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SafeMinds Review of Autism-Like Outcomes from Vaccinations in a Non-Human Primate Model

SafeMindsSafeMinds Review of Autism-Like Outcomes from Vaccinations in a Non-Human Primate Model

Findings identify distortion in public reporting and argue need for full disclosure of study documents.
 
Does published research always reflect the truth? A research paper came out last month in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with this title: Administration of thimerosal-containing vaccines to infant rhesus macaques does not result in autism-like behavior or neuropathology. The paper, by Bharathi Gadad, Laura Hewitson and colleagues, concluded that "administration of TCVs and/or the MMR vaccine to rhesus macaques does not result in neuropathological abnormalities, or aberrant behaviors, like those observed in ASD."

This paper was preceded earlier this year by another based on the same primate model of vaccine administration and autism and was led by the same primary investigators. It too was published in a prestigious journal, Environmental Health Perspectives. It also "provided no consistent evidence of neuro-developmental deficits or aberrant behavior in vaccinated animals."

Pretty strong conclusions. Case closed, no? Well, not so fast. The Medical literature is rife with misreported investigations and selective reporting. What is published in journals is only a small piece of the entire body of any investigation's work, and some investigations are not published at all, so a large part of the evidence base may remain largely invisible to the scientific community or to the public. What's ultimately published may reflect bias, intentional or not.

SafeMinds partially funded this investigation of vaccine administration and autism-like outcomes in a non-human primate model. We have been following it since its inception in 2003, have had regular internal updates from and interaction with various investigators, and have read all the public documents that have appeared from this decade-long, complex placebo-controlled experiment. Based on our knowledge, SafeMinds has serious concerns about the validity of the conclusions of the two most recent papers.  Read the full article at SafeMinds.

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Merck Funds Seminar to Overcome Barriers and Increase Opportunities for Gardasil Vaccine

Merck trust usWe'll give you a dollar if you can find the word "safety" or "risk" anywhere in this seminar ad. $5.00 if you can find any patient-centric language at all:

MedScape Presents!


In this interactive symposium, leading experts will focus on solutions to real-world challenges to immunizing adolescents against HPV.


Pediatric care providers are in a unique position to provide a powerful legacy for cancer prevention in the thousands of adolescents they currently treat. In this symposium, an expert Highway to sellinterdisciplinary panel will share real-world perspectives on problems and challenges associated with HPV immunization and how to improve vaccination rates in your practice by turning everyday barriers into immunization opportunities.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the benefits of immunization as a strategy for the prevention of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and HPV-associated disease
  • Evaluate the current status of the use of HPV vaccines
  • Identify strategies for decreasing parental delay and refusal of HPV vaccination

 

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Sesame Street Adds Muppet with Autism

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Aperture International. Aperture

Oct. 21, 2015, People: Meet Sesame Street's First Character with Autism: 'We Want to Create Greater Awareness and Empathy'

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Anne Dachel

The Black and White of Vaccine Injury

Raking in the moneyBy Anne Dachel

We need to stop this right now.  Tony Muhammad may have the best intentions and he may really believe that there's a concerted effort being made by U.S. health officials to target minority children using vaccines, but there simply is no evidence of that.

(I say that as the mother of two white, vaccine injured children.)

The truth is, it's always been about the money.  And with all the evidence piling up, it's now about denying the damage.

Officials don't really care if one race is at greater risk for injury.  Too bad if it's blacks and Latinos.  Too bad if it's white kids.  They simply don't care.

Oct 12, 2015, The Blaze published the story, Farrakhan Associate at Million Man March: RFK Jr. Told Me CDC Poisoned ‘Black and Latino Boys’ with Genetically-Modified Vaccines, Mike Opelka.

Shortly before Nation of Islam’s Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke to a massive crowd gathered on the National Mall in D.C. Saturday, one of Farrakhan’s representatives, Reverend Tony Muhammad, accused the Centers for Disease Control of intentionally doctoring vaccines to injure black and Hispanic boys.

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Earn $160 As Study Member Researching The Effect of the Flu Shot or Flu Mist on Your Vagina

Money undiesLadies, are you "Poise"d to make $16o with your vagina? Now, now, this is nothing to sneeze at and it's all perfectly legal.   After all, pharma doesn't want to make whores out of anyone. Who needs the competition!? Let's stop giggling and blushing and put our lady bits to work. It's all for the good of science, after all.  (Please please do not let the FBI check my Google photo searches for this post. Thank you. Kim.)

On a serious note, we're curious as to the hypotheses behind this study.

Study Title: Comparison of the vaginal antibody response following intranasal vs. intramuscular influenza vaccination (Biomedical IRB Study
#15-2344; Approved 10/19/15, valid through 10/18/16)
Sponsors: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Women between the ages of 18 and 49 who have not received the 2015-2016 seasonal influenza vaccine (“flu shot”) are needed for a research study investigating differences in immune response in the female reproductive tract when the influenza vaccine is given either intramuscularly or intranasally.  

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Louisana Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Angelle Includes Autism in Strategic Plan

Vote yesLouisiana Gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle has included autism in the healthcare section of his campaign.   If you know of a candidate for state office who has made a commitment to the community, let us know.

As our Federal government has declared by its inaction "Laissez l'autism rouler," we need to publicize the fact that autism is indeed a voting topic and we, the community, are a voting bloc. 

Develop a strategic plan across the lifespan of people with developmental disabilities, including autism, to help ensure that they have better opportunities for a more independent future.  Read more here.

Dachel Media Update: Ten Years of Autism Speaks

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Aperture International. Aperture

Oct 15, 2015, CBS Boston: Autism Speaks Founders Talk 10 Years Of Progress

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Teresa Conrick

Risperidone and Weight Gain: New Microbiome Research

American fat kidBy Teresa Conrick

The research on the Microbiome is rapidly developing.  As it does, we are finding out how the Microbiome can be damaged and the negative outcomes as a result. Here is a recent study that now explains how and why so many children have been gaining enormous weight on the prescription drug, Risperidone (Risperdal).  Many children with an AUTISM diagnosis are being prescribed Risperidone. More damage to the already dysfunctional Microbiome in Autism may be a side effect that parents need to know about and doctors question.

Use of the second-generation antipsychotic, risperidone, and secondary weight gain are associated with an altered gut microbiota in children , Published online 6 October 2015

The caveats from this study:

-  Over the last two decades, the prescribing rate of second-generation antipsychotic medications (SGAs) to treat children has increased nearly eightfold...

The atypical antipsychotic risperidone (RSP) is often associated with weight gain and cardiometabolic side effects.

    -  Significant alterations in the microbiome were seen at the phyla level following both acute and chronic exposure to RSP.

-  Chronic treatment with RSP was associated with an increase in body mass index (BMI) and a significantly lower ratio of Bacteroidetes:Firmicutes as compared with antipsychotic-naïve psychiatric controls.

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Letter to the Australian Parliament on the Ethics and Legality of Forced Vaccination

AustralianFlagBy Elizabeth Hart

Elizabeth Hart gives a valuable insight for US readers: analysing the meaning of a process which has happened by stealth over many years but is now happening in Australia with precipitate speed.

 The Australian Federal Government is planning to make vaccination compulsory for children of all ages to access government financial inducements from January 2016.  This makes Australia one of the most aggressive vaccinating countries in the world, along with the United States.

In my submission I've requested the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee reject the deeply flawed No Jab, No Pay Bill and also request they:

  §  provide legal and ethical opinion in regards to compulsory vaccination for financial inducements, and the conflict with The Australian Immunisation Handbook’s criteria for ‘valid consent’ before vaccination.

  §  take urgent action to ensure the transparency and accountability of the Australian Federal Government’s vaccination bureaucracy, and initiate an objective and independent review of the burgeoning national vaccination schedule, untainted by vaccine industry bias.  The cost of taxpayer funded vaccine products must also be made public.

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NY: Ask the Gov To Veto the Costly Meningitis Vaccine Mandate

Autism action networkNY: Ask the Gov. to veto the meningitis mandate Action alert
Only 5 days to convince the Gov.
 
We need your help to convince Governor Cuomo to veto the meningitis vaccine mandate, S4324a/A791c, passed by the New York legislture last June. The Governor just called up the bill which means we only have 8 days to convince him to veto it. The New York legislature knuckled under to the lobbying blitz led by Pfizer, the largest drug and vaccine manufacturer in the US, headquartered here in New York. They ignored all the data that clearly show far more children will be injured (4000 anticipated annual hospitalizations) and killed (estimates of 12 to 15 annually) by injecting every seventh and twelfth grader in the state, than from meningococcal meningitis itslef (no deaths in the affected age group in the past five years. The most shameful act of the legislature was that they voted to require separate injections for meningitis b even though there are no meningitis b vaccines licensed in the US. And just days after the legislature's vote the Federal government refused to recommend two meningitis b vaccines under development, citing safety concerns and no clear evidence of efficacy. With this vote your legislature completely abdicated their responsibility to assure that the vaccines required to attend school in New York meet minimal safety and efficacy standards. Pfizer's lobbyists speak much louder than your children's health and safety.

Here's what you can do:

Please click HERE to send an email to the Governor.

Please take a few minutes to make a call to the Governor's office at the number below and politely explain that you want the Governor to veto the bill. 1-518-474-8390

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The Week American Parents Demanded Truth from CDC

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This is the week of the CDC rally.  Learn about the rally at the NVIC site.

Grant Park
840 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA
Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

You Can Purchase VIP Seating as a Fund Raiser

By Anne Dachel

An African American mother speaks out about the whistleblower at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Says Black Lives Don't Matter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_R3SZ141M8

"In the summer of 2014, the public was made aware of a crime of humanity.  Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist in the Vaccine Safety Division at the CDC admitted that he and his cohorts omitted and subsequently destroyed in a huge garbage can, data which showed that African American boys who were given the MMR before the age of three had a 240% increased chance of regressing into autism.  . . ."

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Cathy Jameson

Saying No to the Flu Shot

No thanksBy Cathy Jameson

Last week, my son received a phone call.  Ronan is non-verbal and couldn’t answer the call himself,  I spoke on his behalf as I have done for years now.  I tried to speak on his behalf when the phone rang again.  But I was not given the option. 

“This is Care Line.  We’d like to speak to the parent or guardian of Ronan Jameson.  If you are the parent or guardian of Ronan Jameson, please press 1.”

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I hung up after hearing the next prompt.

“You may be aware that flu season is just around the corner.  We’re calling you today to share some life-saving information, but first, we need to know if Ronan Jameson has had his flu shot this year.  If Ronan has had his flu shot, please press 1.  If he has not had a flu shot, please press 2.”

I wanted more options.   But was given only two. 

Bye-bye.

I don’t usually hang up on people.  I’ve never hung up on anyone from Care Line (not the real name) because they have been helpful in the past.  They’re available to me 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  I receive immediate guidance from someone on their medical staff.  They provide support and never judgement.  One staff member in particular has been extremely helpful.  She and I have spoken several times over the last few years.  She knows Ronan’s extensive medical history to include the reactions he had from vaccines.  She also knows my opinion about vaccines.  But each year around this time, she’s asked to discuss the flu shot with her caseload. So each year around this time, we “discuss” it by me once again politely declining the shot before she has a chance to read whatever statement that Care Line has drafted her to read. 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Ask Your Doctor If Not Having To Listen To Prescription Drug Ads Is Right for You

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted 

The population of the world is approaching 7.4 billion. The population of the U.S. (318 million) and New Zealand (around 5 million) combined is less than .4 billion, which means there are about seven billion people who don’t live in either country.

I envy every single one of them, at least when it comes to the fact that they are not bombarded by ads for prescription drugs.

I’ve just returned from Japan, where the only ads for medicine are over-the-counter pills and nostrums that, like the elixers, tonics (and snake oil) that predominated in 19th century America, are good for whatever ails you. Bursitis? Try this! Lumbago? Amazingly, this will work for that, too! Dispepsia, dipsomania, low energy, neurasthenia? Ditto. I snapped the accompanying photo on a subway in Tokyo, and the various grimaces on the faces of the actors point to the all-purpose nature of the remedy. It reminded me of Geritol, which some of you may remember from the Ted Mack Amateur Hour and elsewhere. 

Compare and contrast those nostrums with the highly targeted, hugely expensive pharma products in the U.S. Good Lord, are they irritating! My current least favorite is for Namzaric, for “mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.” The TV ad tries to thread the needle by showing a lovely older woman with her caring, concerned family, Mom looking discombobulated but not disheveled, which in the TV universe would be far worse!Japan ad

In Tokyo, CNNj – an international version of the U.S.-based network – runs ads, but not pharmaceutical ones. In Kyoto, which simply broadcasts the U.S. version of CNN, during ads the screen goes to weather, stocks and currency data while a relentlessly banal tune plays that soon gets in your head. (It’s not a bad way to drift off, sans medication.) Either way, you’re spared pharma’s version of the world.

There are plenty of those aches and pains ads, and I doubt most of those treatments do much, but at least they probably don’t kill you or cause autism. And there may be a strong placebo effect from taking something with beautiful Japanese characters on it.

The advancing age and declining number of Japanese (the current population of 127 million is expected to fall to 87 million by 2060, with almost 40 percent of them over 65 and in even more need of tonics to relieve their aches and pains) has led to an effort to boost the population.

Recently, according to an account I read in the Japan Times, a government health agency got a little overzealous. It put out sex ed material suggesting that the age of 22 was the best year for a woman to give birth. Turns out, as you might imagine, there is no “best year” for a woman to give birth, and the government has now backtracked.

But that kind of manipulation in the service of state and corporate interests is nothing compared to  the relentless bombardment of prescription drug ads back home. It creates an environment in which drugs are presumed to be the treatment of first resort for everything from erectile dysfunction to needing to pee too much (now conveniently treated in one pill!) to getting a new knee. Then come the ads for the defective knee replacements, lawsuits, etcetera, a virtuous circle as far as media revenues are concerned, a vicious one for people with bad knees.

It mutes Big Media when it comes to questioning the effects of these drugs, especially the vaccines that are clearly implicated in the rise of autism.

It quiets Congress, which should be hearing from people like William Thompson about the CDC’s malfeasance in studying the MMR, as well as other drugs.

Once, in a conversation with TV journalist Robert MacNeil, Mark Blaxill said he believed that banning pharma advertising was an important step in restoring sanity. “And cut off their heroin?” MacNeil responded in a tone that suggested the networks would never give up their fix.

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Carmichael Pediatrics in CA Flouts HIPAA and Exposes Well Kids to Sickness.

Carmichael PediatricsTake a good look at the 'welcome" sign in the Carmichael Pediatrics practice in California.  There goes medical privacy!

This is how a practice is choosing to segregate (there is no other word for this) and punish the "unvaccinated."

An unvaccinated child. What does that mean. No shots ever? Skipped Gardasil? Chose to hold off on an MMR until the sniffles had ended? What does it mean?

We know what sick means. It means sick.  We know what well means. Mmm, we used to anyway. There are precious few truly "well" American children these days.   Well here tends to mean, "not actively sick."  So why not take the well children, who happen not to meet the CDC vaccine schedule, and seat them with the children who are sick?  Doesn't that make sense?

First Do No Harm.

Our friend Laura Hayes sent us this photo. And she tried to get to the bottom of this disturbing practice (pun intended.)  She wrote:

I placed a call this morning to get a statement from one of the doctors at this practice.  I placed

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Jim Crow Laws Rear Their Ugly Head in 2015

the first call from my home line and was told there were 2 calls ahead of me.  I told the receptionist no problem, I'd wait.  After 15 min. of being on hold, and thinking I'd been forgotten, I also called from my cell phone.  I was told the same thing, two people ahead of me.  I quickly told her she told me that over 15 min. ago, and that I had my other phone still on hold waiting for her to get back to me.  She apologized and said she would come back to me next.  Another 10 min. or so went by, with both of my phones on speaker phone should anyone ever get back to me.  Finally, she came back to my cell phone, asking me to wait just a little longer...I did.  

Finally, she took me off hold on my cell phone and I told her that I would be writing about the sign posted at their office.  I told her I'd like a statement from one of the doctors (not knowing there is apparently just one doctor at this practice) regarding the following:

  • Why the sign?  
  • What specifically does "unvaccinated" mean?
  • Was the sign based on some vaccine safety and/or vaccine efficacy science?  If so, what science specifically?  And/or, was it based on science specific to the "unvaccinated"?  If so, what science specifically?
  • Will those who are positive for Hep B and HIV be segregated, too?  If yes, will there be a sign for that, also?  With whom will they sit and wait?
  • If/when I was able to speak to an actual doctor, I was also going to inquire about the sign with regards to:  live-virus vaccine shedding; the vaccinated harboring pertussis in their throats and spreading it while remaining asymptomatic; the vaccinated making up the majority of all recent outbreaks specific to diseases against which we vaccinate; the unvaccinated being singled out and separated as though infectious despite being well; purposefully placing well children, who happen to be unvaccinated, with sick children, thus needlessly exposing them to illnesses; and the irony that the vaccinated, who are supposed to be superiorly protected (!), needing extra precautions taken to protect them (!).

Lo and behold, I was told that there was no doctor on the premises today, only nurse practitioners.  I was told that the doctor, Dr. Khaira, is only there on Tues. mornings and all day Wed.  I found that highly strange and unusual, so I asked, "Why is he only there at those times?"  She said, "Because he has 5 other offices."  !!!

I have a friend and colleague who is checking into that...meaning having a pediatric office being manned by NPs without an MD on site.  Stay tuned regarding any info forthcoming specific to that.

I will not be holding my breath for the doctor to return my phone call.

Needless to say, Laura did not get a call back. So, she got on the phone again:

I did not receive a return call yesterday from the doctor, so I called back late this morning (Wed. morning) and spoke with a different receptionist, Sonia this time.  Here is a recap of my call today:

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Mark Blaxill

Mark Blaxill on The Legal Edition: Autism and Environmental Toxins

Mark Blaxill appeared on The Legal Edition.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update:

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Aperture International. Aperture

Oct 13, 2015, Thom Hartmann: The Union of Concerned Scientists is very concerned about politics

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Teresa Conrick

First Peanut Allergies Cured and Now Milk Allergies - Bacteria Strain is Superman of the Gut

Peanut angryBy Teresa Conrivk

It was just in May that I reported on the very miraculous news that peanut allergies were being cured by the use of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus:  

A strain of probiotic bacteria could offer a cure for potentially fatal peanut allergies, according to scientists in Australia. The breakthrough followed a trial in which a group of children were given increasing amounts of peanut flour, along with a probiotic called Lactobacillus rhamnosus, over an 18-month period. About 80 per cent of the children who had peanut allergies were subsequently able to tolerate peanuts.

 I'm happy to report that new research is showing that the same bacteria strain has shown to be curing MILK allergies:

Probiotic formula reverses cow's milk allergies by changing gut bacteria of infants 

-  There has been an unprecedented increase in food allergies in developed countries, rising by as much as 20 percent in the past decade. Allergy to cow's milk is one of the most common, occurring in up to three percent of children worldwide.

-  Emerging evidence suggests that modern environmental influences, including widespread antibiotic use, high-fat and low-fiber diets, reduced exposure to infectious diseases [ do they mean due to use of vaccines?] , Caesarean birth and formula feeding have altered the mutually beneficial relationship between humans and the bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tract. 

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John Stone

British Government Denies Vaccine Damage Payment Against Own Rules

Broken-britain-finalBy John Stone

The British government has made a legal challenge to a boy awarded compensation for narcolepsy following vaccination against swine flu on the grounds that the condition is not serious enough, though the link between the vaccine Pandemrix manufactured by GSK and the condition is not disputed.  The award would have been the first vaccine damage payment in the United Kingdom since 2010,  even though (unlike the United States) awards are limited to a maximum of £120,000 ($190,000).  The grounds for appeal border appparently on the nonsensical but would also be against the government’s own long-standing guidelines.

According to the report in ‘World 24 Monitor’  the British government are attempting to argue to the Appeal Court that it should only have to compensate on the “immediate rather than future impact of the vaccine related injury”. This is despite the fact that it has repeatedly been stated that it is the purpose of the vaccine damage scheme “to ease the present and future burdens of those suffering from severe vaccine damage” (government statement 19 June 2007), “to ease the present and future burdens of the vaccine damaged person and their families" Department of Health “Green Book” 10 June 2014 (chapter 10, p.7 ), “to ease the present and future burdens of the person affected by the vaccinations, and their family” (National Health Service Pamphlet p. 30, September 2015)).

Lawyer Peter Todd of Hodge, Jones and Allen told ‘World 24 Monitor’:

It is causing tremendous delay in getting compensation to those in dire need of help and who are entirely innocent and blameless people…They were responsible enough to get vaccinated and unfortunately have suffered a severe brain injury due to a defect with the vaccine, which was not detected as it was not tested at all on children before it was given out.

The 2009 swine flu scare quickly descended into farce and fraud as the government hyped the dangers and spread of the disease while distributing dangerous and ill-tested medical products:

A Lethal Mix: Can We Trust Baxter GSK and WHO

Calling Big Pharma's Bluff: Swine Flu

Lack of Administrative Grip

Swine Flu Burial Plans

In one of the trials of Pandemrix there were seven deaths which were never explained.

Whether it is actually responsible to vaccinate your children when the government treats its citizens like this is an interesting question. The UK’s National Health Service issues tens of millions of vaccines a year: even on accepted rates of vaccine damage there would have to be hundreds of cases a year which are never compensated, and just fall into a bureaucratic hole. According to the report:

The boy, who remains anonymous, has become disruptive at school because he is so tired and finds it almost impossible to socialise. He needs to take several naps in the school day and cannot shower unattended or take a bus alone. He may never be able to drive as an adult.

However, the government may be even more worried in this instance that they indemnified the manufacturers against legal suit (as was secretly the case with GSK’s MMR vaccine Pluserix in 1988), as ‘World 24 Monitor’ reports:

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Letter to Editor in Capital Gazette About FluMist in Schools

Cap GazThank you to AofA reader and supporter Josh Mazer for sharing his letter.

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Over four weeks I received a letter, a robocall, and a text from the school board about the availability of free FluMist vaccine in my children's schools. I visited the public website of AstraZeneca to learn more.

Thirty-two percent of the kids taking it will get runny nose/congestion; 13 percent headache; 10 percent lethargy; 9 percent sore throat; 6 percent decreased appetite; 4 percent muscle aches; and 7 percent will spike a fever to 100 degrees or more. Four strains of live attenuated influenza viruses will be shed from nasal passages for up to 28 days. Two-point-four percent of unvaccinated kids will contract FluMist strain influenza virus from the shedding.

On Sept. 22, the county school health and support clinical services director informed me that the AstraZeneca website is wrong. She refused to provide any written data about FluMist, instead referring me to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. There is nothing on the CDC website contradicting the information supplied by the manufacturer.

Anne Arundel County school policy explicitly states kids who have a fever of 100 degrees or more have to stay home.

The school board is engaged in a contradictory policy mandate. The CDC and FDA both verify the non-serious side effects of FluMist. The introduction of FluMist into county schools makes some kids get flu like symptoms, or flu, and then have to stay home. Further, no in school provision exists for parents who do not want their children exposed to the viral shedding.

The board defers to CDC recommendations on vaccine policy. Both share a complete lack of accountability if your child gets sick, misses school, or suffers a more serious adverse reaction. One wonders if there is a financial incentive in the form of state and federal grants tied to FluMist. What other explanation is there for this backward and contradictory policy?

JOSH MAZER

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Response to Harriet Washington

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Aperture International. Aperture

My response to Harriet Washington's comment on my story, Samsarah Morgan on CA Vaccine Mandates & African American Children:

Ms. Washington wrote:

"No one contacted me before offering my name and work to imply, erroneously, that I am opposed to vaccination. I am opposed to all unethical and abusive uses of medical science such as the imposition of a discredited, FDA-unapproved vaccine without informed consent that I detailed in Medical Apartheid. I am also opposed to the use of vaccination issues to demonize and punish parents.

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Adriana Gamondes

Andrew Solomon Scrubs Pharma from Autism Mass Murder Connection

Gun pillsBy Adriana Gamondes

Another Andrew Solomon fail. For his recent New York Times op-ed on autism and mass murder, it appears as if he scoured AofA's and other coverage of autism/mass murder spin and then surgically excised any mention of prescription drugs. It's no surprise. Solomon famously takes psychiatric drugs himself, and is the son of Howard Solomon, CEO of Forest Labs for the past 35 years.  He's a shill, though with a genuine blind spot and the NY Times is using him to defend drug sales.

"The Myth of the Autistic Shooter"

Despite what is probably Solomon's sincere intent to deflect the mass murder/autism association, his theories do nothing to protect people with autism or any other mental disorder to set off an alternative witch hunt for the "psychopathic gene.” It simply opens the door for a gold rush of diagnostic theories that psychopathology “often coexists” with autism and we’re back at square one—with a bulls eye across the backs of entire diagnostic categories. As Solomon himself admits, there’s no biomarker for psychopathology. It’s diagnosed through subjective observation, so therefore can be pinned on anyone handy. And who could be more handy than the population of individuals with autism whose inconveniently rising ranks stand as evidence against the safety of another profitable pharmaceutical product line? 

And worse, considering CDC whistleblower disclosures that African American boys exposed to certain vaccines suffer a 340% increased risk of autism that likely explains the current massive increase in diagnosis within minority populations,   and considering the Minority Report-style hunt for criminal genes has historically centered on race, Solomon's resurrection of the crime gene hypothesis is an ill wind that blows no good. It was the theme of Peter Breggin’s chilling history of racist psychiatric abuse, The War Against Children of Color.  Reference to the modern crime gene program was the final warning in Cologne geneticist Benno Müller-Hill’s seminal study of the Nazi T-4  killing program, Murderous Science: The Elimination by Scientific Selection of Jews, Gypsies, and the Mentally Disabled in Germany, 1033-1945. And according to political philsopher Hannah Arendt, the idea of a biomarker for criminality – the “objective (scientifically proven) enemy”—is the core of every totalitarian cult of the 20th century.

More than a century of hunting for this crime gene has turned up nothing because it doesn't exist, though the concept that it does has unleashed horrors and repression.

19% of Kids Signed Up for an After School Sports Program Had Food Allergy

Peanut angryI recently saw a class list for an after school sports program at an elementary school in my town. 27 boys and girls signed up.  The excel spreadsheet had a field for "allergies," and five children had food allergies listed next to their names.

5.

FIVE.

18.5%.

The greatest generation ever are the grandparents and great-grandparents of the sickest generation ever.  

These kids probably never have had the measles, or the mumps, or the chicken pox, formerly routine childhood illnesses.  Or a Fluffernutter.....

Yeah, I know - correlation yadda yadda yadda.  The kids are not all right.


Interview with Harry Tembenis About Vaccines, His Son's Injury and Death

Thank you to Harry (and Gina) Tembenis for speaking out on behalf of vaccine injured children and their families.

From Soapbox TV

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Autism and Dating

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Aperture International.
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Oct 12, 2015, Los Angeles Times: Young adults with autism work on building social skills — and dating

By Amina Khan

. . . Albert is no creep, and this is no ordinary class. The nine students around the table have a variety of developmental or mental disorders; the majority of them have autism. They've enrolled in a 16-week program to help them navigate the treacherous waters of social interaction, and on this Monday night, week 11 of the session, they're diving into the perils of dating. . . .

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Anne Dachel

Samsarah Morgan on CA Vaccine Mandates & African American Children

Samsarah MorganBy Anne Dachel

Sept 14, 2015, I wrote the piece, Five African American Women in the Vaccine Whistleblower Story

Four of the five women were decidedly pro-vaccine and seemingly oblivious to what autism is doing to black children in America.  These are women who should be the most concerned about what Dr. William Thompson said about the 2004 MMR study results. 

Dr. Adiaha Spinks Franklin, developmental behavioral pediatrician, whose 2014 research showed that regressive autism is twice as common in African American children and reports of regression were 50 percent higher for Hispanic children than for whites.

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, MD, medical epidemiologist and Chief of the Developmental Disabilities Branch at the CDC, was a co-author of the 2004 study that found a higher risk for regressive autism in black males who received the MMR before 36 months of age.

Florida Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson proposed a federal bill to allow only a medical vaccine exemption in America. 

U.S. Rep Brenda Lawrence (MI) refused to respond to her constituent, David Brownstein, MD, and his concerns about hearings on the CDC whistleblower.

I contrasted Franklin, Yeargin-Allsopp, Wilson and Lawrence with Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid, who wrote about the measles vaccine trials on black and Hispanic children in Los Angeles between 1987 and 1991.  These kids received as much as 500 times the approved dosage and some of them died.

Clearly this is a racial issue.  We have the evidence that a child's race predetermines a susceptibility to vaccine injury and risk for autism.  We need to involve members of the African American and Hispanic communities.  Health officials are well aware that minority children are especially at risk to develop autism at a higher rate than white children and they're doing nothing to find out why.  The CDC's own study should have shot off flairs all over the place, yet the findings were hidden.  Findings on higher autism rate among black and Hispanic children is now accepted by experts, yet they seem more than willing to leave it as just more of the mystery of autism.

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Current Affairs

CA Wants to Add Mercury Back to Children's Vaccines (Pregnant Women Too)

Poison
The pharma assault on healthcare rights and pediatric and maternal safety rages on, unhindered. URGENT!!

A request has been placed with the Secretary of HHS in CA and Governor Brown give them an exemption to California AB 2943 passed in 2004 limiting Mercury in Vaccines:

They want permission to administer mercury containing flu vaccines to children and pregnant women:

CALL FAX EMAIL NOW! Demand your Asm and Senator put a stop to this immediately!

Diana Dooley, Secretary
CA Health and Human Services Agency

1600 9th St # 460
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.654.3454
Email: ddooley@chhs.ca.gov
Ms. Dooley’s assistant:
Maria Campos-Vergara mcamposv@chhs.ca.gov
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
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Vaccine Safety

Canadian Doctor Calls for HPV Vaccine Moratorium

SPEAK TRUTH
A Montreal social scientist and the federal agency that awarded her almost $300,000 to study the HPV vaccine are facing criticism after the professor condemned the vaccine and called for a moratorium on its use.

THIS is the danger we face when healthcare is no longer for profit. Doctors speak out....

“I’m sort of raising a red flag, out of respect for what I’ve found in my own study, and for the despair of parents who had totally perfect 12-year-olds who are now in their beds, too tired to go to school,” she said. “Yes, we’re going against the grain, and we are going against those who are believed, i.e. doctors and nurses and people in public health.”

Cathy Jameson

When Autism Doesn’t Speak

Wrong numberBy Cathy Jameson

On a rather busy morning last week, the phone rang.  As I reached for it, I cleared my throat and said, “Hello?”

“Good morning.  May I please speak to Ronan Jameson?”

I hesitated and was able only able to utter, “Uh…”

I immediately felt uneasy and somewhat annoyed.  Most everyone who calls the house knows that Ronan cannot speak.  Who was this person was and why did she need to talk to my non-verbal son? 

I politely asked, “Who’s calling, please?” 

“This is Cindy.  I’m calling from the diaper service company.”

“Oh.” I said.  Deciding whether to put Ronan on the phone or not, I glanced to where he was.  Sitting on the couch with iPad in hand, his favorite movie playing on the DVD player, and breakfast just served on the table behind him—a gluten-free feast fit for a king—I decided not to put Ronan on the phone.  Had it been a telemarketer, I may have said, “Sure.  And good luck!” before passing the phone to the boy who lost his speech several years ago.   

Turning away from Ronan, I told Cindy, “Well, Ronan can’t talk.  I’m his Mom…what is it you need?”

Cindy stammered.  My response must have caught her off guard.  She said, “Well, let me leave a note in the file that we should talk to you instead.” 

I could hear her typing as she tried to regain her thoughts.  She was calling about the next shipment date but had gotten so flustered.  I took the call and her oversight it in stride but wondered if Cindy could tell that I was faking a smile while waiting for her to proceed with the call. 

Other representatives have always asked for me directly, but I did not protest her adding that Ronan can’t talk to his file.  Lack of typical speech is something worth noting.  It may have been news to Cindy, but it’s something we have been addressing for quite some time.  Sign language, flash cards, labeling everything in the house, narrating every action, emotion, and item Ronan sees, smells or touches, we flooded Ronan with words as soon as he went silent.  Despite our efforts, though, Ronan hasn’t regained speech. 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: The Japan Protocol

 

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted DO Japan

Greetings from Kyoto, fellow AOAers. I was last here 22 years ago. The spiritual appeal of the ancient capital is unchanged – there’s a temple on every corner, it seems, such as the one where I snapped this selfie. 

But secular times do change – on this visit I’m equipped with a cellphone, a laptop, and WiFi. There's a Starbucks on every corner, too, from which to extract the venti hazelnut Pike that fuels this enterprise. (The sacred and profane are not far apart: My Starbucks, in fact, has a huge wall of glass looking out at the temple pictured.) Speaking of which, the Japan Times had a cartoon showing massive snarling deities on display in a museum, with one visitor saying to the other, “Apparently the Kamakura period didn’t have decaf.”

I found an article in the same newspaper headlined, “Providing patients the latest immunizations.” It begins, “Conveniently located in Harajuku Tokyo in a stylish modern building, The King Clinic has long been treating patients in need of general care and immunizations.”

Dr. Leo A. T. King, the director, inherited the clinic from his father, and it’s been operating for 65 years. “Although King’s father used to administer vaccinations, the younger King was the one who dramatically increased the number of vaccinations. ‘As a U.N. examining physician, I needed to import newly developed vaccines in the West, as they were not available in Japan,’ he said.”

But it turns out you can dramatically increase the number of vaccinations available in Japan and still come nowhere near the Western onslaught.

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Dachel Media Update: Love The Person Not The Diagnosis

Online news By Anne Dachel

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Oct 7, 2015, Huffington: I Love My Son, Not His Autism | David Royko

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Current Affairs

The Sad History of Medical Companies

Dr.-WelbyBy Dr. William H. Gaunt

Many years ago there were small medical companies with altruistic motives. They sincerely wanted to produce products that would help people with health problems. Over time these companies have morphed into giant corporations and their motivation has changed to a single-minded obsession with profits.

They found that they could sell more drugs if they had substantial input into the education of doctors and now they do. Doctors learn to prescribe drugs for every imaginable condition and this has become the standard of care that we know today. The doctor's education is further refined by continuing education provided by drug companies and frequent visits by drug reps.

These very profitable corporations also learned that they could increase sales and profits even more by advertising directly to the public through all forms of media. The U.S. and New Zealand are the only countries that allows this. It is difficult to over-estimate the vulnerability of most people to this type of advertising. Doctors now frequently encounter patients who ask to be prescribed a drug they saw advertised on TV.

More than half the advertising on mainstream media these days is by pharmaceutical companies. Media companies are reluctant to run news stories unfavorable to their largest advertisers for fear of offending the golden goose that funds their operations and salaries. This is called self-censorship. The result is that many legitimate stories unfavorable to drug companies almost never appear in mainstream media. Conversely, stories favorable to drug companies are lavishly reported.

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ABC News' John Donvan's Vanilla View of Autism

John DonvanBy Anne Dachel

Autism is clearly changing the face of childhood around the world, yet not one government leader is alarmed and demanding that this crisis be addressed.  It's hard to understand how the media can present this unexplained phenomenon as just something we're going to have to learn to live with, but incredibly they do, day after day.

In this story from Oct 6, ABC News presented a human interest story contrasting two young men with autism and what happened to them from early childhood on.  ABC Nightline has followed both of them for over a dozen years. 

ABC reporter John Donvan gave viewers no explanation of the cause of autism nor did he make any mention of the rate.  Back in 2003 when he first got to know these two individuals, the autism rate was one in every 250 children, today it's one in every 68.  The nonstop increases in a neurological disorder predominantly affecting children has been explained as "better diagnosing" by ABC News whenever rate increases were announced. 

ABC News attributed the recovery of one of these young men to ABA therapy.  Sadly for the other, all the intensive behavioral therapies didn't help.  Donvan explained that while Jake Exkorn is headed to college, Andrew Parles is so severely affected, he is living in a group home in southern New Jersey where caregivers help the 45 residents "cope with the details of daily living they cannot handle themselves--all the basic stuff from eating breakfast to wiping clean their own bottoms."

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: When Irish Eyes are Cryin'

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Oct 6, 2015, UTV (Northern Ireland): 900 children left waiting for autism assessment

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Adriana Gamondes

Modern Mass Murder and Autism: Sometimes it’s Just the Drugs

PERFECT STORM DRUG INDUCED VIOLENCE 2 Adriana Gamondes

By Adriana Gamondes

On August 18th, 2015, Chris Harper Mercer, the gunman responsible for the murders of 9 people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on October 1st, wrote on his Facebook page:

I have a pill bottle with like five types of pills mixed in. I don't know which ones are the sleep aids so I just took four of each.

The following is a screenshot of this Facebook post taken within minutes of Mercer’s name being released to the media by a PhD in psychology and activist (who prefers to remain anonymous) just moments before the page was taken offline. It was then disseminated by Nancy Rubenstein Delgiudice, a contributor to journalist Robert Whitaker’s blog, Mad in America, and director of public education and volunteer coordinator for the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights.org).

AG Chris Harper Mercer

The chain of possession of the screenshot is probably important to mention since Oregon authorities as well as the FBI are actively researching Mercer’s background for clues about what may have led to his crime. The screenshot was not hacked and no one from Age of Autism actually knew him. Mercer’s page apparently had minimal privacy settings before it was taken down and was accessible to the public.

Providing information about what medications Mercer may have taken is not intended as a plea for sympathy for perpetrators of mass violence. Though children, those detained in psychiatric facilities and the severely disabled may not have a choice or can’t legally consent to treatment, most adults can choose treatment methods—and with choice comes responsibility, particularly in the web age.

Mercer and his mother Laurel Harper Mercer spent a great deal of time online according to reports. Much has been written about Laurel Mercer’s admissions that both she and her son had Asperger’s and their views on guns (she and her son were apparently avid collectors and gun rights proponents), but very little has been written about her views on mainstream medicine. Laurel Mercer, an RN, reportedly spent hours a day answering questions on Yahoo Answers under the tag Tweetybird. Her views on a range of issues— from antidepressant use to the connection between vaccines and autism—are still online (herehere and here).

AG Yahoo Vax Autism

 

AG Antidepressants

 

The New York Times reports that Laurel Mercer sometimes had difficulties getting her son to take his meds.

Alexis Jefferson, who worked with Ms. Harper at a Southern California subacute care center around 2010, said the gunman’s mother sometimes confided the difficulties she had in raising her son, including that she had placed Mr. Harper-Mercer in a psychiatric hospital when he did not take his medication.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Oregon Tragedy Places Asperger's in Spotlight

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Oct 6, 2015, CNN: Oregon shooter's mom wrote about loaded guns, Asperger's

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Teresa Conrick

Research Shows the Microbiome Controls the Microglia: Implications for Autism?

Meg regressing2By Teresa Conrick Meg regressing3

Ongoing research is showing that the microbiome is heavily involved in Autism, a subject that very much interests me as my daughter, Megan, like many others, had severe GI issues, chronic infections, and marked regression before being diagnosed AUTISTIC.  Her regression occurred after vaccinations. Along the years, seizures developed and then an autoimmune diagnosis.  Here is how the microbiome seems to be involved:

Scientists have long wondered whether the composition of bacteria in the intestines, known as the gut microbiome, might be abnormal in people with autism and drive some of these symptoms. Now a spate of new studies supports this notion and suggests that restoring proper microbial balance could alleviate some of the disorder's behavioral symptoms….. Researchers do not yet know how exactly gut bacteria might influence behavior, but one hypothesis is that a leaky gut may allow substances to pass into the bloodstream that harm the brain.

And here are some research quotes on specific abnormalities of the microbiome and Autism:

•   Children with autism appear to have distinctly different levels of intestinal flora, which may increase their vulnerability to pathogenic bacteria and perhaps play a role in autism pathogenesis, new research suggests… "Most notably, we also discovered that the genera Prevotella, Coprococcus, and unclassified Veillonellaceae were significantly reduced in autistic children”  

•   Fecal flora of children with regressive autism was compared with that of control children, and clostridial counts were higher. The number of clostridial species found in the stools of children with autism was greater than in the stools of control children. Children with autism had 9 species of Clostridium not found in controls,  

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Safeminds: Why Aren’t I Surprised that the Media Got it Wrong AGAIN?

WrongwayFrom our friends at Safeminds:

Wednesday afternoon we got a voicemail from a reporter at Newsweek asking SafeMinds how much money we spent on a primate vaccine safety study that was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. We weren’t sure why Newsweek wanted this dollar figure, and what relevance it had in the endless mudslinging in the vaccine-autism debates.

We sent the reporter this following statement:

“The epidemic of autism is expected to cost the country $1 trillion by 2025 if prevalence trends continue. In a recent study, over 40 percent of parents agree or strongly agree that vaccines played a part in the development of their children’s autism. The vaccine primate study in question consisted of multiple phases. The initial phase found a series of negative effects in infant reflexes and brain growth among those exposed to vaccines. The second, recent phase purported to find no effect. SafeMinds has concerns about changes in the study design protocol and analysis that may have led to these contradictory results. We are in the process of collecting and reviewing additional information regarding this study.”

The reporter, Jessica Firger, told us she was delaying her article until she could speak with us directly about the statement. We thought this was a good sign, so Thursday afternoon my colleague and SafeMinds Board President, Sallie Bernard, and I spoke with Firger for about 20 minutes by phone.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Autism and Adult Employment

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Oct 5, 2015, WTOP Washington, DC: Plans brewing for D.C. coffee shop that trains students with autism

Oct 4, 2015, Yahoo Parenting: The Problematic Obsession With ‘Curing’ Autism

Oct 4, 2015, New Orleans Advocate: Baton Rouge Autism Speaker seminars to give tips for law officers, caregivers

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Kim Stagliano

Dear Americans Thinking Autism Equates to Shooters, There's This Word: CO-MORBID

SeparateBy Kim Stagliano

I live 15 miles from Sandy Hook, CT, where Adam Lanza brutally murdered his mother, 26 elementary school students and their teachers and staff members just under two years ago.  Speculation in the media was that Adam had autism or Asperger's Syndrome. My heart sunk. The thought process - "autism = violent behavior" bothered me very much.

Chris Harper-Mercer, the man who murdered so many people in Oregon is also falling under the autism umbrella in the media - because he attended a school that accepts students with emotional disturbance COMMA and Autism and Asperger's. Remember the book, Eat Shoots and Leaves?  Could be about violence, or, with the simple addition of a comma, a book about koala bears.  Even if he had a formal Asperger's diagnosis, his violent behavior would seem to signify co-morbid mental illness and/or brain injury.  

I have so many friends whose sons are on the spectrum - they have enough issues with socialization, FB autistic shooters page peer interactions and finding their way in the world without people turning a jaundiced eye toward them simply because of their diagnosis.

Yesterday, there was a horrible FB page that equated autism and shooters. The sting remains. Many of us have reported this hate age.

At the same time, if you know me, you know I also rail against the "normalization" of autism as just another way of thinking, or a brain difference. I think this denies the real struggles of autism and Asperger's. I think it alters the  response to needs for funding and support and medical care and treatment and prevention and housing and employment and schooling and the list goes on for a mile.

After Lanza, I spoke on CBS Radio.

“I don’t want people to hear Asperger’s and think mass murderer,” she said. “If anything, people with Asperger’s tend to adhere to rules, adhere to laws. They prefer order so this anarchy that Adam Lanza created is anathema to what typically would be an Asperger’s diagnosis.”

She said she would be interested to see what medications Lanza may have been taking so medical professionals could try to determine if they played any role in triggering the rampage.

“We really do need to look at the medications. Pharmaceuticals tend to be left out of the equation and I think they may be a very big part of it,” she added.

Adam Lanza's father described his son as having Asperger's Syndrome.  Our Editor Dan Olmsted countered Lanza's comments with the following, to show the interchangeability of terms. The diagnostic alphabet soup that is like pea soup, not a clear consomme.  Dan wrote:

Well, if he didn’t speak until he was three, he didn’t have Asperger’s. Straight from my hefty copy of DSM-IV, retrieved from the box in the garage: “In contrast to Autistic Disorder, there are no clinically significant delays in language (e.g., single words are used by age 2 years, communicative phrases are used by age 3 years).”

Now you tell me, but assuming his own father has his personal history right, Adam as an infant did have clinically significant delays in language. So if he had an ASD, it had to be autistic disorder or PDD-NOS.

You can read Dan's post here.

Back in 2007, I wrote a similar post on Huffington Post, after the shooting at Virginia Tech.

Autism is the new term for psychotic behavior? I THINK NOT.

There are posts buzzing about the autism lists that the media is saying the murderer at Virginia Tech was autistic. Perhaps a relative in S. Korea uttered the word and it got into a press report? Not one individual who has worked with or taught the man has mentioned autism as far as I know. That doesn't mean the rumors aren't already flying.

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Cathy Jameson

October is National Vaccine Injury Month: Five Things You Can Do

5 numberBy Cathy Jameson

Vaccine injury happens.  It does not discriminate.  It can affect the young, the old, and the healthy.  Sadly, it isn’t as rare as we’re lead to believe.  If you haven’t had the misfortune of being injured by a vaccine, count yourself blessed.  My son wasn’t so fortunate.

When I learned that my son was injured by his vaccine, I found very limited information on what to do next.  In my quest to learn more, I discovered some important things.  I’d like to share some of those ideas with you today.

1 – If you’re considering opting for vaccines, read about them.  Become as fully informed about them as you can.  If it’s for you, look at the adult vaccine schedule.  If it’s for your child, you’ll want to check out the childhood schedule.  Both can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.  Take time to know the dosage(s) recommended, the timing of the dosage(s), the ingredients of each vaccine, the side effects of each vaccine, and the injuries that the government recognizes. 

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Sharyl Attkisson's Full Measure Debuts 10/4

Full Measure

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Sept 28, 2015, Sharyl Attkisson was interviewed about her new Sunday morning talk show, Full Measure, on 970 WFLA in Tampa.  

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Things Go Better With Massive Conflicts of Interest

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Most media outlets continually overlook the huge conflicts of interest that help perpetuate the autism epidemic – the studies done by pharma-funded interests, the CDC recommending and tracking the safety of vaccines for children and determining the “autism rate,” the collective obeisance of the media itself to those who buy ad time and space.

When conflicts this large occur in other areas of governance and public health, they get pointed out, making the blind spot when it comes to vaccine safety and scrutiny even more glaring.

For instance, this front-page Washington Post story: "John Roth is the top watchdog at the Department of Homeland Security, a position shielded by law from outside pressure so he can conduct independent inquiries of the government’s sensitive internal workings.

“But during a nearly completed investigation of the Secret Service, Roth’s office has taken the unorthodox step of allowing officials from the service to work alongside his agents as they tried to determine how unflattering information about a congressman was disclosed from the agency’s files, according to half a dozen people familiar with the inquiry.” (The congressman is Jason Chaffetz of the House Government Reform Committee who -- not terribly shockingly -- once applied to be a Secret Service agent!)

So, someone who works at a federal agency is allowed to investigate something that could cast it in an unfavorable light? Reminds me of the CDC’s response to the William Thompson disclosures that the agency hid the truth that the MMR causes autism when given earlier than three years of age:

“CDC shares with parents and others great concern about the number of children with autism spectrum disorder.

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JB Handley

JB Handley: An Angry Father’s Guide to Vaccine-Autism Science (understanding “distracting research”)

Scary-truth_495x150Thanks to JB Handley for this important article - please share.  You can read the entire article at Medium.com  An Angry Father’s Guide to Vaccine-Autism Science (understanding “distracting research”)

PORTLAND, Oregon — We autism parents are being browbeaten by a mantra from the mainstream media and health authorities spoken so loudly and repeated so often that it seems it simply must be true, namely:

    “It’s been asked and answered, vaccines do not cause autism.”

The science has been done. Deal with it. Case closed.

How do you fight against something repeated by so many seemingly respectable and informed people? Ben Carson just said it yesterday:

    Because we live in a society where almost everybody gets vaccines, they make that false correlation. There’ve been multitudinous scientific studies that have demonstrated that there’s no correlation. It’s sort of like if all of a sudden everybody had to eat carrots, and we say that every week you have to eat a dozen carrots, and then somebody would be saying, ‘You know, that’s what’s causing the autism.’ They’re all eating the carrots, and this certain percentage has autism.

(And, yes, he just compared getting vaccinated to eating a carrot.)
He’d probably prefer the carrot.

If a doctor running for President is saying it, it must be true! Right?

Well, no, wrong actually. If any interested party would devote 30 minutes of their life to looking at the actual details of the “multitudinous” science done to date, they’d understand the truth, too.

If I told you that none of the studies used to “prove” vaccines don’t cause autism come remotely close to asking the right questions about cause and effect or even consider the proper control groups to get to an answer, would you believe me?

If I told you that every time someone like Richard Pan of California or Ben Carson or Bob Wright of Autism Speaks references the “science”, they are just promulgating a lie, would you be skeptical enough of their collective motivations to consider that I might have a fair point?
Backstory: manufacturing doubt

Modern history is replete with examples of the true causation of man-made calamities being obscured and contested for decades by experts producing “science” to support their predetermined conclusions. This “manufacturing of doubt” — an explicit and well-understood process — is not only delaying justice for millions of children around the world, but it’s also falsely reassuring parents right now that vaccines are playing no role whatsoever in permanently damaging the neurology of America’s kids.

Tobacco and lung cancer, coal smoke and acid rain, CFCs and the ozone layer, and global warming are all recent examples of the very same phenomenon: relatively obvious scientific truths (today) had to endure decades of contention from “scientists” publishing “science” that was, at the very least, artfully contrived, and, at worse, downright fraudulent. (You could argue that the “WMD” fiasco justifying the invasion of Iraq was an offshoot of this same phenomenon.)

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Current Affairs

Parental Rights and Responsibilities Act Initiative Filed in California

Parental RightsBy Dan Anderson

Lauren Stephens a member of the Parental Rights Initiative has filed a proposed initiative titled, "PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES ACT" on September 24, 2015. The purpose behind this act is to stop Government Outreach in California. The purpose states on the act says, “ To constitutionally restore full parental rights, responsibilities and  control over their own child(ren)

To constitutionally restrict government control and influence over parent(s) and their child(ren)“.

The Proposition reads,

“Article 1 of the California Constitution is hereby amended by adding
Section 32 as follows: Sec. 32. (a.) Parents have the fundamental and
natural right to make decisions related to the upbringing of their
children. These rights shall include, but are not limited to: (1) (a)
The fundamental and natural right of the parent(s) to make informed
medical decisions for their minor child(ren). (b) Medical decision
includes, but is not limited to; treatments, prescription medication,
. vaccinations, surgical procedures (elective or non-elective), mental
health treatments, and other plans or procedures related to the health
and well-being of their children. (2) (a) The fundamental and natural
right of the parent(s) to make informed educational decisions for
their minor child{ren). (b) Educational decision includes, but is not
limited to; the right to choose between public education, private
education, parochial education or home education. (b.) These rights
shall not be infringed.“

On the SB 277 Recall Facebook account, Lauren posted:

#‎SB277‬ - Major Parental Rights News! Please scroll down and read
it all.  I have added some page admins who are from the
Recall Pan committee because our fight for freedom is NOT over with
and will never be over with!! They need your help and they have only a
short time to complete their mission! We must do everything possible
to stop this out of control government, this includes the recalls, the
referendum and we have just filed a Parental Rights Constitutional
Amendment Initiative which you can read here.

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Radio Interview with Laura Hayes RE SB277 and Vaccine Mandates



We also have a TV interview with Laura Hayes on the same program. Click here to watch - and learn. Thanks to Laura for her advocacy.

Kim Stagliano

Flu Shot As Craig's List Ad

Heart-syringeIt's here! Time to save 20% on your CVS (we don't sell cigarettes any longer, they're dangerous!) purchase. All you have to do is submit to a liability free, mercury filled, if it were a car with this fail rate it would be a lemon flu shot!   We ran this post last Fall. But flu shot season, like Groundhog day, happens every year.

LET ME BE YOUR ARM CANDY


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By Kim Stagliano, December 2014

New outlets reported last week that the flu shot is a poor match for the current viruses.   Fox News pointed out the some experts are questioning the CDC's forecasting:

CDC sent an advisory to doctors noting that one component of this year's flu vaccine was only partially protective against the predominant flu virus, known as influenza A (H3N2), which has mutated since the current flu shots were made....

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Asks Doctors: Thoughts on the CDC Whistleblower

Dr. James Lyons-Weiler

“Hi, I'm Dr. James Lyons-Weiler.  I'd like to speak with you today about vaccine safety research.  Recent allegations by Dr. William Thompson that CDC scientists pressured him to change the results of a study showing an association between a vaccine and risk of autism are deeply disturbing. 

“Rep. Posey entered all of the evidence provided to him by Dr. Thompson into the Congressional Record.  The next logical step are congressional hearings.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Presidential Candidates on Vaccine 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.

Sept 24, 2015, Yahoo Finance: Presidential Candidates on Vaccines: Too many, too soon.

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Teresa Conrick

How Do "Rare" Mutations Cause an Epidemic? Autism and Genes. Again.

Fridge_whitedoorBy Teresa Conrick

Since the end of the “Refrigerator Mother” nightmare, the fanciful search for THE Autism Gene has been ridiculous and expensive. It has never been found since its very profitable start in the 1970’s, yet here we are in 2015 and STILL we are bombarded with headlines and deceptive phrases to keep the money flowing to this cash cow. Studies like this recent one attempt to paint a false picture of Autism:

Genetic analysis: Rare mutations cause half of all autism cases, Sept. 22, 2015  

…Researchers analyzed data on ASD patients and their families collected as part of the Simons Simplex Collection, finding there are about 200 "candidate" autism genes that may be vulnerable to the mutations…Genes considered vulnerable harbor what the researchers refer to as likely gene-disruption, or LGD. LGD spontaneous mutations occur between generations, and researchers said they were often carried by the mother and passed down…Such mutations are often not passed on, as most people with severe ASD do not reproduce…

How absurd and speculative -- HALF of all AUTISM cases? LGD sounds like a lot of BS and another blame the MOTHER?  If anything, this type of research has detoured from the true factors of Autism. Let’s take a peek at some past gene research on Autism. There are some tiny glimmers of reality yet the amount of time studying genes solely and the money invested has done NOTHING to prevent Autism, or to treat so many who suffer from severe gastrointestinal issues, seizures, mitochondrial dysfunction, encephalopathy, allergies, and immune system abnormalities.          

                                        AUTISM GENE RESEARCH THEN AND NOW

 A Twin Study of Individuals with Infantile Autism,   Autism – 1978   

…it is decidedly unusual for a family to contain more than one autistic child…Second, autism is a very uncommon disorder occurring in only about two to four children out of every 10,000…  

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 18, No1, 1988  

Age of onset does not, however, help us predict the nature of etiology.  Infections can have either immediate effects (as in congenital rubella) or delayed effects (as in postencephalatic

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To Steve Silberman: "Please Stop Whitewashing Autism" in Psychology Today

Remain_calm_mediumNote: We excerpted this piece by Amy Lutz from Psychology today.   The push to normalize the serious diagnosis of autism could mean less funding, fewer programs and opportunities for our loved ones on the spectrum.  It certainly disrespects the plight of many of our families.

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Few things are more surreal to the parent of a severely autistic child than the neurodiversity rhetoric that recently culminated in Steve Silberman’s book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. To call the disorder that has left our children with profound impairments in cognition, communication and behavior a “strange gift,” as Silberman does, is truly mind-boggling.

No one is contesting the achievements of the “scruffy geniuses” Silberman profiles in his book, or denying that they should be celebrated. The question is whether a comprehensive, 480-page account of “The Legacy of Autism” should have devoted more space to those with low-functioning autism than the nine pages listed under this topic in the index.

Here’s what we know about the autistic population in the United States: According to the CDC, 40% are also intellectually disabled. Autism Speaks reports that 30% are nonverbal, and a 2013 study published in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders found that over half of autistic children suffer from aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior. So this is not a small fraction, although readers might be forgiven for assuming as much after finishing NeuroTribes. As Jennifer Senior noted in her review for The New York Times, “We don’t see autism in some of its more devastating forms.”

But it’s exactly those forms that need to be confronted before concluding “that much of the suffering associated with autism is the result of the ways that autistic people and their families are habitually denied the services they need,” as Silberman does, rather than the result of brutal neurological symptoms that often necessitate a lifetime of care.  Read the full article at Psychology Today.