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The Price is Right?

Tom priceBy Anne Dachel

WOW...Imagine finding out that Tom Price, the incoming HHS Secretary IS A REAL LIFE DOCTOR....not a party hack.

Kathleen Sebelius, Obama's HHS Secretary was the former governor of Kansas.

I wrote about her...2010

...and 2012

More coverage on AoA:

2010 Secretary Asks To Censor autism Debate

2012 Laying Blame for Autism Inaction

Imagine an HHS Secretary who DOESN'T tell the press to bury coverage of those who question vaccines like Sebelius did.

That's what's ahead with a Trump administration, and plenty of people are worried.... Price is a member of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons.

New York Magazine had this to say...

Dec 1, 2016, New York MagazineTom Price Belongs to a Really Scary Medical Organization 

If you believe that, in a country as big and messy as the United States, the government has a significant role to play in keeping people healthy and regulating medicine, there are plenty of reasons to be worried about Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of Health and Human Services....

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"Thank God For Disneyland [Measles Outbreak] Says "Health" Speaker at NYU Vaccine Event

Measles bannerNOTE:  As AofA readers know, the measles outbreak at Disneyland was the spark that lit the fuse that had been laid out for California's SB277 vaccine exemption removal bill.  We've been writing about  the "Confronting Vaccine Resistance" event held at NYU before Thanksgiving.  Anne Dachel has a quote from the event - "Thank God for Disneyland."  What about the worry about sick kids? The scourge of measles? The deaths! The doom! Thank God?  Wow.... Such concern for kids.

By Anne Dachel

Dr. Suzanne Humphries attended a meeting on promoting vaccines at NYU in New York City on November 21, 2016.  The speakers for this conference were California State Senator Richard Pan, Dr. Paul Offit and law professor Dorit Reiss.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuwUUqg74r8&feature=youtu.be

The title of the conference was “Confronting Vaccine Resistance,” and the audience consisted of medical students and other in the medical profession.

The video starts with NYU law professor Mary Holland and Suzanne Humphries, MD on their way into the talk.  Mary said she wanted to ask the panel how their perspective squares with informed consent.

After the three hour conference, Suzanne discussed what was said at the talk with Polly Tommey on the Vaxxed Bus. (Suzanne’s remarks are transcribed below.)

During the 45 minute interview, Suzanne described how pro-industry forces see parents who question vaccines, and it's clear that medical students are being schooled to ridicule, intimidate and threaten those parents who are concerned about safety. Doctors and future doctors attending this session couldn't possibly miss the thinly veiled message that anyone in the medical profession who doesn't support every vaccine 100 percent will be dealt with severely. Dr. Bob Sears was a focus of the pro-industry panel as well as Dr. Andrew Wakefield.

Sears was held up as an example of bad medical practices, in other words: this is what happens to dissenting professionals. Andy was the fraud, and to convince the audience, they lied about what was in the Lancet article.

I felt I needed to transcribe exactly what Suzanne said to Polly because there is so much important information here. We can all be grateful that Suzanne had the opportunity to be there and hear this firsthand.

It's clear that med students are being indoctrinated to believe that it’s their duty as doctors to vaccinate every child. Even giving a medical exemption will be scrutinized. If these industry spokespeople get their way, there won’t be any need for laws to remove exemptions—doctors simply won’t give any.

It isn’t enough that Wal-Mart offers shoppers vaccines for flu, pneumonia, shingles, meningitis, hepatitis, and even HPV, the audience was told that even dentists should be vaccinating their patients!

These medical students were told that there is no such thing as a serious vaccine reaction, and informed consent is not needed when it comes to giving vaccines. Above all, they heard that there is no need to investigate the claims of anyone talking about side effects.

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Dachel Wake Up: Drain The CDC Swamp!

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

The controversy over the safety of vaccines couldn’t be more heated than it is right now.  The stories of hideous vaccine injuries suffered by Americans everywhere as shown by the Vaxxed Team have created a movement. Pressure is increasing on Congress to call the CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, to testify about research fraud and cover-up.

(As Andrew Wakefield told me in a recent interview“I think that there is a point beyond which, for example, [U.S. Senator]Jason Chaffetz, it becomes politically very, very dangerous for him NOT to proceed with a hearing because it then looks like he’s an accessory to the fraud. He been two years saying ‘We’re investigating, we’re investigating.’ Now it’s got to happen. It’s got to happen, otherwise he becomes part of the problem. …We’re in a very strong position; we just have to keep that moving forward.) 

This recent article by Robert Kennedy, Jr. reveals just how bad things have gotten down in Atlanta.  (Notice that the article from The Hill, the congressional news source that Kennedy cites, is about the influence of Coca-Cola over the CDC. It’s almost laughable compared to web of pharma control that permeates everywhere in that agency. )

Nov 21, 2016, EcoWatch.com: CDC Scientists Expose Agency Corruption

By Robert Kennedy, Jr.

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Fear and Smear: The "Vaccine Resistance" Playbook

Otto and joshuaBy Anne Dachel Offit_blog

Below is the Facebook response from Paul Offit to what happened at NYU yesterday last week before the Confronting Vaccine Resistance seminar.  Read about the Offitburst at AofA here.

Of course, it's all about him. So much for understanding "vaccine hesitancy," which was the theme of the symposium where he was speaking.

Paul Offit
 

ConfrontLet me explain what happened yesterday. Dorit Rubinstein Reiss sent me an email stating that the VAXXED crowd would be protesting before the symposium in front of NYU-Langone. So I took the early morning train (6:30 am) from Philly so that I could get to NYU before they gathered. I don't like having to walk through crowds like this for obvious reasons (I had to do this once at the CDC and it wasn't fun.) I entered the main building where I was met by a security guard. I told him that I was one of the speakers and he directed me to go to the cafeteria for breakfast where "I would be safe."

After sitting near the window for about 15 minutes (not imagining this would ever be a problem) I noticed Polly Tommey filming me from the street and another woman gesturing for me to look at their VAXXED truck. It was unnerving. I felt ambushed. At the same time that I noticed this, a man claiming to be "the cameraman for VAXXED" came up behind me and asked me to come in to the VAXXED truck to be interviewed. He had what looked like a camera which was around his neck but now I know that he was actually recording me. I asked him if he was recording me and he said that he wasn't. I declined his request politely several times but he persisted.

Frankly the guy was a little frightening (now I know that this was Josh Coleman, who has a criminal past). So I cursed at him. Not terribly proud of this, but I'm human. I also can't stand the way that the "VAXXED team" denigrates children with autism and scares parents away from vaccines. Frankly, I think their "quest" is a dangerous one.

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(Horror) Stories from the Vaxxed Team

Scary-truth_495x150By Anne Dachel

Almost thirty years ago now, my husband and I were in Europe visiting his sister who lived in Holland at the time. (Our first child, John, who would later descend into autism, was a healthy one year old back in America with relatives.)

I clearly remember one time sitting in a train car in Switzerland talking to a German woman. She was fluent in English and very friendly. At one point she said she was sure that all Americans think the Germans who lived during the time of Hitler hated the Jews and everyone was a Nazi. I told her I understood the severe economic conditions that gave rise to fascism in Germany and that people didn't support Hitler because he promised to create a Holocaust of the Jews.

The lady went on to tell me about the wonderful things the Nazis did for Germany in the midst of the depression and the aftermath of World War I when she was growing up. As far as the Jewish situation, she empathically said, "We just didn't know what was happening."

I never have forgotten that conversation. Here was someone who was a little child in the 1930s and the Nazi provided her with summer camps and lots of fun activities. Granted, she didn't know back then what was really going on, but she knew all about mass slaughter in Hitler's death camps when we were speaking in the 1980s. Still, there were no expressions of remorse or horror at the outrages of genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime, just the often repeated, we didn't know.

Autism and the connection to vaccinations wasn't even remotely in the picture back then, but they are very much on my mind today and everyday. This leads to me think about the future. Why? Because the truth has to come out, or we have no future. And when we wake up to the reality of the holocaust created on the high altar of corporate greed, what will be the response of those in positions to have known what was happening?

What about the doctors and nurses who witnessed horrible vaccine reactions? What about the researchers hired to design studies to cover up any hint of vaccine damage? How will they explain what they did?

I ask this because I just spent hours watching individual stories cataloged by Polly Tommey and the "Vaxxed" team

As Vaxxed continues to be shown around the U.S., voices are finally being heard. The vaccine injured, a segment of the population that has long been dismissed as an acceptable price to pay for disease prevention and otherwise silenced by intimidation, are speaking out. Victims themselves are talking, parents are talking about what happened to their children following vaccination, and doctors are talking about how they were misled to believe that vaccines could never be harmful.

There are no words to describe what we're being told here. 

My thanks to Polly and the others for doing this. I can't imagine what it's like to hear these stories day after day.

Here’s a small sample of what the Vaxxed team has uncovered.

(Missouri) Pediatrician:

“I’m a pediatrician for 36 years. I’ve been in private practice for 26 years. I feel that every parent has a constitutional right of making that decision. They want to wait, they should be able to wait. …

“When we’re studying medicine, we are clueless of what’s in those vaccines. We are not taught what’s in those vaccines. We’re just taught what the schedule is like.

“…Unless we go at it on our own, and we decide to start looking at those inserts and really start looking at what they document as side effects, to really start listening to our parents, let them be the ones guiding us, letting us know what happened with the last set of vaccines. That’s what we should be paying attention to.”

This doctor went on to say that he was expected to do and say whatever the CDC and the AAP told them. “If we do not do that, then we’re considered outcasts.”

He went on to say that he was not surprised by William Thompson’s claim of fraud and cover-up at the CDC. “Personally I think there is just too much money involved …” This doctor’s own grandchildren are unvaccinated and minimally vaccinated. As far as how parents are treated, he said, “That’s what we do with our population, we scare them enough that they will do whatever we want them to do.”

 (New Mexico)   “Well, Ethan was my first born, and I was young, I was 22, so I did everything they told me to do because I was naïve and trusting.

“The first reaction…was when he was four months old and he abruptly stopped nursing, and he kept throwing his head back and arching his back and screaming. It was right after his four month vaccines, and I thought it was something that I was doing wrong.... The second one was after his twelve month vaccines. He lost eye contact, stereotypical playing with the wheels and watching wheels roll back and forth constantly. …Like an idiot I want back for his fifteen month vaccines, and he completely stopped talking. It was after for some reason, the light bulb went off, and I stopped vaccinating him….”

(Iowa) 

“My name is Robert Meyer, and this is Joshua Meyer, he’s twenty. …He contracted RSV and a rota virus when he was about fourteen months old. Prior to that he’d be pretty healthy, and he’d get a vaccine…and then he’d get an ear infection and go on oral antibiotics. So that was the cycle he was on prior to his fourteen month episode. He’d been dehydrated in the hospital and had an IV….and my wife at the time took him to a second doctor and got a second opinion, and that’s when they vaccinated him for eight diseases at once, MMR, DTP, oral polio and the HepB, I believe.

“My wife said he was like standing in the hallway screaming that night, probably from the inflammation of his brain, swelling and things of that nature.

“So then he stopped talking, he regressed. He had words prior to that. We thought he was deaf. …It took a few months before the official diagnosis actually came in.”

(Iowa)

“As a baby, he was always moving along, meeting his milestones. That first year we  took Dallas in for the regular checkups, the regular vaccines, hadn’t really noticed anything, but then at the time he’d had the chicken pox vaccine, about a day later, he spiked a tremendous fever—about 104, 104.5, was vomiting a white foamy, cottage cheesy almost type of something. …”

“At that point we hadn’t seen any reactions outwardly, but then when we went back, we started questioning things after the chicken pox vaccine, went back,  collected all of his medical records from the doctor’s office. Each time it was noted that we’d called to report a fever or something.”

“[After the chicken pox vaccine] I called the doctor, I said something—he’s not well, he’s sick to his stomach, and even scarier than that, he forgot how to crawl. We could put him on the floor and see him thinking about how to put one hand in front of the other to crawl.

“[The doctor] basically just said, ‘I’m sure it’s not a problem, don’t worry about it. He should have another chicken pox, but we’ll just skip it.’

“After that he was fully vaccinated, flu shot included, for a few more years. It wasn’t until he was seven that we actually—and that was after his diagnosis—that we put all the information together, that we realized we were causing him harm.”

(North Carolina)

“Joey just turned twenty. …”

“They have to know some of these vaccines are doing this to these kids, don’t they?

Joey’s parents described how the whole family has been impacted by their severely disabled son.

“He would be up three, four days straight, pacing, non-stop pacing. … No doctor would say. They actually said they had no clue what was wrong with him.”

His parents talked about how he’d briefly been in a grouphome where he was left in a dark room. In another group home they refused to follow a special diet.

Joey’s mom related how his medical records showed continuous infections and medical problems from infancy onward.

“He never talked.”

“I just went along … at two months, he got his second hepatitis B shot; his first one the day he was born, but I didn’t think anything of it. I just remember before he turned a year old, he had repeat ear infections, and they said, one more ear infection, and we’ll have to put tubes.”

“At fifteen months, it was the MMR…I must have called back the next day because they said that I reported that he was crying non-stop, he was high-pitch screaming, he had a fever. At that age, I didn’t put anything together. I didn’t know anything at that time. Then I remember seeing the study with Andrew Wakefield, but I still didn’t make a connection.”

“He would be covered in blood from hurting himself. …He’d rip his skin. You can see the scars on his hands. He’d rip the skin off his hands.”

Polly Tommey then talked about GI doctors who were afraid to treat these children for their bowel problems because then they would be “Wakefielded.”

(Tennessee)

“I’m actually a physician with a vaccine injured child….I’m a psychiatrist, but I do a little bit of everything….

“I never questioned any of it. I feel so foolish. I have incredible guilt. The guilt I have just because I’m a doctor, I should know. I tell that to people when I prescribe. … I never questioned any of his vaccines, in fact I was always very pro-vaccine. …He was of course vaccinated on time for everything. Around four months we went in for his routine vaccinations. He had DTap that day. That’s what we feel like—but we don’t really know which one it was. Within three hours, we took him home , and he went—sort of had a change in his consciousness . He was very tired and not rousable. …around six that night, Stephen said, ‘He’s just really tired, and I’m just letting him sleep because he seems so tired.’ …He started screaming uncontrollably, turned bright red. He had several, I guess they were seizures. I never saw anything like it.

“We were calling the pediatrician, the on call doctor was like, ‘Oh, a 105 degree fever, just give him Ibuprofen, keep him home.’ They were trying everything they could to keep us from taking him in to the hospital, and we were like, no, I don’t care what they tell us, I’m taking him to the ER. He’s not calming down, he’s screaming, he’s fighting us. …

“[At the hospital], they treated us like we were crazy. We said it was the vaccines, and we felt very strongly that it was a vaccine injury, and what could they do for us. And they said, no, vaccines wouldn’t do this. …”

Tests were done and the parents were told the CT scan of his head showed no problem, but a year later, after reviewing his records, his mother discovered that it actually showed brain swelling.

The hospital gave the parents Tamiflu and sent them home.

“It wasn’t until I got his records later that I was so profoundly disgusted and depressed at how people could lie to the family of an infant. …

“So now Anders is four. He has said almost three words. He has no words. He is autistic, he goes into rages, he attacks frequently.”

“He bangs his head into the wall, he bites himself.”

“He hurts himself all the time.”

“He gets upset really easy.”

“I can’t tell you how much I wish I had done something different. I wish I had done more. The guilt that I have as a mother, as a physician who should know better—I’ll never forgive myself.”

(Iowa)

“I was given the flu shot when I was pregnant with him, and it put me in the emergency room. I was almost on a ventilator. …Severe allergic reaction to it. One of the internal medicine doctors came in and asked me why I accepted the shot, and I said I didn’t want it, they just stuck it in my arm. He said you could really hurt your baby.

“He was born and he was doing real well, developing well, talking and walking, and then when he got his MMR shots when he was like thirteen months, he got real sick and ended up in the hospital. They’d given him like a bunch of antibiotics, …then he just stopped walking, stopped talking, just regressed backwards. We eventually got him talking again at the age of four. … “

After this child got away from his family and jumped into the Mississippi River, the mother was investigated by CPS.

(Minnesota)

Dr. Sarah Bridges:

“I am Sarah Bridges, I am mom to four kids, one who is vaccine-injured. ..

“I was in the PhD program in neuropsychology, working at the med school, as mainstream as you get. …We had Porter and he was totally healthy, ahead of his milestones, doing great. …Went into his four month well baby check, and he received eight vaccines. …Ten hours later, after the shots, we are awoken with the worse high-pitched scream I have ever heard, go down to his room, and I pick him up and I find him soaking hot and unconscious—head just flopping to the side. …

“We initially called the nurse’s line, just not knowing what to do and said, knowing that he’d been healthy in the morning, and said, ‘Is this something about the vaccines?’ and she said, ‘They often run a little fever.’

“I said, ‘He’s totally unresponsive.’

“She said, “Get to the hospital right now, the doctor’s going to meet you.’

“[At the hospital], he’s still unconscious and then goes into a grand mal seizure that lasts two hours. So this is the beginning. Doctors are calling doctors. Our pediatrician came in at three in the morning.

“He seizing and seizing, and they’re trying to give him Valium and different things. Nothing is working. And this is a four month old baby. Finally a neurologist who was called in said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll get him to stop seizing, he just might stop breathing. …

“The ER doctor that night turned to me and said, ‘He’s had a severe pertussis reaction.’ He told me about the vaccine program, which I’ve since learned, nobody has that experience. I didn’t know it existed, and I said, ‘Oh, I don’t sue people.’

“‘No it’s not suing doctors, you need to report this. I’m reporting this to the CDC.’ And he did as well.

“That was the beginning of our whole story. Dr. Bridges son went on to describe how Porter continued to deteriorate with multiple hospitalization for seizures.

Sarah noted that while the ER doctor was sure Porter had a vaccine reaction, his pediatrician said, ‘Absolutely not, vaccines are totally safe. …They never cause problems.’

A fellow researcher at the University of Minnesota who knew the history of the pertussis vaccine disagreed. He said, ‘Sarah, they’re covering their ass. …There’s long history with this vaccine, you need to go to the med school library.’

“I go there and it was just shocking to learn that in Japan, in Europe—this is not a new issue… So we started the process and filed a claim in the vaccine program. Just a few months later—and I was so happy to hear it was swift justice, it would just take six months, that’s what we were told.”

“And it turned out to be eight years, rather than six months, and though that time, Porter continued to be in a similar fashion…”

“We split up. The family totally broke up under the pressure. Eight years of this,…We went through a couple of years where Porter would be up much of each night. I knew the firemen by name …because they arrive first when you call 911.

“What happened was, despite the meds, Porter would have what’s called status seizures that can go on indefinitely. …

“His behavioral issue got worse and worse also because the medications for the seizures. It was just out of control, family life went down the tubes….The whole focus of the family became centered on Porter.”

Sarah described the grueling process involved in having a case in vaccine court.   Most chilling of all was her comment that despite it being fifteen years since Porter was injured, “nobody has ever reached out to us once to follow up. Wouldn’t you think having done original research, wow, you have this group of people we’ve all agreed were brain damaged, maybe there is something we should be studying about these kids?”

(Nebraska)

Savannah Schneider received the Gardasil vaccine when she was in the seventh grade.

“I went in for my seventh grade physical. …They gave me my shots in my left thigh and the last one hurt really bad. It felt like they were injecting fire in my leg. I started getting these purple dots around the injection site, and I felt extremely sick for the rest of the day. The doctor told us it’s normal for that to happen. It’s just because you’re getting shots in general…”

“She received a DTap, and she received a couple of other boosters. I’m not sure which ones off-hand. … They were the typical seventh grade required shots. I had asked the nurses and the doctor to administer only the required shots. …”

Savannah’s mother specifically told them NOT to give her daughter the Gardasil vaccine because she wanted to do more research.

“Three nurses came into the room. They seemed like they were in a huge hurry. Two nurses were prepping her, and one nurse turned around and handed me a piece of paper, but only after her skin had been prepped on her legs for the vaccines. All three nurses were sitting there staring at me, and they said, ‘Oh you need to sign that before we can do this.’

“And I said, ‘This is only for the required vaccines for her seventh grade shots, right?’

“And they said, ‘Yes.’ And so I signed it because I didn’t feel I had enough time to read the fine print…’

“The next thing I know, one of the nurses turns around and says, ‘She’s going to have to come back in two months for her next Gardasil vaccine.’

 Savannah's mother expressed her shock that her daughter had been given the very vaccine she had so no to.

"But I was thinking, well what are the odds? What are the odds of her getting an adverse reaction to this vaccine, you know since it's one in a million.

"She had a headache, she felt weak, she almost fainted. The blood rushed out of her face. I basically had to help carry her back to our truck. ...

By the next day there was hemorrhaging in her leg. "She had a fever and within two days she had pneumonia. She kept getting sick, kept getting sick.

“Over the next eight weeks, she came down with pneumonia, bronchitis, two ear infections, a sinus infection, a throat infection, and constant thrush. Her immune system was compromised.

“After that eight week period, I took her to a neurologist because she started having times when she would just blank out, stare off into space, and she was unresponsive. She wouldn’t respond to her name. We’d be walking, and she would literally walk into a wall. And it scared me because it’s not her….”

Savannah’s mother discovered that her daughter’s symptoms were identical to what many other girls had suffered as a result of the Gardasil vaccine.

Savannah began to have migraines, and “she was sleeping anywhere from twelve to twenty-one hours a day for two months. She had a constant fever for five weeks of 102 to 103degrees. And the seizures, after a few months, went from small seizures to grand mal seizures.…

“She’s been hospitalized nine times in twenty-six months. …for extreme pain that is uncontrollable.”

“Absolutely everywhere. My joints, my spine, my head especially, and in some muscles. And it’s just uncontrollable.”

“And the pain has been so bad that there have been nights where she has woken up and told me, ‘Mom, I am so sorry, but I’m dying.’…

 “We’ve met so many wonderful people through Facebook that have been through the same injuries, and it has helped me to stay sane because we know we’re not alone. But we want to get the word out there, that this vaccine is not safe. It injures way more than the CDC says it does. We saw injuries immediately, but they progressively got worse over several months.”

Savannah was referred to the Mayo Clinic by her doctors.  There they said that “she might have had some sort of underlying issue that the Gardasil could have triggered.”

Before the Gardasil,“she was one hundred percent healthy. She had zero problems. …She’s on so many medications [now]. We try to do natural therapies now to try and build her immune system naturally in hopes to get her off the pharmaceutical drugs.”

Savannah explained that her “stomach is paralyzed.”

“For the past year, she has had symptoms of stomach pain, pain in her ovary and uterus area.”

Savannah has been left with severe digestive problems, including being malnourished. She lost thirty pounds “because her stomach wasn’t absorbing basically anything.” She now has a feeding tube.

“I can’t walk without assistance. I either have to have a cane or have her help me. My pain is never below a six. …It never goes away. I don’t have as much energy as I used to.”

Next viewers were shown before and after photos of Savannah.

Polly Tommey: “Savannah, we’re so sorry this happened to you. There just are no words.”        

What I simply can’t get over is that these injuries were seen by doctors—lots of doctors and lots of nurses. How could they not start to research vaccines for themselves?  How could they not collectively start to ask questions and demand that the insane, one-size-fits-all, ever-expanding vaccine schedule be stopped immediately until we have real answers?

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


Anne Dachel Interviews Dr. Andrew Wakefield on VAXXED the Movie

VaxxedBy Anne Dachel

I asked Andy about the impact that the movie "Vaxxed" was having around the U.S.

"What we've seen, ... largely I think, is largely a response to "Vaxxed" and the grassroots movement that has grown out of "Vaxxed," and in particular Polly touring the country and capturing story after story after story from parents whose children have suffered catastrophic vaccine injury right the way through to death. …

“There was a paper recently that said the stories of individuals have such a huge impact on parents. They can relate to them, they can understand them, they realize that these parents were not initially anti-vaccine. They took their children along to be vaccinated, and they seemed to have paid a very, very high price.  

“So those stories have just had a profound impact on people. And to the extent, as Polly went through it, and we got more and more stories—nurses, health care practitioners, pediatricians, general practitioners were coming forward and saying, ‘That’s it. I’m done with vaccination. This is what’s happening, this is what we’re seeing, and we can no longer tolerate this.’

“I remember meeting several, and there have been many more since, …neonatal nurses who just said, ‘We know that these premature babies are going to code, they’re going to go into respiratory arrest after we have given them this bunch of vaccines, and I can no longer do it.’

“It’s staggering that this kind of thing is still allowed to continue, all kneeling at the altar of this great god of vaccination which is so bizarre.

“In response to that, I gather that Paul Offit, Richard Pan, and Dorit Reiss are going to hold a conference in New York to try and work out how to deal amongst health care professionals, with the parents…who are refusing, who don’t want to have vaccines. Indeed, parents who ask tricky questions, who want to see something as obvious as the  product insert, which is really something everybody should see before they vaccinate their children. And so, I’m hoping, and I think it’s the intention of the ‘Vaxxed’ team to be there, to put some questions to this panel, at the very least. It may be that we won’t get in, it may be that we won’t be allowed, but nonetheless, we will have a presence there….

“It’s fascinating that what we’re now seeing is their attempt, a rather pathetic attempt, at a reaction to the massive groundswell from ‘Vaxxed.’ These people have historically not been open to questions. Richard Pan has not been open to questions from the ‘Vaxxed’ team as you saw when he ran in Sacramento. Paul Offit has refused on multiple occasions to debate me and others. Dorit Reiss, I know very little about. This gang of three will be meeting up at NYU to try and in some way to redeem vaccines and demean parents once again, and it’s going to fail.

“Just as the media failed tragically in this election—tragically—and really were exposed for—not just their inadequacy, but as Mark Baxill put it, their naked partisan approach to this. They actually believed that could take the mind of the American people and twist it into believing that Hillary Clinton and the corporations were all in their best interest. Of course, corporations are their sponsors and so they were really acting according to the wishes of their sponsors. And they had done exactly the same in the vaccine issue, and they have been equally wrong at every stage. I think what we’re going to see now, particularly with William Thompson—we’ll get him now, I think we’ve never had a better opportunity than we do now with the Republicans having control of the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. There’s a very strong chance of a hearing.

“I think that there is a point beyond which, for example, Jason Chaffetz, it becomes politically very, very dangerous for him NOT to proceed with a hearing because it then looks like he’s an accessory to the fraud. He been two years saying ‘We’re investigating, we’re investigating.’ Now it’s got to happen. It’s got to happen, otherwise he becomes part of the problem. …We’re in a very strong position; we just have to keep that moving forward. 

Andy next talked about his recent trip to Italy to promote “Vaxxed.

“Italy was a wonderful experience in so many, many ways. Tremendous thanks to my camera woman,… Francesca Alesse who really coordinated and organized the entire thing, her friend Christina. My daughter Imogene came with me; she did the filming and editing, so much of the material you’re seeing she’s cut together….

“We went there for two weeks. It was the first country to purchase the film, the first foreign country to purchase the film. They have a very keen interest in the subject because as you well know, Italian courts settled in favor of vaccine-induced autism, although that was then overturned in the appeal court, it’s going to the Supreme Court now. I think the reason for overturning it was an appeal by GlaxoSmithKline that they would be adversely affected if the case were allowed to stand. Somewhat bizarre. I’m not entirely sure whether that translates because it would be a perverse decision in favor of the pharmaceutical industry in the clear acknowledgement that their vaccine has done harm. …

“The Italian public were extremely receptive. We stayed ahead—Our job in Italy was to stay one day ahead of censorship everywhere we went. Senator Bartolomeo Pepe, one of the Italian senators from Naples who was going to have a screening in the Italian Senate, was then blocked by the head of the Senate. Censorship is illegal in Italy, so a group called the Codacons, a group of lawyers, rather like ‘Nader’s Raiders,’ public interest lawyers decided that they would then sue the Italian Senate for this censorship. They then held a press conference, so literally on the day I arrived, we went to Senator Pepe’s office from the airport, did an interview with the television there. Then the following day, we did two screenings and a press conference …at the movie theater. That was preceded by a viewing of the movie, and at that movie there was more of the Italian press than had seen it throughout the entire United States of America over the time that ‘Vaxxed’ has been released.

“There was a great deal of interest in the Italian media, [but] the story was still very much slanted in favor of the companies and in favor of policy. But that doesn’t matter. The fact is that it got public attention. Once again, this effort at censorship led to a massive surge in interest in the film in Italy.

“So we then went from there to Florence. We had a tremendous screening in Florence. We went from there down to Salerno. …Italian crowds are very, very passionate. …One pediatrician stood up and said that it was all genetic …

“So then we went from Salerno, which is near Naples, down to Bari, right down in the tip of Italy. …

“Then we drove back up to Rimini. We were going to play in Rimini, but the mayor took it upon himself to censor the movie in Rimini.

“We were then going to play in a principality called San Marino, next to Rimini, and it was then censored as well. We ended up holding a screening in a yoga studio, which was fantastic. It was absolutely packed—lots and lots of mothers and babies and a wonderful response.

“We then went from there to Bologna and another screening followed by a trip back to Rome for a TV interview. …

“I then went back up to Milan where I met with … Federico Balzola. He’s the Italian gastroenterologist who worked in my lab, and then went back to Italy and repeated the findings of gastrointestinal disease inflammation in children and adults with autism and has done investigations of measles virus, immune responses, and treatment studies. So he’s done a fantastic job. So he was able to contribute to the discussion in Milan, and then we went to Rome for a very big conference. I think about 1300 parents of vaccine damaged children. We had a conference in Rome. That was a wonderful event.

“So the stories are the same. They’re exactly the same. They’re word for word the same as the stories of American parents. We captured many, many of those, and we’ll be broadcasting them.

“So then we were in the hotel the final day and we were hit by an earthquake….

“We came back; I went straight to Portland, OR to do a chiropractic conference…

“It’s been extremely busy. Everyone on the team has been covering their particular base: Polly on the bus, Del on and off the bus, various political meetings, other conferences.

“The next step: We need to clearly move forward on a political and legal front to make some major changes while we can.

Finally, Andy had some more to say about Italy.

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Dachel Wake Up: WaPo on Doctors Who Force Vaccine Compliance

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Nov 12, 2016, Washington Post: Parents are insisting on doctors who insist on vaccinations

Pediatricians around the country, faced with persistent opposition to childhood vaccinations, are increasingly grappling with the difficult decision of whether to dismiss those families from their practices to protect their other patients.

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Texas Tribune Cuts Off Vaxxed's Del Bigtree

SilencedBy Anne Dachel

The Texas Tribune did not publishing my comment.

Notice the title here is about unvaccinated children, but we only hear from PRO-VACCINE ADVOCATES: parents, a legislator, doctors and someone from the department of health. Reporter Anna Casey pretends to be balanced by including FOUR WORDS from Del Bigtree, producer of "Vaxxed." (And his words make no sense, since he isn't allowed to explain what he actually means here.) I broke my long-standing rule about not posting a comment on junk journalism like this. (So far it hasn't been appeared on the story.)

Nov 15, 2016, Texas Tribune: Across Texas, growing clusters of unvaccinated children

Even though statewide levels of vaccinations remain high, public health officials are increasingly worried about the geographic areas where parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children.

By Anna Casey

 Many of the parents opting out of the immunizations, which are widely recommended by doctors, say they fear a link between the vaccines and health problems such as autism. But studies that they cite have been widely debunked by public health officials.

... . If healthy children aren’t receiving vaccines, they are putting children who are too young to receive the vaccine and people with compromised immune systems at a much greater risk of infection....

The American Academy of Pediatrics in September issued a statement encouraging pediatricians to be more vocal about the importance of vaccines for children healthy enough to receive them....

Others are even more adamant in their opposition. “That’s a slippery slope,” said Del Bigtree, one of the producers of “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe,” a 2016 film drawing a link between autism and vaccines and alleging the federal scientists have covered up the research. It was directed by Andrew Wakefield — the former British gastroenterologist now living in Texas who authored a discredited research paper linking vaccines to autism in 1998. Bigtree, who stopped vaccinating his children, said he believes that any efforts to disclose immunization rates in schools are motivated by fear.

My Comment:

Anna Casey makes a strong case here for vaccination with only a vague reference to the charge of massive research fraud and cover-up at the highest levels of the Centers for Disease Control. We’re not told that a top CDC scientist has revealed that his agency destroyed study results showing a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. This scientist, Dr. William Thompson, is willing to testify before Congress, but members of Congress refuse to hold hearings.

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Part of the CDC Cover-up: KETV/ABC7 Omaha

FAIL-BUZZER-350x233By Anne Dachel

Members of the media and their news outlets have long been the spineless minions controlled by a number of outside forces in the vaccine controversy, and there is no better example than what happened on KETV in Omaha over the last two weeks.

First of all, VaxXed came to Omaha, and Polly Tommey and Del Bigtree were Vaxxed on Nov 6, 2016.

Polly: “Vaccines can and do cause harm. They can and do cause death. Get the inserts out, google side effects—because they’re real.

“Doctors will tell you vaccines are safe—they’re clearly not for some, for many. You clearly have to do your own research yourself.”

Polly and Del were asked about the claim that the MMR vaccine has been shown not to cause autism.

Del: “The very researcher that you’re referring to has now said that that is a lie. When we say that the MMR is safe, this is the study we’re talking about. It’s scientific fraud. He still works at the CDC…We’re asking the Congress of the United States to subpoena Dr. William Thompson, he’s a government employee. This is government corruption at the highest level. They’ve hidden a dangerous vaccine and protected the vaccine maker that’s making millions and millions of dollars off of this vaccine. They favored that company over the health of our children. We’ve got to get to the bottom of this. Everyone should be concerned, and everyone should be calling their congressman saying, I want you to subpoena Dr. William Thompson.”

Next Polly and Del were asked if they believed “all vaccines are bad.” This was Del’s stunning response:

Del: “I can tell you that all vaccines are not being tested appropriately. They’re not being tested the same way drugs are. Drugs are tested for ten years.

“HepatitisB, given to a day one old baby, got tested for five days. That’s criminal, that’s egregious. If we want to know vaccines are safe, more testing needs to be done.

One week later, on Nov 13, 2016, KETV ran a segment in defense of vaccines called, Disputing the link between autism and vaccines.

This time there was a different anchor doing the interview. Here two pro-vaccine people spoke:

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Dachel Wake Up: Halloween Arrives Late at CDC

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By Anne Dachel

Nov 9, 2016, Atlanta NPR, WABE: Atlanta CDC Employees Express Anxiety Over Trump's Win

Some employees in Atlanta outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they were anxious about President-elect Donald Trump leading the nation and appointing public health leaders who are against mandatory vaccinations.

Employees at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the mood in their office is somber.

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Rabbi Handler on Vaccines, Politics and the Autism Holocaust

Rabbie HandlerBy Anne Dachel

Three years ago I got know a remarkable advocate for medical freedom and vaccination choice. That man was Rabbi William Handler who lives in New York City.

In 2013 there was an outbreak of measles in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn and pediatricians urged parents to immediately give their children the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine to protect them against the disease. The New York Daily News reported at the time that some people linked the MMR to autism. Some parents, including many religious Jews, shun getting the vaccine, which prevents mumps, measles, and rubella, out of fear it causes autism, said Dr. Yu Shia Lin of Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park.

The Wall Street Journal covered the outbreak telling readers that local rabbis and community leaders were urging that children be vaccinated and that any link between the MMR and autism had been “debunked by medical studies.”  

Rabbi Handler however cautioned against blindly following the advice to vaccinate against measles in an article in July 2013 in the Jewish Press entitled, “The Measles Scare and CDC Politics.”   

Handler had researched the vaccine issue for himself and what he discovered made him question the one-size-fits-every-child vaccination schedule in the U.S. His Jewish Press story was a summary of what he’d learned about vaccines during a five year investigation. Handler wrote about the power and influence that drug companies have over our lawmakers in Washington as well as their control over officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He cited well-credentialed experts whose studies raised serious concerns about vaccine side effects.  He brought up troubling issues like the federal government’s concession of vaccine-induced autism in the case of Hannah Poling in 2008.

Handler’s ending pretty much summarized what U.S. health officials and mainstream medicine are up against:

“Increasing numbers of parents—especially the more educated parents—no longer trust the American government’s public health campaigns.

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Dachel Halloween Wake Up: More Trick Than Treat

Halloween-jack-o-lantern-ABy Anne Dachel

Autism, the eternal puzzle: a disability affecting around two percent of CHILDREN with no known cause, prevention, or cure. 

The truth is, it's no longer to acceptable to talk about ANYTHING but awareness and services when it comes to autism. In fact, "neurological difference," not disorder, is the correct way to discuss autism.

(And certainly the chilling subject of regressive autism where typically developing kids lose learned skills, including the ability to talk, is verboten.)

I imagine that we'll be seeing an end to any studies on the cause of autism, even those fruitless searches for the elusive autism gene.  It's now time to embrace autism as a regular part of childhood and young adulthood in America. Of course something so common and often having such an impact on an individual means that some charges have to be made in order to assimilate such a significant part of the population. 

That's exactly what's happening. We're being educated to accept autism as a normal part of the human condition everywhere in the media. Here are some recent examples. (Notice the use of "sensory friendly"/"autism friendly" in these stories.)

Oct 27, 2016, NBC Denver: Swallow Hill Music to perform first sensory friendly concert

It will be Swallow Hill's first sensory friendly concert, specifically designed for individuals with sensory sensitivities and developmental disabilities.

The intended audience includes people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, who can be easily over-stimulated, especially in unfamiliar settings.

Oct 27, 2016, Good Housekeeping: Toys R Us Offers Quiet Shopping Hours for Kids With Autism—More stores should copy this great idea.

 Toys R Us just made a big change that will help parents of children on the autism spectrum shop with less stress this holiday season. Stores across the United Kingdom will host a quiet shopping hour free of in-store distractions on November 6, according to the Telegraph.

The plan is to turn off the in-store music and announcements, dim the fluorescent lights, put in autism-friendly signs and mark specific quiet zones throughout the store. These factors were chosen specifically because they can make autistic children and adults feel overwhelmed or even cause them physical pain, Daniel Cadey, autism access manager for the National Autistic Society in the United Kingdom told the Telegraph….

We're hoping Toys R Us locations in the United States will adopt this idea too. Parents have petitioned for sensory-friendly aisles in Target and ShopRite with local success, but children on the autism spectrum and their parents deserve a place to shop comfortably year-round, no matter where they live. After all, Toys R Us is a place where a kid can be a kid, right?

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The Hill Reports CDC Under Influence of Corporate and Political Interests

Abuse of pwerBy Anne Dachel

There was a stunning story published on October 17, 2016 in The Hill entitled,"The CDC is being being influenced by corporate and political interests," by Carey Gilam.

Concerns about the inner workings of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been mounting in recent months amid disclosures of cozy corporate alliances. Now a group of more than a dozen senior scientists have reportedly lodged an ethics complaint alleging the federal agency is being influenced by corporate and political interests in ways that shortchange taxpayers.

A group calling itself CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research, or (CDC SPIDER), put a list of complaints in writing in a letter to CDC Chief of Staff and provided a copy of the letter to the public watchdog organization U.S. Right to Know (USRTK). The members of the group have elected to file the complaint anonymously for fear of retribution.

 “It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests… and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception,” the letter states. “These questionable and unethical practices threaten to undermine our credibility and reputation as a trusted leader in public health.”…

And the complaint cites as “troubling” the ties between soft drink giant Coca-Cola Co., an advocacy group backed by Coca-Cola, and two high-ranking CDC officials - Dr. Barbara Bowman who directed the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention until retiring in June, and Dr. Michael Pratt, senior Advisor for Global Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the CDC.

Bowman, retired after revelations of what the complaint called an “irregular” relationship with Coca-Cola and the nonprofit corporate interest group set up by Coca-Cola called the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI). Email communications obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by USRTK revealed that in her CDC role, Bowman had been communicating regularly with - and offering guidance to - a leading Coca-Cola advocate seeking to influence world health authorities on sugar and beverage policy matters.

Carey Gillam is a veteran journalist, formerly with Reuters, who directs research for U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit consumer education group focused on food safety and policy matters.

First of all, it’s refreshing that a “veteran journalist, formerly with Reuters” can write like this. When was the last time any experienced reporter openly criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? And if Gilam is troubled by the scientific fraud going on with women’s health and with obesity research, imagine how she’d react to stories on corrupt immunizations practices. Someone needs to talk to her about the one study done on thimerosal in 1930 where all the subjects died from meningitis, and tell her about Thomas Verstraeten, Simpsonwood, Poul Thorson, Julie Gerberding and Merck, Hannah Poling, conflict of interest waivers at the CDC, and most recently, William Thompson.

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Fox5 Coverage of CDC Vax Safety Rally Misses the Mark

Miss targetBy Anne Dachel

The coverage of the protest at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, Oct 14 from Fox5 in Atlanta is a textbook example of what’s wrong with the media.

 While the headline read, Protestors, parents differ over vaccine safety,” the story completely omitted what the event was about. It was either a willful cover-up of the truth or else just sloppy reporting.

ATLANTA - About 100 anti-vaccine protestors marched Friday morning just outside the gates of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Atlanta headquarters. Some were parents, some members of the Nation of Islam.

Marching in the crowd was Del Bigtree, the producers of “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe,” a new documentary that claims the CDC covered up a purported link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and Autism.

In the video, labeled “Anti-vaxxers,” one of the news anchors said, “Vaccine protesters turned out in force this morning outside the CDC’s Atlanta headquarters. They claim the agency has covered up a link between childhood vaccines and autism.”

Next the other anchor made this stunning statement: “Several major studies have found connections between the two, and it seems the debate over vaccine safety isn’t going anywhere.”

“Several major studies”?

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VAXXED Presents Alabama Whistleblower: Anthrax Vax

VaxxedBy Anne Dachel

The screenings of VaxXed around the U.S. have provided a venue for ordinary people to finally tell their experience with vaccine injury. These are nothing short of horror stories, and they’re not just about regression into autism following the MMR vaccine. There are pitiful accounts of children dying and teenagers left paralyzed and so much more.

This VaxXed interview of military whistleblower Sherrie Saunders shows that the cover-up of vaccine injury involves far more than a single study in 2004.

Sept 20, 2016, VaxXed Stories: Alabama Military Whistleblower

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYWXzTscjc8&feature=youtu.be

Hoover, Alabama

Sherrie recounted how she was trained as a combat Army medic and it was her job to give the anthrax vaccine to U.S. service personnel. From her experience, she’s convinced that this vaccine causes Gulf War Syndrome.

“Gulf War Syndrome is a reaction to vaccine shot of anthrax into the body, when a soldier is not compatible with animal protein made vaccines.”

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Dachel Wake Up: What Happens When People With Autism Grow Old?

Dachel Morning Wake UoOct 10, 2016, TheConversation.com (Boston, MA): What happens when people with autism grow old?

By Ann Charlton

If you mention autism to most people they will think about children, but it is a lifelong diagnosis. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism. Little is known about how the symptoms change with age. This is because autism is a relatively new disorder, first described in 1943 and not regularly identified until the 1970s. It is only now that those people first diagnosed are reaching older age that we can start to learn whether the disorder changes over a lifetime.

There have been some suggestions that symptoms may reduce as people get older. These reports, describing fewer difficulties with older age, are often from people with autism themselves and from their families. But how much evidence is there for this? Our latest research provides some answers, and also raises some new questions.

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Dachel Wake Up: Autism Hurts

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Autism Speaks is famous for their walks raising money and awareness for autism, and we have a whole month every April where we highlight the nice side of autism with blue lights. Meanwhile in the real world, I can do regular news searches and find horror stories about what happens to children with autism in our schools. It needs to stop. Something is very wrong when autistic students are not safe when they go to school. They are victims in an educational system that is not able to handle increasing numbers of these children. And it's not just what's done at the hands of other students, it's what bus drivers, aides, and teachers are doing. When will protecting children with autism become a priority?

Here are two recent examples.

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Dachel Morning Wake Up: NY Health Advocates Halt Flu Shot Mandate

Dachel Morning Wake UoOct 6, 2016, NY Post: Moms against mandatory flu shots win again in court

By Emily Saul

A group of persistent moms claimed victory Thursday over the Health Department, when an appellate court continued to smack down a 2013 Bloomberg initiative that required mandatory flu vaccinations for preschool-aged kids in city-sponsored day care.

The flu-shot requirement is illegal, the Manhattan Appellate Division ruled, because the city “impermissibly crossed into the legislative sphere” when it decided pre-school and kindergarten-aged children must be injected — or be barred from attending the programs.

A group of five moms brought suit in Nov. 2015, contesting the policy.

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Vaccinate Oklahoma, OK?

Oklahomans for vax choiceBy Anne Dachel

Wonderful comparison of doctors here.

While pro-forced vaccination Dr. Zetik is out to "Vaccinate Oklahoma" (the name of his cause), in the comment section, Dr. Jim Meehan (who writes, "I researched the association of the MMR vaccine with retinal vasculitis, often misdiagnosed as Shaken Baby Syndrome") challenges vaccine safety claims. Meehan knows about the pharma ties at the CDC and about William Thompson's admission about phony research on vaccines and autism. (I wrote the comment below, but couldn't get it posted. Perhaps Dr. Zetik will find this article on Google News.

Oct 8, 2016, Tulsa World: Dr. Don Zetik: Immunization fight leads state to public health crossroads

More than a quarter of Oklahoma’s youngest children lack the vaccinations required by the state health department.

Imagine that. Each year, hundreds of Oklahoma children are enrolling in kindergarten without the vaccinations Oklahoma requires to ensure public health. There is nothing illegal about that. Oklahoma is one of 18 states that allow parents to opt out of vaccinating their children for no other reason than personal choice….

This is a problem, but the alarming part is the growing effort by anti-vaccination groups to further weaken Oklahoma’s immunization laws, including a recent measure that would have added another layer of bureaucracy to the vaccination process.

Oklahoma House Bill 3016, “The Parental Rights Immunization Act,” passed both houses of the Legislature last session, but was vetoed by Gov. Mary Fallin. An attempt to override the veto failed on a 13-vote margin.

Many in our Legislature appear to be indifferent on the immunization issue. An attempt to strengthen the law did not even make it out of committee. Senate Bill 1478 would have taken away personal exemptions for vaccinations, but the Senate Education Committee killed the bill by a 6-7 vote.

Vaccinate Oklahoma was formed this year in response to our growing vulnerability to the devastating bacteria and viruses that once ravaged U.S. populations. We are a nonprofit, political action committee composed of pediatricians, parents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and family physicians from across Oklahoma….

If we do not stop the anti-vaccination movement from promoting more laws that lead to exemptions, more outbreaks are guaranteed. Communities will be disrupted, lives will be endangered and the cost of managing these outbreaks could range into the millions.

Comment:

I think Dr. Zetik should pay attention to the comments posted by Dr. Meehan regarding vaccine safety. While Zetik wants to vaccinate Oklahoma, Meehan explains why parents should worry.

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Gainesville Sun VAXXED Review Fails To Mention Crux of the Movie

Empty headBy Anne Dachel

Here is a review of "VaxXed" that never mentions William Thompson, the 2004 MMR study, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Perhaps this reporter was at the wrong theater.

Nathan Crabbe at the Gainesville Sun is just the latest example of bigotry and sloppy reporting when it comes to the vaccine controversy.

Crabbe says he watched "VaxXed," but you'd never know it from this article. Instead of writing about an alleged whistleblower at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a fraudulent study on the MMR vaccine and autism, he devoted most of this piece to slamming Andrew Wakefield and defending vaccines by saying, "The most important thing for parents to know is that repeated studies have found no connection between vaccines and autism."

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Dachel Wake Up: CDC Urges Americans To Get Flu Shot.....

Dachel Morning Wake UoSept 29, 2016, NPR: CDC Urges Americans To Get A Flu Shot As Soon As Possible

Federal health officials are urging all Americans to get their flu shots as soon as possible, and are especially concerned that too few elderly people are getting vaccinated.

"Flu is serious. Flu is unpredictable," Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters during a joint briefing Thursday with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases "Flu often does not get enough respect."

Dr. Frieden doesn't tell us how many MERCURY-FREE FLU VACCINES are available. NPR allows him to do this pharma promotion for the flu vaccine without talking about the heated controversy over the use of deadly, untested mercury in these shots.

Question for Dr. Frieden that NPR would never ask:

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Dachel Wake Up: It's Raining Autism Accommodations

Dachel Morning Wake UoThe autism puzzle piece is right out there along side the handicapped accessible sign.

Worldwide we are learning to live with autism. We are adjusting, mostly because we have no choice. Huge numbers of our children and young adults are "on the spectrum" for reasons we don't understand. The response of nations everywhere is do nothing about it.

Sept 30, 2016, 9News.com.au (Australia): Taronga Zoo to open doors an hour early for guests with autism

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo will attempt to cater for the needs of customers with autism spectrum disorder by opening its doors an hour early tomorrow. Puzzle umbrella

HandicappedThe world-famous zoo, celebrated for its collection of native animals as well as foreign fauna, is set to launch its first Access Taronga day this weekend, the Sydney Morning Herald reports….

At least 44 families have registered to attend, and more days are expected to be scheduled, according to demand.

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Dallas Morning News Continues to Denigrate Autism Families and Event

Dallas Morning NewsLast week we brought you another post about The Dallas Morning News and their press release "journalism" with this cliche-ridden nonsense about the Autism Education Summit.   And here's more. 

By Anne Dachel

Oct 1, 2016, Dallas Morning News: Reporter kicked out of Dallas autism conference before speech by DA who's a noted vaccine foe

By Marc Ramirez

A reporter for the San Antonio Express-News was kicked out of an autism-related conference at Dallas' Intercontinental Hotel moments before a controversial vaccination opponent was scheduled to speak Saturday morning.

In a video accompanying a story posted to the newspaper's Facebook page, Express-News reporter Rye Druzin detailed the eviction as he was being escorted off the Intercontinental grounds by Dallas County sheriff's deputies — despite the fact that he had paid the event's $89 registration fee.

Druzin had been prepared to cover remarks by Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood at the three-day Autism Education Summit. LaHood's claims that vaccines "can and do cause autism" — despite scientific evidence to the contrary — have garnered national attention.

While Marc Ramirez at the Dallas Morning Sun tried to portray Rye Druzin as a legitimate reporter for the San Antonio Express-News interested in covering a controversial subject presented at the Dallas Autism Education Summit, the truth shows the really sinister side of the mainstream media.

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Dachel Wake Up: Segregation, Urination, Abomination, Discrimination

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Sept 30, 2016, ABC2 Nashville, TN: Federal suits claim segregation, abuse of disabled students

When a 5-year-old autistic boy came home from his Nashville public school with bruises and a bite mark, his parents sent him back with a recording device.

It captured a therapist slamming their son’s head on his desk, and a teacher using a martial arts technique that made him whimper and cry.

Now these and other parents are suing over their children’s treatment, hoping a federal judge will order the state of Tennessee to hold school districts accountable for complying with disability laws.

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Dachel Wake Up: MMR Jab Rate Drops

Dachel Morning Wake UoPercentage of children under two getting MMR jab plunges

The percentage of children given the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab by their second birthday continues to fall, new figures show.

Some 91.9% of children in 2015/16 had received their first dose of the MMR vaccine by their second birthday, down on the 92.3% in 2014/15 and 92.7% the year before.

However, by the age of five, 94.8% of children had their first dose - a record high. GPs invite children for the first dose of the jab when they are 12 to 13 months. ...

I like the word "plunges"...They're still talking about rates well above 90 percent. What they're really worried about is the possibility that things will get worse.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


Dachel Wake Up: Aussie Doc Uses Profanity to Talk About Vaccine Choice

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Australian doc says a non-vaxxing parent ‘pisses me off,’ and she wants to ‘cut the cr*p.’

(Obviously Simonsz is dealing with this on a less-than-intellectual level.)

Parents questioning vaccines have reduced this pediatrician to trash talk.   

Sept 19, 2016, Daily Mail: Doctor Nelu Simonsz slams anti-vax parents in new video

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Dachel Wake Up: New Autism High School, N Texas Vaccine Exemption Worries

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

The first U.S. high school for kids with ASD! (Get used to it. I'm sure every major and midsize city in America will eventually have at least one.)

This is a strange piece really. Reporter Jacobson emphasizes the design of the school and yet says nothing about reality of an ever-increasing population of students disabled by autism.

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Dachel Wake Up: NY State Housing Opportunities for Developmentally Disabled

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Sept 13, 2016, ABC13 Buffalo: Group sues state over living opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) -A group of local parents and caregivers has filed a class action lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, accusing the state of providing an insufficient number of residential living opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

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Dorit and Pfizer Photo. Huh?

Dorit Pfizer
Note: While we're all thinking similar thoughts, please keep your comments away from Ms. Reiss' appearance and/or attire. It's her career mission that is our concern.  Maybe it was ugly sweater day at work. Again.  Oops.  Can you hear the photographer, "You're blocking the star of this shoot! Scooch DOWN!" KIM

By Anne Dachel

I spend a lot of time looking at the mainstream media’s coverage of autism. I’ve been doing this for years now. One person who’s almost as frequent posting comments as I am is Dorit Rubinstein Reiss. As determined as I am that vaccines are an unchecked, unsafe danger to children’s health, Reiss is right there defending them as a medical miracle no parent has a right to refuse. On numerous occasions Reiss has specifically responded to things that I posted

Reiss has also been cited in news reports telling parents to trust their doctors and line up their children for every shot on the schedule. She’s usually described like this: Dorit Rubinstein Reiss is a professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.”

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Dachel Wake Up: "Anti-Vaxxers" Around the World

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, once wrote that questioning the safety of vaccines is like speaking out against motherhood. I think even talking about vaccines critically is like challenging someone's religious beliefs. For obvious reasons the media outlets are the loudest supporters of vaccination. The premise always is "vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives." Not vaccinating endangers not only your child, but everyone else's as well. Feeble attempts at being "fair and balanced" usually mean citing a number of health officials or doctors to convince us vaccines can do no wrong while including a non-vaccinating parent. And autism--that mysterious condition affecting more and more children for no discernible reason--is usually mentioned in passing, but of no real consequence.  

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Spitting Mad Over More Genetics Studies for Autism

Dnatoy3By Anne Dachel

Sept 9, 2016, Massive Study Aims To Shed Light On Genetics And Autism

Study to collect saliva from families with autism for DNA study.

A research center at UC Davis is taking autism research to a different level.

Researchers at the MIND Institute are now examining the DNA of families whose children have autism to learn more about possible causes of the disorder.

News video:

Dr. Leonard Abbeduto. Executive Director at the MIND Institute:

“…could be a game changer in really understanding what causes autism, and as I said, once we understand the causes, then we can start to work on more tailored treatment.”

CBS 12 anchor: “…One of the greatest mysteries in all of science is autism, and so many people working so hard to find something to give them a clue.”

This is about the SPARK study that I wrote about a month ago.

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Wake Up: California Vaccine Exemption Crackdown: From Parents to Doctors

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

California wants to pull this doctor's license. Here's how it's sparked a new battle over child vaccinations.

Dr. Robert Sears is one of the leading voices in the anti-vaccination world, a hero to parents suspicious of childhood immunizations that public health officials say are crucial to preventing disease outbreaks.

So when the Medical Board of California announced last week that it was moving to pull the Orange County pediatrician’s medical license, it immediately set the stage for a new battle in the long-running fight over whether schoolchildren should be vaccinated....

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Vaxxed Team Speaks to Houston Mayor and City Council

VaxxedBy Anne Dachel

August 29, 2016, Heroic speeches by Del BigTree and Andrew Wakefield before the mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, and the Houston City Council.

The response from Councilman Jack Christie, a chiropractic physician, was a stunning endorsement of Dr. Wakefield and strong condemnation of the actions of our federal health officials.

 

Del Bigtree:

“Hello Mayor and council. I’m here today—I worked for six years as the producer of the daytime talk show, The Doctors, been a medical producer for most of my career, celebrating the best that medicine has to offer. But while on that job, I came across a story about the CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson. This is a man who’s come forward from the most important health agency in the county and said that they’ve committed scientific fraud on the MMR—autism study. This is the most important study ever done on the MMR—autism connection because it’s the last one ever paid for by the United States government.

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The Wright Stuff: A Memoir by Bob Wright

Wright Stuff BookBy Anne Dachel

I just finished looking at this Reuters piece on Bob Wright's book, and although I have my own Mt Vesuvius moment whenever I see autism described as a "mental disorder," I like that fact that Jennifer Saba said that Bob Wright's involvement with his grandson's autism would make a book all by itself. ABSOLUTELY.

Yes, Katie Wright makes no bones about it. Her son Christian was born healthy. He was meeting all his milestones. He got vaccinated. He had horrible reactions that the doctor said were "normal." He lost his milestones. He stopped progressing. He developed severe bowel disease.

Saba talks about the Wright family's fears about Christian ability to care for himself as he grows. Scroll down past the Reuters story to the 2007 interview by author David Kirby. Katie explained in detail what happened to her son and how she was left on her own to deal with a vaccine-injured child.

Sept. 2 2016, Reuters: BREAKING VIEWS-Review: NBC chief's deal-heavy memoir merits split

By Jennifer Saba 

Like a good TV series, Bob Wright's memoir leaves fans wanting more. In "The Wright Stuff," the former NBC boss engagingly takes readers behind the scenes of how he built the U.S. network from a struggling laggard to a profitable powerhouse over two decades at General Electric. Negotiations with Jack Welch, Bill Gates and Ted Turner enhance the drama. Wright's moving account of his grandchild's autism, however, would have better suited a second book….

In the same year, 2004, that Wright first secured Vivendi Universal in what may have been his professional triumph, his personal life took a dramatic turn. He found out his 2-year-old grandson Christian was autistic. The lack of answers and support prompted Wright and his wife Suzanne, who died last month from cancer, to launch Autism Speaks.

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Dachel Wake Up: Texas Monthly Goes After DA Nico LaHood

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

The only good thing about Texas Monthly is that it's NOT Texas Weekly or Texas Daily.

Other than that, it's a rag. Leif Reigstad must have been given his assignment like this: "We need a piece discrediting the film 'VaxXed' and Texas prosecutor, Nico LaHood. Don't bother talking about what's in the movie, just say it's by the 'disgraced' doctor, Andrew Wakefield, and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no link between vaccines and autism. Don't say anything about how LaHood's son developed autism, just call what he's doing an 'anti-vaccination campaign.'

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Andy Wakefield, Vaxxed and The Media

VaxxedBy Anne Dachel

What I find most fascinating about the corruption of the media is their treatment of Andrew Wakefield. If you were to go to Google News and do a search, you'd find his name comes up quite often in stories about the vaccine controversy. You'd see things like:

"Dr. Andrew Wakefield has been involved with spreading the misinformation related to alleged conspiracy and cover-up..."

"... Andrew Wakefield was stripped of his medical license in the U.K. for falsifying the results of his own study..."

"...Andrew Wakefield, the discredited former British gastroenterologist who wrote a highly controversial (and since retracted) ..."

Unquestionably Andy is the fall guy. He's the one they blame for parental resistance to the ever-increasing vaccine schedule (while steadfastly ignoring all the sick kids everywhere). He connected vaccines to the development of autism and parents keep buying into the false claim, according to every major news organization out there.

Incredibly, no one in the media ever wants to talk to Andy about his position. Isn't that a little strange?

IF this doctor is SO WRONG and SO DANGEROUS, you'd think reporters would be questioning him everywhere he goes, setting up debates where members of the medical community could challenge his notoriously false position on vaccines and bring an end to the argument. SO WHY DON'T THEY?

I'm talking about folks like Clyde Haberman at the New York Times. He said Wakefield was "held in disgrace" in a piece entitled, "A Discredited Vaccine Study’s Continuing Impact on Public Health." And while Haberman interviewed Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus, who defended vaccines, Andy was not contacted, although Haberman did cite him as "Dr. Wakefield."

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Dachel Wake Up: Fox & Friends Fabricates Vaccination Story

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

It is clear that the major networks will make up the facts in order to defend vaccines and criticize parents who question their safety. We’ve seen it for years, and that is exactly what they did on this report on Fox & Friends. We’re told three quarters of parents don’t believe kids need vaccines.

???

This is outright news fraud. It's the Fox News version of a recently announced survey of doctors that was actually done in 2013.

The Fox anchor is stunned.  How could so many parents be so misinformed?

Actually, Fox has the story all wrong, and one has to ask if it was intentional.

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Revolutionary Grandparents: A New Autism Book From Skyhorse Publishing

Rev GPBy Anne Dachel

Autism is talked about all over the place today, and with good reason since, according to one statistic, more than two percent of children have the disorder. Every April, the whole world lights up places in blue in a call for awareness. There are even those who celebrate autism having coined the term, “neurodiversity.”

News reports on autism may include a 30 second clip of typical looking kids interacting with therapists or happily climbing on playground equipment, but we rarely see how autism impacts every member of the family. The heartbreak does not stop with the parents. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles also share in the dashed dreams and exhausting search for answers when a child descends into autism.

The media doesn’t report on the emotional and physical toll autism takes on parents. Rarer still is any coverage of the role of the extended family members. That’s why I’m excited to talk about the book, Revolutionary Grandparents,  which highlights what these people do to support parents and even take on the role of fulltime caregiver themselves.

There are nineteen stories in Revolutionary Grandparents. They’re personal and moving. I have highlighted five of them for you.

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Kathryn and her nephew Matthew

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Kathryn Heck is the “Revolutionary Aunt” who’s been there for her nephew Matthew and his mother Terri. Kathryn herself suffered in the polio epidemic of the 1950s and as a result experienced “years of physical therapy, surgeries, braces, and a fear of needles.”

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Texas DA Risks Everything To Speak Out on Vaccine Injury

CautionNOTE: Keep an eye on the career of Texas DA Nico LaHood. And we don't mean for a promotion.  Speaking out on vaccine injury is fraught with danger.  The San Antonio Health District responded to LaHood with a statement Tuesday afternoon. It's at the end of this post.

By Anne Dachel

Aug 29, 2016, ABC12 San Antonio TX: District Attorney Nico LaHood: 'Vaccines cause autism'

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said Monday that vaccines cause autism.

In an interview with KSAT 12 News, LaHood said that he and his wife noticed a change in their son after he received his 18-month vaccination.

"We had a very different child," he said.

LaHood also voiced his opinions about the controversial subject in an interview that was posted on the Autism Media Channel Facebook page for the controversial documentary, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.”

"I'm here to tell you that vaccines can and do cause autism," LaHood said in the interview.

When asked whether he should be voicing his opinion due to the political office he holds, LaHood said, "My opinions are just my opinions. As a daddy, as a husband, who happens to be the DA. People are allowed to have a First Amendment right to an opinion. I know this is not a politically correct opinion.... 

ABC12 has it wrong in the video segment.  Nico LaHood isn’t in “VaxXed”—He simply backs up the premise of a link between vaccines and autism because his son regressed following his scheduled shots.

LaHood has his supporters, including a colleague in the justice system.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who saw a preview of the film, said he agrees.

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AAP Comes Out Against Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions

Crazy_doctor1NOTE: Just as cardiologists became the sales arm for cholesterol meds, pediatricians are coming out of the medicine cabinet as the final sales arm of the vaccination industry.  How else could you explain a physicians' organization (really their union, see this post by Mark Blaxill from several years ago) choosing to remove choice for a medical product as a blanket rule for the vast majority of their patients?  Vaccination carries risk, whether you believe that risk is infinitesimal or inevitable.  The result of this stance - to remove all non-medical vaccination exemptions - will create a punitive environment for thinking pediatricians who choose to work with and listen to their parent base.  The child whose sister is wracked with seizures and who has not had her first seizure will not be able to delay or turn down a vaccine that has seizure risk as a side effect because she won't qualify for a medical exemption.  Like violent crime, proactive police prevention is not possible, you can only call the police - or in the case of vaccine injury the ER - after the injury.  Removing non-medical vaccine exemptions is the moral equivalent of denying a woman a restraining order against a man who threatens violence. He might not have harmed her yet, but the risk is real.  Why would the AAP take this stance except to protect the pharmaceutical industry? Feel free to share your thoughts.  Kim

By Anne Dachel

As “VaxXed” tours the country and parents who would never have questioned vaccine mandates are getting educated, the corporate powers that control medicine and lawmakers are fighting back. SB277 in California ending parental choice was just the beginning.

Two things are happening right now regarding vaccinations and Google News has everyone reporting on it.

First of all, the AAP is now calling for the elimination of all non-medical exemptions to vaccination. This announcement coincides with a survey showing that the vast majority of pediatricians have parents who refuse to vaccinate. The report goes on to say that those parents who don’t want to vaccinate do so because they think vaccines are unnecessary—not because of fears over side effects.  (Evidently they have to be forced to do what's good for their children.)

AAP News: Eliminate nonmedical immunization exemptions for school entry, says AAP

An AAP policy is calling for all states to use their public health authority to eliminate nonmedical exemptions from immunization requirements for school entry.

While the Academy has opposed nonmedical or “personal belief” exemptions in the past, this is the first policy statement on the issue. …

“I personally — as well as colleagues around the country — have received calls from parents whose children were immunocompromised … who were really concerned,” said Dr. Maldonado, vice chair of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases.

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Mark Blaxill on Massachusetts Special Education

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By Anne Dachel

I recently wrote about the Aug 17, 2016 coverage from NPR Boston which focused on special needs students in Massachusetts.

Mass SPED chart

It was really hard to ignore the data, yet officials and educators in that state don't seem worried.

Additional reporting from NPR Boston included this interview of a special education expert from Lesley University about the soaring increase in autism.

WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes recently spoke with Elizabeth Keefe, an assistant professor at Lesley University who focuses on special education and autism spectrum disorders. We asked her if the number of special education students in the state is growing.

Keefe:

"The number of students that require special education services in the commonwealth has remained largely static over the last 10 years. There's no question that there have been specific groups, such as students with autism, who have experienced a significant number of students with particular disabilities in our schools. So I would say, the need for programming for students with very complex disabilities is certainly an issue in the commonwealth."

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Dachel Wake Up: CA School Funding In Jeopardy Post SB277

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

SB 277: "This new law has a lot of parents in a total uproar," and it's turned school administrators into the vaccine police. And since school funding is based on enrollment, districts could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Forcing parents to home school sounds like a violation of a child's right to a free and appropriate education.

The second story is from the San Francisco Chronicle and it's truly frightening. A child who "became unresponsive for nine days after her first ... Tdap, shot when she was a baby" was granted only a one-year medical exemption. Her sister, who's entering kindergarten, couldn't get one.

Aug 25, 2016, Humboldt County (CA) North Coast Journal: Prepare for Impact [of SB277]

A new vaccination law has school administrators caught between a needle and a hard place

As the first day of school approaches, there's an anxiety building in many administrative offices throughout Humboldt County. The anxiety doesn't seem to be pervasive, but cloistered in different pockets throughout the region. And it centers around a simple question: Will students show up?...

"We have to wait and see how it shakes out," said Stephanie Steffano-Davis, principal of Whitethorn Elementary. "But at this point, what I'm hearing is that vaccination is an issue for a lot of people and they're looking at alternatives. A lot of people are looking at alternatives to public education."

With a new state law on the books that mandates that just about every child in California be fully vaccinated for 10 communicable diseases before attending school, some, like Steffano-Davis, are worried about the impacts. And they could be dramatic. Humboldt County, which ranked 52nd of California's 58 counties in vaccination rates for incoming kindergarteners last school year, when 10.4 percent of Humboldt's 1,741 kids entered school with a personal belief exemption (PBE) that sidestepped mandatory vaccinations....

Take Tenae LaPorte, who has quit her job in a local dermatologist's office to homeschool her children. She had planned on sending them to Fieldbrook Elementary but is dead set against vaccinating them. ...

But the bill also did something many in the public didn't expect: It put schools on the front lines of California's immunization war. Because the Legislature didn't want to fund an enforcement mechanism, it simply made vaccinations a condition of education and forced administrators to be the gatekeepers.

"We are very frustrated that we are now the immunization police," said Julia Anderson, the executive director of Beginnings in Briceland, which includes Skyfish elementary school and a child care center. "This new law has a lot of parents in a total uproar."

While the new law may have parents in some communities in an uproar, administrators at the schools that will potentially face the biggest impacts don't seem to want to talk about it. Scores of calls and emails to administrators at schools with historically large numbers of personal belief exemptions went unreturned. When administrators did reply, the response was generally curt.

"We don't know the impacts yet ... won't know until we see how many students arrive on August 25th," wrote Catherine Scott, superintendent of Southern Humboldt Unified School District, in an email....

It's not difficult to understand why administrators would be on edge given what's at stake. In California, school funding is tightly tied to enrollment and attendance. That means parents' deciding that homeschooling their children is preferable to vaccinating them has a direct impact on school budgets and, consequently, staffing.

Aug 22, 2016, San Francisco Chronicle: Thousands start school without vaccinations as new law rolls out

...San Francisco mom Adrienne Moore, who fought the law, spent months trying to get a medical exemption for her kindergartner.

Moore said her daughter became unresponsive for nine days after her first tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, or Tdap, shot when she was a baby. Before school started last week, she said, her doctor agreed to support a one-year medical exemption.

Moore’s second daughter, who would start kindergarten next year, has no exemption. If it’s a choice between vaccines and homeschooling, the mom said her girls would stay home.

The law is still subject to a court battle, and a federal judge in San Diego is expected to rule this week on whether to delay it while a legal challenge proceeds. A lawsuit filed by an antivaccination group, Education 4 All, charges that the law violates the right to an education under California’s constitution.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


Normalizing Autism--We Have No Choice

Old is new memeBy Anne Dachel

Countries around the world can no longer ignore all the neurologically disabled children and young adults everywhere. Despite the pretense that nothing is really going on, that we've only in recent decades understood that there are people living with autism--ones who can't speak, interact normally, behave like other children--we're having to make accommodations that were never needed before. Somehow we have to convince ourselves that designating more and more places as autism-friendly/sensory-friendly is just the result of greater awareness. Stories are out everyday that prove my point. We're adjusting, it seems, no questions asked. Soon, as more and more of these children age out of school and enter adulthood, we won't remember a world without those with special needs everywhere.

I imagine the forms parents fill out for registration for school or sports or organization will soon look like this:

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 Here's a quick look at the world surrendering to autism. There's no need to look for a cause or call it a crisis or try to prevent it. We've all learned to accept autism as a normal part of childhood in the 2st century, and soon we won't remember a world without people on the spectrum. We have to do this, the alternative is to expose how an unchecked, unsafe vaccination schedule damaged millions of children around the world. That is the unthinkable to the people in charge and their lackeys in the press. 

Get used to hearing about "autism friendly" and "sensory friendly" accommodations. They're the signs of the times.

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Massachusetts' Special Education Soars - So Do Problems

Mass SPED chart
By Anne Dachel

This article is the second of a two part series on the Massachusetts special education system. Problems are enormous with no solutions in sight. There are charges of abuse and neglect in a program that seems to be failing to meet the needs of the disabled in state schools.

This particular story focuses on the numbers, the jaw-dropping increases in special needs students, especially those with autism. Something is clearly wrong. The burden on schools is overwhelming, yet nowhere in this coverage is there a call for answers.

Aug 17, 2016, WBUR Boston: 'There Is No Yelp': Why Parents Struggle With The State's Special Ed System

"We have a growing concern about students with disabilities across the commonwealth being severely mistreated," said Stan Eichner, the center's head litigator. "It’s our sense that the mistreatment of these youngsters with disabilities is not limited to public or private schools, it’s not limited by geography, and we think it’s a widespread problem.”...

According to state data, the number of special ed students with severe disabilities is increasing. Since 2003, enrollment of students with autism, for example, is up more than 300 percent. The number of students with severe neurological impairments is up almost 150 percent in the same time frame....

Mossaides says she believes this is the first time the state has taken such a deep dive into reviewing oversight of these schools.

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Dachel Wake Up: California Students Denied School Because of Vaccination Status

Dachel Morning Wake UoWhat is interesting here is that this story aired in Seattle. Something that is a local story in northern California makes the news two states away. No vaccination, no education.

Aug 13, 2016, NBC KING5 Seattle: Hundreds of [California] students without proof of vaccination sent home

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LA Times Chides HuffPo for Having Run Vaccine Posts (Once Upon a Time)

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By Anne Dachel

August 11, 2016, Los Angeles Times: Arianna Huffington wants to sell health advice and products. Science help us.

Paul Thornton, at the LA Times, is mad at Arianna Huffington because for years she's allowed for free speech on the issue of vaccine safety on the Huffington Post blog. Thornton blames the likes of Jenny McCarthy, Dr. Jay Gordon, and Bill Maher for giving us their opinions on vaccines on HP, and he's even more dismayed because now Ms Huffington is moving on to a new public forum, Thrive Global. Thornton fears for the worse.

I think I can see what Thornton's problem is, because even a brief scan of the Huffington Post archives reveals numerous articles on the pro-vaccine side. The only conclusion I can come to is that he’s mostly upset by the idea of anyone being fair and balanced when it comes to covering vaccines safety. If all the mainstream news outlets are following the dictates of their advertisers (pharma) and bowing to pressure from health officials and therefore writing what they're told about vaccines--never actually investigating this controversy for themselves--there has to be a way to shut down the alternative news sources.  

In his biography it states, "Paul Thornton is the Los Angeles Times’ letters editor. He joined the editorial pages in 2005 as a researcher and occasional editorial writer and also served as a Web producer."

We should all be concerned that someone with no tolerance for opposing views on vaccine safety is in charge of which letters get published at the Times. And it's hard to believe that Thornton has spent over a decade as a researcher for the LA Times, yet has such a simplistic view of the vaccine controversy. Sadly, his not-too-subtle call for censorship is the standard viewpoint of the American media when it comes to talking about vaccines: We will not look into this.

Arianna Huffington got very rich off writers working for free and by providing a platform for quacks to push dubious medical advice, including dangerous amounts of anti-vaccination nonsense. ...

But we should be skeptical of anyone who sees economic opportunity in selling us answers that science and mainstream medicine have not yet provided (despite their best efforts). Huffington has gone a step further and enabled people who encourage dangerous behavior and deserve to be ignored. Keep that in mind before you “Thrive” (for a price, of course)....

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Dachel Wake Up: Newsweek: Using Pretend Science to Cover Up the Cause of Autism, One Study at a Time

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Newsweek's Aimee Swartz isn't worried about autism. She, like most in the media, is out to convince us that autism has always been here, we just starting noticing it about 25 years ago. Her real goal here is threefold:

Treat autism as a curiosity we have all the time in the world to figure out.

Downplay any idea of an epidemic.

Make it look like scientists are doing their best to figure it out.

Aug 11, 2016, Newsweek: Unraveling the Mystery of Autism, One Person at a Time

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Dachel Wake Up: NAACP Group Views Vaxxed

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

This is encouraging to see. Of course this is a racial issue. CDC scientists have covered up a known risk to African American boys. If this discussion continues to get attention in the black community, the CDC will address it--I expect officials are busy as we speak producing NEW research that shows no racial difference; the 2004 study was just a fluke. We were told a few months ago that Thompson was going to back away from his claim, but nothing was made public. I'm sure forces are prepared if this becomes an issue in the African American community.

August 10, 2016, Philadelphia Tribune: Forum addresses public's concern with vaccinations

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