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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Gupta. Ebola

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Aug 4, 2014 The Daily Beast: Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines

Gupta has faced criticism, most notably over his backing of Gardasil, a vaccine for HPV. Critics questioned his backing of the drug, as it was made by Merck, then a sponsor of a show he presented called Accent Health. 

"One part of the criticism was people saying vaccines caused autism," Gupta says. "I looked at the scientific evidence as anyone should and concluded they didn't. Would I get my children vaccinated? I did."

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Current Affairs, Sponsor News

People as Pendulums: Deinstitutionalization and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Home Safe Home Logo_mediumWe are reprinting this article by Tamie Hopp with permission. To view the original, please visit NPQ, The Non-profit Quarterly.  If you have a child with autism or another disability, we suggest you join VOR (Vee-Oh-Are) an AofA sponsor and one of the only advocacy groups fighting for INDIVIDUALIZED housing and adult care.  There are self-advocates and others who know nothing about the needs of our loved ones with autism who are seeking to deny choice. Learn more at the VOR site.

By Tamie Hopp

VOR Director of Government Relations & Advocacy

In 1965, then-Senator Robert Kennedy toured the Willowbrook institution in New York State and offered this grim description of the individuals residing in the overcrowded facility: "[They are] living in filth and dirt, their clothing in rags, in rooms less comfortable and cheerful than the cages in which we put animals in a zoo." 

The atrocities of Willowbrook ushered in a generation of advocates, nonprofit organizations, providers, and professionals who successfully pushed for massive reform, beginning in 1971 with the development of Medicaid Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Retardation (ICFs/MR) [later renamed as ICFs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID)].

Families and advocates alike applauded this infusion of federal funding, licensing and oversight for a program specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Still, as the ICF/IID program grew, so did calls for housing alternatives. Critics emerged, claiming that the ICF/IID federal standards of care promoted a non-individualized, inefficient model of care, and, due to federal financing incentives, discouraged states from developing alternate service options.  In 1981 Congress responded by providing for small (4-15 person) ICFs/IID and a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver, to allow states to “waive” certain ICF/IID requirements.

These early reforms were quite properly motivated by the need for a system of care and supports that responded to the very individualized and diverse needs of the entire population of people with I/DD.  These reforms, however, also set the stage for decades of ongoing deinstitutionalization, resulting in the elimination of specialized housing, employment and education options for people with I/DD, leaving some to question the price of “progress.” 

The Pendulum Swings

Even though initial reforms were motivated by a lack of service options (an over-reliance on the ICF/IID program), it was not long before efforts to “rebalance” our system of care shifted from the expansion of options to the dramatic reduction of ICFs/IID and other specialized options.

In 1999, the Supreme Court handed down its landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision which should have settled the deinstitutionalization debate. The Court expressly cautioned against forced deinstitutionalization, the “termination of institutional settings for persons unable to handle or benefit from community settings,”   finding instead that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) only requires community placement when an individual’s treatment professionals determine community placement is appropriate, such placement is not opposed by the individual, and the placement can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the State and the needs of others with disabilities.  

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Current Affairs

Book Debut Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

RFK Thimerosal BookBook debut day is always exhilarating - even for a seasoned, best selling author like Robert Kennedy, Jr.. Please join us in wishing him well as he educates readers on the dangers of neurotoxic mercury. In an environment (pardon the pun) where so few advocates are willing to step and and speak out on behalf of vaccine safety, we commend and thank both Kennedy and his publisher, Skyhorse. There is not a bigger name in American environmental causes doing anything like this.

After you read the book, we invite you to leave a review at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and GoodReads

Unfortunately, many people will negatively review the book never having cracked the spine - never having the read more than the book's cover art on the computer...    Write the review that suits your reaction to the book. Copy it, and leave it at every book site you can find.  

Cathy Jameson

Required Summer Reading

Mom-reading-newspaperBy Cathy Jameson

"To promote the right to individual health choice and stand up for the victims of medical injury."

I scheduled my typical children’s dental appointments over their summer vacation.  Sitting in a dentist’s office for two and a half hours on a sunny afternoon wasn’t on my top 10 things to do while on summer vacation list.  Neither was defending medical choices I’m forced to make for my kids.  But that’s what ended up happening on a hot July day.

I shouldn’t joke.  Taking four children to our dental provider really isn’t that difficult; it’s more time consuming than anything.  After a terrible experience with another dental group in town, I’m grateful that our current dentist knows us well.  The staff listens to me.  They respect me.  They understand why I’ve made the medical decisions I’ve made for my children.  It’s comforting that they recognize that some of my kids are medically fragile.  What’s considered “industry standard” by some can send my children into a downward spiral with potentially long-lasting ill effects. 

So, smack dab in the middle of summer vacation was just as good a day as any to bring my kids in for a teeth cleaning.  I was prepared for the long afternoon and made sure to bring things for my kids to do while their siblings’ teeth were checked.  Just when I thought it would be business as usual, a new dental hygienist greeted us in the waiting room.  I wasn’t aware that the one whom I’d made a great connection with (she too had a young child with developmental delays) had recently left the practice. 

Politely introducing myself and my two older children whom she’d be working with, I felt somewhat exposed talking to the new hygienist.  Stating pertinent health and medical issues my children had, I went through a list of things we usually request. 

Will she judge me?  Will she understand why things must be a certain way?  Will she give me any flack for what I want done versus what she’s used to doing? 

Those questions raced through my mind as the hygienist opened the children’s dental files.  Inspecting my children’s files, she began to ask me pointed questions the dentist and the previous hygienist knew not to ask us any longer.  

No fluoride? 

“That’s correct,” I stated.

Sealants?  It says here that you were thinking about them. 

Actually, I was thinking about NOT doing them.

I smiled while trying to sound confident, “No, thanks.  We won’t be doing those.” 

For the quick second it took for the hygienist to look down at the medical records, I took over the conversation. 

“My daughter just got out of braces so this will be her first cleaning without any orthodontic gear.  Please use the gluten-free toothpaste and let me know how her teeth look now that the braces are off.”

The hygienist closed the files and said, “Okay, she can come back with me now.”

Whew!  Interrogation over…

Can I ask you something? 

Uh oh.

“Um…yes?” I stammered.

Why don’t you want sealants?

I felt like I was backed into a corner.  I had two choices:  I could answer her honestly or grab my children and run while yelling, “Leave us alone, you nosey Nellie!”

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: The Vaccine Theory of Nobel Prizes

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted
 
The July 20 New York Times, which never tires of promoting the germ theory of disease and the need to vax, vax, and vax some more, is my source for the following: “Over the last century, Denmark won significantly more Nobel Prizes per capita than Italy. It also had a lower prevalence of disease-causing germs.”
 
The correlation, according to Damian Murray at UCLA, holds true in 161 countries based on 5 different metrics of innovation. “Murray speculates that vaccination programs ‘may serve to foster a cultural zeitgeist that is more encouraging and rewarding of innovation.’”
 
About the only truth in that statement is the first two words: “Murray speculates.” That’s certainly fine – I do it all the time – but I’m not even sure I understand the point. I filed it in my “AOA – Read” folder to await further developments.
 
They came swiftly. Yesterday, I saw a friend with two preschool sons who knows first-hand the damage FDA-approved, CDC-recommended medicine -- not vaccines in his case -- can do. (He has a lot to do with why I'm writing about autism.) I asked him what vaccination schedule he follows with the kids and he replied, “We’re doing the Norwegian one.”
 
I’d never heard of someone adopting another country’s schedule, but my friend is pretty cosmopolitan – thoroughly American but with recent roots in Hungary, Germany, and England.
 
So I looked up the Norwegian vaccination schedule for preschoolers:
 
•  DTP combination vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
•  Hib vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae type b infection
•  Vaccination against pneumococcal disease
•  Vaccination against poliomyelitis
•  MMR combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella
Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV, for girls from 2009)
 
Children are usually first vaccinated at 3 months old. MMR vaccination is first given at 15 months of age and HPV is now offered to girls at about 12 years old.
 
Hepatitis B vaccine is also offered through the immunisation programme to children with increased risk of infection, such as those with parents from countries with high prevalence of hepatitis B infections.

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Generation Rescue Supports Congressmen Bill Posey's Autism Diligence

GR faceFrom our friends at Generation Rescue: Bill Posey

Dear Generation Rescue Community,

Many of us know that Congressman Posey has been an outspoken supporter in Washington for our children with autism. Because we desperately need people with integrity and honestly like Bill Posey in Congress, Jennifer Larson, Chief Executive Officer of Vibrant Technologies Inc., has offered to co-host a fundraiser for him. 

There will be two pieces to the event. 

The online donation goal from the community is $15,000. We are hoping that everyone who can afford to will consider giving at least $25 to help raise this amount through social media and email lists to all our fellow autism parents, grandparents and supporters. Please send this link far and wide:

https://secure.donationreport.com/donate.html?key=F6U0PAVWIA85  

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Current Affairs

Action Alert: Congress Passes Ineffectual Autism Research Bill

Fish on bikeFrom Autism Action Network: Autism action network

Take Action: Congress, what are you going to do now?    

Take Action!

Congress passes autism research bill    

Last night the Senate passed by unanimous consent the re-authorization of the former Combating Autism Act (House Resolution HR 4631.)  It allows $260 million per year for the next five years to be spent on research related to autism. The bill now goes to President Obama.
    
Now that Congress has passed the bill and President Obama’s signature is a certainty, please click on the Take Action link to send a message to your two US Senators and your member of the US House of Representatives asking them what they are going to do about the many problems with the federal autism research program that to date has yet to yield anything of use to people with autism and their families.
    
Our criticism of the bill is straightforward: the money to date has been misspent, and the overall level of effort is paltry compared to the scope of the epidemic. According to the CDC there are 1 million people in the US with ASD and the same number infected with HIV/AIDS. Unlike autism, official medicine knows the cause of AIDS, effective prevention methods are known, and highly effective treatments are available as well,  yet we are still spending more than 10 times as much on HIV/AIDS research as autism. The Government Accountability Office issued a report showing that 84% of autism research is potentially duplicative. The epidemiology done by the CDC is designed not to be able to answer the obvious question:  “Is the autism rate going up?” And we are spending eight times as much on dead-end genetic research than finding environmental causes.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: RFK Jr on CNN: Thimerosal "Not Policy, but Politics"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

RJK Jr: 'Not policy, but politics'

July 30, 2014

On July 30, CNN host Don Lemon interviewed environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr. about current political events and his new book, Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak, from Skyhorse Publishing.

Unlike recent articles in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Forbes and TIME, this coverage focused on what the book is actually about and Kennedy was allowed to explain the topic.

Lemon: "Why did you write this book?  It's been controversial."

Kennedy: "I wrote the book because, as you say, this is a controversial--it's almost a radioactive--issue.  People on both sides have dug in their heels. The debate about it has devolved into name-calling--it's not been a productive debate. So what I did, I got a group of scientists together and I said, 'Let's go scour--and I raised a couple of hundred thousand dollars--let's scour the scientific literature and find every article that's ever been written on thimerosal safety.' 

"Thimerosal is a mercury-based vaccine preservative that was eliminated in pediatric vaccines because it was dangerous. In 2003, it was taken out, but unfortunately--of American vaccines, we're still giving it to people all over the world--unfortunately, it was the same year CDC recommended it for the flu vaccine. . . .  And for the first time, pregnant women are getting very, very large doses of this neurotoxin--doses that are equivalent to what they were getting before the ban on pediatric vaccines. . .  It's an unnecessary preservative. The science is very clear.  We found over 500 peer-reviewed publications, 1400 references in this book, that show this is a known, recognized neurotoxin for which there are many, many alternatives.  It should not be in our vaccines.

Lemon thanked Kennedy and promised, "We will have you back to talk about it."

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John Stone

Hazards of Nasal Flu Vaccine as Program is Rolled Out in British Schools

UpdateBy John Stone

This is an update of my article ‘UK Department of Health Deliberately Exposes Vulnerable Population to Flu Infection’ of May last year as the British government rolls out the program to entire school population this autumn (a product called Fluenz identical with Flumist used in the US). Recent  draft minutes of the government advisory committee, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, show it to be in a double-bind over asthma cases and uncertain about egg allergy: “extrapolating findings on injectable vaccines to Fluenz® was problematic as nasal administration may be a more reactogenic route than intramuscular injection". (See HERE.) They will still be testing this with program in full gear.

The other problem they have is that the vaccine is “contraindicated for severe asthma” so they have to devise formal guidelines for which asthma sufferers should have the vaccine and which should not, but it begs the problem that the more severely affected asthma sufferers will be exposed to the viruses (which they might well not otherwise have come into contact with) by their schoolmates shedding them, turning on the head the proposition that they are protecting the vulnerable by vaccinating the fit. While the ethical problem is not stated it surely hovers silently above their deliberations and calls into question the very principles of the program (other than making lots of money for someone). The relevant portions of the text of the JCVI minutes follow that of my article as originally published.

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UK Department of Health Deliberately Exposes Vulnerable Population to Flu Infection

Dice no yes maybeBy John Stone, first published on 10 May, 2013

Is the vaccine program there to prevent harm or to foist commercial products on a captive market at the public expense? The parrot cry of health officials trying to bully citizens into vaccinating is that they are putting other people at risk, but it is very easy to call their bluff when they pursue a contradictory policy over nasal flu vaccine and children, a vaccine which sheds and will put in harm's way immune-compromised people and younger siblings. From September this year in the United Kingdom children above the age of two are to be offered a nasal influenza vaccine ‘Fluenz’ which is the same as  the ‘Flumist’ many American children already get, and this is to be rolled out for all schoolchildren next year.  Here is the text of my recent letter to the British Medical Journal, so far unpublished:

It is deeply disturbing that this senseless project ploughs forward regardless. While government seems to have seized the agenda over influenza vaccination by unwarranted claims of (influenza) mortality [1,2] there are definable risks to the use of nasal influenza vaccine. Manufacturer's product information states among other things [3]:

"FLUENZ should not be administered to children and adolescents with severe asthma or active wheezing because these individuals have not been adequately studied in clinical studies.
"Do not administer FLUENZ to infants and toddlers younger than 12 months. In a clinical study, an increase in hospitalisations was observed in infants and toddlers younger than 12 months after vaccination (see section 4.8).

"Vaccine recipients should be informed that FLUENZ is an attenuated live virus vaccine and has the potential for transmission to immunocompromised contacts. Vaccine recipients should attempt to avoid, whenever possible, close association with severely immunocompromised individuals (e.g. bone marrow transplant recipients requiring isolation) for 1-2 weeks following vaccination. Peak incidence of vaccine virus recovery occurred 2-3 days post-vaccination in clinical studies. In circumstances where contact with severely immunocompromised individuals is unavoidable, the potential risk of transmission of the influenza vaccine virus should be weighed against the risk of acquiring and transmitting wild-type influenza virus."

Children could therefore become a mass hazard to immunocompromised people, younger siblings etc.  Moreover, given the poor record of anticipating which influenza virus strains would otherwise proliferate [4], this could expose people unnecessarily to virus strains they would otherwise not encounter. The wisdom and ethics of this seem dubious, particularly with health officials for ever insisting that we need to vaccinate to protect other people this is manifestly a self-contradictory, not to say absurd, exercise.

  [1] John Stone, 'Re: Author's response' 26 December 2009,  http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/02/re-authors-response-2

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Current Affairs

The Case Against Mandatory Flu Vaccination for Health Care Workers

Pigs flyNote: This is a refreshing commentary by a group of physicians in Canada. Could (would) an American doctor, with our for profit healthcare system, dare to write something similar? 

The case against mandatory flu vaccination for health care workers

The evidence of the benefits of vaccination is not nearly strong enough to justify taking away doctors’ autonomy.

 By: Dr. Michael Gardam , Dr. Camille Lemieux, Dr. Susy Hota, Published on Mon Jul 28 2014

There has been a good deal of recent media attention regarding what some see as a medical and ethical imperative that health-care workers be vaccinated against influenza. This view stems from two conclusions: vaccinating health-care workers protects patients from influenza-related harm, and current strategies have not been successful in achieving high vaccination rates.

Some Canadian jurisdictions want to see vaccination made mandatory while others want to mandate that unvaccinated workers wear a mask while at work throughout the influenza season.

Unfortunately, this issue is not as black and white as it has been portrayed: the evidence supporting influenza vaccination is not definitive and a lack of evidence and practical concerns make mandated masking a dubious policy.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: In Which CNN Runs Out of Tape...

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

We had hoped to share the video of Robert F. Kennedy who appeared last evening on CNN Tonight, however, it appears that CNN ran out of tape...   during the final segment in which Kennedy spoke about flu shots, mercury and Thimerosal as a preservative.

July 29, 2014, WXOW, La Crosse, WI: Add immunization to your back-to-school checklist

July 25, 2014, The Thinking Moms' Revolution: What Are MRC-5 and WI-38? And Why Are They in Vaccines?

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Current Affairs

Washington Post: Report on Irish Baby Homes Documents use of Infants for Med School Cadavers, Vaccine Testing

WeepThis story is from a different era - or is it?  Read the full story at the Washington Post.  Thank you to our reader, "F" for sharing the link.

The investigation also discovered at least 123 children at the homes for unwed mothers were used for testing vaccines manufactured by a company called Wellcome Laboratories –which after merging with Glaxo, became  Glaxo Wellcome. The tests provided fodder for two published articles in peer reviewed journals, the report said. It’s unclear how often researchers obtained consent — and from whom.

By Terence McCoy

“Inanition,” his death record read, according to RTE News. “Failure to thrive.”

But RTE News said the record carried a mystery. John for some reason wasn’t buried until 1950 — three years after his death. The oddity was first discarded as a clerical error.

But it wasn’t. John’s records had the designation “AS,” or “anatomical study.” His infant remains had in fact been given to researchers at Trinity College Dublin, who used them for medical research — though it’s unclear whether his mother had given consent for this.

Mulready eventually tracked down his burial plot, she explained to the Irish Times, but found it marked by a “stick with a number on it. … I cannot imagine that happening to children or young babies who died in … well-to-do-families, families with influence.”

But it did happen to babies beside John, according to a recent Irish government report confirming and augmenting earlier reports in an RTE investigation called “Anatomy of a Scandal.

The report, a preliminary review, was designed to set the framework for a full formal investigation ordered by the Irish parliament in the wake of another story: one historian’s claims that hundreds of babies may have been buried beside a home for unwed mothers at Tuam. The government, said the parliament as it established the inquiry, “believes that this latest shameful episode in Ireland’s painful social history must be fully and accurately documented in order that a comprehensive account of these institutions is available.”

“Records show,” the report said, “that between the years 1940-1965, 474 unclaimed infant remains were transferred to Anatomy Departments in Ireland.” It cited old records of the Anatomical Committee of the Irish Medical Schools. “The purpose was for the study of anatomy; the study of the structure of the human body.

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Current Affairs, Mark Blaxill

Best of AofA: There’s a Funny Thing About Evidence: More Support for Autism-Mercury Link

Science_jpg_w300h345 Robert F. Kennedy's book is shipping - debut date is August 4. Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak. Have you ordered a copy?  Be sure to leave a review after you read the book. It's quite helpful to an author - and the audience he wishes to reach.  Thank you. The post below ran in 2010.

"...thimerosal at the same concentrations received in human infants had clearly measurable effects on opioid receptor development in the infant rats. They also found that these effects were stronger at higher doses. The effect was found to be persistent, lasting well beyond the initial period of administration. According to the authors, “very likely, it is permanent.”"


By Mark Blaxill

Despite the relentless drumbeat of propaganda from the CDC, public health authorities and the thuggish on-line goons of the medical industry, there’s a funny thing going on. The evidence of a connection between mercury exposure and autism keeps growing.

Last month, two scientists at the University of Northern Iowa, Catherine DeSoto and Robert Hitlan, published a fascinating review paper (see HERE for an interview with DeSoto; also see HERE and HERE for earlier reviews of DeSoto’s successful debunking of an error-filled paper on autism and mercury). They asked a simple question: what does the published evidence linking autism and mercury really say? To answer that question, they did a simple Pub Med search. They searched for the terms “(Autism AND Mercury) OR (Autism AND Heavy Metals)”. They found 163 articles (a number that has since risen to 174) and reviewed them. According to the authors, “Of these 163 articles, 58 were research articles with empirical data relevant to the question of a link between autism and one or more toxic heavy metals. Fifteen were offered as evidence against a link between exposure to these metals and autism. In contrast, a sum of 43 papers were supporting a link between autism and exposure to those metals.” In short, 74% of the published studies supported the theory.

Evidence is a funny thing.

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Current Affairs

Autism Action Network Alert: Autism Cares Act Needs Major Improvement Before Passage

Urgent-Actions-WBMdFrom our friends at Autism Action Network.

Once in a while we win one. Our efforts a couple weeks ago to stop the fast-track adoption of the Autism CARES Act (the absurd new name for the Combating Autism Act, Senate Bill S. 2449) were successful. We were able to delay the adoption of the new version of an old do-nothing bill. If we can delay a vote past Friday then we will have all of August, when Congress is out of session, to try and make the bill less bad.
 
Please take a few minutes to call the key Senators below and ask them to delay the bill and amend the bill so that we have autism research that will produce answers and solutions, not full employment for geneticists and others who will not rock the boat.
 
 We oppose this bill because all it does is continue the paltry and misspent research efforts of the past eight years.  Eight years ago the federal government claimed they did not know the causes of autism but thought it was probably genetic, claimed there were no treatments for autism, and had no cure, and they weren’t sure if the autism rate was going up. Eight years and more than $1 billion later and nothing has changed. Under the Combating Autism Act spending on genetics versus environmental causes is 8 to 1. And the GAO said 84% of the money spent was duplicative. And the epidemiological research done by the CDC is designed NOT to determine if the autism rate is increasing. Nothing has changed, except the ongoing grinding increase in the number of Americans who have this debilitating disorder.
 
We believe the Senators below are more likely to hold the bill. Please call the United States Senators below and politely ask them to hold Senate Bill S. 2449, the re-authorization of the Combating Autism Act. It worked before, it can work again.
 
YOUR CALL CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE: CALL TODAY!
 
Senator Tom Coburn, 202-224-5754
Senator Ted Cruz, 202-224-5922
Senator Rand Paul, 202-224-4343
Senator Mike Lee, 202-224-5444
Senator Roy Blunt, 202-224-5721
Senator Ron Johnson, 202-224-5323
Senator Jim Risch, 202-224-2752
 
Please also call your two United States Senators and ask them to hold Senate Bill S 2449.



Current Affairs

Best of Age of Autism: Mercury, Old Car. Gone. Old Preservative? Still Here.

ThimerosalMany of us have received our copies of Robert F. Kennedy's Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak. After you read the book, we invite you to leave a review at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and GoodReads

Unfortunately, many people will negatively review the book never having cracked the spine - never having the read more than the book's cover art on the computer...   But I digress.   I tend to discount 1 star and 5 star reviews as having been written primarily by detractors and sycophants/family members. Write the review that suits your reaction to the book. Copy it, and leave it at every book site you can find.  

In addition, we have written about mercury and Thimerosal since our inception many years ago. Here are a few posts to remind you of the harm that can follow injecting mercury into the human body.

We will continue to thank Mr. Kennedy and Skyhorse Publishing for this book. It will educate mainstream Americans about the chemicals going into their bodies, and that's a very good thing. RFK Thimerosal Book

KS

Immune System in Alzheimer's and Autism: Domino Effect From Mercury?

By Teresa Conrick

With 1 in 3 seniors dying with Alzheimer’s and 1 in 50 children now being diagnosed with autism, studying these patients should be crucial in both preventing new cases and helping millions of people afflicted now.

There are parallels in much of the research being published about both autism and Alzheimer’s.  We are told the former is “neurodevelopmental” while the latter is “neurodegenerative,” but increasing studies show that both are medical consequences of some type of assault on the immune system...

Since 1938... Autism And Mercury

By Teresa Conrick

"SINCE 1938 there have come to our attention", is becoming a famous introductory description about autism. Written by psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Kanner, it began the narrative that described those first eleven children, all born in the 1930's, that he diagnosed as having "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact."  Kanner made it clear that autism was new and very different, and he offered this suggestion:

"..each case merits---and, I hope will eventually receive a detailed consideration of its fascinating peculiarities."

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Pediatric Union Continues to Promote Vaccine Sales over Safety

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

August 1, 2014, AAP News: Report: Serious adverse events from vaccines 'extremely rare'

July 29, 2014, New York Times: When the Caregivers Need Healing

July 28, 2014, Autism Speaks: More than Prenatal Genetics: The Search for Autism's Origins By Martha Herbert

July 28, 2014, My Fox Houston: Texas Failing Special Needs Students says U.S. Dept of Education

July 28, 2014, Public News Service:  Building Acceptance of Autism in Ohio

July 28, 2014, Salon.com: Newest anti-vaxx trend causes babies' brains to bleed

July 25, 2014, National Post (Canada): Autism's numbers game: Prevalence rates under microscope in fight for resources, support services

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Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE: Kent Heckenlively - REVEALED!

Kent Book PlagueAfter two hundred and twenty-six posts the regular readers of Age of Autism are no doubt familiar with Kent Heckenlively's words.  With subject matters ranging from mercury and aluminum, the Omnibus Autism Proceedings in the Vaccine Court, to stem cells and animal viruses, Heckenlively has been a veritable Scarlet Pimpernel of the bio-med world.

But now you can see his face and hear his comments in this exclusive interview with Dr. Judy Mikovits, his co-author for the book, PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases which is being released by Skyhorse Press on September 2, 2104.  Let us know what you think of the video and feel free to pass it on to friends and family!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-ReDZpqUjs

PLAGUE goes on sale September 2, 2014 at bookstores everywhere.

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.   Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can pre-order the book HERE.

Microbiome Conference Videos Now Available

MicrobiomeOur own Teresa Conrick attended this 1st International Symposium on the Microbiome in Health and Disease with a Special Focus on Autism conference on the Microbiome - and she has written extensively about this important topic of gut and brain health.  We invite you to read her posts and view the videos from the conference, which are now live.  Take note of the presentation by Dr. Richard Frye - who has been a staunch supporter of our childrens' health. His practive is under tremendous pressure - and we dearly hope he continues to practice, treat our kids and lecture to others about the necessity of medical care for the very real illness that is autism in so many of our children.

The Microbiome Series by Teresa Conrick

 

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Why No Programs for Adults With Autism? (Supply and Demand, Perhaps?)

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

July 26, 2014, Washington Post: Coping with adult children's autism, parents may face 'least bad' decisions

...This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures showing 1 in 68 children in the United States have Autism Spectrum Disorder, a term that captures the wide range of ways autism affects children. That was a 30 percent jump from two years earlier and more than double the rates from six years before that.

And over the next 10 years, 500,000 children with autism will become adults, according to Lisa Goring, a top official at the advocacy group Autism Speaks. "There are not enough services. It's a real problem for families."...

COMMENT: 

I don't see why this is a problem.  Why can't autistic young adults go where autistic adults have always gone?

For years, every time the autism rate took another gigantic leap ahead, major news outlets like the Washington Post expressed no concern. They were satisfied to quote officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who assured us that, no matter what the increase, it was just "better diagnosing" of a condition that's always been around.

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Natalie Palumbo

Make Them Fear, Make Them Silent: Shaming In The Age Of Autism

Make Them Fear, Make Them Silent: Shaming In The Age Of Autism

AntNat2By Natalie Palumbo

I’m 20, a rising sophomore in Motion Design at Ringling College of Art and Design, and the only sibling to an older brother with low-verbal autism.

Whether I’m away at school, or travelling far from home, I always stay in touch with my family and monitor the news. I’ve noticed an alarming pattern that seems to be forming. There appears to be a considerable attempt to shame parents for their concerns regarding medicines, and what is safe for their children to receive in terms of vaccinations and prescriptions.

I find it disheartening as a sibling that there isn’t more compassion coming from the medical professionals. Shouldn’t the parents feel comfortable asking if the recommended medicine is safe for their children to take? Why is there this attempt to make parents refrain from asking any questions, and why is there such an effort to shame them? I’ve noticed there are more stories being unearthed about doctors disregarding previous diagnosis, and children being held hostage by hospitals as in the Justina Pelletier case.

The Justina Pelletier case involves a 14 year old girl who was suffering with mitochondrial disease. After a setback, she was taken to Children’s Hospital in Boston. Despite what the parents reported to the medical professionals, the doctors believed that the child’s problems were psychiatric and not gastrointestinal. They ordered a complete change of protocol in spite of parent objections. The parents wanted Justina discharged from the hospital so they could seek care elsewhere.

According to reports in the Boston Globe, this resulted in “A medical collision with a child in the middle”. Journalist Niel Swidey wrote that doctors at Children’s Hospital, “contacted the state’s Child Protection Agency to discuss filing ‘medical child abuse’ suspecting that Justina’s parents were interfering with her medical care and pushing for unnecessary treatments.” These allegations led to Justina being taken from her parents and placed in emergency custody by the state. After a 16 month battle, the case was resolved in favor of the parents, but there are many more stories like Justina’s.

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Current Affairs

New Vaccine Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!

Dandruff

Back to school always brings a huge push to convince Americans that vaccines are completely safe and entirely necessary to our survival. There are no 30 second spots on TV with 28 seconds of side effects. There are no two page magazine ads with one full page devoted to side effects.  Just article after article attacking anyone who dares to question the reality of vaccine safety - including a prominent environmental activist with a pretty recognizable name....  Thanks to Dr. Darrell Crain for sharing this "Onion'esque" post with us. 

By Paul Scratchit

Three years ago today the Vaccine General’s office in the White House declared its intention to wipe out dandruff. “Dandruff is a nasty vaccine-preventable disease,” said Vera Welthy, first lieutenant to the Vaccine General.

“Dandruff is a scary, unsightly, and potentially deadly disease. We know of at least two cases where a dandruff-stricken individual, distracted by brushing scalp flakes off their shoulders, stepped off of a curb right into the path of a fast-moving motor vehicle.”

A press release from the Vaccine General points out that the government has invested vast sums of taxpayer money into eradicating dandruff once and for all over the past three years. “We will soon leave dandruff behind us and prevent children from growing up worried about skin flakes in their hair,” according to the announcement. “We can’t just blow off the sometimes deadly Disastrous Dandruff Disorder (DDD), we must attack dandruff vigorously, just as we do every time we come up with something we can call a new vaccine-preventable disease.”

Federal recommendations were quickly put in place three years ago mandating the anti-dandruff vaccine for all school-aged children. Congress even voted to give anti-dandruff vaccine maker Smerck-Roachee $1.5 billion to upgrade its gigantic anti-dandruff laboratory in New Jersey as a matter of national security.

States all over the country now require the initial seven shot series (nine shots for girls) before entering school. No shot, no school – unless you can find a medical doctor willing to sign the official form acknowledging you as a bad parent who has decided to sentence your child to a life of dandruff suffering that can lead to low self esteem and decades of heavy pharmaceutical treatment for severe depression, anxiety, and latent anti-government sentiment.

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Kim Stagliano

Jim Rockford's Message: Stand Up For What's Right

Garner

By Kim Stagliano

When actor James Garner decided to help organize and attend the March on Washington in 1963, he wasn’t just listening to his conscience. He and other actors who attended may have been embarking on Hollywood’s first large-scale political act since the days of McCarthyism and Hollywood’s anti-Communist blacklist. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/21/james-garners-legacy-a-commitment-to-civil-rights-and-political-activism/

I love this article about James Garner. What have you done in your life - to go against the grain for RFK Thimerosal Book what is right? For me? It's talking about vaccine injury and autism. That has meant being called "Anti-vaccine" and an "American Loon" and derided in the media (anyone remember my name splashed across the front page of the Chicago Trib for feeding my girls "toxic waste products" courtesy of Trine Tsouderos? Miss cupcake reviewer turned "science" beat writer?) I am proud to make people uncomfortable. Just as I am proud to support Skyhorse Publishing, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Dr. Martha Herbert and Dr. Mark Hyman and the new book Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak.

As I type, there is an ad by the State of New York running on NBC 4 featuring a man desperately trying to breath as he coughs, clearly in agony. This is an acceptable way to tell people that smoking is dangerous. But if I, we, dare try to tell anyone what vaccines did to our kids?  We're as welcome as lung cancer. 

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Cathy Jameson

Best of Age of Autism: Reality Check

Ronan flowerNote: Cathy has a well deserved weekend OFF. Happy summer!

By Cathy Jameson

Ronan has a vaccine injury, mitochondrial disease and seizures.  He can’t talk or use the bathroom on his own.  He can’t be left unattended or perform typical daily living skills.  Ronan requires a special diet, round-the-clock care and a team of professionals to teach him.  He has another team to medically treat him and to support him.  He’s a severely affected child.  I’ve known all of this for a long time now, but nothing could prepare me for a day like last Thursday.  That’s the day Ronan’s adaptive stroller arrived.  The stroller, while it will be very useful and will allow Ronan to see more of the world, is a reminder that he remains very dependent and sometimes, very weak.  Ronan just can’t keep up like other children can.  

When I was growing up in the 1970s and 80s, I knew only of a few children who had as severe issues as Ronan does.  Poor neurological developmental cases were not among them.  One boy in my K-8th grade elementary school was physically disabled and used a wheelchair.  A friend’s younger brother had gross motor delays and needed physical therapy.  Out of everyone I knew or knew of, only one child’s issues demanded intensive, long-term medical care.  Don’t get me wrong.  Other kids that I knew needed care or equipment and were in and out of the doctor’s office.  But more times than not, the equipment were crutches, and the doctor visits were to treat broken bones or get stitches after a hard day of play.  Their pain and medical management was temporary.  Children’s health forty years ago wasn’t fragile like that of today’s generation.  And unless they were being hidden, cases of severely affected children were drastically fewer than what exist today. 



As I stepped into adulthood in the early 90s, I prepared for my career in the education field.  Only then was I introduced to children like Ronan.  While real, these children were unknown to me personally.  They were highlighted in case studies that I was assigned to read in journals found on the shelves of my college library.  These children and their diagnoses were quite rare.  So was the number of cases of them.  Fascinated by how out-of-character their significant struggles and troubles were compared to children I encountered in my childhood, I felt sympathy for their parents.  It wouldn’t hit me until after Ronan’s diagnosis in the mid 2000s what those parents went through.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Mother Jones’ Murderous Jihad, the Orthodox Anomaly, Dorit on the Attack

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

I’ve had it with the anti-American bile spewing from that leftist rag Mother Jones magazine – inciting murderous jihadis. These cretins need to shut up and stop killing people.

Oh wait, that’s not what I really wanted to say. I wanted to say, the language being used against vaccine safety advocates is really getting out of control, and a recent example is Mother Jones, which referred this week to the “McCarthyite cretins in the murderous vaccinations-cause-autism movement.” (Jenny, meet Joe.)

Sounds a bit harsh when their own rhetoric is flung back at ‘em, doesn’t it!

Not since the White House warned Americans to “watch what they say, watch what they do” in the wake of 9/11 – before starting the stupidest, longest, most ruinous wars in U.S. history, having cowed most of the press and Congress into submission – has there been a moment like this.

Egged on by the “vaccines uber alles” forces, know-nothing folks like Mother Jones’ blogger Kevin Drum are stepping up the intemperate language to “baby killer” levels not seen since Bill Gates laid that one on Andy Wakefield. (These levels are likely to rise again with RFK Jr.’s new book, out next week, driving them into frenzy.)

Let’s remember that the law provides some fairly easy ways to skip vaccination, from personal and religious exemptions to no mandates at all if children are educated at home. Don’t like it? Change the law. Don’t compare those who follow or advocate perfectly legal behavior to mass murderers.

There’s been a lot of talk recently about parallels between 1914 and now, 100 years later. Here’s another one – as war fever built, free speech was suppressed under the Espionage Act. President Wilson even tried to criminalize criticism of the president. I’m sure he thought that opposing entry into the war would cost lives. Instead it probably cost us a century more of constant war.

Calling us anti-vaccine because we want a safer, saner vaccine schedule and are highly critical of current government policy is like calling Mother Jones anti-American because it wants a safer, saner country and is highly critical of current government policy.

Free speech and relatively free choice is here to stay (let us pray!). The murderous anti-American cretins – wait, the lazy uninformed ideologues -- over at Mother Jones might as well calm down and get used to it.

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The evidence for lower autism rates in less vaccinated populations keeps rolling in – and rolling off the backs of the media and medical establishment.

Thanks to AOA’s Adriana Gamondes for spotting this March article in the Times of Israel: “In Israel, a lower percentage of ultra-Orthodox and Arabic children are diagnosed with autism compared with the general population — and no one is quite sure why.

“That pattern, which is mirrored in Aboriginal populations in Canada, was the subject of discussion by autism researchers from the two countries at a Hebrew University symposium this week. One thing is certain, they said — when it comes to autism in both Israel and Canada, not enough is known.”

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Back To School Vaccine Safety Push is ON

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

July 25, Salt Lake City, Deseret News: It's safe to vaccinate kids — studies find autism risks are linked to genetics instead

July 24, 2014, Washington Times: EDITORIAL: More Kennedy snake-oil medicine

July 24, 2014, WFMZ, Allentown, PA: Life Lessons Detecting autism earlier

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Anne Dachel

More Fringe Than Rug: Time Attacks Robert Kennedy's Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak

Thimerosal RFKNote: Anyone, from political activists, to celebs to "Real" Housewives to actual housewives who question vaccine ingredients and/or safety is shunted into the "anti-vaccine fringe category."  In 2014 there's more "fringe" (those who study and learn and report) than rug, as Americans question vaccine safety like any other product, thus the desperate push to denigrate, disassemble and deny by pharMedia.

By Anne Dachel

July 21, Jeffrey Kluger--TIME:
RFK Jr. Joins the Anti-Vaccine Fringe  "Most fundamentally, Kennedy does not get chemistry. Thimerosal is an ethylmercury product. Mercury in general may be a neurotoxin, but it's in its methylmercury form that it does its damage-and only in particular concentrations. The quantity of ethylmercury that was once in vaccines was so small that it was actually within acceptable limits for the more toxic, methyl form-but it wasn't even in that methyl form to begin with."

TIME actually went further than the others in slamming Kennedy's thesis with Kluger's defense of methlymercury, along with the ethymercury used in vaccines.  He wasn't afraid to say thimerosal is mercury. He just doesn't see a problem with it.

I would like to ask all the reporters writing on this subject, not just Kluger, Sanders, Salzberg, and Helmuth, do you know anything about the history of thimerosal?

The truth is, officials don't want to research just how dangerous thimerosal is when injected into children and mothers-to-be.  Ten years ago, on June 4, 2004, acting director of the FDA, William Egan,  was called to testify before the House Committee on Government Reform about thimerosal. 

U.S. Rep. Dan Burton: "Mr. Egan, has thimerosal ever been tested by our health agencies?"

William Egan: "Its been only those early tests that you know of that were done by Lilly."

Burton: "That was done in 1929....

"And lets just follow up on that. In 1929, they tested this on 27 people that were dying of meningitis . And all of those people died of meningitis. And so they said, there was no correlation between their deaths, and the mercury in the vaccines. That is the only test that has ever been done on Thimerosal, that I know of. Can you think of any other?"

Egan: "No, in people, no. Except for accidental exposures over the."

Burton: "So we have mercury that has been put into people's bodies in the form of this preservative ,and has been since the thirties, and it has never been tested by our health agencies. And yet, you folks come here , and you testify that there is no 'conclusive evidence,' conclusive evidence, and the IOM says 'they favor,' - get this - they don't say they are sure, they say they favor rejection of a causal relationship between mercury and autism and other neurological disorders. Mr. Egan, can you tell me right now that that amount of mercury injected into a baby will not hurt it?"

Egan: "It's.. You know, it's, it's , it's impossible to make those categorical statements that one hundred percent .."

That is the inescapable truth about the safety of thimerosal. 

It's hard to understand reporters who are so willing to risk their reputations by ardently defending the use of toxic mercury in vaccines when the science simply isn't there.  Mercury has been used in vaccines for eighty-five years without ever being tested by the government for its toxic effects.   Steven Salzberg's may cite "study after study" as proof that thimerosal is safe, but the truth is these studies are merely easily flawed and manipulated population studies--the weakest kind of science.  The fact that our health officials keep doing them and yet they never settle the question, should tell reporters something.

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Anne Dachel

Nova's Not So New Approach to Vaccination

PBS biasBy Anne Dachel

Vaccines-Calling the Shots

Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out. Airing September 10, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago-whooping cough, measles, mumps-are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. NOVA's "Vaccines - Calling the Shots" takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, hear from parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, and shed light on the risks of opting out.

"Risks of opting out"?  Will we also hear about the risks of "opting in" or will PBS just pretend that vaccines carry no side effects?

Will the producers at PBS include a clip from their series, Autism Now, from 2011?    Veteran newscaster Robert MacNeil interviewed autism expert, Dr. David Amaral from the MIND Institute at UC-Davis about the link between vaccines and autism.  While  Amaral didn't think vaccines are the only cause of autism, he said this about a child who might have a predisposition or be ill at the time of vaccination,

 "Vaccinations for those children actually may be the environmental factor that tipped them over the edge of autism. And I think it is incredibly important, still, to try and figure out what, if any, vulnerabilities, in a small subset of children, might make them at risk for having certain vaccinations."

That was a pretty amazing comment.  It certainly means that parents who worry about vaccine side effects have good reason for their concern. 

You can see the PBS interview with David Amaral on YouTube.  (PBS no longer has the video available.)   9:12


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

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Teresa Conrick

Dr. Andy Wakefield - You Had Me at Microbiome

MicrobiomeAndy and teresaBy Teresa Conrick

I have been reading and writing about the microbiome quite a lot so it was inspiring to be able to hear Dr. Andrew Wakefield discuss vaccine safety issues, autism and the microbiome here in Chicago earlier this year.  Dr. Wakefield was presenting along with Dr. Ashly Ochsner, BS, DC, a popular, local Chiropractor, whose practice, Health From Within, treats many patients with an autism diagnosis. Marcella Piper-Terry, parent, activist, FB friend to many, and the heart and soul of VaxTruth, was also a presenter, discussing her own personal journey and the many parents along the way who have had children injured by vaccines.

We listened about the epidemic numbers of kids receiving an autism diagnosis and other chronic diseases.  We cried when Dr. Wakefield showed a photo of a boy, bloody and bruised by his own self-injurious behavior (SIB), who had the most severe case of autism that Dr.Wakefield had ever seen.  He described how the boy received a GI scope and lesions were seen everywhere.  The amount of pain would have had us all on the floor screaming for help, Dr. Wakefield described, but the boy was nonverbal and he could not tell of his plight.  His SIB was not some kind of psychotic display but his reaction to pain -- “the amount of pain probably had this boy almost suicidal.”  He then explained how the boy was put on a special diet and received medical treatments and medications to stop the inflammation and pain.  He was getting better but then the local doctors stopped it.  We have heard this scenario before.  An autism diagnosis often means psychotropic drugs and for a child like this, often restraints. The word, AUTISM, historically has meant a BRAIN issue, thus PSYCHIATRIC only and that’s what happened to this boy.  They stopped his medical care, and his pain and SIB returned.  The insanity of that is just too horrific. 

Andy et alDr Wakefield also described how for years parents were told that there was NO CONNECTION to GI issues and autism.  Many were treated as if they were crazy or had munchausen syndrome by proxy,  the most bizarre excuse that psychiatry ever invented.  Yet here we are now, with study after study showing that there is MUCH EVIDENCE of GI issues and autism:

Autism Gastro Problems May Be Linked To Gut Bacteria  

Gastrointestinal issues in autism spectrum disorder.

Autism Linked To Digestive Problems 

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Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - An Alliance of the Free Peoples of Middle-Earth

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

You should probably know I worship at the altar of The Lord of the Rings.  As a cinematic evocation of loyalty, friendship, and courage I believe it has no equal.  I tell my son that if someday in the distant future I am not around and he wants to explain to his children or grandchildren what his father hoped to be, he should pop in the DVD and let them view the trilogy.

When I watch I imagine myself as Aragorn, taking the Dimholt Road under the mountain, clutching the sword, Anduril, Flame of the West, offering a deal to the souls of the dishonored dead if they would join me in battle.  I picture myself as Aragon, astride my horse in front of the Black Gate, telling my troops, I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.  A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day.  An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day!  This day we fight!  Then I jump off my horse, and with the setting sun behind me, a reckless, almost manic glint in my eye and a crooked grin, I am first to charge into the enemy army.

Aside from my heroic Aragorn fantasies the most inspiring part of the story to me is how the different groups of Middle-Earth come together to form a Fellowship and fight a common enemy.  The scene in which a council of humans, elves, dwarves, the wizard Gandalf, and hobbits discuss what to do with the One Ring reminds me of the problems faced by so many disparate groups today.  Among the groups under threat today are the autism parents, those with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and the Lyme disease sufferers, to name just a few of the most prominent.

One of the reasons I love the scene at the council table is because it shows how much each group is mistrusted by the others.  The humans are distrusted because they had a chance to destroy the One Ring and failed to do so.  The dwarves are mistrusted because they care so much about treasure and tunnel too deep into the earth where they risk awakening dark forces.  The elves are distrusted because they so often stand back from the fight, as if they are not part of their world.

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Current Affairs, Sponsor News, Vaccine Safety

Robert Kennedy Is Right Slate Magazine Is Out To Lunch

Lyn RFKLyn Redwood wrote this post on the Safeminds website. For those of you who do not know who Lyn is, her son is what I would consider "Child Zero" for Thimerosal/mercury poisoning.  Lyn is a nurse, a lone voice of reason on IACC and one of the first people to ask about mercury in vaccines back in the 1990s - and count the micrograms - and having realize there were hundreds of mcgs in the pediatric scheduke, sounding the alarm bell.   A bell that CDC, AAP, AMA, Slate, Wired, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, Paul Offit, Nancy Snyderman, Dorit Reiss and so many others can  NOT UNRING.  We all owe Lyn a debt of gratitude for pursuing medical safety for our kids and ourselves (flu shots contain mercury).

You can purchase Robert Kennedy's book Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak today.

Several months ago I received a call on my cell from a number I didn’t recognize. Usually I let such Thimerosal RFK calls go to voice mail but for some reason I picked it up. A friendly raspy voice alleging to be Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. requested to speak to me. At first I thought it was a hoax. But after a few seconds I recognized the voice from the Ring of Fire talk radio program and realized this was not a prank.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was calling to invite me to attend a high profile meeting that he had arranged with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the continued use of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, in vaccines.

He also asked if I would be willing to read a research paper that he had commissioned reviewing the science regarding thimerosal, and to accompany him on a meeting with colleagues to call on select members of Congress for help.

I was more than glad to help out. I have spent the last 15 years of my life researching mercury. I have been involved in countless meetings with high levels officials at the CDC, the FDA, the NIH, and the HHS urging them to remove thimerosal from all medical products, including vaccines. I was honored to be a part of this effort and to work with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to protect other children from what happened to my son over 20 years ago.

My son’s story: poisoned by mercury

When he was born, my son weighed close to 9 lbs. He was a happy baby who ate and slept well, smiled, cooed, walked, and talked all by one year. But shortly after his first birthday, my son began to regress physically and developmentally, losing speech, eye contact, and social interactions. He no longer slept through the night and suddenly refused to eat foods that he had previously enjoyed, gagging and spitting them out. He started suffering bouts of bloody diarrhea.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: New York Times: "A lax culture" at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Try to imagine the New York Times criticizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for anything, especially anything involving infectious diseases.  I wouldn't have thought it was possible--until I saw their story, After Lapses, C.D.C. Admits a Lax Culture at Labs, on July 13, 2014.

This involved a stunning public admission by the agency head, Dr. Thomas Frieden, that mishandlings at the CDC had potentially exposed employees to some of the most deadly infectious agents on the planet, including anthrax and avian flu virus.

The Times story was by Richard Fauseet and Donald G. McNeil, Jr., and McNeil's name was one I immediately recognized because of his past reporting on the vaccine/autism controversy

In 2010, McNeil wrote the piece, Thimerosal, a preservative containing mercury, does not cause autism, about rulings from the Federal Court of Claims affecting 5,000 pending cases where parents sought compensation for vaccine injuries that involved autism.

In that story, McNeil called on Dr. Paul Offit and several moms from the autism community for their reactions.  (And like almost all member of the mainstream media, he failed to cite a single expert who could challenge the court's ruling that it is safe to inject mercury into human beings.)

McNeil had done the same thing in another Times story in 2009 called, U.S. court says vaccine not to blame for autism. Here he pitted the American Academy of Pediatrics against parents who claim that vaccines caused their children's autism, seemingly unaware that hundreds of independent studies by well credentialed experts raise serious concerns about side effects from our ever-expanding vaccination schedule. 

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Teresa Conrick

Dear America, You Are Being Bamboozled Again About Autism and Genes

Dnatoy3By Teresa Conrick

It’s happening again.  The onslaught of studies and articles to try and persuade you, dear citizen of the USA, that AUTISM is a genetic ONLY disorder.  Why, you may ask?  Well, it could be that the back-to school flu vaccines are right around the corner, and your money and your health are about to be bamboozled, but my bet is that a book on the SCIENCE of Thimerosal, that darn mercury preservative in vaccines (especially flu shots), is coming out in 12 days.  Did I mention that Robert F. Kennedy is the author and it’s all about the science and the studies, showing how toxic Thimerosal is and the damage it can cause, even in small doses?  He is the same passionate Kennedy that is fighting for many other environmental causes.  His involvement appears to come with a price as the media (and those who are paying them) are trying to dismiss his research on the dangers, as well as try to paint him as a mercury betrayer.  He won’t budge (good for him!), which leads us to their Plan A, unfolding as the days go by, to try and annihilate his book and the research.

The article I want to share about a new gene study has these bizarre quotes:

The source of autism in children is in majority the result of the desire of parents with defective genes to have children. The study included the contribution of environmental causes of autism and found that genetics trumps any environmental cause for autism. The study was based on the genetic analysis of over 1.6 million Swedish families and compared 3,000 people with autism with a group that did not have autism that was the same size.

As you keep reading in disbelief on how ridiculous it sounds, you then see the glowing, neon message:

This discovery that included the National Institutes of Health in the United States and several experts from U. S. universities brings into serious doubt previous claims that vaccinations or any environmental source caused autism. The 2010 U. S. Court ruling that the use of thimerosal in vaccines was a cause of autism is now suspect of being invalid. Likewise the books  that claim vaccinations caused autism are now considered to be less than factual…..In light of the facts produced by this new research, one must seriously consider how flagrantly greedy or desperately needy people that have autistic children may have been.

“SERIOUS DOUBT?….that vaccinations or ANY environmental source?….U.S. Court ruling invalid on thimerosal causing autism?....BOOKS that claim that vaccinations caused autism are now less than factual?..... flagrantly greedy?

What a crock! Where the heck did this come from?

There are many, many studies showing that TOXINS are involved in autism.  Whether they come in a pesticide:

“Pesticides linked to autistic disorders” Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:33:00 EST

The main findings of the study were that living near (within about 1.25km distance) to where pesticides were used at any point during pregnancy (compared to no exposure) was associated with a 60% higher risk of the child having ASD.

Or in a vaccine (with Thimerosal):

Hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and autism diagnosis, NHIS 1997-2002.”

Boys vaccinated as neonates had threefold greater odds for autism diagnosis compared to boys never vaccinated or vaccinated after the first month of life.

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Current Affairs, Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted , Vaccine Safety

Sharyl Attkisson Asks About Amish and Autism

Sharyl AWe have excerpted this article from Sharyl Attkisson's website.

This is an interesting article written several years ago by UPI investigative journalist Dan Olmsted. It asks “Where are the autistic Amish?”

After the article was published, back when more reporters were covering the scientific links between vaccines and autism, I asked an official from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the supposed lack of autism in the unvaccinated Amish. She said that there could be many other reasons besides the community’s aversion to vaccines. For example, “They don’t use electricity, right?” she told me. In other words, she seemed to put lack of electricity on equal footing with lack of vaccinations when it comes to what could be responsible for the apparent lower than average autism rate in the unvaccinated Amish.

The obvious difference is there are many scientific studies supporting a link between vaccines and Amishautism–often unreported, under-reported or dismissed by pharmaceutical interests and vaccine activists who have long fought a PR campaign to falsely portray the studies and researchers as “anti-vaccine.”

I told the CDC official that it would seem that a survey of the unvaccinated population could be a good first step in further dispelling or further confirming the possibility of a vaccine tie to autism. The CDC official acknowledged to me that the information would be worthwhile. I asked whether CDC would attempt such a survey.

Such a survey wouldn’t necessarily cost a penny because the CDC already conducts regular telephone and mail surveys to monitor childhood immunization coverage. It could just add a question: has your child been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder?  Read the full post at Ms. Attkisson's site here.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Mom Jeans... Or Something Like That

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

July 21, 2014, Slate.com: Autism Linked to Common Genes--Environmental causes and specific mutations aren't as much to blame.

July 20, 2014, WebMD: Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

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Current Affairs, John Stone, Vaccine Safety

The Princess and the Pea: Only the Pain of the Pharmaceutical Industry Counts

Princess PeaBy John Stone

Two weeks to go before the publication of Robert F Kennedy jr’s book about vaccine mercury and we all know where we are headed: the same place as last year when Jenny McCarthy was given a job on ‘The View’  and Katie Couric scheduled a program in which the safety of HPV vaccines were questioned: the unspontaneous howls of pain are starting. It does not matter that the book is apparently couched in the most diplomatic language or that its claims have been diluted, it will be too much for the sensibilities of the vaccine lobby. I am sure we have often referred on these pages to Hans Christian Andersen’s tale ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ but this time I have been thinking of an even more succinct and ironic tale ‘The Princess and the Pea’. A prince wants to marry a princess but the only way it can be confirmed that she is a real princess is because the candidate is so sensitive that a pea hidden under a pile of mattresses causes her to lose a night’s sleep. I think we can be sure that the vaccine lobby is according to this definition “a real princess”, and that there is no criticism so slight that we will not be told about the terrible pain it has caused.

There is no doubt either that the voice of the princess is about to be heard in the land. There is no criticism so gentle or diplomatically couched that the princess can withstand the pain: the outraged opinion pieces will appear in every newspaper, the sage doctors will emerge from every corner on the TV saying “Get the damn vaccines”, we will have wall to wall Dorit Reiss: the princess will tell us how painful it all is. Of course the moral of Anderson’s story is that it is not princesses who have to endure a lot, it is ordinary people: the princess is a great deal more trouble than she is worth. She has also arranged that ordinary people cannot be heard, or they are brusquely pushed to the side. Only the princess’s pain really matters in the great scheme.

Of course, the argument will be that all this sensibility is for the benefit of ordinary people, but if this was so the princess would listen to ordinary people when they tried to express their pain rather than trying to shout them down or shut them up, hiring a mob to help her. The princess is highly manipulative and knows how to get her own way.

Unfortunately, Robert Kennedy will not be able to appease the princess any more than Jenny McCarthy or Katie Couric. Instead we will just have another great tantrum and the usual hysterical, unhinged display of self-righteousness.

The Princess on the Pea

By Hans Christian Andersen translated by Jean Hersholt

Once there was a Prince who wanted to marry a Princess. Only a real one would do. So he traveled through all the world to find her, and everywhere things went wrong. There were Princesses aplenty, but how was he to know whether they were real Princesses? There was something not quite right about them all. So he came home again and was unhappy, because he did so want to have a real Princess.

One evening a terrible storm blew up. It lightened and thundered and rained. It was really frightful! In the midst of it all came a knocking at the town gate. The old King went to open it.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Cost of Child Vs. Child with Autism

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

July 21, 2014, Examiner.com: Largest study to date shows majority of autism is genetic

July 21, 2014, LA Times: Student filmmakers find themselves drawn into the vaccine/autism fray

July 20, 2014, Forbes: Robert Kennedy's Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Activism

July 20, 2014, US News: Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

July 20, 2014, USA Today: Iowa puts $5 million into autism program

July 20, 2014, Wall Street Journal: Can You Really Afford a New Child?

July 19, 2014, Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa, CA: Danger of anti-immunization movement is real

July 17, 2014, ScienceBlogs.com: Andrew Wakefield is still at it blaming vaccines for autism

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Anne Dachel

Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. & Drs. Martha Herbert and Mark Hyman Debuts August 4

Thimerosal RFKBy Anne Dachel

Many of us in the autism community have been eagerly awaiting the release of Robert Kennedy, Jr.'s new book, THIMEROSAL: LET THE SCIENCE SPEAK:

I am hopeful about the book--hopeful that there can be an honest look into the use of one of the deadliest ingredients possible in vaccines, namely mercury.  (And seriously, the tired claim that it was removed from most children's vaccines over a decade ago, except for SOME flu shots, doesn't settle anything.  It's still in unconscionable levels in the flu vaccine and this vaccine is recommended for pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy.  Imagine the impact of an adult dose of 25 mcg of mercury on the brain of a developing fetus.  AND A POINT THAT IS NEVER EXPLORED: The vaccine makers still sell vaccines to Third World Countries loaded with high levels of toxic thimeorsal.  We may be protecting the children of the U.S., but the poorest of the poor in the world have no choice for their kids--they get mercury.)

Of course it also matters how the media reacts to Kennedy's book.  If reporters present this as one man's baseless opinion in the face of an army of experts, it'll be easy to discount his work as simply "anti-vaccine."

(Most of the time, the press tackles this subject as if there were no debate.  Whoever contends the vaccines have serious side effects has to be wrong.)

If it's honestly covered with due consideration given to "THE SCIENCE" that Kennedy cites, then this book could lead a real improvement in health care for children.

I have my own problems with how willing members of the press are when it comes to challenging the medical establishment.   It's so much easier and safer to just go to the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or ask a top expert in the mainstream medical community for their opinion on the safety of injecting mercury into humans.  According to officials, all the science is in: studies show no link to things like autism and other neuro-developmental disorders. 

I have yet to see a reporter ask anyone from the CDC how they can justify allowing mercury in vaccines when the only test on thimerosal was done eighty-five years ago by the vaccine maker, Eli Lilly.  That ridiculous study was conducted on a couple dozen patients who all died from meningitis by the end of the research.  STILL--Eli Lilly said it was safe and after the creation of the FDA, its use was grandfathered in.

And please, those population studies, done decades after the fact where the results could easily be flawed or manipulated, don't count.  News people love to cite the "no link" studies, but I've yet to see a single one of them ask, "Who funded the study?" or "Were there any conflicts on the part of the researchers?" 

In 2006, David Kirby's book, Evidence of Harm--Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic,  was published.

In 2011, Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill  gave us The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Manmade Epidemic.

Both of these books were filled with the experts and the science on mercury in vaccines; they didn't have just the opinions of these three writers.  I marveled at the fact that reporters don't ever seem to read the books that are out there.  If they actually did, they would have a lot to ask health officials about. 

Of course the one really important question that never comes up is a simple one: "Who will be held responsible if it's clearly shown that an unchecked, unsafe vaccine schedule is behind the explosion in brain disorders in our children?"   And even though it's not openly talked about, it's always there in the minds of those defending the safety of vaccines.

So what can we expect from reporters writing about Kennedy's new book?

The first mention of Thimerosal--Let the Science Speak that I've seen so far was on July 16 in the Washington Post: Robert Kennedy Jr.'s belief in autism-vaccine connection, and its political peril by Keith Kloor.

First of all, that's a rather disingenuous title.  Kennedy's subject is the use of MERCURY in vaccines.  To reduce that to simply a "vaccine connection" leaves out the essence of the book. If a reader just looks at the title, it's pretty clear where this article is headed.  We're told it's Kennedy's belief--there's no mention of all the scientists backing what he says. And incredibly, Kloor writes about what this means "politically," not morally or socially.  

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John Stone

Best of AofA: Steven Salzberg: the questions about vaccines he couldn't answer in 2012

SalzbergSteven Salzberg has attacked Robert F Kennedy, Jr. in Forbes for even raising the question of vaccine safety, but how can vaccine safety be credible if every critic is mechanically censured? Salzberg writes:  'Robert Kennedy is obsessed with the notion that vaccines cause autism. He's particularly Thimerosal RFKobsessed with the discredited idea that thimerosal, a preservative used in some vaccines, causes autism. Now Kennedy is about to publish a new book on this topic, and he's promoting it both in the press and, as described in today's Washington Post, in the halls of Congress. He's recently had personal meetings with U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Bernie Sanders to try to convince them to take action based on his claims. Why is it that a scientifically unqualified anti-vaccine advocate can get a private audience with a U.S. Senator? Because he's famous, that's why." Meanwhile Salzberg himself showed himself to be woefully lacking in factual mastery when responding to the congressional autism hearing in November 2012. AoA  re-publishes UK editor John Stone's critque of Salzberg on that occasion.

By John Stone

One of the few public responses to the Congressional hearing into autism by a vaccine programme advocate was from Steven Salzberg, professor of medicine and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University Medical School on Forbes.com. While Prof Salzberg’s blog was open to comment he has unfortunately not only ignored serious criticism but most disturbingly - for a senior scientist and academic - correction of basic facts.  Here are a few points, some taken or adapted from my comments.

(1)    Salzberg criticises Congressman Burton:

“Bang bang, two false claims in 10 seconds. First he claims that mercury from vaccines “accumulates in the brain”, a statement with no scientific support at all … Unfortunately, some quack doctors have experimented with chelation therapy on autistic children, despite that fact that it can cause deadly liver and kidney damage, and one of them caused the death of a 5-year-old boy in 2005.”

However, Burton had presumably read the Burbacher paper (NIH funded). Here is ad extract:

““There was a much higher proportion of inorganic Hg in the brain of thimerosal monkeys than in the brains of MeHg monkeys (up to 71% vs. 10%). Absolute inorganic Hg concentrations in the brains of the thimerosal-exposed monkeys were approximately twice that of the MeHg monkeys. Interestingly, the inorganic fraction in the kidneys of the same cohort of monkeys was also significantly higher after im thimerosal than after oral MeHg exposure (0.71 ± 0.04 vs. 0.40 ± 0.03). This suggests that the dealkylation of ethylmercury is much more extensive than that of MeHg.”

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Cathy Jameson

A Rough Start

Grumpy cat wake upBy Cathy Jameson

I normally play a movie for Ronan once he’s buckled into his car seat, but I turned the radio on instead. 

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all close

With a word she can get what she came for.

Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven had just started.  “Nothing’s glittering with gold around here,” I grumbled.  Sweat, tears and frustration were more like it.

Ronan had just had a 15-minute meltdown.  It began right after he’d woken up.  It intensified when he refused to get out of bed.  It became physical when he decided he didn’t want to leave his bedroom.  It worsened when he resisted getting into the car for school. 

Wake up time is not usually difficult.  Thursday morning would be like other mornings.  Or so I thought.  Ronan began to stir just after 9am.  I let him slowly wake.  At 9:15 I pulled the covers back.  It was time to get up, change, grab a bite to eat and head to school.

Our morning started out peacefully, but the peace and calm lasted for only about 30 seconds. 

I sat on Ronan’s bed as he stirred awake and greeted him with a smile saying, “Time to get up!” 

He signed NO and put a blanket over his face.

“Come on, Buddy.  Let me change your diaper and get you into play clothes,” I continued. 

A hand emerged from the covers.  NO.

Still buried under blankets and now his pillow, I managed to get Ronan’s diaper changed and his shorts on.  Trying to get his socks on wasn’t going to be as easy.  Ronan began to kick his legs and pull them under the covers.  It took a little bit longer, but I said to Ronan cheerily, “One sock on.  Now the other one.”

Ronan was not pleased.  He signed NO, NO, NO. Then he rolled over. 

He usually offers some assistance in getting dressed, but he didn’t want to help Thursday morning.  “Almost done!”  I sang out. 

What usually takes less than five minutes took just over ten.  We had no time to waste—it was Ronan’s last day of school. 

“Come on, honey.  We need to go,” I pleaded.  Seeing that he wanted to stay snuggled under his covers I promised him he could bring his favorite blankie when he got up.  I also said he could pick a movie to watch on the way to school if he would cooperate with me.

NO, NO, NO!

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Metals on the March

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Everywhere I look, one kind of metal or another seems to be implicated in modern environmental illnesses. You’ve all heard the discovery Mark Blaxill and I made that places organic mercury via both vaccines and pesticides at the start, and heart, of the autism epidemic in the 1930s. Clearly, ethylmercury is deeply implicated in the roots and rise of autism.

It’s important to remember that vaccines and pesticides are merely vectors, not causes. What they deliver – the toxic exposure -– is the heart of the matter.  For instance, metals delivered in quite another way – through emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources of environmental mercury – showed up as a powerful connection to autism in the two Palmer studies at the University of Texas. And coal contains not just mercury but arsenic and lead – both metals.

“We suspect low-dose exposures to various environmental toxicants, including mercury, that occur Metals symptomsduring critical windows of neural development among genetically susceptible children may increase the risk for developmental disorders such as autism,” according to the authors.

Another study, by Windham and colleagues, found a similar correlation by linking “the California autism surveillance system to estimated hazardous air pollutant (HAP) concentrations compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. … Our results suggest a potential association between autism and estimated metal concentrations, and possibly solvents, in ambient air around the birth residence, requiring confirmation and more refined exposure assessment in future studies.”

Noted autism researcher Isaac Pessah, who wasn’t involved in the study, told the L.A. Times, "Clearly this suggests that there may be correlations between autism onset and environmental exposures, especially as it relates to metal exposures."

Combined with the Palmer studies, and our own research on the first cases and their links to mercury, any honest effort to figure out what’s causing autism would by now have zeroed in on metals and their mechanisms of delivery, whether through coal, air pollution in general, pesticides, vaccines, or what have you. But because one of the delivery mechanisms – vaccines – is protected by a moat of official denial, the entire field is blocked and diverted into unrewarding Groundhog-Day style churning of topics like genes and strictly pre-term exposures. Post-natal? Metals? No way!

One thing I’ve always remembered from that Windham study is that the highest correlation with autism came from three different metals: mercury, cadmium and nickel (as well as two solvents, trichloroethylene and vinyl chloride).

Cadmium-hazardjpg-417b5d675d1518dbCadmium. Interesting. This week I’m back in my home state of Illinois, and the Chicago Tribune (hardly a friend to the environmental theory of autism) reported on a new study comparing organic and regular produce. The conventional wisdom is that there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between them, except that organic costs more. This study did find important differences – including the fact that organic foods offer more antioxidants, which is the main reason to eat your kale in the first place. Plus, the researchers found more pesticide residue on regular produce (duh!) and much higher levels of … wait for it … cadmium. The level was still below official limits, but cadmium, because it’s a metal, is one of those things that can build up in your system. (Kind of like mercury and lead and arsenic.)

Cadmium, number 48 on the periodic table, is chemically similar to two other group 12 metals, zinc and … wait for it … mercury. Cadmium (like mercury) is no longer allowed in pesticides in the United States.

But it’s sure interesting to see mercury pop up in a study of coal emissions and autism in Texas, mercury and cadmium in air pollution and autism in California, and cadmium in a study of produce in general. And recall that pesticides have recently been linked to autism – in mothers who live near pesticide-sprayed fields in California. This conclusion is being resisted mightily by the mainstream autism epidemic deniers; as I argued last week, it is dangerous because it ultimately points to the heart of the matter – a non-genetic, man-made, environmental disaster in which food and medicine are deeply implicated via pesticides and vaccines.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Amalgam Fillings (Pssst, that's Mercury)

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

July 17, 2014,  KTAR TV, Phoenix:Gilbert gets new school for students with autism

July 16, 2014, KING5, Seattle: Metal fillings in your teeth could make you sick

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An Open letter to Tom Insel, Director of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)

Thomas inselThank you to our good friend Laura Bono and our sponsor Safeminds for this letter. Please share with family, friends throughout social media. Thank you.

Dear Tom,

It's been a while. I used to come and plead at the microphone for help for autistic children and families. Up until a couple of years ago, I submitted public comments under my name or with organizations for nearly every IACC meeting - going all the way to back when you took over the National Institute of Mental Health in 2002. Gosh, I've met with you in person more than a half a dozen times to talk about the science, what conditions we were seeing in kids on the spectrum, and the research that was needed to find the answers to help. But not anymore. I realize now that I was wasting my time. You haven't listened to anything I - or the thousands of other heartbroken parents - have been telling you.

Tom, as I know you know, twenty-five years ago, autism was a little-known, uncommon disorder. Today, autism is more common in America than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes, and pediatric HIV/AIDS combined.

The increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with autism has created a national health emergency.

In a speech at the National Institutes of Health on September 30, 2009, President Obama specifically cited autism, along with cancer and heart disease, as one of three health conditions targeted for major scientific research investment through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Obama expressed his hope that research into genetic and environmental factors would result in strides in early intervention, treatments, and therapies to help people affected by autism achieve their fullest potential.

That has not happened.

Instead of seeing any kind of improvement, or any kind of progress, the numbers of autistic children have continued to rise.

Now 1 in every 68 children in America has autism. My prediction for what you are going to do about it? The same old thing! Tweak the strategic plan, talk about it a lot, do the same old science anyway regardless of the plan, choose to promote the science you like, dismiss the science you don't, move on.

One of the biggest obstacles to doing meaningful research and to seeing any kind of real change, has been the fact that you, Tom, have turned a deaf ear to parents. We've been telling you about our children and their challenges for years. Read more at the Safeminds site.

 

Current Affairs

Still Crazy?

Crazy are youBy Bill Welsh

I would not be convicted by a jury of my peers

Still crazy

Still crazy

Still crazy after all these years.

(Paul Simon, 1975).

“Bill Welsh is a fruitcake”.

The above remark, was posted on the internet in 1998 by an American troll shortly after I had contributed to a UK newspaper item on vaccine safety (or lack of it). I was reminded of this episode only recently when I was informed by another anonymous troll “You are out of your mind and dangerous!” It made me think that my long held strategy* is not working.

*Strategy  

  A) Never get angry (passionate Yes, but angry No)

  B) Ignore the ill informed

  C) Deal only in hard facts.

Sounds a great strategy, dontyathink?

Frankly, it has not worked, so it’s back to the drawing board for me. But first let us look at one main strand of the original strategy:

A)  Hard facts.

1)    The autism epidemic CANNOT be genetic in origin.

2)    Epidemiology is NOT appropriate as a tool to prove vaccines are safe

3)    In the UK there are now over 100,000 schoolchildren with an autism diagnosis. (From rare to common in 20 years!).

4)    Recent official research puts the annual cost to society of autism in the UK at over £34 billion.

5)    10 Years from now the number of UK schoolchildren with ASD will have doubled if present rate of diagnosis merely stays the same (based on Scottish government figures).

6)    This rise in incidence is not and never has been as a result of “better recognition”.

And, puzzlingly-

7)    No one in officialdom is earnestly seeking to identify the environmental factor causing this public health tragedy.

I recently published on the internet my personal hypothesis on the likely cause of ‘regressive’ autism and why so many parents associate their child’s withdrawal into ASD with the vaccination programme. The more I researched the issue the more I have come to believe that the manufacturing process using ‘Cell Culture Technology’, introduced in the thirties in the USA, (Autism was identified as a new condition in 1944), the more I am convinced that this is where the answer to the autism enigma lies.

Parents from over 46 countries have visited my web page and read my theory including parents in Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Burma,  Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Federated States of Micronesia, Estonia, Finland,  France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, the UK and the USA.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Time Teaches More Fear to Parents RE Vaccine Compliance

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

The folks at TIME Magazine have outdone themselves promoting the idea that no matter how bloated the current vaccination schedule has become, it's never a problem.  Markham Heid, (someone TIME says, "writes about health, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle topics for TIME.com and other national magazines and media outlets,") presents a jumbled assortment of experts and their claims about the safety and efficacy of vaccination.

In the July 16 story, Spacing Out Kids' Vaccines Can Hurt Their Health, Experts Say,  Heid lines up three experts who fully support vaccines:

Dr. Michael J. Smith, a pediatrician at the University of Louisville,  Dr. Jessica Brian, a developmental psychologist at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Simon Hambidge, a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Colorado. 

Heid writes, "According to Brian's research, those children who did not receive their shots on time or altogether were slightly more likely to develop autism. 'I don't want to suggest that vaccines offer some protection against autism," she says. "But our data show that there's no increased risk of autism among kids who are vaccinated on time.'"

What is that supposed to mean?  How can an expert make this claim and not give us the details that support it?  Just how ignorant and gullible are parents expected to be?

Both Dr. Smith and Dr. Hambidge are worried about unvaccinated children getting measles.

Hambidge downplays sides effects like febrile seizures and cautions that getting the measles is far more risky.

Smith: "Vaccines are one of the most rigorously tested and effective health products on the planet. Nothing involving them is done lightly."

Heid cites false information from the Internet as the reason parents are leery of vaccinating their children. "Brian, Smith and other vaccine researchers repeatedly point to the Internet as a source of misinformation and, in some cases, unsubstantiated fear mongering when it comes to vaccines."

NOTE TO MARKHAM HEID, DRS. SMITH, HAMBIDGE, AND BRIAN AND ALL THE EDITORS AT TIME:  The public can easily see this ridiculous article for the propaganda piece that it clearly is.  Yes, the Internet is a threat to the medical community and members of the media who only give us pretend science on vaccines. 

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Two Senators Call for Hide No Harm Act for Execs Who Conceal Product Dangers

Blumenthal FB

Senator Richard Blumenthal is my Senator here in Connecticut. My first reaction to this article, which appeared on my FB wall, was proably the same as yours: does this include vaccines? Then the beer I was drinking shot out my nose and I had to take a break from reading.....  Vaccines, as we know, live in a magical land of twirly swirly candy canes and unicorns who fart rosewater.  YOYO friends, and I don't mean Duncan. You are ON Your Own if you or a loved one is vaccine injured.  You could educate a few folks by commenting with facts and figures over at Automotive News, Vaxfaxwhich ran this announcement.  Below is what Senator Blumenthal wrote on FB (you can follow him at FB here) and the article he references.  Here is the comment I left on his wall:   You must include vaccines - they are exempt from American tort law. CT is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for the schooling of vaccine injured children, and will continue to pay throughout their lives. It's called autism in many... Including my own children. PLEASE. KS

From the Senator on FB:

Concealment can kill – and corporate officers should be held accountable for it. That’s why today, I’m introducing the Hide No Harm Act along with Senator Casey. Unfortunately, prison time may be the only deterrent to misconduct that a corporate officer understands. This bill would make it a crime for a company to knowingly conceal the fact that a product poses a danger to consumers or workers, and corporate officers would face criminal charges of up to five years in prison for deliberate concealment.

Hiding harm can be horrifically costly:

The Automotive News article:

7/16/14 1:45 pm ET -- updates announcement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Two U.S. senators today unveiled a bill prompted by the General Motors Co. recalls over defective ignition switches that would make it a crime for corporate officers to conceal dangers posed by their products.

Democratic senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania said their proposal calls for up to five years in prison and fines for officers who know their products could cause death or injury to consumers or workers and hide that information.

"Corporate concealment can kill, and corporate officers who engage in concealment must be held accountable," Blumenthal said at a news conference.

Federal prosecutors are building a criminal fraud case based on whether GM made misleading statements about a flawed ignition switch in some of its vehicles, which has been linked to at least 16 deaths and 61 crashes.

It is not clear whether prosecutors will bring cases against any individuals.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Running for Autism

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

July 16, 2014, Washington Post: Can running help autistic children?

July 15, 2014, NJToday.net: $2.5 million awarded to research, treat & prevent autism

July 15, 2014, WRAL Raleigh, N.C.: Autism advocates 'beg' for Senate vote

July 15, 2014, Disability Scoop: White House Adds New Disability Advisor

July 14, 2014, WXOW, La Crosse, WI: Medical Monday: Vaccinations

July 14, 2014, KETK, Tyler, TX: Facing autism in East Texas, families share their experience

July 14, 2014, AZ Republic: New Phoenix housing complex will cater to autistic adults

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Dr. Andrew Wakefield Continues To Speak Out

Andy AustinBy Anne Dachel

You can't bring up the link between vaccines and autism without hearing about a paper published in The Lancet, a British medical journal, in 1998.  The author was the much vilified doctor, Andrew Wakefield, and for the sixteen years, the media has blamed the controversy over vaccines and autism on Dr. Wakefield, (and of course, "former Playboy bunny," Jenny McCarthy). 

(I just finished my book, The Big Autism Cover-Up, and the second chapter is all about how the press made Wakefield into the fall guy for linking vaccines and autism.)

The media loves to tell us about how Wakefield produced a fraudulent study and lost his medical license, conveniently leaving out the details--like the fact that parents came to him for help because he's a gastroenterologist and their kids had bowel disease--which they developed along with autism after receiving the MMR vaccine. I have never seen coverage where a member of the press actually talked to even one of the 12 parents Wakefield wrote about.  No one wants to hear the truth about his work.  No reporter ever mentions the fact that the British government indemnified the MMR maker, so it would be the government that would have to take responsibility for the damage done, something that would be a huge incentive for them to attack this man.

Dr. Wakefield is a hero to the autism community. He does not quit. There are lots of doctors who know what vaccines are really doing to our children, but they remain silent. It takes a special kind of courage to stand by the truth and have your career and your reputation destroyed. Wakefield has been a constant presence at the annual Autism One Conference in Chicago since its beginning and this year's talk, the Legacy of Vaccine Injury, was empowering for the parents who were there.

While the media continues the pretense that all the science is in and parents should have no fears about vaccinating their children, Wakefield is out there challenging both the claims of vaccine safety and efficacy. And he's not going away. Despite the fact that, as he said, he's a "disenfranchised" scientist, he talked about his current work in filmmaking.  He's out to educate parents who are new to the controversy, but none-the-less worried.  He has, as he said, "the most extraordinary stories to tell."  Films are a most important medium because, according to Wakefield, the story of just one person has more of an impact than talking about what happened to a million people. It "can persuade the agnostic."

Wakefield made it clear that while the vaccine makers continue to promote their products, the tide is turning against them.

"The pharmaceutical industry has spent $30 billion a year on promoting vaccines.  They should have saved their money because they've failed. They've failed. In a recent poll, U.S. adults who believe vaccines cause autism rose from 18 percent in 2011 to 29 percent today.  There's 33 percent of all parents with children under 18.  In polling terms, . . . that is a massive proportion of the American public. In a National Consumer League poll, 76 percent believe that it was their prerogative to decide how and if their children should be vaccinated.  And the harder the other side pushes, the more mandates they impose, the more things they take away, such as exemptions, the more they force the people of this country to bow to their will, the more resistance they will meet.  And they don't understand that. They do not get yet that they have wasted their time and money. . . . They've paid a fortune to public relations companies."  

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Lazy Hazy Days of Reporting

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

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Teresa Conrick

Autism and the Microbiome: Antibiotics May Damage But What About Mercury?

MicrobiomeYou can read all of Teresa's posts on The Microbiome and our other series reports in our EXCLUSIVES category. 

By Teresa Conrick

I continue to read and piece together facts about the microbiome because it seems very much involved in my daughter’s regression into the abyss of autism.  Megan is twenty-one and has both an autism and autoimmune diagnosis.  She regressed in her second year of life. Antibiotics, called both good and evil if you read on the internet these days, are being named a connected culprit in the damage being seen in the microbiome:

Scientist Martin Blaser argues  that we are suffering from new wave of 'modern plagues' such as obesity and asthma because we have destroyed the naturally occurring bacteria in our bodies….Over the past 150 years, most countries have been getting healthier. Chalk it up to improved sanitation, rat control, clean drinking water, pasteurised milk, childhood vaccinations, modern medical procedures and, of course, 70 years of antibiotics….Yet recently, just within the past few decades, amid all of these medical advances, something has gone terribly wrong. In many ways, we appear to be getting sicker. You can see the headlines every day. We are suffering from an array of what I call "modern plagues": obesity, childhood diabetes, asthma, hay fever, food allergies, oesophageal reflux and cancer, coeliac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, autism, eczema. In all likelihood, you or someone in your family or someone you know is afflicted. Unlike most lethal plagues of the past that struck relatively fast and hard, these are chronic conditions that diminish and degrade their victims' quality of life for decades…These disorders suggest that our children are experiencing levels of immune dysfunction never seen before. And then there's autism – a much discussed and debated modern plague that is a focus of my laboratory…..

….we need to look closely at the micro-organisms that make a living in and on our bodies – massive assemblages of competing and co-operating microbes known collectively as the microbiome….The microbes that constitute your microbiome are generally acquired early in life; surprisingly, by the age of three, the populations within resemble those of adults. Together, they play a critical role in your immunity and ability to combat disease. In short, your microbiome keeps you healthy….And parts of it are disappearing.

The reasons are all around us, including overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals, caesarean sections, and the widespread use of sanitisers and antiseptics, to name just a few…..In the presence of antibiotics, the resistant organisms are the ones more fit; it is the pressure of intensive antibiotic use that is increasing the presence of these resistant organisms.…….

If that is true, should we not worry about MERCURY as well?

The following scientific studies tell the story and a history that should be included as we look at the microbiome:

“Is exposure to mercury a driving force for the carriage of antibiotic resistance genes?” 

we analysed mercury resistance in collections of strains from various populations with different levels of mercury exposure and various levels of antibiotic resistance. The first population lived in France and had no known mercury exposure. The second lived in French Guyana and included a group of Wayampi Amerindians with a known high exposure to mercury. Carriage rates of mercury resistance were assessed by measuring the MIC and by detecting the merA gene. Mercury-resistant E. coli was found significantly more frequently in the populations that had the highest carriage rates of antibiotic-resistant E. coli and in parallel antibiotic resistance was higher in the population living in an environment with a high exposure to mercury, suggesting a possible co-selection. Exposure to mercury might be a specific driving force for the acquisition and maintenance of mobile antibiotic resistance gene carriage in the absence of antibiotic selective pressure….This confirmed the well established link between mercury and antibiotic resistance (Edlund et al., 1996; Liebert et al., 1997; Pike et al., 2002, 2003; Ready et al., 2003, 2007; Summers et al., 1993; Wireman et al., 1997).

Antibiotic Resistance Pattern Among Gram Negative Mercury Resistant Bacteria Isolated From Contaminated Environments

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Flow: How to Help Detoxification

Active Healing LogoManaging Editor's Note: Active Healing joined AofA as a sponsor earlier this year. I would be remiss if I did not share that Sarge Goodchild was the very FIRST professional to explain to me that my girls had treatment options beyond the early intervention and speech therapy recommended by the Neurologists who diagnosed them.  He has spoken at Autism One and sees clients from coast to coast. He told me about diet, biomed and has been an active advocate for my girls for over a decade. (We're old, Sarge!)  He has teamed up with a company and.. well I'll let him tell you below.  Kim

By Sarge Goodchild

It’s summertime! Before we re-opened the pool for the season, we  had to deal with any water which has remained from the past season. It is always shocking to see what has become of that water left without maintenance. It has stagnated and become filthy. Of course, this doesn’t happen during the season of use because we make sure to maintain proper flow of the pool water. If the water is circulated through filters the water maintains its health. In essence, where there is healthy flow there is health.  I mention this because the same thing happens within our bodies.

To maintain the health of the body it is crucial to maintain proper flow. Flow consists of absorbing nutrients and expelling of waste products. When the body fails to maintain flow waste products and toxins sit in the body where they are absorbed deeper into the cells. Of all the interventions pursued by parents of children with autism detoxification ranks highest in efficacy with 74% of children improving according to the Autism Research Institute - ARI Publ. 34/March 2009.  Homotoxicology has done a great job laying out why detoxification is so important. If we are unable to expel waste products the following sequence occurs.

  • Excretion Phase = Expulsion of Toxic Products
  • Intense sweating, difficulty concentrating, tears, joint pains, myalgia, coughing, sneezing, heartburn, diarrhea, polyuria, reticulocytosis, lymphedema, electrolyte shift, susceptibility to infection
  • Inflammation = Turbo-Cleansing by the Activated Defense System
  • Acne, meningitis, conjunctivitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, epicondylitis, acute sprain, acute bronchitis, gastroenteritis, urinary tract infection, leucocytosis, lymphangitis, lipid metabolism disturbance, thyroiditis, acute infections, weak immune system
  • Deposition = Storage of Toxins in the Extracellular Space
  • Nevi, chalazion, exostosis, myogelosis, nasal polyps, silicosis, arteriosclerosis, intestinal polyps, gallbladder or kidney stones, polycythaemia, lymph-node swelling, gout, obesity, goiter
  • Impregnation = Invasion of Toxins into the Cell
  • Allergies, asthma, rosacea, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic bronchitis, hypertension, coronary heart disease, chronic gastritis, chronic urinary tract infection, insufficiency of the lymph system, metabolic syndrome, adrenal exhaustion, dyslipidemia, menopausal symptoms, recurrent vaginitis, hyperthyroidism, glucose intolerance, chronic infections, autoimmune disease
  • Degeneration = Destruction of the Cell by the Toxins
  • Scleroderma, alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, spondylosis, osteoarthritis, bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, atrophic gastritis, renal atrophy, anemia, fibrosis, diabetes
  • Dedifferentiation = Neoplastic Changes in the Cell
  • Tumors, cancer

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