Below is a sampling of the BIG STORY on autism. Check out the headlines. NPR and Newsweek come right out and say genes cause autism. Others use the terms "contributing," "linked" and "risks."
Mind you, just three years ago California researchers were saying that based on studies of twins, it was clear environment was the main link to the development of autism.
According to a recent study by researchers at the UC-San Francisco and Stanford on autism in twins, environmental factors are more predictive of autism risk than genetic factors. The study found that environmental factors make up 62 percent of the risk of autism while genetics, originally thought to have been 90 percent, make up 38 percent.
Now with the theory of the strange, mutating genes that are not inherited, we're back to genetics. CNN does note that there are environmental triggers and the age of the dad is a factor.
Oct 28, 2014, MSNBC: On Jonas Salk's birthday, some perspective on health scares
Oct 26, 2014, SharylAttkisson.com: Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All
Oct 17, 2014, RealFarmacy.com: Johns Hopkins Scientist Reveals Shocking Report on Flu Vaccines
By Anne Dachel
Sharyl's book is being advertised in a number of places on the Internet and hopefully she'll get lots of interviews about it. (Despite the fact that she's criticizing the very people she'll be talking to.)
For me, it's great timing for my book, The Big Autism Cover Up--How and Why the Media is Lying to the American Public. While I will quickly concede that Sharyl Attkisson is a real life reporter and I'm not, and that she's got way more experience and insight into this whole thing than I do, her book supports what many of us in the autism community have been saying for years: the coverage of autism, especially the vaccine controversy, can best be described as corruption, collusion and cover-up.
Several months ago I wrote this article about Sharyl and the coverage she's given to our issues.
And just so everyone clearly understands this, I have it on good authority that her stories on the vaccine controversy are talked about in her book.
Recently, Sharyl made this promotional video about Stonewalled.
I'm Sharyl Attkisson, I'm an investigative journalist, I've been in the business for over 30 years. The book is called Stonewalled. It's coming out from Harper Collins and it's a look at the increasing attempts by special interests and corporations to manipulate the images that the public sees in the news and in the rest of the media.
I've never seen a tougher clampdown on freedom of the press and I think it's important that someone stand and say these things and speak out about them.
There are many great reporters and great stories out there, but I think the public needs to learn to watch the news much like you do a TV commercial.
You need to start thinking, why is that story airing? Who pushed it? What special interest might be behind it and am I getting the full story?
Oct 28, 2014, Health Impact News: Flu Vaccine is the most Dangerous Vaccine in the U. S. based on Settled Cases for Injuries
Oct 28, 2014, Left Brain Right Brain: Emily Willingham: winner of the 2014 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science
Oct 27, 2014, Cal State Fullerton: Vaccines should be federally mandated
Oct 27, 2014, San Jose Mercury News: Autism surge creates special education teacher shortages
Oct 27, 2014, KTAR, Scottsdale, AZ: People with autism and other invisible disabilities face barriers to finding work
Oct 27, 2014, Medical Express: Autism After High School
Oct 27, 2014, Health Impact News: Merck's Former Doctor Predicts that Gardasil will Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time
Oct 27, 2014, Health Impact News: The Vaccine Autism Cover-up: How One Doctor's Career was Destroyed for Telling the Truth
Oct 26, 2014, Tampa Bay Times: Schools have looming crisis, foundation says: We're losing our boys
Oct 26, 2014, Concord (NH) Monitor: Editorial: Dangerous message on city buses
Oct 25, 2014, TheTownTalk.com: Dr. Roach: Do vaccines cause autism?
Oct 24, 2014, Philly.com: Chester Springs autistic woman gets a house of her own
Oct 24, 2014, Huffington Update: Jenny McCarthy Claims She's 'Not Anti-Vaccine' ... Again
Oct 24, 2014, TwinCities.com: To Your Good Health: Keep counting calories By Keith Roach, M.D.
Oct 24, 2014, Huffington Post: Jenny McCarthy Claims She's 'Not Anti-Vaccine' ... Again
Oct 18, 2014, Boston Globe: Vote all you want. The secret government won't change
By Anne Dachel
There is definitely a pattern in the press. It's important that there are periodic stories out with the message that while non-experts say that vaccines cause autism, all the science is against them. Here is the Daily Beast. (And there are other stories out there today with the same message.)
Daily Beast: Jenny McCarthy says she's "not anti-vaccine." (Well, of course she's not anti-vaccine. She vaccinated her son. Her claim is that because of his vaccines, her son developed autism.)
Lloyd Grove at the Daily Beast has a lot of subtle messages here. McCarthy claims that "autism is somehow caused by an over-use of vaccines."
"Somehow"? We have no idea why it could happen, but SOMEHOW she claims the cause is vaccines. No one else thinks this bizarre thought.
Grove cites Michael Specter who calls McCarthy's views "dangerous," and says they've led to "sickness and death."
Wow...that's bad stuff from a "Playboy Playmate-turned-MTV host ..." Clearly she couldn't know what she's talking about. In fact, Grove calls her "the nation's most prominent purveyor of anti-vaxxer ideology."
Okay...we get it. Only ridiculous former Playboy Bunnies believe there's anything wrong with vaccines. It's incredible, but parents actually believe them--especially well-educated ones.
Oct 23, 2014, NJ.com: Give it a shot: Flu vaccines are more accessible then ever despite some concerns
Oct 22, 2014, Business World (Indian): Call to End the Use of Mercury in Vaccines
Oct 21, 2014, KING5 Seattle: Meeting the needs of adult with autism
Oct 20, 2014, Interlochen Public Radio: Lack of autism specialists creating long wait times for children
Oct 6, 2014, Wall Street Journal: Preschools Consider Requiring Flu Shots
By Anne Dachel
Oct 10, 2014, AofA Contributing Editor and Thinking Moms' Revolution's Lisa Joyce Goes was interviewed by Ronan Farrow on MSNBC. The title of the report was Debunking the anti-vaccine movement.
Farrow didn't hide the fact that he's a strong supporter of vaccines. On MSNBC he cited the World Health Organization saying that vaccines save two to three million lives a year around the world. In his view, vaccines only do good and there is no truth to the claim that they're also causing neurological damage in children.
Farrow's coverage implied that only PARENTS link vaccines to autism and other damage in children. That's absolutely false and a real newsman would know that. If he wanted to cover this issue legitimately, he'd have talked to any the host of independent doctors and scientists whose work does support a link. In his brand of news reporting, they simply don't exist. He eagerly gives the last word to health officials promoting their studies. "The Centers for Disease Control reviewed existing literature and 'there is not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism.'
"Some parents aren't convinced and they continue to stay away from vaccines for their kids."
Enter autism mom Lisa Goes
Farrow asked Lisa about what happened to her son when he was vaccinated..
Lisa: "We noticed physical ailments, illnesses. Right after his six month vaccinations, he became incredibly ill, had a 104 degree temperature, he developed all over body eczema, he developed a bowel condition that unfortunately led to over twenty diarrhea-filled diapers a day. So our journey began with physical illness and ultimately manifested in behavioral issues."
Farrow responded by ignoring everything Lisa had just said and instead quoted Dr. Peter Hotez, "By the time a baby is born, autism has happened. That's the major reason we wouldn't expect a vaccine to cause major changes in the brain leading to autism." The message was clear, what happened to Lisa's son and thousands of other children just like him was just a coincidence.
Oct 21, 2014, Huffington Post: Don't Rush To Hand Out the Ebola Vaccine By Lawrence Solomon
An Ebola vaccine that protected us from this killer disease would be a godsend. But rushing a vaccine to widespread use, history has shown, could be tragic, not only by infecting the healthy but also by delaying the development of safe and effective vaccines.
Oct 20, 2014, The Atlantic: The Psychology of Anti-Vaxers: How Story Trumps Science
Oct 20, 2014, MSN.com: NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues
Oct 20, 2014, Cape Cod News: Autism housing explored in Dennis
Oct 20, 2014, IPWatchdog.com: The Ebola Outbreak and Current State of Vaccine Development
Oct 18, 2014, Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter: More parents opting out of vaccinating their children
Oct 18, 2014, Boston Globe: Autistic children thrill at performance of The Lion King - Style, By Bella English
Oct 18, 2014, Daytona Beach News-Journal: Early intervention and autism (Editorial)
Oct 16, 2014, Financial Post (Canada): Crippling medical research
Oct 17, 2014, Extinction Protocol: Ebola epidemic may not end without developing vaccine, scientist warns
Oct 14, 2014, WWGF News: The Making Of Bought The Movie (Part 1)
Oct 14, 2014, National Geographic: Long Quest for Ebola Vaccine Slowed by Science, Ethics, Politics
Oct 14, 2014, Trumbull Times, Shelton, CT: Anti-vaccine candidate? Cook-Littman slams GOP attack
Oct 13, 2014, CNN: Ebola: Five ways the CDC got it wrong by Elizabeth Cohen
Oct 13, 2014, Aluminium could be poisoning our brains and causing Alzheimer's, professor claims
By Anne Dachel
Oct 13, 2014, Fox News medical expert Dr. Manny Alvarez went on the offensive against the leadership shown by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in handling the Ebola threat. He called for the resignation of CDC head, Dr. Thomas Frieden.
Right now, I'm not as afraid of Ebola as I am of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The agency held a press conference Monday to provide an update on the transmission of Ebola to a nurse that cared for Thomas Eric Duncan.
After listening to this update, I have to say, I am more convinced than ever that CDC director, Dr. Tom Frieden is not the right person for the job. And I say this because this latest press conference consisted of him telling a room of reporters what anyone who has ever dealt with Ebola in the past should have known.
While Alvarez seems to be a crusader for truth and action in the case of Ebola, he's a completely different person when the subject is autism.
Alvarez joined Fox News in 2005 when the autism rate was one in every 166 kids, which means he's been around for the steady stream of increases:
2007: 1 in 150
2009: 1 in 110
2012: 1 in 88
2014: 1 in 68
Each and every time the agency announced a new rate, there was always a spokesperson from the CDC adding that officials weren't sure if the increase really meant more kids have the disorder or if just represented better diagnosing. Every single time.
Oct 13, 2014, Vermont Public Radio: Spencer Rendahl: Vaccine Choices
Oct 12, 2014, New York Times: Fear of Vaccines Goes Viral
Oct 11, 2014, TIME: How Words Can Kill in the Vaccine Fight
Oct 11, 2014, SharylAttkisson.com: Polio-like Illness Claims Sixth Life in U.S.
Oct 11, 2014, The Buffalo News: Top fears about vaccines, and how to rest easier
Oct 10, 2014, WRAL Raleigh, NC: Thousands celebrate autism awareness in downtown Raleigh
Oct 9, 2025, Financial Post: Lawrence Solomon: We’re more vulnerable to diseases
(Radio interview--14 minutes)
While people were righteously rebelling in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, against police terrorism, a Center for Disease Control whistleblower confirmed something that has been on the lips of conscious ghetto dwellers for decades. International peace activist Cynthia McKinney speaks on the U.S. government spreading autism through vaccinations in the Black community, on Ferguson and much more...
So this is something new that our community is having to cope with, and it's reminiscent of eugenics because they knew that whatever the formula was that they were using was going to have an adverse effect on Black babies - Black male babies in particular is what they studied. But there was this adverse reaction, and they did nothing; they remained silent. It's outrageous....
I have not read of any response of the national Black Caucus, but I could not imagine that the Congressional Black Caucus would remain silent on this. They’ve been veritably silent on many issues, especially what was going on in Gaza. There’s been a lot of discussion about why members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Black officials in general were so silent on Gaza, but I cannot imagine silence on something like this. And the most activist members of Congress that I’ve read about who are on this – forcing the CDC to turn over papers – are Republicans actually.
McKinney is a former six term U.S. Rep from Atlanta, GA (of all places!). I hope the African American community demands answers. It is outrageous.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.
Oct 9, 2014 MSNBC: The truth about vaccines & autism |
The truth about vaccines & autism
We debunk the myths and bring you the facts about the heated debate over what vaccines have to do with autism with Autism Speaks Senior Vice President, Dr. Paul Wang.
MSNBC's Ronan Farrow: "There's zero evidence of such a link. The Centers for Disease Control, reviewing existing literature, concluded there is not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism.
Readers, chime in in our comments - what is your education level, are you (or perhaps we should ask were you) affluent? Me? I went to a top New England prep school, Tufts University (Dr. Paul Offit's alma mater) was graduated from Boston College cum laude. My education gave me critical thinking skills and the ability to do research. And there you have it. My Dad was a dentist/orthodontist, my sister, a Tufts grad went into political administration and my brother is an architect. We have no autism or Asperger's in our family. Nor does my husband who is also a private school and Jesuit college graduate. And we used to be sort of affluent. KS
By Anne Dachel
... The parents who are balking at having their children vaccinated are overwhelmingly well educated and affluent. For example, in the San Francisco Bay area's prosperous Marin County (median family income $90,000), the opt-out rate is three to four times that of less-well-off neighboring Bay counties. The individual California schools logging the highest op-out rates cater to liberal communities within Los Angeles County: The City School in Lake Balboa (88 per cent opt-outs) and Maple Village Waldorf School in Long Beach (87 per cent opt-outs). Opt-out rates are especially high in private schools....
State-wide, the average opt-out rate remains low -- despite the doubling, it barely exceeds 3 per cent. But public health officials are worried because the parents creating the opt-out trend tend to be opinion-leaders, raising the possibility that the doubling trend will snowball and threaten the full-vaccination goals of the public health officials. In other states, too, the parents leading the anti-vaccination trend are formidable: According to a survey in Pediatrics, unvaccinated children have a mother who is at least 30 years old, has at least one college degree and whose household has an annual income of at least $75,000. ...
Lawrence Solomon, a columnist with the National Post, was formerly a columnist with the Globe and Mail, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine. He cites a fact that the media doesn't want to investigate, namely that the BETTER EDUCATED PARENTS ARE, THE LESS LIKELY THEY ARE TO VACCINATE THEIR CHILDREN. These are people who've gone beyond the the claims of doctors and health officials who tell us constantly that vaccines are safe and lifesaving. These affluent, educated parents have looked into the arguments on both sides and they're not convinced that they should simply line their kids up for any and all vaccines. The media would have us believe that only easily swayed, uninformed parents opt out of vaccinations. Clearly that's not true.
Oct 7, 2014, MIT News: Autism as a disorder of prediction
Oct 3, 2014, Examiner.com: First healthy volunteers injected with experimental GMO Ebola vaccine
Oct 7, 2014, NewJersey.com: Study finds link between autism and time between pregnancies
Conception timing a factor in autism? The spacing of pregnancies may play a factor in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new study suggests. Investigators discovered children who were conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of their prior sibling were more likely to be diagnosed with autism than children conceived following an interval of two to five years. The research, conducted by a team at Columbia University, is published this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The risk of an autism diagnosis among children conceived less than 12 months following a sibling's birth was one and a half times as high as those conceived following an interval of 24-59 months. Children conceived following an interval of 60-120 months were almost 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism. For intervals of more than 120 months, the risk of autism was more than 40 percent higher.
Actually this claim has been around for awhile. It makes no sense unless someone can prove that suddenly lots of mothers are having babies closely spaced. Autism is now an epidemic among our children. A once rare disorder is now so common that it affects one in every 68 children, one in every 42 boys.
Researchers have to do autism busywork like this so the public thinks that someone is doing something. When they run out of new things to link to autism, they give us the old stuff. Actually I'm waiting for a study on children born during the full moon phase.
Oct 6, 2014, Huffington: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?
Oct 5, 2014, The Nation (Pakistan English newspaper): The Whistleblower Controversy
Oct 4, 2014, Cincinnati.com: Who is responsible for autism?
Oct 1, 2014, The Daily Signal: The News Is Fit to Print But Are Major News Organizations Fit to Report It?
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Discuss Vaccine Mercury
Controversy at Minnesota Book Symposium Nov. 1
Eight authors to speak on corruption & censorship in health science
BLOOMINGTON, MN – Scientists, attorneys and journalists will gather in Minnesota to discuss medical injuries which may have been caused by over zealous public health policies and procedures at the Health Choice/Skyhorse Publishing Book Symposium Saturday, November 1. The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Drive in Bloomington.
Register before 10/20 and you receive all 8 books for just $99.00.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the attorney, radio host, Riverkeeper and author, will read from his book Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak – The Evidence Supporting the Immediate Removal of Mercury – a Known Neurotoxin – from Vaccines. Kennedy has appeared on various TV and radio programs explaining how government is suppressing evidence showing how the ethylmercury-based vaccine preservative damages and kills cells at extremely low doses.
Other book presentations on the intersection of science and politics include:
• Science for Sale: How the U.S. Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits by Dr. David Lewis, a former EPA microbiologist now with the National Whistleblowers Center;
• Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases by Kent Heckenlively, J.D. & Dr. Judy Mikovits;
• Vaccines 2.0: The Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family by Mark Blaxill & Dan Olmsted, a former UPI investigative reporter;
Oct 3, 2014, CNN's Alisyn Camerota interviewed autism mom Becky Estepp and Dr. Harvey Karp. The subject was vaccine exemptions/a parent's right to choose.
Should parents decline child vaccines?
Becky explained that she stopped vaccinating her younger son because of the vaccine reaction her older son experienced.
"I took him in for a Hepatitis B vaccine, he immediately a hideous diarrhea, later that night, developed a fever, arched his back, screamed. If I would have known, as a young mother, these were signs of encephalopathy--brain swelling, I would have known to get him to a doctor right away. After that evening, his health deteriorated for the next two years. At two years and nine months he was diagnosed with autism. We didn't put the pieces of the puzzle together until I had my second son, who also started to exhibit some strange vaccine reactions. At that point I had to really weigh the options. My husband and I decided that our children's neurodevelopment was more important than vaccinating for these diseases. ...They could have permanent damage."
When Becky was asked about what her unvaccinated children might do to herd immunity she said, "I say that it's their right to vaccinate their children and if vaccines work the way they're supposed to, their children are safe. There's no reason to worry about my child; their children are vaccinated. I'm the one who's taken the calculated risk for a very good reason."
Dr. Harvey Karp was asked for his opinion on opting out.
Oct 1, 2014, Nashville Business Journal: New database shows payments from drug and device makers to Nashville doctors
Sept 30, 2014, FoodIntegrityNow.org: The Glyphosate (RoundUp) Autism Connection
Sept 30, 2014, ABC News: Shares of Companies Testing Ebola Vaccines Rise
Sept 30. 2014, Baltimore Jewish Times: Last Thing Vaccine Makers Want Is Study
Sept 30, 2014, PBS: Adults with autism deserve a system that allows them to thrive
Sept 30, 2014, UK Daily Mail: Mike Nichols was addicted to drugs when he met Diane Sawyer
Sept 27, 2014, Minneapolis Star Tribune: BOOK REVIEW: 'On Immunity: An Inoculation,' (A book by Eula Biss)
Sept 27, 2014, WGN Chicago: Age difference between siblings could increase autism risk
Sept 26, 2014, Yahoo News: Hospitals Adapting for Adults With Autism (Op-Ed)
Age of Autism has had several stories recently about the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee meeting on Sept 23, 2014. I was impressed by what was said by an autism mom, Megan Davenhall, from Virginia. She used her six minutes of comment time to try and wake committee members up to the reality of regressive autism and ask what they intend to do about it.
"What we're here to say is absolutely nothing new, nothing that this committee hasn't heard before from multiple public commenters over the years. There's a huge subset of individuals with the label of autism who were not born with autism. These children, young adults and adults who were born as typically developing healthy children and then regressed into autism. This is not the autism that you see in our highly functioning adults, the way that Mr. Robinson described himself. This is not what we are talking about. But we don't have another word; we have autism. So we are talking about high functioning adults, people who love who they are and should celebrate who they are. And we're talking about kids who are sick. They are two different things, and we call it all autism.
"This is autism is extremely different. It's a different experience for these individuals. It's pain. It's bowel disease. It's mitochondrial dysfunction. It's seizures. It's immune deficiency. And in many cases, it is a silent plea for help through head banging, and self-injurious behaviors and aggression. Parents have been searching for treatment for these co-conditions for years. We pay out-of-pocket because insurance won't cover the staggering cost of healing the many physical ailments our children suffer from. Our kids who fall into this model of autism, the ones who are healthy and become urgently ill, need to be treated with respect and like human beings who are sick. Their physical symptoms need to be addressed by medical professionals in the same ways that they would be handled in a person without autism. Never again should a parent have to hear from a doctor or a psychiatrist that a physical problem such as diarrhea or constipation..., that it's just part of their autism. But it still happens. That is what parents are hearing. When you go to the pediatrician, they hear, 'Well, kids on the spectrum, have diarrhea. They have constipation. It's part of autism.'
"I talked about my son's regression at the pediatrician's. A regression. A typically developing child regressed into autism and I was told, 'Well that's the very definition of autism.' We need to rework how we're talking about these things in
pediatricians' offices across the country. And you need to be the change for that happening.
"Parents have been telling you for years that there was some trigger that sent their healthy child into a physical and developmental tailspin. They watched this happen to their kids. And we're ignored. You ignore our firsthand eyewitness accounts of damage to our children. You hold these meetings that accomplish nothing. And [you] give us the mike a few times a year and we tell you, 'Autism is medical.' This version of autism that the parents come here and talk to you about. Let me be clear on that. Our children get better when we treat the medical problems they have. Their behaviors that land them on the spectrum in the first place, improve when they get healthier. And you don't hear us. You give us fifteen minutes of your day and interrupt parents who travel on their own dime to come here and speak to you. If they go over their allotted three minutes, they get interrupted--as long as we end the meeting by five.
"I want to thank Dr. Cory for recognizing the one thing I haven't heard here in all the time I've been listening, watching and coming to these meetings. I heard the phrase, 'The parents are the experts on their children.' I heard it from other people in the room too. And the bottom line is, we are. We are the experts on our children. We see what they are living with day in and day out--the medical conditions that we are trying so desperately to find the answers for. But we receive none.
"I hope today that you hear this well, treating the co-occurring conditions is critical, but it is absolutely not enough. This committee needs to start getting serious about prevention. You need to start investigating the dangers of vaccines, pesticide exposure, antibiotic overuse, chemicals that are in our food supply that we know cause neurological dysfunction.
"We have a medical system that is run by pharmaceutical companies who don't care one bit if our kids are healthy or not. This committee needs to start working with our government to lessen the toxic burden our children are exposed to. We parents are watching and don't see this committee doing much of anything.
"The autism numbers continue to climb with no end in sight. And we have been screaming into the abyss. We've been telling you what is happening. We've given you clues to study, but you ignore us.
"Are you afraid of what you will find? Afraid of doing the right thing until it's too late? It's quickly becoming too late. How many more kids will die in ponds or in pools, because they wandered off and drowned? How many more diagnosed will it take for you act? This epidemic and the U.S. government's inaction is creating a vocal, intelligent, passionate army of loved ones that has reached a critical mass in number and will not back down. We'll be at every one of your meetings. We want to hear about what you're going to do about these co-occurring conditions and we want to know what you're going to do to prevent the rise in autism. It can't be ignored any longer. We've been telling you these things for well over ten years and what I want to know today is, who in this room is going to be a champion for this? Who will stand up and force the independent study looking at causation? Or spearhead individualized effective treatment for our sick children? If that person is in this room, now is the time to stand up.
"Thank you for your time. And on a separate note, I really would like to thank Lyn Redwood for always being a voice for the families that have been screaming this. She asks the hard questions and she's not given up on that job. So thank you."
This seems to be the side of autism that Dr. Tom Insel would rather not bring up at IACC meetings, yet Megan obviously wants real help and answers.
If we look at the list of federal, public and alternate members of IACC, as listed on their website, it's filled with lots of MDs and PhDs.
This was the agenda for the Sept 23 meeting. There were a number of well-credentialed experts talking about autism.
Very impressive. These are the people who are supposed to be focused on doing something. They should be very interested in what this mom is saying about THEIR WORK.
Personally speaking, I think something is very wrong when an autism parent comes and accuses this committee of IGNORING HER AND OTHERS. After all, this body was created by Congress to deal with her child's disorder. Who else is she going to talk to?
I contacted Megan Davenhall and asked her about her experience at IACC. Here are her answers:
Megan, after your heartfelt plea to the experts in the room, did anyone respond to what you said?
The response was a general discussion about all three public commenters. John Robinson spoke first and stated again that he doesn’t believe the vaccine link to autism, but then questioned whether or not the belief that vaccine cause autism is a widely held though out the community. He admitted that as public servants, the committee should investigate vaccines if the public truly believes that there is a connection. Lyn Redwood followed up by explaining how she learned that vaccine induced autism is biologically plausible. She discussed studies that were altered and had data changed to affect the outcomes to show that vaccines are not linked to a higher rate of autism. She then suggested that the committee bring these findings of fraud to the secretary and request special council to further investigate the fraud.
Did Dr. Insel acknowledge your remarks? What was his response?
Dr. Insel did not directly address my remarks. He went on to discuss what the committee could and couldn’t do and made an analogy of autism being like a fever. That the fever could be cause by ebola or strep throat, but that it presents the same way and that we are in the ‘early stages’ of this (meaning autism) and that it is all so new, despite parents coming to the IACC for years and discussing co-occurring conditions, vaccines and treatment options.
INSEL'S RESPONSE(This was where he said, 'We have no money. We have no ability to fund anybody to do anything.')
What is your opinion of the attitude of IACC toward autism as an epidemic and the link to vaccines?
I don’t think the IACC will ever investigate the vaccine/autism link. It is far too messy for our government have this link exposed. The vaccine program in our country continues to balloon out of control, because it is a huge money maker for the pharmaceutical industry. There are lobbyists in DC that get paid big money to make sure that no one looks too closely at what causes autism. I think that the IACC will continue to sit on their hands and do nothing with the information that Lyn Redwood presented to the committee at the meeting.
While Insel sounded like he was powerless to get anything done about autism, I found this official IACC statement from April, 2014:
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is a Federal advisory committee, composed of Federal and public members, that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Consider what that means. Thomas Insel just threw up his arms in response to Megan Davenhall and said he can't be expected to do anything about autism and the IACC website says that HHS has assigned ALL EFFORTS regarding autism to him and his committee..
I can only think that Megan's trip to IACC was a waste of time. No one was listening. No one really cares about these children.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.
Whooping cough, mumps and measles are making an alarming comeback, thanks to seriously misguided parents....
By Anne Dachel
On Sept 16, 2014, TheGreaterGoodMovie.org released a video of Dr. Melinda Wharton, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (CDC), explaining why there was no research comparing the health outcomes and vaccinated and unvaccinated children.
Leslie Manookian wrote,
The fact that this study has never been done is not only sad and frustrating, it is also unscientific, as this study might answer once and for all whether vaccines improve our children’s health, or harm it.
In making The Greater Good we asked CDC‘s top vaccine official, Dr. Melinda Wharton, why CDC wouldn’t just do the study and put all the questions and worries to rest. Dr. Wharton’s answer may surprise you and leave you wondering whether the problem is truly the difficulty of the study, or perhaps something more frightening, like the answer they might find.
"It seems like it ought to be possible to compare the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children and address some of these questions. It's got a kind of intuitive appeal. ...
"I don't know of any way we can do it, and it's for a couple of different reasons.
"In the first place, it would be pretty hard to find those 50,000 unvaccinated children to do the study comparing the health outcomes..."\
Leslie pointed out, "The CDC's own data says there are over a million unvaccinated children in the United States."
Wharton had more to say about why UNVACCINATED CHILDREN would be hard to study:
"They're almost certainly very different than other children because their parents have made this decision not to vaccinate--and they probably made other decisions that are different than the decisions other parents have made....
Sept 24, 2014, Philly.com: Blaming moms for vaccine trends
Sept 23, 2014 The Wrap: Rob Schneider TV Ad Dropped by State Farm Over Comedian's Anti-Vaccine Views
Sept 22, 2014, Space Coast Daily (FL): Dr. Dave Weldon: Doctors' Goodwill Foundation Ambassador
Sept 17, 2014, CBS Philly: Cause Of Autism Could Be Found In Digestive System, Researchers Say
Sept 18, 2014, Jewish Journal: Why I have not yet vaccinated my daughter | Jews and Mormons
It looks like The Atlantic is the latest media outlet to bash parents who choose not to follow the most aggressive vaccine regimen in the world. My wife and I have chosen not to vaccinate our 11-month-old daughter, though we may change our minds when she heads off to school. We feel good about this decision, which is not at all religiously based: There are plenty of Mormons who vaccinate their kids, and some who don't.....
The "Movement", like a flutter of a butterfly's wings across an ocean triggering a hurricane, started simply enough.
The senior medical correspondent on CNN, Elizabeth Cohen focused her gaze into the camera and in the voice of medical authority stated: "vaccines are safe, autism is -not- a side effect of vaccines, or to say it another way- because some people don't hear this well, vaccines do not cause autism".
The words are familiar enough, repeated frequently by; pediatricians, media, medical journals and by the Centers for Disease Control. The butterflies morphed into hawks chasing prey.
The Cohen soundbite came from an earlier report in 2014, but CNN aired it again as part of its brief coverage of a CDC research doctor (more of a rebuttal/retraction, but that's another story), from the man the moms call the CDC whistle blower. The statement:
"On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Centers for Disease Control Senior Scientist Dr. Bill Thompson issued a statement through his [Thompson] attorney's website addressing his regret that he and his CDC co-authors omitted "statistically significant information" in a 2004 study on the subject of whether the MMR vaccine was causing autism in children".
Sept 16, 2014, Harvard Gazette: Panelists see communications gap on vaccines
Sept 10, 2014, The Hollywood Reporter: Los Angeles Vaccination Rates 2014
By Anne Dachel
Like most everyone out there, I get a lot of information from my Facebook page. So many articles and videos that I would never be able to search out for myself, instantly appear there. I really appreciate what my 4,100+ "friends" post to me.
I recently found this: Life with Autism in Pictures: The lion who had no courage.
The photo really needs no words. It's a mother with her disabled son. The young man in diapers is the side of autism we never see in feel good stories during April, Celebrate Autism Month. The photo made me think of Michelangelo's Pieta, the Virgin Mary grieving as she holds the body of her crucified son, Jesus. Or maybe one of the Mary Cassatt paintings of a mother and child. The image of this maternal bond is universal. It's also heartbreaking when it involves someone who was left like this because of the vaccines he received as baby.
The young man is Brandon Guppy, age 20, shown with his mother, Michelle. Michelle has the blog, Life with Autism in Pictures,
where she writes about her son. More importantly, she shows us photos of what his life is like.
"On my 'Life with Autism' blog, it is my hope that the words you read are inspirational in some way. But on this blog --- I wanted it to be different. I wanted the pictures to be more powerful than the words. Here will be some of our most powerful pictures in our 'Life with Autism' - with only a few words to explain..."
Monday, Sept 8, 2014, Michelle posted, "The lion who had no courage" that reads like a journal account. She specifically addressed members of the media, admonishing them to cover this issue honestly and thoroughly.
"Doing away with vanity & dignity tonight.
"I'm sure Brandon would forgive me if perhaps it would make one member of the mainstream media try and help him... I doubt they'll ever see this, much like I doubt today's seizures would be the last. But, one can hope....
"He's had seizures yet again today...and finally at 8 pm he tried to get up. He's been on the gymnastics mat on the floor of his bedroom right where he landed from the first seizure in falling out of bed this morning. Most parents have the luxury of waking up to the sound of an alarm. I frequently wake up to the sound of choking, some body part banging against the wall, or a loud thud as he hits the floor. I met him in the hallway and by the look in his eyes I knew we better go back in his room and not dare try and go downstairs. It's hard to describe seeing your child like that...."
Michelle criticized the media for failing to report on the CDC whistleblower scandal.
...When Todd got upstairs from hearing him have a seizure, I asked him to take this picture. I want the media to see who it is they are silencing by refusing to report on the CDC Whistleblower story. I want them to see just how "vaccines save lives" actually plays out in real life. I want them to see what the trade off of acute recoverable illnesses for chronic lifelong debilitating illnesses looks like. And as much as they try to ignore it, that trade off does have a face. And there are thousands of them. I want them to see this and be brave enough to look me in the eye and ask me which I would rather my son have had - a miserable two week ugly rash in measles that would provide a lifetime of immunity and a stronger immune system for having survived it; or a lifetime of illness and seizures and a weakened immune system. And I want them to show that answer to the world.
I want them to see who they have forsaken as an accomplice to their preservation of Pharma's fairytale illusions of health, herd immunity, and the greater good.
Sept 14, 2014, Q13 Fox: Mother accused of using lethal drug cocktail to murder son with autism
Sept 4, 2014, CBC News British Columbia: Former teacher quit over special needs stress
Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Dr. Mark Hyman, collaborators on the book, Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak, were on the Dr. Oz Show on Sept 11, 2014 in a seven and a half minute segment discussing the use of mercury in the annual flu shot.
Dr. Oz: "In the medical spotlight today, what's sure to be a controversial new book about your flu shot. Today's guests are asking a highly charged and controversial question; Why does the U.S. government allow a toxin to be added to one of your most common medicines? The toxin is mercury. It's found in thimeorsal. The medicine: your flu shot. Two world class leaders have come together to write a book that will change the way you think about your annual flu shot. Robert Kennedy, Jr and Dr. Mark Hyman are joining me."
Kennedy made it clear right away that both he and Dr. Hyman are "fiercely pro-vaccine." Both men announced that their children were all vaccinated. Nothing about the segment could be called anti-vaccine.
By Anne Dachel
What do you do after spending two and a half years investigating the federal government's shadowy Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, having discovered that health officials, who adamantly deny that vaccines cause autism, had been quietly compensating children for vaccine induced brain damage with autism?
This is the question that faced Louis Conte. He and a number of others looked into the claims of vaccine injury that had been recognized by the U.S. government, but never publicized. These investigators reviewed 196 compensated claims and uncovered the fact that 83 of them involved autism. Louis and the rest of the investigators went public with their findings in a paper called Unanswered Questions. They also called on Congress to hold hearings. There was some brief press coverage, but for the most part the media wasn't willing to admit the official claim of no link was directly contradicted by the government's own actions. Louis wanted to make all this public, but he also needed to respect the privacy of the 83 families. His solution: write a novel about what he found out. His brainchild is the book, The Autism War.
Louis has had several opportunities to talk about it, including two times in July. The videos were only recently made available online.
On July 10, 2014, Pleasantville (NY) Community Television presented the broadcast, Louis Conte's "The Autism War." Here Louis said that the controversy over vaccines and autism "is really the central issue within this book."
Louis went on to talk about what led him to write The Autism War, namely the fact that two of his fourteen year old triplet boys have autism. He also described his 30 years working in law enforcement.
Louis noted that it was the announcement of the case of Child Doe 77, the young Georgia girl who became autistic due to vaccination in 2008 that really started him on the journey to write this book. He explained that children like this suffer an encephalopathy, or brain injury when they are vaccinated. This brain injury results in the behaviors we call autism. In this girl's case, the federal government (specifically medical experts at Health and Human Services) recognized that her injuries--including her autism--were caused by her vaccines. Louis explained what vaccine injured victims are up against when they take on the government. Then he talked his unique investigation into cases of vaccine injuries that included autism, resulting in the Unanswered Questions paper published by the Pace University Law Review. That paper described the uncovering of 83 cases where the government compensated children who became autistic as a result of being vaccinated.
By Anne Dachel
Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand.
On Sept 10, 2014, I found an incredible article from NewsMax.com with the title, Did CDC Hide Autism's Link to Vaccines? by Nick Tate. It was real live investigative journalism. Tate talked to Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Dr. Brian Hooker about the whistleblower story. There were actual quotes from them. Dr, William Thompson was cited.
Thompson: 'I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article [suggesting] that African-American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism.'
Hooker: "Individuals receiving the MMR vaccine before 36 months of age were 3.4 times more likely to receive an autism diagnosis versus those individuals who received the MMR vaccine after 36 months of age.
Note, there was a lively Twitter campaign last night to educate using the hastag #VaccinesNOVA. The pro-vaccine injury organizations used "#NothingHappened to imply that vax injury does not exist. How callous. Did you know that no va in Spanish tranlsates to, "it does not go'?
By Anne Dachel
I watched the hour long documentary, Calling the Shots, on PBS. My first reaction was, why? Why was this so hyped? There was nothing new here. The first half of the show was all about the history of vaccines and outbreaks of diseases that were called, "vaccine preventable."
Vaccines were extolled. We heard about smallpox, whooping cough, cowpox, polio, and measles. NOVA was out to convince us that vaccines are our only defense against communicable disease. Prevention is dependent on a 95 percent vaccination rate for "herd immunity."
One little boy who developed seizures following vaccinations was featured, but he was found to have Dravet Syndrome. They explained that this is a genetic disorder. Vaccines were only the trigger. We were told that a fever or sleep deprivation could have done the same thing. Vaccines didn't cause the seizures. The boy "was going to get the condition anyway."
There were comforting comments like, "Vaccines can appear to cause harm." We were told that reactions were limited to fever, swelling at the injection site and "one time seizure events."
There were photos from the 1950s showing children with polio in wheelchairs. Measles and other diseases were talked about. Autism, the diagnosis of one in every 68 children in America, one in every 42 boys, was mentioned in passing.
The message was that having autism has nothing to do with being vaccinated.
Autism activist Alison Singer was shown with her daughter, Jodie, who has autism. Singer is convinced that getting vaccinated and the appearance of signs of autism are just coincidence.
The audience was given the strong message: vaccines don't cause autism. Incredibly, the claim was made that "study after study, whether vaccinated or not...the rates of autism were the same."
Sept 10, 2014, Orlando Sentinel: U.S. Rep. Bill Posey looking at immunization-autism
Sept 10, 2014, SharylAttkisson.com: Questions Surrounding Review of Challenged Vaccine-Autism Study
Sept 9, 2014, Medical Daily: PBS Documentary On Vaccinations Hopes To Unravel The Truth For Americans
Sept 9, 2014, Pittsburgh Post Gazette: NOVA documentary tackles debate over vaccines
CDC Scientist Reportedly Claims Vaccine Linked to Autism in Black Babies
September 8, 2014
A senior scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims the federal agency has been hiding results from a test of experimental measles vaccines that increased the likelihood of Black children getting autism, according to reports.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations and whether or not they are linked to autism.
While the CDC assured the public that there was nothing to worry about with the vaccination, senior scientist Dr. William Thompson claims the CDC has been lying for years, according to The Examiner.
Dr. Brian Hooker was doing research for the Focus Autism Foundation and requested some information via the Freedom of Information Act about a 2004 study that claimed MMR vaccinations were perfectly safe.
According to Thompson, those results were false.
The Examiner reported that Thompson, who has been with the CDC for more than a decade, admitted to Hooker that he and several other authors behind the study manipulated and hid data that proved Black babies were more than three times more likely to develop regressive autism if they were given the vaccine before the age of 3.
For more than 10 years, parents of Black children may have been uninformed and unaware that giving their baby the vaccine could drastically increase the likelihood that they could develop autism. According to Age of Autism, "That one lie is responsible for at least 250,000 cases of autism in African-American male children and that number is a gross underestimate of the true extent of the damage."
Thompson's statements come after Congress already has started to suspect something was awry with the CDC's investigation.
Sept 8, 2014, ChristianNewsWire.com: New Study in Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology Correlates Autism Disorder Increase and Human Fetal DNA, Retroviral Agents in Vaccines
A new study published in the September 2014 volume of the Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology reveals a significant correlation between autism disorder (AD) and MMR, Varicella (chickenpox) and Hepatitis-A vaccines.
This [whistleblower] news, and the unfolding of it have penetrated me to the core of my womanhood. It has driven me to question the judgment behind bringing children into a society that seeks to destroy itself. But it has also lionized me to band together with like-minded parents to change the tide. It is happening, and the establishment feels it. There is a revolution afoot and it may just be darkest before the dawn. Kelly Brogan, MD
Doctors need to listen to those in their profession who question vaccine safety claims. There are dissenters. Not every physician buys into the illogical principle of pediatric medicine that says that an untested, ever-expanding vaccine schedule is safe for every child in America. Whenever I run across a doctor willing to go public with an anti-establishment view of vaccines, I can't wait to write about it.
The very title went to the heart of the scandal unfolding over the charge of manipulation of the CDC's MMR study results.
Brogan began her piece with one word: Fraud.
What followed was a sentence that was electric for me since I have spent the last ten years moderating how the media (doesn't) cover autism. Brogan wrote: As citizens of this capitalist nation, we cannot rely on corporate-sponsored news media for the truth.
Corporate-sponsored news. That's what we're getting. The media in America writes at the behest of powerful corporations. These people pay for the networks and newspapers through their ad dollars. Is it any wonder that members of the press have looked the other way with each jaw-dropping increase in the autism rate and every pharma-funded study showing no link between vaccines and autism? They've been the facilitators for officials determined to make the autism epidemic a normal and acceptable part of childhood along with covering up all evidence of vaccine damage.
Alison MacNeil (the Thinking Moms' Revolution) recently referred to someone at CNN telling us vaccines don't cause autism as a stenographer. What else do you call a news person who doesn't bother to investigate a story, but rather reports what they've been told (and what all the other networks are saying)?
Since we're all thinking/literate adults here, I'll just tell you her commentary on Brian Hooker and William Thompson (and Poul Thorsen, Julie Gerberding) does not mince words. She is especially critical of the MMR vaccine.
A veritable body-bomb, the MMR contains recombinant human albumin, fetal bovine serum, and chick embryo fibroblasts, and the potential for interspecies activation of unknown retroviruses, molecular mimicry, and reactivation of the virulence of the infectious virus itself – a completely unstudied and medically unacknowledged risk.
The damage that results from this vaccine is called, Measles-Induced Neuroautistic Encephalopathy--a term coined by Dr. Brogan. It's brain injury--not an alternate way of seeing the world or whatever rosy picture is painted for us each April for "Autism Awareness Month."
Brogan wrote that parents are taking back the truth.
Sept 7, 2014, UK Sunday Times: 'Autism-lite' is blamed for diagnoses rise
Sept 6, 2014, LA Times: Vaccination controversy swirls around O.C.'s 'Dr. Bob'
Sept 6, 2014, Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch: Major review of vaccine safety offers good news
Sept 5, 2014, NaturalNews.com: Moms of autistic, vaccine-damaged children mount wave of online protest against CDC research fraud
Sept 1, 2014, Breitbart.com: Did the Government Cover Up an Autism/Vaccine Connection?
Paul Offit and a group of pro-vaccine advocates take the stage and discuss how to convince parents that there's nothing to worry about when they vaccinate their children.
For those of us who know what's happening with the CDC whistleblower scandal, this whole thing is nothing short of bizarre. I can't imagine people who could possibly sound more out of touch with what's happening in the real world.
There is no acknowledgement that there are reasons to be worried about vaccine side effects. The speakers are only those promoting vaccines and the PBS documentary, Vaccines--Calling the shots. It's condescending. It's horribly insulting to parents of vaccine injured children. If you think your child was fine until he or she was vaccinated, it was only a coincidence. The point is clearly made.
Anyone who wants to modify the vaccine schedule is ridiculed.
Sept 3,2014, Sonoran News: Whistleblower reveals CDC cover-up linking MMR vaccine to autism
Sept 2, 2014, Los Angeles Times: Plunge in kindergartners' vaccination rate worries health officials
We told you recently about a new whistleblower inside the CDC, Doctor William Thompson. Thompson says he stayed quiet for over 10 years after finding a link between vaccines in young black children and autism. Thompson also says the CDC knew about this link, and purposely manipulated the evidence to remove "Black Babies without birth certificates" from the study. The initial report showed a 340 percent increase in autism among black boys under 36 months old.
Age of Autism has covered Dr. Sears in the past.
In 2010, Dr. Sears talked about his alternative vaccination schedule.
In 2010 I wrote the piece, Dr. Bob Sears's The Autism Book Brings Early Detection, Treatment, Recovery and Prevention To Light, for Age of Autism. It was a review of his book on autism. It contained some startling information.
I found more commentary on this question in the section, Preventing Autism. (And when was the last time a doctor wrote on this topic?) Sears starts off telling us, "Prevention is very important for any family that has a child with autism." (p. 328) He then lists his recommendations for parents expecting another child which includes a section titled, "Avoid Mercury." He cautions pregnant women about mercury fillings, fish consumption, and mercury in the flu shot. "If you get a flu shot, make sure you get one without mercury, or at least get one that has only trace amounts of mercury." (p. 331)
Sept 1, 2014, Miami Healthy Living--Examiner: CDC denies autistic children a voice, parents demand they be heard
Sept 1, 2014, GreaterGoodMovie.org: CDC Whistleblower Update
Sept 1, 2014, The Olympian (WA): Letter: Vaccines are the best buy in America's public health
Aug 30, 2014, InfoWars.com: Mainstream Media Buries CDC Scientist's Confession About Vaccines & Autism
Aug 30, 2014, Newsday: Were you lied to about vaccines and autism
Aug 30, 2014, Tulsa World: Dear Pharmacist: Were you lied to about connection between vaccine, autism?
Aug 29, 2014, WHDT TV: Boyd Haley on the whistleblower
Aug 29, 2014, TIME: Journal Retracts Paper that Questioned CDC Autism Study
Aug 29. 2014, NaturalNews.com: Truth about CDC vaccine fraud revealed by Jon Rappoport
Aug 29, 2014, WDTV Bridgeport WV: Vaccines and Autism: a Link?
Aug 25, 2014, Examiner San Diego: Autism caused by MMR vaccine: CDC cover-up exposed by CDC whistleblower
The mainstream media has ignored the whistleblower story all week. These are the people who for years have steadfastly defended the CDC's claim of no link between vaccines and autism, so it's understandable that they're not about to change their message now. I'm sure they were waiting for some way to discredit Brian Hooker's study before they covered the story. Now they have it. The journal which had published the Hooker's findings has now removed it from their site. Viola, it's time for press to cover it now.
Dr. Frank DeStefano, lead author of the 2004 study, said he and his colleagues stand by their findings. DeStefano said all the study authors, including Thompson, agreed on the analysis and interpretation before the study was submitted for publication 10 years ago. However, he said he plans to review his notes and will decide whether to run another analysis on the data.
The CDC study authors found no link between the age children were given their first MMR vaccination and autism diagnoses. Nor did they find a statistically significant increased risk for a particular racial group.
A study published earlier this month on an alleged link between vaccines and autism has been removed from the public domain pending further investigation, according to Translational Neurodegeneration. In an online statement, the scientific journal said the paper had been removed "because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions."