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Cathy Jameson

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

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By Cathy Jameson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leave a comment and contact info below or e-mail me at


Dan Olmsted ( is Editor of Age of Autism.



Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Thinking Moms on The Autism War

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

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

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

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

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Cathy Jameson

Best of: Summer and Autism Lockdown


We ran this post during the summer of 2010.

By Cathy Jameson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dachel Media Update: Bob Wright Measles Wrong

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Registration includes:

Access To All Summit Lectures

Complimentary Coffee and Tea Throughout the Event

Gift Bag with Products, Conference Program Guide and Vendor Coupons

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Anne Dachel

Massachusetts Bill To Add Supports For Autism

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

By Anne Dachel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A spokeswoman says Patrick is reviewing the bill.


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

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Current Affairs

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

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


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

It’s tempting.

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

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

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

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

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Kim Stagliano

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

Future shockBy Kim Stagliano

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

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

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

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Mass Hope to Expand Autism Supports

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

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

July 30, 2014, WRAL, Raleigh, NC: Autism bill unlikely to pass this summer

July 28, 2014, American Council on Science and Health (ACSH): Robert F. Kennedy Jr. promotes a dangerous and unscientific position on thimerosal

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Current Affairs

I Have Decided To Vaccinate My Child Because…

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By Laura Hayes

It’s that time of year again… parents are scrambling to make doctor appointments for their children so they can comply with daycare, preschool, elementary school, junior high, high school, and yes, now even college, vaccine requirements.

Time to stop and ask yourself, if you are one of these parents, why you are choosing to comply with these vaccine mandates.

Read through these possible reasons one by one, and check all that apply:

1. Because I want to believe that vaccines were responsible for eradicating the infectious diseases against which we vaccinate, even though data going back more than 150 years definitively show that vaccines were not responsible for the major drop in mortality from infectious diseases, or for the complete disappearance of horrible diseases for which there never was a vaccine (so how did those diseases go away, I’m wondering?), or for the increase in life expectancy. In actuality, mortality rates often increased after the initiation of mass vaccination programs. I want to believe it was the vaccines that were responsible, so I can have a false sense of security that my child will be protected from infectious diseases (at least the ones I’ve been taught to fear, i.e. the ones for which there is now a vaccine).

2. Because I want to believe that my doctor would not tell me vaccines are safe and effective if they weren’t. I want to believe that my doctor is a vaccine expert. I don’t want to know that my doctor received about two hours of vaccine information during four years of medical school, and that two hours was spent teaching how and where to inject up to 11 vaccines contained in seven syringes into a tiny infant, all at the same time (tricky to do, as there are only so many limbs on a human). I don’t want to know that my doctor receives his vaccine safety and efficacy information from the pharmaceutical reps (and oh, those reps are so good-looking!) who love to take him out to lunch and give him nice gifts, and whose companies rake in billions of dollars from vaccine sales each and every year. I must admit I was shocked when my pediatrician told me he knew that vaccines were safe because the pharmaceutical reps told him they were.

3. Because I want to believe that definitive studies have been done showing that vaccines are safe. I don’t want to learn that vaccine “safety studies” are done by the makers of the vaccines, i.e. the ones who profit to the tune of billions of dollars from vaccine sales. I don’t want to learn that vaccines are not tested against placebos, but rather are tested against other vaccines, or combinations of vaccines, or adjuvants, which cause reactions in and of themselves. If I thought about this too hard, I would see that saying one vaccine is no more dangerous than another, or than a combination of vaccines, or than a dangerous adjuvant, doesn’t mean it’s safe at all. That would be like saying heroin is safe because it’s no more dangerous than crack. Seriously, who has been allowing such studies? (Hint: the FDA, CDC, and HHS, for starters.)

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Current Affairs

The Age of "Ebolio?"

Polio triumph All news outlets are abuzz with the news of the Ebola virus. Fall is flu shot season, back to school vaccine time, a pharma scheduled opportunity to put disease talk at every American dinner table.  Below is the seven part series Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill wrote on Polio - which continues to evoke panic and a larger than life (or death) response among many.  As Dan wrote in his "perch" on AofA, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking? CDC/NIH leave smallpox vials laying around, expose workers to anthrax, freak out about the flu in China, then import Ebola via Americans who tragically came down with it. Something wrong with this picture. -0-..."

Managing Editor's Note: Below is the 7 part series in full for you to share, FB, Tweet. Thank you.)

By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

1. The Wrong Narrative.

Polio is the iconic epidemic, its conquest one of medicine’s heroic dramas. The narrative is by now familiar: Random, inexplicable outbreaks paralyzed and killed thousands of infants and children and struck raw terror into 20th century parents, triggering a worldwide race to identify the virus and develop a vaccine. Success ushered in the triumphant era of mass vaccination. Now polio’s last hideouts amid the poorest of the poor in Asia and Africa are under relentless siege by, among others, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Eradication is just a matter of time, and many more illnesses will soon meet the same fate.

But based on our research over the past two years, we believe this narrative is wrong – and wrong for reasons that go beyond mere historical interest. The misunderstanding of polio has warped the public health response to modern illnesses in ways that actually make them harder to prevent, control, and treat.

The reality, we believe, is that the virus itself was just half the epidemic equation -- necessary but not sufficient to create The Age of Polio. Outbreaks were not caused solely by poliovirus – the microbe was an ancient and heretofore harmless intestinal bug -- but by its interaction with a new toxin, most often innovative pesticides used to treat fruits and vegetables.

This alternative narrative makes better sense of the natural history of polio, and it resolves a number of anomalies that remain to this day. It suggests why poliomyelitis outbreaks emerged, evolved, and exploded the way they did; it probably solves, for the first time, the enduring riddle of why Franklin D. Roosevelt was afflicted 90 years ago this summer on Campobello Island; and it may mean today’s billion-dollar-a-year eradication effort is misguided, if not downright quixotic.

These are large claims. Let us explain.


Polio was a strange illness, never fully understood even by those who devoted their lives to studying and subduing it. It was a summer plague, coming on in late spring and all but vanishing in the fall. Many thought contagion had something to do with water, and Americans kept their children away from swimming pools in droves.

There is a profound distinction between poliovirus – an enterovirus, one that enters through the mouth and takes up residence in the GI tract and bloodstream – and poliomyelitis, the paralytic form of the illness. In the vast majority of cases, the virus causes either a minor illness or an inapparent infection.

But in 1 or 2 in 100 cases, the virus somehow gets past multiple defenses and into the nervous system, where it finds its way to the anterior horn cells at the top front of the spinal column. There, it preferentially attacks the gray-colored motor neurons (polio means gray in Greek) and causes inflammation of the protective myelin sheath (myelitis). This interferes with nerve signals to the muscles and can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis of the limbs and the respiratory system. A small number of people who contract poliomyelitis -- on the order of 1 percent -- die.

The first recorded U.S. outbreak was in 1841 in West Feliciana, Louisiana (10 cases, no deaths). There was a half-century gap until the next cluster, in 1893 in Boston (26 cases, no deaths). Then, in 1894, came what is widely regarded as the first major epidemic, in Rutland and Proctor, Vermont (132 cases, 18 deaths). Thirty more outbreaks – from such seemingly disparate locations as Oceana County, Michigan, and California’s Napa Valley -- were reported in the United States through 1909. The worst by far was New York in 1907, with 2,500 cases and a five percent mortality rate, a harbinger of the 1916 epidemic in the Northeast that killed 2,000 in New York City alone.[i]

What is most remarkable about this list is that so few outbreaks of paralytic polio were recorded anywhere in the world before the latter 19th century. Poliomyelitis is considered an ancient scourge, but the evidence supporting that belief is quite threadbare. An oft-cited Egyptian drawing depicts a priest with a withered leg that could have stemmed from paralytic polio, but for most of recorded history there were few observations of the sudden-onset fever and paralysis in infants that characterizes the disease. The earliest well-documented case of infantile paralysis in an individual is widely considered to be Sir Walter Scott, afflicted as an infant in 1773.[ii]

There is little question that the poliovirus was endemic in humans for millennia; there may even have been isolated cases of poliomyelitis for much of that period. Yet the poliovirus did not trigger widespread outbreaks of poliomyelitis. Setting aside for now the 1841 Louisiana outbreak, reported retrospectively, something seems to have happened around 1890 to launch The Age of Polio in the United States. And something else must have changed around the end of World War II to create the large modern epidemics seared into the minds of older Americans, thousands of whom are poliomyelitis survivors and almost all of whom know someone who was afflicted.

While we have not written about polio, we have seen this pattern before. In our book, The Age of Autism – Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-made Epidemic, we argued that something happened in the 1930s to launch The Age of Autism.[iii] We proposed it was the commercialization of ethyl mercury compounds for use in pesticides – seed disinfectants and lumber preservatives – and in vaccinations; we offered evidence of those inventions in the family backgrounds of the first autism cases identified in the medical literature, in 1943. Similarly, we proposed that the sharp rise in autism cases beginning around 1990 tracks with the federal government recommending several more mercury-containing shots.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Gupta. Ebola

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Aug 4, 2014 The Daily Beast: Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines

Gupta has faced criticism, most notably over his backing of Gardasil, a vaccine for HPV. Critics questioned his backing of the drug, as it was made by Merck, then a sponsor of a show he presented called Accent Health. 

"One part of the criticism was people saying vaccines caused autism," Gupta says. "I looked at the scientific evidence as anyone should and concluded they didn't. Would I get my children vaccinated? I did."

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Current Affairs, Sponsor News

People as Pendulums: Deinstitutionalization and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Home Safe Home Logo_mediumWe are reprinting this article by Tamie Hopp with permission. To view the original, please visit NPQ, The Non-profit Quarterly.  If you have a child with autism or another disability, we suggest you join VOR (Vee-Oh-Are) an AofA sponsor and one of the only advocacy groups fighting for INDIVIDUALIZED housing and adult care.  There are self-advocates and others who know nothing about the needs of our loved ones with autism who are seeking to deny choice. Learn more at the VOR site.

By Tamie Hopp

VOR Director of Government Relations & Advocacy

In 1965, then-Senator Robert Kennedy toured the Willowbrook institution in New York State and offered this grim description of the individuals residing in the overcrowded facility: "[They are] living in filth and dirt, their clothing in rags, in rooms less comfortable and cheerful than the cages in which we put animals in a zoo." 

The atrocities of Willowbrook ushered in a generation of advocates, nonprofit organizations, providers, and professionals who successfully pushed for massive reform, beginning in 1971 with the development of Medicaid Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Retardation (ICFs/MR) [later renamed as ICFs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID)].

Families and advocates alike applauded this infusion of federal funding, licensing and oversight for a program specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Still, as the ICF/IID program grew, so did calls for housing alternatives. Critics emerged, claiming that the ICF/IID federal standards of care promoted a non-individualized, inefficient model of care, and, due to federal financing incentives, discouraged states from developing alternate service options.  In 1981 Congress responded by providing for small (4-15 person) ICFs/IID and a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver, to allow states to “waive” certain ICF/IID requirements.

These early reforms were quite properly motivated by the need for a system of care and supports that responded to the very individualized and diverse needs of the entire population of people with I/DD.  These reforms, however, also set the stage for decades of ongoing deinstitutionalization, resulting in the elimination of specialized housing, employment and education options for people with I/DD, leaving some to question the price of “progress.” 

The Pendulum Swings

Even though initial reforms were motivated by a lack of service options (an over-reliance on the ICF/IID program), it was not long before efforts to “rebalance” our system of care shifted from the expansion of options to the dramatic reduction of ICFs/IID and other specialized options.

In 1999, the Supreme Court handed down its landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision which should have settled the deinstitutionalization debate. The Court expressly cautioned against forced deinstitutionalization, the “termination of institutional settings for persons unable to handle or benefit from community settings,”   finding instead that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) only requires community placement when an individual’s treatment professionals determine community placement is appropriate, such placement is not opposed by the individual, and the placement can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the State and the needs of others with disabilities.  

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Current Affairs

Book Debut Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

RFK Thimerosal BookBook debut day is always exhilarating - even for a seasoned, best selling author like Robert Kennedy, Jr.. Please join us in wishing him well as he educates readers on the dangers of neurotoxic mercury. In an environment (pardon the pun) where so few advocates are willing to step and and speak out on behalf of vaccine safety, we commend and thank both Kennedy and his publisher, Skyhorse. There is not a bigger name in American environmental causes doing anything like this.

After you read the book, we invite you to leave a review at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and GoodReads

Unfortunately, many people will negatively review the book never having cracked the spine - never having the read more than the book's cover art on the computer...    Write the review that suits your reaction to the book. Copy it, and leave it at every book site you can find.  

Cathy Jameson

Required Summer Reading

Mom-reading-newspaperBy Cathy Jameson

"To promote the right to individual health choice and stand up for the victims of medical injury."

I scheduled my typical children’s dental appointments over their summer vacation.  Sitting in a dentist’s office for two and a half hours on a sunny afternoon wasn’t on my top 10 things to do while on summer vacation list.  Neither was defending medical choices I’m forced to make for my kids.  But that’s what ended up happening on a hot July day.

I shouldn’t joke.  Taking four children to our dental provider really isn’t that difficult; it’s more time consuming than anything.  After a terrible experience with another dental group in town, I’m grateful that our current dentist knows us well.  The staff listens to me.  They respect me.  They understand why I’ve made the medical decisions I’ve made for my children.  It’s comforting that they recognize that some of my kids are medically fragile.  What’s considered “industry standard” by some can send my children into a downward spiral with potentially long-lasting ill effects. 

So, smack dab in the middle of summer vacation was just as good a day as any to bring my kids in for a teeth cleaning.  I was prepared for the long afternoon and made sure to bring things for my kids to do while their siblings’ teeth were checked.  Just when I thought it would be business as usual, a new dental hygienist greeted us in the waiting room.  I wasn’t aware that the one whom I’d made a great connection with (she too had a young child with developmental delays) had recently left the practice. 

Politely introducing myself and my two older children whom she’d be working with, I felt somewhat exposed talking to the new hygienist.  Stating pertinent health and medical issues my children had, I went through a list of things we usually request. 

Will she judge me?  Will she understand why things must be a certain way?  Will she give me any flack for what I want done versus what she’s used to doing? 

Those questions raced through my mind as the hygienist opened the children’s dental files.  Inspecting my children’s files, she began to ask me pointed questions the dentist and the previous hygienist knew not to ask us any longer.  

No fluoride? 

“That’s correct,” I stated.

Sealants?  It says here that you were thinking about them. 

Actually, I was thinking about NOT doing them.

I smiled while trying to sound confident, “No, thanks.  We won’t be doing those.” 

For the quick second it took for the hygienist to look down at the medical records, I took over the conversation. 

“My daughter just got out of braces so this will be her first cleaning without any orthodontic gear.  Please use the gluten-free toothpaste and let me know how her teeth look now that the braces are off.”

The hygienist closed the files and said, “Okay, she can come back with me now.”

Whew!  Interrogation over…

Can I ask you something? 

Uh oh.

“Um…yes?” I stammered.

Why don’t you want sealants?

I felt like I was backed into a corner.  I had two choices:  I could answer her honestly or grab my children and run while yelling, “Leave us alone, you nosey Nellie!”

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: The Vaccine Theory of Nobel Prizes

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted
The July 20 New York Times, which never tires of promoting the germ theory of disease and the need to vax, vax, and vax some more, is my source for the following: “Over the last century, Denmark won significantly more Nobel Prizes per capita than Italy. It also had a lower prevalence of disease-causing germs.”
The correlation, according to Damian Murray at UCLA, holds true in 161 countries based on 5 different metrics of innovation. “Murray speculates that vaccination programs ‘may serve to foster a cultural zeitgeist that is more encouraging and rewarding of innovation.’”
About the only truth in that statement is the first two words: “Murray speculates.” That’s certainly fine – I do it all the time – but I’m not even sure I understand the point. I filed it in my “AOA – Read” folder to await further developments.
They came swiftly. Yesterday, I saw a friend with two preschool sons who knows first-hand the damage FDA-approved, CDC-recommended medicine -- not vaccines in his case -- can do. (He has a lot to do with why I'm writing about autism.) I asked him what vaccination schedule he follows with the kids and he replied, “We’re doing the Norwegian one.”
I’d never heard of someone adopting another country’s schedule, but my friend is pretty cosmopolitan – thoroughly American but with recent roots in Hungary, Germany, and England.
So I looked up the Norwegian vaccination schedule for preschoolers:
•  DTP combination vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
•  Hib vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae type b infection
•  Vaccination against pneumococcal disease
•  Vaccination against poliomyelitis
•  MMR combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella
Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV, for girls from 2009)
Children are usually first vaccinated at 3 months old. MMR vaccination is first given at 15 months of age and HPV is now offered to girls at about 12 years old.
Hepatitis B vaccine is also offered through the immunisation programme to children with increased risk of infection, such as those with parents from countries with high prevalence of hepatitis B infections.

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Current Affairs, Sponsor News

Generation Rescue Supports Congressmen Bill Posey's Autism Diligence

GR faceFrom our friends at Generation Rescue: Bill Posey

Dear Generation Rescue Community,

Many of us know that Congressman Posey has been an outspoken supporter in Washington for our children with autism. Because we desperately need people with integrity and honestly like Bill Posey in Congress, Jennifer Larson, Chief Executive Officer of Vibrant Technologies Inc., has offered to co-host a fundraiser for him. 

There will be two pieces to the event. 

The online donation goal from the community is $15,000. We are hoping that everyone who can afford to will consider giving at least $25 to help raise this amount through social media and email lists to all our fellow autism parents, grandparents and supporters. Please send this link far and wide:  

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Current Affairs

Action Alert: Congress Passes Ineffectual Autism Research Bill

Fish on bikeFrom Autism Action Network: Autism action network

Take Action: Congress, what are you going to do now?    

Take Action!

Congress passes autism research bill    

Last night the Senate passed by unanimous consent the re-authorization of the former Combating Autism Act (House Resolution HR 4631.)  It allows $260 million per year for the next five years to be spent on research related to autism. The bill now goes to President Obama.
Now that Congress has passed the bill and President Obama’s signature is a certainty, please click on the Take Action link to send a message to your two US Senators and your member of the US House of Representatives asking them what they are going to do about the many problems with the federal autism research program that to date has yet to yield anything of use to people with autism and their families.
Our criticism of the bill is straightforward: the money to date has been misspent, and the overall level of effort is paltry compared to the scope of the epidemic. According to the CDC there are 1 million people in the US with ASD and the same number infected with HIV/AIDS. Unlike autism, official medicine knows the cause of AIDS, effective prevention methods are known, and highly effective treatments are available as well,  yet we are still spending more than 10 times as much on HIV/AIDS research as autism. The Government Accountability Office issued a report showing that 84% of autism research is potentially duplicative. The epidemiology done by the CDC is designed not to be able to answer the obvious question:  “Is the autism rate going up?” And we are spending eight times as much on dead-end genetic research than finding environmental causes.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: RFK Jr on CNN: Thimerosal "Not Policy, but Politics"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

RJK Jr: 'Not policy, but politics'

July 30, 2014

On July 30, CNN host Don Lemon interviewed environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr. about current political events and his new book, Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak, from Skyhorse Publishing.

Unlike recent articles in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Forbes and TIME, this coverage focused on what the book is actually about and Kennedy was allowed to explain the topic.

Lemon: "Why did you write this book?  It's been controversial."

Kennedy: "I wrote the book because, as you say, this is a controversial--it's almost a radioactive--issue.  People on both sides have dug in their heels. The debate about it has devolved into name-calling--it's not been a productive debate. So what I did, I got a group of scientists together and I said, 'Let's go scour--and I raised a couple of hundred thousand dollars--let's scour the scientific literature and find every article that's ever been written on thimerosal safety.' 

"Thimerosal is a mercury-based vaccine preservative that was eliminated in pediatric vaccines because it was dangerous. In 2003, it was taken out, but unfortunately--of American vaccines, we're still giving it to people all over the world--unfortunately, it was the same year CDC recommended it for the flu vaccine. . . .  And for the first time, pregnant women are getting very, very large doses of this neurotoxin--doses that are equivalent to what they were getting before the ban on pediatric vaccines. . .  It's an unnecessary preservative. The science is very clear.  We found over 500 peer-reviewed publications, 1400 references in this book, that show this is a known, recognized neurotoxin for which there are many, many alternatives.  It should not be in our vaccines.

Lemon thanked Kennedy and promised, "We will have you back to talk about it."

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John Stone

Hazards of Nasal Flu Vaccine as Program is Rolled Out in British Schools

UpdateBy John Stone

This is an update of my article ‘UK Department of Health Deliberately Exposes Vulnerable Population to Flu Infection’ of May last year as the British government rolls out the program to entire school population this autumn (a product called Fluenz identical with Flumist used in the US). Recent  draft minutes of the government advisory committee, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, show it to be in a double-bind over asthma cases and uncertain about egg allergy: “extrapolating findings on injectable vaccines to Fluenz® was problematic as nasal administration may be a more reactogenic route than intramuscular injection". (See HERE.) They will still be testing this with program in full gear.

The other problem they have is that the vaccine is “contraindicated for severe asthma” so they have to devise formal guidelines for which asthma sufferers should have the vaccine and which should not, but it begs the problem that the more severely affected asthma sufferers will be exposed to the viruses (which they might well not otherwise have come into contact with) by their schoolmates shedding them, turning on the head the proposition that they are protecting the vulnerable by vaccinating the fit. While the ethical problem is not stated it surely hovers silently above their deliberations and calls into question the very principles of the program (other than making lots of money for someone). The relevant portions of the text of the JCVI minutes follow that of my article as originally published.


UK Department of Health Deliberately Exposes Vulnerable Population to Flu Infection

Dice no yes maybeBy John Stone, first published on 10 May, 2013

Is the vaccine program there to prevent harm or to foist commercial products on a captive market at the public expense? The parrot cry of health officials trying to bully citizens into vaccinating is that they are putting other people at risk, but it is very easy to call their bluff when they pursue a contradictory policy over nasal flu vaccine and children, a vaccine which sheds and will put in harm's way immune-compromised people and younger siblings. From September this year in the United Kingdom children above the age of two are to be offered a nasal influenza vaccine ‘Fluenz’ which is the same as  the ‘Flumist’ many American children already get, and this is to be rolled out for all schoolchildren next year.  Here is the text of my recent letter to the British Medical Journal, so far unpublished:

It is deeply disturbing that this senseless project ploughs forward regardless. While government seems to have seized the agenda over influenza vaccination by unwarranted claims of (influenza) mortality [1,2] there are definable risks to the use of nasal influenza vaccine. Manufacturer's product information states among other things [3]:

"FLUENZ should not be administered to children and adolescents with severe asthma or active wheezing because these individuals have not been adequately studied in clinical studies.
"Do not administer FLUENZ to infants and toddlers younger than 12 months. In a clinical study, an increase in hospitalisations was observed in infants and toddlers younger than 12 months after vaccination (see section 4.8).

"Vaccine recipients should be informed that FLUENZ is an attenuated live virus vaccine and has the potential for transmission to immunocompromised contacts. Vaccine recipients should attempt to avoid, whenever possible, close association with severely immunocompromised individuals (e.g. bone marrow transplant recipients requiring isolation) for 1-2 weeks following vaccination. Peak incidence of vaccine virus recovery occurred 2-3 days post-vaccination in clinical studies. In circumstances where contact with severely immunocompromised individuals is unavoidable, the potential risk of transmission of the influenza vaccine virus should be weighed against the risk of acquiring and transmitting wild-type influenza virus."

Children could therefore become a mass hazard to immunocompromised people, younger siblings etc.  Moreover, given the poor record of anticipating which influenza virus strains would otherwise proliferate [4], this could expose people unnecessarily to virus strains they would otherwise not encounter. The wisdom and ethics of this seem dubious, particularly with health officials for ever insisting that we need to vaccinate to protect other people this is manifestly a self-contradictory, not to say absurd, exercise.

  [1] John Stone, 'Re: Author's response' 26 December 2009,

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Current Affairs

The Case Against Mandatory Flu Vaccination for Health Care Workers

Pigs flyNote: This is a refreshing commentary by a group of physicians in Canada. Could (would) an American doctor, with our for profit healthcare system, dare to write something similar? 

The case against mandatory flu vaccination for health care workers

The evidence of the benefits of vaccination is not nearly strong enough to justify taking away doctors’ autonomy.

 By: Dr. Michael Gardam , Dr. Camille Lemieux, Dr. Susy Hota, Published on Mon Jul 28 2014

There has been a good deal of recent media attention regarding what some see as a medical and ethical imperative that health-care workers be vaccinated against influenza. This view stems from two conclusions: vaccinating health-care workers protects patients from influenza-related harm, and current strategies have not been successful in achieving high vaccination rates.

Some Canadian jurisdictions want to see vaccination made mandatory while others want to mandate that unvaccinated workers wear a mask while at work throughout the influenza season.

Unfortunately, this issue is not as black and white as it has been portrayed: the evidence supporting influenza vaccination is not definitive and a lack of evidence and practical concerns make mandated masking a dubious policy.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: In Which CNN Runs Out of Tape...

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

We had hoped to share the video of Robert F. Kennedy who appeared last evening on CNN Tonight, however, it appears that CNN ran out of tape...   during the final segment in which Kennedy spoke about flu shots, mercury and Thimerosal as a preservative.

July 29, 2014, WXOW, La Crosse, WI: Add immunization to your back-to-school checklist

July 25, 2014, The Thinking Moms' Revolution: What Are MRC-5 and WI-38? And Why Are They in Vaccines?

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Current Affairs

Washington Post: Report on Irish Baby Homes Documents use of Infants for Med School Cadavers, Vaccine Testing

WeepThis story is from a different era - or is it?  Read the full story at the Washington Post.  Thank you to our reader, "F" for sharing the link.

The investigation also discovered at least 123 children at the homes for unwed mothers were used for testing vaccines manufactured by a company called Wellcome Laboratories –which after merging with Glaxo, became  Glaxo Wellcome. The tests provided fodder for two published articles in peer reviewed journals, the report said. It’s unclear how often researchers obtained consent — and from whom.

By Terence McCoy

“Inanition,” his death record read, according to RTE News. “Failure to thrive.”

But RTE News said the record carried a mystery. John for some reason wasn’t buried until 1950 — three years after his death. The oddity was first discarded as a clerical error.

But it wasn’t. John’s records had the designation “AS,” or “anatomical study.” His infant remains had in fact been given to researchers at Trinity College Dublin, who used them for medical research — though it’s unclear whether his mother had given consent for this.

Mulready eventually tracked down his burial plot, she explained to the Irish Times, but found it marked by a “stick with a number on it. … I cannot imagine that happening to children or young babies who died in … well-to-do-families, families with influence.”

But it did happen to babies beside John, according to a recent Irish government report confirming and augmenting earlier reports in an RTE investigation called “Anatomy of a Scandal.

The report, a preliminary review, was designed to set the framework for a full formal investigation ordered by the Irish parliament in the wake of another story: one historian’s claims that hundreds of babies may have been buried beside a home for unwed mothers at Tuam. The government, said the parliament as it established the inquiry, “believes that this latest shameful episode in Ireland’s painful social history must be fully and accurately documented in order that a comprehensive account of these institutions is available.”

“Records show,” the report said, “that between the years 1940-1965, 474 unclaimed infant remains were transferred to Anatomy Departments in Ireland.” It cited old records of the Anatomical Committee of the Irish Medical Schools. “The purpose was for the study of anatomy; the study of the structure of the human body.

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Current Affairs, Mark Blaxill

Best of AofA: There’s a Funny Thing About Evidence: More Support for Autism-Mercury Link

Science_jpg_w300h345 Robert F. Kennedy's book is shipping - debut date is August 4. Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak. Have you ordered a copy?  Be sure to leave a review after you read the book. It's quite helpful to an author - and the audience he wishes to reach.  Thank you. The post below ran in 2010.

"...thimerosal at the same concentrations received in human infants had clearly measurable effects on opioid receptor development in the infant rats. They also found that these effects were stronger at higher doses. The effect was found to be persistent, lasting well beyond the initial period of administration. According to the authors, “very likely, it is permanent.”"

By Mark Blaxill

Despite the relentless drumbeat of propaganda from the CDC, public health authorities and the thuggish on-line goons of the medical industry, there’s a funny thing going on. The evidence of a connection between mercury exposure and autism keeps growing.

Last month, two scientists at the University of Northern Iowa, Catherine DeSoto and Robert Hitlan, published a fascinating review paper (see HERE for an interview with DeSoto; also see HERE and HERE for earlier reviews of DeSoto’s successful debunking of an error-filled paper on autism and mercury). They asked a simple question: what does the published evidence linking autism and mercury really say? To answer that question, they did a simple Pub Med search. They searched for the terms “(Autism AND Mercury) OR (Autism AND Heavy Metals)”. They found 163 articles (a number that has since risen to 174) and reviewed them. According to the authors, “Of these 163 articles, 58 were research articles with empirical data relevant to the question of a link between autism and one or more toxic heavy metals. Fifteen were offered as evidence against a link between exposure to these metals and autism. In contrast, a sum of 43 papers were supporting a link between autism and exposure to those metals.” In short, 74% of the published studies supported the theory.

Evidence is a funny thing.

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Current Affairs

Autism Action Network Alert: Autism Cares Act Needs Major Improvement Before Passage

Urgent-Actions-WBMdFrom our friends at Autism Action Network.

Once in a while we win one. Our efforts a couple weeks ago to stop the fast-track adoption of the Autism CARES Act (the absurd new name for the Combating Autism Act, Senate Bill S. 2449) were successful. We were able to delay the adoption of the new version of an old do-nothing bill. If we can delay a vote past Friday then we will have all of August, when Congress is out of session, to try and make the bill less bad.
Please take a few minutes to call the key Senators below and ask them to delay the bill and amend the bill so that we have autism research that will produce answers and solutions, not full employment for geneticists and others who will not rock the boat.
 We oppose this bill because all it does is continue the paltry and misspent research efforts of the past eight years.  Eight years ago the federal government claimed they did not know the causes of autism but thought it was probably genetic, claimed there were no treatments for autism, and had no cure, and they weren’t sure if the autism rate was going up. Eight years and more than $1 billion later and nothing has changed. Under the Combating Autism Act spending on genetics versus environmental causes is 8 to 1. And the GAO said 84% of the money spent was duplicative. And the epidemiological research done by the CDC is designed NOT to determine if the autism rate is increasing. Nothing has changed, except the ongoing grinding increase in the number of Americans who have this debilitating disorder.
We believe the Senators below are more likely to hold the bill. Please call the United States Senators below and politely ask them to hold Senate Bill S. 2449, the re-authorization of the Combating Autism Act. It worked before, it can work again.
Senator Tom Coburn, 202-224-5754
Senator Ted Cruz, 202-224-5922
Senator Rand Paul, 202-224-4343
Senator Mike Lee, 202-224-5444
Senator Roy Blunt, 202-224-5721
Senator Ron Johnson, 202-224-5323
Senator Jim Risch, 202-224-2752
Please also call your two United States Senators and ask them to hold Senate Bill S 2449.

Current Affairs

Best of Age of Autism: Mercury, Old Car. Gone. Old Preservative? Still Here.

ThimerosalMany of us have received our copies of Robert F. Kennedy's Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak. After you read the book, we invite you to leave a review at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and GoodReads

Unfortunately, many people will negatively review the book never having cracked the spine - never having the read more than the book's cover art on the computer...   But I digress.   I tend to discount 1 star and 5 star reviews as having been written primarily by detractors and sycophants/family members. Write the review that suits your reaction to the book. Copy it, and leave it at every book site you can find.  

In addition, we have written about mercury and Thimerosal since our inception many years ago. Here are a few posts to remind you of the harm that can follow injecting mercury into the human body.

We will continue to thank Mr. Kennedy and Skyhorse Publishing for this book. It will educate mainstream Americans about the chemicals going into their bodies, and that's a very good thing. RFK Thimerosal Book


Immune System in Alzheimer's and Autism: Domino Effect From Mercury?

By Teresa Conrick

With 1 in 3 seniors dying with Alzheimer’s and 1 in 50 children now being diagnosed with autism, studying these patients should be crucial in both preventing new cases and helping millions of people afflicted now.

There are parallels in much of the research being published about both autism and Alzheimer’s.  We are told the former is “neurodevelopmental” while the latter is “neurodegenerative,” but increasing studies show that both are medical consequences of some type of assault on the immune system...

Since 1938... Autism And Mercury

By Teresa Conrick

"SINCE 1938 there have come to our attention", is becoming a famous introductory description about autism. Written by psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Kanner, it began the narrative that described those first eleven children, all born in the 1930's, that he diagnosed as having "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact."  Kanner made it clear that autism was new and very different, and he offered this suggestion:

"..each case merits---and, I hope will eventually receive a detailed consideration of its fascinating peculiarities."

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Pediatric Union Continues to Promote Vaccine Sales over Safety

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

August 1, 2014, AAP News: Report: Serious adverse events from vaccines 'extremely rare'

July 29, 2014, New York Times: When the Caregivers Need Healing

July 28, 2014, Autism Speaks: More than Prenatal Genetics: The Search for Autism's Origins By Martha Herbert

July 28, 2014, My Fox Houston: Texas Failing Special Needs Students says U.S. Dept of Education

July 28, 2014, Public News Service:  Building Acceptance of Autism in Ohio

July 28, 2014, Newest anti-vaxx trend causes babies' brains to bleed

July 25, 2014, National Post (Canada): Autism's numbers game: Prevalence rates under microscope in fight for resources, support services

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Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE: Kent Heckenlively - REVEALED!

Kent Book PlagueAfter two hundred and twenty-six posts the regular readers of Age of Autism are no doubt familiar with Kent Heckenlively's words.  With subject matters ranging from mercury and aluminum, the Omnibus Autism Proceedings in the Vaccine Court, to stem cells and animal viruses, Heckenlively has been a veritable Scarlet Pimpernel of the bio-med world.

But now you can see his face and hear his comments in this exclusive interview with Dr. Judy Mikovits, his co-author for the book, PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases which is being released by Skyhorse Press on September 2, 2104.  Let us know what you think of the video and feel free to pass it on to friends and family!

PLAGUE goes on sale September 2, 2014 at bookstores everywhere.

Kent Book PlagueKent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and author of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases.   Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can pre-order the book HERE.

Microbiome Conference Videos Now Available

MicrobiomeOur own Teresa Conrick attended this 1st International Symposium on the Microbiome in Health and Disease with a Special Focus on Autism conference on the Microbiome - and she has written extensively about this important topic of gut and brain health.  We invite you to read her posts and view the videos from the conference, which are now live.  Take note of the presentation by Dr. Richard Frye - who has been a staunch supporter of our childrens' health. His practive is under tremendous pressure - and we dearly hope he continues to practice, treat our kids and lecture to others about the necessity of medical care for the very real illness that is autism in so many of our children.

The Microbiome Series by Teresa Conrick


Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Why No Programs for Adults With Autism? (Supply and Demand, Perhaps?)

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

July 26, 2014, Washington Post: Coping with adult children's autism, parents may face 'least bad' decisions

...This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures showing 1 in 68 children in the United States have Autism Spectrum Disorder, a term that captures the wide range of ways autism affects children. That was a 30 percent jump from two years earlier and more than double the rates from six years before that.

And over the next 10 years, 500,000 children with autism will become adults, according to Lisa Goring, a top official at the advocacy group Autism Speaks. "There are not enough services. It's a real problem for families."...


I don't see why this is a problem.  Why can't autistic young adults go where autistic adults have always gone?

For years, every time the autism rate took another gigantic leap ahead, major news outlets like the Washington Post expressed no concern. They were satisfied to quote officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who assured us that, no matter what the increase, it was just "better diagnosing" of a condition that's always been around.

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Natalie Palumbo

Make Them Fear, Make Them Silent: Shaming In The Age Of Autism

Make Them Fear, Make Them Silent: Shaming In The Age Of Autism

AntNat2By Natalie Palumbo

I’m 20, a rising sophomore in Motion Design at Ringling College of Art and Design, and the only sibling to an older brother with low-verbal autism.

Whether I’m away at school, or travelling far from home, I always stay in touch with my family and monitor the news. I’ve noticed an alarming pattern that seems to be forming. There appears to be a considerable attempt to shame parents for their concerns regarding medicines, and what is safe for their children to receive in terms of vaccinations and prescriptions.

I find it disheartening as a sibling that there isn’t more compassion coming from the medical professionals. Shouldn’t the parents feel comfortable asking if the recommended medicine is safe for their children to take? Why is there this attempt to make parents refrain from asking any questions, and why is there such an effort to shame them? I’ve noticed there are more stories being unearthed about doctors disregarding previous diagnosis, and children being held hostage by hospitals as in the Justina Pelletier case.

The Justina Pelletier case involves a 14 year old girl who was suffering with mitochondrial disease. After a setback, she was taken to Children’s Hospital in Boston. Despite what the parents reported to the medical professionals, the doctors believed that the child’s problems were psychiatric and not gastrointestinal. They ordered a complete change of protocol in spite of parent objections. The parents wanted Justina discharged from the hospital so they could seek care elsewhere.

According to reports in the Boston Globe, this resulted in “A medical collision with a child in the middle”. Journalist Niel Swidey wrote that doctors at Children’s Hospital, “contacted the state’s Child Protection Agency to discuss filing ‘medical child abuse’ suspecting that Justina’s parents were interfering with her medical care and pushing for unnecessary treatments.” These allegations led to Justina being taken from her parents and placed in emergency custody by the state. After a 16 month battle, the case was resolved in favor of the parents, but there are many more stories like Justina’s.

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Current Affairs

New Vaccine Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!


Back to school always brings a huge push to convince Americans that vaccines are completely safe and entirely necessary to our survival. There are no 30 second spots on TV with 28 seconds of side effects. There are no two page magazine ads with one full page devoted to side effects.  Just article after article attacking anyone who dares to question the reality of vaccine safety - including a prominent environmental activist with a pretty recognizable name....  Thanks to Dr. Darrell Crain for sharing this "Onion'esque" post with us. 

By Paul Scratchit

Three years ago today the Vaccine General’s office in the White House declared its intention to wipe out dandruff. “Dandruff is a nasty vaccine-preventable disease,” said Vera Welthy, first lieutenant to the Vaccine General.

“Dandruff is a scary, unsightly, and potentially deadly disease. We know of at least two cases where a dandruff-stricken individual, distracted by brushing scalp flakes off their shoulders, stepped off of a curb right into the path of a fast-moving motor vehicle.”

A press release from the Vaccine General points out that the government has invested vast sums of taxpayer money into eradicating dandruff once and for all over the past three years. “We will soon leave dandruff behind us and prevent children from growing up worried about skin flakes in their hair,” according to the announcement. “We can’t just blow off the sometimes deadly Disastrous Dandruff Disorder (DDD), we must attack dandruff vigorously, just as we do every time we come up with something we can call a new vaccine-preventable disease.”

Federal recommendations were quickly put in place three years ago mandating the anti-dandruff vaccine for all school-aged children. Congress even voted to give anti-dandruff vaccine maker Smerck-Roachee $1.5 billion to upgrade its gigantic anti-dandruff laboratory in New Jersey as a matter of national security.

States all over the country now require the initial seven shot series (nine shots for girls) before entering school. No shot, no school – unless you can find a medical doctor willing to sign the official form acknowledging you as a bad parent who has decided to sentence your child to a life of dandruff suffering that can lead to low self esteem and decades of heavy pharmaceutical treatment for severe depression, anxiety, and latent anti-government sentiment.

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Kim Stagliano

Jim Rockford's Message: Stand Up For What's Right


By Kim Stagliano

When actor James Garner decided to help organize and attend the March on Washington in 1963, he wasn’t just listening to his conscience. He and other actors who attended may have been embarking on Hollywood’s first large-scale political act since the days of McCarthyism and Hollywood’s anti-Communist blacklist.

I love this article about James Garner. What have you done in your life - to go against the grain for RFK Thimerosal Book what is right? For me? It's talking about vaccine injury and autism. That has meant being called "Anti-vaccine" and an "American Loon" and derided in the media (anyone remember my name splashed across the front page of the Chicago Trib for feeding my girls "toxic waste products" courtesy of Trine Tsouderos? Miss cupcake reviewer turned "science" beat writer?) I am proud to make people uncomfortable. Just as I am proud to support Skyhorse Publishing, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Dr. Martha Herbert and Dr. Mark Hyman and the new book Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak.

As I type, there is an ad by the State of New York running on NBC 4 featuring a man desperately trying to breath as he coughs, clearly in agony. This is an acceptable way to tell people that smoking is dangerous. But if I, we, dare try to tell anyone what vaccines did to our kids?  We're as welcome as lung cancer. 

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Cathy Jameson

Best of Age of Autism: Reality Check

Ronan flowerNote: Cathy has a well deserved weekend OFF. Happy summer!

By Cathy Jameson

Ronan has a vaccine injury, mitochondrial disease and seizures.  He can’t talk or use the bathroom on his own.  He can’t be left unattended or perform typical daily living skills.  Ronan requires a special diet, round-the-clock care and a team of professionals to teach him.  He has another team to medically treat him and to support him.  He’s a severely affected child.  I’ve known all of this for a long time now, but nothing could prepare me for a day like last Thursday.  That’s the day Ronan’s adaptive stroller arrived.  The stroller, while it will be very useful and will allow Ronan to see more of the world, is a reminder that he remains very dependent and sometimes, very weak.  Ronan just can’t keep up like other children can.  

When I was growing up in the 1970s and 80s, I knew only of a few children who had as severe issues as Ronan does.  Poor neurological developmental cases were not among them.  One boy in my K-8th grade elementary school was physically disabled and used a wheelchair.  A friend’s younger brother had gross motor delays and needed physical therapy.  Out of everyone I knew or knew of, only one child’s issues demanded intensive, long-term medical care.  Don’t get me wrong.  Other kids that I knew needed care or equipment and were in and out of the doctor’s office.  But more times than not, the equipment were crutches, and the doctor visits were to treat broken bones or get stitches after a hard day of play.  Their pain and medical management was temporary.  Children’s health forty years ago wasn’t fragile like that of today’s generation.  And unless they were being hidden, cases of severely affected children were drastically fewer than what exist today. 

As I stepped into adulthood in the early 90s, I prepared for my career in the education field.  Only then was I introduced to children like Ronan.  While real, these children were unknown to me personally.  They were highlighted in case studies that I was assigned to read in journals found on the shelves of my college library.  These children and their diagnoses were quite rare.  So was the number of cases of them.  Fascinated by how out-of-character their significant struggles and troubles were compared to children I encountered in my childhood, I felt sympathy for their parents.  It wouldn’t hit me until after Ronan’s diagnosis in the mid 2000s what those parents went through.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Mother Jones’ Murderous Jihad, the Orthodox Anomaly, Dorit on the Attack

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

I’ve had it with the anti-American bile spewing from that leftist rag Mother Jones magazine – inciting murderous jihadis. These cretins need to shut up and stop killing people.

Oh wait, that’s not what I really wanted to say. I wanted to say, the language being used against vaccine safety advocates is really getting out of control, and a recent example is Mother Jones, which referred this week to the “McCarthyite cretins in the murderous vaccinations-cause-autism movement.” (Jenny, meet Joe.)

Sounds a bit harsh when their own rhetoric is flung back at ‘em, doesn’t it!

Not since the White House warned Americans to “watch what they say, watch what they do” in the wake of 9/11 – before starting the stupidest, longest, most ruinous wars in U.S. history, having cowed most of the press and Congress into submission – has there been a moment like this.

Egged on by the “vaccines uber alles” forces, know-nothing folks like Mother Jones’ blogger Kevin Drum are stepping up the intemperate language to “baby killer” levels not seen since Bill Gates laid that one on Andy Wakefield. (These levels are likely to rise again with RFK Jr.’s new book, out next week, driving them into frenzy.)

Let’s remember that the law provides some fairly easy ways to skip vaccination, from personal and religious exemptions to no mandates at all if children are educated at home. Don’t like it? Change the law. Don’t compare those who follow or advocate perfectly legal behavior to mass murderers.

There’s been a lot of talk recently about parallels between 1914 and now, 100 years later. Here’s another one – as war fever built, free speech was suppressed under the Espionage Act. President Wilson even tried to criminalize criticism of the president. I’m sure he thought that opposing entry into the war would cost lives. Instead it probably cost us a century more of constant war.

Calling us anti-vaccine because we want a safer, saner vaccine schedule and are highly critical of current government policy is like calling Mother Jones anti-American because it wants a safer, saner country and is highly critical of current government policy.

Free speech and relatively free choice is here to stay (let us pray!). The murderous anti-American cretins – wait, the lazy uninformed ideologues -- over at Mother Jones might as well calm down and get used to it.


The evidence for lower autism rates in less vaccinated populations keeps rolling in – and rolling off the backs of the media and medical establishment.

Thanks to AOA’s Adriana Gamondes for spotting this March article in the Times of Israel: “In Israel, a lower percentage of ultra-Orthodox and Arabic children are diagnosed with autism compared with the general population — and no one is quite sure why.

“That pattern, which is mirrored in Aboriginal populations in Canada, was the subject of discussion by autism researchers from the two countries at a Hebrew University symposium this week. One thing is certain, they said — when it comes to autism in both Israel and Canada, not enough is known.”

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Back To School Vaccine Safety Push is ON

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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July 25, Salt Lake City, Deseret News: It's safe to vaccinate kids — studies find autism risks are linked to genetics instead

July 24, 2014, Washington Times: EDITORIAL: More Kennedy snake-oil medicine

July 24, 2014, WFMZ, Allentown, PA: Life Lessons Detecting autism earlier

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Anne Dachel

More Fringe Than Rug: Time Attacks Robert Kennedy's Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak

Thimerosal RFKNote: Anyone, from political activists, to celebs to "Real" Housewives to actual housewives who question vaccine ingredients and/or safety is shunted into the "anti-vaccine fringe category."  In 2014 there's more "fringe" (those who study and learn and report) than rug, as Americans question vaccine safety like any other product, thus the desperate push to denigrate, disassemble and deny by pharMedia.

By Anne Dachel

July 21, Jeffrey Kluger--TIME:
RFK Jr. Joins the Anti-Vaccine Fringe  "Most fundamentally, Kennedy does not get chemistry. Thimerosal is an ethylmercury product. Mercury in general may be a neurotoxin, but it's in its methylmercury form that it does its damage-and only in particular concentrations. The quantity of ethylmercury that was once in vaccines was so small that it was actually within acceptable limits for the more toxic, methyl form-but it wasn't even in that methyl form to begin with."

TIME actually went further than the others in slamming Kennedy's thesis with Kluger's defense of methlymercury, along with the ethymercury used in vaccines.  He wasn't afraid to say thimerosal is mercury. He just doesn't see a problem with it.

I would like to ask all the reporters writing on this subject, not just Kluger, Sanders, Salzberg, and Helmuth, do you know anything about the history of thimerosal?

The truth is, officials don't want to research just how dangerous thimerosal is when injected into children and mothers-to-be.  Ten years ago, on June 4, 2004, acting director of the FDA, William Egan,  was called to testify before the House Committee on Government Reform about thimerosal. 

U.S. Rep. Dan Burton: "Mr. Egan, has thimerosal ever been tested by our health agencies?"

William Egan: "Its been only those early tests that you know of that were done by Lilly."

Burton: "That was done in 1929....

"And lets just follow up on that. In 1929, they tested this on 27 people that were dying of meningitis . And all of those people died of meningitis. And so they said, there was no correlation between their deaths, and the mercury in the vaccines. That is the only test that has ever been done on Thimerosal, that I know of. Can you think of any other?"

Egan: "No, in people, no. Except for accidental exposures over the."

Burton: "So we have mercury that has been put into people's bodies in the form of this preservative ,and has been since the thirties, and it has never been tested by our health agencies. And yet, you folks come here , and you testify that there is no 'conclusive evidence,' conclusive evidence, and the IOM says 'they favor,' - get this - they don't say they are sure, they say they favor rejection of a causal relationship between mercury and autism and other neurological disorders. Mr. Egan, can you tell me right now that that amount of mercury injected into a baby will not hurt it?"

Egan: "It's.. You know, it's, it's , it's impossible to make those categorical statements that one hundred percent .."

That is the inescapable truth about the safety of thimerosal. 

It's hard to understand reporters who are so willing to risk their reputations by ardently defending the use of toxic mercury in vaccines when the science simply isn't there.  Mercury has been used in vaccines for eighty-five years without ever being tested by the government for its toxic effects.   Steven Salzberg's may cite "study after study" as proof that thimerosal is safe, but the truth is these studies are merely easily flawed and manipulated population studies--the weakest kind of science.  The fact that our health officials keep doing them and yet they never settle the question, should tell reporters something.

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Anne Dachel

Nova's Not So New Approach to Vaccination

PBS biasBy Anne Dachel

Vaccines-Calling the Shots

Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out. Airing September 10, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago-whooping cough, measles, mumps-are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. NOVA's "Vaccines - Calling the Shots" takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, hear from parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, and shed light on the risks of opting out.

"Risks of opting out"?  Will we also hear about the risks of "opting in" or will PBS just pretend that vaccines carry no side effects?

Will the producers at PBS include a clip from their series, Autism Now, from 2011?    Veteran newscaster Robert MacNeil interviewed autism expert, Dr. David Amaral from the MIND Institute at UC-Davis about the link between vaccines and autism.  While  Amaral didn't think vaccines are the only cause of autism, he said this about a child who might have a predisposition or be ill at the time of vaccination,

 "Vaccinations for those children actually may be the environmental factor that tipped them over the edge of autism. And I think it is incredibly important, still, to try and figure out what, if any, vulnerabilities, in a small subset of children, might make them at risk for having certain vaccinations."

That was a pretty amazing comment.  It certainly means that parents who worry about vaccine side effects have good reason for their concern. 

You can see the PBS interview with David Amaral on YouTube.  (PBS no longer has the video available.)   9:12

Anne Dachel Book CoverAnne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of  The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Teresa Conrick

Dr. Andy Wakefield - You Had Me at Microbiome

MicrobiomeAndy and teresaBy Teresa Conrick

I have been reading and writing about the microbiome quite a lot so it was inspiring to be able to hear Dr. Andrew Wakefield discuss vaccine safety issues, autism and the microbiome here in Chicago earlier this year.  Dr. Wakefield was presenting along with Dr. Ashly Ochsner, BS, DC, a popular, local Chiropractor, whose practice, Health From Within, treats many patients with an autism diagnosis. Marcella Piper-Terry, parent, activist, FB friend to many, and the heart and soul of VaxTruth, was also a presenter, discussing her own personal journey and the many parents along the way who have had children injured by vaccines.

We listened about the epidemic numbers of kids receiving an autism diagnosis and other chronic diseases.  We cried when Dr. Wakefield showed a photo of a boy, bloody and bruised by his own self-injurious behavior (SIB), who had the most severe case of autism that Dr.Wakefield had ever seen.  He described how the boy received a GI scope and lesions were seen everywhere.  The amount of pain would have had us all on the floor screaming for help, Dr. Wakefield described, but the boy was nonverbal and he could not tell of his plight.  His SIB was not some kind of psychotic display but his reaction to pain -- “the amount of pain probably had this boy almost suicidal.”  He then explained how the boy was put on a special diet and received medical treatments and medications to stop the inflammation and pain.  He was getting better but then the local doctors stopped it.  We have heard this scenario before.  An autism diagnosis often means psychotropic drugs and for a child like this, often restraints. The word, AUTISM, historically has meant a BRAIN issue, thus PSYCHIATRIC only and that’s what happened to this boy.  They stopped his medical care, and his pain and SIB returned.  The insanity of that is just too horrific. 

Andy et alDr Wakefield also described how for years parents were told that there was NO CONNECTION to GI issues and autism.  Many were treated as if they were crazy or had munchausen syndrome by proxy,  the most bizarre excuse that psychiatry ever invented.  Yet here we are now, with study after study showing that there is MUCH EVIDENCE of GI issues and autism:

Autism Gastro Problems May Be Linked To Gut Bacteria  

Gastrointestinal issues in autism spectrum disorder.

Autism Linked To Digestive Problems 

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Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - An Alliance of the Free Peoples of Middle-Earth

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

You should probably know I worship at the altar of The Lord of the Rings.  As a cinematic evocation of loyalty, friendship, and courage I believe it has no equal.  I tell my son that if someday in the distant future I am not around and he wants to explain to his children or grandchildren what his father hoped to be, he should pop in the DVD and let them view the trilogy.

When I watch I imagine myself as Aragorn, taking the Dimholt Road under the mountain, clutching the sword, Anduril, Flame of the West, offering a deal to the souls of the dishonored dead if they would join me in battle.  I picture myself as Aragon, astride my horse in front of the Black Gate, telling my troops, I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.  A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day.  An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day!  This day we fight!  Then I jump off my horse, and with the setting sun behind me, a reckless, almost manic glint in my eye and a crooked grin, I am first to charge into the enemy army.

Aside from my heroic Aragorn fantasies the most inspiring part of the story to me is how the different groups of Middle-Earth come together to form a Fellowship and fight a common enemy.  The scene in which a council of humans, elves, dwarves, the wizard Gandalf, and hobbits discuss what to do with the One Ring reminds me of the problems faced by so many disparate groups today.  Among the groups under threat today are the autism parents, those with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and the Lyme disease sufferers, to name just a few of the most prominent.

One of the reasons I love the scene at the council table is because it shows how much each group is mistrusted by the others.  The humans are distrusted because they had a chance to destroy the One Ring and failed to do so.  The dwarves are mistrusted because they care so much about treasure and tunnel too deep into the earth where they risk awakening dark forces.  The elves are distrusted because they so often stand back from the fight, as if they are not part of their world.

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Current Affairs, Sponsor News, Vaccine Safety

Robert Kennedy Is Right Slate Magazine Is Out To Lunch

Lyn RFKLyn Redwood wrote this post on the Safeminds website. For those of you who do not know who Lyn is, her son is what I would consider "Child Zero" for Thimerosal/mercury poisoning.  Lyn is a nurse, a lone voice of reason on IACC and one of the first people to ask about mercury in vaccines back in the 1990s - and count the micrograms - and having realize there were hundreds of mcgs in the pediatric scheduke, sounding the alarm bell.   A bell that CDC, AAP, AMA, Slate, Wired, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, Paul Offit, Nancy Snyderman, Dorit Reiss and so many others can  NOT UNRING.  We all owe Lyn a debt of gratitude for pursuing medical safety for our kids and ourselves (flu shots contain mercury).

You can purchase Robert Kennedy's book Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak today.

Several months ago I received a call on my cell from a number I didn’t recognize. Usually I let such Thimerosal RFK calls go to voice mail but for some reason I picked it up. A friendly raspy voice alleging to be Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. requested to speak to me. At first I thought it was a hoax. But after a few seconds I recognized the voice from the Ring of Fire talk radio program and realized this was not a prank.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was calling to invite me to attend a high profile meeting that he had arranged with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the continued use of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, in vaccines.

He also asked if I would be willing to read a research paper that he had commissioned reviewing the science regarding thimerosal, and to accompany him on a meeting with colleagues to call on select members of Congress for help.

I was more than glad to help out. I have spent the last 15 years of my life researching mercury. I have been involved in countless meetings with high levels officials at the CDC, the FDA, the NIH, and the HHS urging them to remove thimerosal from all medical products, including vaccines. I was honored to be a part of this effort and to work with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to protect other children from what happened to my son over 20 years ago.

My son’s story: poisoned by mercury

When he was born, my son weighed close to 9 lbs. He was a happy baby who ate and slept well, smiled, cooed, walked, and talked all by one year. But shortly after his first birthday, my son began to regress physically and developmentally, losing speech, eye contact, and social interactions. He no longer slept through the night and suddenly refused to eat foods that he had previously enjoyed, gagging and spitting them out. He started suffering bouts of bloody diarrhea.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: New York Times: "A lax culture" at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Try to imagine the New York Times criticizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for anything, especially anything involving infectious diseases.  I wouldn't have thought it was possible--until I saw their story, After Lapses, C.D.C. Admits a Lax Culture at Labs, on July 13, 2014.

This involved a stunning public admission by the agency head, Dr. Thomas Frieden, that mishandlings at the CDC had potentially exposed employees to some of the most deadly infectious agents on the planet, including anthrax and avian flu virus.

The Times story was by Richard Fauseet and Donald G. McNeil, Jr., and McNeil's name was one I immediately recognized because of his past reporting on the vaccine/autism controversy

In 2010, McNeil wrote the piece, Thimerosal, a preservative containing mercury, does not cause autism, about rulings from the Federal Court of Claims affecting 5,000 pending cases where parents sought compensation for vaccine injuries that involved autism.

In that story, McNeil called on Dr. Paul Offit and several moms from the autism community for their reactions.  (And like almost all member of the mainstream media, he failed to cite a single expert who could challenge the court's ruling that it is safe to inject mercury into human beings.)

McNeil had done the same thing in another Times story in 2009 called, U.S. court says vaccine not to blame for autism. Here he pitted the American Academy of Pediatrics against parents who claim that vaccines caused their children's autism, seemingly unaware that hundreds of independent studies by well credentialed experts raise serious concerns about side effects from our ever-expanding vaccination schedule. 

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Teresa Conrick

Dear America, You Are Being Bamboozled Again About Autism and Genes

Dnatoy3By Teresa Conrick

It’s happening again.  The onslaught of studies and articles to try and persuade you, dear citizen of the USA, that AUTISM is a genetic ONLY disorder.  Why, you may ask?  Well, it could be that the back-to school flu vaccines are right around the corner, and your money and your health are about to be bamboozled, but my bet is that a book on the SCIENCE of Thimerosal, that darn mercury preservative in vaccines (especially flu shots), is coming out in 12 days.  Did I mention that Robert F. Kennedy is the author and it’s all about the science and the studies, showing how toxic Thimerosal is and the damage it can cause, even in small doses?  He is the same passionate Kennedy that is fighting for many other environmental causes.  His involvement appears to come with a price as the media (and those who are paying them) are trying to dismiss his research on the dangers, as well as try to paint him as a mercury betrayer.  He won’t budge (good for him!), which leads us to their Plan A, unfolding as the days go by, to try and annihilate his book and the research.

The article I want to share about a new gene study has these bizarre quotes:

The source of autism in children is in majority the result of the desire of parents with defective genes to have children. The study included the contribution of environmental causes of autism and found that genetics trumps any environmental cause for autism. The study was based on the genetic analysis of over 1.6 million Swedish families and compared 3,000 people with autism with a group that did not have autism that was the same size.

As you keep reading in disbelief on how ridiculous it sounds, you then see the glowing, neon message:

This discovery that included the National Institutes of Health in the United States and several experts from U. S. universities brings into serious doubt previous claims that vaccinations or any environmental source caused autism. The 2010 U. S. Court ruling that the use of thimerosal in vaccines was a cause of autism is now suspect of being invalid. Likewise the books  that claim vaccinations caused autism are now considered to be less than factual…..In light of the facts produced by this new research, one must seriously consider how flagrantly greedy or desperately needy people that have autistic children may have been.

“SERIOUS DOUBT?….that vaccinations or ANY environmental source?….U.S. Court ruling invalid on thimerosal causing autism?....BOOKS that claim that vaccinations caused autism are now less than factual?..... flagrantly greedy?

What a crock! Where the heck did this come from?

There are many, many studies showing that TOXINS are involved in autism.  Whether they come in a pesticide:

“Pesticides linked to autistic disorders” Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:33:00 EST

The main findings of the study were that living near (within about 1.25km distance) to where pesticides were used at any point during pregnancy (compared to no exposure) was associated with a 60% higher risk of the child having ASD.

Or in a vaccine (with Thimerosal):

Hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and autism diagnosis, NHIS 1997-2002.”

Boys vaccinated as neonates had threefold greater odds for autism diagnosis compared to boys never vaccinated or vaccinated after the first month of life.

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Current Affairs, Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted , Vaccine Safety

Sharyl Attkisson Asks About Amish and Autism

Sharyl AWe have excerpted this article from Sharyl Attkisson's website.

This is an interesting article written several years ago by UPI investigative journalist Dan Olmsted. It asks “Where are the autistic Amish?”

After the article was published, back when more reporters were covering the scientific links between vaccines and autism, I asked an official from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the supposed lack of autism in the unvaccinated Amish. She said that there could be many other reasons besides the community’s aversion to vaccines. For example, “They don’t use electricity, right?” she told me. In other words, she seemed to put lack of electricity on equal footing with lack of vaccinations when it comes to what could be responsible for the apparent lower than average autism rate in the unvaccinated Amish.

The obvious difference is there are many scientific studies supporting a link between vaccines and Amishautism–often unreported, under-reported or dismissed by pharmaceutical interests and vaccine activists who have long fought a PR campaign to falsely portray the studies and researchers as “anti-vaccine.”

I told the CDC official that it would seem that a survey of the unvaccinated population could be a good first step in further dispelling or further confirming the possibility of a vaccine tie to autism. The CDC official acknowledged to me that the information would be worthwhile. I asked whether CDC would attempt such a survey.

Such a survey wouldn’t necessarily cost a penny because the CDC already conducts regular telephone and mail surveys to monitor childhood immunization coverage. It could just add a question: has your child been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder?  Read the full post at Ms. Attkisson's site here.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Mom Jeans... Or Something Like That

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

July 21, 2014, Autism Linked to Common Genes--Environmental causes and specific mutations aren't as much to blame.

July 20, 2014, WebMD: Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

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Current Affairs, John Stone, Vaccine Safety

The Princess and the Pea: Only the Pain of the Pharmaceutical Industry Counts

Princess PeaBy John Stone

Two weeks to go before the publication of Robert F Kennedy jr’s book about vaccine mercury and we all know where we are headed: the same place as last year when Jenny McCarthy was given a job on ‘The View’  and Katie Couric scheduled a program in which the safety of HPV vaccines were questioned: the unspontaneous howls of pain are starting. It does not matter that the book is apparently couched in the most diplomatic language or that its claims have been diluted, it will be too much for the sensibilities of the vaccine lobby. I am sure we have often referred on these pages to Hans Christian Andersen’s tale ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ but this time I have been thinking of an even more succinct and ironic tale ‘The Princess and the Pea’. A prince wants to marry a princess but the only way it can be confirmed that she is a real princess is because the candidate is so sensitive that a pea hidden under a pile of mattresses causes her to lose a night’s sleep. I think we can be sure that the vaccine lobby is according to this definition “a real princess”, and that there is no criticism so slight that we will not be told about the terrible pain it has caused.

There is no doubt either that the voice of the princess is about to be heard in the land. There is no criticism so gentle or diplomatically couched that the princess can withstand the pain: the outraged opinion pieces will appear in every newspaper, the sage doctors will emerge from every corner on the TV saying “Get the damn vaccines”, we will have wall to wall Dorit Reiss: the princess will tell us how painful it all is. Of course the moral of Anderson’s story is that it is not princesses who have to endure a lot, it is ordinary people: the princess is a great deal more trouble than she is worth. She has also arranged that ordinary people cannot be heard, or they are brusquely pushed to the side. Only the princess’s pain really matters in the great scheme.

Of course, the argument will be that all this sensibility is for the benefit of ordinary people, but if this was so the princess would listen to ordinary people when they tried to express their pain rather than trying to shout them down or shut them up, hiring a mob to help her. The princess is highly manipulative and knows how to get her own way.

Unfortunately, Robert Kennedy will not be able to appease the princess any more than Jenny McCarthy or Katie Couric. Instead we will just have another great tantrum and the usual hysterical, unhinged display of self-righteousness.

The Princess on the Pea

By Hans Christian Andersen translated by Jean Hersholt

Once there was a Prince who wanted to marry a Princess. Only a real one would do. So he traveled through all the world to find her, and everywhere things went wrong. There were Princesses aplenty, but how was he to know whether they were real Princesses? There was something not quite right about them all. So he came home again and was unhappy, because he did so want to have a real Princess.

One evening a terrible storm blew up. It lightened and thundered and rained. It was really frightful! In the midst of it all came a knocking at the town gate. The old King went to open it.

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Dachel Media Update: Cost of Child Vs. Child with Autism

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

July 21, 2014, Largest study to date shows majority of autism is genetic

July 21, 2014, LA Times: Student filmmakers find themselves drawn into the vaccine/autism fray

July 20, 2014, Forbes: Robert Kennedy's Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Activism

July 20, 2014, US News: Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

July 20, 2014, USA Today: Iowa puts $5 million into autism program

July 20, 2014, Wall Street Journal: Can You Really Afford a New Child?

July 19, 2014, Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa, CA: Danger of anti-immunization movement is real

July 17, 2014, Andrew Wakefield is still at it blaming vaccines for autism

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Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. & Drs. Martha Herbert and Mark Hyman Debuts August 4

Thimerosal RFKBy Anne Dachel

Many of us in the autism community have been eagerly awaiting the release of Robert Kennedy, Jr.'s new book, THIMEROSAL: LET THE SCIENCE SPEAK:

I am hopeful about the book--hopeful that there can be an honest look into the use of one of the deadliest ingredients possible in vaccines, namely mercury.  (And seriously, the tired claim that it was removed from most children's vaccines over a decade ago, except for SOME flu shots, doesn't settle anything.  It's still in unconscionable levels in the flu vaccine and this vaccine is recommended for pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy.  Imagine the impact of an adult dose of 25 mcg of mercury on the brain of a developing fetus.  AND A POINT THAT IS NEVER EXPLORED: The vaccine makers still sell vaccines to Third World Countries loaded with high levels of toxic thimeorsal.  We may be protecting the children of the U.S., but the poorest of the poor in the world have no choice for their kids--they get mercury.)

Of course it also matters how the media reacts to Kennedy's book.  If reporters present this as one man's baseless opinion in the face of an army of experts, it'll be easy to discount his work as simply "anti-vaccine."

(Most of the time, the press tackles this subject as if there were no debate.  Whoever contends the vaccines have serious side effects has to be wrong.)

If it's honestly covered with due consideration given to "THE SCIENCE" that Kennedy cites, then this book could lead a real improvement in health care for children.

I have my own problems with how willing members of the press are when it comes to challenging the medical establishment.   It's so much easier and safer to just go to the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or ask a top expert in the mainstream medical community for their opinion on the safety of injecting mercury into humans.  According to officials, all the science is in: studies show no link to things like autism and other neuro-developmental disorders. 

I have yet to see a reporter ask anyone from the CDC how they can justify allowing mercury in vaccines when the only test on thimerosal was done eighty-five years ago by the vaccine maker, Eli Lilly.  That ridiculous study was conducted on a couple dozen patients who all died from meningitis by the end of the research.  STILL--Eli Lilly said it was safe and after the creation of the FDA, its use was grandfathered in.

And please, those population studies, done decades after the fact where the results could easily be flawed or manipulated, don't count.  News people love to cite the "no link" studies, but I've yet to see a single one of them ask, "Who funded the study?" or "Were there any conflicts on the part of the researchers?" 

In 2006, David Kirby's book, Evidence of Harm--Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic,  was published.

In 2011, Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill  gave us The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Manmade Epidemic.

Both of these books were filled with the experts and the science on mercury in vaccines; they didn't have just the opinions of these three writers.  I marveled at the fact that reporters don't ever seem to read the books that are out there.  If they actually did, they would have a lot to ask health officials about. 

Of course the one really important question that never comes up is a simple one: "Who will be held responsible if it's clearly shown that an unchecked, unsafe vaccine schedule is behind the explosion in brain disorders in our children?"   And even though it's not openly talked about, it's always there in the minds of those defending the safety of vaccines.

So what can we expect from reporters writing about Kennedy's new book?

The first mention of Thimerosal--Let the Science Speak that I've seen so far was on July 16 in the Washington Post: Robert Kennedy Jr.'s belief in autism-vaccine connection, and its political peril by Keith Kloor.

First of all, that's a rather disingenuous title.  Kennedy's subject is the use of MERCURY in vaccines.  To reduce that to simply a "vaccine connection" leaves out the essence of the book. If a reader just looks at the title, it's pretty clear where this article is headed.  We're told it's Kennedy's belief--there's no mention of all the scientists backing what he says. And incredibly, Kloor writes about what this means "politically," not morally or socially.  

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Best of AofA: Steven Salzberg: the questions about vaccines he couldn't answer in 2012

SalzbergSteven Salzberg has attacked Robert F Kennedy, Jr. in Forbes for even raising the question of vaccine safety, but how can vaccine safety be credible if every critic is mechanically censured? Salzberg writes:  'Robert Kennedy is obsessed with the notion that vaccines cause autism. He's particularly Thimerosal RFKobsessed with the discredited idea that thimerosal, a preservative used in some vaccines, causes autism. Now Kennedy is about to publish a new book on this topic, and he's promoting it both in the press and, as described in today's Washington Post, in the halls of Congress. He's recently had personal meetings with U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Bernie Sanders to try to convince them to take action based on his claims. Why is it that a scientifically unqualified anti-vaccine advocate can get a private audience with a U.S. Senator? Because he's famous, that's why." Meanwhile Salzberg himself showed himself to be woefully lacking in factual mastery when responding to the congressional autism hearing in November 2012. AoA  re-publishes UK editor John Stone's critque of Salzberg on that occasion.

By John Stone

One of the few public responses to the Congressional hearing into autism by a vaccine programme advocate was from Steven Salzberg, professor of medicine and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University Medical School on While Prof Salzberg’s blog was open to comment he has unfortunately not only ignored serious criticism but most disturbingly - for a senior scientist and academic - correction of basic facts.  Here are a few points, some taken or adapted from my comments.

(1)    Salzberg criticises Congressman Burton:

“Bang bang, two false claims in 10 seconds. First he claims that mercury from vaccines “accumulates in the brain”, a statement with no scientific support at all … Unfortunately, some quack doctors have experimented with chelation therapy on autistic children, despite that fact that it can cause deadly liver and kidney damage, and one of them caused the death of a 5-year-old boy in 2005.”

However, Burton had presumably read the Burbacher paper (NIH funded). Here is ad extract:

““There was a much higher proportion of inorganic Hg in the brain of thimerosal monkeys than in the brains of MeHg monkeys (up to 71% vs. 10%). Absolute inorganic Hg concentrations in the brains of the thimerosal-exposed monkeys were approximately twice that of the MeHg monkeys. Interestingly, the inorganic fraction in the kidneys of the same cohort of monkeys was also significantly higher after im thimerosal than after oral MeHg exposure (0.71 ± 0.04 vs. 0.40 ± 0.03). This suggests that the dealkylation of ethylmercury is much more extensive than that of MeHg.”

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