How Mercury Triggered The Age of Autism

Autism Public Service Announcement

Conversation with the Authors of Plague

Canary Party Vaccine Court Video

A Glimpse into Autism

Meet Our Advertisers

Olmsted's Original UPI Series

  • The Age of Autism Tag

An Actual Vaccination Record to Diffuse "The Lottery" Media Frenzy

The Lottery coverWe ran a post several years ago with this vax record sent by one of our readers and contributors, Angela Warner.  Note the cute poem poking gentle fun at childhood diseases. Gentle fun.  It reads: "My health record. Most any child can have the mumps or even German Measles. So here's a record of my health from chicken pox to sneezles." Followed by room to list immunizations. 

Ask yourself why the media is ramping up fear and even suggesting retaliatory measures we might expect from oh.... Isis.  Punish them! Jail them! Reminds me of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, "one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature," as well asbeing described as "a chilling tale of conformity gone mad.""

Not that far fetched. Put down the stones. Use your head.

Vax Records cropped

Vax Records MAW

JB Handley

Losing Every Battle, Winning the War

Sometimes-you-have-to-lose-the-battle-to-win-the-war-if-you-believe-strongly-in-something-fight-for-it-in-time-things-will-fall-in-place-quote-1By J.B. Handley

The nadir for me came on January 6, 2011, when Anderson Cooper interviewed Dr. Andrew Wakefield live on national television. It was an absurd and painful moment. Anderson Cooper, a journalist I had generally respected, treated Andy like a common criminal. Andy, who admirably stood his ground, did himself no favors by appearing to be standing in a cave somewhere in Jamaica…

I remember feeling nauseous after watching the interview, and thinking that Pharma had finally won and that the movement to tell the truth about what was being done to our kids had just been setback by a decade or two and that we’d certainly see vaccination rates jump back to historical highs.

And I was dead wrong.

Fast forward almost exactly four years and guess what? Andy Wakefield, Jenny McCarthy and our whole community are getting dragged through the mud by the mainstream media once again, this time because measles are lurking down in Disneyland and everyone is pissed off. Or at least that’s what you’d think if you only read mainstream media publications.

Would you believe me if I told you that the Disneyland measles outbreak benefits our community, movement, and kids?

Just nine months ago, a Harris poll survey reported some astonishing news: 33 percent of parents of children under the age of 18 believe “vaccinations can cause autism.”

Ironically, the group that commissioned this survey, the National Consumers League, is very pro-vaccine, and so they positioned the results to mean that “One third of American parents mistakenly link vaccines to autism.”

I laugh when I read interpretations like this. It’s sort of like some of the other silly headlines I have read over the years (and I’m paraphrasing here):

“Richer, better educated parents avoiding vaccinations.”

“Trump mistakenly says too many shots causing Autism.”

“Hollywood elite avoiding vaccines, endangering kids.”

You have to wonder sometimes who is behind the marketing of the vaccine program as most of the initiatives they have created have a meaningful backfire effect (anyone remember Amanda Peet calling us, ironically, parasites?), which is really the point of this article: why does PR like the Disneyland measles outbreak actually benefit our community when the people pushing the campaign are clearly trying to put an end to us?

Continue reading "Losing Every Battle, Winning the War" »

Vaccine Safety

Harvard Bill of Health Blog Guest Post: Mary Holland On Art Caplan's Vax Crackdowns

Deep breathWe invite you to read Oregon Law Review: Herd Immunity and Compulsory Childhood Vaccination: Does the Theory Justify the Law? By MARY HOLLAND AND CHASE E. ZACHARY

ABSTRACT: Compulsory childhood vaccination is a cornerstone of U.S. public health policy. All fifty states compel children to vaccinate against
many infectious diseases to achieve so-called herd immunity, a scientific theory that attempts to explain how societies protect themselves against infectious disease. This Article explores both the theory and practice of herd immunity. The authors evaluate the scientific assumptions underlying the theory, how the theory applies in law, a game theory approach to herd immunity, and a possible framework for rational policymaking.

The Article argues that herd immunity is unattainable for most diseases and is therefore an irrational goal. Instead, the authors conclude that herd effect is attainable and that a voluntary vaccination marketplace, not command-and-control compulsion, would most
efficiently achieve that goal.

Our colleague Mary Holland wrote this post (below) for the Harvard Bill of Health Blog in June of 2013.

The Article takes on the bugaboo of the citizen “free rider” who is out to game the system, how a vaccination marketplace might work, and what factors policymakers must take into account in developing sound policies. The Article concludes that it is time for states to adopt more realistic and cost-efficient laws to achieve attainable herd effect, not illusory herd immunity.

Unlike measles, there is no lifelong immunity to calls for "crackdowns" like this one in the LA Times Economy Hub:

The Disneyland measles crisis: how to make negligent parents pay

Guest Post: Crack Down on Those Who Don’t Vaccinate?: A Response to Art Caplan

Dr. Art Caplan recently posted an editorial, “Liability for Failure to Vaccinate,” on this blog. He argues that those who contract infectious disease should be able to recover damages from unvaccinated people who spread it. If you miss work, or your baby has to go to the hospital because of infectious disease, the unvaccinated person who allegedly caused the harm should pay. Dr. Caplan suggests that such liability is apt because vaccines are safe and effective. He sees no difference between this situation and slip-and-fall or car accidents due to negligence. Arguing that “a tiny minority continue to put the rest of us at risk,” he suggests that public health officials can catch the perpetrators and hold them to account through precise disease tracing.

Dr. Caplan’s assertions to the contrary, vaccines are neither completely safe nor completely effective. In fact, from a legal standpoint, vaccines, like all prescription drugs, are “unavoidably unsafe.”  [See, e.g., Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, 562 U.S. __ (2011).‎] Industry considered its liability for vaccine injury so significant that it lobbied Congress for the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, providing doctors and vaccine manufacturers almost blanket liability protection for injuries caused by federally recommended vaccines. [See Authorizing Legislation.] The liability risk was so serious that the federal government created a special tribunal under the 1986 Act, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, to pay the injured. Moreover, the Supreme Court in 2011 decided Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, prohibiting any individual from filing a civil suit for a defectively designed vaccine in any court in the country. Industry’s extraordinary protection against liability for vaccine injury does not correspond with glib statements, like those of Dr. Caplan, that vaccines are safe and effective. On the contrary, the law acknowledges that vaccines cause injury and death to some, with no screening in place to mitigate harm. Dr. Caplan notes that public health officials have “tried to debunk false fears about vaccine safety.” Yet the Institute of Medicine, one the country’s most prestigious health organizations, has acknowledged repeatedly that there are many known vaccine injuries, such as seizures from the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, anaphylaxis from the meningococcal vaccine, and encephalitis from the varicella vaccine. Even more troubling than the identified injuries is the number of potential vaccine adverse effect relationships for which the evidence is not sufficient to either prove or disprove causality. [Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines, Institute of Medicine, Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality (Kathleen Straton et al. eds., 2012).]

Continue reading "Harvard Bill of Health Blog Guest Post: Mary Holland On Art Caplan's Vax Crackdowns" »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Salem Witch Trials Are Back

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Jan 28, 2015, WHDT TV: USA TODAY: Jail Time for "Anti-Vax" Parents

Jan 28, 2015, Los Angeles Times:  The Disneyland measles crisis: how to make negligent parents pay

Jan 28, 2015, USA Today: Jail 'anti-vax' parents

Jan 27, 2015, Measles Transmitted By The Vaccinated, Gov. Researchers Confirm

Jan 27, 2015, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Sack cartoon: Vaccinations

Jan 23, 2015, 12: Valley doctor: Don't vaccinate your kids

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: Salem Witch Trials Are Back" »

Cathy Jameson

The Measles Vaccine: The Heat is ON

Disney Fall Out Fall InBy Cathy Jameson

Show us your shot record, or you don’t get in. 

I wouldn’t be surprised if places like Disneyland will soon enact a permanent “public safety” policy that states that its park goers need to prove their vaccination status before entering the park.  Don’t believe that won’t happen sometime in the near future?  It’s already happened in other places across the country.

Even though 50 states offer one of three vaccine exemptions, school officials play the role of vaccine enforcer.  Claiming a ‘No shots? No school!’ rule, many schools cite vaccines are required for enrollment.  They not only claim that, but they go so far as bully parents demanding that they are required.  That’s not completely true.  Before I took the time to learn that that claim was not true and that I had vaccine options that would not jeopardize my child’s education, I kowtowed to vaccine enforcers.  I let school officials and school nurses railroad me, and I let their policy trump my parental rights.  That happened before I took the time to read the facts myself. 

The fact is my child can attend school without a full shot record.  They can go just about anywhere without vaccines too.  Even to Disney. 

Well, for now at least. 

It’s being reported that Disney is encouraging unvaccinated children to stay away from their parks.  They’re doing that at the same time that they are dismissing employees.  Employees cannot return until they have been medically cleared.  Sure other places – like schools, will require a doctor’s note to return after a brief illness, but those other places don’t typically offer free measles vaccines nor do they test for immunity that Disney is offering to do for its staff. 

  Disney letter

Photo credit:  screen shot from

Continue reading "The Measles Vaccine: The Heat is ON" »

Current Affairs

Attend the Trace Amounts Premier at TCL Chinese Theatre February 4

Chinese theatre
It's not often we get to attend a glamorous movie premier at the world famous Chinese Theatre!   On February 4, join Eric Gladen and the Trace Amounts team for opening night.   Reserve your seats today!  Click here.

This is the premiere event for Trace Amounts at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre! Come join us on the red carpet for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Trace amounts banner

During the past 20 years, the frequency of autism occurring in children has skyrocketed from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 68, and the scientific community is no closer to determining a cause. Trace Amounts is the true story of Eric Gladen’s painful journey through mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a thimerosal-loaded tetanus shot. His discoveries led him on a quest for the scientific truth about the role of mercury poisoning in the Autism epidemic.

After recovering from a sickness that would bring him to the edge of despair, Eric Gladen began researching the science behind what had made him so sick. His research led him straight into one of the biggest medical debates of all time, the question of whether or not childhood vaccines are causing Autism. He would end up quitting his career, moving into an RV, and traveling the country interviewing experts and piecing together thousands of studies and leaked documents. But Eric wasn’t focused on the vaccines themselves, he was focused on something that belongs nowhere near vaccines — mercury.

From the Mad Hatter Syndrome in the late 1800’s, to Pink Disease in the first half of the 20th to the Iraqi Grain Incident in the early 1970’s, humans have learned time and again of the debilitating neurological and physical damage that mercury can cause. Then why and how did it end up in our childhood vaccines? Trace Amounts explores the origin of the use of mercury in the vaccines and exposes the continued greed based decision to keep mercury in the vaccines through several decades. Trace Amounts is the result of nearly a decade of research and travel, in which top scientists, government officials, parents of children with Autism, and the average Joe unravel the truths, secrets, and tragedies, of the skyrocketing Autism rates.

Could a tragedy, which brought one of the greatest nations to its knees, and stole a generation of children, have been avoided?

We invite you to host a screening in your area. Visit the Trace Amounts site for details.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Vax Industry Agrees "Vax Choice Parents Stupid"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Jan 28, 2015  Vaccination Needs Better Advocates, Paul Offit Tells Newsmax TV

NewsMax's Ed Berliner joined Dr. Paul Offit in attacking non-vaccinating parents in this interview:

Berliner: "To this day, there is absolutely no evidence to prove any such connection [between vaccines and autism]."

NewsMax showed us a clip of Jenny McCarthy.  Berliner said she's "recanted" her claims about her son's vaccine injury.

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: Vax Industry Agrees "Vax Choice Parents Stupid"" »

Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Midweek Mashup: Minneapolis, Minnesota, Measles, Minnie, and More

Midweek mashupBy Dan Olmsted

The book fair this past weekend in Minneapolis was something new and different -- several Skyhorse authors, most with Age of Autism connections, putting on a joint daylong presentation and discussion. (See photo.) It was great for all of us authors, and I think for the audience as well, who had a chance to interact with so many of us in one place. It could be a template for future events that bring together what we like to call hard-line professionals -- research-oriented, fact-based advocates who are not going to mince words about what's really happening to the health of a generation (and more) of children who constitute this country's future.

In my brief talk, I noted that this event -- dedicated to answering questions and providing MN book tourinformation to families concerned about the vaccine schedule -- very much reflects the current level of concern in the country. As I was packing to head to Minneapolis on Friday, I had CNBC on in the background when Kaiser-Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson was interviewed. Since K-P is my own HMO, I turned it up and listened. The vaccine question soon came up in the context of the measles cases emanating from Disneyland.

"Well you know," Tyson said, "we've seen in the country a decline in parents bringing their children in for immunization. We make that a big push at Kaiser -- studies show it helps and it's the right preventive step and we have outreach programs to parents.

"I think the measles and what is happening there is another sign of what can happen very quickly when something reaches epidemic proportions."

To me that's the standard pabulum you expect from an outfit like KP. But the next question and answer were interesting.

Question: "The parents who are worried about their children potentially getting autism from that? What do you tell them?"

Answer: "Well, those are legitimate concerns," he said, emphasizing the last two words. I nearly dropped my toothbrush. "I don't want to excuse away responsible parents asking very responsible questions. In some cases we don't have the answers in the health care community. I think we have the latest evidence to show that the connection is very slim it at all, but I think the questions are very important and we need to figure out how to engage in the right conversations so people are making informed decisions."

Continue reading "Age of Autism Midweek Mashup: Minneapolis, Minnesota, Measles, Minnie, and More" »

JB Handley

Autism Not Really on the Rise? 97.8% Impossible.

Color by Numbers Epidemic Adriana Gamondes
Graphic credit - Adriana Gamondes

By J.B. Handley

Author’s Note: I wrote this article 5 years ago to refute the absurd folklore that the Autism epidemic was solely the result of “better diagnosis.” This trick has been oft-repeated since then and is now being used by many to try and counter the argument that many parents avoiding the MMR are trying to avoid Autism, which seems a reasonable calibration of the risk-reward involved with the MMR shot. In the “better diagnosis” dreamworld, there isn’t really an Autism epidemic, and therefore parents need not worry, MMR can’t cause something that isn’t there. This ridiculous pronouncement can be refuted with some very simple math, which I have updated below for the newer prevalence numbers.

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

- Mark Twain

In America’s health care debate, Republicans seem to have the upper hand by using a tried and true PR strategy: confuse the living hell out of everyone and shout really loud while doing it. The same can be said for the ridiculously confusing debate over how many people do, and as importantly did, have autism.

Are prevalence rates of autism actually on the rise? If they are, the environment is playing a role, and the crazy parents on this site may actually be on to something. If they’re not, well, this is much ado about nothing. Autism has always been with us, let’s learn to accept our children as they are and bend society to accommodate this very large group of people who have always been with us but only recently acknowledged.

Continue reading "Autism Not Really on the Rise? 97.8% Impossible." »

Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Trace Amounts Documentary on San Diego 6

Trace amounts banner

What does mercury poisoning look like in an adult? And is mercury in vaccines connected to Autism? To find and host a screening of Trace Amounts, visit the site.

From San Diego 6: Eric Gladden, Filmmaker "Trace Amounts," and Rebecca Estepp, Director of Communications at Health Choice explain their quest for the scientific truth about vaccines.


Teresa Conrick

The Microbiome - New Research On Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Foreshadow Autism?

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

I continue to be mesmerized on the constant research coming out on the MICROBIOME.  My daughter’s gastroesophageal reflux disease, autoimmune disease, seizures and chronic infections seem to resonate in this research.  There are thousands like her and their AUTISM diagnosis is part of that connection.

A recent study caught my interest as it encompasses some of these very issues:

Disease-Specific Alterations in the Enteric Virome in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Some facts from that study:

•  Inflammatory bowel diseases are associated with a decrease in the diversity of bacteria in the gut, but a new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has linked the same illnesses to an increase in the diversity of viruses.

•  The scientists found that patients with inflammatory bowel diseases had a greater variety of viruses in their digestive systems than healthy volunteers, suggesting viruses likely play a role in the diseases.

•  Scientists only recently started recognizing the role of the microbiome—the bacteria in and on the body, and the bacteria's genes—in illness. For example, changes in the gut microbiome have been linked to obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases.

•  The new research is the first to associate disease with changes in the virome, or the viruses in the human body and their genes. According to the researchers, the results raise the possibility that viruses may have unrecognized roles in obesity and diabetes and the two most common inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

•  "Much of the increased viral diversity in participants with inflammatory bowel diseases was in the form of bacteriophages, which are viruses that infect bacteria and can incorporate themselves into the bacteria's genetic material……

Continue reading "The Microbiome - New Research On Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Foreshadow Autism?" »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: "Vax Clamantis in Deserto"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Jan 24, 2015, NPR: By Dimming Its Lights, Museum Opens Doors For Kids With Autism

Jan 22, 2015, Wall Street Journal: School Officials Working to Stem Spread of Measles--Unvaccinated Students Being Sent Home From Schools Where Measles Identified

Jan 16, 2015, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: MISFIRING SHOT

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: "Vax Clamantis in Deserto"" »

Vaccine Safety

Disney, Measles and the Fantasyland of Vaccine Perfection

FantasylandBy Laura Hayes

Americans, surely you can tell when something sounds too good to possibly be true!

Okay, my fellow Americans.  Time to turn off your TVs, put down your propaganda-papers (i.e. newspapers), and put on your thinking caps.  Vaccines are being touted as a quick fix, for everyone, regardless of age, weight, family history, or health status (before it can even be observed or determined in the case of fetuses, newborns, infants, and toddlers!), for an ever-growing number of infectious and non-infectious diseases, as though there are no adverse side effects or short- and long-term consequences to consider.  Clearly, there's a big problem with what people are being told and sold when it comes to vaccines.  Yet, worldwide, people are being manipulated by the false promise of the end to all disease with nothing more than a quick jab, pill, or spray up the nose.  Beware of being manipulated by such farce.  Here are a few facts and thoughts for you to consider, especially with regards to all of the Disneyland measles hype.

1.  Has there been any laboratory confirmation of even one case of the supposed measles related to Disneyland?  If yes, was the confirmed case tested to determine whether it was wild-type measles or vaccine-strain measles?  If not, why not?  These are important questions to ask. Is it measles or not? If yes, what kind, because if it's vaccine-strain measles, then that means it is the vaccinated who are contagious and spreading measles resulting in what the media likes to label "outbreaks" to create panic (strange how they've completely missed the Autism outbreak going on for the past 25 years). It would be what one might call vaccine fallout.  People who receive live-virus vaccines, such as the MMR, can then shed that live virus, for up to many weeks...and can infect others.  Multiply that in your head by all of the people who receive not only the MMR live-virus vaccine, but many others. Other live-virus vaccines include the nasal flu vaccine, shingles vaccine, rotavirus vaccine, chicken pox vaccine, and yellow fever vaccine.

It has recently been discovered that those who are vaccinated with the DTaP and TDaP vaccines, if subsequently exposed to and infected with pertussis, can then harbor pertussis in their throats, for weeks, which can then spread to others causing them to contract pertussis, even if the one harboring it in their throat remains asymptomatic.  Talk about a hidden disease vector!  Parents of infants should be wary of those who've received either of these vaccines, because if a DTaP or TDaP recipient is infected with pertussis, they may not know it, and since they might not have the telling cough, then no one else has any way to know they might be contagious and transmitting pertussis, either.  This certainly dismantles the "cocooning" theory that has been used to scare parents of newborns and infants into not permitting any adult, including Grandma and Grandpa, near their baby who hasn't had a TDaP booster.

Thus, it is often the vaccinated who are spreading disease, despite what the media tell you, media that are heavily supported and influenced by pharmaceutical advertising dollars.  Why aren't those who receive live-virus vaccines quarantined in their homes until it can be confirmed that they are no longer contagious with the diseases against which they were vaccinated? Why are they being allowed into schools, hospitals, grocery stores, and the like?  Why are those who have received the DTaP and TDaP vaccines not mandated to be tested for pertussis being harbored in their throats before being allowed near newborns and infants?

Continue reading "Disney, Measles and the Fantasyland of Vaccine Perfection" »

Vaccine Safety

Don't Sign It! ChildHealthSafety on AAP's Refusal to Vaccinate Form

Stop Vaccine exemptions are under attack in America, witness the hysteria over the Disneyland measles and immediate finger pointing to the "unvaccinated."  This post from last Spring has received an uptick in attention recently, so we are sharing it with you. Exceprted from ChildHealthSafety.

The following is not legal advice. It is merely sharing ideas, understandings and suggestions regarding ways of dealing with vaccine recommendations by the CDC and vaccine mandates by the STATE.

The “Refusal to Vaccinate” form was created by the American Academy of Pediatric’s ‘legal department’ as a response to the growing number of toxic vaccines recommended by them and the growing number of parents who are becoming educated on this issue. According to the CDC our children should now receive 37 doses of vaccine between 0-16 years. [See Vaccine Schedule]

Recently in the STATE OF CALIFORNIA a statute was implemented (AB 2109) that requires their own form filled out and submitted to get a vaccine exemption.

The following strategy now being used to overcome vaccine awareness is the most diabolical strategy possible! It is unlikely that physicians have any idea what they are asking their patients to sign . . . or to sign away. It is essentially a signed confession. So please read and understand why you can’t sign it and why it is really something other than what if appears to be.

Here are 12 reasons that no parent can sign this form unless they are interested in being statutorily charged with neglect or intentionally causing harm. Repeating more boldly:

This form, if signed, could be used to have your child(ren) removed from your custody! It is a form designed to stand up in court!


  Refusal form

Continue reading "Don't Sign It! ChildHealthSafety on AAP's Refusal to Vaccinate Form" »

Cathy Jameson

A Very Brady Measles

Brady Bunch measles
"Kids, because they have a few dots on their faces, they think they can order everybody around." Mike Brady

By Cathy Jameson

Before media hysteria became the norm, getting the measles was a punch line.  Instead of freaking out, a TV family portrayed what real-life families encountered - surviving a short-lived diseases.  These families managed the illness.  They responded with common sense.  They treated the symptoms and worked around what tended to be a temporary situation.

Things are so different today.  Illness is a bad word.  What used to be called a common childhood disease is now viewed as impending doom.  Fevers, rashes and sicknesses that last longer than a few hours are treated like the plague.  Anything that can be passed from one person to another is a death sentence.  These types of exaggerations fill many news stories.  With those exaggerations, as well as how other fear tactics are used, including the mantra that the almighty vaccine is the answer no matter the question, no wonder people feel anxious about disease today! 

Continue reading "A Very Brady Measles" »

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, John Stone

The Washington Post Whips Up Fear And Blames Andrew Wakefield

Washington-Post-LogoBy John Stone

In the US this week we are witnessing the replay of two years ago in the UK. The media whips up hysteria about a few cases of measles – which is usually not a serious illness - and casts Andrew Wakefield in the role of a popular villain who has caused the outbreaks to happen .  In order to get a perspective on these events it might not be necessary to recap the career and political trial of Wakefield because actually it would be impossible to locate any point at which he was in a position to influence popular US opinion against the use of MMR vaccine, whereas in the UK there was a famous TV press conference in 1998 when he offered the personal opinion that it might be safer to use single vaccines (an option at the time available through the UK’s National Health Service) rather than the triple vaccine containing three live viruses, measles, mumps and rubella.

All the present hullaballoo is not really about what Wakefield did. It is simply a ploy by a weak government and even weaker mainstream media to distract from the ever growing problem of vaccine damage and the expectation that the “CDC Whistleblower”  William Thompson will ultimately give evidence before Congress that the CDC have known all along that MMR can cause autism (which is what Wakefield feared in 1998). People should be concerned about measles like any illness, but they should be even more concerned about the ever increasing certainty of the toxic load on their children from vaccines and the sheer unaccountability of the system which mandates them while protecting the manufacturers for nearly these last 30 years from any litigation. What is really stake is not just a legislative situation which only protects the manufacturers  -  not the public, not the children – but the fact that the US’s sold out mainstream media will no longer even allow the matter to be discussed. Meanwhile the Supreme Court has pronounced vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe”.  So they will harm you and your children but you have less and less say in the matter.

Worse, we know that the VICP (Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) has actually compensated cases where vaccines have caused autism while keeping the cases sealed so they cannot become legal precedents. HHS HRSA official admitted to both Sharyl Attkisson (at the time reporting for CBS) and David Kirby on Huffington Post:

"The government has never compensated, nor has it ever been ordered to compensate, any case based on a determination that autism was actually caused by vaccines. We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures."

While CDC director Julie Gerberding , who later left to become head of Merck’s vaccine division, told CNN of the decision to compensate Hannah Poling:

 “….. if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it [vaccination] can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.”

However, the media have become amnesiac and none of them will report today what is matter of public record.

Continue reading "The Washington Post Whips Up Fear And Blames Andrew Wakefield" »

Anne Dachel

Is Fox News Promoting Mandated Medicine (Vaccination)?

Fox SeigelManaging Editor's Note:  Forget deflated footballs for a moment, measles

Hedda Get Better, a doll from 1960. She had measles.

is this month's Ebola. Now even Fox News, one of the only news outlets to allow even a bit of conversation about vaccine injury, is seeming to endorse.... forced medicine by blaming vaccine exemptions for the outbreaks. We'll have more on measles over the next week.  Are these wild strain cases or vaccine strain cases of measles? What is the health status of the patients.  We know that this year's flu vaccine has been ineffective and that a small child died of the same strain in the flu shot she received. There are serious questions that warrant answers. Now, back to the PSI on a football. Thanks to Anne for her vigilant attention to these topics.

By Anne Dachel

It seems Fox News has now forgotten all their past coverage by Alisyn Camerota on the link between vaccines and autism.  Camerota reported on Hannah Poling and the 83 cases of vaccine induced autism compensated by the federal government.  Now she's gone from Fox and they're on the attack.  Non-vaccinating parents don't have a right to have their children out in public or in public schools. Fox News medical consultants Dr. Manny Alvarez and Dr. Marc Siegel deny that vaccines carry any serious side effects.  Vaccine injury isn't even a part of the discussion.  All that is talked about is that parents don't have a right to put everyone else at risk by not vaccinating their children.  This is worse than not putting a child in a car safety seat.  When it comes to vaccines, exempting parents are putting everyone else in danger as well.

Fox News wants the federal government to step in.  This is very frightening. If Fox News is talking like this, you can bet that CNN, the New York Times and everyone else in the mainstream news will be joining them.

Jan 22, 2015, Measles outbreak fuels vaccine debate

Anchor: "Getting the measles shot if the only way to prevent yourself from becoming sick, but some parents have been opting out, which means their children have not been vaccinated."

Dr. Marc Siegel:  "Let me be clear on this: I see no vaccine debate whatsoever.  Period.  This is the greatest vaccine that's ever been created in the history of vaccines. We stamped out measles in the United States in 2000.  It was incredible because measles is the most contagious virus known to mankind.  . .  It's so much more contagious than the flu.  . . .  This is a million times more contagious than ebola."

Siegel was asked what his message to parents who are following "celebrities who have jumped on the anti-vaccination bandwagon."

Siegel"  "Celebrity medicine?  Your celebrities did not go to medical school.  . . . In California, there are 13,000 parents who are taking a personal belief exemption, allowing their kids to go to school without that second MMR vaccine. . . .

I think these parents are putting children at risk in schools.  I think schools should consider not allowing these kids in.  . . .Why should my child be at risk because your child isn't vaccinated?"

Siegel went on to say that 10 percent of adults who think they're immune because they were vaccinated, aren't. 

Siegel: "The vaccine can wear off."  Siegel went on to recommend that if anyone is travelling to Disneyland, they should get a booster.

Both Siegel and the Fox anchor agreed that not vaccinating is "irresponsible."

Jan 21, 2015, Pockets of unvaccinated children putting public at risk?

Fox News video coverage on "epidemic" of measles linked to Disneyland.

Continue reading "Is Fox News Promoting Mandated Medicine (Vaccination)?" »

Vaccine Safety

More Evidence of Harm: Thimerosal Found to Disrupt Mitochondrial Function in Cells From People With Autism

Evidenceofharm-300x297Reprinted with permission from Safeminds.

By Lyn Redwood

In 1999 when I came to the realization that my son had been exposed to over 125 times his EPA daily allowable exposure to mercury from his infant vaccines, I started researching a little known vaccine preservative called thimerosal.

The more I learned about thimerosal, the more surprised I became (that was a long time ago, I don’t surprise as easily any more).

I found out that the FDA never required extensive toxicological testing, the bedrock of pharmaceutical development, on thimerosal in order to prove that it was safe.

According to a literature review of thimerosal conducted in 2001:

“We [the FDA] have been unable to find sufficient information in the available literature to adequately assess the potential for neurodevelopmental, immunologic, and reproductive toxicity of Thimerosal. Data are also lacking regarding the biotransformation and pharmacokinetics of Thimerosal and its derivatives following intramuscular injection in humans and animal models.”

Three years later, in 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reviewed research regarding thimerosal exposure and autism.

The IOM’s recommendation? To end further research into thimerosal.

I was shocked and baffled. While the IOM acknowledged that, “experiments showing effects of thimerosal on biochemical pathways in cell culture systems and abnormalities in the immune system or metal metabolism in people with autism are provocative,” they concluded that, “available funding for autism research be channeled to the most promising areas.” And that the committee, “does not consider a significant investment in studies of the theoretical vaccine-autism connection to be useful at this time.”

Buried in the IOM report was the acknowledgment that the hypothesis that vaccines and components might result in harm in a genetically sensitive population:

“This hypothesis [that a genetic predisposition may make some children susceptible to vaccine damage] cannot be excluded by epidemiological data from large populations groups that do not show an association between a vaccine and an adverse outcome.”

In other words, the IOM report from 2004 recognized that a subset of the population may be at risk of being damaged from vaccines.

Yet the report failed to call for further investigation.

When I sat in my office with a strong cup of coffee and a highlighter pen and first read the report, I felt sick to my stomach. Multiple vaccines are given to more than four million people, mostly children, in America every year. State laws require that children be vaccinated to enter daycare or school, and parents are even threatened with losing custody of their children if they do not follow the CDC’s vaccine recommendations.

Because this is such a widely used medical intervention, it is imperative to have the safest possible national vaccine program.

Continue reading "More Evidence of Harm: Thimerosal Found to Disrupt Mitochondrial Function in Cells From People With Autism" »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Measles In the Media

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Lee Silsby logo 09

There are almost 800 stories about the dangers represented by unvaccinated currently on Google News.  A doctor in the NY Times calls non-vaccinating parents "pretty dumb."

These articles don't concede that vaccines have serious side effects.  The only problem is convincing non-vaccinating parents.  Five employees at Disneyland came down with measles.  Two were vaccinated.  The other three have an unknown vaccination status.  Shouldn't we find out if all five had been vaccinated?  

 In all the stories out there on measles and exempting parents is the word AUTISM---that curious, mysterious, inconsequential disorder we CELEBRATE every April.

Even those who are Jewish and Christians are selectively covered.

Will we soon be at a time when we have to have proof of vaccination to go out in public?

Jan 21, 2015, Christian Times: Measles Outbreak 2015 News: Measles Makes Comeback As Outbreak Spreads ...

"It's pretty ubiquitous now throughout the county," said Dr. Eric Handler, Orange County's public health officer and a pediatrician. "Clearly, we have an unprotected population that needs to be immunized to halt the spread of the disease."

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: Measles In the Media" »

Current Affairs, Nightmares

National Autism Association: The Leaders in Autism Wandering and Safety Issues

NAA timeline
By Kim Stagliano

A special guest was in attendance at the State of the Union address on Tuesday night.  Her name is Avonte memorial Vanessa Fontaine, and while the name might not ring a bell, you surely remember the name Avonte Oquendo.  Ms. Fontaine is Avonte's Mom. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York  invited Ms. Fontaine to the SOTU address to stand as an example of the tragedy of autism wandering and the lack or protection for our children from toddlers to teens and beyond, and to create awareness and support of Avonte's Law.   We are grateful to Ms. Fontaine for putting a face on the worries and very real fears of so many of us in the autism community.

Long before this evening of Presidential pomp and circumstance, one autism organization has been toiling in the trenches to create not just awareness of the safety issues in autism, but acting to prevent injury and death.  That organization is National Autism Association. They work quietly and efficiently.  Sometimes too quietly - as is the halmark of a "doer" and not just a "Rosie Ruiz."*

We're going to remind you until we are blue in the face, NAA is making a difference for the autism community.  From the NAA blog:

In an effort to gain support for Avonte’s Law, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Monday that he has invited Vanessa Fontaine, mother of Avonte Oquendo, to attend the State of the Union Address Tuesday evening according to news reports.

Avonte’s Law would offer protections to prevent – and respond to – wandering incidents, namely in the autism community. The legislation would allocate funding towards assisting families of special needs children in need of tracking devices, as well as provide other services, such as first responder training and education.

Continue reading "National Autism Association: The Leaders in Autism Wandering and Safety Issues" »

Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively


Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

There are winners and there are losers.  And I am in the fight.  I'd like you to join me in creating a victory.

In one corner is "The Panic Virus" by Seth Mnookin, which I consider to be an unfair attack on our community and our concerns.  The very title itself suggests that there is nothing much to worry about.  As Franklin Roosevelt might have said, "The only thing we need to panic about is panic itself."

And yet, when even conservative estimates proclaim that 1 in 50 children have autism (oh for those simpler times when it was only 1 in 150!), and researchers like Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT proclaim that if current increases continue than 1 in 2 children will have autism by 2025, it seems like there is definitely something to panic about.

Which is where my book, "PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism and Other Diseases" comes in.  Because you see, I do think there is something to panic about.  I am the boy crying wolf as the wolf rampages through the town.

Continue reading "PLAGUE vs. THE PANIC VIRUS" »

John Stone, Julie Obradovic, Vaccine Safety

Puliyel Further Challenges Study Authors, Baldo et al, Over GSK Vaccine Deaths

InfanrixBy John Stone

Dr Jacob Puliyel who last week published evidence that GSK and the European Medicines Agency had covered up or overlooked 69 deaths from the vaccine Infanrix Hexa  has published a further challenge  to the authors of a study exonerating the vaccine.  He points out that the rate of death is up to 5 times worse than the GSK document suggests because the denominator is not the number of vaccines distributed but the number of administrations, bearing in mind that in most instances the infants died on first administration (and there are up to 5 doses). He also points out that European agency had delicensed an earlier hexavalent vaccine of similar profile manufactured by Sanofi and Merck after 13 deaths. This, of course, poses huge questions not only about the product but the culture of the manufacturing company and the licensing agency.

Puliyel writes:

Apropos the earlier posting there are a couple of other facts that we must consider when looking at the incidence of sudden unexplained deaths immediately following vaccination with Infanrix.

a) The safety assessment document has used the number of doses of vaccine distributed as the denominator. The report acknowledges that all the doses of the vaccine distributed, need not have been utilized.

There can be another argument against using this denominator. As each child is given up to 5 doses ( and they could die after any one of the doses (and you can die only once), perhaps it would be more appropriate to look at the number of deaths against the number of babies vaccinated (rather than the number of units of vaccine distributed). The appropriate denominator would be about one fifth the denominator used in the report.

b) Appendix 5A in the document sent to the regulator gives the International Event Report in 13 fatal cases. It can be seen in this sample that there were more deaths after the first dose than after the second and more after the second than after the third dose. This is a pattern seen with adverse events following immunization (AEFI) that are causatively related.

c) In May 2005, Zinka and colleagues have reported six cases of sudden infant deaths caused by another hexavalent vaccine (similar to Infanrix), called Hexavac Zinka B, 2006. Marketing authorization in the European Union was withdrawn in August 2005 (Doc.Ref.EMEA/207369/2005).

d) The CIOMS /WHO’s have revised the widely used Brighton Protocol for assessment of AEFI. The new scheme facilitates misclassification of vaccine related deaths as [Not an AEFI] and this has been discussed on PubMed Commons earlier. ( ) ( ) ( ).

e) In some ways the deaths with Infanrix is similar to deaths seen with the use in Asia of Pentavalent vaccine against 5 disease ( DPT, hepatitis B, Hib vaccines) Puliyel J, 2013. Some of these deaths have been investigated by the WHO using this revised method and the vaccine had been declared safe.

f) The deaths are completely unnecessary as the vaccines could have been given separately, and separately they have a long track record of safety. One hopes that the findings will result in an honest assessment of the harms being done by these new combined vaccines.


As mentioned earlier there is nothing sacrosanct about the original Brighton Classification ( but one has to evaluate the two schemes (Brighton vs CIOMS) from the point of view of patient safety to see which scheme would react to rare vaccine related adverse reaction signals early. “The causality scheme that insists on calling all reactions as ‘indeterminate’ or ‘inconsistent/coincidental’ just because they were not noticed in the original small clinical trials, undermines the very raison d'être of post marketing surveillance. Patient safety (meaning  protecting patients) rather than vaccine safety (protecting vaccines) should be more important.”


Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Measles as Reason to Attack Healthcare Choice

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Hundreds of news sites across the country are covering a study published in the journal Pediatrics.  This research shows significant numbers of "under-immunized" and un-vaccinated "clusters" in California.  It seems the timing is perfect.  How convenient that this study was just waiting in the wings.  We're currently seeing massive coverage of a measles outbreak being tied to the unvaccinated at Disneyland.  The message is clear: The unvaccinated are lurking everywhere and they have the potential to harm us all.

Why isn't this same information being used for a vaccinated/unvaccinated study? 

Wouldn't this be a perfect opportunity to see what the health differences are in these groups?  Are the under-immunized and unvaccinated also plagued with the same chronic health conditions and disorders that fully vaccinated children are?

No one seems interested in finding out.

Here are some examples of the coverage.

Science Daily

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: Measles as Reason to Attack Healthcare Choice" »

CDC Whistleblower, Vaccine Safety

Ask Dr. Errol Alden of AAP to Review CDC Vaccine Science Accountability

Eric Alden
Note the banner: "Acting on Child and Maternal Deaths" Will Dr. Alden act on our call?

By Michelle Schneider

If you would have asked me just four years ago whether I had aspirations to be an advocate or activist for any cause, I would have said “no”. I was nearing the end of my second pregnancy and preparing to embrace life as a stay-at-home mother. My family was quite typical and totally unaffected by much of anything. We were building a foundation for our future and not much else.

Fast forward to now. It’s 2015 and vaccine injury hit us quite suddenly almost three years ago. In the days, weeks, and months after my second daughter’s HIB shot at her 12-month well child check, we witnessed her descent into encephalopathy, gut disease, mitochondrial dysfunction, autism and a host of other medical conditions.

Since 2012, I’ve become increasingly aware of the corruption which led to my daughter’s suffering. But it wasn’t until August 2014 that the entire world was introduced to Dr. William Thompson, a senior CDC scientist who had spent the last decade flying under the radar. His story broke late one night thanks to a press release from Focus Autism and a video news release from Autism Media Channel. Over the following several months, more details would emerge spelling out exactly how the CDC orchestrated an elaborate and deliberate fraud to suppress any inkling of a link between vaccines and autism. The documents released were sickening, even to those who had been involved in the vaccine safety fight for a dozen or more years.

The community of vaccine injury families, to which I now belong, spent countless hours compelling the media and anyone else who would listen to cover this shocking story. Mainstream news was slow to pick it up, but when they did, the reports were underwhelming and often misleading at best. But, we knew, and still know, that we had truth on our side. We have even succeeded in pressuring our legislators to investigate this further.

While tireless advocate Congressman William Posey presses for hearings, one organization has managed to stay under the radar during this entire process – The American Academy of Pediatrics. In the fall of 2014, I initiated a petition on addressed to the AAP and their publication, the Journal of Pediatrics, asking them to investigate and retract the original study which Dr. Thompson maintains was manipulated. Dr. Lewis First of Pediatrics initially agreed to meet with me then abruptly canceled the meeting. His excuses were feeble: he skirted blame by saying that he wasn’t the editor in 2004 when the study was published, and he said this is ultimately not in his hands but rather the hands of the AAP. Then in emails sent to me, he insisted that the journal has done all they can to look into Dr. Thompson’s story but that there is no further action required on their part. He claims that they had attempted contact with Dr. Thompson, but they do not specify whether they ever actually communicated with him. Dr. Thompson has, in fact, never been asked by AAP or Journal of Pediatrics for the evidence he possesses which validates his story.

Continue reading "Ask Dr. Errol Alden of AAP to Review CDC Vaccine Science Accountability" »

Anne Dachel

Aussie Media Provides Copious Publicity for Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a Cleveland osteopathic physician, has been making some big international waves in the media lately.  She was invited to speak about her position on vaccination in several places in Australia this March.  The audiences would have been small and afterwards she was planning to quietly exit the country.  Incredibly, Dr. Tenpenny's visit has become something of a national crisis in Australia with calls for the Prime Minister to deny her a visa.  Endless articles in Britain and Australia have labeled her "anti-vaccination," controversial and dangerous.

Although the American media has ignored this, a quick search of Google News shows that lots of outlets are very focused on Dr. Tenpenny.  Here's what one of them has to say.

Jan 7, 2015, Sydney Morning Sun

Vaccine row about to boil over

Social media is lighting up with discussion over vaccinations after a controversial report on ABC's 7.30 along with a campaign to stop anti-vaccine campaigner Dr Sherri Tenpenny from entering Australia.

Jan 8, 2015, Sydney Morning Sun

She's an extremist, a danger to children and she's coming to a community hall near you. The question facing Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is, should she be allowed?

. . .Many people want Tenpenny barred from Australia, as was misogynist pick-up artist Julien Blanc. Tenpenny's message, playing as it does to parental fears, will almost certainly harm Australian children, so it is easy to argue that she's not of good character.

Jan 8, 2015, Sydney Morning Sun

Pressure has also been mounting on Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to revoke Dr Tenpenny's visa on the grounds that "her beliefs are a very real threat to society", according to one of several petitions started by pro-vaccination groups.

A spokesman for the minister would not rule out revoking Dr Tenpenny's visa.

Continue reading "Aussie Media Provides Copious Publicity for Dr. Sherri Tenpenny" »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Vax Attacks

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Jan 18, 2015, Clarion (MS) Ledger: Bill supporters dispute Health Dept. on vaccines

Jan 18, 2015, (UK) Daily Mail:  Victoria set to ban unvaccinated children from attending childcare

Jan 18, 2015, The Forgotten History of Vaccinations You Need to Be Aware Of

Jan 17, 2015, Calgary Sun (Canada): Rise of autism rates in children a growing challenge for Alberta, By Dave Dormer

Jan 16, 2015, Dr. Bob's Daily: Just How Deadly is Measles?

Jan 15, 2015, UT San Diego: Autism test to be sold this year

Jan 15, 2015, The California Measles Outbreak and the Least-Happy Debate on Earth

Jan 14, 2015, WTNH Hartford, CT: CT Autism Report: A Personal Perspective

Jan 14, 2015, CBS Minnesota: Measles Outbreak: To Vaccinate Or Not Vaccinate, By Shawn Thomas

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: Vax Attacks" »

Vaccine Safety

Did Merck's Discontinuation of Monovalent M M R Lead to Measles Outbreaks?

MMR monovalent discontinued Immunmmization News
Back in 2009, Merck decided to cease production of 3 monovalent vaccines one for measles, one for mumps and one for rubella, instead focusing production on the MMR II vaccine.  By limiting product choice, parents who may very well have opted for a measles vaccine for their children were faced with the choice of taking the full MMR or not vaccinating.   

In 2012, an Italian Court ruled that MMR had caused autism, and additional recent awards for vaccine-induced autism have come from Italian courts. Mary Holland covered this continuing story in Age of Autism earlier this month Recent Italian Court Decisions on Vaccines and Autism.

Two years earlier, on May 23, 2012, Judge Lucio Ardigo of an Italian court in Rimini presided over a similar judgment, finding that a different vaccine, the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine (MMR), had caused a child’s autism. As in the Milan case, the Ministry of Health’s compensation program had denied compensation to the family, yet after a presentation of medical evidence, a court granted compensation. There, too, the Italian press covered the story; the U.S. press did not.

In that case, a 15-month old boy received his MMR vaccine on March 26, 2004. He then immediately developed bowel and eating problems and received an autism diagnosis with cognitive delay within a year. The court found that the boy had “been damaged by irreversible complications due to vaccination (with trivalent MMR).” The decision flew in the face of the conventional mainstream medical wisdom that an MMR-autism link has been “debunked.”

- See more at:

Two years earlier, on May 23, 2012, Judge Lucio Ardigo of an Italian court in Rimini presided over a similar judgment, finding that a different vaccine, the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine (MMR), had caused a child’s autism. As in the Milan case, the Ministry of Health’s compensation program had denied compensation to the family, yet after a presentation of medical evidence, a court granted compensation. There, too, the Italian press covered the story; the U.S. press did not.

In that case, a 15-month old boy received his MMR vaccine on March 26, 2004. He then immediately developed bowel and eating problems and received an autism diagnosis with cognitive delay within a year. The court found that the boy had “been damaged by irreversible complications due to vaccination (with trivalent MMR).” The decision flew in the face of the conventional mainstream medical wisdom that an MMR-autism link has been “debunked.”

- See more at:

Two years earlier, on May 23, 2012, Judge Lucio Ardigo of an Italian court in Rimini presided over a similar judgment, finding that a different vaccine, the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine (MMR), had caused a child’s autism. As in the Milan case, the Ministry of Health’s compensation program had denied compensation to the family, yet after a presentation of medical evidence, a court granted compensation. There, too, the Italian press covered the story; the U.S. press did not.

In that case, a 15-month old boy received his MMR vaccine on March 26, 2004. He then immediately developed bowel and eating problems and received an autism diagnosis with cognitive delay within a year. The court found that the boy had “been damaged by irreversible complications due to vaccination (with trivalent MMR).” The decision flew in the face of the conventional mainstream medical wisdom that an MMR-autism link has been “debunked.”

- See more at:

Allison Chapman wrote a post for Age of Autism about Merck's decision to limit parental product choice back in 2009 (read the full post here.)

Your choice to work with your pediatrician on safer vaccine schedule has just received a very large blow.  Merck and Co. has decided to take away your option of separating the MMR, instead of getting the whole shebang at once.  Forget those who may be predisposed to not handling 3 viruses at once; you know the weak, the infant who may need a bit more time.  What if they are unable to take one of the viruses due to allergy of an ingredient, but have decided to go ahead with one or both of the others?  Well too bad, allergy or not you have lost your right to choose.  It’s now, all or nothing. (HERE)

Continue reading "Did Merck's Discontinuation of Monovalent M M R Lead to Measles Outbreaks?" »

Vaccine Safety

Living Whole on Measles-Mania

FearWe've excerpted this post from the Living Whole site.  Megan, the site owner, came under fire for her vaccination choice views last year.  A Response to “Anti-Vaxxers are Stupid and Contagious”

“A one year-old just died. Paramedics were called but he was gone by the time they got there,” the resident spoke softly, obviously affected by the news. “What happened?” I asked. She told me that the child had been seen in the ER two days earlier, was diagnosed with measles and sent home. My heart sank. I had sent home a one year-old child with measles two days earlier. Was this the same child? It was. He had looked so good two days earlier, responsive, alert and in no distress. The careful follow-up instructions that were given were not followed and the child developed complications and arrested. I will never forget how I felt when he died. – Bart Barrett via “One Dead Child, Two Foolish Parents.”

Wow. This sounds scary doesn’t it? A one-year old died from “measles” and who’s to blame? The parents. I was personally shocked when I saw a medical professional (who also claims to be a Christian) casting such severe judgment and blame against parents for deciding not to vaccinate. 

Continue reading "Living Whole on Measles-Mania" »

Cathy Jameson

A Strong Message About Vaccines

Pants fire lectureBy Cathy Jameson

“The vaccines work.  The vaccines are safe.”

Until they are not. 

But so says the vaccine industry.  So says those benefitting from its profits.  So says mainstream news.  And so says Dr. Zahn.

Dr. Zahn,  who was recently interviewed about the measles in California, said that vaccines work.  He said that they are safe.  He said it confidently on national news.  

If he’s absolutely sure that vaccines work and that they are safe, why did 11 people of the 26 known measles cases come down with the measles?  Those 11 were vaccinated.  Those 11 became sick.  Those 11 are part of the 26 that are included in the skyrocketing outbreak of a disease that is seeing a resurgence. 

How on earth did they catch the measles if they were vaccinated?  I wish that Dr. Zahn had touched on that fact because the underlying fear mongering that he and the reporter used in the segment is getting really old.  Instead of explaining that for some people, including for those 11 people apparently, vaccines do not work.  But, because the industry wants us so desperately to believe that they do, they continue to use words like “skyrocketed”, “outbreak”, and “resurgence” in their reports.  They go a step further in their desperation and misuse the word immunized too. 

Saying that someone is immunized might lead others to believe that immunity can be gained.  Gaining immunity through vaccination is no guarantee.  This measles discovery proves that.  But Dr. Zahn wants us to believe that vaccines are the answer, and the only answer at that.  He states that, “Getting everybody vaccinated is so important…”  

Continue reading " A Strong Message About Vaccines " »

Current Affairs, Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Letter to The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations RE: Alex Spourdalakis


Ms. Amy Papagopoulos
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181


Dear Ms. Papagopoulos,

I am writing to you concerning the death of Alexander Spourdalakis, a Chicago teenager who had severe autism and inflammatory bowel disease. A complaint was received by the Joint Commission from the autism advocacy group, Autism Is Medical (AIM), in March 2013. This was prior to his death while he was an inpatient, restrained in Loyola Hospital. As far as I am aware and to all intents and purposes, no action was taken by your organization either at that time or since, in response to this complaint.

The hospitals involved in Alex’s extraordinary mismanagement – Loyola, Gottlieb Memorial, and Lutheran - all currently hold your “Gold” seal of approval.

Alex’s harrowing story has been made into an award winning documentary, Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis? produced by Autism Media Channel (AMC; The documentary, which is enclosed as a DVD for you to watch, speaks for itself. This production was reported recently on ABC 7 Chicago on at From January, the DVD will be available nationwide on Amazon, and in Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, Walmart etc.

We will not let this matter rest until the safety of individuals with autism in US hospitals and their access to appropriate medical care is guaranteed. It is essential that the Joint Commission conduct a thorough investigation of these matters. Two women face life imprisonment in Cook County Jail on charges of First Degree murder, largely because of what we see as gross failings on the part of hospitals accredited by your organization. AMC will be following up on this story as it goes to trial and we will be dealing with the official response as part of that follow up. Given the public interest we will be posting this letter at

Thank you  

Yours sincerely,



Polly Tommey and Andrew Wakefield

Producers, Autism Media Channel

Autism Media Channel

Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted , Mark Blaxill, Vaccine Safety

Meet The Authors: Vaccines 2.0 The Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family

Vaccines 2.0Come hear Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted discuss their new book, and the tough vaccine choices parents face today.
Buy Tickets Now to hear Mark and Dan at the Vaccine Author Symposium in Minneapolis in January 24th at The University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium.10 Authors on Vaccines, Science, Politics & Media.  $25 includes the full day event and one signed book. Plus savings on book packages.

Science for Sale / Dr. David Lewis

Vaccine Injuries / Louis Conte

Plague / Kent Heckenlively & Dr. Judy Mikoitz

Vaccines 2.0 / Mark Blaxill & Dan Olmsted

The Vaccine Court / Wayne Rohde

The Autism War / Louis Conte

Vaccine Injuries/ Louis Conte

The Big Autism Cover-Up / Anne Dachel

Vaccine Epidemic / Mary Holland & Kim Mack Rosenberg

Author Presentations, Meet & Greets, Signings, Panel Discussions and more!

Current Affairs

Court Upholds New York's Right to Mandate Vaccination

Kent legalImportant decision issued this month from the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, completely upholding the state’s right to impose vaccination mandates and to withhold schooling to the unvaccinated in the event of outbreaks.  Phillips_Per Curium Opinion_01072015

NICOLE PHILLIPS, individually and on behalf of B.P. and S.P., minors,
DINA CHECK, on behalf of minor M.C.,
FABIAN MENDOZA‐VACA, individually and on behalf of M.M. and V.M., minors,

— v. —

CITY OF NEW YORK, ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN, in his official capacity as Attorney General, State of New York, DR. NIRAV R. SHAH, in his official capacity as Commissioner, New York State Department of Health, NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Defendants‐Appellees.*

* The Clerk of Court is respectfully directed to amend the official caption in this case to conform to the caption above.

Plaintiffs‐appellants challenge on constitutional grounds New York State’s
requirement that all children be vaccinated in order to attend public school. Plaintiffs‐appellants argue that the statutory vaccination requirement, which is subject to medical and religious exemptions, violates their substantive due process rights, the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, the Equal
Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Ninth Amendment, and both state and municipal law. On the same grounds, plaintiffs‐appellants argue that a state regulation permitting state officials to temporarily exclude students who are exempted from the vaccination requirement from school during an outbreak of a vaccine‐preventable disease is unconstitutional. The district court concluded that the statute and regulation are constitutional. We agree and
therefore AFFIRM.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update:

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Jan 12, 2015, FOX 13 (Salt Lake City) New BYU study shows childhood autism often goes undetected by doctors

'With the number of children who have autism growing, early detection is key.'

'Early detection'?  Why isn't finding the cause ever key?

This is an outrageous insult to parents and actually to doctors.

BACK SIX YEARS AGO...I wrote the story, AAP Autism Toolkit: "Insert Sound of Crickets Chirping." 

 (Actually Kim Stagliano came up with the clever title.)

The President of the AAP, Dr. David Tayloe, recently released a letter to doctors entitled, Autism: opportunities for pediatric leadership, partnershipIn the midst of an unprecedented epidemic of neurological disorders among our children, this is the best response from the organization that claims to be focused on the health of our children.  In his letter, Tayloe advises doctors to use the "Autism toolkit" provided on this link. This amounts to a pathetic joke in the face of the struggle faced by countless thousands of parents.

Actually eight years ago, the AAP was telling their doctors what signs of autism they should look for.  

I'm confused.  The current autism rate of one in every 68 children, one in every 42 boys, is the result of "better diagnosing-that's what the press constantly tells us.

BUT NOW, we're being told that doctors still don't know what they're doing.  What are parents to think?  When is the medical community going to know anything for sure about autism?

New BYU study shows childhood autism often goes undetected by doctors

Video:"Utah has the second highest rate of autism in the nation and today a study from BYU was released showing a large majority of doctorsare failing to catch autism in young children early enough."

Reporter:"A trip to a pediatrician may not be enough to spot autism in a child.  Researchers are pointing to the amount of time doctors spend with children as the reason

Terisa Gabrielsen (lead researcher): "If a pediatrician is looking at a child for just a brief amount of time, they're not going to have enough information to make a good decision about whether they should refer a child for autism."


..Gabrielsen:'With the number of children who have autism growing, early detection is key."


The study, entitled Identifying Autism in a Brief Observation, finds that many medical professionals are missing signs of autism in child patients because time frames for clinical observation are too short to detect the disorder. The researchers found that in a 10-minute screening, autistic children displayed "typical" behavior 89 percent of the time, and medical specialists failed to detect autism cases 39 percent of the time.

BYU Assistant Professor Terisa Gabrielsen, along with her colleagues, concluded that earlier intervention could potentially change outcomes.

They suggested parents should be more proactive and involved in the autism screening process.

It would be nice if FOX 13 would tell us that the autism rate for Utah, as of 2012, is actually one in every 47 children in that state, one in every 32 boys.

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

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

Anne Dachel

Dr. Toni Bark on the Illogical NYC Flu Shot Mandate for Preschoolers

Flu panicBy Anne Dachel

It seems the flu is the hot topic these days.  There are countless news stories about how serious this year's outbreak is (something which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls "an epidemic"), additionally there is coverage about flu shot mandates for health care workers in a lot of places.  The hype several weeks ago about the lack of effectiveness of the current vaccine seems to have abated.

Dec 23, 2014, St. Cloud (MN) Times: CentraCare requires flu vaccine for workers, volunteers

With a mission comes a mandate: CentraCare Health is emphasizing patient safety by requiring all its employees to get a flu vaccine or wear a mask where patients may be present.

Dec 26, 2014, KPBS TV, San Diego: San Diego Health Care Workers Required To Get Flu Shot Or Wear Mask

This flu season San Diego County health care providers have to either get a flu shot or wear a mask while working, according to an order issued by Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer.

Dec 26, 2014, WHDH Boston: Some nurses could be fire for not getting flu shot

Nurses are required to get the flu shot at some hospitals and those who refuse may face termination.

It's estimated that roughly half of all Americans get the flu shot and Nurse Marek Piszczatowski says it's a good idea.

"I don't have any problem with vaccinations, I had them as a child," he said.

Jan 9, 215, Tacoma (WA) News Tribune:Flu shot a no-brainer for health care workers

Among those requiring the shot are the respected Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland and Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center, which has had a mandatory policy since 2005.

Now Tacoma's MultiCare Health System is making flu vaccinations mandatory - with a few exceptions - and has gotten pushback from the union representing about 1,500 nurses. Fortunately, the attempt to fight MultiCare's policy in court was unsuccessful. A Superior Court judge declined to issue a restraining order that would prevent MultiCare from terminating workers who refuse to be vaccinated.

Continue reading "Dr. Toni Bark on the Illogical NYC Flu Shot Mandate for Preschoolers" »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update:

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

 Anyone looking closely at autism news coverage quickly notices a number of messages that the public is now quite used to seeing:

Autism is on the rise.

Autism's cause is a mystery, but the link to vaccines has been repeatedly debunked.

Autism is a disorder that overwhelmingly affects children, yet many people claim that it's not a new disorder--it's always been around like this; we just called it something else.

The U.S. is doing a number of things to accommodate all these affected children--from training teachers how to deal with autistic students and doctors how to diagnosis the disorder, to making movies and visits to Santa at the mall "autism friendly."

Every April there is a worldwide month-long acknowledgement of autism when we turn on blue lights and call for "autism awareness."

The subtle but persistent message is always there: Despite knowing nothing for sure about the disorder, no one is really worried.  No U.S. health official has ever gone on the record calling autism a crisis.  "Serious public health concern" is the strongest language anyone from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ever used when they announce yet another jaw-dropping increase in the rate.

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update:" »

Vaccine Safety

GSK's 69 Infanrix Deaths Are Not Explicable As Coincidence


Adverse Events Caused by Infanrix hexa Vaccine Results in 69 Deaths

Dr Puliyel analyzed the data and found that 97% of deaths (65 deaths) following Infanrix hexa , occur in the first 10 days and only 3% (2 deaths) occur in the next 10 days. Had the deaths been coincidental SIDS deaths unrelated to vaccination, the numbers of deaths in the two 10 day periods should have been the same.

The manufacturers of this vaccine GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) disclosed in a confidential report to the Regulatory Authority that about 72 babies died within 20 days of receiving Infanrix hexa. They reported that the deaths of these children were due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome (SUDS) unrelated vaccination. However an Italian Court of Justice Nicola Di Leo ordered that it be made public and is now available on the internet (

Analysis of the data shows that at least 69 out of 72 deaths reported were likely to have been caused by the vaccine.

Infanrix hexa combines vaccines against 6 diseases [namely Diptheria, Tetanus and Acelluar Pertusis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B, inactivated Poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenza type B] in a single vaccine. The DPT vaccine, Hepatitis B, Hib and injectable Polio have been administered separately in the past. The newer combined vaccine is being promoted on the grounds that it reduces the number of injections given to babies. The safety of the combination is now being questioned.

The manufacturers had reported these sudden and unexpected deaths were not caused by the vaccine but were merely coincidental SIDS deaths. Dr Puliyel analyzed the data and found that 97% of deaths (65 deaths) in the infants below 1 year, occur in the first 10 days and only 3% (2 deaths) occur in the next 10 days. Had the deaths been coincidental SIDS deaths unrelated to vaccination, the numbers of deaths in the two 10 day periods should have been the same.

Dr Puliyel has published his findings on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health PubMed Commons. This was being done he writes, “to put it up for open review by the scientific community, on account of its urgency, as this is a matter that involves the lives of children and there is a continuing risk to children”.

Continue reading "GSK's 69 Infanrix Deaths Are Not Explicable As Coincidence" »

Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

The PLAGUE Challenge

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

I have a BIG challenge for the readers of Age of Autism.

I am currently at 29 reviews on Amazon for the book I co-authored with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.

The book by Seth Mnookin, entitled, The Panic Virus, which savages our community is at 114 reviews on Amazon.

I know the number of unique readers we have each week at Age of Autism. With our numbers, are we really going to let Seth Mnookin hold the floor with 114 reviews?

I understand the complaints.  Dealing with our children who have autism is difficult.  We are emotionally and financially drained.  When we have free time we don't want to think about autism. It's just going to depress me anyway.  I hear these complaints from my wife all the time.  And I'll let you in on a little secret.  Sometimes I feel exactly the same way.

Which is why I co-wrote PLAGUE.  Because I don't want to feel depressed.  I wanted to find the story of a scientist who inspired me with her intelligence and her courage.  I wanted to drill down into the corruption of our scientific and medical research establishment so that I could figure out what could be done about it.  And the fact of the matter is, besides the thousands of hours it took me to write and polish the story so it reads like a fast-paced detective story, it's going to take YOU READING THE STORY and WRITING REVIEWS about it to change things.

Think about it.  Seth Mnookin gets away with trashing our community and he's got just 114 customer reviews on Amazon.  If just 1% of you joined the PLAGUE challenge we could crush him.  I want that victory over Seth Mnookin by March 1, 2015.

Continue reading "The PLAGUE Challenge" »

John Stone

‘Upworthy’ Lies About the Wakefield Lancet Paper

PariserBy John Stone

'If the vaccine program is so good, why the dirty tactics? Why the straw man? Vaccine safety and effectiveness is a messy business: making Wakefield the scapegoat won't work much longer.'

Before yesterday morning I had not heard of ‘Upworthy’ which according to Wiki is a “website for viral content” founded by Eli Pariser (Chairman of AVAAZ, pictured) and Peter Koechley (former managing editor of 'The Onion'), for which Kim Kellerher of 'Wired' is also a board member. A presentation “curated” by  Adam Mordecai and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation states:

"After years of controversy and making parents mistrust vaccines, along with collecting $674,000 from lawyers who would benefit from suing vaccine makers, it was discovered he had made the whole thing up. The Lancet publicly apologized and reported that further investigation led to the discovery that he had fabricated everything."

What, of course, this does not tell you is that the senior author and clinician in the paper, Prof John Walker-Smith,  who also compiled eleven of the twelve case histories appealed to the English High Court over the GMC findings and was completely exonerated nearly three years ago – Walker-Smith, unlike  Wakefield, was funded to appeal. All that ‘Upworthy’ are doing is playing the same trick as CNN and Wiki – which I reported on last year - and peddling disproven stories without mentioning that they have been disproven.

CNN, having cited wiki, blocked the following comment:

But this is a flawed account. The findings were confirmed by both histopathologists in the paper subsequent to the hearing. [See also here]

When the Deer/BMJ findings came under the scrutiny of Dr David Lewis in November 2011 they were forced to re-trench (reported in Nature):

“But he (Bjarnason) says that the forms don't clearly support charges that Wakefield deliberately misinterpreted the records.

"The data are subjective. It's different to say it's deliberate falsification," he says.

“Deer notes that he never accused Wakefield of fraud over his interpretation of pathology records…

“Fiona Godlee, the editor of the BMJ, says that the journal's conclusion of fraud was not based on the pathology but on a number of discrepancies between the children's records and the claims in the Lancet paper…”

Although Godlee had previously stated in February 2011:

“The case we presented against Andrew Wakefield that the1998 Lancet paper was intended to mislead was not critically reliant on GP records”. It is primarily based on Royal Free hospital records, including histories taken by clinicians, and letters and other documents received at the Royal Free from GPs and consultants."

But it is clear that the judge who presided over Walker-Smith's exoneration and reviewed the Lancet paper in detail could not find any evidence of this. His one major quibble was over the statement about ethical approval paper which Walker-Smith says he did not see - however this is accurate too.

"Ethical approval and consent

"Investigations were approved by the Ethical Practices Committee of the Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust, and parents gave informed consent."

The paper did not have ethical approval and consent, and did not need it because it was simply a review of patient data (which was what was on the tin). The procedures needed ethical approval and consent and had them.

So Wiki does not tell you any of this but repeats an account that is long disproven.

Continue reading "‘Upworthy’ Lies About the Wakefield Lancet Paper" »

Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted , Mark Blaxill

VACCINES 2.0 The Careful Parent’s Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family

Vaccines 2.0Join us in congratulating Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill on their latest collaboration. Visit your local bookstore, the Skyhorse site or Amazon to purchase your copy today.

Skyhorse Publishing paperback, also available as an ebook
Release Date: January 13th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-62914-731-4
Price: $19.95

An essential guide for safely vaccinating your children.

The CDC’s bloated vaccine schedule has doubled since 1988, after the federal government gave pharmaceutical companies immunity from lawsuits. Autism and other childhood disorders like asthma, ADHD, juvenile diabetes, and digestive ailments have skyrocketed. And parents are understandably nervous, desperate for objective guidance that takes those concerns seriously.

Vaccines 2.0 looks at the lengthy roster of today’s recommended injections and the documented risks that accompany them and helps you choose a schedule based on unbiased, uncensored, unconflicted science. From whether to get a flu shot during pregnancy—and how to avoid dangerous mercury if you do—to the Hep B shot within hours of birth, to the controversial Gardasil vaccine for preteens, Vaccines 2.0 gives you the tools to decide for yourself. The three sections cover: Why should you care? What should you know? What can you do? The exclusive Risk-Reward Assessment assigns a numerical score to each of the fourteen recommended vaccines. This book also helps you learn to spot, report, and treat side effects; talk to your doctor and find a sympathetic one if you can’t; and compare alternative schedules if you decide to delay or skip shots. When it comes to your child, it’s your choice. Vaccines 2.0 will give you the information you need to choose wisely.

About the Authors

Mark Blaxill is the father of a daughter diagnosed with autism, cofounder of the Canary Party and Health Choice, and editor at large for Age of Autism. He has authored several scientific publications on autism. He received his AB from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard. He coauthored the book The Age of Autism.

Dan Olmsted is coauthor of Age of Autism and editor of the blog of the same name. He was an original staff member of USA Today and senior editor for USA Weekend magazine and United Press International. He is a member of the National Press Club and lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

Current Affairs

San Diego Screening of Trace Amounts: Two Days Left to Buy Tickets!

Trace amounts banner


SAN DIEGO, CA – A new documentary Trace Amounts that details the harmful effects of mercury in everyday flu vaccines and the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) response will screen at Edwards Mira Mesa 18 on January 27, 2015.   

Trace Amounts, a film directed by Eric Gladen, explores the science, evidence, and historically significant actions during the decade-long debate of vaccine safety. The film tells the story of Gladen’s personal experience with mercury poisoning, which he believes resulted from a mercury-loaded tetanus shot, and the research that lead him to learn of the global health crisis that links thimerosal, a mercury-based vaccine preservative, to the autism epidemic.

“Eric Gladen was vaccine injured as an adult and recovered from his injury. My son was vaccine injured as an infant. Eric Gladen speaks for my son and the countless other infants who couldn't speak at the time they were injured,” said Becky Estepp. "Mercury never should be allowed in anyone's vaccines, especially in infant's vaccines. They can't tell us how they are feeling.”

The film and its makers adamantly call for the removal of thimerosal from all vaccines, including flu shots in the U.S. and abroad. A portion of the film’s proceeds will support a newly formed non-profit organization, Go Mercury Free, which promotes the removal of mercury from a variety of products and environmental factors.

Trace Amounts is written and produced by Eric Gladen; executive producers Jake Wood, Kristal Wood, Jason Merck, James Gladen, Debra Fenner and Rita Pasiciel; and producer Shiloh Levine.

For more information about Trace Amounts and the national film tour, visit

Purchase tickets here for the San Diego/Mira Mesa screening.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: American Doctor Harassed in Australia

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Jan 5, 2015, UK Daily Mail: Controversial anti-vaccination advocate discusses her views

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: American Doctor Harassed in Australia" »

Natalie Palumbo

Curious Incidents, New York City And The Sibling Voice

CuriousIncidentsPosterBy Natalie Palumbo

I am 20 years old, a sophomore Motion Designer at Ringling College of Art and Design, and the only sibling to an older brother with low-verbal autism. This article was a special request by my boyfriend, Max. He asked me to share my sibling perspective on the theatrical production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”. This play is based on a book by Mark Haddon, and I was treated to this theatrical production during my stay in New York.

When I first was told about this play, I was apprehensive because the main character has verbal autism. My older brother, Anthony, has low-verbal autism with persistent echolalia and severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. I was uneasy thinking about how autism is usually portrayed in the media. I was expecting a lighthearted portrayal of social quirkiness with savant skills that does not reflect what most autism families go through every day. Many on the spectrum are unable to communicate fluently, and can't live independently. I asked my mother what she thought. She said I should go view the production as an art student, and not to limit myself because of my upbringing.

We saw the production on January 6, 2015. It lasted two hours. My initial reaction during the first interval was, “Oh my God. Where do I even begin?” I had been sobbing.

This story revolves around a 15-year-old boy named Christopher who has verbal autism, and savant AntNat2014DecPhoto3skills in mathematics. What surprised me about this production is that they don’t glamorize the disorder. They actually address difficult aspects, and it personally affected me. For instance, the story touched on food sensitivity, sensory overload, eye contact, understanding of concepts and metaphors, and most of all, physical contact.

Some of these I have witnessed first hand. Anthony has severe allergies to wheat, eggs, dairy, rye, as well as several environmental allergies that were not addressed until just recently. So, for all those years when Anthony was having behavioral issues, he was actually reacting to foods that were causing him pain.

The way the production addressed sensory overload was through motion design and the usage of sound. The images ranged from overlapping signs at Paddington Station all juxtaposing in a random manner accompanied with amplified sounds of advertisements and people shouting. It was disturbing for me to watch Christopher writhe in pain from all of the competing sounds.

The part that made me break down?

Continue reading "Curious Incidents, New York City And The Sibling Voice" »

JB Handley

Watch "Autism Yesterday" A Movie from JB Handley

A movie on a Monday? Why not? Pass the popcorn and enjoy Autism Yesterday, one of the first documentaries in our community.  We first shared this 26 minute gem with you in 2009. The message is more important than ever.

"AUTISM YESTERDAY" Autism is Reversible from JB Handley on Vimeo.

Vaccine Safety

NYC Preschool Vax Mandate Begins 1/12/15: Religious Exemption Is An Option

American FreedomFrom the Autism Action Network.  

Tomorrow (1/12) New York City’s new mandate requiring annual flu shots and a pneumococcal injection for children enrolled in pre-school, daycare, Head Start and pre-K between the ages of 6 months and 59 months goes into effect.

In a decision that is both a stunning abdication of responsibility, combined with a shocking violation of parental rights, Mayor de Blasio announced that there will be no consequences for schools and programs that enroll children who have not received the shots, however, directors of individual programs can use their discretion to either admit or turn away children who have not received the shots. The Mayor will not make a consistent policy, but he will take away parental rights, and in essence give that decision to random administrators.

If your child is denied enrollment please contact us at:

New York State law allows for exemptions from vaccine mandates for families who have “religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices herein required”. For those of you who want an exemption for religious beliefs you must submit a letter in your own words, not a letter written by a lawyer or member of the clergy, stating your religious reasons against immunization, and provide that letter to the school or program director.

The school or program director will probably have no idea what to do with the letter so you should include a reference to Section 2164, paragraph 9, of the Public Health Law of New York:

 9. This section shall not apply to children whose parent, parents,  or   guardian  hold  genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary   to the practices herein required, and no certificate shall  be  required   as  a  prerequisite  to  such  children  being admitted or received into   school or attending school.

Continue reading "NYC Preschool Vax Mandate Begins 1/12/15: Religious Exemption Is An Option" »

Cathy Jameson

In the News: Gardasil 9

By Cathy Jameson

I haven’t bought into the Gardasil hype, but because my daughter and her best friends are of the age when this vaccine is heavily pushed, I keep up with HPV vaccine news.  For those who may have missed the latest news, the FDA announced that they’ve approved another HPV vaccine. 

The news release claims  that the new vaccine, Gardasil 9, will prevent “…certain diseases caused by nine types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)…five more HPV types than Gardasil (previously approved by the FDA).” 

It should be noted that the FDA reports that there are over 100 different kinds of HPV.  Let’s not forget that they also state that not all of the kinds of HPV cause health problems.  Not causing health problems is good news!  So why did the NBC News  senior health reporter make this her final paragraph of her Gardasil 9 article?

All boys and girls are supposed to get three doses of the vaccine, starting at age 11 or 12.  But not enough do.  Only a third of girls who should have finished the series have received all three doses, and the record's even worse for boys.  While 57 percent of pre-teen or teen girls have received at least one dose of HPV, only 35 percent of boys have, CDC says.

All (emphasis mine) boys and girls are supposed to…

Supposed to.

The article makes it sound like getting this vaccine is mandatory. 

Last I checked, parents can opt out of vaccines in all 50 states.  

  NVIC Exemptions

Photo credit: NVIC

Yep.  All 50 states do offer at least one exemption. 

Continue reading "In the News: Gardasil 9 " »

Current Affairs

Headline News On Measles Outbreak at Disneyland

Thank you Rebecca Estepp of for sharing information about measles vaccination on Headline News today.

JB Handley

Who’s Afraid of Autism Recovery?

Say-whatBy J.B. Handley

Who wouldn’t want a child to recover from Autism? Unfortunately, the quick answer is, “more people than you can possibly imagine.”

Ten years ago, my wife and I founded an organization called Generation Rescue (“GR”). Thanks to the tireless work of many others, including thousands of volunteer parents, that organization continues to thrive today (enormous shout-out to Jenny McCarthy and Candace McDonald).

That was never the plan.

At the time, we thought of GR as more of a “pop-up shop”, kind of like those Christmas stores that appear in the mall for a few weeks in an empty space, and then disappear after the holidays. We believed we’d get a bunch of information into the world about how Autism is something you can recover from, get the ball rolling, and in a few years the powers that be would work together to end this man-made epidemic.

So, the original plan for GR was really a colossal failure and I think understanding why tells us a lot about where we are now.

First off, no matter how hard you try, you can’t talk about recovery from Autism without talking about causation, and then you are officially wrestling with the Vaccine tar baby, which gets everyone dirty, sticky, angry, and confused. That happened to us, almost immediately. We really wanted parents to talk to parents about what was working to recover their children, but every reporter covering GR’s launch wanted to talk about mercury and vaccines. And we obliged. Before we knew it, the message of recovery was buried and the message of vaccine controversy was everywhere.

Let me take a little bit of a step back for new parents and/or people less familiar with this issue. Like many others, I believe “Autism” is nothing more than a complex set of physical symptoms that produces a pattern of behaviors, ailments, and maladies that we have labeled as Autism, for lack of a better word or way to understand what’s going on. If you jam a sharp stick in someone’s eye and they start screaming, flailing their arms, crying uncontrollably, convulsing, and doing anything they can to get the stick out of their eye, you haven’t triggered a new DSM mental condition, you just need to get the damn stick out of their eye. That’s Autism, just a bit more complex and subtle.

Which brings me back to the next challenge: no matter how many children we produced for the media who had recovered from Autism, there was always some expert available to cast doubt into whatever claims parents were making. “Spontaneous recovery” was a catchphrase some mainstream apologists would use, and it basically meant that no matter how hard a parent tried, no matter how specific and effective a course of treatment an enlightened doctor prescribed, if a child previously sporting an Autism diagnosis recovered from their condition, they were simply part of the lucky minority that always do. Case closed.

Continue reading "Who’s Afraid of Autism Recovery?" »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Man Killed Because of Autistic Behavior

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

San Antonio TX, KEYE TV: Autistic Man Killed After Entering South Austin Home Identified

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: Man Killed Because of Autistic Behavior" »

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, John Stone

Brian Deer Remains Mute

Brian Deer B&WBy John Stone

Just before Christmas Brian Deer made an unusual appearance in the comment columns of Huffington Post.  Why he chose to do so is a bit of a mystery though typically tasteless since the column was about the plight of British doctors driven to suicide while under investigation by the UK General Medical Council. Possibly Deer does not think enough doctors commit suicide but otherwise his intervention was decidedly off subject (besides being a come-down from the London Sunday Times and the British Medical Journal).

Deer writes:

Equally pressing reform, in my view, is needed with regard to section 35(a) of the Medical Act 1983. This allows medical practitioners to stand mute in the face of charges, and not to disclose any information.

This unique provision to protect doctors contrasts with the civil law, under which parties in litigation are required under the CPR to disclose evidence and statements of case in good time before a hearing, and the criminal law, under which police are authorised to seize such evidence as they need and those accused are directly warned that to fail to answer questions may count against them at trial.

This unwarranted protection for doctors - slipped in to the act so long ago - almost entirely derailed the Wakefield, Walker-Smith, Murch GMC case in 2010, potentially costing at least five million of doctors' money and nearly causing a substantial part of the case to be reheard.

In that case, two of the three (Walker-Smith and Wakefield) stood mute in face of charges that the practitioners' claims of ethical approval for research on uniquely vulnerable patients was false. After the prosecution closed its case, the practitioners' then announced that they never carried out any research (as they had said they had before being charged) and Walker-Smith proceeded to retrospectively diagnose what he said were clinical indications for each of the patients. This then added about a year to the length of the hearing, and threw the management of the case into chaos.

This is, of course, complete and utter nonsense, and I responded:

There was no question of Walker-Smith or Wakefield remaining mute. The paper was what it said, a review of cases seen on the basis of patient need: it never claimed to be a research paper. That was the defence. I wrote unchallenged in BMJ Rapid Responses immediately after the findings:

"The panel stated in the short version of their findings on fact read out to journalists at the GMC last month [1]:

"“The Panel has heard that ethical approval had been sought and granted for other trials and it has been specifically suggested that Project 172-96 was never undertaken and that in fact, the Lancet 12children’s investigations were clinically indicated and the research partsof those clinically justified investigations were covered by Project 162-95. In the light of all the available evidence, the Panel rejected this proposition.”

"However, it is my understanding that 162-95 was not a "project" in any normal sense but the ethical approval granted Prof Walker-Smith on his arrival at the Royal Free Hospital in September 1995 - as probably the most senior figure in British paediatric gastroenterology - to retain biopsy samples from colonoscopies for research purposes. If this is the case it would seem a basic criticism of the panel, that in reaching their view, they did not explain why this ethical permission did not obtain in this instance. We are also confronted by the oddity that the panel having concluded that the study was in fact project 172-96 then found the three doctors to be in breach of its terms at every twist and turn, instead of drawing the more obvious inference that it wasn't 172-96 at all, but an "early report" as stated."

Two years later Mr Justice Mitting accepted that Walker-Smith was not conducting research and he was exercising his clinical judgment in the best interests of the patients -clearly also Walker-Smith was ultimately responsible for all clinical decisions as well as being senior author of the paper. A more pertinent question is whether Deer when he was denouncing the doctors witheld evidence of 162-95 which he had obtained under FOI.

Unsurprisingly, challenged in this way Deer remained  “mute”. In 2010 my comment appeared under an article by Prof Trisha Greenhalgh: it was a direct challenge to Greenhalgh whose mischievous analysis  of the Wakefield Lancet paper had appeared on Deer’s website, to Brian Deer himself  and to journalist “opinion leader” Dr Ben Goldacre. Unsurprisingly, all three remained “mute”, although patently embarrassed. Five years on Deer is still …”mute”.

Continue reading "Brian Deer Remains Mute" »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Forbes New Name Tired Old Reporting

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Jan 5, 2015, Forbes: Majority Of Autism Increase Due To Diagnostic Changes, Finds New Study

Jan 5, 2015, US Not Prepared for 'Autism Tsunami', Experts Say

Jan 5, 2015,  National Geographic: Closed Doors Don't Work for Modern Publications, Says Nat Geo Editor Susan Goldberg

Jan 5, 2015, Autism Daily Newscast: Jenny McCarthy plans to take legal action over irresponsible and inaccurate report

Dec 30, 2014, Flu hits Kalamazoo adults, kids -- even doctors and nurses -- hard

Continue reading "Dachel Media Update: Forbes New Name Tired Old Reporting" »