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Best of AofA: Tics and Toxins Just Before Mystery Illnesses Hit Leroy NY, School Built New Playing Fields

Leroy welcomeNote: Throughout the month we are reprising some of our series. Below is the 3rd part of Dan Olmsted's Tics and Toxins series from 2012, which followed an outbreak of illness among high school aged females in LeRoy, NY.

By Dan Olmsted

LEROY, N.Y., January 30 -- New playing fields, including one for girls' softball, were completed the year before the outbreak of tics and other ailments began afflicting girls at Leroy Junior/Senior High School.

Aerial photographs compiled by the Genesee County assessments office clearly show the construction in progress in 2009, here:

Leroy 2009 AgeofAutism

The 2010 photo shows the completed fields, here:

  Leroy 2010

The smaller field to the immediate left of the school is the girls' softball field, according to a former student at the school. All but one of the students affected so far are girls. There are unconfirmed reports that one boy was also stricken.

School officials said earlier this month that two reports they commissioned of indoor air quality and mold had ruled out any environmental cause. New York Health Department officials concurred and a spokesman told me last week, "The school is safe." Most of the girls were diagnosed at a Buffalo neurological clinic with "conversion disorder," in which psychological stress or trauma is supposedly converted into physical symptoms that clusters of people can display at the same time.

But parents and the girls themselves have rejected that diagnosis, and other theories have been advanced; school officials now say they are ordering another round of tests. I reported last week that the first testing did not include any outside areas of the school grounds, except for reviewing school pesticide logs. Because those logs were in order, environmental factors outside the school building were ruled out. State health officials also say no infectious agent was involved.

But in any investigation of a new illness, the question of what's new in the environment -- from medicines a person is taking, to places they have been, to changes in where and how they live -- needs to be ruled out first.

Building ballfields within the past two years certainly qualifies as new. That could hypothetically create new risks, either from stirring up toxins such as pesticides on the site, or importing materials such as fill or sod that was previously contaminated. New attention has been given to a railroad derailment several miles away in 1970 that spilled both cyanide and TCE, a highly toxic manufacturing agent. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich has suggested that the school site was contaminated by runoff from that incident, or that dirt from that area was used to construct the school in the early 2000s.

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Cathy Jameson

Adding Insult to (Vaccine) Injury

Ronan 1By Cathy Jameson

Adding insult to injury…vaccine injury that is. 

If you’ve followed our story, you know that my son, Ronan, was vaccine injured several years ago.  I fully accept that I didn’t know everything that I should have known about vaccines when Ronan was a baby.  Had I known more then, I do believe that his life would be a lot different now. 

What is life like for Ronan now? 

Ronan is almost 12 years old and is non-verbal.  He is in diapers.  He cannot take care of himself.  He is prone to wander.  He has seizures.  And he has regressive autism.  I know that I cannot erase what happened to Ronan.  I know that I should keep my eyes focused on the future instead.  But because of what happened to Ronan all those years ago, and how what happened to him continues to affect him and his future, ignoring the past is not possible. 

Before I catch you up on the latest insult we’re dealing with, a few words about vaccine injury and why it’s the gift that keeps on giving. 

Vaccine injury and adverse effects from vaccinations are nothing new.  It’s just that that information isn’t broadcasted as much as it should be.  Vaccine side effects include, but are not limited to: 

Swelling at injection site

Rash

Fatigue

Headache

Nausea

Chills

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Fever

Seizures

Autism

Guillaine-Barre Syndrome

Brain swelling

Shock

Anaphylaxis

Cardiac arrest

Ataxia

Drowsiness

Insomnia

Narcolepsy

Myalgia

Arthralgia

Urticarial

Edema

Upper respiratory tract infection

Diarrhea

Paralysis

Infertility

Death

Pretty scary list, huh?

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: The Bullies Within

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Among the too-small group actively working to end the damage caused by the current vaccine schedule, some spend their time trying to make that group smaller still. If you believe, say, that the main task is to get mercury out of the flu shot; or that promoting a more selective schedule could significantly reduce morbidity and mortality; or that preserving choice is the heart of the matter – well, you risk being run out of Autism Town if that doesn't happen to be their agenda du jour.

It’s their way or the highway, preferably underneath a Mack truck -- a Mack truck that backs over you (and your little dog, too) several times.  

I know people who have been slapped down hard by our own side because they said they might consider even one vaccine for their child out of the 16 now recommended by the CDC. One? Heresy! Or because they said that thimerosal in the flu shot is an outrage, but they are not taking a position on vaccines in general – or, God forbid, that they even support them. Smite them with thy staves, ye righteous ones! 

Different approaches and priorities can lead to disagreements within activist communities, and that’s fine. There’s room for that within the broad coalition that believes autism is a man-made, vaccine-driven epidemic, and may the best tactics and strategies prevail. But these people descend like Hitchcock’s screeching birds at the least sign of ideological impurity. This week AOA got an e-mail from someone who likes to call themselves “Censored” because we don’t publish every nasty thing they say – I call that Editing. In fact, I got so tired of them (see why below) that now I won’t print anything they write, which is my prerogative because I'm the Editor and that’s what I do – I Edit. Let them create their own blog and ban me!

Last week when I announced our successful matching fundraising campaign and thanked the community, Censored snickered: “If your community support is as strong as you claim, you'd have no need to censor dissenting views within the community. You'd have the confidence to post them. But it's doubtful AoA can withstand or even survive criticism. So you eliminate it.” And then comes the threat: “That won’t be possible on Amazon.”

Censored Comment

Say what? Well, Mark Blaxill and I have a book coming out next month called Vaccines 2.0 (it went to press Friday – yay!) that is subtitled, “A Careful Parent’s Guide To Making Safe Vaccine Choices For Your Family.” We labored on this for over a year, and we developed our own Reward-Risk Rating for each vaccine; parents can refer to it as they make their own choices – note well, their own choices. And their choice might be not vaccinating at all, an option to which we give considerable and respectful attention. The book opens and closes, in fact, with a father who decided not to vaccinate his daughter.

No matter. Censored is already foaming at the mouth to start trashing our book on Amazon without our hateful censorship – sight unseen, of course. “I hope your safety claims and recommendations are well supported,” they wrote. “It's hard to imagine how any infant vaccine can be justified based on a risk vs. benefit analysis.” So we are on notice that a book that by any reasonable standard is exceptionally hard on vaccines will be under attack from our own side for its ideological impurity. Oh, great.

And, oh, the injustice – we chose not to publish this comment on AOA! I mean, does cluttering up a comment thread with obscure threats regarding a book not yet published that is deeply embedded in the autism activism community further any useful mission? Uh, no. Intent is everything, and over time people reveal what they are really all about. A few months back they sent an e-mail saying we at AOA “promote an agenda that will not end the [autism] epidemic ASAP - but will prolong it. … Hope you can wash off the blood on your hands.”

Perhaps you see why I'd had enough. Blood on our hands? Yikes, that’s what the other side says. Those who choose to harass and insult others within our small, striving community just because they  disagree can go elsewhere and post to their merry little hearts’ content – and they can expect me to call them out for what they are: Bullies.

--

Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Peds Respecting Parental Choice

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Dec 3, 2014, Pasadena, CA 89.3 KPCC: Doctors bend vaccination schedule for shot-wary parents

People tend to think there are two camps in the fight over vaccinations: Those who are pro-vaccines, and those who are opposed to them.

But there's a large group of parents in the middle: They want to vaccinate their children, but on a schedule different from the one recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In some cases their doctors are accommodating them, just to ensure that the children will eventually get all of the required immunizations.  

Santa Monica pediatrician Dr. Marcy Hardart says about one out of every five families she sees asks to delay the vaccination schedule.

"'It seems like it's too much too soon,'" Hardart says parents tell her.  "'Can't we start later?'" she says they ask. "'Do we have to do all of them at once? Can we spread them out?'"

It's a predicament for pediatricians like Hardart. They fully support the CDC's recommended vaccination schedule (which is also backed by the American Academies of Pediatrics and Family Physicians). But because they want to see kids fully vaccinated, more and more doctors are complying with families' requests, and bending the recommended vaccination schedule. . . .

The CDC schedule recommends babies receive six vaccinations when they're two months old.

But Brentwood pediatrician Dr. Samina Taha says the vast majority of the families she sees don't want their children to get that many shots at one time. . . .

While the typical pediatrician may not recognize anything is wrong with the explosion in children who can't learn, can't behave and can't communicate like typical kids (along with the ones with diabetes, seizure disorder, bowel disease, asthma and allergies) parents are scared.  We have the most vaccinated kids on the planet and some of the sickest and most disabled.  Doctors simply close their eyes to the reality that countless kids start out perfectly healthy and then fall apart. 

The article doesn't say, but I suspect that the parents who are the most concerned about schedule are the ones with the most education and the ones who've taken the time to investigate this issue for themselves.  It's a simple fact that so much information is available online.  There are sites like the National Vaccine Information Center.

Try Googling "vaccines side effects."  Look at what comes up: Mercola, Generation Rescue, and a PBS interview with Dr. Bob Sears!

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Anne Dachel

Dr. Stephanie Seneff: Senior MIT Research Scientist, on Vaccine Safety.

Stephanie-seneffBy Anne Dachel

For those who would think that all we need to do is remove the mercury or separate the MMR into three vaccines, senior MIT researcher Dr. Stephanie Seneff makes it clear that the vaccine issue is much more complicated than thimerosal and live viruses. 

I first learned about Dr. Seneff last summer when I read the story, Warning: Half of all Children Will Have Autism by 2025 

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, research scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), made a dire prediction earlier this month during an event sponsored by the Groton Wellness organization. She said, "At today's rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic."

Seneff was leading a presentation that showed a strong correlation between the increased use of Roundup starting in the early 1990's and the rising number of autism diagnoses over the past three decades. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 children were diagnosed with autism. The current rate is 1 in 68, and it shows no sign of slowing down.

We are now quite used to the stunning increases in the autism rate, announced every couple of years, usually just before the media reporting frenzy during April, Autism Awareness Month, when we annually light the world up in blue and pretend that a debilitating disorder when no known cause or cure is something to celebrate.  Each and every increase is accompanied by some official solemnly assuring us that they're not sure if THIS INCREASE really means more children have autism.  No one ever questions the numbers or the willingness of everyone--the medical community, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and mainstream news outlets--to leave autism as some curious puzzle we just can't figure out yet.  There is never a demand for answers.  Never any alarm. 

When I read Dr. Seneff's prediction, I was stunned.  How much worse could things get?  This was certainly something that officials and doctors couldn't ignore. 

Incredibly Seneff's autism forecast didn't make the network news nor was there a New York Times headline: MIT Professor Warns 50 Percent of Children With Autism by 2025. 

There were autism websites that reported on the announcement, along with a story in Psychology Today called,  Autism Apocalypse by 2025?--What would happen if the prediction by MIT scientist Stephanie Seneff came true?  

This piece was by Amy S.F. Lutz who seemed to understand that this was, in her words, "a truly terrifying forecast."  Lutz noted that Seneff's background is electrical engineering and computer science, not medicine.  According to Lutz, the fact that Seneff is "still actively arguing that vaccines cause autism, a theory that has been repeatedly discredited through multiple studies published in peer reviewed journals" also lessened her credibility.  

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - Understanding the Enemy

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

I spent last weekend reading Sharyl Attkisson's wonderful new book, Stonewalled - My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harrassment in Obama's Washington and I couldn't help but hear echoes of the plight of Dr. Judy Mikovits that we detailed in our book, PLAGUE.

To hear Attkisson tell it, there has been a gradual erosion, not just of our civil liberties, but of the media appetite to challenge powerful entities.  These entities could be a rich corporate sponsor who pays for advertising on the station or a federal government which seems to grow not just more powerful, but also more unaccountable.  It makes me think that those of us in the autism and ME/CFS communities are simply a part of a much larger story, and that our efforts should be centered around finding similar groups which have been marginalized because it served certain corporate or governmental interests.

I want to quote from a section near the end of Attkisson's book and a conversation she had with one of her long-time friends in journalism, David Kirby (author of Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy) about what has been happening over the past several years.

"I couldn't wait," says Kirby, speaking of Obama being elected president in 2008.

A "new era" was being ushered in.  At last the GOP was out, and a new era of transparency was about to begin.  He was the real deal, a Constitutional scholar who understood the fundamental importance of basic freedoms - the right to information and accountability, for example - to our democracy and its vaunted promise of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Then I tried to get information out of this new gang.

The first six months of 2009 was a daily lesson in rejection, frustration, and anger.  I could not get any information out of anyone - not the USDA, not the EPA, and certainly not the White House.  FOIA requests, the few that were actually fulfilled, came back with up to 90% of the text "redacted," blacked out like an angry child had taken an extra-wide Sharpie to the pages.

Attkisson goes onto report Kirby's disillusionment with trying to investigate important stories, which eventually caused him to realize he needed to write his own book about the subject.

The most shocking thing I found in researching Dr. Mikovits' story was the violation of the most basic standards of science and open investigation by forces that were opposed to her work.  It was just like Kirby getting a document from the government that had 90% of the text "redacted."  How is that transparency?  And in the way Dr. Mikovits was treated by many of the most powerful people in research I found myself asking, how is this science?

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Teresa Conrick

The Microbiome & Autism Series By Teresa Conrick: Part 2 "Does Mercury Modulate The Microbioeme?""

MicrobiomeNote: We're sharing this series throughout the month. All roads lead to... the gut, which could explain how a certain  British GI doctor became part of  the autism causation maelstrom.

By Teresa Conrick

It’s a hot topic, the MICROBIOME, defined as: "the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space." I keep reading more and more research connecting the microbiome and autism.

It goes something like this, according to the research below- Mercury exposure, both environmental and via flu vaccination in a pregnant woman, can cause negative ramifications in her baby’s microbiome. The same is true for postnatal infants exposed to Thimerosal. The landscape of that microbiome loses helpful bacteria and instead we see more pathogens. The downstream effects - chronic infections, altered development of the nervous system, molecular mimicry, neuropsychiatric symptoms (tics, obsessive compulsive behaviors, perseveration and repetitive behaviors), and neurologic inflammation. Mitochondrial dysfunction, a more prevalent condition in many diagnosed with autism, seems to be part of this picture as well. Vaccines and their effect on the microbiome are also examined. Each of these studies is a puzzle piece, connecting these facts. The picture is becoming clearer:

An Immune Dysfunction of the Body Affecting the Brain

Although the study suggested that gut bacteria could affect neurologic inflammation, how that might happen remains unclear. For the most part, Mazmanian says, the microorganisms that colonize the human gut don’t leave the intestine, but the immune cells that contact them do. He explains that, although 70% of the immune cells in the body at any one time can be found in the intestine, they circulate throughout the body, and the microbiota of the gut environment help determine how immune cells will behave elsewhere ……..Other researchers have suggested a link between the gut–brain axis and neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism, depression, and eating disorders. The gut contains microorganisms that share a structural similarity with the neuropeptides involved in regulating behavior, mood, and emotion—a phenomenon known as molecular mimicry. The body can’t tell the difference between the structure of these mimics and its own cells, so antibodies could end up attacking both, potentially altering the physiology of the gut–brain axis.12

The human gut harbors a complex community of microbes that profoundly influence many aspects of growth and development, including development of the nervous system. Advances in high-throughput DNA sequencing methods have led to rapidly expanding knowledge about this gut microbiome.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Crime and Autism/Asperger's

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Dec 4, 2014, NewsMax:Flu Shot May Not Be Very Effective This Season: CDC

Dec 3, 2014, Fox News: Autism research: 4 things we learned in 2014

Dec 3, 2014, MainlineMediaNews.com: Report: More Pennsylvania kids with autism getting caught up in the criminal justice system

Dec 3, 2014, Wall Street Journal: The Measles Outbreak Coming Near You  

Dec 3, 2014, AutismDailyNewscast.com: Dr. Paul A. Offit Helps Doctors Educate Parents on Vaccine Safety

Dec 2, 2014, Mercola.com: Vaccine Court Cases: Attorneys Win, Families Suffer

Nov 25, 2014, My Fox Twin Cities: Nurse questions integrity of U of M drug researchers

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Current Affairs

ABLE Bill Passes House in DC: Eases Financial Burdens For Disabled

CapitolFrom NewsObserver:

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill introduced by Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., that would allow parents of severely disabled children to save for their long-term care through tax-favored savings accounts similar to 529 accounts used for college savings.

Now the measure, called the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act, will go to the Senate, where it has 75 sponsors, including Burr and Casey.

Burr and Casey first introduced the measure in 2009 and it has stalled since then, even though it has had a lot of bipartisan support. Burr’s office issued a copy of a Politico story that reported that the bill has few opponents now and it’s possible it will pass both chambers before the end of the year.

Burr, the state’s senior Republican senator from Winston-Salem, said in a statement: “I am incredibly pleased that the House passed the ABLE Act this evening. Families of individuals with disabilities often face overwhelming financial burdens associated with the expensive costs of healthcare, education, housing and transportation.

“The ABLE Act will make it easier for parents of disabled individuals to invest in their child’s future, thereby opening the door to a world of opportunities,” he added. “I am confident the Senate will swiftly pass the ABLE Act”

Read more here.


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/03/4374173/house-passes-bill-that-to-help.html#storylink=cpy
Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted , Tics & Toxins Series

AofA Series Tics and Toxins: Leroy School Site has History of Health, Water, Building Woes

Sick-buildingNote: We are running some of our series throughout the month. Here is the second post (Jan 2012) in the Tics and Toxins series by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill.

By Dan Olmsted

The school where 12 girls developed tics attributed to "conversion disorder" has a history of water and structural problems, and an outbreak of rashes and sores occurred among students playing sports on land where the school is now sitting, according to a student who went there.

 "When we first started we couldn't go to gym class because the floor kept sinking and cracking," said the student, who attended the new LeRoy Junior/Senior High School in 2005, its first year of operation. She was one of several people who described the site as a "swamp." 

One year, students had to start a week late because of flooding inside the building, she said.

Before the current school -- which goes from eighth to twelfth grades -- was built, the site was used for student playing fields; the school itself was at another location. The new building sits directly atop those playing fields.

In the 1970s, students using those fields suffered from open sores that would not heal and rashes, said the former student, whose mother also went there and recalled the incident. The soil was tested, the cause was found, the students were treated and recovered. She did not know what the tests had shown.

This student expressed surprise that two consultant reports commissioned by the district, which found no problems with indoor air quality or toxins in the school building, stated: "No history of building water damage or site contamination was found."

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: MRI Might Be Able to Diagnose Autism

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Dec 2, 2014, TIME: MRI Brain Scans Can Predict Autism With 97% Accuracy
 

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Vaccine Safety

Book Review: Vaccine Nation: America's Changing Relationship with Immunization

Vaccine nationElena Conis, Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014, $27.50, 353 pp.)

Jonathan Rose
    
On November 8 the on-line magazine Salon published an excerpt from this book, under the heading “Jenny McCarthy’s new war on science: Vaccines, autism and the media’s shame”.  The headline, however, bore no resemblance to the actual book, leading one to suspect the editors of Salon had not read it to the end.  When they do, they may realize, to their dismay, that in promoting this book, they scored an own goal.  For if their objective is to persuade readers to stop asking questions about vaccines, Vaccine Nation will have (happily) the opposite effect.
    
Elena Conis is a young historian of science at Emory University.  Her Vaccine Nation is a remarkably insightful first book, which is already causing a splash.  Another excerpt has been published in the Atlantic. In the book review section of Nature magazine, Vaccine Nation was rated one of “the week's best science picks”, and the Times Higher Education Supplement called it “a fine social history of an ongoing story”.  Prof. Conis clearly isn’t an “anti-vaxxer”, but she has produced a strikingly honest, fair-minded, and informed chronicle of the vaccine controversy in the United States.  She illuminates issues that others have obfuscated, and she opens up discussions that some have tried to shut down.  She understands that vaccine policy is determined not solely by objective science, but also by politics, profits, prejudices, and bureaucratic imperatives. She neither endorses nor condemns vaccine resistance: her aim is to understand the larger causes behind this growing movement.  But anyone who reads this book with an unprejudiced mind is likely to conclude that the skeptics had good reason to be skeptical.  
    
For those who say there is no scientific debate about vaccination, Prof. Conis shows that there has always been a debate.  She scotches the myth, repeatedly reinforced in newspaper stories, that nobody thought to question vaccines before Andrew Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy. Vaccine skepticism was rampant in both America and Britain a century ago, faded out (but never entirely disappeared) in the 1950s and 1960s, and then came surging back owing to a number of converging factors. After Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) raised public concerns about environmental toxins, first in pesticides and then in a host of consumer products, questions were inevitably asked about toxins in vaccines.  Starting with the volume Our Bodies Ourselves (1971), feminists charged that the male medical establishment didn’t listen to female patients and were not honest about the risks associated with many drugs and contraceptives.  Not all “Warrior Moms” were radical feminists, but they viewed vaccines and vaccine manufacturers with the same kind of fierce distrust.  The “natural childrearing” movement took off with the launch of Mothering magazine (1976), where vaccination was sharply debated in letters to the editor.  The wisdom of mass inoculation was seriously challenged in widely-read books by philosopher Ivan Illich (Medical Nemesis, 1976) and physician Robert Mendelsohn (Confessions of a Medical Heretic, 1979).  Then there was 1976 swine flu immunization fiasco and, in the 1980s, shocking revelations about tragic reactions to the DPT shot. One FDA bureaucrat frankly dismissed the idea of informed consent to the DPT: “If we told parents there was a risk of brain damage, there’s no question what their response would be.”  (121)  All that set in motion a broad grassroots movement for what Conis calls “the democratization of vaccine knowledge.”  (126)  And it all happened long before Dr. Wakefield and Ms. McCarthy got involved.  
    

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Sponsor News

Giving Tuesday Could Change Lives Thanks to Generation Rescue

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Those of you who are fairly new to the Age of Autism family might not know our history, particularly our history with our sponsor Generation Rescue.  The "prototype" AofA was a blog called "The Rescue Post," and it was launched by JB Handley and  GenRescue.  Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill formed Age of Autism and rolled in Rescue Post, thus a star was born!  GR, like each of our sponsors, and like all of the most effective autism orgs, runs lean and mean and provides immediately accessible information and services to families.   You could say the walk they walk without the walk.....   From GR:

"Today is "#GivingTuesday, a day for donations. And while we know that all of us run on tight budgets, if you have family and friends who are looking to donate to an autism organizations, we hope you might suggest Generation Rescue as a wise choice.

You already know Black Friday. You've probably heard of Cyber Monday. Now we want to introduce to you: #GivingTuesday! 

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

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Age of Autism Series Tics and Toxins: LeRoy Officials Gave Little Attention to Schoolyard Before Ruling Out Environment

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Note: Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill collaborated throughout much of 2012 on a series called, "Tics and Toxins," fueled by a mysterious illness that affected high school age girls in upstate New York. 

By Dan Olmsted

Health experts say they’ve eliminated every possible environmental and infectious cause for the “tics” afflicting 12 girls at LeRoy Junior/Senior High School in New York state. They’ve scoured the building for mold and carbon monoxide (nothing, they say), considered illnesses that might cause the symptom (none), even checked on vaccinations (not all girls had the same shot).

However thorough that workup may have been, it seems to have stopped at the schoolhouse Exit sign. Except for checking a log of pesticide spraying, there is no evidence they considered toxins in the schoolyard or on playing fields. Yet the symptoms occurred during mild weather when students would have been outside, and the school grounds are surrounded by intensively farmed land from which chemicals could conceivably have seeped or drifted.

The school is required to keep annual pesticide logs that were reviewed by a consulting firm looking into environmental factors, and therefore pesticides were ruled out. As best I can determine, that’s as far as it went.

That may not be far enough, given that parents and some of the students involved don’t accept the psychogenic diagnosis they have been given, and that a number of Web commentators familiar with the school have raised concerns about the grounds and how the relatively new building is sited.

Public health officials remain adamant that the case is closed.

"The LeRoy school is safe,” Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesman for the state Department of Health, replied Friday after I raised the issue in a telephone call. “The environment or an infection is not the cause of the students’ tics. There are many causes of tics-like symptoms. Stress can often worsen tic-like symptoms.

“All of the affected students have been evaluated and some have shown signs of improvement. Vaccines (Gardasil) have been ruled out."

While the department has been careful for privacy reasons to avoid naming the illness, a doctor treating the girls has now gone public, with their permission, by calling it “conversion disorder.” Known less gingerly as mass hysteria, the diagnosis is rooted in 19th century Freudian psychology: Stress or trauma is subconsciously transformed into physical symptoms that can occur in several people at the same time. 

In part because the LeRoy diagnosis took months to emerge, and in part because many people – including parents and affected children – find conversion disorder a suspect explanation, multiple theories continue to arise. Those include concerns about the school building and grounds, expressed in online comments:

-- An environmental study “would be the first logical step, knowing that the school was built in a swamp and that a number of classrooms were underwater the first year as well as the gym you would think it would be the first thing the school would address- even if only to disprove it.”

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Vaccine Scandals on RIse

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Nov 30, 2014, HealthImpactNews: Studies Prove Without Doubt That Unvaccinated Children Are Far Healthier Than Their Vaccinated Peers

Nov 28, 2014, HealthImpactNews: Vaccine Scandals and Criminal Cases Increase in 2014

Nov 28, 2014, GreenMedInfo: Why We May Need Viruses More Than Vaccines

Nov 28, 2014, Washington Post: Parents don't cause autism in their kids, and we need to stop blaming them for it

Nov 26, 2014, CBS Boston: Local Entrepreneur-Scientist Develops Google Glass Program For Kids With Autism
Nov 26, 2014, Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune: 'Vaccine court' keeps claimants waiting

Nov 25, 2014, WoodTV  Grand Rapids--Holland--Kalamazoo (MI): Offering hope to adults with autism

Nov 12, 2014, News Channel 12 Jackson MS: What's Working: The Autism Resource Center

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Anne Dachel

Pharma Whistleblower Dr. John Virapen Speaks Out

Health_insurance_myths_300By Anne Dachel

Listen to this seven minute video about the ethics of the drug industry: Big Pharma Exec Turned Whistleblower, Dr. John Rengen Virapen 


October 1, 2014

Dr. John Rengen Virapen, former Eli Lilly & Co. executive, who decided to quit and speak out about Big Pharma's method of profiting from chronic illness, after 35 years of being in the business, saying, "My hands are as dirty as theirs," as he admits bribing Swedish officials to approve of Prozac.

On the video: "The press works also with the pharma industry just like the government does.  The pharma companies use the media to implant this dirty work on you.  Don't take for granted  what your doctor is telling you because the doctors these days, they don't know much about medicine and they don't care much about the patients.  They think about how much they can get paid.  This is how the pharma industry reigns, stays in power, they buy the doctors. They pick them up when they're in medical school. . .  I know because when I was a salesman, the pharma company used to tell me, 'Never talk side effects.' . . . I also know they hide the dangerous side effects because I was in charge of a clinical study. . ."

Virapen wrote a book: Side Effects: Death. Confessions of a Pharma-Insider

"I bribed a Swedish professor to enhance the registration of Prozac in Sweden." -John Virapen Pharmaceutical companies want to keep people sick.

They want to make others think that they are sick. And they do this for one reason: money. Did you know: * Pharmaceutical companies invest more than 35,000 Euro (over $50,000) per physician each year to get them to prescribe their products? *

Cover says he was the general manager of Eli Lilly Sweden.


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

Teresa Conrick

The Microbiome & Autism Series By Teresa Conrick: Part 1 "The Epicenter?"

Gut-brainNote: We have a rich treasure trove of posts from all of our contributing editors, published over the last seven years. During the month of December, we'll be sharing an assortment of posts and series, starting with Teresa Conrick's Microbioeme series. We invite you to use the pull down menus to read material that's new to you, but previously publishesd.  Happy reading.

By Teresa Conrick

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

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

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

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

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

•    large and ragged tonsils.

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

•    Large tonsils and adenoids

•    He vomited a great deal during his first year,

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

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

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

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

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

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

      postencephalitic behavior disorder.    

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

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

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

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

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

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Cathy Jameson

Flu Shot Fever

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By Cathy Jameson

Flu shot advertising must have gone into high gear again recently.  I’ve noticed more outdoor signs being added to the lawns and sidewalk areas of several grocery stores and big box pharmacies in parts of my community.  Customers will literally trip over signs if they’re not paying attention. 

Those signs, and the automated phone call from our pharmacy on Friday morning reinforced something I try to forget:  it’s flu shot season.  I honestly don’t think flu shot season ever ended though.  One of the smaller pharmacies in town keeps their Flu Shots Available Here banner up year-round.  I don’t like to give that place my business and use another pharmacy in another part of town. 

That other pharmacy called me Friday morning with an automated message.  Ronan’s seizure medication was ready to be picked up.  Before I could hang up, the message continued.  “…after you pick up your prescription, remember that all of our pharmacies offer flu shots.  No need to make an appointment.  Walk ins are welcome!”

Gee, let me run right down there and ask a complete stranger jab me with this year’s flu shot.  Wheeee!    

Nah.  I know better than to blindly roll up my sleeve or sniff that mist up my nose.  I know better than to get a flu shot at my pharmacy too.  I’ve thought about that, but the last time I was in our pharmacy, I asked some questions that couldn’t be answered. 

I wanted to ask the pharmacy tech a little bit about the flu shot. 

She was busy.  I was not. 

She was trying to rush me.  I wouldn’t let her. 

Even though I know a lot about the flu shot already, I wanted to ask her more questions.  I also wanted to see the package insert.  The pharmacy tech tried to pawn the VIS  off on me. 

“No, the package insert, please.” I said, “It has much more information on it…like who manufactured the vaccine…and what adverse reactions I should look for…”   

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Over the Top

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted Thank you type

I'm so happy to report on this Thanksgiving Weekend that we have met and exceeded the $5,000 matching amount pledged by our Anonymous Donor.

Since last week, dozens of readers contributed a total $6,750 to our fund drive, bringing the total to $11,750, which we will put to good use going into the New Year.

Believe me, we all recognized that autism families have plenty of demands on their money, and we are grateful, and frankly amazed, that so many were willing to put so much toward our efforts. It makes us feel like the community has our backs.

We promise not to hit you up again for quite a while -- except for this parting word: We are now tax deductible, so anything given by the end of the year will partly repay you by April.

Again, so many thanks to all our readers for keeping us going strong into our eighth year. 

--

 Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

John Stone

Best of Age of Autism: Brian Deer Basks at a Pharmaceutical Conference by Lake Annecy

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(Note: We published this post  three years ago this week. It serves as a reminder of the background of the "team" devoted to crushing the vaccine autism connection. In a rare mainstream re-appearance a few weeks ago Deer claimed to have inside knowledge of anonymised court case.)

By John Stone

This week journalist Brian Deer has been enjoying celebrity status at the luxury villa of Les Pensières of the Fondation Mérieux on the banks of Lake Annecy in the French alps: The Merieux foundation advertises its financial links to all three MMR manufacturers that were defendants in the UK litigation (GSK, Merck and Sanofi), as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

So far Deer has disclosed no pharmaceutical sponsorship or hospitality in his series of British Les-pensieres-outside-5 Medical Journal articles attacking Andrew Wakefield and now Wakefield’s colleagues at the Royal Free Hospital, the last published just twelve days before conference began. Nor does he mention this latest engagement in a letter yesterday to the journal  (presumably a dispatch from the conference itself). Meanwhile BMJ have failed to publish a letter pointing out the discrepancy and have once again given the lie to editor Fiona Godlee’s official ‘holier than thou’ stance on Conflict of Interest.

At a conference entitled  ‘See Re-invigorating Immunisation Policy Implementation and Success: From Parent to Partner and from Broadcast to Engagement' Deer was keynote speaker at the introductory evening on Monday with an address ‘Money, media and retrospection. What drove the MMR crisis, and what lessons should we learn for the future?’ but also was listed to chair two sessions on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

This puts in ironic perspective the scathing remarks that Deer made about Dr David Lewis attending a vaccine safety conference in Jamaica in January in both in BMJ and in Nature News, but is also perhaps a gratifying apotheosis for everyone who has watched his remarkable career.

John Stone is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.

 

Current Affairs

Happy Thanksgiving from Age of Autism

Grateful TypeWe wish all of our readers a very Happy (American) Thanksgiving.  We're grateful for your loyal support, interesting comments and daily readership. Let us know what you're grateful for this year in our comments.

Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - The Bookstore Shuffle

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

This last Saturday was my coming out party.

No, I'm not talking about any deep, dark secrets, but this was the first time I would appear at a scheduled event in a bookstore to talk about and sign copies of the book I co-wrote with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.

The first bookstore, Rakestraw Books in Danville, CA, had more of a planned feel to it.  My in-laws went to college with the owner, and it was the type of prestige bookstore that I'd set my sights on long ago.  The owner told me that a Saturday afternoon wasn't likely to draw a large crowd, but when I walked into the place and saw twenty stacked copies of my book I gasped.  I'm supposed to sell that many books!

The group was composed of some family members, long-time friends, and a few people that I didn't know, but were familiar with the story told in the book.  I'd spent the last week developing "the talk" I was going to use in front of general public audiences and I'm pleased to say it went over quite well.

I began by talking about the writers who had influenced me, like Tom Wolfe, who had written The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities, or the works of Dominic Dunne, whose work usually focued on crimes committed among the very wealthy.  I told the audience that what I liked so much about those stories is that they were about something crucial; flying into outer space, a crime with racial or class issues at stake, but they also let you to the inner workings of a hidden world.  I taked about how one of my favorite lines in The Right Stuff was when a character called the fraternity of test-pilots who put themselves at risk, "a weird mad monk squadron."

I told the audience that when I learned about Dr. Judy Mikovits and the other scientists in and out of government who were trying to find answers to these diseases I felt like I'd found my own "mad monk squadron."

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Current Affairs

Thanks for Donating to Age of Autism

Donate button(NOTE:  Thanks to many readers who have donated from $5.00 to $500, we're on our way to our matching gift goal of $5,000.   Plus your donation to Age of Autism is now TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  Please help us meet this wonderful $5,000 matching gift opportunity. Thank you.)  From our wonderful benefactor who is matching your donation:

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and this holiday always provides a wonderful opportunity to take stock of the many things for which we are thankful. One of the things on my list again this year is The Age of Autism blog.  If you are reading this, there's a good chance that you, too, are very thankful for AoA, which just happens to be the leader in covering all things Autism, including its link to vaccines.

To that end, please raise your hand if:

  • You value the daily news you are privy to here on Age of Autism, every single day of the year...critically-important news that mainstream media either refuses to report on, or about which they lie.

  • You would miss tuning in to what AoA has to say every morning with your cup of coffee, and throughout the day, including the great comments from AoA readers.

  • You value having a site to which you can turn to hear from others walking a similar path as you, which can be life-and-sanity saving because others simply don't get it, or simply don't want to get it.

  • You are thankful to have avoided vaccine injury in your own children, or in yourself or loved ones, because of what you have learned from others on Age of Autism.

  • You value having access to excellent articles which you can not only read, but which you can then share via the click of a button with others who want honest, timely, and helpful information.

  • You value this site that daily strives to get the truth out there about the VACCINE-AUTISM causal connection, which is REAL, which is MANMADE, which is TRAGIC, and which must be STOPPED.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Mississippi Last in Vaccine Choice

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Nov 25, 2014, Jackson (MS) Free Press: Mississippi Last In Vaccine Choice    

While local sports enthusiasts rave that Mississippi is No. 1 in something other than obesity and teen pregnancy, the state has slid into first place in more than football in recent months. Mississippi has the highest rate of vaccinations.

But vaccination-rights activists like MaryJo Perry, co-director of Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights, claim this is not necessarily something to brag about.

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Anne Dachel

Pope Francis Addresses Autism

Pope FOn Nov 22, 2014, Washington Post reporter Michelle Boorstein had the story, Pope turns to help the autistic at next Vatican conference.

It was about the autism conference held at the Vatican Nov 20-22. 

Boorstein wrote, "Experts from 57 countries updated one another on such issues as genetic research, pain management and government policies toward people with autism."

The current rate of one in every 68 children in the U.S. was noted in the story. There were calls for inclusion and awareness of autism.

Readers were told, "The church's role is also sensitive. So much research goes into preventive medical discoveries, which could lead to a genetic marker for autism that could then lead to more abortions - similar to what has happened with Down syndrome." 

Boorstein seemed to be telling people that the only way to PREVENT autism is by finding the genetic markers and aborting a baby who could potentially end up with autism.  She mentioned that Bob and Suzanne Wright, co-founders of Autism Speaks, are Catholic, and she brought up the controversy over vaccines and autism: 

"The Wrights said they hope the church will see autism as an issue because it challenges and divides many families. They said they themselves have had a dispute with their daughter - the mother of their autistic grandson - over the role of vaccines."

Boorstein had this to say on the topic of vaccines and autism, "Organizing any conference on autism - which affects one in every 68 children, according to Autism Speaks - is challenging because of the range of opposing views on such issues as the role of vaccines in autism spectrum disorder. The conference didn't touch on vaccines but includes a presentation on other potential environmental impacts."

It seemed that the elephant in the room, as usual when the subject of autism is brought up, was the link to vaccines.  Participants were willing to talk about genetics and the possibility of "environmental impacts," but not vaccines.

Also on Nov 22, a story on the conference was released from the official Vatican News Network titled, Francis: overcome the isolation that burdens the autistic and their families

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Regressive autism... What is it? Is it real? What to look for? What I wish I had known….

Autism-boy-3_4_r536_c534Thank you to our friends at HealthChoice.org for letting us excerpt this pos.

By Allison Chapman

As I sat in the fetal position, my knees drawn up, I was desperately trying process the words being said to me. She was speaking right above me, but her words were drowned out by the sound of my heart, which was beating wildly. My first ever panic attack was from the words “PDD… autism spectrum… early intervention.”

I was with only my two children and two strangers, women from Early Intervention. Professionals who had come to my house to check on my son because I had become concerned that he wasn’t the same child he had been. The child about whom at six and seven months old, I would say to my husband, “We will never have to worry about him developmentally.” Boy, was I eating those words as I sat in my living room being told my son most likely had something called Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Which did not register until I heard the dreaded word “autism.”

I wasn’t even thinking autism was a possibility. From my son’s birth I had watched him like a hawk and looked for all of the necessary developmental milestones. He never showed one delay; in fact, he was advanced in everything. I knew way too well what the word “autism” meant. My mother and former stepfather had a son while I was in college. He had severe autism and was nonverbal. My sister had lived with them when he was a baby. He used to say “I love you, Angie” clear as day. Then she left home and didn’t see him for about six months. When my sister saw him again, he could no longer say anything or look at her. She told me she thought my mother’s husband had left something out for him to get into, that they must have done something wrong. I never knew what to think; maybe my mother’s job chemically cleaning hospital equipment while she was pregnant with him was the reason. Or maybe my sister was right. I had barely seen him in the early years, I was trying to get distance and start on my own path. I did remember my brother seemed totally fine when I saw him at eight months old.

Continue reading "Regressive autism... What is it? Is it real? What to look for? What I wish I had known…. " »

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Vatican Attention, Police Training

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Nov 23, 2014, Wall Street Journal: An Easy Money Saver: the Flu Shot

Nov 22, 2014, SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle): Feds vows to publicize vaccine injury help program

Nov 22, 2014, Portland (ME) Press Herald: Vatican holds its first conference on autism

Nov 21 US News: Feds Vow to Publicize Vaccine Injury Help Program

Nov 20, 2014, Huffington: 'Little Things Matter' Exposes Big Threat To Children's Brains

Nov 20, 2014, Salt Lake Tribune: Utah police roll out autism database to better handle special needs 

Nov 20, 2014, NewsMax: Some Flu Shot Formulations Contain Brain-Destroying Toxin: Top Doctor

Nov 19, 2014, Dothan (AL) Eagle: Rise in autism increases need for speech and behavioral therapy

Nov 18, 2014, WJCL Savannah, GA: Vaccines and autism

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Anne Dachel, Cathy Jameson, Dan Olmsted, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Ginger Taylor, Kent Heckenlively, Kim Stagliano, LJ Goes, Mark Blaxill

Age of Autism Age of Authors

Vaccines 2.0Managing Editors Note:  I've heard of some very popular boy band called "One Direction." I couldn't  hum a single bar of their music. No idea what they look like. But I like their name because it reminds me of the Age of Autism team. We move in ONE DIRECTION. Forward. While many around us dwell in negatives, in the past, in what's "wrong" with our community and pontificate on and write some seriously nasty gaaaaah-bage as my Mom would say in Boston, our team has been "busy, busy, busy" writing books.  Actual books that can never be rescinded, removed or retracted. Old school. BOOKS. The volume of volumes is dare I say? Voluminous!  (Humor me, it's the end of a long weekend.....) 

Special congrats to our Editor Dan Olmsted and Editor at Large Mark Blaxill on the February debut of Vaccines 2.0: The Careful Parents' Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family. 

We hope that you will buy one or two, perhaps more, of these books. Yes, money is tight. But I can promise you that each and every book will help you as you work with your  loved ones with autism, as you discuss the needs of our community with medical providers and politicians and will give you hope that we will all move in ONE DIRECTION. Forward. Like a train.

Vaccines 2.0: by Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted The Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family


Plague by Kent Heckenlively and Dr. Judy Mikovits - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases

The Big Autism Cover Up by Anne Dachel -  How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public

Vaccine Injuries by Louis Conte and Tony Lyons - Reveals the truth behind the controversial issue of vaccine-related injuries.

The Autism War - a Novel by Louis Conte - Tony Colletti, a good suburban cop and father of a child with autism, finds himself drawn into the controversy over the apparent but rarely acknowledged connection between childhood vaccines and autism. His quest to uncover the truth forces him to risk all he holds dear while confronting corrupt government officials, the powerful pharmaceutical industry, and disturbing elements of his own past.

The Vaccine Court by Wayne Rohde - The Dark Truth of America's Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Finding Lina by Helena Hjalmarsson - A Mother's Journey from Autism to Hope

Saving Ben: by Dan Burns A Father's Story of Autism

The Thinking Moms'  Revolution - Autism beyond the Spectrum: Inspiring True Stories from Parents Fighting to Rescue Their Children

 Compiled by Helen Conroy, Helen Conroy, Lisa Joyce Goes
Foreword by Robert W. Sears
Compiled by Lisa Joyce Goes
Foreword by Robert W. Sears
 
All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa by Kim Stagliano

Callous Disregard  by Dr. Andrew Wakefield - Autism and Vaccines--The Truth Behind a Tragedy
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India Helps Families Facing Autism - No Moves Required, Autism Considered Disability

Moving boxCould this happen in America, given the climate of "autism normalization." Moving is traumatic and can mean leaving behind school and programs and ending up in the back of the line for state services. Have you turned down a move for your child? Or moved and had to start from scratch?  Tell us in the comments.

DoPT includes autism in 'disabled' category

NEW DELHI: Government employees can now attend to their autistic children without worrying about being displaced on account of routine transfers or rotational transfer exercise.

The department of personnel and training (DoPT), in an order issued on Monday, included 'autism' in the term 'disabled' as defined in a June 6, 2014, order that exempts a government employee, who is also a care-giver of disabled child, from the routine exercise of transfer/rotational transfer, subject to administrative constraints.

"The matter regarding the scope of 'disabled' has been examined in consultation with the department of disability affairs. Considering the fact that the autism spectrum disorder child requires constant caregiver support and it would be imperative for government employees to take care of autism spectrum disorder child on continuous basis, it has been decided to include 'autism" in the term 'disabled', as defined in Para 6 of above-mentioned OM dated 06.06.2014," said the DoPT order.

Cathy Jameson

Best of AofA: Thankful, Hopeful, Grateful

Ronan and brother

Cathy has a day off with her family. She wrote this post last November. Enjoy.

By Cathy Jameson

This picture of my boys was taken a year ago.  Ronan, in the green sweatshirt, stopped moving long enough to sit down and look straight into the camera.  Sitting proudly next to Ronan is his younger brother, Little Buddy.  Little Buddy, who was also injured by his vaccines but has recovered, plays more of a big brother role than Ronan is capable.  

Little Buddy prays daily for Ronan hoping he too will be free of his vaccine injury.  He hopes that Ronan will be healed so that he can talk and so that they can play together.   With a heart bursting with pride, love and devotion, Little Buddy has enlisted his classmates to pray also.  Together, they offer special intentions for Ronan’s health and healing.  I need to take a lesson in Little Buddy’s devotion and perseverance because lately, I am having a hard time seeing too many positives in Ronan’s situation.

I certainly have some things to be thankful for today, but I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that I feel much more worry than thanks.  We’ve had to handle some uncomfortable issues lately:  wandering, an increase in seizures, stagnation of skills and negative behavioral concerns.  

I have been less than thankful for the many reminders of what’s making Ronan’s life more difficult.  Those difficulties, and the reality of Ronan’s vaccine injury and autism diagnosis, have me riding an emotional roller coaster.  Time heals all wounds, though, right?  

If I give it a few days…

If I shake the worry while looking for a bright side…

If I let some of the nagging go…  

If I hope for the best…

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Fund Drive Update, and Autism Vs. Alopecia

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

We can’t offer you a very special concert with Yanni, or every episode of Upstairs Downstairs on DVD. All we can promise is that, with your help, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.

Boring, I know. But that’s what our current fund drive is all about. Last year we were approached by an Anonymous Donor, as this person wished to be known – who put up $3,000 as a matching donation. A.D. said they would give us up to that amount, but only if our readers matched it – which you did, and more. This year the same A.D. approached us again – which we were hoping they would, but were taught by our mother to be too mannerly to ask – and this time A.D. is offering an amazingly generous $5,000 match through Sunday, Thanksgiving Weekend.

That’s wonderful, but it also boosts the amount we need to raise or risk leaving money on the table Donate button that, combined with your donations, will go a long way for our humble blog.

Halfway through, we’re halfway to our goal – $2,880 as of last night. This is terrific, thanks to so many of you, and we really think we can get all the way there if people realize the power of doubled donations of whatever amount. And this year for the first time, we’re tax deductible, something we’re doing in large part to make gifts like yours (and A.D.’s) as easy as possible to make. (You should see the form the IRS wants! And I just got one from the Commonwealth of Virginia Friday “to determine liability for state unemployment tax.” Yikes.)

So, in short, if you were to send us $25 via the Donate button by next Sunday, it would be the same as sending $50, and it’s deductible. What is not to like? (If you want to send a check, feel free – e-mail me for the address at Olmsted.dan@gmail.com)

All of us who converge here have different likes, dislikes, and lots in life, but we are joined by a powerful sense of outrage over what is happening to kids and a strong belief that it needs to be addressed, now. Activism, politics, legal action, journalism – we’re all in it together with our own particular gifts and passions.

So: Help us keep going so we can all help end the age of autism. And know how grateful we are for all your contributions.

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When Mike Nichols died Thursday, I noticed that he was born in 1931, the same year that autism began (in the person of Vivian Murdock, oldest child in Leo Kanner’s case series from 1943, whom Teresa Conrick, Mark Blaxill and I first identified on AOA – an example, come to think of it, of what financial support helps accomplish).

When I learn about other people born then, it reminds me how recent autism is – within the span of one lifetime, this catastrophe has descended upon us. The reason, we believe, is the first use of ethylmercury in commercial compounds starting then, including in vaccines as thimerosal.

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Kim Stagliano

Jerry Seinfeld is Now Spongeworthy

Seinfeld_elaineBy Kim Stagliano

Ok, I don't mean that in the literal sense of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine had a limited supply of "The Sponge" which was an OTC method of birth control a couple of decades ago, and was pulled from the shelves for potentially causing toxic shock.   (Insert "vaccine toxic shock but still on the shelves" joke here.)   But in my recent article about Seinfeld's declaration of autism, I told Jerry he was not spongeworthy.   And now he has told the world he is not autistic.

Seinfeld publicly retracted his self-diagnosis on national TV this week.   And I would like to thank him for doing so.  I'd also like to thank him for opening up the conversation about the Spectrum in general. We've seen lots of opinions of what it means to have autism.

Those of us with severely affected kids see the difficulties of being a special needs person who has accommodations in all areas of life and for whom guardianship or some sort of conservatorship is the future. Or the present.

Others have children whose autism affects them differently. They are not as disabled, but still have significant challenges not to be dimissed. 

And we heard from adults for whom autism is part of who they are, despite the challenges it has brought them.

Valid.

Valid.

Valid.

Not every voice was polite. Comments and Tweets were heated. So what? That's how we learn and grow.  The epidemic of people with autism is growing into adulthood. My own daughter turns 20 next month, with her sisters close on her heels.  We need to accept my daughters where they are on the spectrum. And your kids where they are. And adults where they may be.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Pope Francis and Seinfelds Mea Culpa

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Nov 19, 2014, Washington Post: Pope's call to help the vulnerable turns to the autistic at Vatican conference

Nov 19, 2014, TheWrap.com: Jerry Seinfeld Flip-Flops on Autism Remarks

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Weiss, Pritchard and Thibodeaux Miss the Point of National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Miss targetThe AP article by Mitch Weiss, Justin Pritchard and Troy Thiobodeaux reveals some of the flaws in National Vaccine Injury Compensation but ultimately misses the point; The NVICP has dismissed Congressional intent and devolved into a policy vehicle  for the federal vaccine establishment.

It is true that attorneys representing petitioners have made millions of dollars. However, the Secretary of Health and Human Services altered the Vaccine Injury Table in the mid-1990’s and skewed the balance of the program in favor of the Department of Justice. This made the prospects of petitioner acting Pro Se (in their own behalf), virtually impossible. Cases are now intensively litigated and there is no way for petitioners to succeed without legal counsel who understand the program.

The journalists point to petitioners using expert witnesses of dubious credentials. The current state of affairs is that expert witnesses for petitioners are a dying breed. Why? The article tells you why; expert witnesses for petitioner often face negative consequences for saying that a vaccine caused injury – any injury. Note this excerpt from Harris v. Secretary HHS, No. 07-60V VACCINE CASE Filed: November 28, 2011

“Harris, 2011 WL 2446321 at *35 (emphasis added).    

Dr. Kinsbourne’s unchallenged reference to written warnings of the manufacturer of the DTaP vaccine was not an “opinion” about the “toxoiding process,” he simply was repeating the manufacturer’s superior knowledge about those products.  In addition, and more important, the Special Master’s condescending mischaracterization of Dr. Kinsbourne’s bona fides is out of line.  Dr. Kinsbourne is not “ostensibly” a pediatric neurologist.  See id. at *35. 

No lesser academic institutions than Oxford University, Duke University Medical Center, the University of Toronto, Harvard Medical School, Boston University, and Tufts University have recognized Dr. Kinsbourne as an expert in this field, contrary to the views of the Special Master.  Pet. Ex. 22 at 1-2. 

The Special Master also misrepresented Dr. Kinsbourne’s current position in the New School in New York City, where he teaches neuroscience, not psychology, as the Special Master implies.  Compare id. at 2 with Harris, 2011 WL 2446321 at *4. 

Finally, the Special Master emphasized that Dr. Kinsbourne is “well-known” to special masters, because he testifies frequently in the Vaccine Program for petitioners.  See Harris, 2011 WL 2446321 at *4. 

Of course, the Special Master made no mention of the fact that the same is true of Dr. Wiznitzer.  The Special Master’s proclivity to demean petitioners and their experts when he differs with their opinions is not unique to this case. 

See e.g., Porter v. Sec’y of HHS, No. 2010-5162, 2011 WL 5840315 at **13-15 & n.4 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 22, 2011) (O’Malley, J. dissenting) (discussing this Special Master’s “remarkable” opinion for “the sheer number of references to credibility, demeanor and veracity” and character attack on an expert with whom he disagreed); Dobrydneva v. Sec’y of HHS, 94 Fed. Cl. 134, 147 (2010); Campbell v. Sec’y of HHS, 90 Fed. Cl. 369, 383-84 (2009). 

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this holiday always provides a wonderful opportunity to take stock of the many things for which we are thankful. One of the things on my list again this year is The Age of Autism blog.  If you are reading this, there's a good chance that you, too, are very thankful for AoA, which just happens to be the leader in covering all things Autism, including its link to vaccines.

To that end, please raise your hand if:

  • You value the daily news you are privy to here on Age of Autism, every single day of the year...critically-important news that mainstream media either refuses to report on, or about which they lie.

  • You would miss tuning in to what AoA has to say every morning with your cup of coffee, and throughout the day, including the great comments from AoA readers.

  • You value having a site to which you can turn to hear from others walking a similar path as you, which can be life-and-sanity saving because others simply don't get it, or simply don't want to get it.

  • You are thankful to have avoided vaccine injury in your own children, or in yourself or loved ones, because of what you have learned from others on Age of Autism.

  • You value having access to excellent articles which you can not only read, but which you can then share via the click of a button with others who want honest, timely, and helpful information.

  • You value this site that daily strives to get the truth out there about the VACCINE-AUTISM causal connection, which is REAL, which is MANMADE, which is TRAGIC, and which must be STOPPED.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: A Letter to Pope Francis

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Nov 18, 2014, ABC news had the story, Pope to Meet With Autistic Kids to End Stigma. 

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Answer: Not Relevant

Your-judgement-is-irrelevantYour-judgement-is-irrelevantBy Laura Hayes

Answer:  "Not Relevant."

Two very recent stories from two different moms are compelling me to write this article.  I'll start with the take-home message. If you take your child to the ER or hospital, for something other than for an adverse reaction to a vaccine, it is important that you know beforehand how you will answer one of the first questions that you will be asked by medical staff, which will be, "Is your child up to date on his/her immunizations?"  After hearing these two recent stories, I suggest you consider answering with, "Not relevant. I would like you to treat my child based on his/her symptoms versus on his/her vaccination status (and, of course, based on any other known medical issues and/or family history)."

Now, here is my rationale for that suggestion. The first mom took her son to the hospital presenting with 2 major symptoms of tetanus, which over the course of a couple days escalated to more than 10 symptoms of tetanus. Because this child happens to have an Autism diagnosis, the doctors immediately attributed (i.e. wrote off) his symptoms as resulting from "pediatric delusional behavior due to Autism" which they felt explained his spasming "behavior" (i.e. his spasms were voluntary vs. involuntary and/or medical in origin) which led to his rhabdomyolysis (the destruction of striated muscle cells).  Apparently, his Autism "behavior" also caused him to not be able to open his mouth properly or chew his food in order to consume needed calories (i.e. Lockjaw). This is not uncommon for parents who have children with Autism to have their children's symptoms, whatever they may be, written off (and often left untreated) due to their Autism diagnosis. Despite initial, and then additional, symptoms of tetanus, because he'd received his DTaP vaccines, and because his blood tests showed titers to tetanus, they refused to consider tetanus, treat for tetanus, document that he had tetanus, or report a suspected case of tetanus to the CDC...ignoring requests from his highly-educated and intelligent mother to please do a proper and reliable assessment for tetanus (a costly test which I think involves injecting the patient's blood serum into a mouse to see if it develops tetanus...not positive about the details of this diagnostic test). 

First, having been vaccinated against tetanus does not at all mean that one won't get tetanus...there are many reported cases of tetanus in the vaccinated, i.e. vaccine failure is a reality.  Furthermore, vaccine failure and waning "immunity" are the rationale for the many booster shots for the DTaP vaccine, because it is known that it doesn't always "take" and that it wears off (if you even believe that it offered any protection in the first place).  Secondly, having titers for tetanus in one's blood does not mean that one is immune to tetanus and therefore won't contract it, not at all.  There are many cases of people with high titers for a certain disease who then contract the disease, and, there are also many cases of those with no titers for a certain disease who do not contract the disease even when exposed.  Despite these known facts, and quite unbelievably, titer levels post-vaccination are how vaccine efficacy is determined!  This mother believes, and rightly so, that the doctors and the hospital do not want to believe/admit that the vaccine for tetanus doesn't work (they don't want to admit to the reality of vaccine failure), they don't want to believe/admit that one who has blood titers for a certain disease can still contract it, and they don't feel legally or morally obligated to properly test for or report this boy's probable case of tetanus to the proper authorities (i.e. to the CDC, which also doesn't want to admit to vaccine failures). The system now in place has been purposefully and shamefully designed to deny and hide vaccine failures (in addition to vaccine injuries and deaths) and to not admit them to the public.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Cape Cod Cough, Rates Soaring in NOLA

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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Nov 17, 2014, ABC News: AP IMPACT: 'Vaccine Court' Keeps Claimants Waiting

Nov 17, 2014, WWL Radio New Orleans: Rates of Autism Soaring

Nov 14, 2014, CBS Boston: 15 Falmouth High Students Diagnosed With Whooping Cough

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An Open Letter to State Farm From Fearless Parent

FP-logo-tagline1By Louise Kuo Habakus

Mr. Edward B. Rust, Jr.
CEO, State Farm Insurance
One State Farm Plaza
Bloomington, IL 61710
(309) 766-2311
ebrust@statefarm.com

Note: if you would like Ed to see this letter, please e-mail it to him.

November 18, 2014

Dear Ed

On behalf of concerned parents across the country, I’m asking you to reverse a recent business decision.

The resonance of your branding suggests that you should be responsive. State Farm is the ubiquitous “good neighbor,” trading on trustworthiness and integrity at the highest standard. You’re a corporate giant who claims to go beyond what’s legal to do what’s right.

State Farm grasps the power of cultural iconography

Your pricey TV commercials are hip and funny. The latest, featuring SNL faves, are a “social branded content push” aimed at milennials and everyone else, too.



Your decision to ditch Rob Schneider shocked us.

When you dumped Rob Schneider as a spokesman because he believes parents have the right to decide what’s in the best interests of their children… our collective jaws hit the ground.

As reported in PR Week and widely covered, State Farm dropped Rob Schneider over his views regarding vaccine mandates after social media pages Food Hunk, Science Babe, and Chow Babe called on State Farm to help end the “anti-vaccination movement.”

(Seriously?)

Your public affairs director, Phil Supple, said the State Farm ad featuring the Richmeister “has unintentionally been used as a platform for discussion unrelated to the products and services we provide.”

(Make no mistake, it wasn’t unintentional.)

Bad move for a smart company.

It got me thinking…

Why on earth would the nation’s largest insurer of cars and homes choose to make such a big statement to the nation’s 150+ million parents over an issue that you admit is unrelated to your business?

And then why would State Farm double down by repudiating a world famous, much loved comedian and Emmy-nominated actor who’s also a conscientious and devoted father expressing an educated, courageous, and heartfelt opinion?

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Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - The Reviews Are Coming In!

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

This Tuesday, November 18, 2014 is the official publication date for PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.  It's the day you will supposedly be able to walk into just about any bookstore in the United States and plunk down your money on the counter and get the story of Dr. Judy Mikovits and her investigation into XMRV.

A sampling from just a few of the reviews currently on Amazon!  (And I swear I didn't write them!  And we've also got reviews from England and Germany!)

From JT, "Amazing book!  Many people and patients have followed Dr. Judy Mikovits since her historic publication in Science in 2009.  We followed the saga and witnessed many of the events discussed in this book live via the web.  This is not fiction . . . I encourage everyone to read this book.  The authors have made tremendous effort to make this book understandable to most people.  Anyone interested in chronic diseases (auto-immune, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, gulf war syndrome, autism), vaccines, bio-pharmaceuticals, and how academic/government and government agencies handle these topics will be enlightened."

From Dr. Carol Fisch, a retired professor of microbiology and stealth pathogen researcher, "I have waited for this book for well over a year.  I read it in three days as I couldn't put it down!  So many need to thank Judy Mikovits, PhD. for risking her career to fight as a scientist should, to tell the truth . . . The book explores autism and what may very well be the beginning of this disorder.  For anyone wanting to learn how science can work for us or against us, this is a must read!"

An anonymous reviewer wrote, "Just finished Plague this morning.  It was riveting and hard to put down.  It's a very well written book and I enjoyed reading it.  The authors did an excellent job of breaking down the science and keeping it very simple . . . The authors strongly lay out the case for their continued belief in the involvement of retroviruses in neuro-immune illnesses.  Both Mikovits and Ruscetti (Dr. Frank Ruscetti) stood tall against the onslaught of attacks and continue to fight for what they believe in and this book further validates that effort."

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: SC and PA Hobbled by Autism Costs

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Nov 16, 2014, Charleston (SC) Post and Courier: S.C. Medicaid needs $30 million more for autism services next year

Nov 16, 2014, Inquisitr: Dear Parents: Please, Please Do Your Own Research On Vaccines

Nov 13, 2014 CentralPA.com: Pa Autism Figures Triple

Nov 11, 2014 Washington Post: Kenya's Catholic bishops: Tetanus vaccine is birth control in disguise

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The Age of Autism Matching Gift Anonymous Donor is Back!

AofA Thankful(NOTE:  Your donation to Age of Autism is now TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Please help us meet this wonderful $5,000 matching gift opportunity. Thank you.)

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this holiday always provides a wonderful opportunity to take stock of the many things for which we are thankful. One of the things on my list again this year is The Age of Autism blog.  If you are reading this, there's a good chance that you, too, are very thankful for AoA, which just happens to be the leader in covering all things Autism, including its link to vaccines.

To that end, please raise your hand if:

  • You value the daily news you are privy to here on Age of Autism, every single day of the year...critically-important news that mainstream media either refuses to report on, or about which they lie.

  • You would miss tuning in to what AoA has to say every morning with your cup of coffee, and throughout the day, including the great comments from AoA readers.

  • You value having a site to which you can turn to hear from others walking a similar path as you, which can be life-and-sanity saving because others simply don't get it, or simply don't want to get it.

  • You are thankful to have avoided vaccine injury in your own children, or in yourself or loved ones, because of what you have learned from others on Age of Autism.

  • You value having access to excellent articles which you can not only read, but which you can then share via the click of a button with others who want honest, timely, and helpful information.

  • You value this site that daily strives to get the truth out there about the VACCINE-AUTISM causal connection, which is REAL, which is MANMADE, which is TRAGIC, and which must be STOPPED.

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Teresa Conrick

Autism and the Microbiome:Can Vaccination Cause Molecular Mimicry?

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

My daughter, Megan, has both a diagnosis of autism and an autoimmune disease.  She entered the world a healthy neonate but began to have illness and regression of skills after her infant vaccines. Her health and behavior forever changed after each one, but was especially noticeable after her MMR vaccine, when she broke out in a full rash, developed fever and stopped eating and talking.  Diarrhea and constipation then became a daily nightmare. She received a diagnosis of AUTISM based on observation and not ONE medical test, lab or immune workup.

As the years have gone by, Megan rarely gets a “normal” illness.  No fever. No colds, no drippy nose, and rarely a cough.  What she does get, is autoimmune, neuropsychiatric symptoms. Tics, physical and vocal. Obsessive and compulsive behaviors that disrupt her life from the moment she awakes until she is able to relax and fall asleep. Strep for her is not lying on the couch, under a blanket feeling ill.  It is hourly urinary incontinence, vocal tics, anxiety, irritability, self-injurious behavior and often not being able to eat for days. PANDAS and PANS symptoms describe her well.

And she has no voice, no ability to speak words or communicate at this time.  She is unable to tell of her plight.  There is pain, trust me.  Much pain. Can vaccines do this? Why yes, they can.  

As I read medical literature, I always see lines of research that go back to autism and to Megan.  This is a good example of that and should alarm us all:

…..since the early investigations of Koch, Metchnikoff, Pasteur, Von Leeuwenhoek, and others  on the microbial basis of pathogenicity and disease transmission, Westernized societies have very successfully reduced the incidence of microbial-borne infectious disease, while an environment of autoimmune, cardiovascular, metabolic, and neuroinflammatory diseases continues to flourish.

Beware Of What Lies Ahead

Dr. Paul Offit plays many roles in the world of vaccines.  To the average American, he is the guy who comes on your TV every once in awhile to remind us all how vaccines have kept us all alive and to thank God for them.  In reality, Dr. Offit is a vaccine patent holder, a multi-millionaire, a spokesperson for Merck and the Chief of Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It has always interested me that he made this comment:

Addressing Parents’ Concerns: Do Vaccines Cause Allergic or Autoimmune Diseases?” PEDIATRICS Vol. 111 No. 3 March 2003 :

Autoimmune diseases might occur after immunization because proteins on microbial pathogens are similar to human proteins (“molecular mimicry”) and could induce immune responses that damage human cells.

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Cathy Jameson

Vaccine Indoctrination: Get Them While They’re Young

Too many booksBy Cathy Jameson

I’ve been able to get to the library a lot more than I have in previous years.  I love being surrounded by the books, the periodicals and the quiet time the library offers.  Sometimes I go to the library to sit and read or write.  When I’m there, I don’t always check out material.  Anytime I’m there, even if it’s for just a quick visit, I make it a habit to walk down to the 600 section to see if the Thinking Moms’ Revolution book is there.  I’m always hoping it’s checked out, but if it’s on the shelf, I make sure to give it a proper display. 

 

The TMR book - displayed with the cover out and hanging out with books that I may or may not have rearranged so that they can be closer together.

I had a purpose for going to the library last week.  I was on the search for some books for one of my kids’ teachers.  The class is studying the heart and the lungs, so I offered to get some books to supplement the textbook chapter with whatever I could find in the children’s section.  I was not prepared for what I discovered in the children’s “science” section.  I saw several books about shots and vaccines and why kids need to get them.  Books about how shots won’t hurt.  How it’s just a little pinch.  And that everyone has to get them.  Everyone. 

I looked up and down that shelving unit for other books about other shot and vaccine topics.  You know what those important topics are.  And you know what those books would be titled also: 

When Shots Go Wrong

Read the Fine Print:  Vaccine Side Effects and Adverse Reactions

What To Do Now That You’ve Been Vaccine Injured

Head Banging, Feces Smearing and Non-Verbal Communication:  What It All Means

How to Tell to Your Siblings About Your Vaccine Injury

Why Mommy and Daddy Have to File a Claim in Vaccine Court

Since I couldn’t find those titles, I went back to thumbing through the books about shots that my library did have.  Oh, the indoctrination! 

 

The promise of a Band-Aid. 

Too bad band aids can’t make life-long vaccine injuries go away. 

 

“Why you must be…a healthy, five-year-old!” 

Shots keep you healthy and strong.  Unless they hurt, injure or kill you. 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Happy Anniversary to Us!

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted Happy anniversary

Our humble blog reached the seven-year milestone this week. During that time, we’ve had well over 15 million hits on close to 7,000 posts; our readers have left 110,000 comments.

When we started – merging with Generation Rescue’s Rescue Post – we hoped but weren’t sure that this was the future of daily newspapers in general and investigative reporting about autism in particular. Events have borne that out – even though I came up through “print” and love holding real newspapers and books in my hands, I now get most of my news online. On Thursday the Post and Times came to the door as usual, but besides bringing them inside and saving the plastic wrappers for the next dog walk, all I did was check to see if the interview with Kim on Seinfeld was in the printed edition as well as online (it wasn’t, but it didn’t matter since it had already spread around the world).

I can’t remember using or even knowing about Facebook seven years ago, or Tweeting, and such. We now have a Facebook page and plenty of tweeters, or twitterers, or however you say it. And while more blogs have arrived and joined the fray, we seem to have staked out our patch of turf and, I hope, used it to tell the truth as we see it.

That truth, as you know, is that autism is the defining disorder of our age, man-made and thus treatable and preventable. It is “made,” largely, by a reckless and bloated vaccine schedule that has long since passed the risk-reward point, wherever  that might be, and is wreaking all kinds of havoc. So the epidemic is real, the causes are clear, the remedy we embrace is investigating and telling the truth and bringing like-minded people to a common platform.

Of course, we’ve had our stumbles and tumbles. We make no apologies for declining to run material that doesn’t meet our standards or divides our community, or for moderating comments, making this a safe and civil space for people – often parents living with the eyewitness truth – who are ridiculed elsewhere.

I never would have guessed seven years ago that as a result of this I’d have co-written two books (Vaccines 2.0 will be out early next year, again with Mark Blaxill) or had the pleasure of seeing our own Anne Dachel (The Big Autism Cover-up) and Kent Heckenlively (Plague) and Kim Stagliano (All I Can Handle, I’m No Mother Teresa) and Cat Jameson and Lisa Goes (Thinking Moms Revolution) publish books, along with close allies like Lou Conte and Wayne Rohde. I’d never have imagined Sharyl Attkission leaving CBS and launching some of the same broadsides in her book (Stonewalled) that we’ve been hurling – the old mainstream media is dying, it’s a mediocre shell of its former self, it is enabling catastrophes like the autism epidemic and the Iraq war by failing in its first duty, to hold government and other powers-that-be to account.

Nor did I envision the Canary Party or HealthChoice arising in tandem with our efforts. We are, first of all, journalists, and our advocacy results from what we have discovered ourselves, not because anyone told us what to say or think.  

As journalists like Glenn Greenwald and whistleblowers like Edward Snowden have helped demonstrate, our government has operated with a sense of secrecy and superiority for far too long, unchecked by good traditional journalism.  If the NSA and CIA can spy on its own citizens, the FDA and CDC should not be considered above reproach, either. The mess the CDC first made of Ebola was a wake-up call for some who consider it sacrosanct, and the appearance of whistleblowers at the CDC and Merck show where things are headed.

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Kim Stagliano

Jerry Seinfeld Drops a Junior Mint into Autism Community

Seinfeld(Note to review the CDC diagnostic criteria for autism, visit - CDC.gov.)

By Kim Stagliano

A fews days ago I began Tweeting Jerry Seinfeld like a madwoman about his interview with Brian Wiliiams of NBC. He told Williams, "I think on a very drawn out scale, I'm on the Spectrum." (Insert Kramer double take here.)

You know what, Jerry? I think on a very drawn out scale, I'm a 19 year old SuperModel. Oh wait, I'm not. I'm a 50 year old mother of three daughters with autism. Actual autism.

  • Earlier this month I visited "Dayhab" programs for my 19 year old.

  • I haven't slept a full night in 9 months courtesy of my 18 year old who is convinced the house alarm is going to go off in the middle of the night and wakes 2, 3, 4, 5 times in a tizzy. By tizzy I mean screaming fit.

  • I'm waiting for test results for my 14 year old to hopefully (fat chance) tell me what is going on inside her body, everything is a guess. She does not speak.


So when I heard that Senfield, whom I adore as a comic, blithely said he thought he was on the Spectrum, I became angrier than The Soup Nazi. Sure, he probably meant Asperger's Syndrome and not full autism. I get that. Many people use the terms interchangeably - which is incorrect - but I understand how it happens when you are outside of the autism community.  But Asperger's is (or was, since DSM-V has muddied the waters with the merging of AS and ASD) is also a diagnosis that is fraught with challenges of a different sort. Not better, not worse, but different. 

Let me give you one idea of what it's like to have Asperger's Syndrome, or autism for that matter. 



THAT.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Seinfeld

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Nov. 12, 2014, Washington Post: For some parents of autistic children, Jerry Seinfeld's self-diagnosis was 'a slap in the face' By Peter Holley

When Kim Stagliano saw an "NBC Nightly News" clip of Jerry Seinfeld saying he's on the autism spectrum, the first thing she did was get angry.

Some might label her reaction a "rage spiral," but Stagliano, whose three teenage girls have autism, is not about to apologize. Like many parents of autistic children, Stagliano - the managing editor of the Age of Autism, which covers autism news - said she's grown tired of people, particularly those in the public spotlight, making autistic symptoms sound fashionable.

Adding to the insult, she said, is that the man who aligned himself with the autistic community made his livelihood by humorously dissecting the social nuances of the human condition, a painfully ironic twist for a disorder marked by sufferers' inability to read social cues and communicate effectively.

Congratulations to the Washington Post for having the courage to step away from the "Jerry Seinfeld is raising autism awareness" message on 600 other news sites.  Yes, there is the other side of autism.

I posted my story about Brandon Guppy. 

Thank you, Kim.  People are learning what it's really about.

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

 

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The Vaccine Court Wayne Rohde -—The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

The Vaccine Court Wayne RohdeThe Vaccine Court—The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

By Anne Dachel

Parents and other advocates, long abandoned by the medical community, health officials and the media, have discovered for themselves the corruption and cover-up that exists in government oversight agencies and programs.  In recent years we’ve learned about the existence of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and an obscure part of the federal court system that has come to be known as Vaccine Court, where parties injured by vaccines have to plead their cases before an unorthodox forum known as the “special masters.”  This program exists because the U.S. government indemnified both the manufacturers of vaccines and individuals who administer them.  Both groups have no liability if someone is injured by a vaccine.

Wayne Rohde recently finished writing the book, The Vaccine Court, an in-depth look at the vaccine injury justice system.  I talked to Wayne about his book and in a series of six short videos, Wayne explains how vaccine injury claims are handled and reveals why we all need to be concerned.

What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?  1: 24

 

 “The compensation program was established in 1986 [and] signed into law by President Reagan It was a program established to allow families who want to seek compensation for vaccine-related injuries or death.  It’s an exclusive remedy, for the most part, for those who have been injured or who have died. The program started as a no-fault program back in 1988. It’s changed now to the point where it’s very difficult for families to migrate through the program. You can file for injuries regarding pain and suffering, physical injuries, disease, disorders that resulted from these vaccines. When it first was started, it was focused [on] the six to seven childhood vaccines, and over the years, it’s almost every vaccine for the adults have been included. That’s kind of where the growing concern is, that this is going to an adult program and excluding children, for the most part.”

Why do we have to have a special federal court that deals only with claims of vaccine damage? What happens if someone is injured by a vaccine? 2:59

Wayne explained that because of side effects associated with the DPT vaccine in the late ‘70s and early 80s, Congress was concerned that vaccine makers would simply stop making vaccines because of the law suits they were facing.  Wayne said, “One of the purposes of the program was to insure the vaccine supply of the DTP vaccine.  So Congress established a program to basically indemnify the vaccine manufacturer, but also those who administer the vaccines which is the doctors and other medical practitioners into a program where you would file a petition, seek damages, and the damages would be paid out of a special injury trust fund that was established.”

Wayne described his experience interviewing almost three hundred families that had filed claims of vaccine injuries.  He said that when someone is injured by a vaccine, “it’s almost exclusively that the doctors and the medical practitioners run away from that question.  They refuse to provide the necessary information, therefore the families are up to researching themselves.” 

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Julie Obradovic

No, Jerry, You Don’t Have Autism.

Seinfeld performingBy Julie Obradovic

I’ve been an autism advocate and activist for 10 years. By the mainstream media’s account, I’m on the wrong side of history. You see I’m one of “those” parents. One of “those” who brought a perfectly healthy baby girl into this world only to watch her descend into a physical hell of repeated and chronic illness followed by developmental delays that eventually resulted in an autism diagnosis.

I’m one of “those” parents who did the relentless research and put the pieces together and had the medical testing done that proved her autism wasn’t even kind of sort of genetic. It is epigenetic, a fancy word for environmentally caused. And it is iatrogenic, another fancy word for medically caused.

Here’s all you really need to know about the controversy. The medical industrial complex says my husband and I caused her autism. We know they did. And because they have just a teensy bit more power, influence, money and control over the messaging than I do from my keyboard, well, it’s fair to say they are winning. Jerry Seinfeld is proof.

It’s not uncommon to feel punched in the gut when you are a parent like me, pretty much on a daily basis. Actually, sometimes on an hourly basis. No one, as far as I can tell, is bullied nearly as much as a parent of a medically injured child.

According to 99% of what gets reported, we’re dangerous “cranks” (whatever that stupid word means that nobody ever uses except one guy) who must be stopped before the world explodes in infectious disease because of us. We’re reckless, irresponsible, flat-earth-conspiracy-theorists who can’t accept that we have:

A)    Bad Genes

B)    Bad parenting skills

C)     Bad kids

D)    Bad thinking and reasoning skills

E)     Bad souls

And this is basically what gets reported or blogged about on an average Tuesday.

Going after Jenny McCarthy, who had the guts to be the spokesperson for thousands of parents like me, has become a sport. Slandering her, taking her words out of context, and calling her a liar is simply accepted as good journalism these days. Someone just managed to even make a book out of it. Gross.

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Safeminds on "Germs Make You Well"

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By Eric Uram

If, like me, you grew up learning “germs make you sick,” you probably think bacteria are the bad guys.

It’s bacteria (Streptococcus pyogenes), after all, that cause strep throat.

And bacteria (E. coli) that cause urinary tract infections.

And bacteria (Salmonella) that cause food poisoning.

So, bacteria, of course, is bad.

Right?

The microbial world has been getting a bad rap for years.

But we humans have actually evolved to co-exist with bacteria.

Even more than coexisting, we humans are actually walking, talking microbial communities.

Bacteria is often beneficial

The bacterial cells in our bodies outnumber skin, blood, organ and other cells at least ten to one.

It’s not just that bacteria aren’t harmful. Bacteria are actually essential to our health. Bacteria and other microorganisms play a critical role in our survival.

Our skin, mouth, airways, gastro-intestinal and urogenital tracts all have microbial populations that co-exist and provide assistance to us. The microorganisms in our bodies help us digest our food, are a vital part of our immune system, and even help us grow.

Yet because of aggressive anti-bacteria health campaigns and propaganda and the relentless marketing of antibiotics (seen a hand sanitizer commercial lately?), we are actually threatening the environmental balance by creating antibiotic resistant superbugsand harming human health.

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