"Its Not A Perfect World But I'll Take It!" Free from Skyhorse Publishing For Autism Action Month

Skyhorse Free EBookAge of Autism and Skyhorse Publishing are thrilled to offer a FREE e-book of It’s Not a Perfect World But I’ll Take It for a limited time! This is a $12.99 value!  Jennifer Rose is a 20 year old woman with autism - her insight is fantastic!

Click here and use the codeaoa-perfect” to claim your copy today!  Enjoy the book, and thanks to Tony Lyons and everyone at Skyhorse!


It's Heeeeeeeeeeere.

Groundhogday
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand it's 2017. "Y'all ready for this?" I want to do a reverse Punxatawny Phil and crawl INTO my den for the month. Kim

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Aaaaand it's 2015.

Managing Editor's Note: We ran this post from Cathy Jameson last April -  2013.   I wish it were out of date.  366 days later and it still works...

By Cathy Jameson

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
--Shakespeare

It’s that time of year.  We’ve flipped a calendar page to a new month:  the month of April.  The month when autism groups, who make money off of our kids’ diagnoses, go into full-fledge fundraising mode.  From walking around in circles promoting awareness to slapping a puzzle piece on every-day household products, this type of fundraising saddens me.  While our children’s needs are used for another’s gain, these money-making tactics suck the life out of me. 

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Light It Up Pink for Autism with Kim Stagliano

Pink lightbulbI wrote this back in 2011. Not much has changed beyond my girls growing older and my dear Dad passing away in February at 94.  Share your thoughts on April - and what you would like to see that would help not only you, but others outside the community (are there any people left not affected in some way?)

By Kim Stagliano

I'm aware. I get it. I have 3 girls with autism. I am bludgeoned about the head, shoulders and heart every day. Awareness - it's only a word. It's passive. If I am aware that you are hungry and I don't ask if you have any food, then find you food and help you to eat, what the hell good does it do for anyone to say, "Oh, that Mary Pat is STARVING over there on Main Street and I feel uber-special helpful since I know it."

Of course most people aren't so callous about awareness - and there's a ton of great work being done not only this month, but day in and day out. Teachers, therapists, researchers with a death wish (snark alert) parents, friends, family - it's wonderful to see the outpouring of support and thought about autism. However, I'm tired, just came off a week of 3 kids with strep and have a head cold. So I'm feeling very snarky.

A month of "light it up blue?" I guess it's like Coke red. Fine. If you have the budget, you can brand anything you want. Hell, why not come up with a jingle too? Let's see.... Try singing this? "Autism was 1 in 10000 not long ago millions spent on genetics and the numbers oh they just groooooowwwww!" (That sounds best when sung out of tune sort of to the old "A sprinkle a day" Shower to Shower powder jingle, by the way.)

A month of puzzle shaped bright blue cupcake toppers? I saw those online and got so annoyed it was if I'd eaten a vat of blue die. Instant behavior problems. Whoop-dee-gluten-filled doo. Puzzles are a child's toy for God's sake not the mark of a national and growing worldwide epidemic. Let's see, colon cancer. Intestines. Maybe they get a slinky as their "logo." I told you I was snarky.

I'm tired of symbols and awareness and acceptance as "enough" for us all. I want action. I want to protect kids from death by wandering. I want adults n the spectrum to find meaningful work. I want kids with Asperger's not to be bullied into suicide or rage. I want more things than Veruca Salt could ever have demanded on her very best day. And while I know in my head that there's a lot of great progress taking place - it's never fast enough for my heart when I'm in the thick of the chaos.

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"Employable Me" Casting In USA for Series

Casting blurb
I received an email from Joe Pinzone of Optomen Productions in New York asking if we'd share a casting call for a program that's been a BBC Series and is now coming to the USA called "Employable Me." The program is about the great difficulty people with mental health and brain "differences" have in finding work.  As our kids age up and out of school into full adulthood, gainful employment may or may not be an option. For instance, my 22 year old daughter is in a day program with volunteer opportunities (she delivers Meals on Wheels). Others who have higher functioning levels work at paid employment.  While our readership tends to have pretty severely affected children, there are plenty of you whose kids may be able to have full employment. And boy, do we wish that for you - for them.  If you're interested in casting for this program, please contact Joe Pinzone <joe.pinzone@optomenusa.com>.


Sesame Street's Julia Arrives For April

SesameStr_20YearsAndCountinNOTE:   It's interesting how many media outlets have picked up the Sesame Street story just in time for April. Surely the launch of a cute Muppet with autism weeks before Autism Awareness month begins was carefully planned. Many of us struggle with the celebratory tone of the month.  At AofA we look at the month as a chance to commemorate the very real struggles people with autism of all ages face, along with their families. I hope the program will educate parents at least a bit.  Me? I'm 22 years, and still counting.... Kim

By Anne Dachel

Time to “normalize autism”………. the message is everywhere.

I’ve written a lot lately about Julia, the new character on Sesame Street who’s getting a lot of media attention because she has autism. She’s cute, friendly, and shows us the milder side of autism. Julia is part of a bigger issue here. It’s the push now to NORMALIZE AUTISM.

At the same time Robert Kennedy, Jr. is out warning us about the dangers of injecting mercury into babies and pregnant women, and the movie “Vaxxed” is crisscrossing the county educating viewers about the government’s cover-up of research findings of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, the mainstream media is telling us just the opposite. We’re supposed to believe that having a child on the autism spectrum is just something that happens. Doctors can’t explain why; it’s just the way some people are. If we can all just accept AUTISM as a fact of life, we could move on from the blame game and stop talking about vaccines.

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The Greatest Health Debate of the 21st Century? Truth About Vaccines Series Starts 4/12

Ttav-banner-ad-160X600-prelaunch-1NOTE:  Age of Autism is pleased to share with our readers the pre-launch of "The Truth About Vaccines," a video seminar series that begins on April 12.   TTAV features in depth interviews with some of the most trusted medical health experts in America many of whom are close"FOO" you might say "(Friends of Ours) many of whom are MDs, some of whom are nationally known health advocates. This is breath of fresh air as we enter the April silly season of hulla-blue. 

From Ty Bollinger of TTAV:

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The greatest health debate of the 21st century?

You need to see this…

Vaccines for kids (The conversation we MUST have…)

Sick kids / Healthy kids - You Decide

We’re about to witness the greatest health debate of the 21st century, and you’re definitely going to want to have a front row seat for this.

It’s a topic that lights a fire under smart people on both sides of the issue.

Some say they’re mandatory, and some say they’re dangerous.

Tensions are rising from both camps, and our children are the ones caught in the middle.

The topic?

Vaccines.

No matter where you fall on the spectrum of whether you think vaccines are helpful or harmful… the reality is that it’s become one of THE hot-button issues of our time.

People are truly passionate about their positions, and that… my friends is a HUGE part of the problem.

When emotion interferes with facts, the truth gets lost in the shuffle.

But there’s a new face leading the fight into the fray to try and separate fact from fiction and find the middle ground, where we can have an honest conversation about this…

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Laura Hayes being interviewed live today

Link for live streaming at:

 
 
I will come on shortly after 12:05pm PST.
 
Jeanie is an excellent interviewer, and very knowledgeable regarding vaccine-related issues (and much more!).  In case you missed my previous interviews with Jeanie, here are the links:
 
https://youtu.be/2yFC86tlZaE   (TV interview with Jeanie Keltner, Sept., 2015)
 
https://youtu.be/0WeBVp9Rcts  (1st Radio interview with Jeanie Keltner, which was actually done a few wks. before the TV interview, Aug. 2015)
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMcZUf8KWaE&feature=youtu.be  (2nd Radio interview with Jeanie Keltner, 1-27-16)
 
https://youtu.be/bOGTUSSUs2E  (3rd Radio interview with Jeanie Keltner, 4-6-16)

Saving Zero: "Climb Every Mountain"

TV antBy Dan Burns

Here’s the teaser from the pilot episode of the TV sitcom series I’m writing, “Saving Zero.” My writing partners are Sandra Williams, theater director and Artist in Residence with the Oklahoma Arts Council, and Robert Reynolds from the Actors Studio, NYC.  We’ve outlined a full-season series of 22-minute episodes and are scripting three episodes on spec.  We’re looking for a producer.

I’m writing this based on my experience as a co-founder and fundraiser for a group home in Austin, Texas.  In my sitcom, Josh -- father of Benjy, a 25-year-old son with autism -- intends to establish an archipelago of group homes, ranches, and villages where teens and young adults with autism can find or create jobs. But Zero, a new arrival at Hope Ranch, has no intention of working. He intends to sabotage the ranch and pursue his destiny. 

Maybe you’ve seen “Speechless,” comedy series about a mom on a mission who will do anything for JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy.  Like Speechless, my series focuses on the struggles facing staff and ASD residents at the Ranch. 

EXT. DRONE SHOT TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

EPISODE TITLE: CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

FADE IN:

WOODED ROLLING HILLS west of Austin. Below us, among the cedars and live oaks, a pattern of intersecting farm to market roads, and a RED HONDA CRV in the distance, driving toward us, sun roof open. We’re moving toward the red CRV and descending, enjoying the rugged beauty of the landscape. Over the CHOP-CHOP of the helicopter we HEAR the VOICE OF JOSH, early sixties. We follow, follow, follow …

VOICE OF JOSH: To me, Hope Ranch is a magical place. The mountain cedars and live oaks of the Balconies Canyonlands spill through the Texas Hill Country to our back door.

We’re a little lower now, the RED CRV closer.

VOICE OF JOSH: Beneath us, the Edwards Aquifer, an underground river, rolling below the range of human hearing but tangible as a heartbeat, the rush of blood.

Along a rutted dirt and gravel driveway, a BATTERED BLUE PICKUP TRUCK, its railing up around the truck bed, bounces toward us, right angle to the CRV. We’re low enough to make out the cargo area loaded with A DOG AND HALF A DOZEN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL ASD KIDS hanging on for dear life. A CANVAS SIGN on the side of the truck flaps in the breeze.

VOICE OF JOSH: “Build it and they will come.” And they came. Autism Spectrum Disorder families, aides, supporters, seekers, believers, drawn to HOPE RANCH, a future for young people with autism.

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April Addition: Microbiome Awareness Month

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

As we get ready to enter April, with it's surreal blue glow on Autism acceptance, we need to not forget the thousands of children and young adults who are on the side of the Autism Spectrum that seems to be forgotten by too many.  They are the majority, who have significant language impairments or NO language; immune and autoimmune diseases; a multitude of health issues (ear infections, chronic viral illnesses, diarrhea, constipation, reflux and more); physical pain; debilitating OCD and/or tics; life-threatening seizures;  horrific allergies;  and self-injurious behavior from GI disease, too often disregarded as "AUTISM BEHAVIORS." I continue to follow the research on the MICROBIOME.  It is the most important discovery not only for Autism but many similar diseases.  Here is a recent study that caught my eye as some of the parallels to the Autism Microbiome is evident. More and more research is showing us that the bacterial and viral issues of the gut play a big part in disease.  CHEMICALS can negativley impact the MICROBIOME, as I keep reporting. Follow the study below:    CHEMICAL EXPOSURE >> MICROBIOME INJURY >> BRAIN INJURY >> DISEASE SYMPTOMS

Altered gut microbiome in a mouse model of Gulf War Illness causes neuroinflammation and intestinal injury via leaky gut and TLR4 activation

Many of the symptoms of Gulf War Illness (GWI) that include neurological abnormalities, neuroinflammation, chronic fatigue and gastrointestinal disturbances have been traced to Gulf War chemical exposure. Though the association and subsequent evidences are strong, the mechanisms that connect exposure to intestinal and neurological abnormalities remain unclear. Using an established rodent model of Gulf War Illness, we show that chemical exposure caused significant dysbiosis in the gut that included increased abundance of phylum Firmicutes and Tenericutes, and decreased abundance of Bacteroidetes. Several gram negative bacterial genera were enriched in the GWI-model that included Allobaculum sp. Altered microbiome caused significant decrease in tight junction protein Occludin with a concomitant increase in Claudin-2, a signature of a leaky gut. Resultant leaching of gut caused portal endotoxemia that led to upregulation of toll like receptor 4 (TLR4) activation in the small intestine and the brain. TLR4 knock out mice and mice that had gut decontamination showed significant decrease in tyrosine nitration and inflammatory mediators IL1β and MCP-1 in both the small intestine and frontal cortex. These events signified that gut dysbiosis with simultaneous leaky gut and systemic endotoxemia-induced TLR4 activation contributes to GW chemical-induced neuroinflammation and gastrointestinal disturbances.

These comments from the full study seem important: 

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Autism Recovery Progress Story From Generation Rescue

GR faceNOTE: I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I'm quite pleased that what was a simple introduction a few years ago, has turned into meaningful progress toward recovery for so many families through Generation Rescue.  My dear friend Sarge Goodchild of Active Healing told me about the IonCleanse system and how he was seeing great results in his practice in Massachusetts. I introduced Glenn Wilhelm to Candace McDonald and well, read the rest for yourself! We need hope and progress as we head into April and the IonCleanse water is ANYTHING but BLUE, as those of you who've used it know!  KIM

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Last December, we hosted our annual 12 Days of Giving campaign, where we teamed up with many of our partners to offer autism families access to vital treatments and therapies they might not have otherwise been able to afford.

One of our lucky winners was Dave Borden, who won an IonCleanse detoxification system for his son. We checked in with Dave to see how their family was liking the system. Here’s what he had to report:

My 10-year-old son with autism seems to be responding well to the IonCleanse by AMD. Surprisingly, Ethan had no hesitation when we started. He put his feet right in the water, and he still really loves doing his footbaths. In fact, he’ll put his feet in the water before we are able to even turn on the system.

Communication is Getting Better

After 45 days, we have definitely seen some positive improvements. His receptive language appears to be getting a little better, and he is trying to communicate more. Instead of screaming, he has been walking out of his room, and saying to us, “find the mote.” The mote means remote. This is Ethan’s way of saying I want to watch a movie, and it’s a big improvement from the typical shouting from his room.

Initiating Play

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Join The Revolution For Truth This Friday in Washington DC

Rev Truth DC
Thank you to Autism Action Network for this alert:

From our friends at Revolution for Truth:

OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES AND PARENTAL RIGHTS ARE UNDER ATTACK IN AMERICA

On Friday, March 31, 2017, concerned individuals from across America will join with health care professionals in Washington D.C. to defend parental rights and civil liberties, including freedom of thought, speech and conscience. We are uniting to call out the corporatized mainstream media for manufacturing “fake news” that distorts the truth about environmental toxins, unsafe food and vaccine risks, which endangers our right to know and freedom to choose how we protect our health.

We are Taking a Stand for Truth and Freedom in Washington D.C.

To protest the corporatized mainstream media’s biased coverage and demonization of anyone who advocates for safer vaccines or defends the legal right to make informed, voluntary vaccine choices.

To protest the exploitation of the people by the chemical and pharmaceutical industries that have poisoned our environment and compromised our health for profit.

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Dachel Wake Up: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lead Vaccine Safety Rally

Rev Truth DCBy Anne Dachel

Below is media coverage of the March on Friday:

By Gary Greenberg, NewsMax

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lead Vaccine Safety Rally

 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will deliver the keynote address March 31 at the Revolution for Truth rally in Washington, D.C., organized by the Vaccination Injury Awareness League to call for more transparency in the research and government approval process of an ever-expanding schedule of vaccines.

Kennedy has said that he is “pro-vaccine,” but he believes more research should be done to investigate potential health risks and is critical of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s handling of the issue. …

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Shaking The Blind Faith in Merck Shingles Vaccine

Zostavax
By Anne Dachel

I recently wrote about the news of a suit against Merck over damage from the shingles vaccine.  There are claims of serious side effects, including death associated with this vaccine.

The Zostavax vaccine is recommended for every adult “fifty years of age and older” in the Merck TV ad, yet the CDC says people 60 years of age or older should get shingles vaccine.”

On the CDC website it also states that the shingles vaccine is safe. “No serious problems have been identified with shingles vaccine.”

Despite the CDC’s claim that the shingles vaccine carries no real risks, the FDA wrote to Merck in February 2016 telling them to add, Eye Disorders: necrotizing retinitis (patients on immunosuppressive therapy)’ to their product information.'

KP Stoller, a physician in San Francisco and author of the book, Incurable Me (Skyhorse 2016), is a strong critic of the current vaccine program because of its lack of safety science and oversight.

  1. Dr. Stoller, what concerns do you have about the way this vaccine is being sold to the public, especially with regard to what Merck says about it in their product information sheet?
  2. A. There is ZERO credible safety data on "vaccines" [defined as (adjuvants etc. + antigen)] where no saline vs. vaccine comparisons have been done. Vaccines are not tested for safety against a saline placebo, they are tested against a solution that contains all the adjuvants, metals, DNA, and other toxins etc. but just minus the infectious disease antigen itself - in this case the varicella virus. So, the safety data and adverse event data Merck cites in their package insert does not have a lot of meaning.

It would be the same as if Monsanto tested RoundUp for safety and compared it not to water but to RoundUp sans Glyphosate (the reported active ingredient). Even without Glyphosate, RoundUp is very toxic... one of the ingredients is 10,000 times more toxic than Glyphosate itself. Would comparing those two substances RoundUp with Glyphosate vs RoundUp without Glyphosate be a fair comparison for safety purposes?

Yet that is exactly what the vaccine manufacturers are allowed to pass off as an adequate safety comparison. RoundUp without Glyphosate isn't anymore a placebo than the varicella vaccine without the varicella.

  1. What is the connection between the live virus chicken pox vaccine, now universally recommended for every child, and shingles in the adult population, which Merck claims will affect one in three adults in their lifetime.?
  2. It has been two decades since the USA implemented Universal Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccination. And we now know a whole lot more information about what this program has caused because what happened when children are no longer circulating wild Chicken pox virus (varicella or VZV) in the population is that adults who once had VZV as children but were unable to eradicate the virus completely from their bodies are no longer exposed to the wild virus and their own immunity drops.

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An Autism Parent’s Vows

Love You ForeverBy Cathy Jameson

The high school spring sports season just started, so Fiona’s not getting home until almost 7pm.  As soon as dinner is over, the rest of her evening is devoted to studying.  Ronan’s big sister works hard both in the classroom and on the field, so when I found out she didn’t have school on Friday, in the midst of some errands I had to get done, I planned a girls’ day out for just the two of us.  We weren’t going to do too much, especially after we found out that the coach set up a last-minute practice session for the team, but we were going to make the most of the few quiet hours we had together. 

All was going as planned on Friday until Ronan had a seizure.  It wasn’t a big one, but no matter the intensity or the duration, seizures don’t just stop Ronan in his tracks; they have a way of stopping me in my tracks as well.

The seizure was quick, and within a few seconds, it was over.  Right before it happened, one of Ronan’s therapists arrived to the house.  She and another young therapist had a full day of activities planned for Ronan.  Instead of confidently walking out of the house like I usually do when these women arrive, I contemplated staying home.  Assuring me that they were able to do “seizure watch” for me – which includes knowing when to administer emergency meds should they be required, I tiptoed out of the house. 

As we drove away, Fiona asked, “They know what to do, right?” 

“Yes, honey,” I replied.  “They know.”

One of the young women has a sibling with epilepsy.  Having witnessed the havoc they wreak on her own family, seizures were not new and not scary to her.  The other young woman has been with us long enough to recognize not just behavioral changes but the physical changes that sometimes accompany Ronan’s seizure activity.  I told Fiona that I trusted our staff and that we could still go out.  Even though he was in good hands, I felt guilty leaving Ronan.  As tough as it was to walk away, that’s exactly what I did. 

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March Madness Leads into April Sadness: The Muppetization of Autism

Autistic muppet age of autism
By Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But they will change lives. 

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

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ACTION ALERT: Demand Healthcare Reform that Includes Medical & Therapeutic Autism Treatments

Include autismFrom our friends at Autism Action Network.     CLICK HERE to take action!

Right now Washington is battling over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Some sort of change is inevitable and we think that families affected by autism need to try and influence the outcome. The House may vote later today on a healthcare reform bill but the debate will continue in the Senate. We believe that following are the minimum goals that any national healthcare law must achieve to be acceptable to the autism community. The House

Please click on the Take Action link to send a message to your member of the House and US Senators asking for these policy goals. And of course you can always modify the message to reflect your desires and experience.

  • Pre-existing conditions must be covered, which is part of current law,
  • People with autism and development disabilities must be covered either through affordable private insurance or Medicaid,
  • Allow children to remain on parents' policies until 26, which is part of current law,

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Safeminds Presents an Interview with Autistic Autism Advocate James Williams

Listen to usNOTE: We're pleased to share this interview from our sponsor Safeminds. While many of our own children can not self-advocate, and the term has become tarnished by many in the Neurodiversity movement, it's important and we welcome those with autism who can help our kids to do so. Thanks, Lisa Wiederlight of Safeminds and James. Please visit the Safeminds site here.

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An Interview with James Williams, Autistic Advocate, SafeMinds Communications Committee Member

Last year, SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight, had the privilege of interviewing James Williams, a 27 year-old man with autism. James is a bright, highly-intelligent advocate for and representative of the autism community. The text of the interview follows.

Please tell us about yourself, and provide some information on your background.

I am an adult with autism, age 27, who has lived with autism all of my life. Though my official diagnosis of autism was at the age of three, in 1991, I was filmed extensively as an infant as part of a research project to showcase "normal" child development, and this footage has revealed that my autism emerged at birth.

My diagnosis at the age of three was the product of two things--an "explosion" of autism symptoms that increased at 18-months that included a digression of language, and my parent's belief that my digression was a product of the "terrible two's," a belief that had to be discarded when I turned three and the behavior did not change.

I underwent many therapies and interventions growing up--physical therapy, occupational therapy, theraplay, auditory integration training, and speech therapy--you name it, I had it, with two notable exceptions--ABA therapy and psychotropic drugs. My parents did not believe in ABA or drugs, and refused to give me such interventions.

After a highly-successful early intervention where I regained full language, I began my presenting career at the age of 11, answering questions after a presentation by parent advocate Annabel Stehli that was organized by auditory therapist Terrie Silverman. This led to a full-time career as a traveling presenter that I continue today. I am also the author of three books, Out to Get Jack, The H.A.L. Experiment, When Gary Comes to Play. I have served on the leadership team for Camp R.O.C.K.S., a summer camp for individuals with autism, from 2007 to 2012, and also a professional musician who plays the recorder.

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

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

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

By Leah Durant

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

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

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

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

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

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I'd Rather Have A Child With Autism Than A Dead One: The Latest Science

Autism is not a giftObjectives. To examine epidemiological patterns of injury fatalities in individuals with a diagnosis of autism.

Methods. We identified individuals with a diagnosis of autism who died between 1999 and 2014 by screening causes of death in the multiple cause-of-death data files in the National Vital Statistics System based on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, code F84.0. We used the general US population as the reference to calculate proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs).

Results. During the study period, 1367 deaths (1043 males and 324 females) in individuals with autism were recorded in the United States. The mean age at death for individuals with autism was 36.2 years (SD = 20.9 years), compared with 72.0 years (SD = 19.2 years) for the general population. Of the deaths in individuals with autism, 381 (27.9%) were attributed to injury (PMR = 2.93; 95% CI = 2.64, 3.24), with suffocation (n = 90; PMR = 31.93; 95% CI = 25.69, 39.24) being the leading cause of injury mortality, followed by asphyxiation (n = 78; PMR = 13.50; 95% CI = 10.68, 16.85) and drowning (n = 74; PMR = 39.89; 95% CI = 31.34, 50.06).

Conclusions. Individuals with autism appear to be at substantially heightened risk for death from injury. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print March 21, 2017: e1–e3. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.303696)

Read More: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017.303696

By Ashlyn Washington

Tuesday, the American Journal of Public Health published a study showing children with autism are 40 times more likely to die from injury than their typically developing peers. The average life expectancy for those with autism is just 36 years, a shocking contrast to the typical life expectancy of 72 years for the general public [1].

These grim statistics are no surprise for millions of parents who struggle to keep their children with autism safe each day. Those not personally impacted by autism tend to entirely ignore the fact that autism is associated with risks. Parents of children with autism, especially those who stop vaccinating following regression, are often barraged with comments that dismiss the dangers their children face.

-I’d rather have a child with autism than a dead one!

-I’d rather my child have autism than the measles!

-You don’t have the right to put my child at risk by refusing to vaccinate yours!

These statements are usually paired with a haughty mention that unlike the autism parent, the commenter is actually pro-science. If we actually look at the science, we see that Tylenol has killed 500 times more people in the United States over the past decade than measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and wild polio combined [2, 3]. We average one measles death per decade in the United States despite poor vaccination compliance among American adults. Greater than 100 million Americans aren’t up to date on their tetanus vaccine, yet only one in three million of them will be infected with tetanus this year [4]. Fewer than two of the 100 million Americans not up to date on their diphtheria vaccine can expect to be infected in an average year. [5] Meanwhile, 3.5 million Americans are living with autism. Assuming their trajectory is similar to those in the American Journal of Public Health study, nearly one million of them will die prematurely due to injury.

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Blood Test that Predicts Autism has Implications for Treatment and Prevention.

TACA actionNOTE: We excerpted this article by Lisa Ackerman of TACA. Please visit and bookmark TACA as a top resource for your loved one with autism's well being, growth, safety and success.

A recent study demonstrated that a blood test might be able to differentiate children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from typically developing children.1 The study examined one carbon metabolism and its related pathways. These pathways are of the upmost importance in ASD and are essential for many critical processes in the cells of the body, including methylation which regulates turning genes on and off, producing the precursors to genetic material and producing the major antioxidant in the body known as glutathione.2

This news is not really new, however the dataset’s potential predictive ability is intriguing. Over a decade ago, Dr. Jill James, demonstrated that children with ASD have abnormal one carbon metabolism and suggested that these metabolic markers define an endophenotype (subgroup) of children with ASD.3  Furthermore, Dr. James demonstrated that several common variations in genes which provide the instructions for cellular proteins and enzymes result in an increase in the risk of developing ASD with these variations interacting in complex ways.3  This suggests several “kinks” in these metabolic pathways may add up to predispose a child to develop ASD.

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"Saving Zero" Episode 3 Excerpt Dark Knight Rising

TV antBy Dan burns

Here's another excerpt from my TV sitcom series, “Saving Zero." My writing partners are Sandra Williams, theater director and Artist in Residence with the Oklahoma Arts Council, and Robert Reynolds from the Actors Studio, NYC.  We’ve outlined a full-season series of 22-minute episodes and are scripting three episodes on spec.  We’re looking for a producer.

I’m writing this based on my experience as a co-founder and fundraiser for a group home in Austin, Texas.  In my sitcom, Josh -- father of Benjy, a 25-year-old son with autism -- intends to establish an archipelago of group homes, ranches, and villages where teens and young adults with autism can find or create jobs. But Zero, a new arrival at Hope Ranch, has no intention of working. He intends to sabotage the ranch and pursue his destiny. 

Maybe you’ve seen “Speechless,” comedy series about a mom on a mission who will do anything for JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy.  Like Speechless, my series focuses on the struggles facing staff and ASD residents at the Ranch. 

This excerpt is from Episode 3, "Zero’s Path."  As the scene opens, Josh and Zero have left the Texas Capitol building and are walking south on Congress Avenue  toward the Paramount Theater.  Enjoy! 

DARK KNIGHT RISING

FADE IN:

EXT. PARAMOUNT THEATER - DAY

The marquee displays "Dark Knight Rising." Under the marquee, a Girl Scout cookie table has been turned over and the GIRL SCOUTS are on their hands and knees on the sidewalk picking up cookies. A trail of crumbs and box parts leads from there to a parked police car. The GIRL SCOUT MOTHER is glaring at the OFFICER (female, about 30) holding Benjy in a wrist lock, preparing to handcuff him. Josh and Zero rush toward scene, Josh in the lead. Benjy is twisting and turning.

JOSH: Ben!

BENJY: Da!

OFFICER: Step back.

Josh is agitated, keeping it together.

JOSH: He’s mine. Please, this is my son.  He has autism.

Officer secures the handcuffs.

OFFICER: Got some ID?

JOSH: Yes. 

Josh reaches for his billfold. It’s gone.

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Ha ha! Infectious Disease "Specialist" Now Attacks "Anti-science left"

Offit_blogBy Kim Stagliano

Honest to God, what does this man do all day except pretend he's Tweedledee and Tweedledum's other brother: TweedleDOOM. Contrariwise is his mantra.   Paul Offit is now attacking the gluten free diet and healthy, chemical free food choices. Did I mention he's an infectious disease doctor at Children's of Philly? He's devoted much of his life to attacking autism families - most of us here at AofA know that. He does this to protect vaccinations as a whole - and as his livelihood.  Now he's going after food and the "anti-science left" that is fighting for SAFER, chemical free food.  Mon-san-t-OH MY GOD.  (Google Age of Autism Paul Offit for a whole lot of articles on his vaccine patents and shameful attacks on autism families over the last decade+.)

WHAT-ever.....

War On Science: Gluten-Free Madness Needs to End

Trump appointees to head the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to the contrary, the war on science isn’t limited to conservatives. Liberals have their own anti-science biases. Where conservatives often reject science based on their literal interpretation of the Bible or due to an abhorrence of federal regulations, liberals appear to be motivated by a belief that all things natural are good, anything with a chemical name is bad, and everything that profits an industry is really bad (unless that industry makes dietary supplements).

If you don’t believe in the existence of the anti-science left, just walk into a Whole Foods store. At Whole Foods, you can buy products guaranteed to be free of: (1) one of the most important scientific advances in the 20th century (“GMO-free”); (2) a chemical resin that the Food and Drug Administration as well as every other regulatory agency that has weighed in on this subject has declared safe (“BPA-free”); and (3) a component of wheat that causes a disease that affects about 1 percent of the American population (“gluten-free”).

The gluten-free is probably the saddest fallacy—and the most destructive.






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

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Mia's Desk at age 21


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

By Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abby: Julia, you’re so creative!

Julia: [laughs and flaps]

But how to portray autism?

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Jennifer Rose: 20 Year Old College Student with Autism Pens "Perfect" Autism Help Book!

Jennifer Rose bookNOTE: Here's a terrifically hopeful story we're happy to share.  Jennifer is the daughter of AofA contributors Jonathan Rose and Gayle DeLong.  Her book will help so many families and young adults with autism.  We encourage you to purchase a copy today.

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HANOVER - Drew University student Jennifer Rose is like many 20-year-olds, sweating out class assignments, socializing with friends and participating in activities like an anime club and the campus newspaper.

But in other ways, she is one of the more unique students at Drew — still learning to cope with autism, she recently became a published author.

The Morris Township native, now living on the Drew campus in Madison, spoke to the Morris County Special Needs Parents Group on Thursday during their regular meeting at the Morris County Library, telling them about her difficult journey, her inspiring progress and, of course, her book — “It’s Not a Perfect World, But I’ll Take It: 50 Life Lessons for Teens Like Me Who are Kind Of (You Know) Autistic.”

“Throughout college, I’ve had some really busy days,” she wrote in Lesson 35. “What I’ve learned from them is that I can’t always adjust life; sometimes I need to adjust myself to life instead and make sure to include the things that will help me deal with the stress.”

Both in writing the book and speaking to the group, Rose was honest about the challenges she still deals with. She still has difficulty focusing and tends to obsess, and her condition also makes it difficult to navigate around campus.

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Robert Kennedy Jr on The Jenny McCarthy Show

WMPNOTE: Skyhorse Publishing's Tony Lyons is hosting a fundraiser for Robert Kennedy's organization, World Mercury Project on April 18th in New York City. The original date was snowed out in our wacky blizzard last week here in the Northeast.  All proceeds to go staffing (great people we know and trust) and the work to get mercury OUT of Americans' lives.  Tickets are a bit dear by most of our standards, we realize, at $250.  Just like AofA - small donations add up quickly and mean as much, if you care to donate.

Jenny and her husband Donnie Wahlberg are planning to attend (schedules permitting) and Mr. De Niro may also attend. We have some powerful people working on behalf of our kids. Let's thank them in any way possible - even with a kind comment. Below is an interview -  let's face it, neither Robert nor Jenny need the incredible grief that comes with this fight - but they never quit on us, do they?  Hope to see you at the event - for information email Kirsten Kim at Kkim@skyhorsepublishing.com. The event is April 18th, 6:30 - 8:30pm at Tony's home on the Upper West Side. 

And you'll find me co-hosting with Jenny next month.

KIM


Kenny Woodd-Cahusac: Autistic Man Age 61, Wanders, Drowns

Kenny WooddNOTE: A sad story to begin the week from The Greenwich Times, Greenwich, CT.  Our kids (hopefully) have a long life ahead of them, despite their autism. Try to teach them to swim. Try to get a modicum of safety awareness into them. And consider a wandering device if they are either prone to wandering, or have enough independence to be out and about on their own.  Brita Darany Von Regensburg, founder of Friends of Autistic People in Greenwich wrote on her FB page:

The autism community family are mourning the passing of a gentle soul in Greenwich, Kenneth Woodd-Cahusac. Kenny was an adult who had a very light form of autism. He lived independently and everyone whom he passed by on his daily rounds along the Post Road and in Riverside loved to see and wave to him. He was found drowned in a shallow area of the Mianus River last Thursday.His sister and I have been in touch from the early days of FAP when we had begun advocating and raising awareness of autism. She and her daughter generously gave of their time volunteering at a FAP event. She mentioned that her brother was a good swimmer but that he did NOT have that fascination with water that many individuals with autism have and generally did not go to the water on his walks. She was very kind in thanking me for having made the entire community including the police more knowledgeable and autism friendly and she praised the police for noticeably doing a wonderful job in how they are dealing now with autism issues. Thank you! And we will miss Kenny!

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"Police are investigating the untimely death of Kenneth Woodd-Cahusac after the 61-year-old man’s body was found Thursday evening on the shoreline of the Mianus River.

Woodd-Cahusac, described as autistic by authorities, disappeared over the weekend and was the subject of repeated searches by police officers and a bloodhound after he was reported missing on Monday.

“The body was located in the shallows near a small private boat dock,” said Greenwich police spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray.

The location is a short distance from where Woodd-Cahusac lived on Cary Road in Riverside."

The Greenwich Police Department Dive Team, along with an investigator from the state Medical Examiner’s Office, retrieved the man’s body.

“The body was recovered safely and respectfully,” said police Capt. Robert Berry. A cause of death — whether by drowning, hypothermia or some other factor — was not released pending further study by the ME’s office.

The body has been positively identified as Woodd-Cahusac, who was partially deaf.


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

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

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

Pa. Senate should vote no on mandatory vaccines

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

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Alike But Different

Empty giftBy Cathy Jameson

Some people try to tell us that our children’s diagnosis is a gift.  They think it’s something we should treasure.  Forgetting just how very complex it is, some people try to simplify it.  That happens when they say that autism isn’t much more than a different way of thinking. 

If only that were really the case.

For many, including for my child, autism is medical.  It’s loss of acquired skills.  It’s the onset of seizures.  It’s problems with the gastrointestinal tract.  It’s the inability to speak.  It’s cognitive deficits and lack of independence.  That kind of autism exists, but mainstream news tends to show only bright and shiny ‘fee good’ autism stories.  I love to see those heart-warming stories, but rarely do I get to see ones that represent my son. 

Thinking that it may just be a US trend to highlight only happier tales, I looked on some international Parents who Creatednews pages to see what sort of autism stories they were sharing.  While scrolling through a few of the featured stories on the BBC last week, I came across a few ‘feel good’ piece.  The title of one caught my eye.  The fact that it was medical in nature made me even more curious.  The story wasn’t about autism, but I had to find out more. 

I much prefer to read my news than watch it, but the accompanying clip was too good to pass up.

Imagine.  A devastating diagnosis x 2!  With nowhere to turn.  With no one able to help.  The parents research on their own.  Yes, research.  It proves promising.  It has the potential to help their children.  The parents find a team, a TEAM of medical providers to help them.  The research, the hard work, the never quit attitude and the unique drug that the parents create yields results – good ones!  The girls are improving.  They are gaining skills.  They have a better quality of life.  The family hasn’t found a cure…yet, but everything these parents have done is promising.  With the potential to help other children.  With the desire to reach other parents.  With love, determination and support, the parents have moved mountains.  Others recognize that.  They reach out to the parents.  The parents make themselves available.  How very exciting! 

So why did I feel a twinge of jealousy as the news story ended?

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Dan Olmsted: Columbo, Hero, Friend

Dan Obit HeadshotBy Teresa Conrick

Dear Dan,  

I miss you.

Dan Olmsted was a hero to me and so many others who have children and young adults diagnosed as, "AUTISTIC."  His Columbo investigations about the FIRST CASES of Autism, convinced me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that there was an epicenter to Autism and exposure to certain toxins -- Mercury and Vaccines -- seemed to be a huge trigger to increasing numbers of children being diagnosed. The search for cause and then treatments became a passion of mine, as well.  Dan's support and frequent emails helped me through many a rough day, as well as his encouraging me to keep on investigating how Megan, and so many others who regressed into Autism, became so ill.  Dan told me how much he was learning about the MICROBIOME from all of the articles I had posted over these past years on Age of Autism and told me -- "keep going as nobody is tying it together like you." He cut out an article from the NYT when they were finally mentioning "viral and bacterial issues of the gut" and gave it to me one night at dinner.  I have it on my fridge always as a pledge of not giving up on the research (or Megan and so many others!) and also of how motivating an influence Dan was in my life.  I could not attend Dan's Memorial today in Virginia but wanted to share how fortunate I was to know Dan and be involved in the investigations regarding the Age of Autism:

It was a very warm, September night in 2008, when I first met with Dan Olmsted. I had first seen Dan in a large auditorium at an autism conference a few years earlier. He had been up on the stage in a plaid shirt, talking about mercury, seeds, and Ceresan. With glasses and a laid back way about him, he seemed like Richard Dreyfuss as Hooper in Jaws, ready, willing, and able to take on Autism's menacing monster -- MERCURY.

I didn't understand why this "lumberjack guy" was talking to all of us parents about trees, Lignasan, and ethylmercury. My daughter became sickly and regressed in skills after vaccines -- many with the vaccine mercury called thimerosal. Bacterial and viral infections were then to be constant unwanted parasites in her life as her immune system took a direct hit. Meg was diagnosed with autism shortly after and just recently has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Dan seemed to me to be on the wrong trail. It took me a while to connect the research and see that these clues Dan, along with Mark Blaxill, had been discussing and writing about for quite some time were the first "puzzle" pieces to Autism.

I shared Dan and Mark's passion about the origin of AUTISM.  MERCURY, both environmentally and in pharmaceuticals, like VACCINES, has been, and continues to be a significant culprit in the damage being seen in both the BRAIN and the MICROBIOME

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Happy St. Patrick's Day from Kim Rossi Stagliano!

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NOTE: This is just the type of post that would have earned me an email from Dan Olmsted, "Kimbo, you add the right touch at the right time, thank you..." or something kind and reassuring like that.  Goodness I miss him. His memorial is tomorrow in Falls Church, Virginia.

2:00pm at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home
9902 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VAUS22032

Readers are invited.

By Kim Rossi Stagliano

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

This is how we Rossis (Staglianos) roll. When I lived with my parents in 2005 - long story, really, you should read about it (insert eye roll) Bella made this fabulous Leprechaun hat with beard. So, we donned it, laughed our McArse's off and took photos. Mom, Dad (2 weeks gone this week at 94, his mother was a Sullivan) the girls and me.

My family was always blessed with laughter - we make jokes, tease each other, find joy in the simplest things and smile even when there's a potato famine and the Guinness has run out. Laughter = love.

Today - St. Patrick's Day - was my Dad's sister's b-day. She'd have been 98 I believe. She lived past 90. She met my girls when she was 88 or so and just "got them." Auntie Gert (nee Asunta Rossi) lost a son to violent crime, my handsome cousin Stephen. She knew what it felt like to have a child wounded, hurt, a Mother's pain. She got me. I loved her very much. My girls went to her 90th birthday party. No one in the Rossi family batted an eye - they offered a helping hand. All of them. That's family. Some are blood. Some are not. Some are gold. Others are pyrite - shining on the outside but rotten on the inside - "Fool's Gold" as pyrite is known.

Happy St. Patrick's Day. May the road rise to meet you. Always.

Love, Kim



New Study: Many Cases of Infantile Autism may Actually be Induced by Acetaminophen exposure shortly after birth

Infant tylenolNOTE: Can you think of a product more fraught with injury? From the poisoning scandal decades ago, to heavy metal pieces found in the product, to the actual usage causing a cascade of chemical changes linked to autism.  One day, Tylenol will be viewed like Thalidomide. Soon, we hope.

Jennifer Margulis, co-author of The Vaccine Friendly Plan with Dr. Paul Thomas posted this on Vaccine Friendly PlanFacebook: 

Breaking news: A team of researchers from Duke University School of Medicine and Harvard University have just this morning published a comprehensive review article in the peer-reviewed JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICINE showing scientifically how acetaminophen is a MAJOR FACTOR in DAMAGING CHILDREN'S BRAINS.

"The use of acetaminophen in babies and young children may be much more strongly associated with autism than its use during pregnancy, perhaps because of well-known deficiencies in the metabolic breakdown of pharmaceuticals during early development. Thus, one explanation for the increased prevalence of autism is that increased exposure to acetaminophen, exacerbated by inflammation and oxidative stress, is neurotoxic in babies and small children. This view mandates extreme urgency in probing the long-term effects of acetaminophen use in babies and the possibility that many cases of infantile autism may actually be induced by acetaminophen exposure shortly after birth," the 9 scientists write.

Please take the time to READ this study and SHARE it with your doctor, nurse practitioner, hospital worker, or other healthcare provider. And please tag any JOURNALISTS you know and encourage them to write about it: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0300060517693423

ABSTRACT

The wide range of factors associated with the induction of autism is invariably linked with either inflammation or oxidative stress, and sometimes both. The use of acetaminophen in babies and young children may be much more strongly associated with autism than its use during pregnancy, perhaps because of well-known deficiencies in the metabolic breakdown of pharmaceuticals during early development. Thus, one explanation for the increased prevalence of autism is that increased exposure to acetaminophen, exacerbated by inflammation and oxidative stress, is neurotoxic in babies and small children. This view mandates extreme urgency in probing the long-term effects of acetaminophen use in babies and the possibility that many cases of infantile autism may actually be induced by acetaminophen exposure shortly after birth


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

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

By Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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Autism, Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Anesthesia: A Deadly Dental Combination

DentistMost of us in the biomed autism community know that our kids often can not process anesthesia like children who do not have autism.  Our kids need accommodations everywhere. Autism is a new breed of disability. Routine cleanings often require extensive behavioral training and even full sedation. Fillings? Hospital day admission.  From this I know.  My three daughters with autism have been blessed with strong teeth and a Mother whose Dad was a dentist.  They drink only water. No sugary juices or sodas. They eat no sticky snacks. "They" (I and their Dad) brush with a special three sided brush twice a day.  We've had only one cavity between them. They are 22, 20 and 16. But that cavity required a hospital day procedure admission with a full surgical team. Imagine the cost? Covered by Medicaid (for now) but still - most 12 year olds would have sat in the dental chair and gutted it out. My daughter would have had the drill through her skull... And we see a GREAT practice that uses PECS for autism and has fully welcomed the autistic. 

Below this FOX article about the death of a youngster, is a reprint of an article in Autism File Magazine by Sym Rankin, RN and autism parent about autism and anesthesia. An important article to read and share.  Autism Speaks has a dental toolkit, unfortunately it tells the dentist nothing about the differences that could make a visit a tragedy.

Mykel was given "an extra dose" of Ketamine according to this article below. HE WAS FOUR.  Read this article about Ketamine:  Oral Ketamine for the Management of Combative Autistic Adult.

To the Editor:- Anesthetic management of uncooperative patients often is difficult, particularly when they are violent or incapable of understanding instruction. These patients may be impaired because of mental or neurologic disease. One such situation is autism. Although use of oral Ketamine as a premedication is well described in children, its use in the management of violent or uncooperative adults is not. I report these two cases because of the unique situation these autistic patients presented for an anesthetic.

Kim

Our condolences to the Curry family on Mykel's death.   From Fox News:

A Washington family is seeking answers after their 4-year-old son died Friday during a seemingly routine dental procedure that reportedly involved a shot of anesthesia. Mykel Peterson, who was a patient at Must Love Kids dental practice in Vancouver, was on the autism spectrum and had trouble keeping his mouth open during appointments, KGW8 reported. 

“He wouldn’t keep his mouth open so they can actually see what’s going on,” Thmeka Curry, Mykel’s  mother, told the news outlet. 

The dental practice specializes in treating children with developmental issues and uses a board-certified anesthesiologist. Mykel reportedly was given a shot of Ketamine, a common anesthesia drug, so that he would be sedated while the dentist checked to see if he needed a filling or crown, KGW8 reported. 

“The dentist was telling me everything she did with his teeth, and she was going to check to see if he was awake yet,” Curry told KGW8. 

Curry told KATU that the anesthesiologist said Mykel was given an extra dose to ensure he did not wake during the procedure.   Read more here.

Anesthesia and the Autistic Child

By Sym C. Rankin, RN, CRNA

Sym C. Rankin, RN, CRNA, is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana and the Charity Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia (New Orleans). As a practicing anesthetist for over 25 years, she has witnessed an alarming increase in chronic and autoimmune diseases. Those observations became less academic and more personal after her son was diagnosed with autism. Her son’s journey of recovery led to Sym’s realization that mainstream medicine is far more interested in merely treating symptoms than in asking the difficult questions of why those symptoms exist. She recently joined the practice at True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois, and hopes that she can help other families on the same journey.

This article represents my educated observations as an experienced nurse anesthetist who also happens to be the mother of a child on the road to recovery from an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I am also a practitioner taking care of autistic children, so I look at these issues from a different perspective than my peers. The following observations suggest a need to heed issues that might have an impact on the delivery of anesthesia in individual cases, and also suggest a need for rigorous study of the potential problems autistic individuals might have when undergoing anesthesia.

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

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

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

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

By Anne Dachel

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

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

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

So what should doctors be doing at these visits?

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

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

This was included at the end of the piece.

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

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

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

Seriously?

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Tell This Grieving Dad Vaccine Injury Isn't Real

Father's loveNOTE: I'm so grateful to Ted Kuntz for sharing this letter to his son (who was vaccine injured) and who passed away last month.   Ted has been a valued contributor to Age of Autism.   We will not stand as the scapegoat of America, we are not the lowest of the low in some sick pecking order of healthcare. We will not allow our loved ones to be ridiculed and diminished.  We too are a "minority group" worthy of respect and change.

Here is Joshua's obituary from last month.  

KUNTZ, Joshua Anthony July 25, 1984 - February 16, 2017 Joshua Kuntz was a gentle soul that touched many hearts during his thirty-two years. In his soft and quiet way he engaged people with the sparkle in his eyes, his radiant smile, and his invitation to hold hands. Josh lived with significant challenges due to an uncontrolled seizure disorder that began with his vaccine shot at five months of age. In spite of his health challenges and physical limitations, Josh enriched the lives of many with his courageous way of being in the world. Josh deeply loved his mother, Cathy Anthony; his father, Ted Kuntz; and his sister Lani (Virgil) Belo. He was warmly embraced by his extended family of Darlene Fletcher, Natalie Cahill, Nicole Mullin, Grant Fletcher, and their families. During the last four years Josh lived with a beautiful life share family - Parker and Naomi Henderson, Jayla, Parker Jr., Koby, Daysha, Tyra and Cheryn, all who loved him as their own. Ted Kuntz is a member of the Kuntz family of Kitchener. His loss is shared by his family - Kathy and Rick Pope, Jean and Tom Gutoski, Tom and Pam Kuntz, Dan and Christine Kuntz, Jim and Jo-Ann Kuntz, Caroline Getman, and their families. Dolores and Larry Finnegan, now deceased, were wonderful grandparents to Josh. A Celebration of Josh will be held in Burnaby, BC in April. Donations in honour of Joshua can be made to: Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network Society- www.plan.ca Vaccine Choice Canada - vaccinechoicecanada.org

Ted, we are so very sorry.  KIM

In Memory of Joshua Anthony Kuntz

July 25, 1984 – February 16, 2017

Dear Josh,

Thank you for blessing my life with your presence. You were such a gift to me. You touched my heart deeply with your simple acts of love - holding hands, your smile, and the eagerness in your voice when you saw me.

I miss you already.

I know there is joy for you in being released from the constraints and limitation of that body. I know your spirit is soaring and that you are once again reunited with 'all that is'. Nevertheless, my heart aches knowing I will not see you again in this life, hold your hand, or lie next to you.

You made me a better person and a better father. It wasn't always easy, was it! I was angry, afraid, resentful, even in despair at times. It was hard for me to accept your disabilities, your suffering with the ongoing seizures, and the loss of the life you didn't get to live.

Yet, in many ways, you lived an even more remarkable life.

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Have You Been Denied Academic Freedom On Vaccine Safety Research?

NOTE: We received this request from AofA contributor Professor Gayle DeLong.  Thank you.

I am writing a paper on threats to and violations of academic freedom in the field of vaccine safety research.  I need information about specific cases in any academic discipline.  You can contact me (in confidence) at gayle.delong@baruch.cuny.edu.

Prof. Gayle DeLong
Department of International Business and Finance
Baruch College CUNY        
New York, NY 10010


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

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Julia Belluz

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

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The Big Gamble

Las-Vegas-TV-Show-22“ If the public were ever to lose confidence in vaccination, it would mark the beginning of the end of the medical establishment as we know it today.” Robert Mendelsohn

By Ted Kuntz

The vaccine industry, including the government agencies mandated with the responsibility for vaccine oversight, are gambling. They are gambling that the best way to preserve public confidence in the vaccine program is to deny and disavow any claims of the role of vaccines in causing the serious adverse events that are witnessed following vaccination.

Rather than acknowledge and investigate every act of injury or harm as occurs in most other industries, most notably the airline safety industry and the food safe industry, the vaccine industry has adopted the mantra of “safe and effective” and “vaccines do not cause autism”. Their official position is “the science is settled” and “no further research is needed”.

"Any possible doubts, whether or not well founded, about the safety of the vaccine cannot be allowed to exist." ~ Federal Register. Vol 49, No 107 June 1, 1984

When the number of mandated vaccines and the number of reported adverse events was low, this strategy held a high likelihood of success. The number of injuries was not significant enough to capture the attention of the mass consciousness.

But as the number of mandated vaccines has grown from a handful to more than 69 doses by the age of eighteen, and as the number of children injured or killed by vaccines has reached epidemic proportions (1 in 6 has a chronic neurological or immunological condition), the house of cards which forms the basis of the vaccine paradigm is faltering. With each vaccine added to the recommended vaccine schedule, the complexity of drug interactions and the mounting toxic load increases the certainty of a collapse.

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Dachel Wake Up: New America Reviews Vaxxed

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

The news site, The New American reviewed the film we’re all familiar with, “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe," and unlike every mainstream media outlet, The New American actually told the the story of corruption, fraud, and cover-up surrounding our vaccine program, which is the essence of “Vaxxed.”

That's not how the every other news source has treated this film.

In 7 things about vaccines and autism that the movie ‘Vaxxed’ won’t tell you,   The Washington Post called “Vaxxed” “an anti-vaccination documentary,” and reminded readers that studies show no link, while devoting most of the story to trashing Andrew Wakefield. That was in May, 2016.

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Paul Offit’s 10,000 Vaccine Doctrine and Deception on Every Child By Two

Paul offit babyBy John Stone

The charity started by Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumper and which has Dr Offit on both its Executive Board and Scientific Advisory Board continue to attack me for allegedly misrepresenting his views on vaccination overload. The explanation by resident “expert” Joel Harrison is that I am being naïve in my understanding of Dnr Offit’s claim about 10,000 vaccines. Unfortunately, it was not me who made the extravagant and wild claims claims and this is very easy to document. So, it is very interesting if ECBT are now ashamed of them. For instance in 2005 Dr Offit’s institution Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, alarmingly known as CHOP proudly reproduced a feature from the magazine Babytalk in which the following Q&A appears:

Myth1: Getting so many vaccines will overwhelm my child's immune system

No doubt about it, the immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) can seem daunting. Your child can receive up to 23 shots by the time she's 2 years old and as many as six shots at a singledoctor visit. So it's not surprising that many parents have concerns about how vaccines might affect a child's developing immunity and often cite these as a reason to refuse a vaccine.

But it should be the least of your worries. "Children have an enormous capacity to respond safely to challenges to the immune system from vaccines," says Dr. Offit. "A baby's body is bombarded with immunologic challenges - from bacteria in food to the dust they breathe. Compared to what they typically encounter and manage during the day, vaccines are literally a drop in the ocean." In fact, Dr. Offit's studies show that in theory, healthy infants could safely get up to 100,000 vaccines at once.

The bottom line: It's safe to give your child simultaneous vaccines or vaccine combinations, such as the five-in-one vaccine called Pediarix, which protects against hepatitis B, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Equally important, vaccines are as effective given in combination as they are given individually.

In a lecture from 2008 on youtube Dr Offit states:

I think conservatively, one could say that, based on their caveats, that one could probably respond to about 100,000 different vaccines at one time."... "I would say you probably could get 100,000 vaccines every day.

Dr Offit’s claims which originate in an article in PEDIATRICS in 2002 were immediately take up by the United Kingdom Department of Health and National Health Service. A leaflet from the MMR the Facts website from 2002 reads:

What about giving three live vaccines at once – it overloads the immune system? A baby’s immune system has an enormous capacity to fight the thousands of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that it is bombarded with every day. A study from America shows quite clearly that even babies who are poorly can still produce protective immune responses to vaccines. This study also shows that a baby could, in theory, respond to around 10,000 vaccines at any one time. If, for example, 11 vaccines were given to a baby at one time, this might only use about a thousandth of the immune system. In providing protection vaccines prevent ‘weakening’ of the immune system.

In July 2004 I reported in a letter to BMJ Rapid Responses:

In an NHS leaflet …Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer is asked: "Does MMR overload young bodies?" to which he replies: "Again, all the evidence refutes this. In fact, a child's immune system is designed to cope with many different viruses at the same time, so a combined vaccine is a natural choice.

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Laura Hayes: The Vaccine Myth An Issue of Trust

Radio micOn Sunday, February 12th our good friend Laura Hayes was part of an hour-long radio interview with Shawn Siegel on the topic of vaccinations.   Fast forward to minute 14 to hear Laura and the interview. Special thanks to Joshua Coleman for creating the YouTube link.  Check out Josh's channel for a plethora of videos from the VaXxed bus and much more.


Third Time’s a Charm

All threeBy Cathy Jameson

I’ve heard a similar response 3 times from 3 different people over the last 3 weeks.  When I hear something 3 times, I take it as a sign that I need to either investigate it or write about it.  Sometimes I’ll even pray about it.  Since the comments all stemmed around the HPV vaccine, which I’ve already investigated, I thought I’d take a stab at writing about the things I’ve been hearing.

We still vaccinate…well, except for the HPV vaccine.  That one scares me, so I won’t let my daughters get it. 

I’m selective in what shots I get for my kids.  I don’t mind getting some of them, like the tetanus shot.  But I’ll never get the flu shot again, and I won’t even think about getting the Gardasil vaccine.  I think that one is dangerous.

I’m not sure really what to believe about vaccines causing autism because I trust my doctor.  He says there’s no truth to it.  My kids are current (on their shots)…all except for the HPV.  I don’t buy into that one.  We do all the others mostly because I don’t really want to know what I don’t know, if you know what I mean.

I’m glad that these parents know a little bit about the HPV vaccine.  The little bit that they know is enough to say no thanks.  But what I can’t understand is why they’re so quick to say no to one vaccine but not the others.  They readily accept all of the others.  But the others they’ve accepted, like the Hep B, the MMR, and the Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine have something in common with the Gardasil vaccine – they’re all made by the same pharmaceutical company, Merck

Maybe the other parents don’t know enough about that company, but I know enough about it to say no way to all of their vaccines. 

Merck has seen not just one but 2 other whistleblowers come forward about the MMR vaccine in recent years.  Claims of scientific misconduct, a cover up at the CDC, and faked data surrounding the testing of the vaccine’s efficacy as well as the altering of reports concerning an autism link have been brought forward. 

While official action to address and correct those disturbing claims has yet to be taken, it appears to be business as usual for the vaccine manufacturer.  Some who’ve recently received the MMR vaccine, including college-aged students, have come down with, and spread, the disease that the vaccine claims to prevent.  Instead of scraping that ineffective vaccine, which officials admit seems to have a waning efficacy, there’s now talk of adding a third dose to the schedule.    

Speaking of dose changes, Merck’s Gardasil protocol has changed.  Originally approved and marketed to young girls in 2006, vaccine campaigns strongly advertised the need for 3 doses in order for it to be effective.  In late 2016, we learned that the third dose would be dropped from the protocol.    Citing that “they didn’t have enough data on how well two doses works in older kids,”  other groups must have had “enough data” well before the US did.  The too many doses too soon was reported elsewhere over 2 years ago. 

All that readily accessible and concerning information aside, some parents continue to follow the schedule.  That means they continue to opt for Merck’s other vaccines.  They do so even though those vaccines:

-contain the same ingredients

-are dosed at similar intervals

-are administered by same provider who’s likely assured them that vaccines are safe

-warn of similar side effects and adverse reactions https://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM426457.pdf  

-and are also included on the Vaccine Injury Table

-and have been part of billions of dollars’ worth of vaccine injury awards  made by our government, the same government who, in one breath, claims vaccines save lives and yet in another, says that they are unavoidably unsafe. 

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Rush For The Bus: TV Sitcom in Development Featuring Adults with Autism

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Old enough to remember one of these?

By Dan Burns

I’m writing a TV sitcom series, “Saving Zero,” based on my experience as a co-founder and fundraiser for a group home in Austin, Texas.  In my sitcom, Josh -- father of Benjy, a 25-year-old son with autism -- intends to establish an archipelago of group homes, ranches, and villages where teens and young adults with autism can find or create jobs. But Zero, a new arrival at Hope Ranch, has no intention of working. He intends to sabotage the ranch and pursue his destiny. 

Maybe you’ve seen “Speechless,” comedy series about a mom on a mission who will do anything for JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy.  Like Speechless, my series focuses on the struggles facing staff and ASD residents at the Ranch.  I’m writing the episodes with some friends on spec, which means I’m looking for a producer. 

Here’s an excerpt.  Enjoy! 

RUSH FOR THE BUS

FADE IN:

INTERIOR RANCH KITCHEN – MORNING.  The table is set with food, vitamins on a napkin. BENJY's Cookie Monster lunch box is open on the counter. This is the weekday morning dance for partners JOSH and SLOOPY.  As we open, they take turns plopping items in the lunch box.

SLOOPY: Spring water.

JOSH: Shiitake mushrooms.

SLOOPY: Rice noodles.

JOSH: Pork slices.

SLOOPY: Raisins, dates.

JOSH: Pecans.

JOSH slams the lid. SLOOPY Fastens it and puts the box on the table. JOSH starts stuffing BENJY's backpack.

Off screen we hear Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster: “Me want Cookie.” BENJY (age 29), his short sleeve T-shirt inside out and backwards over his long-sleeve shirt, walks into the kitchen holding his iPad, eyes glued on the Cookie Monster video. JOSH pulls him to the table and guides him to the chair. BENJY picks up a min-pancake with is fingers. He never takes his eyes off the iPad.  The sound of Sesame Street runs under the scene throughout.

SLOOPY: Hurry Benjy. Take your pills. Use your fork.

JOSH (checks his phone): Bus is on our street.  Benjy is not eating.

BENJY: Cookie.

Josh holds up a mini-pancake.

JOSH: Look, Benjy. It’s a big cookie.

The bus HONKS.

JOSH: She’s here. Let’s go.

BENJY: Up. Go.

SLOOPY: How many times have we waited for her. She’s early. He’s got to eat.

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Dachel Wake Up: Google Snooze

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

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

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

OS News: Inside the internet's war on science

By Thom Holwerda

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

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Jeff Piraro of Bizarro Cartoon Denies and Ridicules Vaccine Injury

Bizarro
By Kim Stagliano

God in heaven will you just look at this cartoon. Jeff Piraro, whose Bizarro has been a staple of newspapers (ha ha remember those) forever has decided to attack, make fun of, deny, ridicule, shame, abuse and basically sh*t on families like mine. Like yours. Like countless thousands of families for whom vaccine injury lead to brain injury that lead straight to an autism diagnosis like the yellow brick road leads to Oz - the PRISON, not the magical land of unicorns and mermaids.

Cartoons as political (and now pharma) propaganda are nothing new.  And they aren't always terrible.  They offer a concise way to let characters we know and love share information.  They can also serve a purpose for governments trying to propagate, dare I say it, myths that protect money, power, influence, agendas. 

I invite you to leave a comment telling Mr. Pirarro ONE truly "bizarro" thing about autism in your home.  I'll compile them and add them to this post.   And I'll start first.

1) My 22 year old carries reams of paper with Charlie Brown cartoons on them (oh the irony.)
2) My 20 year old can not leave the house if she knows "The Wonder Pets" is on Nick Jr.
3) My 16 year old has never uttered a sentence and shakes beads in front of her face most of the day.

Bizarro World? You want to come to see Bizarro World? Any of us would open our doors to you, so that you could meet and fall in love with our vaccine injured kids.   I want to scream at him and call him ugly names, but I won't.  Instead, I'll try to educate him into realizing we are are real men and women, Moms and Dads facing the unreal challenges of helping our kids with vaccine induced autism SURVIVE, let alone thrive.

To reduce us to a single cartoon that denies our existence is cruel beyond measure. We deserve an apology.

Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.

Comments:

Jenny Allan:

"To reduce us to a single cartoon that denies our existence is cruel beyond measure. We deserve an apology." Dear Mr Piraro, I would like to tell you about my autistic grandson, now in his mid twenties. His problems began when he was administered the MMR vaccine at a year old. He was six years old when he was referred by his GP to renowned Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Professor John Walker-Smith at the Royal Free Hospital, London, for his dangerously impacted bowel problems. The excellent treatment he received, from Professor Walker-Smith's team, including clinical colleague, Professor Simon Murch, almost certainly saved his colon, if not his life. Before this, his frantic mum, my daughter, was blamed by a visiting health visitor for a previous bowel blockage. 'How could you let him get into this state?', was the admonition, although there was no advice about how to prevent it. Indeed, professional treatment was needed for her son's condition. Yes - parents of vaccine damaged children soon learn they will always get the blame for their childrens' ill health. They also become accustomed to insults, vilification and nasty insinuations, including cartoons like yours. As far as I am aware, neither my daughter nor her son ever met Dr Andrew Wakefield at the Royal Free Hospital, and why should they have? Dr Wakefield's research team was based in laboratories, well away from clinical treatment facilities. This did not stop the General Medical Council, egged on by UK Health Minister John Reid (now Lord) , and Murdoch's Sunday Times via Brian Deer, from dragging these two excellent Clinicians before a protracted 3 year hearing (costing an estimated £8million), alongside Dr Wakefield. All three were found guilty, but Professor Murch was 'permitted' to keep his medical licence, being junior to Professor Walker Smith, who had been retired for nearly 10 years before his now obsolete in any case Licence to Practise was withdrawn. Three years later, a High Court Judge took three days to 'quash' all the GMC charges and completely exonerate Professor Walker-Smith, restoring his medical licence. The Professor, in his memoir, called the GMC process an 'inquisition'. In medieval times they would all have been tortured and burnt at the stake for 'heresy' , since vaccines have now become a religion, never to be questioned, and fanatically patrolled by the 'thought police', financed by political and corporate interests. My unfortunate grandson is in constant pain and has to be very careful about his diet. He also has epilepsy. He never complains. The autism is the least of it.



Sex-specific Gene-environment Interactions Underlying ASD-like Behaviors

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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Feb 7;114(6):1383-1388. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1619312114. Epub 2017 Jan 23.

Sex-specific gene-environment interactions underlying ASD-like behaviors.

Schaafsma SM1, Gagnidze K2, Reyes A2, Norstedt N2, Månsson K2, Francis K2, Pfaff DW1.

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Abstract

The male bias in the incidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) is one of the most notable characteristics of this group of neurodevelopmental disorders. The etiology of this sex bias is far from known, but pivotal for understanding the etiology of ASDs in general. Here we investigate whether a "three-hit" (genetic load × environmental factor × sex) theory of autism may help explain the male predominance. We found that LPS-induced maternal immune activation caused male-specific deficits in certain social responses in the contactin-associated protein-like 2 (Cntnap2) mouse model for ASD. The three "hits" had cumulative effects on ultrasonic vocalizations at postnatal day 3. Hits synergistically affected social recognition in adulthood: only mice exposed to all three hits showed deficits in this aspect of social behavior. In brains of the same mice we found a significant three-way interaction on corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor-1 (Crhr1) gene expression, in the left hippocampus specifically, which co-occurred with epigenetic alterations in histone H3 N-terminal lysine 4 trimethylation (H3K4me3) over the Crhr1 promoter. Although it is highly likely that multiple (synergistic) interactions may be at work, change in the expression of genes in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal/stress system (e.g., Crhr1) is one of them. The data provide proof-of-principle that genetic and environmental factors interact to cause sex-specific effects that may help explain the male bias in ASD incidence.


Debunk Translated: To Convince Public Otherwise

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

By Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID THEY MIGHT SAY?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By David Perry

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

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Free Lecture at NYU Law: Autism, Genetics, Environment and the Law

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We're running a "best of"post from James Lyons-Weiler in advance of tomorrow night's free lecture at NYU. We encourage locals to attend if possible.  Thursday, 3/9, NYU Law, Vanderbilt Hall Room 201, 40 Washington Square, NYC.

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We are pleased to excerpt this post from James Lyons-Weiler, author The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism (Skyhorse Publishing).  Cures vs. Profits: Successes in Translational Research (World Scientific, 2016) and Ebola: An Evolving Story (World Scientific, 2015).   You can read his full post at his site: James Lyons Weiler, PhD

We invite you to visit IPAK and read about the CDC Accountability Project. "The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge is a not-for-profit organization* which exists to perform scientific research in the public interest. We use the principles and practices of scientific research to help individual researchers, research teams, consortia, and companies push their project through roadblocks, or map their way around them via evidence-based alternatives."

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WHILE RETURNING from the United Nations building where I heard NYU Professor Mary Holland (School of Law) nail the issues of constitutional and international law on the right to informed consent to the floor, to a standing ovation. To my delight, I received an email from Mary, which read, in part:

“I  started reading your Ebola book last night.  Wow, you have evolved a lot in your thinking on vaccines in a VERY short period, based on your definition of ‘antivaxxers’ at bottom of 206, top of 207.  Have you written up how your views evolved so quickly?  It might be a helpful roadmap towards turning others around.  Was this all in connection with the autism book, or did your views changing precede that book?”

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Pediatricians Promoting Impossible Things

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By Candace Edwards

A child perfectly healthy child with no issues eats nuts, swells up, can't breathe....everyone says the child must have had a reaction to the nuts. Testing shows they have a nut allergy. Everyone agrees it's the nuts and to not give the child any more nuts.

A perfectly healthy child with no issues uses a new cream, skin breaks out and it red and hurts....everyone says the child must be allergic to the cream. Parents decide to not use that cream again.

A perfectly healthy child with no issues drinks milk, they develop hives and start vomiting.....everyone says it must be the milk. Testing shows the child is allergic to dairy. Everyone agrees the child cannot tolerate milk and for the child's sake, will avoid dairy in their diet.

A perfectly healthy child with no issues receives their vaccines, they run a high fever, seize and subsequently lose eye contact, language, their stools are liquid and burn the skin.....everyone says it can't possibly be the vaccines. Testing shows the child is heavy metal toxic, has severe gut dysfunction and is subsequently diagnosed with autism. Everyone still says it's not the vaccines. Parent is expected to continue vaccinating.

Welcome to today's logic.

Candice Edwards was born and raised in the United Kingdom, eventually making the USA her home in 2005. In 2001, she graduated with honors from London College of Music and Media, with a B.A in Advertising and Marketing. Candice subsequently worked with several Fortune 500 companies including, Google, AOL/Yahoo and Staples. Candice resides in Massachusetts with her fiancé Jason and are the proud parents of a 2 year old little boy called Oliver. Their journey began when Oliver was a few months old after they witnessed their child regress after vaccination. Testing showed heavy metal toxicity, specifically aluminum. Oliver was diagnosed with Autism on Halloween in 2016. Candice has made it her mission to be educated, and help to educate others in making informed choices when it comes to vaccination. She runs the Facebook Group PURE Parenting, was part of the team who brought VAXXED to Massachusetts and is the Co-Chairman of the Massachusetts Coalition for Vaccine Choice.