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If the IACC had Met It would Have to Consider the CDC Whistleblower

Insel_thumbAs Thomas Insel leaves the National Institutes of Mental Health in a surreal move to join "Google Life Sciences" AoA recalls how Insel prevaricated a year ago over William Thompson's revelations about how the CDC altered data on autism and the MMR. Insel has had a year to find out the answers to his questions during which time the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee have not met.


Dangling by a Thread in Washington: Insel Prevaricates Over the CDC Whistleblower (25 September 2014)

By John Stone

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

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

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

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

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Current Affairs

Nasal Flu Shot and Narcolepsy

Sleeping-beautyDaily Mail features boy with narcolepsy from NASAL flu vaccine.

Boy Unable to Smile or Laugh without Fits of Narcolepsy

Two more past relevant articles should you want to read/learn more:

6 Reasons I Won't Give My Kids The Nasal Flu Vaccine

H1N1 Flu vaccine was found to increase the risk of narcolepsy by 14 fold:


Dachel Media Update: Diet, Breastfeeding

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Sept 15, 2015, Fox 28 Columbus, OH: Boy With Autism Forgotten, Found Dead on School Bus 

Sept 15, 2015, Richmond (VA) Times: Police: No charges expected in 7-year-old girl's drowning

Sept 15, 2015, KOB 4 Albuquerque: If people with special needs get lost, this website can help

Sept 15, 2015, Wall Street Journal: Gluten-free diet has no benefit for children with autism, study finds

Sept 14, 2015, WebMD: Pregnancy Intervals May Affect Autism Risk

Sept 14, 2015, Breast-Feeding Tied to Better Emotion Perception in Some Infants

Sept 14, 2015, Providence (RI) Journal: With new book, Brown professor wants to change the dialogue on autism

Sept 14, 2015, KTVX TV Salt Lake City: Parkway Pedal to benefit the Autism Council of Utah

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Dachel Asks Doctors: Thoughts on the CDC Whistleblower?

BrownsteinNOTE: We'll have a series of these running over the next week from Anne Dachel.

Dr. David Brownstein on the CDC

“Hi, I’m Dr. David Brownstein.  I’m a family practitioner in West Bloomfield, MI. 

“It has been one year since a whistleblower came forward from the CDC saying they altered date from a 2004 study that found that autism was correlated with the MMR vaccine.  I can’t figure out how one year later we haven’t had congressional hearings, the President isn’t involved.  We need action to figure out if these vaccines are truly indeed causing autism, and if the CDC is complicit in this. 

“So I am asking for everyone to call their congressman to let them know that we need hearings, and we need the true story about what’s happening at the CDC.”

Video of Dr. Brownstein on CDC

Other coverage of David Brownstein, MD:


July 29, 2015, NewsMax: Stupidity of Toxic Vaccines

Feb 17, 2015, NewsMax: Is Measles Vaccine Safe?

Jan 14, 2014, NewsMax: Top Doctor: The Flu Vaccine is Worthless

No Shots No Religious School? - AGE OF AUTISM


Living Whole Blogger on Vaccines and Aborted Fetal Tissue

Thank you to Megan Heimer of the Living Whole blog for this important if not controversial post.  Read the entire post at Living


Surely by now you’ve seen at least one of the many Planned Parenthood videos making the rounds. You know, the videos that discussed in painful detail how babies are ripped from their mothers, hacked up, and sold to the highest bidder? The videos where professionals (over lunch no less) laughingly talked about changing their procedures – putting women at greater risk of complication – to obtain perfect specimens, in the name of the Lamborghini and all. The video where a live baby with a beating heart was killed for a brain?

I wish I was making this stuff up, but I’m not. The truth is, abortions are a for-profit industry and dead baby parts are big business. But what do you expect from an organization whose founder believed that one race was superior to another and strategically placed her abortion clinics in poor, black communities to weed out black Americans or believed that the greatest gift a large family could give an unborn child was to kill them?

What do you expect from a medical and scientific community that claims that science cannot advance without aborted babies, or a government that views aborted baby specimens as their own property and mandates that parents inject their kids with vaccines containing aborted fetal cells, DNA, and protein?

Many of the same legislators demanding that Planned Parenthood be defunded to prevent them from selling aborted baby parts, are hypocritically supporting mandates that would force parents to inject their children with them. It’s the equivalent of saying, let’s ban sugar while mandating that parents feed their children sugar cookies and pretending that the sugar cookies don’t contain sugar. It makes absolutely zero sense.  Read the entire post at Living

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Importance of Early Intervention & Please Help Merck

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Sept 13, 2015, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:  Why so many kids are not immunized against HPV, By Heather McCracken

Sept 12, 2015, Irondequoit (NY) Post: Autism diagnosis: Area families face myriad experiences

Sept 12, 2015, Chicago Sun Times: Brown: Don't wait until it's too late for Early Intervention

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Anne Dachel

Five African American Women in the Vaccine Whistleblower Story

Race in medicineNote: We invite our African American readers to contact Anne Dachel as she pursues this story. You can reach her at

By Anne Dachel

It seems that the future of the vaccine researcher/whistleblower Dr. William Thompson is in limbo right now.  He appears willing to talk about what he was ordered to do with study data that showed a 240 percent greater risk of autism for African American boys who got the MMR vaccine before 36 months.   

Rep Bill Posey of Florida took to the floor of the House of Representatives and begged Congress to investigate this, but so far, no one seems interested.

There’s clearly a racial issue involved here.  Could protecting the reputation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the vaccine program matter more than the lives of black children? 

Where are groups like the NAACP?  Where are black parents?  Where are black legislators?

Actually this is something that NBC News asked back on Feb 6, 2015 in “Where Are the Black Anti-Vaxxers in the Measles Debate?”

NBC’s Jason Johnson was careful not to acknowledge that real life scientists have done lots studies linking vaccines to autism, instead he blames the controversy on Jenny McCarthy, Bill Maher, and Jim Carrey. 

Johnson did bring up the CDC whistleblower and the black community.

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Cathy Jameson

Suit Up for Autism Toileting Success

Toilet house
What our homes can feel like, when toilet training our kids with ASD.

By Cathy Jameson

We've hit a snag in the clothing department.  Ronan has plenty of clothes, but about a month ago, Ronan preferred not to wear them especially the ones that cover his nether region. During this de-robing phase, it wasn't just his clothes he was taking off—it was also his diaper that I’d find on the floor.

At first, I thought maybe we had some defective diapers.  The Velcro tabs weren’t sticking as well as before.  But then, the longer it went on, it seemed like a game for Ronan:

Get undressed.
Saunter casually passed Mommy.
Watch Mommy's eyes widen.
Walk away as if being naked was a normal and acceptable every-day activity.
Then, watch Mommy run all over the place to find what’s been left behind.

The faster I’d leapt to my feet to find Ronan's clothes, I realized that Ronan's game wasn't over.  I'd find his clothing and diaper, which was dry, but Ronan wasn’t done having his fun.  He’d finish the game with a laugh after fighting like the dickens while I attempted to get him dressed again.

This happened every few days.  Then it began to happen every day and several times a day.  Then it happened on a day we had guests over.  New guests.  Who'd we never met before.  Thankfully, the guests were aware of Ronan, the autism, and the need for diapers, but imagine my horror as in walks a half-naked Ronan to the dining room where we were sitting and chatting.  To say that I was mortified is an understatement.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Playing Catch-up

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Hey Everybody! Catching up from a busy and fun summer or maybe just an obsessive one – along with camping and visiting friends and family, I’ve been immersed in the polio epidemic of 1916 – but that’s another (but related) story:

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I wonder: Why isn’t there a huge groundswell in the autism advocacy community for Donald Trump? We seemed to like him better when he was not in a position to do anything. Here we have the first leading major party candidate to say the studies are fudged, the shots are too many too soon, and the result is autism.

I’ve lived in Washington and covered politics here for three decades, and believe me, it is a big freakin’ deal that the Republican front-runner embraces our issues when we aren’t respected in virtually any other way.


Speaking of politics and getting no respect, isn’t it amusing how the left paints us as know-nothing reactionaries and the right paints us as granola-crunching liberals?

Smart Yoga

As a granola-cruncher myself, I hate when my favorite mellow buddhistic publications dump me into the climate-change-denial wastebasket and stomp all over my sensitive little head. Today’s example is the mag Mindful, whose motto is “Taking Time For What Matters.”

Under the heading of Brain Science and the headline “The Stickiness of Misinformation – Even the most ridiculous rumors can cling in our minds – despite what the proof says. Sharon Begley tells us why,” the article begins:

“Isn’t it scandalous that Barack Obama, whose health-care reform law established death panels, is a Muslim who was born in Kenya? And isn’t it scary that all those scientific studies have shown that childhood vaccines can cause autism?”

That paragraph, of course, is dripping with sarcastic condescension toward the scientifically benighted and goes on to cite pop-brainiac concepts like “the fluency effect.” Now, Sharon Begley, who used to be at Newsweek, which used to be a magazine, has occasionally shown a scintilla of sympathy for the idea that vaccines cause autism, but it clearly no longer serves her professional purposes.

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Tylenol, Inflammation and Autism

Infant tylenolFrom our friends at SafeMinds. Read the entire article at the SafeMinds site.

"Acetaminophen as a cause of the autism pandemic? It makes absolutely no sense … at first."

Dr. William Parker

My research looks at what causes harmful inflammation in people in Western societies. The triggers of inflammation are recent developments in human history, appearing after the agricultural revolution only 10,000 years ago. Most did not appear until just a few decades ago, as we entered the post-industrial age [1]. My favorite example is the loss of biodiversity from the human body. Humans have always been bathed inside and out with bacteria, viruses, fungi, worms, and other organisms, but in recent decades our bodies' ecosystems have become much less diverse, to our detriment.

Inflammation can be described simply as an aggressive immune response. It's not a bad thing, and in fact is necessary under certain circumstances. However, inflammation in Western society has gotten out of control, resulting in pandemics of allergies, autoimmune conditions, and increased rates of cancer.

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Teresa Conrick

The Incredible Waste in Autism Study Funding

UselessBy Teresa Conrick

While perusing the usual crap studies on Autism, I came across this one, Maternal Vocal Feedback to 9-Month-Old Infant Siblings of Children with ASD, Jul 14, 2015

Check out some of these Statements:

Some of the factors associated with diminished environmental input also occur within the familial autism context and thus may influence the dyadic interactions and early language development of infant siblings. These include mothers’ broader autism phenotype characteristics and depressive symptoms, both of which are elevated in parents of children with ASD and are associated with differences in pragmatic language use and reduced linguistic input, respectively (Bailey, Golden, Roberts, & Ford, 2007; Ingersoll & Hambrick, 2011; Lindgren, Folstein, Tomblin, & Tager-Flusberg, 2010; Ruser et al., 2007). The elevated levels of concern consistently reported by mothers of high risk infants across the first year of life may also be associated with reduced linguistic input to the extent that those concerns reflect increased anxiety and a less sensitive pattern of responding (Hess &Landa, 2012; Ozonoff et al., 2009; Sacrey et al., 2015; Talbott, Nelson, & Tager-Flusberg, 2015a)....

Maternal broader phenotype characteristics.

The presence of broader autism phenotype characteristics in mothers was assessed using the Broad Autism Pheno-type Questionnaire (BAP-Q; Hurley, Losh, Parlier,

Reznick, & Piven, 2007). The BAP-Q is a 36-item self-report questionnaire that assesses behavior across three subscales: aloof, pragmatic language, and rigidity......

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Current Affairs

When Was Your Autism 9/11?

9-11-TRIBUTEToday is, of course, a solemn day of mourning and reflection.  We all watched aghast as the Twin Towers were targeted by airplanes, struck, smoke billowing.  A lonely field in PA became a battleground. The images of fellow Americans choosing to perish via plummeting instead of burning alive are vivid in front of our eyes, the horror sears even 14 years later. 

What did we do as a nation?

We acted.

For a brief moment, we were purely Americans. No race. No creed. No color. No political party. We were simply Americans bonded in the common goal of making whoever was behind the attacks accountable. Punishable.

Where were you when we saw the attacks or heard the news? Tell us.

Age of Autism exists for one reason.


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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Kids With Mental Health Disorders Denied Benefits

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Sept 10, 2015, TIME: Here’s What 6 Doctors Really Think of Dr. Google

Sept 9, 2015, Autism Daily Newscast: ‘Autism epidemic’ in Silicon Valley: Looking back

Sept 9, 2015, Autism Daily Newscast: Men and women with autism have ‘extreme male’ scores on the ‘eyes test’ of

Sept 9, 2015, AAP News: Report: Many children with mental health disorders not receiving federal benefits  

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Current Affairs

Asperger's, Aluminum and the Folly of Neurotribes

Editor's Note: We received this very interesting note recently from a man who wishes to be known as Richard. He is in his late 20s and lives in Virginia and reports he has spent "the last few years learning organic farming and permaculture design, hoping to be able to make a living off it eventually, and be part of creating a more sustainable and less toxic culture." Please note his sensitivity to aluminum and his thoughts on the new book "Neurotribes."


I've come across the Age of Autism website a few months ago and would like to thank you for the information you provide and your stance against forced vaccination. I want to share my story, feel free to share it if you see fit just please don't publicize my actual name.

I was born in 1985. I had all the normal vaccinations of that time as a child. In 1991, I was having issues in kindergarten, a psychiatrist got involved and I received a diagnosis of Asperger's. They wanted to medicate me with Prozac, which at that time was the newest trend in big pharma drugs. The private kindergarten that I went to wouldn't let me continue to go there unless I was medicated. Luckily, my parents didn't go that route despite the pressure from the "experts." I wasn't medicated, left that school and started in the public school system the next year. So, I can say that I was kicked out of kindergarten.

Since I had only dim recollections from so young an age, I grew up just being one of the weird ones, being plenty smart but always feeling as if I wasn't from the same planet as everyone else. I also had other issues, digestive disturbances and other neurological symptoms, which I never considered to be related until much later. I didn't know about the Asperger's diagnosis or the extent of the drama around my kindergarten experience until I had conversations about it with my parents as an adult. I did well enough to get by but always felt something was wrong or missing.

When I was 19, the physical symptoms that I mentioned got much more intense, enough that I had to drop out of college. My heart raced easily, had lots of tingling sensations in my nerves, was often short of breath, and most of all had intense digestive issues, nothing was ever well in the belly. I also began to notice how these issues correlated with psychological things such as "brain fog", inability to put thoughts into words and just feeling scattered.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Uniquely Human

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Sept 8, 2015, ABC News: Review: Must-Read Autism Book Shifts Paradigm

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Current Affairs

The Simple Economics of Autism and Adulthood - There's No Supply Because There Was No Demand

Economics101Below is an excerpt from the New York Times about autism and adulthood. The jist of it is (as many of us know and will come to know soon enough) is that there are almost no support services in place for people with autism over the age of 22.  There aren't even many "post-grad" programs within school districts that address the unique needs of the autism population.

Why?  America is the land of supply and demand. We find a need and fill it. We build better mousetraps! We sniff out a market and flood it with products, services.  Look at Memory Care/Alzheimer's facilities.  We have one opening in my town.   Because there are enough people with dementia and Alzheimer's to fill the beds. So why aren't there autism specific programs/housing/recreation in place as a rule - like there are for other intellectual disabilities?
Supply and demand. The supply is now starting to flood the market. Like my own daughters, who are 15 next week, 19 and 20.

Autism was first recognized and recorded in the 1930s. It was rare until the 1980s when the spigot turned on and now, in 2015, we're flooded with people starting to reach their adult years.   We need autism specific housing - like memory care facilities. Not institutions like the ones we closed. No Willowbrooks. No state schools. We need facilities where people with autism can have schedules, routines, pictures, iPads, communication, order, behavior support, work that meets the IQ whether 69 or 139.  In America, we don't act on anything until we have to - until it's a crisis and/or it can turn a profit for someone.

We need something BRAND. SPANKING. NEW. To meet the new supply.   Join me, Dan Burns and JB Handley for a panel about this topic at the Autism Education Summit later this month in Dallas.  Share your thoughts in the comments, please.  Thanks. KS


TWO months before she died of pancreatic cancer in November 2010, my normally strong, stoical mother broke down weeping in my arms over the fate of my autistic older brother.

Institutionalized for over 40 years, Joshua, then 55, was in a stable situation and seemed relatively happy. But my mother was undone by that fear that haunts all parents of disabled children: What will happen to them when I’m gone? Though I hastened to assure her that I would become his guardian and watch over him after her death, she was inconsolable.

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Current Affairs

Levi Quackenboss: Bring on the Adult Vaccine Mandates

TellingThanks to Levi Quackenboss for allowing us to excerpt his blog.


What’s the difference between a vaccine-injured two-month old and a vaccine-injured 30-year old?  The 30-year old has a Facebook account and is going to tell everyone about it.  The poor baby has to suffer several more rounds after its mother is told “It’s all normal,” but an adult is probably not going to ride that bull more than once before speaking up.

Guillain Barre? ADEM? Anaphylatic shock? Instant food allergy?  Joint pain?  Shoulder injury?  Brand new seizure disorder?  Tell us alllll about it.  Be sure to file for compensation while you’re at it. I can’t wait to hear these stories.  Adult mandates are going to be the greatest thing to ever happen to this non-existent anti-vaccination movement.

What, you didn’t know that adult vaccine mandates are on the horizon?  I warned you about it back on Valentine’s Day– it was my love letter to you.  Now California, the pioneer of backward progress in personal rights, has already come through just 7 months later.  The legislature amended SB 792, which was originally written to snag daycare and preschool teachers with mandatory vaccination, to now include parents who want to volunteer at their child’s school.  Thought you’d chaperon your 3-year old’s trip to the pumpkin patch? Then you’re going to be required to show proof of the trifecta of good health:  Tdap, MMR and an annual flu vaccine.  Read more at:

Bring on the Adult Mandates

Dachel Media Update: Soup to Nuts

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Sept 4, 2015, Radio Iowa: Report finds thousands of Iowans have autism spectrum disorder (audio), By Matt Kelley

Sept 4, 2015, Agoura Hills, CA: Campaign seeks to share early signs of autism

Sept 4, 2015, Forbes: Autistic Girls Are Undiagnosed, Underserved And Misunderstood

Sept 3, 2015, UK Guardian (US edition): We've spent $1bn on autism research – but the tangible benefits are elusive

Sept 3, 2015, Franklin IN Daily Journal: Column: Autism Speaks, but it needs to listen more, By Steve Silberman

Sept 3, 2015, Fox News: Sufficient vaccine coming to block polio outbreak, Ukraine says

Sept 3, 2015, Law Enforcement Trains On Working With Autism Community

Sept 2, 2015, Biddeford (ME) Journal Tribune: Autism addressed by Waban, local banks

Sept 2, 2015, Minnesota Public Radio News: NeuroTribes' examines the history and myths of the autism spectrum

Sept 2, 2015, Haaretz (Israel): Israeli City Opens Much-needed School for Autistic Students

Sept 2, 2015, Biddeford (ME) Journal Tribune: Autism addressed by Waban, local banks

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Current Affairs, Nightmares

Open Letter to Governor Bobby Jindal: Call to Action on Special Education in Louisiana

Bobby JindalBy James Grundvig

Dear Governor Jindal:

While your presidential campaign is taking a powder, your state of Louisiana burns. As is with your failing run to the White House, the ‘Pelican State’ ranks 38th in U.S. economy in the first quarter of 2015[1]; ranks 48th in public education by American Legislative Exchange Council (, which also rates Louisiana with a ‘C’ on “Homeschool Regulation Burden” and an uplifting ‘D+’ in academic state standards[2]; and ranks “near the bottom” of Politico’s 2nd annual State of the States of the Union report,[3] measuring 14 economic indicators across all 50 states.

Bravo! What will you do for an encore?

Beyond your name being headlined in articles coming up only twice in the top ten searches of, a political magazine you should care about if you hold serious presidential aspirations, you have torched a red hole in the state’s budget close to a billion dollars, as revealed by The Times Picayune, Bobby Jindal’s Shipwrecked Presidential Campaign: Robert Mann[4].

I would be splitting hairs if I focused only on your (poor) conservative record and (so-called) fiscal acumen. This letter is about Louisiana’s special education in general and autism in particular. As the neurological disorder sits today in your state, autism incidence grows at a staggering rate of 258 percent[5]—that kind of growth must make you envious from an economic vista—according to health statistics compiled by When combined with your failing education standards, it makes a visitor to your state, like me, and those who makeup the close to five million people who live in Louisiana, wonder if you are cut out for the job of being governor, let alone be the next president. Well, are you?

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively, Vaccine Safety

Battle for California - The Roar of the Golden Bear!

CA BearBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

To my beloved brothers and sisters in the Golden State I have a message: You have succeeded in raising a mighty army!  I salute you!

Like our own American Revolution, before it happens victory seems impossible, but when the future looks back on these events, the outcome will appear inevitable.  I am speaking of the effort to repeal SB 277, which would take away a parent's sacred right to alter the vaccine schedule based on philosophical or religious grounds, a right enshrined in both our Constitution and the Nuremberg Code passed in the wake of World War II to ensure that if fascism ever raised its evil head again the civilized nations of the world would fight the threat in all its various disguises.

SB 277 is an abomination, taking away a parent's right to choose what medicines, toxins, animal products, and aborted fetal human tissue may be injected into their children's bloodstream in a misguided attempt to ensure health.  Yes, it does sound dramatic when I say it like that, but I challenge anybody to show where I am mistaken.  If you surrender that right and your child's health to the state, what else is left?  The last vestige of freedom will have been extinguished.

And that is why the battle to repeal SB 277, led by former Assemblyman, Tim Donnelly, has been so inspiring.  As a student of the American Revolution, I am aware of how there were repeated insults by the British crown to the American Colonies, and for so long the citizenry failed to respond.  Revolution does not come easily to a people.  I have wondered for several years what it would take to awaken our country to this danger, and have watched in sorrow as many worthy efforts have failed.

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Cathy Jameson

Labor Day and the Full-Time Autism Parent

Opp cost
By Cathy Jameson

I went into the education field over twenty years ago.  Conceivably, had I continued to teach, I might soon be eligible to retire.  I don’t think about retirement like others in today’s workforce think about retirement.  That’s because I left my field long before I ever expected I would.

Instead of soon retiring from what I’d hoped would be a life-long career, I found myself in a different role.  It’s a more permanent one that comes with no salary, no benefits, and no 401(k).  The role I have now is full-time caregiver for my child.

More and more parents today are finding themselves in similar roles.  While some may be able to juggle part-time work or a full-time job while caring for a severely affected child with autism, I have not had that chance.  Ronan is non-verbal.  He has seizures, and he has low energy levels.   His week is peppered with therapy and with a shortened and modified school day.  He is home more than not, which means that I, too, am home with him.  Being able to afford the round-the-clock care that Ronan would require in order for me to step out of the home and work again is nearly impossible. 

I do work, as does every stay-at-home parent, but I don’t know if I could actually put a dollar sign on the labor that is required to care for Ronan.  I have read that over a child’s lifetime, it costs parents $245,000 to raise them.  If that child has autism, costs can exceed $1.4 million  over their first 18 years.  Even if I had made my way back to the teaching field, I’d be hard pressed to find a job that would cover those costs. 

Today, instead of writing lesson plans, grading papers, and developing curriculum, I’m home.  At home, I’m overseeing Ronan’s therapy, medical appointments, and his wellness.  I certainly couldn’t do what I have had to do for my son and for my family without the help of some of the people who’ve graced our lives.   We have quite a team of people, specialists, providers, and supporters to assist me with Ronan’s needs for which I am grateful. 

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Your Small Donation Could Change Vaccine Policy in America

Penny-wise-pound-foolishWhile pharma spends millions (more?) on fancy PR campaigns, faux advocacy sites,  "journalists" who can copy from press releases and funnels dough to politicians from coast to coast, the vaccine safety community has relied on pluck, tenacity and social media like Facebook, Twitter, Age of Autism and other sites.  We join Canary Party in asking you to donate $5.00, maybe even $10.00 to Congressman Posey to show our numbers and our resolve. We KNOW our community is broke. We're mostly broke too......   Still, we humbly ask for your consideration.   We can make our penny wise program have an effect on their pound foolish full court press.   Thanks. KIM

From our friends at Canary Party.

Dear Vaccine Safety Advocates,

There is no question that Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) has been the best vaccine safety advocate in the current congressional session. He has displayed courage that sets him apart from the rest of his colleagues.

His floor speech revealing massive corruption at the CDC which employed drastic tactics to cover up an association between vaccines and autism in young African-American males cannot and should not be missed.

In a show of appreciation to Mr. Posey for his tenacity, a goal of raising $10,000 has been set for him. We’d like to donate in a way that demonstrates our numbers and doesn’t break the bank for any of us.

We are trying to get 1000 concerned citizens from our community to give just $10 to this brave man. If some of you can donate more, that’s fine too! Just doubling your donation to $20 could make a huge difference. If you are able to donate even more, please do so!

Won’t you please consider helping our champion on The Hill? Mr. Posey deserves huge accolades for his courage. Donating is a tangible way to help Rep. Posey, just as he has helped us. Donate HERE.

Grateful Advocates Supporting Posey

Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively, Vaccine Safety

Support California Effort to Repeal SB 277!

SB277 2By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

The battle for California is really heating up!  As many of you know, the governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed into law SB 277, which takes away personal and religious exemptions in California, in defiance of the US Constitution and the Nuremberg Code passed after World War II, which requires  FREE AND INFORMED CONSENT to any medical procedure.

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has courageously volunteered his time and efforts in putting together a referendum so that the voters of California can express their opinion, rather than the paid lobbyists of pharma and their corrupt politicians in Sacramento!

If you live in California, donate, and share the video widely on social media!

Tim Donnelly has created a FUNDME account to raise money to hire professional petition gatherers to make sure this important cause gets on the ballot!  TIME IS SHORT!  HELP WITH ANY AMOUNT YOU CAN!!  $5.00 whether you live in CA or not would add up fast from AofA readers. Your state is next. Let's send a message NOW.

Kent Book PlagueKent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and author of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases.   Release date is November 18, 2014.  Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can pre-order the book HERE.

Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Ask Gov Cuomo to Veto The Costly Meningitis Vaccine Mandate

StopFrom our friends at Autism Action Network:

We need your help to convince Governor Cuomo to veto the meningitis vaccine mandate recently passed by the New York Legislature. Yesterday a group of parent advocates met with Governor Cuomo's staff to make a case for a veto. We presented all the objective data the State Senate and Assembly refused to consider before they passed this bill. We explained that according to all the data from the CDC, FDA, New York State Department of Health and the vaccine manufacturers we could expect far more injuries and death from vaccinating every seventh and twelfth grader in the state than by doing nothing.  But the Governor needs to hear from you.

Please click HERE to send an email to the Governor, and please take a few minutes to make a call to the Governor's office at the number below and politely explain that you want the Governor to veto the bill. 


And please write a polite letter to the governor asking him to veto S4324c/A791a. Letters from voters matter. Please write to the Governor at the address below. You can use the email on the Take Action link as a model but please include your own thoughts.

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Key facts:

Meningococcal meningitis is extremely rare. There have been no deaths from meningococcal meningitis in the age group targeted by this bill in New York in the past five years. However, there have been at least three deaths caused by meningitis vaccines in the same population reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

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Current Affairs

Are Unvaccinated Children Immune to Contracting Enterovirus?

What ifUnvaccinated Children Appear To Be Immune To The Mysterious Virus Currently Spreading In The Midwest

Although there is no known vaccine for the virus, and the scope which it will reach is also unknown, those that have become infected are following a common theme. They have all been vaccinated with the MMR vaccines, influenza vaccines, and polio vaccines. Of course, many children in the United States have been vaccinated, and most are required to be vaccinated in order to enter school. However, it is interesting to note that the illness is not occurring, yet, in children that have not been vaccinated...

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: A Royals Case of Chicken Pox

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Sept 2, 2015, ABC News: How Chicken Pox Infection Could Affect Kansas City Royals Players

Sept 1, 2015, Reuters: Tests help shed light on autism genetics

Sept 1, 2015, Newsweek: Doctors Overuse Antipsychotic Drugs to Treat Intellectual

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Current Affairs

National Autism Association's Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit is Available

NAA teacher safety kitNote! Save the dates for the NAA conference in St. Pete Beach, FL, 11/5 - 11/8.  This is a fantastic conference in an autism friendly (and trained!) resort.   Click here for details.

If you teach students with autism, please, we implore you, apply for the National Autism Association's Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit today. Don't delay. A child's life could depend on your action and that's not hyperbole.

From NAA, the leader and champion of safety for those with autism:

The National Autism Association’s Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit® is a free-of-charge safety toolkit for educators in need of wandering-prevention tools.

Please review all of the information below before submitting your application.

To apply for an NAA Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit®, you must:

  • Be a school administrator, teacher or aide working with individuals with an autism diagnosis.
  • Be employed at a school within the U.S. and provide the school address for shipping.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions stated in the application.
  • Apply only once. Multiple requests cannot be processed, limit one box per school.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Back To School Means Autism Lessons

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Sept 1, 2015, Roanoke Times (VA): A New Puzzle, Adult Life with Autism: For many young adults with autism, independence is just out of reach

Sept 1, 2015, (Austin, TX): Police Officer Creates Program to Train Fellow Officers About Autism

Sept 1, 2015, Epoch Times: A Concerned Mother-to-be’s Quest to Find Middle-Ground in the Vaccine Debate

Aug 30, 2015, Roanoke Times (VA): Programs seek to help young adults with autism gain independence

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Current Affairs

National Geographic Talks of Dangers of Mercury in Grand Canyon

NatgeoManaging Editor: My parents subscribed to National Geographic from the 1960s into the early 1990s.  I carried on that tradition, amassing about 7 years' worth of issues. I even bought the faux leather cases to showcase each year in my library after I got married.  Then the kids came along, vaccine injury and my library was stocked with Dr. Suess and autism books. Goodbye NG! 

A recent article laments the poisoning of the Colorado River with mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin. Did you know that? Toxin means icky bad dangerous thing that can hurt or kill a living thing. Neuro means brainy stuff. See? I know my science! 

Imagine our surprise (insert eye roll emoticon here) when this article - Even the Bottom of the Grand Canyon is Now Contaminated - a story about mercury and selenium contaminating the river failed to mention mercury in vaccines.  Isn't the inside of my body part of my environment? A rather intimate part, wouldn't you agree? The irony of these articles rightly warning about toxic mercury while ignoring and even extolling mercury in vaccines is staggering. A few of our friends commented on the NG article including our John Stone who said, Why is it alright, then, to inject mercury into infants? Perhaps National Geographic can tell us.

From the article:

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Current Affairs

Best Of: When the School Bus No Longer Comes - Aging Out and Autism

Meg graduation 3
We ran this post last Spring. Many of us are sending children back to school. But for some, school has ended. Their kids have "aged out," the term for the end of public education in the American system. Some of our readers have much older adult children. We'd love to hear from you. Tell us how your child is doing - good, bad and ugly - we hope there's more good than the other two.  We need to continue to talk about and teach about the needs of families as our kids grow up. My girls are 20, 19 and 15 this month. The future is now.

By Teresa Conrick

Meg grad2I cried Friday.  I don’t often let tears show but they flowed freely many times on that day, her LAST DAY as a student.  I said goodbye to our wonderful bus driver and aide as my daughter, Megan, is twenty-two, today and our school district will have no further responsibility in her education. The bus will no longer pull up each morning to greet my severely affected daughter. Our driver and aide these past two years have been the BEST in all of the eighteen years Meg has taken the bus to school, a 45 minute drive each way.  God bless these two beautiful people who showed care and compassion to my daughter, each and every day. I could go on and on and also compare them to others who Meg grad3showed fear, anger and little patience for Meg, or the other bus company (First Student) who LOST my daughter on a bus numerous times with no radio.  That’s right. The bus got lost and drove around for 3 hours on more than one occasion with my nonverbal child!  It was not the first time that I needed to call and convince sane people that this was an insane situation.

Mary, Megan’s sister, had come in from college to attend the graduation.  Unlike Mary’s high school graduation with fanfare and college plans, Meg’s final days in school have felt FINAL with the future uncertain.  Having an autoimmune diagnosis, seizure disorder, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), specialized food and dietary restrictions, impaired cognitive and communication abilities, and intermittent OCD/agitation/aggression, life for Meg and us has been challenging to say the least. BUT since we are now so very focused on her immune system and her microbiome, things have been slowly improving -- for starters, her graduation was one of the highlights of my life! She was so HAPPY, ATTENTIVE and LOVING to all around her.  The affection that staff and peers had for Meg was shown in a series of slide shows that had us laughing and also in tears.  The spectrum of autism was all around but even more obvious was the powerful force of support and love.

Megan’s dad had met us at her school. Though her dad and I are divorced, we sat as a family, proud and teary for my daughter who has endured a rough life but with faith and trust, a better future. We had roses for Meg and also for the school staff, the most devoted, patient and caring teachers, aides, and therapists.  Megan had joined the school after I had hired an attorney, as there was no autism program in our school district that was APPROPRIATE back in 1996. Megan has attended there ever since!  Over the years as we learned of Meg’s GI issues, parasitic infections,  bacterial infections, high and crazy viral titers, food intolerances, seizures (she had her first grand mal in class), and now autoimmunity, the staff has been so supportive and attentive to my daughter’s needs. I thank God we were lucky enough to be one of the first ten families chosen when the school opened as the epidemic was first taking its captives. 

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Aborted Human Fetal Cell Lines in Vaccination In the News

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Aug 31, 2015, New York Post: NY mom wins right to not vaccinate son over religious belief

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Kim Stagliano

Warning! The Rest of Her Life Is Closer than It Appears!

Objects mirrorJoin me at the Autism Education Summit in Dallas later thing month where I'll be on a panel with JB Handley talking about autism and adulthood. 

By Kim Stagliano

Today is the first day of school for my three daughters.   Bella, my baby, is a freshman in high school. She turns 15 this month. Gianna "graduated" last year. She turned 19 in July.  She is now in the "post-grad" program.

Ah, but my beautiful first born - my Mia - she is in the very last leg of her school journey. She turns 21 in December.  It  happened in the blink of an eye. Tomorrow is almost here.  Get ready, friends. It's coming for you too.   Like a monster in the middle of the night. No longer under the bed. Its sharp Mia iPad 2015 claw reaching up to slash your throat.  (Sorry, I guess Wes Craven's death has stuck with me.)

Back to Mia:

I wish I could say she is rounding third and heading home.  Let's cheer! Let's support her!  She's about to score!

Nope. She's about to age out of school into..... into..... into.....

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Anne Dachel

Autism Speaks vs. Steve Silberman

Giant blue eyeBy Anne Dachel

Everything about autism is one crazy bundle of conflicting claims.  No one in mainstream medicine or at our federal health agencies takes autism seriously.  It's constant conjecture and indifference.  The current rates of one in every 68 children in the U.S., one in every 42 boys are a meaningless statistics.  It could soar to one in 10 and reporters would dutifully quote officials telling us, "No one knows if this increase in the rate means more children actually have the disorder." 

No health official has ever publicly called autism "a crisis."  EVER.  "Serious public health concern" is the strongest language any of them have used when speaking about autism.

Too bad if your healthy, normally developing child suddenly lost learned skills, stopped talking and is now a 12 year old in diapers who can wander away at any moment.   No one cares.

The current rate is based on studies of children born in 2002.  They're teenagers now.  Autism is not a priority at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions.  The disturbing truth that autism overwhelming affects children is never relevant. 

Everyone seems happy to leave autism as a perpetual mystery.

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Anne Dachel

Autism as Anthropology and the Concept of the "Neuro Tribe"

Cui bonoBy Anne Dachel

I've spent the last couple of days listening to and reading about Steve Silberman, author of Neuro Tribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.

He's a darling in the mainstream press right now for several reasons.  First of all, Silberman champions the cause of the neurodiversity movement.  In other words, autism isn't something to be fixed; it's a view of the world that we only need to recognize and accommodate. 

Silberman doesn't believe there are more people with autism today than there were a hundred year ago or a thousand years ago.  He cites the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as backup for this claim.  

This is a very important point, one that I call the "really big lie about autism."  If people can be convinced that autism has always been around, just called something else, the charge that an unchecked, unsafe vaccine schedule is directly related to an explosion in the number of children with the disorder is dead in the water. 

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: BMJ Letter Questions Vaccine Mandates

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Aug 26, 2015, British Medical Journal: Vaccine mandates in the US are doing more harm than good, By Allen S. Cunningham, MD

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Teresa Conrick

Hitting the Streets For Autism Research

Hitting the streets
Teresa, Kim and Baily

By Teresa Conrick

In 1999, my daughter, Megan, was six years-old and very sick.  Her regression into Autism three years earlier began our horrendous journey into the land of medical denial about Autism.  Meg had to endure frequent and copious nosebleeds, unexplained rashes, fevers, non-stop viruses, vomiting, yeast and urinary tract infections, diarrhea with alternating constipation, reflux, and continuous bacterial infections, especially ear and throat. Those were dark days and long nights as she was unable to sleep due to pain, yet again and again, I was told, THIS WAS AUTISM.  Today I know that Meg sick age 5is incorrect and the real reason is that THIS IS THE MICROBIOME, and it is very altered and dysfunctional.

I will repeat this important fact -- since Dr. Leo Kanner first identified those eleven children in his 1943 paper, the medical issues of Autism have been ignored, denied and even disposed – ie,“CDC Scientist: ‘We scheduled a meeting to destroy documents" .  This gut-brain axis has been evident since the 1940's but many have denied it and continue to deny it.  That needs to end as children continue to suffer. Megan Conrick has much in common with those children, born in the 1930’s – from Kanner :

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

•    ...large and ragged tonsils.

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

•    He vomited a great deal during his first year,

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

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

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

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

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Cathy Jameson

Baby of Mine

Naked babyBy Cathy Jameson

I got to hold a newborn.  I held him again a few weeks later.  It was an exquisite feeling to hold this child. 

The new life.

His perfect little body.

That newborn baby smell.

The endless opportunities he will have.

I’d attended his baby shower several months earlier.  I bought his mom, a young twentysomething, more than I should have but that’s because I was thrilled to support her.  With autoimmune disease in her family history, as well as having had to care for a family member with autism, she was rightfully nervous.  I felt it necessary to offer as much support as I could as she prepared to bring a child into the world. 

Her own history, plus knowing our family well and the medical path that I had chosen for my older children, prompted her to ask questions and to search for answers.  Long before she found herself preparing for her son’s birth, in a quest for knowledge, she’d decided what she would do when it was time to raise a family.  Not only did she decide what she would do, recalling my experience with my children, she also decided what not to do.  Instead of following recommended schedules and standard American practices, she would be as healthy, organic, and natural as she could.  She would be as free from everything “standard” as she could be, which also meant no vaccines. 

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CDC Whistleblower, Current Affairs

Levi Quackenboss Says, "Thanks for #TeamVax, CDC!"

ThanksfornothingWe've excerpted this post from Levi Quackenboss' blog with permission.

CDC have you done lost your mind?  What were the big brains in Atlanta thinking when they decided that the largest public health organization in the nation needed to stoop to meme-speak?

Let’s take a look at the meme that my tax dollars paid for. You’ve got your racially ambiguous doting mother with her tiny baby boy who’s clearly already had one round of vaccines because his bulging forehead circumference is in the 99th percentile.  It’s nice to see vaccine-injured babies represented.

So, you’re saying that vaccinating leads to a “safe” and “healthy” baby, is that right?  Liability-free and unavoidably unsafe vaccines given in greater quantity than any other time in history and directly correlating with the largest pediatric chronic illness crises our country has ever seen are safe and healthy?  This is the best you can do?  I wish you luck, I really do, but just like every other pressure tactic to emerge in recent years, my guess is that you’re doomed to fail.  Someone at Emory University is going to get a $10 million grant to do a study that announces your poorly designed and visually unappealing government memes caused vaccination rates to drop even further.

Let me break it down for you.  You are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  As far as 95% of America knows, you are infallible.  Why do you need an ad campaign if you’re infallible?  You don’t.  When was the last time you saw a Rolls Royce commercial?  Never.  They don’t advertise.   They don’t have to. They’re infallible.

So why are you advertising?

Read the full post at Levi's blog.

Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

LivingWhole Blogger Megan Heimer on #TeamVax from CDC

Sneetch unvaxedThanks to Megan Heimer of the Living Whole blog for her take on the #TeamVax campaign from CDC which attempts to divide parents as if we are Sneetches.


I’ve run across a few really good tidbits from the CDC’s social media accounts lately. The first one was on Twitter and it suggested taking a quiz to see which vaccines for infectious diseases you need if you have a chronic disease. The irony is enough to make anyone pass out.

First, vaccines don’t prevent chronic disease. Nobody with Crohn’s Disease wakes up in the morning and says, “Oh, I have Crohn’s, I should probably get an MMR vaccine.” Secondly, vaccines cause chronic disease. It’s written all over the package inserts,  PubMed database, and thousands of peer-reviewed studies. (Don’t bother telling the CDC, they already know.) Third, if you have a chronic disease, you’re more likely to suffer from a vaccine adverse reaction. (Logic would follow that a strong immune system is required to deal with the nasty in the shot and mount a “proper” response.)

I took the quiz twice, first as a pregnant lady and was recommended six vaccines (none proven safe or effective for pregnant women) and the second time as a “could become pregnant lady” and MMR and chicken pox were added to the list. (There was no box to check whether your chronic illness was caused by a prior vaccine.) 

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Mercury Documentary Trace Amounts Shows at United Nations' NGO Conference

Trace Amounts UN
Eric Gladen and Shiloh Levine’s documentary, Trace Amounts, was featured as part of the United Nations 2015 NGO Conference.

Since Tuesday, hundreds of international Non-Governmental Organizations have been gathering at UN Headquarters in New York City to “Honor the Past, Recognize the Present, and Imagine the Future.” 

Yesterday, a crowd of 150 conference goers watched the film and attended the post-screening Q & A which featured Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Eric Gladen and Dr. Brian Hooker. Given the international reach of the conference, attendees particularly were interested to learn that, while the U.S. has reduced thimerosal in many vaccines on the childhood schedule, thimerosal-laden vaccines are still being widely distributed in developing countries, exposing millions of children to the risks of mercury.

  Trace Amounts UN Panel

A video of the post screening Q & A will be available in a few weeks and will posted widely. 



CDC Whistleblower, Current Affairs

One Lie Two Many: From Vietnam to Vaccines, the CDC is Exposed for a Second Time in the New Book Vaccine Whistleblower

Dr William ThompsonBy James O. Grundvig

It appears that the only thing dirtier than the ingredients found in vaccines is the science behind vaccine safety.

In the new book, Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing the Autism Research Fraud at the CDC, attorney Kevin Barry has provided context to a series of tapes that were recorded last summer by Brian Hooker, PE, PhD, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) senior epidemiologist Dr. William Thompson.

Had someone not blown the whistle on the CDC whistleblower last August 2014, Thompson would have divulged a lot more. Needless to say, when he was outed last August, with the most powerful Vaccine Whistleblower Skyhorse Publishingpeople in the media and government away on vacation, by the time Labor Day came around the story had lost its lift.

Being outed prematurely forced Dr. Thompson to hire a law firm that specializes in protecting whistleblowers against retaliation.

Press Release on Dr. William Thompson

After Dr. Thompson introduced himself in the August 27, 2014, presser, he stated:

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

Today, outed for a second time with the book being published by Skyhorse Publishing (disclosure: my publisher for 3 upcoming books) without Thompson’s permission, the “raw” tapes, which had been transcribed, evolved into a coherent narrative on some of the darker elements of the “science of justification,” allegedly perpetrated by the agency that is tasked with the health, wellbeing and prevention of diseases of Americans.

Sobering Numbers

Since 2000, parents of autistic children have suspected that the United States’ childhood immunology program has run amok with as many as three times the number of vaccines given to U.S. children than any other nation in the world.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: NOVA on Vaccines

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

 Aug 26, 2015, Forbes: NOVA's 'Calling The Shots' On Autism And Vaccines by Emily Willingham

Aug 26, 2015, Orlando Sentinel: Posey should immunize against MMR autism fears: Editorial


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Jeffrey Kluger: TIME to Be Less Condescending About Vaccine Safety

J KlugerBy Anne Dachel

We all know vaccines are a controversial topic.  The claim of a link to autism never goes away, no matter how many times the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plays with the numbers in their population studies to show no association between their vaccines and autism.  I've been reading press coverage of this issue for over 10 years.  I know who the worst of the worst are.
There is no major newspaper, magazine, or network in America where reporters are ever given the following assignment:
"We have to get to the bottom of the vaccine debate.  This issue affects every child in America.  It's critical that we find independent evidence to show that vaccines are safe and not connected to autism or other serious side effects.
"Look at the science on both sides.  Interview Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who's always being blamed for creating this controversy.  How does he support his claim?   Talk to some of the parents of the patients in his Lancet study.
"Find out how many researchers have drug industry ties that could influence their findings.
"Investigate the history of this mercury additive, thimerosal.   Look at the studies that show it's safe.  How is this different from the claim that the MMR vaccine causes autism?
"Talk to parents with autistic children.  Ask them if their kids started out this way.  If they were healthy and then developed autism, ask them why they think it happened.  Did it follow routine vaccinations?
"Look into the CDC.  Find out how many in the vaccine division have ties to the vaccine industry. Ask the head of the CDC, Thomas Frieden, why they've never done a studying comparing fully vaccinated and never vaccinated kids to see if they have the same health issues.
"Ask officials if they've ever researched to find out how many kids have the same mitochondrial condition as Hannah Poling--the girl whose autism was compensated.  Find out how many kids with autism have been compensated by the federal government.
"Search for adults with autism.  They're supposed to be out there somewhere.  Find out if there's a rate among adults similar to what's happening among children.  And don't just look for the high functioning ones.  Find the adults who have all the severe symptoms.  And find autistic adults who regressed into autism as children.
"Check out how many new vaccines have been added to the schedule in the last twenty-five years.  Find out if the effect of all these combinations has been studied."

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Australia, Autism Rate and Vaccine Mandates

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Aug 25, 2015, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Autism cases among younger children on the rise, but reason why still unclear

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CDC Whistleblower, Vaccine Safety

Review and Highlights from Vaccine Whistleblower by Kevin Barry

Vaccine Whistleblower Skyhorse PublishingBy Dr. William H. Gaunt

Scientific fraud is revealed by CDC scientist Dr. William Thompson in the new book Vaccine Whistleblower by lawyer Kevin Barry.  Here are a few highlights:

  1. “Current supporters of today's vaccine program quote as fact research results in articles proven to be based on manipulated data.”  This is from the book's preface by Dr. Boyd E. Haley, former chemistry professor

  2. “Dr. Thompsom told Dr. Hooker that whenever the CDC finds an adverse effect from vaccines, the agency supervisors assemble CDC scientists in a room and order them to massage the data until they have devised a gimmick for eliminating the unwanted signal.”  This is from the book's forward by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

  3. “Tens of thousands of parents have reported that their children regressed into autism after adverse vaccine reactions.”  This is from the book's introduction.

  4. “Dr. Thompson acknowledges that he and his coauthors changed the criteria of their 2004 MMR paper to alter the data in a way which eliminated a signal which indicated that, for African American boys, getting the MMR vaccine before age three increased the risk of an autism diagnosis by 340%.” p.4

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Face It: There Is An Autism Epidemic

Safeminds Epdemic GraphicBy Lisa Wiederlight, Executive Director, SafeMinds

No matter how many times you repeat a lie, you cannot make it true.

No matter how much you want something in front of your face not to be real, you cannot make it disappear.

You may have heard in the news lately that “autism is not really on the rise” or that “there is no autism epidemic.”

SafeMinds supporters know, I know, the CDC knows, and anyone who is paying any attention at all knows that there are more children with autism in America than ever before, and the numbers keep going up.

There has been an explosion of autism.

There has been an explosion of severe autism.

The kind of autism that comes with substantial disability. The kind the State of California defines as having “significant functional limitations” in self-care; receptive and expressive language; learning; mobility; self-direction; capacity for independent living; or economic self-sufficiency.

The kind the best prevalence tracking system for severe autism – the California Department of Developmental Services – says has increased 21% among children born in just the 5 years from 2002 to 2006.

Read the full article at the Safeminds site.

John Stone

DeStefano Rides Again: GSK Rotavirus Vaccine Study Loses 80% Of Cases And 18 Deaths

DestefanoBy John Stone

Frank DeStefano, the CDC's Director of Immunization Safety and the lead author at the centre of  CDC whistleblower William Thompson’s allegations about destroying  MMR/autism data, is involved in another  case of apparently hiding data, this time  involving intussusception and death, in a newly published paper concerning the safety of GSK’s rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix - a vaccine given according to schedule to infants at 2 and 4 months in the US, and 2 and 3 months in the UK.

Last month Representative Posey revealed Congress that Thompson told Dr Brian Hooker in a taped telephone conversation regarding the DeStefano MMR paper that:

Sometime soon after the meeting, we decided to exclude reporting any race effects, the co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study.  The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can.

The new CDC based study of GSK’s Rotarix vaccine by Haber et al, of which DeStefano is senior author and therefore responsible for research integrity, admits a small association with the serious condition of intussusception (an intestinal obstruction secondary to the inversion of one portion of the intestine within another). The paper states that from February 2008 to December 2014 the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) “received 108 confirmed insusceptible reports after RV1” (Rotarix). However, a careful review of the database reveals no less  than 565 cases for the period. The paper claims to have excluded only 4 reports as unconfirmed (making a total of only 112).

This is a gigantic discrepancy bearing in mind that intussusception is not a speculative diagnosis. DeStefano and the CDC team have apparently discarded more than 80% of the cases reported, which in their turn are likely to be only a tiny fraction of actual cases.  VAERS is a passive reporting system   which may report as few as 1 or 2% of cases. It is also astonishing that the CDC would seriously attempt to estimate the excess rate from this data, but not surprising that as a result it is very small. Other recent studies include a meta-analysis which calculated that risk of intussusception was in the region of five and half times for both products in the first week after the first dose, and a study of Rotarix in Japan conducted by GSK itself which showed that intussuception was nearly three times more likely to occur in the week after the first dose  (based only on spontaneous reports).

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Kevin Barry Discusses Vaccine Whistleblower on Gary Null Show

Vaccine Whistleblower Skyhorse PublishingListen to Kevin Barry, author of Vaccine Whistleblower, from Skyhorse Publishing, on Gary Null yesterday. Kevin's portion begins at 37:40. Listen below:

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Kevin Barry is a former federal attorney in civil law and currently the co-President of the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy and the president of First Freedoms INc, a non profit organization dedicated to advancing the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution’s First Amendment. Earlier he was the president of Jenny McCarthy’s organization Generation Rescue.  Kevin has three sons, one with autism. 

Dachel Media Update: Still Waffling on Autism Screenings?

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

Aug 23, 2015, CDC Vaccine Whistleblower: The Silence that Kills

Aug 23, 2015, Columbus (OH) Dispatch: Pediatric Research: Long-term studies needed on autism screenings

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Forbes Magazine & CDC’s Rogue Scientist

Poul thorsenBelow is Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s response to Emily Willingham's August 10th article in Forbes titled Hey, Interpol, I Found Your Autism Researcher Fugitive.

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Emily Willingham

Emily Willingham's strained defense of CDC’s rogue researcher, the international fugitive, Poul Thorsen, is yet more evidence that Forbes prioritizes Pharma's mercantile interests ahead of the health of American children.   (“Hey, Interpol, I Found Your Autism Researcher Fugitive”, Forbes, August 10, 2015)[1]

Stark facts belie Willingham's dismissive assertion that Thorsen is merely the creature of an anti-vaccine conspiracy mill. Poul Thorsen is subject of a 22-count indictment by the US Department of Justice for wire fraud and money laundering in connection with more than $1 million in research grants that he allegedly pilfered from CDC as he was ginning up fraudulent studies to “prove” that vaccines don’t cause autism.[2] His crimes have won him a slot on HHS's "most wanted" list.[3] (Oddly, US Officials have not requested an extradition order against Thorson despite a treaty providing for extradition between the US and Denmark).  Thorsen has also been disgraced and dismissed by his former employer, Aarhus University.[4] As of 2014, Denmark’s university hospital system has permanently expelled him from practice. The fact that he is roaming free and is easy to find, despite the US Federal indictment, does not imply Thorsen’s innocence, as Willingham suggests. Rather it suggests a lack of enthusiasm by HHS and CDC to press for his capture and extradition. The agency undoubtedly fears that a public trial would expose the pervasive corruption throughout CDC’s vaccine division and the fragility of the science supporting CDC’s claims about thimerosal safety.  

Dr. Thorsen is one of the co-authors and data manager for two leading foreign studies offered by CDC as the foundation of its claims that vaccines do not cause autism. Only purposeful misstatement or journalistic sloth can account for Willingham’s declaration that Thorsen’s conclusions “have not been called into question”. For over a decade, myriad critics have exposed those studies as brazen fraud. Thorsen’s thimerosal study, Madsen et al. 2003,[5]  is one of the principle publications offered by CDC to exculpate thimerosal – the mercury based vaccine preservative from suspicion that it causes autism (The Institute of Medicine largely based its milestone 2004 finding that thimerosal was safe on Madsen et al. 2003, another similarly flawed Scandinavian study, one study from the United Kingdom and two American studies, both of which CDC whistleblower, William Thompson recently exposed as dubious).  Madsen et al. 2003 purports to show that autism rates increased in Denmark after the Danish government removed thimerosal from vaccines in 1992.[6] But critics point out that the alleged increase in autism was the illusory artifact of Denmark’s new reporting protocols. 

Here’s how Madsen, Thorsen and the CDC team crafted their deception:  In 1992, the year after Denmark fully enacted the phase-out of thimerosal, it required, for the first time,that outpatient autism cases be reported on the government’s national health registry. Prior to 1993, only inpatient cases were reported representing approximately 7% of the total. The new requirements increased the reported autism cases by thirteen-fold.[7]   Furthermore, the registry’s inpatient body count prior to 1993 omitted the patients at Copenhagen’s largest autism clinic which housed 20% of the national total.  After 1993, the clinic’s patients were included.[8] Finally, Denmark enlarged the diagnostic criteria for autism in 1994 increasing the potential number of autism cases in the registry by up to 25-fold.[9]  Dr. Thorsen and his cronies took advantage of the artificial rise caused by the new registry rules to fraudulently conclude that real autism incidence had increased following thimerosal’s ban.  This, of course, was craven chicanery - but the fraud got worse.

Despite the “cheats” in the Madsen et al 2003 paper, the Registry data still showed a pesky drop in autism rates between 1999 and 2001 in 7-9 year old children.  This was significant since these children were the first generation born after Denmark’s thimerosal phase out in 1992.  Leaked CDC documents show that the authors responded to this with an audacious breach of established protocols, deleting that entire year class from the final published version of the study.  That maneuver constituted scientific fraud of the highest order; CDC scientists deliberately manipulated the final dataset to prevent public disclosure of the decrease in autism since it did not support the study’s conclusion that there was no association between thimerosal and autism.  Secret CDC emails obtained by SafeMinds via former Congressman Dave Weldon, show that the decision to omit the 2001 year data was made at the suggestion of Poul Thorsen with the direct approval of CDC’s then Developmental Disabilities Branch Director, Coleen Boyle[10] and against the pleas of the Danish study’s primary author, Kreesten Madsen. [11] (Coleen Boyle made her bones at CDC orchestrating the infamous coverup of the links between Agent Orange and Vietnam vet morbidity during the 1980s).  It’s no wonder that CDC is not anxious for a public trial of Poul Thorsen.  Danish journalist, Ulla Danielsen has speculated that Thorsen’s carefree lifestyle in Denmark and the fact that he has never been interrogated by police despite the extradition treaty between the US and Denmark – is evidence that US agencies are protecting him.[12]

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