Anne Dachel

Rewriting the History of Autism

FALSE-CLAIMSThe recent ABC Nightline featuring John Donvan and Caren Zucker, once again rewrote the history of autism.

The two journalists focused on Donald Triplett, the first person to be diagnosed as autistic.  The message to the public was that until Donvan and Zucker began their work, autism was na unknown disability and its victims hidden away.   According to Nightline, Donvan and Zucker discovered Donald. There was no mention of the work of Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill.

Viewers were told that Donvan and Zucker were "among the first journalists to cover autism on network television," back in 2001.  Clips from Nightline shows in 2001, 2007 and 2010 were shown.

ABC said that Donald's mother "was a steely advocate for her son"  rescuing him from "a harsh institution and refusing to let him to be marginalized."  Through his mother's efforts, Donald developed speech, and parental love rescued Donald from autism.  Donvan said that when he and Zucker first wanted to do stories about autism, 16 years ago, people were unfamiliar with the subject.  "Nightline was the only show that would do it."

Donvan: "As a society, we've more or less said, when these kids are kids, let's give them all the opportunities we can to help them have great adulthoods, then they turn 21 and all of that sort of goes down the drain in a lot of cases because people need continuing help, but where are they?  They're living at home with their parents often, and for those forty years after school, the person with autism has not really gone anywhere, done anything."

Donvan became choked up talking about Caren's autistic son growing up.  "I know that Caren's always said what she wants is, when her kid, now a man, is out there in the world, that she won't be the only one who has his back. That it'll be everybody. And she wants this book to get people who read it to be willing to be those people."   

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Current Affairs

KVMR's Jeanie Keltner To Interview Laura Hayes

KvmrTune into KVMR FM 89.5 at noon PACIFIC time tomorrow, Wednesday 1/27 to hear AofA contributor, commenter and friend Laura Hayes on Undernews with Jeanie Keltner and Peggie Bean.  Focusing on the important and fascinating info that rarely surfaces in the commercial media with interviews from activists, writers and citizen experts.

www.kvmr.org

We'll link the podcast when its available.  Thanks to Laura for her tireless work advocating for medical freedom and childrens' health.

CDC Whistleblower, Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Truth in Media: CDC, Vaccines and Autism

Ben-swann-fullFrom Truth In Media. Please visit the site for the video.

Ben Swann is an investigative journalist working tirelessly to dissolve the left/right paradigm prevalent in most mainstream media narratives. As a news reporter and anchor in the earlier days of his career, he has gained a wealth of experience while earning two Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards. In addition to heading the Truth In Media Project, Ben is the prime anchor at WGCL-TV in Atlanta, GA. He can be seen anchoring live at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. A stream is available at cbs46.com.

The debate over whether vaccines cause autism has become one of the most controversial disputes in this country. In this episode of Truth In Media, the focus is not on whether vaccines are responsible for autism. The issue at hand here is a study that was performed at the CDC and the question of whether the agency was complicit in a cover-up over a decade ago.

For over two years, Truth In Media has explored the allegations of Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist who came forward in 2014, hired a whistleblower attorney, and claimed that important data regarding a study on vaccines and autism was eliminated.

Thompson’s claims have led to a divide among Americans, with some believing that Thompson’s allegations are credible and should be investigated further, and others convinced that the documents Thompson handed over mean absolutely nothing. In December 2015, Ben Swann was the first journalist to obtain the documents from Congressman Bill Posey.

In this episode, Swann further examines not only Thompson’s claims, but also the documents related to the study, with the assistance of doctors, journalists, authors and former CDC specialists who joined Swann in discussing every document that was handed over.

Current Affairs

Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! It's Off to Vaccinate We Go!

Disney princesses
By Linda1

Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse than the Surgeon General using Elmo on Sesame Street to hawk vaccines to the tiniest and most impressionable among us, Forbes steps up to the plate this month to compete for Most Disgusting Abuse of Marketing Drugs Directly To Children Award.

In Forbes' Jan. 20th "Pharma & Healthcare" section (where they tell us what Pharma wants us to "know"), there is an article titled, "Even Disney Princesses Need HPV Shots, Cervical Cancer Screenings and STD Testing". In this activist sales pitch dressed up as science journalism, Forbes contributor and self-assigned savior of the world's children from their own parents (and non HPV vaccine prescribing doctors), Tara Haelle, reports how "writer and sex ed speaker Danielle Sepulveres and artist/illustrator Maritza Lugo...collaborated on a series of illustrations at Sepulveres' Tumblr showing Disney princesses visiting their gynecologists to raise awareness for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and all the healthy behaviors that women can take to reduce their risk of this almost completely preventable cancer." Apparently "Sepulveres became frustrated last fall when she and fellow writer friends had trouble successfully pitching stories to write about Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month in September. After sharing her frustration in a blog post at a cervical cancer "cervivors" site, she decided she needed a new approach to catch people's attention when January rolled around." So she teamed with artist Lugo "whose website features a style well suited to placing icons like Cinderella and Mulan in a new context".

Sepulveres and Lugo show the Disney cartoon characters that millions of children love and admire in various medical situations. Tiana is shown getting an HPV vaccine.  Mulan is in the gynecologist's examination chair shaking his hand before putting her feet into the stirrups for her "cervical cancer screening". Belle is shown in the clinic picking up (I kid you not) "emergency contraception" (behind her are brochures on Birth Control, one partially hidden by the nurse's (?) head says in red "Your Sexual...", and then right behind Belle's head is a large picture of an IUD, white and blue on bright red).

Then there's Cinderella's "new context". You didn't think that Cinderella, who has been a teenager since 1950 when she debuted in her first Disney film, got away without having sex all this time, did you? Can't let a storybook princess maintain her decades long reputation for innocence, not in 2016 when there are so many drugs and medical services for her to sell - to children. Nope. Cinderella is all grown up now. Cinderella is shown in the lab with a needle in her arm getting blood drawn to test her for STD's, because, as the poster on the wall behind her head says "ONE IN TWO SEXUALLY ACTIVE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL GET AN STD BY 25". You just can't make this stuff up. CINDERELLA. What age is into Cinderella? 3? 5? 7? 9? Oh, now, wait a minute. Nine year old girls ARE targeted (their word, not mine) for the HPV vaccine. So, they get the babies ready for the idea that they're going to get this vaccine when they are just barely out of diapers so that by the time they reach the ripe old age of 9, they accept it without questioning because all their Disney friends got it and did just fine. Slick.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Songs in the Key of Strife

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Jan 22. 2016, Examiner: Parents question vaccines as epilepsy rates rise to 1 in 20 children under five

Jan 22, 2016, The San Francisco Chronicle: ‘In a Different Key,’ by John Donvan and Caren Zucker, By Emily Willingham

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Kim Stagliano

The AutismLand That Neurodiversity Forgot

Exist
By Kim Stagliano

The push in books, the media, journals, among politicians to normalize autism, to spread lies that autism has always been among us in the vast numbers we face today, to make it appear to be something that is just a brain difference, or worse, an improvement over mere mortals is disrespectful and demoralizing to all of us who have children on the spectrum. 

Below are videos from a Mom documenting her son's struggles over a year.   For her child, Kreed. For her family.  In my family we have 21

Mia floor
5:20am. Waiting for her iDevices. Up since 3:00am.

years plus 19 years plus 15 years of hardship. There's no point in sugar coating autism here. If anyone thinks this Mom (or I) show disrespect or that we don't accept or love our kids - please just find somewhere else to read.  Autism here is a fractured fairy tale.

The only way we're going to see any sort of serious acknowledgement of the severe impact of autism on individuals, families and society is by taking a hard look at reality.   These videos provide that.  Send us your own videos if you'd like.  We'll run them not to expose our kids - but to protect them.  Patronize us with palliative care?  No thanks, Hillary.  Lump our kids in with "normal" special ed and disabilities?  You think we have special schools for autism, sensitive Santas, autism day at theme parks, additional special education masters level certificates in autism because autism is the same as traditional developmental disabilities or because it is VASTLY different? Get real, people. Open your eyes. 

No one wants to share the dark underbelly of our lives.  The trauma of autism on a family. I see friends whose kids seize weekly, daily. Friends whose kids have such gut problems that they can't go to school and need a feeding tube. Marriages collapsing under the weight of the stress. Bank accounts ransacked. THIS SH*T IS HARD.

Here?  We don't sleep.  We're up at midnight, 3:00am, 4:00am.  We don't go back to proper sleep. Ever. One daughter wants Nick Jr to watch the schedule as each half hour ticks off - not the actual programs.  One daughter wants her DVDs in order in a case and 3 i Devices on which to stare at screen shots from HooplaKidz toddler videos.  One daughter just plain wakes up due to the noise back and forth in our upstairs hallway.   By the time 5:30am rolls around, we've been pacing, putting back to bed, moving over, hiding iPads and remotes for hours.  Then we go to our jobs. And function. Sort of.

Share your videos. Show up in front of politicians with your precious child.  My girls make grown men weep.  That's the severity of their autism - juxtaposed with their beauty and precious personalities.

Kim

 

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Science

Decreased Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 in Aging, Autism and Schizophrenia

Science post imageDecreased Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 in Aging, Autism and Schizophrenia


Yiting Zhang,
Nathaniel W. Hodgson,
Malav S. Trivedi,
Hamid M. Abdolmaleky,
Margot Fournier,
Michel Cuenod,
Kim Quang Do,
Richard C. Deth

PLOS

Published: January 22, 2016
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146797

Many studies indicate a crucial role for the vitamin B12 and folate-dependent enzyme methionine synthase (MS) in brain development and function, but vitamin B12 status in the brain across the lifespan has not been previously investigated. Vitamin B12 (cobalamin, Cbl) exists in multiple forms, including methylcobalamin (MeCbl) and adenosylcobalamin (AdoCbl), serving as cofactors for MS and methylmalonylCoA mutase, respectively. We measured levels of five Cbl species in postmortem human frontal cortex of 43 control subjects, from 19 weeks of fetal development through 80 years of age, and 12 autistic and 9 schizophrenic subjects. Total Cbl was significantly lower in older control subjects (> 60 yrs of age), primarily reflecting a >10-fold age-dependent decline in the level of MeCbl. Levels of inactive cyanocobalamin (CNCbl) were remarkably higher in fetal brain samples. In both autistic and schizophrenic subjects MeCbl and AdoCbl levels were more than 3-fold lower than age-matched controls. In autistic subjects lower MeCbl was associated with decreased MS activity and elevated levels of its substrate homocysteine (HCY). Low levels of the antioxidant glutathione (GSH) have been linked to both autism and schizophrenia, and both total Cbl and MeCbl levels were decreased in glutamate-cysteine ligase modulatory subunit knockout (GCLM-KO) mice, which exhibit low GSH levels. Thus our findings reveal a previously unrecognized decrease in brain vitamin B12 status across the lifespan that may reflect an adaptation to increasing antioxidant demand, while accelerated deficits due to GSH deficiency may contribute to neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Cathy Jameson

There Was a Pharma Had a Dog.

Pharma Bingo
By Cathy Jameson

Today’s post is inspired by a BINGO game a friend shared on her Facebook wall. The squares were full of cute ideas meant to keep kids busy during a snow storm. I saved the link thinking that it could come in handy for my kids—our area is expected to get 2 feet of snow. The boredom factor could hit an all-time high before the weekend is over.

The BINGO board I made to accompany this post isn’t to keep boredom at bay; it’s to be used whenever you read an autism or vaccine mainstream article, like the one I read late last week.

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Melinda Gates is frustrated with Donald Trump.  After reading her latest interview in the Huffington Post and why she’s miffed, I’m a little bit frustrated, too.

In that interview, Melinda bemoans the fact that The Donald is misinforming people. She goes so far as to say that his claim that childhood vaccinations can lead to autism is “ridiculous”. Gates also thinks that Trump should use his platform as presidential candidate to educate people. Isn’t he doing that, though, in making those vaccine-autism assertions that he’s making?

Yes, he is!

(Thank you, Donald!)

But the article refuses to cover Trump in a good light and instead takes a typical turn that many mainstream news articles take when vaccines and autism come up. That’s when the writer regurgitates a memo that the media has yet to stop circulating. If you’re new to the vaccine-autism scene, the message in that memo includes the following words and phrases and can be found in many a mainstream piece, including the one from HuffPo:

discredited

1998 study

British doctor

debunked

link between vaccines and autism

autism is not related to vaccinations

You’d think that by now that the mainstream news would have some new content for their pieces, but it’s the same old words, the same old phrases, and the same old “science” in every single pro-vaccine article after article after article. Those articles are not just frustrating to read, they are getting boring to read, too!

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Case 1’s Biomed Recovery, and Why It Still Matters

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Why is it that so many writers seem to have an anaphylactic reaction to the fact that the first case of autism in the medical literature recovered remarkably when treated with gold salts?

The short answer is because it suggests that the mainstream has gotten autism very wrong, and from the very first. Neither parent-blaming nor genetic anomalies nor ABA nor Floortime could explain how treating someone with a different diet, or certain kinds of medicine or alternative methods, could trigger a visible improvement in their symptoms, let along the kind of recovery seen in Donald T.

Donald, as you may know, was Case 1 in Leo Kanner’s 1943 description of 11 children with a theretofore-unknown syndrome that Kanner called “Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact.”

Mark Blaxill and I tracked Donald down in 2005, and in 2007 met him in his hometown of Forest, Mississippi. Meanwhile, others were on the case. John Donvan and Caren Zucker, doubtless in possession of our 2010 book the Age of Autism which outlined our reporting on Donald, made a suspiciously well-timed splash the day before with an article in the Atlantic and a gig on Good Morning America, with the always-eager-to-diminish-autism George Stephanopoulos presiding.

I don’t doubt Donvan and Zucker independently identified Donald; it wasn’t that hard to do. I don’t blame them for publicizing their work at the same time as ours (I suppose they think they “scooped” us by landing one day before, although our book had been out for review for weeks), nor do I object to the fact that their take on Donald was a very pleasant feature story – the lovely people of Forest adopted him as their own little Hobbit (he is very short and suffered from failure to thrive, a sign of what really happened), and now he had found his own little place in the Shire. If only all the townsfolk of the world would be so kind, they implied, we’d have no problem with autism at all. Now they've recapitulated all that and much more in their new book "In a Different Key -- The Story of Autism," which along with the recent "Neurotribes" paints autism as just another part of human diversity that has always been with us.

Yeah, right. Our book laid out an entirely different scenario, in which we showed that Donald really was among the earliest handful of cases that came to be called autism. That the reason was the commercialization of ethyl mercury in seed disinfectants, lumber preservatives and multidose vaccines, and that the march of industrial progress, not for the first or last time, had inadvertently (and carelessly, given the known toxicity of ethyl mercury) launched the Age of Autism (see our book, the video on our home page, and my column last Saturday).

Let’s set that aside for a second and talk about the fact that Donald, according to his brother, Oliver, developed an acute case of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in early adolescence and was near death by the time his parents got him the right diagnosis and treatment at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis. That treatment was intravenous gold salts over several months, during which time his JRA lifted, with the exception of one fused finger bone.

During that time, his brother told me, Donald’s autism symptoms also cleared up to the point that he was able to take his place in the community, go to college, work at the family bank and become president of the Kiwanis.

Interesting, no? Well, no, not interesting, nothing to see here according to Donvan and Zucker’s account. In a footnote, where pesky ideas that threaten the main narrative go to die, Donvan tells a different story, one that acknowledges ours but finds every reason you could think of, and a few you couldn’t, to dismiss it out of hand.

You see, the fact that Case 1 had not just autism but (another) autoimmune disease – rheumatoid arthritis -- interests them not at all as any kind of clue to causation or treatment. What they want to do is tear down any association between the gold salts (biomed) and the improvement in Donald’s autism.

Donvan reports that Donald’s mother, long dead, believed that the fevers induced by JRA, when they weren’t nearly killing him, improved his symptoms. Now, fevers do sometimes seem to have some effect on autism – usually temporary, alas, as I understand it.

But to Donvan, that’s the ticket out of having to consider a sustained anti-inflammatory treatment as anything to do with Donald’s recovery, which he also disputes, saying Donald is clearly still autistic. (Many parents would be thrilled with that kind of “autism” in their adult children.)

Donvan attributes the fever cure concept to Donald’s brother, and makes it sound like our description of gold salts as the source of his improvement is rampant, self-interested speculation by anti-vaccine kooks. "In his initial reporting, Olmsted went so far as to suggest gold salts had cured Donald's autism," they write.

Except, that’s what Donald’s brother told me in his law office above the square in Forest back in 2005!  He said a Dr. Hamilton in Memphis “began to treat my brother with gold salts – two or three months. He just had a miraculous response to the medicine. The pain in his joints went away.”

And then Oliver dropped the bomb I wasn’t expecting: “When he was finally released the nervous condition he was formerly afflicted with was gone. The proclivity toward excitability and extreme nervousness had all but cleared up, and after that he went to school and had one more little flare-up when he was in junior college they treated with cortisone.”

Later in the interview, still processing this unexpected idea, I came back to the gold salts and asked Oliver again if it really seemed like the decisive event: “It sure did,” he said. “He became more sociable.” Oliver added, “It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.”

Donvan also criticizes me for suggesting Donald had moved off the autism spectrum, but when I asked Oliver if Donald had autism he said, “No, he doesn’t. It’s just in certain areas.” Again, some peculiarities, some traits, but c’mon John, the first guy ever reported in the literature got so much better that, if he’d started out like that, he’d never have been in the medical literature in the first place. This is where the diagnostic category itself, as opposed to a concept like auto-immune environmental injury, serves the status quo. The medical establishment controls the category, and you'd best not tamper with it.

Two years later, in 2007, Mark and I met Donald and, sitting around his kitchen table in Mississippi, talked (on tape) about his early life. We ran it in our book in Q and A form.

“Q: There was a mention in some of the medical papers that when you had the gold salts therapy, all of a sudden some of the behaviors and some of the other problems got better. Do you remember that?

A: No, I don’t really remember that.

Q: Did your parents say, though, that you seemed to get a lot better in terms of your relationship with the rest of the world and that sort of thing at that point?

A: Yes, as I got older, things got a whole lot better.

Q: And did they think that had something to do with it, those gold salts treatments?

A: I have a feeling it might.

Q: And the behaviors they were calling autistic, did those change most after the first one?

A: Yes, it seems like they changed.

Q: But you don’t remember that kind of change taking place?

A: No, I don’t remember, really.”

Donald t memo
Unlike this conversation, my earlier interview with his brother was not on tape. Reporters don’t like to share their notes, but here are two pages of mine. They show Donald’s brother, not me, musing about his amazing recovery from gold salts.

Donald t memo 2

Now, maybe gold salts were not what helped Donald, although I think they did; it is at least an idea worth taking seriously and keeping on the table as the number of injured kids soars. The meta-point here is that folks like Donvan can’t stand the idea and its implications, and toss in everything they can think of to discredit it. Maybe he was already getting better. Maybe he didn't really get that much better. Maybe it was the fevers. Maybe it's the lovely people of Forest. JRA has nothing to do with autism. Autism is not autoimmune, dammit! Etc. ...  Just like parents who report that removing certain items from the diet, or using chelation, or supplements, are treated like kooks. Yes, if you always ignore the evidence, people who insist on paying attention to it will remain kooks!

What can I say? I report what people tell me, and Oliver told me his brother’s JRA and his autism – in my view, a couple of co-morbid autoimmune afflictions triggered by early exposure to ethyl mercury – both cleared up with history's first biomedical intervention. Donald thought so, too, but was too young and too sick to know for sure. What a missed opportunity for the world to begin to understand what created this new disorder and what might help alleviate, and even stop, it. If the doctors who saw those early cases suspected the environmental clues that were there to see, we'd be living in a very different world today. One such clue to causation is biomedical recovery from both JRA and autism in Case 1.

But with causation comes culprits, both the compounds that triggered it and the powers that be who let it happen and allow it continue to this day.

And that, I think, is why so many have anaphylactic reactions to Donald T. and gold salts. 

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Anne Dachel

Nebraskans say "NO" to Meningitis Vaccine Bill

NebraskaBy Anne Dachel

Wed, January 20th the state legislature in Nebraska voted down a bill to expand the vaccine schedule. 

January 20, 2016, Lincoln (NE) Journal Star: Bill to require meningitis vaccine fails in Nebraska Legislature

A measure that would have required most Nebraska students to be vaccinated for bacterial meningitis failed to surmount a filibuster in the Legislature on Wednesday.

The bill (LB18) sponsored by state Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha would have required Nebraska students to be immunized for meningococcal meningitis before starting seventh grade, then get a booster shot at 16.

Hard-line conservatives and civil libertarians in the Legislature argued the vaccination is unnecessary and potentially unsafe, and that requiring it would infringe on parents' freedom to choose what is best for their children.

ABC Nebraska: Meningitis Vaccine Bill Dies in Legislature

...But opponents say vaccinations should be decided by parents and there have been too few cases of meningitis in Nebraska to mandate a statewide vaccination.

Lots of news sites have picked up this story, including the San Francisco Chronicle.  Notice the reasons given for the bill's failure: parental rights, need, and potential for harm.

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Kim Stagliano

Does Eminem Give Asperger's a Bad Rap

EminemBy Kim Stagliano

I was looking for a good impending snowstorm meme on Facebook yesterday to tell me whether I'm supposed to buy bread and milk  when I saw a post  from a neurodiversity proponent saying that Marshall Mather, aka Eminem (swear to God I didn't even have to look up his real name that's how hip I am!) has Asperger's.   This stems from a blog post called Eminem And Aspergers Posted by: Emma Dalmayne.

Does he? Or is he a Narcissist? 

Our Teresa Conrick has an encyclopedic catalog of studies, quotes and info.  She offered us this article from a psychologist Am I Asperger's or Narcissist?

"With Asperger’s and NPD,  a lot of the criteria overlap. The difference is that while all people with Aspergers are narcissistic (not NPD, but self-centered; it’s a central trait), all people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder are definitely not aspergers, and can be the total opposite: super smooth and charming."

And this:

Asperger's (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) are often confused with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). The reason for this confusion is understandable since some of the symptoms found in people with AS and HFA are also found in those with NPD. Some of the similarities between AS/HFA and NPD may include the following:

  • apparent lack empathy
  • difficulty understanding others’ feelings 
  • eccentric personality 
  • harsh interpersonal communication
  • inability to view the world from the perspective of others
  • lack of demonstrated non-verbal cues and inability to pick-up on the non-verbal cues of others
  • lack of interest in others
  • lack of psychological awareness 
  • narrow range of interests and activities
  • obvious self-focus in interpersonal exchanges
  • preoccupation with their own agenda
  • problems in sustaining satisfying relationships
  • self-centeredness
  • similar eye-to-eye gaze, body stance, and facial expressions
  • tendency to react to social problems/stress with depression
  • underdeveloped conversational skills

Despite the similarities listed above, the difference between AS/HFA and NPD is vast, like night and day. Here are a few examples of the dissimilarities: (See this interesting list, that shows great respect to those with true Asperger's at "Is it Asperger's or Narcissism.)

I did a bit of Googling, because as an anti-vaccine autism Mommy, I am so stupid that I think Google has answers to important questions. Here's what I found on blogs.  Hardly agreement even in the Asperger's community.

Search: Eminem Asperger's

Hip Hop Site:

Maybe he does maybe he doesn't. Who cares? And that applies to everybody imo. So what you're autistic. It's just a label. As long as you aren't throwing your shit at anyone I think you're fine.

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>implying assburgers is a real thing
See: socially inept, selfish, self-absorbed, awkward.
I don't understand why people need to label being "weird" as some autism spectrum disorder.

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C'mon man. My brother has autism. I can't even have a conversation with the kid. He can't even tell me how his day was. It's a real thing bro, I promise you. I'm sure their are some self-absorbed, quirky/weird people who think it's cute to self diagnose themselves with aspergers and whatnot, but I promise you autism is a real thing.

ND Site

Eminem is an Aspie? Cool.

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If Eminem is a f*****g Aspie-- and it's not clear from the lyrics whether he's talking about himself, or taking some angst-ridden future school shooter's perspective (which would probably be the first useful thing he's done in several albums now)-- I'm going to plead misdiagnosis and retest under DSM5. This time, I'll answer "NO" to all the things I've learned to compensate for.

He's got a great voice. Wonderful sense of rhythm. Some really great rhymes.

He just also happens to be up there with Adam Lanza on the short list of company I don't care to keep.

BARF!! !! !! !

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Dachel Media Update: Manic Measles & Acceptance over Action

Online newsJan 20, 2016, FOX7 Austin, TX: Doctors advise vaccinations after confirmed measles case

Jan 20, 2016, PBS: Telling the story of parents and activists who fought for autism acceptance (Series: Understanding Autism)

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Current Affairs

Glenn Frey, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Autoimmune Disease

WinslowAZ
By Wayne Rohde

When I heard that Glenn Frey of the Eagles passed away on Monday, I was immediately saddened with the thought that we have lost another rock legend. Glenn Frey and the Eagles are one of my favorites. He was much too young, at 67, to leave this world. His contributions to music and film for millions of people to enjoy and appreciate are countless.

I read that he was suffering in the last couple of months from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. Once again, my mind starts to churn about what can cause RA and ulcerative colitis and is it serious enough of a disease to lead to death.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means your immune system is attacking itself. In Rheumatoid Arthritis the immune system attacks the synovium of the joints, which is why you get swelling and pain. It can cause deformities if you delay treatment. Usually the treatment is used to slow the disease down and prevent these deformities. RA can also attack blood vessels surrounding the heart and lungs. Thus heart disease can be directly linked to RA.

Millions of Americans and people around the world suffer from complications due to autoimmune disease. But why? Most experts tell us there has been a dramatic rise in the number of autoimmune disease and disorders over the last 20 to 30 years.   Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Even the Arthritis Foundation states that the cause of RA is not known. The treatment of RA is complicated. To treat effectively, the protocol calls for the tampering down of the immune system. Thus leaving the body most acceptable to infections. And that is where pneumonia can strike.

Pharma advertises heavily on the weekends, especially on sporting events about RA and professional golfer, Phil Mickelson. He is also suffering from RA. According to the NIH website on RA, scientists estimate 1.5 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from RA. And the largest group of new cases of RA are older Americans. Could it be from decades of being exposed to environmental hazards and now the CDC’s “Influenza vaccine” program for seniors, not only is RA becoming a growing concern, but maybe the large increase and earlier onset of Alzheimer's can be contributed to over vaccination in our seniors?

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Let's Do the Autism Timewarp! Again!

Time WarpBy Anne Dachel

MORE ON JOHN DONVAN AND CAREN ZUCKER. 

Donvan and Zucker are now the darlings of the U.S. media.  Their book, In a Different Key, is about recognizing autism and providing for those who have it--no questions asked. 

The Boston Globe claims that there are more 3 million Americans with autism.  There is ABSOLUTELY NO PROOF OF THAT.  The current rate of one in 45 comes from STUDIES OF CHILDREN.  The Globe is applying that rate across the population. 

Yesterday on ABC's GMA with George Stephanopoulos,

Donvan and Zucker talked about the fact that there is no link to vaccines and that "it shouldn't matter if there's an epidemic."  It's hard to rationalize what they say.  To me the cruelest form of child abuse and neglect would be to say that shouldn't matter if more and more children are lost to a disabling condition that can leave them totally dependent for life and that doctors are helpless to address.

Jan 19, 2016, Boston Globe: Tracing autism, from past to present

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Anne Dachel

Ben Swann To Air CDC Vaccine Whistleblower Documents on 1/26

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Ben Swann (CBS46 in Atlanta) announced that in one week the CDC whistleblower documents will be publicized in a Truth in Media documentary. 

(VIDEO) Ben Swann: "This is not a story about vaccines or about autism; this is a story about corruption and cover-up within the CDC."

Jan 19, 2016, UPDATE: Truth In Media to Release Documentary on CDC Documents 

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Swann will release a Truth in Media documentary which details a study of CDC cover-up and suppression of medical findings. In addition, Swann will release the Thompson documents at TruthinMedia.com to anyone who wishes to learn more about what’s inside them.

Current Affairs

Stephen Hawking Says the Human Race is in Danger and it's our Own Fault

HawikingBy Linda1

I feel so smart today. It isn't often that the scientific merit of my ideas is confirmed by Stephen Hawking.   Today, there is an article in The Guardian, reposted in the MSN news, titled, "Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking". Excerpt:

 "Speaking to the Radio Times ahead of the BBC Reith Lecture, in which he will explain the science of black holes, Hawking said most of the threats humans now face come from advances in science and technology, such as nuclear weapons and genetically engineered viruses."

Genetically engineered viruses? Where have I heard that before? Oh, that's what drug companies put into vaccines that doctors, nurses and pharmacists inject directly into and/or put in the mouths of people - vaccines for illnesses that include Hepatitis B, HPV, flu, and rotavirus.

The vaccine for Hepatitis B was the first to be made from a genetically engineered virus as announced in this New York Times article from July 1986 (please see - the reader will appreciate the historical significance). Note who, in 1986, the Hepatitis B vaccine was recommended for:

Dr. Young recommended vaccinations with either hepatitis vaccine for dental and medical workers, susceptible homosexuals and drug users, the newborn children of infected women, and, among other groups, travelers to parts of the world where hepatitis B is rampant, such as southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of the Middle East.

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Dreams

Autism Self-Advocacy is for Everyone on the Spectrum

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By Michele Iallonardi

My son Jackson is 14 years old. In his 14 years, he has learned very basic communication. I want (rice) milk. I want chicken. Push me (on swing or stroller). He can use a device to say these things, but he can speak them too.  Those who know him well can usually understand. When he can’t be understood, the device helps.

Besides having autism, Jackson is medically complicated. He has had multiple surgeries, hospital stays, and medical issues. Jackson has a seizure disorder, colitis, chronic allergies, chiari malformation, low growth hormone, kidney surgery, a weakened immune system, and more. He is no stranger to medical professionals. Because he cannot effectively communicate, it is always a guessing game trying to figure out what is wrong. Usually a fever or behavior outbursts are the tip off. By the time we know what it is, it is usually pretty bad. Not knowing what is wrong with Jackson, if/when/where he is hurting, is one of the most difficult aspects of his autism. The heartbreak that comes along with knowing that my son is suffering and cannot tell me-- it can be unbearable. I am his mother,  my job is to take care of him. When I don’t know what to do I feel like I have failed him.

We have tried for many years to teach him how to articulate pain. His speech therapists, his special education teachers, my husband and I-- we have all tried countless ways to teach him to alert us when something is wrong, with little progress. It is so hard for him, as is for many individuals with autism, to express something that can be so abstract.

Yesterday, Jackson was in a great mood.  Happy, laughing, all I could ask for. When Jackson is happy, everyone is happy! It is January, and the New York weather makes it difficult to keep him occupied. He doesn’t like to be out in the cold, and so weekends are hard.  I asked him if he’d like to go for a ride in my car, just to get out for a little. He got his sneakers, and then he replied with something I wasn’t sure I understood.  I handed him my phone so that he could type it for me.  This is what he wrote:

Jax

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: ABC Ignores ABCs of Autism Epidemic. Again.

Online newsNOTE: Autism "touches" families like a tsunami gently bathes those in its path.... Anne Dachel looks at ABCs take on autism in the news recently.

By Anne Dachel

The ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos below shows just how desperate the media and those who control our news are to cover up what autism is doing to our children.  George Stephanopoulos can be remembered for his egregious attack on Dr. Andrew Wakefield in 2011.  I wrote about it in my book, The Big Autism Cover-Up.  Stephanopoulos said he had read Andy's book, but he couldn't challenge anything he'd written.  I asked Andy later if he thought Stephanopoulos had read Callous Disregard, and Andy said he was convinced he hadn't.  (Notice that in today's interview Stephanopoulos refers to Andy as "the man," not as a doctor.)

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Anne Dachel

Autism Speaks. It's Time to.... Live with It.

PicassoBy Anne Dachel

While I never like being critical of parents with autistic children, I couldn't get over the complacency here.  McCafferty writes about ACCEPTANCE.  Accept the fact that your child WON'T experience higher education , independent living, and marriage.  Learn to live with the fact that you're scared about the future when you're no longer here to care for your child.

ON Jan 15, 2016, Autism Speaks published 10 things I've learned in the decade since my son's autism diagnosis

...But this month is a huge anniversary, one that needs to be recognized, and shared. You see, this month ten years ago my son received his autism diagnosis months after his initial one of PDD. For the first time ever it was official, written on his pediatric charts, used when charting his future educational course. It was the first time we ever used the word “autistic” to describe him to others, said the word out loud, tried it on for size.

And here is what Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty has learned in the 10 years since her son was diagnosed with autism....

You will learn that no matter how close you are to people, some of them won’t get your life. You will learn to let them go.

You will learn to value your child’s progress in incremental steps, not boundless leaps.

You will learn that you can meet your child’s needs, and will exceed your own expectations.

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Cathy Jameson

Dream for Tomorrow

Cj 1 17By Cathy Jameson

When I wrote this two years ago, the first sentence was, “Today autism affects 1 in 50...” Today’s updated version includes a different autism rate. As much as I’d hoped that, by today, the rate would’ve dropped. But it hasn’t. Something else that I’d also hoped was that, by today, groups like Autism Speaks would to do more than just promote awareness. But they haven’t. And, I’d hoped that all of the presidential candidates would want to prevent autism in the future. But they don’t appear to care to.

With the higher rate and with the continued lack of concern, today seems so dreary. Sometimes it truly is. I need to wash today’s dreariness away. I will be sure to do that tomorrow…

Today, autism affects 1 in 45.  Odds are that more families will find themselves closer to an autism diagnosis today than yesterday.  Today doesn’t sound too promising, does it? 

Several times in his now famous speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. used the word today:

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history…

…a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today…

…we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition…

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note …

…as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny…

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream today.”

I have a dream also.  But my dream is for tomorrow. 

As far as autism is concerned and how it affects my son, today breeds dread and frustration.  It capitalizes on my fears.  The worry I have about autism and for my son keeps a tight grip on me.  It can strangulate my thoughts and shroud my thinking. 

Afraid of what isn’t being done for Ronan and for a great many other children, today brings no solace, just anxiety.  Looking outside of my own home, today doesn’t look so good in other places either.  Newspaper headlines in America promote ineffective flu shots as our best defense against a temporary sickness.  They sing praises for immature celebrities’ behavior while neglecting to address a growing national crisis.  Headlines scream Look here! Look there! But just don’t look at autism.  Look the other way instead.

How can they tell us to look away?  Autism is a crisis that affects thousands.  From one side of our country to the other, it’s crept into more communities than ever before.  But today in the papers, and within the groups that should care about it, the autism epidemic goes unnoticed.  So do the nightmares that come with it.  

So, I’m not living for today.  I’m not dreaming about it as Martin Luther King, Jr. did.  Instead, my dream is for tomorrow. 

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Weekly Wrap: How DuPont Helped Trigger the Age of Autism, and Why It Matters More Than Ever

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

If you follow business news you may have heard that DuPont and Dow, two chemical giants, are in the process of combining. “Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. announced a merger that would fuse two stalwarts of American industry into a giant worth more than $120 billion and would reshape the chemical and agricultural industries,” the Wall Street Journal reported last month.

After they combine, they’re expected to turn around and break into three components, one of which will focus on agricultural chemicals. It’s that aspect I want to zero in on for a minute, because this new company really becomes the successor of the DuPont that helped trigger the age of autism.

So often when we talk about autism as an environmentally induced epidemic, mainstream critics immediately narrow that down to being “anti-vaccine”; then they say that any vaccine link – including to the mercury preservative thimerosal – has been discredited. That settled, they go on to assert, or at least assume, that autism must be genetic, an ancient part of human diversity, and worthy only of acceptance and accommodation rather than prevention and treatment, as well.

In their book out next week, “In a Different Key – The Story of Autism,” John Donvan and Caren Zucker argue that autism has always been around and probably isn’t even increasing. 

“The ‘epidemic’ story,” they write, has helped crystalize the notion that ‘something must have happened’ in the near past to cause autism in the first place. Most famously, some activists blamed modern vaccines – a now discredited theory.” 

Well, the fact is that something did happened in the near past to take the autism rate from effectively zero before 1930 to the epidemic proportions we undeniably see today. And, in fact, it does involve vaccines, but in a way that is subordinate to the overall argument. What happened was that a highly toxic form of mercury – ethyl mercury – was commercialized around 1930, the year before the first case of autism in the medical literature was reported.

This took three forms – three vectors or vehicles that first put humans and especially children at risk of exposure to this toxin. Those vectors were fungicides (specifically, seed disinfectants), a lumber preservative, and an antimicrobial for multi-dose vaccine vials.

Let’s hit pause on vaccines and talk about the seed disinfectant, Ceresan. Here’s what Mark Blaxill and I wrote in our book, CeresanThe Age of Autism, about the development of that compound by organic chemist Morris Kharasch:

“ The first of his patents to be assigned to DuPont was filed in 1923; there would be eighteen more assigned to the Delaware company over the course of his career. The pattern of these patents in the 1920s accomplishted a number of important goals. …

“Kharasch’s efforts bore commercial fruit when DuPont filed a trademark application for an ethyl mercury fungicide called Ceresan on May 13, 1929.” It went on the market soon after. (Kharasch also, and I emphasize also, developed thimerosal, the vaccine preservative, for Eli Lilly. I emphasize "also" because the fact that autism can be traced to another of Kharasch's ethyl mercury compounds is an indirect, out-of-the-blue correlation and thus even more powerful "proof" -- to the extent there is such a thing -- that ethyl mercury in any of its uses, including but not limited to vaccines, is a villain in the story of autism.)

We’ve written about ethyl mercury fungicides before in the context of the first case series report on autism, 11 children all born in the 1930s and starting, significantly, in 1931. Fredereick L. Wellman, the father of Case 2, was with the U.S. Agriculture Department and, according to his archive, experimenting with organic mercury dust when his son was born in 1936. That this "dust" was Ceresan there is no doubting; it was the only such product on the market, and Wellman had a brochure for Ceresan in his files. (See photo, and the short video on our home page, How Mercury Triggered the Age of Autism.)

In our book, The Age of Autism, Mark and I offered strong evidence of exposure to all three of these new forms of ethyl mercury in the backgrounds of the first 11 cases. And we’ve called Frederick Wellman’s exposure to ethyl mercury dust at the time his son was born a “smoking gun” directly linking ethyl mercury to the roots and rise of the age of autism. (Typically, both Donvan and Zucker's book, and the equally misguided NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman, dismiss our theory without considering the evidence -- in particular the power of Case 2 in implicating mercury. Donvan and Zucker act like I'm a goof but manage to call me "Don Olmsted." Details matter, folks.)

And why does this -- DuPont's role in the rise of autism -- matter now? Well, it reframes the issue in a way that threatens the mainstream view not just of a vaccine link to autism but of the nature of autism itself: Autism is a product of the “near past” – Frederick Wellman’s son is still alive and living in North Carolina, for heaven’s sake!

Rather than staking our argument on vaccination per se, to which we have no philosophical objection, we see the issue in an altogether different way, a way that anyone who learned to outline in eighth grade English can understand.

Title: Autism is an environmentally triggered illness in vulnerable children

 Part I: The first cases occurred in the 1930s as a result of exposure to new ethyl mercury compounds:

A: Seed disinfectants

B: Lumber preservatives

C: Multi-dose vaccine vials

And so on. The next section would include the fact that ethyl mercury was removed from the first two categories by the 1970s after mass poisonings showed it was unsafe – but still remains in flu shots given to infants and pregnant women in the United States and to all children in developing countries. That would lead to

Part III: Conclusion

  1. Mercury’s role in triggering the age of autism should be reopened, investigated, and recognized.
  2. Meanwhile, mercury should be removed from vaccines immediately based on the precautionary principle.
  3. Compensation for those injured should be provided.
  4. Lessons should be learned and shared about the hazards of other toxins to human development, including individual ingredients and the cumulative effects of the current vaccination schedule.

Let me say it again – coming to terms with the environmental nature of autism is not, at the highest level, about vaccines. It’s about the vectors by which a terrible new toxin reached human beings who should never have been exposed, and one of those vectors happens to be vaccines. The truth is not our fault: It's about autism as injury, not gift.

Which brings us back to the DuPont-Dow merger, put at roughly $100 billion in combined assets. How about a portion of that as reparation for developmental injury, for other chronic conditions like asthma, for ruined lives, for damaged families and weakened competitiveness as a nation -- and a world?

Not bloody likely, of course. A few years ago I called DuPont to tell them about my research. (I also handed it to Tom Insel and George W. Bush's science adviser. I wanted to make sure they knew, because if they did know, I thought they might do something. That was a long time ago, in many ways.) The DuPont people were all like, why are you asking us about something we don’t make anymore? They referred me to their toxic pesticides trade association, the wonderfully named CropLife (which in this circumstance might more aptly be called CropDamage), which never did get back to me.

Thus does human suffering roll on while DuPont disappears -- but not before it sets aside money for retention bonuses to make sure its executives don’t bail after the merger/breakup. Sic transit gloria mundi.

How about a few billion -- yes, billion -- for the several million -- yes, million -- victims -- yes, victims -- of environmentally induced autism who have followed. And how about we stop talking about "anti-vaccine" nonsense, take a deep breath, and face the truth? In the long run it will be cheaper than another eight decades of denial of the age of autism.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism

Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Breaking News: Is HPV Vaccine Safety an Illusion Maintained by Suppression of Science?

SanevaxIs HPV Vaccine Safety an Illusion Maintained by Suppression of Science?

By Norma Erickson

Breaking News: On January 14, 2016, Dr. Sin Hang Lee sent an open letter of complaint: Allegations of Scientific Misconduct by GACVS/WHO/CDC Representatives et al An open-letter of complaint to the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan , to the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, charging members of GACVS, the CDC, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and others with manipulation of data and suppression of science in order to maintain the illusion of HPV vaccine safety in the face of valid contradictory evidence.

According to Dr. Lee’s letter, a series of emails recently uncovered via a Freedom of Information request submitted in New Zealand revealed evidence that Dr. Robert Pless, chairperson of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS), Dr. Nabae Koji of the Ministry of Health of Japan, Dr. Melinda Wharton of the CDC, Dr. Helen Petousis-Harris of Auckland University, New Zealand, and others (including WHO officials) may have been actively involved in a scheme to deliberately mislead the Japanese Expert Inquiry on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine safety before, during and after the February 26, 2014 public hearing in Tokyo.

The complaint letter states that the emails provided clearly demonstrate this group of WHO officials and government employees charged with the responsibility of advising the expert committee from the Japanese government on HPV vaccination safety knew before the February 26, 2014 Tokyo public hearing that one of their own experts showed scientific evidence that HPV vaccination does increase cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor (TNF), particularly at the injection site compared to other vaccines. Yet, they chose to suppress this information at the public hearing.

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Current Affairs

Levi Quackenboss Notes Lack of Prevention or Treatment in Clinton's Autism Plan

Hillary_clinton_puzzleImagine a diagnosis, disease, disability, choose your word, that had increased steadily over two decades, whose severity created entirely new schools and public school classrooms, precipitated special accommodations at movie theaters, theme parks, Broadway theatres, bankrupted families, stressed social security, lead to murder suicide, abuse, increased drowning statistics and more.  Call it autism spectrum disorder.   And now, ignore causation and treatment in favor of --  what? We continue to look at Hillary Clinton's autism plan - as reviewed below by blogger Levi Quackenboss.  While we commend her for putting autism on the political platform, in a nutshell, Clinton remains (Grand)mum on both causation and prevention. A shame.  But American medicine is about making and keeping customers, why should autism differ?

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Yesterday Hillary Clinton’s campaign launched what sounded like a compassionate plan for increased autism screening and health insurance coverage for medical establishment-sanctioned autism services.

Sounds so warm and fuzzy, right?  Autism Speaks rejoiced.  Almost makes one forget this not-so-compassionate tweet 11 months ago:

Clinton tweet

Just kidding.  We’d never forget that tweet, Hillary.

Hillary says she’s going to call for the first-ever study of the prevalence of adults with autism. Awesome news all around, right?

Wait, what? Why exactly would we pay for this?  Is this a veiled attempt to discredit the fact that we’re in a mothereffin’ epidemic of autism in this country?  To try to prove that the skyrocketing, terrifying autism rates are solely the result of better diagnosis?  Will Hillary show once and for all that we’ve always had these rates of autism, but “back then” parents just gave their kids up to an institution?

Let me save you about a billion dollars, Hill, and send you over to Dr. Joe Pivan, who has made it his life’s work to find the “missing generation” of elderly autistics.  He spent three years looking for institutionalized adults with autism over the age of 50 and finally found 19 of them.  19.  In three years.  Compare this to the 130,000 children diagnosed with autism each year in the US and tell me if your idea to prove that there is no epidemic sounds like a good use of taxpayer money.  Hint:  it’s not.

But here’s what would be!  The first ever comprehensive study of the health and incidence of autism and autoimmune disease of vaccinated vs. non-vaccinated children.  In fact, you can just join Representative Bill Posey’s bandwagon and send all of that cash to the Vaccine Safety Study Act that’s been in limbo for, like, ever.

Hillary also said that she’s concerned that “People with autism are unemployed at a much higher rate” and wants to create a work program to close that “employment gap.”

Hillary.  Seriously.  Wake the hell up.  It’s not an employment gap.  It’s a human rights gap.  It’s a greater good gap.  It’s a head-in-the-ground gap.  It’s a government coverup gap.  Where did you learn about autistics?  The quirky kid on Parenthood who lives on ice cream and Skittles and won the race to be class president?

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Hidden Horde

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

The really big lie about autism--that it's always been here like this, we just didn't notice--is being promoted everywhere in the media.  Stories about making public facilities and events "autism-friendly" are in the news daily.  It's important to now focus on adults on the spectrum.  What better way to put the heated vaccine controversy on simmer than to somehow show the same rate in older Americans.  (See, more vaccines haven't really caused neurological damage.)

Seven years ago the British supposedly found the missing adult horde with autism using survey questions.  It didn't settle the issue at all, but it continues to be used to calm worries of an unprecedented epidemic of neurologically impaired children.

Here's the latest:

Jan 13, Bustle.com: 9 Signs You Could Be On The Autism Spectrum, by J.R. Thorpe.

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Current Affairs

The Levels of Blood Mercury and Inflammatory-related Neuropeptides in Serum Correlated in Children with Autism

Science post imageMetab Brain Dis. 2016 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print] The levels of blood mercury and inflammatory-related neuropeptides in the serum are correlated in children with autism spectrum disorder. Mostafa GA1,2, Bjørklund G3, Urbina MA4,5, Al-Ayadhi LY6.

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. gehan.mostafa2000@yahoo.com.
  • 2Autism Research and Treatment Center, AL-Amodi Autism Research Chair, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. gehan.mostafa2000@yahoo.com.
  • 3Council for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Toften 24, 8610, Mo i Rana, Norway. bjorklund@conem.org.
  • 4Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
  • 5Departamento de Zoología, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanográficas, Universidad de Concepción, Casilla 160-C, Concepción, Chile.
  • 6Autism Research and Treatment Center, AL-Amodi Autism Research Chair, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

Tachykinins (substance P, neurokinin A, and neurokinin B) are pro-inflammatory neuropeptides that may play an important role in some autoimmune neuroinflammatory diseases, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Mercury (Hg) is a neurotoxicant, and potentially one of the main environmental triggers for ASD as it induces neuroinflammation with a subsequent release of neuropeptides. This is the first study to explore the potentially causal relationship between levels of serum neurokinin A and blood mercury (BHg) in children with ASD. Levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg were measured in 84 children with ASD, aged between 3 and 10 years, and 84 healthy-matched children. There was a positive linear relationship between the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) and both serum neurokinin A and BHg. ASD children had significantly higher levels of serum neurokinin A than healthy controls (P < 0.001). Increased levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg were respectively found in 54.8 % and 42.9 % of the two groups. There was significant and positive linear relationship between levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg in children with moderate and severe ASD, but not in healthy control children. It was found that 78.3 % of the ASD patients with increased serum levels of neurokinin A had elevated BHg levels (P < 0.001). Neuroinflammation, with increased levels of neurokinin A, is seen in some children with ASD, and may be caused by elevated BHg levels. Further research is recommended to determine the pathogenic role of increased levels of serum neurokinin A and BHg in ASD. The therapeutic role of tachykinin receptor antagonists, a potential new class of anti-inflammatory medications, and Hg chelators, should also be studied in ASD.

Potential Next Steps for Presidential Candidates RE Autism

Vaccine Whistleblower Skyhorse PublishingChapter 7 of Vaccine Whistleblower by Kevin Barry, with foreword by Robert Kennedy, Jr is titled, Potential Next Steps for Policy Makers. As the Presidential election draws near, we thought we'd share this chapter with our readers.  Thank you to Kevin Barry and Skyhorse Publishing. 

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”
—Winston Churchill

Elected officials and policy makers at all levels should pay attention to Dr. Thompson’s revelations in these transcripts and subpoena Dr. Thompson and his CDC co-authors to testify before Congress. It will be necessary to use subpoena power to require Dr. Thompson to testify because it is unlikely that his attorney, an expert in whistleblower cases, would allow him to testify unless compelled. Some of Dr. Thompson’s co-authors told him that they would never voluntarily appear before Congress in the future. Congress would likely have to subpoena them as well.

Potential next steps for President Obama

  • Support requests for a Congressional investigation regarding the 100,000 vaccine safety documents Dr. Thompson has already turned over to Congress.
  • Assure Dr. Thompson of full protection under the federal whistleblower statute.
  • Reassign Drs. Boyle, Yeargin-Allsopp and Destefano to less sensitive positions—preferably positions unrelated to vaccine safety— inside the CDC while the investigation is pending.
  • Realize that that the entire vaccine program is in the Executive Branch and hold the CDC accountable if the investigation proves Dr. Thompson’s description of the culture of corruption inside the CDC is accurate.
  • Request extradition of indicted fugitive vaccine researcher Dr. Poul Thorsen from Denmark to the United States to be tried for the serious crimes of which he has been accused.
  • Immediately rescind the request for media censorship of vaccine safety issues, which apparently was authorized by the White House—and communicated by the HHS secretary—in 2010. (See Chapter 10)
  • Support the release of data, which the CDC collected for the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) to an international independent body, such as the Cochrane Collaboration. The CDC and their partner organizations like Autism Speaks cannot be trusted to research this data honestly.
  • Remove vaccine safety from the CDC’s purview. The same agency cannot be responsible for promoting vaccine uptake and protecting vaccine safety. Dr. Thompson’s suggestion of an FAA/NTSB model is reasonable.
  • Support an Amendment to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a U.N.-sponsored international treaty to limit environmental mercury exposures, to remove the exclusion for “vaccines containing Thimerosal” (Annex A, section E) as Thimerosal is known to cause tics and may be causing more severe harm
  • Issue an Executive Order removing Thimerosal from all vaccines in the United States as soon as possible because Thimerosal causes tics and may be causing greater harm.
  • Support moving all vaccines worldwide to single dose vials, eliminating the need for a toxic preservative. Work to improve cold chain storage in the developing world to make this possible
  • Support projects in the developing world for clean water and improved sanitation to combat infectious diseases. Supplement those projects with vaccination for diseases or conditions endemic in regions where clean water and good sanitation are not available.

Potential next steps for 2016 Presidential Candidates

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Dachel Media Update: Australia

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Australia is a country where vaccines are revered.  Questioning mandates is not allowed. 

In 2015, I covered what happened to Dr. Sherri Tenpenny when she was invited to speak on vaccine safety in Australia.

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

Meanwhile more and more Australian children fall victim to autism.

Aug 25, 2015, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

A new study indicates that the number of autism cases in Australia is increasing among younger children.

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Current Affairs

Autism: The Abnormal New Normal

New NormalFor those who will bristle at the use of the term "abnormal," I refer you to my high school Latin class. "Ab" simply means, "away."  "Ad" means "to."  We have abductors and adductors on our legs, for instance. Autism is indeed "away" from the norm, whether one perceives that as a pejorative is a personal POV.  There is a saying in the self-advocacy community, "Nothing about us without us."  And we agree! We'd also like the more severely impaired by autism to be included and so we say, "No policy without parents." ALL of us. Acceptance?  Of course. Awareness? Yes, it's the only way to tackle a problem. Acquiescence? No.  KIM

By Dara Berger

Our new normal:

It was so sad to open Facebook today and learn the news that they had found the missing 5-year-old boy with autism dead.  Another lost life.  

Many people look at the headline and feel bad momentarily, but for those of us in the community we have a much heavier heart.  We know and feel that it could have been our child.  

Every time this happens, I look over at my son a few seconds longer and hug him a little bit tighter.  I feel lucky that he is not a runner and elated that he has learned to swim.  These facts do not make me immune to other dangers.  He does not feel fear or danger in a way that is appropriate.  My son can speak but does not fully engage in a back and forth conversation.  He can answer  questions, but I doubt he would with a complete stranger if he ever got lost.  I worry about him going on a simple class trip, thinking what if he ever got really upset in public and someone called the cops. He would never be able to react in an appropriate manner.  And what if the police were not trained.  I try not to do the what ifs, but sometimes you just can’t help it!

People have accepted children with autism as a normal way of life.  I am only talking about the bad side of this acceptance. The public has even gotten used to children with autism wandering off and getting killed as our new normal.   When will this stop!  Why are people so complacent!

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Autism Intensive Summit Day 3 Bock, Frye, Lambert, Mumper, Peirson

Day3-1Learn about this online Autism treatment summit and view the speaker schedule here.

Speakers and topics include:

Mark Hyman, MD - Using High-Fat Diets to Restore Mitochondrial Imbalances, Brain Function
Jeffrey Bland, PhD - How the Environment Affects the Spectrum of Health
Martha Herbert, MD, PhD - How the Environment Affects Anatomy and Function of the Brain
Ben Lynch, ND - Advanced Strategies to Optimize Methylation and Glutathione Pathways
Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD - Harnessing Nature and Nutrition and to Reset the Gut-Brain Axis
Russ Jaffe, MD, PhD - Whole Food Strategies to Balance Digestion and Glutathione Metabolism
Kenneth Bock, MD- Unravelling the Autism, Allergies and Autoimmunity Triad
Anju Usman, MD - Optimizing Metabolic-Immune Communication and Function
Eve Prang Plews, LNC - How Common Household Chemicals Alter Hormones and Neurodevelopment
Derrick MacFabe, MD - Bacterial Short Chain Fatty Acids- Microbial Modulators of Metabolism and Mind
Stephanie Seneff, PhD - How Glyphosate Affects Human Biology and Gut Bacteria
Nancy H. O’Hara, MD - Nutrients to Optimize Brain Health in Children
Scott Theirl, DC, DACNB - Functional Approaches to Increase Brain Cell to Cell Communication
David Quig, PhD - How Gut Microbes Affect Methylation and Detoxification

Current Affairs

10 Reasons MDs Should Sign Vaccine Medical Exemptions

Rockwell country doctor10 Reasons Why Doctors Should Not Hesitate to Sign Medical Exemptions for Vaccinations When That Is the Only Option Available to Patients/Parents

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By Laura Hayes

  • 1. If a doctor cannot obtain informed consent from a patient/parent, then he can not morally, ethically, or legally refuse to sign a Medical Exemption for vaccination. Informed consent is the gold standard of ethical medicine, and must be obtained voluntarily, without any form of coercion, prior to any medical treatment or procedure in a society that considers itself free, ethical, and moral, and which has stringent laws regulating the practice of medicine, including informed consent laws. Furthermore, a doctor makes himself liable for refusing and/or failing to give and obtain prior, voluntary, and informed consent, for any medical treatment or procedure, including vaccination: . Therefore, without informed consent from a patient/parent, and when no other exemption options are left available to him and the patient/parent, a doctor must sign a Medical Exemption upon request.

  • 2. A doctor knows that he has no way to know whether or not a fetus, newborn, infant, or toddler is allergic to vaccine ingredients, beginning with the food ingredients listed. Furthermore, for non-food ingredients, such as antibiotics, metals such as mercury and aluminum, formaldehyde, and polysorbate 80, allergies won’t be known in advance and will only become apparent after the allergic reaction occurs and/or manifests itself, which could be in any number of ways, and at a later date. Every vaccine package insert warns not to give the vaccine to anyone who is allergic to any of the vaccine’s ingredients. Therefore, doctors should sign Medical Exemptions based on the fact that it cannot be known in advance what allergies babies/children/patients of all ages will have, especially to ingredients that are injected versus consumed, many of which are non-food ingredients. Therefore, a doctor should have no qualms signing a Medical Exemption for any patient/parent who requests one.

  • 3. A doctor is not to violate his oath to “First, do no harm.” Any doctor who has read even just one vaccine package insert knows that he may indeed harm, possibly kill, any patient he vaccinates. Therefore, he knows he must honor the decision any patient/parent makes to decline one, some, or all vaccinations, and sign a Medical Exemption should they request one. Furthermore, it can be argued that a doctor should not be comfortable vaccinating any patient after: investigating the lack of proper testing that has been done on both vaccines individually and on the CDC’s recommended schedule, which includes giving multiple vaccines at one time; investigating the chronic illnesses, physical and developmental disabilities, and deaths that result from vaccines; reading the list of toxic, carcinogenic, and inflammatory ingredients contained in vaccines that he would then be injecting into a human being; investigating the fraud, deception, and corruption that occur at all levels of our nation’s vaccine program, from manufacture to mandate. Such research should compel a doctor, and render him extremely willing, to sign Medical Exemptions for his patients.

  • 4. A doctor who has investigated how vaccine trials are done knows that they are not done according to the gold standard of medical research, that of a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Quite the contrary. They are not double-blind, in other words, unvaccinated controls are not used for proper comparison. Additionally, placebos are not used, rather, another vaccine, and even more often, multiple vaccines, and/or an adjuvant (such as aluminum, known to cause adverse reactions in and of itself) are used. Despite the lack of using proper study methods, vaccines are declared “safe and effective”. Additionally, they have never been tested in the myriad combinations in which they are administered. HERE & HERE. Thus, no doctor should have any confidence in administering any vaccine, and as such, should willingly and gladly sign a Medical Exemption for any patient/parent who requests one.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Clinton Garners Attention for Autism Plan But do Families Approve?

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

This Jan 10, 2016 story from CNN is a very concerning preview of the politics of autism.  In Autism: Can other candidates match Hillary Clinton's plan? Professor David Perry discussed various reactions to Clinton's autism proposals, which he called, "the most detailed policy document on autism in U.S. presidential election history."

(Considering that autism--a disorder with no known cause or cure--is now at such horrific numbers, one in every 45 children, one in every 28 boys, the candidates can expect that the subject will come up and they'll be asked what they intend to do about it.)

Perry described Clinton's plan as "informed and friendly to the autistic community." 

Perry praised the fact that Clinton didn't use "stigmatizing words such as 'cure' or 'epidemic.'" 

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Natalie Palumbo

Coping With Loneliness

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By Natalie Palumbo

I’m 21, a junior Motion Design major at Ringling College of Art and Design, and the only sister to an older brother with low-verbal autism.

I am just finishing the long winter break with my cousins, and had an especially good time with Anthony. Over Thanksgiving, he had seen my cousin Savanna star in a school play, and sat riveted while he listened to her sing. My parents were very nervous to bring him, fearing he would not sit quietly for the performance. They made their usual deal to take turns walking him in the lobby if Anthony got restless. He did so well, when I came home for winter break, we saw two movies in the theater. One was “The Polar Express” in 4D, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 3D. He sat quietly for both, and it made me so happy.

During October, I was asked to paint a mural for the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. This was to promote a fundraising event for all the Special Education students, and I was honored to help. It was a very rewarding experience I will remember for the rest of my life. The event organizer Matt Bruback was so supportive of my schedule as a student, and very appreciative of my work. He developed a sensory belt known as the “Miracle Belt” to cope with an athletic injury, but found that it had calming benefits for people with special needs. The mural was only up for ten days, but a time lapse film was made to preserve the mural forever. Anthony calls it “Natalie Painting Fast”.

My entire fall semester had been tremendously busy, but well worth the effort. My faculty review was remarkable. They said that I was excelling in everything important to motion design, and the whole department was proud of me. That made up for so many hardships during the semester. I was overjoyed. One piece very important to me that the faculty loved was done for Experimental Animation.

We were to emulate the work of an experimental artist. I chose for inspiration a film by Chris Landreth about experimental animator Ryan Larkin. The visuals, while dark, were compelling and raw. They illustrated inner thoughts and feelings during conversations about Larkin’s career as well as the intentions of the interviewer. I could not get the images out of my head, and wanted to use that technique to talk about a defining moment in my life as a sibling. I wanted the project to be an honest reflection of me and meet my teachers’ expectations. I was very happy my teacher loved my execution of these ideas. The wonderful faculty review was a perfect way to start winter break.

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Cathy Jameson

Hillary Clinton’s Autism Plan Fails to Impress

ExcludedBy Cathy Jameson

Hillary Clinton was First Lady from 1993 – 2001. During that time, the autism rate jumped from 1 in 500 to 1 in 250. The autism rate increased again while she was a New York State Senator (1 in 110) and when she served as US Secretary of State (1 in 50). The latest autism numbers from the CDC tell us that 1 in 45 are affected.

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Autism was not on my radar in the early 1990s. I didn’t give it a second thought in the early 2000s either. It wasn’t until the mid-2000s when my son, Ronan, was showing signs of the spectrum disorder that I fully immersed myself into reading everything I could about autism. In the hopes of helping other families, I shared much of what I learned with others.

From message boards to private emails to face-to-face meet ups at local and national autism conferences to being asked to write for autism-specific publications, I’ve shared a lot about autism in the last ten years. During that time, I don’t ever remember Hillary Clinton being part of, let alone a personal champion for, the autism community. In fact, it wasn’t until the last week of 2015 that I ever thought to use Hillary Clinton and autism in the same sentence, and that only happened after I saw a Bloomberg Politics teaser. I had my reservations that her plan wouldn’t be more than just a nice gesture, so I, like so many others, waited patiently to see what the presidential hopeful’s thoughts on autism would be.

I saw the plan,  and as the parent of a child with regressive autism, I’m not impressed.

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I reread the plan in its entirety and noticed something. Teresa Conrick gave a synopsis of the plan,  and she, as well as another parent also knee-deep in autism advocacy, made the same observation that I did. Nowhere in Hillary’s plan does it include autism prevention.

Why not?

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: The Best Idea -- Listen to the Parents

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Over the past few weeks we’ve taken a look at some of the bad ideas that combine to cause the ongoing autism epidemic – including the very bad one that there is no epidemic.

In fact, that is the worst idea of all, because it stops discussion before it starts. If there’s no epidemic, then there’s no environmental factor in play. Autism is part of life, one might even say part of God’s plan. Ergo, we should put all our efforts into helping the affected while ignoring the causes and the calamity, as Hillary Clinton’s feckless proposal this week manages nicely.

You can see that play out in a recent spate of books by authors who want to normalize autism and make it seem, in the Church Lady’s word, so very special, as opposed to so very disastrous.

Thus in the new Smithsonian, John Donvan and Caren Zucker find a few pre-Civil War case descriptions that might include autistic features and conclude, “Still, the dominant narrative has been that real rates are going up, and the United States is in the midst of an autism ‘epidemic,’ even though most experts see that as a highly debatable proposition. Moreover, the 'epidemic' story has helped crystallize the notion that 'something must have happened' in the near past to cause autism in the first place. Most famously, some activists blamed modern vaccines—a now discredited theory.”

That paragraph shows the potency of the "no epidemic" premise -- no epidemic, no vaccine link to autism, no need to worry your pretty little head. 

So much for bad ideas. Now for the best one: Listen to the parents. After pondering the trajectory of autism and thinking about reader comments, I realized this is really the universal antidote to the “autism awareness” and “no epidemic” idiocy.

First of all, most parents don’t think autism is any kind of blessing. Discussing the book Neurotribes, “Greg” commented on AOA:

“Bad Idea number 15, the neuro-diversity movement and autism as a gift: It's a gift to be a non-verbal kid, past early childhood and still in diapers. And, if you're high functioning autistic adolescent, sitting at home on your butt, unemployed and waiting for your aging folks to look after you, your autism is also most definitely a gift.”

And “Reader” said:

“Stoopid idea number 7: Pretending that autism is a good thing as in Neurotribes. Yeah it's just great that 30% of people with autism communicate not at all or minimally, 82% unemployment for adult autists, high number wandering and drowning deaths relatively, high murder suicide rates. High numbers with sensory and pain issues. It's just f'g great.”

But the main reason to listen to parents is that they know what happened to their children. As The New York Times famously wrote: “On Autism’s Cause, It’s Parents Versus Research.” Yes, it is, and the steady drumbeat of parental testimony about vaccination, illness, regression and autism trumps the conflicted, contorted “research.”

As Sarah Bridges wrote in Spectrum magazine about RFK Jr.:  “In 2006, Kennedy wrote an article for Rolling Stone magazine called Deadly Immunity. The response to his piece was overwhelming: following the publication, Kennedy received thousands of letters and emails from all over the world. 'The astounding thing was how alike all of them were and that people from Mississippi to New Delhi shared such identical experiences. Here is the typical scenario I heard: A mother took her toddler to the doctor where he received a spate of vaccines, became ill that night, often with a fever, sometimes with seizures, then lost the language he had, developed stereotyped behavior and regressed into a looking-glass world of debilitated relationships and social isolation. Essentially,' Kennedy adds, 'their lives were plunged into unimaginable agony.' It seemed imperative to Kennedy to keep getting the story out to prevent the catastrophe from damaging other children.”

Not listening to parents unites mainstream media and medicine. Listening to them unites RFK Jr., this humble blog, Andy Wakefield and many others. In no other universe but Autism Denial would this kind of evidence be dismissed as mere "anecdote" and relegated to the dust bin, while CDC studies exonerating the MMR and thimerosal are treated as gospel.

Last week I wrote about my adventures in the 1970s as a young investigative reporter. I’m convinced, on the basis of long experience, that if journalists were as deaf to other concerns as they are to the reality of vaccine-driven autism epidemic, Richard Nixon would still be president (or something like that).  The idea that we needed to listen to our readers was drummed into us. The idea that doctors need to listen to their patients – and, as Andy puts it, “listen to the mother” when the patient is an infant – is still the best idea in medicine.

As commenter Ottoschnaut put it: “Bad Idea: 'Ignore the hundreds of thousands of first hand, eyewitness reports of parents who witnessed vaccine injury unfold in real time.'”

That, of course, is why the “discredited” vaccine-autism debate rolls on, because thousands of parents know exactly what happened, way too credible and way too many to silence with appeals to conflicted, self-interested, shoddy “research” that suggest ordinary people can’t be trusted, that wisdom belongs to the priestly class, in this case the medical, legal, and journalism establishments.

This can’t last forever, especially when the damage keeps rising at the rates we are seeing now -- at epidemic rates. Our main task is to find the most effective and direct and immediate ways to blast through this denial of the age of autism, help sick kids and share the truth with anyone willing to listen. More and more people are.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Current Affairs, Teresa Conrick

Parent of Severely Autistic Adult Daughter On Clinton Autism Plan

Hillary_clinton_puzzleBy Teresa Conrick

Last week, Hillary Clinton revealed that she had a big plan for Autism if she were to become President. The week before, she announced her goal was to help patients and their families affected by Alzheimer's.  

Here is her Autism plan :

1—  screening and diagnosis

2—  treatment

3—   services

4—   safety and legal protections for individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan

5—   steps to ensure they are treated with dignity

6—   partnerships to help them secure employment

7—   support for families and caregivers

8—  a commitment to increase research funding to deepen our understanding of autism.

You can read the details all over the internet but here is her official website.

There are good and not so good things listed.  For example:

Provide new support to caregivers. Clinton will provide new funds through the Developmental Disabilities Act to expand support for family members and other caregivers providing long-term care for those with autism and other disabilities. Title II of the Act authorizes competitive grants to states to foster a “statewide system of family support services for families of children with disabilities,” and Title III authorizes new funding to train and provide scholarships for caregiving and support workers. 

"Competitive grants,....training...scholarships" is that money to help pay for the monumental 24/7 care for MANY with an Autism diagnosis? 

or this on RESEARCH:

  • Significantly increase funding so that the government can invest more in autism research. Clinton recently announced the first phase of her plan to significantly increase government investment in biomedical research: her initiative to address Alzheimer’s disease. She will build on that initiative by increasing research funding across the board. This will make a vital difference for a range of autism-related research, from studies that improve the quality of patient services for people with autism, including participatory action research on subjects like employment and housing, to more basic research that identifies genetic markers, maps child brain development, and generates new insight into the workings of the central nervous system. This basic research will draw on work across sectors by building on what we are learning from bold new private and non-profit efforts on genetic mapping, including the MSSNG genome sequencing project and open data platform, the Simons Variations in Individuals Project (VIP), and the NIH Autism Sequencing Consortium, teaming up with their researchers to deepen our understanding of autism.

Are you kidding me?  MORE GENETIC research -- genetic markers, genetic mapping, genome sequencing?  And which experts did she consult for these ideas? There is not ONE item here related to the MICROBIOME or IMMUNE SYSTEM the most significant area in both Autism and Alzheimer's.  

Here, the Washington Post reports that "Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, said he welcomes Clinton's plan, especially its focus on solving problems faced by adults with autism."  That's great and there are many references to aiding the adults who want and need housing and employment.  That is important and I support that as well, BUT comments like these from ASAN detour important studies on PREVENTION and TREATMENTS for those severely stricken:

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Anne Dachel

Forbes' Lipson Goes After Brownstein, Who Responds.

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By Anne Dachel

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Pharma-friendly Forbes (Dr. Peter Lipson) is on the attack.  Dr. David Brownstein is in their sights.  The media likes to pretend that doctors like Brownstein and dozens more we know don't really exist, so for the most part, they're ignored. 

Forbes/Lipson has gone after a number of doctors, including Dr. Bob Sears, in the past. (Feb 2014)

Lipson also made a strange reference to Nazi eugenics experiments in a story criticizing Dr. Wakefield in 2014.
This latest coverage is because Dr. Brownstein is not a shrinking violet on the vaccine issue. 

See my past coverage on Brownstein:

Sept 2015 Interview with Dr. Brownstein: Thoughts on CDC

Aug 2015 Open Letter to Michigan Congresswoman

This all started when Dr. Brownstein wrote No Vaccines? No Camp For You! on Dec. 31, 2015.  This piece outlined Brownstein's objections to a vaccine mandate in order to go to summer camp.  Forbes published a critique of Brownstein, and incredibly, it ignored the concerns that were expressed in Brownstein's article. 

I asked Dr. Brownstein for a response to what Peter Lipson wrote about him..  Here Brownstein comments on the charges Lipson made against him (in italics below):

Dr. David Brownstein is a family doctor whose “goal is to inform the world about the power of holistic health solutions,” whatever that might mean. Yesterday he posted a dangerous and poorly-informed piece on his website. First a bit of cultural background.

Dr. Brownstein practices in the heart of Michigan’s Jewish community. Among American Jews, summer camping has been an important part of childhood for nearly a century. In the early part of the 20th century, it was felt that city children would benefit greatly from exposure to nature. Jews were not allowed to attend most camps and started their own. The tradition has remained strong.

I spend a week every summer helping to keep an eye on the kids at one such camp. During the flu epidemic of 2008–09, I watched as dozens of kids came down with a new flu strain, one for which a shot had not yet been developed. It was a frightening lesson in what can happen in unvaccinated populations. Thankfully, the strain wasn’t deadly in this population. Among the hardest hit were pregnant women.

Still, it did put a damper on the summer for many kids. Last winter, another in which we had a flu strain not well-covered by the vaccine, I lost nearly half-a-dozen patients. All were elderly, and really didn’t stand much of a chance. But if the people around them had been immune they might have lived through the winter never knowing what might have happened.

Brownstein: Dr. Lipson must be poorly informed here as there has not been a single flu vaccine—and the flu vaccine has been around for over 70 years–that has been shown to work for the elderly.  In the best of the flu studies (which are hard to find), the efficacy for younger people is around 7-10%.  That means the vaccine fails nearly all the elderly and fails around 90% of younger subjects.  Dr. Lipson might want to review the research on the flu vaccine for the elderly.  A 2005 study of a 33-season national data set found the “…national influenza mortality rate among seniors increased in the 1980s and 1990s as the senior vaccination coverage quadrupled.” (Arch. Int. Med.  2005;165:265-272).   A 2012 systemic review found the original recommendation to vaccinate the elderly was made without data for vaccine efficacy or effectiveness. (Lancet Infect. Dis.  2012;12:36-44).  Nothing much has changed since then.  And, injecting the elderly with mercury?  Nonsense. More about that later.

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Acetominophen Use During Pregnancy Associated with Increased Autism Risk in Danish Study

Tylenol-shelfHere's a study that readers will find interesting as the "genetic" epidemic rages on.

ABSTRACT  
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26688372

Acetaminophen (paracetamol) is the most commonly used pain and fever medication during pregnancy. Previously, a positive ecological correlation between acetaminophen use and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has been reported but evidence from larger studies based on prospective data is lacking. We followed 64,322 children and mothers enrolled in the Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC; 1996-2002) for average 12.7 years to investigate whether acetaminophen use in pregnancy is associated with increased risk of ASD in the offspring. Information on acetaminophen use was collected prospectively from three computer-assisted telephone interviews. We used records from the Danish hospital and psychiatric registries to identify diagnoses of ASD. At the end of follow up, 1,027 (1.6%) children were diagnosed with ASD, 345 (0.5%) with infantile autism. We found that 31% of ASD (26% of infantile autism) have also been diagnosed with hyperkinetic disorders. More than 50% women reported ever using acetaminophen in pregnancy. We used Cox proportional hazards model to estimate hazard ratio (HR) and 95% confident interval (CI). Prenatal use of acetaminophen was associated with an increased risk of ASD accompanied by hyperkinetic symptoms (HR = 1.51 95% CI 1.19-1.92), but not with other ASD cases (HR = 1.06 95% CI 0.92-1.24). Longer duration of use (i.e., use for >20 weeks in gestation) increased the risk of ASD or infantile autism with hyperkinetic symptoms almost twofold. Maternal use of acetaminophen in pregnancy was associated with ASD with hyperkinetic symptoms only, suggesting acetaminophen exposure early in fetal life may specifically impact this hyperactive behavioral phenotype. Autism Res 2015. © 2015 International Society for Autism Research, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26688372

2008 ad spending on Tylenol by Johnson and Johnson: $152,000,000 (Fierce Pharma)

What Won't the Makers of Tylenol Do to Protect Their Iconic Painkiller?

In September of 2015 we ran a post
Tylenol, Inflammation and Autism by Dr. William Parker.  Tylenol has had a storied history - due to a tampering scandal decades ago.  

Current Affairs

Research on Autism Still Missing the Forest For The Trees

Blue forestBy  David Foster

January 5, 2016

Autism Speaks recently posted an article titled "Evidence that brain-chemical imbalance drives autism symptoms" which discusses a new study published in the journal Current Biology: "Reduced GABAergic Action in the Autistic Brain". This is an important study as it is the first to demonstrate a link between severity of autistic symptoms and reduced action of the neurotransmitter GABA in humans. GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter and several studies have found strong evidence of its association with autism, one finding reduced GABA receptor subunits in post-mortem tissue of autistic brains, and another finding disrupted GABAergic signaling in mouse models of autism (references).

Typically a finding like this would not only help us develop new methods for treating individuals with the disorder in question, it could also help us understand what might be causing the disorder in the first place. One would hope that research efforts would be motivated by both of these goals.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Caroline Robertson, is quoted in the Autism Speaks article as saying We want to see more research bridging the gap between animal and human research on autistic neurobiology, with the aim of developing new medications to ease symptoms in people disabled by the condition”.

One out of two is pretty good, at least in baseball.

If we were talking about any disorder other than autism, the next logical question the researchers -- and advocacy groups like Autism Speaks -- would be asking would be: “What could possibly cause this reduced GABA activity in the autistic brain”? If a researcher can suggest biologically plausible cause(s) that only servers to bolster their findings, and researchers do love to bolster their findings.

So why is there no discussion of what could possibly be causing this reduced GABA signaling in the autistic brain? Developing treatments for autism is a worthy goal, but shouldn’t we also be looking for ways to prevent new cases of autism?

Researchers and many advocacy groups like Autism Speaks cannot see the forest for the trees when it comes to discussing causes of autism, especially any possible association with vaccines.

Earth to Autism Speaks...mercury targets GABA receptors in the brain.

You know, mercury. Or more specifically, the ethylmercury which comprises roughly 50% of the preservative thimerosal which is still being injected in significant amounts into infants, children and pregnant women on a regular basis. There have been at least two studies showing that mercury interacts with GABA receptors (see here and here). Both studies looked at methylmercury and mercuric chloride, which does limit how their results can be interpreted for ethylmercury. Furthermore, the second study actually found conflicting results for the two compounds, showing that different mercury compounds can indeed have different effects.

So this begs the question, has ethylmercury itself been found to negatively impact GABA signaling? Why yes it has, see: Intermingled modulatory and neurotoxic effects of thimerosal and mercuric ions on electrophysiological responses to GABA and NMDA in hippocampal neurons.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: WaPo Should Ask Hard Questions of Clinton

Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Hillary Clinton has announced her plan to deal with the autism epidemic. It's being reported by the major news outlets.  Here are two examples.

It would be nice if the reporter at the Washington Times took the time to look up the facts on autism.  In 2010, the rate was one in every 110 children, not one in 68.  One in 68 was announced in 2014.  (And does the ever-increasing numbers bother anyone at the Times?)

Clinton tells us that there are 'millions of Americans with autism.'  She seems onboard with the idea that all Americans share the same rate of autism, yet the Washington Post reports that she does see autism as a critical issue.  In New Hampshire on Sunday she talked about finding the cause and preventing autism.

...Sunday, in response to a question from the mother of a teen child with autism, Clinton noted that the increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism is a problem that should be taken seriously.

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John Stone

Bexsero: More Questions for the British and Scottish Governments Over Vaccine Committee Chair

Pollardandrew2.previewBy John Stone

Further evidence has come to light relating to the UK government vaccine committee chair, Prof Andrew Pollard, and the controversial Meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero, which the committee recommended for use in February 2014 . A document from the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFC) assessing the impact of scientific research projects stresses the key role of Prof Pollard in the development of meningitis vaccines and Bexsero in particular - and the product was founded on Prof Pollard's patents.The document states:

Underpinning research:

Meningococcal disease is the leading infectious cause of death in children in the UK, and its prevention is a major objective of the Oxford Vaccine Group, directed by Professor Andrew Pollard. During the period from 2001-2013 more than 10,000 volunteers were enrolled in clinical studies in Oxford, mainly children, and the research provided new insight into the design, development and evaluation of novel vaccines for meningitis and specifically meningococcal disease.

Clinical Trials of New Meningitis Vaccines

The University of Oxford has been at the forefront of the evaluation of novel meningitis candidates in infants and young children. The first global clinical trials in infants of a quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine (MenACYW, Menveo, Novartis vaccines)…, a combination Haemophilus influenza type -serogroup C meningococcal vaccine (Menitorix, GSK vaccines)…and the first trials of the leading serogroup B meningococcal candidate vaccine (MenB, Bexsero, Novartis vaccines)…were undertaken in Oxford and Professor Pollard was the chief investigator for the pan-European phase 3 study of theMenB vaccine (1,885 infants enrolled)... These studies showed that the vaccines were safe and highly immunogenic in infants and toddlers. Oxford researchers have alsoled the development of novel vaccine candidates for the prevention of serogroup B meningococcal disease.

Regarding the meningitis B research the document records:

Studies on serogroup B meningococcal vaccines have led to major media interest following conference presentations of trials conducted in Oxford including numerous newspaper reports, front page coverage by the Independent (2008), Daily Mail and extensive BBC News reporting. The first infant studies of a new serogroup B vaccine (Bexsero) were conducted in Oxford and have been extensively cited. Professor Pollard was asked to give evidence to the World Health Organization in April 2011 on serogroup B meningococcal vaccine... In addition, the first phase 3 infant study in Europe, led by Oxford University investigators, assembled with data from other global studies, led to licensure of the vaccine by the European Medicines Agency in early 2013. A recommendation in the UK for use of the vaccine among high risk groups and laboratory workers has been made.., and its routine use for children is being considered by the Department of Health…The design and development of new vaccines for serogroup B meningococcus by Oxford University have led to a number of patents on the candidate vaccines (based on various surface proteins including Opa, PorAm and FetA), which provide a licensing position for the University as these vaccines progress through early phase clinical trials.

Conduct of Trials:

Studies on plain polysaccharide meningococcal and pneumococcal vaccines provided the first direct demonstration that these vaccines do not induce memory B cells, explaining the phenomenon of hyporesponsiveness (where “booster” doses of vaccines do not induce an immune response). This led to a change in policy for vaccine trials, which had previously used plain polysaccharides to test immunological memory. This outcome was cited in a commentary from Novartis Vaccines in 2009.

A web-search brings up four relevant patents in which Prof Pollard is named with co-inventors Martin Maiden and Ian Feavers . In two cases the patents also mention Isis Innovations Ltd, in one case as applicant and in the other as assignee – Isis Innovations is a subsidiary of the University of Oxford  .

Prof Pollard was appointed to the chairmanship of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in October 2013. The JCVI is the body that recommends vaccines inclusion in the schedule, and is equivalent to the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

The Oxford Vaccine Group, of which Pollard is Director is sub-division of the Jenner Institute, another Oxford body and charitable trust founded in 2005. In the minutes of the very same meeting in which the JCVI under Prof Pollard’s chairmanship agreed to recommend Bexsero we can also read:

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Anne Dachel

2016 Election: Hillary Clinton and the Third Rail of Vaccination

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By Anne Dachel

Hillary Clinton just announced that she has a plan to address autism and the specifics will be revealed next week.  C-SPAN.org

In 2008 she said she was 'committed' to finding the cause of autism.  She called for investigating environmental causes, including vaccines.  She said she wanted mercury out of vaccines.

This week in New Hampshire she called for support for autistic children and their families.  She didn't talk about finding the cause of autism.  She cited an autism rate of one in every 68 children, seemingly unaware of the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in November that put the rate at one in every 45 children in the U.S.

Back in 2008, when Clinton said she wanted to find the cause of autism, the rate was one in every 150 children.  Today, when the numbers are much worse, she doesn't seem interested in why it's happening to so many American children.

Back in 2008, when asked about a vaccinated, unvaccinated study, Clinton said it would be a good idea.  Today, it never comes up as Democrats push legislation to end philosophical exemptions and insure there won't be a significant group of unvaccinated children to study.

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Anne Dachel

Questions About Autism Action for Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton

Hillary KidsNote:  As we enter Primary Election Season, we'll be writing about (and to) all of the candidates. Below, Anne Dachel expands upon an interview to add more pressing questions about the autism epidemic. Questions it's likely that no candidate will want to address.

By Anne Dachel

Andrew Wakefield made some very important comments during his talk in early Dec, 2015 in Green Bay, WI. 

Besides giving us shocking statistics on how autism will bankrupt this country while officials look on unconcerned, he announced a documentary that he's been working on to be released in April, right in time to be an issue in the 2016 presidential election.  It will cover the fraud and cover-up on the part of government officials concerning vaccines and autism.

(And how could a disorder affecting 2 percent of U.S. children with no known cause or cure not be a worthy subject for the candidates?)

Here is what Hillary Clinton had to say about autism on Dec 29

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, spoke at a town hall meeting about developmental disabilities and autism. December 29, 2015 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

When a young audience member asked about her plans for dealing with those disabled with autism, this was Clinton's three minute response:

Great question.  ....I was very proud that the United States became the first nation in the world to open schools to people with disabilities.  ....I worked on that when I was with the Children's Defense Fund, and we went door-to-door asking people, "Do you have a school-age child not in school?" 

We found blind kids, kids in wheelchairs, and kids with behavioral problems, and then gave all that data to the Congress.  The Congress acted and schools were opened, and then the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed--another great accomplishment, a bi-partisan accomplishment, that really made a huge difference.  So now we have to do more to make sure we provide supportive housing, that we support families.  The biggest concern people talk to me about when they have children with disabilities, in particular autism, is, what happens when they're no longer there to take care of their children and how will that work out.

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Cathy Jameson

Dear Hillary, Can We Talk?

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By Cathy Jameson

I saw a teaser from Bloomberg Politics last week while we were visiting family on Christmas vacation. I tried to stay away from the news and relax, but when I saw that autism was mentioned in the headline, I took a minute to find a quiet place to read the link.

The link truly was a tease! Very little information was offered, but as the parent of a child with autism, I’m very much looking forward to reading what the former Secretary of State has to say. I’ll readily admit, though, that as the parent of a child with autism—whose autism is a result of childhood vaccines, I am hesitant to get too excited about the plan that Mrs. Clinton is about to unveil.

Clinton, currently a presidential candidate, was quick to point out in early 2015 that she, a grandmother of one, knows best about vaccines. As the mother of five, whose two sons were adversely affected by vaccines, I beg to differ.

I could be wrong, but with her past statement, I don’t believe that Mrs. Clinton is ready to fully support me or my son with autism.

For many parents, we clearly know that vaccines and autism went hand in hand – and not in a good way. Unless her plan includes preventing autism, which means also addressing the out-of-control vaccine schedule, I don’t hold out too much hope that her autism plan will be more than be a nice gesture.

CJ 1 3 HillaryI am tired about hearing that we should be doing something about autism and would rather actually do something about the disorder. I’d rather not wait for another “Autism President” to talk about a plan that will go nowhere. That said, I fully support what other people are saying we need to do about autism. Lisa Wiederlight’s recent proposal to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC),  a federal autism advisory committee, was spot on.  I can get behind her plan and hope that others, including Mrs. Clinton, will as well.

Wiederlight, Executive Director of SafeMinds and parent of a teenager on the autism spectrum – and someone who I can identify with, recommended creating four working groups, including one that sounds similar to one of the bullet points mentioned in the Bloomberg link – to provide support for parents/caregivers.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Yes, It’s a Conspiracy.

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Back in the 1970s when I started as a full-time journalist, I covered the usual beats – police, fire, the courts, city hall, in my hometown on Danville, Ill. (That's me in a contemporary rendering from, gosh, 40 years ago this new year.)

I’d show up at what we called “the cop shop” at about a quarter to seven in the morning, copy down arrest reports, make the other rounds and then go back and write them up for that afternoon’s paper. If I had time and the cops were in the mood, I’d check in with them on what was going on. There was one detective who always seemed to know. On his office wall, although I didn’t focus on it at the time, was a dollar bill that had been cut up in small pieces and reassembled in the shape of a question mark.

One day, someone came to us and told an amazing story, one that was kind of hard to believe. He said that earlier in the decade, a number of police officers, some of who were still there, had been involved in a burglary ring. They would break in somewhere – backing their cruiser through the bay of an auto body shop, say, or busting out the glass in the door of a drugstore. They’d take what they wanted, and then they’d call in the incident. So not only would they get the dough, or the bottle of Scotch, or the new car battery, they’d get the credit for discovering the break-in.

This was interesting -- in fact, it was sensational -- but how would you prove it, especially at this late date? That’s when “the source” said something that really made me pay attention: One detective who knew about the burglary ring found a way to remind everyone of it, he said. That detective took a dollar that he suspected had been stolen in one of the break-ins, cut it into small pieces, made it into a question mark, framed it and put it on his office wall. Suddenly, I realized he was telling the truth.

I went back and looked at what, if anything, had been written at the time about suspicions that the cops were crooks. The only thing I found was an editorial – from my own paper! – saying that murmurs that some cops were doing bad things were scurrilous, and if anyone had information to the contrary, they should come forward.

It’s a long story, but based on information we developed from this new source, a grand jury convened, called witnesses including the cops under oath, and issued a report. The report named officers who participated in the burglaries – one category – or who knew and had a duty to report it – a second category. The statute of limitations had expired, but the naming and shaming was a necessary purgative, since some of these names were still police officers. It needed to be known.

The upshot: Sometimes, “conspiracy theories” are true. Sometimes, the bad guys get away with it, abetted by the idea that such a claim seems so unlikely and so unfair to those who put their lives on the line every day.

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Now let’s talk about autism. We’ve been publishing articles and comments lately about bad ideas that perpetuate the autism epidemic, and one of them is that a vaccines-autism link is a “conspiracy theory,” end of discussion. Daily Kos, as I’ve written, called it a CT and won’t let in any such comments. The idea that vaccine safety concerns are just a fancy name for "anti-vaccine" and are kooky has really become a meme.

This meme links vaccine-autism concerns, 9/11 trutherism and Sandy-Hook-never-happened into one big lump and expect those of us concerned about vaccine safety to try to explain how we got such a crazy collection of counter-factual ideas.

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Teresa Conrick

Then Shall The Eyes of The Blind

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The video below is not from this holiday time but rather from my daughter, Megan's, past March birthday. She is happy and pain- free in it but there are other days when she is agitated with distressing physical discomfort.   Look at her wrist and you will see bite marks. Meg turned 22 and is now an adult in the world of severe autism.




I bought her the special chair swing as she would no longer have access to the M-F Occupational and Recreational Therapy swings and sensory rooms from her excellent school, specifically tailored for children with an Autism diagnosis. If you listen to the background music, you will hear Handel's Messiah, a Christmas favorite for me, and also for Meg who is nonverbal. She listens to The Messiah before, after and of course, during the Christmas season, which translates basically into all year.  I realized that one of her favorite songs was Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind (soprano recitation) as she will often repeat playing it over and over on the CD player.  You can read the words below and listen here  . 

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing. (Isaiah 35:5-6)

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Happy New Year: What's In Store for Autism?

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All of us at Age of Autism wish you a very Happy New Year.  2016 is an election year in America. Will our new president finally take a long, hard look at the autism epidemic and both help those who are affected here and now and stem the tide of neurological injury that results in the diagnosis?  We wonder if pharma will continue to enjoy its position of privilege and protection of any real scrutiny.

No matter what Santa brought families, we know that our needs are real and urgent.  Education. Housing. Personal safety. Employment. Medical care. Treatment. We're a greedy lot, aren't we?

As our kids age into adulthood, we're learning to merge "communities," to achieve our goals.   Together, we're a powerful voting constituency even where we differ on individual topics.  

We'll continue you to bring you the news and views throughout the year.

Send us your submissions: Olmsted.Dan@gmail.com, and we'll review them for possible publication.

Thank you for your donations, we appreciate your support.

Happy New Year!

Dan, Mark and Kim and the AofA team

Anne Dachel

Leadership & Longevity 2015 - Dr. Andrew Wakefield

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This hour and a half talk by Dr. Andrew Wakefield was given in Wisconsin on Dec 2, 2015. 

This is Wakefield at his best and well worth watching.  He gives a brilliant rundown on the present state of the vaccine controversy in America and he describes the ominous future we face if things do not change.   This is both a medical crisis and a human rights issue. 

The forces we are up against are enormous and incredibly well-financed.  The power and control of the pharmaceutical industry matters more to elected officials than the welfare of their constituents.  These forces also control the media.  Most Americans have no idea that this horrific fraud is happening right before their eyes. 

Wakefield covers recent events, namely William Thompson, the CDC whistleblower, and how a measles outbreak linked to Disneyland led to the end of vaccine choice in California.   Using the story of the MMR study cover-up and the revelation of a whistleblower scientist at Merck, he tells his audience how to fight vaccine mandate legislation and win. 

I summarized and quoted what Andy said during his talk. I'm sure you'll agree that he is a courageous and outstanding voice in a sea of silence, and his efforts will not be in vain. 

--Anne Dachel

Watch Dr. Andrew Wakefield discuss the widely controversial topic of vaccine health in his "CDC Whistleblower" presentation at the Leadership & Longevity 2015 Conference, Green Bay, WI, Dec 2, 2015.

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Introduction: "Just imagine that you were doing what you loved and what happens is all the world starts to criticize you.  Could any of you guys handle that?  This has been this guy's life for the last decade. . . . "

Andrew Wakefield: "...When a government subverts the rights of the individuals that it is sworn to serve, ...when those are superseded by special interests, by serving corporations, particularly the pharmaceutical industry, over and above the well-being of the citizens who put them in place, then that republic has come to an end."

Speaking on the explosion in the autism rate and what it means for the future of our county, Wakefield said, "This trend is continuing and there is no sign whatsoever that it will abate."

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Surprise - Cornell is taking the GMO Safety Debate to a new level!

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Something important just happened at Cornell's Alliance for Science, writes Steven M. Druker. Long known as a keen promoter of genetic engineering, the organization has experienced a profound change of direction. Its new director, Sarah Davidson Evanega, has opened an inclusive scientific dialogue on the safety of GMO crops. Who says it's all 'over'?

Surprisingly, the Cornell Alliance for Science, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and strongly promotes genetically engineered (GE) crops, does not seem to share the narrow-minded attitude regularly expressed by one of its chief spokespersons.

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Julie Obradovic

More Bad Ideas that Triggered the Autism Epidemic (Plus Two Good Ones!)

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Editor's Note -- this week I wrote an article about Six Bad Ideas that led to the autism epidemic, and encouraged other suggestions. Here, Julie Obradovic -- an AOA Contributing Editor of Long Standing -- offers hers. -- Dan Olmsted

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Bad idea #6: Take the most poisonous toxin mankind will likely ever come in contact with and use it as or in medicine for over 500 years.

Bad idea #7: Believe that if you can just get the right form of this toxin in the right amount administered the right way you can harness the poison to kill the bad but not hurt the good without any evidence of that ever being possible.

Bad idea #8: Synthesize it to a new even more toxic manmade form for the purpose of warfare and when that doesn't work out, commercialize it for use on seeds, lumber, and in biologics without any regulators to check for the safety (or sanity) of this practice.

Bad idea #9: Grandfather it into use after the regulators come around still without testing it.

Bad idea #10: Keep it in biologics for decades after being banned for use on seeds and lumber because oops...it's too toxic.

Bad idea #11: Accidentally triple its amount and move up its exposure date to the day of birth (and in the womb for some).

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