Just got this forwarded from the latest WikiLeaks file share. Not really sure what it's all about but it's interesting enough to publish. Thoughts welcome.
I see that the Zuckerbergs are tossing three billion dollars or so into wiping out childhood illness. Zuck's wife, Priscilla Chan, is described as a "pediatrician and philanthropist," which sounds like trouble to me, since their likely way to end childhood illness would involve shooting more shots into more kids until they are all disease free forever. Plus, weren't the Gateses already spending 10 times that amount to wipe out illnesses? Is there no other cause worthy of these worthies? When I was a kid my favorite character was Mighty Mouse and his theme song: "Here I come to save the day -- that means that Mighty Mouse is on the Way." I think these four folks were lucky enough to get rich and live out their Mighty Mouse fantasies. Plus, they get to talk all the time about "giving back." If somebody gave me $50 billion, I'd be more than happy to give back $49 billion of it. Here I come to save the day!
The Post highlights a child from Chesterfield, Va. Of course, I know nothing about the case, but what I do know does nothing to argue against our view that polio was, and is, a virus-toxin interaction (originally, poliovirus and arsenic and lead arsenate pesticide). My father used to smoke Chesterfields, so of course my first thought was to see if the cigarette is named for the place, which indeed it is. ("Man-size satisfaction," the ads said. "Clean, smooth, fresh!") This makes me wonder again about pesticides, particularly glyphosate which seems to be the drug of choice for tobacco fields.
As you know, I've written extensively on the 1916 New York epidemic that I believe was triggered by arsenic used to kill weeds in sugar cane fields in Hawaii (see sidebar on home page). And I've said repeatedly (see below) that the current outbreak was likely to worsen and we should be looking at a toxic trigger.
Here, I fear, we go again.
I have decided to end our coverage and commenting on politics indefinitely. It naught availeth.
I wrote this in March 2015 under the headline Wasting the Wait for EV-68:
Spring has sprung, at least theoretically, in daffodil-deprived Washington. Warmer weather will soon favor a resurgence of enterovirus 68, the virus that first appeared in severe and paralytic forms in 2013 as a small cluster in California, popped up unpredictably around the country last year in larger numbers and now – well, now what?
Just this week, the CDC put out a plain English Q&A about the virus. The CDC notes that last year, 1,153 people in 49 states were confirmed to have the virus, and 14 of them died. Most were children. Weirdly, the CDC doesn't mention the frightening and seemingly permanent cases of paralysis almost certainly associated with EV-D68, and regarding the deaths, it mumbles: "State and local officials have the authority to determine and release information about the cause of these deaths."
It would be nice to see the CDC a little more animated on this one, because given the obvious parallels with poliovirus, I think we could be on the brink of big trouble. Both polio and EV-D68 are enteroviruses, meaning they get into the body through the GI tract, although they can manifest as respiratory illness; both appear in warmer weather; both can cause paralysis and death. A big part of the problem is mainstream medical types may once again be blind to what they are really dealing with.
Polio epidemics, as Mark Blaxill and I have proposed, were triggered not just by the virus but also by a necessary co-factor -- exposure to certain pesticides in people, most often non-immune children, who happened to have an active poliovirus infection at the time. The pesticides – lead arsenate starting in the early 1890s, DDT after World War II – opened a pathway to the nervous system that let the otherwise benign virus attack cells that control motion.
The idea that pesticides are implicated in polio has been around for a long time – since the first outbreaks over a century ago, in fact – but roundly sneered at by mainstream scientists, if they noticed at all while hunkered over microscopes in their virology labs. The pesticides-alone theory was easy to dismiss because it was incomplete. The virus, we argued, was a necessary cofactor with the toxin, and when the vaccine came along and took down the virus, the epidemics ended. But the truth -- the ability of toxins to potentiate microbes -- did not.
As the CDC points out, EV-D68 is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses from which the vaccine provides no protection. And since lead arsenate and DDT are no longer used in the United States, we can only guess what toxin, still presumably a pesticide and who knows what else, is potentiating EV-D68. We suspect the collapse of bee colonies and the rise of neurological illnesses point to successor chemicals that are even more toxic in ever-smaller doses.
It would be useful to find out, and quickly. Unfortunately, the idea of a toxic cofactor in the spread of EV-D68 is not on the radar of any current research, as far as I can tell. That’s despite clues in the early EV-D68 cases – the parents of one child run vineyards and a winery in northern California, and the mother told us her daughter had fresh raspberries the morning she got sick (the doctors seemed uninterested); another child is from Moorpark, a Los Angeles exurb built on former (often toxic) farmland that has an apricot named after it.
By now, 1000-plus ED-68 cases on, the clues to the origin have been buried in the breadth of the outbreak, just as they were with polio (and autism); early polio clusters occurred in the San Joaquin and Napa valleys in California (fruit, vegetables, grapes), and in locations where lead arsenate was pioneered – most astonishingly, in 1893 in Boston, which is when and where lead arsenate was invented to battle the coddling moth that was attacking apple orchards. Its use soon spread, and so did epidemics.
Failure to understand polio epidemics, and now EV-D68 outbreaks that may presage a polio-scale catastrophe, is really the failure of an outmoded medical paradigm that researchers cling to for their professional lives. It’s so nineteenth century. In our book The Age of Autism, Mark Blaxill and I showed how the worst outcome of syphilis was a neurological disease called general paralysis of the insane. We proposed GPI arose after many years of treatment with mercury, which eventually gave the syphilis bacteria entry to the brain.
Similarly, there’s a very good case to be made that autism can be caused by live virus vaccinations like the MMR, especially in children who also have gotten mercury-containing vaccinations at the same time or earlier. This idea, of course, has been “debunked” by the federal government, even as it continues to covertly award millions to families of children who get those vaccines, develop brain swelling, and end up with autism. Metals – mercury, lead, and arsenic are all metals – can cause mayhem, on their own or in conjunction with viruses.
So under our theory of the case, unfortunately, EV-D68 is not going away. Back last October I wrote this:
“Right now the media is fixated on the first case of Ebola to reach U.S. shores … Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, says the disease will be stopped in its tracks, and for once I believe him. This is what the CDC does well -- track an outbreak in real time, find contacts, quarantine if necessary, and put an end to it.
“Enterovirus 68, I'm afraid, may be another story. This prospect is outside the CDC's wheelhouse because it does not follow the straight lines of germ theory - one microbe, one disease. It's another paradigm altogether -- a possible microbe-toxin interaction, the kind we've written about many times. And it comes uncomfortably close to interactions (MMR and thimerosal, another microbe and metal combination) they have already rejected as impossible.
“I'm afraid they feel much more at home waging war on Ebola.
“Which story is bigger? I vote for the enterovirus.”
If EV-D68 follows the polio trajectory, it will be back in bigger numbers, following a jagged course of dips and spikes that no on can make sense of until, one day, it explodes.
That’s what happened with polio. From those scattered agricultural outbreaks in the 1890s including Boston and the San Joaquin Valley, there was a sudden spike to 2,500 in New York City alone in 1907, and then 27,000 cases and 6,000 deaths in the Northeast epidemic just nine in 1916. From there, polio was off and running for half a century. One could argue there was a magnitude increase every decade.
In a way, EV-D68 is on a faster track, going from a couple of dozen cases in California to 1,000 nationwide in one year – a two-magnitude increase. One thing that especially concerns me: It was often noted that the worst polio outbreaks were connected with droughts; our hunch is that’s because less pesticide got washed off the produce by rainfall. And as we all know, California is suffering through a historic and seemingly unending drought.
How many well-paid reporters does it take to write up an account of a written statement by someone who swims for a living? A dozen, apparently. Hey, I like a bit of scandal as much as the next American media consumer, but all the hoopla about Ryan Lochte and colleagues' behavior at that gas station in Rio is a window into more than his sordid soul. (Which is not really that sordid! The 24-7 media gets into such a frenzy that it loses all sight of what really matters and puts resources that could go toward something far more important into something far less.
"U.S. Swimmer Bentz Says Lochte Played Key Role In Rio Scandal," Reuters reported in one of the innumerable articles that minutely advanced our knowledge of the outrage. This one reported on "the first account from one of Lochte's companions" as if it were a scoop. But here's the thing -- it was just a report of a statement that Bentz issued.
And here's the other thing -- there were 12, count 'em 12 -- Reuters journalists involved in this story. It was "By Cassandra Garrison and Caroline Stauffer." At the end there was this: "(Additional reporting by Rodrigo Viga, Paulo Prada, Caio Saad, Brad Brooks, Brad Haynes and Liana B. Baker; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Alison Williams, Mark Bendeich and Mark Lamport-Stokes.)"
It's hard to witness this kind of overkill when we know how many really important stories go begging because the media is supposedly so short-handed and financially strapped that it couldn't possibly do its job of figuring out what's gone wrong with a whole generation of American kids (like Michael Phelps, who has ADHD, and other Rio athletes with asthma and Crohn's, which were vanishing rarities a couple of decades ago).
Separately (great minds think alike!), my colleague Mark Blaxill points out that the whole Affaire Lochte has been misreported, pointing to this USA Today account. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/21/investigation-ryan-lochte-rio-olympics-authorities/89082232/
Sigh. And now back to our regular programming.
If you saw Donald Trump's youngest child on stage at the GOP convention, at least on TV you saw a child who didn't appear to smile or interact. Meanwhile there were grandkids and others bounding around, popping balloons, smiling and laughing. When you run for president, you expose your family and yourself to the spotlight in a way that leaves nothing unobserved. Given the unique importance of the office, that is the way it must be.
FALLS CHURCH, Va., July 8, 2016 (AOA) -- I'm going to get a little wonky here, folks, so feel free to skip this, lampoon me, or if you are kindly disposed allow a Moment of Philosophizing before we get back to business. I'm not a political philosopher but ultimately there is a political, small-d democratic critique of the autism epidemic that most of us are forced to consider.
I've gotten some very thoughtful e-mails and comments on my post about Ruin, immediately below. It comes from the last statement in The Vaccine-Autism Link in which I said, "Nobody should have the power to ruin your life simply because they think it will make someone else’s better." That sentence was the final point of nine, before which I had described not just autism but its ancillary diseases and disorders -- sometimes deadly ones -- and the societal dysfunction that would allow rampant medical interventions and industrial pollution, which I blame for the Age of Autism: "Autism is the defining disorder of our Age and points to the terrible state of health care in America, the suppression of free speech and the triumph of a kind of political correctness that is essentially a smiling mask for good old-fashioned bullying."
I try to choose my words carefully, and I think the sentence I wrote is true, and meanings ought not be read into it that are not explicit. I mean, explicitly, that any impingement on an individual's liberty that could cause ruin to that individual for the supposed or imagined benefit of "others" is a power no one should have. The power to require unsafe and untested vaccination as a condition of public education or other common benefits of citizenship or employment, when those vaccines have the power to damage, injure, and indeed ruin you, and when those who hold that power are hopelessly conflicted and self-interested, is something we must never acquiesce in, to invoke my own version of the categorical imperative.
Andy Wakefield said much the same this week:
“There are times in history when change occurs, there are times when change becomes inevitable, when change becomes unstoppable. The camera rolls and the world bears witness. A single voice cries out against the many voices of corruption and is heard. A time when the government sells the lives of your children to corporations in order to line their pockets.
“That time has come. That time is now. We must make that time, now you must make that time now. ... So now is the time. Now is the time to overthrow the corporate rule of this country and to bring the power back to the people."
So, yes. It is ruinous to our society to let our children be sold to corporations, and it so very often ruinous to our children as individuals. It is ruinous, as Del Bigtree said in his great speech we also ran this week, for the press to be sold to the same high bidder, and it is ruinous when parents buy the propaganda and their individual children pay the price. It is ruinous to everyone to put our democracy in jeopardy and not even know it's happening. It is ruinous, as my father wrote in the 75-year-old essay I ran on Father's Day, to succumb to utilitarian "blueprints" -- ideologies -- rather than stand up for the individual as the first principle. "Today," he wrote on the eve of World War II with an eye on communism and fascism but also on oligarchy masquerading as a free market, "it is evident that a mythical, abstract state made up of enslaved and degraded individuals does not constitute the good society."
"Selling the lives of our children to corporations"; "an abstract state made up of enslaved and degraded individuals" -- Andy Wakefield and my father -- great minds think alike! Technically, I suppose, one could say that nobody should have the power to control your life, up to and including the power to ruin it or kill you dead and then to make sure you have no recourse or ability to share your truth, simply because they think it will make someone else's life better (and especially theirs!). But that's not very catchy. So for now I'll stick with the truth the nobody should have the power to ruin your life simply because they think it will make someone else’s better.
But I'll continue to take objections seriously.
Recently I got an e-mail from a reader responding to the one-page summary of the autism-vaccine link that is posted above this on our right-hand sidebar. She objected to the last of nine points I made: "Nobody should have the power to ruin your life simply because they think it will make someone else’s better." I was pointing to autism, yes, but also to the overall state of poor health of American kids, most of which I, Dan Olmsted, attribute to vaccine damage, pesticide mayhem and other ignorant and imperious iatrogenic and industrial zealotry. Here is the person's e-mail:
"I understand what y'all are trying to do and I appreciate that you are sharing this information, however some of your verbiage is incredibly harsh when you consider that many of your readers have autistic children. Phrases like 'no one has a right to ruin my life' are particularly ignorant and unnecessarily cruel. I love my child. I don't in any way see any part of her or her condition as somethings that has ruined her life, or mine.
"I hope you will be more considerate of the human beings and their families you are addressing, when deciding upon final copy, in the future."
Noted. But I kind of like my formulation, which is a conversational adaptation of the argument against utilitarianism, to get deep about it for one minute. Causing someone to have a disability (autism) because of the belief that, say, hepatitis B in some theoretical 18-year-old drug user is not just worth preventing, but worth preventing by giving every single child in America the hep B vaccine at birth, even though it wears off and other interventions would be much better, and including such nonsense as the claim that "horizontal transmission" in daycare is also part of the reason, and ignoring and suppressing and twisting evidence that it leads to autism and learning disabilities at very high rates -- this is folly, arrogance, and to the extent it causes autism and other health conditions, it is the road to ruin. Ruin of individuals, ruin of families, ruin of communities, ruin of country. Ruin.
The small fraction of autism families untouched in that way are probably best advised to find more compatible terrain -- like, say, Steve Silberman's Neurotribes.
But I'm open to discussion, as always. What do you think? -- Dan.
This morning on MSNBC, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin talked about a problem that's "killing us. It's robbing us of a whole generation. We're fighting it." He mentioned a summit June 28 featuring Rob Reiner.
When I hear phrases like that, I think of autism. Manchin was talking about opioid addiction, which according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine killed almost 19,000 people in 2014.
Two observations: It would be nice to hear that sense of urgency around autism, which will affect around 50,000 children born this year. And for those of us who believe that autism rate is largely driven by excessive "drug use" -- namely, too many vaccines too soon, untested, unsafe, and unnecessary -- the fact that opoiods are made by pharmaceutical companies and overprescribed by doctors is, well, rich.
Hope you're finding this new feature accessible -- let me know. I have to say that Do You Read Me was meant as kind of a placeholder headline but, after scratching my head forever about a good title, I think I accidentally stumbled onto one!
Every once in a while I Google vaccines and autism. Just did it, and the first few items are predictably dispiriting."Vaccines do not cause autism concerns" from the CDC -- whatever that means; crapola from Voices for Vaccines about the MMR, something about "How my daughter taught me vaccines don't cause autism,"and then three articles "in the news," the first a decent local story about Vaxxed coming to Pittsburgh, the second on seven reasons to vaccinate now; and the third -- ta-da!
Hey everyone, a lot of folks asked for the upper right corner post -- we called it the Perch -- to return. Let me know if this fits the bill!