Parent Power: Help Support World Alliance for Families and Children in North Carolina

Zachary
NOTE: We received an email from Zachary's Mom asking us to help support her efforts.  Like most progress in autism, it's the parents who are the engine.  We wish you the best on your event tomorrow night, Zachary.

Dear Friends,

My name is Zachary Honeycutt, I am 12 years old and I have Autism. I did have some language and speech abilities( that I have acquired before ),but now I am non -verbal. I am still struggling with the Toilet-training.

I was diagnosed with autism when I was 28 months.

I love my mom because she worked hard to find out what was going wrong with me at early age(before when I turned 2 years old). Just after my second birthday I started to avoid her eye contact .I developed  obsessions with cars, soccer balls. One of my obsessions too  was , the American flag, ask me why? I don't know.

I love water, mom knows that it soothes me. I can stay  for hours playing with water if I could. I can say my favorite word:" bath, goal, mama, go and of course ball; I love balls and I am so good at Soccer.

One of my first signs were : not responding to my name, acting like a deaf, no eye contact and tantrums for no apparent reasons.

My mom worked as an Interpreter in the Medical field and had worked with children and families affected by autism before I was born. She learned a little bit about autism in real life, because all what she knew about autism was "Rain Man", a movie she saw when she was a teenager....but the reality is beyond that movie. Living with autism and raising me  is quite tough.

What is Autism?

Autism a brain disorder that impairs a person's capacity to communicate and relate to others.

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Utah Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleges Data Errors and Research Misconduct as CDC Report Releases U.S. Autism Rate of 1.5%

Health choiceFrom HealthChoice.org.

March 31, 2016

The CDC announced today an autism rate of 1 in 68 children (1.5% of eight year olds surveyed in 2012) for those born in 2004, unchanged from the last reported rate for children born in 2002. Meanwhile, the United States District Court for the District of Utah is preparing to hear critical motions on April 4th from a former CDC researcher and whistleblower. Although the lawsuit is directed primarily to the University of Utah, the whistleblower has also alleged that the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, allowed research misconduct and persistent data errors in their autism prevalence reports. These whistleblower allegations reveal serious concerns over the legitimacy and integrity of the CDC’s management of its widely cited ADDM Network reports.

In documents filed on January 4, 2016 in the Federal District Court, District of Utah, (Case No. 2:13-cv-1131) the former Principal Investigator for the Utah ADDM Network site, Judith Pinborough-Zimmerman asked for the right to a jury trial to adjudicate a range of claims against her employer, the University of Utah, with respect to Zimmerman’s work as an autism researcher for the ADDM Network. According to the January 4 motion, “Dr. Zimmerman was a successful University employee until she accused [her supervisor], among others, of research misconduct and ethical misconduct. Defendants retaliated against Dr. Zimmerman for raising legal and ethical questions of employees’ impropriety, and took multiple adverse actions against Dr. Zimmerman because of her protected speech; her age; her disability; and her religion. Defendants also breached its contract with Dr. Zimmerman and denied her due process and liberty rights.”

Zimmerman’s complaint includes specific concerns over alleged uncorrected errors in the ADDM Network’s reported autism analysis for Utah. Zimmerman “reported that [university researchers] were publishing data under people’s names who had not done the work and that the data contained uncorrected errors. [emphasis added]” Dr. Zimmerman further testified, “I think the fact that I reported data errors, research misconduct, is significant.” According to the lawsuit, knowledge of these errors was not confined to Utah. “On or about December 2012, Dr. Zimmerman also reported the same concerns she had made to the University’s Privacy & Security office to the United States Department of Health and Human Services…. She reported her concerns to the CDC as well. “

Depositions from Zimmerman and her former colleagues suggest that the alleged data errors were serious and have the potential to produce major differences in reported Utah autism rates. In the 2008 ADDM Network Report, Utah autism rates were the highest in the country at 1 in 47. In the 2012 report released today, Utah rates plummeted nearly 20% to 1 in 58 as most other ADDM Network sites reported either rising or stable autism rates.

Health Choice has long criticized the design and management of CDC’s ADDM Network autism prevalence surveys. “The CDC has been misrepresenting the alarming rise in autism rates since the late 1980s,” says Health Choice Executive Leadership Team Chairman Mark Blaxill. His Health Choice analysis, “   The Autism Emergency Continues 1 in 68  born in 2004 released today (see 11 slides below) outlines a number of criticisms of the CDC’s surveillance program. “They have selected a partial and unrepresentative sample of states to track, changed the sample in a biased fashion over the years, and then take too long to report out the data. Today’s 2012 report is over a decade behind the problem, giving us autism rates for children born twelve years ago.”

In addition to Utah, today’s report outlines concerns in Georgia and New Jersey. “If the sharp increases in autism rates began in the late 1980s,” asks Blaxill, “why would CDC design a tracking survey beginning with the 1992 birth year? Elsewhere, they’ve published data with very low rates from the late 1980s in New Jersey and Georgia but don’t connect the dots in the ADDM publications from today’s 1 in 68 rate back to these earlier numbers.”

Health Choice, a non-profit organization whose majority is made up of family members dealing with autism, expressed deep concern about Dr. Zimmerman’s lawsuit. Health Choice’s Executive Leadership Team Chairman Mark Blaxill stated, “Health Choice is very worried that the CDC’s ADDM Network reporting is not accurately representing the seriousness of the autism epidemic. For most affected individuals, autism is a lifelong disability, a condition that frequently wreaks havoc on families, school systems, and state resources.” Mr. Blaxill went on to say, “since 1990, autism rates have exploded: something new and terrible is happening to a generation of children “It’s time to for the CDC stop sugar coating the inconvenient facts and confess that we have a national emergency so we can finally get to the bottom of this tragic problem.”

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Health Choice is a non-profit organization focusing on awareness of health choices, education on nutrition, healing, and prevention of chronic illnesses for children and adults.

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VAXXED Director Andrew Wakefield Breaks Silence on Vaccine Violence Against Children and CDC Coverup

2016-logoNOTE:  The 2016 political season has brought forth candidates that the political and corporate machines both fear and loathe for their willingness to speak out. Americans know that most systems are so stacked against us that the voting process is almost an exercise in futility.  Sadly, while so many can see how the Bank of Americas, Goldman Sacha and Monsantos of the world do not have our interests in mind, they refuse to even consider that pharmaceutical companies, who have paid billions in product liability and fines for outright lying could also have been harming a generation of children via vaccination.  The disconnect is shocking. The calls for censorship by those who would expose any other wrong are perplexing in the extreme.   However, both Trump and Sanders represent a chink in the armor of the status quo.  Love them or dislike them.  Let's hope 2016 is the year that Americans finally get to see, hear and read about the vaccine violence that has been set upon our children like a biblical Passover visit when none of us had an X over the door.  As always, profound thanks to Dr. Wakefield for never, ever giving up on the search for science on behalf of our children. YOUR children. KS

Below, VAXXED director Dr. Andrew Wakefield is interviewed by Gary Franchi revealing the truth behind the CDC's cover-up of the link between Autism and vaccines and to present his side of the story in the wake of attacks against his research exposing the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=titN2bZYlUU&feature=youtu.be
 
Dr. Wakefield: "We have a senior scientist from the CDC admitting to covering up for 13 years the link between MMR vaccine and autism, and in black boys in particular this age of exposure risk. ...
 
"And what it means for the autism community is that they have been deceived. ..."
 
Andrew Wakefield announced that he and others presented the question of a link between the vaccine and autism to the CDC in 2000, "and they found it was the case in 2001."

Bob Wright on Today Show

 
2:45 Matt Lauer: "Please help me with this controversy that's come up again in the last couple of days, about autism and childhood vaccines. There's a film out now, one of the people behind it is Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who's been widely discredited by scientific studies. But it has people asking the question again, do childhood vaccines cause autism?

"As a man who's done so much to educate people, what's the definitive answer?"
 
Bob Wright: "There is no definitive answer, but we have not been able to determine that autism is caused by vaccines. However, there are lots of issues having to do with the vaccine safety program that I got into very deeply with no agenda early on in autism. We proposed, along with a series of doctors, some changes that could be made. If vaccine safety, it's a passive program, and if you made it an active program, I think that would make it better for everybody.
 
"There is no direct tie to autism, but there's a $100 million a year that the Vaccine Court pays out to people for damages with vaccines, not specifically autism. ...There's always going to be an issue with vaccines because all vaccines are the same, and all people receiving them are different." 
 
 
This was the conversation:
 
NBC's Hoda Kotb:  "The trailer includes the suggestion that a whistleblower spoke out from the CDC alleging the organization committed fraud, and knew that 'vaccines were actually causing autism.'"
 
A three second clip of Andrew Wakefield: "The CDC had known all along."
 
A slide with a quote from the film makers: "We have just witnessed yet another example of the power of corporate interests censoring free speech, art, truth.".

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Tossed from Tribeca But VAXXED is Back: Buy Tickets Today

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NOTE: "Banned in Boston!" was a popular phrase about censorship of movies and books in Puritanical Boston into the 20th Century.  Looks like Nixed in New York is the new version.  Fortunately, we have a solution. See below.   Congratulations to the VAXXED team.

Exclusive One Week Engagement
Friday, April 1st, 2016
Angelika Film Center
18 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10012
(212) 995-2570
Show times: Friday (4/1) thru Thursday (4/7): 11:00a, 1:15p, 3:30p, 5:45p, 8:00p, 10:30p

Online Ticket Purchases: http://www.fandango.com/angelikafilmcenter_aaeci/theaterpage

In addition, a special group ticket price is available for $8/ticket for groups of 25 or more, however tickets must be purchased in person at the box office.

There will be Q&As following the 8:00pm shows on Friday (4/1) and Saturday (4/2)

From the VAXXED websiteTo our dismay, we learned on March 26 about the Tribeca Film Festival's decision to reverse the official selection of Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.

It is important to note that this is not an anti-vaccine movie as it is has been commonly portrayed in the media. Robert De Niro's original defense of the film happened Friday after a one-hour conversation between De Niro and and Bill Posey, the congressman who has interacted directly and at length with the CDC Whistleblower (Dr. William Thompson) and whose team has scrutinized the documents that strongly indicate fraud at the CDC. That is what this film is about.

It is our understanding that persons from an organization affiliated with the festival have made unspecified allegations against the film - claims that we were given no opportunity to challenge or redress. We were denied due process.

We have just witnessed yet another example of the power of corporate interests censoring free speech, art, and truth. Tribeca's action will not succeed in denying the world access to the truth behind the film Vaxxed.

We are grateful to the many thousands of people who have already mobilized including doctors, scientists, educators and the autistic community.

We will be pressing forward and sharing our plans in the very near future.

Onward!

- Andrew Wakefield (Director) and Del Bigtree (Producer)


A Few Good Men? How About One?

A Few good MenReprinted from the First Freedoms Facebook page.  LIKE the page here.

By Kevin Barry.

Adapting Colonel Jessup's courtroom speech from A Few Good Men to the autism and vaccine safety research cover up.

For the "Greater Good", CDC and their apologists apparently believe that with the autism rate at 1 in 45, vaccines saved 44 out of 45 kids from certain death from infectious disease. We want them on that wall, we need them on that wall -- and the public can't handle the truth. This is the myth.

Of course they are wrong, but the myth allows them to sleep at night.

CDC/Pharma: You want answers?

Parents/Pediatricians: I think I'm entitled to.

CDC/Pharma: *You want answers?*

Parents/Pediatricians: *I want the truth!*

CDC: *You can't handle the truth!*
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CDC: Son, we live in a world that has infectious diseases, and those infectious disease have to be guarded by men with vaccines. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for The Vaccine Injured, and you curse CDC. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That The Vaccine Injured's death (or injury), while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall (vaccinating against infectious disease), you need me on that wall (vaccinating against infectious disease). We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom ( from infectious disease) that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a syringe, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

Parents/Pediatricians: “Did you rig the vaccine safety studies to get the preordained results you wanted for the Greater Good?”

CDC: I did the job I...

Parents/Pediatricians: *Did you rig the vaccine safety studies to get the preordained results you wanted for the Greater Good?*

CDC: You're Goddamn right we did!

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Dachel Media Update: Vaxxed Axed Tribeca Film Festival Coverage

Error VAXXEDBy Anne Dachel

Thank you to Mary Kelly Godley for her incredible reporting on HubPages. It should be happening everywhere. Instead, all the major news outlets are telling us how Robert De Niro has redeemed himself by cancelling the showing of “Vaxxed” at Tribeca. Stories that applaud the censoring of the film are everywhere on Google News at the moment.

In this article on HubPages, Mary Kelly Godley gives us the background on “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.” (It  may be that she’s so well-informed because, as she tells us, her own son is affected.)                                                       

Godley wrote: “While the title in itself may be considered controversial in many quarters the real issue that had everyone up in arms is the fact that the co-writer and director of this documentary is none other than the infamous Dr Andrew Wakefield.”

Godley explained about Wakefield’s research on the novel form of bowel disease he and “the other researchers” found in their study of 12 children, and about how the media has misrepresented everything about their work for years.

The article talked about how the actions of Robert De Niro, first endorsing, then cancelling the presentation, set off a firestorm in the media and in the medical community. By even bringing up the subject, De Niro was now in league with the anti-vaccination movement, according to every major news source.

Godley reported on the details left out of news stories.

Apparently De Niro had met with Congressman Posey on Friday before making the announcement. Bill Posey is a politician who has been actively trying to get the CDC prosecuted for this fraudulent activity. He advocates very strongly that there needs to be a proper investigation carried out with regards to practices within the CDC especially with regards to this scientific study into the MMR and autism.

Godley said that De Niro should have expected the immediate backlash that happened after he publicly said he was allowing the film to be shown. (Those of us who are very involved in this controversy are well-aware that there is no tolerance for any dissent when the subject is vaccine safety.)

However in summary it was very brave of Robert De Niro to endorse the film to begin with and in doing so it has ensured that Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catasrophe, is now receiving unprecedented publicity on a scale that it would not have otherwise received. To use the words of Oscar Wilde seem appropriate here:

‘The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.’

Godley also looked at all this publicity from a slightly different angle than the rest of us.

There have also been some so far unsubstantiated and speculative statements being made on the Social Media that perhaps Robert De Niro already knew that the other members of the festival committee and/or their corporate sponsors would not ultimately allow ‘Vaxxed-From Controversy to Cover-Up,’ to be part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s programme. That the purpose of this scandal was to garner a huge amount of publicity for the documentary and to highlight the fact that free speech and the right to an opposing view are just not applicable when it comes to discussing the issue of vaccination. That the real purpose of his statements were in fact to highlight the lack of freedom to speak surrounding this issue.

Very interesting perspective.

 I can’t imagine that any of the vaccine defenders who’ve attacked De Niro and Tribeca would ever have wanted the media storm we’ve seen over the past weekend.

…At present all involved are giving no indication that this might be the case. Instead it seems likely pressure from the Tribeca Film Festival Committee, its sponsors and political interests led to Robert De Niro to removing the documentary from the Tribeca Festival programme. Yet nothing gets people interested in something more than if it has been banned censored or is viewed as too controversial for general viewing. Yet why a documentary produced by a such a well-respected Producer as Del Bigtree would be considered too controversial for general viewing remains rather a dubious theory.

Godley also included video of Congressman Bill Posey’s appeal for a hearing on the whistleblower on the floor of the House of Representatives, along with the official trailer for “Vaxxed.”

In addition, she posted the fascinating uncut version of a 13 minute interview of the film’s producer, Del Bigtree, by ABC News. (ABC News used only 5 seconds of Bigtree’s comments in their coverage.)

In addition, Godley included a statement by Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com:

This is the first time in the history of film and media that the totality of the media establishment has condemned a film that none of them have ever viewed, desperately trying to make sure no American ever witnesses the hour and a half of film footage that is now "forbidden" to be viewed in a nation founded on free speech.

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An Open Letter to Bob De Niro!

Open LetterBy Louis Conte

Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening VAXXED. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.”

Robert De Niro, March 25, 2016

“My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family. But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.

The Festival doesn't seek to avoid or shy away from controversy. However, we have concerns with certain things in this film that we feel prevent us from presenting it in the Festival program. We have decided to remove it from our schedule.”

Robert De Niro, March 26, 2016

Dear Mr. De Niro:

It occurred to me that I should write you a note about your decision to not screen Andrew Wakefield’s documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24th.

The media feeding frenzy you endured was typical for anyone with a certain degree of fame who ventures into questioning – or in your case – providing a venue for discussion of vaccine safety. What you experienced in the two days leading up to your decision to accept the censorship of Vaxxed is something that we in the autism community have seen and experienced for years.

Censorship and suppression of our rights to speak out about what happened to our children has been going on for a while now.

As the father of two sons with autism, I want you to know that I’ve never accepted it because I want my sons, who struggle with language, to know that you have to speak out even when finding the words isn’t easy.

Even when the words bring you criticism.

That those who oppose our views exerted enormous pressure on you and the Tribeca Film Festival team to pull Vaxxed from your line up is not shocking. That you brought in “others from the scientific community” to help you accept censorship is profoundly disturbing.

Frankly, many (but certainly not all) of the scientific community, particularly scientists with ties to the pharmaceutical industry or the Centers For Disease Control, have turned their backs on people with autism. These scientists will get up and leave the room if you talk about vaccine injuries.

Since when do we ask the scientific community about whether a film should be screened? Who were these scientists? Shouldn’t we all know which scientists were on the Tribeca Censorship Panel?

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Anne Dachel to Tribeca Film Festival RE Vaxxed

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Dear Tribeca,

Emotions have run very high this past week. Countless parents in the autism community were cautiously excited that your festival would include a film that presented the truth about what an unchecked, unsafe vaccine schedule is doing to our children.

Now it seems that even you have given in to forces desperate to censor what "Vaxxed" has to say.

As more and more of our children fall victim to the nightmare of autism, you are now complicit in the cover-up. Our health officials give us an ever-increasing rate of disabled children, all the while calling it "better diagnosing."

Doctors are mystified every time a healthy, normally developing toddler stops talking, develops seizures, and descends into autism. The one thing they're sure of is that the round of vaccines the child just received wasn't the cause, and they have lots of industry-connected studies to prove it.

Half a million young adults with autism will be aging out of our schools in the next 10 years with nowhere to go. There are no services for them because we have never had a significant population of autistic adults before. The parents of these children are desperate about their future. Still the government refuses to recognize the problem. No U.S. health official has ever called autism a "crisis," despite the fact that it now affects two percent of children, with no known cause, prevention, or cure.

You and others may try to cover up the truth about what's happening, but it won't make these children disappear. And when autism finally becomes an economic disaster for our county as we have to support and care for the victims of this epidemic, you will be among those remembered for refusing to tell the truth.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism


The Age of Polio: Explosion. Part 1.

HILO SteamshipBy Dan Olmsted

 

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HILO, Hawaii, March 28, 1916 -- The steamer Mexican sailed from Hilo with 14,051 tons of raw Hawaiian sugar, shoving off at night for the Port of San Francisco. By April 8 an army of California stevedores was loading its cargo onto seven waiting freight trains, each 50 cars long, all of them filling with sugar from the plantations near Hilo on the windward side of the Big Island.

The two-week journey east from California across the entire continental U.S. would end in late April as the sugar poured into the massive refineries that ringed New York Harbor. Hawaiian sugar had never come overland to New York before,  and never in this quantity. 

Until just a few weeks earlier, the Mexican (pictured above) and the rest of the American-Hawaiian Steamship fleet delivered all that sugar directly to New York and Philadelphia -- around Cape Horn via the Straits of Magellan, or across the Pacific to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico, where it was unloaded, put on a short-haul railroad to the Atlantic side, then reloaded on another Hawaiian-American ship for the rest of the trip. Plan A -- to pass through the new wonder of the world, the Panama Canal – would have been much less cumbersome. But mudslides closed the canal temporarily soon after it opened in 1915.

The outbreak of World War I disrupted things permanently. Although the United States did not enter the war until a year later, by early 1916 American-Hawaiian could fetch a higher price leasing its fleet to the U.S. Government for troops and cargo than running sugar from Hawaii to New York and hauling home  lumber, clothes, housewares -- essential supplies for the remote islands. As profitable as it was patriotic, the new arrangement was hard to beat. But Hawaiian sugar suddenly had to find a new route.

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The Sugar Factors, the cartel that ran the outside business for the plantation owners, had to scramble. American-Hawaiian detailed three steamships, including the Mexican, to take sugar as far as  San Francisco, where the huge freight train convoys were waiting. (To get out of its contract, American-Hawaiian agreed to pay the cost difference of freight versus steamship delivery to the East Coast). The Factors never forgave American-Hawaiian for leaving its planters in the lurch, and never did business with the line again.

Fortunately, cross-country freight had come a long way in just a few years – the Pacific Fruit Express, a refrigerated rail service underwritten by the powerful Harriman interests, started moving tons of fruits and vegetables from the West Coast to the East Coast for the first time in 1907. The haul included apples and potatoes from Washington state and Oregon, lettuce and asparagus and raspberries and strawberries and everything else from California’s fertile Central Valley, grapes from Napa. People in the chilly Northeast could enjoy sun-ripened produce year-round.

But the sugar express eclipsed everything. “The movement of this heavy tonnage of sugar across the entire breadth of the United States represents the largest transcontinental haul of any commodity ever handled by the railroads in solid trainload lots over such an extended continuous mileage,” the newspapers reported in early April.

Even as the 350 freight cars rolled east, a few American-Hawaiian ships were still transiting the Hawaii-New York run with their loads of raw sugar. So for a time this early spring of 1916, an industry publication noted, “sugar will probably be moving to San Francisco [for rail delivery] and to New York via Magellan [by steamship] at the same time, with quite large receipts on the East Coast for a few weeks.”

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BROOKLYN, N.Y., May 1, 1916 -- 13-month-old Lettie Caruso moved with her family to an apartment building at 1295 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn. On the ground floor, a 56-year-old woman named Mrs. G.H. Franklin ran a small ice cream parlor, which “the children naturally frequented,” according to a subsequent report by the New York Health Department. 

On May 9, Lettie became ill. “A private physician was called the first day and came several days,” the Department reported.

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Vaxxed Axed from Tribeca Film Festival Under Enormous Pressure to Censor


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PATRICIA FINN, ESQ.,

NATIONAL VACCINE RIGHTS & INJURY ATTORNEY
 
This weekend the film Vaxxed “from Cover up to Catastrophe” was pulled from Tribeca Film festival by the festival organizers after being pressured to not show the movie because of its controversial content.  New York City's Health Commissioner Jane Zucker issued a statement in support of the film’s censorship stressing in her public announcement on Sunday that vaccines do not cause autism.  On behalf of the citizens of the City of New York represented by this firm and who disagree with Dr. Zucker, the undersigned respectfully requests the Health Commissioner provide the residents of this state with any credible studies, any evidence at all, showing autism cannot be vaccine induced.  Simply attacking the research of Andy Wakefield, and notably without more, is not a sufficient basis for the City's top health official to claim vaccines do not cause autism. 

Vaxxed supporters plan to premier the movie in New York City on April 24, 2016 as planned regardless of the censorship, and would like to put forth any evidence provided by Dr. Zucker to support the statement that vaccines are safe and do not cause autism, other than the same old establishment lame attack on Dr. Wakefield’s research findings and now his new movie.
 
 
Why is the Film Vaxed So Important and A Must See
 
In 2000, a group of doctors from Pharma and CDC got together at a conference in Simpsonwoods, a secluded retreat outside of Atlanta.  The conference was convened to discuss newly uncovered evidence showing a connection between vaccines and brain injury in children.  The transcripts of the Simpsonwoods conference shows comments being made by the CDC and Merck doctor-participants involving potential litigation that would result from their findings, and that it would be “problematic” for industry.  Those in attendance agreed before concluding the conference, not to tell the public about the evidence of vaccine induced brain injury they had uncovered at CDC and Merck, deciding to keep it to themselves and out of “less responsible hands.”
 
About the same time in 2000, the vaccine schedule for children in the United States was tripled, and also about the same time in 2000, the number of children with autism in the United States skyrocketed to 1 in 60 children.  Soon thereafter about 5000 parents filed petitions for compensation in the Vaccine Court, alleging vaccine induced autism and injuries in their children after they had been heavily vaccinated under the new schedule.  The facts of each of the 5000 cases were all highly similar.  The petitions alleged perfectly healthy children developed autism after being heavily vaccinated starting in about 2000, shortly after the CDC\Pharma doctor’s agreed to keep the evidence of harm they had uncovered a secret and out of “less responsible hands.”

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The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes

Country bunny(Cat has the day off with her family.  I hope she is enjoying a mountain of chocolate eggs.)

By Kim Stagliano

We wish our readers a very happy Easter Sunday.  When I was child, I had a favorite Easter book called "The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes." Written in 1939, it sent a clear message that a young mother (of 21 babies) could have a dream, a family and prove to those with lighter "fur" and fancier clothes and bigger bank accounts that heart, willpower and love could overtake those who were "supposed" to "win."  The Easter Bunny gave her a difficult task: to deliver a special egg to a very sick boy who lived high on a  mountain.

As a grown woman, with three autistic daughters, this little book resonates loud and clear with it's message of pluck, perseverance and what a mother will do for her children - and others' too.  (See the autism connection?)

If you aren't familiar with the story: With twenty-one baby bunnies to look after, mother bunny Cottontail abandons her dream of becoming an Easter Bunny. But when Grandfather Bunny spies her perfectly behaved brood, he’s so impressed that he makes Cottontail the most important Easter Bunny of all! Originally published in 1939, Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes celebrates the timeless values of equality, hard work, and patient ambition. Featuring the Caldecott Award winner Marjorie Flack’s original hand-drawn illustrations, a beautifully redesigned cover, and bonus downloadable audio, this seventy-fifth anniversary heirloom edition is perfect for sharing with a new generation of young readers.

I encourage you to find and read this book to your own children. And for yourself.

We are each Country Bunnies. And we can indeed win the races of life to help others, and to help ourselves too.

Happy Easter, friends. 

KIM


The Lies About Andrew Wakefield

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

This morning Age of Autism re-posts a brief article published last year about the key allegations against Andrew Wakefield, which have been long disproven but go on being endlessly recycled by a  mainstream media in the pay of, and intimidated by, the pharmaceutical industry.

By John Stone

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

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

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

CNN, having cited wiki, blocked the following comment:

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

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Glamour DON'T (Think For Yourself)

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March 25, 2016, Glamour: Tribeca Film Festival Will Screen Controversial Anti-Vaccine Film

Maggie Mallon From Glamour Magazine:

For those who may be unfamiliar with Wakefield, here's a little background on the British ex-physician. Formerly a gastroenterologist, Wakefield rose to prominence in the late 1990s after publishing a paper linking vaccines to autism—essentially single-handedly inciting the anti-vaccine movement. In a case study of only eight children, Wakefield suggested a connection between inflammatory bowl disease in children who had recently received the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine and the development of autism. ...

More recently, a 2015 study published by the American Medical Association found no link between vaccines and autism. ...

According to the Tribeca Film Festival website, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe will "[dig] into the long-debated link between autism and vaccines" and include "revealing and emotional interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, parents, and one whistleblower to understand what's behind the skyrocketing increase of autism diagnoses today." One of the aforementioned doctors, pediatrician Jim Sears, insists he is pro-vaccination but does believe that the Center for Disease Control has engaged in widespread cover-up regarding links between MMR and autism. ...

The Tribeca Film Festival committee, however, stands by their choice. In a statement, a Tribeca spokeswoman said: "Tribeca, as most film festivals, are about dialogue and discussion. Over the years we have presented many films from opposing sides of an issue. We are a forum, not a judge."

Comment:

Maggie Mallon, like most people reporting on the vaccine controversy, doesn't have her facts straight.

"...the British ex-physician. Formerly a gastroenterologist, ..."

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Robert DeNiro on Tribeca Film Festival VAXXED Controversy: "Grace and I have a child with autism..."

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UPDATE 3/226: Looks like somebody got talking to Mr. DeNiro. The movie has been pulled from the Festival. We call that raging bullshit.

Managing Editor's Note:  Yes, media censors "He's TALKIN' TO YOU!"

As if I didn't already love actor Robert DeNiro, founder of The Tribeca Film Festival.  Now my heart breaks for him, as I know that we have shared the tough road of raising a child with autism.  Take a look at this photo from a family vacation. Feel familiar? Everyone focused on a child clearly old enough to board a dinghy safely.  Autism.  Below is an article just posted on The SLANTED.com about the unreal controversy swirling around the movie VAXXED at The prestigious Tribeca Film Festival.  DeNiro's quote sums up proper American discourse perfectly: 

“Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening VAXXED. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.”

Thank you to Mr. DeNiro for helping us to have a voice.  KRS

By John Stewart in The SLANTED.com

When it was announced that “VAXXED” would be screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, it was met with some stern opposition.

The film was produced by Andrew Wakefield, who is one of the main opponents of mandatory vaccinations for children. The anti-vaccination movement picked up steam back in 1998 when Wakefield published findings that attributed the combination of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines to an increase in autism in young children.

Those findings were found later to be grossly incorrect, they were discredited and Wakefield was stripped of his medical license. Wakefield was found guilty of “abusing a position of trust as a medical practitioner,” and found guilty of “dishonesty” in his studies which ended his career as a medical doctor.

The film’s description states, “Digging into the long-debated link between autism and vaccines, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe features revealing and emotional interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, parents, and one whistleblower to understand what’s behind the skyrocketing increase of autism diagnoses today.”

Wakefield’s official bio connected with the film at TFF reads, “Andrew Wakefield, MB.BS., is an academic gastroenterologist who practiced medicine at the Royal Free in the U.K. publishing over 140 scientific papers.” The bio continues, “In 1995, he was contacted by parents of autistic children with stomach issues; he learned that these conditions often occurred immediately following an MMR vaccine. In pursuit of this possible link, Dr. Wakefield led an initial study of twelve children with both stomach and developmental issues. The report, published in The Lancet, would catapult Wakefield into becoming one of the most controversial figures in the history of medicine.”

So when “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” hit TFF this year, you can imagine the outrage from groups that have been fighting the consequences of Wakefield’s work for the last decade.

Now a week following the reveal that VAXXED would be screened at the festival, Robert De Niro has issued a statement. De Niro, as many readers probably already know, is a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Di Niro’s statement in full reads: (Read more at The SLANTED.)

 


Teaching Americans To Hate "Anti-Vaxxers"

This graphic was circulating on Facebook regarding politics and terrorism. Looks just like the playbook of the VID (vaccine injury denial) community. Once you have hatred, you can do all sorts of nasty things via the law, medicine, in the media. We've seen it for years. Let's keep changing ignorance to EDUCATION. Then hate will turn to logical analysis.

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THE AUTISM EPIDEMIC - Whom should you believe?

Trust us!By Dr. Yazbak

During the last year, agenda-driven politicians introduced laws, rules and regulations that went against the wishes of parents in many states. Suddenly, parents who had always been free to make decisions concerning their infants and young children’s faith, health, diet, activities and everything else, lost their right to be concerned and selective when it came to the many mandated and ever-increasing pediatric vaccinations.

A few pediatricians, now immune from vaccine-related liability and litigation suddenly started getting cranky and disagreeable with parents who dared question them about the need, timing or safety of certain pediatric vaccines. Some pediatricians put threatening notices in their waiting rooms or on Facebook, some requested parents to sign affidavits and some simply discharged from their practice those parents they deemed too time- consuming. All those pediatricians, presumably Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) seemed to ignore the Academy’s responsible advice: Although pediatricians have the option of terminating the physician-patient relationship, they cannot do so without giving sufficient advance notice to the patient or custodial parent or legal guardian to permit another health care professional to be secured. Such decisions should be unusual and generally made only after attempts have been made to work with the family. Families with doubts about immunization should still have access to good medical care, and maintaining the relationship in the face of disagreement conveys respect and at the same time allows the child access to medical care. Furthermore, a continuing relationship allows additional opportunity to discuss the issue of immunization over time."

*****

For personal reasons, I became interested in everything related to Autism in 1993.

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Media Lockstep Crackdown on Any Vaccine Safety (Danger) Conversation Continues at Salon

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And now another installment of the "NO NO YOU CAN'T TALK ABOUT VACCINES AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN LIFE SAVING FAIRY WATER" files.... Salon attacks a prestigious film festival for daring to include a film about vaccines. The censorship calls in the media toward the vaccine injured and their families and those who dare speak out is nothing short of North Korean in its approach. But Americans are wising up.  Visit the National Coalition Against Censorship to learn more about the history of censorship in America.  They need to do some updating...

By Anne Dachel

Mar 23, 2016, Salon: Anti-vaxxer’s Tribeca triumph: Discredited doctor’s documentary about “the long-debated link between autism and vaccines” doesn’t belong in respected festival

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

"There are not two sides to every story. Not every issue requires us to legitimize an opposing view. Like, for instance, when the other perspective is totally crackpot. For example, if you’re a disgraced fraud, maybe you’re really not the best source for information about vaccines."

If you look at Mary Elizabeth Williams's bio, you'll see she's written for the NY Times and the LA Times. And here in this Salon piece she epitomizes the attitude of the media when it comes to the vaccine controversy---THERE ISN'T ONE! ....Remember Nancy Snyderman telling Matt Lauer on NBC, it's "not controversial"? 

NBC Oct 31, 2008 Dr. Nancy Snyderman

"Snyderman immediately shot back, 'Not controversial subject , Matt. ...It's time for kids to get vaccinated. The science is the science. It's not controversial.'"

Williams and Snyderman couldn't be more wrong. In fact what they've said is sheer nonsense.

Of course there are TWO SIDES and of course it's CONTROVERSIAL! 

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Switched On: What Happens When Treatment Works?

Switched onBy Kim Stagliano

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Book Expo America 2007 for John's First Book Launch

Dear AofA readers, I'm going to share a few thoughts about this book by one of my first friends in the autism writing community, John Elder Robison. I know some of you will get your back up when I talk about our friendship.  And about this new book.

Please stand down.

I am too damn tired to manage a negative day. I have a 21 year old with 3 more months of school and the adulthood cliff awaits. My days are filled with trying to save our funding to pay for a palatable day program for her.  She has a 19 year old sister with autism. She has a 15 year old sister with autism too. As I'm typing this, my back is seizing up with stress pain. I'm exhausted. We haven't slept a full night in years.  Money is tighter than a 20 year old wedding dress. Like so many of you, I've been using biomed treatments and behavioral and educational programs for years and years and years. Anyone remember the old Yahoo group TNOT? Tough nuts and old timers. My 3 kids are tough nuts. I'm an older timer at 52.  Treatments have been hit or miss for us.

Today I want to talk about John and his latest book, Switched On, which is about what happened to him when a treatment WORKED. The treatment is TMS - Transcranial-Magnetic-Stimulation.  John was part of a study conducted by Harvard and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.  Read about TMS here.

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21 yea old Mia's desk. Not staged! She grabbed John's book and mine.

When I first met John in 2007. His Asperger's was painfully apparent.  At the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the day, John is an adult with autism/Asperger's.  We met at the Farmington Mall in Connecticut for lunch.  He barely looked at me. (And I thought I looked fetching that day! HA HA!)  His voice had a rather high pitch for such a large, strapping man.  Check out that photo of us, he's well over 6' tall.    I attended the Book Expo America with him. this is a huge book event, and Random House had featured John's memoir Look Me In The Eye with an impressive splash.  John and I walked the show together. I remember he had a list of books he wanted - and publishers give the books away at BEA.  I had a list too.  He walked into a booth and said bluntly to the young, mostly female marketing staff who was handing out books, "I need this (title) book."   I immediately saw their response.  They looked at John funny. They glanced at each other with the look that said, "Who the heck is this rude man?"

They did not know he was one of the hottest new authors at the event.

He did not know he had  been borderline rude and was being judged by them.  He did not notice their looks of disgust. I did. It bothered me. A lot.

Over the years following that event, I saw John gain social skills because he was interacting with the public in a new way while on book events.  Stupid he's not, and he told me at our first meeting how he had trained himself to look up and make eye contact at predetermined intervals to accommodate his Asperger's. 

But one night, I got a phone call from John that blew me away, immediately after he began his TMS. His words to me?

"Kim, I can read minds!"

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Midweek Mashup: First Hulk Hogan, Now Andy Wakefield -- Gawker Media in Search of Truth and Justice

Midweek mashupBy Dan Olmsted Gawker Jezebel

On Tuesday, the online site Jezebel posted an article about Andy Wakefield stuffed with every mindless trope in the get-Wakefield playbook.

"This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will include a screening of a film by Andrew Wakefield, the former doctor who was stripped of his medical license after authoring a discredited study that implied a link between vaccines and autism," wrote Anna Merlan. "A spokesperson for the film tells Jezebel that there will be 'celebrity support' for the film at the screening."

"Wakefield," she continued, "claims the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are ignoring a link between vaccines and autism, especially among African American boys. That claim has been extensively debunked."

Oh really. The piece is one of those tarred-by-association things, the implication being that Tribeca is inviting in a crank. Kind of like those articles you see that say "Rand Paul [or whoever questioned vaccine orthodoxy in any given news cycle] once belonged to an organization of doctors that once suggested that something once happened to a child who got 27 vaccines at once. That suggestion has been widely debunked."

 But it looks like the festival isn't going to fold, offering this perfectly sensible statement: “Tribeca, as most film festivals, are about dialogue and discussion. Over the years we have presented many films from opposing sides of an issue. We are a forum, not a judge.”

Let's remember that Jezebel is a sister publication of Gawker, which just lost its shirt, and every other shirt in the known and all possible universes, by believing it was newsworthy to air a video of Hulk Hogan having sex with his best friend's wife. The hundred-million-plus verdict will probably put the whole outfit out of business, and even as a journalist it's hard to feel too bad for an entity whose editor testified thusly, according to the New York Post:

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A.J. Daulerio, 41, was sitting ramrod straight in the Florida courtroom during the awkward moment when he was asked on video by Hogan’s lawyer, “Can you imagine a situation where a celebrity sex tape would not be newsworthy?”

Daulerio answered flatly, “If they were a child.”

“Under what age?” attorney Charles Harder asked.

“Four,” he said.

“No four-year-old sex tapes, OK,” Harder said.

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Steve Silberman Keynote Speaker at the UN for Autism Awareness Day

Bang-head-hereApril Fool BlueBy Anne Dachel

I can't imagine how bad this year's Autism Awareness Day/Month is going to be: A month-long indoctrination into accepting autism as a normal part of the human condition.  

Scroll down to info on the FIRST Autism Awareness Day nine years ago in 2007. Back then, autism was described as "a growing global health crisis."

Today, according to these press releases, the UN is going to have a "celebration" of autism awareness.

What's changed?

Back in 2007, the U.S. autism rate was one in every 150 CHILDREN. Today, it's one in every 68 CHILDREN. Still no known cause, cure, or prevention.

We've given up.

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VAXXED: The Movie At Tribeca Film Festival

Movie filmIn 2014, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker received a call from a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism. The scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Over several months, Dr. Hooker records the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who provides the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC. Dr. Hooker enlists the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. In his ongoing effort to advocate for children’s health, Wakefield directs this documentary examining the evidence behind an appalling cover-up committed by the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens. Interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children reveal an alarming deception that has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism and potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.

Tribeca Film Festival World Premiere
Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 2:00pm
SVA Theater (SVA)
School of Visual Arts
333 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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Prof Pollard Again: Oxford University Hosts British Government Vaccine Committee

Pollardandrew2.previewBy John Stone

By now Age of Autism readers will be familiar with the story of Prof Andrew Pollard who was appointed to the chairmanship of the British body which makes recommendations for the UK vaccine schedule (the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) and soon afterwards chaired a discussion which recommended the infant use of the Meningitis B vaccine (Bexsero) for which he has been named lead developer in official documents as Director of Oxford Vaccine Group. It will be no surprise (since this has become routinely the case) that the minutes of the latest JCVI meeting are published without disclosures of interest. Rather more unusual is the fact that instead of being held at a Department of Health building in London the most recent meeting was held at the lavishly funded Oxford research institution Oxford Martin School, at which Prof Pollard is listed as Senior Fellow and lead researcher.

Equally noteworthy is mention of a substantially unminuted event the previous day referred to as a “retreat” in which the Mad tea partycommittee were entertained at Prof Pollard’s college St. Cross (which sounds like something out of one of the more fanciful episodes of Inspector Morse). While nothing in the JCVI Code of Practice would seem to preclude this departure – perhaps no one ever anticipated it - in practice it might seem cavalier and unwise. Among the roles of the chairman of JCVI is also his job of appraising other members and senior officials every year (Code of Practice clause 21) so presumably everyone was on their best behaviour.

John Stone is UK Editor of Age of Autism.


The Power of One March Asks Autism Community: ARE WE THERE YET?

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Thank you to the organizers of The Power of One March for letting us share this blog post. Please visit their site to show your power of one at the April 2nd March in Washington, DC.  Many voices with one goal - helping our loved ones with autism.

Are We There Yet?

Here we are. On the road again. All of these organizations in the autism family station wagon heading to Wally World.
Are We There Yet?

No. No we are not. And we still have a long way to go, so stop poking your brother.  If he is bothering you, look out the window and see what else you can see but do not poke back. Stay on your side. Keep your hands on your lap. When we stop for gas you can each poke each other hard once but you will have to wait until we stop. And right now, we can’t stop because we still have a long way to go.

We know it is cramped with all of these different organizations in here.  Especially since you don’t all like being in the same car, traveling down the same road not really knowing where we are going.  Everyone is yelling directions and fighting about which way to go to get there faster. Our driver would get a headache if only someone was actually driving the car.

Without one, we are weaving all over the place and it is a wonder we haven’t run into a ditch.

Are We There Yet?

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My Life for His

Mother's loveBy Cathy Jameson

As I put the car in park, I placed the handicap placard on my rearview mirror. I glanced behind me. My younger children were happily munching on snacks oblivious to the mental gymnastics I was doing as I thought about how to get us from point A to point B. I need to give them directions, so I asked them to take a break and listen.

“Guys, after we get out, we’re going to walk together. I’m not sure how the event is set up, so be ready to listen to directions and follow them, okay? It’ll take a few minutes for me to get Ronan ready, so finish your snacks and then let’s get ready to go.”

Nodding that they’d heard me, I turned my attention to Ronan. Opening his car door, I said, “Hey, buddy. I’m going to get your adaptive stroller from the back.” We haven’t needed to use it for quite some time, but with the long walk and the long wait I was anticipating, I let Ronan know that he’d be using it.

The kids gathered around while I buckled Ronan in his stroller. Ronan’s younger brother said, “Mom, when people look at Ronan, what do you think they think?”

We hadn’t drawn any unwanted attention (yet), but several other people were very close by, which is probably why Willem asked me that question. Some people were heading to their cars to leave while others were getting themselves organized to walk over to the sports’ field like we were. Not wanting to make any sort of eye contact with anyone, I had kept my head low and concentrated on making sure that Ronan was comfortable. I looked at my son and swept my gaze across the busy parking lot. Instead of taking a minute to answer him, I asked, “Well, before I answer that, what do you think that other people think when they see Ronan?”

Quickly responding, Willem said, “He’s in the stroller because his legs aren’t working or because something is wrong with him…or, or it’s because he has special needs. I know that without Ronan, I wouldn’t know what special needs meant, but because of Ronan, I know that it can mean someone has disabilities.”

“That’s a great answer!”

I continued, “If I didn’t know Ronan and I saw him for the first time in the stroller, I’d think that maybe he’s got problems with his legs. I don’t know if I’d think he had other problems unless I got to know him better. Ronan looks like a regular kid most of the time. It isn’t until someone tries to talk to him do they realize how delayed he is. That’s what I’d think.”

Ronan’s younger sister, Izzy joined the conversation, “I think they might think that Ronan should be able to walk and talk and play with other kids, but the more they look at him they see that Ronan can’t do that stuff. I think those people might think he needs extra help. But some people don’t come over to help. They just stare.”

We were just about to take the long walk over to the sports’ field when I asked Izzy, “Is it okay for people to stare?”

“No!” Ronan’s little sister emphatically answered.

I asked, “But what if it’s okay to stare?”

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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: The Greasy Nothingburgers Who Constitute the United States Congress

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

I see that Jason Chaffetz’s House Oversight Committee is mugging for the cameras again – I Jason-Chaffetzmean, standing up for the common man who has been lead-poisoned in Flint, Michigan.

A few weeks ago they were bouncing bank shots off consensus candidate for Most Hated Human Martin Shkreli, he of the million-percent drug markup and lopsided grin while taking the Fifth Amendment. With the addition of a twirly mustache, he’d be the perfect person to tie the damsel on the railroad track (that would be Snidely Whiplash for cartoon newcomers).

First of all, let him take the Fifth in peace. That’s what it’s there for, and he is kinda under indictment at the moment, after all. Second, it’s been pointed out before that Shkreli is a great distraction from the real misdeeds of pharma (including, I would argue, triggering the autism epidemic via vaccines).

In the same way, screaming at people about the lead in Flint is the perfect foil when the bigger issue is the toxic poisoning of America by special interests that fund an obeisant governing class. Exhibit A, of course, is Congress itself -- and the government’s own vaccine mandates, its “cover-up court” and its flabbergasting insistence that flu shots containing industrial-waste-grade mercury are just fine for pregnant women and for infants.

Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland who was having a go at Michigan’s governor this week over Flint, used to care about that, Cummingstoo, as you might recall. In November 2012 he played to the crowd of parents and told the CDC’s Coleen Boyle:

“’There's something wrong with this picture. When you've got this combination of shots, and you go from 1-in-10,000 to 1-in-88, it seems to me somebody would say, 'Wait a minute. Let's put the brakes on this,'" he said. "’I wish you could see the people behind you. There are grown men crying behind you... Let's err on the side of keeping children safe, even if we have to do a pause and give children one shot per day.’"

Playing to the audience seems to be a Cummings specialty. He told Shkrelli: "You can look away if you like, but you should see the faces of the people you affect," Cummings said. "You are known as one of the bad boys of pharma."

Congress has more to answer for than Shkreli does when it comes to pharma whoredom, and more to answer for than Michigan’s governor when it comes to the toxification of America. Like answering for its own creation, the ill-advised vaccine “court” and compensation scheme (and I do mean scheme), and its own massive failure in not revisiting its catastrophic consequences (the autism epidemic). Talk about an Oversight!

Like answering for making it impossible to negotiate drug rates for Medicare and tossing another trillion dollars their way. Like answering for crashing through the revolving door faster than Julie Gerberding. (See Billy Tauzin, former head of PhMRA. Wikipedia: “Two months before resigning as chair of the committee which oversees the drug industry, Tauzin had played a key role in shepherding through Congress the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill.”)

Now, as Anne Dachel has reported, Tony Muhammad of the Nation of Islam tried to raise the William Thompson CDC whistleblower issue with Cummings. You’d think Cummings, after saying “something’s wrong with this picture” of multiple vaccines and a soaring autism rate, would take the logical next step and demand Thompson himself be called as a witness. (Even if Chaffetz said no, the public stink would be progress). Instead, Cummings told Muhammad before hanging up, he is “pro-vaccine” despite all the ersatz empathy for the audience. And Chaffetz, I happen to know, has chit-chatted with a who's who of autism advocates including Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who you think might get a little professional courtesy from both sides of the aisle.

People are tired of lawmakers in high dudgeon who promptly forget what they’re angry about until the next chance to act tough presents itself. I thought it was just me, but people are starting to notice.

“I’m really glad these lawmakers took their moment in the sun to look so tough,” Mika Brzezinski scoffed on Morning Joe Friday, speaking of the Flint session.  “I don’t want to ever hear those people again. I’m so sick of Washington.”

“And you wonder why Congress has an 11 percent approval rating?” said Steven Rattner.

No, actually, you don’t.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


Protect Your Right To Choose Housing For Your Disabled Loved One!

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March 16, 2016

Dear Friends and VOR Members,

We urge you to act immediately.

Protection and Advocacy Agencies (P & A) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) file mass actions with the purpose of closing Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID) in pursuit of an ideological agenda to serve all people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in the community.

These actions are typically filed without consultation with the individuals’ guardians, who have consistently opposed such actions, despite the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Olmstead decision that compel the government to respect the right of choice. 

Please email your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives immediately and request that he or she contact the House Appropriations Committee by March 23, 2016 and ask the Committee to include language in two appropriations bills which will protect the rights of individuals with I/DD who require and choose an ICF/IID level of care.  

Taking action is easy.  Please click on the link below to be taken to a ready-to-send email to your U.S. House Representative.  You can edit it, if you wish, before sending.

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Thank you for your attention to this important matter. 

Please feel free to forward this alert to others who would like to help.

Gratefully,

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A Doctor Speaks Out on Medical Exemptions in California

Speak_out_for_safety_osha_caution_signBy Anne Dachel

San Francisco physician Dr. Ken Stoller has long been an advocate for vaccine safety. He was an outspoken critic of SB277, the California law passed last year that eliminated personal exemptions from vaccinations mandated for school attendance in that state. 

This was Dr. Stoller's speech in opposition to SB277 in Sacramento on April 8, 2015.

I recently talked with Dr. Stoller about the medical exemptions he's writing for children in his practice. The information he provided should be of interest to many California parents concerned about a one-size-fits-every-child vaccine schedule.

Me: Dr. Stoller, you are currently providing medical exemptions (MEs) from vaccinations for children. How do you determine who's susceptible for a vaccine reaction?

Dr. Stoller: Yes, I have written ME's after doing a comprehensive Adverse Event risk assessment for each child whose parents requested it. 

The new California law leaves it up to the medical judgment of a licensed physician to determine if a child qualifies for a medical exemption

"the physical condition of the child is such, or medical circumstances relating to the child are such, that immunization is not considered safe, indicating the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition or circumstances including, but not limited to, family history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization . . ." 

It is my opinion that the medical exemption and the reasons thereof be documented sooner rather than later.

Me: What might, who might or could qualify for a medical exemption?

Dr. Stoller:

1) a child who has already had a serious vaccine reaction - NOW SOME GROUPS, such as Kaiser, have essentially made this the only qualifier for a medical exemption - a near death level vaccine reaction, but that is not the law, and the wording of the law was just quoted.

2) the sibling of the child who had that vaccine reaction

3) children of someone who had a serious vaccine reaction

4) reactions in more distant relatives require looking at genetic biomarkers or polymorphisms that have been associated with vaccine reactions, because documenting a 4th cousin once removed had an untoward vaccine reaction is likely to be challenged at some point.

5) Children with chronic medical conditions may qualify depending on the condition.

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Autism Pipedream

PipesNOTE: Thanks to our loyal commenter and now contributor Linda1 for this unique take on the autism epidemic.

By Linda1

Once upon a time in America, houses did not have indoor plumbing. Later, when plumbing was installed into homes, early pipes were not reliable and often would leak and need replacing. As the manufacturing process improved, so did pipe reliability and leaking was no longer a big problem. Americans were dry and enjoyed a good clean water supply for several decades.

Then one day, a plumber got the idea that if he could put a few microscopic holes in pipes, that those holes would prevent bigger holes from forming and would not only make those pipes last longer, but would also protect homes from flooding. He said it would work because of physics, which he explained was too complicated for the non plumber to understand. Some people remembered the leaking of the older type pipes and thought it was a good idea to have this protection from leaks and flooding. Now, there weren't really too many plumbers in those days. But that was about to change.

The American Academy of Plumbers (AAP) grabbed ahold of this idea and met with government officials. The officials were impressed and saw an opportunity to form lucrative partnerships. They didn't understand the physics, but they accepted the plumbers' explanation because they were the experts. Some master plumbers (MPs) were assigned to high level positions in the American government so that they could oversee this new partnership and make sure that homes across America and even the world would be protected from flooding by this new technological advancement. Called the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention (CDC for short), these top experts advised government and world leaders about the best way to prevent and treat pipe problems. The CDC had a lot of power and dictated to all the plumbers in the land how to do their job. The AAP went along with whatever decision the CDC made. A special committee made up of plumbing industry insiders was formed. The Advisory Committee on Interventional Pipeholing (ACIP) was tasked with ongoing evaluation and recommendations for the new Pipeholing Program.

It wasn't long before the government and the AAP went into production to manufacture all the necessary special drills and drill bits that would be needed to drill microscopic flood preventative holes in every pipe in every home across America. The equipment was expensive to produce, especially since the special drill bits had to be discarded after only one use. But these partners calculated that the money saved by preventing floods would be far greater than the millions spent on the Program. It was a good investment, they thought. They also knew that they would be able to sell the pipeholing treatments to Americans and planned to export the special drills and bits to all other countries. To guarantee the success of their scheme, they declared that untreated homes would devastate the country's economy, that pipeholing was a matter of national security, and that no pipehole preventable floods should be tolerated in a scientifically and ethically advanced society. They passed laws to make the service mandatory. No one could refuse.

At first, the plumbing treatment seemed to work. With one treatment, most people didn't notice anything wrong, at least not for a while (the holes were microscopic and the pipes were behind walls). But some people noticed that their pipes leaked right away. These people reported leaking to their plumbers and the plumbers almost never admitted that the treatment caused the leaking. They would say that the pipes leaked after treatment because the house was defective, that the pipes would have leaked anyway and that temporal association with pipeholing treatments was coincidental. Many people were ignored when they complained to the AAP and the CDC. The experts insisted that the pipeholing program was backed by solid indisputable science.

Hearing about all the leaking that was now occurring, the AAP, CDC and ACIP got together and declared that one treatment was not enough. They issued a proclamation stating that the occurrence of leaky pipes required more frequent drilling. They added more treatments to the plumbers' pipeholing schedule - every 2 to 3 months holes were to be drilled in all the pipes in homes across America. Now, friends, you can just imagine what happened next.

Houses started to really smell damp. Mold started to grow. Not all at the same rate. It depended on the size of the house, the location of the pipes and what kind of pipes people started out with (some types tolerated the drilling better than others), the climate that the home was located in, the skill of the plumber in using the special drill, and also, importantly, the more treatments a person's plumbing had, the more there seemed to be a swampy, damp, feel to the home. Some of the bits might have been defective and made bigger holes than others, too. It's a mystery because a proper investigation was never done. People called their plumbers to come fix this new problem that people never experienced before, at least not on this scale, at this rate, in America. That's when things got really bizarre.

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Midweek Mashup: Starts With An A, Will Wreck Your Life, and Isn’t Autism.

MashupBy Dan Olmsted

I can’t walk down the street anymore without being assailed by evidence that we live in a toxic world and that, healthy though we may be at the moment, there is always something lurking around the corner.

Like Alzheimer’s. Coming out of Starbucks today I saw a new building for assisted living going up. Assisted Living PhotoRight next to the smiling couple on a banner covering the chain link fence was the news that two – not one, but two! – floors would be devoted to memory care. I’ve heard Alzheimer’s called the autism of adulthood, which means that fewer and fewer of us are going to get out of this world with our minds intact.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association:

“By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million — a 40 percent increase from the 5.1 million age 65 and older affected in 2015.” (By the way, the group’s slogan, “the brains behind saving yours,” does nothing to make me think they are going to get a grip on this disease anytime soon. Yuck!)

Anyone who reads this blog already knows the damage inflicted on a generation and a half – and counting – by the autism epidemic. We hear the latest numbers are coming out later this month, but whether it’s 1 in 68, or 1 in 30 boys, or 1 in 50 based on the CDC’s own phone survey of parents of kids 6 to 17 in 2011-2012, or 1 in 25 as Andy Wakefield says it really is right now, or the 1 in 2 that MIT professor predicted for a couple of decades from now – well, it’s way too much.

Add ADHD on top of that, along with declining academic proficiency, asthma, allergies and so on. And that’s just the A’s, and that’s just the kids.

It appears the Seven Ages of Man that Shakespeare described have been reduced to a list of age-appropriate disabilities – all of it attended to by the only flourishing sector of the economy at the moment, health care.

Still, a ghastly end awaits an awful lot of us after all this lovely health treatment. Make it past 85 and you’ll have a one in three chance of having Alzheimer’s.  One in nine of those over 65 (which I will be next year) have it.

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Dachel Media Update: The Media Love Affair With Normalizing Autism Continues

Online newsMarch 14, 2016, Miami Herald: Getting a grasp on autism

Two journalists chronicle the history of the disease and how treatment has improved over recent decades

‘In a Different Key’ took more than seven years to write

The authors will appear Wednesday at Books & Books in Coral Gables

Reporter Connie Ogle explained how difficult it was for John Donvan and Caren Zucker to come up with "a definitive history of autism." The definition is confusing. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can't tell exactly how many people have autism.

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Does Malcolm Turnbull Support Censorship?

AustralianFlagExcerpted from NoCompulsoryVaccination.com

A very active and lively discussion has been taking place on the Prime Minister’s Facebook page regarding the No Jab, No Pay law.  I made several posts in response to Dr Patrick Stokes – a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy who supports censorship when it comes to vaccination as evidenced by his article on The Conversation entitled: No, You’re Not Entitled to Your Opinion.

Dr Stokes is an Australian academic who readily admits that he is not an authority on the this issue.  Furthermore, he openly states that he does not WANT to know about the science of vaccination, instead claiming that everyone should defer to doctors and health authorities because they are the only ones capable of understanding the subject. Please read his statement below:

Stokes

Is the PM Censoring Debate?

Getting back to the Prime Minister’s Facebook page, as I said, I was having a lively debate with Mr Stokes about the issue of vaccination. I prepared a comment in response to his repetition of the fact that he does not know anything about vaccination and does not believe the issue should be publicly debated. When I tried to post my response, however, I got a warning that there was a problem and I should try later. This was yesterday afternoon and I have tried 4 times now and each time, I get the same warning.

Since there are plenty of new comments on this page, including many casting aspersions on my honesty, integrity and intelligence, I can only assume that I have been blocked. Fair go, Malcolm or whoever you have delegated to moderate your page! Are you afraid that your wife’s profits at Prima BioMed (profits that jumped to AUD $5.5 million mere weeks after No Jab No Pay legislation was announced) might be affected if enough people start to question vaccination? Valid fear, that – but is that a reason to silence opponents of government policies? Do we live in a democracy or not, Mr Turnbull? Or are the Australian people no more than cash cows (cash vaccas, the origin of the word ‘vaccination’, appropriately enough?) to you and your government?

Continue reading at:  NoCompulsoryVaccination.com


Science Summary: Paradigm Shift in Chemical Risk Assessment of Mercurial Compounds

Science post imageDose-response analysis indicating time-dependent neurotoxicity caused by organic and inorganic mercury-Implications for toxic effects in the developing brain.

Pletz J, et al. Toxicology. 2016.

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Abstract

A latency period preceding neurotoxicity is a common characteristic in the dose-response relationship induced by organic mercury. Latency periods have typically been observed with genotoxicants in carcinogenesis, with cancer being manifested a long time after the initiating event. These observations indicate that even a very small dose may cause extensive adverse effects later in life, so the toxicity of the genotoxic compound is dose and time-dependent. In children, methylmercury exposure during pregnancy (in utero) has been associated with delays in reaching developmental milestones (e.g., age at first walking) and decreases in intelligence, increasing in severity with increasing exposure. Ethylmercury exposure from thimerosal in some vaccines has been associated, in some studies, with autism and other neurological disorders in children. In this paper, we have examined whether dose-response data from in vitro and in vivo organic mercury toxicity studies fit the Druckrey-Küpfmüller equation c·t(n)=constant (c=exposure concentration, t=latency period), first established for genotoxic carcinogens, and whether or not irreversible effects are enhanced by time of exposure (n≥ 1), or else toxic effects are dose-dependent while time has only minor influence on the adverse outcome (n<1). The mode of action underlying time-dependent toxicity is irreversible binding to critical receptors causing adverse and cumulative effects. The results indicate that the Druckrey-Küpfmüller equation describes well the dose-response characteristics of organic mercury induced neurotoxic effects. This amounts to a paradigm shift in chemical risk assessment of mercurial compounds and highlights that it is vital to perform toxicity testing geared to investigate time-dependent effects.

Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

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Dachel Media Update: Palm Beach Post on Bob Wright

Online newsMarch 9, 2016, Palm Beach Post: Ex-NBC chief lives in Palm Beach; talks Trump, autism and port

...After Wright retired from NBC in 2007, he turned his attention toward autism research. Wright’s grandson, Christian, was diagnosed with autism, and Wright founded Autism Speaks, a New York-based nonprofit that has raised tens of millions of dollars.

Wright hasn’t been shy about weighing in on the contentious topic of vaccines and autism. While scientists unequivocally say that childhood vaccinations don’t cause autism, Wright’s daughter isn’t so sure. Her son’s symptoms suddenly emerged while he was receiving immunizations.

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Puzzles Bakery in Schenectady Nails the Autism Friendly/Centric Model

Puzzles exterior Puzzles treats

By Kim Stagliano

Sometimes dreams come true. Thoughts and ideas on paper spring to life before your eyes.  For instance, I'm a big Harry Potter fan.  I can recall watching the very first movie in the theatre and marveling at how each scene turned the book into a cinematic reality before my eyes.   

Puzzles Sign CupcakesWhen I was a newlywed living in Cleveland, Ohio, I joined the Junior League and volunteered at The Children's Museum. One of their exhibits was "The Great Green Room" from the classic book, Goodnight Moon.   I had no kids of my own, but I knew the book, of course.  And when I walked into the room for the first time, I was transported into the pages. 

As my girls have aged into adulthood, I've been writing the story of their future in my mind's eye. A bakery with an autism theme has been a dream of mine - far fetched - but still, a dream.

On Friday night, I saw firsthand how that dream would look when I had the great honor of speaking at Puzzles Bakery & Cafe, Puzzles Micin Schenectady, New York, whose owner, Sara Mae Hickey is an autism sibling.  From their website:

In addition to serving delicious food, the bakery-café provides adults with developmental disabilities with an opportunity for personal growth, as well as a source of income, social interaction, and a sense of purpose.


Sara Mae has done everything right. And I mean everything. From the design of the signage, to the soothing, bright cheerful interior (with a community room) to the menu of fun, healthy and delicious foods, Puzzles would be a great bakery and cafe even without the autism theme.  But that theme is truly the icing on the cupcake.

I think the autism siblings will change the world for our kids.  They are battle tested.  Some will become advocates and warriors on behalf of their brothers and sisters.  Like Sara Mae Hickey has for her sister. 

As April approaches,Puzzles Coffee the month of "awareness", we need to promote businesses and people who personify action, support. Eating cupcakes and drinking "holy cannoli coffee" is a pretty easy way to get started. 

Thank you Sara Mae. Thank you Elaine Rambo Hickey, her Mom, and my FB friend who introduced me to her daughter's work.

Puzzles Bakery. Check it out.

Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.


MMR Vaccination and Autism Revisited in 2016

Note:  As always, thank you to Dr. Yazbak - and to Vaccination News for allowing us to excerpt this post.  Please bookmark their site and visit often.

By F Edward Yazbak MD

Many parents have suspected that their previously normal children regressed and were later diagnosed with autism following Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) a joint effort of HHS, the Department of Justice and the US Court of Federal Claims (CFC) has been operational since October 1988 in order to compensate vaccine injured individuals.

The first MMR related autism case was filed with VICP in 2001.

When the number of cases exploded in a short time, the Chief Special Master of the Vaccine Court created the Omnibus Autism Proceeding to adjudicate the expected flood of cases (5,600 by January 2011.)   http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/Supplement_1/S74

A PubMed search revealed the listing of multiple publications on MMR vaccination and autism after 1998. Those reports, many by European authors, were mostly published in British medical journals.

Experts from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have always denied any causal relationship between the triple live virus vaccine and autistic regression, fearing that any mention of such relationship might lead to lower vaccination rates and the return of measles to the United States, after it had been eradicated.  

F. DeStefano MD, MPH authored or co-authored most of the CDC publications on the subject. In 2001, the year the first MMR –Autism case was filed with VICP, Dr. DeStefano and R T Chen MD published "Autism and measles-mumps-rubella vaccination: controversy laid to rest?”, casually stating that “the weight of the available epidemiological and related evidence does not support a causal association between MMR vaccine, or any other vaccine or vaccine constituent, and autism.”

In 2002,  Dr. DeStefano and W.W. Thompson PhD of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities published an Editorial: “MMR vaccination and autism: is there a link?” in Volume I Issue 2 of Expert Opinion on Drug Safetyhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1517/14740338.1.2.115 

The detailed and well researched publication is certainly worth reading. It listed 32 references but mostly stressed the importance of a particular 1999 publication by Taylor et al (Reference 14) that Drs. DeStefano and Thompson described in the reference table, as “The most scientifically rigorous epidemiological study of a possible association between MMR vaccine and autism. No association was found.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10376617

Under “3- Epidemiological studies of MMR and autism”, DeStefano and Thompson referred again to the Taylor et al Study as “The most scientifically rigorous study to date” and under “5- Causality assessment”, the CDC authors lauded Taylor’s research as “the only population based epidemiological study that has been able to calculate relative risks and no association was found between MMR vaccine and development of autism.”

I certainly respect the right of Drs. DeStefano and Thompson to be impressed by the June 1999 Lancet publication by TaylorFarrington, PetropoulosFavot-MayaudLi and Waight titled “Autism and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine: no epidemiological evidence for a causal association.”

Read the full article at Vaccination News.


Finding Hope in My Health Class

CDC 2016 scheduleBy Fiona Jameson

When the second semester of my freshman year started, I felt somewhat prepared for the Health class I was about to begin, but I was concerned about topics what might be discussed. What if a chapter in our textbook included vaccines like my middle school textbook did? What if I had to defend my view of vaccines? What if I defend my views and others opposed it? I’m sure I could have a decent conversation about vaccines because of my family’s experience, but I know I’d feel a little uneasy talking about them because I don’t know my classmates very well yet.

I got my Health textbook before classes began. I went ahead and looked at the index to see if vaccines were mentioned in any of the chapters. They were. A vaccine schedule and a few sections that had quotes from the CDC were in the book too. After I saw that, I looked for the copyright date. I wanted to see when the book was published. It was published in 2001. That’s the year that I was born. The vaccine schedule back then was not as full as it is today. Today’s vaccine schedule is definitely fuller and has more vaccines than ever before.

Some of the vaccine information in my textbook is outdated, but what the CDC was saying in that book is the same thing that they say today – that vaccines are safe and basically wonderful. I hear that all the time, but I know that it is not true for everyone. It was not true for my brother. My brother, Ronan, was affected by vaccines but not in a good way. He lost some skills and abilities after he was vaccinated. He was doing okay before them, but now, he’s non-verbal and has autism.

When the topic of vaccines comes up later this semester, as nervous as I may get, I feel that I must speak up and say something about them. I’ll share my brother’s story. I’ll tell my classmates that I don’t want them to have the wrong information about vaccines. I will tell them even though the textbook only has good things about vaccines, they need to read more about them including vaccine have side effects. But I won’t have to worry about discussing that yet because we are talking about nutrition and food-related illnesses in class now.

We’ve discussed bulimia, anorexia nervosa, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. None of us in the class have problems with those diseases, but we all agreed that knowing about those diseases was good. The more we know, the more we can know how to avoid them. We also all agreed that we should make better food and nutrition choices too because it’s good for our health.

Since nutrition is an important topic, we were assigned to do a project on it. I worked with another student and presented information about the six classes of nutrients, how water is beneficial for health, and how a healthy diet can help change society for the better. We offered suggestions about making healthy snacks at the end of the presentation. Everyone liked what we shared, especially because we brought yummy treats to sample. We did that to show examples of what vitamins and minerals were found in foods that a lot of us already eat.

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Weekly Wrap: I Think the Donald Is Dusted

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

I've listened to Donald Trump talk and talk and talk and I've waited and waited and waited for someone to state the obvious -- the man is a compulsive talker. I mean, clinically compulsive. Trump is just like half a dozen folks I've known over the years who really and truly can't stop talking. It's not bluster or bravado, necessarily. I worked with a woman who would say something perfectly interesting. And then say more along those lines. And then segue into another very interesting topic, upon which she opined at considerable length and with many interesting sub-points about which there was, apparently, an infinite amount remaining to be said. Infinity is an interesting concept. For example, what is infinity times infinity and how can one person fill it with nothing but words, words and more and more words? You get the idea; in an hour or so, anyone would have to say to themselves -- because there was certainly no opportunity to say it to her -- that this person has some kinda deal where she can't shut up! 

That's Trump. From the University of Google, I've learned that people who talk incessantly are often really insecure, and stopping for even a moment would let the truth start whispering in their ear and reduce them to blubber -- so they blabber blather. This sounds a bit like psychobabble to me. 

The other association appears to be with ADHD. I'm going to say I think Trump is a good candidate for that diagnosis. It's not just the talking. It's the steaks, the condos, the gilded home in Trump Tower, the golf courses, the TV show, the Miss Universe TV show, the book, the other books, the finest wine on the East Coast (which is no guarantee you won't gag to death!), the water, the running for president, the magazine, the airline, the university, the lawsuits that he won't settle because those people gave glowing reviews and if you settle with them it just invites other people to sue about other things, about which a great deal more can be said. And so on. 

Now, what causes ADHD? Why is there an epidemic of it? Mercury and other toxins cause ADHD, in my view. I've done a lot of research on this. In The Age of Autism, we mentioned that a doctor named Still in England in the 1800s was the first to describe ADHD in pollution-clogged London. He also was the first to describe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. And as we know, kids today have a lot of both -- Case 1, Donald T., had autism and JRA -- in his day it was still called Still's disease.

Last week I wrote about the wild and crazy horror writer H.P. Lovecraft and speculated that he got mercury-poisoned because his father had general paralysis of the insane, a form of syphilis that we believe was caused by the mercury treatment then in vogue. That's what reminded me of Trump, in fact -- no, not syphilis, that's got nothing to do with him -- but one of the symptoms of GPI/aka/mercury poisoning.

That symptom would be grandiosity. Epic, endless megalomaniacal self-referential nonstop gaudy fabulous HUGEness! You could just about diagnose GPI on the basis of the delusions of grandeur these people reliably had in the later states of their illness. 

And they couldn't stop talking about it! Gold! Jewels! Power! The noted German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin wrote: 

“The patient thinks he possesses extraordinary physical strength, can lift 10 elephants, is 800 years old, 9 feet tall, the most beautiful Adonis in the world, weighs 400 pounds, increases 25 pounds every week, has an iron chest, sinews like a man-eater, an arm of silver, a head of pure gold, travels a thousand miles a minute, can fly. He is infinite, has died and again come to life, can have intercourse with 100 women, has 1,000 million boys and girls, a compressed brain, has run a race with the grand duke. His urine is Rhine wine; his evacuations are gold. Ten years ago he had an enormous chancre, his sexual organs and fingers are constantly getting larger; his brain is still growing; he has an immense movement of the bowels.”

God give me the strength to leave the thing about "the sexual organs and fingers constantly getting larger" alone. Leo Kanner, of autism fame, also wrote about GPI and described one patient thusly:

“He has several delusions of grandeur. He has two million dollars in a bank. He takes care of all the houses, all the horses, all the cattle, all the farms, and everything. He is to be married to a young preacheress of a very good family. He is the best man in the world next to Jesus Christ. When he marries that girl he will be able to make people very rich; he is going to be a powerful man; he will become President of the United States. ”

And maybe he will!

Trump himself, of course, believes and states -- correctly and courageously, in my view -- that too many vaccines too soon are behind the autism epidemic. He was born in June of 1946, an early boomer, a son of wealth who, according to him, multiplied a small nest egg -- a piffle, a mere million, into billions and billions and billions -- many more times over as Christ multiplied the loaves and fishes.

Upscale New York City after the war was a perfect moment to get vaxxed early and often with thimerosal. The diphtheria shot containing mercury had been around since 1930, and was combined with tetanus in 1947; pertussis was added in 1949. (See our second book, Vaccines 2.0.)

Vaccines and mercury caused the autism epidemic. ADHD is part of the autism epidemic. Non-stop talker Donald Trump pretty clearly has ADHD and smacks of GPI grandiosity. And that's why I think the Donald is dusted.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

 

 


Where There Is Risk, There Must Be Choice

Risk-Management-ProgramJan. 27, 2016, KVMR 89.5 Nevada City, CA: Anti Vax Advocate Laura Hayes interview with Jeanie Keltner - Follow-Up Interview

"Where there is risk, there is risk, there must be choice"

Interview with vaccine choice advocate Laura Hayes.

Jeanie asked Laura about her background with this issue. Laura is the mother of vaccine injured children. She has spent 20 years investigating this controversy, getting to know other parents, and she knows the truth about lack of safety behind the ever-increasing vaccine schedule. She has coined the term, "robotic vaccine givers" to describe doctors who vaccinate children yet have no real understanding of what's in a vaccine.

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Dachel Media Update: Scientific American on Trump

Online newsMarch 9, 2016, Scientific American: The Science of President Trump

Alter vaccination schedules to avoid autism: Trump says he favors vaccines, but giving children smaller doses over a longer period of time. He has blamed vaccines for causing autism in children.

Sizing up the science: “I remember wanting to throw something at the TV when I heard it,” Hotez says of Trump’s debate statement linking vaccinations and autism.

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NIH Autism Regression Study Attempts to Ferret Out Answers

More sameBy Katie Wright

Here we go again, the NIH takes one step forward and then, immediately, one step backwards.

The majority of researchers serving on the NIH Regressive Autism Workshop Panel were remarkably unacquainted with regressive autism. Most participants seemed to be only tangentially engaged in this subject. Instead of parents with regressive ASD kids and clinicians like Herbert, Frye, Jyonouchi, professionals who successfully treat kids with regressive autism everyday, the NIH regression panel was stacked with experts in Retts, eye gazing diagnostics, animal models, social psychology and of course (!) genetics. None of the participants seemed familiar with recent very promising autism immunology research. So much time was wasted time asking questions that have already been answered. Even worse so much time was wasted on the extensive discussion of irrelevant scientific issues and conditions.

I am baffled by NIH panelist choices. NO stakeholders involved in any way. No toxicologists, no clinicians…But let me tell you what the NIH Regressive Autism Workshop did offer: an expert in ferret biology! Seriously, a ferret scientist was given a starring role at the regressive autism workshop. I couldn’t make up something so preposterous if I tried.

But listen, I don’t want to blame the ferret scientist. She has never done any autism research but was invited so she showed. Ferrets aren’t the enemy! I like ferrets, I had one as a pet. But why go there when so many incredible scientists who already have great animal models? I bet no one on that panel has even seen Dr. Derrick MacFabe’s “ASD/GI” rat films. His autism animal models are terrific. Rats are a comedown from ferrets, I get it, but MacFabe’s animal models are the best around.

NIH leaders take an almost psychodynamic perspective to autism. Half of the panel discussion revolved around endless learn the signs, eye gazing, face processing, social psychology and other minimally valuable autism research. The NIH must make the connection that recognizing signs of autism does not = treatment, causation information or prevention. It is step 1 out 100. We know the signs, we know the signs, we know the signs and we know what poor eye contact means. We also know it is 2016. The NIH must stop pouring millions upon millions of our research money into face gazing. It is horrendously wasteful.

As part of the psychodynamic/ genetics only paradigm, conference organizers excluded all experts in environmental science and ASD. Incredibly the NIH did not ask one ASD environmental scientist, not a Dr. Van Der Water, not a Dr. Hertz-Picciotto to attend. SO much exciting new regressive autism revolves around the immunology of autism, yet no sign of that on the NIH panel. Forget it, they needed those seats for face gazers and ferret specialists!

Not content to parade their lack of understanding of regressive autism, the NIH panelists insulted affected families in the process. When Dr. Jason Wolff, the only lecturer who shared novel data, spoke repeatedly about “something happening” in the brains of toddlers who would go on to develop autism. Dr. Wolff stated “something happens between 12 and 18 months.” Some conference attendees attributed the loss of skills to “deprived” environments. It is one thing to be ignorant of regressive autism, yet another to blame parents. I remember thinking to myself at the time, “people blurt out stupid things in a moment, things which they might not mean. Others on the panel will correct this person now.” Nope, no correction to this absurd conjecture, just a lot of vigorous nodding in approval!

Great going NIH- bad parenting = autism. Nice way to bring Bettelheim back from the dead. I love how speaking about vaccine injury is forbidden at the NIH, but blaming parents as the cause of their child’s autism is just fine. So much of the discussion was crazy making.

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John Donvan and Caren Zucker: Selling Helplessness

NonsenseBy Anne Dachel

New Book ‘In a Different Key’ Tells the History, Politics of Autism from Chicago Tonight: Another interview for John Donvan and Caren Zucker about their book, In a Different Key

Donvan recounts the life of Donald Triplett, the first person diagnosed with autism. Doctors at first advised his parents to institutionalize him, "which was very, very typical in that time period."

The support Donald got from his hometown is the reason he has been so successful.

The authors describe how ABA helps kids with autism. Nothing is said about any biomedical treatments or the concomitant disorders and illnesses these kids have.

The interview cited "refrigerator moms" as what was believed to be the cause of autism.

Host: "One thing that's been in the news so much is the story how the public has been misled to believe that vaccines cause autism. That's been scientifically debunked."

Donvan added that parents whose kids regressed following vaccination think there's a connection, but it's just coincidence. "The families say the child stopped speaking" shortly afterwards.

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Dachel Media Update: Vaccine Hesitant

Online newsMarch 8, 2016, Empr.com: Here's Why Some Clinicians Consider Themselves "Vaccine Hesitant"

The researchers administered a one-page questionnaire regarding healthcare provider vaccine attitudes and practices to 680 attendees at American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)-sponsored vaccine conferences between June and November of 2013. Participants included physicians and nurses and encompassed practitioners in rural, suburban, and mixed geographical regions.

The researchers found that 99% of participants routinely recommended standard pediatric vaccines, but 5% stated that they did not routinely recommend influenza and/or human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. The most often-stated concerns focused on vaccine efficacy (31%) and safety (13%). Providers demonstrated “misperceptions” regarding vaccines, including the belief that vaccines cause autism (5%).  

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There's No Denying the Autism Epidemic

Denial_hole_in_groundEditor's Note: AOA contributor Jonathan Rose, a history professor at Drew University, took on epidemic denial in this recent article published on the History News Network. 

By Jonathan Rose

Is autism a condition that has always been with us, or is it an epidemic?  That is a highly controversial question of medical history, and a hugely important one, for the answer will have a tremendous impact on national health policy.

If the autism rate has been more or less steady throughout history, then you could argue (and many have argued) that autism is a genetic constant, part of the human condition, and something we simply must accept.  But if the autism rate has recently risen steeply, then we face a grave health emergency, which could not have been caused by genetics alone – and therefore can be reversed.

Estimates of diagnosed autism have in fact increased dramatically in recent years, from 1 in 2000 US children in the mid-1960s, to 1 in 500 in 1999, 1 in 68 in 2010, and (according to the Centers for Disease Control) 1 in 45 today. But does this represent a real increase?  Some insist that it’s an “optical illusion.” They suggest that in the past doctors either overlooked autism, or diagnosed it as something else, or used a narrower definition of the term.  So whenever a new and higher autism estimate is reported, public health officials reflexively attribute it to “better diagnosis.”  However, skeptical parents and teachers, pointing to the enormous expansion of special education classes, wonder why diagnosis always seems to be getting better and better and better and better and better.

In their recently published history, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker don’t absolutely rule out the possibility that autism is increasing, but they are clearly reluctant to call it an “epidemic,” a word they often frame in scare quotes.  They question the reliability of statistics that show a steep rise, and they look for a “pre-history” of autism – that is, identifiable cases that existed well before Leo Kanner published the first description of the disorder in a 1943 article. 

They (and other researchers) claim to have found some.  But retrospective diagnoses of neurological disorders before the era of modern psychiatry are a highly speculative business.  Those who claim that autism has always been with us commonly stick the label on lists of famous eccentrics (the New Yorker assures us that“the catalogue of famous figures who have been placed on the spectrum now includes Newton, Mozart, Beethoven, Jane Austen, Kant, Jefferson, Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, and Wittgenstein”) based on extremely flimsy evidence or none at all.  Many of the cases that Donvan and Zucker cite are equally dubious.  They claim that the celebrated Wild Boy of Aveyron – who in 1800 was discovered living in the woods on his own – “had almost certainly been a person with autism.”  Granted, the boy couldn’t speak and had no table manners, but a more likely explanation is that he was a feral child, who had lived on his own with little human contact.  His survival skills were extraordinary, whereas autism commonly impairs the ability to recognize danger: that (tragically) is why autistic children so often wander from home and drown.  With that kind of handicap, how long could this boy have survived in the wild?

- See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161992#sthash.ojPbZTGh.dpuf

Is autism a condition that has always been with us, or is it an epidemic?  That is a highly controversial question of medical history, and a hugely important one, for the answer will have a tremendous impact on national health policy.

If the autism rate has been more or less steady throughout history, then you could argue (and many have argued) that autism is a genetic constant, part of the human condition, and something we simply must accept.  But if the autism rate has recently risen steeply, then we face a grave health emergency, which could not have been caused by genetics alone – and therefore can be reversed.

Estimates of diagnosed autism have in fact increased dramatically in recent years, from 1 in 2000 US children in the mid-1960s, to 1 in 500 in 1999, 1 in 68 in 2010, and (according to the Centers for Disease Control) 1 in 45 today. But does this represent a real increase?  Some insist that it’s an “optical illusion.” They suggest that in the past doctors either overlooked autism, or diagnosed it as something else, or used a narrower definition of the term.  So whenever a new and higher autism estimate is reported, public health officials reflexively attribute it to “better diagnosis.”  However, skeptical parents and teachers, pointing to the enormous expansion of special education classes, wonder why diagnosis always seems to be getting better and better and better and better and better.

In their recently published history, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker don’t absolutely rule out the possibility that autism is increasing, but they are clearly reluctant to call it an “epidemic,” a word they often frame in scare quotes.  They question the reliability of statistics that show a steep rise, and they look for a “pre-history” of autism – that is, identifiable cases that existed well before Leo Kanner published the first description of the disorder in a 1943 article.

They (and other researchers) claim to have found some.  But retrospective diagnoses of neurological disorders before the era of modern psychiatry are a highly speculative business.  Those who claim that autism has always been with us commonly stick the label on lists of famous eccentrics (the New Yorker assures us that“the catalogue of famous figures who have been placed on the spectrum now includes Newton, Mozart, Beethoven, Jane Austen, Kant, Jefferson, Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, and Wittgenstein”) based on extremely flimsy evidence or none at all.  Many of the cases that Donvan and Zucker cite are equally dubious.  They claim that the celebrated Wild Boy of Aveyron – who in 1800 was discovered living in the woods on his own – “had almost certainly been a person with autism.”  Granted, the boy couldn’t speak and had no table manners, but a more likely explanation is that he was a feral child, who had lived on his own with little human contact.  His survival skills were extraordinary, whereas autism commonly impairs the ability to recognize danger: that (tragically) is why autistic children so often wander from home and drown.  With that kind of handicap, how long could this boy have survived in the wild?

- See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161992#sthash.ojPbZTGh.dpuf

Is autism a condition that has always been with us, or is it an epidemic?  That is a highly controversial question of medical history, and a hugely important one, for the answer will have a tremendous impact on national health policy.

If the autism rate has been more or less steady throughout history, then you could argue (and many have argued) that autism is a genetic constant, part of the human condition, and something we simply must accept.  But if the autism rate has recently risen steeply, then we face a grave health emergency, which could not have been caused by genetics alone – and therefore can be reversed.

Estimates of diagnosed autism have in fact increased dramatically in recent years, from 1 in 2000 US children in the mid-1960s, to 1 in 500 in 1999, 1 in 68 in 2010, and (according to the Centers for Disease Control) 1 in 45 today. But does this represent a real increase?  Some insist that it’s an “optical illusion.” They suggest that in the past doctors either overlooked autism, or diagnosed it as something else, or used a narrower definition of the term.  So whenever a new and higher autism estimate is reported, public health officials reflexively attribute it to “better diagnosis.”  However, skeptical parents and teachers, pointing to the enormous expansion of special education classes, wonder why diagnosis always seems to be getting better and better and better and better and better.

In their recently published history, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker don’t absolutely rule out the possibility that autism is increasing, but they are clearly reluctant to call it an “epidemic,” a word they often frame in scare quotes.  They question the reliability of statistics that show a steep rise, and they look for a “pre-history” of autism – that is, identifiable cases that existed well before Leo Kanner published the first description of the disorder in a 1943 article. 

They (and other researchers) claim to have found some.  But retrospective diagnoses of neurological disorders before the era of modern psychiatry are a highly speculative business.  Those who claim that autism has always been with us commonly stick the label on lists of famous eccentrics (the New Yorker assures us that“the catalogue of famous figures who have been placed on the spectrum now includes Newton, Mozart, Beethoven, Jane Austen, Kant, Jefferson, Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, and Wittgenstein”) based on extremely flimsy evidence or none at all.  Many of the cases that Donvan and Zucker cite are equally dubious.  They claim that the celebrated Wild Boy of Aveyron – who in 1800 was discovered living in the woods on his own – “had almost certainly been a person with autism.”  Granted, the boy couldn’t speak and had no table manners, but a more likely explanation is that he was a feral child, who had lived on his own with little human contact.  His survival skills were extraordinary, whereas autism commonly impairs the ability to recognize danger: that (tragically) is why autistic children so often wander from home and drown.  With that kind of handicap, how long could this boy have survived in the wild?

- See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161992#sthash.ojPbZTGh.dpuf

Is autism a condition that has always been with us, or is it an epidemic?  That is a highly controversial question of medical history, and a hugely important one, for the answer will have a tremendous impact on national health policy.

If the autism rate has been more or less steady throughout history, then you could argue (and many have argued) that autism is a genetic constant, part of the human condition, and something we simply must accept.  But if the autism rate has recently risen steeply, then we face a grave health emergency, which could not have been caused by genetics alone – and therefore can be reversed.

Estimates of diagnosed autism have in fact increased dramatically in recent years, from 1 in 2000 US children in the mid-1960s, to 1 in 500 in 1999, 1 in 68 in 2010, and (according to the Centers for Disease Control) 1 in 45 today. But does this represent a real increase?  Some insist that it’s an “optical illusion.” They suggest that in the past doctors either overlooked autism, or diagnosed it as something else, or used a narrower definition of the term.  So whenever a new and higher autism estimate is reported, public health officials reflexively attribute it to “better diagnosis.”  However, skeptical parents and teachers, pointing to the enormous expansion of special education classes, wonder why diagnosis always seems to be getting better and better and better and better and better.

In their recently published history, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker don’t absolutely rule out the possibility that autism is increasing, but they are clearly reluctant to call it an “epidemic,” a word they often frame in scare quotes.  They question the reliability of statistics that show a steep rise, and they look for a “pre-history” of autism – that is, identifiable cases that existed well before Leo Kanner published the first description of the disorder in a 1943 article. 

They (and other researchers) claim to have found some.  But retrospective diagnoses of neurological disorders before the era of modern psychiatry are a highly speculative business.  Those who claim that autism has always been with us commonly stick the label on lists of famous eccentrics (the New Yorker assures us that“the catalogue of famous figures who have been placed on the spectrum now includes Newton, Mozart, Beethoven, Jane Austen, Kant, Jefferson, Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, and Wittgenstein”) based on extremely flimsy evidence or none at all.  Many of the cases that Donvan and Zucker cite are equally dubious.  They claim that the celebrated Wild Boy of Aveyron – who in 1800 was discovered living in the woods on his own – “had almost certainly been a person with autism.”  Granted, the boy couldn’t speak and had no table manners, but a more likely explanation is that he was a feral child, who had lived on his own with little human contact.  His survival skills were extraordinary, whereas autism commonly impairs the ability to recognize danger: that (tragically) is why autistic children so often wander from home and drown.  With that kind of handicap, how long could this boy have survived in the wild?

- See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161992#sthash.ojPbZTGh.dpuf

Is autism a condition that has always been with us, or is it an epidemic?  That is a highly controversial question of medical history, and a hugely important one, for the answer will have a tremendous impact on national health policy.

If the autism rate has been more or less steady throughout history, then you could argue (and many have argued) that autism is a genetic constant, part of the human condition, and something we simply must accept.  But if the autism rate has recently risen steeply, then we face a grave health emergency, which could not have been caused by genetics alone – and therefore can be reversed.

Estimates of diagnosed autism have in fact increased dramatically in recent years, from 1 in 2000 US children in the mid-1960s, to 1 in 500 in 1999, 1 in 68 in 2010, and (according to the Centers for Disease Control) 1 in 45 today. But does this represent a real increase?  Some insist that it’s an “optical illusion.” They suggest that in the past doctors either overlooked autism, or diagnosed it as something else, or used a narrower definition of the term.  So whenever a new and higher autism estimate is reported, public health officials reflexively attribute it to “better diagnosis.”  However, skeptical parents and teachers, pointing to the enormous expansion of special education classes, wonder why diagnosis always seems to be getting better and better and better and better and better.

In their recently published history, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker don’t absolutely rule out the possibility that autism is increasing, but they are clearly reluctant to call it an “epidemic,” a word they often frame in scare quotes.  They question the reliability of statistics that show a steep rise, and they look for a “pre-history” of autism – that is, identifiable cases that existed well before Leo Kanner published the first description of the disorder in a 1943 article. 

They (and other researchers) claim to have found some.  But retrospective diagnoses of neurological disorders before the era of modern psychiatry are a highly speculative business.  Those who claim that autism has always been with us commonly stick the label on lists of famous eccentrics (the New Yorker assures us that“the catalogue of famous figures who have been placed on the spectrum now includes Newton, Mozart, Beethoven, Jane Austen, Kant, Jefferson, Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, and Wittgenstein”) based on extremely flimsy evidence or none at all.  Many of the cases that Donvan and Zucker cite are equally dubious.  They claim that the celebrated Wild Boy of Aveyron – who in 1800 was discovered living in the woods on his own – “had almost certainly been a person with autism.”  Granted, the boy couldn’t speak and had no table manners, but a more likely explanation is that he was a feral child, who had lived on his own with little human contact.  His survival skills were extraordinary, whereas autism commonly impairs the ability to recognize danger: that (tragically) is why autistic children so often wander from home and drown.  With that kind of handicap, how long could this boy have survived in the wild?

- See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161992#sthash.ojPbZTGh.dpuf

Is autism a condition that has always been with us, or is it an epidemic?  That is a highly controversial question of medical history, and a hugely important one, for the answer will have a tremendous impact on national health policy.

If the autism rate has been more or less steady throughout history, then you could argue (and many have argued) that autism is a genetic constant, part of the human condition, and something we simply must accept.  But if the autism rate has recently risen steeply, then we face a grave health emergency, which could not have been caused by genetics alone – and therefore can be reversed.

Estimates of diagnosed autism have in fact increased dramatically in recent years, from 1 in 2000 US children in the mid-1960s, to 1 in 500 in 1999, 1 in 68 in 2010, and (according to the Centers for Disease Control) 1 in 45 today. But does this represent a real increase?  Some insist that it’s an “optical illusion.” They suggest that in the past doctors either overlooked autism, or diagnosed it as something else, or used a narrower definition of the term.  So whenever a new and higher autism estimate is reported, public health officials reflexively attribute it to “better diagnosis.”  However, skeptical parents and teachers, pointing to the enormous expansion of special education classes, wonder why diagnosis always seems to be getting better and better and better and better and better.

In their recently published history, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker don’t absolutely rule out the possibility that autism is increasing, but they are clearly reluctant to call it an “epidemic,” a word they often frame in scare quotes.  They question the reliability of statistics that show a steep rise, and they look for a “pre-history” of autism – that is, identifiable cases that existed well before Leo Kanner published the first description of the disorder in a 1943 article. 

They (and other researchers) claim to have found some.  But retrospective diagnoses of neurological disorders before the era of modern psychiatry are a highly speculative business.  Those who claim that autism has always been with us commonly stick the label on lists of famous eccentrics (the New Yorker assures us that“the catalogue of famous figures who have been placed on the spectrum now includes Newton, Mozart, Beethoven, Jane Austen, Kant, Jefferson, Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, and Wittgenstein”) based on extremely flimsy evidence or none at all.  Many of the cases that Donvan and Zucker cite are equally dubious.  They claim that the celebrated Wild Boy of Aveyron – who in 1800 was discovered living in the woods on his own – “had almost certainly been a person with autism.”  Granted, the boy couldn’t speak and had no table manners, but a more likely explanation is that he was a feral child, who had lived on his own with little human contact.  His survival skills were extraordinary, whereas autism commonly impairs the ability to recognize danger: that (tragically) is why autistic children so often wander from home and drown.  With that kind of handicap, how long could this boy have survived in the wild?

- See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161992#sthash.ojPbZTGh.dpuf

Is autism a condition that has always been with us, or is it an epidemic?  That is a highly controversial question of medical history, and a hugely important one, for the answer will have a tremendous impact on national health policy.

If the autism rate has been more or less steady throughout history, then you could argue (and many have argued) that autism is a genetic constant, part of the human condition, and something we simply must accept.  But if the autism rate has recently risen steeply, then we face a grave health emergency, which could not have been caused by genetics alone – and therefore can be reversed.

Estimates of diagnosed autism have in fact increased dramatically in recent years, from 1 in 2000 US children in the mid-1960s, to 1 in 500 in 1999, 1 in 68 in 2010, and (according to the Centers for Disease Control) 1 in 45 today. But does this represent a real increase?  Some insist that it’s an “optical illusion.” They suggest that in the past doctors either overlooked autism, or diagnosed it as something else, or used a narrower definition of the term.  So whenever a new and higher autism estimate is reported, public health officials reflexively attribute it to “better diagnosis.”  However, skeptical parents and teachers, pointing to the enormous expansion of special education classes, wonder why diagnosis always seems to be getting better and better and better and better and better.

In their recently published history, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker don’t absolutely rule out the possibility that autism is increasing, but they are clearly reluctant to call it an “epidemic,” a word they often frame in scare quotes.  They question the reliability of statistics that show a steep rise, and they look for a “pre-history” of autism – that is, identifiable cases that existed well before Leo Kanner published the first description of the disorder in a 1943 article. 

They (and other researchers) claim to have found some.  But retrospective diagnoses of neurological disorders before the era of modern psychiatry are a highly speculative business.  Those who claim that autism has always been with us commonly stick the label on lists of famous eccentrics (the New Yorker assures us that“the catalogue of famous figures who have been placed on the spectrum now includes Newton, Mozart, Beethoven, Jane Austen, Kant, Jefferson, Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, and Wittgenstein”) based on extremely flimsy evidence or none at all.  Many of the cases that Donvan and Zucker cite are equally dubious.  They claim that the celebrated Wild Boy of Aveyron – who in 1800 was discovered living in the woods on his own – “had almost certainly been a person with autism.”  Granted, the boy couldn’t speak and had no table manners, but a more likely explanation is that he was a feral child, who had lived on his own with little human contact.  His survival skills were extraordinary, whereas autism commonly impairs the ability to recognize danger: that (tragically) is why autistic children so often wander from home and drown.  With that kind of handicap, how long could this boy have survived in the wild?

- See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161992#sthash.ojPbZTGh.dpuf

Dachel Media Update: Does Neurotribes Concept Help or Hinder

Online newsMarch 8, 2016, Exit133: “NeuroTribes”: The Past and Future of Autism Best-selling Author Steve Silberman Gives a Public Talk

      On March 24 Tacoma audiences can hear from Silberman about NeuroTribes, and learn about the growing movement of “neurodiversity” activists, who see autism as a natural and celebrated human difference—a disability, rather than a disease or disorder of modern times.

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SafeMinds Executive Director Asks IACC to Establish Four Workgroups to Inform Its Strategic Plan

Safeminds 2014 LogoDownload the video podcast here.  Ms. Wiederlight’s testimony starts at 03:26:00

SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight testified in front of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) in January to ask its members to immediately establish the four work groups SafeMinds recommended at the November 16, 2015 meeting. The work groups are:

1) Environmental Factors that May Underlie the Rise in Autism Prevalence
2) Co-occurring Conditions with Autism
3) Autism and Wandering
4) Caregiver Support

Ms. Wiederlight’s full testimony is below:

My name is Lisa Wiederlight. I am the mother of a 15 year old son with autism, and executive director of SafeMinds, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the autism epidemic by promoting environmental research and effective treatments.

In November, I asked this Committee to form four workgroups to address the urgency of the autism crisis. I am told that you must begin to formulate a Strategic Plan immediately, and so I ask that these workgroups are established today, to inform the Strategic Plan document.  The four workgroups are: (1) Environmental Factors that May Underlie the Rise in Autism Prevalence; (2) Co-occurring Conditions with Autism; (3) Autism and Wandering; and (4) Caregiver Support.

Workgroup 1: the Environment. Autism is an urgent issue for this country—in terms of the safety, health, and welfare of people with autism and the skyrocketing costs to American taxpayers. As you know, autism prevalence has increased from 1 in 88 in 2012 to 1 in 45 in 2015, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With a number of potential environmental causes tentatively identified scientifically but no policy in place to utilize these findings for prevention, it is unlikely this number will cease its downward spiral anytime soon.

Read more here.


Levi Quackenboss: Use All The Western Medicine You Want

Dollar-sign-of-pillsExcerpted from Levi Quackenboss.  We hope you read his blog regularly....

“If you’re not going to vaccinate, don’t come to the hospital when your kid is sick.”

“If you’re not going to vaccinate, you shouldn’t get to use western medicine.”

“If you’re anti-big pharma you shouldn’t be able to buy insulin.”

“If you hate pharmaceutical companies so much you shouldn’t be allowed to buy an EpiPen for your kid.”

Let’s get one thing straight, knuckleheads.  If someone decides that it’s in the best interest of their child’s health, well-being, or right to life to forgo vaccination, they still get to do whatever the hell they want when it comes to treating disease, whether you like it or not.

Guess what, Einsteins? Antibiotics aren’t man-made.  They weren’t invented, they were discovered.  The very definition of antibiotic means it is a naturally occurring substance produced from microorganisms and fungi.  The synthetic crap is antimicrobials, not antibiotics.  Antibiotics are a lot closer to the natural medicine movement than your prescription for Zoloft or Xenical.

Besides that, penicillin was discovered in 1928.  The first smallpox vaccine that became the standard for vaccine production (freeze-dried with added peptones to reduce contamination and injected with a needle) didn’t come about until 20 years later when it was invented by Leslie Collier.  So the use of natural antibiotics predates the first “western medicine” vaccine by two decades.

Plus there’s the fact that a First Nation tribe in Canada has been using a powerful antibiotic clay found north of Vancouver to heal infections for thousands of years, and now “western medicine” is all on their jock to appropriate it.

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Dachel Media Update: Why an Increase in Training When Autism Has Always Been Here?

Online newsMar 6, 2016, PhillyVoice.com: Slowing down the ER to improve care for patients with autism

Mar 5, 2016, KSTP Minneapolis: INTERVIEW: Steps of Hope Walk Benefiting Autism Society of Minnesota

Mar 5, 2016, Provo (UT) Daily Herald: Daily Herald: Book Buzz for March 6

Mar 4, 2016, WPTV West Palm Beach: Florida bill requires autism spectrum police training

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March Together Support Your Preferred Organization on World Autism Day

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We have an opportunity to show the powers that be in Washington that the autism community can show a united front.  The sum of the whole is greater and more powerful than the parts.  We can do this without compromising our positions.  The opportunity is called the Power of One March for Unity, sponsored by Unlocking Autism. This event is set up so that you can raise money for your preferred autism organization. See the website for details.

POWER OF ONE WEBSITE

The only requirement is that you walk next to each other with respect. 

Given our current political season, respect and decorum seem like quaint notions.  They aren't. 

Families are drowning in autism related problems.  Aging out and graduation from high school present monumental challenges.    We'll need help with employment, or lack thereof, housing, medical care, social inclusion, romantic life, police interaction, mental health, financial stability and assistance for aging parents who will be crushed by having to care for adult children anywhere on the spectrum.

Blue back  maleYou need to know that Autism Speaks, the autism organization with the most influence in Blue shirt back femaleWashington DC,  has refused to participate.  They've turned their back on unity, preferring their own blue lights -which frankly, do nothing but cast a gloomy pall of sadness. It's OK. They represent the status quo. And we all know that the status quo is woefully inadequate for actual people WITH autism and their families.


Autism Speaks Does Not Participate

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