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Cathy Jameson

Best Of: Happy Easter From Age of Autism

Easter angelWe're all taking a well deserved rest today. Happy Easter and Passover, friends. Cathy wrote this in 2013:

By Cathy Jameson

An Easter Blessing.

Forty days ago I gave up something in preparation for my Lenten journey.  Slipping up a couple of times, but before I could be totally sidetracked, I realized how quickly I could ignore this sacrifice.  Fortunately, with reflection and prayer, I was able to redirect my thoughts and stick to promises made.  Replaced with peace of mind, self-control and a chance to make amends, I continued through these last few weeks with discipline.  In doing so, I also reduced a bad habit that I had allowed myself to engage in. 

Today is an important day for me.  Not only is it Easter, one of the holiest days of my Church’s year, it’s also a milestone of making a commitment to better myself.  I got the chance to start something over, and to do it better this time around.  I pray that I continue to find strength to fulfill the promises I made a few weeks ago and that they have a positive effect on those closest to me. 

Easter.  A time of renewal.  A time for joy.  A season of new life.  A season for growth.  May today’s Easter blessings bring you new life also.  May it fill you with courage and perseverance needed for this journey.  May you too find strength to keep your promises alive.  And with every possibility for hope and healing, may we all find happiness wherever we turn. 

Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.

Current Affairs

Happy Passover from Age of Autism

Passover doorWe'd like to wish our readers a blessed Passover. From all of us at AofA. If only we could have marked our doors for our kids.

Share your traditions in the comments and how you help your child with autism engage with the holiday Seder and other traditions.

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Generation Rescue #ChatAutism offers ACTION for April - Join Us!

Gen Rescue SquareWhat are you doing for April Autism ACTION month in honor of someone you love with autism!?  Blue buildings to raise money for seminars on how to raise money from autism doesn't cut it with AofA or our friends at GR.

Go to
Print out a form
Choose something to "give up" for April
Post a selfie on social media holding the form with your ACTION using hashtag #ChatAutism
Donate to the Grant program each time you are tempted or..... give in to temptation!

Cathy Jameson

30 Days 30 Ways to Help Someone with Autism

30 HeartHappy to run Cathy Jameson's post from last April.  We know that we spend 365 days a year helping our loved ones with autism.   But, since it's April, here are 30 ways for the 30 days.  Share your own ideas in our comments.  Here's a translation that a reader created too - Abril: 30 Días De Autismo En Acción Para Ayudar A Familia y Amigos


By Cathy Jameson

awareness: (noun) knowledge or perception of a situation or fact

action:  (verb) the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim; a thing done; an act.

April is labeled Autism Awareness Month.  When it comes to autism, with 1 in 68 children diagnosed by a potentially life-long disorder that affects one’s independence, communication and socialization skills that can also impact the neurological, digestive and sensory systems, awareness only does so much to help those affected.  For some time now, activists have been asking for autism action instead. 

Awareness is merely knowing.  It lets someone watch the epidemic grow without having to do anything about it.  Action gives someone options.  It gives people the chance to get up and do something about autism.  Autism happens every day of every month of every year.  Awareness or action.  Which will you choose? 

If you choose action, consider picking one of the following things that can be done now, today, this month to assist someone affected by autism:

1 visit and get to know a family in your community that’s affected by autism

2 offer respite for a family

3 the siblings needs some time and space to themselves too--take the typical siblings out for the day

4 find out what autism books the parents are reading, and read the book with them

5 order the book, and donate it to the local library

6 autism parents read a lot--give the parents a book store gift card so they can continue to educate themselves on their child’s disorder

7 find out what equipment the child needs (communication device, therapy swing, chewies, etc) and help purchase it

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Kim Stagliano

Orange You Glad It's April?

Color wheelBy Kim Stagliano
Yesterday, I wrote a piece for The Washington Post that took off pretty quickly. It was trending #3 on Google last night for autism.  (Below is an excerpt and link.) What I really want to share with you are some of the emails and messages I received throughout the day. The WaPo comment thread ranges from agreement with to anger at me.  That's fine.  The personal messages are what matter to me, not anonymous rantings. I try to respond to each email, (even the negative ones!) By the way, I had a terrific editor who worked with this article, and she created the title she thought would work best for WaPo. I would not have said I despise the month, but the headline stands and certainly got attention, which is what a good headline should do.


Today, you’ll be seeing a lot of blue: World monuments will be cast in blue lights, your co-workers will be wearing blue clothes, and companies will be hawking blue products. Why? April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, when advocacy group Autism Speaks “celebrates” its international Light It Up Blue Campaign. But while you’ll be seeing blue everywhere, I’ll be seeing RED. The feel-good frippery of Light It Up Blue cloaks an often debilitating disorder in an air of festivity, with balloons, sparkling lights and pep rallies. The campaign implies autism is a party, rather than a crisis. For families living with autism, reality is far more sober, and their needs extend far beyond “awareness.”

I dread April, which has been designated as Autism Awareness Month. As mom to three young women with autism – ages 20, 18 and 14 – I eat, sleep and live autism every day. My youngest daughter, Bella, can’t speak a word and was abused on a school bus, leading to a criminal case. My oldest, Mia, had hundreds of grand mal seizures a year from ages 6 to 10. My middle child is wracked with anxiety. For all three, I have to cut their food, tend to their monthly feminine needs, and bathe them. They will need that daily living assistance forever; when I die, a stranger will have to do those things for them. That is why I bristle at the festive tone of April, the suggestion that the circumstances of my daughters’ existences are to be celebrated. For me, this should be a month of solemn acknowledgement and education about a global crisis.  Read My three daughters are autistic. I despise Autism Awareness Month.


I just wanted to thank you for the op-ed you wrote in the Post. My sister is autistic, and it always bothered me that peopled wanted celebrate autism; if people really wanted to help they should give to medical research to help cure or alleviate autism. It's certainly no walk in the park and it makes me angry too when people act like it's fun.


As the father of a daughter with severe autism, I just want you to know that I admired your column and empathize with your dismay. But it's thanks to columns like yours that people will, sooner than later, understand a great deal more than they did. My gratitude to you.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted , Mark Blaxill

Tonight! Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted Present Vaccines 2.0 at TACA Pennsylvania Meeting

TACA action

Date/Time:     April 3, 7:00 – 7:15 PM Parent Support and Networking

7:15 PM  Introduction and Meeting Presentation.|
Location:     Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church

3625 Chapel Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073

Coordinators:     Contact Honey Rinicella and Pattie Moor

Vaccines – Ask the Experts

Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted will be spending the evening educating parents and professionals on Vaccines 2.0 all aspects of this controversial topic. The CDC’s bloated vaccine schedule has doubled since 1988, after the federal government gave pharmaceutical companies immunity from lawsuits. Autism and other childhood disorders like asthma, ADHD, juvenile diabetes and digestive ailments have skyrocketed. And parents are understandably nervous, desperate for objective guidance that takes those concerns seriously.

Vaccines 2.0 looks at the lengthy roster of today’s recommended injections, the documented risks that accompany them, and helps parents choose a schedule based on unbiased, uncensored, unconflicted science. Whether you’re wondering how to space out vaccines, which ones are really necessary, considering not vaccinating at all, or just looking for information, this event will give you the tools you need to make wise choices.

Dan Olmsted is co-author of “Age of Autism” and Editor of the blog of the same name. He was an original staff member of USA Today and Senior Editor for USA Weekend magazine and United Press International. He is a member of the National Press Club.

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Download TRACE AMOUNTS and Help Protect Children from Mercury Poisoning On World Autism Day

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SafeMinds is excited to announce that the digital download and DVD release of Trace Amounts will be available on Thursday, April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day!.

Trace Amounts is a compelling documentary that tells the story of one man's journey (Eric Gladden) coping with the neurological effects of mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a vaccine containing the mercury-based preservative thimerosal.

The mission of Trace Amounts is to educate the world on the dangers of mercury and to eliminate mercury-based products and manufacturing processes immediately and responsibly, starting with the removal of mercury from all medical products.

We need your support in sharing Trace Amounts with your friends and family in an effort to protect them from the harm that was inflicted on Mr. Gladden; help educate our community with the right science and get them involved to take positive action.
As a Trace Amounts Coalition Partner, SafeMinds will receive a $1.00 donation for each copy purchased.  So please us the promo code TASAFE when you purchase to support SafeMinds.  Digital Downloads and DVD purchases will be available April 2nd  at

Autism Speaks Turns Health Disaster Into Magical Blue Celebration

New_Year_Magic_Hat_PNG_ClipartBy Anne Dachel

Autism Speaks
has turned what should be seen as an international health disaster--a generation of neurologically injuredchildren--into a curiosity we have all the time in the world to figure out.  They've done this by promoting numerous lies, most notably that autism is a genetic disorder unrelated to the toxins our children are exposed to in the ever-increasing vaccination schedule.

Eight years ago AS got the U.N. to proclaim World Autism Awareness Day for April 2nd and thousands of famous sites around the world are now illuminated in blue for April 2nd.  Here in the U.S. we have a month of walks and celebration for a disorder with no known cause, prevention or cure. 

Autism Speaks calls for money, awareness, and services.  They pretend that autism has always been here like this, it just wasn't recognized.  In 2011, they produced a study from South Korea showing an autism rate of one in every 38 children. 

According to AS, this was proof that autism is still "under recognized"/"underdiagnosed" and therefore the continuing increase in the rate is to be expected.

The glaring flaw in all of this make-believe is the absence of an adult population with a comparable rate.  Many of us have long asked for evidence that autism is an adult problem as well.  The fact that there aren't services already in place for the young adults with autism aging out of our school system seems to show that this is a new phenomenon. 

Autism Speaks is now out to dispel that idea.  Adults have autism, we just didn't know it.  We're talking about people functioning in the adult world, but who have personality problems and a lack of social skills.  I'm sure the media will fall in line with the lie that there are lots of autistic adults out there.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: As Rates Soar, Some Medical Providers Clueless

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.

April 1, 2015, Chicago Parent Magazine: A day in the life of parents of children with autism By Jerry Davich

Mar 31, 2015, San Francisco Chronicle: Kaiser to search for causes of autism in large-scale study

Mar 31, 2015, Hospitals and Healthcare Networks: As Autism Soars, Some Providers Remain Clueless

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John Stone

Dr Jacob Puliyel Blows Whistle On Indian Rotavirus Vaccine Trials

Dr. Jacob PuliyelBy John Stone

Please sign and circulate petition, and read new article at CHS.

Vaccine safety proponent Jacob Puliyel (consultant paediatrician at St Stephen’s Hospital, Delhi) has drawn attention in the Hindu newspaper  to malfeasance in trials for an Indian rotavirus vaccine. It is proposed to conduct a trial involving 100,000 infants when the data from an earlier smaller trial has been suppressed (the report refers to a lakh which is an Indian unit of 100,000). Puliyel comments in the report:

“Peer reviewed journal Vaccine, published a letter written by me and a colleague, asking for disaggregated data on the number of intussusceptions in Vellore in the randomized control trial during the 2 year study period. The protestation of the authors that the vaccine is safe has little meaning if they do not provide the data. However, the data is not available in the papers published and the peer reviewer of Vaccine and the Editor of this international journal felt that it needs to be provided. Serious concerns are raised if safety data in a vaccine trial done with Government of India funding is not provided in spite of a call for it in an internationally indexed scientific journal.”

In an earlier intervention on Pubmed (14 August 2014) Puliyel quoted actual figures:

Licensing the vaccine for general use (in remote areas of India), seems impossible to justify

I commend Dr John and colleagues for this report on the trial with the 116E Indian rotavirus vaccine. However the authors limit their discussion to comparisons with the trials of Rotarix and Rotateq which recruited some 60,000 patients each. It will be more useful to compare the 116E trial safety results with the RotaSheild vaccine trials

RotaSheild trial

The RotaSheild trial recruited double the numbers recruited in the present 116E study. RotaSheild was licensed after the trial involving 14,687 patients (10,054 received the rotavirus vaccine and 4,633 received placebo). In the study there was one case of intussusceptions among the 4633 receiving placebo. This suggests that the ‘normal rate of intussusception’ was approximately 2/10,000, in that population. Five cases of intussusceptions occurred among 10,054 RotaSheild vaccine recipients. Thus there were an excess of 3 cases of intussusceptions for each 10,000 children vaccinated. All the intussusceptions were among infants who received a second or a third dose of vaccine. The difference between the vaccinated and placebo recipients was not statistically significant

116E Trial

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Cathy Jameson, Current Affairs

It's April

Aaaaand it's 2015.

Managing Editor's Note: We ran this post from Cathy Jameson last April -  2013.   I wish it were out of date.  366 days later and it still works...

By Cathy Jameson

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

It’s that time of year.  We’ve flipped a calendar page to a new month:  the month of April.  The month when autism groups, who make money off of our kids’ diagnoses, go into full-fledge fundraising mode.  From walking around in circles promoting awareness to slapping a puzzle piece on every-day household products, this type of fundraising saddens me.  While our children’s needs are used for another’s gain, these money-making tactics suck the life out of me. 

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Kim Stagliano

About April... Autism, Awareness, Action.

Broken blue light bulbBy Kim Stagliano

Today is the last day of March. Basketball games are underway with four teams from somewhere, I'm told. We had snow in Connecticut yesterday. Again. That was a treat at 6:00am, to look out the kitchen window and see fat flakes sticking to the brown, half frozen ground.

I'm gonna miss March.

I dread April.

If March brings madness, April brings agita - that's Italian for heartburn. April is Autism "Awareness" Month. As an autism parent, writer, advocate yadda yadda, I eat, sleep and live autism 24/7/365.  I understand that much of the world does not do this - at least not yet anyway. And it's good to share information with outsiders that can help our kids live happier, healthier, safer lives. I'm not against teachable moments.  I'm not against honoring my girls and everyone everywhere on the spectrum.

I am against the outright celebratory tone of April. I always consider this a month of solemn commemoration.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: RFK Continues to Speak at Trace Amounts Showings

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.

Mar 30, 2015, Sacramento Bee: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to attend film screening in Sacramento

Mar 29, 2015, Who’s pulling the media’s puppet strings?

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Current Affairs

AofA Giveaway: Parker Time Potions Natural Body Care Plus April Donations!

Parker Time Potions
During the month of April, 30% of each purchase will be donated back to an autism related cause, determined by the customer.


1) Leave a comment to win this trio of products. 2) If you order in April, you can select a non-profit for a donation. May we suggest one of our fine sponsors?  From Parker Time:

Parker Time Potions is a line of all natural pediatric massage oils with a very special connection to autism as it was created out of love and a desire for the founder to bond with her baby son who was ultimately diagnosed with autism.  

Parker Time is a specially formulated, all-natural body care for kids that offers products with numerous moisturizing properties. Parker Time Potions strengthens the bond between parent and child by providing a quality product that allows the parent to focus on time with their little one.

When Parker Time Potions founder, Kelly Johnson noticed that her toddler son was developing at a “delayed” rate, she wanted to experience the joy of bonding with him.  After much research, Kelly discovered that pediatric massage was a unique, meaningful and effective way for her and her son to bond when the “normal” avenues of bonding were not available. With that, she formulated her own all-natural massage products: the Original Potion that promotes skin softness and strengthens the bond between parent and child, the Play Potion that promotes the parent-child bond as well as play time, and the Relax Potion that help the child calm down and relax for a restful night’s sleep.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Here Comes the Blue Wave of "Awareness"

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.

Mar 29, 2015, Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times Leader: April's focus is on Autism awareness

Mar 29, 2015, Deseret News (UT): School for kids with autism helps inside and outside the classroom

Mar 28, 2015, Desoto Times Tribune (Hernando MS): Light it up!  Hernando students again kick off awareness 

Mar 28, 2015, Lansing (MI) State Journal: David Meador: The autism crisis and Michigan

Mar 27, 2015, CDC Press Release: Announcement: Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Day 

Mar 26, 2015, Gaston (NC) Gazette: No vaccinations, no school?

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Mark Blaxill

The Disneyland Measles Outbreak is (Still) Over

The EndBy Mark Blaxill

On Friday March 27th, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued its latest
California Measles Surveillance Update  on “an outbreak of measles [that] started in Disneyland in Orange County, California, and spread to the community” and provided support for our proposal that the outbreak is now over. Last week (see HERE), based on the previous weeks’ surveillance update (March 20th) Age of Autism made the first public prediction that the Disneyland measles outbreak was over. The reason for our prediction was because CDPH had for the first time given a future date when they would declare the outbreak officially over based on the length of time that had elapsed since the last confirmed infectious case. They also reported no new cases for the first time since they began publishing updates in early February.

In the March 27 update, CDPH confirmed that our prediction is holding. The predicted official end of the epidemic is still April 17th. There was one additional “confirmed” case report that was “presumed to be linked to the outbreak,” but this new report was not a recent case.

CDPH also confirmed an analysis first offered by Age of Autism. Following last week’s update, we spoke to a CDPH spokesman and followed up with some questions in writing, including the following.  “For this last reported case, then, would it also be fair to estimate that the date of rash onset was approximately March 2nd, and the date of infection sometime in late February?” Despite receiving no response, in our report, Age of Autism speculated that March 2nd was the date of onset of the rash. We still have not yet received a direct response to our query, but last Friday’s update confirmed that that our estimate was correct, with CDPH writing that “The latest confirmed measles case had rash onset on March 2nd, 2015.”

We’ll continue to track the rapid expiration of the Disneyland measles outbreak.

Mark Blaxill is Editor-At-Large for Age of Autism.

Current Affairs

AofA Presents A Paper by 16 Year Old Autism Sibling: The Perplexing Epidemic

Cassidy ChapmanWe are pleased to share this post. Below is a paper written for Psychology class by Cassidy Chapman, daughter of Alison Chapman, whom many of you know as a fierce advocate for her son and all of our children with autism. Cassidy is 16 years of age and a member of the SUPER SIBS generation - who will change the world for our kids as we parents grow older.  Thank you, Cassidy.

By Cassidy Chapman

One of the most mysterious and perplexing epidemics in the world is autism. Autism is also known as ASD which stands for autism spectrum disorder. When children with autism are little there is a chance for finding treatments that can be successful but once these children grow up to a certain age there is a very little chance of recovery. Autism over the years has taken over society and is slowly creeping through the population and is an epidemic that needs to be declared a public issue. From 1990 to 2006 the population has grown 13 percent while the number of people with autism went up 175 percent. This number has risen tremendously since 2006 and will keep rising till we inform people that there is a problem and it needs to be addressed now because 1 in 68 children have autism. This process of discovering new things about autism however is extremely hard because no person with autism is the same, they all are different in terms of causes, treatments and severity. Autism is a broad systemic and pervasive disorder and many people are unaware of the specifics. The community should be aware of the impact of autism on the adult brain, and the thoughts of adults with autism.

When doing experiments there a few things that need to be controlled so that the results are accurate. Testing adults with autism is very hard because of the different severities. Adults with autism who are severe are hard to test on because using a MRI machine with these adults. Either they don't understand that they need to stand still or it seems impossible for them to withstand the system overload it causes them. Resulting from these obstacles they must be sedated to keep still which means that the tests aren't going to be as accurate. Even with these difficulties doctors have been able to collect valuable information to help further learn more about this puzzling disorder. Researchers took 38 men with autism who had speech delay and another 42 men who did not have speech delay. The scientists found that some parts of the brain were smaller in the men who had speech delay. The parts of the brain that were smaller were the brain’s ventral basal ganglia and the insula and temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex. These parts regulate regular speech, behavioral responses, higher thinking, and perceptions. They also found that the brainstem was larger which is how we send signals from our body to the brain and vice versa and controls the involuntary movements to keep us alive, such as breathing and heartbeat.8

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Cathy Jameson

My Autism Awareness Month Playlist

Music MotivatesBy Cathy Jameson

As I’ve written in the past, I used to love the month of April.  April brings warmer weather, springtime, and new life.  More importantly, it brings my birthday!  I’ve always looked forward to this time of year.  Nowadays?  Not so much.  The more Aprils I experience, the less excited I feel and the more incensed I get.  

Those not personally affected by autism are lead to believe that Awareness is all we need.  Families like mine are way beyond needing just awareness.  Autism is expensive to treat.  It can be a struggle to handle, too.  Families need support – emotional, physical, and financial support.  They also need autism action. 

Over the last ten years, after watching my favorite month turn into what feels like a big money-making scam, just the anticipation of flipping the calendar page makes me twitchy.  April claims to boast autism awareness. Awareness was a great initiative over thirty years ago when the autism rate was 1 in 10,000.  But for a disorder that now affects 1 in 68, focusing energy on actually doing something about the rising rate would be better.  That needs to happen before the rate rises again, which at the rate they are going now, that will happen sooner than later. 

As March wraps up, and before we flip the calendar page, I’d rather flip over two pages and let May begin early.  I’d get to skip through the depressing amounts of blue washing from multi-billion dollar corporations.  Blue is splayed all over news stories, municipalities, and grocery products.  Making a profit on our children’s diagnosis feels like a punch in the gut. But, I have a way to combat those depressing thoughts. 

When I start to feel down in the dumps, I have found a way to work my way out of feeling so blue:  through my music.  Music can PUMP.  You UP!


Before April gets a chance to begin, and before I start to feel like I’m drowning in blue splattered this and blue soaked that, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek of a playlist that I’ll surely have on repeat. From April 1st through to midnight on April 30th, and through some of the madness that comes during what used to be my favorite month, I have a plan. 

Earbuds in.

Music turned up to a nice respectable level.

Madness turned off.

If you’ve got a go-to song that is a “must listen to”, share it in the comments below.  If I add it to my playlist, I promise that I’ll dance to it in my kitchen sometime during the next thirty days.  

xo, Cat


Songs that inspire me to Speak Up!

Blondie – Rip Her to Shreds

This could be anyone.  Male. Female.  Former provider.  Current arch nemesis.  This person is the one that could’ve done something to help your child but didn’t.  They are the ones who should’ve done some more but nothing instead.  Acting like everything is fine.  That you’re overreacting.  Telling everyone that they’re perfectly right and that you’re a hot mess.  While we would never promote punching people in the face, we know that sometimes that thought crosses your mind.  So does wanting to rip that sort of person to shreds.  You know her.  Come on.  Rip her to shreds.  Rip her to shreds.  Yeah.  But don’t actually do that!  Just hit replay.  Let the music soothe your soul. ♫

Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole

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Current Affairs

My Life Derailed.

The road not takenBy Dara Berger

I was looking at Facebook this morning and noticed another mother made a comment about going through PTSD the day after seeing the NYC Premiere of Trace Amounts.  So I thought I would share my own PTSD experience that I had while watching the powerful documentary film last night.

Most people hear vaccine reaction and think of the hot debate about whether or not vaccines cause Autism.  But what about someone like me?

Last night I attended the premiere of a documentary film called "Trace Amounts" which included Robert Kennedy Jr as one of the speakers.  It was a wonderful event as I got to see all my fellow parent friends who are also raising a child with autism.  The film was very informative and I got a copy of Mr. Kennedy's book which he signed for everyone.

What I didn't expect was to go home and relive my own vaccine injury with such intense anger and anxiety that it was hard to fall asleep.  Looking back I should have taken my husband up on his offer to attend the afterparty just to have one drink, since we really don't get many opportunity's to see everyone.

Instead I decided to go home so I could have my wits about me in the morning to deal with all the research that needed to be done.  Research into what natural supplements could control my son's most recent PANDAS flare that is making his OCD off the charts even for one of the world's most patient mom's!

On the way home in the cab, I began casually discussing how similar my adverse reaction to a tetanus shot and mercury poisoning was to the filmmakers.  And just prior to seeing the movie, I had been telling my husband over dinner that I still have strong residual symptoms from my vaccine injury eventhough I consider myself to be recovered.  I still have major sound sensitvity and adverse feelings to being soaking wet.  I can no longer swim with my head under water and I am not able to wash my hair that often.  However these symptoms are nothing compared to what I experienced in 1999.  

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Wasting the Wait for Enterovirus 68

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Spring has sprung, at least theoretically, in daffodil-deprived Washington. Warmer weather will soon favor a resurgence of enterovirus 68, the virus that first appeared in severe and paralytic forms in 2013 as a small cluster in California, popped up unpredictably around the country last year in larger numbers and now – well, now what?

Just this week, the CDC put out a plain English Q&A about the virus.  The CDC notes that last year, 1,153 people in 49 states were confirmed to have the virus, and 14 of them died. Most were children. Weirdly, the CDC doesn't mention the frightening and seemingly permanent cases of paralysis almost certainly associated with EV-D68, and regarding the deaths, it mumbles: "State and local officials have the authority to determine and release information about the cause of these deaths."

It would be nice to see the CDC a little more animated on this one, because given the obvious parallels with poliovirus, I think we could be on the brink of big trouble. Both polio and EV-D68 are enteroviruses, meaning they get into the body through the GI tract, although they can manifest as respiratory illness; both appear in warmer weather; both can cause paralysis and death. A big part of the problem is mainstream medical types may once again be blind to what they are really dealing with.

Polio epidemics, as Mark Blaxill and I have proposed, were triggered not just by the virus but also by a necessary co-factor -- exposure to certain pesticides in people, most often non-immune children, who happened to have an active poliovirus infection at the time. The pesticides – lead arsenate starting in the early 1890s, DDT after World War II – opened a pathway to the nervous system that let the otherwise benign virus attack cells that control motion.

The idea that pesticides are implicated in polio has been around for a long time – since the first outbreaks over a century ago, in fact – but roundly sneered at by mainstream scientists, if they noticed at all while hunkered over microscopes in their virology labs. The pesticides-alone theory was easy to dismiss because it was incomplete. The virus, we argued, was a necessary cofactor with the toxin, and when the vaccine came along and took down the virus, the epidemics ended. But the truth -- the ability of toxins to potentiate microbes -- did not.

As the CDC points out, EV-D68 is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses from which the vaccine provides no protection. And since lead arsenate and DDT are no longer used in the United States, we can only guess what toxin, still presumably a pesticide and who knows what else, is potentiating EV-D68. We suspect the collapse of bee colonies and the rise of neurological illnesses point to successor chemicals that are even more toxic in ever-smaller doses.

It would be useful to find out, and quickly. Unfortunately, the idea of a toxic cofactor in the spread of EV-D68 is not on the radar of any current research, as far as I can tell. That’s despite clues in the early EV-D68 cases – the parents of one child run vineyards and a winery in northern California, and the mother told us her daughter had fresh raspberries the morning she got sick (the doctors seemed uninterested); another child is from Moorpark, a Los Angeles exurb built on former (often toxic) farmland that has an apricot named after it.

By now, 1000-plus ED-68 cases on, the clues to the origin have been buried in the breadth of the outbreak, just as they were with polio (and autism); early polio clusters occurred in the San Joaquin and Napa valleys in California (fruit, vegetables, grapes), and in locations where lead arsenate was pioneered – most astonishingly, in 1893 in Boston, which is when and where lead arsenate was invented to battle the coddling moth that was attacking apple orchards. Its use soon spread, and so did epidemics.

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Dan Burns, Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Here’s Hope – Andy Wakefield and Ethan By Dan Burns

By Dan Burns

Enjoy this highlight from the Texans for Vaccine choice rally in Austin, March 25.  Ethan, a 12-year-old child recovering from autism, asked a great “what if” question.  Listen to Dr. Andy Wakefield’s surprising answer:

Current Affairs

In Perspective: Autism 2015 - Still a Mystery

MysteryExcerpted from Vaccination News with permission.

F. Edward Yazbak MD, FAAP

 Autism has increased at a much faster rate than all other disabilities served under IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

At the CDC, all matters related to autism (Autism/ASD) research are the responsibility of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

For the longest time, the Center Director, a Biostatistician and Epidemiologist did not believe that the increase in autism prevalence was a true increase. She appears to have recently changed her mind.

The Director does not yet know what causes autism but like others at CDC, she seems convinced that it is not, in any way, a vaccine-related cause or causes.

Congressional Committee Hearings on autism-related issues should be held regularly.

The few research reports on autism and vaccines that the CDC has acknowledged supporting were clearly designed and intended to rule out any vaccine-autism connection.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: CDC's Role in NACCHO Group

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.

Mar 25, 2015, Fenton MI Tri-County Times: The other side of the vaccine controversy

Mar 8, 2015, The CDC's Role in Undoing Vaccine Exemptions: the NACCHO Front Group

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Mark Blaxill

Measles Hysteria Part 2

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Below is part 2 of a graphic presentation on the measles hysteria of 2015 and the healthcare choice legislation the cases that began in Disneyland sparked.

See the original Part 1 AofA post here.

By Mark Blaxill






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JB Handley

Frontline Dredges Up Old Show to Prop Up Vaccine Safety Argument in Time for World Autism Day

Not this shitAh Spring. Texas bluebonnets are blooming. Snow is finally melting in the Northeast. And like Spring 2014, 13, 12, 11 and so on, there has been a logical progression of coverage designed, orchestrated, call it what you will, to make sure to protect the vaccination program. As if government usage mandates and production injury liability protection (courtesy of Uncle Sam) is not enough of an industry bonanza.  We've seen versions of this progression in the past. This year the full court press is even fuller - with an actual disease outbreak (measles, no deaths) and dozens of bills tightening/changing vaccine exemptions appearing in state after state as if by magic wand.  Perhaps from the Magic Kingdom! Paul Offit has released a book about the religion of medicine and how superior it is to the religion of religion called "Bad Faith." The New York Times thought it was a "Bad Book" and panned it soundly. Of note is that in 2014, Dr. Julie Gerberding, once head of the CDC, in charge of the nation's vaccine program and who became President of Merck's vaccine division upon leaving her government job,  became the EVP of Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health.   The title alone sounds like  a role in a James Bond movie - Vaxxy Galore perhaps?  And PBS brought back an updated version of Frontline's THE VACCINE WAR which first ran in 2010.  We at AofA received an email from Frontline, asking us to help promote the program, Tweet during it etc.  I was at the New York City debut of Trace Amounts and missed Frontline. Shucks....  Here's a post JB Handley wrote after the first version of Frontline appeared in 2010.  KS

Frontline backwardBy J.B. Handley
The “hungry lie” on autism is both maddeningly simple and simply maddening and goes something like this: “It’s been asked and answered, vaccines don’t cause autism.”
As I’ve written about repeatedly, this is a huge lie, a critical lie, and a very “hungry” lie, because it constantly needs to be fed. Thanks to Frontline’s recent show, “the Vaccine War,” many more people will be confronted with this lie and have to sort through the rhetoric to figure out what is actually true.
Jon Palferman, who produced Frontline’s “The Vaccine War,” is different from many of the other feeders of the hungry lie in one important way: he spent nearly 2 hours sitting in my office debating and learning more about this very topic. I am certain that he fully and completely understands that only a single vaccine on the US vaccine schedule has actually been studied for its relationship to autism. I’m also certain he realizes many public health officials make bold and untrue statements all the time to reassure the public that “vaccines” have been studied and rendered “safe.”
To me, this makes Mr. Palferman’s recent public comment all the more unconscionable. On Frontline’s website, as a response to Dr. Jay Gordon’s searing critique of Frontline’s decision to not air any of Dr. Gordon’s taped interview, Mr. Palferman issued the following statement:
“Many thanks for your feedback on the program. FRONTLINE went to considerable lengths to include a wide range of viewpoints, even in the face of very strong scientific evidence against the hypothesized autism link to MMR and thimerosal. Despite the consistent negative epidemiology and the definitive verdict of the federal vaccine court, we included views from people who wanted more and different studies. The program also gave a great deal of time to the arguments of vaccine hesitant parents who think the CDC schedule is bloated. The companion FRONTLINE website contains full interviews with different stakeholders, including Dr Robert Sears, who promotes an alternative spread out vaccine schedule. The website also hosts a robust public conversation where a full range of viewpoints are being aired and engaged.”
Let me repeat for you the part of Mr. Palferman’s statement that shows he did spend 2 hours with me, but wanted to defend his position anyway:
“the hypothesized autism link to MMR and thimerosal”
You see, Mr. Palferman fully gets that no one has shown “vaccines don’t cause autism,” because I personally hammered home the point to him until he finally got it. So, he’s smart enough not to fully repeat the simple hungry lie that “vaccines” have been studied and at least tells the truth that ONLY thimerosal and the MMR have been looked at.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Don't Mess With Texas Vaccine Exemption Rights

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Mar 25, 2015, NJ Star-Ledger: The latest Kennedy scandal: Railing about vaccines | Editorial

Mar 25, 2015, KVUE Austin TX: Bill would require schools to disclose vaccination waivers

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Anne Dachel

AofA Q&A Interview with Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson

Dr. Jack WolfsonBy Anne Dachel

There is nothing more encouraging for parents of vaccinate injured children than when members of the medical community have the courage to step forward out and voice their concerns about vaccines.  

It's easy to understand why so few are willing to do this.  On any given day one can find a news article that specifically blames Dr. Andrew Wakefield for the vaccine-autism controversy.   

March 17, 2015, Popular Science published an article entitled, Measles And The Power of Understanding.

 It was an opinion piece by the editor of Popular Science, Cliff Ransom.  Ransom believes that all the science is in and there's no need for him investigate what the "anti-vaxxers" are all about, and of course, Wakefield is to blame for much of the problem.

"On one side, there are those who believe a discredited and de-licensed doctor, Andrew Wakefield, as well as various celebrity anti-vaxxers."

"There is no documented connection between vaccines and the anti-vaxxers' central concern, autism."

This is really "dead end science."  Ransom could not care less about why our children are so sick and disabled.  He and all those like him in the media have long marched to the tired tune, "Vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives," so it's far too late for any of them to suddenly start honestly and thoroughly covering that subject.

It's so much easier just to accuse Andrew Wakefield in a sentence or two, declare all vaccines to be safe, and urge that every child should be fully vaccinated.  

There is a reason the press keeps Wakefield's name constantly in the news and that is to send a clear warning to anyone in the medical/scientific community:


Incredibly, despite the repercussion, I know lots of doctors and scientists who have serious concerns about vaccine side effects and I've written a number of stories about them.  These experts aren't treated like Dr. Wakefield.  Instead of being attacked, they're simply ignored.    

Over the last few weeks one outspoken doctor did generate a very hostile response from the national press that quite surprised me.  Phoenix  physician Jack Wolfson was in the spotlight because he doesn't believe in vaccination and he isn't afraid to say so. 

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Dr. Sheri Tenpenny on Vaccine Mandates for Adults

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

Mar 22, 2015, Healthy 2020 with Dr Sherri Tenpenny for #b1less NEWS #CDCwhistleblower

Listen to this 12 minute audio tape by Dr. Tenpenny.   It puts the media hype over the measles outbreak and the bills in state legislatures to end exemptions into whole new perspective.


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.

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 is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.

Teresa Conrick

Autism and the Microbiome: Will Fecal Transplants Be the Next “AWAKENINGS?

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title. It tells the true story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, fictionalized as American Malcolm Sayer (portrayed by Robin Williams), who, in 1969, discovered beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa. He administered it to catatonic patients who survived the 1917–28 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe (played by Robert De Niro) and the rest of the patients were awakened after decades of catatonia and have to deal with a new life in a new time.

I have a very ill daughter who is diagnosed with AUTISM.  Megan also has a seizure disorder and an Awakeningsautoimmune diagnosis.  More and more research is pointing to the MICROBIOME as the key to health and disease. Since witnessing Megan regress into autism after vaccination, we have been on a journey to restore health and functioning to her brain and body, thus the similarity to Awakenings. I have gathered much research showing that both MERCURY   and VACCINES  can alter the MICROBIOME and that is a big concern with parents.

The studies on the microbiome are fascinating and may be showing us the potential of vastly IMPROVING symptoms and possibly even a CURE for those diagnosed with Autism. Now some of you may be asking why putting a disgusting thing like feces into someone would help in anything, but especially in Autism. Let’s look at what the research shows.

Altered Bacteria Shows Microbiome is Big Part of Autism

“Gut–brain link grabs neuroscientists - Idea that intestinal bacteria affect mental health gains ground.”

Similarly, a 2013 study from Mazmanian’s lab found that a mouse model with some features of autism had much lower levels of a common gut bacterium called Bacteroides fragilis than did normal mice3. The animals were also stressed, antisocial and had gastrointestinal symptoms often seen in autism. Feeding B. fragilis to the mice reversed the symptoms. The group also found that the mice with these symptoms had higher levels of a bacterial metabolite called 4-ethylphenylsulphate (4EPS) in their blood, and that injecting that chemical into normal mice caused the same behavioural problems.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Interview With Robert F. Kennedy on WGN Chicago

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.

RFK Jr's excellent 12 minute interview on WGN radio Chicago.  Damning commentary on the corruption in Atlanta.

Mar 19, 2015, WGN Radio: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. supports vaccinations . as long as they contain no harmful additives

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is in Chicago to attend the premiere of the documentary "Trace Amounts." He talks to Bob and Marianne about mercury in vaccines, the need for reform at the CDC, his family history in Chicago and more.

RFK headshotAudio: Kennedy called for safe vaccines and the removal of mercury and aluminum.  He talked about the research on his book, Thimerosal, Let the Science SpeakWith the help of 12 research scientists, "we came up with about over 500 studies and 1,400 references that connect mercury in vaccines to a grim inventory of brain injuries, ADD, ADHD, speech delay, language delay, autism, ASD.  That all became epidemic in this country with the generation that became vaccinated in 1989.  1989 is the gateway year when we started seeing all of these injuries.  The autism rates went from one in 10,000 to one in 65. . . . According to CDC, one out of every three American children has some kind of neurodevelopmental disorder.  Of course they deny that it's coming from vaccines, but if you look at the science, it's very clear that it is.  We need to get the mercury out of the vaccines.  . . . The vaccine that has the biggest dose is the flu vaccine which is now being given to pregnant mothers, and it's the last thing that you'd want to put into a pregnant woman. 

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CDC Whistleblower, Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

American Whistleblowers: The Peril and Promise of Science

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By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

I have to admit that being compared to whistle blowers like Edward Snowden who revealed the creation of a vast surveillance state in our country, or Daniel Ellsberg, whose revelation of how the United States was waging a tragically flawed war in Vietnam and led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, has left me a little overwhelmed.  But that's exactly how I'm being described in the advertising for a panel discussion in which I'm participating in on April 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.

For those of you not familiar with the Commonwealth Club, it's the nation's oldest and largest Commonwealth Club truthpublic affairs forum, sponsoring more than 400 annual events on subjects ranging across the economy, politics, culture, and society.  Previous speakers have included Teddy Roosevelt, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.  Another illustrious name must now be added to this prestigious list, Kent Heckenlively.  The Commonwealth Club has as its mission to be "the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues."  Doesn't that sound great?  For those of us who have watched as our voices of concern about vaccines and other common medical practices have been silenced for decades, isn't this what America is supposed to be about?

One of my two fellow speakers is Dr. Judy Mikovits, the former director of the Antiviral Drug Mechanisms Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute and co-author with me of our book, "PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS, Autism, and Other Diseases."  The other is Dr. Brian Hooker, an associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Science and Mathematics Division at Simpson University, and probably best known to this community as the man who revealed the shocking information about CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson.  Thompson is the CDC scientist who claims the CDC has concealed vital information about the link between vaccines and autism and who has turned over thousands of documents to Congress regarding this massive cover-up.  I am honored to be in their company.

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CDC Whistleblower, Ginger Taylor, Vaccine Safety

Senator Doctor Crosses Over Into Crazy PANts Conspiracy Theorist

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By Ginger Taylor

Over the last few years we have gotten to know Dr. Richard Pan, California State Senator and Big Med operative (to the tune of $182,000 in campaign donations), as he has not only has worked to force everyone in his state into becoming customers of his donors and a corrupt vaccine program, but treated individual parents trying to earnestly advocate for their vaccine injured children like... well like crap.

While in 2012, he claimed he wanted to pass his bill not to remove parental choice, but to merely make sure families are educated on vaccination, he now has thrown that out the window and has a new bill to remove choice all together. Let's go to the video of this thoughtful legislator and solid citizen:

Not super consistent, is he.  "NO CHOICE FOR YOU!"  I guess we should have called, "no take backs." during the hearings in 2012.  Our fault I guess.  

I would encourage you to challenge him on twitter about this change of heart, but if you do, you will be immediately blocked by him. He only wants to hear what he wants to hear, and if you don't like his stance, you are not allowed to see his tweets any more.  "NO TWEETS FOR YOU!"

For those of you who have already been blocked, I present to you, Dr. Pan, officially jumping the shark:

Yes, folks... Crazy PANts believes that William Thompson's admission of taking part in the hiding of vaccine autism links from the public along with his research team at CDC is... somehow... a fraud perpetrated by Andy Wakefield. 

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Cathy Jameson


What ifBy  Cathy Jameson

When people ask me why I’m so adamant about speaking up about vaccines, I ask them if they want the short answer or the long answer.  Most of the time, the person doesn’t mind hearing the long answer.  It starts out the same way a lot of other parents begin their stories, “I had a beautiful, happy, healthy baby until…”


Until a well-baby visit. 

Until a round of vaccines. 

Until too many too soon. 

Until it was too late.

Well-baby visit after well-baby visit, I brought my child in for a check-up, for a round of shots, for a proverbial pat on the head.  You did the right thing, mom.  See you again soon…at the next well-baby visit!  

Sadly, those well-baby visits didn’t leave my child well.  In fact, Ronan wasn’t very well at all after them.  The more well-baby visits he went to, and the more vaccines he received, the less well he got.  He reacted.  He got sick.  Then he worsened. 

Easily I can now recognize the signs, the symptoms, and the red flags now.  But as they were happening, and even after bringing some of them to the attention of our providers?  I was blind.  I was uninformed.  I was too trusting.  I was too trusting not of my mother’s instinct, but of “the system” and of those who ran it.  

I’ve learned quite a bit since then.  I’ve also told Ronan’s story hundreds of times since then, too.  It hurts to retell Ronan’s story as many times as I have, but I still share it.  As I finish sharing Ronan’s story, I’ve either left the person I’m speaking to in complete and utter shock, or I’ve left them in a puddle of tears.  Depending on whom I’m speaking to and on how much I've shared, I cry too.  

What happened to Ronan? 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Control All Delete, Part 3: How a Critical Review of a Book on How Great Vaccination Is Got Pulled By a Publication That Brags How "Independent" It Is

Eula BissControl All Delete, Part 2: How Crying ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Suppresses the Vaccine Safety Debate

Control All Delete, Part 1: The Un-American Suppression of the Vaccine Safety Debate

By Dan Olmsted

Few books published last year won the raves that welcomed On Immunity – An Inoculation by Eula Biss. Its spare 163 pages of text offered a “beautiful shot of insight,” The Los Angeles Times wrote -- a shot that includes our collective duty to vaccinate. “We owe each other our bodies,” Biss concludes.

To which I say, I don’t think so. But it’s a free country and people can agree or disagree, right?

Most agreed with Biss, lauding her “elegant, intelligent and very beautiful book, which occupies a space between research and reflection, investigating our attitudes toward immunity and inoculation through a personal and cultural lens,” according to the Times. Along the way Biss, “a vigorous advocate for inoculation … reveals the rhetoric of the anti-vaccination movement for the sophistry it is.” Parody Cover

Entertainment Weekly gave it an A and put it at Number 2 on its best nonfiction books of the year; it was in the New York Times Top 10; and Mark Zuckerberg recently picked it for his Facebook book club, thereby fighting “fears of vaccination” and showing his “talent for surfing the zeitgeist by selecting On Immunity,” according to Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

I’ve read it, and lovely as it may be, it is, in my view, to which, as I’ve already said, I’m entitled, dead wrong. It takes its place in the pantheon of work by people who haven’t gone deeply enough into the subject to master it – Biss thinks adolescents get a chickenpox booster, which they don’t, and that seizures after vaccination only happen to kids who would have had them anyway -- but presumes to lecture the rest of us on the roots of our scientific illiteracy and susceptibility to primal but unfounded fears of vaccination and autism. Heck, we don't even understand metaphors right. Here is my favorite bit:

“When I learned of the resulting conference on immuno-semiotics, I was excited by the possibility that it was devoted to the discussion of metaphor, a semiotic device,” Biss writes. I must say I have never heard the parent of an autistic child excited about an upcoming conference on immuno-semiotics (immune deficiencies, yes). I think it’s the kind of book that people think they like because it makes them feel smart, sort of A Brief History of Time for the vaccine debate.

One of the few equivocal responses to the book was a review by Jennifer Margulis that ran last October in the Washington Independent Review of Books (remember the word “independent,” which will soon go belly up). Headlined “This heartfelt ode to inoculations dismisses concerns about vaccines,” it begins:

“On Immunity is an extended nonfiction essay — an impressionistic, metaphor-laden, first-person account of author Eula Biss' fears for her infant son's safety and the questions and concerns she has as she educates herself about vaccines. This slim book combines real-life vignettes with literary criticism, information about the history of vaccines in the United States, informal interviews with scientists, and chats Biss has had with friends and relatives.” 

Margulis, a widely published author who wrote The Business of Baby, also notes, correctly: “Biss is not interested in stories of vaccine injury, which she dismisses as exaggerated. Nor is she interested in the devastating fact that one in every 42 boys in America today has autism, or that we are seeing a rise in many other diseases among American children, including Type-1 diabetes and other autoimmune disorders. …

“Yet, ironically, Biss' own son may have been vaccine injured. She explains that he suffers from debilitating allergies that sometimes leave him unable to breathe.

“’My son has unusually severe allergies, which he developed at an unusually young age,’ Biss writes. ‘His pediatrician calls him her 'outlier' because he is a statistical anomaly. By the time he turned three, his allergies had led to swelling in his nasal cavity, and this swelling had led to painful sinus infections, which we had cured with antibiotics several times, but which inevitably returned.’”

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Current Affairs, Mark Blaxill

The Disneyland Measles Outbreak is (Unofficially) Over

Breaking newsBy Mark Blaxill The End typewriter

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released their latest update Friday on the measles outbreak that began in Disneyland around December 17th. For the first time since the CDPH began posting updates on-line on February 9th, no new measles cases were added to their statewide counts.

“Since December, 2014, there have been 133 confirmed measles cases reported in California residents” read the opening line of the March 20th version of the California Measles Surveillance Update. “No new confirmed cases have been reported to CDPH since the publication of the last report on March 13, 2015.”

So can we officially declare the so-called Disneyland measles outbreak over? Not so fast, says the CDPH.

“The outbreak will be considered over when 42 days have elapsed from the end of the infectious period of the last known B3 measles cases that was a not a new importation. As of today, that date will be April 17, 2015.”

So let’s do that math. If the CDPH will be ready to officially declare the outbreak finished a full 42 days after the infectious period of the last reported case ends, then that milestone has been passed already, fully two weeks ago on March 6th.

But the end of the infectious period is perhaps less important to specifying the final ebb of the measles outbreak than the date the last reported case became infected. The CDPH also states (see HERE) that “Infected people are usually contagious from about 4 days before their rash starts to 4 days afterwards”, so this last reported case probably saw their rash appear on March 2nd and were first infectious themselves around February 26th. As for the date of their first exposure, one analysis of the outbreak (see HERE) suggests that exposures to the measles virus occur roughly 10 days before the rash appears. That would put the date of infection of the last case around February 20th.

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Current Affairs

If You Won Product Injury Award Would You Praise The Product?

Keep-calm-and-drink-kool-aid-15If you or your loved one were severely injured by a product, and you won a settlement to compensate for the injury, would you then become a spokesperson for that product? 

Let's make this concrete.  Say your loving wife took Vioxx for pain. Her doctor prescribed Vioxx with the promise of relieving her back pain and allowing her to move about more easily. She was thrilled. You were encouraged. And then your vibrant, beautiful wife of 24 years had a stroke, lost her ability to walk, speak, hold you, whisper your name.  Fast forward, and you've won a large settlement for her injuries. And then you go on TV and tell your friends and neighbors that what happened to your wife is a rare event and that they should absolutely use Vioxx for their pain.

Odd yes?

Meet Jim Schutte, who is now guardian as well as husband to Carolyn Schutte, who suffered serious injury from routine travel vaccinations for a trip to Africa.   Like American infants, Carolyn received multiple vaccines at the same visit.  And now her husband, her legal guardian, is telling others that vaccines are safe and that the risk is minimal.

Odd, yes?


An Excelsior Springs man has been awarded $7.4 million because his wife was left disabled by at least one of the vaccines she took before a trip.

On June 22, 2011, Carolyn Schutte went to the Clay County Public Health Center in Liberty for a round of shots. She was preparing for a trip to Africa and received vaccinations for various diseases, including tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, and typhoid. Two days later, she was debilitated with permanent brain damage caused by encephalopathy.

"The active lifestyle that we had before is over," said Jim Schutte, Carolyn Schutte's husband and now her guardian. "It's gone. We just have to make due with what's left."

The couple were once avid travelers.

Now, Jim Schutte is homebound, assisting with his wife's around-the-clock care.

"I provide most of her care," Schutte said, "But I can't do it 24 hours a day, so I have to have somebody coming in here and helping. It gets very expensive very quickly. It costs a lot more than you might think."

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Trace Amounts is Coming to Manhattan 3/24

Movie nightWould love to meet AofA readers at the Manhattan screening of Trace Amounts. Join us on Tuesday the 24th at NYU. Great panel of speakers including our good friend David Kirby.


Buy tickets here.

Where: New York University School of Law (Screen 1)
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New York, NY

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: More Vaccine Exemption Crackdown Bills

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.

March 19, 2015, Winston-Salem (NC) Journal: Religious exemption on vaccinations in NC repealed in bill

March 19, 2015, ABC 20, Springfield, IL: Robert Kennedy, Jr Talks To Senate On Vaccines

March 16, 2015, Washington Times: RFK Jr. leads charge against state bills limiting vaccine exemptions

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Control All Delete, Part 2: How Crying ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Suppresses the Vaccine Safety Debate

Midweek mashupRead Part 1 HERE.

By Dan Olmsted

A few weeks ago in the midst of measles mania – say, whatever happened to that? -- I was on a Canadian TV show with a crusty but kind of likeable host who wanted to hear how people like me defend the “debunked” claim that vaccines cause autism.

He began: “I’m sure you’re taking a lot of criticism these days but you boldly stay the course?”

Me: “Vaccines are very strongly implicated in the rise of autism since the 1980s, yes.”

Now that is a pretty carefully calibrated statement, based on my own reporting and ten years of research and two books with my colleague Mark Blaxill, and I’m more than happy to stand by it, amplify it, show evidence for it and, in the language of science, provide citations.

The host immediately started talking about how “there is correlation but there is not causation.”

Fine, that’s a good debate to have! There is plenty of evidence that does in fact point to causation. But when I said that, he interrupted by saying that “no scientific study that demonstrates vaccines cause autism” – except the “debunked” Wakefield early report from 1998. So I mentioned William Thompson at the CDC and said Thompson acknowledged a study he was part of hid a link between vaccines and autism.

So, to my mind there’s another concrete piece of evidence. We are having a real debate!

Well, not exactly.

My host: “Well I think people can probably look up more detail on that than you and I can get into and may find that he’s being misquoted in that regard.

“And that’s the problem that I have. It’s conspiracy theory stuff and it’s easy to throw out names and things in a six-minute interview but we’re panicking people into not doing the very thing that has eradicated diseases."

How is directly and accurately citing a sitting CDC  senior scientist “conspiracy theory stuff”? Boy, was I ever glad I had in my hand a few loose papers that included the actual statement from William Thompson!

Me: “William Thompson being a case in point, he says, ‘I regret that my co-authors and I omitted statistically significant information. The omitted data suggested African-American males who received the MMR vaccine before the age of 36 months were at increased risk for autism.’  He said it, I don’t know if you [speaking to my host] want to believe it, but I’m quoting from his statement through his lawyer.”

My host: “Well I’m encouraging people to read further into it.”

“I am too,” I said.

I explained how the root of the problem was not some evil worldwide plot but the fact that Congress gave liability protection to drug makers and doctors in 1986. The result: Big business and big government got in bed and cut the consumer out of the equation and we’ve been paying the price.

“It’s really a public policy debate as much as a public health debate,” I said. Again: It’s a debate that reasonable people can have based on a careful review of the evidence.

But my host came back around – again -- to the conspiracy idea – that if we have a problem with the vaccine schedule as I claimed, it could only be because doctors and public health officials and drug manufacturers concocted a massive conspiracy that defies belief.  “What would be the value to any of those people to try and sell the idea that vaccines are safe when they are not?” he asked.

I responded: “I can’t speak for them.”

My host: “No, but I mean if you’re accusing people of this vast conspiracy you have to believe there’s some agenda behind it.”

Me: “I’m not using the word conspiracy, I’m just saying what the outcome is. I think it was unintended. But at this point I think there may be an unwillingness on the part of people who have sort of bet the farm, bet the business, bet their professional reputations on there being no link, they may not be the best people to get an objective answer here, that’s my feeling.” William Thompson sort of points to that, I’d say.

Perhaps having exhausted that avenue, my host changed the subject. “Do you have children?” he asked.

“No.” Pause. “I have a dog.” The crusty guy chuckled, which may be why I kind of liked him.

All this is preamble to what I now wish to briefly note. A regular and astute commenter on AOA, Twyla, forwarded me a note she got last week from The Daily Kos, the progressive site with quite a large readership. I guess her intended comment triggered some algorithm or alert intern. She got this in red type:

 A message has been issued from site admin at Tue Feb 03 2015 10:25:09 GMT-0800 (PST):

The vaccine-autism link has been debunked by many careful studies, and here at Daily Kos we consider it conspiracy theory. 

CT postings are not permitted here. Postings that advocate this theory can get you banned at Daily Kos.

[box to check] I acknowledge receipt of this message: (Posting is not allowed until the message is acknowledged.)

Daily Kos


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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Oregon Peds Not Listening to Patients' Parents Re Vaccination Choice

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.

March 17, 2015, Portland Business Journal: Pediatricians disappointed over demise of Oregon's get-tough vaccine bill

Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward's decision to drop her proposed legislation scrapping the "personal belief" exemption for children's vaccinations has prompted disappointment among some Oregon pediatricians.

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Current Affairs

U. British Columbia Doubles Down on Academic Freedom, Avoids Firestorm

CanadaExceprted from the Vaccine Fact Check site:

Unlike other leading Canadian universities, the University of British Columbia adopted a novel stance last week when the national press castigated it and one of its professors, Dr. Christopher Shaw, for conducting research into a possible link between vaccines and autism — it unambiguously backed both Shaw and the principle of academic freedom. Almost immediately, the press backed off and the story died.

In contrast, when the national press outed academics at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University for questioning the position of the government’s public health authorities, the universities went into damage-control mode, announced they were launching investigations into the academics’ conduct and took steps to prevent them from discussing vaccines. The press, smelling blood, then doggedly piled on. The story then reverberated nationally and internationally, besmirching the reputations of the academics and their universities alike.

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Kim Stagliano, Vaccine Safety

Connecticut HB 6949 Seeks To Impose Restrictions on Parental Medical Freedom

Molly Weasley
Not. My. Daughter! (Molly Weasley)

(Note: proactive instructions on how to express your concern for this bill are at the end of this post. There is a hearing TODAY at 10:30am.)

Dear Representative Matthew Ritter:

RE: Casting Your Reduction Spell on Religious Exemptions in Connecticut HB 6949: 


To require that statements from the parents or guardian of a child seeking a religious exemption from a required immunization be notarized and include language attesting that such parents or guardian have reviewed and understand information regarding the risks of both immunization and failure to immunize.

My name is Kimberly Rossi Stagliano. I live in Fairfield County. I have three gorgeous daughters with autism who currently cost the state of Connecticut more galleons than Harry Potter had in Gringott's bank vault.   I am a Mother first. And then I write. Oh, I've written fiction. It's fun to make stuff up.  I only wish the bulk of my writing was make believe. It's not. 

I write for Huffington Post. I've written for blogs around the nation: Dallas Morning News, Today Show, others. My family and I have appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to talk about the financial toll that autism takes. I've been on CNN, morning shows, you name it. Not a single appearance has been about a frivolous topic.

I understand that you have introduced a bill that will restrain my ability, my neighbors' ability, to exercise their freedom to say no to a vaccination on the pediatric schedule.   You are taking away healthcare rights with HB 6949.

Let's say you have a child who had an adverse reaction to a vaccine. It happens. And then you have another baby. How do you know if this baby will have the same reaction? There is no pre-vaccination testing to see if a baby is allergic to any ingredients. The 48+ vaccines on the current schedule have never been tested as a whole. No one knows if 8 vaccines at the 2 month check up is safe  for any let alone all babies. (Hep B, RotaTeq, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hib,  Polio, Pneumococcal) Every "well" check is a visit to Foxwoods Casino, Representative Ritter. 

How much do you know about vaccine injury? Have you ever sat down with a parent who is making these hard healthcare choices? Do you think we do so lightly? I can assure you, we do not. Once injured, the result is life changing. Some children die. Some become CT DDS clients.  And then they cost you and the state money. And they don't vote.  But I do. 

I don't know who is whispering spells into your ear, perhaps a confundus charm - there has been a push from coast to coast to Hoop on Firelimit vaccine exemptions on the heels of the measles panic in the Magic Kingdom  These pushes have failed in Washington, Oregon, Maryland, because constituents have said, "Do Not Mess With My Healthcare Rights."  I know we are an insurance heavy state. I know insurance and pharma go together like Abra and Cadabra.

I am telling you that this bill, HB 6949 needs to meet an Avada Kedrava spell, and die on the vine.  Nutmeg state parents deserve to make healthcare choices for their own children without government imposed hoops.

Today? Vaccinations for children. What's next? Will teachers need a flu shot to go to work? Will State workers need to prove they have had every booster pharma and CDC demand? Are you prepared to take an Ebola vaccine fast tracked through the system?

I want you to have the right to say no to a medical procedure. I want that right as my daughters' Mom - and legal guardian.

Thank you.

Strega Kim

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. Her new book, with Tony Lyons, is due out in April.


Dear Connecticut NVIC Advocacy Team Members,

Your action is needed now to stop the state of Connecticut from restricting the religious exemption to state mandated vaccination. We apologize for the late notice. We just caught this today. 

HB 6949, requires parents who object to mandated vaccines on religious grounds to submit a notarized statement claiming that vaccination would be contrary to the religious beliefs of the child, and that they “have reviewed and understand evidence-based instructional material provided by the Department of Public Health regarding the risks to such child and to others of such child failing to receive adequate immunization.”

HB 6949 is scheduled for a public hearing this Wednesday, March 18th at 10:30 am in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building.

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Current Affairs

Hearing 3/18 Hartford! Rep Matthew Ritter Is Attempting To Take Your Parental Health Choice Away.

Action alertTAKE ACTION!!!

Connecticut, get to Hartford tomorrow, March 18, for a hearing on House Bill H.B. 6949, Rep. Matthew Ritter's bill that will limit your right to a religious exemption from vaccine mandates to attend school.  And get on the phone today to the members of the Joint Committee on Public Health and let them know you oppose this bill. H. B. 6949 will require a notarized statement from parents attesting that they have reviewed materials provided by the Department of Health.

 And please click on the Take Action link HERE to send messages to your State Senator and representative expressing your opposition to H.B. 6949.

 Parental informed consent is the standard in developed democracies around the world. There is no such thing as a mandated vaccine in Canada, the UK, Japan, Ireland, Australia, Germany, France, Denmark, Israel, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, etc.

Nineteen states allow exemptions for any reason including California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Michigan and more than a dozen other where more than half of America's population lives.

Twenty-eight states , currently including Connecticut, allow a religious exemption upon presenting a from stating a religious reason not to vaccinate.

Connecticut has one of the highest vaccination rates of any state. And no one has even attempted to make a case that religious exemptions are resulting in increased levels of disease. 

This bill is an added expense to all involved and violates First Amendment religious rights, and it achieves nothing.

The hearing will be held here:

Wednesday, March 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

State Capitol, Room
1210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106


If you wish to speak sign up in the Capitol atrium before the hearing begins.


JB Handley, Vaccine Safety

Is There a Way out of the Autism epidemic?

By J.B. Handley

Studies of the Amish and Homefirst communities of children have proven very revealing: children who do not receive vaccines appear to have significantly lower rates of Autism. Of course, these observations remain anecdotal, so they have yet to enter into the mainstream debate about whether or not vaccines cause Autism.

Chances that someone is able to get an IRB to actually do a valid study of these populations? Remote.

The drumbeat by our community to have a real study done of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children makes all the sense in the world except for one problem: if the rate between the two groups is dramatically different, how do you respond to that information from a policy perspective? Stop giving all vaccines to all children? It’s a vexing issue for even the more moderate members of this debate: those who view vaccinations as important but also recognize they are a medical procedure that comes with risks.

Enter Dr. Paul Thomas, an outspoken pediatrician from Portland, OR who entered the national debate with his participation in the recent fight to keep vaccine exemptions in Oregon, a fight that Dr. Thomas and others recently won.

I was struck by this recent blog post that mentioned Dr. Thomas and his practice:

“Dr. Paul Thomas, a Portland-based pediatrician, claims that he has 1,500 children in his pediatric practice who never received the Hepatitis B shot and had the MMR shot delayed until they were older (age 3). Based on an Autism rate of 1 in 68, 22 children in this group should have Autism. He claims there are zero cases of Autism and he thinks a modified vaccination schedule is the reason. What an extraordinary claim! Shouldn’t Oregon investigate the veracity of his claim?”

Indeed, what if it really was this easy? Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely believe that vaccines do far more damage than just Autism. At the same time, vaccines have shown the ability to prevent deadly disease, and I think the only way to move towards a real solution is to find some middle ground on our national vaccine policy.

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Vaccine Safety

Greater Freedom of Speech on Web 2.0 correlates with Dominance of Views Linking Vaccines to Autism.

Science post imageIs this study advocating censorship, "...step up their activity on the Internet..." ?  Most sites moderate comments, including this one. But you will find thousands of comments here that have viewpoints quite different from the authors of the various posts.  This study says that a free and open exchange of information leads to conclusions that the industry does not like.  We're running the study here at AofA, does that make it almost like a Escher print?  ;)

Vaccine. 2015 Mar 17;33(12):1422-5. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.01.078. Epub 2015 Feb 7.

Greater freedom of speech on Web 2.0 correlates with dominance of views linking vaccines to autism.

Venkatraman A1, Garg N2, Kumar N3.

Author information



It is suspected that Web 2.0 web sites, with a lot of user-generated content, often support viewpoints that link autism to vaccines.


We assessed the prevalence of the views supporting a link between vaccines and autism online by comparing YouTube, Google and Wikipedia with PubMed. Freedom of speech is highest on YouTube and progressively decreases for the others.


Support for a link between vaccines and autism is most prominent on YouTube, followed by Google search results. It is far lower on Wikipedia and PubMed. Anti-vaccine activists use scientific arguments, certified physicians and official-sounding titles to gain credibility, while also leaning on celebrity endorsement and personalized stories.


Online communities with greater freedom of speech lead to a dominance of anti-vaccine voices. Moderation of content by editors can offer balance between free expression and factual accuracy. Health communicators and medical institutions need to step up their activity on the Internet.

Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Autism; Free speech; Internet; Vaccines; Web 2.0

Current Affairs

Chicago Screening Trace Amounts Featuring Q&A with Director and Special Guests

Trace Amounts Chicago

Chicago!  You're invited to screen Trace Amounts this Thursday, March 19 at

Trace Amounts is a compelling documentary film centered on thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative in vaccines that has been suspected by many as playing a primary role in the autism epidemic here in the United States and around the world. It’s a fascinating look at the debate, as well as the people and science at the center of the controversy.

Please go to purchase your ticket ASAP before the event sells out!

To view the Trace Amounts trailer, host your own screening, or to learn more about the film, please visit

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Current Affairs

State Bills Attacking Vaccine Exemptions: A Seven Step Approach to Advocacy in your State

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By Dawn Loughborough

Last Friday Maryland advocates celebrated victory over an extreme bill called HB0687 designed to remove religious exemptions for vaccination of school age children. Concerned families, physicians, and religious leaders came together over this past month to protect principles and request that the bill be dropped/opposed. Maryland delegates handled a barrage of communications coming from people from all walks of life who were concerned and opposed the bill.

The bill was withdrawn and the committee hearing cancelled.  According to The Daily Record, on March 13, 2015, “A Prince George’s County delegate whose law practice includes representing clients who claim adverse reaction to vaccines has withdrawn a bill that would have removed a religious exemption to the state’s vaccination law.” The bill sponsor, Delegate Benjamin Barnes, went on to say that the bill was unnecessary in Maryland.

The movement has begun. Compassion is rising. Fear is falling. The people are in action. Here are seven steps to help you be effective in your state.

  1. Organize Proactively. Sign up for advocacy portals. The NVIC Advocacy Portal at describes each bill on vaccines. Set up local social media groups to organize and find one another. Monitor and create a safe space to share information.

  2. Embrace Collaboration. Health is a conversation everyone owns.  Join efforts with people who are have shared concerns. Reach out to people who believe in civil rights, freedom, personal choice, and those who stand up for medical autonomy. Use multiple forms of advocacy. Books and media – movies like “Trace Amounts” and “Bought” are excellent support for this work. Videos and memes help to educate and spread the message quickly.

  3. Show up. Email and call with the bill number and ask to speak to the representatives or their staff assigned to the bill. Find the contact information on your state government websites.  If there are organizations backing the bill, go to them and ask them to reconsider. Find organizations that align and have them put out action alerts describing the bill and who to contact.

  4. Go Early. Learn the process for how a bill gets created and made into law in your state. Its best to oppose bills before they go to subcommittee. It gets more challenging to stop a bill as it moves through the stages to become a law. Ask bill sponsors for support to drop a bill. Ask for support to oppose. Add up who is for the bill and who is against. Go meet with them and build relatedness and ask them to represent your view with their vote. Let them know if you are in their party and in their district.

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively, Vaccine Safety

Book Review - Vaccine Injuries by Louis Conte and Tony Lyons

Vaccine Injuries BookBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

Has there ever been a book more needed than "Vaccine Injuries: Documented Adverse Reactions to Vaccines -2014-2015 Edition" by Louis Conte and Tony Lyons?  If so, I don't recall it.

For those of us who have witnessed vaccine injury in our children and then researched the medical literature and the so-called "Vaccine Court" it's clear that the government and the pharmaceutical industry is concealing a massive amount of information from the public.  With the health of the human race at risk from these vaccines is it too much to ask for our scientists and policy-makers to read this brisk 274 page account of the important issues in this debate.  I don't think so.

If people want to find the "facts" about this issue they could do no better than starting with this book.  The book opens with a brief history of vaccination, the legal justification for "mandatory" vaccination (or at least having to pay a fine if you refuse) as well as the early immunization campaigns which often involved contaminated products that injured many individuals.

The authors then move to more recent history, beginning with the hopes which were embodied in the National Childhood Vaccine Safety Act passed in 1986 which was supposed to deal with those rare, but often devastating vaccine reactions and get financial help to the afflicted families as soon as possible.  "Vaccine Injuries" raises the question of whether the promise of this program was betrayed by the pharmaceutical industry which used the program as a shield to move more vaccines onto the pediatric schedule.

From that point the authors move onto the Omnibus Autism Proceedings and actual settled claims in the vaccine program.  From 1989 until 2014 that program has paid out more than $2.8 billion dollars.  That's right, $2.8 billion dollars.  And the inevitable question which gets raised is what's the true number for vaccine damage?  Are only 10% of worthwhile vaccine cases compensated?  That's a $28 billion dollar hit to our economy, not to mention the damaged lives.  Is it 1%?  That's $280 billion dollars.  Or is it closer to 0.1%, which would mean somewhere around $2.8 trillion dollars.

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Cathy Jameson

Best of AofA: If I Had a Nickel

NickelsWe ran this post in 2012 - enjoy.

By Cathy Jameson 1950s-tired-exhausted_~h2867

Several times in the last two weeks I‘ve run into an expression that I have a love-hate relationship with:  “Cathy, I don’t know how you do it all.  How do you do it?”   Since it’s usually a rhetorical question, and I’m not really going to answer it, why love-hate?  Because someday I just might respond.  And it isn’t going to be pretty.

Here’s the hate version.  And, fair warning.  It includes some of the things I want to say out loud but don’t:  

How do I do it?!  Do you really want to know?  You wanna wear my shoes for a day and find out?  You wanna see what I see?  You wanna discover what others are continuously trying to cover up?  You wanna read my PMs from parents asking for advice?  Or emails from a distraught parent who finally connects their child’s deteriorating health to a vaccine injury?  You wanna hear the cry of pain that a vaccine-injured child cries when his body cannot do what his mind is telling him to do?  Or hear the frustration that comes out of a child who was physically capable of doing everything but is now both physically and mentally frozen in a developmental stage from eight years ago?!  You wanna know more about that child?  That it’s MY child who suffers more than you’ll probably ever suffer over your entire lifespan?!  No, you don’t want to know?  Come on, why not?  Am I scaring you?  Oh, I am?  Well then, please, I implore you; don’t ask me how I do it all because one of these days I am gonna unload all of this on somebody and tell them everything—the good, the bad, the awful.  And the ugly, unbelievable yet 100% God-honest truth.   

Told ya it was a little harsh. 

And now, the love version: 

How do I do it?  Oh, I’m so glad you asked!  You see, something terrible happened when Ronan was a baby.  Sure I could have done a little bit of reading which might have prevented some of his ails, but I really didn’t know enough back then.  Now that I know a thing or two, my mission is to help as many parents as I can. I want to save their children and the world!  I want tell everyone to education themselves on the explosion of environmental assaults we’ve all been exposed to.  Read, read and read some more.  It’s really pretty exciting to share what I know and what I have experienced.  It’s actually a blessing to see what I get to see.  I’m amazed at what I get to hear.  I’m truly honored to have the relationships I have now with so many other parents because we’ve learned just so much from each other.  And Ronan?   I get to see my child blossom, albeit very, very slowly.  But, I get to watch him grow as much as he is capable of growing.   

Hmmm, that version sort of reminds me of rainbows and unicorns. 

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