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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: MRI Might Be Able to Diagnose Autism

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

Dec 2, 2014, TIME: MRI Brain Scans Can Predict Autism With 97% Accuracy
 

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Vaccine Safety

Book Review: Vaccine Nation: America's Changing Relationship with Immunization

Vaccine nationElena Conis, Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014, $27.50, 353 pp.)

Jonathan Rose
    
On November 8 the on-line magazine Salon published an excerpt from this book, under the heading “Jenny McCarthy’s new war on science: Vaccines, autism and the media’s shame”.  The headline, however, bore no resemblance to the actual book, leading one to suspect the editors of Salon had not read it to the end.  When they do, they may realize, to their dismay, that in promoting this book, they scored an own goal.  For if their objective is to persuade readers to stop asking questions about vaccines, Vaccine Nation will have (happily) the opposite effect.
    
Elena Conis is a young historian of science at Emory University.  Her Vaccine Nation is a remarkably insightful first book, which is already causing a splash.  Another excerpt has been published in the Atlantic. In the book review section of Nature magazine, Vaccine Nation was rated one of “the week's best science picks”, and the Times Higher Education Supplement called it “a fine social history of an ongoing story”.  Prof. Conis clearly isn’t an “anti-vaxxer”, but she has produced a strikingly honest, fair-minded, and informed chronicle of the vaccine controversy in the United States.  She illuminates issues that others have obfuscated, and she opens up discussions that some have tried to shut down.  She understands that vaccine policy is determined not solely by objective science, but also by politics, profits, prejudices, and bureaucratic imperatives. She neither endorses nor condemns vaccine resistance: her aim is to understand the larger causes behind this growing movement.  But anyone who reads this book with an unprejudiced mind is likely to conclude that the skeptics had good reason to be skeptical.  
    
For those who say there is no scientific debate about vaccination, Prof. Conis shows that there has always been a debate.  She scotches the myth, repeatedly reinforced in newspaper stories, that nobody thought to question vaccines before Andrew Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy. Vaccine skepticism was rampant in both America and Britain a century ago, faded out (but never entirely disappeared) in the 1950s and 1960s, and then came surging back owing to a number of converging factors. After Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) raised public concerns about environmental toxins, first in pesticides and then in a host of consumer products, questions were inevitably asked about toxins in vaccines.  Starting with the volume Our Bodies Ourselves (1971), feminists charged that the male medical establishment didn’t listen to female patients and were not honest about the risks associated with many drugs and contraceptives.  Not all “Warrior Moms” were radical feminists, but they viewed vaccines and vaccine manufacturers with the same kind of fierce distrust.  The “natural childrearing” movement took off with the launch of Mothering magazine (1976), where vaccination was sharply debated in letters to the editor.  The wisdom of mass inoculation was seriously challenged in widely-read books by philosopher Ivan Illich (Medical Nemesis, 1976) and physician Robert Mendelsohn (Confessions of a Medical Heretic, 1979).  Then there was 1976 swine flu immunization fiasco and, in the 1980s, shocking revelations about tragic reactions to the DPT shot. One FDA bureaucrat frankly dismissed the idea of informed consent to the DPT: “If we told parents there was a risk of brain damage, there’s no question what their response would be.”  (121)  All that set in motion a broad grassroots movement for what Conis calls “the democratization of vaccine knowledge.”  (126)  And it all happened long before Dr. Wakefield and Ms. McCarthy got involved.  
    

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Giving Tuesday Could Change Lives Thanks to Generation Rescue

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Those of you who are fairly new to the Age of Autism family might not know our history, particularly our history with our sponsor Generation Rescue.  The "prototype" AofA was a blog called "The Rescue Post," and it was launched by JB Handley and  GenRescue.  Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill formed Age of Autism and rolled in Rescue Post, thus a star was born!  GR, like each of our sponsors, and like all of the most effective autism orgs, runs lean and mean and provides immediately accessible information and services to families.   You could say the walk they walk without the walk.....   From GR:

"Today is "#GivingTuesday, a day for donations. And while we know that all of us run on tight budgets, if you have family and friends who are looking to donate to an autism organizations, we hope you might suggest Generation Rescue as a wise choice.

You already know Black Friday. You've probably heard of Cyber Monday. Now we want to introduce to you: #GivingTuesday! 

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

This year, join us and give hope to families affected by autism."

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Age of Autism Series Tics and Toxins: LeRoy Officials Gave Little Attention to Schoolyard Before Ruling Out Environment

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Note: Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill collaborated throughout much of 2012 on a series called, "Tics and Toxins," fueled by a mysterious illness that affected high school age girls in upstate New York. 

By Dan Olmsted

Health experts say they’ve eliminated every possible environmental and infectious cause for the “tics” afflicting 12 girls at LeRoy Junior/Senior High School in New York state. They’ve scoured the building for mold and carbon monoxide (nothing, they say), considered illnesses that might cause the symptom (none), even checked on vaccinations (not all girls had the same shot).

However thorough that workup may have been, it seems to have stopped at the schoolhouse Exit sign. Except for checking a log of pesticide spraying, there is no evidence they considered toxins in the schoolyard or on playing fields. Yet the symptoms occurred during mild weather when students would have been outside, and the school grounds are surrounded by intensively farmed land from which chemicals could conceivably have seeped or drifted.

The school is required to keep annual pesticide logs that were reviewed by a consulting firm looking into environmental factors, and therefore pesticides were ruled out. As best I can determine, that’s as far as it went.

That may not be far enough, given that parents and some of the students involved don’t accept the psychogenic diagnosis they have been given, and that a number of Web commentators familiar with the school have raised concerns about the grounds and how the relatively new building is sited.

Public health officials remain adamant that the case is closed.

"The LeRoy school is safe,” Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesman for the state Department of Health, replied Friday after I raised the issue in a telephone call. “The environment or an infection is not the cause of the students’ tics. There are many causes of tics-like symptoms. Stress can often worsen tic-like symptoms.

“All of the affected students have been evaluated and some have shown signs of improvement. Vaccines (Gardasil) have been ruled out."

While the department has been careful for privacy reasons to avoid naming the illness, a doctor treating the girls has now gone public, with their permission, by calling it “conversion disorder.” Known less gingerly as mass hysteria, the diagnosis is rooted in 19th century Freudian psychology: Stress or trauma is subconsciously transformed into physical symptoms that can occur in several people at the same time. 

In part because the LeRoy diagnosis took months to emerge, and in part because many people – including parents and affected children – find conversion disorder a suspect explanation, multiple theories continue to arise. Those include concerns about the school building and grounds, expressed in online comments:

-- An environmental study “would be the first logical step, knowing that the school was built in a swamp and that a number of classrooms were underwater the first year as well as the gym you would think it would be the first thing the school would address- even if only to disprove it.”

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Vaccine Scandals on RIse

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

Nov 30, 2014, HealthImpactNews: Studies Prove Without Doubt That Unvaccinated Children Are Far Healthier Than Their Vaccinated Peers

Nov 28, 2014, HealthImpactNews: Vaccine Scandals and Criminal Cases Increase in 2014

Nov 28, 2014, GreenMedInfo: Why We May Need Viruses More Than Vaccines

Nov 28, 2014, Washington Post: Parents don't cause autism in their kids, and we need to stop blaming them for it

Nov 26, 2014, CBS Boston: Local Entrepreneur-Scientist Develops Google Glass Program For Kids With Autism
Nov 26, 2014, Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune: 'Vaccine court' keeps claimants waiting

Nov 25, 2014, WoodTV  Grand Rapids--Holland--Kalamazoo (MI): Offering hope to adults with autism

Nov 12, 2014, News Channel 12 Jackson MS: What's Working: The Autism Resource Center

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Anne Dachel

Pharma Whistleblower Dr. John Virapen Speaks Out

Health_insurance_myths_300By Anne Dachel

Listen to this seven minute video about the ethics of the drug industry: Big Pharma Exec Turned Whistleblower, Dr. John Rengen Virapen 


October 1, 2014

Dr. John Rengen Virapen, former Eli Lilly & Co. executive, who decided to quit and speak out about Big Pharma's method of profiting from chronic illness, after 35 years of being in the business, saying, "My hands are as dirty as theirs," as he admits bribing Swedish officials to approve of Prozac.

On the video: "The press works also with the pharma industry just like the government does.  The pharma companies use the media to implant this dirty work on you.  Don't take for granted  what your doctor is telling you because the doctors these days, they don't know much about medicine and they don't care much about the patients.  They think about how much they can get paid.  This is how the pharma industry reigns, stays in power, they buy the doctors. They pick them up when they're in medical school. . .  I know because when I was a salesman, the pharma company used to tell me, 'Never talk side effects.' . . . I also know they hide the dangerous side effects because I was in charge of a clinical study. . ."

Virapen wrote a book: Side Effects: Death. Confessions of a Pharma-Insider

"I bribed a Swedish professor to enhance the registration of Prozac in Sweden." -John Virapen Pharmaceutical companies want to keep people sick.

They want to make others think that they are sick. And they do this for one reason: money. Did you know: * Pharmaceutical companies invest more than 35,000 Euro (over $50,000) per physician each year to get them to prescribe their products? *

Cover says he was the general manager of Eli Lilly Sweden.


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 is on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.

Teresa Conrick

The Microbiome & Autism Series By Teresa Conrick: Part 1 "The Epicenter?"

Gut-brainNote: We have a rich treasure trove of posts from all of our contributing editors, published over the last seven years. During the month of December, we'll be sharing an assortment of posts and series, starting with Teresa Conrick's Microbioeme series. We invite you to use the pull down menus to read material that's new to you, but previously publishesd.  Happy reading.

By Teresa Conrick

Since 1938, autism has moved from a blip on the radar screen to a full-force tsunami today.  Those first eleven children identified by psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Kanner, all exhibited the now infamous triad of behaviors:

  1. Qualitative impairment in social interaction
  2. Qualitative impairments in communication
  3. Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities

Sadly, there is not enough reporting of the  MEDICAL patterns that Kanner briefly described. Dan Olmsted was the trailblazer on the connection of toxic exposure in those families, with his UPI series posted on our homepage.  Then he and Mark Blaxill went back and forth in history to seal the deal on specifically, MERCURY and its insidious relationship with autism.  Andrew Wakefield has been researching and publishing for over ten years on the gut-brain connection in autism.    My gratitude to each of them for their continual investigations.

Leo Kanner wrote these descriptions of those first-ever, diagnosed children but he did not see the obvious:

•  "Eating," the report said, "has always been a problem with him.”

•    large and ragged tonsils.

•    Following smallpox vaccination at 12 months, he had an attack of diarrhea and fever

•    Large tonsils and adenoids

•    He vomited a great deal during his first year,

•    She quit taking any kind of nourishment at 3 months. She was tube-fed five times daily up to 1       year of age.

•    He vomited all food from birth through the third month.

•    His tonsils were removed when he was 3 years old.

•    He vomited all food from birth through the third month.

•    He suffered from repeated colds and otitis media, which necessitated bilateral myringotomy

•    Because of a febrile illness at 13 months, her increasing difficulties were interpreted as possible

      postencephalitic behavior disorder.    

•    He had been kept in bed often because of colds, bronchitis, chickenpox, streptococcus infection, impetigo

Kanner missed the pattern of GI issues and INFECTION.  These two medical problems have continued to be prevalent in many if not most of the children being diagnosed today. Instead, he did the Freudian spin:

Food is the earliest intrusion that is brought to the child from the outside. David Levy observed that affect-hungry children, when placed in foster homes where they are well treated, at first demand excessive quantities of food. Hilde Bruch, in her studies of obese children, found that overeating often resulted when affectionate offerings from the parents were lacking or considered unsatisfactory.

Our patients, reversely, anxious to keep the outside world away, indicated this by the refusal of food. Donald, Paul ("vomited a great deal during the first year"), Barbara ("had to be tube-fed until 1 year of age"), Herbert, Alfred, and John presented severe feeding difficulty from the beginning of life.

The children also seemed to have illnesses that may point to Streptococcus, as evidenced by infection of their tonsils, adenoids and ears. That seems to be the pattern still today, if not more.

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Cathy Jameson

Flu Shot Fever

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By Cathy Jameson

Flu shot advertising must have gone into high gear again recently.  I’ve noticed more outdoor signs being added to the lawns and sidewalk areas of several grocery stores and big box pharmacies in parts of my community.  Customers will literally trip over signs if they’re not paying attention. 

Those signs, and the automated phone call from our pharmacy on Friday morning reinforced something I try to forget:  it’s flu shot season.  I honestly don’t think flu shot season ever ended though.  One of the smaller pharmacies in town keeps their Flu Shots Available Here banner up year-round.  I don’t like to give that place my business and use another pharmacy in another part of town. 

That other pharmacy called me Friday morning with an automated message.  Ronan’s seizure medication was ready to be picked up.  Before I could hang up, the message continued.  “…after you pick up your prescription, remember that all of our pharmacies offer flu shots.  No need to make an appointment.  Walk ins are welcome!”

Gee, let me run right down there and ask a complete stranger jab me with this year’s flu shot.  Wheeee!    

Nah.  I know better than to blindly roll up my sleeve or sniff that mist up my nose.  I know better than to get a flu shot at my pharmacy too.  I’ve thought about that, but the last time I was in our pharmacy, I asked some questions that couldn’t be answered. 

I wanted to ask the pharmacy tech a little bit about the flu shot. 

She was busy.  I was not. 

She was trying to rush me.  I wouldn’t let her. 

Even though I know a lot about the flu shot already, I wanted to ask her more questions.  I also wanted to see the package insert.  The pharmacy tech tried to pawn the VIS  off on me. 

“No, the package insert, please.” I said, “It has much more information on it…like who manufactured the vaccine…and what adverse reactions I should look for…”   

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Over the Top

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted Thank you type

I'm so happy to report on this Thanksgiving Weekend that we have met and exceeded the $5,000 matching amount pledged by our Anonymous Donor.

Since last week, dozens of readers contributed a total $6,750 to our fund drive, bringing the total to $11,750, which we will put to good use going into the New Year.

Believe me, we all recognized that autism families have plenty of demands on their money, and we are grateful, and frankly amazed, that so many were willing to put so much toward our efforts. It makes us feel like the community has our backs.

We promise not to hit you up again for quite a while -- except for this parting word: We are now tax deductible, so anything given by the end of the year will partly repay you by April.

Again, so many thanks to all our readers for keeping us going strong into our eighth year. 

--

 Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

John Stone

Best of Age of Autism: Brian Deer Basks at a Pharmaceutical Conference by Lake Annecy

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(Note: We published this post  three years ago this week. It serves as a reminder of the background of the "team" devoted to crushing the vaccine autism connection. In a rare mainstream re-appearance a few weeks ago Deer claimed to have inside knowledge of anonymised court case.)

By John Stone

This week journalist Brian Deer has been enjoying celebrity status at the luxury villa of Les Pensières of the Fondation Mérieux on the banks of Lake Annecy in the French alps: The Merieux foundation advertises its financial links to all three MMR manufacturers that were defendants in the UK litigation (GSK, Merck and Sanofi), as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

So far Deer has disclosed no pharmaceutical sponsorship or hospitality in his series of British Les-pensieres-outside-5 Medical Journal articles attacking Andrew Wakefield and now Wakefield’s colleagues at the Royal Free Hospital, the last published just twelve days before conference began. Nor does he mention this latest engagement in a letter yesterday to the journal  (presumably a dispatch from the conference itself). Meanwhile BMJ have failed to publish a letter pointing out the discrepancy and have once again given the lie to editor Fiona Godlee’s official ‘holier than thou’ stance on Conflict of Interest.

At a conference entitled  ‘See Re-invigorating Immunisation Policy Implementation and Success: From Parent to Partner and from Broadcast to Engagement' Deer was keynote speaker at the introductory evening on Monday with an address ‘Money, media and retrospection. What drove the MMR crisis, and what lessons should we learn for the future?’ but also was listed to chair two sessions on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

This puts in ironic perspective the scathing remarks that Deer made about Dr David Lewis attending a vaccine safety conference in Jamaica in January in both in BMJ and in Nature News, but is also perhaps a gratifying apotheosis for everyone who has watched his remarkable career.

John Stone is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.

 

Current Affairs

Happy Thanksgiving from Age of Autism

Grateful TypeWe wish all of our readers a very Happy (American) Thanksgiving.  We're grateful for your loyal support, interesting comments and daily readership. Let us know what you're grateful for this year in our comments.

Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - The Bookstore Shuffle

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

This last Saturday was my coming out party.

No, I'm not talking about any deep, dark secrets, but this was the first time I would appear at a scheduled event in a bookstore to talk about and sign copies of the book I co-wrote with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.

The first bookstore, Rakestraw Books in Danville, CA, had more of a planned feel to it.  My in-laws went to college with the owner, and it was the type of prestige bookstore that I'd set my sights on long ago.  The owner told me that a Saturday afternoon wasn't likely to draw a large crowd, but when I walked into the place and saw twenty stacked copies of my book I gasped.  I'm supposed to sell that many books!

The group was composed of some family members, long-time friends, and a few people that I didn't know, but were familiar with the story told in the book.  I'd spent the last week developing "the talk" I was going to use in front of general public audiences and I'm pleased to say it went over quite well.

I began by talking about the writers who had influenced me, like Tom Wolfe, who had written The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities, or the works of Dominic Dunne, whose work usually focued on crimes committed among the very wealthy.  I told the audience that what I liked so much about those stories is that they were about something crucial; flying into outer space, a crime with racial or class issues at stake, but they also let you to the inner workings of a hidden world.  I taked about how one of my favorite lines in The Right Stuff was when a character called the fraternity of test-pilots who put themselves at risk, "a weird mad monk squadron."

I told the audience that when I learned about Dr. Judy Mikovits and the other scientists in and out of government who were trying to find answers to these diseases I felt like I'd found my own "mad monk squadron."

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Current Affairs

Thanks for Donating to Age of Autism

Donate button(NOTE:  Thanks to many readers who have donated from $5.00 to $500, we're on our way to our matching gift goal of $5,000.   Plus your donation to Age of Autism is now TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  Please help us meet this wonderful $5,000 matching gift opportunity. Thank you.)  From our wonderful benefactor who is matching your donation:

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and this holiday always provides a wonderful opportunity to take stock of the many things for which we are thankful. One of the things on my list again this year is The Age of Autism blog.  If you are reading this, there's a good chance that you, too, are very thankful for AoA, which just happens to be the leader in covering all things Autism, including its link to vaccines.

To that end, please raise your hand if:

  • You value the daily news you are privy to here on Age of Autism, every single day of the year...critically-important news that mainstream media either refuses to report on, or about which they lie.

  • You would miss tuning in to what AoA has to say every morning with your cup of coffee, and throughout the day, including the great comments from AoA readers.

  • You value having a site to which you can turn to hear from others walking a similar path as you, which can be life-and-sanity saving because others simply don't get it, or simply don't want to get it.

  • You are thankful to have avoided vaccine injury in your own children, or in yourself or loved ones, because of what you have learned from others on Age of Autism.

  • You value having access to excellent articles which you can not only read, but which you can then share via the click of a button with others who want honest, timely, and helpful information.

  • You value this site that daily strives to get the truth out there about the VACCINE-AUTISM causal connection, which is REAL, which is MANMADE, which is TRAGIC, and which must be STOPPED.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Mississippi Last in 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 OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

Nov 25, 2014, Jackson (MS) Free Press: Mississippi Last In Vaccine Choice    

While local sports enthusiasts rave that Mississippi is No. 1 in something other than obesity and teen pregnancy, the state has slid into first place in more than football in recent months. Mississippi has the highest rate of vaccinations.

But vaccination-rights activists like MaryJo Perry, co-director of Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights, claim this is not necessarily something to brag about.

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Anne Dachel

Pope Francis Addresses Autism

Pope FOn Nov 22, 2014, Washington Post reporter Michelle Boorstein had the story, Pope turns to help the autistic at next Vatican conference.

It was about the autism conference held at the Vatican Nov 20-22. 

Boorstein wrote, "Experts from 57 countries updated one another on such issues as genetic research, pain management and government policies toward people with autism."

The current rate of one in every 68 children in the U.S. was noted in the story. There were calls for inclusion and awareness of autism.

Readers were told, "The church's role is also sensitive. So much research goes into preventive medical discoveries, which could lead to a genetic marker for autism that could then lead to more abortions - similar to what has happened with Down syndrome." 

Boorstein seemed to be telling people that the only way to PREVENT autism is by finding the genetic markers and aborting a baby who could potentially end up with autism.  She mentioned that Bob and Suzanne Wright, co-founders of Autism Speaks, are Catholic, and she brought up the controversy over vaccines and autism: 

"The Wrights said they hope the church will see autism as an issue because it challenges and divides many families. They said they themselves have had a dispute with their daughter - the mother of their autistic grandson - over the role of vaccines."

Boorstein had this to say on the topic of vaccines and autism, "Organizing any conference on autism - which affects one in every 68 children, according to Autism Speaks - is challenging because of the range of opposing views on such issues as the role of vaccines in autism spectrum disorder. The conference didn't touch on vaccines but includes a presentation on other potential environmental impacts."

It seemed that the elephant in the room, as usual when the subject of autism is brought up, was the link to vaccines.  Participants were willing to talk about genetics and the possibility of "environmental impacts," but not vaccines.

Also on Nov 22, a story on the conference was released from the official Vatican News Network titled, Francis: overcome the isolation that burdens the autistic and their families

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Regressive autism... What is it? Is it real? What to look for? What I wish I had known….

Autism-boy-3_4_r536_c534Thank you to our friends at HealthChoice.org for letting us excerpt this pos.

By Allison Chapman

As I sat in the fetal position, my knees drawn up, I was desperately trying process the words being said to me. She was speaking right above me, but her words were drowned out by the sound of my heart, which was beating wildly. My first ever panic attack was from the words “PDD… autism spectrum… early intervention.”

I was with only my two children and two strangers, women from Early Intervention. Professionals who had come to my house to check on my son because I had become concerned that he wasn’t the same child he had been. The child about whom at six and seven months old, I would say to my husband, “We will never have to worry about him developmentally.” Boy, was I eating those words as I sat in my living room being told my son most likely had something called Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Which did not register until I heard the dreaded word “autism.”

I wasn’t even thinking autism was a possibility. From my son’s birth I had watched him like a hawk and looked for all of the necessary developmental milestones. He never showed one delay; in fact, he was advanced in everything. I knew way too well what the word “autism” meant. My mother and former stepfather had a son while I was in college. He had severe autism and was nonverbal. My sister had lived with them when he was a baby. He used to say “I love you, Angie” clear as day. Then she left home and didn’t see him for about six months. When my sister saw him again, he could no longer say anything or look at her. She told me she thought my mother’s husband had left something out for him to get into, that they must have done something wrong. I never knew what to think; maybe my mother’s job chemically cleaning hospital equipment while she was pregnant with him was the reason. Or maybe my sister was right. I had barely seen him in the early years, I was trying to get distance and start on my own path. I did remember my brother seemed totally fine when I saw him at eight months old.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Vatican Attention, Police Training

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

Nov 23, 2014, Wall Street Journal: An Easy Money Saver: the Flu Shot

Nov 22, 2014, SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle): Feds vows to publicize vaccine injury help program

Nov 22, 2014, Portland (ME) Press Herald: Vatican holds its first conference on autism

Nov 21 US News: Feds Vow to Publicize Vaccine Injury Help Program

Nov 20, 2014, Huffington: 'Little Things Matter' Exposes Big Threat To Children's Brains

Nov 20, 2014, Salt Lake Tribune: Utah police roll out autism database to better handle special needs 

Nov 20, 2014, NewsMax: Some Flu Shot Formulations Contain Brain-Destroying Toxin: Top Doctor

Nov 19, 2014, Dothan (AL) Eagle: Rise in autism increases need for speech and behavioral therapy

Nov 18, 2014, WJCL Savannah, GA: Vaccines and autism

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Anne Dachel, Cathy Jameson, Dan Olmsted, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Ginger Taylor, Kent Heckenlively, Kim Stagliano, LJ Goes, Mark Blaxill

Age of Autism Age of Authors

Vaccines 2.0Managing Editors Note:  I've heard of some very popular boy band called "One Direction." I couldn't  hum a single bar of their music. No idea what they look like. But I like their name because it reminds me of the Age of Autism team. We move in ONE DIRECTION. Forward. While many around us dwell in negatives, in the past, in what's "wrong" with our community and pontificate on and write some seriously nasty gaaaaah-bage as my Mom would say in Boston, our team has been "busy, busy, busy" writing books.  Actual books that can never be rescinded, removed or retracted. Old school. BOOKS. The volume of volumes is dare I say? Voluminous!  (Humor me, it's the end of a long weekend.....) 

Special congrats to our Editor Dan Olmsted and Editor at Large Mark Blaxill on the February debut of Vaccines 2.0: The Careful Parents' Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family. 

We hope that you will buy one or two, perhaps more, of these books. Yes, money is tight. But I can promise you that each and every book will help you as you work with your  loved ones with autism, as you discuss the needs of our community with medical providers and politicians and will give you hope that we will all move in ONE DIRECTION. Forward. Like a train.

Vaccines 2.0: by Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted The Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family


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

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

Vaccine Injuries by Louis Conte and Tony Lyons - Reveals the truth behind the controversial issue of vaccine-related injuries.

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

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

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

Saving Ben: by Dan Burns A Father's Story of Autism

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

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

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

India Helps Families Facing Autism - No Moves Required, Autism Considered Disability

Moving boxCould this happen in America, given the climate of "autism normalization." Moving is traumatic and can mean leaving behind school and programs and ending up in the back of the line for state services. Have you turned down a move for your child? Or moved and had to start from scratch?  Tell us in the comments.

DoPT includes autism in 'disabled' category

NEW DELHI: Government employees can now attend to their autistic children without worrying about being displaced on account of routine transfers or rotational transfer exercise.

The department of personnel and training (DoPT), in an order issued on Monday, included 'autism' in the term 'disabled' as defined in a June 6, 2014, order that exempts a government employee, who is also a care-giver of disabled child, from the routine exercise of transfer/rotational transfer, subject to administrative constraints.

"The matter regarding the scope of 'disabled' has been examined in consultation with the department of disability affairs. Considering the fact that the autism spectrum disorder child requires constant caregiver support and it would be imperative for government employees to take care of autism spectrum disorder child on continuous basis, it has been decided to include 'autism" in the term 'disabled', as defined in Para 6 of above-mentioned OM dated 06.06.2014," said the DoPT order.

Cathy Jameson

Best of AofA: Thankful, Hopeful, Grateful

Ronan and brother

Cathy has a day off with her family. She wrote this post last November. Enjoy.

By Cathy Jameson

This picture of my boys was taken a year ago.  Ronan, in the green sweatshirt, stopped moving long enough to sit down and look straight into the camera.  Sitting proudly next to Ronan is his younger brother, Little Buddy.  Little Buddy, who was also injured by his vaccines but has recovered, plays more of a big brother role than Ronan is capable.  

Little Buddy prays daily for Ronan hoping he too will be free of his vaccine injury.  He hopes that Ronan will be healed so that he can talk and so that they can play together.   With a heart bursting with pride, love and devotion, Little Buddy has enlisted his classmates to pray also.  Together, they offer special intentions for Ronan’s health and healing.  I need to take a lesson in Little Buddy’s devotion and perseverance because lately, I am having a hard time seeing too many positives in Ronan’s situation.

I certainly have some things to be thankful for today, but I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that I feel much more worry than thanks.  We’ve had to handle some uncomfortable issues lately:  wandering, an increase in seizures, stagnation of skills and negative behavioral concerns.  

I have been less than thankful for the many reminders of what’s making Ronan’s life more difficult.  Those difficulties, and the reality of Ronan’s vaccine injury and autism diagnosis, have me riding an emotional roller coaster.  Time heals all wounds, though, right?  

If I give it a few days…

If I shake the worry while looking for a bright side…

If I let some of the nagging go…  

If I hope for the best…

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Fund Drive Update, and Autism Vs. Alopecia

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

We can’t offer you a very special concert with Yanni, or every episode of Upstairs Downstairs on DVD. All we can promise is that, with your help, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.

Boring, I know. But that’s what our current fund drive is all about. Last year we were approached by an Anonymous Donor, as this person wished to be known – who put up $3,000 as a matching donation. A.D. said they would give us up to that amount, but only if our readers matched it – which you did, and more. This year the same A.D. approached us again – which we were hoping they would, but were taught by our mother to be too mannerly to ask – and this time A.D. is offering an amazingly generous $5,000 match through Sunday, Thanksgiving Weekend.

That’s wonderful, but it also boosts the amount we need to raise or risk leaving money on the table Donate button that, combined with your donations, will go a long way for our humble blog.

Halfway through, we’re halfway to our goal – $2,880 as of last night. This is terrific, thanks to so many of you, and we really think we can get all the way there if people realize the power of doubled donations of whatever amount. And this year for the first time, we’re tax deductible, something we’re doing in large part to make gifts like yours (and A.D.’s) as easy as possible to make. (You should see the form the IRS wants! And I just got one from the Commonwealth of Virginia Friday “to determine liability for state unemployment tax.” Yikes.)

So, in short, if you were to send us $25 via the Donate button by next Sunday, it would be the same as sending $50, and it’s deductible. What is not to like? (If you want to send a check, feel free – e-mail me for the address at Olmsted.dan@gmail.com)

All of us who converge here have different likes, dislikes, and lots in life, but we are joined by a powerful sense of outrage over what is happening to kids and a strong belief that it needs to be addressed, now. Activism, politics, legal action, journalism – we’re all in it together with our own particular gifts and passions.

So: Help us keep going so we can all help end the age of autism. And know how grateful we are for all your contributions.

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When Mike Nichols died Thursday, I noticed that he was born in 1931, the same year that autism began (in the person of Vivian Murdock, oldest child in Leo Kanner’s case series from 1943, whom Teresa Conrick, Mark Blaxill and I first identified on AOA – an example, come to think of it, of what financial support helps accomplish).

When I learn about other people born then, it reminds me how recent autism is – within the span of one lifetime, this catastrophe has descended upon us. The reason, we believe, is the first use of ethylmercury in commercial compounds starting then, including in vaccines as thimerosal.

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Kim Stagliano

Jerry Seinfeld is Now Spongeworthy

Seinfeld_elaineBy Kim Stagliano

Ok, I don't mean that in the literal sense of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine had a limited supply of "The Sponge" which was an OTC method of birth control a couple of decades ago, and was pulled from the shelves for potentially causing toxic shock.   (Insert "vaccine toxic shock but still on the shelves" joke here.)   But in my recent article about Seinfeld's declaration of autism, I told Jerry he was not spongeworthy.   And now he has told the world he is not autistic.

Seinfeld publicly retracted his self-diagnosis on national TV this week.   And I would like to thank him for doing so.  I'd also like to thank him for opening up the conversation about the Spectrum in general. We've seen lots of opinions of what it means to have autism.

Those of us with severely affected kids see the difficulties of being a special needs person who has accommodations in all areas of life and for whom guardianship or some sort of conservatorship is the future. Or the present.

Others have children whose autism affects them differently. They are not as disabled, but still have significant challenges not to be dimissed. 

And we heard from adults for whom autism is part of who they are, despite the challenges it has brought them.

Valid.

Valid.

Valid.

Not every voice was polite. Comments and Tweets were heated. So what? That's how we learn and grow.  The epidemic of people with autism is growing into adulthood. My own daughter turns 20 next month, with her sisters close on her heels.  We need to accept my daughters where they are on the spectrum. And your kids where they are. And adults where they may be.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Pope Francis and Seinfelds Mea Culpa

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

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

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

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Current Affairs

Weiss, Pritchard and Thibodeaux Miss the Point of National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Miss targetThe AP article by Mitch Weiss, Justin Pritchard and Troy Thiobodeaux reveals some of the flaws in National Vaccine Injury Compensation but ultimately misses the point; The NVICP has dismissed Congressional intent and devolved into a policy vehicle  for the federal vaccine establishment.

It is true that attorneys representing petitioners have made millions of dollars. However, the Secretary of Health and Human Services altered the Vaccine Injury Table in the mid-1990’s and skewed the balance of the program in favor of the Department of Justice. This made the prospects of petitioner acting Pro Se (in their own behalf), virtually impossible. Cases are now intensively litigated and there is no way for petitioners to succeed without legal counsel who understand the program.

The journalists point to petitioners using expert witnesses of dubious credentials. The current state of affairs is that expert witnesses for petitioners are a dying breed. Why? The article tells you why; expert witnesses for petitioner often face negative consequences for saying that a vaccine caused injury – any injury. Note this excerpt from Harris v. Secretary HHS, No. 07-60V VACCINE CASE Filed: November 28, 2011

“Harris, 2011 WL 2446321 at *35 (emphasis added).    

Dr. Kinsbourne’s unchallenged reference to written warnings of the manufacturer of the DTaP vaccine was not an “opinion” about the “toxoiding process,” he simply was repeating the manufacturer’s superior knowledge about those products.  In addition, and more important, the Special Master’s condescending mischaracterization of Dr. Kinsbourne’s bona fides is out of line.  Dr. Kinsbourne is not “ostensibly” a pediatric neurologist.  See id. at *35. 

No lesser academic institutions than Oxford University, Duke University Medical Center, the University of Toronto, Harvard Medical School, Boston University, and Tufts University have recognized Dr. Kinsbourne as an expert in this field, contrary to the views of the Special Master.  Pet. Ex. 22 at 1-2. 

The Special Master also misrepresented Dr. Kinsbourne’s current position in the New School in New York City, where he teaches neuroscience, not psychology, as the Special Master implies.  Compare id. at 2 with Harris, 2011 WL 2446321 at *4. 

Finally, the Special Master emphasized that Dr. Kinsbourne is “well-known” to special masters, because he testifies frequently in the Vaccine Program for petitioners.  See Harris, 2011 WL 2446321 at *4. 

Of course, the Special Master made no mention of the fact that the same is true of Dr. Wiznitzer.  The Special Master’s proclivity to demean petitioners and their experts when he differs with their opinions is not unique to this case. 

See e.g., Porter v. Sec’y of HHS, No. 2010-5162, 2011 WL 5840315 at **13-15 & n.4 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 22, 2011) (O’Malley, J. dissenting) (discussing this Special Master’s “remarkable” opinion for “the sheer number of references to credibility, demeanor and veracity” and character attack on an expert with whom he disagreed); Dobrydneva v. Sec’y of HHS, 94 Fed. Cl. 134, 147 (2010); Campbell v. Sec’y of HHS, 90 Fed. Cl. 369, 383-84 (2009). 

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Donate to Age of Autism

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this holiday always provides a wonderful opportunity to take stock of the many things for which we are thankful. One of the things on my list again this year is The Age of Autism blog.  If you are reading this, there's a good chance that you, too, are very thankful for AoA, which just happens to be the leader in covering all things Autism, including its link to vaccines.

To that end, please raise your hand if:

  • You value the daily news you are privy to here on Age of Autism, every single day of the year...critically-important news that mainstream media either refuses to report on, or about which they lie.

  • You would miss tuning in to what AoA has to say every morning with your cup of coffee, and throughout the day, including the great comments from AoA readers.

  • You value having a site to which you can turn to hear from others walking a similar path as you, which can be life-and-sanity saving because others simply don't get it, or simply don't want to get it.

  • You are thankful to have avoided vaccine injury in your own children, or in yourself or loved ones, because of what you have learned from others on Age of Autism.

  • You value having access to excellent articles which you can not only read, but which you can then share via the click of a button with others who want honest, timely, and helpful information.

  • You value this site that daily strives to get the truth out there about the VACCINE-AUTISM causal connection, which is REAL, which is MANMADE, which is TRAGIC, and which must be STOPPED.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: A Letter to Pope Francis

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

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

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Current Affairs

Answer: Not Relevant

Your-judgement-is-irrelevantYour-judgement-is-irrelevantBy Laura Hayes

Answer:  "Not Relevant."

Two very recent stories from two different moms are compelling me to write this article.  I'll start with the take-home message. If you take your child to the ER or hospital, for something other than for an adverse reaction to a vaccine, it is important that you know beforehand how you will answer one of the first questions that you will be asked by medical staff, which will be, "Is your child up to date on his/her immunizations?"  After hearing these two recent stories, I suggest you consider answering with, "Not relevant. I would like you to treat my child based on his/her symptoms versus on his/her vaccination status (and, of course, based on any other known medical issues and/or family history)."

Now, here is my rationale for that suggestion. The first mom took her son to the hospital presenting with 2 major symptoms of tetanus, which over the course of a couple days escalated to more than 10 symptoms of tetanus. Because this child happens to have an Autism diagnosis, the doctors immediately attributed (i.e. wrote off) his symptoms as resulting from "pediatric delusional behavior due to Autism" which they felt explained his spasming "behavior" (i.e. his spasms were voluntary vs. involuntary and/or medical in origin) which led to his rhabdomyolysis (the destruction of striated muscle cells).  Apparently, his Autism "behavior" also caused him to not be able to open his mouth properly or chew his food in order to consume needed calories (i.e. Lockjaw). This is not uncommon for parents who have children with Autism to have their children's symptoms, whatever they may be, written off (and often left untreated) due to their Autism diagnosis. Despite initial, and then additional, symptoms of tetanus, because he'd received his DTaP vaccines, and because his blood tests showed titers to tetanus, they refused to consider tetanus, treat for tetanus, document that he had tetanus, or report a suspected case of tetanus to the CDC...ignoring requests from his highly-educated and intelligent mother to please do a proper and reliable assessment for tetanus (a costly test which I think involves injecting the patient's blood serum into a mouse to see if it develops tetanus...not positive about the details of this diagnostic test). 

First, having been vaccinated against tetanus does not at all mean that one won't get tetanus...there are many reported cases of tetanus in the vaccinated, i.e. vaccine failure is a reality.  Furthermore, vaccine failure and waning "immunity" are the rationale for the many booster shots for the DTaP vaccine, because it is known that it doesn't always "take" and that it wears off (if you even believe that it offered any protection in the first place).  Secondly, having titers for tetanus in one's blood does not mean that one is immune to tetanus and therefore won't contract it, not at all.  There are many cases of people with high titers for a certain disease who then contract the disease, and, there are also many cases of those with no titers for a certain disease who do not contract the disease even when exposed.  Despite these known facts, and quite unbelievably, titer levels post-vaccination are how vaccine efficacy is determined!  This mother believes, and rightly so, that the doctors and the hospital do not want to believe/admit that the vaccine for tetanus doesn't work (they don't want to admit to the reality of vaccine failure), they don't want to believe/admit that one who has blood titers for a certain disease can still contract it, and they don't feel legally or morally obligated to properly test for or report this boy's probable case of tetanus to the proper authorities (i.e. to the CDC, which also doesn't want to admit to vaccine failures). The system now in place has been purposefully and shamefully designed to deny and hide vaccine failures (in addition to vaccine injuries and deaths) and to not admit them to the public.

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Anne Dachel

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

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs

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

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

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

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Current Affairs

An Open Letter to State Farm From Fearless Parent

FP-logo-tagline1By Louise Kuo Habakus

Mr. Edward B. Rust, Jr.
CEO, State Farm Insurance
One State Farm Plaza
Bloomington, IL 61710
(309) 766-2311
ebrust@statefarm.com

Note: if you would like Ed to see this letter, please e-mail it to him.

November 18, 2014

Dear Ed

On behalf of concerned parents across the country, I’m asking you to reverse a recent business decision.

The resonance of your branding suggests that you should be responsive. State Farm is the ubiquitous “good neighbor,” trading on trustworthiness and integrity at the highest standard. You’re a corporate giant who claims to go beyond what’s legal to do what’s right.

State Farm grasps the power of cultural iconography

Your pricey TV commercials are hip and funny. The latest, featuring SNL faves, are a “social branded content push” aimed at milennials and everyone else, too.



Your decision to ditch Rob Schneider shocked us.

When you dumped Rob Schneider as a spokesman because he believes parents have the right to decide what’s in the best interests of their children… our collective jaws hit the ground.

As reported in PR Week and widely covered, State Farm dropped Rob Schneider over his views regarding vaccine mandates after social media pages Food Hunk, Science Babe, and Chow Babe called on State Farm to help end the “anti-vaccination movement.”

(Seriously?)

Your public affairs director, Phil Supple, said the State Farm ad featuring the Richmeister “has unintentionally been used as a platform for discussion unrelated to the products and services we provide.”

(Make no mistake, it wasn’t unintentional.)

Bad move for a smart company.

It got me thinking…

Why on earth would the nation’s largest insurer of cars and homes choose to make such a big statement to the nation’s 150+ million parents over an issue that you admit is unrelated to your business?

And then why would State Farm double down by repudiating a world famous, much loved comedian and Emmy-nominated actor who’s also a conscientious and devoted father expressing an educated, courageous, and heartfelt opinion?

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Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - The Reviews Are Coming In!

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

This Tuesday, November 18, 2014 is the official publication date for PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.  It's the day you will supposedly be able to walk into just about any bookstore in the United States and plunk down your money on the counter and get the story of Dr. Judy Mikovits and her investigation into XMRV.

A sampling from just a few of the reviews currently on Amazon!  (And I swear I didn't write them!  And we've also got reviews from England and Germany!)

From JT, "Amazing book!  Many people and patients have followed Dr. Judy Mikovits since her historic publication in Science in 2009.  We followed the saga and witnessed many of the events discussed in this book live via the web.  This is not fiction . . . I encourage everyone to read this book.  The authors have made tremendous effort to make this book understandable to most people.  Anyone interested in chronic diseases (auto-immune, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, gulf war syndrome, autism), vaccines, bio-pharmaceuticals, and how academic/government and government agencies handle these topics will be enlightened."

From Dr. Carol Fisch, a retired professor of microbiology and stealth pathogen researcher, "I have waited for this book for well over a year.  I read it in three days as I couldn't put it down!  So many need to thank Judy Mikovits, PhD. for risking her career to fight as a scientist should, to tell the truth . . . The book explores autism and what may very well be the beginning of this disorder.  For anyone wanting to learn how science can work for us or against us, this is a must read!"

An anonymous reviewer wrote, "Just finished Plague this morning.  It was riveting and hard to put down.  It's a very well written book and I enjoyed reading it.  The authors did an excellent job of breaking down the science and keeping it very simple . . . The authors strongly lay out the case for their continued belief in the involvement of retroviruses in neuro-immune illnesses.  Both Mikovits and Ruscetti (Dr. Frank Ruscetti) stood tall against the onslaught of attacks and continue to fight for what they believe in and this book further validates that effort."

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: SC and PA Hobbled by Autism Costs

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.

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

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

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

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

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Current Affairs

The Age of Autism Matching Gift Anonymous Donor is Back!

AofA Thankful(NOTE:  Your donation to Age of Autism is now TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Please help us meet this wonderful $5,000 matching gift opportunity. Thank you.)

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this holiday always provides a wonderful opportunity to take stock of the many things for which we are thankful. One of the things on my list again this year is The Age of Autism blog.  If you are reading this, there's a good chance that you, too, are very thankful for AoA, which just happens to be the leader in covering all things Autism, including its link to vaccines.

To that end, please raise your hand if:

  • You value the daily news you are privy to here on Age of Autism, every single day of the year...critically-important news that mainstream media either refuses to report on, or about which they lie.

  • You would miss tuning in to what AoA has to say every morning with your cup of coffee, and throughout the day, including the great comments from AoA readers.

  • You value having a site to which you can turn to hear from others walking a similar path as you, which can be life-and-sanity saving because others simply don't get it, or simply don't want to get it.

  • You are thankful to have avoided vaccine injury in your own children, or in yourself or loved ones, because of what you have learned from others on Age of Autism.

  • You value having access to excellent articles which you can not only read, but which you can then share via the click of a button with others who want honest, timely, and helpful information.

  • You value this site that daily strives to get the truth out there about the VACCINE-AUTISM causal connection, which is REAL, which is MANMADE, which is TRAGIC, and which must be STOPPED.

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Teresa Conrick

Autism and the Microbiome:Can Vaccination Cause Molecular Mimicry?

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

My daughter, Megan, has both a diagnosis of autism and an autoimmune disease.  She entered the world a healthy neonate but began to have illness and regression of skills after her infant vaccines. Her health and behavior forever changed after each one, but was especially noticeable after her MMR vaccine, when she broke out in a full rash, developed fever and stopped eating and talking.  Diarrhea and constipation then became a daily nightmare. She received a diagnosis of AUTISM based on observation and not ONE medical test, lab or immune workup.

As the years have gone by, Megan rarely gets a “normal” illness.  No fever. No colds, no drippy nose, and rarely a cough.  What she does get, is autoimmune, neuropsychiatric symptoms. Tics, physical and vocal. Obsessive and compulsive behaviors that disrupt her life from the moment she awakes until she is able to relax and fall asleep. Strep for her is not lying on the couch, under a blanket feeling ill.  It is hourly urinary incontinence, vocal tics, anxiety, irritability, self-injurious behavior and often not being able to eat for days. PANDAS and PANS symptoms describe her well.

And she has no voice, no ability to speak words or communicate at this time.  She is unable to tell of her plight.  There is pain, trust me.  Much pain. Can vaccines do this? Why yes, they can.  

As I read medical literature, I always see lines of research that go back to autism and to Megan.  This is a good example of that and should alarm us all:

…..since the early investigations of Koch, Metchnikoff, Pasteur, Von Leeuwenhoek, and others  on the microbial basis of pathogenicity and disease transmission, Westernized societies have very successfully reduced the incidence of microbial-borne infectious disease, while an environment of autoimmune, cardiovascular, metabolic, and neuroinflammatory diseases continues to flourish.

Beware Of What Lies Ahead

Dr. Paul Offit plays many roles in the world of vaccines.  To the average American, he is the guy who comes on your TV every once in awhile to remind us all how vaccines have kept us all alive and to thank God for them.  In reality, Dr. Offit is a vaccine patent holder, a multi-millionaire, a spokesperson for Merck and the Chief of Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It has always interested me that he made this comment:

Addressing Parents’ Concerns: Do Vaccines Cause Allergic or Autoimmune Diseases?” PEDIATRICS Vol. 111 No. 3 March 2003 :

Autoimmune diseases might occur after immunization because proteins on microbial pathogens are similar to human proteins (“molecular mimicry”) and could induce immune responses that damage human cells.

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Cathy Jameson

Vaccine Indoctrination: Get Them While They’re Young

Too many booksBy Cathy Jameson

I’ve been able to get to the library a lot more than I have in previous years.  I love being surrounded by the books, the periodicals and the quiet time the library offers.  Sometimes I go to the library to sit and read or write.  When I’m there, I don’t always check out material.  Anytime I’m there, even if it’s for just a quick visit, I make it a habit to walk down to the 600 section to see if the Thinking Moms’ Revolution book is there.  I’m always hoping it’s checked out, but if it’s on the shelf, I make sure to give it a proper display. 

 

The TMR book - displayed with the cover out and hanging out with books that I may or may not have rearranged so that they can be closer together.

I had a purpose for going to the library last week.  I was on the search for some books for one of my kids’ teachers.  The class is studying the heart and the lungs, so I offered to get some books to supplement the textbook chapter with whatever I could find in the children’s section.  I was not prepared for what I discovered in the children’s “science” section.  I saw several books about shots and vaccines and why kids need to get them.  Books about how shots won’t hurt.  How it’s just a little pinch.  And that everyone has to get them.  Everyone. 

I looked up and down that shelving unit for other books about other shot and vaccine topics.  You know what those important topics are.  And you know what those books would be titled also: 

When Shots Go Wrong

Read the Fine Print:  Vaccine Side Effects and Adverse Reactions

What To Do Now That You’ve Been Vaccine Injured

Head Banging, Feces Smearing and Non-Verbal Communication:  What It All Means

How to Tell to Your Siblings About Your Vaccine Injury

Why Mommy and Daddy Have to File a Claim in Vaccine Court

Since I couldn’t find those titles, I went back to thumbing through the books about shots that my library did have.  Oh, the indoctrination! 

 

The promise of a Band-Aid. 

Too bad band aids can’t make life-long vaccine injuries go away. 

 

“Why you must be…a healthy, five-year-old!” 

Shots keep you healthy and strong.  Unless they hurt, injure or kill you. 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Happy Anniversary to Us!

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted Happy anniversary

Our humble blog reached the seven-year milestone this week. During that time, we’ve had well over 15 million hits on close to 7,000 posts; our readers have left 110,000 comments.

When we started – merging with Generation Rescue’s Rescue Post – we hoped but weren’t sure that this was the future of daily newspapers in general and investigative reporting about autism in particular. Events have borne that out – even though I came up through “print” and love holding real newspapers and books in my hands, I now get most of my news online. On Thursday the Post and Times came to the door as usual, but besides bringing them inside and saving the plastic wrappers for the next dog walk, all I did was check to see if the interview with Kim on Seinfeld was in the printed edition as well as online (it wasn’t, but it didn’t matter since it had already spread around the world).

I can’t remember using or even knowing about Facebook seven years ago, or Tweeting, and such. We now have a Facebook page and plenty of tweeters, or twitterers, or however you say it. And while more blogs have arrived and joined the fray, we seem to have staked out our patch of turf and, I hope, used it to tell the truth as we see it.

That truth, as you know, is that autism is the defining disorder of our age, man-made and thus treatable and preventable. It is “made,” largely, by a reckless and bloated vaccine schedule that has long since passed the risk-reward point, wherever  that might be, and is wreaking all kinds of havoc. So the epidemic is real, the causes are clear, the remedy we embrace is investigating and telling the truth and bringing like-minded people to a common platform.

Of course, we’ve had our stumbles and tumbles. We make no apologies for declining to run material that doesn’t meet our standards or divides our community, or for moderating comments, making this a safe and civil space for people – often parents living with the eyewitness truth – who are ridiculed elsewhere.

I never would have guessed seven years ago that as a result of this I’d have co-written two books (Vaccines 2.0 will be out early next year, again with Mark Blaxill) or had the pleasure of seeing our own Anne Dachel (The Big Autism Cover-up) and Kent Heckenlively (Plague) and Kim Stagliano (All I Can Handle, I’m No Mother Teresa) and Cat Jameson and Lisa Goes (Thinking Moms Revolution) publish books, along with close allies like Lou Conte and Wayne Rohde. I’d never have imagined Sharyl Attkission leaving CBS and launching some of the same broadsides in her book (Stonewalled) that we’ve been hurling – the old mainstream media is dying, it’s a mediocre shell of its former self, it is enabling catastrophes like the autism epidemic and the Iraq war by failing in its first duty, to hold government and other powers-that-be to account.

Nor did I envision the Canary Party or HealthChoice arising in tandem with our efforts. We are, first of all, journalists, and our advocacy results from what we have discovered ourselves, not because anyone told us what to say or think.  

As journalists like Glenn Greenwald and whistleblowers like Edward Snowden have helped demonstrate, our government has operated with a sense of secrecy and superiority for far too long, unchecked by good traditional journalism.  If the NSA and CIA can spy on its own citizens, the FDA and CDC should not be considered above reproach, either. The mess the CDC first made of Ebola was a wake-up call for some who consider it sacrosanct, and the appearance of whistleblowers at the CDC and Merck show where things are headed.

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Kim Stagliano

Jerry Seinfeld Drops a Junior Mint into Autism Community

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By Kim Stagliano

A fews days ago I began Tweeting Jerry Seinfeld like a madwoman about his interview with Brian Wiliiams of NBC. He told Williams, "I think on a very drawn out scale, I'm on the Spectrum." (Insert Kramer double take here.)

You know what, Jerry? I think on a very drawn out scale, I'm a 19 year old SuperModel. Oh wait, I'm not. I'm a 50 year old mother of three daughters with autism. Actual autism.

  • Earlier this month I visited "Dayhab" programs for my 19 year old.

  • I haven't slept a full night in 9 months courtesy of my 18 year old who is convinced the house alarm is going to go off in the middle of the night and wakes 2, 3, 4, 5 times in a tizzy. By tizzy I mean screaming fit.

  • I'm waiting for test results for my 14 year old to hopefully (fat chance) tell me what is going on inside her body, everything is a guess. She does not speak.


So when I heard that Senfield, whom I adore as a comic, blithely said he thought he was on the Spectrum, I became angrier than The Soup Nazi. Sure, he probably meant Asperger's Syndrome and not full autism. I get that. Many people use the terms interchangeably - which is incorrect - but I understand how it happens when you are outside of the autism community.  But Asperger's is (or was, since DSM-V has muddied the waters with the merging of AS and ASD) is also a diagnosis that is fraught with challenges of a different sort. Not better, not worse, but different. 

Let me give you one idea of what it's like to have Asperger's Syndrome, or autism for that matter. 



THAT.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Seinfeld

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

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

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

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

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

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

I posted my story about Brandon Guppy. 

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

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

 

Anne Dachel

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

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

By Anne Dachel

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Julie Obradovic

No, Jerry, You Don’t Have Autism.

Seinfeld performingBy Julie Obradovic

I’ve been an autism advocate and activist for 10 years. By the mainstream media’s account, I’m on the wrong side of history. You see I’m one of “those” parents. One of “those” who brought a perfectly healthy baby girl into this world only to watch her descend into a physical hell of repeated and chronic illness followed by developmental delays that eventually resulted in an autism diagnosis.

I’m one of “those” parents who did the relentless research and put the pieces together and had the medical testing done that proved her autism wasn’t even kind of sort of genetic. It is epigenetic, a fancy word for environmentally caused. And it is iatrogenic, another fancy word for medically caused.

Here’s all you really need to know about the controversy. The medical industrial complex says my husband and I caused her autism. We know they did. And because they have just a teensy bit more power, influence, money and control over the messaging than I do from my keyboard, well, it’s fair to say they are winning. Jerry Seinfeld is proof.

It’s not uncommon to feel punched in the gut when you are a parent like me, pretty much on a daily basis. Actually, sometimes on an hourly basis. No one, as far as I can tell, is bullied nearly as much as a parent of a medically injured child.

According to 99% of what gets reported, we’re dangerous “cranks” (whatever that stupid word means that nobody ever uses except one guy) who must be stopped before the world explodes in infectious disease because of us. We’re reckless, irresponsible, flat-earth-conspiracy-theorists who can’t accept that we have:

A)    Bad Genes

B)    Bad parenting skills

C)     Bad kids

D)    Bad thinking and reasoning skills

E)     Bad souls

And this is basically what gets reported or blogged about on an average Tuesday.

Going after Jenny McCarthy, who had the guts to be the spokesperson for thousands of parents like me, has become a sport. Slandering her, taking her words out of context, and calling her a liar is simply accepted as good journalism these days. Someone just managed to even make a book out of it. Gross.

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Safeminds on "Germs Make You Well"

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By Eric Uram

If, like me, you grew up learning “germs make you sick,” you probably think bacteria are the bad guys.

It’s bacteria (Streptococcus pyogenes), after all, that cause strep throat.

And bacteria (E. coli) that cause urinary tract infections.

And bacteria (Salmonella) that cause food poisoning.

So, bacteria, of course, is bad.

Right?

The microbial world has been getting a bad rap for years.

But we humans have actually evolved to co-exist with bacteria.

Even more than coexisting, we humans are actually walking, talking microbial communities.

Bacteria is often beneficial

The bacterial cells in our bodies outnumber skin, blood, organ and other cells at least ten to one.

It’s not just that bacteria aren’t harmful. Bacteria are actually essential to our health. Bacteria and other microorganisms play a critical role in our survival.

Our skin, mouth, airways, gastro-intestinal and urogenital tracts all have microbial populations that co-exist and provide assistance to us. The microorganisms in our bodies help us digest our food, are a vital part of our immune system, and even help us grow.

Yet because of aggressive anti-bacteria health campaigns and propaganda and the relentless marketing of antibiotics (seen a hand sanitizer commercial lately?), we are actually threatening the environmental balance by creating antibiotic resistant superbugsand harming human health.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dachel Media Update: Jenny and Jerry

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

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

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

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

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Dreams

Autism, A Class Ring, A Class Brother

Nick Ring
We had to share this touching story with you. Wayne Rohde, author of  the newly released book The Vaccine Court Wayne RohdeThe Vaccine Court posted this Facebook status a week or so ago:  My son Austin will be graduating from high school in 2017. Both boys should be graduating, but since Nick won't be graduating, Austin is honoring his brother in another way. Look at how Austin designed his senior ring.

You could tell Wayne (and Austin) how much you "like" that status by purchasing Waynes book...   checkout the website here.

Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - Has Arrived! (And it's Just as Lethal as I'd Hoped it Would Be!)

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

Last Thursday I received copies of the book I co-wrote with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.

To say I'd been worried about what the final product would look like and how it would read is something of an understatement.  The day before it arrived I had a splitting headache, felt faint all through the teaching of my science classes, and was just generally grumpy to everybody around me.

But I didn't have to worry.

PLAGUE is everything I'd hoped it would be.  It is a smart, compassionate account of various disease communities and Dr. Mikovits fighting for answers to chronic diseases like ME/CFS and autism.  I can't help but think there are a confluence of forces, such as Sharyl Attkisson's recent book, STONEWALLED, which are supporting some of the core issues at the heart of PLAGUE.

It's been said lately that there is a great political divide in America between conservatives and liberals, but I think there's a growing unity of belief that many of the important issues of the day are being "brought" to us by special interests.  Whether your political bogeyman is big government or big business, we can all agree that having the two of these join forces is bad for everybody. 

As a science teacher and an attorney, I have always believed in evidence and reason, regardless of what the noisy crowd might proclaim.  In both science and law we have always admired those who fought the powerful voices of their day in the search for truth.  Sometimes that truth is about the guilt or innocence of a single person, or about humanity's true place in the cosmos.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Earth Needs More Autism Schools

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

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

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

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

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Current Affairs

Screw You, Jerry (Seinfeld "Autistic?")

JerryseinfieldBy Ginger Taylor

More than a week ago I wrote a little piece on my blog announcing to the world that I was tired of people redefining autism to suit their own agenda, and then applying their definition to themselves and the rest of the world.

Then Jerry Seinfeld had to go and give me the most egregious example possible of said phenomenon. Jerry, whose social and communication skills have made him an almost billionaire, has decided he has autism.

In my blog piece, I remind the reader that autism is a DSM disorder defined and diagnosed according BEHAVIORS. Those behaviors are impaired communication, impaired socialization and stereotyped behaviors. If someone has those behaviors, then they are diagnoseable with an autism spectrum disorder; if not, then they are not diagnosable with an ASD. Pretty simple.

But people have taken the autism label and redefined it to include any number of emotional states, spiritual expressions, physical phenomena, experiential descriptions, identity issues and lots of other things that may or may not be present in some people with an autism diagnosis. They call that “autism” and then demand that the world now define autism in their terms.

Just days after my little rant reminding people that autism is, by definition, a social/communication/behavioral impairment and dysfunction... which means that it gets in the way of functioning... which means it makes it difficult for people to operate functionally in our society... which means that things like success in gainful employment and working relationships are very difficult to come by... Jerry Seinfeld has announced to the world that he fits that bill.

Except he is the opposite of that.

Jerry's communication and social skills have made him THE wealthiest actor in the world.  He is worth $820 million dollars. He is arguably the world's most famous living comedian. And yet Jerry Seinfeld now claims he has autism.

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Cathy Jameson

Dear Nancy Grace—You Cannot Sue Vaccine Manufacturers

Nancy graceBy Cathy Jameson

By the time this article goes to post, Ronan will be done with a 48-hour EEG.  He was admitted Friday for testing because medication is not working as we’d hoped and his seizures have increased.  We appreciate good thoughts and healing prayers as we continue to work through his vaccine injury and while we rethink better treatment options. 

xo, Cat

--

Dear Nancy Grace,

I watched a clip from your Monday, November 3, 2014, show and wanted to send you a letter.  I could see that you were shocked about something and would like to add to what you asked Becky Estepp  to explain to you in plain terms. 

I’m glad you asked for further explanation of such an important topic.  More people need to know that they cannot sue vaccine manufacturers if they encounter a problem with a vaccine.  Not being able to take legal action for something that is pushed so heavily is an unfortunate truth. 

I’m sure you’ve had a chance by now to visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services webpage that explains what the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is.   Anyone contemplating a vaccine should take time to read through that site and understand what that program entails.  It includes crucial information that isn’t overly advertised like vaccines are. 

One the website, you saw what the US government recognizes as a vaccine injury.  You read about the steps it takes to file a claim and learn about the “Vaccine Court” process.  You saw the breakdown of past claims.  You caught sight of several charts and a statistic report.  You read about an excise tax, a tax paid by vaccine consumers that the government uses to pay claims.  I hope you also clicked on the link that shows how much has been compensated (which, as of November 3, 2014, is $3,021,080,103.09) to the vaccine injured and to families who’ve lost a loved one due to a vaccine. 

Now, I don’t think I’ve seen any first-hand accounts from families on that particular website, but you can contact me if you want to hear my family’s experience with that program.  Fair warning:  our experience was terrible.  Terrible!   

Here is some of our story. 

My son, Ronan, was a happy, typical baby.  We saw seizure activity after Ronan received the flu shot and have been dealing with the nightmare that comes with seizures ever since.  Other vaccine injuries, recognized by the government, were also the result of vaccines.  When I discovered that those injuries were linked to vaccinations and could confirm them, I was encouraged to file a claim.  I did so believing that the program would on our side. 

How wrong I was. 

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Weekly Wrap: Sharyl Attkisson Gets it Right

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

I know our readers appreciate Sharyl Attkisson and her willingness to take on vaccines and autism in a fair-minded way, but her new book Stonewalled really puts her at the center of a broad revival of fearless investigative reporting. It is the opposite of the “access journalism” that has plagued Washington for far too long. The New York Times-sponsored war in Iraq (aided by Judith Miller’s cozy lunches with Cheney aide Scooter Libby) and the media-wide cheerleading for the idea that vaccines don’t cause autism (because their pals at the CDC tell them so) are cases in point. Sadly, it is no exaggeration to say that lazy, credulous, cozy-up journalism has helped lead this country into the two worst international and domestic disasters of our time. 

StonewalledOtherwise, the media is doing just fine in their role as “watchdogs of democracy” (the ironic title of a book by another great Washington reporter, Helen Thomas).

I thought about this as I took Uber – a disruptive innovation that I’d never heard of just a few months ago and now means I will never call a taxi again -- from my home in Falls Church, Virginia, into what we locals call "the district" on Thursday night. As we crossed the Roosevelt Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial was lit up on the right and the Kennedy Center and Watergate on the left, with Arlington Cemetery and the Potomac River receding in the rear window. For once I wasn’t driving and trying to figure out the next turn, so I settled back. It is an awe-inspiring vista if you let it be – the greatness and majesty of the American Experiment spread out before you, with Watergate thrown in to remind us that the press keeps the government honest -- and tonight I was letting it be, the way I had 32 years ago when I came here as a wide-eyed member of the startup crew for USA Today. (These days, I’m one of those jaded residents who like to tell visitors that the rococo multi-tiered Watergate looks like a wedding cake, and the bland, rectangular Kennedy Center like the box it came in.)

The book party was in Georgetown, the center of the permanent establishment in Washington. This Sharyl Dan is where so many of the government and media bigwigs live – Bob Woodward, and Katherine Graham and Ben Bradlee before their deaths, and John Kennedy up to the morning he became president. Its charm is undercut these days for the people who actually live there by the Georgetown students who roam the streets after the rowdy bars let out, and by the lack of a metro stop which makes traffic and parking impossible (hence my Uber ride). But its iconic role is intact -- the last scene in All the President’s Men is Woodward and Bernstein standing with Ben Bradlee in his pajamas and robe on his front lawn in the middle of the night, conveying the full scope of the Watergate scandal and warning him that his own house might be bugged.

The car deposited me at a magnificent mansion on a quiet side street, one I suspect would have made Ben's eyes pop and Kay Graham wonder where she went wrong. This place, I knew from a little research after I got the invitation, was most definitely not Sharyl’s; the owners had paid in the upper seven figures (as Realtors here like to say) for it a decade ago, and, at unfathomable further expense, transformed its interior into an “oasis of Zen tranquility” in white, according to a design magazine spread, complete with priceless Asian artwork and statuary. (I also had borrowed a friend’s house for our book party four years ago, though on a somewhat smaller scale.)

There was a young woman just inside the door holding up a copy of Sharyl’s book, although whether that was an invitation to buy it or just a sign that we had wandered into the right mansion was unclear to me. Beyond her, a couple of hundred loudly energetic people were milling about the gorgeous rooms and, I feared, tracking mud from the recent rain onto the (white) carpets. Sharyl was surrounded, so I got a drink and a plateful of A-list food (“journalists love free food” is a truism that has fueled many a successful media event), and moved to a corner of the dining room next to a nearly full-size Buddhist statue to eat in tranquility. 

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Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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

Transcript:

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

Nancy Grace asked if can occur after vaccinations. 

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Current Affairs

The Lesser of Two Evils: Breast Cancer and Autism

Autism breast cancerBy Gayle DeLong

I have autism-induced breast cancer (AIBC).  While I am not absolutely certain that the 1.9 centimeter lump that grew in my left breast is the result of the stress of raising two autistic children, all indications point in that direction.  There is virtually no cancer in my family, I eat organically, I exercise, I’m a good weight.  OK, so I live in the toxic dump known as New Jersey, but that is the only other major risk factor.  No, the drop in cortisol levels whenever one kid’s school calls or the other kid has a public “flare up” is enough for the cancer to take root.

So, I speak from experience when I say Stage 1 breast cancer has nothing on autism.  The differences are vast and significant.  Unlike autism, no one is telling me to “celebrate” my cancer.  No one is telling me that cancer is “just a different way for cells to grow.”  People have told me that we’ve always had cancer, but no one is using that is an excuse for not doing anything about it.  No one is blaming me (or my mother) for my cancer.  Unlike a person with autism, society does not say my cancer is my fault.  Another difference is that in three years, I’ll either be dead or cured.  Autism is not tangible, so it neither exists concretely nor definitely leaves the body.  Although cancer could do to me what autism did to Avonte Oquendo, the chances of dying from a tumor that I treat properly are small and growing smaller. 

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