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."
By Anne Dachel
Members of the media don't seem to care that many in the autism community consider them to be mere stooges of health officials who themselves have a vast web of ties to the pharmaceutical industry. But there is now an incredible INDEPENDENT newsman out there. Gary Franchi, executive producer at WHDT TV was recently covered on Age of Autism because of his outstanding work reporting the revelation of a CDC whistleblower.
Here is his most recent interview: Dr. Andrew Wakefield breaks silence on CDC Whistleblower.
This is Dr. Wakefield at his best. In addition, Franchi coined a phrase that will resonate: "VACCINE VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN."
Wakefield explained the meaning of what the whistleblower has revealed and he made some riveting comments:
Wakefield: "How can that be put to the test in a scientific context? Because there are so many ingredients that are potentially toxic in vaccines, there are so many vaccines that are given so frequently to these children.
Wakefield: "The truth is we will never know how in one particular child, this constellation of exposures produced the end result."
KHOU TV Great Day Houston: Karen Kain and A Unique Life Fully Lived
Aug 24, 2014, Karen Kain, a tireless advocate for the disabled and an activist about vaccine injury, appeared on the TV show, Great Day Houston.
Karen's book, "A Unique Life Fully Lived" is a tribute to her vaccine injured daughter, all the more poignant in light of the CDC's whistleblower.
By Anne Dachel
On Aug 20, 2014, just after the announcement of a whistleblower from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaking out about that agency's cover-up of an MMR study linking the vaccine to autism, Gary Franchi talked about it on his independent TV station, WHDT Miami/Boston. For those of us who routinely follow how the mainstream media covers the controversial link between vaccines and autism, this was riveting.
Franchi began his commentary saying, "There's a new whistleblower on the autism forefront and Dr. Brian Hooker from the Focus Autism Foundation says he has a source inside the CDC."
In his two and a half minute presentation Franchi described how Hooker had used the Freedom of Information Act to ask the CDC for information concerning a certain autism-vaccine study they'd conducted, and while doing this, an insider at the agency "reached out to him" about what he knew about the falsification of the results.
Franchi made stunning statements like these:
"The CDC is purposely hiding important information about autism, particularly how vaccines affect young black boys at a much higher rate than others. ...
"It appears the CDC was purposely blocking black kids from the study to boost their numbers....
Aug 25, WHDT TV: CDCWhistleblower New Details Emerge
Aug 25, 2014, KellyBroganMD.com: CDC: You're Fired. Autism Coverup Exposed.
Aug 25, 2014, NoMoreFakeNews.com: CDC whistleblower, watch out; here come the mothers « Jon Rappoport's Blog
Aug 25, 2014, LivingWhole.org: CDC Whistleblower Comes Out and They All Play Dead
Here's the latest autism study just out on major news sites. It involves overproduction of synapses in the brain.
Okay, What's a synapse and how does a kid with autism get too many of them? How does this explain an epidemic of ASD among our children? How does it explain sudden regressive autism in toddlers accompanied by bowel disease?
This kind of research announcement is routine in the scientific world because it fosters a number of things officials want us to believe:
Autism is a mysterious disorder that scientists are diligently trying to figure out.
No one is alarmed about autism, just curious.
There is no urgency.
Notice the finding only "provides clues" and "the research may shed light on the roots of autism."
My favorite headline was Newsday's: Autism may be brain disorder. Seriously?
By Anne Dachel
Internationally governments and doctors have looked on as autism consumed a generation of children. No one in authority has ever expressed alarm. There's never been a demand for answers. Officials readily admit that there's nothing they know for sure about autism and nothing they can really do about it. Meanwhile, a generation of disabled children is entering adulthood with nowhere to go.
This adult woman with autism is 43. Her circumstances are dire. This may be happening in Canada, but it'll be the same here. All those who've assured us for years that an epidemic of developmentally disabled children is normal and acceptable need to tell us what we're going to do.
Aug 12, 2014, Ottowa Citizen.
Jennifer is 43. Her mother, Cecile, was her main caregiver until she died in April, struck by an aneurysm at age 79, and dying on Easter Sunday. Her father, Arnold, is 90, a retired school caretaker, but so gnarled with arthritis and heart disease, he can barely get from his bed to his recliner.
"I feel helpless," he said.
This has left the bulk of the care to Caroline, 60, her sister, who lives in the white house with the big wood stove, about five kilometres from Eganville, on 140 acres of hay and tough sledding....
A report by a study group last fall said there are 12,000 people with developmental disabilities waiting for supportive housing.
The consequences for families can be crushing, the report said. Chiefly, there is burnout. The report called for enough funding so that any parent over 80 could be assured of placement of their disabled adult child within six to 12 months.
A committee of MPPs also called for an end to service wait-lists, which can stretch years, and pointed to housing as an urgent need....
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.
Aug 20, 2014, King5 TV Seattle: Seattle Children's changes lives of young adults with autism
Aug 20, 2014, Discover Magazine: Robert Kennedy Jr. and Mark Hyman to Appear on Dr. Oz Show - Collide-a-Scape
Aug 19, 2014, Salt Lake Tribune: New Utah charter school for kids with autism opens doors
Aug 19, 2014, Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune: Autism: Then and now
Aug 18, 2014, Medscape.com: Protect the Next Generation: Recommend the HPV Vaccine
This week, a number of stories simultaneously acknowledged that yes, our children are more disabled than ever, autism is only one part of the issue, but it's probably just better awareness and nothing to worry about.
Here's how the mainstream media reported on a 10 year study of 200,000 children that doesn't explain why any of this is happening. The findings showed a 21 percent increase in developmental disabilities, without mentioning that in the past decade, autism has increased 78 percent.
It's another increase that no one can explain rationally. I think it's clear that the purpose of this study was to acknowledge the overall increase in disabilities while attributing it all to better recognition. This is just a sampling of the news out there. We are now so indoctrinated to accept problems in our children's ability to speak, to learn and to behave, that no one even thinks to ask where they're all coming from and what it all means. And if the world's top health officials don't see a problem, everything must be all right.
Aug 18, 2014, MDLinx.com: No rise in autism in 20 years
Aug 17, 2014, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch: Disabilities in [U.S.] kids rise; not physical problems
Aug 17, 2014, Augusta Chronicle: Know shot options
Aug 16, 2014, Sonoma County Press (CA) Democrat: For mentally ill students, school can add stressors
Aug 16, 2014, San Francisco Chronicle: Unscrambling autism laws
Aug 13, 2014, NY Post: Flu Shot Is Most Dangerous Vaccine in US: Report
Aug 14, 2014, CBS 2 Cedar Rapids, IA: Johnson Co. Seeing Rise in Vaccine Exemption
Aug 13, 2014, Forbes: Anti-Vaxx And Ebola Superstition Endanger Public
By Anne Dachel
Sharyl Attkisson is amazing. The Emmy-winning investigative journalist who left CBS News after 20 years has been very outspoken about malfeasance in the media. Attkisson has appeared on several network news shows, including CNN and Fox. She was on ABC's This Week on Aug 10, where, in a 46 second segment, she said some pretty incredible things that ABC should take to heart.
Attkisson speculated on how the Nixon controversy would have been handled in a world filled with today's television and social media obsessions.
SHARYL ATTKISSON: I think that we've gone backwards since that time when we really felt empowered as journalists. And I like to think as what would happen today during a Nixon type scandal, Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to congress, his aides would refuse to testify to congress or would take the fifth or would lie to congress with fair amount of impunity. Woodward and Bernstein will be controversialized on social media by special and political interests.
MARTHA RADDATZ: Well, this is all very depressing--
ATTKISSON: -- Facebook accounts. And then at the end, Nixon would go on a popular late night comedy show during which time he would humorously refer to his attackers as people that were political witch hunters who believe in Area 51 type conspiracies.
RADDATZ: Well, I am going to just hope that people like you will keep pounding investigative journalists and get something done.
Hello, ABC? Were you guys listening? As a network, ABC has overwhelmingly failed to do more than be a mouthpiece for those defending the vaccine makers. They've also failed to honestly report on what autism is doing to our children.
ABC has blamed bad genes...
2009 Autism's Possible Genetic Link "A major part of the answer is genetics." Dr.Geraldine Dawson in interviewed.
Aug 11, 2014, Washington Post: Rosie O'Donnell, Jenny McCarthy and the dangers of vaccine deniers and 9/11 truthers
Aug 10, 2014, Philly.com: Unscrambling autism laws
Aug 10, 2014, New York Daily News: Wisconsin mom: 'Did HPV vaccine kill my 12-year-old daughter?'
Aug 9, 2014, Kennewick (WA) Tri-City Herald: Growing number of autistic students causing concerns at Mid-Columbia schools
Aug 8, 2014, Danbury (CT) News Times: For autistic adults, a long waiting list for state help
Aug 8, 2014, Union of Concerned Scientists: New Vaccine Misinformation Book Gets the Science Wrong - The Equation
Aug 7, 2014, Discover Magazine: Why Vaccine and GMO Denial Should be Treated Equally
Aug 6, 2014, Thinking Moms' Revolution: The Autism War: Fiction or True Crime?
Note: We're so complacent in America. We re-active, not pro-active. We hide our heads in the sand until the wolf is through the door and lying in our beds. We kick out the wolf and then wonder where all that fur came from on the floor. I remembe when gasoline skyrocketed a few years ago; the SUVs looked garishly unpatriotic on 95, Pruises were everywhere. Gas prices stabilized and the suburban Mommies who needed a pillow to see over the steering wheel were back in the H2s, motoring to Pilates. It's the same with autism. We're barely starting to support families who area in crisis mode pretty much from diagnosis day - and this Mass bill is pretty good. But as Anne cries out daily, "WHERE IS THE REAL CONCERN OVER THE EVER GROWING TIDE OF AUTISM?" It's enough to make me want to howl. KS
By Anne Dachel
It seems that when we talk about autism it's never a crisis on the federal level. THERE, it's just a mysterious disorder that many officials think has been unrecognized until recent decades. The feds aren't upset that there's no known cause or cure for something affecting almost two percent of U.S. children. This piece gives us that chilling reality about autism on the state level. The rates for autism as said here to have skyrocketed and that these kids need services. Currently Medicaid doesn't cover help for these children. A representative from MA ARC calls autism "a public health crisis," something we would never hear from a CDC official. No word on whether the governor of Massachusetts will sign the bill. Maybe Patrick is thinking about the cost increases rather than the needs of disabled children. If he doesn't sign, he's postponing the inevitable. Regardless, theses children aren't going away and they're going to cost and cost and cost the state for the rest of their lives.
Many parents of children on the autism spectrum are celebrating passage of a bill that is among dozens already on Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk.
The bill would create a tax-free savings account for autism and disability care; would require Medicaid coverage for autism behavioral treatment; and would give thousands of residents with autism access to state disability services. Currently only those whose IQ is under 70 qualify.
Barbara L’Italien, with the advocacy group ARC of Massachusetts, has seen autism rates skyrocket since her son was diagnosed in 1990.
“It is a public health crisis,” she says. “It is something we need to wrap our arms around and be proactive about, and I think this legislation really attempts to do that.”
The costs of expanding Medicaid and disability services is not clear.
A spokeswoman says Patrick is reviewing the bill.
Why is autism called "a public health crisis," yet there's no assurances from the governor that he'll sign this bill? One in every 68 U.S. children now has an autism diagnosis. That's one in every 42 among boys alone.
Aug 4, 2014, NPR Boston: Governor Reviewing Mass. Bill That Would Expand Autism Supports
July 30, 2014, WRAL, Raleigh, NC: Autism bill unlikely to pass this summer
July 28, 2014, American Council on Science and Health (ACSH): Robert F. Kennedy Jr. promotes a dangerous and unscientific position on thimerosal
Aug 4, 2014 The Daily Beast: Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines
Gupta has faced criticism, most notably over his backing of Gardasil, a vaccine for HPV. Critics questioned his backing of the drug, as it was made by Merck, then a sponsor of a show he presented called Accent Health.
"One part of the criticism was people saying vaccines caused autism," Gupta says. "I looked at the scientific evidence as anyone should and concluded they didn't. Would I get my children vaccinated? I did."
RJK Jr: 'Not policy, but politics'
July 30, 2014
Unlike recent articles in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Forbes and TIME, this coverage focused on what the book is actually about and Kennedy was allowed to explain the topic.
Lemon: "Why did you write this book? It's been controversial."
Kennedy: "I wrote the book because, as you say, this is a controversial--it's almost a radioactive--issue. People on both sides have dug in their heels. The debate about it has devolved into name-calling--it's not been a productive debate. So what I did, I got a group of scientists together and I said, 'Let's go scour--and I raised a couple of hundred thousand dollars--let's scour the scientific literature and find every article that's ever been written on thimerosal safety.'
"Thimerosal is a mercury-based vaccine preservative that was eliminated in pediatric vaccines because it was dangerous. In 2003, it was taken out, but unfortunately--of American vaccines, we're still giving it to people all over the world--unfortunately, it was the same year CDC recommended it for the flu vaccine. . . . And for the first time, pregnant women are getting very, very large doses of this neurotoxin--doses that are equivalent to what they were getting before the ban on pediatric vaccines. . . It's an unnecessary preservative. The science is very clear. We found over 500 peer-reviewed publications, 1400 references in this book, that show this is a known, recognized neurotoxin for which there are many, many alternatives. It should not be in our vaccines.
Lemon thanked Kennedy and promised, "We will have you back to talk about it."
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.
We had hoped to share the video of Robert F. Kennedy who appeared last evening on CNN Tonight, however, it appears that CNN ran out of tape... during the final segment in which Kennedy spoke about flu shots, mercury and Thimerosal as a preservative.
July 29, 2014, WXOW, La Crosse, WI: Add immunization to your back-to-school checklist
July 25, 2014, The Thinking Moms' Revolution: What Are MRC-5 and WI-38? And Why Are They in Vaccines?
August 1, 2014, AAP News: Report: Serious adverse events from vaccines 'extremely rare'
July 29, 2014, New York Times: When the Caregivers Need Healing
July 28, 2014, Autism Speaks: More than Prenatal Genetics: The Search for Autism's Origins By Martha Herbert
July 28, 2014, My Fox Houston: Texas Failing Special Needs Students says U.S. Dept of Education
July 28, 2014, Public News Service: Building Acceptance of Autism in Ohio
July 28, 2014, Salon.com: Newest anti-vaxx trend causes babies' brains to bleed
July 25, 2014, National Post (Canada): Autism's numbers game: Prevalence rates under microscope in fight for resources, support services
July 26, 2014, Washington Post: Coping with adult children's autism, parents may face 'least bad' decisions
...This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures showing 1 in 68 children in the United States have Autism Spectrum Disorder, a term that captures the wide range of ways autism affects children. That was a 30 percent jump from two years earlier and more than double the rates from six years before that.
And over the next 10 years, 500,000 children with autism will become adults, according to Lisa Goring, a top official at the advocacy group Autism Speaks. "There are not enough services. It's a real problem for families."...
I don't see why this is a problem. Why can't autistic young adults go where autistic adults have always gone?
For years, every time the autism rate took another gigantic leap ahead, major news outlets like the Washington Post expressed no concern. They were satisfied to quote officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who assured us that, no matter what the increase, it was just "better diagnosing" of a condition that's always been around.