.  Below is an article just posted on The SLANTED.com about the unreal controversy swirling around the movie VAXXED at The prestigious Tribeca Film Festival.  DeNiro's quote sums up proper American discourse perfectly: 

“Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening VAXXED. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.”

Thank you to Mr. DeNiro for helping us to have a voice.  KRS

By John Stewart in The SLANTED.com

When it was announced that “VAXXED” would be screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, it was met with some stern opposition.

The film was produced by Andrew Wakefield, who is one of the main opponents of mandatory vaccinations for children. The anti-vaccination movement picked up steam back in 1998 when Wakefield published findings that attributed the combination of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines to an increase in autism in young children.

Those findings were found later to be grossly incorrect, they were discredited and Wakefield was stripped of his medical license. Wakefield was found guilty of “abusing a position of trust as a medical practitioner,” and found guilty of “dishonesty” in his studies which ended his career as a medical doctor.

The film’s description states, “Digging into the long-debated link between autism and vaccines, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe features revealing and emotional interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, parents, and one whistleblower to understand what’s behind the skyrocketing increase of autism diagnoses today.”

Wakefield’s official bio connected with the film at TFF reads, “Andrew Wakefield, MB.BS., is an academic gastroenterologist who practiced medicine at the Royal Free in the U.K. publishing over 140 scientific papers.” The bio continues, “In 1995, he was contacted by parents of autistic children with stomach issues; he learned that these conditions often occurred immediately following an MMR vaccine. In pursuit of this possible link, Dr. Wakefield led an initial study of twelve children with both stomach and developmental issues. The report, published in The Lancet, would catapult Wakefield into becoming one of the most controversial figures in the history of medicine.”

So when “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” hit TFF this year, you can imagine the outrage from groups that have been fighting the consequences of Wakefield’s work for the last decade.

Now a week following the reveal that VAXXED would be screened at the festival, Robert De Niro has issued a statement. De Niro, as many readers probably already know, is a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Di Niro’s statement in full reads: (Read more at The SLANTED.)

 


Teaching Americans To Hate "Anti-Vaxxers"

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

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Dear Friends and VOR Members,

We urge you to act immediately.

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. 

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

Gratefully,

Hugo Dwyer

hdwyer@vor.net

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

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Does Malcolm Turnbull Support Censorship?

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

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

Stokes

Is the PM Censoring Debate?

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

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

Continue reading at:  NoCompulsoryVaccination.com


Levi Quackenboss: Use All The Western Medicine You Want

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March Together Support Your Preferred Organization on World Autism Day

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

POWER OF ONE WEBSITE

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

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

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

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


Autism Speaks Does Not Participate

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On The Passing of Nancy Reagan

Nancy and Ronald ReaganBy Dara Berger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The CDC Atlanta Autism Study That No One Noticed

CdclogoBy F. Edward Yazbak MD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Tom Insel Joins Autism Science Foundation Circling The Wagons

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

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

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

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

Head spinning yet?

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

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

When Vaccine Development is a Family Business: The Insel Brothers

By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

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

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

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

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

IACC's Tom Insel Must Go
By Dan Olmsted

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

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The United States of Sickness 2017 Budget

BudgetBy AofA Reader, Commenter, Contributor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instead of reality, we get this:

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

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

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Remember Poul Thorsen?

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

Autism Researcher Poul Thorsen Indicted

Round 2: CDCs Poul Thorsen Lying in Plain Sight

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

Poul Thorsen Called Industry “Scumbag” Scientist and Mercury Shill

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

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

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From 2014:

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

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

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

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Pharmocratization of America

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

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

Pharma donations 2016


Levi Quackenboss: Zika Virus Hysteria Got You Worked Up?

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

By Levi Quackenboss

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

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

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

Calm Your Tits

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

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

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

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

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

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By Bob Moffitt

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

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

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

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

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

Where to begin? 

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

Different Key Book Event UCLAAttention all Southern California parents: 

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

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

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

Register here!


Adult Autism Data Fabrication in the United Kingdom Part 2

RabbitsRead Part 1 here.

By John Stone Missing adults

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

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

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

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

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

The authors state:

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

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Skyhorse Publishing Book On Autism and Microbiome by Teri Arranga

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

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

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


A Taste of Their Own Medicine

Your_rightsBy Dara Berger

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

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

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Happy Autism Day!

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

Yes indeed.

6 more weeks.

6 more months.

6 more years.

6 more decades.

And how many more kids? 

See the shadow?  It's gigantic and dark.


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

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By Stefanie Duncan Fetzer

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

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

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

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

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HuffPo: Clinton on Autism Need for a Paradigm Shift

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

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

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

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

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Bill Welsh Presents Mycoplasma Vaccine/Autism Hypothesis to Scottish Parliament

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

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

By Bill Welsh.

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

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

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

They are mistaken.

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

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

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KVMR's Jeanie Keltner To Interview Laura Hayes

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

www.kvmr.org

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


Truth in Media: CDC, Vaccines and Autism

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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By Linda1

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

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

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

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

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Glenn Frey, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Autoimmune Disease

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By Wayne Rohde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HawikingBy Linda1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Norma Erickson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clinton tweet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abstract

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


Autism: The Abnormal New Normal

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

By Dara Berger

Our new normal:

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

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

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

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

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10 Reasons MDs Should Sign Vaccine Medical Exemptions

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

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By Laura Hayes

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

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

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

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

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Parent of Severely Autistic Adult Daughter On Clinton Autism Plan

Hillary_clinton_puzzleBy Teresa Conrick

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

Here is her Autism plan :

1—  screening and diagnosis

2—  treatment

3—   services

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

5—   steps to ensure they are treated with dignity

6—   partnerships to help them secure employment

7—   support for families and caregivers

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

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

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

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

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

or this on RESEARCH:

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

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

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

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Research on Autism Still Missing the Forest For The Trees

Blue forestBy  David Foster

January 5, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GATES HEADExcerpted from The Ecologist. Gmo no

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

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

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The 12 Days Of Vaccine Mandates

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

By Christina England

On the first day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Childred Dying Needlessly

On the second day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Two compulsory jabs

And children dying needlessly

On the third day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Three HPV’s,

Two compulsory jabs

And children dying needlessly

On the fourth day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Four DPT’s,

Three HPV’s,

Two compulsory jabs

And children dying needlessly

On the fifth day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Five MMR’s.

Four DPT’s,

Three HPV’s,

Two compulsory jabs,

And children dying needlessly

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

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

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

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

(c) Report To Congress.—

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

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