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Citizens Demanding Vaccination Choice Carry Chris Christie to NJ Governorship

Life health choices logo November 3, 2009, Middletown, NJ – In an unprecedented and historic move, Chris Christie put pen to paper last week and made an official campaign promise to citizens of New Jersey in support of vaccination choice. He further cemented his position on live radio with Don Imus, by becoming the first gubernatorial candidate to utter the words vaccines, autism and parental choice in the same sentence. Vaccine choice supporters showed up in record numbers tonight to cast their vote for Christie.
 
“Tonight, vaccine choice advocates in New Jersey are proud to announce that vaccination choice is officially a voting block,” says Life Health Choices Founder, Louise Kuo Habakus, who met with campaign leaders last December and kept the lines of communication open. “This election is a wake-up call to politicians nationwide. Vaccine choice belongs in the parents’ house, not the Statehouse or the White House.”

After receipt of the official Christie campaign promise on Friday, vaccination choice and autism advocates mobilized in force on the internet. They alerted tens of thousands of supporters, who in turn took to Facebook, Twitter, and their own support group networks to reach hundreds of thousands more. News of Christie’s now famous statement spread like wildfire through the state and across the country:

“I stand by them now, and will stand with them as their governor in their fight for greater parental involvement in vaccination decisions that affect their children… Ending waste in government in order to improve care and services for these unique children and adults, as well as giving parents the choice they deserve in their children’s health care decisions, will be top priorities.”

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Generation Rescue Supports Desiree Jennings, Washington Redskin Cheerleader Disabled by Flu Shot

Desiree Los Angeles, CA: The parents of Generation Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and reversing autism, wish to express their hope and prayers for the complete recovery of Desiree Jennings from the injuries she suffered after receiving a flu shot.
 
Desiree’s tragic story has become a national sensation, with multiple news stories and more than 5 million viewings of her heart-wrenching journey on YouTube. We’re grateful that Ms. Jennings has had the courage to share her story with the world, and we’re hopeful that even more Americans will wake up to the reality that vaccines can prevent disease, but also have side effects. For certain more sensitive individuals, and as evidenced through Desiree Jennings’ experience, these side effects can sometimes be devastating.

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Short Notice IACC Conference Call Today: Changes to "When Should I be Concerned?"

White rabbit last minute At the request of members of the IACC, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Scientific Workshop Panel 1 will be holding a conference call today from 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET, Tuesday, November 3, 2009 to discuss the updating of Question 1 of the 2009 IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research.  (Details to call in below the jump.)

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Teri Arranga on The Boy Who Caught Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Listen On the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel (HERE)

Tuesday, November 3
12noon ET / 9am PT

Autism One: A Conversation of Hope
Host: Teri Arranga

Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD with author Beth Alison Maloney

What would you do if your previously normal child suddenly refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, slithered along walls, and wouldn't walk out the front door? Beth Maloney's son, Sammy, was diagnosed as an adolescent with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette syndrome. Beth rejected the doctors' prognosis of lifelong mental illness and uncovered the cause: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus Infections. Following appropriate medical intervention, Sammy fully recovered. Please visit www.savingsammy.net.


Larry King Live Tonight on H1N1 Includes Guest Dr. Jay Gordon

Dr. jay gordon and baby Read the transcript from CNN: HERE   

Nineteen children dead from the H1N1 virus last week alone! As the death toll rises, why some doctors are saying "no" to vaccinations! What you need to know to protect your loved ones -- now!

Dr. Jay Gordon is a featured guest on Larry King Live tonight as they discuss H1N1. HERE to email your questions. Check your local CNN listing for time.


Desiree Jennings Vaccination Injury Video Goes Viral: Over 3,000,000 Views

You may recall the story of the Washington Redskins Cheerleader Desiree Jennings, who was neurologically impaired following a seasonl flu vaccination.Take a look at this video now at Video Viral Chart, which has gone "viral" and had over 3,209,962 views, 148 blog posts, 16,489 comments and 622 tweets.


School Children Receiving H1N1 Vax without Parental Consent

Parental consentA child in Brooklyn, New York was given the H1N1 vaccination without her mother's written consent. There is such a  thing as a a vaccine exemption (HERE). Even if you're completely in favor of H1N1 vaccination, it seems these school based clinics have much room for error, and children could be put in danger.

A swine flu vaccine mix-up has sparked outrage and concern.

Two children were given the vaccine without their parent's consent. One mother said her daughter ended up in the emergency room after getting sick.

It's a major mistake that could've cost one little girl her life.

It will be a long weekend for 6-year-old Nikiyah Torres as a result of an H1N1 vaccination she received Thursday morning at PS 335 in Brooklyn.

"He just gave me the needle, without asking me what is my name," Nikiyah told CBS 2 HD.

Without her mother's consent... Click (HERE) to read the full story from Jay Dow NEW YORK (CBS).


Autism Awareness Week at Brandeis

Brandeis By Jake Crosby

Autism Awareness Week will be held from November 9th to November 11th at Brandeis University,in Waltham Massachusetts. Numerous events will be held to raise awareness and funds for autism advocacy and research.  Several exciting events will be taking place, including a screening of the Sundance ’09 hit: “Horseboy” based on the best-selling book of the same title by Rupert Isaacson. The event will include a Q&A with the author. There will also be screening for the critically acclaimed HBO documentary “Autism: The Musical”. Proceeds from the screenings will go to the Horseboy Foundation and Autism Speaks respectively.
 
AAW will include panel discussions on causes and treatments of autism, which will include Age of Autism’s own Mark Blaxill as a guest speaker, as well as the social impact of autism and it’s rise over the last 20 years. There will also be a personal experiences panel, giving the audience a look at what life with Autism is like.
 
I’d welcome any feedback on how to make Autism Awareness Week at Brandeis the most productive it can be, and would especially appreciate attendance by as many people who will be able to conveniently make it to campus during those days as possible. In the meantime, new updates will be made about the latest installments for the planning of Autism Awareness Week here at Brandeis on Age of Autism on a weekly basis. I look forward to an exciting and enriching experience during Autism Awareness Week at Brandeis! 

Jake Crosby is a history student at Brandeis University, a project manager for Autism Awareness Week at Brandeis, and a contributing editor to Age of Autism.


Age of Autism Comment of the Week 10/31

AOAF"The combined personalities of Doctors Snyd-Off-Ins" is our commenter of the week. Please email me at KimStagliano@gmail.com with your T-shirt size (M-XL) and mailing address. Congrats! Here's the comment from  Dan Olmsted's Clueless in DC postWhy is it that all you educated people won't shut up? You keep citing logic and reason when we tell you what to think, yet you won't stop Tweeting or updating your FB page! Don't you realize you're reaching out to people on a personal level and they no longer relate to me as their trusted doctor? UGH! I don't have to read the studies myself. I know what I'm talking about because my boss told me it's what I'm supposed to say. And NO! I won't let you talk to me. Or ride in an elevator with me. And I won't see you as a patient, either.

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No Coke! Pharma!

Fat kid Managing Editor's Note: I actually agree with the doctors' protest. Coke isn't quite healthfood , although I have no problem with older children and adults drinking it in moderation. You might recall last year the AAP expressed  outrage at the sugar content in organic baby formula. Anyone else hear fiddling while Rome burns?

Nearly 20 doctors have resigned from the American Academy of Family Physicians after it accepted a grant from Coca-Cola to pay for education about the dietary role of beverages and sweeteners.  "...I am appalled and ashamed of the partnership between Coca-Cola and the American Academy of Family Physicians. How can any organization that claims to promote public health join forces with a company that promotes products that sicken our children?  “...We need as much help as possible to get our communities to see past the false claims of companies like Coca-Cola."  Click HERE to read more. 

Meanwhile, AAFP has a grant from Merck to train "Vaccine Experts:" 

Herbert Young, M.D., director of the Academy's Scientific Activities Division, said the AAFP needs more family physicians to be "significantly involved" with immunizations, science and policy.

"We need a pipeline of family physicians with special knowledge about immunizations for a variety of reasons, including research, policy creation and education," Young said.

The AAFP will select two fellows each year for one-year commitments. The program, which is slated to last three to five years, is funded by a grant from Merck & Co. Inc., but the vaccine manufacturer will have no input or control over the selection of fellows or content of the fellowship program. Read that one HERE.


Smashing Pumpkins and Propaganda: Billy Corgan Speaks Out

Smashing_Pumpkins_The_Zeitgeist Amanda Peet, Meet Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins.

Just days after Blink-182's Mark Hoppus penned his own medical missive, Billy Corgan has released a scathing 800-word communiqué about the H1N1 -- aka swine flu -- vaccine. In his blog-itorial, the Smashing Pumpkins' mastermind spoke out against both the virus and the "propaganda machine" that accompanies it.

"I do not trust those who make the vaccines, or the apparatus behind it all to push it on us thru fear," Corgan explained in his critique, which can be read in its entirety here. According to him, the virus is not yet an emergency and he believes it's ridiculous that "our American President Obama" has declared it so....


CDC Press Conference on H1N1 Vaccine and Antiviral Update

Cdclogo 2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccine Distribution and Antiviral Update

WHAT: CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine distribution and antivirals.

WHO: Anne Schuchat, M.D., Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

WHEN: Thursday October 29, 2009 at 2 p.m. ET (Webcast info below)

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CBS News Sharyl Attkisson: Freedom of Info Stalled at CDC

FOIA CBS News Sharyl Attkisson
Freedom of Information Stalled at CDC and DC Government
(CBS)

In August 2009, CBS News made a simple request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for public documents, e-mails and other materials CDC used to communicate to states the decision to stop testing individual cases of Novel H1N1, or “swine flu.” When the public affairs folks at CDC refused to produce the documents and quit responding to my queries altogether, I filed a formal Freedom of Information (FOI) request for the materials. Members of the news media are entitled to expedited access, which I requested, since this was for a pending news report and on an issue of public health and interest.

Two months after my FOI request, the CDC has yet to produce any of these easily retrievable materials. Sadly, this is of little surprise. This has become standard operating procedure in Washington… read the full story HERE.


Age of Autism Contest: A Dozen Allergy Friendly Muffins from Sean's Food!

Sean's FoodManaging Editor's Note: I had to add Katie Wright's comment on this post: You name it I have tried it. I have followed the recipes, read the books, etc but NOTHING I have done has ever come close to Jennifer Becker's SCD or GFCF food! Jennifer is an incredibly talented chef who comes from a family of chefs. She is like a walking encylopedia of autism and dietary interventions. Jennifer lives this everyday with her son Sean who has made significant progress since Jennifer basically taught herself how to care for his damaged GI system by feeding him the right foods. Of course Jennifer knows our kids need good quality therapy as well but she makes the food part easy. I have no financial interest in Jennifer's company but when something works for my son I want to tell everyone.

I met Jennifer Becker of Sean's Food at the NAA NY conference earlier this month. When I tasted her yummy muffins I asked her if we could please run a contest for our readers.  Leave a comment to enter. The winner will receive a dozen fresh baked muffins - you choose the FLAVOR. The muffins contain NO gluten, casein, dairy, soy, egg, refined sugar, rice, corn.

“Sean’s Food” is committed to producing the freshest, most wholesome foods that support the dietary restrictions often associated with autism, aspergers, adhd, celiacs disease, crohns and colitis. Founded by Jennifer Becker, Sean’s Mother. “It all started when I realized how nutrition and diet played a significant role toward healing my son, Sean’s autism. ” We will personally prepare baked goods for those on restricted diets. All products are organic as well as free of gluten, soy and casein. Additionally, many are free of egg, sugar, corn, rice and potato. At “Sean’s Food,” we are dedicated to making things available that would otherwise require hours spent in the kitchen.

Visit Jennifer's Sean's Food website HERE.  Leave a comment to enter. Good luck!

Without Vaccine, Australia Shrugs Off Swine Flu.

Kangaroo By David M. Burd

With no vaccine available for H1N1 flu, Australia recently ended its 2009 "Flu Season" (their Winter in our Summer), with 186 flu-associated fatalities of 36,991 Aussies confirmed having H1N1.
 
The Australia 2009 stats for regular 'seasonal flu' are not final yet, but their Health Dept literature cites annual flu-associated mortality historically has been between 2,500 and 3,000  in spite of universal  vaccination programs for regular flu long being established.  A logical review of these results strongly suggests next year Australia should initiate a "flu vaccination holiday," promote vitamin D supplements, long known to be effective for preventing Wintertime flu disease, and then compare the outcomes.  
 
Pertinently, experts have also stated that H1N1 was probably already in Australia for their 2008 flu season, but not tested for (which is the nature of the testing world; a great percentage of "flu" cases being presumptive, never tested).  In light of Australia clearly showing the pussycat nature of H1N1, can somebody explain why America's media willfully ignores the news from Australia?  However, despite the derelict media, I would think U.S. Health Generals would certainly be up on Flu news from Down Under, and certainly from Canada right next door.
 
Canadian front page news on flu vaccinations has transfixed Canada health authorities, prompting official suspension of regular flu vaccination programs until further notice.  This comes from a sweeping study of Canada by research Doctors Danuta Skowronski of the British Columbia Centre of Disease Control and Gaston De Serres of Laval University in Quebec concluding Canadians receiving flu vaccinations have twice the risk of coming down with the flu, compared to those who do not take the shot.

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Winners of the Age of Autism Contest: Glow Gluten Free Cookies!

GLow Our five winners are: Manuela, Ayden's Mommy, Carrie Elsass, Susan, and Teresa Conrick.  I'll send each an email.  Congrats!  The contest is closed. But we have another contest for GFCF muffins this week.

Earlier this month I met the folks at Glow Gluten Free at the NAA NY Autism Asperger's conference and sampled their yummy cookies. They kindly have given us FIVE cookie gift sets to offer to you, our hungry, cookie loving readers. Leave a comment to enter! You'll win a four pack of each flavor. The cookies are really yummy and just in time for Halloween treats! (Please go to the Glow site (above) to make sure the ingredients meet you or your child's dietary needs.)

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AoA Contest: Saving Deets! A Brother's Tale of Autism Acceptance, Recovery and Making a Difference

Saving deets Cathy M. is our winner.  The contest is closed.

By Kim Stagliano

Zack Gonzalez is a 16 year old whose brother Ethan, aka "Deets" has autism. Countless siblings are dealing with the issues of having a brother or sister with autism. Few are able convey the gravity of that experience, their hope for some form of recovery, engage in charitable work and offer advice to families the way Zack has done so well in Saving Deets.

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Age of Autism Comment of the Week 10/24

AOAFElizabeth is our commenter of the week. Please email me at KimStagliano@gmail.com with your T-shirt size (M-XL) and mailing address. Congrats! 

She commented on our IACC reminder post yesterday: I have been listening to this all morning (west coast) while doing my college homework and this is the most boring thing I have ever heard. It is like people having a meeting about a meeting about a meeting...ugh.  This isn't about autism, it's about the lack of continuity between ABA studies, the "panel", the "committee", the "issues", the "concerns", the "refinements", the "changes", the "clarifications", the "sub-committee meetings"...GOOD LORD GET TO THE POINT!!

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Junk Food for Autism?

Trix By Kim Stagliano

Autism Speaks has teamed up with Bachman, makers of the puzzle shaped pretzels and the neon orange snack called Jax, HERE to raise money for themselves. Artificial colors, flavors and MSG to raise money for autism? Fabulous. Careful not to get that orange stuff on your PECS!

Hey, does the Trix rabbit have autism? He sure does perseverate on that cereal. Never talks about anything else. Maybe they can team up with him next?

Jax Ingredients: Enriched Corn Meal [Contains Iron as Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)], Vegetable Oil (Contains One or More of the Following: Corn, Canola, or Sunflower Oil), Whey, Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Salt, Maltodextrin, Buttermilk, Nonfat Milk, and Less Than 2% of the Following: Disodium Phosphate, Blue Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Color (Annatto Extract, Yellow No. 6, Turmeric Extract, Red No. 40, Caramel), Sodium Caseinate, Lactic Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Citric Acid, Silicon Dioxide (Anti-Caking Agent), BHA (To Protect Flavor), Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Sodium Citrate, Soy Lecithin, Natural and Artificial Flavors, and Spices CONTAINS MILK AND SOY INGREDIENTS

Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.


Governor Paterson of NY Reverses H1N1 Vaccine Mandate

New york Rick Karlin reported last night in the CapitolTimes blog HERE that the Governor of NY has issued a press release reversing the Empire State's H1N1 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in an effort to preserve limited supplies for at-risk populations.

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., has suspended the mandatory influenza immunization requirement for New York health care workers so that the limited vaccine supplies can be used for populations most at risk of serious illness and death – especially pregnant women and children and young people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years.

“Over the last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that New York would only receive approximately 23 percent of its anticipated vaccine supply by the end of the month,” Governor Paterson said. “As a result, we need to be as resourceful as we can with the limited supplies of vaccine currently coming into the State and make sure that those who are at the highest risk for complications from the H1N1 flu receive the first vaccine being distributed right now in New York State...”


Age of Autism Contest: Episodes an Autism Memoir by Blaze Ginsberg

Episodes We posted Chantal's review of Blaze in August. Now we have a copy to give to one lucky reader.  Leave a comment to enter the contest.
By Chantal Sicile-Kira

Episodes: My Life as I See It
 
I love this book.  Disclaimer: I have known  Blaze Ginsberg for many years. In fact, he used to ride the special education school bus with my son, Jeremy. Blaze has always had a special place in my heart because of his  unique personality, and because of my friendship with his mom, best-selling author Debra Ginsberg, (she chronicled  Blaze’s early years in Raising Blaze). Debra and I used to meet once a week for coffee and discuss our trials and tribulations about our mutual ongoing struggles with the  school district.  Now we get together and discuss our trials and tribulations about our mutual ongoing struggles with life as a parent of a young adult on the spectrum.

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IACC Meeting Webcast to Include ABA Presentation

Aba therapy(Managing Editor's Note: Why do the "experts on autism" require a tutorial on a basic therapy for autism that 99% of parents learn about in early intervention? And did we miss the presentations by Dr. Tim Buie of MGH on GI issues? Or Dr. Boyd Haley on Toxicology?)

IACC Full Committee Meeting
 
Date: Friday, October 23, 2009

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Agenda: Includes a presentation by a panel of parents of children with autism, a presentation on Applied Behavioral Analysis by Dr. Tony Charman, and discussion of recommendations for updating the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorders Research.

Place: The National Institutes of Health, Main Campus
The William H. Natcher Conference Center
45 Center Drive
Conference Rooms E1/E2
Bethesda, MD 20892
Webcast Live: http://videocast.nih.gov/

Conference Call: USA/Canada Phone Number: 888-455-2920
International Phone Number: 212-287-1838
Access code: 3132846
Registration: http://www.acclaroresearch.com/oarc/10-23-09_IACC

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CBS Determines That CDC Can Not Provide Accurate H1N1 Stats

Counting t shirt By Kim Stagliano

CBS News asks CDC for hard stats on H1N1 numbers: "Your office has stopped communicating with us...."   Is anyone at CDC counting actual H1N1 case numbers to back up the statements that we have a medical epidemic?  Read the full article at CBS News HERE.

...If you've been diagnosed "probable" or "presumed" 2009 H1N1 or "swine flu" in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu.

In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all. That's according to state-by-state test results obtained in a three-month-long CBS News investigation.

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NIH Director Francis Collins Blames Resignation of Top Health Official from Autism Panel on “Tension and Lack of Trust

BlameGame_cover_2x3 Managing Editor's Note: David has added significant info at the end of this post.

By David Kirby

On Saturday, Story Landis, PhD, director of the National Institute of Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Stroke, an agency of the National Institutes of Health, abruptly resigned from the federal government’s premiere autism research panel – the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) – citing embarrassing notes she had left behind at a recent meeting.
 
But now, the Director of the NIH, Francis Collins, has come forth to blame “tension and a lack of trust,” (presumably among autism parents) for forcing Dr. Landis’s resignation.

Dr. Landis resigned from the powerful panel on Saturday after the Age of Autism blog published handwritten notes – assumed to be written by Dr. Landis – speculating on the motives of an autism mother and IACC member, Lyn Redwood – who wanted research into autism as a multisystem biological disorder, as opposed to a purely mental health disorder.

For more details on Dr. Landis’s resignation from the IACC, please see HERE.

Meanwhile, Dr, Francis Collins, head of the NIH, has spoken out on the resignation of Dr. Landis from the IACC, in a video clip posted by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative: HERE.

Dr. Collins called autism a “disease” (as opposed to a disorder) that “ravages” children with autism, and that parents have “understandably” been left frustrated and impatient. He also rightly stated that we need to “poke around in every possible way” and not assume that there is just “one path” to solving the riddle that is autism.

But, some parents also wonder, was the NIH Director admonishing them for making Dr. Landis feel it was “necessary” for her to resign from the IACC? Was Collins also demanding that parents “step back?”

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Autism Chair Thomas Insel Refuses to Ride in an Elevator With an Autistic Child

Thank you to Ginger Taylor of Adventures in Autism  for sharing this post.
"I'm not riding up with them" - Dr. Thomas Insel

On April 17, 2007, Holly Bortfeld attended an autism hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee run by Senator Tom Harkin. At that hearing Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, now current head of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, was there to testify.

Beforehand, Ms. Bortfeld, was waiting with her 11 year old son Max, who has autism, at an elevator on the way up to the hearing. When the doors opened they got on.  After they did, Thomas Insel and a female companion approached and entered the elevator just before the doors closed. Ms. Bortfeld reports that once they were on the elevator together...

"...Max stimmed. Insel looked at him, looked at me (yes, he had his little name tag on, so he knew that I knew he was) then he hit the open door button and ushered his coworker off. As the doors were closing, he said "I'm not riding up with them", looking at my son."

The head of the National Institutes of Mental Health refused to ride an elevator with a child with mental health issues.

...again for clarity and perspective on this episode...

The chair of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee will not share an elevator with a child with autism, on the way into an autism hearing.

This odious behavior is not one of a healer committed to the well being of the disadvantaged or disabled, it is the behavior of a bigot.

It is just one more example of the pattern of astonishing contempt that Insel shows towards the autism community, as he routinely leaves IACC meetings early, dismisses the input of the autism community, and chairs an autism committee with some completely inappropriate appointments, like...

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Vaccine Injury Isn't Just for Babies: The Desiree Jennings Flu Shot Story

Des1 Managing Editor's Note: As part of their vaccine safety and injury outreach initiative, Generation Rescue brings us the story of Desiree Jennings. Click (HERE) to learn how you can get involved. A Dr. Vincour, from the U. of Maryland has called Ms. Jennings's symptoms, "psychogenic," which means originating in the mind, not in true physiological illness. In fact, they are going to use her case to teach students about crazy women who think a vaccine could injure them. Psychogenic is akin to the word, "hysteria" which comes from the Greek word, "hyster" for uterus. Hysteria is a female disease. Psychogenic too, in this case, according to the "experts."

My name is Desiree Jennings and I am twenty-five years old. I work full-time as a Marketing Communications Manager for a major Internet company. I am currently working to finish my bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics this fall and hope to continue on to a Masters in Economics in 2010.

In my spare time, I enjoy running and training for races from 5Ks to marathons. I also lead a local run club, training beginning runners for 5K and 10K races. I am training for the National Marathon in DC in March and recently became a member of the Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador team. That was the life that I used to know.


On August 23, 2009, I received a seasonal flu vaccine at a local grocery store that drastically, and potentially irreversibly, altered my future. In a matter of a few short weeks I lost the ability to walk, talk normally, and focus on more than one stimuli at a time. Whenever I eat I know, without fail, that my body will soon go into uncontrollable convulsions coupled with periods of blacking out. 

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Dear Jon: An Open Letter to America’s Favorite Hypochondriac.

Jon Stewart hypochondriacBy Adriana Gamondes

Dear Jon,

You don’t know me, but we may be breaking up. I don’t actually have time to watch your show, so you won’t be losing a viewer—maybe just an occasional Youtube-clip-watcher, but an avid one. Like so many, I’d once held you up as a sort of icon of independent media in a sea of embedded shills— even if you were once led into “by puppets making prank phone calls” as you put it (oh such good times we had—sigh).

But recent events have left me wondering—are you…could you be… somebody’s monkey after all? And do you dance? Or are you really truly squarely scout’s honor a wincing, cringing, emotionally crippled hypochondriac? Please let it be the latter, Jon, for then there is hope. 

After seeing your recent interview with Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano (HERE) which came off like a giggling plug for Sanofi Pasteur, my heart sank. I’m an autism parent and laughter is like a tourniquet to someone who just lost an arm in a wood chipper. In my case, both arms: my once healthy boy-girl twins began disappearing after flu shots at one year of age. It’s laugh or die for parents like me, but I’m no longer sure if you’re the kind of man I can click on in times of need. 

I’ve had to think it through. On the one hand, if I myself were a clever pundit making umpty millions on cable and my parent network, which happened to have pharm-friendly ties, was hinting that I should make nice about flu shots in the midst of a marketing frenzy (and my extraordinary survival barometer was telling me that if I made the wrong noises in this instance, even if I didn’t jump on a couch or subscribe to an alternative church and was careful to never repeat my “mochachino” quip in earshot of a women’s basketball team*,  something else I did or said could easily be turned into an excuse to make things far worse for me than all the other times I’d “bucked the pressure” combined),  I might take a vague dislike of having people spray snot in my face and whip it into a full blown case of hypochondria in my own mind if it made me feel better about “assuming the position”. On the other hand, I might be Monk.

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Doug Flutie Speaks out on Autism and Insurance Coverage

Flutie Doug Flutie speaks out on the travesty that is autism insurance coverage. Read the full editorial at Boston.com HERE. Thank you, Doug.

...Parents will learn that, with early intervention, children with autism can make significant strides - a fact backed up by extensive studies. They’ll find that their pediatricians and neurologists will prescribe intense one-on-one speech, occupational, physical, and behavioral therapies. And then they’ll be dismayed to discover that, though they’ve always paid their health care premiums, their health plans will not cover these services.

Why don’t health plans cover treatments for the fastest-growing health threat to children? There is a contradiction between the role of schools versus that of medicine and health plans. Federal law stipulates that schools provide services necessary to allow all children to “access the curriculum.’’ While critical to helping children with autism excel in the classroom, this in no way replaces their need for therapy to improve long-term brain functioning - not only to get through an average day, but to lay the foundation for the rest of their lives...


FTC Issues Warning Letter To Dr. Weil for H1N1 Products

Cut it out Tsk, tsk, how dare Dr. Weil promote natural treatments for H1N1 instead of vaccination? He's been issued a warning letter by the FTC.

HERE to see the warning letter.

Weil Lifestyle LLC 10/15/09

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
BUREAU OF CONSUMER PROTECTION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20580 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
AND HUMAN SERVICES
FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20740

TO: ebenjamin@drweil.com
www.drweil.com

FROM: The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission

RE: Unapproved/Uncleared/Unauthorized Products Related to the H1N1 Flu Virus; and

Notice of Potential Illegal Marketing of Products to Prevent, Treat or Cure the H1N1 Virus

DATE: October 15, 2009

WARNING LETTER

This is to advise you that the United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and the United States Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") reviewed your website at the Internet address www.drweil.com on October 13, 2009. The FDA has determined that your website offers a product for sale that is intended to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat or cure the H1N1 Flu Virus in people. This product has not been approved, cleared, or otherwise authorized by FDA for use in the diagnosis, mitigation, prevention, treatment, or cure of the H1N1 Flu Virus.

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Age of Autism Comment of the Week

AOAF Laura Kay Berry is our commenter of the week. Please email me at KimStagliano@gmail.com with your T-shirt size (M-XL) and mailing address. Congrats! She commented on our Saving Deets book contest. Just last week my 11 year old daughter had a classmate at school making fun of an autistic high school kid who had visited her house. She called him retarded and made fun of everything he did and everything he said. My daughter didn't even know how to respond. Her 9 year old brother scripts constantly, can speak only in short rehearsed sentences and still wears a diaper; but is cute, funny and intelligent and she adores him and accepts him completely. As parents we often think we are shouldering the burdern alone, but autism affects every member of the family. Kudos to Zack for sharing his story so that other siblings will know they are not alone!

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The Atlantic on Flu Vaccination

Atlantic Managing Editor's Note: Shannon Brownlee was just on MSNBC talking about the need for vax/unvax studies, to which the interviewer asked, "Why aren't these studies done?" Why indeed.

Whether this season’s swine flu turns out to be deadly or mild, most experts agree that it’s only a matter of time before we’re hit by a truly devastating flu pandemic—one that might kill more people worldwide than have died of the plague and aids combined. In the U.S., the main lines of defense are pharmaceutical—vaccines and antiviral drugs to limit the spread of flu and prevent people from dying from it. Yet now some flu experts are challenging the medical orthodoxy and arguing that for those most in need of protection, flu shots and antiviral drugs may provide little to none. So where does that leave us if a bad pandemic strikes?

By Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer (Shannon Brownlee is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of Overtreated (2007). Jeanne Lenzer is an investigative journalist and a frequent contributor to the British medical journal BMJ.)

Does the Vaccine Matter?

Read the full article in The Atlantic
HERE.  You can buy Ms. Brownlee's book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer HERE.


But There's Mercury in the H1N1 Vaccine! Curiouser and Curiouser.

Madhatter Tom Insel Thank you to the very talented AoA contributor Adriana Gamondes for this photo and the link to the National Institutes of Health's "Mad as a Hatter" campaign HERE.

As you may already know, the majority of the new H1N1 injectible vaccines contain mercury.  In fact, the recommendation to remove mercury from childhood vaccines has been put on hiatus for the H1N1 pandemic vaccination campaign. Is there no "satisfactory alternative" to the mercury laden vaccine? (See below.) Perhaps someone from the NIH mercury free campaign can enlighten us. Dr. Insel? From the NIH site:
 
The Mad as a Hatter Campaign is a voluntary pollution prevention initiative intended to improve awareness of mercury hazards and eliminate unnecessary uses of mercury at all NIH facilities.

This effort builds on the successful mercury reduction campaign in the mid - 1990's conducted by the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center (CC) at the NIH. John E. Porter past chairman of the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations, noted that the CC Campaign was an example of the leadership that NIH was taking in reducing the use of environmentally damaging chemicals and that such efforts should pervade the entire research community.

Paris Glendening, past governor of Maryland cited the campaign as setting "a high standard for environmental outreach and education."

We invite all members of that community, within and outside NIH, to join us in this effort.

What do we mean by "mercury-free"?

There are some uses of mercury in biomedical research, medicine and facility infrastructure for which there are presently no satisfactory alternatives. The intent of this campaign is to eliminate all unnecessary uses of mercury and reduce human exposure to potential releases of mercury to the environment from unavoidable uses to the lowest level that can be reasonably be achieved.

Mercury is a dangerous, often unrecognized hazard, commonly found at work, home and schools. The Campaign for a Mercury Free NIH seeks to eliminate all unnecessary uses of mercury in the NIH facilities; encourage use of safer alternatives in biomedical research; increase general awareness of mercury hazards; and prevent mercury spills and pollution.

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IACC Conference Call Thurdsay, 10/15

Participate TODAY!! 

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Subcommittee for Planning the Annual Strategic Planning Process will be holding a conference call from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET on Thursday, October 15th, 2009.

The agenda for the conference call is to discuss the outcome of the IACC Scientific Workshop that took place on September 30 and October 1, 2009 in Bethesda, MD. 

The Planning Subcommittee meeting will be conducted as a telephone conference call and is open to the public. Members of the public who participate using the conference call phone number will be able to listen to the meeting but will not be heard. 

Conference call access:
Phone number: 1-888-455-2920
Access code: 1050786

This conference call may end prior to or later than 4:00 PM ET, depending on the needs of the subcommittee.   The latest information about this call can be found HERE. For more information about the IACC, please visit http://iacc.hhs.gov/.  The IACC also can now be found on Twitter (www.twitter.com/IACC_Autism).


Generation Rescue and Autism One Kickoff The Stay At Home Moms March in NJ

Moving-forward CALLING ALL WARRIOR MOMS & DADS!
THE STAY-AT-HOME MOMS MARCH
TAKES TO THE STREETS
BEGINNING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16!
 
NEW JERSEY VACCINATION CHOICE RALLY & STAY-AT-HOME-MOMS MARCH  

Autism One  and Generation Rescue are delighted to join with you to begin a new era of autism advocacy that takes to the streets - your streets - to bring our message directly to the people who are causing - and profiting from - the epidemic.

The Stay-At-Home-Moms March is the start of the biggest autism uprising ever. The March begins with the "New Jersey Rallies for Choice" event on Friday, October 16 . . . There is no end date - we are not going away. The March is a campaign that will continue as long as necessary to end the epidemic, find justice for our children, and hold those accountable responsible for their actions.

Autism is the number one pediatric health crisis in the world today. Our community has waited and waited and waited for those in positions of power to protect the health of our children as the rates of autism and other chronic childhood diseases go up and up and up. We are not waiting any longer.

Welcome to the kickoff event of the Stay-at-Home Moms March. This Friday, October 16, starting at 4:00 pm in Wayne, New Jersey, at William Paterson University, Life Health Choices and the NJ Coalition for Vaccination Choice conjunction with Generation Rescue and AutismOne takes to the streets.

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NJ Rallies Again For Vaccination Choice at William Paterson U. on 10/16

NJ vaccine choice Large Numbers of Concerned Voters Gather at Governor’s Debate in Wayne

Middletown, October 13, 2009 - Life Health Choices and the New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice (NJCVC) announce a public rally at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ on October 16, starting at 4:00 pm, just a few hours prior to Friday’s televised gubernatorial debate.

With pandemic swine flu headlines dominating the press, and half of all adults refusing to get the controversial new H1N1 vaccine, there is heightened awareness about the importance of vaccination choice.  The entire New Jersey Assembly is up for re-election or retirement in November.  Candidates and incumbents are expected to join other speakers in sending a pointed message to the three leading candidates vying for New Jersey’s chief executive slot, and to the large number of media outlets who will be on site covering the debate.

Hundreds of voters, parents, health care workers, students and concerned citizens are expected to gather outside the Shea Performing Arts Center this Friday afternoon at the site of the governor’s second debate on William Paterson University’s campus. 

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Dress Up in a HazMat Suit to Dress Down the CDC on Flu Vaccine Safety

BioHazardRally Tired of all the lies about how safe the Flu Shot is?  Tired of the lies of its toxicity?  Like to play dress up? Then we have just the rally for you! Moms Against Mercury, National Autism Association, and SafeMinds , invite you to join us on Wednesday, October 21st, in Atlanta, GA, at the CDC. 

We will all be dressed in mock Haz-Mat suits to show the world just how toxic the flu shot is and how it needs to be handled as bio-hazardous waste.

Mock Haz-Mat Suits will be provided to you at no cost.** 

You must register for the rally to receive your complimentary Haz-Mat attire. To register for the rally and obtain more information, please visit Moms Against Mercury.

**Haz-Mats suits provided are the only attire of Haz-Mat approved by Homeland Security for this rally.  No other Haz-Mat attire is allowed.  Suits will be handed out the morning of the rally.

**While we always welcome children, because of the rally attire and the location is on a very busy highway, please consider the safety of your children first before you decide to bring them.**


Age of Autism Comment of the Week

AOAFRobert Krakow is our commenter of the week.  Please email me at KimStagliano@gmail.com with your T-shirt size (M-XL) and mailing address. Congrats!

Robert, an attorney who works tirelessly for our loved ones, commented on Katie Wright's post on Dr. Janvier of the IACC (HERE)Thanks for this note about Yvette Janvier. She has shown us the true colors of the AAP. Just as the AAP and IACC have turned their backs on our sick kids we should turn our backs on the IACC. I opposed the Combating Autism Act because I believed that its IACC and other bureaucratic creations would function just as they have. They have functioned as an obstacle to the welfare of our children. Rather than enabling them we should disable them through political action. It is enough already. We should turn our back on IACC. We should no longer participate in this charade. My son is ten years old now - he cannot speak and his GI problems persist despite improvement through various interventions. We can no longer tolerate the ignorance of individuals like Dr. Janvier. I think we need to escalate and intensify our opposition to the sham that the IACC has become. That is not to say that the efforts of many parents at the IACC has not been meaningful. At this point, however, it is clear that the IACC is a dead end vehicle to obtain meaningful intervention for our sick children. Robert J. Krakow. 

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NYT Reports Natural Immunity to H1N1 and Fewer Cases than Expected

TV Ad smiling man How much money has our tapped out government spent on the H1N1 vaccination program that they are now promoting like The George Foreman grill in all major media? "Take your H1N1 shots now and we'll throw in a seasonal flu shot with another 25 mcg of mercury for FREE!"  According to the New York Times, Public health officials are seeing a high level of natural immunity. That's good news. No one wants to see Americans die from this flu or any other, or experience problems from a vaccine which may turn out to be unneccesary.

Click HERE to read the full story in the New York Times.

While concern over the spread of the H1N1 virus sweeps the country, epidemiologists in New York and a few other cities that were awash in swine flu last spring are detecting very little evidence of a resurgence  ...New York City health officials now believe that while only 10 percent to 20 percent of New Yorkers were reported ill with flu last spring, as many as 20 percent to 40 percent may have been exposed to the disease and developed immunity that has prevented it from spreading. Although it is too early to be sure, they said, the high level of immunity may mean that the second wave of swine flu infection ends up being far less extensive than expected.


Govt Official Talks Flu Pandemic & Vaccines on Huffington Post: Readers Balk

Pass Hop over to HuffPo to read this post "by" Rep. Adolphus Towns, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, titled, Are We Ready for a Flu Pandemic?  Rep. Towns is from the great state of New York, where healthcare workers are fighting a mandate requiring H1N1 vaccinations. What a coincidence.

Read and comment at HuffPo HERE.

With the height of the flu season quickly approaching and our children heading back into the classroom, I recently led a full Committee hearing to examine the Obama Administration's Flu Vaccine program. I wanted to hear from the individuals who are responsible for implementing the vaccine plan about its likely effectiveness in the event of an outbreak...

 


Autism Embargo Imbroglio

Embargo_backwards_is_o_grab_me_tshirt-p235648959065315005t5hl_400 Managing Editor's Note: Read this article from the Asssociation of Healthcare Journalists site about the Pediatrics 1 in 100 study which was embargoed until 12:01am on Monday. We adhered to the embargo. However, we ran the information from the HHS phone call on Friday afternoon HERE, as did David Kirby on Huffington Post HERE. When you click into the full post at the Healthcare Journalists site, scroll down to see some friends of ours mentioned including Ginger Taylor, Teresa Conrick, K. Fuller and Tanner's Dad. Not to mention David, Kirby, Dan Olmsted and AoA.

Mark Blaxill wrote to Andrew Van Dam. You can read his letter at the end of this post.

Autism news raises question: When is an embargo not an embargo?

Oct. 6th, 2009 by Andrew Van Dam

Filed under: Government, Health journalism, Hot Health Headline, Public records, Studies
Are embargoes yet another quaint tradition that, like so many before them, has been pushed into obsolescence by the weight of the Internet? Do so many people have access to so much information they can share so easily that artificial restrictions on publication are meaningless?

Consider: In a Friday press conference, the Department of Health and Human Services discussed, under embargo, highly newsworthy data indicating a much higher than expected prevalence of autism in the United States. HHS didn’t mention, however, that in an earlier call it had already given the most newsworthy part of that information to members of the “autism community,” and had not restricted them from publishing the info. The incident raises serious questions about giving special interests privileged access to data at the expense of major media outlets, as well as the validity of embargoes in an era of increasing media fluidity. Read the full post
HERE.

Here's Mark's letter to Mr. Van Dam.

Dear Andrew,

I am Editor-at-Large at Age of Autism. Your post on the “recent autism news” was just forwarded to me.

Please forgive me for being blunt, but just exactly what problem do you think you are trying to solve? Are you accusing Age of Autism, David Kirby and/or Dan Olmsted of unethical conduct (apparently not, since you are forced to acknowledge that the only blog that “broke the embargo” is About.com, which is owned by The New York Times)? Are you accusing HHS of breaking the rules of engagement by speaking directly to the autism community about an important new autism publication before they spoke to reporters (perhaps you’d like to, but strictly speaking you can’t because you recognize that what Sebelius and Insel discussed with the community was not the embargoed HRSA report, but rather the exploding rate of autism)? Or are you simply channeling some unspoken annoyance that communications around the official message on the autism crisis somehow got confused and was not neatly packaged and tightly controlled by the CDC and its compliant collective of nearly bankrupt newspapers? Like it usually is.

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The Dallas DAN Conference’s Saturday Night Dinner … Texas Style!

Hatandboot As you pack for the October ARI/DAN conference in Dallas on October 8-12, 2009, don’t forget to throw in your Stetson cowboy hat and western boots. This year we are having a Western-themed Gala Dinner, Auction and Dancing on Saturday night October 10, 2009. The dress for the evening will be western attire.

This year we are enhancing our Saturday Evening dinner at the Fairmont Hotel Dallas to include more food, drinks, events and entertainment. This evening is always a favorite for our conference attendees. It allows everyone time to come together in a social and relaxed setting for a wonderful dinner as well as an opportunity to connect with other parents, medical professionals, and specialists. We all need to “kick up our boots” and have some fun.

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ARI Calls for an Immediate Federal Response to the New Autism Figures Released by NSCH

ARI new logo Yesterday the Maternal & Child Health Bureau of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), US Department of Health and Human Services released a study evaluating the number of children in the U.S. who currently have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, The Prevalence of Parent-Reported Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children in the United States, 2007, published in Pediatrics.

The study evaluated data from a National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) in which 78,000 U.S. households were surveyed to estimate the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders.  The households were queried if their child (ages 3-17) "currently has autism, Asperger's Disorder, pervasive development disorder, or other autism spectrum disorder." Go to NSCH to view the latest data – use the search term “autism” to see the data HERE.

Findings:

The NSCH survey estimated the prevalence rate of ASD to currently be 110 per 10,000 which equates to 1 in 91 children ( 1 in 57 boys)  between the ages of 3 and 17.
Previous prevalence data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network reported the average rate of autism among eight-year-olds was 67-per-10,000 in 2000 (the 1992 birth cohort), and 66-per-10,000 in 2002 (the 1994 birth cohort). Data from the NCHS was from the birth cohort born from 1990 to 2004.

For the first time the health survey also asked if the child who was diagnosed with ASD currently has the disorder, and nearly 40% ( 38.2%) responded NO.  This finding supports recent research that children diagnosed with autism can recover from the disorder with appropriate interventions, both medical and behavioral.

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Adventures in Autism Blog on the Sebelius Insel Call

Fish on bike Ginger Taylor tells it like it is over at her blog, Adventures in Autism. Read the full post at her AinA.

Today in a conference call with Kathleen Sebelius and Thomas Insel, HHS told a small circle of autism groups that they would be releasing the new 1 in 100 autism rate on Monday.

They cautioned however, that they didn't know if the increase was a real increase or whether greater awareness... changes in measurement methods... better diagnosis... blah blah blah... because apparently our government doesn't even read their own publications.

The whole thing was so predictable that I could have written it for them yesterday...


Autism at 1 in 91 Children: SafeMinds calls for Thimerosal Ban from Seasonal & H1N1 Flu Vaccine

Banned Autism Prevalence Now At  1 in 91 Children, 1 in 58 Boys
SafeMinds Calls For A Ban on Thimerosal from Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Vaccines In Pregnant Women and Young Children

Monday, October 5, 2009, Reston, VA - Today the Maternal & Child Health Bureau of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), US Department of Health and Human Services released a study evaluating the number of children in the U.S. who currently have a Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, The Prevalence of Parent-Reported Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children in the United States, 2007. The Study evaluated data from a national Survey of Children’s Health and found that 1 in 91 children between the ages of 3 and 17 currently carry an ASD diagnosis -1 in 58 boys.

Even more alarming, for the subset of children between ages 6 and 14 immunized during the 1990’s the prevalence is actually 1 in 71 children with an autism diagnosis. This age group represents children in the U.S. with the highest exposure to thimerosal, the mercury preservative routinely used until CDC, AAP and industry recommended its removal "as soon as possible" from all childhood vaccines.  Despite this recommendation, mercury, one of the most neurotoxic substances on the planet, is still used in most seasonal and H1N1 vaccines.

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Advocacy Groups Ask President Obama to Order Suspension of Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose

Obama8 Washington, DC – National Vaccine Information Center and Talk About Curing Autism are calling on President Obama to order the immediate suspension of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation of the birth dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine after two recent studies linking the Hepatitis B vaccine to functional brain damage in U.S. male newborns and infant primates.  In a related development today, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, including the Health Resources and Services Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  announced that 1 in every 91 children are now diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder as reported in the November 2009 issue of Pediatrics. Previous data released by the CDC indicated a prevalence of 1 in every 150 children affected by the disorder. (Managing Editor's Note: Pediatrics does not appear to have the study on their site as of this time, click HERE to check their home page. We'll add it the link as soon as it's available.)
 
Considering a demonstrated 50% increase in autism prevalence, combined with two recent studies indicating a potential role of the Hepatitis B vaccine as a factor in the development of autism, the following advocacy groups urge President Obama to order the immediate suspension of the recommendation and administration of the birth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine for all newborns – with the exception of rare cases where the mother tests positive for Hepatitis B.

Researchers from Stony Brook University published a research abstract (HERE) for an epidemiological study in the September 2009 issue of Annals of Epidemiology which revealed findings suggesting that U.S. male newborns vaccinated with Hepatitis B vaccine had a three-fold greater risk of autism spectrum disorders.  Additionally, a collaboration of several institutes including the University of Pittsburgh - School of Medicine, the University of Kentucky and Thoughtful House Center for Children in Austin, Texas published research findings in the October 2009 issue of Neurotoxicology revealing evidence of substantial functional brain damage in infant primates who received the birth dose of Hepatitis B Vaccine. (HERE) 

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GFCF Classic American Cuisine Contest Winners

Classic American Cuisine

The contest is now closed. Congrats to Sparrow Jones and Lady Snow!

Didn't win? You can order this book and learn more at Stephanie's website, Autism Mom Cooks GFCF. 

Gluten-Free Casein-Free food that is inexpensive, easy to prepare and utterly delicious!

You shouldn't have to sacrifice taste or your family's grocery budget to enjoy (yes.....enjoy!) a GF/CF diet.  Those on the GF/CF Diet because of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Celiac Disease or severe allergies, no longer have to settle for unappealing food.  The days of crumbly, dry bread or gritty, odd-tasting cookies are over.

The Autism Mom Cooks Gluten-Free Casein-Free Cookbook Series is dedicated to providing simple, cost effective and delicious recipes that the whole family will enjoy.

All recipes are taste-tested on individuals who not on any sort of restrictive diets, those on GF/CF diets and finally...... some of the pickiest kids out there.


Age of Autism Comment of the Week

AOAF"N" is our commenter of the week.  Please email me at KimStagliano@gmail.com with your T-shirt size (M-XL) and mailing address. Congrats! N commented on Dan Olmsted's Crimson at Harvard. If autism were bad parenting in the 50's my parents would have had 7 very autistic kids.

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