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Dachel Media Update: Silence of the Man....

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

The mainstream media has ignored the whistleblower story all week.  These are the people who for years have steadfastly defended the CDC's claim of no link between vaccines and autism, so it's understandable that they're not about to change their message now.  I'm sure they were waiting for some way to discredit Brian Hooker's study before they covered the story.  Now they have it.  The journal which had published the Hooker's findings has now removed it from their site.   Viola, it's time for press to cover it now.

Aug 28, 2014, Fox Salt Lake: Journal questions validity of study linking autism and vaccines

Dr. Frank DeStefano, lead author of the 2004 study, said he and his colleagues stand by their findings. DeStefano said all the study authors, including Thompson, agreed on the analysis and interpretation before the study was submitted for publication 10 years ago. However, he said he plans to review his notes and will decide whether to run another analysis on the data.

Aug 28, 2014, Fox 13, Seattle: Journal questions validity of autism and vaccine study 

The CDC study authors found no link between the age children were given their first MMR vaccination and autism diagnoses. Nor did they find a statistically significant increased risk for a particular racial group.

Aug 27, 2014, CNN:  Autism and vaccine study results questioned

A study published earlier this month on an alleged link between vaccines and autism has been removed from the public domain pending further investigation, according to Translational Neurodegeneration. In an online statement, the scientific journal said the paper had been removed "because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions."

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Dr. Andrew Wakefield Discusses CDC Vaccine Fraud

Whistleblower-protectionBy Anne Dachel

Members of the media don't seem to care that many in the autism community consider them to be mere stooges of health officials who themselves have a vast web of ties to the pharmaceutical industry.  But there is now an incredible INDEPENDENT newsman out there.  Gary Franchi, executive producer at WHDT TV was recently covered on Age of Autism because of his outstanding work reporting the revelation of a CDC whistleblower. 

Here is his most recent interview: Dr. Andrew Wakefield breaks silence on CDC Whistleblower.

This is Dr. Wakefield at his best. In addition, Franchi coined a phrase that will resonate: "VACCINE VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN."

Wakefield explained the meaning of what the whistleblower has revealed and he made some riveting comments:

Wakefield: "How can that be put to the test in a scientific context?  Because there are so many ingredients that are potentially toxic in vaccines, there are so many vaccines that are given so frequently to these children.

Wakefield: "The truth is we will never know how in one particular child, this constellation of exposures produced the end result." 

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KHOU Houston Features Karen Kain's Book: Vaccine Injured Child Who Died

Karen Lorrin 15KHOU TV Great Day Houston: Karen Kain and A Unique Life Fully Lived 

Aug 24, 2014, Karen Kain, a tireless advocate for the disabled and an activist about vaccine injury, appeared on the TV show, Great Day Houston. 

Karen's book, "A Unique Life Fully Lived" is a tribute to her vaccine injured daughter, all the more poignant in light of the CDC's whistleblower.

CDC Whistleblower Story: Danke to Franchi

Whistleblower-protectionBy Anne Dachel

On Aug 20, 2014, just after the announcement of a whistleblower from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaking out about that agency's cover-up of an MMR study linking the vaccine to autism, Gary Franchi talked about it on his independent TV station, WHDT Miami/Boston.   For those of us who routinely follow how the mainstream media covers the controversial link between vaccines and autism, this was riveting. 

Franchi began his commentary saying, "There's a new whistleblower on the autism forefront and Dr. Brian Hooker from the Focus Autism Foundation says he has a source inside the CDC."

In his two and a half minute presentation Franchi described how Hooker had used the Freedom of Information Act to ask the CDC for information concerning a certain autism-vaccine study they'd conducted, and while doing this, an insider at the agency "reached out to him" about what he knew about the falsification of the results. 

Franchi made stunning statements like these:

"The CDC is purposely hiding important information about autism, particularly how vaccines affect young black boys at a much higher rate than others. ...

"It appears the CDC was purposely blocking black kids from the study to boost their numbers....

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Dachel Media Update: CDC MMR SOS

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 25, WHDT TV:  CDCWhistleblower New Details Emerge

Aug 25, 2014, KellyBroganMD.com: CDC: You're Fired. Autism Coverup Exposed.

Aug 25, 2014, NoMoreFakeNews.com: CDC whistleblower, watch out; here come the mothers « Jon Rappoport's Blog

Aug 25, 2014, LivingWhole.org: CDC Whistleblower Comes Out and They All Play Dead

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Dachel Media Update: The Brain Game

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Here's the latest autism study just out on major news sites.  It involves overproduction of synapses in the brain.

Okay, What's a synapse and how does a kid with autism get too many of them?  How does this explain an epidemic of ASD among our children?  How does it explain sudden regressive autism in toddlers accompanied by bowel disease?

This kind of research announcement is routine in the scientific world because it fosters a number of things officials want us to believe:

Autism is a mysterious disorder that scientists are diligently trying to figure out.

No one is alarmed about autism, just curious.

There is no urgency.

Notice the finding only "provides clues" and "the research may shed light on the roots of autism." 

My favorite headline was Newsday's: Autism may be brain disorder.  Seriously?

New York Times: Study Finds That Brains With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses as They Develop

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Autistic, Adult, Alone: When Mom or Dad Dies

Wake up callBy Anne Dachel

Internationally governments and doctors have looked on as autism consumed a generation of children.  No one in authority has ever expressed alarm.  There's never been a demand for answers.  Officials readily admit that there's nothing they know for sure about autism and nothing they can really do about it.  Meanwhile, a generation of disabled children is entering adulthood with nowhere to go. 

This adult woman with autism is 43.  Her circumstances are dire.  This may be happening in Canada, but it'll be the same here.  All those who've assured us for years that an epidemic of developmentally disabled children is normal and acceptable need to tell us what we're going to do.

Aug 12, 2014, Ottowa Citizen.

Jennifer is 43. Her mother, Cecile, was her main caregiver until she died in April, struck by an aneurysm at age 79, and dying on Easter Sunday. Her father, Arnold, is 90, a retired school caretaker, but so gnarled with arthritis and heart disease, he can barely get from his bed to his recliner.

"I feel helpless," he said.

This has left the bulk of the care to Caroline, 60, her sister, who lives in the white house with the big wood stove, about five kilometres from Eganville, on 140 acres of hay and tough sledding....

A report by a study group last fall said there are 12,000 people with developmental disabilities waiting for supportive housing.

The consequences for families can be crushing, the report said. Chiefly, there is burnout. The report called for enough funding so that any parent over 80 could be assured of placement of their disabled adult child within six to 12 months.

A committee of MPPs also called for an end to service wait-lists, which can stretch years, and pointed to housing as an urgent need....

Anne Dachel Book CoverAnne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of  The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.

Dachel Media Update: Seattle Young Adults with Autism

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 20, 2014, King5 TV Seattle: Seattle Children's changes lives of young adults with autism

Aug 20, 2014, Discover Magazine: Robert Kennedy Jr. and Mark Hyman to Appear on Dr. Oz Show - Collide-a-Scape

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Dachel Media Update: Autism Schools in Demand

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 19, 2014, Salt Lake Tribune: New Utah charter school for kids with autism opens doors

Aug 19, 2014, Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune: Autism: Then and now

Aug 18, 2014, Medscape.com: Protect the Next Generation: Recommend the HPV Vaccine

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Dachel Media Update: More Disabled Kids, Nothing To See, Move Along

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

This week, a number of stories simultaneously acknowledged that yes, our children are more disabled than ever, autism is only one part of the issue, but it's probably just better awareness and nothing to worry about. 

Here's how the mainstream media reported on a 10 year study of 200,000 children that doesn't explain why any of this is happening.  The findings showed a 21 percent increase in developmental disabilities, without mentioning that in the past decade, autism has increased 78 percent. 

It's another increase that no one can explain rationally.  I think it's clear that the purpose of this study was to acknowledge the overall increase in disabilities while attributing it all to better recognition.  This is just a sampling of the news out there.  We are now so indoctrinated to accept problems in our children's ability to speak, to learn and to behave, that no one even thinks to ask where they're all coming from and what it all means.  And if the world's top health officials don't see a problem, everything must be all right.

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Dachel Media Update: Autism Not on Rise???

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 18, 2014, MDLinx.com: No rise in autism in 20 years

Aug 17, 2014, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch: Disabilities in [U.S.] kids rise; not physical problems

Aug 17, 2014, Augusta Chronicle: Know shot options

Aug 16, 2014, Sonoma County Press (CA) Democrat: For mentally ill students, school can add stressors

Aug 16, 2014, San Francisco Chronicle: Unscrambling autism laws

Aug 13, 2014, NY Post: Flu Shot Is Most Dangerous Vaccine in US: Report

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Dachel Media Update: Back To School Back to Slamming Vaccine Safety Choices

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 14, 2014, CBS 2 Cedar Rapids, IA: Johnson Co. Seeing Rise in Vaccine Exemption

Aug 13, 2014, Forbes: Anti-Vaxx And Ebola Superstition Endanger Public

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Sharyl Attkisson on the ABCs of Journalism

SharylBy Anne Dachel

Sharyl Attkisson is amazing.  The Emmy-winning investigative journalist who left CBS News after 20 years has been very outspoken about malfeasance in the media.  Attkisson  has appeared on several network news shows, including CNN and Fox.  She was on ABC's This Week on Aug 10, where, in a 46 second segment, she said some pretty incredible things that ABC should take to heart.

Attkisson speculated on how the Nixon controversy would have been handled in a world filled with today's television and social media obsessions.

SHARYL ATTKISSON: I think that we've gone backwards since that time when we really felt empowered as journalists. And I like to think as what would happen today during a Nixon type scandal, Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to congress, his aides would refuse to testify to congress or would take the fifth or would lie to congress with fair amount of impunity. Woodward and Bernstein will be controversialized on social media by special and political interests.

MARTHA RADDATZ: Well, this is all very depressing--

ATTKISSON: -- Facebook accounts. And then at the end, Nixon would go on a popular late night comedy show during which time he would humorously refer to his attackers as people that were political witch hunters who believe in Area 51 type conspiracies.

RADDATZ: Well, I am going to just hope that people like you will keep pounding investigative journalists and get something done.

Hello, ABC?  Were you guys listening?  As a network, ABC has overwhelmingly failed to do more than be a mouthpiece for those defending the vaccine makers.  They've also failed to honestly report on what autism is doing to our children. 

ABC has blamed bad genes...

2008 Genes and Autism

2009 Autism's Possible Genetic Link   "A major part of the answer is genetics."  Dr.Geraldine Dawson in interviewed.

2012 Autism Linked to Family Inherited Gene Mutations Particularly From Dad

Autism and Induced Labor

Older Dads and Autism

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Dachel Media Update: HPV Vaccine Death Report Fox Milwaukee

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Fox 6 Milwaukee WI: The HPV vaccine, causing deaths? Why getting compensation in these cases isn't easy

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Dachel Media Update: Slamming Celebs

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 11, 2014, Washington Post: Rosie O'Donnell, Jenny McCarthy and the dangers of vaccine deniers and 9/11 truthers

Aug 10, 2014, Philly.com: Unscrambling autism laws

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Dachel Media Update: HPV Vaccine And Sudden Death in 12 Year Old

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 10, 2014, New York Daily News: Wisconsin mom: 'Did HPV vaccine kill my 12-year-old daughter?'

Aug 9, 2014, Kennewick (WA) Tri-City Herald: Growing number of autistic students causing concerns at Mid-Columbia schools

Aug 8, 2014, Danbury (CT) News Times: For autistic adults, a long waiting list for state help

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Dachel Media Update: Thinking Moms on The Autism War

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 8, 2014, Union of Concerned Scientists: New Vaccine Misinformation Book Gets the Science Wrong - The Equation

Aug 7, 2014, Discover Magazine: Why Vaccine and GMO Denial Should be Treated Equally

Aug 6, 2014, Thinking Moms' Revolution: The Autism War: Fiction or True Crime?

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Massachusetts Bill To Add Supports For Autism

WolfNote: We're so complacent in America. We  re-active, not pro-active. We hide our heads in the sand until the wolf is through the door and lying in our beds. We kick out the wolf and then wonder where all that fur came from on the floor. I remembe when gasoline skyrocketed a few years ago; the SUVs looked garishly unpatriotic on 95, Pruises were everywhere. Gas prices stabilized and the suburban Mommies who needed a pillow to see over the steering wheel were back in the H2s, motoring to Pilates. It's the same with autism. We're barely starting to support families who area in crisis mode pretty much from diagnosis day - and this Mass bill is pretty good. But as Anne cries out daily, "WHERE IS THE REAL CONCERN OVER THE EVER GROWING TIDE OF AUTISM?" It's enough to make me want to howl. KS

By Anne Dachel

It seems that when we talk about autism it's never a crisis on the federal level.  THERE, it's just a mysterious disorder that many officials think has been unrecognized until recent decades.  The feds aren't upset that there's no known cause or cure for something affecting almost two percent of U.S. children.  This piece gives us that chilling reality about autism on the state level.  The rates for autism as said here to have skyrocketed and that these kids need services.  Currently Medicaid doesn't cover help for these children.  A representative from MA ARC calls autism "a public health crisis," something we would never hear from a CDC official.  No word on whether the governor of Massachusetts will sign the bill.  Maybe Patrick is thinking about the cost increases rather than the needs of disabled children.  If he doesn't sign, he's postponing the inevitable.  Regardless, theses children aren't going away and they're going to cost and cost and cost the state for the rest of their lives.

Aug 4, 2014 WBUR Boston, Governor Reviewing Mass. Bill That Would Expand Autism Supports

Many parents of children on the autism spectrum are celebrating passage of a bill that is among dozens already on Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk.

The bill would create a tax-free savings account for autism and disability care; would require Medicaid coverage for autism behavioral treatment; and would give thousands of residents with autism access to state disability services. Currently only those whose IQ is under 70 qualify.

Barbara L’Italien, with the advocacy group ARC of Massachusetts, has seen autism rates skyrocket since her son was diagnosed in 1990.

“It is a public health crisis,” she says. “It is something we need to wrap our arms around and be proactive about, and I think this legislation really attempts to do that.”

The costs of expanding Medicaid and disability services is not clear.

A spokeswoman says Patrick is reviewing the bill.

Comment:

Why is autism called "a public health crisis," yet there's no assurances from the governor that he'll sign this bill?  One in every 68 U.S. children now has an autism diagnosis.  That's one in every 42 among boys alone. 

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Dachel Media Update: Mass Hope to Expand Autism Supports

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 4, 2014, NPR Boston: Governor Reviewing Mass. Bill That Would Expand Autism Supports

July 30, 2014, WRAL, Raleigh, NC: Autism bill unlikely to pass this summer

July 28, 2014, American Council on Science and Health (ACSH): Robert F. Kennedy Jr. promotes a dangerous and unscientific position on thimerosal

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Dachel Media Update: Gupta. Ebola

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 4, 2014 The Daily Beast: Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines

Gupta has faced criticism, most notably over his backing of Gardasil, a vaccine for HPV. Critics questioned his backing of the drug, as it was made by Merck, then a sponsor of a show he presented called Accent Health. 

"One part of the criticism was people saying vaccines caused autism," Gupta says. "I looked at the scientific evidence as anyone should and concluded they didn't. Would I get my children vaccinated? I did."

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Dachel Media Update: RFK Jr on CNN: Thimerosal "Not Policy, but Politics"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

RJK Jr: 'Not policy, but politics'

July 30, 2014

On July 30, CNN host Don Lemon interviewed environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr. about current political events and his new book, Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak, from Skyhorse Publishing.

Unlike recent articles in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Forbes and TIME, this coverage focused on what the book is actually about and Kennedy was allowed to explain the topic.

Lemon: "Why did you write this book?  It's been controversial."

Kennedy: "I wrote the book because, as you say, this is a controversial--it's almost a radioactive--issue.  People on both sides have dug in their heels. The debate about it has devolved into name-calling--it's not been a productive debate. So what I did, I got a group of scientists together and I said, 'Let's go scour--and I raised a couple of hundred thousand dollars--let's scour the scientific literature and find every article that's ever been written on thimerosal safety.' 

"Thimerosal is a mercury-based vaccine preservative that was eliminated in pediatric vaccines because it was dangerous. In 2003, it was taken out, but unfortunately--of American vaccines, we're still giving it to people all over the world--unfortunately, it was the same year CDC recommended it for the flu vaccine. . . .  And for the first time, pregnant women are getting very, very large doses of this neurotoxin--doses that are equivalent to what they were getting before the ban on pediatric vaccines. . .  It's an unnecessary preservative. The science is very clear.  We found over 500 peer-reviewed publications, 1400 references in this book, that show this is a known, recognized neurotoxin for which there are many, many alternatives.  It should not be in our vaccines.

Lemon thanked Kennedy and promised, "We will have you back to talk about it."

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Dachel Media Update: In Which CNN Runs Out of Tape...

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

We had hoped to share the video of Robert F. Kennedy who appeared last evening on CNN Tonight, however, it appears that CNN ran out of tape...   during the final segment in which Kennedy spoke about flu shots, mercury and Thimerosal as a preservative.

July 29, 2014, WXOW, La Crosse, WI: Add immunization to your back-to-school checklist

July 25, 2014, The Thinking Moms' Revolution: What Are MRC-5 and WI-38? And Why Are They in Vaccines?

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Dachel Media Update: Pediatric Union Continues to Promote Vaccine Sales over Safety

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

August 1, 2014, AAP News: Report: Serious adverse events from vaccines 'extremely rare'

July 29, 2014, New York Times: When the Caregivers Need Healing

July 28, 2014, Autism Speaks: More than Prenatal Genetics: The Search for Autism's Origins By Martha Herbert

July 28, 2014, My Fox Houston: Texas Failing Special Needs Students says U.S. Dept of Education

July 28, 2014, Public News Service:  Building Acceptance of Autism in Ohio

July 28, 2014, Salon.com: Newest anti-vaxx trend causes babies' brains to bleed

July 25, 2014, National Post (Canada): Autism's numbers game: Prevalence rates under microscope in fight for resources, support services

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Dachel Media Update: Why No Programs for Adults With Autism? (Supply and Demand, Perhaps?)

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

July 26, 2014, Washington Post: Coping with adult children's autism, parents may face 'least bad' decisions

...This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures showing 1 in 68 children in the United States have Autism Spectrum Disorder, a term that captures the wide range of ways autism affects children. That was a 30 percent jump from two years earlier and more than double the rates from six years before that.

And over the next 10 years, 500,000 children with autism will become adults, according to Lisa Goring, a top official at the advocacy group Autism Speaks. "There are not enough services. It's a real problem for families."...

COMMENT: 

I don't see why this is a problem.  Why can't autistic young adults go where autistic adults have always gone?

For years, every time the autism rate took another gigantic leap ahead, major news outlets like the Washington Post expressed no concern. They were satisfied to quote officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who assured us that, no matter what the increase, it was just "better diagnosing" of a condition that's always been around.

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Dachel Media Update: Back To School Vaccine Safety Push is ON

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

July 25, Salt Lake City, Deseret News: It's safe to vaccinate kids — studies find autism risks are linked to genetics instead

July 24, 2014, Washington Times: EDITORIAL: More Kennedy snake-oil medicine

July 24, 2014, WFMZ, Allentown, PA: Life Lessons Detecting autism earlier

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More Fringe Than Rug: Time Attacks Robert Kennedy's Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak

Thimerosal RFKNote: Anyone, from political activists, to celebs to "Real" Housewives to actual housewives who question vaccine ingredients and/or safety is shunted into the "anti-vaccine fringe category."  In 2014 there's more "fringe" (those who study and learn and report) than rug, as Americans question vaccine safety like any other product, thus the desperate push to denigrate, disassemble and deny by pharMedia.

By Anne Dachel

July 21, Jeffrey Kluger--TIME:
RFK Jr. Joins the Anti-Vaccine Fringe  "Most fundamentally, Kennedy does not get chemistry. Thimerosal is an ethylmercury product. Mercury in general may be a neurotoxin, but it's in its methylmercury form that it does its damage-and only in particular concentrations. The quantity of ethylmercury that was once in vaccines was so small that it was actually within acceptable limits for the more toxic, methyl form-but it wasn't even in that methyl form to begin with."

TIME actually went further than the others in slamming Kennedy's thesis with Kluger's defense of methlymercury, along with the ethymercury used in vaccines.  He wasn't afraid to say thimerosal is mercury. He just doesn't see a problem with it.

I would like to ask all the reporters writing on this subject, not just Kluger, Sanders, Salzberg, and Helmuth, do you know anything about the history of thimerosal?

The truth is, officials don't want to research just how dangerous thimerosal is when injected into children and mothers-to-be.  Ten years ago, on June 4, 2004, acting director of the FDA, William Egan,  was called to testify before the House Committee on Government Reform about thimerosal. 

U.S. Rep. Dan Burton: "Mr. Egan, has thimerosal ever been tested by our health agencies?"

William Egan: "Its been only those early tests that you know of that were done by Lilly."

Burton: "That was done in 1929....

"And lets just follow up on that. In 1929, they tested this on 27 people that were dying of meningitis . And all of those people died of meningitis. And so they said, there was no correlation between their deaths, and the mercury in the vaccines. That is the only test that has ever been done on Thimerosal, that I know of. Can you think of any other?"

Egan: "No, in people, no. Except for accidental exposures over the."

Burton: "So we have mercury that has been put into people's bodies in the form of this preservative ,and has been since the thirties, and it has never been tested by our health agencies. And yet, you folks come here , and you testify that there is no 'conclusive evidence,' conclusive evidence, and the IOM says 'they favor,' - get this - they don't say they are sure, they say they favor rejection of a causal relationship between mercury and autism and other neurological disorders. Mr. Egan, can you tell me right now that that amount of mercury injected into a baby will not hurt it?"

Egan: "It's.. You know, it's, it's , it's impossible to make those categorical statements that one hundred percent .."

That is the inescapable truth about the safety of thimerosal. 

It's hard to understand reporters who are so willing to risk their reputations by ardently defending the use of toxic mercury in vaccines when the science simply isn't there.  Mercury has been used in vaccines for eighty-five years without ever being tested by the government for its toxic effects.   Steven Salzberg's may cite "study after study" as proof that thimerosal is safe, but the truth is these studies are merely easily flawed and manipulated population studies--the weakest kind of science.  The fact that our health officials keep doing them and yet they never settle the question, should tell reporters something.

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Nova's Not So New Approach to Vaccination

PBS biasBy Anne Dachel

Vaccines-Calling the Shots

Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out. Airing September 10, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago-whooping cough, measles, mumps-are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. NOVA's "Vaccines - Calling the Shots" takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, hear from parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, and shed light on the risks of opting out.

"Risks of opting out"?  Will we also hear about the risks of "opting in" or will PBS just pretend that vaccines carry no side effects?

Will the producers at PBS include a clip from their series, Autism Now, from 2011?    Veteran newscaster Robert MacNeil interviewed autism expert, Dr. David Amaral from the MIND Institute at UC-Davis about the link between vaccines and autism.  While  Amaral didn't think vaccines are the only cause of autism, he said this about a child who might have a predisposition or be ill at the time of vaccination,

 "Vaccinations for those children actually may be the environmental factor that tipped them over the edge of autism. And I think it is incredibly important, still, to try and figure out what, if any, vulnerabilities, in a small subset of children, might make them at risk for having certain vaccinations."

That was a pretty amazing comment.  It certainly means that parents who worry about vaccine side effects have good reason for their concern. 

You can see the PBS interview with David Amaral on YouTube.  (PBS no longer has the video available.)   9:12


Anne Dachel Book CoverAnne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of  The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.

Dachel Media Update: New York Times: "A lax culture" at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Try to imagine the New York Times criticizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for anything, especially anything involving infectious diseases.  I wouldn't have thought it was possible--until I saw their story, After Lapses, C.D.C. Admits a Lax Culture at Labs, on July 13, 2014.

This involved a stunning public admission by the agency head, Dr. Thomas Frieden, that mishandlings at the CDC had potentially exposed employees to some of the most deadly infectious agents on the planet, including anthrax and avian flu virus.

The Times story was by Richard Fauseet and Donald G. McNeil, Jr., and McNeil's name was one I immediately recognized because of his past reporting on the vaccine/autism controversy

In 2010, McNeil wrote the piece, Thimerosal, a preservative containing mercury, does not cause autism, about rulings from the Federal Court of Claims affecting 5,000 pending cases where parents sought compensation for vaccine injuries that involved autism.

In that story, McNeil called on Dr. Paul Offit and several moms from the autism community for their reactions.  (And like almost all member of the mainstream media, he failed to cite a single expert who could challenge the court's ruling that it is safe to inject mercury into human beings.)

McNeil had done the same thing in another Times story in 2009 called, U.S. court says vaccine not to blame for autism. Here he pitted the American Academy of Pediatrics against parents who claim that vaccines caused their children's autism, seemingly unaware that hundreds of independent studies by well credentialed experts raise serious concerns about side effects from our ever-expanding vaccination schedule. 

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Dachel Media Update: Mom Jeans... Or Something Like That

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July 21, 2014, Slate.com: Autism Linked to Common Genes--Environmental causes and specific mutations aren't as much to blame.

July 20, 2014, WebMD: Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

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Dachel Media Update: Cost of Child Vs. Child with Autism

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July 21, 2014, Examiner.com: Largest study to date shows majority of autism is genetic

July 21, 2014, LA Times: Student filmmakers find themselves drawn into the vaccine/autism fray

July 20, 2014, Forbes: Robert Kennedy's Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Activism

July 20, 2014, US News: Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

July 20, 2014, USA Today: Iowa puts $5 million into autism program

July 20, 2014, Wall Street Journal: Can You Really Afford a New Child?

July 19, 2014, Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa, CA: Danger of anti-immunization movement is real

July 17, 2014, ScienceBlogs.com: Andrew Wakefield is still at it blaming vaccines for autism

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Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. & Drs. Martha Herbert and Mark Hyman Debuts August 4

Thimerosal RFKBy Anne Dachel

Many of us in the autism community have been eagerly awaiting the release of Robert Kennedy, Jr.'s new book, THIMEROSAL: LET THE SCIENCE SPEAK:

I am hopeful about the book--hopeful that there can be an honest look into the use of one of the deadliest ingredients possible in vaccines, namely mercury.  (And seriously, the tired claim that it was removed from most children's vaccines over a decade ago, except for SOME flu shots, doesn't settle anything.  It's still in unconscionable levels in the flu vaccine and this vaccine is recommended for pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy.  Imagine the impact of an adult dose of 25 mcg of mercury on the brain of a developing fetus.  AND A POINT THAT IS NEVER EXPLORED: The vaccine makers still sell vaccines to Third World Countries loaded with high levels of toxic thimeorsal.  We may be protecting the children of the U.S., but the poorest of the poor in the world have no choice for their kids--they get mercury.)

Of course it also matters how the media reacts to Kennedy's book.  If reporters present this as one man's baseless opinion in the face of an army of experts, it'll be easy to discount his work as simply "anti-vaccine."

(Most of the time, the press tackles this subject as if there were no debate.  Whoever contends the vaccines have serious side effects has to be wrong.)

If it's honestly covered with due consideration given to "THE SCIENCE" that Kennedy cites, then this book could lead a real improvement in health care for children.

I have my own problems with how willing members of the press are when it comes to challenging the medical establishment.   It's so much easier and safer to just go to the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or ask a top expert in the mainstream medical community for their opinion on the safety of injecting mercury into humans.  According to officials, all the science is in: studies show no link to things like autism and other neuro-developmental disorders. 

I have yet to see a reporter ask anyone from the CDC how they can justify allowing mercury in vaccines when the only test on thimerosal was done eighty-five years ago by the vaccine maker, Eli Lilly.  That ridiculous study was conducted on a couple dozen patients who all died from meningitis by the end of the research.  STILL--Eli Lilly said it was safe and after the creation of the FDA, its use was grandfathered in.

And please, those population studies, done decades after the fact where the results could easily be flawed or manipulated, don't count.  News people love to cite the "no link" studies, but I've yet to see a single one of them ask, "Who funded the study?" or "Were there any conflicts on the part of the researchers?" 

In 2006, David Kirby's book, Evidence of Harm--Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic,  was published.

In 2011, Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill  gave us The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Manmade Epidemic.

Both of these books were filled with the experts and the science on mercury in vaccines; they didn't have just the opinions of these three writers.  I marveled at the fact that reporters don't ever seem to read the books that are out there.  If they actually did, they would have a lot to ask health officials about. 

Of course the one really important question that never comes up is a simple one: "Who will be held responsible if it's clearly shown that an unchecked, unsafe vaccine schedule is behind the explosion in brain disorders in our children?"   And even though it's not openly talked about, it's always there in the minds of those defending the safety of vaccines.

So what can we expect from reporters writing about Kennedy's new book?

The first mention of Thimerosal--Let the Science Speak that I've seen so far was on July 16 in the Washington Post: Robert Kennedy Jr.'s belief in autism-vaccine connection, and its political peril by Keith Kloor.

First of all, that's a rather disingenuous title.  Kennedy's subject is the use of MERCURY in vaccines.  To reduce that to simply a "vaccine connection" leaves out the essence of the book. If a reader just looks at the title, it's pretty clear where this article is headed.  We're told it's Kennedy's belief--there's no mention of all the scientists backing what he says. And incredibly, Kloor writes about what this means "politically," not morally or socially.  

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Dachel Media Update: Amalgam Fillings (Pssst, that's Mercury)

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July 17, 2014,  KTAR TV, Phoenix:Gilbert gets new school for students with autism

July 16, 2014, KING5, Seattle: Metal fillings in your teeth could make you sick

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Dachel Media Update: Time Teaches More Fear to Parents RE Vaccine Compliance

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The folks at TIME Magazine have outdone themselves promoting the idea that no matter how bloated the current vaccination schedule has become, it's never a problem.  Markham Heid, (someone TIME says, "writes about health, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle topics for TIME.com and other national magazines and media outlets,") presents a jumbled assortment of experts and their claims about the safety and efficacy of vaccination.

In the July 16 story, Spacing Out Kids' Vaccines Can Hurt Their Health, Experts Say,  Heid lines up three experts who fully support vaccines:

Dr. Michael J. Smith, a pediatrician at the University of Louisville,  Dr. Jessica Brian, a developmental psychologist at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Simon Hambidge, a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Colorado. 

Heid writes, "According to Brian's research, those children who did not receive their shots on time or altogether were slightly more likely to develop autism. 'I don't want to suggest that vaccines offer some protection against autism," she says. "But our data show that there's no increased risk of autism among kids who are vaccinated on time.'"

What is that supposed to mean?  How can an expert make this claim and not give us the details that support it?  Just how ignorant and gullible are parents expected to be?

Both Dr. Smith and Dr. Hambidge are worried about unvaccinated children getting measles.

Hambidge downplays sides effects like febrile seizures and cautions that getting the measles is far more risky.

Smith: "Vaccines are one of the most rigorously tested and effective health products on the planet. Nothing involving them is done lightly."

Heid cites false information from the Internet as the reason parents are leery of vaccinating their children. "Brian, Smith and other vaccine researchers repeatedly point to the Internet as a source of misinformation and, in some cases, unsubstantiated fear mongering when it comes to vaccines."

NOTE TO MARKHAM HEID, DRS. SMITH, HAMBIDGE, AND BRIAN AND ALL THE EDITORS AT TIME:  The public can easily see this ridiculous article for the propaganda piece that it clearly is.  Yes, the Internet is a threat to the medical community and members of the media who only give us pretend science on vaccines. 

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Dachel Media Update: Running for Autism

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July 16, 2014, Washington Post: Can running help autistic children?

July 15, 2014, NJToday.net: $2.5 million awarded to research, treat & prevent autism

July 15, 2014, WRAL Raleigh, N.C.: Autism advocates 'beg' for Senate vote

July 15, 2014, Disability Scoop: White House Adds New Disability Advisor

July 14, 2014, WXOW, La Crosse, WI: Medical Monday: Vaccinations

July 14, 2014, KETK, Tyler, TX: Facing autism in East Texas, families share their experience

July 14, 2014, AZ Republic: New Phoenix housing complex will cater to autistic adults

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Dr. Andrew Wakefield Continues To Speak Out

Andy AustinBy Anne Dachel

You can't bring up the link between vaccines and autism without hearing about a paper published in The Lancet, a British medical journal, in 1998.  The author was the much vilified doctor, Andrew Wakefield, and for the sixteen years, the media has blamed the controversy over vaccines and autism on Dr. Wakefield, (and of course, "former Playboy bunny," Jenny McCarthy). 

(I just finished my book, The Big Autism Cover-Up, and the second chapter is all about how the press made Wakefield into the fall guy for linking vaccines and autism.)

The media loves to tell us about how Wakefield produced a fraudulent study and lost his medical license, conveniently leaving out the details--like the fact that parents came to him for help because he's a gastroenterologist and their kids had bowel disease--which they developed along with autism after receiving the MMR vaccine. I have never seen coverage where a member of the press actually talked to even one of the 12 parents Wakefield wrote about.  No one wants to hear the truth about his work.  No reporter ever mentions the fact that the British government indemnified the MMR maker, so it would be the government that would have to take responsibility for the damage done, something that would be a huge incentive for them to attack this man.

Dr. Wakefield is a hero to the autism community. He does not quit. There are lots of doctors who know what vaccines are really doing to our children, but they remain silent. It takes a special kind of courage to stand by the truth and have your career and your reputation destroyed. Wakefield has been a constant presence at the annual Autism One Conference in Chicago since its beginning and this year's talk, the Legacy of Vaccine Injury, was empowering for the parents who were there.

While the media continues the pretense that all the science is in and parents should have no fears about vaccinating their children, Wakefield is out there challenging both the claims of vaccine safety and efficacy. And he's not going away. Despite the fact that, as he said, he's a "disenfranchised" scientist, he talked about his current work in filmmaking.  He's out to educate parents who are new to the controversy, but none-the-less worried.  He has, as he said, "the most extraordinary stories to tell."  Films are a most important medium because, according to Wakefield, the story of just one person has more of an impact than talking about what happened to a million people. It "can persuade the agnostic."

Wakefield made it clear that while the vaccine makers continue to promote their products, the tide is turning against them.

"The pharmaceutical industry has spent $30 billion a year on promoting vaccines.  They should have saved their money because they've failed. They've failed. In a recent poll, U.S. adults who believe vaccines cause autism rose from 18 percent in 2011 to 29 percent today.  There's 33 percent of all parents with children under 18.  In polling terms, . . . that is a massive proportion of the American public. In a National Consumer League poll, 76 percent believe that it was their prerogative to decide how and if their children should be vaccinated.  And the harder the other side pushes, the more mandates they impose, the more things they take away, such as exemptions, the more they force the people of this country to bow to their will, the more resistance they will meet.  And they don't understand that. They do not get yet that they have wasted their time and money. . . . They've paid a fortune to public relations companies."  

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Dachel Media Update: Lazy Hazy Days of Reporting

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July 15, 2014, Autism File: Meet Lou Conte, author of the blockbuster novel "The Autism War": A Must-Read!

July 13, 2014, WDRB 41 Louisville:  Local salons fundraising for Bluegrass Center for Autism

July 12, 2014, Belleville (IL) News Democrat: 'A way of life': Belleville educator creates summer program for kids with autism | Education

July 11, 2014, Montreal Gazette: Misconduct by researchers can have lasting effects

July 11, 2014, National Geographic: The Sexual Politics of Autism

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Dachel Media Update: Alisyn Camerota To Anchor at CNN

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This was surprising to see today.  

Alisyn Camerota is a hero to the autism community because she provided some of the best coverage of the vaccines/autism topic when she was at Fox News.

In 2010, she was recognized as Journalist of the Year at Age of Autism. 

(You can find links to her reports on the Age of Autism story.)

Her move to CNN naturally raises concerns for us.  Will she be allowed to honestly and thoroughly report on the continuing controversy surrounding vaccines at a network that has produced some of the most biased and vindictive coverage in the past?

Brian Deer on CNN from London

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Dachel Media Update: Autism Speaks But For Whom, More Measles Talk

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July 10, 2014, AShotOfTruth.org: Autism Speaks Flip-Flops on Vaccines and Autism, Walks Away From Prevention

July 10, 2014, WIBW, Topeka, KS: Rash Of Measles Illustrates Importance Of Immunization

July 9, 2014, Fox 13, Salt Lake City: Charter school aiming to meet needs of students with autism nearing completion

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Dachel Media Update: AuTV?

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July 9, 2014, WPTV West Palm Beach: The Autism Channel in West Palm Beach is trying to reach an international audience

July 9, 2014, Chicago Daily Herald: How should police handle people with autism?

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Dachel Media Update: Pesky Pesticides

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July 9, 2014, Lincoln (NE) Journal Star: Vaccination fears put to rest : Opinion

July 8, 2014, Chicago Tribune: Study paves way for simple blood test to predict Alzheimer's

July 8, 2014, Fox 28, South Bend, IN: Investigation: Indiana pesticide oversight inadequate amid study

July 8, 2014, Autism Daily Newscast: Half of all children will have autism by 2025

July 8, 2014, Charlottesville (VA) Tomorrow: Autism spike leads to school changes

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Dachel Media Update: Rates, Cause, Cali

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July 7, 2014, Disability Scoop: Validity Of CDC Autism Rates Questioned

July 7, 2014, WPTV West Palm Beach: British newspaper reports "breakthrough" in finding what causes autism

July 7, 2014, San Jose Mercury News: California must improve vaccination rates 

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Dachel Media Update: Nothing But Anything But Vaccines!

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The American media will NEVER HONESTLY ADDRESS AUTISM'S CAUSE.

Salon.com makes it clear that ANYTHING that implicates corporate America, is off the table as a possible cause---MOST NOTABLY VACCINES. (Salon.com quotes Emily Willingham from Forbes.)

Here we're told that THERE'S NO PROOF it's vaccines, pesticides, cow's milk, or labor-inducing drugs. The only "safe" claims will continue to be things that point to the parents---ESPECIALLY THE MOM: old moms, moms who marry old dads, fat moms, drinking moms, smoking moms, moms on anti-depressants, and moms who live too close freeways.

Salon.com closed their eyes to the damage being done a while ago.

January 16, 2011, Salon.com retracted Kennedy's piece, Deadly Immunity

HOW COINCIDENTAL THAT SALON.COM REMINDS US THAT VACCINES DON'T CAUSE AUTISM JUST BEFORE ROBERT KENNEDY'S BOOK ON THIMEROSAL COMES OUT.

The Forbes piece goes further than just blaming non-vaccinating parents for outbreaks of measles.  The controversy over vaccines and autism now forces vaccine makers to conduct massive trials involving hundreds of thousands of children to show vaccines are safe.  This causes the cost to increase dramatically and some doctors can't afford to buy them for their patients.  Forbes will not allow me to post comments any longer.  (Their idea of freedom of speech doesn't include evidence that directly contradicts their claims.)

July 6, 2014, Salon.com: Autism blame game: The dangerous rush to blame everything from vaccines to dairy

July 3, 2014, Forbes: Vaccine Refusal Myths Drive Up Development Costs, Prices

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Dachel Media Update: I-yack's New Pharma Influence AKA Autism Speaks

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July 2, 2014, Autism Speaks: Autism Speaks' Rob Ring to Serve on Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

July 2, 2014, NY Times: The Price of Prevention: Vaccine Costs Are Soaring

July 2, 2014, Chicago Tribune: Autism rates rise: diagnosis criteria change 

July 1, 2014, UK Independent: Exclusive: Controversial US scientist creates deadly new flu strain for pandemic research

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Dachel Media Update: The Perpetual Puzzle

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Here's an overview of the massive coverage of YET ANOTHER STUDY DISPROVING A LINK BETWEEN VACCINES AND AUTISM.  (Don't reporters ever get tired of saying this?) 

Researchers examined 67 studies and 20,000 research papers.  Now obviously a research paper doesn't have the same weight as an actual study, but notice how certain news outlets got the numbers mixed up.

Vox cited "166 independent studies" without telling what exactly that meant.

INCREDIBLY the Washington Times said that researchers had looked through 20,000 studies. SERIOUSLY?  20,000 STUDIES? So did several others news sites.

Reporters will say ANYTHING.  They have no idea how absurd they sound.  It was just amazing to see how quickly this story was out.  (TIME put the story out twice!)

AUTISM: the disorder no one knows anything about--THE PERPETUAL PUZZLE TO SCIENTISTS AND DOCTORS--isn't caused by our unchecked, ever-expanding vaccination schedule.  (Why don't people believe it?  How many studies do experts have to come up with?)

Washington Times: Medical review: Yes, childhood vaccines are safe

A published review of 20,000 scientific studies on childhood vaccines concludes they are safe — period — and should be obtained to prevent deadly diseases.

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Dachel Media Update: What Does Generally Safe Mean?

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June 30, 2014, Northwestern (Oshkosh, WI): Childhood vaccines again deemed generally safe

Report: There still is no evidence the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causes autism, but noted a slight risk of seizures and for rotavirus and flu shots

The latest analysis of childhood vaccines confirms they're generally safe.

The report should be reassuring to parents, the researchers say. For example, there still is no evidence the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causes autism. Nor is there any proof vaccines cause childhood leukemia.

This story is by AP reporter, Mike Stobbe who has steadfastly (FOR YEARS) defended vaccines and denied a link to autism. 

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Dachel Media Update: Fluoride, Smog, Ultrasounds

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June 30, 2014, Fox News: 'The View' used to do politics; Now, after the firings, it's just a mess 

June 29, 2014, China News: China to build 'brain database'

June 29, 2014, Science 20.com: Study Implicates Smog In Autism And Schizophrenia

June 29, 2014, Park Rapids (MN) Enterprise: What about fluoride?

June 27, 2014, Indianapolis Star: Families with autistic children struggle to get insurance coverage

June 27, 2014, Parade Magazine: Joe Mantegna: Why I Do Everything in Moderation (Including Moderation!)

June 27, 2014, WebMD: Routine Ultrasounds May Detect Autism in Utero"

June 27, 2014, Berkshire (VT) Eagle: Vermont school, educators sued over treatment of boy with autism

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Dachel Media Update: Measles, CARES, More

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June 26, 2014, Washington Post: The ethical negligence of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children

June 26, 2014, New York Times: Putting Us All at Risk for Measles

June 25, 2014, NJ.com: Legislation to enhance federal aid for autism research passes House of Representative

June 25, 2014, Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph: Autism-pesticides link not proven, advocates said

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Q&A with Sharyl Attkisson (C-Span)

SharylMedia Editor Anne Dachel's Note: Sharyl Attkisson talked about her career, the state of the media, and her future plans with Brian Lamb of C-Span. (Watch here.) Ms. Attkisson left CBS News in March 2014..... Thank you to Bob Moffit for sharing the link with me

Brian Lamb asked her why she left:

"Primarily because there just wasn't a market for what I think I do best. . . good investigative reporting, preferably on topics that are under-reported or underserved

 otherwise, and often on topics that other people don't want to touch because they get so much pushback or blowback.  I like covering those kinds of topics.   It doesn't mean they're easy to cover, but I think that's important." 

Lamb showed a clip of Attkisson from an interview from five years earlier.  At that time, she loved her job at CBS. "This is the best!"  She added, "The joke is, you're only as good as your last story."

Five years ago, she felt, "Overall, this is exactly where I want to be and what I want to do." She said her bosses "heavily support" her work.

Lamb asked her, "What happened?"

Attkisson: "I think overall, not just at CBS, according to my colleagues. . . there's been a declining appetite for investigative reporting. It's gotten harder and harder. . . Any kind of reporting that goes after the powers that be.  There are such organized, well-financed efforts that go after the reporters and the reports, before, during and after they're being crafted.  It's a lot of trouble and it ruffles a lot of feathers, and it upsets a lot of people." 

Why are they concerned about "the powers that be"?

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Dachel Media Review: Catholics and The Common Good

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June 25, 2014, Health.com: Mother's Birthplace May Affect Autism Risk in Kids

June 24, 2014, Health News: Parents of children with autism often have autistic traits

June 24, 2014, U.S. Catholic: Vaccines are for the common good by Kira Dault

June 24, 2014, TIME: Raising an Autistic Child: Coping With the Costs

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Dachel Media Review: Camps, Crops, Campaigners

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June 23, 2014, Newsweek: Autism Risk Much Higher for Children of Pregnant Women Living Near Agricultural Pesticide Areas

June 23, 2014, Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Housing planned for autistic residents

June 22, 2014, UK Daily Mail: Crop sprays 'raise risk of autism in unborn children': Campaigners claim odds can be increased by around 60%

June 22, 2014, Politico.com: How Congress Brought the Measles Back

June 21, 2014,  Lewiston (ME) Sun Journal: Parents, teachers work to educate rising number of Maine kids diagnosed with autism

June 21, 2014, Charlotte (NC) Observer: Camp celebrates kids with autism

June 21, 2014, Liberty Voice: Liberty Voice: Measles Vaccination Rejection Could Be a Public Health Issue

June 20, 2014, Fox 43: Philadelphia -America's most autism friendly city?

June 19, 2014, NorthJersey.com: Millburn High School Autism Awareness Club gives $2,700 to Autism Speaks

June 18, 2014, Offaly Express (Ireland): Dr Eddie Column - Helping to navigate Autism

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