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Hysterical and Ignorant: L.A. Times Op-Ed calls Vaccine Concerns “Cockroaches”

CockroachBy J.B. Handley

In 2015, Oregon’s Health Authority (the state version of the CDC) published a table for school-required vaccinations that included detail about the “crude herd immunity threshold” that the published science showed was required for each vaccine in order for “the herd” (in this case, children in school) to be protected. Mumps and Rubella? 85%. Diphtheria? 85%. Polio? 50%. That’s not a typo, the threshold for polio is a 50% vaccination rate. What about Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B? They have no threshold, there’s just a little asterisk in the table next to each of them. And, why no threshold? Because the communicability for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B is so low there is no percentage required or known, a child is more than welcome to attend school with an active Hepatitis B infection. The singular disease with a threshold over 90%? Measles.

An Op-Ed yesterday in the L.A. Times compelled me to respond. Mostly, I ignore the L.A. Times. Today, the newspaper is owned by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire who made his money in the pharmaceutical industry. The separation of Pharma and media has never been less honored than at the L.A. Times, and their articles about “anti-vaxxers” consistently reveal an extreme bias. The newspaper happens to be based in one of three states that don’t allow schoolchildren vaccine exemptions to attend school, the other two being Mississippi and West Virginia (draw your own conclusions). There’s a new drumbeat in California, no doubt anticipating new legislation: California’s doctors aren’t responsible enough to be entrusted with writing medical exemptions for children, the state needs to take over this duty. The slippery slope of freedoms lost continues.

The only thing I know about Patrice Apodaca is that she used to be an LA Times staff writer. Her Op-Ed, titled, “Medical exemptions threatening herd immunity,” is a wonderful example of what happens when you combine extreme hysteria with wanton ignorance. Well-meaning parents turn on well-meaning parents. Ms. Apodaca is scared that the world is about to fall apart. She writes, “Even with that law now established [making vaccines mandatory in California], we see how fragile remains the effort to keep herd immunity intact.” Legislators pass useless laws. Children get sicker.

Ms. Apodaca tells us that California’s vaccination rates had dropped to a “dangerous” level of 90.4% in the 2014-15 school year, right before SB277 was passed to make vaccines mandatory in California. Of course, the number 90.4% by itself is meaningless. If we’re talking about Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Polio, Diphtheria, Mumps, or Rubella, that vaccination rate is more than adequate to keep those infectious diseases at bay, at least according to the Oregon Health Authority, who got their information from our national health authority, the CDC.

Most parents are shocked to learn that as late as 1986 we only had three licensed vaccines in the United States: MMR, Polio, and DTP. What were the vaccination rates for those three vaccines that year (1986)? 61%, 53%, and 63%, respectively. Just let that sink in for a moment. Were children dying in the streets in 1986? Did we “return to the dark ages” as many vaccine marketers tell us we will if parents exempt their children from any vaccines? I think you know the answer. Today, we have eleven licensed vaccines given 36 times to children before their fifth birthday. Many vaccines required for school aren’t even given to children in other first world countries—the U.K doesn’t give chicken pox, Denmark doesn’t give Hepatitis B, most don’t give the flu vaccine, the list is very long—but why let the facts confuse?

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Papers Please. Fear the Caravan of Unvaccinated Children!! Undocumented Danger!

Screw fearI don't know which is worse here, the story or the horribly overwrought ad filled visual nightmare of a website called The Lakewood Scoop.   There are measles cases in Lakewood. Remember measles? The Brady Bunch had them. Wilma Flintstone had them.  Frank Sinatra sang, "I've had the measles and the mumps..." From Lakewood, New Jersey, the pharma and chemical heart of the USA.

"Approximately 50 Lakewood teachers say they are not returning if unimmunized children are allowed back in school."

This is likely the teachers UNION telling the teachers what to do.  Schools make  money from flu shot clinics and are an arm (pardon the turn of the phrase) of the local public health office. The comments from readers are disgusting as well. 

Another story from Lakewood:

LAKEWOOD — Schools, businesses and officials got serious about the spread of measles in an Ocean County community over the weekend, as confirmation of several potential additional cases is pending.

Four cases of measles were confirmed in Lakewood last week by the Ocean County Health Department. Four more potential cases are under investigation but lab results will not be back until Wednesday, according to OCHD spokesman Dan Regenye.

At least two businesses — a workout facility called The Gym and the Snaps Kosher restaurant — have banned customers who are not immunized. The Gym went so far as to require proof of immunization be presented.

Schools in 2018 are working to prevent bullying of all students - except the un- or undervaccinated.  A Kosher restaurant and gym also refused to serve the "unvaccinated."  The gym required, Papers Please.....  It's a slimey slope to forced vaccination and outright violence toward anyone - mostly children if you think about it - who is not fully vaccinated.   

I hope every adult in that area who thinks our kids who are not fully vaxxed are a danger lines up for ALL of the booster shots needed. The ENTIRE pediatric schedule - clear  your calendars folks! Roll up your sleeves and do your duty to protect others. Let us know how that works out for you. 

We will NOT be the last group in America to be protected by civil rights. NEIN.


Letter to HHS Secretary Azar on Contradictory Vaccine Safety Positions Held by HHS

62D0DF49-7658-4D46-A9C7-6A63E8F4981Dby Ginger Taylor, MS

Did you know that the Secretary of HHS, Alex Azar, holds FOUR different opinions on the question, "Do Vaccines Cause Autism?"

I decided to write him a letter about it:

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"November 11, 2018

Dear Secretary Azar,

I am the mother of a vaccine injured child, and I am looking for an explanation as to how four of your departments within HHS can hold four different positions on the question: "Do Vaccines Cause autism?"

At present, as the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, you currently hold four incompatible positions on the relationship between vaccines and autism in the four different departments that you manage and that contribute information to the public on vaccine safety.

In answering the question, "Are vaccines linked to autism?" Your responses are:

The Health Resources Services Administration's position is: Yes.

David Bowman, a spokesman for HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration commenting on a case of vaccine encephalopathy and autism responded:

“[Vaccine Induced] Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizuresi.”

The Food and Drug Administration's position can be summed up as: Maybe sometimes.
On the FDA approved Tripedia vaccine insert:

"Adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea. Events were included in this list because of the seriousness or frequency of reporting. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to establish a causal relationship to components of Tripedia vaccineii."

The National Institutes of Health's position can be summed up as: Probably not.
While NIH has not responded to my request for an official position statement on the matter, Dr. Francis Collins wrote on June 13th of 2017 in his NIH Director's Blog, in a post entitled Autism Spectrum Disorder: Progress Toward Earlier Diagnosis:

"Research shows that the roots of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) generally start early—most likely in the womb. That’s one more reason, on top of a large number of epidemiological studies, why current claims about the role of vaccines in causing autism can’t be rightiii."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assert: Absolutely not.

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Tricare Reviews ABA As Therapy for Autism

TricareLast month, we wrote a post in support of Dr. Bob Sears, a California pediatrician who was dropped by TRICARE. He saw more than 500 insurance military families in his practice, many of whom had a child on the spectrum. TRICARE is in the news again.

When you are a parent of a young child with an ASD diagnosis, you learn quickly that your pediatrician is likely, at best, a referral source for Early Intervention, school based services and specialists. My girls saw a terrific Physician Assistant whose own father was a pediatrician. She cares. She really wanted to help my girls. She admitted she had nothing in her toolbox - nothing. She helped me with everything I had researched and asked for - but relied on me, the parent, to guide her. Imagine if that were the case with cancer or broken bones? It's as ridiculous today as it was 22 years ago when I started this autism journey.

A recent article in The News Tribune (below) reports that Tricare is re-evaluating ABA therapy, once the "gold standard" of autism treatment, in demand and hard to come by, despite recommendations for up to 30 hours a week for young children by well known institutions like Ladders in Massachusetts. ABA is expensive. Wicked expensive as we say in Boston. $261,000,000 annually for Tricare expensive. You bet your Boston Baked Beans they are going to evaluate it.  All insurance companies who have started paying for services for autism are waking up to the monumental expense. As are schools. But this review is not new.

In 2013, Sarah Stockwell wrote a post for us about Tricare's changes to ABA for military families.

Military families with a child with autism are used to fighting. The service members fight on the battlefield when deployed and the spouses, with constant military moves in and out of states and school districts fight for their childrens’ right to an appropriate education as well as the daily battle to raise a child in a world they are ill-equipped for and vice versa. One fight that military families with children with autism should not have to face however is the battle to ensure their children receive appropriate medical care. There are estimated to be over 20,000 military children with autism.

One such fight is gearing up in the military community right now. Tricare, the military healthcare provider has made drastic changes to the way it provides ABA therapy for military dependents with autism spectrum disorders and these changes are due to take effect on the 25th of July.

Military families have been campaigning for years to improve access to autism therapies for their children and until now, have been making progress. There was a semi-victory in this respect for coverage for retiree families and wounded warriors, when a ‘pilot program’ was included in the recent NDAA. Shortly after Tricare announced (later than was originally required) the details of this pilot program in June, advocates in the community noticed that Tricare had made unannounced, extensive changes to the eligibility criteria and method of access for ABA under Tricare, which would apply to the children of both active duty troops, retirees and wounded warriors.

Beyond the expense, let's talk about my personal experience long term efficacy. As a Mom to three adult daughters on the spectrum, I can tell you that discrete trial, prompt based training for a decade or more creates an adult who may have a hard time fitting into the adult services world.  Now, for those children for whom ABA helps guide them to the highest end of the spectrum, or even OFF the spectrum, that's great. But for many families, the systems ingrained into our kids are not in place in the adult services world. My DDS behaviorist is a PhD and mother of 4 children on the spectrum herself. She has talked to my school district many times about fading prompts, stopping the "click" mentality by the high school years. To no avail. My girls' day program is one of the only programs in my area that has a behaviorist team. Most do not.  They don't know from ABA. They are used to serving adults with Down Syndrome and other ID diagnoses.  The autism epidemic is only just recently aging out into adult services.

Here's the article below.  Share your thoughts on how ABA has worked for your child in the comments.

TRICARE looking for the right mix of therapies for children with autism

Nearly 15,000 military children with autism receive Applied Behavorial Analysis (ABA) services, usually 20 or more hours of therapy a week, to learn desired behaviors and douse undesirable behaviors under a demonstration program offered through TRICARE, the military’s health insurance benefit.

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Autism's Offerings and Sacrifices

NeighborBy Cathy Jameson

At Mass last Sunday, one of the verses in one of the readings stayed with me through most of last week. From Chapter 12 of Mark’s Gospel,“…to love your neighbor as yourself' is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."

That’s the second part of a reply Jesus gives when He’s asked what the Greatest Commandments are. Over the course of my life, I’ve heard Love your neighbor as yourself countless times. But it wasn’t until last week that I really reflected upon the rest of the verse. As I pondered it, especially the part that says, “…[it] is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices,” I was reminded of a few people.

The people who stuck out the most in my mind were the ones who’ve been in the thick of things just like I’ve been. They are from all walks of life and with varying backgrounds – medical professionals, educators, therapists, counselors, homemakers, businessmen, and businesswomen. Not only is our background completely different, so is our political thinking and so are our religious beliefs. Despite that, we share so many similarities. That’s because autism and vaccine injury do not discriminate. They, too have a child with regressive autism. These other parents have experienced the same emotions that came with that diagnosis like I have. They’ve made as many sacrifices as well.

Since Ronan got sick over a decade ago, I’ve met other people, too. Also from all walks of life and with varying backgrounds, I’ve met people who've been sympathetic when I share the story of how drastically life changed for my son post-vaccination. I appreciated that they at least offered to listen. Several took what they heard me share as a warning. Others didn’t. They used it against my character. That’s only happened a few times face-to-face, but some people I’ve “met” online have been less open-minded and courteous with their replies. They’ve been judgmental and downright rude when I offered the details of how my healthy child started to lose skills after a round of shots. Saying that I don’t know what I’m talking about or that I’m just one of those anti-vax ‘crazy mothers’, they left conversation angry at me instead of enlightened. It isn’t very neighborly of them, but I don’t mind being called a crazy mother. Crazy mothers get things done. They start schools, they write books, they help pass state bills, they donate their time, and they go to Congress to speak up.

The new generation of crazy mothers, the younger mamas, have taken to speaking up by taking to the airwaves via podcasts, Facebook live, Periscope, and YouTube. I’m not saying that I know of any veteran moms haven’t, because they have done that also, but I couldn't have asked for better new recruits to fall in with us. These moms are calling our representatives out. They’re confidently calling out industry leaders, too.  (My favorite from that clip is Hillary’s comment. Start at minute 8:20. If you’ve been at this as long as I have, I think you will not be disappointed in what she has to say.)

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Educational Conference Call on The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program 11/12

NvicpDon't miss this opportunity to learn about the United States' controversial NVICP, National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in an educational conference call.

LISTEN AS Mary Holland, Louis Conte and Dr. James Lyons-Weiler discuss the history of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program's Autism Omnibus hearings on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 7PM EST.

Details of the call, including the phone number and your access code will be provided after you register. Be sure to include your email and a phone number for SMS text reminders.

Register here now!




Brooklyn Couple Sees Video of Disabled Daughter's Abuse on School Bus

WeepNine years ago, it was Kim Rossi (then Stagliano) viewing video of a bus attendant physically abusing her daughter. Almost a decade later, this abuse continues.  One of my daughters "spits" when she has zinc issues and/or stomach pain and /or is trying to form a SOUND to communicate. She is not an angry camel projecting sputum to harm you. She is a disabled young woman trying to get through the day. Like Miss India Knox. I am so sorry for her family. I know the rage that erupts from the very source of your soul when you see evidence of your child coming to harm. It's visceral anger.  To the attendant Mr. Valmont. You are a piece of merde.

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School bus attendant is caught on camera attacking 13-year-old special needs girl and pushing her head into the seat in front because she 'spat at other students'

Shaheen and Alex Knox are suing Leesel Transportation Corporation and attendant Beleck Valmont over the incident on October 30. Their daughter, 13-year-old India Knox, is dependent on 24-hour medical assistance and has the mental capacity of a five-year-old. Valmont was seen on video violently shaking the girl - who weighs just 84lbs - as they rode to the Manhattan Children's Center.  Justin Foster, the 34-year-old paraprofessional on the bus, said he filmed the altercation in order to protect India and the other children. The 48-year-old bus attendant claimed India had been spitting on other students. He has a daughter and has been working as a bus attendant for 13 years. Valmont was suspended and charged with six crimes including assault

NY Daily News reports:

Her parents said there’s nothing the 84-pound girl could’ve done to provoke Leesel Transportation Corp. attendant Beleck Valmont, who was captured on video shaking India by her head on the way to school. Another bus staffer, who was concerned by what he saw, shot cell phone footage of Valmont’s actions and notified school officials.


Did A Vaccine Experiment on US Soliders Cause "The Spanish Flu" Epidemic?

  Spanish fluWe invite you to visit Kevin Barry's organization, First Freedoms, Inc.

By Kevin Barry, President
First Freedoms, Inc.

November 7, 2018

First in a series

The “Spanish Flu” killed an estimated 50-100 million people during a pandemic 1918-19. What if the story we have been told about this pandemic isn’t true? What if, instead, the killer infection was neither the flu nor Spanish in origin? Newly analyzed documents reveal that the “Spanish Flu” may have been a military vaccine experiment gone awry. In looking back on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we need to delve deeper to solve this mystery.

Summary

  • The reason modern technology has not been able to pinpoint the killer influenza strain from this pandemic is because influenza was not the killer.
  • More soldiers died during WWI from disease than from bullets.
  • The pandemic was not flu. An estimated 95% (or higher) of the deaths were caused by bacterial pneumonia, not influenza/a virus.
  • The pandemic was not Spanish.The first cases of bacterial pneumonia in 1918 trace back to a military base in Fort Riley, Kansas.
  • From January 21 – June 4, 1918, an experimental bacterial meningitis vaccine cultured in horses by the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York was injected into soldiers at Fort Riley.
  • During the remainder of 1918 as those soldiers – often living and traveling under poor sanitary conditions – were sent to Europe to fight, they spread bacteria at every stop between Kansas and the frontline trenches in France.
  • One study describes soldiers “with active infections (who) were aerosolizing the bacteria that colonized their noses and throats, while others—often, in the same “breathing spaces”—were profoundly susceptible to invasion of and rapid spread through their lungs by their own or others’ colonizing bacteria.” (1)
  • The “Spanish Flu” attacked healthy people in their prime. Bacterial pneumonia attacks people in their prime. Flu attacks the young, old and immunocompromised.
  • When WW1 ended on November 11, 1918, soldiers returned to their home countries and colonial outposts, spreading the killer bacterial pneumonia worldwide.
  • During WW1, the Rockefeller Institute also sent the antimeningococcic serum to England, France, Belgium, Italy and other countries, helping spread the epidemic worldwide.

During the pandemic of 1918-19, the so-called "Spanish Flu" killed 50-100 million people, including many soldiers. Many people do not realize that disease killed far more soldiers on all sides than machine guns or mustard gas or anything else typically associated with WWI.

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Why Is This Legal? Presentation on Vaccines by Laura Hayes

Kent legalDear AoA Readers,

I wanted to share the video link and transcript for the vaccine-related presentation I gave in Utah this past Friday titled, "Why Is This Legal?"

A big shout out to symposium organizer, Kristen Chevrier. She and her Your Health Freedom team planned an informative 2-day event featuring a wonderful and well-spoken array of speakers, for whom video links will soon be available at Your Health Freedom.

As always, I am hoping my presentation will open eyes and ears to the terrible truth about vaccines.

Please share...together, we might just save a child and their family from a lifetime of needless suffering.

Thank you,

Laura Hayes

“Why Is This Legal?” by Laura Hayes, delivered on 11-2-18 in Utah

This evening, I am going to be speaking to you about vaccines, specifically, their inexcusable lack of safety, the toxic and hazardous ingredients contained in them that have no business being injected into any human, and the catastrophic results we continue to witness due to their use. In the time I have, I will only be able to scratch the surface of the harm that vaccines cause, both to the individual recipient, and to subsequent generations, if the recipient is still able to reproduce. I won’t have time to delve into the lack of efficacy or necessity for vaccines, but suffice it to say that their failure rate is high, their “efficacy” is based on measures which are unproven and unreliable, and injecting poisons, toxins, neurotoxins, carcinogens, immune- and nervous-system destroyers, endocrine disruptors, ingredients that have never been clinically approved, and unknown ingredients that are not required to be disclosed, is in no way health-inducing or protective, for any one, at any age. As I like to say, one does not need to be a PhD in biology or chemistry, or an MD, or even academically astute to understand that the practice of vaccination is not founded on any valid science. Common sense, basic science, and parental instincts are more than enough to discern the truth about vaccines. Now, let’s launch into the topic of vaccine safety, an oxymoron if ever there was one.

Not too long ago, in a vaccine-related forum to which I belong, someone proposed that we launch a meme campaign titled, “Why Is This Legal?”. It was in response to yet another teenager becoming paralyzed after receiving Merck's Gardasil vaccine. I find why is this legal to be a compelling question to ask with regard to vaccines, our nation’s vaccine program, and vaccine mandates.

My hope today is to stimulate thinking, questioning, researching, and analyzing, resulting in drawing your own conclusions versus relying on those of the self-proclaimed “experts”.

With regard to the question why is this legal, we are going to cover a number of pertinent questions specific to vaccines:

1) Why is it legal to mandate even one, much less scores of, invasive medical procedures that include long lists of serious, often permanent, risks, including death, chronic illness, and severe disability? Bear in mind that mandated medicine makes informed consent impossible. If there is no choice, then voluntary consent is made null and void. Remember, informed consent involves a formal opting in, and should never require a formal opting out…a simple “no thank you” should always suffice when one wants to decline or refuse any medical treatment or procedure for oneself or one’s child. Additionally, mandated medicine makes the ethical practice of medicine impossible. The hallmark of ethical medicine is that of prior, completely voluntary, and fully informed consent. Coercion, force, mandates, penalties, and the elimination of individual and parental rights can have no part in the practice of ethical medicine. Perhaps most importantly, mandated medicine, which includes vaccine mandates, violates a most fundamental human right, the right to decide what one allows, or doesn’t allow, into oneself and one’s child. To quote legal scholar and human rights activist Mary Holland, “Without that right, what meaningful right do we have?” So we must ask, why is it legal to mandate vaccines in a free and ethical society?

2) Why is it legal to inject that which is universally acknowledged to be neurotoxic, meaning it damages both nerves and the brain? Mercury and aluminum, both known to be seriously neurotoxic for the past 100 years, are knowingly and purposefully used in vaccines…mercury as a preservative, and aluminum as an adjuvant. There is no safe level of mercury or aluminum for any human. Vaccines contain levels of both that far exceed federal “safety” limits for these toxic heavy metals, yet, their use in vaccines continues, and it continues with the knowledge and approval of our government regulatory agencies. Additionally, a host of other metals has recently been discovered in vaccines as nanoparticles, including lead, stainless steel, tungsten, a gold-zinc aggregate, platinum, silver, bismuth, iron, and chromium, none of which is listed as an ingredient. Humans have zero need for the majority of those metals, and injected metals may end up trapped in the body forever. What are the individual adverse effects of these metals when injected? What are their synergistic effects, including when combined with mercury and aluminum? What are all of these metals’ effects on the developing brain, nervous system, and immune system of a fetus? an infant? a toddler? a young child? a pre-teen whose hormones are increasing? a pregnant woman? the elderly? The ever-increasing rates of autism, asthma, seizure disorders, tics, speech and language disorders, behavioral and learning issues, mood disorders, Type 1 diabetes, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, Guillain Barre syndrome, POTS, and Alzheimer’s should be huge clues as to the effects these metals are having on human health, development, fertility, and longevity. With a century’s worth of knowledge and proof about the dangers of these metals to humans, why is it legal to inject them, not just once, but on a regular and frequent basis over the course of a person’s life, now beginning in utero, and recommended until death?

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The Role of Toxic Stimuli Combinations in Determining Safe Exposure Limits

Toxic hazardThank you to author Ronald Kostoff for this link.

An Editorial in the journal Toxicology Reports entitled "The role of toxic stimuli combinations in determining safe exposure limits" has been published recently.  The article asserts that lack of adequate testing of toxic stimuli for safety purposes in combinations reflective of real-world exposures results in regulatory Exposure Limits not fully protective.  While the Editorial applies to all toxic stimuli exposures, RFR is mentioned specifically at the end of Section 2.  The Editorial is Open Access, and can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.toxrep.2018.10.010

The role of toxic stimuli combinations in determining safe exposure limits

1. Introduction

Since the dawn of the Industrial Age, and especially over the past century, many thousands of technologies and their products have been introduced to our society. There has been continual concern about the safety of these products, as reflected in their potential adverse impacts on human health. As a result, a number of regulatory agencies have been established for the purpose of ensuring these technology products are safe.

There are three main obstacles these agencies face in determining the degree to which Exposure Limits are protective:

Sufficiency of existing data for setting safe exposure limits (Has adequate research been done and reported on the toxic stimulus in question and does the research that has been conducted and reported reflect real-world exposures?)

Sufficiency of incorporating relevant existing data from the biomedical literature

Trustworthiness of existing data in the biomedical literature [1].

This editorial focuses on the issue of how well real-world exposure effects are reflected by the published literature. The other issues are addressed in part in a recent monograph on occupational exposure permissible limits [2].  Read the full editorial here.

 


Meet The Authors of HPV Vaccine on Trial in Rye, NY November 8

Hpv presentation Rye NY


You're invited to meet the authors of this important book from Skyhorse Publishing called HPV Vaccine on Trial this Thursday, in Rye New York.

A Groundbreaking Exposé to the HPV Vaccine and the Science, Safety, and Business Behind It

Cancer strikes fear in people’s hearts around globe. So the appearance of a vaccine to prevent cancer–as we are assured the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will–seemed like a game-changer. Since 2006, over eighty countries have approved the vaccine, with glowing endorsements from the world’s foremost medical authorities. Bringing in over $2.5 billion in annual sales, the HPV vaccine is a pharmaceutical juggernaut. Yet scandal now engulfs it worldwide.

The HPV Vaccine on Trial is a shocking tale, chronicling the global efforts to sell and compel this alleged miracle. The book opens with the vaccine’s invention, winds through its regulatory labyrinths, details the crushing denial and dismissal of reported harms and deaths, and uncovers the enormous profits pharma and inventors have reaped. Authors Holland, Mack Rosenberg, and Iorio drill down into the clinical trial data, government approvals, advertising, and personal accounts of egregious injuries that have followed in countries as far-flung as Japan, Australia, Colombia, India, Ireland, the U.K. and Denmark. The authors have written an unprecedented exposé about this vaunted vaccine.

Written in plain language, the book is for everyone concerned – parents, patients, doctors, nurses, scientists, healthcare organizations, government officials, and schools. Ultimately, this book is not just about the HPV vaccine, but about how industry, government, and medical authorities may be putting the world’s children in harm’s way.


Conference on HPV Vaccine London 11 November 2018

HpvNote: For our London area readers, we invite you to share this important event with all families of tweens, teens and young adults. Male and female as the HPV vaccine is being recommended for males and females alike, despite its launch as a cervical cancer prevention vaccine. I know we're called "anti-science" here at AofA, but we DO know boys do not have a cervix.... 

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Register here.

TABERNACLE, NOTTING HILL, London W11 2AY

Conference discussing the controversies surrounding the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV). Hosted by Research Journalist and Author - Christina England BA Hons and Author - Amanda Dew BSc Hons

Speakers for the day are:

Keynote speaker - Dr. Graham Downing - Consultant healthcare practitioner with areas of
expertise in Neuro-musculoskeletal & Functional Medicine, with special interest in infection, fertility, endocrine & neuro-developmental disorders

Brandy Vaughan - Ex-Merck pharma rep turned REAL HEALTH advocate. Founder of LearnTheRisk.org #beBRAVE #betheCHANGE

Leslie Carol Botha - Womans Health Educator and Hormone Expert - USA

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Children’s Health Defense on The Sickest Generation

Chd-logoMore than 54% of American children are suffering from one or more chronic illnesses, with the late 1980s and early 1990s viewed as the gateway period that launched the decline. Autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies have doubled since that time, with autism now one in 34 children in some regions. Pediatric autoimmune conditions are also on the rise, and the proportion of public school children using special education services is estimated at 13% to 25% of school populations. Mounting evidence indicates environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides as the principal culprits, while studies link vaccines and toxic vaccine ingredients to a wide range of adverse health outcomes, including seizures, neurodevelopmental disorders, and infant death. As the medical, public health, and government circles remain silent on the social and economic fallout from these toxic exposures, American children have never been so sick.

Our comprehensive white paper, The Sickest Generation: The Facts Behind the Children’s Health Crisis and Why it Needs to End covers these chronic illness and more, along with the causes and the steps you need to take to protect your children now.  Read more at the Children’s Health Defense site.


Election Day 2018 in USA

VOTE!

I created this silly graphic for Facebook many years ago. Today, it's not quite as much funny as it is true.  While we can not and will not tell you for whom to vote, we'd like to know what issues are driving you to the polls today.  Or driving you away from politics altogether. It's been a mess in social media as factions have become so sharp as to rival civil war.


Petition Letter to Danish Minister of Health against Dismissal of Peter Gøtzsche

The story of Dr. Peter Gøtzsche and scientific integrity continues.  This petition below hopes to stave off his dismissal from the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen following his expulsion from Nordic Cochrane. Whatever the alleged reasons for the sacking of Gøtzsche from Rigshospitalitet few can doubt that as with his sacking from the Cochrane Group in September when four other directors resigned in protest that this is connected both with his stand on the commercialization of science, and his stand on the dangers of HPV vaccines in particular. This shows that it does not matter how prominent or highly regarded a scientist is governments will move to isolate and persecute them if they challenge policy. Until Nordic Cochrane began their stand against European Medical Agency over HPV vaccines in 2016 Gøtzsche  had by no means been a vaccine critic - best known for his stand over SSRI antidepressants - but for the powers that be vaccines were a step to far. The harms of HPV vaccine were however far too blatant to be ignored. The Nordic Cochrane Complaint took on issues such as conflict of interest, suppression of data and the safety of aluminium adjuvants, which are used in many other vaccines, and in the end it proved not only to be EMA that were failing to protect the public against the industry, but the European Ombudsman's office from the EMA.

  
From the Petition - do click over even if only to read the pleas from fellow scientists and physicians on his behalf.

Dear Minister of Health of Denmark Ellen Trane Nørby:

We are writing to express our concern over the possible dismissal of Peter Gøtzsche from his job at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. We feel that Dr. Peter Gøtzsche´s work at the Nordic Cochrane Centre has been an important service to patients, taxpayers and the scientific community in Europe and globally. For many years the prestigious activity and publications of Dr. Gøtzsche have played a pivotal role in favour of the transparency of clinical data, the priority of public health needs and the defence of rigorous medical research carried out independently of conflicts of interest. The recent crisis within the Cochrane Collaboration that involved Dr. Gøtzsche and many other prominent long-time members of Cochrane should be seen in this light. Read and SIGN HERE.

From September 2018

Note: Striking letter below from Dr. Peter Gøtzsche , Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre. Please see the original pdf letter here.  Background: What is Cochrane?

The Cochrane Collaboration is a global independent network of researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, and other people interested in health. Cochrane contributors, from more than 130 countries, work together to produce reliable systematic reviews of the benefits and harms of healthcare interventions that are free from commercial sponsorship. These reviews are recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. Many of our contributors are world leaders in their fields and our groups are situated in some of the world’s most respected academic and medical institutions.

Contributors are affiliated with the organisation through Cochrane groups, which are healthcare related review groups, thematic networks, groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and regional centres. There is no one place or office that is 'Cochrane'. Our contributors and groups are based all around the world. Each group is a 'mini-organization' in itself, with its own funding, website, and workload.

The Nordic Cochrane Centre

The Nordic Cochrane Centre was established in 1993, the same year as the Cochrane Collaboration. The centre has contributed substantially to Cochrane, particularly within research and IT development. We also co-author guidelines on standards for good reporting of research: CONSORT for transparent reporting of trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and SPIRIT for trial protocols. These standards have been endorsed by many prominent scientific journals.

Cochrane reviews are being widely used in the area serviced by the Nordic Cochrane Centre and associated centres, with over 449,000 articles downloaded in 2016. This is an increase of 32% since 2015.

The Nordic Cochrane Centre has also worked closely with the Danish National Board of Health in producing evidence-based national clinical guidelines. The centre is primarily funded by the Danish Government, who also fund the national subscription to the Cochrane Library, ensuring free access for all people living in Denmark. If you would like to know more about our most downloaded reviews, please see our information about the Cochrane Library.

Director of The Nordic Cochrane Centre   Peter_bertel_photo_profile_image

Professor Peter C Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975-1983, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. With about 80 others, he helped start The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 with the founder, Sir Iain Chalmers, and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became a professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen.  In 2017, he was elected to the Cochrane Governing Board, the Cochrane Collaboration's uppermost authority.

Peter has published more than 70 papers in "the big five" (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Ann Intern Med and N Engl J Med) and his scientific works have been cited 30,000 times (his H-index is 63 according to Web of Science). Peter is author of:

  • Deadly psychiatry and organised denial (to appear in September 2015)
  • Deadly medicines and organised crime: How big pharma has corrupted health care (2013)
  • Mammography screening: truth, lies and controversy (2012)
  • Rational diagnosis and treatment: evidence-based clinical decision-making (2007)

Peter has an interest in statistics and research methodology. He is a member of several groups publishing guidelines for good reporting of research and has co-authored CONSORT for randomised trials (www.consort-statement.org), STROBE for observational studies (www.strobe-statement.org) and SPIRIT for trial protocols (www.spirit-statement.org). Peter was one of the editors of the Cochrane Methodology Review Group 1997-2014.

His letter is below.

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Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health.

Nordic Cochrane Centre
Rigshospitalet, Dept. 7811
Blegdamsvej 9
2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark

Tel: +45 35 45 71 12
E-mail:general@cochrane.dk
www.nordic.cochrane.org

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September 2018

A moral governance crisis: the growing lack of democratic collaboration and scientific pluralism in  Cochrane

I regret to inform you that I have been expelled from membership in the Cochrane Collaboration by the favourable vote of  6 of the 13 members of the Governing Board. No clear reasoned justification has been given for my expulsion aside from accusing me of causing “disrepute” for the organization. This is the first time in 25 years that a member has been excluded from membership of Cochrane.

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Annual Age of Autism Thanksgiving Matching Donor Campaign is Underway

Giving thanks
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Hello, friends. We have a generous patron who is matching gifts up to $5,000 this month.  Every penny goes to keeping Age of Autism live and online with fresh content and comments 365 days a year.  Donations are tax deductible. You can use our DONATE button online through Bank of America Merchant Services - safe and secure.  And because we are a non-profit, they only charge a tiny fee, unlike other services. Or send a check to:

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And stay tuned for a new and necessary addition to the Autism Age non-profit family in 2019. It's time to expand our mission. That's all I'll hint for now. 

From all of us at AofA and Mia, Gianna, Bella and most of all me, their Mom, thank you.

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FDA is to Opioid Epidemic as CDC is to...

SAT analogyAh yes, remember your SATs a hundred or so years ago?  It was loaded with "Comparative Analogy" questions designed to test your thought process and vocabulary.  The FDA just approved an opioid drug called Dsuvia that is dissolves under the tongue (you know, sublingual, like those dreaded homeopathic drugs the FDA loathes) for instant pain relief. No more pesky waiting for a needle to get the drug into your system or a pill to dissolved in your belly. How about instant euphoria 500 - 1000 times more powerful than morphine as an enticement to addiction and overdose?

From the manufacturer:

AcelRx is developing DSUVIA for the management of moderate-to-severe acute pain in a variety of medically supervised settings, including in emergency medicine, outpatient or ambulatory surgery, non-surgical patients experiencing pain in the hospital, or post-operative patients, following short-stay surgery, who do not require more long-term analgesia.

Moderate acute pain.  I had three babies without a Motrin. I was injured on my hand by a martial arts weapon earlier this year and I screamed, cried and would have wolfed down this pill in a NY minute.  Will ER doctors give this drug to the loudest patients who cause the most chaos, like our loved ones with autism, perhaps?  Will it become the "shut up" pill?

“It doesn’t seem reasonable to place another potent opioid on the market at this time, especially when we’re currently still writing 200 million prescriptions for opioids a year,” Brown told ABC News. “The need to put a drug like this on the market is not demonstrated. The ability to manage that drug once it gets past the FDA is not demonstrated.” Read more at ABC News.

FDA is encouraging even more overdoses in a nation with too many already. I have a dear high school friend whose 20 year old son died 3 years ago. I'm sure we all know someone crippled by pain meds into addiction.

Perhaps a few people will open their eyes to the real goals of FDA and yes, CDC. Promote pharmaceutical products with high risk and safety promises they can never keep as epidemics roll on and on. It's like it's planned. Wait, that's a simile.

Kim


A Price to Pay

SoapsBy Cathy Jameson

A few weeks ago my son needed a haircut. Unable to get him to the place he likes to get a trim, I had to take him to a different place. He didn’t get the best cut like he did the time before, but it got done. I told Willem I’d do better to get him to his regular barber next time. It’s a great little place where he normally goes. I’ve only ever had one problem there – the television stays on and loudly. With how the chair was situated during his last cut, Willem had a completely unobstructed view to everything on the screen. I’d have been absolutely fine with that, but I was not too keen that he watched a daytime soap opera for the first time that day. Let’s just say that I had to explain more of a steamy plot than I’d have liked to.

While Willem winced and tried to look away from the TV during the hot and heavy soap opera scenes, I was already preparing a quick chat with him: Hey, Little Buddy. Yeah, some of that show’s content…wowzers! It certainly wasn’t for kids, but that stuff does happen. The lies, the cheating, the scandalous affairs and the backstabbing. That’s part of real life for some people. On our way to the parking lot, I did say all of to my son. He replied, “Yeah, I know. But geez, the actors were so fake and too over-the-top.”

I agreed, “Yep. It’s a little worse than when I was a kid, but that kind of drama has been part of television for as long as I can remember.” Before changing the subject about having Pharma tvenough time to go grab lunch together, I wanted to ask him one more thing, “What else did you notice?” Immediately, Willem shared, “Oh, the commercials. Mom, they were so…strange. Most were pharmaceutical commercials.”

He learned quickly that one cannot avoid the onslaught of pharma ads when tuned into a mainstream media television station.

Ronan’s younger brother continued, “Geez, did you hear all those side effects they can cause? They make the actors look all happy and life is perfect while they take the drug, but the side effects they list. They can cause other problems, some pretty bad ones, too. And some may cause death! That makes you need to get other medication. Well, you can get more meds for the side effects as long as you haven’t died from the first drug’s side effect: Here take this pill and it’ll help your diabetes but – be careful, you may die if you take it! It’s crazy. How’s that for getting you healthy? I guess it’s just a price you have to pay.”

Exactly.

“You take a risk in using the medicine they’re paying a lot of money to advertise,” I started. “And if something bad happens when you take that drug, you deal with the consequences, not the doctor who prescribed it. You have to live with the damage that’s done and hope that it can be reversed.” Willem and I returned to that conversation the other day when we were home. It happened after we watched an old 80s show we found online that included every commercial break. During that 60-minute show, not one prescription drug commercial was aired. Over-the-counter ads were part of the hour-long episode, but nothing needing a script.

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The Age of Polio. Explosion.

Polio FDR fightNote: Before his death in 2017, Dan wrote an in depth series on the rise of the Polio epidemic that swept America and ushered in what is now an extreme reverence for vaccination. He and Mark Blaxill had written about polio back in 2011. When anyone dares question vaccine safety or efficacy, the kneejerk reaction is "Do you want polio back?"  Of course the answer is a resounding "NO."

As children are becoming ill from adenovirus right now in 2018, and 10 previously sick children have died following adenovirus infection in New Jersey we thought it a good time to re-run this 8 part series.  Below is a video from CNN with Moms critical of CDCs handling of the spreading sickness among children. When there are no vaccines involved, Moms' opinions are worthy of sharing on national TV. I'm glad for them.





Dan wrote, But the question remains, and it remains important, because while the worldwide eradication effort makes slow progress, related viruses like EV-68 -- which paralyzed and killed children in the U.S. -- are surfacing, and other diseases with similar characteristics are waiting for their moment."

All 8 parts are below. Dan was planning to write a book on The Age of Polio, an epidemic he believed was a result of environmental toxins triggering the virus.  I miss Dan every day.  Perhaps his work could have helped children so sick today. Kim

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Limestone stele of priest with withered leg. Fourteenth Century BC by anonymous stonecutter.

 

By Dan Olmsted

 

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein

 

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On May 1, 1916, thirteen-month-old Lettie Caruso* moved with her family to a tenement at 1295 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn. A fifty-six-year-old woman named Mrs. G.H. Franklin lived and worked on the first floor, where she ran a small ice cream parlor that “the children naturally frequented,” according to a subsequent report by the New York Health Department. Lettie and her family lived in the apartment adjacent to the ice cream shop. On May 9, Lettie became ill. “A private physician was called the first day and came several days,” the Department reported. “She was examined with the stethoscope and at the first visit the doctor thought it was only a cold. As she grew worse a physician from New York was called in consultation. Mrs. Caruso thought the diagnosis was pulmonary bronchitis. So far as she knew the child was not paralyzed, but she cannot remember any special examination for that. There has been no Infantile Paralysis in this house, nor in the adjoining properties.”

That was about to change.

Looking back with perfect hindsight, Brooklyn in May 1916 was ground zero for an explosion that no one saw or heard for a month and more -- and, to this day, no one has satisfactorily explained. Before it ended late that summer, 25,000 people in the Northeast developed paralytic poliomyelitis, most of them young children, and an extraordinary 5,000 died -- nearly half of them in the City of New York, a toll approaching the September 11 tragedy. It was by far the largest and most lethal polio epidemic to date, and it remains one of the biggest ever (see chart).

As spring turned to summer, polio gripped every parent with fear, not just in the Northeast but nationwide. It was a fear that never entirely lifted until the outbreaks ended in the U.S. and most other countries after the Salk vaccine was introduced a half-century later, an occasion so momentous that church bells rang out across the country. But 100 years ago, and especially Brooklyn, there was barely suppressed panic that the authorities and the media did their best to tamp down.

"While there is no need of undue alarm," the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported in a careful front-page (but one column) article on June 17 announcing the epidemic, "the officials of the board of health are somewhat worried and are taking measures to stamp out the disease."

Since 1894 there had been smallish though increasingly ominous clusters of cases around the country. The first, in Vermont, affected 132 and killed 18; strangely, domestic animals were also affected even though polio is a disease of humans. The worst so far had been in 1907, which began in Brooklyn, too, before spreading to Greater New York but not much further, killing 125 in the city. Around the world, particularly in Scandinavia, larger clusters had started appearing, seemingly at random, since 1905.

But 1916 marked the moment the Age of Polio arrived in America.

Perhaps because the outbreak rose and fell so suddenly, bracketed by much that came to define the turbulent 20th century -- war in Europe in 1914, the sinking of the Lusitania, which departed from New York Harbor the next year; shark attacks along the crowded Jersey shore that sweltering summer of 1916 that caused sensational press coverage and became fodder for Jaws 60 years later; U.S. entry into WW I in 1917; and the Influenza Pandemic that killed 2,157 New York City residents in the week of November 1, 1918, alone -- the epidemic has faded from collective memory. 



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But the question remains, and it remains important, because while the worldwide eradication effort makes slow progress, related viruses like EV-68 -- which paralyzed and killed children in the U.S. -- are surfacing, and other diseases with similar characteristics are waiting for their moment. So this series asks: What set off the Explosion of 1916? Why didn't it spread like that again till after World War II? This work picks picks up on reporting Mark Blaxill and I conducted over a number of years and first set out in our Age of Polio series in 2011. We decided to focus next on a single polio outbreak to see if we could find evidence for our hypothesis that epidemics resulted from an interaction of the virus with novel environmental toxins. 

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Harassment and silencing of vaccine and GM critics by the University of Exeter

image from ngw.nlBy John Stone

I am publishing this brief correspondence to highlight how our higher educational institutions are becoming the enemies of freedom of speech and intellectual curiosity, not to mention purveyors of falsehood. I am not suggesting that Exeter University is particularly unusual: there are lots of publications of this kind from many academic sources, arguing how to limit and close down debate while using ad hominem tactics posing as hard science. It is interesting to note how the university dealt with this matter. The vice-chancellor and CEO, Sir Steve Smith - who is an expert in the politics of globalisation - handed the matter on to the provost, Prof Janice Kay, a cognitive neuropsychologist, who does not really tell us what she thinks, but passes the buck to the politics department, the publishers and the peer reviewers. She must however know that our schools are by now drowning in unprecedented and unexplained neurological impairment. It seems that the university's coat of arms with the motto  lucem sequimur 'we follow the light' has fallen into disuse, and frankly the spirit of enlightenment is dead as GSK and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation take over the world.

From: John Stone .....
Sent: 24 October 2018 16:20
To: Vice Chancellor.....
Subject: Harassment and silencing of vaccine and GM critics

To Prof Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and CEO University of Exeter

Dear Sir Steve,

I would like to express grave disquiet regarding the paper by Lyons et al and the additional publicity given to it by your university. It really will do no good to target people while not addressing their arguments - it is to say the least an open question who is indulging in "innuendo" as your publicity department put it.

A case in point would be the paper's attack on the competence and integrity of Robert F Kennedy Jnr. The article does not address any specifics of Kennedy's argument in his article while labelling him as "a conspiracy theorist". In this regard it is worth noting that by 2004 the British government, without of course admitting any error, had removed mercury from vaccines - the subject of Kennedy's article - and it was only to make a return to doing so in the highly unfortunate and still unaccounted Pandemrix episode. The safety of using the mercury salt preservative thimerosal/thiomersal has been criticised in many scientific publications.

A further problem is that if people are not allowed to express their concerns - or even their unpleasant experiences - a class of product becomes protected and the hazards to the public increase. There can be no automatic assumption that products are safe, and what is proposed is the intellectual and social suppression of views, experience and knowledge inconvenient to global interests and governments. This does not mean that all opinions are equally valid but it does mean that public debate should be tolerated. The very failure to tolerate debate places a question mark of the motives of the people trying to deny it, and it leaves the public in a dangerous position. It is always possible that this or that product has been slandered, but it does not mean that all products or all public bodies meet the standard, and we cannot proceed on this basis.

I believe by promoting "research" of this kind the University of Exeter is placing itself in an invidious historical position, and I look forward to your views.

Yours sincerely,

John Stone, UK and European Editor, AgeofAutism.com

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On 26 Oct 2018, at 15:18,

Dear Mr Stone, (if I may?)

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Puzzles Bakery in Schenectady Featured on The Today Show

PuzzlesA few years ago, I had the great pleasure of speaking to a group of parents at the wonderful, spectacular, scrumpdillyicious Puzzles Bakery in Schenectady, New York.  We've often said here at Age of Autism that the SIBLINGS will change the world long after we parents are too old, too tired and just too too to toot any longer.  We need Puzzles around the nation - they have a fantastic model, the menu is brilliant, the service high tech and the mission, to hire those with developmental disabilities including autism and Asperger's is sweeter than shoefly pie. Visit the Puzzles Bakery and Café here.  Kim

SCHENECTADY — A three-person crew from NBC's "Today" show filmed in the back room Thursday as the lunch crowd started to make its way into Puzzles Bakery & Café in downtown Schenectady.

Owner and founder Sara Mae Pratt, 28, said the bakery's mission is to provide meaningful job opportunities to people with developmental disabilities.

"They've been shadowing all our employees throughout the day, they've been here since we opened and they're just capturing what it looks like to do what we do," she said.

A sign on the door warned patrons, "Be aware that you may appear in the background of their footage."

The crew was expected to continue filming all day.

Pratt said Puzzles was featured on National Public Radio and a nightly television newscast when it opened in 2015 at the corner of State and Barrett streets.

She is happy to have the spotlight again and recounted the call a few months back from producers of the network morning show.

"We're still here and I guess we're still newsworthy and happy that we can provide some happy stories for people in the news," Pratt said.

More than half of Puzzles' roughly 16 full- and part-time workers have developmental and intellectual disabilities, Pratt said, making it an integrated workforce.

"I just think that it's really important for all the employers out there across the country and all over the world to really consider taking a chance on people with special needs," she said. "I think they will be pleasantly surprised."

The bakery's name is taken from the puzzle piece, which is the international symbol for autism awareness.  Read the whole article here.


Mystery Polio-like Paralytic Disease in Children Related to Vaccination?

TractionChairSongNote: One of the straw man arguments used against anyone who discusses vaccine injury, exemptions and refusal goes like this: "Do you want polio back?" Of course, the answer is "No." Below is an article from IPAK on the frightening outbreaks of "polio-like" paralysis in children across the nation.  No child should be injured by a vaccine, or thrust into another illness because of the vaccine's intended role within the body. If a vaccine stops one disease but causes another even more harmful disease or situation, the risk far outweighs the benefit. These are the conversations parents should be able to have with their doctors. And on social media, without being called anti-vaccine and shut down. Harm is harm. And when your child is worse off after vaccination, that can hardly be called a medical miracle.

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Mysterious Paralysis Affecting Children: Are Vaccines to Blame?

IPAK Modern Medicine and Health News Views from the Open-Minded News and views on modern medicine, health, the future of health, public health, immunity, our environment and medical law,

Eli Kammerman - October 28, 2018

[IPAK Editor's comment: The two-hit hypothesis presented addresses a cellular, but not a molecular, mechanisms of pathophysiology involving vaccination concurrent with enterovirus infection. Whether molecular mimicry or other known molecular mechanisms of vaccine induced autoimmunity also play a role remains to be tested.]

A mysterious disease is paralyzing kids in 22 states. A three-year-old who could barely hold up his own head was featured on the news after contracting a polio-like illness that started with a runny nose and turned into something much more serious. Doctors diagnosed him with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a disease that causes sudden arm or leg weakness, and in some cases can lead to permanent paralysis. The CDC reports that so far in 2018, there have been 72 confirmed cases of AFM among a total of 191 cases currently under investigation.

But what’s causing it? And more importantly, how can we prevent it from happening to our children?

Here’s what parents need to know: AFM Peaks During Back-to-School Periods During the past five years, surveillance data reported by the CDC shows a seasonal peak in juvenile cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in three of the years (2014, 2016, 2018), with the peak occurring in the month of September and the next higher levels of cases seen in the immediately adjacent months. Read on to learn about the relationship between these seasonal peaks and the back-to-school period.

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Live Streaming from Your Health Freedom Symposium Friday 11/2

Health SymposiumThe bold and determined parent-activist Laura Hayes will be presenting at Your Health Freedom's symposium "Health Empowered!", in South Jordan, Utah, this Friday, November 2, 2018, at 7:00 PM Mountain Time (6:00 PM Pacific/9:00 PM Eastern).

We realize that not everyone is able to be present in Utah for this event, so, as a special treat, we will be live-streaming Laura's presentation!

You're invited to join us! Please subscribe to our Your Health Freedom YouTube channel, and/or follow our Facebook page, to be notified when we add new content.

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We're looking forward to this event with great anticipation and would love to have you join us! The remainder of the presentations, including those by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Mark Blaxill, Dr. Judith Zimmerman, Andre Angelantoni, Dr. Bryon Tarbet, and more, will be posted to the YouTube channel in the weeks following the event.

With love,
Kristen Chevrier
Director, Your Health Freedom
www.yourhealthfreedom.org

 


In A World That's Not Too Far Away...

 

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Yesterday, we posted a meme about older "kids" with autism and Halloween. My girls have not dressed up for several years. Mia is now 23, Gianna is 22 and Miss B just turned 18. I am a ripe 50 never-you-mind.   This year, G took it into her mind that she wanted a Team Umizoomi costume from the Nick Jr show by the same name.  On Tuesday night, I had staff here for in-home support hours, and one of the women is an art therapist by degree who runs the day program Gianna and Mia attend. Her name is Mary. In one hour, and with about $10, she zipped to the Dollar Store, bought a few flowers and a cap and with Team-umizoomi-milli-character-main-550x510an old shirt of Bellas and literally, the light pink long sleeve T-shirt off my back - (flashback to white Levi's commando moment from my book), she created this amazing costume.  Gianna was so happy and excited! She wore the costume without anxiety all day!

I've learned a few things during this 2 decade autism journey. We must meet our kids where they are - even when it might not be where we wished or had thought they would be. What does any parent want for her 22 year old? Happiness. Pride. Contentment. Gianna had all of those in spades today. Where? Right here at home, in a world not so far away. XOX

Kim

 


Colorado Lawmakers’ Response to Autism is Two Decades Overdue

CO plateBy Pam Long

With 500 students with autism now in every high school graduating year group in Colorado, parents across the state seek a statewide response in both education and Medicaid that will address the lifelong disability needs of 25,000 affected children and adults. In April of the 2018 legislative session, Colorado parents brought forward CO HB18-1223 Declare Autism Epidemic in Colorado. This bill cited that the 2009 Colorado Autism Commission, which thrice referred to autism as “epidemic” in its executive summary report, had both failed in its primary mission to “identify the number of individuals affected by autism in the state” and failed to request or obtain funding for any of the eighteen service recommendations for the statewide autism population in its ten years of existence. The Autism Commission has dedicated its efforts to “autism awareness” left in the hands of non-profit organizations, while the state of Colorado passively allows 2,900 adults to wait for years on the Medicaid Developmental Disabilities (DD) waiver waitlist. The magnitude of the problem becomes even more alarming when analyzing the 2017 Colorado Dept. of Education disability data which shows 16,000 pre-school and school-age children with developmental delays and autism. Can we agree the time for “awareness” is over, and the time for “action” is now?

Autism as an “epidemic” became the issue of objection for Colorado lawmakers. Colorado statute defines an epidemic as “an increase in a communicable or non communicable disease or condition.” Lawmakers in the House Health, Insurance, and Environment (HIE) Committee alleged that declaring autism an epidemic would stigmatize affected people as having a contagious disease. By definition, autism is a disorder affecting speech, behavior, and social skills. The House HIE committee was unwilling to even consider referring to autism as a “crisis” in an amendment suggestion.

Published Data on Autism

Lawmakers also denied that there is a true increase in autism and clung to unsubstantiated claims of “better diagnosis,” despite expert testimony by two published authors. Mark Blaxill, co-author of Denial: How refusing to face the facts about our autism epidemic hurts children, families, and our future, presented data slides from three data sets (CDDS, ADDM, US Census) on the impending tsunami of children with autism while the state is unprepared to provide facilities or caretakers when they outlive their parents. Dr. Cindy Nevison, Ph.D., University of Colorado, briefed autism prevalence trend data from her landmark (52,000 downloads) peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Developmental Disorders (JADD, July 2018) that analyzed three data sets (CDDS, IDEA, ADDM) and concluded a 1000% increase in autism since 1930. Nevison explained that the increase in autism is not caused by diagnostic substitution (the conjecture that autism was previously referred to as intellectual disability) but rather a true increase to epidemic levels, with autism having a unique set of diagnostic criteria and established as a distinct federal disability reporting category starting in 1991.

Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) on Autism

CDPHE is required by Colorado Rule 6 CCR-1009-7 to monitor, investigate, and report annually on environmental and chronic diseases, to include Autism Spectrum Disorders. CDPHE has never included statewide autism data surveillance in their annual reports, nor included autism as even an “emerging issue” in the state’s health strategic plan. At the HB18-1223 committee hearing, Rep. James Wilson expressed his concerns to CDPHE’s representative with "You don't like the word epidemic. I understand that. It doesn't matter what you call it, we've clearly got a huge problem.” Mr. Chris Wells, of CDPHE, responded, without providing any data sources to reference, that the autism rate remains stable at 1.1%. In CORA responses in the follow-up of the bill hearing, Mr. Wells provided me over a hundred files of CO ADDM, CO SEED, and MMWR autism data, and none of those reports show autism as “stable” at 1.1%. In fact, all of those reports support a near zero autism rate in the late 1980’s (1 in 10,000) and rising steeply to 1% of the population in 2018 (1 in 59), thus affecting tens of thousands of children. Mr. Wells also responded that CDPHE was actively looking at autism risk factors such as genetics, older parents, maternal obesity, and low birth weight. Mr. Wells did not disclose that CDPHE spends millions of dollars on the Colorado Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (CO ADDM) data team, which generates the Colorado autism rate from only the 8-year-old age cohort, and only seven counties, while changing sample counties and changing educational and medical records requirements from reporting year to reporting year, resulting in very unreliable data that shows an underestimate of the Colorado autism rate compared to all other states. CDPHE’s CORA responses show that CDPHE spends zero dollars actually providing services to families affected by autism, beyond a quarterly speaker on “autism awareness” at CANDO support group meetings at JFK Partners at UC Denver. UC Denver also employs the CO ADDM data team.

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30 Billboards Outside the Pro Vaccine Injury Community

Vaccines Can Kill
The New York Times called a national billboard campaign that warns of vaccine dangers "anti-vaccine." They claim to want to protect children - and so they bully and cajole and write article after article denying vaccine injury while pushing any and all vaccines available from Hep A to Zostrix. Of course. As ever. Anyone who mentions that vaccines have side effects is called anti-vaccine. It's a pejorative plain and simple used to write off any and all information.  Take a look at the two articles below - what's missing from the article on the billboard they don't like?  Ah yes, the actual billboard. Lord, I wish Dan Olmsted were here today with us to write this story. Eleven years ago, The Times wrote an article about billboards that warned drivers not to drink with a cutesy Broadway analogy.  Drivers will get a "starring role" in their mug shot! The campaign is called the "brainchild"... of  the county attorney.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Anti-vaccine billboards claiming that routine childhood shots are deadly have popped up in Vax injury billboards NYTseveral West Virginia cities.

They warn that the son of former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Nick Catone died from a vaccine, though the infant's death was officially ruled to be sudden infant death syndrome.

A physician director for the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, Dr. Michael Kilkenny, says the case is tragic but the medical community's consensus that vaccines are safe and effective remains unchanged. The Herald-Dispatch reported Sunday that the messages have appeared this month in Parkersburg, Dunbar and Huntington as part of a national campaign by the nonprofit Learn The Risk group. More than 30 similar billboards have cropped up in Pennsylvania, New York and other states.  See the article here.

Here's the drunk driving billboard story clip from 2007:

NYT drivingThe Web site and billboards, which began last month, are the brainchildren of Andrew P. Thomas, the county attorney here who has served as the prosecutorial counterpart to the county’s hard-edged sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who has been known to force inmates into pink underwear.

The purposes of the billboards and the Web site, Mr. Thomas has said, are to inform the public about drunken-driving laws, and to serve as a deterrent.  Read more here.

In my town, if your child is caught drinking at your home, your name can go on a large banner that sits next to our town hall. Scaring people works. It's why the pro-vaccine injury community uses, "babies will die!" and folks run to get the ineffective flu shot in droves at a grocery store. Fear is always a sales or motivation tactic. It sells life insurance. Deodorant. Fear also convinces us NOT to do something. Like drunk driving. Like vaccinating. And there's the problem for the pro-vaxxers. It works. When people wake up and hear stories from people they trust, including their own doctors, they stop vaccinating. It's their choice. This is still the USA. Despite the horrific political climate.

Billboards are old school media. They work. To the Catone family - we're sorry. We understand. We know. We need 3000 billboards. A mother and a father deserve answers. Our injured kids have the "starring" role.  KIM

 


Dear Autism and PANDAS/PANS Researchers - THANK YOU For Listening, Now What?

Meg sick age 5By Teresa Conrick

It has been almost five years since I wrote the article, Dear Autism and PANDAS/PANS Researchers - Listen To The Parents. It is probably the most read article that I have ever written for Age of Autism, as it continues to get hits daily.  I say this as it is an indication of how the issue of Autism and PANDAS/PANS continues to grow. 

The reason I wrote about this subject back then was that my daughter, Megan, diagnosed as autistic since 1996, after having non-stop bacterial and viral illnesses, had been having symptoms, both chronic and acute, that seemed to originate from her dysfunctional immune system. PANDAS/PANS began to come into view more and more as I researched and wrote about it, and more and more parents contacted me.  Megan was definitely not the only one who had an autism diagnosis and had perpetual infections that caused the symptoms described as PANDAS and eventually PANS.

Since 2014, I do think our concerns have been received by these brilliant researchers.  They have seen our heartache and also the science showing how the autism spectrum for many children began as illness, like earaches, gastrointestinal disorders, sore throats, fevers, rashes, viruses, etc. It is time, in fact way past it, to move ASD from a strictly developmental disorder with roots to some type of phantom, heritable gene(s) as the reason https://www.sfari.org/ , into its appropriate medical domain, with roots into treatable, neuroimmune and neuropsychiatric symptoms. The reasons that must happen are because 1) we have increasing numbers of children suffering and 2) millions of dollars are being wasted on genetic hunting which has zero connections to helping our kids.  Enough time has been sacrificed which equates into children being sacrificed.

So let’s look at some of the important connections that we have learned, since I wrote about this in the winter of 2014:

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Halloween Horrors Year Round in UK for Children with Autism

WeepNote:  Below is a revolting article about the scandalous treatment of people with autism in the United Kingdom. Restraint and seclusion.  Those words mean little to most parents outside our community. We know that they mean abuse, anger, retribution for having the behaviors of autism. They mean bullying people who often can not communicate AT ALL. Restraints kill. They choke. They break bones. Seclusion terrifies. The rooms are often dank, dirty, punitive. 

THIS is where the neurodiversity community can do some real good. Instead of attacking parents like me, JB Handley and others for working miracles to help our kids, they should focus on the abuse of their more impaired brothers and sisters across the globe. They like to say, "Nothing about us without us." I'd like to had, "Harm to one is harm to all."

While Britain focuses on the newly pregnant Princess, it turns a blind eye to the babies who are now children, teens and adults and being harmed. To the perpetrators? Take the keys and lock...them..up.

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From The DailyMailUK:


Scandal of the autistic youngsters locked in solitary confinement: Hundreds of children are being held in appalling conditions and routinely abused in secluded padded cells

  • Devastated families are having young adults taken from them and locked away   
  • Investigation found teenagers were being forcibly injected violently restrained 
  • An autistic man was sent away for 18 years and was 'abused and restrained'

Hundreds of people with autism and learning disabilities are being locked up in appalling conditions, routinely abused and stuffed into tiny, secluded padded cells, a Mail on Sunday investigation has found. Devastated families are having children and young adults taken from them against their wishes and locked away – in one case for an astonishing 18 years. Our shocking investigation found that confused teenagers are being fed through hatches in seclusion, forcibly injected with powerful drug cocktails to sedate them, and violently restrained by up to six adults at a time behind the locked doors of secretive units.


Del Bigtree Highwire Presents The Science Isn't Settled

Scorpion and FrogWe invite you to visit Del's YouTube channel often.  Last week there was a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.  The video below explains all.

Several parents attended the meeting and were appalled at the apathy and rubber stamp approach to recommending more and more vaccines even when logic fails.  There was a photo of one member taking a bit of a snooze during the proceedings. Nice. You may have read on Facebook that Dr. Paul Offit was in attendance and accepted a lunch invitation from a group of parents. We remain skeptical,  Sometimes we become caricatures to those who don't really know us.  Sometimes a meeting can effect change. That said, Dr. Offit has been viciously cruel to all of us. I don't care to give him any more ink. Put it this way, if he offers you a ride across the stream on his back, say "No, thanks."

The next ACIP meeting is in February. See more here.


10 Years Later The Politics of Pumpkins

Jack_o_lanternPlease enjoy this wonderful BEST OF from Halloween of 2008.   Can you imagine that's 10 years ago? Many of us have adult children. My baby is 18! Tell us your own Halloween stories. How do you modify, the ups and downs.  Do you still celebrate?

By Nancy Hokkanen

On Halloween my son's fifth grade class had a special math project, and I volunteered to help. Six pumpkins were handed out and groups of kids were to weigh and measure them, guess the number of seeds within, and carve them into jack o'lanterns.

Our table had two parent volunteers. The other mother also brought an adorable preschool sibling  – whom I referred to as "him," until told "his" name was Karen. Maybe that was why I sensed a chill from the stone tiki face at the other end of the table.

The teacher explained the pumpkin activities and I expected that we parents might model some of the cooperative behaviors he'd laid out. But it seemed not to be. I could barely establish eye contact with the other parent, much less "Hi, my name is." Social Darwinism seemed to be the order of the day.

I decided that I could not bear to see the pumpkin lid cut improperly, so I seized control of the orange globe. Following the commandments in the Pumpkin Masters bible, I cut out an angled lid with a notch, eschewing the smoke vent. I pointed out to the children that the lid was the shape of a pentagon. Thus the territorial parental pissing match had begun.

Next the students scooped out the insides. Most of the kids enjoyed it, facilitated by my Martha Stewart rubber-handled ice cream scoop and Grandpa Rayno's fish scaler. I was feeling so au courant, so in my element. After all, I was the only parent wearing a jack o'lantern T-shirt.

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Best of: Hopey Halloween

Halloween 011Note: Here's a favorite post of mine in time for Halloween. Bella is now an 18 year old young woman and she makes progress every day. I am proud of her. XOX

By Kim Rossi who was Stagliano when she wrote this

Hello, AofA friends. I thought I'd share another hopeful video with you today. Bella continues to learn how to create words with her mouth. I use that phrasing because I know the words are clearly in her mind - it's her autism that prevents them from flowing freely.

You might recall from my book that Bella is my water girl (crapisode ring a bell?)  Her perseveration on water is always correlated with gut issues. When her stomach is in bad shape, she is desperate to feel water on her face.  I've learned that I'm usually at fault - having tried a new food or beverage with a suspect ingredient. Carageenan, the thickener in many non-dairy milks and almost all of the So Delicious brand that we loved, destroys Bella's gut and behavior after about 6 weeks of steady consumption.  It makes her aggressive, angry, she pinches, she growls, she will not sit in a car or bus safely.  I guess that means the refrigerator theory can be resurrected - Mom really IS to blame - ha ha.

Anyway, here's Miss Bella with a special cameo appearance by my beautiful Mia, who will be 19 in December. That Halloween costume in the photo was from when Bella was in Kindergarten - I made her Leo the Late Bloomer - a beautiful story about a little Tiger with lots of delays - and whose last sentence is, "I made it!" And so shall Bella, and all our kids.



House of Cards 200 pixelsKim Rossi is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her novel,  House of Cards; A All I Can Handle 50 pixel Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.

 

 


ACIP Vaccine Advisory Program Suggests Costly Program for Mild Non-Fatal Hepatitis A in Homeless

HavrixNote: I read this article about the recent ACIP meeting and recommendations with a jaundiced eye - pun intended. Explain to me how a program to vaccinated the homeless for a disease that while contagious, is relatively mild and usually non-life threatening (per the article below) is cost effective or even possible? This is a 2 dose process. How do you convince the homeless population to return for a vaccination they may not trust for myriad reasons including mental illness? Also, they are recommending the vaccine for the homeless age 1 and older. 12 months old. The disease is spread by sex, dirty needles and contaminated food (again, per the article.)  The rationale is that if ACIP rubber stamps a vaccine, it's more likely to be administered.  I appreciate that the homeless have unique medical needs and deserve the same care as the homed population. Especially children. K

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On ABC.go

For the first time, a U.S. advisory committee is recommending a routine vaccination for homeless people, voting Wednesday to urge hepatitis A shots to prevent future outbreaks of the contagious liver disease.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made the recommendation at a meeting in Atlanta. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to adopt it and send guidance to health care providers.

Homeless encampments can contribute to disease through unsanitary conditions. Hepatitis A spreads person to person through contaminated food or dirty needles used for injection drugs. The virus also can spread from sexual contact with an infected person.

The recommendation would make it easier for shelters, emergency rooms and clinics that serve the homeless to offer hepatitis A shots along with other services.

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Blaxill Presents 1 in 36 A Tsunami of Autistic Disabled Adults That Will Overwhelm Our Nation at Utah Health Symposium

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Kristen Chevrier, who interviewed AofA contributor Laura Hayes last spring, and her team of fellow advocates in Utah have been working hard to organize this symposium, and it sure would be great if you could come...whether by plane, train, or car!

Laura will be speaking Friday evening from 7:00-8:15pm on...you guessed it...vaccines.  Mark Blaxill and Dr. Andy Wakefield speak on Sunday.


Autism Epidemic in Sri Lanka

Saima-Wazed-HossainNote: No one has done more to ring the bell of alarm over the autism epidemic worldwide than our own Anne Dachel. Here, she reports on a similar disconnect between the difficult reality of autism's never ending climb and what seems to be a hallucinatory denial of the severity.   There is no known cause, just coincidence.  Dr. Wazed Hossain knows in her very heart of hearts (insert gag) that it is NOT vaccines - that theory has never been replicated (wrong) and has been "debunked."  When  you read the word debunked you must ALWAYS put on your bull&hit goggles. It's a playbook code word. No matter the topic. Debunked means, dismissed.

By Anne Dachel

An article published on Oct 23, 2018 by a news source in Sri Lanka shows just how paralyzed experts are when it comes to addressing autism.

The piece, Autism may reach epidemic proportions in Lanka, warns WHO expert Dr. Saima Wazed Hossain,   contains a maze of remarks that will only leave the reader mystified. 

Hossain, "an expert on neuro-developmental disorders," is actually very clever at double speak. Take your pick of her views from this interview:

She sounds worried about the rising rate.

 "Autism has reached alarming numbers worldwide, and that it may reach epidemic proportions in Sri Lanka."

 "It is an increasing number all over the world." 

And in the same breath she chalks it up to better diagnosing, no real increase.

 "It is believed, awareness and better diagnostic mechanisms are exposing more and more numbers that would not have come to light otherwise."

She tells us to be patient when it comes to finding the cause of autism.

"No specific cause has been established for the rise. It takes time to know if there is a connection to our changing lifestyle, if something related is causing this genetic mutation to effect."

Hossain cites DDT exposure, cosmetics, and processed food as possibly linked to autism.

Again she focuses on an increase.

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Communication is Life Changing: A Response to The Facilitator's Touch

Family StoryBy Terri Schuldt

Dear Age of Autism Readers:

I am a parent of an 18 year old non-verbal girl with Autism.  My daughter endured over 8 years of “scientifically validated” Verbal Behavior ABA therapy prior to starting with the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM).  We pursued this line of intervention for 5 years with some success prior to delving into Facilitated Communication (FC) which has given us full open communication and academic success and a wide wide world of understanding and exchanges with my daughter.  My daughter was also the lucky recipient of 8 years of Occupational Therapy by outside and school therapists and a lifetime of home programs provided by yours truly mom who is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina Occupational Therapy Program.  All of these interventions have moved us forward, but FC has given us life changing strides.

I am writing in response to the article published by Age of Autism on 10/15/18 titled The Facilitator’s Touch.  Mr. Dalziel writes a number of things that are troubling and slanted.  The first red flag of the article is that Mr. Dalziel describes his first experience with FC as the “trained graduate student” stating “Tell me about this book”.  It only takes 1 basic training in FC to know that you do not start with open communication such as this, right out of the gate.  Mr. Dalziel then goes on to state “he did not want to do it”.  Hmmm, ok, problem number 2 identified…She then showed him a picture book and asked him to describe it.  Again, a bit of an open topic for a newbie typer.  There is a process of teaching FC and the following of Best Practice methods that should be held when learning this method.  There are other factors such as the intangibles that some would call trust or rapport.  Ask ANY parent out there if they have ever had the experience of their child (any child with or without a disability) not wanting to participate in something with a stranger.  Now imagine that stranger touching that person and holding their arm and then demanding a response.  I know this scenario very well because working as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist I would never grab a child and demand an outcome.  You have to build rapport and trust first.  I often would demonstrate my techniques on the parent first and then have them practice the home program with me allowing the child to observe these interactions. If I was lucky at the next visit the child would willingly accompany me to the clinic for treatment and participate more fully.

Is FC a perfect method?  I would say “no”.  There is a chance that if you have an over zealous facilitator with bad intentions that influence could happen.  However, I must ask how anyone can deny the success that some FC users have had as they progressed over time from requiring assistance to reaching 100% independent typing.  I have personally witnessed this in my own community over a period of one year.

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Criticizing JB Handley's How To End the Autism Epidemic

How to end the autism epidemic coverBy Brian Nomi

How to End the Autism Epidemic was released on September 19, 2018.  It's gotten a very high number of reviews, 256 of them as of today, two weeks after release. 

Nineteen of these reviews are critical of the book:  One-star out of five.  That is fine, if someone does not like the book, that person is welcome to post a negative review and make his or her thoughts known. 

The very interesting thing about the criticisms of Handley is that several of them, about half, claim to be written by people with autism.  For example, Carola E. Wilhelmon claims to be on the spectrum, and states that " It is true that I haven't read the book," but that "eugenics of autistic people is going to be the next suggested step."  Mizanthrope states that " I am Autistic. I was Autistic before I was vaccinated. I'd get vaccinated again."  And then Janejira Damron claims to be on the autism spectrum, and writes " The real tragedy is the fact people believe these lies and teach their kids to view themselves as damaged and in need of correction."

Several attacks state that Handley must hate people with autism, because he is against autism.  One critic with the strange name of " Amazon Customer" writes:  "Autism isn't bad. Autistic people are valuable and worthwhile."   This is a theme carried out in many of the other negative reviews.  It's very strange, because anyone who has read Handley's book must see the love shining through clearly between JB and his son who has autism.  The stories of JB retiring from his job to devote himself to helping his son, the story about how JB's son nearly broke his hand from hitting himself in the head, and the story about JB taking his son into the outdoors where he is happiest, and swimming for the fun of it.  Nobody can read the book and think that JB hates his son or thinks his son is not valuable or worthwhile.

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UK Parliamentary Committee Jettisons Vaccines As Strategy To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

British flagAge of Autism re-posts its submission authored by its UK editor, John Stone, to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into antimicrobial resistance. The resulting committee report only mentions vaccines once,  and not as a major strategy against antimicrobial resistance. This is in contrast to a British government report of 2016 in which the lead author Jim (Lord) O'Neill saw vaccines as the major tool in combatting the problem, which had occasioned the AoA evidence to the parliamentary committee. Whatever the prospect for creating new antibiotic products the committee - perhaps in a new spirit of realism - appear to have abandoned expanding the vaccine program as a substitute.

Written evidence from John Stone (Age of Autism)

[1] Vaccines are mentioned as one strategy against antimicrobial resistance (1) and this submission seeks to caution against the idea of substituting one kind of over-medication with another (Age of Autism is an on-line newspaper concerned with the publicly unaccounted adverse effects of vaccination).

[2] In the United Kingdom, an infant already receives by 12 months on the routine schedule (2):-

DTaP, Polio, HiB, HepB+Rotavirus+13 Strain Pneumococcal+MenB (8 weeks)

DTaP, Polio, HiB, HepB+Rotavirus (12 weeks)

DTaP, Polio, HiB,HepB+13 Strain Preumococcal+MenB (16 weeks)

13 Strain Pneumococcal+MMR+HiB, MenC

[3] In 2011 Miller and Goldman reported (3):

“The infant mortality rate (IMR) is one of the most important indicators of the socio-economic well-being and public health conditions of a country. The US childhood immunization schedule specifies 26 vaccine doses for infants aged less than 1 year—the most in the world—yet 33 nations have lower IMRs. Using linear regression, the immunization schedules of these 34 nations were examined and a correlation coefficient of r = 0.70 (p < 0.0001) was found between IMRs and the number of vaccine doses routinely given to infants. Nations were also grouped into five different vaccine dose ranges: 12–14, 15–17, 18–20, 21–23, and 24–26. The mean IMRs of all nations within each group were then calculated. Linear regression analysis of unweighted mean IMRs showed a high statistically significant correlation between increasing number of vaccine doses and increasing infant mortality rates, with r = 0.992 (p = 0.0009). Using the Tukey-Kramer test, statistically significant differences in mean IMRs were found between nations giving 12–14 vaccine doses and those giving 21–23, and 24–26 doses. A closer inspection of correlations between vaccine doses, biochemical or synergistic toxicity, and IMRs is essential.”

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Glinda the Not so Good Glitch Visits Us

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We're working on it! Thanks for your patience.

The Age of Autism IT team.  (Kim)


US News Calls Flu Shot Thinkers Conspiracy Theorists

Flu shot targetThere is an increasing amount of research, showing some definite issues with seasonal flu vaccination.  Let’s take a look, then we can read what US News and World  recently reported.

It’s that time of year again.  Flu shot signs everywhere. 80,000 people died last year, the CDC is telling us, from the flu.  What they are not telling us is many received the flu vaccine and still got ill .  Here is a research paper that seems to explain this phenomenon:

Increased Risk of Noninfluenza Respiratory Virus Infections Associated With Receipt of Inactivated Influenza Vaccine trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) recipients had an increased risk of virologically-confirmed non-influenza infections….

Previous research   has shown that “ children who had been vaccinated annually over a number of years were more likely to contract the flu…..”

This from CDC recently - :  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its annual recommendations on the flu vaccine. The agency suggests that everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated for influenza each season, ideally by the end of October.

The mad rush to get in line for a vaccine now, months before the height of the “seasonal flu” may actually be another reason cases can climb.  Here’s a recent study that shows this is indeed very plausible:

Study: Flu vaccine protection starts to wane within weeks

Though the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends administration of the flu vaccine by the end of October, a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases suggests that vaccine effectiveness may begin dropping within weeks of administration, adding more evidence of waning protection over the course of a single flu season.

Researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California showed that the risk of contracting the flu climbs about 16% for every 28 days after vaccination. That means many people could be less protected during the height of flu season if they get vaccinated at the beginning of September.  Full study here  .

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JB Handley Author of How to End the Autism Epidemic Receives Third Class Treatment from Third Place Books

How to end the autism epidemic coverJB Handley's event at Third Place Books has been cancelled, the books on order for sale RETURNED to the publisher.  This is a BEST SELLING book that swept through Amazon.

Bookstores sell books.  Brick and mortar bookstores don't sell nearly as many books as they did in the pre-Amazon era. Independent bookstores don't sell nearly as many books as a large chain like Books a Million or Borders and Barnes and Noble back in the day. Independent bookstores are usually magical gems in a community. They offer talks, programs, children's hours and many special touches that set them apart from the big box stores and create a community. I love independent bookstores, and I'd probably love shopping at Third Place books.

Third Place Books touts its community role on their site.  But those of us with vaccine injured children and autism are not considered part of “the community." It's sad. It's lonely.  Yet again, vaccine injury is treated as the third rail. Do not touch. Musn't get burned, it might burn the books. 

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Third Place Books is the deliberate and intentional creation of a community around books and the ideas inside them. Founded in 1998 in Lake Forest Park, we opened a store in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle in 2002, and another in the Seward Park neighborhood in 2016. Third Place Books is a general interest bookstore with over 200,000 new, used, and bargain books in Lake Forest Park and over 40,000 books in Ravenna. It is a fun, comfortable, and safe place to browse, linger, lounge, relax, read, eat, laugh, play, talk, listen, and just watch the world go by.

Why Third Place?

Sociologist Ray Oldenberg suggests that each of us needs three places: first is the home; second is the workplace or school; and beyond lies the place where people from all walks of life interact, experiencing and celebrating their commonality as well as their diversity. It is a third place. In his celebrated book, The Great Good Place, Oldenberg discusses how the cafes, pubs, town squares, and other gathering places make a community stronger and bring people together. 

From Informed Choice Washington's FB page

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We regret to announce that the event J.B. Handley & Stein in Conversation: How to End the Autism Epidemic at Third Place Books has been cancelled. Please watch for news of alternative plans.

While we are dismayed by the actions of Third Place Books, we are not daunted. We remain resolute in our mission to continue to inform the public and elected officials on the very real dangers of the current vaccine system, to work for the incorporation of emerging science in vaccine policy making, to move toward a personalized approach to vaccination, and to shine a light on the corruption in and capture of the vaccination program by pharmaceutical interests in our state and the U.S. as a whole.

If you were planning to attend November 5th, keep your calendar open. We will announce an alternative plan soon.

Hear JB speak this coming Saturday at Healthy Immunity: From Birth to Old Age

#theautismbook #readthebook


Heartbreaking Story of Irish School Boy with Myriad Mental Health Issues

Abadnonned schoolThe first article I found on Saturday, October 20th made me stop my news search. It was about a 10 year boy in County Cork, Ireland and the desperate situation faced by him and his family.

I couldn’t get over the number of things affecting this child that were mentioned in this piece.

This story talked about depression, autism, suicide attempts, anxiety, mental illness, meltdowns, sensory processing disorder, dysregulation disorder (and head and stomach pain)—all in one little boy!

It also described a system that’s broken. This mother is at the end of her rope. She faces endless waiting lists and constant worry about her son’s actions, especially his anger issues affecting the whole family.

What really stood out to me was the fact that all the problems his mother described are now common in American schools. Issues long associated WITH AUTISM are increasingly recognized in kids WITHOUT an ASD diagnosis.  

Scary stuff

I have now compiled over 3,000 stories since January 2017   on the declining health and performance of children.

Schools EVERYWHERE in the world are dealing with exploding special education numbers, huge behavioral and sensory issues, self-harm, violence, and anxiety.  We’re now used to horrific rates of neurological/behavioral disorders profoundly affecting CHILDREN.

Where’s the alarm?

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Tag! You're It! Infection

SwingBy Cathy Jameson

I was at the playground with youngest the other day.  It was one of the first real fall days we’ve had and a perfect day to spend outdoors.  As my daughter and I held hands walking from the parking lot to the playground, I could see a bunch of kids running all over the place.  Some were climbing, others were sliding, and a large group was playing tag.  Some stood still as if they had been frozen.  Ah, Freeze Tag.  I remember it well.  But when I got closer, I listened to what the kids were saying – Help, infection!  Do you need healing?  Yes, save me!  What an odd conversation.  I slowed down my pace so I could keep watching.  With a simple touch, the Healer tapped an infected boy.  That simple tap released him from his frozen stance.  What an odd game! 

I later learned that it wasn’t Freeze Tag.  It was a game called Infection.  I remember my oldest daughter telling me about the game back when she was still playing on the playground.  “It’s just like the original Tag game, and also like Freeze Tag, but has some different elements.” 

I’ll say it does! 

Instead of continuing our walk around the playground that beautiful fall day, I stuck around and quietly listened some more. 

“Help me!  I need healing!” another boy yelled to a group who’d just run past him.

“Don’t touch him…he’s infected!” a girl squealed as she scampered off.  Constant chatter could be heard as “zombie” kids zipped around the monkey bars toward the slide.  Push chair cj

RUN!

Who’s infected? 

She is! 

Who needs healing? 

Getting caught up in the excitement, I wanted to yell out, “Ronan does!”

Oh, how we’d love to see that happen.  One of my other daughters desperately wants her brother to be healed.  She and I stayed up late one night last week talking about Ronan.  Izzy had heard a conversation about vaccines and was curious about the adjuvants, like aluminum, that are added to some of them.  She knows that some kids cannot detox metals and could be worse post-vaccination than pre-vaccination. 

“Why do people think we’d be better off with all that stuff in our bodies?  It doesn’t make any sense,” she said.

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Best of Dan Olmsted: The US Government Will PAY You to Get a Flu Shot! Step Right Up!

BarnumManaging Editor's Note: So maybe I used a bit of clickbait...  But the headline is technically true! True! True!  We run this article from 2010 each Fall during the Flu Shot push that is everywhere.  CVS?  Earn a 20% savings card!  Stop & Shop? "No Cost Flu Shot!" No cost? Not exactly. Read one woman's horror story below.  Hell of a way to make a payday.  

By Dan Olmsted

On the whole, Lisa Marks Smith would rather have had the flu. Instead, the Cincinnati mom of two college-age sons got a mercury-containing flu shot that nearly killed her, led to paralysis, severe neurological problems, 24 days in the hospital – and a check from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program that attests to the truth of her story.

Smith has come to see first-hand how carelessly flu shots are administered, how dangerous the mercury that remains in most of them can be, how little public health officials actually seem to care when the worst happens, why the worst may not be so rare after all – even how similar the side effects can be to symptoms of autism.

She talked to Age of Autism about her ordeal, which began in 2005, in the hope of sparing others.

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Dan: I thought I’d start by asking you where things stand now. How’s your health? How are you feeling at the moment about everything?

Lisa: The only lingering thing I have at this point is that if I do not take big doses of magnesium, my legs shake. And I mean muscle spasms, Charlie horses, twitches – think Parkinson’s shaking. I do feel my feet again after four years. I need to go shoe shopping because I only own sandals, and it’s cold this winter in Cincinnati, and if you feel your toes you can’t wear sandals in the snow.

Dan: Well, I guess that’s a good problem to have, considering what happened. Just to go over the basics, you got a monetary award from the vaccine injury compensation award program and it was how much?

Lisa: I am not allowed to tell but in all honesty the award would not have covered my medical bills. To me, it’s the validation – they can’t claim they don’t know what’s happening when they’re paying people.

Dan: And of course one thing we hear so much about, and it’s almost a cliché, is that correlation does not equal causation – in other words, "just because you got a flu shot and then got very sick doesn’t mean it caused it." But in this case, correlation was a very strong indication of causation.

Lisa: In my case, my neurologist said straight up, this is what caused it. So it’s very hard for them to say one doesn’t equal the other. You’re walking around, you’re perfectly healthy, you don’t even get colds. You have a flu shot and within two weeks you’re paralyzed, and paralysis is listed as a possible side effect.

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Every Win Counts: Ontario Nurses and Masks or Flu Shots

Vax maskThis story came out last month - but as flu shot season roars into Fall, it's important to note that not every healthcare provider agrees with getting flu shots.  And associations are fighting back.  Just as healthy children are being barred from school, healthy workers are being barred from earning a living - all for a flu vaccine that has an 80% failure rate. It's nonsense.  Do those  masks come in scarlet?

We'd save more lives if there was a hand stamp that glowed if hands had not been washed. I can't tell you how many times my kids docs (pediatricians and now internists) have tried to examine my girls without washing their hands first.

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The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has won a second decision on the controversial vaccinate or mask (VOM) policy, striking down the policy in effect at St. Michael’s Hospital and several other hospitals that form the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN). These policies force nurses and other health-care workers to wear an unfitted surgical mask for the entirety of their shift if they choose not to receive the influenza vaccine.

After reviewing extensive expert evidence submitted by both ONA and St. Michael’s Hospital, which was the lead case for the TAHSN group, Arbitrator William Kaplan, in his September 6 decision, found that St. Michael’s VOM policy is “illogical and makes no sense” and “is the exact opposite of being reasonable.” In reaching this conclusion, Arbitrator Kaplan rejected the hospital’s evidence. A copy of the full decision is available here.

The TAHSN group involved in the arbitration also includes Sinai Health System, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, North York General Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Michael Garron Hospital and Baycrest Health Sciences. Other TAHSN hospitals did not have VOM policies in place.  Read more here.


North Texas Planned Supported Living Community for Adults with Autism In the Works

JackalopeNote:  Housing for adults with autism is as rare as a Texas Jackalope. Yet, this is the future for many of us: "Where will my adult children with autism be living?" We can't expect them to live with us forever. For starters, our children will probably feel like any adult, despite their autism, it's TIME TO LEAVE THE NEST. And we're gonna die. D. I.  E.  If our kids have never known anything but us and our homes, how the hell will they suddenly survive at 40 or 50 years of age thrown into a life with strangers? It's almost too much to think about. But it's reality. We need for our kids to live without us while we are still able to help them. And here's a dirty secret - WE WANT SOME PEACE! I'm tired, how about you? The best part of my divorce? I have 4 entire full nights of sleep a month. From Friday to Sunday I am just Kim Rossi. Not Mom. It's amazing. I crave this precious time. I'd like more but... well, that's for another book one day.  Oh! and today would have been my 27h wedding anniversary   Time flies! LOL! Congrats to the folks from 29 Acres.  Let's cheer for them and see if we can follow their lead.

From Dallas:

A groundbreaking ceremony Saturday marked the biggest milestone to date for 29 Acres, a planned supportive living community for adults 18 and older who have autism.

Located at 3000 Moseley Road in Cross Roads, west of Prosper, the Denton County development has been in the planning stages for about three years. Its first phase is expected to cost about $6 million.

The aim is to help adults with autism live independently and form a community, in contrast to many adults with autism who today live at home.

As North Texas autism community becomes a reality, the program seeks its first trainees

"The need in North Texas is just gigantic," said Debra Caudy, president and co-founder of the nonprofit 29 Acres and the parent of a future resident. "I've had calls from dozens, not only from families but [also] individuals with autism. I really get calls every day."

Autism is a group of developmental disorders that can fall on a wide-ranging spectrum. Some people with autism have only mild symptoms; others are severely disabled. Individuals often have difficulty communicating and some exhibit repetitive behaviors.  Read more here.


Petition to Halt 5G Radiation on Earth and in Space

Earth-man-small-topNote: We have signed onto this petition. We have no idea the effects of telecommunications radiation on humans. To date? It's not looking so good for us....

To the UN, WHO, EU, Council of Europe
and governments of all nations

We the undersigned scientists, doctors and environmental organizations from (__) countries, urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites. 5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.
Executive summary

Telecommunications companies worldwide, with the support of governments, are poised within the next two years to roll out the fifth-generation wireless network (5G). This is set to deliver what is acknowledged to be unprecedented societal change on a global scale. We will have “smart” homes, “smart” businesses, “smart” highways, “smart” cities and self-driving cars. Virtually everything we own and buy, from refrigerators and washing machines to milk cartons, hairbrushes and infants’ diapers, will contain antennas and microchips and will be connected wirelessly to the Internet. Every person on Earth will have instant access to super-high-speed, low- latency wireless communications from any point on the planet, even in rainforests, mid-ocean and the Antarctic.

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Weighing HPV Vaccine For Yourself, Your Child? Real Answers Now Available.

Jessica
Jessica Ericzon

Note:  Below is the introduction from a new book called HPV Vaccine on Trial, written to give parents and adults of vaccine receiving age complete information.  The book is ranked #1 on Amazon's Preventive Medicine category. That's Jessica Ericzon in the photo. Had this book been available in 2008...

Introduction

Cancer strikes fear in people around the globe. So a vaccine to prevent cancer—as the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is touted to do—seemed like a game changer. Since 2006, when the US approved the first HPV vaccine, over 125 countries have intro­duced it to prevent cervical and other HPV-related cancers. The three HPV vaccines bring in over $2.5 billion in annual sales for Merck (Gardasil, Gardasil 9) and GlaxoSmithKline (Cervarix). They have been pharmaceutical juggernauts, yet scandal has followed worldwide. The HPV vaccine is on trial—literally and figuratively—around the world in courts of law and public opinion.

No one disputes that cancer is a ravaging disease that leads to death, if uncontrolled. But the fact that cancer is a grave disease does not necessarily mean that a vaccine purporting to prevent it is safe and effective for everyone. The US Food and Drug Administration, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the European Medicines Agency, the World Health Organization, and many oth­er public health agencies have embraced the HPV vaccine as a safe and effective way to prevent HPV-related cancers. Here are a few representative statements:

FDA: Based on the review of available information by FDA and CDC, Gardasil continues to be safe and effective, and its benefits continue to outweigh its risks.

CDC: The HPV vaccine is very safe, and it is effective at preventing HPV. Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects. Many people who get the HPV vaccine have no side effects at all. Some people report having very mild side ef­fects, like a sore arm, from the shot. The most common side effects are usually mild.

WHO: The WHO’s Vaccine Safety Committee considers HPV vaccines to be extremely safe.

EMA: The benefits of HPV vaccines continue to outweigh the known side effects.

These official statements contrast starkly with the reports of dev­astating injuries and death that we recount in this book. You’ll get to know these and other children and young adults.

Christina Tarsell, 21 years old.

Chris was an undergrad at Bard College, New York. A tal­ented athlete, artist, and honor student, she received three Gardasil doses when she was twenty-one. Shortly after the third dose, she died in her sleep. After eight years of hard-fought litigation in the only judicial forum available, Chris’s mom “won”—the Court of Federal Claims finally acknowl­edged that Gardasil more likely than not caused the heart attack that led to Chris’s untimely death. You can see Chris, and a memorial to her, in the photo insert.

Alexis Wolf, 13 years old.

In 2007, when Alexis was in 7th grade, she began the Gar­dasil series. After the second dose, her health deteriorated. After the third, she could no longer focus, sleep, eat, or be­have normally. She started to have many seizures every day. She was put in psychiatric hospitals. A year and a half after her symptoms began, Alexis tested at a 4th grade level. Today, at 25, Alexis still suffers from severe neurological injury, in­cluding daily seizures. You can see pictures of Alexis both before and after receiving the vaccine in the photo insert.

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Europe Reloaded Presents HPV Vaccine: Sex, Conflicts Of Interest & Videotape

CevarixzPART ONE, THE PRESENT

ANNA ROSSI

Some stories have many parts; the HPV vaccine story is no different. I will discuss with you one part of this incredible story that needs to be widely known. I will follow-up with part 2 in another article. No doubt, there will be more parts to this story to unfold.

Most of us would believe or hope that when a new vaccine or drug is developed, it is thoroughly tested for safety and efficacy, and should only be used when necessary. Equally, however, most of us are probably aware that, overwhelmingly, that is simply not happening anywhere on this globe. There are many examples of just the opposite, in fact, covered in 1000s of articles across the internet. But today, we are not concerned with the obvious transgressions and biases of the pharmaceutical industry; today we are looking at the pressure groups that force a vaccine onto a schedule.

This year, controversy has surrounded the inclusion of the HPV vaccine for boys in the UK, with senior medical doctors and journal editors at loggerheads over flawed research that was used to justify the introduction of the HPV vaccine. But what of the players behind the scenes – the individuals and groups that were using all means of coercion to force that vaccine onto the UK schedule? We will discuss those players and let you be the judge if you feel this is the way honest business should be conducted in a democracy where your children’s health is at stake.

Jamie Rae (pictured) is an entrepreneur from Scotland who suffered from throat cancer and set up the Throat Cancer Foundation:

The Throat Cancer Foundation (TCF) was founded in 2012 by oropharyngeal cancer survivor Jamie Rae. Following his treatment and recovery, Jamie was concerned by the lack of resources and support available to people facing throat cancers, and established the charity to provide what was missing: information and reassurance for those facing throat cancers.

Mr Rae is central to the HPV vaccine being introduced and promoted by the UK government for boys in the UK. There is more to say about Mr Rae and we will cover that in part 2.

When the UK government announced that it would include the HPV vaccine for teenage boys, Mr Rae was asked for comment:

Read the full article here.