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"It's hard to understand reporters who are so willing to risk their reputations by ardently defending the use of toxic mercury in vaccines when the science simply isn't there." -- Anne Dachel -0- As people attack RFK Jr.'s new book...

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

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

By Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is the inescapable truth about the safety of thimerosal. 

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

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Nova's Not So New Approach to Vaccination

PBS biasBy Anne Dachel

Vaccines-Calling the Shots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thimerosal RFKBy Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: Running for Autism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Andrew Wakefield Continues To Speak Out

Andy AustinBy Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: Lazy Hazy Days of Reporting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: Alisyn Camerota To Anchor at CNN

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

This was surprising to see today.  

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

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

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

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

Brian Deer on CNN from London

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

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: AuTV?

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: Pesky Pesticides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: Rates, Cause, Cali

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: Nothing But Anything But Vaccines!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: The Perpetual Puzzle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: What Does Generally Safe Mean?

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

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: Fluoride, Smog, Ultrasounds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: Measles, CARES, More

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

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

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

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

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Q&A with Sharyl Attkisson (C-Span)

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

Brian Lamb asked her why she left:

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

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

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

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

Lamb asked her, "What happened?"

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

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

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Dachel Media Review: Catholics and The Common Good

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Review: Camps, Crops, Campaigners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Review: Hear About the Herd?

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June 20, 2014, Financial Post (Canada): Junk Science Week: Vaccinating the 'herd' By Lawrence Solomon

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Dachel Media Review: AZ "Born With Autism?"

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June 17, 2014, AZ Republic: Southeast Valley school teaches children with autism

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Dachel Media Review: EPA Whistleblower on Science of Sewage Sludge Safety

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June 16, 2014, BBC: Half of adults with autism 'afraid to leave house'

June 15, 2014, Bangor Daily News: Autism Lives Here: Father's Day Edition

June 15, 2014, Truth-Out: How the EPA Faked the Entire Science of Sewage Sludge Safety: A Whistleblower's Story

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Dachel Media Review: Measles, Whooping Cough and Vaccine Failure

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June 16, 2014, CNN: Have an Infant? Here's What you Need to Know About Whooping Cough

June 16, 2014, Belfast Telegraph (UK): Abuse scale in autism 'devastating'

June 14, 2014, The UK Guardian: Half of autistic adults 'abused by someone they trusted as a friend'

June 14,2014, Christianity Today:  Thank God for Vaccines

June 14, 2014, TIME Magazine: California Warns of Whooping Cough Epidemic

June 8, 2014 LivingWhole.org: This Mama Isn't Scared of the Shmeasle Measles

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Dachel Media Update: Documentary on Montana State College's Maurice Hilleman

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June 13, 2014, Montana State News: Film crew visits MSU for documentary on grad who saved lives of millions 

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Dachel Media Review: Google and Cause?

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June 10, 2014, Roanoke (VA) Times: Grad conquers high school, but autism will keep posing challenges

June 10, 2014, The Hill: House panel advances revised autism bill  

June 10, 2014, CNN: Teaming up with Google to find autism cause

June 10, 2014, Fox News: Autism costs as much as $2.4 million per person, study says

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Dachel Media Review: Hiring Adults with Autism

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June 10, 2014, Software company hires autistic adults for specialized skills

June 9, 2014, CBS News: Study puts a price tag on the lifetime cost of autism

June 9, 2014, Yahoo News Canada: Kids' seizure risk from combo vaccine could give anti-vaccination crowd fresh ammo

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Dachel Media Review: Troubled Future

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June 9, 2014, NPR Boson: Troubled Future For Young Adults On Autism Spectrum

June 8, 2014, Columbus (OH) Dispatch: Kids with no vaccinations clustered in some schools

June 8, 2014, ReaderSupportedNews.org: Mass Grave of Dead Babies in Ireland Used as Guinea Pigs for Pharmaceutical Company

June 8, 2014, UT San Diego: ISSUES WITH PERTUSSIS VACCINE SPUR SPIKE IN CASES

June 6, 2014, Fox Kansas City, MO: Two more cases of measles reported in the metro

June 6, 2014, LA Times: Vaccination issue illustrates degrees in which doctors can sway decisions

June 6. 2014, Fox News: Environmental pollution linked to autism, schizophrenia, study shows

June 6, 2014, Philly.com: Virtual training may help adults with autism ace job interviews

June 3, 2014, Video: Sharyl Attkisson on Government Tests on Premature Babies 

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Lou Conte & Wayne Rohde on The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

WRBy Anne Dachel

One of the talks at Autism One in Chicago last month brought up a subject that should have set off an alarm bell in the media back in 2011: Two Fathers and Their Books – Dangerous Voices Inside the Epidemic - Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde.  That was of course the announcement three years ago that despite endless denials of a link between vaccines and autism, the federal government had been compensating vaccine injury cases involving autism on a regular basis since the late 1980s.

Fox News covered the story on May 9th, 2011 and on May 10th.

HD Net TV had a story entitled, "Vaccines and Autism: Mixed Signals."

Incredibly, the rest of mainstream media showed no interest whatsoever in reporting on this story. What should have led to calls for a government investigation into a scandalous cover-up was itself covered up. Within days, the story died.

For many who did catch the Fox News and HDNet reports it was the first time they'd ever heard of the existence of a special "court" for those unlucky enough to be injured by their vaccines.

At A-1 two of the people who've investigated the workings of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, Wayne Rohde and Louis Conte, updated their audience on how the system works. View the video from Autism One here.

Louis and Wayne gave the history of vaccine liability, the protection given to the pharmaceutical industry, and the compensation program itself. They explained that over the years, the table of allowable injuries has been so reduced that there is arguably nothing that is an automatically recognized side effect of vaccination.

Louis recapped the stunning news in 2011, they'd actually found 83 cases where the government agreed and compensated children who developed autism from a vaccine injury.

Louis: "I talked to members of the media who said this was one of the most shocking...situations they've ever come across, that a government program like this would hide behind parlance, to disguise the reality of what a vaccine injury looks like. That same reporter told me, 'I'm not allowed to cover this story.'

Louis has a 30 year background in the court system on Westchester County New York. When he began investigating the cases of vaccine injury, he quickly discovered that the descriptions of many of these injured children sounded a lot like autism: "Within a few minutes of opening some of the case descriptions, right there on the Court of Claims website, I began to see descriptions of children with vaccine injuries who were "perseverating," who were "self-abusive," who were "echolalic." Descriptions of children who hand-flapped, who toe-walked. What are we talking about here? This led to the effort that eventually became the paper, Unanswered Questions."

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Dachel Media Review: Conversation with Authors of Plague

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June 6, 2014, Voice of America: Air Pollution Linked to Autism, Schizophrenia, Study Finds

June 6, 2014, Cincinnati.com: Mumps, measles return with 400+ Ohio cases

June 5, 2014, The Daily Signal: Full Disclosure: Parents Fault Medical Research Study for Putting Preemies in Harm’s Way

June 5, 2014, Boston.com: N.J. Court Rules for Nurse in Vaccine-refusal Firing

June 5, 2014, MY FOX TULSA: City leaders, businesses declare Tulsa an autism-friendly city

June 4, 2014, MY FOX NY: Some NYC theaters, museums offer autism-friendly days

June 1, 2014, Youtube: A Conversation with the Authors of PLAGUE

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Dr. Paul Offit Tells Jon Stewart That Caucasian Upper Middle Class Educated are....

Educated dunceBy Anne Dachel

April 28, 2014, Dr. Paul Offit made an appearance on the Stephen Colbert Show on Comedy Central.  I wrote about it on April 29.

Offit used that occasion to criticize parents who blame vaccines for their children's autism.  He was adamant--there is no link!

Then incredibly, Offit was a guest on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on June 2, 2024, just four and a half weeks later.

In a skit entitled, "An Outbreak of Liberal Idiocy," Samantha Bee blamed "right wing science denial" and made one big joke out of parents who don't vaccinate while interviewing vaccine developer, Paul Offit, whom she described only as an " infectious disease expert."

So just who isn't vaccinating?

Offit: "They're communities that have large populations of Caucasian, upper middle class residents who are college educated, often graduate school educated, and believe simply by Googling the term 'vaccine' on the Internet, they can know as much, if not more than anyone who's giving them advice."  

Bee feigned shock that her neighborhood might contain non-vaccinating parents.

Does this make any sense in the real world?  If white, upper middle class, college educated parents are MORE LIKELY not to follow the recommended schedule, then the reverse must be true: lower class, uneducated parents willingly vaccinate their children according to the recommended schedule.  This disconnect from reality should raise lots of questions. 

Bee was next shown interviewing "health and nutrition blogger," Sarah Pope. 

Pope: "These vaccines are loaded with toxins and I'm not going to inject them into my kids."  While Pope spoke, Bee appeared to foam at the mouth.

Brief film clips of parents at rallies carrying signs about mercury in vaccines and of Andrew Wakefield outside the GMC were shown.  Then Offit continued speaking.

"They have an amazing ability to ignore scientific consensus."

"If you spend millions and millions of dollars to answer the question and you show people these great data and they still deny its existence. 

Samantha Bee went on ridiculing parents who don't vaccinate and viewers were shown a clip of Jenny McCarthy on CNN.  Paul Offit had the last word saying, "Sadly, the only way this gets better is when we start to see more and more outbreaks."

Bee: "So the cure for the anti-vaccination epidemic is observing very real negative effects of the anti-vaccination movement."

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Dachel Media Update: Passing the Buck(nell) to Genetics

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June 5, 2014, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Autism spectrum disorder Q&A: Health Chats

June 5, 2014, Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA): Taking on Autism

June 3, 2014, UK Guardian: Autistic boys exposed to higher levels of hormones in womb, study finds

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Dachel Media Review: NIH's "Tuskegee Preemie" Experiments

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My update today is focused on a disturbing revelation about an NIH-funded experiment involving oxygen levels given to premature babies.  This is being brought to light through the work of investigative journalist, Sharyl Attkisson, who has long been a hero to autism parents because of her coverage of the vaccine-autism controversy and how the government has steadfastly denied any link, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. 

I was surprised to learn there's an office within HHS called Human Research Protections, that supposedly oversees ethics violations, yet as Sharyl tells us, their standards seem to change when pressure is applied.

There is a familiar name to us in the autism community, Dr. Arthur Caplan, "a noted ethicist."  Caplan doesn't see this experiment on preemies as an ethics violation, which isn't surprising given his opposition to the idea that vaccines can cause autism. 

SEE: 

April 21, 2014  Age of Autism: Dealing with "Vaccine Refusing Parents?" How About Listening?

August 25, 2012

Older Dad Data Silences Vaccine Autism Debate

October 3, 2010

Age of Autism: Valid Concern for 60 Year Old Medical Travesty, What about Today?

Experts and officials have spent decades now defending an unsafe, unchecked, ever-expanding vaccination schedule and they see nothing immoral/unethical about injecting toxins into babies and pregnant women.  I'm sure tinkering with the levels of oxygen given to tiny preemies would also be totally acceptable.

June 3, 2014, Did Government Experiment on Preemie Babies Hide Risks?

Just 25 weeks into her pregnancy, Sharrissa Cook gave birth to a critically ill baby boy. Dreshan weighed in at a fragile 1 pound, 11 ounces. He lay motionless in the incubator, connected to tubes and monitors in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital.

"He was so tiny," Cook recalls. "I  was a first-time mom. I didn't have a clue. I didn't know what to expect."

It was Oct. 11, 2006. Medical personnel asked Cook, then a 26-year-old single mother, to enroll little Dreshan in a study. She says they described it as a program offering assistance and encouragement to preemies-premature babies-and their families. She readily signed the consent form. . . .

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Dachel Media Review: Vaccines for Society

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June 3, 2014, Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent: Vaccination important for entire society

June 2, 2014, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Trustworthy: Vaccines have earned that title

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Dachel Media Review: Jobs for Autism

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June 2, 2014, NWITimes, Munster, IN: Don't knock people who oppose vaccination

June 1, 2014, STIXS: Autism Can Be Seen in Babies as Young as Two Months

June 1, 2014, ABC 7 Chicago: Autonomyworks offers job opportunities for adults with autism

June 1, 2014, UK Guardian: Why antibiotics are making us all ill

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Dachel Media Review: Measles Vaccine Failing, Blame Unvaccinated

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May 29, 2014, National Post (Canada): Measles outbreak worsening as U.S. officials say number of cases is most in nearly 20 years

May 29, 2014, NY Daily News: Doctor at Bronx's Albert Einstein College finds new clues in understanding autism

May 30, 2014, TIME Magazine: The New Measles Outbreak: Blame the Anti-Vaxxers

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Dachel Media Review: Wandering, Perceptions

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May 29, 2014, Guelph (ONT) Mercury: An inspiring change in autism diagnosis

May 28, 2014, Idaho Mountain Express: Opinion piece about vaccines is misleading

May 27, 2014, Portland (ME) Press Herald:  Our View: No easy solution when kids with autism wander

May 27, 2014, NBC News: Mice With Mohawks Yield Clues to Autism

May 27, 2014, Chicago Tribune: Changing Perceptions on Autism, One Chicagoan at a Time

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Age of Autism on Elliott Rodger & Media Reporting

Elliott rodgerBy Anne Dachel

When I first heard of the shooting at UC Santa Barbara on Friday, May 23, I could only hope that it wouldn't be another Adam Lanza, the young man responsible for the CT school shooting in Newtown in 2012.   Numerous news outlets said he had high functioning autism--Asperger's Syndrome.

And it was discouraging to see that major new outlets were quick to announce that the Santa Barbara shooter, Elliot Rodger, had Asperger's Syndrome,  More than anything else, it was the way they talked about it.  It was included in the midst of describing violent and psychotic behavior.

ABC News:

Alan Schifman, the lawyer for Rodger's family, said the 22-year-old was being treated by several therapists and recently his parents and a social worker had become so alarmed by his behavior and his videos that they had reported him to police. Schifman said Rodger had always had trouble making friends and was diagnosed as a high-functioning patient with Asperger's syndrome as a child.

NPR:

The Associated Press spoke to Alan Shifman, an attorney who represents Elliot's father, Peter Rodger. Shifman told the wire service that Elliot Rodger "was diagnosed at an earlier age of being a highly-functional Asperger Syndrome child."

CBS News:

On Saturday, a family attorney said Elliot Rodger's parents long had concerns about their son's mental health. . . .

Shifman said Elliot Rodger had been diagnosed at a young age with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, but did not have a history of gun use.

On May 26th CBS did put out a story with an expert who denied that Asperger's caused someone to commit murder, but they didn't change the story from the 24th.

Forbes:

He was being treated by multiple therapists, according to the lawyer, and had been diagnosed as “a high-functioning patient with Asperger syndrome.”

Inquisitor:

Elliot Rodger’s Asperger’s syndrome and depression are thought to have played a role in triggering the mass shooting, which many will remember as being talked a lot about in relation to Adam Lanza and the Newtown shootings. The family also brought up the issue of gun control in relation to their son.

Boston.com

Rodger was reportedly under psychiatric care and “diagnosed with ‘highly functional Asperger’s syndrome’ as a child, the BBC reported.

I was surprised to read in the Los Angeles Times, that Simon Astaire, a family friend, said that Elliot Rodger was not diagnosed with Asperger's, but they referred to it as a mental illness.

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Dachel Media Review: Vaxs, Facts and Tracks

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May 25, 2014, Pittsburgh TribLive: Parents, vaccinate

May 25, 2014, Houston Chronicle: Autism families push for better, uniform coverage

May 25, 2014, Everett (WA) Herald: Autism Center at Everett hospital to officially open in August

May 24, 2014, CBS News: Elliot Rodger, California shooting spree suspect, son of filmmaker

May 24, 2014, Marion (OH) Star: Central Ohio's mumps outbreak should be a call to action

May 24, 2014, The Hill: Schumer calls for tracking devices for kids with autism  

May 23, 2014, KOMO Seattle: Controversial SIFF film claims link between mercury and autism

May 23, 2014, Harlingen (TX) Valley Morning Star: What causes autism?

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Dachel Media Update: Resarch, NVIC in Times Square

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May 21, 2014, The Hill: Autism law in peril in Congress

May 21, 2014 CBS5 Phoenix: Arizona's first approved autism charter school set to open  

May 21, 2014, ID Mountain Express: Science says vaccines not always safe 

May 21, 2014, Marketwatch.com: National Vaccine Information Center Calls for U.S. Vaccine Policy and Law Reform to Protect Human and Civil Rights

May 21, 2014, KCTV5 Kansas City, MO: More options for families to say 'no' to vaccinations

May 20, 2014, Washington Times: 'Redundant' spending claim on autism research stirs outrage

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Dachel Media Review: CNN Feigns Surprise as Autism Epidemic Cohort Grows "OLDER!"

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May 20, 2014, CNN: Autism is growing up 

As the world's leading autism researchers and advocates gathered at the International Meeting for Autism Research last weekend to share the latest discoveries about autism spectrum disorder, a strong theme emerged: Autism is growing up.

When you think of autism, you probably think of young children. But children with autism grow up to be adults with autism, and eventually (God willing) elderly people with autism.

In fact, most people with autism are adults, and most adults with autism lack services -- or even a diagnosis. . . .

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Dachel Media Update:

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May 19, 2014, Fox News: Toni Braxton writes about guilt she felt after abortion

May 19, 2014, Weather Channel: Another Study Shows No Link Between Vaccines and Autism

May 19, 2014, Press TV: Dad’s job may increase autism risk in kids

May 19, 2014, New York Post: No links between autism and vaccinations: study

May 16, NorthwestGeorgianews.com: Autism and eye contact: Baby research yields surprise, hope

May 16, 2014, CT Mirror: To explain living with autism, stories of kindness and challenges

May 16, 2014, KSLA Shreveport, LA: Family First: Are vaccinations linked to autism?

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Best of: Examining Dr. Tom Insel's Fine Clothes

Emperor's New Clothes Henry Justice Ford Note: We are running a few post about Dr. Tom Insel, IACC and the Federal Response to Autism since there is a hearing today in Washington DC. You can watch via livestreaming http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/

By Anne Dachel

On Monday, Jul 11, 2011, Dr. Thomas Insel, chairman of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in support of the reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act.

I listened closely to what Insel had to say about autism and I transcribes his comments below.  I compared this testimony to what Insel said to Congress about autism in 2009. (See my story, Age of Autism: Thomas Insel and The Really Big Autism Lie)

Back in August of 2009, Insel wasn't sure if the rate of autism was really going up or not.  He talked about early diagnosis and early intervention.  He talked about genetic research.

In December, 2009, the autism rate officially went from one in every 150 children to one in every 110 kids.  That same month, speaking at MIT, Insel said, "I said before this isn't just genetics... There have to be environmental factors."

By the spring of 2010, Insel was really getting concerned about the impact of autism. At the National Institutes of Health, (Age of Autism: Dr. Tom Insel on Autism) he said, "Eighty percent of the people with a diagnosis of autism [in the U.S.] are under the age of eighteen." In Insel's own words, "If you look at those numbers, the increase and recognize how many of those kids will become adults, we ...also need to be thinking about how we prepare the nation for a million people who may need significant amounts of services as they are no longer cared for by their parents or as their parents are no longer around."

So what did Insel have to tell Congress on July 11, 2011?  What advances have been made since 2009?  As far as I can tell, Insel had nothing substantial to report.

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Dachel Media Update: Daily Show Child Disappears into Autism? Doesn't Bat an Eye.

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May 13, 2014 The Daily Show: Ron Suskind was interviewed about his new book about his autistic son Owen. 

Suskind talked about Owen: "He was diagnosed at 3 or 3 1/2 with the regressive form of autism. . . .  So basically he seems like a typical kid, 'I love you.  Let's get ice cream,' and then they regress.  It's very similar to the regular autism.  It's about a third of the cases are regressive.  So, the problem is they feel like, it's like they're vanishing in front of you.  They just disappear.

". . .Of course, you say, what happened?  Did he hurt himself?  Did he bang his head?  And then we hear the word 'autism.'  And he has at this point somewhat disappeared.  You cannot communicate with him, but something happens that unlocks the mystery of it. . . ."

This episode of the Daily Show summed up how the media portrays autism perfectly.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Ron Suskind was interviewed by Jon Stewart about Suskind's son Owen who started out as a normally developing boy, talking and all that, and suddenly he lost it all.

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Dachel Media Review: Health Woes

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

May 14, 2014, NBC News: Mysterious Birth Defects: No Answers, Only Questions, Experts Say

May 14, 2014, ABC News: Many Health Woes Common in Autistic Adults: Study

May 13, 2014, USA Today: Ohio measles outbreak largest in USA since 1996

May 13, 2014, Daily Kos: Statutes of Limitations, Tolling, Vaccines and Autism

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