The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 7 Autism Adulthood

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

Autism AdulthoodDay 7: Autism Adulthood: Insights and Creative Strategies for a Fulfilling Life―Second Edition by Susan Senator

One of the biggest fears of parents with children with autism is their looming adulthood and all that it entails. In this Second Edition of her lauded book Autism Adulthood, Susan Senator further tackles the challenges of adult life on the autism spectrum on the more severe end of the spectrum – those who cannot communicate for themselves, honestly discussing the complex decisions that await all parents and caregivers. To help parents find the guidance they need to provide fruitful lives for their autistic loved ones’ and the support they themselves need, Senator shares her own family’s personal story about her son, Nat, and his struggles and triumphs as an adult with severe autism.

Autism Adulthood
features interviews with parents, caregivers, researchers, and professionals. Each vignette reveals firsthand a family’s needs and goals―the circumstances, thought processes, and unique solutions. Sharing the wisdom that emerges from parents’ and self-advocates’ experiences, Senator adds her own observations and conclusions based on her long-term familiarity and understanding of autism. Told in Senator’s trademark warm, approachable style, Autism Adulthood, Second Edition paints a vivid and thought-provoking picture of many people grappling with grown-up, real-life autism. Senator’s is the only book of its kind, as real families share their stories and their creative solutions.

Environmental Causes of AutismDay 6: The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism By James Lyons-Weiler

The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism delves deep into the full body of past and current research to reveal how genetic predispositions and environmental factors can combine to produce the conditions autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

To make this groundbreaking volume, Dr. James Lyons-Weiler combed through the past fifty years of published research on autism, exploring subjects such as genetic variation, mechanisms of neurotoxicity of metals and pesticides, and the central and combined roles of each in causing autism.

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Age of Autism Matching Gift Event Success!

Thank you typeDear Friends: Thanks to everyone who donated in our November Matching Gift program. You generously gave $4510 which our donor is matching.  Frankly I'd like to sing his/her name to the world. But the gift is anonymous.

In our little corner of the world, that's a lot of thanks!

When Dan died, I had just taken over the day to day business management of the non-profit called Autism Age. I am Executive Director of this Connecticut based non-profit. I worried about whether or not we could continue as the nations first daily web newspaper of the autism epidemic. Dan's presence was a comfort to me. A rudder that kept us going full steam ahead. He was a friend. A mentor. Our leader. I miss him every single time I hit, "publish."  John Stone has been a steady source of support and guidance in our new iteration. Mark Blaxill and Jen Larson and our sponsors at Generation Rescue and Safeminds are our backbone. I so value their commitment and work. Brooke Potthast, board member and dear friend to Dan in DC has been an angel of support as we've navigated the changes - including that dreadful day our domain went "poof!" for a short time! There were so many loose threads to pull together so fast after Dan's death. I'm sharing this "inside baseball" with you not to generate sympathy, we each have our own share of day to day problems!  I want you to know that we are as committed as ever (and many think we should all be committed) to bringing you a community of information, news and support as our kids grow up. I think our work is more important than ever. We need to tell the old stories of vaccine injury and severe autism. We need to support families whose young children are just starting their journey.

If you can make a small donation, we'll welcome your effort. "Many a little makes a mickle."  Don't forget to send me your company's matching gift forms too.

Simply click AgeofAutism.com/donate.html to pay online. Or, if you prefer, you can mail a check made out to “Autism Age” to:

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Thank you. Happy Holidays.

Kim

 


Autism Rocks the Casbah: Tehran Building Schools

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From Tehran Times:

“Shortage of funds and facilities is impeding establishment of autism schools unless we have enough students nationwide, but it is our policy to set up schools for autistic children in Tehran,” ILNA quoted the organization’s director Majid Qadami as saying on Saturday.

Qadami made the remarks over the 3rd International Autism Conference.

The organization is dealing with different groups of students [suffering different kinds of disabilities] and that the organization is firstly tasked with identifying and then providing services to these students, he added.

The Special Education Organization has 23,000 personnel providing services to some 137,000 children of whom 2,000 are suffering from autism disorder.

“Every year we examine some 1.4 million children to identify those with specials needs,” he noted.

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John Stone Presents Written Evidence to UK Parliament

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By John Stone, UK Editor Age of Autism

This morning AoA posts its evidence, prepared by John Stone, to the House of Commons Select Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into “fake news” which has been published by the committee. The evidence was published by the committee two weeks ago contemporaneously with farcical reports in the Daily Mirror that Vladimir Putin was using  the web to undermine the United Kingdom vaccine program. It was also submitted before it came to our attention that Andrew Witty, until earlier this year CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, had been appointed to head a new state body to fast track the approval of pharmaceutical products, one of a row of appointments effectively demolishing all remaining boundaries between the British state and the pharmaceutical industry (and GSK in particular).

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Age of Autism [1] is a United States based web journal founded in 2007 dealing with issues such as autism and vaccine injury, but also with wider issues to do with health and potential environmental harm – and ultimately of civil rights. Since 2008 I have published hundreds of carefully researched, fact based articles on the site [2], only two of which I have ever taken down -  and even in those cases not because of legal challenges. I write as a well-informed citizen and parent, not as a professional. The sources of my information come in the main from government websites, peer reviewed publications, industry websites and mainstream media - only often viewed from a different critical angle or simply just highlighted in a different context.

The view of Age of Autism is that having great bureaucracies working on behalf of governments and corporate interests deciding what is true – or even machines operating algorithms to decide it -  is a prospect little different from the world of George Orwell’s 1984. It is troubling in an era when the mainstream media cannot be relied upon to provide reliable information that attention and suspicion is being diverted to other sources on the internet.  The internet is presently a chaotic place, but that is infinitely better than the alternative which would be information controlled on behalf of governments and global corporations, which could never be held to account.

The present author remembers visiting a bookshop in East Berlin across Unter den Linden from the gigantic Soviet Embassy in the early 1980s: there were perhaps no more than ten different titles for sale. There were quite a lot of copies of each, although I do not know that anyone wanted to buy them. The East German population was then controlled by the notorious Stasi. Of course, we can have a pseudo pluralistic situation in which hundreds of different websites report from the same agencies but this kind of controlled reality is equally bogus and shallow. Unfortunately, no historical lesson seems to be learnt for very long.

It is, for example, not at all obvious that discussion of the effects of medical interventions should be controlled through government departments or industry public relations agencies such as Science Media Centre and Sense About Science. In 2005 a House of Commons Health Committee report on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry heavily criticised the Department of Health and the MHRA (the medicines licensing authority) for failing to keep any distance from industry [3], and twelve years later the situation has dramatically deteriorated, not least because the kind of over-sight provided by the 2005 Health Committee has never since been replicated.  Perhaps this present committee would do better to inquire into the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on the media, which would at least be lot easier to define than “fake news”.

At issue in this instance is not only freedom of information, but things like informed medical consent, or even consent at all. The possibility of becoming a pharmaceutical dictatorship, is not far off – in some respects already with us. And along with forced medication comes the removal from the public domain of open debate, suppression of information about harms, and a captive market for an indefinitely expanding group of products which citizens then have to pay for through their taxes.

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JB Handley: Did British scientists just solve the autism puzzle?

Britian doorNOTE: We've excerpted this from JB Handley's Medium.com blog. 

Five clear, replicable, and related discoveries explaining how autism is triggered have formed an undeniably clear picture of autism’s causation, and possibly ways to alleviate the symptoms, too. Most of the research that has created this understanding has been published in the last 36 months, and largely from international scientists in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Israel, and China. The U.S. media? Silent.

STAFFORDSHIRE, England — Of course there’s great irony that scientists emanating from Great Britian may have provided a final piece of data explaining how, exactly, autism is being triggered in at least some children. Students of this debate know that in 1998 another British doctor — Dr. Andrew Wakefield — sounded an alarm based on a case series report he and twelve of his colleagues published describing a novel bowel condition in children with autism. In the case of Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues, they chose to disclose in their study that the majority of the parents of the children in their study had reported regression into autism after a single vaccine: the MMR.

Dr. Wakefield’s recommendation for how to deal with the regression into autism some parents saw after the MMR was pretty modest: he recommended the MMR vaccine be broken up into three separate shots. Wait until you hear what a different British scientist, this one the world’s leading expert on the neurotoxicity of aluminum, just said last week about children’s vaccines.

Read the full piece here.

 


The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 6 The Environmental & Genetic Causes of Autism

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

Environmental Causes of AutismDay 6: The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism By James Lyons-Weiler

The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism delves deep into the full body of past and current research to reveal how genetic predispositions and environmental factors can combine to produce the conditions autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

To make this groundbreaking volume, Dr. James Lyons-Weiler combed through the past fifty years of published research on autism, exploring subjects such as genetic variation, mechanisms of neurotoxicity of metals and pesticides, and the central and combined roles of each in causing autism.

Lyons-Weiler provides a major overview of all aspects of the condition of autism, reviews changes in diagnoses and treatments, and explains how genetic information can be used to tailor effective treatments, and sometimes reversals, of the symptoms. He also presents practical forward-looking suggestions on how to design future studies to facilitate the discovery of biomarkers for autism risk and how to classify the full range of autism spectrum disorders.

Autism is considered one of the most mystifying conditions of our day, and alarmed scientists, doctors, politicians, and parents are desperately trying to understand why the condition is escalating. According to the CDC, rates in the United States have risen from an estimated one in two thousand children in 1980, to one in sixty-eight in 2012, and a new National Health Interview Survey shows a rate of one in forty-five. By the time you read this book, that number may have changed yet again.

While most autism researchers focus on either environmental or genetic causes of autism, Lyons-Weiler’s opus demonstrates that to fully understand the condition and to finally put its rate on the decrease, it is essential to pay attention to the science showing how the two classes of factors interact.


DenialDay 5: Denial by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

Even as the autism rate soars and the cost to our nation climbs well into the billions, a dangerous new idea is taking hold: There simply is no autism epidemic.

The question is stark: Is autism ancient, a genetic variation that demands acceptance and celebration? Or is it new and disabling, triggered by something in the environment that is damaging more children every day?

Authors Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted believe autism is new, that the real rate is rising dramatically, and that those affected are injured and disabled, not merely “neurodiverse.” They call the refusal to acknowledge this reality Autism Epidemic Denial. This epidemic denial blocks the urgent need to confront and stop the epidemic and endangers our kids, our country, and our future.

The key to stopping the epidemic, they say, is to stop lying about its history and start asking "who profits?" People who deny that autism is new have self-interested motives, such as ending research that might pinpoint responsibility—and, most threateningly, liability for this man-made epidemic.

Using ground-breaking research, the authors definitively debunk best-selling claims that autism is nothing new—and nothing to worry about.

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Good Lord

Sunday thoughtsBy Cathy Jameson

My son’s vaccine injury has kept me from believing in the system.  It’s also kept me from being grateful for pharmaceutical companies, especially ones that cannot be held responsible for damages their products cause.  So when I heard that a pharmaceutical company listened to the people and created something that the people wanted - and that we were being asked to thank them, my interest was piqued.  It stayed piqued when I learned that a morally acceptable vaccine, a vaccine that did not contain aborted fetal cell lines, was now on the market for consumers. 

I’ve written about how certain ingredients found in some vaccines go against my beliefs as a Catholic.  Aborted fetal cell lines?  In vaccines?  Yes.  That revelation was one of the first things that made me begin to question vaccines my children were scheduled to receive.  At the time, I was faithful to the schedule and hadn’t planned on deviating from it.  I can’t recall now who told me about the cell lines, but the more I started to read about the process the more horrified I became. 

I still have print outs of what I’d started to look up.  I still have emails between friends and a local doctor who shared the same concern that I did.  These other parents and I knew that we couldn’t opt for those vaccines.  But what could we do?  Our kids’ pediatricians were quick to tell us our children needed them.  Schools were even quicker to tell us young parents that our children needed those vaccines for school entry (which I later learned was not entirely true).  Some parents were beginning to delay their kids’ shots and others quietly opted out completely.  I respected their decision, but I was the one mom who planned to continue to take her children to their well-child visits religiously.  The problem of how to stay on schedule became a bigger problem though.  Determined to not veer from it, I remember doing everything I could to find vaccines not created with those cell lines.  I even called other pediatrician offices in other towns to ask which manufacturers they used.  Everyone used the ones we Catholics should not be using.  I was at a crossroads: give my kids the shots that go against my morals, or consider opting out.  I hadn’t planned on opting out, but I eventually had to.  In hindsight, I want to thank the Lord for that! 

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Khali Raymond: Author and Blogger Talks About His Asperger's.

Khali raymondNote: We're sometimes called to the carpet for not featuring the voices of people with autism on AofA.  "Nothing about us without us" is a phrase used within the self-advocacy community. We do not exclude on purpose.  I think many, maybe even most, of our readers' children have autism to a degree where writing about themselves is not possible. I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago to receive an email from Khali Raymond. He asked if we would publish his story. Please visit his site. If you're a teen or adult with autism reading this post, please, we encourage you to share your story. You do not have to agree with all of our opinions and positions at Age of Autism to write for us. We value and need your stories so that we can understand our own kids better. Please leave a kind comment for Khali - and thank him for his submission. Kim

By Khali Raymond

Living with Asperger's is not an easy feat. It never is. imagine yourself in a room full of people. All of those people are laughing and mingling. Meanwhile, you aren’t. You’re sitting there in the corner all alone, watching everyone make nice with each other. Nobody doesn’t even acknowledge that you’re there. You just sit there, crushed from the inside. You have trouble expressing yourself because you don’t know how to. Your fear of being rejected eats you up. Your fear or feeling inadequate to others eats you up. As you’re living with this disorder, those whom you’re around can’t understand your pain. You’re constantly feeling glum and angry. You feel as if this condition drags you into an abyss, an abyss that leads you to a point of no return.

I have this feeling. Growing up, I could never fit in with others. As a kid, I couldn’t look an adult in the eye. I never had the capacity to. There was just something about looking at another person that made me feel very uncomfortable. In social situations, my heart would pound very fast. I would tend to get nervous. I would always be the one that got left out because I couldn’t relate to the other children. Being bullied didn’t help curb my condition, it only worsened it. Every day, I would walk around and get laughed at. I would be humiliated every day. I would be made fun of because of the way I talked, walked, and looked. Imagine trying to answer a question in class and the kids would mock you. Every word you would say, they’d make this expression, trying to take the words from out of your mouth.

As I was around my family, they couldn’t relate to my condition either. I constantly sent them cries for help and they just rejected me. Nobody listened. This only made me feel even more depressed. The bullying in school got so bad that I nearly tried to kill myself at the age of eleven. I was going to leap from out of my bedroom window, but my mom stopped me in the process. I would use writing as my means to communicate. I loved to write. Whenever I was in class, I would be the first person to get up and share what I’ve written with the class. I impressed my teachers with my impeccable writing abilities. My creativity was amplified. There was nothing limiting it.

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Violent Aggression and Autism: The Hidden Shame, Secret, Cover Up

Angry kidNote: Many AofA families have children whose autism includes severe aggression toward him/herself and others. For every pie in the sky feel good story, there are families openly swearing about the reality of autism under their roof. Or, in many instances, at their child's residential school, a placement made necessary by the violence. Each time The Good Doctor comes on TV, or Sheldon makes a funny comment, parents want to throw a dish at the screen to shatter the TV and the illusion that autism is a Swiss army knife of skills and gifts. Do our kids have skills and some sort of gifts? Honestly, only some. 

Below is a common story. Of love, exasperation, desperation and a plea for help. Families snap.  Mothers murder their kids. Fathers commit murder suicide. It's a horrible outcome for some who reach the end of their rope. We never condone killing our children with autism. At the same time, we can say that we understand the raw, visceral despair and fear that strikes - when our children strike us with ferocity. Autism and violence is an ugly secret. These children will not be able to live in group homes. They will not be able to hold even a volunteer or sheltered workshop job. Gone are the days of a day program populated by placid, cognitively disabled but socially able adults. Autism will devour current programs whole - and spit out the bones. Get real, America. GET REAL.

Atlantic CTV News

HALIFAX -- A heart-rending case involving a Halifax-area boy has triggered new calls for a national strategy to help families with children who can become violently aggressive because of severe autism.

The case of nine-year-old Callum Sutherland illustrates what happens when families can't get crisis assistance, according to Autism Canada and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance.

Carly Sutherland took the rare step last week of holding a news conference to plea for help with her sometimes violent son, who is due to be fully released from a confined hospital unit on Thursday.

Sutherland told reporters her son, and her family, are frightened by how they will cope.

Cynthia Carroll, the chairwoman of the alliance, said families across Canada are reporting more severe cases of aggressive behaviour, and a lack of help.

"As we continue to work in silos across the provinces and territories, the risk increases and everybody holds their breath that for each case that hits the media that it's not a fatal case," Carroll said.

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The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 5 Denial by Olmsted and Blaxill

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

DenialDay 5: Denial by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

Even as the autism rate soars and the cost to our nation climbs well into the billions, a dangerous new idea is taking hold: There simply is no autism epidemic.

The question is stark: Is autism ancient, a genetic variation that demands acceptance and celebration? Or is it new and disabling, triggered by something in the environment that is damaging more children every day?

Authors Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted believe autism is new, that the real rate is rising dramatically, and that those affected are injured and disabled, not merely “neurodiverse.” They call the refusal to acknowledge this reality Autism Epidemic Denial. This epidemic denial blocks the urgent need to confront and stop the epidemic and endangers our kids, our country, and our future.

The key to stopping the epidemic, they say, is to stop lying about its history and start asking "who profits?" People who deny that autism is new have self-interested motives, such as ending research that might pinpoint responsibility—and, most threateningly, liability for this man-made epidemic.

Using ground-breaking research, the authors definitively debunk best-selling claims that autism is nothing new—and nothing to worry about.


Your SPED rights Day 4: Your Special Education Rights by Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson

The definitive guide for parents of children with disabilities is out. This book is authored by two special education experts and draws on decades of experience from the front lines of special education advocacy.


The authors, Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson, detail a strong, practical, and results oriented perspective that helps parents cut through the fog of special education to get the services their children deserve.

"Our bottom line is parents are often ineffective at advocating for their child because they don't know their rights," said Jennifer Laviano, co-author and special education attorney. "We see it time and again: The child doesn't get what he or she needs because the parents don't know what they don't know. This book looks to change that," Laviano added.
 
Your Special Education Rights demystifies the federal laws related to public school children with disabilities and explains how school districts often ignore or circumvent the law.

"We're passionate to pull the curtain back on the realities of special education - and tell parents the truths that school districts don't always disclose," said Julie Swanson, co-author and special education advocate, who's also the mother of a child with a disability. "Our message to parents is - plain and simple: Know your rights or run the risk of being taken advantage of," Swanson added.

Your Special Education Rights provides parents with vital information and specific guidance to address key challenges - including: How to respond to special education "urban legends" like your child is "too smart" for services; how to avoid "toothless" language in a special education plan; and overcoming discrimination and low expectations. The book also explains why now, more than ever before, parents must be vigilant to protect children's rights - and how recent Supreme Court case law and changes at the federal level impact children with disabilities.

Though Your Special Education Rights is for parents primarily, educators and administrators can also learn how difficult it can be for parents to understand the special education system, which hopefully helps schools and parents work more closely.

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The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 4 Your Special Education Rights

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

Your SPED rights Day 4: Your Special Education Rights by Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson

The definitive guide for parents of children with disabilities is out. This book is authored by two special education experts and draws on decades of experience from the front lines of special education advocacy.


The authors, Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson, detail a strong, practical, and results oriented perspective that helps parents cut through the fog of special education to get the services their children deserve.

"Our bottom line is parents are often ineffective at advocating for their child because they don't know their rights," said Jennifer Laviano, co-author and special education attorney. "We see it time and again: The child doesn't get what he or she needs because the parents don't know what they don't know. This book looks to change that," Laviano added.
 
Your Special Education Rights demystifies the federal laws related to public school children with disabilities and explains how school districts often ignore or circumvent the law.

"We're passionate to pull the curtain back on the realities of special education - and tell parents the truths that school districts don't always disclose," said Julie Swanson, co-author and special education advocate, who's also the mother of a child with a disability. "Our message to parents is - plain and simple: Know your rights or run the risk of being taken advantage of," Swanson added.

Your Special Education Rights provides parents with vital information and specific guidance to address key challenges - including: How to respond to special education "urban legends" like your child is "too smart" for services; how to avoid "toothless" language in a special education plan; and overcoming discrimination and low expectations. The book also explains why now, more than ever before, parents must be vigilant to protect children's rights - and how recent Supreme Court case law and changes at the federal level impact children with disabilities.

Though Your Special Education Rights is for parents primarily, educators and administrators can also learn how difficult it can be for parents to understand the special education system, which hopefully helps schools and parents work more closely.


How to Prevent Autism-RGB for web Day 3: How To Prevent Autism by Dara Berger

The statistics are alarming and become more so every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, making it one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States. Further, the CDC estimates that parents with a child on the autism spectrum can have nearly a 20 percent chance of having a second child with autism.

In How to Prevent Autism, Dara Berger shares her personal journey with autism. She describes everything that went wrong with her son that led to an autism diagnosis and everything she did differently to prevent her daughter from suffering the same fate. She interviews eight well-known ASD experts--including doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and scientists--about the factors that have led to the growing epidemic of autism. Based on the best practices for preventing autism in children, each professional offers perspectives grounded in their own research and their patients’ improvements. The book covers every detail--from the importance of mothers’ cleaning out their bodies preconception, through common genetic mutations that may put children at risk, to the crucial role of nutrition in prevention.

All parents agree that every choice counts when it comes to the health of their children. As Dara Berger makes clear in this personal, informative, and authoritative book, the stakes could not be higher when it comes to autism.

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Immunity and Impunity: Corruption in the State‐Pharma Nexus

Crime sceneNOTE: Interesting look at the state-pharma connection from Australia - which is taking lessons from America.  The article examines corruption within the state‐corporate nexus as it relates to vaccines and the ‘pharmaindustry’; that is, the networks of industry, medical and political actors involved in their research, manufacturing, regulation and dissemination. It argues that the structure and conduct of these alliances operate as mechanisms of control, stymieing open debate and independent
inquiry around the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

Paddy Rawlinson
Dap - Criminology And Policing, Humanitarian And Development Studies (ssap) Associate Professor In International Criminology, Criminology (ssap)
Western Sydney University, Australia

Critical criminology repeatedly has drawn attention to the state-corporate nexus as a site of corruption and other forms of criminality, a scenario exacerbated by the intensification of neoliberalism in areas such as health. The state-pharmaceutical relationship, which increasingly influences health policy, is no exception. That is especially so when pharmaceutical products such as vaccines, a burgeoning sector of the industry, are mandated in direct violation of the principle of informed consent. Such policies have provoked suspicion and dissent as critics question the integrity of the state-pharma alliance and its impact on vaccine safety. However, rather than encouraging open debate, draconian modes of governance have been implemented to repress and silence any form of criticism, thereby protecting the activities of the state and pharmaceutical industry from independent scrutiny. The article examines this relationship in the context of recent legislation in Australia to intensify its mandatory regime around vaccines. It argues that attempts to undermine freedom of speech, and to systematically excoriate those who criticise or dissent from mandatory vaccine programs, function as a corrupting process and, by extension, serve to provoke the notion that corruption does indeed exist within the state-pharma alliance.

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The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 3 How to Prevent Autism

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

How to Prevent Autism-RGB for web Day 3: How To Prevent Autism by Dara Berger

The statistics are alarming and become more so every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, making it one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States. Further, the CDC estimates that parents with a child on the autism spectrum can have nearly a 20 percent chance of having a second child with autism.

In How to Prevent Autism, Dara Berger shares her personal journey with autism. She describes everything that went wrong with her son that led to an autism diagnosis and everything she did differently to prevent her daughter from suffering the same fate. She interviews eight well-known ASD experts--including doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and scientists--about the factors that have led to the growing epidemic of autism. Based on the best practices for preventing autism in children, each professional offers perspectives grounded in their own research and their patients’ improvements. The book covers every detail--from the importance of mothers’ cleaning out their bodies preconception, through common genetic mutations that may put children at risk, to the crucial role of nutrition in prevention.

All parents agree that every choice counts when it comes to the health of their children. As Dara Berger makes clear in this personal, informative, and authoritative book, the stakes could not be higher when it comes to autism.

Day 2: Vaccines Richard Moskowitz Vaccines A Reappraisal by Dr. Richard Moskowitz

Drawing on fifty years of experience caring for children and adults, Dr. Moskowitz examines vaccines and our current policy regarding them. Weaving together a tapestry of observed facts, clinical and basic science research, news reports from the media, and actual cases from his own practice, he offers a systematic review of the subject as a whole. He provides scientific evidence for his clinical impression that the vaccination process, by its very nature, imposes substantial risks of disease, injury, and death that have been persistently denied and covered up by manufacturers, the CDC, and the coterie of doctors who speak for it.

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Paradoxes for Heidi Larson: The Vaccine Confidence Lady

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By John Stone

In an interview for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine website, Heidi Larson, founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project housed at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:

Yes, there are potential risks—there will always be potential risks with any medical treatment. And we don’t talk enough about that.

Heidi, it is funny you should say that, because no one is stopping you from talking about it. For the rest of us there are people like you trying to stop us. For instance, Seth Berkley – director of GAVI – back in June was calling for so-called anti-vaxxers to be banned from social media. Now, I am sure you would not dissent from viewpoint that an anti-vaxxer is a blanket label for anyone at all who questions the vaccine program, its safety, the wider project of the vaccine lobby. Meanwhile, the program just expands – vaccines for diseases which may either not be mostly very serious, diseases which may be more serious but which you are relatively unlikely to get. But administered in gigantic clumps to infants who are increasingly diagnosed with developmental disabilities.

And people like us – who are often people who have experienced the harms of vaccines – are really just the people you should be keen to listen to, instead of treating us like scientific specimens, or the objects of loathing to be wiped out as voices on the web. You cannot have a conversation without having a conversation, you cannot put yourself up as some kind of honest broker when what you are really doing is just trying to annihilate dissent.

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The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 2 Vaccines A Reappraisal

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

Day 2: Vaccines Richard Moskowitz Vaccines A Reappraisal by Dr. Richard Moskowitz

Drawing on fifty years of experience caring for children and adults, Dr. Moskowitz examines vaccines and our current policy regarding them. Weaving together a tapestry of observed facts, clinical and basic science research, news reports from the media, and actual cases from his own practice, he offers a systematic review of the subject as a whole. He provides scientific evidence for his clinical impression that the vaccination process, by its very nature, imposes substantial risks of disease, injury, and death that have been persistently denied and covered up by manufacturers, the CDC, and the coterie of doctors who speak for it.

With the aim of acknowledging these risks, taking them seriously, understanding them more holistically, and ultimately assessing them on a deeper level, he proposes a nationwide debate based on objective scientific research, including what we already know and what still needs to be investigated in the future. He argues that with no serious public health emergency to justify them, requiring vaccines of everyone deprives us all of genuinely informed consent, and prevents parents from making health-care decisions for our children, basic human rights that we still profess to hold dear.

For the present, given the legitimate controversy surrounding the mandates, he proposes that most vaccines simply be made optional and that further research into their risks and benefits be conducted by an independent agency in the public interest, untainted by industry funding, CDC sponsorship, and the quasi-religious sanctimony that is widely invoked on their behalf.

Cooking with leoDay 1: Cooking with Leo by Erica Daniels.

This heartfelt cookbook tells the story of a mother desperate to heal and connect with her hard-to-reach, severely autistic son, Leo, through the most vital everyday activity—cooking.

For many years, Erica Daniels had been out to find a successful dietary intervention for eleven-year-old Leo, who suffers from significant food allergies, gastrointestinal disease and autism. Through trial and error in her own kitchen, she finally hit her gastronomic stride of preparing nourishing meals for her entire family without gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, additives, or GMOS—with Leo by her side.

Part cookbook and part love story, Cooking with Leo takes you into the real life messy kitchen of a family affected by autism and food allergies. You will laugh and cry along with Erica and Leo as they cook, create, dance, act silly, and, most importantly, bond. A family-inspired collection of over 60 allergen-free and autism diet–friendly recipes to be prepared and shared together by your whole family, you will make meaningful connections with your child and nurture their passion for cooking with nutritious recipes.


Grim News from CDC as Developmental Disabilities continue to Rise

Lost boyThere wasn't much (any?) fanfare on the local or national news about the grim announcement from America's CDC: NCHS Data Brief ■ No. 291 ■ November 2017 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics Estimated Prevalence of Children With Diagnosed Developmental Disabilities in the United States, 2014–2016

Disability Scoop reports: An increasing number of American children have developmental disabilities, the federal government says, even as autism and intellectual disability rates remain largely steady. Between 2014 and 2016, the prevalence of developmental disabilities among kids ages 3 to 17 increased from 5.76 percent to 6.99 percent, according to figures released Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rise stems from an uptick in children diagnosed with a developmental delay other than autism or intellectual disability, the federal agency said.

Take a look at the statistics and charts in the CDC report - the prognosis for males is poor as disabilities are on the rise faster for boys than girls.  If you're a teacher, coach, therapist or any professional who works with kids, what are you seeing in your field? Are the boys less able to perform, function, succeed? What about the girls? I know from my experience teaching karate, the girls overall are more prepared to learn, better able to focus and can process commands and make their bodies do what we ask faster. Choosing left or right arm or leg comes quicker. Making adjustments is easier. Behavior is superior.

The ghost of America's future is rattling the chains. The  media isn't paying attention.



The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 1 Cooking With Leo

12 daysWe'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics in health and autism. For the next 12 days, we'll be creating a list of books that we hope will interest you. Some will be very familiar, like those from Dan, Mark and me (Kim) and others we hope will be new sources of information and stories to help you navigate your family's autism journey.

Cooking with leoDay 1: Cooking with Leo by Erica Daniels.

This heartfelt cookbook tells the story of a mother desperate to heal and connect with her hard-to-reach, severely autistic son, Leo, through the most vital everyday activity—cooking.

For many years, Erica Daniels had been out to find a successful dietary intervention for eleven-year-old Leo, who suffers from significant food allergies, gastrointestinal disease and autism. Through trial and error in her own kitchen, she finally hit her gastronomic stride of preparing nourishing meals for her entire family without gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, additives, or GMOS—with Leo by her side.

Part cookbook and part love story, Cooking with Leo takes you into the real life messy kitchen of a family affected by autism and food allergies. You will laugh and cry along with Erica and Leo as they cook, create, dance, act silly, and, most importantly, bond. A family-inspired collection of over 60 allergen-free and autism diet–friendly recipes to be prepared and shared together by your whole family, you will make meaningful connections with your child and nurture their passion for cooking with nutritious recipes.


Sabotage

Talk to meBy Cathy Jameson

Ronan started speech therapy again.  We’d ditched it years ago after progress had plateaued.  That, and the onset of major transition issues Ronan had going into and out of the building, prevented him from gaining anything useful from his sessions.  He would get so frustrated.  His therapists and I would, too.  We all needed a break.  That break lasted over 2 years.  When I learned that a center we got to for other services was adding speech therapy, I thought it was time to explore it again.  Ronan’s six weeks into it now and is responding well. 

Since Ronan lost his voice post vaccination, I have been hell-bent on bringing it back.  He’s retained vocalizations, but the ability to say clear, concise words has never returned.  Before I got my hopes up too high this time going into speech therapy, I reminded myself it was actually Speech and Language Therapy.  It wasn’t just speech that he’d be working on.  He and his new therapists would be working on language skills as well. 

Language includes the study of what words mean, how to make new words, and how to use words together.  Ronan has that down pat but in a different form – words in print.  Ronan can identify words.  He can point to the sentence I’ve just read aloud.  He can type.  He can maneuver a computer keyboard and a tee-tiny keyboard on a small cell phone.  His sentence structure, syntax and punctuation skills are still rudimentary, but his message is always clear.  Just today, he typed (in a series of prompts) “Lock door ipad” on his voice output device indicating that he wanted me to open the door.  The door was closed.  Behind it was his iPad.  It needed to charge.  If he saw the iPad, he’d take it as soon as he saw that it had 1% battery power.  Since he was hoping to watch some Youtube videos, I wanted to charge it a little bit longer.  Ronan didn’t want to wait, but he did after I wrote my response, “The iPad is charging.  Play something else instead, please.”  Easily, I could’ve said that, but lately, he’s responding to directions and requests better when they are written. 

Ronan screens

After Ronan lost his voice, Ronan’s speech did not quickly come back like I’d always hoped and prayed that it would.  It still hasn’t.  So he found other ways to create meaningful communication opportunities with us.  Our new speech therapist saw that during the initial evaluation and was on the same page we were wanting to further develop those opportunities, especially with the voice output device.  At least I thought she was on board until she asked me to sabotage Ronan. 

Sabotage? 

Hearing that word didn’t conjure up a warm, fuzzy feeling.  I thought the exact opposite.  Sabotage was what an overbearing, oppressive tormentor uses on its victims.  And this is the approach this new gal wanted to use with my kid?  What an awful suggestion! 

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It's Time to Believe Autism Mothers Too

Our turnBy Kim Rossi

Like everyone in America, I've been watching the sexual harassment scandal grow ever wider from politicians to actors and directors and now to include media stalwarts Matt Lauer of NBC and Charlie Rose, darling of PBS. Matt Lauer is said to have had a lock button installed under his desk so he could lock a door on a woman without her knowing it, and perhaps to avoid standing up and exposing his, er interest. (Paging Judy Blume!)  In autism we calling locking someone into a room a restraint. Matt called it privacy, I suppose.

At what point will politicians and the media start listening to mothers of autistic children who have been screaming, some for decades, that a vaccine caused their child's autism? When do we get to move from the "crazy, histrionic, too stupid to understand real science blaming mothers" category to the "holy crap, these women (and their kids) have been living a nightmare and we made it worse"?  When do pains in the ass who dare to threaten commerce and sacred cows become legitimate citizens with a message of dire discrimination and trauma? We need our turn.

I'm looking forward to our day of reckoning.  And if you're a female looking for a job in Hollywood or the media, today is a good day to apply. I wish my almost 23 year old and 22 year old vaccine injured daughters could take advantage of this female friendly climate.

Kim Rossi is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.


1 in 36: ASD Rate Set a New Record High in 2016

Breaking news

By Mark Blaxill

The National Health Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released its latest prevalence rate for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in American children this Wednesday. Their “data brief”, which is based on information gathered in the National Health Information Survey (NHIS), reported an ASD rate for 2016 of 2.76%, or 1 in 36 American children (1).

This is the highest rate ever recorded in a national survey of children in the United States and was an increase from the rate of 1 in 45 children (or 2.24%) reported in the 2014 NHIS survey (2). The ASD information reported in these surveys includes children between the ages of 3 and 17 years of age and any diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s syndrome.

This startling new peak received virtually no media coverage and was downplayed by the NCHS, whose headline finding was that--despite setting a new American record with a 1 in 36 ASD rate: “There was not a statistically significant change in the prevalence of children ever diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder from 2014 to 2016.” (1)

Yet this new 2016 rate is a sharp increase from a highly similar 2007 report, the first year in which an NCHS survey included the question, “Has a doctor or health professional ever told you that [sample child] had Autism, Asperger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, or autism spectrum disorder?” The 2007 report, also measuring the rate for 3-17 year-old children, reported an autism rate of 1.1%, or 1 in 91 American children (3).

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The NCHS, like the CDC a department within the Department of Health and Human Services, follows a different methodology in the NHIS than the approach used by the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Network (ADDM), which last reported an autism rate of 1 in 68 American children for 8-year-olds born in 2004 (4). The ADDM network’s estimates likely include fewer children with Asperger’s (only about 10% of the ADDM cases have an Asperger’s diagnosis), which may explain why NHIS ASD rates have been generally higher than ADDM rates.

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ABC News Report Possible 90% Flu Shot Fail Rate in 2018

FAIL-BUZZER-350x233Note: Good grief. The spin here is ridiculous. Even if you are completely pro vaccination, this report has got to make you pause before your roll up your sleeve.   Can you think of another product outside of maybe a cancer drug, where 10% efficacy is not only acceptable, but the product is still recommended? If the flu is so deadly, as Public Health officials warn, why aren't they screaming that we need a 90% effective flu vaccine? Nope. They just tell the public the vaccine is failing, but hey, go ahead and get it anyway. Why not.  "It's better than 0%." Is it?

From ABC News

The upcoming flu season may be a particularly severe one in the U.S., some medical experts warned today, citing preliminary data from Australia, where the flu season is waning.

The flu vaccine used this year in Australia — which has the same composition as the vaccine used in the U.S. — was only 10 percent effective, according to a preliminary estimate, at preventing the strain of the virus that predominantly circulated during the country's flu season,an international team of medical experts wrote in a perspective published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

"However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated," the team emphasized...


World Mercury Project: Hiding Behind Genetics to Avoid Culpability for Environmental Causes of Autism

WMPNote: Thank you to Robert Kennedy Jr. and the World Mercury Team for this article.  Please bookmark their site.

By The World Mercury Project Team

Genetics is the darling of the biomedical research industry. For diseases ranging from cancer to skin disorders, investigators have been busily at work for decades trying to identify the conditions’ underlying genetic causes. However, these same investigators—and the reporters who communicate their findings to the public—are often strangely incurious about the role of environmental toxins as triggers of disease.

A story about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) published in October 2017 by the news website Vox furnishes an example of this genetics-as-the-explanation-for-everything perspective. Vox senior health correspondent Julia Belluz (a self-described “evidence enthusiast”) interviewed a small sample of five reportedly “cutting-edge” autism researchers, all of whom focus on autism genetics. Given the lack of disciplinary diversity in her selective sample, Belluz’s conclusion that genetic factors are the most “well-established” and “promising” explanation for autism comes as no surprise.

Two of Belluz’s five interlocutors (geneticist Stephan Sanders and psychiatrist Lauren Weiss) are researchers at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), but neither one mentions a rigorous population-based study of 192 twin pairs published in the Archives of General Psychiatry by UCSF researcher Neil Risch and colleagues in 2011. Risch is the director of UCSF’s Institute for Human Genetics. The study’s results indicated that “environmental factors have been underestimated, and genetics overestimated, for their roles in autism-spectrum disorders.” Another study that involved families with two ASD-affected siblings (published in Nature Medicine in 2015) likewise highlighted “substantial genetic heterogeneity” in ASD, again suggesting that environmental or other shared risk factors trump heritability.

…environmental factors have been underestimated, and genetics overestimated, for their roles in autism-spectrum disorders.

To be fair, Belluz’s discussion gives a nod to a “genes plus environment” perspective on autism causation by acknowledging that an “underlying genetic predisposition or mutation” generally needs to “collide” with environmental triggers in order to give rise to ASD. However, Belluz characterizes the research on environmental risk factors for ASD as “blurry,” “murky,” “mixed” and not “robust.” Belluz also cites a study that, according to her, views shared genetic variants in families as “probably more important” as an autism trigger than shared environments. However, the article actually emphasizes gene-environment interactions and concludes that “the amount of evidence supporting a significant contribution of environmental factors to autism risk” makes it clear that “the search for environmental factors should be reinforced.”

A pivotal paper published in early 2017 goes a step further, asserting that “The term ‘heritability,’ as it is used today in human behavioral genetics, is one of the most misleading in the history of science.” The paper’s two authors argue against the “deeply flawed” assumption that “genetic influences…can be separated from their environmental context.” According to these authors, “contemporary biology has demonstrated beyond any doubt that traits are produced by interactions between genetic and nongenetic factors that occur in each moment of developmental time. That is to say, there are simply no such things as gene-only influences [emphasis in original].” Stated another way, the paper suggests that “it makes little sense to attempt to quantify the relative importance of two different factors that interact with one another [dynamically] to produce an outcome.”

Read the full article at World Mercury Project here.


A Review of The Pharmacy Article on Shoulder Injury Resulting from Vaccine Administration

QualificationInfoGraphicBy Wayne Rohde

On November 18, 2017, an article was published in The Pharmacy Times by Ned Milenkovich, PharmMD, JD outlining possible liabilities of pharmacists as they administer vaccines. The writer correctly points out that “pharmacists who improperly administer a vaccine or fail to conform to industry-accepted norms could be found liable. These allegations would be directed to the pharmacist’s administration of the vaccine and not to the product itself”.

Let’s examine in greater detail what the writer is telling us. SIRVA or Shoulder Injury Resulting from Vaccine Administration is the leading injury for all petitions filed in the NVICP since 2015. It is the result of improper administration of a vaccine generally too high in the arm, in the shoulder joint or bursting of the bursa sac, causing severe pain and in many cases, surgery to correct the damage. 

Most of these injuries occur in retail pharmacy or pop up vaccine shops in grocery stores or shopping malls. HHS and CDC acknowledge back in 2015 that the main reason is the poor training or in some cases, the lack of training. Lou Conte and I wrote about this very issue in AoA a couple of years ago.

Pharmacists and those who administer vaccines in retail pharmacies or pop up shops lack medical training to ask patient for contraindications or other medical conditions that should be discussed with doctor and patient. Lack of true informed consent and failure of duty to warn are two areas that are missing from most discussions.

A duty to warn is a legal concept indicating that a party will be held liable for injuries caused to another, where the party had the opportunity to warn the other of a hazard and failed to do so. In this example, did the pharmacist offer the VIS prior to the administration of the vaccine, allowed the customer to read and ask questions, and did the pharmacist ask the proper medical background questions prior? Highly doubtful since this practice is not followed by the “highly trained” doctors and nurses in a clinic or hospital setting.

Can someone who suffered a SIRVA injury file a civil law suit directly against the pharmacist and the pharmacy? You could. However, the best course of action for compensation of the injury probably resides inside the NVICP. Why?

SIRVA injuries are now considered an ON-Table injury within the NVICP and would be fast-tracked for adjudication and compensation if the proper medical records are in order.  It would be faster and less adversarial than a traditional civil lawsuit.  The petitioner will not pay for attorney fees and costs unlike a plaintiff in the civil suit.  The Program allows for lost wages and future earnings compensation.

And there is still the legal possibility for those who filed compensation in the NVICP even after receiving payment for their injuries, to file a civil suit if that person believes the injury warrants further compensation.  That has not been tested.  But it could.

For all my writings and criticisms of the NVICP over the last seven years, this might be the first time that I state the Program is the best choice for those who have suffered a SIRVA injury.

The Vaccine Court Wayne RohdeWayne Rohde, author of The Vaccine Court – The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program


Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology: Aluminium in brain tissue in autism "Extraordinarily High"

AluminumNOTE: You might recall that a "freezer malfunction" at Harvard University destroyed one third of the world's largest autistic brain collection.   Can you imagine the information lost?

J.B. Handley has written about this paper at his Medium site - STAFFORDSHIRE, England — Professor Chris Exley is a formidable scientist, which is perhaps more important than you think, because a study he published today with his colleagues in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology may just be the “smoking gun” to prove that vaccines are triggering autism that we’ve all been waiting for. Professor Exley is a Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry at Keele University in Staffordshire, England. He received a Ph.D. in a subject that makes him highly qualified to author this latest paper: “the ecotoxicology of aluminium.”

Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology

ABSTRACT

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder of unknown aetiology. It is suggested to involve both genetic susceptibility and environmental factors including in the latter environmental toxins. Human exposure to the environmental toxin aluminium has been linked, if tentatively, to autism spectrum disorder. Herein we have used transversely heated graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry to measure, for the first time, the aluminium content of brain tissue from donors with a diagnosis of autism. We have also used an aluminium-selective fluor to identify aluminium in brain tissue using fluorescence microscopy. The aluminium content of brain tissue in autism was consistently high. The mean (standard deviation) aluminium content across all 5 individuals for each lobe were 3.82(5.42), 2.30(2.00), 2.79(4.05) and 3.82(5.17) μg/g dry wt. for the occipital, frontal, temporal and parietal lobes respectively. These are some of the highest values for aluminium in human brain tissue yet recorded and one has to question why, for example, the aluminium content of the occipital lobe of a 15 year old boy would be 8.74 (11.59) μg/g dry wt.? Aluminium-selective fluorescence microscopy was used to identify aluminium in brain tissue in 10 donors. While aluminium was imaged associated with neurones it appeared to be present intracellularly in microglia-like cells and other inflammatory non-neuronal cells in the meninges, vasculature, grey and white matter. The pre-eminence of intracellular aluminium associated with non-neuronal cells was a standout observation in autism brain tissue and may offer clues as to both the origin of the brain aluminium as well as a putative role in autism spectrum disorder.

Read the full study http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0946672X17308763http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0946672X17308763

or view the pdf below.

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CONCLUSIONS

We have made the first measurements of aluminium in brain tissue in ASD and we have shown that the brain aluminium content is extraordinarily high. We have identified aluminium in brain tissue as both extracellular and intracellular with the latter involving both neurones and non-neuronal cells. The presence of aluminium in inflammatory cells in the meninges, vasculature, grey and white matter is a standout observation and could implicate aluminium in the aetiology of ASD


“The Problem is the Problem”, Not Vladimir Putin

Ministry of truthBy John Stone

The United Kingdom House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee have now published John Stone's submission on behalf of Age of Autism to its inquiry on the topic of "Fake News". It can be read here.

So, yesterday it finally happened. A bottom grade journalist from a UK national newspaper, Russell Myers of the Daily Mirror, alleged – briefed by two government officials – that criticisms of the vaccine program on web are inspired by Vladimir Putin trying to undermine the British government: 'Russian cyber-units 'spreading false information about flu and measles jabs in the UK''. Well, in my case British government officials know that I have been in touch with them since the beginning of the millennium, so it is an odd time to start bringing it up. If I am a Russian agent they have been watching me a long time without cottoning on.

In those early days things were somewhat more gentlemanly than they are now, but I could not escape the problem - in British civil service jargon – that they were being “economical with the truth”. “The problem” as Jim Carrey stated a few years ago in a rather Shakespearian way “is the problem”: it is that their story is internally inconsistent, it does not add up. In my very earliest encounters with the British civil service I did not even mention vaccines, I was expressing concern about the rising tide of autism: it was they who were apparently backed into a corner about MMR and Andrew Wakefield. If they had not given the game away, I suppose I might have found some more rewarding trade. As it was I was appalled that these people were locked into something they did not know how to escape.

Seventeen years later, of course, it is all so much worse. In retrospect Wakefield had interfered with policy in two crucial ways: he and his colleagues had broken the already established taboo in British medicine of considering vaccine events as a possible contributory history towards sickness and disability. The other was that he had placed a question over the safety of a multivalent vaccine, MMR, when the development of an industry depended on their acceptance. While Wakefield had to be witch-hunted and made an example of, the British and American governments particularly were caught up into a set of policies: an expanding program, forceful denial of harms, ever close connections between government and industry. Like Macbeth they had to go on compounding the original sin, and like Macbeth the fall out gets ever greater. To sustain the great project all harms have to be dismissed.

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Behaviors, Special Needs, Psychiatric Diagnoses: The Decline of the American Education System

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

I’ve been writing about the end of the education system as we’ve always known it. I say that from the perspective of a teacher with decades of experience and as a mother in the autism community.

I follow the news on a daily basis, and the stories I include come from the English-speaking areas of the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

(See links to previous stories at the bottom of this piece.)

It doesn’t matter where you go, the stories are all the same—schools have to adjust to children who can’t behave or learn normally, all the while pretending nothing is different, everything’s all right.

My last update included stories through October. Let me give you examples of what’s been published over the last month.

Oct 31, 2017, (Australia) Townsville Bulletin: REVEALED: Worst behaved schools in Townsville

NAUGHTY kids at a Townsville school are being disciplined at the rate of more than one per school day

“…Figures show 674 students were enrolled at that time, meaning 57.12 per cent of the students potentially faced disciplinary action. …

“Another school high up on the naughty list was Heatley Secondary College, where 45.13 per cent of students could have been suspended or expelled.”

Oct 31, 2017, UK Daily Mail: Surge in depression among teens: Mental illness rates are rising four times faster in young people than anyone else in the US, study finds

“Depression among teens rose at quadruple the rate of the general population from 2005 to 2015, according to the new research.”

 Nov 1, 2017, Oshawa Express (Ontario, Canada): Lack of funding, resources blamed for rise in classroom violence—Parents, teachers say children with special needs falling through the cracks

“With violence in the classroom purported to be on the rise, parents and teachers are pointing directly at a lack of funding and resources to children with special needs as the reason.”

Nov 1, 2017, Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle: Some young learners are losing out

“The reality is costs are rising as is the number of children needing specialized services.”

Nov 1, 2017, (British Columbia) CBC: Clinic coming to school grounds of B.C. Interior high school

“A high school in Salmon Arm, B.C., will soon be the first in the Interior to have a clinic on school grounds to give students access to help for both physical and mental health issues.”

Nov 1, 2017, Grand Junction (CO) Daily Sentinel: Depression common for county’s teens

Data about emotional well-being, which was collected from 652 Mesa County teenagers for the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey, showed that 40 percent of teenagers felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more.

Nov 2, 2017, UK Ipswich Star: Cyber-bullying, self harm and lack of sleep among issues faced by Suffolk’s schoolchildren, report reveals

“‘We have made several recommendations to local schools and commissioners within Suffolk County Council and our local clinical commissioning groups. This includes engaging secondary schools on all aspects of the EWB2020.

“‘This must start with preparing schools to better manage the emotional wellbeing needs of children and young people by increasing funding of tier one support, improved workforce development within schools and ensuring young people are more aware of the support available to them. …’ “

Nov 2, 2017, Charlottesville (VA) Tomorrow: Greenbrier Elementary piloting social-emotional learning program

Greenbrier Elementary School in Charlottesville is piloting a program for the city school division that aims to support children who struggle to control their emotions and cause disruptions in class.

Nov 2, 2017, Canada, CBC: Post-secondary groups call for beefed-up mental health services for students

“…but increasing demand and a huge gap in government funding means post-secondary institutions can't always meet the needs of those suffering from a range of psychological issues — from anxiety and depression to more serious illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.”

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Sleeping Sickness Drug is Waking Up Autism Research

Brain colorsBy Teresa Conrick

For any who don´t know, I have a 24 year-old daughter who regressed into autism before her 3rd birthday.  Meg has the type of autism that does not make for an easy life.  She lost speech in 1995 and she is nonverbal still, and waves of difficult and painful medical symptoms then were to follow: cognitive decline, increasing GI issues, chronic bacterial infections and viral illnesses, seizures, and then a horrific autoimmune disorder called PANS [Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome] .

For years now, I have been following the research on the Microbiome as there are solid studies showing how dysfunctional it is in those with an autism diagnosis.  Studies like these represent hope for many families with very ill children and young adults:

Reduction of Ritualistic Behavior in a Patient with Autism Spectrum Disorder treated with Antibiotics: A Case Report 

Microbiota Transfer Therapy alters gut ecosystem and improves gastrointestinal and autism symptoms: an open-label study  

Combined oral fecal capsules plus fecal enema as treatment of late onset autism spectrum disorder in children: report of a small case series. 

Unexpected improvement in core autism spectrum disorder symptoms after long-term treatment with probiotics 

Age and severity may play a part in outcomes with our children as far as treatments.  I have now been following the research of Dr. Naviaux, still with the microbiome in mind, but also with a better understanding of its significance.  It seems that his research explains much of what I see in Meg, especially with the issues of the gut and brain.  You can watch this great video of a lecture by Dr. Naviaux, at a very recent TACA conference.  Thanks to them both!     

And in that lecture, Dr. Naviaux recommends that viewers read his study called, Metabolic features of the cell danger response  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1567724913002390.  Here are some excerpts:

The cell danger response (CDR) is an evolutionarily conserved cellular metabolic response that is activated when a cell encounters a chemical, physical, or microbial threat that could injure or kill the cell. Common microbial threats are viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Physical threats include heat, salt, or pH shock, or UV or ionizing radiation. Chemical forms of danger include heavy and trace metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and nickel, certain electrophilic aromatic chemicals like the plasticizer bisphenol A, the chemical flame retardants like the brominated diphenyl ethers (BDEs), and certain halogenated pesticides like chlorpyrifos and DDT. 

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AHRP: Dissolving Illusions–“Authoritative” Medical Information Sources Are Corrupted

Alliance-for-Human-Research-ProtectionNOTE: We have excerpted this post with permission from Vera Sharav of AHRP.

A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth” — Albert Einstein

The wisdom of this observation is borne out by empirical evidence demonstrating that so-called “authoritative” sources of medical information are thoroughly corrupted not only by industry manipulation but by government officials, and biased, financially conflicted academic gatekeepers of medical science — i.e., “expert panels” and journal editors.  The most lucrative areas of medicine are the most corrupted by financial conflicts of interest. Our recent focus continues to be the untouchable subject; namely, the largely corrupted vaccine information base.

For me, the most troubling aspect of the corrupting influence of the powerful vaccine lobby is its apparent success in having averted the focus of the medical profession and academia: from the spiraling number of vaccine-injured children whose existence these authorities deny. However, evidence of their existence is demonstrated by the fraction of those who have been compensated by The U.S. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). 

  •  The VICP has received 18,652 petitions for compensation for vaccine-injured children (and some adults) [This number represents at most 10% of actual serious vaccine injuries.]
  • Of these, 1,236 had died. The following deaths (double-digit or greater) include: 696 deaths attributed to DTP vaccine; 129 deaths due to the flu vaccine; 81 deaths due to DTaP; 61 deaths due to MMR; 57 deaths due to Hepatitis B; 32 deaths due to DTaP-Hep BIPV; 28 deaths due to OPV (polio) vaccine; 14 deaths due to HPV.
  • VICP has compensated 5,680 vaccine injured children in the amount of $3.5 billion — $3,488,760,578.73 
  • From January to October 2, 2017, VICP received 1,213 petitions for compensation by vaccine-injured children (and some adults). The amount compensated in 2017 was $252,650,932.78

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Walk On

Handicapped parkingBy Cathy Jameson

Ronan was a late walker.  At one point he’d had the ability to stand and cruise the furniture, but he started to lose his balance.  He started to lose his confidence.  He began to lose some of the gross motor skills he’d developed as well.  When we realized how delayed his physical development was becoming, we sought help.  Help included physical therapy, positive reinforcement, and lots of prayers.  After months and months of hard work, Ronan was able to walk all by himself. 

That happened one Sunday morning right before Mass.  My husband and I were in the courtyard holding hands with Ronan.  Ronan let go and walked into the sanctuary independently.  He walked through the entire church, the annex, the parish center and around the outside of the church, too.  With how confident he was, and with how much ground he covered, it was as if he’d never struggled with walking before.  I’ll never forget that day.  It was May 1st, 2005.  Because it was such a huge accomplishment, I celebrate it, even all these years later, like I would celebrate a birthday. 

Ronan doesn’t zoom all over the place like he did before.  He doesn’t climb things like he used to either.  Once a daredevil who knew absolutely no bounds, Ronan’s more content to sit and watch life go by.  When we have to go out somewhere, he will ask for assistance almost as soon as we get going.  He gets tired and his pace slows down considerably.  That can happen rather quickly.  Because he loses strength and stamina, and because of the other medical issues he has, when we go out of the house, we look for and park in handicap spots.  I don’t always use them, especially if there is a regular parking spot open close by, but I appreciate that they are available to us. 

For years, I fought getting a placard.  “There are other people worse off than us who need that parking spot more!” I’d argue.  A dear family member convinced me otherwise.  “Cat, the placard and that spot closest to entrance is not for you; it’s for Ronan.”  Humbly, I requested a handicap placard for Ronan at his next doctor’s appointment.  It was granted no questions asked. 

Most of the time, people who park near us are kind and generous with the space Ronan and I need to maneuver him out of the vehicle.  Other times, people stare.  I don’t let their ignorant stares bother me too much.  I have other things more pressing to worry about than what they think of me or him.  When we’re in the parking lot, my biggest worry is getting Ronan safely from the car to wherever it is we’re going (therapy clinic, store, school gym).  Everything and everyone else takes a backseat. 

A couple of weeks ago after picking up the kids from school, we pulled into a handicap spot closest to the crosswalk at the grocery store.  Ronan already had a full and physically taxing day, so I asked my girls to run into the store for me.  Fiona and Izzy immediately said they would while the rest of us waited in the car.  While my daughters were inside picking up the few items we needed, a man came out of the store with his grocery cart and groceries.  He loaded his stuff in his truck then walked across the road to the handicap spot directly in front of me.  Under my breath, I said, “No, no, no.  Don’t leave it there.  Walk it over, buddy.”

He did not walk the cart over.  Instead, he left it in the handicapped parking spot in front of us.  He was in no rush because instead of driving off, he stood outside his truck and smoked a cigarette.  I contemplated moving the cart.  The way he left it was in such a position that no one would be able to safely pull into the spot.

As I stewed, Fiona walked out of the store, I quickly called her and said, “Hey sweetie, see the cart in the spot in front of us?  Can you walk it over to the cart corral?”

Yep, she could.

And yep, she did.

With jaw dropped, the man, who was still standing outside his truck, watched my kid walk 3 short spots over and put the cart away.  Now, I know that some people don’t “wear” their special needs on them like others do (Ronan is a perfect example – he “looks so typical” until you know him and see that he’s got a lot going on), and this guy could’ve had some physical limitations that could’ve prevented him from putting that cart away.  But those limitations aside, he should never have plopped his cart in that handicapped spot or any regular spot for that matter.  There were other areas nearby that he could’ve placed it out of the way of traffic even without having to walk the 3 extra spots to the cart corral.

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James Lyons-Weiler PhD on Biological Mechanisms of Vaccine Injury

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NOTE:  James Lyons-Weiler PhD asked Facebook readers to share this piece from his blog,  because Facebook was feeling cranky toward the topic.  Please bookmark James Lyons-Weiler.com.

Please read the original post for copious graphic backup and the full entry.

WHEN DR. CHRIS EXLEY and his research team discovered aluminum co-localized with amyloid plaques in the brains of patients who died from Alzheimer’s, it made big news, even though a study in 1985 discussed the aluminum silicate portion of amyloid. That’s right. We’ve known since 1985 at least that amyloid plaque in the brain is partly aluminum silicate. Now, Exley’s findings completely destroy any hope that aluminum somehow stayed out of the brain,

Aluminum, it turns out, plays a critical role in our understanding of the biological mechanisms of vaccine injury. In this article, I will review the scientific evidence of four major ways that vaccines can cause harm. These are (1) Vaccine-Induced Mitopathy; (2) Vaccine-Induced Persistent Gliosis; (3) Vaccine-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Damage, and (4) Vaccine-Induced Autoimmunity (to appear as a separate article). My intent and purpose is not and has never been to discourage anyone from accepting vaccines, nor to provide medical advice of any kind; rather, my intent is to make a clear path toward safer routes to artificial immunization and communicate the state of scientific knowledge about mechanisms of the pathophysiology of disease caused by vaccines, and how such human pain and suffering can be mitigated.
mitopathy(1) Vaccine-Induced Mitopathy

Individuals born with mitochondrial disorders have partially disable cellular energetics. Mutations that alter proteins in the various specific mitochondrial pathways lead to a variety of congenital conditions, including encephalomyopathy and seizures. We need mitochondria to work in all of our tissues. However, our brains consume so much energy, any weakening of mitochondrial ATP flux will almost certainly lead to neurological disorders.

Environmental damage to mitochondria is known to occur from exposure to lead and includes depletion of mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨ) and intracellular glutathione (GSH), elevation of caspase-3 activity, intracellular reactive oxygen species, and malondialdehyde levels, and inhibition of GSH peroxidase (GSH-Px) activity (Liu et al., 2014).

Why discuss lead-induced mitochondrial toxicity in an article on vaccine injury? In part because many individuals familiar with brain injuries and conditions that lead to brain injuries will recognize the critical role of GSH, the importance of shutting down ROS, and the potential use of malondialdehyde as a screen for brain injury following vaccination. Another reason is that 25% of the homes in Pittsburgh have higher lead levels in the water coming into the homes than the levels found in the water in Flint, MI, and individuals with mitochondrial damage due to lead are likely to be a higher risk of the toxic effects from vaccines.

The science of the specific actions and mechanisms of mitochondrial injury from vaccines include some of these events, including recognition of aluminum as an intracellular ROS generator (Han et al., 2013). Aluminum is present in vaccines as an adjuvant in a variety of forms, most commonly aluminum hydroxide (a well-known neurotoxin). Vaccine risk denialists spend a lot of time denying the massive literature on the neurotoxicity of aluminum. Nevertheless, studies show that aluminum also disrupts cytoskeletal dynamics (Lemire et al., 2009).

Thimerosal also has damaging influences on mitochondria, including direct damage to the mitochondrial genome. Sharpe et al. (2012) found that thimerosal induced a five-fold increase in the levels of oxidant damaged mitochondrial DNA bases and increases in the levels of mtDNA nicks and blunt-ended breaks.  Read more here.


Italian Court Rejects Veneto Regions Vaccine Mandate Appeal

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NOTE: Vaccines have become an offer Italians can NOT refuse - without steep penalties. Disgrazia. Kim

(ANSA) - Rome, November 22 - The Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected the Veneto regional government's appeal against compulsory vaccinations for school admissions, saying the issues in question were the business of the national legislator.
In its ruling, the top court said making vaccinations compulsory was justified by the fall in the numbers of children that have been vaccinated. The government has made 10 vaccinations compulsory for school admission. Several parents across Italy have seen their children refused admission because they have not had the necessary vaccinations.

There have been public protests against the government move.


Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Luc Montaigne Speaks About Vaccines and SIDS

Luc MontagnierC'est la guerre. French Nobel Prize winner Dr. Luc Montaigne was criticized for his discussion of vaccine safety.  In Europe, just as here in America, when you question vaccine safety or vaccine side effects, you are considered "alarmist." Mustn't allow Mama to do her own thinking for her baby after all, oui? This article below is particularly noxious in its tone and derision.

Read the full article in French here.

Professors Luc Montagnier and Henri Joyeux held a press conference against vaccination in a Parisian theater on November 7, 2017. Their alarmist and unfounded comments were vigorously denounced by the academies of science, medicine and pharmacy.

It was a funny duet that held the poster of the Michel Theater in Paris on November 7, 2017. On one side, Professor Luc Montagnier. On the other, Professor Henri Joyeux. The first is a virologist, Nobel Prize in Medicine, member of the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Medicine. The second, a former professor of oncology, specialist in digestive surgery, is also laureate of the Antoine Lacassagne cancer prize awarded by the National League against Cancer. Two impressive CVs that unfortunately do not immunize against the virus of pseudoscience. Indeed, the two accomplices had made an appointment "to the journalists of the press health, well-being and society" to tell them all the harm they thought of vaccines. This, a few months from the passage of three to eleven of the number of compulsory vaccines in children.

If from the beginning of the conference, they said loud and clear not to be opposed to vaccination it was only to better undermine its foundations thereafter. "We risk with vaccines to poison little by little all the population that will succeed us, children, babies," for example, launched Luc Montagnier in an attack of alarmist fever. "We are entering a kind of vaccine dictatorship ..." Henry Joyeux claimed on his side. Problem: most of their arguments are based on untruths, bias reasoning or misinformation, all against the background of conspiracy theory.

With the help of Professor Brigitte Autran of the Pierre and Marie Curie Faculty of Medicine in Paris, a vaccine specialist, we have tried to decipher the main arguments put forward by Professors Montagnier and Joyeux. An exercise that at times proved difficult or even impossible in some cases, both the sources and the scientific references were lacking in their words:

Vaccines may be responsible for sudden infant death.

https://www.sciencesetavenir.fr/sante/vaccins-decryptage-de-l-etrange-conference-de-presse-des-professeurs-luc-montagnier-et-henri-joyeux_118446


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Happy Thanksgiving from Age of Autism

AofA ThankfulDear friends, readers, families, colleagues and supporters, we at AofA would like to wish you each a very happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for your readership, your likes, links, reTweets and comments throughout the year.

The winds change, and we constantly readjust our sails, don't we?

Thank you.

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The European Health Parliament: Bogus Institution Is Industry Front

image from www.healthparliament.euBy John Stone

Our elected politicians may not be a class I collectively respect, but at least they bother to get themselves elected. Recently our friends at the British based journal and group The Informed Parent received a letter announcing:

“My name is Alice Pignacca, Member of the European Vaccine Committee of the European Health Parliament, a platform of 55 young professionals and students with the goal of shaping the future of healthcare in Europe. We work in 5 committees around various topics. Specifically, our committee intends to provide recommendations on vaccination plans, taking into account the reasons for not trusting vaccines.”

What Ms Pignacca – who is requesting information -  does not mention is that the European Health Parliament (which no one had heard of before) but which sounds vaguely plausible, is no more a parliament than you or I are a parliament. It does not have representatives elected by citizens, and it is not an institution of the European Union: it is an unelected body affiliated to Johnson and Johnson, Google, POLITICO, the College of Europe, the European Patients Forum (a group which receives significant funding from most of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers)and Euro40 (a group of Euro MPs under the age of 40). The letter is copied to Matteo Pedralli, who like Pignacca seems to be a student at the 'the College of Europe', an independent educational institution situated in Brussels (one of the two homes of the real European Parliament) and to Chiara Danelli, who works for Johnson and Johnson .

Johnson and Johnson may not be a name much associated with vaccines but they make Quinvaxem (DTPHibHep)  and Hepavax  (a single Hepatitis B vaccine), and are trying to expand into the sector:

“Johnson & Johnson currently has relatively low vaccine revenues, reflecting its small portfolio size, volume of doses sold and geographic scope. However, its pipeline and R&D investments indicate a growing focus on vaccines.”

So, in order to add their new products to an already obscenely crowded schedule they are going to have to lobby hard.

Among the questions that Pignacca asks:

“For which reason don’t you trust scientists, doctors, and institutions on this?..”

I am not speaking for the Informed Parent but of course if you write from an industry sponsored lobby organization pretending to be a legitimate public body it scarcely helps your case.

‘Would you agree that the scientific method has helped human progress?”

Well, yes but that does not mean that every industrial product manufactured is an example of progress or necessarily safe. I do not know why Ms Pignacca would expect anyone to respect such naive or twisted logic.

The European Health Parliament seems have been launched as a project in 2015 with the motto echoing the 'Occupy Wall Street' campaign 'Occupy Health Street' but the pretence of being a citizens’ body is ridiculous, another Trojan horse.

Or perhaps European Health Parliament is just a rather up-market youth employment scheme: the door-to-door sales-people of the cyber age.

The government pharmaceutical complex cannot play it straight to save their lives.

John Stone is UK Editor for Age of Autism.


Holiday Reading List from Skyhorse Publishing

This holiday season, we're thankful for Skyhorse Publishing in New York. Publisher Tony Lyons is not only an autism Dad himself, but he's a brave, sometimes lone voice in the publishing world for every topic within the spectrum that is autism. 

Here are some of SHP's recent releases worth a look.

Denial
Denial by Dan Olmsted (Age of Autism Founding Editor) and Mark Blaxill (Age of Autism Editor at Large)


Your SPED rights
Your Special Education Rights by Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson
(A behind the scenes look a the world of IEPs and how you can negotiate better with  your school district.)

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Dog Flu Pet Threat Campaign Promotes Merck Vaccine

Dog fluAND YOUR LITTLE DOG TOO!!!!!!!  Good grief, Snoopy! Merck is now trying to convince you that your dog is in grave danger from the flu and you should be a responsible pet owner and get your dog vaccinated. Dog flu. Ever heard of it? Has your vet ever told you about this threat to your pet?  The website https://www.dogflu.com/ is 0wned by Merck (see below.)  Sounds like a cash cow product to me.

"Dog Flu is a growing concern across kennels and boarding facilities, learn more about prevention and containment.  AAHA reports on how kennels and boarding facilities are reacting to the Dog Flu outbreak in Trends Magazine."

Admin Organization: Merck and Co., Inc.
Admin Street: One Merck Drive,
Admin City: Whitehouse Station
Admin State/Province: NJ
Admin Postal Code: 08889


Vaccines and Pregnancy

Vax PregnantNote: I'm at an age where my friends kids are beginning to get married and have their own children. While, the girls' Dad and I will never have grandchildren thanks to autism, such is not the case for most AofA readers.  Today's young women experience fully medicalized pregnancy from conception, often assisted, through delivery. When I had my first baby in 1994, I was to ingest nothing resembling medicine. No aspirin. No allergy medication.  No prescriptions outside of those horsepill vitamins. No over the counter anything. I was told not to eat tuna, not to drink coffee or alcohol. Cigarettes were long off the table as an option. Rightly so.  Today? Young woman are shamed  encouraged to get a flu vaccine at the very least. World Mercury Project takes on pregnancy vaccination and safety in this blog piece below. If you have your own story to share, comment here at AofA and on the WMP blog too. Thank you to Robert Kennedy Jr. and his team for their work.  Kim

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In recent years the CDC has made recommendations that women receive flu vaccines and TDaP vaccines during their pregnancy even though the package inserts state there are no long term safety studies to justify this practice. Mothers are reporting miscarriage, pre-term labor and health issues for themselves and their children following these vaccines. A recent CDC study found that pregnant women vaccinated with the influenza vaccine had 2 times greater odds of miscarrying their babies compared to women who did not receive flu vaccine. Here’s one mother’s story of her twins after a flu vaccine in pregnancy. Share your story and hashtag it #restorechildhealth #worldmercuryproject.   Read more at World Mercury Project.


Generation Rescue Asks: Is Ketogenic the New Autism Diet?

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Thank you to Jenny, Candace and the GR team for always putting families first.

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We’re always trying to stay on top of the latest trends in functional medicine. We’ve heard a lot about the ketogenic diet and were curious about the benefits (if any) for individuals with autism. We asked functional medicine doctor Will Cole, D.C. to give us all the details.

In conversation with Dr. Will Cole

GR: What is ketosis and what does it mean to follow a ketogenic diet?

WC: A ketogenic diet is one made up of high-fat, moderate protein, and low carbohydrates. The whole goal behind a ketogenic diet is to reach a state of ketosis, where your primary energy source is fat in the form of ketones, instead of glucose.

The standard belief is that we absolutely need glucose for energy when that is simply not the case. As babies we relied on fat in the form of breast milk for optimal development. And with our brains made up of 60% fat with 25% of our bodies entire cholesterol found in the brain, it makes sense to feed our body exactly what it is made of instead of depriving it.

GR: What foods should be eliminated and why? What potential reactions could we be having as a result of eating these foods? 

WC: You should avoid all grains, most fruit, sugar and legumes. Not only can all of these be inflammatory they can interfere with your body reaching ketosis by raising your blood sugar. In addition, fruits should be eaten in moderation because of the high fructose levels. The best fruits are lemons, limes, and berries since they are low-fructose.

GR: What foods are allowed?

Read more here.


What Will Johnny Collett Mean for Autism Families?

Johnny collettNOTE: Any AofA readers in Kentucky or with experience with Johnny Collett please chime in in our comments. He serves as an advisory board member of the Kentucky Autism Training Center.  The info below from the White House is more than a bit concerning in that it fails to mention experience with the most demanding diagnosis in special education today, AUTISM.

If you could tell him your most pressing need, what would you say to him?

"President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

Johnny Collett of Kentucky, to be the Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Mr. Collett is the Director of Special Education Outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers. In this role, he supports states in their work to raise expectations and improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. He previously served as Director of the Division of Learning Services and State Director of Special Education at the Kentucky Department of Education. In this role, he provided oversight to a division that included special education, as well as other program areas such as English Learners, gifted and talented, response to intervention, the Kentucky School for the Blind, and the Kentucky School for the Deaf. He also served on the board of directors of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, serving a partial term as secretary-treasurer of the board. Mr. Collett also served in various other roles, including exceptional children consultant, assistant division director, and acting division director. Prior to working at the Kentucky Department of Education, he was a high school special education teacher. Mr. Collett is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and Georgetown College (KY)."

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Kentucky Autism Training Center

Director
Division of Learning Services
Office of Next-Generation Learners
Kentucky Department of Education

Johnny W. Collett is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Georgetown College (KY). He has been with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) since 2008 and currently serves as Director for the Division of Learning Services (DLS). Johnny has previously served as an Interim Division Director, Assistant Division Director and Exceptional Children Consultant at the KDE. Prior to coming to the KDE, he served eight years as a classroom teacher in Scott County (KY) Schools, working primarily with students with disabilities. Johnny is married and has three children (17, 11 and 7 years old).


The Failing Flu Shot. Got It? No, Thanks.

Did You educate Vaccinate
By Cathy Jameson

When I was growing up, we were taught four seasons:  spring, summer, autumn, winter.  Lasting 3 months each, they make up our year.  At some point in time, the medical and the advertising industry created a new season.  They call it the Flu Season.  Starting in October and lasting well into spring, a better term to use for those months of the year is Flu Shot Season. 

Even earlier, depending on where you live, this man-made season begins with signage.  Never advertising simple tips—like hand washing, avoiding contact with others while feeling under the weather, or covering sneezes—Flu Shot Season advertising goes into full force around the time that school begins.  Steadily increasing during the holidays, the advertising becomes more in-your-face.  So do the monetary incentives for flu shot consumers. Flu shot halloween

A quick internet search of “flu shot incentives” and “flu shot freebies” brings listing upon listing of how to cash in on free or reduced products.  How this is ethical is beyond me.  We’re not usually offered $5 off of groceries for other medical procedures, like for allergy testing or testicular cancer screenings; why, then, just for vaccines?  

Flu shot target

Flu shot sign images source: Google

No matter when, and no matter how many signs are placed or how many commercial spots are aired, the flu shot has, once again, received failing marks.  Straight from the CDC’s mouth, this year’s flu shot has been reported as ineffective.

Flu shot graphic

Image source: CDC

Even with that news, advertising continues.  It’s push, push, push that failed shot one more Flu Shot Season in a row.  If any of my children come home with academic scores similar to the yearly efficacy—or better said, the inefficacy—of the flu shot (“Adjusted Overall VE %” column), my eyebrows would be raised.  My patience would be worn thin.  My head would be spinning, and you know that there will be tons of questions – why is your average so low?  Did you miss class that day?  Were you goofing off?  Did you forget your book?  Notes?  To study?  My children know that they are responsible for their studies and that consequences follow low scores.  That doesn’t seem to be the case for the US vaccine program’s watchdogs. 

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Asking ABC 10 California Reporter About the Vaccine Exemption Loophole

Laura Hayes
NOTE: Thanks to Laura Hayes for her tireless diligence in California on the topic of vaccination. From Laura:

"A few days ago, I sent an email with this link of an ABC news report here in CA re. SB277 and what reporters are now calling the "loophole" of medical exemptions issued by licensed physicians in CA:  http://www.abc10.com/news/local/loophole-in-california-vaccine-law-leads-to-rise-in-medical-exemptions/490980059

After viewing this "news" segment, I immediately emailed the reporter, Gabrielle Karol at gkarol@abc10.com   It has been 3 days now, and no reply from her.  Perhaps you, too, will feel compelled to contact this reporter.  However, as with other mainstream reporters, it appears that her vaccine-related stories are dictated by the hand that feeds her and her network, Big Pharma." 
 
Dear Ms. Karol,
 
I watched your feature last night re. the use of medical exemptions in CA.  It did not include balance or pertinent facts. It also did not mention that the featured child's cancer may very well have been caused by her childhood vaccines (http://fearlessparent.org/do-vaccines-cause-cancer/). Should you want to further educate yourself on the topic of vaccines, here are some starting points for you.  
 
 
(80-min. presentation I gave on 11-13-16 at WAPF's annual conference; a comprehensive overview of many vaccine-related issues, and a great place for you to begin)
 
 
 
 
 
We are in the midst of a Vaccine Holocaust.  Mainstream media is one of the guilty parties, and a major contributor to escalating medical fascism.  It is my sincere hope that you will make the time to educate yourself, then dedicate yourself to exposing the dangers, inefficacies, and lack of need for vaccines, and the corruption that underlies them from manufacture to mandate, and beyond.
 
Sincerely,
 
Laura Hayes

Letter by Veteran Vaccine Researchers Warns of Multiple Vaccine Risks

Risk choice"So far the results have been consistent in indicating that it is better to receive a live vaccine after a non-live vaccine than a non-live after a live vaccine ... Hence, it could have major effects on mortality and morbidity and health care costs if immunisation programmes implemented a “live-vaccine-last” policy."

A letter in BMJ Rapid Responses yesterday co-authored by veteran Danish vaccine researchers Christine Benn, Peter Aaby and their colleague Signe Sorup warns of the risk to morbidity and mortality if non-live vaccines are administered after live virus vaccines, rather than in the opposite sequence. The authors are writing about the non-specific effects of vaccines on health. The flagging up of adverse consequences after decades of administration indicates the chaotic, and unrecorded effects of vaccine programs across the globe. The letter talks about the sequence of administration when of course live and and non-live vaccines are often administered together.

While the authors talk about modifying practice, what continues to be troubling is the random recklessness and negligence with which programs are assembled and the failure to monitor the long term consequences for health of vaccination. For all those who have had to bear the consequences looking at it decades later is of course only slightly better than nothing. 

 

 


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Action Alert! Senate Should Reject Alex Azar

Urgent call to actionThank you to Autism Action Network for this action alert. You may be able to help stop this appointment by sharing your concerns with your Senator.  The action alert below includes a link, and letter you can use through the convenience automatic system.  Please, take 5 minutes to use the action alert.  The AHA  just changed blood pressure standards to lower them - meaning MORE Americans will test as "hypertensive."  That means millions of additional prescriptions written for drugs and swamp gold for pharma. As head of HHS, Azar, an Eli Lilly alum, will be able to manage American healthcare for the express benefit of his industry.  Don't be naive enough to think our health will be taken into any account other than the pharma bank account.  Thank you.


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President Trump just nominated former chief lobbyist and President of the US division of drug company Eli Lilly to be the next Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS). Eli Lilly is the inventor and was the primary manufacturer of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines that is linked to autism and other neurological disorders. Prior to employment at Eli Lilly, under George W. Bush, Azar was general counsel and later deputy secretary of HHS at the time the decision was made to give an expedited efficacy and safety review to Gardasil, a vaccine for human papilloma virus produced by Merck that has enormous safety issues. As general counsel (head attorney) for HHS, Azar participated in the Autism Omnibus Proceeding that denied more than 5000 claims of vaccine injury, even though HHS settled one of the test cases that found that Hannah Poling's autism was indeed caused by vaccine injury.

Azar is exactly the wrong person to head HHS. Azar must be approved by the Senate, and the Autism Action Network will be working hard to stop his confirmation.

Please click on the Take Action link to send an email to the President expressing your disappointment with this nomination, and encouraging the two United States Senators from your state, who must vote on Azar's appointment, to oppose his confirmation.

While the head of Eli Lily in the US, Azar was also on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Association, a trade and lobbying association for manufacturers of biological products including drugs, vaccines and GMOs.  Azar's career perfectly mirrors the "revolving door" door between regulatory agencies and the industries that they supposedly regulate in the public interest. The revolving door is one of the clearest indicators of government corruption.  And Azar is only 50 years old, so we can probably expect several more trips through the revolving door before his career is done.

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HCG Found in WHO Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Developing World

Vax PregnantThank you to our loyal reader Dr. K.O. for making us aware of this paper.

Open Access Library Journal

John W. Oller1, Christopher A. Shaw2,3, Lucija Tomljenovic2,3, Stephen K. Karanja4, Wahome Ngare4, Felicia M. Clement5, Jamie Ryan Pillette5

1Communicative Disorders, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA 2Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Graduate Program in Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 3Neural Dynamics Research Group, Vancouver, Canada 4Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, Nairobi, Kenya 5University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA
Copyright © 2017 by authors and Open Access Library Inc.
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY 4.0). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Received: September 12, 2017; Accepted: October 24, 2017; Published: October 27, 2017

ABSTRACT

In 1993, WHO announced a “birth-control vaccine” for “family planning”. Published research shows that by 1976 WHO researchers had conjugated tetanus toxoid (TT) with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) producing a “birth-control” vaccine. Conjugating TT with hCG causes pregnancy hormones to be attacked by the immune system. Expected results are abortions in females already pregnant and/or infertility in recipients not yet impregnated. Repeated inoculations prolong infertility. Currently WHO researchers are working on more potent anti-fertility vaccines using recombinant DNA. WHO publications show a long-range purpose to reduce population growth in unstable “less developed countries”. By November 1993 Catholic publications appeared saying an abortifacient vaccine was being used as a tetanus prophylactic. In November 2014, the Catholic Church asserted that such a program was underway in Kenya. Three independent Nairobi accredited biochemistry laboratories tested samples from vials of the WHO tetanus vaccine being used in March 2014 and found hCG where none should be present. In October 2014, 6 additional vials were obtained by Catholic doctors and were tested in 6 accredited laboratories. Again, hCG was found in half the samples. Subsequently, Nairobi’s AgriQ Quest laboratory, in two sets of analyses, again found hCG in the same vaccine vials that tested positive earlier but found no hCG in 52 samples alleged by the WHO to be vials of the vaccine used in the Kenya campaign 40 with the same identifying batch numbers as the vials that tested positive for hCG. Given that hCG was found in at least half the WHO vaccine samples known by the doctors involved in administering the vaccines to have been used in Kenya, our opinion is that the Kenya “anti-tetanus” campaign was reasonably called into question by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association as a front for population growth reduction.

Subject Areas:

Gynecology & Obstetrics, Women’s Health

Keywords:

Anti-Fertility Measures, Beta-Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, Birth-Control Vaccine, Population Control Programs

INTRODUCTION:

On November 6, 2014, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) which presides over the Kenya Catholic Health Commission (established in 1957 [1] ) issued a press release alleging that the World Health Organization (WHO) was secretly using a “birth-control” vaccine in its anti-tetanus vaccination campaign in Kenya 2013-2015 [2] . A few days later, an article in the Washington Post followed with similar allegations quoting the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA) [3] . Such claims from sources in the Catholic Church prompted this case study of the WHO Kenya “anti-tetanus” campaign along with a review of WHO research to develop anti-fertility vaccines1. Many published papers, which we found in the Web of Science and PubMed data bases, document WHO experimental research with various anti-fertility vaccine conjugates [4] - [24] since the 1970s. The published objective of WHO researchers performing the experiments was to engineer one or more “birth-control” vaccines that can, with known reliability, produce and maintain infertility indefinitely.

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Trump Drains the Swamp to Make Room for More Pharma Gold

Drain the swampPresident Trump promised to "drain the swamp" during his campaign. His hard talk about pharmaceutical influence on our lives was a strong pull for many within the autism community from conservatives, to moderates to staunch liberals. Many held their noses and voted for Trump with a longing for true help and change for this generation of kids and the future.

The nominee for HHS secretary is Alex Azar, former top executive with Eli Lilly, the creator and manufacturer of Thimerosal. Thimerosal. Thimerosal: the  mercury-based preservative used in vaccinations and the launching pad for autism.   Azar was also in HHS under President George W. Bush.   The good news is that his orientation will be a snap. He already knows how to find the bathroom and supply closet.

Even the mainstream media sees the significance of appointing a captain of industry to run a government organization as large as HHS.   From the NY Times:

President Trump, who has repeatedly assailed pharmaceutical companies for the high cost of prescription medications in the United States, nominated on Monday a former executive of one of the nation’s largest drug companies to be secretary of health and human services, which has responsibility for regulating the pharmaceutical industry. Read more here.

I'm reminded of the lyric from the song "The Circle Game." 

And the seasons, they go round and round and the painted ponies go up and down.
We're captives on the carousel of time.
We can't return. We can only look.
Behind from where we came.
And go round and round and round in the circle game.

Kim


The Science Behind Dental Mercury and Other Environmental Toxicants

Viceroy-DentistNOTE: My father was a dentist for a decade before becoming an orthodontist. I've often wondered about his (and my Mom's, who was his chair side assistant before their marriage) mercury burden from the 1950s as they relate to my own burden and my girls' autism. It was a hard subject to even bring up with my Dad. Thanks to World Mercury Project for this article. Please visit their site here.

By Amanda Just and John Kall, DMD of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)

If everyone had the same reaction to environmental toxicants, these hazardous substances would probably be banned immediately. It would be obvious to everyone, as well as their doctors, that exposure to a specific toxic material results in a definitive outcome– the exact same illness shared by all of those who come into contact with the dangerous substance. However, research has demonstrated that individuals respond to environmental toxicants in a way that is unique to their own bodies.

This “personalized response” has been studied in depth in the case of dental mercury. In fact, examining the science behind dental mercury sheds light on the complex variability of environmental illnesses. It also offers hope that this newfound understanding can help heal the ailing state of 21st century public health.

What is dental mercury?

Often referred to as “silver fillings,” all dental amalgams consist of 45-55% metallic mercury. Mercury is a known neurotoxin.  Amalgams are still used for about 45% of all direct dental restorations worldwide, including in the US.

What are some of the health risks that have been linked to dental mercury?

Properly diagnosing “adverse health effects” related to dental mercury amalgam fillings is impeded by the list of potential responses to the elemental form of the substance, which include over 250 symptoms. Not all individuals will experience the same symptom or combination of symptoms. Moreover, scientists have associated the mercury in amalgam fillings with Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), antibiotic resistance, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, infertility, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and other health problems.  Read more here.