More Than "Puppy Love" When Donny Osmond Watches VaXxed

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For those readers of a certain age, this photo is likely to make you swoon and re-up your subscription to Tiger Beat.  Donny Osmond watched VaXxed and met Dr. Andy Wakefield in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Look at this photo. Not sure the pharma shills will be able tell us to "Go away little girl" much longer....  The Salt Lake City Tribune called VaXxed "reprehensible." Imagine their angst when SLC's favorite son had a clearly emotional moment with Dr. Wakefield?" More salt in their tears than the Great Lake itself, likely!

Enjoy this blast from the past. And let's hope for the future.  I watched my oldest "graduate" out of school yesterday. When Donny and Marie were on TV the rate was fewer than 1 in 10,000. KIM


A Family Member Responds to VaXxed

Sister memeNote: You know Cathy Jameson for her weekly posts: sometimes amusing, often heart stopping, always required Sunday reading.  Her sister Bridget went out of her way to see VaXxed The Movie and wrote about the experience. Family members can be our source of the greatest support or the biggest disappointment.   You can read the full post and much more from Cathy at her blog. And since Cathy often ends her Sunday posts with a song, check out my choice at the end of this post. Feel free to dance. It's Friday, after all!  Kim

A Family Member Speaks Up about VaxXed

Painfully aware of what's happened to Ronan, extended family members know that vaccines have done more harm than good.  Not every family member is in agreement - and have made that quite clear to us, but a few have quietly supported us through every hurdle, seizure and setback Ronan has experienced.  I don't know if I'll ever be able to fully express how much our their support means to me.  
When I found out that some of our extended family were going to be attending a Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe screening in their area, I cried.  Then I made sure to thank them.  By attending the screening, they jumped out of their comfort zone and bravely spoke up with us.  

After seeing Vaxxed, my sister, who has been one of Ronan's biggest and most vocal cheerleaders over the years, felt called to share her thoughts about the film.  I know that she may get flack for sharing what she did on her FB wall, but she shares as an eye witness to what happened to Ronan.  I can think of no one better to offer such important information than someone who has seen firsthand the negative consequences of vaccines.  

After I read through her post, I asked my sister if I could share it here.  She said yes, and I'm so glad. 

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View Screen Shot of Dr. Kalb Blog Questioning Vaccines

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NOTE: So, if a doctor, a practicing medical doctor with a clean license like Dr. Daniel Kalb, questions vaccine safety - here's what will happen - the "public health" community - meaning Pharma Phield Office will consider actions:  According to the Tennessee Department of Health's website, Kalb has had no disciplinary actions taken against him. It is not clear if his stance on autism and vaccines will provoke to board to take any actions against him.  The average American should ask him or herself - how on earth is a medical doctor at fault for questioning a product that he himself has to administer to patients? How indeed? 

We need to support the doctors who dare to speak out. Thank you to JB Handley for this screen shot of the blog post before it was pulled it down.   Seems Dr. Kalb may be learning the hard way about the Pharmafia - who've gone to the mattresses - behind our vaccination program.  (Hey, it's always a good day when you can work a phrase from The Godfather into your intro.)  KS


From FOX 17:

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WZTV) -- A Franklin doctor is refusing to give vaccines, questioning their safety.

On the Cool Springs Family Medicine's site, Dr. Daniel Kalb wrote in a blog he believed vaccines are linked to autism. The blog has since been taken down... [See screen shot above for the blog post while it was live.]

The CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health say there's no proven link between vaccinations and autism. Both agencies recommend children be vaccinated.

Executive Director of Autism Tennessee Babs Tierno has an autistic son, but she doesn't believe there's a link between the developmental condition and vaccines.

"We want to treat every individual as an individual," Tierno said. "Any medical professional who makes blanket statements and blanket decisions without taking an individualized approach that is a bit concerning."

FOX 17 reached out to Dr. Kalb's office twice this week. An employee told FOX 17 he is not currently commenting on the blog.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health's website, Kalb has had no disciplinary actions taken against him. It is not clear if his stance on autism and vaccines will provoke to board to take any actions against him.... Read more here.


Six Lethal Sins of CDC A Toxic Legacy of Lies: Part 3 Autism Numbers

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Note: Part 2 and Part 1.

By James O. Grundvig

PART III        AUTISM NUMBERS

CDC and NCBDDD Director Coleen Boyle’s other talent, beyond paying foreign mercenary scientists to manipulate data to produce desirable results, has been their ability to knead and suppress the skyrocketing autism incidence rates, which have exploded from 1 in 2,500 in 1990 to 1 in 250 at the start of the new millennium. In 2014, CDC announced ASD rates had shot up yet again to 1 in 68 for every child born in the United States.

Then an odd thing happened on March 31, 2016: CDC announced victory of sorts. Autism rates had stabilized, unchanged from two years ago at 1 in 68. In CDC’s corrupt ivory tower view, it was something to cheer about as it gave the false perception that CDC had the epidemic finally under control. It does not. And the lie of the “better diagnosis epidemic” continues.

The Philadelphia Inquirer website, Philly.com, gushed: “The autism rates was 1 in 68 children in 2012, the same as it was in 2010, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”[1]

But that statement was wrong. In 2010, CDC’s rate of ASD incidence had climbed to 1 in 88. Even if the reporter had been correct, he was taking CDC’s word at blind allegiance, which he could have torpedoed the false number had the reporter done a bare minimum search online. Then, he would have discovered that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in October 2009 “had no idea why” the rates had climbed to 1 in 100 children on the spectrum, and said: “The prevalence of autism might be even higher than previously thought . . . We don’t know if it has gone up, and we are hoping to unlock these mysteries.”[2]

No such luck. No mysteries were ever uncovered by HHS, NIH, CDC or any other health agency for the last seven years. Mainstream press never bothered to look into the unmitigated tragedy of a growing legion of children with learning disabilities, leaky guts, shot nervous systems, brain signaling malfunctions, muscle atrophy, and a Vaccine Court that refuses to compensate most of the victims, which number well over one million victims today under 18 years old.

And yet, the announcement had been trumpeted with great relief at CDC, as if Coleen Boyle had run the 26 miles in ancient Greece, from Marathon to Athens, shouting “Nike!” before collapsing to the ground. Two problems, however, emerged for the director of National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in her agency’s victory lap, besides it being false and premature.

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CDC Sponsored MMR Study Supports Wakefield’s findings

CdclogoBy F. Edward Yazbak MD 

Introduction: 

On May 26, 2016, Rohde and Conte published their 4th report on the movie “VAXXED”. 

The report was titled “Did the CDC Censor Vaxxed? Or Did the CDC’s Proxies Do It for them? Columbia University’s Dilemma.” 

The report and related comments were most informative and readers should review them in order to appreciate the role Professor Ian Lipkin of Columbia University played recently.   

Dr. Lipkin's dislike of Dr. Andrew Wakefield is not new. In 2008, Dr. Lipkin co-authored a CDC- AAP sponsored report that I carefully reviewed and critiqued on September 12, 2008. My critique was to be published on Monday September 15, 2008 on the Vaccine Autoimmunity Project (VAP) web site but … it never was, because some time during the weekend, the web site was hacked and destroyed.   

Two British vaccine information sites published my review but it was never widely distributed in the United States until today.   

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Dachel Wake Up: Salt Lake City Trib Calls VaXxed "Reprehensible"

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

June 8, 2016, Kansas City Star: Director of vaccine documentary is used to controversy — and big ticket sales, By Robert W. Butler

June 8, 2016, Orlando Weekly: Opening in Orlando…By Steve Schneider

June 6, 2016, Salt Lake Tribune: Movie review: Reprehensible 'Vaxxed' brings a conspiracy theory to the big screen, By Sean P. Means 

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The PR Hoax of the Marco Arturo Vaxxer Viral Video

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Welcome to the world of the pro-vaccination-at-all-costs Pharma government machine.   This brief video explains how A+ Media, Google, Walgreens, Disney and other pro-profit, pro-vax zealots put a video on the fast track to Internet hits. 

Levi Quackenboss asked the initial question, "Who is this kid and how did he go viral so fast," on his site.

Update 6-6-2016: Walgreens has revoked their sponsorship of the Marco Arturo article on A Plus after a campaign by Hear This Well and hundreds of parents of vaccine injured children.}

I told myself I was done talking about this little catfish but I have to say one last thing on the matter after some friends were sleuthing around and something became apparent.

In case you missed it, on May 30th Ashton Kutcher shared Marco’s video as a story on Kutcher’s media site A Plus. By then it was starting to go viral, so it’s no surprise that Kutcher’s Buzzfeed-like website picked it up, right?

Maybe.  Maybe they came across it on their own. Maybe on May 30th it was just good fortune that this previously unknown 12-year old in Mexico had someone notify him about Ashton Kutcher’s Facebook status when he was standing by with his smartphone, because that kid shared Kutcher’s post within 21 minutes of it going up. A pretty impressive social media sprint for an unknown kid, but whatever.

Check out this video from  My Incredible Opinion with Forrest Maready. Maready dissects this video with precision from the Google/Internet instant viral position to the actual video production. 


MN Department of Public Health Coerces Somali Families into MMR Vaccine

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MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SCHOOLS PROFESSIONALS TO PERSUADE SOMALI PARENTS TO GIVE THEIR CHILDREN THE MMR VACCINE – DESPITE CLEAR OPPOSITION


Note: Excerpted from the Vaccine of Safety Council of Minnesota. Thank you to Patti Carroll for sharing with us.

By Patti Carroll, VSCM board member

I apologize for the long title, but it’s important that readers understand exactly what our tax dollars are being spent on.

On Wednesday, April 13th, I attended an educational forum for professionals put on by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The title of the forum was “Autism in the Somali Community and Vaccine Hesitancy”. The stated purpose was: “This session will provide the latest information on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a national childhood development expert and updates on immunization data relevant to Minnesota Somali children”.

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Why the Statute of Limitations in The Vaccine Court is SOL

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By Wayne Rohde

One of the most discussed, debated, and obscene forms of injustice in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) -- the "Vaccine Court" --is the very restrictive statute of limitations. Plainly put, you have 3 years from the onset of symptoms for injuries after the administration of a vaccine.  In the case of death, only 2 years. Other state and federal court systems have more generous statutes ranging from 6 to 10 years to the date the minor child reaches the age of 18.

The latest effect of this unfair requirement is to deny justice to girls who have been rendered infertile by the HPV vaccine, a growing problem that needs to be addressed.

The Statute

42 U.S.C. § 300aa-16(a)(2).

Section 300aa-16(a)(2) of the Vaccine Act provides that, regarding a vaccine set forth in the Vaccine Injury Table which is administered after [October 1, 1998], if a vaccine-related injury occurred as a result of the administration of such vaccine, no petition may be filed for compensation under the Program for such injury after the expiration of 36 months after the date of the occurrence of the first symptom or manifestation of onset . . . of such injury.

Special Master Lisa Hamilton-Fieldman overseeing the HPV-POI Omnibus

This statute of limitations is not triggered by the administration of the vaccine, but “begins to run on the date of occurrence of the first symptom or manifestation of onset of the vaccine-related injury for which compensation is sought.” Cloer, 654 F.3d at 1335. “[E]ither a ‘symptom’ or a ‘manifestation of onset’ can trigger the running of the statute [of limitations], whichever is first.” Markovich v. Sec’y of HHS, 477 F.3d 1353, 1357 (Fed. Cir. 2007). [i]

“[I]t is the first symptom or manifestation of an alleged vaccine injury, not first date when diagnosis would be possible, that triggers the statute of limitations.” Carson ex rel. Carson v. Sec’y of HHS, 727 F.3d 1365, 1369 (Fed. Cir. 2013), reh’g & reh’g en banc denied, 2013 WL 4528833 at *1.  “A symptom may be indicative of a variety of conditions or ailments, and it may be difficult for lay persons to appreciate the medical significance of a symptom with regard to a particular injury.” Markovich, 477 F.3d at 1357.  While the symptom of an injury must be recognized as such “by the medical profession at large,” Cloer, 654 F.3d at 1335, even subtle symptoms that a petitioner would recognize “‘only with the benefit of hindsight, after a doctor makes a definitive diagnosis of injury,’” trigger the running of the statute of limitations, whether or not the petitioner or even multiple medical providers understood their significance at the time. Carson, 727 F.3d at 1369-70 (quoting Markovich, 477 F.3d at 1358).[ii]  

Markovich was the defining case for onset of symptoms.  The little girl started to blink at a doctor’s office.  The pediatrician interpreted that as a symptom of seizures and wrote a note in the file.  A few years later, the parents filed a petition seeking compensation for their daughter’s injuries.  The petition was later dismissed on the grounds that it was time barred, or exceeded the 3-year statute of limitation. 

By a couple of weeks. 

Or a mother, frantically trying to understand that her child was falling a little bit behind.  The doctor wrote in the margins of the medical chart, speech delay.  But did not tell the parents.  Later, the parents would file a petition seeking compensation for vaccine injuries causing development delay and autism.  Petition would not be adjudicated on the merits of the known injury.  DOJ attorneys asked the special master to dismiss the petition because it was time barred.  Just a doctor recording an observation without telling the parents.

And no fault of the parents. 

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Autism and the Microbiome: Immunization With Bacteria?

Microbiome7By Teresa Conrick

As more and more is unraveled about the MICROBIOME in health and disease, causes and of course treatments are going to be discussed.  The big questions will hopefully concern prevention of diseases as well. I recently came upon an article that made me wonder what direction Microbiome research could take:

Immunization with bacteria promotes stress resilience, coping behaviors in mice, CU-Boulder study finds 

Injections of the soil bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae (M. vaccae NCTC 11659) promote stress resilience and improve coping behaviors in mice, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

The researchers also found that M. vaccae prevented stress-induced colitis, a typical symptom of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), suggesting that immunization with the bacteria may have a wide-ranging suite of health benefits.

The findings appear today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

“The immunized mice responded with a more proactive behavioral coping response to stress, a strategy that has been associated with stress resilience in animals and humans,” said Christopher Lowry, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology at CU-Boulder and the senior author of the new research....

The immunized mice continued to show decreased levels of submissive behaviors one to two weeks after treatment. M. vaccae treatment reduced stress-induced colitis...

...The research underscores the importance of an organism’s microbiome in preventing and coping with inflammation-related diseases and psychiatric conditions...

...“An injection of M. vaccae is not designed to target a particular antigen the way a vaccine would, but instead activates the individual’s immunoregulatory responses to protect from inappropriate inflammation...

Well that's interesting and could also make one wonder, could this be something for AUTISM? Maybe that's what the authors are inferring here in the full study about "PREVENTION" .full:

Although not specifically addressed here, immunoregulatory approaches may also prove useful in prevention of neurodevelopmental and other somatic and neuropsychiatric disorders in which elevated inflammation contributes to disease vulnerability (84).

INAPPROPRIATE INFLAMMATION.  That sure could be AUTISM as most research shows INFLAMMATION in the brain.  The MICROBIOME has been shown to be very connected to the MICROGLIA in the BRAIN.

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Dachel Wake Up: 'Antidote' With Michael Parker Interviews VaXxed Team

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

I have transcribed much of a talk with Andy Wakefield and Del Bigtree who've given us the film "Vaxxed."  This is the current situation in America. We are all at the mercy of an industry that controls our elected representatives, the medical profession, the media, and health officials. Brilliant discussion that will educate everyone.

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Justin Kanew Interviews Mary Holland & Louis Conte on "Get It Got It Good"

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By Justin Kanew

This is the 3rd of 4 interviews on this topic... the 1st (with Del Bigtree) and the 2nd (with Brian Deer) can be found HERE. Thanks again to AofA and all of you for all the feedback-- even though I can't respond to all of it I promise I'm seeing it and it's appreciated.

After talking to Del Bigtree and Brian Deer, one of the aspects of the subject of vaccine injury I wanted to hear more about was the U.S. Vaccine Court, which kept coming up, and the case of Hannah Poling, which it seemed was a tough case for the "Vaccines never ever cause autism" side to refute.

The explanation given for her case seems to be that Hannah wasn't compensated for her autism, even though she has an autism diagnosis, but was instead compensated for her "encephalopathy seizures" which resulted in "autism-like symptoms". I had trouble understanding the difference, and in his interview with Sanjay Gupta it seemed to all be the same to Hannah's neurologist father Jon also, so I reached out to him to see if he could explain it.

Jon didn't want to talk, but he did turn me on to the work of Mary Holland and Lou Conte, who as many of you AofA-ers probably know are 2 parents who after much scientific and observational research have come to the conclusion vaccine injury is the only plausible explanation for the regression of their children into autism. 

In their Pace University article Mary and Lou found 83 other cases of autism among the vaccine-injured kids compensated for brain injury, which was eye-opening, and in the interview Lou poses a seemingly fair question: 

"If vaccines don't cause autism, how come all these children compensated for vaccine injury have autism?"

Here's my conversation with Mary and Lou:

 

Episode 3 is embedded above, but it's also live on iTunes here: https://goo.gl/nXkFPI

And here's the direct link.

On the next and last episode (coming soon) I'll talk to MIT biologist Dr. Stephanie Seneff. 

Look forward to your comments and your thoughts on all of it.

Justin

Justin Kanew is a writer-producer in Los Angeles who was also a 2-time contestant on "THE AMAZING RACE" on CBS with his best friend Zev-- the first ever Amazing Race contestant on the autism spectrum. He lives in Encino, CA with his wife Nicole, a BCBA, and his recently born daughter Kaia. He also hosts "GET IT GOT IT GOOD", a podcast that was recently #16 on the iTunes News & Politics" chart. Subscribe to it here: https://goo.gl/nXkFPI And follow him on Twitter here: @justin_kanew


Dealing with Autism

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I don't know what caused my grandson's autism, probably one or a combination of his vaccines. We didn't notice a sudden and dramatic change in his health or behavior after a specific well baby visit. We just began to realize something was wrong when he was a toddler. He would trot back and forth incessantly. He mostly avoided eye contact and his speech was pretty much limited to echolalia, he would repeat the last phrase he heard, often over and over again. He was two before he was finally diagnosed with autism. It was still new for most pediatricians. They didn't recognize it.

Weston will be fifteen in September. Autism isn't rare anymore. By now any physician who didn't recognize his symptoms would be really obtuse, though many still won't treat the comorbidity issues most children with autism have. We are lucky. Weston is low verbal but he can speak. He is affectionate with people he knows. He was potty trained at the appropriate age. His digestive issues can be controlled with the proper diet. And his neurologist has successfully treated a disturbing trend toward violent behavior without undesirable side effects, at least so far. He is happy, relaxed, more focused, has better direct communication, and only one week with several sensory meltdowns since he began seeing the neurologist, since then he has been pretty calm. Weston's speech therapist is creating a school for teenagers with autism and his parents are hoping to enroll him. They have an interview a week from today. We continue to hope and pray.

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Dachel Morning Wake Up: VaXxed Coverage

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Here's a look at "Vaxxed" coverage around the country. It's interesting to see which news sites honestly report on the real story of "Vaxxed" and which ones reduce it to Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent claim that vaccines cause autism and say nothing about a scandalous governmental cover-up.

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Regrettably Yours

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By  Cathy Jameson

For some children, like my son, autism isn’t just a different way of thinking; it’s medical.  From GI problems to severe expressive language delays to seizures, the spectrum of issues Ronan has are complex.  Many of those issues have contributed to a bad day.  The tears that roll down my cheeks on those days sting.

Learning how to handle all of what encompasses Ronan’s diagnosis hasn’t been easy.  The bad days can be really bad – those pop up when we have to resort to using emergency meds to stop seizures, or when we have to call 911 after Ronan’s wandered, or when I’ve become the punching bag after Ronan has tried to but is unable to communicate his needs. 

Due to Ronan’s behavior, and sometimes his seizures, days can go from bad to worse and quickly.  When that happens, we cancel things – things like Ronan’s therapy, a planned outing, and attending the siblings’ sports events. 

Dear Therapist, We’ll have to try, try again tomorrow…today is just not going to work out.

Hey Friends, we regret to inform you that we won’t be able to join you…hopefully next time.

Dear Coach, I hate that I can’t be there to watch the game. Please keep an eye on my kiddo for me.  Ronan and I are home today…cheering from a distance.

When all is clear and Ronan is back to his usual self, we tip toe back into our schedule and into the world around us.  Those are the good days. 

Ronan’s good days are really, really good – when he says a word, when he doesn’t need prompting to complete a simple task, when he willingly interacts instead of pushes us away.  We celebrate those and pray for more of them.  Lately, we’ve had a few tough days in a row.  When those days start to stack up, I find myself feeling sad and a tad regretful about how things have panned out.   

It’s not the first time I’ve found myself feeling regretful. 

As a new parent, I regretted not knowing as much as I do now.  When I knew in my heart that something was wrong with my child, I regretted waiting to act on my suspicions.  When I suspected that my son was showing signs of developmental delays, I regretted not listening to my mother’s instinct.  When I was getting nowhere making sense of the types of delays that Ronan was exhibiting, I regretted not asking for help sooner.  After finally asking for help and having my concerns completely dismissed, I regretted not switching doctors.  After doing some more reading and searching for answers, I regretted that I let the titles of the people I was talking to intimidate me.  None of that regret helped me in the moment.  None of it diminished any of the worry that I was also feeling. 

Oddly enough, regret fueled my next move. 

Fearing that what I suspected would lead us down the road to an autism diagnosis, I knew that it was time for me to start asking different people, people who would listen, for help.  Help came, but only after some of the professionals close to Ronan skirted the issue – Mom, don’t worry.  It can’t be autism because Ronan is able to point to things! 

He can make eye contact! 

He can still communicate!

And good news, he doesn’t line things up! 

I appreciated the positive outlook, but I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that something was terribly wrong. 

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Dachel Wake Up: Politicizing the Vaccine Controversy

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Everyone needs to visit this site and watch Kevin Barry's videos. Our children are increasingly sick and disabled. They cannot function in school, which means they won't be productive members of society when they are adults. Vast numbers of them will be dependent on the taxpayers for their lifetime support and care.

THOMPSON AND THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE - First Freedoms

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Michelle Guppy Shares "Life with Autism" in Heart Stopping Photos

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We'd like to you take a look at Michelle Guppy's blog entry Life With Autism In Pictures.  Take a deep breath now, you'll lose it when you start scrolling.

On my "Life with Autism" blog, it is my hope that the words you read are inspirational in some way. But on this blog --- I wanted it to be different. I wanted the pictures to be more powerful than the words. Here will be some of our most powerful pictures in our "Life with Autism" - with only a few words to explain...


Antipsychotic Prescribing Trends in Youths with Autism and Intellectual Disability

Science post imageDate: May 31, 2016

Source: Elsevier

Summary:

About one in 10 youths treated with an antipsychotic are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability. Conversely, one in six youths diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has been prescribed antipsychotics. Furthermore, the results suggest that the proportion of adolescents with autism or intellectual disability has increased among youths treated with antipsychotics and that more youths with autism or intellectual disability have received antipsychotics.

FULL STORY

About one in ten youths treated with an antipsychotic are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability. Conversely, one in six youths diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has been prescribed antipsychotics. These findings are reported in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). Furthermore, the results suggest that the proportion of adolescents with autism or intellectual disability has increased among youths treated with antipsychotics and that more youths with autism or intellectual disability have received antipsychotics.

Currently, second-generation antipsychotics are the only FDA-approved medications for youth with autism. However, these are approved only for the symptomatic control of irritability and aggression. They do not have an indication for youth with intellectual disability, and they do not seem to affect the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorders, such as social and communication difficulties, or the core symptoms of intellectual disability, such as problems with understanding and responding appropriately to information from the outside world.

Performing a meta-analysis of 39 studies and over 350,000 youth with mental illness, a group of researchers led by Christoph U. Correll, MD, of Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, examined the frequency and time trends of antipsychotic prescribing in youth with autism spectrum disorders or intellectual disability, mostly drawing on data from large registry-based studies.

"Although the increased prescribing of antipsychotics in youth with autism spectrum disorders or intellectual disability cannot be judged as appropriate or inappropriate based on database studies, side effects of antipsychotics can be quite problematic, especially in children and adolescents," said Correll. "Therefore, clinicians should perform very careful risk: benefit evaluation before and after starting youth with autism spectrum disorders or intellectual disability on an antipsychotic, always trying to maximize non-pharmacologic interventions as well as pharmacologic or non-pharmacologic treatments for comorbidities, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and sleep disorders."

Based on the study results and the known adverse effects of antipsychotics, the authors concluded that clinicians should consider using psychosocial interventions that are proven to be efficient for behavioral dysregulation such as irritability and aggression, before prescribing antipsychotics to adolescents with autism or intellectual disability. The authors further stressed that when prescribing antipsychotics, it is imperative to regularly monitor both their efficacy and tolerability in patients through body weight, fasting lipids and glucose, extrapyramidal side effects, sedation, and sexual/reproductive adverse effects, and to manage abnormalities appropriately.

Story Source:

The above post is reprinted from materials provided by ElsevierNote: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Journal Reference:

  1. Su Young Park, Chiara Cervesi, Britta Galling, Silvia Molteni, Frozan Walyzada, Stephanie H. Ameis, Tobias Gerhard, Mark Olfson, Christoph U. Correll. Antipsychotic Use Trends in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Intellectual Disability: A Meta-AnalysisJournal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2016; 55 (6): 456 DOI: 1016/j.jaac.2016.03.012

Dachel Wake Up: Cleveland 19 News Interviews VaXxed's Dr. Andy Wakefield

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

May 31, 2016, CBS19 Cleveland: 'Vaxxed' aims to draw attention to potential vaccine dangers

"It's a film aimed at getting your attention."

Amazing. Unprecedented. CBS19 Cleveland actually interviewed Dr. Wakefield about "Vaxxed."

Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

 

CBS19: "Tonight we're getting answers on a controversial new film claiming the Centers for Disease Control knew a vaccine posed dangers and covered it up.

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High Doses of Vitamin D3 - Hello Microbiome!

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

We parents of children who have a diagnosis of AUTISM have seen our children chronically carry very LOW levels of VITAMIN D3.  The connection of the IMMUNE SYSTEM to AUTISM keeps on coming!

A recent study  shows us why VITAMIN D3 can help our kids via the MICROBIOME.  This is not a study about Autism but as we keep seeing, the Microbiome research often overlaps with Autism research:

Vitamin D3 modulates the gut microbiome of the upper GI tract which might explain its positive influence on gastrointestinal diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease or bacterial infections.... We also found a decline in an unclassified Clostridia genus in the AO region. (NOTE- Many who have an Autism diagnosis also harbor HIGH levels of bacteria in the CLOSTRIDIA family .)

Given the beneficial effects of vitamin D, many people are using vitamin D supplementation as part of their regular diet, but effects of vitamin D on the human intestinal microbiome have not yet been studied. We hypothesised that some of the beneficial effects attributed to vitamin D might be mediated by the gastrointestinal microbiome....The results of our study demonstrate the effect of an 8-week high-dose vitD3 supplementation on the human microbiome of the upper GI tract. These changes included a reduction in opportunistic pathogens and an increase in bacterial richness....VitD3 dosing in our study was above currently recommended dosing for vitamin D supplementation [72] and resulted in mean vitamin D levels of 55.2 ng/mL. The safety of such a high vitamin D supplementation has previously been reported [73]. We did not observed any adverse effects and no safety parameters, including serum and urine calcium and phosphate were significantly changed during 8 weeks of a high-dose vitD3 supplementation. At present, it is not advised to generally administer such high vitD3 doses for longer time periods in humans. Randomized intervention long-term trials are needed to evaluate the risks and benefits of such high vitD3 doses for human health.......

What this means is that some smart Autism researchers should follow this up for our very sick and affected kids.  It just makes sense!

Teresa Conrick is Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.


The Whistleblower the Dogs Won't Hear: Vaccine Whistleblower

Vaccine Whistleblower Skyhorse PublishingBy Anne Dachel and Lou Conte

If you were outraged over the movie “Vaxxed—From Cover Up to Catastrophe,”  you need to read the full story of the massive corruption at the highest levels of vaccine safety as revealed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researcher Dr. William Thompson in the book, Vaccine Whistleblower,  by Kevin Barry, Esq.

Barry sums up the importance of these revelations:  “The CDC and the Institute of Medicine went through a charade of investigating the vaccine schedule to see if vaccination had anything to do with the increase in autism.  Rather than looking at all vaccines and the schedule as a whole, they purported to investigate ONE vaccine (MMR) and ONE vaccine component (thimerosal).  Based on this superficial review, they declared in 2004 that the entire vaccine schedule was safe, and then thwarted additional research into vaccine safety going forward, as stated in the 2004 IOM Vaccine Safety Review.” (P. 109)

Likewise the movie “Vaxxed” is waking the American people up to how an agency charged with protecting the health of children, in truth, is dedicated to promoting the interests of the vaccine industry and defending the vaccine schedule at all costs. It reveals more than just disturbing findings on a single MMR study involving African American boys—It describes pervasive malfeasance by government officials who are answerable to no one.

 The movie gives us Dr. Thompson, a top vaccine researcher, who makes shocking statements about the inner workings of the CDC.

Dr. Thompson:  “I was just looking at—I was like, oh my God, I cannot believe we did what we did. But we did.”

Dr. Thompson: “The higher ups wanted to do certain things and I went along with it. In terms of change of command, I was number four out of five. “

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Midweek Mashup: A Little Help, A New Look, A Big Sneeze, Battle Casualties, and a Vision of Hell on Earth

Midweek mashupBy Dan Olmsted

Hey everybody – tell your psychiatrist to call me --I need help in a hurry. Well sort of – I’m renewing my request for a member in good standing of the American Psychiatric Association to request some material for me from the APA library. The library is perfectly happy for me to go that route – they just need a member request. Email: Olmsted.dan@gmail.com.

Another request – I’d like to speak to someone who knows enough chemistry to talk me through arsenic and its variations in a fairly detailed way. Again, please email me.

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Dan Sketch

How are you liking our redesign? I like the overall look and feel a lot, but there are tweaks to come, and we want everyone’s viewpoint as we go about it. For reference sake (and because I’m kind of proud of it!) here is my original sketch for the new look that we adopted last week.

As you can see, I have no one to blame but myself, as what we ended up with is a pretty faithful rendering. But there is something a little “loose,” at least to my eye, about the way it looks on the actual screen.” It’s not quite as elegant as I’d like it to be. Is the type too big? The logo too small? Should we move up the comments on the right and move down the search function? In all of this the goal is to create a clear and calm – and intelligent, and irreverent, and funny, and moving, and all that -- corner of the world for like-minded people to hang out (and for the rest of the world to slowly be convinced we are right…).

Just don’t suggest messing with the red i, as in iconoclast.

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Justin Kanew Interviews Brian Deer on "Get it Got It Good" (2 of 4)

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By justin Kanew

As a quick reminder, this is the 2nd of 4 interviews. The first was with Del Bigtree, producer of Vaxxed, which you can listen to here if you haven't yet.

In this next one I wanted to talk to someone who feels differently about the controversial topic of vaccines and autism than Del does, so it seemed there would be no more diametrically opposed viewpoint than that of Brian Deer. 

I know I don't have to tell most of you Brian is the investigative journalist who accused VAXXED director Doctor Wakefield of fraud in a series of Sunday Times articles and initiated the investigation that got Wakefield's medical license revoked in England years ago. He's the source of much controversy and many strong feelings, and Brian himself has strong feelings about Wakefield, so I wanted to hear directly from him what his thoughts were about the topic and why.

So here's that interview:

 

I'd also like to address the fact that in the comments section I've seen people wonder if I'm some sort of "plant" sent from high above to hurt the case against vaccines, which I assure you I will swear on a stack of any kind of holy book you may read I'm not. 

I've also seen people question how this interview happened. It's simple really- Brian's email is public on his website, I emailed him, and he responded (see photo at the top of this post.)

I'm not sure if that will help put those concerns to bed, but if not I think you'll find the episode shows we are anything but in league together. I look forward to hearing more from you about it.

I should also say that in the 2 days since the first interview posted, I've found myself the target of ire from both sides. Anti-vaxxers are angry that my wife and I still plan to try to find a safe way to vaccinate our baby girl, while pro-vaxxers are angry that by doing these interviews I'm giving a platform to the makers of Vaxxed and like-minded anti-vaxxers.

It's been heated, but it's ok. I can take it. I'm a big boy. I knew this was a contentious comment, and I expected to hear a lot of

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Before Caitlin, Edward and the Temple of Vaccinia


Temple of vaccinia
Thanks to Kevin Barry and JB Handley for this info on FB. The title alone piqued my interest - I had once written a Huffpo titled "Dr. Paul Offit, Pope of the Church of the Immaculate Vaccination."  Vaccines have had a mythical, pseudo-religious status since their very earliest days it seems.  "The Temple of Vaccinia" is rather regal sounding, don't you think? .  In reality, they are a century plus long Tuskegee experiment.

Before Caitlin, before Bruce, there was another famous Jenner.  Edward.  Dr. Edward Jenner (see below.)

Vaccines have been an experiment since the first patient, James Phipps, patient of Edward Jenner.  To be sure most of early medicine has been trial and error - long before there were any approval/safety processes in place. I happen to know that early cryo-freezing of the cornea for cataract surgery in the 1960s was conducted in Connecticut without safety approval or knowledge beyond the surgeon and the technicians who invented the technology.  A nurse was outraged, and yet the surgery continued.  The result was a highly successful company and a huge improvement in cataract surgery. America was built on risk taking.   But should that theory apply to our kids health in 2016? Today's pediatric vaccine schedule remains a mass experiment.  Ask your doctor to show you the safety data from the government or vaccine manufacturers on the cumulative safety of the pediatric schedule.  Bring a pillow, a blanket and a Kindle loaded with books. It will be a long time before you get an answer.   KIM

James Phipps, the son of a poor landless labourer, was the first person to be vaccinated by Edward Jenner. On 14 May 1796, Jenner cut into the skin of the 8-year-old boy and infected him with matter from a cowpox sore.

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Dispatches from the Front - A Series of Sketches

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Having run each chapter, we now present "Dispatches from the Front - A series of sketches" in full.

By Dan Burns

For my son Ben

1987 – Present

Introduction

In Dispatches from the Front, I tell my story of Hope Ranch, with all its challenges, disappointments, and sometimes unexpected and gracious results. I hope to inspire the creation of well-organized intentional communities where our injured children can thrive, heal, and give back to society. To that end, I am grateful to the editors of Age of Autism for this opportunity to share my experience with you, the reader. Please comment on the chapters as together we discuss and share the questions to be asked and the lessons to be learned. I hope you enjoy reading about my friends!

The characters in Dispatches are inspired by real people. To protect their privacy, I‘ve given them nicknames. For dramatic purposes I have embellished scenes, created composite scenes, and invented dialogue. While the narrative is not factual in the most scrupulous sense, at its heart, the story is true.

Chapter 1 The Revolution

Ben is my beloved son. Expressions play across his face like light reflected from rippling water. He says up, go, yes, but never no. He likes green apples and almond butter. Craves wheat, cheese, and sugar. Trained for a career in food service, but fired from Cici’s Pizza for grazing at work. Feeds himself with his fingers when he can get away with it. Breaks out laughing at odd times. Hits himself in the nose when angry. Sticks his fingers in ears for God knows why. Strips off his clothes. Hikes and bikes state park trails. Can out-sprint me. Vaccine injury. Autism.

In the spring of 2010 Ben and I walked down the steps toward the deck of Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, overlooking Lake Austin, on task for Autism File magazine to interview a dangerous man. A British doctor, gastroenterologist, writer, film maker. Discredited; struck off the medical register, a notorious menace to public health. A fraud, it was claimed by the mainstream media, who must be silenced.

Ben took in the scene with deep, intense eyes that flashed around the deck, looking for food. What he saw: blue-jeaned young professionals, Earth mommas, and backpack-toting graduate students who sipped cappuccinos, surfed the internet, writing or chatting, grazing on fresh bakeries, carrot cake. Birds and squirrels sparred for scraps.

“Go,” said Ben. He hopped toward a picnic table under a knurled live oak. A sign on the trunk said “Keep Austin Wired.” A squirrel leapt from the oak tree and perched near a distinguished older patron. The man was hunched over his computer, head down, eating a blueberry muffin.

“Are you …?”

Ben lunged for the muffin. The writer choked, put it down, and lifted his head. Beard. Could have been Hemingway.

Still choking, “No.”

The squirrel pounced for the undefended goody, but Ben’s hand was faster, muffin to mouth. I grabbed his shirt, pulled him to me, flashed the “no” sign, and clawed the crushed mess out of his hand.

 “Sorry.”

 “He can have it,” said Hemingway.

 “Makes him crazy. Gluten, sugar.”

 “You need to put a leash on that kid.”

 I felt a flash of anger. “I hear that a lot.” I tossed the gutted muffin to the squirrel.

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Dispatches From The Front: Keep Austin Weird

Dispatch Ben HeadshotDispatches from the Front;  a series of sketches for parents of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder their relatives, caregivers, and friends.

Chapter 6

Read Chapter 5 and click through to 4,3,2 and 1 here.  Stay tuned for a final post that has the entire series. We hope you've enjoyed Dispatches From the Front.

By Dan Burns

            I caught up with Zero on the Capitol building steps in Austin looking south toward Congress Avenue.  I asked him to pose for a picture and got out my iPhone.

            “Knock knock,” he said.

            “Who's there?”

            “Mmmm …” said Zero.  “Who do you want to be there?”

            I snapped the photo. It showed a tall awkward kid; knock kneed, head too small for his shoulders, with a goofy look on his face, clowning like a youngster.

            “It doesn’t look like you.”        

            “I can change my bone structure to look like I’m fourteen.”

            “How do you do that?”

            “Tai Chi.”

            While we walked down the steps and strolled toward downtown, Zero shared his secret: using a Tai Chi energy ball to reconfigure his facial features. He rubbed his hands together as if to warm them, then pulled them gently apart, expanding the energy connection.

            “Try it. Feel it?”

            I sensed something like a magnetic force or an invisible ball of warm cotton between my palms.

            “Now thwo the ball to your left hand, then back to your right.”

            It felt like rocking a slinky back and forth.

            “Bwing your hands up beside your head, but don’t touch.”

            I felt warmth in my head.

            “Enowgy,” said Zero. He took my picture and showed it to me.

            “I look like that?” I asked.

            “Mmmm … not weally,” said Zero. “That’s your Atman.”

            Interesting but it wouldn’t pay the mortgage. The ranch needed funds, and Zero needed work. His job search was not going well. He’d put in a few on line applications in the outer shopping malls– night shelf stocker at Sam’s Club, desk clerk at Embassy Suites – but there were no call backs. “Zero, you’ve got to follow up,” I’d advised him “Go there in person and apply.” “I pweach followup!” he’d exclaimed, but his heart wasn’t in it. Who could blame him? I thought of the bland suburban superstores of Cedar Park. Not exciting. Austin was a different story.

            “Now I’ll show you something,” I said.

            “What?”

            “The town.”

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FirstFreedoms.org Asks Trump, Clinton, Sanders To Listen to the CDC Whistleblower

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Thompson, CDC Corruption and the 2016 Presidential Race -- First Freedom's Great New Resource

Editor's Note -- Kevin Barry and FirstFreedoms.org have created a site to guide voters through the CDC whistleblower saga and its implications for the presidential election. It's a must-read now that Donald Trump is the evident Republican nominee, meaning vaccine safety and autism are not going away. From the page:

"In the 1980’s, the autism rate in the United States was 1 in 10,000. 

In 2016, the CDC reports the autism rate as either 1 in 45 or 1 in 68.  

At 1 in 45, that’s a 22,222%* increase over the past 30 years.  At 1 in 68, it’s a 14,705%* increase over 30 years.

At rate of 1 in 45, in the United States alone, a new child is diagnosed with Autism every 5.5 minutes*.  At 1 in 68, a new child is diagnosed every 7.5 minutes*.

The next President needs to be the first President to take action designed to slow and then stop the autism epidemic and the extraordinary rise in early childhood chronic illnesses.  Cleaning house at the CDC is the place to start.


Eh Oh! Brace Yourself Autism Families. Nick Jr is Bringing Back Teletubbies.

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By Kim Stagliano

"Teletubbies! Teletubbies! On TV!" 

(Spoken with joy and excitement by my 19 year old daughter with autism.)

"Teletubbies! Teletubbies! On TV!"

(Spoken with horror, and an immediate question on how to block Nick Jr as if it were the porniest porn site ever to broadcast by yours truly.)

Tel.

E.

Tubbies.

Nick Jr. is bringing back the show starting today.

We need a battle plan to prevent the regression that's sure to follow in so many of our homes.

Kim


A Different Path

More you knowBy Cathy Jameson

When my children were babies, I didn’t question vaccines.  I never thought to because I believed wholeheartedly in them.  As a young parent, I thought vaccines were going to protect my children.  They were going to keep them healthy.  They were going to keep them from getting sick from disease.  I thought that if they didn’t get them, my kids would get sick.  But the more vaccines they received, the sicker my children became. 

Struggling to understand why they weren’t healthier, I started to read about vaccines and the immune system.  Having never cared to research those topics before, I was a bit overwhelmed.  Not vaccinating came with risks.  But continuing to vaccinate carried equally disturbing risks.  I wasn’t just overwhelmed with what I was reading.  I was totally confused! 

I walked away with more questions than answers each time I sat down to read or to look something up.  Blinded by the science, it took some time for my eyes to fully open.  Once they were finally opened, I didn’t stop the vaccine searches I was doing.  I continued to read more. 

It was only after reading as much as I did about vaccines and after distancing myself from them that I could see that the practice of tricking the immune system to produce a response that would hopefully create life-long protection was somewhat preposterous.  Sadly, that realization came only after I had subjected my children to that practice.  

The type of responses my children had to vaccines were not the ones the doctor or the pharmaceutical companies advertised.  Theirs resulted in negative responses, with Ronan being the worst response.  The loss of speech, the onset of seizures and debilitating developmental delays were what followed his vaccinations.  As bizarre as this may sound, those negative outcomes later contributed to a positive solution.  Instead of choosing to continue to follow the recommended schedule that was doing more harm than good, I confidently walked away from it. 

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Dan Burns' Dispatches From The Front At the Capitol – Question Everything

Dispatch Ben HeadshotDispatches from the Front; A series of sketches for parents of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their relatives, caregivers, and friends.

Chapter 5

Read chapter 4 and click through to 3, 2 and 1 here.

By Dan Burns

            “My dad is twying to get wid of me,” said Zero.

            “Why?”

            “To steal my disability check.”

            Zero and I were in the car heading south on Interstate 35 for downtown Austin and the Texas State Capitol to solicit funds for the ranch. Zero sat beside me with his seat leaned back, window open, head resting between the seat and the door, wind blowing through his hair. His computer was in his lap, connected to speakers, keyboard, mouse, a rat’s nest of wires sticking out like a Phyllis Diller fright wig. He was using his computer to play his iTunes collection of love songs. Coming through the speakers, from the movie Shrek, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

I've seen your flag on the marble arch

Love is not a victory march

It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah

I felt a glow of empathy. Zero’s heart had been broken, like mine.

            “Where were you before Hope Ranch?” I asked.

            “A gwoup home.”

            “Why did you leave?

            “I was kicked out. For fightin’ a bully.”

            “And before that?”

            “Missionary school.”

            “Did you graduate?”

            “No. My pwofessors flunked me out.”

            Zero took a breath. “I’ve been in every gwoup home and juvie jail in Twain County Missouwi. I could wite a book about how to suvive  in a psych wahd.”

            “What’s your advice?”

            “Nevah ask questions. Nevah let anyone know you’re sad. Nevah, evah let anyone know you’re angwy. They’ll dwug you.”

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Dispatches From The Front: Job Interview - Zero's Path

Dispatch Ben HeadshotDispatches from the Front: A series of sketches for parents of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their relatives, caregivers, and friends.

Read Chapter 3 and click through to 2 and 1 here.

By Dan Burns

Angela had a job lined up for Zero: a cell phone repair technician at a mom and pop shop. “I can do anything with a cell phone,” bragged Zero.

The night before his interview, Angela was short staffed, so I drove down from Dallas and took the night shift. Zero walked passed my work station, pajama clad, barefoot, on his way to the Hope Ranch fridge.

“Tonight’s the night,” he said.

“What.”

“I’m gonna kill myself.”

I looked up from the computer. His first suicide attempt, he’d told me, was at age eleven, overdose in the psych ward. “It was the only way I could make them stop giving me dwugs.” He opened the fridge and loaded his bowl with leftovers. Barbecue chicken and french fries.

“How, Zero? Rope, knife, pills?”

“I’m gonna slow down my hawt until it stops.”

That made sense, in a Zero kind of way. He claimed he could raise and lower his body temperature by focusing his energy. Same for astral projection and remembering former lives. And time travel. He claimed them all.

But Zero was an insatiable attention seeker. And if hearts could be stopped by motor control, I wouldn’t have lasted past age twenty. Tough love needed. I called his bluff.

“Have a good trip. Get some rest. You’ve got a big day tomorrow.”

Zero, walking off, “I’m not comin’ back.”

I could have called the state mental hospital, Shoal Creek. Or I could have said, “Leave your feet sticking out the end of the bed. Tomorrow morning I’ll tickle your toes. If they don’t twitch, I’ll call 911 and have ‘em dump your body in the creek.”

Instead I said, “Close the fridge.”

“Nobody believes me.”

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Dachel Morning Wake Up: VaXxed Attacks Continue

Dachel Morning Wake Uo

May 25, 2016, Philly.com (Philadelphia Inquirer): Are we really still talking about Wakefield's autism con? By Michael Yudell PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

May 25, 2016, Washington Post:  Washington Post: 7 things about vaccines and autism that the movie ‘Vaxxed’ won’t tell you, By Ariana Eunjung Cha

May 25, 2016, PBS News Hour: Here’s why states want to make it tough to skip childhood vaccines, By Sarah Breitenbach

May 25, 2016, National Catholic Reporter: Stories of the lives and deaths of writers, By Diane Scharper  

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Katie Wright on Springtime at IACC

Rain dropsBy Katie Wright

This meeting was truly a mixed bag, but there were some good laughs.

OK, as usual half the IACC members were absent at roll call.  I cannot understand this. Anyone on IACC lobbied HARD to get that seat. Just show up, already? Not too much to ask, right?

The composition of the public members is so bizarre. Why is James Ball still on IACC? James said like four things last year and although Ball has an ASD child he no longer represents any ASD advocacy org. There are oo many free agents masquerading as public representatives at IACC.

In the past, when most IACC reps left the org they were representing, they had the decency (Simons) to vacate their IACC seat so that a new member could be nominated. But not Dr. Rob Ring! Ring left/was asked to leave/ Autism Speaks. Ring has zero clinical expertise about autism. Ring has zero affected family members with autism and Ring has not been involved with any autism org for over 6 months. Ring describes his credentials as the former head of “Autism Medicines” at Pfizer. Well they never developed any “autism medicines” and closed down that unit.

Ring’s contributions to AS include dozens of hugely expensive and failed endeavors: Seaside, PACT, endless eye gazing studies and my personal favorite: paying a Frenchman almost half a million dollars to do study outreach to Latinos in Portland, OR. Just end it Ring, please walk away, do yourself and everyone else a favor and move on.

The Good

ABLE ACT was passed, that’s great news. Avonte’s Act was also passed, terrific. More federal efforts are being made to accommodate ASD in the workplace, nice.

Wendy Fournier, president of the giant ASD org NAA gave an update on wandering issues. We all owe Wendy so much. Wendy  Fournier has single handedly pioneered this issue by bringing it to IACC’s attention nonstop over the past 5 years. Wendy has been a tireless advocate for Avonte’s Law. Only because of her efforts did IAN finally agree to do the wandering survey.  Wendy Fournier is one of the m hardest-working and most efficacious advocates in the ASD community AND she represents a giant autism org. However, the NIH has denied Ms. Fournier a seat on IACC for almost 10 consecutive years. Shame on you Tom Insel and company.

John E. Robison deserves his own paragraph in the “good news” section. I never want this guy to leave IACC. An HHS representative (annoyingly her name and title was not listed in the agenda and I only caught the woman’s first name, Melissa) gave an insanely complicated and nonsensical speech on why there are so many limits on where federally funded ASD group housing can be located. This woman talked in circles for 15 minutes. I will summarize:

“Transitional period…operating agencies…mental illness assessments…level the playing field…minimum floor criteria…5 year transitional analysis… congregate settings…non congregate settings...no definition of community integration…multiple state analyses.”

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Dispatches From The Front: Birthday Party – Texas Roadhouse

Dispatch Ben HeadshotBy Dan Burns

A series of sketches for parents of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their relatives, caregivers, and friends.

Chapter 03 (Read 02 and 01 here.)

Birthday Party – Texas Roadhouse

            Angela pulled me aside, concerned. We were by the outdoor grill at Hope Ranch. “Zero woke me up this morning, hungry,” she said, “jumping up and down on my bed like a child.”

            “We didn’t get a file on this kid,” I said. “Why is he here?”

            “Because his dad brought him, special delivery, with a big check. Harland – that’s the dad – asked to see the camp director. I am the camp director. He asked me if I’d met the Lord. I said no. Then he asked me if we had an alpha male here at the camp.”

            “Someone who wouldn’t spare the rod?”

            “I guess. I had to bite my tongue. If we didn’t need the money … Look. I don’t think the boy’s autistic. Just a sweet, mixed-up kid. The dad’s the one who needs a drubbing.”

            “We need a medical and psychiatric history on Zero.”

            “Go for it.”

            I walked to the BBQ pit to meet Dr. Harland Stoker, Ph.D., Department of Agriculture at Missouri University. Colonel Sanders in a straw cowboy hat.

            “I’m Dan, fund raiser, chaos coordinator and kid wrangler.”

            “I’m Harland.  You in charge here?”

            “About as in charge as I’m gonna get,”  I replied.  “Your son’s a bright kid.”

            “Sharp as a tack.”

            “What’s his disability?”

            “Doesn’t have one.”

            “So why is he here?”

             “To get a job, like your ad said.”

            “Can he work?”

            “He worked for me. Agronomy. Rice harvest. Best hand I ever had. Quit to go to missionary school. Quit that, too.”

             “He has an autism diagnosis?”

            “Yep. And half a dozen others. He’s figured out how to behave in such a way that the government’ll take care of him.”

            “Is he violent? Has he ever harmed anyone?”

            “No,” answered Harland. “Been in a fight, though. Tried to take a baseball bat away from a bully who was attacking a little kid. No good deed goes unpunished. ”

            Zero called from the horse barn. “Dad!”

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Dispatches From The Front: Hope Ranch Grand Opening - After the School Bus

Dispatch Ben HeadshotBy Dan Burns

A series of sketches for parents of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their relatives, caregivers, and friends.  Read Chapter 01 here.

Chapter 2

Loaded with gear – my backpack, a Starbuck’s traveler kit, suitcase tumbling out of my arms, computer cord dangling – I lurched to the ranch house, shoulder-pushed my way through the stubborn door, and stumbled through the hallway into my new adventure: fundraiser for Hope Ranch in Cedar Park, Texas. 

It had been a long journey. As Chair of the Autism Trust USA, I’d organized a parent task force to conjure up Andy Wakefield’s grand vision: a clinic, restaurant, gift shop, and conference center for ASD teens, young adults, and their families. The idea was to create  sheltered communities that would be self-originating and self-sustaining, an archipelago of villages where our kids could safely live, work, play, and mend.  Out of a whirl of activity arose an angel investor, Angela, a native Texan who took on the project as her own and re-branded the village Hope Ranch.

“Is the TV crew here?” I was expecting News 8 Austin, the Warner cable station.

“Not yet.” Angela from the kitchen.

I dumped my gear on a card table and dug out my laptop. Bent down to plug in the power supply but couldn’t reach the wall socket. Too stiff. Too old.

“Zero!”

He dropped his iPhone and sprang up from the couch. Tall and skinny; torso perched on stork legs, head too small for his shoulders, raven hair, duck-tailed forelock. Hawk eyes overhung by brows that plunged toward his nose, a flying Valkyrie. Able to karate-kick a door in half, rip a telephone off the wall. “A furry creature,” he wrote of himself on Facebook, “dragon, wolf, cat person, and rarely but sometimes a human.”

Zero grabbed the plug and alligatored under the table. The computer yawned, whirred, blinked, snoozed. I rattled the space bar, hopscotched the F-keys, triple-tapped the mouse. No image.

 “Let’s go to my woom,” said Zero. “It’s by the hub.”

 Zero’s room, a scrambled egg. No way.

I heard a knock at the front door. It was the New 8 reporter, video camera in hand.

“Where’s the crew?” I asked.

“Just me,” said the reporter. “I shoot, script, edit, and file, solo.

“Ok. Let’s take the tour.”

I opened the back door and drew a deep breath of the cedar-scented air. To me, Hope Ranch was a magical place. The mountain cedars and live oaks of the Balcones Canyonlands spilled down through the hill country to our doorstep. Beyond the ranch boomed Cedar Park’s gleaming new shopping centers. A university, an airport, Dell Computer headquarters. Jobs for our kids. In the middle of it all, five undeveloped acres.

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Did the CDC Censor Vaxxed? Or Did the CDC’s Proxies Do It for them? Columbia University’s Dilemma

Vaxxed Error
By Wayne Rohde and Lou Conte

Did the CDC Censor Vaxxed? Or Did the CDC’s Proxies Do It for them? Columbia University’s Dilemma

Report 5

Please read Reports 1, 2, 3 and 4 here.

Many readers may not know Columbia University’s President, Lee C. Bollinger. However, if one explores the issues around censorship as Wayne Rohde and I have over the past several weeks, Bollinger’s name quickly emerges.

Bollinger, a First Amendment scholar, is a brilliant man and a champion of free speech. Please take a look at his biography on the Columbia University website  As the biography notes, “his most recent book, Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century (Inalienable Rights), has placed Bollinger at the center of public discussion about the importance of global free speech to continued social progress.”

Bollinger has been willing to allow free speech, even when controversy ensues. In 2007 he allowed then Iranian President Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia. The decision rankled many. Ahmadinejad did say some controversial and some would say offensive things (there are clips of the speech on YouTube if anyone wishes to see it).

In 2012, Bollinger “established the Columbia Global Freedom of Expression and Information Project, a new initiative joining international experts and activists with the University’s faculty and students to survey, document and strengthen free expression. He has named Agnès Callamard, a distinguished human rights advocate who was director of the organization ARTICLE 19, as executive director of the Project.”

The project has brought together many influential leaders on freedom of speech and freedom of the press like Callamard and Amal Clooney.

According to Bollinger, “Looking around the world today and seeing the pervasiveness of censorship in so many forms and societies, none of us should be under any illusions about the challenges we face in establishing international norms for a truly free press… Doing so requires that we both understand the facts on the ground and succeed in creating a global framework for protecting speech and expression. These are steps that have become inseparable from progress on human rights and continued worldwide economic growth.” [i]

Bollinger’s vision of freedom and opposition to censorship stands in stark contrast to the conduct of one of his professors, Dr. Ian Lipkin, professor of epidemiology and Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

From the Columbia University Public Health Now webpage:

On April 4, 2016, the Wall Street Journal ran an important op-ed from Ian Lipkin, Director of the Mailman School’s Center for Infection and Immunity. Lipkin and Mailman School Board of Overseers member Perri Peltz  (MPH ’84) worked diligently behind the scenes to persuade organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival that the fraudulent science of Andrew Wakefield’s documentary “Vaxxed” had no place at the prestigious festival. When Lipkin learned that a private distributor had arranged a week of screenings at New York's Angelica Film Center, he went to work immediately on a piece that reminds us of the importance of scientific evidence in our ongoing work to understand and treat autism. [ii]

Lipkin writes in his April 3 Wall Street Journal Op Ed: “I am among those Mr. De Niro consulted. In a 45-minute phone conversation with him, I recommended that the festival withdraw the film from the “documentary” category and not screen it.”

Wayne Rohde and I have been writing a series on the censorship of Andrew Wakefield’s film, Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe. The film has been pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival, the Houston (Texas) Worldfest Film Festival and from screenings in Arizona at Harkins theatres after that company received pressure from pediatricians.

In our previous articles, we reported that Alison Singer, the President of the Autism Science Foundation, proudly declared in a March Guardian article that she and other members of the Immunization Action Coalition’s (IAC) Listserv were instrumental in having Vaxxed removed from the Tribeca Film Festival.

Singer told the Guardian, “Four or five years ago we weren’t as well organized and people didn’t realize the importance of responding quickly and strongly,” said Alison Singer, the president of the Autism Science Foundation and a member of the IAC listserv…Today, we know that we have to respond to every incident however large or small, because if you leave any of these discredited theories unchallenged, it allows people to think that there’s something still to be discussed.”

According to Singer, the IAC Listserv is a public relations response squad that snuffs out and counters public statements of those the Listserv decides are “anti-vaccine.”

However, in our last report, the IAC denied that they were responsible for the calls that lead to the Tribeca decision, essentially leaving Alison Singer ‘holding the bag.’

Alison Singer has not responded to our requests for information about the incident.

Thanks to the Columbia University website, another member of Alison Singer’s Listserv have now been revealed: Dr. Ian Lipkin. 

We have information about other Listserv members from sources and we are constructing a list. For now, we are talking about Singer and Lipkin.

As the Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Lipkin helped bring millions of dollars of CDC and federal health funding he brings to Columbia. [iii]  Lipkin also the Co-Chair of the CDC’s National Bio-surveillance Advisory Subcommittee.  [iv]  

It is also important to note that Lipkin’s name surfaces in the legally recorded conversations between Dr. Brian Hooker and Dr. William Thompson that serve as a critical component of Vaxxed. Lipkin likely knew about this as the Thompson/Hooker transcripts are public thanks to Kevin Barry’s book, Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing Autism research Fraud at the CDC. [v]  

Lipkin points out in his editorial that he was involved in research that exonerated the MMR vaccine. While Lipkin feels that his work was the final word, Thompson, who had some oversight responsibility at the CDC for Lipkin’s work told Brian Hooker something very different.

Dr. Thompson: “It was the worst study ever.”

What follows is an excerpt of the Thompson transcripts regarding Ian Lipkin and his MMR research from pages 103 and 104 of Vaccine Whistleblower:

Dr. Thompson: Where they went and did the biopsies. This Larry Pickering, Ian Lipkin . . .

Dr. Hooker: Oh yeah. I know all about this.

Dr. Thompson: Okay. Did you and I talk about this study?

Dr. Hooker: Ah, no. You and I have never . . . I’ve talked to Ian Lipkin about it. In fact, he and I . . .

Dr. Thompson: Okay.

Dr. Hooker: . . . are not speaking right now, because basically he doesn’t like me very much. Okay?

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Dan Burns' Dispatches From The Front Autism Series The Revolution: A Call to Action

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Dispatches from the Front: A series of sketches for parents of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their relatives, caregivers, and friends.   Age of Autism Contributor Dan Burns writes: In Dispatches from the Front, I tell my story of Hope Ranch, with all its challenges, disappointments, and sometimes unexpected and gracious results. I hope to inspire the creation of well organized intentional communities where our injured children can thrive, heal, and give back to society. To that end, I am grateful to the editors of Age of Autism for this opportunity to share my experience with you, the reader. Please comment on the chapters as together we discuss and share the questions to be asked and the lessons to be learned. I hope you enjoy reading about my friends!

The characters in Dispatches are inspired by real people. To protect their privacy, I‘ve given them nicknames. For dramatic purposes I have embellished scenes, created composite scenes, and invented dialogue. While the narrative is not factual in the most scrupulous sense, at its heart, the story is true.

Chapter 01: The Revolution: A Call to Action

By Dan Burns

Ben is my beloved son. Expressions play across his face like light reflected from rippling water. He says up, go, yes, but never no. He likes green apples and almond butter. Craves wheat, cheese, and sugar. Trained for a career in food service, but fired from Cici’s Pizza for grazing at work. Feeds himself with his fingers when he can get away with it. Breaks out laughing at odd times. Hits himself in the nose when angry. Sticks his fingers in ears for God knows why. Strips off his clothes. Hikes and bikes state park trails. Can out-sprint me. Vaccine injury. Autism.

In the spring of 2010 Ben and I walked down the steps toward the deck of Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, overlooking Lake Austin, on task for Autism File magazine to interview a dangerous man.  A British doctor, gastroenterologist, writer, film maker. Discredited; struck off the medical register, a notorious menace to public health.  A fraud, it was claimed by the mainstream media, who must be silenced.

Ben took in the scene with deep, intense eyes that flashed around the deck, looking for food. What he saw: blue-jeaned young professionals, Earth mommas, and backpack-toting graduate students who sipped cappuccinos, surfed the internet, writing or chatting, grazing on fresh bakeries, carrot cake. Birds and squirrels sparred for scraps.

“Go,” said Ben. He hopped toward a picnic table under a knurled live oak. A sign on the trunk said “Keep Austin Wired.” A squirrel leapt from the oak tree and perched near a distinguished older patron. The man was hunched over his computer, head down, eating a blueberry muffin.

“Are you …?”

Ben lunged for the muffin. The writer choked, put it down, and lifted his head. Beard. Could have been Hemingway.

 Still choking, “No.”

 The squirrel pounced for the undefended goody, but Ben’s hand was faster, muffin to mouth. I grabbed his shirt, pulled him to me, flashed the “no” sign, and clawed the crushed mess out of his hand.

 “Sorry.”

 “He can have it,” said Hemingway.

 “Makes him crazy. Gluten, sugar.”

 “You need to put a leash on that kid.”

 I felt a flash of anger. “I hear that a lot.” I tossed the gutted muffin to the squirrel.

 Ben pounded himself on the nose. “Uhhhhh.”

 I spun him around toward me and made eye contact, face to face. “What do we do when we get mad?”

Reading my lips, Ben whispered. “Don’t. Give. Up.”

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Age of Autism Is Getting a New Look

Age of Autism MissionDear AOA readers: Today at Noon Eastern the gray lady is getting a little bit younger. We're launching a new look designed to make us more enjoyable to read, a cleaner and calmer feel in the midst of media mayhem. The idea is the same: Come to us to find out what's up and what matters in the autism advocacy world, and to feel supported and empowered in the face of massive denial and suppression of free speech. 

You'll still see your comments prominently reflected on the right hand side, along with the same search features, a new commentary on vaccines and autism meant to be read, shared and linked to, and, at the top, a pared down list of key categories. We hope that the great writing by our contributors (now shown prominently on the right as well) will shine through, and that the photos and visual elements Kim so artfully assembles for them will stand out even more.

Please share your thoughts below, and know that we'll be keeping an eye on what you say and making adjustments as needed.

We've also showcased our non-profit status. I'm always reluctant to ask for donations given the high costs of living with an autism diagnosis in the family, but I've been persuaded people want to know how easy it is (with the new PayPal Me feature), and how much we rely on the kindness of readers to provide the best possible journalism in an environment that scares a lot of people away from the truth.

Along with the new look, we've changed Anne Dachel's daily media column to a Morning Wake-Up that provides an early lowdown on the latest news and comment. Today and all this week, were running a series by Dan Burns that describes his effort to create a new living space for young autistic adults. Dan is the author of a great book about his son, Saving Ben, and is the kind of AOA Contributor that, I hope, makes a return visits here worth your while. 

And speaking of visits -- our new look is "customizable" for mobile platforms, as the tech people like to tell me. In other words we're much more readable on tablets and phones. Check it out!

OK, so why the red "i"? I don't know, I just kind of felt like adding a splash of color to our traditional newspaper feel (back when newspapers were needed and told the truth -- it's the tradition I come from). Then we took the dot in the "i" and used it to mark off our sections on the right.

Kind of cool, no? Or maybe we're just iconoclasts.

Thanks again for your readership and support. We're into our tenth year, and all of us, along with you, are more committed than ever to keeping Age of Autism going strong in hopes of ending the age of autism itself.

All best,

Dan 


Six Lethal Sins of CDC A Toxic Legacy of Lies Part 2: VACCINES

Grundvig part 2By James O. Grundvig 

Read Part 1 Six Lethal Sins of CSC A Toxic Legacy of Lies here.

2. VACCINES

While Dr. Coleen Boyle and CDC were looking for a quick exit from the Agent Orange Studies by 1986, US Congress handed the keys to product paradise to the vaccine manufacturers, insulating them from harm and liability for bad, defective, and often ineffective vaccines.

Congress created the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act that year. It was supposed to serve two virtuous goals.[1] The first, fully shield the vaccine makers from liability. That guaranteed the billion dollar multinational corporations could not be sued for any unsafe, harmful or deadly vaccine they brought to the market. The second—and righteous aspect—the Act created a path for injured children to bypass the U.S. court system to plead their case in front of “special masters” in National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), or “Vaccine Court.”

In the former, the no liability shield gave Big Pharma carte blanche to make vaccines as cheap and easy for rapid distribution, lightly testing their efficacy. It also gave them Wall Street incentive to make dozens of new vaccines for any type of diseases, whether boys had a cervix or not to protect from cancer, and whether the HPV vaccine, contrary to WebMD, works in protecting children from most of the 200 types of human papillomavirus (HPV), when it shields only eight (8%) percent of those strains. In the latter, big government’s good intentions would one day be steamrolled by the reality of hundreds of thousands of the children being injured by vaccines that would bankrupt Vaccine Court before it reached its 20th anniversary.

In 1992, CDC recruited an anthropologist conducting epidemiology studies on children cancer clusters from the well contamination sites in Woburn, Massachusetts, north of Boston. The PhD Diana Schendel moved to Atlanta and worked under Coleen Boyle at CDC for the rest of the decade. Dr. Schendel became an integral part in executing Boyle’s deceptive technique of no association between toxins in vaccines and injured children, hiring rogue scientists in Denmark to prove it.

2.1         THIMEROSAL (MERCURY)

In 1991, a Swedish scientist sent a brief—Difficult to Substitute Mercury as a Preservative in Bacterial Vaccines—to the Danish health authority, which in turn forward it to the “most successful vaccineologist in history” Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman. His report called out the problems with the mercury-based preservative thimerosal to the director of the National Institute of Health (NIH).[2]

Not wasting time, Denmark banned thimerosal from all of its vaccines in 1992. Did the United States follow suit? No. The “most successful vaccineologist” figured it was best (“cheapest”) to leave it in. Why did he recommend that? Part of it was his clear conflict of interest: Dr. Hilleman was a lead scientist at Merck, a giant vaccine manufacturer. He was the inventor of Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) triple shot vaccine, which launched to widespread use in 1978, with Merck owning the patent.[3] Maurice Hilleman had more than one dog in the fight. . . he had three.

Fast-forward to 2012: The United Nations (UN) proposed a global ban on mercury in all consumer products in a treaty, including thimerosal in vaccines. But the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) would have none of that. AAP joined the World Health Organization (WHO) to fight the ban. In effect, those health organizations forced the UN to give thimerosal an exemption from that ban, which was carried out in dental fillings and cosmetics. Another opportunity to do the right thing for infants and children slipped away to fast, cheap, and easy.

Dr. Louis Z. Cooper, past president of AAP, stated, “As many as 84 million children globally are dependent on vaccines whose safe distribution requires availability of thimerosal as a preservative.”[4] Yes, Western health organizations experiment on the poor over and again.

Dr. Michael Brady, chair of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, added: “However, the portion of mercury in the environment that is resulting from thimerosal in vaccines is infinitesimally small. And its current use has allowed us to safely provide vaccines to millions of children around the world.”[5]

Yes, “infinitesimally small” for the environment. But what about a tiny fetus? A newborn baby is acres smaller than the much greater environment. By dismissing the world ban on thimerosal in 2013, vaccine makers’ bottom line of fast, cheap, and easy was protected once again well into the future. Were the AAP and WHO nuts? No, they were shielding the golden cash cow of vaccines.

In between 1992 and 2012, many more opportunities were missed to permanently remove thimerosal from vaccines. In the summer of 1999, two manufacturers—Merck and GlaxoSmith-Kline—wrote letters to the CDC stating they could make the switch and still make a ton of money. But the powers at CDC, including Coleen Boyle, had other ideas. With a nudge from the FDA, CDC “recommended” the passive, voluntary removal thimerosal from vaccines instead. That meant mercury would be phased out after nurses and pediatricians used the stockpiles over the next couple of years. The self-policing of thimerosal didn’t last long. After 2003, thimerosal came all the way back injected into the flu vaccine, and again in 2009 in the H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic.[6]

In collusion, Vaccine Court and CDC took advantage of the “removal of thimerosal” from vaccines, giving a short statute of limitations of three years to file a claim, as James Grundvig did with his son in 2005—within the timeline of his autism diagnosis. He was one of the lucky 5,400 children that would one day have their cases heard before the special masters and be compensated for harm.

The true colors of the CDC came out in 2000-2004 when it hired mercenary scientists from Denmark to cook data, after the backtesting of datasets in the Danish Health Registries, when its own peer-reviewed literature failed to produce the desired results. The Dane, a CDC visiting foreign scientist named Dr. Poul Thorsen, was paid to have his “research team” at a Danish university falsify and manipulate the data, omitting entire cohorts and years. In a page from Coleen Boyle, Thorsen’s then girlfriend CDC’s Diana Schendel took the no association playbook to the next level, showing no links between either the MMR vaccine or thimerosal in vaccines and tie it to the skyrocketing rise of autism incidence rates.

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Justin Kanew Interviews Del Bigtree of VaXxed The Movie

VaxxedBy Justin Kanew

Let me say right up front that my wife and I have a 2-month old daughter, and that my #1 goal here is to learn as much as possible about how to care for her health, because if anything happened to her I honestly don't know what I would do.

Until recently - like most people - I assumed vaccines were 100% safe, and I thought anyone who thought otherwise was dangerous and selfish, putting everyone else at risk. I thought this because I was told this, by many people, many times. 

"The science is in." 

"Vaccines are 100% safe." 

Lather, rinse, repeat. 

The first chink in the armor was a conversation with a friend of mine whose grandson, he said, was developing normally, got the MMR shot at 15 months, dropped into a fever that night, regressed suddenly, and has had severe autism ever since. 

His story seemed far-fetched, but my friend is no storyteller, and I soon learned he was not alone in this experience. 

Now to be clear, we're no strangers to the autism spectrum conversation- one of my best friends has Aspergers, and my wife is a BCBA who works with kids on the spectrum every single day... but digging deeper and hearing the many eerily similar stories of autism-related vaccine injuries from parent after parent was a new experience for us, and made me wonder where my self-assuredness about vaccine safety had come from-- and, most importantly, why it seemed to be something nobody was allowed to talk about.

My wife getting pregnant brought this all into sharper focus. Soon we would have to make these difficult decisions ourselves. 

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Best of: UK Inquiry Cuts Deal With News International Not To Investigate Brian Deer

Lord-Justice-LevesonBest of from 2012.

UK's Leveson Inquiry plays cat and mouse with public interest over the Murdoch press investigation into MMR.

It has been said that vaccines are the greatest cause of coincidence known to man. What was extraordinary about the Leveson Inquiry was not only that all these people connected with the MMR affair re-emerged in connection with the Inquiry but also the way it kept returning to a defence of MMR as a safe product (which had nothing to do with its brief) and even with its first report which included an attack on Andrew Wakefield, while excluding concerns about the way the media had conducted themselves towards the MMR families and towards Wakefield and colleagues - a subject which easily did fall within its remit. (Note added May 2016).

By John Stone

When it comes to the MMR affair the UK’s inquiry into the conduct of the press and Rupert Murdoch’s News International media empire seems to have been biased, have hidden historical connections and to be anything but transparent. Four family members of vaccine damaged children who submitted evidence to the Inquiry have found themselves arbitrarily rebuffed at News International’s behest. Their concerns, based on publically available information, were:

-    The obtaining of confidential medical records by Sunday Times hired journalist Brian Deer  

-    Deer’s use of an alias when interviewing parents   and  Brian Deer's Use of an Alias Part 2,  

-    The circumstances in which Deer was hired by the Sunday Times to find something “big” on “MMR”  Open Letter to Sunday Times Editor 

-    That Deer and the Sunday Times did not make clear in the newspaper that he had personally initiated the prosecution against Wakefield and colleagues with a series of complaints whilst continuing to report the GMC hearing  

-    That Deer received advice from MedicoLegal Investigations, an agency with close connections to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry 

-    That the Sunday Times/Times launched a new raft of articles  against Wakefield following the announcement of the appointment of News International boss, James Murdoch, to the board of MMR manufacturers and defendants GlaxoSmithKline in February 2009 

Faced with these important issues the Leveson Inquiry has simply chosen to draw a veil over the matter, while happily taking evidence that the press abused its role by reporting concerns about MMR safety in the first place. It is a remarkable and unhappy coincidence, therefore, that Lord Leveson and lead attorney for the Inquiry,  Robert Jay QC, were both involved in blocking litigant families’ interests in the MMR proceedings.

Below is the joint statement of the four co-authors of the submission (which cannot be reproduced for reasons of confidentiality):

A key question of the UK Leveson Inquiry into press ethics is how independent will the inquiry be in the face of powerful press corporations such as News International and their media outlets. Set up last summer after revelations of a decade of phone hacking by the press, the Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press, chaired by Lord Justice Leveson, has come to be seen as a potential solution to unbridled press powers to intrude into private life. Whether it succeeds in establishing a new system of press regulation and legal rights against intrusion must await the publication of Leveson's report later this year. But our experience as four parents of autistic children who submitted a detailed account of the Sunday Times’ 7-year investigation into the 1998 Lancet paper by Dr Andrew Wakefield et al, demonstrates NI’s continuing power to influence the evidence submitted to the Inquiry and its agenda.

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VaXed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe Playing in DC

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Cathy took a slightly different course this morning.

By Cathy Jameson

VAXXED: FROM COVER-UP TO CATASTROPHE

The Film They Don't Want You To See

** Now showing in Washington, D.C. **

Having opened over the weekend in our nation’s capital, the film, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,  will be shown in the District through Thursday, May 26th

Vaxxed is an investigation into how the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens, concealed and destroyed data in their 2004 study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.  This alarming deception has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism, potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.

Vaxxed is A Del Bigtree Production of an Autism Media Channel Film and is being distributed by Cinema Libre Studio

Invite your doctor, clergy and Representatives to join you for the Q&As with the filmmakers!  Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Polly Tommey and Del Bigtree, are scheduled to speak on Tuesday, May 24th, and Wednesday, May 25th, following the 5:45 pm and 7:45 pm shows. 

Showing at the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market, located at 550 Penn Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002, click here to purchase VaXxed tickets

For more information and to read the latest news about Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, check out the Vaxxed website,  and follow them on Twitter.