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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

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.


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

Elk Grove Village, IL

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.


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:

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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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, 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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9 Lives friends.... Sorry for the tech issues with our host - nasty business. Back to our regularly schedule programming. FI-YAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!

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

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
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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.

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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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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 ( 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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April Autism Aging Adults Apathy Angst

FrustratedBy Geoff Dubrowsky

April is autism awareness month, a month that I finally had decided to ignore. Since I am responsible for three adults with developmental disabilities I find that celebrating is no longer an option.  Sadly for me, my nature to not bury my head in the sand has lead me to have to write this article and not ignore the actions of April!

The month begins with April Fools' Day how appropriate! Sadly this April Fools' Day delivered us interpretations of the CDC's new autism rate. The new numbers, no matter how you want to interpret them, prove absolutely nothing.  We already knew we had a problem, that was not being given the attention it demands and we still have the wrong people pretending to help.

So rather than spend time here telling you why the Combating Autism Act has failed for over a decade, or telling you how politicians refuse to listen to parents who are looking for answers, and instead listen to those looking to enhance their 401K plans, or pointing out the fact that we may have one too many autism non-profits (these lead to more platforms where way too many high functioning self-advocates, who claim they have or had autism are telling us what our kids need)  with them aside  - I'm going to tell you about my month.

My month started with a battle to help the 75 year old parents of a 50 yr-old women who has been a resident of the Woodbridge Developmental Center for over four decades. They had been given a ten-day notice that their daughter would be moved to another NJ Developmental Center some 90 miles away.

The state law requires a 60-day Habitation Plan, that includes the families input but that law is being ignored. Because the parents lived in Old Bridge, NJ, we thought we had lucked out since I happen to be a friend of their Assemblyman Ronnie Dancer. Dancer was great reaching out as he could and also called his Districts State Senator Thompson. The story falls apart here because Thompson is in favor of closing the Developmental Centers and he decide to call me to explain his ignorance. I jumped ahead on purpose because the man was so uneducated on the issue he is championing I was left cursing him out of the phone after his responses left me shaking!

Turns out he has never visited any of the States 7 Developmental Centers that he wants to close. He claimed to be unaware that NJ has over 300 people living in Developmental Center Settings out of state and that NJ Centers do not accept placements without a court order, which is why enrollment is not up.

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Video: Dr. Albert Enayati Petitions IACC to Include Regressive Autism

IaccPlease take 7 minutes to listen to Dr. Albert Enayati passionately petition IACC to include regressive autism and vaccination in their work. Their blithe response? "You've used up two minutes of your time."  Thank you to Canary Party for posting this video link.

From the Safeminds site:  Albert Enayati is one of the original founding board members of SafeMinds and an author of the original Auitsm and Mercury paper. He is a Principal Research Engineer with 33 years experience in R&D/mechanical testing of over 100 orthopedic devices maxillofacial, trauma and spine systems.

Donate to Age of Autism To Keep the Action in April

April calendarWell, friends, it's been quite a month already and we haven't made it to the halfway point. CDC numbers were rolled out and mostly ignored or glossed over in the mainstream media.  The Chili's campaign was picked up across the country as a major "autism" story at the expense of safety for actual people with autism. Global landmarks have been bathed in a a blue glow while it's business as usual in the offices inside. 

You read about these stories and more each day at Age of Autism

And while the color of month might be blue for some? For us? We're thinking green. We are sponsor and donor funded and every dollar counts to keep us up and running.

Use the PayPal button on our right sidebar.  If you prefer to send a check - email Kim for the mailing address.

Together we will continue to work to make life safer, help others become better educated, find medically improved treatments and create a mindful care and appreciation for our loved ones with autism.

We value and thank you for your support. 

Dan, Mark, Kim and the entire AofA team.

Interview with Jeff Hays – The Producer of Bought: The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma, and Your Food

Managing Editor's Note: You can support the production of BOUGHT at IndieGogo.

By Kent Heckenlively

It was through chiropractors that documentary film producer, Jeff Hays, first became acquainted with those he jokingly calls “the most dangerous people on the face of the Earth.”

Hays was working on a film called, Doctored, which recounted the attack made by traditional medicine on the chiropractic profession and the fight the chiropractic profession waged in response and won.  “It was a small film that told the chiropractic story.  The AMA (American Medical Association) tried to contain and eliminate the profession of chiropractic.  Some chiropractors sued them in 1974, and it took 13 years, but the AMA was eventually found guilty.  That story had never really made its way into the mainstream.  And I felt it was a microcosm of what happens to alternative therapies that come under attack from mainstream or political medicine.”

Many of the chiropractors Hays interviewed had parents who were chiropractors and several of them said that in their life they’d never, “taken a drug, an aspirin, or a vaccine.”  Hays was startled to hear that many of them had never had a vaccine and what followed from that was a slow awakening to the fact that there was even a discussion about the safety of vaccines.

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Gravity Wins: Journal Entries of Autism & the Heartache of Residential Placement

Admittance Day

By:  Inas Younis

Its takes strength to hold on, but it takes even more strength to let go.  But I am a mother and I could only do what came naturally,  and so I held on.    I held on as tight as I could without hurting him.      I held him when he tried to jump out of moving cars.  I held him when  he tried to attack the neighbors.  I held him when he tried run out into streets.   I even held him as a form of therapy known as holding therapy. And although he is now gone, I am still holding on, and I just don’t have the strength to let go.  Whoever said mothers are strong,  did not really understand the meaning of strength. 

But now the time has come.   Blinded by tears,  and  deafened by an  inner voice which keeps reminding me that mothers never give up on their children, I am going to let go.  But before I do,  I must throw myself  before a jury of my peers and ask for their forgiveness.   I know what you are thinking,  only God can forgive me.   But I don’t need forgiveness from God,  for he has been on and by my side since day one.  He was there while I screamed and cursed at the heavens for making my son autistic and epileptic.   He was there when I begged  for a miracle every day for ten years straight.  He was there for the countless sleepless nights when my son screamed in pain. He was there when my son had his first seizure.  He was there when I had my first panic attack.  He was there then, and he is here now.  I don’t need his forgiveness, for there is no sin in coping.   And I do not need forgiveness from my fellow man,  who was completely oblivious during  the beatings,  the fecal smearing,  the screaming,  the property destruction,  the insanity and horrors of my life which I hid from their  innocent eyes and ignorant hearts.    No,  what  I need  in order to let go,  is forgiveness from a jury of my peers. A jury of mothers who have  suffered some measure of the horrors I have for the last sixteen years.  For only  they can understand,  and not because they have been through it,  but because many of them  are still going through it.  They are my heroes, and after you hear my story, they will be your heroes too. 

So please allow me to plead my case ,  starting with the most obvious defense.   I tried everything!  

Was I aggressive enough with his therapy, his special diets,  his medications, you ask?  Well let me see if I can remember, because as most of us mothers with special needs children know,  we all suffer from  a bit of amnesia.  It’s  our brain’s way of dealing with trauma.  I think there is an acronym for it called  PTSD.  The world of autism is full of acronyms.  There is GFCF, SCD,  ABA,  ASD,  IDEA,  ESY,  and my all time  favorite,  WTF.   But luckily,   I kept very detailed journals, so no worries.    Of course at the time,   I kept them because I was trying to decode the mystery of  autism and in my case severe autism.  I micromanaged his every bite of food, supplements, medications, and  therapy in an effort to isolate cause and effect and determine  patterns of  behavior.  But no patterns emerged except for one;  I was going crazy.   I submit to the jury the following Journal entries. 

October 2003:   I am in autism hell,  which right now means hiding out in my bathroom while the devil has his way with my son.   According to my notes  the only thing I introduced in the last couple of days to his supplement protocol is an orange flavored fish oil.   Therefore,  no more orange flavored fish oil.  Note to self: use alternate fish oil.  To do list: email the following fish oil companies until I find the purest fish oil known to man. 

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Lighthouse Pictures Announces Autism Documentary "Trace Amounts" to Premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival

In the making for over 10 years, the highly anticipated documentary film "Trace Amounts" explores the science and controversy behind the autism epidemic.

Trace Amounts (2014) Official Film Trailer from Michael Foster on Vimeo.

Lighthouse Pictures announces the world premiere of the documentary film "Trace Amounts" on Saturday, April 26th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California.

After recovering from a devastating illness that brought him to the edge of despair, Director, Eric Gladen, started researching the science behind autism. His research led him straight into one of the biggest medical controversies of all time: whether or not childhood vaccines cause autism. But Eric wasn’t focused on the vaccines, he was focused on an ingredient that is only used in vaccines to save money: mercury. He would end up quitting his career, moving into an RV, and traveling the country for years interviewing experts and piecing together thousands of studies and leaked documents. This film will do more than turn this debate upside down; it just may solve this devastating epidemic once and for all.

“The public needs to understand what’s really happened here because the public will drive the change,” Director, Eric Gladen says.

“This is a must see film,” says Congressman Dan Burton (R-Ind. 1983-2013), who was the Chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee that led a four year investigation into vaccines and autism. “There is no doubt in my mind that mercury is a major contributing factor in the autism epidemic.”

Trace Amounts will play at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Saturday, April 26, 2014, 5:30 p.m. at the Starlight Triangle 8 Cinemas. For tickets, you can go to

IACC Meeting Today

Ringing telephoneKeep tabs on IACC here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time:     9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Place:     National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive
Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 10
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Map and Directions
Cost:     The meeting is free and open to the public.
Agenda:     To discuss committee business, updates and issues related to ASD research and services activities.
Access:     Medical Center Metro Station (Red Line)

In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus.  All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver’s license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.
Registration:     On-site registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended to expedite check-in. Seating in the meeting room is limited to room capacity and on a first come, first served basis.

Online pre-registration This link exits the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Web site will close at 5:00 p.m. Eastern the day before the meeting. After that time, you will need to register onsite the day of the meeting.

Webcast Live:
Conference Call Access:     Dial: 888-950-8042
Access code: 8689681

Autism Action Month Contest! Win Games for all Ages, Abilities

Simply Fun Walk The Dogs
Readers we have a contest for SimplyFun games. SimplyFun builds smarter kids and stronger families through the amazing power of play with over 100 award-winning games (that have been independently evaluated for 11 characteristics of Autism).

Leave a comment to enter to win one game.

SimplyFun Games have been Independently Evaluated to 11 characteristics of autism:

Digger’s Garden Match: Simply Fun Katachi

Walk the Dogs:


SimplyFun believes that play is for everyone, regardless of their skill level or challenges.  So we have embarked on a new project that evaluates the contents, methods and skill level of our games for various types of learning challenges. 

A number of years ago a mother of two children, one severely autistic and one without those challenges told us that our game Walk the Dogs allowed her to experience something she thought would never be possible in her life….to see her two children play together, laughing and enjoying a game together. Though she had modified the rules to make the game accessible to both kids, that didn’t lessen the joy of their play or detract from the emotion we all felt in how our game made a difference in her family. Her story remains a legend in our company and gave us the idea that we could and should provide help to other parents just like her.

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"Rant On" My Take on Autism Awareness Day

Listen_to_me_by_rachellove147-d34d13dBy David Foster

April 4, 2014 at 12:08am

Warning: //rant-on

I coached Special Olympics for over 20 years, and I have been a vaccine safety advocate
for about 20 years, so I may have a different take on Autism Awareness  Day than most.

Through Special Olympics I was exposed to many children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, although  those involved with an organized activity like SO would necessarily be  relatively high functioning. My point is that there are many many
autistic individuals, who are very low functioning, that you will never  see, some cannot take care of themselves in any way, some wander  constantly and many cases of wandering end up in their death. Autism  impacts families in profound and sometimes very damaging and dangerous

So please, media and pundits, stop referring to autism as a "gift".

I fully support the intent of Autism Awareness Day to foster both  awareness of and tolerance for those with autism. We need to work on  both social programs as well as treatment regimens to deal with the  exponentially growing number of autistic people in our midst.

But what we ALSO need to do is stop creating new autistic children.

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Valerie Foley: "Bite Me, April 2"

Managing Editor's Note: We excerpted this post from Valerie Foley's "Information about Autism" blog. The glurge is exhausting she is right.

**I apologise in advance for some of the articles I have linked to in this post. In covering the dross that April brings to autism world, some toe dipping in the grotesque waters of ‘Keep Calm and Suck It Up’ is required. It is heretofore referred to as ‘glurge‘ and will be expunged from meaningfulness in due course. I’ve tried to balance with some more useful stuff as well**

It’s that time of year again. You’d think after 10 years of this game, I’d be used to it. And yet, it just gets more frustrating.

New numbers (higher again, how about that?) Science vs anecdote dogma (always a joy), everything is au-some, light it up blue, awareness is everything, blah blah blah…

I used to be able to float through this stuff and find the bits I needed. Now, it’s genuinely, literally and completely making me sick. My heart is pounding, my thyroid is busted, despite a great diet and a total life revision I am chronically deficient in things I shouldn’t be deficient in. It’s crazy.

Why is is crazy?  Read the full post Bite Me, April 2 by Valerie Foley HERE.

Action Alert to White House As Autism Numbers Continue to Climb

Click this Autism Action Network Action Alert to tell the White House that the negligence of CDC and NIH as the autism epidemic rages on with no sign of stopping.

The new “official autism” numbers were released minutes ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 among all eight-year olds evaluated in 2010, 1 in 42 boys, and 1 in 189 girls, more than a million children. The last time the CDC released these numbers in 2010 the numbers were 1 in 88, and 1 in 54 boys. Undoubtedly the real numbers today are much higher than this 4-year old data.

To describe the federal response to the autism epidemic as lackadaisical would be far too generous. It is actively negligent. And the most disgusting, and criminal part of this epidemiology is that the old excuses cannot be ruled out. And we have been hearing those excuse for twenty years. Changes in diagnostic criteria, even though the last change occurred 16 years before this study began, better case finding, and diagnostic substitution will be trotted out once again providing the cover for the CDC, the pediatricians, the psychiatrists, and the federal government to pretend they are concerned, to fake taking action, and ignore the worst pediatric epidemic in American history.

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Autism Groups React to New CDC-Reported Prevalence of 1 in 68 Children

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WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2014)—Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the newest autism prevalence statistics.  For children born in 2002, the prevalence of autism was 1 in 68; 1 in 42 boys.  Almost 60,000 US 12 year-olds likely have autism.  Thirty years ago, autism affected 1 in 2,500 children; there has been a 37-fold increase.

Katie Weisman of SafeMinds stated, “Broader criteria and awareness cannot account for this magnitude of increase.  The federal government continues to spend millions of dollars ineffectively and ‘potentially duplicatively’ according to a recent GAO report.  We need to identify environmental triggers for autism, prevent them, and develop effective treatments.”

Holly Bortfeld of TACA stated, “The federal government has spent $1.6 billion on autism since 2006, but the money is not helping those affected in meaningful ways. We need to improve medical treatment for the many co-occuring health concerns of individuals with autism and address the wave of students who are aging out and entering an adult world with no plan for them. ”

The Autism Policy Reform Coalition (APRC) is advocating for changes in the U.S. Government’s response to the autism crisis and represents a constituency of over 100,000.  The APRC is calling for significant changes in the Combating Autism Act, which is to be reauthorized by Congress this year.

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President Obama: Fire The Deniers! CDC Reports 1 in 68 Autism Rate

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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Autism Organizations Demand CDC Accountability Following Autism Rate Rise to 1 in 68

CdclogoIn response to the new CDC autism prevalence rate, several organizations  FireTheDeniers   concerned with the skyrocketing rate of autism put together this letter demanding accountability from the federal government for their response to the autism epidemic. This coalition of concerned organizations invites other organizations to join this effort by adding their names to the signature line.

If interested in adding your organization, please contact Rebecca Estepp at: You can contact the White House using this link.

The CDC press release follows the letter below:

March 27, 2013

CDC: 2.4% of American 12 Year Old Boys Have an Autism Diagnosis

President Obama: Fire the CDC and NIH Autism Epidemic Deniers Immediately

Dear President Obama,

Fire the deniers!  Fire the federal employees who deny the existence of an autism epidemic.
An American child is diagnosed with Autism every 8 minutes – a rate that continues to rise.  President Obama, you need to remove the federal autism leadership at NIH and the CDC.  Until leadership at NIH and CDC realizes that it is impossible to have a genetic epidemic in one generation, there will not be a proper emphasis on environmental research and subsequent treatments.

Your Federal autism team is at best, misleading you (and the country) and at worst, outright lying.  Please consider appointing a special prosecutor to investigate their malfeasance.  
The undersigned Autism advocacy organizations request that you immediately send a clear message and fire the three federal employees who have made a career of denying the autism epidemic:  CDC’s Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp and Dr. Coleen Boyle as well as NIHM’s Dr. Thomas Insel.  

Yeargin-allsoppIn 1981, Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp joined the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The autism rate then was 1 in 10,000. Under her watch, the rate of autism prevalence has gone from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 68 --- increasing 14,700% while Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp has been counting.  Despite this precipitous rise, she can’t be sure if it’s a real increase.   For the past twenty years the increase has been attributed to changes in diagnostic definition and better case finding by the CDC despite the lack of data to confirm those comforting suppositions. Even worse the CDC has never conducted, or ever even proposed doing, the basic epidemiology that could determine definitively the extent of the increase.  (1) Rice CE, et al., Evaluating Changes in the Prevalence of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (2012),, at 12.

While Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp should have been sounding the alarm for the past 20 years, instead the best she can say is “a true increase cannot be ruled out". (1)   Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp also counts the autism rate unbelievably slowly. Using 21st century technology, the CDC can find tainted eggs, spinach or cantaloupes within a matter of hours or days. How is it acceptable for the autism rate to be counted at age eight with a four-year time lag to process the data her agency collects?  It takes twelve years for her to come up with a current autism rate, which is simply unacceptable. Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp is not up to the job of supervising the autism count honestly. We demand that you fire or reassign her to a position where she can do less harm.  

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Mark Blaxill 2009: Lies, Damned Lies and CDC Autism Statistics

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Managing Editor's Note: So... this was my note in 2010  as we awaited the new CDC prevalence numbers.  Usually I have to update a "Best Of" to reflect the current date.  Not this one.  NOTHING has changed....     Here is the old intro new intro save it for the next go round intro:

We anticipate new autism prevalence numbers from CDC any moment. As April Fool's day and the cerulean silly season of awareness and celebration approaches, we thought we'd run this post Mark Blaxill: Lies, Damned Lies and CDC Autism Statistics again. This is the third airing of this post as the numbers continue to climb with no sense of the urgency and action this epidemic demands.

Dark_alley By Mark Blaxill first published in 2009.

It’s official now, real autism rates have exploded to 1 in 100 American children. We’re facing a national public health emergency of historic proportions. Bigger than swine flu. Bigger than polio. Bigger than almost anything one can imagine except AIDS. No matter how hard some may try, it’s impossible to escape the inexorable upward march of the numbers.  Even Tom Insel, head of autism research at NIH and not exactly the autism world’s greatest forward thinker, has conceded the obvious: “There is no question that there has got to be an environmental component here.”

Following last week’s release of the latest CDC autism surveillance report, no amount of methodological obfuscation (“autism prevalence has clearly gone up but there are no real incidence studies”), epidemiological nihilism (“we simply can’t know without large scale, well-controlled, prospective studies”) or social deconstructionist nonsense (“autism is an intolerant invention of modern society”) should escape scorn . Anyone with brain, a conscience and an ounce of integrity must acknowledge that we face a crisis. Meanwhile, those who would accuse the autism parent community of “denialism”, unscientific reasoning and irresponsible irrationality need to explain how their own theories, so dependent on the evidence-free suggestion that rates are rising because of “better diagnosing”, deserve to be considered respectable scientific speech. There is no more unscientific position in public health today than the fiction that rising autism rates come from better diagnosing. Let’s be clear, the only evidence for better diagnosing is wishful thinking. Our public health institutions deserve no credit for a job done better; quite the contrary, they deserve an investigation into their negligence.

Nowhere is the institutional pattern of negligence, deception and propaganda surrounding autism more apparent than in the work of the Autism Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) network. The design of the ADDM, a project of the CDC and its parent agency the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), reveals in sharp relief how determined CDC is to evade its autism responsibilities. And while there is no evidence of fraud in the preparation of the ADDM data, that’s about the only good thing you can say about the work. To be blunt, every ADDM publication so far has betrayed a fundamental dishonesty, reporting analysis that has been twisted for bureaucratic purposes to mask and suppress the magnitude of the autism problem. It’s a disturbing display of the triumph of public relations over professionalism, propaganda masquerading as science.

In their latest exercise in spin management, the CDC released a new ADDM publication last week: at noon on the Friday before Christmas. The timing of this release-- a transparent attempt to bury the surveillance news as deeply as possible-- was an indication of the seriousness with which the CDC treats the autism problem. In case anyone missed it, the leadership of the DHHS in the Obama administration has clearly selected influenza as their priority health policy concern; but their autism policy position has been less clear and this release of the ADDM findings marked the first major autism position statement of the new administration.

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Staggering Autism Increase... From 2009 and The Band Plays On

Elephant in the room Managing Editor's Note:  Remember when 1 in 110 was considered a staggering autism prevalence? We are waiting for new numbers later today, March 27, 2014. This post ran on December 21, 2009.

Alanta, GA – A study released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that autism prevalence has increased a staggering 57% from the 1994 rate of 1 in 150  to 1 in 110 for children born in 1998. SafeMinds is extremely dissatisfied with CDC’s lack of commitment to researching environmental causes and the timing of their announcement. 

Mark Blaxill, SafeMinds Director told , “I would say that releasing something the Friday before Christmas is about as deep as you can bury something.”

CDC’s Catherine Rice said, “We know there are multiple complex genetic and environmental factors which result in multiple forms of autism and we have much to learn about the causes.” However, absent from press conference and subsequent call with autism advocacy groups were specifics on the types of environmental exposures to be investigated. They skirted questions about potential environmental causes and avoided using words like “toxic exposures” or “pollutants” despite very pointed questions from advocates. 

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CDC 2009 "Good Old Days" When Autism was 1 in 110

40000 Managing Editor's Note: This post ran on December 17, 2009. We are waiting for new prevalence numbers today, March 27, 2014.

CDC Brings Bad Tidings: 40,000 Children Diagnosed With Autism In This Year Alone.

SafeMinds calls for immediate action from public health officials and implores journalists to ask the tough questions listed here:

Atlanta, GA – A study to be released Friday by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is expected to report that autism prevalence has reached the epidemic rate of 1 in 100 children. The new estimate is for children born in 1996 and represents a 50% increase in just two years over a 2007 CDC calculation  of 1 in 150 for children born in 1994. Approximately 40,000 children will be diagnosed with autism this year alone. SafeMinds calls for cutting edge research now!

The rapid increase in such a short period cannot be accounted for by changes in diagnostic criteria or greater awareness of autism. The children born in 1994 and in 1996 were diagnosed under the same version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM IV), which was issued in 1994 before any of these children were diagnosed (on average, at age 4 years) and has not changed since then. Autism began its sharp growth curve with children born in 1988-1989 – 8 years after autism had been added to an earlier DSM version in 1980.  Any increase in awareness would have had an equal effect on children born in 1994 and in 1996. Children born in 1994 and in 1996 would also have been eligible for the same educational services under IDEA, which was revised to include autism in 1990 and has not been changed since then.

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ACTION ALERT: Federal HHS Appropriations Robbing Autistic/Disabled of CHOICE

Action alertManaging Editor's Note:  Do you think the Federal Government knows what is VOR logobest for your son or daughter into adulthood? Do you think decision makers and advocates who have limited understanding of the major differences between autism and "traditional" intellectual disability have any idea how or desire to  make sure your child has a lifelong INDIVIDUALIZED plan? IEPs might end with school - that does NOT mean our children suddenly fit into the old models of disability.  Or the new models.  In fact, we know they do not - otherwise there would be NO sensory movies showings, sensitive Santas, special Broadway performances, Autism day at amusement parks and the myriad other accommodations we need for people with autism.   "Funding deinstitutionalization" sounds terrific.  Until you learn what is meant by "deinstitutionalizion..." 

Thank you to our sponsor VOR for advocating for us all. Here is their message and alert. KS

Dear Friends,

The U.S. House Appropriations' Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee is considering its Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

This week the Subcommittee is receiving public input via a hearing and written testimony. VOR is calling on the Subcommittee to "prohibit the use of HHS appropriations in support of deinstitutionalization activities which evict eligible individuals with I/DD from HHS-licensed and funded homes.

VOR feels strongly that no federal agency should define “choice” so narrowly and illegally as to disenfranchise the most vulnerable segment of our disabled population.

If you agree, BY MARCH 28, 2014 (this Friday!) please support VOR's testimony with a letter of your own (a template is provided, just click here). The deadline to submit written testimony for the record is this Friday, March 28.

To take action, simply click on this Action Alert.

You'll be asked to provide your contact information and with a simple "click" your letter will be sent directly to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee. It's an easy way to lend your voice in support of quality care based on individual needs and choice, regardless of setting, for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Questions? Contact Untouchable Subjects. Fearless Reporting.

SharylWe're happy to share Sharyl Attkisson's website and upcoming book, Stonewalled: One Reporter's Fight for Truth in Obama's Washington. Sharyl has stuck her neck out for the autism community time and again when other reporters and journalists have stabbed us in the back and then turned their backs on the story of a generation. Not Sharyl. Please bookmark her site and join us in wishing her well in her continued career. View her other books at Amazon as well.

Documentary in the Works "Vaccines: Are They Safe And Effective?"

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Help us complete this documentary! You can be a part of ensuring that this groundbreaking video on vaccine safety is completed. Featuring a discussion between Boyd Haley and Paul Offit, the documentary offers important insights on what can happen when industry profits, rather than human health, drive government vaccine recommendations.

Dr. Offit appears often on national television as an expert on vaccination. By not inviting any of his many critics, the mainstream media gives the impression that he has none. This false impression leaves the public uninformed on the very real threats posed to children’s health through an overly aggressive vaccine program that now recommends children receive an astounding 48 vaccines by the age of six.

Your donation of $10 to $15,000 will allow us to complete the project. In return, you’ll receive:

• A complete bibliography of 145 published scientific studies proving the danger of mercury in vaccines.

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Autism Sibling Mary Conrick: Coming Home to Autism: Snapchats and Selfies

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The anticipation of seeing my family after two months was finally hitting me. My phone had broken over the weekend and I was in an unfamiliar train station. All I wanted was for spring break to start and to have wireless connection again. On my long train ride home, I was reminded of this unfortunate event, the incapability to communicate with the outside world and how much I missed my family. Emails were not available either because the train didn’t have Wi-Fi. I felt kind of lost and alone and longed to be home once again, not an outsider without a cell phone, Wi-Fi and a family. To distract myself, I planned my homecoming. I thought about receiving a new phone from AT&T and grabbing an Italian beef with my dad, hugging my mom, updating her about my traveling experiences, and taking snapchats and selfies with my sister Megan. I always miss Megan the most because even with a working phone and Wi-Fi capabilities, I still am not able to communicate with her unless I return to sweet home Chicago.

When my train arrived, after circling the city then going backwards into the station (half an hour process I might add), I was beyond ready to go home. I departed from the train, used a payphone for the first time in my life, and got through to my dad after the 3rd try with dropping numerous quarters on the ground. I found my dad in the middle of Union Station and held my arms wide open. His demeanor changed from distressed to fully content. One family member down, three more to go I noted in my head. I still was longing to see my mom, Megan, and my dog. After attaining a new phone, grabbing a bite to eat, and running a few errands, I finally made it home. Everything was going according to plan. My mother was still at work but Megan was home. Her personal support worker was there at the time and I asked her if Megan was doing well. She said she has started to feel slightly better but it has been a rough morning. From the 1st floor, I can hear Megan’s vocal tics, which means she is not feeling well and should be left alone. I ignored her comment and the vocal noises and sprinted upstairs with hope that whatever mood Megan was in, she would feel elated to see me. I had this unrealistic hope that somehow I can change her sickness, her mood, and her autism just this once. Somehow through, I thought by Megan and I reuniting, that everything would be different for a brief moment. That was all I thought about on the train coming home to her.

I slammed Megan’s bedroom door wide open to find Megan on the end of her bed sitting upward. Her eyes were half- open and she did not have an excited expression on her face.  She didn’t even flinch when I came in. “Hi Megan. I’m Home!!!!!” I gave her a bear hug, then paused to look her in the eyes. She barely glanced at me. We made eye contact but it wasn’t welcoming one bit. She looked irritated, infuriated, and unpleased. The green in her eyes was not calming, but alarming. They turned a dark shade of green like the deep depths of the ocean, a place no one wants to envision. Her brow was furrowed and she pushed me away from her. I was naïve and I tried to tickle her, started dancing goofy and laughed in a manly way that usually makes her chuckle at least, but again, the same response. 

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Kristin Cavallari: "Anti-Vaccine?" Or Pro-Informed Health Decision?

Kristin CavNote: Welcome to newcomers.  When you think of Monstanto and food what's your instinct? That is our reaction to the vaccine injury denial industry. Follow Kristin on  FaceBook & Twitter @KristinCav and please share your story as a show of support for medical healthcare  freedom rights.  American rights.  After all, neither the manufacturer (pharma) nor the doctor who delivers the vaccination bears any liability for injury or death. YOYO - You're On Your Own - if your child is harmed.  The leading spokesman for "vaccine safety" is Dr. Paul Offit - and he is heavily invested in the industry. See our Exclusives category for copious info to help you make an informed choice for yourself and your family.

By Zack Peter Your_rights

I want to take a moment to throw a huge THANK YOU out to Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler for making a very well research and thoroughly thought-out decision to not vaccinate their son, Camden. And I want to thank Kristin for her courage to come out and publicly admit that and stand proudly behind her decision.

Too many people make irresponsible decisions — both to vaccinate and to not — without weighing out all the benefits and side-effects of vaccinations.

Do your research people. Read up. I’m not telling you to vaccinate. I’m not telling you not to. I’m telling you to educate yourself. Autism is real. Stats have reached 1 in 50. That scary. For a celebrity (in today’s age) to speak out publicly about such a controversial issue shows an immense amount of bravery, considering all the backlash she is likely to face, online and in the media.

Thank you, Kristin. Thank you, Jay. Wishing your family lots of health, happiness, and wellness for many years to come!

Tweet me @JustPlainZack or reach me at Or, as always, simply leave a comment.

New York Vaccine Action Alert

Autism action networkIt is time for New Yorkers to win back the right to decide which vaccines Action alert our children get, and when they get them. More than half the American population lives in states where parents have the right to decide. These states include California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Washington, Vermont and a dozen others.

Most other developed democracies in the world have this right including Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden, Germany, etc. But not New York.

Please click on the Take Action Link below to send a message to your State Senator asking him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor to S3934 introduced by Senator Martin Malave Dilan of Brooklyn, and ask your Assemblymember to sign on as a co-sponsor of Assemblymember Tom Abinanti’s A6359.


Please share this message with friends and family, and please like Autism Action Network on Facebook to help spread the word.

Theoretically, we have the right to an exemption from vaccine mandates for medical and religious reasons. But just ask anyone who has tried to get a medical exemption in New York, physicians are afraid to issue them for fear of reprisals from the state health department, and school districts such as New York City ignore them anyway.

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Age of Autism Named Top 125 Exceptional Twitter Account for Special Needs

Twitter logoI received this email yesterday - thanks to all of our Twitter followers those who RT our Tweets helping us to help families around the world who are facing the challenges of autism.  Follow us at  @AgeofAutism.

Hello Kim

I'm thrilled to announce that has just published a collection of 125 Exceptional Twitter Accounts Covering Special Needs, and @AgeofAutism is highlighted on it. Feel free to check it out here.

There's a wonderfully supportive and knowledgeable community of Twitter users discussing special needs and special education. We think anyone teaching special ed should join the conversation, and we're hoping this list will make it easier for them to find highly informative accounts such as your own to follow!

We're hoping this article will inspire as many new people as possible to get involved with the online community surrounding special needs and special education. Could you help make that happen by sharing a link to this article through your website, and of course through Twitter as well?

Thanks so much for all you contribute to the online discussion about special needs and let me know if you have any questions at all.

Sarah Paulson
Editorial Team

Action Alert: RI Proposes Worst Vaccine Regulation Ever

Autism action networkFrom Autism Action Network:

Michael Fine, MD, the state of Rhode Island’s Director of Health, Action alert is pushing the adoption of the worst forced shots regulations in US history. Every shot on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended schedule, including the controversial HPV shot,  will become mandatory to attend pre-school, daycare, elementary school, middle school, high school and college in Rhode Island. The ACIP is a federal commission composed of representatives of the vaccine industry with well-documented and pervasive conflicts of interest among its members. Fine has also proposed sweeping new vaccine requirements for employees of pre-schools. And unlike 20 other states where more than half the American population lives Rhode Island does not allow exemptions from vaccine mandates for secular reasons.

Children as young as six-months will be exposed through flu shots to quantities of mercury vastly higher than maximum exposure limits for adults. The HPV has an extremely bad safety record, and there is no data studying the effect of multiple injections of products the US Supreme Court has declared “unavoidably unsafe.”

ALERT: Please click this Take Action link  to send a message to Governor Lincoln Chafee and your Rhode Island State Legislators stating your opposition to the plan.

Please Call Governor Lincoln Chaffee and politely state your opposition:

(401) 222-2080 

Please call Dr. Fine and politely let him now that you are opposed to his proposal:


Fine has been a private physician in family practice, and his wife is currently a physician in family practice which gives the Fine family a direct financial interest in the implementation of his proposal. Rhode Island law requires any public official to declare a conflict of interest and recuse themselves from decisions in which they or their families have a direct financial interest.  Fine clearly should recuse himself from the adoption of these regulations. 

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How the CDC (and Dorit Reiss) Hyped Risk of Childhood Hep B Infection by 50-fold to Push Vaccines

ReissBy Cia Parker

Professional vaccine operatives like Dorit Reiss have been hard at work for some time to exaggerate the dangers of the vaccine-preventable diseases, while simultaneously denying the damage that the vaccines for them often do. A case in point was found in the comments on this article on the Mother Jones website last week:

The topic had turned to the hepatitis-B vaccine, given to all newborns in the U.S. while they were still at the hospital, beginning in 1991 (at the beginning of the autism epidemic). I put up information I had found in Dr. Bob Sears’ The Vaccine Book, a link to a CDC report with a chart at the bottom showing the rate of hep-B diagnosis in children 1-9 from 1986, five years before the vaccine program began.

The chart at the bottom of the report clearly shows that the rate at which hep-B was diagnosed in children was less than one per 100,000 or fewer than 360 a year in a childhood population of 36 million in 1990. The text at the top of the report, however, states: “Before 1982, an estimated 200,000--300,000 persons in the United States were infected annually with HBV, including approximately 20,000 children.”  The source for this large number was an article in Pediatrics in 2001. It uses the word “estimated” because this is a purely speculative figure, not based on the disease being diagnosed by blood tests carried out by physicians.

Hepatitis B is a very dangerous disease when contracted in the first year. At that time, the only means of transmission, except in extremely unusual and almost unimaginable circumstances, is from contagion by an infected mother. It is usual to perform a blood test on a pregnant woman to learn whether her child is at risk, in which case it would probably be best to give the baby immunoglobulin and the vaccine when it was born. But instead it has become standard practice in the U.S. to give this dangerous vaccine to all newborns, even those born to healthy mothers, and very common to give the vaccine to the newborn without the permission or knowledge of the parents, making it harder to realize that the vaccine was the cause of the child’s autism, diagnosed years later.  

The virus is transmitted like AIDS, by infected blood/body fluids to blood/mucus membrane contact. It is most commonly contracted by unsafe sex with a carrier or by shared use of needles used by illegal drug users. Medical personnel exposed to infected blood are at some increased risk, but it is not as great as is commonly believed. It is not spread by the sharing of eating utensils or drinking glasses, or sleeping in the same bed as an infected person. It may sometimes be transmitted by sharing toothbrushes or razors. Australia did a study which showed that it was not transmitted by children at school. (Burgess, MA and McIntosh, EDG, “Hepatitis-B in urban schoolchildren – No evidence of horizontal transmission between high-risk and low-risk groups,” Med J Australia, 5 Sept. 1993; 159: 315-319, quoted Wendy Lyall, Raising a vaccine-free child, p.178). Everett Koop went to a lot of trouble thirty years ago to persuade people not to fear casual contact with those infected with HIV or AIDS. But now the pharma operatives are drumming up terror at the idea that there MAY have been twenty thousand children a year getting hepatitis-B before 1991, but, since they had NO symptoms, no one ever noticed or diagnosed it. It was only when they grew up and were finally diagnosed with it that the moment they had contracted it was unsuccessfully sought.

Many believe that the vast majority of this group caught it in the usual ways, by unsafe sex and/or sharing of illegal IV drug needles. Many of them were probably unwilling or unable to share the details of their sex and drug lives with inquiring researchers. But, without having proven that there really had been twenty thousand children a year getting a sexually-transmitted disease by unknown vectors, was it really a good idea to start giving all newborns a highly reactive vaccine?

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