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March Madness Leads into April Sadness: The Muppetization of Autism

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By Anne Dachel

Winnipeg Free Press and Sesame Street are soft-selling us autism.

April, National Autism Awareness Month has turned from creating awareness of the autism epidemic to promoting autism as a neurological difference to be accepted and accommodated. This March 22 article about the new Sesame Street autistic character from the Winnipeg Free Press does just that. The video clip shows Julia (who has autism) singing with Sesame Street's "fairy in training," Abby Cadabby, "Everything's A-Okay..." Reporter Jen Zoratti doesn't tell us that two percent of our children now have this disorder, but she does mention that she has a brother with Asperger's.

And that is the message for April, and it's diabolically deceptive because it doesn't just advocate for compassion for the disabled, it's telling us that autism is only a neurological difference. Since Julia is a character with features of autism that don't severely impact her life (she flaps her hands and is sensitive to noise), it doesn't seem like such a bad thing. Julia interacts with others and seems pretty typical.

Winnipeg Free Press: Muppet with autism is just the latest in a long list of progressive Sesame Street characters

The newest member of the Sesame Street gang is already poised to be an icon —and she hasn’t even been on TV yet. 

Julia, a four-year-old with bright red hair and big green eyes, is the first Muppet to have autism. She’ll make her official debut on April 11, but social media is already buzzing about her thanks to a 60 Minutes special that aired on Sunday. Through Julia and her interactions with other characters, Sesame Street aims to promote understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity.

In the first episode, the characters will get to know Julia. Sometimes she doesn’t make eye contact or answer a question right away, and sometimes she flaps her arms. She doesn’t like loud noises, and she might repeat herself.

When Big Bird introduces himself to Julia, she ignores him and keeps colouring. Later, he learns not to take it personally, she just does things a little differently. "In a Julia sort of way."...

But many kids will see themselves in her, and they will see her being treated with kindness, acceptance and compassion. They will see that it’s OK for Julia to do things in a Julia sort of way. ...

It’s not just children who could benefit from such an education. There are adults out there who use the word "Asperger’s" when they mean "awkward." There are adults out there who believe vaccines cause autism, and that autism is a fate worse than death. There are adults who bully and isolate neurodivergent people at work. 

Sesame Street and Julia won’t singlehandedly raise a more accepting and empathetic generation.

But they will change lives. 

Notice that people who claim there's a link between vaccines and autism are included in the same paragraph with those who bully and discriminate against those with autism.

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Dachel Wake Up: Two Stories from the San Francisco Chronicle: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr./Vaccines

Dachel Morning Wake UoTwo Stories from the San Francisco Chronicle: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr./Vaccines

March 22, 2017, Keep perspective on Trump pick of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for vaccine safety panel 

By Leah Durant

“President Trump recently selected Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent vaccine skeptic who believes that shots may cause autism, to chair a panel on the safety of vaccines.

“The appointment has provoked howls of outrage from public health officials, who correctly point out that medical experts have repeatedly debunked any link between vaccines and autism. Unfortunately, in their zeal to defend the benefits of vaccines, these advocates have pushed a narrative that vaccines are without risk. ...

“Established in 1986, the vaccine program is one of the rare federal initiatives that promotes economic growth and protects consumers. It does so by granting vaccine makers and doctors immunity from lawsuits. That immunity gives drug companies full confidence to fund continued research and development of new vaccines, and gives doctors and nurses full confidence to administer them.

“Instead of seeking compensation from drugmakers, vaccine-injured patients can file a claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The program has awarded 5,269 victims more than $3.5 billion to date out of 17, 935 petitions filed.”

In the first story, D.C. attorney Leah Durant defends vaccines (there’s no link to autism) but also warns that vaccines are not without risk.  She handles injury lawsuits in the NVICP. She makes it sound like this program is a success.

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From Sunny Day to Blue Day: Sesame Street Debuts Female Muppet with Autism

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Mia's Desk at age 21


NOTE:  I've been a Sesame Street fan since I watched the first episode in 1969. My children adored the program until it left PBS to move to HBO for first run episodes. We don't have HBO and it was time to say goodbye when the Surgeon General teamed up with Elmo to promote vaccinations.  Preschoolers pick their noses, not their friends.  I can promise the parents who think that Sesame Street will make a long term difference that it will not - and I'm sorry to say that. By middle school the gap is a chasm, by high school it's a canyon and after high school, it's another continent. At least for those with moderate to severe autism like my own girls. Boys are affected 4:1 over girls, so I don't understand the female muppet. I do know that Sesame Street has struggled to have female characters - Abby Cadabby was supposed to add to Zoe and Rosita. I hope Julia does indeed help start a conversation, although I'm afraid it will go like this, "Gee, that doesn't look anything like what Chase at school has, Mom...."   Kim

By Anne Dachel

Julia is a Sesame Street character with autism. Big Bird and the other characters on the show are learning how to understand her. Julia is meant to teach children how to get along with someone with the disorder. Julia is proof that autism will never be a crisis for this country. Somehow we're going to have adjust to a significant population that has recognizable symptoms and special needs. From the tone of the discussion on 60 Minutes, we understand that having a child with autism is now normal and acceptable. (The Pfizer ad on this video is a not-to-subtle reminder that pharmaceutical is a controlling influence over what 60 Minutes will cover.)  View video here.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/julia-sesame-street-new-muppet-autism/ 

Christine Ferraro: I think the big discussion right at the start was, “How do we do this? How do we talk about autism?”

Christine Ferraro has been a writer at Sesame Street for 25 years, during which time the frequency of autism diagnoses has multiplied. 

Lesley Stahl: The chances of a little kid two, three, four years old having some kind of a relationship with another kid with autism is pretty high.

Christine Ferraro: Exactly. Especially once they hit school age, because they’ll be in their classrooms.

Abby: Julia, you’re so creative!

Julia: [laughs and flaps]

But how to portray autism?

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Dachel Wake Up: PA Letter To Editor NO on Mandatory Vaccines

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

March 19, 2017, PennLive.com: The Top 5 Letters to the Editor of the week

Pa. Senate should vote no on mandatory vaccines

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 217 requires mandatory vaccines for your school children. No exception. When I was a youth, just a handful of vaccinations were typical. Current CDC recommendations are 40 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6 and 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18. The vaccine market is estimated to have ballooned to a $24 billion dollar industry with total legal immunity from being sued. What a deal.

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Dachel Wake Up: Lawyers Hanging Out Their Shingles for Shingles Vax Lawsuits

Dachel Morning Wake UoNOTE: Merck, accustomed to causing injury to babies via MMR, then teens via Gardasil, has set its sights on the elderly population! 

By Anne Dachel

March 14, 2017, Zostavax patients sue Merck, claiming shingles shot caused injuries and death

Merck & Co. could have a growing Zostavax problem on its hands. After several plaintiffs filed lawsuits claiming the drugmaker’s shingles vaccine caused serious injury and death, attorneys say more cases are on the way.

Plaintiffs have sued in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania alleging that Merck’s Zostavax—used to prevent shingles, the painful complication of varicella infection—caused serious side effects, including death.

“I think Merck has failed terribly … to warn about the very serious side effects and the failure of the vaccine to do what they claim it does,” attorney Marc Bern told FiercePharma.

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Dr. Oz Talks about Robert Kennedy Jr. and the $100,000 Challenge

Dr OzNOTE: If YOU would like to speak to Robert Kennedy, Jr. about the $100,00 challenge, you're invited to an event in NYC on April 18th from 6:30 - 8:30pm. Perhaps Dr. Oz will attend?

This is a fund raiser for World Mercury Project, which is sponsoring the challenge.  We know the price is dear for most of us - but perhaps a family member would help you buy a ticket  as an Easter or Passover or Autism Action month treat?  I know of one close friend whose brother - an AofA supporter - bought her a ticket. (Thanks, Nick Z!)  The event is at Tony Lyons' (Skyhorse Publishing's chief) home in New York City.

For details and to buy a ticket email Kirsten Kim Kkim@skyhorsepublishing.com

By Anne Dachel

On March 13, 2017, the Idaho Statesman published, Does your child’s doctor check on these important issues? by Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, MD.

Dr. Oz’s well-known name immediately caught my eye.

The article was about what your doctor should be covering at your “well-child checkup.”  Roizen and Oz included suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

So what should doctors be doing at these visits?

The AAP advises: “It should cover everything from how much you read to your child, the risk of lead paint contamination in your home, hearing, dental care, physical and cognitive development to potential familial health problems such as elevated LDL (lousy) cholesterol.”

Roizen and Oz added more things doctors should talk to parents about:  pool safety, laundry pods, guns, obesity, and vaccines.

This was included at the end of the piece.

To do: Robert Kennedy Jr. and Robert De Niro promised $100,000 if you prove vaccines are safe. We spent a month reviewing every study on vaccine safety and interviewing 150 experts on all sides of the issue. Our conclusion: Vaccines aren’t perfectly safe, but the chance of significant disease-preventing benefit is more than 40,000 times the risk. That’s a pretty impressive degree of safety. That research is out there for everyone to look at and is summarized in our book “YOU: Raising a Child.” If you win the prize, please make a donation jointly in our and your names to the American Academy of Pediatrics!

This article bothered me for a lot of reasons. First of all, why was there no specific advice that parents and doctors look for the warning signs of AUTISM, something which affects one in every 68 children, one in every 42 boys?

Roizen and Oz purported to have spent a month “reviewing every study on vaccine safety.” Not only that, they also talked to “150 experts on all sides of the issue.”

Seriously?

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Dachel Wake Up: Julia Belluz Is CDC's Company Gal!

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Here’s a story warning us that funding for our vaccine programs is being threatened by the Republicans.

Julia Belluz’s name is a familiar one regarding this issue. I looked through her reporting over the last couple of years and I was struck by how unwilling she is to challenge anything an official says about vaccine safety. Her articles are rife with statements meant to shut down the debate:

Large-scale studies involving thousands of participants in several countries have failed to establish a link between the MMR vaccine and the mental developmental disorder.

“…many other studies have since discredited the idea.”

“In another of the most thorough studies to date, nearly half a million kids who got the vaccine were compared with some 100,000 who didn't, and there were no differences in the autism rates between the two groups.

Belluz is one of the most prolific pro-vaccine journalists out there. (See more stories below.)

None of her articles honestly investigate the arguments on both sides of the debate. In her mind, there is no debate. She blindly relies on official denials as the final word, just like everyone else in the mainstream media.

It’s hard to understand the complete obeisance paid to health officials holding a study as proof of no link. No one ever bothers to look into the research we’re all supposed to trust. What if it was done by the vaccine makers? What if it’s merely an easily flawed population study? What if the researcher is on pharma’s payroll? What if there are a dozen studies that challenge the findings?

The reporters who willingly accept whatever a CDC official has to say about vaccine safety would never do the same thing with anyone else in government. There is expected to be skepticism when elected officials tell us things, but strangely, that isn’t the case when this issue is vaccines. Somehow we’re to believe that federal employees at the CDC only tell the truth.

In many of her articles on vaccines, Belluz went after Andrew Wakefield and his MMR study. I wonder how she would report the story of William Thompson and his claim of CDC cover up of a vaccine/autism link.

Notice the taxpayer money going to the CDC that is talked about in this article. This place is pharma's dream. I seriously wonder if vaccines cost the industry anything. I’d love to know much money is channeled into vaccine promotion through federal and state funding.

March 7, 2017, Vox.com: The Republican health insurance plan slashes funding for vaccines and public health

Julia Belluz

The American Health Care Act makes a number of changes to the Affordable Care Act that’ll likely disadvantage poorer and sicker Americans, and result in fewer people covered. But the plan also includes a subtler and very significant move for American health: the elimination of the largest fund for disease prevention in the federal budget, along with 12 percent of the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by 2019.

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Dachel Wake Up: Google Snooze

Dachel Morning Wake UoHere's what's out on Google News. Notice that when "autism/vaccines" comes up, autism is nothing more than a passing reference.

Next month we'll again be told that having two percent of kids with autism is normal and acceptable. Parents just have to learn to live with it.

Everything's safe: GMOs, vaccines, and everything else corporate America throws at us. Anyone who disputes this...like Andrew "fraudulent 1998 study" Wakefield and Robert "vaccine skeptic" Kennedy, Jr. ... is not to be trusted because no one is allowed to question the science on anything.

OS News: Inside the internet's war on science

By Thom Holwerda

 Vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who says he's in touch with Trump about a "vaccine safety commission" recently announced a $100,000 "challenge" to prove their safety.

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Debunk Translated: To Convince Public Otherwise

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NOTE: When you read the word "debunk" you know you've stumbled across an article about vaccines and autism. 

By Anne Dachel

I've long said this about Andy Wakefield: THE MEDIA ENDLESSLY TALKS ABOUT HIM.......AND NO ONE WILL TALK TO HIM.

Andy has told me a number of times that no one in the media will interview him.

They have a carefully scripted way of presenting this. Robert Kennedy, Jr. is to be handled the same way Wakefield is, that is as a dangerous purveyor of fraudulent claims about vaccines. There is no need to listen to a word they have to say.

 This is phony journalism. Since when do reporters NOT WANT TO TALK TO THE MAJOR PLAYERS IN ANY CONTROVERSY?

WHY DON'T WE HEAR DIRECTLY FROM ROBERT KENNEDY? WHY DOESN'T ANYONE TALK TO ANDREW WAKEFIELD?

WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID THEY MIGHT SAY?

Here at the Pacific Standard, the message is: Robert Kennedy  is totally off the mark. His views aren't even worthy of consideration. They're dismissed as "myths" and "folklore."

So why doesn't David Perry confront Kennedy with his charges against him? Why doesn't he talk to Kennedy so he can quote him first-hand? What does he think a reporter's job is all about?

Instead Perry interviews an English professor who compares the link between vaccines and autism to folklore.

Of course, Perry starts out denying ANY increase in autism.  "... there is no autism epidemic, or that the increase, as recently explained by NOS Magazine, is due to changes in how we diagnose the condition." Kennedy's $100,000 challenge as phony.

(And my personal challenge to Perry: If there's been no real increase in autism, please show me the 40, 60, and 80 year olds who look and act like our kids on the spectrum.)

March 6, 2017, Pacific Standard: How to Debunk Myths About Autism

An interview with Andrea Kitta about anti-vaccination, fake news, and the academic discipline that’s seen it all before.

By David Perry

Beyond the White House, alarmism over vaccines has wealthy and powerful proponents. It used to be Jenny McCarthy leading the Hollywood antivax league, but now Robert de Niro has taken the spotlight. He and Kennedy recently offered $100,000 to anyone who could prove vaccine safety to their satisfaction (which will never happen). No matter how many studies prove otherwise, and like so many other issues for which there is scientific consensus (global warming, evolution, etc.), anti-vaccine hysteria feels impervious to facts.

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Dachel Wake Up: Media Notices Sorry State of Health

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Recent medical news is getting lots of attention across the mainstream media. It seems that more young adults are being diagnosed with colon cancer. While the numbers remain small, there is an increase that has the attention of scientists. News reports use words like “very shocking,” “alarming,” and “startling” describe the situation.

Experts are baffled by the findings. Explanations include “obesity,” “poor diet,” and“lack of exercise.” Rather than advocating for an immediate focus on finding the cause, doctors are merely calling for earlier screening, perhaps in people in their forties.

(My favorite response was the doctor at NPR who thinks it’s just better screening that’s responsible.)

Feb. 28, 2017, CBS New York: Health Experts Alarmed By Spike In Colon, Rectal Cancer Rates   

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Former Oklahoma Epidemiologist Speaks Out Against Vaccine Mandates

JenniwhiteBy Anne Dachel

Jenni White is an epidemiologist, the numbers just don't make sense to her. She supports her position with facts. As she explains them, her concerns sound valid. The problem is, no one in the media is ever taken seriously if they have even an inkling of doubt about ANY ASPECT OF THE CURRENT VACCINE PROGRAM. She doesn't see a link between vaccines and autism, but she does challenge lots of claims about vaccines.

Of course there can be no consideration of the things she discusses. IF one thing is looked at with serious concern, the floodgate would burst, and they all known it.

Feb 27, 2017, The Federalist: How Vaccine Mandates Put Vulnerable People's Health And Lives At Risk

By Jenni White

Although I was conditioned to accept the Polio, MMR, and DPT vaccines, these  additions had always frustrated me. From 1997 to 1999, I was employed as an epidemiologist with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. During that time, the state was becoming convinced of the need to require Varicella and Hep A vaccinations for children.

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Debating the Wakefield Study: Solomon vs. Zaretsky

DebateBy Anne Dachel

On Jan 31, 2017 National Post journalist Lawrence Solomon and Toronto psychiatrist Dr. Ari Zaretsky met at a Toronto coffee shop to discuss the 1998 Lancet study linking the MMR vaccine to autism and bowel disease in children. Below is a Youtube video of the event. Their conversation is transcribed.

Dr. Zaretsky is to be commended for participating. It is unheard of for a member of medical profession to do this. It’s also a personal issue for him because he has a twenty year old son with severe autism.

Debating the Wakefield study: Solomon vs. Zaretsky

The Youtube is entitled, The Wakefield Vaccine Scandal,” and it’s about an hour and forty minutes.

Here’s a partial transcript of what was said:

Dr. Zaretsky explained that while he’s not really involved in the vaccine controversy, “I responded to this because of Larry’s article in the National Post and felt that I needed to take a stand as a physician.”

Solomon was introduced as a journalist for The National Post in Canada and editor of a website called Vaccine Fact Check, “which provides information about vaccines.” 

Moderator David Cayley described the controversy over Andrew Wakefield as “a scandal, whatever view you take of it probably.”

David Cayley: “Wakefield was one of thirteen authors of a paper that was published in The Lancet in 1998 that investigated, but did not claim to have proved—in fact explicably said it had not proved—a link between autism and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, and also bowel disease, which they also investigated.

“This article was described by the editor of The Lancet later as having been the starting pistol for this whole discussion, which has now probably involved millions on autism and vaccines.

“Twelve years after it was published, in 2010, The Lancet withdrew the article…

“Since the controversy started there have been numerous studies done on the subject, none of which have really claimed to show a decisive link between vaccines and autism, but the discussion has continued. And we’re going to continue it here. …”

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Follow Up: Toronto

Toronto-officeBy Anne Dachel

On Jan 31, 2017 National Post journalist Lawrence Solomon and Toronto psychiatrist Dr. Ari Zaretsky met at a Toronto coffee shop to discuss the 1998 Lancet study linking the MMR vaccine to autism and bowel disease in children.

What was said in Toronto:

Reporter Lawrence Solomon presented his side by pointing out that Dr. Wakefield’s article was published in the Lancet in1998 and drew immediate criticism, but it wasn’t until twelve years later that it was finally retracted. Following the ruling against Wakefield and his thirteen co-authors, one of them, noted pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. John Walker-Smith, appealed the decision and was fully exonerated.  The General Medical Council decision against the authors of the Lancet study was repudiated by the British High Court.

Solomon: “This was a total victory for Walker-Smith and a total victory for the study. It was a total repudiation for the regulator.”

Solomon said that “the media has a blackout on stories that question vaccines,” and he’s been unable to write on the subject anymore. He went on to name experts who also questioned vaccine safety, including the late Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. and the late Dr. Walter Spitzer Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at McGill University and Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

He compared the treatment of Walker-Smith to the treatment of Andrew Wakefield by the British government. He said that Wakefield was made “a sacrificial lamb” by the General Medical Council as a warning to any other doctor who might be thinking of researching this. What’s been ignored in all this controversy is the fact that the Lancet study didn’t find that vaccines cause autism. The authors simply called for more research.

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HuffPo Blogger Sally Beck Shut Down

CensorshipBy Anne Dachel

British journalist Sally Beck wrote a well-researched article on the story of vaccine fraud and cover-up at the CDC as revealed in the movie "Vaxxed." It was published on UK Huffington. Within an hour it was removed. I wrote about it on Feb 22  HuffPo Allows Vaccine Related Posts Then "Poof!" They're Gone and Kim included a copy that was made before it was removed.

There was a second story, also removed from Huffington:

The MMR vaccine: why it’s sensible to worry about the way it has been regulated, by Jerome Burns and Sally Beck.

Both articles raised serious concerns about the science that we're constantly told proves vaccines are safe.

What is really frightening here is the blatant censorship by even alternative news sites like Huffington. The public is getting only one side of this debate, the pro-pharma side.

Any reporter who really looks into this, has got to have concerns that we're not being told the truth by officials. Sadly, there are few like Burns and Beck. The ones who do try to present both sides, quickly come under attack. This is what I found for background on Sally Beck:

Journalist and author Sally Beck writes human interest and health features for national newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of six books, all biography. Her most recent, Ferguson’s Gang, The Remarkable Tale of the National Trust Gangsters, is the story of an eccentric group of women operating in the 1930s, who help the Trust save England’s disappearing heritage. Her career began at CentreSpread features agency where she was a celebrity interviewer. She then joined The Sun newspaper and the Sunday Mirror covering all things celebrity, interviewing subjects as diverse as Imelda Marcos and Goldie Hawn. As a freelance writer, she changed her focus to human interest, real life and health. She has written for most of our national newspapers and magazines, but is always looking for more.

I contacted Beck about her stories and this was part of her response:

"Thanks for getting in touch. It looks as though the post has been taken down and also that my blogspot has been closed. I don’t have a message from the moderators but I can no longer access my account."

And the message to every other reporter couldn’t clearer: You will only be allowed to promote vaccines as safe and effective, or we will shut you down. This is just as true in the U.S. as in the U.K.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


The Time is Now for a Vaccinated/Unvaccinated Study

Do it nowNOTE: A Vax/Unvax study is finally available. Dan Olmsted would be proud today, don't you think?  Thanks to everyone for their continued work on the front lines of the Rebel Alliance. We published this study today, please share the results and the review by Kevin Barry: First Study of Vaccinated versus Unvaccinated Children - Censored by an International Scientific Journal - Now Public Vaccination and Health Outcomes: A Survey of 6- to 12-year-old Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children based on Mothers’ Reports, was censored by the journal Frontiers in Public Health.

By Anne Dachel

It’s clear that certain people are very frightened at the prospect of a federal commission to look into vaccine safety and scientific integrity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Stories on Google News warn us that this unwarranted inquiry could cause parents not to vaccinate. They assure the public that the science is settled; there is no reason to look further. President Trump’s choice to head this commission, environmental attorney Robert Kennedy, Jr., has been repeatedly attacked as an “anti-vaxxer.” Similarly, Trump’s pick to head Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, is said to belong to a fringe medical group that supports parental choice when it comes to vaccination.

Here are some of the arguments in the press.

NPR: Despite The Facts, Trump Once Again Embraces Vaccine Skeptics

Domenico Montanaro:

“Kennedy has been a prominent voice in the anti-vaccine community, raising questions for years about a possible (disproven) link between a preservative in some vaccines and autism.”

Montanaro cited the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Medicine. He called the pro-vaccine science “overwhelming,” and dismissed Trump as someone who has “peddled numerous conspiracies.”

CBS News said the claim of a link between vaccines and autism had been “repeatedly debunked and discredited.”

The New York Times published a piece by Dr. Peter Hotez who wrote, “I’m worried that our nation’s health will soon be threatened because we have not stood up to the pseudoscience and fake conspiracy claims of this movement.”

Dr. Saad Omer from Emory University was in the Washington Post warning readers that Trump “might be willing to discard science and medical research on vaccination in favor of debunked myths.”  Omer said he feared that politicizing vaccines would lead to parents not vaccinating and a loss of herd immunity.

 Michael Hiltzik at the Los Angeles Times said, “The Trump team effectively reiterated the discredited claim of a link between autism and vaccination.” For backup Hiltzik quoted vaccine developer, Dr. Paul Offit, without of course mentioning his ties to Merck, and Offit forecast the possibility of “a costly crisis in public health” if we continue to listen to the viewpoints of those of don’t accept the “extensively documented scientific studies.”

My point here is that there wasn’t a mainstream news source that didn’t immediately denounce the idea of a presidential commission looking into vaccine safety.  Everyone was on the same page. There wasn’t any hint that this might be a worthwhile project.

There are actually several issues here. First of all, the press, due to their absolute failure to ever honestly and thoroughly investigate vaccine safety concerns over the past two decades, has just as much at stake in this as U.S. health officials. No reporter at the New York Times or the Washington Post has EVER challenged what a spokesperson from the AAP or CDC has said about vaccines (with the exception of former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson back when she was at CBS.) In reality, reporters have been nothing more than industry mouthpieces. They’ve done what they’ve been told and have always defended vaccines as safe and effective, no matter what concerns were raised..

IT HASN’T WORKED

YEARS of endless coverage by major networks and newspapers where health officials and doctors from top institutions were cited attesting to the safety of vaccines while either ignoring or dismissing an epidemic of neurologically disabled children hasn’t convinced us. The controversy couldn’t be more heated than it is today.

WHAT’S THE ANSWER?

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HuffPo Allows Vaccine Related Posts Then "Poof!" They're Gone

VAXXED HUFFPOT DELETEBy Anne Dachel

Feb 21, 2017

I watched censorship happen right before my eyes on Huffington Post on Tuesday morning. I was looking over the news and saw two stories that had just been published on Google. I looked at the first one, "VAXXED, should we watch this movie?"  by Sally Beck, who was described as a  “national newspaper journalist.”

Beck wrote:

The controversial documentary Vaxxed: From Cover Up to Catastrophe, came to London last week, screened in secret at Regents University. Finally, an opportunity for us to find out whether any of the claims it makes hold merit.  

Vaxxed is based on extensive recorded interviews with whistleblower, Dr William Thompson, a former senior scientist at the CDC, (Centres for Disease Control) the US agency concerned with safeguarding public health. The film looks at whether his claims - that he, and four others at the CDC, skewed data in an important study looking at whether the MMR jab (measles, mumps and rubella) can cause autism - are true. …

Beck named names, including Dr. Stephanie Seneff at MIT who predicts catastrophic increases in autism in the near future.  She also listed EVERYONE involved with the CDC vaccine study cover-up with William Thompson, people like Julie Gerberding, Frank De Stefano, Melinda Wharton, and Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsop.

I sincerely wish I'd copied it because it suddenly disappeared off the site and was replace by this announcement: “This post from The Huffington Post Contributor Platform is no longer available on our site.” 

Huffpo removed


Fortunately, several folks did snag a version before it disappeared and here is the full verbiage plus screen shots.

(Dear HuffPo. I seem to have two accounts, one in the US and one in the UK. I’m a British writer. Can I amalgamate my accounts?) I really want this published in the uk edition.

By SALLY BECK

The controversial documentary Vaxxed: From Cover Up to Catastrophe, came to London last week, screened in secret at Regents University. Finally, an opportunity for us to find out whether any of the claims it makes hold merit.

Vaxxed is based on extensive recorded interviews with whistleblower, Dr William Thompson, a former senior scientist at the CDC, (Centres for Disease Control) the US agency concerned with safeguarding public health. The film looks at whether his claims - that he, and four others at the CDC, skewed data in an important study looking at whether the MMR jab (measles, mumps and rubella) can cause autism - are true.

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World Mercury Project $100,000 Challenge

National Press Club Press conference February 2017.

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Robert Kennedy, Jr.: “…Tony Muhammad came because he saw autism exploding in his community. It is the black neighborhoods that are getting the thimerosal vaccines. It appears to be that African Americans are much more susceptible to vaccine injury than other Americans. It’s the poor clinics in the urban neighbors who are getting these shots. If you’re living in a suburban neighborhood, people who are questioning your doctors and saying I don’t want that. But if you’re living in a poor clinic, they’re going to take the cheapest vaccines, which have thimerosal vaccines, and your ability to stand up to your doctor, the power to stand up to him doesn’t exist. So you take them, and those kids end up being grievously injured.

“And Bob De Niro who came here because of censorship, again like Del, because he tried to play a movie that he saw and there was an uproar.  And ultimately, he made the decision that it’s too much, it’s going to disrupt the festival, shut it down.

“This censorship is not good for America. It’s not good for democracy. It’s not good for the public health. …”

Nico LaHood: “…For my family, I tell people, we became an unintended experiment. As Bobby told you, I’m the proud daddy of four children… And our first two children were vaccinated per the schedule. …Our first child, at the six months old, after the sixth month vaccination, she broke out in hives, tremendous hives. It’s an autoimmune disease. What’s that? ‘She’s allergic to your wife’s breast milk.’ How ridiculous does that sound? …

“We didn’t know to question, so we went forward with the schedule.

“Our second child, Michael, was born. Vaccinated. From the first day, all children are vaccinated, all the way through the schedule. We saw some signs, but around the sixteenth month vaccines, which is the MMR…We lost our son. That’s a fact. …He went to stimming, he went to losing eye contact, he quit responding to his name, and he went blank. …

“…We traced it back objectively, not subjectively, …to the vaccines. …”

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An Open Letter to Daniel Summers, MD

Dr Daniel SummersNote:  Thanks to Anne for this open letter to Massachusetts Pediatrician Dr. Daniel Summers.  We need to ask doctors by name how they can justify vaccine injury without batting an eye.

By Anne Dachel

Dear Dr. Summers,

I read your Feb 17th article in the Washington Post entitled, The evidence for vaccine safety is abundant. That will be $100,000, please.

In your strong criticism of Robert Kennnedy, Jr. and Robert De Niro, you were adamant that all the science is in on vaccine safety. You wrote, “Kennedy offered $100,000 to anyone who could turn up a study showing that it is safe to administer vaccines to children and pregnant women, with a specific call out to concerns about mercury.”

You cited “lots of studies that support the safety of vaccines,” both ones with mercury and the MMR vaccine.  You referenced research from Denmark,“where the CDC doesn’t have a lot of pull.”

In addition you said that “thimerosal isn’t even used anymore.”

In support of your position you cited the 350 health organizations who “recently reaffirmed the safety of vaccines and highlighted more than 40 of the most respected studies in an open letter to President Trump.”

As far as autism is concerned, you asserted that signs of autism can be found early in infancy “well before children receive more vaccines.” 

“Other studies have found that alterations in brain cell development related to autism may occur before birth.”

Finally you dismissed Robert Kennedy’s plea that people show him the science that proves it’s safe to inject mercury into babies and pregnant mothers as

“disingenuous.”

Dr. Summers, let me say first of all, your argument that studies show no link is what Kennedy’s offer was all about.

You are relying on research with vast ties to the vaccine makers.

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Robert Kennedy on the Science: Quotes from Press Conference

RFK photo 2By Anne Dachel

This is what was said by RFK Jr at the National Press Club on Feb 15, 2017. He was specific about lack of any credible science supporting the use of mercury in vaccines. (This is totally different from what news sources are saying about this press conference.)

Robert Kennedy, Jr. on the Science

RFK, Jr.: “I read the science and I read it intensively, and I was immediately struck by the huge gulf between what the CDC and journalists were saying that science said and what the science actually said. And what I heard from journalists time and again, and it’s repeated like mantra, that the link between mercury—mercury is safe, that the science proves it’s safe, that the link between mercury in vaccines and neurodevelopmental disorders is non-existent.

“I want to show you the studies that CDC and journalists have said for years, don’t exist. These are 240 studies that show that—and they’re the best university scientists, by government scientists, by hospital scientists all over the world, that say that mercury is neurotoxic, that it’s causing damage to our children. [When you give it to laboratory animals] they develop autism-like symptoms or other neurodevelopmental disorders.

“These studies show that mercury is linked to the cascade of pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders that began hitting Americans in 1989. The children who born in 1989 were the sickest generation of children in the history of our country.

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Kennedy on the Media: Quotes from Press Conference

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By Anne Dachel

At his press conference, Robert Kennedy Jr offered a $100K challenge to members of the media:

“We know journalists don’t want to look into the science, so we are going to offer a one hundred thousand dollar reward—It’s called the 100K Challenge—to any journalist or anybody else who can point to a single existing study that says it’s safe to inject mercury into little babies or pregnant women at the levels we are currently injecting them in the flu vaccine. …

“[CDC] says that the methyl mercury in fish is more persistent in the body and more toxic than the ethyl mercury in vaccines. …

“CDC’s own scientists last month published a massive data review and literature review that proved that claim to be a hoax. Where CDC is now acknowledging through its own scientists that the ethyl mercury in vaccines may be fifty times as toxic to the brain as the methyl mercury in fish and twice as persistent in the body.

“Yet that study…got zero coverage in the mainstream press. Democracy requires checks and balances. One of the first things that journalists learn when they go to journalism school is that people in power lie. People in authority lie and it’s the job of journalists to check them. You can’t just take their word on stuff. …

“The pharmaceutical industry has paid eight billion dollars out in recent years for pharmaceutical drugs, for lying, for doing off-label marketing, for doing adulteration, for doing all kinds of bad things with their pharmaceuticals.

“What makes you think they wouldn’t do the same thing with vaccines?

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Vaccine Safety House of Cards

House of Cards fallenBy Anne Dachel

First of all, something that will get absolutely no recognition in the mainstream media is this announcement by RFK in EcoWatch.com: Yale University Study Shows Association Between Vaccines and Brain Disorders

A team of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine have found a disturbing association between the timing of vaccines and the onset of certain brain disorders in a subset of children.

Analyzing five years' worth of private health insurance data on children ages 6-15, these scientists found that young people vaccinated in the previous three to 12 months were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with certain neuropsychiatric disorders than their non-vaccinated counterparts.

This new study, which raises important questions about whether over-vaccination may be triggering immune and neurological damage in a subset of vulnerable children (something parents of children with autism have been saying for years), was published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, Jan. 19.

More than 95,000 children in the database that were analyzed had one of seven neuropsychiatric disorders: anorexia nervosa, anxiety disorder, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and tic disorder. …

However, children who had been vaccinated were 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with anorexia and 25 percent more likely to be diagnosed with OCD than their non-vaccinated counterparts. Vaccinated children were also more likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and with tics compared to the controls….

I agree with these researchers that the correlation between anorexia, OCD, tic disorder, anxiety disorder and vaccinations warrants further scrutiny. This study suggests that the seemingly inexplicable increase we have seen in brain disorders among young children may not be so mysterious after all.

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WGBH Boston's 02134 Sends Mish Michaels Out the Door

Mish MichaelsNote: I grew up watching WGBH, Boston's Channel 2, public television. Sesame Street in 1969. Thalassa Cruso's Making Things Grow with my Mom. Maggie Lettvin in the blue leotard leading a TV exercise class before Jane Fonda felt any heat at all, let alone "the burn."  And Zoom in the 1970s.  Remember this? "Send a SASE to Zoom! Box 3-5-0, Boston Mass OH TWO ONE THREE FOUR! Send it to Zoom!"  WGBH told reportert Mish Michaels to "zoom" to another job over her sensible reporting on vaccinations.

By Anne Dachel

THE CASE OF MISH MICHAELS

The message to members of the media couldn’t be stronger: You may not dissent. All vaccines are safe for all children.  

The unfolding story of meteorologist Mish Michaels and how she lost her job at WGBH in Boston is a case in point.  Michaels was hired as a science reporter, but when her past statements about vaccine safety concerns came to light, she was fired.

Feb 9, 2017, MN Public RadioScience reporter loses job over questionable grasp of science   (AND MY BOOK IS QUOTED HERE in the MPR STORY.)

Mish Michaels, a former Boston TV weatherperson (she referred to herself as the “station scientist”), has lost her job with the PBS affiliate in the city because she doesn’t believe in vaccinations, the Boston Globe reports.

“The decision was made that [Michaels] is not a good fit for ‘Greater Boston’ and she won’t be working there,” Jim Braude, host of WGBH’s “Greater Boston” tells the Globe. She was to report science stories for his program.

In 2011, she testified before the Massachusetts Legislature in favor of a bill to add parental choice to the list of reasons why some Massachusetts kids don’t have to be immunized as a requirement for attending school…

Feb 9, 2017, Boston Globe: After losing job, Mish Michaels says her personal beliefs were ‘positioned inaccurately’

Michaels wrote. “Unfortunately, my personal beliefs as a private citizen have been positioned inaccurately. I have never claimed that I don’t believe in vaccines. I am pro-safe and effective vaccines and pro scientific discovery. As a journalist, I strive to ask hard questions. Scientific consensus does not equal complacency. It is a challenge to scientists to verify the science or push it forward.”

Feb 9, 2017, Boston Globe: Mish Michaels loses WGBH science job — because she doesn’t believe in vaccines

Damage control at WBGH TV

It looked like censorship at WBGH Boston, so the next day a seemingly professional and informed panel aired their views.

FEB 10, 2017, WBGH TV Boston: Beat the Press

Listen to these five reporters discussing why WBGH TV had a perfect right to fire Mish Michaels for not toeing the line on vaccine safety.

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Dachel Interview: Dr. Paul Thomas

Dr. Paul THomas
By Anne Dachel

It is my pleasure to introduce Age of Autism readers to Dr. Paul Thomas from Portland, Oregon.   As I’ve talked with Dr. Thomas and read about him, I can’t help but be hopeful for the future. I have Vaccine Friendly Plansome amazing information in this article, so I invite you all to watch the Skype videos where he explains his views on vaccines safety and what has to change, and to share this with others.

I first heard about Dr. Thomas when I looked into a new medical organization called Physiciansfor Informed Consent, PIC.  Just when it seems that our doctors universally back the CDC’s ever-expanding vaccine schedule for every child in America, suddenly, we have a determined, courageous group of medical providers who say parents have rights over health choices for their children.

On their website their position is clear: “PIC is the first physician organization dedicated to safeguarding informed consent in vaccination.” Doctors, several hundred doctors, are organized in their opposition to medical tyranny.

I was able to interview Paul Thomas about vaccines, their link to autism, and what he’s learned with his Vaccine Friendly Plan.

Q: I asked Dr. Thomas if we’re doing anything to protect children who may be susceptible to a vaccine reaction?

A: “The answer is an absolute resounding yes, [there are vulnerable kids out there]. We now know family histories and certain genetic risk factors that make you less able to deal with toxins, for example. If you have a strong family history of autoimmune issues, you’re going to be more vulnerable to aluminum-containing vaccines,

“Aluminum, the adjuvant in most vaccines, is the largest and most powerful trigger of autoimmunity. There’s an entire book about it called, Vaccines and Autoimmunity, edited by Schoenfeld.   There are hundreds of articles pointing to this issue. That’s just a small piece.

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Dr. Paul Thomas Responds to AAP's Dr. Fernando Stein's Vaccine Safety Article

Dr. Paul THomasBy Anne Dachel

On January 10, 2017, an article by the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Fernando Stein, MD, and Vice President, Karen Remley, MD, entitled, American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines, was published on their website.

It was the AAP’s response to the news that incoming President Donald Trump was going to have a panel investigate vaccine safety and scientific integrity. The AAP’s reaction was as expected: 

Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives.”

Stein and Remley were, of course, referring to “a robust body of medical literature,” and “extensive scientific evidence.” The AAP conceded nothing. According to their leadership, the science is in. There is no need to look further. The health of America’s children is just fine.

Dr. Paul Thomas, an Oregon pediatrician who belongs to the AAP, and is a founding member of PIC, Physicians for Informed Consent,  wasn’t impressed by the AAP’s response. He wrote to Fernando Stein, laying things on the line.

Dr Stein,

Welcome to the most difficult year ever for pediatricians who are unable to see past the ov...er simplified messages "vaccines are safe" "vaccines are effective" etc.

I hope you will be that leader with deep integrity and willingness to look at all the data and perhaps you can save the AAP.

The multi-dose flu shot has too much mercury to be safe for pregnant women or young children.
The aluminum content in many of the aluminum containing vaccines exceeds FDA parenteral safety guidelines when injected to newborns and young infants.

We don't have any large long term studies comparing vaccinated to unvaccinated populations and looking at all health issues.

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Experts Respond to Dr. David Amaral (MIND Institute)

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NOTE:  I'd like to thank Dr. Amaral for responding to Anne Dachel last week.  We're going to move the ball forward (Superbowl analogy) by conversation.  He did not have to make that effort and I am asking readers to respond to him with courtesy and manners.  Even if  you're really pissed.  Thanks. KIM

By Anne Dachel

Recently I wrote about David Amaral, Director of Autism Research at UC Davis MIND Institute.  Amaral had been quoted in a Spectrum.News.org article    where he said he was “worried” about President Trump’s plans to look into vaccine safety and autism research. The piece was a call for the status quo to continue, after all, we already have the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (of which Amaral is a member) which advises HHS on autism.

In my story, Autism Scientist Worried About a Vaccine Safety Panel,  I reminded readers that six years ago, Amaral was covered on PBS admitting this about vaccines and autism, “It’s not to say, however, that there is a small subset of children who may be particularly vulnerable to vaccines.

“And in their case, having the vaccines, or particular vaccines, particularly in certain kinds of situations — if the child was ill, if the child had a precondition. Like a mitochondrial defect. 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.”

I wanted to know what happened to Amaral to make him now more worried about someone looking into the vaccine safety than about which kids are there are susceptible to a vaccine reaction.

Dr. Amaral posted this comment on my story:

Dear Anne,

The beauty of science is that you are taken where the evidence leads you. The MacNeil interview was carried out early in 2011 and at that time I thought that there was some chance that postnatal factors might lead to some cases of autism - particularly in children that had a genetic or other medical predisposing condition. But, our own research has argued against this view. Later in 2011, we published a paper about brain changes in children with and without regression (Nordahl et al 2011). We found that it was the children with evidence of regression that generally had enlarged brains. We also found that head enlargement started at 4-6 months of life - long before the behavioral regression.

Nordahl, C.W., et al., (2011) Brain enlargement is associated with regression in preschool-age boys with autism spectrum disorders. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 108(50): p. 20195-200.

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Pew Research Poll on Vaccines At Odds With Reality for Many Families

I-wake-up-screaming-tBy Anne Dachel

I'm sure this Pew Research poll will be talked about EVERYWHERE in the mainstream news.

COUPLE OF THINGS TO NOTE: The focus is on the MMR vaccine. (Could this be because of Dr. Wakefield's work?) The ordinary reader may not have concerns about mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, aborted fetal cells and a dramatically increased vaccine schedule. Let's just pretend that parents only worry about the MMR.

Second, notice the references (in almost every story I looked at) showing that "wealthier Americans with a knowledge of science" were MORE likely to support the mandate for the MMR vaccine. (This may be carefully constructed to possibly to counter the reports that parents who were highly educated in the most affluent neighborhoods were the most likely to question vaccines.)

I've watched things like this for years. With the promise of a federal panel to look into how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does business, it's time to flood Google News with reports of public trust and support for the current vaccine schedule.

There are a lot of people out there who are terrified of an investigation into our vaccine program. (Example: I recently wrote about David Amaral at MIND Institute-UC Davis who says he's worried about anyone looking into vaccine safety. Incredibly, there is absolutely no worry from Amaral about two percent of our children with autism.)

Notice these stories telling us there's nothing to look at.

Feb 2, 2017, Opposing Views: Poll: Trump's Vaccine Views At Odds With Americans'

The Pew Research poll, conducted before the November 2016 election and released on Feb. 2, found that 82 percent of Americans believe that parents of public school students should be required to vaccinate their children for measles, mumps and rubella. While 66 percent said that there is a low risk of side effects from the popular vaccine, a full 88 percent said that the benefits still outweigh any possible risks. Meanwhile, 73 percent said that the shot offers serious preventative health benefits.

Many vaccine opponents have raised concerns about secondary ingredients in the shots that children receive, such as the preservative thimerosal, which skeptics say may cause autism. According to the Center for Disease Control, no vaccine ingredients, including thimerosal, have been shown to have any connection to the disability, although the ingredient has nonetheless largely been reduced or eliminated from most formulas since its safety came under review in 2001....

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Autism Scientist Worried About a Vaccine Safety Panel

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By Anne Dachel

This is a disgusting bit of news. So David Amaral is worried about a vaccine safety commission? He as a lot of nerve! Every time I see this man's name in print, it makes me angry. Who can forget his comments in an interview with Robert MacNeil on PBS in 2011? Back then he asserted that for some kids, vaccines are the trigger for autism.

So what has the MIND Institute done to address this question? Nothing. And how many more children have been injured by vaccines in the last six years since that interview? Thousands. (I posted two comments on this story, shortly afterwards they were removed.)

How dare this reporter claim that the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee is already looking into autism. This group hasn't done a thing to address autism. They are a complete failure. IACC was created in 2006 with the Combating Autism Act. Eleven years ago, the autism rate was one in every 166 children. Today it's one in 68 (or one in 45) depending on which official finding you want to believe.

(My original comments are at the bottom of this piece.)

Feb 1, 2017, SpectrumNews.Org: New administration stirs angst, activism among autism scientists

By Daisy Yuhas

Jonathan Sebat, director of  the Beyster Institute for Psychiatric Genomics at the University of California…

Sebat says he fears that the administration’s hostility toward facts in autism, climate change and other fields will hinder research. “Politics seems to be eclipsing science,” he says.

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Groundhog Day Might Be Ending for Autism

Groundhog YrFrom 2003 to January 19, 2017 - so little had changed for autism. AofA readers know the drill. "No cause. But we know it's not vaccines. No cure. Why would you want a cure for such a gifty diagnosis?"  Yadda yadda yadda ad NAUseam. Maybe 2017 is the year the groundhog turns into a tiger. Let's hope so.

Here's a BEST OF post from 2012.

By Anne Dachel

In Nov 2003 the New York Times published an interesting article titled, Government Mapping Out A Strategy to Fight Autism by Jane Gross. HERE

It was about a government plan to deal with autism. It had a lot of familiar details: autism is on the rise, we need to find the cause, and early intervention is best.

Gross reported, “Nobody knows the cause of the surge, although epidemiologists suspect it is largely a result of refined diagnosis and public awareness. That does not change the dimensions of a problem that strains schools, medical services and families. Nor does it affect forecasts of growing caseloads for decades to come.”

Not bad coverage for something from almost a decade ago. We would expect that after millions of dollars of research and all the efforts of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee created by Congress to deal with autism there would be definite answers and we’d have great success stories about programs for affected children and the progress being made. Sadly, it’s not happening.

WNDU-TV in South Bend, IN just published a story about autism on Jan 3, 2012 called, Doctors working on ways to better diagnose children with autism. HERE

WNDU announced, “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for autism twice before age 2. However, only between 5 and 7 percent of pediatricians perform a formal screening.

“The average age of diagnosis for a child with autism is about 5 and a half, and experts say that’s way too late.”

In addition they reported, “The number of children diagnosed with autism appears to be rising. It’s not clear whether this is due to better detection and reporting of autism, a real increase in the number of cases, or both.”

What the South Bend story reveals is that we are basically where we were at in 2003 when it comes to autism. Autism is still a medical mystery that doctors and health officials scratch their heads over. There is still no alarm over autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics didn’t call autism a crisis in 2003 and they still don’t call it one today.

Back in 2003 it seemed like a real effort was going to be made and I might have been a little hopeful. The Times told us, “Propelled by the skyrocketing number of diagnoses of the perplexing brain disorder autism in children, federal officials have for the first time mapped out a long-term, interagency plan to deal with the problem.

“The plan includes objectives like the development of teaching methods that will allow 90 percent of autistic children to speak; the identification of genetic and nongenetic causes of the condition; and adequate services for all afflicted children in the next 7 to 10 years.”

The Times also included Dr. Fred R. Volkmar from Yale who has long blamed bad genes and credited doctors for the explosion in autism. Volkmar is still in the news regularly trying to convince us that there’s been no real increase in autism.

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Media Coverage and Vaccine Science

FrustratedBy Anne Dachel

Members of the press, please DON’T tell us about “THE SCIENCE ON VACCINES SAFETY”—There isn’t any!

As someone who’s waded through daily news stories on autism and on the controversial link to vaccines for well over ten years, let me tell you, nothing ever changes when the media reports on this. The tired mantra, “studies show no link,” or some version thereof, is always present, as if OFFICIAL STUDIES HAVE SETTLED THE DEBATE.

Members of the media retreat to the guys in the white coats waving the latest research to cover up their own failure as journalists. No mainstream reporter ever deviates from the standard storyline when they’re covering vaccines. There can never be even a hint that parents have something to worry about.

One only has to think back to George Stephanopoulos on ABC interviewing Dr. Andrew Wakefield in 2011. Stephanopoulos said that he’d read Wakefield’s book, Callous Disregard, yet he couldn’t cite a single statement that was in the book. All he did was repeat the claims from Brian Deer’s book.

Probably the worst example of media fraud on this issue was on CNN when Anderson Cooper talked to Wakefield, also in 2011. Cooper refused to address Wakefield as “Dr. Wakefield.” Instead he merely said, “Sir.” When Wakefield tried to defend himself against the charges Cooper was making by holding up a copy of his book, Cooper immediately cut him off saying, “I’m not here to let you pitch your book, I’m here to have you answer questions.” He went on to call Wakefield a liar: “But sir, if you’re lying, then you book is a lie. If your study is a lie, your book is a lie.” Every time Wakefield tried to present his side, Cooper cut him off.

Reporters love to bring up Wakefield’s name in their stories, blaming him for parents not vaccinating because of his fraudulent study; no one interviews him these days. No one wants his side in the news.

Corruption of the press is on my mind lately because of rather blunt comments from President Trump.

Recently Trump was interviewed by Fox News reporter Sean Hannity and the discussion was about the media.

Donald Trump:

“They’re very dishonest people. The media is very dishonest, I’ve been saying, I say it openly. …I get stories that are so false and so dishonest… It’s fake news, it’s fake. They make things up…. They’re the liars.”

Please understand that my life is so centered on what’s happening to the health of our children that I don’t have a lot of time to explode political questions, but as far as the press is concerned, Trump is absolutely right! (And this is not an endorsement of his economic, foreign, or domestic policies.)

After years and years of watching news coverage and reading endless stories, posting thousands of comments, and writing hundreds of articles, I know full well that the press is corrupt. They write what they’re told. They set up the phony scenario: cite the studies, interview pro-vaccine experts, slam vaccine skeptical parents, trivialize autism.

All I had to do was look at the last couple weeks to prove my point. There were dozens of stories to choose from, and I picked five.

Jan 26, USA Today

John J. Pitney, Jr.: Trump’s fake science could be lethal

Trump’s science denial is especially troubling when it comes to autism. For years, he has propounded a discredited theory about the origins of the condition. In 2007, he said: ‘When I was growing up, autism wasn't really a factor. And now all of a sudden, it's an epidemic. Everybody has their theory, and my theory is the shots. They're getting these massive injections at one time. I think it's the vaccinations.’

“Study after study has disproved any connection between vaccines and autism. Scientists are still studying the roots of autism, and many possibilities remain, but vaccinations are the one purported cause that they have definitively ruled out.”

Jan 26, Washington Post

Joel Achenbach: The nation’s top scientists can’t get through to Trump — and they’re alarmed

Leaders of several of the nation's top science organizations say they've been shunned by the Trump administration and are alarmed by signs that the administration will muzzle government researchers and reject the scientific evidence that informs such critical issues as vaccine safety and climate change….

Earlier this month Trump met with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., after which Kennedy, an ardent promoter of the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism, said Trump asked him to chair a presidential commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity. The Trump transition team quickly said no decision has been made about such a commission. But Trump has also promoted the discredited vaccine-autism link.

Jan 26, Los Angeles Times Michael Hiltzik: Trump is at war with science and knowledge, and that should terrify you “He also has given credence to a decisively debunked link between childhood vaccines and autism, …”

“ A White House panel that questions vaccine safety and attacks immunization standards set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control—a possibility raised last week in meetings with incoming president Donald Trump—could actually lead to increased disease outbreaks. Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who suggests inoculations are linked to autism, met last week with Trump to discuss a panel to examine what Kennedy called ‘vaccine safety and scientific integrity.’ Although the autism–vaccine claim has been studied and debunked, the president-elect has also suggested a connection. His team later hedged about the panel, saying that nothing had been decided. (Kennedy’s office declined an interview request.) Nevertheless, public health experts and autism advocates are deeply worried that an effort with presidential backing could undermine public confidence in vaccines and trigger epidemics of all-but-eradicated diseases.

“‘We have dozens of studies examining autism and vaccines, and they don’t show a link,’ says Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation, a nonprofit that supports autism research.

Jan 16, Chicago Tribune

Laurie Garrett: Donald Trump and the anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorists

“Things are getting down and dirty now. And millions of lives are at stake. I cannot possibly state strongly enough how dangerous it is that President-elect Donald Trump has embraced the notion that vaccination is the cause of autism.

“Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a celebrated vaccine skeptic, met with Trump on Jan. 10. Speaking to reporters outside Trump Tower in Manhattan after the meeting, Kennedy said he will chair a commission ‘on vaccine safety and scientific integrity’ at Trump’s request, because, ‘we ought to be debating the science.’…

Kennedy has long held the position that vaccines are dangerous, and that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine administered to American children is a likely cause of autism. Like any good conspiracy theorist, Trump has long questioned the wisdom of vaccines. On Oct. 22, 2012, he tweeted that vaccines constitute “doctor-inflicted autism.”…

“…Kennedy claims the mercury is still used as a preservative and causes brain damage. But the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Food and Drug Administration removed thimerosal, the preservative in question, from vaccines and it has not been used in MMR since 1999. “

Jan 16, Sacramento Bee

Karin Klein:How scientific fraud about vaccines sows seeds of long-lived doubt

“I talked vaccines with Robert Kennedy Jr. a couple of years ago, when the Legislature was considering Senate Bill 277, which made vaccines mandatory for almost all school-age children. Kennedy was putting on rallies in Sacramento and showing his anti-vaccine movie; I’d been told by a mutual friend that he could explain the real scientific concerns.

“Not really, as it turned out. Instead of bringing up previously unexamined concerns about the safety of vaccines, Kennedy homed in on one of the most ancient. He wanted to talk about what he contends is the link between autism and thimerosal, the preservative that used to be added to many routine childhood vaccinations.

“Let’s ignore for a moment the mountains of high-quality studies that have discredited the autism-vaccine shibboleth and focus instead on the words ‘used to.’ Thimerosal was removed or reduced to trace amounts in children’s vaccines some 15 years ago. It’s still present in multi-dose flu vaccines, but getting a single-dose shot is easy enough….

“Trump already has an entire agency – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – that studies and studies and studies vaccine safety. Vaccines undergo regulatory safety regulations so tight, they make the approval of regular prescription drugs look like a waltz in the free market.”

 

Notice that these stories attack Robert Kennedy without showing any interest in why scientific integrity is in question at the CDC.

 

 John Pitney, Joel Achenbach, Michael Hiltzik, Laurie Garrett, and Karin Klein don’t really cover the issue. Their stories simply defend the safety of vaccines, no questions asked. They’re going after Kennedy the same way the press demonizes Andrew Wakefield.

Pitney cited“study after study” without, I’m sure, ever having looked at a single one or asked about the role of the vaccine industry in the research.

Achenbach reported that “several of the nation’s top science organizations…are alarmed” over Kennedy’s commission on vaccine safety. What Achenbach will never do is investigate the money ties between those organizations and the pharmaceutical industry.

Hiltzik warned that if Kennedy’s panel looks into the CDC’s immunization standards, it could “undermine public confidence in vaccines and trigger epidemics…” According to Hiltzik the science is in, and we dare not even look into the issue.

Laurie Garrett at the Chicago Tribune is the most glaring example of the incompetence of the press. She has no idea of the real issues here and makes the absurd claim that mercury “has not been used in the MMR since 1999,” when it was never in the MMR in the first place!

Klein defended injecting mercury into children as safe, and relied on the authority of the CDC that “studies and studies and studies vaccine safety,” seemingly unconcerned that the agency that approves, recommends, and vigorously promotes vaccines is also in charge of vaccine safety.

She said she’d talked about this issue with Kennedy a couple of years ago, but it seems she wasn’t really listening. In his scathing attacks on the CDC, he has long made it clear that their main interest is profit for the vaccine makers, not the health and safety of our children. The money ties between this agency and the companies they regulate are vast. Klein is willing to close her eyes to the fact that in Kennedy’s words, the CDC “is a vaccine company” because they hold the patents on over 20 vaccines.

No reporter will ever discuss the power and influence the pharmaceutical industry has over our health officials (and the media for that matter). Pharma long ago bought the regulators and the press.

ANY HONEST COVERAGE would open the door to the possibility that through total oversight failure and corruption, we are now looking at the systematic poisoning of a generation of children through the mandated vaccine program.

The only real defense experts, officials and reporters have is “the studies”—they are often referenced as conclusive proof that disproves any link between vaccines and autism. No one ever looks into the easily flawed and easily manipulated findings of the endless population studies.

NOTE TO THE PRESS: The public isn’t buying it. We know the science was rigged and the findings were fixed. We have a whistleblower from inside the CDC, Dr. William Thompson, and he says his agency lied. They destroyed data that showed a link between the MMR and autism.

Parents also know about research of Dr. Poul Thorsen in Denmark. He’s currently under indictment by the U.S. government for 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. He is alleged to have stolen more than $1 million from a CDC grant to Denmark. His study on thimerosal and autism was the science used by the 2004 Institute of Medicine panel to dismiss a connection between vaccines and autism.

Parents have heard all about how medical experts from HHS conceded the claim of vaccine-induced autism in the case of Hannah Poling back in 2008, as well as more than 80 injury claims that included autism and were compensated by the federal Vaccine Court.

They know about the conflicts of interest waivers that are rampant at the CDC because those regulating vaccines are also getting money from the vaccine makers.

You either haven’t educated yourselves on all the slimy facts involved in the vaccine safety debate, or you know and you willingly cover them up.

Either way, after two decade of failing to honestly report on a subject so vital to the our children’s health, NO ONE IS LISTENING TO YOU.

Dr. James Lyons Weiler reports on fake news and censorship in Fake Science: When is Medical “Science” Not Science?

 

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


Dachel Wake Up: San Diego Jewish World Questions for Tom Price

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Jan 17, 2017, San Diego Jewish World: 6 questions for Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s nominee to lead HHS

By Sheila Kaplan

It's called a "courtesy hearing," but Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of health and human services, can expect some of his Senate interrogators to get a little rough.

Price, an orthopedic surgeon and six-term GOP congressman from Georgia, will appear before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to answer questions on Wednesday. It's a courtesy hearing because a separate panel, the Senate Finance Committee, will actually vote on his nomination….

Do you share the president-elect's concerns about the safety of US vaccines?

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Interview with Author James Lyons-Weiler, PhD on Commoditization of American Health

James Lyons WeilerBy Anne Dachel

Back in December, KARE11 TV in Minneapolis aired the story, UMN needs participants for landmark autism study.

This report was on a major national study that will examine the genetics of autism. The video featured a dad who said, “We’re going through your baby book. Okay, here’s your milestones. At this age you should be doing this, at this age you should be doing this—Elliot was delayed on language quite a bit at first.”

Reporter: “Both Elliot, 16, and his 10 year old sister Ada were diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Their family’s DNA samples will be compiled on a registry with tens of thousands of others as part of a landmark study called SPARK.”

Dr. Suma Jacob: “It is a study that is mostly focused on the genetics of autism. One of the things we learned is we need tens of thousands, we need large, large numbers of participants to make sense of genetic risks or causal contributions to autism.

“Genetic autism is highly heritable so there are genetic traits, but there are hundreds and hundreds of genes related. Figuring that that piece out is one of the goals.”

Elliot and Ada’s mother: “We hope that by participating, it not only helps our children, but everyone’s kiddos and adults.”

Reporter: “SPARKS hopes to collect information from 50,000 people with autism and their families, speeding up research and ultimately helping to improve the lives of families impacted by autism.”

With phrases like “genetic autism,” “genetics of autism,” and “highly heritable” a viewer could easily conclude that autism is a genetic condition kids are born with. Nothing was said here about regressive autism, where normally developing healthy kids lose learned skills, often including speech, and start to show the signs of autism. Nor was there anything about the massive increase in the diagnosis among our children and the lack of a comparable rate among adults. It seems experts are eager to focus on the genetic component of autism while saying nothing about the environment and autism.

I turned to a leading genetics expert, Dr. James Lyons-Weiler for his reaction to the KARE11 story.

Dr. Lyons-Weiler is also the author of The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism (Skyhorse Publishing).

In March 2016, I interviewed him about his work.

Here are his answers recorded on Skype.

Q: Can we study the genetics of autism without looking at interaction with the environment?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alCMYKu1zqY 

A:  

“So we have this increase in autism that is exponential, that can’t be explained by genetics alone. There is a specific genetic component to autism in some families. There’s a risk in some families, but that’s just a risk. …If you think about genetic risk in the proper format, the community is discussing it backwards. They want to say the environment’s the trigger, and they want to say that the genetics are a cause, and that autism is genetic.

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7 Minutes on CDC

Seven rowBy Anne Dachel

When you listen to Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s seven minute talk on practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you quickly realize that our  children are being sacrificed on the high altar of corporate greed.

What are Wall Street analysts doing at ACIP meetings? Why are members of this committee allowed to profit from the vaccines that they approve? How can such egregious corruption be allowed to continue?

This is the agency that the media allows to have the last word on vaccine safety. This is the place that produces the studies that supposedly disproved a link between THEIR vaccines and autism. In truth, these are health officials who literally have oversight over themselves.

View the video on Facebook here.

The CDC is a very troubled agency, and it’s not just me saying that. There have been four separate, intensive federal investigations by the United States Congress—a three year investigation, 2001, 2002, 2003, by the United States Senate, Tom Coburn’s committee, by the Inspector General of HHS in 2008, by the Office Integrity in 2014. All of them have painted the CDC as a cesspool of corruption, of an agency that has become an absolute subsidiary of the pharmaceutical industry, and that has become a sock puppet, a spokesperson, a shill for the industry.

CDC is not an independent agency. It is a vaccine company. CDC owns over twenty vaccine patents. It sells about $4.6 billion of vaccines every year. And its primary metric for success in all the departments in the agency are vaccine sales. The groups, for example the Immunization Safety Office, where the scientists who are supposed to be looking at efficacy and safety in vaccines, they are no longer a public service…agency. They are subsumed in that metric: We have to sell as many of these things as possible. And so they do things to their science to make sure that nothing interferes—no information—interferes with sales.

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Dachel Wake Up: Senators Reject Trump's Vaccine Panel

Dachel Morning Wake UoJanuary 18, 2017, StatNews.com: Senators on key panel reject Trump's skepticism about vaccine

Most members of a key Senate committee are rejecting President-elect Donald Trump’s skepticism about the safety of vaccines, which suggests Trump could face significant backlash in Congress if he seeks to advance the anti-vaccine movement from the Oval Office.

In the week following Trump’s controversial meeting with vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr.1, STAT contacted all 23 members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and asked whether they shared Trump’s concerns about vaccine safety. The committee oversees public health, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and held a hearing2 last February on the re-emergence of diseases that can be prevented by vaccines.

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Dachel Wake Up: Press, Propaganda and Progress

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

At the beginning of my book, The Big Autism, How and Why the Media is Lying to the American Public, I included these two quotes:

“If you want to sell a lie, get the press to sell it for you.”—Argo, 2012

“The two most misguided notions held in America: Our government wouldn’t really do that to us; if they did, they would tell us about it on TV.”—Anonymous

Tuesday I went to Google News as usual and saw that the propaganda is rampant. The media is in a real quandary. They don’t want to have to cover the vaccine safety controversy saying the same old thing over and over. The press has been parroting the official denials for the last two decades, and it just hasn’t worked. They quote experts with impressive credentials from big name universities and medical centers, but the issue never goes away.

Some mainstream editor somewhere must be at least a little suspicious that there’s more to the story. Maybe one or two have even thought about investigating the “science” and the industry conflicts, but none of that would ever be allowed in print or on the air. No, there can never be even a hint that there’s a reason to worry about vaccinating children.

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Media Sets Out To Shame President Elect's Vaccine Safety Panel

ShameThis is fascinating because it's really a replay of what the media did with Kennedy's book BEFORE it was published.

Pharma's minions in the press have to discredit President-elect Trump's Vaccine Safety panel BEFORE they ever get started. They have to line up EVERYONE in the medical community against the idea of a panel on vaccine safety. They have to tie Kennedy and Trump to Wakefield, the doctor who was found guilty of fraud. These people are "anti-vaccine" and dangerous. They believe in a wild conspiracy theory.

They also have to warn us about how all the science is in, and anyone who raises questions will cause parents not to vaccinate and children will die. Anti-vaxxers are responsible for disease outbreaks.

 STORY AFTER STORY AFTER STORY ARE DOING EXACTLY THAT ON GOOGLE NEWS. Newsday is especially sloppy here since twice they claim that Kennedy's focus is on the MMR and mercury.

This kind of coverage will only  work on people who don't understand the scope of this issue and how much fraud and corruption is out there. I actually think the crimes perpetrated on our children are so vast and involve so many different players that if I didn't know better, I'd say we're all crazy. As one news editor told me years ago, "You're talking about a conspiracy involving the medical community, the government and the vaccine makers. There is just too much oversight for that to ever happen."

Someone should explain how come every major media outlet in the country has the exact same spin on Trump's appointment.

Donald Trump and the anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorists

(THE TITLE TELLS US KENNEDY IS BOTH ANTI-VACCINE AND A BELIEVER IN CONSPIRACIES.)

By Laurie Garrett,

(SAY THAT CHILDREN COULD DIE.)

Things are getting down and dirty now. And millions of lives are at stake. I cannot possibly state strongly enough how dangerous it is that President-elect Donald Trump has embraced the notion that vaccination is the cause of autism.

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Dachel Morning Wake Up: Vaxalot vs Camelot

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Jan 15, 2017, St. Louis Post Dispatch (editorial board): Trump is flirting with disaster with choice to head vaccines panel

Asking Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lead a panel on the safety and scientific integrity of vaccines is akin to naming climate change deniers Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Ryan Zinke to top the Interior Department and Rick Perry to command the Department of Energy.

Kennedy has been writing and speaking for more than a decade about supposed links between vaccines and autism. He has also toured the nation testifying against state vaccine mandates.

The theory has been widely discredited by reputable scientific studies…

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Science Magazine Interview with Robert Kennedy

Kennedy AlbanyBy Anne Dachel

This is a follow-up interview with Robert Kennedy, Jr. yesterday after the announcement that he would head a vaccines safety panel for President Trump.  Notice that Kennedy emphasizes the importance of safe vaccines. Already there has been massive criticism of Kennedy's appointment everywhere in the media because the press doesn't want us to consider that vaccines may not be safe for all children, it seems. All the science is in. (Repeat after me.)

IF...as we are constantly told, vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives, then officials and medical groups should show us the independent science and the double blind studies done on each and every vaccine to prove it.

Of course I have not seen one hint in any mainstream story about Trump's appointment of Kennedy of the numerous claims of corruption and malfeasance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The media is desperately trying to convince the American people that there's nothing for this vaccine panel to look at, after all, "studies show no link."  

Jan 10, 2017, Science Magazine: Exclusive Q&A: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Trump's proposed vaccine commission

By Meredith Wadman

Environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an outspoken vaccine critic, said today that he was asked by President-elect Donald Trump to chair a “vaccine safety and scientific integrity” commission. (A Trump spokesperson, however, later said that "no decisions have been made at this time" about such a commission.) Kennedy espouses discredited links between vaccines and neurological disorders, including autism. He has also been harshly critical of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommends the childhood vaccine schedule. Scientists and others have fiercely disputed Kennedy’s claims.

ScienceInsider caught up with Kennedy by telephone in an airport flight lounge shortly after he met with Trump in New York City. He made it clear that CDC’s vaccine scientists and practices will be a major focus of the commission’s work. Excerpts from our interview, which have been edited for brevity and clarity, appear below.

Q: What happened in the meeting?

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Tara Haelle: Vaccine True Believer

Pick-your-poison-sampleBy Anne Dachel

Seriously, I don't think there's a chemical on the market that Tara Haelle is worried about. Her comment about DEMANDING  A FLU SHOT WITH MERCURY WHILE PREGNANT was the best example of a real true believer I’ve seen.

In her story in 2013 Haelle said that she consulted with Dr. Paul Offit on the safety of the flu shot while pregnant and he told her to go ahead a and get one. She described how both her pharmacist and her doctor’s nurse urged her to get an Hg-free flu shot while she was pregnant, but she insisted on one with mercury.

Jan 7, 2017, Forbes: Cleveland Clinic Doctor Goes Full Anti-Vaccine

By Tara Haelle

...Neides is correct that thimerosal is the preservative used in these multi-dose vials -- but he refers to it as mercury, then asking, “Why would any of us want to be injected with mercury if it can potentially cause harm?” Except, “mercury” is an element that can come as a component in different molecules. The mercury found in certain fish, such as shark, tuna and king mackerel, is inorganic methylmercury, a known neurotoxin that accumulates in the body and can cause harm if too much is consumed. (Though, it’s worth noting that long-term studies from the Seychelles suggest a very high consumption of fish is needed to cause harm.)

Thimerosal, however, breaks down into 49% ethylmercury, larger molecules which exit the body within a week or two and do not cause harm, even when received in multiple vaccines. Before scientists fully understood the safety of thimerosal, it was removed as a standard ingredient in childhood vaccines in 2000. Today, its safety is well-established, and thimerosal-containing vaccines continue to be used in countries that cannot afford single-dose vaccines.

Exactly how safe is a flu shot with thimerosal? So safe that I demanded my local pharmacy give me one while I was pregnant. I wouldn’t dream of getting any substance injected into myself while pregnant that I wasn’t certain was safe for me and my developing fetus (now a healthy 2-year-old).

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Mainstream Media Response to Trump Kennedy Vaccine Safety Committee

Thimerosal RFKNOTE:  How did so many media outlets across the country get out such a similar response to the Trump Kennedy Vaccine Safety announcement yesterday afternoon?  And why are they so horrified by a government committee on product safety? (Rhetorical)

Could the chickens finally be coming home to roost?   We might not know which came first, the chicken or the egg, but we know that the autism epidemic came after the onslaught of vaccines.  Honestly, the frightened, angry response is.... looney tunes.  We invite you to buy and read Thimerosal - Let the Science Speak, from Skyhorse Publishing to draw your own conclusions.   K



By Anne Dachel

A committee to explore “vaccine safety and scientific integrity.”

(Trump is even talking about a panel on autism.)

How the press is covering Robert Kennedy Jr’s appointment to Trump vaccine safety panel. Notice that he’s now referred to as a “vaccine skeptic,” not “anti-vaccine.”

(It would be rather strange to put someone “anti-vaccine” on a vaccine safety panel.)

The Chicago Tribune called it “a stunning move.”

TIME’s Jeff Kluger called Kennedy “an anti-vaccine crusader” and “the vaccine czar.”

(I wrote about Kluger’s coverage of Robert Kennedy, Jr. in TIME Attacks Kennedy and Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak in 2014.)

Mother Jones called it “evil bi-partisanship.”

Remember one thing: The media has everything at stake in this. Just like Paul Offit and every official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, their careers and reputations are on the line here.

I’m sure the news that Robert Kennedy, Jr. had accepted a position looking at vaccine safety in the Trump administration left many, many people in shock.

This issue is no longer Republican. This puts the question of vaccine safety out in the news like nothing in the last decade.

So why is this prominent Democrat willing to join forces with the Republican President-elect?

People have to be asking this question.

Major networks and newspapers have to cover this. It can’t be avoided.

Here’s their coverage. Everyone assures the public that all the science shows vaccines are safe.

Several sites cite Kennedy’s book, Thimerosal-Let the Science Speak,   but they don’t include a link. Most never mention it.

Prominent vaccine promoters are quoted, including Paul Offit, Peter Hotez, and even Marie McCormick, and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the World Health Organization.

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Question Any Component of Vaccines? Immediately Branded Anti-Vaccine.

VoltaireBy Anne Dachel

"Time to deal with 'anti-vaccine' doctors"

Jan 8, 2017, Vox.com: A Cleveland Clinic doctor spread anti-vaccine views. He's not alone among MDs

By Julia Belluz

The medical community needs to figure out how to deal with its anti-vaccine factions

Large-scale studies involving thousands of participants in several countries have failed to establish a link between childhood vaccinations and autism. And there’s just no good evidence for the "too many, too soon" argument Neides makes. Babies’ immune systems are strong enough to tolerate the shots, and researchers haven’t found evidence for an association between the number of vaccines kids get in the first two years of life and neuropsychological outcomes later on....

The medical profession’s anti-vaccine problem is bigger than this one incident

The Cleveland Clinic, a top research hospital, now has a credibility problem on its hands. But it's not the only one: There are rogue anti-vaccine factions throughout medicine, who regularly muddy the public health conversation about immunizations....

The medical profession has been struggling with how to deal with dangerous doctor talk, since doctors can pretty much say anything and keep their medical licenses (outside of the doctor-patient context). But with a President-Elect coming into the White House who has also shared anti-vaccine rhetoric, the medical profession better think about how to deal with its rogue members, and get better at spreading the message about why we desperately need vaccines.

The current uproar in social media over a lone doctor from the Cleveland Clinic who dared to raise concerns over the toxins in our ever-expanding mandated vaccine schedule should wake parents up to the reality that MANY COURAGEOUS PHYSICIANS ARE QUESTIONING THE SAFETY OF VACCINES.

Wait a minute. How can this be? For two decades the "anti-vaccine" movement has been blamed on ONE DOCTOR, Andrew Wakefield, from Britain. Everyone else in the medical community stands behind vaccines one hundred percent, right?

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Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Daniel Neides' Smart Recommendations Create Backlash

NeidesNOTE:  This story is from The Cleveland Clinic. One of the only allopathic doctors to ever look seriously into why my 3 daughters have autism is at The Cleveland Clinic (many of you know Dr. Marvin Natowicz.)  The Clinic was a leader in replacing typical hospital food with healthy choices. They got into trouble for banning McDonald's on site many years ago.  Dr. Bernadine Healy, the NIH head who took a beating for saying that vaccine autism science was not complete, was married to Dr. Floyd Loop, former CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.   Let's send a huge cyber welcome to fellow "anti-vaccinationist" (insert eye roll here) Dr. Daniel Neides.  Did he know that he was stepping into a hornet's nest of epic proportions?  KIM

By Anne Dachel

Doctor links toxins and autism…

Jan 6, 2017, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Make 2017 the year to avoid toxins (good luck) and master your domain: Words on Wellness

This was an interesting piece. A doctor, Daniel Neides, from the Cleveland Clinic is speaking out on toxins (including vaccines) and our health.

Neides described how he received a thimerosal-free flu shot, only to find out that it still contained toxic formaldehyde.  Within 12 hours, he was sick.

(Dr. Neides should look at the findings from the CDC, other agencies, and the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration.  The ineffectiveness of the flu shot has been shown over and over.)

Regardless, Neides knows toxins are affecting our health and officials are doing nothing about it.

“….But when toxins disrupt normal function, problems can occur. Those problems include cancers, auto-immune diseases, neurologic problems like autism, ADHD, and Parkinson's disease, and the most prevalent chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease….”

Neides is especially concerned about the explosion in autism.

Why do I mention autism now twice in this article. Because we have to wake up out of our trance and stop following bad advice. Does the vaccine burden - as has been debated for years - cause autism? I don't know and will not debate that here. What I will stand up and scream is that newborns without intact immune systems and detoxification systems are being over-burdened with PRESERVATIVES AND ADJUVANTS IN THE VACCINES.

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LA Times/Michael Hiltzik and the Fakest “Fake News” of All

Fake NewsBy Anne Dachel

January 3, 2016, Los Angeles Times: It's not just politics: 2016 was an epidemic year for fake news in science, too

By Michael Hiltzik

One of the watchwords of politics in 2016 was the epidemic of “fake news” — a catch-all term encompassing propaganda, misinformation, disinformation and hoaxing — impinging on the presidential campaign. But let’s not overlook its spread in the spheres of science and medicine….

Oransky and Marcus cite several dubious findings that were published in scientific journals that purport to engage in peer review, but may not always be as reputable as they seem. These included a conspiracy-mongering claim that the vapor trails behind jet planes contain toxic materials, not merely ice crystals; another hugely questionable study linking vaccines to autism, a long-debunked connection; and a “whopper” asserting that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS. All were eventually retracted by their publishers, but that only raises the question of how they got published to begin with….

Common in the popular press are medical claims made by celebrities, typically associated with their own personal experiences or promoted by companies selling the nostrums, or both. Patient advocates and other promoters recognized early on that “using celebrities to endorse scientific or health claims gives the claims the veneer of authority,” Marcus says. 

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Dachel Wake Up: Ben Swann on US Propaganda

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

January 3, 2017 CBS 46 Atlanta Reality Check: President Obama Quietly Signs New Law To Allow U.S. Gov. to Fund Propaganda For U.S. Citizens

By Ben Swann

(View Ben Swann's report on Facebook here.)

Ben Swann: “After all, if government agencies put out information to the public for the sake of altering a point of view, isn’t that the very definition of propaganda? In fact that definition is this: information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, a group, a movement, an institution, nation etc.

“So this law essentially funds U.S. propaganda. But isn’t that illegal?

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Dachel Wake Up: NYT Bashing Vaccine Choice

Dachel Morning Wake UoDec 28, 2016, New York Times: Your Sister Won’t Vaccinate Her Son. Can You Help Him?

By Kwame Anthony Appiah

But the anti-vaccination movement is not, alas, a bastion of rationality. So, assuming his parents don’t have a change of heart, I fear your nephew may have to wait. The good news is that he doesn’t have to wait to turn 18; in Oregon, you’re free to seek medical procedures without parental consent as soon as you are 15. Until then, you can continue to be the voice of sage counsel.

We’re told that “Kwame Anthony Appiah considers readers’ ethical quandaries.” Really?

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One in 68…When “Better Diagnosing” is Really “Over-diagnosing”

But waitBy Anne Dachel

In March 2014 the autism went from one in every 88 children in the U.S. (released in 2012) to one in every 68. Then in March of 2016 the Centers for Disease Control again estimated the rate at one in 68 children.

In 2014 Coleen Boyle at the CDC was extensively covered in the media testifying to the bewilderment of officials as to the cause of all the autism, yet hinting that the increase was probably due to “increased awareness.” Dr. Max Witznitzer at Rainbow Children’s Hospital in Cleveland agreed and was widely covered saying that the increase was because of the efforts being made to educate the health care community and the general public to recognize developmental problems.

It’s important to note that when the CDC updates the autism numbers, they use statistics from six to fourteen states (depending on the funding).

The CDC looked at eight year old children in 11 states for the 2014 study: Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey. One has to wonder why California wasn’t part of the research since they are often credited with having the most accurate autism numbers.

See: UC-Davis report

Jan 2016 Sac Bee report on autism in California.

July 2016 Sac Bee

In March of 2016 the CDC announced that the rate was still one in 68, and officials were cautiously optimistic that the numbers had stabilized. (Supposedly doctors had finally learned to diagnose the condition according to guidelines established with the DSM-IV back in 1994.

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Fake News is Old News When It Comes to Autism

Pinocchio
By Anne Dachel

Lately I’ve heard about “fake news,” especially regarding Trump’s election.  I do think that in general, “fake news” is applicable to how autism is covered by the press.

Not only is there "fake autism news," there's the "fake autism science" that it promotes.

Definitions:

“Fake news is malicious, false information that somehow becomes credible. Most often through the promotion of a major political or media figure.”

“Then there’s fake news, the phenomenon that is now sweeping, well, the news. Fake news is made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word.

The story from KARE11 makes my point. This report is out to convince us that autism is genetic, kids are born with it, and it’s a puzzle that will take years to figure out.

KARE 11 Minneapolis: HEY AUTISM…it’s genetic, now spit in the bottle! We have to be convinced that autism is a natural condition, it's nothing new or anything to worry about. We don't see stories on adults with autism or on regressive autism. "Made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated."

Dec 21, 2016, KARE11, Minneapolis: UMN needs participants for landmark autism study

VIDEO:

Smiling autism dad: “We’re going through your baby book. Okay, here’s your milestones. At this age you should be doing this, at this age you should be doing this—Elliot was delayed on language quite a bit at first.”

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Ho Ho Help. Autism and Sensitive Santa

Santas listBy Anne Dachel

I often think back to when, at age six, my son John (now 30) was first diagnosed with AUTISM.

John had definite issues involving speech and social interaction. Back in 1992, there was no one locally here in Chippewa Falls, WI to diagnose his condition. The school district actually got a psychologist from Minneapolis (90 miles away) to figure out what was wrong with him.

I will never forget when my husband and I were told John had autism. The psychologist who diagnosed him said that she had no idea how John’s life would turn out because AUTISM WAS SO RARE.

I still remember her saying, “I don’t know if he’ll ever hold down a job or live independently.” (That was a pretty harsh prediction for a six year old with, we were told, a condition that only  affected one or two other children in our town. We were told that only one in 5,000 or 10,000 children had autism.)

Times changed.

Of course I tried to find out as much as I could about autism.  The movie Rain Man was the recommended source back then.  Throughout the 1990s I kept hearing more and more about autism. It seemed they were finding a lot more kids with autism than they previously thought were out there.

I continued to think that we’d get answers. Why was my son like this? Why didn’t he have speech as a toddler? Why couldn’t he interact with his peers?

If more and more kids really have autism, certainly expects would be able to tell us.

That didn’t happen.

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VaxXed Stories: Lily in Florida "Who Will Take Care of Them When We're Gone"

Sadness walk in treesBy Anne Dachel

Lily's mother is about the ages of my young adult daughters. My heart goes out to her.

We are all left with the questions:

How can these things be happening? How can doctors witness these horrific vaccine reactions and dismiss them as coincidence? How can so many disabled children be acceptable to medical officials? How can children can be destroyed like this? How can they and we just move on? ...

I can't imagine how Polly can hear about innocent victims, now almost 3,000 names on the Vaxxed bus, over and over and over, everywhere in the country, and not lose her mind.

Every federal and state legislator should have to watch Vaxxed story videos.

This what an out-of-control, indemnified vaccine program has done to our country...to our children.

No one is answerable for any of damage, and so it continues.

VaxXed Stories: Lily in Florida - YouTube

 Lily's mother asks, "Who's going to take care of her one day when we're gone? It's so stressful to think about."

Polly Tommey: "...This is an example of vaccines destroy lives, not just Lily's life and her mother's life and everyone around. Lily should have a future like every other child deserves. Instead, this is what a vaccine has done. ..."

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


The Price is Right?

Tom priceBy Anne Dachel

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

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

I wrote about her...2010

...and 2012

More coverage on AoA:

2010 Secretary Asks To Censor autism Debate

2012 Laying Blame for Autism Inaction

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

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

New York Magazine had this to say...

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

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

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

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

By Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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