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"The Power of Words" 5 Kids Who Can't Speak Make a Movie

Listen_to_me_by_rachellove147-d34d13dBy Brooke Potthast 

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve 

As far as I am concerned every child or person with non- verbal or low verbal autism is a hero.  It’s difficult to imagine what they deal with every day. At an IACC meeting in the summer of 2013, Portia Iverson gave a presentation about this non-verbal group of the autism population.  She had a big pie chart to help the committee see how many children may not have functional speech in the US today. Unfortunately she had to make a stab at the numbers because for some reason there is no data being collected on this.  The safe estimate was 750,000 people in this country with limited expressive speech.

Well thank God for Soma Mukhopadhyay and RPM.  She created a life changing solution to the problem.  Now if we can just make it accessible to everyone who needs it and stop whatever it is that is causing the tragic loss of speech. 

Here is a short film made by my son James and four other teens about about their autism and how their life has changed since they can communicate meaningfully through Rapid Prompting Method.  It is called the “The Power of Words”.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Books, Age, Adapting

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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Anne Dachel

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

Thats_all_folksBy Anne Dachel

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Anne Dachel

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

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

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

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Nightmares

October 16 Dallas Screening: "Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis?"

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Reserve your ticket today for the October 16 Dallas screening of "Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis?" A unique insight into how ignorance, negligence, and indifference in the US healthcare machine lead to the tragic death of a severely autistic Chicago teen, and a charge of Murder One for his mother and godmother.  

Thursday, October 16 7:30PM - 9:06PM at AMC NorthPark 15 & IMAX   8687 N Central Expy Ste 3000, Dallas, TX, US, 75225

Order your ticket today HERE.  The screening has a ticket sale requirement - please share this info with family and friends and invite them. Thank you.

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Cathy Jameson

Never Give Up: National Autism Association Hacked on Facebook

Never give upBy Cathy Jameson

“Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.  Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

-Winston Churchill

You’ve probably seen a shortened Churchill quote a few times in this community.  If you’re on FaceBook and have “liked” the National Autism Association page, you’ll have seen that quote referenced quite a few times.  Their infographics, memes and messages frequently remind us to keep our chins up. 

Not every day is an easy day for some of our families, but with the encouragement of my friends, including several NAA members I’ve gotten to know, I do find myself able to look at the bright side of things.  Life is easier when I find something, even if it’s one tiny small thing, positive. 

Sadly, a few days ago, it came to my attention that something negative had happened to our friends at the NAA.  Their Facebook page was hacked.  Presumable taken over by internet trolls, the admin of the National Autism Association page can no longer access their FB page.  Worse, whoever had access to the page this weekend posted inappropriate posts. 

Who does this?  Who cyberbullies and publicly attacks an organization who’s dedicated their time and energy to helping families in need?   Not just any family, but families caring for individuals with autism? 

The NAA’s  mission is “…to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.”  They’ve carried out their mission well and helped many of us in the autism community.  They’ve gone out of their way to help me and my son directly. 

  Big red toolbox

A recipient of The Big Red Box, http://nationalautismassociation.org/big-red-safety-box/ Ronan is safer because of the NAA’s efforts to reduce autism-related wandering.  The NAA has helped thousands of families. 

Today, it’s our turn to help.

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Cathy Jameson

Best of: How to Deal with a Vaccine Bully

Angry doctorNOTE: We're just days away from the start of National Bully Prevention Month. Seems an appropriate time to bring back this "Best of" by Cathy from last October given the recent situation with the CDC Whistleblower and Rob Schneider. 

By  Cathy Jameson

October is National Bully Prevention Month.  It is National Vaccine Injury Month. 

Ironic, no? 

Here are some recent vaccine-related news articles posted on the web during October:

High Court Orders Two Sister Must Receive MMR Vaccine

Announcing UK Government Considering Mandatory Whooping Cough Vaccine for Newborns

Flu Shots During Pregnancy Reduce Autism Risk

Could A Vaccines for PTSD Protect Soldier?

Gates Foundation Introduces Trendy New Bracelets as Ridiculous Marketing Ploy to Push Vaccines
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My head spins when I see headlines like those above.  But, to the average reader, they may truly not know why some of the content of those stories are absolutely ridiculous.  The reader may not be aware of the many risks of vaccinating or realize how much money goes into this industry.  This happens when mainstream news refuses to offer both sides of the vaccine story. 

I get several phone calls and emails every month from parents asking for help when they see similar headlines in the news.  I get questions like:  What can I do when my doctor isn’t listening to me?  Why is my doctor bullying me about this?  What do I say if I don’t want all those shots?  What should I bring to the appointment to prove what he’s saying about vaccines and autism is wrong?  I let parents know that the best thing that they can, and should do, is to learn as much as they can.  I tell them to be ready to speak up when it’s time and to never forget it’s their child—not the doctor’s, that they are bringing into the exam room.  I also suggest to these parents to read.  Read. Read. Read. Read. Read.  And then read some more.  Knowledge truly is power, and applying that knowledge can be very powerful. 

In the past, the places I spend the most time discussing vaccines, vaccine safety and how autism is linked to vaccines occurs in an exam room with one of my son’s medical providers as well as on blogs, message boards and in the comments of web-based articles.  In the exam room, some doctors and medical staff are adamant about “No vaccines? No service.”  Fine! I say.  I’d rather take my children to someone else who actually respects them and their health.  It may be more costly to find a different provider, but their life is absolutely worth it. 

Online discussions about vaccines can be no different.  Depending on the vaccine topic or fact being discussed, reported or distorted, I’ve run into hostile individuals who refuse to hear me out.  “You don’t like them?  Conversation OVER.”  I learned the hard way that some people aren’t worth engaging.  Fortunately, the last encounter I had with someone online who rudely represented the pro-vaccine camp hasn’t had a repeat.  Easily I could have decided to never discuss vaccines online again with how negative that interaction was.  But I decided I wouldn’t walk away completely.  I can’t because those quietly witnessing the conversation later seek me out offline.  Not wanting to chime in directly, they ask questions behind the scenes and appreciate my perspective as the parent of a vaccine-injured child and ask for advice. 

New parents on the scene, the lurkers who’ve just made the autism-vaccine link discovery, are listening intently to those conversations.  Those lurkers are sometimes on the fence about the decision they face.  Some of them want solid answers and would expect them from professionals they trust.  But how do they trust someone who’s banking off of their medical decisions:  Should I vaccinate?  I think I might. Maybe not all at once though like my friend did with her kid.  He’s been so sick after all those shots and now has autism.  Doctors say the autism has nothing to the shots, but I know it wasn’t there before the shots.  What if I don’t vaccinate? My doctor keeps badgering me like I’m doing something wrong.  I hate it.  He always says, “You know your baby best…” and then hounds me to do what he wants to do.  He says my kids have to have all these shots, SO many of them, to get into school.  I called the school and they take vaccine exemptions, so why is my doctor pressuring me so badly?

New parents have questions.  New parents want answers.  What’s a new parent, or any parent for that matter, to do as they start asking what seems like an innocent question about vaccines either in the exam room or on the internet? 

# 1 – Do stay calm.  Online trolls love vaccine drama.  Pharma shills do too.  They get off on their wordsmithing, their debating skills and how much of your time they can waste.  If it’s in the exam room that you raise a question or concern, and if it’s an ill-informed doctor or pushy nurse you’re up against, be prepared well ahead of time with what you want to ask, say or point out.  Because your knowledge directly benefits your child’s health, stay calm, know your stuff and be ready to stand your ground.  Keep in mind that some practices benefit from doling out pharmaceutical products.  The more you know about where your doctor’s loyalty lies, the stronger you can be with the decisions or statements you want to make.

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Julie Obradovic

Chances Are You Are "Anti-Vaccine" And Don't Even Know It.

MirrorNote: Thank you to our friends at Thinking Moms Revolution for this post by our own Julie Obradovic - which we are pleased to excerpt. Please share.

Exactly Who Is “Anti-vaccine”?

If you want safe, non-neurotoxic vaccines for everyone, given in an independently tested and verified schedule and combination, you are “anti-vaccine.”

If you want transparency, accountability, and ethical science when it comes to vaccines, you are “anti-vaccine.”

If you believe those who profit from vaccines should not be in charge of vaccine policy or research, you are “anti-vaccine.”

If you believe you should have the right to informed consent, and that not all vaccines are created or needed equally, you are “anti-vaccine.”

If you believe we should study those who have reacted negatively to prevent problems for others in the future, you are “anti-vaccine.”

If you believe you have the right not to inject yourself with something made using aborted fetal cell lines because it goes against your faith, you are “anti-vaccine.”

If you believe the program has been derailed by special interests ever since they received federal liability protection, and that liability protection should be amended to apply only in times of emergency (if at all), you are “anti-vaccine.”  Read and comment on the post at Thinking Moms Revolution.

Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: No Evidence. None. Zero. Absolutely Nothing. Oh, wait …

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Any serious critique of the “vaccines cause autism” position – a position that I certainly hold – henceforth needs to take account of William Thompson.

Vaccine injury deniers who trot out the “study after study show no link” gambit, the “discredited doctor” shibboleth, the “Playboy bunny “ ploy and the “correlation is not causation” canard really can’t get by on just that any more. Those were simpler times.

But of course, they’ll try. They’ll try to ignore Thompson, the CDC Senior Scientist who blew the whistle on the study that found no link between the timing of the MMR shot and the risk of autism. Oh yes they did, Thompson said; they hid the finding that black males are at much higher risk if they get the MMR before 36 months.

So when, this week, on Huffington Post, Jeff Schweitzer, “scientist and former White House Senior Policy Analyst, PH.D. in marine biology/neurophysiology," writes this –

“There is no evidence none, zero, absolutely nothing to link vaccinations with autism. It is a myth, a fallacy, factually incorrect. Yet tens of thousands of parents risk their children's health by withholding critical vaccinations. Like [Rob] Schneider, many parents still to this day insist that vaccines cause autism, even in the complete absence of any evidence to support the claim with the withdrawal of the original paper. You might as well claim that vaccines cause baldness; no, no, I've got the perfect claim: Vaccines are ineffective but cause global warming! In that we combine belief in something for which there is no evidence and disbelief in another other for which there is indisputable proof. Perfect.”

-- When someone writes this, I can’t help thinking that an advanced degree in marine biology slash neurophysiology and a White House gig can't keep the true dilettante in someone from emerging.

But of course, ignoring or nullifying the Thompson disclosure is not just pathetic and evidence of a lack of moral seriousness; it perpetuates the tragic autism epidemic. When you’ve got 4 million babies born every year in the U.S., and a 1 in 68 autism rate, that’s an appreciable number of kids at risk every single day this goes on.

The CDC, in trying to brush Thompson aside and issue bland bromides about its concern for autism, continues its abysmal pattern. This, in turn, breeds complacency in the medical industry at the expense of the parents and few medical professionals trying to sound the alarm. Isabella Thomas, mother of two of the Lancet 12 children in Andy Wakefield’s landmark (not discredited!) MMR study, sent a letter to the equivalent of the FDA in England:

“CDC Whistleblower William Thompson has released a formal statement confirming the original study found a link between MMR and Autism, especially in African American and that the CDC hid the results.

“I would like to know if you have investigated this report and your comments please.”

The response:

We are aware that the CDC has issued a statement standing by the findings of its original study. . We are also aware that the analysis by Dr Hooker has since been retracted by the journal in which it appeared. . "

How condescending. Shouldn’t health authorities take some immediate action in response to Thompson’s disclosure, moving the MMR to age 3 for black males today – not tomorrow, today?

And shouldn’t pediatricians and pharmacies demand answers to Thompson’s statement that he’d never let his own pregnant wife get a mercury-containing flu shot – because they cause tics in children, and tics are four times more common in autism, and, therefore, it’s biologically plausible to say right now that vaccine can cause autism?

Of course this is hardly the first harsh truth to confront the powers that be – see Verstraeten, Unanswered Questions, Simpsonwood, et al. It's just one more piece of evidence that points to a pattern and practice of deceit, delay and denial.

I hear things are in an uproar down in Atlanta. As I said a few months ago, Freddy Krueger is coming for the CDC.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Anne Dachel

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

Greater-good-movieBy Anne Dachel

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

Leslie Manookian wrote,

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

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

Dr. Wharton:

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

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

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

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

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

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Kim Stagliano

State Pharm to Insure Everyone Regardless of Health, Slash Premiums!

State PharmBy Kim Stagliano

We're excited to report the latest news from State Pharm insurance - like a good neighbor, they are eliminating all actuarial tables, all statistics, all facts on age, sex, health and will offer insurance to anyone, everyone

Yes, my fellow Americans - State Pharm now realizes that risk is simply an outdated concept.

You're 67, smoke three packs a day, have two stents and have already had one leg amputated because of diabetes? How's about $500,000 of term life insurance for just $256.00 a year, Bunky! Your premium will never go up and you're covered until 2099!  Plus, "Jake" will come make you hot coffee every day for a month, and make your bed!

You're 36 and parachute out of a 1924 bi-plane after three hours of wine tasting in Sonoma every weekend? Sign on the dotted line for $1,000,000 in term life for just $187.50! State Pharm will throw in a trucker cap, can cozie and a polar fleece blanket for those chilly winter nights as your special gift.

Nothing will go wrong. No one will get hurt. Everything in America is safe, and should not be questioned.

So hurry up and call your local agent NOW.   Call before November 1st and State Pharm will offer you a discounted ticket to Pamploma for the running of the bulls and one of their nifty red shirts. Hey, they ARE a good neighbor.

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We support Rob Schneider, who was terminated from the new and very funny and endearing State Farm insurance ads, reprising his "Copy Boy" character from SNL for having spoken up on the topic of healthcare choice as it relates to vaccines. When I first saw the ad I ran to the TV and smiled. Now? Well, there goes the neighborhood.... Here's a detailed report:

From NSNBC International - Hollywood actor Rob Schneider got first-hand experience about the fact that corporate capitalism is not democracy and that publicly raising concerns about vaccine safety and efficacy issues results in a swift lesson about the fact that freedom of speech is a right that is mitigated by the fact that one’s livelihood and income may be threatened by addressing issues of concern for a multi-billion dollar per year vaccine industry.

Freedom of Speech exists in these United States. That is, if one can afford Unemployment...  Read more


House of Cards 200 pixelsKim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel,  House of Cards; A All I Can Handle 50 pixel Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.

CDC Whistleblower, John Stone

Dangling by a Thread in Washington: Insel Prevaricates Over the CDC Whistleblower

Insel_thumbBy John Stone

"I wish I knew more about that particular instance."

The excuses are wearing thin. Here is a transcript of the remarks of Thomas Insel, National Institute of Mental Health director, regarding the whistleblowing activities of Centers for Disease Control employee William Thompson at the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee meeting two days ago  (view video here.):

“Again this is not for the IACC since that committee is not here in full. This is not a meeting to decide anything we are going to do in regard to policy and I wish I knew more about that particular instance. I don’t. I can tell you that the 2004 PEDIATRICS paper was one of about fourteen papers in the IOM [Institute of Medicine] review and there have been  another multiple papers since then that have weighed in on this all of which the IOM have said in 2011 are consistent with not finding a relationship between vaccination and autism. What the IOM doesn’t say and what nobody has said in a way that I find intelligible (?) is that there could still be the rare cases in which that could occur and what we need to think about is how one would investigate that if that were the case.”

What, of course, Insel does is respond as a bureaucrat, not a scientist. He tells you the IOM have rubber stamped 14 epidemiological studies, therefore the matter is decided. Apart from anything else even if the studies were not corrupt (and they all have a very similar line of patronage to the DeStefano study) it would not be enough to say that vaccines only rarely cause autism. It is not only because correlation does not equal causation - as they keep on reminding us - but because you could have tens of thousands of cases and they might not register as statistically significant. However, if you look at the way in which these studies were botched together it is apparent that the effects were so gross that they could only disguise them by fraud. DeStefano 2004 is only exceptional in that it has been admitted by Thompson and not denied by DeStefano (the latter in two interviews with Sharyl Attkisson ), but actually it is just typical of what they were doing in all of them as Lyn Redwood told Insel at the meeting.

 

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Dr. Tom Insel's Snail's Pace Approach to the Autism Epidemic

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By Anne Dachel

Sept 23, 2104, Thomas Insel on autism (IACC)..............a surreal look.....

"...We're at a very, very early stage here.  It's as if autism, if you wanted an analogy, was like fever and everybody's trying to figure out what causes fever.  And some kids have Ebola and some kids have strep throat and some kids have something very different, and the only thing they share is the elevated temperature. And that ranges from 101 to 105.

"So I think we have a real problem at this very early stage of this field.  And it is early.  This is a field that has been deeply invested in biomedical research for only a couple of decades. 

"There are very few parts of the NIH that are that young in terms of how far they have been expected to go.  I can't help but say though that part of frustration in the committee is continued misunderstanding of what we can do.  What our authority is.  What our resources are. 

"We have no money.  We have no ability to fund anybody to do anything. We are a bully pulpit and the best we can do is to try and inspire some of the funders around the room, the NIH, CDC, Autism Speaks, the Simons Foundation and others, Autism Science Foundation, to make appropriate investments in the issues that are in the Strategic Plan.  But there is no real mandate to do that either. 

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Anne Dachel

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

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

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

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

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Katie Wright

Katie Wright: IACC and Regressive Autism

Lost boyNote: Yesterday was an IACC meeting. If you listened or participated, please give us your thoughts in the comments. Below is a post from Katie Wright on the previous meeting held on July 8. We'll have a summary of yesterday's meeting soon. Thanks.

By Katie Wright

For so long, parents like myself have been frustrated by numerous and endless IACC meetings dedicated to the discussion of common genetic variants, Fragile X, de novo variants, the genome, early intervention….but today, finally, regression, a huge issue affecting 40% of those with autism, was center stage. Thank you to Susan Daniels and her team for arranging the terrific IACC meeting addressing autistic regression.

In 2014 autistic regression should be discussed as matter of fact and with urgency. This issue affects 40% of those with ASD! Yet still, sadly, autistic regression is often approached with timidity and fear. When Dr. Audrey Thrum started to speak about regression she immediately couched what she was about to say (which was extremely tame!) by describing regression as a “loaded topic.” What?  Is apraxia a “loaded topic?  Are sleep disorders a “loaded topic?” Is echolalia is “loaded topic?” No Dr. Thurm these are REAL issues, not “loaded” topics. For goodness sake Dr. Thrum, of you are going to research autistic regression stop being scared of what others think and represent these children.

And yes, yes, yes, Kanner, described regression 50 yrs ago…we get it, we get it… But these researchers never add that the Kanner children who regressed had parents working with dangerous, potentially neurotoxic chemicals. Important detail always omitted. But please, take it from a Mom of a regressive child who has obsessively researched regression (I am also talking to you John Elder Robison) for 11 years there has been a miniscule amount of solid research on this subject.

Since 2004 I have read hundreds book on autism that. I was up at night; for years- Christian was awake anyways so I read books on autism. I could barely find a child whose autism resembled that is my son’s in these volumes. Either the books doubted regression was real or if it indeed happened it was not serious, or regression did not actually occur but parents “missed the signs and “were looking for something to blame.” One of the reasons my parents started Autism Speaks was that, despite visiting some of the best hospitals and pediatric neurologists in the country, no doctor at Cleveland Clinic, Mass General, Kennedy Krieger, Columbia Presbyterian Hospitals had any idea why my son had a catastrophic regression. Few of the doctors we meet with even seemed familiar with severe autistic regression and none knew what to do about it.

So back to Dr. Thurm. Thurm prefaced her talk by stating she has a nephew with autism and cares about this topic. Ok, but how on earth could she be so apprehensive about talking about regression and not be more curious about why it is even happening?

Interestingly (and not surprising to most of you reading this) Thrum found most regressions happen at 12 months and 18 months. Hmmmm…..what happens to every American infant at 12 months and 18 months? Oh what oh what could it be?

Next we heard from Dr, Rebecca Landa from Kennedy Krieger. Dr. Landa expressed surprise that she had found that regression was both widespread and vastly heterogeneous in nature.

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

Book Review - I Know You're in There - By Marcia Hinds

I Know You're In ThereBy Kent Heckenlively

It's an absolute pleasure to be able to highly recommend the new book, "I Know You're in There: Winning Our War Against Autism" by Marcia Hinds.

Whenever I'm asked to review a personal story of a family's experiences with autism I always think of the potential pitfalls.  The entire experience of autism is so overwhelming that it's easy to get caught up in your own feelings, and not think about what the reading public would find engaging.

There are no such problems in this story.  The book is crisp and cleanly written and I think even those who are not struggling with autism will find many things to interest them.  One of the unique parts of this book is the conviction by Hinds that for some reason her son seemed different from birth, although she is certain that his vaccinations and many rounds of anti-biotics didn't help.

There are many parts of this story which will be familiar to the members of the autism community, such as the casein free diet and ABA therapy, but I found the sections on Dr. Michael Goldberg and his belief that autism is best understood as a neuro-immune disorder to be the most interesting.  Marcia is quite honest about the contentious relationship she had with Dr. Goldberg, but despite that she still believes his central message to be very compelling.  He first came up with the immune connection when he discovered that the labs for his wife, who was suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, were similar to his autism patients.

The book is broken up into easy to read sections although from my experience I think people will be racing through the book.  The book is further enlivened by contributions from their son, Ryan, who is now a systems engineer at a major aerospace company AND he has lots of friends.  It made me laugh out loud when Ryan admitted that he had mixed emotions about being the subject of the book, and that he didn't "want any future employers or prospective girlfriends to know I was once considered autistic."

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Dave Weldon, Autism and GI

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

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

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CDC Whistleblower, Teresa Conrick

The Vaccine Truth Loudly Whistled

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

It is a fundamental fact that vaccines have become a topic of monumental concern.  Those of us who have witnessed a decline in health and functioning, a frightening regression of skills after our children were vaccinated, are a driving force in THE TRUTH.  AUTISM, is what it was then called when repetitive behaviors, tics and loss of typical language emerged. We now have Dr. William Thompson, a senior CDC researcher who has gone public on regression and the MMR vaccine:

….There has been a lot of controversy surrounding MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations and whether or not they are linked to autism. While the CDC assured the public that there was nothing to worry about with the vaccination, senior scientist Dr. William Thompson claims the CDC has been lying for years, according to The Examiner.  Dr. Brian Hooker was doing research for the Focus Autism Foundation and requested some information via the Freedom of Information Act about a 2004 study that claimed MMR vaccinations were perfectly safe. According to Thompson, those results were false. The Examiner reported that Thompson, who has been with the CDC for more than a decade, admitted to Hooker that he and several other authors behind the study manipulated and hid data that proved Black babies were more than three times more likely to develop regressive autism if they were given the vaccine before the age of 3.

Dr. Thompson also has implicated Thimerosal, the mercury preservative, used since the 1930’s in millions of doses of vaccines and still today in most flu vaccines, and how research shows it produces tics

"There is biological plausibility to say right now that thimerosal causes autism-like features."

New Vaccines But What About The Old Ones?

As the truth continues to emerge on the role of vaccines and autism, I wanted to point out that there may continue to be areas that need to have a light shown upon them.  A growing idea is PERSONALIZED VACCINES and the concept of “VACCINOMICS and ADVERSOMICS": 

Vaccines as we know them are on the way out. On the way in are personalized, precision vaccines, created through a new discipline called vaccinomics that promises to protect a higher proportion of the population at far lower cost and without the real and potential harms that mass vaccination programs inflict on some people.

“The old paradigm isn’t working anymore,” Dr. Gregory Poland, head of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group explains matter-of-factly…

….. Vaccinomics — vaccinology informed by genomics — turns the traditional vaccine model on its head by making the individual the starting point, rather than the end point, in the vaccine creation process. Vaccines work — or don’t — on the basis of cumulative interactions in our bodies driven by a host of immune response genes and other factors.

For reasons such as this, the vaccine research team at Mayo Clinic — one of the world’s largest, most respected and most prolific — promotes the growing discipline of “adversomics,” which aims to understand the adverse effects that can come of vaccines. The science here is daunting, since the variables that could cause a vaccine to do harm involve “a complex interaction of past exposures and infections, current physical and emotional health, and the individual’s genome and microbiome,” or the countless microorganisms that reside in our bodies.

Vaccine Expert But Could There Be Conflicts?

Dr. Gregory Poland is quite an expert on vaccines and has an extensive history of involvement:

1.  Dr. Poland is no vaccine denier. Not only is he among the harshest and most outspoken critics of the “irrationality of the antivaccinationists,”  he is also one of the strongest proponents for vaccines and the good that they can do. As Professor of Medicine and founder and leader of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, one of the world’s largest vaccine research organizations; as editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Vaccine; as recipient of numerous awards; as chair of vaccine data monitoring committees for pharmaceutical giant Merck; as patent holder in various vaccines processes; as someone who enjoys special employee status with the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Defense and as someone who has sat on every federal committee that has dealt with vaccines, no one can accuse him of seeing vaccines from a narrow perspective.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Atlantic Drowns Vaccine Choice

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

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

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

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Julie Obradovic

Autism and The Life Insurance Factor

Autism Reality

By Julie Obradovic

A few years ago I let my term life insurance policy lapse. The rates had skyrocketed, and we believed we could get a better product. We never did anything about it until recently.

And so last week we met with our good friends’ son, a recent college graduate who is embarking on a career in financial planning. He asked if he could meet with us to discuss my need for coverage and bring along one of his mentors for guidance. We were one of his first real appointments, and were happy to oblige.

At one point, the discussion became a little too close for my comfort. This young man is not only a close friend’s son; he is also a neighbor. Sharing intimate financial details about our life was not something I was comfortable with. He understood and we went back to life insurance discussions only.

It was at that point I realized that I was not prepared for the emotion of this discussion. I had thought it would be a quick one-hour appointment, give me the information, sign the contract and wait for the health test type of thing. I had completely forgotten how much more significant it was, as crazy as that sounds.

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Dr. Andrew Wakefield, John Stone

The Texas Court: Business as Usual

Texas UKBy John Stone

Without commenting in detail on how Judge Scott Field sliced up Andy Wakefield’s petition against BMJ and Brian Deer it is interesting to note the line of patronage in the Texas court system. Field enjoys the endorsement of the Texas Civil Justice League Political Action Committee (TCJL)  . Represented on the committee (Board of Directors) are many of the great corporations of the world including MMR manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline in the person of Gaspar X Laca , who also enjoys the title of ‘Acct Director Govt Relations’ and has two addresses: one at GSK’s London Office  and the other in Scottsdale, Arizona  (which suggests he has less claim on the protection of the Texas court than Andy). If I understand Mr Laca’s profession correctly he is a corporate government lobbyist. Zoominfo quotes a now 16 year old report of Laca’s views (is this the most recent?):

“Glaxo-Wellcome's Senior Government Affairs Manager Gaspar Laca spoke about How to Become More Effective Advocates."If you want to become a true advocate, do it all year round."said Gaspar Laca, Senior Manger of Government Affairs at Glaxo.

“He said it is important to stay in constant communication with the elected officials.Laca suggests setting up appointments to meet with legislators or staying in touch through the mail.

“He said letters should be brief and to the point (three paragraphs will suffice).First, identify yourself as a constituent, and state whether you support or oppose a bill and then tell the lawmaker how you want them to vote.Second, state why the bill is important to you.And third, thank them.Short hand written notes are the best.

“Laca also suggests that advocates keep lawmakers informed by mailing them newspaper articles about pertinent issues.He said it is important to monitor a bill's progress and that it is easier to kill a bill than to pass one.He added that the best place to amend a bill is at the committee level.

As for public testimony, Laca recommends that it be short, direct, and factual.He said to distribute written copies of statements to committee members and if a committee member is absent, mail that person a copy of the testimony.After testifying, he said to be prepared for questions.”

TJCL PAC state as their mission:

“Texas businesses, health care providers, and trade and professional associations established the Texas Civil Justice League Political Action Committee (TCJL PAC) in 1986 for the purpose of supporting candidates for the Texas Supreme Court committed to the doctrine of judicial restraint and deference to the Legislature in matters involving new rights to sue. During that time the Court became the most plaintiff-friendly high court in the nation, earning the Wall Street Journal’s moniker, “the courthouse for the world.”

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Dreams, Nightmares

Autism Mom Battling Cancer: Community Rallies Support

Melanie
An amazing woman by the name of Melanie Hamilton Baldwin changed the face of autism and cancer culture by telling her story to thousands as "Booty Kicker" in the Thinking Moms' Revolution's book Autism Beyond the Spectrum. Having once beaten breast and bone (hip) cancer; she now suffers liver, spine, and bone cancer in her other hip. For anyone who knows Melanie, two words come to mind. "Faithful" and "Godly." As she struggles to overcome her current issues, her severely affected son Luke, still requires 24/7 care and attention as he is self-injurious and quite ill, suffering the lingering effects of severe autism. Please consider donating generously to help her family care for Luke as she regains her health, and please help their family establish financial security that will help them thrive during her absence.

DONATE HERE NO AMOUNT TOO SMALL.

Cathy Jameson

A Note of Thanks

Thank you enough
By  Cathy Jameson

I couldn’t find the right words last week.  Today, I feel like I’ve found my voice again. 

In reflecting on a few things that had me feeling so down in the dumps earlier, a few people came to mind:  the pro-vaccine crowd, the CDC, the mainstream media and some doctors and their medical staff.  When those folks crossed my mind, I let them and their negativity invade my thoughts.  I wouldn’t be here without them though, so I thought it time to say thank you to those folks.  Yes.  A thank you.  I want to express my gratitude for their contributions, especially their latest ones.

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To the Pro-Vaccine Crowd who continues to add insult to injury (vaccine injury, that is), thank you!  Really.  I want to thank you for every new Vaccines Are Safe blog, article, interview, FB comment and social media message you share.  Why?  Well, for some new parents, and for those parents who are on the fence about vaccines, your words spark a question.  They’re asking, “Are vaccines really all that safe?”  That questions leads to a search.  That search turns into a discovery.  That discovery reveals a story—a story of a child with an unfortunate vaccine injury.  As they read that story, a seed is planted—a seed of doubt.  Why doubt?  Because you, the pro-vaccine crowd, say the exact opposite, and quite brusquely I might add, of what the vaccine injury story is stating.  It’s no wonder that new parents are thinking that maybe vaccines aren’t safe! 

It’s through that revelation and that seed of doubt that parents begin to search for further info, info which you, the pro-vaccine crowd, consistently neglects to mention in your pieces.  Parents want that information.  Where must they turn then to find that info?  To other parents, of course! 

P.S. That’s where I come in. 

Here’s why.  When I write, it’s with honesty and it’s peppered with all sorts of undeniable facts.  When you write, as a pharma-influenced blogger, writer or newscaster, it’s heartless and glorifies an entity that’s using humans for profit.  It’s only right that people hear both sides of a vaccine story—yours, which confuses them, and mine, which is told through the eyes of a former vaccinator who now provides round-the-clock care to a child who was severely affected by vaccines. 

Obviously, our stories and motives differ greatly.  My story is told with heart and includes an extra-large dose of vaccine-injury reality.  Your input portray vaccines as safe all the time for everyone no matter what.  Even though you forget to mention everything there is about vaccines, like that pesky vaccine injury, I don’t mind filling that in the blanks in my writing when you forgot to mention it in yours. 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Why?

Why-1By Dan Olmsted

Watergate has been on my mind lately. For one thing, Nixon resigned 40 years ago in August.  When I started full time journalism a few week later, in October 1974, Woodward and Bernstein were my huge, daunting inspiration. (Another Watergate link – I turned 20 on the day of the break-in.)

There’s a moment in the movie of All the President’s Men, during a news meeting at the Washington Post, where one editor is skeptical of the paper’s Watergate reporting. Ben Bradlee asks him to stay behind and explain his concerns.

“It’s not just that we’re using unnamed sources that bothers me, or that everything we print the White House denies, or that almost no other papers are reprinting our stuff.

“Look, there are over 2,000 reporters in this town. Are there five on Watergate? Where did the Washington Post suddenly get the monopoly on wisdom? … Why would the Republicans do it? I don’t believe the story. Doesn’t make sense.” Why? Why? Why?

When it comes to vaccines and autism, people very much like that guy have been expressing disbelief about a vaccine-autism link for a very long time now. The skeptical mainstream media is sitting around letting the "Why?" stop them cold. Why in God’s name would anyone who cares about public health ever conceal a link between vaccines and autism.  They don’t believe it. Doesn’t make sense. Besides, if it were true, why wasn’t some important publication covering it, not just borderline characters like us? Why? Why? Why?

Another version of this skepticism goes like this: “So you’re telling me there’s a giant conspiracy by doctors to hurt children with vaccines and hide the truth.” Uh, no, that’s what you think it would take to cause the calamity at hand. 

Actually, it’s always been clear that a handful of well-placed people could (and did) skew the epidemiology and restrict the research to the point that a link might never emerge, or at least not until they were safely retired, rehired, deceased, or had eradicated measles and gotten a Nobel Prize or at least an HHS Secretary's Citation and a nice bonus. 

That narrative has been unfolding since SafeMinds discovered the early generations of Verstraeten’s thimerosal study and the Simpsonwood transcripts. It picked up momentum from the Unanswered Questions study linking vaccine injury awards and autism; from multiple other streams of effort and evidence; and first and last and always from parents who want the powers that be to hear this well: Vaccines cause autism.

Now that William Thompson – unnamed source no more -- has come forward, it is possible to see the actual fingerprints of the perpetrators on the evidence. A bunch of bureaucrats, many of them cozy with drug companies as employers or partners, tamped down the associations to the point that business as usual could continue.

It does feel like a business decision, doesn’t it – the business of vaccination, the medical industry, cannot be crossed. It must not be seen to shudder or quake.

But, again, why? Motivation can’t be known, and in a larger sense it doesn’t matter. Whether to fulfill professional goals, rise in the ranks, protect friends or previous mistakes – really, who cares. The doctors running the Tuskegee experiment actually thought they were doing God’s work. One of the leaders was a black nurse who made sure the men showed up when they were supposed to. She picked them up in her car. She loved them. She wouldn’t hurt a flea.

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Vaccine Safety

Capital Gazette Letter To The Editor RE Vaccinations

Capital gazetteThank you to longtime reader Josh Mazer for this letter to the editor at The Capital Gazette.  Please share from the Gazette website and comment there

Vaccinations

The Sunday Capital article (Sept. 14) "Nearly 1,000 students lack proof of vaccinations" contains misleading and inaccurate statements. Please allow me to correct the record. Vaccines are not "required" to attend school, nor are they safe and "effective."

Title 10 of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene allows opt outs of vaccination for medical contraindications, religious exemptions and proof of immunity by positive blood test. This was not mentioned in the article.

The article says, "vaccinations are the best way to prevent disease." Not always. Attenuated pertussis vaccine can spread the disease via vaccine-mediated facilitation. Unvaccinated children are less likely to develop B. parapertussis infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report over 95 percent of recent U.S. pertussis cases occurred in populations that are fully (four or more DTaP shots) vaccinated; the same is true of measles outbreaks.

This month U.S. District Judge Darnell C. Jones II ruled that two whistleblower lawsuits filed by former Merck virologists will proceed. The judge heard evidence that Merck systematically lies and falsifies research to grossly overstate the effectiveness of mumps vaccine.

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

When Things Fall Apart

MirrorBy Kent Heckenlively

This article is addressed to those members of the Centers for Disease Control or other branches of our government's research programs who have knowledge of the vaccine-autism connection.

It's time to cross the line and come over to the side of the angels.  With the defection of CDC scientist, William Thompson, and his reported cache of 100,000 documents relating to the health effects of vaccines, your time is growing short.  Thompson has also handed this information over to Congressman William Posey and I would assume, many others.  It's clear to me that blood is in the water.  I mean, this guy has already retained a whistleblower attorney, for God's sake!  Turning documents over to a Congressman and retaining a lawyer, hmm, I wonder what comes next?

It's only a matter of time before the predators arrive, and who knows what they will do to you?  Don't you want to be one of those supporting Thompson's story, rather than those who are facing the angry wrath of congessional investigators, as well as the national news reporters who have finally woken up and are taking their job seriously, as well as the lawyers who will inevitably jump into this issue?

If you don't have it handy, the phone number for Congressman Posey's Washington, D. C. office is (202) 225-3671.  I'm sure there will be somebody who will take down your information as well as any documents you want to provide to them.

Maybe this will all come as a relief to some of you.  It can't be good for your health to hold such information inside of you, knowing how much you are harming this current generation of children.  I don't care what justifications you gave yourself over the years, what lies others told you, but that time is over.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: #HearThisWell

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

By Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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CDC Whistleblower, Jim Thompson, Vaccine Safety

Manifest Injustice – the End Result of Scientific Fraud

The endBy Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde

“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

William W. Thompson, CDC Scientist

The revelations of CDC scientist William Thompson are stunning. Thompson has admitted that he and the other co-authors of a 2004 study removed data that showed a 340% increase in African-American children who received the MMR vaccine. This conduct violated the study’s original design and was clearly done to bury the link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

If the staff at the CDC’s Division of Vaccine Safety altered data in this study to conceal connections between autism and vaccine injury, one must question the integrity of all the research that the CDC has produced and sponsored. A pattern of altering data in vaccine safety studies to maintain the government’s policy that “vaccines don’t cause autism” is now becoming obvious to anyone who objectively looks past the press releases describing government sponsored research. Many have pointed to a similar pattern of data manipulation in the Verstraaten study. Papers submitted by Price et al feature flawed designs that renders them virtually useless.

The research of Poul Thorsen’s Denmark team also featured questionable use of data. Poul Thorsen (see below) continues to be a wanted man - a fugitive from justice – indicted in 2011 for stealing over 1 million dollars from the CDC[1].

OIG Fugitive: Poul Thorsen

I work as an administrator in a criminal justice agency and I’ve managed federal grants. I find it remarkable that Thorsen could have spent federal money the way he did – purchasing a home, a motor cycle and expensive cars. The federal employees I’ve worked with have always been responsible professionals, active partners who stayed involved in the way the grant money was utilized. I couldn’t image deceiving federal grant administrators the way Thorsen did. No one at the CDC noticed what was going on?

What went on with the CDC’s supervision of Thorsen doesn’t add up. Could he really have committed so much grant fraud without someone inside CDC noticing?

Where did Poul Thorsen come from? Who brought him into the CDC?

From: Yeargin-Alisopp, Marshalyn -
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 2:36 PM
To: Cordero, Jose
Cc: Schende~, Diana; Murphy, Catherine; Boyle, Coleen; Decoufle, Pierre; Thorsen, Poul; Yeargin-Allsopp, Marshalyn; Sinks, Tom
Subject: Proposal for study of MMR vaccine and autism in Denmark

Jose, As we discussed on Friday, we have become aware through Poul Thorsen of an exciting opportunity to study the role of MMR vaccine and autism using several registries/existing studies and the repository of biologic specimens and laboratory capabilities in Denmark. Attached below is a proposal for such a study. Poul will be leaving on Thursday to travel to Denmark where he will be meeting with the PIs for the proposed study on June 6th. We would like to be able to have Poul say whether it is likely that CDC(NIP) can fund the study, if NIP is interested. The proposed budget is included; there may be additional sources of funding (in addition to NIP) but we are not certain at this time. Unfortunately, the DD Branch does not have much (if any) $$ to fund the study, but we do have the expertise that we have developed due to the autism surveillance in Atlanta and the MMR/autism case-control study. I will be out of the office tomorrow, but you may contact Diana or Poul if you have questions. Thank you so much for considering this proposal.
Marshalyn

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Selling Vaccines Like Soap

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

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

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

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CDC Whistleblower, Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

CDC Whistleblower Calls on Congress to Intervene in Autism-Vaccine Research

A new video from the Autism Media Channel has audio of CDC Senior Scientist William Thompson calling on Congress to step in because the CDC is afraid to do the right research and tell the truth: "I have a boss who is asking me to lie". A Must-Hear!

Click HERE to view the video. 

Anne Dachel, Nightmares, Vaccine Safety

Life With Autism in Pictures Tells Story Media Ignores

Brandon Guppy
By Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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

Michelle: 

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

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

"Doing away with vanity & dignity tonight.

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

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

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

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

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

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Jim Thompson

Age of Autism Welcomes Jim Thompson as Contributing Editor

WelcomePlease join us in welcoming Jim Thompson to our roster of Contributing Editors.  Jim has provided great content for us for several years.  Jim is our first autism Grandfather.   You'll find his posts under the Contributors pull down menu and below.

TaylorJim Thompson is a registered professional engineer.  His first granddaughter (pictured) was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, verbal apraxia, motor disorder, and sensory integration disorder. Her loving memory has influenced his family’s decision to help protect children from vaccine injuries.


Mercury, Simpsonwood 2000, and an Elementary Cover-up.9.8.2014

CDC--More Evidence of a Mercury Cover-up.2.12.14

The CDC Buys and Distributes Heavy Metal Mercury Preserved Flu Vaccines for Children.8.28.2013

A Proposed Laboratory Neuron Toxicity Test Model for Thimerosal.June.25.2013

Industry “Scumbag” Scientist and Mercury Shill.May.16.2013

Vaccines and Absence of Evidence of Safety.March.23.2010

Q & A - How About a Half Cup of Mercury Hazardous Waste?.December.26.2009

Newspeak Version of Safe (or) efaS s'tI yrroW t'noD.May.3.2009

The fable of “Over 2,000 Pregnant Women”.April.25.2009

 

 

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Crisis at Home. At School.

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

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

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

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Natalie Palumbo

Hear Us Well – My Response to Elizabeth Cohen of CNN

Natalie Aug 15By Natalie Palumbo

I’m 20, a sophomore Motion Designer at Ringling College of Art and Design, and the only sibling to an older brother with low-verbal autism. I had been following the controversy surrounding vaccines, the CDC Whistleblower, and Elizabeth Cohen of CNN’s subsequent ‘vaccines don’t cause autism’ comments. Cohen emphasized that, “Some people don’t hear this well,” which insulted many parents that observed regression in their children following vaccination.

This prompted a video movement of parents telling their stories of vaccination injury with the hashtags: #HearThisWell and #CDCWhistleblower. Seeing so many people tearfully share their stories compelled me to speak my piece about this issue. I had always tried to keep my focus on my sibling experience and leave the vaccine debate to others. After what happened to my older brother, I face my future fearfully and on my guard. Here is Anthony’s and my story. Hear us well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIHHUtB4GXI

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The Proctor & Gamble Selling Techniques of Vaccines

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Robert Kennedy on Dr. Oz

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Dr. Mark Hyman, collaborators on the book, Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak, were on the Dr. Oz Show on Sept 11, 2014 in a seven and a half minute segment discussing the use of mercury in the annual flu shot. 


Dr. Oz: "In the medical spotlight today, what's sure to be a controversial new book about your flu shot.  Today's guests are asking a highly charged and controversial question; Why does the U.S. government allow a toxin to be added to one of your most common medicines?  The toxin is mercury.  It's found in thimeorsal.  The medicine: your flu shot.  Two world class leaders have come together to write a book that will change the way you think about your annual flu shot.  Robert Kennedy, Jr and Dr. Mark Hyman are joining me."

Kennedy made it clear right away that both he and Dr. Hyman are "fiercely pro-vaccine."  Both men announced that their children were all vaccinated.  Nothing about the segment could be called anti-vaccine. 

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Current Affairs, Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted , Vaccine Safety

How Autism Happens: A Conversation With Sheila Ealey

How Autism Happens graphicBy Dan Olmsted

Editor’s Note: This is the second story (the first was How Autism Happens: A Conversation with Kathryn Wolcott) in which parents tell how they watched their child develop autism – and Sheila Ealey has quite a story to tell. She lives in New Orleans, but, married to a military man, has moved around the country. She set up a school for special needs kids in New Orleans, in part to help her autistic son, Temple, but the day it was to open, Hurricane Katrina swept in. She relocated to Houston with thousands of others but is now back in New Orleans; the school, the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, is thriving. I met Sheila at an autism conference in 2006, introduced by our mutual friend Brooke Potthast. With the news about the higher risk of autism in black males, and the CDC effort to hide it I remembered our conversation and Brooke helped me get in touch. The conversation starts with her son, Temple, and his twin, Lucinda, at a military hospital in Maryland for their one-year shots along with their older sister. If you want to participate, e-mail me at olmsted.dan@gmail.com.

Sheila: It was August 2,  2000 – my birthday – and Temple and Lucinda were almost 13 months 

Twins at Birth old. Leielani is only 15 months older. Lucinda can manage to get herself out of the triple stroller, she did not want the injection, and she was fighting tooth and nail not to have it. I looked down for just a moment -- the nurse had all the vaccinations lined up. She had the HIB, the DTaP and the MMR for each child. When I looked up after taking her twin sister up, she had given Temple both of the MMRs along with the DTaP and the HIB. The next morning, he was not responsive anymore. It took me until he was 18 months to get a finished diagnosis of autism for him.

Dan:          When you say, “he was not responsive anymore,” how do you mean?

Sheila:       He didn’t have language yet by that point, but he was walking. He walked exactly on his birthday July 12 of that year, and he was walking well. After the shot he stopped walking, he started crawling, he started banging his head against the wall, the floor, anything he could. He stopped imitating with his father, he was making no eye contact, and he didn’t want you to touch him or hold him.

Dan:          That happened within a day?

Sheila:       He cried so -- he cried, cried, cried the entire night. I called the doctors back because I caught the mistake right away, and the doctor who was on duty at that time said, “I’m going to call Merck and find out what to do.” But in the meantime the fever went up extraordinarily high. He said, “Give him Tylenol.” Which is what I did. The next morning when I went to his crib he wasn’t standing, rocking on his crib, calling for me, “Ma, ma, ma” to come get him. Nothing. Nothing. He was lying there looking in the ceiling. He looked gone. My baby was gone.

Dan:          His sister didn’t have any of these problems?

Sheila:       I refused to give her the vaccination, so she didn’t get it. We left. She is fine. She is learning three languages. She is doing extraordinarily well. Now it seemed that she did have a few issues from the vaccinations before, at 5 months. She had reflux, but outside of that she is absolutely fine. She doesn’t have any issues. But this child, Temple, was hit so hard. Language has not come back in. Before the shot, he wasn’t speaking in sentences -- he was just a year old -- but he would say “Mama,” stuff like that.

Temple as a babyAfter this happened I started taking him to developmental specialists and they kept saying, “He is a boy. Sometimes boys are a little slower.” And I said, “Okay.” I came home, I decided to pack my bags and to move back to New Orleans because I had a pediatrician I had been dealing with for years for my older daughter. I asked her, “What is this? I have never seen this before,” because I didn’t know about autism. She said, “Sheila, I think your child has autism.” I said, “What? What is that?” The minute I took him to see a neurologist that she told me to take him to, he told me, “I’m sorry this child is so autistic, he has to have chronic autism.” When I asked him what that was he told me, “He had to be born with it.” I said, “I’m not sure -- this baby was just perfect and now … there was nothing wrong before.”

Let me tell you what else happened to me, Dan. After I went to Autism One, I was still living in Houston because we had lost everything to Katrina, but I had his records with me where the doctor had said that he had gotten a double dose of the MMR, and that they should call Merck, and Merck said he doesn’t need to be vaccinated for the MMR anymore.

We came home to New Orleans and we left those records locked up in the apartment. Someone went into our apartment and stole his records. They didn’t take anything but his record.

Dan:          Oh Lord.

Sheila: Temple's records were stolen from our apartment. My partner in the school is a lawyer who worked at the time for [a new Orleans law firm]. When she returned in October of '05, by spring of '06 they fired her because they were representing Merck against me. Thanks to Congress, my case was thrown out. I also filed with the vaccine injury program and they dismissed my case because they said I needed a doctor who could without a doubt state that Temple was damaged due to the double dose of the MMR. 

Dan: What do you think about this new report about the black males and the high risk and all that -- what does that make you think?

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Anne Dachel

When Fiction is Fact: Autism War and #CDCWhistleblower

The Autism War_revised coverBy Anne Dachel

What do you do after spending  two and a half years investigating the federal government's shadowy Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, having discovered that health officials, who adamantly deny that vaccines cause autism, had been quietly compensating children for vaccine induced brain damage with autism?

This is the question that faced Louis Conte.  He and a number of others looked into the claims of vaccine injury that had been recognized by the U.S. government, but never publicized.  These investigators reviewed 196 compensated claims and uncovered the fact that 83 of them involved autism.  Louis and the rest of the investigators went public with their findings in a paper called Unanswered Questions.  They also called on Congress to hold hearings.  There was some brief press coverage, but for the most part the media wasn't willing to admit the official claim of no link was directly contradicted by the government's own actions.  Louis wanted to make all this public, but he also needed to respect the privacy of the 83 families.  His solution: write a novel about what he found out.  His brainchild is the book, The Autism War.

Louis has had several opportunities to talk about it, including two times in July.  The videos were only recently made available online.

On July 10, 2014, Pleasantville (NY) Community Television presented the broadcast, Louis Conte's "The Autism War."   Here Louis said that the controversy over vaccines and autism "is really the central issue within this book."

Louis went on to talk about what led him to write The Autism War, namely the fact that two of his fourteen year old triplet boys have autism.  He also described his 30 years working in law enforcement. 

Louis noted that it was the announcement of the case of Child Doe 77, the young Georgia girl who became autistic due to vaccination in 2008 that really started him on the journey to write this book.  He explained that children like this suffer an encephalopathy, or brain injury when they are vaccinated.  This brain injury results in the behaviors we call autism.  In this girl's case, the federal government (specifically medical experts at Health and Human Services) recognized that her injuries--including her autism--were caused by her vaccines. Louis explained what vaccine injured victims are up against when they take on the government.  Then he talked his unique investigation into cases of vaccine injuries that included autism, resulting in the Unanswered Questions paper published by the Pace University Law Review.  That paper described the uncovering of 83 cases where the government compensated children who became autistic as a result of being vaccinated. 

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Cathy Jameson

At a Loss for Words

Empty bubbleBy  Cathy Jameson

Many times when I sit down to type I know exactly what I want to write.  But there are days like today that leave me feeling like I have no idea what to write.  It isn’t because I’ve run out of things to say.  Sharing stories about Ronan’s gains and offering my two cents about the autism-vaccine connection is important.  I’d like to continue to share my thoughts, but not today.  Today, I’m at a loss for words.  I’m at a loss at what else needs to be said.  Everything that needs to be said has been said already. 

Here, and on other alternative media channels we’ve talked about vaccines.  We’ve talked about autism.  We’ve talked about too many too soon.  We’ve talked about Vaccine Court, corruption, shady practices and about twisted politicians.  We’ve listed fact after fact after fact and told story after story after story.  Even though we’ve said a lot already, those facts and those stories don’t seem to be enough. 

I know it’s not up to just me to inform or to encourage others to educate themselves.  But with what I’ve learned through my son’s vaccine injury, sharing what I can about that vaccine injury and about autism has become second nature.  I can’t help but share.  I tell the good, the bad and the very, very ugly.  Sometimes it hurts to share what I do, but people usually appreciate my honesty.  Some people prefer to see and hear only happy autism stories though.  Magazines and television channels prefer to share only happy autism stories.  I’m glad those stories exist.  I live for happy stories and to be able to share Ronan’s happy stories.  But there is a flip side of autism.  It includes vaccine injury. 

Vaccine injury has been around for quite some time, but it’s still being ignored.  It’s being ignored despite its growing presence.  Something else that’s being ignored is the general public’s real concerns about vaccines.  Those concerns are being dismissed by providers and are being downplayed by the government.  The public isn’t being given all of the answers.  They are being bullied and belittled instead.  They aren’t being told about vaccine choice and vaccine exemptions.  They aren’t being told that vaccine manufacturers are not held liable for vaccine injury.  To scoff at vaccine injury is dangerous.  To minimize it while ridiculing people who asking important questions about it is disrespectful. 

We were ignored again this week.  Another major broadcasting station aired a pro-vaccine piece midweek.  In the midst of the CDC whistleblower news that hasn’t been rated as Breaking News yet, the public was fed more propaganda.  I’m not surprised.  While turning their attention away from the truth, this station choose to instill fibs and fear at a fever pitch. 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted , Vaccine Safety

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Dr. Bill’s Alternate Vaccine Schedule

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted 11 commandment

As we all know, the current CDC vaccination schedule is sanctified holy writ. Only one-name nitwits like Doctor Oz and Doctor Bob dare to challenge it, and they are promptly pounced on by Doctors of Orthodoxy like Offit and Orac.

But now we have a new voice on the scene – Dr. William Thompson, the CDC whistleblower who so far, and I emphasize so far, has opined on the MMR and the flu shot for fetus-bearing women, and hasn’t much liked what he’s seen.

MMR at one year? Well no, certainly not for black males, who Thompson says showed a high risk of developing autism if the vaccine was given before 36 months.

Flu shots for pregnant women? God no! “I can say confidently I do think thimerosal causes tics. So I don’t know why they still give it to pregnant women. Like, that’s the last person I would give mercury to. Thimerosal from vaccines causes tics. You start a campaign and make it your mantra.

“Do you think a pregnant mother would want to take a vaccine that they knew caused tics? Absolutely not. I would never give my wife a vaccine that I thought caused tics. I can say, tics are four times more prevalent in kids with autism. There is biological plausibility right now to say that thimerosal causes autism-like features.”

So we’ve got an alternate vaccine schedule going right here – no MMR before three – not for nobody – and no flu shots (since most contain mercury and you shouldn’t believe otherwise when it’s coming toward you or your child).

Now whether the flu shot for pregnant women is actually on the childhood vaccine schedule is a matter of some serious chicanery. The CDC and AAP said in 1999 that childhood  vaccines should be mercury-free as soon as possible. But they refused to express a preference for mercury-free flu shots for pregnant women and infants, even as they increased the recommended coverage to all pregnant women and to all human beings six months or older, forever. (The CDC also now recommends a Dtap shot for all pregnant women, as well.)

Given these statements by "Dr. Bill," isn’t there some kind of imperative for the CDC and medical organizations to immediately suspend flu shots in pregnancy, and postpone the MMR shot to 36 months (the risk for all kids was elevated; it was astronomical for black males).

Thompson issued a statement through his lawyer with the usual blather about the value of vaccines: "I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives. I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race."

Well, yeah, you did. You said no woman carrying a fetus should get a mercury containing flu shot. You said the public should know that black males who get the MMR shot under 36 months have a higher risk of autism.

If I were an activist, I could imagine standing outside of Walgreen’s – on the corner of flu shots and lifelong disability, yuk yuk – with pamphlets saying, “No flu shots for you! CDC whistleblower says they cause autism!” The pamphlet can parse the details. And “MMR before Age 3 = Autism for Life – CDC Whistleblower.” Again, details can come underneath.

Because that's what we're really talking about here -- vaccine injury happening daily when Dr. Bill's alternate immunization schedule could be a good, and immediate, start at avoiding it.

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He who waffles is toast: Speaking of docs, Dr. Jay Gordon offered a comment on our site this week: “I'm not sure about the whistleblower issue but I always look back to this as one of the more interesting commentaries about vaccine combinations.  Like (Dr.) Bob, I give vaccines but have never given them according to the recommended schedule and support parents' right to choose when, how and if they vaccinate their children.”

Followed by: “I have spent 35 years educating myself, making my own decisions, encouraging parents to make theirs. And I have always distrusted the CDC. This incident reminds me of the line in ‘Casablanca’ – ‘Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!’ A scientist participated in a study and was complicit in its omission of valuable data. He was then secretly taped by someone whose views and agenda are very well known. (Mine are, too) How valuable a piece is this in our puzzle and our struggle to bring sanity to vaccination policies and attitudes? In my opinion, the value is limited. Best, Jay”

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John Stone

The Official Stamp of the CDC: IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

Thought crimeBy John Stone

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.” 1984, George Orwell

This does not need a lengthy article. It is only to remark about the way science is conducted in the future of 2014. One study (DeStefano 2004) remains un-retracted, not subject to any significant review by the journal in which it appeared though results have been declared a fraud by one of its co-authors. Another study criticising it (Hooker 2014 ) is withdrawn by it journal without any coherent reasons being offered. Meanwhile, the pretence that countless thousands have not been brain injured by government mandated products goes on. The whole thing is controlled and manipulated by an unaccountable bureaucracy, as cold-blooded and ruthless as anything George Orwell imagined, ostensibly for the greater good, but far more likely for its own preservation and that of its pharmaceutical industry sponsors.

On page two of Orwell’s novel Winston Smith glimpses the slogans on the side of the Ministry of Truth

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

In this saga we have had a lot of “IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”: Orwell neglected to include “SICKNESS IS HEALTH” though he well understood the way bureaucracies distort data. Having lived through a decade in which diagnosing more cases of autism is always pronounced to be a triumph of contemporary enlightenment we can only draw our own conclusions.

The recent Hooker/Focus Autism Press Release can be viewed here  . Sharyl Attkisson has just written about the lamentable situation at PEDIATRICS in regard to the DeStefano study.

Added September 13, 2014. Dr Hooker and Focus Autism have provided this further analysis.

Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

CDC Epidemiologist Whistleblower Confirms New Review Showing Vaccine Autism Link

Whistleblower-protectionAdmits agency’s data manipulation and concealment of research findings on initial 2004 MMR vaccine study that found a strong, statistical association between the timing of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism incidence in African-American boys.

Watchung, NJ – In response to the August 25, 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declaration defending the validity of the 2004 DeStefano et al. study, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker responded and outlines inconsistencies in the agency’s research practices and position.

Central to Hooker’s response is “the irrefutable fact that valid information about race – for the entire study sample of 2,448 children – was available and accessible in school records.”

The CDC maintains that birth certificates, which were available for only a smaller portion of the children in the study, were necessary to extract race and other information. However, in the original data Hooker attained from the CDC through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), race information was directly obtainable through school records, which were available for all children in the study.

In addition, Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist since 1998, also released a statement on August 27, 2014 that supports Dr. Hooker’s assertion that the CDC withheld important data that significantly altered the study’s outcome.

According to Dr. Thompson’s statement, “Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data was collected.” Thompson’s conversations with Hooker confirmed that it was only after the CDC study coauthors observed results indicating a statistical association between MMR timing and autism among African-Americans boys, that they introduced the Georgia birth certificate criterion as a requirement for participation in the study. This had the effect of reducing the sample size by 41% and eliminating the statistical significance of the finding, which Hooker calls “a direct deviation from the agreed upon final study protocol – a serious violation.”

Hooker and Thompson both concluded that the study’s original data revealed a strong, statistical association between the timing of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism incidence in African-American boys.

“Ten years ago (February 2, 2004), Dr. Thompson expressed concerns about the [MMR] study’s findings in an urgent letter to CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding”, said Dr. Hooker. [Thompson] wrote: ‘I will have to present several problematic results relating to statistical associations between the receipt of the MMR vaccine and autism.’ Referring to the upcoming Institute of Medicine (IOM) meeting on immunizations and autism.”

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Current Affairs

Coy Barefoot Interviews Mark Blaxill on #CDCwhistleblower MMR Data Fraud

Coy logoGUEST: Mark Blaxill, co-founder of the Age of Autism news site and co-author with Dan Olmsted of the book by the same name.

TOPIC: Mark reacts to the news of a CDC scientist who has admitted cooking data to conceal evidence of a possible relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism.

ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Click here to listen.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: News Max Lax on Vax?

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

On Sept 10, 2014, I found an incredible article from NewsMax.com with the title, Did CDC Hide Autism's Link to Vaccines? by Nick Tate.  It was  real live investigative journalism.  Tate talked to Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Dr. Brian Hooker about the whistleblower story.  There were actual quotes from them.  Dr, William Thompson was cited.  

Thompson: 'I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article [suggesting] that African-American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism.'

Hooker: "Individuals receiving the MMR vaccine before 36 months of age were 3.4 times more likely to receive an autism diagnosis versus those individuals who received the MMR vaccine after 36 months of age. 

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Anne Dachel

Calling Out NOVA Calling the Shots

NovaNote, there was a lively Twitter campaign last night to educate using the hastag #VaccinesNOVA.   The pro-vaccine injury organizations used "#NothingHappened to imply that vax injury does not exist. How callous.  Did you know that no va in Spanish tranlsates to, "it does not go'?

By Anne Dachel

I watched the hour long documentary, Calling the Shots, on PBS.  My first reaction was, why?  Why was this so hyped?  There was nothing new here.  The first half of the show was all about the history of vaccines and outbreaks of diseases that were called, "vaccine preventable." 

Vaccines were extolled.  We heard about smallpox, whooping cough, cowpox, polio, and measles.  NOVA was out to convince us that vaccines are our only defense against communicable disease.  Prevention is dependent on a 95 percent vaccination rate for "herd immunity."

One little boy who developed seizures following vaccinations was featured, but he was found to have Dravet Syndrome.  They explained that this is a genetic disorder.  Vaccines were only the trigger.  We were told that a fever or sleep deprivation could have done the same thing.  Vaccines didn't cause the seizures.  The boy "was going to get the condition anyway."

There were comforting comments like, "Vaccines can appear to cause harm."  We were told that reactions were limited to fever, swelling at the injection site and "one time seizure events." 

There were photos from the 1950s showing children with polio in wheelchairs.  Measles and other diseases were talked about.  Autism, the diagnosis of one in every 68 children in America, one in every 42 boys, was mentioned in passing.

The message was that having autism has nothing to do with being vaccinated.

Autism activist Alison Singer was shown with her daughter, Jodie, who has autism.  Singer is convinced that getting vaccinated and the appearance of signs of autism are just coincidence. 

The audience was given the strong message: vaccines don't cause autism.   Incredibly, the claim was made that "study after study, whether vaccinated or not...the rates of autism were the same."

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Sharyl Attkisson: Questions Surrounding Pediatrics Review of Challenged Vaccine-Autism Study

SharylNote: From Sharyl Attkisson's site.

Did the medical journal Pediatrics stand by a questioned vaccine-autism study without interviewing the coauthor who confessed to and exposed alleged scientific misconduct?

If so, that would deviate from what should be standard procedure in such an investigation, according to internationally recognized medical ethicist Dr. Michael Carome.

“If the evidence seems substantial, the journal should contact all co-authors, present them with the allegations and supporting evidence, and ask them to respond,” says Carome, a research ethics expert who heads the Health Research Group at the watchdog group Public Citizen...  Read the full article at SharylAttkisson.com.

Current Affairs

Outline Of Significant Developments In The Recent Revelations On Vaccine Safety Research Corruption

Health Choice SquareFrom HealthChoice.org: Here is a summation of the events of the #CDCwhistleblower story as it began in Autism.

8/8/14 – Dr. Brian Hooker publishes an article in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration entitled Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young african american boys: a reanalysis of CDC data. The paper concludes that a second look at the data used in the 2002 CDC MMR/autism study Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan atlanta, finds that there is a significant association between giving the MMR vaccine to black males under the age of 3 and the development of autism. This association was not reported in the initial CDC study.

8/18/14 – A video is released on the internet with audio purported to be discussions between Dr. Brian Hooker and CDC senior research scientist and one of the original MMR paper's authors, Dr. William Thompson. The video claims that Thompson told Hooker in phone conversations that the research team found the association between vaccines and autism, and then changed the parameters of the study to get rid of the association, so they would not have to report it to the public. In the audio Thompson expresses great shame and remorse for “lying” and for going along with what the “higher-ups wanted.”

The autism and vaccine injury communities were outraged at the disclosure, and discussions on the matter began to flood the blogesphere and appear on social media under #CDCwhistleblower. More quotes by Thompson are released on the internet.

A sample of the Thompson quotes:

"Oh my God, I did not believe that we did what we did, but we did. It’s all there… This is the lowest point in my career, that I went along with that paper. I have great shame now when I meet families of kids with autism, because I have been part of the problem."

"We’ve missed ten years of research because the CDC is so paralyzed right now by anything related to autism. They’re not doing what they should be doing because they’re afraid to look for things that might be associated.”

8/25/14 – CDC releases a statement on their web site confirming that the study parameters were changed and that there were two sets of children studied. One was all the children initially recruited for the study, the other was a subset of children who had Georgia birth certificates. The statement also confirmed that a higher association was found between MMR and autism in children given the vaccine before the age of 3.

8/27/14 – Dr. William Thompson releases a statement through his whistleblower attorneys confirming the claims made about him and about the paper. He expresses regret that he and his colleagues omitted statistically significant data on vaccine/autism risk, he confirms that it was he on the audio speaking to Dr. Hooker on the phone, and he states that he is providing information to Congressman Bill Posey and will continue to cooperate with Congress on the matter.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: PBS: Pharmaceutical Broadcast Services

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Sept 10, 2014, Orlando Sentinel: U.S. Rep. Bill Posey looking at immunization-autism

Sept 10, 2014, SharylAttkisson.com: Questions Surrounding Review of Challenged Vaccine-Autism Study

Sept 9, 2014, Medical Daily: PBS Documentary On Vaccinations Hopes To Unravel The Truth For Americans

Sept 9, 2014, Pittsburgh Post Gazette: NOVA documentary tackles debate over vaccines

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Katie Wright

Katie Wright: IACC Public Members Disappoint

Idil AbdullBy Katie Wright Robison IACC

I was happy when I first heard Ms. Idil Abdul was appointed to IACC.  Abdul is an ASD mom who represents an under served community and brought much needed diversity to the committee. Initially, Idil was a real fighter, working hard to make change and give voice to all in her community. Over time, however, Idil has been active largely only on the wandering issue and cultural inclusion in autism research. Idil often focuses on the need for greater sensitivity training of researchers and better inclusion of the culturally under represented. Those are indeed very important and worthwhile issues. Yet, sadly, when rare opportunities for here and now prevention DO arise, instead of taking action, Idil demurs from controversy.

Skin lightening creams are commonly used by Africans and the Somalis who recently arrived in this country. Skin lightening creams contain mercury, a potent neurotoxin. They are extremely unsafe. These lotions are officially banned in the USA for a reason. The FDA’s minimal safety standards are incredibly low, so to be totally banned = really dangerous.

Mercury causes brain damage. Imagine rubbing mercury all over one’s face. I bet Somalis are unaware of these dangers. I sincerely doubt there are warning signs on these illegal skin lightening product containers. Even a few IACC members were astonished to see the content of these creams and learn they were readily available over the Internet. Idil acknowledged that these very dangerous creams were widely used but, “did not want to get into trouble by talking about it.” Idil, you are there to help your community, not to be liked or avoid controversy. Do the right thing and address this. Speak out Idil and say, “I am going to start a public conversation about the dangers of skin lightening cream NOW.” Don’t looking to the govt to answer every problem, take this opportunity to spearhead critical change.

Rarely do such clear-cut opportunities to prevent autism prevent themselves!

When 12 year old sisters of severely affected ASD boys share their heart with the IACC committee and share their deepest and more painful concerns, the response of an IACC member should never be: “you are wrong and you are looking for something to blame.”

Shame on John Robsion and Idil Abdul. How dare they tell the courageous girls they are “looking for something to blame,” or as Idil said, “well you hear something enough you start to believe it, even if it is not true.”  What a condescending comment. The job of public members is to be respectful of the public – not lecture 12-year-old girls that they are dumb and don’t get it. If John and Idil have nothing constructive to add how about being quiet for a change and allow someone who has something to contribute to speak.

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