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John Stone

The CDC: the Detective Agency Which Could Never Find Anything

HumphreyBy John Stone

An interruption yester-evening from a troll styling themselves Sam Spade set me ruminating: no doubt the thoughts are not very original but some of them may benefit from re-stating.

And so to Mr Spade and his brief response to Kent Heckenlively’s ‘A Break in the Wall’:

Bullshit. You people will murder a lot of children with this false story.

Perhaps the first thing to point out is that our ranks are almost entirely comprised of citizens who uncomplainingly did what was supposed to be the right thing in vaccinating their children: their views were not formed by ideology but by experience. The experience comprises not only the awful reality of what happened to their children after vaccinating but the way institutions deal with the issue. To even raise the issue of vaccine damage is also to raise the hostility and anger in every quarter.

This anger –  Mr Spade’s anger – is not based on reason or knowledge. There is nothing inherently implausible in a pharmaceutical product injected into an infant or toddler causing damage:  we have just been educated not to think that. Actually, a lot of even official literature acknowledges the possibility of damage it is just supposed to be vanishingly rare – unfortunately, the only thing that is guaranteed to make it rare is not good science but the waves of officially inspired hatred that will be triggered against anyone daring to stand up and say "This went wrong". The point about Mr Spade is that his rage is not determined by science but by institutions: institutions which are not happy to have their errors reported back to them, not happy if they fear that they can be detected. They will never find anything that they don’t want to, as Ed Yazbak pointed out years ago. It is not a question of whether we like the diseases, it is question of whether the products are as safe and effective as they should be, whether there are far too many of them etc.

The very thing that determines that the vaccine program is unsafe as well as unjust is this whipped up anger: we are not allowed to discuss the science – scientists who speak out must be shunned and persecuted, citizens who speak out must be declared intellectually incompetent. This anger constitutes social control not reasoned debate.

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Anne Dachel

CDC Whistleblower Story: Danke to Franchi

Whistleblower-protectionBy Anne Dachel

On Aug 20, 2014, just after the announcement of a whistleblower from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaking out about that agency's cover-up of an MMR study linking the vaccine to autism, Gary Franchi talked about it on his independent TV station, WHDT Miami/Boston.   For those of us who routinely follow how the mainstream media covers the controversial link between vaccines and autism, this was riveting. 

Franchi began his commentary saying, "There's a new whistleblower on the autism forefront and Dr. Brian Hooker from the Focus Autism Foundation says he has a source inside the CDC."

In his two and a half minute presentation Franchi described how Hooker had used the Freedom of Information Act to ask the CDC for information concerning a certain autism-vaccine study they'd conducted, and while doing this, an insider at the agency "reached out to him" about what he knew about the falsification of the results. 

Franchi made stunning statements like these:

"The CDC is purposely hiding important information about autism, particularly how vaccines affect young black boys at a much higher rate than others. ...

"It appears the CDC was purposely blocking black kids from the study to boost their numbers....

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Vaccine Safety

CDC Whistleblower and Probability of Post-MMR Autism Diagnosis

ProbabilityWe are simulposting this with Thinking Moms' Revolution and VaxTruth.

By Marcella Piper-Terry

If you haven’t heard by now about the biggest news to hit the autism community in a long time, here’s what’s been happening:

  • Dr. Brian Hooker reanalyzed the CDC’s data and found a statistically-significant increase in the risk of autism for children who received the MMR vaccine before 36 months of age. [1]

  • The increased risk was strongest for African-American males, who were 3.4 TIMES more likely to develop autism when vaccinated with MMR prior to 36 months, compared to matched controls. [1]

  • There was an increased risk of autism seen across the board for children who received the MMR vaccine prior to 36 months of age. [1]

  • Dr. Hooker was alerted to this problem by one of the CDC scientists involved in a 2004 study which declared there was no risk of autism based on MMR vaccination prior to 36 months of age. The CDC scientist in question (Dr. William Thompson) is listed as one of the authors on the 2004 paper. Dr. Thompson is now referred to as “the CDC whistleblower.” Dr. Thompson revealed to Dr. Hooker that the CDC researchers knew as early as 2001 about the greatly increased risk to African-American male children and they intentionally covered it up. [2]

  • The CDC has released a statement in which they do not deny the increased risk of autism for African-American males vaccinated with the first MMR prior to 36 months of age. [3]

  • In the CDC’s statement, they basically blame parents of children who develop autism from vaccines because the parents have followed the CDC’s Recommended Childhood Schedule, which includes receipt of the first MMR vaccine between 12-15 months of age. [4]

Dr. Hooker’s analysis of the data revealed a Relative Risk (RR) of 3.36 for African-American Males. The level of Relative Risk was statistically-significant at p=0.0019, which means the probability of Dr. Hooker’s findings being by chance was approximately 1 in 1,000.

In research, “p” means probability. When something is “statistically significant” it means a certain level of probability has been demonstrated when the data is analyzed.  A p-value of .05 is necessary to consider whether the results are meaningful, or “statistically significant.” A probability of .05 means that you have achieved a 95% assurance that what you are seeing is real and not by chance. A 1 in 1,000 level translates to 999% assurance that what you’re seeing is real and not by chance.

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Current Affairs, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Vaccine Safety

CDC Whistleblower on Thimerosal in Pregnant Women

"There is biological plausibility to say right now that thimerosal causes autism-like features."   View the video here.  Use #CDCWhistleblower if you share on social media.

CDC Whistleblower on Thimerosal in Pregnant Women from Autism Media Channel on Vimeo.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: CDC MMR SOS

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 25, WHDT TV:  CDCWhistleblower New Details Emerge

Aug 25, 2014, KellyBroganMD.com: CDC: You're Fired. Autism Coverup Exposed.

Aug 25, 2014, NoMoreFakeNews.com: CDC whistleblower, watch out; here come the mothers « Jon Rappoport's Blog

Aug 25, 2014, LivingWhole.org: CDC Whistleblower Comes Out and They All Play Dead

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JB Handley

Knock-out Blow Needed: Dr. Thompson Must Speak Out on MMR African American Autism Connection.

Pink-boxing-gloveBy J.B. Handley

I’m pleased as punch that a member of the CDC Matrix has stepped out and admitted what so many of us have known for years: the CDC cooked data to make the relationship between vaccines and autism go away.

For those of you disappointed that we aren’t yet hearing about this story in the mainstream media, I have some simple advice for Dr. Thompson and his lawyers, PR advisors, and whomever else is now providing him with counsel: speak up!

As much as Drs. Wakefield and Hooker are heroes of our community, and deservedly so, they’re also the farthest thing from objective as far as a mainstream journalist is concerned, and having their names all over this story does not help it take flight. This is a story about Dr. William Thompson and the CDC. Period.

Meanwhile, at least for the moment, CNN’s iReport is back up and Natural News is doing a great job covering the story, too.

JB Handley is.... JB Handley. ;)

Current Affairs, John Stone

CDC Frauds: Connections Between the DeStefano Paper and the Thorsen Affair.

Destefano
Frank Destefano

By John Stone

Last week a Centers for Disease Control employee, William Thompson, came forward as whistleblower to admit that a 2004 study led by Frank DeStefano, of which Thompson himself was co-author was fraudulent, disguising the fact that incidence of autism was three and a half times higher in African Americans vaccinated with MMR before 36 months. In this light it is interesting that another co-author of the study, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, also liaised with Poul Thorsen over commissioning the equally fraudulent Madsen MMR/autism study. Thorsen who coordinated a series of studies between the CDC and Aarhus University/Staaten Serum Institut, Denmark was indicted in 2011 in the US on 13 counts of wire fraud involving the CDC and 9 of money laundering , but no attempt has been made to extradite him from Denmark.

None of the studies coordinated and co-authored by Thorsen have ever been retracted. At a congressional hearing in 2012 Coleen Boyle, another CDC employee and another co-author of the fraudulent DeStefano paper, failed to give straight answers when questioned by congressman Posey about Thorsen. Boyle could only recall two studies co-authored by Thorsen when in fact there were at least 21. On that occasion Congressman Posey memorably referred to Thorsen as “a humongous scum bag and one of the most wanted men on earth” .

If Cochrane 2005 smelt a rat with DeStefano 2004:

The conclusion, however, implied bias in the enrollment of cases which may not be representative of the rest of the autistic population of the city of Atlanta, USA where the study was set.

it actually stated there was a rat in the case of Madsen:

The follow up of diagnostic records ends one year (31 Dec 1999) after the last day of admission to the cohort. Because of the length of time from birth to diagnosis, it becomes increasingly unlikely that those born later in the cohort could have a diagnosis.

To put it more bluntly Madsen had included in the vaccinated group children who were too young to be vaccinated and children who were too young to have been diagnosed. The data was subject to review in two articles published Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, one by Goldman and Yazbak, the other by Stott, Blaxill and Wakefield    with differing results but both detecting a hoard of missing autism cases among the vaccinated implicit in Cochrane (actually published afterwards). Notable was the suppressed 2002 letter to NEJM from Prof Suissa, an epidemiologist from McGill, published in the Stott article which recalculated the Madsen data to suggest that autism was 45% higher in the vaccinated group. Brian Hooker also contributed to the correspondence in the following issue.

We may never know exactly what was the surplus of autism cases in the vaccinated group, except that it was evidently going to be substantial.

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Dachel Media Update: Just Put Your Lips Together...

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 25, 2014, InfoWars.com: CDC Whistle Blower's 'Vaccines and Autism' Link may be Silenced Forever

Aug 25, 2014, CNN iReport: Fraud at the CDC uncovered, 340% increased risk of autism hidden from public

Aug 23, 2014, Health Impact News: Dr. Brian Hooker: Father of Vaccine-damaged Child and His Relentless Pursuit to Expose Fraud at the CDC

Aug 23, 2014, TruthBarrier.com: CNN Complicit in Media Coverup of CDC Whistleblower

Aug 23, 2014, NPR: For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police

Aug 23, 2014, ScienceNews.org: 'NOVA' takes science's side in vaccine debate

Aug 22, 2014, Examiner: Synapse study disproves link to vaccines

Aug 22, 2014, NaturalNews.com: CDC whistleblower confesses to publishing fraudulent data to obfuscate link between vaccines and autism

Aug 20, 2014, HealthImpactNews.com: Gardasil Vaccine: One More Girl Dead

Aug 18, 2014, Yahoo Finance: CDC Whistleblower Reveals Widespread Manipulation of Scientific Data

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

A Break in the Wall - William W. Thompson

ConfessionBy Kent Heckenlively

It seems that William W. Thompson has finally come over to the side of the angels.

For those of you who might have been off fishing the past few days, or like me, spent part of the week in the hospital with a gall bladder attack, I'll briefly recap what may be one of the most consequential stories ever to come out of the autism epidemic.

On Monday, August 18, a video was released by Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Dr. Brian Hooker which claimed that a major researcher for the CDC admitted that he and others had concealed evidence that moving up the date for the MMR vaccine had increased the rate of autism for African-American males by 340%.  Later in the week it was revealed that the researcher was Dr. William W. Thompson, who had in fact been one of the authors of a 2004 paper by the CDC claiming there was no link between the timing of the MMR shot and the development of autism.  On Friday it was reported that Dr. Thompson had been escorted off the grounds of the CDC by security personnel.

For those of us who have been in the fight a long time this news produces mixed emotions in us.  I reall the optimism with which I reported on the Omnibus Autism proceedings, reporting on the Hannah Poling case which many of us thought would finally break the whole damned thing wide open, or the revelation that the Vaccine Injury program had actually given awards to at least 83 children who suffered vaccine injuries which included autism.

On the one hand I want to take this guy who has concealed this information for so many years, throw him up against a wall, and go to town on him.

On the other hand I sense a real opportunity to advance our cause among a scientific community which has been largely indifferent to us, as well as frequently hostile.

As a leader in any movement it's important to understand your adversaries, their strengths, as well as their weaknesses.  What moves them, what leaves the indifferent, and what is likely to break them.

I want to share an example from a less fraught topic.  Recently I attended a surprise 50th birthday party for a friend of mine, an economics professor at Stanford University in California.  One of my friends' recent academic accolades was being one of only ten economists invited to the Nobel Prize symposium (held every ten years) to present on his work.  The expectation is that these ten economists will probably win the Nobel Prize somewhere in the next ten years.  Pretty cool that this is happening to my high school buddy.

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Current Affairs, Sponsor News, Vaccine Safety

Rob Schneider Demands Answers on CDC MMR Fraud

Thank youThank you to our friends at The Canary Party for allowing us to share this post from their website. This story is shocking on so many levels. And makes Ferguson, MO look like Mayberry by comparison. How many African American males' lives have been irrevocably altered by autism, becuase the CDC hid the data? Avonte Oquendo instantly springs into my mind. And a tall, handsome classmate of one of my daughters. And my friend Jane's beautiful son. Boys of color. Whose families might have been able to stave OFF autism - even their pediatricians might have thought twice about the timing of vaccines had they been privvy to data that was instead - sent to the "privvy."   Thank you to Rob Schneider, a celeb who has questioned even the medications Robin Williams was on at the time of his suicide - asking tough questions and putting his career on the line - for the truth. Sure wish we could "copy" him. 

Written by The Canary Party
    
Sunday, 24 August 2014 14:59

In light of the revelation that Dr. William Thompson, senior scientiest at CDC, has admitted guilt in hiding data that found that black males are 340% more likely to have an autism diagnosis when given the MMR before age 3, Rob Schneider has written to the office of the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, to assure himself that Brown is aware of the fraud, and to demand answers and actions to protect California children.


From: Rob Schneider

Date: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Subject: CDC Autism Whistleblower Admits Vaccine Study Fraud - CNN iReport

To: Lark Park, Deputy Legislative Secretary, Governor's office < Lark.Park@gov.ca.gov>


Dear Ms. Park,

    This is Rob Schneider. I want to first thank you for calling me several years ago when Governor Brown signed into law AB2109, the requirement for all parents of school children to have to "be counseled" to get a Doctor's note in order to obtain a vaccine exemption to attend public school in California.

    As you may or may or not know this has caused hardships all over the state as Doctors have refused to meet with parents who want the exemption form signed and families who have been threatened with or have been kicked out of medical practices for not going along with the exact Vaccine schedule, currently 49 shots of over 16 different Vaccines before the age of Six Years old. This in spite of a family's objections whose child may have had another sibling that had a bad reaction to a particular Vaccine.

   This policy of one size fits all Vaccine schedule for every child is as absurd as giving the same eye prescription glasses to every child. The fact is EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT and there is currently NO SYSTEM or thought to which child could be more susceptible to adverse reactions including permanent injury and death from any Vaccine or Vaccine ingredients.

    Since I have opposed this undemocratic and onerous legislation (and Law) from its inception, I have kept up on how it has affected families in California. Now there is more reason than ever to be concerned, even outraged, by the CDC and by AB 2109.

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Cathy Jameson

Vaccines Cause Autism

TraitorsBy Cathy Jameson

Vaccines cause autism.  Or, is it vaccines result in autism? 

You say tomato.  I say to-mah-to. 

Cause it.  Result in it.  Vaccines did it.  You know it.  I know it.  And now, come to find out, our government apparently knew it too.

For years now more than enough people have suggested that vaccines cause autism.  Several have tried to prove it.  Try as they might, those who should have acknowledged it have turned a blind eye.  Not only did they do that, but they adamantly defended themselves with skewed statistics.  News of these skewed statistics came from someone working at the CDC.  The CDC’s slogan is Saving Lives.  Protecting People.  After last week’s news I can’t help but ask whose lives were they trying to save?  Their own?  Whose lives were they protecting?  Themselves? 

Relying on paperwork instead of listening to those who’ve been negatively affected by vaccines has kept officials’ heads in the clouds.  Having their heads in the clouds gives them a free pass.  It looks like that free pass was used by several people.  According to the whistleblower, they didn’t factually report their findings.  They didn’t accurately inform the public.  They didn’t reveal dangers associated with vaccines.  They didn’t publicly state the truth.  That vaccines come with risks.  That they’re loaded with side effects.  That they don’t offer lifelong immunity.  And that they cause autism. 

Mind you that none of this information is new; it’s just kept so hush hush that unless you or a loved one has experienced a vaccine injury, it goes under the radar.  Only when vaccine injury hits close to home is one forced to go back, read the fine print and put two and two together.  Unfortunately, at that point, they’re left to fend for themselves.  When vaccines cause autism, a vaccine injured is left high and dry.  That’s because the vaccines industry is protected by the government, the same government that evidently knew that vaccines cause autism.  Rather than looking out for and protecting the ones they’re meant to serve, the vaccine industry and those who oversee it have chosen to protect each other. 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: A Torrent of Leaks Reaches Flood Stage

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

As the MMR whistleblower issue blows up, here's one thing that’s worth remembering: The specific manipulation of data being alleged is that the CDC covered up a risk for autism in black males who got the MMR shot earlier than 36 months. That is appalling, and raises terrible echoes of the nation’s public health officials and their odious Tuskegee study of untreated black males with syphilis.

But more broadly, according to the medical, scientific, and journalistic consensus of our day, there should be no good evidence of any kind, whatsoever, linking any vaccine to autism in any child, ever. Ever! (“One Thing We Know About Autism: Vaccines Aren’t to Blame” – National Geographic. “Once again, the research is definitive: vaccines don't cause autism, and the potential costs of vaccines' mild side-effects are clearly smaller than those of the lethal diseases that can spread if we don't vaccinate all children.” – Vox.com)

Since “we know” that vaccines don’t cause autism, they certainly don’t cause it in black males. They certainly don’t cause it when the MMR is given to black males. They certainly don’t cause it when the MMR is given to black males in Atlanta.  They certainly don’t cause it when the MMR is given to black males in Atlanta before a certain age – or, for that matter, given on the day of birth to blue-eyed females in Dubuque born on the first or third Thursdays of months ending in "y."

They don't cause autism! Got it? If they did, even in such a circumscribed cohort as black males in Atlanta vaccinated with MMR before 36 months --  that would start a cascade of challenges to orthodoxy that simply can’t – and, if the authority figures have their way, simply won’t – be tolerated. This is what the The Times and The Networks and the Agencies are going to be working overtime to shore up.

The CDC’s William Thompson, whistleblower to Brian Hooker on the MMR study and lead author on another on mercury in vaccines, has probably ruined more than a few of his colleagues’ August vacations at Hilton Head. One can’t help think of goofy cartoon characters running around a leaking dike and plugging every hole that starts spurting. They are down now to using their toes. (Check out this staggeringly off-message comment from Dorit Reiss on CNN: "Even if his [Brian Hooker's] claims about the study were correct, which is doubtful, it would show that for most of the population, MMR does not cause autism." I imagine a Merck guy yelling in her ear, "Dammit, Dorit, don't ever say it's OK if the MMR just makes a few thousand black boys autistic! Do you really want this job? ")

More broadly, these “leaks” in the bulwark of conventional wisdom have been coming for a long time, and not just from people on the inside with information to share.

I’m talking about leaks like all the parents of children on the other side of the elevated-risk stats – MMR shots at 12 months, illness, regression, autism.

Leaks like parents who saw it with other vaccines, at other times  -- parents who were willing to share what happened to try to keep it from happening again.

Leaks like the original Verstraeten study at the CDC that found a high risk of autism for infants who got the most ethyl mercury by the first month of life, as opposed to the least.

Leaks like the CDC coverup of the soaring autism rate in Brick Township, N.J.

Leaks like all the evidence from low-and-no-vaccine populations with low-to-no autism. Leaks like the unwillingness of the public health authorities to even study the issue.

Leaks like the Hannah Poling case, which the government conceded was triggered by autism, but buried by obfuscation. Leaks like the Unanswered Questions study showing autism all over the place in unacknowledged vaccine “court” rulings.

Leaks like the SafeMinds parents identifying autism as a “novel form of mercury poisoning” more than a decade ago. 

Leaks like the Merck scientists who came forward to say the company faked data to make its mumps vaccine look effective.

Leaks like the connection between the first cases of autism reported in the medical literature, in 1943, and the families’ exposure to the new ethyl mercury vaccines and fungicides. 

Continue reading "Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: A Torrent of Leaks Reaches Flood Stage" »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: The Brain Game

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. 

Here's the latest autism study just out on major news sites.  It involves overproduction of synapses in the brain.

Okay, What's a synapse and how does a kid with autism get too many of them?  How does this explain an epidemic of ASD among our children?  How does it explain sudden regressive autism in toddlers accompanied by bowel disease?

This kind of research announcement is routine in the scientific world because it fosters a number of things officials want us to believe:

Autism is a mysterious disorder that scientists are diligently trying to figure out.

No one is alarmed about autism, just curious.

There is no urgency.

Notice the finding only "provides clues" and "the research may shed light on the roots of autism." 

My favorite headline was Newsday's: Autism may be brain disorder.  Seriously?

New York Times: Study Finds That Brains With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses as They Develop

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Current Affairs, Dr. Andrew Wakefield

CDC's "Snowden" MMR Whistleblower Identity Revealed

Breaking newsEditor's Note -- From our friends at Autism Media Channel. CDC whistleblower is being identified as William Thompson, an author of the paper on timing of MMR vaccination and risk of autism. -- Dan Olmsted.

CDC's "SNOWDEN" IDENTITY REVEALED

SENIOR GOVERNMENT SCIENTIST BREAKS 13 YEARS OF SILENCE ON CDC’S VACCINE-AUTISM FRAUD

AFRICAN AMERICAN BOYS WILLFULLY EXPOSED TO HIGH RISK OF AUTISM FROM MMR VACCINE 

AUTISMMEDIACHANNELEXCLUSIVE

Watch The Video: 5:00 mark.

 

Anne Dachel

Autistic, Adult, Alone: When Mom or Dad Dies

Wake up callBy Anne Dachel

Internationally governments and doctors have looked on as autism consumed a generation of children.  No one in authority has ever expressed alarm.  There's never been a demand for answers.  Officials readily admit that there's nothing they know for sure about autism and nothing they can really do about it.  Meanwhile, a generation of disabled children is entering adulthood with nowhere to go. 

This adult woman with autism is 43.  Her circumstances are dire.  This may be happening in Canada, but it'll be the same here.  All those who've assured us for years that an epidemic of developmentally disabled children is normal and acceptable need to tell us what we're going to do.

Aug 12, 2014, Ottowa Citizen.

Jennifer is 43. Her mother, Cecile, was her main caregiver until she died in April, struck by an aneurysm at age 79, and dying on Easter Sunday. Her father, Arnold, is 90, a retired school caretaker, but so gnarled with arthritis and heart disease, he can barely get from his bed to his recliner.

"I feel helpless," he said.

This has left the bulk of the care to Caroline, 60, her sister, who lives in the white house with the big wood stove, about five kilometres from Eganville, on 140 acres of hay and tough sledding....

A report by a study group last fall said there are 12,000 people with developmental disabilities waiting for supportive housing.

The consequences for families can be crushing, the report said. Chiefly, there is burnout. The report called for enough funding so that any parent over 80 could be assured of placement of their disabled adult child within six to 12 months.

A committee of MPPs also called for an end to service wait-lists, which can stretch years, and pointed to housing as an urgent need....

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.

Current Affairs

Win a Copy of Outsmarting Autism By Patricia Lemer

Outsmarting AutismWe're happy to anounce a contest to win a copy of Patricia Lemer's s Outsmarting Autism, The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing and Prevention.  Leave a comment to enter to win a copy.  You can purchase the book now at AmazonWhether you are new to the world of autism, are familiar with treatment options, or are a veteran who has been there, done that, this book is for you! Discoveries about possible etiologies and promising therapies are emerging so quickly that you are sure to learn something new. Outsmarting Autism guides you step-by-step with practical information from a variety of fields that families, specialists, and educators can put to use immediately. STEP 1: Take Away the Bad Stuff, and Add Back the Good Stuff Clean up the environment Eat, sleep, and drink smarter Boost the immune system Balance hormones Detoxify STEP 2: Correct Foundational Issues Remove structural impediments Integrate reflexes STEP 3: Address Sensory Problems Improve sensory processing Develop vision STEP 4: Focus on Communicating, Interacting, and Learning Build language Concentrate on social-emotional skills Learn to read, write, and calculate Use technology STEP 5: Plan for the Future Transition to independence.

Patricia S. Lemer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 40 years.  She was co-founder and Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), and international, non-profit organization for 20 years.  DDR merged with Epidemic Answers in 2013, and Ms. Lemer serves as Board Chair.  She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from John Hopkins University.

Ms. Lemer lectures internationally on developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorders.  From 2012-2014, she served as Chief Consultant in the establishment of a center for young adults with disabilities in Kuwait.

She is the author of EnVISIONing a Bright Future:  Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Outsmarting Autism, to be published summer, 2014.  Ms. Lemer lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is the mother of an adult daughter and the grandmother of Penelope, born in August, 2006.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Seattle Young Adults 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. 

Aug 20, 2014, King5 TV Seattle: Seattle Children's changes lives of young adults with autism

Aug 20, 2014, Discover Magazine: Robert Kennedy Jr. and Mark Hyman to Appear on Dr. Oz Show - Collide-a-Scape

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Current Affairs

Kennedy Jr. on Fox NY: This Book Is Going to Scare People

New York News Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., author of Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak, appeared on MyFoxNY yesterday:

NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - At least a dozen scathing reviews were printed about Robert F. Kennedy Thimerosal RFKJr.'s new book on a preservative used in vaccines before it was released. It's not fair, says Kennedy Jr., and he explained why during Good Day New York. 'Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak-The Evidence Supporting The Immediate Removal of Mercury- A Known Neurotoxin – From Vaccines' is a culmination of three years of research about a preservative known to injure and kill people.

"They attacked me for what they believed was going to be in the book which was a discussion about autism and that is not in the book," said Kennedy Jr. The prominent environmental attorney takes a closer look at the mercury based preservative that was order removed by the Federal Drug Administration in 1998 from all topical medicines due to its toxicity. "The CDC at the same time was recommending higher and higher doses in vaccines and we started to see a giant rise in neurological disorders in our children," said Kennedy Jr.

Despite its removal from pediatric vaccines, Thimerosal levels remain virtually unchanged.

"For the first time in history, fetuses are being exposed to Thimerosal—if a pregnant woman takes a flu shot— that's about 800 times the amount of mercury the CDC recommends," said Kennedy Jr.

Read more and comment at MyFoxNY.

Current Affairs

Journal Exercise 4.7: Autobiographical Incident 7-11-14

Tim RyanNote: Timothy Ryan is an adult with autism who uses Rapid Prompt to write and communicate. This is one of his journal entries and we thank him for sharing. He has a wry sense of humor (note the ending) and keen insight.  Not being able to communicate typically does NOT mean having nothing to say. We are always happy to bring you posts not just about - but BY - people with autism. Thank you, Tim.

By Timothy Ryan

The Disney Park was hot, steamy, muggy, and smelly.  My family and I were waiting for the Splash Mountain ride.  I felt sick.  My body was on fire from the inside out.  My head was going to explode.  I couldn’t talk and describe the agony.  That was only the beginning of my ordeal.  The airplane would prove to be my greatest challenge thus far.  Little did I know everything would go askew.

The airplane was cramped, dirty, noisy, and uncomfortable.  Cigarette smoke lingered in the cabin.  I became sick, nauseous, and disoriented.  Passengers were staring at me with ugly faces.  It felt like I was on display at the museum.  Dad was aware of my discomfort due to relentless pummeling from my fists.  Mom was mortified by my seemingly irrational behavior.  My brother Mark slinked down in his seat not saying a word.  The flight attendant roamed up and down the aisles glaring in my direction, her arms on her hips with eyes bugging out.

I felt as if my body was breaking down like an old used car.  It hurt to breathe, think, talk, and be around people.  People make it impossible for me to interact.  They speak too rapidly and don’t wait for me to respond.  If only they would notice how I am trying to fit in and be more typical.  It would help if people made an effort to get to know me.  I am suffering from an illness that robs me from establishing relationships.  I can feel rejection.  It hurts to see others move forward while I remain trapped in my inner world.  It is not my choice to be disabled and dependent upon people.

I was misunderstood in the airport and on the airplane.  No one felt compassion for me and my disability.  I started to assault random passengers as they sat buckled in for the flight many of which had food that was poison for me.  The odors wafted up to my brain causing rage that manifested as hitting heads like a bowling ball knocking down pins.  I had no resistance to my impulses.  They came mean and ferociously like a pack of wild dogs on a hunt for prey.  I must follow through with violence or I will die from anxiety.  That makes me a psychological cripple that prevents my development as a functioning member of society.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Autism Schools in Demand

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

Aug 19, 2014, Salt Lake Tribune: New Utah charter school for kids with autism opens doors

Aug 19, 2014, Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune: Autism: Then and now

Aug 18, 2014, Medscape.com: Protect the Next Generation: Recommend the HPV Vaccine

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

How Autism Happens: A Conversation With Kathryn Wolcott

How Autism Happens graphicBy Dan Olmsted

This is the first in a series of articles in which parents describe how their children developed autism. Today, a talk with Kathryn Wolcott. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail me at Olmsted.dan@gmail.com

Dan: I have not done this series before, this conversation,  so I appreciate your being the first one and talking to me. I wondered if you might just go over a little bit about your situation, where you live, what you do, what your family's like and maybe we can talk about what happened with your daughter, Norah.

Kathryn: I would love to actually because this is the first time I've really gotten to flesh out the whole Wolcott familysituation.

My husband and I live in Jackson, Michigan, which is just south of the capital of Lansing. We both went to Michigan State University. We grew up together and got married after college. I actually went to school for communication, and then my master's degree is in health communication and I studied epidemiology and public health. After my daughter was born I did my master’s thesis on the CDC's vaccine schedule and how Jenny McCarthy was ruining public health as we know it and how vaccines absolutely do not cause autism.

Dan: You can't be serious.

Kathryn: I'm very serious, which is why this is such an interestingly ironic situation. Of course I got all my information from the CDC itself. I was gung-ho about making sure everyone in my family got their flu shot and my daughter was vaccinated on schedule every single month and there was no delaying or anything.

We found out we were expecting after we'd been married for about two and a half years, and I heard someone talking about the vaccine-autism connection and of course I just totally blew it off, "Of course it doesn't cause autism, it's just better diagnosing and that will never happen, because I'm having a girl and girls don't get autism as much as boys do." I got the flu shot while pregnant, everything.

She was born 39 weeks. I was a planned induction, which was another big regret. She was developing fine really. I nursed her ... We had a little bit of struggles with breastfeeding at the beginning. She got  Vitamin K at birth, and then two weeks in, the hep B, and she got sick, and I mean like fever.

Then we started noticing some GI issues and she was having horrible constipation and screaming and gas, which is unusual on a breastfed baby. I cut dairy and that seemed to help a little bit until we got to the two month shot and she got sick again with the high-pitched screams, the fever, all of it. Of course I pushed Tylenol like you wouldn't believe.

She got her four-month shots, same thing -- fever, screaming, but she seemed to be fine. Then between the four-month and the six-month shots, her head circumference went from the 25th percentile, which is where she was because she is little, to the 90th. That should have been a red flag for me, but retrospectively I know now.

Dan: Was that noticeable to you or is that something that the doctor noticed when he measured or what?

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Senior Government Scientist Breaks 13 Years' Silence on CDC's Vaccine-autism Fraud

CdcpoliticsListen to audio from the whistleblower HERE.  Below is an unofficial transcript from the audio.

CDC Whistleblower

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"Oh my God.  I cannot believe we did what we did, but we did."

Dr. Andrew Wakefield:  "This is a real story of a real fraud.  ...Deliberate.  High-level deception of the American people with disastrous consequences for its children's health. ...

(Dr. Wakefield then described the inhumane treatment of black American man during the Tuskegee syphilis experiment that was conducted from 1932 to 1972.)

"Thirty years later the CDC was to do something arguably far worse. Over a decade ago, Dr. Scott Montgomery and I put forward a hypothesis for MMR vaccine and autism: the age you receive the vaccine influences the risk. ...We shared this hypothesis with vaccine officials, members of the Centers for Disease Control, at meetings in Washington, D.C. and Cold Spring Harbor.  A group of senior vaccine safety people at the CDC studied it.  It panned out.  We were right--at least partly. 

"By Nov 9, 2001, nearly thirteen years ago, senior CDC scientists knew that the younger age exposure to MMR was associated with an increased risk of autism.  In 2004 they published, but they hid the results. ...

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: More Disabled Kids, Nothing To See, Move Along

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. 

This week, a number of stories simultaneously acknowledged that yes, our children are more disabled than ever, autism is only one part of the issue, but it's probably just better awareness and nothing to worry about. 

Here's how the mainstream media reported on a 10 year study of 200,000 children that doesn't explain why any of this is happening.  The findings showed a 21 percent increase in developmental disabilities, without mentioning that in the past decade, autism has increased 78 percent. 

It's another increase that no one can explain rationally.  I think it's clear that the purpose of this study was to acknowledge the overall increase in disabilities while attributing it all to better recognition.  This is just a sampling of the news out there.  We are now so indoctrinated to accept problems in our children's ability to speak, to learn and to behave, that no one even thinks to ask where they're all coming from and what it all means.  And if the world's top health officials don't see a problem, everything must be all right.

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Whistleblower Says CDC Knew in 2003 of Higher Autism Rate Among African-American Boys Receiving MMR Shot Earlier Than 36 Months

CdcpoliticsListen to audio from the whistleblower HERE.

WATCHUNG, NJ--(Marketwired - August 18, 2014) - A top research scientist working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) played a key role in helping Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation uncover data manipulation by the CDC that obscured a higher incidence of autism in African-American boys. The whistleblower came to the attention of Hooker, a PhD in biochemical engineering, after he had made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for original data on the DeStefano et al MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism study.

Dr. Hooker's study, published August 8 in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Translational Neurodegenerationshows that African-American boys receiving their first MMR vaccine before 36 months of age are 3.4 times more likely to develop autism vs. after 36 months.

According to Dr. Hooker, the CDC whistleblower informant -- who wishes to remain anonymous -- guided him to evidence that a statistically significant relationship between the age the MMR vaccine was first given and autism incidence in African-American boys was hidden by CDC researchers. After data were gathered on 2,583 children living in Atlanta, Georgia who were born between 1986 and 1993, CDC researchers excluded children that did not have a valid State of Georgia birth certificate -- reducing the sample size being studied by 41%. Hooker explains that by introducing this arbitrary criteria into the analysis, the cohort size was sharply reduced, eliminating the statistical power of the findings and negating the strong MMR-autism link in African American boys.

Dr. Hooker has worked closely with the CDC whistleblower, and he viewed highly sensitive documents related to the study via Congressional request from U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The CDC documents from Congress and discussions that Hooker had with the whistleblower reveal widespread manipulation of scientific data and top-down pressure on CDC scientists to support fraudulent application of government policies on vaccine safety. Based on raw data used in the 2004 DeStefano et al study obtained under FOIA, Dr. Hooker found that the link between MMR vaccination and autism in African-American boys was obscured by the introduction of irrelevant and unnecessary birth certificate criteria -- ostensibly to reduce the size of the study.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Autism Not on Rise???

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Aug 18, 2014, MDLinx.com: No rise in autism in 20 years

Aug 17, 2014, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch: Disabilities in [U.S.] kids rise; not physical problems

Aug 17, 2014, Augusta Chronicle: Know shot options

Aug 16, 2014, Sonoma County Press (CA) Democrat: For mentally ill students, school can add stressors

Aug 16, 2014, San Francisco Chronicle: Unscrambling autism laws

Aug 13, 2014, NY Post: Flu Shot Is Most Dangerous Vaccine in US: Report

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Sharyl Attkisson: Researcher Who Dispelled Vaccine-autism Link: “Most-wanted Fugitive”

SharylNote: Sharyl continues to speak out as a journalist should - and we are Poul Thorsengrateful.  Please bookmark her site - SharylAttkisson.com .  We have covered the strange case of fugitive from justice Dr.  Poul Thorsen (Principal Investigator on the Danish Autism Studies, indicted on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury) at AofA:

Autism Researcher Poul Thorsen Indicted

Round 2: CDCs Poul Thorsen Lying in Plain Sight

First Fraud: Dr. Poul Thorsen and the original “Danish Study”

Poul Thorsen Called Industry “Scumbag” Scientist and Mercury Shill

WANTED BY THE FEDS: Poul Thorsen, Who Helped Pull Off CDC Vaccine Autism Heist

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From Ms. Attkisson:

A former Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researcher, best known for his frequently-cited studies dispelling a link between vaccines and autism, is still considered on the lam after allegedly using CDC grants of tax dollars to buy a house and cars for himself.

Poul Thorsen, listed as a most-wanted fugitive
by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, was discredited in April 2011 when he was indicted on 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering. Some have argued that his alleged fraudulent behavior calls into question the validity of his studies. There is no indication the studies have been retracted to date.

According to the HHS Inspector General,

“From approximately February 2004 until February 2010, Poul Thorsen executed a scheme to steal grant money awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

CDC employed Thorsen as a visiting scientist from Denmark prior to awarding grants to Denmark to fund “research involving the relationship between autism and the exposure to vaccines” and other disabilities. Thorsen is accused of diverting over $1 million of CDC grant money, public funds, for his personal use... 

Read the full post and comment at Ms. Attkisson's site - HERE.

Vaccine Safety

The Greater Good Presents: VACCINE BEAT #2 - What Doctors Learn About Vaccines

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Despite the official denials and all the studies, moms who witnessed the damage done to their children are speaking out. Doctors have been trained to call this a coincidence and close their eyes to a generation of children now crippled by autism, learning disabilities, diabetes, seizures, arthritis, life-threatening allergies, bowel disease and asthma, but parents are scared.  They simply don't believe officials who care more about their financial ties to industry than what's happening to our kids. 

Where is the alarm?  Where is the demand for answers?  When is someone going to care about all the sick children? Anne Dachel

The Greater Good
 has some exciting news - we are launching a series of videos on the vaccine debate that are sure to open hearts and provoke thought. The first is about autism and we think you will find it very compelling. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks and months!

Well, the coming weeks and months have arrived! Below is the second video - scroll down to view the first.



Vaccine Beat 1: Autism and The Thinking Moms’ Revolution


http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/video/vaccine-beat-1-autism-and-the-thinking-moms-revolution/

So let's talk a little about what the government is saying and doing about autism. In March of 2014 CDC reported new "official" autism rates stating that 1 in 68 US kids has autism, with 1 in 42 boys. But a CDC telephone survey of 100,000 US parents just last year found that 1 in 50 US kids and 1 in 32 boys suffers from autism. Why the difference? The telephone survey was conducted in 2013 looking at 6-17 year olds in 2011-2012 whereas the "official" data are from 2010 but ONLY looking at 8 year-olds. 

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Cathy Jameson

When I Grow Up

13 cakeBy Cathy Jameson

When my thirteen-year old daughter was six, she was at the magical age of "Mommy, when I grow up I'm going to be a ballerina, veterinarian, singer and baseball player. Oh, yes, I want to be a Mommy too.  What do you want to be?"  Gosh, if I had energy to be all of that I'd join Fiona in her fun.  Most days I just want to take a nap, not do anymore work!

Fiona is heading into her teenage years.  Pretend play has been replaced with reading novels, playing video games and hanging out with friends.  Even though Fiona has outgrown most of the toys, her younger siblings are still knee-deep in pretend play. We both watch the younger siblings scatter her hand-me-down toys around the house taking turns making up the next imaginary adventure.  During the school year, with a heavier workload than the littles have, Fiona will sometimes complain about how they get too loud and take over not just the playroom but the living and dining rooms as well.  I remind Fiona that it wasn't so long ago that she too played as heartily as they do.  She'll get a gleam in her eye and say, "Oh, yeah. I remember."  We both laugh while also shaking our heads.  When homework isn't as tough and when deadlines for projects aren't looming overhead, I encourage Fiona to take a break and jump in and play.  She doesn't miss a beat and enjoys feeling like a little kid again.

It's fun to pretend and imagine ourselves elsewhere.  On days when things get really tough, like during one of Ronan's meltdowns after he’s lashed out and pulled her hair, I know that sometimes Fiona longs to be somewhere else.  She’d rather be with her typical friends in their quieter homes.  Those friends have never been asked to take over seizure watch while their mom runs to the bathroom.  They don't have to help change their 11-year-old brother's stinky diaper.  They don't have to sit in waiting rooms for 30-60 minute stretches feeling as if time is standing still.  While she's reading news stories about autism and asking questions about mito disease, some of her friends are posting pictures to Instagram and sends texts about a favorite pop star or television show.  Fiona’s in a different place, worried about different things.  Her experiences are very different than those of her peers, but I’m positive those experience will take her farther in life with good purpose. 

I can see why Fiona wants to hang out elsewhere--on the very tough days, I sometimes want to run away too.  We don't always have the luxury of getting her to social events with classmates but recognize how important it is to get some sort of respite from being the big sister.  Just as I need some down time, so does she.  To say thanks and to give her some time away, Fiona will get to do something fun out in town on the weekend with just Daddy.  She'll get to stay up later to watch a medical documentary or a film about World War II. Other nights she and I will have chips and salsa while we look at her old baby pictures.  Those nights bring the most giggles as we look back in time.  That’s when life wasn’t as busy, when it wasn’t as stressful and her head was filled with playful dreams she couldn’t wait to fulfill. 

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Current Affairs

Autism: the Good, the Bad, and What Causes it Anyway?

My voiceBy Brooke Potthast and James Potthast

Some of you AofA readers may remember my essay Evidence of Things Hoped For, Things Not Seen, a few months ago about the biggest game changer we’ve had with autism, the RPM method of communication.  It’s been huge to finally know what our son is thinking and to be able to help him move toward the life he’s dreamed of, one involving a rich and age appropriate education.

One really interesting thing in all of this is to hear James’ thoughts on autism.  I am a mom who from the moment I read Boyd Haley’s testimony to congress about mercury toxicity and thimerosal was 100% on board.  James regressed three years before I got the “memo” but it ALL made perfect sense.  The incredibly depressing and damning comparison that the original Safemind parents made of the symptoms of autism and the symptoms of mercury poisoning explained it all.  James got mercury poisoned from my dental amalgams and from his introductory Hep B shot that contained what was to be the first of many doses of thimerosal.

I have spent the last 12 years ranting about the causes of autism.  And trust me James has heard most of the rants so one would assume he agrees with me.  He’s been to rallies on the National mall with us, he’s heard me practice my public comments for an IACC meeting, he has even heard Dan Olmstead talk about it at our dinner table! But he is not a total believer.  Today his home school teacher asked him to write a “Last Lecture”. I guess these are like Ted Talks, kind of a big message for the world. He said he wanted  his last lecture to be about “my life with autism”.

I am going to share his last lecture here but I want to point out a couple of things.

First of all you’ll see that he says “he changed when he was a child”.  He doesn’t remember much about his early childhood but I think the reference to “hugs and cereal” is from hearing us describe him before his regression.  We often say “he was so affectionate with his siblings, climbing into their laps to eat from their cereal bowls”. 

Another point he makes is that he must have been “vulnerable” for vaccines to have caused an issue.  Well I agree.  And guess where the main vulnerability came from?

IV antibiotics during labor and delivery with zero, nada, no mention by any medical person about taking probiotics for him or me to replace the incredibly vital gut flora that got killed with the antibiotics.  (See Teresa Conrick on the Microbiome).

So here are James’ thoughts today about autism.  I expect them to change as he matures and as he learns more about himself and the world.  I am incredibly grateful

for his courage and his positive attitude.  These children were injured by no fault of their own but somehow the ones who are getting the chance to communicate are showing not a lot of bitterness and a whole a lot of bravery.  I find it remarkable and inspiring.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Back To School Back to Slamming Vaccine Safety Choices

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 14, 2014, CBS 2 Cedar Rapids, IA: Johnson Co. Seeing Rise in Vaccine Exemption

Aug 13, 2014, Forbes: Anti-Vaxx And Ebola Superstition Endanger Public

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Anne Dachel

Sharyl Attkisson on the ABCs of Journalism

SharylBy Anne Dachel

Sharyl Attkisson is amazing.  The Emmy-winning investigative journalist who left CBS News after 20 years has been very outspoken about malfeasance in the media.  Attkisson  has appeared on several network news shows, including CNN and Fox.  She was on ABC's This Week on Aug 10, where, in a 46 second segment, she said some pretty incredible things that ABC should take to heart.

Attkisson speculated on how the Nixon controversy would have been handled in a world filled with today's television and social media obsessions.

SHARYL ATTKISSON: I think that we've gone backwards since that time when we really felt empowered as journalists. And I like to think as what would happen today during a Nixon type scandal, Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to congress, his aides would refuse to testify to congress or would take the fifth or would lie to congress with fair amount of impunity. Woodward and Bernstein will be controversialized on social media by special and political interests.

MARTHA RADDATZ: Well, this is all very depressing--

ATTKISSON: -- Facebook accounts. And then at the end, Nixon would go on a popular late night comedy show during which time he would humorously refer to his attackers as people that were political witch hunters who believe in Area 51 type conspiracies.

RADDATZ: Well, I am going to just hope that people like you will keep pounding investigative journalists and get something done.

Hello, ABC?  Were you guys listening?  As a network, ABC has overwhelmingly failed to do more than be a mouthpiece for those defending the vaccine makers.  They've also failed to honestly report on what autism is doing to our children. 

ABC has blamed bad genes...

2008 Genes and Autism

2009 Autism's Possible Genetic Link   "A major part of the answer is genetics."  Dr.Geraldine Dawson in interviewed.

2012 Autism Linked to Family Inherited Gene Mutations Particularly From Dad

Autism and Induced Labor

Older Dads and Autism

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: HPV Vaccine Death Report Fox Milwaukee

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. 

Fox 6 Milwaukee WI: The HPV vaccine, causing deaths? Why getting compensation in these cases isn't easy

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

A Modern Code of Honor

Knights templarBy Kent Heckenlively

I was standing in the take-out line at the Rutherford Grill in California's beautiful Napa Valley when the writing on the back of a man's t-shirt caught my attention.

The t-shirt read, "Be without fear in the face of your enemies.  Stand brave and upright that God may love thee.  Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death.  Protect the helpless and do no wrong - that is your oath."

I tapped the man on the shoulder and asked where the quote had come from. 

"Oh, it's the vow of the Knights Templar," he replied.

Okay, Knights Templar, I thought.  Not really clear on them.  When I got home I did a little research.  The Knights Templar were founded in 1129 with the idea of protecting pilgrims on the way to the Holy Land.  They were attacked by King Phillip IV of France in 1307, and officially disbanded by Pope Clement in 1312, or roughly 702 years before I found myself standing in that restaurant.

Now I don't want to talk about whether the Knights Templar were a positive or negative force in history, but to pose a more elemental question.  Why is it that more than 700 years after they were disbanded we still quote their oath?

I think it's because in any age we recognize courage.  And it made me wonder who the people are in this age whose courage I admire.  It didn't take me long to come up with an answer.  In fact, I know a good many of them.  They are the ones writing books and making films to help our community and those helpless children who all too often cannot speak for themselves.

I must start with David Kirby and his wonderful book, Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, released in 2005.

Next are Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill for their book, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Man-Made Epidemic, and the work they do on a daily basis with this web-site.

I would be remiss if I didn't include Kim Stagliano's book, All I Can Handle - I'm No Mother Theresa [A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism].

In 2010 Dr. Andrew Wakefield published his book, Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines - The Truth Behind a Tragedy, which detailed the campaign of persecution against him and his work.

An excellent book in all ways was Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children, by Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland, released in 2012.

There was the wonderful movie in 2013, The Greater Good by Leslie Manookian and Kendall Nelson.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Midweek Mashup: Drinking the Mercury

Midweek mashupBy Dan Olmsted

One of the unexpected plusses of Bobby Kennedy Jr.'s book on the dangers of thimerosal, the ethyl mercury vaccine preservative: It is being greeted by another round of excruciatingly erroneous authoritative-sounding pronouncements claiming that the tiny, tiny -- truly, truly, teeny and tiny -- amounts of mercury are OK if not actually good for you.

No. As I believe Will Redwood put it, injecting mercury in babies on purpose is stupid. Out of the mouths of babes and infants comes the truth. Out of the mouths of the Mercury Drinkers comes a  defense of injecting mercury in babies that is just plain astonishing:

"It doesn't matter what Bobby Kennedy, Jr. does -- the only thing is what the data show," Paul Offit said. "The question is, are the levels [of mercury] contained in vaccines shown to be harmful? And the answer is no. Thimerosal is ethyl mercury, not environmental mercury, and it's excreted from the body far more quickly ... Breast milk contains far higher [mercury] levels than you would ever get from vaccines."

The CDC is happy to chime with its usual insipid statement:  "Thimerosal has been used safely in vaccines for a long time (since the 1930s) and has a proven track record of being safe." It's safe because it's safe because we say so.

Actually, it is not safe and it has a proven record of causing autism, starting with its use in the 1930s in pesticides and vaccines, before which autism didn't exist, after which it started popping up with increasing frequency -- first in families with backgrounds in pesticides and vaccination. Tell me why, if it's got nothing to do with autism, the father of the second child ever diagnosed with autism was experimenting with the ethyl mercury dust Ceresan at the same time his child was born? (While the pediatrician mother of Case 7 was promoting infant vaccinations with ethyl mercury?) It was poison in 1937, it's poison now. It was poison in pesticides (and long ago removed), it's poison in vaccines -- but still injected into tens of milliions of babies a year. ("Ethyl Mercury" is visible below Wheat in black type.)

Ceresan can

This doesn't dissuade those who think we're all lotus-eating idiots. Journalists are drinking the mercury right along with the best and brightest vaccine zealots. "Most fundamentally, Kennedy does not get chemistry," wrote Jeffrey Kluger in Time. Prepare to eye-roll: "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." Yes, this makes absolutely no sense. What wasn't in what?

"Sticking up for thimerosal -- Read the studies -- it's safe," was the headline on a Slate piece by Arthur Allen in 2005 when Kennedy spoke out the first time. 

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Carlsbad HS Students Caught in Vaccine Controversy

Movie filmNote: This project was funded by Rotary. "In 2008, Rotary received a $100 million challenge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary committed to raising $100 million. In January 2009, Bill Gates announced a second challenge grant of $255 million. Rotary again committed to raising another $100 million. In total, Rotary will raise $200 million by June 30, 2012." Could explain a few things.....

Carlsbad HS Students Caught in Vaccine Controversy

People called the project “pro-vaccine” and “propaganda.” At one point the teacher and director of the film proposed that production stop




More than a dozen current and former Carlsbad High School students have found themselves in the middle of the long-running vaccination debate after they produced the film Invisible Threat.

The film debuted online August 1, more than a year after it was completed.

Students tell NBC 7 that’s largely due to the backlash they’ve faced, even during the production stage.

Brad Streicher worked on the film his junior year. The current USC student and NBC 7 intern said the idea came from the San Diego Rotary Club.

People there were impressed by two previous films they’d worked on and wanted the high school broadcast journalism class to do one on the immune system and immunizations.

“We ended up telling Rotary we'll do the film but only on our terms, which means we were going to approach the film from a journalistic standpoint,” said Streicher. “We wanted to make sure whatever story we were telling, it would be unbiased and we would attack it from both sides of the argument.”

The Rotary gave the students $60,000 for the project with that understanding, according to Streicher.

Months into the film’s production, students say they started to received e-mails and online comments harshly criticizing their work.

People called the project “pro-vaccine” and “propaganda.” At one point the teacher and director of the film, Douglas Green, proposed the students stop the project. The students refuse.

“No matter what kind of obstacles we were going to go through, we were going to tell the story that we were assigned to tell,” Streicher told NBC 7.

 NBC 7 reached out to one of the people in San Diego with concerns about the film. Vaccine safety advocate Rebecca Estepp said she supports the students and their hard work, but is concerned about who may be influencing the project.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Slamming Celebs

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

Aug 11, 2014, Washington Post: Rosie O'Donnell, Jenny McCarthy and the dangers of vaccine deniers and 9/11 truthers

Aug 10, 2014, Philly.com: Unscrambling autism laws

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Current Affairs

UPDATE: Vaccine Safety and Aluminium – a Challenge to Cochrane

Challenge_logo_high_resThank you to Elizabeth Hart for the excerpt from her site "Over-Vaccination: Challenging Big Pharma's lucrative over-vaccination of people and animals. We invite you to bookmark the site.

Re my previous post about my letter to  Professor Peter Gøtzsche, challenging a systematic review prepared by members of the Cochrane Vaccines Field, i.e. Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence.

Professor Gøtzsche has responded to my letter, encouraging me to “submit a criticism” on this important matter.

I have forwarded a follow-up letter in this regard, which includes reference to my previous correspondence with Dr Tom Jefferson, and also draws parallels between human and animal vaccination, please see below:

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17 July 2014

Professor Gøtzsche

RE:  Vaccine safety and aluminium adjuvants

Thank you for your response[1] to my letter dated 8 July 2014 which challenges a systematic review prepared by the Cochrane Vaccines Field i.e. Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence.[2]

In your response you encourage me to “submit a criticism” on this important matter to The Cochrane Collaboration. 

As noted in my previous letter, the systematic review in question was prepared by members of the Cochrane Vaccines Field, i.e. Tom Jefferson, Melanie Rudin and Carlo Di Pietrantonj, and was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases in 2004 (behind the paywall).  The review is listed in the bibliography on the Cochrane Vaccines Field website, but is not accessible online on The Cochrane Collaboration website, so I am unable to make an online comment.

Professor Gøtzsche, as you have encouraged me to make a submission, can you please clarify how I should do this?

For your information, I originally contacted Dr Jefferson directly about this matter in March 2013.  (I had previously contacted Dr Jefferson on other vaccine-related matters.  He is also formally copied on my submissions re controversial ‘gain-of-function’ research[3] in the influenza industry, see my letter to the NSABB Jan 2012 and my submission to the US CDC/HHS Dec 2012.)

Please see below the contents of my email forwarded to Dr Jefferson on 24 March 2013 in regards to his systematic review of adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines.  (Given my previous correspondence with Dr Jefferson, the tone is informal.  I have added some references in the endnotes):

Tom

I’m reading your review: “Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence”  (The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Vol. 4 2004.)

The summary of your review concludes: “Despite a lack of good-quality evidence we do not recommend that any further research on this topic is undertaken.”   (My emphasis.)

Your review notes:  “The results of our review should be interpreted within the limited quantity and quality of available evidence.  Within these limits, we found no evidence that aluminium salts cause any serious or long-lasting adverse events…”

So, you admit the quantity and quality of the evidence in your review was limited, but you still say that “we do not recommend that any further research on this topic is undertaken“.

Why would you say that?

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Current Affairs

Autism Treatment Community Supports Congressman Bill Posey

Thank you to Autism Action Network for continuing to educate the community.  We know money is as tight as Grandad's pants after Thanksgiving dinner. A $5 donation, if possible, would make a difference. We have strength in numbers.  The community is banding together behind Congressman Posey, putting the children (many of whom are now young and/or full fledged adults) FIRST. Thank you.

Please help Congressman Bill Posey continue to help us.


 
Many of you will spend $50 for a bottle of supplements without batting an eye. It is long past time for the autism community to support the elected officials who support us at great political risk to themselves.  Representative Bill Posey is a firm and courageous friend of the autism community.

Please help him continue to help us.

From our friends at Generation Rescue:

Many of us know that Congressman Bill 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. 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  

The second piece is a reception honoring Congressman Posey. The event is being held on August 13th in Melbourne, FL at The Palm Cafe located in The Kiwi Tennis Club. A host reception will start at 5:30pm and the general reception begins 7:30pm. The host committee is being formed and is a minimum $1,000 individual donation. Individual contribution is $150 for attendance.

So far the following individuals have joined the host committee for this event:

Jennifer Larson of the Canary Party and Health Choice
Sallie Bernard of Safeminds and Autism Speaks
JB Handley of Generation Rescue
Tony Lyons of Shy Horse Publishing
Barry Segal of Focus Autism
Mark Blaxill of the Canary Party and Health Choice
Dr. Gary Kompothecras
Teri Costigan

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: HPV Vaccine And Sudden Death in 12 Year Old

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

Aug 10, 2014, New York Daily News: Wisconsin mom: 'Did HPV vaccine kill my 12-year-old daughter?'

Aug 9, 2014, Kennewick (WA) Tri-City Herald: Growing number of autistic students causing concerns at Mid-Columbia schools

Aug 8, 2014, Danbury (CT) News Times: For autistic adults, a long waiting list for state help

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Teresa Conrick

Are Vaccines Changing the Microbiome of Mankind?

MicrobiomeNote: Teresa Conrick has written a series of articles on the Microbiome.  You can read them here in our AofA Exclusives.

By Teresa Conrick

Vaccines.  The idea of them seems so good.  Inject a recipe of chemicals into human beings and animals, and they are then protected from microbial-causing diseases. The reality though for many families is something went wrong, either immediately after vaccination - seizures, death, or from that point forward, profound changes in health and development - REGRESSION.

My daughter, Megan, had subtle, regressive episodes after each vaccination but devastatingly so after her MMR vaccine. Immediately, Megan began with a fever for days, then a full body rash starting on the 10th day, diarrhea, constipation, then undigested food in her stool, then Giardia and Blastocystis Hominis infections, gluten and casein intolerance developed, nonstop ear infections (otitis media), concurrent Candida infections, Clostridium infections, Streptococcus infections, seizures when puberty hit and most recently, an autoimmune diagnosis. An autism diagnosis was placed on her before age three, based on the behaviors -- that in hindsight -- most likely manifested from all of these infections and a dysfunctional immune system. This has been the pattern and research is pointing to the microbiome as quite possibly, the epicenter of autism: NEJM, January 28, 2014, “More Evidence Links Gut Microbiome to Autism:”

If this mouse model of autism truly reflects pathology similar to autism in humans, these researchers might have identified yet another major human illness that is linked to the gut microbiome. Moreover, the identification of two specific metabolites that induce autistic behavior could provide molecular targets for therapy. Finally — although it seems too good to be true — the suggestion that probiotic therapy might cure autism surely would be a remarkable event if it proves to be valid.

I continue to investigate research on the microbiome as there are patterns that seem connected to autism and other increasing diseases that share a dysfunctional microbiome.  While investigating the microbiome, it’s important to look back into history and see that the birth of autism in the 1930’s, happened exactly when ethyl mercury vaccines and ethyl mercury pesticides/fungicides were debuting. The family history of eight found families of those first eleven reveals a toxic connection, especially mercury, and significantly the newly commercialized, ethyl mercury. Those factors  remain the most important clues for us today.

Reading about the microbiome has shown some connections that may be influencing it in a negative manner. Antibiotics used in our food supply; mercury in the environment, food and medicines; pesticides; and vaccination, all seem capable of causing insidious changes in the microbiome. Research Is showing some vaccines seem capable of causing an unintended development. I wrote about some of this before but think it’s important to include old information with new to make it more evident.

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Yet I still have mixed feelings about the several times I spent with a drill whining in my ear as the dentist prepared a tooth for restoration to fix the damage caused by decay that had attacked the surface and was destroying the tooth. Without such a fix that decay could have damaged the root and caused even bigger problems—like having no teeth.

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Cathy Jameson

See It to Believe It: When The Heart Accepts What the Head Knows

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By Cathy Jameson

This post is dedicated to “Us Four”.  Always in my thoughts, forever in my heart.

Jennifer and I met in a small town in Texas and went to high school together.  A class behind me, she was a talented artist, competitive runner and one of my best friends.  She is frequently in my thoughts and came to mind on again on August 7th.  That was her birthday.  She would have been 42. 

I left Texas soon after graduating and attended college on the east coast.  Having made many fun memories as goofy teenagers, Jennifer and I weren’t going to let a little bit of distance end our friendship.  In the early 1990s, we kept in touch through letters and phone calls.  When I could, I would return to Texas to visit.  I always enjoyed meeting up with Jennifer and another best friend of ours who was still in town.  On those trips, for the week or so that we were back together, life was good.  But, when I went back to college, I would get a nagging feeling. 

That nagging feeling would oftentimes be correct.  Jennifer revealed in letters that she’d slipped back into depression.  She’d experienced bouts of heavy depression that would cripple her.  Some bouts lasted a few days; others took weeks to overcome.  In her letters Jennifer promised me that I shouldn’t worry.  Of course I did—Jennifer had struggled with depression almost as long as I’d known her which included much of high school.  I made sure to follow up with a phone call after receiving one of Jennifer’s depressing letters.  Thankfully, she’d have bounced back by the time I’d called to check on her. 

Over the next year or so, as fewer letters were written and shorter phone calls were made, distance had finally wedged itself in.  I was busy with school projects, worked part-time and was involved in a new social scene.  Life was in full swing for me.  Sadly, it was plummeting in reverse for Jennifer.  Unaware of what she was going through, a friend sent news that Jennifer had passed away.  The news of her death came after the funeral.  It was too late for me to help. 

Jennifer’s death, one that was self-inflicted, haunted me for many years.  I don’t know if it was shock, or that I refused to believe that she was gone, or if it was because I didn’t have closure to say good bye, but I had a hard time believing that her life was over.  As hard as it was to accept that she was gone, part of me was not surprised though. 

Jennifer’s depression was well known in our small circle of friends.  She’d made other suicide attempts in high school, but they’d failed.  As grown up as I thought I was at 16-years old, nothing prepared me to live through terrifying moments of finding a note telling us that life was not worth living.  Three of us stayed close to Jennifer ready to catch her when she fell.  We didn’t like to think about or talk about what Jennifer was going through, but I knew we should just in case more dark thoughts entered her mind.  Thinking to myself, will she or won’t kill herself today became part of life. 

Every one of my Jennifer’s suicide attempt rattled me to my core, but I always tried to remain strong on the outside even though I trembled like a small child on the inside.  In reflecting on Jennifer’s death and why it took me so long to come to terms with it reminded me of other events in my life.  Like how it took me so long to believe that my own child’s vaccine injury was real.  That may not sound like it could be compared to suicide, but just like how I tried to understand why Jennifer’s depression racked her mentally, emotionally and physically, it took a great amount effort for me to understand, and accept, just how real and crippling vaccine injury could also be. 

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Weekly Wrap: Announcing a New Series -- How Autism Happens

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

I'm sure you've had it with the "correlation is not causation" crowd when it comes to the indisputable cause-and-effect relationship between vaccination and autism in so many cases. Certainly, not every child who develops autism starts down that road immediately after vaccination, but many do, way too many for this correlation (actually, association) to be coincidence, and that's important to all of us because those cases reveal the true nature of the disorder. (Environmental, man-made, and in many, many cases, vaccine-induced.)

They also reveal the true nature of critics, who love to talk about cranks, quacks and greedy lawsuit grubbers, but can't cope with the idea of immediate regression after vaccination in children of parents who did nothing but follow the CDC vaccination schedule (to a fault, tragically). I came across this obnoxious comment from Dorit Reiss on one of the many threads she winds herself around like poison ivy:

"Unfortunately, a mother's belief - however sincere - is not a good substitute to evidence. I am sorry your daughter struggles. But with millions of doses of vaccines administered, some health problems will happen right after the vaccine just by coincidence. It's natural for a parent to believe there's a connection if there's a temporal association; and normally, I would not try to contradict such belief. But when a parent is using the story to try and deter other from protecting their children against an infection that can cause cancer, the fact that scientific studies show no connection to harms is very, very important.

"Parents should make their decision if to protect children based on the evidence, not on the belief of distressed parents."

Oh, please. As Bobby Kennedy Jr. wrote in 2007 about our own contributing editor, Katie Wright: "I have now heard or seen this grim chronology recounted hundreds of times in conversations, e-mails and letters from mothers: At 2-1/2 years old, Christian Wright exceeded all milestones. He had 1,000 words, was toilet-trained, and enjoyed excellent social relations with his brother and others. Then his pediatrician gave him Thimerosal-laced vaccines. He cried all night, developed a fever and, over the coming months, this smart, healthy child disappeared. Christian lost the ability to speak, to interact with family members, to make eye contact or to point a finger. He is no longer toilet trained. He engaged in stereotypical behavior--screaming, head-banging, biting and uncontrolled aggression, and suffers continuously the agonizing pain of gastrointestinal inflammation.

"After hearing that story a couple dozen times, a rational person might do some more investigation."

Rational people, of course, are not in charge of the mainstream response to vaccine injury.

So here's the deal -- I'd like to interview parents and other first-hand observers (teachers, nurses, sisters, brothers, you name it) for stories about vaccine injury and autistic regression. All I ask is that you submit to my journalistic questions with no preconditions, and allow the use of your real full name and location. I hope to use objective truth-telling to bring as much attention to these important accounts as we possibly can. Because AOA is indexed on Google News, these accounts go out into the "ether," as I like to call it to technically impress people, and are available forever, everywhere. Facebook accounts, e-mail chains and even most blogs, however worthy, do not.

Leave a comment and contact info below or e-mail me at olmsted.dan@gmail.com.

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Dan Olmsted (olmsted.dan@gmail.com) is Editor of Age of Autism.

 

 

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Thinking Moms on The Autism War

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

Aug 8, 2014, Union of Concerned Scientists: New Vaccine Misinformation Book Gets the Science Wrong - The Equation

Aug 7, 2014, Discover Magazine: Why Vaccine and GMO Denial Should be Treated Equally

Aug 6, 2014, Thinking Moms' Revolution: The Autism War: Fiction or True Crime?

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Cathy Jameson

Best of: Summer and Autism Lockdown

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We ran this post during the summer of 2010.

By Cathy Jameson

Summer has officially begun now that all of my children are on school vacation.  If this summer came with a wish,  I'd wish for lazy days and lots of them.  I am not a morning person so having an alarm-clock free start to my day is going to be great.  My oldest already appreciates the end of her homeschooling lessons and has her sights set on hanging out with friends at the pool.  My younger children are excited to have extra LEGO building time as well as more frequent trips to the park.  Because I've got chalk dust in my veins, I'll still provide educational opportunities for my kids and have plans for some fun circle time games and books sometime between a late breakfast and a picnic lunch.  We've all had a really busy year so I happily welcome a break from the intensity of the regular school year.  

Keeping my typical kids active during the summer is not usually a major challenge. I pick a few summer camps, short day trips and plan lots of play dates to keep them busy.   I try to balance their needs with Ronan's time consuming appointments that take no time off despite the summer season. His therapy sessions and medical appointments happen year-round so it's not unusual to find all us squished into waiting rooms or driving the long drive to his far away but necessary specialists.  

My kids are used to scheduling fun their fun after Ronan's must-get-to appointments.  Finding down time for them is essential for their well-being and for my sanity. I am sensitive to how Ronan's sibs manage and express themselves as their brother fills up many of my thoughts and much of my time.  I'm grateful that my typical kids don't complain about this or see him as interruption to their activities. They accept that most of his behaviors are just who Ronan is and readily open their minds to adapt to his needs and sometimes erratic behavior.  I wish I had that level of acceptance because I'm sure it would decrease my stress level greatly.

With what I hope is a more carefree routine ahead of us for the next two months I wonder if I can reduce some of the worry I carry all year long.  I'll be honest, Ronan and his special needs fill up most of every stress I have.  Vacation from school and time off from our very full schedule should lead to a more relaxed attitude but I don't know if I can actually fully relax.  If I could, maybe that would free up some of the over thinking I do about Ronan.  Imagine what I could do for myself with extra time! Maybe I can catch up on some projects I've put off.  Maybe I can get more writing done.  Maybe I have longer than the five minutes of clothes shopping I allow myself to do at the $4 sale racks at those Super Box stores. Maybe I will do nothing extra or unusual during summer vacation because Ronan's issues also no break in our regular routine--keeping him safe and healthy is a 24/7 job; it doesn't matter if it's summertime or not.  

Ronan has gotten himself into a few scary situations even though I am hyper-vigilant about his safety.  Despite the very secure locks and safety precautions I have in place Ronan is a very smart and abled child who is able to manipulate our locks.  I'm not sure why Ronan prefers to be on the other side of the front door, but he does.  He has learned to ignore the door chime alarms.  He has made up his mind that sitting in Daddy's car in the driveway is much more fun than playing with every toy he owns in his bedroom. Ronan's safety is a constant worry of mine.  That constant worry leaves no extra down time and no time to really relax during any season of the year.  Keeping my guard up at all times is my only assurance that Ronan is exactly where he's supposed to be.

Is it progress that Ronan has figured out gizmos and gadgets? Is it a higher level of thinking that will allow him to be later mainstreamed with his typical peers?  Is it  a step forward to know that hide and seek is a new game of Ronan's even though the seeker (me) is ready to call 9-1-1 to ask for assistance to find a child who doesn't understand he's headed to grave danger?  Or, is it a sense of adventure that typical little boys crave and act on?  That would be neat if it was just typical behavior because I do know there is some typical in Ronan--I see it, I hear it and I sense it on his really good days that don't include my constant monitoring and worrying.  

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Dachel Media Update: Bob Wright Measles Wrong

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 7, 2014, Bloomberg News: Bob Wright talks about autism politics and science

August 7, 2014, CNN: Measles outbreak: Blame anti-vaccine movement (Opinion)

August 6, 2014, Alternet.org: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: An Invitation to Open Debate On Thimerosal

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Meet Top Autism Treatment Docs At the Autism Education Summit In Dallas

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We're blessed in the autism biomedical community to have a range of choices in conferences. Old friends gather in the Windy City each Spring, on the sunny West Coast of Florida each November and now, in Dallas, Texas beginning this October with the inaugural Autism Education Summit.  You'll see plenty of familiar faces and meet new friends and providers dedicated to helping every person on the spectrum achieve the best health and functioning.

Here's the schedule.  Here is the current list of speakers including AofA's Mark Blaxill (stay tuned for more.)

Register with a friend or partner to save. (See registration rates below) Better yet - take advantage of the special group rate savings for TEN attendees who register together. This rate is for any group of ten and includes special bonus recognition at the conference. What a great way to acknowledge a local organization, school program, town support group or even a local treatment center in your area! Email info@autismeducationsummit for more info about creating your own group.

Join the Age of Autism team at The beautiful Fairmount hotel in the heart of downtown Dallas - meet old friends, make new friends - share your experience and take home medical expertise for your loved one on the spectrum.

Registration includes:

Access To All Summit Lectures

Complimentary Coffee and Tea Throughout the Event

Gift Bag with Products, Conference Program Guide and Vendor Coupons

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Anne Dachel

Massachusetts Bill To Add Supports For Autism

WolfNote: We're so complacent in America. We  re-active, not pro-active. We hide our heads in the sand until the wolf is through the door and lying in our beds. We kick out the wolf and then wonder where all that fur came from on the floor. I remembe when gasoline skyrocketed a few years ago; the SUVs looked garishly unpatriotic on 95, Pruises were everywhere. Gas prices stabilized and the suburban Mommies who needed a pillow to see over the steering wheel were back in the H2s, motoring to Pilates. It's the same with autism. We're barely starting to support families who area in crisis mode pretty much from diagnosis day - and this Mass bill is pretty good. But as Anne cries out daily, "WHERE IS THE REAL CONCERN OVER THE EVER GROWING TIDE OF AUTISM?" It's enough to make me want to howl. KS

By Anne Dachel

It seems that when we talk about autism it's never a crisis on the federal level.  THERE, it's just a mysterious disorder that many officials think has been unrecognized until recent decades.  The feds aren't upset that there's no known cause or cure for something affecting almost two percent of U.S. children.  This piece gives us that chilling reality about autism on the state level.  The rates for autism as said here to have skyrocketed and that these kids need services.  Currently Medicaid doesn't cover help for these children.  A representative from MA ARC calls autism "a public health crisis," something we would never hear from a CDC official.  No word on whether the governor of Massachusetts will sign the bill.  Maybe Patrick is thinking about the cost increases rather than the needs of disabled children.  If he doesn't sign, he's postponing the inevitable.  Regardless, theses children aren't going away and they're going to cost and cost and cost the state for the rest of their lives.

Aug 4, 2014 WBUR Boston, Governor Reviewing Mass. Bill That Would Expand Autism Supports

Many parents of children on the autism spectrum are celebrating passage of a bill that is among dozens already on Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk.

The bill would create a tax-free savings account for autism and disability care; would require Medicaid coverage for autism behavioral treatment; and would give thousands of residents with autism access to state disability services. Currently only those whose IQ is under 70 qualify.

Barbara L’Italien, with the advocacy group ARC of Massachusetts, has seen autism rates skyrocket since her son was diagnosed in 1990.

“It is a public health crisis,” she says. “It is something we need to wrap our arms around and be proactive about, and I think this legislation really attempts to do that.”

The costs of expanding Medicaid and disability services is not clear.

A spokeswoman says Patrick is reviewing the bill.

Comment:

Why is autism called "a public health crisis," yet there's no assurances from the governor that he'll sign this bill?  One in every 68 U.S. children now has an autism diagnosis.  That's one in every 42 among boys alone. 

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Current Affairs

Sharyl Attkisson: Et tu, Washington Post? The Copycat Syndrome.

SharylWe invite you to bookmark Sharyl Attkisson's website for a serious look at the state of journalism today. The following excerpt is especially relevant to our readers. As always, thank you to Ms. Attkisson for her diligence.

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Today, there are plenty of outstanding journalists at the networks, national newspapers and Web sites, and other traditional outlets. But there are lots of problems, too. One disturbing trend lies in some reporters’ tendency to parrot rumors and copycat what others say or blog, rather than doing the job we’re supposed to do: original research.

It’s tempting.

There’s so much information out there on the Web, quasi-news sites, opinion blogs, Twitter and Facebook. News deadlines are short and it’s quick and easy to repeat what’s already been said or heard, and abandon the traditional job of seeking firsthand confirmation or original truth, when one exists. But there are other reasons reporters repeat what they read or hear from others, unchecked: they personally agree with the viewpoints. In other words, they may seek out opinions that fit their preconceived narrative or personal beliefs, and then use that to bolster their own thesis in their own reporting.

Unfortunately, this tendency plays into the hands of paid forces, propagandists, special interests and others who wish to manipulate public opinion. All they need do is create a bit of “buzz” about, or manufacture a controversy on, a given topic and it’s sure to be picked up and repeated by dutiful surrogates and, eventually, bleed over into their unwitting partners in the news media.

More discussion of these tactics coming up in my book, “Stonewalled”

Reporters should be better than that. We should be able to scratch beyond the superficial, and recognize and reject propaganda.

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Kim Stagliano

Where Is Your Child with Autism Going to Live as An Adult?

Future shockBy Kim Stagliano

Where Is Your Child with Autism Going to Live as An Adult? Thought about it yet? I sure do. Oh, I joke in my usual fashion, when speaking to groups, "Ha ha! We ARE a group home!" (My three girls have autism, in case you're new here. Oh, and welcome.)   My oldest is 19. My youngest is 13. These questions are not far off for us - where will my girls live as adults. With their Dad and me?  I've said that we'll have a big house with a special ed wing and an elderly wing and the caregivers can toss a coin to see whom they care for first.  Aren't I funny?   I don't think so either.  What if they don't want to live with us forever?  What if three grown women want independence in their fashion? They deserve that. 

Our sponsor VOR (Vee-Oh-Are) is working to protect YOUR right to decide what is the best living option for your adult child with autism.  For some, it might be a group home or even a larger style living situation that could be referred to an an "institution." For others, it might be a community of similar people where routine and sameness matter. Where ever, however - it should be yours to decide.

I ask you to please formally join VOR so that as your child ages, you can keep abreast of the government's misguided policies so that you aren't shocked to death when the time comes.  Because as you know, we are not allowed to die.

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House of Cards 200 pixelsKim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel,  House of Cards; A All I Can Handle 50 pixel Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.