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Dachel Media Update: Pope Francis and Seinfelds Mea Culpa

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 OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

Nov 19, 2014, Washington Post: Pope's call to help the vulnerable turns to the autistic at Vatican conference

Nov 19, 2014, TheWrap.com: Jerry Seinfeld Flip-Flops on Autism Remarks

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Dachel Media Update: A Letter to Pope Francis

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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 OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

Nov 18, 2014, ABC news had the story, Pope to Meet With Autistic Kids to End Stigma. 

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Dachel Media Update: Cape Cod Cough, Rates Soaring in NOLA

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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 OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs

Nov 17, 2014, ABC News: AP IMPACT: 'Vaccine Court' Keeps Claimants Waiting

Nov 17, 2014, WWL Radio New Orleans: Rates of Autism Soaring

Nov 14, 2014, CBS Boston: 15 Falmouth High Students Diagnosed With Whooping Cough

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Dachel Media Update: SC and PA Hobbled by Autism Costs

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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.

Nov 16, 2014, Charleston (SC) Post and Courier: S.C. Medicaid needs $30 million more for autism services next year

Nov 16, 2014, Inquisitr: Dear Parents: Please, Please Do Your Own Research On Vaccines

Nov 13, 2014 CentralPA.com: Pa Autism Figures Triple

Nov 11, 2014 Washington Post: Kenya's Catholic bishops: Tetanus vaccine is birth control in disguise

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Dachel Media Update: Seinfeld

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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.

Nov. 12, 2014, Washington Post: For some parents of autistic children, Jerry Seinfeld's self-diagnosis was 'a slap in the face' By Peter Holley

When Kim Stagliano saw an "NBC Nightly News" clip of Jerry Seinfeld saying he's on the autism spectrum, the first thing she did was get angry.

Some might label her reaction a "rage spiral," but Stagliano, whose three teenage girls have autism, is not about to apologize. Like many parents of autistic children, Stagliano - the managing editor of the Age of Autism, which covers autism news - said she's grown tired of people, particularly those in the public spotlight, making autistic symptoms sound fashionable.

Adding to the insult, she said, is that the man who aligned himself with the autistic community made his livelihood by humorously dissecting the social nuances of the human condition, a painfully ironic twist for a disorder marked by sufferers' inability to read social cues and communicate effectively.

Congratulations to the Washington Post for having the courage to step away from the "Jerry Seinfeld is raising autism awareness" message on 600 other news sites.  Yes, there is the other side of autism.

I posted my story about Brandon Guppy. 

Thank you, Kim.  People are learning what it's really about.

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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.

 

The Vaccine Court Wayne Rohde -—The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

The Vaccine Court Wayne RohdeThe Vaccine Court—The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

By Anne Dachel

Parents and other advocates, long abandoned by the medical community, health officials and the media, have discovered for themselves the corruption and cover-up that exists in government oversight agencies and programs.  In recent years we’ve learned about the existence of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and an obscure part of the federal court system that has come to be known as Vaccine Court, where parties injured by vaccines have to plead their cases before an unorthodox forum known as the “special masters.”  This program exists because the U.S. government indemnified both the manufacturers of vaccines and individuals who administer them.  Both groups have no liability if someone is injured by a vaccine.

Wayne Rohde recently finished writing the book, The Vaccine Court, an in-depth look at the vaccine injury justice system.  I talked to Wayne about his book and in a series of six short videos, Wayne explains how vaccine injury claims are handled and reveals why we all need to be concerned.

What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?  1: 24

 

 “The compensation program was established in 1986 [and] signed into law by President Reagan It was a program established to allow families who want to seek compensation for vaccine-related injuries or death.  It’s an exclusive remedy, for the most part, for those who have been injured or who have died. The program started as a no-fault program back in 1988. It’s changed now to the point where it’s very difficult for families to migrate through the program. You can file for injuries regarding pain and suffering, physical injuries, disease, disorders that resulted from these vaccines. When it first was started, it was focused [on] the six to seven childhood vaccines, and over the years, it’s almost every vaccine for the adults have been included. That’s kind of where the growing concern is, that this is going to an adult program and excluding children, for the most part.”

Why do we have to have a special federal court that deals only with claims of vaccine damage? What happens if someone is injured by a vaccine? 2:59

Wayne explained that because of side effects associated with the DPT vaccine in the late ‘70s and early 80s, Congress was concerned that vaccine makers would simply stop making vaccines because of the law suits they were facing.  Wayne said, “One of the purposes of the program was to insure the vaccine supply of the DTP vaccine.  So Congress established a program to basically indemnify the vaccine manufacturer, but also those who administer the vaccines which is the doctors and other medical practitioners into a program where you would file a petition, seek damages, and the damages would be paid out of a special injury trust fund that was established.”

Wayne described his experience interviewing almost three hundred families that had filed claims of vaccine injuries.  He said that when someone is injured by a vaccine, “it’s almost exclusively that the doctors and the medical practitioners run away from that question.  They refuse to provide the necessary information, therefore the families are up to researching themselves.” 

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Holiday Book List from A "ho ho ho ho" of A

Never-enough-booksKent Heckenlively, Anne Dachel , Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde have been as busy as Santa's elves in 2014 writing and editing their books. It's no easy feat to publish a book. A special thank you to Tony Lyons of Skyhorse Publishing who took a risk on a kooky woman (Kim here) with three daughters with autism and published her pink book. And who from there built the very best, most informative and innfluential catalog of titles about autism.   Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted have another book coming out as well. Stay tuned.

Whether you've been naughty or nice, hang a stocking, spin a dreidel or celebrate Festivus (since we have Seinfeld on our minds), we can all welcome the New Year with a stack of books. 

Plague by Kent Heckenlively - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases

The Big Autism Cover Up by Anne Dachel -  How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public

The Autism War - a Novel by Louis Conte - Tony Colletti, a good suburban cop and father of a child with autism, finds himself drawn into the controversy over the apparent but rarely acknowledged connection between childhood vaccines and autism. His quest to uncover the truth forces him to risk all he holds dear while confronting corrupt government officials, the powerful pharmaceutical industry, and disturbing elements of his own past.

The Vaccine Court by Wayne Rohde - The Dark Truth of America's Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Finding Lina by Helena Hjalmarsson - A Mother's Journey from Autism to Hope

The Thinking Moms'  Revolution - Autism beyond the Spectrum: Inspiring True Stories from Parents Fighting to Rescue Their Children

 Compiled by Helen Conroy, Helen Conroy, Lisa Joyce Goes
Foreword by Robert W. Sears
Compiled by Lisa Joyce Goes
Foreword by Robert W. Sears
 
All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa by Kim Stagliano

Callous Disregard  by Dr. Andrew Wakefield - Autism and Vaccines--The Truth Behind a Tragedy

Dachel Media Update: Jenny and Jerry

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Over a span of two days, Salon has given us two contradictory views on autism.  First of all, on Nov 8, the Elena Conis story was a glaringly one-sided defense of vaccines giving us all the corruption, collusion and cover-up we've grown to expect whenever anyone says, "Studies show no link."  Conis wrote a whole book about the argument supporting her claim.  The archenemy is Jenny McCarthy who has spread fear and false claims about a link between vaccines and autism.

Nov 8, 2014, Jenny McCarthy's new war on science: Vaccines, autism and the media's shame

Of course, the piece leaves out anything that would indicate that autism is an epidemic of recent unknown origin that more and more independent research ties to the ever-expanding vaccination schedule.  The message was clear: autism isn't really a pressing problem and vaccines can't hurt us.

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Dachel Media Update: Earth Needs More Autism Schools

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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.

Nov 10, 2014, SILive: Students in special education now at 24 percent on Staten Island, outpacing other boroughs

Nov 9, 2014, Autism Daily Newscast: California in need of Special Education teachers

Nov 9, 2014, Williamsburg Yorktown (VA) Daily: New Horizons Breaks Ground on School for Students with Autism, Emotional Disabilities

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Dachel Media Update: Nancy Grace On Flu Shot Injury and Vaccine Court

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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.

Nov 5, 2014, (VIDEO) Headline News: Nancy Grace Learns On Air That Families Cannot Sue Pharma For Vaccine Injury or Death

Even though Nancy Grace is a lawyer, not even she knew that Congress had removed the rights of Americans to sue for vaccine injury and death. Because of this, even though, as Rebecca Estepp points out, that the government has ruled in hundreds of cases that the flu shot can cause the ADEM (Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis) that Marysue Grivna suffered, doctors like Amy Edwards can still go on TV and claim... gosh... we just don't know if and how flu shots and ADEM. We think it is just a coincidence.

As usual, Becky Estepp is outstanding in her comments about the vaccine injury suffered by a 10 year old Florida girl, Marysue Grivna.

Transcript:

Dr. Amy Edwards, Infectious disease specialist, said ADEM is rare and can occur after measles, having the flu, or a variety of infections.  "We don't yet know what the exact trigger is."

Nancy Grace asked if can occur after vaccinations. 

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Anne Dachel's Book Debut: The Big Autism Cover-Up, How and Why the Media is Lying to the American Public

Anne Dachel Book CoverPlease join us in congratulating Anne Dachel on her book debut!  (We'll have a contest soon.)

From Anne:

I'm happy to announce my book, The Big Autism Cover-Up, How and Why the Media is Lying to the American Public, from Skyhorse Publishing.  This book is the product of ten years of monitoring how the press covers autism, especially the controversial link with vaccines. 

It's a book I never thought I'd have to write.  I couldn't have imagined a decade ago that members of the media wouldn't at some point wake up to what's happening to our children and honestly and thoroughly report on it.  Sadly, that hasn't happened.

I have watched the rate of autism soar to horrific levels and observed how the news industry covers it.  In 2004, it was one in every 166 children.  Then it became one in 150, then one in 110, one in 88, and today, one in every 68 children, one in every 42 boys.  Each time the numbers took another gigantic leap forward, health officials were right there in the news saying that they weren't sure if the new statistic meant there were actually more children with autism---it might just be more better diagnosing of a condition that has always been around. 

The press reports on autism like it's a medical curiosity we have all the time in the world to figure out.  Millions of dollars are poured into dead-end studies that link autism to genetics or actions on the part of the parents, all faithfully covered in the news.

Autism is not recognized or addressed as the disaster it truly is because the media allows health officials to control what the public is told. It's that simple. This is especially true when it comes to reporting on the controversial link with vaccinations. The press is more than happy to give the last word to the agency that runs the vaccine program and that is filled with individuals with direct financial ties to the vaccine industry. 

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Dachel Media Update: Mom Charged with Murdering Autistic Son

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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.

LA Times Oregon mom suspected of throwing autistic boy off bridge is charged

Note:  Anne had today off.  She wanted to share this story with our readers, Kim wrote the intro.  And NO we do not condone murder for the commenter who asked.  We can try to understand from whence it comes. We must.

This is an unthinkable act. Or is it? (Of course it is, but we fear we will see more.) We have seen other parents snap and murder their children with autism. We'd better figure out supports, respite, treatment, and family care or we will see many more reports like this. Especially in an aging population.  We'd better stop portraying autism as "just a difference" for all. For some? Perhaps. For others? No. May the poor child rest in peace.

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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: Flu Shots

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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.

Nov 4, 2014, CBS News: What's behind the dramatic rise in autism cases? By Steven Reinberg

Nov 4, 2014, The Daily Beast: Sharyl Attkisson, The CBS Reporter Who Roared By Lloyd Grove

Nov 3, 2014, Yahoo News UK: Autism's Rise: Researchers Look at Why Cases Are Increasing

Nov 3, 2014, News Max: Flu-Shot Coverup? CDC Accused of Ignoring Data Showing Vaccine Doesn't Work

Nov 1, 2014, San Diego Protest: Nurses Against Mandatory FLU Vaccines (NAMV)

 

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Dachel Media Update: Whatever Happened to Mother Jones?

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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.

Nov 3, 2014, Mother Jones: Whatever Happened to Sharyl Attkisson?

Nov 2, 2014, KVUE Austin TX: Building a house for people with Autism

Nov 1, 2014, Newport News (VA) Daily Press: Addressing Autism education By Dr. Frank P. Engel

Oct 31, 2014, Miami Herald: When science and Dr. Jonas Salk conquered polio

Oct 31, 2014, Los Angeles Times: Doctors learn to push back, gently, against anti-vaccination movement

Oct 31, 2014, Money Life (from (India) Doctors appeal for mercury-free vaccines

Oct 30, 2014, Financial Post: Lawrence Solomon: Free the pharmaceutical market

Oct 29, 2014, Fox News: The Ebola vaccine: Are we there yet?

Oct 30, 2014, WTSP Tampa FL: Daughter paralyzed because of flu shot

Oct 5, 2014, The UK Guardian: Is the government wrong about giving children the nasal spray flu vaccine?

Sept 9, 2014, Science Daily: Economic study confirms growth in autism

 

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AofA Q&A: Dr. Toni Bark Illinois MD on Pediatric Health and Vaccination Status

Dr Toni BarkBy Anne Dachel

This Skype interview is our opportunity to hear from a physician who doesn't vaccinate her patients.  Listen to her describe the health of the children she sees.

Evanston, IL physician Toni Bark has been an MD since 1986. Back then, she was "quite upset" when she saw a child that was unvaccinated.  Of course she hadn't really been taught anything about the vaccine schedule or side effects.  She had merely been told that kids have to be vaccinated.  In the early 90's, Dr. Bark went back to school and studied "classical homeopathy."  Since then, she sees medicine and especially vaccines, in a whole new light.

Dr. Bark has seen the damage that vaccines can cause because a number of the families she has in her practice come to her because their first child suffered a vaccine reaction and they didn't want to vaccinate their other children. 

"What I notice is that children who come to me from other practices where they've been fully vaccinated often are--well they are the kids in my practice with asthma, panic disorder, OCD, pandas, autism, Asperger's.  My kids who've never been vaccinated in my practice, I don't see those issues.  I don't have one child who was not vaccinated who also has asthma, food allergies, or Asperger's or autism, or Crohn's or ulcerative colitis-none of these chronic, either chronic inflammatory or chronic autoimmune diseases..  I don't have that in my population that never was vaccinated-or even that was probably vaccinated very delayed and selectively. But often those kids are in families where the first child was vaccinated fully and there was a vaccine reaction, so the parents decided not to. 

"I can only make comments about my own patient population.  I can say in my patient population, the kids with chronic illness are the kids who were vaccinated.  And the kids that weren't vaccinated, I don't have any of those children on medications.  None of them have chronic illness. I can't think of one that has any kind of chronic illness. Not one.

"I hear very similar stories.  I have to believe the parents when-in twenty years, I've probably had a few hundred families come to me and tell me a very similar story.  Which is, their first child received vaccinations, whether it was at birth or whether it was two months in, or whether it was six months in-at some point they received a round of vaccinations where they had high pitched screaming, fever, arching the back, and they were never the same. ."

Dr. Bark noted that some parents even had videos showing the obvious behavior changes before and after vaccinations. 

"I don't understand how people can say that's not true or it's coincidental when there are so many parents with the same story.  And these are not parents who are anti-vaccine. These are parents who didn't even question the schedule or anything. They just let the doctors give the kids the vaccines on schedule."

Dr. Bark recounted how back when she was a resident in the emergency room, parents would bring in their children with febrile seizures and arching backs, and "they had been in the vaccine clinic that day or the day before." 

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Dachel Media Update: Wow! Autism Has More Genes Than Levi Strauss!

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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.

Below is a sampling of the BIG STORY on autism.  Check out the headlines.  NPR and Newsweek come right out and say genes cause autism.  Others use the terms "contributing," "linked" and "risks."

Mind you, just three years ago California researchers were saying that based on studies of twins, it was clear environment was the main link to the development of autism.

Study finds environment more important to predicting autism risk than genetics.

According to a recent study by researchers at the UC-San Francisco and Stanford on autism in twins, environmental factors are more predictive of autism risk than genetic factors. The study found that environmental factors make up 62 percent of the risk of autism while genetics, originally thought to have been 90 percent, make up 38 percent.

Now with the theory of the strange, mutating genes that are not inherited, we're back to genetics.  CNN does note that there are environmental triggers and the age of the dad is a factor. 

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Dachel Media Update: MSNBC Salking over "Anti-Vaxxers"

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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.

Oct 28, 2014, MSNBC: On Jonas Salk's birthday, some perspective on health scares

Oct 26, 2014, SharylAttkisson.com: Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All

Oct 17, 2014, RealFarmacy.com: Johns Hopkins Scientist Reveals Shocking Report on Flu Vaccines

 

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Sharyl Attkisson - Stonewalled

StonewalledBy Anne Dachel

Sharyl's book is being advertised in a number of places on the Internet and hopefully she'll get lots of interviews about it.  (Despite the fact that she's criticizing the very people she'll be talking to.)

For me, it's great timing for my book, The Big Autism Cover Up--How and Why the Media is  Lying to the American Public.   While I will quickly concede that Sharyl Attkisson is a real life reporter and I'm not, and that she's got way more experience and insight into this whole thing than I do, her book supports what many of us in the autism community have been saying for years: the coverage of autism, especially the vaccine controversy, can best be described as corruption, collusion and cover-up. 

Several months ago I wrote this article about Sharyl and the coverage she's given to our issues.

And just so everyone clearly understands this, I have it on good authority that her stories on the vaccine controversy are talked about in her book.

Recently, Sharyl made this promotional video about Stonewalled. 

I'm Sharyl Attkisson, I'm an investigative journalist, I've been in the business for over 30 years.  The book is called Stonewalled.  It's coming out from Harper Collins and it's a look at the increasing attempts by special interests and corporations to manipulate the images that the public sees in the news and in the rest of the media. 

I've never seen a tougher clampdown on freedom of the press and I think it's important that someone stand and say these things and speak out about them. 

There are many great reporters and great stories out there, but I think the public needs to learn to watch the news much like you do a TV commercial. 

You need to start thinking, why is that story airing?  Who pushed it? What special interest might be behind it and am I getting the full story? 

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Dachel Media Update: Teacher Shortages, Post High School

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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.

Oct 28, 2014, Health Impact News: Flu Vaccine is the most Dangerous Vaccine in the U. S. based on Settled Cases for Injuries

Oct 28, 2014, Left Brain Right Brain: Emily Willingham: winner of the 2014 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science

Oct 27, 2014, Cal State Fullerton: Vaccines should be federally mandated

Oct 27, 2014, San Jose Mercury News: Autism surge creates special education teacher shortages

Oct 27, 2014, KTAR, Scottsdale, AZ: People with autism and other invisible disabilities face barriers to finding work

Oct 27, 2014, Medical Express: Autism After High School

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Dachel Media Update: "We're Losing Our Boys"

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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.

Oct 27, 2014, Health Impact News: Merck's Former Doctor Predicts that Gardasil will Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time

Oct 27, 2014, Health Impact News: The Vaccine Autism Cover-up: How One Doctor's Career was Destroyed for Telling the Truth

Oct 26, 2014, Tampa Bay Times: Schools have looming crisis, foundation says: We're losing our boys

Oct 26, 2014, Concord (NH) Monitor: Editorial: Dangerous message on city buses

Oct 25, 2014, TheTownTalk.com: Dr. Roach: Do vaccines cause autism?

Oct 24, 2014, Philly.com: Chester Springs autistic woman gets a house of her own

Oct 24, 2014, Huffington Update: Jenny McCarthy Claims She's 'Not Anti-Vaccine' ... Again 

Oct 24, 2014, TwinCities.com: To Your Good Health: Keep counting calories By Keith Roach, M.D.

Oct 24, 2014, Huffington Post: Jenny McCarthy Claims She's 'Not Anti-Vaccine' ... Again 

Oct 18, 2014, Boston Globe: Vote all you want. The secret government won't change

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Lloyd Grove and Daily Beast Take Misogynistic Turn at Bat Against Vaccine Informed Consent

TheDailyBeast_300x186By Anne Dachel

There is definitely a pattern in the press.  It's important that there are periodic stories out with the message that while non-experts say that vaccines cause autism, all the science is against them.  Here is the Daily Beast.  (And there are other stories out there today with the same message.)

Daily Beast: Jenny McCarthy says she's "not anti-vaccine."  (Well, of course she's not anti-vaccine. She vaccinated her son.  Her claim is that because of his vaccines, her son developed autism.) 

Lloyd Grove at the Daily Beast has a lot of subtle messages here. McCarthy claims that "autism is somehow caused by an over-use of vaccines." 

"Somehow"?  We have no idea why it could happen, but SOMEHOW she claims the cause is vaccines.  No one else thinks this bizarre thought.

Grove cites Michael Specter who calls McCarthy's views "dangerous,"  and says they've led to "sickness and death."

Wow...that's bad stuff from a "Playboy Playmate-turned-MTV host ..."   Clearly she couldn't know what she's talking about.  In fact, Grove calls her "the nation's most prominent purveyor of anti-vaxxer ideology."

Okay...we get it.  Only ridiculous former Playboy Bunnies believe there's anything wrong with vaccines.  It's incredible, but parents actually believe them--especially well-educated ones. 

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Dachel Media Update: Flu Boo! More Shots for You!

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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.

Oct 23, 2014, NJ.com: Give it a shot: Flu vaccines are more accessible then ever despite some concerns

Oct 22, 2014, Business World (Indian): Call to End the Use of Mercury in Vaccines

Oct 21, 2014, KING5 Seattle: Meeting the needs of adult with autism

Oct 20, 2014, Interlochen Public Radio: Lack of autism specialists creating long wait times for children

Oct 6, 2014, Wall Street Journal:  Preschools Consider Requiring Flu Shots

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The Vaccine Injury Movement

Vaccine-injury-shotsBy Anne Dachel

Oct 10, 2014, AofA Contributing Editor and Thinking Moms' Revolution's  Lisa Joyce Goes was interviewed by Ronan Farrow on MSNBC.  The title of the report was Debunking the anti-vaccine movement.

Farrow didn't hide the fact that he's a strong supporter of vaccines.  On MSNBC he cited the World Health Organization saying that vaccines save two to three million lives a year around the world.  In his view, vaccines only do good and there is no truth to the claim that they're also causing neurological damage in children. 

Farrow's coverage implied that only PARENTS link vaccines to autism and other damage in children. That's absolutely false and a real newsman would know that.  If he wanted to cover this issue legitimately, he'd have talked to any the host of independent doctors and scientists whose work does support a link.  In his brand of news reporting, they simply don't exist.  He eagerly gives the last word to health officials promoting their studies. "The Centers for Disease Control reviewed existing literature and 'there is not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism.' 

"Some parents aren't convinced and they continue to stay away from vaccines for their kids."  

Enter autism mom Lisa Goes 

Farrow asked Lisa about what happened to her son when he was vaccinated.. 

Lisa: "We noticed physical ailments, illnesses. Right after his six month vaccinations, he became incredibly ill, had a 104 degree temperature, he developed all over body eczema, he developed a bowel condition that unfortunately led to over twenty diarrhea-filled diapers a day.  So our journey began with physical illness and ultimately manifested in behavioral issues."

Farrow responded by ignoring everything Lisa had just said and instead quoted Dr. Peter Hotez, "By the time a baby is born, autism has happened.  That's the major reason we wouldn't expect a vaccine to cause major changes in the brain leading to autism."  The message was clear, what happened to Lisa's son and thousands of other children just like him was just a coincidence.

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Dachel Media Update: Lawrence Solomon A Voice of Ebola Reason

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Oct 21, 2014, Huffington Post: Don't Rush To Hand Out the Ebola Vaccine By Lawrence Solomon

An Ebola vaccine that protected us from this killer disease would be a godsend. But rushing a vaccine to widespread use, history has shown, could be tragic, not only by infecting the healthy but also by delaying the development of safe and effective vaccines.

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Dachel Media Update: Atlantis (Oops, Atlantic) Writes Another Mythical Story about "Anti-Vaxxers"

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Oct 20, 2014, The Atlantic: The Psychology of Anti-Vaxers: How Story Trumps Science

Oct 20, 2014, MSN.com: NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues

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Dachel Media Update: Cape Cod Housing, Early Intervention

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Oct 20, 2014, Cape Cod News: Autism housing explored in Dennis

Oct 20, 2014, IPWatchdog.com: The Ebola Outbreak and Current State of Vaccine Development

Oct 18, 2014, Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter: More parents opting out of vaccinating their children

Oct 18, 2014, Boston Globe: Autistic children thrill at performance of The Lion King - Style, By Bella English

Oct 18, 2014, Daytona Beach News-Journal: Early intervention and autism (Editorial)

Oct 16, 2014, Financial Post (Canada): Crippling medical research

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Dachel Media Update: Bought: The Movie

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 Oct 17, 2014, Extinction Protocol: Ebola epidemic may not end without developing vaccine, scientist warns

Oct 14, 2014, WWGF News: The Making Of Bought The Movie (Part 1)

Oct 14, 2014, National Geographic: Long Quest for Ebola Vaccine Slowed by Science, Ethics, Politics

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Dachel Media Update: Watching A Movie Makes You "Anti-Vaccine?"

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Oct 14, 2014, Trumbull Times, Shelton, CT: Anti-vaccine candidate? Cook-Littman slams GOP attack

Oct 13, 2014, CNN: Ebola: Five ways the CDC got it wrong by Elizabeth Cohen

Oct 13, 2014, Aluminium could be poisoning our brains and causing Alzheimer's, professor claims 

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Dr. Manny Alvarez Calls for Dr. Thomas Frieden's Resignation

Manny alvarezBy Anne Dachel

Oct 13, 2014, Fox News medical expert Dr. Manny Alvarez went on the offensive against the leadership shown by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in handling the Ebola threat.  He called for the resignation of CDC head, Dr. Thomas Frieden.

Right now, I'm not as afraid of Ebola as I am of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The agency held a press conference Monday to provide an update on the transmission of Ebola to a nurse that cared for Thomas Eric Duncan.

After listening to this update, I have to say, I am more convinced than ever that CDC director, Dr. Tom Frieden is not the right person for the job. And I say this because this latest press conference consisted of him telling a room of reporters what anyone who has ever dealt with Ebola in the past should have known.

While Alvarez seems to be a crusader for truth and action in the case of Ebola, he's a completely different person when the subject is autism. 

Alvarez joined Fox News in 2005 when the autism rate was one in every 166 kids, which means he's been around for the steady stream of increases:

2007: 1 in 150

2009: 1 in 110

2012: 1 in 88

2014: 1 in 68

Each and every time the agency announced a new rate, there was always a spokesperson from the CDC adding that officials weren't sure if the increase really meant more kids have the disorder or if just represented better diagnosing.  Every single time.  

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Dachel Media Update: Vaccines and Celebrating Awareness

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Oct 13, 2014, Vermont Public Radio: Spencer Rendahl: Vaccine Choices

Oct 12, 2014, New York Times: Fear of Vaccines Goes Viral

Oct 11, 2014, TIME: How Words Can Kill in the Vaccine Fight

Oct 11, 2014, SharylAttkisson.com: Polio-like Illness Claims Sixth Life in U.S.

Oct 11, 2014, The Buffalo News: Top fears about vaccines, and how to rest easier

Oct 10, 2014, WRAL Raleigh, NC: Thousands celebrate autism awareness in downtown Raleigh

Oct 9, 2025, Financial Post: Lawrence Solomon: We’re more vulnerable to diseases

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Dachel Media Update: Cynthia McKinney on Autism & Ferguson Missouri

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Oct 13, 2014, San Francisco Bay View: Cynthia McKinney on autism and Ferguson

(Radio interview--14 minutes)

While people were righteously rebelling in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, against police terrorism, a Center for Disease Control whistleblower confirmed something that has been on the lips of conscious ghetto dwellers for decades. International peace activist Cynthia McKinney speaks on the U.S. government spreading autism through vaccinations in the Black community, on Ferguson and much more...

So this is something new that our community is having to cope with, and it's reminiscent of Listeneugenics because they knew that whatever the formula was that they were using was going to have an adverse effect on Black babies - Black male babies in particular is what they studied. But there was this adverse reaction, and they did nothing; they remained silent. It's outrageous....

I have not read of any response of the national Black Caucus, but I could not imagine that the Congressional Black Caucus would remain silent on this. They’ve been veritably silent on many issues, especially what was going on in Gaza. There’s been a lot of discussion about why members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Black officials in general were so silent on Gaza, but I cannot imagine silence on something like this. And the most activist members of Congress that I’ve read about who are on this – forcing the CDC to turn over papers – are Republicans actually.

McKinney is a former six term U.S. Rep from Atlanta, GA (of all places!).  I hope the African American community demands answers.  It is outrageous.

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Dachel Media Update: Debunk = Hoodwink Talk

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Oct 9, 2014  MSNBC:  The truth about vaccines & autism |

The truth about vaccines & autism

We debunk the myths and bring you the facts about the heated debate over what vaccines have to do with autism with Autism Speaks Senior Vice President, Dr. Paul Wang.

MSNBC's Ronan Farrow: "There's zero evidence of such a link.  The Centers for Disease Control, reviewing existing literature, concluded there is not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism.

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Huffington Post Lawrence Solomon: More Parents in CA Opting Out of Vaccination

Intelligent womenReaders, chime in in our comments - what is your education level, are you (or perhaps we should ask were you) affluent?  Me? I went to a top New England prep school, Tufts University (Dr. Paul Offit's alma mater) was graduated from Boston College cum laude.  My education gave me critical thinking skills and the ability to do research. And there you have it. My Dad was a dentist/orthodontist, my sister, a Tufts grad went into political administration and my brother is an architect.  We have no autism or Asperger's in our family.  Nor does my husband who is also a private school and Jesuit college graduate.  And we used to be sort of affluent. KS

 By Anne Dachel

October 8, 2014, Huffington Post: More Parents in California Are Refusing to Vaccinate Their Kids By Lawrence Solomon

... The parents who are balking at having their children vaccinated are overwhelmingly well educated and affluent. For example, in the San Francisco Bay area's prosperous Marin County (median family income $90,000), the opt-out rate is three to four times that of less-well-off neighboring Bay counties. The individual California schools logging the highest op-out rates cater to liberal communities within Los Angeles County: The City School in Lake Balboa (88 per cent opt-outs) and Maple Village Waldorf School in Long Beach (87 per cent opt-outs). Opt-out rates are especially high in private schools....

State-wide, the average opt-out rate remains low -- despite the doubling, it barely exceeds 3 per cent. But public health officials are worried because the parents creating the opt-out trend tend to be opinion-leaders, raising the possibility that the doubling trend will snowball and threaten the full-vaccination goals of the public health officials. In other states, too, the parents leading the anti-vaccination trend are formidable: According to a survey in Pediatrics, unvaccinated children have a mother who is at least 30 years old, has at least one college degree and whose household has an annual income of at least $75,000. ...

Lawrence Solomon, a columnist with the National Post, was formerly a columnist with the Globe and Mail, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine. He cites a fact that the media doesn't want to investigate, namely that the BETTER EDUCATED PARENTS ARE, THE LESS LIKELY THEY ARE TO VACCINATE THEIR CHILDREN.  These are people who've gone beyond the the claims of doctors and health officials who tell us constantly that vaccines are safe and lifesaving.  These affluent, educated parents have looked into the arguments on both sides and they're not convinced that they should simply line their kids up for any and all vaccines.  The media would have us believe that only easily swayed, uninformed parents opt out of vaccinations.  Clearly that's not true. 

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Dachel Media Update: Experimental Ebola Vaccine, MIT Hypothesis

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Oct 7, 2014, MIT News: Autism as a disorder of prediction 

Oct 3, 2014, Examiner.com: First healthy volunteers injected with experimental GMO Ebola vaccine

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Dachel Media Update: Autism Cause Dartboard

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Oct 7, 2014, NewJersey.com: Study finds link between autism and time between pregnancies

Conception timing a factor in autism? The spacing of pregnancies may play a factor in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new study suggests. Investigators discovered children who were conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of their prior sibling were more likely to be diagnosed with autism than children conceived following an interval of two to five years. The research, conducted by a team at Columbia University, is published this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The risk of an autism diagnosis among children conceived less than 12 months following a sibling's birth was one and a half times as high as those conceived following an interval of 24-59 months. Children conceived following an interval of 60-120 months were almost 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism. For intervals of more than 120 months, the risk of autism was more than 40 percent higher.

Actually this claim has been around for awhile.  It makes no sense unless someone can prove that suddenly lots of mothers are having babies closely spaced.  Autism is now an epidemic among our children.  A once rare disorder is now so common that it affects one in every 68 children, one in every 42 boys. 

Researchers have to do autism busywork like this so the public thinks that someone is doing something.  When they run out of new things to link to autism, they give us the old stuff. Actually I'm waiting for a study on children born during the full moon phase.

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Dachel Media Update:

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Oct 6, 2014, Huffington: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

Oct 5, 2014, The Nation (Pakistan English newspaper): The Whistleblower Controversy

Oct 4, 2014, Cincinnati.com: Who is responsible for autism?

Oct 1, 2014, The Daily Signal: The News Is Fit to Print But Are Major News Organizations Fit to Report It?

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Minneapolis Book Symposium on Public Health Policies to Feature Robert Kennedy, Jr


Flyer symposiumRobert F. Kennedy Jr. to Discuss Vaccine Mercury
Controversy at Minnesota Book Symposium Nov. 1

Eight authors to speak on corruption & censorship in health science

BLOOMINGTON, MN – Scientists, attorneys and journalists will gather in Minnesota to discuss medical injuries which may have been caused by over zealous public health policies and procedures  at the Health Choice/Skyhorse Publishing Book Symposium Saturday, November 1. The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Drive in Bloomington.  

Register before 10/20 and you receive all 8 books for just $99.00.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the attorney, radio host, Riverkeeper and author, will read from his book Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak – The Evidence Supporting the Immediate Removal of Mercury – a Known Neurotoxin – from Vaccines. Kennedy has appeared on various TV and radio programs explaining how government is suppressing evidence showing how the ethylmercury-based vaccine preservative damages and kills cells at extremely low doses.

Other book presentations on the intersection of science and politics include:

•    Science for Sale: How the U.S. Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits by Dr. David Lewis, a former EPA microbiologist now with the National Whistleblowers Center;

•    Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases by Kent Heckenlively, J.D. & Dr. Judy Mikovits;

•    Vaccines 2.0: The Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family by Mark Blaxill & Dan Olmsted, a former UPI investigative reporter;

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Dachel Media Update: CNN Features Rebecca Estepp and Harvey Karp on Parental Vaccination Choice

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Oct 3, 2014, CNN's Alisyn Camerota interviewed autism mom Becky Estepp and Dr. Harvey Karp.  The subject was vaccine exemptions/a parent's right to choose.

Should parents decline child vaccines?

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Becky explained that she stopped vaccinating her younger son because of the vaccine reaction her older son experienced.

"I took him in for a Hepatitis B vaccine, he immediately a hideous diarrhea, later that night, developed a fever, arched his back, screamed.  If I would have known, as a young mother, these were signs of encephalopathy--brain swelling, I would have known to get him to a doctor right away. After that evening, his health deteriorated for the next two years.  At two years and nine months he was diagnosed with autism.  We didn't put the pieces of the puzzle together until I had my second son, who also started to exhibit some strange vaccine reactions.  At that point I had to really weigh the options.  My husband and I decided that our children's neurodevelopment was more important than vaccinating for these diseases. ...They could have permanent damage."

When Becky was asked about what her unvaccinated children might do to herd immunity she said, "I say that it's their right to vaccinate their children and if vaccines work the way they're supposed to, their children are safe.  There's no reason to worry about my child; their children are vaccinated.  I'm the one who's taken the calculated risk for a very good reason."

Dr. Harvey Karp was asked for his opinion on opting out.

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Dachel Media Update: RoundUp and Autism, Ebola, Adults

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Oct 1, 2014, Nashville Business Journal: New database shows payments from drug and device makers to Nashville doctors

Sept 30, 2014, FoodIntegrityNow.org: The Glyphosate (RoundUp) Autism Connection

Sept 30, 2014, ABC News: Shares of Companies Testing Ebola Vaccines Rise

Sept 30. 2014, Baltimore Jewish Times: Last Thing Vaccine Makers Want Is Study

Sept 30, 2014, PBS: Adults with autism deserve a system that allows them to thrive

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Dachel Media Update: Books, Age, Adapting

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Sept 30, 2014, UK Daily Mail: Mike Nichols was addicted to drugs when he met Diane Sawyer

Sept 27, 2014, Minneapolis Star Tribune: BOOK REVIEW: 'On Immunity: An Inoculation,' (A book by Eula Biss) 

Sept 27, 2014, WGN Chicago: Age difference between siblings could increase autism risk

Sept 26, 2014, Yahoo News: Hospitals Adapting for Adults With Autism (Op-Ed)

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THAT'S ALL THERE IS FOLKS - the Government can do Nothing more about Autism

Thats_all_folksBy Anne Dachel

Age of Autism has had several stories recently about the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee meeting on Sept 23, 2014.  I was impressed by what was said by an autism mom, Megan Davenhall, from Virginia.  She used her six minutes of comment time to try and wake committee members up to the reality of regressive autism and ask what they intend to do about it. 



"What we're here to say is absolutely nothing new, nothing that this committee hasn't heard before from multiple public commenters over the years. There's a huge subset of individuals with the label of autism who were not born with autism.  These children, young adults and adults who were born as typically developing healthy children and then regressed into autism. This is not the autism that you see in our highly functioning adults, the way that Mr. Robinson described himself.  This is not what we are talking about.  But we don't have another word; we have autism.  So we are talking about high functioning adults, people who love who they are and should celebrate who they are.  And we're talking about kids who are sick.  They are two different things, and we call it all autism. 

"This is autism is extremely different.  It's a different experience for these individuals. It's pain.  It's bowel disease.  It's mitochondrial dysfunction.  It's seizures.  It's immune deficiency.  And in many cases, it is a silent plea for help through head banging, and self-injurious behaviors and aggression.  Parents have been searching for treatment for these co-conditions for years. We pay out-of-pocket because insurance won't cover the staggering cost of healing the many physical ailments our children suffer from.  Our kids who fall into this model of autism, the ones who are healthy and become urgently ill, need to be treated with respect and like human beings who are sick. Their physical symptoms need to be addressed by medical professionals in the same ways that they would be handled in a person without autism.  Never again should a parent have to hear from a doctor or a psychiatrist that a physical problem such as diarrhea or constipation..., that it's just part of their autism.  But it still happens.  That is what parents are hearing.  When you go to the pediatrician, they hear, 'Well, kids on the spectrum, have diarrhea. They have constipation. It's part of autism.'

"I talked about my son's regression at the pediatrician's.  A regression.  A typically developing child regressed into autism and I was told, 'Well that's the very definition of autism.'  We need to rework how we're talking about these things in

pediatricians' offices across the country. And you need to be the change for that happening. 

"Parents have been telling you for years that there was some trigger that sent their healthy child into a physical and developmental tailspin.  They watched this happen to their kids.  And we're ignored.  You ignore our firsthand eyewitness accounts of damage to our children.  You hold these meetings that accomplish nothing.  And [you] give us the mike a few times a year and we tell you, 'Autism is medical.'  This version of autism that the parents come here and talk to you about.  Let me be clear on that.  Our children get better when we treat the medical problems they have. Their behaviors that land them on the spectrum in the first place, improve when they get healthier.  And you don't hear us. You give us fifteen minutes of your day and interrupt parents who travel on their own dime to come here and speak to you. If they go over their allotted three minutes, they get interrupted--as long as we end the meeting by five. 

"I want to thank Dr. Cory for recognizing the one thing I haven't heard here in all the time I've been listening, watching and coming to these meetings.  I heard the phrase, 'The parents are the experts on their children.'   I heard it from other people in the room too.  And the bottom line is, we are. We are the experts on our children.  We see what they are living with day in and day out--the medical conditions that we are trying so desperately to find the answers for.  But we receive none.  

"I hope today that you hear this well, treating the co-occurring conditions is critical, but it is absolutely not enough.  This committee needs to start getting serious about prevention.  You need to start investigating the dangers of vaccines, pesticide exposure, antibiotic overuse, chemicals that are in our food supply that we know cause neurological dysfunction. 

"We have a medical system that is run by pharmaceutical companies who don't care one bit if our kids are healthy or not.  This committee needs to start working with our government to lessen the toxic burden our children are exposed to.  We parents are watching and don't see this committee doing much of anything.

"The autism numbers continue to climb with no end in sight.  And we have been screaming into the abyss.  We've been telling you what is happening. We've given you clues to study, but you ignore us.

"Are you afraid of what you will find?  Afraid of doing the right thing until it's too late?  It's quickly becoming too late.  How many more kids will die in ponds or in pools, because they wandered off and drowned?  How many more diagnosed will it take for you act?  This epidemic and the U.S. government's inaction is creating a vocal, intelligent, passionate army of loved ones that has reached a critical mass in number and will not back down.  We'll be at every one of your meetings.  We want to hear about what you're going to do about these co-occurring conditions and we want to know what you're going to do to prevent the rise in autism.  It can't be ignored any longer.  We've been telling you these things for well over ten years and what I want to know today is, who in this room is going to be a champion for this?  Who will stand up and force the independent study looking at causation?  Or spearhead individualized effective treatment for our sick children?  If that person is in this room, now is the time to stand up.

"Thank you for your time. And on a separate note, I really would like to thank Lyn Redwood for always being a voice for the families that have been screaming this.  She asks the hard questions and she's not given up on that job. So thank you."

This seems to be the side of autism that Dr. Tom Insel would rather not bring up at IACC meetings, yet Megan obviously wants real help and answers. 

If we look at the list of federal, public and alternate members of IACC, as listed on their website,  it's filled with lots of MDs and PhDs.

This was the agenda for the Sept 23 meeting.  There were a number of well-credentialed experts talking about autism.

Very impressive.  These are the people who are supposed to be focused on doing something.  They should be very interested in what this mom is saying about THEIR WORK.  

Personally speaking, I think something is very wrong when an autism parent comes and accuses this committee of IGNORING HER AND OTHERS.  After all, this body was created by Congress to deal with her child's disorder.  Who else is she going to talk to?

I contacted Megan Davenhall and asked her about her experience at IACC. Here are her answers: 

Megan, after your heartfelt plea to the experts in the room, did anyone respond to what you said?

The response was a general discussion about all three public commenters.  John Robinson spoke first and stated again that he doesn’t believe the vaccine link to autism, but then questioned whether or not the belief that vaccine cause autism is a widely held though out the community.  He admitted that as public servants, the committee should investigate vaccines if the public truly believes that there is a connection.  Lyn Redwood followed up by explaining how she learned that vaccine induced autism is biologically plausible.  She discussed studies that were altered and had data changed to affect the outcomes to show that vaccines are not linked to a higher rate of autism.  She then suggested that the committee bring these findings of fraud to the secretary and request special council to further investigate the fraud. 

Did Dr. Insel acknowledge your remarks?  What was his response?

Dr. Insel did not directly address my remarks.  He went on to discuss what the committee could and couldn’t do and made an analogy of autism being like a fever.  That the fever could be cause by ebola or strep throat, but that it presents the same way and that we are in the ‘early stages’ of this (meaning autism) and that it is all so new, despite parents coming to the IACC for years and discussing co-occurring conditions, vaccines and treatment options. 

INSEL'S RESPONSE(This was where he said, 'We have no money.  We have no ability to fund anybody to do anything.')

What is your opinion of the attitude of IACC toward autism as an epidemic and the link to vaccines? 

I don’t think the IACC will ever investigate the vaccine/autism link.  It is far too messy for our government have this link exposed.  The vaccine program in our country continues to balloon out of control, because it is a huge money maker for the pharmaceutical industry.  There are lobbyists in DC that get paid big money to make sure that no one looks too closely at what causes autism.  I think that the IACC will continue to sit on their hands and do nothing with the information that Lyn Redwood presented to the committee at the meeting.  

While Insel sounded like he was powerless to get anything done about autism, I found this official IACC statement from April, 2014:

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is a Federal advisory committee, composed of Federal and public members, that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Consider what that means.  Thomas Insel just threw up his arms in response to Megan Davenhall and said he can't be expected to do anything about autism and the IACC website says that HHS has assigned ALL EFFORTS regarding autism to him and his committee.. 

I can only think that Megan's trip to IACC was a waste of time.  No one was listening.  No one really cares about these children.

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Dachel Media Update: Paul Offit in Wall Street Journal? Of course.

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Sept 25, 2014, Wall Street Journal: Paul A. Offit: The Anti-Vaccination Epidemic

Whooping cough, mumps and measles are making an alarming comeback, thanks to seriously misguided parents....

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Leslie Manookian & The Greater Good Movie on Dr. Melinda Wharton

Greater-good-movieBy Anne Dachel

On Sept 16, 2014, TheGreaterGoodMovie.org released a video of Dr. Melinda Wharton, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (CDC), explaining why there was no research comparing the health outcomes and vaccinated and unvaccinated children.

Leslie Manookian wrote,

The fact that this study has never been done is not only sad and frustrating, it is also unscientific, as this study might answer once and for all whether vaccines improve our children’s health, or harm it.

In making The Greater Good  we asked CDC‘s top vaccine official, Dr. Melinda Wharton, why CDC wouldn’t just do the study and put all the questions and worries to rest. Dr. Wharton’s answer may surprise you and leave you wondering whether the problem is truly the difficulty of the study, or perhaps something more frightening, like the answer they might find.

Dr. Wharton:

"It seems like it ought to be possible to compare the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children and address some of these questions.  It's got a kind of intuitive appeal.  ...

"I don't know of any way we can do it, and it's for a couple of different reasons. 

"In the first place, it would be pretty hard to find those 50,000 unvaccinated children to do the study comparing the health outcomes..."\

Leslie pointed out, "The CDC's own data says there are over a million unvaccinated children in the United States."

Wharton had more to say about why UNVACCINATED CHILDREN would be hard to study: 
"They're almost certainly very different than other children because their parents have made this decision not to vaccinate--and they probably made other decisions that are different than the decisions other parents have made....

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Dachel Media Update: You Can Beat Your Wife But You Can't Question Pharma

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Sept 24, 2014, Philly.com: Blaming moms for vaccine trends

Sept 23, 2014 The Wrap: Rob Schneider TV Ad Dropped by State Farm Over Comedian's Anti-Vaccine Views

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Dachel Media Update: Dave Weldon, Autism and GI

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Sept 22, 2014, Space Coast Daily (FL): Dr. Dave Weldon: Doctors' Goodwill Foundation Ambassador

Sept 17, 2014, CBS Philly: Cause Of Autism Could Be Found In Digestive System, Researchers Say

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Dachel Media Update: Atlantic Drowns Vaccine Choice

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Sept 18, 2014, Jewish Journal: Why I have not yet vaccinated my daughter | Jews and Mormons

It looks like The Atlantic is the latest media outlet to bash parents who choose not to follow the most aggressive vaccine regimen in the world. My wife and I have chosen not to vaccinate our 11-month-old daughter, though we may change our minds when she heads off to school. We feel good about this decision, which is not at all religiously based: There are plenty of Mormons who vaccinate their kids, and some who don't.....

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Dachel Media Update: #HearThisWell

Online_news(Note due to Internet issues at our printing plant (ahem) the media update looks a bit different today. Please don't ask. 3 kids with autism. No Wifi. Need I say more?  K)

By Anne Dachel

Sept 18, 2014, KHC-NEWS TV: Social Media and Moms with autistic children share a chilling message "#Hear-this-Well" what's it mean?

The "Movement", like a flutter of a butterfly's wings across an ocean triggering a hurricane, started simply enough.
The senior medical correspondent on CNN, Elizabeth Cohen focused her gaze into the camera and in the voice of medical authority stated: "vaccines are safe, autism is -not- a side effect of vaccines, or to say it another way- because some people don't hear this well, vaccines do not cause autism".

The words are familiar enough, repeated frequently by; pediatricians, media, medical journals and by the Centers for Disease Control. The butterflies morphed into hawks chasing prey.
The Cohen soundbite came from an earlier report in 2014, but CNN aired it again as part of its brief coverage of a CDC research doctor (more of a rebuttal/retraction, but that's another story), from the man the moms call the CDC whistle blower. The statement:

"On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Centers for Disease Control Senior Scientist Dr. Bill Thompson issued a statement through his [Thompson] attorney's website addressing his regret that he and his CDC co-authors omitted "statistically significant information" in a 2004 study on the subject of whether the MMR vaccine was causing autism in children".

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Dachel Media Update: Selling Vaccines Like Soap

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Sept 16, 2014, Harvard Gazette: Panelists see communications gap on vaccines

Sept 10, 2014, The Hollywood Reporter: Los Angeles Vaccination Rates 2014

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Life With Autism in Pictures Tells Story Media Ignores

Brandon Guppy
By Anne Dachel

Like most everyone out there, I get a lot of information from my Facebook page.  So many articles and videos that I would never be able to search out for myself, instantly appear there.  I really appreciate what my 4,100+ "friends" post to me. 

I recently found this: Life with Autism in Pictures: The lion who had no courage.

The photo really needs no words.  It's a mother with her disabled son.  The young man in diapers is the side of autism we never see in feel good stories during  April, Celebrate Autism Month.  The photo made me think of Michelangelo's Pieta, the Virgin Mary grieving as she holds the body of her crucified son, Jesus.   Or maybe one of the Mary Cassatt paintings of a mother and child.  The image of this maternal bond is universal.  It's also heartbreaking when it involves someone who was left like this because of the vaccines he received as baby.

The young man is Brandon Guppy, age 20, shown with his mother, Michelle.  Michelle has the blog, Life with Autism in Pictures,

where she writes about her son.  More importantly, she shows us photos of what his life is like.

Michelle: 

"On my 'Life with Autism' blog, it is my hope that the words you read are inspirational in some way. But on this blog --- I wanted it to be different. I wanted the pictures to be more powerful than the words. Here will be some of our most powerful pictures in our 'Life with Autism' - with only a few words to explain..."

Monday, Sept 8, 2014, Michelle posted, "The lion who had no courage" that reads like a journal account.  She specifically addressed members of the media, admonishing them to cover this issue honestly and thoroughly.

"Doing away with vanity & dignity tonight.

"I'm sure Brandon would forgive me if perhaps it would make one member of the mainstream media try and help him... I doubt they'll ever see this, much like I doubt today's seizures would be the last.  But, one can hope.... 

"He's had seizures yet again today...and finally at 8 pm he tried to get up.  He's been on the gymnastics mat on the floor of his bedroom right where he landed from the first seizure in falling out of bed this morning. Most parents have the luxury of waking up to the sound of an alarm.  I frequently wake up to the sound of choking, some body part banging against the wall, or a loud thud as he hits the floor.  I met him in the hallway and by the look in his eyes I knew we better go back in his room and not dare try and go downstairs.  It's hard to describe seeing your child like that...."

Michelle criticized the media for failing to report on the CDC whistleblower scandal.

...When Todd got upstairs from hearing him have a seizure, I asked him to take this picture.  I want the media to see who it is they are silencing by refusing to report on the CDC Whistleblower story.  I want them to see just how "vaccines save lives" actually plays out in real life.  I want them to see what the trade off of acute recoverable illnesses for chronic lifelong debilitating illnesses looks like.  And as much as they try to ignore it, that trade off does have a face.  And there are thousands of them.  I want them to see this and be brave enough to look me in the eye and ask me which I would rather my son have had - a miserable two week ugly rash in measles that would provide a lifetime of immunity and a stronger immune system for having survived it; or a lifetime of illness and seizures and a weakened immune system.  And I want them to show that answer to the world.

I want them to see who they have forsaken as an accomplice to their preservation of Pharma's fairytale illusions of health, herd immunity, and the greater good.

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Dachel Media Update: Crisis at Home. At School.

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Sept 14, 2014, Q13 Fox: Mother accused of using lethal drug cocktail to murder son with autism

Sept 4, 2014, CBC News British Columbia: Former teacher quit over special needs stress

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