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Anne Dachel

No Shots No Religious School?

BrownsteinBy Anne Dachel

First of all, I've been increasingly disgusted over the last few days because every time I go online I see this ad for the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine for adults.

I can imagine that if pharma can eliminate exemptions for school attendance across the U.S., the floodgates will be open.  More vaccines will be developed and more vaccines will be mandated.  Vaccine ads will be everywhere.

I saw this article by Dr. David Brownstein--someone I've already heard about. 

Natural News March, 2015, Level-headed Dr. David Brownstein schools vaccine fanatics on medical reality August, 2014, Toxic Vaccines and Autism: A CDC Coverup

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

NewsMax January, 2014, Top Doctor: The Flu Vaccine is Worthless

NewsMax February, 2015,  Is Measles Vaccine Safe?

(Dr. Brownstein also thinks the pneumococcal vaccine is "worthless," by the way.) 

Dr. Brownstein is upset because his Synagogue in Bloomfield Hills, MI is now requiring all students in their preschool to be up to date on their vaccines. 

Continue reading "No Shots No Religious School?" »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: NYT's Frank Bruni's Exchange with Robert Kennedy Jr.

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.

On July 4, 2015 The New York Times once again demonstrated that they can only give us the pro-industry side of the vaccine controversy and legitimate journalism has no place in their coverage. 

See previous  articles on The NY Times at AoA.

2014, Lax CDC Culture

2011, Greater Good Review

2008 Ignorant Reporters

As America celebrated Independence Day, Frank Bruni at The Times gave us an op ed piece that championed censorship and end to both open debate and the public's right to know. 

It seems that Robert Kennedy, Jr.'s efforts to stop bills that would deny a parent's right to choose Kennedy Albanywhen it comes to vaccines and his claim that our current schedule has damaged a generation of children has not won him support at The Times.

In California, Camelot and Vaccines  Bruni went on the attack.  He appeared deeply offended that Kennedy would want to share the vaccine science he'd uncovered.  Using words like "alarmists," "scaremongering," "irresponsible" and "anti-vaccine agitators," Bruni tried to convince his readers that Kennedy was not to be taken seriously.  In fact, he is so sure that Kennedy couldn't possibly have anything credible to say that he is "not about to hop on the phone with him again."

It's frightening to learn that someone from a leading U.S. newspaper is so close-minded that he eagerly tells his readers there's no need to be fair and balanced when covering this heated debate, and that he intends to avoid meeting a leading advocate for one side.   Kennedy can't be trusted to tell the truth and Bruni compared him with Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey, whom he described as "the epitome of the sloppy talk, selfishness and disingenuousness too common in our debate and society."

Name calling like this, of course, solves nothing, and Bruni must know it.  This controversy is not going away even if The Times resorts to ridiculing the major players. 

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: NYT's Frank Bruni's Exchange with Robert Kennedy Jr." »

Natalie Palumbo

Autism Sibling: Living With Acceptable Loss


By Natalie Palumbo

I’m 21, a rising junior Motion Design major at Ringling College of Art and Design, and the younger sister to a brother with low-verbal autism.

I’m facing the future with uncertainty. Wherever I look, stories regarding SB277, which severely limits vaccine exemptions in California, are being reported. People are screaming, and now a referendum to overturn it is being sought. Things are out of control, and many families like mine feel helpless. Now it seems that despite any family history of medicine or vaccine sensitivity, doctors are being compelled to dismiss reports as a coincidence, even if parental concerns are valid.  Adding to the drama are the suspicious deaths of three doctors involved in alternative medicine, including autism researcher, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet. 

As a sibling, I watch the discourse with disbelief and dread. The attacks against parents with concerns are vile. They aim to be so cruel that parents will retreat in silence. I’ve read comments where they will accuse parents of preferring their children be dead to having autism. These same people will say that we must be “genetically inferior” and yet reject a delayed or lighter schedule for medically fragile individuals. How can you claim one and deny the other?

I hear people my age repeating the same vile discourse towards parents without once researching what lies beneath their apprehension. Many began vaccinating only to have a child suffer regression or other debilitating conditions, and are fearful for their additional children. Some have a genuine concern about a vaccine schedule that has sometimes more than tripled since they were children. It does not help to have people shout at them that “vaccines don’t cause autism” when they can’t say what does. You can’t legislate belief. If a parent witnessed a startling change following a medical procedure including high fevers, screaming, hives, swollen joints, and loss of skills, you can’t convince them that they didn’t see it.

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Cathy Jameson

A Conversation About SB277: It’s Not About the Vaccines

Goodbye CABy Cathy Jameson

“So, California?  What do you think about what just happened there?” a friend asked me midweek last week. 

“California?  With SB277?  Oh, we’re screwed,” I replied matter-of-factly. 

Not expecting that response, my friend’s eyes widened.  I continued, “If you think that what happened in California doesn’t affect you, oh, boy.  I hate to be the one to tell you that your freedom just got trampled on.” 

I waited for her reply.  

“Now I know your stance on vaccines, Cathy, but I have to say that all the unvaccinated kids they’ve been letting into school are a danger…” she started. 

Now I was the one who was stunned.

She continued, “…and that law would protect my child.  Yes, he’s vaccinated, but he’s sick all the time.  Those unvaccinated kids bring disease and…”

“Wait.  Your son is vaccinated.  But he’s sick all the time?”  I paused then added, “Maybe it’s not the other kids getting him sick.  Have you thought that maybe it’s the vaccines making him sick?”

Not giving her too much time to let that sink in, I said, “You know that vaccines come with risks and that they don’t guarantee immunity, right?  You know that they also may add a burden to his immune system.  Instead of boost it, it’s having to work harder.  Maybe his immune system isn’t working so well because of the vaccines.”

My friend looked at me and then at Ronan and said, “But the immunocompromised kids need the other kids to be vaccinated to prot—…”

“Ronan’s immunocompromised because of the vaccines,” I stated.  “That argument doesn’t work.  And I would never tell another parent to vaccinate their child to protect my child.” 

Before she could say anything, I said, “By agreeing that this law is a good thing for your child because you think it will somehow protect your child, you forget that for other children, like mine, it will only add risk.  I’ve studied those risks.  I understand those risks now but only after watching my child’s health decline.  I can’t ignore those risks, and I will not let what happened to Ronan happen to any of my other children.  To say that you’re hoping that your kid will stop being sick when other kids are vaccinated and to completely ignore those risks, well, you can’t ask me to set my child on fire hoping that it will protect your child.”

“But if vaccines help the greater good…” she began.  I couldn’t let her finish.

Continue reading "A Conversation About SB277: It’s Not About the Vaccines " »

Independence Day 2015

Crying Eagle

Current Affairs

Announcing the Recall of California Senator and Pediatrician, Richard Pan

Stage_hook-thumb_8706Note: We may have coined a new word, feel free to use it, "Pharmatrician," one who puts pharma sales and products over pediatric health. AoA

By Aaron Mills

American citizens are growing weary of the political system, both on a national and local level. We have watched silently as our freedoms have been eroded, and our jobs shipped overseas. As the country was preoccupied with the usual media distractions, the Senate quietly passed the TPP trade agreement, a secret trade agreement that will pave the way for even more global corporate control over our free country. Here in California, citizens have been fighting an equally frustrating battle, as Senator Richard Pan's vaccine bill (SB277) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown less than 24 hours after hitting his desk, against an outpouring of opposition. SB277 abolishes the religious and personal belief exemption for children entering school, and joins West Virginia and Mississippi as the only two states with such strict requirements. Children will be denied their California constitutional right to an education for merely opting out of one or more vaccines. By January 1, 2016, simply opting out of the Hepatitis B vaccine will ban the child from school admission and expel a child already enrolled at the beginning of the school year, while children who actually have Hep  B are protected from discrimination for their illness. Similar vaccine bills have been shot down throughout the country this year because their legislators listened, yet California's highly controversial bill was fast tracked just like the TPP, with no regard for public opposition or any interest in revealing to the public all of the facts. Not unlike the TPP, SB277 has tragic future implications for this country. For as California goes, so goes the rest of the country, and mandated medical procedures seem to be a new benchmark.

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Current Affairs

We the People Against SB277


Show your support: People Against 277

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Ed Schultz and Jim Carrey

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.

California law heats up vaccine debate

July 1, 2015, Ed Schultz at MSNBC did a thorough 14 minute report on the vaccine controversy in California.

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: Ed Schultz and Jim Carrey" »

Current Affairs

Have Babies. Then Vax Injury. Then Autism. A Life Rearranged Out of Necessity and Love.

Fierce loveNote: I'd like to thank Shelena for sharing this honest, raw post about her life. It's not easy to write about yourself, your family with such emotion. It takes guts. Please join me in welcoming her to Age of Autism. Share your story in our comments. This is a safe place to talk about the unvarnished and yes, often tarnished, lives we lead. Lives rearranged by autism. We do it out of duty and love.

By Shelena Jensen

Have babies. A simple, but strong, carnal female instinct that I had for as far back as I can remember. I never dreamed of a career. As other girls fantasized about being a teacher, doctor or veterinarian, I could never get excited about anything regarding adulthood, other than getting married, having babies, and being the best mother I could be.

My childhood pretty much sucked. You could say I fit the typical statistic of a child of divorce, abuse, poverty, and everything else that comes with that bullshit. My entire reason for not putting a bullet in my head as a teenager was meeting the love of my life and the strong will to have children and give them the kind of life I should have had. The kind of life, every child should have. I wanted to be the perfect mother. A stay at home mom who dedicates her life to her children.

I was going to be the mom who would wake up every day, ready to enrich my little baby's life with knowledge, creativity, optimism, and love. My child's home would always be clean, welcoming, safe, and nurturing. And most importantly, a home where the truth and  love of Jesus would be shared.

I would be the mom that volunteers regularly in the classroom, goes on every field trip, never forgets a picture day, always sends her child to school, clean, well fed, happy, and ready to learn. The mom who would teach her child to be kind, intelligent and always remember to treat others as they would want to be treated.

I'd say I did a pretty good job at living up to this dream when my first son was born. A perfect 7 pound, 10 ounce baby boy with a head full of black hair, and a cry that could clear a room. Although I did develop a pretty bad case of postpartum depression, I was able to overcome it through prayer and guidance from God. Also, I’m sure the Zoloft didn’t hurt.

Continue reading "Have Babies. Then Vax Injury. Then Autism. A Life Rearranged Out of Necessity and Love." »

Anne Dachel

Governor Brown Turns Deaf Ear to Young Wheelchair Bound Constituent

Joshua and Otto Coleman
Joshua and Otto Coleman with the Petition Governor Brown Never Saw

By Anne Dachel

Compare the words of Joshua Coleman and Dr. Richard Pan, sponsor of SB277 in California (see second video.)

June 30, 2015, Joshua Coleman on Pat Walsh show on KFBK

Joshua Coleman is the father of a vaccine injured little six year old boy who hand delivered 65,000 anti SB277 signatures to the governor's office.  Otto Coleman is paralyzed from the waist down because of vaccines.  The treatment in the governor's office was outrageous. 

Joshua described his son's injury and the failure of doctors to report his vaccine reaction to VAERS.

He made some strong points in the interview:

...medical/pharmaceutical community was indemnified in 1986,

..."overnight he became paralyzed,"

...if you missed one vaccine, you're "unvaccinated" according to officials,

..."California is at an all-time high vaccination rate."

STILL, Governor Brown was unmoved.  He had other priorities.

Continue reading "Governor Brown Turns Deaf Ear to Young Wheelchair Bound Constituent " »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: SB277 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.

There are endless stories in the news about the new law ending exemptions in California.

July 1, 2015, Fox News: Gov. Jerry Brown signs strict school vaccination bill 

"Generally all of you agree, vaccines are good for our kids." 

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: SB277 in the News" »

Katie Wright

Autism Treatment Network Doesn't Work

Broken blue light bulbBy Katie Wright

We have such a relatively small amount of federal money for autism research. We cannot afford to waste it on incremental and unambitious science. The ATN is supposed to be about Treatment, not summaries of summaries or reviews of the obvious. Additionally ATN is supposed to address GAP areas of treatment rather than conducting superfluous research. ATNs are located in hospitals. Parents take their sick ASD children there because of GI pain, immune dysfunction, seizures, severe food allergies, inability to sleep or stay asleep, metabolic or mitochondrial problems. They do not want ATN to summarize their child’s problem; they want ATN to develop real solutions for their child’s problem.

Examples of Typical ATN Research

Mainly 2013- 2014

Health Care for Children with ASD. (yes, as suspected, healthcare for ASD kids is poor)

Medical Treatment for Children with ASD.  (not much)

Little Evidence to Support Medications for Children with ASD.  (no kidding)

Little Evidence of Clear Benefit for Medical Treatments for Children with ASD.  (same as above)

Evidence Based Practice and Health Advocacy for Children with ASD. (nothing much)

Here is the bottom line: ASD Kids have health problems and need better medical health care. Everyone knows this.

Communication Deficits and the Motor System- newsflash they often go together

Alarm for Toilet training- OK, bought a $3.00 egg timer. I put my son on the toilet every 30 minutes. It works, done deal, no need to spend tens of thousands studying this!

Relationship Between Restricted Behavior and Sleep Disturbance. More severely ASD people have the worst sleep problems, established over 5 yrs ago, move on

Correlates for Sleep Disturbance. Sleep Problems and Sensory Over responsiveness. Same as above

Identifying Insomnia – any ASD parent can identify this for free

The first and second ASD/ Sleeplessness Study were great but there have been a half dozen almost identical studies. ATN needed to study the biological problems causing sleepless. Behavioral interventions alone do not always work. For 10 yrs I have asked ATN to please study yeast and wakefulness. No way.

Continue reading "Autism Treatment Network Doesn't Work" »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: SB277 Mandatory Vaccination Bill Passes in California

This is the message that Governor Brown sent to members of the California State Senate to mark the signing of this bill.

Sb277 letter

Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively, Vaccine Safety

The Battle for California, Part 5 - California Democrats Pass Fugitive Slave (I Mean, Anti-Vaxxer) Act and Guarantee Their Own Destruction!

Goodbye CABy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

Nothing leads evil to its own destruction quicker than its own apparent success.  It's how God leads the wicked to their demise.

Consider the slave-owning South prior to the American Civil War.  A trickle of slaves, perhaps 1,000-5,000 were escaping each year (out of an estimated population of 3,000,000 slaves), beginning their lives in the North, and speaking freely of what they endured under the lash of their slave-masters.

The escaped slaves presented no existential threat to slavery.  For those in the North who didn't quite know what to think about slavery, they were allowed to continue to exist in their state of uncertainty.  Maybe slavery was good, maybe it was bad, but it was something that happened someplace else.  They were not a part of it.

But that wasn't enough for the South.  The escaped slaves drove them crazy.  Just like the 1.5% of California schoolchildren who have a philosophical or religious exemption drive the pro-pharma forces crazy.  You see, most doctors claim that even if you believe in the mythical concept of "herd immunity", it's somewhere around 90-93%.  I'm not a math teacher, but even if you take 1.5% away from 100%, I calculate it at 98.5%.  Check my math to see if I've got it right.

This Monday, the California Senate voted 24-14 in favor of SB 277, which would strip California parents of religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccines in order for their children to attend public school, something so draconian that even China and Russia have no similar laws.  The measure is going to Governor Jerry Brown's desk for his signature.  (As a footnote, Jerry Brown's father, Governor Pat Brown, signed the current parental exemptions into law in 1961.  It's a great shame that yesterday's soulful, civil rights democrats have morphed into today's soul-less corporate democrats.  Somebody needs to lead them back to their historic support of the rights of the individual.)

Continue reading "The Battle for California, Part 5 - California Democrats Pass Fugitive Slave (I Mean, Anti-Vaxxer) Act and Guarantee Their Own Destruction!" »

Current Affairs

The Irony of SB277 Mandated Vaccination During July 4th Week

SB277 2
Photo credit Jeff Gros

Californians from San Fran to San Diego are working to fight SB277, a bill that removes not only vaccine exemptions but literally removes healthy American children from the classroom.   In special education we have a ruling known as FAPE - that is your right to a "Free and Appropriate Public Education," under the law of the land.    FAPE gets left behind with 277.  There are no clear answers as to what happens to kids on an IEP following SB277.  The bill currently reads:

The bill would specify that its provisions do not prohibit a pupil who qualifies for an individualized education program, pursuant to specified laws, from accessing any special education and related services required by his or her individualized education program.

What does "access" mean? Would a speech therapist be dispatched to the home of every child on an IEP in California? Would school bus in the child for their 30 minute session then drive him home?  What about the social inclusion goals on our kids' IEPs? Written out? Or would they be able to stand outside the classroom and peek in the windows? 

Kids with communicable disease can attend school as long as they are vaccinated. Kids who are completely healthy but not fully compliant with the vaccine schedule will be forced out of school.  The vaccines included are:

(1) Diphtheria.

(2) Haemophilus influenzae type b.

(3) Measles.

(4) Mumps.

(5) Pertussis (whooping cough).

(6) Poliomyelitis.

(7) Rubella.

(8) Tetanus.

(9) Hepatitis B.

(10) Varicella (chickenpox).

The irony that this is happening during the week of the July 4th holiday is not lost on us.

We've been taught by pharma lobbyists and public health officials that all disease is a source of fear and loathing. We've been taught that vaccination, despite it's limited efficacy and ability to injure, maim and even kill without concern from the press or medical community, is the end all and be all to.... what? To health? To safety? To a disease free state? To profit? 

Another instance of medical tyranny that resembles SB277 in California is the Chinese "One Baby" rule put in place with "benign" intentions decades ago.   Social medical engineering never beats mother nature.  The result has been mass abortion of healthy female fetuses, the murder of female babies and a skewing of the natural order of male to female birth ratio.

Yes, there are Americans who care. Laura Hayes spoke out at a rally last week.  Listen carefully. California is the beginning. Your state is next.  

Here is the transcript of Laura's speech.

Laura Hayes’s Rally Speech Opposing SB277,  6-25-15

Ten weeks ago, I gave a speech on these very steps asking the question: How did we get here, to a time when our legislators are knowingly violating Constitutions, eliminating parental rights, throwing religious freedom out the window into the garbage can, and mandating forced medicine on the children of CA as extortion to attend school? The answer 10 weeks ago is the same today:  Lies, lies, and more lies.

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Dachel Media Update: California's SB277, Nuremberg Code and American Rights

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.

On June 25, 2015, autism activist Laura Hayes spoke against SB277 speech in Sacramento.   The points she made need to be addressed by anyone who wants to force parents to hand their children over for mandated vaccination.

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: California's SB277, Nuremberg Code and American Rights" »

Current Affairs

Pushing the Medical Envelope: Part Three "Too Late for Another Kefauver?"


Later in life, the anti-monopoly balsy Estes Kefauver. (This fabulous photo is not credited. This ethical abuse is not my fault. MJW)

By Martin J. Walker

 The corporations don’t have to lobby

government anymore; they are the government.

Jim Hightower

If we, as individuals, want to keep control of our democracy – rather than have a government paid for by corporate interest cheques – then we have to fight back now and make sure our system reflects the belief that people, not corporations, control our democracy.

Michael Bennet

Read the three parts combined here.  Or read on Age of Autism.

The writing about vaccines and autism, both in the US and the UK tends to concentrate on the exacting circumstances of vaccine damage and such things as clinical trials. This is somehow inevitable, principally because both those who suffer and their parents have now such a full and stressful life, that they have little time for larger campaigns.

 Politically, however, the broader issues of corporatism and the power of the pharmaceutical corporations are being obscured. And needless to say this, diminishment works in favour of the drug cartels.

During all my work on Dr Wakefield’s case and with the parents of vaccine damaged children in the UK, the pharmaceutical companies were the least mentioned behemoths. In fact, the cartels have successfully hidden behind this stilted discourse about whether or not mercury, or measles strain virus, is responsible for vaccine damage and regressive autism. As if only we could get the formula right everything would be OK! Eyes are forced continuously away from the real focus of the conflict, heads turned, away from the power of the global drug cartels and their decisions to treat every child in the world as if they were mirror images of each other.

The contemporary societies in the developed world are guided by two things, firstly the development of science and technology and secondly the ease of product introduction and continuous presence in the consumer market. Let’s take fruit and vegetables, while bearing in mind mobile phones. From the 1950s onwards new chemical pesticides began to be used by agricultural growers. The consequence of the first pesticide use was a massive increase in cancers amongst farmers, particularly in the New World and Oceania. Commensurate with this development came that of the supermarket.

The consequences of the supermarket were a fall in the knowledge of shoppers about nutrition, the advent of plastic bags in the millions  - which were to become an environmental outrage, and the disappearance of aspects of the community, little conversation during shopping, the demise of the corner shop and a seeming lack of need for people to grow their own food, followed later by attempts to stop people growing their own food (1). As well a growing use of energy in the form of air miles and a growing exploitation of workers in foreign lands.

When food production turned from businesses to corporations, small groups of people got very rich and more deeply able to control both the production of food and its distribution. Along with this growth of financial elites and large corporations, came a growing lack of control for consumers. Parts of the budgets of agricultural corporations were used to propagandise against organic food and domestically grown food.

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Cathy Jameson

Holding Onto Hope

Hope-1By Cathy Jameson

The month of June can be a challenge.  A strict school routine ends.  A new routine begins.  Overall, my family enjoys this month.  We celebrate two birthdays and an anniversary.  This year though, as June approached, I didn’t feel like celebrating.  I felt a little bit sad instead.

Towards the end of May, friends had started posting stories and pictures of their children’s end-of-the-year school events on Facebook.  I had hoped to go to my children’s school events, but Ronan was struggling with transitions.  Going to therapy was difficult.  Leaving therapy was worse.  Ronan’s meltdowns and frustration levels increased while my motivation decreased.  Knowing that Ronan wouldn’t be able to handle the extra noise and excitement we’d find in his siblings’ classrooms, he and I stated home.  Staying home wasn’t my first choice, but it was the right choice. 

On the days we stayed home, I’d steal glimpses of my Facebook feed.  I saw my friends’ children’s celebrations.  They were filled with happiness and gratitude and included milestones and memories.  Friends’ children, some whom are typical as well as some who had special needs, were winning awards and being promoted.  Some were graduating, too.  Those graduation ceremonies hit me hard.  Ronan just started middle school so we’re a few years away from graduation.  But I panicked.  8th grade will be here before I know it.  So will 8th grade graduation.  Then high school.  Then high school graduation.  Then…

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: RIP Religious Exemptions

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

 (Note -- This article originally ran a year ago under the headline "Pray For the Religious Exemption." Now California is just days away from possibly denying it to the state's families.) A couple of recent court cases have me convinced that the religious exemption from childhood immunizations is in big trouble.

The first case is one I somehow missed when it was decided last month. It’s a bit convoluted, but the gist is that three New York parents said their unvaccinated children were denied their rights by being kept out of school because another child had a vaccine-preventable disease. The judge said no.

To tell you the truth, I am not terribly concerned about that. Most parents I know who forego vaccines say that a better solution to disease control is informal quarantine – keep your kid home when they’re sick, or if you don’t want them to catch a disease they’re not vaccinated against.

But the scary part – especially in a state with no philosophical exemption and a nasty habit of trying to make parents prove the sincerity of their religious convictions -- was this comment in the federal judge’s ruling. “The Supreme Court,” he wrote, has “strongly suggested that religious objectors are not constitutionally exempt from vaccinations.”

I couldn’t find a link to the judge’s ruling, but according to the Times, he was pointing to Jacobson v. Massachusetts, which in 1905 (!) found that if Mr. Jacobson wanted to skip being vaccinated during a smallpox epidemic, he had to pay a $5 fine. More broadly, “Jacobson” has been cited as proof that the state’s police powers trump personal choice when it comes to a battle over vaccine mandates.

I don’t see it. He objected, he said, because both he and one of his children had bad reactions to earlier vaccinations. And all he had to do was pay five measly bucks, which even accounting for inflation is not much. How that undercuts religion as a basis for declining vaccination – especially absent a raging, deadly epidemic – is beyond me.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: RFK Jr on Latest Tuskegee Experiment

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.

The CDC's Latest 'Tuskegee Experiment' Prompts Open Letter from Bobby Kennedy Jr.

Last August, CDC senior scientist, Dr. William Thompson, invoked federal whistleblower status and confessed that the CDC has known since 2001 that black boys exposed to the MMR vaccine have a disproportionate risk of autism.

Thompson, a 17 year CDC veteran is the author of some of the leading studies cited by CDC to exculpate vaccines from the autism epidemic. Thompson, who still works at CDC, released the raw data sets that he says his bosses at CDC ordered him to conceal. Those data show that black boys who received the MMR vaccine prior to three years old, as the CDC recommends - were 3.36 times more likely to receive an autism diagnosis than those who received the vaccine after 3 years of age. This effect was not observed in other race categories. Nevertheless, when the CDC scientists published their results in Pediatrics in 2004, they omitted the damaging data, fraudulently declaring there was no risk of autism from the MMR vaccination. In August 2014, Dr. Thompson issued a press release through his attorney stating, "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."

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Katie Wright

The Autism Treatment Network Needs Help

SosBy Katie Wright

The Autism Treatment Network needs help.

In theory ATN is an excellent idea. ATN member hospitals could specialize in providing medical services to ASD patients. We all know how unfamiliar most doctors are with the chronic medical problems many ASD people endure. It is a great idea for interested hospitals to conduct relevant research and provide cutting edge diagnostics and treatment to the underserved ASD community.

Early on there were a few bright spots at ATN. In 2009 at the urging of many, many parents ATN held a GI conference and released and important consensus statement on the prevalence of the disorder in the ASD population.

ATN also has done nice work on creating guidelines for treating constipation (why they leave out diarrhea is beyond me, 2 sides of the same coin). ATN has done a great deal of early identification and early ID work. It is good science but ASD parents don’t take their kids to the hospital to ask for more learn the signs research, additionally there are endless funders of early ID and learn the signs science.

Sadly in recent years, the Autism Treatment Network turned into the Autism Data Collection and Psychological Research Center.

There is very little cutting edge research going on at ATN and far too much investigator driven incremental academic science. I am also very tired of hearing complaints from ASD parents who cannot get good medical help for their autistic kids at ATNs. Or if excellent medical help is available at a particular ATN the waiting list for that specialist is a year and half!

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Safeminds Honors The Life of Dr. Jeff Bradstreet

Jeff BradstreetSafeMinds joins the autism community in mourning the death of Dr. Jeff Bradstreet. Jeff was remarkable. Always working so hard for our autistic children, recognizing that they suffered from comorbid conditions long before the medical establishment. You see, Jeff was one of us, a parent of an autistic child. He understood our heartbreak, our hope, our struggles, and our happiness over the “small” things: a new word, better behavior for one day at school, more smiles indicating our child felt better… a brown, formed poop. He rejoiced when we rejoiced. With his death, there is a hole left in the universe; and a Grand Canyon sized gap in the autism community.

Jeff wasn’t just an autism clinician treating our kids. Following a protocol that seemed to work for one child, then forcing our children’s square needs into round holes. He searched for answers for every child’s medical needs knowing that every child was an individual.

Jeff was a thinker… always making things happen. Publishing science. Understanding that every research paper adds to the knowledge needed to tackle and stop the autism epidemic. He collaborated with so many other doctors in the US and other countries, continuing the vision of Dr. Bernie Rimland, who wanted autism doctors to share their knowledge of what was working.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: SB277 Passes California Assembly 46 to 30

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.

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SB277 Vote

passed the California Assembly 46 to 30 today. From earlier reports:

The New York Times says SB 277 is "expected to be approved."  Robert Kennedy's appearance is trivialized with no mention of his call for the end to the use of mercury in vaccines. 

The Sacramento Observer also covered Kennedy and Muhammad's appearance on LA, only they actually told us what they talked about.  The NY Times mentioned "a study" linking the MMR vaccine to autism in black boys, but they didn't tell us that William Thompson was a CDC scientist and that the findings were altered. 

And while the Times mentioned Senator Pan, only the Sacramento Observer told us that he personally received pharma money in the amount of $95,000. 

The Observer reported on the vaccine trials conducted in Los Angeles in 1989 on minorities without informed consent--the Times didn't.  The Observer compared this action to  Tuskegee.

The contrast is glaring.  The truth is in the details--only the NY Times won't cover them.

June 25, 2015, Sacramento Observer: L.A. Makes Final Call Before "School Vaccine Bill" Vote

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Anne Dachel

African Americans Have Much Higher Antibody Responses to the Viral Vaccine

By Anne Dachel

Here is an amazing video on vaccine choice and SB 277.   I was especially interested in the comments by Dr. Greg Poland.  He's one of the top vaccine experts in the country.  He not only sees that the MMR vaccine has different impact on black children, but he has also previously attested to problems with this vaccine.  (See the stories below by Lawrence Solomon.)

Dr. Gregory Poland (Mayo Clinic): "The most outstanding and to some degree, unexpected difference that we found was that African Americans have much higher antibody responses to this viral vaccine." 

Slide: "Dr. Poland: 'African Americans hyper respond antibodies to the Rubella vaccine, (part of MMR).'"

Testimony on SB 277

Parent: "At four months we took him for his scheduled dose of vaccines, . . . that evening, he had a 104 degree fever.  He screamed inconsolably for hours, vomited--he'd never been sick before.  Shortly thereafter he started having seizures."

". . . It is the dream of . . . corporations to have a product that's mandated, everyone must have it and have no impetus to make it better or safer, because I have no liability." 

April 16, 2014, Lawrence Solomon: The untold story of measles

. . . Vaccines for measles have had spotty safety records. Soon after their introduction, the Vital Statistics of the United States began recording deaths from the measles vaccine, along with deaths from other vaccines. By 1970, one of the two original measles vaccines was withdrawn in Canada and the U.S. after causing atypical measles syndrome, a harsh disease triggering high rates of pneumonia. In 1975, the second original vaccine was withdrawn due to 103-degrees-plus fevers, among other severe side effects. Two variants of this vaccine also proved unsatisfactory. A measles vaccine then became part of the combination MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine in the 1980s, only to be withdrawn in 1990 by Canada and in 1992 by the manufacturer after reports from Canada, the U.S., Sweden and Japan blamed MMR for febrile convulsions, meningitis, deafness and deaths. A second version of MMR, now in widespread use, is believed safe by government officials.

Safety aside, vaccines repeatedly failed worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s. As described in "Measles Elimination in Canada", a 2004 report authored by Canadian government officials and academics, "despite virtually 100% documented one-dose coverage in some regions, large outbreaks of measles involving thousands of cases persisted . Clearly.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: California Vaccine Rights Debate

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.

It's amazing what a difference six days makes.  On June 18, 2015, The Sacramento Bee ran the story, Drug companies donated millions to California lawmakers before vaccine debate,

 which suggested that maybe California politicians pushing for an end of exemptions were motivated by more than concern for children's heath. 

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Dr. Jeff Bradstreet: In Memoriam

Jeff BradstreetLike you, we read of Dr. Jeff Bradstreet's death and were struck silent.  A stalwart leader in treating autism, really helping families, his loss is huge in our community. Dan Olmsted interviewed Dr. Bradstreet 10 years ago for his The Age of Autism series with UPI.  Here is the interview; the study he was calling for has finally been done and the results are awaited, a testament to his foresight and persistence. Our condolences to the Bradstreet family and the autism community who relied on his compassion and care. 

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- Where are the unvaccinated homeschooled children with autism? Nowhere to be found, says a doctor who treats autistic children and is knowledgeable about the homeschooled world.

"It's largely nonexistent," Dr. Jeff Bradstreet told UPI's Age of Autism. "It's an extremely rare event.

Bradstreet treats autistic children at his medical practice in Palm Bay, Fla. He has a son whose autism he attributes to a vaccine reaction at 15 months. His daughter has been homeschooled, he describes himself as a "Christian family physician," and he knows many of the leaders in the homeschool movement.

"There was this whole subculture of folks who went into homeschooling so they would never have to vaccinate their kids," he said. "There's this whole cadre who were never vaccinated for religious reasons."

In that subset, he said, "unless they were massively exposed to mercury through lots of amalgams (mercury dental fillings in the mother) and/or big-time fish eating, I've not had a single case."

Bradstreet said his views do not constitute a persuasive argument that low vaccination rates are associated with low rates of autism, but it is worth studying.

"That's not yet science," he said. "It doesn't rise to the level of a powerful observation. It's a place to say, OK, well that's interesting, what does that tell us?"

About 2 million children are being homeschooled in the United States. The number of those unvaccinated is unclear, but judging by the school opt-out rates in some parts of the country where there is more concern about vaccinations, it could be 3 percent or more. For example, in Oregon's Lane County roughly 2,000 students out of a total of 51,000 have exemptions, about 4 percent.

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Vaccine Safety

Serious Adverse Reaction to Gardasil Double in Denmark

GardasilFrom SaneVax, a site founded by parents of girls injured by Gardasil and thrust into the vaccine safety debate.

By Norma Erickson

In March 2015, a Danish national television station (TV2) aired a documentary focusing on girls who suspected they had been injured by the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Immediately after the airing of the show, girls with similar experiences started coming out of the woodwork. Virtually all of the girls had the same story to tell.

They began to have serious new medical conditions shortly after using Gardasil so they would go to the doctor. According to Luise Juellund, the vast majority of doctors would tell them the HPV vaccine has no serious side effects and offer psychological problems as an alternative reason for the new symptoms.

Luise should know, her daughter is one of the seriously injured and cannot be left home alone because of daily seizures and hour-long periods of unconsciousness. After disclosing the new symptoms she was experiencing after Gardasil, she was referred for psychological evaluation. Psychiatrists cleared her and she has now been diagnosed with POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) a suspected side effect of HPV vaccines.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Tembenis Family Featured on Fox Boston Vaccine Debate

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.

June 23, 2015, My Fox Boston: Measles case in Mass. revives vaccinations debate
Fox News: "The medical community tells us the evidence is clear: Vaccinations are safe and parents who choose not to have their kids vaccinated, just put them at risk of serious illness.  As safe as they though, a small minority of children do have reactions.  Tonight a Worchester dad who says a vaccination caused his son's death."
"If vaccinations prevent kids from getting sick, why would any parent think twice?   Harry Tembenis may help you understand why the debate is as strong as ever.  At the age of four months Harry's son Elias received four shots immunizing him from nine different diseases.  Trouble began just hours later."
Harry Tembenis:  "Went in, saw him in full-blown seizure, foaming at the mouth, blue."

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CDC Whistleblower, Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Tell the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee That We Want #CDCWhistleblower Hearings

Hearings.fwNote: Complete contact info including Twitter @'s are at the end of this post.

It is time for us to write to Jason Chaffetz, the new Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to respectfully request that he move forward with holding hearings on Dr. William Thompson's admission that he participated in the cover up of links between vaccines and autism at the Centers for Disease Control.

We have learned from Dr. Thompson that a causal link between autism in black boys and the MMR vaccine, when given before age of three, was suppressed by CDC “higher-ups.” Through the use of a collection of unethical statistical tricks, these senior officials at CDC chose to publish “reassuring” findings when the honest result of their analysis showed clear links between early vaccination with MMR and autism risk, both in African American boys and children with “isolated” (meaning normal in all other respects) autism. Members of Congress have spent many months reviewing the documents that Dr. Thompson turned over, debating which committee had proper jurisdiction in the matter, and have settled on OGR. Now we begin the process of holding OGR to the task of investigating this 15-year-long national scandal in depth.

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Pharma "Pan"ning for Gold While Opposition to SB277 Grows

Dr PanThe following is a letter written by Jinan Robison to Senadoctor Richard Pan, regarding California's  vaccine mandate bill SB277.

Dear Senator Pan,

SB277. It sounded like an EXCELLENT way to bolster your ratings. I get it. It sounded like a piece of legislation that would quickly fill your pockets with some big money, while holding hands and canoodling with powerful corporations. What an excellent deal, right? Work with Merck, make an ungodly amount of money, and boost your political career all the while ensuring that consistent donors are on your side. A good career move. It should fly under the radar, right? I mean only 2% of Californians hold a personal belief exemption. Such a small number to sacrifice. That had to have crossed your mind at some point. Take into account the large amount of American people who have long since lost hope in any sort of real democracy. Add in our own selfish values and you have a slam dunk bill right? I mean the American people are far too busy wasting incredible amounts of time on “social media” sharing videos of women fighting in Wal-Mart to worry about a little ol’ bill about vaccinations. We are so eager to claw into each other over ‘personal beliefs’ and spend our time de-friending our “friends” and relatives over whether or not they plan to address former Olympian as Bruce or Caitlyn from here on out. Clearly we are too busy to worry about vaccines. A large number of American people have given up on government and are ignorantly accepting legislation without a second thought. It should have been a slam dunk bill for you.

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Current Affairs

Age of Autism Contest: Victory Over Autism by Mary Romaniec

Victory over autismWe're happy to share a new book from our friends at Skyhorse Publishing called "Victory over Autism" by Mary Romaniec.  Perhaps you heard Mary speak at Autism One last month?  We have a copy of her book for one lucky reader. Leave a comment to enter.  Buy the book here

Good luck!

Children are recovering from autism, as are their families.

Children are recovering from autism, and yet the general public is largely unaware that this is even possible, let alone happening at astounding rates. While traditional medicine continues to be stymied on the causes and potential remedies, other physicians and proactive parents have partnered to become a progressive force for change.

In Victory over Autism, Mary Romaniec takes the reader through the personal stages parents will experience when their child is first diagnosed with autism, and shows how to become part of the next generation of proactive parents who are making a difference in the well-being of their children and families. Romaniec explores the stages of grief associated with the diagnosis, followed by an examination of the winning attributes parents should—and will—possess or adopt as they strive toward the goal of better health and full recovery for their child.

Victory over Autism includes personal accounts of overcoming the autism odds, looking out for all family members, and addressing marriage issues, and explores ways of getting the parent into the mind-set that a victory over autism is a realizable goal.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Another CDC March in the Making

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.

June 9, 2015, Tony Muhammad spoke at a rally against CA SB 277.

". . .This heinous bill has now come to the attention of the black community.   I'm here to represent a man who told me to tell you that this fight is a universal fight.  This fight is a fight from God down.  And the man of whom I come to represent to you, we met with Bobby Kennedy in Chicago, IL. And when the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan heard about what's happening through the vaccine makers, he told me to tell you, this is nothing new. 

"If you go into the Bible, there was a mindset like the minds behind me today.  And there was the mind of a pharaoh--when the pharaoh saw that he could not control the people, pharaoh called his enchanters, or his magicians, and he made a decree to destroy all boy babies two and under.  Could this be a bill to destroy all boy babies?  And I'm letting you know that the black community, we are not going to stand by and let another Tuskegee experiment happen again.

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CDC Whistleblower, Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

The Battle for California, Part 4 - The Nation of Islam and the Church of Scientology Join the Fight Against SB 277

Interesting TimesBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

Simpson University biology professor, Dr. Brian Hooker, never imagined he'd find himself on a stage with Robert Kennedy, Jr., a minister for the Nation of Islam, and all of it taking place in a sanctuary of the Church of Scientology Community Center in Los Angeles, CA.  Such are the curious alliances that the fight against SB 277, the proposed law which would remove children from public schools based on their vaccination status, has created.

But perhaps he shouldn't have been so surprised.   Things had been moving at a rapid pace in the past few weeks as the fight against SB 277 had gone into battle mode.

Dr. Hooker, Barry Segal, Eric Gladen,  Shiloh Levine, and Robert Kennedy, Jr. had met with Minister Louis Farrakhan in Chicago during the Autism One Conference in late May and talked about the revelations of CDC whistle-blower, William Thompson that senior government scientists had concealed an increased incidence of autism in African-American males from earlier administration of the MMR shot.  Farrakhan was deeply disturbed by the information.

Maybe it shouldn't have surprised Dr. Hooker to find himself at a United Methodist Church in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 listening to Minister Louis Farrakhan preach to an inter-faith audience of approximately 1,400 people.  Near the end of his speech, Farrakhan called on the group to oppose SB 277 and urged them to call their Congressional representatives and demand that Dr. William Thompson be subpoeaned to appear before the American people and tell the truth about what had been done.  Minister Farrakhan pledged to support this effort.  On October 10, 2015 there will be a large march in Washington D. C. to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.  Two weeks later, on October 24, 2015, the Nation of Islam will lead a protest at the CDC demanding that Dr. Thompson appear before Congress.

Later that night, Minister Farrakhan hosted a gathering for about 100 leading black entertainment figures at a private home in Tarzana and repeated his call for them to oppose SB 277 and demand that Dr. William Thompson be subpoeaned to appear before Congress.  Dr. Hooker was impressed by Minister Farrakhan's command of the science.  As a scientist, Dr. Hooker finds most people mess up the science when they try to talk about it, but it was clear to Hooker that Farrakhan had listened closely. 

Dr. Hooker had initially been wary of becoming close to such a controversial figure as Minister Farrakhan, but in all his interactions he has found the man to be warm, welcoming, and inclusive.  Few other public figures have shown such curiosity and commitment to getting to the bottom of the autism epidemic.  I think God delights in using such unexpected vessels of grace to further His work.  Many in the community may feel we need to wait for other, more prominent, less controversial figures, but I for one have been waiting more than twelve years for such a person or group to step forward.  If others feel differently and want to continue to wait, that is certainly their right.

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Current Affairs

Pushing the Medical Envelope: Part Two

Sir Graham Sleby WilsonBy Martin J. Walker

Read part ONE here.

Part Two:  Mandatory Vaccines, the rise of science as ideology: 
A Brave New World in the offing

Data is not information; information

 is not knowledge; knowledge

 is not wisdom. Frank Zappa


Last week the California Senate Appropriations Committee, voted  on the Bill SB 277,  beginning what many Senators believe will end the right to personal and religious exemption and introducing ‘almost’ mandatory vaccination. Rather than develop the more complex science of understanding which children might be variously and adversely affected by vaccine, as Wilson recommended, the vote and other political signs, moved the vaccine industry and their shills deeper into the political matrix of US society.

This early vote by has paved the way for a larger vote in the California senate which will make final the mandatory law regarding vaccination of children before kindergarten – failure to comply will lead to children being denied access to state schools in California (2). Such a law would make California one of three states along with Mississippi and West Virginia that does not allow personal or religious exemptions to vaccine laws.

In some ways the issue of mandatory vaccinations is intellectually complex. Should the individuals beliefs take precedent over the alleged public health risk to the majority? In a world where the public have no say in the manufacture or regulation of vaccines, why should they have these vaccines forced upon them? In a world where scientists and vaccine producers lie without discretion about adverse reactions caused to individual children, why do parents have no power to seek reparation and compensation for the damage caused by these vaccines? Why in an apparent democracy should parents who strongly object to this medical intervention, be forced at the cost of all kinds of social withdrawal, to see their children vaccinated?

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Current Affairs

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Father's Day 2015

Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Knock-Knock-Knocking on Racism’s Door

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

My Facebook friends are over the moon about an event Thursday night at the Scientology Community Center in Los Angeles that featured some of our best friends appearing with Nation of Islam’s Tony Muhammad. “Inspiring to see this community coming together to fight for our right to choose what goes into our bodies,” wrote one Facebooker.

 As Californians For Vaccine Choice Posted: "FULL HOUSE! They try to split us up but they bring us closer together instead! People of all ages, nations, races all together to fight for our kids! You don't mess with the Nation of Islam, Robert Kennedy Jr. Or Brian Hooker! 'You allow the same media who tells you that your baby got autism from natural causes, tell you about the Nation of Islam.There is wickedness in high places, the pharmaceuticals!' Tony Muhammad, speaking so much truth." 
The event was billed as an “Emergency Town Hall Meeting” that seems to have been prompted when Kennedy literally “showed up at my door,” according to NOI leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, to enlist him in the cause. The Scientology venue appears to have been obtained by the Nation of Islam, which now recommends its followers study Dianetics.

Sorry, but to my mind this is not a kumbaya moment. The Nation of Islam is a racist, bigoted, homophobic, woman-degrading hate group. I mean, isn’t it? It is. For Muhammad to compare the coverage of autism and the Nation of Islam is sickening, and it ought to sit poorly with us. It's also choice to talk about "people of all ages, nations,  races  all together to fight for our kids" and getting "closer together" when NOI doesn't really want white people around -- they want a separate state. ("Rather than preaching a message of unification, NOI calls for segregation and separatism," according to the Web site the "On the group’s web site, the denomination is clear that it wishes for African Americans to live separately from whites.")

Sometimes it's not the media that's your problem, it's the truth. 

 According to the Extremist Files of the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Since its founding in 1930, the Nation of Islam (NOI) has grown into one of the wealthiest and best-known organizations in black America, offering numerous programs and events designed to uplift African Americans. Nonetheless, its bizarre theology of innate black superiority over whites — a belief system vehemently and consistently rejected by mainstream Muslims — and the deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders, including top minister Louis Farrakhan, have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate.”

 Let’s pick one Farakkhan gem: "T]he Jews don't like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that's a good name. Hitler was a very great man.” Taken out of context, I'm sure. Oh, "And don't you forget, when it's God who puts you in the ovens, it's forever!")

 He hates Catholics, too. “It is no secret that Farrakhan is anti-Catholic, as well as anti-Jewish,” according to the church’s bigotry watchdog, which noted, “Cardinal Bevilacqua refused to meet with him in Philadelphia. Farrakhan had sought a meeting with the Archbishop of Philadelphia, as well as with local Jewish leaders, and was turned down—for reasons evident to everyone but Farrakhan.”

 To continue with the SPLC, “While Jews remain the primary target of Farrakhan's vitriol, he is also well known for bashing gay men and lesbians, Catholics and, of course, the white devils, whom he calls ‘potential humans ... [who] haven't evolved yet.’ All of this has helped make him attractive to certain white supremacist groups who agree that the races must be separated. In its turn, NOI has come to view white supremacists as people who at least understand NOI's program and could therefore become allies.” 

 I know many in the autism activism community believe there is no problem with this association, that you use what you have to get what you need. Sorry to disagree with that, Friends, but I do. Desperate times call for desperate measures, yes, but not deals with the (small d) devils of racism, bigotry and homophobia. 

 This brings us to our reducto ad absurdum: Would we go to an Aryan Nation event if they agreed with us? Is "Racists For Vaccine Choice!" a placard we are prepared to get behind? 

Not the best week to ask that question.


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


Anne Dachel

Dr. Toni Bark on CA SB277

Dr Toni BarkBy Anne Dachel

Recently Dr. Toni Bark from Chicago spoke at an SB 277 rally in Sacramento.   Her talk was only about seven minutes, but her words were powerful.

"I was the director of a large inner city a pediatric emergency room. . . in Chicago, Michael Reese Hospital, and over time, I actually saw, it became very apparent to me that children who'd been in the vaccine clinic that day getting their routine vaccinations.and return that evening in the ER . . .  Children would come back with febrile seizures, occasionally death from respiratory failure, . . . severe asthma attacks.  And it became apparent to me that not all children respond well to vaccination.  

". This was back when the schedule was much smaller.We were told, we don't vaccinate preemies, we don't vaccinate infants with neurological issues,  we don't vaccinate infants who are sick.  . . . We were told we never vaccinate women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant in the next sick months.  That has changed.  So much has changed.  I used to write a medical exemption for children who had any kind of autoimmune issue, autoimmune issues in the family---and that has become all but impossible.  

"This is the takeover by pharma.  Legislators are clueless.  They're either clueless or they're bought, or both.  

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Current Affairs

Pushing the Medical Envelope: Part One

Sir Graham Sleby Wilson
National Portrait Gallery, Bassano Ltd.

By  Martin J Walker

Part One: Sir Graham Wilson and The Hazards of Immunisation

Everything faded into mist.

The past was erased, 
the erasure was forgotten.

 The lie became the truth.
George Orwell, 1984


Sir Graham S. Wilson, 1895-1987, Director of the UK Public Health Laboratory Service, for over 20 years until 1963, was a real scientist, whose writing is underscored with the kind of uncertainty that genuine scientists always have.

 In his 1967 book, The Hazards of Immunization, (1) in 24 chapters, he outlined the problems which can occur with vaccination. So varied and so determinedly stated were his concerns that towards the end of the book he tells the reader that while in the US he was castigated for being anti vaccination. He denies this, but it is clearly evident that he thought attention to detail and the examining all aspects of vaccine adverse reaction was vital.

Science, scientists and vaccine corporations, have, however, changed radically over the last 50 years and Wilson’s present day equivalents are unrelenting dogmatists for whom money, licences and patents come before serious intellectually driven research. These modern mercenaries, pundits, vaccine promoters and shills have been arguing for some time for hundreds of viral strains to be included in one vaccine.

Oddly arguments are phrased not in scientific terms, but the subject is talked over with bizarre expressions such as ‘we can combine as many viral strains as we want’, and with simple arguments about convenience and lower costs, such as ‘why go to the doctors on different occasions when you can get a hundred shots in one vaccination’ – save money and time. The marketing approach to vaccines is no different to that of washing powders.

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John Stone

Best of AofA: Offit and Milgram and Social Manipulation

Obedience We first ran this post in May of 2010.
By John Stone
Question: "How many vaccines is it safe for a pediatrician to give a two month old infant?" 

Answer: "It depends how much they are getting paid."
 An old joke.

The Milgram experiment has long passed into modern folklore. In 1961 a 28 year-old psychologist at Yale, Stanley Milgram, devised an experiment to test the preparedness of ordinary citizens to co-operate in performing inhuman acts.

In the experiment volunteers were induced (as they believed at the time) into subjecting another party to ever larger doses of electricity:

“The subjects believed they were part of an experiment supposedly dealing with the relationship between punishment and learning. An experimenter—who used no coercive powers beyond a stern aura of mechanical and vacant-eyed efficiency—instructed participants to shock a learner by pressing a lever on a machine each time the learner made a mistake on a word-matching task. Each subsequent error led to an increase in the intensity of the shock in 15-volt increments, from 15 to 450 volts.

“In actuality, the shock box was a well-crafted prop and the learner an actor who did not actually get shocked. The result: A majority of the subjects continued to obey to the end—believing they were delivering 450 volt shocks—simply because the experimenter commanded them to. Although subjects were told about the deception afterward, the experience was a very real and powerful one for them during the laboratory hour itself
.” (See Psychology Today HERE)

65% of participants complied with the experiment to the bitter end. Milgram subsequently explained the experiment:

“The legal and philosophic aspects of obedience are of enormous importance, but they say very little about how most people behave in concrete situations. I set up a simple experiment at Yale University to test how much pain an ordinary citizen would inflict on another person simply because he was ordered to by an experimental scientist. Stark authority was pitted against the subjects' [participants'] strongest moral imperatives against hurting others, and, with the subjects' [participants'] ears ringing with the screams of the victims, authority won more often than not.

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Vaccine Safety

Paul Offit's RotaTeq Sheds and Spreads The Disease It Purports to Prevent

Irony rustoleumWhile Dr. Paul Offit sheds crocodile tears over pediatric health (aka lack of vaccine uptake), his vaccine, MERCK ROTATEQ, appears to cause infants to shed the very virus it is meant to prevent.  From PubMed.

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2015 Mar;34(3):296-8. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000579.
Detection of vaccine-derived rotavirus strains in nonimmunocompromised children up to 3-6 months after RotaTeq® vaccination.

Markkula J1, Hemming M, Vesikari T.
Author information

We conducted a survey on the presence of RotaTeq vaccine viruses in infants hospitalized with respiratory infection, and detected shedding in 17% of children (<2 years of age) who had ever received the vaccine. The latest detection was at the age of 8 months. We conclude that asymptomatic long-time shedding of RotaTeq viruses is not uncommon, and is particularly associated with genotype G1.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Murder-Suicide, Lack of Services

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.

June 17, 2015, Detroit Free Press: Melvindale murder-suicide underlines strain of autism care

June 15, 2015, Bangor Daily News: Lack of services for adult son with autism prompts Carmel family's move out of Maine

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Current Affairs

When is ‘Shaken Baby’ Syndrome Possibly Vaccine Injury Instead?

What ifBy Mary Romaniec

Perhaps it is just the cynic in me that I can rarely look at a media news story without a measure of skepticism.  And perhaps it is also that my job as a reporter has me looking at the story from a different angle. . .the one not reported. 

So when a seeming rash of ‘shaken baby’ syndrome stories began to appear with regularity in news segments and in print, I began to take notice because the “culprit” was immediately deemed some sort of derelict or troubled dirt bag with mental health issues that probably led to the assault on the infant. 

However my radar was up on the possible other side of these stories because of our family’s experience with vaccine injury.    You see, a vaccine injured infant can in fact mimic the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome.  

In a 2001 article published in the Medical Sentiel, Dr. Harold Buttram, M.D., presented a compilation of 25 cases of individuals accused or convicted of SBS, drawing attention to the similarities of SBS symptoms and those of a child affect by vaccines.  It was Dr. Buttram’s contention that there are people in jail now, wrongly accused of something they did not do. 

Dr. Buttram wrote that what we are seeing a growth in is not SBS, but something entirely different: 

A New Syndrome? Based on observation and a limited but suggestive body of medical literature, it appears that we may be witnessing in many SBS cases the adverse effects from interactions of highly potent vaccines given in combination. These potentially include: Hepatitis B (hemorrhagic vasculopathies, autoimmune reactions, neuropathies), Hemophilus influenza (hypersensitization), tetanus (hyper-sensitization), and pertussis (hypersensitization, brain edema, and the effects of endotoxin in causing vascular inflammation and hyper-coagulability).

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Newsmax on Vax

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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


6 Scientific Arguments Against Vaccines' Links to Autism

By Breana Noble

Here is what studies showing no connection between vaccines and autism have found:

1. The MMR vaccine showed no harmful association with those at a higher risk of developing autism. . . .

2. The total amount of antigens from vaccines received was the same between children with ASD and those without. . . .

3. Thimerosal, an ingredient in many vaccines, is not linked to autism. . . .

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Current Affairs, Ginger Taylor, Vaccine Safety

On Vaccines, Why are Doctors and Legislators Allowing Themselves to Be Used?

HannahBy Ginger Taylor

So here is the basic problem. (Settle in, kids. And send this to your pediatrician and doctor friends if you are ready to call a spade a spade.)

The vaccine program is a disaster, kids are getting hurt, docs don't have to know anything about vaccines and we are left by ourselves to clean up the damage. Readers here know this well. Here is how it breaks down.

You got your one percent vaccine corruption, then you got your ninety nine percent ignorance and most of that is now willful ignorance.

(Seriously, the Polings went on CNN SEVEN YEARS AGO.  To not know about the vaccine encephalopathy=autism discussion as a practicing pediatrician is willful ignorance.)

There are a hand full of corrupt bastards at the top of the vaccine industry (in both the public and private sectors, and the boundarylessness of the “public/private partnership") who have behaved very badly. They have lied about vaccine safety, they have covered up vaccine autism links, they have published phony research, and they have failed to tell the public about true vaccine risks. They are responsible for grievous harm to an entire generation of American Children.

But the thing is, they are actually a very small number of people. We talk about how vastly corrupt the vaccine program is, and it is vastly corrupt, but only the vaccine program “One Percenters” are actually generating the fraud. The rest of them are just propping it up by towing the “you must have 70 doses of 14 vaccines or the world will end,” line.

They are doing it because they are paid to do it, or because they take orders so they can keep working, or because they have been sold a line of bullshit that they are saving the world from “anti-vaxxers” who want to bring back disease, or because they simply don't want to get attacked for going against the flow. But the thing is, no matter why they are doing it, what they are actually doing is shielding Gerberding and DeStefano and Boyle and Yeargin-Allsopp and Insel and Thorsen and Insert RICO Eligible Name Here, from being put under oath and being cross examined under threat of perjury.


The Vaccine One Percenters can't answer our questions... won't answer our questions... won't answer for their behavior... so they keep throwing people in between us and them to delay the inevitable. This most commonly now takes the form of, “Vaccines are safe. If you have questions, ask your pediatrician.” But of course when we ask our pediatricians the real questions, their answers are some version of:

1. I have no idea what you are talking about.

2. Well my choice is to vaccinate, so yours should be too.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Minister Tony Muhammad Calls on Black Elected Officialst to Oppose SB277

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.

June 15, 2015, Sacramento Observer: Minister Tony Muhammad Calls on Black Elected Officials to Oppose Supporting SB 277

"The omitted data suggested that African-American males who received the MMR vaccine before they were 36-months-old were at increased risk for autism," according to Thompson. "Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.

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Current Affairs

Texans For Vaccine Choice on AMA Vaccine Exemption Policy Change

D Ray MoneyAs an ad hoc organization representing over 1,300 Texas families, Texans for Vaccine Choice is dismayed by the recent change announced by the American Medical Association regarding a patient’s right to opt out of immunizations. Inserting itself into legislative policy-making, the AMA, an “advocacy” group of dues-paying members, has determined that states should eliminate non-medical exemptions to vaccines. According to the June 9 press release, immunizations should be “mandatory for admission to schools and other public venues.”

In the event that elected officials are misled by the new AMA policy, thinking that it is an organization which speaks solely for physicians and has only public health in mind, Texans for Vaccine Choice would like to clarify a few points:

  • A CAMJ report published in 2011 declared that AMA membership has declined steadily in recent years, and the group now only consists of around 200,000 doctors, less than 15% of those practicing in the U.S.

  • The AMA’s own Code of Ethics Opinion 8.08 states: “The patient’s right of self-decision can be effectively exercised only if the patient possesses enough information to enable an informed choice. The patient should make his or her own determination about treatment…Informed consent is a basic policy in both ethics and law that physicians must honor.” Therefore, the group is contradicting itself by requiring that patients undergo a medical treatment against their wishes in order to gain entry into a public space.

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Current Affairs

Flag Day 2015

Flag Day

I pledge allegiance

To the flag

Of the United States of America

And to the Republic

For which it stands

One Nation

Under God


With liberty and justice for all

Tell that to California. The recent mood is more July 14, than June 14 n'est ce pas? Keep knitting.


Cathy Jameson

SB277: There is No Plan B

Stay the courseBy Cathy Jameson

Last week, California’s SB277 passed through another hearing with a 12 – 6 vote. . The law would attach a prerequisite mandating vaccinations in order to access education.  This bill goes next to the full Assembly for a vote. Should it pass that vote, it will then head to Gov. Brown for his signature into law.  As California goes, some believe, so goes the nation.

As this bill gains more traction, some are preparing to create a Plan B.  As a parent of a vaccine-injured child, I strongly believe “There Is No Plan B.” 

Stick to Plan A: The underlying foundation of who we are as parents is built on our love and personal responsibility for our children.  Our parental rights have not been granted by the State, nor can these rights be denied by the State. 

We have parental rights to determine the health care of our children.

We have parental rights to receive all pertinent information beforehand concerning risks of any treatment, procedure, or course of action recommended for our children. 

We have parental rights to disclose individual, medical and family history of our children.

We have parental rights to grant or withhold consent based on all information.  

We understand that the decisions we make are ours to make, for or against, because where there is risk, there must be choice. We respect each parents’ decisions regarding their children.

We have parental rights to reject anything that smacks of one-size-fits-all, herd mentality, community immunity, where our children are sacrificed for the “greater good.”

Our children have the right to a free appropriate public education as guaranteed under federal law. This right must not be jeopardized by forced prerequisites of questionable medical procedures, especially as these can potentially harm our children. 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Deviants United -- and Fighting Back!

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Medical authorities, as you may have noticed, don’t like to be challenged. The fact that they have been so wrong, so often, so long and so recently does not in the least change their view of the matter. They are angry you would even bring it up! They may have advertised the throat-soothing properties of filter cigarettes, bled patients dry (probably killing the father of our country) and pushed stupid stuff from Viagra to thalidomide to the first deadly rotavirus vaccine because their phrat brothers told them to. But no matter. This time, and forever after, they are exactly, completely, unchallengeably, unconflictedly right.

 As Mark Blaxill and I pointed out in our book The Age of Autism, this long history of bad medicine is blithely subsumed -- submerged and suppressed might be better words -- under the medical “march of progress” – as in, OK, getting syphilis patients to drink mercuric chloride may have been misguided, but it was the best practice at the time (even if it did cause the worst form of the disease, general paralysis of the insane, but let’s not dwell on that), and after a few hundred years of that they accidentally came across penicillin, which did cure it, so why are we even bringing this up? And Freud was wrong about hysteria, which got psychiatry off to a catastrophic start (hysteria was actually caused by mercury poisoning), but now the "experts" really do understand the human psyche, so get off their case already! Take two Seroquel and don’t call us in the morning.

 I’m bringing this up because realizing how badly and self-righteously medicine has behaved ought to make parents far more cautious than most of them are (although the numbers are growing) about the proven, study-after-study-vouched-for-safety ofWeekly wrap 6 12 the current vaccination schedule. This is not just "presentism" -- judging history by the impossibly high standard of what we have learned since then. The medical establishment really messed up with impunity for most of its long history and a lot of people suffered and died for it. Until at least germ theory came along, people would have been much better off with homeopathy, whether it worked or not, because at least it did no harm.

This month my mind is on a very topical example of medical arrogance and iatrogenic harm, the idea that homosexuals were sick, needed to be treated, condemned or just locked away in jail (or, in Iran, killed, and in Russia, bullied and beaten). June is gay pride month, timed to the Stonewall riots that triggered the gay rights movement. And this month may be the most historic and decisive ever, as the Supreme Court rules on gay marriage rights.

 We’ve come a long way, baby. Just this week the New York Times – where medical “experts” still reign on all things vaccination – looked back at its own often-sordid history of treating homosexuality as an evil disease. The headline from 1964 (when I turned 12): “Homosexuals Proud of Deviancy, Medical Academy Study Finds.” It would be a medical academy, wouldn't it? And it would be The Times, wouldn't it!

 As David W. Dunlop wrote this week: “There it was, to shock anyone whose eye fell on the front page of The Times: news that homosexuals had ‘gone beyond the plane of defensiveness and now argue that their deviancy is ‘a desirable, noble, preferable way of life.’ ” According to the original article, medicine was not going to let the homosexuals get away with having a decent life:

 “The report is the first recognized study of homosexuality by a recognized organization representing all branches of medicine, a spokesman for the committee said” – the Committee on Public Health of the New York Academy of Medicine. Homosexuality, the story went on, “is an ‘illness’ that can be treated ‘in some cases’ but is more easily dealt with by early preventative measures, the report concludes.” Maybe a vaccine? 

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Current Affairs

A Resolution for The American Democratic Party by a Lifelong Democratic Voter

Goodbye CAThe author is a parent whose now adult child has suffered chronic incurable immune system disease (type 1 diabetes) that she firmly believes was triggered by early vaccination.

Resolution in Response to the California Democratic Party  (CADEM)

"Resolution in Support of Repealing California's Personal Beliefs Exemption to Mandatory Vaccinations" dated  May 15, 2015  

WHEREAS, the CADEM has shown a complete disregard for the public which it is supposed to be serving, 

WHEREAS, the CADEM has refused to listen to the testimony, questions, and  pleas of thousands of its constituents,  many of whom have been irreparably injured by vaccines and many of whom are persons with advanced science degrees and are highly educated including PhDs, MDs, doctors of chiropractic, engineers, educators,  etc.  

WHEREAS, the CADEM has refused to allow an open forum in which constituents are allowed to speak, belittling and ridiculing in the most rude and disrespectful manner those who came before them, even going so far as to turn off the microphone if a citizen dared to utter more than his name, place of residence and whether they were for or against the bill,

WHEREAS, the CADEM has demonstrated a dangerous, irresponsible ignorance of the substance and ramifications of the bill SB277 which it is vociferously supporting,  

WHEREAS, the CADEM has engaged in willful outright lying or has tolerated and accepted lying about the science, politics and public health benefit and risk of vaccination with regard to the legislative process surrounding SB277 which constitutes a betrayal of their solemn duty to serve,

WHEREAS, the CADEM has steadfastly refused to acknowledge and consider those injured and even killed by vaccines and the dangers of vaccination, despite scientific research, VAERS data, manufacturer's inserts, and clear constituent testimony,

WHEREAS, the CADEM has glaringly omitted from its public discussion of vaccine safety and efficacy, the fact that Dr. William Thompson, senior scientist in the CDC's Immunization Division, came forward as a whistleblower in August of 2014, declaring that the CDC had deliberately omitted critical data from its own vaccine safety research which clearly implicated the MMR vaccine as a cause of autism when given to children before 36 months of age,  that Dr. Thompson implicated the mercury preservative thimerosal in the flu and other vaccines as a cause of tics and autism-like symptoms in children, that Dr. Thompson stated that his boss has asked him to lie,  that Dr. Thompson has handed over thousands of pages of documentation to the office of Florida Rep. Posey regarding the CDC's corruption with regard to vaccination science and policy, that Dr. Thompson has been granted official whistleblower protection and is awaiting Congress' invitation to testify before them, testimony which will likely materially shake the scientific foundation upon which current vaccine policy is based and implicate the CDC's Immunization Division and others in high offices forming public health policy as involved in a massive fraud that has harmed and put in harm's way untold numbers of American and global citizens, and which any reasonable person would obviously recognize as a reason to preempt the entertainment of the institution of any legislative mandates or changes to current law at least until this formal hearing occurs,

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