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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to Hold Press Albany Press Conference Opposing Mandatory Meningococcal Injections

AlbanyRobert F. Kennedy, Jr., to hold press conference opposing mandatory Robert F Kennedy Jr 3meningococcal injections
Come on down, Tomorrow, 6-1-15, Room LCA 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany

NEW YORK, New York — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is scheduled to host a press conference on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at the Legislative Office Building, 198 State Street, LCA Room 130, Albany, NY 12210. The press conference is set to begin at 10:00 AM.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Government Removes Vaccine Injury Data

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 31, 2015, Recent Rise in Vaccine Victims' Court Decisions and Concessions Not Reflected in Revised Government Chart 

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Teresa Conrick

Autism and the Microbiome: Dear White House, You MUST Choose Autism

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

I continue to pursue the science illustrating my daughter’s regression into Autism nineteen years ago. Megan is a very ill, young woman,  who has seizures, is non-verbal, and has an autoimmune diagnosis.  She also has a long history of bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections -- Strep, Clostridia, and Giardia leading the pack.  High titers of Measles, Mumps and Rubella viruses are continuously and mysteriously present in her blood. 

Many parents have reported the same phenomenon as their toddler exited normal development and regressed into Autism.  There are increasing numbers of children being diagnosed and examining the clues that effect both body and brain is imperative.  The Microbiome is being implicated more and more as the potential source of why so many children are regressing into Autism and the severity of those affected corresponds to pathogens and loss of helpful bacteria.   Most have connecting medical issues that often cause behavioral issues.  Stopping GI pain, self-injurious behaviors, seizures, and a life of immune/autoimmune issues should be a top priority for those who have the power to create a positive outcome for my daughter and thousands more with a diagnosis of AUTISM.  Who might have that power? How about THE White House?

Microbiome Alert = Autism Alert

I recently received this email in a “Microbiome Alert”:

“The White House - President Barack Obama – Office of Science and Technology Policy- What's Next for the Microbiome?”

…Addressing fundamental questions common across the study of communities of microorganisms, or “microbiomes,” can help propel the field forward toward practical applications in areas as diverse as environmental remediation, food production and nutrition, and medical research.

Analysis and modification of the microbiome promises to provide transformative treatments for human health. To take one example, the gut microbiome appears to play a role in several diseases, including obesity. With more research, scientists may be able to treat obesity by using a specific probiotic, prebiotic, or changes in diet that influence the composition of the microbiome. There is precedent that an approach like this could work. To treat the chronic diarrhea caused by an intestinal infection of the dangerous pathogen C. difficile, researchers are investigating how microbiome therapies can help treat this disease that affects half a million people in the United States each year. In a remarkable clinical trial, patients who were extremely ill due to C. difficile infection returned to full health when they received transplants of a donor’s healthy microbiome.

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Sunday Prayers Answered, Boy Comes Home

Randy Home

Two stories were in the news yesterday with a compelling juxtaposition, but the same theme.  Autism and wandering. While a 5 year old Michael Bolden wandered away from his father during a shopping trip, found water and drowned, another family was blessed with a happy ending.

My children are creatures of habit, that's a big part of their autism. Perhaps yours are too. Randy Marney of Springfield, MO did not run away or wander or bolt, he simply stuck to his routine and boarded the weekly bus to Church.  Knowing he was A-OK, I have to say this story made me smile. I could see one of my own daughters doing this same thing.  "Bus comes?  I get on the bus!" 

The Pastor did not know his Mother was unaware he was going to Church alone. Educating those who care for, work with, teach our kids is as important as educating our kids themselves.  Next Sunday, I'm sure the Pastor will wait for Mom to wave from the doorway. Thank God Randy came home safely.   From KY3 News:

8-year-old Randy Marney apparently went to church on Sunday and didn't tell anyone. His mom, Lisa Roberts reported him missing at about 9:40 after one of her other children woke her up and said Randy was gone from their home in the 1700 block of W. Olive St. in Springfield.

VIDEO: Missing boy comes home

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Plant City Florida Boy with Autism Wanders and Drowns

Plant City Death

Another child with autism has died. Autism is an American epidemic; more so than measles, more than whooping cough, more than crib bumpers, more than [insert fear of the week product with actual liability recall here.]  Many of us live with the fear of our children, from 5 to 15 and older wandering off, bolting into harm's way every single day.

No safety awareness. Not responding to name when sought. No internal "I should get back to Mom or Dad, I've wandered away!" And a homing device that compels them to water.

If you are really and truly against a cure for the children of those of us who would give our souls to the devil for one - I invite you look at this Micnael's face and ask yourself, "What the hell is wrong with me?"  God rest his soul and bring his family solace.

From Bay News 9 Plant City, FL

Deputies have located the body of a missing 5-year-old autistic boy in a Plant City pond.

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Letter to the Editor in SitNews.US Ketchikan, Alaska RE: Vaccination

LetterThank you to AofA reader Amanda Mitchell for sharing her letter to the editor published in SitNews.US, in Ketchikan, Alaska.    We've excerpted the letter below. Please go to SitNews.US to read the full letter. 

May 26, 2015
Tuesday PM

Every media outlet seemed to be covering the Disneyland outbreak. Did you read where they said the parents choosing to opt their kids out of vaccines caused this? Did you read anything about the whistleblower that came out, Dr. William Thompson, Senior Scientist for the CDC, stating that they intentionally manipulated and adjusted the study data to erase a link to autism from the MMR vaccine? [1, 2,] Did you read about how Merck is being sued for fraud by its own scientists? [3, 4] I would like to go through the Disneyland case, the vaccination logic, and much more. I hope that you bear with me (print it out and read it in chunks if needed), securely fasten your best thinking cap on and get ready to leave your presuppositions behind. We are going to where many of you have never gone before and I hope this will make you think, ask questions and do your own research.

Let’s begin by defining immunity. What does it mean to be immune? Taking the word back to its original content, im + muni, it means not (as in impossible) duty/function. In other words, exempt from that function or duty. As vaccination has become a foundation in our society, the word immune evolved to a meaning of antibodies to a disease. This is because there is a presupposition that when a person has antibodies to a disease they exempt from that disease. I would like to challenge this assumption with logic and facts.

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Cathy Jameson

Vaccines, Autism, and Broken Ties

Medical equalityBy Cathy Jameson

Major accidents, traumatic events, and other unexpected life-changing incidents can bring people together.  Depending on the severity of an incident, like the September 11th attacks, an entire county can quickly pull themselves together.  While drawing on each other’s strengths, people can get through bad news, drastic events, and tough circumstances.  Incidents that happen on a grand scale bring lots of people together.  So can other kinds of events.  

A few weeks ago, I learned that a former co-worker’s wife was in rehab.  The rehab wasn’t to overcome an addiction.  It was set up so the wife could regain skills she lost after suffering traumatic injuries stemming from a terrible car crash.  That crash, which happened about 8 weeks ago, left the woman paralyzed and on a ventilator.  Life as she knew it was over.  

Losing the ability to move her arms, legs, and unable to breathe on her own, things looked very, very grim.  I've been peeking in on a Facebook page that's been set up to keep friends and their community aware of what happened and to rally support for the family.  The intense therapy this woman needs is crucial, but so is the ongoing support she and her husband will need. 

With a support network in place, this couple has the chance to begin to pick up where life as they knew it changed forever.  In fact, in the past 8 weeks, positive changes have taken place. 

With proper treatment, with a hell of a lot of determination, and with assistance from family, friends, and complete strangers, things have picked up.  Things are looking more and more hopeful as each week goes by.  

She can breathe on her own.   

She can move her arm.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Signs of the Times

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

I’m making my annual return trip to Illinois, which tends to be not too hot and not too cold right around Memorial Day. This year I’ve noticed how many people seem to have a story to tell about sick kids.

I was talking to a nurse in Decatur, and when someone mentioned I write about autism, she volunteered that she has a 15-year-old son with autism. He was fine until 18 months, and then everything just stopped. I asked if she had any idea why that happened, and she said she didn’t.

She has four younger children, all boys, who seem fine, she said. If you do the math, the one with autism was born when mercury was still being phased out of "most" vaccines. The others, let’s hope, escaped.

A few days earlier, in Champaign, I was talking to someone who has a friend who is pregnant. The expectant mother suffers from depression and is debating whether  to get off her meds until the baby is born. (I vote yes, if humanly possible). This mom also has ADHD. The question was posed, did I think a parent with ADHD and depression is more likely to have a child with autism. No, I said, I don't think parents have anything to do with their children having autism. However, the child may inherit vulnerabilities, like auto-immunity, and parents ought to make sure those vulnerabilities aren't triggered by, oh, say, mercury containing flu shots in pregnancy.

I passed along a copy of our book, Vaccines 2.0.

A friend in Chicago has a daughter with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. And another has a FullSizeRender (11)son who is teetering into trouble with the law because of issues that sound like they verge on, or topple over into, the autism spectrum. 

This adds up to too many kids and young adults with too many problems, problems that didn’t used to be like this, and that too many people either don't notice, or pretend not to. I had lunch at Terzo Piano, the very cool restaurant at the Art Institute, on Friday, and took a selfie with the skyline in the background. You can see the Prudential Building, which when I was a kid (a half-century ago) was the tallest, widest, most skyscraperesque building around.

Now it’s dwarfed by taller ones. Still, if the newer buildings on the Chicago skyline were sized to reflect the rise in autism since the Prudential Building was built in 1955, those other skyscrapers would be 20 or 30 times taller. They would be a visual sign for the damage that still remains too hidden, and that makes too many people feel this is all happening to them but maybe not to anybody -- in fact, everybody -- but them.

Maybe that would get people’s attention.


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism

Adriana Gamondes

State of Plague, Part 10: Disease-Mongering as Militarized Trojan Horse for Globalization and Surveillance

  Desaparecidos Adriana Gamondes1

Those with power have always manipulated reality and created ideologies defined as progress to justify systems of exploitation. Monarchs and religious authorities did this in the Middle Ages. Today this is done by the high priests of modernity—the technocrats, scholars, scientists, politicians, journalists and economists. They deform reality. They foster the myth of preordained inevitability and pure rationality. But such knowledge—which dominates our universities—is anti-thought. It precludes all alternatives. It is used to end discussion. It is designed to give to the forces of science or the free market or globalization a veneer of rational discourse, to persuade us to place our faith in these forces and trust our fate to them. These forces, the experts assure us, are as unalterable as nature. They will lead us forward. To question them is heresy. ~Chris Hedges

Read Part 1, Part 2Part 3,  Part 4,  Part 5,   Part 6, Part 7,  Part 8 and Part 9.

By Adriana Gamondes

Neoliberal Noir and the Globalized Junta  

On April 28th, 2015, New York University law professor Mary Holland testified before the California Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to SB277, a bill that would remove all personal exemptions to vaccination—religious and philosophical— except medical for California’s school children.

On the issue of consent, Holland drew sharp parallels that angered Chairwoman Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).

MARY HOLLAND: Without some measure of realistic choice—and I do not believe that medical exemptions or homeschooling present viable options for the majority who have resolute convictions against vaccination—this bill will be coercive. Parents will be vaccinating their children under duress, invalidating any notion of informed consent. 

In employment, lack of consent is forced labor. In military service, it’s conscription. In contracts, it leads to invalid contracts. In intimate relations, it’s called rape. And in medical treatment, it’s battery.

SEN. JACKSON: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Wait a minute. Wait a second... Rape is a loaded word and as the Chair of the Women’s Caucus, I don’t take the use of the word lightly.

MARY HOLLAND:  I don’t either.

Sen. Jackson chastised further on use of the rape analogy, then asked Holland to provide examples of Supreme Court or other rulings dealing specifically with the issue of informed consent and vaccination. It was some time before Holland could continue with her testimony, at which point she discussed the potential denial of public education that would result from instituting such a law, the fact that the laws already in place in all states ensured high vaccination rates as it is, then asked whether the state would criminalize dissent.

MARY HOLLAND:  Furthermore, a problem with SB277 would be in its enforcement.

The parents here today are unlikely to comply with the vaccine schedule. They will either be forced—it would violate the covenant with their God or their conscience because, rightly or wrongly, they believe that they would be putting their children at risk of severe injury or death by vaccinating them.

How will you possibly enforce this with parents who won’t vaccinate and cannot, for economic or other reasons, home school?

Will you be willing to remove children and force-vaccinate them as wards of the state?

Will you be willing to throw non-vaccinating parents in prison?

And what happens if the state does vaccinate a child who is removed and that child is severely injured or dies?

What will the state do?

SEN. JACKSON: Where in this bill does it talk about throwing parents in prison?

MARY HOLLAND: No, but what will you do? The parents—many of the parents who are…

SEN. JACKSON: I’m sorry but there is nothing in this… I mean, there are enough concerns raised.  To kind of push it to a level…  Now we are talking about putting parents in prison…

Senator Jackson sputtered for several more minutes about Holland’s “inflammatory” suggestions, to which Holland replied, “But I don’t know what you will do.”

We don’t know but we can guess. To quote G.K. Chesterton, “If you let loose a law, it will do as a dog does. It will obey its own nature, not yours. Such sense as you have put into the law (or the dog) will be fulfilled. But you will not be able to fulfill a fragment of anything you have forgotten to put into it.” In other words, if 277 passes, children will be taken and parents will go to jail since there’s absolutely nothing in the bill that guards against this.

Senator Jackson’s objections to Mary Holland’s use of analogy and Orwellian rhetorical inquiry were transparent and Jackson’s reasons for demonstrating outrage didn’t make sense.  Any “disservice” these references rendered was not to consumer advocates but to the bill’s sponsors and Jackson’s biased censorship.

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Current Affairs

Will California Legislators & School Personnel Sign Vaccine Liabilty Form?

Banana SlipBy Laura Hayes

Dear California Assembly Member,

This letter is in regards to legislation sweeping our country at both the state and federal levels, legislation that seeks to restrict and/or eliminate exemptions for vaccines, thereby coercing and forcing parents and others to comply with multiple medical procedures, each of which comes with extreme risk, including permanent disability, chronic illness, and possible death.

There is absolutely no justification for any such legislation…none.  Such legislation violates everything we hold dear, and all that is moral and right.  Furthermore, elected officials are greatly overstepping their authority, not to mention violating international codes of ethics, codes that were instituted to forever avoid repeating past crimes against humanity.  

I urge you, please do not allow the horrific crimes of the past to be repeated.  Your individual legacy, and the legacy of our nation, will reflect whether you were on the right side of history, or the wrong side, during these troubling and dangerous times.

It is critical that you ask yourself, as a legislator, the following questions:

  • Do you have the authority to mandate that which kills the citizens you serve (outside the realm of criminal justice), including healthy children?

  • Do you have the authority to mandate that which harms the citizens you serve, including healthy children?

  • Do you have the authority to mandate even one of these vaccine medical procedures, with the understanding that not one of which has ever been tested in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, or in the combinations in which they are given, or on the range of people to which they are given, or in a long-term comparative study with those who have not undergone the procedure(s)?

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Discimination Via Vaccination Acceptable?

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 27, 2015, Indianapolis Business Journal: Autism dilemma needs more attention

May 27, 2015, Doctors Warn Certain Tattoo Ink Colors Are Extremely Harmful

May 27, 2015, Modesto Bee: Modesto rally: Parents say vaccination bill would discriminate against their kids

May 18, 2015, Restriction on religious vaccine exemptions stalls in N.J. Senate

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Current Affairs

Hearts and Minds and Vaccines

Hearts and mindsBy Dr. William H. Gaunt

When we believe in anything we do so with our emotional side[heart] and our intellectual side[mind].  For some people, the emotional side is more dominant and for other people the intellectual side has more sway.  Where does the information come from that shapes our beliefs?  Here are a few sources: family and friends, education and training, books, media, and personal experiences.  What do people believe about vaccines?  This is a subject most people feel strongly about.  Many people think that there are only two choices(get vaccines or not) but there are at least four choices as follows: 

(1)              Pro-vaccine position: Get every vaccine on the recommended schedule at the recommended ages.

(2)              Anti-vaccine position: Obtain a religious or philosophical exemption or do home school and get zero vaccines. 

(3)              Delayed-vaccine position: Get all the vaccines your state requires for school but use an alternative vaccine schedule that delays and spreads out some of the vaccines. 

(4)              Selective-vaccine position: Get an exemption or do home school then choose a few of the vaccines that you believe are appropriate for your child and avoid the others. 

Which position or belief is best for the long term health of children?   The CDC and the vaccine companies obviously take the pro-vaccine side.  They claim that their scientific studies are the final word that should have ended this controversy long ago.  Are they right?  Is pro-vaccine the only intelligent belief?  I think not.  Here is where I lose the passionate pro-vaccine people.  Most of them will stop reading right here.  They don't want to hear any evidence that is not pure pro-vaccine.

Most people tend to believe scientific studies.  We have all been taught that science is the best way to get to the truth on any subject.  Unfortunately, many of the pro-vaccine scientific studies are intentionally fraudulent.  I'll say that again: Many pro-vaccine scientific studies are fraudulent.  See examples of fraudulent scientific studies below.  Studies controlled by the CDC or vaccine companies consistently support the pro-vaccine position.  They find vaccines innocent.  Why is this happening?  Vaccines are very big business.  Pharmaceutical companies are by far the largest advertisers on mainstream media.  Their financial influence has gradually pushed the anti-vaccine position to the side.  You will rarely hear the anti-vaccine point of view unless it is intentionally set up to be ridiculed.  Don't expect unbiased reporting by mainstream media on vaccines.

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Current Affairs

Laura Hayes' Open Letter to CA Legislators and Governor Jerry Brown RE SB277

Listen to usDear CA Legislators and Governor Jerry Brown,                                              5-27-15

I am writing regarding SB277.

Applying information from easily-accessible sources about vaccines, I cannot identify one person who should not be granted a medical exemption for each and every vaccine. 

This is most especially true in the case of fetuses (as pregnant women are now being vaccinated), newborns, infants, toddlers, and young children whose cognitive, immune, nervous, and gastrointestinal systems are immature and extremely vulnerable. Such young ones do not possess the ability to handle such a barrage of vaccine assaults, much less even one such assault. 

Furthermore, the health status of such a young child is completely unknown. There is no way to know to what such a young child will react. However, common sense and current medical knowledge tell us that there is no way they won’t react adversely to such assaults as those introduced by vaccines. The two worst things for a developing baby and its internal systems are toxicity and inflammation, both of which are caused in spades by vaccines.

As you consider your position on SB277, a bill mandating that every child in CA receive multiple doses of numerous vaccines in order to attend school and/or daycare, please ask yourself exactly who should be injected with the following:

  • known neurotoxins, including mercury, aluminum, and squalene

  • known carcinogens, including formaldehyde, phenol, and MSG

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Growing Up

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 27,2015,  Medical Xpress: When children with autism grow old

May 26, 2015, Pittsburgh-Post Gazette: Large Study Questions Whether Autism Rates Are Really Rising

May 26, 2015, Sacramento Bee: Parents are right to have doubts on vaccinations 

May 26, 2015, Forbes: Can New Research Break The Anti-Vaccine Fever? Probably Not

May 26, 2015, Jewish Journal: Will Israel end child subsidies for anti-vaxxers?

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Current Affairs

Letter To Sacramento Bee: When Lobbying Becomes Vigilantism

Freedom SB277NOTE: This is the kind of advocacy that can change one heart, one mind and make a difference for all of us.  If you write a letter to your local paper, please share it with us, whether published or not. Thank you to Nancy Fellmeth for allowing us to share her letter to the Sacramento Bee.

Re:  May 21,2015 “When lobbying becomes vigilantism”

Dear Ms. Terhaar,

I've been a Bee subscriber since I moved here in 1989 and with the exception of coverage of SB277, I have found that the coverage was well suited to my political, social, community beliefs. I have always appreciated that columnists are represented with whom I have never agreed. However I feel that the coverage of SB277 has been very one sided and has failed to actually do primary research into the issues that the anti- SB277 group have referenced.

SB277 is the perfect storm for controversy because there is too little unbiased science on both sides of the issue. The type of double blind placebo studies done with other pharmaceuticals to determine the actual efficacy and dangers have not been done for vaccines.  Instead the reports of side effects and failure to protect come from the actual field, those who experience an adverse vaccine reaction. On the other side, studies have been done that show links, but they need to be replicated and many are in European journals. I did not realize how little independent research has really been done on the safety of vaccines until my husband, who is a physician with a Ph.D. in Physiology pointed me to the original journal articles that  support the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics that vaccines are safe and in no way connected to autism.This website is geared toward parents.  I found 40 references and was able to access the full text versions for  16 articles. Even using my husband’s access to the hospital journal base, we could not get copies of the Pediatric Journals without paying a rather large fee, which I doubt any curious parent would do, so I limited my  investigation to the 16 articles. Authors of peer reviewed American journal articles are required to list any conflicts of interest at the end of the article, above the references. I discovered that in 9 of the 16 articles, the lead authors had direct ties to the pharmaceutical industry, as paid speakers and consultants,and that many  studies were funded by the pharmaceutical company or the Centers for Disease Control. The  CDC’s Director of Immunization Safety,  Frank DeStefano, MD, MPH, is a frequent author and he  lists connections to the  pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines. This is not objective science, especially since the researchers are not often  doing primary research but rather interpreting  epidemiological data and forming conclusions to support the lack of a connection between the MMR and Thimerosal and autism. Dr. DeStefano has stated publicly that he believes autism to be present in the womb and not affected by environmental factors. He already has a bias. The May 21, 2015 Health Impact News published an interview with Dr. DeStefano in which he admits that data was omitted from the 2004 study showing no link between the MMR  and autism, a fact that was made public by former CDC researcher Dr. William Thompson. Dr. DeStefano doesn't feel that this data, which showed a larger cohort of African-American boys developed autism after receiving the MMR, was valid because there were incomplete birth records which he said affected information he needed for the study, including birth mother education level. Of course that information is not on a birth certificate. Regardless, good science will hold up to independent review and for vaccines this is lacking. Just by example, imagine if a vaccine for Ebola had been developed and given during the recent outbreak. It would have been credited with ending the epidemic, whereas the epidemic ended because of better hygienic practices throughout those communities.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Science Frauds and Teacher Training

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Lee Silsby logo 09 The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD.  Lee Silsby is one of the most respected compounding pharmacies in the country and is committed to serving the needs of the Autism community. OurkidsASD is an online retailer for nutritional supplements for patients with special needs. OurkidsASD carries thousands of products from more than 60 brands and offers free ground shipping on all orders.

May 23, 2015, New York Times:  What's Behind Big Science Frauds?

May 22, 2015, The Kerryman (Ireland):  Parents say teachers need better training on providing for children with autism

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Current Affairs

Barbara Loe Fisher: Blackmail and the Medical Vaccine Exemption

By Anne Dachel

While the media is focused on threats and "stalking" from pro-exemption parents, in this Jan 29 video, Barbara Loe Fisher points out what the mainstream media hasn't reported about the measles outbreak and vaccine immunity.

Measles in Disneyland: Third MMR Shot & Vaccine Exemption Ban

On this video, Barbara Loe Fisher head of the National Vaccine Information Center discussed the measles outbreak that has been linked to exposure at Disneyland and the move to end vaccine exemptions.

Barbara pointed out that "there was and still is limited information about the 51 lab confirmed cases of measles public health officials say are linked to the happiest place on Earth."

She added that according to a press release on Jan 23, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 'no source case for the outbreak has been identified.'

Barbara questioned why, as soon as the outbreak was announced, the press linked it to parents not vaccinating.   Hate speech directed at parents immediately ensued. 

She gave us eye-opening facts about measles, which she described as "inconvenient truths about vaccine failures and the dissolving myths about acquired herd immunity." 

"There were 644 cases of measles in 2014, even though 95 percent of children entering kindergarten have gotten 2 doses of MMR vaccine, which is also true for 92 percent of schoolchildren ages 13 to 17 years.

"Plus, less than one percent of children under age three are completely unvaccinated.  And 92 percent of them have gotten one or more MMR shots.  In some states, the MMR vaccination rate is approaching 100 percent."

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Current Affairs

Former CDC Head Makes Millions On Merck Stock

Julie gerberdingDr. Julie Gerberding, Merck E VP of Global Communications and Strategy, who sat at helm of CDC as the autism epidemic raged on, and who then left CDC to join Merck as President of the Vaccine Division had a damn good May.

How was your May?

Gerberding Sells Merck Stock

Kim Stagliano

Patience and Progress

Flag heartBy Kim Stagliano

On Saturday, I was at my Okinawan weapons class when a student, another adult, said to me, "You know what? There is a video channel devoted to complaining about you!"   He was shocked. I laughed. He was kind of shocked that I laughed.  But you aren't, are you?

We all know the sites and commenters and bloggers who love to claim that we don't love our kids. We don't  even like our kids. We are bad, bad, bad parents because we want to "change" our kids.    Can I have a "get real!"?

Every parent I know with a child who is a toddler or  in his or her late teens or an adult works non-stop to make life better, safer, healthier and dare I say it, more "normal."  Doesn't matter what they think in terms of causation, vaccination, education; autism parents make James Brown look like a slacker.

Later on Saturday, Bella, my youngest, brought me her shoe.  She sat down and expected me to put it on her foot and tie it. I did not. (Oh dear, maybe I am a bad mother after all!)  No indeed. I sat in front of her, dead silent. No expression on my face. I waited. Tick tock tick tock.  In about 45 seconds she bent down and put the shoe on her own foot.  Step 1 accomplished.  I kept quiet. Stared at her.   Another 45 seconds passed and then she said, "Puh."  Doesn't sound like much does it? But I knew that "puh" is the last sound in the word help. Bella was asking me for help. 

Yesterday, she came to me again with her shoe. Here, I'll show you what happened. (Sorry, I never remember to turn my iPhone sideways.)

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Cathy Jameson

Vaccines: At Some Point You Have to Trust Somebody

Vaccines:  At Some Point You Have to Trust Somebody

Trust2By Cathy Jameson

“I’ve worked besides doctors… and there’s nobody I’ve ever worked with who questions themselves as much as doctors do, who question their own conclusions, and question their own method of analysis to make sure that they’re as certain as they possibly can be in the circumstance.”

Doctors question themselves because it’s part of their job.  Parents question themselves because it’s their children who would suffer dire consequences if they do not.  Reread that quote.  Remove the word doctor.  Replace it the word parents, and we want the same thing.

That quote came from Peter Michaud, JD, RN, a lobbyist for the Maine Medical Association.  I heard it in a video which Ginger Taylor mentioned in a piece she wrote last week.  At one point during the testimony, a Maine Representative reminds Michaud that the bill in question is calling for more vaccine education.  She asks, “This bill is calling for more education…do you think that this bill makes some sense?  Brought forward by consumers that have real concerns over figuring out whether there’s some correlation to what happened to their child with the vaccine or not?” 

Michaud replied, "We all want answers.  We all want answers to those questions that puzzle us, especially those questions that trouble us." 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: George Steps-All-Over-Us, Too!

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted Clinton stepanoulos

Close followers of the autism debate know that George Stephanapoulos is regarded by "our side" like Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Anderson Cooper -- especially nasty avatars of the "no vaccine link" school. So it's hard not to have a bit, or more than a bit, of schadenfraude when he gets tripped up, as happened after his especially nasty interview with Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash. Turns out George had donated $50,000 -- wait, make that $75,000 -- to the Clinton Foundation that he never thought to disclose.

As others have pointed out, the original sin in all this was probably hiring him in the first place. Was there no other person in the United States able to become the flagship anchor of a major news network than someone who had been a close adviser (with James Carville, the man who later came up with the stepped-all-over-us line to describe George's treatment of the Clintons in his autobiography) in both the Clinton campaign and presidency?

The answer was clearly no -- there was not no other person, so to speak. Hiring George as a commentator -- as Carville has been -- would be fine, but someone with so prominent a role, so recently, in politics really should have been disqualified. Now some may cite Diane Sawyer, who helped Richard Nixon in his exile, or Tim Russert, who worked for Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. But those were earlier and much lesser roles. And frankly, both of them were much better journalists than George.

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Current Affairs

A Grandfather's View of Family, Vaccination and Autism

31dec09-looking_forwardBy Bob Moffitt

The following is an account of our personal life experience .. having reached the advanced ages of 75 and 73 .. married for fifty years .. the very proud parents of two .. a 49 year old daughter .. born in 1965 .. and 48 year old son ..  born in 1966 .. and now .. proud grandparents of five .. three grandsons .. ages 24, 15 and 14 .. two granddaughters .. ages 22 and 12.

As someone once wrote:  "children are the rainbow of life .. and .. grandchildren are the pot of gold that follows".  Amen to that.

Some background history of our generation ....

Toddlers born in the late 1930's ..  like us .. were recommended to receive a smallpox vaccination plus a separate dose of diptheria vaccine.  A toddler born in 1944, was recommended to receive a pertussis vaccine .. and .. by 1947 .. the Academy of American Pediatricians (AAP) was recommending toddlers receive a combination Diptheria, Pertussis , Tetanus (DPT) vaccine.  We have no way of knowing .. if we received the DPT in 1947 .. but .. we seriously doubt it.

(However, with the benefit of generational hindsight ..  we would like to know .. in 1947 .. "why" public health officials combined three vaccines .. Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (DPT) .. into one?  Was the combination of three in one done because it was "safer" for the toddlers  .. or .. purely for the "cost efficiency" of manufacturers, public health officials .. and .. the "convenience" of pediatricians and parents .. under the pretense of being solely for the toddler's benefit .. having to receive only one shot instead of three? 

Whatever the reasoning .. the combination of three or more vaccines in a single shot in 1947 .. set a precedent that has now become routine .. some "single" shots today contain six or seven vaccines .. again raising the question for whose benefit are six or seven vaccines now routinely combined?) 

As far as I know .. the "small pox" vaccine is the only vaccine available to me as a child that is credited .. in the "court of public opinion" ..  justifiably or not .. with eradicating that disease .. so much so .. it is no longer required for children of today's generation.  The same cannot be said for the original (1947) DPT vaccine .. which .. in my experience .. has an entirely different history regarding success.. or .. more importantly .. the lack thereof.

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John Stone

The Message From Scotland: Autism Up In Schools 13.6 Times In 16 Years And Accelerating

Nicola Sturgeon

By John Stone

Autism in Scottish schools rose from 820 cases in 1998 to 9,946 in 2013. We have to consider what it means in a civilised nation when you have to look after an autism rate of 1 in 30…Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, needs to stop being re-assured by the UK Department of Health in Westminster that they know what they are doing and everything is completely control. They don’t and it isn’t.

While the UK Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne contemplate how to trim billions from government spending they might like to bear in mind the projected cost to the British economy of autism, calculated a London School of Economics academic at an £34 billion ($54b) in 2013 and modestly downsized to £32b ($51b): this was up about 20 times from the greater than £1b figure calculated in 2001. But if as we shall see the basis of Prof Knapp’s calculations maybe erroneous we are hurtling to a situation where the costs will be even worse.  The problem is dramatically highlighted by the numbers of Autism Spectrum Disorder cases recorded in Scottish schools from 1998 to 2013 (it is worth concentrating on Scotland because the figures go back further and are more comprehensive than for England): in Scotland the figures rose from 820 cases in 1998 to 9,946 in 2013: allowing for the change in overall numbers this was 1 in 925 in 1998 and 1 in 68 in 2013. However, this in itself disguises the fact that the 2013 figure combines a lower rate in older students with a much higher rate in younger students: the present rate for children entering the system in the last five years will much higher than 1 in 68, and is perhaps conservatively in the region of 1 in 30 (data supplied by the Scottish Executive).


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 The Bruescher study in JAMA  , co-authored by Prof Knapp last year, projected 604,824 ASD cases in the total UK population - of which 491,243 were said to be adults -  while the Department of Works and Pensions only knew of approximately 130,000 cases  (which includes children): they conjecture that a further 300,000 cases of learning difficulty may include ASD cases but presumably this is the ever elusive hidden hoard. The National Statistics survey which projected a 1% figure for adults in England - having used inappropriate means - had in reality failed to detect a single authentic case, and was further involved in fraudulent re-labelling . However, if the Bruescher study greatly over-estimated the present number of adult cases in the UK it seems to have grossly under-calculated its per capita costs.  The study gives the lifetime cost of a person with autism and intellectual disability (ID) as £1.5m ($2.2). Not only is this absurdly low (even in 2001 Prof Knapp projected an average lifetime cost  -with or without ID - at £2.4m ($3.8)) a calculation based on its costs in Table 2 gives a figure for autism and ID of £4,864,911 (about $7.8m), or more than three times greater.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: The Epidemic

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

25 to 30 years ago, most Americans had never heard of AUTISM.  Children who didn't speak, had public meltdowns, or had a history of normal development and a sudden and dramatic regression, were practically unknown. 

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Ginger Taylor, Vaccine Safety

Maine Doctors Testify That They Are Unqualified To Vaccinate Patients

 AliceBy Ginger Taylor

So I wrote this bill...

Last summer a reporter I had never heard of from the Portland Press Herald called me about vaccine stuff. I started with my standard, “First of all I am not anti-vaccine. I vaccinated my children and one of them got hurt...” thing. Then he interviewed me for an hour and I got to discuss all the corruption problems at length. Seemed like an OK interview. But as is the reality of our world, the hack, Joe Lawlor, turned out to be a poor man's Mnookin, and “Ginger Taylor, an anti-vaccineadvocate from Brunswick...” Cut to two weeks later and look who is sitting on a dais with Paul Offit at the National Press Club being held out as an example of exactly how to journalize right on vaccination. After writing ONE story on vaccination. (Lawler is the new Offiteer on the beat... will he soar like Seth “I hate my mother' Mnookin to teach science journalism at MIT or become he head of a media strategy group serving Eli Lilly and GSK like Trine “Cupcake” Tsouderos ... stay tuned and find out.)

There have been half a dozen propaganda pieces by Lawlor since then, all working to get people excited about the HUGE new opportunity we have to get rid of measles in Maine by restricting vaccine exemptions. Well, I mean, there hasn't been a measles case in Maine in 18 years, so we are not so much trying to get rid of Measles as much as we hope that removing the rights of parents will help us achieve negative measles in Maine. That way if we still get a few cases of measles, we can still have no measles. You have to stay hyper vigilant, you know. Measles is only a tea cup ride away.

So we had a bit of a heads up that this was coming, but we didn't know it would be national and move through the country like a blitzkrieg. But with Posey announcing the #CDCwhistleblower investigation, clearly we should have expected it.

In December I was reading yet another one of Lawlor's propaganda pieces and thought, “Where's the consumer protection?!” Then ran to my desk and whipped out a bill that I thought would give Mainer's a fighting chance of protecting and helping their vaccine injured and vulnerable kids, will full awareness that I didn't have a clue as to how to write a bill or what the hell I was doing, other than trying to fill the gaps that tens of thousands of our children had fallen into. And keep falling into every day.

Then I began step two... begging the few legislators I knew from the Ron Paul Wars of 2012 to introduce it. Lucky me, I found five of them, and they found someone else. I love Rep. Beth O'Connor, and I am not ashamed to say it.


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Anne Dachel, Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Moms In Charge Presents Dr. Andrew Wakefield on CDC Whistleblower

Dr. Andrew Wakefield suit headshotBy Anne Dachel

"Recently, Dr. Andrew Wakefield spoke at a Moms In Charge event  to introduce a new documentary about CDC and vaccine whistleblowers and the consequences of repeated disregard. No one knows how better to handle blowing the whistle than Wakefield himself. . . "

Dr. Wakefield described how the medical community has turned its back on the massive suffering of a generation of children.

From the video: Andrew Wakefield:

"Mainstream media has sold out.  It sold out. 

"I sat once with Sharyl Attkisson, one of this country's greatest journalists, working for CBS.  And she said to me, 'Andy, when we finish this interview, . . . I will get a call from the top floor, from the money men, and they will say, that interview does not go out, because I've had a call from our pharmaceutical industry sponsors, and if it goes out, then they are going to pull their sponsorship.' And that is why she left [CBS]." 

Dr. Wakefield talked about "the tsunami," the approaching "catastrophe" ---the impact of the massive, man made, worldwide epidemic of neurologically disabled children.

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John Stone

Index on Censorship Chair, David Aaronovitch, Still Covering up over Wakefield and MMR

AaronovitchBy John Stone

Two years on from our removed exchange about Andrew Wakefield and MMR in The Times of London David Aaronovitch, chair of Index on Censorship  , is still engaged in cheap innuendo against Andrew Wakefield (the latest sally being in a presentation on ‘Heresy’ at  the Institute of Art and Ideas’). When I published a column in Age of Autism attacking Aaronovitch in 2013  he complained on AoA that he was not responsible for the removal of the exchange, to which I responded:


“Okay, I have altered the text and I apologise unreservedly for any false inference but it remains a problem - does it not? - that I offered well-mannered and informed comment and it was deleted (including your response to me). It should be obvious to you that none of this should have been taken down and that actually if it does not raise important issues about [what] you have said, we ought to have a proper discussion as to why not, rather than just consign the whole thing to the memory hole.

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Current Affairs

CA SB277 Vaccine Bill: Your Family. Whose Choice?

Goodbye CASB277 Passes Out of the Senate

Reasonable Amendments Voted Down - Parents in Opposition Vow to Fight Even Harder in the Assembly

SACRAMENTO – Controversial bill SB277 cleared the Senate today with a 25-10 vote. Opponents were disappointed, but not surprised. Three senators offered amendments to address concerns with religious freedom, education about vaccine ingredients and access to education. Once again, refusing to discuss real issues, the Senate decided to hide behind procedure and table amendments with no further discussion.

"This legislation is so extreme, yet the Senate won't even consider discussing a reasonable religious exemption - something that 48 other states have. Will California actually join the ranks of Mississippi and West Virginia and deny religious freedom?" asked Jude Tovatt, member of the Canary Party.

Critics of this bill are deeply concerned that the Senate never addressed the obvious unconstitutionality of the legislation. The California Constitution guarantees children the right to a public education, and safeguards against discriminatory practices in public schools. Another issue never addressed in the Senate was the potential denial of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for special needs students that are guaranteed under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA.) Many special needs children utilize a personal belief exemption for a variety of good reasons.

However, parents opposed to SB277 are not giving up. They plan to fight this bill with great vigor in the Assembly.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Mercury In Your Mouth?

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 18, 2015, Wall Street Journal: China's Uncounted Children With Autism

May 18, 2015, WSB-TV Atlanta: 2 Investigates: Are the fillings in your mouth toxic?

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Adriana Gamondes

State of Plague, Part 9: Disease-Mongering as Militarized Trojan Horse for Globalization and Surveillance

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The pomp of the Fascists, taken at its face value, has a hollow gest, the gest of mere pomp, a featureless phenomenon: men strutting instead of walking, a certain stiffness, a lot of colour, self-conscious sticking out of chests, etc. All this could be the gest of some popular festivity, quite harmless, purely factual and therefore to be accepted. Only when the strutting takes place over corpses do we get the social gest of Fascism.  ~
Berthold Brecht, Brecht on Theater

Read Part 1, Part 2Part 3,  Part 4,  Part 5,   Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8.

By Adriana Gamondes

Skeptic Gestics and Troubleshooting the Wounded

Parts 1 through 8 delved into the how and why the wars on disease/terror have merged and the resulting moebius strip reality where the public rides an eternal loop between bomb threats and disease scares, maintaining a permanent state of crisis or, as Foucault put it, a state of plague to justify progressively greater incursions on rights and privacy.  

These “wars on” have their various strategists, their generals and intelligence gatherers and their propagandists, snitches, provocateurs and hired thugs who sow divisions and rationalize the collateral of all these ideological, social and actual wars.  In the case of the organized Skeptics PR front, it’s a three-fer. In effect, the Skeptics are the tape on the moebius strip, binding all the themes and entrapping public discourse in the perpetual cycle through a sort of bullying fundamentalist science rhetoric.

The Skeptic front organization not only leads the charge in “defining the enemies” of the vaccine industry as “anti-vaccine” and has harped in particular on religious resistance towards vaccination, the chemical industry and genetically modified crops,  associated members and leaders of the group have also helped hone PR rationalizations for preemptive invasion of biofuel-rich, often Islamic countries by demonizing Islamic culture based on the actions of a minority and characterizing Islam as anti-progress and anti-science.

The problem in establishing the Skeptics' corporate and state connections is that, due to tax loopholes allowing educational foundations to keep funding sources anonymous, for the time being there are only circumstantial hints that the Gates Foundation— aside from  pharmaceutical companies, public health regulators and chemical giants like Monsanto— may be among the Skeptics’ backers. It’s beside the point in a sense since, according to the number of Skeptic affiliates ensconced in the media, academia and who hold positions on public boards despite sometimes outrageous conduct and statements, the group seems to have plenty of institutional support. In a corporocratic world, institutional support and a teflon veneer frequently imply corporate support. 

But one thing is very clear—the biotech defense front is very centralized. One way or another, a high number of prominent public health avatars and industry defenders in the media have ties to the organized Skeptics. All unilaterally spin apologias and swap soundbites for a range of industrial products while stumping for policy which supports their brands, using methods that combine literal and figurative panoptic themes. Whether selling the war on terror, the war on disease or the war on “irrationality,” the group’s figureheads argue that carriers of anti-science/anti-progress beliefs doubly endanger the public through actual and conceptual contagion and that both the ideas and the carriers themselves must be contained. 

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Federal Vaccine Bill's Pharma Provenance

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 16, 2015, Age of Autism ran the piece,  Action Alert: FEDERAL Vaccine Mandate In Play.  It was about a bill introduced in Congress on May 1, 2015, by U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson.  This bill would essentially eliminate all personal and religious vaccine exemptions.  The story pointed out that Wilson's senior advisor, Keenan Austin, worked for two drug companies, GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott Laboratories, before coming to Washington.

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

An Open Letter to States Considering Removing Vaccine Exemptions

Quick_factsBy Louis Conte

As parents fight bills circulating around state houses calling for the removal of exemptions to vaccines, it is important to remember that no one in state government is ultimately responsible for dealing with vaccine injuries. If a child is injured by a vaccine that law-makers like California Senator Richard Pan insists they must take, the only avenue of relief available is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). The very title of this federal program flies in the face of statements made by Pan who has claimed that the term ‘vaccine injury’ was invented by the anti-vaccine opposition.

States considering the removal of vaccine exemptions, take notice: Vaccine Injury is real. And your tax payers are footing the cost.

Vaccine injury is so real that a federal program has to deal with it. Congress passed The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986. The Act established the NVICP, the Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation (DVIC) and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), among other things. Congress created a no-fault compensation system to get pharmaceutical companies off the hook for vaccine injury claims and, hopefully, to create safer vaccines. They also sought to compensate those injured by vaccines because tort law describes vaccines as “unavoidably unsafe.”

Legislators like Pan assert that vaccines are completely safe and effective. If this were so, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act would not have been necessary. Asserting that vaccines never cause injuries actually undermines the protections that the federal government has granted vaccine manufacturers. Perhaps it is time for Congress to rescind the 1986 Act and let the industry prove that vaccines are completely safe in a civil court setting where litigants would have discovery, where Pharma would have to produce documents and where people like Paul Offit might have to take the stand and explain their conflicts of interests to a jury.

But giving families the right to sue vaccine manufacturers is not the deal being offered to parents. What’s offered is the removal of the fundamental right to look after the interests of their children.

States know that the National vaccine Injury Compensation Program is the only option that families of the vaccine injured have. When a person is compensated, states often seek to recover the money they have spent on the vaccine injured by placing a Medicaid lien on the case. This is often a significant amount of money, as in this case :

“A lump sum of $450,400.89, representing compensation for satisfaction of the State of Florida Medicaid lien, in the form of a check payable jointly to Petitioners and Agency for Health Care Administration Florida TPL Recovery Unit

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Current Affairs

Why Did Florida Representative Frederica Wilson Introduce a Federal Vaccination Mandate Bill?

Fredericka WilsonFrom Autism Action NetworkFlorida Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-24) has introduced a bill, House Resolution H.R. 2232, that will require all states to mandate all students enrolled in public schools receive all the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Policy, a federal body compromised of vaccine-industry representatives, which includes vaccines for HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Paul Offit’s rota virus vaccine, annual flu shots, and dozens of others. States that do not comply will not be eligible for grants for “preventive health services” under the Public Health Services Act.

Given Representative Wilson's  bio (see below), I hope that she will listen to her constituents whose children are also "voiceless."  She has a record of fighting against the health issues of toxic chemicals.  That's good. Is she aware of the  CDC Whistleblower information that  data was altered regarding African American toddlers, MMR and and autism?

Thompson MMR Autism African American Toddlers Data Changed

Congresswoman Wilson is a voice for the voiceless. As an elementary school principal, she stood up for the health of her students by opposing the construction of an environmentally dangerous waste facility being built across the street from her school. She won the fight, forcing the Miami-Dade County Commission to close the plant. As a community leader, she stood up for the fair treatment of locally incarcerated female Haitian refugees who faced poor living conditions. In 1984, long before she knew her political destiny, Congresswoman Wilson successfully lobbied the U.S. Congress for their release. As a legislator, she has passionately advocated for education and economic policies that give all children and adults the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Representative Fredericka Wilson and Pharma ties

Her staffer Ms. Keenan Austin might also be interested, given her background in the pharmaceutical industry. Which brings us back to our headline:  Why Did Florida Representative Fredericka Wilson Introduce a Federal Vaccination Mandate Bill?

Cathy Jameson

Why Bother?

Risk Demands Choice Age of Autism Vaccine Mandates

By  Cathy Jameson


Dear America,

You’re doing it wrong.

Love, Cat

Getting vaccines used to be a private decision made in the doctor’s office.  Once prescribed based on a medical need, vaccines have become more of a commodity than a remedy.  And those who are injected with vaccines have become pawns in shady governmental transactions. 

I’ve been keeping tabs on the many vaccine bills that popped up across the US this year.  Riding the coattails of the media’s overly exaggerated Disney measles outbreak, the timing of these bills feels more like an orchestrated pro-vaccine attack than a sincere response to help prevent the risk of disease.

The measles outbreak, which saw only 169 cases across the entire US, caused a kneejerk reaction.  Over 30 states have some sort of vaccine legislation on the table. 

Illinois’ SB986, if passed, would require employees in child care facilities with children age 6 and under to be vaccinated with MMR and Tdap.

New Jersey’s S1147, if passed, would restrict religious exemptions.

Vermont’s H98, if passed, would remove philosophical exemption.

Those are just a few examples of the vaccine bills that have been drafted, amended, and recently voted on.  Claiming a national health crisis and low vaccination rates as reason to introduce vaccine legislation, those bills have moved rather quickly despite not one Disney measles death resulting and despite seemingly high national vaccination rates for many of the vaccines found on today’s schedule.  

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Married With Children?

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Inexactitude is the best friend (forever) of lousy ideas. This week, The Wall Street Journal ran an article about a young woman who was diagnosed with autism at 21. The article said: “Autism spectrum disorder has always been difficult to diagnose.”

 No, it has always not. One more time, let’s recall that when Leo Kanner first described it, in 11 children, in 1943, he called autism “markedly and uniquely different from anything reported so far.” The idea that “the experts” have gotten so much savvier about spotting it is part of the “better diagnosing” canard that has kept alive the idea that autism hasn’t really exploded in the past quarter century. Of course, it really has.

 That’s not to say that someone at the margins of the diagnostic criteria won’t be overlooked. This woman appears to fit the diagnosis formerly known as Asperger’s, and is possibly a savant. She was discussing the life cycle of insects with her parents at age 2 – no language delay, a criteria of full-blown autism, there!

But what really got my attention was the comment in the article that “people with autism generally have difficulties relating to others, but many are happily married with children.”

Really? Many adults with autism are happily married with children? That would be wonderful, but I’m skeptical under any reasonable definition of the word – a large number, a good proportion, of those with autism are happily married with children, the Journal is telling us.

First of all, there are not many adults with autism under any definition of the word! If there were, we would not be hearing about the disaster in the making of children born during the “autism boom” starting in 1988 now aging into the adult world and workplace. The moment when the school bus stops coming would not be the financial and social crisis it is if there were many adults with autism. We’d have the hang of this.

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Current Affairs

Action Alert: FEDERAL Vaccine Mandate In Play

Uncle Sam VaccinationFrom Autism Action Network.  We will point out that one of Representative Wilson's staffers comes from GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company. The state mandates lead inextricably to a national push to force vaccination. on citizens.

New House bill creates federal vaccine mandate  
All federally-recommended shots required, no parental exemptions  
Florida Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-24) has introduced a bill, House Resolution H.R. 2232, that will require all states to mandate all students enrolled in public schools receive all the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Policy, a federal body compromised of vaccine-industry representatives, which includes vaccines for HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Paul Offit’s rota virus vaccine, annual flu shots, and dozens of others. States that do not comply will not be eligible for grants for “preventive health services” under the Public Health Services Act.
Please click on this Take Action link to send a message to your member of the House expressing you opposition to this bill.

And please call Rep. Wilson’s office in Washington, DC, and let them know politely why this bill is a bad idea: Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, 202-225-4506

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Current Affairs

Recap of Senate Floor Session re. SB277 Thursday in California


By Laura Hayes

To view the floor session Thursday, click CalChannel here, then click on “Senate Floor Session” on the chart of options.  SB277 begins at the 39:05 mark.

Senator Pan kicked things off by immediately turning the floor over to his sidekick, Senator Allen (apparently, Pan is becoming more acutely aware of his inability to speak publicly, as he mostly mumbles and bumbles when at the mic, speaking mostly in the language of “gibberish and lies”).

Sen Allen said this bill is “so that no one will have to suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases.”  Per his usual, no mention of the multitudes suffering from vaccine-induced injuries, chronic illnesses, and permanent disabilities…and no mention of the families grieving the loss of a child as a result of vaccines.

He talked about hundreds dying daily of measles in other parts of the world, and neglected to mention that we are not dying of measles here in the U.S., thanks to clean water, better nutrition, more hygienic living conditions, more knowledge about how to treat diseases, and greater access to medical care

When reviewing the vaccine profiteers supporting SB277, he couldn’t resist stating that “we have the support of just about every Editorial Board in the state.”  Geez, I wonder why, Ben?  Could it be that these Editorial Boards are financially dependent on the support of Big Pharma in a Big Way that they don’t want to lose?

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Current Affairs, Ginger Taylor

Vaccination Mandate Legislation: The One Where We Find Out Who We Really Are

Rubber meets the roadBy Ginger Taylor

Things have changed over the last few months.  The attack on parents who are calling out the corruption in the vaccine program, and on those refusing to ignore their intellect and their conscience when making vaccine decisions, has become shrill and is now in the process of becoming codified into law. 

The Public Private Partnership of Public Health and Pharmaceutical Corporations are now trying to bar children from school (and in some cases adults from their places of employment) if they do not agree to inject a cadre of vaccines that are classified by law as “unavoidably unsafe.”  And this is being done in the absence of any serious threat to public health. 

The measures have already failed in Oregon, Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, New Mexico, Illinois and Texas, but are still under consideration in California, Vermont and Maine.  In California and Vermont, legislators and lobbyists have taken to using some dirty tricks to ram these bills through the legislatures despite the outcry of very angry parents and disability rights activists.  In Vermont, parents were barred from even testifying on a bill that would throw children out of both public and private school (even special needs children) who are so much as missing one Hepatitis B vaccine.  Some Vermont Senators actually took the position on the floor of the Senate that their state didn't have an obligation to educate these children (or allow them enter a private school), and those families who wanted their children educated would have to sue the state.

It has presented a fork in the road to many who have not had to make a hard choice in this issue so far.

Over the last few months, in conversations with those new to the fight to prevent vaccine injury and get proper care for those who have been hurt, and those in positions to speak with authority on vaccine choice and vaccine safety, there has been a running question. 

“What will happen to me if I speak out?”

They are afraid of repercussions.  They see what happens to the social lives, public perceptions and careers of those who have spoken boldly on vaccine corruption and stood up for vaccine choice, and they are afraid.  They don't want to get Wakefielded. 

And who can blame them.  Because the answer to that question can range from, “Nothing bad will happen to you, and you will start to hear many thanks from people for speaking out on their behalf,” to, “The mainstream media will call you an anti-vaccine nut job, your relatives will disown you, your boss will fire you and you will loose your house.”

For random parents, it is usually closer to the former, but for professionals with a large platform to speak from and an audience to influence, it can be closer to the later.

But in thinking about how to answer people, a few things have occurred to me.

Our generation has sat in a comfortable place in history, and often judged quite harshly those who didn't stand up for the injured and oppressed minorities of only a generation or two ago.

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Vaccine Safety

Tell The Director, Christian Medical College, “Release Rotavirus Vaccine Trial Data”

IntussusceptionFrom our friends at ChildHealthSafety in the UK:  Tell The Director, Christian Medical College, “Release Rotavirus Vaccine Trial Data”

Rotavirus vaccine is given to children to interrupt the circulation of the rotavirus to prevent diahorrea.  In developed western economies this is not a killer disease.  The vaccine is part of a programme directed to eradication of the virus.  Your child gets the vaccine because some anonymous officials have decided they don’t want to develop a proper treatment.  They want to be heroes and claim the credit for eradicating a disease which is no threat to your child or any child in your entire country.  It does not seem to matter who gets in the way.  That your healthy child is put at risk of death on the way somehow does not seem important to some of them.  That larger numbers of third world economy children are put at risk also seems not so important – just as long as no one identifies and names those concerned as pushing a killer vaccine.

Rotavirus vaccine causes some children’s intestine to fold into or collapse into itself.  This is called intussusception.  It is dangerous and a killer.  It seems that many if not all rotavirus vaccines have this problem.  So if you are in a developed western country you have every right to insist 1) your child is not given a rotavirus vaccine and 2) those who push the vaccines develop effective treatments instead for the very few who might have a problem with the virus.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update:The Camelot Called Pharmalot

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 12, 2015, The Wall St. Journal updates readers on happenings in the drug industry in a column called "Pharmalot"

It starts out like this...

Good morning, folks, and how are you today? Busy, no doubt. Here on the Pharmalot campus, we are maintaining the usual hectic pace as we hustle one of the short people out the door for the ride to the local schoolhouse, brew a few needed cups of stimulation and keep watch for fast-moving bears. Like a fascinating story, they pop up now and then. Meanwhile, we have gathered some tidbits for you to peruse. Hope you have a wonderful day and do drop us a line when something interesting occurs.

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Legal Scholar Mary Holland: Letter to CA Senators Re Vaccination Bill SB277


Senators on the Judiciary Committee
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room 2032
Sacramento, CA 95814

                                                                                                            May 12, 2015

Dear Senators:

Thank you for having given me the opportunity to address the California Senate Judiciary Committee on April 28, 2015 regarding Senate Bill 277 to restrict childhood vaccination exemptions to medical ones alone.  I promised to revert to you regarding California law on informed consent; I do so now, and seek to clarify my comments regarding enforcement, should SB 277 become law.

California law fully embraces the doctrine of informed consent to medical decision-making. The California Supreme Court has upheld the doctrine of informed consent and the right to refuse nonconsensual invasions of bodily integrity in Thor v. Superior Court, 5 Cal. 4th 725 (1993). There, the unanimous Court reviewed the federal common law and California precedents on bodily integrity and self-determination, noting, “we respect human dignity by granting individuals the freedom to make choices in accordance with their own values.” Id. at 737.  Thor regards the right of a prisoner to refuse life-sustaining treatment.  The Court notes that there are countervailing considerations in determining the scope of autonomy, including protecting innocent third parties. Id. at 738.  In that case, however, the Court found no compelling countervailing reasons and required that the prison respect the inmate’s desire to refuse medical treatment.  Many courts have cited the case with approval since. 

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Kent Heckenlively, Vaccine Safety

PLAGUE – The Public’s Favorite Virus Book of the Last Twenty Years!

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

As a writer I’ve always held to a simple standard of whether somebody has written a great book.  Ask people who’ve read the story what they think.  Everything else is just marketing.  By that measure, the book I co-wrote with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases is the best book written about viruses in the past twenty years.

Looking at the top books similar to PLAGUE in the virology section of Amazon and having at least 10 customer reviews these are the rankings based on a system of 5 stars.  I think you'll be surprised at how well PLAGUE does against some popular books and authors.

 PLAGUE – By Kent Heckenlively and Judy Mikovits (2014) – 69 reviews – 4.9 stars

THE HOT ZONE – By Richard Preston (1995) – 1,704 reviews – 4.6 stars

EBOLA – By David Quammen (2014) – 68 reviews – 4.3 stars

THE PANIC VIRUS – By Seth Mnookin (2011) – 135 reviews – 4.2 stars

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: California Screaming

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.If the California legislature weren't so busy trying to vaccinate every child in the state, they might want to look into this.  I can only describe this as nonsense coverage of our path to a disaster.

Five years ago I wrote a story about adults with autism, including a video on the establishment of the California State Senate Select Committee on Autism. 

Anne Dachel on the Rising Autism Numbers - AGE OF ... 

One comment made by a committee member got my immediate attention:

 "There were "14,000 students with autism a decade ago."   Today, "46,000 students and growing."

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Anne Dachel

Attkisson Asks Doctors Like David Amaral To Ask More Questions

Amaral_news_slideBy Anne Dachel

In 2011 I wrote the story, Autism Strains, Autism Subsets.    It was about the research by Dr. David Amaral, a top expert from the MIND Institute at UC-Davis. 

I also  included information about the PBS series, Autism Now, featuring well known newsman, Robert MacNeil who interviewed Dr. Amaral in 2011.

(Here is the video of the interview which is no longer available on PBS.)

In response to MacNeil's question, "What is your position today on vaccines and autism?" Amaral said this:

"I think it's pretty clear that, in general, vaccines are not the culprit."

And the reason was the standard, "studies show no link."

Then he added this blockbuster, "It's not to say, however, that there is a small subset of children who may be particularly vulnerable to vaccines."

He went on to say, "And in their case, having the vaccines, or particular vaccines, particularly in certain kinds of situations -- if the child was ill, if the child had a precondition. Like a mitochondrial defect. Vaccinations for those children actually may be the environmental factor that tipped them over the edge of autism. And I think it is incredibly important, still, to try and figure out what, if any, vulnerabilities, in a small subset of children, might make them at risk for having certain vaccinations."

MacNeil asked if more studies of these possibly susceptible kids should be done.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Mainstream Indifference

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 11, 2015, I found the excellent story, Why is the Mainstream Media Ignoring Measles Vaccine Fraud Cases? by Brian Shilhavy, editor at Health Impact News.  Shilhavy explains what can only be called the biggest press scandal in U.S. history, topping even the decades of coverage promoting the benefits of smoking cigarettes. 

These were some of the highlights in his piece:

"Merck has been involved in a long federal lawsuit with allegations of fraud over the mumps portion of the MMR vaccine."

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Julie Obradovic

A Conversation with Miguel Jara


By Julie Obradovic

A few weeks ago, a friend brought a new book to my attention. A relative of hers in Spain had forwarded a link to an article about the book as a show of support. She was letting her know that internationally there were also questions and criticisms of vaccine programs and politics, not to mention very different philosophies about how, when and who should be vaccinated. It was the height of the measles hysteria here.

My friend doesn’t speak or read Spanish, but she knows I do, so she forwarded it to me. I am both Miguel jara bookfluent and literate. I was immediately interested in not only the book, but also the author. I purchased and read it as soon as possible, followed by an email and a tweet.

Jara responded almost instantly, and we have been corresponding since. He has served as an outstanding source of insight into the thoughts and beliefs about vaccination in Europe, something I think is extremely important for Americans to understand before moving forward with more legislation to require more vaccines for everyone.

Most Americans do not realize that in many other first world nations (that happen to have better infant mortality rates) such as Spain, the law does not require anyone to be vaccinated, nor are vaccines given in the manner or capacity that they are here. Also like here, most people aren’t against vaccines, but they are against forced vaccination, federal product liability, and an ever-expanding for-profit program that seems to have no limits. Spain serves as an excellent example of how vaccination can be successfully done differently without any legislation, bullying, name-calling, or threats involved.

I asked Miguel if he would answer a few questions for me for this blog post. Graciously, he agreed. I have translated them and published them here with his permission.

How did you decide to investigate and write about vaccines?

MJ: The first time I heard a critique of vaccines was almost 20 years ago. Before then I had started to investigate harm caused by medicine and the interests that surrounded that environment, which I expressed in 2007 in my first book, Health Traffickers: How they sell us dangerous medicine and gamble with disease.

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Two Mexican Infants Die 29 Hospitalized With Vaccine Adverse Reaction

Mexico vaccinesBelow is a story that is a somber reminder of why we fight for vaccination choice.  Vaccines carry serious risks.  Regardless of the reason for this medical tragedy - if we ever know, was it tainted product, a deadly combination or something else, we believe parents should have the right to say no to a vaccine for their child.  And that pharmaceutical companies should bear liability.

From CNN, although many media outlets are reporting the story.  Our condolences to the families whose kids were injured or died.

(CNN)  Mexican health officials are investigating after two babies died and 29 children were hospitalized from suspected adverse reactions to shots from the country's national vaccination program.

Six of the children hospitalized in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas remain in serious condition, the Mexican Social Security Institute said on Sunday.

The parents of the two infants who died were so outraged at the government that they refused to let authorities perform autopsies, CNNMexico reported.

The illnesses were reported after 52 children from the rural mining community of La Pimienta were given vaccines Friday for tuberculosis, rotavirus and Hepatitis B, the institute said. Later that night, 31 of the children "presented adverse reactions presumably associated with the application of these vaccines," officials said. Two of the children later died.

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Kim Stagliano

Light It Up Blue Failure: Controversial United Airlines Decision to Oust Teen with Autism

Blue taxi lightsBy Kim Stagliano

By now you've probably read about the United Airlines flight in which the pilot expelled a family whose teen daughter with autism was struggling over her meal.  I've been there. You've been there. Perhaps not on a plane,  but as autism parents, we've all been in situations whereby our kids are having a really rough time, exhibiting behaviors and despite our Herculean efforts, we simply can't get them to settle down fast enough to please the strangers around us.

This time the stranger was the pilot.

An Oregon family on their way back from Disney World was unceremoniously taken off an airplane because of their autistic daughter after the pilot refused to fly with her on board.

Dr Donna Beegle said that she is filing a discrimination lawsuit after she and her 15-year-old daughter Juliette were taken off a plane at an emergency stop in Salt Lake City as they flew on a connecting flight from Houston to Portland.

Juliette Forbes refused the food that her family had brought along, and the United Airlines economy passenger was eventually given hot food from first class after her mother argued that it was necessary to prevent a meltdown.

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It's a horrible feeling of inadequacy. Shame. Anger. Exasperation. Worry. Sympathy for our kid. It breaks our hearts.

Didn't the pilot fly over the Blue Eiffel Tower last month?  Didn't he see the Empire State Building all gussied up for April? Why didn't he have an inkling as to what is autism, as we have just finished April's Autism Awareness Month?

The Light it Up Blue campaign combined with the ever increasing push to teach Neurodiversity whereby autism is called "another way of thinking" has sold our kids down the river. The general public does not KNOW that behaviors can be severe.  They do not know that it can be difficult to ratchet down a meltdown. They do not know that parents work tirelessly to help their kids and at every turn something as simple as a sound can turn a day into a nightmare.

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Dachel Media Update: Vax Crackdowns Escalate

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

PR FOR NBC DATELINE TU MAY 12, 2015, Vaccination Vigilantes: Fighting Polio and the Taliban

May 11, 2015, Fellow 'fear of autism' passenger says she SUPPORTS decision to kick off girl

May 10, 2015, New York Times: Mexico: Vaccinations Suspended After Infant Deaths

May 10, 2015, Portland (ME) Press Herald: A Maine teen has to ask: Is everyone in this room vaccinated?

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