The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Exists

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Have you seen this woman?
Helene Langevin, M.D. Director, NCCIH

by Ginger Taylor, MS

Wanna know an open SECRET?
NIH has an official center for ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE.

The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health exists.

https://nccih.nih.gov/

This is their job: "NCCIH’s Funding Priorities and Research Focus
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds and conducts research to help answer important scientific and public health questions about complementary health approaches. NCCIH works to determine what is promising, what helps and why, what doesn’t work, and what is safe."

Have they answered your questions about safety and efficacy of natural health alternatives?

All those "untested" natural health things that we are all encouraged from doing actually have had a place to be researched for DECADES, and they have done both jack and squat for us.

They even have a PLAN that they developed for the years 2016 to 2020.

Sounds like the kind of place that would be PERFECT to research the impact that high dose IV Vitamin C would have on viruses doesn't it. Corona-virus 2019 for example. And all kinds of viruses, right? Here's what they say about effective natural treatment for colds:

"Complementary approaches that have shown some promise include oral zinc products, rinsing the nose and sinuses (with a neti pot or other device), honey (as a nighttime cough remedy for children), vitamin C (for people under severe physical stress), probiotics, and meditation."

Sounds interesting, right? So why are they not at the press conferences next to the president? Putting out detailed recommendations for doctors on the front line? They have a budget of $151M per year.

Why are they not in high gear repeating the Chinese doctors reports of 50,000 units of IV Vitamin C turning CV cases around in real time?

Ever heard of Helene Langevin, M.D.? Me neither. 

Via her twitter account she has a puppy cam pinned to the top of her feed, and just RTs NIH, HHS and CDC tweets. But she does take the time to let us know that, "Per the
@NIH_NCCIH #ColloidalSilver fact sheet, “Silver has no known function or benefits in the body when taken by mouth.”

Why do they only have 68 staff members? Can I apply for a job? https://nccih.nih.gov/about

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While World Panics over COVID 19, CDC’s Official Autism Rate Rises 10% from 2006 to 2008 Birth Years

ThumbnailWhile the world panics over COVID 19, the CDC’s official autism rate keeps rising, up 10% from 2006 to 2008 birth years

View a 12 Powerpoint Presentation here: 1 in 54 born in 2008 by Mark Blaxill. Each slide also follows at the end of this post.

By Mark Blaxill

Every two years, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts out a new report from its Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The 2016 report, a survey of 11 states, was just released and reported an average autism rate of 185 per 10,000 among 8-year-old children born in 2008, or 1 in 54. That rate was an increase over the 2014 ADDM Network report, which reported a rate of 1 in 59. I’ve summarized the new reports findings in the attached slides (see HERE).

Nestled within the report’s detail are a number of disturbing findings

  • New Jersey, one the ADDM Network’s most experienced and consistent reporting sites, reported an autism rate of 3.14%, or in 1 in 32, the highest rate reported anywhere
  • Among young boys born in NJ in 2008, the autism rate reached 5%, or 1 in 20 boys
  • Overall rates rose despite actual declines in 4 of 11 reporting states like Minnesota, Maryland, Missouri and Colorado.
  • The overall autism rate in boys rose to 1 in 34 from 1 in 38.
  • This ongoing explosion in autism rates is echoed by similar increases in rates from the National Survey of Childhood Health (NSCH), which has reported rates of 1 in 36 and higher (see 1 in 36: ASD Rate Set a New Record High in 2016 ).

All of this news will be lost as the report has been released in the midst of the COVID 19 panic. It’s always dangerous to compare public health crises, but consider this. If instead of raising the threat of death among the elderly for a few short months, some new but different coronavirus permanently disabled close to 3% of American children in a pandemic fashion, how do you think our country should react?

I don’t doubt the public health response would be even more aggressive than today’s COVID 19 response. But because the autism epidemic has been normalized, these new findings will pass by almost entirely unnoticed.

Instead, the CDC not only continues its practice of autism epidemic denial, it has downgraded its concern. In the 2014 ADDM report, a sentence buried deep in the text acknowledged that autism was “an urgent public health concern.” In today’s release, an autism rate of 1 in 54 is merely “a continuing public health concern.” And instead of raising the alarm over their unbending trend line, the CDC reserves its main concerns for racial equality: applauding the fact that autism in African Americans is now broadly similar to that of white and Asian Americans.

“Overall, the magnitude of prevalence differences by race and ethnicity has declined in recent year. Reduction of these disparities might indicate progress toward enhanced detection of ASD among all children.”

This is all a part of CDC’s ongoing to a commitment to its own orthodoxies, beliefs that fly in the face of the reality of the evidence on autism time trends. All in the interest of their self-congratulatory talking points, which persistently claim that if autism rates are rising, well then they must be doing a better job! From their Frequently Asked Questions page, we can still see the following pabulum

Q: Is there an ASD epidemic?

A: More people than ever before are being diagnosed with an ASD. It is unclear exactly how much of this increase is due to a broader definition of ASD and better efforts in diagnosis. However, a true increase in the number of people with an ASD cannot be ruled out. We believe the increase in the diagnosis of ASD is likely due to a combination of these factors.

CDC is working with partners to study the prevalence of ASD over time, so that we can find out if the number of children with these disorders is rising, dropping, or staying the same.

We do know that ASD are more common than we thought before and should be considered an important public health concern.

I wrote at greater length on this several years ago. (see Mark Blaxill: Lies, Damned Lies and CDC Autism Statistics ). How truly tragic how little things have changed.

Mark Blaxill is Editor-At-Large for Age of Autism.

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Anne Dachel Interviews Marcia Hinds on Autism Recovery

Ryan today doing what he loves most

 By Anne Dachel

I recently got to know a tremendous activist in the autism community, Marcia Hinds. She’s the author of the book, I Know You're in There: Winning Our War Against Autism,  published in January, 2020.

Ryan’s mom just wants all kids to have what her son now that’s why all profits from the book go to autism treatments/research and Marcia never charges for helping families. Once it becomes common knowledge that autism is the result of a dysfunctional immune system and is TREATABLE more answers and research will come.

Preview Ryan’s recovery story on Amazon or Marcia’s website.  Check out this 90 sec clip from the documentary Restoring Balance: Autism Recovery that shows Marcia’s son before and after interventions. (watch here)

I talked to Marcia on Skype so everyone can hear her story and know we should never give up on our kids. This is her account of successfully recovering her son Ryan from autism.

I asked Marcia about her son Ryan and how she became involved in autism advocacy 

Marcia: “Hearing that your child has autism is kind of terrifying. I don’t want any other parent to feel as terrified as I did. Ryan, he was very serious. In the beginning all he wanted to do—he had this little portable radio, and he would take it to every outlet and plug it in and out, over and over and over again.

“And when he wasn’t doing that, he was turning off and on all the faucets.

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The Social Distancing, Quarantining Mega-Marathon Called AUTISM33

Alone At SchoolBy Kim Rossi

Next month is Autism Awareness month. Quarantine? COVID-19? I've been Autismtined from regular ed and most of regular "life" for more than 23 years, how about you?   CDC in the USA and WHO globally have utterly failed citizens from California to Calcutta.  Loss of income these days? Most of us dropped to one income earner in the family. Some literally - as in divorce.  The corporate ladder for us is a Little Tykes slide, climb, climb, slide back down to the bottom, try again.

Our expenses are through the roof, not covered, not covered, not covered. Out of pocket. Out of pocket. Out of pocket.

We search for Barney videocassettes from 1997 because our adult kids can hit play and rewind on the Sony Trinitron TV with the built in VCR that we troll eBay for monthly so as to have a spare in the basement.

We drive 3 row seat vehicles so that our kids can be socially distanced while we drive.  We've been punched in the back of the head enough times to have learned that a small car is a recipe for disaster.

We lose our breath every time our child bolts, wanders, is out of our sight even in our own homes. Water crashes through the ceiling as a toilet overflows. Bedding strewn all over the room as a rage unfolds. Our respirator? A blessed night's rest, for those who get that gift. An hour of respite for a cup of coffee. A camp for a week.

We keep that minivan long after our babies grow up because we can't afford to repair the car door of every single car we park next to when we bring out our kids. Bang! Bang! Ding! Ding!  Scribble another note to leave on the windshield, "So sorry.. my son..." That sliding door is also impossible to open at 70 miles per hour on the highway. That's how we take care of our heart rate.

We don't bother to repaint this room or that hallway because there is no Kevlar enforced paint that can withstand the punches and head bangs. The drywall has been approved for a Purple Heart.

Worry about an invisible virus? We worry about our adult children with their invisible disability like Asperger's every time they leave our sight. Will they hit a social wall, lose friends, get in trouble with the police, keep a job, maintain their mental health amid their challenges.

COVID19, meet AUTISM33.

Born right here in the United States of America. Almost 90 years ago. And we're still quarantined.

Kim Rossi is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.


Why is "Karen" Seeing Autism Rates Drop?

Karen
Meet Karen. Her son does not have autism. Be like Karen.

Disease experts say the parents least likely to vaccinate their kids live in some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country. They’re well-educated, and have exceptional access to healthcare. And while some pockets of low-income communities of color are “under vaccinated” for religious or financial reasons, studies published in places like the American Journal of Public Health show that the parents opting out for “philosophical reasons” are mostly white and mostly wealthy.  Source: Money.com

And there's this "How the name “Karen” became an insult — and a meme. By Aja Romano@ajaromano Feb 5, 2020, 1:00pm EST: Karen: The anti-vaxxer soccer mom with speak-to-the-manager hair, explained

OOPS:

From SafeMinds:

A recent study showed autism rates dropping among wealthy whites while increasing in minority groups.  The Haves and the Have-nots have switched.

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From Safeminds:

New Study Shows Rates Escalating Among Poor but Declining for Wealthy Whites in California

SafeMinds Interviews Lead Author to Gain Insight

A startling new study out of the University of Colorado Boulder exposed an unexpected trend. Autism rates are escalating for African American and Hispanic families as well as economically disadvantaged families, while the rates for wealthy Caucasian families have declined.

Fig. 1: California – Statewide Autism – By Ethnicity and Birth Year

California - Statewide Autism - By Ethnicity and Birth Year

Safeminds CA 2020Read the article at SafeMinds here.

Don't forget Senator Richard Pan, author of SB277 in Califorina, and his "white privilege" comment regarding vaccine exemptions.

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Autism: The Original CDC & WHO Failure with No End in Sight

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

What’s happening with autism?

We are about to enter April, Autism Awareness Month. Although significantly overshadowed by the coronavirus crisis, I’m already seeing the standard coverage about “celebrating” autism awareness. 

What’s there to celebrate?

Officially one in every 59 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. That statistic has been out for two years and any new numbers will probably be worse as the stories below seem to indicate. Still, as in the past, more kids with autism is never a crisis.

Back in April 2018 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its biennial update of autism’s estimated prevalence among the nation’s children. It was based on an analysis of 2014 medical records and, where available, educational records of 8-year-old children from 11 monitoring sites across the United States.

The new estimate represents a 15 percent increase in prevalence nationally: to 1 in 59 children, from 1 in 68 two years previous.

This also meant that among boys, the new rate was one in 38.

The national advocacy organization Autism Speaks said that the disparity among the 11 states that were averaged “suggests that the new national numbers reflect a persistent undercount of autism’s true prevalence among the nation’s children.”

UNDERCOUNT?  So can we expect things to get worse?  Will anyone care?

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers contributed to the one in 59 rate study and in 2018 they were quick to announce that the increase was nothing to lose sleep over.

Rates have been rising since the 1960s, but researchers do not know how much of this rise is due to an increase in actual cases. There are other factors that may be contributing, such as: increased awareness, screening, diagnostic services, treatment and intervention services, better documentation of ASD behaviors and changes in diagnostic criteria.

Regardless of a new increase in autism, it’s never a REAL increase. 2004: one in 166, 2007: one in 150, 2009: one in 110, 2012: one in 88, 2014: one in 68, 2018: one in 59, (also in 2018: one in 40 according to a separate study published in JAMA). Every single time the numbers came out, there was always an official cautioning us against thinking that more kids actually had autism. None of them has ever been sure if THIS INCREASE is a true increase. It seems they’re good at counting but not much else.

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Another View on Influenza vs. COVID-19 Death Rates

World fluBy James Lyons-Weiler, PhD – 3/22/2020

IN MY LAST ARTICLE, I compared the number of symptomatic cases of influenza in the first 49 days of the 2019/2020 season to the number of symptomatic and estimated cases of COVID-19. While the number of current cases of COVID-19 – those presenting clinically and diagnosed based on symptoms – may be similar, the increase in estimated number of mild cases – including subclinical asymptomatic cases vastly outstrips what people have been referring to as “the number of flu cases”.

Readers have correctly pointed out that I’m comparing apples and oranges – because the number of flu cases is also not fully known. Many people w/influenza ALSO do not go to the doctor, and thus would be “mild” or asymptomatic.

My response is “100% correct” and that proves my point. Individuals comparing “flu cases” to COVID-19 to flu don’t know the asymptomatic rate for influenza. It is very difficult to estimate a case fatality rate during an outbreak – and it may vary from country to country depending on, obviously, the medical facilities’ ability to save lives during the critical phase of a disease, which for COVID-19 involves, I believe, an autoimmune attack leading to unresolvable pneumonia (symptomatic) but massive tissue damage to the lungs (lung immunopathology).

So let’s get into that. There’s a lot at stake in understanding the rate of spread of COVID-19 compared to influenza – as well as the case fatality rate.

The WHO publishes data on influenza cases in the US

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Children's Health Defense: Health Authorities Remain Silent on Efficient Covid-19 Treatment

CHD logoHealth Authorities Remain Silent on Efficient Covid-19 Treatment

By Senta Depuydt, Editorial Guest Contributor

For those who follow the global immunization agenda and its implementation on different continents, the announcement of a new pandemic didn’t come as a surprise.  “Pandemic preparedness” has been well-funded and a buzz word for a long time before becoming a priority at the last G7 summits, the Davos World Economic Forum and other meetings of global governance. The latest simulation for preparedness was Event 201,[1] a rehearsal of a coronavirus pandemic organized on October 18, 2019 in New York by Johns Hopkins University, the Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum.

The Presidential election campaign in the United States and the controversial mandatory measles vaccination law in Germany provided perfect timing. What better than viral terror to influence public opinion and health policies on vaccine battles raging on both sides of the Atlantic?

They agreed on the priority to achieve 90% measles vaccination coverage around the globe and to use arguments of “health emergencies” and “security threats” to bypass informed consent laws and constitutional rights.

To the majority who have never heard about this, one should remember that in 2014, the first Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) meeting [2] was held at the White House, a few months after the whistleblower William Thompson raised the alarm on fraud committed by the CDC in the MMR vaccine safety study. That revelation led to increasing distrust in vaccination and public health institutions.  So at the GHSA meeting, the US Health and Human Services Department, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization (GAVI) and health officials from dozens of countries  decided to create a “health security” agenda for the world.  Its main goal was to vaccinate the entire population of the planet and drive changes in national legislation to do so. They agreed on the priority to achieve 90% measles vaccination coverage around the globe and to use arguments of “health emergencies” and “security threats” to bypass informed consent laws and constitutional rights.

Soon after that meeting, the big “measles scare” campaign started in Disneyland in December 2014, leading to the removal of vaccine exemption rights in California. Meanwhile, Italy, which had been designated to be the forerunner of this agenda in Europe, set things in motion to mandate eight additional childhood vaccines.

The movie Vaxxed then came out in April 2016, during the Presidential campaign.  Many American families voted for Donald Trump, hoping that he would create a commission to investigate vaccine safety, as he seemed to have a particular interest. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, repeated that “the science is clear, the earth is round, the sky is blue and vaccines work” throughout her campaign. A few days before the November 2016 vote,[3] President Obama signed major US funding for the GHSA, together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Read the rest here Health Authorities Remain Silent on Efficient Covid-19 Treatment.


And The Silicon Chip Inside Her Head



Managing Editor's Log COVID-Date March 23, 2020

Phew. How are you doing, AofAers? I'm worried about all of you and your families. So many of us have severely affected children, for whom any disruption to routine rocks their world.  This level of change is cataclysmic.   Many readers are themselves people with autism, facing their own challenges.

In addition to helping our loved ones, we have to manage our households and maintain our incomes. I tweeted the other day that this shut down is as if we each retired - with exactly what we have today.  Uh oh! I'm sure many of you are small business owners, and about to face a complete drop in income. Others might be laid off and have to apply for an unemployment system that will be brought to its knees by the sheer volume of applications. If you have college students who are finishing their semesters at home, what happens to room and board payments that you've made?  I'm waiting to see if the Federal government offers some sort of stimulus package.  I assume those who are getting tax refunds will file ASAP.

At AofA, we rely on donor support to keep publishing. Running AofA is my primary income source and how I support Mia, Gianna and Isabella.  I can imagine charitable orgs everywhere about to see steep drop in support as families conserve for what could be a very long haul of work stoppage. I hope not, and time (and PO BOX 110546, Trumbull CT 06611) will tell.  I ran a post on Facebook about the wonderful organization that runs my girls' day program - and added a donate button - for them. I'd like to support so many groups and individuals right now. $20 here or there - I can swing that. Maybe $19.

We're part of AMAZON SMILE - and if you are purchasing strictly online right now, please mark Autism Age as your charity. Those small donations add up quickly, they don't take from your cash supply, and I think Jeff Bezos would be THRILLED to support us, don't you?  The thing about SMILE is that you have to log into the SMILE version of Amazon - here's our link AUTISM AGE AMAZON SMILE if you care to bookmark it.

If you get  my headline reference, let me know. Stay well!

KIM


Time to Breathe

By Cathy Jameson

For some people, this Coronavirus quarantine hasn’t been easy.  Thinking the very worst, they’ve gone into panic mode.  Some have even gone panic-shopping and left grocery store shelves bare.  Thankfully, our pantry was looking fine when we heard that schools, businesses and life as we knew it would be shutting down.  I haven’t calculated what we’d need if the quarantine is extended, but I think we have enough supplies to last us a little bit longer than the average family.  Knowing that is a comfort.  The fact that we’ve offered to share what we have has been a comfort to others. 

Something else that I’m finding some comfort in is the fact that we are home.  This school year has been our busiest.  When I heard that other states had already told people to stay home, I was all for taking a time out from every-day life.  That would give me the chance to stop, breathe, and stay away from the masses.  They might not feel the same way, but I’m thrilled that my entire family has to stay home also.  Usually, we’re ‘hit the ground running’ kind of people.  We have to be.  Having 4 typical children, and a child who has medical issues that come with autism and vaccine injury, has us up and out the door plenty of times during a normal week.  With life now in slowdown mode, I am taking stock in what’s most important in life: my family.

Family truly makes my world go round.  Everyone in it and everything about it is important to me.  What’s most important to me these days, besides maintaining a positive outlook, is keeping us healthy and also keeping Ronan healthy.  We’ve heard that the complications he already faces could worsen.  Maintaining his health has always been a number one priority for all of us.  It’s even more important these days. 

Keeping Ronan home this week hasn’t been hard like it may be for other families who have children with autism.  Social isolation has been a way of life for a long time for us.  Ronan’s gained some great people skills, thanks mostly to his siblings who encourage him to join them when they have fun events to go to.  But public places can be a bit overwhelming.  They can be for Ronan, and sometimes, they can be for our entire family.  Ronan doesn’t tolerate stores.  He doesn’t like to sit quietly at church.  He doesn’t want to go to the park.  He doesn’t care to be out in the world socializing and being around others like the rest of us like to.  Rarely does he shy away from his siblings, but he will sometimes take a break from all the energy they bring into the house.  We know that Ronan needs his space, and we respect that. 

While it may have interrupted their routines, having all the siblings home during the day has offered more social opportunities to Ronan than other days.  

Leisure CJ
Reading for leisure

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The King's Face in the Moon: An Interview with Toby Rogers Part 2

016-ANNIEWHITE-The-very-finest-quality-from-THE-EMPERORS-NEW-CLOTHES-400w-300x226Anne Dachel continues her interview with Toby Rogers, PhD. Read Part 1 here.

#2 More questions for Dr. Toby Rogers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpqbGKcg_dU

Here Dr. Rogers comments on “the strange moment that we’re in.”

“In 2012 I was teaching in Cambodia. I had just graduated with a master’s degree from UC Berkley, and I’d gone off to teach gender studies in Cambodia.

“During the time that I was there, the King [Norodom Sihanouk] died. This was a big deal, and the night the King died people poured out into the streets of Phnom Penh and throughout Cambodia.

“It was strange because they were all looking up at the moon. It was a beautiful night, there was a full moon. Everybody was all in the streets. They were all looking up at the moon.

“I wanted to understand what was happening so I went down to the street. I asked a young lady, ‘What’s happening? What’s going on here?’

“The young woman said that the King had died. I said, ‘Yes, I know the King has died. I’m sorry for that.’

“And she said, ‘The King’s face is there in the moon. Can’t you see it?’

“And I looked up at the moon, and it was a full moon. It was a nice moon, but I didn’t see the King’s face. ‘What are you talking about?’

“And she said, ‘Well the King’s face is in the moon right now. That’s what we’re all looking at. We can all see the King’s face in the moon.’

“At the time this was a very strange social phenomenon that several hundred thousand, actually it was probably more than a million people, in the space of a day could physically see something in the moon that I couldn’t see.

“It was a social phenomenon that I’d never seen before, and it was an example of a collective delusion on a scale that I had never even thought was possible.

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Age of Autism Interview: Dr. Toby Rogers, PhD on the Autism Epidemic

Dr. Toby RogersNote: I don't mean to be snippy, but WE had an epidemic long before C19 came around.  And all the troubles facing families in Europe, the USA and elsewhere, have been SOP when you have one (or more) children of any age with autism. We also have no treatment. No cure. And.... no prevention. Our children die too young. We're alone a LOT.  We stay inside and avoid public places. Careers have been sidetracked, income decimated, savings devoured, healthcare lacking, schools unable to educate and????  We're mocked left and right. Onward, friends. Thanks to Anne for this terrific interview.



By Anne Dachel

Thanks to the incredible work of political economist, Dr. Toby Rogers, we’ve gotten a preview of what the nightmare epidemic is going cost us in the very near future, as I reported in my Mar 11th coverage of Dr. Rogers on Del Bigtree’s Highwire interview.

Here is a follow-up Skype talk I recently had with Dr. Rogers:

#1 Dr. Toby Rogers explains his work

“My doctoral research is relatively straightforward. Anybody can read these studies. I gathered the best cost estimates from economists from around the world about the costs of autism.

“We know that autism is devastating financially to families, particularly to mothers who often become caregivers.

“We know that autism is the most costly medical condition in the United Kingdom. A study from the London School of Economics shows that autism costs the United Kingdom more than heart disease, stroke and cancer combined. And we know that  five years ago [2015] …autism cost the United States $268 billion a year.

“We’re looking at a trillion dollars a year in costs for autism in the United States within five years.

“There’s no plan for how to respond to this. The federal government isn’t ready for this. The state government isn’t ready for this. This is strange, and the question becomes WHY. Why is it that government officials are so slow to respond to an epidemic that is all around us?

“I think there are multiple answers for that and none of them are good. We’re trying to understand a very strange social phenomenon.

“I think elected officials tend to live in information bubbles. They tend to be surrounded by other people who look and think like them. They tend to only talk to people who look and think like them. They tend to listen to lobbyists who are in their ear and writing them checks. So then a parent comes to testify or to meet with them to explain the vaccine injury that happened to their child, they don’t know what to do with this information. So they dismiss it or they don’t want to think about it, or they find ways to distract themselves.

“I don’t quite know how things go astray with elected officials, but in the social science literature they say that knowledge is socially constructed. We would like to think that we all just are governed by the facts, and that we all follow logic and reason.

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LA Times Goads Citizens During COVID-19

Bully vaccineNote: Look at how brave the editorial board at the LA Times was yesterday, posting this antagonistic op-ed without a single person taking actual credit. The Times’ editorial board determines the editorial positions of the organization. The editorial board opines on the important issues of the day – exhorting, explaining, deploring, mourning, applauding or championing, as the case may be. The board, which operates separately from the newsroom, proceeds on the presumption that serious, non-partisan, intellectually honest engagement with the world is a requirement of good citizenship.

Good citizenship? This board is full of plain old bullies. They never miss a chance to make fun of those of us who are vaccine injured or who have vaccine injured children. Think about that for a moment. The LA Times is actively mocking an large population of sick Americans. Aren't they clever? I can answer them for myself and many of our readers. "NO." A new virus for which their is no vaccine does NOT make me want to increase uptake of any previous vaccine on the market. Apples and oranges.  And by the way, I'd suggest that we credit Thomas Crapper, whose patents helped create modern indoor plumbing, with saving far more lives than any scientist.

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The person credited with saving the most lives ever is Edward Jenner, inventor of the smallpox vaccine. The disease had a much higher mortality rate than the novel coronavirus that is confining many people to their homes right now; about 80% of children and 60% of adults who contracted smallpox died of it. In the 20th century alone, it killed more than 300 million people before the vaccine eradicated it worldwide in 1979.

The polio vaccine is estimated to have saved 10 million people from paralysis just since 1988, and prevented 500,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. A global vaccination campaign for measles that began in 2000 prevented an estimated 23 million deaths by 2018, the organization reported.

But despite these extraordinary victories of science over disease, too many people have forgotten or are unaware of the havoc that certain diseases visited on the world before vaccines became available to fight them. This collective amnesia has allowed for the rise of the anti-vaccine movement, whose irresponsible adherents believe vaccines exist to line the pockets of Big Pharma. They ignore the fact that the smallpox vaccine was so overwhelmingly successful at eradicating the disease that it no longer is routinely given. Then there are the wild claims that autism is linked to vaccines, based on a fraudulent study that was long ago debunked.

Are anti-vaxxers ready to start believing in vaccines again? READ MORE HERE.


Whatever happened to Paul Offit’s 10,000 vaccines?

image from www.rescuepost.comThese are Paul Offit’s comments posted on his Facebook page earlier this week: an acknowledgment that vaccines are dangerous. Whatever happened to ten thousand vaccines are safe for an infant?

Which will do more harm, the virus or the fear of the virus?

Why are we so scared of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19? People are usually scared of viruses for three reasons:
One: the virus causes gruesome, disfiguring, permanent symptoms. Smallpox, for example, not only caused life-long facial scarring, it also was a frequent cause of blindness in those who survived.
Two: the virus has a predilection for children. Polio paralyzed tens of thousands of young children every year until a vaccine finally eliminated the disease from the United States.
Three: the virus is likely to kill you. Rabies kills virtually 100 percent of people who develop symptoms after a bite from a rabid animal.
The novel coronavirus currently circulating in the United States—the one that has caused us to shut down schools, restaurants, sporting events, and virtually every aspect of our culture—falls into none of these categories. Nonetheless, people are scared. Really scared. The reason is they think that if they catch COVID-19, they have a high likelihood of dying from the disease. Most public health officials have done little to lessen this fear, arguing that people are ten times more likely to die from this novel coronavirus than from influenza. Unfortunately, these officials haven’t made clear the difference between relative risk and absolute risk. Although people are more likely to die from COVID-19 than from influenza, they are far more likely to catch influenza. Therefore, they are far more likely to die from influenza.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of March 7, 2020, 36 million to 51 million people have suffered from influenza, 370,000 to 670,000 have been hospitalized, and 22,000 to 55,000 have died from the disease. To put these numbers in perspective, let’s look at countries that have dealt with COVID-19.

China, where COVID-19 originated, has reported roughly 3,000 deaths. The population of China is about 1.4 billion, three times greater than ours. If we suffer an equivalent proportion of deaths, then 1,000 Americans will die from COVID-19, one-twentieth to one-fiftieth of the number who have died from influenza.
Italy has reported roughly 2,000 deaths from COVID-19 and, as a result, has shut down the country; only grocery stores and pharmacies remain open. Italy has a population of 60 million, about one-fifth of the U.S. population. If we suffer an equivalent proportion of deaths, then 10,000 Americans will die of COVID-19, about one-half to one-fifth of the number of deaths from influenza.
Not everyone, however, is at equal risk of dying. The virus primarily kills the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases, which explains the situation in Italy, where 25 percent of its population is more than 65 years of age; in the U.S. it’s 16 percent. Wouldn’t it make more sense, then, to ask people who are elderly and infirm to stay away from crowds, thus lessening their chances of contracting the disease. Also, to ask people who are sick with respiratory symptoms to stay home. Focus on common sense things like washing hands several times a day and standing clear of people who are coughing or sneezing. The federal government can also help by making it easier for businesses to allow people who are ill to stay home.
In 2009-2010, the world suffered an influenza pandemic caused by swine flu; about 203,000 people were killed by the virus; 12,000 in the United States. The novel coronavirus has killed about 6,000 people to date; 62 in the United States. It doesn’t make sense to shut down our entire way of life to try and stop a virus that is unlikely to harm healthy people and will be far less devastating than the influenza epidemics that we experience every winter and the influenza pandemic we experienced ten years ago. Let’s take common sense measures to stop the spread. The precautionary principle dictates caution to prevent harm. But the precautionary principle also dictates that you don’t cause harm in the name of preventing harm. It will take years to recover from the draconian measures that we are currently instituting.

 


Jon Rappoport on Bologna Italy and Coronavirus

Italy coronavirusNote: Excerpted from Jon Rappoport's blog from March 17, 2020.  ...So, for those people straining to find a reason for the “devastation” overtaking Italy—it’s karma for ancient Rome trying to conquer half the known world; it’s the ghost of Martin Luther obtaining revenge against the Vatican; it’s a bioweapon with the power to cut down millions of people overnight; it’s a virus that came in with a small meteor and crashed outside Milan; it’s Chinese revenge against Marco Polo for stealing the concept of noodles—

Corona Bologna Italy: The Truth begins to leak out

The government of Italy, as everyone knows, has locked down the whole country of 60 million people. So how many Italians have died from COV? Even by the standards of the useless and misleading diagnostic tests?

Ready?

As far as the Italian Higher Institute of Health knows, at this point:

Maybe two.

Maybe.

Try to wrap your mind around that.

Good luck.

Seems the president of the Italian Higher Institute has some smarts. He understands that people who already have other serious health conditions, which have nothing to do with COV, can and do die from those other conditions, regardless of the fact that they’ve tested positive (on useless tests) for COV. He gets it. I predict a great future for him. If he keeps shooting his mouth off, he might find himself working as a weed puller in a forest. Or he might suddenly be diagnosed with the virus and find himself in isolation.

Grit your teeth and plow through this piece from Rome, 13 March 2020, Agenzia Nova: “Coronavirus: ISS [Italian National Institute of Health]: in Italy there are only two deaths ascertained so far due to Covid-19” (Italian, English)

“There may be only two people who died from coronavirus in Italy, who did not present other pathologies. This is what emerges from the medical records examined so far by the Higher Institute of Health, according to what was reported by the President of the Institute [Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), Italian National Institute of Health], Silvio Brusaferro, during the press conference held today at the Civil Protection in Rome. ‘Positive deceased patients have an average of over 80 years – 80.3 to be exact…The majority of these people are carriers of chronic diseases. Only two people were not presently carriers of [other non-COV] diseases’, but even in these two cases, the examination of the files is not concluded and therefore, causes of death different from Covid-19 could emerge. The president of the ISS has specified that ‘little more than a hundred medical records’ have so far come from hospitals throughout Italy.”

“…At present, in fact, the authorities are unable to distinguish those who died from the virus, from those who, on the other hand, are communicated daily to the public, but who were mostly carriers of other serious diseases and who, therefore, would not have died from Covid-19. In response to a question from ‘Agenzia Nova’, in fact, Brusaferro was unable to indicate the exact number of coronavirus deaths. However, the professor clarified that, according to the data analyzed, the vast majority of the victims ‘had serious [non-COV] pathologies and in some cases the onset of an infection of the respiratory tract can lead more easily to death.’ To clarify this point, and provide real data, ‘as we acquire the folders we will go further. However, the populations most at risk are fragile, carriers of multiple diseases’.”

Translation into non-medical language: the people dying in Italy have other very serious traditional diseases that have nothing to do with COV, and it’s obvious they could have died, and probably did die, from those other diseases. Nevertheless, we’re locking down the whole country.

So, for those people straining to find a reason for the “devastation” overtaking Italy—it’s karma for ancient Rome trying to conquer half the known world; it’s the ghost of Martin Luther obtaining revenge against the Vatican; it’s a bioweapon with the power to cut down millions of people overnight; it’s a virus that came in with a small meteor and crashed outside Milan; it’s Chinese revenge against Marco Polo for stealing the concept of noodles—

Take a break, relax, have a plate of pasta, turn on the TV, and because all the stadiums are empty, watch a rerun of a soccer match from 1979.   READ MORE: Corona Bologna Italy: The Truth begins to leak out


And Now We’re Teachers Too

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By Kim Rossi

My three daughters are home from school and their day program until at least early April. All indications so far are that the April date given is simply to keep parents from grabbing pitchforks and torches and storming the admin buildings.  As a whole, AofA autism parents are the strongest, most dedicated, capable, unselfish humans I know. Oh dear, we're humans. Many of us aren't the young thirty somethings we were when we started our jaunt into the rabbit hole. Or forty somethings. We're in our fifites or older. Being a 24/7 caregiver takes a steep toll. We have to try to get our rest, keep our heart rates below "kaboom" and help our children, may of whom are adults themselves, process this dramatic change in their routine.

All in all, my girls are rather easy going. They circle the house like three beautiful planets, each in her own orbit in a separate galaxy from her sisters. A separate universe from her "peers."  One is more independent than her sisters, who come to me several times each hour to fix hair, snap a photo of a nursery school video, pull up socks, detangle beads and other rituals that are important to them. Important to them and so, important to me. Still, when you have three with full autism, the odds are stacked against you. It's kind of like bringing a knife to a gunfight. I am in motion from the moment my feet hit the floor. I stop at around 9:30 after the girls go to bed. I'm very lucky they are good sleepers, I don't take that for granted.

I am blessed to have budgets for staffing through our CT Department of Disability Services. I have a kick ass team of providers whom I trust and adore.  But we're in quarantine - and so I can't have them here right now.  They depend on their "side job" here for income. We're all struggling.

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AP Exclusive: Coronavirus vaccine test opens with 1st doses

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Meet Jennifer Haller and Neal Browning, first test participants of a COVID-19 vaccine.  Are they Sally Ride and John Glenn or Krista McAuliffe and Gus Grissom?

My overwhelming feeling in these COVID19 days is sadness. Not a lot of worry. There’s caution, of course. My 3 daughters are home, and it’s a struggle to explain the end of their routines. I'm a tidy housekeeper as a rule, though I'm cleaning more frequently.  I don’t feel any  panic. Just sadness at this situation. We are being told to act as if we have been attacked from coast to coast - as if Pearl Harbor and Bay of Pigs and Oklahoma City and the Twin Towers - were all rolled up into a speck we can not see with the human eye.  And yet we are not able to utter the name of the nation that was perhaps the birthplace of this virus. There's no mention of the Harvard Chemistry Chair who was taken into custody by the FBI for taking $50,000 a MONTH in secret deal from China - and the Wuhan Institute of Technology. I know I'm just a tinfoil hat wearing AofA non expert dummy - but that seems  at least worth a chat in this discussion of this maniacal virus from "nowhere."

Charles Lieber, the chair of Harvard University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has been arrested and criminally charged with making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the U.S. Defense Department about his ties to a Chinese government program to recruit foreign scientists and researchers.

The Justice Department says Lieber, 60, lied about his contact with the Chinese program known as the Thousand Talents Plan, which the U.S. has previously flagged as a serious intelligence concern. He also is accused of lying about about a lucrative contract he signed with China's Wuhan University of Technology.  ...he was the principal investigator on more than $10 million in grants funded by the National Institutes of Health.  From NPR Acclaimed Harvard Scientist Is Arrested, Accused Of Lying About Ties To China.

Half the nation was clamoring for open borders a few weeks ago. Half the nation was arguing for a wall.  Half the nation would likely cheer if the President contracted COVID19 and died - I've read enough posts on social media to say that with a good degree of confidence.  Half the nation thinks this is an effort to topple the President.  We have been a nation of haves and have nots for a long time, but now we are nation of halfs and halfs.   In Italy, citizens are throwing open their doors and windows and singing together from house to house, in unity.  Is that even possible in the United States any longer? One nation, indivisible seems like a memory. Who benefits by this division?

I looked up Ms. Haller on Facebook.  She's a member of the COVID19 Mutual Aid Solidarity Network whose description is, "Collective well-being thought class solidarity, disability justice, anti-racism, abolition, Neoliberal individualistic public health hurts us all."  I have no idea what any of that means.  I see a profile pic with a pretty youngster who might be a daughter in a photo with Senator Elizabeth Warren, probably during a political stop last summer. I’d steer clear of any vaccine trial personally. But I’m pro-choice.  And that means I am pro-choice. Still I wish those who decide to participate safe harbor. Haller is a Mom. I am a Mom.  I just don’t understand the storm.

Kim

SEATTLE (AP) —

AP Exclusive: Coronavirus vaccine test opens with 1st doses

U.S. researchers gave the first shots in a first test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday, leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges.

With careful jabs in the arms of four healthy volunteers, scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle began an anxiously awaited first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed in record time after the new virus exploded out of China and fanned out across the globe.

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Meet The PREP "Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness" Act

Remove-resident-viruses-800X800By Wayne Rohde

What is this “PREP Act” that has entered our vocabulary this past week?

Several terms that were foreign to most just a couple of months ago are now becoming mainstream. Social Distancing. Congregate Settings. Sustained Community Transmission. Prep Act. And even proper personal hygiene for some.

I have been discussing the need for many to read and understand the complexities and pitfalls of this federal law for a few years. The PREP Act[i] or “Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act” was the product of President Bush 43 and his Health and Human Services (HHS) agency.

The PREP Act was passed in December of 2005. Most of the emphasis for this act was born upon the federal government’s response to the Anthrax scare immediately after 9/11.

The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) added new legal authorities to the Public Health Service (PHS) Act to provide liability immunity related to the manufacture, testing, development, distribution, administration and use of medical countermeasures against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents of terrorism, epidemics, and pandemics.   It also added authority to establish a program to compensate eligible individuals who suffer injuries from administration or use of products covered by the PREP Act’s immunity provisions. [ii]

The first reading of this legislation would lend the reader to think that the act was reasonable. Think again. Promoting the Act as being similar to the NVICP, compensating persons for injuries and at the same time, sneaking freedom and liberty restrictions into our lives.

The Act would continue to be amended by legislation and by Executive Orders by Bush 43 and Obama.

The Act did create a CounterMeasures Compensation Fund and mechanism to award damages to those who suffered injury or death by any of the declared countermeasures by the Secretary of HHS.

What is not mentioned in this summary page provided by HHS is the scary and very concerning legal powerful  granted to the Secretary of HHS and further to the local and state health departments?

Hidden in the Act is subsection (7) under declarations by the Secretary of HHS.

(7) JUDICIAL REVIEW.-No court of the United States, or of any State, shall have subject matter jurisdiction to review, whether by mandamus or otherwise, any action by the Secretary under this subsection.[iii]

Now, how to interpret this? In the Declarations subsection, whereas the Secretary of HHS has sole power to decide which counter measure or measures used to combat an epidemic or pandemic, the manufacturer of the said countermeasure will receive immunity from liability resulting in injury or death. And there is NO Court system in the land that can override this provision.

There have been seven (7) declarations of Countermeasures covered by the PREP Act. Countermeasures can include vaccines, drugs, or medical devices to be used against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents of terrorism, epidemics, and pandemics.[iv]

The covered Countermeasures include anthrax, Ebola, Zika, and now, the Secretary of HHS has begun the process of adding Coronavirus vaccines as a covered measure. This process started in early February 2020. With a period of soliciting public comment, and waiting for the development of a vaccine, the declaration if approved will be ready to add the vaccine sometime in early 2021 or later.

Isolation and Quarantine Provisions.

The Act clarifies that the Secretary of HHS and her designees have the authority to declare a national or regional public health emergency. With declaration comes, the authority to quarantine person(s) who are deemed infected or suspected of being affected. Also those who refuse any mandatory countermeasure may also be subject to isolation or home quarantine. This provision allows state and local health authorities to isolate and quarantine suspected persons.

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NYT in 2014 on CDCs Sloppy Practices and Threat to Public Health

NytNOTE: The NYT article below is from July of 2014. That's an adminstration and a half ago.  Today, with COVID-19 ruling our lives, we're hearing blame in many areas. Plus ca change? Have you ever met someone whose car is full of trash, empty water bottles, food wrappers, old receipts and such?  Is their desk as neat as a pin?  Their house?  Our practices are our practices for the most part. Has CDC improved at all in 6 years?

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ATLANTA — Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spent much of Wednesday completing a report that would let the public see, in embarrassing detail, how the sloppy handling of anthrax by scientists at its headquarters here had potentially exposed dozens of employees to the deadly bacteria.

But just as he was sitting down for a late-afternoon lunch at his Washington, D.C., office, an urgent call came in. There had been another accident, this one just as disturbing, if not more so — and no one in the agency’s top leadership had been informed about it until that Monday, though the C.D.C.’s lab had been told about it more than a month earlier.

C.D.C. workers had somehow shipped a dangerous strain of avian influenza to a poultry research lab run by the Department of Agriculture. Known as H5N1, the virus had killed more than half of the 650 people who had been infected with it since 2003.

“I was, just frankly, stunned and appalled,” Dr. Frieden said in an interview Saturday.

The recent revelations have created a crisis of faith in the federal agency, prompting calls for an independent body to investigate such episodes in the future, as well as for sweeping changes at the agency and to a sprawling web of research labs that has grown after the 2001 terror attacks led to an intensified focus on microbes that could be used as biological weapons.

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TACA Offers Coronavirus Planning Tips for Autism Families

Moving forward TACANote: Cathy has today off.  We're grateful to our friends at TACA for this blog entry below.

My 19 year old's school is closed until further notice, which I assume will mean weeks.  They prepared a binder of work and support for her, in a matter of hours, and I appreciate their effort. My 23 and 25 year olds' day program has closed to individuals until April 3rd as of now. The staff is still working, so they will be paid, a relief for all of us. Without pay, many would have quit I'm sure, and finding staff is difficult. My Gianna never fails to make me laugh - she has been listening to a song called " ways to die" for several days. She laughs when she sings the line "use your private parts as piranha bait."  Laugh or cry! Stay well, everyone.

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At TACA, we understand that many parents are overwhelmed with questions and stress during this time of uncertainty. This article will give you some resources that may answer your questions and set your mind at ease.

Do you have questions about public special education services and its legal obligations during school closures for COVID-19? Here are some resources for you:

If possible, before your school closes, ask your child’s teacher/IEP team:

  • If you can get copies of curriculum and assignments to work on at home.
  • Will there be compensatory services for closure?
  • Where to find updates about when schools will be open again?


Seattle Coronavirus Vaccine Skipped Critical Animal Testing

Haste makes wasteNote: Haste makes waste. Measure twice, cut once. A stitch in time, saves nine. But does a vax in time save any... when not tested according to standards?  I realize most AofAers would not participate in this or any vaccine trial.  But many will rush to the tests.  Here is the call to participants from Kaiser. There is payment of up to $1100 for participation. Here is the survey.

...ethicists aren’t so sure that the eventual benefits of rushing this unproven vaccine into clinical trials will outweigh the risks. “Outbreaks and national emergencies often create pressure to suspend rights, standards and/or normal rules of ethical conduct. Often our decision to do so seems unwise in retrospect,” wrote Jonathan Kimmelman, director of McGill University’s biomedical ethics unit, in an email to STAT. Researchers rush to test coronavirus vaccine in people without knowing how well it works in animals

From LiveScience.com. 

Researchers fast-track coronavirus vaccine by skipping key animal testing first

A clinical trial for an experimental coronavirus vaccine has begun recruiting participants in Seattle, but researchers did not first show that the vaccine triggered an immune response in animals, as is normally required. 

Now, biomedical ethicists are calling the shortcut into question, according to Stat News.

"Outbreaks and national emergencies often create pressure to suspend rights, standards and/or normal rules of ethical conduct," Jonathan Kimmelman, director of McGill University’s biomedical ethics unit, wrote in an email to Stat News. "Often our decision to do so seems unwise in retrospect."

Typically, vaccine development can take 15 to 20 years, start to finish, Mark Feinberg, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, told Stat News. The lengthy process requires that scientists first give the vaccine to animals to determine whether it's safe and effective at preventing the disease in question. Only after passing through iterative tests in animal models, and being adjusted along the way, can a formulation be tested in human trials.

"When you hear predictions about it taking at best a year or a year and a half to have a vaccine available … there’s no way to come close to those timelines unless we take new approaches," Feinberg said.  

From Seattle Pi on March 10:

COVID-19 vaccine trials to begin soon, volunteers being recruited in Seattle

The vaccine has never before been administered to humans, but it is similar to vaccines developed previously for the Zika virus.

"When injected into the body, the mRNA causes cells to make that protein, which can trigger an immune response. If the person is later infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, their prior immune response may help them react to the infection with an increased immune response to fight the invading virus. The vaccine mRNA breaks down naturally and does not remain in the body," Kasier Permanente said in its post.

Eligible volunteers include healthy adults ages 18 to 55. People with certain medical conditions affecting the immune system will not be eligible. Volunteers who take part in the study are expected to go to 11 in-person study visits -- one initial screening, two vaccination visits and eight follow-ups -- and participate in four phone calls over the course of 14 months.

The study will include three groups -- each made up of 15 people -- who will get varying doses of the vaccine, all 28 days apart. The first group will receive 25 microgram doses, the second 100 microgram and the third 250 microgram.

Participants will receive $100 for each visit they attend, with a total of $1,100 for attending all of the visits. Those interested are asked to fill out a survey online.

Please read James Lyons-Weiler's new article:-

Moderna and US NIAID Poised to Endanger the World Population?


Dr. Richard Moskowitz: Advisory on the Coronavirus

Richard Moskowitz MDNote: Thank you to Dr. Moskowitz, a practicing family physician outside of Boston, Massachusetts for this post. Yesterday, my daughter's school shut down until further notice. So did our town district and several surrounding towns here in Fairfield County, Connecticut. I'm thinking of keeping my older daughters out of their day program for now. Trader Joe's was a madhouse - with carts running from the cash registers to the back of the store. Stop & Shop has been utterly raided. We all want to remain healthy and avoid contracting COVID-19. Social media is chock full of remedies and ideas and suggestions - some seem logical, others, not as much. Dr. Moskowitz has decades of experience as a practicing physician. I value and trust his judgement and gentle suggestions. Stay healthy and well, friends. KIM

By Richard Moskowitz, M. D.

When I first heard of the outbreak, my attention was fixed on the coincidence that it began in Wuhan, near the Chinese bioweapons lab, and the obvious speculation that the virus was manmade, which still hasn't been ruled out. But the Trump Administration's slow, reluctant, and utterly incompetent response to it has created an honest-to-God public health emergency that has quite rightly upstaged the absorbing mystery of where and how it originated.

In particular, the systematic defunding of our public health infrastructure and the inexcusable lack of testing materials that it helped bring about, when combined with the large proportion of people carrying the virus and thus contagious with very mild illness or no symptoms at all, have prevented any accurate measure of the number of people infected, and thus also of the actual death rate, which can be expected to decline once these mild and asymptomatic cases are identified and included in the tally. This radical uncertainty has already eliminated the possibility of containing the outbreak; the best we can do now is to mitigate its spread by slowing it down, lest it overwhelm our clinics and hospitals and available personnel to staff them.  What seems virtually certain is that there will be a lot more cases once we begin testing on a wider scale.

The CDC has already publicized the main things we can and should do to protect both ourselves and everybody else, namely, 1) avoiding large crowds, postponing unnecessary travel, and keeping a safe distance from those you're in contact with; 2) washing hands often with soap and water, and wiping off objects and surfaces in common use that you've touched or grasped; 3) remembering not to touch nose, mouth, and face with your hands except when necessary; 4) limiting contact with the elderly and those weakened by chronic diseases as much as possible; and 5) getting tested if you fall sick, covering nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and staying home if you test positive: all good, sensible precautions.

In addition, many physicians are recommending high doses of Vitamin C, say 3000 mg. daily for prophylaxis, and even more for the actual illness, with coughing and shortness of breath, at which point Dr. Brownstein suggests adding Vitamins A, D3, and iodine as well.

Homeopaths have had and continue to have great success treating epidemic diseases like cholera, yellow fever, measles, influenza, and the like, using a simple method that deserves much wider recognition and use.  Once about 20 or 25 cases have been investigated, one remedy will be found to fit around 75% of the cases, and is therefore designated as the basic remedy or genus epidemicus of the outbreak.  It can then be given out prophylactically to people who are not yet sick, whether in the vicinity or recently exposed, and also to early cases.  More advanced illness may call for other remedies. 

In the US, too few cases have been seen and treated homeopathically to identify the main remedy; but colleagues in Hong Kong and Taiwan have had the most success with Gelsemium, followed by Bryonia and Eupatorium perfoliatum in advanced cases with their typical indications.  For prophylaxis, they therefore recommend

Gelsemium 30C once a week in towns, rural areas, and neighborhoods far from those most seriously affected; and in neighborhoods or crowded with many cases in the vicinity, Gelsemium 30C daily for seven days, and twice a week thereafter, until the outbreak is over.

Sounds good to me: definitely worth a try!


Physicians For Informed Consent Update On Enforcement of Medical Exemption Law

Hands tied breakLegal Update re Enforcement of Medical Exemption Law

PIC Supporters,

I am writing to provide you an update on our medical license defense for PIC Physician Ken Stoller, MD, who has been wrongly accused by the Medical Board of California of writing 10 medical exemptions without an adequate medical basis. The truth is that Dr. Stoller performed competently and professionally according to his discretion as an integrative physician. Indeed, the whole case depends on whether the Medical Board even recognizes integrative medicine in the field of vaccine medical exemptions, or whether there is only one standard of care (i.e., the CDC standard).

Dr. Stoller’s case will go to trial March 16, 2020, and it is particularly significant for its precedential value – this will be the first trial before the California Medical Board on the medical exemption question, namely, whether a doctor can rely on the Alternative Medicine defense for writing exemptions under SB277 that did not follow CDC guidelines.

First, click here to read my witness statement in support of Dr. Stoller as an integrative physician following the integrative standard of care.

Second, PIC is continuing to work with and support Dr. Stoller’s excellent defense lawyer Rick Jaffe. Rick is very experienced. With skill and credibility, Rick is asserting the Alternative Medicine defense for Dr. Stoller, which is supported by additional witness statements from PIC Physicians Dr. Sutton and Dr. Neuenschwander.

Third, I will provide you another newsletter update as we have more information. We expect to receive a final decision from the administrative law judge by the end of March.

Lastly, you can please show your support for Dr. Stoller by making a donation to his legal defense fund, and also sharing this link with your patients who are similarly concerned: https://gogetfunding.com/dr-ken-stoller-and-his-medically-vaccine-exempt-patients-need-your-help-again/

Thank you,

Greg Glaser
PIC General Counsel

PIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely on the donated time and energy of volunteers—people like you. Your contributions are tax-deductible as allowable by law. Please donate today!


IEP Delivery of Services During Coronavirus School Closures

Question markI have one daughter still in school here in Fairfield County, Connecticut. She attends a special education placement outside of district. I received a letter from her school stating that if our district closes, she will be unable to attend school, even if the school remains open. This would be for at least 14 days. So far, our district has only cancelled after school activities, but not classes. Other local districts and many colleges have shut down.

The City of Bridgeport, next door, says it will not close because its student population does not have ready access to technology to learn at home, unlike Westport, a very wealthy town just miles from Bridgeport. Yesterday, our district sent home a questionnaire to fill out regarding what technology is available at home including access to Internet and a computer.  We have a computer, but my daughter can not use it to accomplish her IEP goals.

How will special education services be fulfilled if school closes? Will there be compensatory hours? A longer summer program? I have so many questions. Down time is DEAD TIME for us. And probably for you too. And in two weeks, behaviors can escalate while skills diminish.

Kim


The True Cost of Autism with Dr. Toby Rogers

Type WriterOur Anne Dachel has transcribed the January 21st, 2020 interview between Del Bigtree and Dr. Toby Rogers.  She is a gem, more precious than a 12 pack of mega-roll of Charmin....

Rogers' thesis  at The University of Sydney (Australia) was titled, The Political Economy of Autism.



DEL BIGTREE: THE HIGHWIRE : The True Cost of Autism

Del’s Jan 21, 2020 interview with political economist, Dr. Toby Rogers, should have everyone’s attention. Toby is a researcher who has looked at the science and added up the cost of what autism will do us. There is nothing to celebrate during April, Autism Awareness Month. The economics of autism will bury us.

Starts at 45:50

 “We watched the [Who Health Organization] scratching their heads on vaccine safety science; now a new study is even Dr. Toby Rogersmore terrifying. We keep hearing that autism was always here, it’s just being diagnosed better.

“Well this study just came out, remember we’re at one in 36 with autism in New Jersey which I would assume would be the case for just about the entire county.…

‘Now take a look at this study. … ‘A quarter of kids with autism go undiagnosed, study suggests.’…

‘This is terrifying! …They’re now preparing for the new numbers. They’re preparing us. They’re saying, well we better let them know that we’ve been missing by 25 percent so when we ramp it up, we need an excuse for why we just went from one in 36 to, what’s it going to be, 25 percent? Are we going to one in 29?

‘Are we going to one in 29 with autism and nobody’s talking about it? Just looking the other way?...”

Del showed a clip of a congressional hearing run by U.S. Representative Dan Burton from 2002 where he grilled officials on the use of mercury in vaccines.

Back in 2002 the autism rate was, according to Burton, one in 250 children.

Del continued:

“What really hit me when I was watching it the other day, [Burton] was irate. We are at one in 250 children, this is the fastest growing epidemic of our lifetime. No money is going into it. …

“And I just thought, ONE IN 250, if only, if only that was the issue.

“We’re talking about one in 36, and now we know that’s probably 25 percent short of where we’re at!

“WHAT IS HAPPENING?

“And for people out there that will say, ‘Del, drop the autism. You can win this argument on all the other autoimmune diseases.’ NO!

“I will not drop autism because autism is going to destroy this country and the world, and these morons that are running our country right now looking the other way. …

“WHAT IF IT’S ALL OF OUR PROBLEM? WHAT IS THIS GOING TO COST US?

“I want you to listen and meet one of the most incredible people, an economist that is going to look at this in a way that no one else ever has.

“SHOCKINGLY!

“When everyone else should have, one man once again is pioneering the economics of autism.

“This is Toby Rogers.”

VIDEO:

“I’m Toby Rogers. I’m a political economist. …

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Six-in-One Vaccine Vaccine from Merck & Sanofi Raises Red Flag

Sesame street 6Note: Excerpted from Children's Health Defense. I took a look at the package insert for this new 6 in 1 vaccine called Vaxelis.  Take a look at the contraindications for yourself.

Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to a previous dose of VAXELIS, any ingredient of VAXELIS, or any other diphtheria toxoid, tetanus toxoid, pertussis-containing vaccine, inactivated poliovirus vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine, or Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine.(4.1) •Encephalopathy within 7 days of a previous pertussis-containing vaccine with no other identifiable cause. (4.2)•Progressive neurologic disorder until a treatment regimen has been established and the condition has stabilized.

How does one KNOW if one is going to have a severe allergic reaction if there is no test for who may be susceptible? This vaccine contains both yeast and soy.  And Each 0.5 mL dose contains 319 mcg aluminum from aluminum salts used as adjuvants.   There's an admission that pertussis vaccines can cause encephalopathy. "With no other identifiable cause,"? What doctor has ever said, "Oh! That's a vaccine injury, Mom."  In fact, world "renowned" doctors testify in vaccine court on behalf of the pharma companies that this type of injury is so rare as to be negligible.  Would autism be considered a progressive neurological disorder and what would doctors call a treatment regimen: early intervention??

KIM

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A Six-in-One Vaccine Associated with Sudden Infant Death

The childhood vaccine schedule in the U.S. features numerous combination vaccines—formulations that bundle multiple antigens for multiple diseases into one injection. Examples of combination vaccines currently given to American children include Merck’s four-component ProQuad vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella and Sanofi’s five-in-one Pentacel vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b.
The inclusion of Recombivax raises an instant red flag, given that it contains a problematic proprietary aluminum adjuvant possibly linked to serious autoimmune conditions.

Now, the U.S. is preparing to up the combination vaccine ante still further. At the close of 2018, the FDA approved the nation’s first six-in-one (hexavalent) vaccine—a Merck and Sanofi joint effort called Vaxelis intended for infants at ages two, four and six months. Like hexavalent vaccines given to infants in other countries, Vaxelis combines the five components featured in Pentacel along with Merck’s genetically engineered Recombivax vaccine against hepatitis B (HepB).

The inclusion of Recombivax raises an instant red flag, given that it contains a problematic proprietary aluminum adjuvant possibly linked to serious autoimmune conditions. In fact, when a Merck cyberattack in the summer of 2017 temporarily forced Recombivax out of the U.S. pediatric market and American children received GlaxoSmithKline’s HepB vaccine instead, annual reports of HepB vaccine-related deaths to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) dropped by roughly 75% and injury reports halved.    Read more at Children's Health Defense here.


Worried About Sickness? Here's a Bottle Opener for the Bottom of Your Sandal!

Reef flip flip
Look! It's a Bottle Opener! (BARF)

by Kim Rossi

This weekend, a friend on Facebook wrote about a sweatshirt that said MILWAUKEE and had a built in bottle opener at the waistband. Clever, yes? Think of the dental work saved by not having to crack a cuspid to open a Hasenpheffer Incorporated lager with your mouth.

Her story reminded me of a pair of Reef brand flip flops I bought last Fall. I purchased them on Amazon, and when they arrived, I was disgusted to see thaShoe phonet there was a bottle opener on the BOTTOM OF THE SANDAL. Who on earth thought it was a good idea to open a beer with the bottom of a shoe? Maxwill Not-so-Smart? 

The world is in a scandalous upheaval of fear and worry and anxiety and panic and changing behavior and destroying business and stopping travel and quarantining entire regions and hoarding toilet  paper and making homemade hand sanitizer to protect against a virus.  

The same people open beer with a dog poop, cigarette stub, chewing gum, rat hair, puddle water covered sandal.

States from Maine to California are demonizing healthy, "under"vaccinated children and putting them on permanent "quarantine" from the rest of their peers by the removal of religious exemptions and the strangling of the medical exemption and doctors' ability to write them.  Fear is out of proportion to the danger. That's not to say Corona virus is benign. If an elderly loved one dies from it, then it was a deadly epidemic for your family. 

The world has flipped.

And flopped.


Autism 27 Years Later Part 2

Meg sick age 5By Teresa Conrick

Part 1 is here

What Can Be Done For Those With Autism and Antibiotic Resistance?

Here are some treatment ideas but more are needed for so many ill children and adults.  These are based on research so I need to do the usual disclaimer:

This website and author does not provide medical advice. The content on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or 30F1D8D3-10BF-49DF-AE56-F5045AFE504Dtreatment. 

What I also want to say as this is usually cutting edge information that I report so you may need to go to your doctors/practitioners and give them this information.  As always, this may be years before it becomes common knowledge in any medical school or practice.

From the researchers:The gut is the epicentre of antibiotic resistance  

“Techniques are available to prevent, detect, and treat the carriage of resistant organisms in the gut. However, evidence on these techniques is scant,...”

1) Oral digestive decontamination for preventing nosocomial infections and antibiotic resistance...SDD relies on non-absorbable antibiotics (aminoglycosides, polymyxin E, and amphotericin B) applied to the oro-pharyngeal cavity and administered into the stomach, usually in combination with an intravenous antibiotic (third-generation cephalosporin) for three days. The use of SDD was highly controversial at first, chiefly because early studies found no significant decrease in mortality [53] and many physicians were deeply concerned about the risk of selecting organisms resistant to the drugs used for SDD [54-56],. Recent studies, however, documented a significant decrease in mortality [55,57,58] and a paradoxical decrease in resistance to the antibiotics used locally or systemically [55,58]. 

2) Probiotics have been suggested to maintain or restore gut homeostasis. Probiotics are defined by the World Health Organisation as ‘live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host’. Lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria are the most common micro-organism types used as probiotics, although certain yeasts and bacilli may also be helpful. Saccharomyces boulardii is a tropical yeast which has been shown to maintain and restore the natural flora in the large and small intestine [59] and is classified as a probiotic. Non-pathogenic E. coli strains such as Nissle 1917 (EcN) are also classified as probiotics and have been studied in animals, normal volunteers, and elderly patients [60-64].

3) Antibiotics with local effects for managing outbreaks.  Targeting resistant bacteria with non-absorbable antibiotics is an extremely appealing strategy that has been investigated in patients carrying multi-resistant strains, as well as during outbreaks. ..Oro-pharyngeal chlorhexidine baths combined with oral paromomycin (plus an oral antibiotic in patients with urinary tract colonisation/infection) was effective in 76% of patients carrying ESBL-producing E. coli or K. pneumoniae[70]. 

4) Faecal microbiome transplantation.  Faecal microbiome transplantation consists in administering faecal flora from a normal individual into the gut of a patient with the goal of achieving colonisation with a well-balanced community of organisms. Faecal microbiome transplantation has produced excellent results in patients with C. difficile relapses [75-77]. In two recent systematic reviews, faecal microbiome transplantation via the oral route or colonoscopy was effective in 83% and 92% of cases of C. difficile disease, respectively [75,76].

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Full Worm Supermoon

Full_worm_moonBy Kim Rossi

I don't know about you, but I read this headline  A “Full Worm Moon” Is Happening on March 9, Marking the Beginning of Spring with the brain of an autism Mom who has seen more than her share of lunar reproductive cycle pin worms. Turns out, the Full Worm full moon means Spring, when the earth softens and worms wriggle on up and robins nosh on them. Still, for many of us, every full moon means behavior spikes for our kids. And worse, seizures. We battled pin worms in my household for years. I firmly believe that my daughter's weakened gut and immune system, exacerbated by several rounds of antibiotics for sinus infections provided the breeding ground for a pin worm infestation that launched her very first grand mal seizure. "Febrile" my left foot. The seizures occured almost  monthly, but this was long before she went into puberty. I worked with a Naturopath named Skye Weintraub via a phone consult. Her book,  "The Parasite Menace" was in my nightstand for close to 20 years, with my notes from our phone call on several pages.  Wishing all of our readers smooth sailing through this lunar event. XOX
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This year’s first supermoon is almost here! The Full Worm Moon will brighten the night sky on Monday, March 9.

Since Native Americans named full moons to track seasons, the names often correlate with nature. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, one of the most popular names for March’s full moon is the “Full Worm Moon '' because as the weather warms and the ground softens, earthworms begin to appear, attracting robins—a sign of spring. Since the cawing of crows signals the end of winter, another name for March’s full moon is the “Full Crow Moon.” The full moon is also called the “Full Sap Moon” because the sap of sugar maple trees begins to flow around this time.

The Full Worm Moon will be the first of three supermoons in 2020, according to EarthSky. This means that the full moon will coincide with perigee, the point in the moon’s orbit at which it’s closest to Earth. When the moon’s at perigee, it appears brighter and larger than a standard full moon. The Full Worm Moon will be this year’s second-closest full moon to Earth.


Kiss My Grits

Kiss My GritsNote: Our Cathy is serving up a great post this morning. For those of you who are not familiar with the sitcom Alice, Kiss My Grits became a catchphrase spoken by Flo, the lovable, straightforward waitress who predated Flo from Progressive. We Italian Americans might say, "Kiss my polenta!"  :)

By Cathy Jameson

Ronan had 4 follow-up appointments on Friday.  I knew it would be a long day for both of us, so I prepared some thoughts ahead of time for the providers we’d be seeing.  I am usually able to answer every question asked of me about his health and am complimented on how much I can add to the complex medical conversations his providers and I have.  I hesitated, though, when a question asked was directed at me.  That part of the conversation had started with Ronan, but then…

“Has Ronan had his flu shot?” the specialists asked.  

I gave her the same answer I gave the nurse when we’d arrived, “No, he had a reaction to that one.”

A look of shock fell over her. 

She asked, “So none this year?”

“We don’t do them anymore,” I answered. 

After a short pause the doctor asked me pointedly, “Well, have you had yours then?”

I quickly replied, “I don’t do them either.”

“You don’t? Just...don’t?”  The doctor’s response was polite enough but the tone and the strange look on her face told me that my reply was not the one she expected.  She looked as if she was about to lecture me, but I stayed composed as she looked me up and down and confidently told her, “I do not.” 

I could tell that that answer didn’t satisfy her.  I was ready to give her one of several responses if she pressed for more information.  Taking another moment to formulate her thoughts, she opened her mouth, closed it and then refocused on why we were all sitting in the exam room:  on Ronan.  

It was his appointment, not mine.  

The doctor got back to assessing Ronan and what brought us to her clinic.  I could tell that she was still baffled and thinking about us lacking those flu shots she must assume everyone gets.  I wanted to assure her that neither of us had the flu, that we didn’t have other diseases, and that we both posed no risk to her health nor anyone else’s for that matter.  The fact that she, like so many other medical providers now, asked if I had a flu shot still made me cringe as she spoke, but I was ready with a comeback if needed. 

Flu shot? 

No, and kiss my grits

Just Get all the shots
Just get all the shots!



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Sign On to Letter to President Trump to Recognizing Freedom of Conscience & Religious Objections to State Mandated Vaccination

Syringe Pen WritingDEADLINE IS TODAY, MARCH 7!

From our friends at First Freedoms who are waging battles from coast to coast. 

SIGNATURES

We are urging President Trump for immediate intervention to prevent and remedy the persecution of people who choose to honor their faith by refusing or foregoing some or all vaccinations. We ask that he consider implementing an executive order or other legal means to protect the religious freedom of vaccine choice.

If you support the above letter, please sign your name and/or organization’s name below.  If you are not part of any organization, feel free to write in FOR-US, the Conscience Coalition, First Freedoms, or leave it blank. Individuals and organizations can sign on to the letter online at https://form.jotform.com/200315309354143

February 3, 2020

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Re: Recognizing Freedom of Conscience and Religious Objections to State Mandated Vaccination and Ending the Persecution of the Unvaccinated People of Faith

Dear President Trump,

We write to you as a group of individuals and organizations, who are religious and secular leaders, scholars, human rights advocates, and medical professionals to express our serious concerns over the persecution of people of faith through vaccine mandates for school and daycare attendance. We urge your immediate intervention to prevent and remedy the persecution of people who choose to honor their faith by refusing or foregoing some or all vaccinations. Please consider implementing an executive order or other legal means to protect the religious freedom of vaccine choice.

In a recent speech you stated, “Religious liberty is under attack all over the world, and frankly, very strongly attacked in our nation.” Worldwide, without regard for individual religious freedom, governments are forcing and coercing a pharmaceutical product upon children that is made from religiously objectionable ingredients, specifically human aborted fetal DNA, animal cells, carcinogenic preservatives, and neurotoxins such as mercury and aluminum. This coercion of mandated vaccines is a clear attack on religious liberty and a form of government overreach. Making personal decisions about protecting one’s body is a basic human right, and most religions agree that our sacred bodies are the holiest of temples.

● In 2019, Samoa mandated every man, woman, and child to be force-vaccinated by mobile medical units, accompanied by police, going door-to-door to inject them with the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR is a live virus vaccine created using a human aborted fetal cell line known as MRC-5. The majority of Samoa’s population is Christian, with roughly 20% being Catholic. However, the Pontifical Academy for Life issued a document in collaboration with the “Ufficio per la Pastorale della Salute" of Italian Bishops' Conference and the "Association of Italian Catholic Doctors," on July 31, 2017, asserting that Catholics should seek alternatives to vaccines that use human aborted fetal cell lines. Yet, alternatives remain unavailable.

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Why We Cannot Believe Brian Deer About Andrew Wakefield

House of Commonsby John Stone

This is part of evidence I presented to  the United Kingdom House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into Research Integrity in 2017. It was never published by the Committee but after much argument they were forced to amend their discussion document, known as POSTnote 544, so that it did not directly allege that Andrew Wakefield committed fraud by only attributing the claim to British Medical Journal. It is dismaying that we are still having to rebut so many false claims so many years after the events. The publication of Brian Deer's book is now only a couple of months away, but it has also been sad to see distinguished Danish scientist, Peter Gøtzsche, recycling these allegations in a book of his own. Prof Gøtzsche is in many respects a hero because of his stand against SSRI antidepressants (which are also implicated in autism) and on the safety HPV vaccines, but when he sides with Deer on the subject of Andrew Wakefield we wonder whether he has on this occasion done due diligence.

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Brian Deer

An Extract From Evidence to House of Commons Science and Technology Inquiry into Research Integrity 2017 by John Stone on Behalf of Age of Autism

I am grateful to the committee for the invitation to submit evidence on behalf of Age of Autism. This evidence has been shaped by statements made in the Committee’s prior publication POSTnote 544 singling out the Wakefield “Lancet paper” as an example of fraud, and particularly in relation to the defence of a public health programme and policy [1]. If these statements had not been made I might have presented somewhat different evidence, but in the circumstances it is necessary to address these claims and their underlying assumptions.  It becomes particularly relevant in the light the latest campaign, led by Times Newspapers, to further discredit Andrew Wakefield.

This submission is not motivated by indifference to the control of infectious disease. What I am saying is that even though the control of disease is important it is not a good enough reason to stand the rules of research integrity or public discussion on their head. For this reason I have things to say not only about the Wakefield paper but the problematic nature of vaccine science, and also the general exclusion of the subject from contemporary mainstream public debate. Even the reasons for going to war at times of national peril are debated, but here it is as if everything has been conceded in advance to an industry and its public advocates. In these circumstances reasonable comment is driven to the margins with unreasonable, even to the extent of being buried by search engines such as google.

It is also problematic that virtually every public defence of the vaccine programme begins with an attack on the integrity of Dr Andrew Wakefield, as if the public humiliation of one man could provide scientific justification in perpetuity for an entire class of products. Wakefield has been globally transformed into the Emmanuel Goldstein of public health (to reference Orwell’s 1984) but we should not mistake that this is actually occurring at the level of propaganda and not of scientific (or historic) fact: indeed when people cite Wakefield as an example few have the remotest idea what body of facts they are citing, and this has reduced to zero the quality of informed public discussion. Meanwhile Wakefield’s fate serves as a warning to anyone else who might professionally step out of line. In this context I pose the question in what other field of human activity would this means of controlling public discussion and opinion be considered politically tolerable? I also pose the question how we can possibly know the vaccine programme is safe if we control opinion in this way?

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Del Bigtree's ICAN vs. CDC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJUjnY_FGNQ

In this show, ICAN’s Biggest Legal Win to Date; Is There a Cure for Coronavirus?; Alzeimher’s & Diabetes Skyrocketing; Dr. Neuenschwander Weighs In.


Action Alert: When #DoctorsSpeakUp Age of Autism Will Speak Out

Dr Nicole Baldwin
Dr Nicole Baldwin

Hi, friends. I just got an email from John Gilmore of Autism Action Network with a giant call to action on Twitter today, March 5.

Join us on Twitter to fight back, throw facts and photos at,  and even laugh at the American Academy of Pediatrics March 5 hashtag #DoctorsSpeakUp.  Speak up? American Pediatricians have been DEAD SILENT when it comes to autism. They have no tools. No assistance beyond "Call early intervention."  They deserve our scorn and a whole lot of facts to counter their pharma bought and paid educations and careers. 

Find your local AAP chapter HERE. Grab their Twitter address.

Use the hashtag #DoctorsSpeakUp

@AmerAcadPeds

Our Twitter is https://twitter.com/AgeofAutism

Pediatricians have vaccinated children into a full blown chronic healthcare crisis while remaining deaf, dumb and willfully blind to the injury.  They are FOR the removal of vaccination exemptions.  They refuse to write medical exemptions. They want to dose kids with Gardasil without parental consent. They kick  HEALTHY kids out of their practices.  They ridicule us and our kids at every turn. Pediatrics is made up of a majority of female practitioners which makes this #DoctorsStandUp just worse - because the misogyny comes from women. Like Dr. Nicole Baldwin whose Twitter is https://twitter.com/nicoleb_md?lang=en

Suggested Tweets: Remember, a photo or GIF adds a lot to a Tweet. Show them whom they have abandoned.

1) When will #DoctorsSpeakUp that #vaccines harm and kill children?

2) When will #DoctorsSpeakUp that the Hepatitis-B #vaccine for newborns is unnecessary and harmful?

3) When will #DoctorsSpeakUp that #vaccines are not #safeandeffective for all?

4) Why won't #DoctorsSpeakUp that #vaccines #harm many of their patients?

5) When will #DoctorsSpeakUp that only 1% of #vaccineinjury incidents get reported, according to a Harvard study?

6) When will #DoctorsSpeakUp that the #vaccineinjured cannot sue a #vaccinemaker or a doctor for faulty #vaccines ?

7) That #VaccineCourt is a travesty of justice?

 


Early-Onset Dementia and Alzheimer's Rates Grow for Younger American Adults

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While the media is slathered in Purell and Coronavirus reports, the news that our prime earning generation is succumbing to a disease of the elderly should be front page news.   Diagnosis rates increased by 200% from 2013-2017 in ages 30 to 64. The average age of someone in the commercially insured population living with either condition is 49 and women are disproportionately impacted than men.  What happens to our autism families if Mom is struck down by dementia? We have the sandwich generation already, middle aged parents caring for children and elderly parents. Most of us will take care of our adult children with autism well into our own elderly years.   Read this article linked below and share your thoughts.

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From Blue Cross Blue Shield

Each year, early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease affect the daily lives of a growing number of Americans under 65. As measured by the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Health IndexSM in 2017, about 131,000 commercially insured Americans1 between the ages of 30 and 64 were diagnosed with either condition.

Dementia is a general term for cognitive decline in excess of typical aging. An adult with early-onset dementia may have trouble with memory, language and cognitive skills that can make it difficult to perform routine tasks. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia characterized by progressive brain deterioration, memory loss and an inability to independently care for oneself.2

As early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to affect younger Americans, it is important to understand the impact of both forms of dementia on the health of Americans and their caregivers.3

EARLY-ONSET DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE COMBINED TRENDS

Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease affects a growing number of younger commercially insured Americans. In 2017, about 131,000 people between the ages of 30 and 64 were diagnosed with either form of dementia. Diagnosis rates increased by 200% from 2013-2017 in ages 30 to 64. The average age of someone in the commercially insured population living with either condition is 49 and women are disproportionately impacted than men. (See Exhibit 1.)


Autism, Twenty-Seven Years Later and What Have We Learned? Part 1

Meg sick age 5By Teresa Conrick

My daughter, Megan, turned twenty-seven on March 2nd.  I remember it like yesterday.  My water bag broke gently on the 1st and I was put on IV antibiotics in the hospital.  Labor was induced and Megan was born at 5:20 am.  Her apgar scores were perfect and I was a happy and grateful mother.  As the months went by, she seemed to react to her vaccines, crying, up all night with each one.  After her MMR vaccine, she developed a full body rash, fever, and stopped talking. Endless ear infections began with one right after the other--or -- were they just the same one never to be cured?  Antibiotics were prescribed with the hope she would have relief from the pain.  Counting blocks ended and she just stared at them,  tapping on them in a repetitive way.  This continued, crying, gut pain, infections, rashes, food allergies, and self-injurious behaviors.  An autism diagnosis ( pervasive developmental disorder) came right before her third birthday.  Since then, seizures developed, autoimmunity was diagnosed, as well as Nonfamilial Hypogammaglobulinemia, a problem with the immune system that prevents it from making enough antibodies called immunoglobulins. Antibodies are proteins that help your body recognize and fight off foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, and fungi. In addition, Megan has PANS which makes these infections so much worse. It has been a mission of 

mine and so many other parents to try and figure out what happened for some important reasons --- 

1 - How can I help my child? 

2-  How can I help other parents with their very ill children?

3-  How can this infection-type of autism be prevented in other children?

I say this because a recent study brought all of this surfacing again as it is very pertinent for Meg and so many others affected with autism, especially those severely affected. Meg is one of them and her medical issues have been denied for too long from the medical community.  Our children, no matter their ages, are very ill and the clues continue to show how their bodies are suffering and what science can do to help. Note too, that the authors call autism, a disease:

Antibiotic Resistance Genes in the Gut Microbiota of Children With Autistic Spectrum Disorder as Possible Predictors of the Disease 

The gut microbiota (GM), which contains thousands of bacterial species, is a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) called resistome. Early life exposure to antibiotics alters significantly the composition and function of the gut microbiota of children, which may trigger symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). …..Our results show an increase in ARGs in the resistome of the GM of children with ASD.

What this means is that those who have an autism diagnosis seem to have MORE gut bacteria genes that are resistant  to antibiotics than children without an autism diagnosis.  If antibiotics are unable to fight infections, a person can develop chronic infections and can be at risk of acute, life-threatening diseases. Antibiotics are being chosen as THE culprit but let's take a closer look.  There are other connections that need to be explored.

Mercury Connections To Antibiotic Resistance

There is much research showing that these antibiotic resistant microbes can have other sources, like MERCURY:

Co-selection of mercury and multiple antibiotic resistances in bacteria exposed to mercury in the Fundulus heteroclitus gut microbiome  The emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant pathogenic bacteria is currently one of the most serious challenges to human health. To combat this problem, it is critical to understand the processes and pathways that result in the creation of antibiotic resistance gene pools in the environment. In this study, we examined the effects of mercury (Hg) exposure on the co-selection of Hg and antibiotic-resistant bacteria that colonize the gastrointestinal tract of the mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus), a small, estuarine fish....our results highlight the possibility for the creation of antibiotic resistance gene pools as a result of exposure to Hg in contaminated environments.

The linkage between antibiotic resistance and metal exposure   has been known for many decades, when it was first discovered that penicillinase was linked with mercury exposure (Fraser 1971; Richmond et al. 1964). Two mechanisms are involved in the possible linkages.Cross-resistance involves a single gene that confers resistance to both the antibiotic and metal, e.g., an efflux pump. Co-resistance is when separate traits are closely linked, e.g., on a transferable genetic element or operon, and are transferred together (e.g., Richmond et al. 1964). In both cases, metal exposure is sufficient to select and maintain AR genotype (Baker-Austin et al. 2006).

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Maine Votes NO on Question 1 by a 3 to 1 Margin, "Ratifies" New Law to Remove Exemptions

88131807_10157547454013387_9087288158449565696_oby Ginger Taylor, MS

Maine was the stage for an experiment yesterday that told us that putting vaccine exemptions on the ballot is very poor strategy.

The vaccine choice community has learned that it is unwise to put the rights of an oppressed and hated minority in the hands of low information voters being informed by the oppressors who fan the flames of hatred.

We are the ONLY minority citizens in the country that it is now not only OK to harass and oppress, and it is now believed to be virtuous to segregate us from society and deny our civil rights.  We can't win ballot measures.

Anybody working on either side of this in Maine has watched rabid vitriol and venom be poured out on even a mom of vaccinated kids who simply doesn't want Gardasil forced on her family.

I talked to two moms this week who went door knocking and were told by another woman that she wanted them shot. I talked to another mom last weekend who just got an apology from a No on 1 friend who attacked her, telling her that she let her anger get out of hand. 

Facebook is a nightmare, and Twitter is a horror show.

Because the vaccine industry is just fine with destroying friendships, blood family relationships, and even marriages to force their products on people. The hatred is not an accident. It is a marketing goal.

I will put it bluntly. The "Yes on 1" campaign was a fool's errand from the beginning, and a waste of considerable resources.

The rank and file Mainers who fought this fight should be praised to high heaven for their work, and they have all my respect and affection, but they were sold a bad plan. It doesn't matter how hard you work, if you are not working smart.

Here is an overview of LD 798, the ballot measure, why it failed, and why no state should try this approach.

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In Memoriam: Dr. Toni Lynn Bark

Toni Bark
August 1, 1959 - March 3, 2020


This morning, we read with sadness that Dr. Toni Bark has passed away.   I had the pleasure of meeting her last Spring at an event. In person, she was so vibrant with watchful eyes, flowing hair, and she just exuded life. Cancer does not care. It ravages the body but it can not touch the soul. 

You can read full details on services and the Shiva (Jewish period of mourning and visitation) in Evanston, Illinois HERE.

Dr. Toni Bark's speech at the Doctors For Accountability In Medicine PRESS CONFERENCE in D.C. on March 31, 2017. Camera, sound and editing by Joshua Coleman.


Corvelva Asks Where are the anti-vaxxers? Don’t worry, they are all here, watching you plumbing the depths of absurdity

We Are Here Videoby Nassim Langrudi

 

Note:  From our friends in Italy at Corvelva.

Carnivals and Holy Masses cancelled, but shopping centers open; restaurants open (but empty because you have done an excellent job of media terrorism) and pubs closed; one day the crowd in Venice and the next day the ordinance to ban even public meetings for cultural and social purposes . And in the meantime a country that relies (also) on tourism is heavily damaged by the incompetency of a ruling class that, when it really comes to public health protection, goes adrift, whereas to impose 10 vaccines it finds unity of purpose on a “solid scientific base”.

Download the pdf version in English here:

Just a matter of few days and all those who should have felt reasured after the triumphant war to introduce 10 mandatory vaccines, found themselves defenceless discovering -oh my! the existence of more viruses than just varicella!

Lately we have been missing some useless and biased provocation. Most of all we have been missing the climate of hatred against “someone”, so that some very talented journalists have seen fit to revive an old but still equally useful polemic: the one starring the anti-vaxxers!

Well, it happens that faced with the great psychosis (mostly mediatic) that has been gripping our country for a few days, some ingenious characters have been missing the anti-vaxxers, or rather the so dear -to them – polemic, churning out articles like “How noisy is the anti-vax silence” , or “Where did the anti-vaxxers go?” and so on.

Never mind (so to speak) the complete nonsense to bring up the issue of mandatory vaccination during an epidemic caused by a virus against which there is no vaccine (yet).

We would politely point out that those whom these gentlemen define “no-vax” or “anti-vax” are citizens like everyone else, who work, pay taxes, contribute to the country's economic and political social life, and who are against vaccine mandates (and health in general). And where are we?

We are here, exactly where we stood before, watching one of the worst shows that Italian politics has offered in a long time. We are here, astonished, watching so many political and institutional representatives blathering on the pages of newspapers, without the slightest knowledge of the facts (but something must be said and something must be written and if you don’t know what to say and what to write, well, speak and write at random).

First, they speak against the unjustified discrimination of Chinese children coming back from the country affected by Coronavirus, whereas for years the same discrimination has been encouraged against our healthy unvaccinated children - except then closing schools even where there are no epidemic outbreaks. And they speak of the vaccine that first there is not, then there will be, ready in a week, or it will take 7 months, some say a couple of years. And away we go with the waltz of numbers, epidemiological conditions, TV guidelines to lock down a Country rather than some Regions, or perhaps not, some towns is enough.

Carnivals and Holy Masses cancelled, but shopping centers open; restaurants open (but empty because you have done an excellent job of media terrorism) and pubs closed; one day the crowd in Venice and the next day the ordinance to ban even public meetings for cultural and social purposes . And in the meantime a country that relies (also) on tourism is heavily damaged by the incompetency of a ruling class that, when it really comes to public health protection, goes adrift, whereas to impose 10 vaccines it finds unity of purpose on a “solid scientific base”. A Law Decree gets hastily signed at the appearence of the first cases - predictable cases since swabs have already started – and just after 3 days the WHO takes the lead of the situation coming to the conclusion that we’ve overdone it, it’s only a flu, there’s no need to panic, we have to reduce the mass psychosis (trumped up by the mass-media…), when half the world is unscrupulously discriminating Italians, advising against travels to and from our country, blocking ships and transport to and from Italy.  READ MORE HERE.


Washington Post on Employer Flu Shot Mandates: A Surprising Answer

Wapo darknessNote: Below is a question and answer (excerpted) from The Washington Post.  I felt a bit like Charlie Brown look at Lucy holding the football when I started to read the piece sent to me by Judy R.

Karla L. Miller
Columnist
Feb. 12, 2020 at 2:54 p.m. EST

My employer requires a flu shot. My doctors say no.

Reader: I work for a large health-care organization in a rural area. I do not work in direct patient care, but manage a health-information department in a building off-site.

In 2015 I had a significant reaction to a mandatory influenza vaccine and was ill for two months. My primary care provider, an orthopedic joint specialist, and a rheumatologist all recommended I no longer receive an influenza vaccine. My employer exempted me from getting the vaccine for three years, no questions asked. I just had to wear a mask while working.

Last year, my employer said I had to see their in-house allergy and immunology specialist, who denied me the exemption. I saw another allergy and immunology specialist in a large metropolitan city, who said I definitely should not get the influenza vaccine, ever. At that point my choices were to risk getting the influenza vaccine, or resign my job of 30 years. The specialist I saw in the city is also an attorney, and he thought what they were doing was illegal. What is your take on this? I feel the risks outweigh any benefits given the low efficacy rates of the influenza vaccine.

The RESPONSE:

The ADA doesn’t prevent an employer from requiring employees to see a medical provider of its choice, but as Epstein Gluck notes, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission cautions against the employer relying solely on that medical provider’s opinion when it’s contradicted by the employee’s health-care provider.

Considering your history and your doctor’s support, your employer should be willing to consider flu-prevention options besides submitting or quitting. If not, you might want to consult one more specialist: an employment attorney.

Read Miller's full response at WaPo here.

 


Ilene Schwartz in The Seattle Times: We owe more to kids with developmental disabilities

Not aloneNote: We've all heard (and told) story after story of how once our kids were diagnosed, we were on our own. There is no autism GPS.  My kindly pediatrician gave me a contact phone number for Early Intervention.    There was a DAN! doctor miles from my house successfully treating the medical aspects of autism. I never knew he or his brand of medicine existed until years later. I felt my way blindly hoping to come upon the intervention or treatment that would help. Below is an article that accurately depicts that nothing has changed for families.  I see it here in Connecticut. Young Moms wait months and months to get into the Yale Child Study and then..... they call early intervention.  Lucky are the few who find a TACA or NAA chapter and get started with help from parents.  This is our raison d'etre, long after social  media has taken over the soundbite world of communication. Parents are not alone. Not you. Not me. Kim

By Ilene Schwartz
Special to The Times

In June 2019, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer. I worked with an amazing team of providers and luckily have an excellent prognosis for full recovery. The time from my first suspicious mammogram to an appointment with an interdisciplinary cancer-care team was five weeks. I am grateful for the care that I received and thankful to the staff at University of Washington Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for making a difficult situation as easy as it could be.

Of course, I am well aware that the timeliness and quality of my care is due in part to the privilege of being a well-educated, white woman with outstanding medical insurance. It is also due to the privilege of my disease: breast cancer is a disease that people talk about, walk for, and wear and buy pink products to support treatment, awareness and a cure. And for the most part, its treatments are covered by medical insurance.

Throughout this process, I have been thinking about families that I work with who experience a very different journey through diagnosis, accessing treatment and patient navigation. As a board certified behavior analyst, I work with young children with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. The pathway that these families travel to get a diagnosis and then to find and pay for necessary educational, medical and therapy services differs from my experience across almost every dimension: My pathway was well defined with multiple road signs along the way; theirs is vague and disjointed, full of unexpected detours and hazards. But it does not need to be this way. The diagnosis, treatment and patient navigation for children with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities could be improved if institutions worked together and these services were adequately funded.

Once a family suspects that their young child has a developmental delay, their first stop is often their pediatrician. The importance of development during the first five years of life is well documented, yet many parents with developmental concerns about their children are still told to take a wait-and-see approach. From the time parents first share concerns about their child’s development until they get a diagnosis, the average wait time is 1.7 years. For parents of color or who use Medicaid or are uninsured, these waits are even longer.

After the diagnosis, their wait continues. Parents are told that early, intensive intervention is important. The reality is, however, that this evidence-based service is not readily available. Families report long wait lists for services that the professionals tell them are essential to facilitate their child’s development. At the same time, parents are struggling to attempt to make sense of the maze of providers, agencies, recommendations and information.  READ MORE HERE.


Neonatal Nurse on Vaccines: We are Destroying an Entire Generation of Children

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Editor, Health Impact News

Michelle Rowton is neonatal nurse practioner, specializing in the care of children ages 2 years old and younger. She has worked for over 17 years working in NICU, with pre-mature and sick babies.

Michelle Rowton does not herself give vaccines to babies.

She recently sat down and conducted an interview with Polly Tommey during the VAXXED II film bus tour.

Michelle relates that in her undergraduate training to prepare her to be a nurse, that the only thing she was taught about vaccines was how to give the injections.

When she was in graduate school studying for her master’s degree to become a neonatal nurse practioner, she says she was taught “coercive rhetoric” to get the parents to agree with vaccines.

Michelle discusses her early years of working in the NICU with premature babies, and the negative effects vaccines would have on these babies.

Polly then relates how vaccine apologists in the medical field will rationalize giving vaccines to young babies by stating that they have seen many deaths related to vaccine-preventable deaths among unvaccinated babies.

So she asks Michelle how many of these deaths by diseases that are allegedly prevented through vaccination that she has seen during all her years as a nurse, and she replies, “zero.”

They’re lying. Especially when they bring up chicken pox. I’m like, what nation were you in when that happened? Because it hasn’t happened here.

Michelle also works as a Functional Medical Nurse practioner in the field for the past 7 years, where her focus is working with babies out in the field.

I moved out of the hospital and into the clinic, because I got to the point where I thought, this is the same thing over and over again. Yeah, I’m really good at putting in central lines, and putting in chest tubes, and saving these critical babies.

When they get to the convalescence stage, it is terrible what we’re doing, and everybody’s doing the same thing.

I can have more effect out in the community, in having these babies from birth until two – no antibiotics, no ear infections, no medications, setting them up for life to have a far less chance of autoimmune disease, chronic disease – all of that kind of stuff.

That’s what I want to do now.

Michelle has three children of her own, all unvaccinated, and never been on antibiotics.  READ MORE HERE.


All Hands on Deck For Vaccine Bills Across the USA

Heart_usaBy Cathy Jameson

I never used to pay attention to politics when I was younger.  I knew the basics and recognized who sat in the top government positions, but that was about it.  Now, I read and watch everything I can about it.  From what’s happening on the state level all the way through to the federal level, I scour the news looking at what my and other representatives across the country are talking about.  When vaccines are on the docket, I pay even more attention.  What happens in one state, could very well happen in another.  

What Is Happening Across the Country?

Things are happening, and in some states, time is of the essence.  Take Colorado, for example.  On Friday of last week, Colorado’s SB20-163 was voted on.  It passed out of the Senate and will now head back to the House. SB20-163 restricts exemptions and forces tracking of vaccinations.  It’s also a violation of privacy as the tracking system being proposed is not an opt-in.  Worth noting is that tracking system opens the door for in-home visits “so interventions can be applied.”  Creating a law that would put the entire population on blast doesn’t protect the people of Colorado but potentially creates a platform to shame its citizens.  Data is already available to anyone who may be curious or concerned about vaccine rates and exemption statuses at schools.  Plus, vaccination rates are considered high in the state so this bill, like others we’re seeing, is an overreach.  One more thing this bill does is force parents, who wish to use an exemption, to either submit a signed document from a medical professional or require them to watch a video about vaccines.  The video was created by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, a group that publicly supports SB20-163.  Suggested next steps by those in Colorado are for people to continue to show up at the capital, to contact Governor Polis and ask him to veto the bill, and to call and email representatives urging them to vote no.  

Three concerning bills were filed by early January in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Each was considered a “bad” bill by those wishing to preserve liberty.  They were being carefully watch by families who’ve witnessed a vaccine injury also.  The first two bills didn’t make it too far, but the third one has moved rather quickly through several committees.  HB1090 isn’t just a bad bill; it’s a terrible bill.  Instead of the Commonwealth having a say in which vaccines would be required for school entry, it hands that authority over to a federal group, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  Children attending daycares and schools in Virginia would have to follow current and all future ACIP recommendations, no questions asked.  Parents are already given a hard time as they try to make informed decisions regarding vaccines, but they will never be given the opportunity to make a choice if this bill passes.  That decision will be made for them.  Citizens should call their representatives about HB1090 and urge their reps to vote no.  It’ll likely be heard on Monday, so March 2nd is the day to show up at the capital.  This bill needs to be killed before the legislative session adjourns at the end of the week.   

On March 3rd, the people of Maine will get a chance to overturn LD 798.  Signed into law by Gov. Janet Mills, this bill removed religious and philosophical exemptions.  It also effectively blocked both children and adults from entering schools, to include daycares and universities, unless students follow the state vaccine schedule.  LD 798 also prohibits adults from working in both daycares and in healthcare services unless they, too, follow the state-mandated vaccine schedule.  This week, Mainers will get the opportunity to overturn LD 798 thanks to the efforts of citizens who worked to secure a veto ballot referendum, which will be listed as Question 1 on the ballot.  Those who wish to reinstate the exemptions and to once again be able to access education without having to adhere to mandates are encouraged to vote. 

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Maine Sues Pfizer for Federal Crimes, While Mandating Maine Parents Trust Their Two Month Olds to Pfizer

TrustingPfizerMaine has accused Pfizer of being a criminal organization in federal court. 

Maine also mandates that Mainers cannot send their children to daycare unless they entrust the life and health of their infants to that criminal organization.

On May 24th, 2019, Governor Janet Mills (formerly Maine's Attorney General) signed LD 798 to remove religious and conscious objections to mandated vaccines for daycare, preschool, k-12, and all post-secondary schools.  This made four doses of the Pfizer vaccine of PREVNAR 13 (PCV13) mandatory for at ages two, four, six and 15 months in order to be enrolled in a Child Care Center, Child Care Facility, Small Child Care Facility, Home Day Care, Public Pre-school programs, Nursery schools, Pre-K programs, Early Kindergarten, 4 year old programs or any child development program under the control of the State Department of Education or under the control of the Office of Child Care and Head Start.

But only two weeks earlier, on May 10th, Governor Mills current AG, Aaron Frey, filed suit against Pfizer, along with 43 other states, in the US District Court in Connecticut for price fixing.  The anti-trust suit accuses Pfizer of conspiring with 34 other pharmaceutical entities to fix the prices of generic drugs, so that prices could stay higher than they would had competition between them taken place.

"COUNT THIRTEEN (BY ALL PLAINTIFF STATES AGAINST DEFENDANTS PFIZER AND GREENSTONE AND ALL OTHER CORPORATE DEFENDANTS UNDER JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY) – HORIZONTAL CONSPIRACY TO ALLOCATE MARKETS AND FIX PRICES FOR MULTIPLE GENERIC DRUGS IN VIOLATION OF SECTION 1 OF THE SHERMAN ACT"

Rather than describing the suit, I will simply post part portions you can read it in Maine's own words:

"I. SUMMARY OF THE CASE

1. For many years, the generic pharmaceutical industry has operated pursuant to an understanding among generic manufacturers not to compete with each other and to instead settle for what these competitors refer to as "fair share." This understanding has permeated every segment of the industry, and the purpose of the agreement was to avoid competition among generic manufacturers that would normally result in significant price erosion and great savings to the ultimate consumer. Rather than enter a particular generic drug market by competing on price in order to gain market share, competitors in the generic drug industry would systematically and routinely communicate with one another directly, divvy up customers to create an artificial equilibrium in the market, and then maintain anticompetitively high prices. This "fair share" understanding was not the result of independent decision making by individual companies to avoid competing with one another. Rather, it was a direct result of specific discussion, negotiation and collusion among industry participants over the course of many years.

2. By 2012, Teva and other co-conspirators decided to take this understanding to the next level. Apparently unsatisfied with the status quo of "fair share" and the mere avoidance of price erosion, Teva and its co-conspirators embarked on one of the most egregious and damaging price-fixing conspiracies in the history of the United States. Teva and its competitors sought to leverage the collusive nature of the industry to not only maintain their "fair share" of each generic drug market, but also to significantly raise prices on as many drugs as possible. In order to accomplish that objective, Teva selected a core group of competitors with which it already had very profitable collusive relationships – Teva referred to them as "High Quality" competitors – and targeted drugs where they overlapped. Teva had understandings with its highest quality competitors to lead and follow each other’s price increases, and did so with great frequency and success, resulting in many billions of dollars of harm to the national economy over a period of several years."

A reminder that both Pfizer and Teva were responsible parties in the opioid crisis, with Teva paying $646M in settlements.

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Yes Vaccines Make Money - A Twitter Exchange

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On Tuesday, I was at the Capitol in Hartford during the vote by the Public Health Committee on HB5044. The bill is going forward, after several hours of recess to include amendments that convinced some of the Democrats to vote YAY instead of NAY.  Two Democrats voted NAY, and we thank them. They are Jack Hennessy and David Michel. The politics is clear, the votes across the country are falling straight down party lines. It's depressing for those who want balance, and see the value of work on both sides of the aisle that we need as our kids with autism grow up.

On Twitter, there is an account called "Connecticut Dems” that Tweeted about a Republican named Craig Fishbein and accused him of "putting others at risk." That's a bogey man. Coronavirus aside - when we talk about (under-vaccinated” (eye roll) people, to call them a risk, or a threat, or dangerous is a slippery slope.

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I Tweeted back with a photo of my daughter, who was with me last week at a rally at the Capitol, "She is not a disease vector." One of the responses to me is below. From undervaccinated (assuming she's over 25) and undereducated Twitter person. Vaccines don't make money. And I am a paranoid crackpot.  So I did a one minute Duck Duck Go search and came up with a report from the ever crackpotty Reuters about the earnings of Merck which I RT'd back to Ms. Twitter. I do not expect to hear from her again.

Merck raises full-year forecasts as vaccines power profit beat Merck shares rose 1.3 percent to $77.80. Gardasil sales rose 27 percent to $828 million, beating analyst expectations by about $25 million.

Sales of the company’s measles-mumps-rubella and chickenpox vaccines rose 27 percent to $496 million, helped by government tenders in Latin America and higher European and U.S. demand.

Measles cases in the United States have hit their highest level since the virus was declared eradicated in 2000, with a total of at least 705 confirmed cases so far. Merck is the sole provider of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

There is no mask for this kind of ignorance. No Purell. No Lysol wipes. This blind obedience and unwillingness to learn is everywhere.

Kim

 


WHO’s malaria vaccine study represents a “serious breach of international ethical standards”

'Are_you_a_mosquito_breeder'_-_NARA_-_513877Thank to The Highwire for posting this report.  If there has been a serious breach in ethical standards on a program to eradicate malaria, a disease man has been fighting forever, can you imagine what might happen in order to get a Coronavirus vaccine out quickly to the masses?  Our Dan Olmsted broke the story of the dangerous malaria drug Lariam with his writing partner Mark Benjamin almost two decades ago. As always, we miss his presence and his take on this current situation.

By Peter Doshi, associate editor THE BMJ

Experts are troubled by the apparent lack of informed consent in a large, cluster randomised study of the malaria vaccine. Peter Doshi reports

A large scale malaria vaccine study led by the World Health Organization has been criticised by a leading bioethicist for committing a “serious breach” of international ethical standards. The cluster randomised study in Africa is already under way in Malawi, Ghana, and Kenya, where 720 000 children will receive the RTS,S vaccine, known as Mosquirix, over the next two years.123

Mosquirix, the world’s first licensed malaria vaccine, was positively reviewed by the European Medicines Agency, but its use is being limited to pilot implementation, in part to evaluate outstanding safety concerns that emerged from previous clinical trials.3 These were a rate of meningitis in those receiving Mosquirix 10 times that of those who did not, increased cerebral malaria cases, and a doubling in the risk of death (from any cause) in girls.2

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT THE BMJ.COM


Aluminium in Brain Tissue in Non‑neurodegenerative/ Non‑neurodevelopmental Disease: A Comparison with Multiple Sclerosis

Annette_Funicello_Former_Mouseketeer_1975Note:  In 1993, my husband won a sales award with his company and we were able to take a trip for four days. I chose DisneyWorld in Orlando. We stayed at the elegant Victorian hotel. One afternoon, I went into a ladies room in the lobby and behind me, in walked in Annette Funicello, with a lucite cane that was filled with glitter. I'll never forget it. We were in the ladies room, which meant we had business to conduct, and I didn't want to embarrass Ms. Funicello.  But I had to say SOMETHING. This was America's Sweetheart! I'd watched her beach movies. I knew she was the most famous Mouskateer.  I'm proud of what came out of my mouth! I said, "Oh, Ms. Funicello, now I really feel like I am in DisneyWorld because I saw  you."  She smiled at me. Funicello died at age 70 from MS. This beautiful girl, gorgeous woman, was destroyed by the disease.

I tell you this because when we read science, like this study from Chris Exley and his colleagues, the conclusions affect real lives. I tell you this, why?

"Because we like you."  M-O-U-S-E.

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Exposure and Health https://doi.org/10.1007/s12403-020-00346-9
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Aluminium in Brain Tissue in Non‑neurodegenerative/Non‑neurodevelopmental Disease: A Comparison with Multiple Sclerosis

C. Linhart1 · D. Davidson2 · S. Pathmanathan2 · T. Kamaladas2 · C. Exley3Received: 5 October 2019 / Revised: 7 February 2020 / Accepted: 15 February 2020 © The Author(s) 2020

Abstract

Human exposure to aluminium is a burgeoning issue. The brain is a sink for systemically available aluminium and a putative target of neurotoxicity. An increasing number of studies continue to confirm the presence of aluminium in human brain tissue though primarily in relation to donors who have died of a neurodegenerative or neurodevelopmental disorder. Herein, we have measured aluminium in brain tissue in donors who died of a specific disease or condition though without showing any neurodegeneration. The donors were diagnosed as not suffering from multiple sclerosis. Herein, these novel data are compared with recent data on aluminium in brain tissue in multiple sclerosis. Brain tissues from all four lobes were obtained from the Multiple Sclerosis Society Tissue Bank. Tissues were digested using microwave-assisted acid digestion and their aluminium content was measured by transversely heated graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. Both are established methods in our laboratory. Detailed statistical analyses were used to compare new data with recent data for multiple sclerosis. Aluminium was found in brain tissue in each donor with a high proportion of measurements (189/291) being below 1.00 μg/g dry weight. The data for all cases (median and IQR) were 0.74 (0.48–1.28), 1.23 (0.62–1.63), 0.84 (0.45–1.14) and 1.01 (0.62–1.65) μg/g dry weight for occipital, parietal, temporal and frontal lobes, respectively. There was a statistically significant positive correlation between aluminium content of brain tissue and the age of donor. Comparison of data for this non-multiple sclerosis group with brain aluminium data for donors dying with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis showed that the latter had a statistically significant higher content of brain aluminium. The data reinforce a previous conclusion that the aluminium content of brain tissue in multiple sclerosis is elevated and support the suggestion that human exposure to aluminium may have a role to play in the aetiology of multiple sclerosis. Keywords Human exposure to aluminium · Aluminium in brain tissue · Aluminium in multiple sclerosis · Aluminium and neurodegenerative disease · Aluminium and neurodevelopmental disease  Read the paper here.


Dr. James Lyons-Weiler Presents Coronivirus How Bad Can It Get




Coronavirus  and/or the fear of this virus, is affecting the world. Parts of northern Italy are locked down. Travelers have been stuck in cruise ship and other travel limbo. Lord knows what is happening to citizens in China. We all want to protect our families. Despite accusation against us otherwise. I'm not worried so much about the actual virus, but what could happen if CDC decides to "shut down" areas based on cases.  Stay puts, if you will. Well, as long as there's plenty of coffee and electricity for chargers, I think we'll be fine.

What are your thoughts on this year's epidemic? 


CBC Responds to Dr. Lyons-Weiler, Dr. Lyons-Weiler Responds Back

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CBC launched an all-out attack on the vaccine risk aware in February with an aired program that attacked my character and my integrity under the auspices of a “journalism”. I present the latest in three parts – my reply to their reply, and then a response from CBC forwarded by a concerned citizen with no ties or affiliation with me or IPAK. CBC has now doubled-down on their defamatory attack on me, and I would encourage everyone to write to CBC specifically bringing the matter to the attention of their President. Catherine Tait (email catherine.tait [at] cbc.ca).

Part I. Dr. Jack Brings CBC To School on Objective Journalistic Integrity – Again

Paul,

I am utterly confused by your response. First, I think you should know there is no need for you to “regret” my positions on my behalf, which is done twice in this non-apology.  I will speak for myself, thank you.  If you meant to say that you regret that your organization's behavior led me to those positions, then I could understand, and I would then reply “I’m sure you do”.

You should certainly regret that CBC was so callous toward parents of vaccine injured children that they have failed to perform due diligence on the reality of risks associated with vaccines. The actual risk/benefit ratio of any vaccine schedule is unknown until a randomized, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial is conducted comparing the long-term health outcomes of that schedule to a completely unvaccinated group - and only then if the placebo used is truly inert – such as saline.  When confronted with this fact, the proponents of current vaccines and the current vaccine schedule claim that it would be unethical to conduct a vaccinated vs. unvaccinated randomized trial – presuming the net benefit ratio – and that is not Science.

Second, your statement on the risks of vaccines relative to the risk of the infections they are supposed to prevent is mystifying, given all of the material that I sent, and that I know others have sent to you.

I want to thank you for admitting in part the wrong doing in the misrepresentation of events around who said what.  It is important that I clarify, however:

  1. I’m not an “anti-vaxxer”.  I’m for safer vaccines. Your inclusion of me whatsoever in your piece or your report is defamatory.

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