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Weekly Wrap: Vaccine Concerns Are Not Conspiracy Theories

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

In honor of the end of the school year, let's do a multiple choice quiz. Which of the following does not belong on this list:

A. Agenda 21 is a United Nations plot to end property rights, impose communism and send people off to secret camps in rail cars.

B. George W. Bush planned 9/11 and murdered thousands of Americans.

C. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies are hiding the dangers of immunizations to protect profits.

D. President Obama is a Kenyan national.

Anyone? Anyone? The answer, dear readers, is C. This was a list put together by Newsweek magazine (yes, it's back in a spiffy print edition, though who knows for how long). "Social networks, media pundits and outspoken politicians are giving rise to a new emphasis on conspiracy theories," the author, Kurt Eichenwald, wrote.

On vaccines, he cites the alleged conspiracy theory "that doctors and pharmaceutical companies are hiding the dangers of immunizations to protect profits ... Now, because of this false belief advanced by scientific frauds and celebrities, vaccine-preventable diseases that were once on the brink of extinction are roaring back," he continued.

That can only be a reference to Andy and Jenny, two of my favorite people. No hint, strangely, of Bernadine Healy, the late NIH head whose concern about public health officials avoiding the vaccine-autism issue is too inconvenient to mention.

My point is that vaccine safety issues simply don't belong in this compilation of supposedly nutty ideas, because while A, B, and D lack even a modicum of evidence and plausibility, the widely acknowledged behavior of pharmaceutical companies is entirely consistent with what is being alleged. The business-friendly (but pretty good!) Financial Times recently ran a full-page piece titled Storehouse of Trouble whose basic premise, though put slightly more politely, was that pharma is a continuing criminal enterprise.

"A raft of lawsuits and regulatory probes has given fresh ammunition to critics who say the industry puts profits before public health [that sounds familiar] -- from cherry-picking clinical trial data to bribing doctors," the paper reported.

The article quoted Fiona Godlee (good grief!) of the British Medical Journal: "we have evidence time and time again that they overestimate the benefits [of new drugs] and underestimate the harm."

That is an allegation, coincidentally, that animates AOA -- pharma and public health officials are overestimating the benefits of the current vaccine schedule and understating the dangers, bigtime. Apparently, that is not an inherently conspiratorial crackpot thing to say. You just can't say it about vaccines.

Faithful AOA reader Twyla sent me an LA Times story this week: "Two California counties sued five of the world's largest narcotics manufacturers on Wednesday, accusing the companies of causing the nation's prescription drug epidemic by waging a 'campaign of deception' aimed at boosting sales of potent painkillers such as OxyContin."

Says Twyla: "This is interesting - describes a lot of the same behaviors as we see regarding vaccines.  Apparently these county officials are wild conspiracy theorists?"

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Current Affairs, Nightmares, Vaccine Safety

Irish Children Subjected to Vaccination Experiments in 1930s

WeepManaging Editor's Note: I'm pretty jaded after 18+ years in the autism/vaccine injury community, but this story, this horrible story knocked me for a loop.  Imagine this horror in a Catholic nation, on innocent children, under the "care" of the religious and ask yourself, "Could that happen today - in a world of medicine for profit?" Has the current vaccination schedule ever been tested for cumulative safety?  Do we know the long term ramifications of delaying common, survivable childhood disease such as chicken pox and measles? Are children circa 2014 healthier than their peers decades ago? Also, Dan Olmsted informed me that Diptheria was the first mercury preserved vaccine in the 1930's.

Thousands of children in Irish care homes at centre of 'baby graves scandal' were used in secret vaccine trials in the 1930s

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Scientists secretly gave 2,051 children and babies diphtheria vaccine. They were used as guinea pigs for drugs giant Burroughs Wellcome in 1930s. Academic Michael Dwyer uncovered shock truth in old medical records. He found no evidence of consent, nor of how many died or were affected. Comes as Irish PM intervenes from U.S. over scandal of mass baby grave. Hundreds of babies are believed to have been buried at former baby home

Enda Kenny says he's ordered his officials to examine 'if there are others.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2650475/More-mass-baby-graves-Ireland-Prime-Minister-Enda-Kenny-orders-investigation-memorial-800-dead-babies-planned.html#ixzz33u7e6Bte

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Review: Conversation with Authors of Plague

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

June 6, 2014, Voice of America: Air Pollution Linked to Autism, Schizophrenia, Study Finds

June 6, 2014, Cincinnati.com: Mumps, measles return with 400+ Ohio cases

June 5, 2014, The Daily Signal: Full Disclosure: Parents Fault Medical Research Study for Putting Preemies in Harm’s Way

June 5, 2014, Boston.com: N.J. Court Rules for Nurse in Vaccine-refusal Firing

June 5, 2014, MY FOX TULSA: City leaders, businesses declare Tulsa an autism-friendly city

June 4, 2014, MY FOX NY: Some NYC theaters, museums offer autism-friendly days

June 1, 2014, Youtube: A Conversation with the Authors of PLAGUE

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Dr. Paul Offit Tells Jon Stewart That Caucasian Upper Middle Class Educated are....

Educated dunceBy Anne Dachel

April 28, 2014, Dr. Paul Offit made an appearance on the Stephen Colbert Show on Comedy Central.  I wrote about it on April 29.

Offit used that occasion to criticize parents who blame vaccines for their children's autism.  He was adamant--there is no link!

Then incredibly, Offit was a guest on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on June 2, 2024, just four and a half weeks later.

In a skit entitled, "An Outbreak of Liberal Idiocy," Samantha Bee blamed "right wing science denial" and made one big joke out of parents who don't vaccinate while interviewing vaccine developer, Paul Offit, whom she described only as an " infectious disease expert."

So just who isn't vaccinating?

Offit: "They're communities that have large populations of Caucasian, upper middle class residents who are college educated, often graduate school educated, and believe simply by Googling the term 'vaccine' on the Internet, they can know as much, if not more than anyone who's giving them advice."  

Bee feigned shock that her neighborhood might contain non-vaccinating parents.

Does this make any sense in the real world?  If white, upper middle class, college educated parents are MORE LIKELY not to follow the recommended schedule, then the reverse must be true: lower class, uneducated parents willingly vaccinate their children according to the recommended schedule.  This disconnect from reality should raise lots of questions. 

Bee was next shown interviewing "health and nutrition blogger," Sarah Pope. 

Pope: "These vaccines are loaded with toxins and I'm not going to inject them into my kids."  While Pope spoke, Bee appeared to foam at the mouth.

Brief film clips of parents at rallies carrying signs about mercury in vaccines and of Andrew Wakefield outside the GMC were shown.  Then Offit continued speaking.

"They have an amazing ability to ignore scientific consensus."

"If you spend millions and millions of dollars to answer the question and you show people these great data and they still deny its existence. 

Samantha Bee went on ridiculing parents who don't vaccinate and viewers were shown a clip of Jenny McCarthy on CNN.  Paul Offit had the last word saying, "Sadly, the only way this gets better is when we start to see more and more outbreaks."

Bee: "So the cure for the anti-vaccination epidemic is observing very real negative effects of the anti-vaccination movement."

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Passing the Buck(nell) to Genetics

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

June 5, 2014, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Autism spectrum disorder Q&A: Health Chats

June 5, 2014, Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA): Taking on Autism

June 3, 2014, UK Guardian: Autistic boys exposed to higher levels of hormones in womb, study finds

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Teresa Conrick

Autism And The Microbiome: Knock-Knock-Knock Penny And The Increasing Observations Of OCD

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

My daughter, Megan, is twenty-one and has a diagnosis of both autism and autoimmunity. One of the main behavioral symptoms that Megan began to exhibit nineteen years ago was obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).  It is not an easy life by any means as OCD can dominate too many of her days. Meg regressed after each vaccine as a toddler but had a profound change in health and behaviors after her MMR vaccine. She developed a full body rash, fever, stopped eating, had numerous, daily episodes of green diarrhea, lost eye contact, became isolative,--- and then obsessed with holding a magnetic letter in each hand 24/7.  More medical issues developed for example, chronic constipation, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and seizures over these past years. Megan has been nonverbal since that regression.  Many with an autism diagnosis have OCD and similar health issues.  The immune system continues to be unraveled more as the big player in an autism diagnosis yet some still habitually describe autism as a genetic misfit.  OCD is a factor in much of this.  There seem to be patterns that need to be examined:

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) occurs worldwide, with common features across diverse ethnic groups and cultures. It affects approximately 2% of the population and is associated with substantial social, personal, and work impairment.1,2……Moreover, a number of other psychiatric and neurologic disorders have similar phenomenological features, can be comorbid with OCD, or are sometimes even conceptualized as uncommon presentations of OCD. These include the obsessive preoccupations and repetitive behaviors found in body dysmorphic disorder, hypochondriasis, Tourette syndrome, Parkinson's disease, catatonia, autism, and in some individuals with eating disorders (eg, anorexia nervosa).4-1……three to five symptom dimensions,19 with the most commonly identified solution including four factors: (i) contamination obsessions and cleaning compulsions; (ii) aggressive, sexual, religious, and somatic obsessions with checking-related compulsions; (iii) obsessions regarding symmetry, exactness, and the need for things to be "just right" paired with compulsions relating to ordering, arranging, and counting, and (iv) hoarding obsessions and compulsions.

Kanner Unfortunately Missed the Immune Dysfunction

Dr. Leo Kanner met those first eleven children, born in the 1930’s , that he would then diagnose in his 1943 paper, AUTISTIC DISTURBANCES OF AFFECTIVE CONTACT . Being a psychiatrist may have clouded his ability to recognize any of the medical issues that those children had vs the psychiatric issues that he loved to study.  We here at Age of Autism continue to point out those health issues as we believe they lead both to causation and cures.    Kanner did not see the connections that are so clear today but instead used Freudian logic to blame the parents.  It is important to get the clues that Kanner missed in his own writings about those first eleven, such as these, describing obsessions and compulsions:

  • Usually he winds up with an obsessed interest in the things he was afraid of.
  • Most of his actions were repetitions carried out in exactly the same way in which they had been performed originally.
  • There were also innumerable verbal rituals recurring all day long.
  • He immediately proceeded to turn the lights on and off.
  • At 4 years, 11 months, his first move in entering the office (or any other room) was to turn the lights on and off.
  • His boarding mother reported a number of observations that indicated compulsive behavior.
  • All these and many other things were not only repetitions but recurred day after day with almost photographic sameness.

  • Repetitious as a baby, and obsessive now: holds things in hands, takes things to bed with her, repeats phrases, gets stuck on an idea, game, etc., and rides it hard.

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Book Event in Long Beach NY: Lou Conte's Thriller "The Autism War"

The Autism War_revised coverAutism Action Network presents a reading by novelist and autism dad Louis Conte who will read from his recently published medical thriller “The Autism War”
 
“Compelling and controversial. You know that saying about truth being stranger than fiction? This is the truth. I couldn’t put it down.”
 
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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Review: NIH's "Tuskegee Preemie" Experiments

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

My update today is focused on a disturbing revelation about an NIH-funded experiment involving oxygen levels given to premature babies.  This is being brought to light through the work of investigative journalist, Sharyl Attkisson, who has long been a hero to autism parents because of her coverage of the vaccine-autism controversy and how the government has steadfastly denied any link, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. 

I was surprised to learn there's an office within HHS called Human Research Protections, that supposedly oversees ethics violations, yet as Sharyl tells us, their standards seem to change when pressure is applied.

There is a familiar name to us in the autism community, Dr. Arthur Caplan, "a noted ethicist."  Caplan doesn't see this experiment on preemies as an ethics violation, which isn't surprising given his opposition to the idea that vaccines can cause autism. 

SEE: 

April 21, 2014  Age of Autism: Dealing with "Vaccine Refusing Parents?" How About Listening?

August 25, 2012

Older Dad Data Silences Vaccine Autism Debate

October 3, 2010

Age of Autism: Valid Concern for 60 Year Old Medical Travesty, What about Today?

Experts and officials have spent decades now defending an unsafe, unchecked, ever-expanding vaccination schedule and they see nothing immoral/unethical about injecting toxins into babies and pregnant women.  I'm sure tinkering with the levels of oxygen given to tiny preemies would also be totally acceptable.

June 3, 2014, Did Government Experiment on Preemie Babies Hide Risks?

Just 25 weeks into her pregnancy, Sharrissa Cook gave birth to a critically ill baby boy. Dreshan weighed in at a fragile 1 pound, 11 ounces. He lay motionless in the incubator, connected to tubes and monitors in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital.

"He was so tiny," Cook recalls. "I  was a first-time mom. I didn't have a clue. I didn't know what to expect."

It was Oct. 11, 2006. Medical personnel asked Cook, then a 26-year-old single mother, to enroll little Dreshan in a study. She says they described it as a program offering assistance and encouragement to preemies-premature babies-and their families. She readily signed the consent form. . . .

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John Stone

Goldacre’s Munich Agreement - Publishing Data on the Pharma's Terms

Ben GoldacreBy John Stone

A campaign led by British “science” journalist  and academic  Dr Ben Goldacre to make pharmaceutical companies publish their research data is poised to lead to less effective transparency rather than more as a result of draft regulations by the European Medicines Agency  which are likely to have implications for global practice. The problem has been highlighted in Plos-Online guest blog by Trudo Lemmens, associate professor  and Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy at the Faculties of Law and Medicine of the University of Toronto  as well as in the blog of whistleblowing psychiatrist Prof David Healy.

The terms of publication as things stand will likely lead to pharmaceutical companies having even more control over their data than before.  Goldacre has been raising funds for the campaign ‘All Trials’  with the politically suspect “science” lobby organization, Sense About Science, whose Managing Director is Tracey Brown  . He is also supported by the British Medical Journal who have long identified partnerships with GSK and Merck.

In his challenge Healy highlights to Goldacre the problem of a scheme which already seems to be meeting with warm endorsement from GSK citing a Lancet editorial jointly written by GSK executive Patrick Vaillance and leading academic patron of ‘All Trials’ Sir Iain Chalmers in which patient confidentiality could become a screen for not making available adverse data.

“On the first point, we have Iain Chalmers and Patrick Vaillance’s editorial making the case for restrictions on access to the data on the basis of patient confidentiality issues. This seems to be endorsed by Tracey Brown in her comments just above. Is there a difference here Ben between you and them?

“There may be distinctions between All Trials and Iain Chalmers and Sense about Science so that it may be possible to claim that AllTrials has said nothing of the sort because its mission statement says almost nothing. As a counter to criticism Tracey and Ben seem to fallback on an AllTrials minimalism. I’m with Mickey Nardo on this one. A strategy of just calling for trial registration and CSRs and not insisting on access to all trial data right now is morally wrong and likely to fail. [AoA emphasis]

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Review: Vaccines for Society

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

June 3, 2014, Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent: Vaccination important for entire society

June 2, 2014, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Trustworthy: Vaccines have earned that title

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Teresa Conrick

The Human Microbiome​: Evolution of Vaccine Exposure

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

I doubt very much that Edward Jenner, in the late 1790’s, gave much thought to the microbiome of those first patients he inoculated with his “cowpox” vaccine.  Fast forward to 2014 and the same may be true of the billion dollar companies making vaccines today.  How is that possible?  What is the microbiome? -- “A microbiome is "the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space."[1][2] This term was originally coined by Joshua Lederberg, who argued the importance of microorganisms inhabiting the human body in health and disease. Many scientific articles distinguish "microbiome" and "microbiota" to describe either the collective genomes of the microorganisms that reside in an environmental niche or the microorganisms themselves, respectively.[3][4][5] However by the original definitions these terms are largely synonymous.”

It is becoming one of the most important pieces to health in our modern society though much is still unknown, yet more and more research is showing the microbiome to be a litmus test in health, for example:

Microbiome changed by gluten increases incidences of type 1 diabetes

Date: November 13, 2013

Source: Mayo Clinic

Summary: Research has shown that the intestinal microbiome plays a large role in the development of type 1 diabetes……….These researchers demonstrated that mice fed a gluten-free diet had a dramatically reduced incidence of Type 1 diabetes. These mice were non-obese diabetic mice, or mice that grow to develop Type 1 diabetes. The gluten-free diet worked to protect the mice against Type 1 diabetes. When the researchers added gluten back into the diets of mice it reversed the protective effect the gluten free diet had provided. There also was a measurable impact of the gluten on the bacterial flora of the mice that might be one way in which gluten could affect the risk for diabetes.

Very interesting and shows how important the gut and bacterial flora are in maintaining health. Gluten is an important factor in autism and many children just can’t eat it as painful symptoms and negative behaviors begin.

We are seeing epidemic numbers of immune and autoimmune diseases.  Autism is one of them and I will add in that PANDAS, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections and PANS, Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, are also climbing these past years.  They share characteristics and many families have both autism and PANDAS/PANS, diagnosed children. Some of those children have both diagnoses, like my daughter, Megan. Why?

In the definition above, "microbiome" and "microbiota" are “largely synonymous”, so let me introduce a recent study that reflects how the microbiome and microbiota can be involved in vaccination.

This study is on the CDC website:

Volume 20, Number 2—February 2014

Research

Seven-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and Nasopharyngeal Microbiota in Healthy Children

Abstract

Seven-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-7) is effective against vaccine serotype disease and carriage. Nevertheless, shifts in colonization and disease toward nonvaccine serotypes and other potential pathogens have been described. To understand the extent of these shifts, we analyzed nasopharyngeal microbial profiles of 97 PCV-7–vaccinated infants and 103 control infants participating in a randomized controlled trial in the Netherlands. PCV-7 immunization resulted in a temporary shift in microbial community composition and increased bacterial diversity. Immunization also resulted in decreased presence of the pneumococcal vaccine serotype and an increase in the relative abundance and presence of nonpneumococcal streptococci and anaerobic bacteria. Furthermore, the abundance of Haemophilus and Staphylococcus bacteria in vaccinees was increased over that in controls. This study illustrates the much broader effect of vaccination with PCV-7 on the microbial community than currently assumed, and highlights the need for careful monitoring when implementing vaccines directed against common colonizers.

Let’s look at that more closely.  First off, it is a study of 97 vaccinated (PCV-7) and 103 unvaccinated (No PCV-7) children.  The study does not mention it but the name of the vaccine is Prevnar-7/Prevenar .  What the authors do mention, in quite a bit of detail, is that those children vaccinated had a shift in their microbiota. Here’s what the authors shared in the meat of this study:

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Review: Jobs for Autism

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

June 2, 2014, NWITimes, Munster, IN: Don't knock people who oppose vaccination

June 1, 2014, STIXS: Autism Can Be Seen in Babies as Young as Two Months

June 1, 2014, ABC 7 Chicago: Autonomyworks offers job opportunities for adults with autism

June 1, 2014, UK Guardian: Why antibiotics are making us all ill

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Dan Burns

Will Wonders Never Cease?

Signs_of_hope_39193038By Dan Burns

It’s been a tough week, year, decade for ASD parents. Relentless attacks from all sides, including our own. Sticks and stones. Sometimes I give up. But then I don’t. Why? Consider the bigger picture …

1. Rimland-era hero Jill James is supported by Safeminds and – who da thunk it – The National Institutes of Health and the CDC.

2. Maybe U.S. Representative Bill Posey can’t pronounce “Thimerosal” but it don’t matter. He showed up at the hearing and stood up for parents like us. That’s courage, what it takes. Thank you Bill!

3. My 26-year-old pre-verbal son Ben is learning to spell.

4. The seas part. The Berlin Wall. Gay marriage. Surprise surprise! More partings to come.

5. Our dreams survive us. I may not live to see it, but Elon Musk’s new SpaceX Dragon V2 rocket can land anywhere, and he is going to Mars.

Need a lift? Here’s a true story. In 1952 celebrity Jane Froman, her body shattered in an airplane crash while entertaining WW II troops, commissioned and performed a song to offer hope and I believefaith to Americans at home. I was eight years old. The flickering shadows on our family’s 9-inch TV, and Froman’s body language and celestial voice, moved me then and move me now.

The song is “I believe.” Here’s the premiere performance. Check it out.


Dan E. Burns, Ph.D., is the father of a 26-year-old son on the autism spectrum and the author of Saving Ben: A Father's Story of Autism. Through his dba, Appleseed Ventures, Dan empowers parents to organize vocational and residential communities where their adult ASD children and friends can live, work, play, and heal.

Cathy Jameson

Best Of: Fool Me Once

Lucy-footballBy Cathy Jameson

Tomorrow, June 2,  is Little Buddy's birthday.  I am grateful for the blessing that he is to our family.  Little Buddy's biggest wish is not for more LEGO toys or to be able to spend all day playing with friends.  His birthday wish has always been dedicated to Ronan. So are all of the daily prayers that Little Buddy says. I share those wishes with Little Buddy and also pray for the day that Ronan will catch up, that he will talk and that he will want to play along side his devoted little brother.  Happy Birthday, Little Buddy.  You are a treasure! 

Fool me once, shame on me.  Fool me twice, shame on you.

I often write about my son Ronan here.  He’s my inspiration and the reason I work so hard in the autism community.  Ronan, despite the many obstacles he faces, reminds me to stay ever hopeful.  He is why I keep writing. 

I could very easily take advantage of writing about the new autism numbers, how the math really doesn’t add up, that there are far more affected than being reported because the data from the statistics are four years old or that truly, the new rate is very alarming.  But I’m done thinking about the rates for today.  Letting those numbers swim in my head (which, by the way is 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys) for the last three days has done nothing good.  My eyes are puffy from crying on and off for two days straight as I thought about all the children affected.  I’ve had to scrape myself off the floor after watching some news reports that don’t question WHY the rates are so high.  I haven’t been able to concentrate on the house, my kids or even myself because of those numbers.  I’m honestly a mess, but I need to share something else today. 

Today I’m going to reflect on the 1 in my house and how because of that 1, because of what happened to him, that 1 helped save a life. 

My 1.  

I don’t usually share this story.  Not because I’m hiding it.  In fact I’m quite proud and grateful beyond words.  I don’t share it because even though a life was saved, I had to jump right back in to managing the repercussions of Ronan’s life as it continued to unravel. 

Ronan will still be in the limelight of the story.  That goes without saying.  But the cast of characters today includes this other life.  You’ll read what happened to that life and what I learned from it all.  Ronan probably has no idea how heroic he is, but because of Ronan his little brother, my other son, escaped what I think could have been similar fate. 

Because of Ronan Little Buddy narrowly escaped harm from his own vaccine injury. 

The setting?  2004-present.  The scene?  Our home.  The plot?  It doth thicken.  The antagonist?  Vaccines.  The outcome?  Read through to the end.  It is time to share this story. 

Boys Will Be Boys

I had just started to hear about something called thimerosal when Ronan was almost two-years old and while I was pregnant with Little Buddy.  But, since I hadn’t read too much about it before I dismissed it as one of those chemistry-type words I hated.  We were in the process of remodeling our home and putting it on the market so my computer time was limited.  Days were filled with nesting, cleaning up several house projects or chasing Ronan who was not yet walking but managed to get into everything.  Doctors weren’t alarmed by Ronan’s lack of development, and back then I trusted implicitly what the doctors said. 

But, I was somewhat alarmed about Ronan and thought maybe I should be more alarmed.  I was so naïve.  I was waiting for Ronan to outgrow his immature skills.  I was told boys develop slower than girls.  He’s got time, no need to worry.  But something wasn’t right.  I need Ronan to catch up before the baby was born. I couldn’t do this thing with Ronan with a newborn.  I kept asking what I think were the right questions to the people I sought out but got nothing helpful in return.  I was pregnant, and tired, and chasing a kid with issues which seemed to be invisible to the very people who should be noticing them.  Ronan would be fine, right?  I was too trusting.  And, I was tired.  Mom, take care of yourself.  Don’t worry.  He’ll catch up. 

I couldn’t do much research by the time Little Buddy was due. Fatigue set in and sitting for long hours at the computer while big, fat and pregnant just wasn’t working.  I had at least decided I would not be injecting some vaccines into my children because some of them didn’t seem right to use.  I’d come across a list of vaccines that were created from aborted fetal cells.  That decision to not allow those into my kids should’ve reduced some of the vaccines Ronan and his soon-to-be little brother.  But I had just become research savvy and found alternative vaccines not made with the aborted fetal cells and requested those instead. While continuing to follow part of the recommended vaccine schedule Ronan continued to stagnate with his skills.  He didn’t look the poster child of a child with autism.  So, I carried on. 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: When Occupation Is Causation

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Is mainstream science and medicine ever going to recognize the real significance of the repeated clues linking parental occupation and risk of autism? I vote no.

The latest clue came in a study this month from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, which found thusly, according to Science Daily:

"Children of fathers who are in technical occupations are more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder, according to researchers. Fathers who worked in engineering were two times as likely to have a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Those who worked in finance were four times more likely and those who worked in health care occupations were six times more likely to have a child on the autism spectrum. There was no association with a mother's occupation."

And what might account for this? According to a study author, "Parental occupation could be indicative of autistic-like behaviors and preferences and serve as another factor in a clinician's diagnosis of a child with suspected autism. Medical students can be taught that this is one of the things to consider."

I guess that means that perseverative and detail-oriented anti-social types would be drawn to those fields. Of course this does nothing to explain the increase in autism since these parents were kids -- an uptick on the order of twentyfold -- unless you deny the epidemic or buy into the assortative mating argument, since the study found that when both parents were in technical fields, the risk of severe autism was greatest of all.

It makes no sense that fathers, not mothers, would be 100 percent of the risk factor, unless both were in technical fields. I suspect that points to the real clue here -- toxic exposures. The workplace is where engineers, lab workers, chemists get the exposure and bring it home one way or the other. (Finance, I would guess. points to higher income and more medical interventions. And medicine points to, well, a lot of medicine!) Women get it from all kinds of things -- mercury flu shots in pregnancy come to mind -- that directly expose the fetus or infant without needing to be mediated by occupation. That adds enough noise to drown out the occupational clue for moms alone.

The bad faith that defines the mainstream medical response to autism is entirely evident here. You really need to turn away from a well-marked trail of evidence to get lost in these weeds. This is something Mark Blaxill and I have been writing about for years, and at the risk of repeating ourselves, let me marshal the evidence again.

In the 1970s -- closer to the start of autism than to today, and better able to tease out signals -- two complementary studies starkly outlined the risk between parents' exposure to toxins and the risk for autism. I wrote about that at UPI, in a two-part series in 2006 that "highlighted a study by Thomas Felicetti, now executive director of Beechwood Rehabilitation Services in Langhorne, Pa. As Felicetti described it in the journal Milieu Therapy in 1981, he compared the occupations of 20 parents of autistic children, 20 parents of retarded children and 20 parents of "normal" children who were friends and neighbors of those attending the Avalon School in Massachusetts where he taught at the time.

"The results did, in fact, suggest a chemical connection," he wrote. "Eight of the 37 known parents of the autistic children had sustained occupational exposure to chemicals prior to conception. Five were chemists and three worked in related fields. The exposed parents represent 21 percent of the autistic group. This compared to 2.7 percent of the retardation controls and 10 percent of the normal controls. The data, subjected to statistical analysis, demonstrated a chemical connection.

"The results of this study point in the direction of chemical exposure as an etiological factor in the birth of autistic children." [He emphasized that educational level had nothing to do with it. One father of an autistic child was a roof tarrier. That's chemicals, not credentials.]

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Review: Measles Vaccine Failing, Blame Unvaccinated

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 29, 2014, National Post (Canada): Measles outbreak worsening as U.S. officials say number of cases is most in nearly 20 years

May 29, 2014, NY Daily News: Doctor at Bronx's Albert Einstein College finds new clues in understanding autism

May 30, 2014, TIME Magazine: The New Measles Outbreak: Blame the Anti-Vaxxers

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Science

Non-publication and Delayed Publication of Randomized Trials on Vaccines: Survey

Science post imageConclusions Most vaccine trials are published eventually or the results posted in ClinicalTrials.gov, but delays to publication of several years are common. Actions should focus on the timely dissemination of data from vaccine trials to the public.

 BMJ 2014;348:g3058 doi: 10.1136/bmj.g3058 (Published 16 May 2014)

OPEN ACCESS

Lamberto Manzoli associate professor 1 2, Maria Elena Flacco resident physician 1 3, Maddalena D’Addario resident physician 4 5, Lorenzo Capasso PhD student 1 Corrado De Vito assistant professor 6, Carolina Marzuillo assistant professor 6, Paolo Villari professor 6, John P A Ioannidis professor 7 8 1Department of Medicine and Aging Sciences, University of Chieti, Via dei Vestini 5 66013 Chieti, Italy; 2CeSI Biotech, Via Colle dell’Ara, Chieti, Italy; 3Local Health Unit of Pescara, Italy; 4Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland; 5Division of International and Environmental Health, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland; 6Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; 7Stanford Prevention Research Center, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA; 8Department of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

Abstract
Objective To evaluate the extent of non-publication or delayed publication of registered randomized trials on vaccines, and to investigate potential determinants of delay to publication.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Review: Wandering, Perceptions

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 29, 2014, Guelph (ONT) Mercury: An inspiring change in autism diagnosis

May 28, 2014, Idaho Mountain Express: Opinion piece about vaccines is misleading

May 27, 2014, Portland (ME) Press Herald:  Our View: No easy solution when kids with autism wander

May 27, 2014, NBC News: Mice With Mohawks Yield Clues to Autism

May 27, 2014, Chicago Tribune: Changing Perceptions on Autism, One Chicagoan at a Time

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Adriana Gamondes, Current Affairs

Frau Koma's Second Coming: The Bitch is Back—Totalitarian Moral Theory of the “Autistic Killer”

Frau K By Adriana Gamondes
Frau Koma’s Second Coming 2014: Mass Murder, Autism and the Cult of Weaponized Genetics

By Adriana Gamondes

The Frau Koma series I wrote in 2013 was intended to explore questions over politics, genetics, corporate crime and scapegoats in the media campaign to associate autism with mass murder. In light of the current  fanfare over yet another research claim of an association between autism and modern massacre— as well as another recent  mass murder committed by an individual who reportedly suffered from autism—the series is unfortunately relevant again.  

On Friday, May 23rd, 22 year old Elliot Rodger, son of Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger, became the latest poster child or “horned devil”—a killer with a reportedly identifiable trait, in this case possible Asperger’s—for the mass murderer profile. According to CNN, Rodger’s mother made a sworn statement in divorce documents that her son had been diagnosed with high functioning autism as a child.

The original Koma articles on mass murder, autism and drug side effects were an attempt to illustrate through the views of a range of independent psychopharmaceutical experts, reform psychiatrists and through independent research that, due to the current rate of roughly 1 in 50 boys (and rising) with the condition, autism is still statistically underrepresented among non-ideological mass murderers.  But the series also considers that, due to the extremely high rate of drugging among the developmentally disabled with medications that carry black box warnings for violence and suicide—up to 90% according to reform psychiatrist and expert witness Dr. Peter Breggin, a drugging rate approximately 1000% higher than the already high American average—we could eventually see the prophesy of the autistic killer self-fulfilled through the “magic bullet” drugs meant to treat them. The conjectures made in recent reports on the Santa Barbara massacre appear to be no exception to the general pattern.

On the evening of May 23nd, Rodger stabbed and shot six people to death in a college town near Santa Barbara, drove his car into another and left six more hospitalized, two in critical condition. Several sources claimed that, according to family members, Rodger had seen psychiatrists for many years and had been on medication. In a video, Rodger explained that he’d refused to take Risperdal due to the side effects, though he didn’t indicate whether or not he took other prescriptions.  Sudden withdrawal from certain drugs is associated with a steep increase in suicidal and homicidal reactions.  

Rodger, like many of the modern random mass murderers,  had no history of violent assault but, by all accounts, had recently become increasingly paranoid and withdrawn and had quit school. Members of a chat group the Rodger belonged to described Rodger’s violent hate speech towards women and his musings on releasing a virus that would kill off his male competitors. Shortly before the massacre, his family had attempted unsuccessfully to get an emergency commitment for him after learning of a Youtube video in which he described his rage at sexual rejection and social isolation. Rodger’s manner of evading police scrutiny during the welfare check—by convincing them that he was a “kind and wonderful human being”— does not jibe with an autism diagnosis but there’s no indication in reports that Rodger's diagnosis had been updated.  In the video, Rodger vowed to take deadly revenge against those he saw as unfit to live for committing the “crime” of rejecting him. In his 141 page manifesto, Rodger describes his intended rampage as the “Day of Retribution,” himself as “divine” and unambiguously akin to the Second Coming who will rid humanity of the “impure” and “depraved.”

Rodger's demeanor in the video segment could be taken for a Sheldon Cooper send-up, but the combined effect of pompous delusions and his view of himself as a “living god” who will reduce his victims to “mountains of skulls and rivers of blood” is chilling. His rampage in Isla Vista left two young women and four young men dead. There was no indication from reports that he personally knew the victims, though he stated in the video that he intended to target a particular sorority house. He reportedly shot himself after the killing spree. Family members of both victims and the perpetrator called for stricter gun control in the wake of the crime.

In the recent study on mass murder and developmental disability, Neurodevelopmental and psychosocial risk factors in the development of serial killers and mass murderers, researchers postulate that an extremely diverse category of mass killers had/have autism.  Essentially two things are looked at in the work: killing and autism. Killing how, why, how many (or any) and over what time period are simply a grab bag. The study calls for a raking over by experts to formally analyze methods and case definitions, but I’ll list a few of the obvious highlights:

The authors indicate the research focused only on subjects apprehended for murder after 1985, explaining that the cut-off point was chosen “because there has been a dramatic increase in the recognition of ASD” since this date. The date also precedes by a year the mass marketing of Prozac, the first SSRI antidepressant—a drug class most associated with school shootings, random mass murder and suicide. Researchers do not discuss whether there had been an actual dramatic increase in autism, do not note  the expansion of the vaccination schedule which also occurred in 1987, nor the recent research of a connection between SSRI antidepressants and autism (discussed in Part 2 of the Koma series).  Authors don’t comment on the fact that at least one subject was only an attempted murderer and killed no one, and that another conspired and planned a militant mass murder but did not commit the actual act. There may be more irregularities among other cases listed in the study’s tables.

The authors admit to using Google as a primary research tool: “The name of the killer was entered into the search engine ‘Google’ followed by ‘AND’ and each of the following search terms were explored separately: ‘brain’; ‘head injury’; ‘asperger’; ‘autis*’ and, in some cases, ‘murder’ if the name alone was failing to produce relevant sites. In these searches, numerous resources were examined in detail including court transcripts; newspaper articles and other online resources.”

The study’s authors mention Adam Lanza once in the introduction (apparently justifying the use of Lanza’s photo for media coverage). Lanza is not included in tables for some reason, though he’d already been mostly confirmed to have high functioning autism by family members. Also in the introduction, authors claim killers such as Norway’s Anders Breivik and James Holmes of the Aurora, Colorado massacre (both discussed in Part 2) had some form of autism spectrum disorder based on Daily Mail articles. What’s good for the goose… Daily Mail is the source on Elliot Rodger’s medication, though this source quotes a family member while the material on Holmes and Breivik involve no sources close to either. Researchers repeatedly cite the works of Professor Michael Fitzgerald, whose theory that Adolph Hitler had autism (discussed in Part 3) has been widely criticized.

Authors also cite Simon Baron-Cohen’s work claiming an association between “zero empathy killers” and autism based in part on the undeniably racist MAOA or “warrior gene” theory (also discussed in Part 3). The MAOA gene theory has zombied along for decades, mainly due to the fact that it supposedly implicates the role of “low serotonin” in violence—meaning that it has an automatic serotonergic drug marketing algorithm attached.  But one of the problems with the theory—in addition to the fact that it blatantly implies that people with brown skin are “more violent,” and was used in the 1990’s as grounds for a prospective program to psychiatrically “vaccinate” certain racial groups against violence using medication— is that the role of serotonin in mental disorders has repeatedly been debunked as a drug industry PR myth.

In fact, other than the claim that over a quarter of the 239 “eligible killers” studied had “definite, highly suspected or possible/probable ASD,” the study breaks no new ground  in presenting evidence that mass murder is associated with ASD.  There are some references to head injuries and psychosocial factors among certain infamous or obscure perpetrators which are not novel, but what is notable and particularly irresponsible is the conflation of older-than-the-hills crimes such as serial murders, domestic violence killings and militant ideological acts of terrorism with the recent historical advent of non-ideological, random mass murder. The researchers thereby sloppily imply that a high percentage of terrorists could have “definite” autism and an even higher percentage have probable autism.  The attempt to find a “terrorism gene” also isn’t new but there’s a level of flagrancy in this attempt that hits a new low. 

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

The Greater Good Video Series on Vaccine Debate

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Despite the official denials and all the studies, moms who witnessed the damage done to their children are speaking out. Doctors have been trained to call this a coincidence and close their eyes to a generation of children now crippled by autism, learning disabilities, diabetes, seizures, arthritis, life-threatening allergies, bowel disease and asthma, but parents are scared.  They simply don't believe officials who care more about their financial ties to industry than what's happening to our kids. 

Where is the alarm?  Where is the demand for answers?  When is someone going to care about all the sick children? Anne Dachel

The Greater Good
 has some exciting news - we are launching a series of videos on the vaccine debate that are sure to open hearts and provoke thought. The first is about autism and we think you will find it very compelling. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks and months!

Vaccine Beat 1: Autism and The Thinking Moms’ Revolution


http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/video/vaccine-beat-1-autism-and-the-thinking-moms-revolution/

So let's talk a little about what the government is saying and doing about autism. In March of 2014 CDC reported new "official" autism rates stating that 1 in 68 US kids has autism, with 1 in 42 boys. But a CDC telephone survey of 100,000 US parents just last year found that 1 in 50 US kids and 1 in 32 boys suffers from autism. Why the difference? The telephone survey was conducted in 2013 looking at 6-17 year olds in 2011-2012 whereas the "official" data are from 2010 but ONLY looking at 8 year-olds. 

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Anne Dachel

Age of Autism on Elliott Rodger & Media Reporting

Elliott rodgerBy Anne Dachel

When I first heard of the shooting at UC Santa Barbara on Friday, May 23, I could only hope that it wouldn't be another Adam Lanza, the young man responsible for the CT school shooting in Newtown in 2012.   Numerous news outlets said he had high functioning autism--Asperger's Syndrome.

And it was discouraging to see that major new outlets were quick to announce that the Santa Barbara shooter, Elliot Rodger, had Asperger's Syndrome,  More than anything else, it was the way they talked about it.  It was included in the midst of describing violent and psychotic behavior.

ABC News:

Alan Schifman, the lawyer for Rodger's family, said the 22-year-old was being treated by several therapists and recently his parents and a social worker had become so alarmed by his behavior and his videos that they had reported him to police. Schifman said Rodger had always had trouble making friends and was diagnosed as a high-functioning patient with Asperger's syndrome as a child.

NPR:

The Associated Press spoke to Alan Shifman, an attorney who represents Elliot's father, Peter Rodger. Shifman told the wire service that Elliot Rodger "was diagnosed at an earlier age of being a highly-functional Asperger Syndrome child."

CBS News:

On Saturday, a family attorney said Elliot Rodger's parents long had concerns about their son's mental health. . . .

Shifman said Elliot Rodger had been diagnosed at a young age with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, but did not have a history of gun use.

On May 26th CBS did put out a story with an expert who denied that Asperger's caused someone to commit murder, but they didn't change the story from the 24th.

Forbes:

He was being treated by multiple therapists, according to the lawyer, and had been diagnosed as “a high-functioning patient with Asperger syndrome.”

Inquisitor:

Elliot Rodger’s Asperger’s syndrome and depression are thought to have played a role in triggering the mass shooting, which many will remember as being talked a lot about in relation to Adam Lanza and the Newtown shootings. The family also brought up the issue of gun control in relation to their son.

Boston.com

Rodger was reportedly under psychiatric care and “diagnosed with ‘highly functional Asperger’s syndrome’ as a child, the BBC reported.

I was surprised to read in the Los Angeles Times, that Simon Astaire, a family friend, said that Elliot Rodger was not diagnosed with Asperger's, but they referred to it as a mental illness.

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Sandy Gottstein on Vaccination "Duty" in Anchorage Daily News

Your_rightsThank you to our friend Sandy Gottstein of Vaccination News for this editorial letter Compass: Parents right to question need for vaccines and potential dangers  in the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska.  Please leave a comment and take note of the comment thread. Dorit Reiss jumped in second after I left a comment. Strange how she finds our work so quickly....

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 In "Vaccination is a duty we owe to others," The Washington Post's Michael Gerson wrote a convincing piece - that is, if one is unaware of certain facts.

Gerson states "...vaccines have a very small risk of serious side effects..." mostly based on his wholesale dismissal of adverse events reported to VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System instituted and maintained at a great cost by the CDC and the FDA. As of May 4, 2014, the CDC website had processed 37,433 serious vaccine-related adverse events. Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler once stated that only 1 percent of serious adverse events are reported in a passive reporting system such as VAERS. A vaccine manufacturer testified to an Institute of Medicine Committee that under-reporting of passively followed adverse vaccine events was 50-fold.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Review: Vaxs, Facts and Tracks

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 25, 2014, Pittsburgh TribLive: Parents, vaccinate

May 25, 2014, Houston Chronicle: Autism families push for better, uniform coverage

May 25, 2014, Everett (WA) Herald: Autism Center at Everett hospital to officially open in August

May 24, 2014, CBS News: Elliot Rodger, California shooting spree suspect, son of filmmaker

May 24, 2014, Marion (OH) Star: Central Ohio's mumps outbreak should be a call to action

May 24, 2014, The Hill: Schumer calls for tracking devices for kids with autism  

May 23, 2014, KOMO Seattle: Controversial SIFF film claims link between mercury and autism

May 23, 2014, Harlingen (TX) Valley Morning Star: What causes autism?

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

The Media Pigpile on Families of Vaccine Injured Children

PigpileBy Josh Mazer

Media pressure directed at vaccine injured families has been ramped up in recent months, coinciding with the March 2014 release of the latest ASD prevalence numbers. Main stream media editorials label vaccine cautious parents as “whackos” and worse. Hate speech, phony “astro –turf” public relation campaigns, and unqualified “experts” such as Dorit Reiss are the tools being used in a naked pharma funded power grab aimed at rescinding parental rights of informed medical consent.

The Washington Post, New York Times, The Daily Beast, Time Magazine and a cast of similar hundreds all recently released eerily similar editorials condemning parental vaccine choice. Time Magazine's Jeff Kluger describes  parents exercising careful, informed medical consent as "morally equivalent" to "Extremists in the Middle East and Africa." His bigoted hate speech includes the terms "vaccine crazies” and "extremists anti vaccine nut jobs.”  

Notwithstanding her complete lack of medical credentials, Reiss has emerged as the public face of the campaign to outlaw vaccine choice. She has posted over 30,000 times on public message boards, including Facebook; penned articles and editorials; and made personal appearances at vaccine industry conferences. Her 1500 comments on the Couric HPV story were almost exclusively aimed at dismissing out of hand all parental reports of adverse reaction to the HPV shot. Reiss’s tactics and agenda are further exposed by perusing a sampling of her prodigious output on various public comment boards. 

May 9, 2014 Bloomberg The View ran an editorial by Lisa Beyer entitled “It’s Uncool Not to Vaccinate.” The comment section gives an unvarnished view of Reiss in action.  She lies repeatedly; denigrates qualified expert medical experts; argues for suppression of free speech; and advocates state authority to override informed medical consent.

First, her lies. The following quotes are taken from the comment section ,:

 "there is no evidence the current schedule is unsafe;" "There's no evidence that splitting the vaccines is any safer. The recommended schedule is carefully designed after an elaborate, deliberative, science based process;" "the evidence is very clear: vaccines do not cause autism;"  "Mr. Deer…. did not write on medical issues in the BMJ ." "when there is a real problem with a vaccine, it is publicly discussed and handled…""The NVICP has never awarded compensation for vaccine-induced autism"

Opinions are not facts, and every statement by Reiss above is a demonstrable lie. 

Reiss second technique, repeated thousands of times, is to denigrate the medical expertise of anyone who stands in her way. The following Reiss quotes are from Bloomberg View:

On Lawrence Solomon: "It's unfortunate that Mr. Solomon continues with his tradition of inaccurate anti-vaccine articles"

On Dr. Jon Poling: "In 2008, still upset from his daughter's regression, Dr. Poling bought into the vaccines cause autism myth."

On the entire Japanese Vaccine Safety Establishment: "Japan has a history of withdrawing vaccines based on unsupported claims of harms….Here, too, it withdrew it's recommendations without evidence of causation….Hardly a good public health decision."

On Dr Pete Doshi, former post doc fellow at Johns Hopkins: "Dr. Doshi is not an epidemiologist, and his analysis of the flu vaccine suffers from some serious errors. "

On Dr. Brogan: "it's unfortunate that Dr. Brogan concluded, with no evidence, that Mr. Webb died from "vaccine induced encephalitis"

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Current Affairs

Fuzzy Math of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Money stackBy Wayne Rohde

When does $ 0.75 equal $ 0.56?  The equation actually exists and only in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).  Specifically, the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund is where you will find the equation and the reason why.

We all have been led to believe that for every vaccine sold in the United States, a levy of $ 0.75 was placed into the Trust Fund to be later awarded as damages to a vaccine-related petition or attorney fees and costs.   Read any article that talks about the NVICP and chances are, there will be a reference to the tax or levy.

What you will not read about is that this $ 0.75 does not exist!  The Federal Government loves trust funds of all sorts.  So much so, that they charge a 25% administration fee.  The $0.75 tax that is deposited into the trust fund is actually $ 0.56.  The difference, the 25%, goes straight into the US General Fund, so our elected officials can fight a war, send man to into space, build interstate highways, or to purchase vaccines for the poor, the disabled, our veterans, and those in our military.

Currently, the Trust Fund has a balance of $ 3.4 billion dollars plus some change.  And every year, the balance continues to grow.  So why should we care or inquire on the reasoning for this large hand in the kitty?  First off, the Trust Fund was established by Congress to pay for compensable damages and attorney fees, plus reimburse agencies for the administration costs of running the Program.  No other expenses can be appropriated.  Yet a quick glance at the income statements and balance sheets that are published monthly on the US Treasury website (here), there seems to be an increase of appropriations each year up and beyond damage awards and attorney fees.
The Department of Justice receives appropriations from the Trust Fund for their expenses such as DOJ attorney salaries that represent the Respondent.  The Federal Court of Claims receives appropriations from the Trust Fund for their expenses such as salaries and expenses for Special Masters, clerks, rents, and other expenses.  HRSA also receives appropriations from the Trust Fund.  They cut the checks to those petitioners who actually prevail, an increasing rare event these days.  Also attorney and medical expert costs, which by the way, is a slow reimbursement process, especially the second half of each fiscal year.  HRSA also receives reimbursements as they are the direct administrator of the Program.

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Cathy Jameson

You Get What You Get, Part 2 - Consequences and False Promises

Broken promisesBy Cathy Jameson

My previous post You Get What You Get, Part 1 – Mistruths and Muddied Reporting  included a memory of the use of an expression that I’d heard years ago when I worked as a camp counselor at a very exclusive beach club.  In my post I retold the story of why our summer camp motto, “You get what you get,” was stated.  Saying it when one of our campers was about to complain about something that really didn’t need to be complained about, a quick reminded of “You get what you get,” was usually all it took to redirect their attitude.  The saying didn’t work all the time for everyone one of our campers, but, if a child chose not to respond politely, they knew that there would be consequences for their behavior. 

A lot of people, including the mainstream media, which has inaccurately published stories about the recent vaccine-induced measles and mumps “outbreaks”, have forgotten that vaccines come with consequences.  Some of those consequences are immediate and short lived while others are detrimental and can last a lifetime.  That information, which I think is important, has been missing in some reports, so I thought now would be a good time to remember what vaccines can do and what they cannot do. 

First, a pop quiz. 

Please answer the following:

True or False:  Vaccines provide immunity.

True or False:  Vaccines provide better health.

True or False:  Vaccines provide the eradication of disease.

The answers:

If you answered False to all three questions, you are correct!

And here’s why:  when someone opts for a live-virus vaccine, such as the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, viruses in the vaccine are injected into their body.  The viruses then, in a process called viral shedding, can be exposed to others.  Exposing others can happen if the vaccinated do not stay away from other people during the shedding process.  Worth noting, and quite likely why the recent “outbreaks” continue, is that vaccinated people are finding that they too are coming down with the diseases that they thought a vaccine would ward them against.  The consequence, and the potentially dangerous nature of this situation, is that instead of immunity, more people are getting sick from vaccinated individuals who may be unknowingly spreading the very diseases that they were vaccinated for. 

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Weekly Wrap: The Modern Treatment of Autism

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted
 
It was frustrating, but in a weird way fascinating, to sit through the House subcommittee hearing on the federal response to autism this week, and to hear Tom Insel lecture members of Congress – he called it a “teachable moment” – about the scientific method, why duplication is actually replication and must never, ever be second-guessed by laymen, even the ones who sign his paycheck, and how “exciting” – I really got tired of that word – all the advances in the field have become.
 
He even noted that there were 30 percent more abstracts this year than last at the IMFAR conference, as if this unnecessary proliferation of entities (see Occam’s razor) was a good thing, rather than evidence that the autism industry is in self-perpetuation mode and dipping a finger in every honey pot on offer.
 
Why, it’s a model for scientific research, Insel said of federal efforts on autism. No one has ever Wrap Syphbrought more interagency coordination to bear on any medical problem, ever. Stand by for cause and cure! But first, we all must get out of the way and let real scientists do their work.
 
Partway through I began thinking of another pompous, pointless, profoundly mistaken exercise that nonetheless reeked of authority and expertise. It’s a book Mark Blaxill and I have written about, titled The Modern Treatment of Syphilis, published in 1943 by Hopkins professor Joseph Earle Moore. Here’s what we said about it in our own book, The Age of Autism:
 
“Up to the very last moment before the arrival of penicillin, syphilis experts claimed extraordinary progress with ever more sophisticated applications of heavy metals (mercury very much included) and fever therapy. At Johns Hopkins, Wrap Treatment 1Dr. Joseph Earle Moore’s Modern Treatment of Syphilis included a chapter on the virtues of mercury treatment with numerous unattributed statistics and extravagant claims about the benefits of heavy metals and the dangers of leaving syphilis untreated.”
 
More about mercury in a minute, but the point here is how gasbags with credentials and completely wrong ideas can hold sway right up to the moment when their whole enterprise collapses.
 
I think Insel is about there. “The science is moving so quickly,” he said. No it’s not. The Government Accounting Office report he was so dismissive of, with the help of Rep. Gerry Connolly, a real bullelly, nailed his misguided obsession with genes, the genome, genomics (however you pronounce it – clueless subcommittee Chair Mica wasn’t sure), and his fatuous claim to be looking for the environmental triggers now clearly driving the autism epidemic.
 
Everything is converging on the second trimester of pregnancy, he said, as the moment when something goes wrong. No, it’s not. It’s converging on the first two years of infancy when, as so many parents testify, many children regress in clear response to vaccination.
 
Even in that narrow prenatal window, Insel said, “what the culprit or culprits are we still don’t know.” Yes, we do – one of them is surely mercury flu shots during pregnancy.

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Dachel Media Review: Parents Need Help

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 23, 2014, Macon (GA) Telegraph: DR. MOORE: Mother says autism is the elephant in Middle Georgia

May 22, 2014, (Alexandria, VA,) Connection Newspapers: County Schools' Autism Program Could Face Major Cuts

May 22, 2014, WIBC Indianapolis: Doctor: New Vaccine Study Isn't Thorough Enough 

May 22, 2014, HLNTV: Autistic student abused with push pin

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Deck of the MHRA (UK FDA)

MRHA UKManaging Editor's Note: We are pleased to welcome back Martin Walker, whose prolific coverage of the Wakefield GMC hearings was a mainstay of our site.  Please visit his website Slingshot Publications  which features his many books.

By Martin Walker

Throughout the years the major UK committee overseeing licensing and safety of new drugs, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) one of the committees under the central Medicine and Health Care Regulations Agency (MHRA) has been subjected to criticism over members’ conflict of interests and strong links with the pharmaceutical industry.

The JCVI is charged with making recommendations to the Government on matters of vaccine schedules and vaccine safety and as such it is thought by critics that it should be comprised of individuals who can at all times be said to be impartial and neutral especially in respect of receipt of funding through their employment.

While attention has been frequently drawn to conflict of interest, the fact that the whole governing regulatory sector, the MHRA, commonly accepted by the public as an independent part of government and always described as a ‘government agency’, is actually funded in its entirety by the pharmaceutical industry. Not only this, but members of all regulatory and advisory committees charged with addressing the safety of pharmaceutical products for the UK, are forbidden to discuss such matters in the public arena, apparently for reasons of commercial competition, under the rules of section 118 of the 1968 Medicines Act and Britain’s notorious Official Secrets Act.

A relatively recent row over vested interest and conflict of interest, with respect to vaccination, occurred in 2004 when the JCVI Chairman Professor Michael Langman, made it public that he had advised the Government to introduce a vaccine manufactured by Merck Sharpe and Dome whilst his Birmingham University department carried out medical research funded by that company. Langman claimed in his defence that he was allowed to chair the JVCI’s discussions on the vaccine because he was not personally paid by the drugs company.

The false distinction between personal financial payment or other benefits and liaison with and payments to University Departments by pharmaceutical companies, is a common screen erected to protect committee members from serious criticism.

However, it now appears that a partial message at least, has been accepted by the JCVI acknowledging that both specific and non specific ‘personal pecuniary interests involving vaccine manufacturers’ might be perceived as conflicts and should be avoided. At their meeting of the 11th and 12th February 2014 the JCVI agreed that:

The code of practice should be revised to indicate that members should avoid both specific and non-specific personal pecuniary interests involving vaccine manufacturers, since such interests might be perceived as conflicts, even if the interest is related to a non-vaccine product or a vaccine not under consideration by the Committee.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Resarch, NVIC in Times Square

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 21, 2014, The Hill: Autism law in peril in Congress

May 21, 2014 CBS5 Phoenix: Arizona's first approved autism charter school set to open  

May 21, 2014, ID Mountain Express: Science says vaccines not always safe 

May 21, 2014, Marketwatch.com: National Vaccine Information Center Calls for U.S. Vaccine Policy and Law Reform to Protect Human and Civil Rights

May 21, 2014, KCTV5 Kansas City, MO: More options for families to say 'no' to vaccinations

May 20, 2014, Washington Times: 'Redundant' spending claim on autism research stirs outrage

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Kim Stagliano

New Study Links Autism & Violence: Parents Dismayed

Protect childrenBy Kim Stagliano

Major media including The Washington Post, picked up a story about a study that found ‘Significant’ statistical link between mass murder and autism, brain."

Needless to say, those of us with sons and daughters on the spectrum are appalled, dismayed and angry at the facile reporting.   Adam Lanza, the young man who shot 26 children and school staff just 15 miles north of my home was the focus of the article.  The media, never one to get caught up in details, uses "autism" and "Asperger's" interchangeably, rather like Southerners are known to call carbonated beverages "Coke." Dan Olmsted took a hard look at Lanza's history, his father's own words and based on diagnostic criteria and he reported on Age of Autism:

Here’s the key part: “Adam Lanza was never typical. Born in 1992, he didn’t speak until he was three, and he always understood many more words than he could muster.”

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

It seems that in 2014 autism is either a quirky difference that makes for smart, technically proficient inventors who just have a brain difference or mentally ill killing machines.

Some choice.

Like most bell curves (yes, I took statistics in college) the tails do not wag the bell.

After the Virginia Tech shooting the media picked up the scent of autism and rumors started that Cho was autistic. I immediately wrote a Huffington Post piece called You Can Call Me Angry, Just Don't Call Him Autistic

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Current Affairs

Contest! Win Dr. Amy Yasko's FEEL GOOD NUTRIGENOMICS Book

Feelgood_cover_2_Leave a comment to win a copy of Dr. Amy Yasko's newest book, Feel Good Nutrigenomics.

We live in a society where we are stressed emotionally, financially, physically and exposed to a range of toxins in our environment. Combining underlying genetic susceptibility with these factors provides all the ingredients for a perfect health storm. By understanding where our weak points are located, or where the accidents are on our particular highway of life, it is possible to bypass those detours, accidents and breakdowns and chart a better Roadmap to Health. This book defines those steps needed to begin your own personal journey to health and wellness."

Learn more at the Holistic Heal website.

And don't forget to add the Holistic Heal Fall Conference in beautiful Maine in September to your calendar. Details

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Review: CNN Feigns Surprise as Autism Epidemic Cohort Grows "OLDER!"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

May 20, 2014, CNN: Autism is growing up 

As the world's leading autism researchers and advocates gathered at the International Meeting for Autism Research last weekend to share the latest discoveries about autism spectrum disorder, a strong theme emerged: Autism is growing up.

When you think of autism, you probably think of young children. But children with autism grow up to be adults with autism, and eventually (God willing) elderly people with autism.

In fact, most people with autism are adults, and most adults with autism lack services -- or even a diagnosis. . . .

Continue reading "Dachel Media Review: CNN Feigns Surprise as Autism Epidemic Cohort Grows "OLDER!"" »

Current Affairs

Forget April in Paris! How About September in Maine at the Yasko Protocol Autism Conference?

Yasho Conference

We're happy to share this September conference with Dr. Amy Yasko of Holistic Heal with our AofA readers. With an all inclusive, affordable price that includes meals and a New England lobster bake,  you won't want to miss this chance to custom design a treatment program for YOUR child.  REGISTER and learn more HERE.

The Yasko Protocol Conference

Feel Good Nutrigenomics

September 5-7th, 2014

 Portland, Maine

Registration

Registration fee is $249.00. Includes lectures, meals on Saturday and Sunday, a wonderful reception with island lobster bake, private chartered boat with musical entertainment and entry into our Test Kit Raffle.

Location

The Portland Regency Hotel & Spa in Portland, Maine

Participate in a more private and intimate atmosphere at this year's conference; limited for 130 attendees only! This luxurious boutique hotel is located in the heart of the historic Old Port District on Portland's restored waterfront. As a distinguished member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa was originally constructed in 1895 as a home for Maine's National Guard. Guests enjoy an ambiance of timeless elegance, comfort and convenience.

Reservations

Call the Regency Hotel at 1-800-727-3436 and mention the "Yasko Protocol Conference" This will grant you the group rate of $219 per night- while supplies last. (Regular rate is $329)

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Current Affairs

Video: OGR Hearing on Autism Follow Up

Retro TV 2Below is video from yesterday's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform  Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Some responses to the hearing from our friends at HealthChoice  and The Canary Party. Plus we have an Action Alert from Autism Action Network to ask why some committee members did not attend this hearing.

This morning, the Government Accounting Office presented a report to Congress alerting them to what parents have been saying for a decade, that federal autism money is being wasted on research that is not improving the lives of our children. Rather than listen to that caution, Congressman Gerry Connelly, behaving abhorrently, attacked GAO, claiming they were harming our kids by trying to strip autism research funding, and then when on an monumentally uninformed diatribe.

He was not protecting the public interest, he appeared to be acting as Thomas Insel's lawyer.

Please register your complaints abut his disgusting display with his office.

This morning the OGR committee held autism hearings, and only ONE Congressman showed up prepared and did his job. Please call Bill Posey and thank him for trying to get real answers and help for those impacted by the autism epidemic. (202) 225-3671.

Autism Action Network pointed out which Congressmen could not be bothered to attend this Too busyhearing.  They created an Action Alert for ease of use.

Please call the Congressmen who blew off the first hearing on autism of 2014.

This morning the Government  Operations Subcommittee held the first Congressional hearing this year on autism. Only two members were there on time. And the following members of the committee did not show up at all.

Please call them and ask the staffer what the Representative did that this morning that was more important than this hearing?

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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 their OurKidsASD brand. 

May 19, 2014, Fox News: Toni Braxton writes about guilt she felt after abortion

May 19, 2014, Weather Channel: Another Study Shows No Link Between Vaccines and Autism

May 19, 2014, Press TV: Dad’s job may increase autism risk in kids

May 19, 2014, New York Post: No links between autism and vaccinations: study

May 16, NorthwestGeorgianews.com: Autism and eye contact: Baby research yields surprise, hope

May 16, 2014, CT Mirror: To explain living with autism, stories of kindness and challenges

May 16, 2014, KSLA Shreveport, LA: Family First: Are vaccinations linked to autism?

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Current Affairs

Fire The Deniers Starting with Dr. Tom Insel: Autism Epidemic Explodes on His Watch

We first ran this post when CDC announced the catastrophic new numbers last Spring.

FireTheDeniers
Contact the White House to ask President Obama to fire the autism epidemic deniers from CDC and NIH. The leadership in charge of public health has failed a generation of children.  Read an open letter to President Obama demanding accountability for this tragic increase in autism that is radically altering the American family -  unabated.  A nation can not sit idly by and watch 2.4% of its young males moved from regular education into special education without serious future impact. Thank you to Mark Blaxill for the following graphics.

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Current Affairs

Questions for Dr. Tom Insel from Autism Community

I don't knowWhat would you ask during the OGR hearing today?  Here are some questions from our colleagues.  Add your own in our comments.

1.    The Combating Autism Act has directed the NIH to spend over $1.64BILLION on autism research. Yet after close to 10 years you admit that you have come up with no new treatments for autism, and that you have not prevented a single case of autism.  Why should IACC continue and why should you continue in your position?  (Insels admission at last IACC hearing to Dr. Enayati at 6:20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMjFluo4Az4)

2.    The 2006 Combating Autism Act that authorized this massive expenditure and put the IACC in place is up for reauthorization in September.  If 8 years and a billion dollars didn't make a dent in the autism epidemic, but in fact watches in increase, then how much money and how much time do you and your colleagues believe that the American People should spend on your failed efforts?  Will another billion dollars and another decade only see a greater autism increase?
 
3.    It had been long believed that autism was mostly genetically induced, but in July of 2011, Stanford released a very comprehensive study showing that non-genetic factors played the greatest role in determining autism risk. This ground breaking study showed, that approximately 38% were due to genetic factors and 62% were environmental. (http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2011/july/autism.html)

In March of this year, the University of Chicago released a study that showed again that the environment was the main factor in developing autism. (http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2014/20140313-autism.html)

Why is NIH spending money on genetic autism research at a 6:1 ratio over environmental causation research when you, yourself, have admitted that autism is mostly environmentally induced? This spending pattern flies in the face of all logic in light of the epidemic rise of autism. There are no genetic epidemics.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Why IACC's Dr. Tom Insel Must Go

Insel_thumbManaging Editor's Note: Dan wrote this post in 2009. In light of today's OGR hearing on the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders, we thought our readers would like to see the long term inaction of Dr. Insel on behalf of the autism community.

Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced a hearing of the Government Operations Subcommittee scheduled for today on the subject of the Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.     

The hearing will be held in at 9 am EDT today in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  Watch via live streaming at http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/

By Dan Olmsted

Thomas Insel, the feckless factotum who heads the committee that will decide the future of the autism epidemic, needs to follow Dr. Story Landis (HERE) out the door TODAY and resign as chair of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Tomorrow is too long.
   
Landis inadvertently revealed the bankruptcy of Insel's leadership of the group when she both bashed parents and suggested investigating the most severe cases of vaccine injury -- which is all the parents want -- in notes dropped on the floor (see the notes here) at the IACC, recovered by friendly forces and reported on our blog by the relentless Katie Wright.
   
At an IOM environmental working group meeting in 2007, I walked up to Insel and handed him a copy of the piece I'd written for the Baltimore City Paper, implicating mercury in the first cases of autism. (See "Mercury Rising" HERE.) Insel told me he thought that the mercury hypothesis had been disproven (not true, but certainly his right to say so). But then he went on to say, in these words or just about, that of course, it still could be the vaccines.

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Current Affairs

Watch Live Streaming House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing of Federal Response to Autism

IssaRep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced a hearing of the Government Operations Subcommittee scheduled for tomorrow on the subject of the Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.     

The hearing will be held in at 9 am EDT today in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Watch via live streaming at http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/

If you could ask a question at the hearing, what would it be? Tell is in the comments.

Current Affairs

Congressional Hearing on Federal Autism Policy Today

IssaNote: This action alert is from Autism Action Network.

Late Friday Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced a hearing of the Government Operations Subcommittee scheduled for tomorrow on the subject of the Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.     
    
The hearing will be held today at 9 am in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The hearing can be watched via live streaming at http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/
    

The following witnesses were announced:
 
Thomas R. Insel, MD, Director, National Institute of Mental Health, Chair, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

Michael K. Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education

Marcia Crosse, Ph. D., Director, Health Care, U.S. Government Accountability Office

No more details have been released.
    
While we are pleased that some attention will be focused on federal autism policy, we are troubled by the lack of advanced notice and the absence of parent advocates from the invited witnesses.
    
Please click HERE to send a message to Rep. Issa thanking him for scheduling the hearing, but also requesting the scheduling of additional hearings, announced well in advance, that include parent advocate witnesses so that a thorough examination of federal autism policy is possible.
     
Please call Rep. Issa at the following number and make the same request:
     
Rep. Darrell Issa,  (202) 225-3906
    
Please share this message with friends and family.

Anne Dachel, Current Affairs

Best of: Examining Dr. Tom Insel's Fine Clothes

Emperor's New Clothes Henry Justice Ford Note: We are running a few post about Dr. Tom Insel, IACC and the Federal Response to Autism since there is a hearing today in Washington DC. You can watch via livestreaming http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/

By Anne Dachel

On Monday, Jul 11, 2011, Dr. Thomas Insel, chairman of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in support of the reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act.

I listened closely to what Insel had to say about autism and I transcribes his comments below.  I compared this testimony to what Insel said to Congress about autism in 2009. (See my story, Age of Autism: Thomas Insel and The Really Big Autism Lie)

Back in August of 2009, Insel wasn't sure if the rate of autism was really going up or not.  He talked about early diagnosis and early intervention.  He talked about genetic research.

In December, 2009, the autism rate officially went from one in every 150 children to one in every 110 kids.  That same month, speaking at MIT, Insel said, "I said before this isn't just genetics... There have to be environmental factors."

By the spring of 2010, Insel was really getting concerned about the impact of autism. At the National Institutes of Health, (Age of Autism: Dr. Tom Insel on Autism) he said, "Eighty percent of the people with a diagnosis of autism [in the U.S.] are under the age of eighteen." In Insel's own words, "If you look at those numbers, the increase and recognize how many of those kids will become adults, we ...also need to be thinking about how we prepare the nation for a million people who may need significant amounts of services as they are no longer cared for by their parents or as their parents are no longer around."

So what did Insel have to tell Congress on July 11, 2011?  What advances have been made since 2009?  As far as I can tell, Insel had nothing substantial to report.

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Katie Wright

Katie Wright on IACC Vs. GAO Report

Thank youManaging Editor's Note:  We ran this post from Katie in March, but are bringing it back to help readers understand the work of Dr. Tom Insel and IACC over the years. Katie has attended the IACC meetings and taken close note of the lack of action on behalf of our loved ones. 

Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced a hearing of the Government Operations Subcommittee on the subject of the Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.     

The hearing will be held in at 9 am EDT today in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Watch via live streaming at http://oversight.house.gov/hearings/

By Katie Wright

I want to thank the perceptive and hard-working Congressional staffers who wrote the Government Accountability Office’s report on autism research. The GAO report is similar to the work of the IACC support staff: the record keeping is excellent the portfolio analysis, the publications analysis exceptionally well done. If only the actual NIH autism grants were half this good….

The GAO report is comprehensive, well researched and, perhaps, most importantly of all, truly representative of the interests and concerns of American families affected by autism. It is also worth noting that the correct, most judiciously spent, portfolio of autism research is in the best interest of every taxpayer.

Democracy is a beautiful thing.  Unlike the Soviet style leadership appointments for life at the NIH and the CDC, elected representatives are accountable to consumers. They take our calls and respond to our concerns. If they do not perform well, representatives lose their jobs! That is certainly NOT how things work with the NIH leadership.

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Teresa Conrick

The Microbiome: Could It Be The Epicenter Of Autism?

Gut-brainBy Teresa Conrick

Since 1938, autism has moved from a blip on the radar screen to a full-force tsunami today.  Those first eleven children identified by psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Kanner, all exhibited the now infamous triad of behaviors:

  1. Qualitative impairment in social interaction
  2. Qualitative impairments in communication
  3. Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities

Sadly, there is not enough reporting of the  MEDICAL patterns that Kanner briefly described. Dan Olmsted was the trailblazer on the connection of toxic exposure in those families, with his UPI series posted on our homepage.  Then he and Mark Blaxill went back and forth in history to seal the deal on specifically, MERCURY and its insidious relationship with autism.  Andrew Wakefield has been researching and publishing for over ten years on the gut-brain connection in autism.    My gratitude to each of them for their continual investigations.

Leo Kanner wrote these descriptions of those first-ever, diagnosed children but he did not see the obvious:

•  "Eating," the report said, "has always been a problem with him.”

•    large and ragged tonsils.

•    Following smallpox vaccination at 12 months, he had an attack of diarrhea and fever

•    Large tonsils and adenoids

•    He vomited a great deal during his first year,

•    She quit taking any kind of nourishment at 3 months. She was tube-fed five times daily up to 1       year of age.

•    He vomited all food from birth through the third month.

•    His tonsils were removed when he was 3 years old.

•    He vomited all food from birth through the third month.

•    He suffered from repeated colds and otitis media, which necessitated bilateral myringotomy

•    Because of a febrile illness at 13 months, her increasing difficulties were interpreted as possible

      postencephalitic behavior disorder.    

•    He had been kept in bed often because of colds, bronchitis, chickenpox, streptococcus infection, impetigo

Kanner missed the pattern of GI issues and INFECTION.  These two medical problems have continued to be prevalent in many if not most of the children being diagnosed today. Instead, he did the Freudian spin:

Food is the earliest intrusion that is brought to the child from the outside. David Levy observed that affect-hungry children, when placed in foster homes where they are well treated, at first demand excessive quantities of food. Hilde Bruch, in her studies of obese children, found that overeating often resulted when affectionate offerings from the parents were lacking or considered unsatisfactory.

Our patients, reversely, anxious to keep the outside world away, indicated this by the refusal of food. Donald, Paul ("vomited a great deal during the first year"), Barbara ("had to be tube-fed until 1 year of age"), Herbert, Alfred, and John presented severe feeding difficulty from the beginning of life.

The children also seemed to have illnesses that may point to Streptococcus, as evidenced by infection of their tonsils, adenoids and ears. That seems to be the pattern still today, if not more.

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Julie Obradovic

Julie Obradovic On The Whitney Reynolds Show: Topic Autism

Julie headshotBy Julie Obradovic

Last fall, I had the opportunity to sit down for an interview with Whitney Reynolds, host of The Whitney Reynold's show (a local talk show in Chicago), to talk about autism. The show finally aired last Saturday, May 17th. We discussed many topics, including my experience as a mother and the issues surrounding the disorder. Specifically, she gave me the opportunity to shed light on one aspect of what makes autism so controversial. With two very different paradigms...one, that it is a lifelong, genetic condition you are born with that there really isn't much you can or should do about, and that has been with humanity for all time...and two, that it is an environmentally caused condition in a genetically vulnerable person that is absolutely treatable (and should be treated), and that it is at epidemic proportions unknown to mankind ever before...you can understand where some of the controversy might lie.

Our experience, like many other thousands of parents, was the later, and I was grateful for the opportunity to say so. I thank Whitney and her production team for a wonderful interview and show.



Julie Obradovic is a Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.

Cathy Jameson

You Get What You Get, Part 1 – Mistruths and Muddied Reporting

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By Cathy Jameson

I worked at a beach club one summer many years ago.  Membership was private, very private.  From what I was told, one had to be “born into” their membership which made the club more exclusive than the other private beaches in the area.  Several of the members could trace their roots back to prominent businessmen and their families who were integral in the rise and success of the American Industrial Revolution.  I ran into some of those members occasionally, but it was their children whom I was assigned to work with that summer. 

One thing that has always stayed with me from that job at the beach wasn’t the experience of getting a peek into how the rich and famous played when money was no object; it was of an expression that my fellow camp counselors used:  “You get what you get.”  

That expression was stated after one of the children forgot to use their manners.  One of the counselors said it as a gentle yet firm reminder to be grateful for a treat they were just offered.  Popsicles, which came in three different flavors in a variety pack, were being handed out.  By the time it was the last child’s turn to receive his, there was no guarantee he was going to get the flavor he wanted.  Face scrunched up and ready to protest, he got a dose of reality and a reminder that to have any refreshing Popsicle on a hot summer day was a treat even if it wasn’t the exact flavor he had hoped to receive. 

“You get what you get” was repeated a few times for a few days with our campers.  As we eased into a routine, and as expectations were established and polite responses from the children returned, things began to run smoothly.  Instead of having to harp on using nice manners, we had more time to frolic on the sand and to play in the ocean.  By the time summer camp was over, we’d diminished the use of reminding the kids that “You get what you get.” 

“You get what you get.”  It’s a response that can work on both kids and adults.  It can work in lots of places and in many situations.  It could help to diffuse a behavior before it escalates.  It can also be said as a quick reply to end an argument, but I find that it is more effective as that gentle yet firm reminder. 

One such instance where this reminder should be said more often is in mainstream articles and on television news shows when the topic includes the measles and mumps “outbreaks”.  If reporters would truly take the time to thoroughly examine why such “outbreaks” have occurred, a gentle yet firm reminder of “You get what you get” would’ve accompanied their reports. 

To my knowledge, adding that reminder hasn’t happened.  I will say that, surprisingly, some of the reports I’ve seen have provided some useful information, including the most important one—that the diseases being spread have originated among those who’ve been vaccinated.  But, as quickly as that fact is stated, the story makes an unnecessary turn and places a mysterious and incorrect blame of the “outbreaks” on the unvaccinated. 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Measles, Cancer, Autoimmunity, Autism

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

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Hedda Get Better: Doll with Measles from 1958

A lot of us "citizen scientists" who saw the news this week about a megadose of measles vaccine as a cancer treatment seem to have had the same question at the same time.

First, the news. “Mayo Clinic researchers announced a landmark study where a massive dose of the measles vaccine, enough to inoculate 10 million people, wiped out a Minnesota woman's incurable blood cancer,” USA Today reported. “The Mayo Clinic conducted the clinical trial last year using virotherapy. The method discovered the measles virus wiped out multiple myeloma cancer cells. Researchers engineered the measles virus (MV-NIS) in a single intravenous dose, making it selectively toxic to cancer cells.”

Now the question: Does this suggest that wild-type measles infection, the kind hundreds of thousands of kids caught every year before the measles vaccine arrived in the 1960s, performs some unsuspected function in preventing the occurrence of cancer? And the follow-up: Did mass vaccination wipe out this protection? 

The first thing that caught my eye was the type of cancer – multiple myeloma. As it happens,  I’ve been hearing about this cancer in the autism community quite a bit in the last year. In fact, in August of last year Mark Blaxill and I reported on the anonymous Case 3 in the first medical paper on autism, from 1943. We identified him as William Ritchey Miller of Raleigh, N.C. On his death certificate from July 8, 2011, the cause was listed: multiple myeloma.

According to Wikipedia, this kind of cancer is increasing. and affecting younger people than it has in the past, resulting in about 74,000 deaths in 2010, up from 49,000 in 1990. It is a cancer of the immune system, formed by malignant plasma cells in the bone marrow. We also reported that Miller, who was known as Ritchey, had one sibling, Alden Dykstra Miller. He died in Hyattsville, Md., in 1984. 

He was only 44 years old. The cause of death was lupus erythermatosis, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own healthy tissue.

We all know that immune problems are common in the background of families with autistic children. It was ever thus – Case 1 in the original case series, Donald Triplett of Mississippi, had a near-fatal attack of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, in his early teens; his father had asthma, another autoimmune condition. Donald recovered from JRA after treatment with gold salts – and, as we’ve reported, his autistic symptoms also improved dramatically, according to his brother. (Both Donald and his brother still live in Forest, Mississippi.)

To me, it stands to reason that a virus – like measles – that triggers an immune response in children might serve some broader biological purpose best left undisturbed. Doing so might have some downstream effect on both an autoimmune condition like autism and a cancer of the immune system like multiple myeloma. (Another of the first 11 cases, Bridget Muncie, also died of cancer.)

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Current Affairs

EPA Microbiologist Dr. David Lewis Wrote the Book on Research Misconduct - Then Throws the Book at Brian Deer

David LewisOn April 29, Teri Arranga conducted a gripping interview with Dr. David Science for Sale David Lewis Lewis on her radio show, Autism One: A Conversation of Hope. The show opened with Dr. Lewis speaking about his soon-to-be-released book, Science for Sale

Dr. Lewis was the only EPA scientist to ever be lead author of articles published in Nature and Lancet. In 2008 and 2011, Nature reported on a lawsuit he filed against EPA scientists for covering up problems with chemicals in organic fertilizers (biosolids) linked to autism, and his investigations into fraud charges leveled against Dr. Andrew Wakefield. Listen to Dr. Lewis' interview or read the transcript of it below to learn what he discovered while pouring through the documents related to the baseless charges against Dr. Wakefield. Dr. Lewis is a renowned environmental scientist who is sponsored by Focus Autism.

Dr. Lewis will be giving a presentation about his new book Science for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits at the AutismOne Conference in Chicago, Friday, May 23 at 1 pm CT.

TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW

Teri Arranga: Dr. David Lewis is an internationally recognized research microbiologist whose work in public health and environmental issues as a senior-level Research Microbiologist in EPA's Office of Research & Development, and member of the Graduate Faculty of the University of Georgia has been reported in numerous news articles and documentaries from Time Magazine and Reader's Digest to National Geographic. He is the only EPA scientist to publish first-authored articles in Nature, Lancet, and Nature Medicine.

Read the full article at A Shot of Truth.