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Ask Senators to HOLD S2449 Autism CARES Bill for Improvement

Stop-collaborate-and-listenAction Alert: Stop the Bill – Call These Senators and ask for them to HOLD the bill

The BAD BILL has now passed in the HOUSE and in the Senate HELP committee!!

On Tuesday June 24, 2014, the House voted a passed H.R. 4631, renamed, "Autism CARES" The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act.

On Wednesday June 25, 2014, the Senate version of this same bill passed in the Senate HELP Committee.

Now we have just 48 hours to stop the bill from passing AS IS!!

Now it goes to the full Senate for unanimous consent vote. One Senator can place the bill on hold and allow us to fix the bill.

Today was unusual in that the Senate HELP committee took the bill out of committee for the vote in the morning and set up meetings that were closed to the public and during that time took a closed door vote.

THIS IS A BAD BILL AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP IT!!

If no Senator objects, this seriously flawed bill -- continuing the failed status quo of federal autism policy -- could be headed to the desk of the President within days. 

The Autism Policy Reform Coalition (APRC) stands by individuals disabled by autism, their families and communities, in stating that this is a bill that needs drastic improvements. APRC has been working to reform the Act with policy for environmental research; better coordination and accountability in government structures; better medical services for individuals with co-morbidities; help for wandering, neglect, abuse, and restraints; and better prevalence counting and epidemiology. Our policy is online at: www.autismpolicy.org/our-mission

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The Reailty of the Autism Epidemic: What Happens When Autistic Children Age Out of School?

FutureManaging Editor's Note: This post on the SafeMinds site is a glimpse of the future for so many of us.  The world is "aware" and "cares" and softly lit under blue lights while our kids age into an abyss of service, employment and housing choices regardless of the severity of their autism and Asperger's. Life will not be easy and we will have to work harder than ever.  And so we will.

By Heidi Roger

This time of year is very hard.

My friends and colleagues are all attending high school graduations, going to graduation parties, and talking about what colleges their kids got accepted to.

My son Andrew is not going to college.

Andrew is 19 years old but he does not have a driver's license, he has never had a girlfriend, he has not learned to shave himself. I have to help him wash his hair when he takes a shower.

Your friends talk about the milestones, rites of passage, and new opportunities for their kids. You nod and smile even though your stomach gets a knot in it, not because you aren't happy for your friends-you are-just because you had so many hopes and dreams for your own child too.

Jennifer and I talked on the phone every day. Her husband barbequed the best ribs in the state of New Jersey. Their daughter was born four months before Andrew and we were deliriously hopeful together. Jennifer had another child, Avery, a year after Andrew was born. Andrew was 27 months old when he was diagnosed with autism. I hit the ground running trying to help him, researching treatments, finding other parents to talk to , fighting-I mean advocating-for his education with our ill-informed school district.

When Andrew was five, we went to Jennifer's house for  a visit. Andrew walked around the room looking at colorful things that caught his eye. Avery was only four years old, he grabbed Andrew's Magna Doodle and made a beautiful drawing of a flower : "Look, Mommy, look what I drew!" Avery was being four -a typical four -that's all, but I couldn't breathe. My heart was broken in a thousand pieces.  Read the full post at Safeminds.

Bad Bill Rising: House, Senate Primed to Screw Autism Families Once Again

SettleBy Dan Olmsted

Sources tell us that both chambers of the United States Congress will pass similar versions of the newly named but basically unchanged Autism CARES act this week, confirming once again that the federal government couldn’t care less about the autism epidemic engulfing the nation.

The House was marking up the bill Tuesday. It was expected to pass through a suspension-of-the-rules vote as early as the end of the day. In the Senate, the HELP committee will take up the bill Wednesday, and it's expected to sail through the full chamber by unanimous consent. While there may be some ironing out of differences between the two chambers, a final bill is expected to move to the president’s desk with no further chance of intercepting it. (See end of story for appeal to HELP committee chair Tom Harkin [(202) 224 3254] asking him to delay vote.)

“Autism families are getting f----d again. Autism Speaks should be ashamed of themselves,” said one person who has been attempting to head off the legislation AS and federal bureaucrats have been pushing for months.  Autism families will let out a “primal scream” when they realize it’s happened again, he added. 

The new law is looming despite efforts by outgunned and underfunded autism advocates to add more environmental research and targeted funding to the bill. They say the process was hijacked by special interest and disability advocacy groups and that, once again, Autism Speaks big-footed the process with its lobbying. The result: Status quo ante -- and inadequate.

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CDC's Vaccine Safety Research is Exposed as Flawed and Falsified in Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal

CdclogoWATCHUNG, N.J., June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Just months after U.S. Congressman Bill Posey compared the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s vaccine safety studies to the SEC's Bernie Madoff scandal, malfeasance in the CDC's studies of thimerosal-containing vaccines has, for the first time, been documented in peer-reviewed scientific literature. While the CDC states on its website that "low doses of thimerosal in vaccines do not cause harm, and are only associated with minor local injection site reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site," the journal BioMed Research International now provides direct evidence that the CDC's safety assurances about the mercury-containing preservative are not fact-based, according to the article's lead author, Brian Hooker, PhD.

The paper opens by citing over 165 studies that have found Thimerosal to be harmful, including 16 studies that had reported outcomes in human infants and children of death, acrodynia, poisoning, allergic reaction, malformations, auto-immune reaction, Well's syndrome, developmental delay and neurodevelopmental disorders including tics, speech delay, language delay, ADHD and autism. These findings by multiple independent research groups over the past 75+ years have consistently found thimerosal to be harmful. "Substantial scientific evidence exists and has existed for many years that the vaccine ingredient thimerosal is a developmental neurotoxin" says George Lucier, former Associate Director of the National Toxicology Program.

Studies showing harm from thimerosal sharply contradict published outcomes of six CDC coauthored and sponsored papers – the very studies that CDC relies upon to declare that thimerosal is "safe" for use in infant and maternal vaccines. Dr. Hooker, biochemist and vaccine industry watchdog, said of the six CDC studies, "Each of these papers is fatally flawed from a statistics standpoint and several of the papers represent issues of scientific malfeasance.  For example, important data showing a relationship between thimerosal exposure and autism are withheld from three of the publications (Price et al. 2010, Verstraeten et al. 2003 and Madsen et al. 2003).  This type of cherry-picking of data by the CDC in order to change the results of important research studies to support flawed and dangerous vaccination policies should not be tolerated."  

Dr. Boyd Haley, international expert in mercury toxicity and a co-author of the recently published paper said "There is no doubt that authorities in the CDC have initiated and participated in a cover-up of vaccine-induced damage from thimerosal to our children----and this I consider criminal." The paper, "Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal in Vaccines is Safe," was published on June 6 and contains eight pages of evidence that the CDC has had knowledge of the vaccine preservative's neurological risks, yet continues to cover them up.

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Flu Update & CDC's Amazing Alice In Wonderland Website

JabberwockyBy  David M. Burd 

The below U.S. Government text (following my own writing) is current and copied from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  As stated by CDC, "The English language content on this website is being archived for historic and reference purposes only."

Though first published by CDC in 2009 their website remains the same in 2014, concerning the vast majority of annual flu shots that contain the ethylmercury (thimerosal) preservative. The CDC repeatedly claims this mercury preservative is completely harmless so I won't bother to specifically cite their repetitions.  Just read for yourself. Be forewarned, you may vomit.  

Importantly, it is worth noting thimerosal/mercury has been banned in vaccines for decades in the rest of the world  BECAUSE it is recognized as a devastating neurotoxin - yet NOT recognized as such by the CDC and its domestic Health Industry Allies as enumerated in CDC's website dogmatic text (below).

It is also crucial to review in 2009 that scores of millions of doses of H1N1 flu shots laden with mercury/thimerosal were injected into infants and pregnant mothers (in addition to the "normal" flu shot) as panicked American parents acquiesced to the national hysteria generated by the CDC. Thus, countless millions received double and even triple doses of mercury.

At the end of said 2009-2010 H1N1 flu season, U.S. "flu-associated" pediatric deaths of 281 were three to nine times so-called normal years, with numerous news accounts of pregnant mothers aborting their unborn babies after getting their CDC-promoted mercury-laden flu shots (with the vaccine-mercury passed into the developing fetus).  

So, as to today, the latest 2013-2014 flu season is over.  Canada's PHAC and the US CDC (using the same flu reporting protocols) have respectively reported zero (0) Canadian pediatric flu-associated deaths; whereas flu-associated U.S. pediatric deaths were ninety-seven (97).  

Guess what?  Ninety-five percent (95%) of Canadian parents refuse flu shots for under two-year old infants (per Pediatrics Journal paper published by canadian doctors two years ago), and Canada had zero mortality this last flu season.  Whereas 52% of pestered, fear-mongered American parents had their babies injected with TWO (2!) toxic flu shots, the first at at six months and the second at seven months, as vigorously promoted by the CDC and followed by America's negligent pediatricians.

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MIT Researcher’s New Warning: At Today’s Rate, Half of All U.S. Children Will Be Autistic (by 2025)

Pesticide flagManaging Editor's Note: Dr. Seneff presented at Autism One last month.  You can watch the video here.

We excerpted this post from Nick Meyer's AltHealthWorks site. You can read the full post at his site.

Research scientist Stephanie Seneff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a widely published author on topics ranging from Azlheimer’s Disease to autism and cardiovascular disease, raised plenty of eyebrows recently with a bold proclamation on autism at a special panel in Massachusetts about genetically modified organisms and other topics.

“At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic,”  Seneff said last Thursday in Groton, MA at an event sponsored by the holistic-focused Groton Wellness organization.

Seneff presented slides showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the rising use of Roundup (with its active ingredient glyphosate) on crops and the rising rates of autism; while it doesn’t show a direct correlation it does give researchers plenty to think about, especially considering Seneff’s research into the side effects of autism that mimic glyphosate toxicity and deficiencies.

The slide notes that the heaviest use of Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship weedkiller, began in 1990 and continued to rise since. Meanwhile, the  number of kids with autism has gone from 1 in 5,000 in 1975 to 1 in 68 today, a puzzling and frustrating stat that shows no signs of slowing down and one that correlates strongly with the rise in glyphosate use.

Of course, autism is a complex problem with many potential causes, but the numbers are particularly of note considering how close the correlation is, and Seneff’s credentials.

And Now the Truth: Environmental Toxins "Not a Good Fit" for NIH Autism Research

Science denialBy Dr. Mary Catherine DeSoto

Background.

This is in the context of  broad disapproval and frustration within the autism community over NIH funding priorities.  The general level of concern was documented by a 2008 letter signed by eleven major autism organizations (including Autism Speaks, Autism Research Institute, Safeminds, Autism Society of America, Generation Rescue, National Autism Association). The letter stated, "Research on the environment, gene-environment interaction and treatment are underrepresented...." There seems to be great frustration among these groups and others that regardless of acts of Congress, directives or calls for serious investigation into how the environment triggers persons predisposed to autism, there is too much research focused on genetics to the detriment of studies of environmental triggers. 

The Inter-Agency Autism Committee (IACC) developed a plan that included serious research spending on investigating  autism's environmental causes. Their strategic plan was published.  In 2009 there was a program to increase federal spending (the "ARRA" funds related to the need to stimulate the economy out of recession and into recovery) and NIH announced a multitude of new funding opportunities as a result.  There was a long "Research Funding Announcement" (RFA) which is a call for scientists to submit proposals to spend available grant money on their research interests.

My experience.

Persons who get their PhDs in a scientific field learn how to get grants to support their research interests. One thing that is often done is to send an initial, short letter of inquiry, to get some feedback on how to pitch a full application for grant monies. Full applications are big long documents, sometimes 100 pages or more. 

Like many researchers employed at a university, I receive emails from my university's grant office calling my attention to new funding opportunities that might be a good match, and I was encouraged to consider the ARRA grant opportunities from NIH. I noted there were a lot of RFA's (the full document was 181 pages!).  I searched for calls with the word Autism in the announcement: there were ten. Eight clearly did not match the environmental intent of the strategic plan; they were about developing registries or comparing treatments. One was about gene and environment interactions but mentioned determining specific genetic variations and seemed to require genotyping. Only one mentioned the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Strategic Plan and measuring biomarkers.  This one looked good. 

It was the only RFA on the NIH website posted (out of 181 pages of short postings) that mentioned the IACC strategic plan or seemed to be a fit for measures of Autism's environmental triggers or exposures. The NIH document included available grant opportunities for all branches of NIH (including NIEH, NIMH etc).  I then looked up the IACC strategic plan and read it carefully.  It seemed like a great fit.  The RFA I inquired about read:

04-MH-101* Autism: Addressing the challenge. Target research gap areas identified by the Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, including biomarkers, novel interventions, and new tools for screening, among other topics. Contact: Dr. Ann E. Wagner, 301-443-5944, awagner@mail.nih.gov [Note: Ann E Wagner is currently a branch chief at NIMH, the part of NIH directly that houses the IACC]

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My plan was to measure toxic levels in the environment, and then directly measure the levels in children with autism and controls (biomarkers of), and correlate levels to symptoms. In this way, I could establish norms for measured biomarkers based on measured environmental exposures among typical children, and then compare those with ASD to the norms. Possibly (this is what I hoped to check), if levels were higher than expected based on similar exposure in autistic children, this would point towards vulnerability to exposure and efforts could be made to limit toxic exposures in vulnerable children. It was a good match to the strategic intent of the IACC plan because I planned to measure biomarkers of exposure, which could lead to a novel intervention. I took the time to look at the IACC strategic plan (since it was directly mentioned in the funding announcement I was interested in pursuing). I located it and read it carefully to see if my aims were congruent. They were. To wit, the IACC website strategic plan on USA's Health and Human Services website (HHS.gov) included these key statements

Initiate studies on at least five environmental factors identified in the recommendations from the 2007 IOM report.

Identify and standardize at least three measures for identifying markers of environmental exposures.

Determine the effect of at least five environmental factors on risk for subtypes of ASD.

From my read, out of the 181 page NIH document and hundreds of their RFA's, this was quite clearly the only possible match for what I wanted to do, which was to measure environmental exposure both environmentally and via biomarkers, among children with and without autism, and compare to symptom expression which could suggest strategies for intervention. However, I also had a specific methodological question about the possibility of including initial testing of a brand new technology being developed by some physicists to measure toxins. This prompted me to send a short inquiry via email. This is what I wrote.

> -----Original Message-----

> From: Cathy DeSoto [mailto:cathy.desoto@uni.edu]

> Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 5:25 PM

> To: Wagner, Ann (NIH/NIMH) [E]; Rob Hitlan

> Subject: 04-MH-101 Autism: Addressing the challenge

> We are interested in applying for the grant referred to below and will

> be submitting an application in early April. I have read the Interagency

> autism committee strategic plan and believe our aims would be a good match.

> The overall goal will be to investigate environmental risk factors,

> primarily via sources of pollution/toxic emissions from the perspective

> of genetic susceptibility for toxins having neurological effects,

> although we do not intend to measure genotype in anyway. We intend to

> propose direct measures of toxins among those with an ASD and controls

> (blood, hair or both) as well as measures of toxins in the environment

> relating to prevalence patterns, all of which will be elaborated upon in

> the actual proposal, of course.

> My reason for writing is to inquire if it would be appropriate to

> include a relatively small portion of the budget for testing of new

> spectroscopy instrumentation for the purpose of quantifying

> environmental toxins. Because we will already be proposing measures of

> toxins (for example soil samples via a grid layout in pockets of high

> prevalence) and because the new spectroscopy technique would be expected

> to allow easier and more highly accurate measures than is currently

> available (which would be explained in the full proposal), it would be a

> cost effective way to validate the method. Once validates, it is

> possible the new technique would be highly useful in relating toxins to

> health outcomes such as autism.

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Rep. Bill Posey Blogs: "Fix The Combatting Autism Act"

Bill PoseyManaging Editor's Note: Below is an excerpt from Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) latest blog entry  in "The Hill."

Autism Spectrum Disorder has increased dramatically in the last 25 years.  It is a crisis.  What will legislators do with a federal program which, after eight years and $1.7 billion, has failed to truly address this crisis?  Sadly, Washington is on a path to rush through a five-year reauthorization, raise spending 20 percent and hope for better results without addressing fundamental structural flaws in the current program.
 
It will not be easy to reach consensus on improving the Combating Autism Act (CAA) in a way that provides effective accountability and brings results and meaningful improvement for those living with autism and their families.  Given the magnitude of the issue on a personal and societal level, we should not settle for less than an optimal bill.  I would suggest that we work expeditiously to come together with the entire community and improve current proposals, including meaningful measures to improve the outcomes of the American people’s investment.
 

When Congress passed the CAA in 2006, there was a desire to focus the efforts and bring significant improvement.   Sadly, the CAA has not delivered measurable improvements by most standards and has had too little oversight.  Rather than a point person for autism at an Assistant Secretary level who is singularly focused on autism, the responsibility for these activities is delegated to Dr. Thomas Insel, the Director of the National Institutes of Mental Health and the National Institutes of Health, who admittedly is stretched thin and has many other duties.  He serves as Chairman of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).
 
At a recently called House Oversight Subcommittee meeting, Dr. Insel admitted that after eight years and spending $1.7 billion, the programs developed in the CAA have failed to determine the causes of the enormous increase of the prevalence of autism, failed to prevent a single case of autism, failed to produce any new biomedical treatment for autism, failed to materially reduce the age of diagnosis of autism, failed to ensure appropriate medical care for the co-occurring health problems faced by many with autism, failed to ensure even basic safety protocols for people with autism who "wander", unfortunately some to their deaths, and overall, failed the families facing autism—most especially the approximately one-third of families with children most severely affected by autism, who literally cannot speak for themselves, and whose severe disabilities portend one of the largest unfunded federal fiscal liabilities of the 21st century.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/209310-fix-the-combating-autism-act#ixzz34YNLYFxF
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SaneVax Report: 50% Blame to Gardasil for French Teen's Disability

BordeauxBordeaux: On September 18, 2013, Judge Patrick Mairé handed down a decision stating Gardasil was 50% responsible for the permanent injury of a French teenager who had received two injections of the HPV vaccine. The other 50% was attributed to a genetic pre-disposition for autoimmune disorders. Judge Mairé presides over lawsuits filed with a regional branch of the CRCI in France, which is the equivalent of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) court in the United States.

Marie –Océane’s parents, Jean-Jacques and Yveline Bourguignon, have granted permission for their daughter’s story to be published hoping they can help make people aware of the potential risks involved with HPV vaccinations. They do not want anyone else to go through what they have experienced without knowing of the possibility in advance.

In 2010, Marie-Océane Bourguignon, age 15, received two injections of Gardasil® the first on October 11th and the second on December 13th. Two weeks after the first injection, she experienced sensory and motor problems in the upper limbs, lasting approximately two weeks before spontaneously and gradually regressing.

Three months after the second injection, on the 13th of March 2011, Mlle. Bourguignon was hospitalized at Centre Hospitalier de Dax for deterioration in her general health, cerebral-vestibular disturbances and sensory-motor impairment (ataxia, vertigo). On March 15, 2011, an MRI of her brain revealed lesions in the white matter.

The initial diagnosis was that she was suffering from either multiple sclerosis or acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). After multiple subsequent hospitalizations, it was determined that Marie  had developed multiple sclerosis, a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue. Marie-Océane will live with this condition for the rest of her life.

Read the full article at SaneVax.org.

The Oxymoron of Safe Vaccines

Danger VaccinateManaging Editor's Note: As we continue to discuss vaccine safety, remember that vaccines have been designated as "unavoidably unsafe," “No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death associated with the administration of a vaccine after October 1, 1988, if the injury or death resulted from side effects that were unavoidable even though the vaccine was properly prepared and was accompanied by proper directions and warnings.” §300aa–22(b)(1).    See Cornell Legal Information for more. The following post is a response to this article on the SafeMinds site Dear Parents, you are being deceived about vaccines and autism.

By Laura Hayes

I still think it is of paramount importance for people to understand that the term "safe vaccines" is an oxymoron, and therefore, I would argue that even those who might call themselves "pro-science" would not agree that there is any "smart approach to vaccination".  By their very nature, vaccines cannot be made safe, as they artificially and unnaturally stimulate the immune system (by injecting these toxic cocktails, versus inhaling or consuming them, the first part of the immune system's response is bypassed, which is essential to trigger the next parts of the immune response...it's analagous to intervening during a woman's pregnancy and forcing the process to go out of order, missing some of the critical steps, and thinking that won't matter for the end product), with unsafe ingredients (e.g. adjuvants such as neurotoxic aluminum, proteins which cannot be broken down in the circulatory system as that needed to be done in the GI tract, and known neurotoxins such as mercury and aluminum, which are injected at a time when the blood-brain barrier is still wide open), in a way that is foreign to the immune system (i.e. via the vascular system and muscle tissue versus via airways and the GI tract), etc.  Thus, "safe vaccines" is an oxymoron of the first degree.  Then, multiply that unsafe effect by giving multiple vaccines at once, without consideration of family history or body weight, and before any allergies or metabolic problems have been discerned, and that is a recipe for absolute disaster.

Therefore, since there are no "safe vaccines", that leads to the discussion of medical choice freedom, which must ALWAYS be an essential component of any free and moral society.  However, it is especially important when there is absolutely no liability for the product manufacturers or for those who administer the product, as is the case with vaccines thanks to the egregious 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (just consider the name of that act and again you will note that "safe vaccines" is an oxymoron).  In 1986, at a time when vaccines should have been scaled back (I would argue halted altogether) due to all of the vaccine-induced injuries and deaths, and subsequent lawsuits, they were dialed up and tripled once indemnification took place.  Talk about CRAZY! Presently, exemptions for vaccines are being attacked, restricted, and eliminated across our country.  This must be stopped and medical choice freedom must be protected and properly practiced in all 50 states, with regards to all medical procedures and treatments, including vaccinations.  A "pro-science, smart approach to vaccination" must always include the option to say no, without any government interference, coercion, or cost.

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Irish Children Subjected to Vaccination Experiments in 1930s

WeepManaging Editor's Note: I'm pretty jaded after 18+ years in the autism/vaccine injury community, but this story, this horrible story knocked me for a loop.  Imagine this horror in a Catholic nation, on innocent children, under the "care" of the religious and ask yourself, "Could that happen today - in a world of medicine for profit?" Has the current vaccination schedule ever been tested for cumulative safety?  Do we know the long term ramifications of delaying common, survivable childhood disease such as chicken pox and measles? Are children circa 2014 healthier than their peers decades ago? Also, Dan Olmsted informed me that Diptheria was the first mercury preserved vaccine in the 1930's.

Thousands of children in Irish care homes at centre of 'baby graves scandal' were used in secret vaccine trials in the 1930s

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Scientists secretly gave 2,051 children and babies diphtheria vaccine. They were used as guinea pigs for drugs giant Burroughs Wellcome in 1930s. Academic Michael Dwyer uncovered shock truth in old medical records. He found no evidence of consent, nor of how many died or were affected. Comes as Irish PM intervenes from U.S. over scandal of mass baby grave. Hundreds of babies are believed to have been buried at former baby home

Enda Kenny says he's ordered his officials to examine 'if there are others.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2650475/More-mass-baby-graves-Ireland-Prime-Minister-Enda-Kenny-orders-investigation-memorial-800-dead-babies-planned.html#ixzz33u7e6Bte

Book Event in Long Beach NY: Lou Conte's Thriller "The Autism War"

The Autism War_revised coverAutism Action Network presents a reading by novelist and autism dad Louis Conte who will read from his recently published medical thriller “The Autism War”
 
“Compelling and controversial. You know that saying about truth being stranger than fiction? This is the truth. I couldn’t put it down.”
 
--Sharyl Attkisson,  CBS News investigative reporter
 
 
Monday, June 9, 7 pm
Long Beach Public Library,
111 W. Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY 11561
 

New Conference with Familiar Friends: Register for Inaugural Autism Education Seminar in Dallas

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This Inaugural Autism Education Summit for parents, professional and caregivers showcases how implementing a holistic approach and treating the whole individual can ease the medical conditions and behavioral symptoms common in children, adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Over the three days, summit attendees will have the opportunity to investigate:

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Frau Koma's Second Coming: The Bitch is Back—Totalitarian Moral Theory of the “Autistic Killer”

Frau K By Adriana Gamondes
Frau Koma’s Second Coming 2014: Mass Murder, Autism and the Cult of Weaponized Genetics

By Adriana Gamondes

The Frau Koma series I wrote in 2013 was intended to explore questions over politics, genetics, corporate crime and scapegoats in the media campaign to associate autism with mass murder. In light of the current  fanfare over yet another research claim of an association between autism and modern massacre— as well as another recent  mass murder committed by an individual who reportedly suffered from autism—the series is unfortunately relevant again.  

On Friday, May 23rd, 22 year old Elliot Rodger, son of Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger, became the latest poster child or “horned devil”—a killer with a reportedly identifiable trait, in this case possible Asperger’s—for the mass murderer profile. According to CNN, Rodger’s mother made a sworn statement in divorce documents that her son had been diagnosed with high functioning autism as a child.

The original Koma articles on mass murder, autism and drug side effects were an attempt to illustrate through the views of a range of independent psychopharmaceutical experts, reform psychiatrists and through independent research that, due to the current rate of roughly 1 in 50 boys (and rising) with the condition, autism is still statistically underrepresented among non-ideological mass murderers.  But the series also considers that, due to the extremely high rate of drugging among the developmentally disabled with medications that carry black box warnings for violence and suicide—up to 90% according to reform psychiatrist and expert witness Dr. Peter Breggin, a drugging rate approximately 1000% higher than the already high American average—we could eventually see the prophesy of the autistic killer self-fulfilled through the “magic bullet” drugs meant to treat them. The conjectures made in recent reports on the Santa Barbara massacre appear to be no exception to the general pattern.

On the evening of May 23nd, Rodger stabbed and shot six people to death in a college town near Santa Barbara, drove his car into another and left six more hospitalized, two in critical condition. Several sources claimed that, according to family members, Rodger had seen psychiatrists for many years and had been on medication. In a video, Rodger explained that he’d refused to take Risperdal due to the side effects, though he didn’t indicate whether or not he took other prescriptions.  Sudden withdrawal from certain drugs is associated with a steep increase in suicidal and homicidal reactions.  

Rodger, like many of the modern random mass murderers,  had no history of violent assault but, by all accounts, had recently become increasingly paranoid and withdrawn and had quit school. Members of a chat group the Rodger belonged to described Rodger’s violent hate speech towards women and his musings on releasing a virus that would kill off his male competitors. Shortly before the massacre, his family had attempted unsuccessfully to get an emergency commitment for him after learning of a Youtube video in which he described his rage at sexual rejection and social isolation. Rodger’s manner of evading police scrutiny during the welfare check—by convincing them that he was a “kind and wonderful human being”— does not jibe with an autism diagnosis but there’s no indication in reports that Rodger's diagnosis had been updated.  In the video, Rodger vowed to take deadly revenge against those he saw as unfit to live for committing the “crime” of rejecting him. In his 141 page manifesto, Rodger describes his intended rampage as the “Day of Retribution,” himself as “divine” and unambiguously akin to the Second Coming who will rid humanity of the “impure” and “depraved.”

Rodger's demeanor in the video segment could be taken for a Sheldon Cooper send-up, but the combined effect of pompous delusions and his view of himself as a “living god” who will reduce his victims to “mountains of skulls and rivers of blood” is chilling. His rampage in Isla Vista left two young women and four young men dead. There was no indication from reports that he personally knew the victims, though he stated in the video that he intended to target a particular sorority house. He reportedly shot himself after the killing spree. Family members of both victims and the perpetrator called for stricter gun control in the wake of the crime.

In the recent study on mass murder and developmental disability, Neurodevelopmental and psychosocial risk factors in the development of serial killers and mass murderers, researchers postulate that an extremely diverse category of mass killers had/have autism.  Essentially two things are looked at in the work: killing and autism. Killing how, why, how many (or any) and over what time period are simply a grab bag. The study calls for a raking over by experts to formally analyze methods and case definitions, but I’ll list a few of the obvious highlights:

The authors indicate the research focused only on subjects apprehended for murder after 1985, explaining that the cut-off point was chosen “because there has been a dramatic increase in the recognition of ASD” since this date. The date also precedes by a year the mass marketing of Prozac, the first SSRI antidepressant—a drug class most associated with school shootings, random mass murder and suicide. Researchers do not discuss whether there had been an actual dramatic increase in autism, do not note  the expansion of the vaccination schedule which also occurred in 1987, nor the recent research of a connection between SSRI antidepressants and autism (discussed in Part 2 of the Koma series).  Authors don’t comment on the fact that at least one subject was only an attempted murderer and killed no one, and that another conspired and planned a militant mass murder but did not commit the actual act. There may be more irregularities among other cases listed in the study’s tables.

The authors admit to using Google as a primary research tool: “The name of the killer was entered into the search engine ‘Google’ followed by ‘AND’ and each of the following search terms were explored separately: ‘brain’; ‘head injury’; ‘asperger’; ‘autis*’ and, in some cases, ‘murder’ if the name alone was failing to produce relevant sites. In these searches, numerous resources were examined in detail including court transcripts; newspaper articles and other online resources.”

The study’s authors mention Adam Lanza once in the introduction (apparently justifying the use of Lanza’s photo for media coverage). Lanza is not included in tables for some reason, though he’d already been mostly confirmed to have high functioning autism by family members. Also in the introduction, authors claim killers such as Norway’s Anders Breivik and James Holmes of the Aurora, Colorado massacre (both discussed in Part 2) had some form of autism spectrum disorder based on Daily Mail articles. What’s good for the goose… Daily Mail is the source on Elliot Rodger’s medication, though this source quotes a family member while the material on Holmes and Breivik involve no sources close to either. Researchers repeatedly cite the works of Professor Michael Fitzgerald, whose theory that Adolph Hitler had autism (discussed in Part 3) has been widely criticized.

Authors also cite Simon Baron-Cohen’s work claiming an association between “zero empathy killers” and autism based in part on the undeniably racist MAOA or “warrior gene” theory (also discussed in Part 3). The MAOA gene theory has zombied along for decades, mainly due to the fact that it supposedly implicates the role of “low serotonin” in violence—meaning that it has an automatic serotonergic drug marketing algorithm attached.  But one of the problems with the theory—in addition to the fact that it blatantly implies that people with brown skin are “more violent,” and was used in the 1990’s as grounds for a prospective program to psychiatrically “vaccinate” certain racial groups against violence using medication— is that the role of serotonin in mental disorders has repeatedly been debunked as a drug industry PR myth.

In fact, other than the claim that over a quarter of the 239 “eligible killers” studied had “definite, highly suspected or possible/probable ASD,” the study breaks no new ground  in presenting evidence that mass murder is associated with ASD.  There are some references to head injuries and psychosocial factors among certain infamous or obscure perpetrators which are not novel, but what is notable and particularly irresponsible is the conflation of older-than-the-hills crimes such as serial murders, domestic violence killings and militant ideological acts of terrorism with the recent historical advent of non-ideological, random mass murder. The researchers thereby sloppily imply that a high percentage of terrorists could have “definite” autism and an even higher percentage have probable autism.  The attempt to find a “terrorism gene” also isn’t new but there’s a level of flagrancy in this attempt that hits a new low. 

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The Greater Good Video Series on Vaccine Debate

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Despite the official denials and all the studies, moms who witnessed the damage done to their children are speaking out. Doctors have been trained to call this a coincidence and close their eyes to a generation of children now crippled by autism, learning disabilities, diabetes, seizures, arthritis, life-threatening allergies, bowel disease and asthma, but parents are scared.  They simply don't believe officials who care more about their financial ties to industry than what's happening to our kids. 

Where is the alarm?  Where is the demand for answers?  When is someone going to care about all the sick children? Anne Dachel

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 has some exciting news - we are launching a series of videos on the vaccine debate that are sure to open hearts and provoke thought. The first is about autism and we think you will find it very compelling. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks and months!

Vaccine Beat 1: Autism and The Thinking Moms’ Revolution


http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/video/vaccine-beat-1-autism-and-the-thinking-moms-revolution/

So let's talk a little about what the government is saying and doing about autism. In March of 2014 CDC reported new "official" autism rates stating that 1 in 68 US kids has autism, with 1 in 42 boys. But a CDC telephone survey of 100,000 US parents just last year found that 1 in 50 US kids and 1 in 32 boys suffers from autism. Why the difference? The telephone survey was conducted in 2013 looking at 6-17 year olds in 2011-2012 whereas the "official" data are from 2010 but ONLY looking at 8 year-olds. 

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Sandy Gottstein on Vaccination "Duty" in Anchorage Daily News

Your_rightsThank you to our friend Sandy Gottstein of Vaccination News for this editorial letter Compass: Parents right to question need for vaccines and potential dangers  in the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska.  Please leave a comment and take note of the comment thread. Dorit Reiss jumped in second after I left a comment. Strange how she finds our work so quickly....

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 In "Vaccination is a duty we owe to others," The Washington Post's Michael Gerson wrote a convincing piece - that is, if one is unaware of certain facts.

Gerson states "...vaccines have a very small risk of serious side effects..." mostly based on his wholesale dismissal of adverse events reported to VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System instituted and maintained at a great cost by the CDC and the FDA. As of May 4, 2014, the CDC website had processed 37,433 serious vaccine-related adverse events. Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler once stated that only 1 percent of serious adverse events are reported in a passive reporting system such as VAERS. A vaccine manufacturer testified to an Institute of Medicine Committee that under-reporting of passively followed adverse vaccine events was 50-fold.

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The Media Pigpile on Families of Vaccine Injured Children

PigpileBy Josh Mazer

Media pressure directed at vaccine injured families has been ramped up in recent months, coinciding with the March 2014 release of the latest ASD prevalence numbers. Main stream media editorials label vaccine cautious parents as “whackos” and worse. Hate speech, phony “astro –turf” public relation campaigns, and unqualified “experts” such as Dorit Reiss are the tools being used in a naked pharma funded power grab aimed at rescinding parental rights of informed medical consent.

The Washington Post, New York Times, The Daily Beast, Time Magazine and a cast of similar hundreds all recently released eerily similar editorials condemning parental vaccine choice. Time Magazine's Jeff Kluger describes  parents exercising careful, informed medical consent as "morally equivalent" to "Extremists in the Middle East and Africa." His bigoted hate speech includes the terms "vaccine crazies” and "extremists anti vaccine nut jobs.”  

Notwithstanding her complete lack of medical credentials, Reiss has emerged as the public face of the campaign to outlaw vaccine choice. She has posted over 30,000 times on public message boards, including Facebook; penned articles and editorials; and made personal appearances at vaccine industry conferences. Her 1500 comments on the Couric HPV story were almost exclusively aimed at dismissing out of hand all parental reports of adverse reaction to the HPV shot. Reiss’s tactics and agenda are further exposed by perusing a sampling of her prodigious output on various public comment boards. 

May 9, 2014 Bloomberg The View ran an editorial by Lisa Beyer entitled “It’s Uncool Not to Vaccinate.” The comment section gives an unvarnished view of Reiss in action.  She lies repeatedly; denigrates qualified expert medical experts; argues for suppression of free speech; and advocates state authority to override informed medical consent.

First, her lies. The following quotes are taken from the comment section ,:

 "there is no evidence the current schedule is unsafe;" "There's no evidence that splitting the vaccines is any safer. The recommended schedule is carefully designed after an elaborate, deliberative, science based process;" "the evidence is very clear: vaccines do not cause autism;"  "Mr. Deer…. did not write on medical issues in the BMJ ." "when there is a real problem with a vaccine, it is publicly discussed and handled…""The NVICP has never awarded compensation for vaccine-induced autism"

Opinions are not facts, and every statement by Reiss above is a demonstrable lie. 

Reiss second technique, repeated thousands of times, is to denigrate the medical expertise of anyone who stands in her way. The following Reiss quotes are from Bloomberg View:

On Lawrence Solomon: "It's unfortunate that Mr. Solomon continues with his tradition of inaccurate anti-vaccine articles"

On Dr. Jon Poling: "In 2008, still upset from his daughter's regression, Dr. Poling bought into the vaccines cause autism myth."

On the entire Japanese Vaccine Safety Establishment: "Japan has a history of withdrawing vaccines based on unsupported claims of harms….Here, too, it withdrew it's recommendations without evidence of causation….Hardly a good public health decision."

On Dr Pete Doshi, former post doc fellow at Johns Hopkins: "Dr. Doshi is not an epidemiologist, and his analysis of the flu vaccine suffers from some serious errors. "

On Dr. Brogan: "it's unfortunate that Dr. Brogan concluded, with no evidence, that Mr. Webb died from "vaccine induced encephalitis"

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Fuzzy Math of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Money stackBy Wayne Rohde

When does $ 0.75 equal $ 0.56?  The equation actually exists and only in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).  Specifically, the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund is where you will find the equation and the reason why.

We all have been led to believe that for every vaccine sold in the United States, a levy of $ 0.75 was placed into the Trust Fund to be later awarded as damages to a vaccine-related petition or attorney fees and costs.   Read any article that talks about the NVICP and chances are, there will be a reference to the tax or levy.

What you will not read about is that this $ 0.75 does not exist!  The Federal Government loves trust funds of all sorts.  So much so, that they charge a 25% administration fee.  The $0.75 tax that is deposited into the trust fund is actually $ 0.56.  The difference, the 25%, goes straight into the US General Fund, so our elected officials can fight a war, send man to into space, build interstate highways, or to purchase vaccines for the poor, the disabled, our veterans, and those in our military.

Currently, the Trust Fund has a balance of $ 3.4 billion dollars plus some change.  And every year, the balance continues to grow.  So why should we care or inquire on the reasoning for this large hand in the kitty?  First off, the Trust Fund was established by Congress to pay for compensable damages and attorney fees, plus reimburse agencies for the administration costs of running the Program.  No other expenses can be appropriated.  Yet a quick glance at the income statements and balance sheets that are published monthly on the US Treasury website (here), there seems to be an increase of appropriations each year up and beyond damage awards and attorney fees.
The Department of Justice receives appropriations from the Trust Fund for their expenses such as DOJ attorney salaries that represent the Respondent.  The Federal Court of Claims receives appropriations from the Trust Fund for their expenses such as salaries and expenses for Special Masters, clerks, rents, and other expenses.  HRSA also receives appropriations from the Trust Fund.  They cut the checks to those petitioners who actually prevail, an increasing rare event these days.  Also attorney and medical expert costs, which by the way, is a slow reimbursement process, especially the second half of each fiscal year.  HRSA also receives reimbursements as they are the direct administrator of the Program.

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Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Deck of the MHRA (UK FDA)

MRHA UKManaging Editor's Note: We are pleased to welcome back Martin Walker, whose prolific coverage of the Wakefield GMC hearings was a mainstay of our site.  Please visit his website Slingshot Publications  which features his many books.

By Martin Walker

Throughout the years the major UK committee overseeing licensing and safety of new drugs, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) one of the committees under the central Medicine and Health Care Regulations Agency (MHRA) has been subjected to criticism over members’ conflict of interests and strong links with the pharmaceutical industry.

The JCVI is charged with making recommendations to the Government on matters of vaccine schedules and vaccine safety and as such it is thought by critics that it should be comprised of individuals who can at all times be said to be impartial and neutral especially in respect of receipt of funding through their employment.

While attention has been frequently drawn to conflict of interest, the fact that the whole governing regulatory sector, the MHRA, commonly accepted by the public as an independent part of government and always described as a ‘government agency’, is actually funded in its entirety by the pharmaceutical industry. Not only this, but members of all regulatory and advisory committees charged with addressing the safety of pharmaceutical products for the UK, are forbidden to discuss such matters in the public arena, apparently for reasons of commercial competition, under the rules of section 118 of the 1968 Medicines Act and Britain’s notorious Official Secrets Act.

A relatively recent row over vested interest and conflict of interest, with respect to vaccination, occurred in 2004 when the JCVI Chairman Professor Michael Langman, made it public that he had advised the Government to introduce a vaccine manufactured by Merck Sharpe and Dome whilst his Birmingham University department carried out medical research funded by that company. Langman claimed in his defence that he was allowed to chair the JVCI’s discussions on the vaccine because he was not personally paid by the drugs company.

The false distinction between personal financial payment or other benefits and liaison with and payments to University Departments by pharmaceutical companies, is a common screen erected to protect committee members from serious criticism.

However, it now appears that a partial message at least, has been accepted by the JCVI acknowledging that both specific and non specific ‘personal pecuniary interests involving vaccine manufacturers’ might be perceived as conflicts and should be avoided. At their meeting of the 11th and 12th February 2014 the JCVI agreed that:

The code of practice should be revised to indicate that members should avoid both specific and non-specific personal pecuniary interests involving vaccine manufacturers, since such interests might be perceived as conflicts, even if the interest is related to a non-vaccine product or a vaccine not under consideration by the Committee.

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Contest! Win Dr. Amy Yasko's FEEL GOOD NUTRIGENOMICS Book

Feelgood_cover_2_Leave a comment to win a copy of Dr. Amy Yasko's newest book, Feel Good Nutrigenomics.

We live in a society where we are stressed emotionally, financially, physically and exposed to a range of toxins in our environment. Combining underlying genetic susceptibility with these factors provides all the ingredients for a perfect health storm. By understanding where our weak points are located, or where the accidents are on our particular highway of life, it is possible to bypass those detours, accidents and breakdowns and chart a better Roadmap to Health. This book defines those steps needed to begin your own personal journey to health and wellness."

Learn more at the Holistic Heal website.

And don't forget to add the Holistic Heal Fall Conference in beautiful Maine in September to your calendar. Details

Forget April in Paris! How About September in Maine at the Yasko Protocol Autism Conference?

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We're happy to share this September conference with Dr. Amy Yasko of Holistic Heal with our AofA readers. With an all inclusive, affordable price that includes meals and a New England lobster bake,  you won't want to miss this chance to custom design a treatment program for YOUR child.  REGISTER and learn more HERE.

The Yasko Protocol Conference

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September 5-7th, 2014

 Portland, Maine

Registration

Registration fee is $249.00. Includes lectures, meals on Saturday and Sunday, a wonderful reception with island lobster bake, private chartered boat with musical entertainment and entry into our Test Kit Raffle.

Location

The Portland Regency Hotel & Spa in Portland, Maine

Participate in a more private and intimate atmosphere at this year's conference; limited for 130 attendees only! This luxurious boutique hotel is located in the heart of the historic Old Port District on Portland's restored waterfront. As a distinguished member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa was originally constructed in 1895 as a home for Maine's National Guard. Guests enjoy an ambiance of timeless elegance, comfort and convenience.

Reservations

Call the Regency Hotel at 1-800-727-3436 and mention the "Yasko Protocol Conference" This will grant you the group rate of $219 per night- while supplies last. (Regular rate is $329)

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Video: OGR Hearing on Autism Follow Up

Retro TV 2Below is video from yesterday's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform  Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Some responses to the hearing from our friends at HealthChoice  and The Canary Party. Plus we have an Action Alert from Autism Action Network to ask why some committee members did not attend this hearing.

This morning, the Government Accounting Office presented a report to Congress alerting them to what parents have been saying for a decade, that federal autism money is being wasted on research that is not improving the lives of our children. Rather than listen to that caution, Congressman Gerry Connelly, behaving abhorrently, attacked GAO, claiming they were harming our kids by trying to strip autism research funding, and then when on an monumentally uninformed diatribe.

He was not protecting the public interest, he appeared to be acting as Thomas Insel's lawyer.

Please register your complaints abut his disgusting display with his office.

This morning the OGR committee held autism hearings, and only ONE Congressman showed up prepared and did his job. Please call Bill Posey and thank him for trying to get real answers and help for those impacted by the autism epidemic. (202) 225-3671.

Autism Action Network pointed out which Congressmen could not be bothered to attend this Too busyhearing.  They created an Action Alert for ease of use.

Please call the Congressmen who blew off the first hearing on autism of 2014.

This morning the Government  Operations Subcommittee held the first Congressional hearing this year on autism. Only two members were there on time. And the following members of the committee did not show up at all.

Please call them and ask the staffer what the Representative did that this morning that was more important than this hearing?

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Fire The Deniers Starting with Dr. Tom Insel: Autism Epidemic Explodes on His Watch

We first ran this post when CDC announced the catastrophic new numbers last Spring.

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Contact the White House to ask President Obama to fire the autism epidemic deniers from CDC and NIH. The leadership in charge of public health has failed a generation of children.  Read an open letter to President Obama demanding accountability for this tragic increase in autism that is radically altering the American family -  unabated.  A nation can not sit idly by and watch 2.4% of its young males moved from regular education into special education without serious future impact. Thank you to Mark Blaxill for the following graphics.

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Questions for Dr. Tom Insel from Autism Community

I don't knowWhat would you ask during the OGR hearing today?  Here are some questions from our colleagues.  Add your own in our comments.

1.    The Combating Autism Act has directed the NIH to spend over $1.64BILLION on autism research. Yet after close to 10 years you admit that you have come up with no new treatments for autism, and that you have not prevented a single case of autism.  Why should IACC continue and why should you continue in your position?  (Insels admission at last IACC hearing to Dr. Enayati at 6:20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMjFluo4Az4)

2.    The 2006 Combating Autism Act that authorized this massive expenditure and put the IACC in place is up for reauthorization in September.  If 8 years and a billion dollars didn't make a dent in the autism epidemic, but in fact watches in increase, then how much money and how much time do you and your colleagues believe that the American People should spend on your failed efforts?  Will another billion dollars and another decade only see a greater autism increase?
 
3.    It had been long believed that autism was mostly genetically induced, but in July of 2011, Stanford released a very comprehensive study showing that non-genetic factors played the greatest role in determining autism risk. This ground breaking study showed, that approximately 38% were due to genetic factors and 62% were environmental. (http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2011/july/autism.html)

In March of this year, the University of Chicago released a study that showed again that the environment was the main factor in developing autism. (http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2014/20140313-autism.html)

Why is NIH spending money on genetic autism research at a 6:1 ratio over environmental causation research when you, yourself, have admitted that autism is mostly environmentally induced? This spending pattern flies in the face of all logic in light of the epidemic rise of autism. There are no genetic epidemics.

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Watch Live Streaming House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing of Federal Response to Autism

IssaRep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced a hearing of the Government Operations Subcommittee scheduled for tomorrow on the subject of the Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.     

The hearing will be held in at 9 am EDT today in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Watch via live streaming at http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/

If you could ask a question at the hearing, what would it be? Tell is in the comments.

Congressional Hearing on Federal Autism Policy Today

IssaNote: This action alert is from Autism Action Network.

Late Friday Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced a hearing of the Government Operations Subcommittee scheduled for tomorrow on the subject of the Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.     
    
The hearing will be held today at 9 am in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The hearing can be watched via live streaming at http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/
    

The following witnesses were announced:
 
Thomas R. Insel, MD, Director, National Institute of Mental Health, Chair, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

Michael K. Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education

Marcia Crosse, Ph. D., Director, Health Care, U.S. Government Accountability Office

No more details have been released.
    
While we are pleased that some attention will be focused on federal autism policy, we are troubled by the lack of advanced notice and the absence of parent advocates from the invited witnesses.
    
Please click HERE to send a message to Rep. Issa thanking him for scheduling the hearing, but also requesting the scheduling of additional hearings, announced well in advance, that include parent advocate witnesses so that a thorough examination of federal autism policy is possible.
     
Please call Rep. Issa at the following number and make the same request:
     
Rep. Darrell Issa,  (202) 225-3906
    
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Best of: Examining Dr. Tom Insel's Fine Clothes

Emperor's New Clothes Henry Justice Ford Note: We are running a few post about Dr. Tom Insel, IACC and the Federal Response to Autism since there is a hearing today in Washington DC. You can watch via livestreaming http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/

By Anne Dachel

On Monday, Jul 11, 2011, Dr. Thomas Insel, chairman of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in support of the reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act.

I listened closely to what Insel had to say about autism and I transcribes his comments below.  I compared this testimony to what Insel said to Congress about autism in 2009. (See my story, Age of Autism: Thomas Insel and The Really Big Autism Lie)

Back in August of 2009, Insel wasn't sure if the rate of autism was really going up or not.  He talked about early diagnosis and early intervention.  He talked about genetic research.

In December, 2009, the autism rate officially went from one in every 150 children to one in every 110 kids.  That same month, speaking at MIT, Insel said, "I said before this isn't just genetics... There have to be environmental factors."

By the spring of 2010, Insel was really getting concerned about the impact of autism. At the National Institutes of Health, (Age of Autism: Dr. Tom Insel on Autism) he said, "Eighty percent of the people with a diagnosis of autism [in the U.S.] are under the age of eighteen." In Insel's own words, "If you look at those numbers, the increase and recognize how many of those kids will become adults, we ...also need to be thinking about how we prepare the nation for a million people who may need significant amounts of services as they are no longer cared for by their parents or as their parents are no longer around."

So what did Insel have to tell Congress on July 11, 2011?  What advances have been made since 2009?  As far as I can tell, Insel had nothing substantial to report.

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EPA Microbiologist Dr. David Lewis Wrote the Book on Research Misconduct - Then Throws the Book at Brian Deer

David LewisOn April 29, Teri Arranga conducted a gripping interview with Dr. David Science for Sale David Lewis Lewis on her radio show, Autism One: A Conversation of Hope. The show opened with Dr. Lewis speaking about his soon-to-be-released book, Science for Sale

Dr. Lewis was the only EPA scientist to ever be lead author of articles published in Nature and Lancet. In 2008 and 2011, Nature reported on a lawsuit he filed against EPA scientists for covering up problems with chemicals in organic fertilizers (biosolids) linked to autism, and his investigations into fraud charges leveled against Dr. Andrew Wakefield. Listen to Dr. Lewis' interview or read the transcript of it below to learn what he discovered while pouring through the documents related to the baseless charges against Dr. Wakefield. Dr. Lewis is a renowned environmental scientist who is sponsored by Focus Autism.

Dr. Lewis will be giving a presentation about his new book Science for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits at the AutismOne Conference in Chicago, Friday, May 23 at 1 pm CT.

TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW

Teri Arranga: Dr. David Lewis is an internationally recognized research microbiologist whose work in public health and environmental issues as a senior-level Research Microbiologist in EPA's Office of Research & Development, and member of the Graduate Faculty of the University of Georgia has been reported in numerous news articles and documentaries from Time Magazine and Reader's Digest to National Geographic. He is the only EPA scientist to publish first-authored articles in Nature, Lancet, and Nature Medicine.

Read the full article at A Shot of Truth.

Last Push for "BOUGHT: The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma and Food

Bought Movie Note: Read Kent's interview with  Jeff Hays of BOUGHT here.

by Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

We all know what we need.

We need a well-produced film that shows how the system of checks and balances which normally protects the public from defective consumer products has gone horribly wrong in vaccines.  And we need to do it with a vehicle that reaches people outside of our community.

And if we really want the message to reach the general public, it would probably be best to combine our  health and scientific concerns with those of other communities, especially when all of these groups face the same dysfunctional system.  "BOUGHT" is that movie.

The film asks the critical questions so many of us want answered:  Are vaccines really safe and effective for diseases?  Are genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) key to feeding the growing population.  Has Big Pharma really taken over medical research?  These are the questions that generations to come will look to us and ask ifwe pursued them with courage and intelligence.  Their future is in our hands, and in our wallets.

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VOR Speaks Out About National Crisis: A Lack of Choice, Quality and True Person-Centered Care For The Disabled

Kim  Speaking Austin ChariManaging Editor's Note: I'd love to meet AofA readers at the VOR National Conference dinner on Sunday, June 8 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Washginton DC.  I have the great pleasure of being the dinner speaker. The event spans several days, includes panels, speakers and a chance to engage in Congressional advocacy during the week.  Imagine face to face meetings with your Congressional leaders to tell them what YOUR CHILD will need for a safe and meaningful future - as opposed to what neurodiversity advocates and national agencies who smell M-O-N-E-Y in our kids want.  Learn more and register HERE. Kim

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Across the country, tens of thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, are suffering due to lack of access to appropriate care and services.

The numbers representing present and future need are alarming.  Almost all states have waitlists VOR logo sidebar for accessing adult support services, with more than 280,000 individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, going without necessary care in 2013.  Almost one million individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, are still living with caregivers over the age of 60.  In the next decade, over 800,000 on the autism spectrum will transition to adulthood.

So where do we go from here?

For 30 years, VOR,  a national nonprofit organization, has advocated for high quality care and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  VOR is the only national organization calling into question the impact of decades-long state and federal deinstitutionalization that continues in earnest, especially in light of current unmet needs already in the community.

“Individuals with profound intellectual and developmental disabilities or autism have significant care needs,” Julie Huso, Executive Director commented. “The impact of going without adequate care is felt equally by the individuals and their family caregivers.”

In 2013, there were 280,000 people with developmental disabilities, including autism, who were waiting for services.  VOR has carried these concerns to all levels of government, including the White House and Congress, and has recently joined forces with a group calling itself the Coalition of Community Choice, a national grassroots collaboration of persons with disabilities, their families and friends, disability rights advocates, professionals, educators, and housing and services providers to advance the principle that community can be experienced in all residential settings.  VOR believes that true community is a concept not limited to any particular residential settings.

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Open Letter to Michael Gerson RE: The Disease of Vaccine Denialism

GersonManaging Editor's Note: Gerson says, "Immunizations are a communal responsibility, and opting out should be difficult." I ask him, if pharma companies have NO liability for their product safety, and consumers have to sue a labyrinthine GOVERNMENT court set up to protect vaccine manufacturers, and deal with the behaviors, medical issues and general family trauma of vaccine injury, will HE PERSONALLY visit each and every one of us, with the $3,000,0000 life time funding needed, to take care of HIS communal responsibility to us?  Difficult? Does Gerson care to live in my home for a week, a day, an HOUR to see what is difficult?  Has he ever crossed the doorway of a family with a vacccine injured child? Visited a grave? Or is it his job to simply make us all look like "bad Americans?" I did the "right thing" and vaccinated my girls into a lifetime of guardianship and Sesame Street, Mr. Gerson.  Honestly - the hypocrisy of the "communial responsibility" company line is appalling - no one in the vaccine injury denialism "camp" gives a rat's ass about injured children or broken families.  KRS

By Brooke Potthast

May 3, 2014

Dear Mr. Gerson,

I’d like to ask you a few questions in response to your piece “The Disease of Vaccine Denialism”.  First and foremost I’d like to ask you if you think the FDA and drug makers

are infallible when it comes to determining the safety of a medicine? Certainly if you look even in the last five years you can find several examples of drugs approved by the FDA to treat varying medical conditions which had to be recalled due to dangerous side effects.  A few that come to mind are Vioxx, Avandia and Avastin.

I don’t understand why we willingly accept that sometimes drug manufacturers and the FDA make mistakes and yet when it comes to vaccines, it is supposed to be an impossibility. Yes, individual vaccines are rigorously tested before being introduced to the US immunization schedule but do you realize that NOT ONE study has been conducted on the safety of combined immunizations? That when a baby is taken to the pediatrician and gets 3, 5 or 7 shots in one day no safety studies have been done on the effects of those vaccines being given together?  I attended the Congressional Government Oversight Committee hearings on autism in the fall of 2012 and this question about the safety of combined immunizations was asked over and over to Colleen Boyle of the CDC and she had to admit in front of  Congress that those safety studies do not exist.

One doesn’t have to look far to find an example of a recently introduced vaccine that is under scrutiny for safety concerns and has been removed from the immunization schedule of several countries. The HPV vaccine known as Gardasil was fast tracked at Merck’s request by the FDA in 2007.  It is easy to find hundreds of families who believe their daughters were seriously injured by this vaccine and two physicians who worked at Merck on the development of Gardasil have publicly stated it is unsafe and ineffective. The doctors are Diane Harper and Bernard Dalbergue. I urge you to look into the history of this vaccine with an open mind and to recognize that when profit and public health are in bed together there is opportunity for much to go wrong.

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Vaccine Danger Discussion OK for Dogs. Not Kids.

DogDoctorCartoonFrom Dogs Naturally Magazine.

Neurological damage is one of the most prevalent and least desired adverse effects of the vaccine process. By over-vaccinating canines, we are introducing a potentially serious danger into society: brain damaged dogs.

As Harris Coulter convincingly demonstrated in his book, “Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality” the unwanted consequences of human vaccination include sudden unprovoked violence in children. No wonder the British government has seen the need to introduce the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Amongst the vaccine-induced antibodies found in the Purdue study, autoantibodies to Cardiolipin were found. Elevated levels of anti-cardiolipin autoantibodies (ACA) have been reported to be significantly associated with neurological conditions.

The Merck Manual describes encephalitis as “an acute inflammatory disease of the brain due to direct viral invasion or to hypersensitivity initiated by a virus or other foreign protein … Secondary encephalitis, usually a complication of viral infection, is considered to have an immunologic mechanism. Examples are the encephalitides following measles, chickenpox, rubella, smallpox vaccination, vaccinia, and many other less well defined viral infections.”

Encephalitis has been shown to appear in dogs after vaccination. (Grene, CE, ed, Appel MJ, Canine Distemper in Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat, 2nd edition, Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1998: 9-22).

Writing in the Veterinary Record during 1992 (130, 27-30), AIP McCandlish et al state: “Post-vaccinal encephalitis is a recognised complication of the administration of certain strains of live attenuated canine distemper vaccine (Hartley 1974, Bestetti and others 1978, Cornwell and others 1988)”.

According to Braund’s Clinical Neurology in Small Animals: Localization, Diagnosis and Treatment:

“post vaccinal canine distemper encephalitis occurs in young animals, especially those less than six months of age. It has been recognised as a disease entity for a number of years, and is believed to be association with vaccination using live virus. The pathogenesis of this disease is unclear, but may result from insufficient attenuation of the vaccine virus which causes subsequent infections of the CNS; the triggering of a latent distemper infection by vaccination; other vaccine components; or an enhanced susceptibility of the animal (e.g., animals that are immunosuppressed).”

Merck states: “Symptoms of encephalitis may be associated with cerebral dysfunction (alteration in consciousness, personality change, seizures, paresis) and cranial nerve abnormalities.”

It should be noted that encephalitis is a spectrum disease, ranging from mild and undetectable, through to severe manifestations, and even death.

Read the full article at Dogs Naturally Magazine.

RIP Danny Alger: Vaccines, Injury, Autism and a 1977 Court Compensation

Danny AlgerBy Louis Conte

For Danny

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Danny Alger, age 37, went to heaven. He was surrounded by his mother, Joyce, and father, Ed. Danny got to see God knowing that he was loved.

Danny Alger is one of the most important people our community has ever known.

In case 89-31V, Special Master Paul T. Baird ruled Danny “sustained an encephalopathy, the first symptoms of which appeared within three days of the second DPT vaccine that he received on March 27, 1977.”  The injury left Danny with seizures and developmental delays.

And the vaccine injury also left Danny with autism.

Danny Alger was one of the first cases to be decided by a hearing in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). It was a tough hearing but Ed, Joyce and their Attorney, Cliff Shoemaker, proved their case and managed to get Danny Alger compensated for his injuries.

The Algers weren’t trying to prove that vaccines caused Danny’s autism. Autism was barely understood in the late 1980’s because it was so rare. The Algers needed resources to care for Danny and managing his seizures was a never ending struggle. Autism was just another issue and a rare behavioral diagnosis is not your primary concern when you are fighting to keep your child alive.

Eventually, the money from the settlement ran out. It was never really enough and there is no way to petition the NVICP for additional assistance. Ed and Joyce went about their lives, took care of Danny, raised their other children and like all of us, did their best.

No one from the NVICP ever contacted them again. It seemed Danny and his family were supposed to fade into the fringes of the American landscape. It seemed they were supposed to become invisible.

Danny Alger was one of the first cases where the federal government, grudgingly, compensated vaccine injury victims. Danny was one of the first of those cases that also featured autism. As the years passed, there would be many more. The government wanted those cases to be invisible too.

I found the Algers after reading through dozens of old NVICP case decisions while doing the research that ultimately resulted in the publication of Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury, 28 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 480 (2011).  Ed and Joyce were the first people I called and it was one of the most remarkable conversations of my life. One of my sons with autism was making a racket while I was talking with Joyce and she just happened to mention that Danny used to make all sorts of noises because he also had autism.

Amazingly, Danny Alger was no longer invisible.

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Tell Your Politicians Constituents Support Vaccine Choice

Action alertUse this easy ACTION ALERT to send up to date info to your political leaders regarding constitutent views on vaccination, autism and vaccine choice. Politicians have so much information to digest - it's impossible to keep up to date with every topic, and autism is one are where they are fed info from industry that skews their thinking. Most could not tell you the current prevalence rates. Here's an opportunity to educate - and that could lead to better voting choices on your behalf. Thank you to Autism Action Networkf or this alert.

The number of adults in the US who believe that vaccines cause autism has grown from 18% in 2011, according to a Harris Interactive Health Day poll, to 29% of all adults today, with 33% of all parents with children under 18 believing vaccines cause autism, according to a National Consumer League poll released last week. At this growth rate, within 5 years a majority of US adults will believe the most destructive and largest children’s epidemic in US history is caused by the activities of physicians and the pharmaceutical industry. No data was release on the number of people who are either uncertain of undecided.

Even more important though is the finding in the National Consumer League poll that 76% percent of parents believe they should have the final say on the vaccines their children receive, with 64% of all adults agreeing. To those who don’t think parents should have the final say we would suggest if you want to give a child a vaccine have some children of your own, and leave ours alone.  

We want to share this poll data far and wide. Please click on the Take Action Link to send a message to your state and federal legislators, informing them that the American people overwhelmingly support parental choice for vaccines, and that the number of people who believe autism is caused by vaccines is rapidly growing despite the efforts of the trillion dollar plus drug industry.

 

Andrew Wakefield Responds to Emily Willingham and Forbes

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 Ms. Emily Willingham

Forbes Magazine

60 Fifth Avenue,

New York, NY 10011.

04.30.14

Re:       Malicious defamation of Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Without prejudice

Dear Emily Willingham,

            It has been brought to my attention that on or about April 30, 2014, Forbes ran an online article authored by you entitled, “Blame Wakefield For Missed Autism-Gut Connection.” The article can be found online at:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2014/04/30/blame-wakefield-for-missed-autism-gut-connection/

In this letter you made demonstrably false and misleading claims that have the effect of defaming me. Your false and defamatory statements are reckless, stated without due regard to the available evidence, and malicious. Accordingly, pending review by my lawyers, you will be sued for defamation.

            Specifically, your article states, as a matter of fact that:

Wakefield’s MMR/autism/gut red herring and the subsequent noxious cloud that his fraud left over any research examining autism and the gut.

            In making this false and malicious allegation of fraud, you erroneously ascribe the above statement to a “cite” from the authors of an article published in the medical journal Pediatrics when you write:

Well, the Pediatrics review by McElhanon et al. happens to cite that reason several times: Wakefield’s MMR/autism/gut red herring and the subsequent noxious cloud that his fraud… The Pediatrics authors state it unequivocally:

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Sibling Perspective: What Autism Awareness Month Doesn’t Mean to Me

Jennifer RoseBy Jennifer Rose

Well,  we've said goodbye to another long April, aka Autism Awareness Month, which has done about as much good for autism as the Spice Girls have done for feminism. If it were more like Breast Cancer Awareness month, which actually does care about people with breast cancer and is about more than “awareness,” it wouldn’t be so bad. Autism Speaks has become notorious for trying to cure autism. But, they also want to make autism look like a “gift”. They also tell us to “Light it Up Blue”- what does that accomplish? Can you say “contradiction?”

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind causes making autistic people feel good about themselves…as long as they don’t treat autism as “alternate thinking”, or worse, a “gift.” It’s only a gift if it inspires people to think outside the box and be more creative. Some famous creative minds may have been autistic (Tim Burton, Andy Warhol, Lewis Carroll) though that’s only speculation. And I found it very sweet for Jodi DiPiazza to sing with Katy Perry, and for Alexis Wineman to overcome autism to become Miss Montana that same year. (I’m also pretty envious of both girls, though Mom and Dad say that I’ll be doing so much more work with autism.)

If they were all Jodi DiPiazzas and Alexis Winemans, it would be easy. However, autism is not a Jenny  Flora Rose“one size fits all” diagnosis. There are many kids who struggle to get a word out, like my sister. However, autism coverage in the media is a lot like “missing pretty girl syndrome.” If you’re cute, pretty, and “marketable” (read: sugary sweet), you get coverage. Unfortunately, this not only leaves out kids who are severely affected, but also kids who have recovered, like me.

Last September, the mother of cheerleader Keely Pettingill announced that she had recovered, but the media didn’t report that. Her mother was pretty ticked about that, because she wanted a recovery story. She had been told that her daughter would end up in an institution, and she was like “Yeah-college!” My father said “At the next Congressional hearing in November, we have to have a panel of recovered kids.” Thanks, Dad! Too bad Congressman Issa had to cancel.

Recovered kids? Are you serious? Kids can’t “recover” from autism, don’t be silly! If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! Man, do I wish people will wake the hell up, because it is a disorder, not just a difference. If people out there stopped seeing homosexuality as a disorder, and autism as just a difference, and instead thought the other way around, we’d be living in a much better world.

I even wrote a poem last March, about “what I would do to help the world”:

If I could change anything about the world…

I would help kids.

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Autism Support in Chicago: Rescue Our Angels Party & Fundraiser May 9th

Rescue our angelsGoodbye April, HELLO HOPE!

Have plans Friday, May 9th? Want to have a great time and help raise money for Generation Rescue?

Then come to the 7th Annual Rescue Our Angels event in Chicago! My husband and I are so honored to have been asked to co-host this incredible event founded by parents Michele and Peter Doyle, and we would love for you to join us! After their little girl was diagnosed with autism in 2006, the Doyle's started the Rescue Our Angels benefit to help raise money for autism families in need. Over the last six years, the event has gone from a small, intimate gathering to a star-studded extravaganza that has raised almost one half of a million dollars! Tickets are still on sale, but are going fast. Get yours today! We hope to see you there!

The List of Really Bad People Who Must Be Stopped Because They're Like the Worst Person in the World Since Adolf Hitler

The-Great-Dictator-WWII-Movie-starring-Charlie-ChaplinBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

I know that readership in the mainstream media has declined over the past several years because people have lots of other choices and so many times it seems like the media is being bought and paid for by some industry that isn't really interested in telling you the truth.  

So just in case you haven't been reading the popular press all that much, I thought I'd compile the current enemy list of all right-thinking people so you'd have it in a single place.  It just makes hating people so much easier when you don't get confused about the identity of the bad guys.

1.  Dr. Andrew Wakefield - Okay, let's all pile on him first.  I mean, so he was a top scientist in the Andy Austin field of gastroenterology and he did respond to parent complaints that their children regressed after a MMR vaccination and had gastrontestinal problems.  Like any good supervillian, he went looking for the source of the gastrointestinal problems and found the measles virus in the gut of these children several years after it should have cleared their system, and was brazen enough to say the findings called for additional research.  That's what good scientists are supposed to do when they find something which might help people, right?  Instead, Wakefield was attacked and found guilty of "conspiracy" with another gastroenertologist who had retired years earlier.  However, that other doctor was able to get the insurance company to fight the verdict handed down by the British Medical Council and be exonerated.  So, even though now the gastrointestinal problems of children with autism are widely accepted, Wakefield remains probably the only man on the planet guilty of a conspiracy with himself.  You have to be a major-league supervillain to pull off that feat.

Jenny The View2.  Jenny McCarthy - Jenny was an actress, a best-selling author of humorous books, and yes, she did have a rocking body that was hot enough to land her in the pages of Playboy magazine.  Then she had a child who developed autism after a vaccination, and she was able to recover him, a supposed impossibility.  When she talked about what had happened to her son, she was attacked as if she was, well, an NBA owner who made racially insensitive remarks.  Okay, let's put her on the hate list.

3.  Dr. Bernadine Healy - Healy may not have had a rocking body, but she had a rocking mind.  It Bernadine healy lab coatwas good enough to make her the first female head of the National Institutes of Health, where she started the Human Genome Project.  Oh, and after that little stint, she headed that crypto-fascist organization, a.k.a.  the Red Cross, and was a columnist for U. S. News and World Report.  She thought it was important to study subgroups of people who received vaccinations because some might be more vulnerable to side-effects than others.  What?!?  Some medical interventions might have different effects on different people and should be studied?!?  Next, she'll be saying the world is flat and we're going to sail off the edge.

Sharyl A4.  Sharyl Attkisson - For those Neanderthals who think the leaders of our country need to answer serious questions from reporters, like what happened to our ambassador in Benghazi, the IRS scandal, or Fast and Furious, this is your poster girl.  But wait, this former top CBS investigative journalist also pursued embarassing stories that the Bush administration didn't like.  I'm starting to have a thought here, but it needs time to develop.  Maybe . . . just maybe . . .  in a free society, the press should act as a check on whichever party is in power.  Sharyl's crime?  She interviewed Dr. Bernadine Healy, the former head of the National Institutes of Health, asked whether vaccines had been thoroughly studied, and reported Dr. Healy's response that they had not.  Oh, and for those keeping score at home, that happened at the end of the Bush years.

5.  Rob Schneider - Here's another funny actor, but he's dangerous too, because he also worries Rob Schneiderthat vaccines might be hurting children.  We need to crush him like a grape!  Okay, maybe they should just keep him locked up so he doesn't lead good people astray, and let him out only when he does those movies with Adam Sandler because they're so damn funny.  (I'm not sure, does that mean Adam Sandler should be on the list, too?)

Katie couric6.  Katie Couric - Well she did anchor the CBS Evening News and was known for going after people like the first President Bush, but when she did stories on the harm that the Gardasil vaccine might be causing in young girls, well, that was it.  We need to turn our backs on her and shun her like a bunch of mean girls.

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Take Action: Warn Congress about Vaccine Industry Propaganda Film Invisible Threat

DemonizeManaging Editor's Note:  "demonize the enemy" is a war tactic. Time Magazine recently compared unvaccinated children to loaded guns.  Use this easy ACTION ALERT to contact your Congressperson.

With any luck, they will be in the office and not at a Merck golf event....  Last day of April - the vaccine industry has used this month to  try to distance themselves from autism - when you resort to propaganda films, however, not sure the effort is working.

Take Action: Warn Congress about vax propaganda film Invisible Threat

Vaccine industry front group Every Child By Two (ECBT) kicked off a letter-writing campaign asking legislators to attend a pro-vaccine film featuring millionaire vaccine developer and industry spokesman Paul Offit. In the film, Offit calls those who question vaccine safety “evil.” Every Child By Two posted online:

By flooding legislators’ offices with calls and emails between now and May 1st we can make it clear …we stand firm against vaccine misinformation that is resulting in weakened public health policies, watered-down school vaccination requirements and the resurgence of deadly diseases!... Explain that this student-film aims to uncover the truth about the anti-vaccination groups who seek to dismantle the progress made to combat deadly diseases that used to take the lives of millions of people each year.

The “student film” was directed and produced by adults, not students, and the project has deep pharma ties. Paul Offit is the film’s “Scientific Technical Advisor.” ECBT has received millions in funding from pharmaceutical companies. Funding and other support for the film comes from the Rotary Club; Rotary International receives grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – a major investor in vaccines.

The student who is listed as the film’s writer, Camille Posard, posted on the ECBT blog that she fears vaccine safety advocates, and she compares us to “white supremacists.” This is not the first time the vaccine industry has resorted to hate-mongering. But exploitation of high school students is a new low.

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Autism - This is No Tap Out Event!

Keep-calm-and-never-tapoutBy Geoff Dubrowsky

OK, I admit to still watch wrestling every Monday night.  Several matches lately have ended peacefully with a Tap Out. Some of the pay per view events have special rules like the dreaded steel cage or No Tap Outs allowed. That seems awful, but even I know it’s not real, or is it?

When you have a child that is so cognitively impaired, and they become so frustrated that they attempt to harm themselves what can you do? If you are home alone or alone working with a student or client you may find yourself in a No Tap Out Event!

My son has on multiple occasions tried to attack those near him. He’s 18 years old, six foot one and almost two hundred and fifty pounds, with a full healthy set of adult teeth. The attacks can grow with such intent that the options become running from the house or locking ourselves in a room until the banging on the door ends or he breaks through. These options are really not acceptable if our goal is to make sure he is safe and doesn’t hurt himself, a role we could not perform if we were not bleeding out on the floor in a batch of our own hair.

The No Tap Out rule is made even harder when an attack happens in public. We do not want him hurting himself or anyone else during these episodes. We find that even those strangers who want to help with the best intentions can escalate the moment placing them in danger and leading to potential liability issues. Local police can help if you happen to live in an area where they are trained by great organizations like POAC in New Jersey, but the police are limited as well. They are trained in non passive restraint methods and are trained to use deadly force if they feel they or others are in life threatening situation.  Nothing affected me more than telling a police officer in my own home, it was ok to take my son down, place him in cuffs and take him to the hospital.  Seeing him walk out of my house without shoes while the neighbors came out to watch, is an image I will never loose!

With the amount of stories I hear and when I see a society turning a blind eye, I realized I needed to take action. My late sister faced the No Tap Out life with her daughter and I remember her getting trained in Passive Restraint Techniques and having to be the one to keep her daughter from hurting everyone in her path. After years of battling my sister was able to Tap Out finally when her daughter was placed 17 years ago in a wonderful Developmental Center. Today her daughter is still mute, still prone to violence but has two jobs on campus and goes on numerous trips and recently medaled in the Special Olympics.

I came across an organization called Handle With Care who taught my sister and they were excited to get a parent whose life they can help. Most of their teachers and students either work in prisons, hospitals, special schools and ICFMR’s. So I went and observed a Master Teacher workshop, which is a required annual requirement for their instructors.

I learned that Handle With Care has a committed staff, teaching anyone willing to learn how to deal with a behaviorally challenged person in a way that preserves dignity. For the past 30 years there methods have proven safe and enable continued positive learning and behavioral development by preserving and enhancing the therapeutic relationship. So a month later I took the basic course and was one of only two parents to attend.

Day one was a complete day of verbal training, learning how to interact with the individual. We learned to first asses what a real danger is and use the power of observation to attempt to deescalate the situation. Training included trying to create an environment that does not make it worse. We spoke about how to understand and use affect, a topic I have always been well versed in as a student of the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan. We also learned about gestures and about how they can be misinterpreted by many. A large portion of the discussion was based on what we must do to prevent an injury to the person attacking us. This is the key difference in comparing passive restraint to either self-defense or restraints. The goal is to educate the individual that we are not here to hurt them but we also do not want them to hurt themselves.

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Shut Them Down! Rotenberg Center Burns Student with "Shock" Treatment.

WeepBy Kim Stagliano

My God... In this week after Passover and Easter, "'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?

Please take a look at this petition to SHUT DOWN the barbaric Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts.  This "school" (and Abu Graib is a summer camp) uses electric shock as a behavioral treatment. Painful, aversive, out of date, last ditch, aw who cares it's just mentally disturbed kids and autistic kids who are probably in the last place on earth that will take them electric shock.   Yes, Massachusetts (which happens to be my homestate) the ultra-liberal blue state where anything goes - except medical rights and freedom and respect and decency for children and their families.   The state where Justina Pelletier languishes in DCF after having been taken from her family by Children's of Boston.  

Here is the start of the petition by a former teacher's aide at Rotenberg.  As an aside, my Dad, now 91 years of age, played golf with Judge Ernie Rotenberg back in the 60s and 70s. And rumor has it, the Judge was a lot like Judge Smails - he used a "footwedge" to boost his scores.  His wife Gladys died just last year, her service held at the Synagogue in the town where I grew up.  The dichotomy, or irony (which seems too glib a word to suffice here) of this school having been named after a Jewish man - a school that tortures and maims as viciously as any concentration camp as far as I can see, is as vivid as the burns on the boy's body.

That any student remains there speaks to the tragedy of mental health and autism care for teens and children. There are so few good choices. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT TO DO! For the Alex Spourdalakis's, the Sky Walker's, kids who need care and medical treatment - not torture, the Rotenberg Center should be closed down for cheating children out of their very lives - it is barbaric and inhumane.  NOW. 

The video is disturbing, please be aware.  Kim

I deeply regret having worked as a teacher’s assistant at The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC), a “special needs school” in Canton, Massachusetts, where children and teenagers with autism and other disabilities are administered electric shocks as a means of controlling their behaviors.  

I joined the JRC because I thought I would be helping these special needs students.  But it became clear that this practice was painful, traumatic, and more harmful than good. I never would have used these "GED" shock devices had JRC not told me and other staff in training that the GEDs had been “approved by the FDA”.  When asking an administrator about the severe thick and bloodied scabby injuries all over students' bodies, I was told that these machines had been tested and were “proven to be safe” as necessary to get FDA approval.  I did not know until 2012 that this was a lie!

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Contest Winner: The Autism War by Louis Conte from Skyhorse Publishing

The Autism War_revised coverCongrats to MARIE, the winner.

The Autism War
has begun…

Those of us who understand the connection between vaccine injury and autism have not been fairly considered by the American media and press. We are often portrayed as “angry” or “irrational” people who have a “fringe belief” that has been “debunked”.  And we are all “anti-science” and “anti-vaccine.”

On the rare occasions when we are covered in the media, the other side quickly and ruthlessly attacks with an avalanche of criticism. Those in the research community, who speak out or question vaccine safety, face professional destruction.

As a result, the belief that the increase in autism isn’t real, even in the face of overwhelming data, has been used by the government to avoid responsibility for planning for thousands of people afflicted with the disorder. Families are beleaguered and often face a gauntlet of societal obstacles when advocating for their loved ones. People with autism face discrimination and even victimization.

Justice seems as though it were a million miles away.

I started digging into the shadowy world on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program after word about the compensation of a case in which the federal government conceded that a child’s “autism-like behaviors” were “the result” of vaccine injury. I’ve worked in and around courts for entire professional life. I enjoy investigation and looking into the “Vaccine Court” seemed logical. Maybe I could find a sound, legal explanation to the convoluted language used in the case. Didn’t the government understand that having “autism-like behaviors” meant having autism?

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MomsFightingAutism.com Online Autism Conference April 26th & 27th

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The Focus is on the Transition to Adulthood – Teens Need to be Better Prepared

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Irvine, CA: Moms Fighting Autism and Autism College are partnering up to offer a free virtual conference on Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM PST. This year’s theme is: Autism from Adolescence to Adulthood, Preparing for Independence and Growth. Keynote speaker Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of five award-winning books on autism, will be speaking on Preparing for the Transition to Adulthood.  Speakers include: Brian King, author of Strategies for Building Successful Relationships with People on the Autism Spectrum, who will speak on “Building a Support Community for Interdependence and Growth;” Wendy Partridge, Executive Director of Heroes of the Game, Inc., speaking on “Work Incentives Planning and Assistance – Taking the next step on your Employment Journey”, and Marguerite Cohn, Transitions Program Supervisor of the Rebecca School in New York.

"The transition to adult life can be a rude awakening for parents as well as the young adult," said autism expert and founder of AutismCollege.com, Chantal Sicile-Kira. "The unemployment rate for adults with autism is very high, and we can do a better job of preparing them during their school years. Listening to these speakers is a great way to get empowered with the information parents need to know."

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Dr. Keith Ablow on Justina Pellietier Children's Hospital Of Boston Medical Freedom Case

Keith AblowManaging Editor's Note:  We in the autism community have been watching the Justina Pelletier case with horror (there is no softer word) as Children's Hospital of Boston took the teen from her family earlier this year.  Dr. Keith Ablow, popular psychiatrist, had this to say about the case on Fox.   You can link over to the FOX site to read the full post - we choose to excerpt -  but the final paragraph is critical:

Yet, I also know that a teenager has been taken from her family. I know that she was once a figure skater and has, since her time at Children’s Hospital, been photographed in a wheelchair. I know that she reportedly passed a note to her parents recently that accused the hospital of abusing her. And I am absolutely sure that if the medical records or other evidence cannot prove beyond a doubt that Linda and Lou Pelletier placed Justina in mortal danger by virtue of their psychopathology or willful negligence as parents, Children’s Hospital should be brought to its knees by paralyzing civil suits and criminal complaints, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts should be exposed for what it may have become: a state that, under the determined leadership of Gov. Deval Patrick (who, by the way, threatened to jail anyone driving during a snowstorm this winter), teeters on the brink of abandoning all pretense of individual freedom.

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at info@keithablow.com.

My Dinner With The Familyof Justina Pelletier

In case you’ve ever wondered, when you take a psychiatrist to dinner (especially a forensic psychiatrist, like me), he doesn’t leave the office 100 percent. No well-trained psychiatrist can. The “third ear” we develop during training – the one that catches meaningful turns of phrase or attempts to be evasive – can’t be left at the office door entirely.

When I had dinner with Lou and Linda Pelletier and three of their four daughters, Jennifer, Jessica and Julia, a few nights ago in Massachusetts, I wasn’t trying to evaluate them. They aren’t my patients. But I was listening for discordant psychological notes, nonetheless – ones that might tell me I was sitting with people destructive enough to merit permanently losing custody of their teenage daughter Justina.

For anyone who hasn’t heard the story, the Pelletiers brought Justina to Boston Children’s Hospital early last year for a consultation related to complications from what they had been told was mitochondrial disease, a complex and controversial physical disorder diagnosed in Justina by doctors at New England Medical Center in Boston (and with which another of their daughters has also been diagnosed). Instead, the Pelletiers were told by a doctor who intervened in her consultation that Justina had no physical ailment, but was, instead, suffering from somatoform disorder – physical symptoms caused not by underlying bodily abnormalities but by underlying psychological issues.

The Pelletiers did not want to leave Justina at Children’s Hospital, but they were not allowed to take her home. She was seized by the hospital, which asserted the Pelletiers would not accept their daughter’s obvious psychiatric disorder and, therefore, clearly would impede needed treatment. Courts in Massachusetts have agreed, recently awarding permanent custody of Justina to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).

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Introducing Health Choice: Protect YOUR Right to Individual Health Choice

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It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we announce the formation of Health Choice, a new health-focused, non-profit organization. Health Choice has two main objectives: promoting the right to individual health choice and standing up for victims of medical injury. 

Drawing on the expertise of many professionals from the autism and health advocacy world, Health Choice will strive for better health policies and more reasonable laws surrounding health decisions. Health Choice will also investigate wrongdoings in these areas. 

“There are many great advocates who have eagerly joined the Health Choice cause. We have advisors from several different areas including science, legal, and medical,” said Jennifer Larson who serves on the Executive Leadership Team. 

Through Health Choice’s website, newsletters and media appearances, this organization will focus on educating citizens about the many different options in treating or sometimes even not treating certain health conditions. Health Choice will also recognize medical injuries certain groups have sustained. We will advocate for the injured and try to prevent these injuries from happening in the future. 

To find out more about Health Choice, please visit our website. Make sure to join Health Choice and find out how you can help protect your right to a healthy life!

Follow us on Twitter at: @ForHealthChoice
Like us on Facebeook: Health Choice
Bookmark our site: HealthChoice.org

Sincerely,

Rebecca Estepp
Director of Communications

Along with Health Choice’s Executive Leadership Team:

Mark Blaxill, Dan Burns, Patti Carroll, Allison Chapman, Teresa Conrick, Lou Conte, Anne Dachel, Laura Hayes, Rolf Hazelhurst, Kent Heckenlively, Nancy Hokkanen, Cat Jameson, Jennifer Larson, Maureen McDonnell,  Julie Obradovic, Dan Olmsted, Sylvia Pimentel, Wayne Rohde, Kim Stagliano, John Stone, Kim Mack Rosenberg, Laura Rowley, Andrea Ruppert, Ginger Taylor, Katie Weisman, Dawn Winkler

Mary Holland
Advisory Group Chair

Active Healing: Creating a Healthy Neurological Foundation for your Child

Active Healing LogoPlease join us in welcoming Sargent Goodchild and his neurological Sarge Goodchild reorganization program called Active Healing to the AofA family.    Sargent was the very first provider I met who told me about biomedical treatments, diet, and a wide range of therapies that could help my girls improve their functioning. He has presented at Autism One and across the country at conferences.  Kim

Neurological re-organization (NR) honors and integrates the natural order of human development. NR uses a prescribed set of repetitive movements to remap your child’s neural pathways. Just as traffic is rerouted around damaged sections of road, NR strengthens existing neural pathways around damaged or underdeveloped parts of the brain.

Learn more about our our program or discover more about neurophysical development.

 

Vaccine Panel with Rob Schneider, Aidan Quinn, Andy Wakefield & More at Give Autism a Chance

Truthfyl gentle fearlessPanelists Rolf Hazelhurst, autism parent and attorney,  Jim Moody, attorney, Aidan Quinn, autism parent and actor, Rob Schneider,  autism parent and comedian, Mike  Guido, autism parent and comedian,  Jeanna Reed, autism parent, co-founder Autism Is Medical, and moderators Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Jill Rubolino, autism parent, co-founder Autism Is Medical sharing their experience with autism and regression post vaccination in a powerful and poignant way at the Give Autism a Chance conference in Austin, TX on April 12, 2014. Dr. Andrew Wakefield moderates the panel with his British aplomb and even handed determination.  "Welcome to the calm, quiet world of autism and vaccines. Hello to the trolls online."   Classic Brit wit.

View more videos at The U-Stream channel.

The video of the autism vaccine panel starts at 2:39 minutes.  There's plenty to watch before that start, however. Enjoy.


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Video streaming by UstreamAlso, from Give Autism a Chance: Our amazing #GAAC live stream was produced by Light Strike Productions in association with Blind Monk Productions. Huge thanks to Jeremy and Roderick for a top notch production. Videos are still available for viewing at www.ustream.tv/theautismtrustusa
To reach our video team directly, visit their websites at:
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Rebecca Estepp on CW6 San Diego on Autism Awareness Month

San Diego 6Thank you, Becky for your consistently stellar work to get the word out on local and national media about the epidemic. Nice shout out to Age of Autism in the intro and graphics. 

Action Alert: Dr. Offit, Please Stop Making Stuff Up About Regressive Autism

Ringing telephoneNote: Here is an easy to use action alert to ask Dr. Paul Offit's bosses to Action alertrequest that he stop making "stuff" (another word would fit well) up about autism - as a distraction for the epidemic and to protect his industry land connections. Click HERE.

Offit: "When you have autism, you are born with autism"

Ask Offit's bosses to stop him making stuff up
 
In a recent interview with Medscape (www.medscape.com/viewarticle/822981) millionaire vaccine industrialist and spokesman, Paul Offit, MD, pretends that he knows that autism begins before birth, which denies that autistic regression occurs, “When you have autism, you are born with autism. There is no changing that, and to some people, that is helpful to know.” We thought this might come as a surprise to many people who watched their healthy child regress into autism, and anybody who follows autism research.
     
Offit promotes himself as one of America’s leading authorities on autism, even though, like most parents, he has no professional training in autism.  Which may account for him saying things that have no foundation in either the medical literature, or the experience of hundreds of thousands of people. And he has several jobs at very prestigious institutions, which one would hope would value a close adherence to truth and known facts. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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